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Gov. Bello calls for fresh approach to insecurity

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Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has called on stakeholders in security management to devise an approach in finding a lasting solution to the security challenges in the country.

A statement by Mrs Mary Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Thursday, said that Bello stated this during an interactive session with members of the state legislatures.

The Governor was responding to the issues raised by some lawmakers on the non implementation of some bills passed into law by the Legislature.

Bello explained that coming up with new security apparatus had become imperative in view of the current security challenges confronting the country.

He urged the lawmakers to facilitate rapid passage of bills that would help address the security situation in the state and the country as a whole.

The governor, however, decried the use of motorcycles and the articulated vehicles without registered number plates, adding that such motorcycles were used by some unscrupulous elements to commit crimes.

“I am deeply concerned about the issue of this country, I hope security agencies will summon courage to do the needful. I strongly believe we can have a decent and better Nigeria,” he said.

He noted that more than 90 per cent of motorcycles in the state were not registered and 80 per cent of trucks plying Minna-Suleja route were operating without registered number plates.

He noted that the trend had made it difficult for the security operatives to monitor activities by motorcycles and truck riders.

Bello said that his administration remained steadfast and committed to providing logistical support to security operatives to effectively carryout their constitutional responsibilities.

He called on the security operatives, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other stakeholders to carry out their constitutional duties to build a lawful society.

Alhaji Abdullahi Bawa, Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, appreciated the governor for giving them insights into some challenges faced by the executive as it affects the implementation of policies.

He said that legislature would continue to cooperate with the executive arm towards policies and programmes beneficial to the people.

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Sagay wants Magu confirmed as substantive EFCC Chairman

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The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has made a case for the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Commission.

The endorsement of Magu by PACAC was made in Abuja on Wednesday by PACAC’s Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay when he led his team on solidarity visit to the EFCC boss at the Commission’s headquarters.

While declaring that Magu deserves appointment as the substantive chairman of the EFCC, Sagay said, “When something is good; when you see high quality, merit, dedication, and somebody who is courageous in the fight against corruption, I think it will be stupid to say you are looking for something outside.

“This is not a turn-by-turn thing. It is a thing of merit. You must work for it and achieve it. In our view, the Acting Chairman deserves everything including his being given a substantive appointment.

“It is true one man cannot make a forest, but it takes a good man, a man of quality to bring out the best in any organisation, and that is what he represents – an uncompromising person.

“As far as corruption is concerned, no one have the courage in this country to offer him a bribe, because he or she knows the result will be a disaster. We are solidly behind Magu and the EFCC, ” he said.

While expressing support to the Commission, Sagay said “EFCC deserves continued support so that it will know it is being appreciated.

“You cannot pick up a newspaper any day without you reading EFCC’s achievement in terms of charges, forfeiture of assets, convictions, among others.

Sagay equally expressed optimism that the 9th Senate would do the right thing by confirming Magu when his name was forwarded to it by President Buhari, saying there would not be any reason for the legislators to reject Magu’s confirmation.

For his part, the EFCC boss thanked President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for giving him every support he had required to achieve the successes recorded by the commission.

He assured the PACAC delegation that he and the EFCC team would continue to give their utmost in the fight against corruption.

 “I assure you that so far as I am here as the chairman of the Commission, I will continue to do the right thing, and we will ensure the things we do are within the ambit of the law. We are trained to kill corruption,” Magu said.

Edited by Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Only corrupt elites see no difference in FG’s anti-corruption war — Sagay

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Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 (NAN The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) , Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, says only corrupt elites see no positive difference in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led anti-corruption war. 

Sagay made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja when he led members of the committee on a solidarity visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria News Agency reports that PACAC was established in 2015 by the Buhari administration as part of deliberate efforts to combat corruption in the country.

PACAC’s mandates include the promotion of reform agenda in the anti-corruption crusade, advising on the prosecution of the war against corrupt practices and implementation of reforms in the nation’s criminal justice system

Acording to him, President Buhari’s administration has brought a paradigm shift in the anti-graft war.

“When Nigerians pretend by asking what difference has his government brought in the fight against corruption, it amazes me.

“For me, it is a sign of bad faith being expressed by the elites who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“So, they are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living rather than simply collecting unearned money, easy money that used to go round the country.

“These are people who were building edifices without sign of employment of any sort,” Sagay said.

The professor of law attributed much of the success story to efforts of the EFCC, which he said had surpassed other agencies in the fight against corruption.

He said the recent arrest of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, in the United Arab Emirates was the latest in the EFCC’s achievements.

Responding, the Acting Chairman, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, who reassured of the commission’s commitment to fight corruption, stated “this is the mandate given to us by the president.

“We want to thank Sagay and his team for coming over because I see this visit as an oversight one.

“There is no money that can force Sagay and his team to come and pass commendation on the commission. We are proud of this gesture and we will keep taking what we are doing seriously.

“Anytime there is anything wrong, Sagay will call and shout at me by asking me to do the needful and I take correction quickly.

“And when he noticed we take correction, he will call and acknowledged, ” he said.

The EFCC boss said that the Commission had enjoyed lot of literature from PACAC which had served as guide for its operations, and assured that the commission would do the right thing always.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Abia Controller of Corrections expresses concern over inadequate escort vehicles for inmates

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Mr Julius Ezugwu, Controller of Corrections, Abia Command, has appealed to the state government to become an integral part of the new correctional reform and assist the centre with escort vehicles for inmates.

Ezugwu, who made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Umuahia on Wednesday, said it would enable the centre to safely transport inmates to court.

He regretted that the state government gave out vehicles to other security agencies but left out the service, “all because they feel we are not in enforcement.”

He said: “But the centre is taking care of all the by-products of all these agencies, including police, Department of State Services, civil defense, Immigiration, vigilante and others.

“The inmates need to go to court. How do they access justice if they don’t go to court?

“We have vehicles but we need the Abia government to complement the efforts of our management at the national headquartres to at least increase our fleet of vehicles.”

The controller lamented that the three escort vehicles for the inmates in Umuahia were grossly inadequate to cover the 48 courts located all over the capital city.

He also said that Aba correction centre was covering 39 courts, adding that Arochukwu had the same number of courts with few vehicles.

Ezugwu, who decried the problem of overcrowding in Abia correction facilities, disclosed that of the 1760 inmates in custody in three correctional centres in the state, only about 150 were convicted.

According to him, the rest are awaiting trial and some of them have undergone trial for 10 years and above.

He, however, described the new correctional service Act as the best international correctional practice.

He said that the Act had made a lot of provisions to address the issue of overcrowding.

“Moreover, the new correctional Act provides for separate facilities for females and even for juveniles, but we don’t have such facilities in Abia.

“We have a juvenile home in Aba but it is not operational now.

“So it is only the state government that can help us to reactivate that place so that the juveniles will not be seen in the prison,” he said.

(Edited by Sam Oditah (NAN))

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Navy hand over unregistered cocoa factory, suspect to NAFDAC

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The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Wednesday handed over a suspect and an unregistered cocoa beverage factory to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, handed over the suspect alongside the items to NAFDAC at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) WEY in Lagos.

Daji, who was represented by the Commander NNS WEY, Commodore Uduak Ibanga, said the suspect was caught producing unregistered cocoa beverage named Belling Chokovita.

“The suspect was caught by NNS WEY security patrol team at 01:30hrs on Sunday Nov. 17 in his factory situated in Mammy market, Navy Town, Ojo.

“The following items recovered from the suspect’s illegal factory are 10 cartons x 12 pieces of finished products, 152 pieces of unpacked products.

“Others are 23 bags of grounded cocoa powder and seven bags of Calcium Carbonate Power,” he said.

Commodore Ibanga advised Nigerians to purchase only NAFDAC registered products and to always check the manufacturing or production and expiry dates of products before consumption.

“The navy will not rest on her oars in carrying out this task and the cooperation of the general public is solicited,” he said.

Edited by Abdullahi Mohammed/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NAF neutralises ISWAP leaders, destroys meeting venue

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has neutralised some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders and destroyed their meeting venue at Jubillaram in the Northern part of Borno.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said the operation was conducted on Tuesday through the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

“The operation was executed yesterday, Nov. 19, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that some top ISWAP leaders had assembled for a meeting at a compound within the settlement, which they also used to store some of their logistics supplies.

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform as well as fighter jets to attack the location.

“Overhead the target area, several terrorists were observed around some buildings in the middle of the settlement.

“These fighters were neutralised in successive strikes by the attack aircraft as they attempted flee the location.

“The air strikes also led to the destruction of some terrorists’ structures, including one of their logistics stores, which was seen engulfed in flames,” he said.

Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North East.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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UN advocates collaboration on security threats in Sahel, Lake Chad Basin

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The Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General to West Africa and the Sahel, Amb. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has called for enhanced regional collaboration to tackle Boko Haram in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin region.

Chambas made the call while delivering a graduation lecture at the Nigerian Army War College for participants of Course 3/2019, on Wednesday in Abuja.

He delivered a paper on the topic, “Emerging Non-Traditional Threats in the Sahel and Implications for National Security”.

Chambas said that regional partnership and robust continental collaboration among key stakeholders was needed to address emerging security threats bedeviling the Sahel region and Africa as a whole.

He said that the killing of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent breakdown of law and order in the North African country was a major contributor to the instability in the Sahara region.

According to him, the flow of weapons from looted Libyan military stockpiles into the surrounding countries have galvanized existing political oppositions, separatist movements, transnational militant groups, and human trafficking, among other security challenges.

He lauded the College for producing the leadership of several peacekeeping missions in Africa, saying the real impact of the College is visible in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The UN diplomat commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for the giant strides of the Nigerian Army under his leadership.

He described the Nigerian Army War College as a positive force multiplier in the search for global peace and security.

In his address, Buratai, while congratulating the course participants on their graduation, also underscored the need for effective synergy among nations of the Lake Chad and Sahel region.

He said that the activities of Boko Haram and other violent militia groups in the region could be effectively tackled through collaboration between the countries.

Ealier, the Commandant of the College, Maj.-Gen. Charles Ofoche, disclosed that the lecture was a major event of the College and a key activity of the graduation ceremony.

Ofoche said that the knowledge gained during the course was geared towards enhancing the capacity of the officers to function effectively in emerging security threats.

He explained that the topic was carefully selected in view of the myriads of factors that have exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the Sahel.

The college graduated a total of 66 participants drawn from the military, paramilitary, the police as well as the public service.

Later, a delegation of the UN and EU led by Chambas paid a courtesy call on Buratai at Army Headquarters where he reemphasised the need for regional collaboration in the fight against terrorism in the region.

Chambas also disclosed that the joint mission of the UN and EU had commenced fact finding mission to the affected countries of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria with a view to finding lasting solution to the security threats in the region.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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