A kidnap victim, Mr Emenike Soronnadi, 50, has recounted his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, urging Federal and State Governments to urgently address issues of insecurity to safeguard lives of citizens.
Soronnadi, a husband and business man, was kidnapped on April 20, and held captive for 11 days before his release on May 10, 2020.
The victim told News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt that he was abducted from his wife’s shop in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Rivers.
According to him, three men fully armed with AK47 assault rifles and shooting sporadically into the air forcibly took him away from his wife’s shop.
“I left my house around 5:40p.m to my wife’s shop in Woji town. At about 7:40p.m, three men stormed into the shop, shot into the air and whisked me away.
“The heavily armed kidnappers blindfolded and forcefully took me into their waiting car and drove away. They told me to cooperate with them otherwise they will shoot me.
“After about 30 minutes of driving, they transferred me into another waiting car. We later arrived to a community in Gokana council. There, I was kept in a house.
“Around midnight, they took me on a motorbike through a bush path to their camp. While still blindfolded, my abductors chained my legs and threatened to kill me,” he said.
Soronnadi further said that his abductors later told him that they were paid by someone to assassinate him.
However, he said the gunmen promised that they would not kill him on one condition that he pays them some millions of Naira as ransom.
The victim said the kidnappers requested phone numbers of his wife and friends, promising that he would not be tortured if family and friends should cooperate with them.
“The house that I was kept in was so unhygienic that I lost appetite to eat. I only took water until days later when they gave me garri and salt to drink.
“Later, they also gave me rice and red oil to eat. I could not eat other compromising foods that they were eating in the camp.
“After few days, I started plotting my escape, but later jettisoned the idea. I think some villagers living around the camp knew about the place and somehow profited from it,” he added.
Soronnadi said that on the day of his release, one of the hoodlums came into his cell around 7p.m, removed the bound on his legs and ordered him to put on his cloths.
“Thereafter, the kidnapper asked me to pray for him. He took me to a motor park in Bori town in Gokana; gave me back one of my phones and left.
“Unfortunately, I could not find any vehicle at the motor park going to Port Harcourt due to the lockdown and restriction of movements in the city.
“I am so grateful to God, my wife, my pastor, Chibuzor Chinyere of Omega Power Ministries and some friends for putting pressure on security agencies to secure my release from the kidnappers’ den,” he said.
The businessman wondered why he had remained a target by criminals after about 15 men broke into his house in 2013, tortured and shot him and his wife on their legs.
He said that he was worried with the level of insecurity in the state, urging the Federal Government to quickly address insecurity in the country.
He said the matter was reported to the police while he was held captive, saying the police was yet to invite him for debriefing after his release.
The spokesman of the Police Command in Rivers, DSP Nnamdi Omonim, who confirmed the incident, said no arrest had been made yet.
He said the police had launched full investigation into the matter and was currently on the trail of the kidnappers.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
46 die, 387 injured in accidents on Abeokuta-Lagos expressway in 6 years-FRSC
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Monday that 46 persons died in road accidents at the Old Toll-Gate corridor on the Abeokuta-Lagos expressway between January 2014 and May 2020.
Oladele said that the deaths and injuries were recorded in 158 road traffic accidents during the period.
He attributed the accidents to black spots at the axis around the old toll gate on the expressway.
“The incessant road traffic accidents within the axis of the old toll gate at Ota, along the Abeokuta – Lagos expressway, is not only disturbing but worrisome.
“Within the same period, a total of 457 vehicles were involved in accidents. A total of 1, 381 persons were involved, while 387 injured victims were rescued from the road traffic crashes.
“From the FRSC’s routine road audits of the Lagos-Abeokuta corridor, a re-engineering of areas notorious for frequent crashes was recommended to eliminate the sloppy gradient, ” he said.
Oladele said that a comprehensive audit report was prepared by the FRSC and deposited with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, FERMA, the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and other relevant stakeholders.
This, he said, was to aid decisions on the suggestion that the slope in the area should be filled.
He also suggested the construction of an overhead interchange bridge that could allow vehicles in transit to connect the various exit points at the old toll gate intersection without interfering with traffic flow.
According to Oladele, all the market permits issued by the local authorities should be revoked, while markets located beside the intersection should be relocated.
“Illegal bus stops beside the road should be dismantled and standard bus stops erected far away where passengers cannot interfere with the flow of traffic,’’ he said.
He said the FRSC audit report partly informed the Federal Government’s decision to award contracts for the rehabilitation of the entire stretch of the corridor from Abeokuta to Lagos.
The sector commander noted that road accidents associated with that stretch of the corridor would be eliminated when the road project was completed.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
NAF trains 94 Special Forces, 35 personnel in RTC Bauchi – Air Chief
Katsina, 25, May 2020 The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar said that 94 Special Forces (SF) and 35 personnel had been trained at the Air Force Regimental Training Centre (RTC) Annex, Bauchi.
Abubakar said this over Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component, “Operation Hadarin Daji” at the 213 forward operation base in Katsina on Monday.
“In the past four and the half years, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken giant strides by inducting new platforms and reactivating grounded ones.
The Air Chief said that he was happy to be in Katsina to wine and dine with the troops on the occasion of Eid el Fitr in the mission area.
Abubakar said that the gesture had become the tradition since he assumed office as Air Chief in order to further strengthen the affinity and oneness in the NAF family.
He charged officers and men of the service to take responsibility against COVID-19, advising that face masks should be worn at all times while personnel should maintain physical distancing at public gatherings.
The Air Chief thanked Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari and the people of the state for their support to NAF since the establishment of the 213 Forward Operating Base in the state.
In a remark, Wing Commander Bashir Abubakar, the Commander of the base, thanked the chief of air staff, the state’s governor, and people of the state for their tremendous support to the unit and troops deployed to fight bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and armed robbers in the area.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Banditry: Niger LG chairman tasks residents to report suspicious movement
Alhaji Nura Kokoli, Chairman, Agwara Local Government Area in Niger state, on Sunday tasked residents to be security conscious and report suspicious movement to authorities in order to end banditry in the area.
Kokoli gave the advice while speaking with journalists after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayers in Agwara.
“This has become necessary considering the rampant cases of armed banditry and kidnapping witnessed in Niger.
“The people of Agwara should help the government tackle insecurity by reporting those with questionable character in their midst to the security agencies nearest to them for prompt action,” Kokoli said.
He said that security of lives and property was a collective responsibility, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle the menace.
He commended the state government for measures taken to combat armed banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in the state.
The council boss reiterated his administration’s commitment to safeguard the lives and property of the people in the area.
According to him, the council will continue to provide basic social amenities to the people.
Earlier, during the sermon to mark the end of Ramadan fast, Chief Imam of Agwara, Alhaji Mohammed Mammare, prayed God to bring an end to the pandemic.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
Defence HQ says airstrikes kill 400 bandits in Katsina, Zamfara
The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised no fewer than 400 armed bandits in multiple air strikes in Katsina and Zamfara.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja said the operations were in continuation of the offensive to rid the country of bandits and other criminal elements.
Enenche said that close to 200 bandits were killed in multiple air strikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi in Zamfara on May 22 and May 23.
He said the air strikes were executed, following confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some bandit leaders while also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.
According to him, the air component, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.
“Human Intelligence sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the air strikes at the target locations.
“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute toward eradicating all armed bandits.
“The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining states,” he said.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Army eliminate 1,015 insurgents in decisive encounters in Northeast – COAS
The Nigerian Army said it had eliminated over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists in different encounters with the insurgents in the Northeast between April 4, 2020 till date.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who disclosed this on Sunday when he hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri.
He said that some of the notable encounters since the commencement of Operation include: that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna.
He explained that the Artillary’s airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa has been greatly successful.
He said that the troops succeeded in dislodging major camps of the terrorists at Mungusum, Gajirin, Talala, Buk, and Malumti among others under the operation.
“Hundreds of terrorist fighters have been nutrialised in this different camps as confirmed by the force and captured terrorists while trying to escape the operations.
“Many more hundreds have been injured and are hiding in the forest with serious wounds.
“This explains why the terrorist have resulted to desperate attacks on towns and villages such as Babangida, Dapchi searching for medical supplies and other logistics to treat their injured colleagues, who are dying like foul in the forest.
“Overall, since my arrival here in the Northeast on the 4th of April this year, you gallery troops of operation Lafiya Dole have nutrialised over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists.
“Also, you have impressively maintain the blockage of Boko Haram logistics supply chains and freedom of movement within the Tumbuktu Triangles.
“In a light manner, the Nigerian army intelligence core has impressively been organised and its operations has greatly improved.
The Chief of Military Intelligence Team, through covert Operations have arrested 84 Boko Haram/ISWAP logistics suppliers, informants and curriers.
According to him, this has greatly disrupted their logistics supply chain and communication network, thereby tightening the blockage around them.
“It is also gratifying to note that officers and men of the Nigerian army, fighting in close support with the combatant personnel of the Nigeria Navy Special Force Services and the gallant pilots of the Nigerian Airforce, have consistently disrupted the terrorists moves and done well in nutrialising them,” he said
The COAS said it had also sustained some casualties while others sustained injuries while executing the operations.
“We pray for the departed souls even as you continue to look after injured ones to the best available standard,” he said.
He charged the troops to collectively match ahead without fear, put ahead without hesitation, strike ahead without holding back to end the war and secure the country once and for all.
“Like all other sectors in the country, the Nigerian army has its own share of some Challenges. This inadequacies of recent times has further compounded by the global lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has to some extend delayed the arrival and delivery of some of our much needed military equipment.
“However, our good foresight as examplified in the investment in the local production of the Ezegwu, Concoror and the Champion Mrap, alongside other notable efforts that are proffiting some of our old equipment by the Command Engineering Depot and the Special Vehicle Plant and the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, have assisted in sustaining our operations thus far.
“We have also embarked on special recruitment sub commissioning exercise to carter for our manpower challenges.
“We are restructuring our forces to enable them fight better within the dictates of the new assymetric warfare we are encountering today.
“In this regards, in the four Special Forces Command, we have trained Special Brigades and Special Forces Battalions, which have been established. Two of these battalions recently completed the special forces training and have been inducted into this Theatre.
“It is expected that the effects of their specialised training and modes of operations would be felt across the Theatre in the days to come.
“Therefore, what remained is our collective efforts as a nation and as officers and men to make good use of this platforms to end insurgency and other forms of criminalities across the country.
“The Nigerian army on it part remained focused in dealing with the insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country and will not allow itself to be distracted from unpatriotic elements in the society.
Buratai lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, Governors of Yobe and Borno states as well as the people of Northeast for their unflinching support to the Nigerian army.
“I commend the support and sacrifices of each and every one of us, especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. I charged you all never to allow the sacrifices of our fallen heroes to be in vain,” said Buratai.
In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum, acknowledged the tremendous success recorded by the Nigerian military during the last two months and prayed to God to give the troops more strength, wisdom, courage, long life and productivity to fight the insurgency.
Zulum, who described the Eid-El-Fitr celebration as month of devotion, sacrifice and spiritual rejuvenation, noted that lessons learnt from fasting include: patient, perceverrance, devotion, sacrifice and resilient.
“I want to express our appreciation to those that are here and to the COAS, and other high ranking military officers for the enormous support that you have been rendering toward protecting the lives and property of the displaced communities of Borno state.
The governor noted that the security architecture has to be motivated for greater efficiency and productivity, and pledged his administration commitment toward supporting the military to succeed in the counter terrorism campaign.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Nigerian army sustaining onslaught against insurgents, criminals – DHQ
The Defence headquarters says Nigerian Army has sustained its onslaught against insurgents and other criminal in its reinvigorated operations across the country.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said that the troops of Army Super Camp 11, Gamboru, in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno, on May 21, rescued a local, who was abducted around Wulgo general area by some Boko Haram insurgents.
He said that a hot pursuit by the troops forced the abductors to abandon their victim and flee, adding that they also recovered five bicycles belonging to the abductors.
The coordinator also said that the troops of 251 Task Force Battalion in Dolari, in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force, arrested one Bakura Rawa Modu who was detected loitering within Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp on May 20.
According to him, the suspect claimed to be a “motor boy”, and also confessed to be a Boko Haram member for the past five years, during preliminary interrogation,.
He said the suspect further disclosed that he coordinated several suicide bombings within Konduga general area in addition to his participation in series of Boko Haram attacks on the military and civilian targets.
“He confessed to be a spy sent to monitor activities of the troops within the IDPs camp,” the coordinator said.
Enenche further said that on May 18, troops of Strong Response Area, Ngoshe while on patrol, intercepted a woman named Maryam Ali, who was abducted by Boko Haram criminals five years ago, after they killed her husband.
“She revealed that her escape from Boko Haram was made possible by the devastating artillery and mortar bombardments on the Boko Haram enclave in Gava, Gwoza Local Government Area by Nigerian Army troops.
”She disclosed that the troops killed 15 of the insurgents while many others, including herself, suffered various degrees of wounds.
“She was, however, given first aid by the troops and later moved to a medical facility for better management,” he said.
Enenche also said that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji had, on May 22, discovered a kidnappers’ hideout at Tungar Duna deployed at Doka and Tungar Duna Villages in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara.
He said that the kidnapped victims were rescued from their den as the criminals fled on sighting the advancing troops.
He revealed that the rescued victims had been debriefed and reunited with their families.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Zamfara to engage 700 youths in community policing
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, on Sunday, announced his administration’s readiness to train and engage about 700 youths in community policing across the state.
Matawalle made the disclosure while addressing people at his Maradun country home, as part of activities lined up for this year’s Eid-El Fitr celebrations.
The governor, who said that 50 youths would be selected from each of the 14 local government areas of the state, added that the beneficiaries would be trained on the handling of security issues.
“Those to be recruited under this programme will have their traditional and community leaders as guarantors and they must be of proven characters.
“The state government will fully fund the organization, with all the necessary equipment, offices and other logistics, as endorsed by the authorities,” he said.
Matawalle also said that the security outfit would assist the state in addressing security challenges, adding that the initiative was to complement the current policy of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
He renewed his call on bandits to embrace his administration’s peace and reconciliation initiative, surrender their arms and embrace peace or face the consequences of their actions.
Edited By: Victor Asije and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Teenager fakes own death to avoid financial pressure from mother
A teenage girl, Margaret Ikumu, 19, of Oni community in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, has faked her own death on social media to avoid financial pressure from her mother.
A statement signed by DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, made this known on Sunday.
Elkana said that Ikumu, through her facebook account, reported to have died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, at Ajah area.
“The family of the fake deceased further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter is dead.
“To make them believe that the girl is dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried.
“The family also got in touch with a man on phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead,” he said.
Elkana said that the girl was eventually found by the Police to be alive and was working as a house maid in an estate at Ajah.
“When her employer saw the report of her purported death, they quickly informed the Police and she was brought to Ajah Police Station.
“In her statement, she (Ikumu) confessed to have created the facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her.
“She said that her mother was putting financial pressure on her by constantly demanding that she sends money to her,” he said.
Elkana said that the girl was apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father.
He said that Ikumu came to Lagos to work with a view to saving some money and returning to school.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/ (NAN)
Police dislodge alleged car theft syndicate in Adamawa, arrest 1
The police in Adamawa have dislodged a suspected car theft syndicate, arrested a suspect and recovered one stolen vehicle.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, made the disclosure on Sunday in Yola.
Nguroje said that a Toyota Corolla with registration number UGB408LQ and other stolen items were recovered from the suspect.
He said that the arrest was made by operatives attached to the Intelligence Bureau of the state police command on Thursday at 6.30p.m.
He said that the arrested suspect was a 38-year-old man.
The spokesman said that the police recovered a snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 model with 44 sets of new t-shirts, shoes and trousers.
“The suspect was caught after robbing one Mr Adams M. S. from Abakaliki of the car and running to Adamawa to dispose of it.
“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced, and that led to the arrest and recovery of the Toyota Corolla and other valuables,’’ Nguroje said.
He said the state Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Olugnenga Adeyanju, had warned residents of the state to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
Army lauds Borno govt. over support on counter-insurgency campaign
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, on Sunday, commended the Borno government for its support to the Nigerian military in the counter-insurgency campaign.
Burutai gave the commendation when he led senior military officers on a courtesy visit to Gov. Babagana Zulum at the Government House in Maiduguri.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank Your Excellency most sincerely for all your support to the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force as well the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Your support is quite immeasurable. We appreciate it and this has really made us to improve on our operations,” Buratai said.
In his remarks, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to the fight against insurgency and lauded the military for the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign.
While stressing that he remained faithful to the Nigerian military, the governor said that in spite some misunderstandings, his heart has always been with the organisation.
“This administration, under my leadership, will remain faithful to the Nigerian military.
“There has never been a time since my assumption of office as Governor of Borno State that my faithfulness to the military was in doubt.
“To the best of my ability, I have always been supporting the military, and when there are issues, I make my good intentions known,” Zulum said.
The governor said that Buratai’s presence in the frontline in the last two months had boosted the morale of the fighting troops in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the region.
“In the last two months, we have been witnessing gradual return of peace; we are optimistic that the Nigerian military can contain the situation.
“The state government will do everything possible to support the Nigerian military,” Zulum said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Security operatives nab welder for allegedly defiling 2 daughters
The Ondo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday announced that operatives of the command had arrested a welder, Femi Onifade, for allegedly defiling his two daughters.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in Ondo State, Mr Philip Ayuba, made the announcement in a statement, signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Olufemi Omole, in Akure.
He said that Onifade, 48, defiled his two daughters, aged six and nine years.
Ayuba explained that the command’s Anti-Human Trafficking and illegal Migration Unit, swung into action to arrest Onifade, based on intelligence.
The commandant said that the operatives arrested Onifade, residing at No. 27 Liberty Hospital Road, Oluwatuyi, Akure when they were informed about the crime.
Ayuba said the arrest was facilitated by the assistance of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.
“During initial interrogations, the suspect denied the allegations.
”However, we gathered that there had been a long-term disagreement between the man and his wife as a result of constant molestations and maltreatment.
“Onifade Femi always seized the opportunity of his wife’s absence to harass the minors sexually.
“It was revealed that few days ago, the suspect bought a bottle of soft drink, mixed a powdery substance in it and gave the kids to drink.
“Onifade Femi went further to caress the kids and suck their private parts.
“Neighbours reflected on hearing the wailing of the children throughout the night after sending out their mother.”
According to Ayuba, medical reports from the Federal Medical Centre, Akure revealed that the two kids have lost their hymen and their private parts deeply opened.
The commandant said that the suspect would be charged to court soon.
He said that the command was keen on eradicating all forms of criminal tendencies and social vices in Ondo State.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: NSCDC deploys 1,585 personnel in Ondo State
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has deployed no fewer than 1,585 personnel to ensure a hitch-free Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the state.
Mr Philip Ayuba, State Commandant of NSCDC, made this known in Akure on Sunday.
Ayuba said that the personnel had been strategically deployed for intelligence gathering, enforcement of interstate border restrictions, crime detection, safeguarding of critical national assets and infrastructure and maintenance of peace and order.
The commandant warned perpetrators of nefarious activities to desist from unscrupulous behaviour or face the wrath of the law.
He frowned at the attitude of commercial bus drivers and heavy duty vehicles hauling in travellers, thereby, violating government’s interstate movement restriction.
He charged the NSCDC officers and men deployed to the 18 local government areas to be civil and professional in their line of duty.
”The personnel should desist from any form of compromise or violation of human rights.
“You are fully aware that these are very crucial times; hence as disciplined and trained officers, you must be observant, tactful and courteous by your implicit adherence to the rules of engagement,” Ayuba said in a statement.
The commandant, however, wishes all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Muslims observed COVID-19 preventive measures at Borno Eid-el-Fitri grounds
The News Agency of Nigeria report that the Borno Government had approved the conduct of Eid-el-Fitri prayers to mark the end of Ramadan fasting, but under certain preventive measures.
A correspondent of NAN reported that security operatives were deployed at various designated prayer grounds in the metropolis to enforce social distancing, use of face mask, hand washing and the use of sanitisers.
NAN also reports that vehicular movements were restricted in the state capital for certain period, to avert any incident, especially during the congregational prayers.
Muslim faithful trekked long distances in some places to attend the annual prayers in the state capital.
Aliyu said the personnel deployed also enforced COVID-19 preventive protocols and keep vigil against unsuspected threats.
He said the personnel also conducted thorough checks and screenings of worshippers before they were allowed into any Eid ground.
Bilyaminu Yusuf, a worshipper at Ramat Square ground, Maiduguri told NAN that this would enable Muslims to collectively pray for an end to the pandemic and security challenges caused by the Boko Haram.
Musa said that it would go a long way to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease and instilled discipline among people.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Eid-El-Fitr: CP urges Muslim faithful to celebrate in most responsible manner
The Enugu Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, has urged Muslim faithful to go about the Eid-el-Fitr celebration in the most responsible manner and in accordance with the physical restriction order.
This is contained in a statement by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, issued on Sunday in Enugu.
According to the statement, the commissioner had directed maximum deployment of the Command’s operational and intelligence resources.
The police boss was quoted to have warned all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Tactical/Operational Departments to be dutiful and proactive to avert any intolerable security lapses.
The commissioner assured residents of adequate security during and after the celebration and throughout the public holidays period.
”Following the successful completion of the Ramadan, culminating in the Eid-el-Fitr, the Police Command in Enugu wishes to congratulate Muslims in the state and wish them well as they join Muslim Ummah worldwide in the celebration.
”Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmad Abdurrahman, entreats Muslims to go about the celebration in the most responsible manner.
”Abdurrahman call on them to adhere strictly to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 pandemic preventive protocols and the containment/restriction orders of the Federal and State Governments.
”Let me remind residents that apart from recent guidelines for partial reopening of Ogbete Main Market and stipulated operational time for designated foods, pharmaceuticals and other daily essential needs markets, other containment/restriction orders of governments remain in force and must be complied with, till further notice,’’ the statement read.
The police boss urged residents to remain vigilant and promptly report suspected criminals and acts of criminality to the nearest police station or by call the Command’s hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Troops eliminate 35 terrorists in Borno -DHQ
The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated 35 Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in clearance operations between May 11 and 22 in Borno.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Enenche said the troops dealt deadly blows on the terrorists when troops of Army Super Camp 6 and 7 conducted a long range fighting patrol on May 11 and cleared Adzunge and adjoining villages.
He also disclosed that troops of Special Response Area Pulka with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters ambushed the terrorists on May 13 along Pulka-Boko-Kirawa road.
The coordinator added that eight Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters were killed while 10 Motorcycles and assorted food items were captured.
According to him, troops of 192 Battalion on May 15, ambushed the terrorists relocating from Sambisa forest to Mandara mountains due to heavy air and artillery bombardments.
“Five of them were killed, 3 AK47 rifles and 17 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pair of uniform, two cartridges and other clothing materials were recovered.
“Same day, troops of 22 Brigade deployed at Dikwa in conjunction with troops from Quick Response Area neutralized 2 terrorists who attempted to attack the troops location from Boboshe.
“Others fled with gunshot wounds. One AK47 rifle and one magazine with 15 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered.
“Between 19 and 20 May 2020, following Gajigana attack, troops of 7 Division Garrison, 195 and 212 Battalions with Vigilantes exploited and discovered 5 terrorists killed in action.
“Five AK47 rifles, two terrorists’ gun trucks, one anti aircraft gun, six assorted magazines, 250 rounds of 12.7 mm, 61 rounds of 7.62 mm and two hand grenades were recovered,” he said.
Enenche further disclosed that troops of Special Response Area Pulka with Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters, also ambushed the terrorists on May 20 along Pulka-Dirgi-Banki general area and killed two terrorists.
He added that others escaped with gun shot wounds while one AK 47 loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition was recovered.
Enenche also stated that troops of 81 Division Task Force under 22 Brigade and 153 Task Force Battalion with Civilian Joint Task Force on May 21, killed eight terrorists in a clearance operation at Mugdala village.
He disclosed that one AK47 rifle, one Dane gun, three Boko Haram flags, two bicycles, two Techno cell phones, two memory cards and other phone accessories were recovered.
According to him, troops of 202 Battalion and Special Armoured Brigade Garrison Bama, on May 22 killed three terrorists at crossing point along Bama Aulari road.
“In all, a total of 35 terrorists were killed in Sector 1 offensives between May 11 and 22.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, commended the gallant troops for their professionalism.
“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates and also encourages troops to maintain the momentum of their operations, towards eradicating the terrorists from the North East,” he said.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FRSC rescues pregnant woman in labour pains
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday rescued a pregnant woman, struggling to drive herself to hospital amid agony of labour pains.
Mr Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC spokesman, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that this occurred in Lagos.
He said that a patrol team belonging to the Airport Unit Command of the Corps, at about 2.34 p.m. sighted the pregnant woman.
“She was struggling to drive amidst painful labour and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Ajao Estate, where she was delivered of a baby girl barely three hours later,’’ he said.
Kazeem explained that the gesture was part of the Corps statutory responsibility of saving lives through prompt rescue services on the roads.
Kazeem said that the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, have expressed deep appreciation to the patrol team for the prompt intervention and rescue services.
he said Oyeyemi further applauded them for such act of compassion and sacrifice which was a positive representation of the true mission of the Corps.
He noted that this was one among many of such interventions that the operatives of the Corps carry out from time to time as they embark on patrol.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: Police to enforce COVID-19 measures in Benue – CP
He said that the Command had deployed adequate Police Officers across the state to ensure a peaceful celebration, and had provided security on streets, entry and exit points within the State.
“Religious bodies and owners of event centres should not open worship centres and other public places as the Government had reversed its decision to reopen worship centres, markets and public places.
“Muslim faithfuls are enjoined to observe COVID-19 preventive measures such as washing of hands with soap, wearing of face masks, use of alcohol based hand sanitiser among others,” he said.
Garba called on the good people of Benue to be law abiding and report any suspicious activities to the Police.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-El-Fitri: Police to enforce total lockdown in Kaduna state
The Police Command in Kaduna State says it has intensified security coverage and enforcement of total lockdown during the Eid-el- Fitr celebration in the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige made the announcement in a statement issued on Saturday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that the command had drawn out elaborate operational strategies to ensure compliance of the total lockdown.
“This is in an order imposed by the state government to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and intensive security coverage to checkmate the activities of criminal elements during Eid period throughout the state.”
According to him the command has deployed both conventional and mobile policemen as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor key and vulnerable points with a view to ensure compliance with the lockdown and provide tight security across the state.
“The command once-again reassures the good people of Kaduna State of its readiness to promptly respond to distress calls and decisively deal with any person or group of persons who in any way attempts to violate the lockdown and social distancing orders during the festive period.
“The Command reiterates its call on the citizens of Kaduna State to promptly report any suspicious movement or object noticed in your area to the nearest security formation or call the following numbers: 07039675856, 0807591105.”
Jalige said that the Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, urged the people of Kaduna state to adhere strictly to the preventive tips against COVID-19 while celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Banditry: Gov. Matawalle resumes peace deal with bandits
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has announced the continuation of peace deals with leaders of bandits operating in the state for the attainment of total peace in the state.
The governor stated this on Saturday in Gusau while condoling families of those attacked by bandits in some villages in the state.
He sympathised with families affected by the recent wave of banditry in the villages of Unguwar Rogo, Karda, Bidda and Kajera of Tsafe Local Government Area as well as Kabaje of Kaura-Namoda LGA.
The governor prayed Almighty Allah to grant the souls of those who lost their lives an eternal abode in paradise, and their families the courage to bear the loss.
“I have been working round the clock, having sleepless nights, holding meetings with the security chieftains and other stakeholders.
“We have assurances from the leaders of Fulani groups who have embraced our peace overtures that they will reach out to the recalcitrant groups responsible for the attacks and persuade them to accept our peace pact.
“While we are committed to our dialogue and reconciliation initiative, we will spare no effort in enforcing the security of lives and property of our people,” he said.
He added that the state government would continue to honour the agreement reached with the bandits who chose the path of peace, but would confront those who reneged with the full force of the law.
The governor, who called on members of the public to report any suspicious movement to the nearest security post for prompt action, urged them not to relent in praying for lasting peace in the state and the country.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Eid-El-Fitr: FRSC urges adherence to physical distancing
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the spiritual exercise.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, disclosed in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.
Oyeyemi, who urged Muslim faithful on adherence to physical distancing rules, also called on them to sustain the positive lessons of the Ramadan fast.
He preached love for one another, peaceful coexistence and care for the underprivileged members of the society, saying these are the values of the Ramadan fast which people must imbibe beyond the celebrations.
He emphasised that the wanton destruction of lives and property on the nation’s highways resulting from people’s impatience would have been avoided if people properly imbibe the lessons of the Ramadan fast.
The Corps Marshal expressed satisfaction with people’s conduct throughout the period of the holy month particularly, with regards to the observance of the lockdown orders by the Federal Government.
He commended them on adherence to temporary closure of worship centres and social distancing rules to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
He therefore, admonished the Muslims as well as other members of the public not to jettison the rules in the course of the celebration.
“We must continue to observe them in order to build on the gains so far made in the fight against the spread of the infectious disease,” he said.
He restated the commitment of the FRSC to sustaining its present collaboration with other security agencies towards effective enforcement of the restriction orders by using the Mobile Courts and strict observance of the social distancing rules.
“This year’s Eid-el-fitri is coming at a very challenging period when the entire humanity is grappling with the challenges caused by lockdown.
“Every citizen must, therefore, support the measures put in place by the Federal Government to contain the spread of the disease,” the Corps Marshal said.
Oyeyemi reassured members of the public in spite od the lockdown and restriction of movement across the federation of their support to fight the scourge.
“The Corps’ essential offices have remained open to respond to road and other emergencies, ” he said.
Oyeyemi disclosed that Commanding Officers across the country had been given directives to be on the alert during the Sallah celebration to provide all necessary support to members of the public.
He added that officers in charge should be available to particularly attend to whatever emergencies that may arise.
He called on members of the public to join the FRSC in its ongoing campaigns for safer road environment by promptly reporting any road and other emergencies they notice to the FRSC Call Centre through the toll free line: 122.
“You can directly put a call to the studio of the National Traffic Radio, 107.1 FM through these telephone lines: 08052998090 or 09067000015.
“I wish all the Muslim Ummah Allah’s abundant rewards for the Ramadan fast and on this occasion of the Eid-el-fitri celebration, I pray for peaceful celebration to all,” he said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)