REPS MEMBER BEMOANS BANDITRY, KIDNAPPINGS IN KATSINA

Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Loans, Aids and Debt Management, Ahmed Safana (APC, Katsina), has called on the federal government to save Katsina State from the menace of armed bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers. Safana, who made the plea via a press statement in Abuja yesterday, lamented that his Safana/Batsari/Dansuma Federal Constituency has been taken over by armed bandits, who constantly harass and kidnap the people for ranso According to the lawmaker, just two days ago, five persons were killed at Kasai village in Batsari LGA,…

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CARDINAL OKOGIE SPEAKS ON ROLE OF THE MILITARY IN ELECTIONS

By Sam Eyoboka ALSO not left out in the ongoing debate  over the militarisation of the 2019 elections are Christian clerics who did not mince words in condemning the partisan role played by some soldiers during the exercise. Cardinal Okogie A case in point is a statement by Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie which reads thus: “I don’t think that the role of the military extends to election security, otherwise the elections will no longer be free and fair. The military has a statutory role to…

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DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS KIDNAPPING, CATTLE RUSTLING MORE DANGEROUS THAN INSURGENCY

Kidnapping, cattle rustling and farmer/ herders clashes pose more threat to the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria than the insurgency in the northeast, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, has said. The minister, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the national workshop on civil military relations and the media which held in Kaduna, Thursday, observed that armed conflict situations often present fertile ground for friction between  the military and the media. He said the security threats call for increased inter- security agency collaboration in the area of intelligence information…

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SARS OFFICERS ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO WEAR PLAIN CLOTHES WHILE ON DUTY-ZONAL PPRO DOLAPO BADMUS

Zonal Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmus has reacted to the viral video of a Police officer who was pictured in plain clothes while carrying a gun. According to her, the officer is a member of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS). She also said that SARS officers are not supposed to wear plain clothes while on duty. She revealed that the force has a special outfit for SARS officers which enables citizens to identify them when they are approached by one. Dolapo Badmus also advised citizens on what to do when…

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NIGERIANS FEEL LESS SECURE NOW THAN UNDER JONATHAN, SAYS SOYINKA

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka believes Nigerians felt more secure during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan than under President Muhammadu Buhari. He says the low sense of security Nigerians feel is the major reason behind the clamour for state and community policing. Soyinka said this on Monday in Lagos after a press briefing to unveil the second batch of students travelling to Lebanon for studies. The programme is organised by The Cedars Institute, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Wole Soyinka Foundation. Soyinka also said there are “yawning gaps” in the…

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INSECURITY IN ONDO: AKEREDOLU SUMMONS TRADITIONAL RULERS, SECURITY CHIEFS, OTHERS

By Dayo Johnson Akure—WORRIED by the security challenges in the state in the last few months, governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday met with security chiefs, traditional rulers, council Chairmen and other stakeholders on how to end the challenges. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Cases of kidnapping of traditional rulers and innocent persons, cult war, armed robberies, killings by  herdsmen, arson among other crimes have increased anxiety across the state. Governor Akeredolu during the meeting expressed concern over the security challenges since he assumed office. According to him “There are some security challenges in…

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WIKE RELEASES ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER TO POLICE TO TACKLE KIDNAPPING

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration  has handed over four armoured personnel carriers to the Nigerian Police to tackle cases of kidnapping  on two highways in the state. The governor  also stated that  requisite logistics and funding have been  provided for security agencies to man different routes outside Port Harcourt to protect the citizenry. GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike Speaking in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike explained  that though the State Government does not control the security agencies  , it has invested massively  in the strengthening …

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WE NOW MONITOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HATE SPEECH, ANTI-GOVT AND ANTI-SECURITY INFORMATION – DIRECTOR, DEFENCE INFORMATION

Abuja—The activities of Nigerians on the social media are now being monitored for hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information by the military. Social media network Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, told Channels Television that the move became necessary in the light of troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity of the country. His comments come less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari said in his national broadcast that some of the discussion on social media in his absence crossed the line and left him distressed.…

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LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR ARMED FORCES RESERVE, READ ABOUT THE BILL

A bill, sponsored by Rep Muhammad Sani Abdu (APC, Bauchi), was first introduced on the floor of the House late last year and subsequently passed the second reading, titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the Armed Forces Act, to among other things, provide for specific duties for the Armed Forces Reserve in order to serve as a Rapid Response Mechanism with capacity to intervene in Emergency and Internal Security where the Nigerian Police is overwhelmed’. A copy of the bill, obtained by Daily Trust, says the principal Act…

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