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Security: President Buhari inaugurates surveillance centre in Kaduna

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Security: President Buhari inaugurates surveillance centre in Kaduna

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Command and Control Centre of Kaduna State Surveillance and Monitoring System, set up to enhance security in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project cost the state government over N1.24 billion and included the use of drones and CCT cameras to track and respond to any criminal activity across the state.

President Buhari during the inauguration in Kaduna, said tackling security challenges across the country requires intense cooperation between Federal and state governments as well as the general public.

The President commended the decision of the state government in committing significant resources required for infusing technology into the security architecture.

He noted that Kaduna State was the first to embark on such laudable investment, and commended the vision and determination of the APC administration to tackle insecurity challenges in the state.

He said that the infusing of aerial surveillance and monitoring with fixed wind drones and higher resolution cameras put in several locations across the State would lead to significant reduction in crime.

Buhari commended the state for deploying drones with high capability cameras that can relay real time information even in darkness and within the jungles.

He advised the state government to work closely with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Ministry of Defence to safeguard civilians and Military Air traffic.

Buhari expressed delight over the support and cooperation the state government accords security agencies deployed to the state and it’s provision of land for the construction of Kafanchan operation based of the Nigerian Army.

In his speech, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufa’i stated that the Aerial monitoring system includes an Emergency Situation Notification System designed to enable residents of the state to report security incidents to a toll free number, after which the drones can be deployed within minutes for appropriate monitoring.

He said the government is awaiting approval from the Nigerian Communication Commission to deploy the special toll free number emergency number.

El-Rufa’i  said he believed that  technology can enhance the hard work of the security agencies, hence the  investment in modern technology.

The governor explained that the drones have night time capability that are equipped with formal cameras as well as security mapping of the entire state.

He called on the President to support the state in securing the final approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for the full deployment of the system that has been operated on a pilot basis.

El-Rufa’i said it took the State two years to conclude the Aerial system at the cost of N1.24 billion.

He added that the state government has an ongoing project to install statewide Close Circuit Television that will enable the command centre get real time live video of all activities within the State, thus facilitating appropriate tracking of criminals.

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army inaugurates ‘Operation Accord’

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The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), maintaining peace in Plateau and part of Kaduna and Bauchi States, on Monday inaugurated a special operation code name ‘Operation Accord.’

 

Inaugurating the operation in Gwantu, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Maj. Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, Commander of the Task Force, said the special operation aimed at address the spate of insecurity within its area of operation

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Operation Accord is an ongoing Defence Headquarters operation designed to neutralise and stem down banditry and other forms of insecurity in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

 

 

Okonkwo added that the operation was replicated by OPSH to block infiltration of fleeing bandits and militia groups into its area of operation.

 

He explained that the special operation aimed at identifying bandits and criminal hideouts, would last from till June 30.

 

The commander added that operation accord would facilitate the return of lasting peace within its area of operation, noting that it would also address all emerging security threats.

 

“Operation Accord is today being replicated for synergy of efforts in order to simultaneously conduct same operation within our area of operation from June 1 to 30.

 

“It will also identify bandits and criminal hideouts and neutralise them. The operation will be conducted concurrently with operation WHRL STROKE against banditry within North Central zone.

 

“It is aimed at facilitating the restoration of peace and security across our area of joint operation,” he said

 

Okonkwo assured members of the public that his men would be professional in carrying out the operation, adding that safety of lives and property would be prioritised.

 

“Let me assure members of the public that the military will professionally discharge it’s duties during the operation.

 

“Troops will observe rules of engagement and other best practices for the safety and security of civil populace,” he assured.

 

The Commander called on the general public to avail useful information to the military to enable it achieve the objectives of the operation

 

Okonkwo also cautioned his men against unprofessional practices, noting that one caught would be punished accordingly


Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Court remands security man for alleged defilement of a 9-year-old girl

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An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Monday ordered that a security man, Gideon Sunday who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl be remanded in police custody.

The police charged Sunday with one count charge of procuration of a minor.

The Judge, Sani Umar granted the application made by the prosecuting counsel, Akaso Sunday not to grant bail to the defendant.

Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded under police custody for one week.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sunday told the court that on May 12, 2020 one Grace Abitayo reported the case at the police station.

He said that the defendant on May 6 2020 took the girl to his room and have carnal knowledge of her.

He added that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have committed the offence.

He prayed the court not to grant bail to the defendant, saying that the offence was not bailable.

He said that if granted bail the defendant would jump bail and would also jeopardise ongoing investigation, adding that the court should refuse him bail.

The offence, he said, contravened the provision of sections 275 of the Penal Code.

The defendant however pleaded not guilty.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Kyrgyz security services detain active member of extremist organization

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Kyrgyz security services have detained an active member of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, authorities said Monday.

The press service of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan said the man, a 49-year-old active member of the Hizb ut-Tahrir religious extremist organization, was detained in the course of operational search measures in the country’s southern Osh city.

The detainee was on the wanted list of one of the neighboring republics for extremist crimes, and was responsible for distributing extremist materials in the Central Asian region, the press service said.

About 20 organizations are recognized as terrorists groups by Kyrgyzstan, including Hizb ut-Tahrir.

(XINHUA)

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Turkish security forces kill 3 PKK members

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Three members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in eastern Bitlis province of Turkey, the Turkish interior ministry said on Sunday.

Turkish security forces conducted an air-backed operation in the region, the ministry said in a written statement noting that the operations are underway in the region.

Turkish security forces have long been conducting operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq where the group has hideouts.

These operations are intensified in the past few months. PKK members often use northern Iraq to launch cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.

In a separate statement on Sunday, the defense ministry also stated the Turkish commandos “neutralized” two members of the Syrian Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, as they were trying to “infiltrate into the region of Peace Spring aiming to destroy peace and security environment“.

Turkey sees the YPG group as the Syrian branch of the PKK. The Turkish army launched many operations in order to create a YPG-free zone along its border within the neighboring country.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for over 30 years, which has claimed lives of more than 40,000 people.

(XINHUA)

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Zimbabwe steps up security measures at quarantine centers, border areas

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Zimbabwe will tighten up security at COVID-19 isolation centers across the country to prevent quarantined returnees from escaping, a senior government official has said.

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa told the Sunday Mail that government will tighten up security, especially in the country’s border areas to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It has been the government’s position that security be heightened so that we reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Government is even working on introducing drones so that we increase security measures in border areas,” Mutsvangwa said.

More than 118 people have fled from a coronavirus quarantine centers in Zimbabwe, sparking fears of a potential coronavirus outbreak.

The escapees were citizens who had recently returned from abroad, mainly from Botswana and South Africa.

Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi urged the community to report returnees who evade the COVID-19 screening processes.

“We appeal to the community to put their safety, health and security first, and report all returnees who evade the required COVID-19 screening processes to curtail the spread of the pandemic,” said Nyathi.

Zimbabwe had as of Saturday reported 174 COVID-19 positive cases.

(XINHUA)

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Banditry: Sultan seeks recruitment, funding of security agencies

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the federal government to recruit more personnel and properly fund security agencies to tackle insecurity in the country.

Abubakar made the call on Saturday while receiving the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar in his place in Sokoto.

The Sultan decried the increased cases of banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges leading wanton loss of lives and properties.

The Sultan expressed concern with the recent killings of 74 persons in Sabon Birni in Sokoto State and called for more measures to end the menace.

He also appealed to the federal government to provide law enforcement agencies with modern gadgets to promptly track down the criminals.

He advised the security agencies to strengthen their coordination and synergy for a more efficient result, adding that government response would improve citizens’ hope on security.

The Chief of Air Staff said he was in Sokoto to assess the situation and scale up operations in the area.

Abubakar said the visit was also to introduce more suitable security techniques to end the security challenges in the area.

He said the operations against banditry and insurgency were going on in Katsina and Sokoto states as directed by the President.

He underscored the importance of residents volunteering intelligence information to security agents for the success of the fight against banditry and other challenges in the area.

Meanwhile, the Air Chief met with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal behind closed doors at Government House as well as held a meeting with heads security personnel.

He was briefed on the situations in the affected areas and also inspected facilities at the Sultan Abubakar International Airport Sokoto.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Anniversary: Nasarawa community hails Sule’s administration on security, projects

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The Shafa Abakpa Community Development Association (SACA) in Nasarawa State has commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for improving on security and execution development projects.

 The community said Sule has also done well in almost all sectors of the economy in his one year in office.

The President General of SACA, Alhaji Usman Adams, made the commendation in a statement signed by the Secretary General of the association, Mr Sam Israel, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi on Saturday.

The statement said that the projects embarked upon by Sule’s administration in the last one year in office had direct and positive impact on the lives of the people of the state.

He listed construction of classroom blocks across schools in the state, installation of solar power projects in all local government areas and provision of free medical treatment to the people as well as youths and women empowerment as some of the governor’s achievements.

He noted the presentation of operational vehicles to security agencies and other support to tackle security challenges as other records, the  statement said.

On security challenges in Toto Local Government Area, the group said the APC administration has done well in seeking out the best way to address the challenges so that the people can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“The one year in office of Governor Abdullahi Sule, the Ohiogbe of Sofiyo, and his Deputy  Dr Emmanuel Akabe, as the best thing that has happened to the people of Nasarawa State.

“The laudable policies and programmes embarked upon by Government has brought purposeful developmental democratic dividends to the people across the length and breath of the state.

“Since the inception of the State, Nasarawa people now have a listening Government who directly involves all segments of the state in its affairs, thereby leading to the industrialisation of the state as many investors now clamour to invest,” he said.

Adams also expressed the association’s gratitude to the governor for the construction and commissioning of blocks of classrooms which Sule personally inaugurated in Government Secondary School Shafa Abakpa – Sofiyo.

The statement prayed God in His infinite mercy to grant the governor and his team the wisdom and strength to carry the state to greater heights and make it an enviable society.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Anniversary: APGA applauds Zamfara Govt for tackling insecurity

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The All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) in Zamfara has commended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government for restoring peace in the state.

The APGA governorship candidate at the 2019 general elections, Dr Sani Shinkafi, made the commendation at a news conference in Gusau on Saturday.

Shinkafi noted that the PDP-led government deserve commendation in its one-year of administration considering the way it tackled the terrible security challenge that bedevilled the state.

Gov. Bello Matawalle embarked on confronting the menace with great valour using his versatile experience as former Chairman, House Committee on Security and Intelligence.

The State Government also embarked on partnership with the Federal  Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and various key security stakeholders such as security outfits, former defence ministers, traditional leaders, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) leaders and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

“After various consultation, a fact stands out that the crisis has taken ethnic dimensions, most especially after the creation of Hausa Yan Sakai vigilante groups by the immediate past administration.

“Establishment of committee headed by the former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar, for finding solutions to end banditry in the state by the state government can be identified as a leading factor for the success recorded,” Shinkafi said.

He recalled that before PDP took over the affairs of the state, rural areas and nomadic settlements were relegated educationally and economically, and this situation created an avenue for high crime rate.

“This informs government’s decision to provide schools, clinics and earth dams for the people and idea of Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) came up as one of the solutions to the problem.

“The dialogue resulted in the release of thousands of captives abducted by kidnappers across the state, including the neighbouring ones.

“With this development, socio-economic education activities across the 14 local government areas of the state have been revived.

“Our rural markets closed down earlier due to insecurity have also been reopened, inter-ethnic relationship improved and over 80 per cent peace restored across the state,” he said.

The former APGA national secretary and governorship candidate explained that the opposition party was partnering with the PDP-led administration for the progress of the state.

He therefore urged people to continue to cooperate with the present administration irrespective of political differences for the state to move forward.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Serbia firmly supports China in safeguarding national sovereignty, security regarding Hong Kong, Vucic tells Xi in letter

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said his country firmly supports China in safeguarding national sovereignty and security on Hong Kong affairs in a recent letter sent to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Serbia supports China‘s National People‘s Congress to adopt the decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms to safeguard national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Vucic said.

As an independent and self-reliant country, Serbia opposes the act of interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, said the president, adding that both Serbia and China are committed to abiding by and safeguarding the fundamental principles of international law on the global stage.

The Serbian side firmly supports China in safeguarding its national sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, supports China‘s wise and resolute decision on Hong Kong affairs, and condemns all attempts to undermine China‘s reunification, according to the letter.

Vucic also expressed the wish that under the leadership of Xi, China and the Chinese people will continue to march toward prosperity.

(XINHUA)

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