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=>Soldiers kill Boko Haram terrorists in early morning ambush-Naij.com
– The troops ambushed the terrorists in the morning
– Recovered vehicle and ammunitions
– Army says more operational strategies are being employed to further flush the terrorists out
Troops of 212 Tank Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade, recorded success in the onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.
Nigerian troops regrouping after the early morning ambush.
In a statement issued on February 10, by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director army public relations, a copy obtained by Naij.com, the troops in an early morning ambush killed some sect members.
Colonel Usman disclosed that some of the terrorists managed to escape after sustaining gunshot wounds.
Bullets recovered from the early morning raid
The ambush, which was laid at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari around Mainok general area, was supported by a Quick Response Group (QRG).
The troops captured a Hilux vehicle containing 8 jerry cans of petroleum, oil and lubricants, large quantity of 7.62mm ammunitions, 127mm ammunitions and 4 AK-47 rifles, as well as 5 hand grenades.
AK-47 rifles recovered from the early morning ambush.
He further revealed that more operational strategies are being employed to completed wipe out the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from wherever they might be hiding in the troubled area.
The army spokesman said the gesture was in continuation of their clearance operations of the Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeastern part of the country.
=>Boko Haram kills 60 in two attacks in Borno- Sahara Reporters
– SEMA confirmed the attack on IDP camp in Borno state
– The officials put the death toll at 55, but the casualty figures couldn’t be confirmed at this time
– The Boko Haram also raided communities in the Damboa local government area
Sahara Reporters obtained information that the Boko Haram terrorists killed 60 people in two attacks in Borno state since Monday, February 8.
State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the attack on IDP camp in Borno state.
According to the agency two female bombers attacked a camp in Dikwa local government area at about 6:30 a.m., and detonated their explosive in the midst of thousands of helpless IDPs.
Satomi Ahmed, the chief of the state agency, told journalists that thirty were killed and seventy-eight people wounded in the attack. He also stated that the lack of a telecommunications network in Dikwa LGA meant that SEMA did not receive word of the attacks until Wednesday morning.
He said: “We were not informed of the attacks until this morning Wednesday. As soon as we heard SEMA and NEMA officials were on the scene. We evacuated seventy-eight injured persons to Maiduguri.”
Rescue workers who took part in evacuating the victims revealed that more than fifty-five people were killed, most of the victims were women and children.
The Boko Haram insurgents also stormed communities in the Damboa local government area on Monday, murdering at least seven people. News of this onslaught is just emerging because of poor phone network in that area. READ FULL NEWS
=>PDP BOT removes Bello as chairman- SaharaReporters
– Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sacks Mohammed Bello as its chairman
– Announces Senator Walid Jibril, BOT secretary, as acting chairman
Members of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today February 10, voted to remove Mohammed Haliru Bello as the acting chairman.
Sahara Reporters report that Bello is alleged to have shared money from the $2.1 billion arms scandal popularly refereed to as Dasukigate.
Bello reportedly collected N300 million from the former national security adviser, Dasuki during 2015 election.
Senator Walid Jibril, BOT secretary, who announced Bello’s removal during a meeting with journalists in Abuja added that his tenure had also expired.
Jubril explained further that Bello was elected to the position for only three months and that he had overstayed the period given to him.
“The BOT unanimously appointed Walid Jibril as the acting chairman while still remaining as the substantive BOT secretary,” he added.
Reports suggest that the Nigerian military has arrested the mastermind behind the Agip pipeline bombing in Bayelsa state.
According to Sahara Reporters, the army affirmed the arrest of Prince Alvin Cockman Oyegun (AKA Commander Abula) for masterminding the bombing of the Agip pipeline in the Brass Local Government Area.
The arrest was the work of the Joint Military Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield.
According to spokesman for Operation Pulo Shield, Colonel Isa Ado, Mr Oyegun was captured on Friday, January 29, in the Idema community a region located in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA).
Ado who made the arrest public on Wednesday, February 10, alleged that Oyegun masterminded the bombing of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) manifold on January 28, 2016. The attack caused oil spillage into the region.
In concluding his statement, Colonel Ado warned other criminals planning to destroy oil installations that the army would stop at nothing to bring them to justice.
Ado also urged the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious persons to Operation Pulo Shield. SOURCE
=> Soldiers ask Buhari to investigate non-payment of salaries-Sahara Reporters
Up to 22,000 soldiers fighting the Boko Haram in the north-east of reportedly didn’t receive their full salaries for several months. Sahara Reporters spoke with some some soldiers, who asked not to be named.
They said that many of servicemen have not received their allowances from the past three months. Nigerian troops are subjected to this development despite their efforts fighting Boko Haram.
The non-payment of their salaries has made life very difficult for many soldiers. One of the soldiers said that he was forced to borrow a friend’s cell phone to call his family because non-payment of his salary that he couldn’t purchase or recharge it in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole.
These soldiers said that they did not want to report their superior servicemen but they had little choice now. They addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate their problem.
One soldier said: “Our families have been complaining seriously about this hardship. Providing food for our family has become difficult.”
“I beg Defense Headquarters and Chief of Army Staff to urgently address our pending allowances so that we can give our best in military service. Morale has been low.”
A staff sargent from another unit added that the salaries of his servicemen were paid “but the allowances of more than 22,000 personnel has not been paid for three months.”
Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram reportedly earn N49K monthly as the salary. Daily feeding is N500.
=>Savings From Fuel Subsidy Removal Rises To N647m Daily-Vanguard
Nigeria, as at yesterday, is currently saving N647.2 million daily from the suspension of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. Particularly, at the current price of N86.50 per litre in petrol stations across the country, the country is making an extra N16.18 per litre. A motorist refueling his car at a black market The Federal Government had stated that this extra savings is kept in an escrow account to serve as a cushion in case of eventuality, such as if the price of crude oil rebounds, leading to an increase in the selling price of PMS. The saving is partly due to the continuous decline in the price of crude oil in the international market, which dragged the open market price of petrol to N70.32 per litre. The amount the country is saving is based on a 40 million litres average daily consumption of PMS by Nigerians as declared by the Federal Government. Since the announcement and commencement of the price modulation regime by the Federal Government, the open market of PMS had fluctuated between N4 and N12 per litre before rising to its current level. Data obtained, yesterday, from the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, in its pricing template for PMS for February 9, 2016, revealed that at a retail price of N86.50 per litre as approved by the Federal Government, the country is saving N16.18 per litre of the product. The PPPRA put the landing cost of the product at N56.02 per litre, composed of Cost plus Freight — N51.19 per litre; Lightering Expenses — N2.02; NPA Financing — N0.15, Jetty Throughput Charge — N0.60 and Storage Charge — N2.00 per litre.
=>Nigeria seeks $2 Billion Chinese loan to fund budget-Nigerianeye
Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, according to sources, will travel to China next week to negotiate the loan to help fund the record budget spending, financial and government sources were yesterday quoted by News Agency Reuters.
Sources said Nigeria has shelved plans to meet investors about returning to commercial borrowing on the Eurobond market. One Nigerian government official told Reuters that any loan agreed during Mrs Adeosun’s trip could be signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in Beijing next month. “The finance minister, in the company of the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele, is scheduled to be in China sometime next week to conclude negotiations on the $2 billion loan,” said the official, who asked not to be named. The official acknowledged negotiations had been underway for some time and that the terms had yet to be agreed. However, he added: “Hopefully it may be sorted out during this meeting and the loan will be signed during President Buhari’s visit to China next month.” The Central Bank could not confirm whether Emefiele would be joining Mrs Adeosun. No official of the Ministry of Finance contacted last night was willing to make any comment. Nigeria wants to raise about $5 billion abroad to cover part of its 2016 budget deficit. This is projected to hit N3 trillion ($15 billion) due to heavy infrastructure spending at a time when the slump in global oil prices has slashed export revenues. Buhari wants to turn around the economy by investing in power plants and transport. The president asked China last December to fund rail and power projects and Mrs Adeosun, who already visited Beijing last week, has raised the possibility of seeking a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China. Nigeria had wanted to raise $1 billion from Eurobond investors but has dropped plans to sound them out at a non-deal “road show” which the Finance ministry had tentatively planned for March, financial sources say.
=>Fashola to Senate: don’t change our plans-Nigerianeye
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday urged the Senate Committee on Works not to change the ministry’s plans as presented in the 2016 budget proposals. He spoke when he led a delegation to continue its budget defence. The minister, in his presentation of the main thrust of the Medium Term Sector Strategy 2016–2018 budget proposals, explained that the objective would ensure that projects in the six geopolitical zones were completed. He said: “Some members of the committee have pointed out that they wanted to see a plan. There is a plan before you and it is a plan that l appeal that you should look at in more detail. It is perhaps different from what has been done before, and if we have done this budget method where we put X Naira in the budget and every constituency takes a part of it in that budget year and it doesn’t lead us to the conclusion of a project, I think the time has come to try something new. “ I am proposing something new but we not are inflexible about what we are proposing and as l have said in my previous meetings with the chairman and the vice chairman, give us a chance, to change the way things have been done, then hold us responsible to the plan that we agree with. But as parliament, when it comes to Budgetary Appropriation matters, you have the yam and you have the knife and you can choose to cut as you wish, Sir. Mr. Chairman, we have brought a plan to you Sir, it is different from what has been done before. The purpose of that plan is to address first, economic roads as the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Ilorin-Jebba road so that, a section at least can be completed.” Fashola noted that if there was a clear cut plan as being proposed, each lawmaker could explain to their people on the schedule of their areas within such a plan. READ FULL NEWS
=> Valentine: Nigerians Are The ‘Most Romantic’ — Survey-Vanguard
NEW YORK– Nigerians are the most romantic people in Africa, beating out other online customers in global money transfer leader Transfast’s Valentine’s Day survey. An impressive 80 percent of Nigerian respondents say they plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with 75 percent calling the holiday “Sweet – I like the sentiment behind it.” Of those less enamoured, thirteen percent say it’s “silly, but I put up with it ” and nine percent call it “a ridiculous money-making scheme.” Still, only three percent of Nigerians say Valentine’s Day is “stressful: I wish it would go away!” Valentine Most respondents, who are Transfast customers based in the U.S. or Canada, say their loved one is in the U.S. (54 percent), while 36 percent say their loved one is in Nigeria. A majority (53 percent) says they will send money home for Valentine’s Day, in amounts ranging from $50 to $2,000. Transfast, the global money transfer company, is used by millions to send money home to more than 120 countries around the globe. For Nigeria, customers can send money from a mobile device or desktop, direct to a recipient’s bank account, or for cash pick-up. In many cases, the transfer is made instantly or within 24 hours. Nigerian respondents plan to express their love on Valentine’s Day by communicating with their loved one via a phone call (46 percent), Skype (11 percent), Whatsapp (11 percent), Facebook message (eight percent) or Facetime (five percent). Nigerian respondents agreed that Nigerians are by nature romantic, with 67 percent saying this was the case. A total of 46 percent say they believe in love at first sight, and twelve percent say that love at first sight has happened to them.
=>Biafra: Over 1,000 of our members killed since Kanu’s arrest, detention — IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday warned against the careless killing of its members by security agents, lamenting that over 1,000 members of the group have been publicly and secretly killed since their leader was arrested and detained. Also yesterday, the Abia Police Command explained the death of the praying IPOB members in Aba. The IPOB Media and Publicity Officer, Mr. Emma Powerful gave the warning while addressing newsmen in Nnewi after their meeting to review their activities and to determine options that will be followed to check the incessant killing of the members for engaging in peaceful protests. “We wonder what these soldiers and policemen who are killing our innocent members because they embarked on peaceful demonstration to demand the unconditional release of our leader and Director of Radio Biafra Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, are doing in the South East when their marksmanship is needed in the North East to check the activities of the Boko haram insurgents who are killing people on daily basis. “The case of our leader has exposed the emptiness of APC government in Nigeria and some ex presidents of Nigeria who are supporting the extra judicial killing of harmless IPOB members who have not carried guns or any dangerous weapons for a day. “If the present government of APC in Nigeria is responsible, law abiding, respectful to Nigerian constitution, and the orders of court of competent jurisdiction, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has no business still being incarcerated. No IPOB member or anybody should be shot while engaging in peaceful protest but because this is a government of frustrated, confused and power hungry people who never thought that they will ever lead Nigeria for one day, they use intimidation to shoot people as if they are still in the military era.
ENTERTAINMENT =>Ibinabo Fiberesima to pay N10m to beauty queen On Cheating Scandal
The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt slammed the top Nollywood actress and former president of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima, with a N10m fine in a case instituted against her by ex-beauty queen Miss Earth Nigeria 2011/2012, Munachi Chineye Uzoma.
The case was presided over by Justice Adolphus Enebeli, who in his judgement agreed with the complainant, Miss Uzoma, that there was actually evidence to prove that Fiberesima and AMC Productions Limited breached a contract signed on October 28, 2011, by cheating her out of winning a beauty contest.
At the hearing on, Friday, February 5, in Port Harcourt, the beauty queen accused Fiberesima and AMC Productions Ltd of substituting her for a 2nd runner up in the contest which they organised, preventing her from winning.
After the judgement, Miss Uzoma expressed her joy saying: “At last justice has been done.” She added that she had suffered a lot of trauma since the incident occurred in 2012.