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Army deploys mine resistant vehicles for insurgency fight

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The Nigerian Army has deployed four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Personnel (MRAP) Vehicles to the theatre of counter insurgency operations in the Northeast.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, inducted the vehicles on Tuesday in Maigumeri super camp in Maiduguri.

The ceremony also included sallah celebration and lunch with troops of  special forces in their camp as well as the tour of the camp under renovation by the army.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the MRAPS which was handed over to the Special Forces Command, was unveiled by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, in July.

Buratai said the MRAP vehicles would offer increased firepower, enhanced force protection against small arms as well as improved capability.

He said that the induction ceremony was a boost to operational capability to decisively prosecute the ongoing counterterrorism operations.

He, however warned that deploying the equipment without strong will and determination by men, cannot win war.

“You must therefore remain resolute in the discharge of your duties while strengthening your commitment to end this war in no distant time.

“Let me assure you that we shall continue to give due priority and attention to specialised training as well as improve welfare for effective employment of special forces.

“You will recall that the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command was established recently to coordinate deployment and employment of all Special Forces across the country.

“This has brought about effective and efficient utilisation of special forces within the theatre of operation.

“The recent recapture of Baga by the special forces is most instructive in this regard,” he said.

While commending efforts of the special forces, Buratai said their acts of gallantry, selfless sacrifice and professional conduct had been instrumental to numerous successes recorded by the army in recent time against Boko Haram Terrorists.

He pledged that the army authorities would not stop at providing them the needed equipment, training and resources to deliver on thier mandates in the defence of the nation.

Earlier, the Commander, Special Forces Command, Maj.-Gen. Mhounday Ali, said the provision of the MRAPs would spur the command to ensure that remnants of ISWAP and Boko Haram were swept off Nigeria’s territory.

He said the command had resolved since its establishment in 2018 to look inward in fabricating the needed weapons and vehicle spares.

“The provisions of these dearly required armoured vehicles has further buttressed the Chiefs unflinching support to the command.

“It is against this backdrop that, I on behalf of officers and men of the command wish to reiterate our commitment and assurance that, we will not relent in our effort to shape the battle situation in the theatre.

“To my Muslim brothers in whose honour we are gathered this morning, I pray that, Allah will answer our supplications, give us the strength, wisdom and knowledge to execute this war to a logical end in our time.

“I also pray that God Almighty will forgive and grant our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in the course of this war against the terrorists,” he said.

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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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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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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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