NTA News Summary: 23th November,2017
President Buhari Orders Military Crackdown On Banditry
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara state, Following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas. the president has also approved the request of minister of defence, Mansur Dan Ali for the stationing of a full battalion of special forces in Zamfara state and the operationalization of the newly established 8 division of the Nigerian army in Sokoto as well as the movement of the one brigade from Sokoto to Gusau. A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity Garba Shehu says the president has equally approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri for the purpose of gathering and sharing intelligence among the security agencies in the country. adding that the phase of the war on terror will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last minute activities of terrorists.
IGP On Presidential Directive
The inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered all commissioners of police in charge of state commands and their supervising assistant inspectors general of police and other police formations nationwide to be on red-alert prevent the spread of the renewed Boko haram attacks on soft targets.they are also to quell the recent attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara state and other vulnerable states in the country. a statement from force public relations officer CSP Jimoh Moshood says the order is in compliance with the presidential directive. The statement said the ongoing joint operations between the police and other security agencies in the states of the north east of the country is being sustained. it stated that additional deployment of police personnel from police mobile force, the counter terrorism unit, police explosive ordinance department, force criminal intelligence and investigation department personnel, attack and sniffer dogs section have been made to the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to bring new impetus to the fight against insurgency by Nigeria police force in the affected states. the Nigeria police force commiserates with the government and people of Adamawa and Zamfara states over the recent killings in a mosque in Mubi and another attack in Numan local government areas, and in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas. the force also implores the people in the affected states to be vigilant and more security conscious most especially during periods of worship.
Buhari Inaugurates Committee On Recoveries
The federal government has vowed to ensure that never again will the wanton diversion and embezzlement of public assets witnessed in the past be allowed in Nigeria’s national life. President Muhammad Buhari stated this while inaugurating the audit committee on the recovery and management of stolen assets within and outside Nigeria. state house correspondent, adamu sambo reports.
FEC Moves To Curb Illegal Mining.
The federal executive council has approved the procurement of 50 Toyota hilux vehicles for the special mining surveillance task force at 987 million Naira. this is to put an end to illegal mining operations across Nigeria so that the sector can contribute more to the nation’s gross domestic product for sustainable economic development. state house correspondent Adamu Sambo reports that council presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari observed a moment of silence in honour of the late vice president of Nigeria, DR Alex Ekwueme.
Osinbajo Inaugurates National Council On Nutrition.
With just a step ahead of India, Nigeria is taking the back seat in the global nutrition rating. to change the trend and realize full health, social and economic benefits of improved nutrition, a national council on nutrition has been inaugurated by vice president Yemi Osinbajo. the council, which is the highest decision making body on food and nutrition, is expected to spearhead and oversee interventions in addressing Nigeria’s nutritional challenges. also inaugurated is the national food and nutrition policy adopted in April 2016 by a coalition of stakeholders.
Nigeria At The Verge Of Achieving Sufficient Rice
Nigeria is inching close to achieving self sufficiency in rice production. information and culture minister Lai Mohammed stated this at a media briefing to highlight the steady growing achievement of the federal government.
Senate on communal clashes
finding a lasting solution to the incessant cases of communal clashes dominated proceedings on the floor of the senate. national assembly correspondent Dennis Adegunloye reports that this followed a motion moved by senator representing Zamfara North.
APC Formally Receives Ojukwu Junior
The All Progressives Congress APC says despite its loss at the recent Anambra governorship election, its performance by clinching the second position is an indication that, the party is expanding and progressing in its appeal and in roads in the south east geo-political region. national chairman of the APC, chief john Odigie-Oyegun stated this while formally receiving Emeka Ojukwu junior, son of late dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu into the party at the national secretariat. he described Ojukwu junior as an asset whose membership into APC will boost the chances of the party in the region. Mr. Emeka Ojukwu junior said his decision to join APC was driven by his believe that the south east must occupy its rightful place in the national governance and political decision making process of Nigeria. political correspondent, Abdullahi garba birnin kudu reports that Ojukwu junior defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA to the APC.
Speaker Dogara Cautions Nigerians In Italy Against Deviance
Few hours after speaker Yakubu Dogara called on the Italian government to step up prosecution of their citizens who aid in-human trafficking, the speaker held a meeting with the Nigerian ambassador to Italy Yusuf Hinna where he implored staff at the embassy and Nigerians in diasporas to strive to be the best symbol for Nigeria as ambassadors.
Imo State Government Endorses Buhari for 2019
Imo state government Rochas okorocha endorses president Buhari for 2019 gives his presidential ambition, says most governors are in support too. He stated this when members of the democratic youth congress pays him a courtesy visit to canvass his support for president Buhari’s re election bid in 2019.
Mubi Bomb Blast
Twenty one people have been confirmed dead while over forty who sustained various degrees of injury are responding to treatment as a result of bomb blast in Mubi Adamawa state.
Police Intervene In Community/Herdsmen Clash
Farmers and herdsmen have always lived in peace in Ekiti state with each practicing their vocation to the growth of the state. of late however, like the title of one of Chinua Achebe’s literary works, things are falling apart and the center seem not to be holding.