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Security challenges: President Buhari commends military, pledges priority on training

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the Federal Government would continue to give priority to the training of officers and men of the armed forces to effectively tackle security challenges in the country.

Buhari made the commitment during the graduation of 207 Students of Senior Course 41 of the Armed Force Command Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna State.

“This is not only because we salute their courage and sacrifice to improve the security of our country but also because the armed forces have continued to be the beacon of unity in the country.

“I must again commend the armed forces, who continue to provide prompt responses to the numerous security challenges facing our country.

“Your response to Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as the activities of several armed groups among others have been very commendable,’’ he said.

Buhari said the Nigerian armed forces had also committed good resources toward stability of the West African sub-region and world peace.

He noted that the grandaunts had passed through several aspects of training in leadership, public security, command and staff functions to prepare them for the challenges ahead.

“With such an investment in you, the nation expects the very best from you in terms of your commitment to your duties, loyalty and service to your fatherland,” he said.

“The president urged them to make honest contributions to the discharge of the constitutional responsibilities of the armed forces and be good ambassadors of the college

Some 207 students, comprising 87 Nigerian Army, 58 Nigerian Navy, 40 Nigerian Air Force officers, nine personnel from Ministries, Department and Agencies and 13 international students from allied countries graduated from the college.

The president noted that the college was now well respected globally.

“It is the reflection of commitment, discipline, work ethics and high moral and academic standards that the college has maintained over the years.

“It is my pleasure to observe that there are 13 international officers from 11 African countries and Republic of South Korea, who have successfully completed the course.

“This is an improvement on the number of international students and I believe that in the coming years, this number will still increase significantly as the excellent reputation of the college is increasing around the world.

“I trust the international grandaunts will return to their countries with good morals and absolve the friendship and bonds we are contributing.’’

Buhari asked the students to bear in mind that they might meet again on foreign assignments as members of coalition of allied countries and as such should maintain the bond between them.

He added that the main purpose of the college was to train tactical and operational level officers to address the increasing contemporary security challenges.

“As you all know, Nigeria has been facing numerous security challenges which are both asymmetric and trans-border in nature involving mainly northeast side of the country and outside our borders.

“Many of the security challenges that we have had are trans-border in nature and that is why the West African countries and indeed the entire African continent must step up the level of military cooperation as they currently exist among us.

“I want to assure you that Nigeria in partnership with our allies will not relent until the terrorists are completely decimated.

“The AFCSC will be playing a leading role in developing new doctrine and military tactics and conceptualising new strategies to improve the combat activities of the armed forces,’’ he said.

The president commended the effort of the college in introducing media awareness functions in order to sensitise officers to the  importance and methodologies of utilising information and media in supporting military operations.

Earlier, the Commandant of the collage, AVM Shittu Alao, said that the course lasted for one year and that 32 of the students were recommended to be directing staff.

He explained that the course had equipped the students with expertise to lead units and conduct operations at tactical and operational levels.

“You are expected to play key roles in the battle against insurgency, banditry and other challenges in the country.

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Firm begins empowerment programme for Immigration Service officers’ widows, children

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Owolabi Awosan, the Managing Director of Greater Washington Limited (GWX), says the company will soon be empowering widows and children of some officers of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

Awosan told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the logistics firm had been doing this through all levels of education and would extend the programme to some extremely poor individuals.

“The empowerment programme will be executed in partnership with the Immigration Officers Wives Association (IMMOWA) and the Ministry of Interior and it will involve key business partners sponsoring the initiative,’’ he said.

The company chief executive added that the firm would also cater for extremely poor people across the six geo-political zones of the country.

“The organisation’s focus is to reduce the rate of illiteracy and poverty in Nigeria through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.’’

He said the organisation was set to provide necessary financing for small businesses, including educational support services for the less privileged.

“We will be working with IMMOWA and the Ministry of Interior to attract strong partners to expand the fund for wives of officers who have died or were incapacitated during the course of duty.

“Our focus is education for the extreme poor, because we found out that a lot of people want to go to school but cannot afford it. We have launched the project across all the region.

“Over the years we have done a lot of CSR projects and this time we are supporting the cause of the widows, especially wives of the officers who died or have become incapacitated while serving in the NIS.

“We will support them in petty trading and financing and by giving scholarships to the children of the poor among them, while ensuring that they are sponsored to state-owned institutions from the secondary to tertiary education levels,” Awosan explained.

He also disclosed plans by the organisation to build the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners through effective training and partnerships in major humanitarian projects.

“We have a lot of existing ones going on, and we will also train media personnel who cover the Ministry of Interior, ” the GWX Managing Director said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that GWX has a strong background in logistics and business consulting, and flaunts a reputation for services excellence and best global practices.

(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Olawale Alabi (NAN))

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Police arrest 7 suspected cattle rustlers, recover 273 livestock in Kaduna

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The recovered livestock by Kaduna Police command from suspected cattle rustlers, on Wednesday. Pic NAN

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Kaduna, Nov, 20.2019 The Kaduna State Police Command, said it had arrested seven suspected cattle rustlers and recovered 273 livestock in Iche Village near Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government area of Kaduna state on Nov. 19.

The Deputy Commissioner (DCP) Department of Finance and Administration, Kaduna Command, Onah Sunny made the disclosure at a press conference on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Sunny said the success recorded, was the success of Community policing.

“It is very important to let you know that, we are here today to showcase the remarkable achievements the Kaduna state Police Command recorded yesterday (Tuesday) by recovering 246 Cows and 27 sheep.

“The animals were suspected to have been rustled, and the arrest of seven suspects in connection to the crime,” he said.

According to him, the feat was achieved through community willingness to ensure safety and security of lives and property of well meaning citizens of the state.

Sunny said the Kaduna Command received a reliable information that there were suspected rustlers trying to move rustled cattle in large numbers to location yet to be ascertained.

“On receipt of the information, the Command immediately swung into action and intercepted the cattle and sheep around Iche Village near Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government area of the state.

“The operatives equally arrested the seven suspects, who are currently assisting Police in their investigation.

“Let me call on the Public in the State to rededicate themselves to the concept of civic responsibility to demonstrate personal and collective commitment in assisting the Police with timely and reliable information to be able to sustain the gain recorded and improve security in our communities in general.

“I want to assure you that the suspects will be prosecuted accordingly upon completion of investigation and the cattle will be handed over to the real owners with verifiable proof of ownership.”Sunny said.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Tukur Muntari. (NAN)

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FOC inaugurates 64 new apartments for officers as Ojo Navy Town

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The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji, on Wednesday urged beneficiaries of the newly inaugurated apartment blocks in Lagos to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities.

The FOC said this at the inauguration of four blocks of 32 three-bedroom flats and two blocks of 32 two-bedroom flats  for Lieutenants and Senior rates, respectively.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the naval apartments were located at the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) WEY, Navy Town Ojo, Lagos State.

“Although the NN is still faced with the challenges of accommodation deficiencies, the additions of the ones commissioned will go a long way to ameliorate the challenge.

“I therefore enjoin beneficiaries to exercise utmost care in the use of the facilities and maintain them properly.

Daji said that there would be inspection and guidelines for the use of all accommodation in the command, saying all guidelines would be enforced.

The FOC also thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, for his consistency and outstanding effort in meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I deem it most appropriate and within the ambit of decency to extol the consistency and outstanding effort of the Chief of Naval Staff toward meeting the basic needs of personnel.

“I am at a vantage position to make this assessment, given the series of landmark projects that were commissioned in this command during the 63rd Anniversary celebration of the NN in June all geared toward improving NN capacity and personnel welfare,” he said.

“It is against this background that I am pleased to be part of the ceremony to commission yet another accommodation facilities at the Lieutenants and Senior Rates quarters to consolidate on the successes achieved so far,” he said.

Daji said that the provision of decent accommodation would have positive impact on the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigeria Navy.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Sagay wants Magu confirmed as substantive EFCC Chairman

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The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has made a case for the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Commission.

The endorsement of Magu by PACAC was made in Abuja on Wednesday by PACAC’s Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay when he led his team on solidarity visit to the EFCC boss at the Commission’s headquarters.

While declaring that Magu deserves appointment as the substantive chairman of the EFCC, Sagay said, “When something is good; when you see high quality, merit, dedication, and somebody who is courageous in the fight against corruption, I think it will be stupid to say you are looking for something outside.

“This is not a turn-by-turn thing. It is a thing of merit. You must work for it and achieve it. In our view, the Acting Chairman deserves everything including his being given a substantive appointment.

“It is true one man cannot make a forest, but it takes a good man, a man of quality to bring out the best in any organisation, and that is what he represents – an uncompromising person.

“As far as corruption is concerned, no one have the courage in this country to offer him a bribe, because he or she knows the result will be a disaster. We are solidly behind Magu and the EFCC, ” he said.

While expressing support to the Commission, Sagay said “EFCC deserves continued support so that it will know it is being appreciated.

“You cannot pick up a newspaper any day without you reading EFCC’s achievement in terms of charges, forfeiture of assets, convictions, among others.

Sagay equally expressed optimism that the 9th Senate would do the right thing by confirming Magu when his name was forwarded to it by President Buhari, saying there would not be any reason for the legislators to reject Magu’s confirmation.

For his part, the EFCC boss thanked President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for giving him every support he had required to achieve the successes recorded by the commission.

He assured the PACAC delegation that he and the EFCC team would continue to give their utmost in the fight against corruption.

 “I assure you that so far as I am here as the chairman of the Commission, I will continue to do the right thing, and we will ensure the things we do are within the ambit of the law. We are trained to kill corruption,” Magu said.

Edited by Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Only corrupt elites see no difference in FG’s anti-corruption war — Sagay

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Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019 (NAN The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) , Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, says only corrupt elites see no positive difference in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led anti-corruption war. 

Sagay made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja when he led members of the committee on a solidarity visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria News Agency reports that PACAC was established in 2015 by the Buhari administration as part of deliberate efforts to combat corruption in the country.

PACAC’s mandates include the promotion of reform agenda in the anti-corruption crusade, advising on the prosecution of the war against corrupt practices and implementation of reforms in the nation’s criminal justice system

Acording to him, President Buhari’s administration has brought a paradigm shift in the anti-graft war.

“When Nigerians pretend by asking what difference has his government brought in the fight against corruption, it amazes me.

“For me, it is a sign of bad faith being expressed by the elites who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“So, they are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living rather than simply collecting unearned money, easy money that used to go round the country.

“These are people who were building edifices without sign of employment of any sort,” Sagay said.

The professor of law attributed much of the success story to efforts of the EFCC, which he said had surpassed other agencies in the fight against corruption.

He said the recent arrest of former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, in the United Arab Emirates was the latest in the EFCC’s achievements.

Responding, the Acting Chairman, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, who reassured of the commission’s commitment to fight corruption, stated “this is the mandate given to us by the president.

“We want to thank Sagay and his team for coming over because I see this visit as an oversight one.

“There is no money that can force Sagay and his team to come and pass commendation on the commission. We are proud of this gesture and we will keep taking what we are doing seriously.

“Anytime there is anything wrong, Sagay will call and shout at me by asking me to do the needful and I take correction quickly.

“And when he noticed we take correction, he will call and acknowledged, ” he said.

The EFCC boss said that the Commission had enjoyed lot of literature from PACAC which had served as guide for its operations, and assured that the commission would do the right thing always.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Abia Controller of Corrections expresses concern over inadequate escort vehicles for inmates

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Mr Julius Ezugwu, Controller of Corrections, Abia Command, has appealed to the state government to become an integral part of the new correctional reform and assist the centre with escort vehicles for inmates.

Ezugwu, who made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Umuahia on Wednesday, said it would enable the centre to safely transport inmates to court.

He regretted that the state government gave out vehicles to other security agencies but left out the service, “all because they feel we are not in enforcement.”

He said: “But the centre is taking care of all the by-products of all these agencies, including police, Department of State Services, civil defense, Immigiration, vigilante and others.

“The inmates need to go to court. How do they access justice if they don’t go to court?

“We have vehicles but we need the Abia government to complement the efforts of our management at the national headquartres to at least increase our fleet of vehicles.”

The controller lamented that the three escort vehicles for the inmates in Umuahia were grossly inadequate to cover the 48 courts located all over the capital city.

He also said that Aba correction centre was covering 39 courts, adding that Arochukwu had the same number of courts with few vehicles.

Ezugwu, who decried the problem of overcrowding in Abia correction facilities, disclosed that of the 1760 inmates in custody in three correctional centres in the state, only about 150 were convicted.

According to him, the rest are awaiting trial and some of them have undergone trial for 10 years and above.

He, however, described the new correctional service Act as the best international correctional practice.

He said that the Act had made a lot of provisions to address the issue of overcrowding.

“Moreover, the new correctional Act provides for separate facilities for females and even for juveniles, but we don’t have such facilities in Abia.

“We have a juvenile home in Aba but it is not operational now.

“So it is only the state government that can help us to reactivate that place so that the juveniles will not be seen in the prison,” he said.

(Edited by Sam Oditah (NAN))

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