Catholic Priest killed by unknown gunmen in Taraba



A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. David Tanko, was on Thursday killed by gunmen in the Takum Local Government Area of Taraba.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Shiban Tikari, confirmed the killing while speaking to newsmen in Jalingo on Thursday.

Tikari said the priest was ambushed and killed by bandits on his way to a meeting to resolve the crisis between the Tiv and their Jakun neighbours in Kufai Amadu community in Takum.

“After killing him, the attackers set him and his car on fire.’’

Tikari said that Tanko was an indigene of Wukari Local Government Area of the state.

He fingered people he described as Tiv militia for the killing, alleging that the militia was responsible for other attacks that had claimed lives and property in Southern Taraba.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that efforts to speak to the police authority proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to the police spokesman, Mr David Misal, were neither picked nor responded to.

Taraba State has witnessed series of deadly attacks in recent months with the most recent taking place in the Wukari Local Government Area of the state.

Donga and Takum Local Government Areas have also witnessed bloody incidents.

Many people in Tor-Damsa community in Donga Local Government have been rendered homeless, following relentless attacks by militia groups. 


Services: UNDP lauds Army over secure environment in NE



Mr Mohammed Yahya, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria, has commended the Nigerian Army for creating an enabling environment for its personnel in the North East.

Yahya stated this during a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, at the Army headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the provision of security by the Nigerian army had encouraged the organisation to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of insurgency in the region.

Yahya said UNDP had recorded successes in the North East due to the role played by Nigerian army in creating a safe environment for in the region.

He reiterated UNDP’s continued collaboration with the army in rendering more humanitarian services to the displaced people in the affected places.

He also commended the Nigerian army authorities for integrating UNDP system into the stabilisation work in the region.

In his response, Buratai thanked the UNDP for its laudable programme in the North East, urging the organisation to ensure that all the displaced persons return to their various homes.

He also assured of the Nigerian army’s determination to sustain its operational activities to ensure that normalcy returns to the region.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gunmen kidnap 2 Expatriate, Nigerian construction workers in Niger



Police in Niger say gunmen have kidnapped two expatriate and a Nigerian staff of Triacta Construction Company in Galadima Kogo village of  Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Adamu Usman, who disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency in Minna on Tuesday, said the gunmen who wore military uniform came to the village on over 20 motorcycles and attacked workers of the construction firm.

Usman said the incident occurred on Monday at about 12:45 hours along Shiroro-Galadima road.

The victims  were seized by the gunmen who came through Kaduna State on motorcycles, ambushed them along the road they were constructing and took them to the bush.

They overpowered the policemen on duty and abducted the victims on motorcycles to the bush,” he said.

He said the Police Command had already launched a manhunt to track down the attackers in order to rescue the hostages.

We have since deployed IGP Intelligence Response Team and  and Special Technical Squad as well as  Armed Anti-Kidnapping Squad to identified areas with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt.

” We have also reached out to the Commissioner of Police of Kaduna State.

” We are doing everything humanly possible to rescue the victims unhurt,” the commissioner said.

He appealed to rural communities to report to the nearest security agencies any person or group of people with questionable character for prompt security response.

Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf

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Navy organises medical rhapsody for residents of Ijora Badia in Lagos



The Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) of the Nigerian Navy (NN) on Tuesday organised a medical rhapsody for residents of Ijora Badia community in Lagos.


Rear Adm. Stanford Enoch, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), NAVTRAC, said that the medical rhapsody was a way of showing love to the community.


He also said that it was part of efforts by the NN to strengthen its civil-military relations and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with various communities.


The Command has deemed it necessary to carry out a medical rhapsody in Ijora Badia, it is also part of the Nigerian Navy (NN) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


It is also a show of love and appreciation to the people of Ijora Badia community, especially, during this Yuletide,” Enoch said.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rhapsody featured general health talk, and checking of the blood pressures of  people who  were 30-years-old and above.


It also featured: deworming, distribution of insecticide treated nets, screening for illnesses such as malaria and diabetes mellitus.



The FOC was represented by Rear Adm. Idowu Yusuf, the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the event.


The FOC also said that the medical rhapsody was also to mark the Command’s end of the year activities.


He advised those who participated in the programme to share whatever they might have learnt from there with their neighbours who could not attend.


There are things that you will learn during the general health talk.  I, therefore, urge you to disseminate such useful information, especially, among your friends and family members who are not here,” he said.


Enoch also urged the community to be security conscious saying that the issue of security should be the collective responsibility of all.


Let me seize this opportunity to remind you that security is a collective responsibility of all.


At the grassroots, so much is expected of you in terms of passing relevant information that is of security significance to the naval base.


By so doing, we can work together to ensure that our society is safe and secure,” he said.


He also thanked the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, for giving the Command the opportunity and the support to organise the rhapsody.


I want to thank the Almighty God for making the event a reality.


I also wish to thank the CNS for giving us the opportunity and support to hold this rhapsody promises to benefit the residents of Ijora Badia community immensely.


“I will also like to appreciate the community head `Baale Onimalu’ of Ijora land and  the chiefs of Ijora who graciously acceded to our request to conduct the rhapsody in the community,” he said.


Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada

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Police boss assures Anambra residents of safe yuletide





The Police Command in Anambra has assured the residents of  the state of its commitment to ensure adequate security of lives and property during and after the festive periods.


Mr John Abang, the Commissioner of Police in the state, gave the assurance in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Awka.


Abang said that the high technology surveillance equipment, provided by Anambra Gov.Willie Obiano administration, had been deployed to combat crime and criminality that might arise either now or during the yuletide.

Anambra is the only state in Africa where such equipment is used and it must be professionally used to achieve its intended goal,” he said.


The police boss said that officers and men under his command would work optimally to ensure that the people sleep with their two eyes closed during the festive and after the period.


He urged the citizens of the state residing in other parts of the states to feel free to visit home and celebrate the festive season with their loved ones.


Abang urged residents to be law abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without fear, assuring them that the police would do their best to ensure peace, during and after the festive periods.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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Human rights day: NHRC urges youths to shun crimes, defend rights



The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to youths to stay off crimes, but defend their rights for the development of the nation.


The commission made the appeal  on Tuesday in Lagos as  Nigeria joins the rest of the  world to mark the  2019  International Day for  Human Rights.


The South-West Commander, NHRC, Mr Lucas Koyejo, gave the advice in Lagos when he spoke with the Nigeria News Agency .


Koyejo said that many youths were into various crimes.


He urged them to be more active and vocal in promoting whatever concerns the nation saying that no one would step down for them to occupy leadership.


The commander speaking on the theme of this year said that the UN picked it to draw the attention of the youth to their responsibilities and the need for others to support them.


NAN reports that the UN had set aside Dec.10 of every years as the International Day for Human Rights.


This is year’s theme is: “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.’’


Koyejo said, “The UN knows that the youth are the future leaders of the world.


Unfortunately, some youths in present day Nigeria are not as proactive as youths of old.


A lot of our youths are not interested in their rights or government policies that will affect their future.


The youth need to be interested in governance. That is the difference. Nobody will be discriminated against, because the future belongs to them.


They must stand up for their rights,” he said.


Also, a human rights lawyer and a Civil Society leader, Mr Malachy Ugwummadu, spoke on the role of the youth in promoting human rights and peace.


He said that Nigerian youths have the population to make the needed positive changes.


Ugwummadu, who described the youth population in Nigeria as a “critical mass” for a change, called on them to be knowledgeable about their rights and the laws of the country.


We have a law: `Not too young to run’. They must know about it and other laws concerning them.


One major challenge is the division among the youth. They must be united if they want to bring about any positive change.


They must network across all ages and genders. They should improve on themselves, and collectively take up national issues,’’ he said.


Similarly, Mr Duke Amaliechi, the National Coordinator of Youth for Human Rights International, said that youths had a  great responsibility before them.


He said that was why the UN was advising them to stand up for their fundamental human rights.


Amaliechi said that there were lots of injustices going on in the society.


He  said that the youth should speak out against perceived injustices in the society  and  participate in governance.


He advised them not to become tools of crisis or destabilisation in the hands of politicians.


He said that only those with poor mindsets would collect money from people to kill fellow human beings or cause crises.


Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Peter Dada

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Jega advises Africans to restrategise on corruption fight



The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, has advised African countries to restrategise their approaches in fighting corruption.

Jega gave the advise while reviewing a book titled: “Curbing Electoral Spending” launched by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday in Abuja.

The launched was to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day organised by the commission in collaboration with Nigeria Shippers Council, Maritime and Transport Stakeholders.

Here in Nigeria, where corruption is in the increase compared to other African countries, we need to take the fight seriously.

It is a day for sober reflection for us and for reviewing our experiences and restrategise to find better ways and means of improving the successes in the fight against corruption,” he said.

Jega commended the EFCC for its successes as well as other anti-corruption agencies for their contributions to tackling the crime in the Nigeria.

While we commend them, they also need to intensify their efforts in the fight against corruption because we see that the more effort that is made, the more difficult it becomes.

The EFFCC and other anti-corruption agencies need to continue to demonstrate that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

We will want to see a rededicated effort in terms of effective utilisation in governance of resource saved from corruption,” Jega added.

The Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Sadiq Radda, said that fighting corruption required political will and determination of the leaders.

Radda said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had made remarkable success in the fight so far.

I believe, first and foremost, we should acknowledge the political will and the determination of the government led by the president to lead the fight.

Without the support of the president, I think the kind of momentum we have regarding the fight against corruption woudn’t have been this much,“ he said.

Radda also commended the current synergy between various arms of the government in the fight against corruption.

He said that today, the executive arm of government had said no to corruption, the judiciary was friendly to the executive, while the judiciary also said that corruption must be fought.

Radda said with ongoing efforts to have electronic declaration of assets and the whistle blower policy yielding result, people no longer hid money in the graveyards or ceiling.

Nigeria has signed quite a number of mutual legal assistance with countries of the world to ensure that thieves are tracked around the world and brought to face justice.

Today, a former attorney general of the federal is under arrest because of mutual legal assistance of Nigeria with the UAE; more arrests are coming. A lot of successes has been recorded.

“I can say with the EFCC and ICPC of today, looters will have no hiding place in the world, because wherever they go, they will be arrested and brought back to the country,” Radda said.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Yuletide: Police ban use of fireworks in Enugu



The Police Command in Enugu State has reiterated its ban on use of fireworks, knockout and bangers this Yuletide.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Enugu.

Amaraizu noted that the ban was due to their explosives safety and security implications.

He said: “Their usages are capable of diverting the attention of security agencies from knowing when things are going wrong in our environment.

“It could also ignite an inferno when thrown either knowingly or unknowingly to inflammable materials in our environment and considering the dry season and its associated situations.’’

According to him, the command is advising the public, parents and caregivers to warn their children and wards against the use of fireworks.

The police spokesman noted that the command, in partnership with other sister security agencies and relevant stakeholders, had been directed by the commissioner of police to fish out violators.

Violators will be made to face the consequences in line with the relevant sections of the law.

“The command further advises members of the public to be security conscious and law abiding,’’ he added.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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NASS will help turn Nigeria into military power house in Africa — Defence committee



NASS will help turn Nigeria into military power house in Africa — Defence committee


Kaduna, Dec. 9, 2019 The House of Representatives Committee on Defence, says the 9th National Assembly will work towards turning Nigeria into a military power house in Africa.

The Committee Chairman, Mr Babajimi Benson, said during  an oversight visit of committee to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Defence and Defence Industries  Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), in Kaduna on Monday. 
“The 9th assembly has for the first time put military in its agenda. 

“One of the things we put is to encourage home grown  production of military hardware and software. 
peaceful country is a wealthy country.” 
pleased with what  it saw in the various institutions.

“Today we are here and we have seen outstanding feat by Nigerian army.

“They created MRAP they named after it Ezugwu who created it as a serving Major General.

“We have started manufacturing and producing them locally, and definitely we are in right projection.”

The committee chairman assured that the NASS will push for the to release of funds appropriated to all defence institutions and formations to enable them execute new projects and complete ongoing ones.

Benson aknowledged the development being achieved in the institutions and pledged that more funds would be appropriated for effective training and retraining of military personnel.

Earlier, the Commandants, AFCSC, AVM Lawal Alao and NDA,  Maj.-Gen, Jamil Sarham, as well as the Director General DICON, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu told the committee that the money budgeted for them was judiciously used. 
They urged the committee for more funds to complete ongoing  projects, training, innovations and researches.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the committee inspected completed and the ongoing projects at the three military institutions.  
Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed


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Police arrest wanted kidnap kingpin, others in Katsina state



The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old notorious kidnap kingpin, Aliyu Sani of Sabuwar-Unguwa quarters, Katsina.

The Command’s Relations Gambo Isah made the disclosure to newsmen at a news briefing on Monday in Katsina.

He said that the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday, Dec.4, in Katsina, following a tip-off.

Sometime in April, the suspect conspired with one Abdulrahman Danfillo, 25, of the same address, now at large, deceived and abducted one Abubakar Muhammad and Aliyu Ahmed, all of Sabuwar-Unguwa, Katsina.

The suspects took their victims to bandits at Gora forest, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State as kidnap victims.

The father of Abubakar Muhammad was compelled to pay the sum of N150,000 as ransom before his release, while Aliyu Ahmed is able to escape from the den of kidnappers,” he said.

He said that investigation was ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate.

Isah also said that the police were able to arrest three persons for sending threat messages and made several phone calls intimidating one Shua’ibu Bala, 36, of Gozaki in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the suspects threatened to kidnap the victim or any member of his family if he failed to pay them N150,000 as requested.

According to him, the Operation Puff Adder led by DPO, Kafur succeeded in arresting the syndicate at Unguwar Iliya village, Kafur when the suspects went to collect the ransom of N150,000 as demanded.

He said that during investigation, 23 cows suspected to have been stolen by the suspects were recovered from them.

The police spokesman said that the suspects confessed to have committed the crimes and that they would be charged to court after investigation.

Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/ Tukur Muntari.

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