Kaduna Govt. Bans FRSC Operations In State Capital

Southern Kaduna: El-Rufai Advocates More Funding For Security AgenciesThe Kaduna State Security Council has banned officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), from operating in the state capital and other urban centres in the state.

The security council also prohibited FRSC personnel from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town; a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.

A statement issued by Spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end the state security council meeting , advised FRSC personnel to concentrate their operations in ensuring safe travel on highways such as on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The security council explained that the action became necessary after reviewing the trend and noting concerns expressed by citizens over the undue hardship and accidents people have been exposed to at FRSC checkpoints and from reckless tanker drivers.

Also according to the statement, the council took the decision following complaints about acts of disrespect to the public and alleged extortion from motorists.

On the other hand, the council has also demanded that the transporters should stop loading firewood, tomatoes and other goods on top of petrol tankers throughout the state.

They drew the attention of the public to the threats such practices pose to lives and property.

The Security Council, therefore, mandated security agencies to ensure compliance with those directives, as well as impound defaulting tankers.

Be Governor To All, Abubakar Bello Tells Edo State’s Obaseki

godwin-obasekiNiger State’s Governor, Abubakar Bello, has urged the newly sworn-in Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to operate an all-inclusive government that gives all Edo citizens a sense of belonging.

He believes such leadership ideal would fast-track development in the state.

A statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Ndace, said the inauguration of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu, offered fresh hope for consolidation in the state.

The Governor advised Mr Obaseki to ensure that he would build on what he called ‘solid foundation’ already laid by former Governor Adams Oshoimhole.

Live Up To Your Vision

He pointed out that since the people of Edo state had opted for continuity, it was time to translate the confidence reposed in the APC-led government into improved social welfare and service delivery to the citizens.

The Governor, who expressed confidence in the capacity and ability of Mr Obaseki to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Edo people, enjoined him to live up to campaign promises of ‘EDO PEOPLE: Let’s GO Further, Together’, and APC Manifesto of Relief, Recovery and Reform, urging them to be magnanimous in victory.

“I urge you to live up to your vision of building ‘a modern and progressive Edo State where every citizen is empowered with opportunity to live life in its fullness.’ Above all, you must realise that you are now governor of all, irrespective of political, ideological, religious and ethnic differences,” the Governor said.

Governor Bello further commended the effort of former Comrade-Governor Oshiomhole and urged all stakeholders to rally round Governor Obaseki for the progress and development of the state.

Governor Obaseki, who was elected governor on the platform of the All Progressive Congress(APC) on September 29, was sworn on 12 November.

He is an alumni of the University of Ibadan (UI) and the Columbia University in the United states.

Security Operatives Recover Over 300 Stolen Cows

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoSecurity operatives attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna State, have recovered over 300 cows and other animals stolen by rustlers in various parts of the state.

During the handover of the recovered animals to their owners, a spokesman for the Governor, Colonel Yusuf Yakubu, told reporters that the animals were stolen from herdsmen and later recovered from the rustlers at two villages in Kachia Local Government Area of the state where they were hidden.

Colonel Yakubu explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He says the operation is part of efforts by the state government to curtail armed banditry, insurgency and other related crimes in the state.

According to him, the recovered animals were being handed over to their owners after thorough scrutiny.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals were reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

He also added that security agents in the state had so far recovered over 17, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago.

The outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

Colonel Yakubu said: “Recently, there were two operations conducted by our operatives. The first operation was conducted in October 2016, which recovered 95 animals. Then the second and third operations were conducted on the 28 and 29 of the same month where we recovered a total of 312 cows.

“This operation was conducted by our Sector one of Operation Yaki which comprises Nigerian Army, Police and the Navy that are in Kachia.

“The information that we got from people led to the successful operation. We most especially commend the leadership of Miyetti Allah in Kaduna state, they are doing a good job, they led us into this operation and we made these recovery”.

The North West Chairman of Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ahmadu Sulaiman, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their commitment to rid the state of cattle rustlers.