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Troops Of Op. Whirl Stroke Arrested Suspected Gunrunners, Recovered Weapons And Ammunitions In Taraba State

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Troops Of Op. Whirl Stroke Arrested Suspected Gunrunners, Recovered Weapons And Ammunitions In Taraba State

On 28 April 2023, troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE acting on credible intelligence conducted raid operations to a weapon fabrication factory at WUKARI village in WUKARI Local Government Area of TARABA State.

According to Major General Musa Danmadami, Director
Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters in a press release on 29 April 2023,
troops arrested two (2) suspected gunrunners found at the the factory and recovered two (2) GPMG, one (1) KPM, four (4) AK 47 rifles, three (3) pistols, one (1) PKT, five (5) 9mm ammunitions, two (2) 7.63 x 54 ammunitions, seven (7) rifle butts and several parts of different rifles. All arrested criminals and recovered weapons and ammunition have been handed over to appropriate authorities for futher actions

The military high command commends troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and encourages the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on terrorist and all criminal activities within their area.

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A must read AFN overwhelming success stories against terrorists across the country

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A must read AFN overwhelming success stories against terrorists across the country

By Emmanuel Daudu

The Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami has disclosed that Troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the North East zone of the country have sustained the offensive against terrorist and other criminal elements within the zone through intense ground and air operations, which yielded tremendous successes. Between 3 to 12 May 2023, troops conducted offensive and clearance operations at terrorists enclaves and camps at different location in Sambisa forest and villages within Bama, Damboa, Gwoza and Kaga Local Government Areas of Borno State. In these operations troops had several fierce encounters with Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists during which 15 terrorists were neutralized while others fled with gun shot wounds. During the operations troops recovered 10 AK47 rifles, 8 SMGs, 15 grenades, 2 pump action guns, 1 LMG gun, 1 Ma rifle, 2 AA barrel, 12 dane guns, 25 AK47 magazines, 2 double barrel guns, 3,896 rounds of .50 inch, 1,802 rounds of 12.7mm x 19, 1,475 rounds of 9mm, 86 rounds 12.7mm x 108mm API, 183 rounds of shilka, 60 rounds of 40mm BGL, 2 rounds of 7.62mm x 39 B/SP, 34 cartons of sig pistol ammo, 124 RPG bombs, 50 x 36 hand grenade, 5 SMK bombs, 13 RPG tubes, 8 x 76mm bombs, 130 smoke grenades (teargas), 13 x PG 42 grenade and 247 rounds x 38mm SMK bombs. Others include 15 RPG tail pin, 245 rounds of 7.62mm special, 148 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 1 G3 skeletal weapon, 2 AK47 working parts, 2 mortar bombs, 2 x 60mm mortar tube, 1 shoulder grenade launcher, 8 propeller charge (155 gun), 2 vickers MBT bore sighting equipment, 1 charger for 125mm, 4 RKT 73mm PG9 base, 3 fuse for 105, 2 scrap for AK47 rifle (police type), 1 scrap FN magazine, 194 fuse for 122mm D30 HW bombs, 41 fuse for 155mm bombs, 20 fuse for 82mm mortar, 5 illum fuse, 1 tripod stand, 6 non electric detonator, 1 tool box containing several weapon parts, 1 SPG stand, 1 lister generator, 1 welding machine, 1 water heater, 1 exhaust, 3 mortar base plates, large quantities of Improvised Explosive Device making materials and terrorist flag.

Major General Musa Danmadami made the disclosure during a
press briefing by the Directorate Of Defence Media Operations On Armed Forces Of Nigeria’s Military Operations held at Defence headquarters’ new Conference room on Thursday in Abuja-Nigeria.

The briefing which was aimed at disclosing to the public troops activities and operational successes being recorded in the various operational theaters within the 6 geo-political zones of the Country in the past 2 weeks, both kinetic and non-kinetic operations which were conducted in the various theatres of operations, with significant outcomes recorded.

Also on 12 May 2023 troops on fighting patrol came in contact with terrorists at Fadondiya in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State and following the fire fight, the terrorist fed. Troops exploited the general area and recovered 2 Gun Trucks, 2 AA gun, 1 RPG tube, 2 AK47 rifles, 1 RPG bombs, 387 rounds of 12.7mm ammo, 440 rounds of 7.62mm x 54 ammo, 364 rounds of 7.62 x 50mm (NATO) and 3 buffalo GT tyres. Furthermore, between 4 to 12 May 2023, troops arrested 25 Boko Haram /Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists logistics suppliers at different locations within the theatre of operations and recovered 75 bags of fertilizers, 7 vehicles, 2 drums of Premium Motor Spirit, 6 gallons of engine oil, 7 drums of water, 3 bags of grains, 3 bags of salt, 1 carton of maggi seasoning, 12 hose cables, 8 new tyres, 1 carton of bulbs, 13 bicycle chains, 15 bicycles free wheels, 25 mobile phones, 12 air pumps, 4 brakes, 7 pedals and the sum of Sixty Nine Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Naira (N69,550.00) only amongst other items.

“Equally, on 6 May 2023, troops on fighting patrol rescued one Saratu Dauda, one of the adopted Chibok School girls on serial 10 of the list. Furthermore, on 8 May 2023, 34 Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and family members comprising 6 adult males, 14 adult females and 14 children surrendered to troops at Damboa in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. They claimed to have escaped the terrorists camp due to troops intensive offensive in the general area. Also, a JAS fighters surrendered to troops at Damboa in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. He claimed that his motivation to surrender was due to military offensive in Sambisa forest area. Consequently, within the weeks in review troops recovered 17 AK47 rifles, 1 AK49 rifle, 8 SMGs, 15 grenades rifles, 2 pump action guns, 1 LMG, 1 Ma rifle, 4 AA guns, 2 AA barrel, 12 dane guns, 38 AK47 magazines, 2 double barrel guns, 3,896 rounds of .50 inch, 2,189 rounds of 12.7mm, 1,475 rounds of 9mm, 86 rounds of 12.7mm x 108API, 183 rounds of shilka, 60 rounds of 40mm BGL, 2 rounds of 7.62mm x 39 B/SP, 34 cartons of sig pistol, 125 RPG bombs, 52 x 36 hand grenade, 5 SMK bombs, 13 RPG tubes, 8 x 76mm bombs, 130 SMK grenade (tear gas) 13 x PG 42 grenade, and 247 rounds of 38mm SMK bombs. Others include 15 RPG tail pin, 275 rounds of 7.62mm special, 163 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 440 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, 364 rounds of 7.62 x 50mm NATO, 234 rounds of AK49 ammo, 1 G3 skeletal weapon, 2 AK47 working parts, 2 mortar bombs, 2 x 60mm mortar tube, 1 shoulder grenade launcher, 8 propeller charger (155 gun), 2 vickers MBT bore sighting equipment, 1 charge for 125mm, 4 PKT 73mm, PG9 base, 3 fuse for 105, 2 crap for AK47 rifle (police type), 1 scrap FN magazine, 194 fuse for 122mm D30 HW bombs, 41 fuse for 155mm bombs, 20 fuse for 82mm mortar, 5 illum fuse, 1 tripod stand, 6 non electric detonator, 1 tool box containing several weapon parts, 1 SPG stand, 1 lister generator, 1 welding machine, 1 water heater, 1 exhaust, 4 mortar base plates, support weapons spare parts and large quantity of Improvised Explosive Device making materials.

“Others items recovered include 9 vehicles, 30 mobile phones, 10 motorcycles, 8 bicycles, 4 vehicle tyres, 3 GT tyres, 2 grinding machines, 1 sewing machine, medical supplies, 1 wheel barrow, 30 motor fan belt, 5 bags of grains, 3 bags of sugar, 3 bags of salt, 1 inverter battery, 75 bags of fertilizers, 2 drums of Premium Motor Spirit, 6 gallons of engine oil, 12 hose cables, 8 new tyres, 5 tyre tubes, 13 bicycles chains, 15 bicycles free wheels, 12 air pumps, 8 pedals, 4 brakes, 1 carton of maggi seasoning and the sum of Sixty Nine Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Naira (N69,520.00) only. Troops equally neutralized 26 Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists, arrested 25 terrorists logistics suppliers, 1 terrorists spy and 1 Boko Haram terrorist. Troops also rescued 1 kidnapped Chibok School girls. While a total of 511 Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province and members of their families comprising of 99 adult male, 161 adult female and 251 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre of operations. All recovered items, apprehended suspects and rescued Chibok school girl have been handed over to the relevant authority further action while the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province family members were profile and equally handed over to the appropriate authority.

“In a related development, the air component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted several air operations at identified terrorists enclaves, camps and logistics geared towards degrading the terrorists. Notably, on 10 May 2023 an air interdiction operation was conducted at identified Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists enclave at Arege. The location was sighted with several terrorists and gun trucks. Accordingly, the location was bombarded and feedback revealed that several terrorists were neutralized and their gun trucks destroyed in the air strike.

“North Central Zone: Troops in the North Central zone of the country have continued to clamp down on terrorists and other criminal elements within the joint area of operation. Between 8 and 16 May 2023, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN conducted operational activities within Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas of Plateau and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Areas of Bauchi States. Notably, on 16 May 2023, troops responded to information on attack at Kubun village in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen. Troops on arrival evacuated those that sustained injuries to the hospital for medical attention. Following the incident, troops conducted clearance operations of the general area and arrested 5 suspects and recovered 3 fabricated rifles, 10 rounds of 7.62mm special, 8 cartridges, 3 mobile phones and 5 motorcycles. Consequently, within the weeks in review, troops recovered 3 fabricated rifles, 2 fabricated pistols, 2 dane guns, 6 motorcycles, 1 vehicle and 31 rustled cattle. Troops also neutralize 2 terrorists and arrested 25 suspected criminals. All recovered items, arrested suspected criminal and rescued abducted civilians have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“North West Zone: Troop Operation HADARIN DAJI have sustained the onslaught against banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other criminal activities in the North West zone of the country. In furtherance to this, troops conducted raids, clearance and fighting patrols to identified terrorist enclaves at different locations within Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara State respectively. On 6 May 2023, troops on fighting patrol made contact with terrorist at Keta high ground in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State and following the fire fight, troops neutralized 2 terrorists while others fled. Troops further exploited the general area and rescued 10 kidnapped civilians and recovered 1 RPG bomb, 108 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 1 telescopic sight and 1 boafeng radio. Also, on 9 May 2023, troops on fighting patrol had a meeting engagement with terrorists at Sauri hill in Tsafe Local Government Area of same state. Following the operation, troops neutralized 2 terrorists while other fled. Troops searched the general area and recovered 10 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 5 AK47 magazines, 7 tear gas, 7 mobile phones, 2 SIM cards, 2 pairs of military camouflage, 3 pairs of combat boot, 1 pair of police uniform, 6 jungle hats, 3 pullover jackets and 1 fragmental jacket among other items.

“Equally, on 10 May 2023, troops responded to information on terrorists activities at Dirin Daji in Sakaba Local Government Area of Kebbi State. Following a fire fight, the criminals fled. Troops exploited the general area and recovered 2 Ak47 rifles, 2 AK47 rifles magazines loaded with 47 rounds of 7.62mm special and 1 Improvised rocket launcher. Also, on 12 and 14 May 2023, troops raided some terrorists camps and enclaves within Birni Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and made contact with the terrorists. During the engagement, troops neutralized 2 terrorists while other fled. Following the operation, troops recovered 2 locally fabricated pistols, 4 dane guns, 13 motorcycles, 2 pairs of woodland camouflages, 1 fragmental jacket, 1 generator and 2 mobile phones. Also, on 14 May 2023, troops responded to information on terrorists trying to attack Kurna village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State and following a fire fight, troops neutralized 1 terrorist while other fled. Troops recovered 1 AK47 rifle, 2 AK47 magazines and 1 mobile phone. Also, on 16 May 2023, troops responded to information of a suspected terrorists collaborator conveying food items to a terrorists leader. Troops arrested the suspect and recovered 6 bags of suya beans, 2 eagle generators, 1 mobile phone, 1 motorcycle and the sum of N71,500.00 only.

  1. Consequently, within the weeks in focus, troops in the North West Zone recovered 7 AK47 rifles, 4 dane guns, 2 locally fabricated pistols, 1 improvised rocket launcher, 1 RPG bomb, 74 rounds of 7.62mm special, 108 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 1 telescopic sight, 10 AK47 magazines, 7 tear gas, 1 fragmental jacket, 12 pairs of woodland camouflage, 3 pairs of combat boots, 6 jungle hats, 1 pair of police uniform, 3 pullover jacket, 6 desert camouflage, 10 desert camouflage T shirt, 14 woodland jungle hats, 16 desert jungle hats and 2 desert boots. Others are 18 mobile phones, 3 leg chains, 3 generator sets, 6 bags of soya beans, 3 crates of soft drinks, 3 bags of bread, 2 SIM cards, 19 motorcycles, 108 rustled cattle and the sum of Eighty Two Thousand and Fifty Naira (N82,050.00) only. Troops also neutralized 12 terrorists and arrested 26 suspected criminals as well as rescued 24 kidnapped civilians. All recovered items, arrested suspects and rescued civilians have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“Equally, the air component of Operation HADARIN DAJI conducted air interdiction operation at Dutsin, Sauri high ground in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on 9 May 2023. This was following report by ground troops on the sighting of armed terrorists at the foot of the high ground. Consequently, the target was bombarded and feedback revealed that several terrorists were neutralized in the airstrike. Furthermore, on 10 May 2023, the air component of Operation WHIRL PUNCH conducted air interdiction operation at Sabon Birnin in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The operation was carried out following reports of sighting suspected terrorists on 7 motorcycles fleeing North West of Sabon Birnin. Accordingly, the targets was engaged, neutralizing the terrorists. In another air operation, an air strike was conducted at Warari and Sambo in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State, sequel to INTEL of terrorists activities at the locations. Accordingly, the locations were attacked with bombs and rockets and the terrorists neutralized.

“South South Zone:
The land, maritime and air component of the Joint Task Force Operation DELTA SAFE have sustained the fight against oil theft and other criminal element in the zone. Accordingly, troops conducted patrols, raids, anti-illegal oil refining and swap buggies operations at different locations within Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States respectively, aimed at denying oil theft and other criminal elements freedom of action, thereby creating an enabling environment for economic activities to thrive within the zone. On 11 May 2023, following a tip- off, troops responded to info about one AK 47 rifle concealed by a suspected cultist who died during a cult clash at NKWOK Community in ETIM EKPO LGA of AKWA IBOM State. On arrival at the scene, troops conducted cordon and search ops at the residence of the late cultist and recovered the AK 47 rifle, one empty magazine and 2 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammo. Consequently, within the weeks in focus troops of Operation DELTA SAFE in the conduct of Operation OCTOPUS GRIP and other operations within the South South zone discovered and destroyed 38 illegal refining sites, 24 wooden boats, 169 storage tanks, 152 ovens and 19 dugout pits. Troops equally, recovered 551,500 litres of crude oil, 394,500 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 16 vehicles, 4 motorcycles, 1 tricycle, 2 pumping machine, 1 outboard engine, 1 generator, 1 speed boat, 4 weapons and 132 assorted ammunitions, while 29 economic saboteurs were also arrested. All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action. Additionally, it is worthy to mention that the sum of Four Hundred and Forty Eight Million Three Hundred and Thirty Eight Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Naira (N448,387,770.00) only were denied the oil thefts

Relatedly, the air component of Operation DELTA SAFE conducted series of air operation within the joint area of operation. Notably, an air interdiction was conducted at Abacheke general area. The location was observed to be active with illegal oil bunkering activities. Consequently, the target was struck, destroying all illegal refining equipment at the location.

“South East Zone: Troops of Operation UDO KA have sustained the offensive against the outlawed Indigenous people of Biafra/Eastern Security Network and other criminal activities in the South East zone of the country. Operational activities were conducted at different locations within Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States respectively. The operations were aimed at restoring peace and normalcy to the general area of operations. On 8 May 2023, troops conducted raid operation to identified Indigenous people of Biafra terrorist camp in Mpu village in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. During the operation, troops arrested 5 suspected terrorists. On the same day, troops while on patrol made contact with suspected terrorist who mounted a road blocks along Road Ishiagu-Agwu in same Local Government Area of same state. On sighting troops, the terrorists opened fire and following a fire fight, troops neutralized 1 of the terrorist while other fled into the bush with gun shorts wound.

“Also, on 8 May 2023, troops responded to activities of kidnappers attack on motorists along Road Nimbo-Opanda in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State. On sighting the troops, the suspects fled into the bush with the kidnapped victims. Troops pursued the criminals and rescued the 4 kidnapped civilians. Troops also recovered 1 truck and 2 motorcycles. Equally, on 10 May 2023, troops raided a suspected terrorists hideout within Ohafia general area in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. During the operations troops arrested a suspected Indigenous people of Biafra/Eastern Security Network criminal who has been on the security watch list. Accordingly, within the weeks in focus, troops recovered 8 mobile phones, 4 motorcycles and 1 truck. Troops also neutralized 2 terrorist, arrested 7 suspected terrorist and rescued 4 kidnapped civilians. All recovered items, apprehended suspects and rescued civilians were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

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Our Quick Impact Projects Meant To Connect With Communities We Are Operating From-COAS

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Our Quick Impact Projects Meant To Connect With Communities We Are Operating From-COAS

The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has stated that the Quick Impact Projects the Nigerian Army has been executing and commissioning in recent times are meant to connect the human side of the Nigerian Army. The COAS stated this today 18 May 2023 while commissioning a maternity centre at Araromi, Iragbiji in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State.

The Chief of Army Staff represented by the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army Ibadan Maj Gen Mohammed Usman stated that the idea of Quick Impact Projects are to give back to the communities where the NA is operating from. The COAS urged for more support to enable the NA to win the battle against insecurity ravaging the country. Lt Gen Yahaya opined that projects like maternity/health centre will definitely serve the collective needs of the community where the are built as well as enhance mother and child health care.

Earlier in his address, the project executor Maj Gen Ayobami Ibikunle thanked the Chief of Army Staff for his support in completing and equipping the maternity centre. He appreciated the meek of kindness of the COAS in supporting him in achieving the project for his community. Maj Gen Ibikunle admonished his community to make good use of the project and ensure it is well maintained. He informed the gathering that the Centre is well equipped with modern facilities that can compete favourably with such facility elsewhere.

Dignitaries that graced the occasion includes the representative of the Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal MO Onilede, the Corps Commander Ordinance Maj Gen AM Alabi, representative of the former Governor Osun State and a host of senior military officers including His Royal Majesty Oba Abdur-Rasheed (Ayotunde Olabomi Odundun IV.

The high points of the ceremony include exchange of souvenirs, group photograph and a guided tour of the newly commissioned maternity centre.

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FCDO, UK Visits NiMet For Collaboration On Research

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As a follow up to the workshop on Flood Early Warning held last year in Nigeria by UN SPIDER /NARSDA/ NIMET /NIHSA/ NEMA in which lack of effective risk communication was identified as one of the critical gaps in the disaster response early warning and disaster management, the United Kingdom government through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) paid a visit to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, to propose and implement a research project to plug the evidence gap around effective scientific and space-based Flood risk communication to enable efficient action by all stakeholders (technical vs no -technical, state vs non-state actors, national vs sub-national, Institution vs individuals) amongst several objectives.

In her introductory remarks at the meeting in NiMet headquarters, a member of the team and the Team leader innovation, Leone Jones, said that the United Kingdom has quite extensive programmes most of them being long term thematic programmes that are managed out of UK.

She added that her team is in Nigeria with support to do “Specific research that responds to particular needs or questions that are very relevant for our team’s office or for yourselves and partners across the country, so that is why we developed this programme, working with yourselves and others leading in flood risk across Nigeria on a particular piece of research”, she said.

Leone revealed that her team would talk to different relevant agencies to make sure they are aware, and to socialize the research and get the various agencies’ input.

“The important thing for us is that anytime that we fund research, it needs to respond to your priorities, it needs to be something that is useful to your needs and its a known gap thing and is delivering against your priorities, that is important for us”, she stressed.

In her submission another member of the team and team lead on climate change and nature, Matinez Sokey disclosed that their portfolio is shifting and reflects the importance that FCDO is placing on climate change.

“ So we are thinking about how we should focus our efforts more on climate. What we see is a country which is already feeling the effects of climate change in different ways and different places”, she reiterated

Adding, Matinez further observed that some fantastic works on early warning system is going on in Nigeria but disclosed that her team would want to know the challenges NiMet is getting from the early warning systems they set up and how it is getting to the individual communities and families or farmers who need the information, because that is what the research or work is all about.

Speaking, Emmanuel Taiwo, the Climate and Environment adviser, who said he was impressed with the facilities at NiMet disclosed that he had the privilege to be part of the work on HydroSoS and outlook system, which he said he is glad it is being utilized in Nigeria.

The Research and innovation adviser, Segun Adetunde, reiterating the purpose of their visit, said “ why we are here is to improve the effectiveness of flood risk communication within the country”.

He noted that FCDO can actually do something to plug the gaps that have been identified and what can be done and how the coordination mechanism can be improved that currently exist in the country in respect to flood risk prediction along the nexus of flood risk communication.

In his response, Chief Meteorologist at NiMet, James Ijampy explained how NiMet was able to monitor the flood last year and how the various stakeholders were alerted and subsequently with the cooperation of the various stakeholders, were able to communicate same to the communities.

“ The multi-sectoral really worked last year in terms of coming together, monitoring and issuing forecasts”.

He noted that the forecast should be demand-driven as some of the information are key for adaptation.

Speaking Oyegade Adeleke, Assistant General Manager, Climate Services in NiMet, opined that climate change has come to stay that we can only build resilience and adapt to it.

“After a flood you see a community totally helpless. They can’t even recover, they can’t even go back to their farms. That is the gap we must try to fill in this kind of project. How do we help people to build resilience and recover after devastation?”, he queried.

Earlier in his introductory remarks, the Director of Research and Training, Professor Effiom Oku who represented the Director-General Professor Mansur Bako Matazu , while welcoming the team, gave a brief history of NiMet, while appreciating them, he assured that NiMet will work with the team for the success of the project.

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