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.

NSCDC Charges Suspected Kidnapper To Court

The kwara state branch of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) charged one Mr Basiru Ishola  to court for alledgedly kidnapping three children.

Mr Ishola who is a resident of Okekere in Ilorin, kwara state was said to have lured this children with bread and biscuit at the point where the children usually collect free meals to break their fast. When searched, charms were found in his possession.

While addressing journalists, the state commandant, Mr Yerima Gana explained that the suspect was arrested on 26th of July 2013 following an alert by residents of the area.

The state commandant therefore advised parents to pay closer attention to their children and stop engaging them in activities that may take them far away from home. He noted that neglect of children also could pave way for these evils to be perpetuated in our environment.

After questioning the suspect could not still provide a genuine reason for abducting the three girls as his responses to questions were incoherent.


Titilayo Finally Whisked Off By Hearthrob

Our own Titilayo was finally taken as a bride by her friend and lover as they exchange marital vows till death do them part.

A wedding filled with employees of Channels Television as they rallied support for their own, it was a day of joy for Titilayo and hubby.

We wish them a happy married life.

NSCDC, DPR Arrest 11 Illegal Petrol Marketers In Abuja

Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday arrested 11 illegal markets of petroleum products near Danziyal Plaza, along Olusegun Obasanjo way, Central Area, Abuja.

The operatives also seized more than 100 diesel-filled barrels from the scene of the arrest.

A tanker, filled with diesel was recovered while the driver was arrested as well.

Also, hundreds of jerry cans filled with Premium Motor Spirit and kerosene were recovered.

One of the suspects who said he is the Vice Chairman of the marketers in central area, Umar Musa Kuta said they have been in the business for over 10 years without any disturbance from the government.

“I sell diesel there in Danziyal Plaza. We go to the depot direct to buy diesel. We use to gather our money…four or five people will gather money and buy a truck. We have storage and we take the diesel small small, supplying hotels, houses and some Ministries.”

When asked if he had a license to operate, he said: “No, but I am registered with the CAC.”

He said he knew he should have registered with the DPR but said he was not prepared to get the licence yet. “We are working gradually. I am not up to that stage yet but will get to that stage gradually.”

The Federal Capital Territory Commandant of NSCDC, Aminu Kofarsoro said the suspects would be charged to court when investigation is concluded.

“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have licence to operate or sell petroleum products by DPR. In collaboration with DPR, we raided and arrested these people.

“The wrath of the law will follow after due investigation of the involvement in the crime.”

While reacting to the protest by some of the suspects that they were not illegal marketers, the Commandant said “a dealer, as long as I’m concerned is those who have their licence and are certified by DPR to operate. Anybody who is selling, dealing in petroleum products without license is termed as somebody who is sabotaging the federal government’s efforts in the area of distribution of petrol products.”

“They are going to be charged to court in accordance with the laws of the federation.”

“The suspects are illegal dealers in petroleum products and they don’t have the approved licence.”

The DPR Head of Downstream in Abuja, Yerima Kolomi said they were determined to clear people who were into petrol products adulteration, storage and sales without license.

“It has been a menace in the FCT and Abuja in particular. You can see the volume of just one of their depots.”

He said they have been handicapped in carrying out a raid of that nature because of lack of capacity.

“As long as DPR is concerned, these people don’t have the license to operate because they are not registered with us.”

He said apart from selling in an open market, the business was not standardised, adding that their source of supply was not known.

Vandals Bust Another Pipeline In Lagos

Suspected pipeline vandals have breached a petroleum product pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Epe.
This was disclosed to Channels Television in a telephone interview with the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Shem Obasheye.

Vandalized pipeline

“My boys told me that they were going to Epe, and actually when they got to Epe, the pipeline at Epe has been busted. The vandals ran away,” he said.

Officials of the Civil Defence Corps according to Mr Obasheye recovered eleven 50 litres containing of PMS at the scene of the busted pipeline. He however said none of the vandals were apprehended.

No fewer than three suspected oil thieves were last Saturday killed after an NNPC pipeline was gutted by fire at Arepo, Ogun state south west Nigeria. The fire is suspected to have been caused by activities from vandals in the area.

The fire occured at the same spot where vandals operated last August and three NNPC engineers were killed by suspected vandals in the process of fixing the pipeline and putting out the fire.

Navy Arrests 8 Pipeline Vandals In Calabar

The Commanding Officer of Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar; Commodore Kingdom Itoko, has paraded eight suspects arrested with over 200 drums of illegal produced petroleum products between Igbani Station and Parrot Island with a Cotonou boat in Cross River State.

Briefing journalists, the Commodore maintained that the Command’s fight against ridding the Eastern Maritime of criminal elements such as bunkering among others is being intensified.

He assured Nigerians that the waterways are safe and can go about their normal businesses as he called on the Federal Government to make job creation for youths its priority this New Year.

This is coming as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) declared that it is re-strategizing to combat the activities of pipeline vandals in the country.

Speaking to journalists after the annual meeting with senior officers in the Corps, the Commandant General; Dr. Ade Abolurin explained that the Corps is planning to improve the relationship with other security agencies for an efficient fight against vandalism in the country.

In 2012, Nigeria witnessed several pipeline vandalisation and Dr. Abolurin promised that the Corps will learn from the mistakes of last year and refocus for the new year.

The culprits arrested according to Itoko will be interrogated and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Boxing Day Tragedy: Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills One In Edo

One person has been confirmed dead in the fire incident that occurred on Murtala Muhammed way in Benin City, the Edo state capital when a petrol tanker fell into a ditch and spilled its content.

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud noise before the tanker exploded and the resulting inferno razed 13 vehicles and three motor-cycles.

The raging fire burned through the road along the path where the fuel flowed, causing residents to flee their homes and others attempted to clear their property to prevent them from being burnt.

It was in the process of moving his bus from the fire that Mr Kingsley Ohangbon met his death as he was consumed by the inferno.

Officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were at the scene of the explosion to maintain free flow of traffic while fire fighters from the state’s Fire Service averted greater loss by promptly putting out the fire.

Why materials arrive late on election days – INEC Commissioner

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River state, Mike Igini on Saturday blamed the lack of trust for the perpetual delay of electoral materials in all the nation’s election.

Speaking on the late arrival of electoral materials in the on-going Ondo governorship election, Mr Igini, who was a guest on Channels Television’s weekend show, Sunrise, said that the lack of trust of electoral officers is the main reason why electoral materials are always delayed before they are deplored to the various polling booths.

According to the INEC official, “a lot of people that should be in prison in public offices in Nigeria and they are also aspiring to make their way into public offices.”

“The electoral materials for this Ondo election had arrived Akure over a week ago but because there is no trust for the electoral officers, we have to ensure that adequate security is provided before the materials move.”

“We have to do this because if we leave the officials alone, we don’t know what they might do with the materials. They might probably take it to their homes” he alleged.

He likened this experience to a similar one during the last elections in Cross-River state, where he stated that the election materials were ready to be deployed but the delay in arrival of police officers that will accompany the materials and the electoral officers led to the late arrival at polling booths.”

This he explains is why “trust is a major issue we have to work on in this country.”

Mr Igini also added that about 9,230 ad-hoc staff was recruited for the governorship election in Ondo state because the electoral commission has just about 300 staff in the state..

He however noted that the deployment of 7,000 officers of the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and 11,000 police and military officers is a good sign that the election will be free of violence and other security challenges as this is a good enough guarantee for a good election exercise.

NSCDC arrests five, recovers petrol stored in sacks

The Lagos State command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested two men with boats laden with over 12,000 litres of petrol.

The suspects allegedly put the petrol in plastic bags and stored them in sacks.

The officers also arrested three others with 43 jerry cans of petrol, bought from suspected pipeline vandals.

The spokesman for the command, Mr. Sunday Eromosele, who disclosed the arrest, said the suspects were attempting to smuggle the products to neighbouring countries.

“At about 12PM in Ijora, Lagos, on Monday, based on information we got, we intercepted and arrested two suspected oil pipeline vandals on a boat loaded with petrol which they had stored in nylon bags and these nylon bags were stored in sacks. Each sack contained about 120 litres and we were able to recover over 100 sacks” Mr Eromosele stated.

“Two people were arrested while trying to convey the products and we suspected that they were taking the petrol to a neighbouring country to sell.”

Civil defence parades 87 fake corpers

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday in Abuja paraded 87 suspected fake corps members who were arrested in Nasarawa based on intelligence reports.
The Deputy Commandant-General (DCG) of NSCDC in Nasarawa State,  Walter Akubuiroh, who disclosed that the 87 culprits were arrested on Tuesday, said “Due to the security situation in the country, our officers have been keeping surveillance and any abnormality noticed will be immediately investigated, and this arrest is the result of that surveillance”.
Mr. Akubuiroh said most of those arrested were young people, desperate graduates, who for various reasons could not go for the national service and were lured into the illegality by a cartel.

The DCG further said some of the suspects escaped during the raid, but he assured that the command was making efforts to arrest them.
The suspects, aged between 20 years and 30 years, were first camped in Nyanya, Abuja before they were moved to Toto in Nasarawa State, where they were given kits and call-up letters.
They were also training regularly and waiting for deployment letters for their primary assignments before they were rounded up by officers of the NSCDC on Tuesday.