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NAF destroys insurgents’ logistics in Borno

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Abuja, March 11, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE , has destroyed Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ vehicle at Tumbun Sale and Tumbun Allura in Borno.

NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said that the ATF equally destroyed some logistics infrastructure of the ISWAP at Tumbun Sale and Tumbun Allura on the fringes of Lake Chad in the state.

Daramola explained that the operation was conducted following intelligence reports indicating the presence of ISWAP fighters with some vehicles and logistic support items were “well camouflaged under the dense vegetation within the settlements.”

” Accordingly, a NAF Alpha Jet, supported by an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, was dispatched to attack the terrorists’ hideouts in successive strikes resulting in damage to several structures as well as the destruction of one of the terrorists’ vehicles, which was seen engulfed in flames,” he said.

The spokesman said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North East.

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Outgoing Edo CP tasks security agencies on proficiency

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The newly promoted and outgoing Commissioner for Police in Edo, Abubakar DanMallam, has tasked security agencies on proficiency in tackling insecurity in the state.

DanMallam gave the advice on Saturday in Benin during a send-off ceremony organised for him by the state command.

He said that Edo was a strategic state as it was a gateway to various states and geopolitical zones in the country.

He added that in view of this criminals in the state were highly sophisticated, and therefore tasked security agencies as well as officers and men of the command to be alert to their responsibilities.

He also advised the officers and men of the Edo command to maintain the already established legacies of an environment devoid of insecurity.

While attributing his successes to robust synergy with security agencies and police/public relationship, he sued for more support and cooperation.

DanMallam, however, said that the major challenge on his assumption of office in the state was cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping, adding that these had been reduced to its barest minimum.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Brig.-Gen. Greg Omorogbe, Commander 4 Brigade and chairman of the occasion, commended the leadership style of the outgoing CP.

Omoregbe said that the CP’s promotion to an Assistant Iinspector General was an eloquent testimony of his hard work and contributions to peace in Edo.

“I have no doubt that his comradeship and espirit de Corps would be missed,” he said.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki in his remarks said described the outgoing CP as ” humility personified “.

Obaseki, represented by Mrs Julie Olatunji, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet office, said that the outgoing CP was a man who knows his job and does not pay lip service to issues.

“He contributed his wealth of knowledge to our security architecture and also the synergy among security agencies in the state today,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that DanMallam was among the 14 Commissioners of Police promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in October and redeployed a fortnight ago.

He is to return to Louis Edet House as the AIG in charge of SPU.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Army troops rescue octogenarian, others from Boko Haram in Borno

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The Nigerian Army troops deployed at Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno has subdued Boko Haram terrorists and rescued an Octogenarian, three women and four children held captives by the insurgents.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Iliyasu said that the rescued victims were evacuated while the children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.

He added that no causality was recorded by the army troops during the commando operations.

According to him, many of the Boko Haram criminal elements fled in disarray towards the summit of Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.

“The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents is being sustained in the mountainous environment.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, wishes to reassure the public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute our constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide,” he said.

Iliyasu said that the army troops had continued to sustain the tempo of the counter-insurgency operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals.

He said the troops had also continued to extract credible intelligence report on the presence of some of the criminal insurgents in the areas.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Another Catholic priest abducted in Enugu

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The Enugu Police Command said Saturday in Enugu that it has commenced a massive manhunt of abductors of a Catholic Priest, Rev.-Fr. Theophilus Ndulue.

This was coming barely two weeks after the release of another catholic priest earlier abducted in the state.

According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, Ndulue was abducted by unidentified gunmen on his way home along Amansiodo Road in Ndiagu-Oghe in Ezeagu Local Government Area on Friday evening while returning from a pastoral council meeting.

Amaraizu while confirming the incident, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu described the abduction as unfortunate.

He however, said that police operatives would leave no stone unturned to secure release the catholic priest unhurt.

“We have launched a massive trail for the rescue and release of the priest from his abductors as soon as possible.

“I assure the good people of Enugu and the Catholic family that we will get at them and bring them to book.

“However, we are circumspect on the operation in order to ensure that the Catholic priest is released unhurt,’’ he assured.

Amaraizu said that Ndulue, who was the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ihuonyia, Amansiodo, was initially kidnapped alongside the Chair lady, Catholic Women Organisation in his parish, Mrs Stella Nwodo.

He said that Nwodo was later released by the abductors.

NAN recalls that this was happening barely two weeks after Rev.-Fr Arinze Madu, Deputy Rector, Queen of the Apostle Spiritual Year Seminary, Imezi Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area, was released by his abductors.

Madu had been kidnapped at the seminary gate on Oct. 29.

edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Maureen Atuonwu

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FRSC visits hospital, sympathises with accident victims in Kebbi

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kebbi, on Saturday, visited the Sir Yahayya Memorial Hospital, Birni Kebbi, to sympathise with the victims of road crashes in the state.

The state FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Abayomi Asaniyan, while briefing the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Aminu Bunza, said that the command was doing everything possible to minimise road crashes in the state.

“Our visit is part of activities marking the 2019 World Accident Victims Remembrance Week.

“I, my staff and special marshals have come here to sympathise with victims of various road accidents; we want to urge you to always observe traffic rules and regulations to forestall further occurrences,” he said.

According to Asaniyan, the FRSC is not only for enforcement and rescue of road users, but to also follow up crash victims.

He said that the victims had spent so much on their medical bills, hence the move by the corps to donate a few items to assist them.

“The FRSC is also striving to “catch them young” with the creation of 50 more road safety club units in various schools in Kebbi State.

“The Corps is also harmonising operations of cyclists in the state with the creation of a central database for them and issuance of uniform and code to them,” he said.

The FRSC chief expressed appreciation to the hospital’s management for prompt medical attention to the victims as well as assistance from private individuals.

In his remarks, Bunza thanked the corps for choosing the hospital for the visitation, adding “here, we give FRSC rescue teams priority.

He said that the state government had, about six years ago, approved free first medical treatment for road accident victims.

Bunza said that the hospital was working on building a trauma centre for road accident victims, which would be inaugurated in 2020.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that items given to the crash victims included medical consumables and toiletries, while drugs were also donated to the hospital.

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Exercise Ayem Akpatuma2: Army embarks on community services in Nasarawa community

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday embarked on sanitation exercise at Toto market in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The environmental sanitation carried out by the officers and soldiers of the brigade involved clearing of garbage and refuse in and around the market as well as clearing of drainages on major roads in the town.

Speaking on the exercise, the Commander, Guard Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Muhammed Usman, represented by his Chief of Staff, Col. Kassim Sidi, said that the exercise was part of activities of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma II 2019.

Usman said the exercise was aimed at creating a secured environment for the people to go about their normal businesses during the months of festivities.

According to him, part of the activities we lined up is civil military cooperation where you see the military coming into the society to render certain assistance to endear us to the larger society.

“The sanitation which we have just conducted this morning is part of it.

“There are many activities lined up such as medical outreach, educational aid distribution to schools, sports, visitation to hospitals and correctional facilities to mention a few.

“We want the society to believe that the military is part of them. We don’t want to appear hostile to them, we want them to feel free with us, mix with us and also know that we have something to offer to give back to them.

“So, this is what we are building on and what we shall continue to do in subsequent exercises,” he said.

Usman explained that the exercise was created by the army headquarters to address security challenges in parts of the country.

He disclosed that the activities of kidnappers had reduced in Toto general area since the arrival and setting up super camp at Kukia-Sabo.

According to him, by the time we are through with this exercise in January, we will have zero or close to zero criminal activities in this area.

He commended the officers and soldiers that took part in the sanitation exercise, saying that the army had the mandate to give back to the society.

On his part, the Chairman of Toto Local Government Area, Prince Nuhu Dauda, said that the presence of the military and other security agencies in his local government had brought comfort to his people.

Dauda added that the recent security threats like kidnapping in the area had been a source of concern, adding that the exercise was welcomed in the area for so many reasons.

The chairman said the sanitation exercise being carried out by the army in Toto market was a confidence booster that the military and the civilians could relate peacefully.

He added that ordinary Nigerians usually looked at military men as unfriendly people, saying that the exercise had enhanced civil military relations and friendliness.

“The presence of the military in my local government is a comfort to my heart and my people.

“Toto local government used to be a peaceful and friendly local government but for sometimes now, there have been activities of criminals especially the activities of kidnappers that have become rampant all over the country but your home is where you know.

“Precisely I know that if Toto is safe, a segment of Nasarawa state is safe and also a segment of Nigeria is safe and that is why I am very happy.

“On the community service, I want to tell you that I am very happy with the sanitation exercise because the surroundings where the market is, requires cleaning and the army has brought this intervention,” he said.

The Chief Market Overseer, Toto Market, Mr Adugu Ibrahim, commended the army for the exercise, describing it as a rare opportunity for the military to clean a local market.

Ibrahim said that the presence of the military in the community had encouraged the locals to go about their normal businesses without fear of insecurity.

He said that kidnapping had been a challenging threat in the area in recent time, adding that the people were ready to cooperate with the army by providing useful information.

According to him, they will make sure that the traders continue to consolidate on the exercise to enhance the sanitation of the market.

“We are very happy with this activities because it shows that the military is concerned about our security and well being because health is very important,” he said.

Also, Musa Maikaya, Youth Leader, called on the government to create a permanent military base in the area to address the challenge of insecurity.

“We have challenge of kidnapping here and we hope that with the presence of the military now, things will change,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that the representative of the Commander, Sidi, led the Chairman of the local government to the Kukia- Sabo Super Camp to visit the troops.

The super camp is being coordinated by the army in collaboration with other security agencies such as the police and immigration.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Internal Security: British Advisory Training Team commences training for NAF personnel

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) has commenced training of a fresh batch of 758 of its Regiment and Air Provost personnel.

The Air Force said the training was on Force Protection in Complex Air-Ground Environment (FP-CAGE).

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

Daramola said the one-month long FP-CAGE Course 9/2019, which commenced on Nov. 4 was being conducted by a team of Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment instructors at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC), NAF Base Kaduna.

“The course is aimed at building additional capacity to ensure the protection of NAF bases and assets as well as other critical national aviation-related facilities, like airports, with a view to further bridging the gap between Air Power projection and Air Power protection,”.

Daramola said that AVM Idi Amin, the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command (AOC GTC), expressed satisfaction with the progress of the training.

He urged the participants to make the most use of the opportunity given to them for being selected for the course.

Amin emphasised that upon completing the course on Dec.6, they would be expected to add significant value to ongoing internal security operations across the country.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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