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Elections: We will ensure strict enforcement of movement restriction in Edo – Police





The Police Command in Edo said it would ensure strict compliance with the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. restriction of movement during House of Assembly election in the state on Saturday.

Spokesman of the command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the preparations of the command for the election.

Nwabuzor said that it was observed that during the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly polls, residents in the state did not comply with the restriction order.

He, therefore, said that it would not be business-as-usual on Saturday as any defaulter would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He also said that the command would maintain the security arrangement and deployment of personnel as done with the just-concluded polls.
The spokesman stressed that Saturday’s election was very important as it was grassroots-oriented, being one to elect candidates into the state’s legislature.

He disclosed that security agencies in the state were on red alert to deal decisively with any electoral offender.

He said that some grey areas where card readers were damaged and ballot boxes snatched during the last election had been identified in Ubiaja, Igueben in Edo Central and Iguobazuwa in Edo South.

Nwabuzor said that some suspects had been arrested in connection with the incidents and would soon be charged to court.



Ember months: FRSC raises concern over rate of road crashes in FCT



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has raised concern over the alarming rate of road crashes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which, it says, has resulted in loss of many lives.

The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this at the flag-off of the 2019 ‘ember months’ campaign in the FCT, on Thursday in Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the campaign was “Road safety is a state of mind; road traffic crash is an absence of mind; stay alert, stay alive”.

Oyeyemi, who was represented by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Federal Operations, Mr Hygenius Fuomsuk, said that though the rate of accidents in the FCT was alarming, it could, however, be prevented.

He said that with the launch of the campaign, road users should be extra careful while driving.

“People should change their attitude for good, because accidents could be avoided. It is not a curse; crashes are caused by human beings,” he said.

Oyeyemi reiterated the need for road users to cooperate with the corps in order to ensure safer roads in the FCT and across the country.

“FRSC will succeed only when motorists cooperate with us, because it is not our affairs alone; rather, it is a collective responsibility,” he said.

He urged road users to use pedestrian bridges so as to compliment government’s efforts at ensuring safety of lives and property.

On his part, the FCT FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Gora Wobin, noted that ‘ember months’ usually witnessed increased movement of humans, goods and services across the country.

“These developments are due to a number of factors, which are mostly human, resulting in avoidable loss of lives and property.

“Etiquette for road safety requires that one must not allow the action or inaction of another to determine safety on roads.

“All road users must, therefore, ensure compliance with road traffic regulations in order to ensure zero tolerance for road traffic crashes during the ‘ember months’ and beyond,” he said.

Wobin lamented that there were still preventable road infractions in the FCT, which must be addressed urgently.

According to him, these infractions include refusal of pedestrians to use pedestrian bridges, use of handsets while driving and operators of tricycles and motorcycles plying unauthorised routes, among others.

These, he said, had serious security and safety implications, and so, must be frowned at by all.

The sector commander, however, expressed appreciation to stakeholders in the transport sector and the FCT administration for their assistance, which had helped the command in its quest to ensure safety on roads.

In his remark, the traditional ruler of Garki, Alhaji Usman Kupi, commended the FRSC for its effort towards traffic management in and around the FCT.

He called for the creation of more mobile courts across the FCT to ensure speedy trials of apprehended road offenders.

Edited by Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Nigerian Army decorates 31 new major generals



The Nigerian Army on Thursday decorated 31 promoted Major Generals serving in different formations across the country with their new ranks.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the new generals are among the recently promoted senior officers to different ranks by the army authorities.

About 34 brigadier generals and 47 colonels and a number of other senior ranks were recently promoted to the next rank of major general and brigadier general respectively.

While congratulating the newly decorated generals, The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, urged the officers to justify their promotion through dedication and hard work.

Magashi said that the elevation of the generals was well deserved, urging them to be ready to undertake any assignment no matter how daunting it might be.

According to him, the elevation has placed you among your contemporaries saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of Nigerian army.

“You were found worthy and the time has come for you to redouble your effort to justify the confidence reposed in you.

“As you all know, promotion is a privilege and it is reward for dedication, hardwork, commitment and loyalty to the constituted authorities.

“It means this elevation is in recognition of your hard work, sacrifices you must have made individually and collectively to the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“All of you are worthy of your promotion and I am sure you will be able to perform any daunting task that may come within your new rank.

“Therefore, the elevation is a call to make more sacrifices while redoubling your effort in discharging your constitutional responsibility as enshrined in Nigerian constitution particularly as the nation is being confronted with numerous security challenges,” he said.

The minister called on the officers to work together to develop an enduring solution that would completely defeat and bring the challenges to an end.

According to Magashi, “you should also bear in mind that the business of soldiering is not a business of an individual but a collective responsibility.

“I therefore enjoin you to give your maximum support to the Chief of army staff and to also encourage the upcoming senior officers to imbibe your positive attitude and commitment to work.

“To the upcoming officers, I encourage you to aspire and endeavor to give your best to get to the peak of your career,” he said.

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, urged them to remain focused, responsive and loyal to the constitution in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Buratai commended the new major generals for their commitment and sacrifice to the country, saying that their promotion was well deserved.

“You are in the right place at the right time but the task ahead is still enormous and you must continue to earn the confidence of Nigerian army and the country.

“I want you to ensure that whenever you have been deployed today, you carry on with that zeal and commitment so that the objective and our mission as an institution will be accomplished,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the newly promoted officers, Maj.-Gen. Suleman Idris, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the military authority for counting them worthy for the promotion.

Idris pledged the commitment of the officers to discharging their constitutional responsibilities effectively.

Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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825 police personnel to participate in fitness exercise in Enugu — Spokesman



At least 825 police officers and men will participate in the November edition of Enugu State Police Command’s Monthly Fitness Exercise in the state, the command’s Sports Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, has stated.

Amaraizu, who is also the command’s Public Relations Officer, stated this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Thursday.

He explained that the monthly  fitness exercise was mandatory for police personnel in the state  not taking part in essential or guard duties within the hours of the exercise.

Amaraizu said that during the exercise, fliers with safety tips and command’s distress numbers would be distributed to members of the public and motorists.

He said that the exercise tagged, “Jog/Walk for Life and Agility’’, would hold on Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning from 6.00 a.m. at the command’s  headquarters in Enugu.

“The exercise is in line with tenets of community-oriented policing, which is meant to draw the police closer to members of the public.

“Sports as a unifying factor will be harnessed by the command, in line with community-policing tenet to promote cooperation and oneness between the police and members of the public.

“It will also improve mental and physical alertness of participating police personnel,’’ he said.

Amaraizu, who is also the command’s Public Relations Officer,said that the exercise would take participants through major streets of Enugu metropolis.

“The command will continue its engagement of relevant stakeholders for a safe and secure environment,’’ he added.

(Edited by Shittu Obassa/Sam Oditah) (NAN)

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Firm begins empowerment programme for Immigration Service officers’ widows, children



Owolabi Awosan, the Managing Director of Greater Washington Limited (GWX), says the company will soon be empowering widows and children of some officers of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

Awosan told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the logistics firm had been doing this through all levels of education and would extend the programme to some extremely poor individuals.

“The empowerment programme will be executed in partnership with the Immigration Officers Wives Association (IMMOWA) and the Ministry of Interior and it will involve key business partners sponsoring the initiative,’’ he said.

The company chief executive added that the firm would also cater for extremely poor people across the six geo-political zones of the country.

“The organisation’s focus is to reduce the rate of illiteracy and poverty in Nigeria through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.’’

He said the organisation was set to provide necessary financing for small businesses, including educational support services for the less privileged.

“We will be working with IMMOWA and the Ministry of Interior to attract strong partners to expand the fund for wives of officers who have died or were incapacitated during the course of duty.

“Our focus is education for the extreme poor, because we found out that a lot of people want to go to school but cannot afford it. We have launched the project across all the region.

“Over the years we have done a lot of CSR projects and this time we are supporting the cause of the widows, especially wives of the officers who died or have become incapacitated while serving in the NIS.

“We will support them in petty trading and financing and by giving scholarships to the children of the poor among them, while ensuring that they are sponsored to state-owned institutions from the secondary to tertiary education levels,” Awosan explained.

He also disclosed plans by the organisation to build the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners through effective training and partnerships in major humanitarian projects.

“We have a lot of existing ones going on, and we will also train media personnel who cover the Ministry of Interior, ” the GWX Managing Director said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that GWX has a strong background in logistics and business consulting, and flaunts a reputation for services excellence and best global practices.

(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Olawale Alabi (NAN))

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Police arrest 7 suspected cattle rustlers, recover 273 livestock in Kaduna



The recovered livestock by Kaduna Police command from suspected cattle rustlers, on Wednesday. Pic NAN


Kaduna, Nov, 20.2019 The Kaduna State Police Command, said it had arrested seven suspected cattle rustlers and recovered 273 livestock in Iche Village near Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government area of Kaduna state on Nov. 19.

The Deputy Commissioner (DCP) Department of Finance and Administration, Kaduna Command, Onah Sunny made the disclosure at a press conference on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Sunny said the success recorded, was the success of Community policing.

“It is very important to let you know that, we are here today to showcase the remarkable achievements the Kaduna state Police Command recorded yesterday (Tuesday) by recovering 246 Cows and 27 sheep.

“The animals were suspected to have been rustled, and the arrest of seven suspects in connection to the crime,” he said.

According to him, the feat was achieved through community willingness to ensure safety and security of lives and property of well meaning citizens of the state.

Sunny said the Kaduna Command received a reliable information that there were suspected rustlers trying to move rustled cattle in large numbers to location yet to be ascertained.

“On receipt of the information, the Command immediately swung into action and intercepted the cattle and sheep around Iche Village near Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government area of the state.

“The operatives equally arrested the seven suspects, who are currently assisting Police in their investigation.

“Let me call on the Public in the State to rededicate themselves to the concept of civic responsibility to demonstrate personal and collective commitment in assisting the Police with timely and reliable information to be able to sustain the gain recorded and improve security in our communities in general.

“I want to assure you that the suspects will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of investigation and the cattle will be handed over to the real owners with verifiable proof of ownership.”Sunny said.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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FOC inaugurates 64 new apartments for officers as Ojo Navy Town



The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, on Wednesday urged beneficiaries of the newly inaugurated apartment blocks in Lagos to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities.

The FOC said this at the inauguration of four blocks of 32 three-bedroom flats and two blocks of 32 two-bedroom flats  for Lieutenants and Senior rates, respectively.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the naval apartments were located at the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) WEY, Navy Town Ojo, Lagos State.

“Although the NN is still faced with the challenges of accommodation deficiencies, the additions of the ones commissioned will go a long way to ameliorate the challenge.

“I therefore enjoin beneficiaries to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities and maintain them properly.

Daji said that there would be inspection and guidelines for the use of all accommodation in the command, saying all guidelines would be enforced.

The FOC also thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, for his consistency and outstanding effort in meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I deem it most appropriate and within the ambit of decency to extol the consistency and outstanding effort of the Chief of Naval Staff toward meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I am at a vantage position to make this assessment, given the series of landmark projects that were commissioned in this command during the 63rd Anniversary celebration of the NN in June all geared toward improving NN capacity and personnel welfare,” he said.

“It is against this background that I am pleased to be part of the ceremony to commission yet another accommodation facilities at the Lieutenants and Senior Rates quarters to consolidate on the successes achieved so far,” he said.

Daji said that the provision of decent accommodation would have positive impact on the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigeria Navy.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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