Operation Python Dance to be staged every year in South-East – Army ( Punch)
The first exercise Python Dance was successfully and commendably conducted in the South-East from 27 November to 27 December 2016.
“The peculiar security challenges in the region, such as kidnappings, abductions, violent seccessionist agitations, armed robbery, farmers/herdsmen clashes, communal crisis and an extraordinarily annual traffic gridlock at the Asaba-Onitsha bridge among others which are the focus and targets of the exercise were then successfully addressed,” he said.
It was further explained that Operation Python Dance was a training exercise designed to improve soldiers’ agility and preparedness.
Lagos govt opens Nigeria’s first DNA forensic lab (Punch)
The State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of the criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and fulfil an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world.
Osun APC can’t survive 2018 ‘electoral hurricane’ –PDP (Punch)
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Sarafa Isola, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state cannot survive the ‘electoral hurricane’ coming in 2018.
The second term mandate of the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the APC will end on November 26, 2018, and the governorship election will be held before the expiration.
Isola, who has been holding meetings to reconcile the two factions within the PDP in the state, said in a statement on Sunday that it was obvious the APC was jittery about the moves to reconcile the warring factions of the opposition party.
Analyst: Nigeria’s Economic Growth Fragile after Recession (Thisday)
Despite the fact Nigeria has exited recession, the country’s economic growth is still fragile because it is not based on the increase in manufacturing, boost in agriculture or mining but on precarious oil prices and improved production.
Udechukwu said the country was able to get out of recession because of the peace the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, brokered between the Niger Delta militants and the federal government, noting that the sabotage in oil production reduced oil export to about 1.3 million barrels per day (mbd), which grossly reduced the nation’s revenue from product and forced the country into recession, but today Nigeria exports about 2.1 mbd and this improvement in oil receipts has boosted the country’s economy.
He, however, regretted that in the key areas of the economy like agriculture, manufacturing and power supply, there is not much to cheer and that is why the nation’s economic growth is precarious.