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Nigerian Military Kills Deadly Bandits Linked to Ansaru Terrorist Group Hiding In Katsina Forest

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17 bandits linked to the Ansaru terrorist group have been eliminated in an airstrike.

This airstrike was carried out by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, which also destroyed the camp of the bandits in the Dunya Forest area of Katsina State.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, made this known in a statement on Friday.

He said the airstrikes were executed on Thursday following credible intelligence on the presence of the elements.

The spokesman noted that the intelligence and surveillance missions revealed that dozens of bandits linked to Ansaru terrorist group had established a camp at the location.

They also kept scores of rustled cattle in the forest.

Enenche disclosed that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships were dispatched and engaged the bandits.

The air attacks destroyed portions of the camp, including their storage facility, which was seen engulfed in flames.

“Human intelligence sources later confirmed that no fewer than 17 bandits were neutralised and several others injured”, the statement added.

The Military High Command commended troops and other security agencies operating in the North-West and urged them to remain resolute in order to eradicate all armed bandits.

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Hisbah Bars Radio Station From Saying ‘Black Friday’, Says It’s A Holy Day for Muslims

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A radio station in Kano State, 96.9 Cool FM has been ordered to stop using the term ‘Black Friday’. 

The order was given by the Kano State Hisbah Board, which is tasked with the duty of enforcing Sharia law in Kano State. Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

The term is used worldwide to mean a day for promotional sales where goods are sold at discounted prices.

 However, in a letter signed by Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated that Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam and tagging it as ‘black’ is derogatory and would not be condoned.

 The letter titled, ‘Letter of Introduction’ reads in part, “I am directed to write and notify you that the office is in receipt of a complaint for the conduct of ‘Black Friday Sales’ on November 27, 2020.

Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that consider Friday as a holy day.

“In view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony and stability in the state.”

 Hisbah, an Islamic police operating in many states in the North, has been accused of several human rights abuses. It is known for accosting vehicles transporting alcoholic beverages and does not allow such vehicles to pass through the state.

Hisbah’s Commander General, Sheik Aminu Daurawa, had said over 12 million bottles of beer were destroyed in 800 operations executed in seven years. According to the National Broadcasting Commission Act, only the NBC has the power to sanction a radio station especially in matters that relate to broadcasting.

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Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets – senate

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The Senate Committee on Airforce, said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes.

The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the fighter jets.

The Federal Government had wired in $493m in 2018 to a US company to tackle insurgency and other security challenges facing the country.

The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting the 2021 budget report of the Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

He told the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, recently, they complained that the facility did not have the capacity to carry the aircraft.

He, therefore, said there was the need to make provision for additional N9bn that would take care of the runway and aircraft or else Nigeria will lose the money and the aircraft.

Nnachi said, “It is a very serious issue, the Airforce personnel are running around. They have gone to the Finance Minister. They have also gone to the Central Bank of Nigeria, and they have gone to meet the Senate President because the money needed was not part of the main budget.

Source:- Punch ng

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FG Reaches Out To US And Niger Republic In Search For Abdulrasheed Maina

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The Federal Government has reached out to the United States of America and the Niger Republic in search of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT)  who jumped bail.

FG contacted the countries in its efforts to execute the arrest warrant issued by a court in Abuja against the former Pension boss.

This was revealed in court today November 26, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a counter-affidavit it filed against the bail application Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume filed.

The EFCC said in its counter-affidavit;

The prosecution has obtained the bench warrant and it is making frantic efforts to execute it while enlisting the support of other security agencies in the country as well as some foreign governments, particularly the Republic of Niger and the United States of America.”

Recall that Justice Okon Abang had revoked the bail he granted Maina who is being tried for money laundering on November 18. He also issued a bench warrant for his arrest

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