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Insecurity: Ex-lawmaker calls for more funding for Police

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A former federal lawmaker, Sen. Paulinus Igwenwagu, has called for adequate funding for the Nigeria Police Force to enable it tackle current spate of insecurity in the country.

Igwenwagu, who represented Ebonyi Central Senatorial District at the Senate between 2011 and 2015, and was Chairman of Committee on Police Affairs, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Awka.

He said that the current wave of insecurity, especially the violent protests by members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), was an indication that the police needed adequate funding.

“Nigeria police require modern equipment, adequate funding and more strength to beef up the current number,” he said.

Igwenwagu, who also Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs between 2007 and 2011 before moving up to the Senate, said that if more personnel were recruited into the police, intelligent gathering would be efficient.

“As chairman House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Police Affairs between 2007 and 2015, I forwarded proposals on ways government should reposition the Nigeria Police Force.

“Two fundamental problems facing the police are government and the public, and once these are addressed, security challenges would be reduced.

“The government should tackle the problem of poor funding which basically is the reason why the police mount road blocks and collect tips from the public.

“For the public, they should always give adequate and prompt information to the police as that would make the police respond to issues and nip them in the bud,” he said.

Igwenwagu said that international best practices prescribed one policeman to 200 persons, “but in Nigeria, a policeman is policing more than 800 persons in addition to poor equipment and poor welfare”.

“Presently, we don’t have a law which permits government to detain someone after he or she has been granted bail.

“Such can only happen if such a person standing trial committed another offence.

“But, it is quite unfortunate that we found ourselves in this condition whereby one granted bail is held and protests by his group are taking lives and nothing is being done,” he said.

The former lawmaker, however, called on the Federal Government to meticulously look into the activities of El-Zakzaky group also known as Shiites, with a view to proscribing it if their activities were against the law.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi and Olisa Ifeajika

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Nigerian Army decorates 31 new major generals

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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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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