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Police read riot act to criminals in Ekiti



The commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr Amba Asuquo, on Wednesday said tough times awaits criminals in the state and neighbouring states who failed to amend their ways.

read riot act to criminals operating in the state and other adjourning states of the South West saying that tough times await criminals who fail to amend their ways and turn over a new leaf.

He said that this was because of their nearness to the people at the grassroots as a way of preventing as well as controlling crimes.

According to him, such collaboration had become necessary because such non government security organizations are useful agents in knowing the movements and hideouts of criminals as well as exposing crimes before they are committed.

He said the hitch free Sallah celebration in the state was part of the results of such collaborative efforts.

“Can you imagine that even recently, when we were on the trail of some criminals in Iyemero Ekiti, so many of the traditional hunters and OPC men entered the bush with us, and I was amazed at the results we got.

“We do recognise their importance in information gathering and crime prevention, but what we are against is for them to either take laws into their hands or go out of their bounds to single-handedly punish without handing over arrested suspects to us for proper investigation and consequent prosecution,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Asuquo, who spoke along with the Chairman, Police Public Relations Committee, (PPRC) in Ekiti, Mr Sunday Makinde, disclosed that all the Police Commissioners in the South West states now had interstate arrangements capable of tackling cross-border criminality.

He listed some of the heinous crimes under focus to include: armed robbery, kidnapping, vandalization of public utilities and destruction of telecoms installations among others, saying several suspects had already been arrested in the last couple of months.

He assured of the safety of any member of the public that was ready to volunteer useful information that could lead to bursting of crimes in the state, promising that such classified information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Asuquo, however released a Special Emergency Number to report emergencies, assuring that his men would arrive at the scene from the nearest police station for action within five minutes.

He thanked Gov. Kayode Fayemi for his support to the command with modern communication gadgets and for promising to do more by the time the Security Trust Fund he recently created, become operational.

Also speaking at the event, the state chairman of the PPRC, Makinde said the committee would continue to work towards fostering good working relationship between the police and law abiding members of the public.


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.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the formations in the division participating in the competition include 4 Brigade, Benin; 22 Brigade, Ilorin; and 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure.

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

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.

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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.

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



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



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



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

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