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FG Takes Delivery Of Final Batch Of Tucano Jets

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The Federal Government says it has taken delivery of the final batch of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Monday when he featured on a phone-in programme of TV Continental, “This Morning,’’ monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“All the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. As at this morning, all the 12 were here and they have been deployed to the North-East.

“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually game changer.

“Most of the successes we’ve recorded in recent time is because of the acquisition of the new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano,’’ he said.

The minister said with the recent notable successes recorded by the military on insecurity, he was amused by a story on Monday that the Nigerian Air Force paid N20 million to bribe bandits so that they would not bring down the president’s aircraft.

“Fortunately, the Air Force immediately debunked this because this exposes their ignorance.

“Between Zamfara, Katsina, parts of Kaduna and Niger states, there are about 150 bandit camps. Who then was the money given to?

He also said the recommended conditions for the lifting of the suspension imposed on Twitter would be applicable to all Over-The-Top and other social media platforms in Nigeria.

The minister, who did not disclose the recommendations by the ministerial negotiation team to engage with Twitter on the suspension, said its report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mohammed, who headed the team, however, reiterated that the engagements with the microblogging and social media platform had been positive and fruitful.

“All I can say is that the recommendations we are going to make will not only be applicable to Twitter but they will be applicable to all OTTs and other social media platforms in Nigeria.

“Today, we are dealing with Twitter, we don’t want a situation where we will be dealing with Facebook tomorrow and Instagram the next day. Our recommendations will be very comprehensive.

“You will recall that during the 61st Independence anniversary celebration, the president said Twitter will return to Nigeria as soon as they meet the conditions of government.

“Even last night, the ministerial team met under my chairmanship and we reviewed the position of things.

“I want to say that we should wait for the committee to officially give its reports to the president but things are looking very positive and rosy.

“After submitting our reports and recommendations to the president, I will be disposed to say what we agreed and what have been met and what has not been met,’’ he said.

NAN reports that following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence, Twitter had written to the president seeking engagement over the suspension.

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Birthday Anniversary: Gov AbdulRazaq Rejoice With Deputy Speaker Adetiba

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon. Raphael Adetiba on his birthday anniversary, wishing him many more years in sound health.

 

In a statement on Monday, the Governor described the Deputy Speaker as a great party man and a pillar of the Ninth Assembly with a track record of working with his colleagues to strengthen good governance.

 

“I send my best wishes to Hon. Adetiba and his family as he celebrates his birthday today,” the Governor said in the statement.

 

“I pray the Almighty God to continue to bless the vibrant lawmaker who, like his colleagues in the Assembly, stands for the success of the Otoge administration at all times. I wish him many more years of happiness and good health.”

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Just In: Aregbesola Gives Fresh Order To Prisons Officers Over Jailbreak

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, ordered prisons officers to shoot dead anybody who attempts to attack any correctional centre in the country.

The minister gave this order while inspecting the facility at the Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan.

He said the officer must make it impossible for anyone to penetrate the facility because it is a red zone.

The minister said any attempt to attack correctional centres should be a suicide attempt and perpetrators must not be allowed to live to tell the story.

Aregbesola said any attack on any correctional centre is an attack on the state and such must never be allowed again

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Osun: Woman Delivers Triplet While Husband Is In Prison

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A 25-year-old who delivered a triplet in Ede, Osun State, Abdul Lateef Aminat, has appealed to Nigerians for help to pay hospital bills and buy medicines prescribed for her by Doctor.

 

Amina who delivered three boys on Tuesday 12th January 2022, through a Caesarean Section (CS), lamented that the joy that came to her turned to sadness because of her husband who has been in prison for about seven months.

 

Speaking with our correspondent, the woman stated that she got to know of her pregnancy after her husband has been sent to jail.

 

Though she refused to disclose the nature of the offence that led her husband to jail, Aminat said her husband was doing aluminium work before he had the problem.

 

She explained that she was happy when she learnt that the three boys were hale and hearty, saying the condition of her husband added sadness to her joy.

 

“I was sad the day I was told that I was carrying three children. I have been managing and coping. My sadness increased when I was told that one of the children is bending. I was told that I won’t be able to deliver the baby myself except with a Caesarean Section (CS). I was not happy since then. I was afraid because this is my firstborn.

 

“The day I was asked to come for the operation, there was no money to deposit. The family of my husband have spent so much on their son. They didn’t have money. My family also did not have money.

 

“It was as if people helped us to collect alms so that we can make deposits for the operation. We were able to deposit N30,000 out of N70,000 they asked us to deposit.”

 

The mother of three lamented that she could not afford the medicine prescribed for her and the hospital bill has not been settled.

 

She explained that she has learnt how to sell medicine at a chemist but could not raise money to start her shop.

 

The mother of the triplet appealed to philanthropists in the country to help her with the payment of the hospital bills and the medicine prescribed for her by the Doctor.

 

Efforts to speak with the management of the hospital in Ede proved futile as a Nurse on duty said only the Doctor can speak to the press.

 

She said the remaining balance of the hospital would be made known to the woman when she is ready and fit to go home.

 

The Sun Nigeria

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