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Govs must Allow LGs to Function to Tackle Insecurity – Maj.-Gen Wahab

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By Johnson Eyiangho, Abuja

Director-General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab (rtd.) has said that state governors must give local governments free hand to function in the efforts to tackle insecurity across the country.

Wahab said that to get everyone involved in the security challenges facing the nation, there is need to go towards the grassroots – the local governments, where majority of the people reside and know themselves in order to get it right.

The director-general of the Army Resource Centre gave the suggestion at the weekend while delivering a paper on “Security is a Collective Responsibility” at the 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Jos.

Wahab, who  was the guest speak at the event said, “The governors should and must allow local governments to function and perform effectively. If that is done, it becomes easier for us to get to the root of the problem (insecurity). And you cannot do that without the traditional institutions because they command so much respect within their localities.”

He noted that the traditional rulers were not assigned function in the 1999 Constitution as amended “based on the fact that they had been used by the colonial masters”, adding “even now there are allegations that they are being used by politicians but we cannot continue to live like that”.

Wahab said the natural rulers should be part of the security architecture but called for “structure” to be put in place “to monitor and punish those who do not perform”, adding that with such measure, things would take shape “because you can’t ask somebody to be part of the security architecture and is not secured.

“If he (traditional ruler) does not have the believe that if something goes wrong, the person responsible will be punished. Nobody  will be interested, so, we must take steps that will make sure that everybody is involved in security which is a collective responsibility.”

On the role of good governance in addressing insecurity, Wahab said, “Yes, everybody talked about good governance, but what do I mean, let everybody be given equal opportunity. And those who are there should use their offices to provide infrastructure.

“If there are  infrastructure then it becomes easier to ask people to remain where they are, rather than everybody flocking to the city centers. Because if they do, there is believe that by 2050,  more than 60% of Nigerians will be living in the urban centres and that will create more criminal activities in those areas.

“Of course the remote areas will be deserted, so we must prevent a situation where remote rural areas are deserted and the centres becomes criminal havens.”

Earlier, while declaring the AGM open, Amb. Emmanuel Okafor, the President of AANI, said that the association believe that change of attitude and efforts required to rescue Nigeria from the current security challenges was a collective responsibility that require broad-based commitment and consistent implementation of comprehensive national development plans.

Okafor noted that Nigeria is facing “a very difficult time” with the twin challenges of insecurity and economic difficulties which has slowed down activities in all sectors of the economy.

The AANI president said the difficulties had created social tension including street protests and looting of food items, saying that to restore normalcy, AANI was partnering with various stakeholders to promote good governance and sustainable development in line with its overall objective of working towards a better society.

“In this regard, AANI partnered with the Center for Transparency and Integrity Watch to host an ‘International Symposium on Countering Organised Crime in Africa: Building Resilient Institutions to counter Emerging Threats.

“We are also currently working with the Ministry of Defense to hold security sensitization seminars in all the geo-political zones of the federation. We have already developed a concept note and on the verge of signing an MOU with the Defense Headquarters for the Implementation of the project,” the AANI president said.

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10th Anniverssary: Borno Government Gives Update On 89 Abducted Chibok Girls Still In Captivity

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Borno State government has said 89 out of 276 abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, are still in captivity.

The state Commissioner for Information and Internal security Affairs, Prof Usman Tar, disclosed this at a press conference to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the ugly event.

April 14, 2014, would mark the tenth year of the abduction of the school girls.

“So far, 187 of the 276 abducted Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families; 89 are still missing,” he said.

Tar, who spoke alongside his counterpart of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, noted that the 187 girls rescued over a period of ten years, include the 57 that escaped on the day of abduction.

He revealed that 108 were rescued by the security agencies and already reunited with their families.

He said the 187 rescued girls were enrolled in Capacity-building centres and Second Chance Schools initiative to make them self-reliant.

“Also, a number of the rescued girls have been enrolled for various scholarship programmes” he said.

He called on the parents of the girls that are still missing to be patient, saying government would do everything possible to get reunited with their children.

“We really understand the pain and anguish that the families of those still in captivity are going through, and government is committed to rescuing the remaining girls in captivity; we are working very closely with the federal security agencies along this line,” he said

He expressed hope that with the combined efforts of the security forces, intelligence agencies and communities, all the remaining girls in captivity would return home.

“With about 100 still in captivity, I can say that we are still in mourning period, and we still in prayer session in Mosques and Churches for their rescue.”

“This is not a moment of celebration and joy, but a moment for prayers and commemoration,” he stressed, assuring, “We will celebrate when all have been rescued,” he said.

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Abductors of former Gov Ortom’s CoS, wife, cook, contact family demand N100 million

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The suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who reportedly attacked chief of staff (CoS) to former Benue State governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terwase Orbunde and abducted his wife and house maid, have contacted the victims’ family and demanded for the sum of N100 million as ransom for their release.

Orbunde served the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Samuel Ortom as chief of staff between 2015 to 2022 and contested for governorship of the State under the platform of APC in the 2023 general elections.
The former governorship aspirants who is being treated for gunshot injuries in undisclosed hospital in Makurdi, said that the men contacted him this morning (Saturday) at about 8:30am through their victims.
The former Chief of Staff said his wife and cook were very calm when they spoke with him.He revealed that during the attack which took place at about 6pm yesterday, the gunmen spoke Fulani among themselves and communicated with him in Hausa saying they would contact him on phone.He maintained that his wife and the house help told him to be prepared to send the money to them and that if he failed to do that they would kill his wife and cook.Daily Asset had earlier reported that the former chief of staff was attacked yesterday (Friday), April 12, 2024, close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital at about six pm.Orbunde reportedly escaped with a gunshot on his right arm while the attackers whisked away Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.It was said that Orbunde, his wife and the house help had gone to inspect the weeding of their farm located close to the road.They said after the inspection of the work and payment of the workers five gunmen suddenly attacked their victims as they walked back to their car.It was reported that they opened fire and Honorable Orbunde received a bullet on the right arm while they ordered him and the women to follow them to an unknown destination.The shooting was said to have caused villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.”As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and unable to walk quickly.”The leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women to an unknown destination while good Samaritans conveyed Mr Orbunde to hospital”, an eye witness watched from afar narrated.

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Kukah Advises Nigerians to use Power, Authority to Impact Humanity

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Bishop Mathew Kukah, Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has advised Nigerians to use positions of power and authority to impact, and add value, to humanity.

Kukah gave the advice on Friday in Abuja at the 2nd Annual Impact and Legacy Lecture of Late Innocent Chukwuma, Founder of Cleen Foundation.

The foundation is known for promoting public safety, security and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy and publications.

Kukah who spoke on: “Power of One: Dreams and Nightmares”, said that it was important to strive to change negative narratives, live impactful lives and leave lasting positive legacies.

“I begin this lecture by telling you about people like Pope John Paul, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King and a host of others who have used powers positively.

“I used this to illustrate the choices that people have made in life and how they have used powers in their hands, either for good or bad.

“The late Innocent took up a passionate commitment and we must continue to push the frontiers that brought greatness to Nigeria,” he said.

The Bishop said that memorials are only for those who make impacts.

He urged everyone with ideas on curbing crimes and enhancing policing to strive to make impact irrespective of age and location for the betterment of the country.

Contributing, Mr Solomon Arase, Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), said the whole idea of community and intelligence policing could be attributed to the efforts of late Chukwuma.

According to him, it was through Chukwuma’s efforts that the trends and patterns of crime and its terminology were introduced into Nigeria’s policing vocabulary.

“Intelligence policing in Nigeria can be attributed to late Innocent Chukwuma because most people may not know about this and how this whole thing came about.

“The efforts of this man brought people from the metropolitan police and conveyed about 500 police officers from Nigeria to study what they were doing in the United States.

“His efforts and those of Prof Etannibi Alemika, Kemi and the MacArthur Foundation also brought into Nigeria one of the best police officers in the world who started talking about community partnership in deepening internal security management.

“The man Innocent Chukwuma has left things that are imperishable and should be sustained,” he said.

Reports says that former Minister of Solid Minerals, Obi EzEzewkesil, representatives of Ford Foundation, Civil Liberty Organization, YIAGA Africa and others at the event commended the convergence of great minds to foster continued development in policing. (NAN)

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