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Centre Partners CAN on Counter Terrorism

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The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), are partnering to countering terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism in Nigeria.

The National Coordinator, NCTC, retired Rear Adm.

Yamimu Musa, said this when he received the leadership of CAN led by its president, Arch-Bishop Daniel Okoh, in his Office on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to a statement by the Director, Strategic Communication, NCTC, ONSA, Mr Ozoya Imohimi, on Wednesday in Abuja, Musa said the partnership was in continuation of the implementation of whole-of-government and whole-of society approach to counter terrorism efforts.

He said this was in line with the mandate of the centre, as stipulated in the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act (2022) and the National Security Strategy (2019).

He said the collaboration between the NCTC and CAN was necessary to formulate and implement the nation’s counter terrorism efforts as well as the overall national security policies.

He added that CAN had been a long time ally of the centre as a member of the National Strive Juvenile Steering Committee, chaired by the NCTC.

Musa assured the Christian body of the centre’s continued collaboration with relevant government agencies and other religious bodies, as well as the Civil Society Organisations in the areas of advocacy and sensitisation, so as to rid the country of terrorism and other violent crimes.

In his remarks, the president of CAN, Arch-Bishop Okoh, hailed the efforts of the Federal Government over the years, through the NCTC in preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria.

Okoh urged all Nigerians to see the current situation in the country as an opportunity to bounce back rather than lamenting.

He said the visit of his team had added to their knowledge of the efforts of government in addressing the security situation of the country and called for regular workshop to build the capacity of Church leaders in Nigeria as touching the security of the nation.

“CAN was not only formed to defend the Christian faith but also to work for the wellbeing of all Nigerians. We believe in Nigeria, we believe in one Nigeria,” he said. (NAN)

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Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said it’s operatives have arrested one Bulus Danladi, a suspected human trafficker.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest on Sunday in Kaduna.

Hassan said “On March 1, at about 0900hrs a complain was lodged by Mrs Jummai Danjuma and two others in Katari area in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.

“That on Feb.

27, the arrested suspect, Bulus Danladi of Ankwa area in Kachia LGA, trafficked five youth from Katari to Eruku in Kwara with intent to work in a factory.

“On reaching there, the suspect carried the youth to a farm in Eruku where he abandoned them and returned to Katari.

Hassan said out of the five youth trafficked to Kwara three had returned home and reunited with their parents.

He added that efforts to trace the remaining two was going on.

The command spokesman said the suspect would be prosecuted after full investigation. (NAN)

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JTF Commander Solicits Support in Combating Oil Theft

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Rear Admiral John Okeke,  the new Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta, on Thursday sought more support and collaboration from security formations in Bayelsa.

Okeke, deployed to JTF (Operation Delta  Safe (OPDS), made the appeal during a familiarisation tour of security formations in the state.

During a courtesy visit to the Flag Officer Commanding  Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samson Bura, Okeke urged partnership in combating oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminalities.

In his reponse, Bura promised  sustained and improved support and collaboration between JTF and the naval command.

Bura said that the synergy would enable the country to have a maritime domain free from illegal activities.

Okeke also visited the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshall Tajudeen Yusuf, and similarly requested for support.

Tajudeen expressed readiness to continue to support JTF, saying that the military was focused on the same aim and objective of safe environment for Nigerians to carry out lawful activities.

The new JTF commander further visited the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) SOROH, where he was received by the Commander, Commodore Nanmar Lakan.

At NNS SOROH, Okeke was briefed on the ship’s efforts in combating threat within its area of responsibility.

He praised JTF troops for efforts toward  increased oil production in the region, and urged them  not to relent.

He also warned the troops against sabotage and engaging in illegal activities, saying that  disciplinary actions would await erring officers men.

Reports says that the JTF commander was accompanied by component commanders and some principal staff officers of OPDS. (NAN)

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Security Situation Getting Better, not Worse – FPRO Says

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Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, says the security situation in Nigeria is getting better.

“The security situation is getting better; I don’t agree that it is getting worse. It is improving,” Adejobi told newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He was in Ibadan for the presentation of award to the overall winner of boxing and archery competitions in the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Game (BIPOGA 2024).

He said that most of the unfortunate incidents of insecurity being circulated on the social media were old stories.

“They are being recycled to make people believe they are new or current incidents. Actually, they are not.

“You cannot see any conventional media house publishing these stories the way we have them on social media.

“The security situation in Nigeria is not bad. Let us always analyse the situation based on empirical facts and not just on speculation,” he said.

Adejobi said that the Nigeria Police Force collates data and has information on the security situation from all its offices.

“We shall tell Nigerians if the security situation is worrisome.

“We have issued statements to tell Nigerians that most of the kidnapped cases were fake and have given instances and even paraded some suspects for Nigerians to know.

“It is not in all situations that these incidences are real; some people fake and plan kidnappings to get ransom from their families.

“Let us always differentiate between the real and staged kidnap,” he said.

Adejobi said that the force was not denying the fact that there are isolated cases of incidences of insecurity, but pointed out that the force had arrested and neutralised many kidnappers.

He said that the police and other security agencies in Nigeria would continue to collaborate toward securing the country. (NAN)

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