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Air Force, ground troops neutralize 12 bandits, rescue 15 kidnapped victims

The Nigerian Air Force has said 12 bandits have been killed during air strikes and coordinated attacks by ground troops in Birni-gwarri, Kaduna. Its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement that the feat was achieved by the newly established 271 NAF Detachment in the area.

Military will defeat terrorism – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has vowed that officers and men of the Nigerian Army would remain resolute in the on-going war against terrorism in the country.

Lt Gen. Buratai said notwithstanding the occasional hitches, the armed forces would defeat terrorism and overcome other criminals in the country.

He made the assertion in Borno state at the burial of Lt Col. Yusuf I Aminu and two soldiers who lost their lives on Monday.

Court of Appeal reserves judgment on Adeleke

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reserved judgment in the separate appeals by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke. The PDP and Adeleke are challenging the April 2, 2019 judgment by Justice Othman Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Bwari.

The judgment was in the suit by Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, who claimed that Adeleke was not qualified, under Section 177 of the Constitution to contest the governorship election.

US suspends drop box visa applications in Nigeria

The United States embassy in Nigeria has suspended drop box service or interview waiver for those renewing visas in the country. In a statement on Tuesday, the world power said the interview waiver suspension will take effect from Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Effective at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process,” the statement read.

We are not planning to overthrow Buhari – Military

The defence headquarters on Tuesday dissociated the armed forces of Nigeria from the circulation of document, calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued by Muhammed Wabi, deputy director of defence information, the DHQ accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress’’ as being behind the document. Wabi alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.


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