The families of Police and Civil Defence officers who lost their lives in different operations in 2015 have received 100,000 Naira each from the Kaduna State Government.
The deceased officers, who were members of the state’s Joint Security Task Force code named ‘Operation Yaki’, were killed while on official assignment.
Presenting the money on behalf of the state government to relatives of the deceased officers on Thursday, the Coordinator of the Operation Yaki Joint Security Outfit, Yakubu Soja, said that the gesture was to serve as palliative measures aimed at cushioning their economic hardship.
He assured them that the state government would do everything possible to ensure that the families of the deceased are properly assisted.
Mr Yakubu Soja, while commending the efforts of the Police and other security agencies in fighting crime in the state, said that cattle rustling, armed robbery and other related crimes have reduced as a result of the Joint Security Operation going on in different parts of the state.
The officer in charge of the joint security outfit, Kassim Bala, expressed gratitude to the state government for the gesture and promised that they would intensify the fight against crime in the state.
The state government also donated three ambulances to the Joint Security team to be used for emergency and rescue operations.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has called on the residents of the state to close ranks and reposition the state to overcome the effects of years of insurgency.
Shettima made the call shortly after he was sworn-in as the Executive Governor of Borno State for a second term.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Kashim Zanna, administered the oath of office and allegiance on the Governor and his Deputy, Zanna Umar Mustapha.
Residents of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, overwhelmed by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), defied the feeling of insecurity associated with public gatherings to witness the ceremony of this year’s Democracy Day.
Dignitaries from the neighbouring Niger Republic, led by the Prefect of Diffa and the Governor of Diffa, Yakuba Usmana Gawon, were also on ground to show solidarity with the state.
The ceremony was adequately secured by officers comprising of the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) and the civilian JTF.
Governor Shettima expressed confidence that the Muhammed Buhari led presidency would empathise with the current insurgency facing the state.
Shettima also expressed his intention to invest heavily on agriculture and education.
This is the first time in the history of Borno State that it would be of the same political affiliation with the central government.
Earlier on Friday, a twin explosion killed seven people and left dozens injured at Tashan Alade in Hawul Local Government of Borno State.
Three Armoured Personnel Carriers and four Toyota Hilux trucks have been handed over to the Police and the Joint Security Task Force code named ‘Operation Burst’ to enhance the effectiveness of security officials in Oyo State.
While handing over the vehicles to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police Mohammed Indabawa and the Commander of the Operation Burst, Brigadier-General Laz Ilo, at the Governor’s Office, Agodi Ibadan, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said that the vehicles are critical operational tools that must be provided for security operatives in the state.
He added that the peace currently enjoyed in the state is as a result of the dedication and relentless effort of security agencies in the state.
“I’ll like to assure you that the security of lives and property for which you have been working hard to secure will be supported by us fully, in terms of welfare, equipment, technology, and in terms of what I call commitment of the state,” He assured.
An illegal refinery has been discovered in Kogi state along Okene and Auchi road by the members of Joint Security Task Force combining the military and the National Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC).
The acting commandant of the NSCDC who disclosed this said seven persons have been arrested in connection with the illegal refinery .
The illegal refinery site which has been in operation for the past two years was found in a forest located just about 6km to a village called Ema.
While speaking to journalists at the site the Acting Commander of the NSCDC in Kogi state noted that it is one of the first illegal refineries discovered in the area which will be destroyed.
He also confirmed that seven suspects in connection to the illegal act have been arrested and investigation will commence immediately.
The task force commander, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi while speaking at the site of the crime said it was a joint operation, noting that the force is still trailing others involved in the illegal refinery business..
However, one of the suspects who spoke gave a different story line, stating that he knows nothing about the business that he was initiated to it by someone who borrowed money from him.