Yobe Residents Optimistic Of Improved Security In 2016

nigerian army-yobeAs work resumes throughout Nigeria on Monday, January 4, 2016, after the Christmas and the New Year celebrations, Yobe residents were seen in their numbers at their offices and places of work, marking the end of the celebrations.

Residents who spoke to Channels Television expressed thanks to almighty God for the improved security which made the festivities hitch-free.

While commending the improved security situation in the north east, speakers expressed optimism that the situation will continue to improve in view of the renewed determination of government at all levels to stamp out terrorism in the country.

The residents gave the assurance that there will be continued support for the government towards actualizing peace, which is a veritable instrument of development at all levels.

Commercial and official activities have picked up remarkably in the state as several civil servants and residents were seen in their places of work going about their normal activities.

Financial institutions such as banks and offices were all opened for businesses, indicating normalcy in all operations.

Motor parks were also filled with people who were seen to be in a hurry to catch up with happenings across other major towns of the state as well as other neighbouring states of the country.

Security Chiefs To Shutdown Illegal Motor Parks In Kano

Nigerian-Army-KanoSecurity Chiefs in Kano State in north-west Nigeria have disclosed their plans to shutdown all illegal Motor parks across the state.

In a meeting with officials of various parks in the state, the Security Chiefs – the State Police Command, Department of State Security Service, Brigade Command, the Airforce Command and other Road Traffic Agencies – tried to address security issues at various parks across Kano State.

Speaking on various issues, including Motor Park security control, which comprises thorough search of passengers and their luggage, first aid measures, as well as police-park relations, which would further strengthen the security of various parks, the Chiefs stressed the need for the parks to adhere to security tips, as they were meant to ensure that parks were protected.

Two suicide bombers had recently attacked the popular Kano Line Motor park, killing about 10 people.

In a related development, the command paraded two persons suspected to have killed one person during a political rally clash in the state, with the Security Chiefs warning that would no longer be business as usual.

They stressed that all illegal park would be shutdown without any second thought.

The park Officials urged the joint Security Chiefs to continue to assist them in ensuring the safety of their passengers.

In the mean time, the Kano State Police Command said it would continue to consult and address various stakeholders on security matters in order to ensure that Kano State and Nigeria in general are peaceful.

Kaduna Beefs Up Security At Motor Parks, Public Places

PoliceThe Police and other Security agencies in Kaduna State have deployed more men to motor parks and other strategic areas in the state ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday to ensure a hitch-free celebration.

The Kaduna State Police command said that they had made adequate arrangements to ensure that public places, including churches, markets and recreational centres were well secured during the period.

The Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Aminu Lawan, said in a statement that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state, had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists at all parts of the state during the period.

He called on the public to be vigilant and also put security measures in place in their places of worship during the Christmas service in view of the current security situation in the north.

To forestall any breakdown of law and order at motor parks, passengers were subjected to thorough security checks on their vehicles and luggage by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

This measure, according to the Union’s Chairman, is to ensure that the security of passengers is guaranteed at the motor park and to avoid attack by terrorists.

Channels Television’s correspondent went round the state capital and reports that policemen were deployed to all major streets and roads while officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps were also on ground to maintain orderliness on the roads.

On their part, the passengers traveling to different parts of the country, complained increase in transportation fares which they said had doubled due to the Christmas celebration.

Commercial drivers blamed the increase on the scarcity of fuel in the state. In the state capital, only few petrol stations were seen selling fuel to motorists despite the suspension of the three day warning strike by oil workers.

There were, long queues at petrol stations where the product is available. This has significantly affected the movement of people within and outside the state.

However, the spokesman for the North-West Zonal office of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Rabiu Bello , told Channels Television, shortly after inspecting some petrol stations within the metropolis, that there was enough fuel to serve motorists during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He disclosed that 94 trucks of PMS had been deployed to the state on Monday while more were expected. He also said that the agency had sealed three petrol stations for diversion of PMS and warned that the agency would not hesitate to sanction any marketer found indulging in an unwholesome practice.