Insecurity: Senate urges Tinubu to Direct Review, Evaluation of Strategies by Security Agencies

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Nigerian Senate has sought for a review and evaluation of strategies employed by security agencies in the northwest and north central states. Indeed, the upper legislative chamber mulled the deployment of additional security personnel and special task force to hotspots to ensure the protection of lives and properties. Similarly, the Senate also urged relevant security agencies to collaborate with the respective state governments, local communities, traditional leaders and stakeholders to gather intelligence and enhance security operations in the northwest and north Central. This is sequel to a motion on Thursday, titled: urgent need to review security approach in addressing banditry attacks in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna and Kebbi states in the northwest of Nigeria, sponsored by Senator Nasiru Sani Zango Daura (APC, Katsina North) and twenty other senators. Worried by the activities of bandits which has remained unabated, the lawmakers further urged President Bola Tinubu to direct the establishment of a task force to evaluate the effectiveness and implications of negotiating with bandits, and conduct analysis of short-term gains versus the long term consequences …

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Anniversary: Fight against insecurity under Tinubu successful– Clerics

KADUNA (SUNDIATA POST)- Some Religious leaders in Kaduna State, said the fight against insecurity in the last one year of President Bola Tinubu’s leadership has recorded some successes. The clerics stated this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in separate interviews on Wednesday in Kaduna. The religious leaders also called for more effort to be done to achieve visible success. Rev. John Hayab, Country Director,  Global Peace Foundation of Nigeria , said the  fight against insecurity in Nigeria in the last one year had recorded some successes although more efforts need to be done to increase the happy tempo..  Hayab, who was the immediate past  Chairman, Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) ,  Kaduna State chapter, said a lot of arrests of some notorious bandits and terrorists have been made while several others were killed. According to him, some areas that were hitherto inaccessible due to insecurity were now accessible, adding, ”these successes have not stopped kidnapping for ransom and killing of innocent citizens. “Kudos must be given to our gallant security chiefs and their men for what they are …

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Insecurity: Army now waits until State Governor gives them grant before doing their job – Sen Maidoki

Federal lawmaker representing Kebbi South senatorial district, Sen. Garba Musa Maidoki has expressed sadness over the recent killing of his twelve constituents by insurgents in the Kebbi state. In this exclusive interview with our National Assembly correspondent, Senator Maidoki narrated how the Kebbi State governor said he commits five hundred million naira (N500m) to keeping security in the state as a whole. Senator Maidoki asked: “where is the money we (Senate) passed for the Army to do their job, what is it for? Adding that Army now have to wait until the State Governor gives them grant before they do their job? He also gives insights as to why he cannot support state police in the ongoing constitition review in the 10th National Assembly. Excerpts: Qstn: Distinguished Senator, yesterday at the plenary, there was a point of order by Senator Jibril Isah, Kogi East, on the state of insecurity in his area, specifically at Omala Local Government Area, where there were clashes and some people allegedly killed. During your contribution, you made a very salient point that in Kebbi State, …

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Response operations: Police deploy 30 motorcycles, personnel in FCT

ABUJA- The Police Command in the Federal Capital (FCT) has deployed its personnel and 30 motorcycles to rural communities in the territory to enhance security response operations. The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, SP Josephine Adeh, stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Adeh said the deployment would aid security response operations and enhance the fight against banditry in rural communities in the FCT. She said the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, recently donated 30 motorcycles to the command in his continuous commitment to the security and safety of residents. According to her, the motorcycles were donated to enhance security response operations in the remote and rural communities in the nation’s capital where bandits and kidnappers have recently turned to hideouts. She emphasised that the deployment of the motorcycles, painted police colors, was made to aid swift operational response to communities and areas where vehicles may not easily access in emergency situations. Also, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, Mr Benneth Igweh, commended the minister for the gesture and pledged to effectively utilise …

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Sokoto Governor takes strong action, ousts 15 district heads accused of assisting insecurity and land fraud

The Governor of Sokoto State, Ahmad Aliyu, has removed 15 traditional rulers from their positions following the recommendation of a committee he constituted to investigate various allegations leveled against them. The traditional rulers were sacked after the committee found them culpable for the various offences they were investigated for. The Press Secretary to Sokoto State Governor, Malam Abubakar Bawa, told newsmen that the relieved traditional rulers were sacked for offences such as insubordination, aiding the activities of banditry, land racketeering and converting public property for private use. Those affected include the district heads of Ungwan Lalle, Yabo, Giyawa, Dogon Daji, Wamakko, Tulluwa, Illela, Kebbe and Alkammu. The governor also approved the recommendation of the committee to drop six district heads whose appointments processes were termed haphazard and un-procedural. This includes the district heads of Tambuwal, Tangaza, Gongonno, Yar Tsakuwa, Kalambaina and Toronkawa.investigation should continue on the allegation levelled against the district heads of Isa, Kuchi Kilgori, and Gagi. He also approved the transfer of the district heads of Binji and Sabon Birni to Bumkari and Gatawa respectively. Seven traditional rulers …

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Insecurity: Taraba Commissioner Condemns attack on travelers

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo JALINGO – Taraba State Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Habu James has condemned the attack on travelers along Wukari-Tsokundu road in Wukari local government area of the state last Monday by suspected Tiv militia, describing it as highly reprehensible. Habu, who is the political leader of the Tiv in Taraba state stated that those behind the attack are criminals and agents of destabilization who do not have the interest of the area at heart. Recall that three people, including a woman were killed in the said attack while two others sustained serious injuries and are presently receiving treatment at the Federal University of Wukari Teaching Hospital, Wukari. Meanwhile, the Commissioner who expressed bitterness over the dastardly act, urged all the Tiv leaders in the area to fish out those behind the killings and hand them over to security agencies for prosecution. He noted that the state governor, Dr Agbu Kefas is doing everything humanly possible to unite all the tribes in the state, in his determination to bring peace and development to the state …

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Nigerian military can end security challenge-Kwankwaso

ABUJA- Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former Minister of Defence, says the military has capacity to end the current security challenge facing the country, given the necessary motivation. Kwankwaso, also the National Leader of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) stated this when he spoke with newsmen shortly after the NNPP National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja. He said that although it was the responsibility of the Federal Government to address the security challenge, Nigerians also had crucial role to play by supplying vital information to security agencies. “As former Minister of Defence, a former Chief Security Officer of Kano State for eight years, somebody who has gone around and well exposed in this game of politics, I believe that tackling security challenge is now is on the shoulders of the federal government.“We have seen states forming some security outfits. Sometimes you laugh. The level at which it is today, is at the level of Nigerian military and anything short of that wouldn’t work.“And everybody must work together to make sure there is peace in this country.“Some of us who are …

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Insecurity: Tinubu calls off 72nd birthday bash over mood of the nation

By Chris Udochukwu Ahead of March 29, 2024 when he will officially clock 72 years, President Bola Tinubu has said in sinc with the present mood of the nation and recent killing of the officers and men of our Army and Police in Delta State and recent spate of security breaches by criminal elements in different parts of Nigeria, there should be no form of birthday event and placing of birthday goodwill advertorial messages in newspapers. Goodwill messages should not be placed on radio and television stations too. Tinubu Tinubu enjoined friends and associates who may wish to place goodwill advertorials to kindly donate the money to charity organisations of their choice in his name. The cancellation of his birthday celebration was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga released via his X account on Sunday. The statement titled: “PRESIDENT TINUBU’S 72nd BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 29, 2024, reads in full: President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will turn 72 on Friday March 29, 2024. The day will be another important milestone …

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Insecurity: Speaker Abbas condemns mass abduction of pupils in Sokoto by suspected bandits

By Michael Agbaji The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. .Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D, has condemned yet another mass abduction of pupils in Sokoto State by suspected bandits The abduction followed the previous ones in Borno and Kaduna States within one week, which the Speaker has condemned in strong terms. Speaker Abbas, who noted that no Nigerian should be in captivity, charged the military and other security agencies to go after the abductors and rescue the victims. “We must collectively rise to the occasion and stem the tide of abductions, especially of women and children, at a time when the government is making efforts to address the high rate of out-of-school children. “The schools must be safe for our children. Our security agencies need to act fast,” Speaker Abbas said. About 15 pupils were reportedly abducted from an Islamic school in Gidan Bakuso, Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Saturday.

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Insecurity: Senate Summons Wike , FCT CP Over Spate Of Kidnappings

By Chris Udochukwu The Senate Wednesday summoned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT, Abuja), Nyesom Wike and the Commissioner of Police , Benneth Igweĥèĥ3 to appear before it over spate of kidnapping in the territory. Summoning of Wike and the FCT Police Commissioner by the Senate , was sequel to adoption of prayers contained in a motion sponsored by Senator Ned Nwoko ( PDP Delta North) on kidnap and killing of his Senior Legislative Aide ( SLA), Barrister Chris Agidy in Galadimawa last year . Other prayers adopted by the Senate after exhaustive debate on the motion by Senators are that the Inspector – General of Police, ( IGP) Kayode Egbetokun , should urgently increase security patrols and surveillance within Abuja and across the Nation for proactive measures against kidnappings . That the IGP should see to the installation of CCTV Cameras in strategic locations within and around Abuja Highways and that the Police should dedicate a three digit emergency number for effective emergency response . That the Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) , should urgently ensure …

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Insecurity: Ebonyi government employs 2,600 youths as forest guards

ABAKALIKI- The Ebonyi government has confirmed the recruitment of 2,600 youths as forest guards to support the fight against insecurity in the state. The Ebonyi commissioner for information and orientation, Jude Okpor, made this known in an interview with journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital. He said those recruited would serve under the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service (NHFSS). “The 2,600 persons recruited in the state represent 200 persons per local government area (LGA), and we have 13 LGAs in Ebonyi. “Most of the security challenges in the country stem from the occupation of the forests by criminals. “The criminals launch attacks on innocent persons from the forests, and we want to rid our forests of criminals,” Mr Okpor said. According to him, the recruitment is in tandem with President Bola Tinubu’s recent meeting with state governors over insecurity. “The forestry security outfit is a component of the state police, which was discussed at the meeting,” he noted. Meanwhile, the state commander of the NHFSS, Larry Igwe, welcomed the recruitment, saying it would enhance their capacity to fight criminal …

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Kogi: Ododo vows to sustain fight against threats to security

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, has vowed to sustain the fight against all threats to the security of lives and property in the state. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Ismaila Isah, noted that Governor Ododo spoke to journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting with chairmen of the 21 Local Government Areas in the state to deliberate on measures to mitigate threats to the security of lives and property in all parts of the state. The Sunday morning statement said the Governor acknowledged that existing security architecture in the state has yielded tremendous success in the fight against violent crimes and must be sustained to ensure peace and stability in the state. According to Governor Ododo, “Given the successes recorded by the immediate past administration of my predecessor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in taming the menace of insecurity in the state, we must continue to accord top priority to the security of lives and property of the people. “We cannot afford to drop from the height we have attained in securing the lives …

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Blaming Tinubu For Economic Collapse, Insecurity Will Have Consequences – Matawalle Warns

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, is spitting fire against those making ‘unwarranted’ and ‘unguarded statements’ against President BolaTinubu’s government over insecurity and rising food prices, saying such recklessness will have consequences. Mr Matawalle, in a statement by the ministry of defence spokesperson, Henshaw Ogubike, on Friday, “cautioned Nigerians against using inflammatory comments against the government.“ He said, “Unguarded utterances coming from some sections of the populace are incisive and destructive and can exacerbate tensions and lead to violence in our beloved nation.” Mr Matawalle said Mr Tinubu “is trying his best in tackling the economic challenges being experienced by Nigerians. The President and his team are tirelessly working to alleviate the burdens on the Nigerian populace, advising the agents of disunity to refrain from further unwarranted utterances, as such will have consequences.” Mr Matawalle’s warning came on the heels of anger over economic hardship and rising food prices. Precise Post recalls that the National Bureau of Statistics reported that the country’s inflation rate increased to 29.90 per cent in January 2024 from 28.92 …

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Benue crisis: Otukpo, Apa and Agatu under siege as herdsmen kill over 500

Benue State, the nation’s food basket, is trapped in an endless crisis. Residents of over 200 villages now find themselves targeted daily by heavily armed herdsmen, reportedly cloaked in military camouflage. It was gathered that over the past three months, the toll has been staggering, with over 500 lives allegedly lost within three local government areas in Benue South Senatorial District, known as Idoma land. Villages in Otukpo, Apa and Agatu LGAs are bearing the brunt, with reports of marauders butchering several locals, leaving many homes completely burned down and numerous residents still missing. The perpetrators, however, remain elusive, with no one claiming responsibility for the heinous attacks, though locals point fingers at ‘Fulani herdsmen.’ Bloodbath returns to Agatu Agatu, which enjoyed relative peace in recent years, has once again been visited with bloodbath, extending to neighbouring communities and local government areas like Apa and Otukpo. The latest wave of violence that ravaged Agatu, left communities like Ogwumogbo, Ikpele, Ejima, Okokolo, Olegomakwu, Olegonyilo, Nahem, Ocholonya, Abugbe, Ugboju, Odugbeho and Olegobidu decimated, with numerous lives lost. What started as a mere …

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World Bank: 7 Northern States To Suffer Severe Food Crisis In Nigeria

By Chris Udochukwu Precise Post reports that the World Bank has predicted that Katsina and six other states in North-west and North-east regions of the country will suffer severe food crises due to high levels of insecurity and armed conflicts ravaging the regions. The bank, in its latest Food Security report, highlighted Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as the other six states that may battle the food crises because of insecurity that has reduced the standards of living in the regions. This is coming amidst plans by the Katsina State Government to inaugurate a taskforce on food prices in order to curb food inflation, mass purchase and sales of the foodstuffs across the state. The Work Bank report stated that: “It is projected that most areas in West and Central Africa will remain minimally food insecure until May 2024, with some being categorised as Stressed IPC 2. “Nigeria (far north of Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara states) will be at crisis food security levels, mostly because of persistent insecurity and armed conflict and deteriorating livelihoods.” The …

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Insecurity: US Confirms Sale Of 12 Attack Helicopters, Others To Nigeria For $1bn

By Chris Udochukwu WASHINGTON: In a significant move aimed at improving Nigeria’s defence capabilities, the United States Department of Defence has confirmed the sale of arms valued at $1 billion to Nigeria. According to a statement issued by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the deal includes the procurement of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, as well as 32 mission computers from Northrop Grumman. The acquisition of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters will enhance Nigeria’s ability to conduct precision strikes and undertake rapid response operations for the country’s overall security and stability. The statement added that the strategic move is expected to bolster Nigeria’s ability to respond to security challenges and strengthen its overall defence posture. Nigeria’s complex security challenges have displaced millions and claimed countless lives, making the purchase of the helicopter, scheduled for completion in June 2024, a significant upgrade to the country’s military assets. The sale follows the US State Department’s approval in April 2022 of Nigeria’s request for the helicopters, which includes guidance systems, night vision imaging systems, and extensive training. The statement said the sale …

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