The Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast, Northwest and North-Central geo-political zones.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on “Communicating government policies, programme and activities.
He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks, yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies.
Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force.
The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
“We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation.
“These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt, yielded tremendous results.
“Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast, Northwest and North central,’’ he said.
He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian-military relations with the host communities.
About 400,000 people benefitted, he said.
Also speaking at the event, NOA’s Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian-military relations to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful Nigeria.
Abari recalled that in December 2021, NOA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two-day national summit on “Non-kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity.’’
“Today, we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non-kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria,’’ he said.
According to him, the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit.
In his remarks, Mr Chris Ngwodo, the Director-General, Centre for Early Warning, said non-kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations.
He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results. (NAN)
Police Arrest 43 Suspects over ‘one Chance’ Robbery, others in FCT
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said it has arrested 43 suspects over “one chance” robbery, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other criminal offences in the territory.
The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the FCT, Mr Haruna Garba said this during a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said 11 of the suspects were arrested over “one chance” robbery, seven for alleged kidnapping and others for various criminal offences.
Garba said three stolen vehicles, five firearms, 30 ammunition and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.
He said operatives from the Tradmore Division of the Command, on Oct.24, arrested a suspect following a report by one Faith James.
The CP said James had reported that she boarded a green Peugeot vehicle with Reg. No. CK 202 GWA from ACO estate junction heading to Trademore and was robbed of her belongings, including N110,000 cash.
He said the victim was robbed by the commercial vehicle driver and her colleagues who pretended to be genuine passengers.
“On receipt of the report, Police Operatives from the division swung into action, trailed and arrested a suspect with the same vehicle in the process of committing the same act on another innocent passenger.
“The suspect has confessed to his involvement in the crime and is assisting the Police to apprehend his other gang members at large,” Garba said.
The CP also said operatives from Asokoro Division, on Oct. 30, while on routine patrol along DSS Quarters, Asokoro observed a Vento Volkswagen car with Reg No. APP 307 GS moving in a suspicious manner.
He said the operatives intercepted the driver of the vehicle opposite Niger barracks and arrested the three males and two females in the car.
The CP said the suspects had during investigation, confessed to being a “one chance” syndicate, who specialise in identifying and picking up their victims, take them to an isolated area, rob them of their valuables, and drop them off at isolated locations.
According to him, while searching the vehicle, police operatives discovered four bundles of wrapped paper cut to money size, four car keys and other valuables.
He added that operatives from Asokoro, with the assistance of the Nigerian Army Intelligence Unit, arrested five other s
“one chance” robbery suspects on Nov. 11.
The CP said the arrest followed a report from one Bright Ezekiel that, she and her friend, one Rose Augustine, boarded a vehicle from Mogadishu Cantonment to Kubwa but were taken to unknown destination.
He said the victims were robbed of N482,000 and N387,500, respectively, through transfer from their bank accounts by the suspects.
“On receipt of the report, operatives from Asokoro Division swung into action and with the help of the Nigeria Army Intelligence Unit, five suspects were arrested.
“Their operational vehicle, Volkeswagen taxi with Reg. No. AA 958 RYM was recovered,” he said.
The CP said the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be arraigned in court upon completion of investigation. (NAN)
IGP Visits Adamawa over Death of Inspector Shot by Soldiers
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday visited the Adamawa Police Command to sympathise with officers and men over the killing of an Inspector by soldiers on Nov. 21.
Report says that Insp Daniel Jacob was shot to death when some soldiers attacked the command over the arrest of their colleague.
The IGP described the attack as unwarranted and reminiscent of Boko Haram invasion of police facilities in the past.
“I am in your midst today to share the grip that you have; I was told Inspector Jacob was an excellent officer who was committed to his duty and trusted by both his subordinate and his superior”, he said.
The IGP said that the Force Headquarters would support the family of the decreased officer and take measures to ensure that the incident was not repeated.
He called on the police officers not to be demoralised by the incident, and go about their normal joint operations with the army and other security agencies in the interest of the country.
Egbetokum said his vision was to have a well-equipped police force and to double its manpower for the effective policing of the country.
He charged police officers nationwide to adopt positive attitude to work for effective service delivery to Nigerians.
“I have come to tell you that together we are going to change the policing narrative of this country,” he added.
The IGP assured that President Bola Tinubu was passionate about improving the welfare of police personnel in the country.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Babatola Afolabi, said the incident was a big dent to the peace of the state.
He said that the command has made serious efforts in taming the activities of shilla boys criminal gangs, kidnapping, homicide, rape and other heinous crimes in the state.
He urged the IGP to deploy Armoured Personnel Carriers, gun trucks and Hilux vehicles to enhancs the efforts of the command to ensure peace and security across the state.
“The Nigeria Police Force, being the lead agency in internal security, has played its part in making sure that the state is safe, secured and conducive for both economic and social activities”, he said.
NAN also reports that Police Community Relations Committee has donated foodstuffs and N100,000 to the deceased Inspector’s family while hunters association also donated two cows to the family. (NAN)
Police Neutralise 3 Suspected Banditry Kingpins in Katsina
The Police Command in Katsina State said its operatives succeeded in neutralising three suspected notorious bandits kingpins.
This is contained in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Abubakar Aliyu, on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said the incident occurred on Nov.
“Some suspected bandits opened fire on the patrol team, in which the officers valiantly returned fire, forcing the terrorists to abandon their evil plan and fled into the nearby bush.
“While combing the scene and surrounding bushes, corpses of three neutralised suspected terrorists and a motorcycle which belonged to the bandits were recovered,” he said
The PPRO added that the corpses were later identified as those of Bala Wuta, a suspected notorious bandits’ leader terrorising Jibia Local Government Area and its environs.
Others, he added, were Dogo Na Sahura and Hassan Bukuru, notorious suspected terrorists terrorising people in the area.
Aliyu said that efforts were on top gear by the police to arrest the fleeing suspects, while the investigation into the matter was ongoing.
The PPRO revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Abubakar-Musa, while praising the operatives’ professionalism, synergy and bravery, urged them to sustain the tempo.
The CP called on people of the state to continue providing the command and other security agencies with crucial and timely information on criminal activities.
“Report to the nearest police station or other security agencies, any person seen with suspicious injuries, as some of the bandits have escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.
He said it would assist the security agents to promptly take decisive action with a view to curbing criminal activities in the state. (NAN)
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