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Today's Headlines: Tension As Boko Haram Kills 20 Soldiers; Bandits Take Over Farms In Katsina

Tension As Boko Haram Kills 20 Soldiers In Borno

About 20 soldiers have been killed and several others missing after an ambush by militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād in the Marte area of Borno State.

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The attack took place in Marte town on Friday, according to a military source who spoke to SaharaReporters.

According to him, the soldiers were on their way to Maiduguri, the state capital before the terrorists struck.

He also stated, “There was another ambush again on Friday. Ambush is the most difficult fight. We lost 20 soldiers. The ambush happened to Marte.”

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Bandits Take Over Farms In Katsina, Force Villagers To Supply Fertilisers

Some farmers in Katsina State have decried the negative impact of banditry on farming activities in the state.

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According to them, bandits have stopped them from going to their farms to cultivate food items.

In an interview with the Daily Trust, the farmers stated that bandits stormed their farms to either abduct, kill, or tax them before they could even cultivate on their farms.

They went on to say that every household in the Batsarin-Alhaji area had to pay the bandits N500 from the previous farming season.

Following that, the bandits demanded that the villagers provide them with fertilizer.

The villagers had to levy a tax on themselves in order to purchase the fertilizers.

A 65-year-old farmer, Sa’adu Nuhu Batsari, said he stopped tilling three of his farms of 20 hectares each for over two years due to insecurity, lamenting that the heightened banditry is driving both big and subsistence farmers out of farming.

Buhari defends border closure, says policy curbed smuggling

Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has defended the Federal Government's decision to close the Nigerian-Benin Republic border in 2020, claiming that the move reduced smuggling and improved the economy.

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This comes as he asserted that Nigeria is making progress in its efforts to improve security and deal with terrorist elements plaguing the country.

Buhari said this on Friday during a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte, at the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly in New York, USA.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari to Netherlands PM: we are getting somewhere on security’.

The President said the country took the decision to shut the borders, “eat what we grow, and curb smuggling,” noting that if that had not been done, “we would have been in serious trouble. We are lucky to have taken the decision when we did, otherwise things would have been impossible with the advent of COVID-19.”

INEC explains why names of dead Nigerians still appear on voter register

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained why names of dead Nigerians are still on the voter register.

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Yakubu claimed that INEC's inability to obtain adequate data on deaths in Nigeria has prevented it from removing the names of deceased Nigerians from its register.

He stated this when he met with Nasir Kwara, Chairman of the National Population Commission, at the commission's headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

Yakubu went on to say that the commission had been using technology to remove ineligible people and multiple registrants on a regular basis, but that technology cannot help INEC identify and remove dead people from its records.

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