Buratai Tasks Officers To Be Professional And Result Oriented

Tukur Buratai Constitutes Committee To Probe Human Rights Abuse by ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has urged participants at the First Commanding Officers Workshop holding in Maiduguri, to be professionally responsive and result oriented, while addressing the current security challenges facing the country.

The five-day workshop convened by the 2 Division Ibadan for Commanding Officers to interface and brainstorm on topical issues of security concern, confronting the nation under the theme “Empowering Unit Commanders to be professionally responsive.”

Buratai spoke through a representative, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor.

He reminded participants of the five-day workshop at the Maimalari cantonment Maiduguri, that the country is currently facing security challenges ranging from Boko Haram, kidnapping, communal clashes, cattle rustling and pipeline vandalism.

He noted there is a need for the military to reposition itself in order to face the challenges squarely.

“I expect that the first commanding officers workshop will provide a veritable avenue for unit commanders in the affected divisions, to contribute meaningful and workable inputs towards my desire to reposition the Nigerian Army to be professionally responsive in the discharge of its constitutional roles.” Buratai stated.

He advised that emphasis be placed on mission accomplishment in the outlined critical scenarios to equip unit commanders with a vast knowledge in confidence building, that would create a positive climate to foster trust and mutual understanding in arriving at solutions.
The General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Major General Chukwunedum Abraham said the commanding officers must wake up to their responsibilities, as  there is no bad soldier but bad officer.

General Abraham said: “The choice of the Northeast for the workshop is deliberate and timely, because of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the region, we must continue to strive for excellence, so as to improve our operational effectiveness and productivity, which will invariably stimulate citizen’s support and appreciation”.

The GOC urged the participants to put into use the knowledge acquired during the workshop, as they are expected to acquire enough knowledge to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting Crime

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting CrimeThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated the commitment of his administration towards ensuring a safe environment for living and for businesses to thrive.

This, he hopes to achieve by strengthening the existing law of the state against kidnapping and cultism, among other social vices.

He gave the assurance in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, during a walk against kidnapping, extra judicial killings, and corruption.

Also speaking against kidnapping, during a meeting with Assistant Inspector General of Police in January, Amosun stated that the menace is something all citizens must challenge.

“Kidnapping is so alien to us in this country, but all of a sudden, it raised its ugly head and I think we must frontally challenge it.

“We have the appropriate laws and we might have to review such laws. Let me use this opportunity and medium to send the right signals to all these criminals that Ogun state will not be comfort zone for them.”

Consequently, the governor has harped on the need for every resident of the state to be law abiding and give maximum support to the security agencies in the onerous task of ensuring adequate security of life and property.

He also gave an assurance that the perpetrators of any such crime, if caught, would be brought to book.

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance Checkpoints

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance CheckpointsDeputy Director of Army Public Relations of 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa and the Commandant of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Colonel Isa Abdullahi, have commenced inspection of activities at different check points of the ‘Exercise Python Dance’.

This is to further strengthen the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the mandate of the latest security operations in the five Southeast states.

It is also aimed at ensuring the various teams are operating within the premise of mandate, as well as ensuring that the exercise yields the desired results.

According to Mr Musa, the effect of the exercise was already manifesting, especially in the area of traffic congestion, as it had been minimized greatly at the Bridge Head axis as well as other border points where the check points of the exercise were planted.

At the boundary between Anambra and Enugu state at Amansea community on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, vehicular movement was equally said to be smooth and uninterrupted.

The check points were well manned by vigilant eyed soldiers who passed the vehicles as they came and at the same time maintained security in the area.

On the arrival of Mr Musa and Mr Abdullahi, to inspect the mode of operation at the point, they expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of road users.

The mandate of the exercise included but was not limited to checkmating rising waves of crime usually prevalent during the yuletide period, traffic decongestion of major highways, patrol raids, cordon and search, planting of check point and road blocks, show of force and anti-kidnapping drills among other serious violent crimes including herdsmen-farmers clashes.

At the second boundary between Anambra and Enugu state, the soldiers, properly positioned, were seen passing vehicles calmly, while motorists complied with the new set up maximally.

Reduced Gridlock

Moving out of the area, the next port of call was the Bridge Head axis where initially complaints were laid over sudden traffic congestion occasioned by the new check points.

Reacting to that, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, maintained that the interest of the Nigerian Army was the peace and stability of the country, and in the present exercise, it would be to ensure that the targeted challenges were reduced to barest minimum.

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Musa said, “the Nigerian Army has no other interest except one – to ensure peace, security and stability in all parts of Nigeria.

“Here like we have explained, issues of kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cultism, and even traffic gridlock are the issues and our interest here is to ensure that these security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.

“You can see vehicles moving left and right, so there is no congestion. In any case, there is not much stop and search operation on the road.

“Soldiers are just by the side of the road watching in case of any need for them to act. They will act professionally and decisively,” he said.

While many commended the efforts of the Nigerian army in the area of security and maintenance of orderliness on the highways brought about by their presence, others still complained of traffic congestion.

In the words of some of the citizens, “police and army are doing well, there is no problem.”

Another commuter said, “it is a welcome development because when the military men are on the road, it makes people feel safe that no thieves will attack them.

“So for me, I think it is a welcome development but I will also want to advise them to be courteous of not causing hold up.”

Musa however noted the complaints and assured citizens of necessary intervention.

Police Launch Operation ‘Eagle Net’ Following Change Agenda

Police, eagle net, change agendaThe Delta state police command has formally launched a new anti-crime outfit tagged Operation ‘Eagle Net’, aimed at complementing already existing outfits in the state, in the fight against every form of crime in the society.

Launching the outfit at the Officers Mess Okwe in Asaba the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaina Ibrahim, said it was part of the command’s untiring strategies to ensure that criminals are completely driven out of the state for the peace and safety of Deltans.

Assuring the public of a thorough dedication to its mandate, the Commander of Eagle Net, Dimka Usman, said he would ensure that no member of his team is involved in corruption while discharging their duties.

Earlier on, the command launched the state anti- corruption crusade, which was said to be in accordance with the directive of the Inspector General Of Police for every command to key into the Federal Government’s “Change Begins With Me” campaign, aimed at fighting corruption.

While some suspects were paraded for various crimes bordering on kidnapping, sea robbery, armed robbery, cultism and murder, the command pledged it’s unalloyed commitment towards an improved service delivery to Deltans.

One of spectacular cases was that of an alleged plan to kidnap one Mary Kurbu, aged 77 years, by her nephew known as Francis Kurbu and other members of the gang.

According to the police, the arrests were proactively done after a tip off.

They however advised all criminals to denounce crime as according to them, “the eye of the eagle can see from afar when in search of its prey”.

Gov. Okowa Launches Special Police Unit in Delta State

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDelta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa says he is committed to curbing the activities of criminals in the state ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

The governor stated this when he officially launched the new special police security unit called “Eagle Net.”

He also donated ten Hilux vans to the Delta State Police command for the effective operations of the special police unit.

While presenting the vans to the State Commissioner of Police, Governor Okowa says  this initiative is a product of resolutions made during the state security council meeting to create a special unit in the police force to combat crime.

According to the state  Commissioner of Police, Zaina Ibrahim, the security vans will assist the new special security to tackle special security challenges in the state.

He added that the problems of Nigerian police in exercising its duties are both logistical and moral.

According to the commissioner of police, there is no better time than now to receive these vans which will be used by the ‘Eagle Net’ to check criminal activities, especially during these ‘Ember months.”

The new unit was created to complement the activities of existing police security units such as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), SWAT, and others.

Police Arrest 23 Suspects, Recover 21 Guns In Ogun

Police, Ogun, SuspectsPolice have arrested 23 suspects for unlawful possession of firearms in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The police also recovered 21 guns of different types from the suspects alleged to be disturbing the peace of the state.

The suspects were paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hammed Iliyasu, at the Police Headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.

Mr Iliyasu said they were picked from different parts of the state.

He added that their offences ranged from armed robbery, kidnapping and human trafficking among others.

The Police Commissioner sought for more synergy from other security agencies to ensure effective policing of the state.

He also called for more quality information from the public in the onerous task of protecting lives and property.

While some of the suspects confessed to the crime they were being paraded for to Channels Television, a 46 years old man narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors before he was rescued by the police.

Army Kills Three Armed Suspected Kidnappers In Bauchi State

Nigerian Army kills suspected kidnappers Officials of the Nigerian Army have killed three armed suspected kidnappers in Bauchi State.

The suspects were killed by troops of 33 Brigade during fighting patrols to clear the State of such criminals.

A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the operation was carried out to end incessant cases of armed robberies and kidnappings in some parts of Bauchi State.

The suspected kidnappers were killed during fighting patrol on Sunday at Dutsen Mairama and around Dogon Ruwa settlement within Lame/Burra forest of Toro and Ningi Local Government Areas of the State.

“During the encounter, three armed kidnappers were killed and their camps were destroyed.

“The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions including empty shell,” a statement by Colonel Usman read.

Kidnapping is increasing in Nigeria’s northern region, where a dissident group had terrorised its eastern part for over six years.

The crime, seen as a means of livelihood by criminals, used to be more prominent in the south-south region, where several expatriates had been taken hostage in the past.

Huge amount of money is usually requested for as ransom for persons kidnapped.

In the heightened operations against kidnappers, the army said the troops would continue to carry out clearance operations in all known hideouts of kidnappers and armed bandits within Bauchi and other States to deny criminal elements freedom of action.

Police Reunite Missing Child With Parents In Abia

Police, abia, stolen boy, kidnapping, Joseph OkaforThe Abia State Police Command has handed over a stolen boy back to the parents after an alleged disappearance with a woman in Imo State, southeast Nigeria.

The Abia State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the boy, Joseph Okafor, who hails from Eluma Lokpaukwu Umuchieze in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, was stolen from his father’s compound on May 27, 2015.

He was found in 2016 at Okigwe in Imo State, in the custody of a foster mother who claimed the late husband adopted him.

Handing over Joseph to his parents, Mr Oyebade vowed to ensure child stealing and kidnapping among other crimes were eradicated from the state.

He also warned those involved in the act of stealing children to desist, saying that the police would ensure that their activities were exposed.

The Police Commissioner further urged the public to make inquiry of the type of adoption services they patronise, stating that anyone found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.

This is coming few days after the Nigeria Immigration Service arrested a Cameroonian couple for alleged child trafficking in Cross River State.

Bauchi Security: Police Rescue Traditional Ruler, Others From Kidnappers

bauchi security, police rescue, kidnappersThe Bauchi State police command says 49 hostages including the district head of Tama In Toro Local Government Area of the state, have been rescued from the den of kidnappers during an operation by the security agents.

During a press briefing on the activities of the command in fighting crime in the state, the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, also confirmed that over 50 suspects including the kidnappers of the monarch had been arrested and charged while others are being investigated.

Part of the arrested suspects are armed robbery gangs, cattle rustlers, impersonators and rapists.

Arrested were made by the command through synergy with other security agencies in the state.

Briefing reporters on the command’s efforts in the war against crime, the Police Commissioner said the efforts had been yielding positive results, leading to recovery of arms, ammunition, stolen vehicles and rustled cattle as well as arrest of some suspects.

The suspects were being paraded alongside the various exhibits recovered which include fabricated master keys; police warrant card, complete set of police uniform, boot, handsets firearms and ammunition.

The command also held an interactive session on safety and security in the state with traditional rulers, caretaker committee chairmen of local government councils, and representatives of vigilante groups including clerics and youth leaders.

Community leaders were also at the meeting where modalities for collaboration in fighting crime between the people and security agencies were discussed.

FG To Inaugurate Committee On Prison Reform

prisonThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, says that a committee on the Reformation of Prisons will be soon inaugurated.

The Minister said that the development is part of efforts by the Federal Government to decongest and secure prison facilities across the country.

He made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the Government House in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

The Interior Minister said that the committee would come up with the ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He added that the Ministry of Interior would collaborate with the Kaduna State government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the convict prison that was built over 100 years ago.

Mr Dambazau also promised to lead the ministry to partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

Governor El-Rufai on his part commended the support and contribution of the paramilitary agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

He further requested for the relocation of the Kaduna convict prison from its present location in the state capital to a more suitable place on the outskirts of the town.

The Governor hinted that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offences, in order to decongest the prisons in the state.