Youth Empowerment: Peace Corps Of Nigeria Commissions Cadets

youth empowerment, peace corpsAs part of concerted efforts towards youth empowerment, the Peace Corps of Nigeria, gathered over 900 youths over four weeks, to impart them with relevant skills and principles.

While addressing the youths at the Passing Out Parade and commissioning of gentlemen cadets of the Peace Corps in Plateau state, the National Commandant, Dickson Akoh emphasized the need to maintain positive attitudes.

He urged the youths, saying that hard work and discipline without a good attitude could lead to avoidable failures.

Strong behavioral and attitudinal changes, were identified as some of the ways of empowering the youths for effective performance in the society, hence the re-orientation program.

youth empowerment, peace corpsThe young cadets who had been engaged in rigorous mental and physical training, had learned discipline as well as other character development virtues, deliberately meant to put them in a good stead for future responsibilities.

Among other skills provided to them, was also intelligence gathering, which will compliment security agencies efforts in combating crime and insurgents.

The Plateau state House of Assembly through the Deputy Speaker, expressed that the legislative arm will continue to offer its support.

He also assured that the cadets will be engaged by the government agencies in the state and they would be be gainfully employed, as a way of reducing the rate of unemployment.


NSCDC Urges Youths To Shun Violence, Embrace Peace

Youths, NSCDCThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has called on youths in the country to shun all forms of violence that can cause crisis.

Zonal Commander in charge of Zone D, Mrs Abosede Mercy, said this on Wednesday during a routine visit to the Niger State Command.

She stressed the need for religious leaders to preach and educate their followers on the importance of peaceful coexistence.

“Nigeria youth must understand that they are brothers and must be their brothers’ keeper. Instead of instigating crisis or taking laws into their hands, they should preach peace ‎and build cordial relationship.

“The only thing Nigerians must imbibe now is true peace, love for one another and we must all shun every form of violence,” she said.

Mrs Mercy said that the NSCDC, especially her Zone, is making concerted efforts to revitalise intelligence gathering and personnel mobility.

She added that as part of plans to improve the services of the Corps in Niger State, the Command would soon relocate to a more befitting building that will accommodate its staff in the state.

Air Chief Calls For Civilian Intelligence Gathering

Intelligence GatheringNigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, is calling on people living in Northeast Nigeria to contribute to intelligence gathering.

The Air Chief who is on a routine visit to the 69 Composite Group in Maiduguri told journalists in an interview that intelligence gathering is key to winning the war against insurgency.

“We should all be very observant of what is happening and report to security agencies any suspicious movement. Intelligence is very important and everyone has a role to play.”  Abubakar said.

On the state of equipment in the air wing of the Theatre of Operations, the Air Chief said “There is no system that is perfect, we are always looking at areas of improvement and that is why from time to time these visits are very important to us.

“We discuss with our pilots and technicians and see the condition under which they’re operating and make sure that everything is fine.” Abubakar stated.

Military Reiterates Need For Intelligence Gathering Strategy Review

intelligence gathering-Nigerian Armed ForcesThe Nigerian Armed Forces have emphasised the need to review intelligence gathering strategy to make it practical.

The Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Sarduna John-Davies, made the disclosure on Monday during a one-week training for Deputy Defence Attaches in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He explained that the growing sophistication of the society, coupled with increasing violence and attendant losses of lives and property requires a continuous appraisal of operational tactics.

General John-Davies called for better intelligence gathering mechanisms to appropriately deal with marching security environments.

He hinted that the defence intelligence agency was designing a new template for intelligence gathering.

The Army officer added that the agency had reviewed the kind of briefing given to defence attache, all of which was in a bid to ensure that information gathering is reduced to usable intelligence.

Fighting Insurgents: Military College Holds Inter-agencies Security Training

MilitaryThe Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State, has conducted an inter-agencies training on information sharing and intelligence gathering.

Addressing participants during the closing ceremony of the training, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said that the training was very important considering the internal security challenges facing Nigeria.

Mr Arase, who was represented by the Zaria Area Commander, reiterated that the Nigerian Police Force was determined to take its rightful place in internal security operations aimed at ensuring a peaceful and secured society.

In his speech, the Director of Joint Studies of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Johnson Irefin, explained that such joint inter-agencies training would bring about developing of new techniques on standing operating procedures on internal security and low intensity operations.

He also stressed the need for security personnel and other stakeholders involved in conflict and emergency situations to adhere to the rules of engagement during internal and low intensity conflict.

The event was organised to gather intelligence on a regular basis, to ensure prompt response to crisis situations in line with the humanitarian challenges caused by the Boko Haram insurgents in northern Nigeria.

The training workshop, which drew participants from the military, Police, para-military agencies, National Orientation Agency and National Emergency Management Agency among others, lasted for three weeks.

It was conducted in two phases which featured lectures, presentations, planning and conduct of internal security operations in a multi-agency setting.

Insecurity: The Strength Of Our Intelligence Is Low – Tony Nyiam

IntelligenceA retired Army Colonel, Tony Nyiam, has rated the strength of Nigeria’s intelligence gathering low, saying it has impact on the nation’s security situation.

Colonel Nyiam made the observation on Monday while evaluating the nation’s security situation on Sunrise Daily.

According to him, “we are laying too much on the standing Army (as well as) people in uniform (but) the intelligence is usually four-times these people”.

The former military man also assessed the Department of State Services (DSS), rating it poor and under-strengthened. He, however, said that “the chaps are doing their best”.

He also stressed the importance of an intelligence community which he described as a big outfit that needed to be funded massively.

“The strength of our intelligence community is very low and the amount of money we put into intelligence community is low.

“There is no integration of local communities in our intelligence gathering.

“What has happened so far is that the intelligence are not well funded to be able to reach out to people as they should have,” Nyiam said.

UK To Send More Military Trainers To Nigeria

UK To Send More Military Trainers To NigeriaThe United Kingdom (UK) says it will send additional 150 trainers to Nigeria towards the training of the Nigerian military.

This is part of the British government’s assistance in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the disturbed northern region.

This was made public on Monday in Abuja by the British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, during a visit to discuss Nigeria’s security situation.

Mr Fallon said that the military trainers, whose number would be increased to 300, would commence the exercise in 2016 on specific expertise particularly in unravelling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

He also said that the British government has tightened their legislation and would work with the Nigerian government to improve the procurement and tender process of military equipment to ensure transparency and competitiveness.

President Muhammadu Buhari had told Mr Fallon that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.

The President lamented that the procurement of equipment for the country’s Armed Forces which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

Welcoming the offer by the British Government to assist Nigeria in defence procurement, intelligence gathering and training, President Buhari restated his conviction that the international community must collaborate more and work with greater unity of purpose to overcome global terrorism.

Buhari Promises To Sanitize Defence Procurement Processes

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Abuja that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Fallon, the Nigerian President lamented that the procurement of equipment for the country’s Armed Forces which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

“They just put foreign exchange in a briefcase and travelled to procure equipment for the military. That is why we have found ourselves in the crisis we are now facing,” the President said.

Welcoming the offer by the British Government to assist Nigeria in defence procurement, intelligence gathering and training,  President Buhari restated his conviction that the international community must collaborate more and work with greater unity of purpose to overcome global terrorism.

“Terrorism has become very sophisticated now. If developed nations can be attacked, and hundreds of lives lost, how much more developing countries?

“In the West African sub-region, Nigeria is the main battleground of the Boko Haram insurgency. We have made a lot of progress against the terrorists, but we will welcome more assistance from our friends and the international community,” the President told Mr Fallon.

Mr Fallon said that he was in the country to see what more Britain could do to support Nigeria in battling terrorism and violent extremism.

“Groups like Boko Haram don’t believe in democracy and freedom of choice, so it’s a common fight for us all,” he told President Buhari.

Boko Haram: FG Shuts Down 5 Unity Schools In North-East Nigeria

FGC Yobe BurntThe Nigerian Government has ordered the closure of some secondary schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states because of security threats being faced in these states.

Schools closed include: Federal Government Girls College, Munguno, College of Science and Technology, Lassa both in Borno State. Federal Government Girls College, Potiskum, Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, both in Yobe state, and the College of Science and Technology in Michika in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Special Assistant on Media to the Supervising Minister of Education, Simeon Nwakaudu, the Minister directed that the students, who are not writing public examinations, be relocated to FGGC Bauchi, FGGC Bajoga, FGC Maiduguri, FSTC Kafanchan and FSTC Dayi.

The Minister also directed that candidates who registered for WASSCE, NECO SSCE and BECE in FGGC Potiskum should have their examination centres relocated to FGGC Bauchi, while those from FGGC Munguno and FGC Buni Yadi should also be relocated.

While leaving the choice of the schools to accommodate affected students at the discretion of parents, the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, limited these choices to the six schools listed.

The Minister’s decision is following a bloody attack by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State, North-East Nigeria in their dormitory, during which over 50 of the students were reportedly killed, with the school burnt down.

The February 24 attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi is the fourth recorded on schools in Yobe State since the commencement of the insurgency, as GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamudo and College of Agriculture, Gujba were attacked in 2013.

FG, Boko Haram And Nigerians: A Game Of Football – Doyin Okupe

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, on Friday compared the interrelationship between the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Boko Haram terrorist group and Nigerians to a game of football.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Okupe said: “When you are playing against a very strong opponent and your goal keeper keeps away 20 or 40 shots and there are no goals but 2 minutes to the end of the match, the opponent scores one goal and you lose 1-nil, that is the one everybody remembers”.

He further described the security situation as a war.

“I am also willing to admit that we are in a war situation. definitely, in a war situation and in a war situation, all sort of things do happen.

“The carnage and loss of human lives is of a proportion that nobody would have conceived or imagined but I believe it’s not all bad news,” Dr okupe said.

He spoke on the challenge of curbing the activities of the insurgency who are known to attack and retreat into the shadows. “The battle line is not clearly defined.”

He further commended the efforts of the military in containing the insurgency, saying: “Personally, as a person, I have the greatest of respect for the Nigerian Military. They deserve that respect”. He called on others to do the same based on past records of the Military during their Peace Keeping Missions, in other countries.

The president’s spokesman further stated that he believed in military and trusted in them.

“I believe that they are professional men and women. I believe  that they have the competence to handle this issue and I believe that over the time, they have acquired better training and better equipment but we are dealing with a very serious enemy. Let us accept it,” he emphasised.

According to him, the rise in the spate of attacks by the Boko Haram signals the end of the insurgency. “From what is going on now, I believe very strongly that we are more or less in the dying phase of this insurgency. Also, the pattern seems to also follow the historical pattern of an exiting terrorist act.”

He maintained that the Army had been able to push the terrorists to the Border areas where they now attack soft targets, defenceless and innocent citizens.

Further commenting on the porous security in the border areas spanning Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, Okupe said: “Even if the entire Nigerian Army were to move there, you would still not be able to contain or stop insurgent activities, 100%”.

Responding to critics, who have decried the seeming lack of intelligence on the terrorists by the Army, Okupe said the claims were not true but refused to divulge any more information to counter what the critics said.

“Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to speak about the degree of things that I personally know.

He called on Nigerians to believe in his words, saying that, “I have never come on television to lie to Nigerians since I got this job.”

This particular administration has invested several billions of Naira in intelligence gathering and evidence shows that it is working.”

He stressed that, “for every insurgent activity, several hundreds have been aborted, prevented or thwarted but the ones that you see are the ones that escape the radar”.

Compensation For Victims

Asked what the plans were for the families of the victims of terrorist attacks, Okupe said: “I believe that the Federal Government is more than prepared to give succour and comfort directly or indirectly through the States.”

He solicited for  support of the government by concerned individuals in Nigeria, pointing out that “there is need for better understanding and co-operation between all stakeholders in this matter. That I must stay is not there yet”.

“We must support each other’s weaknesses and support each other’s shortcomings, but the overall interest must be to preserve the lives or properties of Nigerians in these areas,” he added.


Nigerian Police Is Working With The FBI On Intelligence Training – Mba

The Nigerian Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, has stated that the series of reforms and the State of Emergency declared on the force by the Inspector-General has yielded positive results.

He made this declaration while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily to discuss the progress made on the Police reforms embarked on by the Police authorities.

He said: “We have made significant and massive progress in this regard. Not only has the Police College Ikeja been turned around to a modern Police Academy, as was witnessed when the Vice President came to officially throw it open, we have also seen massive infrastructural improvement in other Police training institutions.”

Citing several examples of Police training facilities being built or renovated across the country, Mba said that the Police have been working with the Federal Government and certain corporate organizations in fulfilment of their Corporate Social Responsibilities.

Emphasis was laid on Police Intelligence Training as Mba stated that this was the area in which the current reforms have done excellently well. “As I speak to you, the Police Intelligence School has started operation despite the fact that the permanent site is still undergoing construction…and between February and now we’ve been able to train about 1,500 intelligence operatives…and we are doing this training in collaboration with our partners from FBI and other secret Police organisations across the world.

“27 of our Police operatives are leaving the shores of this country today (Tuesday, December 3); they are going to Israel where they will also be undergoing a lot of trainings in the area of Intelligence Gathering.”

He added that the Police was not only training its men as operatives but also as trainers, so that they can come back and train their colleagues. He lauded the leadership of the Police for carefully putting competent people in charge of different areas of the reforms, claiming that this has contributed to the successes so far.

Speaking about the image of the Police, Mr Mba stressed that the negative image that the Police had was a reflection of the image that Nigeria carries as a nation. “We’ve got a general problem, while we try to address our own problem, we must also try to collectively address the general injustice and perception that are also trying to pull us down.”

Mr Mba reiterated the commitment of the Police to changing the Police for good and that the welfare of its men is another area of concern that is being worked on especially Housing for the men after retirement as well as Barracks renovations. He added that the issues of salaries were beyond them.

With the Police Cooperative Society doing excellently well and the newly established Police Mortgage Bank which will soon start giving out loans for Policemen to develop home of their own, beyond the current system in which the Police is building and subsidizing for the men. The Police is also making its own efforts within the resources under its control to improve the welfare of its operatives.

“The Police have managed to run businesses very well, we have the Police Micro-Finance Bank which today is the only one in Nigeria quoted in the Stock Exchange, the largest, and the most profitable.”

The Police spokesman admitted that mistakes have been made in the past, and therefore the current reforms are being executed carefully to avoid collaboration with the wrong individuals and organisations that will be hiding under the legitimacy of CSR to bribe the Police. Hence the creative approach being taken to internally inspire the desired changes.

He called on Nigerians to be part of a ‘no holds barred’ forum with the Inspector-General of Police on December 7 in Asaba, Delta State, where the IGP would be expected to present his score card to Nigerians. The event, which will be streamed live on the internet, will also throw open, telephone lines to afford Nigerian citizens the opportunity to chat with the Police authorities.