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Operation Amotekun’: No Going Back, South-West Govs Reply FG



Governors in the South-West zone of the country have vowed to pursue ‘Operation Amotekun’ to a logical conclusion and ensure that the security outfit succeed in spite opposition from the Federal Government.

The Federal Government, after the launching of the security outfit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital last week, had declared Amotekun Illegal.

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However, speaking at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Akure, Ondo State governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said the six governors in the zone are fully prepared to ensure that operation Amotekun succeeds

He noted that in the quest to further curtail the menace of kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in Ondo State and the entire South-West region that the security outfit was launched.

“Amotekun is not a para-military outfit, the introduction of the security outfit is to compliment the efforts of other security agencies. We are prepared to ensure operation Amotekun succeeds. Operation Amotekun is not a paramilitary outfit.

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It is one of the many solutions being proffered to our security challenges in Western Nigeria.

“We want to assure you that the activities of the personnel working for the outfit will be monitored and streamlined along their mandate of securing lives and property of people of Ondo State and entire Western Nigeria and it will not be used for political purposes”, he said.

Akeredolu, however thanked the entire members the Nigeria Armed Forces for their sacrifices and controlling crime before, during and after the yuletide period through “Operation Crocodile Smile”.

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The Governor said the relentless efforts of the members of the nation’s Armed Forces is beginning to yield positive result in the state and the country in general.

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Customs Promote 357 Junior Officers




The management of the Nigeria Customs Service said it has approved the promotion of 357 men in the service.

Announcing this in a statement on Saturday, the National Public Relations Officer of the service, Abdullahi Maiwada, said that the decision was taken during the 7th NCS’s management meeting, chaired by the Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi.

Maiwada said that the beneficiaries were from the ranks of Customs Assistant I to Inspector of Customs.

He added that the comprehensive promotion list encompasses both the General Duty and Support Staff personnel who excelled in the 2023 promotion exercise.

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“The breakdown of promoted officers is as follows: AIC to IC (246) GD, AIC to IC (37) SS, CAI to AIC (39) GD, CAI to AIC (27) SS, CAII to CAI (7) SS, CAIII to CAII (1) GD,” Maiwada explained.

The service’s spokesperson added that the strategic advancement shows the visionary leadership of the CGC.

Which emphasises on motivation, recognising excellence, and rewarding diligence within the service,”

While congratulating the newly promoted officers, Adeniyi charged them to redouble their efforts in fulfilling the service’s core mandates of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling, and trade facilitation.

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‘Cristiano Ronaldo Marks 1,200th Career Game With Goal




Cristiano Ronaldo marked the 1,200th professional match of his career by scoring one goal and assisting another for Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.

The 38-year-old tapped in Sadio Mane’s cross and later set up team-mate Otavio in a 4-1 win over Al-Riyadh.

Ronaldo thanked all those who have helped him reach the landmark – but added that he was “not done yet”.

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The Portugal forward is the Saudi Pro League’s top scorer with 16 goals in 15 games this season.

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton is acknowledged as holding the record for the most competitive professional appearances in the men’s game with 1,387.

The Saudi Pro League confirmed on social media that Ronaldo had reached the milestone and the player later posted on Instagram: “Three more points! Thankful to all my team-mates who helped me reach my 1,200th match. What a ride, but we’re not done yet.”

Ronaldo also marked his 1,000th senior appearance with a goal in February 2020, scoring for Juventus in Serie A.

In June, he became the first men’s player to make 200 international appearances when he featured for Portugal against Iceland, and he is also the top international goal scorer with 128 goals.

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Among his club career appearance records, Ronaldo tops the list for all-time appearances in the Champions League (183), in which he represented Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.

He also became the first player in history to score 800 top-level career goals when he surpassed that total playing for Manchester United in December 2021 and has since breached the 850-goal mark.

Al-Nassr remain second in the table, seven points behind leaders Al-Hilal. BBC

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Tears As 26-yr-old NYSC Member, Passengers, Driver Die In Imo Road Accident




A 26-year-old female National Youth Service Corps, NYSC member, Sanni Mariam, of 2023 Batch C Stream 2, was among those who died in an accident in Imo State on Thursday.

Other passengers and the driver were also reported dead when their vehicle had an accident en route to Lagos.

It was gathered that Mariam was returning from her state of deployment, Benue State, and boarded a commercial bus heading to Lagos through Imo.

According to information gathered by Vanguard, Mariam took a camp exit from Benue State. She was undergoing the three-week compulsory orientation. And camping was expected to end by Thursday next week.

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Mariam, a Computer Science graduate from Universite Protestante de Lafrique de l’Ouest, Benin Republic, was said to have won many awards for her platoon, including the Scrabble platoon game.

Efforts to contact the Benue State NYSC State Coordinator proved unsuccessful. He was neither taking calls nor responding to messages at press time.

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