CHAN 2018, Boko Haram, The Senate: Your Wednesday review

What to expect today in Nasa 'oath' ceremony at Uhuru park
Nasa leader Raila Odinga holds up a bible during a meeting held at Machakos Golf Club on January 19, 2018. Photo: Francis Nderitu/The Nation

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.


Unmanned aircraft bombard Boko Haram location
Nigeria Airforce Jet. Photo: Daily Trust

A REMOTELY piloted aircraft (RPA)of the Nigerian Air Force on 27 January successfully destroyed an artillery gun and some gun trucks belonging to Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa Forest.

A statement from Air Force Spokesman Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya on Monday said, “A NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and the RPA had observed the terrorists withdrawing with the artillery gun and gun trucks after an unsuccessful operation.”


The incident happened shortly before the commencement of a public hearing of the committee on petroleum (downstream).

Trouble started when an official of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) rode in the same elevator with the lawmaker, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Lifts in the assembly are installed in pairs, one reserved for lawmakers (Senators and House of Representatives members), and another for other users.


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Aymeric Laporte has joined Manchester City from Athletic Bilbao. Photo: Vincent West/Reuters

Manchester City have signed the central defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

The Premier League leaders met the 23-year-old’s £57.2m release clause last week in a deal which makes him City’s record signing. They paid £55m for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015.

Laporte has been with Athletic since 2012. He has played for various of France’s age-group teams and was called into the senior squad last year but did not get game time.


Julius Ayuk Tabe and 11 others were arrested at Nera Hotels Abuja on January 6 and were detained at the Defence Intelligence Agency, said Femi Falana who has been providing legal support for them.

The detainees were largely held incommunicado, which included denial of access to their lawyers, doctors and family members.

However, the deputy representative of the office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Brigitte Mukanga-Eno, was allowed to visit them in detention last week, Mr. Falana said.



CHAN fallout - Eagles reject bonuses

HOME-BASED Super Eagles players have rejected their match bonuses after their victory against Angola on Sunday at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.

According to the media officer of the the team Toyin Ibitoye, the players said they wanted to focus on the semi-final clash with Sudan, holding tomorrow.

The players were supposed to get $2,000 each as winning bonus but instead asked the Nigeria Football Federation to halt the payment.


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