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BREAKING: Presidency defends Buhari’s London trip, says he is not a medical tourist

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The Presidency says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is not a medical tourist despite his medical trip to London on Tuesday.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Tuesday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.

The President left the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, for London on Tuesday afternoon and is expected back in the country by the second week in April after his medical check-up in Britain.

Buhari has been criticised for his medical trips abroad despite the huge amount allocated to the Aso Rock clinic annually.

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But speaking on the programme on Tuesday, Shehu said, “I think there is a misconception of the President’s trip seen in the context of medical tourism. President Buhari is not a medical tourist.

“If someone has kept retainership with medical experts, you are talking about 30 years and plus to examine you and they give you a pass. Would you be changing your doctors every other year because there is a chance that the distance will be shortened? No. I think that the President is wise and quite correct in his decision that he retains some set of doctors who have insured good health for himself.”

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Breaking News: Uche Obguagu, 5 other Imo Assembly Members suspended.

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Few minutes ago, the member representing Ikeduru State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Amb Uche Ogbuagu among other five House Members were suspended by the leadership of the House.

Lead Express gathered that the House Members after emergency sitting resolved to suspend the House members.

At the time of filing this report, this paper had not learnt the reasons behind the sudden suspension.

The six House Members suspended were; Hon.Uche Ogbuagu, Hon. Philip Ejiogu, Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, Hon Dominic Ezerioha, Hon Crown Onyemaechi.

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BREAKING: Army renames Operation Lafiya Dole in North-East

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has approved the renaming of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North-East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai, the Nigerian Army has said.

This was contained in statement on Friday signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

The statement was titled, ‘Nigerian Army Renames Operation In The North East, Seeks Inclusiveness’.

It read, “The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.

“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.

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“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.

“The renaming is in line with the COAS Vision of having ‘A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment’.

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BREAKING: Five dead as gunmen set ablaze Imo police area command

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Tension heightened in Imo State, on Monday, as unknown gunmen razed the Okigwe South Police Area Command situated in Orieagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.

A police officer at the headquarters, who spoke to our correspondent in the evening, said that on arrival, the gunmen opened fire on the cops who challenged them.

It was learnt that the invaders freed all the suspects in the cells and carted away arms.

The source said that no fewer than five policemen were shot dead by the attackers as they torch the security facility.

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The source said, “Our area command headquarters in Okigwe south is on fire. Six policemen shot dead. They also freed the suspects before igniting a fire on the facility.”

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that five policemen were killed while one was missing during the attack.

He disclosed that the command had launched an investigation into the onslaught.

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