Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, has called on remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents to save themselves from the imminent calamity by surrendering to military troops to end the war.
Biu, who spoke with newsmen in Maiduguri, warned that the military’s final onslaught against the insurgents would be sustained until they were completely neutralised.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Biu was recently granted accelerated promotion by President Muhammadu Buhari for the extraordinary feats, exemplary leadership, commitment and valour recorded under his command in the counter-insurgency operation in the North East Zone.
The GOC said collective efforts put in place by officers and men of the Division translated to his elevation to the rank of Major General in the army.
He urged his troops to continue to display professional commitment toward restoring peace and sanity in the North East Zone.
“This oppotunity given to me by way of elvating me to this rank will certainly make me to redouble my efforts toward ensuring that we achieve our desired goals.
“I want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief for finding me worthy.
” I equally want to thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, who put in all his time and support to ensure that we key into his vision and policies. I owe him a lot of gratitude.
” The promotion I was told was as a result of all the efforts and successes we recorded in defeating Boko Haram.
” Then, I will have a great sense of fullfilment.
“But where some of them decide not to do so, I want to assure them that I have returned to Maiduguri more reinvogorated, well energised; I have my eyes very wide and ever prepared to go after those that are adamant,” he said.
(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)
Peace agency decries spate of cultism in Jos
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Joseph Lengmang, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Jos on Wednesday.
According to him, the activities of the cultists now compel residents of the communities to retire to their homes early.
“Lately, reported cases of cult activities and gang violence appear to be on the rise within the Jos metropolis and environs.
“Reports indicate that gang violence and cultist activities have culminated into acts of revenge, that are growing more heinous by the day.
“Some of these neighbourhoods have also been identified with high risk of consumption and peddling of illicit drugs.
“Families agonise about their children being recruited by gangs and cult groups even at the adolescent ages of 12 to 17 years.
“This ugly trend is not only disturbing, but also worrisome, considering that the perpetrators are mostly young people who are supposed to be the vanguards of peace and development in our state,” he decried.
Lengmang said that the ugly trend, if left unchecked, would undermine the fragile peace the state is currently enjoying.
“We are compelled by this unfortunate development to issue a clarion call to communities and neighbourhoods to be decisive in dealing with this monster before it consumes us all. This problem requires a collective action.
“The state has toiled tirelessly through the years to entrench the relative peace we currently enjoy, and any act with the potential to derail or sabotage this hard-earned peace must be resisted by all men and women of good conscience,” he said.
Lengmang called on security agencies to intensify their efforts at checking crime by deploying intelligence to stamp out the menace.
He called on community and religious leaders, youth and women groups, NGOs, as well as the media to collaborate in curbing the ominous trend.
“The task ahead of us requires a multi-dimensional and sustained-collaboration with all stakeholders, including NGOs at the community levels.
“We must send a clear message that we will not tolerate this reckless disregard for life in our neighbourhoods in the one hand, and in the other, demonstrate our collective outrage by working together to address the root causes of the problem,” Lengmang said.
According to him, the agency has initiated and was currently executing a community outreach programme that seeks to work closely with the affected communities toward ending the menace.
Lengmang listed Apata, Busa Buji, Alheri, Gada Biu, Congo Russia, and Angwan Damisa, as communities facing the menace.
He said other communities included Angwan Rogo, Angwan Suya, Rukuba road, Dilimi, Nasarawa Gwom, Gangare and Utan.
4 policemen to face murder charges for extra judicial killings
The Police Command in Lagos State, on Wednesday said that four policemen were to face murder charges for allegedly killing two suspected armed robbers in their custody.
The Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, told newsmen in Lagos that the policemen had been arrested and subjected to orderly room trial after a video of their alleged action went viral on social media.
“Attention of Lagos State Police Command was drawn to a video on social media showing some Police officers shooting two unarmed suspects who were arrested and already in their custody against the code of professional conduct and laws guiding how suspects in Police custody should be treated.
“The Policemen were identified as Insp. Fabiyi Omomayara, Sgt. Olaniyi Solomon, Sgt. Solomon Sunday and Cpl Aliyu Mukaila attached to Iba Division Patrol team.
“The incident happened on Aug. 8 at 3.00pm, when Iba Police Station received a distress call from one Anugu Valentine that he was attacked by a group of armed men numbering about four on two motorcycles at Ipayi area, Iba and they dispossessed him of one iPhone max valued at N450, 000.
“Acting on the information, the Divisional Police Officer of Iba promptly deployed the Divisional Patrol team to the scene.
“Two of the armed robbers were arrested while two escaped. Two locally made pistols with six life cartridges and five expended cartridges were recovered,” he said.
The PPRO added that the gang was said to be notorious for series of robberies in Iba and environs.
“It was a well celebrated operation by the team as the suspects were gallantly arrested.
“The team however went to the extreme by killing the suspects who were already in their custody instead of taking them to the police station and allowing the normal process of investigation and prosecution to be initiated as stipulated under procedural laws.
“That act of extra judicial killings falls short of police professional standards and cannot be condoned by the Command.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu (mni) has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
“The police officers are currently being subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings known as `Orderly Room’ trial and if found culpable, they will be dismissed from the Force and will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for prosecution in the Court.
“Members of the Public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation and trial,” Elkana said.
Take bribe and get the sack -FRSC warns personnel
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has vowed to dismiss from service any of its personnel found extorting motorists.
Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem gave the warning in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday.
Kazeem was reacting to the recent arrest
of 37 FRSC operatives for alleged extortion of motorists on the highways.
NAN reports that a team comprising the FRSC, ICPC and DSS made the arrest ofthe erring personnel recently.
Kazeem, however, said that the magnitude of the penalty would depend on the gravity or weight of the evidence and exhibit against personnel involved in the act.
“We abhor corruptive tendencies.
“There are internal mechanisms, the Corps Marshal Monitoring Unit and Surveillance and Intelligence Unit.
“There is also zonal commanding officers unit of surveillance and monitoring, sector commanders unit, all aimed at checking excesses of marshals.
“The corps marshal felt that reports concerning the issue of extortion is getting alarming and didn’t want to stop at internal mechanism.’’
According to him, this necessitated the collaboration with the ICPC and DSS.
“They deployed technology and made the arrest,’’ he said, adding that the exercise would be sustained in order to rid the corps of bad eggs.
Buratai tasks RSMs to acquire ICT skills
The Chief Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged Regiment Sergeant Majors (RS) in the Nigerian army to acquire skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to remain relevant.
Buratai gave the charge at the opening of RSM annual convention on Wednesday in Kaduna.
The News Agency report that the theme of the convention in which 306 RSMs are participating was: “Professionalism Through Regimentation in the Nigerian Army.’’
Buratai said: “Nowadays in our regimentation, you must embrace ICT. You must embrace the quest to be digital, and I expect you all to no longer be analogue but digital.’’
He said that was necessary because of the involvement of the army with enemies who had gone digital in operations.
The army chief also urged them to embrace the language learning programme introduced by the army, which had been in existence for long. but not fully implemented.
“But we have so far ensured that this language policy comes alive and we have trained up to 1000 officers and men to learn two of the three major Nigerian languages,’’ he said
“I believe some of you have attended the language learning course. You should take advantage of it and also encourage it in your unit.
“You should also be part of the regimentation in the Nigerian Army,’’ he said.
Buratai said that learning one or two Nigerian languages apart from their own language was one of the ways to ensure integration, unity and espirit de corps.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, noted that the RSM occupy important position in the hierarchy of the army.
“RSM are essential link between officers and soldiers cadre,’’ Yahaya said.
Also Gov. Nasir El-Rufia, represented by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, assured the army and other security agencies in the state of support.
El-Rufia noted that the army and other security agencies had recorded success in the fight against kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in the state, and urged them to remain resolute.
Abia killing: Nigerian Army dismisses killer soldier for prosecution
The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army has dismissed Lance Cpl. Ajayi Johnson, who allegedly killed a commercial motorcyclist, Mr Chimaobi Nwogu, at Umoukereke Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the division, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, announced this in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday.
Yusuf stated that Johnson had been handed over to the police command in Abia for prosecution.
It would be recalled that the suspect had on Aug. 7, 2019 allegedly shot Nwaogu for reportedly failing to drop N100 at a military checkpoint, killing him on the spot.
The army later arrested him and, according to Yusuf, he was tried in accordance with extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army.
Yusuf said that Johnson had been dully charged, tried and reduced to the rank of a private and subsequently dismissed from service.
“He is, hereby, formally handed over to the Nigerian Police Force, Abia state command today Wednesday August 21, 2019 for further necessary action.
“The 82 Division will not condone any act of lawlessness and unprofessional conduct from any of its personnel, and wherever that happens, decisive action will surely be taken against erring personnel,” he further stated.
He stated that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its core mandate in protecting lives and property of all Nigerians as provided in the Constitution.
(Edited by Sam Oditah)