Eid-el-Kabir: Police Beef Up Security In Delta State

Police, Delta State, Eid el KabirThe Delta State Police Command has assured residents of adequate  security as they celebrate the Eid El Kabir.

The police said security has been beefed up not just for the purpose of the Sallah celebrations, but also for the last four months of the year known as the “ember months”.

The assurance was given by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, during an interview with Channels Television in Asaba, the Delta State capital in Southsouth Nigeria.

The police assertion comes as the people of the state say the Sallah celebrations would to go on, even in the face of the harsh economic situation in Nigeria.

However, a visit to a livestock market in Asaba by Channels Television crew clearly shows that sales are very poor and nothing to write home about, even as individuals lament the high cost of livestock and food stuff generally.

A dealer at the popular livestock market said that the weakness of the Naira against the Dollar has affected the price of livestock.

Meanwhile, the Asaba Airport appeared to be very scanty in operations, which was a fall out of the announcement of one of its major carriers, Aero contractors, saying it has shut down operations in Nigeria.

Police Beef Up Security Ahead Of Sallah Celebrations

police, security, sallah, kaduna, benueThree days to the Sallah celebrations, the Police have already beefed up security in some states in the northern part of Nigeria.

The Federal Government had declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016, as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

In the north-central state of Kaduna, officers have been placed at strategic areas, including places of worship as the state looks forward to a hitch-free sallah.

Reports say that men of the Mobile Police would also be placed at the Abuja – Kaduna expressway, to ensure the safety of travelers.

The P.R.O Kaduna State Police Command, Usman Aliyu, said that the force wants to ensure prompt response to distress calls whenever they arise.

He stressed that the Police would deal with anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace of the state.

Also in Bauchi state, north-east Nigeria, the Police are in partnership with other security agencies to carry out regular patrols of notorious areas.

The Police command in Bauchi said that it has so far arrested about 68 persons, suspected to belong to a gang of kidnappers.

The Police Eminent Peoples’ Forum has also been formed in Cross River state and members have appealed that more should be done to stop militancy in the creeks.

Furthermore, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it would begin its awareness campaigns to ensure compliance to road traffic laws.

According to Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, the FRSC is set to deploy 10,000 officials and marshals for the Sallah special patrols.

He explained at a press conference that it has recorded over 5,000 road crashes leading to 3,000 deaths between January and August 2016.

INEC Insists Edo Election Will Hold As Scheduled

INEC on Edo elctionThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that the Edo State governorship election will go on as planned.

The electoral body’s decision was announced on Wednesday by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Solomon Soyebi.

He spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

Mr Soyebi was responding to the advice by the police and the Department of State Services (DSS), asking INEC to postpone the election scheduled to hold on Saturday over security concerns.

He said the commission had just been informed of the advice and would have to study it before any decision would be taken on it.

The police and the DSS had said that the advice was based on credible intelligence at their disposal, which suggested that insurgents were planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between September 12 and 13.

The agencies highlighted Edo State as one of the states that have been earmarked for these planned attacks.

In a joint statement, they reminded the public that similar threats were earlier issued during the Labour Day and Democracy Day celebrations as well as the Eid-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.

Earlier on Monday, some candidates of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) writing the General Certificate Examination (GCE) in Edo State demanded for a shift in the date of the governorship election.

The election is scheduled to hold on September 10, but the students are asking the electoral body to postpone it.

Some of them staged a protest at the Government House in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, with placards emblazoned with their demands.

Police Beefs Up Security As Nigerians Prepare For Sallah Celebration

IGP-sallahThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has directed all Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs), to beef up security across the 36 states ahead of the Sallah celebrations, to ensure safety of lives and property for the duration of the holiday.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Kolawole, said all critical areas and states, including the FCT and Borno, are on high security alert.

She appealed to Nigerians, especially those in the northern part of the country, to be security conscious and report any unusual activity in their neighbourhood and avoid entertaining strangers through the Sallah festivities.

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on Islamic faithfuls to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, which is key to happy and prosperous society.

In a Sallah message to the people of the state, the Governor called on the people to also inculcate in their children the spirit of love, honesty, discipline and above all, the fear of Allah at all times.

Governor Gaidam also urged them to “take the exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as a source of guidance and inspiration”.

Similarly, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, in his Sallah message urged them to to continue to join hands with the government to move the state and the country to a greater height.

Meanwhile, traders in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, have urged the Federal Government to better the state of the economy and create employment, as they lament over low patronage in the markets.

Kaduna Bans All Social Gatherings Ahead Of Sallah Celebrations

KadunaAhead of the Sallah celebrations, the Kaduna state government has banned all forms of social gatherings at public places like recreation centres and amusement parks during the period.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end of the state Security Council meeting.

The statement explains that the decision was taken as measures to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens of the state and to forestall any form of attack as had been witnessed in past celebrations. The statement while wishing the Muslims in the state a successful and hitch-free Sallah celebrations, also appealed to citizens for increased vigilance and to report any suspicious persons or groups engaging in unusual activity to the nearest Police Station.

Meanwhile, there were increased security check at motor parks within the state capital aimed at forestalling any form of bomb attack as many residents travel out of the state for the Sallah.

At the Television Garage Motor Park, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) screened all passengers and luggage going into the park, as well as other parks visited by our crew.

Although there was no increment of transport fare as had been the usual practice during such festivities, the parks witnessed low influx of passengers.

Some of the passengers attributed the low turnout of passengers to lack of money as some civil servants complained of not receiving their salaries and therefore have no cause to celebrate.

However, In spite of the current economic down turn in the country, some privileged residents stormed the markets to shop.

Four Dead, 14 Injured As Tension Rises In Kano

JTF Raid kanoTwo explosions caused by two suicide bombers occurred in Kano on Monday.

The first attacker walked into a filling station in Hotoro, where people, most of whom were women cued for kerosene.

The Police Commissioner, Aderenle Shinaba, said that the bomber and two others died while eight sustained various degrees of injuries.

Shortly after, another female suicide bomber attempted to pass security check at Shoprite on Zoo road, killing herself and injuring six others including two policemen.

Kano State in recent days has been under tension after the discovery of explosives at Eid ground but the Police say it is still under high alert as few arrests have been made since recent attacks.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, the deputy governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar, who visited the scene of the blast, said the government was conscious and fully aware of the new techniques now used by the terrorists to attack innocent people.

Following the attacks, Sallah celebrations in Kano have suffered a setback as people are being cautious. Also, most recreational parks appeared empty as check-points have been set up within the metropolis.


Sallah Celebrations: IGP Places Policemen On Red Alert

Muhammed Abubakar Police-IG-2As part of efforts to ensure hitch-free Sallah celebrations, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered effective and extensive deployment of officers and men of the Nigeria Police and other special operatives, as well as all necessary logistics to all nooks and crannies of the country.

The IGP, in a directive issued to all commands and formations of the Police, directed Commissioners of Police and other field commanders across the country to ensure that no stone is left unturned in making sure that adequate security is provided in their various areas of jurisdiction.

Stressing that maximum attention should be paid to critical public places and other points prone to enemy attack, the IGP ordered the Commissioners of Police to retool their security infrastructures in line with their local security realities.

The IGP further directed the Commissioners of Police to personally supervise the special security deployment and ensure a 24-hour surveillance of their respective area of operations.

The IGP, while congratulating the Muslim Umma, enjoined them and other citizens to maintain utmost vigilance and courageously continue to support the security agencies in their prayers and provide useful information towards preventing and unearthing crimes and their authors.