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Non-kinetic Approach Key to Solving Conflict in N/East- NDC Provost

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The Provost of National Defence College (NDC), Prof. Adam Ahmed, says non-kinetic approach is key to winning war against insurgence and conflicts in the north east and other parts of the country.

Ahmed said this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the workshop on Defence and Security Management organized by the NDC through the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies.

He noted that the use of kinetic approach had not been able to achieve much result as non-kinetic did since its introduction by the Federal Government.

He said that the programme was specifically designed to train the middle level and senior level of the members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the securities and the strategic allied MDAs.

“The current one that is in session is the seventh version, so it means it’s been going on for the past seven years.

“And it’s a course that we are very proud of.  Why? Because it introduces people to those ingredients that are very, very essential and important when it comes to defence.

“When it comes to security, when it comes to managing the people in conflict and peace area. The course is likely non-kinetic. It is about management.

“It is giving you alternative to war, war, war, to looking at issues, to looking at security matters as entirely kinetic, is military.”

He lauded the Federal Government and other partners in MNJTL for introducing the element of non-kinetism which he said had been working.

He said that the course would be able to sharpen people who would be involved in managing the cinflict in the crisis ridden areas.

“You understand, away from everything that had to be brimstone, military, and so on and so forth. But you can see that the bulk of thousands and thousands of people that have surrendered are not true kinetic.

“ It’s non-kinetic, you know, and fortunately for us, the little that we have been able to use, the methodology, non-kinetic methodology, and the concept and precept variable that we have used has germinated, it has product yielded, where you see a lot of people coming in.

“ So this course, linking it to what is happening in the Northeast, it means people that are involved in this course will be able to manage the crisis from non-kinetic perspective, which is very, very, very key.

“Not only in the Northeast, all over the country. Not only all over the country, across West Africa. Because the crisis and conflict is what you see all over the world,” he said.

Prof. Istifanus Zabadi, one of the resource persons at the workshop, said that the course was to bring together both military and non-military approaches to addressing conflict situations in the country

Zabadi, therefore, stressed the need for the various aspects of national security agencies to work together in ensuring the safety and security of the country.

“There is the need to work together to give us a safe and secured environment within the country and safety from outside as well.”

He urged the participants to discharge their duty with respect to humanity.

“Those are issues that they must appreciate. So in carrying out their jobs, you know. For instance, one of our values is to deal with gender equality.

“And it’s there in the books now. So, when we know that, we will not treat women anyhow, we will not treat disabled people anyhow, we will not neglect children, and that sort of thing.

“Now, that you have been equipped to know that the next person sitting to you who is not wearing uniform at all or wearing your own kind of uniform, the job they do fits into your own and gives us as Nigeria safety and security,” he said.

The Course Coordinator, Dr Adam Abdullahi, said main purpose of the course was to train the participants on how to better perform their role and prepare them for strategic leadership engagements.

Abdullahi said that programme was also to focus on discussing about “how do we resettle liberated communities in the northeast without them being victim of mines and IEDs and all that. (NAN)

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Police Nab Suspected Human Trafficker in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said it’s operatives have arrested one Bulus Danladi, a suspected human trafficker.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed the arrest on Sunday in Kaduna.

Hassan said “On March 1, at about 0900hrs a complain was lodged by Mrs Jummai Danjuma and two others in Katari area in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.

“That on Feb.

27, the arrested suspect, Bulus Danladi of Ankwa area in Kachia LGA, trafficked five youth from Katari to Eruku in Kwara with intent to work in a factory.

“On reaching there, the suspect carried the youth to a farm in Eruku where he abandoned them and returned to Katari.

Hassan said out of the five youth trafficked to Kwara three had returned home and reunited with their parents.

He added that efforts to trace the remaining two was going on.

The command spokesman said the suspect would be prosecuted after full investigation. (NAN)

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JTF Commander Solicits Support in Combating Oil Theft

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Rear Admiral John Okeke,  the new Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta, on Thursday sought more support and collaboration from security formations in Bayelsa.

Okeke, deployed to JTF (Operation Delta  Safe (OPDS), made the appeal during a familiarisation tour of security formations in the state.

During a courtesy visit to the Flag Officer Commanding  Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samson Bura, Okeke urged partnership in combating oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminalities.

In his reponse, Bura promised  sustained and improved support and collaboration between JTF and the naval command.

Bura said that the synergy would enable the country to have a maritime domain free from illegal activities.

Okeke also visited the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshall Tajudeen Yusuf, and similarly requested for support.

Tajudeen expressed readiness to continue to support JTF, saying that the military was focused on the same aim and objective of safe environment for Nigerians to carry out lawful activities.

The new JTF commander further visited the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) SOROH, where he was received by the Commander, Commodore Nanmar Lakan.

At NNS SOROH, Okeke was briefed on the ship’s efforts in combating threat within its area of responsibility.

He praised JTF troops for efforts toward  increased oil production in the region, and urged them  not to relent.

He also warned the troops against sabotage and engaging in illegal activities, saying that  disciplinary actions would await erring officers men.

Reports says that the JTF commander was accompanied by component commanders and some principal staff officers of OPDS. (NAN)

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Security Situation Getting Better, not Worse – FPRO Says

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Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, says the security situation in Nigeria is getting better.

“The security situation is getting better; I don’t agree that it is getting worse. It is improving,” Adejobi told newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday.

He was in Ibadan for the presentation of award to the overall winner of boxing and archery competitions in the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Game (BIPOGA 2024).

He said that most of the unfortunate incidents of insecurity being circulated on the social media were old stories.

“They are being recycled to make people believe they are new or current incidents. Actually, they are not.

“You cannot see any conventional media house publishing these stories the way we have them on social media.

“The security situation in Nigeria is not bad. Let us always analyse the situation based on empirical facts and not just on speculation,” he said.

Adejobi said that the Nigeria Police Force collates data and has information on the security situation from all its offices.

“We shall tell Nigerians if the security situation is worrisome.

“We have issued statements to tell Nigerians that most of the kidnapped cases were fake and have given instances and even paraded some suspects for Nigerians to know.

“It is not in all situations that these incidences are real; some people fake and plan kidnappings to get ransom from their families.

“Let us always differentiate between the real and staged kidnap,” he said.

Adejobi said that the force was not denying the fact that there are isolated cases of incidences of insecurity, but pointed out that the force had arrested and neutralised many kidnappers.

He said that the police and other security agencies in Nigeria would continue to collaborate toward securing the country. (NAN)

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