UNIMAID emerge 2021 HiFL champions

The University of Maiduguri piped the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba 1-0 to emerge champions of the 2021 Higher Institution Football League in a thrilling final game played at the Yaba College of Technology sports complex on Saturday.

AAUA Luminaries pushed hard for the opening goal but the Desert Warriors defence, led by Abdulrahaman Musa and Ochei Michael, thwarted every move by Luminaries striker’s Ologbon Emmanuel and Rotimi Ayomide to as the first half ended goalless.

On resumption of the second half, Desert Warriors took the initiative and grabbed the winner in the 62nd minute when captain and StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match Ochei Francis nodded a cross from the right past, Isaac Phillip, in goal for the Luminaries.

The Luminaries turned on the heat but it was too late as the Borno boys held their nerves to emerge winners.

Speaking after the match, the Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, said, “Despite the defeat, I feel elated because what is important is participation. We have participated and come this far. We have defeated several universities and we are the first state university to reach the final.”

In his reaction, coach of UNIMAID Desert Warriors, Dauda Daniel, said, “We had a very good preparation from the beginning of this competition and had the support of the school authority. This is the result of their support.” Punchng

Rohr reveals how he plotted Central African Republic’s downfall in Douala

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he changed his tactical system for the reverse fixture against the Central African Republic.

The Wild Beasts had shocked Nigeria 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, in the first leg on Thursday.

Ahead of the game in Douala on Sunday, Rohr reverted to a three-man defence.

Leon Balogun gave the Eagles the lead, before Victor Osimhen made it 2-0 at the break.

Rohr, speaking to NFF Media after the game, said he was impressed by the team’s reaction.

“It was a good reaction from my team, we lost the other day – very unlucky at the very last minute.

“Everybody wanted to take revenge and they did it very well although we could not score a third or fourth goal.

“We changed the system and played three [defenders] at the back which helped us as well as the leadership of [Ahmed] Musa to win this game.
“It is not easy to play the Central African Republic. They committed a lot of fouls but fortunately, we didn’t have any big injuries.

“Now we can prepare for the next game in November and hope that everything would be fine at the end of the day,” Rohr said. Dailypost


Zamfara Residents Hold Prayer Over Lingering Insecurity

Residents of Zamfara State on Sunday gathered to pray for God’s intervention over the continuous bandit attacks and abductions in the state.

They have also urged the Federal Government to provide adequate equipment for security personnel fighting the war against banditry and other crimes in the state.

This is coming amidst series of attacks and abductions for ransoms with the most recent being the abduction of 73 students of the Government Day Secondary School in Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area.

Sources in the village told Channels Television that the assailants had invaded the school on September 1 in a large number and left with the students to an undisclosed location.

The incident was the third attack on schools in Zamfara this year – coming after that of Jangebe and Bakura.

A total of 317 students were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe during an attack in February, six months before bandits kidnapped at least 20 persons comprising students and officials from the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura.

Since the recent incidents, the government has had to take more stringent measures such as the shutting down of telecoms services.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on September 3 directed telecommunications providers in the state to shut down their services.

“The pervading security situation in Zamfara has necessitated an immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services in the state from today, September 3, 2021. This is to enable relevant security agencies to carry out the required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state,” a memo signed by the vice-chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, said. ChannelsTv

Wilder taken to hospital after being knocked down by Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder has been taken to the hospital after Tyson Fury brutally knocked him out in the early hours of Sunday, SportsMail reports.

However, the Bronze Bomber will not be staying overnight.

Wilder was knocked down three times in Las Vegas.
The fight was waved off by referee Russell Mora in the 11th round, after Wilder was heavily floored by Tyson.

The American then swiftly left the arena, while Fury entertained the Vegas crowd.
It was Wilder’s second straight defeat to Fury, who retained his WBC belt with the victory.

He will now undergo precautionary tests in hospital.
The 35-year-old will not be kept overnight, however, with his manager Shelly Finkel insisting Wilder is in good health. Dailypost

FG to spend N44.64bn on military equipment, arms, ammunition

A total of N44.64bn   has been earmarked in the 2022 Appropriation Bill  for military equipment, arms and ammunition.

According to the breakdown of the bill presented to the National Assembly by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) last week, the Ministry of Defence  will purchase defence equipment for N 218,041, 734;  the procurement of arms , ammunition and military equipment by the Defence  Headquarters is put at N250,000,000,  N230,000,000  and N244,000,000 respectively.

The Nigerian Army will spend N241,172,260 on construction,provision of defence equipment while the Nigerian Navy earmarked N6,892,413,452 to purchase defence equipment and 9,405,000,000 for construction/provision of defence equipment.

Also, the Nigerian Air Force  according to the breakdown will purchase defence equipment for N25,657,742,046 and procurement of various small arms and ammunition to cost N1,500,000,000.

Besides this, the Nigerian Army also proposed N2,061,903,814 for the rehabilitation / repairs of defence equipment. The Nigerian Air Force  also budgeted N7,371,813,303 for  the same project.

Also, in the proposed bill, the  DHQ  will procure military kits for  N448,000,000 and utility vehicles for N340,000,000. Under miscellaneous details of the appropriation bill revealed that the DHQ will  spend  N4,499,797 while Corps members kitting , transport and feeding allowance  N8,000,000 and  N15,060,565 earmarked for sporting activities.

Other projects listed for the Nigerian Army include construction/provision of military barracks for N6,827,304,223, the rehabilitation / repairs of  military/defence barracks for  N6,509,782,567, and the construction / provision of roads for N161,089,054 among others.

The Nigerian Navy other projects include the establishment of NN Special Operations Command (TO Incorporate SBS, Special Forces, EOD and Diving Unit) for  N3,250,000,000, construction of NNS SOROH Permanent site for 800,000,000, procurement OF Landing Ship Tank for N792,413,452, the construction of 2 X 16 X 2 bedroom accommodations and 2 X 24 X 1 bedroom accommodation for junior ratings at  N2,200,000,000  and the relocation of NNCETT and CIT schools to Ile-Ife, Osun state at N1,018,955,599 among others.

On it part, the Nigerian Air Force budgeted 2,617,375,701 for the rehabilitation/repairs of military/defence barracks, N 3,500,000,000 for procurement of various aircraft spares;  1,000,000,000 for procurement of troop carrier and other operational vehicles; N 2,000,000,000 for the construction of offices and accommodation in various commands; N1,000,000,000 for procurement of uniforms and accoutrement  and upgrade and rehabilitation of existing barracks infrastructure by direct labour at N 1,867,375,701. Punchng

Gunmen Attack Adamawa Police Station, Kidnap 2

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked Ngurore Police Station in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa, police authorities say.

They also attacked a house in the area, abducting a woman identified as Hauwa Umaru and her daughter in the early hours of Sunday.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sulaiman Ngurore, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a statement.

He said the gunmen stormed the station at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, but no casualty was recorded.

“The criminals separated into two groups; one attacked the police station to divert the attention of security operatives, while the other group attacked Alhaji Umaru’s house and kidnapped his wife, Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter,” he said.

“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Barde, has ordered the deployment of the operational assets including Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Crack Squad and Anti-Kidnapping units to Ngurore.”

According to the police spokesman, the operational units were expected to carry out confidence-boosting patrols within the hotspots in coordinated operations to rescue the kidnapped victims and apprehend the culprits.

The commissioner assured that the command was committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders towards restoring public order in Ngurore and other parts of the state, he added. 

This is even as the Head of the Police Intervention Team, Babagana Abubakar, was already on the ground to coordinate police investigative operations and rescue responses.

The police authorities also asked residents of the state to go about their businesses in the most peaceful and law-abiding manner and report any suspicious person(s) around their neighborhoods to security agencies. ChannelsTv


Gunmen abduct Ogun youth leader, demand N30m ransom

The Coordinator of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), in Odogbolu local government area of Ogun State, Olamilekan Okunuga, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Vanguard reliably gathered that Okunuga was kidnapped on Thursday his way from Ibadan, around Ogere in Ikenne local government area of the state.

The youth leader’s car was abandoned by the roadside as the kidnappers dragged him away into the forest.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, the State Chairman of the NYCN, Abduljabar Ayelaagbe, said the kidnappers were demanding for N30 million ransom before Okunuga could be released.

Ayelaagbe said, the victim’s car was later recovered from an unknown person, who was said to be driving it along Ogijo.

“Our coordinator at Odogbolu Local Government was kidnapped about three days ago around Ogere in Ogun State. He went to Ibadan, but on his return, he was abducted by the kidnappers”.

“That night when he was abducted, we learnt that his car was abandoned by the roadside. On Friday evening, we got information from the police that the car was intercepted while being driven by a man at Ogijo. The man driving the car said he saw the kidnappers when they were taking away Okunuga”.

“He said decided to take the car away after the kidnapping operation. That one has been arrested, according to the police”.

“We were told that the kidnappers have contacted his family and they are demanding a ransom of N30million to secure Okunuga’s release,” Ayelaagbe said.

The NYCN Chairman appealed to the police and other security agencies in the state to rescue the abductee unhurt.

Confirming the incident to Vanguard, the spokesman of the state command on Nigeria Police, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said somebody was kidnapped, but he doesn’t know the position he holds

He said, one person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping, while efforts is in top gear to arrest other members of the gang. Vanguardngr


NDLEA nabs 110 drug dealers, dismantles joints in Lagos, Oyo, Kwara

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 110 drug dealers and assorted illicit substances seized in nine states across the country when their hideouts were raided, dismantled in the past week.


Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday said 16 suspects were arrested in Lagos, on Thursday,  October 7, 2021 during a raid of notorious drug joints in Maza Maza, Alakija, Festac town, Amuwo Odofin, Oluti, Isheri roundabout, and Igando.


The suspects include, Lucky Elibe; Abdullahi Jabir; Amos Kalli; Nweke ThankGod; Tukwosi Arowolu; Odinaka Oramu; Jeremiah Ishaya; Maxwell John; Usman Garba; Christian Okibe; Mba Peter; Sarah Offiri; Wasiu Adeniji; Bode Olaitan; Yetunde Ahmed; and Abdullahi Jibril.

  Seven others arrested in different locations in Lekki area of the state, are; Emmanuel Sunday; Buhari Ibrahim; Kudus Taiwa; Samuel Jeremiah; Adebayo Adams; Joshua Madube and Mary Jane Nweke.


While one Okoropo Mathew was arrested in Obalende area of the state, four others, Sulaiman Hammadu; Olalekan Abiodun; Lukman Kamarudeen and Toyeeb Isa were arrested in Agege area of Lagos.


Similarly, 17 suspects arrested by men of the 149 Battalion (Rear), Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo, were transferred to the agency for further investigation.


Seized from the suspects are different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, Diazepam, Cannabis and other psychoactive substances.


In Benue, an arrest of a  19-year-old female drug dealer, Mngunengen Achir with 5.5kg Cannabis and 112grammes of Diazepam on Wednesday, October 6 in Aliade area of the state, took a disturbing twist when members of her cartel abducted a retired NDLEA personnel from that community, who they assumed was still a serving officer, took him to a forest and demanded for the release of the suspect in custody before their victim would be freed.


Also, the raid of the house of a drug kingpin in Ruga area of Mararaba, Karu L.G.A, in Nasarawa led to the recovery of 30 bags of cannabis weighing 362.5kg ,while in Akwa Ibom State, three male suspects were arrested on Wednesday, October 6 during a raid of drug joints in Oron area with over 25 kilogrammes of drugs seized.


In Ondo, a notorious drug dealer at Ogbani-Oja Okitipupa, Okitipupa L.G.A, Adedugba Adeyemi, also known as Oyinbo, was arrested in his fortified den, where different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin and Skunk were recovered.


Seven suspects were  also arrested in some drug joints in other parts of the state, including Shasha market, Akure North L.G.A; Asolo camp, Usho, Owo L.G.A; Albert Link Street, Finger Licking hotel and Shittu street, all in Akure, the state capital.


In Kano, one Shamsuddeen Muhammad was arrested with 21.6kg cannabis, well concealed inside empty cartons, while in Oyo State, 12 persons were arrested at drug joints raided and dismantled across the state. Some of the destroyed black spots include, Alfa area, Sabo motor park, Idisin Ijeru area, Odo Oba, Gambari in Oyo area; Igboro joint in Saki town, Agberele forest joint in Saki west L.G.A; Ago Are market in Atisbo L.G.A; Eleyele motorpark, Eleyele forest, Apete complex, Sabo garage, Ojoo, all in Ibadan as well as Odo Oba, Ogo Oluwa L.G.A.


In Kwara, 38 suspects were arrested and 29.585kg assorted drugs including Cocaine, Meth, Tramadol, Diazepam and others recovered from them across seven drug joints in Lafiagi.


In Rivers, three persons were arrested from drug joints in Oyigbo and Kara oil mill area of the state on Saturday, October 9.


Relatively, narcotic officers in the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations (DOGI), of the agency, have intercepted in four courier firms in Lagos, more than 5kilogrammes of Methamphetamine and Cannabis concealed in soles of ladies shoes, body cream and auto spare parts heading to Australia, Pakistan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.


In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the nine state Commands for taking the battle to the doorsteps of the drug cartels within the communities and in the forests.


He said their contributions towards saving the life of innocent youths; women and adults from the merchants of death would never be forgotten.


He charged them and their colleagues in other commands to remain resilient as they continue with the offensive action against narco-syndicates. Theguardianng 


EPL: Manchester Utd have ‘mutual agreement’ to sign Erling Haaland

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and football director, John Murtough, have a mutual agreement that Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland will be the preferred striker to sign next summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils brought back Cristiano Ronaldo this summer in a stunning transfer.

Ronaldo joined Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as United’s new recruits.

However, with the 36-year-old on the decline, the club is looking to bring in a new frontman.

United largely kept themselves out of the speculation regarding Harry Kane, but it is highly likely that the Tottenham striker’s future will once again be up in the air next year.

But Solskjaer and Murtough have a mutual agreement that Haaland is a better option.

The Red Devils suffered a major blow in 2019 when Haaland snubbed them for Dortmund after leaving RB Salzburg.

Since signing for the Bundesliga side, the 21-year-old has netted an astonishing 68 times in 67 games in all competitions.

His physical style looks perfectly matched for the Premier League and his €75million release – which becomes active next summer – marks the chance to seal what, on paper, looks like a monumental bargain. Dailypost


NUPENG Suspends Planned Strike As NNPC Promises To Fix Bad Roads

The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday said that the planned strike by its affiliate members, petroleum tanker drivers (PTD), has been suspended.

The strike, which would have kicked off yesterday (Monday), was shelved because of the federal government’s intervention.

The South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, said in Lagos.

According to Aboyeji, the suspension is to allow the union’s representatives and those of government to address the knotty issues at stake.

“The leadership of the union after a brief meeting with representatives of the government decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the nation.

“The meeting with the government continues during the week with the assurance that the union’s grievances will be positively addressed,” he said.

The federal government’s intervention includes pleas from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the tanker drivers to shelve the planned strike, assuring that it has initiated a process that will provide a quick and effective solution to the road network challenges in the country.

The corporation, in a statement yesterday, expressed interest to invest in the reconstruction of select federal roads under the federal government’s road infrastructure development and refurbishment investment task credit scheme.

The thrust of the NNPC’s intervention is to make considerable funds available for the reconstruction of roads through its future tax liability, having recognised that the major reason slowing down the rehabilitation of the road networks in the country is the paucity of funds, it said.

The state-owned oil company, which had earlier appealed to the petroleum tanker drivers (PTD) to shelve their strike, said its intervention to fix some roads in the country was in order to ease some of the challenges as expressed by the PTD.

“However, even though it is not the responsibility of the NNPC to build or rehabilitate roads, any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products to different parts of Nigeria will adversely affect the business of the NNPC and endanger energy security, which the country has enjoyed for a long time now.

“In recognition of this, the NNPC wishes to assure the petroleum tanker drivers that in addition to ongoing efforts by other agencies, the NNPC has initiated a process that will provide a quick and effective solution to the road network challenges as expressed by the PTD,” NNPC said.

Recall that NUPENG had said on Saturday that the tanker drivers would commence strike on Monday over the deplorable state of the nation’s highways and other issues.

Aboyeji said the union has lost many lives and property due to bad roads.

“This is not the first time that we will signify our intention to go on strike but we have to call it off because it will generally affect the majority of Nigerians but now our hands are tied,” he said. Leadershipng 


EPL: Ole Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, has insisted that Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has created a “big negative” at Old Trafford after deciding to bench star player, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has been one of Man United’s outstanding players so far this season, scoring five goals in all competitions for Solskjaer’s side since joining the club from Juventus in the summer.

But Solskjaer opted to start the 36-year-old on the bench in Man United’s last Premier League game against Everton.

His decision backfired as the Red Devils played a 1-1 draw with Everton and the Norwegian was heavily criticized for his choice.

Speaking on the development, McLeish said Solskjaer’s decision has done more damage than good, adding that the United coach was trying to manage Ronaldo’s workload.

“He has probably done it to keep his performances at a really high level and maintain his freshness,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“That is the dreams of a manager, the visions of what he is thinking – but in actual fact, it has caused a big negative because Ronaldo will want to start.

“Ole will be thinking about his age, his fitness and probably because of the scheduling in football now, perhaps managers start to overthink these things and look ahead too early.

“Ole’s getting a bit of stick for it, but that is what happens in management when you are not getting the results, especially when you don’t play your star player.” Dailypost


FRSC alerts travellers on Kabba-Omuo Ekiti federal highway

The Federal Road Safety Corps has alerted motorists travelling to and from the South-West through Kabba-Omuo Ekiti Federal highway of a failed section of the road at Iyamoye, Kogi State.

The Corps Public Education Officer,  Bisi Kazeem, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Kazeem said that the development had inhibited free flow of traffic at the affected portion of the road.

“In view of the foregoing, motorists, travellers, and the general public are hereby advised to use alternative route from Ekiti which is Ikare/Ayerel/Kabba/Lokoja.

“And another alternative route from Lokoja is Kabba/Aiyere/Ikare/Akoko, Lokoja/Kabba/Egbe/Omuaran/Ogidi/Ikare alternative route to or from South West.

“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing is already activating appropriate action to ameliorate the situation.

“FRSC solicits maximum cooperation of the motoring public on this development. The Corps will also continue to update the public periodically on further developments,” he said.



UK ballistic expert sheds light on Lekki tollgate shootings

The United Kingdom (UK)-based forensic and ballistic company, hired by Lagos State government to investigate the shooting incident at the Lekki Tollgate, has said that live military-grade ammunition were not fired at protesters on the night of October 20, 2020.

The UK-based company, Oxygene Consulting UK Ltd, represented by its Executive Director, Dieye Willie-Harry, gave the report on Tuesday via zoom during the proceedings of the Lagos State Judicial Restitution for Victims of #EndSARS Related Abuses and Other Matters Panel investigating police brutality.

He said: “We have not viewed any footage, which definitively shows a muzzle aimed towards any individual and at the same time being fired with the effect thereof, but what we can freely assess was that no live bullet was fired.

“However, given the injuries sustained from 21:00 hours and further, we believe that live and military-grade ammunition were fired at some point by persons yet-to-be-identified.”

He said by the time the team of experts arrived in Lagos in December last year, “the medical treatment of victims had reached an advanced stage, injuries had healed and victims had been discharged from healthcare centres.

Willie-Harry told the panel that investigations conducted by his team were from the examination and research surrounding open-source imagery and news reporting (including social media), along with the individual injuries and medical reports.

He said they were of the opinion that ammunition may have been discharged and possibly aimed at the road surface in front of protesters, which ultimately caused the projectiles to ricochet, resulting in the core breaking out of the jacket and hitting the majority of the victims in the lower limbs at much reduced kinetic energy but with enough energy to fracture the long bones without exiting the victims’ bodies.

He further said that the team identified the firearms alleged to have been fired by the military officers during the alleged incident as Kalashnikov AK-type variants, including Chinese Type 56, some with (foldable bayonet) extended,” adding that such weapons could have caused more devastation had it been used as alleged by the military.

Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd), who adjourned the proceedings at 6:15 p.m., said the panel would retire to consider its ruling and communicate to parties later when the ruling is ready for delivery. Theguardianng 


Why We Think Northern Governors Are Selfish - Herders Union Lambasts Their Leaders

The Bauchi State chapter of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has condemned Northern Governors Forum for showing concern about which region should present President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor. 

The group on Wednesday blamed the Forum for not discussing the present predicaments faced by the Fulani tribe across the country.

The chairman of the association, Muhammad Hussaini, lamented that the Kaduna meeting failed to take into cognizance the humiliation herders are subjected to regarding the grazing of cattle in the Southern parts of the country. 

Hussaini said it was disappointing that the governors and emirs met to discuss issues affecting the region, without deliberating on the plight of Fulani herders.

He said Fulani herders, who were searching for greener pasture for their animals, were being humiliated, maimed, and even killed outright in the southern part of the country. 

He said, “Instead of the Northern governors to show concern about the forms of treatment or copulation on herders by the Southern governors, they simply sat and discussed issues of personal vendetta without recourse to the people they govern.

“For this, we condemn in totality the Northern Governors Forum meeting with emirs in attendance. They sat to discuss their self-aggrandise (sic) motives leveraging on ways and means to enrich themselves to the impairment of the people,” Hussaini said. Saharareporters 


Nigerian Army Reacts To Ex-Soldier Sentenced To Death For Requesting Better Weapons To Fight Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, warned Nigerians to ignore the claims of a former soldier, Temple Ahunanya, on how he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death for requesting better weapons to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

Ahunanya had in a video published by Punch narrated his experience at the war front in the battle against Boko Haram terrorists and how he was arrested for requesting for better weapons to fight. 

Reacting to the video in a statement on Wednesday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, warned Nigerians to beware of the dismissed soldier’s alleged criminal antics, aimed at defrauding members of the general public.

He said Ahunanya was arrested in 2014, tried and dismissed for conduct prejudicial to military discipline and cowardice.

The statement read, “The Nigerian Army has taken congnizance of a video clip currently making the rounds on the social media, where one dismissed Trooper Temple Ahunanya narrated a concocted story of how he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death for requesting better weapons to fight Boko Haram Insurgents. 

“Considering the enormous danger posed by this dismissed soldier to the public, it is crucial to set the record straight and alert Nigerians to beware of his criminal antics, aimed at defrauding members of the general public. The Nigerian Army wishes to commend trooper Ahunanya for making an attempt to serve this great nation. He is also commended for passing through the rigours of military training and the fog of war.

“It is however unfortunate that, despite these, he lacked the requisite qualities to progress with the profession, as he was a bad egg and a cancerous element that negatively infiltrated the ranks, corrupting the good conduct and morale of troops in the process. It is also important for the public to note that dismissed Trooper Ahunanya was enlisted in the Nigerian Army on the 20th of August 2012, and passed out from training on the 17th of December of same year.

“He was arrested in 2014, tried and dismissed for conduct prejudicial to military discipline and cowardice. He was convicted, but escaped while awaiting Army Council's approval of his verdict. This singular act portrays a tendency for evasion of justice and criminality.  Hence the general public must beware not to be misguided by his misconstrued narratives as a failure on the part of the military or the government, but a ploy to create and peddle falsehood in the media space to gain undeserved sympathy.

“While in service, Ahunanya was rude, indisciplined, criminally minded and a very uncultured individual, who failed to imbibe the basic ethics and regimentation of the military profession. His unpatriotic and cowardly tendencies manifested when he was deployed for a mission to counter Boko Haram Terrorists' attack and save lives of innocent Nigerians, in so doing.

“However, against extant military laws, the dismissed soldier disobeyed and led other cowardly soldiers to disobey duly constituted authority. Ahunanya still displayed his criminal tendency in his video, as he disparaged the Nigerian Army to spike sympathy and whip up sentiment to lure unsuspecting members of the public to raise funds for his criminal activities by posting his bank account details alongside his video. This is evidently an attempt to financially hoodwink members of the public. Please be warned. 

“On the issues raised concerning efficacy of weapons and their effective ranges, it is important to state that the Nigerian Army is an organized Army that conforms with the dictates of International Laws of Armed Conflict and institutionalized Order of Battle. Our troops are not terrorists or Insurgents who could use all manner of unlawful and unconventional arms. The Nigerian Army operates, following universally accepted doctrines and Order of Battle. Our troops are better trained, equipped and professional in the conduct of campaigns and operations. 

“Therefore, it is surprising that Ahunaya compared a group of misguided elements operating under the influence of drugs and twisted ideologies to Nigerian Army troops.” Saharareporters 


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