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Today's Headlines: Terrorists Kill 16 Soldiers, Injure Nine; JOHESU-UITH Declares Indefinite Strike

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Terrorists kill 16 soldiers, injure nine in Niger Republic 

An attack by hundreds of Boko Haram fighters on a town in Niger Republic’s jihadist-plagued southeast killed 16 soldiers and wounded nine others, Defence Minister Alkassoum Indatou told AFP on Wednesday.

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In the assault late on Tuesday “the positions of our defence and security forces in Baroua, in the Diffa region, were attacked by several hundred Boko Haram elements who came from Lake Chad”, the minister said in a statement.

Nigerien soldiers “neutralised around 50 terrorists” and “secured a large quantity of arms and ammunition”, he added.

JOHESU-UITH declares indefinite strike

Members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) Chapter, on Wednesday declared an indefinite strike over non-payment of promotion and skipping allowances.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is the second time in less than two months that JOHESU members of the UITH chapter will be embarking on a strike action to press home same demands.

Mr Olutunde Oluwawumi, the Chairman of the JOHESU-UITH chapter, who declared the industrial action during an emergency congress of the union in Ilorin, noted that their requests border on workers series of arrears.

Police officer, driver killed as gunmen attack bullion van in Ondo

A police officer was shot dead on Wednesday, during an attack on a bullion van in Ore area of Ondo state.

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The driver of the van was also killed in the incident.

The attack is said to have occurred on Wednesday evening in Costain axis of Ore, in Odigbo LGA of the state.

Funmilayo Odunlami, police spokesperson in Ondo, who confirmed the incident, said security agencies are on the trail of the attackers.

Narrating the incident, an eyewitness who spoke to NAN on the condition of anonymity, alleged that the gunmen escaped with money taken from the bullion van.

“The dare-devil armed robbers opened fire on the bullion van which was carrying an undisclosed amount of money and the police escort car,” the eyewitness said.

Over 100 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

More than 100 suspected Boko Haram insurgents and their families have surrendered to the Nigerian Army in Borno State.

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According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred in Gwoza town, Gwoza local government area, Borno.

It was gathered that one of the Commanders of the sect led a total of 120 people, mostly youths to the military.

A top security source confirmed that some commanders and their families surrendered at the 26 task force bridge in Gwoza.

“I think what we are seeing now is as a result of the death of Abubakar Shekau; his death has affected the group.”

“A total of 120 Boko Haram members and their families surrendered in Gwoza town today,” the source said.

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