Yobe Government Reaches Out To Displaced Christians At Christmas

Yobe, christian, christmasThe Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Yobe state chapter, has taken delivery of some food and non-food items presented to its displaced members by the state Government.

The materials are to be shared to its members located in four Local Government Areas of the state, considered worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Presenting the materials to the Christian community, the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Aji Bularafa, said Governor Gaidam’s administration is demonstrating the spirit of togetherness by extending hands of friendship to the Christians community “at this festive period”.

He said the materials should only go to the displaced Christians living in Damaturu, the state capital as well as those in Gujba, Gulani and Potiskum Local Government Areas, believed to be worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The Christians in these Local Government Areas lost their valuables such as; foods stuff, cloths, churches among several other materials, and like their Muslim counterparts, government thought it wise to assist them particularly at this festive period so that they will celebrate without any hitch.

“This symbolizes spirit of oneness irrespective of any difference and the governor expect CAN leadership to share these items to the traumatized Christians to enable them celebrate the birth of Christ like any other Christian” Aji Bularafa said.

The commissioner prayed for harmonious coexistence among the diverse cultures, religions and tribes in the state, the country and the world as a whole.

The CAN secretary Mr Emmanuel Yilar Apagu, also expressed his appreciation to the Yobe state Government for the gesture describing it as “very timely by putting a smile in the faces of Christians at this festive period”.

While assuring to share the items truthfully, the reverend said the materials would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of the Christian community, who he believes have been traumatized for a very long time.

“We are seriously surprised by these gifts of food and non-food items because it’s the first of its kind in the history of the state and none of us expected it.

“We wish the government more strength, wisdom and good leadership in piloting the affairs of the state believing that with this, government will continue to carry everyone along regardless of any difference. We quite appreciate” Mr Apagu said.

Police To Deploy 5,000 Officers In Niger During Christmas

niger police to deploy 5000 officersPolice say arrangements have been made to deploy 5,000 police officers during Christmas celebration to Niger state.

According to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Marafa, the policemen would be deployed to places of worship, markets and recreation centers in the state.

Addressing reporters in Minna, the capital of the State, on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police said patrol and surveillance activities were being intensified for the safety of the lives and property of people in Niger State throughout the yuletide season.

Mr Marafa, who spoke on the activities of the police in the state, stated that the State Police Command was currently winning the war against criminals and their activities.

He said cattle rustling, youth gangsterism, kidnapping and highway robbery had been reduced to the barest minimum.

The police commissioner further stated that 1,986 suspects were arrested for major crimes in the state while 889 cattle, 114 sheep and goats and 14 donkeys were recovered from cattle rustlers in 2015.

Anambra Police Command Set To Launch Operation Peace

police-on suspectsThe Anambra State Police Command is set to launch Operation Peace ahead of the yuletide to clampdown on all forms of criminality in and around the state.

The State Commissioner of Police Mr. Hassan Karma revealed this in a media briefing at the command headquarters in Awka.

This has come on the heels of several arrests made within August in which two policemen were apprehended for armed robbery.

A 29 year-old, Peter Iloh from Egede, Enugu State, was a Corporal serving at Oguta in Imo State Command and was arrested for armed robbery by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awkuzu, Anambra State.

The second suspect, Constable Nicholas Ogbuanu, was a dismissed officer, who still went on to parade himself as an officer and was extorting money from a commercial motorcycle rider when he was apprehended by the police in Onitsha.

The State Police Commissioner reacting to the resolve of the command to clamp down on criminals in and around the state revealed plans to launch Operation Peace, which would target stamping out crime and criminality.

Mr. Karma used the opportunity to enlighten members of the public on the ongoing Police recruitment across the country and cautioned them to be wary of fraudsters, who will want them to part with money or gift in order to secure recruitment.

The police helmsman also revealed that over one hundred assorted arms and over ten thousand various types of ammunition have been recovered by the police from January this year to September, while over three hundred criminals have been arrested.

FRSC Caution Drivers Against Drunk-driving

frscAs the world celebrate Easter, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned drivers against drunk-driving during this festive period, as many would travel to see their loved ones .

The FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Etuk Imoh, gave the caution during their routine check on drivers, to see the level of alcohol in their system.

He told Journalists that the Corps intend to reduce road crashes during the Easter period.

Although there is no accurate statistics of drunk driving related auto crashes in Nigeria, FRSC records show that over 1,000 lives are lost annually to road accident.

The FRSC said it would do all it could to reduce the figure of death toll on road accidents.

According to Mr Etuk Imoh, more road crashes are recorded during festive seasons and they can be attributed partly to drunk-driving.

Apart from the checks conducted by the FRSC, motor park operators say they educate their members against drunk driving, and other habits that could constitute danger on the high-way.