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Banditry: Group urges citizens to partner police with information

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Initiative for Leadership Development and Change, A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has urged citizens to partner the Police in stemming banditry and other security challenges in the country.

President of the group, Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nnam said that the police under the leadership of current Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, was capable of detecting and crushing bandits, with collaboration of citizens.

“The present IGP is a dedicated and uncompromising police officer with the determination to fight all manner of crimes in Nigeria.

“But, he cannot achieve that without our support in the area of information,” Nnam said.

Describing banditry as “evil and demonic”, he wondered how humanity had degenerated.

He said that banditry was a wicked act, which was at its peak, adding that it was time to end it.

Nnam expressed confidence in the capability of the Adamu-led police to secure Nigerians, and said that the end of banditry was near.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the police and security agencies in the fight against insecurity.

According to him, if not for President Buhari’s military background and support, these bandits would have wiped out our people.

Nnam urged Nigerians to be at alert, especially in their neighbourhood, saying such would help in reporting any suspicious movement.

Buhari had recently assured Nigerians that terror of banditry and other security challenges would soon be history.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma and Olisa Ifeajika

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ICPC to check vote buying, selling in Bayelsa, Kogi polls

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it is set to monitor Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi for vote buying and selling.

Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

The monitoring exercise, according to her, is in response to an invitation by the Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

Okoduwa said: “Arrangements have been concluded for operatives of ICPC to monitor the Nov. 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States for vote buying and selling, as well as other corruption-related acts.

“These infractions contravene Sections 8 and 9 in addition to other relevant provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

“The monitoring exercise is in response to the invitation by the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for ICPC to participate in ridding the electoral processes in Nigeria of corrupt practices.

“This intervention is also in furtherance of ICPC’s current strategy of engaging in exercises that have macro rather than micro impact on various sectors of the country for the benefit of the generality of citizens.”

She said ICPC would deal “appropriately with perpetrators of any acts of corruption in accordance with the law no matter their social status in both gubernatorial elections.

“Voters in both states are therefore enjoined to go out on election day to perform their civic obligations, while eschewing all acts that can make them run foul of the law.”

Edited by Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Neighbourhood Watch, forest guards, will boost security in Enugu – NSCDC

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says the introduction of Neighbourhood Watch Group (NWG) and forest guards is a boost to security management in Enugu State.

CSP Danny Iwuchukwu, Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Friday.

Iwuchukwu said the complementary roles that the two community-based security outfits would bring, would ensure the success of NSCDC Agro Rangers Squad in the state.

According to him, I must laud Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his vision in setting up and funding NWG and forest guards to put more security mechanism and men on ground in local communities.

“There is no conflict or duplication of job between our NSCDC Agro Rangers Squad and NWG/forest guards; rather what we have is a complementary role that should be harnessed for the enhancement of security in the state.

“Security is everybody’s business and should not be left in the hands of law enforcement agencies or security agencies alone.

“With the vast land space, population and advancement in technology in the country, no single security agency can work effectively and efficiently alone.

“We need each other and everybody to get along and play their roles as individuals to ensure that we all are properly protected,’’ he said.

The NSCDC spokesman noted that the NWG and forest guards personnel, coming from the communities, know the local terrain and people more than the personnel of federal security agencies working in the same locality.

“So getting local intelligence and information from them is vital to nip crime and criminality in the bud.

“These local intelligence and information will further help the federal security agencies to be pro-active and take preventive actions,’’ Iwuchukwu said.

He noted that the NSCDC would further build on existing synergy with the community-based security outfits in the state for “a better secured and peaceful state’’.

NAN reports that the NSCDC Agro Rangers Squad was recently inaugurated in 36 states and FCT with the mandate to operate within local communities and put an end to herders/farmers clashes in the country.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi

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Kano custodial centre nabs suspected female drug trafficker

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The Kano Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has arrested a visitor (name withheld) to the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kano State (MSCC).

The female visitor was said to be allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal substance into the centre.

The Command’s Deputy Superintendent of Corrections (DSC) Mr Musbahu Lawan, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the substance was suspected to be Diazepam tablets.

Lawan said that the 20-year-old suspect from Hotoro Quarters, Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State was intercepted with drugs worth N300,000 while attempting to smuggle it into the MSCC.

He said that the substance was concealed in a soup that was meant for an awaiting trial inmate of centre.

The DSC said that Yusuf was apprehended at the custodial gate for a routine search while bringing in food for the said inmate.

“She later confessed that the items were given to her by unknown person for onward delivery to the awaiting trial inmate,” he said.

Lawan said she had since been handed over to the personnel of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.

The Deputy Controller of Corrections (DCC) in charge of the facility, Mr Ibrahim Idris, said the illicit drugs would have affected the inmates mental, moral and physical well-being if it entered the facility.

Also the Controller of Corrections, Kano state Command, Magaji Abdullah, expressed his happiness over the discovery of the illicit drugs.

Abdullah advised officers and men of the command to redouble their efforts in ridding the correctional centre of illicit items.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Niger LG polls: Police ready to provide security

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The Police Command in Niger says it is ready to provide adequate security for the conduct of the Local Government elections in the state scheduled for Nov.30.

It said the security arrangement will cover the 4,950 polling units in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Minna on the preparedness of the command ahead of the polls.

Usman said that security agencies in the state were working together to ensure crisis-free elections, adding that an effective operational order on how to provide security across the state had been work out for implementation.

He said that the command had taken concrete security measures to ensure a peaceful political atmosphere before, during and after the elections.

” We have mobilised sufficient armed personnel to provide security before, during and after the elections across the 274 wards in the state,” he said.

“I am giving 100 per cent assurance to all law-abiding residents of Niger that they can come out freely to exercise their franchise on Nov.30, without threat to lives and property,” he said.

The commissioner said the security measures put in place would enable eligible residents to participate in all electoral processes without any molestation.

He advised leaders of political parties in the state to prevail on their supporters to shun all forms of violence before, during and after the elections.

” We will not tolerate any act capable of bringing confusion as any person or groups found wanting will be arrested and prosecuted.

“ Ballot snatching will not be tolerated as the security measures put in place will adequately deal with such act,” he said. ( NAN)

Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

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IGP urges newly deployed CPs to partner stakeholders

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Muhammad Adamu, has urged the newly deployed Commissioners of Police (CP) to work with relevant stakeholders in preventing crime in their areas of deployment.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Mba said the IGP had ordered the immediate posting and redeployment of seven commissioners.

The CPs and their state of deployment are Nkereuwem Akpan, Cross River; Kenneth Ebrimson, Akwa Ibom; Imohimi Edgal, Ogun; Habu Ahmadu Kano State; Lawal Jimeta, Edo; Philip Maku, Bauchi State and Odumosu Olusegun, Lagos State.

The IGP urged the commissioners to work with stakeholders in adopting aggressive, proactive and community-based crime prevention strategies in their areas of responsibility.

He called on the CPs to consolidate and improve on the gains of their predecessors in the areas of public safety and crime fighting.

Adamu enjoined residents of the affected states to accord the CPs the maximum cooperation to ensure they succeeded in achieving their mandate.

Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police assure of adequate security ahead of Bayelsa poll

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The Police Command in Bayelsa, has assured of its readiness to provide adequate security during Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

SP Asnim Butswat, Spokesman for the Command disclosed this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency , on Friday in Yenogoa.

He said that the Command had put in place a robust security arrangement to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

Butswat urged political parties to play by the rules as the police would not hesitate to wield the big stick to forestall security breach.

He said restriction of movement across the state will commence at midnight.

Political parties and their supporters are hereby warned to desist from engaging in any act of violence capable of disrupting the poll. They are further advised to abide by the Peace Accord they earlier signed and to cooperate with security agencies.

“Security agencies have been ordered to enforce restriction of movement both on land and on waterways, as from 12 midnight of Nov. 15 to 7p.m., of Nov.17, 2019.

“Movement of persons, vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles will be restricted as from 12 midnight of Nov. 15 to the end of the voting.

“The electorate are advised to come out and exercise their franchise by casting their votes for candidates of their choice,” Butswat said.

NAN reports that 31,000 policemen have been deployed to the state by the police high command to provide security during the poll.

Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa

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