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REVEALED: The Face Of Balarabe Tijani, Army Captain Behind Murder Of Three Policemen Who Arrested Kidnap Kingpin, Hamisu Wadume

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This army captain, Balarabe Tijani, has been identified as the military officer who set the notorious kidnapper free.

The Commanding Officer of 93 Battalion Ibi, Taraba State, Captain Tijani, reportedly employed the services of a welder in the community to destroy the hand and leg cuffs on arrested kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala Wadume, before setting him free.

More revelations have emerged regarding how the police officers from the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team were killed by soldiers in Taraba State on August 6.

IRT Policemen Killed by Soldiers in Taraba

This is just as we gathered authoritatively of how the Commanding Officer of 93 Battalion Ibi, Captain Balarabe Tijani, employed the services of a welder in the community to destroy the hand and leg cuffs on Hamisu Bala Wadume, before setting him free.

The Captain, who is said to have been interrogated by the panel from the Defence Headquarters, was said to have resorted to using a welder to remove the leg and handcuffs from his friend after the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ibi Command, Aondona Augustine Iorbee, whom he contacted for the keys, told him he didn’t have them.

Top police sources told our correspondent in Abuja that aside seeking for the keys from the DPO, Captain Tijani also contacted the station’s Crime Officer, Inspector Aliyu Dadje, who also said he did not have the keys.

According to our sources who did not want to be mentioned, the hand and leg cuffs were actually destroyed in the house of the Captain where he took the kidnap kingpin to after rescuing him from the IRT operatives.

It was gathered that after shooting and killing some of the detectives, they were all moved to the military base in the town alongside the kidnapped kingpin before he was eventually moved to the house of the Commanding Officer.

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    Isiaka Y Mishozunnu

    August 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Now that he has been arrested, let him continue his commanding assignment in prison for the rest of his life.

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    Alhaji

    August 22, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Capital NO let them kill him too

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    Alhaji

    August 22, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Capital NO let him test the dead too

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COVID-19: Bristow Helicopters Sacks 100 Pilots, Engineers

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The management of Bristow Helicopter has sacked over 100 pilots and engineers – both National and Expatriates.

This is coming on the second day of the industrial strike action embarked upon by its workers under the aegis of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers who were demanding equitable salary remuneration.

The airline blamed the sacking on the impact of COVID-19 in the sector.

A statement from management partly read, “The combined effects of these ‘arising’ has resulted in very significant reductions to our business particularly a reduction in the number of contracted aircraft in Nigeria. As a result, the company must now restructure all aspects of its business model (both Rotary & Fixed Wing), including an extensive review of its operations and we continue to drive efficiencies, but with zero compromises to safety and our core values.

“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth. Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”

The development is coming in the midst of an ongoing face-off between the unions and the Bristow management over labour matters.

National Vice President, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, Capt. Yakubu Dukas confirmed the development, vowing to fight the management’s act.

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NIPOST, FIRS War Escalates Over Stamp Duty Collection

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The imbroglio between Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) over jurisdiction in respect of stamp duty collection worsened on Tuesday.

Director Communication and Liaison FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad, in a statement vowed the FIRS is determined to ensure all monies collected by NIPOST into its alleged illegally operated Stamp Duties Account are fully remitted into the Federation Account.

He also said but FIRS would make sure that any kobo not accounted for in that account is legally recovered.

But Chairman of the Nigeria Postal Service, Maimuna Abubakar, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lamented FIRS has stolen the mandate of NIPOST.

The NIPOST chairman said the FIRS, which is the agency responsible for assessing, collecting and accounting for tax accruing to the Federal Government, had begun printing stamps.

She alleged FIRS did not only steal NIPOST’s stamps but also its ideas.

Abubakar tweeted: “I am worried for NIPOST, having sleepless nights because of NIPOST. We need the general public to come to our aid; FIRS stole our mandate.

“FIRS are now selling stamps instead of buying from us. What is happening; are we expected to keep quiet and let FIRS kill and bury NIPOST?

“We need to get our mandate. NIPOST is the sole custodian of national stamps; another agency printing and selling stamps is against the law of the land.”

But, FIRS in a series of tweets on Tuesday, countered NIPOST and faulted claims of Maimuna Abubakar.

It said: “To be sure, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the function to develop, promote and provide adequate and efficiently co-ordinated postal services at reasonable rates.

“This function is clearly contrary to the claim by NIPOST over the administration of stamp duties in Nigeria.

“On the other hand, the FIRS is the sole agency charged with the responsibility of assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties.”

There has been contention between FIRS and NIPOST over which agency is the custodian of stamp duty following the implementation of the Stamp Duty Act.

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WAEC Releases 2020 WASSCE Timetable, Exams To Start August 17

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The West African Examinations Council has released the timetable for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, The PUNCH is reporting.

The Federal Government had announced the resumption of graduating pupils beginning August 4, noting that WASSCE would begin effective August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

WAEC Nigeria in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, advised candidates to disregard other versions of the examination timetable in circulation.

The statement was titled, ‘WAEC Releases Timetable For The Conduct Of West African Senior School Certificate Examination For School Candidates, 2020’.

The statement read, “The West African Examinations Council, Nigeria wishes to inform its stakeholders-schools, parents and candidate-that the Final International Timetable for the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 has been released.

“The Council notes that several versions of the examination timetable have been in circulation and enjoins the general public to disregard them as they did not emanate from it.

“The examination which has been slated to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020, will end on Saturday, September 12, 2020.

“The Council hereby urges the candidates to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination by shunning all acts of malpractice and obeying all Covid-19 protocols that have been put in place at the examination centers.

“This is wishing the candidate’s success in the examination.”

Ojijeogu in a chat with our correspondent said details of the timetable would follow.

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