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Boko Haram: Army chief, Buratai visits troops in Yobe

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As part of his efforts to personally engage and interact with commanders and troops on operational activities of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General TY Buratai, yesterday visited 27 Task Force Brigade and troops of the Nigerian Army Special Forces School, Buni Yadi, where 2,000 Mobile Policemen were undergoing training.

The COAS, who was accompanied by Principal Staff Officers and Directors, was conducted round the school and later briefed by the Commandant of the school, Brigadier General CA Apere.

Also present throughout the visit were the Commander 27 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General AO Oyelade, and Brigadier General AS Ishaq,

Ishaq is the Co-ordinator Nigeria Police Operation Lafiya Dole and Superintendent Nicholas Tawani, amongst other military and police officers.

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Why Kogi Guber may be bloody on Saturday – CDD

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has issued a warning to voters ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.

In a statement jointly signed by Adele Jinadu, CDD chairman, and Idayat Hassan, the director, the organisation said the incidents of violence can affect voters’ turnout on Saturday.

The organization warned that the election on Saturday would be a ‘bloody process if urgent action is not taken to address the situation.’

The CDD urged security agencies to protect the lives of the electoral officials and ensure that violence is curbed during the election.

The statement read: “Less than 48 hours to November 16, 2019, Kogi State Governorship election, political actors have failed to de-escalate the tension, which had been building up in the State.

“Unfortunately, this has set the stage for what could be a very bloody electoral process, if urgent action is not taken to address the situation

“It is disheartening that political gladiators across the partisan divide have shown no apparent signs of refraining from using vitriolic rhetoric capable of inflaming passions, which could result in dire consequences for voter confidence and turnout and the credibility of the entire process.

“At the CDD Elections Analysis Centre, we believe the credibility of an election does not rest exclusively with happenings on the polls or outcome of the elections. To us, equally crucial is the nature of the environment heading into the polls, and mainly how it contributes to the unfettered participation of all stakeholders, especially political contestants in the process.

“Our findings from the observation of the pre-election environment point to a very volatile political environment, characterised by fierce rhetoric, threats of violence and actual incidents of violence.

“At the last count also, the threats of violence and actual incidents of violent disturbances, including the condemnable arson on the party secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) could have the effect of making voters stay away from the polls.”

DAILY POST recalls that SDP secretariat which was attacked by suspected political thugs on Sunday, was set ablaze in the early hours of Monday.

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Woman arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into prison

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Nigerian Correctional Services has arrested 20 year old Zainab Musa for allegedly attempting to smuggle hard drugs to inmates in Kurmawa, Kano state.

Spokesperson Kano state command of Correctional Services DSP Musbahu Lawan Kofar Nassarawa confirmed the incident to newsmen.

He explained that the suspect is from Hotoro quarters in Kano metropolis in Nasarawa local government area of Kano state.

Lawan said the woman was arrested Thursday evening while attempting to smuggle 360 Exol drugs into the prison.

“The lady was arrested while attempting to smuggle about 360 Exol drugs into Kurmawa prison hidden inside soup while bringing food to her brother”. He stated.

He said the case is still under investigation and will be handed over to the police for further investigations.

Upon interrogation the suspect feigned ignorance of drugs in her possession.

She said the food was given to her by one Abdullahi to deliver to her brother in the prison.

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Many feared killed as petrol tanker falls, explodes in Ogun

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A petrol-laden tanker fell in the wee hours of Friday around Toll gate, Ota axis of Lagos-Abeokuta highway, while approaching Shoprite Store, killing yet to be identified number of people.

The tanker, DAILY POST learnt, went up in flames immediately, destroying lives, vehicles, and properties.

Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance (TRACE) Corps Spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi released a video of the inferno.

Akinbiyi told DAILY POST that there were casualties but the number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.

According to Akinbiyi, the TRACE Corps, Fire Service agents, Federal Road Safety Corps, the police, the NSCDC, Naval officers and the Army were all on ground for rescue operations.

While sympathising with those affected by the ugly incident, Akinbiyi advised motorists to avoid Toll Gate Area for now.

“Nevertheless, they can go through the Old Ota Road to link Awolowo Road down to Sango under bridge to link Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway,” he said.

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