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Troops kill 55 bandits, rescue 760 abductees in Zamfara



Troops kill 55 bandits, rescue 760 abductees in Zamfara


Gusau, March 12, 2019 Troops of Operation Sharan Daji have killed 55 bandits and rescued 760 persons abducted from villages in Zamfara state.

This was contained in a statement signed by Acting Force Information Officer, Maj. Clement Abiade in Gusau on Tuesday.

He said, the troops also recovered weapons, ammunition and rustled cows as they blocked all entry points to the bushes to deny the bandits free movement while building confidence of the locals.

“A total of 24 suspected bandits informants, rustlers, kidnappers and logistics suppliers were arrested and handed over to the police for further investigation.

“The Air Component of the operation carried out several air strikes around Kagara, Gando, Fankama, Fete and Dumburum forest during which successes were recorded.

“Items recovered include four AK 47 rifles, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube, 12 Dane guns, 27 AK 47 Magazines, 168 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, one Pump Action Gun, 47 Motorcycles, a Golf wagon car and 61 rustled cattle,” he said.

He added:”The troops’sustained operation led to the return of over 1000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs from Maru to Bini village on Feb.17.

“The Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Chika and the Chairman of Maru Local Government Area (LGA) Alhaji Salisu Dangulbi witnessed their departure at the LGA headquartres.

“Unfortunately, this feat was not achieved without supreme sacrifice being paid by one officer, two soldiers and a vigilante who paid the supreme prize during the encounter with bandits in Kagara forest.”

He said the Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Olabanji Stevenson sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives or got wounded assuring that their pains would not be in vain.


Police seek useful information on missing boy in Ondo



The Nigeria Police Force in Ondo State has called on the public to give useful information to the command that could lead to the rescue of a one-year-old boy, Kolawole Gold, who went missing in a church in Akure.

Mr Femi Joseph, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) made the call in a statement on Thursday in Akure.

“The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, especially the good people of Ondo State, about the sudden and unfortunate disappearance of a little boy by name Kolawole Gold.

“Gold was last seen in a church programme holding at Sotitobire Church, Oshinle Quarters Akure with his parents, Mr and Mrs Kolawole, on Nov. 10 at about 11.30 a.m.

“The boy, who is one-year-old and light-skinned, can speak and understand Yoruba and English languages,’’ Joseph stated.

According to the PPRO, the command has since launched an investigation into the incident.

“We urged anyone with useful information that could lead the Police to where the boy could be found or rescued to quickly inform the nearest police station or call any of the following phone numbers: , , and 0806015 9998,’’ Joseph said.

Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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ICPC urges youths to take ownership of anti-corruption fight



The Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Commission (ICPC) has urged youths to take ownership of the anti-corruption fight in the country.

Mr Laban Lakum a representative of ICPC, stated this at an engagement meeting with youth leaders on anti-corruption behavioral approach and social norms in Bauchi on Thursday.

He said that the fight against corruption would yield better results when Nigerian youth see it as their own.

Lakum said corruption is a sin, saying “therefore the youth should have a genuine fear of God in all their dealings.

“For the war against corruption to be successful, the youth must own it in all ramifications.

“ICPC was very appreciative of the overwhelming support of youth and ordinary Nigerians.

“if we have achieved success in discharging our mandate, it is because the people are very engaged with what we do,” he said

Lakum reminded the participants that the meeting was for all Nigerians to do the right thing, adding that “if we get this right, Nigeria will have gotten it right.”

Malam Jamilu Yaya, Lecturer with the Bauchi State University Gadau, also spoke on the need to root out corruption in the system.

“Each and every one of us should deploy whatever weapon we have against the monster called corruption,” Yaya said.

He observed that no community, society or country can develop when corruption is entrenched in every facet of its existence.

Earlier, Hajiya Maryam Garba, the Executive Director Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) in Bauchi, said corruption were the fall out of bad leadership and lack of integrity and ethics.

”It is the bane of our development.”

She said the objective of the meeting is an effort to positively change attitudes, values and behaviours of the youth to doing the right things at all times.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the meeting was “To trigger anti- corruption actions among youth leaders”.

The participants were drawn from Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa and Bauchi states with the support of The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Drug abuse: NDLEA to conduct 24hrs surveillance in FCT



The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it is embarking on 24 hours surveillance in the FCT to rid the city of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

The Chairman, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (Rtd) said this during a presentation of appreciation letter by the Wuse Zone 4 Traders Association (WZ4TA) on Thursday in Abuja.

Abdallah said that the high rate of drug abuse in the country had necessitated the need for the surveillance, adding that it would be a permanent exercise.

He said that this was coming after the approval of recruitment of the 15,000, officers and men by President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the agency’s manpower.

“I must say this is the main reason for the recruitment of 15,000 officers and men approved by the President, knowing that the agency is in need of manpower to carry out its operations effectively.

“The first phase of the recruitment had been done and we will commence the second phase as soon as possible. We will start with 5,000 before the year runs out so they can start their training in January.

“The Minister of FCT, Muhammed Bello, had been on the same page with the agency and every step we have taken had been supported by the Minister.

“And with other sister agencies, we have been able to carry out operations successfully and we promise to do more,” he said.

Abdallah said that the agency was ever ready to collaborate with any community in the FCT and its environment to rid the Nation’s capital of drug related cases.

“We will also talk to all the governors in states to step into the operations of fighting the abuse of drugs in the country,” he added.

Abdallah urged Nigerians to come on board, adding that the need for people to know that the problem was irrational has called for concern.

He appreciated the Minister of the FCT for his support in the fight against drug abuse and promised to work with the administration.

The Chairman, WZ4TA, Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, appreciated the NDLEA boss and the agency for the positive transformation in Zone 4 presently.

“I was pained seeing children and youths involved in drugs, prostitution and other forms of social vices.

“I came to the NDLEA to lay my complaint and I am happy that the agency accepted and helped in ridding the area of drug peddlers.

“Everybody in Abuja knows what Zone 4 is, but today, we are grateful for the changes so far, for cleaning FCT.

“I think that if we as Nigerians play our roles well, like what the NDLEA has done, then the country will move forward, “ he said.

Hajia Zainab Aliyu, a resident of Zone 4, commended the NDLEA for cleaning the community, adding that youths and children are the future of Nigeria.

She decries the use of drugs by youths in the area, adding that it has jeopardised the good and beautiful future they had.

“Some of them are directly at the back of my house selling drugs and doing drugs. Sometimes I walk up to them and counsel them.

“I have helped some of them to gain admission into university and even took one to a rehabilitation centre. NDLEA have done well but need to do more to ensure old wounds are not opened again,” she said.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Police arrest illegal arms fabricator, 33 other suspects in Plateau



The Plateau Police command has arrested a 63 year-old man for alleged illegal fabrication of fire arms.

He was arrested in Tagwash Village, Richa in Bokkos Local Government Area where he resides.

The Commissioner of Police (CP), Plateau command, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, disclosed this on Thursday in Jos.

Akinmoyede, said that the suspect’s arrest followed activities of Operation Safe Havens, the outfit charged with maintaining peace in Plateau.

“On the Nov. 15, the commander of Operations Safe Havens, sector 5 arrested and took to Bokkos Police Division, one (suspect), a 30 years old male of Richa village in Barkin Ladi, who was in possession of a locally made pistol and cartridge.

“During police interrogation, the suspect confessed that he got the pistol and cartridges from one male (suspect) of Tagwash village, who is into illegal manufacturing of guns with his father,” he said.

The CP said that during investigation, detectives raided the suspect’s house and in the process recovered one locally made rifle, one gas welding cylinder, one drilling machine, one motorcycle wheel, a bellow and four hammers.

He said other exhibits recovered from the suspect’s house were locally made rifle triggers, four dane guns, three pipes, motorcycle steering pipes and a tool box containing pliers, fillers and spanners.

Akinmoyede said that the suspect, who allegedly sold the firearm, was currently at large and efforts were on-going to secure his arrest.

He further revealed that the Anti-Kidnapping unit of the command on Nov. 11 arrested two alleged suspects over the kidnap of a 15-year-old girl.

He said that the unit was able to intercept the kidnappers along Barkin Ladi/ Mangu road, when they were dragging their victim into a nearby bush.

He said that the unit also recovered two unregistered motorcycles from the two suspects.

He said that the police also had in its custody for questioning two suspects in complicity with the death of one 25-year-old Paul Mark of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government Area.

According to the commissioner their arrest followed a report that was lodged at the Mikang Police Division.

“On Nov 10, the corpse of one Paul Mark, aged 25 of Garkawa in Mikang Local Government was found close to the College of Agriculture in Garkawa.

“The deceased is said to be the boyfriend of one girl (name withheld), a student of the College of Agriculture and one (name withheld) other man, also alleged to be the boyfriend to the same girl.

“The two rivals met during a party organised by (a friend) at Kwaitop Hotel on Nov. 10. Thereafter the corpse of Paul Mark was found,” he said.

He said when the case was reported at the Mikang Police Division, the two suspects and two of her friends were arrested and taken as prime suspects for questioning.

The CP however disclosed that when the youths of Garkawa learnt that the four persons where being interrogated, they invaded the station, vandalised, beat and injured two police men on duty and the suspects.

He said that that the nefarious act of the youths led to the death of it prime suspect.

According to him, the Command has arrested 21 youths linked to the invasion and suspects are currently being investigated for the case of criminal conspiracy, mischief, causing hurt and culpable homicide.

Akinmoyede warned that the public should refrain from interfering in police investigations.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were over.

The CP thanked the Commander of Operations Safe Haven and the officers and men for synergy and cooperating with the police that led to the discovery of the local arms manufacturing factory.

He revealed that the Police in synergy with other security agencies were working proactively to ensure that the state was rid of crime so that the residents can enjoy the yuletide.

edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Minister tasks Nigerians to support security agencies to secure the nation



The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen.Godswill Akpabio, has called on Nigerians to support security agencies to secure the nation.

Akpabio, made the call on Thursday, at the public presentation of a book tilted “Moblisation for National Security and Development” by Brig.-Gen. Dominic Udofa in Abuja.

He noted that national security engenders national development, adding that the book was timely due to the security challenges bedeviling the country.

The minister commended the Armed Forces for their sacrifices and dedication in the face of daunting security challenges.

He said that since security is everybody’s business, all stakeholders must mobilise for national development to take place.

“Let all key into this, security is everybody’s business, if we can all come together, we will bring development to the country.

“The book will give us an insight into the thoughts of the author, his past experiences and the title of the book is very apt,” he said.

He advised that empowerment of the youths and other groups would go a long way in reducing youth restiveness and other vices.

Speaking, Udofa said the experience for the book came from experiences in peace keeping missions.

He said the mobilisation of the grassroots would go along way in addressing the issue of insecurity in the country.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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UN, EU reiterate support to Nigeria’s insurgency fight



Amb. Mohammed Ibn-Chambers, the UN Special Representative for West Africa and Sahel, has restated commitments to support Nigeria to combat insurgency in the northeast and Lake chad basin.

Ibn-Chambas made the pledge on Monday when a delegation of the UN and European Union (EU) officials paid a courtesy visit to Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in Maiduguri.

He said that he would mobilize global partnership to support Nigeria in the campaign against insurgency.

Ibn Chambers said that the visit was in pursuance to the UN Council resolution 2049 of 2017; which seek to promote partnerships between international actors and Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) States.

“In this context we have been very supportive of the individual efforts of the LCBC member states to combat, defeat and eliminate terrorism in whatever form or shape it manifested itself in the region.

“Let me also underscore the strong support of the UN for the gallant efforts the Nigerian Armed Forces, to totally eradicate Boko Haram and any terrorists group which may be operating in Borno or any other state of the northeast and the Lake Chad Basin.

“The UN has from its inception strongly supported the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

“We all know the negative, nefarious and wicked intention of Boko Haram, its criminal aspect, destruction and killings it brought to several armless civilian population,” he said.

Ibn Chambers noted that the UN condemned terrorism in its entirety globally, adding that the fight against Boko Haram was not for Nigeria alone but rather a global campaign that required support from international community.

He added that terrorism in the region was a manifestation of international terrorism and stressed the need for collaborative effort to ensure it defeat.

The UN representative underscore the need for synergy between the military; international community, humanitarian actors, development organisations and governments to end insurgency.

“We want to assure you of our desire to cooperate in the very difficult and challenging task you have as Armed Forces to create space for humanitarian and development organisations to be able to undertake their activities without fear or hindrance.

“Your victory is our successes because you will create opportunities for our humanitarian workers and our other colleagues to be able to reach out to communities that are suppressed,” he said.

Also Speaking, Amb. Francois Fall, the UN Special Representative for Central Africa, called for international community support to states affected by the insurgency.

Fall noted that urgent measures were necessary to address the humanitarian crisis caused by insurgency.

He disclosed that the team had visited the four LCBC States and interacted with MNJTF’s commanders in each of the countries visited.

“The importance of this is the solidarity; the UN, EU and all partners without their efforts, your work will be ineffective.

“The proof of these solidarity is our presence here today. The EU has been supporting your effort from the very beginning with the famous 55 million Euros given through the African Union (AU).

“So far, 61 vehicles have also been given, 5 ambulances, communication equipment, provisions of lubricant and other infrastructures to enhance your operations. There will still be few other projects that would be approved,” Fall said.

While commending the military over its contributions in the campaign, Fall reiterated the commitment of the EU to support Nigeria to combat terrorism.

In his response, Adeniyi, thanked the team for the visit, adding that it would boost troops’ morale.

Adeniyi described the support of the UN, EU and international community as “strong behind the military”.

“I want to assure you that all the talks going round that the northeast will fall to Boko Haram will not happen.

“I disassociated myself as the commander of this operation and my officers from the talk of what Boko Haram will do, very soon they will continue to crumble.

“I want to continue to solicit your support that our nation is enjoying, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are enjoying in the course of these operation, let it continue and we promise you we will not fail you,” Adeniyi said.

He stressed that the military was executing the war in accordance with the Rules of Engagement and international human right laws.

According to him, the military was professional in the discharge of its duties and would not condone abuse and other forms of misdemeanor by troops.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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