Security Forces Asked To Respect Human Rights During Operations

A file photo of policemen on a stationed patrol van.

 

Security personnel have been reminded to uphold the fundamental human rights of citizens while carrying out their duties in order to deal with the challenges of violent extremism in the country.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, gave the reminder on Friday at a three-day workshop for security personnel in Kaduna State, organised, as part of efforts to curb all forms of human rights abuses and brutality by security agents when carrying out their constitutional duties.

Monguno who was represented by Zakari Maijinyawa, urged the security operatives to always play by the rules of engagement while in the field without violating the rights of citizens.

The training facilitator, Professor Ifeanyi Onyeonoru, as well as the Project Manager, Prevention of Violation and Extremism, Chukwuma Ume, also spoke at the event.

They urged the participants to adapt the manual in their various training institutions, as well as mainstream and institutionalise the PVE Human Rights Sensitive training manual in their training curriculum.

A representative of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Kabir Aliyu, gave an assurance that the agency would provide guidance and expertise, as well as monitor the implementation.

For participants, drawn from the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), and other paramilitary agencies, the training is timely and will enhance inter-agency collaboration and cordial civil-military relations in the enforcement of law and order.

Over the years, there have been several reported cases of human rights abuses by security agents with perpetrators going scot-free in most cases.

This, among others, led to the launched of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017.

This was done with the notion that the response to violent extremism cannot be defeated by force of arms alone, but through people-centred and community-oriented policies, especially as it relates to respect for human rights.

Since the launching of the Policy Framework, the Office of the NAS has worked with partners to provide capacity building in responding to the threat of terrorism and violent extremism, as required by the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013.

The capacity building training for security personnel on prevention of violent extremism and respect for human rights is in line with Component Two of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, which seeks to strengthen access to justice, rule of law, and human rights.

Organised by the office of the NSA in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the event comes in the aftermath of the recent nationwide protest against police brutality.

It aims to enlighten the security personnel on the role of human rights law and practice in the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) and focuses on different aspects of human rights such as crime investigation, arrest and detention; and the use of force and firearms in law enforcement of human rights, among others.

#EndSARS Protesters Used Social Media To Escalate Tensions, Monguno Claims

FG Denies Alleged Plot To Shutdown Internet During Elections
A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

 

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Major General Babagana Monguno, believes the #EndSARS protesters used social media as a means to escalate tensions in the country, with the spread of subversive content.

He stated this on Wednesday at a workshop on the review of the Draft National Cybersecurity Strategy 2020 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Monguno, who was represented at the event by Mr Aliyu Mohammed, the Permanent Secretary (Special Services) at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, claimed that the protests were of noble intentions but ended up using social media platforms to disseminate seditious comments.

“We are witnesses to the use of social media to disseminate subversive content to incite violence and heightened tension, causing unrest and sparking widespread looting and destruction across the country,” he said. 

The NSA was, however, quick to note that cyberspace showed numerous potentials and the Federal Government intended to harness and progressively use the digital revolution to its maximum.

He added, “Our country is currently at a turning point in its history; a significant section of our population of over 200 million people are young and entrepreneurs.

“We are also witnessing a rapid rise in our adoption of the internet in our daily lives.”

Also present at the workshop was the ICT Director at the Ministry of Science and Technology,  Idowu Afe, who stated that the draft would be of immense advantage to the Nigerian digital sphere.

“The committee is hoping to complete work on the document over the next few days and pass the draft document to the President for his approval.

“The document is expected to contribute to the growth of the nation’s digital technology,” Afe told the audience at the event.

The Senate introduced the Anti-Social Media Bill in November 2019 to mitigate the use of social media in spreading false information.

But the bill faced opposition from human rights activists and Nigerians who condemned it, insisting that it was a means for the government to gag freedom of speech.

Buhari Has Directed Security Agencies To Operate Within The Confines Of The Law – NSA

 

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr. Babagana Monguno, says President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security operatives to carry out their duties within the confines of the law.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a National Council Meeting on Thursday, Mr Monguno said the president is fully aware of the happenings across the nation and is committed as ever to protect every law-abiding citizen.

The NSA said President Buhari has also asked the government at all levels to find solutions to the unease that have gripped the nation following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.

The protests across the nation had been very peaceful, but all hell broke loose after Tuesday when security operatives used live arms at unarmed protesters in Lagos, resulting to deaths and injuries.

After the incident, hoodlums under the guise of protesting took to the streets of Lagos and other areas around the country, unleashing mayhem.

It on this premise that President Buhari at a National Council Meeting on Thursday directed that government at all levels must do all that is necessary to find a solution to the crisis in the country noting that the riots are taking an unwanted dimension which could result in full blown anarchy.

Mr Monguno enjoined legitimate protesters to come to a meeting point with government as the government has begun to make some concessions.

According to him, if the atmosphere in the country is not conducive for dialogue, there will be no resolution to the conflict.

Riots Could Result Into Complete Anarchy, Find Solutions – Buhari Tells Govs, LGA Chairmen, Others

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the government at all levels to find solutions to the unease that have gripped the nation following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos. 

The protests across the nation had been very peaceful, but all hell broke loose after Tuesday when security operatives used live arms at unarmed protesters in Lagos, resulting to deaths and injuries.

After the incident, hoodlums under the guise of protesting took to the streets of Lagos and other areas around the country, unleashing mayhem.

It on this premise that President Buhari at a National Council Meeting on Thursday asked all the government at all levels to do all that is necessary to find a solution to the crisis in the country noting that the riots are taking an unwanted dimension which could result in full blown anarchy.

The President’s order was disclosed by the National Security Adviser Mr. Babagana Monguno who addressed State House correspondents in Abuja after the security meeting.

Mr Monguno enjoined legitimate protesters to come to a meeting point with government as the government has begun to make some concessions.

According to him, if the atmosphere in the country is not conducive for dialogue, there will be no resolution to the conflict.

When asked if the president will be addressing the nation as demanded by several quarters, he gave no definite response, however he says in a few hours, the president will come up with ‘something’ agreeable to all Nigerians.

Banditry: NSA, IGP, DSS Boss Visit Katsina

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu meets with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

 

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji have arrived Katsina State over the security situation in the state.

The IGP was joined by other security stakeholders led by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, the team had a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the recent wave of banditry and other crimes in the state.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the 2-hour meeting, Monguno said the visit was in response to the occurrences in the last couple of weeks and to know the underlining causes of the problems from a collective point of view.

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While lamenting the spate of attacks in the state, the NSA is however optimistic that security agencies can effectively deal with the criminal elements unleashing mayhem on the people.

According to him, there is a need to make the people within the communities to have confidence in the security operatives.

“We need to build and restore the confidence of the local community and we had necessary reassurance from the state governor,” he said.

UPDATED: Sambo Dasuki Released After Over Four Years In Detention

A file photo of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.

 

 

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has regained his freedom after spending more than four years in detention.

Dasuki was released by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday in Abuja, following the directive of the Federal Government.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, had ordered the DSS to release the former NSA, as well as the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Mr Omoyele Sowore.

In a statement personally signed by him, Malami explained that the decision to release the two men was in compliance with the bail granted to them by the court.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lawyer to the former NSA, Ahmed Raji, confirmed the release of his client.

He thanked the AGF for ordering the DSS to comply with the various court orders granting bail to Dasuki.

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Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), speaks to his lawyers during an appearance in court in March 2016.

 

 

Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 over an allegation of diverting $2.1billion arms funds while serving as the National Security Adviser during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He was arraigned in court and was granted bail with certain conditions, but the Federal Government refused to release him in disobedience to the court order.

On July 14, 2019, the Court of Appeal in Abuja declared the continued detention of the former NSA since December 29, 2015, by the DSS as illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional.

The appellate court held that the DSS and its Director-General acted outside their constitutional powers on the long period of the detention of a Nigerian citizen and imposed a fine of N5 million on them to be paid to Dasuki as compensation for breach of his fundamental right.

Four months later and in view of his continued detention, the Court of Appeal varied the terms attached to the bail earlier granted the former NSA.

It expunged the requirement that Dasuki should produce a Level 16 civil servant who must own a property worth N100million within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as surety.

Rather, the court ordered that the former NSA produce two sureties with property worth N100 million within the FCT.

Border Closure To Remain Till Objectives Are Achieved – NSA

The National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno, says border closure will remain until the objectives behind the closure are achieved.

Monguno told journalists over the weekend that the ongoing joint taskforce operation which is the reason for the closure will extend beyond the 28 days earlier fixed and will last till the objectives are achieved.

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“There is no definite date or time that we will conclude this exercise and we start seeing positive results.

“This exercise is to free the country from criminal activities including smuggling and enhance the economy. It is also aimed to secure the state of livelihood,” Monguno said.

He added that the issue of insecurity is worsened by a porous border which gives room for smugglers and smuggling.

The NSA, therefore, called for cooperation and collaboration from neighbouring countries to ensure the smooth operation of the exercise.

The border closure exercise, which commenced on August 21, is carried out in four sectors of North-West, North-Central, South- West, and South-South geopolitical zones.

The operation has recorded success with over 100 illegal migrants and 117 suspected smugglers arrested. Also, 8360 bags of 50kg foreign rice have been impounded with other banned items seized.

Bolton Ouster ‘Clear Sign Of Defeat’ Of US Sanctions – Iran

US National Security Advisor John Bolton addresses a press conference following a meeting with his Russian counterpart at the US Mission in Geneva on August 23, 2018. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

 

The sacking of US national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday was a “sign clear” that Washington’s campaign of sanctions against Tehran was failing, an aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said 

“Bolton’s marginalisation and his subsequent removal isn’t an accident but a clear sign of the defeat of America’s maximum pressure strategy” against Iran, Hesameddin Ashena tweeted.

“Have no doubt that we have the power to manage the US approach towards Iran and will never back down. The blockade of Iran will break.”

US President Donald Trump announced in a post on Twitter that he had asked Bolton to resign.

Trump had a series of disagreements with the hawkish adviser, most notably on Iran which has been subject to crippling US sanctions since last year.

The sanctions were imposed after Washington unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

FG Denies Alleged Plot To Shutdown Internet During Elections

FG Denies Alleged Plot To Shutdown Internet During Elections
A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

 

The Federal Government has faulted the reports that the National Security Adviser (NSA) plans to shut down internet access during the general elections.

In a statement from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on Friday, the government said there was no plan to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with service providers to shut down internet access during the polls.

It condemned the reports of the alleged plot to shut down internet access to facilitate rigging of the polls, noting that they were untrue.

“The Office wishes to advise the general public to disregard the allegation, which is disinformation,” said the government in the statement by the ONSA spokesperson, Danjuma Reuben.

“This Office wishes to state that the internet and associated communications infrastructure are major components of the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII), which ONSA is mandated to ensure its security.”

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The government noted that the ONSA has been making continuous efforts in collaboration with relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to protect them and improve service delivery to Nigerians.

It stressed that every single national security platform in the country rides on the same internet to function.

The government, therefore, likened “shutting down” the internet to shutting down national development and security.

“The Office of the National Security Adviser remains committed to protecting the rights of the public to access Information and Communication Technology facilities,” the statement added.

“The Office also remains non-partisan and committed to ensuring that Nigerians freely exercise their civil rights.”

Elections: NSA Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Create Widespread Violence

File Photo of the NSA, Babagana Monguno. Source: PremiumTimes

 

The National Security Adviser, Mr Babagana Monguno, has raised alarm over an alleged plan by some individuals to cause widespread violence in the forthcoming general elections.

He disclosed this while addressing the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, stating, however, that the government in collaboration with security agencies will do its best to ensure that nothing mars the conduct of the elections.

“Reports reaching me have revealed that some persons are uncertain of their fate in the elections and are hence plotting to precipitate widespread violence aimed at scuttling the conduct of the polls,” he said.

“Their strategy is to cause the crisis that could snowball into an endless crisis for the government and the citizenry of this country.

“There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including armed bandits and terrorists to orchestrate violence during the elections in several states of the federation”.

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Meanwhile, speaking to journalists after the meeting, the Chairman of the NGF, who is also the Zamfara State Governor, Abdul-Aziz Yari, reiterated the commitment of governors to ensuring that the polls are free, fair and credible.

He said, “We are committed to collaborating with other security agencies to ensure that the elections are free, fair and in a peaceful atmosphere.

“We are however concerned about the proliferation of arms and ammunition as well as the spate of kidnapping across the country”.

President Buhari Meets With NSA, Others

President Buhari Meets With NSA, Others

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and heads of security agencies in the country.

The meeting, which was also attended by a former justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs Clara Ogunbiyi, held on Monday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Mrs Ogunbiyi who is a member of the Police Service Commission (PSC) canvassed enhanced working conditions for the Nigeria Police.

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She stressed the need for the Federal Government to increase funding for training, infrastructure, and salaries of police personnel.

The retired justice, who spoke on behalf of the PSC Chairman and former IGP, Musiliu Smith, commended the President’s effort in improving the fortune of the police.

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, as well as the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi, and that of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ahmed Abubakar, were also present at the meeting.

The meeting held one day after the President met with all the service chiefs as well as the IGP and the DG DSS at the State House in Abuja.

It held less than two weeks after Boko Haram insurgents killed some soldiers during an attack in the North East.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said on Saturday that the government was taking immediate measures to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities were blocked once and for all.

On Sunday, another presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed that President Buhari had hinted that he would be engaging the military and intelligence chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps in the coming days.

President Buhari Meets With NSA, Others
President Muhammadu Buhari with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and some members of the board of the Police Service Commission (PSC) at the State House on November 26, 2018.

Shooting Outside United States NSA Headquarters, One Hurt

(FILE PHOTO) US President Donald Trump attends a roundtable discussion on the MS-13 gang in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. 
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Shots were fired Wednesday when a vehicle tried to enter the National Security Agency, the US electronic spying agency outside Washington, without authorization — an incident that left at least one person injured, officials said.

But hours after the 7:00 am (1200 GMT) shooting at the main entrance to the highly secure facility in Fort Meade, Maryland, the agency did not explain who fired the shots or the nature of the injuries.

“The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security or safety threat,” the NSA said.

Aerial footage of the scene from NBC News showed a black SUV with numerous bullet holes in its windshield crashed into concrete barriers at the entrance gate.

The images showed what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs.

“Weapons were discharged in the course of the incident, which remains under investigation at this time,” the agency said in a statement.

“Several individuals were transported to area hospitals; however, preliminary reports do not presently indicate that there are injuries attributable to gunfire.”

Earlier, an NSA spokesman told AFP that one person was injured.

The local ABC television affiliate put the number of injured at three and said a suspect was arrested.

The Baltimore office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was tasked with handling the investigation.

A law enforcement source told AFP that it was too soon to know whether the incident was an attack on the facility or otherwise.

They are “still trying to ascertain the facts,” the source said.

The White House said that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the situation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected,” the White House said.

‘Puzzle Palace’ 

The NSA is the premier US signals intelligence agency, eavesdropping on electronic communications and hacking computers of US adversaries and suspects worldwide, and also protects US communications and information systems from cyber attack.

The agency was thrust into the spotlight in 2013 when former contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of its global surveillance programs, including its collection of data on Americans.

Its compound, known as the “Puzzle Palace” — located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Washington — is highly secure.

In March 2015, guards at the NSA gate opened fire on an SUV which did not heed orders to stop, killing the driver and wounding a passenger.

The two involved, it turned out, were men dressed as women who made a wrong turn into a restricted lane and may have refused to stop because, it later turned out, there were drugs in their vehicle.

The leading US spy agencies installed heavy security at their facilities after an assault rifle-wielding man opened fire on cars waiting to enter the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia in January 1993. Two CIA employees were killed and three wounded.

The man, Aimal Kasi, escaped to his native Pakistan and it took US investigators four years to find him. He was eventually arrested and sent back to the United States, where he was convicted of murder and executed in 2002.

In 2016, a man drove his car into a fence gate at the CIA headquarters, claiming he was an agency recruit. He was arrested but was found to be mentally unstable, and only received 30 days in jail and a fine.

AFP