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Nigerians Not Required To Submit IMEIs – NCC

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File: NCC

 

Nigerians are not required to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones from July.

This is according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which denied media reports suggesting that the masses would have to submit their IMEIs to the Federal Government.

NCC in a statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson, Ikechukwu Adinde, said the commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System.

“At no time did the commission issue a statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so,” he said.

“The reports in question have emanated from a section of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari and which has been uploaded on the commission’s website.

“The DMS will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks.

 

“The system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.”

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Governor Bello Mourns COAS, Says Ibrahim’s Death Is Shocking

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.
A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has mourned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, describing his death as shocking.

Attahiru and seven top military officers were killed on Friday when a military Beechcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport.

Reacting, Governor Bello described the death of the COAS as a “colossal loss to Nigeria particularly at such a time when the country was confronting numerous insecurity challenges in different parts of the country.”

According to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu, the governor said the ill-fated plane crash while on an official assignment to Kaduna.

While commiserating with the family, friends and associates of the late COAS, Bello described “Lt. General Attahiru as a hero who gave his all to the service of his fatherland and similarly died while attending to his duties.”

READ ALSO: Military Aircraft Crashes In Kaduna

He also extended his condolences to the families of the COAS’ aides and entourage who also lost their lives in the tragic incident.

Bello also commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of one of his service chiefs, stating that he would be dearly missed.

He also condoled with the Nigeria Army over the loss of the COAS and others who died alongside him while praying for the repose of their souls.

Attahiru was appointed Chief of Army Staff on January 26, 2021. Born on 10th August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, he graduated from the Nigerian Defence Academy.

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Chief Of Army Staff, Others Die In Kaduna Plane Crash



 

A military plane crashed in Kaduna State on Friday with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, along with several other officers, on board.

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident via a statement issued shortly after the crash, but did not reveal the identities of the affected military personnel.

But several media reports said Lieutenant General Attahiru, who was appointed Chief of Staff on January 26, and 10 others, including six military officers and four crew members, died in the crash.

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “shock and sorrow” over the deaths.

Air Force spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said the incident occurred near the Kaduna International Airport.

 

“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport. The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon,” he said.

The incident was said to have occurred at about 6 pm while it was raining heavily.

The officers apparently were on their way to Kaduna State ahead of tomorrow’s passing out parade of soldiers from the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria.

The aircraft, with registration number, 5N-R203 was billed to land at the Nigerian Airforce Base in Mando area, before it diverted and attempted to land at the Kaduna airport.

The Air Force has been involved in a couple of tragedies this year.

An Air Force jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in north-east Borno in March.

In February, seven officials died after a military plane crashed in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The 21st COAS

General Attahiru was born on August 10, 1966 and joined the military in 1984.

He rose through the rank to become the 21st Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army.

Before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he had commanded Operation Lafiya Dole between May 2017 to December 2017.

He was a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and Nigerian Army School of Infantry.

He commenced cadet training in January 1984 and was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant in December 1986 as an Infantry Officer.

He held a Masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Others honours he acquired include a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management and Development from Salford University in the United Kingdom and  Graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

‘The Ultimate Price’

In a statement signed by spokesman Femi Adesina, the President expressed sadness and sorrow over the deaths late Friday.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers,” the statement said.

 

President Buhari described the military officers as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”

He also noted that the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.”

President Buhari, according to the statement, pledged that the departed would not die in vain.

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Kaduna Crash: Attahiru, Others Paid Ultimate Price For Peace, Security – Buhari

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari decorating the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru in January.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Ibrahim Attahiru and other victims of the military plane crash in Kaduna, saying they paid the ultimate price for peace and security in Nigeria.

The late COAS was killed on Friday after a military Beachcraft 350 aircraft crashed at the Kaduna International Airport, claiming all eight souls on-board

President Buhari in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said he is saddened over the loss of the army chief and other military officers.

He pledged that their death would not be in vain, condoling with the families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general.

READ ALSO: Chief Of Army Staff, Others Die In Kaduna Plane Crash

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply saddened over the air crash that claimed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers.

“The President condoles with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”

“While praying that God receives the souls of the patriots, the President says the crash “is one mortal blow to our underbelly, at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country. The President pledged that the departed would not die in vain.”

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President Buhari Approves New Members For NYSC Board

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new members of the National Governing Board for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The appointment notice was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mohammed Manga.

According to the statement, the appointment is for a three-year period.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments into the National Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),” he said.

“Those appointed are Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar as Chairman; Prince Oyekunle Oyewunmi, President’s Nominee; Mrs. Binta Muaza, President’s Nominee, Yusut Umar Nalado, President’s Nominee; Major-Gen B.O. Sawyerr, Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Commissioner of Police  Ede Ayuba, Representing the Inspector General of Police; Architect Sani Aliyu, Representing the Committee of Rectors of Polytechnics; and Professor Sulyman A. Abdulkareem, Representing Committee of Vice-Chancellors.

“Their appointment is for three years The National Governing Board is the highest policy-making organ of the NYSC.”

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