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FG focused on tackling insurgency, banditry – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said that his administration was focused on tackling and ending insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the country.

The President spoke in Kaduna during the combined Passing Out Parade (POP) for 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 (Army), at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

“We remain focused in the fight against insurgencies, banditry and others forms of criminality across the nation.

“We remain committed to ending the security challenges bedeviling the country.

“I am confident that the training received by the cadets has adequately equipped them to face any challenge in the line of duty.”

Buhari advised the cadets to strive to keep pace with the ever changing challenges which, he said, were complex, fluid and dynamic.

Buhari expressed confidence that the cadets had gone through rigorous and demanding tasks and were, undoubtedly, infused with a sense of self-esteem, efficacy and accomplishment.

He also reminded them of the need to be committed to core goals of national cohesion, peace and unity.

Buhari commended the resilience and steadfastness of the Armed Forces, especially their professionalism and bravery in tackling the menace of terrorism, insurgency and banditry in the North-East and North-West geo-political zones.

He also lauded their handling of the herders/farmers conflict, kidnapping, piracy and communal clashes in other parts of our country.

“Very soon, you will join your senior colleagues in the field and you will be expected to contribute your part in the defence of your country.

“With the quality of training you have received, I am convinced that you will discharge your duties professionally and responsibly.

“I can say without any fear that the future is promising for our national defence and security,” Buhari said.

The president charged the cadets to remain loyal and patriotic, urging them to consistently sustain and strengthen the two virtues.

He urged other Nigerians to also embrace the spirit of patriotism, noting that it was the only path to greatness.

“In spite of our obvious differences, we must strive to ensure that our actions and utterances are geared toward strengthening our democratic framework.

“We must subsume our personal and sectional interests to the overall national aspirations of unity, economic prosperity and good governance.”

He commended the NDA for remaining focused and committed to its core mandate of training officer cadets since its establishment in 1964.

“I have been made to understand that the Academy, in furtherance to enriching its training curriculum, recently took the cadets on a tour of frontline communities in the North-East theatre of operations.

“The tour was to keep the cadets informed of the challenges of real battle scenarios and to boost their combat readiness.

“As a retired General, I can say with all sense of responsibility that I am encouraged by the excellent work invested in the training of these officer cadets for service to this great nation and humanity in general.”

The president appreciated the Commandant and entire staff of the Academy for their relentless efforts toward ensuring that the cadets received adequate training that would enable them to contribute their quota to nation building.

President commissioned the cadets into the Nigerian Armed Forces after the parade.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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