The Special Task Force (STF), in charge of security in Plateau is determined to restore peace to the crisis-ridden north-central state and is ready to tackle every hindrance, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu, its Commander, has said.
“The STF is determined to remove all encumbrances to peace in the state. We are focused on restoring stability and shall remove every encumberance on our path,” Agundu said on Monday in Jos.
He spoke at a special Eid-el Kabir lunch organised for the troops of STF.
“The Sallah treat is to recognise the efforts the troops are putting into sustaining the peace we are enjoying, and to also encourage them to do more.
“Peace is a process and we are determined to eliminate all the encumbrances so that the larger percentage of the population will be able to coexist peacefully.
“Every encumbrance to the peace of this state will be removed, no matter who is involved.
“Whatever is going to be an impediment, especially for those in the hinterlands to sleep, woke up and go about their businesses peacefully, we will take it out.
The commander stated that the STF had discovered few elements within the society who were manipulating the naivety of some people to promote violence.
He expressed optimism that violence would not be witnessed again because Plateau had turned a new curve that enthroned a new beginning of understanding and tolerance.
“As you witness, there is not much of angst on the Plateau because there is a greater understanding among people of different tribes and among religious divides.
“We will be building on it more tacitly so that everything on the Plateau will go back to what it used to be.
“The time is up for trouble makers because there is greater understanding for tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
“People are traversing all parts of the state now unmolested, except for the few incidences of cult activities some of which we have arrested and promptly dealt with,” he further said.
Agundu pointed out that the successes so far achieved in the search for peace on the Plateau was done through collaborative efforts of all security agencies.
He said that regular security meetings were being held to strategise and come up with new ways to address challenges as they emerge.
“The peaceful Sallah celebration is a testimony to the success of that synergy among the agencies,” he said.
Alhaji Hamisu Ali Jos, the “Makama” of Jos, in a remark, appreciated the STF for its determination and commitment to enthrone peace and peaceful coexistence in Plateau.
Ali Jos urged the youths and the entire people of the state to reciprocate the gesture by shunning vices that could undermine the efforts for peace.
Mrs. Esther Dusu, who represents Jos North West in the Plateau House of Assembly, assured the STF boss that the legislature would do everythibg possible to support efforts to restore the peace Plateau was known for.
Edited by Ephraims Sheyin
Proficiency Competition: GOC task participants on combat readiness.
Participants at the annual Inter Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition of the 2 Division, Nigerian Army, have been charged to see the event as a challenge to their initiatives on combat readiness.
Maj-Gen. Anthony Omozoje, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Benin, gave the charge while declaring open the event on Monday in Benin.
Omozoje, represented by Brig.- Gen. Soji Ogunsugba, Training Officer, 2 Division, told them that at the end of the exercise, they were expected to have improved on their physical fitness, weapon handling and weapon tactics.
The GOC urged the officers and men competing at the Ekehuan Cantonment, near Benin, and the University of Benin Sports Complex, venues of the event, to compete fairly.
He enjoined the participants to eschew unnecessary arguments that could count for loss of time or bring any formation in the division to disrepute.
Brig.- Gen. Greg Omorogbe, Commander, 4 Brigade, Benin, in his opening remarks, said that the exercise was an annual event in the training calendar of the Nigerian army.
Omorogbe said that the participants, whose ranks ranged from Captain and below, were expected to compete in basic military skills.
He stressed that the competition would not only help prepare junior army commanders for higher responsibilities, but also improve their leadership qualities.
He advised the participants to shun misconduct and be disciplined as they competed.
Some of the events being competed for include physical fitness, map reading and navigation, preparation and description of sketch, skills at arms shooting as well as combat swimming and minor tactics.
Competition: GOC urges troops to be ready for deployment
Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Maikobi, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, has charged troops under the Division to be physically and mentally ready for deployment.
Maikobi gave the charge while officially declaring open the 2019 Inter-Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition for formations in the division at the 82 Division Garrison in Enugu on Monday.
The GOC, who was represented by the Chief of Staff of the Division, Brig.-Gen. Clement Apere, noted that the competition was meant to sharpen efficiency and capabilities of junior commanders in operations.
He noted that the Nigerian Army remained committed to fighting insurgency and other forms of criminality bedevilling the country.
“I will commend the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for approving and making this competition a success.
“The exercise, which is a routine military activity in line with Army Headquarters 2019 Training Directive, is aimed at fostering ‘esprit-de-corps’, improve physical fitness and cultivate healthy rivalry among the competing formations within the Division.
“The participants for the exercise were drawn from the Division’s Headquarters and all formations under its command,’’ he said.
The GOC, however, urged participants to be agents of positive change during the competition, adding that they must display strict discipline, “which the Division is noted for’’.
“I want all participants and competing formations to compete with high sense of sportsmanship,’’ he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that four formations are currently participating in the 2019 edition of the exercise in the Division.
In the opening exercise, which is the 10-kilometre combat race with all materials of combat; troops of 13 Brigade, Calabar came first within one hour and 30 minutes.
The other events to be featured in the competition, which is to run for four days, include; weapon handling, shooting, map reading, combat swimming and obstacle combat rally.
Benue Police Command recovers woman’s corpse in Makurdi
DSP Catherine Anene, the State Police Public Relations Officer, told the Nigeria News Agency in Makurdi that the body was recovered in the earlier hours of Monday.
Anene explained that the cause of her death still remained unknown until an autopsy was conducted.
She dismissed speculations on the social media that the victim was raped to death, adding that the body had already been deposited at a mortuary.
NAN reports that the deceased was naked, which gave rise to speculation that she was raped to death.
Edited by Saidu Adamu/Obike Ukoh
Insecurity: CAN lauds NSCDC, calls for synergy among security agencies
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State Chapter, has commended the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for its doggedness and professional conducts of its personnel.
Rev. Ayo Oladapo, CAN state’s Chairman, made the commendation on Monday in Akure while leading the state executive of the association on a courtesy visit to NSCDC state command.
He explained that the operations of the corps had helped to curtail crimes and criminality in the state.
Oladapo said that the creditable performance of the NSCDC prompted CAN to express its solidarity and support to the corps.
He expressed the hope that CAN’s support would encourage the corps to redouble its effort in the face of various security challenges in the country.
“It is high time the security of the nation is taken seriously in order to prevent complete breakdown of law and order and avert some looming crisis capable of upturning the fortunes of this country.
“Political and economic development is only possible when the citizens and visitors alike feel a sense of safety as against that of fear, uncertainty and unnecessary apprehension.
“The nation can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and security devoid of crisis and acrimony,” he said.
The CAN chairman, therefore, called on the state commandant to ensure greater synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies in ensuring that the nation and, most especially, Ondo State was rid of crime.
Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, NSCDC state commandant, who commended the association for recognising the contribution of the service in providing security within the state.
She pointed out that ceaseless prayers were needed for the entire security architecture of the nation.
According to her, although the country is experiencing some skirmishes in the security sector at the moment, various security agencies are working round the clock to nip the challenges in the bud.
“The Federal Government, and particularly Ondo State NSCDC, is not resting on its oars in ensuring that the environment is safe for all to live and thrive as a people, regardless of religion or ethnic affiliation.
“The issue of security is very sacrosanct and cannot be handled with kids gloves, all well Nigerians must join hands with security apparatus to wipe out crime in our societies,” she said.
The state Commandant enjoined CAN leaders to support the NSCDC through credible supply of timely information that would enhance the protection of lives and property of indigenes and the nation at large.
She also appealed to the CAN to help in using their platform to preach peace and sensitise the people of the state on security consciousness and religious tolerance.
According to her, NSCDC and other sister agencies hold the confidentiality of informants very seriously and they stand protected any day and anytime.
NSCDC deploys Tactical Squad to tackle banditry, kidnappig in Niger
NSCDC deploys Tactical Squad to tackle banditry, kidnapping in Niger
By Aminu Garko
Minna, Aug. 19, 2019 ( NAN) The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Niger said it had deployed its Tactical Squad to tackle kidnapping and banditry in some parts of the state.
Mr Philip Ayuba, NSCDC Commandant in the area, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Minna.
Ayuba said that the command would arrest all those found perpetrating the acts.
He said that the Corps would liaise with other security agencies to flush out the criminal elements that had been terrorising people of Shiroro, Rafi, Munya ,Gurara and Paikoro local government areas.
“We have already identified the black spots as part of our proactive security measures and deployed our well trained personnel to ensure their arrest and prosecution.
“I am assuring the good people of Niger that the security measures already in place will end the activities of kidnapping and banditry in our state.
“All we require from members of general public is timely intelligence information about suspected characters in their midst,’’he said.
The commandant said that already, uniform and plain clothes security personnel had since been deployed to Suleja-Agaiye -Bida federal highways, Minna- Kontagora- Nasko and Minna Munya Shiroro roads.
He urged members of the public to always give the command relevant information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of criminals.
Edited by Abiemwense Moru and Abdullahi Yusuf