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N712 Billion Unaccounted For By Officials Of Presidential Amnesty Programme – NSA

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The National Security Adviser to the President retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, says N712 billion has remained unaccounted for by former officials of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Monguno stated this when he addressed State House correspondents after presenting the recently appointed interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, retired Col. Milland Dokio, to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja on Friday.
He frowned at the way and manner the amnesty programme was plagued by a lot of corruption, waste and mismanagement of funds by the previous administrators.
He said: “A lot of things happened to catapult the whole programme into other issues that originally were not intended.
“The predatory instincts of certain individuals came into the fore and the programme was turned upside down and, as a result of this, as the administrator has just said, there was a lot of corruption, waste, the mismanagement within this period.
“A whopping N712 billion was wasted basically unaccounted for, and this is due to so many issues, corruption being the main.
“Now, we realised that if the focus of the people, who are supposed to drive this programme, is to capsize the programme by allowing their own personal interest to come in, then we are all going to be in trouble because the Niger Delta is in trouble and, consequently, it will extend to the rest of the federation.
“I had to take this step to advise Mr President that this waste cannot go on, this programme is not supposed to be an open-ended programme.
“There is no place on the surface of this earth where programmes that are supposed to be palliatives will continue forever,’’ he said.
The NSA further explained that he recommended the interim Administrator to the president because the programme needed someone who would not be pushed around and would not also succumb to socio-cultural and political issues.
He said: “The idea is to bring someone with the strength of character, sense of purpose, someone who is able to deal with this from the short, medium to long term.
“Someone who is not going to be pushed around; someone that will not succumb to socio cultural-political issues, and someone to clean up the stable and stabilise the region for the people of the Niger Delta region.
“I must also add that he has been receiving a lot of cooperation, help from certain ministries, like the ministry of transportation, environment and, of course, as time goes on, other people will key in.”
Monguno expressed the hope that the new administrator would address the endemic corruption facing the programme as soon as possible.
In his remarks, the new administrator of the Amnesty programme, tired Col. Milland Dokio, pledged to refocus the programme to its original mandate of developing and securing the Niger Delta region.
According to him, the ultimate success of the Amnesty programme lies in its ability to move ex-agitators from their previous lifestyles to sustainable livelihoods as peaceful members of their communities and net contributors to the economy.

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Boko Haram kills pregnant woman, five others in Borno attack

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A pregnant woman and five others have been killed in Damboa , Borno State , following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents .
In the attack , which reportedly took place on Sunday , seven other persons were also injured .
However, troops of the Nigerian Army equally killed a number of the insurgents .
According to community members , the insurgents stormed the town in seven gun trucks and 12 motorbikes and headed straight to the army base.
“ It was our market day , villagers went to the market . As we were preparing to return to our homes, we heard cars passing ; then shortly , we heard gunshots from the army base.
“ The army engaged the insurgents for hours after which the Boko Haram fighters ran away . The people that were killed were people coming back from the market , they ran into the attack . Six civilians were killed, one pregnant woman , one Almajiri and four other men ,” a resident said .
According to the resident , the insurgents regrouped and returned to the army base in the early hours of Tuesday but the army repelled them .
The spokesman for Operation Lafiya Dole , Col . Ado Isa , could not be reached as his phone lines failed to connect.
But men of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Damboa confirmed the attack , stating that 22 insurgents were killed while five soldiers paid the supreme price .

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N50m Bounty: ‘Wanted Stanley Mgbere Is Not Our Member’ – IPOB Tells Governor Wike

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images 2020 10 28T093535.862 N50m Bounty: 'Wanted Stanley Mgbere Is Not Our Member' - IPOB Tells Governor Wike

Ipob has claimed Stanley Mgbere he is not their member I pray he comes out of this alive.
IPOB warned Wike
There is no such name as ‘Stanley Mgbere’ within the ranks of IPOB. If Wike want to take out his political opponents, he must not tag IPOB into such atrocity.

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NAF bombs bandits’ location in Kaduna

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The land and air components of Operation Thunder Strike have neutralised scores of armed bandits during a joint offensive operation on identified bandits ’ camps in the Yadi and Kufai Shantu areas of Giwa Local Government Area , Kaduna State.
The operation was executed on Saturday on the heels of credible human intelligence reports as well as series of aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the hideouts of a notorious bandits ’ leader and his fighters .
A statement on Sunday by the Coordinator , Defence Media Operations, Maj . Gen . John Enenche , said the first wave of the airstrikes involved seven Nigerian Air Force aircraft which undertook 12 missions and a total of 23 sorties.
The operation which commenced at dawn targeted a cluster of huts housing notorious bandits ’ leader , Buhari Halilu .
The statement titled , ‘Operation Thunder Strike : Land and air components clear bandits ’ location in Kaduna State , neutralise scores of bandits at Yadi,’ said the attack aircraft destroyed some of the target structures and neutralised several bandits .
Enenche said the second wave of attacks which targeted the bandits ’ hideout at Kufai Shantu , was aimed at incapacitating the hoodlums at the location to reduce resistance to the ground troops advance towards Yadi .
The statement read, “ Following the air component’ s fixing efforts at Kufai Shantu , the land component, supported by an attack helicopter , successfully assaulted Halilu ’s hideout at Yadi, clearing two of three objectives.
“ The ground troops subsequently fought through fierce resistance from bandits hiding under the foliage at the third objective and eventually overpowered the criminals , eliminating several of them .”
It further explained that the air component provided effective support to the ground troops during all phases of the operation .
The military high command commended the troops for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations to eradicate bandits .

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