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Election: EFCC moves against vote buyers, deploys operatives across country

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Election: EFCC moves against vote buyers, deploys operatives across country

Election: EFCC moves against vote buyers, deploys operatives across country

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has deployed its operatives to the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory to combat vote-buying ahead of Saturday’s general elections.

EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Uwujaren said that apart from the teams deployed across the country, the anti-graft agency had also released incidents reporting hotlines for the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

He said the move was part of efforts to ensure the integrity of the Feb. 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

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He quoted the Executive Chairman of the commission, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, as urging the operatives to be conscious of the interest of the nation and to exhibit a high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

“You are out on a national assignment and I expect you to conduct yourselves responsibly in line with our core values of professionalism, integrity and courage.

“You have a responsibility to ensure that this election is devoid of financial malpractices, especially inducement of voters.

“The attention of the world is focused on Nigeria and we must do what is necessary to ensure that we have credible, free and fair elections.”

Bawa also urged members of the public to report any case of vote buying or selling, or other evidence of financial malpractices designed to compromise the electoral outcome through these hotlines.

“Members of the public can also report anyone trying to buy or sell votes by making use of the EFCC financial crimes reporting App, Eagle Eye, which is available for download on the Google Play or Apple store.

“Additionally, the public can reach the Commission through our social media handle, @officialefcc or by email, info@efcc.gov.ng.” 

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VIO Mayors Launch Safety Drive Against Reckless Driving

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VIO Mayors Launch Safety Drive Against Reckless Driving

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) is launching “Operation Safety Drive” in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to curb reckless driving and reduce road accidents.

Dr. Yusuf Suberu, Squadron Leader of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Mayors of the Federation, announced this initiative in an interview with o24news on Sunday in Abuja. The program will enforce traffic regulations, conduct vehicle inspections, and educate motorists on safe driving practices.

Suberu stated that driver actions contribute to 94% of all Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs). The program aims to address this by focusing on drivers’ behaviors such as speeding and inattention.

As part of the safety drive, VIO mayors will deploy inspection teams to major highways and intersections to monitor traffic law compliance. Violating motorists will face penalties, including fines, license suspensions, and mandatory safety seminars.

The VIO mayors will collaborate with local communities and stakeholders to promote road safety awareness and encourage responsible driving habits. Suberu emphasized the collective responsibility for safety and urged motorists to support the initiative.

Running from August 1 to December 31, the initiative will be monitored and adjusted as needed. The aim is to significantly reduce road crashes and enhance safety for all FCT road users.

O24news reports that VIO mayors are volunteers assisting professional traffic managers in the 36 states and FCT to ease traffic challenges through a volunteerism approach.

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

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263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

263 Boko Haram Terrorists, Families Surrender to Multinational Joint Task Force

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) combating insurgency in the Lake Chad region has announced that 263 Boko Haram terrorists and their families have surrendered to its troops. This information was disclosed in a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer of MNJTF, based in N’djamena, Chad.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi revealed that the surrenders occurred between July 11 and July 17, 2024, during the ongoing Operation Lake Sanity II. The wave of surrenders initially began on July 1, when five terrorists gave themselves up to MNJTF troops in Wulgo, located on the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Preliminary reports indicate these individuals originated from Tumbuma and Kutumgulla in Marte Local Government Area (LGA), Nigeria.

On the same day, 50-year-old Malum Kori Bukar escaped from the Jibilaram hideout and surrendered to the troops. Additionally, on July 11, 19 terrorists surrendered in the village of Madaya in extreme North Cameroon, and another 11 surrendered in Wulgo from the Tumbuma hideout in two waves.

The following day, July 12, 64 individuals, including 6 adult males, 20 women, and 38 children, surrendered in Bonderi, Cameroon. Moreover, on July 13, 27 terrorists surrendered.

Lt.-Col. Abdullahi noted that preliminary investigations revealed all surrendered individuals were from Nigerian communities. As a result, they have been handed over to the troops of Operation HADIN KAI for further action.

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

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Military making operational adjustment to protect farmers – DHQ

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Defence Headquarters says operational adjustments have been made by the military to prioritise protection for farmers to ensure a successful rainy season farming.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known on Friday in Abuja while giving updates on the operations of the armed forces.

Buba said the armed forces had intensified intelligence collection effort targeted at hunting terrorists and striking them where they may be hiding and hibernating.

He said the aim was to eliminate the terrorists and the infrastructure that supports their activities.

According to him, troops will continue to employ significant firepower to neutralise terrorists and disrupt their activities across the country.

“Winning the war against the terrorist is non-negotiable,” he said.

Buba said the troops had, in different operations, neutralised 220, apprehended 395 suspects and rescued 202 kidnapped hostages in the last one week.

He added that troops recovered 432 assorted weapons and 9,004 assorted ammunition comprising three PKT guns, one G3 rifle, 83 AK47 rifles and 18 locally-fabricated guns.

Also recovered were 16 dane guns, 14 RPG bombs, one RPG launcher, two tear gas launchers, 234 smoke grenades and one bandolier.

Others include 5,893 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,064 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 401 rounds of 9mm ammo, 200 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm, 154 rounds of 7.62 x 51mm, 195 live cartridges, and 17 magazines.

In the North-East, Buba said, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 98 suspects and rescued 61 kidnappers hostages.

Assorted arms were also recovered, he added.

In the North-Central, troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 37 insurgents, arrested 102 violent extremists and rescued 113 kidnapped hostages, he said.

In the North-West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 78 terrorists, arrested 103 terrorists and rescued 68 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 105 illegal refining sites with 51 dugout pits, 38 boats and 51 storage tanks.

He said the troops also recovered 215 cooking ovens, two speedboats, 44 drums, three tug boats, three barges, four wheelbarrows, one outboard engine, 15 vehicles, three motorcycles and six mobile phones.

According to him, troops recovered 1.09 million litres of stolen crude oil, 1.1 million litres of illegally refined AGO, 27,350 litres of DPK and 150 litres of PMS.

“Troops also arrested 55 perpetrators of oil theft and denied the oil thieves an estimated sum of N1.8 billion,” he said.

In the South-East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 22 terrorists, arrested 37 violent extremists, rescued 15 kidnapped hostages and also recovered a large cache of arms.

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