Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Others

Buhari Orders Security Agencies To Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Others

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security agencies in the country to ensure that all bandits are immediately dealt with.

He gave the directive when he met with service chiefs on Thursday at the President Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed that the President issued marching orders to the military to ruthlessly address the security challenges in the country.

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He explained that the meeting reviewed strategies employed so far in confronting the issue of banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara and other states.

The defence chief informed reporters that the security agencies now have a new revised strategy to handle the challenges.

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, who also attended the meeting, gave an update on police operations.

He gave assurance that the Abuja- Kaduna Expressway was now safe for travellers.

The police boss noted that the road has been cleared of bandits and kidnappers while security operatives have made a lot of arrests.

The meeting also had in attendance the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buhari; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Government officials in attendance were the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, among others.

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Supplementary Elections: We Expect High-Level Cooperation From Security Agencies – INEC

A file photo of Mr Festus Okoye

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for improved synergy with various security agencies in the country during the supplementary election to be held in some states on March 23, 2019.

INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, made the call on Monday during his appearance on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programme on Channels Television.

“We are ready for this particular election, and we expect that things will go well,” he said.

He added, “We also expect high-level cooperation from the different security agencies that will be involved in election security so that at the end of the day, people will know that a good election has been conducted.”

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The INEC official gave the assurance that the exercise would be free and fair while the results would not be interfered with.

He urged the electorate to come out and vote for the candidates of their choice, noting that only their votes would determine the outcome of the election in their areas.

Mr Okoye also called for the support of various stakeholders in the election, especially the political parties to ensure smooth process.

He, however, warned that INEC would not tolerate any form of electoral malpractice in its resolve to conduct an election that the people would be proud of.

“We want to conduct a supplementary election that Nigerian people will be proud of; we want to also conduct a supplementary election that meets the expectations of all the critical stakeholders in the electoral process,” he said.

“What we demand is that the political parties should rein in their members and also make sure that they act in accordance with laid down rules and procedures for the conduct of elections.”

The supplementary election will take place in Adamawa, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto States where the governorship poll was declared inconclusive.

UN Calls For Synergy Among Security Agencies During Elections

UN Calls For Synergy Among Security Agencies During Elections
R-L: NSCDC Commandant-General, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, and UN envoy, Muhammad Ibn Chambas, at the NSCDC headquarters in Abuja.

 

The United Nations has called on security agencies in the country to work in synergy during the coming general elections.

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr Muhammad Ibn Chambas, made the call on Saturday in Abuja.

He spoke during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the nation’s capital.

Mr Chambas advised the security agencies to cooperate and form a united force that would prevent anyone from truncating the electoral process.

According to him, a successive election is dependent on a conducive environment where all voters can participate in the process without fear and intimidation.

In a statement by the public relations officer of NSCDC, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, the UN envoy commended the level of security preparations for the elections by the relevant agencies, including the corps.

The Commandant-General of NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, thanked Mr Chambas for his visit.

He also told the envoy that the corps was strategically positioned for the elections, adding that they would remain apolitical throughout the process.

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Amnesty International Accuses Security Agencies Of Abuses, Violence

Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has accused Nigerian security forces of carrying out widespread abuses such as extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, mass detention in sub-human facilities, attacks on the media and journalists, violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, forced evictions, among other things.

In its 2017/2018 Human Rights Report released on Thursday, the agency said the Nigerian Military had “detained hundreds of women unlawfully, without charge” among other inhumane treatments.

According to Amnesty International, “the military detention facility at Giwa barracks, Maiduguri, held more than 4,900 people in extremely overcrowded cells.

“Disease, dehydration and starvation were rife and at least 340 detainees died. At least 200 children, as young as four, were detained in an overcrowded and unhygienic children’s cell. Some children were born in detention,” the report said.

Furthermore, the agency accused the Police and the State Security Service (SSS) of “torture, other ill-treatment and unlawful detention”, especially in a case involving one Nonso Diobu and eight other men who were arrested and detained by officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Also listing another case involving a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Bright Chimezie, AI said even after the high court had ordered the SSS to release him, his name was included in another case and he was held in detention for another year.

It also made mention of the case involving the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife who have remained in detention since his arrest in 2015, despite a court ordering their release and compensation.

The Police was also accused of breaching the fundamental human rights of Freedom of Expression and association, among other things.

“The security forces disrupted, in some cases violently and with excessive force, peaceful protests and assemblies,” the report said.

At the time of this report, none of the agencies had reacted to the accusations of Amnesty.

Passengers Applaud Timely Rehabilitation Of Abuja Airport

Passengers Applaud Timely Rehabilitation Of Abuja AirportDomestic flights have resumed operations into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following the re-opening of the runway to traffic.

Passengers aboard a domestic flight expressed delight at being able to fly directly into the capital city, and applauded the timely rehabilitation of the facility.

They, however, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently consider the construction of a second runway for the airport, in addition to regular maintenance of the newly rehabilitated one.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, lauded the prompt decision of the government to rehabilitate the airport.

“We must thank the agencies: The Ministries of Transport, Aviation, Works, and other Nigerians who gave the support. The greatest thing is we thank God that we didn’t wait for a disaster to happen in Abuja before we took that decision,” he said.

The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also said: “The last couple of weeks have been quite challenging for some of us who fly quite frequently, the logistics of having to go to Kaduna and all that; but I think it has been managed quite effectively”.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the Abuja Airport had been certified to accommodate international and local flights, ahead of the date scheduled for its re-opening, April 19.

The Ethiopian Airline Airbus 8350 was the first major airline to land at the airport.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, President Muhammadu Buhari lauded the efforts of key agencies on the successful completion of work on the runway of the airport.

He also thanked foreign airlines for their cooperation with the Nigerian Government during the period of the closure of the airport.

President Buhari Commends Re-opening Of Abuja Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the re-opening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, 24 hours ahead of the deadline.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, the President lauded the efforts of the contractor, security agencies, Kaduna State Government, as well as the Ministries of Transport, Power, Works and Housing, on the successful completion of work on the runway of the airport.

He said that he looked forward to such display of inter-agency cooperation and efficiency in the operation of the entire Federal Government machinery.

President Buhari also thanked foreign airlines for their cooperation with the Nigerian Government during the period of the closure of the airport.

Ahead of the date scheduled for the re-opening, April 19, the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the Abuja Airport has been certified to accommodate international and local flights.

The Minister said this when he landed at the airport at about 11.15am on board a Caverton helicopter from Kaduna State.

The Ethiopian Airline Airbus 8350 was the first major airline to land at the airport.

Ekiti Govt. Official Kidnapped In Edo

Two Kidnapped Germans Regain FreedomEkiti State Civil Service official, Olaniyi Ibidunmoye, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Ibillo, Edo State with his abductors demanding a 20million Naira ransom for him to regain freedom.

Mr. Ibidunmoye is a Director at the Office of Ekiti State Surveyor General and is also a pastor at the Agape Christian Ministries.

The victim, according to family source, was returning from a pastoral meeting of his church in Abuja in his Lexus Jeep when he was abducted and taken to an unknown destination.

A source close to the family disclosed that his abandoned vehicle is now with Ibillo Police Station in Edo State.

Landlords of Egbewa (GRA) road 11, Ado Ekiti through their Community Association, where he resides, has written a letter of appeal to the Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, calling on him to assist in freeing Ibidunmoye from the kidnappers.

According to a letter dated March 9, 2017 signed by the Chairman, Mr. Remi Olowoloba and member, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, urged security agencies to collaborate with their counterparts in Edo and other neighboring states to ensure that Ibidunmoye is rescued alive.

A family source said: “He was kidnapped on Wednesday and they have established contact with the family demanding a ransom of 20million Naira.

“The family has been going through emotional trauma and psychological torture since his abduction.

“The wife has been traumatized and disconsolate because the shock has been unbearable.

“We are pleading with his abductors to release him unconditionally and allow him to reunite with his family, he is a civil servant and a man of God.

“We want to beg them to release him for the sake of the wife and children bearing the brunt of the shock.

“There is no way a salary earner can get 20million Naira in this era when government is owing arrears of salaries”, he said.

A Police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi, said that the incident did not happen in Ekiti state but he was told that the Edo state police command is already investigating the matter.

Military To Defeat Boko Haram By End Of 2016

Military To Defeat Boko Haram By The End Of 2016The era of insecurity, especially the Boko Haram insurgence would be a thing of the past before the end of December 2016, a military official said on Monday.

At meeting with the kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, the out-gone Commandant of the 22 Armoured Brigades of the Nigerian Army in Sobi Ilorin, Brigadier General Benjamin Sawyer, said, that the military was determined to end the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

Military onslaught had heightened in the region, with focus on Sambisa Forest, to flush out the terrorists from the area seen as their safe haven.

Brigadier General Sawyer was at the meeting with his successor, Brigadier Sulyman Idris.

Addressing the governor on the purpose of the visit, Mr Sawyer explained that having been transferred from the state to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, one of the volatile states in the northeast, there is the need to inform and introduce the new helmsman to the governor.

He also noted that initially, there were lots of worries with the choice of 22 Brigade being deployed to the northeast, but however assured the governor that the personnel were capable of providing the needed security to keep the state safe and secure.

The Army Chief then stressed the military’s determination to tackle the issue of Boko Haram.

He added that with the directive from the Chief of Army Staff, the insurgents “would be a thing of the past by the end of this month”.

In response to this, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, commended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their bravery in the fight against insurgents in the country and reiterated his readiness to continue to strengthen the relationship with security organisations in the state.

According to Ahmed, the Nigerian Army is a pride to the nation and has demonstrated sufficient competence to secure the nation against internal and external aggression.

He added that given the enabling environment, the army had the capacity to protect and secure Nigeria.

The new commandant, Brigadier Idris, equally gave assurance of his readiness to ensure that security of lives and property are maintained in the state, while he sought the state government’s co-operation and support.

Human Rights Activist Advocates Modern Interrogation Techniques

Human Rights Activist Advocates Modern Interrogation TechniquesA Yenagoa-based Human Rights Activist, Mr Alagoa Morris, has advised security agencies to avoid the use of torture and adopt more civilized and modern techniques of interrogation.

Alagoa, who spoke during the 2016 World Human Rights Day, themed: “stand up for someone’s rights today”, urged the police and other security agencies to improve on their investigation techniques.

The United Nations had set aside December 10, annually as human rights day in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948.

Alagoa believes that adopting such improved techniques, would help to get voluntary statements from suspects.

“The world is constantly advancing and making progress; we have to move along with our judicial system.

“If we continue to use crude method – torture, we merely portray ourselves as primitive people.

“The work of human rights protection is a collective one, and we call on members of the society to uplift the ideals of human rights for the attainment of an egalitarian society.

“We should live by the golden rule that says: do unto others as you will want to be treated.”

The Human Rights Activist, then called on the police to ensure prosecution of officers and men found guilty of human rights violation or abuse.

He stressed this, while stating the example of the recent case of a policeman who allegedly shot and Killed a fellow policeman in Bayelsa state, over 20, 000 Naira.

The case according to him, was “regrettable”.

Bayelsa Lawmakers Advocate Retraining Of Security Personnel

Police, lawmakers, Bayelsa, security personnel, extra-judicial killlingThe Bayelsa State House of Assembly has called for the retraining of personnel across the different security agencies with emphasis on the Nigeria Police.

The lawmakers stressed the need for the training, following the case of an alleged extra-judicial killing in the Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria.

Chief Whip of the House of Assembly, Tonye Isenah and the House Committee Chairman on Security, Colonel Bernard Kemebai (Rtd), described the incident as regrettable.

They assured the public of their commitment to ensuring that justice is served while advocating for the retraining of security personnel.

The incident centered on the death a middle-aged carpenter, Anayo and four-year-old Godsgift Odoki who were hit by a stray bullet during a gun battle between the Police and some suspected cultists in Ekeki community in Yenagoa, the state’s capital.

The mishap led to a protest by Obuan youths from Epie-Atissa Kingdom who took to the streets to demand for justice.

They said that the spate of extra-judicial killing in Bayelsa State was worrisome and needed to be stopped.

The youths also took their petition to the Government House where the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr Boma Spirojack, consoled them, saying such unfortunate incidents were usually unavoidable in any exchange of gunfire.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command has since issued a statement informing the public of the detention of the sergeant who allegedly fired the deadly shot.

The command says investigation was still ongoing while no statement was made regarding the possible arrest of any of the cultists.

Plateau Residents Assured Of Hitch Free Eid-el-Kabir Celebration

Eid-El-Kabir-Security-PlateauSecurity agencies in Plateau State have assured its citizens of a peaceful and hitch free Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in spite of rumours of impending attack on the state.

The Commander of the Special Taskforce “Operation Safe Haven”, Major General Rogers Nicholas, gave the assurance after a town hall meeting with officials of road transport workers, community leaderships and market operators.

Subsequent to the meeting, Major General Nicholas led the Joint Taskforce on a security patrol of major streets of Jos and Bukuru metropolis in North-central Nigeria.

The Taskforce comprises officials of the military, police, immigration, Department of State Security, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigerian Prisons Service.

Addressing the joint patrol after the exercise, the Commander said the exercise was part of security measures to assure citizens of its readiness to combat any criminal activity during and after the Sallah celebrations.

He urged the officers to exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties and called for synergy among security agencies for the sustenance of peace in Plateau State.

The Major General also warned those who may want to cause trouble during the celebrations that security agencies were ever ready to clamp down on perpetrators.

On his part, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Ogunyanwo, said the police is also ready to secure lives and property during the Sallah period.

He appealed to the citizens to also cooperate with the security agencies to provide useful information and adhere to instructions on security arrangements, to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Panel Hands Over Obosi Crisis Report To Governor Obiano

willie obiano, anambra state, improved welfare for workersThe seven-man Administrative Panel of Enquiry set up by Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to look into last year’s crisis in Obosi Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state has submitted its report.

According to the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Chike Nwizu (rtd), the panel carried out its sitting under intense pressure in 28 sittings, as against 17 sittings designated to it aside other private sittings.

He also said that 17 witnesses testified while 268 written evidences were tendered.

The Governor, satisfied with the performance of the Panel, gave them another assignment to look into Abanaga versus Ukpo and Enugwukwu crisis.

The Administrative Panel of Enquiry into Obosi Crisis commenced sitting immediately after the inauguration on October 26, 2015.

They were asked to determine the immediate and remote causes of the dispute, disturbances and discord within the community, determine the parties to the dispute, ascertain the causes of the problem between the Traditional ruler and the President General.

Part of their objective was also to determine the roles and impact of law enforcement and Security Agencies in addressing the issues and to make recommendations to the state government on remedial measures to the crisis.

It was a tensed period for the panel members drawn from the judiciary, civil service, security and the church to ensure credible and effective investigation.

During the 28 days sitting period, witnesses ranging from the traditional ruler of Obosi, to the President General and other prominent sons of Obosi were subjected to thorough grilling by various lawyers and the panel members.

The major issues bringing discord in the community are land disputes, contention in the traditional stool of Obosi kingdom and other leadership issues.

At the completion of the exercise, the panel came back to the Governor to submit their report which came in three volumes comprising the record of the proceedings, the number of exhibits tendered, the report and the recommendations of the panel.

The Governor, receiving the report, commended the panel members and expressed hopes that the recommendations would permanently address the crisis in the community.

Governor Obiano again re-commissioned the panel to immediately look into the raging land crisis between Abagana, Ukpo and Enugwukwu communities, having considered them competent.