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Aregbesola advocates proper biometric capturing of Nigerian citizens, migrants



The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has stressed the need for proper biometric capturing of Nigerian Citizens and Migrants.

He said this would ensure effective internal security and socio-economic development in the country.

Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Aregbesola disclosed this when he received the management of the Nigeria Army Resource Centre led by its Director General, Maj.- Gen. G. Wahab (Rtd).

The minister noted that the anonymity of the Nigerian Citizenship and Migrants was worrisome.

He called on the Army Resource Centre to join hands with relevant authorities to ensure proper enlightenment of officers and men of the Nigerian Army and all those who use their facility.

“Without security in place, there can’t be any meaningful infrastructural development in any society, we need peace for development, recreation and our general well-being is dependent on security,” he said.

Earlier, Wahab said his team was in the Ministry to honour the Minister for keeping to the mandate of his Ministry of ensuring internal security and citizenship integrity.

Wahab said the team was at the ministry to also appreciate the Minister for honouring the centre’s invitation to declare open its on-going Leadership in National Security Course in Abuja on Monday.

The minister was presented with an award for keeping to the mandate of his Ministry. (NAN)


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz


Insecurity: Forum seeks FG’s support to boost trading activities



The Borno Marketers Forum has called on the Federal Government to support traders affected by the Boko Haram insurgency to enable them re-establish their businesses.

The Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Goni Ahmed, made the call at an emergency meeting of the union on Monday in Maiduguri.

Ahmed said that the call was imperative to facilitate empowerment support to the displaced traders, mitigate their hardship and encourage growth of trading activities in the state.

He lamented that traders were not carried along in the recovery and livelihood support scheme being implemented by the government, in spite of the colossal damage caused on businesses by the insurgency.

Ahmed explained that the forum comprised of 85 traders unions spread across over 100 markets, with an estimated population of more than one million registered members.

“Our members are not benefiting from the recovery and livelihood support scheme initiated by the Federal and State Governments and the humanitarian organisations.

“The insurgents carried out series of attacks against traders and markets causing a lot of damage in the past 10 years.

“With the successes recorded by the military in the war against Boko Haram, the insurgents resorted to attack soft targets including markets and business premises.

“They also attacked traders on roads and looted goods, many traders lost their capital in these attacks.

“With these devastating calamities, the government is yet to support any of our members to enable them to re-establish their businesses, a situation which exposed us to untold hardship.

“We call on the Federal and State Governments as well as humanitarian organisations to support our members, to boost trade and commercial activities in the state,” he said.

Ahmed also called on the state government to include leadership of the traders’ unions in its empowerment, recovery and livelihood scheme.

Also commenting, Alhaji Kaumi Ali, the Chairman of the Kolanut Buyers and Sellers Association, advocated for entrepreneurial development programme, to enhance enterprising skills of the displaced traders.

Ali noted that 75 per cent of the displaced persons were traders, adding that provision of livelihood support to them would fast track resettlement and peace restoration process in the state.

While commending Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno over the implementation of the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement (RRR) programme, Ali pledged the union’s support to the government’s policies and programmes to stimulate sustainable social and economic development of the state.

According to statistics by the Borno State Government and World Bank, the estimated damage caused by the insurgency was put at over 10 billion dollars.

While the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), indicated that 1.2 million of the 1.7 million displaced persons need critical life assistance in the North East.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz

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AFCSC holds military exercise in Kaduna, urges residents not to panic



The Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Jaji, said it will hold its annual field exercise between Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2019.

The college Public Relations Officer, Major Shuiab Umar, made the disclosure in a press statement issued on Monday  in Kaduna.

According to Umar, the exercise will hold along Jaji-Labar-Dunki-Wazata general area in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He explained that the exercise is designed to assess student officers of the Junior Course 88 in various aspects of leadership, application and critical knowledge of tactics, maritime and air operations.

“As well as command and control in all phases of limited conventional warfare, Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations.

”Additionally, free medical outreach services will be conducted in Bina village as part of the college’s corporate social responsibility to host community in the exercise area.

“In view of this, the general public especially people living around the exercise area are advised to remain calm and not to panic on sighting the movement of troops and equipment or hearing sounds of explosives, small arms and heavy weapons.

“The necessary preventive measures have been put in place for the general security and safety of the area.

“The general public is equally implored to keep off the vicinity of the exercise area during the period,” Umar said.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Maharazu Ahmed

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Air Chief restates commitment to building capacity of NAF personnel



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadiq Abubakar, has restated his commitment towards building the capacity of NAF personnel to enable them face current and emerging challenges within the domestic and global landscape.

Abubakar made the remarks at the opening of a three- week capacity  building course for Nigerian Air Force (NAF) legal officers, at NAF Base Kaduna on Monday.

Abubakar was represented by NAF Air Secretary, AVM Mahmud Ahmed.

He noted that NAF had recorded moderate achievements under the current leadership, saying “we recognize that there is still a lot to be done.

“As I always say, in the race to add value to our society, there is no finishing line.

“We recognize the enormous potentials in our people and the need to activate them by stirring up their latent abilities and birthing possibilities that beckon on us.

“This informed uncompromising and unrelenting commitment towards building their capacity so as to enable you face current and emerging challenges within the domestic and global landscape.

“This administration believes that the future of the NAF, and like the future of Nigeria lies in the hands of our vibrant and extremely gifted young officers.”he said

‘This course is deliberately tailored to give our young lawyers a head start by bringing together some of the brightest minds in various fields of civil and military law as resource persons.”

He noted that “lawyers are particularly strategic to the development of any organization or nation.

“Their contributions are mostly at the  level of legal advice on key policy which are the foundation and building blocks for national growth, development and civilization.

“It is the recognition of their importance and the need to equip our lawyers to effectively and efficiently discharge their duties that this capacity building course is organized.”

 He said ” I have learnt over time that those who desire to be favourably judged by posterity must strive to be on the right side of history.”

Abubakar implored the course participants to see it as an expression of “our confidence in them and our investment in them and the future of the NAF.

“I urge you to take advantage of the experiences and knowledge of these eminent resource persons by standing on their shoulders.”

Earlier, the Chief of Administration, NAF Headquarters, AVM Kingsley Lar, said one of the core values of the Nigerian Air Force was “excellence in all we do.”

According to him, this culture of excellence drives us towards self-improvement and the unflinching commitment to take new frontiers.

“As a service, we understand that the world does not stop for anyone to catch up. It therefore behoves on us to keep up with the rest of the world.”

Also, the Director Legal Services NAF, Group Capt. Sanda Jika, said the course would examine other aspects of operational law, human rights, public procurement and international commercial law.

“Let  me remind us that the last time a programme of this nature was organized was in 2015.

“It is no coincidence that the 2015 course was organized under the leadership of the CAS, then as Chief of Administration.

“To demonstrate his commitment to the development of NAF legal services, this course is a huge improvement from the previous ones in that it is going to last for three weeks, whereas the previous ones held for only one week.” he said.

The Director  thanked the Chief of the Air Staff  for the enormous support being enjoyed by personnel under his visionary leadership.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Maharazu Ahmed

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Buratai calls for inter-agency synergy to ensure peaceful environment



The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, has called for effective synergy between the military, other security agencies and the media in ensuring a peaceful environment.

The COAS, represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Olubunmi Irefin, made the call in Lagos on Monday at a media workshop tagged, “Inter-Agency Cooperation: Roles of Public Relations Officers’’.

Buratai noted that the war the nation was currently prosecuting against insurgency, terrorism, militancy and kidnapping required a high degree of coordinated efforts.

He said that the workshop, which started on Nov. 17 to end Nov. 22 at the 81 Division Officer’s Mess, was not only apt but timely.

The army chief said that it was through such forum that respective roles of security agencies could be holistically dissected to complement the understanding of their constitutional roles in safeguarding lives and property of citizens.

“It is pertinent to know that through effective synergy amongst the military and other security agencies, including the media, we have effectively and commendably prosecuted many joint operations with huge success.

“Though, there are challenges but this is not peculiar to our dear nation as such challenges are surmountable.’’ he said.

Buratai urged participants to make use of the knowledge and ideas gathered at the workshop to ensure that all forms of criminality were stamped out.

“I urge participants to make effective use of knowledge and ideas gathered from this conference in ensuring that all forms of criminal activities that constitute a threat to our national cohesion are stamped out.

“This will not only be through tactical means but with effective information maneuvering across board.

“This can only be achieved through a workable strategy amongst all of us, especially in galvanising a narrative that is superior to that of the adversaries,’’ he said.

The army chief said that he would continue to support such commendable training initiatives, saying that he desired to consolidate on the achievements recorded by the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI).

“I am aware that NASPRI has trained over 356 officers and 2,472 soldiers in the Armed Forces.

“It is my desire to consolidate on the achievements recorded and uplift the capacity of the military information officers and soldiers to greater heights in the nearest future,’’ Buratai said.

Meanwhile, Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, thanked the COAS for giving the approval to conduct the workshop as well as providing the necessary financial and moral support.

He said that the workshop was apt, as there was increase in the dissemination of fake news, sourceless news, deliberate misinformation, which dampened the morale of troops on the battlefield.

Musa said that such had negative consequences to the nation, the citizens and vital interest.

He said that the media had a professional and patriotic duty to assist by watching out for fake and sourceless news and hate speech.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop had in attendance personnel of the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR), officers, commanding officers, other security agencies, defence correspondents and online publishers.

Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Adeleye Ajayi

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Army takes medical outreach to Ebonyi community



No fewer than 302 residents of Akpoha community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State have benefitted from the Nigerian Army free medical outreach.

The medical outreach is part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’, which is locally known as Dance of Peace.

Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, said in a statement on Sunday in Enugu that the “comprehensive free medical programme’’ took place on Saturday in Akpoha community.

Yusuf noted that the medical exercise was part of Civil-Military-Cooperation (CIMIC) in-line with activities for Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1 meant to offer humanitarian services to the public and host community.

“The medical outreach is also in line with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, vision to cater for the welfare of the host community,’’ he said.

According to him, the Nigerian Army through the Division mobilized scores of medical and paramedic personnel to execute the successful medical outreach.

He said that the medical professionals at the venue offered health talk and counseling to the people one-on-one.

He said that they also conducted blood pressure test, sugar test, eye defect test as well as distribution of free medicine, de-worming medicines for children and provision of eye-glasses.

“The medical outreach activities provided usual platform to further strengthen the long standing Civil Military Relations between the Army and its civil populace,’’ he said.

“Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’ is meant to be used to carry out community services within the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).

These services included: sanitation, medical outreaches, clearing of drains, road construction, educational support and other social works.

Edited by Mustapha Sumaila/Ismail Abdulaziz

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2 lecturers abducted in Kaduna escape from kidnappers den



The two lecturers, Umar and Adamu Chonoko, who escaped from kidnappers den in Kaduna on Sunday. Pic NAN

Two lecturers, Adamu Chonoko of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Umar Chonoko of Kaduna Polytechnic, abducted 10 days ago in Kaduna, have escaped from their kidnappers den.

Spokesperson of Kebbi Indegenes Resident in Kaduna and Garkuwan Wakilin Sarkin Zurun Kaduna, Garba Muhammad confirmed the development to the News Agency  of Nigeria on Sunday.

Garba said “the two siblings and indigenes of Kebbi State have escaped from their kidnappers and arrived the palace of Wakilin Sarkin Zurun Kaduna and were received by the Wakili around 11:51am today (Sunday). We thank Allah for their escape.”

According to him, Umar Chonoko went to deliver the N2 million and a motorcycle ransom to secure the release of his brother, Adamu, but was also held by the kidnappers who demanded for additional N5 million ransom.

“N3 million was delivered, making a total of N5 million, but the abductors made another demand of N10 million.

“Their demand could not be met. Just this morning, with the assistance of security agents, both of them escaped.

“We thank the media, security agencies and all those who helped us in praying for their freedom,” he said.

The Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, also confirmed the story.

He said that the Command received the information on the escape of the lecturers from their family.

Sabo said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga  while rejoicing with the families and friends of the victims, assured members of the public that the perpetrators would be apprehended and brought to justice.

“The Police will not relent in the ongoing investigation to track down the perpetrators of this and other similar criminal incidents with a view to arresting and prosecuting them in accordance with the laws of the Land.”

He  enjoined the people of Kaduna State to continue to support the Command in the current battle against criminality in the state.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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