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Nigeria Deploys 197 Peace-keepers to Gambia




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.

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“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.

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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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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) 

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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