…..Reps Speaker Moves to Strengthen Security Agencies
Speaker of the House of Representatives has disclosed his resolve to strengthen security agencies to enable them tackle complex security challenges bedeviling the country.
The Speaker said this at the opening of a two-day post inauguration retreat for members of the House Committee on Defence in Abuja
He advocated the need for a comprehensive approach to national security, adding that there was need to strengthen the capacity of the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
This, he further said was to effectively respond to the complex and ever-evolving security challenges of the country.
Abbas said the 10th House of Reps would continue to support the efforts of security agencies and actors through adequate funding, provision of modern equipment, ramping up training, and improving the welfare packages for security personnel.
Abbas added that said such approach, would consider the interconnected nature of the underlying issues that fuel and sustain insecurity.
Abbas said this would involve a coordinated effort between the executive, legislature, and judiciary and with other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, and the international community.
According to the Speaker, as legislators, we have a critical role in ensuring that the necessary legislative frameworks are in place to support the national security architecture.
This, he said, includes enacting robust legislations that address the root causes of the security challenges.
Abbas said capacity strengthening for legislative committees on security and defense was crucial to maintaining robust oversight and governance within the security sector.
He said committees played a vital role in conducting oversight and holding the security sector’s leadership accountable.
“As we all know, the security of our nation is a collective responsibility, and the legislative arm of government has a critical role to play in ensuring that our armed forces and the police are well-equipped and adequately funded.
This according to him is to tackle the multiple security challenges facing our country ranging from terrorism and insurgency, herder-farmer conflicts, oil theft and unrest in the Niger Delta and separatist agitations in the South East.
“These challenges have brought to the fore the need for a robust national security architecture that can effectively address these challenges.
He said, “addressing these challenges requires a combination of socioeconomic policies, effective governance, and community engagement.”
He urged the lawmakers to make the best use of the retreat to engage with experts, share ideas and ask critical questions that will improve their understanding of the defence sector for proper oversight.
“I am confident that with the support of the National Defence College and the collective efforts of all stakeholders, we can create a functional understanding of Nigeria’s national security architecture and higher management of defence-related issues and build a more secure and prosperous future for our country.
Rep. Babajimi Benson, the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence while speaking said the retreat was designed to equip members with the necessary tools in the performance of their legislative duties in the defence sector.
He said it could not have come at a better time considering the security challenges facing the country.
Benson said, “As representatives of the people, we are concerned about these challenges because we must always answer to our constituents.
He said committee had continued to interact with the defence establishment with a view to finding lasting solutions to the challenges and would leverage on knowledge garnered from here to improve our appropriation to the defence sector within the available resources.
“I want to reiterate my assurance to Nigerians that we are determined to carry out our legislative functions effectively, efficiently and in a manner that will ensure the safety of their lives and property.
Bension said he had sponsored several bills aimed at revolutionising the Nigerians defence sector.
These bills according to him include the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria Bill, Nigerian Armed Forces Support Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill, Defence Research and Development Bureau Bill
Others include; Armed Forces Act (Amendment) Bill to establish a Space Force for the Armed Forces of Nigeria and many others.
He said they would examine defence sector funding in the face of dwindling resources and proffer likely solutions that will ensure
Nasarawa: Police Arrest 10 for Allegedly Stealing 45 Children, Recover 6
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested 10 suspected members of a child theft and sale syndicate, who allegedly stole no fewer than 45 children.
The Commissioner of Police, Shehu Nadada, made the disclosure while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Lafia, on Friday.
According to the commissioner, police operatives attached to Keffi Division on routine patrol on Jan.10, rescued a man from mob action and upon enquiry discovered that he allegedly abducted a five-year-old boy in Keffi.
He said that the suspect later confessed to being a member of a syndicate that specialised in child theft and sale of same to the highest bidder.
Nadada said that further investigation led to the arrest of nine other members of the syndicate.
He said that further analysis on their mobile phones indicated that they had stolen and sold 45 children, who have been illegally adopted by unsuspecting member of the public across the country.
The commissioner, who did not state the period when the children were stolen, said that most of them were stolen from Abuja, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Niger states.
He said that six of the children had been recovered from Abuja, Ondo and Lagos State, while effort was ongoing to arrest more accomplices and recover more of the stolen children.
He further said that the suspects confessed to selling off many children at different prices, from N350,000 to N1.5 million depending on their age and gender.
Nadada disclosed that the suspects usually conspire with some social welfare officers to produce fake documents that facilitated the sale of the children to willing buyers.
The commissioner charged parents to pay more attention to their wards while calling on those seeking to adopt children to be wary of criminals.(NAN)
Police Arrest Car Theft Syndicate Member in Ogun
The Police Command in Lagos State said it had arrested a suspected member of a car theft syndicate, stealing cars parked anywhere in Ogun and selling them off in Lagos.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest to the newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
Hundeyin said that police operatives from Elere Division, who were on stop and search foot patrol on Friday, at about 6.00 p. m., along Agege Motor Road, carried out the arrest.
He said that during a stop and search, the officers intercepted a Sienna Space Bus, with four men in it.
The image maker said that while the officers were questioning the occupants, the four suddenly jumped down from the vehicle and took to their heels.
“They were pursued and one of them, simply identified as John, 28 years, was arrested, while others escaped.
“The suspect claimed he was contracted by one of the fleeing suspects, whose name he claimed he did not know, to drive the vehicle from Abeokuta, Ogun Capital to Ijora in Lagos.
“The suspect also claimed that two of the suspects at Large joined the vehicle on their way to Lagos before the police interception,” he said.
Hundeyin said that preliminary investigation revealed that the said vehicle was removed from where it was parked at Kemta in Ogun.
He said that the suspect and the vehicle were in their custody, while efforts were on to arrest the fleeing members of the syndicate. (NAN)
LASRERA Collaborates with EFCC to Curb Real Estate Fraudulent Practices in Lagos
The Lagos Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) says it has collaborated with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to curb real estate fraudulent practices in the state.
The Special Adviser on Housing to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Barakat Odunuga-Bakare said this in a statement in Lagos on Friday.
Odunuga-Bakare stated that the collaboration was part of the decisions reached when LASRERA’s management paid a courtesy visit to EFCC.
She added that the partnership was a response to the growing concerns surrounding real estate activities in the state.
The governor’s aide said the collaboration between the two organisations would enhance regulation and enforcement of ethical standards within the real estate industry.
According to her, the initiative will promote a transparent environment for both buyers and sellers of property as well as secure the interests of both investors and the general public.
“LASRERA and EFCC will work closely to investigate and prosecute individuals and organisations involved in fraudulent practices such as impersonation, property flipping and document forgery.
“By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, the two bodies will strengthen the legal framework and enforcement mechanisms in tackling real estate fraud effectively.
“Real estate fraud not only undermines the integrity of the sector but also poses serious financial risks to individuals and the economy as a whole.
“By teaming up with EFCC, we are sending a strong message that such inimical practices would not be tolerated as perpetrators will be held accountable,’’ she said.
The governor’s aide expressed optimism that EFCC would put its expertise and experience in unraveling erring individuals and groups who commits fraud in the sector.
According to her, the commission’s mandate aligns with LASRERA’s mission in regulating and promoting ethical practices in the real estate industry.
She implored the EFCC, Lagos Zonal offices to always confirm the registration status of any individual or organisation who engages for real estate-related activities through LASRERA’s registration portal.
According to her, this will help the commission to know if the person or organisation is genuine or not.
Responding, Zonal Commander, EFCC Lagos Zonal Command, Mr Michael Wetkas, lauded LASRERA’s management for approaching the commission, noting that this would further assist the Commission in investigating corrupt cases related to real estate transactions.
Wetkas said that real estate investment-related issues constitute the major part of complaints received by the commission recently.
The commander said that the partnership between LASRERA and the EFCC would rekindle investors’ confidence in Lagos state’ real estate sector.
According to him, the collaborative effort is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the real estate sector and restore confidence and trust among stakeholders.
Wetkas urged the public to report any suspicious activities related to real estate transactions to the appropriate authorities. (NAN)
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