NAF commences training of new batch of special forces



 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the training of another batch of Special Forces (SF) personnel to boost internal security operations in the country.

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

Daramola said the SF Course 5/2019 was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Annex in Bauchi.

He said the course, which is the seventh by the current NAF administration, is the first to be conducted at the newly established RTC Annex in Bauchi.

Daramola said the choice of Bauchi was to enable the trainees acclimatise to the arid conditions prevalent in the North East, as well as decongest the RTC’s main training facility in Kaduna.

AVM Idi Amin, the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), while inaugurating the course said the training was another NAF leadership efforts in capacity building.

He said the training demonstrated the realisation of  the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar’s, vision of repositioning the NAF into a highly professional and disciplined force.

He said this is for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperatives.

Amin said that the building of capacity of NAF SF was borne out of the need to ensure the robust defence of NAF Bases and air assets.

He added that it would also enable the Service continue to project air power effectively, thereby bridging the gap between Air Power projection and force protection.

“The robust capacity built has also enabled the Service to more effectively contribute to the protection of critical national assets, like our Airports, as well as provide support to sister Services and other security agencies in internal security operations across the country,” he said.

He said that SF capabilities hold great importance to military operations worldwide.

He said these units have continued to contribute significantly to security efforts at the various locations, working in synergy with personnel of other security agencies, to ensure the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.

The Commandant RTC Annex Bauchi, Wing Commander Kehinde Akinyosade, thanked the CAS for convening the Course and for his tremendous strides in the areas of infrastructure development at the NAF Base Bauchi.

He said that the course curriculum entails intensive training in shooting skills, unarmed combat, navigation, field tactics, communications, endurance and swimming, amongst others.

He said these areas were intended to ensure that only the fittest complete the Course and graduate to join the NAF SF, also known as the “Panthers”.

He tasked the trainees to work hard, endure the rigours and maintain the right attitude in order to successfully graduate from the Course. (NAN)


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz


Gov. Zulum drums support for anti-corruption campaign



Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has called for greater community participation in the fight against corruption to promote good governance.

Zulum made the call at a rally to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day on Monday in Maiduguri.

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the governor reiterated his commitment to fight corruption through community mobilisation and implementation of proactive measures to encourage accountability and transparency in public service.

May I use this opportunity to put on record our total commitment in the fight against corruption by calling on good citizens of Borno to join government in the war against corruption.

”This is by reporting, after thorough investigation any case against individual or organisation involved in corruption for prosecution.

While presenting the 2020 budget; I emphasised the need for instilling the values of due process, accountability and probity in the public expenditure,” he said.

Zulum added that he had also directed for the transfer of the Monitoring and Evaluation Department to his office, to check linkages and waste in governance.

He noted that the fight against corruption was a collective responsibility which needed contribution from all to achieve the set developmental goals and move the state forward.

While commanding the EFCC over the feat achieved, Zulum further called for synergy between various arms of government and stressed need for the judiciary to ensure speedy trial of corruption cases.

In his remarks, Mr Lawrence Iwodi, the Zonal Coordinator of the EFCC, disclosed that the commission had secured 23 convictions and recovered over N244 million this year in Borno and Yobe.

Iwodi said that the commission had also secured an interim forfeiture order of five properties while the process of obtaining similar order involving five other properties and three vehicles would be completed before the end of the year.

He called on the people to cooperate and provide credible information to the commission to enable it to track corrupt persons in the two states.

“We are passionate about the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the vulnerable within our jurisdiction.

In this regard; we are interested in the information that will assist us tract down persons involved in the diversion of relief materials.

We are also interested in people who take advantage of the security situation in the state to defraud unsuspecting members of the public in the name of running humanitarian organisations,” Iwodi said.

The coordinator added that the commission would continue with its campaign to track diversion and misappropriation of public fund as well as prosecute erring public office holders.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by government functionaries, EFCC officials and representatives of about 170 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Edited by: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police dismantle kidnappers’ camps, arrest suspect in FCT



The Police Command in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday said it has dismantled kidnappers camps and arrested a suspect along Kwali-Kwaita axis of the territory.

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Mariam Yusuf disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

She said the camps were dismantled during Counter-Kidnapping Operations in furtherance to the command’s efforts to wipe out kidnappers from the FCT, particularly along Kwali-Kwaita axis.

Yusuf said the operation, using overt/covert means dismantled the camps and dislodged the kidnappers bases prompting them to seek refuge.

The fleeing kidnappers while scampering for safety entered the highway shot at an oncoming vehicle and killed four persons along that axis.

The swift intervention of Police Operatives led to the immediate arrest of one of the suspected kidnappers while efforts are on top gear to apprehend his cohorts,” she said.

She said the command commiserate with the families of the deceased and pledged to provide maximum security in the territory to ensure hitch-free Yuletide.

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EFCC recovers N3.6bn, 10 houses from suspected looters in Ilorin



The Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has recovered N3.6 billion and 10 houses from suspected looters.

EFCC Zonal head, Mr Isyaka Sharu, spoke on Monday in Ilorin during the annual International Anti-corruption Day rally.

The Commission has recovered N3.6 billion from suspected looters. Two out of the recovered properties are in Ikoyi.

One is in Lekki and the recent recovered property worth over N1 billion is in Ilorin,” Sharu said.

He said that at the eve of the last handing over, EFCC saved the state of an attempt to loot over N4 billion of its tax refund.

Currently, the ongoing investigation into Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWRS) led to the recovery of about N50 million.

Effort is being made to recover the balance of about N2 billion from some notable individuals in the alleged fraud in KWRS,” Sharu said.

The State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak said that the match against corruption was for everybody, noting that “if we do not kill corruption, it will kill all of us’’.

AbdulRazak said that corruption was detrimental to the economy and social development because it reduces the capacity to work.

It is important to work together and fight against corruption. It is killing the people gradually, the hospitals, schools and social infrastructures,” he said.

The governor commended the anti-graft body for its efforts and support in the recovery of money, saying “when we came into power, there would have been nothing for us to work with.”

The past administration left a huge amount of debt, and if EFCC had not saved the attempt to loot N4.8 billion, there would not have been anything to work with,” he said.

AbdulRazak said the N4.8 billion was still intact in the government cash reserve, and it would be used to work for the state economy and balance the budget for next year.

”I also thank EFCC for the recovery of N111 million from fraud cases,” he said.

NAN reports that the rally was to further create awareness for the world to unite against corruption, money laundering and terrorism.

The rally also addressed issues on international cooperation, repatriation of stolen items, deportation, criminal proceedings, transfer of sentenced persons, transfer of criminal proceedings, mutual legal assistant treaty and confiscation.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Corruption: EFCC recovers N217.2m in Benin Zonal office



The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered about N217,268,236 million between January and December.

Mr Mukhtar Bello, Head, Benin Zonal Office disclosed this on the occasion of the World Anti-Corruption Day held in Benin on Monday.

Bello also said that the zonal office also secured 84 convictions and forfeiture of various properties including houses and vessels.

He stressed that the zonal office was determined to win the fight against corruption through its preventive measures, diligent investigation and prosecution.

Bello explained that as part of its preventive measures, the office took sensitisation campaign to members of the NYSC, secondary schools and higher institutions in the zone.

The EFCC recognises the fact that it could not win the fight against corruption alone, we need the support of all stakeholders to make meaningful progress in restoring transparency, accountability and due process in public governance.

Therefore, I urge you as members and leaders of various interest groups, trade union, civil society organisations and professional bodies to facilitate mass education, mobilisation and active participation.

The 2019 celebration theme “United Against Corruption and the sub theme “Zero Tolerance for Corruption’’, underscores the need for all to come together and raise awareness on the ills of corruption,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Rev. Phil Arojie, who represented Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Edo chapter, said there was the need to drum support for the fight against corruption.

Arojie said that the anti-corruption war was one that must be continued to defeat corruption as the scourge had become endemic in the country.

Similarly, Sheik Abdulfatai Enabulele, Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, said that the need to come together and fight corruption and insecurity could not be overemphasized.

He stressed the need for citizens to be honest, sincere and collaborate with the EFCC to fight and win the war against corruption.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Head of the zone earlier led stakeholders including members of the DSS, Police, FRSC, NSCDC, Civil Society Organisation, NYSC, Religious Organisation on a road walk round major roads and streets in Benin.

Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Lagos NDLEA new commander promises state free of hard drugs



Mr Ralph Igwenagu, the new commander, National Law Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for Lagos State, has said that he will ensure that Lagos State emerges a hard-drug free state.


Igwenagu, one of the Commanders of Narcotic (CN), said this in Lagos while unveiling his agenda for the state, the Nigeria News Agency reports.


He said that the agency would collaborate with other security agencies to improve on the peace currently existing in the state.


He said that would enable the citizens of the state to embark on their daily activities without any molestation.


The citizens of the state must also be able to go to bed without fears of any criminality of any kind,” Igwenagu said.


He added that he would put in place certain structures that would facilitate necessary tasks aimed at building a friendly environment in the state.


The commander also said his regime would consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors and ensure that all necessary data that would help the command enhance its service delivery remained intact.


Igwenagu urged the citizens of the state to cooperate with the agency and avail it of necessary information that would enhance its service delivery.


At this point, the agency is seeking the cooperation of all Lagosians by providing it with credible information on those involved in illicit drugs.


This will enable the agency to conduct proper investigations into such activities and bring the perpetrators to face the full wrath of the law,” the commander said.

NAN recalled that Igwenagu, took over from CN Frederick Ezeorah as the new NDLEA, Lagos Command and he resumed on Dec.2.


He was in charge of Oyo State before his deployment to Lagos State.


NAN also reports that Ezeorah had been deployed to Citadel of Counter Narcotics Nigeria (CCNN) at Jos Training Academy.

Edited by: Peter Dada

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Road accident claims 12 lives in Niger 



Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger says 12 people have died in an accident on Sunday  at Sawmill village along Mokwa -Makera road in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Joel Dagwa, told Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Minna that the accident involved  a Truck Container with registration No. KJ 555 XX heading to Lagos .

Dagwa said that the Truck that came from Maiduguri, picked passengers from Zaria in Kaduna State before heading to Lagos.

” The accident involved 103  people, 55 females ,40 males, 8 children’s , 5 adults,  12 of them were killed while  91 sustained injuries and taken to Mokwa general hospital for treatment.

All the 12 corpses have been deposited at the hospital’s morgue,” he said.

He blamed the accident on speeding on a sharp bend corner of the road.

The sector commander said that the Corps would continue to monitor road users to guard against overloading and dangerous driving.

” We have since embarked on aggressive patrols across all major highways to ensure that road users adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations to avoid road accidents before, during and after the Christmas and New year festivities,” he said.

Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf

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Troops rescue 31 women, children from Boko Haram terrorists in Borno



Troops rescue 31 women, children from Boko Haram terrorists in Borno


Abuja, Dec. 9, 2019 The Nigerian Army says its troops have rescued 31 persons comprising 14 women and 17 children at Mantari, Malam Masari and Gabchari Villages in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno.

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Iliyasu said that the successful ambush operation conducted by the troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade on Dec. 4 at Darel Jamel, Bama LGA of Borno led to the rescue.

He added that the troops killed a number of Boko Haram terrorists while several others escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter.

According to him, the combined troops of 68/94 Battalions of Operation LAFIYA DOLE also uncovered a Boko Haram enclave and engage it with devastating volumes of fire at Malam Fatori in Abadam LGA.

“Without any attempt to return fire, the cowardly criminals scampered into the nearby bushes in complete disarray.

“Subsequently, the troops immediately embarked on an exploitation of this success by pursuing them along their withdrawal route.

“During the said exploitation, troops discovered a body of one Boko Haram terrorist and further observed several trails of blood along the said route.

“Additionally, two AK47 Rifles, two AK47 Rifle magazines loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition each and three unexploded mortar bombs for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were captured from the insurgents.

“Other items equally captured include, one bundle of IED cable, one IED battery, one camel bag, three motorcycles, three sets of overall cloths, bedding materials, cooking utensils, food items, motorcycle spare parts, 122 cylinder tubes and various mechanical tools,” he said.

Iliyasu also disclosed that troops of 144 Battalion engaged and neutralised three insurgents at Limankara in Gwoza during a failed attempt to infiltrate the troops’ location on Dec. 3.

He added that a Boko Haram terrorist, Abba Modu, voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 3 Battalion at Gamboru in Ngala LGA on Dec. 3.

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that he joined the sect in 2015 and was a member of Mamman Nur group.

“He also disclosed that he actively participated in rustling cattle for the sect.

“He, however, declared that he regretted his past actions and called on his former colleagues to use this opportunity to surrender to authorities so that they do not perish as sinners,” Iliyasu disclosed.

Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa

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NAF partners US DOD to enhance medical, casualty evacuation capabilities




Abuja,Dec.8,2019  The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in partnership with the Office of Security Cooperation of the United States Department of Defence (OSC US DOD) has trained personnel on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC).

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the partnership was part of a 4-Phased Aerial Patient Movement Programme, to reduce casualty mortality rate at the point of injury and increase patient survivability during transport.

Daramola said the rigorous training now in its third phase, was conducted at the 063 NAF Hospital, NAF Base Abuja.

He said the training was aimed at further enhancing the capacity of NAF personnel, to provide effective aeromedical evacuation and advanced life support services within Operation LAFIYA DOLE and other Theatres of Operation across the country.

Daramola quoted the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as saying that the training was also aimed at developing the NAF’s capacity in Flight Medicine and Aerial Movement.

He said the training was also a part of the NAF’s efforts to enhance the capacity of its medical personnel to be more effective and efficient in the performance of their duties.

” The NAF has embarked on massive upgrading of NAF Medical facilities across the country,

” In addition, medical personnel have been enlisted and recruited into the Service to man these facilities.

“To enhance professional performance of the personnel, they undergo robust and result-oriented training; one of such programmes is the Aerial Patient Movement Training,“he said.

The Air Chief urged the participants to make the best use of the training with a view to applying the knowledge gained to save lives, thereby boosting troops’ morale.

He said that Abubakar was represented by the Director of Operations Headquarters NAF, AVM Idi Lubo, at the closing ceremony of the third phase of the training,

Earlier, the Chief of Medical Services, who was represented by the Director Clinical Services, Air Commodore Adedoyin Oyenusi, said that the CAS had paid significant attention to the general welfare of NAF personnel through several strategies.

He said this included the upgrading of NAF Medical facilities across the country as well as the enhancement of the quality of healthcare services provided to personnel and their families.

Adedoyin disclosed that the Aerial Patient Movement Training has helped to increase the pool of NAF medical personnel available for medical evacuation missions.

During the training, the 45 participants, drawn from both NAF and the Nigerian Army, acquired lifesaving first-aid skills in addition to familiarizing themselves with techniques to properly load patients on helicopters and care for them in-flight.

NAF helicopter pilots were also trained by US instructors on how to effectively plan and execute CASEVAC missions.

Edited & Vetted By: Joseph Edeh/Tukur Muntari.

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19-year-old Yahoo boy sets girlfriend ablaze over lover



Operatives of Iba Police Station have arrested a 19-year-old boy, Orji Ifeanyichukwu for allegedly setting his 24-year-old girlfriend, Alabi Tolani ablaze because she had another lover.

DSP Bala Elkana, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday.

Elkana said that the incident took place at G54, Army Post Service Housing Estate, Ojo, Lagos where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600, 000 per annum apartment.

“Ifeanyichukwu met the victim on Feb. 28, through a hookup and she moved into his house in March.

“He has been into internet fraud popularly known as Yahoo boys for the past three years where he gets the proceeds for renting the apartment.

“They have since then, inhabited as lovers because her parents live apart,” the police spokesman said.

He said that Ifeanyichukwu brought Tolani into his house with conditions that she would quit prostitution and stick to him alone.

“However, trouble started on Thursday when the victim left home to fix her hair and did not return until the next day.

“She equally left the house on Friday under the guise of visiting her father but ended up seeing another man.

“Ifeanyichukwu got to know on Saturday when she returned by scrolling through her phone and saw her chats, video calls and pictures of herself naked which she sent to her client,” Elkana said.

He said that the suspect (Ifeanyichukwu) became angry and used the petrol he kept for his generator to set her ablaze.

“A team of detectives visited the scene and the victim has been taken to General Hospital, Igando where she was admitted but died in the early hours of Sunday.

“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has directed the immediate transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department Yaba.

“The suspect confessed to the commission of the crime and will be charged to Court for murder,” Elkana said

Edited & Vetted By: Tukur Muntari.

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