Insecurity: Allow Regional Security System To Function, Peter Obi Tells FG

 

The former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ex-Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, has asked the Federal Government to allow states to operate their regional security system.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight, Obi said the move would help curb the myriads of security challenges the country faces.

“Allow some region-like state security system to function. The government has to come out genuinely to tackle the issue of security of lives and properties by investing in them,” he said.

“I served as a governor and when I found out that we had a security issue, I decided that every community in Anambra State must have their own security outfit funded and supported by the government.

“If you go to Anambra State, every community has a pickup for security. In fact, some own two or three. A community like Nnewi owns four or five because it is critical.”

For Nigeria to surmount the several challenges and become better, Obi said the nation needs to restructure.

Former PDP vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi, speaks during an interview on Channels TV’s Newsnight on March 1, 2021.

 

He explained that his call for the nation’s restructuring is imperative because it appears the systems that have been operated over times isn’t producing the needed result.

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When asked what should be done to prevent further loss of lives in the country, the PDP chieftain reiterated his call for regional security architecture.

He explained that for the citizens to be safe, communities should have a network that will effectively guarantee their security, noting that it is the best approach.

“Just support every community, let governments of the states support every community. There is no better protection or security you can have within a community than those communities being in charge of their own security because they know the criminals.

“They know those who are foreigners in their community, so it is very easy. You can’t come to my village and provide a better community than my villagers,” he added.

Insecurity: Kaduna Bishop Asks FG to Declare State of Emergency

 

The Bishop of the Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Ndagoso, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the country’s security sector and protect the citizens from constant attacks by bandits and other criminal elements. 

Bishop Ndagoso said this on Sunday during the one-year remembrance service of a student of the Good Shepherds Catholic Major Seminary in the state, Mike Nnadi who was killed by bandits.

He also criticised the president, saying he has failed woefully in protecting the lives and property of the citizens, contrary to his campaign promises to improve the security of the country.

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According to the cleric, the daily abductions and killings of innocent people by bandits, and the inability of the Federal Government led by President Buhari to put an end to the attacks, clearly shows that the president cares less about the welfare of those he is leading.

He also added that the country is at the worse of insecurity under the present administration.

The catholic seminarian and some of his colleagues were abducted by bandits on January 10, 2020.

The gunmen had invaded the school at midnight, shot sporadically to scare students, and thereafter abducted four students from their hostels.

While three of the students were later released by the bandits some days after, the decomposed body of Mike Nnadi was found inside a bush at Kakau village along the Kaduna Kaduna-Abuja highway on February 2, 2020.

Although those behind Nnadi’s death were eventually arrested in April 2020, the Bishop of the Kaduna Diocese, Mathew Mathew Ndagoso, used the occasion to draw the attention of the authorities to the deteriorating security situation in the country.

We Are Used To A President Whose Words Mean Nothing – Aisha Yesufu

 

The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Aisha Yesufu, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the increasing spate of abductions in the country.

When asked on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, what she thinks of the President’s assurance to Nigerians about efforts being made to rescue all those who have been abducted, Mrs Yesufu said: “what I make of the statement is absolutely nothing”.

“We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens,” she added.

Since one of the major abductions in the country happened in 2014 – (the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State), Yesufu has been at the forefront of the calls made to the Federal Government to ensure the release of all abductees as well as to curb the rate of insecurity in the country.

Speaking of the abduction of 317 female students at the Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School in Zamfara State on Friday, she said the President’s body language had been an enabler to the perpetrators.

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“The body language of President Muhammadu Buhari enables the terrorists. They know that we have an ineffective President and Commander-In-Chief, we have an incompetent one a clueless one, who does not even bother about what is happening in the country”, the BBOG Co-convener said.

“Yesterday we buried seven military officers, the best that we have, the nation was in mourning and the President was a few minutes away from where they were and the president didn’t even turn up, what does that signify? It Is high time we begin to make serious demands on the president”.

“This is such a sad moment especially with the fact that our government has not learnt anything in spite of almost seven years of advocacy that we’ve been calling on the government to do the right thing and to do the needful to ensure that the citizens are protected.

“Before the Chibok Girl’s abduction, there was actually the Guniyadi killings where 29 boys were slaughtered in their schools”.

Speaking about what steps should be taken, Yesufu said “It is not in our place to give the way forward. His (the President’s) salaries are being paid for it, his needs are being taken care of. He was voted to give the way forward.

Kaduna Security: 18 Killed As Bandits Attack Three LGAs

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.

 

Bandits have killed no fewer than 18 people in Giwa, Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.

The three Local Government Areas have been under constant attacks by bandits in recent time.

According to Aruwan, the bandits attacked Anaba village in Igabi local government area and killed seven people. He gave their names as Ali Musa, Isa Sharehu, Tijjani Isa, Auwalu Shehu, Hashim Abdullahi, Hassan Saidu and Umar Rilwanu.

Many of the houses in the community were also burnt down by the bandits along with storehouses and barns, while they also rustled no fewer than 20 cows during the operation.

Similarly, the bandits also attacked Barinje village in Chikun local government area killing eight persons, including Sunday Gwamna, Lawal Jizo, Salha Barau, Sabo Barau, Umaru Barau, Muhammadu Dan Azumi, Zailani Dogara and Jikan Gambo.

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Some residents of the village were also abducted, and cattle rustled during the attack, while an unspecified number of injured victims are receiving treatment in hospitals.

In another operation, armed bandits attacked the loosely connected communities of Kwarten Rigasa, Kwarten Waziri and Kwarten Shaku in Igabi local government area.

The bandits reportedly emerged from the Buruku area and raided the villages in a cattle rustling operation and in the process, killed one Danjuma Isa from neighboring Ungwan Kanti village as he made his way on foot to Kwarten Rigasa.

Similarly, armed bandits invaded Sanhu Makera village in Birnin Yero of Igabi local government area and killed one Yakubu Abdullahi, a farmer in the village, while another person was killed by unknown assailants in unusual circumstances, at the Ministerial Pilot Housing Estate, Millennium City in Chikun local government area.

According to Aruwan, the attacks on soft targets at Anaba and Barinje villages in Igabi and Chikun LGAs respectively followed the killing of several armed bandits through targeted air operations.

He disclosed that air platforms had earlier conducted armed reconnaissance around Anaba village during which the crew observed houses on fire and locals migrating to nearby settlements.

He further disclosed that many bandits on motorcycles were neutralised by troops at Kankomi village and neighbouring communities as well as
Kuyanbana forest while many of them escaped with bullet wounds.

The security agencies, however, appealed to the communities to report anyone found with suspicious bullet wounds to the Security Operations Room.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the unfortunate incidents and has sent his condolences to the families of all those killed in the attacks, while offering prayers for the repose of their souls. He also wishes the injured a quick recovery.

‘No More Accidental Discharge’: 10 Promises Made By New Rivers CP

MOSOP Accuses Military Of Killing In Gokana

 

The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Eboka Friday, Tuesday held his first media briefing since he was posted to take charge of police affairs in the state.

He addressed reporters at the State Police Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

Friday assured the residents that under his watch, the command would tackle all forms of insecurity to a standstill by relying on intelligence gathering and the use of technology.

He also promised to end arrest by proxy, human rights abuse, and any form of indiscipline by police personnel in Rivers.

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Below are some of the promises made by the police commissioner at the press briefing:

…I promise to do my utmost best to justify the confidence reposed in me. My primary assignment is to secure the lives and property of the good people of Rivers State with integrity, politeness, and civility.

As you all know, Rivers State is strategic to the economic fortunes of the country. It, therefore, follows that so much needs to be done to curtail and minimize the security challenges arising therefrom, given the peculiar social-economic environment and the volume of human traffic, including foreign nationals in the state.

…Let me state categorically that I am here in the state to tackle crime and criminality headlong, in line with the vision and mission of the Inspector General of Police, in accordance with international best practices, rule of law, and respect for fundamental human rights.

I shall uphold the tenets of democratic policing and ensure that innocent citizens do not suffer infractions from my officers. No efforts will be spared in dealing with all criminal elements in the state. Total war is thus declared against violent crimes like armed robbery, cultism, and kidnapping etc.

We shall deploy technology and also rely on other sources of generating information/ intelligence in the discharge of our duties.

In line with the IGP’s directives, my administration has no room for corrupt officers. HODs/DPOs are to closely monitor their men while a monitoring team will go round to apprehend erring officers. Members of the public are free to report the conduct of such officers to members of the Management Team or the Police PRO.

Under my watch, no person shall be detained unjustly. Arrest by proxy is unlawful and will not be tolerated. No person shall be arrested for someone else’s offence.

No more accidental discharge. Defaulters will be charged appropriately, while their DPOs will be queried. Force order 237 will remain a subject of lecture on a weekly basis.

My men and I shall be professional in dealing with all issues. This involves a high level of neutrality and fairness. Officers shall display commitment to their duties and ensure their men are regularly visited in their beats. Officers who perform well shall be rewarded, while those who prefer to remain lackadaisical will be withdrawn and punished.

Foot and vehicular patrols will be more noticeable under my watch. HODs/DPOs are to redeploy 50 per cent of their men in admin offices on these duties.

House Of Reps Confirms Appointment Of Service Chiefs

 

The House of Representatives has confirmed the appointment of the newly appointed Service Chiefs.

The report of the Committee on Defence was presented by the Chairman, Babajimi Benson, during plenary on Tuesday and considered by the committee of the whole, before it was adopted by the House.

According to the committee chairman, the nominees were thoroughly screened.

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The service chiefs are also being screened by the Senate Committee on Defense.

The process had commenced last Wednesday when the new appointees were called upon to share their portfolios as well as their vision if they are confirmed to take on the new roles.

Their confirmation by the House of Reps today comes shortly after the Senate nominated the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors, despite criticisms in some quarters.

A file photo of the immediate past service chiefs ahead of a Security Council meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the new service chiefs on January 26, following the resignation of the former officers.

Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; while General Ibrahim Attahiru replaced Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.

Below is a brief profile of the new officers.

Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor

 

Major-General Leo Irabor was born on October 5, 1965 and hails from Ika South LGA of Delta State.

He is a trained Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds two Masters degrees from the University of Ghana, Accra, and Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.

A one-time Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Irabor later took over as the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

He replaces General Abayomi Olonisakin who served as Chief of Defence Staff since July 2015.

 

Chief of Air Staff

Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao was born on 14 Sep 1965 at Enugu. He hails from Oshogbo in Osun State.

He was enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force on January 19, 1984.

After several years in service, he replaces Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who has served as Chief of Air Staff since July 2015.

 

Chief of Naval Staff

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo.

 

Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was born on April 22, 1966 and hails from Nasarawa LGA in Kano State.

He was enlisted into the Nigerian Navy on September 24, 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36.

Until his recent appointment, he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration.

Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, replaces Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas who served as Chief of Naval Staff since July 2015.

Read Also: President Buhari Replaces Service Chiefs


 

Chief of Army Staff

Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru.

 

General Ibrahim Attahiru was born on August 10, 1966, and hails from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the North-East in May 2017.

He was later replaced by General Nicholas Rogers.

Before his appointment as the new Chief of Army Staff, he oversaw the 82 Division, Nigerian Army.

He replaces Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who had served in that office since July 2015.


Repeated Calls For Removal

The replacement of the Service Chiefs by President Buhari comes after numerous calls for their sack over the increasing insecurity in the country.

As far back as July, the Nigerian Senate had called on the service chiefs to step aside.

The Senate reiterated its call in December after 43 farmers were killed in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists.

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, in a Channels Television interview, stressed that the President was breaking the law by keeping the Service Chiefs, who had been in their positions since 2015.

“The President is breaking the law, the law says if you are 60 you must go, it is automatic,” Shekarau said.

“If you are 35 years in service, you must go. In fact, they are not staff of Mr. President, they are the staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is a rule.”

Members of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, have also serially called for the top military officials to be replaced.

The Presidency had said President Muhammadu Buhari would make the decision when “the time is right.”

 

Fayemi, Other Governors Visit Bello Over Kagara Abduction, NSTA Passengers

 

Six Governors of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum have arrived Niger State to meet with Governor Abubakar Bello.

Chairman of the Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi is among those visiting the state.

Other members of the forum that have arrived are Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

The reason for the visit is still sketchy, but it is not unconnected with the security challenges in Niger State, particularly the abduction of 41 persons from Government Science Secondary School Kagara and the release on Sunday of 53 passengers abducted from the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus.

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Governor Fayemi explained that their mission to Niger State was to commiserate with Governor Abubakar Bello over the abduction of the Kagara students and to commend him for the release of the 53 passengers.

Noting that the governors were not in the state to lament over the current national security, he said there is a need to come together as a people and leaders.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi leads other governors to Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello on February 23, 2021 over the security situation.

 

He also called for synergy among security agencies to find lasting solutions to the problem, stressing that if it requires dialogue and negotiations, it can be explored.

The NGF Chairman insisted there is no regionalization of the security issues or ethnic inclination, explaining that Nigeria can no longer play the ostrich and pretend about the issues.

He reassured his Niger counterpart that this difficult period will be over, saying all the governors in the country must put their heads together to solve the problem, which according to him cannot be fought in isolation.

According to him, the bandits terrorising the north are remnants of Boko Haram who have infiltrated into other parts of the country.

While attributing the security challenges in the country to factors such as poverty, illiteracy among others, Fayemi called for an adequate solution to the crisis in the North East.

On his part, Governor Bello lamented the break down in law and order in the country, stating that it portends a great threat to the future of the country as the future generation may be deprived of quality education due to insecurity

The governor also criticised the centralisation of security agencies at the federal level, which according to him needed to be addressed going forward.

He expressed hope that the lamentations of the residents of Niger and indeed other states will be attended to immediately.

The Niger leader noted that there are two phases of dialogue his administration is currently exploring.

First, he said, is to secure the release of the students of Government Science College Kagara abductees, while the second phase is to dialogue with the gunmen on their challenges and reasons for the attacks.

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Lawan Meets Buhari Over Insecurity, Backs NDDC Forensic Audit

President Muhammadu Buhari greets Senate President, Ahmed Lawan during a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on February 22, 2021. Credit: State House

 

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on Monday met behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja over the security challenges facing the country.

Lawan who spoke to State House reporters after the meeting assured Nigerians of advanced security in the next two months in rural areas to protect farmers and allow businesses to flourish.

He said the National Assembly is prepared to provide full support regarding the approved funds from the Excess Crude Account by the National Economic Council, to tackle insecurity across the country.

On the probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Senate President declared that the National Assembly is backing President Buhari’s position on the forensic audit.

While calling for the conclusion of the forensic audit, Lawan noted that the move would lead to the speedy prosecution of all those found culpable.

According to him, the National Assembly aligning with the President’s resolve to sanitize the NDDC’s operations because the commission has so far not achieved its mandate of developing the Niger Delta since it was created by a law of the National Assembly in 2000.

Recall that a forensic audit was set up by the President to look into the activities of NDDC from its inception 20 years ago.

Lead forensic consultants were appointed and 16 field forensic auditors procured to handle the process.

Screening And Confirmation Of New Service Chiefs Commences

 

The screening and confirmation of the newly appointed service chiefs has commenced.

The event which is taking place in the Nation’s Capital, Abuja, is being coordinated by the House of Representatives Committee on Defence.

One after the other, the new appointees were called upon to share their portfolios as well as their vision if they are confirmed to take on the new roles.


President Muhammadu Buhari appointed them on January 26, following the resignation of the former officers.

Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; while General Ibrahim Attahiru replaced Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.

Below is a brief profile of the new officers.

Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor

 

Major-General Leo Irabor was born on October 5, 1965 and hails from Ika South LGA of Delta State.

He is a trained Engineer from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds two Masters degrees from the University of Ghana, Accra, and Bangladesh University of Professionals, Dhaka.

A one-time Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Irabor later took over as the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

He replaces General Abayomi Olonisakin who served as Chief of Defence Staff since July 2015.

 

Chief of Air Staff

Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao was born on 14 Sep 1965 at Enugu. He hails from Oshogbo in Osun State.

He was enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force on January 19, 1984.

After several years in service, he replaces Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who has served as Chief of Air Staff since July 2015.

 

Chief of Naval Staff

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo.

 

Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo was born on April 22, 1966 and hails from Nasarawa LGA in Kano State.

He was enlisted into the Nigerian Navy on September 24, 1984 as a member of Regular Course 36.

Until his recent appointment, he was the Director of Procurement at the Defence Space Administration.

Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, replaces Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas who served as Chief of Naval Staff since July 2015.

Read Also: President Buhari Replaces Service Chiefs


 

Chief of Army Staff

Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru.

 

General Ibrahim Attahiru was born on August 10, 1966, and hails from Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the North-East in May 2017.

He was later replaced by General Nicholas Rogers.

Before his appointment as the new Chief of Army Staff, he oversaw the 82 Division, Nigerian Army.

He replaces Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who had served in that office since July 2015.


Repeated Calls For Removal

The replacement of the Service Chiefs by President Buhari comes after numerous calls for their sack over the increasing insecurity in the country.

As far back as July, the Nigerian Senate had called on the service chiefs to step aside.

The Senate reiterated its call in December after 43 farmers were killed in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists.

Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, in a Channels Television interview, stressed that the President was breaking the law by keeping the Service Chiefs, who had been in their positions since 2015.

“The President is breaking the law, the law says if you are 60 you must go, it is automatic,” Shekarau said.

“If you are 35 years in service, you must go. In fact, they are not staff of Mr. President, they are the staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is a rule.”

Members of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, have also serially called for the top military officials to be replaced.

The Presidency had said President Muhammadu Buhari would make the decision when “the time is right.”

Northern Elders Forum Calls For De-escalation Of Tension

The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed on December 2, 2020, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over the security challenges in Nigeria.

 

The Northern Elders Forum has raised concerns over what it describes as the dangers of sustained attempts to raise tensions and create fears among Nigerians.

In a statement by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the forum stated that the trend could lead to major crisis involving groups and regions in the country if not checked.

It emphasized that the nation is currently facing imminent threats from persons who are bent on pushing Nigeria to disaster.

“There are efforts to create multiple sources of falsehood in videos and other inflammatory materials in the media clearly targeted at inciting people to act violently against each other,” the statement read.

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“Allegations of planned or actual genocide are being made with reckless abandon, and even the international community is being lobbied in futile efforts to sell the fiction that some groups are intent on mass extermination of other groups”.

While making known its readiness to continue to work to retrieve the country from the danger it said it has plans to meet with governors in the north and south and visit communities to improve responsible collaboration and synergy.

The forum urged President Buhari to consult and explore ways aimed at lowering the present tension and assure everyone that laws have meaning in Nigeria.

All Criminal Elements Coming Into Nigeria Must Be Flushed Out – Abaribe

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has said that regardless of what arguments may be held over insecurity in the country, one resolution that must be reached is to flush out all criminal elements.

Speaking during plenary on Wednesday, Abaribe said authorities must not continue to paper over matter when it comes to the issue of security.

The lawmaker who specifically spoke about claims that certain citizens were being sent away from different regions of the country, said only miscreants have been chased out of the forests from where they have been unleashing mayhem on innocent Nigerians.

“No Nigerian is being sent away from anywhere, criminals are being sent away from the forest where they are,” Abaribe argued.

He urged fellow legislators to be mindful of the message they pass and emphasized that the desideratum for solving Nigeria’s security need at this time, is to ensure that all criminal elements coming into the country from wherever they are, be flushed out.

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A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Rejig Security Architecture NASS Urges Buhari

The rising spate of crimes in the country has continued to be a cause for concern for many Nigerians.

On Wednesday, the insecurity across the nation formed the core of deliberations within the National Assembly, with legislators within the two chambers resolving to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the security architecture of the country by taking more decisive steps to curb the insecurity in the country.

The lawmakers also called on the new security chiefs to take more drastic actions to bring an end to the menace in the country.

For members of the upper chamber, there is no better time for the establishment of community and state police than now, as they believe it will help to effectively deal with the unfolding threats.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on his part, said every time a citizen is killed or kidnapped, loses their property or livelihood, the government has failed in its obligation.

According to Honourable Gbajabiamila, the Constitution obligates all who swear to serve in government to do everything to protect the lives and property of all citizens and promote their well-being above all else.

Kaduna Security: Troops Kill More Bandits In Birnin Gwari

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Airforce have killed more bandits during Air operations in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The sustained military operations followed recent killing of over 40 people in five local government areas of the state within 48 hours.

According to the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, bandits were seen at Sabon Madada with herds of cattle, and were engaged and neutralized accordingly by the troops.

Read Also: Bandits Kill 23, Injure Several Others In Five Kaduna LGAs

The troops also killed several bandits who were seen along a track connecting Kuyanbana Forest and Sabon Madada.

The Commissioner also disclosed that air missions were conducted over other locations in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area including Goron Dutse, Sabon Madada, Dan Sadau, Baba Doka, Namaigiya, Kaboru, Danmani, Sani Maichoko and environs.