Navy Identifies Fake Outfits, Warns Impersonators to Desist
By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian Navy (NN) has identified some illegal outfits used by some individuals who are parading themselves as the force conducting secret recruitment and illegally operating in the country.
It also disclosed that the impostors were at present selling recruitment forms to innocent members of the public as well as conducting military training for members, particularly in the South-West and South-South regions of the country.
In a statement obtained by DAILY ASSET, the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Ayo-Vaughan, stated that the self-acclaimed maritime security outfits make use of naval uniforms and accouterments including uniforms that resemble naval uniforms to deceive, harass, intimidate, and defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Ayo-Vaughan said the existence of the illegal security outfits if allowed to go unchecked would have a grave impact on national security.
He explained that the activities of the impostors and miscreants are observed to be on the rise notwithstanding the proscription order of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s official Gazette No. 58 Vol 100 titled “The Dissolution and Proscription of Certain Associations Order, 2013” banning all such firms/outfits.
“As from the commencement of this Order, the dissolved and proscribed associations shall not be formed into any new associations by whatever name or title, within the meaning of this Order.”
“Suffice to state that the NN in the past had arrested and handed over for prosecution members of some of these outlawed organizations. Nevertheless, their illegal activities have continued unabated in some parts of the country, particularly the South-south geopolitical zone,” he said.
He added that it has become imperative to notify the public and appeal for caution, while its operatives in collaboration with other Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies continue to maintain vigilance in order to locate, promptly apprehend, and prosecute these miscreants in accordance with the laws of the land.
Police Arrest 25-year-old Man for Allegedly Nicking Tricycle
The Adamawa State Police Command says it has arrested a 25-year-old man, Suleiman Auwal, for allegedly stealing a tricycle.
Auwal, who hails from Yobe but resides at Asorok in Jambutu community in Yola metropolis, has since confessed to committing the crime.
The suspect made away with a tricycle belonging to one Abubakar Usman on Friday, June 2, 2023, at the Juma’at Mosque located at the Jimeta Ultra Modern Market in Yola metropolis.
Police investigation revealed that after the congregational prayers, the suspect rushed to where the tricycles were parked and made away with one.
The suspect allegedly confessed that he was using the stolen tricycle for commercial purposes around Wullere in Jambutu community until when he was arrested.
He explained that he was paying N100 to a local security man to guard the tricycle from being nicked by another thief.
Police Spokesman, SP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident said that the suspect was currently in police custody.
Nguroje said that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Afolabi Babatola, had ordered for discreet investigation and the subsequent prosecution of the suspect in a competent court of law. (NAN)
Police Arrest 3,619 Suspects Over Terrorism, Other Criminal Offences
The Police have confirmed the arrest of 3,619 suspects over alleged offences of terrorism, secessionism, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and proliferation of firearms across the country.
The Inspector-eneral of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba said this in Abuja during a meeting with Strategic Police Manager, consisting of officers from the rank of Commissioners of Police and above.
He said 316 kidnap victims were rescued with 486 assorted firearms, consisting of AK-47 rifles and locally fabricated automatic weapons recovered during various police operations between January and May.
The I-G said 4,072 assorted calibers of live ammunition and other incriminating items linked to various major crimes were also recovered from the suspects.
He said available statistics had shown that the internal security situation of the country had relatively been calm in the last five months.
Baba said the security situation had continued to improve with a decline in incidences of major crimes recorded across the six geopolitical zones.
According to him, excluding the electoral offences during the last electioneering process in Nigeria, we recorded a total of 1,630 cases which cut across major offences.
He said in spite of the successes recording that, there were still projected security threats across the country, including the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal with the emerging threat of industrial action.
Baba said the police would not rest on its oars, but must redouble its efforts to maintain the needed peace and stability of the country’s democracy, particularly, with preparations for June 12, Democracy Day.
“I charge you all to remain focused while monitoring the election tribunals and the proposed industrial actions across the country.
“You must develop proactive crime management mechanisms to forestall any untoward acts from political and non-political actors,” he said.
He said the Nigeria Police was duty bound to align with the security policy and initiatives of the new Federal Government administration that requires all security agencies to adopt contemporary security measures.
Baba said the security measures include effective synergy and collaboration with other sister security agencies and the intelligence community.
The I-G said the Federal Government had directed that there must be no form of discordance or cross-purpose activities that would engender inter-agency rivalry in the fight against crimes and criminality.
“I, therefore, implore you all to sustain your official engagements with other sister security agencies and stakeholders within your Areas of Responsibilities (AORs).
“The idea is to achieve a Whole of Society approach towards mitigating crimes in our beloved country,” he said.
Baba cautioned the senior officers against the menace of criminalising civil matters.
He said the police had maintained a stand and rolled out several directives and correspondences in this regard.
He said the directives had been to abreast officers on the need to streamline investigations and to caution officers and men against meddling with civil matters.
The I-G said such matters include land cases, debt collection, matrimonial case and matters already pending in court. (NAN)
Navy Eastern Command Ready to Protect Nigeria’s Territorial Waters
The Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm Olusola Oluwagbire, has expressed the commitment of the command to continually ensure the protection of Nigeria’s territorial waters.
The Commander gave the commitment on Thursday during the ceremonial Sunset signaling the end of Nigerian Navy 67th anniversary at the Navy Ship Victory Parade Ground, Calabar.
He described the out gone year an eventful one, and that the command, inspite of some challenges, was not found wanting in the area of performance.
He stressed that the command would continue to discharge its duties in line with the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff.
Oluwagbire pointed out that the 68th years of the Nigerian Navy would be a significant one, as the nation also had a new President and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces.
“This 67th Sunset is particularly significant in the sense that as it marks the end of a year, it also ushers in new year.
“While we will continue to discharge our duties according to the directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, I want to particularly commend the officers of the Eastern Naval Commanded for their commitment and dedication to duties,” he stated.
The Sunset ceremony has been an age-long tradition used to mark the end of activities of the Navy in a particular year and also ushers in a new year.
Oluwagbire said that the Nigerian Navy had never missed this tradition in 68 years, except during the civil war in the country.
At this year’s event in Calabar were the heads of other sister security agencies in Cross River.
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