Special Forces Begin Exercise For Combat In Niger Delta- Army

Prospects of a confrontation between Niger Delta militants and the military heightened yesterday as the Nigerian Army announced that its Special Forces had started exercises in preparation for combat in the restive oil rich region.

The Army in a statement by its Director of Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said it had started conducting exercises for its Special Forces on maritime warfare. “The Nigerian Army will from this weekend commence another training exercise code named ‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ in 82 Division and part of 2 Division areas of responsibility traversing the South-south geo-political region,” he said.

But Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and said force was not the solution to the problem that had massively constrained the country’s crude oil production output.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had warned last week that if the militants failed to accept the federal government’s offer of dialogue over their grievances, the military would have to step in to protect the nation’s oil and gas assets that had been the target of a militant group, Niger Delta Avengers’ (NDA) consistent acts of sabotage.

The federal government’s strategy for dialogue would appear to be experiencing some hiccups as the main militant group, the Avengers, has consistently expressed reservations about the sincerity of the process even as some other stakeholders query the government’s option of using proxy for the proposed talks.

Obviously not wanting to be caught unawares, the Nigerian Army has started preparing for a possible confrontation with the militants, conducting exercises for its Special Forces on maritime warfare.

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Rick Ross Speaks on Weight Loss & Exercise, Drinks Less Alcohol…

Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago.

Health didn’t concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he’s shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37  has given up a few things since changing his lifestyle.

First, the rapper stopped drinking soda, unless it’s diet. He also said it’s better to eat heavier meals earlier in the day. As a result, he said he’s able to burn calories faster. “I used to eat big meals at 2 a.m. and base it on my schedule,” he said. “But I don’t do that no more.”

Ross said you should drink water throughout the day. He also said to treat yourself when you work hard. “I just went to Prime 112 (in Miami) the other night, and I had some fried Oreos and fried velvet cake,” he said. “I treated myself. You wake up in the morning, you might regret it. But you got to get back to work.”

Ross credits a CrossFit program introduced to him by Reebok last year — calling it “Ross Fit” — with helping him lose weight. It’s a highly active workout plan where Ross completes a series of exercises within a 20-minute span, including pushups, sit-ups, boxing, squat jumps and Olympic-style weightlifting.

“CrossFit overall is more of an intense workout,” he said. “So instead of doing 20 minutes on the treadmill, you’ll (do) a 20-minute CrossFit workout and you’ll be not only building your endurance, but also muscle simultaneously.” Ross said the number of people who work out with him has grown from four to 20, including hitmaker DJ Khaled and producer E Class. Enduring a tough workout isn’t foreign to Ross, who played offensive line at Albany State University in Georgia.

Ross stopped eating certain foods such as bread, white rice and fish fillets, and began drinking less alcohol. But he hasn’t eliminated one of his favorite foods: lemon pepper wings.

The rapper, who owns nine Wingstop franchises around the country, said he stops by the restaurant at least twice a week when he’s in town. He’s trying to keep a good balance, though, by eating foods like Branzino and fruits such as pears. “I’m not under no stress of what I’m eating,” he said. “There are no restrictions. I’m not trying to make a particular weight. I’m just working out and doing what’s best for Rozay.”

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