Criminals Conniving With Monarchs In Bauchi, Says Governor Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed speaks at the Government House in Bauchi State.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Tuesday alleged that criminals are conniving with some traditional rulers.

Speaking during the State Executive Council meeting in Bauchi, the governor said some bad eggs in the security circuit also collude with criminals to unleash mayhem on communities in the state.

According to Mohammed, his administration is having sleepless nights over renewed criminal activity in the state.

This is even as he charged the newly appointed state commissioners and special advisers to be on the alert and security-conscious in their various local governments.

“Security, we are having sleepless nights. There is no time I am not talking about security,” the governor told his political appointees. “You are my representatives in your own right; we will have to change our style.

“These people are coming, and they are conniving with our traditional institutions and even bad eggs within the security agencies.

“We have to work very hard because everything in this world is about life and property. If you are dead, then there is nothing in it. The fact that we are being mentioned as the most peaceful state in northern Nigeria is giving us more challenge.”

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Bauchi, just like other states in the north-east has had its fair share of the security challenges, especially as the nation battles a 12-year insurgency.

Boko Haram’s Islamic State-allied rivals have been consolidating their grip on the northeast after the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau this year, in a major shift in Nigeria’s 12-year insurgency.

Health Is Key To National Security, Says Jonathan

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said the healthcare delivery system is crucial to national security.

Speaking during the commissioning of the General Hospital in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, the ex-President asked governments at all levels to ensure that the healthcare needs of Nigerians meet the United Nations specifications on health.

According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everyone including administrators, politicians and professionals that health-related issues should no longer be taken for granted.

He equally commended the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel for the provision of health infrastructures, on whose invitation he was in the state to inaugurate the medical facility.

 

“Let me thank the governor for making it possible for me to be linked to this unique project. We have to commend the governor because health is key. When you are talking about national security, the health security is quite prominent,” he said.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody, be it professionals, politicians, administrators that health in the nation is key and we have to do everything possible to strengthen the infrastructure to deliver the health needs.”

On his part, Governor Emmanuel said the commissioning of the hospital is a fulfilment of his campaign promises to the people to construct medical facilities across the federal constituencies in the state.

The governor was represented by the state deputy governor, Moses Ekpo,

He said, “The commissioning of this General Hospital is a fulfilment of a campaign promise I made, to establish world-class secondary health care facilities (general hospitals) in all 10 Federal Constituencies in the State. With today’s event, we have completed and commissioned to the glory of God, all but one, (Ikot Abasi) whose work is ongoing.

“We have committed enormous resources in upgrading or reconstruction of health care facilities, given my acute belief that three fundamental elements determine and shape the Social Contract: Security of lives and property, healthy population and manpower development (education.) We have tackled these three crucial areas with messianic zeal and the results are there for any discerning or dispassionate mind and eye to see.”

VIDEO: Security Allocated Highest Fund As Minster Analyses Proposed N16.39trn 2022 Budget

 

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Friday gave a breakdown of the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

She made a public presentation of the bill in Abuja a day after President Muhammadu Buhari presented a budget estimate of N16.39 trillion to the National Assembly.

The sectoral allocation of the estimated sum indicated that N2.41 trillion – representing 15 per cent – of the total figure was allocated to the defence and security sector.

This is followed by infrastructure with over N1.451 trillion – representing 8.9 per cent.

While education gulped N1.299.03 trillion – representing 7.9 per cent of the proposed budget, a sum of N820.2 billion – accounting for five per cent  – was earmarked for the health sector.

The minister also gave an overview of the performance of the 2021 budget, and a global outlook of the revenue deficit in the 2022 budget, among others.

 

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While presenting the bill to the lawmakers, President Buhari had given an assurance that defence and internal security would continue to be the priority of his administration

“We remain firmly committed to the security of life, property, and investment nationwide,” he told senators and members of the House of Representatives at a joint session on Thursday. “We will continue to ensure that our gallant men and women in the armed forces, police, and paramilitary units are properly equipped, remunerated, and well-motivated.”

“The 2022 budget is also the first in our history, where Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) were clearly advised on gender-responsive budgeting. These are part of critical steps in our efforts to distribute resources fairly and reach vulnerable groups of our society.”

A photo taken on October 7, 2021, shows a bag containing the draft 2022 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The President thanked the National Assembly for the quick consideration and approval of the 2022-2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

He, however, asked the lawmakers to continue to partner with the executive by ensuring that deliberations on the proposed 2022 budget were completed before the end of the year.

President Buhari explained that this was necessary to make the appropriation act come into effect by January 1, 2022.

According to him, the 2022 budget will be the last full-year budget to be implemented by his administration and it has been designed to build on the achievements of previous budgets.

‘Ebube Agu’ To Take Off Before End Of 2021 – South-East Governors

 

The South-East Governors Forum has said that the ‘Ebube Agu’ security outfit will be established in all southeast states before the end of the year.

The governors said this as part of their eight-point agenda during a meeting that took place at the Enugu State Government House on Tuesday.

“The meeting agreed that the South-East Ebube Agu security outfit be launched in all the southeast states and laws passed in various southeast states before the end of 2021,” the communique read.

The security outfit was established in April as part of plans to checkmate the rising unrest in the region, stemming from an increase in criminal activities.

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Meanwhile, the governors also condemned the sit-at-home orders, which according to them, are mostly issued by people in the diaspora who do not feel their pains.

“In view of the information that even IPOB had cancelled the sit-at-home, the meeting resolved that governors and all people of the South-East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South-East and that people are allowed to freely move about in the zone”.

Speaking about the November 6 Anambra governorship elections, the governors resolved to show their support and also directed security agencies to ensure a peaceful election in the state.

They commended all groups and clergymen for their efforts at interfacing with the youths and called for continuous dialogues to further the development in the state.

South South Governors To Launch Regional Security Outfit

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, flanked by his counterparts in the region, briefs reporters after the meeting held at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 4, 2021.

 

Governors of the South-South region of the country have agreed to set up a regional security outfit, which according to them will be launched soon.

This formed part of their resolutions during a closed-door meeting held at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday.

Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this while briefing reporters at the end of the meeting.

“After an extensive deliberation, the Council resolved (that) bearing in mind that most of the BRACED states have established their state security organs, we approved the regional security architecture which will be launched very soon,” Governor Okowa said.

The governors also resolved that states in the region should join the suit filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) challenging the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by states.

According to Okowa, the governors “equivocally support the decision for states to collect Value Added Tax and resolved to join the suit before the Supreme Court”.

While Rivers was initially the only respondent to the suit pending before the Court of Appeal, authorities in Lagos and Oyo states have already filed applications for joinder in the appellate court.


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Open Grazing Ban: Southern Governors Did Not Provide Any Solution – Presidency

Nigeria’s Next President Should Emerge From The South – Southern Governors

Malami Slams Southern Governors Over Open Grazing Ban


 

The southern leaders also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a substantive board for the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

They demanded that the report of the forensic audit of the agency recently submitted to the President be made public.

The governors also called for the relocation of the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and head offices of international oil companies to states in the Niger Delta region.

According to them, the request has since been made during a dialogue between stakeholders in the geopolitical zone and a Federal Government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Present at the meeting were the host, Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.

However, Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, was absent.

Reps To Probe Leakage Of Classified Security Documents

A file photo of the House of Representatives complex in Abuja.

 

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday ordered an investigation into the leakage of classified security documents to the public.

The lawmakers gave the mandate to the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence in their resolution following a motion raised by a member of the House, Samuel Adejare.

Adejare had moved the motion on the ‘Need to Address Leakage of Classified Security Documents to the Public’.

After the lawmakers deliberated on the matter, they directed the committee to carry out a detailed investigation and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.

While addressing his colleagues during plenary in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, Adejare raised concern over the recurring incidents of leakage of classified security documents to the public.

This, he stated, was done through various social media platforms, online print media, and other sources, saying they jeopardise the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and other crimes in the country.

The lawmaker noted that the Federal Government has made concerted efforts through the provision of human, material, and financial resources in the fight against insecurity.

But he lamented that the leakage of classified security documents and other acts of sabotage was causing failure of intelligence gathering, misunderstanding, and lack of cohesion among operatives involved in different operations against insurgency and other acts of terrorism.

According to Adejare, the unfortunate situation is enabling other acts of criminality such as jailbreaks, mass abductions, invasion of farms, and animal rustling.

He warned that if such acts of sabotage were left unchecked, they pose great risks to the lives of security personnel and danger to the country.

Security Of Lagos Must Remain Military’s Priority, Says Sanwo-Olu

A photo taken on September 20, 2021, shows Governor Sanwo-Olu with Lieutenant General Yahaya, and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo, at Lagos House in Marina.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on service personnel in Lagos military commands to be fully committed to their constitutional responsibilities of keeping the peace and strengthening security in the state.

He promised that the state government would not waive its mandate to provide logistics support to all security agencies for continuous operations across the state

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on Monday when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, at the State House in Marina, urged the personnel to justify the confidence with improvement in security.

He explained that it was important to prioritise safety in the state, given its economic importance and geographic location as one of the country’s international borders.

The governor stated that the state government had shared a commendable relationship with the army and other security agencies in Lagos, promising to strengthen the synergy.

“Lagos has uniquely not only the land borders, but it is also an international route in and out of the country through the air and waterways,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

“I acknowledge the leadership role being played by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division with other security agencies in raising the bar of security surveillance, training, information sharing, and collaboration in operations.

“From this robust engagement, we have developed a mechanism in which every agency works in synergy with others to improve the state’s security architecture. We have continued to experience improved security, calmness, and safety.

“But there is much that needs to be done and this requires the total commitment of our personnel. We will continue to give support to the security agencies to ensure not only their safety and that of the residents, but also the safety of visitors coming to do business in Lagos.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu commended the army for the progress recorded in improving security across the country, especially in the North East where terrorists were being degraded.

He also urged the army chief to build on the collaboration with the state government in the area of intelligence sharing and rapid response to curb kidnapping, vandalism, and other peculiar security challenges.

In his response, General Yahaya said he was excited after learning about the collaboration existing between the army and other security agencies operating in Lagos.

He thanked the governor for the support towards army operations in the state and promised to improve on the collaboration.

“We will do our best to ensure security is enhanced across Lagos and other parts of the country,” the army boss said.

Buhari Is The Worst President When It Comes To Security – Ortom

 

Governor Samuel Ortom has slammed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as the worst when it comes to handling security matters.

Governor Ortom who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday said he was disappointed at the way the president has handled certain critical matters in the country, especially insecurity.

The governor was reacting to the president’s open grazing policy.

“Mr President is pushing me to think that what they say about him, that he has a hidden agenda in this country is true,” Ortom said, adding: “because it is very clear that he wants to fulanise but he is not the first Fulani president.

“Shagari was a Fulani President, Yar’ Adua was a Fulani President and they were the best in the history. But President Buhari is the worst President when it comes to issues of security and keeping his promises.

“Go back to 2015, what did he say, human rights issues, he talked about press freedom, about the economy, corruption, security, tell me one that Mr President has achieved.

“He has achieved some level of development in other sectors but these prominent things that are concerns to Nigerians and we are all worried about.. tell me when Mr President has come out to address them. Is it corruption, we are worse in the history of this country”.

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While the presidency believes that open grazing could be a solution to the lingering farmers/herders clashes, Ortom believes that it will only worsen insecurity.

He said it was disappointing that despite the fact that most states have agreed that ranching is a better way to go in an attempt to resolve the crisis, the President has maintained his stance on open grazing.

“If Mr President respects the law, the Land Use Act gives governors the power to preside over land administration on behalf of the people that they govern.

“So it is amazing and I am surprise to hear this coming from Mr President as if he doesn’t have an Attorney General, or Lawyers around him to advise him. I think Mr President was misquoted or he did it out of error. He should come out to apologise to Nigerians.”

His comments come days after President Muhammadu Buhari approved recommendations of a committee to review “with dispatch”, 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”

Among other things, the Committee recommended the production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings and report preparations as well as design appropriate communication on Grazing Reserves and operations.

UPDATED: I Will Not Exit Government As A Failure, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a crucial meeting with service chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on August 19, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to exit the government as a failure at the end of his second term in office in 2023.

He made the declaration during a crucial closed-door meeting with service chiefs held on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, conveyed the President’s pledge to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted more than five hours.

“The President was briefed, the President is quite happy that there’s been a tremendous success, especially with the advent of the new service chiefs and Inspector-General of Police,” he told reporters.

“And he’s also made it very clear that he’s not ready to exit government as a failure; he is not going to tolerate that.

“He’s made changes and he’s ready to make further changes if he is not satisfied. He is completely determined to ensure that there’s a turnaround in the fortunes in the theatre of operations.”

 

According to the NSA, the last National Security Council meeting held on June 8 and a lot has happened within the security domain since then till now.

He explained that the next meeting was scheduled to hold next week, but the President decided to draw it back for Thursday for what he described as obvious reasons.

Monguno hinted that the meeting briefed President Buhari on the current security situation in the country, especially on happenings from the last meeting till the latest one.

He stated that the discussions bordered mainly on issues arising from the successes recorded in the theatre of operations throughout the North East.

“It is evident that a lot of successes have been recorded,” said the NSA. “Large numbers of people are surrendering in the North East as a consequence of the relentless efforts of the Armed Forces, intelligence and security agencies.”

“We’ve never had such large numbers of people defecting from the other side back to the Nigerian side, mainly as a result of many issues within the theatre, issues of infighting among the various factions of the terrorist groups.

“But the new drive of the Armed Forces, the police, the intelligence agencies, there’s been greater cooperation, greater synergy, intelligence sharing, as well as our partners in the regional intelligence fusion unit,” he added.

National Security: Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs

Buhari meets with Service Chiefs over National Security

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Service Chiefs at the State House in Abuja.

During the meeting, President Buhari received his first security briefing from the Service Chiefs since his return from his 18 days trip to the United Kingdom.

Those in attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha and the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno.

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Others are Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; and Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi.

Ministers of Defense, Bashir Magashi; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola are also present.

 

Police To Deploy Additional 25,000 Officers Ahead Of Lagos Council Polls

 

An additional 25,000 policemen will be deployed to beef up security in the local government elections scheduled to hold on Saturday in Lagos State.

The Chairperson, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Justice Ayo Philips, disclosed this on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday.

Philips explained that the Commissioner of Police for Lagos State gave her the assurance earlier in the day.

“We have worked hand-in-hand for over a month now with the security agencies, the police and the civil defence, who are really the front liners, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the neighbourhood watch and the Department of State Services (DSS).

“We are very aware of the security situation and just this evening I got a message from the Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, that he is deploying an additional 25,000 policemen into Lagos tomorrow to help oversee the elections and to ensure that peace is kept and it will be violence-free,” she said.

“So we believe that tomorrow there will be peaceful elections and there will be no violence and all the members of the electorates will go about their business and will be able to vote in a peaceful and secure environment.”

The election is expected to take place in the 57 Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas of the state.

In the run-up to the elections, the Alliance of Social Democrats and 10 other political parties had filed a suit against LASIEC and the state government seeking to stop it.

But a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday rejected the appeal.

The parties had claimed that the Court of Appeal had reversed INEC’s decision to deregister them but despite this, LASIEC did not list their parties on the ballot.

They, therefore, invited the court to stop Saturday’s LG elections.

The Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice in Lagos, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Moyosore Onigbanjo, however, countered this submission.

Onigbanjo told the judge that the Federal High Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain their claims.

In a ruling delivered Friday, Justice Akintoye Aluko upheld the submissions of the Attorney General on behalf of the Lagos State Government and declined jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit.

The court also transferred the suit to the State High Court pursuant to Section 22 (2) Federal High Court Act.

In a related development, the court also upheld the same decision in another matter filed by the Youth Party against LASIEC.

It not only declined jurisdiction on the matter but also vacated the Interim Order of Injunction earlier granted in the matter on July 12.

Bandits Kill One, Kidnap Seven in Kaduna Community

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

 

At least one person has been killed and seven others abducted by bandits in Birnin Gwari Local Government area of Kaduna State.

Among the kidnap victims are three women and four men.

The incident according to police authorities occurred at Anguwar Gajere village under Kutemashi Ward of Birnin Gwari local government area on Saturday.

The bandits were said to have stormed the village on motorcycles, and immediately, started shooting sporadically and in the process, shot and killed one person, after which they whisked away the seven others to an unknown destination.

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The bandits also rustled over 50 cows belonging to the locals from the same village.

This is the latest in series of attacks that have occurred in the state.

Last Tuesday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai lamented the spate of insecurity in the state.

According to him the level of insecurity has brought about major suffering for residents, which he regrets.

“As Governor of the state, it is a matter of profound regret for me that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in the defeat or the considerable degradation of the criminals,” the governor said.

He made the comments during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Second Quarter of 2021.

According to report, there have been a total of 222 deaths, resulting from violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals in the past year. while a total of 774 persons have been kidnapped.

With banditry and abductions now becoming the order of the day, President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again, reiterated his administration’s resolve to tackling all forms of insecurity in the country, vowing to deploy all resources to making the West African nation safe from threats.

‘‘In the circumstances, we must do everything within our power, without consideration of distractions, to put an end to their activities and bring them to book,” Buhari had told members of the National Assembly last week.

‘‘We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from this objective, or waver in our commitment, and I am confident that together we will triumph in our present efforts.’’