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Security: Kwara Govt donates 9 vehicles to Operation Harmony

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Kwara State Government on Friday donated nine new Toyota Hillux vans to police and security agencies engaged in ‘Operation Harmony’ to enhance security network in the state.


Nigeria News Agency reports that the handing over of the vehicles came barely two weeks after the Security Dialogue convened by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

It is as a part of the state government’s multi-prong approach to further secure life and property in the state.

The government said the vehicles were meant to re-energise the Operation Harmony, a state-driven initiative, comprising security agencies in Kwara.

Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamman Saba, handed the keys of the vehicles to the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun.

Saba said: “When this government came on board, Operation Harmony was in a shocking condition, but I am thrilled by the zeal of the governor to bring the outfit back to live.

“It all started with the regular payment of subvention and provision of logistics to the outfit since inception of this administration.

“We are, however, hopeful that the distribution of these vehicles will enhance effective and efficient discharge of your duties.

“I urge you to maintain and make good use of them in order to serve the desired purpose”.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, said the gesture underscores the governor’s efforts to checkmate crimes and strengthen security in the state.

“I say a big thank you to His Excellency. I want to use this opportunity to assure the governor and the government of Kwara that these operational vehicles will be put into optimal use to combat crimes in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Rabiu Sani Ali



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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.

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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. .

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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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