The Transition Committee Chairman of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, Alhaji Mannir Muazu, has decried deteriorating security situation in the area, saying inhabitants were unsafe.
He told newsmen on Tuesday in Batsari that the level of insecurity in the area was compounding by the day in spite of presence of security personnel deployed to the area.
“We are facing insecurity challenges in the area; we are in difficult times,’’ Muazu said.
He urged the people to initiate ways of defending themselves from bandits attack.
He said that the call was necessary because the situation could affect farming as the bandits were threatening to attack farmers in the farmlands during the cropping season.
The chairman also called on the people to intensify prayers during the Ramadan fasting to seek Almighty Allah’s intervention.
In a related development, residents of the local government area staged a peaceful protest to draw government’s attention to the disturbing insecurity in the area.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions which included “No security in Batsari” and “We want security in our area”.
One of them, Mrs Yado Musa, said that bandits attacked people and kidnapped women regularly.
“Women are more vulnerable; they go with women, rape them, after they regain freedom, their husbands divorce them.
“And, if a woman is in labour, particularly at night, there will be no health worker to attend to her, so, we are in difficult situation; we need urgent interventions,” she said.
Buhari condemns execution of Aid Workers in Borno
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the alleged execution of four aid workers by terrorists in North-eastern Nigeria.
He said that the defeat of evil by good is inevitable, no matter the pyrrhic victory evildoers seem to win.
The President disclosed this in a statement by Mr Femi Adeshina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, in Abuja on Saturday.
He expressed sadness over the development and commiserated with the family and loved ones of the aid workers.
The aid workers had been abducted near Damasak, Borno State in July and had been held by the insurgents in spite of efforts to secure their release.
“Evil will always be defeated by good at the end of the day. Whatever seeming victory evil records, eventually rebounds on the evildoer.
”We are resolved to beat evil in this land, and we remain unrelenting till we achieve it,” the President said/
He urged all insurgents to lay down their arms and rejoin decent humanity.
Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
Police confirm killing of 29-yr-old man in Abakaliki
Mrs Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday.
She said that full investigation into the murder had commenced and assured residents that the perpetrators of the crime would be arrested and brought to justice.
Odah said: “The case has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for thorough investigation.
“The police will unravel the cause of the murder and ensure that everyone involved in the act is arrested and prosecuted.
“I wish to use this medium to appeal to citizens to be law abiding, to resist the lure of taking laws into their hands and report any breach of right to the police.
“We assure our readiness to ensure full protection of lives of every resident and there will be no hiding place for criminal elements in the state.”
Meanwhile, a source close to the deceased’s family told the Nigeria News Agency , on condition of anonymity, that Nwoha was killed by members of a suspected rival cult group.
According to the source, the group was on a reprisal mission, following a fracas that took place at the compound of the deceased, where some people were reportedly injured.
“The deceased allegedly had an altercation with some co-tenants at their residence at Amike Abba, which led to some persons getting injured.
“In an apparent reprisal attack, the injured persons, alleged to be members of the Aye confraternity, trailed him to a drinking joint, where they shot him severally and fled,” the source said.
NAN gathered that many residents of the area, especially youths, had fled their homes, following ongoing police investigation.
(Edited by: Moses Solanke/Sam Oditah)
NAF hands over man, 2 others nabbed for transformer vandalism to police
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Imo has handed over a suspect arrested for transformer vandalism and two others to the state’s Command of the Nigeria Police Force.
The commander, 211 Quick Response Group, NAF Owerri, Group Capt. Elisha Bindul, handed over the suspects and the remains of a dead suspect at the Imo headquarters of NAF in Owerri on Friday.
Bindul said that suspect Kelechi Anyanwu, 28, along with two accomplices who usually bought allegedly stolen transformer parts were apprehended by men of the NAF at Umuohiagu Community, Ngor Okpala LGA, on Nov. 27.
He also said that a second suspect, Ifeanyi Okpara, had already been lynched by an angry mob before the arrival of security operatives.
He commended the police for synergising with the NAF in the fight against criminality while expressing confidence in the ability of security agencies in the state to contain crime during and after the yuletide.
He also commended staff of the NAF hospital, Owerri, for what he described as ‘prompt medical intervention’ in saving Anyanwu from mob attack while regretting that Okpara had already died before the arrival of his men.
“We commend the police for partnering us and other security agencies in fighting crime and we believe that we are equal to the task of containing criminality especially during the yuletide.
“We also commend our medical team for their prompt intervention because only the living face the law.
“Regrettably Okpara died before our intervention from fatal injuries sustained during mob attack,“ he said.
The commander, however, promised to address the issue of jungle justice through public sensitisation.
”If we lose suspects to jungle justice, the implication is that their sponsors will get away scotfree.
“Nigerians must learn to alert security agencies when necessary instead of taking laws in their hands, he added.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was witnessed by a representative of the Nigeria Police, SP Okoro Nneji.
Nigeria News Agency reports that items discovered from the suspects such as electric cables, spanners and pliers were handed over to the Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Ladodom, represented at the event by SP Okoro Nneji.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Orlando Ikeokwu, however, assured that the suspects would be prosecuted by a court of competent jurisdiction without delay.
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Army offers free medical services to 802 residents in Enugu community
The Nigerian Army on Friday offered free medical services to no fewer than 802 residents in Ohom Orba community in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu state.
During the outreach, the residents got 300 free pairs of eye glasses, tests, insecticide treated nets, physiotherapy massage and de-worming of children, as well as free drugs.
Speaking at the event, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, said that the medical outreach was part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
Adegboye said the exercise was meant to further strengthen civil-military relationship in the 82 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the South East and Cross River.
“The exercise is meant to improve the long standing civil-military relations between the Army and its civil populace as well as promote Civil-Military-Cooperation (CIMIC).
“It is also in line with the Chief of Army Staff vision to cater for the welfare of the host community and win the hearts and minds of the civil populace,’’ he said.
Igwe Everestus Onah, the traditional ruler of the community, thanked the Nigerian army for taking the pain to reach the community notwithstanding its distance from Enugu.
“We are grateful for the army bringing good health, free medication and medical experts to counsel us one-on-one,’’ Onah said.
A beneficiary of the exercise, Miss Kenechukwu Ugwuanyi, lauded the army for the free malaria tests and drug given to her.
“I am also grateful for the treated net and de-worming. It is my first time of receiving free medical care in my community,’’ Ugwuanyi said.
Another beneficiary, Pa Ignatius Nwodo, said that he was surprised to see the Nigerian army providing humanitarian services in the community.
Nwodo, who received a free pair of eye glass, said that his impression of the army as a strict force had changed.
“I now know that they are tender and caring as well,’’ the elderly man said.
The Commander of 82 Division Medical Services, Lt. Col. Ijoma Ijomanta, said that common illness diagnosed during the outreach included malaria, Blood Pressure and dental problems.
Edited by: Johnson Eyiangho/Donald Ugwu
Buratai tasks Non-Commissioned Officers to adopt new innovations in tackling security challenges
The Chief Of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has called Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) to display fresh innovations in tackling security challenges facing the country.
Buratai made the call during graduation ceremony of Warrant Officers Academy Course 35, after six months training, at the Academy, Jaji Cantonment, in Kaduna State on Friday.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Buratai was represented by Chief of Training and Operations Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen Enobong Udoh.
“We must all continue to be innovative as we move toward tackling and resolving the security challenges currently confronting our great country.
“All hands must continue to be on deck in preserving and sustaining the cohesion of the Nigerian Army, as we take steps to provide the required security for our dear nation,” Buratai said.
He explained that the warrant officers academy was established to rejuvenate the SNCOs cadre of the Army, which hitherto was lagging behind in professional standards.
“We are all aware of the relevance of warrant officers and senior non-commissioned in the chain of command within the NA.
“This is more critical at this time when we are faced with myriads of security challenges in the country.
” Therefore, to maintain the cohesion of the NA, the SNCOs cadre must be brough to such level that they strengthen the linkage between the officers and soldiers,” he said.
Buratai noted that the academy has through focused training, prepared its graduates to confront contemporary challenges in line with the Army’s vision of having professionally responsive soldiers in the discharge of its constitutional role.
The Army chief told the graduands that the process of becoming effective SNCOs demands a lot of sacrifice and immense effort, which is the price all must pay to achieve any goal.
Earlier, the Commandant of the Academy, Brig-Gen. Adeyinka Laguda, said the six-month training was aimed at developing the leadership and management skills of SNCOs, to equip them efficiently .
“You are now adequately qualified and equipped to cope with most challenges that you are bound to face when you get back to your units, where you would be required to apply the knowledge and skills you have been taught.
“I charge you, therefore, to be courageous, honest, discipline and loyal leaders,” Laguda told the officers.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed
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