Zamfara Governor, Mr Bello Matawale, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its role in helping to “force” bandits, terrorising innocent people in the state to negotiating table.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Daramola said the governor gave the commendation when he visited Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja.
The governor, noted that it had been over three weeks since an attack was recorded in the state.
He explained that the decision to negotiate with the bandits was to immediately end all forms of insecurity in the state so that the people of Zamfara could go about their normal activities without fear.
According to him, markets, which were hitherto closed for several years, have since been reopened and several captives have regained their freedom.
He thanked the leadership of NAF and its personnel for their immense contributions to the gradual restoration of normalcy to Zamfara.
Matawale pleaded for additional support in the areas of community development and provision of healthcare services to help alleviate the shortfall in amenities caused by many years of banditry attacks.
The CAS said NAF would sustain its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions across Zamfara and surrounding states to deter attacks.
He said the establishment of the 207 Quick Response Wing in Gusau, with its helipads and fuel facilities, had added impetus to air operations and improved the conduct of ground operations by the 250 NAF Special Forces operating in Gusau and Bungudu Local Government Areas.
The air chief noted that the ultimate aim was to have a minimum of 700 Regiment and Special Forces personnel in Zamfara to compliment the efforts of other security agencies.
Abubakar said the establishment of a NAF Detachment in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna Stare had also enhanced the ability of the NAF to effectively conduct air operations in the area.
The air chief further noted that the service had been working with the previous State Administration toward the construction of a new runway in Gusau to enable fixed wing aircraft operate from the state.
The CAS recalled that NAF had conducted a 5-day medical outreach in Shinkafi in August 2018 and had concluded plans to conduct medical outreaches in some other LGAs in the state.
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)
Kebbi: Police rescues 3-year-old girl from female Kidnappers
The Police in Kebbi have rescued a three-year-old girl, Saudatu Haruna, from the hands of some female kidnappers.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Danjuma told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday that the little girl was abducted since June 28 in Jega local government area of the state.
Danjuma said that two women had been arrested while their accomplices were being tracked.
He gave the names of the suspects arrested as Asiya Abdullahi, 25, and Atika Atiku, 35, both residents of Naima area of Jega.
The suspects were said to have taken the girl from her parent’s house also located in Naima area of Jega.
”When we got the report, the command mobilized Puff Adder personnel and succeeded in rescuing the three-year-old victim from the hands of the kidnappers.
“The suspects have confessed to the crime and they will soon be charged to court,’’ he said.
Danjuma said the command appreciated members of the public for providing useful information to the police for the fight against hoodlums, which helped in keeping the crime wave in the state low.
The commissioner noted that most heinous crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide, rape and cattle rustling have reduced drastically in the state.
“This command will not relent in our fight against crime and criminality,’’ he stresed.