We Will Attack Avengers If Dialogue Fails– Army

The Nigerian Army has said it would attack the Niger Delta Avengers if government’s effort to dialogue with the group and other militant groups fails.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai declared this yesterday at the inauguration of newly built ultra-modern 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army headquarters complex and an Olympic-size swimming pool in Port Harcourt.
Buratai urged militant groups in the Niger Delta region to explore democratic means to make their needs known rather than resorting to violence.
“Government is still committed to dialogue, and whereby this cannot go on, then, we could resort to other means.
“The non-kinetic (force) means has always been the first before government can resort to the kinetic means.
“So, there is need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government,” he said.
Buratai, who was represented by Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu, said the military would provide security for July 30 legislative rerun election, if need be.
He said the Army was faced with shortage of accommodation, offices and other infrastructure needed for optimal performance by troops.
The Chief of Army Staff informed current intervention effort in renovating dilapidated structures and building new ones, despite challenges of dwindling national resources.

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North Korea Missile Test Fails

North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine but it failed in its initial flight stage, South Korea’s military said.

It said the missile was launched in waters east of the Korean peninsula – the latest in a recent series of tests.

It comes less than three months after a previous attempt to launch a missile from a submarine failed, the BBC reports.

North Korea, believed to be developing nuclear weapons, is banned by the United Nations from any use of ballistic missiles.

“The SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) was ejected from the submarine normally, but is estimated the initial flight was unsuccessful,” the BBC quoted the South Korean military as saying in a statement.

“Our military strongly denounces such provocative acts by North Korea,” it added.

The missile had been launched at about 11:30 local time (02:30 GMT) off North Korea’s port of Sinpo.

The United States and South Korea on Friday agreed to deploy a missile defence system to counter threats from Pyongyang.

It remains unclear exactly where the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system will be sited and who will have final control.

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Ekweremadu Fails In Bid To Stop Judgment

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has failed in his bid to stop the delivery of judgment by the Federal High Court in a suit seeking to sack the Senate leadership.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, had in December 14 last year, reserved judgment after hearing parties in the suit, challenging the process that led to the emergence of Bukola Saraki and Ekweremadu as President and Deputy President of the Senate.

Plaintiffs in the suit, led by Senator Abu Ibrahim, are of the view that the Senate Standing Orders of 2015 on which Saraki, Ekweremadu and other principal officers of the Senate were elected was a product of forgery.

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Boko Haram Fails In Another Attempt To Capture Home Town Of COAS

Boko Haram terrorists have failed in their latest attempt to capture Buratai, Borno State, the home town of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai and also the location of a military camp.

The Director Army Public Relations (DAPR) Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a short message Tuesday noted that this is about the fourth time since February 2014 the dreaded group has attacked Buratai.

Usman said that the terrorist invaders had in their desperate attempt to capture the town, struck at about 9.30pm Monday night but were repelled by Nigerian soldiers, returned again at about 3.00am yesterday and were equally pushed back.

He said: “Suspected terrorists made a futile attempt to attack Buratai town in Borno State and military camp located in the area. I am glad to inform you that the gallant soldiers rose to the occasion and dealt.

“They however made concerted effort at about 3.00am this morning which was equally repelled by the gallant soldiers. The situation and town is cool and calm.”

He recalled that the time Boko Haram struck first was in February last year when Gen Buratai was serving as commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta code-named Operation Puloshield.

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Suit Against Buhari’s Inauguration Fails

The suit seeking to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed from swearing-in the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari yesterday suffered a set back as the plaintiff in the matter failed to show up in court.

The plaintiff in the matter, a civil society organization, the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to grant its reliefs. But when the case came up yesterday, their lawyer, Mr Philip Ekpo, was absent in court.

Also yesterday, an appeal was filed to stop the inauguration of the governor elect of Cross Rivers State, Professor Ben Ayade.
In the suit filed at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, through Mr Okey Uzoho, the appellants, Dr. Michael Ogar, who contested the gubernatorial election in 2011 under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigerian now All Progressive Congress (APC) and 34 other political parties are asking the apex court to stop or suspend any swearing-in of the governor-elect until the determination of the case.

According to them, there is no vacancy in the government house of Cross Rivers State until after February 25, 2016.

He further argued that the governorship election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on April 11, 2015 in the state is null and void and in violation of Section 180(2) of the 1999 Constitution.

The election that brought the incumbent governor of the state, Governor Liyel Imoke, into office was nullified by the Supreme Court in January 2012 and a fresh election was ordered.

After the Supreme Court judgement, a fresh election was conducted on February 25, 2015, which saw INEC also declaring Imoke as the winner.

Following his victory in the 2012 election, he was sworn into office on March 1, 2012.

In the appeal, the appellants are contending that having taken another oath of office in 2012, his tenure in office should subsists until after February 25, 2016.

The appellants asked the court to make the following order, “An order setting aside and nullifying any certificate of return issued by the 1st respondent (INEC) to any person or persons on account of the purported gubernatorial election conducted on 11-04-2015 in Cross Rivers State of Nigeria.

“An order halting, stopping. Or suspending any swearing-in of any person on 29th May, 2015, or any other date, into the offices of Governor and Deputy Governor of Cross Rivers State of Nigeria on account of the gubernatorial election conducted on 11-04-2015 in the state pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice and substantive appeal”.

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Buhari Fails To Attend TIME 100 Gala

President-elect, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who was named in the Time Magazine annual 100 influential people in the world list, did not attend the Gala held at Lincoln Center in New York. The gala is put together to celebrate the 100 influential people in the world.

The TIME 100 is an annual list of 100 most influential people in the world whose works are changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. Buhari made history in March by becoming the first candidate to oust a sitting Nigerian President through the ballot box and was described as ‘A new choice for Nigeria’ by TIME.

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