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1) Nigerian military kill more terrorists, destroys hideouts in Borno

The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has again recorded appreciable success in their resolve to stem terrorists’ activities in the North East Zone.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Enenche said the crews of the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm2, had on Oct. 1, neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their hideouts at Maima and Tusuy near Warshale and Tongule along the Dikwa-Rann axis of Borno.

He said the feat was achieved sequel to credible intelligence reports and series of aerial surveillance missions, which indicated that the locations were being used as rendezvous points by the terrorists.

According to him, the Air Task Force dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the two locations.

2) Buhari has performed more than Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan – malami

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, has insisted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has outperformed his predecessors from 1999.

Malami explained that the Buhari-led administration outperformed his predecessors in the area of infrastructural development.

The AGF stated this while hosting some members of the All Progress Congress, APC, in Abuja, yesterday.

Malami also maintained that the current APC-led administration has performed more than its critics

He lamented that the current administration inherited massive unemployment from previous governments.

Malami said Buhari’s administration has been able to complete infrastructural projects past government budgeted funds but failed to execute them.

He said: “Our party has not done too badly. We have great and good stories to tell and that can be established factually and not out of mere rhetorics.

3) Fashola slams Obasanjo over $12bn loan

According to the Minister, if he had the $12 billion like the Olusegun Obasanjo government in 2005, he would have built rails and more roads.

At one time in this country, in 2005, we had $12 billion. At that time, these roads were bad. At that time there was no rail. But what did we do as a matter of state policy, it was just to pay creditors to our own detriment.

He can only imagine if I had the opportunity then with $12 billion in my hand, we would have built rails and roads. What this government is dealing with, which I am responsible for, is the infrastructure that will be enduring,” Fashola said.

4) The Cracks Are Widening, Nigeria May Not Be One For Much Longer – Ex-Minister

A former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lamented that Nigeria may not be one for much longer.

Naija News reports that the Ex-Minister who made this comment on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, cited “the cracks are widening” and “rising anger” in the country as the reasons for his claim that Nigeria may not be one for much longer.

This online news platform recalls that Nigeria marked her 60th anniversary on Thursday, October 1. In the commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration, Fani-Kayode said he was “constrained” to ask if Nigeria’s unity can be sustained.

5) Price of garri soars in Enugu, traders explain why

The price of cassava flakes, (one of the Nigerian staple food, popularly known as Garri), has risen significantly in some major markets in Enugu metropolis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited some markets in Enugu on Saturday, reports that the prices of white and yellow garri had gone up by over 80 per cent.

Some garri sellers attributed the price hike and scarcity of the commodity to an off-season of the tuber and COVID- 19 pandemic during the farming season.

Miss Oluchi Akubilo, a garri seller at New Market, Enugu said the price of a 4.5-litre bucket of white garri has jumped from N350 before, to N800.

Akubilo also said that similar quantity of the yellow garri now goes for N1000 as against the previous price of N500.

Another garri dealer at Garki market, Mr Charles Ukachi, said that a bag of garri previously selling at N12,000 is now selling at between N20,000 and N22,000.

6) AKEREDOLU TO AJAYI: Provide evidence I collected N750m as security vote

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has told his estranged deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi to provide evidence of the N750 million security votes he claims that the governor collects every month.

Hon Ajayi had in a statement on Friday said that the governor gets a security vote of N750 million every month and also gets an imprest of about N150 million monthly as governor.

“The governor gets a security vote of N750 million every month. He, Akeredolu, also gets an imprest of about N150 million,” Ajayi’s statement had read in part.

Reacting to Ajayi’s claim through his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye on Friday night, Governor Akeredolu described Ajayi as a liar.

7) It’s silly to say military caused Nigeria’s problems, civilians were running the institutions –IBB

The former Military President of Nigeria, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd) has declared that it was silly to conclude that the military caused the problems of Nigeria, as civilians were the ones running the institutions under the army.

Babangida who made the assertion on Friday night in an interview with Channels TV said that the ministries, parastatals and institutions were run by civilians, so if there are any issues, it would be wrong to say the military created them.

According to Babangida, who was at the helm of affairs of the country from 1986 to 1993, the military succeeded in creating the enabling framework for subsequent administrations to build on.

He said: “You were there to show us how the civil service operates, how the system works; the institutions of governance. All these are civilians’ prerogative.

“We didn’t create problems. We created the framework for subsequent administration to build on: infrastructure, democracy and free-market economy.

We were able to capture and bring to our country what the world is doing.” However, he noted, only a stupid soldier would seize power today, as is currently happening in Mali.

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