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North-Central Governors Strategise on Community Policing



Nasarawa state Governor Abdullahi Sule

Governors from the Six North-Central states  have agreed to collaborate toward ensuring effective community policing to tackle the security challenges within the region and the country.

The governors, who converged on Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, at the North-Central Security Summit with other stakeholders, also resolved to reinforce and provide improved capacity for the various security apparatus in their respective states in support of the community policing strategy of the Federal Government.

In a communiqué read by Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, the summit  enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders to assist the police in selecting community policing officers to be recruited to work within the various communities.

The summit also resolved that governors from the zone should hold quarterly joint security meetings to access security situation and as well share intelligence on the movement and activities of criminals within the zone.

It stressed the need for all states within the zone to increase their investment in social intervention programmes to provide legitimate means of livelihood to the youth, especially repentant criminals.

They also agreed that State Governments should provide necessary logistics services to enable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to return to their ancestral homes, while Ministries of Information of the various states are to collaboration with traditional rulers/community leaders and Police Public Relations Officers to create awareness on the need for participation in community policing in the various areas.

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Consequently, the summit urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to consider establishing more Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) bases in troubled spots to complement existing security architecture in states within the zone.Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, said that the North-Central Summit was the fifth in the series as similar ones had held in four geo-political zones geared toward effective integration and implementation of the community policing strategy.Adamu said that implementation of  resolutions by stakeholders from the  previous summits had yielded significant decline in crime rate.

He said that  the federal government was convinced that community level participation was critical to strengthening internal security since most cases of insecurity happened at community level.“Therefore, mobilising for the participation of citizens in securing their communities, especially at the local level, is a key strategy that the government is determined to employ in its efforts to provide total security for citizens.“It is in this context that the federal government has approved the adoption of community policing approach as the strategy for policing Nigeria and guaranteeing internal security order,” he said.

The inspector-general said that community policing did not imply stripping the police of their primary responsibility, rather, it meant a robust partnership with stakeholders in the communities to enhance the efficiency and reliability of the police.

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“Our community policing strategy seeks to ensure a comprehensive and participatory approach to security that will guarantee constructive social relations and greater cohesion between the police and the communities,” he said.He said that as a sign of commitment to the implementation of the strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved resources for the Police to recruit special constables in line with sections 49 and 50 of the Police Act.Adamu said the Special Constables would work with traditional rulers, religious leaders, local associations, organised bodies and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) toward ensuring safer communities.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Security Summit with the theme:” Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the North-Central Zone/FCT” was attended by all the governors from the zone and the inspector-general of police.

The governors include: Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau and Samuel Ortom of Benue.Others are: Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara and Abubakar Bello of Niger, while the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, was represented by Adamu Gwari the director of Security.

Traditional rulers from the zone including the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage; the Attah Igala, Michael Ameh-Oboni; the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba-Gyang among others, also attended the summit.

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Thirty six repentant bandits operating around the zone voluntarily surrendered and were presented to the Inspector General of Police at the summit. (NAN)

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Police Confirms Kidnap of Seven Persons in Kogi




From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of seven travelers along Itobe-Ajaokuta road in the State.

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers had abducted seven people, including a Doctor and Lawyer at about 2pm on Tuesday and carried them to the bush.

The State Police command confirmed the incident on Wednesday evening in Lokoja.

According to an eye witness, the gunmen laid siege on the said road for hours, shooting sporadically and in the process many passengers were abducted, with many also receiving various degrees of injuries from the smoking fire power of the Kidnappers.

This source posited further that among those abducted to unknown destination were Mr Joe Abba, his wife and Barrister Abba Aduojo who were returning from a burial in a village near Alloma in Ofu local government Area of the state.

Also abducted is a yet to be identified Doctor said to be on his way back to Lokoja from an official assignment to the Prince Abubakar Audu University Teaching Hospital,


“They were kidnapped on gun point around 2pm, my friend’s wife was shot in the leg and is presently recuperating at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja”, said a Relative of one of the victims.

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According to the State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, William Ovye Aya, the command got winds of the attack of the hoodlums and drafted the men of the Rapid Response Squad operating in the area to their rescue.

“Seven persons were abducted to the bush; six people were rescued with bullets wounds and six vehicles were recovered at the scene of the incident”, he said.

He added that a combined manhunt against the hoodlums, including the sister security agencies and vigilante have been mobilised to comb the areas in order to rescue the seven abducted persons in their custody.

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Ortom Dares Critics to Publicly Denounce Benue Ranching Law




From David Torough, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has challenged those who believe his administration erred in enacting the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law to speak against it publicly in the state and see the reaction of the people.


Ortom threw the challenge  after receiving the award as Best Governor in Nigeria in the area of security given to him by the “Daily Independent” newspaper and other awards.

He said the law, which was enacted as a solution to the perennial clashes between herdsmen and farmers has the endorsement of traditional and religious leaders, Christians and Muslims and other stakeholders who have all remained resolute that the law should not be repealed. 

The Governor stressed that no matter the level of intimidation, harassment, attacks and deprivation, his Government would continue with the full implementation of the law, saying those who were thinking of coming to repeal the law were daydreaming.

Ortom who lamented the daily invasion of Benue communities and killing of innocent people by the Fulani herdsmen whose agenda he said was to take over the land, urged the people to stand up to defend themselves and the land against the invaders.

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He advised the people to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to regularize their Permanent Voters Cards to be able to elect leaders who would represent their interest in next year’s general election.

Ortom dedicated the award to the people of Benue, particularly Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs who have been living in the camps since 2017 but have vowed to support his government not to surrender the state to the oppressors.

Other awards that were presented to the Governor during the EXCO meeting in recognition of his contributions to the development of the country were from the International Council for Women Affairs,  Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) Benue State branch and Gboko Polytechnic.

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Buhari Sends Seven New  Ministerial Nominees to Senate




By Jude Opara, Abuja

Following the resignation of some Ministers who left his cabinet to contest the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammmadu Buhari yesterday sent the names of seven ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate.

Buhari in the letter which was read on the floor of the Senate by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan include; Rotimi Amaechi, Emeka Nwajiuba, Uche Ogah and Godswill Akpabio.

Apart from Uche Ogah who contested for the Abia state governorship primary, the others left to  contest the APC presidential ticket which was eventually won by former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

President Buhari, in the letter, explained that the confirmation request was in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.


The nominees include: Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh – Abia State; Umana Okon Umana – Akwa Ibom State; Ekumankama Joseph Nkama- Ebonyi State; and Goodluck Nana Opiah – Imo State.

Also nominated for confirmation are; Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub – Kano State; Ademola Adewole Adegoroye – Ondo State; and Odum Odi – Rivers State.

It could be recalled that in the build up to the June 30th presidential primaries of APC, some cabinet ministers resigned from their position.

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However, the Ministers of Labour and Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Chris Ngige and Abubakar Malami respectively withdrew their earlier decision to resign from the cabinet.

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