The Commandant of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, Mr Everestus Obiyo, made the call in Enugu during a courtesy visit of Mr Abdullahi Abdul, new Commander of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Enugu state to his office.
According to Obiyo, most crimes are committed under the influence of hard drugs or substances.
He said that drug abuse and improper use of hard substances by unauthorised persons had contributed to high crime wave in the country.
“Hard drugs in the hands of miscreants have no doubt fueled various violent crimes. There is a need for joint efforts toward checkmating the unwholesome development in the entire country,’’ he said.
The commandant lauded efforts of NDLEA in combating drug abuse, while pledging the continued support of the command to the agency towards winning the drug war in the state and entire country.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz
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NAF inaugurates additional accommodation for personnel, strengthens measures to combat COVID:19
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has inaugurated four newly remodeled and renovated blocks of 36 x single-bedroom flats for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) at Sam Ethnan Air Force Base (SEAFB) Ikeja.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Daramola said the accommodation was part of the continued efforts of the NAF to ensure decent and comfortable accommodation for its personnel for effective service delivery and professional performance.
“The projects were aimed at ensuring conducive living environment for the 144 benefiting personnel and their families as a motivation to discharge their duties more effectively and efficiently.
“The NAF has also continued to strengthen measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 through sensitisation of its personnel and emplacement of appropriate precautionary measures,” he said.
Daramola said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during inauguration ceremony on Monday, disclosed that since assumption of office, the current NAF leadership had prioritised the provision of decent housing for personnel.
This, Abubakar said, had resulted in large-scale construction of new office and residential accommodations and massive renovation and upgrading of the existing accommodation that were in various states of disrepair.
According to the COAS, we shall continue to undertake such laudable projects whose resultant effects would revitalise your professional competence and yield higher quality output”.
He said this would be through the effective projection of Air Power as well as the contribution of its Regiment and Special Forces personnel for internal security operations across the country.
The air chief urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that the facilities were used with high sense of responsibility, whilst continuing to contribute their quota to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians in their various places of deployment.
Abubakar was represented by AVM Lawal Alao, the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC) at the inauguration.
Earlier, the Commander 651 Base Services Group, Air Commodore Rasaq Olanrewaju, expressed gratitude to the COAS for the priority attention given to the welfare needs of personnel.
He disclosed that the disinfection and sanitisation of SEAFB was at about 90 per cent completion, in accordance with NAF Headquarters (HQ) directives.
Alao said that the sensitisation had also been sustained to educate the Base community on ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The commander said that with the support of HQ NAF, SEAFB had emplaced palliative measures to alleviate the sufferings of the Base Community occasioned by the lockdown of Lagos State as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He further disclosed that one of such palliatives was the establishment of a COVID-19-Compliant Mobile Farm Market on the Base, with the assistance of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture.
Daramola added that those present at the event were NAF Director of works, Air Commodore Abiola Amodu, as well as some Unit Commanders in the Lagos area.
He added that the High point of the inauguration ceremony was the presentation of keys to some of the beneficiaries.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maureen Atuonwu
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Zamfara Govt demolishes suspected cultists hideout
The Zamfara Government on Monday demolished a four-bedroom apartment suspected to be housing cultists near the new motor park in Gusau.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the demolition, which was carried out at about 7 p.m, was done by the Zamfara Urban and Regional Planning Board (ZUREP) and supervised by the police and some state government officials.
The spokesman of the police command, SP Shehu Mohammed, is yet to respond to several phone calls when NAN tried to reach him.
However, the command had sent out an invitation for a press conference by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Nagogo, to be held on Tuesday, to brief the public on the development.
Some policemen involved in the demolition, however, told NAN that the house was raided earlier in the day following a tip off.
The raid led to the arrest of some of the suspected cultists, along with some fetish items, including a calabash filled with blood.
“We seriously suspect the blood in the calabash to be of human beings and we also discovered a long list of high ranking politicians and some government officials that may have been targeted to be killed.
“Those arrested have not confessed to anything yet, but we are sure to get to the root of the matter soonest,” the police source said.
Similarly, some eye witnesses in the neighbourhood said they have noticed, for months, strange movements in and out of the house.
“Many times, we perceived the smell of strong perfume at very odd hours of the night, which seemed to be coming from the house.
“All the vehicles that entered the house used very dark tinted glasses all over and no one ever saw anybody coming through the permanently locked gates in the day time,” an eye witness said.
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Police arrest three suspects posing as scavengers to rob victims
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) says it has arrested three suspects who pose as scavengers to rob victims of their phones and other valuables in Abuja.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said the suspects were arrested on Saturday during raid of their hideout around Gimbiya Street, Area 11, in Abuja by operatives from Garki Division of the Command.
According to him, exhibits recovered from the suspects are 12 mobile phones, one cutlass, five jack knives, one pair of scissors and one belt puncher.
Other exhibit are two army camouflage hats, one POS machine, packets of cigarette and cash sum of N29,255.
He said the arrest of the suspects was in line with the commitment of the command to provide adequate security for FCT residents during the covid-19 lockdown period.
“The FCT Police Command wishes to assure residents that, while the COVID-19 lockdown is still in place, adequate security measures have been deployed to protect lives and property,” he said.
Manzah enjoined residents to support the command in its efforts to curb crimes by being security conscious and reporting suspicious activities.
He urged residents to call the command through its hotlines on (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) , (Phone/Email) and (Phone/Email) .
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EFCC cautions Nigerians against fraudulent COVID-19 antics
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cautioned Nigerians against emerging online fraudulent tactics being adopted by Internet fraudsters in the wake of donations arising from COVID-19.
In a statement issued by Acting Spokesperson of the Commission, Mr Tony Orilade, in Abuja on Monday, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said that the caution had become imperative now that people are more vulnerable.
Magu explained that there is no online testing for COVID-19.
He added that such online link requesting for personal information to test for the coronavirus, or provide a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method, was part of fraudulent methods aimed at defrauding Nigerians.
Magu said there had been increasing number of complaints received by the Commission from innocent Nigerians falling prey to the antics of Internet fraudsters who were taking advantage of the pandemic to defraud unsuspecting targets.
“In the last couple of days, home-bond Internet users have complained of receiving several e-mails, sms, Whatsapp messages offering free services.
“These services included ‘Do-It-Yourself’ COVID-19 tests; subscription to either Netflix, hulu, DSTV, Government Intervention/Grant of N30,000; and other tricky offers.
“Some of the fraudulent schemes are coming in the form of links that offer free data or request for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and account details of their victims.
“They often assure victims that they will be credited with money, as part of the federal government’s palliatives to cushion the effects of the Stay At Home order, ” he said.
According to Magu, many of the fraudulent online messages require recipients to click and fill out an online survey and forward same to ten (10) Whatsapp users.
He pointed out that the messages are embedded with malwares and other malicious codes, which when clicked, trigger a programme that steals and compromises mails, banking logins passwords, credit- related information and other critical data contained on the recipient’s devices.
“ Magu said the victim stand the risk of losing both confidential information and monies; since unauthorised access may have been granted to cybercriminals.
“Victims are also in danger of being infected with a ransomwarewhich will automatically lock their electronics device,” he said.
Magu further advised the general public to immediately take some steps in protecting their data from theft.
The steps include not opening unsolicited e-mails and clicking only on those that are from known and trusted sources, while taking a closer look at URLs for spelling errors before clicking.
“In case of online financial transactions, you must cross-verify with the recipient before making the payment.
“Install and update Anti-virus on your devices.
“”Do not divulge to anyone via telephone, e-mail, any personal information such as Passwords, PIN numbers, ATM Cards numbers etc, ” he said
The EFCC boss also cautioned against offers of bitcoin and any offer to advertise a business and get paid.
“Be wary of suspicious recommendations from friends on Facebook and Whatsapp claiming to offer investment opportunities they have benefited from,” he said.
Magu also advised members of the public to report any such fraudulent activity to the EFCC via its verified handle – @OfficialEFCC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or call the hotline: +234 (Phone/Email) .
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi
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FG declares Friday, Monday as public holidays to mark Easter celebration
The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 10 and Monday 13, as public holidays to mark the 2020 Easter Celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, through a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, on Monday in Abuja.
Aregbesola urged Christians in the country to emulate the outstanding characteristics of Jesus Christ amongst which were tolerance, love, peace and compassion.
Aregbesola called on Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration to pray for Nigeria and the entire world at this time of the global emergency of COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Minister appealed to all Nigerians to continue to support the efforts of Government towards fighting the Coronavirus Disease.
He reminded Nigerians of the need to adhere strictly to the measures put in place by relevant authorities towards preventing the spread of the virus in the country.
The minister added. particularly, through the observance of social distancing, in addition to regular personal hygiene and sanitary practices.
Aregbesola wished Christians a peaceful Easter celebration.
He assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration would continue to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the lives of Nigerians, ” especially with the palliative measures already put in place.”
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Lockdown: Police caution officers against extortion, abuse in Ondo
The Police Command in Ondo have cautioned its officers against extortion and abuse of power during the lockdown order by the state government to contain spread of Coronavirus disease.
CSP Theo Lee-Ikoro, the spokesman of the Command, made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Okitipupa.
He said that the Command would deal decisively with any officer caught in the web of collecting bribe or caught in abuse of power on residents who flout the order.
He urged residents of the state to report to the Command’s headquarters in Akure any officer involved in such offence.
“The Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie have warned our officers not to indulge in extortion or abuse of power on residents.
“I am sure you are aware of what happened to those police officers caught in Lagos, so any officer caught in the web of such act, will be dealt with accordingly.
“The public should please report any officer caught in such act to the Command’s headquarters immediately and prompt action will be taken,” Lee-Ikoro said.
He, however, urged residents in the state to be law abiding and ensure total compliance to the state government order that was for their safety and well-being.
NAN reports that the Ondo State government last week ordered the closure of all its land borders to neighbouring states of Edo, Ekiti and Ogun and also ordered the stay at home for residents to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Lockdown violation: ‘Jennifa’, hubby to pay fine, do community service
Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, are to pay a fine of N100,000 each for violation of the restriction order.
The couple were also sentenced to 14 days community service for non compliance with the Lagos State restriction order.
DSP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Command on Monday, said that the community service would be held three hours per day, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
He said that each defender shall visit 10 important public places within Lagos State to educate the public on the consequences of non-compliance with the restriction order.
The Police spokesman said that the couple were arraigned in a Chief Magistrate Court in Ogba on one count charge.
“They were brought to court by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation, DCP Yetunde Longe.
“The prosecuting team was led by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN. The charge was read to the defendants by the court and they pleaded guilty.
“The court found them guilty as charged and sentenced as follows and ordered them to submit the names and phone numbers of every person who attended the party,” he said.
Elkana said that all those who attended the party shall be placed on isolation by the State Government to determine their COVID-19 status.
Failure to abide by the above directives shall attract more severe punishments.
“The two accused persons held a party on Saturday at their residents with over twenty persons in attendance contrary to the social distancing directives made in pursuant of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Regulations 2020.
“They therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9, Laws of Lagos State 2015.
“The suspects were arrested following a viral video showing a large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis, Lagos celebrating a birthday party organised by the Bello’s,” he said.
Elkana said that Azeez Fashola a.k.a “Naira Marley” is now in police custody and would also be charged to court for violating the restriction orders.
He said that the command had also launched a manhunt for the remaining persons who attended the party.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu expressed his profound gratitude to Lagosians and other well meaning Nigerians that spoke up against the violations.
“Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19,” Elkana said.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Ismail Abdulaziz
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NAF graduates 30 helicopter gunners in Kaduna
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), says it has graduated 30 Helicopter Backdoor Gunners (HBDG) to enhance counter insurgency operation in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Sadique Abubakar, made the disclosure at the graduation ceremony of the backdoor gunners on Monday in Kaduna.
Abubakar, who was represented by NAF Chief of Training and Operations, AVM James Gawni, disclosed that the 30 graduates comprised 18 personnel of the Air Force and 12 others of the Nigerian Army .
He said that the five-week training stemmed from the fluid nature of the contemporary security challenges bedeviling the country.
Abubakar said: “The use of rotary platforms has become imperative for close air support, because experience over time, has shown that rotary platforms are best suited in the battle space against insurgents and terrorists as well as in the conduct of Close Air Support missions”.
The CAS noted that the training was to transform the service into to a highly professional and disciplined force through effective, efficient and timely deployment of air power.
Abubakar said that the 30 graduates were part of the over 4, 000 personnel earmarked for both overseas and local training in order to build adequate capacity in response to national security challenges.
“In the spirit of brotherhood and ensuring synergy with sister services, the NAF during this course trained 12 Nigerian Army personnel as Back Door Gunners.
“Your commitments and determination during your training has distinguished and made you all to earn your place and become part of the elite team in your respective service.
“I, therefore, urge you to imbibe the attributes and core values of the Nigerian Air Force, which include excellence; honour, honesty, courage, humility, perseverance and adaptability during operations and in your various fields of specialisations to ensure success in your endeavours,” he said.
Abubakar expressed NAF gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, for the priority given to the training, operational and other requirements of the service.
Also speaking, the Air Officer Commanding, Grand Training Command, AVM Idi Amin said the course was aimed at tutoring the students on tactics, techniques and procedures for providing insertion and reinforcement capabilities as well as Close Air Support to ground troops during battle.
Amin said the combined training of Army and Air Force personnel would enhance synergy between them and other security agencies in the fight against insurgency.
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COVID-19: Abia Police command arrest Inspector for alleged murder
Abia Police Command on Monday confirmed the arrest of Inspector Stanley Azuh attached to Ohuru-Ishimiri Police Division at Ogbor-Hill, Aba, for allegedly killing Mr Chibuisi Godwin.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the incident happened in Ogbor-Hill, along New Umuahia road in Aba on Sunday evening.
A police source, who did not want his name in print, said that Godwin was shot while Azuh was enforcing Abia Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive, meant to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
He said that Azuh, who was attempting to stop a vehicle that violated the lockdown order, had mistakenly touched his riffle’s trigger, releasing the bullet that hit Godwin, who later died in the hospital.
Abia Police Commissioner, Ene Okon, while confirming the arrest of the officer said that the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) has taken over the matter.
Okon said that the police as an institution does not take such careless attitude to human life lightly.
“That police Inspector was arrested immediately and detained, as I am talking to you, SCID has taken over the matter and they are investigating the police inspector for murder.
“We have our rules of engagement, we have our standards of operation and procedures and we have our own Force Order 237 as reviewed.
“That order has to do with when a police officer has to use his firearm and it will be justified. It’s not an excuse for you to say accidental discharge.
“A trained officer on such assignment should put his riffle on safety mode; the riffle has a safety mode and once you put it there, it will not just release anyhow.
“So, it is not an excuse that he mistakenly touched the trigger. That’s why we detained him and are seriously investigating the whole matter”, Okon said.
NAN gathered that the late Godwin was a staff of Greenmac Energy Ltd, a Petroleum Company that deals on fuel and Kerosene in Ogbor-Hill, Aba.
The deceased was believed to have come out for work as usual, as his line of business was among those classified as essential services, and not restricted by the lockdown order, when he met his death.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Isaac Ukpoju
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