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Security alert – Abuja Residence Advice to Be Security Conscious

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By Gom Mirian, Abuja

Residents in the northern part of the country and FCT has be advised to be security conscious as the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as shi’ites plans to holds it annually Ashura procession on Tuesday September 10th, 2019.

This is contained in the security alerts published on the official Facebook page of the federal capital Territory Emergency Management Agency.

 

The statement said Despite the proscription of the group, it has dared the Police and insisted that it would observe the Ashura procession on Tuesday.

The statement noted that the Nigerian Police Force has however warned the group shun their plans or face the full force of its mandate.

Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Hussain ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam.

The statement further reveals that additional intelligence shows that its members would troop out from villages and cities in the 19 northern states and Abuja to mark it annually procession.

The statement warned that people should vacate if any noticed unlawful gathering of people or a crowded area as soon as possible. 

It further warned that in an event of teargas people should avoid clearing their faces with water or wet objects but rather apply lotion or vacilline on their faces and avoid taking bath immediately.

Incase of firing, the public are advised to take cover if there is available hard objects to avoid been hits by a stranger bullet or any targeted objects.

Following the statement, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adam has directed the Commissioners of police in all the states of the Federation and the federal capital territory FCT Abuja as well as their supervisory assistance inspector generals of police to put in place complete measures to avert any planned procession by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria across the country. 

In a statement signed by the force public relations officer, DCP Frank MBA said “It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Force that some members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) intend to embark on a nationwide procession, ostensibly to cause disruption of public peace, order and security in the Country. 

“The Force notes that in line with the Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice 2019 of 26th July, 2019, the activities of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have been proscribed. Consequently, all gathering or procession by the group remains ultimately illegal and will be treated as a gathering in the advancement of terrorism”. The IGP also enjoins the public to avail the force with useful information as regards the activities of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria. 

Members of the sect  has vowed last week to carryout it annually procession and we’ll as continued the struggle for the freedom of the IMN leaders Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. 

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Oil Theft: Navy Impound Three barges, Arrest Seven Suspects in Bayelsa

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The Nigerian Navy has impounded three barges laden with suspected stolen crude oil and refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) ,arresting seven, at Tunu Community Creek, in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) SOROH, Commodore Nanmar Lakan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that his command received an intelligence report on the illegal activities going on in the area and swung into action.

NAN reports that the seven suspects who were found on board the barges who claimed to be security working under Tunu leadership are kept under custody pending when the investigation is concluded.

According to Lakan, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has complained of the loss of 25 percent of their daily production in the area to oil thieves.

He said he swung into action by sending his men on both air and water surveillance in the area and their efforts paid off as the barges were impounded by his officers and men.

According to the Commander, two of the barges have the capacities of containing 637,000 litres of the products each while the third can contain 700,000 litres of the products.

Lakan added that investigation is ongoing to ascertain the owners of the barges and where the products were meant to be discharged.

He warned those who indulge in such illegal activities of oil theft to desist from such illegitimate business, as the Nigerian Navy will not allow them to find peace. (NAN)

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Police Rescue 3 kidnapped Victims, Nab Notorious kidnapper in Kaduna

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The Police Command in Kaduna State, said Its operatives have rescued three kidnapped victims and arrested a notorious kidnapper in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan confirmed the rescue and arrest in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

Hassan said,  “On May 21, at about 14:50hrs, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kidandan Division received a distress call reporting that unknown  bandits had blocked the Kidandan-Dogon Dawa Road and kidnapped an unspecified number of individuals.

He said in  response, the DPO swiftly mobilized personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), who were attached to Operation Whirl Punch in Galadimawa, and proceeded to the scene in an Armored Personnel Vehicle (APV).

Hassan said, “Upon arrival, the police team engaged the bandits in a serious gun battle.

” Although the bandits managed to deflate two tires of the APV, the police team successfully rescued three kidnapped individuals.”

He identified the rescued victims as Ashiru Abubakar, male, 35 years old, from Batagarawa LGA, Katsina State, Ahmed Ibrahim, male, from Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State and Shehu Kabiru, male, 30 years old, from Kidandan.

According to him , on same Tuesday, at about 1900 hours, the Operation Yaki operatives, acting on technical intelligence provided by the Technical Intelligence Unit FHQ Abuja, successfully arrested one Muhammadu Bello, a 30-year-old resident of Yan Bokolo area, Malalin Gabas, Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.

 He said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is an accomplice to Dogo Haliru, a notorious kidnapper known for terrorizing Zamfara, Katsina state, and the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

Hassan said the Commissioner of Police, Ali Dabigi  applauded the officers for their gallantry and good use of intelligence.

He   ordered for intensified confidence building patrols to ensure the safety and security in the state.(NAN)

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Police Ban Covering of Vehicles, Motorcycles Registration Number Plates in Benue

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In a bid to curb the escalating security situation, the Police Command in Benue, on Sunday ordered motorists and motorcyclists to stop covering their registration numbers plates.

The order was contained in a statement signed by the State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Sewuese Anene, in Makurdi.

According to Anene, covering vehicle number plates was an offence and would be met with the appropriate sanctions.

“The practice of covering number plate has become increasingly prevalent in the state, and this is posing a significant security threat to the state, as criminals can take advantage of this practice to perpetuate crime and get away with it.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of police (CP), Benue State Command, Hassan Yabanet, has ordered all Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, to impound such vehicles for investigation and prosecution.

“Motorists are hereby advised to ensure that their vehicle registration number plates remain clearly visible at all times while driving within the state, to avoid any inconvenience that may be caused by the enforcement.

“Together, we can contribute to the promotion of public safety and the maintenance of law and order in Benue State.”the PPRO said in the statement. (NAN)

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