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Insecurity: Buratai calls for Combine Efforts to have Strong, Committed Institution

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he Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai
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Retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), says there is need for combine efforts to have a strong and committed institution that will protect the nation’s territory.

Buratai, who is also Nigeria Ambassador to Benin Republic, made this known on Saturday in Saki, Oyo State.

While inaugurating a Modern School Gate and a road named after him at the Command Science Secondary School in the town, said that this called for the establishment of more military bases to tackle insecurity.

According to him, Nigeria needs establishment of more military bases, not only in the Army, but also in other services, especially during this period of rising insecurity.

“In this era of terrorism, insurgency, asymmetric warfare, there is need to spread the security agencies to take care of many volatile areas that need quick interventions.

“I foresee establishment of more military bases in the nearest future.

“Combine efforts will enable us to have a strong and committed institution that will protect our territory,” he said.

Buratai commended the General Commanding Officer (GOC), 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Gold Chibuisi, for his contributions to the development of the Command Science Secondary School.

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He lauded the Okere of Saki, Oba Khalid Oyedepo, entire Saki Community and Oyo State Government, for the support given to him while in the service and to the school.

Buratai said that the school, formerly a Teachers College, was donated to the Army and had been turned around to its present look.

In his remarks, the GOC, while describing Buratai as his mentor, pledged the commitment of the division to sustain and improve on the development of the school for academic progress.

Chibuisi commended the Saki Community for a condusive environment, urging them to sustain the peaceful atmosphere with the men and officers of the command.

Also, the Commandant of the School, Lt.-Col. Bolaji Oladejo, said that his dream for the school was for it to be a reference point for all other schools in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

“Our dream is to produce students that can compete favourably with other counterparts.

“We want to introduce multimedia into the Science Laboratory for more understanding of the concept of science by students,” Oladejo said.

In his comments, the Okere of Saki, called for the establishment of Army University at the Command Science Secondary School and fencing of the school, which he said was on about 200 acres of land.

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Oyedepo said that this would make people of the town to have easy access to military education.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai, had earlier been conferred with the honourary chieftaincy title of Jagumolu of Sakiland by the Ojere of Sakiland.

Also, Retired Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, was conferred with the honourary title of Akinrogun of Sakiland at the ceremony.(NAN)

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Terrorism: Buy Guns, Defend Yourselves, Zamfara Gov Tells Residents

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja

Following the unending upsurge in the activities of terrorists in various parts of Zamfara, the state government, headed by Governor Mohammed Matawalle has directed residents of the state to prepare and procure guns to defend themselves against terrorists and bandits. In furtherance, the state government directed the state commissioner of police to issue gun licence to all those who qualify and are wishing to obtain  guns to defend themselves.

The government also stated that it was ready to facilitate for the residents, especially farmers to obtain basic weapons for defending themselves, disclosing that it has already concluded arrangement to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the state for those willing to obtain guns to defend themselves.

According to the government, “People must apply from the Commissioner of Police, licence to own guns and such other basic weapons to be used in defending themselves.

Additionally, a secretariat or centre will be established for the collection of intelligence on the activities of informants in the state. The government added that “People are strictly warned and advised to make sure that any information or intelligence about an informant must be true and nothing but the truth, as all information on such informants must carry correct data on the suspects, including their pictures, correct names, address, occupation and witness to testify the genuity of the information given, as government is taking punitive measures against any one found as informant. Any person who give wrong information against anybody, will be served the same punishment with an informant and will be treated as such.”

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Also, the state government requested the state House of Assembly to pass, “as matter of urgency, the Informants Bill before it, to enable government take the drastic measures on informants as contained in the Bill.”

Additionally, it ordered for the recruitment of 200 additional Community Protection Guards in each of the 19 Emirates of the state, making it 500 per emirate, to increase their manpower and strengthen its force and capacity to deal with the bandits.


To further ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of these measures, as well the proper implementation of these measures, the state government  also decided to form a high-powered 12-man special committee to receive intelligence on the activities of informants, which include: Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe Sardauna Dan Isa ( Lamidon Kaura), SSG; Chairman; Alh Ibrahim Sulaiman
Chief of Staff to the Governor – Member; D I G Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, Commissioner Security – Member;  Ibrahim Magaji Dosara
Commissioner Information – Member; Hon Nasiru Masama
Commissioner Youth – Member;
Sani Abdullahi Wamban Shinkafi, Honorary Adviser to the Gov – Member;  Hon Abubakar Mohammed Dauran, Special Adviser Security – Member;  Hon Sanusi Wanzammai
Commissioner, State INEC – Member; Captain Mai Riga T/ Mafara – Member; Sani Gwamna Mayanchi – Member and Bello Bakyasuwa Soja to serve as the secretary to the committee.

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Also is the formation of  formation of additional paramilitary unit to support control and command to properly and effectively reinforce the operations of our community protection guards (CPG.)

The government also reconstituted the state committee on prosecution of banditry related offences.
Government and the state committee on prosecution of bandits-related offences.

In the statement, signed by Signed Ibrahim Magaji Dosara
Hon Commissioner for Information, the governor in view of the deteriorating security situation in the hard hit Mada, Wonaka, and Ruwan Bore Districts of Gusau Local Government, as well as Yandoto Emirate in Tsafe Local Government, ordered the immediate closure of all markets in the districts and Yandoto Emirate indefinitely.


In addition, the government equally banned the riding of motorbikes and selling of petroleum products in Mada, Wonaka and Ruwan Bore districts, as well as Yandoto Emirate.

“Henceforth, all filling stations in the affected areas are hereby closed with immediate effect. Anybody found riding motorbike within the areas is considered as bandits and security agencies are thereby directed to shoot such persons on sight.

“Security agencies are by this announcement directed to ensure strict compliance. Anybody found violating this order should be dealt with according to the rule of law. Government would not condone any act where innocent people are being killed.

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Government is also using this medium to thank all those who honoured and respected the peace dialogue in what ever form. In the same vein, those who refused to honour and respect the peace dialogue are hereby warned to allow peace within our respective communities. Government is hereby directing the military, police, civil defence and other security agencies to mobilise their operatives and take the fight to the enclaves of the criminals with immediate effect.”

The government further disclosed that it took these far-reaching decisions in its commitment “to ensure adequate security and protection of lives and property of the citizenry in the state, particularly during this rainy season” and “as measures to deal with the recent escalating attacks, kidnapping and the criminal levies being enforced on our innocent communities.”

Terrorism, it noted “has been a source of worry and concern to the people and government of the state. Therefore, in order to deal decisively with the situation in our respective communities, government has no option than to take the measures.”

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Police begins search for Abuja Kidnapped Farmers 

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has deployed a team of anti-kidnapping and Counter terrorist’s Units to comb the surrounding forest and rescue the abducted farmers.

This is coming barely twenty – hours when armed bandits were reported to have attacked innocent farmers in a boundary community, Rafin Dadi situated between FCT and Niger State’s and abducted over 22 farmers in the said area.

 

A statement issued by the Deputy spokesperson of the Command, ASP Oduniyi Omotayo while confirming the attack explained that , “The incidence happened in Rafin daji, a boundary community between Niger and the FCT .

” The farmers were on their farm land working when gun men outnumbered and kidnapped them, upon receipt of this information, a combined team of Police officers from various Tactical and intelligence units of the Command, Destiny Hunters, Vigilantes, and Local hunters stormed the forest, combing it aggressively even as I speak.

 

“For the rescue of the victims and to bring perpetrators to book. Monitoring and surveillance of the community also continues”, he explained. 

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Ogun Gov Pledges Support for Security Agencies

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From Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has reiterated his administration’s continued support for security agencies in the state, to stem the activities of criminal elements in the state.

He specifically promised to support them with logistics and equipment that would be necessary to improve their operations.

The governor equally declared that his administration would continue to do more to collaborate with efforts of security agencies in the state towards finding solutions to the various security challenges confronting the state and the country as a whole.

Abiodun made this known during the 2nd Quarter of the State Directors of Security Conference, South West zone, held in Abeokuta yesterday.

He said that it is the belief of his administration that partnership between government and the private sector would help to drive the development of the country.

“As a matter of fact, we will continue to promote partnership between our dear state and all other states in the southwest and particularly other states in the nation. We believe that partnership between government at all levels across boundaries and between government and private sector would drive development faster.

“Even though security matters are on the exclusive list of the Federal Government, we however cannot afford to drop our guards at this period of global challenges, we will do more to collaborate with your efforts towards finding solutions to the various security challenges that face us as a country,” he said

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The governor disclosed that his administration launched the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission to tackle insecurity among other issues, as well as with the Oyo State government to tackle insecurity at the border areas, noting that his administration opted to do so because of the status of Ogun as the Gateway State.

Abiodun, who further noted that the efforts and measures of his administration to tackle insecurity have continued to help his administration to achieve relative peace in the state, said that “whatever happens in the state will easily have ripple effects across other states in the southwest”.

The governor while saying that crime fighting is not only about guns and ammunition, noted that there is a nexus between crime, unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and drug abuse.

He explained that his administration has made job creation an important part of the ‘Building the Future Together’ Agenda of his administration, adding his government has created a policy that would ensure that all projects executed by his administration are done through direct labour, thereby engaging and occupying the people.

Abiodun stressed that an improved security in the state and the international border is important to the country and the West African region, commending the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for demonstrating its commitment towards ensuring the security of lives and properties in the country.

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Speaking on behalf of Ogun State service commanders, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, said that the security commanders in the state had over the years been able to foster a formidable synergy to intimidate criminals in the state.

Bankole while noting that the atmosphere in the state had made it possible for the successes recorded by security agencies at tackling insecurity said “the security agencies owe the synergy to the support they have received from the state government under the leadership of Governor Abiodun.

Earlier, Director of the Department of State Security in Ogun, Femi Aaron, noted that intelligence sharing and inter-agency collaboration would go a long way in solving challenges that might arise in the country.

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