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Nigerian Army Relocates Physical Training Directorate To Abuja

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The Nigerian Army on Friday announced the relocation of its Directorate of Physical Training from Chindit Barracks, Zaria to Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment, Abuja.

Maj-Gen-Farouk-Yahaya (GuardianNg)
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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya said this during the inauguration of the Headquarters Complex of the Directorate of Army Physical Training in Abuja.

He said the relocation of the Directorate from Zaria was first muted in 1993, but added that nothing was done until 2019 when a case was made for its movement to Rigachukun.

According to him, this was however, set aside because the location did not fit the picture of what the new Headquarters should be.

“It is therefore heartwarming that after 29 years, I am presiding over this ceremony to fulfill the dream of a befitting headquarters complex for the Directorate.

“The headquarters is co-located with the Army School of Physical Training and various facilities for the headquarters and school are currently undergoing construction.

“The plan is to ensure that the Nigerian Army provides all facilities that are required to ensure that the Directorate is positioned for the effective discharge of its duties,” he said.

He said the idea was to provide a conducive environment, that would spur the Directorate to come up with innovative ideas and initiatives for the fitness level of the Nigerian Army.

Yahaya said construction of the headquarters complex was part of plans for the development of the Cantonment intended to provide a decent alternative for the congestion of Nigerian Army formations and units within Abuja metropolis.

According to him, when completed, the Cantonment is expected to provide modern accommodation and facilities that will permanently resolve the recurring problem of inadequate accommodation in Abuja.

The COAS reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to accord infrastructural development a priority.

“My plan is to gradually improve the equipment holding of the Nigerian Army whilst also, ensuring that personnel welfare, training and accommodation are given the desired attention.

“We have already made tremendous progress in this regard as there are various ongoing projects in formations across the country with a good number already completed.

“In the area of equipment holding, there is significant improvement as some of the platforms procured at the onset of my tenure have already been received while others are being expected.

“The improved equipment holding as well as general welfare of troops has led to a renewed onslaught on criminals, particularly in the North East and North West with significant successes being recorded,” he added.

In his remark, Maj.-Gen. Nasiru Muktar, the Director of Procurement, Nigerian Army said inauguration of the complex was historic as relocation of the directorate had become a reality after several years of planning.

He said the inauguration was a testament to the determination of the COAS to provide the needed infrastructure and improve the welfare of personnel of the Nigerian Army.

Muktar said the relocation and equipping of the Directorate along with the Army School of Physical Training was expected to provide an excellent opportunity for efficient service delivery.

He said it would also maximise the potentials of the directorate to promote physical fitness and mental alertness for personnel to professionally discharge their responsibilities.

According to him, the approval for the construction of facilities at Headquarters Directorate of Army Physical Training, Giri in phases was given in Aug. 20, 2021.

“The project was handled by Nigerian Army Engineers through direct labour and work began on Nov. 20, 2021 with the mobilisation of men, equipment and materials to the site.

“The project was executed to the highest standard by professionals who were permanently deployed to the site under the supervision of a senior engineer officer under the guidance and direction of the Commander, Corps of Engineers,” he said.

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Da Dumi-Dumi: An Sako Daliban Jami’ar Tarayya Dake Wukari

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Daga Sani Yarima 

Dalibai biyu wanda akayi garkuwa dasu domin neman kudin fansa dake Jami’ar Tarayya dake Wukari a jihar Taraba sun kubuta daga hannun wadan da suka sace su. 

Jami’ar harkan yada labarai da tsatsare na Jami’ar, Ashu Agya ta shedawa SAHEL REPORTERS cewa an sako daliban ne a daren jiya Alhamis 11/4/2024 a wani yanki dake karamar hukumar ta Wukari. 

Agya ta kara da cewa an bada naira dubu dari bakwai (N700,000) a matsayin kudin fansa ga masu garkuwa da mutanen, sabanin naira miliyan hamsin (N50m) da suka nema a farko. 

Majiyar tamu ta kuma tabbatar da cewa daliban na cikin koshin lafiya. 

Idan ba’a manta ba, daliban guda biyu, anyi garkuwa dasu ne a wani dakin saida abinci dake cikin Jami’ar a ranar Litini 1/4/2024 kimanin kwanaki goma sha daya kenan. 

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Breaking News: Abducted FUW Students Regain Freedom

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By Sani Yarima

Two students who were previously abducted from the Federal University Wukari (FUW) in Taraba State have been released and are now free.

According to Mrs. Ashu Agbu, the Head of Information and Protocol at the institution, the aforementioned students were released on Thursday night, 11/4/2024, after being held captive for an undisclosed number of days.

Mrs. Ashu Agya told our reporter that a ransom of N700, 000 was paid in exchange for their release and that the students are currently in good health.

Recall that the kidnappers had earlier requested N50 million naira as ransom.

Additional details regarding this situation will be forthcoming at a later time.

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Read How Gunpowder Killed Three Children In Taraba

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The Taraba state police command has debunked claims of an improvised Explosive device explosion that has led to the deaths of three children in Didango Geita village of Karim Lamido local government area of the state, contrary to the claims of some of the villagers. 

The State commissioner of police, David Iloyonomon while refuting the claims asserted that the three children who died were playing with a Dane gun on a tree, whose gunpowder later exploded and killed them. 

According to him, the four other children playing under the tree were injured with one fatally affected and receiving treatment at the state’s specialists hospital located in Jalingo, the state capital. 

The incident took place on Saturday when the CP said ”One Danjuma Audu gave the information to the police that there was an explosion which resulted in the deaths of three youngsters and the injury of four others.

”On the receipt of the information, we deployed the anti-bomb unit of the Nigeria Police Force who rushed to the scene conducted a professional and thorough search, and discovered that no exhibit is related to dynamite or IED recovered from the scene.

”Instead, they recovered pallets from a Dane gun which was evident in the bodies of the casualties and suspected to be responsible for their deaths. “Since there was no assailant, it is suspected to be an accidental discharge,” said CP. 

The commissioner of police further revealed that the scene of the incident has been condoned and investigation is still ongoing to unravel more facts.

The police commissioner identified the three deceased children as Miracle Danjuma 11 years old, Liyacheyan Bitrus 12 years old, and Kefas Bitrus 11 years old, with the first casualty Miracle Danjuma the son of the man who reported the incident. 

Others that sustained varying degrees of injuries include Joseph Danjuma 8 years old,  Leah Aluda 8 years old, Godbless Hassan 7 years old, Christian Hassan 7 years old who happen to be the grandchildren of Danjuma Audu, the owner of an irrigation rice farm whom the children followed to assist in the farm. 

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