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Brig.-Gen. John Agim

Brig.-Gen. John Agim

The Defence Headquarters has said that there was no concrete evidence to support the claim that the Islamic State – ISIS was sending its members to Nigeria to train the Boko Haram terrorists.

“It is pertinent to state categorically that there is no concrete evidence on the ground to back the claim,” Brig.-Gen. John Agim, the Acting Director Defence Information said on Wednesday in Abuja.

Agim recalled that the Barnawi faction of Boko HaraM terrorists in 2016 pledged alliance to the ISIS after troops dislodged them from Sambisa forest.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is aware that there is collaboration between terrorist groups, thus, it is important to note that the activity of one group in a country influences other groups in other countries and because of this knowledge, activities of other terrorist groups usually affect our own military strategy.

“The Nigeria military will continue to condemn all tactics by terrorist groups of isolating the Armed Forces of Nigeria, from any foreign collaboration,” Agim said.

He assured that proactive measures were being taken to nip any such development (ISIS training terrorists in Nigeria) “if it exists in the bud”.

The DDI assured Nigerians that the armed forces was capable of defending the country and its citizens from every attempt to infiltrate it by criminals.

“Hence, the ill motivated stories, clips and their claims should be disregarded,” he said.

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Keyamo Blames Electoral Bill Controversy On NASS ‘Self-Serving’ Nature

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As controversy continues to trail the rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, Mr Festus Keyamo has accused the National Assembly of putting their interests over that of Nigerians.

Keyamo made the allegation on Sunday in reaction to claims that President Muhammadu Buhari declined to assent to the bill to win his re-election in 2019.

“I want to say clearly to Nigerians that we got to this point because of the self-serving nature of the National Assembly,” said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“The same international community they are appealing to will tell them that international conventions all over the world say that in any build-up to any election, it is wrong, it is against the international best practices to make any changes in any electoral law less than six months to any election,” said the spokesman for the Buhari Campaign Organisation.

He added, “If the President signs the Electoral Act Amendment Bill now, our elections will not be deemed to be credible, our elections will not be deemed to be free and fair.

“If he does not sign it like he has refused to do, that is when it will be deemed free and fair.”

Keyamo stressed that the President’s reason that the signing of the bill was too close to the elections was in tandem with the international protocol.

According to him, elections were cancelled in Kenya because of a similar situation in the country.

The senior advocate condemned the claims that the President rejected the bill because he was against the use of card readers for the polls.

He said, “Nigerians don’t know that the version of the bill that was transmitted to the President in August this year, which was the third time, did not include the provision regarding the card reader.

“If the President does not want card reader, the President would have quickly signed that version that was sent to him in August. It was the President that pointed it out to them.”

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Carnival Calabar to host presidential candidates

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Gov. Ben Ayade

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The Cross River Government has invited all the Presidential candidates of political parties contesting in the 2019 general elections to take a week-long vacation from campaigns and participate in the annual event scheduled for Dec. 28.

The State governor, Professor Ben Ayade disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third and last dry run of the 2018 Calabar carnival which has the theme `Africanism’.

Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, Ayade said that the carnival has no political or religious affiliation, adding the show was open to all.

“This is the final dry-run and the event is looking as if today is the grand finale. This shows that our first and second dry run was successful.

“I want to use this opportunity, on behalf of the state governor to invite all the candidates of various political parties to come for this year’s carnival.

“We want them to take off one week rest from their campaigns and come and enjoy themselves. Carnival Calabar does not know any political party or religion.

“When you come to Calabar for the carnival, you are as free as air. I will like to invite them to come here and relax and as the people see them, maybe those who are able to dance better may attract more votes.

“So, we want to see the candidates who can come here and rock it better, in such a way some people may be encouraged to vote for them,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, said that the carnival has become the melting pot of Africa’s hospitality.

Onah said that the `wonders on wheels’ had earlier had their dry-run where over 200 bikers participated.

He said that the state had sustained the hosting of the largest street party in Africa for a record 14 years, adding that it has promoted the talents of budding artists and has equally united the people of Cross River and Nigeria at large.

The Chairman said that the five competing carnival bands and others were designed to tell the African story from the African perspective.
He commended DSTV and MTN Nigeria for their partnership and support for the carnival over the years.

The President of Federation of Tourism Association, Alhaji Sabo Saleh, said that the association was in the state to underscore and study the carnival with a view to find areas of partnership and support.

Saleh said that tourism plays an important role in the economy of any nation or state, adding that the association under his leadership would continue to support Calabar carnival because Cross River has placed Nigeria’s tourism on the world global map.

“This is one of the biggest events that is coming out of Africa and it is sponsored by the Cross River Government.

“They are doing this to support the local people because tourism is multi-faceted and this helps the local economy to grow.

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Buhari, Kagame For EFCC Anti-corruption Marathon In Abuja Dec 10

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda are expected to flag-off the inaugural National Anti-Corruption Marathon, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes (ICPC), Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Fair Play International, on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Abuja.

The half marathon race, tagged: “Abuja Marathon 2018” is in honour and support of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption as well as in commemoration of the United Nations World Anti-corruption day.

The marathon which will begin from Eagle Square will cover a total area of 23.04km and total distance: 21.03km (13.07m)

Speaking at a press conference heralding the event, the national coordinator of the event, Jacob Onu, said the marathon is opened to all segments of the society, adding that the campaign was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption.

“We intend to use the image and popularity of marathon races to create massive awareness and bring together all segments of the Nigerian population in support of Mr President’s fight on corruption in all facets of national life,” he stated.

“This will strengthen unity among the citizens of this country and also satisfy the desire to exploit and harness the abundant talents in our youth for national integration.

“This campaign is aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and humanity in general.”

According to Onu, “There is no political gimmick about the race. Besides, there is no government in the world that is not committed in fighting corruption if they want the country to move forward. Nigeria may be making history to be the first country to use marathon race to create awareness on anti-corruption.”

The eventual champions will smile home with monetary gifts; N1 million for first position, while the second and third positions will be gifted N500, 000 and N300,000 respectively.

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