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Nigeria Deploys 197 Peace-keepers to Gambia

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The Nigerian Army on Friday completed pre-deployment training for 197 troops for peace-keeping mission in Gambia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the troops of the Nigerian Company 8 ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia (NIGCOY 8 ECOMIG), began the pre-deployment training on April  3.

The training was held at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peace Keeping Centre (MLAILPKC) in Jaji, Kaduna state.

Addressing the contingent, the Chief of Operations, Army, Maj.

-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, reaffirmed the commitment of Nigeria to deploy quality peacekeepers as part of its contributions to international peace and security.

He said that this was in tune with the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lagbaja, who was represented by Commandant of MLAILPKC, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Undiandeye said the training was aimed at refreshing and polishing the knowledge and expertise of the troops in peace support operations.

“Secondly, the training was to enable you have a firm grasp of all the rudiments involved in protection of a civilian mandated mission, ” he said.

He explained that the tactical skills imparted on the contingent will put them in good stead to accomplish assigned tasks in fulfillment of the ECOMIG mandate.

Lagbaja said: “I was also informed of your commendable performance during the pre-deployment training.

“This is a testimony to your enthusiasm to the training and the upcoming deployment to the mission area.

“I implore you to remain focused and committed throughout your tour of duty in the Gambia.”

He also urged the troops to deliver excellent services and exemplary leadership to promote the image of the Armed Forces and Nigeria at large.

“I must warn you to desist from any form of untoward incidents  that could tarnish the image of the Armed Forces and Nigeria at large.

“As such you must at all times conduct yourselves professionally,” he added.

Lagbaja reminded the troops that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and United Nation have zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

“Therefore, appropriate sanction will be applied against defaulters for violating such policies and directives.

“Additionally, you must endeavor to adhere to the Rules of Engagement of the Mission and respect the host nation’s cultural and religious sensitivities.

“By the powers reposed on me, I hereby affirm and confirm that the troops of Nigeria Company 8 to the ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia have successfully completed the pre-deployment training at MLAILPKC and are certified suitable for deployment to the Gambia,” Lagbaja said.

Earlier, the Deputy Commandant of MLAILPKC, Brig-Gen Sunday Makolo said the 4-weeks training was intense, comprehensive, and conducted in line with UN core pre-deployment training manuals and curriculums.

He said that the aim of the training was to equip the contingent with the requisite skills to function effectively in the Gambia.

“The pre-deployment training focused on both tactical, as well as contemporary cross-cutting issues like sexual exploitation and abuse, conflict related sexual violence, conduct and discipline as well as protection of civilians amongst others..

“This graduation is a reflection of the quality human resources and training facilities in the Centre.

“To the men of the Nigerian Company 8 ECOMIG, you must not forget that you are ambassadors of our great nation.

“Therefore, you must strive to bring to bear all what you have learnt at the centre to protect yourselves in implementing the mission’s mandate, ” he said.

Makolo commended the officers, instructors, facilitators and other staff of the centre for their commitment to the training.

“I must also thank the Commandant for his relentless support and guidance,” he added.  (NAN)

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Oil Theft: Navy Impound Three barges, Arrest Seven Suspects in Bayelsa

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The Nigerian Navy has impounded three barges laden with suspected stolen crude oil and refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) ,arresting seven, at Tunu Community Creek, in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH, Commodore Nanmar Lakan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that his command received an intelligence report on the illegal activities going on in the area and swung into action.

NAN reports that the seven suspects who were found on board the barges who claimed to be security working under Tunu leadership are kept under custody pending when the investigation is concluded.

According to Lakan, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has complained of the loss of 25 percent of their daily production in the area to oil thieves.

He said he swung into action by sending his men on both air and water surveillance in the area and their efforts paid off as the barges were impounded by his officers and men.

According to the Commander, two of the barges have the capacities of containing 637,000 litres of the products each while the third can contain 700,000 litres of the products.

Lakan added that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the owners of the barges and where the products were meant to be discharged.

He warned those who indulge in such illegal activities of oil theft to desist from such illegitimate business, as the Nigerian Navy will not allow them to find peace. (NAN)

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Police Rescue 3 kidnapped Victims, Nab Notorious kidnapper in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said Its operatives have rescued three kidnapped victims and arrested a notorious kidnapper in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan confirmed the rescue and arrest in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

Hassan said,  “On May 21, at about 14:50hrs, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kidandan Division received a distress call reporting that unknown  bandits had blocked the Kidandan-Dogon Dawa Road and kidnapped an unspecified number of individuals.

He said in  response, the DPO swiftly mobilized personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), who were attached to Operation Whirl Punch in Galadimawa, and proceeded to the scene in an Armored Personnel Vehicle (APV).

Hassan said, “Upon arrival, the police team engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle.

” Although the bandits managed to deflate two tires of the APV, the police team successfully rescued three kidnapped individuals.”

He identified the rescued victims as Ashiru Abubakar, male, 35 years old, from Batagarawa LGA, Katsina State, Ahmed Ibrahim, male, from Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State and Shehu Kabiru, male, 30 years old, from Kidandan.

According to him , on same Tuesday, at about 1900 hours, the Operation Yaki operatives, acting on technical intelligence provided by the Technical Intelligence Unit FHQ Abuja, successfully arrested one Muhammadu Bello, a 30-year-old resident of Yan Bokolo area, Malalin Gabas, Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.

 He said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is an accomplice to Dogo Haliru, a notorious kidnapper known for terrorizing Zamfara, Katsina state, and the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

Hassan said the Commissioner of Police, Ali Dabigi  applauded the officers for their gallantry and good use of intelligence.

He   ordered for intensified confidence building patrols to ensure the safety and security in the state.(NAN)

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Police Ban Covering of Vehicles, Motorcycles Registration Number Plates in Benue

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In a bid to curb the escalating security situation, the Police Command in Benue, on Sunday ordered motorists and motorcyclists to stop covering their registration numbers plates.

The order was contained in a statement signed by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Sewuese Anene, in Makurdi.

According to Anene, covering vehicle number plates was an offence and would be met with the appropriate sanctions.

“The practice of covering number plate has become increasingly prevalent in the state, and this is posing a significant security threat to the state, as criminals can take advantage of this practice to perpetuate crime and get away with it.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of police (CP), Benue State Command, Hassan Yabanet, has ordered all Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, to impound such vehicles for investigation and prosecution.

“Motorists are hereby advised to ensure that their vehicle registration number plates remain clearly visible at all times while driving within the state, to avoid any inconvenience that may be caused by the enforcement.

“Together, we can contribute to the promotion of public safety and the maintenance of law and order in Benue State.”the PPRO said in the statement. (NAN)

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