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Today’s Headlines: Gunmen Bomb Imo Police Station, 30 Killed as Airforce Bombs Terrorists’ Enclaves

Gunmen Bomb Imo Police Station

Gunmen razed Afor Atta Divisional Police headquarters in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday night. This came barely a few hours after a convoy of a former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim, was attacked with four of his police orderlies killed.

Source: Punch Newspapers

On the latest development, a community source told our correspondent that the attackers got to the police station and threw explosives on the facility and it burnt.

Our correspondent gathered that no policeman was on duty when the attackers struck.

30 Killed as Airforce Bombs Terrorists’ Enclaves in Borno

Not less than 30 Boko Haram terrorists – three commanders – have been reportedly killed in fresh airstrikes by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). 

Source: The Cable

According to Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the operation was conducted on Sunday, January 1, around the Sambisa forest. Four Boko Haram camps — Bula Jitoye, Halka Kojoye, Halka Alai, and Bulamaye in Bama LGA of Borno — were said to have been hit with bombs. 

A source who spoke to the publication said the coordinated joint air and ground offensive by the Nigerian military came barely hours after Boko Haram fighters and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had deadly clashes. In a two-minute, 50 seconds video seen by the publication, Boko Haram fighters on motorbikes were burning makeshift houses and vehicles, killing members of the ISWAP group.

Buhari to assembly: FG will pay N1.8trn in interest if unable to restructure the N23.7trn CBN loan

President Muhammadu Buhari says it will cost the federal government N1.8 trillion in interest if the national assembly fails to approve N23.7 trillion in extra-budgetary spending.

Source: The Cable

The president had asked the national assembly to approve the sum he said were funds provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through loans for “emergencies” in the space of 10 years. Last week, the senate suspended the request of Buhari after a rowdy session.

Senators Betty Apiafi and Thompson Sekibo argued that the request was not constitutional. They also demanded that before the upper legislative chamber could approve the request, the senate must have the details of what the funds were spent on.

Wike: nobody can sack G-5 from PDP

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has warned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders mulling the expulsion of the G-5 governors to perish the thought.

Source: The Nation Newspapers

Wike said nobody in the party could drive members of the Integrity Group out of the house they spent many years building. The governor warned that abusing members of the Integrity Group by PDP leaders would only complicate the lingering crisis in the party. 

The governor said: “Nobody can drive us from this house we have built. All of us will fight here. “So, if anybody thinks that you can just sit in your house and dish out orders, it will not work. 

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