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Military veterans can do more for Nigeria –Gen. Olonisakin

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, on Thursday in Abuja said that military veterans can still contribution meaningfully to national security and development.

Olonisakin also said that the retirees could play a role in the efforts to “checkmate various divisive tendencies that constantly threaten’’ the nation’s corporate existence.

Olonisakin, who made the remark at the opening of a 2-day retreat on “Unification of Veteran Associations in Nigeria,’’ however, said that the retirees could only do this under a unified association.

The retreat was part of efforts aimed at creating a “Veteran Federation of Nigeria,’’ a single retirees platform through which they can contribute to nation building.

Olonisakin noted that the “proliferations of veteran associations have not yielded desired results hence the need to explore platform’’ that could unify such associations.

He said: “The Armed Forces of any nation remain a critical institution not only for the defence of territorial integrity from internal and external aggression but also serves as a vanguard of unity.

“Such unity is more imperative for Nigeria now more than ever before.

“Consequently, it has become necessary to explore all avenues to checkmate the various divisive tendencies that constantly threaten our corporate existence.

“A unified and vibrant veteran association has the potential to achieve this purpose.’’

The CDS, therefore, charged the retreat to come up with an ad hoc committee to begin the unification process and establishment of the “Veterans Association of Nigeria.’’

“I also expect the retreat to set up a steering committee to run the affairs of the proposed federation, a contact group to seek the support of the 9th National Assembly for the quick passage of the Veteran Federation of Nigeria bill into law and subsequent take off of the federation.’’

Earlier, Maj.-Gen. L.F. Abdullahi, the Director, Veterans Affairs Division stressed that the need for a unified veterans association to speak with one voice and achieve unity of purpose.

“It is also believed that in order for the various veterans associations and the nation to benefit maximally from the large human resource base of the veterans and the `World Veterans Federation’ (WVF), there is need to restructure and unite internally.

“A united body is stronger and better than so many fragmented bodies acting unilaterally.

“The need, therefore, to have a unified veterans federation in Nigeria, will help tap the abundant human resources of our veterans to improve their lots and contribute to national development is long overdue,’’ Abdullahi said. (NAN)


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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Army Women Corps conducts free medical outreach, sanitation in Enugu

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The Nigerian Army Women Corps says it will be conducting free medical outreach and environmental sanitation for members of the public and indigenes of Enugu East Local Government Area.

The Corps said that the two services was part of series of activities of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’ in South-Eastern part of the country.

Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director Army Public Relations 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, said this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Thursday.

“The free medical outreach is scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 22, at Amoji Nike Community Abakpa in Enugu East Local Government Area; while the environmental sanitation will take place at Abakpa Market in same LGA on same date.

“The two exercises are part of Nigerian Army effort to win the hearts and minds of the civil populace for the enhancement of “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’ in Sector 5 which is located in Enugu State.

“As part of the medical outreach programme, professional medical personnel will be deployed at the venue to offer free medical treatment of various ailments, free medical tests, and distributions of medical aids to children and adults.

“The activities will provide usual platform to further strengthen the long standing Civil-Military-Relations between the Army and the civil populace,’’ he said.

Yusuf also urged the public to take advantage of the opportunity to get the free medical services.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police seek useful information on missing boy in Ondo

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The Nigeria Police Force in Ondo State has called on the public to give useful information to the command that could lead to the rescue of a one-year-old boy, Kolawole Gold, who went missing in a church in Akure.

Mr Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) made the call in a statement on Thursday in Akure.

“The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, especially the good people of Ondo State, about the sudden and unfortunate disappearance of a little boy by name Kolawole Gold.

“Gold was last seen in a church programme holding at Sotitobire Church, Oshinle Quarters Akure with his parents, Mr and Mrs Kolawole, on Nov. 10 at about 11.30 a.m.

“The boy, who is one-year-old and light-skinned, can speak and understand Yoruba and English languages,’’ Joseph stated.

According to the PPRO, the command has since launched an investigation into the incident.

“We urged anyone with useful information that could lead the Police to where the boy could be found or rescued to quickly inform the nearest police station or call any of the following phone numbers: , , and 0806015 9998,’’ Joseph said.

Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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ICPC urges youths to take ownership of anti-corruption fight

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The Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Commission (ICPC) has urged youths to take ownership of the anti-corruption fight in the country.

Mr Laban Lakum a representative of ICPC, stated this at an engagement meeting with youth leaders on anti-corruption behavioral approach and social norms in Bauchi on Thursday.

He said that the fight against corruption would yield better results when Nigerian youth see it as their own.

Lakum said corruption is a sin, saying “therefore the youth should have a genuine fear of God in all their dealings.

“For the war against corruption to be successful, the youth must own it in all ramifications.

“ICPC was very appreciative of the overwhelming support of youth and ordinary Nigerians.

“if we have achieved success in discharging our mandate, it is because the people are very engaged with what we do,” he said

Lakum reminded the participants that the meeting was for all Nigerians to do the right thing, adding that “if we get this right, Nigeria will have gotten it right.”

Malam Jamilu Yaya, Lecturer with the Bauchi State University Gadau, also spoke on the need to root out corruption in the system.

“Each and every one of us should deploy whatever weapon we have against the monster called corruption,” Yaya said.

He observed that no community, society or country can develop when corruption is entrenched in every facet of its existence.

Earlier, Hajiya Maryam Garba, the Executive Director Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) in Bauchi, said corruption were the fall out of bad leadership and lack of integrity and ethics.

”It is the bane of our development.”

She said the objective of the meeting is an effort to positively change attitudes, values and behaviours of the youth to doing the right things at all times.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the meeting was “To trigger anti- corruption actions among youth leaders”.

The participants were drawn from Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa and Bauchi states with the support of The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Drug abuse: NDLEA to conduct 24hrs surveillance in FCT

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it is embarking on 24 hours surveillance in the FCT to rid the city of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

The Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) said this during a presentation of appreciation letter by the Wuse Zone 4 Traders Association (WZ4TA) on Thursday in Abuja.

Abdallah said that the high rate of drug abuse in the country had necessitated the need for the surveillance, adding that it would be a permanent exercise.

He said that this was coming after the approval of recruitment of the 15,000, officers and men by President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the agency’s manpower.

“I must say this is the main reason for the recruitment of 15,000 officers and men approved by the President, knowing that the agency is in need of manpower to carry out its operations effectively.

“The first phase of the recruitment had been done and we will commence the second phase as soon as possible. We will start with 5,000 before the year runs out so they can start their training in January.

“The Minister of FCT, Muhammed Bello, had been on the same page with the agency and every step we have taken had been supported by the Minister.

“And with other sister agencies, we have been able to carry out operations successfully and we promise to do more,” he said.

Abdallah said that the agency was ever ready to collaborate with any community in the FCT and its environment to rid the Nation’s capital of drug related cases.

“We will also talk to all the governors in states to step into the operations of fighting the abuse of drugs in the country,” he added.

Abdallah urged Nigerians to come on board, adding that the need for people to know that the problem was irrational has called for concern.

He appreciated the Minister of the FCT for his support in the fight against drug abuse and promised to work with the administration.

The Chairman, WZ4TA, Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, appreciated the NDLEA boss and the agency for the positive transformation in Zone 4 presently.

“I was pained seeing children and youths involved in drugs, prostitution and other forms of social vices.

“I came to the NDLEA to lay my complaint and I am happy that the agency accepted and helped in ridding the area of drug peddlers.

“Everybody in Abuja knows what Zone 4 is, but today, we are grateful for the changes so far, for cleaning FCT.

“I think that if we as Nigerians play our roles well, like what the NDLEA has done, then the country will move forward, “ he said.

Hajia Zainab Aliyu, a resident of Zone 4, commended the NDLEA for cleaning the community, adding that youths and children are the future of Nigeria.

She decries the use of drugs by youths in the area, adding that it has jeopardised the good and beautiful future they had.

“Some of them are directly at the back of my house selling drugs and doing drugs. Sometimes I walk up to them and counsel them.

“I have helped some of them to gain admission into university and even took one to a rehabilitation centre. NDLEA have done well but need to do more to ensure old wounds are not opened again,” she said.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police arrest illegal arms fabricator, 33 other suspects in Plateau

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The Plateau Police command has arrested a 63 year-old man for alleged illegal fabrication of fire arms.

He was arrested in Tagwash Village, Richa in Bokkos Local Government Area where he resides.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Plateau command, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos.

Akinmoyede, said that the suspect’s arrest followed activities of Operation Safe Havens, the outfit charged with maintaining peace in Plateau.

“On the Nov. 15, the commander of Operations Safe Havens, sector 5 arrested and took to Bokkos Police Division, one (suspect), a 30 years old male of Richa village in Barkin Ladi, who was in possession of a locally made pistol and cartridge.

“During police interrogation, the suspect confessed that he got the pistol and cartridges from one male (suspect) of Tagwash village, who is into illegal manufacturing of guns with his father,” he said.

The CP said that during investigation, detectives raided the suspect’s house and in the process recovered one locally made rifle, one gas welding cylinder, one drilling machine, one motorcycle wheel, a bellow and four hammers.

He said other exhibits recovered from the suspect’s house were locally made rifle triggers, four dane guns, three pipes, motorcycle steering pipes and a tool box containing pliers, fillers and spanners.

Akinmoyede said that the suspect, who allegedly sold the firearm, was currently at large and efforts were on-going to secure his arrest.

He further revealed that the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command on Nov. 11 arrested two alleged suspects over the kidnap of a 15-year-old girl.

He said that the unit was able to intercept the kidnappers along Barkin Ladi/ Mangu road, when they were dragging their victim into a nearby bush.

He said that the unit also recovered two unregistered motorcycles from the two suspects.

He said that the police also had in its custody for questioning two suspects in complicity with the death of one 25-year-old Paul Mark of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government Area.

According to the commissioner their arrest followed a report that was lodged at the Mikang Police Division.

“On Nov 10, the corpse of one Paul Mark, aged 25 of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government was found close to the College of Agriculture in Garkawa.

“The deceased is said to be the boyfriend of one girl (name withheld), a student of the College of Agriculture and one (name withheld) other man, also alleged to be the boyfriend to the same girl.

“The two rivals met during a party organised by (a friend) at Kwaitop Hotel on Nov. 10. Thereafter the corpse of Paul Mark was found,” he said.

He said when the case was reported at the Mikang Police Division, the two suspects and two of her friends were arrested and taken as prime suspects for questioning.

The CP however disclosed that when the youths of Garkawa learnt that the four persons where being interrogated, they invaded the station, vandalised, beat and injured two police men on duty and the suspects.

He said that that the nefarious act of the youths led to the death of it prime suspect.

According to him, the Command has arrested 21 youths linked to the invasion and suspects are currently being investigated for the case of criminal conspiracy, mischief, causing hurt and culpable homicide.

Akinmoyede warned that the public should refrain from interfering in police investigations.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were over.

The CP thanked the Commander of Operations Safe Haven and the officers and men for synergy and cooperating with the police that led to the discovery of the local arms manufacturing factory.

He revealed that the Police in synergy with other security agencies were working proactively to ensure that the state was rid of crime so that the residents can enjoy the yuletide.

edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Minister tasks Nigerians to support security agencies to secure the nation

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen.Godswill Akpabio, has called on Nigerians to support security agencies to secure the nation.

Akpabio, made the call on Thursday, at the public presentation of a book tilted “Moblisation for National Security and Development” by Brig.-Gen. Dominic Udofa in Abuja.

He noted that national security engenders national development, adding that the book was timely due to the security challenges bedeviling the country.

The minister commended the Armed Forces for their sacrifices and dedication in the face of daunting security challenges.

He said that since security is everybody’s business, all stakeholders must mobilise for national development to take place.

“Let all key into this, security is everybody’s business, if we can all come together, we will bring development to the country.

“The book will give us an insight into the thoughts of the author, his past experiences and the title of the book is very apt,” he said.

He advised that empowerment of the youths and other groups would go a long way in reducing youth restiveness and other vices.

Speaking, Udofa said the experience for the book came from experiences in peace keeping missions.

He said the mobilisation of the grassroots would go along way in addressing the issue of insecurity in the country.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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