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I-G reiterates commitment to community policing

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The Acting Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Friday, reiterated the determination of Nigeria Police Force to implement community policing in the country.

Adamu made this known at a meeting with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Human Rights groups and other critical stakeholders in Abuja.

He said that the police under his watch, would operate all-inclusive policing system and that they were open to constructive criticism to deliver on their mandate.

The police chief said that no police anywhere in the world could survive or perform its core mandate effectively without the support and cooperation of the people.

“The police alone cannot do this; we need your assistance, cooperation and support as major stakeholders in achieving these objectives.

“The police is not your enemy, our common enemy is lack of understanding of our common objectives and this is why this meeting is convened for us to bridge the gap,’’ he said.

On his part, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that there was always need for interaction between the three arms of government and NGOs.

He noted that quite often, there was always misunderstanding between non-governmental organisations and government.

“I believe that we are all working towards same goal – virile, strong country,“ he said.

According to Mohammed, with the meeting, we can disabuse our minds about the roles of each and every one of us.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Dr Benson Olugbuo, Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, suggested that community policing should be inclusive.

“It is a partnership between the public and the police. So we feel it should be encouraged,’’ he said.

He said that military involvement in internal security in 36 states of the federation raised a lot of issue in terms of the security arrangement in the country.

“ It is a lot of responsibility because security management in Nigeria lies on the shoulders of the Nigeria Police Force.

“The law is very clear that the police have the responsibility to maintain law and order and the law makes it possible that policemen should also be involved in military operations, especially in terms internal security,“ he said.

Olugbuo noted that some of the challenges confronting the police were self-inflicted while some were as a result of the legal framework currently in use.

“We are aware that as at today, the law that established the force was bequeathed to us by the colonial masters,“ he said.

Olugbuo said that there was a need for the IGP to have a tenure of office as it was done in other government agencies.

“We believe there is need for security of tenure, because we believe that the primary responsibility of the Nigeria Police Force is to maintain law and order,’’ he stated.

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Armed men kidnap 5 persons in Kaduna – Police

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The Police in Kaduna has confirmed the kidnap of five persons by armed men on Friday at Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna metropolis.

The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.

Sabo said on Aug. 23 at about 2300hrs, DPO Malali reported that he received a distress call that, Armed men in military uniform  blocked access road to Baba Tunde Fashola Housing Estate, Danbushiya Village, at the outskirt of Kaduna and intercepted a Honda Accord Reg. No. LND 753 AL and five other vehicles and kidnapped seven persons.

According to him, patrol teams within the metropolis led by the DPO were quickly mobilised to the scene of the incident but the hoodlums had already escaped with the victims.

“However, due to pressurised patrols within the general area, two of the victims were later found being released by the hoodlums.

“The two released victims alongside the vehicles were recovered to the Police station,” the spokesman said.

He also disclosed that “upon search, the sum of $10,000 US Dollars and N647,300 cas were recovered in one of the vehicles”.

He also explained that combined teams of police Anti-kidnapping Unit and Vigilantes were later dispatched to the scene for search operation with a view to arrest the perpetrators and rescue the remaining five victims.

“The IGP’S IRT were also contacted for Technical Support in tracking the hoodlums,” he added.

Sabo said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, has assured that the incident would not deter the command from its collective determination in the recent war against criminals.

He therefore called for continued support by all well meaning citizens of the state.

TJ/MST

Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Buratai tasks RSMs on professionalism, discipline in Army formations

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The Chief Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged Regiment Sergeant Majors (RSM) in the Nigerian army to promote professionalism and discipline among soldiers in all formations.

Buratai gave the charge at the closing ceremony of RSM Annual Convention which ended on Saturday in Kaduna.

The Army chief was represented by Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen Musa Yusuf.

The News Agency report that the theme of the five-day convention in which 306 RSMs participated was “Professionalism Through Regimentation in the Nigerian Army.’’

The Army chief also tasked the RSMs to impart the knowledge learnt at the convention to other soldiers.

Buratai said: “We want to see improvement in terns of professionalism and discipline regimentation in all our formations, units, barracks, cantonments and offices.”

He noted the resource persons had added invaluable knowledge to the participants,  which “made all of us better than how we came into this convention.”

“We have promised ourselves from this moment, we are going to see improvement in the way we do our business in Nigerian Army.”

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, said the convention was to enhance the capacity of the RSMs who occupy important position in the hierarchy of the army.

Yahaya charged them to extend the knowledge they have gotten to their units.

” Let’s see changes and improvement in the way you address your responsibilities in your formations,” he added.

The GOC appreciate the Army Chief for allowing the Division to host the Convention.

report that the RSMs Convention is the third to be held since its reintroduction by Buratai on assumption of office.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Police release 21 phone numbers to report unprofessional conduct in Enugu

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The Police Command in Enugu State has made public 21 phone numbers of its top officers for direct complaints of unprofessional conducts among its personnel by the public.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, announced this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Enugu.

He said that the release of the phone numbers for direct complaint was in line with the command’s resolve to hold its personnel accountable for any unprofessional conducts.

Amaraizu said that the decision to make the phone numbers public followed a resolution reached by the command and its relevant stakeholders in a recent meeting on Campaign Against Police Unprofessional Conduct.

“In further compliance with the resolutions and to make its personnel accountable, the command is requesting the public, tricycle riders, bus drivers and other stakeholders to contact the policr for unprofessional conducts.

“The officers and their phone numbers are; CP Sulaiman Balarabe, 08188810695, ACP Huruna Alaba, 08033455356, ACP Dennis Anyai, 08033447426, ACP Umoru Ozigi, 08066272903, ACP Ashu Ottah, 08037184272 and ACP Z.A. Pembi, 08107269282.

“ACP Edwin Ogbeghagha, 08033140979, SP Ebere Amaraizu, 08038829086, CSP Hope Isiani, 08033095702, CSP Clever Eluha, 08036157598, SP Arthur Amobi, 08033137169, CSP Okey Ambrose 08037038878 and SP Fredrick Azubuike, 08033618584.

“Others are CSP Augustina Ogwo 08038947284, CSP Danladi Mashat, 08033232671, SP Adamu Garba, 08037019824, SP Emma Ehirim, 08039340353, SP Nathaniel Omeje, 08039333728, CSP Ezenwa Onyekaba, 08068820580, CSP Ogonnaya Okpara, 07037663365 and SP Julius Ugwuanyi, 08064331435.”

The police spokesman appealed to residents of the state to join hands with the police to ensure the success of the campaign.

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NAF to deploy additional fighter jets, helicopter gunships to North East

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it is planning to deploy additional fighter jets and helicopter gunships to complement ground forces fighting insurgents and bandits in the North East and North West Zones.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this during his operational visit to NAF 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Abubakar was at the NAF base to witness the reactivation and air display of the EC135 attack helicopter which was damaged in 2016.

He said that NAF was currently carrying out repairs on aircrafts which had been abandoned at air force bases across the country.

“NAF is mobilising every assets in our inventory to ensure that we secure Nigeria and the Nigerian people from internal and external aggression.

“The EC135 helicopter is among others that has recently been reactivated and others are at different stages of completion to make the country secure, peaceful and stable,” he said.

Abubakar said that completion of the repairs on the air assets would aid the current fight against insurgents and bandits in the country.

He added that the successful repairs of abandoned attack helicopters in the country was indicative that NAF had made progress in its bid to build local capacity.

“This in-country reactivation has also enabled us to save scarce foreign exchange that otherwise would have been expended in carrying out the repairs abroad.

“This has enabled the transfer of required skills and expertise to our personnel, therefore helping NAF build additional capacity to sustain its operations.

“Our target is to ensure that the next time we are carrying out maintenance of these aircrafts, we would not require any foreign assistance.

” It will be done by Nigerians,” he said.

He also said that NAF was currently training personnel in Nigeria and abroad to operate the various gunships for better air power.

According to him, NAF has recorded successes in improving its assets and welfare of troops with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This support has  enabled us to meet the operational needs and requirements needed for improved efficiency and welfare of troops,” he said.

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Indian hemp being cultivated in 11 Plateau LGAs – NDLEA

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The Plateau Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) is currently cultivated in large scale in 11 local government areas of the state.

Mr Bello Mumuni, a Principal Staff Officer, Drug Reduction Unit of the agency in the command, disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Jos.

Mumuni also said that the rate of production and consumption of hard drugs in the state had been on the increase.

He said that Indian hemp was before now transported from other parts of the country to Plateau, but that  the banned substance was now being cultivated in large quantity in the state.

“As a personnel of NDLEA, I can categorically say that the proportion of drug abuse in Plateau is on the increase.

“For instance, initially cannabis sativa is being imported from other parts of the country to Plateau.

“Later they started cultivating it in Shendam Local Government Area, but as I speak, the cultivation has spread to 11 local government areas in the state.

“Plateau as at today is cultivating Indian hemp in large quantity,” he said.

The official also decried the proliferation of patent medicine stores in Jos and environs, adding that the menace remained the bane of the fight against the sale and consumption of illicit drugs in the state.

“This is why I said NDLEA alone cannot end the consumption of hard substances in the state; the role of community and religious leaders and parents is key in this regard.

“These things happen in communities and people in those communities know the perpetrators. So, they should endeavour to report them to us for further action,” he urged.

Mumuni, who linked most of the crisis experienced over the years in Jos to drug abuse, advised residents, particularly the youth, to desist from consumption of hard substances.

He said the practice was affecting the health of individuals and also making them indulge in social vices that mostly led to break down of law and order.

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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