Police Assure Residents Of Peace During Elections In Lagos  

policeThe Police in Lagos has assured residents of their readiness to work in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure hitch free elections in the state.

The State Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Mr. Johnson Kokumo said this while fielding questions from journalists at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police also told journalists that the State Police Command and other security agencies have put in place adequate strategies, to ensure a hitch free exercise and adequate peace before, during and after the general elections in the State.

Reacting to the incident that happened in Oshodi two weeks ago, the Police boss said security has since been beefed up in the area with Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in strategic locations, ensuring the incident would never recur.

The Police boss also said, “already security has been beefed up all over the place; if you go there now you will see things for yourself. We have in place Armored Personnel Carriers, we have adequate number of Police Mobile Force units deployed there along with Intelligence officers who are collecting information to ensure that before any evil plans  are carried out we would have gotten information; meaning that proactive measures are in place.’’

Present at the event are members of the Security Council; Cammander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd), Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, , Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi, among others.

 

Russian Armoured Vehicle Attacked By Ukraine

russian soldiersUkraine said its artillery partly destroyed a Russian armoured column that entered its territory overnight, raising alarm that its forces came under shellfire from Russia on Friday in what appeared to be a major military escalation between ex-Soviet states.

The Russian government denied its troops had entered Ukraine, but the media reports may further inflame tensions between Moscow and the West, which have already imposed costly economic restrictions on each other.

NATO said there had been a Russian incursion into Ukraine, while avoiding the term invasion and the European capitals accused the Kremlin of escalating fighting.

“If confirmed, they are further evidence that Russia is doing the very opposite of what it’s saying. Russia has been escalating the conflict, even as it calls for de-escalation,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.

At a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was alarmed that Russian forces might have crossed the border.

“If there are any Russian military personnel or vehicles in eastern Ukraine, they need to be withdrawn immediately or the consequences could be very serious,” he told reporters, just as Lithuania’s foreign minister also voiced concern.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on Friday that its reporter had seen several Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) crossing the border with Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials said that some armoured vehicles did cross from Russian into Ukraine overnight, and that they were investigating.

“These movements into Ukrainian territory take place practically every day with the aim of provoking (the Ukrainian side),” a Ukrainian military spokesman, Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky, said.

Despite the allegations of a fresh Russian military incursion, the momentum on the battlefield in eastern Ukraine is with the government forces.

They are winning territory from the separatists almost daily, and in the main rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk are pounding the rebels with artillery strikes. Civilians have also been wounded and killed.

Meanwhile, the rebels  appear to be in a disorderly retreat with three senior separatists removed from their post in the past seven days. One of them was Igor Strelkov, a Moscow native so feted among pro-Russian circles that T-shirts and mugs have been printed in Russia with his image.