Men Nabbed Over Mysterious Death Of A Little Girl

Child Murder SuspectsTwo men have been arrested by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Abia State Command in connection with the mysterious death of a little girl.

They were arrested on Thursday, at Ariaria junction in Osisioma Ngwa LGA axis in Aba, the commercial hub of the state carrying a sack containing the lifeless body of the dead girl. They argued  on top of their voices and this attracted the attention of the public and passers-by, who on getting there discovered that the sack they were carrying contained a dead body.

The public started to mob the men involved as the second man claimed he was helping out until the NSCDC intervened and took the men to their headquarters at Umuahia. On getting there, a most horrific sight was shown of a lifeless body of  a little girl with hospital intravenous gadget around the neck and in the hand.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Andy Dateer, described the act and circumstances surrounding the alleged murder of the little girl as barbaric and inhuman. He hinted that the matter would be transferred to the appropriate authorities for further investigations.

The public gathered to get a glimpse of the dead girl and the men allegedly involved while on interrogation and one of the men claimed that he did not commit any crime but was helping the father of the dead girl to discard the body.

According to him, the father of the dead girl contacted him and paid him the sum of 2,000 Naira to throw away the body because he (father) could not afford the money to bury her after she died at an undisclosed hospital and in the process of carrying out the wish of the man he knew nothing about, the hand of the law caught up with him.

However, the intriguing part in all these, is that there was no death certificate from the hospital at the time of arrest, and the time and place or the hospital that the incident happened and who the father of the dead girl is could not be traced.

NSCDC Parades Six Suspected Oil Thieves, Vandals

Civil DefenceIn line with its declaration of war against vandals of critical infrastructure and national assets, the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, has apprehended and paraded six suspected oil thieves.

Parading the suspects in Abuja on Friday, Commandant-General of the Corp, Dr Ade Abolurin, said that the oil thieves were arrested in Dobi area of Gwagwalada on the outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory while offloading a 33,000 litre truck containing stolen petroleum product.

Dr Abolurin said that the suspected vandals arrested by the Corp’s anti-vandal squad and the oil thieves would be prosecuted as soon as investigations are completed.

He, however, appealed to Nigerians to volunteer information to security agencies that would lead to the arrest of vandals and criminally minded persons.

Insecurity: Interior Minister Indicts Political Class Over Pace Of Attacks

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has indicted the nation’s political class for the high level of insecurity and the spate of killings and loss of property, saying their utterances and deeds have continued to unsettle the polity.

He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a courtesy call on the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, after the commissioning of an administrative block and 36 unit staff quarters at the Civil Defense College of Security Management.

The Minister pointed an accusing finger at the political class for the level of insecurity in the country, while soliciting the cooperation and support of traditional rulers in ensuring peace in the country.

The Minister also used the opportunity to deny any merger of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, with the Nigeria Police as being clamoured for in some quarters.

The paramount ruler, while giving assurances of his support, however, demanded the issuance of diplomatic passport for traditional rulers to further straighten the respect for traditional rulers.

Giving his goodwill message at the occasion, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, challenged government at all levels, irrespective of party affiliation to always give ample support to security agencies in the country.

The Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin, said that the College of Security Management was established to provide human capital development in the security sector, as well as to reengineer and strengthen the capacity of security agencies.

APC Registration: PDP Alleges Foul Methods To Cause Violence

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said that it has uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to set the stage to reject the results of the 2015 general elections.

Speaking at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisah Metuh, alleged that the APC is using its ongoing party registration as a means to hype and give a false impression of massive public followership.

“We wish to alert Nigerians therefore, to the evidence at our disposal to the effect that APC is sadly and currently using every foul means at its disposal to build a particular membership figure running into tens of millions which it intends to use as a justification to fault, dispute, reject and subsequently take to violence when it loses in 2015.

“It is our strong belief that the APC wishes to announce a figure of 28-29 million registered voters in Nigeria. Subsequently, after the elections when maybe they do not have half of it or 14 or 12 million voters as usual, they will declare the election rigged, illegal.”

He further alleged that “the APC officials and members have been going round the wards and polling units, using INEC polling locations and materials and in most cases lying to people that the exercise is being embarked on by INEC or by the Federal Government.

“Unsuspecting Nigerians who think that it is census or INEC or any Federal Government registered exercise are currently being hoodwinked into registering as members of the APC.

“We reliably gathered also that in states controlled by the APC, especially in the South-West, pupils and students in schools are lured or persuaded to get the passport photographs of their parents and guardians and fill in forms of their names, which are thereafter secretly affixed to the APC membership forms without the knowledge of the innocent students or their unsuspecting parents.”

The party also wondered why the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has not taken any action against the APC on the matter.

APC Reacts

In the meantime, the APC is not taking the PDP’s allegations lying low.

The Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, said “if planning to win an election is a crime, then we will play guilty, but we plan to win and we shall win by the grace of God.”

Speaking with Channels Television, Mr Mohammed said “It was exactly a year ago, February 5, the first meeting of the merger took place, this is the same way they mocked us and said it would never work.

“Everybody was in the glare of all our discussions, through our debates, all our steps.  It took almost 6 months for the merger to be approved. We set the building blocks of this party almost immediately and we’ve been fortunate that the implosion in the PDP again helped the party to become a phenomenon.

“Today what we are witnessing is a movement,” he said.

2015 Elections: Police IG Reveals Plans To Ensure Security

The latest redeployment in the Nigerian Police is a step to reposition the service for a smooth electoral process come 2015.

These were the words of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Friday in Lagos at the pull-out parade of five senior medical officers.

Mr Abubakar pledged the readiness of the Police to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

“You will see a lot of things, first of all, we are doing training and retraining programme. As I’m talking to you we have a very large number of officers of units of Mobile Policemen in Gaza, Pakistan, Israel and in India for training.

“We have intelligence courses being run in the country and outside the country with the FBI on the assistance of the United States Government and the Embassy of America in Nigeria.

“So, so many things will unfold, since it is something to do with safety and security, it is better left on the chest but you will see them unfolding one after the other.” He said.

Speaking on the redeployment, he said, “You can see that we tried to reposition the force with the posting of 25 Commissioners of Police, 25 Deputy Commissioners of Police and probably about 29 Assistant Commissioners of Police all over the country, and this is just the beginning of it.”




Pipeline Vandals Sentenced To 25 Year Jail Term In Plateau

Two suspects involved in petroleum pipeline vandalization in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria have been sentenced to twenty five year imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa, in his judgment sentenced the accused persons to five years jail term on each count of the five charges instituted by the Plateau State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

The three suspects were apprehended by vigilantes in Taria, Jingre of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State for vandalizing NNPC pipelines in the area.

Parading the suspects at the office of the state command of the Civil Defence in Jos, the State Commandant, Vincent Bature, commended the efforts of the community leader and the vigilantes in apprehending the suspects before handing them over to the security agents.

The suspects were arraigned on a five count charge of unlawful obstruction of Premium Motor Spirit; unlawful interference with free flow of Premium Motor Spirit; unlawful dealings in Premium Motor Spirit; unlawful procurement of Premium Motor Spirit, as well as unlawful aid to procure Premium Motor Spirit.

The third accused person, Auwal Abubakar, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

NSCDC Seizes Truck Containing 75 Bags Of Petrol

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has seized a truck containing 75 bags of Premium Motor Spirit, also called fuel, estimated to be up to 34,000 litres.

The seizure is a major breakthrough in the war against petroleum vandalism and illegal trading of the product.

At the headquarters of the NSCDC in Lagos, where the impounded truck is currently being kept, the Lagos State commandant of the security agency, Mr Clement Adesuyi, said that the sack used in the illegal business was a new innovation that the agency had discovered.

The petroleum product was poured into nylon bags, well tied to guard against leakages and stacked into sacks.

“It is zero tolerance for vandalism in 2014. The command will work hard to ensure that vandals were apprehended.

He said the military gave the NSCDC full back-up.

“We will apprehend whoever the owner of the truck is. We have some documents to trace the owner,” Mr Adesuyi said.

He called for the cooperation of Lagos State residents, as the security agency worked towards riding the industry of vandals.


Sunrise Daily Highlights Memories of 2013

Sunrise Daily Host, Chamberlain Usoh on Wednesday morning gave a review of the major highlights, issues and episodes of the programme in 2013, including the Nigeria Governor’s Forum crisis in which two chairmen, Jonah Jang and Chibuike Amaechi, emerged following a controversial election which was held in May 2013.

According to a statement by Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, the purported election that returned Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was a ruse.

Other issues highlighted were the return of Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was deemed unfit to continue to hold office as a result of his health, alleged fabrications by the Abia state government on its various achievements which an investigative journalist challenged on the programme.

Finally, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) employment scam which led to an interview with the then Lagos State commandant, Obafaiye Shem. The interview with the officer, who was unable to state the official website of the agency, went viral online and produced the popular phrase, ‘Oga At The Top.”

Anambra Election: NSCDC Boss Scores Security Operatives High

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has given a pass mark to the just concluded Anambra governorship election in the aspect of security and maintenance of law and order.

Speaking through the Deputy Commandant-General of the corps in charge of Operations, Evans Ewurum, the Commandant said the commitment, hard work and cooperation of all the combined security operatives who monitored the Anambra elections no doubt has contributed immensely to the success of the election.

He added that contrary to opinions in the media before the elections that violence might occur, it is noteworthy to say that the election was free and fair, and violence was not recorded in any part of the state during the election.

He commended the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega for the formation of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security which was aimed at bringing all the security operatives together to successfully work as a team during the election.

Nigerian Security Agencies Must Work Together – Rotimi

Security Analyst, Kemi Rotimi has shed light on the on-going development of a National Policy on Public Safety and Security with optimism that it will improve the effectiveness of security agencies in Nigeria.

During an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr. Rotimi revealed that Nigeria has been without a policy regulating the activities of safety and security agencies and this has contributed to the lapses in the system.

The situation informed the need to develop a policy document that will restructure the system, hence the inauguration of his committee in June 2013 by the Ministry of Police Affairs, and the committee commenced work by consulting the heads of security agencies at the Federal Capital Territory in order to get their recommendations.

He said that the policy document being worked on will put together what every security agency is doing, where they are interconnected and how to ensure effective and efficient resource mobilization and utilization.

“This is a policy that will show how agencies connected with safety and security should synergize and harmonize their mandate because every organisation has its remit.”

Mr Rotimi who is also a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) called on Nigerians to “focus on the message rather than the messenger”, explaining that though the mission is being executed under the auspices of the Ministry of Police Affairs; it requires the cooperation of all security agencies and stakeholders.

He cited the usual reluctance from the people on affairs concerning the Police, but stressed that “the committee has no apology about the fact that in a democracy, the Police represents the first line of internal security.” He added that most of the other agencies like NSCDC and the Customs started from the Police and that should also justify it being at the apex of the arrangement.

Using the Nigerian Customs Service as a case study, Mr. Rotimi further emphasized the need for all security and safety agencies in the country to do their jobs well for them to deliver safety and security as their activities affect one another.

He said beyond revenue generation “through all the borders, all manner of things get in…by their (The Customs) activities, they can apprehend those who are bringing in fake goods, fake drugs, and you go on to the next stage, NAFDAC. So it’s a chain of everybody working together”. Therefore a major focus of the policy is to spell out cooperation among the several safety and security agencies.

He stated that there should have been no reasons for the Police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to clash if there had been a clear understanding of roles and boundaries in the system, stressing that they can actually interconnect instead of the rivalries witnessed on many occasions.

The committee is embarking on zonal interaction forums with several stakeholders and organizations invited to present briefs and suggestions to the committee. It is mainly to create the opportunity for operatives beyond the headquarters to come out and share the peculiarities of safety and security issues in their regions.

Information sharing, effective resource utilization, training, are among other issues that the national safety and security policy document will be focusing on.

Okorocha Donates Patrol Bikes To NSCDC

The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has donated 32 security and patrol motorbikes with inbuilt communication gadget to the Imo state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the ‘Imo My Pride Project’.

Addressing newsmen in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Adamu Soja, on behalf of the Commandant-General described gesture as a calculated one which is coming at a time when security is being tackled wholistically in the state.

He added that the implications of the Imo governor’s donations will also ensure the effective control of traffic in the state capital.

Mr Soja also noted that the bikes which are equipped with modern communication gadgets will be assigned to some of his officers that will be strategically deployed to handle cases of kidnapping, human trafficking, bag-snatching on motorcycles, tricycle criminalities and dangerous driving.

Meanwhile, the Director General of ‘Imo My Pride Project’ Mr Sunny Chiadi said the project of the Okorocha-led administration is aimed at changing the behavioural pattern of Imo citizens as regards obedience to traffic laws, cleanliness and complete removal of street hawkers in the state capital.

Suspected Pipeline Vandals Arrested By Army, NSCDC In Ogun

The fight against petroleum pipeline vandalization received a major boost in Ogun state, as 28 suspected pipeline vandals, including a middle aged woman were arrested with seven vehicles loaded with petroleum product in 363 fifty litres jerry can and two motor cycles by members of the Nigerian Army and the NSCDC.

The suspected vandals as members of the agencies through a tip off nabbed the suspected vandals along Ogere axis of Ikenne local government area of the state while vandalizing the NNPC pipeline serving the south west states of the country from Mosinmi depot.

Speaking on the incident, the two agencies called for more collaborative efforts among security agencies in the onerous task of reducing the menace to the barest minimum.

The vandals, in perfecting their act meticulously laid their hoses through the rough terrain of about 200 metres where the pipeline was located.

Speaking on the incident, the state commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) Akinwande Aboluwaye, said this was made possible as a result of collaborative efforts of security operatives, asking the local and pipeline host communities to always volunteer quality information that could lead to arrest of criminals in their midst.

Some of the suspects has however confessed to the crime but indicted some police officers for aiding and abetting crime.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned in a competent court of jurisdiction.