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Gov. Makinde pledges cordial working relationship with new GOC



Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has promised to establish a cordial working relationship with Maj.- Gen. Anthony Omozoje, the new General Officer Commanding(GOC), 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan.

Makinde gave the pledge on Tuesday when the new GOC in company with his predecessor, Maj.- Gen. Fidelis Azinta, paid a  courtesy visit to his office in Ibadan.

The governor, who said adequate security of lives and property was vital for meaningful development, commended the unbiased roles played by the army during the last general elections.

”I want to use this opportunity to thank the outgoing GOC because he was here in the heat of the last elections and had the spirit of fairness, ” he said.

He assured the new GOC that the same level of cooperation extended to his predecessor would be extended to him.

The governor stressed that his administration would not relent in its efforts at providing adequate logistics to the Division for its smooth operation.

Makinde also  that his government had taken steps to address some major issues in the Division that needed his attention as requested by the outgoing GOC.

”The issues are that of abattoir, bad condition of the public school in the barrack and the issue of shooting range, ” he said.

Earlier, Omozoje had sought for the cooperation of the state government in tackling the security challenges across the state.

He promised to emulate the outgoing GOC in carrying out his responsibilities of ensuring that the Division provided an enabling environment for government to function.

”This is in making sure that we tackle all the recurrent and other emergency security challenges and we will continue to do that as you continue to support us.

”This is the only country that we have, we will continue to make it the kind of country that we would be proud of.

”I promise to do my best to serve the people of this state and all the states under the Command.

(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)



NIS eliminates touting in passports issuance in Enugu



The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Enugu State Command says it has totally eliminated touting in passports issuance processes within the Command.

Mr Emmanuel Arogundade, Comptroller of NIS Enugu State Command, disclosed this while speaking with Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Wednesday.

Arogundade noted that the Command had also eliminated staff accosting members of the public to give undue attention or preference to them for any service in the Command.

“Today, we have totally eliminated touting and I have personally detailed some officers to ensure that personnel who do not have any business or working in the passport section do not go to that section at any time.

“I have stopped undue influence of staff on our passport issuance processes,’’ he revealed.

Arogundade noted that the Command had enough passport booklets.

“Passports issuance processes will not take more than 48 hours; while if any delays were encountered, explanations were usually given to the applicant within 72 hours,’’ he said.

The comptroller revealed that the NIS was also giving special attention to the elderly, pregnant women and minor in all the services it renders to members of the public.

Arogundade said that “these set of people are given preferential treatment in the services the NIS renders due to their peculiar conditions’’.

According to him, they are given the privilege to jump the queue and be attended to on time “to ease any stress the process of any of our services might have on them.

“This is one of the innovations introduced by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

“It is meant to give support to these sets of people with peculiar conditions and to reduce their waiting time to access any of our services within any of our offices or desks.

“Like the elderly, who are above 70 years, we ensure we give such senior citizens express service; these also include pregnant women and minors as well.

“It is good that the NIS was carrying this out in order to conform to international best practices and operating in a humane manner,’’ he said.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Peace agency decries spate of cultism in Jos



The Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) has decried the growing spate of cultism and gang violence in some communities of Jos and environs.

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.

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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.

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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.

The FRSC management had in a complaint to ICPC said the incidents of extortion were rife in six states; Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun.

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.

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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.

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