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Chief of Defence Staff Urges Nigerian to conduct themselves for Peaceful 2023 Elections



Joel Ajayi

The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS General Lucky Irabor called on all Nigerians to conduct themselves during the forthcoming General election that will give birth to the peaceful electioneering in the country.

He assured that, Nigerians will leave no stone unturned to ensure of a peaceful electioneering come 2023.

Irabor who gave this assurance while addressing the media in a press briefing at the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja, he warned that the armed forces will not take any form of violence from perpetrators who might want to disrupt the peace of the country all in the name of looking for political appointments.

According to him, going forward Nigeria must be peaceful, so that all Nigerians will have a country to be proud of.

‘’The military will ensure that the country has a peaceful electioneering period, so that every one of us will have a country we can be proud of.

‘’For everyone that is looking forward to political appointments, we will not stand aside and look at those that will perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political offices. Going forward Nigeria must be peaceful,’’ he said.

Speaking on the recent Owo attack, the CDS noted that it is very important that the criminals behind the menace are brought to book, saying that the military are on top of the issue.

Also, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko while briefing media on the achievements of the military in their various operations across the country explained that the Joint Task Force of Operation DELTA SAFE has been relentless in their kinetic operation which are geared towards eradicating illegal oil activities in their Joint Operational area.

He said in other to achieve its operational mandate Operation OCTOPUS GRIP a subsidiary operation under DELTA SAFE in the last 7 weeks of it operations (April 20) discovered and destroyed 337 illegal oil refineries, 1,052 metal storage tanks, 515 ovens, 68 wooden boats, it also confiscated 59 vehicles, 16 outboard engines, 11 rifles and arrested 141 criminals.

‘’ During the period in focus troops of DELTAL SAFE in the conduct of Operation OCTOPUS GRIP conducted operations in creeks, towns and communities; these include Jesse in Ethiope Local Government Area, Otagbo Creek, Escravos River and Benett Island in Delta State. Also, Brass creek, Beneside and Ndoro Waterways Ekeremor all in Bayelsa State.

‘’In addition, troops conducted operations at Opumaki, Cawthrone Channel all in Bonny Local Government Area of River States.16. Within the last week 9 – 14 June 2022, a total of 26 illegal refining sites, 35 wooden boats, 74 storage tanks, 79 ovens, 28 dug out pits, 3 speed boats, 2 outboard engines, 20 pumping machines, 2 rifles, Two Million Two Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand (2,264,000) litres of stolen crude oil, One Million One Hundred and Forty Two Thousand (1,142,000) litres of AGO and 10 oil thieves were arrested by own troops.

‘’Accordingly, all the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.Finally, the military high command commends the efforts of the troops in the various theatres, they are also encourages them to sustain the operational tempo in their respective area of responsibilities to ensure that normalcy returns to the affected zones of the country.

‘’Furthermore, the entire populace is hereby appreciated for the support given to the Armed Forces and security agencies in the conduct of their operations. The media community is also acknowledged for their partnership and cooperation with the military and other security agencies in our quest to return peace to our dear country.

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Mavlon FC arrives Europe on 21 days training tour



The management of Mavlon FC have taken another giant stride in the development of her players by embarking on a training tour in Europe.

The team led by the chief coach, Muyiwa Showole, comprised of players and other officials, arrived Bulgaria on a training tour of 21 days that will see Mavlon FC play friendly games with some clubs in the Eastern European country.

In May, Mavlon FC were guests of Golden Eaglets at the FIFA goal project, Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja  when they engaged the National U 17 team of Nigeria in a friendly game, which witnessed sublime football artistries from both sides all through 90 minutes.

The team displayed strong football qualities despite losing 1-0 to the Eaglets.

24 hours later, Mavlon FC were too formidable for Tiki Taka academy, beating the team at their home ground in Abuja 1-0 in another friendly game played in Abuja Al geared into putting the team is great shape ahead of the training in Bulgaria, Europe.

It is also interesting to note that Mavlon FC has Stephen Emmanuel, one of the players of the victorious Golden Eaglets team that won the WAFU B U17 tournament last Friday, making the training tour of the team.

Below are the friendly games lined up for the team in Bulgaria

01.07. 2022. 

Mavlon FC vs FC Montana. 

Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria. 


Mavlon FC vs FC Makedonija G.P.(NMacedonia). 

Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria.


Mavlon FC vs FC Levski-Krumovgrad. Match Time: 5pm.

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria.


Mavlon FC vs Levski-Karlovo. 

Game Time: 10:30am

Venue: Evima Football Field, Bansko, Bulgaria. 

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