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Security: Senator wants govt. to be more proactive

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Fadahunsi, a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the call while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of his Inaugural Thanksgiving at Anglican Church of Ijesa North Diocese, Ilase in Osun.

He said there was need for a joint effort among the rural dwellers, the community leaders as well as traditional rulers in assisting government to put an to the security challenges.

Fadahunsi, who noted that Nigerians were now living in fear due to upsurge of kidnapping and killings in the country, said government must do everything within its power to salvage the situation.

The Senator, who is a retired customs officer, said he gave warning signal in 2013 of possible attack by suspected herdsmen but the warning was not taken seriously.

Fadahunsi , however, thanked God for the opportunity to represent his people, adding that he would not disappoint them .

In his sermon, The Arch Bishop of Ijesa North Diocese of the Anglican Church in Osun, Bishop Isaac Oluyamo, thanked God for the success of the election which brought the Senator into Office .

Oluyamo, however, charged the senator to put God first when dealing with sensitive issues of national concern in the Senate.

Edited by Donald Ugwu

Agriculture

Food security: Lagos vegetable farmers seek access to fertiliser at affordable cost

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Some vegetable farmers in Lagos on Tuesday appealed to the State Government to provide fertiliser for them at subsidised rates to ensure bumper harvest.

The farmers told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that lack of access to fertiliser during the previous planting season contributed to shortage and high cost of vegetables in markets.

Mr Abdullahi Azzare, who cultivates variety of vegetables on three hectares on Iba-LASU Road, said that a bag of 50kg of fertiliser now sold for N7,500.

He said that the price was too high for most subsistence farmers in the state.

Azzare said that not less than 23 bags of 50kg fertiliser would be required to ensure good harvest from his farm.

According to him, many farmers have resorted to the use of organic manure from animal waste to enrich the soil to enable them to break even.

“The organic manure application is cumbersome and requires much labour unlike the NPK inorganic fertiliser application that even gives better yield.

“Many of us did not plant this period because of our inability to get inputs at reduced price; that is a threat to food security in the near future,” he said.

Azzarr added that if government could help by bringing the price down, more farmers would cultivate during the late planting season and ensure availability of vegetables all year round.

Mr Danbaba Dogo, whose farm is within the Nigerian Army Barracks, Ojo, said that fertiliser was needed for all year round farming.

Dogo, who said that he hired 15 labourers to assist him in his two hectares, said that fertiliser was essential to enable him to engage them all year round and make profit.

“I want government to sell fertilser to us. I have been going to the government warehouse at Ojo Agriculture Inputs office for the product but there is non there.

“The last time we got fertiliser there was two years ago at N5,000 per bag. It is much better than the rate at the open market,” he said.

The farmer said that availability of the product would encourage many of his colleagues to cultivate more, gainfully engagg more people and make vegetables cheaper in the market.

Also, Mrs Ann Uzoukwu, who plants vegetables in a farm within the Lagos State University, Ojo, said the yield was not enough to meet the demand of the school community.

If I could have access to fertiliser I would cultivate more land to enable me service the university community and its environs.

Meanwhile, Mrs Bisi Lawal, a manager at the state agriculture inputs office, said that the establishment was still expecting supply of the product for the farmers.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Indonesian security forces nab rebel for allegedly shooting dead foreigner in Papua

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Indonesian security forces have arrested a separatist who allegedly shot dead a New Zealand citizen who worked for the mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in the country’s easternmost province of Papua recently, a police officer said on Tuesday.

The rebel with an initial of TW was one of the 10 attackers of PT Freeport Indonesia which operates the Grasberg mining field, the largest gold mining and the second largest copper mining sites in the world.

The incident which occurred on March 30 also left two other employees of the firm injured.

The Provincial Police’s Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said that TW, a member of the separatist group which the government called a criminal armed group, was nabbed on Friday in the province’s city of Timika.

During the arrest, Waterpauw said, the security forces seized scores of ammunitions, according to local media.

PT Freeport Indonesia has been frequently targeted by separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM), leaving scores of casualties.

The Papua-based OPM, which has been seeking an independence through guerrilla wars since decades ago, also targeted soldiers, police personnel and civilians.

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Britain urges China to step back on Hong Kong security law

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British Foreign Secretary Dommic Raab on Tuesday urged China’s ruling Communist Party to step back from the brink and drop a new security law for Hong Kong.

According to him, it would undermine Beijing’s commitment to political autonomy for the territory.

Britain “strongly opposes such an authoritarian law being imposed by China,’’ Raab told parliament after discussing Hong Kong with his United States and other counterparts late Monday.

China’s nominal parliament approved the security law last week, prompting more protests in Hong Kong and criticism from Western governments.

“We have not yet seen the detailed, published text of the legislation, but I can tell the house that if legislation in these terms is imposed by China on Hong Kong it … would be a clear violation of China’s international obligations,’’ Raab said.

Britain handed control of Hong Kong to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of colonial rule.

Beijing agreed to uphold basic freedoms in the territory under a 1984 Sino-British declaration.

“There is a moment for China to step back from the brink and respect Hong Kong’s autonomy and respect China’s own international obligations,’’ Raab said.

“We urge the government of China to work with the people of Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong government, to end the recent violence and to resolve the underlying tensions based on political dialogue.’’

China on Monday threatened `counter-attacks’ after U.S President Donald Trump said he would `begin the process’ of revoking Hong Kong’s special trading status if Beijing persists with the security law.


Edited By: Halima Sheji/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Buhari approves ministry’s request for security of telecoms infrastructure

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a request by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, for  provision of security for telecommunications infrastructure across the country.

Pantami said this in a statement signed by Mrs Uwa Suleiman, the Spokesperson for the Minister, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

As part of Federal Government policy, the minister had championed efforts to identify telecommunications infrastructure as critical national infrastructure, with a view to protecting them from vandalism and theft.

The minister said also that the president had directed that necessary physical protective measures be put in place to safeguard telecommunications infrastructure across the country.

He explained that the Nigerian telecommunications industry, depended on a number of infrastructure that played critical roles in the smooth delivery of telecoms services in the country.

He said: “These are part of Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) because of the important role they play, in ensuring security and in the delivery of other essential services.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a massive migration to digital platforms and has increased the level of importance of Critical National Infrastructure to the sustenance of our economy and the security of the nation.”

Pantami, however, said that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had been notified of the president’s directives.

He thanked the president and commended the security agencies for the commitment they  demonstrated in securing the infrastructure.

The minister urged all the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure that they further reduced the prices of data and calls for the citizens, adding that this was to reciprocate the gesture.

He also requested the MNOs to submit a comprehensive list of their facility locations all over the country.

“We are also working toward the reinforcement of these directives through appropriate regulatory instruments

The implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) and the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, both unveiled by the president, have repositioned the ICT sector.

“This is evident by the recent Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which showed that the ICT sector contributed an unprecedented 14.07 per cent to the total GDP in the first quarter of 2020.

“We are confident that this will address the challenge of vandalism of our critical national infrastructure.

It will also go a long way in supporting the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025),” the minister said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

 

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Sri Lanka friendship organizations support China’s decision on national security legislation for HK

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Five Sri Lanka friendship organizations on Monday slammed foreign interventions in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and voiced support for China‘s efforts to introduce national security legislation for the HKSAR.

“We are pleased and encouraged to see the National People’s Congress of China has adopted (the) decision to make Hong Kong national security laws, which will definitely enhance peace, stability, and prosperity of Hong Kong and the whole region,” the five organizations said in a joint statement.

“We believe the new national security law for Hong Kong will not only abide by but also enhance ‘one country, two systems’ and guarantee the legitimate rights of (the) people of Hong Kong,” the statement added.

The statement was signed by the Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association (SLCFA), Sri Lanka-China Society, Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation, Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum and the Sri Lanka-China Buddhist Friendship Association.

Meanwhile, SLCFA President Ananda Goonatilleke was quoted by local daily The Island as saying that some Western countries were trying to “intimidate China when it is trying to address increasingly notable national security risks in

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‘s threat to alter a “full range of agreements” that the country has with Hong Kong was “ominous” and followed a trend of Western interventions in the internal affairs of other countries, including Sri Lanka, Goonatilleke added.

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National security laws in Egypt help reduce terrorism: Egyptian legislator

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Security: FCT begins implementation of state community policing

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has kicked off the implementation of the State Community Policing initiative aimed at reducing crime in communities and deepen trust between the public and law enforcement agencies.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja.

Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes.

He expressed optimism that with the Presidential approval granted for community oriented policing across the nation, Nigeria will begin to witness reduction in crime rate.

Bello, therefore, enjoined members of the committee to take the assignment very seriously and give it the utmost attention it deserved.

He also urged them to be nonpartisan in all their decisions and recommendations as well as be guided by the principles of natural justice and laws of the land.

He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers.

“Once there is a trust deficit in any guise or form, the workability of this policy becomes highly diminished and we will have lost a great opportunity in improving the security profile of the territory.

“It is necessary that selection into the Special Constabulary is fair and just with proper screening.

“Those selected should also be provided with basic training needed for the job. There should also be a robust feedback and monitoring mechanism for the performance of those appointed to carry out tasks within the communities.

“There should also be confidentiality of investigation and protection of informants,” Bello said.

Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities.

Ciroma noted that the committee could only deliver on its mandate if FCT residents embrace community policing and provide the necessary support for its success.

On his part, Sen. Philip Aduda, representing FCT, pledged to support full implementation of the initiative across the territory to enhance the security of lives and property.

The lawmaker commended the Inspector General of Police for reviving the community policing system aimed at improving national security.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee included, heads of various government security organisations in FCT and respected political, religious, traditional and community leaders.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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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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