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Troops eliminate 31 terrorists, arrest 71 as 1186 surrender in Borno: Defence HQ

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The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Hadin Kai, eliminated 31 terrorists, arrested 71 and received 1,186 surrendered insurgents in two weeks in the North East.

Defence spokesman Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the operations of armed forces between Oct. 29 and Nov. 11 on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Onyeuko said that two of the arrested terrorists were women logistics suppliers namely, Aisha Umar (19) with a two year old child and Mrs Kaltumi Bakura (20) who were residents at IDP Camp in Bama.

He also disclosed that a total of 97 kidnapped civilians were rescued while a total of 122 assorted weapons were recovered during the period.

According to him, the surrendered Boko Haram elements include their families,  226 adult males, 406 adult females and 555 children who surrendered to troops at different locations in Borno.

“Within the period in focus, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai conducted a series of land and air operations across the North-East theatre that yielded commendable results.

“The sustained synergy in the land and air operational efforts have continued to degrade the operational capabilities of the terrorist elements, limit their freedom of action and drive scores of them into surrendering.

“Some of these operations were executed at different locations in Borno and Yobe , including; Rann, Dalayazara, Gwange Kura, Bam Buratai, Makintakuri and Muduvi villages as well as Marte – Dikwa and Buni Yadi – Jauro Bashir roads,” he said.

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How bandits entered, attacked Jos prison: NCoS

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The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) has confirmed bandits attacked the Jos Correctional Centre, revealing how the raid occurred on Sunday.

In a statement, the spokesman for the prison authorities, Francis Enobore, explained that the bandits invaded the prison yard at about 5:20 p.m.

“The Medium Security Custodial Centre in Jos, Plateau State came under attack by gunmen who stormed the facility in large number with sophisticated weapons,” the statement disclosed. “The invaders were said to have arrived at the centre at about 5:20 p.m. and immediately made for the main gate where they engaged the armed squad personnel in a gun battle before breaking into the yard.”

Although the bandits gained entry “into the yard, they were, however, trapped within as men from sister security services were immediately mobilised to assist the armed guards” in cordoning the perimeter wall and the “entire area.”

The statement further said, “Reinforcement from the response squad of the Service has also been mobilised to the centre. The situation is presently under control as the attackers’ firing power was subdued by superior fire from a combined team of security agencies.”

The prison authorities did not state if the bandits were caught and any casualties recorded in the attack.

(NAN)

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2021 Nigeria Polo: Lintex win President’s Cup

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Lintex emerged winners of the President’s Cup at the 2021 Nigeria National Polo Tournament after thrashing Keffi Ponys 9-3.

The final of the high-goal, five-chukka game was a one-sided affair from start to finish.

Bashir Bashir, undoubtedly the most valuable player of the game, banged in a total of five goals, with Abdulmalik Badamasi grabbing a brace of his own.

Isa Kwame and Captain Jamilu Mohammed scored a goal each to complete the rout for Lintex.

“This makes me feel great that all our efforts and training as a team paid off. It was all about teamwork, coordination and determination. We look forward to putting more work in the next edition of the tournament to ensure that we successfully defend our title,” Lintex captain Mohammed said.

Keffi Ponys managed to score three consolation goals through Ahmed Wadada, Aliyu Tijjani and Argentine’s Fernando Munaz to cap a miserable night for the Keffi-based side.

In other matches, also played on Sunday, Dokaji Farms walloped Malcomines of Jos 11-1 to lift the Legislative Shield, while the Nigerian Army defeated BUA/Nasriya 4-2 to emerge winners of the Unity Cup.

Also, Haske & Williams defeated Sikka Spa by 7-5 and a half goals to win FCT Minister’s Cup, while Wu Bassey Barracks defeated Niger Barracks 5-4 to win the COAS Cup.

ASI edged Alhusuna 6-5 to win the Guards Challenge trophy.

The tournament, which galloped off on November 20, ended on Saturday at the Guards Polo Club – Nigeria Polo Resort, Asokoro.

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Bayelsa: Sea pirates attack oil fields, kill, abduct workers

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Suspected to be sea pirates attacked two oil installations, killing three and abducting seven oil workers in Bayelsa on Sunday.

The pirates ambushed their unsuspecting victims in Okoroma and Ogbokiri-Akassa communities of Nembe and Brass Local Government areas of Bayelsa, NAN learnt.

Sources close to the affected oilfields said the gunmen reportedly shot dead two staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The driver of their boat, an indigene of Okoroma community, is still missing, according to the local sources who witnessed the incident and narrated the same to a NAN correspondent.

According to the sources, in the ambush that occurred at Ogbokiri-Akassa in Brass Local Government area, six oil workers allegedly doing maintenance job close to their platform were kidnapped and whisked away.

It was further gathered that the Agip oil workers and their security personnel came under attack at about 6:00 a.m. while working close to a manifold in the deep swamp.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Bayelsa command, Ogbere Solomon, confirmed the incident on Sunday evening.

Mr Solomon said one personnel of the command died in the ambush, while two others who were missing have been found and are currently receiving treatment at a medical facility in Yenagoa.

“Yes, our officers were ambushed and attacked by some unknown pirates while on their lawful duty of providing protection to some Agip oil workers close to Obama manifold in Okoroma community of Nembe Local Government.

“One personnel was killed while the other two that were missing have been found and are responding to treatment,” he said.

Tarinyu Joseph, the Youth President of the Okoroma clan, said indigenes of the area recovered the corpses of those killed.

He added that those injured were taken to the hospital while the boat driver, identified as his brother, is still missing.

(NAN)

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