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Today's Headlines: 42 Niger Villages Under Boko Haram Control, Benue Ortom Opposes Nigeria’s Breakup

Benue Gov Ortom opposes Nigeria’s breakup

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged Nigerians to embrace unity despite ethnic and religious differences. Ortom spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of the rehabilitated 7.9 kilometers Oha/Orerokpe/Oviore Road and the bridge in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The governor noted that injustice and bias were responsible for the agitations for secession by people in most of the geo-political zones. NAN reports that the governor promised to continue to preach the unity of Nigeria. “We are better as a country”, he said.

Nigerian Army to sue citizens over social media posts

The Nigerian Army says it will henceforth take legal actions against citizens who share indiscriminate pictures and clips of slain soldiers on social media. Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima in a statement on Tuesday said that the indiscriminate sharing of graphic pictures of soldiers killed in battle on social media was unpatriotic and utterly reprehensible. He said the army’s decision to take legal action against indiscriminate social media posts is to protect troops who put their lives on the line to ensure that the country was saved from criminal elements from being ridiculed on social media

42 Niger Villages Under Boko Haram Control

Senator Sani Musa, who represents the Niger East constituency in the Senate, said at least 42 villages in the state are under the control of Boko Haram. The conflict has displaced more than 5,000 people in the state over the past three years. His comments come a day after the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, also said the terrorists had hoisted their flags in some villages in the state.

109 Senators To Meet Buhari Over Insecurity, Summon Service Chiefs

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday agreed to set an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari to enable all 109 Senators to meet with him in a closed session to discuss security matters. It mandated the Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs; Defence and National Security to engage the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, on the regional implications of the recent development in Chad.

Gunmen attack bank, kill police officer, cart away cash in Ebonyi

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday killed a police officer whose name is yet to be identified at the time of filing this report at Onueke market in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. An eyewitness, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, said the unknown gunmen equally set ablaze a car after robbing one of the popular commercial banks located at Onueke market. DAILY POST gathered that no fewer than three civilians were reportedly shot and dispossessed of their valuables by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the busy Onueke town.

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