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3 Killed, Others Arrested As Troops Intercept Terrorists Attack

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3 Killed, Others Arrested As Troops Intercept Terrorists Attack

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have eliminated three Boko Haram terrorists and arrested scores of their fighters, informants, and logistics suppliers in recent encounters in the North East theatre of operation.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the troops of 151 Task Force Battalion eliminated the terrorists in an ambush operation on their crossing point along Banki Junction – Miyanti road, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

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He also disclosed that troops had on July 15, arrested some suspected terrorists who surrendered to troops along with their families, while fleeing their enclaves, following the continuous bombardment of their hideouts by troops of the Battalion.

According to him, the escaping terrorists and their families were arrested at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno by troops of the Battalion on fighting patrol at Miyanti and Darajamel.

“The arrested suspects comprised of eleven adult male terrorists, five adult females, and twelve children.

“The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, three AK 47 rifle magazines, and a black fragmental Jacket from the suspects. They are currently undergoing preliminary investigations,” he said.

The Army spokesperson further disclosed that troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force have on July 17, tracked and arrested Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers at Lawanti and Gongolun Communities of Jere Local Government Area of Borno.

He said the suspects had confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with information on troops’ movements, locations, deployments, strength, the caliber of weapons, and other activities.

According to him, they also admitted to having supplied the terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL), drugs, mosquito nets, kola nuts, recharge cards, and foodstuff.

He added that the suspects also disclosed that they were remunerated by the terrorists with proceeds made from selling dismantled old motorcycle parts to dealers in order to fund their purchases.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has commended the troops for being proactive in the ongoing clearance operations.

“He charged them to maintain the tempo and ensure the terrorists are smoked out of their enclaves,” he said.

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Operation Thunderstorm Clampdown 110 Vehicles In Lagos – FRSC

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Operation Thunderstorm Clampdown 110 Vehicles In Lagos - FRSC

Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide, the Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says the corps has arrested 110 traffic violators on Wednesday under its Operation Thunderstorm.

Ogungbemide disclosed this in a statement by the FRSC Route Commander and Public Education Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Sonusi, in Lagos.

He explained that the command had begun a special operation, tagged “Operation Thunderstorm”, to clamp down on Very Important Personalities (VIPs) for flagrant disobedience to the National Road Traffic Regulations.

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According to him, the corps has noticed a new trend of aberration and disregard for law and order.

”Some VIPs are in the habit of not fixing number plates and fond of replacing their number plates with pet names.

“A situation where some VIPs and motorists change one of their Number Plates, which comes in pairs, with their pet names or their popular slogans, can no longer be tolerated,” he warned.

The sector commander said that the operation had recorded 110 traffic offenders for number plate violations and other offenses in private and commercial vehicles within the state.

He said that the operations which started July 28, was one of the command’s intervention patrol aim at reducing road traffic crashes and also to stop impunity of not properly affixing number plates and other violations.

“A total of 110 vehicles were issued tickets for 150 various offenses, 75 vehicles got impounded and 35 documents were confiscated during the operation.

“The FRSC boss wishes to remind motorists that number plate has security features that should not be tampered with under any disguise,” he said.

The sector commander further explained that private and commercial number plates came in pairs and were meant for the front and rear of the vehicle except for articulated vehicle number plates that came in three.

He urged commanding officers to improve operations across the state in line with the corps mandate of 15 percent road traffic crashes and 20 percent fatalities reduction.

He also advised VIPs and motorists to revert to using their original number plates, which were not expected to be covered.

He added that in case of any emergency, motorists should call FRSC toll-free number 122 for prompt rescue.

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TCN: Why The National Grid Collapsed

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TCN: Why The National Grid Collapsed

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says the nation’s collapsed grid has been fully restored.

The company said that the collapse which occurred at about 12:20 p.m. was restored the same day at 4:59 p.m.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs. Mrs. Ndidi Mbah said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

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Mbah said that the collapse was triggered by a sudden drop in system frequency to 47.21Hz.

She said that reports received from Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and other power generating stations showed that at about 12:20 p.m., two generating units tripped in one generating station.

“While four equally tripped in another generating station, causing a loss of 261MW and 350MW respectively, bringing the total loss of electricity on the grid to 611MW.

“It is suspected that the sudden loss of 611MW from the grid caused system instability and its eventual collapse.

“After the collapse, TCN’s system operators immediately commenced the restoration of the grid and by 12:46 p.m., power supply in Abuja was fully restored from Shiroro Generating Station at 1:05 p.m.

“TCN equally commenced grid restoration from the Delta Power Station, and at 4:59 p.m, a full restoration of the entire grid was achieved,’’ he said.

Mbah said that TCN appreciates the government, electricity customers nationwide, and international customers for their patience.

She said that TCN would continue to work hard to expand and maintain the stability of the national grid.

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TETFund: Buhari Approves N8.5bn For Medical Research

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TETFund: Buhari Approves N8.5bn For Meedical Research

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N8.5 billion for ground-breaking research in Medicine and other areas under the National Research Fund (NRF) scheme.

Bogoro made the disclosure at a three-day workshop for Directors of Research and Development of public universities in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

“With your support, I made a case to the board of trustees to increase the NRF research grants.

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“Initially we had seed money of N3 billion, which got exhausted and N1 billion was added between 2016 and 2019.

“When I came, I decided to revolutionize it and I said it is not a question of seed money,  let it be annual money and that is why I made a case for N5 billion in 2019 alone, and in 2020 we raised it to N7.5 billion.

“This year,  the  President has approved another N7.5 billion but, guess what, with additional N1 billion that we intend to use for groundbreaking research around medicine even in respect of the COVID-19 challenge,” he said.

Bogoro said part of the plans was to release some amount of money to the Nigerian Medical Research Institute (NMIR) to resuscitate its vaccine production.

He disclosed that a meeting had been scheduled with the Director-General of NMIR, Prof.  Babatunde Salako, alongside professors of Medicine from some universities across the country in that regard.

He urged university dons not to take pleasure in titles but engage in problem-solving research that would change the narrative for the good of the nation.

He further called on research institutes to establish a good working relationships with universities for enhanced research and development, stressing the need for collaboration for better results.

According to him, there is a need for collaboration between universities and research institutes in order to offer assistance where necessary.

Earlier in his remarks, TETFund Director of Research and Development, Dr. Salisu Bakare, said it was important for universities to live up to the mandate of problem-solving.

He reaffirmed the need for Nigeria to transit to a knowledge economy, stressing that the Research and Development Centre of Excellence in TETFund, established for the purpose, would continue to work to achieve its mandate.

Bakare said in a bid to achieve the mandate the fund had established centers of excellence in several universities.

He added that it increased the National Research Fund and constituted a committee that was currently working on a draft bill for the establishment of the National Research and Development Foundation.

He urged participating institutions at the workshop to work toward enhancing national development.

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