- Nigeria partners Italy, Pakistan to Upgrade Warplanes
The Nigerian Air Force said it had reached out to Italy and Pakistan to fortify its warplanes in the fight against Boko Haram.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who stated this while commenting on efforts to recover the remaining Chibok girls, said that the two countries would assist in building long-range surveillance cameras into NAF’s aircrafts.
Abubakar said that the efforts would enhance the search for the girls believed to be held by the terrorists at a yet-to-be-identified location in the region.
He said, “I think the Boko Haram insurgents look at the Chibok girls as special captives and they would do all within their power to conceal them.
“But we are working round the clock. For now, we have not seen any credible intelligence to show that what our ISR picked are the Chibok girls.
“These insurgents are fighters and also dress in hijabs. It is part of the strategy of war. They can lure you into thinking that is the place and cause a problem. We are finalising arrangements with the Pakistani and Italians to get more cameras fixed on our airplanes.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Friday confirmed the deaths of some soldiers attached to a base in Sabon Gari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, ordering troops to avenge the deaths of their colleagues.
The base was attacked by terrorists on Tuesday with four soldiers reportedly killed while another four were injured.
The Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, said this while visiting the affected area on Friday.
In a similar vein, the Bauchi State Police Command said that it had arrested a notorious and wanted member of the Boko Haram sect.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, the command said detectives arrested the suspect on Wednesday following an intelligence report.
He said that the suspect had confessed to killing 150 people in Bama, Borno State.
President Buhari Has Officially Suspends Magu, Says Attorney General’s Office
Buhari Officially Suspends Magu, Says Attorney General’s Office
Nigeria has suspended its anti-corruption chief pending the conclusion of investigations, the attorney general’s office said on Friday, without elaborating.
Ibrahim Magu has been appearing before a presidential panel reviewing activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the agency said on Monday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Ag. Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
The president put EFCC operations director Mohammed Umar in charge pending the outcome of Magu’s case.
Buhari has made tackling corruption a priority since taking office in 2015. Endemic graft among the political elite dating back decades has left most Nigerians mired in poverty, despite the country being Africa’s biggest economy and energy producer.
FG Puts School Resumption Plan on Hold as COVID-19 Cases Hit 30,000
FG Drops School Resumption Plan as COVID-19 Cases Cross 30,000
The Federal Government has dropped plans for certain students to return to school following the surge in COVID-19 cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 30,249 on Wednesday.
“Till date, 30249 cases have been confirmed, 12373 cases have been discharged and 684 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC stated.
The report forced the Federal Government to drop plans for certain students to return to school.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday.
“We will not open soon for examinations, or for any reason, unless it is safe for our children,” Adamu after a cabinet meeting.
“Our schools will only open when we believe it’s safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the incidence of the infection is going up in the nation.”
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FG Approves N109bn Contracts for Four Roads, Hostel
FG to Spend N109bn On Four Roads, Hostel
The Federal Government on Wednesday approved different contracts on roads and others totalling N109.187bn.
The approvals for the contracts were parts of the decision reached at a virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The contracts were approved based on the requests of the Ministry of Works and Housing as well as the Ministry of Education.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that his ministry submitted two memoranda for projects estimated to cost a total of N108.44bn.
He disclosed that the council approved an augmentation of existing contract by N25bn for the completion of the Enugu – Lokponta section of the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway.
He said, “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented two memoranda. The first one was to aid the completion of the Enugu – Lokponta section of the Enugu – Port Harcourt highway. It was an augmentation of existing contract by N25bn; the council approved that augmentation.
“The second memorandum was the award of three different roads. The first is Dikwa-Marte-Mungunu road for N60. 273bn and the Numan Road linking Borno and Adamawa for N15.527bn and the third is for Gombi-Biu linking Adamawa and Borno also for N7.643 bn.”
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the FEC approved an agreement between the Kaduna Polytechnic and an investor to renovate 18 blocks of student hostels.
The contract, which is a 15-year concession at the cost of N744.26m is under a Renovate Operate, Maintain and Transfer arrangement.
He said, “It will take one year to construct the hostels, after which the contractor will run it for 15 years within which they will recover what they have sunk into the project.
“There are 18 blocks of hostels and each room in a block will house four students. The total number of students to be housed will be 4,032.”
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