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Children Feared Killed, Others Trapped In Lagos Building Collapse

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Tragedy struck on Wednesday in Lagos when a three-story building collapsed in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

A primary school is said to be located on the top floor of the building with pupils feared killed and others trapped.

The structure is reported to be a residential building with several apartments.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently at the scene of the incident.

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Soldier Dies, Six Missing as Boko Haram Attacks Army Base

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The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has promised to provide troops battling Boko Haram in the North-East as well as those involved in other security operations with more weapons.

Buratai made the promise when he visited troops at the Forward Operation Base in Borno State on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram fighters attacked a Nigerian Army base in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday evening, military sources have confirmed.

A soldier was reportedly killed while three others were injured.

Although government forces repelled the attack and limited the casualty figure, sources claimed six soldiers were still missing as of press time on Wednesday.

Our correspondent learnt that Buratai’s visit to the front line was to assess the effectiveness of the ongoing operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province.

According to acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, in a statement, the COAS urged troops to adhere strictly to the extant Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct while on the internal security duties.

Musa said, “The Chief of Army Staff has for some days now been in the North-East theatre of operation where he visited troops on the front line. The latest was his visit to troops of Forward Operation Base at Buratai, Borno State on Tuesday. He interacted with the soldiers and urged them to remain focused and committed to bringing terrorism to an end.

“He assured them that more equipment would be inducted into the mission areas to boost their efforts in the war against terrorism and other security challenges in Nigeria. He also assured them of his commitment to their welfare and their families.”

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Bandits Kill Over 26 People In Katsina

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Bandits have killed more than 26 people in an attack on three communities in Dan Musa, Faskari and Batsari local government areas of Katsina State.

Sources in the area told Channels Television that bandits riding motorcycles carried out the attacks on Tuesday.

According to them, 11 persons were reportedly killed in an attack on Sabon Layin Galadima community of Faskari LGA, while five persons were killed at Mara Zamfarawa village in Dan Musa LGA with many animals rustled.

Similarly, locals told Channels Television that bandits attacked farmers on their farmlands in the afternoon in Yar Gamji village of Batsari LGA, killing 18 people with 10 others missing.

Spokesman of the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said those killed in Faskari were members of a vigilante group.

He said, “On the Faskari incident, a group of Yansakai (vigilantes) from Sabon Layi village, went into the forest and confronted the bandits since yesterday and did not report back. Two corpses were recovered and buried by the villagers yesterday”.

“A search party led by the DPO in Faskari recovered three other bodies inside the forest. A bandits’ camp was also discovered abandoned by d bandits. Investigation is ongoing.”

In respect of the attacks in Dan Musa and Batsari LGAs, Isah said the police were trying to get further information.

“We are trying to get the reports,” he said.

He added, “Members the community should appreciate our efforts and partner with us rather than attacking us. We are there doing all we could do to protect them including paying the supreme sacrifice. We should be appreciated for that rather than insults and attacks against us”.

Residents of Batsari, angered by the killings, embarked on a protest to the state capital today with some of them setting tyres on fire.

The residents stormed the state capital with bodies of vehicles piled up in vehicles.

As part of the protest, they displayed the bodies to the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, and Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who assured them that the government will do all it can to end the killings.

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Boko Haram: Don’t Sack Security Chiefs As If They Haven’t Performed, Says Rtd Colonel

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A retired military officer, Colonel Hassan Stan-Labo has warned the Federal Government against sacking the security chiefs lest it creates an impression that they did not perform.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Lagos, Stan-Labo decried the spate of violence in the country but noted that dismissing the service chiefs is not the answer.

He recalled that prior to the appointment of the service chiefs in 2015, the nation witnessed a reduction in the rate of terrorists activities.

“My only grouse with those who insist that they be changed is the manner in which it is presented. We shouldn’t look like a nation that is not grateful.

“These are gentlemen who brought us out of the doldrums we found ourselves in the northeast when they took over when Mr President just came on board in 2015.

“These service chiefs went there and performed wonders. They came in with what I will call the magic wand. Till today, I don’t know how they did it.

“Fine the thing has degenerated now, if it is the general impression that new hands be brought on board, please don’t ease them out in such a manner as to give the impression that they have not performed,” he stated.

When asked what he wished President Muhammadu Buhari to have done better in the last four years, his response was on the management of the nation’s borders.

He noted that if the President had taken decisive action in tackling the border issues, trans-border crimes would have been reduced.

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