Daily Post: Why security operatives sealed private Television Station, Core TV.

Contrary to news making the rounds on several online news portals, alleging that operatives of the Department of State Security  on Friday sealed a private Nigerian TV station, CORE TV, in an attempt to silence the media, DAILY POST has exclusively gathered that the presence of the heavily armed policemen seen moving out the station’s equipment had nothing to do with media clampdown.

The security operatives stormed the station premises early hours of Friday to enforce an order emanating from the FCT High Court concerning the ownership of the station’s premises.

Our Correspondent reports that about 35 heavily-armed policemen and patrol vehicles were on guard around the premises of the broadcast house as hired labourers were busy moving the station’s property out of the building located at 34, Sokode Crescent, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, fueling suspicion of a clampdown.

A staff of the station who pleaded not to be mentioned, told DAILY POST that the order may have to do with the tussle for the ownership rights to the premises and not with the professional conduct of the station.

He said that there had been a lingering court case regarding the property since 2004, and that may have predicated the clampdown.

Running with that lead, the correspondent sought to obtain a copy of the court order.

One of the security operative, who showed DAILY POST the court order, said they had no business with the operations of the station but were merely carrying out instructions to recover the station premises.

According to the court order titled: “Warrant for Recovery of Premise” with number. FCT/HC/W/219/96, Gazi Constructions Ltd, who leased the property to the Core TV station was asked to, within 24 hours, cede the property to Bill Construction (Nig) Ltd.

Meanwhile, the managing director of the station, Mr. Olajide Adeniran, said the operatives shut down the station and barricaded the area around 4:00 a.m without prior notice of wrongdoing.

He also questioned the legality of carrying out an order of the court at night.

“This takes us entirely by surprise. They never formally notified us of any wrongdoing, But even if there’s a court order restraining our operations on premises, why should it be in the middle of the night that they will enforce it and why should they carry our systems and files?” he said.

He, however, exonerated the station from any form of illegality, saying that the media house had no axe to grind with the law.

 

Source: Daily Post

Donald Trump to order Mexico wall in national security crackdown

Donald Trump is due to sign off a volley of executive orders on national security, including measures to start the construction of a wall on the Mexican border and the imposition of a ban on refugees from the Middle East.

The new US president is expected to sign orders setting out federal funding for the wall during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, two administration officials told the Associated Press.

He will also impose a temporary ban on most refugees and suspend visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the measures told Reuters.

According to a report in the New York Times, Trump is also considering measures that are even more contentious, including reviewing whether to resume the once-secret “black site” detention programme, designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, and keeping open the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

Trump appeared to preview the measures in a characteristic tweet late on Tuesday that said: “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”

Trump has used executive orders as a very public show of swiftly undoing the work of the Obama administration and beginning to honour pledges made on the campaign trail. On Tuesday, he angered Native Americans and climate change activists by signing executive orders to allow construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. On Monday, he reinstated the “global gag rule”, which bans funding for groups that offer abortions or abortion advocacy, even if they use their own funds to do so.

His latest orders are expected to involve restricting access to the US for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts. By doing so, he looks likely to ignore Bana al-Abed, the seven-year-old girl whose tweets from Aleppo drew attention to the city’s devastation, who has urged Trump to “do something for the children of Syria” in an open letter.

James Carafano, who led the Trump’s homeland security transition team, insisted that the planned visa restrictions were “prudent”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “We have seen legitimate cases of transnational terrorism of people travelling from one country to another to do terrorist acts. We have actually seen a number of them in western Europe, so a country putting in place prudent measures to interdict terrorist travel by making sure you are screening refugees and visa applicants appropriately is not in any way imprudent. And dealing with that while you’re also dealing with trying to prevent homegrown terrorist attacks at the same time to me just sounds like reasonable responsible national security.

“It doesn’t seem like an effort to persecute any religion or any particular people.”

Carafano conceded that the wall on the Mexico border would initially have to be paid for by the US government. “If the federal government buys a tank the only way it can do that is with federal dollar,” he said.

The restrictions on refugees are likely to include bans for several months on admissions from all countries until the state and homeland security departments can make the vetting process more rigorous. The US already has one of the most rigorous vetting processes in the world, and it can take up to two years of interviews and background checks for a person to gain admittance.

There is also likely to be an exception for those fleeing religious persecution if their religion is a minority in their country, a person briefed on the proposal told Reuters. That exception could cover Christians fleeing Muslim-majority nations.

Trump initially proposed a “complete and total” ban on Muslims entering the US, but has since said he would instead focus on restrictions on countries whose migrants could pose a threat.

Detractors could launch legal challenges to the moves if all the countries subject to the ban are Muslim-majority nations, said Hiroshi Motomura, of the UCLA School of Law. Legal arguments could claim the executive orders discriminate against a particular religion, which would be unconstitutional, he said.

“His comments during the campaign and a number of people on his team focused very much on religion as the target,” Motomura said.

To block entry from the designated countries, Trump is likely to instruct the state department to stop issuing visas to people from those nations, according to sources familiar with the visa process. He could also instruct Customs and Border Protection to stop any current visa holders from those countries from entering the US. During the campaign, Trump also floated the idea of a religious registry, a plan that would be likely to face challenges in the courts.

The White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, said on Tuesday that the state and homeland security departments would work on the vetting process once Trump’s nominee to head the state department, Rex Tillerson, is confirmed.

Other measures may include directing all agencies to finish work on a biometric identification system for non-citizens entering and exiting the US and a crackdown on immigrants fraudulently receiving government benefits, according to the congressional aides and immigration experts.

 

Source: The Guardian

Northern Governors Meet In Kaduna To Tackle Security Issues

19 northern state governors are meeting on Monday morning in Kaduna state, for the first meeting of the group in 2017.

 

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, is expected to preside over the meeting.

 

The meeting which would be holding at the Government House in Kaduna, would involve northern elders and traditional rulers who would be giving a briefing on the security situation across the northern states.

 

Elder statesman, Maitama Sule, would be in attendance and will be delivering a keynote address on the need for diversification on the economy of the northern state against the backdrop of the economic recession.

 

The northern states have faced tremendous security challenges since July 2009

 

This meeting is expected to address the issues raised and further unite the northern region.

 

In the most recent attack, Unknown gunmen attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of the state, killing one person and injuring five others.

 

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Kaduna Security Council Relaxes Curfew In Jema’a, Zangon Kafaf LGAs

The Kaduna State Security Council has relaxed the 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Zangon-Kataf local government areas with immediate effect. However, the 24-hour curfew remains in effect in Kaura local government.

The curfew in Jema’a and Zangon Kataf local government areas is now for twelve hours daily, from 6pm to 6am. Medical and health personnel carrying out essential services are exempted from the curfew which was imposed in December 2016.

A statement from the state security council said that improvements in the security situation in Jema’a and Zangon Kataf LGAs informed the decision to relax the curfew. The council noted that it was keeping the situation in a Kaura local government under review.

The decision to relax the curfew in the Jema’a and Zangon Kataf LGAs and its continuation in Kaura LGA was unanimously taken after deliberation and review of security situation in the three local government areas and the entire state.

The Kaduna State Security Council is chaired by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai. Its members include the Deputy Governor, Arc. Barnabas Yusuf Bala, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, Director DSS, Mohammed Tijjani Wakili, Brig. Gen. I.Isa, Garrison Commander, 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Rear Admiral TT Dakwat, Commandant Nigerian Navy School of Armament, Kachia and AVM Bello Garba, Base Commander, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna.

Security agencies have also been empowered to arrest individuals and groups found violating the curfew.  Furthermore, the Security Council urges security operatives to ensure enforcement using best practices.

Signed

Samuel Aruwan

Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)

4th January, 2017.

Security in northeast has improved significantly – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration remains committed to realising the key priorities of securing the country, fighting corruption, and salvaging the economy in spite of current challenges.

 

The president stated this when he received the Letter of Credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. William Stuart Symington, at the State House, Abuja.

 

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina on Thursday, Buhari said the security situation in the North East had improved significantly.

 

According to him, this followed support in training of the military and supply of hardware after the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015.

 

He said, “When I was invited to the G-7 meeting after my inauguration on May 29, 2015, I thought I was going to be an observer at the meeting, but without prompting, I was asked to brief the leaders on the security situation in Nigeria, and I did.

 

“Since then, we have received support in training and military hardware, and I hope we have not disappointed.”

 

In his remarks, the U.S ambassador said that the interest in the well-being of Nigeria was of mutual benefit.

 

“We do it not only for Nigeria, but for ourselves. We did it because it was right for us and right for our people,’’ he said.

 

Symington said he would work hard to further strengthen the relationship between his country and Nigeria.

 

He assured that the President-elect Donald Trump would also be interested in the well being of Nigeria.

Cross River Homeland Security Service to recruit over 3,000 youths.

Cross River State’s Homeland Security Service is expected to recruit more than 3,000 youth, the government said.

 

The state government has in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, commenced the recruitment process.

In a statement issued on Monday in Calabar by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade on Media, Christian Ita, an applicant must be at least 6ft tall and must be a holder of a university degree or a Higher National Diploma, HND.

 

Governor Ayade recently signed into law, a bill passed by the State House of Assembly, to establish Cross River State Homeland Security.

 

The key function of the Cross River State Homeland Security is information gathering, to enable a more effective policing of the state by the Nigerian Police Force.

 

The organisation shall be a non-arm bearing force.

 

The state government has purchased hundreds of Kia Sedan cars fitted with state-of-the art communication gadgets in preparation for the official inauguration of the service.

Corruption, Not a Threat to National Security – EFCC Boss

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday punctured the argument of the Department of State Services that corruption was a threat to national security, the reason the latter gave to justify the raids it carried out on the homes of some judges across the country last month.

The stance of the anti-graft agency is a manifestation of the rivalry among security agencies, particularly between the DSS and the current leadership of the EFCC.

The two agencies had appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives in Abuja to testify in respect of the invasion of the homes of some judges and their subsequent arrest by the DSS over alleged corrupt acts.

The committee, which is chaired by a former House Deputy Minority Whip, Mr. Garba Dhatti, is investigating all cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons by the DSS “outside its purview” from May 2015 to date.

The EFCC categorically told the committee that the alleged offences of the judges were financial crimes and did not constitute a threat to national security.

The commission’s acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had sent an Assistant Director (Prosecution), Mr. Ojogbane Jonson, to represent him at the sitting of the committee.

According to him, the EFCC Act, clearly covers the alleged offences of the judges, adding that it was a duty the DSS should have left for the former to execute.

He stated that the EFCC was not involved in the raids on the judges’ homes, though he admitted that corruption was an economic crime.

Magu noted, “It is a crime (corruption) motivated by greed, but it is within the purview of the EFCC.

“Bribery and corruption are for personal gain, and what it has affected in my view is not security, but development.

“It is not about the internal security, which the DSS runs, what it does is to rob us of our commonwealth…

“I am not aware of any issue they (DSS) have been involved in that has elicited as much criticism as this one. It is not much because people are against them fighting corruption but the methodology.”

He added that the best approach would have been to invite the judges for a chat during the day, following which they would be arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction.

Magu explained further, “Most of these people (fraudsters) are not violent on their own, and when we put them before a compromised judge, and they are set free, they go back to do the same things, like duping people. That has nothing to do with internal security.”

In his testimony, the Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, supported the DSS, saying that the National Security Agencies Act conferred powers on the agency to raid any property in the country.

He explained that the two agencies could perform their duties and one did not function for another, except in cases involving “inter-agency cooperation.”

Nta also said the ICPC had similar powers, just like the Nigeria Police to gain entry into any facility in the course of investigation.

He said, “The DSS, like the ICPC, have been conferred with the powers of the police.

“Section 6 of the ICPC Act, it is there. Just like the police, as they have it in the Police Act, these powers are there.”

Meanwhile, the committee on Thursday threatened to issue a warrant for the arrest of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), for shunning its invitations.

At the opening of the hearing earlier  on Wednesday, Malami was absent and he sent no representations.

Members did not take kindly to the absence of the minister and his “failure” to forward any memoranda to the committee.

He was summoned to appear on Thursday (yesterday), but he failed to turn up again.

Dhatti, while complaining about the attitude of the AGF at the resumed sitting of the committee, stated that he was the only official among the key persons invited, who had ignored the committee.

After a brief consultation with other members of the committee, it was resolved that Malami should appear unfailingly on Tuesday, next week, or he would risk being arrested.

Dhatti stated, “All the persons we invited have submitted their memoranda and they also appeared before the committees.

“The affected judges submitted their memoranda and some of them even came here. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, the Code of Conduct Bureau, they came.

“The DSS Director-General (Lawal Daura) is here with us and the EFCC has made  an appearance too.

“But, the committee is disturbed by the failure of the AGF to appear or to deem it fit to reply us by sending a memorandum to the committee.

“As the chief law officer of the country, he should know the consequences of his actions. We wrote him and we also summoned him, but he has ignored the committee.

“Under Section 89(1) (d) of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, this committee will issue a warrant for his arrest if he fails to appear here on Tuesday, next week.”

But, when it was time to grill Daura, the committee opted for a closed-door meeting.

Lagos Emerges Best Security, Safety Conscious State In Africa

Lagos State Government has emerged  as the Best Security and Most Safety Conscious State in Africa.

At the award ceremony held in Johannesburg, South Africa and put together by the Security Watch Africa (SWA), the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command also bagged the Best Anti-crime Police Squad in West Africa, while the RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu took home the award of the Most Outstanding Police Operational Officer in West Africa.

The awards were presented to officials of the state government at the 2016 lecture series of SWA organized in partnership with Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The lecture, which had the theme: “Tackling Security Challenges In Africa’s Land and Maritime Domains,” was well attended by security experts and officials from across Africa.

Lagos State and its officials, according to organizers of the awards, were honoured in recognition of the outstanding efforts and achievements in securing residents, especially the massive improvement on security architecture of the State.

While receiving the award for the State on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, thanked the organisers for recognising Lagos State, saying that it was gratifying to note that the efforts of government on security were appreciated.

He said ever since emerging as Governor of Lagos State, Mr Ambode has made safety and security one of the focal objectives of his administration as he believes that there cannot be any development in the absence of security.

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Nigerian Navy conducts ‘Exercise Sharkbite’ to tighten sea security.

The Nigerian Navy has reaffirmed its determination to tighten security around choke points in the maritime environment and the gulf of guinea, with the implementation of ‘Exercise Sharkbite’.

This was made known by the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, during a two-day sea exercise.

According to him, exercise sharkbite was not to inconvenience law abiding seafarers, but to give the assurance that adequate measures are put in place to protect them as well as their properties.

A routine preparation was conducted by naval officers of the eastern naval command on board NNS Okpabana, the flag ship of the command for the sea exercise.

Rear admiral Oluwole, explained that the focus of the exercise is to enhance the preparedness of the command against maritime crime and criminality.

According to him, it is expected to “enhance the capacity of the command in the fight against piracy, sea robbery, hijacking, illegal bunkering and crude oil theft, among other maritime crimes, while implementing the directive of zero tolerance to all forms of maritime illegalities on Nigerian waters”.

The exercise which was conducted by four ships include man overboard, target shooting, anti-piracy and air-sea simulation operations.

At the end of the operation, the FOC gave a summary of what had been done and areas where operational improvement would be made.

In his words: “there some areas we noticed that operational improvements should be made, although they are not critical areas that we should worry about.

“The four ships that participated in the exercise were able to go through simulation operation flawlessly, proving that the navy is ready to undertake real life assignments as the need arises.”

Exercise sharkbite is sequel to an exercise earlier conducted at the Armed Forces Simulation Centre Jaji, Kaduna, between October 10 and October 14, 2016.

Full list of security agents, others arrested for collaborating with Boko Haram.

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained an exclusive list of 30 people arrested by the Nigerian military for allegedly helping the Boko Haram to sell rustled cows.

The arrested people include at least four serving soldiers, two police officers, and some members of the civilian-JTF

The Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, had confirmed the arrest of the 30 people at a press conference in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

According to General Irabor, “those who have been aiding and abetting Boko Haram by way of encouraging cattle rustling ; so far we have arrested 30 of them, many are civilians and we have among them four soldiers and two policemen. They are being investigated and the outcome of the investigation will be brought to your notice.”

What Mr. Irabor, a major general, did not say was that the Boko Haram rustled the cows in the territory they still hold and sneaked them into Maiduguri, the Borno capital, to sell and buy other goods.

The military has since suspected that the insurgents are able to do this and raise fund for their cause based on the active connivance of security operatives and relevant civilians. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 30 people.

The four soldiers arrested include Captain A. A. Hussaini, the operations officer of 195 Battalion in charge of Mafa Local Government Area where Boko Haram still control some areas. The council is a major route into Maiduguri from the North and East.

Another suspect is Lieutenant I. H. Irro, a liaison with 152 Task Force battalion. The other two junior officers are Staff Sergeant Alexander Chiegwe, the guard commander of the main check point from Mafa into Maiduguri, and Lance Corporal Yakpon Dona.

The policemen arrested are Usman Mohammed and Stephen Odoh.

The suspects also include three members of the Civilian-JTF. They are Babakkura Ali, chairman of Kasuwan Shanu branch; Bashir Abbas, the chairman of Sector 2 and Modu 2Star, a member from Mafa town.

The arrested civilians include members of the Livestock Traders Association, some herdsmen and a representative of the Shehu of Borno.

All the suspects are accused of being involved in castle rustling.

Top members of the Civilian-JTF who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the arrest of their colleagues. They, however, said they do not have the full details of their arrest.

In the past year, kidnapping and cattle rustling have become another major security threat, aside Boko Haram insurgency which the Nigerian Army has been tackling.

Nearly a hundred kidnappers and cattle rustlers were either killed in shootouts or arrested by soldiers. Over a thousand cows rustled from herdsmen were also recovered.

Fulani herdsmen, accused of attacking communities using assault rifles, have complained that some of them resort to using guns like AK47 to defend themselves because cattle rustlers use similar weapons to attack them and steal their livestock.

The rustling of cattle has since become a major source of revenue for the Boko Haram whose activities since 2009 have caused the death of over 20,000 people and displaced millions of others.

 

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Kidnappers Demand N1.2bn To Release Lagos Landlords

The kidnappers of four residents of an Estate in Isheri, a border community between Lagos and Ogun states, weekend, demanded N1.2 billion ransom for their release.

Reports gathered that they made contacts with family members of the victims, suspected to be held hostage in the creeks, yesterday.

The victims, Mr. Kennedy Ucheagwu, Dr. Omololu, Bello and Mr. Esang, said to be landlords at Oshorun Heritage Estate, had gone for an aerobic section, Saturday, when eight masked gunmen in military camouflage intercepted them, shooting sporadically.

While others managed to escape, same could not be said for the victims, as they were whisked away
in boats through the waterways.

One of the relatives of the abducted men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters yesterday: “I got a call very early yesterday, where the unknown caller informed that he was one of the kidnappers that took our people away on Saturday.

“He warned that in our interest and for the safety of the victims, we should not contact the police or try to play smart.

“He said anything of such would lead to the death of our people. He did not allow me to speak with my person, as he claimed that he was sleeping.

“He said that we should get N1.2 billion before they would be released. He also told me to meet with relatives of the other people. He called back about four hours later to find out if the money was ready.

“He also asked if I had my own N300 million for the release my relation. I begged him to accept N200,000, as that was the only money we could afford, except he wants us to go and start borrowing or sell our property.

“But the line went dead at that point. Where do we get that kind of money at this time? My worry is that my relative is hypertensive.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, has deployed a Tactical Rescue Team to rescue the victims.

Alli explained that the team comprised police operatives and ICT experts from the Lagos and Ogun states commands, as well as those from the Force headquarters, Abuja. The team, according to Ali, who condemned the act, had been directed to rescue the victims unhurt as well as arrest perpetrators of the act.

He assured the affected relatives and residents of the area of timely and successful rescue operation, adding that police had clues.

Ali also appealed to relations of the victims to support police with useful information that would enhance the rescue operation, adding that he was working with the Commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun states and other stakeholders to ensure the rescue of the victims and to sustain the fight against crimes within the commands.

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Buhari To Engage UN Leaders In Fresh Talks On Security, Economy

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday hold talks with world leaders at the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York on security issues and restructuring of Nigeria’s economy.

The president is expected to discuss with the leaders steps to improve the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons within the country, as well as returning in north-eastern Nigeria and the Niger-Delta.

Also, the increase in the activities of militants within oil-rich Niger Delta region has had its effects on the nation’s economy, in addition to the prolonged terrorism in North East of the country.

A statement by Mr. Buhari’s special assistant on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president will be attending the UNGA meeting from Monday, September 19 to Friday September 23, to address cogent matters affecting the nation’s polity.

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Eid El-Kabir: IGP Idris orders massive deployment of personnel

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered massive deployment of policemen for a hitch-free Eid-El-Kabir celebration across the country.

 

The order is contained in statement issued by the Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, in Abuja on Friday.

 

He said that the I-G also directed all Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zonal commands, to deploy adequate personnel to praying grounds, recreation centres, among others.

 

Awunah said the police commanders are also directed to collaborate with sister agencies and community leaders to monitor activities of undesirable elements in the society.

 

He said that the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Units, Explosive Ordinance Department, criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department would also be deployed.

The spokesman said sustained surveillance and special attention would be paid to flash and vulnerable points among others during the sallah celebration and beyond.

 

The Nigeria Police Force is confident that with the operational strategies being executed for the Sallah festivities will guarantee a peaceful and hitch free Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

 

The IGP, therefore, wishes the Muslim faithful and all Nigerians a happy celebration, he said

 

He, however, implores them to be vigilant and continue to support the Police to prevent crimes in their localities.

 

Awunah said Idris commended the commitment of officers in ensuring that security and peace prevail throughout the country in spite of the enormous challenges.

Eid-el-Kabir: NSCDC mobilises 800 personnel in Sokoto

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Sokoto State Command, has mobilised more than 800 personnel to provide security in the state during the forthcoming Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

 

The state Commandant of the corps, Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Sokoto that the security operatives would be deployed to Eid praying grounds, public buildings and recreation centres to ensure safety of residents.

 

He said that the operatives would complement the efforts of other security agencies in the state to ensure security.

 

I strongly urge members of the general public to be security conscious and report any suspicious movements in and around their neighbourhood to security agencies for prompt action,” Aliyu said.

 

He also said that plain-cloth security personnel had been deployed on foot patrols to sensitive locations. Aliyu saidd that the measure was aimed at protecting the citizens against security threats.

 

According to him, NSCDC personnel in local government areas of the state have been briefed on security measures to be adopted to deal with any unforeseen circumstances before, during and after the celebration.

 

NAN reports that the Federal Government has declared Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 public holidays for the celebration of Eid-EL-Kabir by Muslims.

We’ll Make Lagos Uncomfortable For Criminals – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday commissioned the newly rehabilitated fuel dump for the State Police Command, just as he reiterated his unwavering commitment to keep Lagos safe, secured and uncomfortable for criminal elements and their collaborators.

 

The facility, which has 33,000 litres capacity for both diesel and premium motor spirit (petrol), was rehabilitated by the State Government for the purpose of dispensing fuel to vehicles used for patrol and surveillance activities by the Police in the State.

 

Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, said provision of the facility was in line with his administration’s determination to further enhance security of lives and property in the State.

 

He said: “Since our inauguration, we have left nobody in doubt about our commitment to keep our State safe and secured. We have demonstrated commitment to this course through massive investment and the provision of modern security equipment to strengthen the crime fighting capacity of security agencies, especially the State Police Command.”

 

Till date, we have empowered security agencies with 100 Saloon Cars, 195 Ford Ranger Pick Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Hilux and several others.

 

These were provided with the main objective of facilitating mobility of officers within the nooks and crannies of the State.

 

With this dedicated facility, the State Government has once again made a clear statement of its determination to make Lagos uncomfortable for criminals and their collaborators,” he said.

The Governor said he was not oblivious of the fact that the major requirement for efficient running of vehicles is regular fuel supply and maintenance, adding that such necessitated the approval he gave for the revamping of the old and dilapidated fuel dump at the State Police Command.

 

While expressing delight at the completion of the rehabilitation and handing over to the police, Governor Ambode urged the State Command to ensure adequate monitoring, as well as usage of the fuel only for the purpose intended.

 

Besides, Governor Ambode assured the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni of the readiness of the State Government to sufficiently service the facility for a 24/7 mobility of security vehicles.

 

Earlier, Owoseni thanked Governor Ambode for once again demonstrating that he is a worthy partner, adding that the commissioning and handing over of the facility was a milestone to the Police.

 

“The State Government has been at the forefront of supporting us both in terms of equipment and logistics. On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I want to specially thank Governor Ambode and the State Government for supporting us in fueling the vehicles provided for us.

 

“We want to assure the good people of Lagos that we recognise that to whom much is given, much is expected. We will reciprocate this kind gesture by redoubling our efforts in other to make Lagos safer and more secured,” Owoseni assured.

Security: Governor Bello Advises Citizens To Be Vigilant.

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has called on the people of the state to be vigilant and security conscious by checking movement of strange persons in their neighbourhood  and report suspicious individuals to security agents.

The Governor stated this today in Lokoja at the Jumat Mosque Prayers  to mark the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the state.

Bello disclosed that some people have recruited some miscreants and imported them  to the state to cause trouble, warning the trouble shooters to relocate from the state or meet the superior power of the law.

He assured the people of the state that the law enforcement agencies are working hard to fish out the miscreants out of the state.

The Governor vowed to continue to ensure the unity of the state, adding that he is poised to lead the state through necessary reforms that will bring about even development in all sectors of the economy.

I am conscious of the circumstance that brought me to power and will only be answerable to God and the people of Kogi State,” he stated.

FUNAAB Partners Police, DSS To Curb Security Challenges

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), which last Thursday declared a seven-day mid-semester break for the Second Semester of 2015/2016 academ session, says it has taken steps to protect the lives and property of members of staff and students.

Particularly, the school says it is partnering the state police command as well as the Department of State Services (DSS) in its bid to ensure that peace returns to the campus.

The management-ordered break was after a violent protest by students, which left five vehicles burnt, seven vandalised and a place of worship allegedly attacked. The protest was precipitated by the alleged insensitivity displayed by the police and the school’s management over incessant attack on students by hoodlums in the school’s hostels.

After the protest, where two policemen were allegedly injured, over 30 persons were arrested in connection with incident, with the state command saying that those found culpable would be prosecuted.

According to Head, Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) of the school, Emi’ Alawode, management of the school, noted with dismay, the violent unrest to protest incessant robbery attacks in hostels outside the university campus, which led to the disruption of public peace, wanton vandalisation and destruction of private and/or public property running into several millions of naira.

She said that the mid-semester break, would assist the university to provide additional security measures, and to further support initiatives of the federal and state governments towards the protection of their lives and property of members of the university community.

However, apart of the concerted efforts towards ensuring a secured environment for members of the university community, she informed, “FUNAAB has partnered with relevant security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property of staff and students living within the university environs, following armed robbery reports from some students residing in Isolu, a community situated outside the university campus,” the statement added.

“To this end, the University security team, in collaboration with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) of Odeda and Obantoko areas, both in Abeokuta, often take turns, on daily basis, to patrol the university environs at night. The university management has also encouraged the various communities to embrace community policing and vigilante services, to support the efforts of the police and the DSS.

“It is important to note that students have also been cautioned to avoid attracting unnecessary attention to themselves, be alert, be vigilant about happenings in their surroundings and be free to contact the University Chief Security Officer (CSO), in case they notice any strange movement or occurrence around their vicinities,” she added.

NDLEA Staff Drown In River Chasing Drug Baron

The Borno Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confirmed the death of one its staff who got drowned in a river while chasing a notorious drug baron.

Ona Ogilegwu, NDLEA Commandant in Borno, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the incident occurred during an operation in Gwange area of Maiduguri.

In an effort to arrest a notorious baron, four men of the command were involved in a water mishap after diving into the Gwange River in pursuit of the suspect.

The narcotic boss said that the NDLEA officials were involved in the mishap because they could not swim.

The sad incident led to the death of one of our officers in the hospital after a failed attempt to revive him.

“The survivors were discharged from hospital today,’’ Ogilegwu.

The NDLEA boss said that the command would still go after the suspect and arrest him.

#Edo2016: Police Must Be Ready To Provide Tight Security – Isiwele

Concerned about possible volatile situation in Edo State in the run up to September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election, a prominent son of the state, Alhaji Musa Shehu Isiwele, has urged vigilance on the part of security agencies, especially the Nigeria police, so as to forestall a repeat of the mayhem and bloodletting that characterised last year’s governorship election in Rivers State.

 

He gave the charge in Abuja as political gladiators perfect strategy for the poll that has raised concerns in several quarters.

 

Alhaji Musa Isiwele, a retired senior police officer, said that he foresees a highly contested gubernatorial poll in Edo, especially between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, but cautioned that the election in Edo State should not be a do-or-die affair.

 

Isiwele, who is the Executive President of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), however, urged the people of Edo to vote for candidate of their choice regardless of intimidations and threats from any quarter.

 

I am advising my people, voters and contestants alike, the election in Edo State is not supposed to be a do or die affair. We want the election to be free and fair, and people should vote for candidate of their choice. I’m also advising the security agencies, let there be tight security on that day. Let there be enough security men on the ground.

Now everybody is anxious, everybody is ready, waiting. Let the police ensure that security is tight so that people can vote candidates of their choice. I have listened to the campaign of both sides, that is why I am giving the advice. It is not supposed to be a do or die affair. In an election, there’s no loser as far as I’m concerned. If you fail people will come to know you and next time when you come out they will vote for you. After all, our president failed three times before winning”, he pointed out.

 

On why he is not coming out to endorse any of the two leading governorship candidates, APC’s Obaseki or Ize-Iyamu of the PDP, given the prominent role he played in the 2015 election where he sponsored three candidates to electoral success, Alhaji Isiwele declared that he has quit partisan politics because of the untrustworthiness of politicians.

 

According to him, politicians are like a broken down vehicle whose owner is asking people to assist him to push so that the engine can start.

 

The moment you push the vehicle and it starts, the much they will do is raise their hand and wave you bye”, he said.

 

Recalling his involvement in the 2015 election, Alhaji Musa Isiwele disclosed that he personally sponsored three candidates to the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate to success.

 

He regrets that those beneficiaries today cannot even call him on phone.

Lagos Vows To Seize Structures Used For Criminal Activities

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it will henceforth seize houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
This is in a determined effort to tackle increasing crime rate in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni who briefed newsmen after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Ikeja on Tuesday said the government was determined to eradicate the menace of kidnapping and militancy in the state.

“The Security Council meeting was for us to look at the strategies that we would be deploying in
tackling the criminal challenges that we have in the state and to further come up with strategies of sustaining those measures that would put criminal elements in check and of course the security council of the state has come out with plans to let our people know emphatically that the state is more poised at tackling all the criminal challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the state will not be allowed the freedom to practice any criminal act.

“There is no hiding place for criminal elements; in addition to that, it has been resolved that any structure, building or any places that criminal elements are using in the state will be confiscated. The state will not hesitate in the interest of the public to take over those safe havens, structures or houses that these criminal elements are using as hidden places to perpetrate their activities,” he said.

Police Step Up Security At Abia Government House

The Police have stepped up security around the Abia Government House in Umuahia, following report of the issuance of Certificate of Return to Dr Uche Ogah as Governor-elect of the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the news, which filtered into the state around noon, caused anxiety among residents of Umuahia.

At the city centre, popularly called Isi-gate, some traders, tricycle riders and passersby expressed happiness over the development.

However, the situation was different at the Government House, where political office holders were seen moving hurriedly out of their offices, while workers simply watched.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, who was on his way to deliver an inaugural lecture at the Abia State University, Uturu when the news filtered in, cancelled the event and made a quick return to Aba.

Ikpeazu had operated from the Government House Liaison Office in Aba since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
NAN learnt that hundreds of Ogah’s supporters have moved to Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Owerri, to receive him.
Many other supporters were seen at the Government House main-gate in anticipation of his inauguration.

Attempts to get the reaction of officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on the development were unsuccessful.

The Chairman of the party, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, did not pick calls made to his cell phone.

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43,000 Ghost Workers Uncovered In Nigerian Security Agencies

The Head of the Continuous Audit team of the Federal Government, Mohammed Dikwa, on Tuesday said N50 billion was saved so far through the audit of security agencies payroll.

Mr. Dikwa said this in Abuja at a meeting between the Continuous Audit team, Minister of Finance and Heads of Para-Military agencies.

President Mohammadu Buhari had set up the Continuous Audit team to look into the payroll of all Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The team had already embarked on the audit of the Military payroll and enrolling them on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“Since we started the continuous audit programme, we have saved about N50 billion and over 43,000 ghost workers have been removed from the payroll of the federal government.

“And as we go on, we are very sure that we will continue to reduce the cost of federal government payroll.

“Please note the cost is not related to ghost workers alone but with allowances which we believe have to be trimmed down so that we can manage the cost of governance,’’ he said.

Mr. Dikwa said officers from the account departments of all the para-military agencies were currently undergoing training on IPPIS and the Government Management Information System (GIFMIS)

 He said the plan was to have all the agencies enrolled on the IPPIS and GIFMIS at the end of the month once the training was completed.

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Another Lion Escapes In Kenya, Mauls Man

A man was injured by a lion that was subsequently shot dead by wildlife rangers as it was roaming outside the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday.

It is the fourth time this year that lions have roamed outside Nairobi National Park and the second time someone has been injured by a lion in less than two weeks.

The dark-maned male lion was shot by a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger after it hurt a passer-by near Isinya, a built-up area south of the capital where onlookers were gathering to stare at the agitated animal.

“The stray lion that was roaming in Isinya has been shot dead after injuring a person,” said KWS spokesman Paul Udoto.

Udoto said the injured man had been taken to hospital and the animal shot “after it (had) become wild”.

In previous incidents this year the lions have either been herded back to the 117 square kilometre (29,000-acre) park or have returned of their own accord.

The reserve is almost surrounded by a fast-growing city of over three million people.

Earlier this month a 63-year old man was injured when a lion clawed at him close to a busy highway where motorists were honking their horns and snapping photographs and videos as they drove by.

The park is not entirely fenced to enable traditional migration by animals in search of grazing.

The big cats are under growing pressure as one of Africa’s fastest growing cities expands onto ancient migration routes and hunting grounds.

Conservationists say lions lived there before people in the area and are not “escaping” the park nor “straying” into human settlements, rather people have moved into the lions’ habitat.

In mid-February, two lions spent a day wandering through Kibera, a densely-packed city slum, before returning to the park, and days later more lions were spotted in town.

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Governor Ambode Vows To Rescue Abducted Secondary School Girls

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode says his government will spare no effort to ensure the safe return of the three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu area of the state, who were kidnapped by a group of armed gang on Monday evening February 29th.

Ambode in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde and released today March 2nd, condemned the unfortunate incident, just as he assured that the Police and other security operatives have swung into action, with useful leads and with an unwavering determination to track down the perpetrators of the act and ensure the safe return of the girls.

“We have not been silent on this unfortunate development. In a delicate security matter of this nature, where young innocent people are involved and management of information demands utmost circumspect, we were convinced that swift and coordinated reaction, guided by intelligence reports on the part of the Police, was a better and more sensitive approach to take, rather than a sensational, panic-stricken reaction”he said. He said the State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni as well as the Assistant Inspector General of Police for the Lagos/Ogun Command were fully on ground at the scene and vicinity of the incident leading the entire coordinated effort involving every military apparatus. “We believe in the capacity of the Police to lead this rescue mission. I have had ceaseless briefing with them since the incident happened and God helping us, we shall spare no effort in securing the safe release of the girls and continue to secure the school and indeed every part of Lagos”. Governor Ambode said the incident may not be unconnected with his recent visit to some parts of Ikorodu where he read the riot act to vandals and criminal gangs on the resolve of the state government to take the battle to their hideouts in a spirited effort to secure the pipelines. “We believe this is a case of evil fighting back. But Lagos will neither succumb to threats of lawlessness nor bow to terror. Our resolve is very clear; we will assist the Police and other security agencies in dealing decisively with this one unfortunate case and prevent future reoccurrence. We will deploy the resources at our disposal to safeguard every life and property within our care,” he said.

Governor Ambode also recalled a similar incident in Arepo area of Ogun State, where a senior staff of a leading telecommunications agency was kidnapped three days ago, however saying that he has gotten assurance from both the Ogun State Police and Lagos Police Commands on their collaborative efforts to tame the menace of kidnapping and ensure return of order and safety. He also commended the gallantry of the students of the school who put up a courageous resistance to prevent the abduction of their mates, just as he praised the mature and measured response of the school management in the wake of the incident. “The state government is with you in bringing this unfortunate episode to a quick resolution. I wish to appeal for calm and support of every Lagosian. I urge them to be vigilant and helpful to the security operatives in this onerous task to rid the state of every form of criminality, cultism and terrorism,” he said.

Nigeria Partners S/Arabia On Security, Stable Oil Market

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated Nigeria’s support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its efforts to stop the spread of terror in the Middle East.

President Buhari said this on Tuesday at a meeting with King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz in Riyadh, where the two leaders engaged in extensive discussions on regional and global issues.

President Buhari, who was making his first pronouncement on the invitation to join the coalition of Islamic States against terror, congratulated the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its formation.

“Even if we are not a part of it, we support you. I must thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the recent creation of a coalition to address the menace of international terrorism.

“Nigeria will support your efforts in keeping peace and stopping the spread of terror in your region. This is in consonance with our own commitment and ongoing efforts in seeking to stamp out Boko Haram terrorists from the West African sub-region and Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC),” the President said.

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Nigeria, Denmark To Strengthen Ties In Maritime, Agriculture, Security

Nigeria and Denmark on Tuesday, pledged to broaden their diplomatic relations in the maritime and agriculture sectors as well as in fighting terrorism and rehabilitation of displaced persons in the North East.


The pledge was made when the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr Kristian Jensen, led a Danish delegation including the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Torbeb Gettermann, on a courtesy visit to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.



At the event, Osinbajo commended the Danish government for opening an Embassy in Abuja, and a Consulate in Lagos, saying that they were marks of commitment of Denmark to strengthen relationship with Nigeria.


He said the Federal Government was pursuing a strong diversification policy with focus on agriculture, solid minerals and improving the maritime sector.


The Vice President explained that the entire value chain of agriculture was important to the administration in other to use the sector to create more wealth and jobs for the youth.

According to him, the government was paying attention to rice and poultry farming as well as food storage and food processing.

Osinbajo, also said that the administration was keen on improving power supply, adding that the energy mix in the country would be better in two years’ time.

He told the visitors that government had routed Boko Haram and was fighting corruption to create secure and better business atmosphere for investors.

He mentioned the efforts being made to rehabilitate those displaced by insurgency in the North East, adding that the administration was at the point of working with international partners on the needs assessment in the region.

He remarked that no fewer than two million persons were displaced by Boko Haram which was a huge crisis that stretched the facilities in the region.

He, however, explained that in trying to resettle the displaced persons, government was working hard to make the area safe by ridding it of land mines.



“We are working hard to see how we can grapple with the problems in collaboration with some NGOs.

“We hope that in the next few weeks, we will have a clearer picture of how to re-settle the victims, but we are aware that there are thousands of orphans in the area.



The Vice President used the occasion to allay the fears of the international community on a breakup of the nation due to the activities of youths called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


He recalled the attempt to secede by the Biafra in 1967 which led to a three year old civil war, but that following the declaration of the federal government then of “no victor, no vanquished’’, the warring groups had since been reintegrated.

He explained that what had arisen of recent was that young ones were disenchanted because of lack of jobs affecting 50 per cent of the youth population.

He however said that the agitation by IPOB was not a significant threat to the sovereignty of the nation as the entire Igbo population, like the Yoruba, had seen themselves as major partners in nationhood.


“We are better together and becoming a smaller country is not the mainstream thinking in any of the regions of the country.
Jensen earlier told the Vice President that his country was glad about the effort of the federal government to fight Boko Haram and terrorism, pledging to continue to partner with Nigeria in the fight.



He also said that there was the need for both countries to work together to return normal lives to the displaced persons in the North East.


“We commend your effort in the fight against Boko Haram and corruption.

“We are advanced in renewable energy which in addition to strengthening the SMEs, we hope we can assist the economy of this country to grow,’ he said.

The minister said his country had a diversified energy structure with about 112 per cent of electricity provided by wind power. He said his country would assist Nigeria improve power through solar and bio technology, as well as integration of the energy mix. He assured that Denmark would strengthen the maritime industry in the country where its ships were involved in carrying over 40 per cent of Nigeria’s shipments.

Jensen expressed concerns about the agitation by IPOB and said there was the need to nip the agitation in the bud.

 

(NAN)

Nigeria To Commence Rail Transportation Of Petroleum Products – Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, declared that the Buhari administration would commence the rail transportation of petroleum products to selected parts of the country before the end of the first quarter of 2016.

He made this known at the hearing on rail contracts awarded between 2010 and 2015, by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, conducted by the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on railway contract scam.

Amaechi disclosed that the development would decongest the number of heavy trucks and tankers that convey petroleum products that ply the nation’s highways.
“As from this first quarter, we should be able to begin to move petroleum products from Lagos by rail up to the north, so as to reduce the impact of trailers and tankers on our roads”, Amaechi said.

He added that the ministry would focus on completing the construction of the Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar railway lines with a view to developing a faster railway system.

The minister gave an assurance that if the ministry got the loan to finance the project from the China-Nexim Bank, it would speed up the completion of a standard gauge railway track.

According to Amaechi, before the end of 2016, trains would start running on the Kaduna-Abuja standard gauge line, which is currently near completion.

Besides, he said that the ministry will harness the potentials in the railway sector to create employment and ensure the easy movement of goods across the country.

Buhari Welcomes Greater U.S. Support For Nigeria’s Security, Development

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday in Abuja that his administration would continue to welcome the support and understanding of the United States, as it strives to achieve greater internal security and socio-economic progress in Nigeria.

Receiving a delegation led by the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny Pritzker, at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, President Buhari applauded ongoing American collaboration with his administration on security and developmental issues.

“I remain grateful for the reception accorded me and my team when we visited the United States at the invitation of President Obama.

“We discussed security, corruption, infrastructure, and many other issues.

“We thank America for sending experts to train our troops and providing hardware for our military because we must first stabilise the country before we can move it forward,” the President told the delegation which included the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, and three others.

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Mark Zuckerberg Reveals He Is Designing A Robot That Will Look After His Daughter & Home

The billionaire founder of Facebook has revealed plans to build a domestic robot capable of babysitting his infant daughter. Mark Zuckerberg wants to build a “simple artificial intelligence to run my home” by the end of the year.

He announced this ambitious scheme in his annual New Year’s Resolution Facebook post. Zuck said his “personal challenge” for the year would be to design a robot which can perform basic childcare and other tasks around the house.

“I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home – music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I’ll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s room that I need to check on when I’m not with her,” he wrote.

Lagos Closes Oshodi Market Over Insecurity

Lagos State Government yesterday shut down Owonifari market in the Oshodi, Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, aimed at addressing the security challenges in the area.
Lagos State Government often arrested hoodlums in Oshodi for various robberies and other petty incidents.Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, lamented that the market has constituted a menace and an eyesore to the locality.
He added that they have relocated affected traders and shop owners to the newly built Isopakodowo
market stalls at Bolade area in Oshodi. The government has also started fencing-off of the set-back on Agege Motor Road that stretches from Ilupeju end of Oshodi all the way to the PWD/Ikeja GRA end of the area.

He said that the fencing-off of the long stretch of the set-back is being undertaken to assist the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation in particular with a view to beautifying it and safeguard lives along the railway corridor by discouraging street trading and indiscriminate use of the space.

In the statement,  Ayorinde added that the Owonifari loop will be transformed into an ultra modern bus terminus with new bus shelters that are befitting of a structured park in a mega city.

He stated further that Oshodi will be sane and safe and a place where both traders and commuters would be pleased to visit and trade.

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Pipeline Vandal Say They Settle Security Agents With N500,000

Lagos State police arrested a suspected vandal, Moshood Jibril, who claims that his gang usually settles security agents with about N500,000 to transport stolen  petrol to Ibadan, Oyo State.
Jibril, who was arrested with his pal, Joseph Friday, said he also brought in cars illegally from Benin Republic to sell in the country.
It was gathered that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Taskforce on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism on Friday in the Isolo area of the state, after they had allegedly stolen 33,000 litres of stolen fuel from a pipeline that belonged to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,  in the Ijegun area.
Jibril said the truck conveying the products belonged to his older brother, identified as Rasheed Adewale.
He said:

“My job is to escort the truck from Lagos after we have loaded the fuel. I would drive behind the truck and a woman called Anna would bring N500,000 which we would use to settle security agents on our way.

“It was while we were waiting for the woman on Friday that the police arrested me. I did not know how they found out that we had just finished loading.

“I also do smuggling. I bring cars from the Benin Republic to various parts of the country. It was my elder brother, Rasheed, who introduced me to this business. He is the owner of the products and the Toyota car I was caught with.”

His pal, Friday, said he was promised N300,000 to deliver the fuel to buyers in Ibadan.
He said:

“This is the first time I would be called for the job. I had never stolen fuel before. I was promised N300,000 by one Bayo who invited me. I did not know that it is called illegal bunkering.

“They said I was going to move fuel from a faulty truck in the area. But when I got there, I saw a long hose on the ground and they started pumping. I saw that the hose was connected to a damaged pipeline.

“Bayo and a woman, simply known as Anna, were the ones loading the fuel. They told me some soldiers were aware of the deal, and they would provide protection for me. It was when we got to the Isolo Bridge that the police arrested us.”

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Lagos To Install 10,000 CCTV Cameras Across The State

Lagos state government says it has concluded plans to install 10,000 CCTC cameras across the state. The state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Akinyemi Ashade, stated this while giving a breakdown of the 2016 budget, tagged ’The Peoples’ Budget’ before newsmen.

“We will be expanding our ICT infrastructure statewide. Consequently, a budget of N9.6 billion has been approved for this purpose in 2016. This will include a Smart City project targeted at deploying technology to enhance security in the state.
It will also aid our revenue generating efforts. We will be increasing coverage of CCTV installations in the state. Our goal is to have over 10,000 active cameras, connected by Broadband. The existing 1,000 cameras will be reactivated and these will be increased by an additional 3,000 cameras after the completion of the first phase of this project.”?he said

Ogundana Michael Rotimi: #DasukiGate; The Real Terror!

Boko Haram was tagged the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014. According to The Global Terrorism Index, Boko Haram killed more people- 6,644 in terror attacks in 2014 than any other terrorist group in the world. The Islamic State, ISIL, which is based in Syria and Iraq, follows closely behind, at 6,073 deaths through terrorism in 2014.

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The Global Terrorism Index is an annual report by the New York City-based Institute for Economics and Peace. It tracks global deaths from terror attacks, which it defines as “an intentional act of violence or threat of violence by a non-state actor.”

In confirming this figure, the highly respected Nigeria Security Tracker, compiled by the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations, found that over 6,000 people were killed in clashes between Boko Haram and Nigerian forces in 2014.

From 2013 through 2014, the death toll from terrorism-related attacks climbed drastically in Nigeria, increasing by 300 percent. It was the largest increase in terrorist deaths ever recorded by any country.

Regrettably, Nigeria is second of just the five countries that suffer the bulk of terrorist acts in 2014. The rest countries are: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria – accounting for 78 percent of all fatalities in 2014. Iraq bears the heaviest burden with 9,929 terrorist fatalities in 2014.

Putting the consequences of this terror together, Boko Haram activities in the north eastern part of Nigeria have been reported to be responsible for dead of about 13,000 people, damage of properties worth billions of naira and the displacement of over 3 million Nigerians.

Truth be told, I agree with all these facts. They are genuine, they are actually what Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader stands for and the world already knows him for that.

However, what do you say about those that had the opportunity to stop this terror, those that were in charge of the administration when Boko Haram was unveiling its devilish act, those that had all it takes to put an end to the insurgency before it escalated but blatantly refused to do so? How do you categorize such act? Isn’t it terror itself?

After the report of the presidential committee that looked into the details of the arms procurement activities of the last administration was released, and Sambo Dasuki the  former National Security Adviser (NSA) was arrested due to shady deals discovered by the committee, it became apparent that the negligence to combat and defeat the insurgency was a deliberate act in the face of ending corruption.

It was meant to be the office of the NSA and not the office of a Money Disbursing Agent (MDA), but it was the latter that it stood for during the last administration.

The revelations so far from the on-going investigation of the arms procurement scam during the last administration have confirmed the hypothesis of so many – the lack of political will to defeat Boko Haram.

Funds meant for arms procurement were shared among some political elites and fortunate folks close to the administration. While innocent Nigerians were being killed by Boko Haram, school children were being abducted, properties were being damaged and millions were being displayed.

Pathetic as it were, the NSA after denying the military especially the soldiers at the forefront of the war arms to confront the insurgency, on a global platform he called them cowards and when they revolted against the malicious act they were compelled to pass through, he charged them for mutiny and sort to kill them. There is no terror greater than this!

The point is, there is no terror anywhere greater than the #DasukiGate. Because, the reported most deadly terrorist group- Boko Haram, could have been overcome had #DasukiGate not existed. #DasukiGate was indirectly responsible for the loss and the pains Boko Haram caused the people.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, and the funds meant for arms procurement were judiciously utilized, the Boko Haram terror would have been easily curtailed, contained and defeated.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, Boko Haram would have not attained the rank of the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014.

Had #DasukiGate not existed, Boko Haram may have been defeated or rendered completely powerless.

#DasukiGate was the real terror indirectly behind the death of innocent Nigerians. It was the real terror responsible for the loss of lives of Nigerian gallant soldiers on the battle front against the Boko Haram insurgency. It was the real terror connected to the abduction of our men, women and children and for the displacement of persons from their abodes.

#DasukiGate is the world most deadly terrorist group in 2014 not Boko Haram.

With the #DasukiGate in place, government actions and decisions only benefitted a set of people close to the presidency while public interest came second.  Scarce resources meant for all were diverted away from the poor and disadvantaged and shared among a few elites.

Meanwhile, while the investigations and the prosecution go on, I hope this prosecution will be different from many other investigations and prosecutions we have had in the past that ended up in trash bins.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation, largest economy and biggest oil producer, but astounding levels of corruption have left it without basic developments and infrastructures.  

It is high time we called on our politicians and public officials to be accountable for their actions. Hence, starting with #DasukiGate is not a bad start.

God Bless Nigeria  

Ogundana Michael Rotimi, is a Nigerian Biochemist, Socio-economic & Political Commentator and Public Speaker. He tweets @MickeySunny.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates 

President Obama Appoints Nigerian, Adewale Adeyemo As Deputy National Security Adviser

President Barack Obama has tapped Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who served in top roles at the Treasury Department, to succeed Caroline Atkinson as his deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

Ms. Atkinson has served in her current post since June 2013, a position that includes coordinating U.S. participation in the annual summits of the Group of 20 and Group of Seven countries. Ms. Atkinson also played key roles in the recently concluded climate negotiations in Paris and in pushing the White House’s trade agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Mr. Adeyemo, 34, joined the White House’s National Economic Council as deputy director this fall from the Treasury, where he served most recently as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary Jacob Lew. He was the Treasury’s lead negotiator on the currency agreement that was part of the Pacific trade deal.

Mr. Adeyemo also worked on Treasury’s response to crises in Ukraine and Greece and in 2010 was one of the first officials charged with standing up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a statement, Mr. Obama thanked Ms. Atkinson for her service and said he was grateful that Mr. Adeyemo would carry on her work. Mr. Adeyemo had been nominated by Mr. Obama to serve as assistant Treasury secretary for international markets and development, but a White House official said Mr. Adeyemo had asked the president to withdraw the nomination given his new role.

Mr. Lew said that Mr. Adeyemo had “developed a network of international relationships in economic offices around the world to promote U.S. interests effectively.” Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Mr. Adeyemo, who joined the administration in 2009, was a “natural diplomat with a great feel for policy.”

The position has served as a springboard to even higher profile international finance posts. Michael Froman, who is currently the U.S. trade representative, held the post under both Mr. Obama and President Bill Clinton. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, who previously served as a senior Treasury official in the Obama administration, held the post in the Clinton administration.

Naval Chief Assures Of Security On Waterways

The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir is assuring residents around all the Eastern Naval Command Base of utmost security of their lives and property.

According to the Naval boss, the command has doubled its presence on the waterways, to ensure no crime is recorded.

The Rear Admiral was speaking with journalists after the last quarter road march of officers and ratings of the command to improve their fitness in Calabar the Cross River State capital.

The FOC, who was represented by the Command Operation Officer, Commodore Ime Henry Ekpa, said the command is not ignorant of the fact that though there is no society devoid of crime, the command is determined to curb the criminal activities on the waterways.

He maintained that, there are lined up of many operations and exercise which the Chief of Naval Staff himself is expected to involved to ensure that all our seafarers enjoy safe passages and do their businesses unhindered.

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Gov. Ambode Joins Security Chiefs On Patrol In Lagos

The Lagos state governor and some of his security chiefs went on an early morning patrol in the Onikan area of Lagos to see the situation for themselves. Many Lagosians have been complaining about the incessant traffic robberies that usually occurs early in the morning or in the evening. The governor has promised to do something about it and has so far increased police patrol on Eko bridge. And true to his word Gov Ambode hit the streets early hours of this morning to see first hand experience of the situation by joining other security agencies on Watch…. is it safe to say Gov Ambode can be called man of the Night Watch? …………….LOL don’t mind me too much Games of Thrones…

Security Tightened As Boko Haram Allegedly Infiltrates Lagos

The military and other security agencies have beefed up surveillance around critical infrastructures in Lagos.

This move, it was learnt was as a result of the infiltration of some Boko Haram commanders and elements into Lagos and other southern states.

Following the offensive launched by the military in the Northeast theatre zone, many of the fleeing terrorists, according to security agencies have infiltrated the southern parts of the country where they are said to be regrouping.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai hinted on the infiltration at the weekend in Lagos, while addressing troops of the Nine Brigade.

He called on his personnel to collaborate with other security agencies, whom he disclosed have already arrested a handful of the terrorists.

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National Security Remains My Priority, Buhari Tells British Defence Chief

President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday affirmed his government’s resolve to rid Nigeria of insecurity and improve the national security.

The president said without adequate security, other socio-economic initiatives cannot be successfully implemented.

Buhari spoke when he played host to the Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton in Abuja on Thursday.

He renewed hope that his administration will end the Boko Haram insurgency as quickly as possible.

“For a country to be efficiently administered, it must first be well secured because other social and economic initiatives cannot thrive in an atmosphere of insecurity.

“An environment has to be secured before it can be rehabilitated. Nigeria currently has about 1.5 million internally displaced persons and they need to be returned to their homes and brought out of trauma.

“Their schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, farms and livelihoods have been destroyed by insurgents. If they are not catered for, the country may lose their loyalty.

“When Boko Haram is pushed out and the environment secured, normal life will be restored. That is what we are determined to do. Other things like farming, economic activities and social life will then return. Nigerians are quite enterprising,” he said.

The President expressed gratitude to Britain for their support and retraining of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, also asked for more assistance in other areas such as logistics, equipment and intelligence.

He also called for more international support for regional efforts to improve security in the Gulf of Guinea through which crude oil stolen from Nigeria is shipped.

In his remarks, General Houghton said that the Buhari Presidency was a huge opportunity for Nigeria to make progress.

Houghton said that he was very impressed with the progress Nigeria has made in the war against terrorism under President Buhari and assured the President that Britain will continue to support the Federal Government’s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We will also help to ensure that the causes of insurgency are removed. Beyond the military dimension, we are also interested in the stabilization dimension,” he said.

Buhari Meets Hollande On Defence, Security

President Muhammadu Buhari leaves Abuja for Paris today on a three-day official visit to France at the invitation of President Francois Hollande.

Buhari would be accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), Permanent Secretaries, Federal Ministries of Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment as well as the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC, and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC.

A statement issued yesterday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said Buhari’s talks in Paris with Hollande and other senior French Government officials would focus on strengthening and consolidating on ongoing bilateral cooperation between both countries in the areas of defence, security, trade and investments.

Apart from his scheduled meeting with Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Buhari and his team would also confer with the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Finance and Public Accounts, Mr. Michel Sapin, Minister of Economy and Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius.

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Police To Strengthen Security Around INEC Offices

Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has disclosed its resolve to tighten security in and around offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, across the country.

Consequently, Command Commissioners of Police have been directed to ensure adequate security at such offices and also at election tribunal sittings.

Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, stated this yesterday when he visited headquarters of INEC in Abuja, where he met Acting Chairperson, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari.

Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, in a statement said the visit was aimed at cementing existing relationship between the force and INEC in ensuring actualization of the commission’s mandate.

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Fans “Abuse” Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda Wax Figure (PHOTOS)

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas announced that they will be boosting security presence at the rapper’s “Anaconda”-inspired wax display after images of fans defiling the sculpture began circulating on social media.

We have been made aware of the inappropriate photograph. Madame Tussauds attractions are interactive, immersive experiences, and our visitors are generally respectful towards the wax figures. It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately, and we apologize for any offense this has caused.

We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again.

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We’ve Spent N12bn on Security with FG’s Insignificant Assistance – Gaidam

Yobe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam said his administration was saddled with the heavy load of spending over N12 billion on security related issues with insignificant support coming from the federal government.

The governor who spoke to the press through his media aide, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, on Monday, lamented that the only major contribution of the federal government to assisting Yobe state which have had to pick almost all the bills incurred as a result of the protracted Boko Haram insurgency was a meagre N150 million.

Bego, who disclosed that this donation was given during the outgone President Goodluck Jonathan administration, said though no financial donation was yet received from the present President Muhammadu Buhari administration but all things now show that the federal government was better committed to ending the crisis and assisting the affected states pick up some of the bills.
He however said the state government despite the heavy financial burden has not shied away from its numerous responsibilities in all other sectors of the state.

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US Sending Arms To Nigeria – Report

THERE are indications that the United States government is sending arms to the Nigerian military in its efforts to crush Boko Haram.
Facts that the US might start sending arms to Nigeria came on the heels of the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle’s revelation in an interview with one of our correspondents that the US government never placed arms embargo on Nigeria.
“There’s been a lot of misunderstanding on this issue before, during and after President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington. Let me be clear about a couple of things. One, we had worked very closely with Nigeria on the Leahy Amendment….The second piece of misinformation, which has been bandied about in (newspapers’) headlines, is that the US has lifted its arms embargo on Nigeria. There was never an arms embargo,” Entwistle said.

According to Radio France Internationale, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency records

show that the country’s Department of Defence is set to transfer military material to Nigeria.

The RFI noted that a DSCA list of “so-called Excess Defence Articles” slated for Nigeria indicated that the US Army was about to transfer Caiman trucks, armoured vehicles designed “to defeat current and emerging threats,” according to their manufacturer, British-based BAE Systems.
The RFI added that the US government was also sending armoured vehicles known as MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected), made by Navistar Defence, an Illinois company, and Israeli-based Plasan Sasa.
It is unclear which Nigerian military units will receive the equipment, but the report said that the US government had confirmed that deliveries were pending.
When The PUNCH contacted the Department of State to confirm the types of military hardware the US would be sending and when deliveries of the weapons would be made, the newspaper was directed to contact Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence.
The spokesperson for the US State Department, Noel Clay,   via an email to The PUNCH, said, “The United States is set to expand its efforts to provide bilateral security assistance to Nigeria to counter Boko Haram. We will refer you to the Nigerian MoD to confirm the arrival of any US-origin material, but we can say that a key component of our security assistance to Nigeria in recent years has been training on the importance of respect for human rights and professional military conduct.
“Impunity for human rights violations by security forces not only tarnishes Nigeria’s reputation, but cannot prohibit us from engaging with involved units. We will continue to work with the Nigerian military to ensure they conduct disciplined military operations in accordance with clear rules of engagement and international law; treat all detainees humanely; allow access to independent monitors to all detention facilities; and hold accountable the perpetrators of unlawful violence.”
Meanwhile, a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has said prayer is the best weapon against terrorism.
Gowon, who is also the founder of Nigeria Prays, a non-profit organisation, said this on Sunday at the National Prayer Rally, which held at the Olive Tree Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikoyi, Lagos.
He observed that Boko Haram insurgency had been the most disturbing of all the problems of Nigeria.
“There is need for Nigerians to begin to change their orientation and begin to pray according to the will and purpose of God. The only way prayer can be of benefit to all is for us to ask that God’s will be done. We should pray that God will answer our prayers in way that it will be a blessing to all,” he said,
Gowon, as Nigeria’s ruler between 1966 and 1975, prosecuted the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
He said the incessant suicide bombings in the country were enough cause for worry.
He said, “It is sad that some people wilfully take their lives and the lives of others. This is a great concern. There is no longer respect for lives. There is no regard for human dignity. This is worrisome. That is why I really want to appeal to Nigerians to raise an altar of prayer for Nigeria. We should consistently pray and constantly ask that God will cause his mercy to flow in our nation. The bloodletting is embarrassing and ungodly. It is time for us to raise our voices and cry to God for His mercy on our land.
“If God could save the Biblical Saul who later became Paul, I am confident that God can touch the lives of these people called Boko Haram. We know they are faceless and nobody knows their agenda. That is why I believe that it is only God who can really intervene in their lives and bring a change.”
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President Buhari Laments State Of Nigeria’s Military

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has for the first time met those campaigning for the release of more than 200 girls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants last year.

His predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, declined to meet the Bring Back Our Girls activists.
Mr Buhari promised them that troops for a regional force to fight the militants would be in place by the end of July. The kidnap of the girls from a school in Chibok sparked global outrage. The president also regretted that Nigerian army known for its military finesse in the sub African region has been unable to rout out the Boko haram in Nigeria.
The President hosted a delegation of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Mrs. Mariam Uwaise at the presidential Villa in furtherance of their campaign for the release of over 200 abducted Chibok girls from Borno State.

Responding to the 13 points demand by the group, President Buhari regretted what he described as the conflicting reports of the terrorist attacks, saying that the delayed response by the former government encouraged the escalated attacks and promised to rebuild the ravaged communities.

The mass abduction sparked one of the biggest social media campaigns of 2014, with the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls being used more than five million times.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks since Mr Buhari took office in May vowing to tackle the insurgency “head on”.
The Nigerian military has said it has arrested “the mastermind” behind two recent attacks on the northern towns of Jos and Zaria in which almost 70 people were killed.
Addressing members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group and the media, the president said that the government was doing all it could to tackle insecurity, but did not refer directly to the 219 Chibok girls abducted in April 2014.

Earlier, the activists had marched through the capital, Abuja, on their way meet Mr Buhari at his official residence.

One of the founders of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group told the BBC that “there was no time left” for the government to act.
“The rescue of the Chibok girls would be the strongest statement this government could make for having respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life,” said Oby Ezekwesili.

In his speech, Mr Buhari spoke of the “paradox” of Nigeria asking its neighbours for help, despite itself providing help to so many other countries in the past.
“How the mighty have fallen,” he said.

The president criticised the previous government’s “incompetence” in dealing with the kidnapping and the broader Boko Haram insurgency.
Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin are all expected to provide troops for the 7,500-strong regional task force to tackle Boko Haram.
The force will be led by Nigeria but have its headquarters in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.

The Chibok schoolgirls have not been seen since last May when Boko Haram released a video of around 130 of them gathered together reciting the Koran.

President Buhari gave a detailed account of the efforts to end insurgency in Nigeria and assured the country that there’s no lost hope.

“I think you will agree that the present government take the issue very seriously. Within a week of being sworn in, I visited Niger, Chad and would have visited Cameroon but for the invitation of the G7 to go to Germany and listen to them. I’m very impressed with the leadership of this important group (G7) other than the United Nations itself. They are very concerned about the security in Nigeria led by abduction of the Chibok girls by the terrorists.

“When the terrorists announced  their loyalty to ISIS, the whole attention again was brought squarely to Nigeria. And now we are rated with Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria , this is very unfortunate.

“After Ramadan, I will visit Cameroon to see the President there and then Benin Republic. But on the efforts we have been making, we will not disclose some of them publicly because it  will not be consistent with security. But I assure you that under the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the military have met. The ministers of defence have met. We the presidents have met here in Abuja except the President of Cameroon who was represented by his Minister of Defence.

“Strategy and tactics have been drawn. Multinational taskforce has been put in place more or less with headquarters in Ndjamina with a Nigerian General as Commander. The troops delegated by each of the countries are to be put in place by the end of the month. And Nigeria, I assure you  will do its best because we as I said are the battle ground and we are being helped by our neighbors”, he said.

“It is paradoxical what the Nigerian military has achieved from Burma to Zaire to Liberia to Sierra Leon to Sudan. But Nigeria has now to be helped by Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. How are the mighty fallen!

“We will do our best to restore the respectability of our country and its institutions. And with you, your steadfastness and your seriousness, we will do what we can do. We will accommodate all your observations including the negative ones about the performance of the government and its agencies”, he said

“At the G7, the leadership there asked us for our shopping list  which I’m still compiling. The military has submitted theirs and I’m waiting for the governments of the front line states to submit theirs local government by local government in terms of infrastructure, schools, health care, roads, markets, churches, mosques and so on.”

20 Persons, 25 Cows Die in Kogi Road Accident Caused By Robbers

No fewer than 20 persons were killed on Monday in an early morning crash around Irepeni, along Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highway. About 25 cows were also killed in the incident.

Vanguard gathered that the accident was caused by a road block mounted by armed robbers along Irepeni axis of the highway. The robbers were said to have fled the scene afterwards.

An eyewitness said a luxury bus with number plates KRD 799 LC, which was heading to Abuja from Lagos, suddenly ran into the road block mounted by armed bandits. As the bus was trying to avoid
the blockade, a truck, with number plates KTN 711 YZ, loaded with cows, reportedly rammed into it, killing several people on the spot.

The eyewitness said the impact of the accident caused the truck to separate from the trailer and compressed the front section of the bus with passengers and driver inside the wreckage.

He said scores of corpses and mangled bodies of some of the victims littered the road before men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, arrived the scene to evacuate them.

He said: “About six heads were severed from their bodies. FRSC officers, police and sympathisers all combined to gather body parts into nylon bags, which were conveyed along with the corpses to the mortuary.”

Vanguard also gathered that 25 dead cows were counted at the scene of the accident, while the surviving ones were seen milling around the scene of the accident.

The accident was said to have resulted in a traffic gridlock along the highway, as motorists had to take bush paths to escape the gridlock. When contacted, the state sector commandant of FRSC, Mr. Charles Abochi, who confirmed the accident, however put the human casualty figure at 12.

Need To Strengthen Regional Security Cooperation in West Africa: A Non-Negotiable Priority For The Incoming Administration By Fola Aina

The West African sub region has witnessed relative peace and stability over the years. This has also helped the economies within the region to consolidate economic growth and development. While the popular assumption has been that democracy has come to stay in Africa, the case has not necessarily been the same for all the countries in the West African region. Mali, Chad, Guinea Bissau and Niger for instance have been victims of the activities of Islamic extremists in recent times. Some of the countries within the region have seen their democracies stretched beyond limits from internal political divisions having external consequences to vulnerabilities posed by political instability from close neighbours. Nigeria has not been an exception to these challenges as well. Since the return of democracy to Africa’s most populous nation on the 29th of May 1999, the country has had to confront numerous political and economic challenges after several years of military rule. Not too long after the commencement of the forth Republic, the nation was confronted with an insecurity crisis emanating from the Niger Delta region.
Furthermore, the growing negative influence of ISIS in the West African region is something the global community and Nigeria needs to me mindful of. The emergence of new security threats such as the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, which recently rebranded its name to the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and the re-emergence of the Tuareg rebel group in Northern Mali, whose activities have wide reaching consequences, has made it pertinent for regional security alliances to be revisited because of the likely spill over effects these terrorist groups have on the region and beyond. Other security threats within the region have been aggravated by the increased proliferation of small and light arms, drug trafficking and the kidnapping of expatriates to mention a few. However, efforts aimed at countering these threats, despite their transnational nature, have remained fragmented because of the inability of neighbours to forge collaborative partnerships on one hand, and issues bothering on lack of trust on the other hand.
Some countries have also chosen to respond to these insecurity challenges in the region in accordance to their domestic policy interests, with disparate, largely uncoordinated operational undertakings. For instance, in April 2010, a Joint Military Command (JMC) comprised of Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger was set up to implement a new regional security plan with joint monitoring forces that were expected to total 75,000. These forces have yet to be committed.
Though slow, efforts made by African leaders in ensuring peace and security across the continent since the creation of the African Union is commendable. Initiatives such as the African Standby Force (ASF) and the Military Staff Committee (MSC) as well as the Early Warning System (EWS) point to the urgency to confront insecurity using a combination of institutional security governance and comprehensive security architecture across regions on the continent.
There is no doubt that Nigeria did most of the ground work in promoting the principle of a transcendental West African supranational entity, nevertheless, it has since been in need of the confidence of all the West African States, including the French-speaking states to succeed. Nigeria has since continued to play a vital role in providing direction and leadership under the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Through previous peacekeeping deployments and mediation, across Sub Saharan Africa, Nigeria has helped to sustain relative peace and security in the region but political skirmishes at home and economic setbacks are major constrains on Nigeria’s ability to meet up with regional expectations. The emergence of new threats in the region also points to the fact that no single country can address these challenges on its own.
Nigeria needs to take the bull by its horns and work on strengthening regional security. A step in the right direction would be to resolve her legitimacy crisis and show real leadership.
This requires that Nigeria as well as other countries within ECOWAS pull their resources together to ensure preparedness and efficacy in confronting extremism and other forms of insecurity in the region through coordinated intelligence sharing and joint military exercises. It is significant to also note that guaranteeing regional peace and security is also in Nigeria’s interest partly because the country remains at risk of being confronted with a mass influx of refugees from neighbouring countries in the event of protracted conflicts and violence from within these countries.
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Patience Jonathan’s Ex-Security Aide Murdered

A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Tamuno Jacob Igbomie, who was Principal Security Officer to the wife of the former President, Patience Jonathan, has been shot dead by unknown assailants.
Igbomie’s corpse was found in his Honda Accord car last Friday along the Airport Road, Abuja.
The former PSO, who was married with two children, was believed to have been killed by assassins who shot him at close range in his car and left the engine running.
A source said the body of the DSP was found early in the morning with all his phones, wallet and other personal effects in tact in the car.

“We believe Tamuno was killed by hired assassins because they did not take away anything in his car. His phones and wallets were still with him when his body was found in the car with the engine steaming.

“He was shot in the night and his body was found early in the morning; we don’t know if he was killed over a business transaction or disagreement with someone,” the source who served with the deceased at the villa stated.
It was gathered that the deceased, who hailed from Okrika, Bayelsa State, was serving at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command before he was deployed to the Presidential Villa as Aide-De-Camp to Patience when her husband was the Vice President.
He was later appointed as the PSO to Patience when her husband became the President in 2011.
Findings indicate that the late policeman had just been redeployed back to his former position at the FCT Police Command, where he was in charge of posting of junior officers.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, confirmed the killing of the policeman, noting that investigation had started to unravel the assailants.
“Yes, a DSP attached to the villa was killed last week Friday, investigation has started to find out the people behind the murder. No arrest has been made yet,” he said over the phone on Sunday.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, said the FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, had ordered an investigation into the tragic incident.
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President Buhari’s ADC Orders DSS Operatives Out Of Presidential Villa

The inter agency rivalry between the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army came to head, yesterday, as the Aide de Camp to the President, Lt. Col Abubakar Lawal ordered personnel of the DSS out of the villa.

The incidence which happened at the residence of the President at the Presidential Villa was extended to all other points that had been manned by the personnel of the DSS.

But the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said what happened was a realignment of security around the President which entailed that members of the armed forces would man the inner perimeter of the President security while operatives of the DSS would man the outer perimeter.

It will be recalled that since assuming office as the President, there has been an intense rivalry
between DSS personnel and the army over who is to provide close body security to the president.

Some members of the armed forces were drafted from the Infantry Corps to the villa after the inauguration of President Buhari to man all the strategic points at the villa, a move that was resisted by the DSS personnel who had constitutionally provided close body protection to the President.

The issue, however, came to a head yesterday evening when the ADC to the president ordered members of the DSS at the Presidential Villa to hand over to men of the Nigerian Army.

The directive, however, almost caused an altercation between the army and men of the DSS whose chain of command is different.

It took the intervention of the Chief Security Officer who directed his men to “stand down,” a euphemism for complying with the directive of the ADC.

According to a soldier who was present at the incidence, “the ADC directed that they should hand over to us and leave the villa. We have now taken over fully as directed by the ADC and we are in charge.”

Already, military personnel have taken over all the strategic points at the villa with a firm instruction that no DSS personnel should be  allowed into the villa.

This is the first time that the DSS which has the professional capability and capacity would be striped of its constitutional responsibility of providing close bodyguard protection to the President and his immediate family.

But reacting to Vanguard enquiry, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Adesina said the action was part of  a realignment of the security apparatus around the President.

According to him, what happened is a realignment of security personnel from various services, saying: ”Rumours that personnel of the Department State Services have been expelled from the Presidential Villa are unfounded. President Muhammadu Buhari has given no such order.

Military To Take Over Aso Rock’s Strike Force

Ahead of the relocation of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Presidential Villa, arrangements have been concluded for the Nigerian military to take over the activities of the Strike Force, The PUNCH has learnt.

The Strike Force, which is a special security outfit saddled with the responsibility of protecting the President and the seat of power, is currently comprising only officials of the Department of State Services.

A top Presidency official, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent on Tuesday that soldiers
might take over their responsibility very soon.

The source said a Lieutenant who will be leading 21 other military personnel had already been transferred to the Strike Force with an instruction to take over from the DSS officials.

He said, “DSS officials are the ones that have been serving in the Strike Force. “With this development military personnel will take over from them henceforth.

“We are aware that the situation is causing a palpable tension as there is a possibility of a showdown. But we are working hard to ensure that the situation did not degenerate.”

Operatives attached to the Strike Force are always trained abroad on counter-assault and other techniques aimed at making their jobs easier.

In explaining their duties, the source said its operatives were the ones former President Olusegun Obasanjo erroneously referred to as snippers in his widely-publicised open letter to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Another official, who is aware of the arrangement, also said that machinery had also been put in place to change the new Presidential Villa’s Administrative Officer, who was deployed by the DSS about two weeks ago and replaced with a military officer.

He said all DSS officials currently serving inside the Presidential Villa were not sure of their fate yet.

“The truth is that we are not sure of anything yet. Whichever way, we will only act based on signals from our headquarters whether to leave or remain inside the Villa,” he said.

Meanwhile, a major disagreement broke out on Friday between DSS officials drafted from the Presidential Villa, Abuja to the National Mosque, Abuja and some officials of a private security firm.

The PUNCH had reported last week that DSS officials were having a running battle with officials of the security outfit who were reported to have been securing Buhari before he was inaugurated as the President on May 29.

Their two earlier encounters in the same mosque were settled amicably with officials of the firm asked to leave the premises for DSS officials.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that trouble started again last Friday when DSS officials also sighted the officials of the private firm in the mosque.

A source claimed that trouble started when one of the officials of the firm was asked to identify himself.

“The DSS officials had asked the private guard to identify himself. One thing led to the other and the private guard was said to have held the necktie of one of the operatives. That led to a fisticuffs. It took the timely intervention of senior officers for the situation to be brought under control,” the source said.

Former China Security Chief Gets Life Imprisonment Over Corruption

Former China Security Chief Zhou Yongkang has been given life imprisonment after he was found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets.

Zhou Yongkang who pleaded guilty at a closed-door trial in the northern city of Tianjin was until his retirement in 2012 one of China’s most powerful men.

Mr Zhou was charged in April, nine months after a formal investigation was announced.

He was also once the head of the Ministry of Public Security, as well as a member of China’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. He has now being given life imprisonment over the charges.

Security: Buhari Seeks Greater Support From France, Others

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed his commitment to ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east, saying his administration is ready to accept greater support from France and other friendly nations.

At a meeting with the President of France, Francois Hollande, on Monday in Elmau, Germany, the Nigerian leader was optimistic the insurgency would end in the shortest possible time.

The meeting was held after his participation in Monday’s G7 Outreach Programme.

“We are already taking concrete action to build a more efficient and effective coalition of Nigeria and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram,” President Buhari said, referring to his meeting last week with the leaders of neighbouring Niger Republic and Chad.

“Nigeria will appreciate more intelligence on the terrorist group’s links with ISIS, movements, training and sources of its arms and ammunition to facilitate the perfection of fresh tactics and strategies being evolved to overcome terrorism and insurgency in the country and its sub-region,” he said.

A spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari reiterated at the talks with the French President that there was absolutely no link between religion and the atrocities of Boko Haram.

“There is clearly no religious basis for the actions of the group. Their atrocities show that members of the group either do not know God at all or they don’t believe in him,” President Buhari said.

Support Against Terrorism

President Hollande commended President Buhari’s concerted efforts to galvanise Nigeria’s armed forces, security agencies and neighouring countries for more decisive action to eradicate Boko Haram.

The French leader assured President Buhari that France would give Nigeria and its coalition partners’ greater support against terrorism and insecurity, including military and intelligence cooperation, to help them overcome the security challenge posed by Boko Haram and its global terrorist allies as quickly as possible.

He also called for greater bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and France in other areas, including trade, economic and cultural relations.

President Buhari also received similar pledges of enhanced support from Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and Chancellor Angela Merkel who he also held talks with before departing from the venue of the G7 2015 Summit.

The President is due back in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, early on Tuesday.

One Minute Plus With Jessica : The Things I Want President Buhari To Focus On #Vlog

As President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the oath of office and begins to lead the beautiful people of Nigeria here are the things I hope he makes his priority in the next four years: Power and Security.

I hope he tackles this pressing issues head on because with this things handled Nigeria will be a better place for her citizens, bring in more foreign investors and a better economy.

I congratulate him on winning the elections and hope he makes us proud in the next four years.

I believe in him and I will be praying for him. God help him and God bless

FG Committed To Security, Welfare Of Corps Members- NYSC DG

The Director General of the National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC), Johnson Olawumi, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the welfare and security of corps members across the country.

He made the remark on Tuesday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Wamakko, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government of Sokoto State when he addressed the 2015 batch “A” corps members deployed to the state and those undergoing three weeks orientation.

Olawumi said “the Federal Government is doing its best to adequately fund the NYSC scheme, while other stakeholders complement these efforts.

“The NYSC management remains committed to the welfare of corps members and will never deviate from doing so.”

He advised the corps members to imbibe qualities that would lead to the realisation of their potential

as prospective leaders of the country.

The director-general also urged the corps members to draw inspiration from the feats achieved by statesmen like General Yakubu Gowon, the founder of the scheme.

He said “you should also emulate other leaders like the Sultan of Sokoto and others, and you must be ready to make similar sacrifices made by those great leaders.

“Becoming a statesman is not easy; you must imbibe the virtues of honesty, loyalty, integrity, hard work and sacrifice for the good of your country.

“All the leaders you see did not get there overnight, they got there through hard work.”

Credit: NAN

Buhari Will Handle Security, Unemployment- Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that the incoming administration of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will tackle the problem of insecurity, unemployment and other issues confronting the nation with the seriousness that they deserve.

Tinubu, who is also the Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, said this at the 12th convocation of the university on Thursday.

The APC leader, whose speech was read by Akin Kekereekun, said that Nigerians made the right choice by voting Buhari during the presidential election, saying the President-elect would work hard to justify the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians. The APC leader also said that Nigerians would need a change of attitude towards nation building.

Credit: News24

Elections Re-Run: Atiku Demands Removal Of Implicated INEC, Security Officials

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, has callled on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to replace those found wanting during the governorship election in Taraba and other States.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Turaki Adamawa expressed agreement with the widespread reports of irregularities in some local governments of the state.

“These irregularities, including the use of armed personnel to intimidate voters, were perpetrated in Southern Taraba, specifically in Wukari, Takum, Kurmi and Donga local councils.” Abubakar said.

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Security Lapses In Presidential Polls Corrected- Police

The Nigerian police have said the they made effort to correct the security lapses and mistakes of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Femi Adenaike said who is supervising the governorship and state legislators’ elections in Kwara State told newsmen in Ilorin on Friday that adequate security arrangements have been put in place for the successful conduct of elections in the state.

There were complaints of inadequate police presence in some polling booths during the last elections leading to rowdiness at some centres.

However, the AIG who is in charge of Training and Development at the Force Headquarters explained that the police authorities were aware of the complaints and assured that they would be addressed in Saturday’s elections. He disclosed that the police had deployed personnel from states where governorship elections would not be holding to assist officers in some states of the federation.

Read More: dailytrust

DSS Appoints Mani As New Chief Security Officer For President-Elect, Buhari

A new chief security officer (CSO) was appointed for the president-elect as part of security arrangement ahead of his swearing in on May 29.
An operative of the Department of Security Service (DSS), Abdulrahman Dauda Mani is the new security chief of the president-elect.

Mani’s appointment was announced by the director general of the DSS Ita Ekpenyong last week when he paid a courtesy call to Buhari.

Mani’s appointment also came with accelerated promotion by the secret service.

Mani was deployed by the DSS as a security detail to Buhari in 2011 weeks before he launched his campaign that year.

Daily Trust learned that security has been beefed up around the president-elect a day after he was presented with a certificate of return by INEC.

Credit – Daily trust

Key Challenges Before President-Elect Gen. Buhari By Tope Adesipo

The overwhelming popular desire for change was met by Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment with destiny. After 16 years of civil rule which has meant nothing but worsening living conditions for Nigerians,  Nigerians finally said No to the people’s democratic party PDP. Muhammadu Buhari the candidate of the All Progressives congress APC has ushered in a new era with his historic win at the polls. But it’s not yet uhuru Nigeria is in a mess. There are enormous challenges the new president of Nigeria must tackle to meet the overwhelming expectations of the populace.
If Nigerians and Nigeria are indeed to be better for this change, there are key areas the president must tackl?e as a matter of urgency. 4years seems a long time but the president must immediately swing to action from May 29 to look at the following issues;
SECURITY!
Security is the primary responsibility of any Government but the outgoing Goodluck Jonathan government failed to secure and protect Nigerians particularly people of the North East for 5years. Boko Haram the violent Islamic  sect did not start with the outgoing administration but it was allowed to develop into a ferocious phenomenon by the outgoing  PDP Government . Nothing best describes the ineffectiveness of the Jonathan’s regime in tackling Boko Haram than the adoption of over 200 chibok school girls who are still missing as the time of writing this. ?The first major challenge of the new president will be how to #bringbackourgirls. The president can not afford to say he did not happen in his time. He must show that he is capable of bringing the girls back. Also, about 2million people have been already  displaced from their homes in the North East, and some 600, 000 camped outside of their homes.? massive death tolls of over 10,340 within a year period from Nov 2013 to Nov. 2014, a figure nearly equally the 10,733 for the same period in Iraq, only further demonstrate how immense the insurgency is.? Despite the sting of success recorded with the recently renewed miltary onslaught, boko haram appears to have also changed tactics. The sect renewed suicide bomb attacks at bus stations, parks and markets and have also pledged allegiance to World deadliest terror group ISIS. The new president must tackle the corruption in the miltary particularly within the top echelon of the army while also sustaining the renewed efforts to equip the army. Buhari must also understand that a purely military approach is incapable of addressing all of the economic issues of deprivation, poverty, corruption and oppression that over the years have provided fertile ground for recruitment into religious extremism in all facets. ?He must immediately begin to change the economic situation that allowed Boko haram to thrive for a long lasting solution.
CORRUPTION!
Corruption has been our bane in this country for many years. And the level of corruption at the moment is unprecedented. The outgoing government is particularly renowned for corruption. Aside from suprintending over massive looting, the Jonathan government also unashamedly associated with every Tom, Dick and harry in the corruption business while it  technically weaken institutions saddled with fighting corruption. monumental corruption is currently the norm in government, with no single high-profile corruption case prosecution carried through to a logical conclusion In the last 5years.
Buhari cut for himself a figure of a no-nonsense individual who in spite of being a former Head of State maintains a frugal existence with no known outlandish properties to his name, outside of his residence in Daura, Katsina State and another one in Kaduna. The arrest, trial and sentencing of politicians of the Second Republic to prison for corruption earned him, from majority of the populace  the status of one who can take on the monster of corruption in the country.and it is one of the major reason the masses rallied round him.  He wears the moral toga of possessing the credibility to fight corruption and that endeared him to the masses mostly in the North, and a significant layer of the rest of the country. ?So it is believed that Buhari will immediately begin to reform institutions saddled with corruption while also showing example. Enormous expectations are on this Man to kill corruption not reduce  it though some may argue that those who surrounds him ?are also perceived to be corrupt. How the new president deal with that contradiction will be a major challenge. 
ECONOMY!
Nigeria’s economy is in a mess and With the crash in oil prices to a figure much below $60 a barrel, from a peak price of $115 in mid-2014, and the projected price per barrel benchmark for the 2015 budget has been reviewed twice, the economic future of Nigeria can only be bleaker. This can only mean a sharp shortfall in income, this present government already announced some austerity measures, and the devaluation of the country’s currency. Presently, you need a basket full of naira to exchange for 1 American dollar and Already, various governments, at the state levels, are owing workers salary arrears, which is an indication of worsening situations for the civil servants, there is on-going thinking about retrenchment by policy makers in both the public and private sectors. Labour unions in the coming periods will ask for improved minimum wage which would be justified by the Naira fall and the harsh economic realities.  A government just coming in at the back of a Mass like revolution can’t afford to be elitist in outlook for starters. Things like cutting down the civil service will be too delicate to touch atleast in the interim. You would recall president Jonathan’s Government lost credibility less than a year into office with the removal of fuel subsidy.
Buhari will face the challenge of diversifying an economy that remains largely oil dependent with over 95% of foreign exchange earnings and 70% of government earning coming from crude oil export. Poverty is put at 71% of the population and unemployment is at underestimation of 28%. There are also reports that what is left of Nigeria’s badly depleted foreign reserves can not cover more than 4 months of import. While, we may truly be the biggest economy in Africa, because of our large population, our population is at an estimated 180Million, evidences on ground suggest we are big for nothing. Many Nigerians continue to live in misery amidst plenty. Providing real and decent job for the teeming youths that brought about this change is imperative. The job crisis requires the kind of urgency that has never been seen. The new Government must create decent jobs.Growth forecast for the year 2015 has been reviewed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to 5% down from 7%. A substantial cut too has already been effected in capital expenditure in the budget down from N1.3t to N627B in the 2015 budget with debt servicing even more than the amount budgeted for capital expenditure. External debt is put at $9.5billion.
ELECTRICITY!
Electricity is central to the development of any nation but despite this obvious fact, the PDP failed to provide universal access to electricity for most Nigerians in 16years with over $18B? spent in that time. President Jonathan initiated the Roadmap on Power reforms , The implementation of that Road map ensured the full privatization of PHCN but that has showed to be a fraud. The scorecard of that power privatization is epileptic power supply and constant unwarranted estimated bills. The Government also issued bailouts to the private sharks in tune of over N300B. Buhari has promised to generate 40,000MW in 4years. That means, atleast 10,000MW must be added yearly. He must first declare an energy emergency for starters while also looking at the Gas to Power master plan. The challenge of gas is one major impending factor to constant electricity. The obvious failures of successive Government in this sector over the years. The electricity sector is also highly capital intensive private companies or individuals may not have the required financial capacity to turnaround the sector as the the international Energy Association ( IEA )in its 2010 world energy outlook report said about 1.2trillion naira is needed in investment yearly for the next 10years to provide universal access to electricity for all Nigerians.  Many rural communities are still not connected to the Grid almost 6 decades after independence.
EDUCATION AND HEALTH!
The number of out of school children in Nigeria is 10.5million the highest in the world. With many of them being Girls. Buhari must find a way to drastically reduce that number his party the APC has promised to provide a meal per day for millions of Nigeria child. It is believed this would get as many back to school.
The 6 months ASUU strike for improved funding  that ended in December 2013 clearly underscored the horrible state of public Education in Nigeria. How the new president tackle age-old infrastructural decay in many schools will be a major challenge the promised of  N200 billion intervention yearly intervention fund may be scuttled if the new president abducts  belt-tightening ?arrangements. The health sector is also in disarray, aside the horrible conditions of hospital and their lack of funding, incessant strikes by health workers, seeking one improvement or the othe?r has become the new order. Buhari must tackle this head on.
UNITY AND INCLUSIVENESS !
Though we are much more stronger now as Nation  than we were before the elections even though western powers predicted Doom, we have completely disappointed them. However, there is still the need to continue to unite the country and give other regions like the South East and South South sense of belonging in the new era. They must feel as though, they did not support this change, they are also part of it.  Massive distrust still exist between the South East, South South and the North.  reassuring the people of the South East and also granting  economic , social, cultural and religious justice, will go along away to heal wounds permanently.
It is my belief and ofcourse believe of most Nigerians  that the next administration will indeed change Nigeria but we can not pretend not to see that the country has been badly damaged and  key challenges lies ahead if Nigerians are to truly enjoy the dividends of this democracy.
Tope Adesipo
@tope414
Lagos.
Views expressed are solely that of author and has no association with www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Police IG Bars Vigilante Groups, Private Security From Voting Centres

Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has warned all uniformed private and government security agencies, as well as voluntary organizations and vigilante groups to stay away from all polling units across Nigeria. Mr. Abba also said the use of sirens, revolving lights, tinted glasses by unauthorised citizens would not be allowed on the election days.

In a statement by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the IGP said on no account should any of these uniformed security operatives be seen within 300 metres of a polling unit.

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President Jonathan Assures Nigerians Of Peace And Security

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that his administration would not compromise the restoration of peace and security in all parts of the country.

Jonathan, accompanied by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and other prominent Nigerians, gave the assurance, yesterday during a courtesy visit on the Asagba of Asaba, HRM Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien at his palace in Asaba, Delta State.

According to the President, his administration has always done what was best for Nigeria, asserting: “I want to re-assure you that as a party, we will do our best to bring peace and security to the country, and fast-track economic development in all parts of the country.”

He disclosed that he is seeking re-election because of his commitment towards re-positioning the country positively amongst the comity of nations as well as do more for the country.

The President stated that on assumption of office, it was discovered that of the thirty six states of the country, twelve states had no Federal University which his administration has corrected within the past four years, adding: “We have tarred over twenty-five thousand kilometres of the thirty six thousand kilometres (36, 000 km) Federal Roads and we promise to complete the remaining ones and open up more arterial roads when re-elected.”

While disclosing that over 90 per cent of narrow gauge rails have been completed throughout the country, President Jonathan re-iterated: “The implementation of the Nigerian content law in the oil industry has improved the participation of Nigerians in the industry and the implementation of our cabotage law with Nigerians now owning ships and more Nigerians have been employed in the shipping industry.”

Source – Vanguard ngr

Protect Votes Over Human Lives… The Mumu Reality of Nigerian Electorates

It is not a NATION unless it has a leader. For the sovereignty of a country to be recognized among other nations of the world, its leadership must be authorised by its majority and equally govern its subjects; hence subjects must vote.

You may never guess how Nigeria can be “secure” until the season of election comes around. This is the season where ballot boxes and ballot papers have greater esteem and value than the life of the voter.

You need to hear the persisting sound of choppers flying over the skies of Abuja right now because three thousand and seventy three delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to convene at the Eagle Square, for the party’s national convention. Also, roads have been blocked in Lagos because of the APC presidential primary election.

Truth is, money bags will be exchanged from one hand to another and at the end of the day, flagbearers will emerge at all cost, thus the impenetrable shell of security, implying that a certain percentage and class of individuals deserve protection.Where does that leave the electorates?

Go to the market places or the mechanic shops or even our public schools…, positioning a chopper to ensure the security situation of such areas probably doesn’t make any sense. Or maybe, they are not aspiring so the future of this nation’s sovereign existence does not depend on them. That probably explains why bombs explode like fireworks on our streets while about two or three army tanks are positioned at the first entry gate of a public political figure’s house or office, while convoys of armoured cars carried them around. Is there a price tag on the security of lives?

Yes! The governed are probably too many, so it doesn’t really matter how often or how many of them die on daily basis because the remnants will still vote. The “Country” must continue….

Dinah Adams @didiYargata

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US State Department Network Shut Over Hackers Threat

The US State Department had to shut down its unclassified computer network over the weekend after evidence emerged that it could have been hacked, the US media reported late Sunday.

The State Department said in an email late Friday that the shutdown came as scheduled routine maintenance to its main unclassified network, and would impact email traffic and access to public websites.

But on Sunday reports emerged that there was evidence a hacker may have breached the security in portions of the system handling non-classified emails.

A senior official told the Washington Post there had been “activity of concern” but that none of the departments classified systems had been compromised.

If hacked, the State Department would be the latest in a series of government agencies to face cyber security breaches — though it is not clear if there is any link between the incidents.

Last week, the US Postal Service said hackers stole sensitive personal information from its employees in a large data breach this year, and got some customer data as well.

– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/11/us-state-department-network-shut-hackers-threat/?

US ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING ON BAYELSA, JOS, BORNO OTHERS

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Nigeria, as seen via satellite

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria, and continues to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers; the Southeastern states of Abia, Edo, Imo; the city of Jos in Plateau State, Bauchi and Borno States in the northeast; and the Gulf of Guinea because of the risks of kidnapping, robbery, and other armed attacks in these areas. Violent crime committed by individuals and gangs, as well as by persons wearing police and military uniforms, remains a problem throughout the country. Based on safety and security risk assessments, the U.S. Mission requires advance permission and justification as mission-essential for U.S. official travel to all Northern Nigerian states, in addition to the locations listed above. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria dated January 12, 2012, to update information on recent violent activity, and to inform U.S. citizens that the U.S. Mission to Nigeria has placed restrictions on all travel by U.S. government personnel to Northern Nigeria.
On December 31, 2011, the President of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in 15 local government areas in the states of Borno, Niger, Plateau, and Yobe. According to the Government of Nigeria, the declaration of a State of Emergency was in response to recent activities of extremist groups. The State of Emergency gives the government sweeping powers to search and arrest without warrants.
On January 9, residents of Nigeria participated in a national strike in protest of the government’s elimination of a gasoline subsidy, causing the closure of businesses throughout the country. Several large protests took place across Nigeria and some clashes with security forces resulted in deaths. Authorities established curfews of varying lengths in the cities of Kaduna (Kaduna State), Kano (Kano State), Oyo (Oyo State), Potiskum (Yobe State), Yola (Adamawa State), and Gusau (Zamfara state). Both international and domestic air travel were disrupted during the strike which ended on January 13.
On February 7, the extremist group known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for three simultaneous attacks on Nigerian military targets across Kaduna in which dozens were killed and injured. In addition, eleven people were killed during a January 22 gun battle and bomb attacks in Bauchi, Bauchi State. On January 20, elements of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for multiple explosive attacks and assaults against various Nigerian government facilities in Kano. The attacks lasted several hours and caused numerous casualties. Boko Haram has continued attacks in January and February, focusing on Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, and Kaduna states, and the group continues to publicly threaten attacks throughout northern Nigeria.
On January 6, gunmen reportedly killed 12 worshippers at a church in Jineta-Yoli, Adamawa State. Gunmen also attacked gatherings in Gombe, Gombe State and Mubi, Adamawa on January 5, reportedly killing 28 people. An explosive device was thrown into an Arabic-Koranic school in Sapele, Delta State on December 28, 2011 injuring seven people. Boko Haram also took credit for church attacks on December 25, in Niger, Plateau, and Yobe States that killed dozens. On August 26, a suicide bombing at the UN Headquarters in Abuja killed 25 people and wounded more than 80 other individuals. This attack was the first against an international organization and the fourth bombing in Abuja during the past year. It followed a similar bombing against the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters ten weeks earlier that killed five individuals on June 16. These bombings were in addition to bombings elsewhere in Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, and Plateau States throughout the last year.
The risk of additional attacks against Western targets in Nigeria remains high. In December 2010, a bomb exploded near an Abuja “fish bar,” killing several people and injuring many others. Also in December, several explosive devices detonated in Jos, Plateau State, and alleged members of an extremist group attacked police and others in Maiduguri, Borno State, leading to significant casualties. In October 2010, two car bombs detonated in downtown Abuja during Independence Day celebrations, killing ten and wounding many others. Since March 2010, five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have detonated in the Niger Delta region, causing one to three reported casualties in each case.
In September 2010, over 150 members of Boko Haram escaped from prison in Bauchi, some of whom now may be participating in attacks in other parts of the country. A loose alliance of militant groups in the Niger Delta region has conducted a number of attacks against oil installations and posts of the Nigerian military’s Joint Task Force (JTF), which had attempted to close the militant camps. In June 2009, the Federal Government of Nigeria offered unconditional amnesty to any militants willing to surrender their arms and accept the government’s amnesty program. While almost all major militant leaders accepted the offer and the amnesty remains in effect, the potential for violence and the risk of kidnapping remains, with violent incidents involving “ex-militants” continuing.
Kidnappings continue to be another security concern. In January 2012, a U.S. citizen was kidnapped from his vehicle in Warri, Delta State and his security guard was killed. Assailants kidnapped a German citizen, also in January 2012, along a road where he was reportedly working in Kano, Kano State. In 2011, there were five reported kidnappings of U.S. citizens in Nigeria. The most recent occurred in November when two U.S. citizens, along with a Mexican national, were taken hostage in international waters off the Nigerian coast and held captive for over two weeks in the Niger Delta. Others have occurred in Lagos and Imo States. Also, a British national and an Italian national were kidnapped in Kebbi state in May 2011. Since January 2009, over 140 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Nigeria, including seven U.S. citizens since November 2010. Six foreign nationals were killed during these abductions, while two U.S. citizens were also killed in separate kidnapping attempts in Port Harcourt in April 2010. Local authorities and expatriate businesses operating in Nigeria assert that the number of kidnapping incidents throughout Nigeria remains underreported.
Travel by foreigners to areas considered by the Nigerian government to be conflict areas without prior consultation and coordination with local security authorities is not recommended. The Nigerian government may view such travel as inappropriate and potentially illegal, and it may detain violators. In 2008, Nigerian authorities detained six U.S. citizens, including journalists, on six occasions, in areas where militant groups had operated. The Nigerian government interrogated these U.S. citizens for lengthy periods of time without bringing any formal charges before ultimately deporting them. Journalists are required to obtain a special accreditation from the Ministry of Information prior to traveling to conflict areas in the Niger Delta region states. This special accreditation is in addition to the general press accreditation and a valid Nigerian visa which are required to conduct such activities elsewhere in Nigeria.
Many foreign oil companies operating in the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers have implemented “essential travel only” policies for their personnel. The U.S. Mission requires advance permission for U.S. government travel to these states, as well as the states of Abia, Edo, and Imo, the city of Jos in Plateau State, and Bauchi and Borno States, given the safety and security risk assessments and the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General’s limited ability to provide assistance to individuals detained by Nigerian authorities in these states. Due to recent violent activity, the U.S. Mission has temporarily restricted all travel by U.S. government personnel to Northern Nigeria. All travel requires advance permission and justification as mission-essential for U.S. official travel to all Northern Nigerian states. U.S. citizens who are resident in these states are advised to review their personal security in light of the information contained in this Travel Warning.
Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society in which different ethnic and religious groups often live in the same area. The States of Bauchi, Borno, and Plateau have experienced violence in the past year exacerbating tensions along those lines.
Violent crime committed by individuals and gangs, as well as by some persons wearing police and military uniforms, is an ongoing problem throughout the country, especially at night. U.S. citizen visitors and residents have experienced armed muggings, assaults, burglary, carjacking, rape, kidnappings, and extortion – often involving violence. Home invasions remain a serious threat, with armed robbers accessing even guarded compounds by scaling perimeter walls; following, or tailgating, residents or visitors arriving by car into the compound; and subduing guards and gaining entry into homes or apartments. Armed robbers in Lagos also access waterfront compounds by boat. U.S. citizens, as well as Nigerians and other expatriates, have been victims of armed robbery at banks and grocery stores and on airport roads during both daylight and evening hours. Law enforcement authorities usually respond slowly or not at all, and provide little or no investigative support to victims. U.S. citizens, Nigerians, and other expatriates have experienced harassment and shakedowns at checkpoints and during encounters with Nigerian law enforcement officials. Traveling outside of major cities after dark is not recommended due to both crime and road safety concerns. There are regular reports of piracy off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea. Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travelers. The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Nigeria are strongly advised to enroll through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you in case of emergency.
U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos for up-to-date information on any restrictions. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is open Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies, at +234(9) 461-4000. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies at +234(1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400.
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll line at-1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.
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