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Air Chief pleased with maintenance progress on Alpha Jets In NAF Base



 The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has expressed happiness  at the ongoing in-country Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) of some Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jets.

The in- Country  PDM is  being executed at the 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG) Kainji, Niger.

A statement on Friday by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said Abubakar disclosed this while on an inspection visit to assess progress of the PDM as well as other ongoing projects at NAF Base Kainji.

Abubakar said the PDM included  significant avionics upgrades that would enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of air operations conducted with the aircraft.

He also expressed delight at the level of work done on the first three Alpha Jets and commended the Commander 407 ACTG as well as the team of NAF engineers and technicians for their hard work, commitment and dedication in ensuring steady progress of the job.

The CAS urged them not to relent in their efforts at ensuring excellent and timely completion of the job.

He said the in-country PDM, would allow the NAF personnel involved in the project to build their capacity to enable them ultimately carry out major aspects of such high level maintenance activities on their own in the future.

Abubakar urged the personnel to make maximum use of the opportunity to enhance NAF’s self-reliance.

He noted that completion of the in-country PDM would boost the NAF’s Air Power employment capability by increasing the number of Alpha Jet aircraft available for combat operations in the various Theatres of Operation.

Abubakar recalled that a similar life extension maintenance had been carried out recently on three L-39ZA aircraft in Kano, while an in-country PDM was also successfully carried out on a C-130 Hercules aircraft in Lagos, with the PDM of another C-130 also currently ongoing.

He disclosed that reactivation work on another Mi-35P helicopter was also in progress is in Portharcourt.

The air chief said apart from building the capacity of NAF personnel, “these local maintenance efforts had also resulted huge foreign exchange savings for the Nation.”  

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza


Ebonyi: Police cautions bank customers on robbers’ new strategy



The Ebonyi Police Command on Thursday said it had uncovered a new strategy used by criminals to rob bank customers.

The command’s spokesperson, Mrs Loveth Odah, made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abakaliki.

Odah warned members of the public, especially bank customers, to always be security conscious whenever they make bank transaction.

According to her, the new strategy involves trailing their victims through a female member of their syndicate who are usually monitoring financial transactions around banks’ premises.

Odah said that such members of the syndicate usually hang outside the banks with cellophane bag containing nails that were usually planted either at the front or rear of the victims’ vehicles.

“As soon as the target comes out from the bank, enters the vehicle, he climbs the unsuspecting bag of nails that automatically punctures the tyres.

“The same people will follow you on a bike and will be showing you that your tyre is deflecting and as an unsuspecting citizen; you will stop the car, alight reluctantly to check your tyre without closing your door.

“They will reach out into the car, collect the money in your car without any stress and without shooting a gun, take it and speed off.

“The new strategy has been used to rob some bank customers by the criminals and we have arrested some of them including a woman who confessed their involvement in the crime.

“We are using this opportunity to alert the public on this latest antics of criminals and to advise bank customers to use security when withdrawing huge amount of money.

“Also car owners should always ensure that they use the car central lock while driving and whenever they alight from the car,’’ Odah said.

The spokesperson said that the command was fully prepared to protect the lives and property of every citizen before, during and after the Yuletide.

“The Christmas period is a season we usually experience heavy human and vehicular traffic with attendant social ills.

“Bad elements in our midst will want to exploit the season to break the law by committing all sorts of crimes.

“Though, Ebonyi is relatively crime free and the most peaceful in terms of crime in the South-East zone, we are still not going to relent in ensuring that we maintain the status quo.

“We urge the public to cooperate with the police and when they see something, they should say something and a quick response by the police in crime situation will help put smiles on the victim or victims’ faces.

“We have given out distress call numbers so that the public can reach us promptly and we are assuring members of the public that police and other security agencies will ensure adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens,’’ she added.

The spokesperson also advised parents not to leave their children in isolated places to avoid being preyed upon by suspected ritual killers and child traffickers.

Edited & Vetted By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Ismail Abdulaziz

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NSCDC arrests 2 over alleged diversion of UNICEF materials



The Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has paraded two men over alleged diversion of learning materials distributed to displaced pupils by the UNICEF.

The Commandant of the Corps, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure while parading the suspects on Thursday in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi disclosed that the suspects were arrested while in possession of 86 cartons of assorted learning materials in Maiduguri on Oct. 4.

He said that preliminary investigation indicated that the items were donated by the UN agency to the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for distribution to primary schools in Guzamala Local Government Area of the state.

“Further investigation linked the crime to one suspect (name withheld) currently at large. The educational materials are meant for Guzamala Local Government Area.

“Each carton contains learning materials for a teacher and 40 pupils, thus depriving an estimated 3,440 pupils and 86 teachers of the items,” he said.

According to him, the command has arrested 10 other suspects over various offences in the past one month in the state.

Abdullahi revealed that one suspect was arrested in Maiduguri while trying to dispose 13 meters of vandalised electrical cables to one buyer.

He said that the command also recovered four vandalised transformers from the suspects.

The commandant said the command also arrested a car vendor, (name withheld), for allegedly defrauding four of his clients, forgery and leasing out vehicles without the consent of the owners.

Abdullahi noted that the command recovered three vehicles from the suspect.

He added that two herdsmen were also arrested over destruction of farm produce and threat to cause injury to farmers in Maiduguri.

“After proper investigation both parties agreed for alternative dispute resolution and the herdsmen agree to pay compensation to the affected farmers.

“One of the suspects will pay N20,000 while the other is to pay N15,000 as compensation for damage caused to the farmlands,” he said.

Abdullahi disclosed further that the command also arrested two suspects over alleged production of fake Identification Cards (IDs); statement of results and Senior School Examination Certificates (SSCE).

Nigeria News Agency reports that the commandant handed over the learning materials to the officials of the UNICEF and also presented the seized vehicles to the owners.

Edited & Vetted By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Olonisakin lauds army on technological innovations



Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, has commended the Nigerian army for its research and development effort as well as innovation leading to the production of made in Nigeria military hardware.

Olonisakin gave the commendation during the tour of Nigerian army research and development exhibition at the ongoing 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference on Thursday in Kaduna.

He said the decision of Nigerian army to explore the full potential within its ranks to come up with reputable innovations would be a boost to ongoing counter insurgency operations.

“It is in this regard that I wish to recognise and also commend the sterling efforts of the Nigerian army under the dynamic leadership of the chief of army staff.

“Undoubtedly, the Nigerian army with vast experience in human resources is presumed to be at the driving seat in actualising a good success in the research and development project.

“Accordingly, the place as well as intended benefits of research and development in Nigerian military is even more significant in contemporary times considering the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation.

“At a time when modern armies are compelled to think outside the box and develop local initiatives through research and development in order to change the narratives.

“This is consistent with the Nigerian army stride in research and development initiatives,” he said.

Olonisakin said the recent launch of Nigerian army infantry patrol vehicles, Ezugwu MRAP, which was fabricated using local engineering experts within the Nigerian army in collaboration with its partners was heartwarming.

He added that the Nigerian army giant stride had turned on the new vista of opportunities for the countries to become a global competitor in the manufacture of military hardware.

“Therefore, the proper harnessing of this effort will help to facilitate the commercial production and sales of defence equipment and ultimately become a source of foreign exchange earning for the nation.

“The Boko Haram insurgency in particular has provided an appropriate impetus for the Nigerian army to seriously task the ingenuity of its personnel and come up with innovative ideas to address the current terrorism challenge.

“This is particularly worthy of note because even the terrorists are known to be innovative with captured weapons in the pursuit of their nefarious activities.

“Additionally, with the resourcesa allocated by the Nigerian government for defence, it is incumbent for Nigerian army to look inward and pursue this noble initiative in research and development with a view to surmounting insecurity across the nation,” he added.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, while welcoming Olonisakin, said that the initiative started in 2016 at the first research and innovation summit and exhibition in Abuja.

Buratai said the Nigerian army was proud that its research and innovation effort had progressed with the successful production of Ezugwu MRAP and other infantry patrol vehicles.

”The MRAP is quite comfortable, it is comparable if not slightly higher than some of the MRAPs that we imported or procured from abroad.

“It has the cutting edge technology which has been added to this version of our MRAP vehicle,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the vehicles were fabricated and produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and Command Engineering Depot in Kaduna, using 70 per cent local content and 100 per cent indigenous engineers.

The theme of the conference was “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security Challenges”.

Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

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EFCC arrests suspected fraudster, 26 others in Lagos



 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a suspected fraud kingpin and 26 other suspects in a hotel in Lagos.

A statement by Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of EFCC, said that operatives of Ibadan Zonal Office of the commission, effected the arrests in a hotel on Thursday.

“EFCC operatives ”stormed” Modzak Hotel, Abule-Egba, Lagos, believed to be a hideout for suspected internet fraudsters and arrested one suspect, who is believed to be their kingpin.

“(The suspect), owner of the hotel, was arrested alongside an army of young men, whose ages range between 18 and 35 years, with no specific mission for being in the facility.

“Some other suspects were arrested in suspect’s Beckley Estate residence also in Lagos, bringing the number to 27,” Uwujarem stated.

The spokesman of the agency said that the arrested suspects were at present undergoing further interrogation.

He added that items recovered in the operation were three vehicles, fetish objects, laptops, mobile phones and documents.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Edited & Vetted By: Ejike Obeta/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Zamfara Council of Chiefs rejects alleged moves to remove CP




Gusau, Dec.6, 2019, The Zamfara State Council of Chiefs has alleged moves by “unscrupulous politicians” to remove the Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Nagogo.

The council which comprises all the 17 Emirs in the state, made the allegations at a press conference shortly after its emergency meeting in Gusau.

The Chairman of the council and Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad, said “we received information that some politicians are making moves to remove the present Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo from the state”.

“This is a great disservice to the state and our people, especially taking into cognisance the efforts of the commissioner of police in curtailing the menace of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other crimes in the state.

“The partnership of the commissioner of police in facilitating the peace and reconciliation initiative of governor Matawalle’s administration has been wonderful because it has brought back peace which had eluded us for several years.

“We, therefore, wish to passionately appeal to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to allow the commissioner of police to continue with the good work he is doing.

“We have written this letter of appeal to the inspector-general of police and copied to all the nation’s security chiefs with the hope that they will look into the performance of the commissioner of police in the state to understand why we want him to remain in the state for now,” the emir said.

When contacted, Nagogo expressed surprise at the development, saying, “l am not aware of anything for or against me and l have no comments, please.”

Edited & Vetted By: Abdullahi Yusuf

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Nigerian Army troops neutralise more Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, rescue women, children in Borno



The Nigerian Army says it has neutralised a number of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in different encounters in parts of Borno and rescued 12 women and four children from their hideouts.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliysu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Iliyasu disclosed that the terrorists fell to the superior fire power of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in an encounter at Mafa Local Government Area of the state on Dec. 1.

He said that after the encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in both men and equipment.

According to him, the dogged troops of the Unit embarked on a hot pursuit of the scampering insurgents and exploited their withdrawal route.

“During the exploitation, troops recovered three Boko Haram bodies of which two of them were strapped with suicide vests.

“Additionally, one Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck, one motorcycle, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were captured by the troops.

“Other items that were equally captured by the troops include two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, two AK 47 Rifles, 25 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun, 723 Rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 51 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 52 Rounds of 7.62X54mmR (PKT) ammunition.

“Other recovered items are, surgical kits, Boko Haram terrorists uniforms and warm clothing were also captured by the gallant troops,” he said.

Iliyasu also disclosed that two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the Defence Company of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison location at Gwoza in another encounter on the same date.

He said that the soldiers deployed on sentry duty identified the criminal intruders and neutralized them before they could detonate their suicide vests.

Iliyasu said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the troops for their exceptional display of patriotism, professionalism and responsiveness.

“He, however admonishes them to remain resilient and continue to be steadfast in the fight against criminal elements across the nation,” he said.

Edited & Vetted By: Tukur Muntari.

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