Kaduna Airport: Minister Assures Of 24-Hour Surveillance

Kaduna Economy Not In Recession, Says Budget CommissionerThe Chairman Ministerial Security Sub-committee on the movement of Abuja International Airport Operations to Kaduna, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG (Operations), Alkali Usman, has assured that 24-hour security surveillance will be mounted around the Kaduna airport and environs for protection of lives and property of passengers.

This is ahead of the closure of the Abuja International Airport for repair of its runway, starting from March 8, 2017.

The assignment of the committee on the airport diversion project, is to ensure that security is beefed up at the Kaduna airport, the state capital and the Abuja-Kaduna highway before and during the flight diversion.

AIG Usman, who declared the Kaduna airport safe to receive both local and international flights, says the ongoing rehabilitation at the airport is about 95% completed and all aspects of preparation in terms of security has been concluded.

Meanwhile, the manager of the Kaduna Airport Mrs Amina Salami, says so far the airport is almost 95 per cent completed.

She explained that part of the new terminal building is not ready but the Hajj terminal building will serve as an alternative.

Police Stop ‘Free Zakzaky’ Protest In Abuja

Police, Zakzaky, AbujaPolice have interrupted a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria who are demanding the release of their leader.

Members of the group had staged a similar protest in Kano a week earlier and the Police stiffly resisted their attempt to stage another protest on Thursday in Abuja.

The Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Alkali Usman, said that their action was to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the Federal Capital Territory.

The leader of the group, popularly known as Shiites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been in custody of the Department of State Services since December 2015.

The arrest was a fall out of a bloody clash between members of the group and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Since Zakzaky’s detention, the Shiites have staged several protests across Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, as the matter is still in court.

The latest by the group was the demonstration in Kano State where members including women and children, carried posters of their leader while chanting various anti-government slogans.

One of the protesters, Fatima Muhammad, said that their leader had been confirmed sick and needed immediate medical attention, noting that his health was deteriorating.

The group had also stated that there would be no going back and that they would continue with the protest until their demands were met.


Kidnapping: IGP Deploys Special Forces To Abuja-Kaduna Highway

kidnapping, igp, special forcesThe acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Special Forces to help curb activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements along the highway and surrounding states.

This is in response to the rampant cases of kidnapping along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Inaugurating the special strike force on Friday, the IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, said that the operatives would be dispatched to various locations in Kaduna, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory to protect lives and property of road users and residents of the areas.

The IGP assured citizens living around the area that the arrival of the special strike force, together with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command would bring activities of kidnappers and other criminal elements to an end.

He appealed to members of the public to cooperate with men of the strike force and the command by providing useful information that would enable them track down the criminals that have been terrorising the state.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Alkali Usman, also joined the DIG in warning the officers and men of the squad not to exhibit acts capable of truncating the operation.

He also assured them that their welfare would be adequately taking care of.

Kaduna has recently gained notoriety as a hotbed for the kidnapping, with past victims including diplomats, judges, government officials and political figures.

For a smooth operation, operational patrol vans with communication gadgets have been procured for the troops.

As they move into their various units to commence operation, it is hoped that they will bring the activities of armed bandits to an end.

FCT Police Command Parades Robbery Suspects

FCT PoliceThe Federal Capital Territory Police Command has paraded a 23-man gang of armed robbery and car snatching syndicate in Abuja.

The FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Alkali Usman told journalists in Abuja that the Police arrested some of the suspects at the points of trying to sell of the stolen cars.

According to him, the Police recovered seven cars from the suspects, besides arms and ammunition.

The Police boss has also warned Islamic faithful to be security conscious as they go for prayers on Tuesday.

He advised that they avoid carrying bags to the prayer grounds for security reasons.

Police Nab Eight Robbery, Kidnap Suspects In Delta

Police Nab Eight Robbery/Kidnap Suspect In DeltaThe Delta State Police Command has arrested eight armed robbery and kidnap suspects in recent operations around the state with three of the suspects fatally wounded.

The suspects were arrested for various offences, including robbery, kidnapping, cultism and illegal possession of arms were paraded by officers of the State Command at the force headquarters in Asaba, the Delta State’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

Briefing reporters after the parade on Saturday, the Commissioner of Police, Alkali Usman, reeled out the offences for which the suspects were arrested.

He also noted that the command had made some impressive recoveries and recorded a couple of achievements.

The feats also included the rescue of kidnap victims, recovery of stolen vehicles, weapons and ammunition from the suspected criminals.

Mr Usman maintained that the command was committed to making the state safe for all residents of the state, reiterating that the police had zero tolerance for crime in the state.

However, he called for the people’s support, urging them to give the police useful and timely information about criminals and their hideouts.