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Israel Will Not Join America In War Against Iran – Benjamin Netanyahu

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Benjamin Netanyahu has told his security cabinet that Israel should ‘stay out of’ any fallout sparked by the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The Israeli Prime Minister told top ministers on Monday that since the general’s assassination was carried out solely by the US, there is no reason to get involved.

Iran has promised a ‘crushing revenge’ following the strike which killed Soleimani and other top Revolutionary Guards commanders last week, expected to ramp up on Tuesday when a three-day period of mourning ends.

Benjamin Netanyahu has banned top ministers from talking to the press about Soleimani’s death and told them Israel should ‘stay out of it’
Benjamin Netanyahu has banned top ministers from talking to the press about Soleimani’s death and told them Israel should ‘stay out of it’

Iran vowed to exact a ‘crushing revenge’ on US in retaliation for Soleimani’s death, expected to ramp up Tuesday when a three days of mourning ends (pictured, a funeral procession)
Iran vowed to exact a ‘crushing revenge’ on US in retaliation for Soleimani’s death, expected to ramp up Tuesday when a three days of mourning ends (pictured, a funeral procession)

Top Iranian minister Mohsen Rezai, a former Guard commander, has threatened to reduce the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa ‘to dust’ as part of the retaliation.

Netanyahu, who has cultivated a close relationship with Trump, initially threw his backing behind the strike, praising the US president for taking ‘strong’ action.

But he has since banned ministers from talking to the press about the strike for fear of creating the impression Israel was involved, two ministers present at Monday’s meeting told Axios.

‘The killing of Soleimani is a U.S. event, not an Israeli event, and we should stay out of it,’ they reported Netanyahu as saying.

The director of Israel’s security service Mossad told the same meeting that the risk of an Iranian strike on Israel is low because ‘Israel stayed distant from the event’.

Iran has already said it will no longer abide by any of the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal signed under Obama in response to the attack.

The Iraqi parliament has also voted to expel all US troops from the country, which Iran said signals the beginning of the end of America’s presence in the region.

While Iran has not made the rest of its plans clear, it is likely that US troops based in Iraq, the embassy in Baghdad, and troops in Syria will be targeted in response.

Hassan Nasrallah, the Lebanese secretary-general of Iran-backed Hezbollah, said all US bases, all warships and every single soldier in the region is now a target.

‘The true, just retribution for those who conducted this assassination is an institution, which is the U.S. military,’ he said during a ceremony to mourn Soleimani’s death in Beirut on Sunday.

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Bandits kill Army colonel, two soldiers in Katsina

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A Nigerian Army colonel, M.Z Manu and two soldiers have been killed by bandits in Unguwar Doka Village under Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

It was gathered that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the villages on Thursday night and started shooting indiscriminately. In the process, the gallant officer, soldiers and some civilians were killed.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. General Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued to journalists at the Special Army Super Camp IV Faskari, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity responded to a distress call on September 24, 2020 that bandits attacked Unguwar Doka Village and swiftly mobilised to the area where they cleared the bandits.

During the encounter, troops neutralised 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route.

 

The statement disclosed that the soldiers rescued three kidnapped victims, including an eight-month-old baby who had been in captivity for more than 23 days and recovered one AK-47 and three motorcycles from the fleeing hoodlums.

 

“Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while two other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively,” said Onyeuko.

“The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite.” he added.

 

Meanwhile, the burial activities of Colonel Manu will hold today at army HQ, Zaria, Kaduna state.

 

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Kanu Signs Up For Simba TVS

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Nigerian soccer legend, Kanu Nwankwo, was yesterday, unveiled as an ambassador for Simba TVS, distributors of Nigeria’s leading brands in the tricycle, motorcycle and power bike Sector.

 

Kanu said “I have the singular honour and privilege of endorsing and recommending their products. They are number one in their areas of business. Their quality and after sales service policy is demonstrated in their Workshops pan Nigeria”.  Simba TVS places strong emphasis on empowerment, and runs specific programs targeted at women, youths, welfare for the mechanics and rider communities.

 

Mr Mahendra Pratap,  Simba TVS – Business Head in Nigeria,  said “we are honored and humbled that, Kanu Nwankwo, is endorsing TVS King Tricycles and motorcycles, emphasizing that the two-time African player of the year embodied  their brand’s core values of Trust, Value and Service  “through his dedication to this great nation.

 

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Group Head- Marketing -Simba Group, Mr KarthikGovindarajan, Simba’s association with Kanu Nwankwore presents one more step in the Group’s ongoing efforts at deepening their relationship with Nigerian football.

“As the official motorcycle and tricycle of the Super Eagles, Kanu’s endorsement is an inspiration in Simba TVS’s commitment to customer service and empowerment.

 

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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday

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Staff of the Federal High Court across the country have announced plans of engaging in a two-week strike from Monday September 28, 2020.

 

The judicial workers under the aegies of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) revealed that they are engaging in the strike in line with the industrial action planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the increased prices of electricity and petroleum products.

 

The notice read;

 

“Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020.

“All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply.”

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