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Assailants have reportedly kidnapped the District Head of Kasuwar Daji in the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Sarkin Fada.

The suspected bandits kidnapped him in his home on Thursday April 27.

Malam Audu Mohammed, who is an indigene of the affected area confirmed the kidnap of the district head.

He narrated that the assailants invaded the Kasuwar Daji village in large number, went in the direction of the village head’s residence and abducted him.

He added that the assailants opened fire to scare away the residents who attempted to rescue the village head.

He said that: “I was in my house when I heard gunshots around 2:30 to 3:00 am last Thursday.”

“I was called later around 4 am by a friend who told me that our district head was abducted.”

The security agents have not reacted to the incident as at the time of producing this report.

Nigerian Army presents 28 new colours, retires 53 in Abuja

The Nigerian Army on Thursday April 27, retired 53 regimental colours used in the order of battle, at the Trooping and Presentation of Colours Parade in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari who’s the commander-in-chief of all armed forces presided over the event which took place at the Eagle Square Abuja.

The Nigerian Army also used the avenue of the event to issue colours to 28 newly formed units, making the number of units in the country’s army 81.

The Informant247 gathered that the colours retire after serving for ten years.

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu revealed that the last time the country conducted the trooping and presentation of colours parade was in 2007.

He said the new units had been in existence since then in accordance with the operational needs of the army and its extant Order of Battle.

He said most of the colours have been made use of in many sections of the country and outside the country.

He submitted that they need to retire and that the Nigerian Army needs to present new ones.

Nwachukwu said that “It is against this backdrop and in line with the traditions, customs and ethics of the Nigerian Army, trooping and presentation of colours parade 2023 will be conducted to retire torn or worn out colours.

“A total of 81 units will, therefore, be participating in the parade; 53 colours will be due for retirement, while 28 will be presented to new units.

“The event is a unique ceremony not only to the units eligible for colour presentation, as many are looking up to this ceremony to witness the height of military discipline and regimentation.

“No doubt the parade will win more admirers for the Nigerian Army as it will provide another opportunity to showcase its reputation for excellent and colourful parades.”

While explaining the meaning of colours, he said that “The association of the colours with heroic deeds of the units emblazoned on them has led to the custom of regarding the colours with veneration.”

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