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Nigeria Paid $500m For New Tucano Jets – U.S

The United States Tuesday said Nigeria procured 12 new A-29 Super Tucano jets at a sum of $500 million.

The procurement, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, is the largest single arms purchase in sub-Saharan Africa.

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa commander disclosed this on Tuesday at the A-29 Super Tucano induction ceremony, hosted by Nigerian Minister of Defense Bashir Salihi Magashi and the Nigerian Air Force in Abuja.

“The Nigerian Air Force is one of our key partners that play a critical role in furthering regional security and stability,” Gen. Harrigian was quoted as saying in a statement by the US Embassy in Abuja.

“This ceremony symbolizes the strength of our unique partnership and underscores the value of training and working together,” he said.

The Super Tucanos were the impetus for the significant deepening of training and professional relationships, he added.

The statement said, “Precision targeting, air-to-ground integration, and human rights training are all included in the partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria.

“The aircraft will assist the Nigerian Air Force in their fight against violent extremist organizations including the Islamic State West Africa Province.

“The joint structure of air-to-ground integration also supports Nigerian Army and Navy operations.

“Nigeria purchased the A-29s through the Foreign Military Sales programme, which follows the Department of Defense’s “Total Package Approach” model and includes spare parts for several years of operation, contract logistics support, munitions, and a multi-year construction project to improve Kainji Air Base infrastructure.

“The total sale is valued at almost $500 million, making it the largest FMS program in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Harrigian said the A-29 is a prime tool to help Nigeria combat violent extremism and is vital to sustained deterrence.

“The total package deal—aircrew and maintainer training, precision-guided weapon delivery, and more—highlights our enduring partnership with the Nigerian Air Force and our commitment to enabling their successes where we can.”

A total of 64 pilots and maintainers from the Nigerian Air Force were trained to U.S. standards with the U.S. Air Force’s 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Base in Georgia, USA.

The training also emphasized the Law of Armed Conflict and civilian casualty mitigation, which are fundamental principles of the Nigerian military’s professional education and training.

As part of the programme, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing $36.1M in infrastructure support to the A-29s’ home base, Kainji Air Base, including covered magazines and aircraft sunshades, a new airfield hot cargo pad, perimeter and security fencing, airfield lights, and various airfield apron, parking, hangar, and entry control point enhancements.

The infrastructure package also includes a flight annex wing building for simulator training as well as munitions assembly and storage and small arms storage.

Source:- Daily Trust

Final Year Kaduna Polytechnic Student Dies After Signing Out

A final year Hospitality Management student of the Kaduna Polytechnic, Faith Favour, has died after her signing-out celebration, NaijaCover Reports.

From The Information Gathered By NaijaCover, Faith had shared a photo of herself and coursemates from their signing out celebration two weeks ago.

One of her coursemates, Mhister Isaac disclosed the sad news on Facebook To NaijaCover on Monday, August 30 but didn’t give full details.

Faith i can’t believe you are gone. With all the stress and difficulties we went through, u can’t even wait to finish your project or see your last result. Dead why….? Hmm. Faith #HOMSA love you but God love’s you most. May your gentle soul Rest In Perfect Peace.

Louise Smith Dies After Cosmetic Surgery In Iran

A BRIT hairdresser worried about her looks has died after complications following cosmetic surgery.

Louise Smith, 37, went to Iran for the op while living in Dubai.

She had become obsessed with changing her appearance after complaining of weight gained in lockdown.

But Louise, from Coventry has passed away.

Pal Danni Chauhan said: “I still can’t comprehend that this has happened.

“What a young life lost all because we want to look a certain way that social media portrays us to look like. I’m so sorry you had to go through this alone.”

Louise’s sister Sharon Elston, 51, said: “We are all in shock at the moment.”

After working for Toni & Guy in the UK for 19 years, Louise is believed to have moved to the Middle East in 2019 for a better life after a relationship ended.

Her family is now struggling to repatriate her body.

Dad Neil said the process was moving “incredibly slowly” and he has no clear date for the sad homecoming.

Some £14,000 has been raised through crowdfunding.

Iran is a global centre for cut-price cosmetic surgery.

In 2019, it was estimated that more than 150,000 nose jobs were carried out there each year — against just 2,000 in the UK.

Source:- Thesun Uk

Niger State Government Bans Cattle Markets, Issues New Security Directives

Niger State Government has announced the suspension of all weekly cattle markets across the state as part of measures to curtail the rising cases of armed banditry and kidnappings, effective from September 1, 2021.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, also said in a statement on Tuesday, that any vehicle carrying cattle into the state must show a Way-bill and evidence of origin where cattle were purchased and their destination.

The State had also banned the sale of petroleum products in Jerry Cans or any other containers at filling stations and operations of trucks carrying firewoods and timbers.

He said movement of motorcycles in Minna and environs are only allowed from 6am to 6pm.

Matane further said all petroleum stations were not allowed to sell the product of more than N10,000 to a vehicle at a time.

He also directed filling stations to be vigilant of vehicles or motorcycles coming for repeat purchases.

It was also gathered that the ban on motorcycles would be extended to areas where banditry and kidnappings have persisted.

These measures came five days after the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, vowed while receiving the Tegina Islamiyya Children at the Government House in Minna that he would put in place necessary measures to deal with the criminals in the state.

The SSG said: “Government is aware of the inconveniences the measures would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the State.”

Ban on sales of used clothes

Daily Trust, however, gathered that the state government is also planning to ban the sales of fairly used clothes especially the cardigan and distribution of loaves of bread using cartons on motorcycles as part of measures, as some were alleged to serve as informants and suppliers of guns to the bandits and other criminals.

“Government is still contemplating on the ban on hawking and supply of loaves of bread with cartons on motorcycles and the sales of cardigans, popularly known as Sweater.

“It is believed that those guys conceal guns in the bread while they are suppliers of sweaters to bandits,” the source said.

Measures too stringent

But a Minna-based Civil Society Organisation, the Blue Resolution Initiative, said the measures were too stringent unless the government was ready to provide alternatives to cushion the hardship the masses might face.

The President of the initiative, Mohammed Danjuma Abubakar, said; “even small scale businesses that are trying to thrive will die because the owners close around 10pm.

“The ban on movement of motorcycles in Minna is not ideal. And for markets, no attack has taken place in any markets. So the livelihood of many rural people is also at a stake.”

Source:- Daily Trust

Stephen Ugboo Goes Blind, Begs In Enugu Street To Feed

Nigerian 1974 Gold Medalist Turns Blind, Begs In Enugu Street To Feed

A 1974 Commonwealth boxing gold medalist, Stephen Ugboo is currently begging kindhearted Nigerians to come to his rescue following the loss of his sight as well as poor living condition that has left him with the option of begging in Enugu streets for survival.

The Nkanu East, Enugu State-born boxing professional boxer in a video obtained by ABN TV said he won a gold medal in 1974 in Australia after trouncing a man from New Zealand, Sylvester Hankor by a knockout at the second round of the game.

He said the then Yakubu Gowon administration apart from welcoming him in Dodan barracks and giving him a military escort, did nothing more to accord him recognition for the honour he did the country.

According to Ugboo, he was subsequently recruited as a coach for Nigerian side after which he was retired six months later.

The 1975 national sports festival gold medalist, therefore, appealed to the government to assist him with instruments that can aid his mobility, having lost his sight.

He also decried inhuman treatment meted to him in his community where he has allegedly been banished from.

Source:- Abntv

Anambra Joins Oil Producing States, To Benefit From 13% Derivation

Anambra State Finally Joins Oil Producing States, To Benefit From 13% Derivation Fund
Anambra state has finally joined the league of Oil Producing States in Nigeria, as it will soon start to benefit from the thirteen percent Derivation fund.

This is sequel to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation And Fiscal Commission’s approval of Governor Willie Obiano’s request for due share of revenue accruing to the nation from oil and gas production activities in Anambra state.

According to the approval letter through its secretary, Mr M.B. Shehu, and addressed to Governor Obiano, the Commission, approved the attribution of eleven oil wells wholly to Anambra state. It also approved attribution of Anambra River One, Two, and Three oil wells, to be shared on fifty- fifty percent basis between Anambra and Kogi states, pending the final delineation of boundaries of the two states.

The eleven oil wells wholly attributed to Anambra state, are; Nzam-One oil well, Alo- One oil well, and Ogbu- One oil well. Others are Ameshi One, Two, Three and Four oil wells, as well as Enyie One, Two, Three, and Four oil wells.

Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission’s approval was at its 139th plenary session, held on twenty seventh July, 2021. It said the 13 percent derivation will take effect when the said revenue from the operations of the said oil wells starts contributing into the federation account.

Amin ul-Haq Returns To Afghanistan Hours Before US Departure

FORMER close aide of Osama bin Laden has returned to Afghanistan just hours before the final withdrawal of US troops.

Top Al-Qaeda arms supplier Amin ul-Haq, who was also responsible for guarding terror chief, was filmed returning to his hometown in the Nangahar province of Afghanistan.

Ul-Haq managed to escape with bin Laden when the pair were cornered by US forces in the Tora Bora caves, where they fled to after the American-led invasion following 9/11.

His return to Afghanistan will fuel fears that the Taliban will once again harbour terrorists planning to attack the West as they did prior to the attacks on the US.

The video shows him waving to admirers from inside a car and at one point it stops and he winds down the window.

Some bystanders crowd the vehicle’s passenger side, with men taking turns grasping and even kissing his hand.

Two men take a few steps forward along with the slow-moving car in order to take a next to ul-Haq.

The vehicle is then followed by a procession of vehicles carrying heavily-armed fighters, some flying the Taliban flag.

Ul-Haq headed bin Laden’s security – known as the Black Guard – when they were hiding in the cave complex being pounded by US bombers and hunted by special forces.

Despite being surrounded, they managed to give the pursuers the slip by bribing local tribesmen and made it across the border into Pakistan.

Ul-Haq was arrested in 2008 but freed three years later when police said they were unable to find evidence of links to bin Laden, the Telegraph reported at the time.

According to the UN he was responsible for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts” on behalf of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

He was also involved in “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” the terrorists.

Ul-Haq, who is a doctor, reportedly has a long history of involvement with armed groups going back to fighting the Soviet forces in the 1980s.

He was part of the Afghan delegation which travelled to Sudan in the 1996 to bring bin Laden to Afghanistan

The US froze al-Haq’s assets after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Earlier this month a report from the Pentagon Office of the Inspector General claimed Al-Qaeda has once again has a safe place in which to plot mass murder.

“The Taliban continued to maintain its relationship with Al Qaeda, providing safe haven for the terrorist group in Afghanistan,” said the study.

Source:- The Sun Uk

Obiano Commissions Facilities At COOUTH Awka

Anambra State Government Commissions Facilities At COOUTH, Flags – Off Second Phase Of COVID-19 Vaccination

Government of Anambra State has commissioned Mother and Child Referral Center situated at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka.

During the occasion, the second phase of COVID-19 Vaccination in Anambra State was officially flagged – off.

Governor Willie Obiano who performed the function also commissioned the Dialysis Center, Private Ward and 64 Scan CT Scan.

The event attracted dignitaries including the State Executive Council members, political appointees, Traditional rulers, among others.

Watch the new mother and child referral centre and aerial coverage of COOUTH Awka

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Lebanon Parliament Speaker Berri Urges Government Formation This Week, “Not Longer”

Lebanon’s parliament speaker Nabih Berri urged the country’s top politicians on Tuesday to form a government no later than this week.

In a televised speech, Berri urged politicians to put aside their differences in order to save the country from economic collapse. Lebanon, which is suffering a deep economic crisis, has been run by a caretaker administration since the government resigned more than a year ago.

Prime minister-designate Najib Mikati, the third to attempt to form a government, said last week there were big hurdles ahead.

In his remarks on Tuesday, Berri said political factions should not hinder the formation of a government by demanding blocking minorities in the new cabinet. President Michel Aoun has denied accusations that he is demanding a third of cabinet seats for his allies, which would allow them to veto cabinet decisions.

Reuters

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