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Vigilante group of Nigeria calls for internet regulatory structure to stem internet fueled crisis

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 Mr James Udomma, the Lagos State Commandant, Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN),  on Thursday urged the Federal Government to establish internet regulatory structures that would help  to curb crises emanating from the platform.

Udomma, speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos,  blamed the recent  xenophobic  reprisal attacks by Nigerian youths on South African owned businesses in Nigeria on mismanaged information derived from the internet.

“The mismanagement of information from the social media is what led to the destruction of properties of South African owned businesses here in Nigeria.

“It is important that the Federal Government puts up checks and balances that will regulate the internet, especially the social media,  because of its adverse effect on the society.

“Misinformed activities happening outside the country are usually disemminated in the country through the social media.  That escalated  reactions among Nigerian youths and led some of them  to vandalise South African owned organisations,” he said.

He said that VGN members and police men were  posted  across the nation to calm angry youths  and ensured that lives and property were protected across  states.

“We did our best as a security volunteering organisation to see that the situation did not get out of hand.

“However, as a community based security, we have limited outreach,” he said.

Udomma said  VGN had sent  a bill to the National Assembly (NASS) that when passed into law would make the group a part of the security architecture of the country.

He said this was  based on the  account of the group’s past efforts  in curbing crimes  in the nation.

The commandant  also said that  VGN is an NGO who has its presence  across all the local government areas of Lagos State, and  saddled with community security.

According to him,  the VGN has been able to synchronise efforts with the police and other security agencies in the country through the exchange of information toward curbing crime in the society.

“Information is vital in curbing crimes. This   is a major aspect we play by providing information to the police and other security agencies since we are closer to the grassroots.

“The Nigerian Police Force as well as the Nigerian Army have testified at different times to  our contributions in helping to quell crises and apprehending  suspecting criminals.

“Therefore, we need the Federal Government to sign the bill  currently before the NASS into law to enable us function fully as a national security outfit.

“We also appeal to  state governments to assist us with the necessary logistics for us to be more proactive in all the 36 states of the country,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Segun Musa, a security expert said that the VGN was significant because of the  security role it had been playing at grassroots and  based on its coordinated interactions  between the public and other security agencies.

Musa said that the  VGN was usually the first responder  in an emergency before other security agencies arrive the scene.

“Security challenges brew from the community, and  if we can manage it from that community, it will not escalate.

“That is why the bill is explicit on the role of VGN that it will  further help to tackle the issues of domestic crises, protection of the pipelines, creeks, marine security, religious centres among other areas.

“This will further ensure that security is being managed from the scratch  because when crises become full blown, they are more difficult to manage,” he said.

Musa said  that the major challenge facing the VGN is that it was self-reliant and had been operating solely based on financial and other forms of assistance from  individuals  and without help from the government or any organisation.

“If we can get support from the local, state and Federal Governments, it will be easier for us to come out fully and put a deterrent in place  against crimes.

“The essence of the  VGN cannot be over emphasised because its members   are the bridge builder between the community and  other security apparatus,” he said.

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Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Peter Dada

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Kidnapping: Again police rescue 4-year-old boy, arrest 2 suspects in Kano

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The Kano State Police Command said on Friday it has rescued a four-year-old boy, Abdulrahman Dalha who was kidnapped at Zangon Rimi quarters in Ungoggo Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna confirmed the rescue of the boy in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Friday.

According to Haruna, “a complaint was received on Nov. 10 at about 1500hrs at Zango Police Division that unknown persons have kidnapped one Abdulrahman Dalha, a four year old boy of Zango quarters, Ungoggo LGA of Kano State, demanding N4 million as ransom.

He said the command’s Anti-kidnapping team of Operation Puff-Adder was immediately mobilised and directed to track down, arrest and bring the perpetrators to book within 24 hours.

He said the operatives swung into action and arrested the principal suspect at Zangon Dakata quarters while planning to collect the ransom.

The Police spokesman said the principal suspect, Anas Isa, 22, confessed to the commission of the crime and led Puff-Adder operatives to the house of his aunty at Inusawa village in Ungoggo Local Government Area where the kidnapped victim was rescued.

“His accomplice, Umar Hassan popularly known as Liman of Zangon Rimi, a relative to the victim was apprehended.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded, “ he said.

He,therefore, called on the residents of the state to continue to cooperate with the police by giving timely information for prompt response.

Edited by Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed

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Abia Controller of Corrections warns new intakes against illegal transactions with inmates

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Mr Julius Ezugwu, the Controller, Abia Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, has warned newly recruited personnel of the organisation against illegal transactions with the inmates, especially on illicit drugs and communication gadgets.

Ezugwu gave the warning in Umuahia on Friday during a brief ceremony to mark the end of a one-month induction course for the personnel.

He said that the service frowns against such transactions between members of staff and inmates, especially trafficking on drugs, such as cannabis sativa and tramadol as well as communication gadgets, like phones, among others.

He urged them to work conscientiously to touch the lives of the inmates, saying that they were employed to “re-adjust the mala-adjusted.”

Ezugwu said: “You are very fortunate to be among the people recruited because so many people applied but were not successful.

“As the first set of officers recruited for the service, a lot is expected of you.

“I urge you to be law-abiding and professional in your actions because the service will not condone any form of indiscipline.”

He commended them for being loyal throughout the induction course and charged them to accept their postings in good faith.

The Staff Officer and Assistant Controller of Corrections, Mr Augustine Nnubia, said that the new intakes would be posted to three major correctional facilities in Umuahia, Aba and Arochukwu.

He said that the 108 intakes, comprising 76 males and 31 females, hail from the 17 local government areas of Abia, either by birth or marriage, adding that they were selected on merit.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Nigerian Correctional Service Act 2019, which was enacted as part the Federal Government’s reform initiatives, repealed the Nigerian Prisons Service Act.

(Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka/Sam Oditah)

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NAF training helicopter crash in Enugu

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A training helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has crashed in the NAF Base in Enugu after returning from a routine training exercise.

According to NAF twitter account on Friday in Enugu, the crash occurred on Thursday after a routine training.

It said that although there were casualties, the cause of the incident ws still sketchy and unknown.

@NigAirForce twitter that was re-twitted by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola‏, reads; “NAF helicopter suffers mishap upon landing in Enugu.

“Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“@NigAirForce continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Details later’’.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that efforts to get NAF officials on ground at the NAF Ground Training Command (GTC), Enugu, to speak on the incident was not successful.

Those that responded to calls, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that it was only NAF Headquarters that can authoritatively speak on the matter.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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NAF confirms helicopter crash in Enugu, no casualty

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Enugu, Nov. 14, 2019 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the crash-landing of its helicopter on Thursday at its base in Enugu.

A statement on Friday in NAF’s Twitter handle, said that the incident occurred after a routine flight and that though the blades of the helicopter broke but there were no casualties.

The statement said that the cause of incident could not be ascertained.

The statement reads: “@NigAirForce Helicopter has crashed on landing in Enugu after a routine flight today. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries to any crew member or persons on the ground.

“@CAS_AMSadique has directed that a Board of Inquiry be constituted to determine the causes of the accident.

“Nigeria Air Force continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it daily strives to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

The base is close to Akanu Ibiam International airport where repair works have commenced after it’s closure in August this year.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the scene of the crash was cordoned-off as members of the public attempted to have full glare of the incident.

Edited by Maureen Atuonwu

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Police arrest suspect in killing of student in Kaduna

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Kaduna State Police  Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a student, Hassan Abdullah of Government Secondary Rigachikun, in Igabi Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The incident occurred in the school premises on Thursday at about 11 am when the suspect, Sani Umar, who is not a student of the school, accosted Abdullahi and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kaduna that the victim died on the way to hospital.

Sabo said Umar had been arrested and is undergoing investigation.

According to him, the matter was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to unravel the circumstances that led to the incident.

The police spokesman assured that the suspect would be prosecuted after the investigation.

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Edited by Hawa Lawal/Maharazu Ahmed

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FRSC to end articulated vehicles crash in Anambra -Commander

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The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has expressed concern over the death and injuries resulting from accident involving articulated vehicles in the state.

Mr Andrew Kumapayi, Sector Commander of the FRSC in Anambra said this while addressing participants in the Motorcade Rally held in Awka.

The event was part of the activities marking the 2019 African Road Safety Day and World Day for Remembrance of Victims of Road Traffic Crashes which will end on Nov. 17.

Kumapayi said lack of adherence to road safety rules and recklessness of drivers of these vehicles had sent many people to their early graves, maimed many and brought grief to some families.

He said the celebration was an opportunity to remind motorists that life has no duplicate and must be protected by ensuring that sense of safety of self and others guide all on the road.

Kumapayi blamed the spate of crashes in the state partly on the poor conditions of the trucks.

He restated the resolve of the state command to enforce safety including installation of Speed Limiting Device and checking conditions of the vehicles.

“We have had enough of these crash involving tanker and trucks. On this occasion we are sensitising and warning all motorists to observe safety rules because these accidents must stop.”

He said the sector had strategised for effective patrol of the state ahead of the usual Christmas and New Year traffic.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Remembrance Week continues with hospital visit to accident victims in hospital on Saturday and ends with thanksgiving at St. Patrick Cathedral, Awka on Sunday.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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