Kaduna Govt Mulls Plan To Clear Three Communities, Relocate Residents Along Highway

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

The Kaduna State Government has said that it will consider the option of either relocating residents or clearing the three communities along the Abuja-Kaduna highway due to incessant attacks by bandits and terrorists on travellers in that area.

The three communities are Rijana, Kateri and Akilibu, all in the Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who lamented that there are higher levels of informants and bandits in the areas, said the only answer is for security agencies to look at the options including the total clearance of the three communities and the relocation of the residents to safer places.

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“The first concern I see from this report is the continuous mention of Rijana, Kateri and Akilibu axis in all these crimes, particularly the safety or lack of it on the Abuja-Kaduna road,” he said.

“We have been exploring what to do on these three settlements, whether to relocate them to near Kagarko, whether to clear the entire settlement and I will like the Security Council to deliberate on this and let’s look at the options.”

He explained that intelligence information at his disposal has shown that some inhabitants of the communities serve as informants to bandits and terrorists,  and as such, has exacerbated the attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

El-Rufai added, “It is very clear that there are the higher levels of informants and criminals in these locations. Why is it that anytime there is an attack or kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna road, it happens along this three-axis and nothing ever happens on the Kagarko side?

“There is something wrong with these three settlements and the government should not refuse to do anything or fail to do anything. We have to look at options, including the clearance of the settlements completely and the relocation of the people to where other more honest people who can watch them.”

The governor also expressed concern over the dangerous role of drug peddling and intake in the rising insecurity in Kaduna state.

He, therefore, directed the security agencies to beam their searchlight on such persons with a view to bringing them to justice and cutting down the supply chain.

INEC Raises Concern Over Security Ahead Of 2023 Polls

A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised concerns about the security challenges in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.

With about nine months to the polls, it, however, allayed fears that the elections might not hold due to security threats.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the remarks on Friday in Abuja at the second quarterly meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).

He believes there is enough time for the security agencies to address the situation to ensure people go to their various polling units without concerns over their safety.

Although the INEC chief admitted that the present situation was enough to be worried about, he was confident that the threats would be brought under control to allow for elections.

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“The general security situation in the country and its impact on the electoral process is a source of concern to the commission,” he said. “However, we are confident that with nine months to the 2023 general election, there is enough time to respond to the security challenges and secure the nation for elections to take place nationwide.

“The timetable for the election has also been released. Let us not wait until a few weeks to the election before we realise that time is not on our side and begin to seek for extension of timelines. The time to act is now. We wish to reassure the security agencies that we will continue to work cooperatively with you to ensure the success of all forthcoming elections and electoral activities.”

According to Yakubu, the commission is also preparing for two off-cycle governorship elections in Ekiti State (June 18) and Osun State (July 16).

He added that it has pending bye-elections in 18 constituencies across the country comprising three senatorial districts, one federal constituency, and 14 state constituencies.

The INEC boss stated that as political parties end their primaries on June 3 with candidates emerging, campaigns in public by political parties would commence nationwide as provided by the timetable for the election, in line with the provision of the 1999 Constitution.

As a result, he said the electoral umpire and security agencies have their work clearly cut out,

“We have tasked our Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to provide basic data on areas of security challenges in their states, including citizens living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps,” he said.

“Our idea is to harvest the data as a basis for further engagement with the security agencies, as well as devising the best way to provide electoral services to all Nigerians under all circumstances.”

What FG Is Doing To Ramp Up Nigeria’s Security Architecture – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spoke at the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, in Osun State, on December 11, 2021. Tolani Alli/State House
A file photo of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has restated the seriousness with which the Muhammadu Buhari administration is confronting the security challenges in the country.

He assured Nigerians that the results and outcomes of the keen efforts of the Federal Government were certainly underway.

Professor Osinbajo spoke over the weekend at the Presidential Villa when he received a delegation from the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) led by its President, Pastor Samuel Oladele, at his Aguda residence on Saturday evening.

“It’s a huge country and with the security challenges, we need to ramp up resources, men, and equipment,” he was quoted as saying in a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Laolu Akande.

“We need to ramp up the numbers, use of technology, get more military platforms and arms, and ammunition,” he stated, adding that all of these were in progress.

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Explaining the situation further, the Vice President noted that at times, some of these things take some time.

For instance, he recalled that the Federal Government ordered and fully paid over $469 million for the Tucano fighter jets about four years ago, but only got delivered last year.

He, however, assured Nigerians that the government was already “getting a handle on it.”

“Now we are reconfiguring our security, local ammunition manufacturing is on the cards and a lot of work is going on. We pray we see some of the results soon.

“Our country has potential if we can keep having honest leadership. When I decided I will run for office, I thought, let’s even put our minds to it. I have seen it for seven years and I know it can be done”

Earlier in his remarks, Pastor Oladele extended greetings and appreciation to President Buhari for his leadership, saying he has always personally admired the President.

“I have been a great admirer of the President since he was Head of State and so we encourage him to do more for the peace and prosperity of our country. We believe that all will be well with the nation,” he said.

Eid-El-Fitr: Buhari, Erdogan Speak On Military Cooperation, Bilateral Ties

Buhari, Erdogan To Ramp Up Nigeria-Turkey Cooperation
File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Turkish counterparty, Recep Erdogan

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received a call from his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Fitr celebrations.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, disclosed this via a statement, saying that both leaders spoke on issues bordering on military cooperation, bilateral ties as well as global interests.

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“During their phone call which was initiated by the Turkish leader, Presidents Buhari and Erdogan also covered a range of issues pertaining to the ongoing discussions between the two countries on the supply and local manufacture of military equipment as well as matters of strategic cooperation,” the statement read.

“President Buhari used the opportunity to especially thank his Turkish counterpart for his commitment and support to Nigeria in the ongoing war against terrorism.”

President Buhari also received Eid greetings from former Nigerian Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, who congratulated him on witnessing the Sallah following 30 days of fasting. Gowon prayed for peace, unity, and progress in the country.

Eid-El-Fitr: IGP Beefs Up Security, Felicitates Muslim Faithful

A file photo of the IGP, Usman Baba.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Sunday felicitated Muslim faithful on the Eid-El-Fitr celebrations while beefing up security nationwide to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

In doing that, the police chief ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers, especially intelligence operatives, traffic officers, and other operational assets of the Force for adequate security ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.

He equally ordered that adequate priority be accorded to Eid prayer grounds, highways, recreational centres, and financial institutions especially ATM and POS points, to safeguard religious celebrations and financial transactions during the festive period.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in which he noted that the order is to maintain a more secured public and social space for the celebration.

“He further directs that all men deployed must be properly briefed and adequately supervised to ensure they maintain a high level of proactiveness, visibility patrols, and professionalism in the discharge of policing services to all and sundry,” the statement partly read.

“The IGP equally tasks all State Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to ensure that crime and criminality are put in check and brought to their lowest ebb for a hitch-free celebration.

“The Inspector-General of Police, on behalf of the Force Management Team, and the entire workforce of the Nigeria Police Force felicitates with all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the global Muslim Ummah to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He admonishes them to practicalise the values of empathy, faith, charity, and other salient teachings of Ramadan in their relationship with other members of the society.”

Nigerian Air Force Boosts Manpower With Additional 1,549 Personnel

File photo of Nigeria Air Force helicopter.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has graduated another set of 1,549 recruits of the Basic Military Training Course and 49 officers as part of efforts to boost the manpower needs of the military in the fight against insurgency.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, other service Chiefs, National Assembly members and the representative of the Kaduna State Government attended the passing out parade of the recruits which held at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna State at the weekend.

Addressing the new recruits and officers, General Irabor asked them not to see their enlistment into the military profession as just another job, but one that requires absolute discipline, loyalty, hard work, and all seriousness, especially at this crucial time when the Nation is battling the challenges of insecurity on several fronts.

“As such, you are expected to secure the lives and properties of the Nigerian people and ensure that they can live in peace and pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear. Such a noble service demands extraordinary courage, commitment, and patriotism, and Nigeria will continue to count on you and demand such qualities from you.

‘”I, therefore, encourage the graduands, and indeed all personnel, to ensure optimal utilisation of resources while subordinating their interests to those of the Service and the Nation. Above all, you must exhibit the core values of Integrity, service before self and excellence for which the Nigerian Air Force is known,” General Irabor said.

‘It Could Have Been Worse’: Ayade Praises Buhari For ‘Improvements’ In Security

Insecurity in Nigeria could have worsened if not for President Muhammadu Buhari, the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, has said. 

He spoke on Thursday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

“If President Buhari wasn’t president, the security condition of this country could have been worse but because you don’t trace the historical background of where we are, you won’t see what he has done,” the presidential aspirant said.

Nigerians, he argued, should not judge the President based on “isolated incidents”.

“President Muhammadu Buhari met a challenging situation, held it, and has been able to pull back the terrorist attacks and you judge him based on one occasional incident,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said.

“If he was not there, it could have been worse than what he met. But he has made a lot of improvements.”


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‘An International Conspiracy’

Buhari and Ben Ayade during the latter’s visit to the President on 26 April 2022 at the State House in Abuja. Photo: [email protected]

 

As far as the governor is concerned, tackling insecurity is way beyond the Nigerian leader, maintaining that there is an international dimension to it.

“Security has a very unique international dimension. Nigeria has so many essential elements. The solid minerals have also become a source of challenge for the nation,” he explained.

“International community, locally and across the whole globe has an eye on us. Most of the time in Africa if you have such solid minerals it’s just an invitation for a crisis because they will keep you unsettled so that they can do the exploitation.”

The governor claimed there is a conspiracy to destabilise the country with insecurity and called for partnerships to halt the trend.

“There is an international conspiracy against this nation. Nigeria is extremely lucky by the capacity of the sitting president,” Ayade added.

“The security issue we have is a global issue that is focused on keeping Nigeria unstable. It is far beyond the capacity of Nigeria’s president, it must be something the nation must cry to the international community and seek sophisticated digital, no contact warfare to be able to address it,” the governor said.

Bandits Kidnap Lecturer, Daughter In Kaduna

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

A former Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Kaduna Polytechnic, Ramatu Abarshi has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, but a relative of the victim told Channels Television that the female Lecturer was kidnapped on Saturday afternoon along with her daughter, Amira, at Mariri Town in Lere local government while they were distributing some food items to some residents for the Ramadan fasting.

They are reportedly trailed by the bandits to Kasuwar Magani where they were eventually kidnapped to an unknown destination.

The kidnapped lecturer is popularly known for her philanthropy and peace initiatives in southern part of Kaduna State

Easter: Police Beef Up Security In FCT, Deploy 2,336 Officers

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

As part of measures to beef up security in the Federal Capital Territory, the police authorities have deployed 2,336 officers for the Easter celebrations.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, disclosed this via a statement issued on Friday.

She said the FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, called on Christians to embrace peace, tolerance for one another and persons of other faith, adherence to law and order, and most importantly patriotism.

While assuring residents that the Command has taken an intentional effort in deploying robust security architecture, the commissioner charged operatives to ensure that there is watertight security at all places of worship, an effective foot and vehicular patrol to parks, recreational and entertainment centers.

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In addition, the police boss wants personnel to ensure the free flow of traffic and respond promptly to distress calls from within the city centre and the suburbs while respecting fundamental human rights.

“The Commissioner of Police has directed the strategic deployment of Tactical and Intelligence Assets across the entire nooks and crannies of the Territory and in strong synergy with sister agencies and the local security outfits, immediately respond to any unfriendly emergency,” the statement partly read.

“Premises upon the above, The Command, therefore, urges the good people of the FCT to cooperate with the Police, remain vigilant, and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 09022222352.”

Reps Decry Insecurity As Lawmaker Demands Defence Minister, NSA’s Sack

A file photo of lawmakers during a plenary at the House of Representatives chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives has lamented the security situation in the country.

A member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs, Bello Kumo, is calling for the sack of the Minister of Defence and National Security Adviser.

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The lawmaker blamed the president for the security situation in the country by refusing to sack both security heads.

Another lawmaker, Linda Ikpeazu, described the country as a failed state while the deputy speaker accused the security agencies of complicity, citing an instance where a soldier was arrested for supplying uniforms to bandits.

Wike Donates 14 Ballistic Gunboats To Security Agencies In Rivers

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has donated 14 ballistic gunboats to security agencies in the state as part of efforts to support the Federal Government’s fight against crime.

Speaking on Friday during the commissioning of the gunboats, Governor Wike warned that the nation’s economy will continue to be in distress if security agencies and other government authorities fail to sincerely tackle the menace of crude oil theft, which remains the greatest contributor to the country’s GDP.

Wike, therefore, vowed to continue to support the fight against crime.

The gunboats were commissioned by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo.

Avoid Politicking, COAS Warns Troops Ahead Of 2023 Elections

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, addressing troops during his operational tour of two brigade Area of Responsibility in Akwa Ibom State.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday warned troops of the Nigerian Army to avoid being dragged into politicking as electoral activities intensify ahead to the 2023 general elections.

He gave the charge in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital while addressing troops during his operational tour of two brigade Area of Responsibility (AOR).

A statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said Lieutenant General Yahaya also admonished the troops to remain focused in the conduct of ongoing internal security operations across the country.

He reiterated that the role of troops during elections, is to provide support to the Nigeria Police, which is the lead agency in the security architecture during elections.

The army chief charged the troops to remain resolute in protecting the territorial integrity of the country and the citizens.

He also urged them to remain committed to vigorously protecting national economic assets by checking the activities of criminals and economic saboteurs, who are bent on sabotaging the oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy.

The COAS assured the troops that their administrative and operational challenges will receive due and prompt attention, adding that the welfare of personnel is paramount under his leadership.

During the operational tour to Uyo, the COAS inspected the ongoing projects in the new barracks under construction at NSIT Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

He also visited 6 battalion headquarters at Ibagwa in Abak Local Government area of the state where he interacted with officers and soldiers of the battalion.