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Gen Bello ordered soldiers to release bullets at Lekki Toll Gate – Army

The Commander of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, has disclosed the roles played by Lt.- Col. S.O. Bello and Brig.-Gen. F.O. Omata during the shooting at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.

Following the End SARS protest, soldiers had reportedly shot and killed peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020.

However, Taiwo said Bello who was the Commander on ground had given the order for the soldiers to shoot in the air, NAN reports.

Taiwo who is a military witness disclosed this during cross-examination at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution, on Saturday in Lagos State.

He stated that Bello was the Commanding Officer of the 65 Battalion which was at the Lekki tollgate on the fateful day and Omata was also present at the scene with him.

“When I called Bello he said that while they were being deployed, they were attacked by hoodlums and they released some shots into the air.

“Bello had arrived the scene first before Omata, as the whole 81 Division Garrison had been given the mandate to secure the whole Eti-Osa corridor.

“Omata had left Obalende to meet up with Bello and patrol the whole area,” he said.

Bombardment of Boko Haram strongholds ongoing says Army

The Nigerian Army said on Thursday that it was coordinating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force comprising Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad to bombard the strongholds of Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province fighters in the North-East, particularly in the Lake Chad region.

The army noted that the “continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits” of the terrorists had forced them to move en masse towards Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, said in a release, that the military had observed a massive exodus of the insurgents from the Lake Chad Tumbus to the North and Central Africa sub-regions.

Musa said the military bombardments in the North-East would be intensified. (Punch)

Boko Haram, ISWAP fleeing to North, Central Africa -Army

Boko Haram fighters are fleeing to neighbouring countries as well as North and Central African nations, following military bombardments of their strongholds in the Northeast, the Nigerian Army said yesterday.

A statement by its spokesman Col Sagir Musa said the concerted efforts of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had led to the death of scores of Boko Haram fighters have been killed and their remnants are in mass exodus to the border towns outside Nigeria.

Musa said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that due to the combined onslaught on the identified hideouts of elements of the criminal elements of bandits and erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters by our troops and the MNJTF, at the fringes of Lake Chad region, there is observed massive exodus of the criminals out of Lake Chad Tumbus to North and Central Africa sub-regions.

“There are credible reports from very reliable sources indicating massive movements of the criminal groups out of the area towards Sudan and Central African Republic as a result of successful artillery and aerial bombardments of their settlements and as the heat of the onslaught is becoming unbearable.

“This mass movement for their lives was necessitated, following the sustained air and artillery bombardments by the Nigerian Armed Forces and coalition forces of the MNJTF, which killed uncountable erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters and destroyed their weapons and equipment.

“The various national troops and the MNJTF are maintaining aggressive patrols and blocking positions against infiltration by the escaping criminals.

“It is important to note that most of the Tumbus are located along the Quadrangular borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria. To further annihilate the fleeing terrorists, efforts are ongoing for continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits. Similarly, the countries in these sub-regions have also had been contacted through the MNJTF headquarters.”(Thenation)


Army hands over 151 repentant Boko Haram insurgents to Borno govt

The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 151 repentant Boko Haram insurgents to Borno Government for rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.

Major General Bamidele Shafa, the Coordinator, Operation Safe Corridor, made the disclosure during the handing over of the repentant insurgents at the Bulunkutu Rehabilitation Center, Maiduguri.

Shafa disclosed that the 151 male repentant insurgents comprised of 132 adult and 19 minors, who completed 52 weeks of deradicalisation process at its centre in Gombe State.

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He said that the clients were exposed to formal literacy classes, skills acquisition and Islamic Religious Knowledge as well as drug and psycho-therapists during their training.

Shafa explained that the Operation Safe Corridor was designed to encourage Boko Haram insurgents to surrender, provide deradicalisation and rehabilitation programme, to enable them to rejoin the society.

“The clients confessed their past misdeeds; denounced membership of Boko Haram group, asked for forgiveness and took an oath of allegiance to Nigeria. I believe they are now good citizens,” he said.

Shafa lauded the state government over its support and efforts to assist the repentant insurgents to reintegrate into the society.

Also, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the state Deputy Governor, commended the Federal Government over the implementation of Operation Safe Corridor to rehabilitate and reintegrate repentant insurgents into the society.

Kadafur said that the state government had adopted effective measures to accept the insurgents willing to voluntarily surrender and to create an enabling environment for them to rejoin the society.

He said that the state government had also directed community leaders to sensitize their people on the need to accept the rehabilitated insurgents, and warned against infringement on their rights.


FEC okays $247.3m foreign loan for electrification •Approves the establishment of Army Varsity in Biu

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved $247.3 million loan facility from the African Development Bank, AfDB and French Government. Minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council, Presidential Villa, Abuja.      


The Minister said that the loans $150 million were from the AfDB, $50 million was from African Grow Together Fund would be used to finance the Nigeria electrification project.

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She said, “Council approved three memos for the ministry of finance. First, it approved a $150 million loan facility from the African development bank and $50 million loans from African Grow Together Fund to finance the Nigeria electrification project.  

“The project is a nationwide initiative to be implemented by the rural electrification agency. The project aligns with the strategy of the federal government on the electrifying rural community.      


“The project has four components, first is solar hybrid mini-grid for rural economic development. The second is productive appliances equipment for off-grid communities and the third is energising education while the fourth component is institutional capacity building.

“The impact of the project when fully implemented, about 500,000 people will be able to have access to electricity for about 105,000 households.
“The maximum power that will be generated will be 76.5 megawatts installed generating capacity part of which is 68,000 megawatts of solar.
“Eight universities will benefit from this scheme and about 20,000 small, micro, medium enterprises across different communities in the nation.”

On the second approval, she said, “The second approval the north Core dorsal regional transmission project. This is a project that is part of the pipeline for the west Africa power pull priority projects. The intention is for the creation of regional power pull in the region of West Africa.


“The post-project aims to connect Nigeria, Niger, Benin Republic, Togo, Burkina Faso with a high voltage 330 kilowatts transmission line, to facilitate energy trade amongst participants. “The project is in the total sum of $640 million out of which each of the four countries involved has a component. Nigeria has the smallest component in this pact which is a total loan of $27.3 million IADE facilities, it is a concessionary loan.

“This is a loan that the four countries are taking together, the other four countries have concluded theirs, so this is one of the final stages for Nigeria to conclude its process. “The third load approval is $20 million, for the Lagos State Strategic Transport Master Plan, this facility is from the French Development Agency.
“The objective of the project is to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of Lagos urban area and to promote urban development sitting by the efficient and effective transport system.

“The project has two major components, first is to rehabilitate urban roads and the creation of a minimum of eight equality bus corridors and the creation of two multi-model inter-changes at Marina and Mile 2.      


“The second objective is to provide technical support for implementation and management.
“When completed, the project is expected to impact 1.8 million inhabitants of Lagos State and accumulative 1.5 million users per day for inter-model inter-changes without about 620,000 boardings at Mile 2 and 480,000 boardings at Marina. Another estimated 630,000 boardings at QBS.

“The project is being undertaken by Lagos State agency, LAMATA under its own strategy. So the federal government is borrowing to unlearn to Lagos following the same terms and conditions that we signed. Our assessment is that Lagos state has the capacity to repay the loan.” (Vanguard)

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