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NAF Buries Five Pilots Killed During Boko Haram Operations

The five officers of the Nigerian Air Force who died in the helicopter crash that occurred last Wednesday during counter-insurgency operations in Borno State have been buried.

The crew members were on board the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed while providing air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State.

The officers were buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja on Tuesday.

The officers are: Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command (aged 332; Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot (aged 29); Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician (aged 31); Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner (aged 27), and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner (aged 25).

Service chiefs, serving and retired officers, as well as friends and family members were on ground to pay their last respects to the officers as they were buried.

They were buried with full military honours.

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NAPTIP arrests 3 suspected human traffickers, rescues 14 victims in Kogi

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested three suspected human traffickers and rescued 14 victims in the process.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency,Nneka Aniagoh, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, NAN reports.

Aniagoh stated that the suspects and their victims were arrested by men of the Nigeria Army in Lokoja, Kogi and handed over the victims to NAPTIP through the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS).

She identified the suspects as, two females, Evelyn Jerry (27), Rebecca Stephen (30) and Richard Patrick (38) were intercepted by men of the Nigeria Army on official duty in Lokoja, Kogi.

She said, “They were handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service in Lokoja before they were subsequently handed over to NAPTIP,’’

”The victims made of nine males and five females, aged between three and 13 years.

“They were crammed into an eight-seater Alhambra Sedan vehicle with Plateau registration number, where they were struggling for space.

“They were taken from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau and were on their way to Ekpoma, Edo.

“The suspects are from the same town with the victims, and they confessed that they were taking the children to Ekpoma to be distributed to various households for labour purposes,’’ she said.

She said that the suspects claimed that the parents of the 14 victims gave their consents for them to be taken away for domestic labour.

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Governorship candidate suggests ways of ensuring peace in Kaduna

The gubernatorial candidate of the African People’s Alliance, APA, in Kaduna State, Mustapha Othman Bakano, has explained that the only way to ensure lasting peace in the state is for government to establish a security arrangement that will ensure the safety of the citizenry.

Speaking with AREWA.NG, in Kaduna, the gubernatorial candidate said, “We need to identify ourselves as a people and get a data management collection that will give a clearer picture of who we are as a people, and what are we doing in order to come up with people oriented programmes that will have direct bearing in their lives?

“The citizens must be taken out of poverty and ensure that they are not hungry by establishing cottage industries in each local government arear in the state that will give them a sense of belonging and serve as a base of engagement and means of their livelihood.”

He added that government must be ready to provide the people with some insentives that would take idleness away from their lives by ensuring they are engaged all the times.

He added, “Government must look for ways to assist the people in order to engage them in productive ventures that will enhance productivity and take them away from idleness that affects productivity and encourage all forms of social vices in the state.”

Speaking on the party leadership in the state, the gubernatorial candidate said that the party was facing challenges, saying that the state chairman of the party, Engr. Idris Musa has been suspended due to anti-party activities.

He added that in spite of the challenges the party was facing, it has announced itself in the state, stressing that financial challenges have affected the party to widen its scope at the ward and the 23 local government areas in the state.

Set featured image“We need a conducive environment that will take us into meaningful programmes that will give us a sense of belonging and in turns take us out of hunger which l strongly believe is the cause of insecurity in the state,” he assured.

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Nigeria Decides: INEC speaks on taking election materials for Kebbi to Kaduna

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kebbi State, Ahmad Mahmud, has said some of the sensitive election materials meant for the Saturday elections in Kebbi State were taken to Kaduna State and those meant for Katsina State were brought to Kebbi.

The REC said this yesterday during his interactions with journalists after inspecting the elections sensitive materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s state office in Birnin Kebbi.

He said: “Two of our forms-EC 8D1 and EC 8E1 were mistakenly taken to Kaduna and that of Katsina was brought to Kebbi.

“We discover it during the inspection and they are already bringing it back to Kebbi.”

The REC also said INEC in Kebbi State had received all the sensitive materials meant for the presidential and national assembly elections and would start distributing them on Wednesday across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

He also said all Card Readers sent to the state have all been configured.

“I can confirm to you that we have received all the sensitive materials meant for Kebbi State and all the Card Readers have been configured. By tomorrow (Wednesday) we shall start distributing the sensitive materials”

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