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We are making progress against banditry – CAS

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, said the military had substantially contained emerging banditry in some  parts  of the country in addition to the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East.

Abubakar said this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.

Abubakar was in Yola to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with officers and men of the Air Task Force, engaged in the fight against insurgency in the north east.

He said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would continue to motivate its personnel to boost their morale in the task of keeping Nigeria and the society safe.

“We are making progress and all hands most be on deck to address the challenges, particularly the new challenge of banditry,” he said.

According to him, the NAF has established the quick Response Units in some states to bring security closer to the people.

The CAS lauded Nigerians for their understanding and urged the public to do more in terms of volunteering timely relevant information to security agencies.

He noted that the provision of adequate and effective security information to relevant authorities was the obligation of all Nigerians.

“I want to emphasize that security is not just about security agencies; everybody has a role to play to ensure Nigeria is secured,” Abubakar said.

While reiterating the commitment of NAF to ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, the CAS lauded the Federal Government for doing a lot in equipping NAF in terms of aircraft and training to discharge its responsibility.

He lauded the performances of officers and men of the air task force, pointing out that his decision of always marking festive periods with them at the frontline was among others, to appreciate them and boost their morale to do more in discharging their assigned tasks.

 

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FG charges Correctional Service to de-radicalise youths roaming streets

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 The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Correctional Service to seek synergy with relevant Government Agencies, Non- Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations with a view to de-radicalising Nigerian youths roaming the streets.

Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior,  made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He quoted the new Minister of Interior, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola as giving the directive when he visited the Nigerian Correctional Service in Abuja.

The minister urged the officers of the Service, to support the Federal Government in its efforts to ensure a safe and secured environment for Nigerians.

Aregbesola said that he believed the officers and men of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) would be at the vanguard of championing the good intention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He noted that the President had helped in reforming the old law of the Nigeria Prisons Service to the new Nigeria Correctional Service.

The minister said this was in a bid to reduce recidivism (reoffend) among those who were being taken to the correctional centres.

“We will support you to reduce to a large extent, those who are coming under your care from going back to crime,” he said.

The Minister said the rehabilitation and readjustment should be the focus of the Nigeria Correctional Service in the country.

Aregbesola enjoined staffers of the Ministry and all it agencies to ensure compliance to the SET (Security, Economy and Transparency) agenda of the Buharis’ administration, in order to achieve the mandate of the ministry which is security of Nigerians.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, described Aregbesola as a committed leader who would  never give up, until he achieved results.

She called on all the agencies under the Ministry to support the drive of the Minister to move the Interior  Ministry and its agencies to the next level.

The Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service, Ja’Afaru Ahmed, disclosed that the Service had over 250 centres across Nigeria with some becoming dilapidated, having been built for over a century.

He commended the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Buhari for giving some of the centres a facelift.

‘We were neglected for years, but with President Muhammadu Buhari, we have started witnessing the upgrading of our formations across Nigeria,’ Ja’Afaru said.

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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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Interior minister promises adequate funding for fire service

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has promised to provide adequate funding to the Federal Fire Service (FFS).

Aregbesola said this during a familiarisation visit to the FFS on Friday in Abuja.

He said that he had been briefed on some of the challenges faced by the agency and was ready to eradicate those shortcomings.

“I am aware releases are not adequate and you already have some committed expenditure you cannot fund,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that FFS had seek special intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari for funds of the sum of N9.20 billion to ensure the delivery of the remaining 32 firefighting equipment.

Aregbesola promised to attend to the immediate needs of the service by providing adequate support to the agency’s growth.

“We will ensure we get you to the operations of the best fire service in the world,” he said.

He however reiterated that the agency’s role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties was of paramount importance.

The minister said that it was important to enforce preventive strategies by being proactive.

Mr Liman Ibrahim, Controller General (CG), FFS, said that he was grateful the Minister had promised to tackle the challenges faced by the service.

Ibrahim said that the agency has 32 already manufactured fire fighting trucks in Austria and Turkey but were yet to be delivered by the contractor due to inadequate funds.

He said that the earlier 12 newly acquired fire fighting trucks had not been delivered because operators and drivers of the vehicles were undergoing training.

“By Sunday, 25th August, 2019, these vehicles will be moved to various zones across the country,” he said.

NAN reports that 2 vehicles will be allocated each to the newly established 6 zonal fire service stations: Minna, Sokoto, Yola, Owerri, Asaba and Osogbo.

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Combat Proficiency Competition: 4 Brigade lifts trophy, 2 Div Garrison receives wooden spoon

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The Nigeran Army’s 4 Brigade,  Benin, has emerged overall winner with 450 marks to lift the golden trophy at the just concluded 2019 2 Division Combat Proficiency Competition held in Benin.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 4 Brigade was closely followed by 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure with an overall score of 440 marks, while 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion Ibadan received a wooden spoon.

NAN reports that it is customary in military competitions for the wooden spoon to be presented as a token to any formation or participant that emerges last.

Col. Darnumar Suleiman, who served as the Chief Judge during the week long event, announced 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion Ibadan, as coming last with an overall score of 360 marks in the five activities competed for.

42 Engineering Brigade with the element of Engineering Commad, Ede, and 52 Signal Brigade emerged 3rd with an overall score of 390 marks while the 22 Brigade, Ilorin emerged 4th.I

In his closing remarks, Maj.,-Gen. Anthony Omozoje , General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division, Ibadan urged the participants to take back to their various units and formations the knowledge gained from the competition.

Omozoje, represented by Brig.,-Gen. Soji Ogunsugba, the Training Officer, 2 Division also said that he expects the participants to effectively utilise the experiences gained when they return at their formations.

He asured the participants that the Division would continue to give priority to training and retraining of officers and men, adding that the identified lapses during the 2019 competition would be corrected.

NAN reports that the formations under the 2 Division that participated in the the competition included 4 Brigade, Benin, the 22 Brigade, Ilorin; and 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure.

Others are 42 Engineering Brigade with the element of Engineering Commad, Ede, and 52 Signal Brigade as well as 2 Division Garrison Brigade with the element of 81 Battalion all in Ibadan.

Some of the events competed in include physical fitness, map reading and navigation, preparation and description of sketch, skills at arms shooting as well as combat swimming and minor tactics.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni

 

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Security: Enugu CP assures partnership with NIS

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Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, has assured of his command’s continual partnership with Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in reducing crime in the state.

Sulaiman gave the assurance on Friday when the new Comptroller of NIS Enugu State Command, Mr Emmanuel Arogundade together with key officers of the command, paid him a courtesy visit in Enugu.

The commissioner noted that the partnership would be nip crime in the bud in the state, adding that immigration and police are partners in progress.

“I am assuring you people of the police command readiness to support immigration service at all times to achieve on their mandates in the state,’’ he said.

Earlier, Arogundade applauded the quality of the relationship between the immigration and police in the state.

The comptroller said  he came to register his arrival in the state and to solicit for the police continual cooperation in order to succeed in his mandate.

He lauded Sulaiman on some achievements of his Command so far.

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Insecurity: South West governors plan security network

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi  of Ekiti on Friday said  that governors in the South West were planning a western Nigeria security network in an  effort to tackle security challenges in the country.

Fayemi made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the first Governors’ Lecture Series of the Mass Communication Department of the University  of Lagos in conjuction with the university’s Multi Media Centre of  Excellence.

The lecture is an annual communication in governance agenda setting  initiative.

“For us in South West, we deliberated on this over the last couple of months and  have met with our traditional institutions.

“We have also met with our non-state actors in the field of security, as well as our self-determination group, and we have come up with a western Nigeria security network that is going to be announced soon.

“By then, you will have a full picture of what we are doing,’’ Fayemi said.

The governor noted that the main security outfits in the country were intensifying efforts to fight crimes but said thatmore needed to be done.

“We want it sustained and comprehensive.

“There is a longer term response to insecurity, and we cannot remove it from correlation to other challenges.

“There are economic challenges, inequality in the land and poverty in the society.

“There is a direct correlation between insecurity and inequality, and we must tackle that by ensuring that we create an enabling environment for jobs to be provided for Nigerians seeking to work,” he said.

According to Fayemi, it is not every Nigerian who wants to work but those seeking to work ought to be able to find jobs.

“It may not be necessarily the type of jobs they are looking for; we need to also improve on our entrepreneurial skills.

“This will ensure self-reliance, add value to them and the society at large,’’ he said.

On ministerial appointments, Fayemi said that the appointees were tested.

“To the best of my knowledge, having served as a minister in this country, I think the new appointees are truly tested politicians and technocrats in their own rights.”

According to him, the returnees are people of substance and the new ones, particularly that from his state, decent, honest and credible.

Fayemi expressed confidence that Chief Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, from Ekiti, would excel in the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

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