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.’’

Police Foil Kidnapping Attempt, Rescue Nine Victims In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Police authorities in Katsina State have foiled a kidnapping attempt at Karijam village in Mahuta ward of Dandume Local Government Area of the state.

Nine kidnapped victims have also been rescued as many bandits escaped with various degrees of gunshots wounds during the failed operation.

The bandits reportedly invaded the village at about 23:00 hrs on Thursday, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles.

Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, in a statement issued on Friday, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Dandume Division on receipt of the report, led a team of policemen and blocked the possible exit route of the bandits at Kadawan Maikomo village in Sabuwa Local Government Area.

According to Isah the bandits followed through the route and fell into the police ambush.

“The team engaged the bandits into a fierce gun duel and successfully repelled them. The doggedness, uncommon courage and tactical operational strategy adopted by the Police officers made the bandits to flee into the forest with varying degree of bullets wounds.

“In the course of profiling the scene, all the nine abducted persons were rescued unhurt and some GSM phones and food items stolen from the village by the hoodlums were also recovered”.

The Command, therefore, urged members of the public to cooperate with security agencies working at the front line areas by giving them credible information on bandits and their collaborators, especially those supplying them with arms and ammunition, informants and other essential commodities.

They assured members of the public that it will remain resolute and committed in the ongoing fight against recalcitrant bandits until they are arrested and dealt with according to the extant laws of the land.

We Will Hold ‘Yoruba Nation’ Rally In Lagos On Saturday – Ilana Omo Oodua

The umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), has confirmed that the pro-Yoruba nation’s rally scheduled to hold in Lagos State on Saturday, July 3, will still take place.

The group said this in a statement made available to journalists by its Communications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye on Friday.

“Our rally scheduled to hold on Saturday will still hold without any fear or intimidation and we promise to be peaceful like we have always been,” Adeleye said.

Meanwhile, the IOO, in another letter to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, and copied to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Sanwoolu by its General Secretary and Legal Adviser, Arc. George Akinola and Barr. Olasupo Ojo respectively, urged the state Police Command to ensure that the rally is peaceful, orderly and not hijacked by hoodlums as earlier insinuated by the police.

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“We have been peaceful, orderly and lawful at everywhere we have visited, therefore, we call on the Lagos State Police Command to ensure that the rally is not hijacked by hoodlums.

“We are happy that the Police already know that hoodlums are likely to hijack the rally. Now, we call on the police to ensure such does not happen like it didn’t happen in Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ogun States respectively where we’ve held our rallies.

“It is the duty of the Police to safeguard our peaceful demonstration and protect us. On our own part, we promise to cooperate with the police towards ensuring that the rally is peaceful and orderly,” the statement added.

While the reason for the meeting was not clearly stated, it may not be unconnected to the agitations in the country and the recent raid on the home of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho in Ibadan by the Department of State Services (DSS).

DSS Spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, in a briefing with journalists late Thursday evening, said the raid was based on intelligence that Igboho was stockpiling arms to cause chaos within the region.


 

Kaduna Security: Bandits Kill Village Head In Sanga LGA

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

 

The village head of Dogon Daji community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mallam Anja, has been shot dead by bandits.

The bandits were said to have raided the residence of the village head and shot him at close range, after which he died on the spot.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said investigation into the incident is ongoing to unravel the perpetrators of the heinous act.

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Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the death of the village head and prayed for the repose of his soul.

The governor also sent his condolences to the family of the deceased, and the entire community of Dogon Daji over the shocking and brutal killing.

Kebbi School Abduction: Troops Rescue Another Teacher, Three Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State where an unconfirmed number of students and staff were abducted on Thursday.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji supported by the Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the Federal Government College Birnin Yawuri in Kebbi State.

A statement signed on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed that one teacher and three students were rescued on Saturday at Makuku in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

According to the statement, the troops also killed one bandit, recovered nine motorcycles and four phones from the fleeing bandits.

Nwachukwu also noted that additional troops have now been deployed to dominate the forest.

Two teachers and five students had been rescued on Friday by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

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The incident is the latest in a series of increasing school abductions across the country.

Bandits had attacked the school in the early hours of Thursday, whisking away a yet to be confirmed number of students and teachers.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the Northwest zone, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir, in a communique on Friday said the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours of the day and engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to abandon five students, and a teacher.

One of the abducted students of the college, unfortunately, died.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

Air Commodore Abdulkadir also disclosed that 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

He said troops got credible intelligence about the rustled animals and were instructed to lay an ambush which led to the recovery of the cattle.

We’ll Continue To Work Assiduously For The Good Of Nigerians, Says President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will continue to work dedicatedly to achieve the objectives that the administration set out to achieve in 2015.

The President said this on Friday at the State House in Abuja when he received in audience members of the Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group who came for the official presentation of their book titled – A Compendium of 5-Year Achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration from 2015 – 2020.

“The MBO Dynamic Support Group Officers and team members saw the good in our Administration from the time we came in 2015. It is this commitment that led to the production of the book, and I sincerely hope and believe that Nigerians will always see and cherish positivity in all that this Administration has done as it continues to work assiduously to accomplish,” the President said.

He commended the organisation for the support and the efforts to come up with the publication, noting that it will serve as documentation of some of the administration’s achievement:

“The birth of this book from inception to production is due to the unrelenting efforts of the MBO Dynamic Support Group Officers and over two million group of supporters that have continuously stood by our Administration in our quest to deliver on our social contract to all Nigerians and ensure the dividends of democracy to our people.

“I am extremely pleased with the production team and those who travelled across the country monitoring and collating data on our projects to enable us present an evidence-based account of our stewardship,” the President said.

President Buhari thanked them for braving all challenges, sacrificing time and resources to ensure that the project came to life:

“Despite the global challenges of COVID-19 that impeded socio-economic activities of the world including our country Nigeria in 2020, you all worked tirelessly with limited resources and by tasking one another to produce this historic book.

“We recognize and appreciate your drive, skills, creative abilities and your personal resources invested in this project and immense devotion to produce the book.

“I thank you once again for your unwavering commitment to this Administration and legacy and look forward to the wide circulation of our achievements perfectly captured in this book to all citizens and those willing to see that we succeed to the end for the benefit of all.”

The group was led by its Coordinator, Honourable Usman Ibrahim, who disclosed that the publication highlights milestones of the Buhari Administration in critical sectors like economy, rail, anti-corruption war, social investment, and many others.

The 295-page book, the coordinator said, “captures several aspects of your outstanding achievements in various sectors with monumental impacts on every part of the country.”

“Mr President, you are breaking records, you are making history, and we are proud to say that despite the challenges confronting us, good things are still happening,” Honourable Ibrahim added.

VIDEO: ‘You Are In Charge’, Wike Asks Buhari To Take Responsibility For Nigeria’s Security

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility for the nation’s security.

He stated that while the governors have a critical role to play as the Chief Security Officer in their respective states, the President swore to an oath to protect the people of Nigeria.

Governor Wike made the remarks on Tuesday in reaction to the comments by the President who had asked governors to focus on their work rather than engaging in frequent visits to the Aso Villa.

“Did you take the oath of office with anybody? You took the oath of office to protect lives and property,” he at the inauguration of the 21km Odufor-Umuoye Road in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The Governor added “Let me also tell Mr President, he has said that security issues are left to the states; haba nau, President no be so (that is not true).

“The Constitution did not say that. Who is the Commander-in-Chief? I am not the Commander-in-Chief; Mr President, you are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”

 

‘Be In Charge’

A combination of file photos of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

According to him, only the President has the power to appoint the heads of various security agencies such as the police, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Department of State Services (DSS), among others.

Governor Wike decried that the situation was so bad that governors could not give directives to commissioners of police in their states without the approval of the Inspector-General of Police appointed by the President.

“Allow us to pick who will be in charge; then you will see whether it will be the same thing because they (the security chiefs) cannot act until they take powers from you; we cannot tell them what to do.

“So, why are we shifting the goalpost when the match is almost completed? It is not good. It is not only to borrow money that one person will be in charge, you (Buhari) must also be in charge of all other things,” he said.

The Governor added, “Mr President should have come out openly and said ‘my APC governors, stop worrying me and go back to your states and do your work’. I, as the governor of River State under PDP; he will never find my leg (at the Villa); I will not go there.”

At Least 14 Killed As Farmers, Herders Clash In CAR

 

At least 14 people were killed in a revenge attack by Chadian herders after a farmer killed a herder in the far north of the Central African Republic, local officials said Tuesday.

“It all started with a dispute between a farmer and a herder who led his livestock into a field” near Tiri, the village’s mayor Ibrahim Senoussi told AFP.

“The herds devastated the field and the crops” and the herder was killed after the dispute turned violent, he said.

Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, the regional prefect, said the Chadian herders went on the rampage in reprisal, killing 14 people including women and children, torching 66 homes as well as granaries.

“Nearly 3,000 people fled,” he said, adding that the clash occurred last Thursday in the area some 700 kilometres (420 miles) north of the capital Bangui.

A medical source said two people who were seriously wounded were taken to a hospital in Ndele, some 80 kilometres from Tiri.

The two groups have a long and troubled history in the region, where weapons abound and violence often flares after cattle destroy crops.

“We can’t keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land,” the prefect said.

He added that CAR army soldiers would be deployed to secure the border with Chad, which has been closed since 2014.

Bilateral relations have been strained in recent weeks.

In late May, the Chadian government alleged that CAR soldiers attacked a military post within Chad, killing a soldier and abducting five others, later “executing” them in CAR.

UN sources said the fighting was between CAR troops and Russian paramilitary allies on one side and Chadian soldiers on the other.

Bangui has repeatedly accused Chad of supporting armed groups in CAR.

Army Arrests 73 Youths With 47 Motorcycles, Trucks Of Zinc & Led In Benue

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the 72 Special Forces Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Makurdi the Benue State capital, have apprehended 73 men all from Nasarawa State at the Agan Toll Gate, Makurdi, while on their way to Imo State.

Briefing journalists on Tuesday, the brigades commandant, AD Alhassan said, the operation was based on an intelligence report they received on Monday night

According to him, the young men were intercepted with 47 motorcycles loaded in five trucks conveying some minerals like Led and Zinc from Plateau State to a Port Harcourt-based company.

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Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Benson Abounu, who was also present, commended the Special Forces for their diligence and professional conduct.

He noted that despite the attempts to evade arrest, the soldiers were able to apprehend the trucks and arrest the men who alleged that they were heading to Imo state to ply the trade as motorcycle operators in a state that has since banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating.

Reps Screen Chief Of Army Staff

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.

 

The House Of Representatives Joint Committees on Army and Defence has screened President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee for the position of Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.

The screening took place on Tuesday behind closed doors in the National Assembly chambers in Abuja.

Speaking earlier, Major General Farouk Yahaya in his introductory remarks, stated that contrary to public perception, there has been synergy among security agencies to tackle insurgency, especially since the emergence of the new service chiefs.

He also asked Nigerians to support the military in tackling the insecurity problem.

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President Buhari appointed Major General Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff on May 27.

Prior to his appointment, he was the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the incumbent Theatre Commander of the Counterterrorism, Counter-Insurgency military outfit in the North East code-named Operation Hadin Kai.

The appointment came days after the immediate past army chief, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru died in an air crash in Kaduna along with 10 other military officials.

Army Releases New Postings, Appointments Of Senior Officers

 

There’s been a major shake-up in the Nigerian Army following the new postings and appointments of senior officers.

The Nigerian Army released the list of the appointees in a statement signed on Thursday, by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, MM Yerima.

This, according to the statement is in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.

All posting and appointments are to take effect immediately.

The shake-up comes days after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff following the death of Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Those affected in the reorganisation include; Major General FO Omoigui from Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Hadin Kai to Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria and appointed Director-General, Major General CG Musa from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Hadin Kai and appointed Theatre Commander, Major General OR Aiyenigba from Defence Headquarters to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police and appointed Provost Marshal(Army) and Major General IM Jallo from Defence Space Administration to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation HADIN KAI and appointed Deputy Theatre Commander 1.

Others affected in the posting include; Brigadier General NU Muktar from Nigeria High Commission Islamabad to Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Director of Procurement, Brigadier General O Nwachukwu from Defence Headquarters ( Director Defence Information) to Headquarters Directorate of Army Public Relations and appointed Director, Brigadier General AE Abubakar from Department of Training and Operations( Defunct) to Headquarters 22 Brigade and appointed Commander, Brigadier General KO Ukandu from Office of the Chief of Army Staff (Director Procurement) to National Defence College and appointed Directing Staff, Brigadier General IB Abubakar from Nigerian Army Armour School to Army Headquarters Department of Army Operations and appointed Deputy Director Operations, Brigadier General AM Umar from Army War College Nigeria to Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army Staff and Brigadier General AJS Gulani from Nigerian Army Armour School to Headquarters 24 Task Force Brigade and appointed Commander.

Others are; Colonel KE Inyang from Headquarters Department of Army Logistics to Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Military Assistant to the Chief of Army Staff, Colonel OO Braimah from Headquarters Theatre Command Operation HADIN KAI to Nigeria High Commission Islamabad and appointed Defence Attachee and Colonel IP Omoke from Office of the Chief of Army Staff to Defence Intelligence Agency and appointed Assistor Director Foreign Liaison/ Liaison Officer(Army).

General Yahaya urged all the affected senior officers to justify the confidence reposed on them.