President Buhari Returns To Abuja From Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is on his way to Abuja after spending eight days in his country home, Daura Katsina State.

Before his departure at about 4:00 pm on Friday, the president received the guard of honour from troops of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force operating under the 17 brigade and 213 Forward Operating Base respectively.

The State Governor, Aminu Masari, his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasiu Maigari and other top government functionaries including well-meaning citizens in the state amidst tight security personnel were on the ground at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport to bid farewell to the president.

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Earlier in the week, the President commissioned a number of projects completed by both the federal and state governments, including the commissioning of Organic Integrated Farm Estate established by the National Land Development Authority (NALDA) located in the outskirts of Daura.

The farm has the capacity to generate over ₦1.7 billion in the first year.

During his stay in Daura, the President also joined Muslim faithful to mark the Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state also paid him a visit to mark the event.

In return, the President gifted them two cows, 20 bags of rice and ₦1million.

Obasanjo, Ooni, Other Leaders Meet In Abuja

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday met with various leaders including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Sultan of Sokoto, his eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, as part of efforts to address the myriad of challenges bedevilling the country.

The closed-door meeting which lasted for over nine hours took place at the Kano Conference Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

According to Obasanjo in a letter of invitation earlier extended to the Nigerian Labour Congress, the meeting which was in collaboration with the Interfaith Initiative for Peace, National Peace Committee and Socio-Cultural Consultative Committee all under Committee for Goodness of Nigeria, was an exploratory one bordering on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress of the country.

However, at the end of the meeting, former President Obasanjo could not be sighted for comments, while former Head of State, General Abdulsalami declined to speak to journalists.

Meanwhile, the former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe and Cardinal John Onaiyekan who were also present, simply told journalists that the meeting was for the progress of the country.

Ogbe said a communique on the outcome of the meeting will be issued soon.

Nigeria Signs Oil Deal To Unlock $10bn Investment

 

Indigenous Firms Plan To Increase Oil Output
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Nigeria has signed an offshore oil deal with Shell, Exxon, Total and Eni, that the state says will generate millions, settle disputes and open the way to a $10 billion investment.

The “Execution of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 (Bonga) Agreements” was signed Tuesday by the local subsidiaries of the four oil majors and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and exporter, has been hit hard by a combination of falling crude prices and the global pandemic.

“This marks a watershed in the administration of deepwater operations in Nigeria,” the NNPC said on Twitter.

“Over $10bn of investment will be unlocked as a result of this development.”

The offshore oil block OML 118 situated 120 kilometres (75 miles) off the coast includes Bonga, the largest deep-water project to commence production in Nigeria.

Bonga produced 90,000 barrels per day in February, below its maximum capacity of 225,000 bpd, and the new deal could lead to an expansion of the field’s capacity.

The agreement also brings “immediate income for government in the excess of $780 million”, NNPC head Mele Kyari said, and an opportunity to resolve a $9 billion which he did not specify,

Kyari said in a speech that he hoped the agreement would be an “opportunity for investors to see that this country is open for business.”

OPEC-member Nigeria draws only a fraction of oil and gas investments in Africa as it struggles with a reputation for inefficiency, corruption and high operating costs.

But officials hope a long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill currently in the National Assembly will encourage more investment with amendments to regulations, royalties, and taxes.

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‘No Imminent Attack,’ Police Ask Residents In Abuja, Plateau To Remain Calm

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has assured citizens of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Plateau, as well as those in neighbouring states of safety and security.

In a statement on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, he asked the people to go about their lawful day-to-day activities without fear.

The IGP’s assurance was in reaction to an internal directive issued to the Commissioners of Police in Plateau State and FCT Commands to forestall any likelihood of attacks or breach of security by organised criminal elements in their Areas of Responsibilities (AOR).

But Mba stated that the directive of the police boss was not intended to cause panic, but a deliberate, intelligence-driven, and proactive measure designed to prepare the law enforcement community for comprehensive response to any threat to lives and property.

“The IGP noted that the security alert, rather than becoming a source of panic to the citizens, should instead send a message of reassurance to them about the intelligence depth, capacity, and operational preparedness of the Nigeria Police to pre-emptively deal and contain any threat to public peace and security.

“The alert does not in any way suggest that an attack is imminent in any of the two states,” the statement said.

The police spokesman called for calm and urged the people to go about their normal activities with a renewed sense of vigour, patriotism, and vigilance.

He gave the assurance that the police would continue to work with other relevant stakeholders to keep the public space safe for everyone.

The internal directive was dated May 19, 2021, and signed by an acting Commissioner of Police and the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa.

The police chief had asked the police commissioners to be wary of plots by Boko Haram terrorists to attack major cities in the country, especially Abuja and Jos, the Plateau State capital.

According to him, the proposed attacks will be coordinated by a Boko Haram commander in Sambisa Forest, Muhammad Sani, and his deputy, Suleiman, said to be hibernating around Lawan Musa Zango in the Gashua area of Yobe State.

Buhari Approves New Security Measures For South-East, South-South

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a Security Council meeting in Abuja on May 11, 2021. Credit: State House.

 

Following the recent attacks on security officials and facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new security measures for the South-east and South-south regions of the country.

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting in Abuja presided over by President Buhari.

The IGP who briefed journalists alongside the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, refused to disclose the new measures, saying a decision was reached at the meeting not to, henceforth, publicise measures to be deployed to tackle insecurity in the country.

“The Security Council meeting which has taken place three times within the past 11 days has assessed the security situation in the country, particularly in the South-East, South-South as it affects law and order,” he said.

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“We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by Council. We will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order, peace in that area.”

The police boss also asked law-abiding citizens to cooperate and work closely with the security agencies in order to tackle the security challenges in the regions.

Speaking also, the NSA said he briefed the Council on factors that propel crime in the country, adding that President Buhari issued directives on how the issues can be tackled.

“I briefed Council on the enablers of crime and the need to find quick responses with a view to mitigating the growing threats to the society,” he said.

“These enablers are discussed in details and Mr President already gave out directions on how to deal with them, particularly issues of drug abuse as propellants for crime, how to make the Criminal Justice System much more effective as we as looking at the issues of unemployment.”

NDLEA Busts Online Drug Trafficking Cartel, Arrests Five In Abuja

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have busted an alleged online drug trafficking cartel that sells drugged cookies, cakes, brownies and all sorts of illicit substances to residents of Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, adding that the cartel uses the cyber space as its platform.

“As a result, five members of the organised drug criminal group were arrested during sting operations carried out between Friday 7th May and Saturday 8th May, 2021 by officers of the FCT Command of the Agency during which different brands of illicit drugs were recovered from them,” he said.

The suspects – Queen Nvene, Collins Ozoemena, Samson Peter, Chika Nvene, and Habila Musa – were said to specialise in clandestine production of drug-based cookies, brownies and other edibles; markets and sells same online, through their Twitter and Instagram handles.

They were also accused of selling all types of marijuana, Arizona, Colorado and Loud, among other illicit drugs, online.

The statement added, “While Queen Nvene, a graduate of Business Administration, produces drug cookies and brownies and sells same on Instagram, Collins Ozoemena sells all types of illicit drugs, especially Loud and skunk online.

“Samson Peter on the other hand, is the manager of SK express courier company, who manages motorcycles and dispatch riders to deliver illicit drugs from Collins and drugged edibles (cookies, cakes and brownies) from Queen and Chika, both sisters. Members of the cartel operate from different locations within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, but operate as a network.

“Their arrest followed online orders of drug-based edibles by undercover agents. Supplies of brownies and cookies were delivered and received from different SK Express dispatch riders at various times by narcotic operatives before the final sting operation.”

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According to the Commander, FCT Command of the Agency, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, follow up raids of their various locations in Gudu, Kubwa, Lokogoma, Apo and Damangazo all in Abuja, led to the seizure of some illicit substances.

Items recovered from the suspects included 55 pieces of drugged cookies and brownies, 1.3 kilogrammes of skunk used as ingredient for making cookies and brownies, 0.9 grammes of ecstasy, popularly called molley, 300 grammes of skunk, 00 grammes of Loud and 300 grammes of skunk.

Other items recovered from the syndicate include: a dispatch motorcycle, various equipment for producing cookies and brownies, 10 telephone handsets and two laptops used for online drug trafficking transactions.

NDLEA said the suspects confessed to have a large platform of customers who order for drugs and drug-based cookies, brownies and edibles, on daily basis for parties and ceremonies, in and outside Abuja.

They said they use the manager of SK Express courier company to deliver their products through motorcycle riders and power bikers popularly called droppers.

They further claimed they have been in the business for over three years.

Similarly, NDLEA operatives intercepted and seized 60kilogrammes of cannabis in Akure-South Local Government Area, leading to the arrest of a 29-year-old man, Emmanuel Utaji.

Acting Commander of the Agency in the state, Callys Alumona disclosed that the location was raided at about 9:45pm following intelligence, adding that the suspect was apprehended when the consignment was to be evacuated and taken outside the state.

Also in Rivers State, a suspected drug dealer and armed robber, Sanusi Abdullahi was nabbed by operatives of the agency at Iroko village, where 15.8 kilogrammes of skunk and 16 sim cards were recovered from him on Saturday.

NDLEA Rivers State Commander, Rachael Shelleng, stated that further investigation would unravel other criminal activities perpetrated by the suspect.

Reacting to the development, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the FCT, Ondo and Rivers Commands of the Agency and charged them not to rest on their oars.

He said, “I’m particularly impressed with the speed with which the officers of our FCT Command disrupted the online drug trafficking cartel that has been ravaging the nation’s capital for over three years and I must commend them and their counterparts in Ondo and Rivers for their recent feats.”

Police Arrest Five Suspected Car Snatchers In Abuja

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The FCT Police Command has arrested five suspects for car snatching/armed robbery along the Gwagwalada and Wuye axis of Abuja.

One of the suspects, Mohammed Musa ‘m’ 30 years a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate was arrested by eagle-eyed police detectives from Gwagwalada Division during a routine patrol on Friday 30th April 2021.

The suspect confessed that the syndicate operates by disguising as stranded passengers to lure their unsuspecting victims(motorists).

Exhibits recovered are; one (1) blue colour Toyota Corolla with reg no YAB 15 BK, one (1) locally fabricated pistol, and six (6) rounds of live ammunition.

The spokesman of the command, Yusuf Mariam, noted that effort is in place to arrest the fleeing suspects.

Read Full Statement Below: 

PRESS RELEASE
FCT POLICE ARRESTS SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBERS/RECOVERS EXHIBITS
……………… enjoins residents to desist from the use of covered number plate
The FCT Police Command has arrested five (5) suspects for car snatching/armed robbery along Gwagwalada and Wuye axis.

2. Amongst the suspects is: one Mohammed Musa ‘m’ 30 years a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate arrested by eagle-eyed Police detectives from Gwagwalada Division during a routine patrol on Friday 30th April 2021.

The suspect confessed that the syndicate operates by disguising as stranded passengers to lure their unsuspecting victims(motorists). Exhibits recovered are; one (1) blue colour Toyota Corolla with reg no YAB 15 BK, one (1) locally fabricated pistol and six (6) rounds of live ammunition.

The effort is in place to arrest the fleeing suspects.

3. Similarly, Police Operatives from Wuye Division arrested one Abdullahi Haruna 25 years, Naziru Nasiru 23 years, Sani Ibrahim 20 years, Umar Musa all male and members of a four-man robbery gang terrorizing Wuye axis.

The suspects stated that they are responsible for snatching phones, bags etc along the Stadium area. Exhibits recovered from the suspects are one (1) red colour Gulf, four (4) mobile phones, two (2) sharp knives and three (3) reflective jackets.

4.The suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

5. The Command wishes to reiterate the ban on the use of unauthorized covered number plates within the FCT to desists, as violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

6. The Command Implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 and to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Line: 09022222352

ASP Yusuf Mariam,
Police Public Relations Officer,
For: The Commissioner of Police
FCT Police Command,
Abuja

Buhari Presides Over Another Security Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a security meeting

 

Less than a week, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over another Security Meeting at the statehouse in Abuja.

The meeting which is holding at the First Lady’s Conference Room was earlier held last Friday and adjourned till today.

The Agenda for the meeting is not unconnected with the heightened insecurity across the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Those in attendance include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Others are  Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd) and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.)

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba are also attending the crucial meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno

 

At the last meeting, the National security adviser, Babagana Munguno disclosed in a statement issued on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to stem the insecurity in the country.

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He said that the insurgents, bandits, and criminals are still at it and there is no doubt that the Nigerian Security agencies with the cooperation of all will certainly overcome all the current security problems and defeat the forces of evil marauding about in different parts of the country.

“There shall be no relenting until peace and security is significantly restored in our communities,”

Some of the Chief of Staffs

 

“Mr. President is very prepared to take profound measures in the wider interest of the people and the Nigerian nation.” Monguno, a retired Major-General said.

Monguno explained that the security meeting is necessitated by the fact that President Buhari is “concerned about the persisting security challenges in parts of the country.”

According to him, the Commander-in-Chief is ever ready to confront the situation in the country.

Police Dismiss Report Of Terrorist Attack In Abuja

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Police authorities have dismissed reports on social media suggesting that the Federal Capital Territory is under attack by Boko Haram Terrorists.

FCT Police Command and the Joint Security Team described the reports as a “mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the well-spirited residents of the FCT.”

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Yusuf Mariam resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures, particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.

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The decision, Mariam said, followed a strategic meeting held by the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the nation’s capital.

She said, “The patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.

“In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify the information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.

“On this note, the Joint Security Team wishes  to reaffirm its undeterred resolve towards the protection of lives and property, and  implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653,08028940883 or 112.”

How I Escaped Attack By Bandits Twice In A Day – Senator Ordia

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The lawmaker representing Edo Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia, has narrated how he escaped attack twice by bandits.

Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said he was travelling along the Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads on Monday when the daredevil bandits opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.

The lawmaker noted that during the exchange of fire between the criminals and the security operatives attached to him, three policemen sustained gun wounds.

He explained that one of the wounded policemen was in a critical condition but responding to treatment in one of the hospitals in Abuja.

“I am seriously traumatised by the experience,” said Ordia who noted that his personal vehicle was riddled with bullets, although he was lucky to have escaped unhurt.

“We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okenne and Lokoja, when we met these suspected bandits. They opened fire on my convoy. The gallant policemen had to immediately return fire.

“The other security vehicle behind had to immediately join them and they were able to repel the suspected bandits,” he narrated.

The senator added, “I had to immediately put a call across the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja to be on standby. One of the policemen had a bullet lodged close to his liver. We met another setback around Abaji.

“There was traffic because of the incident and because we had to save the lives of the wounded policemen, we decided to make a move. They opened fire on us. Some vigilantes had to join the policemen and they (the bandits) were chased into the bush. That was how I survived that attack.

“If you see all my vehicles, you will see how the bullets damaged them. But I am glad that we all survived. I must salute the gallantry of our policemen. If given the right equipment, they can do a lot and protect Nigerians.”

The lawmaker called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate moves to restructure the security architecture of the country, warning that no one was safe anymore.

He stressed that something urgent must be done to restore order to every part of the country and protect the lives of every Nigerian.

Police Arrest 17 Suspected Cultists In Abuja

 

Police in the nation’s capital have arrested seventeen suspects for cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe, and Kurudma axis.

The command’s spokesperson, Mariam Yusuf, in a statement explained that the suspects were arrested by the anti-cultism unit during raids and patrols between April 5 to 9th, 2021.

Mrs. Yusuf says the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorizing the stipulated areas.

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Locally made pistols, live ammunition, cartridges, knives chains, axes, cutlasses, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, and charms were recovered from the suspects.

The police spokesperson stated that all the suspects will be arraigned in court after an investigation has been concluded.

She appealed to residents, urging them to report all suspicious activities to the police.

Suspected Trafficker Arrested With ₦564m Worth Of Heroin In Abuja

The suspects paraded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Credit: NDLEA

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

In a series of tweet on Sunday, the drug agency said the suspect was arrested with 2 kilogramme of heroin, which has a street value of ₦564million concealed in the lining of the false bottom of his suitcase.

The 40-year-old suspect from Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport during an outward clearance of Ethiopian aircraft en route Abuja-Addis Ababa to Italy.

Upon interrogation, Odeh claimed he has been living in Italy since 2015 arriving through Libya.

The suspect noted that he works as a labourer on a farm in Italy with a pay of about 50 Euro a day, adding that he also works as a “flyer distributor” when farming season is over and gets as much as 50 euros a day.

Odeh further claimed he came to Nigeria over two weeks ago to see his family and also used the same opportunity to buy foodstuff to sell on his return to Italy.

According to him, he did not know how the drug found its way into the bag as he bought the suitcase from a second-hand material open market in Lagos not knowing that it contained the drug.

When further asked of the market address, he said he does not know the address.