Abuja,June 29,2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and killed some fighters at Gobara and Bakassi in Borno.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, added that the operation was conducted on Friday in separate air raids.
According to Daramola, the settlements were two of the targets selected for attack in the intensive air interdiction operations launched by the ATF on Wednesday.
He explained that the attack on Gobara, a settlement in the Sambisa Forest area, was carried out by two Alpha Jets after Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions had identified a segment of the settlement being used by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) fighters to store their logistics and other equipment.
“The jets scored accurate hits in the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures and equipment as well as the killing of several terrorists.
” In a similar vein, another active camp belonging to Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements located at Bakassi on the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno, was successfully attacked and several terrorists killed in air strikes carried out later in the day.
” Overhead the target area, the NAF ISR platform observed significant presence of ISWAP fighters who were attempting to flee the location, upon hearing the sound of the aircraft.
” The attack platforms were vectored to the area of concentration of the terrorists, unleashing their munitions on the target and causing significant damage to the camp and neutralising many terrorists,” he said.
Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede
NSCDC arrests 10 suspected illegal LPG operators in Akwa Ibom
The Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) in Akwa Ibom said it had arrested 10 suspected illegal Liquified Petroleum Gas operators in the state.
The State Commandant of the corps, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a routine surveillance in Uyo on Thursday.
“We are going to investigate the matter and after thorough investigation, we will take them to court or to pay some penalties to DPR.
“We have been pleading with the people of the state not to engage in illegal business. This kind of business can kill and that is why we are telling them to desist from it,” Ayinla said.
He advised gas operators to stop the illegal business, saying that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
“This process is not allowed, they are not facilities, people converted residential houses and commercial areas to gas plants, where they turned cylinders to become vessels.
“This process we will continue to say that the mode is not known to any known standard in oil and gas industry not only in Nigeria and to the World,” he said.
He noted that the department would continue to sensitise and create awareness on the dangers of the illegal business.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the objective was to save lives and property in the state, adding that the department would not wait until the incident happens.
The controller said that the sister agency would continue close monitoring of the LPG refilling points across the state.
He advised the operators to desist from the business as it was dangerous even to the operators’ lives.
“Refilling in the process end with gas refilling plants, you cannot refill any cylinder at this point, what is allowed is gas resellers.
Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
NSCDC arrest 2 for selling gas in Calabar carnival village
Elisha said it was wrong to dispense cooking gas at the carnival village were cooking of all sorts and other activities were taking place.
According to him, fun seekers should be allowed to have their leisure time at the village in peace without running for safety over any emergency disaster.
“You know that when fire disaster starts, it would go round and kill so many people. At this time where people are coming into the state for the festival, we need to be cautious.
“It is wrong to sell gas at the carnival village because that area is a densely populated place where people are selling many things; roasting of fish, cooking of all sorts and some are smoking.
“Gas is highly inflammable and when such disaster occurs, it will affect many people. We want a situation where people will come and enjoy the carnival and go back peacefully.
“I belief in preventive measures; that is why we are taking this action. We are working with the Department of Petroleum Resources to ensure safety in gas dispensing in the state,” he said.
The Commandant said that gas operators have specific places where they have been licensed to operate by the DPR, adding that the carnival village was not safe for such business.
He further said that the Command had issued warning in collaboration with the DPR, urging gas operators to site their businesses far from residential areas.
“We are going to prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others; else these people will still go back there”, he said.
One of the suspects and a sales representative of Namnomi Nigeria Limited, said she was unaware of the implications of selling gas in the carnival village.
She told Nigeria News Agency that she was deployed by her boss (name withheld) to the carnival village.
Edited & Vetted By: Ismail Abdulaziz
CNS commends NOWA’s empowerment initiative to widows, orphans
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, on Thursday commended the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for organising empowerment programmes for widows and orphans.
The CNS who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji; gave the commendation at the empowerment programme held at the Navy Town, Ojo , for 25 widows and orphans.
He said that such empowerment would help the beneficiaries to become self reliant and live a better life.
“I want to enjoin NOWA to keep up the wonderful work as well as reach out to well-to-do and well-meaning individuals and organisations to support this laudable programme.
“Through that, it will be sustained accordingly.’’
He also felicitated with NOWA for the noble programme.
“I will like to say that the theme of this event is very apt as most of us are aware that a large number of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty.
“Widows as well as orphans make a great percentage of this figure; we know the challenges that widows face in the society as well as orphans in losing their loved ones at any age.
“And this has severe impact on their well being and psychology. This event, I believe will go a long way to reassure the widows and orphans that NOWA cares for them.
“It will also ameliorate the feeling of loneliness, social isolation, exclusion and hardship they are forced into due to the losses of their loved ones.
“ It is, therefore, a most welcomed development,” he said.
Ibas said that NOWA should not relent in the good work of reassuring the widows, orphans and less privileged that they were not alone.
He also urged the beneficiaries to judiciously make use of whatever they got from the empowerment programme.
He said that they should use them as a stepping stone toward improving their lots instead of always waiting for handouts every time.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme has as its theme: ‘Navigating the storm, sailing forward’.
NOWA under the arrangement empowered 25 beneficiaries who received: gas cookers, bags of rice, groundnut oil and fabrics.
In her welcome address, the NOWA President, Mrs Theresa Ibas, said that the association would continue to help the widows and orphans who lost their loved ones.
She said that this was part of the efforts by the association to make life easier for widows and orphans.
Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
Banditry: 2,000 repentant youths surrender weapons to Zamfara Govt.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Media, Mr Zailani Bappa, disclosed this in statement on Thursday.
Bappa said the youth were led to the government house by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, Abubakar Dauran.
He quoted Dauran as saying that he was convinced that the youths had genuinely repented.
According to him, Dauran said in the recent past, major cities of the state, especially Gusau were highly unsafe as banditry, youth restiveness and other crimes were the order of the day.
The governor’s aide, however, expressed happiness that the youth were towing the line of the repentant bandits and also repenting from their bad ways.
Leader of the repentant youths popularly known as Sani Shaidan, said that they were encouraged by what the State Government did, alleging that the immediate past administration in the state did not care about their welfare.
He said that they were convinced that the present administration in the state genuinely intended to address the ills in the state, hence their resolve to allow peace to reign.
Responding, Matawalle assured the repentant youths of the state government`s earlier commitment to finding lasting solutions to their plights.
The governor urged them to form committees that would monitor those youths who refused to accept the peace initiatives.
He donated five Peugeot cars for the monitoring of youths within the metropolis.
Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh and Abdullahi Yusuf
New Ondo NSCDC Commandant urges personnel to be diligent
Akure, Dec.5,2019 Mr Philip Ayuba, new Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has advised personnel of the command to be diligent in carrying out their duty.
The commandant gave the advice after assuming office on Thursday in Ondo.
He also called on officers and men of the command deployed to various local government areas of the state to be efficient in intelligence gathering, safeguarding critical national assets and Infrastructure.
Ayuba also urged the personnel to ensure effective monitoring of private guard companies, disaster and crisis management in the state.
“I believe that with the existing and future synergy with other security agencies, the state will be rid of all forms of criminal activities before, during and after the Christmas and New Year Seasons,” he said.
Also speaking, Mrs Christiana Abiakam- Omanu, the former Commandant, commended all officers and men of the command their support and contributions during her tenure.
Journalist, security officials advise youths against cultism in Lagos
An NGO, the Youthslens Movement of Nigeria, has charged youths from different parts of the country to rise against cultism by spreading the danger associated with the scourge to both their friends and family members.
She said that the rate at which the young ones were involving themselves in cultism was worrisome
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the seminar was “The Nigerian Youth and Cultism today”,.
She said that the fight for a safe society against cultism must start with the youth who should be ready to spread all they had heard against cultism to their friends, family members and the society at large.
Francis, who is the Crime Editor of New Telegraph Newspaper, said the statistics of young people in cultism gave birth to the idea of the programme.
She stressed that the reasons given by many for joining cultism were not acceptable.
“No reason is acceptable for anyone to participate in crime, even when there is no food at home and they don’t have parents. No reason is acceptable for any young persons to join cultism.
“They should know that their choices will have consequences.
“Any negative action by them will affect their family members and their future. They should know that life is not a competition.
“Parents and the society must keep on talking against it now more than before,” she said.
Agbonika said that factors such as: peer pressure, revenge against presumed enemies, emotional instability, family problem and political association could force young people to join cultism.
The area commander noted that one of the challenges why cultism thrives on campuses is because policemen are not allowed to enter higher institutions for operations except on invitation.
He commended Juliana Francis for the seminar, stressing that this was one way to check cultism among youths.
He appealed to individuals and cirpirate organisations to keep on talking about the dangers of cultism among youths.
Agbonika said that some of the effects of cultism include: failure in academics, school dropout, armed robbery, rape, and prostitution.
He said that it needed the attention of all to tackle it adding that the involvement of many young ones had made it become very serious.
Elkana urged parents to live an exemplary life for their children to emulate and become responsible citizens in life.
He said, “The most painful thing to do as Police Public Relations officer is to parade young persons who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow as suspected cultists or criminals .
“It is not about taking cultists to court for prosecution, but addressing the root cause of why young people were joining cultism. This is where every one is involved. The police arrest cannot solve the scourge.
“Parents and various people in positions of authorities must do the needful,” he said.
A prison reform advocate, Pastor Darlington Ajilemisan, said that the current correctional centres (prisons) in Nigeria were adding to criminality with over crowded inmates.
Ajilemisan said that many people turned criminals because they were detained with hardened criminals while in prison custody.
He also alleged that many violent crimes were some times organised by prison inmates.
“There, I was introduced to other crimes. I happened to become the chaplain after I met Christ.
“I have been going to the prison at the age of three. I was an assassin, professional killer, I was a small boy in prison.
“In prisons, there are homosexuals , if you think you go to the prison and be better, that is a lie.
“The prison will change your intelligent quotient (IQ) no matter what your religion may be.
” I have served in prison in four continents. You enter the prison, you will come out either as a hardened criminal, homosexual or be involved in other crimes you were not involved in before.”
Ajilemisan wondered why the public was fond of comparing prisons in Nigeria with that of the US. He said that prisons in Nigeria were over populated.
“Prison is for reformation, and a correctional centre. But when you have warders or prison officials who are not educated, but feed on the inmates, how will they correct such inmates, “ Ajilemisan said.( NAN)
Edited & Vetted By: Peter Dada
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