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One Month After Jet Crash, Another Nigerian Air Force Jet Goes Missing In Borno

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A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet has gone missing in the insurgency ravaged Borno State in North-East Nigeria, authorities said Thursday morning.

The spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, said the alpha jet lost contact with the radar in Borno State Wednesday.

Mr Gabkwet, an air commodore, said the plane disappeared “while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops. The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East.

“The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08 pm on 31 March 2021.”

Mr Gabkwet added, “Details of the whereabout of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear. Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing.”

This development came weeks after another Air Force aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i, crashed after reporting engine failure on its way to Minna, Niger State.

The plane was heading to that destination to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

That February 21 crash led to the death of Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist), Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

The Nigerian Air Force is deeply involved in the anti-insurgency operation in the North-East as well as in the onslaught against bandits in the North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones, providing reconnaissance intelligence and aerial covers for ground troops.

The Force also engages in bombardment of terrorists enclaves from time to time.

SOURCE: PREMIUM TIMES

 

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Police Arrest Eight Land Grabbers In Ogun

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The men of Nigeria Police Force, Criminal Investigation Department, CID Headquarters Abuja has arrested Alhaji Shesan Mustapha Jamiu 48, Jimoh Saka 45, Folaromi Ashorobi 45, Kazeem Ilori 40, Dare Shoyami, Wasiu Ahmed 27, Onikoyi Saheed, Bankole Wasiu 20 for allegedly invading and distrupting peace in Oko-Iwaju, Makun area of Sagamu, Ogun State today.

According to Prince Yomi Adebayo Stephen a resident of the area while speaking with Amebo Newspaper NG, said about Fourteen land grabbers led by one Wale Bello invaded Oko Iwaju, Makun Sagamu community in Ogun State with arms and ammunition today in the move to forcefully take charge of people’s properties but the police apprehended eight of them with their sophisticated weapons.

Meanwhile, same grabbers was said to have striked in mass three weeks back leaving one Lukman Kareem with high degree of injury, his left eye was damaged by the gang, while several people were also injured and displaced.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Lukman Kareem after the invasion of the grabbers

From indication, the hoodlums are contacting the top police officers in Ogun State command to secure their bail after all the degrees of attocities committed by them in the community.

When our correspondent contacted DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun Command, he said if the arrest is from Force Headquarters in Abuja, that no need of contacting the state command before the police officers perform their duties.

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‘I Was Only Invited, Not Arrested’ – Rochas Okorocha Breaks Silence On EFCC Arrest

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TRIXX NG reports that the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has broken his silence on his arrest by the EFCC Yesterday.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, He explained that he wasn’t arrested but was only invited due to some petition written against him after he left government.

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“The truth is that Okorocha left as the governor of Imo State on May 28, 2019. And shortly after his exit as governor, Imo State Government wrote petitions upon petitions against him.

“The EFCC investigated the petitions and has been in various courts of the land with Okorocha to that effect.

“And if the EFCC has decided to invite Okorocha for clarifications on the matters already in courts, especially with a new Chairman at the helm of affairs at the Commission, there is nothing wrong with that.

“The matters between EFCC and Okorocha over his governorship in Imo have been pendent in various courts of the land.

“At the end of the day, we would know whether the Commission will be withdrawing the cases in courts, or would continue with the cases already in courts.

“But to us, the Commission is doing its job and should be given the needed cooperation. And Okorocha being a law-abiding citizen, would always cooperate with the Commission over the matters in courts. EFCC is not a slaughterhouse, but a very responsible institution and should be seen as such.

“We have no reason to complain about the invitation of today, which Okorocha honoured as a patriotic and responsible Nigerian.

“As we stated earlier, the Commission didn’t invite Okorocha today, for the first time.”

 

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BREAKING! EFCC Confirms Rochas Okorocha Arrest On National TV

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TRIXX NG reports that the EFCC has confirmed the arrest of former imo governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Spokesperson of the Commission, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed the arrest on AIT Live some minutes ago.

This publication  had earlier reported that the former governor is currently being quizzed and detained by the EFCC for issues that has to do with corruption

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