The commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr Amba Asuquo, on Wednesday said tough times awaits criminals in the state and neighbouring states who failed to amend their ways.
read riot act to criminals operating in the state and other adjourning states of the South West saying that tough times await criminals who fail to amend their ways and turn over a new leaf.
He said that this was because of their nearness to the people at the grassroots as a way of preventing as well as controlling crimes.
According to him, such collaboration had become necessary because such non government security organizations are useful agents in knowing the movements and hideouts of criminals as well as exposing crimes before they are committed.
He said the hitch free Sallah celebration in the state was part of the results of such collaborative efforts.
“Can you imagine that even recently, when we were on the trail of some criminals in Iyemero Ekiti, so many of the traditional hunters and OPC men entered the bush with us, and I was amazed at the results we got.
“We do recognise their importance in information gathering and crime prevention, but what we are against is for them to either take laws into their hands or go out of their bounds to single-handedly punish without handing over arrested suspects to us for proper investigation and consequent prosecution,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Asuquo, who spoke along with the Chairman, Police Public Relations Committee, (PPRC) in Ekiti, Mr Sunday Makinde, disclosed that all the Police Commissioners in the South West states now had interstate arrangements capable of tackling cross-border criminality.
He listed some of the heinous crimes under focus to include: armed robbery, kidnapping, vandalization of public utilities and destruction of telecoms installations among others, saying several suspects had already been arrested in the last couple of months.
He assured of the safety of any member of the public that was ready to volunteer useful information that could lead to bursting of crimes in the state, promising that such classified information would be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Asuquo, however released a Special Emergency Number to report emergencies, assuring that his men would arrive at the scene from the nearest police station for action within five minutes.
He thanked Gov. Kayode Fayemi for his support to the command with modern communication gadgets and for promising to do more by the time the Security Trust Fund he recently created, become operational.
Also speaking at the event, the state chairman of the PPRC, Makinde said the committee would continue to work towards fostering good working relationship between the police and law abiding members of the public.
Buhari lauds Chadian military over counter insurgency campaign
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commended the Chadian Forces over their contributions to the counter insurgency campaign in the Lake Chad basin.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Chad is part of the regional force fighting Boko Haram insurgents under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Buhari lauded the Chadians when he paid an operational visit to the Headquarters of the Sector 3 Nigerian Army Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in Monguno, a border town in Borno.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), the Minister of Defence, the President described the troops as heroes who sacrificed their lives in the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity and the people.
The President said the purpose of the visit was to check the welfare of the soldiers, hold discussion with their colleagues from Chad and see how the Nigerian government can improve on their operations.
“The officers have told us your problems and everything that is needed for you to improve on the conduct of this operation.
“So, our prayer is that you continue with the good work that you have been doing and ensure that all what you are doing will not be left unattended.
“We will do our best to ensure your welfare are well taken care of.
“By the grace of God, we shall do our best to ensure you win this war. All of you will go back to your family and continue with your normal life.
“The government and the people of Nigeria will never forget our heroes who have done us proud, but lost their lives.
“We are also aware of the sacrifices that you are making and I hope you continue,” he said.
Buhari also commended the troops for their bravery and gallantry in the successful execution of the war against the insurgents as well as peace restoration process.
The service chiefs, including the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and other military top brass were at the meeting.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
Army, NDLEA recover eight guns, 725 bags of suspected cannabis in Edo
The combined troops of 4 Brigade and 32 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army Exercise Crocodile Smile IV have recovered eight dane guns and 725 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis.
The operation was in a joint operation with personnel of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Maj. Ojo Adenegan, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade, Benin.
Adenegan said that the recovery was made during a raid at Ivbiodohen Forest, in Ivibiodohen Village, 5 Kilometers from Uzebba community in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.
He explained that during the operation, the troops raided three different camps with warehouses at various points for storing marijuana.
Adenegan said that in camp one, the combined team recovered 19 jumbo bags, containing 32 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis, and 22 bags containing 10 blocks of same substance.
Another 18 bags containing the same substance, but yet to be parked as well as eight locally made guns.
He revealed that in camp two, the troops recovered eight bags of substance suspected to be cannabis and discovered suspected cannabis plantation.
Adenegan said that in Camp three, the troops recovered 545 bags of substance suspected to be cannabis, 113 jumbo bags of the substance suspected to be cannabis seeds and arrested one suspect in connection with the crime.
He added that at the end of the operation, the camps were burnt, while the suspect, the eight locally made guns and samples of the substance suspected to be cannabis were handed over to the NDLEA for further action.
“We are once again using this medium to solicit for the general public cooperation in the area of information sharing on criminal activities within the State and its environs.
“The Nigerian Army will not relent on its effort at ensuring a peaceful Edo and environs,” he said.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
Taskforce set to remove illegal structures in Lekki from Dec. 21
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) says from Dec. 21, it will embark on a clean-up exercise by removing illegal structures in Lekki, Lagos.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known in a statement signed by the agency’s Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofik.
According to the chairman. the exercise is to enhance free flow of traffic in that corridor.
“The Lagos State Taskforce on Thursday, Dec. 12 issued a seven-day ‘Removal Order’ to all owners of illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and container shops at ‘Marwa Waterside’ area of Lekki, Lagos,” Egbeyemi said.
According to him, the ‘Removal Order’ became imperative in preparation for a road construction along the coastal road which would serve as an alternative route for the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
“Illegal business operators like iron benders, mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others have turned the area into an eye-sore.
“In addition, they have littered the entire area with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste materials.
“It is also interesting to note that none of the owners, occupants and illegal business operators have any permit from the state government,” the chairman said.
He said that a two-day grace would be given after the expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ on Thursday, Dec. 19 before operatives of the agency would embark on the clean-up exercise.
Egbeyemi warned that the agency would clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding residents within Marwa waterside and the entire Lekki axis.
“I implore all illegal occupants of any of the government lands and property across the state to immediately vacate as anyone caught will be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.
The chairman added that the agency impounded 98 illegal commercial motorcyclists found plying restricted routes at Ikorodu and Agric Bus-Stop over the weekend.
“The agency had issued several warnings to these illegal commercial motorcyclists through their various associations to desist from plying 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the state.
“The combined efforts of the agency with the Police as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, will reduce the menace of motorcyclists on restricted routes across the state,” he said.
Egbeyemi also warned members of the public not to patronise illegal commercial motorcyclists on illegal routes, pointing out that both the rider and passenger were liable if arrested.
Edited by: Adeleye Ajayi
FRSC Edo Sector gets new Commander
Mr Henry Benamaisia on Saturday assumed office as the new sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Edo Sector Command.
In his remarks, Benamaisia said that his target in Edo was to ensure a safe motoring environment.
According to him, my aim is to reduce road traffic crashes to the barest minimum.
Besides, he said that he would also maintain a robust public education on safety, traffic law enforcement as well as collaborating with sister agencies to achieve the corps mandate.
NAN reports that until his deployment to Edo, the new Sector Commander was Head, Department of Policy, Research and statistics at the corps headquarters in Abuja.
He was deployed to Benin on Dec. 6. ( NAN)
Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide
Armed Forces College graduates 176 junior officers
Armed Force Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, on Saturday, graduated 174 Junior officers after a 23-week training.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Junior Course 88 participants, comprised 86 officers from the Army, 42 Navy, 29 Air Force and nine non-military students from Defence Intelligence Agency, Customs, Nigerian Defence Academy, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Office of National Security Adviser.
They also include eight international officers; two from the Gambia and one each from the Republics of Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, in his speech, congratulated the 174 officers on their successful graduation.
Ibas, who commended them for their perseverance throughout the programme, said having successfully completed the course, he was hopeful that they were now better informed and prepared to operate effectively as Grade 3 staff officers and junior commanders in their respective organisations or countries.
“I enjoin you to note that the appellation, ‘Pass Junior Staff Course’ confers much responsibility on you, anywhere in the world in terms of the desired quality and quantum output of your field and staff work.
“You must therefore understand that this graduation is an endorsement of your capacity for higher appointment and greater responsibilities that would challenge the skills you have imbibed here in the college.
“For members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the skills you acquired from this course would immediately come into reckoning as we continue to confront diverse mutating internal security challenges in the country,” he said.
According to Ibas, as junior commanders, they must brace up to the task ahead with courage and conviction.
“With the advent of technology, nothing is hidden in today’s world.
“Your conduct must therefore be in accordance with the highest professional standards in terms of integrity, excellence and compliance with extant military laws and rules of engagement, including respect for the rule of law.
“You will be judged by these virtues not only as members of the armed force but also as ambassadors of this prestigious institution,” he said.
Ibas also congratulated officers from sister countries.
“You have each done your respective countries and your family proud by successfully completing this course.
“I believe the programme has provided you the rare chance of forging enduring friendship while also appreciating each other’s lifestyle, culture and doctrine.
“I urge you to continue to nurture the relationship you have established here as this will go a long way in fostering synergy and long-standing fraternal military cooperation between our nations,” Ibas said.
Earlier, the Commandant of AFCSC, AVM Lawal Alao, said the course featured intense field training and academic activities designed to build the capacity of the officers with the appropriate skills to function as Grade 3 Staff Officers.
Alao added that the training was also to prepare them to function effectively as tactical level officers in the Armed Forces.
“The course is also aimed at developing the command, analytical and communication skills of the students in order to equip them to efficiently operate during single service, joint or combined and multi-agency operations,” he said.
The commandant thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country for all the supports and encouragement the college had received in recent times.
NAN reports that awards were giving to individuals who distinguished themselves during the course.
Edited by: Taiye Agbaje/ Maharazu Ahmed
Sun Publishing Limited wants Justice Minister’s intervention as EFCC threatens to seal headquarters
The management of the Sun Publishing Limited on Saturday appealed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) from sealing the company’s corporate headquarters.
The appeal is contained in a statement issued by the management of the media outfit titled: ‘EFCC visit to The Sun office with armed policemen: Our Stand’ and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) on Saturday.
The management of the Sun Publishing Limited said that the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice should advise EFCC appropriately on the legal consequences of such an action if implemented.
It said that the appeal became necessary following the visit by three officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with four heavily armed policemen on Saturday, December 15, 2019 at about 10.00 a.m. to its corporate headquarters in Lagos.
” They arrived the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos and put up a notice for the staff and the general public to keep off the premises.
“The EFCC officials, who came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.”
“They also advised our staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely,” the statement stated.
The management of the media outfit stated in the statement that they did not understand the legal basis for the EFCC’s action.
” It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited appealed against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding.
“The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.
“It is also pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated May 22, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court.
” It was also advised to stay action in the matter pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal, ” the statement said.
The management of the Sun Publishing Limited also said, “it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited is not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others.
“So, we do not see why the Judgment in that case should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.”
The publishing company said that it was aware that both Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu and Slok Nig. Limited had since appealed the Judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Idris and a hearing date given.
” We wish to reiterate that The Sun Publishing Limited is an ongoing corporate limited liability company and its shares are owned by various individuals distinct from Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu.
“Therefore, the recent Judgment against Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu should not be used to disturb the operations of the company and the proprietary rights of its innocent shareholders until the matters are dispensed with at the Supreme Court,” the statement stated.
Efforts by NAN to get the reactions of the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, was not successful.
He did not pick calls made to his phone number by NAN as at the time of filling thus report.
Edited by: Peter Dada
Yuletide: Enugu FRSC seeks collaboration with state traffic agency
The Enugu State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday urged the state traffic agency to join hands with the corps to ensure free flow of traffic, especially within the metropolis during the Yuletide.
Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, the Sector Commander, made the request in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Enugu, while speaking on the efforts of the corps to ensure smooth vehicular movement in the state during the festive period.
Kalu said that it was necessary that the state traffic agency also helped to prevent and check traffic jams whenever they occurred within the metropolis.
He advised the agency to call on FRSC whenever there was need for its intervention.
According to him, FRSC will continue at all times to carry out its duty for the safety of Nigerians on the roads, be it on the highways or within the cities.
He called on road users to always obey traffic rules for free flow of vehicles during and after the Yuletide.
(Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Sam Oditah)
Navy employs weight control mechanism to promote fitness
The Nigerian Navy is to use the ‘Body Mass Index’ to check and promote physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel of the Service.
The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, made this known at the Fourth Quarter Route March on Saturday in Abuja.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether a person has a healthy weight, and also a calculated number representing a person’s level of fat or obesity level.
The Naval Chief said that physical training remained the bedrock of the Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for onshore and offshore duties.
Ibas, who was represented by Rear Adm. Begroy Ibe-Enwo, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, said that it was imperative for personnel to be physically fit at all times.
“As you are aware, the Nigerian Navy is primarily responsible for the protection of the nation’s maritime domain and also a major contributor to the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security arrangement.
“The Nigerian Navy is also a major participant in internal security duties all over the country. This makes it imperative for us to be physically fit at all times.
“Thus, the exercise and physical training remains the bedrock of Naval personnel’s daily mental and physical readiness for sea and ashore duties.
“It is pertinent to restate here that the commitment of the Nigerian Navy toward enhancing mental and physical fitness has yielded dividends as witnessed by the sterling contributions of the Service to national security, peace and prosperity,” he said.
Ibas noted that it was in recognition of this fact and the desire of the Service to keep the personnel physically fit that the route march among other events were sustained in its schedule of events.
He commended the Administration Branch of the Service for organising the route march ‘’which is very important for the physical and mental alignment of the participants.”
He cautioned officers not to engage in acts of misdemeanor or take the laws into their hands in order to avoid bringing the Service into disrepute during the festive period and in the course of their duty.
Ibas equally urged the personnel to show dedication to duty and unflinching support to “our democracy and constituted authority.”
Edited by: Joan Nwagwu/Ismail Abdulaziz
Yuletide: Curfew, ban of fireworks still effective in Borno -Police
The Police in Borno says the curfew and ban imposed on fireworks are in force to ensure a hitch free Christmas and New Year celebration in the state.
Mr Edet Okon, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), made the disclosure in a statement issued on Saturday in Maiduguri.
Okon said that the command had sensitized the people on the need to observe the existing curfew, ban and other acts capable of disrupting the peace during the festive period.
“In pursuance, therefore, the command wishes to restate that the curfew hours remain unchanged.
“The ban on the use of fireworks, firecrackers, banger, knockouts and other explosive devices subsists and should be strictly observed by all and sundry.
“Likewise; the display or brandishing of weapons, dangerous objects of any kind, other violent conduct and disposition under the pretext of celebration will not be tolerated,” Okon warned.
He advised worshipers to submit themselves for security screening that might be required at their various places of worship and to be mindful of the curfew rules during watch-night services on New Year eve.
He urged parents and guardians to monitor their wards to avoid incident of missing persons during the yuletide.
The police spokesman also called on the people to be vigilant and conduct themselves in an orderly manner as well as to report suspicious persons and movements to the police and other security agencies.
While wishing the Christian faithful and the people a merry Christmas, happy and peaceful New Year celebrations, the command urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.
“The police will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may attempt to disrupt the celebrations or breach the emerging peace and security of the state”.
Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
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