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Today's Headlines: Troops Kills Seven ESN Members, SARS Disbandment Creating Vacuum —IGP

Troops Kills Seven ESN Members.

The Nigerian army says it has carried out joint clearance operation with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and killed seven operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Rivers community.

The army also said that it arrested five of operatives of ESN, an armed wing of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), while arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

The army in a statement made available to to our Correspondent on Thursday night said the operation took place at about 6:15pm.

SARS Disbandment Creating Vacuum —IGP.

Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Alkali Usman Baba, yesterday, said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has created a vacuum in the efforts of the Nigeria Police to tackle insecurity in the country.

Lamenting that the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest has dampened the morale of personnel, he said the regular policemen and women have not been able to immediately fill the vacuum created by the disbanded SARS, even though he said efforts are ongoing to train them for the new role.

Speaking at the briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Police boss also said some alleged sponsors/financiers of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, had been arrested.

How Jonathan Secured Release Of Malian President, PM.

Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan’s efforts led to the release of the interim President of Mali, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane by the military.

The action of Jonathan was revealed in a statement titled, ‘Mali’s President, Prime Minister released after Jonathan’s mediation’, signed by Jonathan’s Media Office, on Thursday.

It was disclosed that the interim President and the Prime Minister was released from detention following intervention Jonathan, who is the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States in Mali.

The statement noted that the former Nigeria President travelled to Bamako on Tuesday where he met with the military leaders and other stakeholders following the sudden turn of events in the transition process which led to the detention of the two leaders by the Vice President, Col. Assimi Gotta-led military junta.

Police, DSS, hunters rescue 14 captives in Abuja, arrest kidnappers.

The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory, the Department of State Services (DSS) and hunters have rescued fourteen captives in Abuja.

The victims who were kidnapped at the Gauraka area of Niger State, were freed during a joint operation at the Byhazin-Bwari axis in Abuja.

In a statement, Mariam Yusuf, Police Public Relations Officer, said the mission led by the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad combed the forest.

After a fierce gun duel, two of the kidnappers were arrested while others escaped with bullet wounds.

Afam Residents Rejoice As Wike Commissions 45,000 Metic Tons Cassava Plant.

Residents of Afam Uku community in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers State are in a joyous mode as Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike on Thursday commissioned the 45000 per day metric ton of Cassava processing plant.

The cassava processing plant is located in the Afam Uku community. The community is also playing host to the multi- billion Afam power station.

Some of the residents who spoke with our reporter said that the cassava processing plant will create employment among the youths and hundreds of residents of the community.

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