Child Trafficking: Security Operatives Rescue Minors In Jos

Child Trafficking: Security Rescue 145 Minors In JosSome children believed to be victims of human trafficking have been rescued by security operatives in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The rescue was made after two trucks conveying the minors were intercepted by the security agents at a check point.

The children – all male and within the age range of four to eight years – were rescued by members of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven.

The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Mr Mathias Tyopev, told Channels Television that they were being transported from other states to states within the north central region, with Plateau as a major route.

“On Thursday January 12, 2017 the special task force, Sector Two, located opposite University of Jos, intercepted two trucks conveying 135 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa states.

“Our investigations further reveals that these children who are all male were to be taken to places where the three mallams, who were coordinating the movement, have not even visited,” he said.

Channels Television’s correspondent discovered that the children were being transported in a truck ordinarily meant to carry farm produce such as grains, animals and other goods across the states.

It was converted to convey the minors under harsh and unfavourable weather conditions in which the children were stacked alongside grains without any comfort for such long distance journey.

Since their rescue, the children have been in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigation into the matter continues.

They were seen with the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, who was supervising the distribution of food and other welfare materials to them.

The suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors are still in the custody of the Police and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination.

The Police say it would soon embark on the process of establishing contact with the state governments of Jigawa and Bauchi for the return of the children to their parents.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Military On Cross Border Patrol

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Military On Cross Border PatrolThe Nigerian military are embarking on a cross-border patrol of Plateau and Kaduna states to prevent any spillover of recent attacks in Southern Kaduna region.

A joint security operative with the special task force, Operation Safe Haven is doing this in collaboration with 1 Division command of the Nigerian Army to also build confidence among the affected communities that peace has returned to.

Commander of the special task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas said that the cross border patrol is to assure citizens of adequate security.

He followed it with an appeal to the people to always report strangers and unusual movement of any group of people to security agents promptly.

“We are from special task force in Plateau state; troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army are already deployed here.

“We crossed over to Kaduna state primarily to support and synergize so that such attacks do not happen again.

“More soldiers are to be deployed into the affected areas and (we have) also discussed with members of the communities so that we can come up with strategies on contacting security personnel when strangers are noticed in their communities.

“There should be proper channel of communication in securing the areas through the cooperation of the people,” he said.

Top military officers including senior officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the State Security Service as well as Police officers visited various communities that were affected by the several attacks.

The team was at the palace of Tum Nikyob of Kaninkon Chiefdom in Bakin Kogi, HRH Mallam Tanko Tete, as well as the palace of the chief of Godogodo where appeals were made for adequate security that will ensure that people that fled their communities can return.

The Tum Nikyob of Bakin Kogi assured the people of support as he asked for military presence so that the people that fled their ancestral homes can return and resume their farming and harvest crops that are ready for harvesting.

In addition to the presence of military personnel on ground, arrangements have also been concluded for day and night patrol by the military to ensure peace within affected communities.

Counter Terrorism: CDS Says Terrorist Camp Is Weakened

counter terrorism, Olonisakin, ArmyThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, says the cooperation of neighbouring countries on the fringe of the Lake Chad Basin where the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with the military waging war against the Boko Haram insurgents has weakened the base of the insurgents.

General Olonisakin said this while addressing journalists after assessing activities of the special task force, Operation Safe Haven in Jos, Plateau State.

He observed that the cooperation and synergy of the joint force has degraded the terrorists to the extent that they cannot carry out any strong offensive any more.

The recent attacks in the northeast where pockets of suicide bombings have been occurring is proof that the operational base of the terrorists has been weakened and dislodged, according to Olonisakin.

The Chief of Defence Staff urged troops to live up to expectation of keeping and maintaining the law and order which is the primary objective of the operations while it lasts.

The visit of the Chief of Defence Staff to the troops was another opportunity to give them assurances that their welfare and other logistics would receive more attention.

He expressed hope that the morale of the troops had been boosted for better performance.

Plateau Security: Military Equip Taskforce With Monitoring Motor Bikes

Nigerian-troops-A special taskforce maintaining law and order in Plateau State and parts of Bauchi State, ‘Operation Safe Haven’, have been equipped with motorcycles to boost their effectiveness.

They troops’ fight against insurgents, gather intelligence and check other crimes in their areas of operation.

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Commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas

At a ceremony held at one of the operational bases to hand over the motorcycles to the troops, commander of the taskforce, Major General Rogers Nicholas, warned troops against indiscriminate use of the motorcycles.

He stressed that it must be used for official purpose, reminding them that it was procured to enhance their access to difficult terrain that are not accessible by vehicles and to make their assignment easier.

The different operational bases of Operation Safe Haven got motorcycles for troops also referred to as Motorcycles Battalion.

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Motorcycle battalions

Part of the ceremony was the parading of some suspects for several offences ranging from armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and drug peddling among others.

Major General Nicholas said that the troops were already on continuous clearance operation to get rid of all the criminals.

“These are the people that are used by bigger time criminals to commit more havoc. We are trying to make sure that wherever we have information about criminals, concerning arms and ammunition, we will go after them,” he told reporters.

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Criminals paraded by the Operation Safe Haven

With the introduction of the Motorcycle Battalion in fighting crime, troops are now equipped to have easy entrance to places that are difficult to access in carrying out their operations and gathering relevant intelligence on criminal elements within the society.

FCT Plans Informal Markets To Stop Street Hawking

Street HawkingThe Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, says he will create informal markets in Abuja to eliminate street hawking from the city.

According to him, the creation of such informal markets would complement the efforts of the special task force he inaugurated earlier in the year to rid the city of street hawkers and beggars.

The special task force comprises the Police, the Army and other paramilitary agencies.

The chairman of the special task force had told Channels Television in September that those who import beggars from neighbouring states have made it difficult for the task force to succeed in eradicating street hawking in Abuja.

Meanwhile Abuja residents have been reacting differently to the decisions of the Minister.

While some applaud the activities of the special task force, others say the informal markets should have been created before the enforcement begins.

Street hawking has continued to thrive in Abuja despite the various efforts of past administrations to eradicate it.

Plateau Security: Agencies Warn Against Arms Proliferation

Arms Proliferation In PlateauSecurity operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.

He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.

Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.

He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.

However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.

The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.

He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.

Operation ‘Safe Haven’ To Ensure Safety During Sallah Celebrations

 Operation Safe Haven, Safety, Sallah Celebrations Ahead of the 2016 Sallah celebrations, the special task force, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ has put some security measures on ground, in parts of Plateau and Bauchi in order to ensure a hitch-free holiday.

Owing to the fact that there would be an increase in human and vehicular movement, the special task force organised a meeting with officials of the National Union Of Road Transport Workers, market association, as well as community leaders, to inform them of various measures put in place for a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir.

The Special Task Force also ordered that there should be a thorough search of all vehicles and passengers entering and leaving the state.

Addressing transport and market union officials at the task force headquarters in Jos, Major General Rogers Nicholas, stated that no one should be spared in the search operations, in order to ensure that arms, ammunition or any improvised explosive devices are not smuggled into the state.

The Commander of the Special Task Force said security should not be left in the hands of security agents alone and everyone should be involved in the security operations especially at this period.

The Commander advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the stop and search operations as well as report any strange movement or strangers to the appropriate authority.

Special Task Force Beef Up Security In Jos Over Rumoured Attack

Nigerian ArmyThe special task force, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ in Plateau State has strengthened its security, following intelligence reports on an impending attack as well as rumours of assassination of some politicians.

Addressing pressmen at the task force headquarters in Jos, Commander of the task force, Major General Rogers Nicholas announced some decisions which included, the ban on tricycles within the Jos/ Bukuru metropolis from dusk to dawn and decongestion of the market areas to avoid crowding.

Other measures in addressing security challenges in the state included the visit of the task force to the local government areas and various communities to broker peace between herdsmen and the natives.

With the proactive steps being taken by the task force to avoid any major security breach in the state, citizens are also called on to compliment security operatives’ efforts, by providing adequate information on strange movements of people within their localities and report same to concerned authority.

Security Operatives Raid Black Market Operators In Plateau

PlateauSecurity operatives have commenced an enforcement of ban on all forms of road side and illegal sale of petroleum products in jerry-cans, drums and open tanks within the Jos and Bukuru metropolis in Plateau State.

Officers of the Special Task Force and Operation Safe Haven carried out the raid on Saturday.

Several equipment used by the illegal dealers operating around the vicinity of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station were confiscated while some operators were arrested during the raid.

The Commander of the Special Task Force, Major General Tagbo Ude, led the operation that raided one of the major spot of the illegal petroleum dealers’ site located near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) station in Jos.

During the operation, several items ranging from plastic jerry cans of various sizes, drums, and barrels filled with petroleum products were distributed to the public freely.

Having complained to the security operatives about the activities of the black marketers operating near the NNPC mega outlet, Dealer Representatives of NNPC mega station, Bernardo Terreno, explained how the security operatives came to the rescue of the station and denied any involvement of the station in the illegal activities.

Motorists also expressed satisfaction with the security agents’ operation believing that such action would rid the state of illegal marketing of petroleum products and invariably for such to be available at petrol stations.

With the security agents raiding and confiscating equipment of the illegal dealers of petroleum products within the metropolis, there should be proper monitoring of petroleum products allocated to the state by the Department of Petroleum Resources in order to avoid and prevent diversion of such products to other places and make the product available to motorists.

Buhari Behind My Continued Detention, Dasuki Tells Court

dasukiFormer National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being behind his arrest and detention without trial since December 29, 2015.

Dasuki, who spoke through his counsel, Mr Joseph Daudu, claimed that President Buhari unjustly instigated his arrest and detention by the Department of State Security (DSS) against the bail granted him by three different courts in various criminal charges brought against him by the federal government.

He claimed that the President, through his comments on the presidential media chat in January 2016, confirmed that he was behind his ordeal.

In a further and better affidavit filed in support of his application at the FCT high court, the ex-NSA claimed that the President betrayed his emotion during the presidential media chat when he openly told Nigerians that he and Nnamdi Kanu would not be allowed on bail because they would jump bail.

Dasuki claimed he had been held incommunicado since his re-arrest on December 29 when he perfected the third bail granted him by Justice Peter Affen.

He, therefore, asked Justice Affen to prohibit his further trial until the federal government allows him on bail so as to prepare effectively for defence in the various criminal charges brought against him by government.

The former NSA who has been in detention since December 29, 2015, claimed that the detention has prevented him from filing effective defence because he has no access to his lawyers.

Daudu also stated that the claim that Dasuki was being held by the DSS and not the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cannot hold water because the federal government is the complainant in the charge against Dasuki and that both the DSS and EFCC are agents of the federal government.

In opposing the application, counsel to the federal government, Mr Rotimi Jacob informed Justice Affen that the charge against Dasuki was at the instance of the EFCC and not the DSS.

He denied that the federal government disobeyed the court on the ground that on December 29, 2015 when the bail conditions were perfected, Dasuki was released by the prison authority at Kuje but was however rearrested by another government agency.

Jacobs asked the court not to grant Dasuki’s application because DSS that rearrested him was not a party to the charges against him before Justice Affen who granted him the bail.

After listening to the parties, Justice Affen fixed March 4, 2016 to give ruling on the application.

Dasukigate: Ex-PDP Chairman’s Son Collected 300mln Naira – Witness

Haliru MohammedA witness and an official of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency told a court on Wednesday that 300 million Naira out of the arms deal money was paid into the account of the son of a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bello Abba Mohammed.

Mr Abba Mohammed is being prosecuted alongside his father, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, before Justice A.R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a 4-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC’s first witness, Mrs Rouqayya Ibrahim, who is an operative of the anti-graft agency, being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, said that the payment of 300 million Naira was made in two tranches to the accused person’s company account – BAM Projects and Properties Limited.

She said that the funds were meant for the procurement of arms through the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).

A statement by the spokesperson for the EFCC on Wednesday said Mrs Ibrahim stated that the accused persons, through the firm, withdrew the money from an account of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Discoveries We Made”

The fund was said to have been transferred to the accused persons by the embattled former National Security Adviser, 11 days to the 2015 presidential election.

Mrs Ibrahim told the court that she was attached to the Forensic Accounting unit of the Commission as an analyst.

She stated that, her schedule of duties include general investigations, interview of suspects and complainants, analysis of documents, arrests where necessary, executing search warrants among others.

Mrs Ibrahim further told the court that a Special Task Force was created sometime in October/November 2014 to investigate defence arms contracts and alleged financial misappropriation of funds in the ONSA.

The witness stated that relevant government agencies including banks, staff of the Accountant-General’s Office and that of the ONSA and the CBN were contacted to furnish the Commission with necessary information about the case.

“One of the discoveries we made after receiving relevant documents from the Accountant-General’s Office was a letter written by the Ministry of Finance to the CBN requesting for 100 billion Naira on March 2, 2015. The sum was for several expenditures for several agencies but specifically, 30 billion Naira of the 100 billion Naira was for the ONSA for security issues.

“On March 6, 2015, the AGF wrote to the CBN authorising the release of 30 billion Naira which was paid into ONSA account with CBN on March 11, 2015.

“On March 17, 2015, 300 million Naira out of the 30 billion Naira paid into the ONSA account, was paid into BAM Projects and Properties Limited account in Sterling Bank with the narration on the mandate for the payment being Payment for safe houses,” the witness told the court.

Consequent upon that discovery, Mrs Ibrahim stated that her team requested for the statement of account of BAM Projects and Properties Limited from Sterling Bank.

The analysis, according to her, showed that a payment of 300 million Naira was made on February 27, 2015 in two tranches of 150 million Naira each to BAM Projects and Properties account with Sterling Bank from Jabbama Ada Global Services Limited.

The witness further told the court that the first defendant initially denied knowledge of the 300 million Naira paid into his account, but later admitted after he spoke with his father (the third defendant) who was away at the time.

“The first defendant was confronted with the disbursement of the funds from his account and he confessed that the disbursements were made on the instruction of his father for the purpose of elections,” Mrs Ibrahim stated.

Documents in support of the claim were tendered by Jacobs. Though objected to by the defence counsel, Umoh, his objection was overruled and the documents were admitted in evidence as exhibits.

Thereafter, Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to Tuesday, February 23, 2016 for continuation.

In the said suit, Mohammed’s son (Bello Abba Mohammed) was charged as the first accused person while the firm, BAM Projects and Properties Limited, which was used to perpetrate the fraud and the former PDP Chairman was cited as the second and third accused persons respectively.

Security Assure Plateau Residents Of Hitch-Free Yuletide

NIGERIA ELECTIONS Security forcesThe Special Task Force in Plateau State has assured residents of the north central state of a hitch-free yuletide celebration.

Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Tagbo Ude, said security has been beefed up in the State following threats by insurgents to disrupt the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He said the Special Task Force reinforcing the security network with constant patrol and mounting check points across the state capital.

Maj. Gen. Tagbo Ude urged members of the force not to relent on their efforts in ensuring that security of lives and property during the yuletide is maintained according to the mandate of Operation Safe Haven.

He added that security check points have also been mounted at strategic places while foot patrol has been increased within the metropolis with motor parks, worship centres and recreation centres under security checks.

The Special Task Force is a combination of the Military, Air Force, Police, Naval as well as members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).