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Boko Haram: Nigeria Police To Replace Military In Fight Against Insurgency, Others By 2020

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War against insurgency in the country will soon be taken over by the Nigeria police, replacing the military that has fought the battle to this point.  The federal government says this will become operational in various parts of the country by the first quarter of next year.

The reasoning is that the police has the primary responsibility for providing internal security and will assume those duties fully in the new year.  As a result, the military will withdraw from internal security operations throughout the country.

This is one of the decisions made on Monday at the security council meeting with security chiefs and stakeholders chaired by president Muhammadu Buhari.

The security council said, before the police takes over, the military would conduct a threat assessment to determine the specific areas troop withdrawals would cover.

Chief of naval staff, vice admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, gave these details to state house correspondents shortly after the meeting.  He said this move will enable the military to focus on its primary duty of defending the nation against external aggression and respond adequately to emerging threats.

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Police Extradite Maina From Niger

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Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.

Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.

In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.

Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.

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Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.

Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.

Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.

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NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty.  Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.

Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine.  Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.

Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.

NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.

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