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Police arrest suspected armed robbery kingpin, recover guns, ammunition

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The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested one Enenike Nweze, a suspected armed robbery and kidnapping kingpin.

The police said it recovered a locally made pistol, two cartridges and assorted handsets from the suspect.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Thursday in Enugu that the suspect was arrested on July 24, at Mgbowo community in Awgu Local Government Area.

Amaraizu said that the suspect was arrested by operatives of Operation Puff Adder following intelligence information.

“It was gathered that based on intelligence information, police personnel struck in the early hours of Wednesday at Mgbowo community, where they recovered a pistol, two cartridges and assorted handsets believed to have been robbed from victims,’’ he said.

The police spokesman added that the suspect had been helping police operatives in their investigation.

Similarly, the operatives while on stop-and-search duty along Aria-Milliken road in Enugu on July 18, recovered a locally made pistol with 10 live ammunition.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Air Senegal signs MoU for eight Airbus A220 aircraft

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Air Senegal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for eight Airbus’ A220 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer Ibrahima Kane said the planes would allow the airline to fly routes to Europe and West Africa when deliveries start in 2021.

Airbus SE, formerly Airbus Group SE, is a company based in the Netherlands that is active in the aerospace and defense industry.

The Company operates through three segments: Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space.

The Airbus Commercial Aircraft segment focuses on the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of commercial jet aircraft and aircraft components, as well as on aircraft conversion and related services.

The Airbus Helicopters segment specializes in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of civil and military helicopters, as well as on the provision of helicopter related services.

The Airbus Defence and Space segment produces military combat aircraft and training aircraft, provides defense electronics and global security market solutions, and manufacturers and markets missiles.

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Gov. Matawalle condoles families of bandits’ attack

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Gov. Matawalle condoles families of bandits’ attack

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Gusau, Nov. 19, 2019, Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has mandated his deputy, Mahdi Ali-Gusau to visit and condole familes of the 14 people killed in Sunday’s bandits’ attack at Karaye village in Gumi Local Government area of the state.

This is contained in a press release issued in Gusau on Tuesday by Yusuf Idris, Director-General, Press Affairs to the governor.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the bandits on Sunday killed 14 persons, injured 10 and burned some houses in the village.

The attack is believed to be a reprisal of the killing of some Fulani people by Yansakai, the local vigilantes in the area in early November.

The governor said that the delegation would also present the families with some relief materials and assure them of government commitment to fish out and prosecute the perpetrators.

Matawalle described the attack as “sad and unfortunate”,  warning that the government would not take it lightly with people taking the law into their hands.

He directed security agencies to mobilize more personnel to the area with a view to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book.

Matawalle noted that the peace initiative with bandits in the state was working, in spite of the latest set back.

The governor said the monthly meeting with security chiefs, traditional rulers and representatives of the Fulani and local vigilantes to sustain the peace initiative will continue.

He urged bandits that are yet to embrace the peace initiative to do so in their own interest or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Lagos CP Odumosu to prioritise traffic management

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The new Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has said that managing the menace of traffic in the metropolis would be his top priority.

Odumosu disclosed this during a press briefing Monday in Ikeja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Odumosu took over from AIG Zubairu Muazu, who was recently promoted from Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

Muazu has been posted to Force Headquarters, Abuja as AIG in charge of Counter Terrorism Unit.

The commissioner said that bad roads were the major cause of traffic in Lagos State, adding that poor attitude of drivers also contributed to the traffic problem in the state.

“The Lagos State Government under Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has started palliatives on all the roads especially now that the rains have subsided.

“However, I urge him to increase more of the palliatives on the roads because bad roads contribute to traffic congestion.

“If we have the government tackling bad roads from that angle and we the police on the road controlling the traffic, congestion would be reduced to a minimum.

“Once traffic flows, we would have reduced crime by at least 30 per cent in the city,” Odumosu said.

He said that more men would be mobilised from all sections of the police so that there would be enough personnel to manage traffic in the state.

The commissioner also said that he had enlightened the various Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Area Commanders on the need to change strategy towards traffic management.

“We need to change our traffic management strategy such as the time of reporting for duty and the time of closing of the traffic officers.

“The closing time of any traffic junction will be 10 pm and in areas where the traffic congestion is very serious, the time would be extended to 12 midnight,” he said.

The new CP added that part of the strategy to effect community policing would include publishing the phone numbers of all the DPOs in national dailies for easy access by the public.

“Improved communication matters in every relationship for sustainability and growth. So, we want to reduce the gap between the police and the members of the public through the press,” he said.

Odumosu also said that his administration would leave no stone unturned in tackling and reducing the menace of commercial motorcycles that have contributed to increased crime rate and accidents in the state.

“I have given my DPOs an order that the law on Okada restriction should be carried out fully in order to curb their menace to the society,” he said.

The commissioner urged the media to report occurrences accurately and promptly, saying that such reports would encourage the police and give a lot of confidence to members of the public.

“Police and journalism have two things in common because of their peculiarities as the two professions that cut across everybody in the society.

“The media is ladened with the responsibility of interviewing all aspect of life while the police is a Jack of all trade so these are the bond that they have together.

“Therefore, I plead for your cooperation and assistance in moving the Force forward,” he said.

Odumosu pledged to do everything in his power to ensure that the upcoming Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) Awards scheduled for Nov. 28 would be grand and successful.

Meanwhile, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana has expressed confidence in the ability of Odumosu in discharging his duties effectively and bringing crime to the minimum in the state.

Elkana had said that the new commissioner was very much familiar with Lagos terrain having occupied different leadership positions in the past.

“There is no doubt, he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in piloting the affairs of the command.

“The good people of Lagos State are enjoined to accord the new Commissioner of Police maximum support,” he said.

NAN reports that Odumosu started his career in the Police as Operations Officer in Isokoko, Ketu and Satellite Divisions as well as Area D Command, Mushin, Lagos.

He was at a time Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja.

NAN also reports that Odumosu was also one time Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Command and also Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, Western Ports Authority Command, Lagos.

He was also a member and Head of Enforcement Unit of the Presidential Taskforce on the Restoration of Law and Order on Apapa gridlock, Lagos.

Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Troops overcome another ambush by Boko Haram terrorist in Dikwa – Army

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The Nigerian Army says its troops have overcome another ambush  by the Boko Haram terrorist in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno.

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

Iliyasu said that the encounter took place on Monday when troops of 153 Task Force Battalion deployed at New Marte embarked on fighting patrol to Dikwa to hunt and destroy remnants of the insurgents.

According to him, the troops encountered an ambush staged against them by some remnants of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village, 7 km away from New Marte.

“The ambush was reinforced with a crudely prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted by them against the troops.

“In a rare display of boldness, resilience and faithful service to their fatherland, the troops, turned around the initial setback and dealt a devastating blow on the criminals.

“Having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing fire fight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.

The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion,” he said.

Iliyasu disclosed that the troops recovered two Gun Trucks, two Anti-Air Craft Guns, 2,080 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 26 Rounds of 12.7 mm Armour Piercing Incendiary ammunition at end of the pursuit and exploitation.

He added that three AK 47 Rifles, six Rounds of 12.7 mm (Belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, some clothes, food stuffs and mechanical tools belonging to the criminals were also captured by the troops.

According to him, most of the Boko Haram criminal elements were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

“However, troops continue to dominate the area with patrols to deny the criminal insurgents freedom of action.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has commended the troops for their gallantry and reiterate the commitment of the Nigerian Army to accomplish its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a secured Nigeria.

“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their unalloyed support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they tackle the myriad of security challenges confronting our dear country,” he said.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Police confirm killing of Sen. Mantu’s relative in Plateau

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The Plateau state Police Command has confirmed the killing of Alhaji Hashimu Mantu, a relation of Sen. Ibrahim Mantu in Chanso Village in Gindiri, Mangu Local Government.

A statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Terna Tyopev said that efforts were ongoing to arrest the suspects to face the full wrath of the law.

“On November 16, 2019, at about 06:30 a.m. the Plateau State Police Command received an information that a corpse was seen at a bush near Chanso Village in Gindiri District of Mangu LGA.

“The Police upon the receipt of the information, immediately mobilised detectives to the scene of crime. On arrival, one Alh. Hashimu Mantu, male, aged 42 years was found motionless.

“He was rushed to JUTH (Jos University Teaching Hospital) in Gindiri and was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty,” Tyopev said.

He said that the victim’s handset and a stick were recovered at the scene of crime.

Tyopev said that the corpse was thereafter released to the family for burial in accordance with the Islamic rites.

The Command calls on members of the public to volunteer information that would lead to the apprehensions of the perpetrators in good time.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Ebonyi Acting Governor urges Nigerians to support armed forces in tackling insecurity

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The Acting Governor of Ebonyi, Dr Kelechi Igwe has urged Nigerians to support the armed forces in their efforts to protect the nation from the current security challenges.

Igwe, who is also the deputy governor, gave the charge on Monday in Abakaliki during a courtesy call by a study-tour team of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna.

According to him, the military is invaluable to any nation’s existence.

The acting governor said that any nation that did not accord its military friendly and accommodating reception had planned to fail.

“The engagement of the military in civil and military operations has guaranteed security, peace and sovereignty of nations.

“Any nation that has not put its military together has always failed not only in terms of external aggression but in implosion within the country,” he said.

He welcomed the study tour team to the state, assuring them that the Local Government council chairmen would guide it in its research and interactions in the state.

“You should take particular notice of our yam and rice and use the rice as a signpost that you have the best rice in the country.

“ you conclude your sojourn in the state, the state governor must have been around to ask you questions on how you fared.

“We will then enrich your knowledge more on things you have seen because we are a people with rich cultural heritage, economic and social potentials,” he said.

Brig.-Gen. Victor Ebhaleme, the Study Team Leader expressed its happiness to be in Ebonyi whicg was known for its rich rice potentials and infrastructural developmental strides.

“The team visiting Ebonyi consists of 51 members who include four members of the teaching and administrative staff and 29 student officers.

“We also have a directing staff from Ghana on exchange programme, one international student from Gambia and students from the Nigerian Customs Service, among others,” he said,

He said that the tour would enable the team members have knowledge of Ebonyi, carry out on-the- spot assessment, research into its theme and proffer workable solutions in relation to the state.

“The team will also know about the state’s history, geography, culture and socio-economic development that have made it outstanding in the area of governance in the country,” he said.

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