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Enugu state House of Assembly expresses concern over rising wave of insecurity

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The Enugu State House of Assembly has expressed worry over the rising wave of insecurity in the state and called for urgent measures to stem the tide.

Mr Chima Obieze, representing Ezeagu constituency, lamented that the situation had reached alarming proportion, while speaking on a matter of urgent public importance.

Obieze cited the recent killing of a Catholic priest, Rev.-Fr. Paul Offu, and the kidnap of a traditional ruler in the state as instances of trying moments for the state.

He described the two unfortunate incidents, which happened in quick succession, as a wake up call for the state government and security agencies in the state.

Contributing, Mrs Jane Eneh, representing Awgu South, said that the incidents, which also occured in the same area, spoke volume about the porous security situation in the state.

Also, Mr Chinedu Nwamba, representing Nsukka East, said that the unhealthy situation called for urgent and pragmatic action from the state government.

Nwamba urged the communities and their leaderships to find a legitimate means of securing their environments in the meantime.

In a resolution, the Speaker, Chief Edward Ubosi, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police and other security agencies in the state to put the necessary security  machinery in place to beef up security in the area.

Ubosi said: “The IGP and CP should find a way to urgently end the insecurity in the state.

“Government and security agencies should ensure that those behind the current state of insecurity in the state are brought to book.

The house in its resolution advocated the formation of strong and vibrant neighbourhood watch in the communities to enahnce the security of lives and property of the people.

It further underscored the need for the Senate to re- initiate the bill for state police, hoping that it would effectively help to put the situation under control.

The house commended Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his swift reaction in the wake of the recent security challenges as well as his Forest Guards initiative, designed to strengthen the neighbourhood watch.

In a related development, Mr Jeff Mbah, representing Oji River, has called on the state government to bring order the arrest and prosecution of a police officer, who allegedly murdered one Sunday Arinze in cold blood.

Mbah said that Arinze was allegedly murdered by a police officer, identified as Peter Onah, at the Oji River branch of First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) on June 25, 2019.

In his contribution, Obieze called for urgent government intervention in the matter.

He said, “Injustice any where is injustice every where. Police brutality in the state has continued to rise everyday and it must be put to an end.”

In its resolution, the house urged the state government, police and FBN to immediately begin the process of paying compensation to the bereaved family, among other steps to ensure that justice was done in the matter.

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(Edited by Sam Oditah)

 

 

 

 

 

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Dickson reiterates commitment to security, welfare of corps members in Bayelsa

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Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has reiterated his commitment to the security and welfare of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the state.

The Governor, represented by Mr Anthony Ikhobo, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, however charged the Corps Members on the need for nation building.

He described the NYSC scheme as veritable symbol of ‘unity’ for the country.

““I want to make it clearer again that my government is highly committed to your (Corps Members) security and welfare.

“I have appointed a Senior Special Assistant on NYSC Matters to oversees all your activities in the state.

“We will continue to support the management of the scheme in the state to achieve the objectives of the NYSC.” the Governor stated.

In her welcome address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Ojugo Iyowuna, thanked the Governor, government and the people of Bayelsa for the huge support to the Corps.

Iyowuna urged the Corps Members to fully participate in all the orientation activities carefully packaged to prepare them for the ideals of leadership.

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Interior minister tasks immigration officers on new agenda

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has tasked immigration officers and men to chart a new agenda for internal security of the country.

He gave the charge while on his first official visit to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

Aregbesola explained that once a new agenda for internal security in the country was set, most of the insecurity challenges that were faced presently would gradually be eliminated.

He called on the officers to interpret the Next Level Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration which was hinged on security, improvement of the economy and the war against corruption.

“If we are active in delivering these mandates and primary objectives of this administration, if there is transparency in what we do as officers, then there cannot be corruption in the country.

“I urge you to support the Comptroller-General and the interior ministry to eradicate threats to internal security,” he said.

While commending the efforts of the comptroller-general, the minister said the vision was clear that technology would be used to make the service efficient in the delivery of its core mandate and service to the nation.

“The ministry of interior has a responsibility for internal security and safety of Nigerians. This will we ensured.

“Nigerians in their movement particularly around the borders must not only be protected but must equally be studied to be sure that the movement around the world do not in anyway expose them to risk.

“Also, people who are coming in either from the neighbouring nations or from far flunk territories and nations, they must be visitors of peace and of joy.

“Should they trouble us, the NIS as the agency that guarantees peace, security and happiness of Nigerians must ensure that such persons are prevented from entering into the country,” he said.

He further said the ministry must ensure that all agencies, officers, men and staff understood that they were enhancers of internal security.

“This is from the most lowly to the highest paid officer in any of the various agencies and departments in the ministry,” he said.

Earlier, the Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede said the service had carried out a lot of reforms in terms of passports.

This, he said was in the integration of the passport with the National Identity Number (NIN)

“We are committed to ensuring that government job is done properly.

“We will continue to work at our borders to ensure only good people come into Nigeria,” he said.

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Aregbesola tasks NSCDC on intelligence gathering 

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The newly appointed Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has called the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to strengthen its capacity on intelligence gathering.

Aregbesola, who made the call on Thursday in Abuja during a familiarisation visit to NSCDC headquarters, said that effective intelligence gathering by security agencies was of paramount importance.

“Provision of early warning signals by security agencies must be sharpened to reduce security threats in Nigeria and we will be proactive rather than being reactive.

“It is not the arrest of crisis that is the hallmark of security agencies but its prevention and so, threats are to be totally eradicated,” he said.

Aregbesola, however, called for the cooperation of all security agencies to savage the security challenges in the country.

According to him, it is important for the ministry to set a slogan that will tackle the problems of security, improvement of the economy and war against corruption by being transparent.

“We must give Nigerians the full meaning of the new acronym: ‘SET’ as S stands for Security, E stands for Economy while T stands for transparency,” he said.

He said that security would be given priority under his watch, adding that he would within the shortest time of his administration change the narrative of security in the country.

Abdullahi Gana, Commandant General of the Corps, commended the minister for the visit and pledged the commitment of NSCDC to work seamlessly to achieve its goals.

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