NEWS: Military reclaims three more towns in Yobe,Spain pledges support for counter terrorism in Nigeria and Other News Updates

Robbers kill undergraduate in Ado-Ekiti

Residents of Adebayo area, Ado Ekiti  were thrown into a mournful mood  yesterday as armed robbers shot dead a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekit named Temitope Ogunleye,

The deceased was ND 2 Accountancy student before his untimely death. He was shoot in the presence of his parents and sister.

 

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US, Nigeria meet over Boko Haram-ISIS alliance

Stephen Lynch, a lawmaker in the United States, is currently in Nigeria meeting with Federal Government officials to review the US Embassy security following the recent bombings in Maiduguri and the pledge by Boko Haram to join forces with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the US embassy in Nigeria said “This is a critical time for Nigeria and this region. Nigeria’s national elections are scheduled in just over two weeks, while Boko Haram controls an area in the North about the size of New Jersey. The bombings and other Boko Haram activities are sure to further destabilise some areas in the run-up to the election. It’s a precarious situation,”.

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Military reclaims three more towns in Yobe

In a highly coordinated ground operation on Tuesda, which lasted  for over nine hours along the 160-kilometre Gujba-Buni/Yadi-Bara Forest, troops of the Nigerian Army 7 Division recaptured three towns and a village in Yobe State.  .

A military source on Wednesday in Damaturu listed Bara, the Gulani local council headquarters, Gujba village, Buni/Yadi and Buni/Garias areas recaptured along the Damaturu-Biu Road.                 .

He added by saying that: “We got a tip-off that the militants were hiding inside the college, but immediately we entered and uncovered a bomb factory there, we had to deploy bomb experts to denote some of them before proceeding to other captured towns and villages in the state.

 

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World Bank begins Light Africa programme in Nigeria

The Lighting Africa programme which is a joint initiative of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, has been unveiled in Nigeria to increase access to affordable, clean and safe lighting for more than 30 per cent of people who live in rural areas and have low incomes and no access to grid electricity.

The Lighting Africa programme aims to help five million people in Nigeria who are not connected to the electricity grid to access clean energy by 2017, the World Bank said in a statement.

The Programme Manager for the Lighting Africa Programme, Itotia Njagi, said, “Lighting Africa is helping to build a market to bring off-grid lighting and energy services across Africa by establishing quality standards, investing in consumer education, creating a favourable investment climate, and supporting innovative business models.

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Spain pledges support for counter terrorism in Nigeria

Spain has offered to join effort with the Nigerian military to fight off the Boko Haram scourge.

In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, the country condemned “the murders carried out by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the town of Najba, Nigeria, of at least 78 people, including children” and is calling for the support of the international community to help Nigeria and the region affected.

 

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