FG Task Force Not The Solution To High Prices Of Food Items – Shehu Usman

The Financial Secretary Mile 12 Market, Shehu Usman, says the task force set up by the Federal Government to bring down the prices of food items is not the solution.

He said, what the government should do is to assist the farmers tremendously, by subsiding fertilizer.

He said it will go a long way in reducing the high cost of food items.

Mr. Shehu made this known on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He however, acknowledged the assistance of the former governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for ensuring a lot of farming was ongoing in Lagos state during his term as a governor.

“The former governor of Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, ensured that there was a lot of farming in Lagos state, which easily helped the people of Lagos state to get food items at a Lower price.

“The government could have provided more food when they came in, through importation of food items before closing down the border. For me that’s why food is very expensive”. He said


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Military raises task force to tackle armed herdsmen

The Defence authorities have said that the military is perfecting plans to operationalise the Special Task Force codenamed Operation Accord designed to deal with the menace of herdsmen in Benue State and other states in the country.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said on Sunday that the Defence authorities had completed all arrangements and logistical requirements for the inauguration of the task force.

Abubakar said the military was only waiting to perfect ‘other things’ for the task force to commence operation.

TIt was reported on August 29, 2016, that the Defence authorities were planning a task force codenamed Operation Accord to deal with the threat posed by the Fulani herdsmen to communities in the country with the operational headquarters in one of the states of the North-Central geopolitical zone.

Abubakar said that once the Operation Accord became operational, the issue of the incessant herdsmen attacks on communities in the society would be a thing of the past.

He said that the military was aware of the situation in Benue State and decided to hold this year’s Chief of Army Staff Conference in the state to send a strong signal that it would do something about the herdsmen challenge very soon.

He said, “Well, you are aware that the situation in Benue State is of concern to the military. To show our concern, last week, we had the Chief of Army Staff annual conference in that place, and that demonstrates the extent to which we have shown concern, just to send the signal that we will do something very soon.

“As I am speaking with you, the Operation Accord which is the brainchild of the Defence headquarters would take effect soon. All arrangements, all other logistic requirements, all the training, and what have you, have been completed and what is remaining now is just to ensure that all other things are complete before we move into action. And I believe very soon, the story will change.

“It is unfortunate and it is condemnable that this kind of thing, they claim, is being carried out by some herdsmen but I believe by the time we put all these things in order, all these would go.

“I am assuring you, I am assuring Nigerians that once our operations come into being, incessant attacks by herdsmen against innocent citizens would be a thing of the past.

Begging Is Lucrative, Woman Who Withdrew Her Son From School Tells Task Force

A mother of six, arrested by operatives of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit Task Force for using her 11-year-old son to beg, while pretending to be victims of a fire incident, did not show any sign of remorse, saying begging was a lucrative business.

The suspect, identified as Chinagoro Uwenke, 40, was arrested yesterday in Oshodi area of Lagos. Uwenke was always seen in the company of her son, whose leg was usually in bandage, discovered to be stained with liquid, which several people believed was pus from untreated burns.

Luck, however, ran against them after operatives of the task force demanded to know the magnitude of the purported injury on the lad. When the bandages were removed, it was discovered to the astonishment of all that the boy had no injury at all. Both mother and son were then whisked away.

Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect had been engaged in the alms begging business for five years. She revealed, during interrogation, that she made between N3,500 and N5000 daily.

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Multinational Military Task Force Arrests 24 Boko Haram Fighters

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram, said it intercepted 24 fleeing insurgents along the Cameroonian borders.

The spokesman for the task force, Muhammed Dole, said the insurgents were among those trying to escape the combined onslaught of Nigerian troops and the MNJTF within and around Sambisa forest.

Mr. Dole said several arms cache were recovered in the operation that led to the clearance of six major enclaves of the outlawed group.

His statement reads:

“Clearing operation to flush out the fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Area of Responsibility (AOR) continues to yield positive results. The troop of Sector 1 with its relocated Tactical Headquarters in Makary, Northern Cameroun intensifies clearance operations along the borders between Nigeria and Cameroun to block the fleeing terrorists. Recently, the terrorists in attempt to escape the firepower of MNJTF troops were migrating to some villages adjacent to the Sector 1 AOR.

“Acting on credible information, the troops successfully cleared the six villages occupied by the terrorists, seized some logistic equipment and apprehended Twenty Four suspected Boko Haram accomplices.

“The cleared villages are SAGUI, KIRTA-WOULGO, GORE MAHAMAT, GORE BLANGAFE, CHAUGRY and DAMBOURE. The recovered equipment are 20 x Outboat Engines, 2 x Motorcycles, 9 x Generating sets, 1 x Solar panel, 1 x Grinding machine, 1 x Handset, Flags and some Islamic religious books. However, one soldier was killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and another fatally wounded and lost his one of his lower limbs during the operation.

“Addressing the troops during his operational assessment tour in Makary, the Commander, MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun commended their display of exceptional bravery and charged them to keep up the good work, while encouraging the traditional authorities in the area to set up vigilante groups to compliment the effort of the security forces.

“Equally, on a similar visit to Sector 2 troops (Chad) at their temporary Harbour Area in Littri, the Commander expressed delight for their initial operational exploits, which despite difficult terrains and other operational challenges were able to clear terrorists from some villages on the Lake Chad Islands. He couraged them to maintain their high fighting spirit and keep up the momentum of the operation despite the challenges of the slow go terrains”.

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Task Force Nabs Suspected Gun Runner In Jos

Operation Safe Haven, the multi-security task force keeping the  peace in Plateau and parts of Bauchi States, has paraded a suspected  gun-running kingpin who has been on security agent’s wanted list in the last three years.

It was gathered that the kingpin whose name was given as Nanbong Sambo Maidoki alias NSK was found in possession of a military styled Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) tube launcher, an RPG bomb and RPG bomb charger. He was said to have evaded arrests by personnel of OPSH in September 2013 when two AK 47 rifles were recovered in his abandoned vehicle.

OPSH Media and Information Officer, Captain Ikedichi Iweha,  said the suspect who was arrested in a hotel in Langtang North on the 18th of June following intelligence tracking once again tried to escape but was apprehended. He had flung away the keys to his vehicle in an attempt to derail security agents but after an unsuccessful search for his car keys, security agents had resorted to a forceful break-in where a rocket propelled grenade tube launcher, one RPG bomb and an RPG bomb charger were discovered, neatly concealed in his Toyota Highlander jeep with registration number AJ174RSH.

Captain Iweha said; “He was picked up at about 12:13am on the 18th in Langtang North LGA. You would recollect the porosity of that general area with the incidences in the North east. He tried once again to escape but this time luck ran out of him, consequently, search was conducted in his house, nothing incriminating was found but in his vehicle we found a complete military styled ammunition.”

The task force spokesperson said the arrest of Nanbong will improve the general security on Plateau and reduce the proliferation of light weapons and small arms adding that “on the consequence, it will reduce the rate at which communities are raised, women and children are killed and men are maimed. Imagine what this will do to any community that it is launched at,” he said.

While urging communities to come forward with useful information concerning criminals, he stressed that “the fall out of such criminal actions impacts on the larger society. Our appropriate sister agencies will carry on with his prosecution while our own tracking will continue to track other members of his syndicate.”

“we assure that any information provided would be treated in utmost confidentiality. the OPSH will also want to reassure members of the general public of its determination to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens,” he said.

When asked to comment, Nanbong said he didn’t have anything to say but said  he didnt do anything for a living.

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Task Force Arrests Suspects Over Oil Pipe Blasts In Niger Delta

The Joint Military Task Force a.k.a. Operation Pulo Shield, protecting oil facilities in Niger Delta, says it has arrested suspected vandals behind recent bombing of line pipes in the region.

Spokesman for Operation Pulo Shield, Col. Isa Ado, said in a statement that the arrest followed a charge by the Commander of the Joint Force, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola to apprehend those behind the acts.

Ado said in the statement that the suspects, who are in custody, were being interrogated to ascertain their degree of involvement and to help in arresting others.

The statement said patrols in the region had been intensified to ensure that all the suspected militants behind the line pipes sabotage were brought to book.

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Summit To Be “Decisive” For Boko Haram Task Force- Benin Rep.

Countries waging a regional fight against Boko Haram will take significant steps towards establishing a joint task force when they meet on Thursday in Abuja, Benin’s president said.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and displaced around 1.5 million people during a six-year insurgency, seeking to establish an Islamic emirate and extending its reach into neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.

At start of the year, it controlled territory about the size of Belgium in northeast Nigeria, but a loosely coordinated offensive by Nigeria’s army and troops from Chad, Cameroon and Niger has pushed it out of most of those areas.

Nigeria’s neighbours have been urging closer coordination and the deployment of a joint task force, headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. But diplomats say the process has been slowed down by reservations about foreign troops operating on its soil and by its presidential election in March.

Benin’s Thomas Boni Yayi said the new president, Muhammadu Buhari, was “very determined”.

“The discussions we have had with him reassure us,” he told reporters after talks with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. “We are going to put an end to this odious phenomenon. This summit will be decisive.”

The defence chiefs of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin were meeting in Abuja on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the task force.

Benin has not deployed any troops against Boko Haram yet, but has agreed in principle to join the force.

Yayi Boni said this could begin once the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution, which has been in discussion for several months, endorsing the mission.

“These are international rules and, once it is passed, there won’t be any more obstacles,” he said.

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