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ICPC Fugitive is not Buhari’s Inlaw – Presidency

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The Presidency says the person declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is not an inlaw to President Muhammadu Buhari as being claimed in some quarters.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

ICPC had declared one Gimba Ya’u Kumo wanted for alleged 65 million dollars fraud.

Kumo, a former Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank, got married to Buhari’s daughter in October 2016 in Daura, Katsina State.

However, the presidential aide disclosed that the (marriage) relationship had since ended some years ago.

The statement read in part: ”A running story to the effect that the ICPC has declared ‘an inlaw of the President’ wanted in connection with fraud involving the large sum of money, 65 million dollars to be exact.

”This should normaly be an affirmation that our anti-corruption agencies/institutions are truly independent and allowed unfettered freedom by the President. Which in fact is the case.

”That a state institution can issue such is a measure of the administration’s commitment to accountability, equality and justice.

“To set the records straight, the person declared wanted by the ICPC is not an inlaw to President Buhari.

“While at some point in time the said fugitive from justice had been linked to a family member in marriage, that relationship has ended some years ago.

”It is therefore unfortunate to bring the President’s family into this case.

”It is in our view an attempt to generate views and sell copies of sensational reporting.

”The President’s position at all times is that the law be allowed to take its course.

”As is well known of him, President Muhammadu Buhari will not provide any cover for crime, no matter who is involved,” the statement read in part. (NAN)

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Raid: Police Arrest 1,802 Suspects in 2 Weeks

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The Police Command in Lagos State says no fewer than 1,802 suspects have been arrested in raids at different black spots in the state within the last two weeks.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos  on Monday.

Hundeyin said that between April 8 and  April 14, the command arrested 1,019 suspects in various raids within Oshodi, Mushin, Agege, Lagos Island, Ojota and Orile-Iganmu areas.

He said that also between April 15 and April 20, another 783 suspects were arrested when the command raided again some of the places earlier mentioned and other areas.

He said that the exercises were carried out by area commands, divisions, and tactical teams, including the Rapid Response Squad.

He also said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who gave the order for the massive raid, commended the officers for reducing crime and criminality through the exercise.

Hundeyin added that through the exercise, many attacks on the public in some areas, particularly at night and early morning had been checked.

He said the exercise would be sustained as it was yielding the expected result of checking crimes.

The image maker who noted that the exercise was not meant to extort members of the public, stressed that proper screening always takes place after raids, to ensure that innocent persons were not added to suspected criminals.

He advised the public to always go about with their means of identification and avoid hanging around suspected criminals and black spots.

Hundeyin further called on the public to keep on informing the police about the activities of suspected persons or group in their areas. (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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