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Today's Headlines: Buhari renews Dikio appointment, Army confirms ISWAP leader Al-Barnawi dead

Buhari renews Dikio appointment 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Milland Dikio as Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for another one-year tenure.

The retired Nigerian Army Colonel was first appointed PAP chief in August 2020.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said despite the challenges, Dikio has been able to “command widespread respect” among Niger Delta stakeholders.

Army confirms ISWAP leader Al-Barnawi dead

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The leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province jihadist group, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, is dead, Nigeria’s top military commander said on Thursday.

ISWAP has not given any confirmation of al-Barnawi’s death and Nigeria’s army has claimed before to have killed jihadist commanders only for them to reappear.

“I can authoritatively confirm to you that al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor told reporters.

FG to create mass vaccination sites in varsities, churches, others

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The Federal Government on Thursday announced its plans to create mass vaccination sites in higher institutions of learning and religious centres.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja.

According to Shuaib, the latest decision of the Federal Government to create the vaccination sites was due to the need to fast track vaccination in the country.

He said, “We have made plans to create mass vaccination sites and such sites include higher institutions like Universities, Polytechnics and also religious centres like churches. We will be putting structures in place to achieve this.”

Police to deploy 34,587 operatives for Anambra gov election

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, said on Thursday in Abuja that 34,587 operatives would be deployed to Anambra for the state’s Nov. 6 governorship election.

Baba made the declaration at a meeting with police officers from the rank of Commissioner and above.

He said the deployment would consist of conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force, the Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, Explosive Ordnance Unit, Force Intelligence Bureau, INTERPOL, Special Protection Unit and a medical team.

He said three helicopters would be deployed for aerial surveillance while detachments of Marine Police operatives would also be deployed to ensure safe, secure and credible electoral process.

Baba said the deployments followed the outcome of election security threat analysis conducted by the Force Intelligence Bureau.

“Based on the outcome of the analysis, we have developed a strategic election security operation plan which will involve the mobilisation of 34,587 police personnel.

CBN supports Lagos Blue Line project with N60bn

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The Central Bank of Nigeria said on Thursday that it had supported the Lagos State Blue railway line project with N60 billion to facilitate ease of passengers’ movement and that of businesses in the state.

The Director, Development and Finance of the CBN, Mr Phillip Yusuf, disclosed during an inspection of the project, held in collaboration with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority at the Marina, Lagos.

According to him, this is one of the projects the apex bank and some deposit money banks are supporting under its N1trillion DCR Intervention.

“The total amount that we have made available for this line is N60billion, we had disbursed N45 billion, there is another tranche of N15 billion due.

“So, we can see the progress matches the disbursement that had been made so far. This is just one of the many projects under its DCR Intervention,’’ he said.

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