Cattle Rustling: Police To Deploy Dogs To Remote Areas

As part of efforts to curtail cattle rustling and boost the security situation in the country, the Police have disclosed that dogs would be deployed to remote and flash points areas of the country.

This move according to the police is expected to help fight crime and criminality in the country.

The police disclosed this in Abuja Tuesday during the passing out parade of 19 personnel of the Nigeria Air Force who were trained on patrol dog handling courses.

Speaking, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Nigeria (AIG) Charles Ugomoh said the training which was conducted by the Police lasted for three months and it focused on dog handling.

On the deployment of dogs to remote areas, AIG Ugomoh said: “With the acquisition and commissioning of three fully powered air conditioned dog trailers, the K9 operations would now be extended to remote areas and other flash points in the country to fight crime and criminality and to facilitate the Nigeria Police Force zero tolerance for cattle rustling.

He also hinted that the IGP has approved the implementation of  a communiqué that will curb cattle rustling.

According to him: “The Nigeria police force is giving zero tolerance to cattle rustling in Nigeria, and as part of its effort, the IGP in furtherance to other machinery put in place has approved the implementation of the communiqué for the curtailment of cattle rustling.

He explained that the implementation of the communiqué will begin the flag off of the operation show your loading and offloading permit at States and Federal animal posts.

On the importance of dogs to security, the AIG said: “Today, we are witnessing a new trend of terrorism and other organized crimes. Trained dogs are indispensable in the deployment and sniffing of IEDs, narcotics, arms and ammunition, airport luggage compartment among others. Dogs have proven to be dynamic and when well trained uses their natural odour instincts to match down the tide of crime and criminalities”.

Also commenting on importance of dogs to internal security, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations (DIG), Habila Joshak said: “The place of dogs in security operations cannot be overemphasized. They are relevant at our borders, sea, land and that is why they are very expensive and not quite affordable.

“we must also realize that dogs add value to security. What one dog can do, thirty policemen might find it difficult to do, so they are very essential when it comes to the issue of security.”


Cattle Rustling: Police to deploy dogs to remote areas

Sexual Abuse: Police Deploy 100 Female Personnel To IDP Camps

Borno Police Command said, yesterday, it has deployed 100 female police personnel to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state following allegation of abuse of women by officials.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organisation, had alleged abuse of girls and women by camp officials in its latest report.
Some of the abused girls later became prengnat, according to the report.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Damian Chukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria, in Maiduguri, that his command is taking steps to ensure the protection of IDPs.
Chukwu also said he has also constituted a high-powered committee to oversee running of the camps. “I have constituted a committee, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), with Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and other senior officers, to take over the daily running of the camps.
“It is interesting to say that most members of the committee are female.
“I have also mobilised over 100 women police from different divisions, including mobile police women, to handle day-to-day interaction in the camps.
“Male officers will be limited to handling of the territorial coverage and patrol within the camps,” said Chukwu.
He also added that the objective was to further secure the camps and give confidence to thousands of women in the IDP camps.
“The deployment of women police is also to dig out true happenings in the camps regarding the allegation.
“We feel that the victims might not want to talk freely to men but, they will be encouraged to open up to women policemen if the allegation is true.”
He insisted that prior to the alarm raised by the HRW, the police did not receive any complaint on the alleged abuse.
“We did not receive any complaint on any case of rights abuse in the camps.
“So ,the whole thing appeared strange to me; in each of the camps, we have many police outposts.
“In Bakassi camp (in Cross River State) for instance, we have five police units because every local government area in the IDP camp has its DPO and other policemen, with all the complement of law enforcement,” Chukwu noted.
He, however, said police investigation will unravel the truth of the matter once and for all.


Army To Deploy 1,900 Personnel, 6 Drones, 6 Gunboats

A total of 1,900 military personnel would participate in the governorship election rescheduled for Wednesday, September 28.
In addition, two drones are to be deployed  in each of the three senatorial districts and six gunboats for the riverine areas.
The Commander, 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General
Benbela Raji disclosed this yesterday evening while briefing journalists shortly after a combined security meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and other sister agencies in Benin.
He explained that the military personnel would not be found at either the voting or collation centres but would cordon off adjoining routes to the polling units to ensure that untoward elements, criminals or people who want to cause confusion are not allowed into those areas primarily.
“?The Nigerian Army is there to play a supportive role to the security agencies. Should there be issues or security challenges beyond the control of the security agencies, the military will, of course, be activated to take care of such situations?”?, he said.
Also speaking, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris announced that the enforcement of the restriction of movement in and out of the state would ?commence at 1am on Wednesday.
Idris, who spoke through the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of oprations, Joshak Habila said the restriction would include a lock down of all highways within the state and inroads, adding that the police would also conduct “semi-temporary checks” on vehicles and persons plying such roads.
“I want members of the public to know that at 1am on September 28, the highways, the in-ways and the out roads, roads that are leading into Edo and those ones going out, will be locked down.
“There will be semi-temporary checks on vehicles and personalities using the roads”?, the IGP explained, disclosing that the crime-mapping of flash points had been done to ensure adequate policing and arrest of electoral offenders.
He ?also explained that in addition to the provision of 25,000 personnel and patrol vehicles for the poll, the air wing of the police had also deployed helicopters to provide aerial surveillance in the three senatorial districts, just as he announced that? four gunboats would also be deployed in the riverine areas.
“ As I as speak to you, we have a large number of men from the special anti-robbery squad, ?men from the police mobile force, tactical operations squad and men from the force intelligence bureau, who are here.
“They have their vehicles. From now, they will go into the three senatorial districts and carry out aggressive patrol and look out for would-be troublemakers, some of whom we have captured their behaviour when we did what we call crime analysis.
“We have shared information with other security agencies and we are ready to make sure that we do not allow anybody to truncate the system, “the police boss said.

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INEC To Deploy 18,511 Personnel To Edo

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will deploy a total of 18,511 officials to conduct the Edo governorship election; the election management body announced yesterday.

The commission also yesterday announced that a total of 1,925,105 voters had been registered for the election in the 18 local government areas of the state.

The details of the personnel being deployed for the election showed the division of the state into 192 Registration Areas (RAs); 2,627 Polling Units (Pus); and 4,011 Voting Points (VPs). The statement further revealed that “The Commission will deploy 1 Returning Officer; 18 Local Government Area Collation Officers; 192 Registration Area Collation Officers; 263 Supervisory Presiding Officers; 2,627 Presiding Officers 12, 036 Assistant Presiding Officers (APOs) I, II and III; 2,530 Assistant Presiding Officers (VP); 728 Reserve APOs (5%); 19 LGA Supervisors + 1 HQ Reserve; and 97 RA Cluster Supervisors + HQ 1 Reserve (2RAs/Supervisor).”


UK To Deploy Military Personnel To Train Nigerian Army

More than 35 personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment are set to be deployed to Nigeria by the British Government, to deliver infantry training to Nigerian military.

This is part of the British government’s assistance in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the disturbed northern region.

The UK military training team will join over 100 personnel deployed to Nigeria in 2015 to train local forces, with several batches expected in the course of the year to get the number up to 300, as promised in December 2015 by the UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, in Nigeria.

Areas of concentration for the incoming battalion are specialized assistance in countering improvised explosive devices, medical training and advice and advanced training of the Nigerian Air Force in airfield defence and counter insurgency.

Up to 1,000 Nigerian military personnel are said to have benefited from training provided by the advance team in 2015 in preparation for counter-insurgency operations in north east Nigeria.

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Commission To Deploy 8,700 Troops To Crush Boko Haram

Member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission are to deploy 8,700 troops to stem the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said in statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday that the decision arose from a Meeting of Chiefs of Defence Staff in Ndjamena, Chad, recently to finalise arrangements for the deployment.

It said resolutions from the meeting reinforced President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to his security chiefs to end the insurgency in three months.

The statement said Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, led other defence chiefs to the meeting aimed at eliminating insurgency in the region.

“Olonisakin visited Chad Republic where he joined other regional military chiefs to deliberate on agreement to accelerate the deployment of the 8,700 strong force.

“The Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), member countries met in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic and finalised details of deployment of the joint force.

“Gen. Olonisakin has been working round the clock towards actualising the presidential directive to end Boko Haram terrorist activities within three months.”

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Inauguration: Police Deploy 7,000 In Niger

The Niger Police Command on Sunday said that it deployed 7,000 personnel in Minna to ensure a hitch-free inauguration of the state Governor elect, Alhaji Sani Bello, on May 29.

This is contained in a statement in Minna by Olusola Amore, the Commissioner of Police. “We have deployed no fewer than 7,000 personnel in strategic areas of the venue of the ceremony and Minna to ensure adequate security coverage of the event,” Amore said.

He enjoined the good people of the state to continue to be law abiding and to support the Police in protecting lives and property.

Amore commended the media for its balanced reportage before, during and after the 2015 general elections in the state. “Your professional conduct contributed immensely toward the peaceful conduct of the elections.

“The elections are over and we are looking forward to a peaceful transition of government, come Friday, 29 May.

“The command has made adequate arrangements to ensure a hitch-free exercise,” he said.

The People’s Democratic Party-led government of Dr Babangida Aliyu will hand over government to the incoming APC-led administration of Bello.

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