Reps To Resolve Overlapping Mandates Among Security Agencies – Gbajabiamila

A file photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has spoken on how the House will resolve overlapping mandates among security agencies.

He said the House has made a commitment to support the executive in addressing the security challenges confronting the country.

Gbajabiamila said this in Lagos on Friday where he declared open a two-day National Security Legislative Reform retreat.

The speaker noted that the initiative was another “evidence of our commitment in the 9th House of Representatives to doing what is required of us to make sure our country can overcome the serious national security challenges that currently threaten the safety and wellbeing of our people.”

Participants will use the retreat to review seven bills with overlapping mandates on security, intelligence and the related agencies.

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The bills include the Armed Forces Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021; Police Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021; National Security and Civil Defence Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021; Customs and Excise Management Act (Amendment) Bill,  2021; ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, The Ammunition and Other Related Materials (Ratification and Enforcement) Bill, 2021; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021; and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

“How best to ensure the objectives of our national security and ensure that the men and women who live and work in our country can have full lives, free from the terror imposed by marauders and fundamentalists is now the defining question of our national life.

“How we answer this question and our ability to overcome the evident challenges of the moment will determine whether or not we can educate our children, attract investment to grow the economy, build critical national infrastructure, create jobs and ensure the continued and prosperous existence of our republic,” the Speaker said.

The speaker, who was represented by the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Toby Okechukwu, noted that even if the House was constitutionally handicapped in taking certain necessary actions to address the issue, it would not fold its arms and watch insecurity spiralling out of control.

He stated, “In the legislature, we do not control armies, we cannot deploy men and equipment to fight insurgencies and to prevent the taking over of spaces by bandits, criminals and assorted bad actors.

“Our power, and therefore our responsibility, lies in our constitutional mandate to make laws for the good governance of the country. And we serve this mandate by convening ourselves and others in programmes like this, to critically consider problems, advance solutions and agree on a joint strategy for law-making, for oversight and collaboration with the executive.”

According to Gbajabiamila, the objective of the retreat is to review each of the seven bills, with a view to eliciting discussions that will culminate in the passage of a series of legislation that will strengthen the efforts of the executive in tackling insecurity.

El-Rufai Seeks Funds For Security Agencies, Laments Rise In Banditry

 

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed concerns over the rise in kidnapping and banditry in the state and other parts of the country.

The governor said that the situation is increasing by the day and taking an alarming proportion, thereby seeking funds for security agencies.

Governor El-Rufai disclosed this on Friday during the presentation of the first Quarter Security report by the state Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

He described the present mood of citizens in Kaduna state and the country in general as one of despondency and increasingly loss of confidence in the security agencies due to the attacks.

According to him, the bandits operating in Kaduna state are inching closer from rural communities to the cities, where they attack and kill innocent citizens with utmost boldness.

File Photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, 

 

He, however, appealed to all citizens to exercise patience and support Security forces toward tackling the problem, even as he also calls for adequate funding for security agencies to enable them to perform better.

Presenting the Security report, the Kaduna state commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed that a total of 323 people were killed from January to March 2021, out of which 292 were males and 20 females

Aruwan also said that a total of 948 people were kidnapped by bandits between the period under review while Kaduna central alone accounted for 236 deaths within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru local government areas.

Imo Attack: Go After The Terrorists, Buhari Charges Security Agencies

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged security agencies to go after terrorists that attacked the Police Command Headquarters and the Correctional Facility in Owerri, Imo State on Monday.

The President on Tuesday in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the attack as an act of terrorism.

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The President directed security and intelligence agencies in the state and the geo-political zone to fully mobilize and go after the terrorists, apprehend them and get them punished under the full weight of the law.

A screengrab taken on April 5, 2021, shows the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) custodial centre which was attacked by gunmen in Imo State.

 

He commended the initial response by security guards and security forces for preventing greater loss of life and the destruction of public properties.

He also called for the best efforts to be made to rearrest fleeing prison detainees, many of whom are believed to be deadly criminals.

Some of the vehicles that were burnt during the attack

 

President Buhari appealed to members of the public to assist the law enforcement agencies with any relevant information that could lead to the apprehension of these criminals who perpetrated this despicable act.

He also urged members of the public to be vigilant as all of us have a stake in preserving our way of life from disruption by terrorists and anarchists while the Federal Government will use every available tool at its disposal to confront and terminate this bare-faced anarchy.

Insecurity: Ex-Katsina Governor Shema Calls For Synergy Between Security Agencies

 

The Former Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shehu Shema has called for proper synergy between the security agencies in order to tackle the lingering insecurity in the country.

According to him, security agencies must not see themselves as rivals, and citizens must also contribute their quota and encourage their leaders to do the right things in order to restore peace and normalcy in the country.

Shema made this call on Sunday during the inauguration of the State Caucus and State Elders Committees at the Katsina Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Headquarters, Katsina over the weekend.

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The state party chairman, Salisu Majigiri at the event told reporters that by this inauguration, the party is done with all the 20 organs provided by the Constitution of the party in the state.

He said “With this inauguration, the committee members will kick-start executing their constitutional responsibility of providing good leadership and ensure success comes 2023.”

“We are well prepared come 2023,” Majigiri added.

According to the PDP constitution, the state chairman of the party is expected to serve as the chairman of the state Caucus committee while the chairman and secretary of the elder’s committee will be elected within the members of the elder’s committee.

The work of the two committees is to advise the state working committee of the party, intervene in any issue that will bring the progress and development of the party, and anything to do with the political issues affecting the party at the state level.

According to the PDP constitution, these committees are being inaugurated at different levels, comprising Wards and Local Government as well as zonal and State levels respectively.

Taraba Govt Seeks Support Of Traditional Rulers, Security Agencies To End Insecurity

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

The Taraba State government has resolved to synergise with relevant security operatives and traditional rulers to tackle insecurity in the state. 

Chairman of the Association of Local Government Chairmen, Bala Bako, said this at the end of an emergency meeting with the chairmen of the 16 local government areas of Taraba, which held in Jalingo.

At the meeting, the chairmen resolved to introduce a platform for the promotion of peaceful coexistence.

He said, “We have resolved to collectively pursue the issue of insecurity with all vigour by synergising with relevant security operatives and the traditional rulers to tackle the incessant security out-breaches in the state.

“No society truly develops without peace. Thus, all hands must be on deck to ensure that peace and tranquility prevail in our respective communities.

“We have resolved to introduce a platform in our respective local government councils for the promotion of peaceful coexistence by all ethnic groups.

“Similarly, we have identified the need to promote sporting activities in all local government areas to foster unity among the various communities.”

A file photo of a deserted community in Taraba State.

 

Part of the resolutions by the LG bosses is to further strengthen the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) activities in their council areas by rewarding outstanding corps members at the end of each service year.

The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the issues discussed at the meeting and it was agreed that the local governments would partner with the primary healthcare agency to establish mobilization and sensitization committees at ward and local government levels for effective awareness and advocacy campaigns.

Another issue raised at the meeting was the proliferation of fake certificates of origin. To reverse the trend, local governments agreed to suspend pending when a new process is implemented.

The new process will require all applications for certificates of origin to be routed through ward or village heads to local government chairmen for final endorsement.

Meanwhile, the association praised Governor Darius Ishaku for approving the elongation of the tenure of local government chairmen from two years to three years.

They said the move would enable them to better serve the people.

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.