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We Achieved 80% Success Fighting Insecurity — Minister Of Defence, Magashi

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Major General Barshi Magashi (rtd), the outgoing Minister of Defence, has revealed the level of success the armed forces has achieved in the four years he served as a minister.

According to Magashi, the armed forces achieved over 80 percent success in destroying Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgency, banditry, and other criminality.

“Whether anybody likes it or not, the Armed forces have done the best that is possible to keep this country in the security situation we find ourselves in,” he said.

Speaking at a valedictory dinner in his honor and organized by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, Magashi said, “There is nothing that we have not done to keep this country together. In this period we achieved about 70 to 80 percent success and we will continue to do the same”.

“I think the President has given us all the tools necessary to enable us to perform our duties credibly”.

On the working relationship with the Chief of Defence Staff and the service chiefs, he said, “I have come to understand that everything we do requires teamwork and when I joined the ministry, I found that there are lot of things that we were required to do.

“We needed synergy among the members of the armed forces and the ministry. I am proud to see that this has continued. I hope it will continue forever.

“You must continue to be soldiers and I am happy that we are doing what we ought to do for this country.

“We should give credit to the outgoing Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for realizing that there is a need for synergy among the armed forces and other security agencies.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana applauded the minister for providing leadership to the Armed Forces of Nigeria as well as the ministry.

“I must state here that working with Magashi brought peace to me personally and the ministry at large because the outgoing minister was a dependable man.

Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), speaking at the occasion celebrated the minister, adding that he is a man full of wisdom and is detailed who used these attributes to lead the Armed Forces.

Lt.-Gen. Farooq Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), on his part, said the military cannot appreciate the minister enough for all he did for the army describing Magashi as a manager and a general who never failed to impact and impress.

“He has been with us to the theater in person several times, going through the details sometimes of our plans and giving very, very vital guides and comments that have helped to facilitate our operations and our activities.

“The army has benefited from him, as well as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We remain grateful for everything you have done; we appreciate you, sir.

“We know what you have taught us, what you stood for. And now we are not surprised with what we have seen you do as the minister,” he said.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, in his remarks, said the outgoing minister was a resolute combatant officer, an accomplished administrator, and a dogged soldier.

He noted that Magashi was always keen and enthusiastic about the procedures and standards with which the Armed Forces conducted operations to curb the various security challenges.

”I always remember each time we stayed for meetings, the emphasis was always on due diligence and avoidance of certain precedents that will be harmful to the system.

“This he ensured through his tenure in office, which is not surprising, considering his background as a legal luminary and pursuance for adherence to global best practices as a way to further enhance effective security within the maritime domain for economic prosperity and national stability.

“Our distinguished special guest of honor ensured approval of establishments, additional basic and strategic locations to facilitate security within the inland waterways and adjoining oceans.

“These were geared towards enhanced national security for economic prosperity, which are too numerous to mention here.”
Also speaking, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Chief of Air Staff said that the tenure of the minister had been that of selfless service to the nation.

He noted that the pragmatic leadership, assistance, and consistent transformation of the Nigerian Air Force by the minister had been
inspirational.

“The Nigerian Air Force received unprecedented equipment upgrade and capacity building, which has greatly improved the outcome of our operational engagement in our task of securing the nation.

“I need not remind us all that when the minister assumed office several years ago, the security situation of the nation was there and required urgent and highly strategic intervention.

“The minister accordingly deployed his experiential knowledge to direct the affairs of the nation’s defense. And today the story is different.

“There’s now relative calm and much-needed peace in most parts of the country. It is important to state that these achievements, which we have holistically talked about, were not accomplished without challenges.”

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St. Ives Hospital Opens Ultra-Modern FESTAC Branch [PHOTOS]

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One of Nigeria’s fastest growing hospital groups and renowned fertility experts, St. Ives hospital has opened a new, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC, Lagos. The new hospital branch was declared open on Sunday, July 1, 2024 by the Group Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Babatunde Okewale. Also in attendant at the event were members of the hospital’s advisory board which included Mr. Adesegun Ajibola, SAN, Mrs. Bisi Adeyemi and Mr. Gbenga Badejo and medical directors and staff from its other branches.

The newly opened branch at FESTAC brings the number of the hospital to 5, with the other locations being Ikoyi, Ikeja, Akowonjo and Abeokuta. Facilities at the 45-bed hospital includes a children’s play area, which has become one of the signatures of all its branches, family convenience room, nursing stations, delivery suite, pharmacy, neonatal unit, theatre, X-Ray room, radio diagnostic, fertility unit, IVF/ ART unit, andrology laboratory, IVF theatre, and an emergency/ observation room.

In her welcome address at the event, the hospital’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs. Kiki Okewale disclosed that the hospital’s mission has always been to offer dedicated consultant-led, technology-driven healthcare services to women, children, family and fertility in a friendly environment. In her words, ‘over the years, we have built a reputation for being a trusted healthcare provider, and our new FESTAC branch is a testament to our commitment to expanding our reach and enhancing the quality of care we provide’.

Reputed as one of the hospitals championing reversal of medical tourism in Nigeria, due to the outstanding success rate in IVF, St. Ives with the new, state of the art, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC will further push the frontier of the medical profession through the use of advanced technology, in delivering qualitative healthcare services to their patients. St. Ives hospital adopts a success oriented-approach towards fertility, which has seen it become the go to hospital for families facing the challenges of conception.

St. Ives Hospital is a multi-specialist hospital that began operation in 1996. The hospital offers dedicated specialist services in all matters of women, children and family/fertility healthcare. The hospital is well managed by a dedicated team of specialists and consultants with years of experience in the medical profession. They provide a wide range of specialist services in OBGYN, Pediatrics, medicine and surgery.

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MOHBAD: Late Singer’s Family Conducts Fresh Autopsy

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The family of late singer Mohbad (born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba) has ordered a second toxicology test to uncover the truth behind his mysterious death on September 12.

Following his burial the next day, Mohbad’s body was exhumed on September 21 for an autopsy, which was conducted on the same day.

However, in May, it was revealed that the pathologist conducting the autopsy informed the coroner that Mohbad’s body had decomposed by the time the test was performed, potentially compromising the results.

The new toxicology test aims to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding his death.

The pathologist also said the cause of the singer’s death could not be ascertained.

Mohbad’s autopsy result from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) showed that “no significant gross finding” could be attributed to the singer’s death.

The toxicology “revealed the positive finding of Diphenhydramine, an anti-histamine; however, this concentration was not in a fatal or lethal range”.

Last month, the Aloba family rejected the autopsy result while also demanding an independent post-mortem and toxicology test.

In a statement on Tuesday, Monisola Odumosu, a member of Aloba’s legal team, said a two-part autopsy is being conducted on Mohbad.

She disclosed that the first phase had been carried out last week while the second part involved “a toxicology and histology test”.

The lawyer added that the procedure was witnessed by Joseph Aloba, Mohbad’s father, and a pathologist representing Wunmi, the late singer’s wife.

“The second autopsy as requested by the Aloba family and ordered by the Magistrate of the Coroner Court, Ms. T.A. Shotobi, was conducted on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, 2024. This autopsy is a two-part exercise, with the first part now completed,” the statement reads in part.

“If the cause of death cannot be determined from this initial examination, the second part will proceed, involving a toxicology and histology test on the necessary samples already obtained.

“This comprehensive procedure, conducted last Friday, was witnessed only by Mr. Joseph Aloba, the forensic pathologist appointed by Mr. Joseph Aloba and his team, legal representatives of both Mr. Joseph Aloba and  a pathologist appointed by Wunmi Aloba to observe the procedure.”

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Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Now $37bn, Up By $2bn In 18 Days — CBN Governor Cardoso

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The country’s foreign exchange reserves have surged to $37.05 billion as of July 18 according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso announced this development during a press briefing on Tuesday, following the 296th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

The reserves experienced a significant boost, rising by $2.35 billion from $34.70 billion at the end of June to $37.05 billion in just 18 days.

“As of July 18, 2024, external reserves stood at US$37.05 billion, compared with US$34.70 billion as of June 2024. This represents 11 months of import cover for goods and services,” Cardoso said.

However, according to data published by CBN and seen by TheCable, Nigeria’s foreign reserves stood between $35.93 billion as of July 18, and $36.23 billion as of July 22, less than what Cardoso presented.

On July 18, CBN approved the sale of foreign exchange (FX) to eligible bureau de change (BDC) operators at N1,450 per dollar to meet the demand for invisible transactions.

Days after, CBN said foreign currencies worth $106.5 million were sold to authorised dealers.

CBN said the aim is to improve supply in the FX market in tandem with its price stability mandate.

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