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Security: NAF Inducts 117 Special Forces In Bauchi

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The Nigerian Airforce on Friday, February 28 inducted no fewer than 117 Special Forces (SF) as part of its efforts to boosting security in the country.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony and Commissioning of ‘Obstacle Course and Rappelling Tower’ at Commando village, NAF base, Bauchi, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the security challenges in the country necessitated the training of more personnel as special operations operatives.

Abubakar, who was represented by Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Grand Training Command, Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, said those operatives enable the force to achieve effects outside the perimeter and additional advantages to confront threats.

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“As we all know, the contemporary security challenges we are currently witnessing, necessitated the training of more personnel as Special Operations operatives.

“These operatives enable us to achieve effects outside the perimeter thereby conferring upon us the necessary advantages to confront asymmetric threats,” he said

He said he had desired to transform the NAF into a highly professional force, through capacity building initiatives in response to security urgency in the country.

“I would like to note that since coming on board, I desired to transform the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of airpower in response to our national security imperatives.

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“One of the key drivers of this vision hinges on human capacity development for improved professional performance,” Abubakar said.

The Chief of Air Staff further appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for priority attention given to the force, adding that the support provided by the Federal Government had positively impacted on the Nigerian Airforce.

He assured the President of the NAF unalloyed loyalty and reiterated its commitment to continuing to supporting the Federal Government in its policy thrust of providing security, improved economy and fighting corruption in the country.

Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Grand Training Command, Headquarters representing the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

Earlier speaking, Commandant, Regiment Training Centre Annex Bauchi, Wing Commander Kehinde Akinyosade, said, in line with the vision of the Chief of Air Staff, NAF has completed the construction of a 23-course obstacle and rappel tower for the training of special operatives in Bauchi.

He revealed that the course is aimed at equipping trainees with the necessary skills, tactics and procedures required to function effectively as operatives in a NAF Special Operation Force unit.

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The commander also revealed that 275 personnel were initially nominated for the special forces screening, however, only 117 personnel comprising 7 officers and 110 airmen/airwomen were inaugurated.

He said 82 were reported to be medically unfit, 67 failed physical examination while nine voluntarily withdrew from the course.

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Foundation Advocates Empowerment Of Women, Youth In Nigeria

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A non-governmental organisation known as Royal Ambassadors Family Enlightenment Foundation (RAFEF) has advocated for effective empowerment of women and youth in Nigeria.

Mr Jonathan Okwudiri, the Director General of the foundation made the call in Bauchi on Saturday during the official inauguration ceremony of the Northeast Region Executive Working Committee of the foundation.

Okwudiri said this was necessary because women and youth are the backbone of any nation who, if economically empowered, would have a great impact on both the security and economic aspect of the nation.

“It is quite unfortunate and very alarming that the women and youth are mostly neglected in the workspace of Nigeria today.

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“From our statistics, it is proven that Women and Youth of our nation are being used and dumped, and mostly not carried along for the positive impact on our Society and Governmental maximisation.

“This has made most of the women and youth lose their focus, talents, skills, potential and end up on the streets and become touts and hooligans and in the process lose their lives without fulfillment of their primary assignment on earth,” he said.

He affirmed that the foundation has come to serve humanity as a sign of hope, new beginning, transforming wealth, power, importance, faimess, impartiality, and transmitting wisdom and authority to Women and Youth in the Society.

The D:-G explained that this is because the foundation is a movement empowered with a mandate from God as a sign of covenant between Him and the citizens of Nigeria to bring an end to hardship, poverty and unemployment among the women and youth.

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“The principal activity of this nobel organisation is to create business opportunities, job employment through digital trainings in ICT, entrepreneur and assisting government institutions, private and corporate organisations to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

“This would be done by ensuring that unemployed youths and women are gainfully employed in the society, hence duly registered and incorporated in Nigeria with Corporate Affairs Commission,” he said.

Earlier, Hafsat Bappa, the Foundation’s Director General, Media and Publicity, said that the organisation was determined to make positive impact on women and youth because they constituted a significant portion of the workforce, contributing to economic growth and development.

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She said investing in youth and women’s education, skills development and entrepreneurship fosters economic empowerment and ensures a prosperous future for the society.

“The youths and women are not just beneficiaries of societal progress but active agents driving it forward.

“Recognizing and nurturing their potential is essential for creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable society. Let us empower the youths and women today to secure a brighter tomorrow for all as our anthem signifies,” she said.

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Junior Pope: Delta Billionaire Clergy Gifts Late Sound Engineer’s Family N10m, Nigerians React

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Renowned philanthropist and General Overseer of Christ Mercy Land church, Warri, Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has generously donated N10 million to the family of late Engr. Precious Ofurum, a sound engineer who lost his life in a boat mishap alongside Nollywood star, Junior Pope.

Fufeyin’s act of kindness has drawn widespread praise from Nigerians, commending him for his compassion and generosity as a true embodiment of humanity.

Recall that the Akwa Ibom state governor Pastor Umo Eno had on 13th April visited late Nollywood make-up Artist, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick’s family to console them over the demise of the 24-year-old girl.

Eno promised to assist her two undergraduate sisters in school. He equally approved the remodeling of the deceased family house in Eket.

Eno during the condolence visit offered automatic employment to the deceased elder sister in the state civil service and directed that their home be renovated.

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However, the tragic boat accident claimed the lives of Engr. Precious Ofurum, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick and Junior Pope, leaving the nation in mourning for the loss of these talented individuals.

Reacting on X, @Doris_Nkiruka tweeted “Prophet Jeremiah is a shining example of sympathy and compassion. I’m truly inspired by this gesture. May the soul of Engr. Precious rest in peace.”

@EmekaJohnson__ wrote, “Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin has gained another fan in me. This is true Christianity—showing love and support to those in need. I admire his good work. Instead of criticizing, let’s each do our part. God bless PapaJ!”

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Ondo Poll: Commissioner Punches Journalist, NUJ Calls For His Indefinite Suspension

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has physically assaulted a senior reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary on Saturday.

The ugly incident occured at about 11.45 am at Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile, the venue of Ward 9 election in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Yusuf-Ogunleye reportedly punched the reporter, collected his cell phone and threw it away.

He ordered his political thugs to seize all the electronic gadgets belonging to the reporter.

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Eyewitness account said that trouble started at about 11.45 when the reporter inquire about when the election materials arrived since they have started counting.

The commissioner shouted that “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here.”

According to Vanguard, timely intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel prevented political thugs from further attack of the reporter.

Contacted, the commissioner, Ogunleye, said that the reporter failed to produce his identity cards when he was asked.

In a swift response, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State council, described the attack and physical assault on the senior journalist by the commissioner as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

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A statement by the state chairman of the union, Prince Leke Adegbite said the action of the Commissioner was uncivilized, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident.

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries.

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry.

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met.”

 

 

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