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Gov Sani Support for Families of Fallen Heroes

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Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna state on Wednesday solicited the support of governments and corporate entities for the wives and children left behind by fallen heroes.

The governor made the appeal at the launch of the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund held at the Arewa House, Kaduna.

According to the governor, since the colonial era, the armed forces had been involved in serving the people and many officers, rank and file had paid an ultimate price for protecting the peace of the country.

“Our departed heroes left behind wife and children that must be taken care of by not only the government but also the corporate entities and good spirited people.

“Their act of gallantry must be remembered always, while they still continue to spread around battling bandits, insurgents and other criminals elements,” he said.

The governor said the armed forces have also been recording successes despite huge challenges they are faced with.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the people who lost their lives in the unfortunate Tudun Biri bomb incident.

Earlier, Major Danjuma Baren (rtd.), Acting Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Kaduna state chapter, appealed to the governor to provide a befitting headquarter for the legion in the state.

He also sought government support in securing official vehicles to enable the association to discharge its responsibilities effectively.

Reports says the governor donated N5 million to the state Chapter of the Nigerian Legion

He also called on corporate organisations, individuals to donate generously to support the families of the fallen heroes.

(NAN)

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Nigeria’ll Strengthen Regional Collaboration Against Terrorism- Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria will continue to strengthen collaboration and lead in taking measures towards countering terrorism in Africa.

Tinubu said this at the High-level African Counter-terrorism meeting on Monday in Abuja with the theme “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threats of Terrorism in Africa”.

He said that Nigeria’s Counter-terrorism capacities have been enhanced through enactment of the terrorism prevention and prohibition act and establishing the National Counter-Terrorism Centre(NCTC).

Tinubu said, “Dedicated to coordinating and implementing counter-terrorism strategies, the NCTC significantly enhances our capacity to detect, prevent, and respond to terrorist threats.

”The Centre has become a platform; fostering greater collaboration among stakeholders and promoting synergy in our approach to fighting terrorism.”

The president said that the continent must, however, prudently handle the root causes of terrorism through good governance, rule of law, justice and inclusiveness.

He said that the citizens must be assured of their safety through robust programmes and policies aimed at not only eradicating the menace but building trust.

“The fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach. We must address the root causes of extremism, such as poverty, marginalization, and social injustice.

”However, this important fact should not become empty rhetoric, devoid of meaning or action.

“Terrorism snipes at the very fabric of the tranquil, prosperous and just societies we seek to build for ourselves and our children.

”Terror cannot co-exist in the same space as democracy and good governance, just as darkness and light cannot endure in the same room at the same time.

“Its goal is to cause such havoc that we doubt our democratic principles, putting societies and governments into such confusion and disarray that we begin fighting among ourselves instead of fighting the very thing that seeks our destruction,” he said,

Tinubu also described the activities of illegal mining on terrorism financing in the continent, adding that it is a significant factor boosting the menace.

He said that the international community has both the moral and legal obligation to support Africa in its fight against external funding of terrorism.

The president also called for collective efforts against terrorism through fully operational regional counter-terrorism centres to serve as hubs for intelligence sharing, operational coordination, and capacity building within the region.

“Additionally, we must strengthen existing counter-terrorism structures such as the Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit (RIFU) Abuja, the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) in Algiers and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Addis Ababa.

“A Regional Standby Force that includes tackling terrorism as part of its mandate must not be abandoned. I am mindful of the funding, legal and logistical complexities that face the proper establishment of such a force.”

He also called for the establishment of an all-inclusive African Union Ministerial Committee on Counter Terrorism as envisaged in the Declaration of the 16th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union Assembly in May 2022.

Tinubu said, “Nigeria is committed to working with our regional partners to strengthen arms control measures, enhance border security, and disrupt the illicit trafficking networks that fuel terrorism and organised crime.”

Early, Dr Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General, urged African leaders to address the trust deficit by citizens through programmes and policies that include victims of violent extremism.

Mohammed said that women and youths are veritable tools for campaigns of terrorism and become ready tools when faced with bad governance, lack of justice, lack of transparency and non-inclusion.

She added,’ “Victims of terrorism must be appropriately reintegrated into the society through mental and psychological interventions as well as adequate recognition for them to overcome the trauma of their experiences in the hands of terrorists and other extreme violent actions.”

Amina said that the women were more vulnerable to extremist activities in the continent and therefore required more attention for their physical and psychological health.

The two-day meeting will feature paper presentations including; the evolving terrorist threat landscape in Africa and countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

Other papers are enhancing regional capacities to counter and prevent terrorism and strengthening cooperation between international partners and affected African member states.

The event was attended by the Presidents of Benin Republic Patrice Talon; Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and Togo, Faure Gnassingbe.(NAN)

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Flames, Smoke Continue to Emerge from Massive Landfill in Delhi

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Flames and columns of thick smoke continued to emerge from a massive landfill in the Indian capital city of New Delhi on Monday, officials said.

Fire fighting operations were underway and fire-fighters were splashing water on the burning mounds of garbage.

The fire has continued at the colossal landfill site since it broke out on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, toxic fumes emanating from the landfill have left residents in the neighbourhood to gasp for breath.

“There is a pungent smell all around. The smoke is poisonous and causes irritation in the eyes,’’ Dileep Pandey said.

Pandey is a local resident, living within the area.

“We are also facing difficulty in breathing.

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While the cause of the fire remained undetermined, authorities have initiated legal proceedings against unidentified individuals in relation to the incident.

According to the Delhi Fire Services department, the landfill caught fire because of the methane produced in the heaps of waste.

Officials listed hot and dry weather conditions as the reason behind the blaze. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Human Trafficking: NSCDC Rescues 10 Victims in FCT

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The FCT Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has intercepted 10 victims of human trafficking at Zuba motor park in Abuja.

A statement on Monday in Abuja, by Mr Samuel Idoko, the NSCDC FCT Command Spokesperson, said the rescued victims, aged between 24 and 34, comprised of one male and nine female, who all claimed to be indigenes of Ondo State.

He said that on interrogation, it was discovered that the victims were being sponsored for illegal migration abroad.

”’The victims were accosted at Zuba motor park, Abuja, by officers of the command, following a tip off of their return from Minna, where they had gone to process their International passports as directed by their sponsor.

”The victims confessed to have paid N80, 000 to facilitate the procurement of the International passport.

”They also confessed to being promised migration abroad to undertake ready-made jobs, especially in North Africa and Canada by a yet to be identified sponsor, who according to them, resides in Okitipupa, Ondo state”, he said.

Idoko the victims had been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP) by the NSCDC Commandant, Olusola Odumosu.

“Be careful of the type of people that are promising you a better future abroad. Don’t be desperate because some of them might end up ruining your live; they deceive you and collect huge sums of money from you for ready-made jobs, whereas, you may end up in slavery or forced to be sex workers.

“If you must travel abroad, follow the right channel that will give you rest of mind, don’t allow somebody to seize your international passport abroad, and place you under an oath that you will regret,” Odumosu was quoted as saying. (NAN)

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