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Nigeria Needs Compact Force to Overcome Insecurity – AANDEC President

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The President, Alumni Association of National Defence College (AANDEC), retired Air Commodore Darlington Abdullahi, says Nigeria needs a compact force that will focus on technology as a force multiplier to defeat insecurity.

Abdullahi, in an interview with the press in Abuja, said the country had armed forces that had been performing in dealing with the widespread nature of the insecurity.

He said the military operations against terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes could be enhanced with the application of technology.

According to him, focusing on technology to enhance peace and  security in Nigeria has become necessary, considering the dynamic nature of security threats.

“We need to look deeper. We need to look at those areas that we can help our personnel because we cannot continue to recruit and recruit and train.

“Meanwhile, there are systems that can help us to perform better with a compact force.

AANDEC president said that the just concluded 12th National Security Seminar of the association had examined critical issues and brought up reasonable ideas that would be presented to the government and heads of the military and security agencies.

He said that observations and recommendations had been made, adding that if the recommendations were implemented, they would go a long way to address key security issues.

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He said the nation’s forest areas had become hideout for criminal elements as well as the cyberspace where a lot of recruiting into criminal groups had been going on. (NAN)

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Troops Destroy Illegal 47 Refineries, Apprehend 65 Suspects – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have destroyed 47 illegal refining sites, and apprehended 65 suspected oil thieves and other criminals in the last two weeks.

The Director, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly news conference on the operations of the armed forces.

Danmadami said the troops had sustained the tempo in the war against oil theft, illegal refineries and other criminal activities through aggressive raid, patrol as well as clearance operations amongst others.

He said the troops recovered 186,000 litres of crude oil, 42,750 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 4,500 litres of Premium Motor Spirit and 200 litres Dual Purpose Kerosine.

The spokesman said that 250 storage tanks, 220 ovens, 32 dugout pits, 31 wooden boats, one gas welding cylinder, and one pocking gas were recovered.

Others are two gas burners, two gas gauge, two adjustable spanners, one pumping machine and four outboards engines.

Danmadami said the troops also recovered 300 ammunitions, 15 AK47 magazines, 211 mobile phones, three vehicles, 100 wraps of suspected cannabis sativa, three and four pinches among others.

He said the troops had on May 18, raided a suspected criminals house at Ibaa community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers.

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“All recovered items and apprehended suspected criminals have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“Equally, it is worthy to mention that a total of N604.4 million was denied the oil thieves.

“The air component on May 18, conducted air interdiction operation at Krakrama active with illegal refining activities.

“Accordingly, the location was struck, with several illegal refined products and equipment destroyed in the air strike,” he said.

In the South East, Danmadami said the troops of Operation UDO KA continued to clamp down on the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network terrorist and other criminalities in the zone.

He said the troops neutralised five terrorists and apprehended nine suspects, as well as recovered several arms, ammunition and other items during the period.

In the South West, he said the troops of Operation AWATSE apprehended 26 suspected criminals and recovered one locally made pistol, three cartridges, 280gm of tramadol and two bottles of codeine. (NAN)

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Tinubu ‘ll Change Security Architecture, NSA Assures

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu, Thursday met with the Service Chiefs and heads of security and intelligence agencies and told them that he would change the security architecture in the country to to blend with his phIlosophy to address the insecurity challenges across the federation.

The President also said as far as he is concerned, ‘Nigeria should not go on her knees as a result of security challenges while ather countries are working, moving forward and recording tremendous achievements.

Tinubu stated this in his maiden official meeting with Security and intelligence heads led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as the the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen.

Babagana Monguno (retd), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting that lasted two hours, said the President has directed heads of security agencies to come out with their blue prints.

He ordered the security agencies to crush anyone involved in oil theft, stressing that his administration will not tolerate such menace.

“He is going to embark on a lot of reforms in terms of our security architecture, he is going to take a closer look at our misfortunes in the maritime domain, focusing particularly on the issues of oil theft, that as far as he is concerned, he is not going to tolerate oil theft  Wherever the problem is coming from it must be crushed as soon as possible,” he stated.

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He has already mandated the security agencies to come up with a blueprint as far as he knows and as far as he concerned, he doesn’t have the luxury of time. And whatever changes will be made have to be done as soon as possible. 

“The President also has decided that what ever ventures the armed forces are going to be engaged in, they must carry along those operatives in the theatre. They must be well fed, well kitted, motivated and given all that they require. 

He said it was an appraisal meeting for the President to get briefing on the activities of the different security formations and for him to tell them his own philosophy and what he expects from the security heads.

He said, “The President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has just concluded a meeting of the general security appraisal committee consisting of the Chief of Staff service chiefs Inspector General of Police, and heads of the intelligence agencies. 

“This is the very first meeting he’s had with the heads of the security agencies. The meeting lasted for two hours. 

“Having been briefed by the participants of the meeting, Mr. President, addressed prevailing issues confronting the nation in terms of insecurity and also mentioned his own philosophy towards dealing with national security issues. 

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“First and foremost, he appreciated the armed forces and intelligence agencies and the wider paramilitary agencies for the work they have been doing in the past couple of years. Their sacrifice, their loyalty, and he also paid tribute to those who died in defending this country, from the great big menace of terrorism, insurgency banditry, oil theft, sea robbery, piracy, etc.

“The President has made it very clear that he’s determined to build on whatever gains that have been made and to reverse misfortunes and turn the tide in our favour. 

“As far as he’s concerned, this country should not be on its knees struggling while other countries are working and achieving greater heights.”

President Tinubu said in moving the country forward he needs the security agencies to redouble their efforts, stressing that his own philosophy is one of contemporary security measures dealing with the requirements of the time.

According to the NSA, “He has made it very clear that he will not accept a situation in which our fortunes keep declining. And his own trajectory is that national security has to be coordinated, there has to be whatever…whether it is a basket system, but there must be a clearing house. 

“All agencies must work to achieve one single purpose. Working at cross purposes and colliding with each other is not something that he will condone. He has made it very, very clear that all the security agencies must comply with the demands of coordination, with the demands of frequent consultations and also timely reports which must be acted on.

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“President has said clearly that he will do whatever is within his powers to enable the operational elements but the intelligence agencies must also make their work easy for them by providing the type of intelligence that they require to carry out the assignment.”

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Police Foil Kidnap, Neutralise 2 Suspects in Delta

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The Police Command in Delta has foiled a kidnap and  killed two suspects in the ensuing shoot out.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Warri.

Edafe said that that the deceased were neutralised by the police operatives attached to the Ovwian/Aladja Division, Udu Local Government Area.

He explained that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Aliyu Shaba, received a distress call  on May 31, that suspected kidnappers had abducted a couple on the DSC/Effurrun Expressway in Warri, Delta State.

“On May 31, 2023, at about 1:20p.

m., CSP Shaba led operatives from Ovwian Aladja Division on a confidence building proactive patrol on the DSC/Effurrun Road.

“During the patrol, the DPO received a distress call that a man and his wife (name withheld) were kidnapped  and  their Lexus SUV was taken also.

“The DPO  swiftly trailed the suspected kidnappers and eventually intercepted the vehicle on Warri-Sapele Road,” he said

Edafe said that the kidnappers on sighting the police team opened fire on them in a bid to escape.

He said that the police responded, adding that in the process two of the gang members were neutralised while the others abandoned the vehicle and escaped.

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The police spokesman said that the victims were rescued unhurt and one  AK-47 rifle with breach Number 16869; 46 rounds of 7.62 live ammunition; one pump action gun and 13 live cartridges were recovered.

Edafe said that the command had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspects with a view to apprehend and prosecute them. (NAN)

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