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The Nigerian Army has declared a total of 12 officers and 89 soldiers wanted for deserting the war front in Borno State. Military sources said the order to arrest and freeze bank accounts of the fleeing soldiers was handed by authorities of Operation Lafiya Dole. Various formations of the army have been notified to apprehend and deliver any of the soldiers found in their areas of responsibilities. The soldiers were said to have absconded from duty after...

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NEW DELHI — Indian authorities on Thursday shut down the Taj Mahal and evacuated tourists after police received a phone call about a bomb at India’s iconic monument. The police stopped entry to the monument and bomb detection squads were conducting checks of the premises after the call was received in the morning, area police chief, Rajeev Kumar Singh said. “The caller said he will blow up the monument. We have not found anything so far...

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KABUL — The United States wants to accelerate the peace process in Afghanistan by focusing on diplomacy and garnering wider international support, the U.S. embassy in Kabul said on Thursday. U.S. envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, discussed various options to take the peace process forward with Afghan leaders, the embassy said in a statement as he concluded a three-day visit to Kabul. According to local media reports, Khalilzad has suggested an international conference on Afghanistan in which the...

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BAUCHI — Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has called on the federal government to seek external support from neighbouring countries, in order to end insurgencies in Nigeria. Zulum, who is also the Chairman North-East Governors’ Forum, made the call in Bauchi, on Wednesday, at the commencement of the ‘4th North-East Governors’ Forum meeting’. He lamented the high rate of insurgency, especially, in the Northeastern part of the country, and called on the new Service Chiefs...

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By John Campbell _____ Against an immediate backdrop of escalating mass kidnappings, jihadi resurgence, growing separatist sentiment in the old Biafra, and conflict over water and land that often assumes a religious and ethnic coloration, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has issued a statement sounding the alarm over the very survival of the nation. The statement expresses concern, inter alia, over high-level government officials advising citizens to resort to self-defense as exacerbating ethnic conflict. The statement acknowledges the costs of nation-building but affirms...

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The chairman of the North East Governors Forum and Borno state Governor Prof Babagana Umara Zulum has advocated for deployment of new strategies in the fighting of all forms of terror as the menace of insurgency is taking a new dimension in the country. Zulum made the call on Wednesday at the opening session of the fourth meeting of the North East Governors Forum in the Banquet Hall, Government House, Bauchi. “The new Service Chiefs...

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An Upper Area Court II sitting in Yola, Adamawa state on Wednesday has issued a bench warrant for immediate arrest of the Executive Chairman Demsa Local Government Council, Chief Elkanah Kados Fwah, over N4.2 million debts. The Chairman was said to have been served with the court process on the 1st March, 2021 to appear before it on the 3rd March, 2021, but fail to honour the invitation to appear before it. The Court presided by Honourable...

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Three men who abducted a housewife and her one-year-old son at Yolde Pate in Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa state have been convicted and sentenced to 150 years imprisonment without an option of fine. The convicts, Layi Musa, Buba Siddiki and Shanu Kori will serve 50 years each behind bars conspiracy. The convicts were earlier arraigned before Justice Nathan Musa led High Court I on 14th January, 2021 on charges bordering conspiracy to commit kidnapping...

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The Federal Government has charged the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to immediately design a robust scheme for the protection of schools across the country to ensure the safety of children, especially within the school environments, from the incessant attacks by bandits and kidnappers. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive on Monday, in his office in Abuja, while decorating the new Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Audi. According to the...

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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the new service chiefs on Tuesday. The confirmation of the appointment came after the Red Chamber considered the report of the Committee on Defence which recommended their confirmation. The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, had on last week Wednesday referred the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the Defence committee. The committee, which was led by Senator Aliyu Wamako, was given...

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