..This Is Pure False, NAF Dismisses Allegations
Many have been reportedly killed in an air strike carried out by the Nigerian Air Force at Tudun Biri village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The incident is said to have occurred around 9pm on Sunday, when villagers gathered for Maulud celebration.
Although the Air force is yet to confirm the attack, a source in the community told our correspondent that the villagers were mistakenly bombed in the air strike with the intention that they were bandits who were migrating from neighboring Zamfara State to camp in Tudun Biri village.
The source further stated that the incident has created panic within the area as many residents have fled from the community to neighbouring villages for fear of being caught in more bomb attacks.
Following the incident, an emergency security meeting has been convened by the Kaduna State government . The meeting which is being chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, has in attendance the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Garrison commander of the one mechanized division of the Nigerian Army, the Kaduna State Commissioner of police and the overseer of Kaduna State ministry of internal security and home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has refuted claims of carrying out an operation that killed some villagers during a religious activity in Kaduna State.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the Force was not involved in any air operations that killed some villagers within Kaduna State and its environs over the past 24 hours.
A statement by Gabwet said: ”The news making the rounds alleging that Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft accidentally killed innocent civilians in Kaduna is false.
”Please be informed that the NAF has not carried out any air operations within Kaduna State and environs in the last 24 hours. Also, note that the NAF is not the only organization operating combat-armed drones in the Northwestern region of Nigeria.
”It is also important to ensure that due diligence is always exhausted by the media before going to press with unverified and unconfirmed reports.”
BREAKING: INEC Publishes Report Of 2023 General Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released its report on the 2023 general election.
The commission said the publication of the report is in keeping with its tradition over the last four electoral cycles and commitment to transparency.
This was made known in a statement by Sam Olumekun, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee.
Olumekun said the Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.
According to him, the 2023 general election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.
He said the document has been made accessible on its website and social media platforms.
“On Thursday, 22nd February 2024, the Commission convened for its weekly meeting, where the 2023 General Election Report was reviewed and approved for publication.
It partly read: “In keeping with our tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and our commitment to transparency, we are pleased to announce the release of the official INEC report on the 2023 General Election.
“This comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes and 10 graphs, offers an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, alongside valuable lessons learned.
“The Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress. This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.
“The Report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud. Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.
JUST IN: Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov’ship Primary
Senator Monday Okpebholo has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the September 2024 governorship election in Edo State.
Okpebholo scored 12, 433 votes to emerge winner.
Yoruba Nation: Igboho Accuses Buhari Of Attempting To Assassinate Him
Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho, on Friday, said he came back to Nigeria by the power of God.
Igboho made the remark while accusing former President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to assassinate him.
He alleged that Buhari sent the Department of State Services, DSS, and soldiers to assassinate him in his house.
Addressing his followers in Oyo State, the freedom fighter claimed that his agitation against Fulani herders killing of farmers in the Southwest was behind the move to assassinate him.
According to Igboho: “Buhari sent his soldiers and DSS to arrest me in my house because I said Yorubas are not slaves to Fulanis, they can’t suppress us in our father’s land.
“Fulanis can’t stop our fathers and mothers from going to their farms. But, I’m back with the power of God and authority not that of man.”
The freedom fighter returned to Nigeria on Thursday, ahead of his mother’s burial in the Saki area of Oyo State.
Igboho has been out of Nigeria since 2021 when he eloped to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the DSS.
DSS had invaded his residence in the Soka area of Oyo State but he escaped.
The secret police had declared him wanted over his agitation for Yoruba Nation and attacks on Fulani herders accused of killing farmers in the Southwest.
In Benin Republic, Igboho was arrested and remanded while attempting to travel to Germany.
However, he recently regained his freedom after two years in a Beninoise prison.
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