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Insecurity: Plateau LG Chairman Urges Government to Empower Vigilante Group




Mr Ubandoma Laven,  the Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Area in Plateau , has appealed to government at all levels to support, strengthen and empower volunteer security outfits’ efforts to assist security agencies tackle the security challenges in the country .

Laven made the appeal during his decoration as the State’s Patron of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) on Saturday in Langtang. The chairman said that the group are closer to the people, know the terrains of their respective communities and are willing to give their best. He noted  that the Federal Government should allow VGN members to bear light arms,  if the battle against kidnappings, banditry and all forms of crimes was to be won.
“ You cannot go after kidnappers and bandits with bare hands, as doing so will endanger their lives.“ Apart from light arms, government should give them incentives to boost their morale.“ If people can offer selfless services at the point of putting their lives on the line, they would do well, if properly encouraged.“ They are already willing, they have the capacity and manpower.“ They have laid their lives without inducement and if you give them incentives you would get absolute results,” he said. Laven stated that he accepted to be VGN patron in order to  contribute his quota in the promotion of peace and peaceful coexistence. According to him, security agencies appear to be overstretched as a result of growing insecurity in almost all the parts of the country. The chairman assured that he would liaise with police and other security outfits to ensure that Plateau communities were well protected from criminals.“ I will encourage dignitaries to join VGN and support them in the protection of lives and property.“ I made this call because security is everybody’s business and we must not leave it the hands of security agencies alone.“ Security and the well being of Nigerians remain paramount and a panacea for economic and political development of the country,” he added. According to the council boss, experience has shown in recent times how vigilante groups operating under the mandate of community consensus to fight crime have recorded huge success. He advised Nigerians to communally police their environments to complement the efforts of other security agencies in the fight against the menace of  banditry and kidnapping. Mr Abubakar Sadiq,  the administrative Commander of VGN,  Plateau Command, in his remarks, said that the chairman was chosen as patron  because of his contribution to the growth and  development of his immediate community. Sadiq expressed optimism that Laven with his new status, would do better now than before in the area of securing  lives and property in Langtang North. He said that Laven was appointed as patron to replace former patron, Late Gen. Domkat Bali, who died early in the  year. (NAN)

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Army Conducts Shooting Exercises in Rivers




The Nigerian Army 6th Division has announced that it would commence its annual range classification exercise from Sunday, June 13, to Sunday, June 27.

Lt.-Col. Charles Ekeocha, the division’s spokesman said in a statement in Port Harcourt, on Friday, that the exercise aimed at ascertaining the professional competence of troops on the use of firearms.

He said troops from the division and its affiliated formations and units would conduct the exercise at the Army Shooting Range in Igwuruta and Elele Barracks, both in Ikwerre Council.

“The shooting exercise is a routine activity in the Nigerian Army which involves the firing of various caliber live ammunitions.

“Members of the public, especially residents of Igwuruta and Elele, as well as its environs, are advised to keep away from the general shooting area,” he stated.

The army spokesman also advised the public not to panic over the movement of troops, military hardware and sound of gunshots. (NAN)

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FG declares Monday, June 14, Public Holiday for Democracy Day




The Federal Government has declared Monday,  June 14, as Public Holiday to mark 2021 Democracy Day. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Belgore said the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government. Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation. The minister urged Nigerians to shun any form of agitation that could threaten the unity of the country for the good of all.
He added that the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if citizens love  their neighbours and  embrace the spirit of brotherliness. “As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity. “We should all know that no meaningful development can take place in an acrimonious environment. “With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth. “So that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” he said. He, however, assured that with the concerted efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation would continue to get better. “There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. The Minister, however,  wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration. (NAN)

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Synergy Responsible for Success in Fight Against Banditry – Commissioner




The Kaduna State Government says synergy among security agencies is responsible for the success so far recorded in the fight against banditry and other forms of criminality in the North West zone.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said this at the second quarter North-West Zone security meeting organised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday in Kaduna.

Aruwan stressed the need for stakeholders to re-commit to working together toward checkmating insecurity in the zone.

According to him, considering the current profile of security challenges where banditry is now fused with terrorist threats, collaboration, especially among various state commands of the DSS is more pertinent.

“The different constitutional mandates of security agencies and the immense strain on their numerical strength demand that they must be on the same page, especially in terms of intelligence gathering and sharing.

“We have previously emphasised the need for greater inter-agency collaboration. Happily, we are seeing some significant improvement in this regard,’’ Aruwan said.

He said that “team work makes the dream work’’ with each one bringing a “crucial piece to the intelligence puzzle’’.

The commissioner said that this was necessary especially in “times when the challenges have blurred state lines and operate with no delineation between territories’’.

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“The underlying psychology which we as state governments and state commands must work with at this time is that of one team, one fight.

“Our states must work as one team because our fight has clearly become one fight.’’

According to him, anything less than collaborative spirit may turn our best efforts into liabilities instead of assets to the entire security architecture.

He said that collaboration was both a means of achieving an objective and an objective itself, adding “the benefits to each state, DSS and to sister security agencies are numerous’’.

“Closer collaboration will enable individual state government plan for adequate financial support to fill logistic and technical gaps,’’ Aruwan said.

Aruwan said that the various states in the zone and DSS commands must consolidate on existing collaborative efforts and intensify same toward protecting lives and property of the people.

Earlier, DSS Director in Kaduna State, Mr Idris Koya said the periodic meeting was originated by the Director-General of the DSS, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi.

Koya said the meeting was to enable the state directors in the zone come together and brainstorm on the changing spate of insecurity bedeviling the North West.

“To exchange ideas and proffer possible solution that would aid in tackling contemporary threats effectively, efficiently and with minimum cost.

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According to him, the region is currently confronted by threats of kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, famers/herders conflicts and arms trafficking.

He added that concerted effort was required to address those threats, including the input of the respective state government.

“Our successful operations are made possible and easy through the requisite working tools provided by the state governments.

“I wish to recommend to my colleagues from other security outfits to tow similar pattern of convening regular zonal security meetings toward robust discussion on security threats confronting the zone.’’

The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr Umar Muri, who spoke on behalf of sister agencies, said the meeting was organised at the right time.

According to Muri, there must be synergy in the fight against banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the zone. (NAN)

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