The Chief Of Army Staff conference for the second and third quarters of 2016, has opened in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
The conference would be reviewing the counter-terrorism operations and training activities of the Army.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Burutai, disclosed this to the Benue State Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, during a brief meeting shortly before the opening ceremony of the COAS conference.
The conference, according to the Chief of Army Staff, would feature the commissioning of bridges and the NASME Barrack water works to service the host communities, in addition to free medical outreach.
A security consultant, Mr Max Gbanite, has thrown his weight behind the Nigerian military’s recent announcement that it was moving the war on terror to the cyberspace.
Mr Gbanite noted that the terrorists have always been in the cyberspace but much attention was not paid to it because getting them “off the ground” had been the priority all the while.
“Look Boko Haram has intelligence, they have brilliant people working with laptops taking money from banks, financing their operations. It is just that we need to migrate to that fight.
“But do we have enough intelligence and commitment to fight the war in the cyber? That is another question. Is the military funded to take this war into the cyberspace?
“They (terrorists) have proven that they can hack into any system in this country and show private documents of any Nigerian to the media and pretend it is an expose or investigative journalism.
“So it is proper for the Nigerian military to look into this. It is an innovation and part of the new development all over the world.”
In analyzing the gains in Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, Mr Gbanite acknowledged the improvement since the appointment of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.
He recalled that the situation was bad enough to force the then Nigerian government to postpone the 2015 general elections but a more determined effort; new strategies and operational activities, have led to the improvement.
Mr Gbanite agreed with the claims by the military that it has succeeded in ensuring that the Boko Haram have become unable to lay claims to holding any Nigerian territories.
“We no longer see Boko Haram taunting our military. Our military have become the hunters and Boko Haram have become on the run,” he said, commending the rescue of several captives of the terrorists.
However, the implication of the success, according to the counter-terrorism expert is that the insurgents have also devised new approaches to their operations and this requires that Nigeria also changes tactics.
“Boko Haram is like a chameleon, they have gone back to asymmetry.
“They have developed new shaheeds. A shaheed is a suicide bomber. So we must attack their mindsets, we must change the narratives to degrade the recruitment of shaheeds in the Boko Haram,” he said.
He called on the media to further support the efforts of the security agencies by making their platforms available to publish the names and faces of suspected terrorists.
He also expressed hope that the newly appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police would build on the improvements recorded by former IGP Solomon Arase in the area of intelligence policing.
The Benue State Government has forwarded a bill to the State House of Assembly to outlaw and ban open grazing of cattle in the state in order to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this to the people of Sankera in the Benue North East senatorial district at the ongoing state-wide town hall meetings to engage the people in participatory democracy.
Mr Ortom spoke to journalist shortly after the town hall meeting and explained that the move became necessary following the incessant herdsmen attacks and recent killing of over 10 persons in Logo and Ukum Local Government last week Saturday.
Mr Ortom, while responding to the demand for protection, disclosed that an executive bill prohibiting open grazing has been sent to the state assembly.
Governor Ortom also met with the Jemgbagh clan of old Gboko province, the Igede people of Oju and Obi council areas, where he held the former administration responsible for looting and plunging the state into indebtedness.
The Sankera people are known for large scale farming of rice and yam. They came together in Katsina-Ala to demand action from the federal and state government over the killing of their people.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Solomon Arase, has convened a meeting with all stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The meeting was organised in a bid to find a lasting solution to the protracted crisis rocking the party.
A statement by the Police spokesperson, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, said that Mr Arase called for peace among the parties, particularly Senator Ali Modu Sherif and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
“After exhaustive deliberations in the meeting that was also attended by the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura, each of the factions – Sen Ali Modu Sherif’s and Sen Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s-led factions agreed to nominate four representatives each, for peace talks to arrive at a harmonised position within one week; while the PDP Secretariat at Wadata House Plaza and Legacy House should be under lock and key, pending the outcome of the resolution,” the statement read.
The IGP appealed to the politicians to help in educating their followers on the need to act and conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.
He noted that the Police would not relent in its mandate to protect lives and property without fear or favour.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has advised Nigerians to stop complaining about the inadequate personnel in the Nigeria Police.
He said this during a meeting which held at the Area Command, on Friday in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria.
He argued that if it was possible to make every Nigerian a policeman, there would still be crime in the larger society.
“The issue of manpower in the Nigeria Police, even if you can make everybody to be a policeman, there must be a crime.
“So manpower issue is not our own concerns at our level. The main concern is to have the Police do the work very well”, said the Police Boss.
The IGP was represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of the Minna Metropolitan Areas, Mr Kabir Gwarso, who also said that the stakeholders’ meeting was in line with the recent directive of the IGP.
The IGP had directed that stakeholders’ meetings should be held at the states’ Police Command; Area Commanders’ level and at the level of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the country.
This is in view of the current crime situation all over the country, particularly armed robbery, cattle rustlings, herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, kidnappings among others.
ACP Gwarso added that one of the problems the Police have been facing is that people at the grassroots refuse to give information to them about crimes and criminal activities within their domain.
“Our believe is that people can do more than the way they are doing it now because with the people we can do it better than the way we are doing it now.
“Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force are becoming more educated and enlightened and besides, without this information by the stakeholders we can’t work successfully.
“And if you as Police officers and men, are exposing anybody who gives you information, the next time, nobody within that community would be willing to come and give you information again,” he said.
He promised that if given more information, the Police would work better on it and would achieve greater success in preventing crimes and protecting lives and property in their respective communities.
The Nasarawa State Police Command has held a town hall meeting at the state capital with a view to finding lasting solution to the clash between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
The meeting, which was held at the Police officers’ mess in Lafia, emphasized community policing as a way of preventing conflicts.
Stakeholders gathered to brainstorm and share ideas on how to ensure peaceful co-existence between farmers and herdsmen and also between ethnic groups in the state.
The meeting, which was on the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, had the theme ‘How Community Policing Can Help Prevent Conflicts In The State’.
Participants at the meeting said that they were concerned with the weapons used by some herdsmen and were confused if they were truly herdsmen.
They urged the Police to look into the proliferation of arms critically before it gets out of hand.
Some others were of the view that conflicts escalate as a result of misinformation, calling on the Police to address this also.
The Fulani representatives said that they were happy with the meeting and that they have begun the setting up of a Fulani peace and security committee in all the local government areas and development areas in the state.
They expressed the belief that this would control clashes and enlighten members of their association on how to graze peacefully.
Ethnic associations also called on their members to embrace peace and forge ahead for development to thrive in the state.
The House of Representatives has resolved to constitute an adhoc Committee to investigate the recent attack on the Oke – Ako Community in Ekiti State by alleged Fulani herdsmen.
In a motion sponsored by Rep Emmanuel Agboola, he expressed concern on the number of lives lost as a result of these frequent attacks adding that it might lead to reprisal attacks if it is not curtailed.
The lawmakers have directed the Inspector – General of Police, Solomon Arase to deploy the police to affected areas and urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected community.
The Committee is to report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative work.
The attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time on Friday, May 21.
An eyewitness alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the night with guns, bow, arrows, sword, machetes and shot sporadically, leaving Mr Lekan Arossayin dead and five others seriously injured.
Representatives of Benue communities are demanding the sum of 100 billion Naira as compensation for victims of suspected herdsmen attacks in Benue State.
They put up this demand at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.
The one day public hearing was to look at the alarming influx of unidentified herdsmen into Benue State and the threat to life and property in the state.
Different community groups from the state, the Police IG and the Deputy Governor of Benue State gathered to make their contributions.
The efforts of the Police so far and the intervention of the federal government in combating the situation was on the front burner.
The committee heard from the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who highlighted some of the steps being taken to address the crisis.
He said that they have apprehended some persons and investigations were ongoing.
While representatives of the community groups suggested how the situation can be managed, the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu, also put forward the measures recommended by the state government towards resolving the issues.
The lawmakers sympathized with the people of Benue State and appealed to the representatives of the community groups to let peace reign while efforts are being by the government made to bring the situation under control.
Fourteen Policemen serving with the Adamawa State Command have been promoted by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
One Superintendent of Police was promoted to Chief Superintendent of Police, one Deputy Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police, 13 Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents of Police.
Four Assistant Traffic Wardens were also promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Traffic I.
The Commissioner of Police, Adamawa State Command, Ghazzali Mohammed, decorated the newly promoted police officers as they took their turns.
He reminded the officers that promotion comes with responsibility and that they should seize the opportunity of their promotion to be better policemen.
He also gave reason for their promotion.
A representative of the newly promoted Police officers, Chief Superintendent of Police, David Onwughai, while giving the vote of thanks appreciated the Inspector General of Police for the honour, promising not to disappoint the Police force.
The Nigeria Police Force is pushing a strategic initiative that will leverage on community policing practices to address internal security challenges.
To pursue the initiative and ensure it was successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed all State Commands’ Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Federal Capital Territory to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meeting in their respective state commands.
The instruction came on Monday in a statement signed by the spokesman for the police, Mr Olabisi Kolawole, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.
Mr Arase reiterated that the move was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.
He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands, as well as at divisional levels, to enhance the process of re-assurance policing and the need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.
The forum, which would be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community, would have participants drawn from all strategic security stakeholders.
The stakeholders, according to the Police boss, include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youths bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.
The IGP also ordered all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process and ensure urgent compliance, as it affects commands under their area of responsibility.
He urged the citizen to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting Nigeria.
IGP Arase reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.