By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The panel set up by the military high command to look into strained inter-agency relations between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police is worried over a trending video of the purported confession of the re-arrested notorious Kidnap kingpin Hamisu Wadume in police custody.
The panel was constituted by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen.Gabriel Olonisakin following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari asking the military to investigate the killing of three policemen and two civilians in Taraba State by the Nigerian soldiers.
The trending video revealed Wadume confessing that the Army took him to their base and had his handcuff removed through the effort of a welder before he escaped after his initial arrest by the police.
A member of the panel from the intelligence service told PRNigeria in confidence that Wadume’s purported confession had put the military high command in bad light, stressing that the new development should have been ironed out with the police high command since the investigation is ongoing.
The member said: “We are seriously disturbed and alarmed by the latest video on the purported confession of the re-arrested kingpin, Wadume while in the custody of the police.
“Though it is a commendable effort for the re-arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the video recording of the alleged confession of Wadume while the panel is still conducting its investigation is quite worrisome as efforts are being put in place to ensure smooth relations between the military and the police before the offending confession.
“Though our panel was inaugurated on Friday, August 9 which had an initial one-week deadline, we have been mandated to continue and conclude the probe as soon as possible. The arrest of Wadume would definitely shed more light on our investigation considering the volume of arrests and interrogations so far.”
The Joint Security Panel headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has representatives of the Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Defence Intelligence Agency.
However , it was gathered that the Chairman of the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu has summoned an emergency meeting of the forum to discuss issues on inter-agency cooperation.
In an invitation notice to the member agencies, Colonel Nwachukwu who is also the Director Defence Information said “the special meeting is sequel to a decision reached at the meeting of CDS with Service Chiefs and Head of Security and Intelligence Agencies on the need for spokesperson/Directors of Information to hold regular meeting to harmonise positions and address joint press conferences to inform the public on efforts of security agencies in addressing security challenges in the country and other relevant issues.”
With its Secretariat at the Centre for Crisis Commission, FOSSRA has 17 member-agencies in the military, security, response, and intelligence service.
Nigerian Armed Forces Commit to End Insecurity – CDS
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa has restated commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces to end security challenges in the country.
Musa stated this during a condolence visit to the Emir of Zazau, Malam Ahmed ed Bamalli, on Friday evening in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He assured that the security challenges facing the country would soon be a thing of past, and sought for prayers for the military to succeed.
Musa accompanied by some top military officers commiserated with the over the death of eight worshippers, who died in a mosque collapse.
The CDS conveyed the condolence of the Armed Forces and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident.
He said: “I am in Kaduna for the Passing-out parade at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, but felt I should take time out to pay you this condolence visit.
“As a father to me and the entire north, I count on your support and prayers so that we succeed in our various operations.
“I was here severally, I was in here in Zaria as the Commandant, Nigerian Army, Depot, and now as a Chief of Depence Staff, to God be the glory”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Aug. 11, eight worshipers died and 25 others sustained injuries sequel to the collapsed of a section of the 150-year-old Zaria Central Mosque during a congregational prayer session.
Responding, Bamalli expressed gratitude for the visit and commended President Bola Tinubu for finding Gen. Musa worthy of the appointment.
Bamalli noted that though the appointment was strictly base on merit, Mr President however deserves applaud from the entire people of Kaduna State for choosing a competent military officer from the state to serve in such capacity.
He expressed hope that security challenges in parts of the country would be addressed under the present administration.
The royal father said the council and the people of the state would continued to pray for the CDS and the government to succeed. (NAN)
NAF Strikes IPOB/ESN Hideouts in Anambra, Imo
Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says the Air Component of Operation UDO KA II, has destroyed several hideouts of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its Eastern Security Network in Anambra and Imo States.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Gabkwet said the strikes were carried out on Tuesday at Mother Valley Orsumughu in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra and Aku Ihube in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo.
He said it was part of efforts aimed at dislocating their nefarious activities while denying them the liberty to carry out their destructive acts and killing sprees on innocent and law-abiding Nigerians.
According to him, the strikes at both locations achieved their intended outcome and were deemed effective.
“Acting on credible intelligence that IPOB/ESN terrorists had perfected plans to disrupt civic activities lined up in the coming days in Anambra and other southeastern states.
“The air strikes were authorised in conjunction with ground troops and other security agencies on the location believed to also house some of their weapons and ammunition.
“The strikes hit the target and were deemed successful following the ball of fire, fleeing terrorists at the location as well as feedback received,” he said.
Gabkwet said that other air strikes were conducted same day, in close coordination with surface forces at IPOB/ESN hideout camps in Aku Ihube in Imo after a detailed analysis of intelligence on the terrorists converging for a likely rendezvous at their hideout.
He said the air strikes were also authorised to take out the hideout where the targets were acquired and attacked in succession, with a high degree of success.
According to him, efforts by the NAF and other security agencies to ensure all Nigerians, irrespective of where they reside, are safe and free to conduct their activities without fear or being threatened will continue.“While the determination of the security agencies is unwavering, the support of all Nigerians to the security agencies remains critical to defeating these criminal elements whose only intent is to sow fear and division among the citizenry,” he said.
Prioritize loyalty to Nigeria’s unity, democracy – Gov. AbdulRazaq charges Military
…Prioritize Nigeria’s unity
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has admonished military personnel in various offices to prioritise loyalty to Nigeria’s unity and democracy.
AbdulRazaq advised the military to take cognizance of the fact that democracy remained key for Nigeria as a country, which forms a part of the global village.
The governor gave the advice on Tuesday while speaking at the 45 Basic Medical Qualifying Course, Nigerian Navy College of Health Sciences, in Offa, headquarters of the Offa Local Government Area of the state.
He noted that Nigeria cannot be isolated from the larger space, adding that loyalty to constituted authorities must be unadulterated as discipline is the bedrock of the military.
Represented by his Deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, the governor urged the graduands to exhibit deep respect for the rule of law and fundamental human rights.
He also enjoined military personnel to shun partisan politics and all acts that are prejudicial to the interest of the service and the nation at large.
“As you celebrate today, all graduands must bear in mind that a lot has been invested in your training by the College, the Nigerian Navy and by extension our dear country Nigeria.
“I am also mindful of the fact that the College has continued to update its course contents and programmes in line with global practices.
“All these efforts should be evident henceforth in the discharge of your duties as naval personnel and medical professionals,” he advised.
AbdulRazaq, however, commended the commandant, instructors and entire staff of the college who have put in their best to improve the welfare and infrastructure in the college, within the limits of available scarce resources.
The governor assured of the government of Kwara to supporting the college as deemed necessary to meet up with its requirements for both training and operations.
In his remarks, Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Patrick Nwatu, charged the graduating students to contribute to the vision of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.
Nwatu said the vision of the Chief of Naval Staff is to implement a highly motivated professional Naval Force capable of shaping the security outcomes within Nigeria’s maritime domain and littorals, including land-based engagement in fulfillment of Nigeria’s national interest.
In her address, the Commandant, Nigerian Navy College of Health Sciences, Capt. Anastasia Ossai, observed that training is at the core of the Chief of the Naval Staff’s strategic directives.
Ossai added that the aspiration of the college as an institution is to train highly skilled, disciplined and dedicated medical staff capable of responding to the health care needs of the Nigerian Navy for optimal performance.
She charged the graduands to be ready to make vital inputs towards the attainment of safe medical practice, national growth and unity for the country.
The Ness Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 61 students from the basic medical qualifying course and 48 students from the professional course graduated at the event. (NAN)
…Prioritize Nigeria’s unity
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