Police Deploy Special Unit To Kano Forest To Tackle Robbers

kano-policeThe Nigerian Police Force is set to deploy a special combat unit to the notorious armed robbery zone of Falgore Forest in Kano State.

The State Police Command said the unit would checkmate the increasing activities of armed robbers in the area, following the ban on check points by the Inspector General of Police.

During an assessment tour to the site, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, told reporters that the officers had already been trained on counter-terrorism and other crime prevention techniques.

According to motorists plying the route, the recent ban of check points has helped in increasing the activities of armed robbers around the area, with at least three to four robbery cases recorded within a week.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner has asked motorists to cooporate with the Police in order to ensure safety of life and property, as some strategic locations had been identified for the deployment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.

This exercise is the first major operation carried out by the new Commissioner of Police in Kano, after being posted to replace Ibrahim Idris, who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

Nigerians Need To Remain United – Fani-Kayode

Fani-KayodeThe Director, Media and Publicity, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign, Mr ‎Femi Fani-Kayode, says Nigerians need to remain united irrespective of where the election result swings.

Fani-Kayode, who spoke to newsmen, shortly after his accreditation in his home town in Ile-Ife, said that the election is a crucial determinant of the future of Nigeria in the next four years.

He said Nigerians must ensure that there is no violence either during the collation of results or after the result is declared.

Mr Fani-Kayode stressed that everyone should bear in mind that Nigeria had become the focus of the whole world and it would be a thing of pride when the election is seen to be free and fair.

He further added that the election must not be used to create enmity amongst Nigerian citizens irrespective of political affiliation.

Senegalese President Holds Talks With Jonathan

senegaleseThe Senegalese President, Mr Macky Sall and the President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, met on Wednesday to discuss issues of concerns to both countries.

The meeting was held in closed-doors after which President Sall of Senegal briefed reporters.

He said that the ”brief solidarity visit” was to pay his solidarity and discuss some issues that concern both national and regional affairs of both nations.

The Senegalese President arrived the Presidential Villa at about 6:00pm local time.

Mr Sall expressed concerns over insecurity in north-east Nigeria and praised the present effort to contain the situation.

“I came to bring my solidarity with the situation in the north of Nigeria and also have quick exchange with him on this national situation and the situation of ECOWAS.

“It is very important to let him know about our solidarity and our concern about what is happening in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa,” he said.

The Senegalese leader noted that other deliberations with the Nigerian President, centred on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He immediately returned to his country after the parley with Journalists.

Communities in Nigeria’s north-east have witnessed over five years of terror attacks by members of a terrorist group, the Boko Haram, which the military is tackling in a renewed counter-terrorism effort in the region.

YDP Tasks INEC Over New Ballot Papers

ydpMembers of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) are insisting that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should re-print ballot papers that will include the party in the forthcoming elections or reschedule the date for the polls.

The YDP secured a court victory over INEC on Wednesday when a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the inclusion of the party in the general elections.

YDP is a political party with young people forming the majority of its members.

The party was not listed among parties contesting in the 2015 general elections until the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered INEC to issue a certificate.

Following the judgement of the court, the leadership of the party is insisting that INEC must print new ballot papers, to include its name and candidacy or shift the election date further.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Peoples Party has also clarified allegations that it is among those calling for the sack of Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Members of the DPP have said that they have confidence in the electoral body and the introduction of the card readers during the polls.

The DPP has no presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections, rather it has adopted the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Customs Impound Contraband Goods Worth 170 million Naira In Imo State

The Federal Operations Unit customs(FOU) Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized 37 different items suspected to be contraband goods, with a total duty paid value of one hundred and seventy nine million naira.

Addressing reporters at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital in south-east Nigeria, the Area Controller of FOU zone C, Mr David Dimka, said that the goods varying from car tyres, trucks, bags of cement, cartoons of frozen turkey and bale of second hand clothing were all seized at different locations within the zone.

The controller said the seizures was made possible by the support of the public who furnished the Nigeria customs with intelligent information about activities of the smugglers.

Dimka also appealed to members of the public to continue to provide adequate information to the Nigeria customs, to enable them fight the menace of smuggling.

Mr Dimka added that 18 suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizure and were awaiting trial in court.

He advised smugglers to stay clear of FOU zone C and all other zones in the country because men and officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been trained and retrained with modern technologies to bring smuggling to its barest minimum.