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Police nab suspected cultists in Anambra

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The Police Command in Anambra said on Wednesday it had arrested four suspects, including a chairman of market association it alleged were behind recent cult-related killings in the state.

The spokesman for the command, SP Haruna Mohammed, who made the disclosure in Awka, said the suspects were arrested by a team led by the Police Commissioner in charge of the state, Mr John Abang.

He recalled that on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, two rival cult groups, Black Axe and Vikings Confraternities, clashed at Dike Park near Eke Awka in Awka South area of the state.

The incident, according to Mohammed, claimed the life of two persons.

He explained that following the incident, the command’s “Operation Puff-Adder’’ led by the commissioner launched a manhunt for the suspects.

He said efforts were being intensified to track down and arrest other fleeing gang members involved in the killings for prosecution.

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Competition: GOC urges troops to be ready for deployment

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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.

The formation include; 13 Brigade, Calabar; 14 Brigade, Ohafia; 34 Brigade, Owerri and 82 Division Garrison.

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.

 

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Benue Police Command recovers woman’s corpse in Makurdi

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Benue Police Command on Monday recovered the corpse of yet to be identified middle-aged woman in Nyiman area of 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

 

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Insecurity: CAN lauds NSCDC, calls for synergy among security agencies

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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.

 

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NSCDC deploys Tactical Squad to tackle banditry, kidnappig in Niger

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NSCDC deploys Tactical Squad to tackle banditry, kidnapping in Niger

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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

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NAF trains 77 young education officers on requisite skills to execute assigned tasks

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The Nigerian Air Force says it is trainig 77 young education officers to acquire requisite skills and knowledge to execute assigned tasks under its maiden Young Education Officers Induction Course.

AVM Idi Amin, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Ground Training Command, Enugu, disclosed this at the inauguration of the training on Monday in Jos.

Amin said that the three-week training was to  awaken the spirit of excellence among education officers in the NAF.

“The concept of the young education officers’ induction course is germane to the current efforts of the NAF in attaining an efficient and disciplined force.

“The course corresponds with the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) vision which is to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives.

“It is to promote effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.

“For a fighting force like the NAF, the essence of highly trained personnel underscores the need to always engage in training programmes like this,” he said.

The GOC stated that the diversified nature of the roles of junior commanders placed a high responsibility on them to provide leadership for their subordinates, hence the importance of the training.

He told the young officers that the task they had been selected to perform was an enormous one and urged them  to intensify efforts to ensure that they derived maximum benefits from the course.

Group Capt. Samson Adelakun, Director of Education, NAF headquarters, Abuja, said that the aim of the training was in line with all military training to produce leaders of men in both peace and war times.

He stated that the quality of leadership of the young officers had a direct bearing on the quality and morale of the staff of any military formation.

“This is why the NAF places a high premium on training of its young officers.

“Training is an important activity in the growth and development of any organisation and the effective training of personnel enhances professionalism and proficiency

“It is common knowledge that the tasks, responsibilities and challenges of the NAF in general and the directorate of education in particular, are dynamic and are becoming more complex by the day.

“Consequently, the course is structured to develop your staff analytical and communication skills.

“Also, as Education Officers, you will be exposed to key aspects of the Education specialty in order to equip you to efficiently operate in line with ethics of the teaching profession and the vision of the directorate.

“I believe that by the end of the course, we should have sufficiently built your capacity with the appropriate skills, set to serve as education officers and function effectively at the operational level of the directorate of education,” he said.

He said that the NAF headquarters in partnership with competent and dedicated resource persons from Ruche Global Consulting, Education Resource Centre and University of Jos, had put together far and acceptable lecture notes and presentations for the course.

Flying Officer Christiana Pius, one of the trainees, said that she expected the training to equip her with the basic skills that would positively impart knowledge in her which she would in turn pass on to the students.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa and Abdullahi Yusuf

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