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Insecurity: Ex-Police I-G Abubakar calls for synergy between security agencies

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A former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has called on security agencies in the country to synergize to effectively combat and surmount the country’s numerous security challenges.

Abubakar said this in Abuja at an emergency management stakeholders’ forum and public presentation of VGS Quick Emergency Reporting and Response System (QERRS) Security App.

He said that security challenges in the country had got to an abysmal point where security agencies must apply extraordinary measures like the use of the QERRS Security App to combat crime, especially terrorism and kidnapping.

“We need awareness and education to understand the security App. There must be partnership, synergy and collaboration between security agencies for effective use of the app.

“There must be team work; we just need to integrate this App into the system we have because as a citizen you are afraid of kidnapping, robbery and there is rights violation in the family by our spouses.

“For the women, she can make use of the App and call the police; this app is beyond kidnapping or armed robbery as people are saying, but the most important thing is to know how to use it.

“There is nothing that does not have solution in the world; with this, our security challenges are surmountable.

“We need to take this App carefully and systematically to know how it works and how it will benefit every citizen; when you provide a solution to a problem, people will want to see the practicability of that solution.

“This App can help the security agencies and citizens of this country but we should remember that whatever is new takes time for people to understand and use it,” Abubakar said.

He commended the VIGISCOPE, the company that developed the security App for the initiative but noted that its affordability would be a major challenge in accessing or acquiring it.

“Another challenge will be that most people who are attacked may be under pressure to use it, or do not have the required knowledge and expertise to operate it.”

Mr Steve Olu, Chairman of the company, called for the review of salaries of all security agencies in the country to guarantee optimal performance in the discharge of their personnel duties.

“I am imploring the president to look into the salary of our security agencies because it is not encouraging. 200 to 300 dollars in a month is nothing to security personnel.

“When there is good welfare, security challenges and other problems in the country will reduce,” Olu said.

He said he was encouraged to develop the security app following President Muhammadu Buhari’s plea for all hands to be on deck to battle terrorism and other crimes.

Mr Richard Akanmode, Managing Partner, VIGISCOPE, said the App had been deployed to control/reporting centres in Abuja, Lagos, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Rivers, Adamawa and Enugu States.

Akanmode explained that QERRS can be used anywhere in the country and had already been introduced to security agencies, corporate bodies and individuals.

“The application functions on a tripod in a tunnel; these are the reporter, dispatcher and the responder.

“The reporter, as the name suggests is the reporting component of the system whose function can be performed on a user’s phone.

“A person reporting an incident sends an alert message to a specific control centre showing the address and coordinates of his location.

“The App is downloaded on a smart phone (Android and IOS) for quick incidence reporting.

“It enables incidents to be reported within five seconds of their occurrence to control rooms located in agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, Fire Service and National Emergency Management Agency.

“Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, hospitals, corporate organisations such as bank, hotels and factories,” Akanmode said.

He also said that the App could be subscribed for N12,000 per annum but noted that the rate could go down by 50% in the next two years with high subscribers base.

(Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
(NAN)

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Sun Publishing Limited wants Justice Minister’s intervention as EFCC threatens to seal headquarters

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The management of the Sun Publishing Limited on Saturday appealed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) from sealing the company’s corporate headquarters.

The appeal is contained in a statement issued by the management of the media outfit titled: ‘EFCC visit to The Sun office with armed policemen: Our Stand’ and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) on Saturday.

The management of the Sun Publishing Limited said that the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice should advise EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of such an action if implemented.

It said that the appeal became necessary following the visit by three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 15, 2019 at about 10.00 a.m. to its corporate headquarters  in Lagos.

” They arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for  the staff and the general public to keep off the premises.

“The EFCC officials, who   came in a white Toyota bus with registration number,  ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.”

“They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely,” the statement stated.

The management of the media outfit stated in the statement that they did  not understand the legal basis for the EFCC’s action.

” It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited  appealed  against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding.

“The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

“It is also pertinent to state that  EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated  May 22, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court.

” It was also  advised to stay action in the matter  pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal, ”  the statement said.

The management of the  Sun Publishing Limited  also said,   “it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited is not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others.

“So,  we do not see why the Judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.”

The publishing company  said that it was  aware that both Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig. Limited had since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given.

” We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct  from Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu.

“Therefore, the recent Judgment against Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of  its innocent  shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the  Supreme Court,” the statement stated.

Efforts by NAN to get the reactions of the EFCC spokesman,  Wilson Uwujaren,   was not successful.

He did not pick calls made to his phone number by NAN as at the time of filling thus report.

Edited by: Peter Dada

(NAN)

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Yuletide: Enugu FRSC seeks collaboration with state traffic agency

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The Enugu State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday urged the state traffic agency to join hands with the corps to ensure free flow of traffic, especially within the metropolis during the Yuletide.

Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, the Sector Commander, made the request in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu, while speaking on the efforts of the corps to ensure smooth vehicular movement in the state during the festive period.

Kalu said that it was necessary that the state traffic agency also helped to prevent and check traffic jams whenever they occurred within the metropolis.

He advised the agency to call on FRSC whenever there was need for its intervention.

According to him, FRSC will continue at all times to carry out its duty for the safety of Nigerians on the roads, be it on the highways or within the cities.

He called on road users to always obey traffic rules for free flow of vehicles during and after the Yuletide.

(Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Sam Oditah)

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Navy employs weight control mechanism to promote fitness

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The Nigerian Navy is to use the ‘Body Mass Index’ to check and promote physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel of the Service.

The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, made this known at the Fourth Quarter Route March on Saturday in Abuja.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether a person has a healthy weight, and also a calculated number representing a person’s level of fat or obesity level.

The Naval Chief said that physical training remained the bedrock of the Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for onshore and offshore duties.

Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Begroy Ibe-Enwo, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, said that it was imperative for personnel to be physically fit at all times.

“As you are aware, the Nigerian Navy is primarily responsible for the protection of the nation’s maritime domain and also a major contributor to the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security arrangement.

“The Nigerian Navy is also a major participant in internal security duties all over the country. This makes it imperative for us to be physically fit at all times.

“Thus, the exercise and physical training remains the bedrock of Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for sea and ashore duties.

“It is pertinent to restate here that the commitment of the Nigerian Navy toward enhancing mental and physical fitness has yielded dividends as witnessed by the sterling contributions of the Service to national security, peace and prosperity,” he said.

Ibas noted that it was in recognition of this fact and the desire of the Service to keep the personnel physically fit that the route march among other events were sustained in its schedule of events.

He commended the Administration Branch of the Service for organising the route march ‘’which is very important for the physical and mental alignment of the participants.”

He cautioned officers not to engage in acts of misdemeanor or take the laws into their hands in order to avoid bringing the Service into disrepute during the festive period and in the course of their duty.

Ibas equally urged the personnel to show dedication to duty and unflinching support to “our democracy and constituted authority.”

Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Yuletide: Curfew, ban of fireworks still effective in Borno -Police

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The Police in Borno says the curfew and ban imposed on fireworks are in force to ensure a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebration in the state.

Mr Edet Okon, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure in a statement issued on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Okon said that the command had sensitized the people on the need to observe the existing curfew, ban and other acts capable of disrupting the peace during the festive period.

“In pursuance, therefore, the command wishes to restate that the curfew hours remain unchanged.

“The ban on the use of fireworks, firecrackers, banger, knockouts and other explosive devices subsists and should be strictly observed by all and sundry.

“Likewise; the display or brandishing of weapons, dangerous objects of any kind, other violent conduct and disposition under the pretext of celebration will not be tolerated,” Okon warned.

He advised worshipers to submit themselves for security screening that might be required at their various places of worship and to be mindful of the curfew rules during watch-night services on New Year eve.

He urged parents and guardians to monitor their wards to avoid incident of missing persons during the yuletide.

The police spokesman also called on the people to be vigilant and conduct themselves in an orderly manner as well as to report suspicious persons and movements to the police and other security agencies.

While wishing the Christian faithful and the people a merry Christmas, happy and peaceful New Year celebrations, the command urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.

“The police will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may attempt to disrupt the celebrations or breach the emerging peace and security of the state”.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Navy quarterly route march :NAVTRAC, Western Command urge personnel on regular medical check-ups, be law abiding

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The Nigerian Navy ( NN) on Saturday urged its personnel  to always go for regular medical check-ups  so as  to ascertain their levels of fitness and  also  be law abiding citizens  always.

 

Rear Adm. Stanford Enoch, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC),  gave  the advice after their route march.

 

He also urged  the  personnel to endeavour to check their blood pressures ( bp) regularly.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the December route march marked the final one  for 2019, while the one for the  first quarter for 2020 would be held in March .

 

The FOC, represented by Commodore Adesola Adesope, the Command Assure Sea Training Officer of NAVTRAC, said that Naval  personnel should stop living in self-denial if they were on medication.

 

“You can see that that there has been some spate of sudden death among us, not only within  the Nigerian Navy, even among the civilian populace.

 

“Our findings have shown that  this is because we do not do our clinical (medical) checks at least twice a week.

 

“As military men,  let us endeavour to check our blood pressure always; it doesn’t have to do with age,whether you are 20 years ,40 years  or 50 years of age.

 

“Let us stop living in self-denial. If you have been placed on a particular medication; please, follow it to the letter.

 

“I believe in God, and in miracles, but let us stop living in self-denial, ” he said.

 

He also encouraged personnel to be cautious about their environments as the Yuletide was approaching, especially, as they would be travelling.

 

Enoch at the end of the march congratulated the Naval  personnel for successfully completing the exercise without recirding any casualties.

 

He said, “Route march is to check our fitness, a show of force to the civilian populace  to whom we are responsible .

 

“That we are there for them in terms of security challenges, especially, as we are  approaching  the Yuletide.

 

” It is also important for us as military men to take part in such exercises that will ensure we are fit,” he said.

 

He also implored them  to teach their families  the importance of keeping fit always.

 

“I still want to implore our wards back home on the need to always keep fit, eating and waking up without exercise is not good for our body systems.

 

“It is good to loosen up and take some walk to ensure that we are fit,” he said.

 

NAN reports that the 10km route march in which no fewer than 600 officers participated started at the Naval base, Apapa, at 6:15 a.m. and ended at 8a.m.

 

The walk started from the Naval base in Apapa, through Ijora axis, Costain, Breweries and ended at the base.

 

Also, the Western Naval Command had its own walk at the Navy Town, Ojo, with no fewer than 1,800 officers participating.

 

Rear Adm.  Oladele Daji, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command,  admonished the naval personnel from  the Command on the need to always  be law abiding citizens.

 

Daji said that there was the  need  for them to also maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace.

 

He said that defending the territorial integrity  of the country would be meaningless without a harmonious relationship with the civilian populace.

 

“Let me use this opportunity to draw your attention to the need to continue to be law abiding citizens.

 

“And at the same time stress the need to maintain cordial relationship with the civilian populace and relevant stakeholders.

 

“This is more so, that your duty to defend  the territorial integrity of our fatherland will be meaningless, if the relationship between the populace and Armed Forces is not harmonious,” he said.

 

He urged the naval  personnel to always live by the Nigeria Navy core values of integrity, professionalism and teamwork.

 

The Rear Admiral also said that the route march was to keep the  personnel fit, especially, for optimal performance in the discharge of their  constitutional roles as naval officers.

 

“The quarterly route march is targeted at keeping us fit for optimal performance in the discharge of our constitutional roles as naval personnel.

 

“This is why the CNS’s vision and strategic directives emphasised physical fitness and mental alertness as critical elements for combat readiness of service personnel at all times,” he said.

 

Daji also implored  the naval personnel to make use of the weekly Wednesday sports to exercise so as to  ensure enhanced mental and physical alertness.

 

The FOC,  while commending the naval  personnel on a successful route march, also emphasised that a healthy mind required a healthy body to function properly.

 

NAN reports that all personnel from the various  units under the  Western Naval Command as well as from the  Admiral Naval Draftting attended the fourth quarter route march at Navy Town, Ojo.

Eduted by Peter Dada

 

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