…As Taliban attacks on Afghan Security Forces leaves at least 17 dead***
A former Military Governor of Kano State and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) retired AVM Hamza Abdullahi is dead.
Aged 76, retired AVM Abdullahi died in the early hours of Thursday in Germany during a brief illness.
A cousin of the deceased, Alhaji Kawu Yaro, said that Abdullahi took ill while performing Umrah (the lesser Hajj) and was flown to a hospital in Germany where he died.
Yaro told NAN that the former military governor was survived by three wives, 17 children, adding that details of his funeral would be announced subsequently by the family.
Born in Hadejia in Jigawa, Abdullahi served as Military Governor in 1984 under the regime of Maj.Gen. Muhammdu Buhari as Head of State and was appointed Minster of FCT by General Ibrahim Babangida as Military President.
He expanded the programme on immunisation targeting children and women at risk from preventable diseases.
As the Minister for Capital Territory in 1986, Abdullahi oversaw the construction of Phase 1 of the territory, with the aim of putting the structures of a goal 75 per cent of the ministries in place by 1990.
Hamza Abdullahi retired from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in 1988.
In the meantime, at least 17 Security Force members have been killed in two Afghan Provinces over the past 48 hours, Officials said on Thursday.
At least 11 security force personnel were killed in two separate Taliban attacks on a checkpoint and a security force convoy on the outskirts of the provincial capital of northern Baghlan province provincial council member Zarif Zarif told dpa.
In southern Kandahar, at least six Afghan army soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded in Taliban attacks on a base and a nearby checkpoint on Tuesday.
The militants had dug a tunnel into the base, provincial council member Ahmad Shah Khan said.
Taliban militants have ramp up their attacks on Afghan security forces and government facilities in recent months, while in the meantime the Afghan security forces together with U.S. troops have increased operations in particular against Taliban field commanders.
Recently, U.S. media reported that the administration is mulling a major troop draw down in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday said that Russia, Pakistan and India should be intervening in Afghanistan, not the U.S.
“Why are we there 6,000 miles away?’’ President Trump said.
Some 14,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan.