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Ogun Gov Pledges Support for Security Agencies

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From Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has reiterated his administration’s continued support for security agencies in the state, to stem the activities of criminal elements in the state.

He specifically promised to support them with logistics and equipment that would be necessary to improve their operations.

The governor equally declared that his administration would continue to do more to collaborate with efforts of security agencies in the state towards finding solutions to the various security challenges confronting the state and the country as a whole.

Abiodun made this known during the 2nd Quarter of the State Directors of Security Conference, South West zone, held in Abeokuta yesterday.

He said that it is the belief of his administration that partnership between government and the private sector would help to drive the development of the country.

“As a matter of fact, we will continue to promote partnership between our dear state and all other states in the southwest and particularly other states in the nation. We believe that partnership between government at all levels across boundaries and between government and private sector would drive development faster.

“Even though security matters are on the exclusive list of the Federal Government, we however cannot afford to drop our guards at this period of global challenges, we will do more to collaborate with your efforts towards finding solutions to the various security challenges that face us as a country,” he said

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The governor disclosed that his administration launched the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission to tackle insecurity among other issues, as well as with the Oyo State government to tackle insecurity at the border areas, noting that his administration opted to do so because of the status of Ogun as the Gateway State.

Abiodun, who further noted that the efforts and measures of his administration to tackle insecurity have continued to help his administration to achieve relative peace in the state, said that “whatever happens in the state will easily have ripple effects across other states in the southwest”.

The governor while saying that crime fighting is not only about guns and ammunition, noted that there is a nexus between crime, unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and drug abuse.

He explained that his administration has made job creation an important part of the ‘Building the Future Together’ Agenda of his administration, adding his government has created a policy that would ensure that all projects executed by his administration are done through direct labour, thereby engaging and occupying the people.

Abiodun stressed that an improved security in the state and the international border is important to the country and the West African region, commending the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for demonstrating its commitment towards ensuring the security of lives and properties in the country.

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Speaking on behalf of Ogun State service commanders, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, said that the security commanders in the state had over the years been able to foster a formidable synergy to intimidate criminals in the state.

Bankole while noting that the atmosphere in the state had made it possible for the successes recorded by security agencies at tackling insecurity said “the security agencies owe the synergy to the support they have received from the state government under the leadership of Governor Abiodun.

Earlier, Director of the Department of State Security in Ogun, Femi Aaron, noted that intelligence sharing and inter-agency collaboration would go a long way in solving challenges that might arise in the country.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Colleagues’ Clash with Police in Lagos

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A yet-to-be-identified motorcyclist has lost his life during a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the Police over an accident that occured at Abule-Egba area of Lagos.
The Police spokesman in Lagos State Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident on Tuesday in his verified Twitter handle monitored by the newsmen.
According to Hundeyin, after a minor accident involving a car and a motorcycle occurred on the Abule-Egba Bridge at about 4.

30 p.m. today (Tuesday), motorcycle riders in their numbers started fomenting trouble.
He said that Police arrived at the scene to quell the unrest, but the motorcyclists violently attacked the Policemen.
“We are fully aware of the disturbances in Oko-Oba area of Lagos State. This resulted in the death of one of the riders.
“Normalcy has been restored to the area. The Police in Oko-Oba are fully on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order,” he said.
(NAN)

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Armed Forces Neutralise Terrorist Kingpins in 3 Geo-political Zones – NAF Chief

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The Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast, Northwest and North-Central geo-political zones.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on “Communicating government policies, programme and activities.

He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks, yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies.

Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force.

The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

“We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation.

“These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt, yielded tremendous results.

“Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast, Northwest and North central,’’ he said.

He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian-military relations with the host communities.

About 400,000 people benefitted, he said.

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Also speaking at the event, NOA’s Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian-military relations to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful Nigeria.

Abari recalled that in December 2021, NOA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two-day national summit on “Non-kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity.’’

“Today, we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non-kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria,’’ he said.

According to him, the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit.

In his remarks, Mr Chris Ngwodo, the Director-General, Centre for Early Warning, said non-kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations.

He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results. (NAN)

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NSCDC Pledges Adequate Security for Critical National Infrastructure

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Rivers  has reiterated its readiness to provide adequate security for Nigeria’s critical infrastructure.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Michael Ogar, stated this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt.

Ogar was represented by the spokesman of the command, DSC Olufemi Ayodele.

He said that the command would achieve  that by trailing and arresting those engaged in bunkering and oil theft in the state.

The commandant said that the command was against illegal bunkering and other forms of economic sabotage that would ruin the nation’s oil and gas sector.

Ogar called for co-operation from members of the public to enable the corps achieve its set goals.

He said that with the synergy of sister agencies, the corps would work to ensure safety of national assets in the oil and gas sector.

Ayodele said that the NSCDC would always map out strategies to fight illegal oil bunkering to safeguard critical national assets.(NAN)

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