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NSCDC pledges hitch-free celebration, deploys 1,500 personnel in Ondo



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has deployed 1,500 personnel to combat criminal activities with a view to enhancing a hitch-free Eid-el- Kabir celebration in the state.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the command on Saturday in Akure.

The statement, which was signed by state Commandant, Mrs Christiana Abiakam- Omanu, said that the command would leave no stone unturned to ensure a violence-free Eid-el-Kabir.

Abiakam- Omanu said that the command would go the extra mile to carry out surveillance and intelligence gathering, and to arrest and prosecute whosoever was found culpable of any criminal offence during and after the celebration.

According to her, for effective service delivery of the command’s mandate of protection of lives and properties, both operational vehicles and men will be on constant patrol to ensure a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

She said the command would continue to synergise and collaborate with other security agencies to make the state serene and habitable

The commandant charged  all officers and men of the command to double their efforts in the areas of safeguarding all critical national assets and infrastructure,  crime detection, intelligence and information gathering, especially during the celebration.

“All security apparatus must be proactive and gather intelligence to nip in the bud any perpetrator of criminal activities such as vandalism of government critical national assets, oil theft, kidnapping and community unrest, among others.

“We are beckoning on respective stakeholders and the general public to make it a point of duty to give prompt and useful information on individuals who are in the habit of disrupting the peace and security of the state,” she said.

The  commandant also enjoined all parents and guardians to restrain their wards from aimless wandering, intoxication, drug abuse and other traits that could trigger social unrest, restiveness and indulgence in criminal tendencies.


Niger Govt. assures residents of adequate security



Alhaji Ibrahim Matane, Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), on Friday reiterated the determination of the state Government to provide peaceful atmosphere for socio-economic development of the state.

The SSG, in a statement by Lawal Tanko, information officer in his office, said effective security measures were already in place to guarantee safety of lives and property of all citizens at all times.

The statement said that Matane gave the assurance at a one-day interactive meeting with heads of security agencies, Fulani leaders and other stakeholders in Minna.

The SSG told participants at the meeting that government was worried about activities of armed bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers in some parts of the state.

“We are presently collaborating with security agencies, Fulani leaders and other relevant stakeholders with a view to finding lasting solution to insecurity challenges facing our dear state,” he said.

He stressed that the state was already having its own shares of insecurity in Rafi, Shiroro, Munya and Mariga Local Government Areas due to the migration of kidnappers and bandits from the neighbouring states.

Matane said people affected by the unfortunate incidents should remain calm, unruffled and go on with their legitimate activities.

The SSG said the government was partnering other states in order to put an end to the unacceptable wanton carnage and security challenges bedeviling the states.

He also called on residents to support security personnel deployed to fight criminal elements with information about bad elements in their midst.

Responding, the Vice Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Niger State Chapter, Alhaji Hussaini Bosso, expressed concern that those perpetrating banditry, kidnapping, robbery and other criminal activities were not from Niger.

Bosso expressed optimism that the meeting would address the issue of insecurity bedeviling the state adding that the group was overwhelmed by the proactive measures taken by the present administration to arrest the ungodly situation.

“We will sensitise our followers to the need to provide intelligence information on dubious people in our midst,” he concluded. ( NAN)

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We’re overhauling Police to tackle security challenges -Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian Police Force structure is being overhauled, re-positioned and primed with modern technological gadgets to meet rising security challenges across the nation.

The President stated this when he received traditional rulers from the North led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

He also disclosed that an intelligence loop among all security outfits had been created.

According to him, the ongoing reform of the police will include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training.

President Buhari noted that the return of the Ministry of Police Affairs was purposely to drive the new initiative of ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud.

“I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation.

“This consultation therefore is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.

“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level,’’ he said.

President Buhari urged the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their versatile knowledge of communities and individuals.

He added that these policies and programmes included a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in rural communities.

“This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing worldwide.

“Working with the State governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.

“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for states requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts.’’

The President said CCTVs would be installed on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places could be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable interventions.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto assured the President of the full support of traditional rulers in the country.

“We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication to moving the nation forward as one of the best countries of the world,’’ he noted.

He said the traditional thrones in various communities predated the amalgamation of the protectorates, and all the forefathers had always upheld the virtues of peace, unity and stability.

He, therefore, assured the President that royal fathers across the country had been in constant communication on the security challenges, promising to support the government to succeed.

The Sultan commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara for the relative peace in the state after he was sworn into office, and decided to open up all channels of communication.

He urged other governors to adopt same model.

He also called on the President to strengthen the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for more effective monitoring of drug-related situations in the country for correction and prosecutions.

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NSCDC promotes 74 officers in Ondo



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State decorated no fewer than 74 newly-promoted officers with new ranks on Friday in Akure.

Performing the decoration ceremony, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, State Commandant, NSCDC, said that the promotion was a yearly exercise to motivate and encourage the staff for better service delivery.

She stressed that the promotion would enable the officers to surmount security challenges in the country.

“For those who are not promoted now, it is not that they are not qualified but sometime, promotion is subject to availability of vacancies.

“You should not be discouraged or deterred but I want you to be rest assured that you will definitely get promoted soon.

“Another examination is coming up soon. Everybody cannot get promotion at the same time,” she said.

The commandant, therefore, urged the newly-promoted officers to see their promotion as higher responsibility and to be more diligent in their services to the nation.

“To the newly-promoted, the elevation is a call to higher responsibility. It is often said that the reward for hard work is more work.

“There is no better way to appreciate the Commandant-General than to be more diligent in your work,’’ the commandant said.

Two of the newly-promoted officers, Chief Superintendent of Corps Samuel Oladapo and Principal Inspector of Corps Okunoye Olutoye, appreciated the Commandant-General for counting them worthy to be among the promoted officers.

The duo appealed to their colleagues who did not get promoted to exercise patience and be more focused and dedicated to duty, saying their time would soon come.


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Police recover bus snatched from nuns, parade 130 suspects in C/River



The Cross River Police Command has recovered the Toyota Hiace Bus belonging to nuns of the Nativity Convent, snatched at gun point in Benue state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Agbonlahor, made this known while briefing newsmen on Friday in Calabar on the successes recorded by the command from March till date.

Agbolanhor said that 130 suspects have been arrested in connection with various crimes including murder, kidnapping, militancy, armed robbery among others from March till date.

He said that the branded Toyota Hiace bus marked APP 786 AS Lagos, belonging to the Catholic nuns in Okwunga-Ugbokolo village in Benue, was snatched at gun point.

“Following a report that some Rev. Sisters of Nativity Convent Okwunga-Ugbokolo were attacked by armed robbers and their branded Toyota Hiace Bus was stolen, the police started investigations.

“Operation Puff Adder Team swiftly swung into action and carried out thorough stop and search and they were able to detect and arrested two suspects.

“They thought by cleaning the inscription from the bus our men will not be able to get them but we are thorough and meticulous in discharging our duties.

“The suspects have both confessed to the crime and will be charged to court soon,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the command also arrested 128 other suspects and recovered 21 firearms, 27 ammunitions, eight vehicles as well as N67,000.

Agbonlahor further said that the command was committed to collaborating with all law abiding citizens and other sister agencies in policing and maintenance of law and order in the state.

He appealed to residents in the state to partner with the police for a peaceful and safer Cross River.

According and CP, the command had zero tolerance for any form of criminality and break down of law and order in the state.

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm



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.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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