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Nigeria needs military support to tackle security challenges – Rear Admiral Udofia

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Rear Admiral Thaddeus Udofia, out-going Commandant, Naval War College Nigeria, on Friday said Nigeria needed military’s support for solution to the diverse security and developmental challenges in the country.

Udofia stated this in Calabar during his pulling-out and farewell parade at the Nigerian Navy ground to mark his retirement from the Navy.

“In this respect, I am convinced that the establishment of the Naval War College Nigeria will help in the realisation of this.

“This is more so as the college is designed to equip individuals who will be participating in its diverse courses with the skills to address the hydra-headed challenges.

“Although the college is in its nascent stage, the uniqueness of the contemporary and emergent challenges to Nigerian Navy operations can hasten its maturity.

“It will also help to influence policies and decisions at the Naval Headquarters,’’ he said.

Udofia thanked the Navy for the honour accorded him on his voluntarily retirement, adding that he was privileged to serve the Navy in operational and administrative offices within and outside the country.

In his remarks, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, said that the aim of establishing the war college was gradually paying off as participants were contributing immensely to efficient delivery in operations.

Ibas, who was represented by Rear Admiral Begroy Ibe-Enwo, Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, said that the college was all about innovation.

He said that from observation, there had been a lot of contributions and successes recorded in the college.

“We have noticed a lot of improvement; the college is making a lot of impact because there are innovations and improvement in terms of our operational strategies and so on.

“The few that have been trained are really making gainful contributions in efficient delivery in our operations,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Udofia, a graduate of the Nigeria Navy Regular Course 5, was commissioned as a Sub.-Lt. in 1988.

He retired voluntarily from the service on April 2, 2019, after 31 years.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah and Olisa Ifeajika

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Attack: Remain resolute, Gov. Sule task security agencies

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged security agencies in the state not to be deterred by the attack on the state deputy governor’s entourage that claimed five lives.

The governor gave the advice on Wednesday in Lafia at an emergency security meeting following the incident.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the incident occurred at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday along Nasarawa Eggon-Akwanga road, leading to the death of three policemen and two civilians.

The deputy governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, and his entourage who were on their way to Abuja for a function, ran into a robbery operation in the area.

In the attempt to clear the road for commuters, the robbers attacked the security escort killing three policemen, a driver and another yet to be identified civilian.

Sule said the state government had reported the incident to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the police high command had assured that tactical and aerial support would be deployed to fish-out criminal elements around the mountainous terrain.

The governor said that the incident tended to dent the achievement of the security agencies in the state in recent time, but urged them not to relent.

“I am aware of your (security) efforts in securing the state in recent time and I encourage you not relent in view of the unfortunate incident of yesterday (Tuesday).

“Continue to do your best in your mandate of protecting the people.

“This (incident) has come from people who do not believe in what is right and who do not believe in progress. We cannot allow them to overcome us,’’ Sule said.

He said intelligence reports indicated that most of the criminal elements operating in the state were those dislodged from other parts of the country.

The governor promised to give maximum support to security agencies to effectively discharge their responsibility of protecting lives and property.

Sule vowed that he would not rest on his oars until criminal elements that had infiltrated the state were flushed out.

He condoled with the families of the victims over the incident and assured them of the state government’s support.

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Police ban activities of volunteer security outfits in Kaduna

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The Police in Kaduna State has banned all activities of a volunteer security outfits in the state, popularly known as “Yan Sa Kai.’’

The police command in Kaduna State announced the ban in a statement issue on Wednesday by its spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo.

He warned that anyone who violates the order using the instrumentality of the law would be dealt with decisively.

“The command, therefore, solicits the usual support from the members of the public to provide timely and useful information about criminal activities within their immediate environment in order to help the police to serve them better,’’ Sabo said.

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Robbers attack Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s convoy, kill 3 policemen

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Robbers attack Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s convoy, kill 3 policemen

Suspected armed robbers on Tuesday attacked the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, killing three policemen and a civilian.

Akabe was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement when the convoy ran into the robbers who were operating few kilometres away from Akwanga at about 6pm.

ASP Usman Samaila, Police Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command confirmed the incident to the Nigeria News Agency in Lafia.

Samaila however did not give details, saying the commissioner of Police, Bola Longe had led a team of officers to the scene to asssess the situation.

“As I speak with you now, the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner Operations and other high ranking officers of the command have gone to the scene of the incident,” Samaila said.

Meanwhile, one of those in the convoy, said the armed robbers opened fire on the convoy before fleeing.

According to him, three policemen and a driver were shot and killed by the armed robbers and their corpses have been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia.

The deputy governor who was unhurt but looking shaky, was at the hospital but did not speak to journalists on the incident.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Nigerian Army takes medical outreach to Zamfara village

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The Nigerian Army has taken medical outreach to Wantodo Daji community, in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara as part of its civil military relations activities.

The medical outreach is part of the activities to mark the 2019 Combat Service Support Training Week of the Nigerian Army, holding in Gusau.

The outreach, which was organised by the Nigerian Army Medical Corps, includes the provision of free medical treatment for different cases, free drugs, eye glasses, wheel chairs and other medical needs for the people.

The event was graced by the Governor, Mr Bello Matawalle, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and top army officers and state government functionaries.

Adama said that the activity was part of the activities to enhance civil military cooperation, between the army and the civilians, in their areas of operations.

He said, “ at a time like this, we want to give back to the society, especially to our host communities, because improving this will help us to collaborate in what we are doing.

“The community we are in today has once been involved in the recent happenings and it is not out of place that we are here.

“For the activities today, we are offering free medical services, free drugs, free eye screening service, with reading glasses.

“We have also brought mosquito nets, we are doing laboratory tests and we are also giving our physically challenged persons wheelchairs as well as dental services.

“We want to thank the Chief of Army Staff for giving us the wherewithal to do what we are doing,’’ he said.

Matawalle, while presenting the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries, commended the army for the gesture and urged the beneficiaries to use them well.

Some of the beneficiaries who expressed their happiness in Hausa language, commended the army for the gesture.

Osama Abubakar, 15 years old, said he was happy that God had used the army to put a smile on his face and prayed that God should reward the army and Nigeria.

Abubakar said he was not born a cripple but could not disclose how long he had faced the challenge.

Another beneficiary, Sadiya Bala, 22 years, said that she was grateful to God and the army for remembering her, adding that she had been delivered from being a burden henceforth.

More than 1,000 villagers benefited from the medical outreach, some of whom went home with different medical items; such as mosquito nets, eye glasses, wheelchairs  and medicines.  

 

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Nigeria calls for closer military ties with Bangladesh

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The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, on Tuesday called for closer military cooperation between Nigeria and Bangladesh.

A statement by Commodore Suleiman Dahun, the Navy’s Director of Information, on Tuesday in Abuja, said Ibas made the call when he received Mr Shameem Ahsan, the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja.

Ibas said that Nigeria valued its relationship with friendly countries like Bangladesh, noting that many Nigerian officers have trained in that country.

He informed Ahsan of the establishment of aNaval War College in Nigeria and the proposed International Maritime Conference to be hosted by the Nigerian Navy in 2020.

The naval chief therefore invited Bangladesh to consider sending their officers to the College, urging the Bangladeshi CNS to attend the Conference.

Ibas stressed the readiness of the Nigerian Armed Forces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh on military cooperation.

The CNS canvassed for more visits and information sharing between the two nations for mutual benefits.

He also stressed  the need for international cooperation through avenues such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium for a common approach to containing maritime threats.

Ahsan noted the giant strides made by Bangladesh in peace keeping operations, agriculture and the garment industry.

He equally acknowledged that Nigeria and Bangladesh had a lot in common in areas of cooperation that was beneficial to the two countries.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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