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Boko Haram/ISWAP, bandits face fire as 6 Super Tucano departs US for Nigeria

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A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft Depart US For Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday said the first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft have departed United States of America and it will arrive the country before the end of July.

Spokesman of NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who disclosed to journalists in Abuja said, the 6 aircraft will be leapfrogged through five countries.

He listed the countries to include: Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and Algeria before arriving their final destination in Nigeria.

Gabkwet added, ”An official induction ceremony of the aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force is already being planned at a later date in August 2021 to be announced in due course.”

Nigeria requested the 12 aircraft from the United States in order to fight ongoing insecurity in the country.

The A-29 Super Tucano deal between the US and Nigeria is the largest defence sale to an African country.

The armed turboprops will conduct strikes against Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province and bandits in North-East and North-West regions.

Nigeria paid $462 million for twelve Tucanos and other weapons in 2018.

The payment covers Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems for six of them.

The aircraft have Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets, 12.7 mm ammunition, unguided bombs and infrared sensors.

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#EndSARS Memorial: Nigerian youths plan to shutdown Lekki Toll Gate tomorrow

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The Nigerian youths have confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos will be shut down tomorrow, Wednesday 20.

According to the youths, the #Endsars Memorial Car Procession will be held at the toll gate from 8 am.

The notifier, shared by Nigerian singer Falz, said the procession is “in memory of the lives lost on the 20-10-20.

“We should all endeavour to stay in our vehicles all throughout the procession and also in groups for safety reasons.

“Please be sure to arrive on time so we can proceed in unity together,” the notifier stated.

This plan was also confirmed by Comedian Mr Macaromi, who shared e-fliers of the car procession and the order of programme on his Instagram page.

Meanwhile Falz, on his part, noted that nothing will stop the procession.

“It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes,” Falz stated on Instagram.

However, some youths are also planning a counter-protest titled “Defend Lagos.”

The Defend Lagos group in a trending message said:

“About a year ago, this carnage fell on Lagos State while Lagosians thought it was just going to be a protest. Lagos State was destroyed by End SARS protesters.

“Lagosians are ready to defend Lagos NOW. Never again will Lagos be destroyed.”

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University of Ibadan loses two students in 24 hours

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A 200 level student of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oluwaseun Ayomide Adeyemo, yesterday died in a car accident.
 
The student of the department of Microbiology was involved in a car accident around Mobil filling station, UI Ojoo axis.

She was rushed to the University Health Clinic popularly known as Jaja but efforts to save her life proved abortive as she passed on due to excessive loss of blood.
 
Her death came barely 24 hours as the university community was mourning the loss of a 400 level student of the department of History, Adebayo Adegoke.

Adegoke was allegedly shot by robbers around Pre-Boye World Shopping Complex in the late hours of 10:00 p.m. on Saturday.

A source, who preferred anonymity said, the deceased, who lived in Independence hall was shot and efforts to save his life proved abortive as he was unable to make it to the hospital.

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The students’ union officials were joined by the Dean Students Affairs, Professor A. Abiona, Head of Department of History and some other students’ leaders to visit the Bodija police station in order to ensure proper investigation is carried out on the deaths.

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Another building collapses in Lagos

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A building collapsed Monday night at No. 97, Lagos Road in the Haruna area of Ikorodu.

The incident occurred around 10pm. Two persons, a male and a female, were confirmed injured.

The victims are currently at the Ikorodu General Hospital receiving treatment.

At least three persons are trapped but no casualty yet, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

It was gathered that after the structure disintegrated, residents within the area mobilised to carry out initial rescue.

The Fire Service and Police responded on time but could not do much due to unavailability of equipment to lift rubbles.

A rescue operation was ongoing as at press time.

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