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President Buhari charges Military on strategies against ISWAP threats

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian military to re-examine strategies towards defeating the Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East.


Buhari gave the directives at the opening of the 10th National Security Seminar organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC), on Wednesday in Abuja.

The seminar with the theme; “Combating Insecurity in Nigeria” was organised in collaboration with the Office National Security Adviser (ONSA) and NDC.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), said that new threats in the areas of insurgency and terrorism had emerged due mainly to the defeat of ISIS.

He, however, stated that the security agencies had been given renewed mandate to deal mercilessly with all forms of criminality such as terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

“This is a major concern and threat to us, as their presence in the West African Sahel region poses great danger not only to Nigeria but the entire region.

“Thus we are exploring higher level of collaboration among all nations and international organisations to effectively curtail the spread of terrorism and defeat insurgency and terrorism.

“No doubt, our forces have over the years worked hard to defeat Boko Haram and they will as well re-examine their strategies to deal with ISWAP that has invaded parts of the country.

“The criminal elements using kidnapping and other criminal activities as a way to get rich quick should either stop such acts forthwith or face the full weight of the law as security agencies have a renewed mandate to deal with such acts of criminality,’’ he said.

Buhari said that the government would continue to prioritise security, adding that the seminar was necessary especially at a time when the government was making efforts to ensure attainment of sustainable peace in the country.

He said that AANDEC’s close collaboration with ONSA, NDC and other security agencies presented the type of desired collaborative efforts towards addressing major security issues and challenges facing the country.

According to him, it is therefore expected that at the end of the seminar, we will have some implementable recommendations that can move the nation forward.

“As we all know, security should be the concern of everyone hence we must all corporate and work collaboratively to address security issues from all perspectives, be it physical or human.

“The nexus between physical and human security makes it necessary for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to be highly productive.

“States and Local Governments should also view workers’ welfare with utmost priority while all security agencies in particular must deal appropriately with extremist tendencies that are capable of affecting peace and development of the nation, according to the law.

“The National Security Strategy 2019 is very clear on these and we shall implement every aspect of it.’’

On the border closure, Buhari said that the government had to consider temporary closure of land borders with a view to taking closer look at how to address the challenges of smuggling and illegal movement of weapons.

He added that the border issue would be properly examined in collaboration with its neighbours to put in place acceptable measures to prevent illegal economic activities and other related crimes.

The president commended AANDEC for its contribution over the years towards enhancing security, peace and development in Nigeria.

On his part, the Minister of Defence, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Nuratu Batagarawa, acknowledge the effort of President Buhari for creating an enabling environment to resolve the prevailing security challenges.

Magashi said it was imperative to forge a common front among the security challenges to finding permanent solutions to the security challenges, adding that seminar was apt.

He said that the ministry would put in ace measure to implement the recommendations from the communique at the end of the seminar.

According to him, it is believed that the seminar will go a long way in providing afar reaching recommendations that would help in tackling the national security challenges.

Earlier, the president of AANDEC, Maj.-Gen. Garba Audu (rtd), disclosed that the seminar was organised with a view to proffering solutions to national security challenges.

Audu said that the seminar would focus on some key security challenges bedeviling the country such as negotiations with bandits in some parts of the country.

He said that solution to national security challenges goes beyond the military intervention, adding that economic solutions were also required.

According to him, the AANDED regularly review the national security challenges facing Nigeria with a view to articulating informed measure to address them.

“It is noteworthy that AANDEC is highly blessed with some best trained military and security sector officers both serving and retired around the world who are professionals in various fields of human endaevour.

“They are highly experienced in the conduct of security operations in and outside the country.

“Members of AADEC therefore, constitute the appropriate team of think tank that can be relied upon to proffer solution to Nigerian security and development challenges,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi



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FRSC orders closure of driving school portal

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has ordered the immediate closure of the Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP) portal.


The FRSC Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, who gave the order, called for the suspension of driving school operations to further discourage driving school certificates for trainee-drivers by proxy.

The closure order is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Corps’ Public Education Officer (CPEO), Mr Bisi Kazeem.

According to Oyeyemi, the directive is part of the corps’ efforts to complement measures already put in place by the Federal and State Governments to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

He said the order was also ” to ascertain that no driving school is presently undergoing any form of session for trainee-drivers across the country.”

Oyeyemi said that the corps was engaging a holistic approach in its attempt to ensure that spread of the pandemic was completely halted against undue escalation.

“That is why it refuses to stop at the suspension of the operations of driving schools nationwide alone but went further to order the immediate shutdown of the DSSP portal to induce overall compliance.

” This and many other measures are directed at encouraging compliance on the stay-at- home and social distance directives of the federal and state governments, ” he said.

The FRSC boss reiterated  the corps’ resolve to play its assigned roles in curtailing the global health challenge.

He expressed regrets at any inconvenience the suspension of the driving school operations and shutdown of the DSSP portal may have on intending trainee-drivers and operators.

Oyeyemi urged everyone affected to remain calm and bear with the prevailing situation as the directives issued were targeted at preventing them from contracting or spreading the virus.

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Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Mufutau Ojo)
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Funke Akindele arrested for violating restriction orders in Lagos

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The police in Lagos have arrested popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, for throwing a party in violation of the restriction order against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.


The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

“The attention of state Police Command was drawn to a viral video showing large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry in an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

“They were celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband.

“Police detectives from the state CID Yaba, were promptly drafted to the location and Akindele was arrested,” Elkana said.

He said that efforts were intensified to arrest the remaining persons in the video, among whom are Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley and Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz.

The police spokeperson advised those involved to report at the CID Yaba on Monday in their best interest or risk being declared wanted.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi
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Gorgi attack: Buratai pledges adequate care for wounded soldiers

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Sunday visited the recuperating troops who were wounded during recent encounter with insurgents at Gorgi area of the state.


The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, in a statement on Sunday, said the soldiers are recuperating at the 7 Division Medical Service and Hospital in Maiduguri.

Musa said the visit was the second in recent time, adding that the COAS had earlier sent the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP) Army Maj.-Gen Enobong Udoh, to visit them.

According to him, the visit followed an encounter in Gorgi area and the resultant various degrees of injuries sustained by some troops of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole on March 22.

He disclosed that some of the wounded have been evacuated to 44 Reference Hospital Kaduna for more specialised treatment and management.

Musa added that Buratai was accompanied by some principal staff officers from Army Headquarters as well as the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya among others.

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Lockdown: Police warns of increasing activities of paedophiles

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The police in Lagos on Sunday advised parents to adequately watch over their children during the  coronavirus lockdown to ward off child abusers, who could take undue advantage of the period.


The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said in a statement that activities of paedophiles were increasing.

He said that the command arrested two suspects in the past week over alleged child defilement.

“A woman reported at the Ikorodu Police Station that she kept her nine-year-old daughter in the care of one Mercy and left for hospital.

“On getting back from hospital, she discovered that the girl was no longer there,” he said.

The police spokesman said that the woman later  saw her daughter coming out from the home of one man (name withheld).

“On enquiry, her daughter told her that the man had sexual intercourse with her,” he said.

Elkana said that the alleged victim had been taken to a hospital for medical examination and treatment.

“The suspect has been arrested by detectives from the Juvenile Welfare Centre, Ikorodu Police Station, and transferred to the Gender Unit, Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, for more investigation and prosecution,” he said.

Elkana also said that operatives from Okokomaiko Police Station arrested one 52-year-old security guard in Okokomaiko for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old.

“He is alleged to have dragged the victim into his security post on two different occasions.

“The victim was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

“The suspect was arrested and transferred to the Gender Unit for further investigation and possible prosecution, ” he said.

Elkana alleged that records showed that the suspect was a habitual child abuser.

“He was charged to court on Feb. 22, 2017, for defining  a minor,” he said.

The spokesman gave the assurance that the two  suspects would be charged to court.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, uses this medium to advise parents to beware of paedophiles preying on their children during the lockdown period,” Elkana said.

Also, Elkana said that police rescued a 10-year-old girl allegedly abused by her caregiver.

“A case of child abuse was reported online by a mandatory reporter through instablog9ja.

“Detectives from Gender Unit, in collaboration with the Office of the Public Defender and social workers from Ministry of Youth and Social Development, rescued the victim on Omotoso Street, Igando.

“The alleged abuser was arrested,” he said.

Elkana said that the victim had been taken to a hospital for treatment and kept in a safe home provided by the Lagos State Government.

“The suspect, who is a caregiver to the victim, is said to have allegedly pushed the victim, who  sustained injuries on her face.

“The suspect is seen in the viral video hitting the survivor on the floor.

“The suspect will be charged to court.

“The command will continue to protect the rights of the vulnerable members of the society, especially children,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/IIjeoma Popoola
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Borno Govt. rehabilitates 500 houses destroyed by Boko Haram

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The Borno Government has commenced rehabilitation of 500 houses destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists in Kawuri in Konduga Local Government Area(LGA) of the state.


Gov. Babagana Zulum said this during a working visit to Konduga on Sunday .

Zulum said that government had completed about 250 of the houses.

He said that the rehabilitation would enable residents of the community taking shelter in Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) camp to return home.

The governor directed the engineer handling the project to expedite action and complete the project before June 15.

“When we are able to resettle the people of Kawuri back to their communities, we shall move to Umarari.

” We want the people to engage in this year’s farming season in June,” he said.

He urged the military commander in the area to provide more security in the project site to checkmate theft of equipment.

Zulum also provided additional patrol vehicles to hunters in the area to compliment their efforts.

Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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JIFORM, stakeholders want African bonds to fight COVID-19

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Stakeholders at the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) online summit have called on African leaders to initiate financial bonds to fight the ravaging COVID-19 on the continent.


The President of JIFORM, Mr Ajibola Abayomi, disclosed this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Abuja.

Abayomi said the bonds would provide financial leverage to especially the poor nations on the continent to contain the deadly disease.

“We want the African leaders starting from the West Africa to first initiate Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) bond and at the level of the African Union (AU) to also consider AU bond so that many nations can access the needed funds.

“This is no time for rhetorics, this risk is high and everyone is a likely victim.

“We fully align ourselves with the position of the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Sunday James, that citizens sensitisation on movements from Covid-19 vulnerable countries and locally is also very key at this moment.

“This is a trying time for the global community, no one single being is free from the threat, we are all vulnerable as human beings,” he said.

Abayomi said that Journalists were not isolated, saying that it was a common enemy that could be eliminated by time, resources, expertise and adherence to international best practices.

He added that JIFORM wanted Africa nations to urgently put in place realistic food distribution chains where lockdowns were effected to assist citizens cope with the situation.

“We support the call for medical research and discoveries whether written or tested and certified vaccines to be shared among nations at this moment to be domesticated as solutions in countries according to the dictates of their environments.

“The developed nations, instead of the usual war against especially irregular migrants, they should be allowed and assisted to regularise their status, as provided for in the international law.

“Nigeria has shown the way forward through e-migrant registration anchored by the NIS. We should discourage the circulation of fake news and other sensitive editorial materials in the interest of nation building.

“We must remember among other things that we are called to genuinely inform, educate and entertain the audience not only as the fourth estate of realm but as public watchdogs,” he said.

Speakers at the summit themed: “Migration and Containment of COVID-19” include Deputy Controller Sunday James, the National Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Immigration Service and Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera, National Spokesman of Malawi Police Authority.

Others are Dan Atokolo, Zonal Commandant of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Lagos and Jorge Garlindo, the Public Information Officer of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Nigeria.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
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Police confirms kidnap of SA on LG to Gov Sule

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Nasarawa Police Command has confirmed the abduction of Mr John Mamma, Special Adviser (SA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development.

Ramhan Nansel, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed this to the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lafia.

According to Nansel, the SA was abducted in his country home, Dari village of Kokona Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Saturday night.

The PPRO said that based on the information available to them, about 10 unknown gunmen stormed the SA’s house around 8:00p.m on Saturday and abducted him.

“The kidnappers stormed his compound and began shooting sporadically before whisking him to an unknown destination,” the Police spokesperson said.

Nansel said that Police Commissioner,  Bola Longe had directed the Divisional Police Officer in the area and the Area Commandant to mobilise and comb the bush to ensure the victim was rescued unhurt.

He,  therefore, called on members of the public to furnish the police with relevant information that would lead to the rescue of the victim and apprehension of the kidnappers. .

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah and Isaac Ukpoju
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Kidnapped Adamawa NULGE chairman regains freedom -Official

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The Mayo-Belwa Local Government Council has confirmed the released of Alhaji Hammanjulde Gatugel, the Adamawa Chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).


Mr Kabiru Kelly, the council’s Information Officer confirmed the development to Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Yola.

Unidentified gunmen early on Saturday kidnapped Gatugel in his hometown of Mayo-Belwa.

Kelly said the abductors of the NULGE chairman released him in early hours of Sunday, around 12:30 a.m.

Also, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the Police Public Relation Officer of the state command, told NAN that the victim was released unharmed.

Sulaiman said that the abductors released the victim after realising the hot chase by the police.

“The Adamawa NULGE Chairman is released by his abductors after noting hot chase by the police,” Sulaiman said.

On whether ransom was paid before his release, no any confirmation from his family, police and government sides.

The police on Saturday announced the arrest of four suspected kidnappers that are terrorising residents of Mayo-Belwa, Jada, Ganye and Toungo local government areas.( NAN)

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COAS lauds Adeniyi over successes as OPLD Commander

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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has commended Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, for the successes recorded under his leadership as Theatre Commander Operation of Lafiya Dole (OPLD).


Buratai gave the commendation at a dinner organised in honour of the Commander at the Military’s Command Guess House, in Maiduguri, on Saturday.

Burutai said that the emergence of Adeniyi as the Theatre Commander was a turning point in the history of the army’s war against terrorism.

He said that the senior officer has shown high level of dedication, commitment and understanding of the operational environment, which placed him in a very good state to achieve success as the commander.

“Adeniyi came at a point when virtually most of the FOBs were falling and his coming was a turning point in Lafiya Dole’s operation.

“This one; no matter the laspses, no matter the inadequacies and no matter  what happened, nobody can take that away from him as part of his successes.

“He came at a time when things were already crumbling and his leadership style turned things around to bring us to where we are today.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“So Adeniyi, be rest assured that you have made your mark. You are leaving the Theatre, but you will be required to share the experience you have gathered here. You will be consulted accordingly,” he said.

The COAS also lauded other security agencies for their roles in ensuring successes in the counter insurgency campaign.

Earlier, Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, the new Theatre Commander of OPLD, assured the COAS that he would do his best to achieve the vision, mandate and objective of the operation.

“The Theatre is out to achieve all the directives with the orders and instructions from the headquarters,” he said.

In his remarks, Adeniyi lauded the COAS for supporting him to serve under his supervision as Theatre Commander.

“I am very happy that, to the best of my knowledge, I have done everything in my power, and that I did not let you down, sir,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Yahaya took over from Adeniyi, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
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