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Army rescues kidnapped victims, recovers weapons in three states

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The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko disclosed this at a press briefing on Sunday in Faskari, Kastina State.

The Newsmen reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai had on July 6 flagged off the Operation Sahel Sanity at Special Army Super Camp in Faskari as part of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration.

Onyeuko said the Chief of Army Staff flagged off the exercise to flush out armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements from the North West Zone.

“The troops quickly mobilised to the area and engaged the criminals, neutralising scores in the process.

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“The situation was quickly brought under control and the troops subsequently dominated the area with patrols denying criminal elements freedom of action,” he said.

He said on July 9 while responding to a distress call, troops deployed at Gidan Baure in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina  State rescued three young girls kidnapped by armed bandits at Sayau village.

Onyeuko said on the same day, troops also rescued three kidnapped victims in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

“Two other kidnap victims who were kidnapped on June 1, 2020, at Yayi village in Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State have been rescued by the troops.

“All the victims have been handed over to Katsina and Sokoto State Government officials for further action.

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“Receiving a credible intelligence, the troops sprang an ambush at Gidan Jaja in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara, the bandits fled with heavy gunshot wounds, abandoning one AK 47 rifle in the process.

“While on aggressive mobile patrol, our troops intercepted three armed bandits who opened fire on troops.

“During the firefight, one of the bandits was neutralised while others fled in disarray, one AK 47 rifle and one motorcycle were recovered,” he said.

Onyeuko also said on Saturday, July 11,  troops laid ambush between Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu villages of  Anka and Talata Mafara Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

He said troops made contact with the bandits who escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds in the cover of darkness.

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Onyeuko said troops had continued to dominate the area as a means of confidence-building for the residents and farmers to continue their agricultural activities.

He added that items recovered included one motorcycle, 10 Dane guns, one catapult and one knife.

Others, he said,  were one saw, 16 plugs, one axe and three cell phones.

Onyeuko, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and the professionalism exhibited within the short period of the operation and urged them not to rest on their oars.

He reassured the people of the North-West Zone of the army’s commitment to restoring peace in the region.

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Vettel says Ferrari messed up with a nonsensical strategy

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Sebastian Vettel accused Ferrari of messing up with a strategy that made no sense on Sunday.

The unhappy German however did not help his own race by spinning at the first corner and dropping to last.

It was a sign that the four-times world champion’s relations with the team are wearing thin, following their decision not to keep him on beyond this season.

Vettel questioned Ferrari’s moves after finishing 12th in the 70th Anniversary race.

After rejoining in traffic from his first pitstop, Vettel informed his team over the radio that “you know that you messed up.”

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“We spoke this (Sunday) morning and said there was no point pitting knowing that we will run into traffic ——- and that’s exactly what we did,” he told reporters later.

“We went also onto a hard tyre, which we then only had on for 10 laps, probably not even that. So, it didn’t make any sense.

“I mean why would you put the hard for 10 laps and put the medium for 20 laps? So, I was running out of tyres towards the end. So, we spoke about exactly that.”

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Vettel had said earlier in the weekend that he had run out of answers to explain why he was having such a hard time with the car.

The German, who won all his titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, has been eclipsed by young Monegasque teammate Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc finished fourth on Sunday by making one-stop strategy work.

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Ferrari’s review of the race said, perhaps pointedly, that Leclerc’s result was the result of “strategy and bravura”.

“Sebastian’s position was the result of his first lap incident,” said team boss Mattia Binotto.

Vettel is 13th in the standings after five races, with 10 points to Leclerc’s 45.

His best finish this year was sixth in Hungary, and he has been 10th twice.

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Osun: Police dismiss inspector for allegedly brutalizing tailor, causing death

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 The Osun Police Command has dismissed Inspector Ago Egharevbe for allegedly brutalizing a 20-year-old fashion designer, Ayomide Taiwo, leading to his death.

The Newsmen reports that the incident, which happened on Wednesday at Obokun, led to the victim been hospitalized and later died on Sunday.

The Command’s Spokesperson, SP Opalola Yemisi, in a statement on Sunday in Osogbo, explained that Egharevbe, attached to Obokun Divisional Police Station, was arrested after the incident.

Yemisi said the inspector had been tried in orderly room and that the Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, had recommended his dismissal to the Inspector General of Police.

She said the commissioner of police would not condone any act of indiscipline, brutality, unprofessional behavior from any member of the force under his command.

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“The Osun State Police Command wishes to state that the officer, Inspector Ago Egharepbe, who brutalized a civilian in Ibokun has been tried and dismissed from the force.

“The Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, has recommended his dismissal to the Inspector General of Police and he has been dismissed.

“He will be charged to court on Monday for murder.

“CP Adie and the entire Osun Police Command commiserate with the family and friends of Ayomide Taiwo on the death of their loved one as we promised to ensure justice is served,” Opalola said.

Confirming the death, Mr. Popoola Adebayo, the deceased boss, said Ayomide died on Sunday “as he had remained unconscious since the attack five days ago.”

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Earlier, the deceased brother, Oladimeji Wasiu, said that the incident happened when he and his late brother were returning on a motorcycle to Osogbo from Iragbiji, their home town, where they went for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

Wasiu said when they got to Ilahun village, along Ibokun road at about 3:30 pm, they met police officers at a checkpoint who ordered their bike to stop.

He said one the officers became aggrieved when he asked Ayomide to pay N50, but he delayed in paying.

Wasiu said when the officer found out that Ayomide had a huge sum of money with him, he became furious and hit him with the butt of the gun, which forced both of them to fall down and Ayomide became unconscious.

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“While we were coming from home, at Iragbiji after Sallah, we met four police officers on our way.

“One of the police officers stopped us and requested for money when my brother brought out money to give him, he saw that he had a huge amount in his pocket, this angered him and he hit him with the butt of his gun on his head.

“And immediately we fell down from the motorcycle while the remaining three officers ran away,” he said.

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NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned state branches of the association to henceforth, comply strictly with values that would protect the rights of members seeking elective offices in the association.

The President of the association, Prof. Innocent Ujah, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Ujah said that state branches of the association that had yet to conduct their elections must ensure that democratic values were upheld to protect the inalienable rights of members.

“We want to reiterate our belief in the sacred democratic values of fairness and exploring the constitutional measures available for conflict resolution.”

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He said that national officers of the association were not unaware of the electoral violence in Enugu during an election of the Enugu State Branch of the association.

The president said that images emanating from the election had portrayed the association in a bad light, noting that the national secretariat of the body had stepped into the matter.

“It is instructive to note that as the foremost professional body in the country, we condemn in its entirety all forms of electoral violence.

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“Electoral violence of any form does not represent what we stand for as Nigerian doctors and it is clearly at variance with our ideals and ethos.”

According to him, the association believes in the sanctity of the ballot and members must, therefore, be allowed to exercise their franchise through a free, fair, and credible process, devoid of any form of rancor or violence.

He said that as members of the profession, members must continue to exhibit the highest levels of decorum in all affairs of the association, including before, during, and after elections.

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“The NMA leadership assured all members that we as an association will not fold our arms and allow a few persons to bring us to disrepute.’’

Ujah said that the association would deliberate on the cases during its next National Executive Council meeting, scheduled for Aug. 27 to Aug. 30th.

He assured that the case would be thoroughly investigated and that all those found culpable would be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

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