Police Advocate National Unity And Patriotism

Police Advocate National Unity And Patriotism The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, has appealed to religious and political leaders in Nigeria to be patriotic and exhibit acts capable of unifying the country and her people.

Addressing senior officers of the police force in Abuja, Mr Idris decried the actions of some leaders in southern Kaduna, which led to the escalation of the recent crisis that engulfed the area‎.

The Police boss, who however commended officers and men of the force for their role in restoring law and order in southern Kaduna said:

“Some of us are yet to imbibe the principles of leaderships. Whether you are a religious leader, whether you are a community leader, you should have some principles. And as leaders, what is lacking is love of Nigeria.

“I think we have to love Nigeria more in 2017.It is very important,” he stressed.

He further stated that: People just forget that this country belongs to all of us. Both the poor and the rich. You are where you are because God made you to be there.

“It is not because you have any special qualities. And I think it is very important.

“People should take leadership as a responsibility. All of us should be held responsible for this country,” the commissioner stressed.

Ayade Lauds Nupe Kingdom For Maintaining Unique Culture

Ayade Lauds Nupe Kingdom For Maintaining Unique CultureThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has lauded the Etsu of Nupe, Brigadier General Yahaya Abubakar (rtd), and the entire Kingdom for maintaining their unique and distinct culture over the centuries.

The governor was speaking when he and his Edo state counterpart accompanied the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotum, to accept a chieftaincy title bestowed on the top cop by the monarch in his palace in Suleja, Niger State.

While commending the monarch for recognizing and rewarding the good and meritorous work that the IG is doing in the face of daunting national security challenges, the governor said:

“The Etsu of Nupe and the people of his kingdom stand out as a people who cherish and adore their culture and tradition and have managed to sustain the legacy to an appreciable period of time.

“I want to use this opportunity to invite the people of the kingdom and the other guests who came to solidarize with the IG to endeavor to attend the Calabar carnival and savor the legendary warmth and hospitality of Cross River State”. Ayade said.

“My administration has put everything in place to ensure that all visitors to the state during the carnival period not only enjoy their holidays in a peaceful ambiance but will also leave with memories that would linger for a lifetime,” he added.

He was accompanied to the event by the Chairman of the New Cities Development Board, Mr KJ Agba.

Fishermen Urge FG To Beef Up Security In Calabar

fishermen, FG, CalabarFishermen and traders at the Henshaw beach in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River state, are calling on both the state and federal government to strengthen security along the high sea.

This according to them, is in order to prevent them from the daily harassment encountered on the sea by Cameroonian jam-darns.

The request is coming on the heels of series of harassment they have faced, which has in turn hindered them from their fishing activities.

As a result, fish and crayfish have become scarce commodities in recent times in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

The Henshaw beach town is the major market known for the sale of crayfish, fresh fish, shrimps, snails and other sea-foods.

The market which is usually a beehive of activity as traders travel from within and outside the state to come buy the commodities, has dropped in the patronage level.

The fishermen and traders who have to get around Bakassi area of the high sea put the blame on the insecurity on the waters.

Speaking to Channels Television, they claimed they are usually detained and asked to pay a ransom before they are freed.

They added that in most cases, the money they travel with to purchase goods to bring back for sale, as well as their fishing boats are usually taken away from them.

One of the traders in tears, described her experience as an unfortunate one, while several other victims joined their voices in seeking help from the government.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, said the Navy was not aware of the claims, but promised to look into the matter and extend its security moves to the flash points.

Furthermore, he called on the community to avail security agencies with useful information that would help them in their intelligence gathering, while promising not to disclose the caller’s identity.

The government has also promised that it would continue to partner the Navy and Marine Police with necessary logistics in order to step up their security measures.

State Security Adviser, Jude Ngaji also assured them of the government’s prompt response to tackling the security challenge.

The fishermen and traders on the other hand are hopeful that the promised prompt intervention, would help them return to their businesses as soon as possible.

Twin Explosion Leaves At Least Five Dead In Maiduguri

maiduguri blastsAt least nine people have died and 24 others injured after two loud explosions rocked Maiduguri around 7:10am on Saturday.

A blast occurred at the Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons while the second went off at the NNPC station along Damboa road in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Unconfirmed sources say two female suicide bombers detonated the explosives in a gathering of women who were going to the farm.

The injured have been evacuated to hospitals for treatment.

Explosion At Muna Garage

The blasts came barely three weeks after an explosion killed eight with 15 persons injured in Muna garage, Borno State capital, where a suicide bomber was said to have joined a cab before detonating the IED, killing herself and other occupants.

The Police said the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness, Adamu Garbam, said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

The number of casualties was confirmed by the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning twin explosion yet.



House Committee Promises More Support For Air Force

Insurance FraudThe House of Reps Committee on Air Force has promised total support for the success of the Nigerian Air Force.

The Chairman House of Representatives committee on Air Force, Hon. Samson Okwu, gave the assurance at the 330 Nigerian Air Force station, Jos during the committee’s oversight visit to development projects.

The five-member committee has been going round the nation for its maiden oversight visits to Nigerian Air Force stations, units and establishments with a view to inspect development projects, identify challenges as well as consider required equipment and logistics for the annual budget.

Briefing members of the committee on the activities and constraints facing the station, the Commander in charge, Tepkwan Ali, expressed concern about the accumulated power bills owed electricity distribution companies and inadequate accommodation for officers, which requires urgent attention.

The Commander noted that funding for the Nigerian Air Force remains a big challenge and this, the committee also identified with a promise to appropriate more funding for a viable Air Force.

The lawmakers restated their commitment to having a proactive, well equipped and dependable Air Force that will give the nation the desired security especially as the war against insurgency is on the increase.

NEMA Confirms Eight Killed In Maiduguri Blast

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Remains of Burnt Vehicle At Gambarou, Maiduguri

The National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) has confirmed that eight people were killed in Wednesday morning’s bomb blast in Muna garage, Maiduguri.

The Public Relations Officer for NEMA, Sani Datti said in a statement that “Eight persons lost their lives, while 15 others who sustained injuries have been taken to specialist and teaching hospitals”.

The suicide bomber reportedly joined a cab before detonating the IED killing herself and other occupants.

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Remains of Burnt Vehicle At Gambarou, Maiduguri

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in Borno State, Victor Isuku, the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness at the Muna garage area, Adamu Garba said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

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“The car appeared to be coming from custom area towards the garage,” he said

Describing the scene, he said he was trying to park his vehicle when he heard a loud bang.

“We all went flat on the ground. When we got up, we just saw pieces of human parts everywhere and a newborn baby whose mother had obviously died so we picked the child and sought help for the injured”.

Gamboru is an economically strategic town as it borders Central and North Africa from the northeast region of the country.

Previous Attacks

In 2015, the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, had killed at least 10 people in a town in northeast Nigeria, two security sources confirmed to Reuters.

The sources said Boko Haram attacked a settlement on the way into the centre of Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon.

The nearby village of Ngala was also attacked.

However, later in the year 2015, the Nigerian Army appeared to have gained substantial victory in the fight against insurgents in Gamboru-Ngala, Borno state

A statement by the spokesman for the military, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the troops had reclaimed and started clearing and mopping up patrols in the town.

Fresh Attacks

The attack is coming shortly after the Maiduguri/ Gamboru road was re-opened for civilian passage in July 2016, after nearly three years of closure due to the activities of the insurgents in the area.

The Nigerian Army marked the successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

During this occasion, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, declared the road safe for civilian passage.



NEMA Opens New Offices In Kano, Adamawa And Edo State

NEMA, KANO, ADAMAWA, EDOThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has opened three new operation offices in Kano, Adamawa and Edo State.

The development is aimed at bringing disaster management operations closer to communities, reducing the response time to disasters in those states.

A statement issued by the Head Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Sani Datti said “NEMA is making conscious efforts to build stakeholders’ capacity and devise an appropriate mechanism to address the various facets of disaster risk reduction, namely- prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery”.

He said to achieve all this, “there is the need for cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders at the Federal, State, Local Government and Community levels.”

The statement however expressed satisfaction over the fact that members of the public call on the agency for minor incidents.

It said “it is a testimony to the level of confidence placed on the agency by members of the public”.

Speaking on the functionalities of the new offices, the agency said “the offices will be responsible for taking disaster risk reduction to grassroots, capacity building programmes for stakeholders and coordinating government agencies and non- governmental organisations involved in the disaster management in the states”.

The agency commended the efforts of the Kano and Adamawa State governments for donating office spaces and warehouses to facilitate the opening up of the operation offices in both states.

With the creation of Adamawa, Kano and Edo operation offices, the agency now has a total of nine offices and six zonal offices across the country.

Army Marks Independence Day With Wives Of Late Officers

Nigerian ArmyIn commemoration of Nigeria’s 56th Independence Day, the Nigerian Army at an annual celebratory camp fire night, has assured widows of their support in absence of their loved ones.

The General Officer Commanding 2 division of the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo Ibadan, Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim, said this while addressing officers, men and wives of soldiers who had lost their lives in the battle against insurgents in the country.

He told the widows present that they are not forgotten as the division is looking into ways of empowering them.

This he said, is in order to enable them cater for their children, in the absence of their loved ones.

The commander added that the widows would soon be empowered as a list of their needs had been compiled for necessary action.

He also used the occasion to assure the management, staff and students of the University of Ibadan, as well as people in the state that proactive steps are being taken to avoid any breach of peace as rumored against the institution in the last few days.

“Security operatives will continue to confront all manner of threats domestic and foreign, against the territorial integrity and unity of Nigeria despite the odds,” he said.

He allayed fears in the hearts of parents and students of the state’s university, saying that “the institution will continue to be fortified against any threats”.

He reminded them of the rumours of an impending attack against U.I that circulated prior to the Independence Day celebration.

He however added that “security was beefed up around the institution to forestall any unprecedented attacks”.

On maintaining national security, and sustainable development, Major General Abdulkarim charged all Nigerians to be more supportive of leaders so they can make policies that would directly improve the lives of citizens.

Army Insists Boko Haram Leader Is Dead

Army, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, Major General Lucky Irabor has dismissed doubts over claims that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is dead.

He insisted that the individual originally identified as Shekau has indeed been killed.

He said this during a tour of Adamawa State as part of the formations under his command.

“I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not”.

He further said that the Army does not make statements that are not based on facts.

The General, who is also the commander of the ‘Operation Lafiya dole’, said the Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the northeast, will continue the military operations until the last terrorist is taken out.

He also mentioned that there had been division amongst the Boko Haram as a result of the constant pressure put on them by the Army.

According to him, “They released videos to prove that they are still active, but that’s just a facade”

Defence Chief Advocates Stronger Military And Media Synergy

Defence Chief, Gabriel OlonisakinThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has called for a better synergy between the military and the media in the interest of national security.

General Olonisakin made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja while giving a speech on “constructive reportage as an important ingredient for national security and integration”.

He advocated more cordial relationship between the military and the media, as a panacea to building the bridge between the civilian populace and the military to strengthen national security.

The Defence Chief said that although the military and the media play different roles and may see things differently, all parties must be responsive to the overriding task of nation building and security.

He also touched on the ongoing war against terror in northeast Nigeria, which he said is being won, but requires more commitment from all Nigerians.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Danjuma Sheni, also solicited for increased support for the military from the civil populace.

Chinese Man Jailed In US For Stealing Military Information

Military Information, Chinese ManA Chinese businessman, Su Bin has been jailed in the United States for stealing the US Military information.

He pleaded guilty to hacking sensitive military information and has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison in the US.

Su Bin admitted collaborating with hackers in the Chinese Military to steal data from US Defence companies between 2008 and 2014.

In a statement, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Carlin said, “Su Bin’s sentence is a just punishment for his admitted role in a conspiracy with hackers from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force to illegally access and steal sensitive U.S. military information.”

The 51-years-old was arrested in Canada in 2014 and extradited to the US.

The arrest came after the Chinese government repeatedly denied any involvement in hacking foreign companies or governments.

In addition to the 46-month prison sentence, the Los Angeles court also ordered Mr Bin to pay a $10,000 fine.

Amnesty Programme To Exit 3,232 Beneficiaries

AmnestyThe Presidential Amnesty Programme has announced plans to exit 3,232 beneficiaries from the programme.

Those billed to leave the programme are those who have been trained as entrepreneurs and have received business and setup/ starter packs.

Also affected are all beneficiaries of the Oil and Gas International Foundation (OGIF) programme and the 400 whom the office had secured employment for.

The spokesman of the amnesty programme, Owei Lakemfa, said in a statement that by exiting the 3,232 beneficiaries, the Federal Government would save 2.52 billion Naira from stipend payments.

The statement also disclosed that the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd), had set up a task force to work out and implement the exit strategy of the amnesty programme with timelines that would not compromise national security.