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COAS death: Security experts calls for review of military air services

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Some security experts have expressed sadness over the death of top military personnel in a plane crash and called for a thorough review of the military aviation sector.

The Managing Director of Strict Guard Security Limited, Mr Chinye Bones, told NAN that there was a need for a review of the military aviation sector to prevent such an ill-fated occurrence in the future.

Bones recalled that there was a drop in air crashes in the civil aviation sector after a review was done during former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime.

“It is becoming worrisome with the number of crashes being recorded in the military sector and unfortunate that a top military officer just lost his life like that in the crash that occurred on Friday.

“This shows the level of decadence in the fleet of our military aircraft to the extent that an aircraft transporting the serving COAS and his entourage could crash and go up in flames.

“Attahiru just died as a result of carelessness or sabotage by some unscrupulous people,’’ Bone alleged.

He, therefore, called for a thorough investigation to ascertain the cause of the crash involving the aircraft so that such occurrence would not repeat itself in future.

“I express my condolences to the families of the deceased and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear their losses.’’

Also, Mr Dennis Amachree, another security expert, said that the development happened when Nigerians were looking forward to new strategies that the new service chief would introduce in the fight against insurgency.

Amachree said that Attahiru’s death was unfortunate because he had just reached the peak of his career after spending many years serving his country.

“He died in active service and this is a big blow to the Armed Forces, especially in its fight against terrorism.

“He will be greatly missed by the entire Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Armed Forces as a whole.

“My condolences go to his family,’’ he said.

Similarly, Ben Okezie, also a security expert said that government should endeavour to take care of the families left behind by the deceased military officers.

“They died while actively serving the country and the nation must honour their contributions and dedication to the development of the Nigerian Army,’’ Okezie said.

He also eulogised the late COAS, who, he said, showed leadership which was cherished by Nigerians.

“His name will go down in history as a gallant soldier who died in the service to his country.

“May his soul rest in peace and may God give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.’’

A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, commiserated with the family of the deceased COAS, adding that his death from the military plane crash was a sad incident.

“What else is there to say than saying this is a sad incident, a great loss to his family and Nigeria.

“I pray that Almighty God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss,’’ Owoseni said.

Mr Benjamin Esegine, a security expert, also described the incident as an unfortunate one.

Esegine advised that Nigeria should pay more attention to the maintenance of both military and civil aircraft.

“This is an unfortunate incident and I am deeply pained because it is an avoidable death.

“May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

“But, this goes beyond prayers but actions as we need not wait till this same calamity shifts to commercial planes.

“Aircraft maintenance is important as life has no duplicate. This is sad,’’ he said.

DAILY POST recalls that several military officers had lost their lives in the last three months in crashes involving Nigerian Air Force jets.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft en route Minna in Niger crashed close to the runway of the Abuja airport after reporting engine failure.

Also, on Wednesday, March 31, an Alpha-Jet aircraft, involved in the anti-terror war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, lost radar contact in Borno.

The most recent is the fatal accident of a NAF Beachcraft 350 aircraft on Friday, May 21, which had the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru on board. All officers onboard the plane perished in the crash.

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Kano lost an honourable Emir of gaya as he visits death

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Kano lost an honourable Emir of gaya as he visits death

The Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, is dead.

The Emir, who has been sick, died on Wednesday morning in Kano

 

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Shocking reasons Tonto Dikeh, affair with Kpokpogri’s crashed

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Prince Kpokpogri, who is the chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, described his ex-lover as “Helen of Troy” and claimed their short affair was stressful .

“We dated for just  three months and it was more or less a living hell! So much has happened in a that short period that I let go it for the sake of the so-called relationship and my sanity,’’ Kpokpogri said while reacting to the news of their break-up.

Kpokpogri was thrust into the limelight after Tonto Dikeh reveal  him on his birthday on 27 June on her Instagram page. The once happy relationship crashed after a viral voice note and a phone call between Kpokpogri and a socialite was leaked online by an Instagram gossip blogger. Ever since the couple have been at war with each other on Instagram.

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In a petition against Kpokpogri  6 September and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Dikeh through her counsels in Festus Keyamo Chambers, Okechukwu Uju-Azorji, and Arinze Egbo made several shocking revelations.

1-Ulterior motive:

In the petition which was seen by this PREMIUM TIMES, Tonto Dikeh accused her ex-lover Prince Kpokpogri of being a fake lover. She said Kpokpogri carefully planned his way into her life.

They said, ‘‘That in June 2021 one Prince Kpokpogri Joseph started to court our client with a proposal to marry her. In the process, he would invite our client to his residence, and sometimes he came over to our client’s residence. Unknown to our client, the said Joseph Kpokpogri (who our client later discovered to be a serial blackmailer) had other motives for courting our client’’.

2-Blackmailer:

King Tonto accused him of being a hardened blackmailer. In the petition, Dikeh alleged that he blackmailed her and “stage-managed” their relationship for personal gains.

‘‘Our client now has reason and evidence to believe that Prince Joseph Kpokpogri had planted closed circuit Television Cameras (CCTV cameras) at private areas of his residence, and had stage-managed those visits with the aim of blackmailing our client. She was surprised when sometime in August 2021, the suspect started demanding money from her and threatening to expose nude pictures and other such documents relating to her to actualize his demands’’.

3-Fraud:

king Tonto  Dikeh also said Prince Kpokpogri under false pretense obtained huge sums of money from her.

They said, ‘‘The said Prince Kpokpogri also obtained the sum of N8m under false pretenses, however, he has paid back the sum of N6m but has refused, failed, and/or neglected to pay the sum of N2m outstanding.

4-Invasion of privacy:

She also accused him of planting closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV cameras) at private areas of his residence and had stage-managed those visits to blackmail

They said, ‘‘Our client believes that some of that information was obtained by wire-tapping her phone and/or through such other means without her authorisation’’.

They also added that Kpokpogri started sending messages, documents, and files containing sensitive information and materials relating to Dikeh to her phone while also releasing some to taddedblic.

5. Threat to life:

King Tonto Dikeh added that she was threatened not to speak badly about Prince Kpokpogri. She said, “that if she writes anything against the said Kpokpogri, her life will be on the line; that they know where her son is schooling and every other detail about her.”

6. Property seizure:

Tonto Dikeh alleged that Kpokpogri took possession of her Toyota Hilux van 2021 and has refused to return it despite several demands. Her lawyers said the Hilux van (2021 Model) was bought in Dikeh’s name.

Not one to keep quiet in the face of these allegations, Kpokpogri took a swipe at Tonto Dikeh . On his Instagram Live session, he said, ‘‘You rubbished the first man you married, you think you can play the same game with

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Daddy Freeze warned Tonto Dike ex Kpokpogri to stop embarrassing her

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On-Air personality Daddy Freeze has warned  to Tonto Dikeh’s ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri to stop embarrassing her and stop spoiling other men’s chance of dating Tonto dike.

Daddy Freeze said this on his Instagram page on Friday, September 17, 2021.

“This woman has been through a lot, she has been through a lot. If you ever loved her, just let some things go. This one wen you don dey live video, dey give us content, we nor dey run out of content this period, just let it slide,” he said.

“Because if I can remember throughout the relationship she hid your face. You are spoiling the market for the next person that will date Tonto. That person six years e nor go see Instagram. So don’t spoil the market for the next person that is coming along.”

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