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Military warns personnel against mutiny



Military warns personnel against mutiny

…As Army inaugurates multi-purpose dam, water treatment plant in 3 Div.***

The Military High Command on Tuesday warned officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria against mutiny, reminding them of their oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority and protect the constitution.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, gave the warning in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Enenche said that the warning was in response to a statement credited to the National Chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuanyi, calling for the Ghanaian experience under Rawlings in Nigeria.

According to him, while the Defence Headquarters does not wish to join issues in anyway, it is instructive to observe that this unguarded utterance targeted at the Nigerian Military is inciting.

“What Chidi Chukwuanyi is calling for is a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny, which cannot be taken for granted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“Consequently, I am directed by the High Command of the Nigerian Military to let the general public know and remind personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria that all officers and men of the Nigerian Military swore to an oath of allegiance.

“This translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President, Commander-in-Chief and full subordination to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“That all officers and men of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are to continue to abide by the constitutional provision, in Section 217 sub section 2 (c) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,

“To suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order.

“Any act to the contrary is unconstitutional.

“That all officers and men of the Nigerian Military are further reminded of offences contained in Armed Forces Act CAP A 20, The laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which include among others; Mutiny in Sections 52 and 53, which if committed are punishable.

“I am further directed to state clearly and unequivocally that the Nigerian Military is a force that is in consonance with all global best practices and cannot be misguided by any individual or group.

“And for the avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is totally loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief and fully subordinated to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

In another development, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday inaugurated a multi-purpose dam and integrated water treatment plant at it’s 3 Division, Rukuba, near Jos.

Speaking at the event, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said the project was timely and would address the perennial water challenges being faced within the division.

Buratai was represented by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army.

He said the dam and the treatment plant would go a long way to ease the hardships experienced by the army personnel and their families.

The COAS added that the project would also empower families of the soldiers economically and enhance food production through irrigation farming

“I was worried when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of this division informed me of the hardships our personnel is passing through due to lack of clean water.

“I am aware of the previous efforts by both the Plateau Government and past service chiefs to address the problem.

“I was delighted when the GOC later intimated me about the presence of a collapsed dam within the cantonment and affirmed that it could be revitalised to address the problem of water shortage.

“As you are aware, the welfare of troops is dear to my heart, and this project we are inaugurating today is a step to further demonstrate our commitment.

“I am delighted that the multi-purpose dam is fully completed today; indeed, it gladens my heart to see the joy and happiness this brings to my troops,” he said.

Buratai, further said he was delighted by the skills and craftsmanship exhibited by the team of army engineers who handled the design, supervised the construction and ensured its speedy completion.

“Our team of engineers who handled and supervised this project have demonstrated competence, dexterity and high level of ingenuity.

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“This dam will empower our families economically and improve food security in Plateau and Nigeria in general,” he added.

In an address of welcome, the GOC, Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, thanked the COAS for providing funds for the project aimed at alleviating the suffering of personnel and their families.

Angbazo explained that the scarcity of water within the division had lingered since it’s inception four decades ago, hence the necessity of the dam and the treatment plant.

According to the GOC, the dam has the capacity to hold 540, 000 cubic litres of water, while the plant could treat one million litres of water per day.

He added that the dam would enable the division to also provide potable water to Jebbu Bassa and Dutsen Kura, its host communities, as part of its Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“This cantonment has been in existence for over four decades and it has experienced a perennial problem of lack of potable water supply.

“Troops and their families resorted to the digging of wells, sinking of boreholes as well as walking long distances to fetch water from streams.

“This inauguration today will reduce the hardships being faced by personnel and their families.

“As part of civil-military relationship, we will also provide water from the dam for our host communties,” he said.

Angbazo explained that aside making clean water available, the dam would also be used for irrigation, fish farming and recreational activities.

He also said that it would provide a veritable tool as a body of water for training in watermanship and river cross combat swimming for its personnel.

Inaugurating the project, Gov. Simon Lalong commended the army for the giant strides, saying that the project had met one basic need of mankind – clean water – for the army personnel and adjoining communties.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Danladi Atu, the governor thanked the Nigerian army for supporting government to cushion the hardships faced by the people.

He also thanked the army for supporting the state government’s efforts in combatting insecurity and urged the officers and men to do more to restore total peace to all parts of the state.

He pledged government’s continued support to the army to ensure the security of the state and the country at large.


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Heavy Downpour Leaves Lagos-Badagry Expressway Flooded; Residents Groan 



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Hundreds of motorists and passengers going to Mile 2 were on Saturday stranded as flood from morning downpour disrupted free movement on the Trade Fair and Abule -Ado axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway.

The resultant flood from the downpour also blocked the trade fair axis, temporarily impeding the movement of vehicles on the expressway.

NAN also reports that the rainfall, which started at 5.00 a.m. and continued for hours, forced many passengers to come down from commercial vehicles and resort to trekking from Abule-Ado to Barracks in Ojo.

Some passengers and motorists urged the Lagos State Government to clear the drainage to avert such flood incidents.

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*Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu

Mrs Ibironke Adegboyega, a trader in Ebute-Aro, Lagos Island, said that the flood had prevented her from going to open her shop.

*Another passenger trying to cross from one side of Lagos Badagry expressway to the other during the downpour on Saturday.

“The flood has completely blocked the expressway, some vehicles that tried to access the road had been trapped in the flood.

“The drainage is blocked by plastics and nylon preventing the passage of the water.

“Lagos government should wake up to its responsibility and clear the drainage, they should also warn the traders against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

“I have to go back home now because it is dangerous to force your way in there due to the flood,” she said.

*Commuters trekking due to flood caused the morning downpour  in Lagos

Mr Toyosi Stephen, a passenger, said the blockage of the expressway was due to the way the contractor handling the project constructed the road.

“One will see that from Abule-Ado down to the Trade fair axis is very sloppy making water to gather under the bridge.

“This also applies to when you are coming from Barracks down to Trade fair, so the water coming from Abule-Ado and Barracks will gather at trade fair and block the movement of vehicles and passengers.

“Government should work on this and also ensure clearing of drainage around this place all the time.

“I have been trapped here, I have to go back to Agbara and sleep,” he said.

*The blockage at the Trade fair axis of Lagos Badagry expressway.

Mr Mutiu Suru, a bus conductor, said the flood would reduce when the rain stopped and that vehicles and passengers would be able to move freely on the expressway.

“The rain is heavy, that’s why the flood blocked the road, but I can tell you that in an hour’s time, vehicles will start going.

“All we need to do is to exercise patience and relax in our vehicles,” he said.

NAN reports that the floods also affected communities in Badagry including Mowo, Ikoga, Ansarudeen, Ajara-Vetho, Aghelaso, and Zogakome areas.

  • NAN
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HEAVY DOWNPOUR: LASG Postpones Planned 2-Sunday Traffic Diversion On 3rd Mainland Bridge



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 …To announce new dates later***

Due to the heavy downpour experienced in all parts of the Metropolis today, the Lagos State Government has announced the postponement of the planned Two Sundays palliative works on the failed sections of the 3rd Mainland Bridge, which was scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday 17th, and Sunday 24th September 2023.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who confirmed this in a release, explained that the rain has affected the preliminaries of the planned palliative works on the asphalt pavement of the bridge by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.

Assuring that a later date which will be subject to weather conditions will be duly communicated for the palliative works, the Transport Commissioner urged Motorists to continue to access the bridge with observance of safety measures.

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Live Worm Found In Woman’s Brain In Australia



Australian doctors have found a live parasitic worm in a woman’s brain in a world-first discovery.

In a new study published on Tuesday, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital detailed the discovery of the parasitic roundworm.

The eight-cm Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm, which is usually found in pythons, was pulled from the patient, a 64-year-old woman, still alive and wriggling after brain surgery.

Sanjaya Senanayake, a leading infectious disease expert from ANU and the Canberra Hospital, said in a media release that it was a world first.

According to the study, the patient was admitted to a local hospital in south-east New South Wales (NSW) in 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea.

In 2022, after she started experiencing forgetfulness and depression, a neurosurgeon at Canberra Hospital identified an abnormality in the right frontal lobe of the brain from an MRI scan, prompting the surgery that discovered the roundworm.

The study hypothesizes that the patient was probably infected by touching, or eating, native grasses that a carpet python had shed the parasite into.

She remains under monitoring by infectious disease and brain experts. 

– Xinhua

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