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EU Supports Joint Task Force With 20 Nautical Platforms



The European Union on Friday donated 20 Nautical platforms via COGINTA, a peace and security Non-Governmental Organization to the Multinational Joint Task Force to boost the regional security force.

Military Public Information Officer in N’djamena, Lieutenant Colonel Abubakar Abdullahi disclosed this in a statement shared on the Force X page(formerly Twitter) on Friday.

While receiving the nautical platforms during a ceremony held in N’Djamena, Chad, the Force Commander of MNJTF, Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali, stated that the support highlighted the continued global commitment towards countering insurgency and fostering sustainable peace across the region.

Ali described the support as a collective desire for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Lake Chad Basin region and acknowledged further assistance from COGINTA and the EU in building the capacity of potential operators of the platform in enhancing navigation skills and maintenance.

The EU Ambassador to Chad, in his remarks by his representative, Thierry Marotte, noted that the importance the EU places on peace, security, and development necessitates its support for MNJTF.

“EU has been providing various support to the mission to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Lake Chad Basin Region.

“The support from the EU through COGINTA demonstrates the international community’s commitment to the collective effort of bringing peace and stability to the region.

“The nautical platforms will provide the MNJTF with increased mobility and operational capabilities by improving patrols and control of the Lake Chad islands, which have often been used as hideouts by insurgent groups.”

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial



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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme



– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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