Saturday, January 19, 2019

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    EXCLUSIVE: Lt.-Col Abu Ali was preparing for Sambisa operation before Boko Haram killed him

EXCLUSIVE: Lt.-Col Abu Ali was preparing for Sambisa operation before Boko Haram killed him

Had fate chosen a separate sequence of events, Muhammad Abu Ali, the lieutenant-colonel killed by Boko Haram on Friday, would still be alive.Abu, commanding officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, died at about 10.00pm on Friday when suspected insurgents attacked the 119 Battalion Nigerian army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.But a senior army official who spoke with TheCable [...]

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    FLASHBACK: TheCable report that won PwC award

FLASHBACK: TheCable report that won PwC award

For nine straight working days in December, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, editor of TheCable, disguised his appearance – first as a hungry, hapless job seeker; later as a trainee clearing agent; and finally as an intending importer of cars, computers and Italian suits and shoes – to penetrate into the importing and clearing ring at the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Presented in [...]

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    FLASHBACK: Exactly 50 years ago, Adekunle Fajuyi gave up his life for Aguiyi-Ironsi

FLASHBACK: Exactly 50 years ago, Adekunle Fajuyi gave up his life for Aguiyi-Ironsi

When next someone brands Nigerians a mass of ethnic zealots who are daily scheming how their ethnic group outpaces the other, you may not necessarily dispute their claims. But make sure to place it on record that there are a few shinning lights; and don't forget to add that some of these limited but fine examples of ethnic unbias are [...]

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    EXTRA: Like good, old wine, Obasanjo’s wits keep getting better

EXTRA: Like good, old wine, Obasanjo’s wits keep getting better

If I had the good fortune to interview a former Nigerian leader, I would pick Olusegun Obasanjo without dithering for a second!That won't be because I am a native of Ogun state like he is, neither will it be because he is the easiest to physically access (my parents live just 2km off his OOPL mansion in Abeokuta).While someone else may even choose to [...]

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    VIDEO: The price of insurgency… Maiduguri airport in a shambles

VIDEO: The price of insurgency… Maiduguri airport in a shambles

One of the most memorable quotes of President Muhammadu Buhari, in the buildup to the 2015 presidential election, is his assertion that the war against insurgency will not have been over until the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls. Far from it.The recovery of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram will surely be a milestone in the military's successes against the [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS V: Reporter’s Diary: Escaping a bomb blast in Borno, losing my manhood in Kaduna

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS V: Reporter’s Diary: Escaping a bomb blast in Borno, losing my manhood in Kaduna

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS IV: Joy, the faithful lover who married her soldier-boyfriend after his leg was amputated

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS IV: Joy, the faithful lover who married her soldier-boyfriend after his leg was amputated

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS III: Inside military hospitals where soldiers fan their gunshot wounds and meals are served without fish or meat

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS III: Inside military hospitals where soldiers fan their gunshot wounds and meals are served without fish or meat

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS II: The bombed soldier who is now a ‘vampire’… and others at the mercy of the army’s ‘blood-stained corruption’

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS II: The bombed soldier who is now a ‘vampire’… and others at the mercy of the army’s ‘blood-stained corruption’

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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    FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS I: ‘Maggots in my leg’… an amputee-soldier’s 44 months of begging the army for ‘original’ prosthesis

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS I: ‘Maggots in my leg’… an amputee-soldier’s 44 months of begging the army for ‘original’ prosthesis

Since 2009, Nigerian soldiers have been going into battle with Boko Haram — with far inferior arms and ammunition — knowing this is the only proof of their love for fatherland. But once they sustain injuries on the battlefield, they soon discover that this love is unreciprocated. ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ is a five-part series exploring the agony of soldiers shattered by [...]

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    TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, ‘intelligent’ lieutenant-colonel who ‘doesn’t brag’ but is killing off Boko Haram in Borno

TRIBUTE: Abu Ali, ‘intelligent’ lieutenant-colonel who ‘doesn’t brag’ but is killing off Boko Haram in Borno

Muhammed Abu Ali is the name. You may have heard about him before: he is the officer who was granted accelerated promotion from rank of major to lieutenant-colonel in September 2015, for his courageous performance in a series of the army's engagements with Boko Haram.His elevation was first announced shortly after one of the army's fiercest-ever battles with Boko Haram, [...]

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    OBITUARY: OJB Jezreel, the ‘Jah man’ who married 3 wives but became ‘half-woman’

OBITUARY: OJB Jezreel, the ‘Jah man’ who married 3 wives but became ‘half-woman’

Shock!!! That is how many have described the sudden death of Babatunde Jezreel Okungbowa, popular musical artiste and producer better known as OJB Jezreel, which occurred after more than four years of battling acute kidney failure.Not that his health condition was secret — he was forced to seek public help after doctors said his death was imminent if he didn't undergo a [...]

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    THE INSIDER: How soldiers ‘finished off’ 16 Boko Haram members in Kala Balge

THE INSIDER: How soldiers ‘finished off’ 16 Boko Haram members in Kala Balge

In the past, you read stories and watched videos of how Nigerian soldiers fled from Boko Haram. Not anymore.On April 30 — and as has been happening since the final months of President Goodluck Jonathan's tenure — it was the turn of Boko Haram to flee from the army. Sixteen of them fell to soldiers' bullets in the raid, which happened in [...]

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    OBITUARY: Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, ‘secretive’ Oba of Benin who united enemies

OBITUARY: Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, ‘secretive’ Oba of Benin who united enemies

At birth, he was proclaimed a "Solomon" – one who would grow up with a deposit of wisdom rarely found in humans."You Agho! You again, you have passed through this route. You have reincarnated to become an Oba. An Oba indeed!" Oba Akenzua II, his father, had screamed on June 22, 1923 while announcing his birth.Lifting the baby up, he added: "You will [...]

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    One year ago, Buhari promised to change Nigeria

One year ago, Buhari promised to change Nigeria

When Nigerians rouse from sleep on April 1, they will again head for filling stations to join the now de rigueur queues for Premium Motor Spirit.This is no big news; queueing for hours at petrol stations has been the most recurring item on the itinerary of Nigerians not only for the past month, but also for the third spell in [...]

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    Boko Haram has lost its fearsomeness

Boko Haram has lost its fearsomeness

There is a deafening bang - a bomb blast. Then another. Dismembered bodies litter the ground. Agonising wailings rent the air. Emergency aid workers scuttle to the scene. The dead are relocated to the morgue, and the injured to the hospital. Security operatives arrive to cordon off the area. The opposition party screams government incompetence. The president releases a statement [...]

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