Governor Sule To Rejig Security Apparatus After Recent Killings In Nasarawa

A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
A file photo of Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule.

 

The Nasarawa State Government is planning to restructure its security apparatus following the recent killings in the state.

A day after the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa, Phillips Shekwo, was murdered, a Fulani traditional ruler and an unidentified young man have also been killed.

The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this at an emergency security meeting held on Monday at the council chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

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He noted that both men, who were from Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, were killed on Sunday by yet-to-be-identified persons.

“In Nasarawa Local Government, around Udege area, another incident also took place concerning one of the Ardos in that area and there was also another loss of life in that area.

“Last night, another young man lost his life right inside his bedroom,” the governor who was visibly sad told the meeting.

He added, “We strongly believe that as a government, our responsibility has to do with the protection of lives and property of our citizens.

“So, we have to come quickly and look at those various issues and ensure that we provide means of resolving them.”

 

Rejig Security Apparatus 

Top on the agenda of the meeting was the establishment of a security rapid response unit, among other measures to tackle the rising spate of insecurity in the state.

The meeting was attended by the heads of various security outfits in the state, as well as the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage, among other stakeholders.

The meeting held two days after Shekwo, was murdered. He was abducted from his house on Saturday night.

Before the commencement of the meeting, the governor received some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit over the death of the APC chairman.

He told his guests that the state security apparatus would be restructured, adding that the government was already investigating the killing.

“A thorough investigation is being carried out and we are restructuring the entire security apparatus; we are looking at the situation.

“If such a thing could happen to the chairman who has security personnel attached to him, then none of us is actually safe from this.

“That is the reason why we have to take it very seriously to make sure we find a way of protecting our people,” he said.

Bandits Kill Two As Troops Rescue Nine Kidnapped Persons On Kaduna-Abuja Road

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

 

At least two people have been killed including a driver and passenger by bandits suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna -Abuja Highway during an operation on Sunday.

This was disclosed in a statement by the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

Aruwan said troops of Operation Thunder Strike carrying out internal security operations rescued nine persons kidnapped by the bandits along the highway.

According to Aruwan, the troops who were on a routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call at around 4 pm, that bandits blocked the main highway and opened fire on a bus, which forced the driver to stop.

The commissioner explained that on getting to the location, the armed bandits had already kidnapped the victims from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.

Channels Television learned that the troops mobilized and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued nine persons kidnapped who later re-joined their colleagues after their rescue and a headcount.

The commissioner regrettable noted that the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.

While condoling with the families of the deceased persons, the Kaduna State Government assured citizens that it will continue to work hard, in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security of the highway, adding that  It is also working with the Governments of Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano States, as well as the Military, Police, DSS and relevant stakeholders on enhancing the security situation in the north-west region.

RRS Assures Lagos Residents Of Adequate Security

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

The Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has reiterated its commitment to improved security across the Lagos metropolis by curbing the nefarious activities of armed robbers, miscreants and other criminal-minded individuals, who constitute a threat to the peace in the state.

RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, stated this in the October 2020 report issued by Agency.

He noted that several robberies were thwarted by the quick response and intervention of the squad, apart from its regular activities of responding to emergencies and motorised patrol of all nooks and crannies in Lagos.

Disu also disclosed that the RRS, in collaboration with other security outfits, ensured that several attacks by hoodlums on the State Secretariat, the Lands Bureau, the Ikeja City Mall, among others, were repelled and the damage curtailed.

He insisted that the RRS personnel would continue to ensure public peace through continuous motorised patrols, especially around hotspots notorious for criminal activities, to forestall any insecurity or violence in all parts of the state.

The RRS Commander cautioned residents against making false distress calls, saying that the time and resources spent by the security team in responding to fake emergency calls could be better utilised in areas where the services of the RRS were urgently needed.

He, however, assured them of the total commitment of his team to responding promptly to all emergency situations.

Disu sought the support and cooperation of the people to enhance the performance of security operatives within the state.

Ondo Govt Asks Residents To Expose Criminals, Bans Vehicles With Unauthorised Tinted Glasses

A file photo of a police van on patrol in Akure, Ondo State.

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on residents to support the government in ensuring the security of the lives and properties of the people.

He made the call in a statement on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, while reacting to the spike in crime rate across the state.

The governor urged the residents to take responsibility by exposing the criminals within their environment and issued some directives to check the increase in crime rate.

He banned all vehicles with unauthorised tinted glasses from plying the roads in the state, saying such vehicles without a duly certified permit issued by a relevant security agency should be impounded.

Governor Akeredolu also directed that all commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as Okada, should operate within the hours of 6am and 6pm.

He warned that no commercial motorcycle must operate beyond 6pm, stressing that anyone found flouting the directive would have his motorcycle impounded.

A file photo of residents at a market in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Ondo State Government has noted with concern, the worrisome spike in crime rate across the state, and in particular, security reports at the disposal of government are considered signs deserving of serious attention.

“Specifically, the last one week witnessed an unimaginable upsurge in robbery, kidnapping and in some cases, murder. This is no doubt, condemnable,” the statement said.

The state government, therefore, urged all security agencies to come out and confront the challenge, assuring that every necessary support in terms of human and logistics aids would be provided to ensure the safety of residents within the state.

It explained that as a government, one major responsibility was the provision of security, as well as protection of lives and property, stating that it was important to put measures aimed at achieving such goals in place.

According to the government, it is pertinent to reiterate that security enhancement and the war against insecurity must be the responsibility of everyone.

“While the government and the security agencies play their parts, it is expected that the citizens also support by way of collaborating with the relevant agencies of government.

“In this regard, residents of the state are urged to provide useful information about crime, criminal elements, and activities in their immediate environment. Let’s collectively keep our State safe; expose criminals,” the statement added.

Edo 2020: We Are Expecting A Credible Election In The End – Police

 

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, has said that the Force is optimistic that the outcome of the Edo Governorship election will be credible.

He said this on Saturday while addressing journalists as the voting exercise was going on.

According to him, the electorates were “enthusiastic” to vote because the Force had assured them of their safety as well as the credibility of the exercise.

“They are so enthusiastic and that is what democracy is about. It should be free, fair and it should be acceptable at the end of the day. What you have is policemen dominating but not intimidating,” Oyebade said.

This is the first major election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the COVID-19 era and for the DIG, it goes beyond free, fair elections.

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“We are also talking about safe elections because safety is key,” he said adding: “We have told them to use their facemask because of their safety”.

In terms of security, Oyebade explained that himself and his men were visiting voting centers and so far, the exercise had gone well.

“We have crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s so we are expecting a credible election at the end of the day,”.

We Have Enough Personnel, Appropriate Logistics To Make Edo Election Free, Fair – DIG

 

A Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Police Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, has assured the people of Edo State that the Force has put in place appropriate logistics to ensure that the upcoming governorship election is free and fair.

He said this on Tuesday, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

“The police as an organisation, we have put our house in order, we have done training and retraining of our personnel, we have enough and adequate personnel and appropriate logistics to make this election free, fair, credible and safe,” he said.

After weeks of controversial campaigns and events, the election is set to hold on Saturday with both Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), widely believed to be leading candidates.

This is the first major election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the COVID-19 era and it is also the first time that a peace accord is being signed ahead of a governorship election.

The National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalmi Abubakar (rtd), on Tuesday made the contesting political parties to sign the pact in which they were charged to ensure they work for peace and also accept the outcome of the elections.

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Both parties beamed with smiles and hugged each other warmly, as they signed the pact, dousing fears of possible violence.

“I think it is a noble gesture,” the DIG said when asked why the signing of a pact had become necessary for a governorship election.

“The content was well-read out to everybody even before the signing and the content is very explicit; talking about the need for peace, the need for maturity and the need for everybody to know that their voices can make or mar the election. So, it’s a lot of innovation, if I would put it that way.”

According to Oyebade, it became necessary because “a lot of people are just getting too agitated and there is no need for that”.

Initiate Dialogue For Security, NWGPG Tells Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance is asking President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to commence a dialogue process to address the rising security challenges in the country.

The group said in a statement that Nigerians are suffering from the double menace of insecurity, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their standards of living.

Signees of the statement include a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja; John Onaiyekan, and a former Chief of Army Staff, retired general Martin Luther Agwai.

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According to the group, “Nigeria, like the rest of the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic. However, citizens in Nigeria are facing double the suffering because they also have to contend with rising insecurity and violence across the country.

“The Nigerian government must immediately address the rising insecurity if it is to succeed in the fight against the pandemic.”

Their position comes on the heels of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s accusation suggesting that the Buhari administration is driving Nigeria into becoming a failed and divided state.

“Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.

“And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country. Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration, and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere,” Obasanjo stated in a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups in Abuja.

Nigerians Are Hungry, Jega, Onaiyekan Tell Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega; and a former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, have told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians are facing “double suffering” due to insecurity and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo also asked President Buhari to urgently tackle the security challenges facing parts of the country even if it means sacking service chiefs.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Mr. President, Governors: The Time for Dialogue is NOW’ issued on Sunday.

It was signed by Jega, Onaiyekan, Gen. Martin Agwai, Amb. Fatima Balla, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Mrs. Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, Dr. Nguyan Feese, Dr. Usman Bugaje and Dr. Chris Kwaja who are all members of the Nigeria Working Group on Peace-building and Governance.

“Nigeria, like the rest of the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic. However, citizens in Nigeria are facing double the suffering because they also have to contend with rising insecurity and violence across the country.

“The Nigerian government must immediately address the rising insecurity, if it is to succeed in the fight against the pandemic. A recent USIP-commissioned survey in Nigeria found new linkages between COVID19, instability, and conflict.

“In particular, the survey found that victims of recent violence are less likely to trust the government’s coronavirus response measures compared to those who have not experienced violence,” the statement partly read.

They also made some recommendations on how the Federal Government could strengthen its efforts to manage the pandemic by addressing the rising insecurity across the country.

Security: We Will Continue To Monitor Terrorists’ Activities Online, Says Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Federal Government will continue to monitor the activities of terrorists online to control radicalisation of Nigerians by terrorist groups and other violent cells, the President has said.

President Muhammadu Buhari explained that this was important following the huge traffic online and growing constraints on physical contacts and movements due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He made the remarks on Wednesday in Abuja, while participating at the AQABA Process virtual meeting in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

“It is important to state that the spread of COVID-19 has led to the movement of activities to cyberspace,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He added, “Furthermore, lockdown policies and restrictions of movement in affected areas means that people would move their day to day social and business activities to cyberspace.

“This, however, comes with an increase in the risk of individuals being radicalised online.”

 

Sustaining Human Security

President Buhari said the Federal Government would sustain efforts to make adjustments to new lifestyles and be sensitive to the security underpinnings, as experts try to find vaccines for COVID-19 and a possible acceptable cure.

He noted that Nigeria developed a robust framework led by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to coordinate and oversee the country’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental efforts at containing the spread and mitigating the impact of the pandemic.

“This was done while currently monitoring the effects of the measures and taking steps to mitigate these effects as quickly as possible. This was in a bid to ensure sustained human security across the population.

“Earlier, we had established the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee with the responsibility of providing among others, a national vision for humanitarian actors and settling disputes that may arise from interactions between security services and the humanitarian community.

“This committee was timely as a stop-gap measure in coping with the effects of COVID-19,” the President told the meeting.

 

An Economic Crisis

He disclosed that the government had also taken measures to tackle the devastation of social and economic dimensions of the pandemic, with a focus on the most vulnerable citizens in the society through the provision of palliatives and other economic stimulus packages.

President Buhari explained that the measures came at a cost, but would be sustained while citing Mali as an example where social and economic challenges took a toll on the government and pushed democracy to a “breaking point.”

“Such a situation could create a vacuum that can be exploited by terrorists and violent extremists,” he said.

The President also informed the gathering of Heads of Governments at the meeting that the security landscape in Nigeria and across West Africa has continued to evolve with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that various systems in society came grinding to a halt as a result of the urgent measures taken to slow down the spread of the disease.

According to him, the measures were taken while being mindful of the toll that the virus has had in the various epicentres across the world where medical structures were strained up to breaking point while dealing with mass casualties as a result of infections from the disease.

“These measures are not without their challenges as livelihood were drastically affected and civic lifestyle is being tested to its limits.

“The whole instruments of government are now mobilised to confront what has now turned both a health emergency and an economic crisis,” President Buhari said.

State Police: Buhari Worried About Misuse Of Firearms – Presidency

 

The Presidency has reacted to the increasing demand for the creation of state police to tackle the several security challenges in the country.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned about the misuse of weapons.

He argued that many states clamouring for the creation of state police in the country are unable to pay workers’ salaries.

“For President Muhammadu Buhari, his concern had always been the spread and the misuse of weapons in the hands of police.

“He said repeatedly that a lot of states that had clamoured for state police have been unable to cope with the salary payments.

“If you hire a community policeman and give him a gun and keep him for five, six months without salary, what do you expect?” the presidential spokesman said.

Shehu explained that the Federal Government had worked to create a framework in order to guide states with effective policing of communities.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, speaks on the security challenges in the country on August 25, 2020.

 

The presidential aide noted that the history of community policing goes back to the First Republic, adding that the native authority police was an instrument by the ruling powers.

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Speaking further, Shehu maintained that he was not surprised that the regional police was abolished for the creation of national police.

 

“The history of the state or community police in the country has been well-documented going back to the First Republic.

“It is clear that the native authority police that we had then was merely an instrument for the operation of people that opposed the powers that behold at the native authority or regional level.

“The country’s experience was a hurried one indeed and it is not surprising therefore that regional police were abolished for national police to ensure proper management and control which the police had become subjected to,” he said.

Shehu’s remarks come five days after President Buhari approved N13.3billion for the take-off of Community Policing initiative across the country amid the myriads of security challenges.

In a virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on August 20, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this.

Insecurity: We Need Weapons And Platforms To Fight Terrorists – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the nation needs more weapons and platforms to win the insurgency war.

He disclosed this in Abuja, the nation’s capital during a New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Thursday.

“To fight terrorists we need platforms and weapons,” he said.

Mohammed also asked the international community to support the Federal Government to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.

While noting that foreign countries can do better in assisting Nigeria, the Minister pleaded with western powers not to deny the current administration support due to what he describes as unsubstantiated arguments.

“I want to use this opportunity to say that the international community can help us better than they are doing right now.

“When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism,” he said.

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The Minister stood his ground by claiming that “certain world powers have refused to even sell to us certain vital weapons.”

He regretted that the Federal Government is yet to receive some weapons despite paying for them for more than two years.

According to the Minister, “they have not released to us and they even refused to give us spare parts.”

Although he did not name any country, the minister, however, appealed to some advanced nations saying, “They should please help Nigeria to provide us with these sensitive platforms so that we can fight insecurity more effectively.”

“They should not forget that we are fighting a non-conventional war and at the same time, these people have contacts everywhere,” he said.

Mohammed said besides kinetic deployment, the government is equally using a non-kinetic approach to tackle insecurity like the economic and social intervention programmes meant to empower and engage the youths.

Insecurity: Nigeria Police Overstretched, Akeredolu Defends Inauguration Of Amotekun

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the Nigeria Police Force is being overstretched as the nation confronts the numerous security challenges.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Governor Akeredolu called for the decentralising of the police.

“There are a lot of problems we have with our security architecture in this country. It is important for us to understand the way everybody’s mind is watching.

“We cannot run away from it. What we have said and what we know is that the police is overstretched,” he said.

According to him, the policing system in the United States, Britain and other countries of the world is decentralised.

He, therefore, called for the creation of state police; calling on the National Assembly to create the right framework for the nation’s policing structure.

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The governor, who noted that policing involved carrying the local along, stressed that a situation whereby key decisions are taken from Abuja does not tackle the several security challenges.

When asked for an approach to tackling the threats in the country, he said “the time has come. We cannot continue in the manner at which we are doing and expect to have effective policing of lives and properties.

“You have said I am the Chief Security Officer. But Chief Security Officer that I am subjected to what the Inspector General of Police will direct?” he asked.

Akeredolu’s remarks come hours after he inaugurated the pioneer officers of Ondo State Security network Agency, Amotekun Corps.

The governor who officially set up the corps in Akure, the state capital expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He, however, asked for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, adding that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.