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General News of Thursday, 18 February 2021

Source: Legit

Nigeria’s next war will take place in the forests - Ex-military chief

Nigeria's immediate past chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), has revealed that the country’s next warfare and crisis will be in the forests.

Olonisakin made the disclosure on Thursday, February 18, during his screening for an ambassadorial position at the National Assembly, Channels TV reports.

The retired military general who resigned as the chief of defence staff was nominated as a non-career Ambassador-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He explained that three years ago the research he conducted showed that forest reserves have become hideouts for criminals.

The former service chief while noting that there are over one thousand forest reserves in Nigeria, said there is an urgent need to man and protect them.

Akeredolu quit notice to herdsmen

Earlier, reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu gave herdsmen a 7-day ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo state.

Akeredolu issued the ultimatum on Monday, January 18, in a thread of tweets. He said the decision was taken to address the root causes of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.

According to the governor, security reports had indicated that some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen were behind the cases of abductions reported in Ondo.

House of Reps commences screening of service chiefs

In other news, the House of Representatives commenced screening for the newly appointed service chiefs.

According to Hon. Babajimi Benson, the House will give the service chiefs all the required support to succeed in their assignments, if confirmed.

Benson, chairman of the committee on defence and chairman of the ad-hoc committee screening the service chiefs, said the exercise is backed by law.

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