Ex-militants Storm Akwa Ibom Govt House, Engage Security Operatives In Gun Duel

A group of armed young men who called themselves former militants, yesterday, stormed the Akwa Ibom State Government House demanding payment of the alleged suspended allowances.
The former militants numbering about 40 who arrived in three mini-buses engaged security agents in gun fight while trying to gain access into Government House, but they were repelled by the reinforced and heavily armed security operatives.
They accused the state government of not responding to their plight by negotiating the payment of their alliances with the Federal Government.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, who confirmed the clash, said he was not sure if there had been any arrest as he was with the new Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 6, in Calabar.
Mani said he would give details of the event when fully briefed.
Aparently worried by the activities of militants, especially the incessant bombing of oil installations across the Niger-Delta region, prominent elders and leaders of thoughts from the zone have summoned the six core states to a stakeholders’ forum on August 19 at the  Petroleum Training Institute (PTI)  Conference Centre, Effurun near Warri at 11.00am.
Foremost Ijaw national leader and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, who made this disclosure in  Warri yesterday, noted that the meeting had become imperative to address issues that led to the renewed insurgency in the region.
The states are Delta, Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River. The meeting will attract traditional rulers, former and serving governors, politicians, youth organisations and other notable stakeholders.
According to Clark, who is also the leader of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA), “there is urgent need to dialogue. The present problem is not Ijaw problem alone. It is pertinent for the six Niger-Delta states to dialogue and chart a way forward with the Federal Government on how to end the crisis. Vandalism and bombing of pipelines are worrisome situations. Crisis does not solve crisis, dialogue is the answer. We are part of Nigeria and we believe in the unity, development and peace of this great nation.”
He disclosed that invitation to the meeting had been sent out to all stakeholders from the six core states, including serving and former legislators (federal and states), youths and other interests who are key in finding solution to the issue that led to the current crisis.
Appealing to the aggrieved youths, especially members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign while solution was being sought, Clark, urged the Federal Government to be transparent and sincere in its proposed dialogue with militants in the region.

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Aso Rock Security Operatives Lament One Year Unpaid Allowance- Report

Some security operatives attached to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, are currently groaning under heavy debts as a result of the stoppage of their special allowance referred to as the Risk Cautious Allowance, according to Punch.

They have not been paid the monthly allowance since May 2015 when the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board despite repeated promises made to them on the issue.

The security officers include those of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Fire Service among others.

Some of the security operatives, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, lamented that they had not been able to meet their various financial obligations because of the development.

They said despite this, authorities of the Presidential Villa kept introducing additional security measures that further tasked them daily.

A policeman said that because of the non-payment of the allowance, some policemen, who could no longer afford increasing transport fares, had converted their beats to temporary homes.

“It is not easy! We can no longer cope with the increase in transport fare. Policemen are now passing the night at their beats. In the evening, you can go to Gate 4 and 5 among other spots in the Villa to confirm this,” he said.

Another operative, a soldier, said they were feeling the brunt of the non-payment of the allowance more because most of them were junior officers who collected far less than N50,000 monthly as salary.

“I could not pay the school fee of my daughter last term. Another term is starting soon. Most of us are junior officers with less than N50,000 as salary. We always augment our salary with this small allowance but they have denied us of it,” he lamented.

Another security operative said it was not fair for the authorities to remain silent in the face of the growing disquiet over the issue.

He said the right thing to do was for them to address the operatives on efforts being made to pay them and when the payment would be done.

He added that the last they heard on the matter was when the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, directed all operatives in the Presidential Villa to fill some forms running into about five pages.

He said not satisfied with the arrangement, heads of about two security agencies asked their men not to fill the forms.

Credit: Punch

Security Operatives Avert Another Bomb Blast In Maiduguri

Security operatives have demobilized materials suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) planted near the office of the Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board in Maiduguri

The Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said that the IEDs, which were planted by people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terror group were demobilized by a joint security team.

“I can confirm that it was a joint police/military operation that demobilized the IEDs but thank God, no live was lost or injuries recorded, “Isuku said.

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Security Operatives Recover 386 Stolen Animals From Rustlers

The Kaduna State Government says at least 386 stolen cattle have been recovered from rustlers by security operatives in two local government areas of the state.

In a statement issued by the spokesman for the state Governor, Samuel Aruwan,  security operatives arrested eight of the rustlers and recovered a total of 159 cattle from them in Lere Local Government Area of the state, while another 194 stolen cows were also recovered from another group of rustlers in Kubau Local Government Area by a police patrol team.

The statement further explained that the security operatives effectively carried out the operations following a tip off from residents of the areas that a group of suspected rustlers were migrating out of the villages with suspected stolen animals.

It further read that the Patrol Team, who were alerted immediately, moved into action, arrested the suspects and recovered the animals from them.

The recovered animals include 386 cows and 30 sheep.

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FESTAC: How Security Operatives Engaged Vandals In Gun Battle Yesterday

Pandemonium broke out yesterday at the FESTAC Town, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State as suspected oil thieves engaged Security operatives in a fierce gun battle. The gun duel which lasted for about 30 minutes sent shivers to residents who scampered for safety.

It was gathered that at about 6.30am, the Police received information that some hoodlums were seen in a carnal at the 7th Avenue, FESTAC Town and  suspecting that the hoodlums were armed robbers, quickly mobilized and sent a distress call to the Army Headquarters who drafted their men to join the Police.

The joint military and Police team stormed the Carnal where the hoodlums opened fire on them and the Security team engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

Residents who heard the gun shots ran for cover as they thought it was a similar attack on banks by armed bandits as witnessed recently in the area.

A resident, Chisom Nkemdilim said that she was taking her children to the School when she started hearing gun shots. “My brother, I remembered what happened about two months ago in FESTAC Town when armed robbers raided the place and eventually killed mother and child, so I had to advise myself and returned home  with my children. As I was speeding home, I saw other people running helter skelter. It was just a few minutes ago that I got the true picture of what really happened. I was told the Police and soldiers engaged pipeline vandals in a gun battle at 7th Avenue. That place is a notorious enclave for criminals”

A witness, Bielose Maduka said, “I thought it was even war as I saw soldiers and Police shooting. I was so scared that I had to relocate my family to a friend’s place for fear of stray bullets. It was in the radio that I later heard that it was a shoot out between the security agents and oil thieves. I am thinking of relocating my family from FESTAC Town to another place. FESTAC Town has now become a den of criminals. Life is no more interesting”

A Police source at the FESTAC Town Police Division said that that the Police got intelligence report that the Pipeline vandals were planning to siphon fuel at 7th Avenue through the carnal “We quickly contacted the military who assisted us in chasing the hoodlums away. We did not lose any of our team members but the hoodlums escaped with bullet injuries. You know the vandals attacked our gun boat at the Epe area but we have recovered it and we are fixing it. The oil thieves are now hungry and desperate because security operatives have taken over their depot in Arepo, Ogun State. We knew that FESTAC  Town was their next target after they failed in Epe. Now, we know their next target and we are ready for them. We thank the soldiers who are now assisting us in this war”

Credit: Sun