The Bauchi, Gombe and Jigawa governments have rehabilitated their fire services trucks to ehnace response to fire disasters and other emergencies.
Emergency response officials in Bauchi, Dutse and Gombe, who spoke in seperate interviews said the measure was part of comprehensive campaign against fire outbreaks during the harmattan.
Mr Ismaila Misilli, Director General, Press Affairs, Government House, Gombe, said the state government had procured modern equipment for its fire service to enhance emergency response during harmattan.
He listed the equipment to include compound fumes for oil-related fires, rescue lines, safety kits, and uniforms.
This, he said, had significantly strengthened the Service’s capacity to respond to emergencies and combat fire disasters effectively.
“Gombe State has state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and well trained workforce in the Fire Service.
“The personnel are ready to respond effectively to fire incidents, the service has already activated its rapid response mechanism as Harmattan approaches.
“This proactive approach is to ensure that the Service is on high alert and ready to respond to emergencies.
“It is to ensure that the fire fighting team remains effective and up-to-date with the latest fire fighting methods,” he said.
Also, the Bauchi State Fire Service said it has initiated community sensitisation activities to create awareness on safety and preventive tips against fire outbreaks.
The Spokesman of the service, Mr Mohammed Bature, said the campaign was being conducted in collaboration with the Fire Safety Community Development Service of the National Youth Service Corps.
He added that the campaign was in line with Service’s preparedness ahead of the Harmattan, adding that, “we are here primarily to protect the lives and property of the people”.
According to him, the fire service will extend its outreach to motor parks, schools and other public places to sensitise the people on fire preventive measures, including during the harmattan.
He said the Service has three operational fire fighting trucks while three others were being overhauled, with the Federal Fire Service providing backup during emergencies in Bauchi metropolis.
Bature added that the Service has functional fire fighting equipment in major towns in the state.
According to him, Gov. Bala Mohammed has approved the establishment of fire service sub stations in local government areas across the state.
Similarly, the Federal Fire Service in Jigawa has expressed readiness to contain any fire outbreak and other emergencies in the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Jamilu Habibu, said they were on high alert ahead of the harmattan season.
“This is because we have re-strategised our activities, especially on operational issues,” he added.
According to Habibu, the fire service personnel are up-to-date in terms of handling the sophisticated fire fighting equipment recently provided by the Federal Government.
“Our fire fighting appliances can fight fire in a single building at three different parts.
“For instance, if there is a fire from the upper floor, downstairs and another part, we can respond to it at the same time,” he said.
He said the Service had deployed two units of fire fighting facilities to Hussaini Adamu Polytechnic, Kazaure, and Dutse International Airport.
“These units are combination of FAAN, Federal and State Fire Service personnel that could help in fighting any fire outbreak in the state, especially in Dutse metropolis”.
The FSS spokesman in the state also said they were conducting community sensitisation activities to create awareness on fire safety.
However, a Civil Society Activist, Imam Adam, said there was very low public enlightenment activities to mitigate fire outbreaks at the grassroots.
Adam therefore urged emergency agencies in the state to step up campaign to curb indiscriminate bush burning resulting to fire outbreaks in rural communities.
Also, a resident of Dutse, Safiyanu Gumel, said people should be cautioned against indiscriminate burning of waste in residential areas.
He said that such activities have resulted to fire outbreaks and air pollution.
Another resident, Musa Ali, called for the engagement of the Civil Society and development organisations in the campaign against fire outbreaks in the state. (NAN)
Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker in Kaduna
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)
JTF Commander Solicits Support in Combating Oil Theft
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)
Security Situation Getting Better, not Worse – FPRO Says
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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