The Technical Committee of G-7 states, made up of FCT and its six neighboring states, have met in Abuja, to develop strategies to tackle cross-border security challenges.
The committee comprised of security chiefs of the FCT, Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau States.
They are Commissioners of Police, State Directors of Department of State Security Services, and Commandants of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.
The Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration, Mr Olusade Adesola, said at the opening of the meeting on Wednesday, that the G-7 provides opportunity for intelligence gathering, sharing and joint-border operations.
Adesola, who was represented by Mr Ishaq Sadeeq, acting Secretary, Agric and Rural Development Secretariat, FCTA, said that goal was to tackle security challenges bedevilling the seven-member states.
He said that the security chiefs convened the G-7 States Technical Committee Meeting, to tackle the recent upsurge of criminal elements traversing the FCT and member states.
He added that the objective of the meeting was to review operational strategies that would guarantee optimal success.
According to him, the G-7 states would periodically hold joint meetings to appraise the prevailing security challenges and articulate an agenda of action for implementation.
“Security, as we are all aware, is a fundamental pillar upon which any thriving society is built and an essential component that ensures the safety, well-being, and prosperity of our residents.
“In recognition of this fact, the FCT Administration has consistently prioritized the platform for the enhancement of security measures within our territory and beyond.
“Just recently, the Administration provided several operational vehicles and security gadgets to security agencies within the Territory, in a bid to effectively combat crime and criminalities.”
Adesola charged members of the committee to come up with adaptable strategies in combating cross-border crimes and deploy same for the safety and security of the FCT and the neighboring states.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Mr Haruna Garba, said that the G-7 was initiated in 2007 by the then Minister of the FCT, Dr Modibbo Umar.
Garba said that the idea was to deal with issues of crime and criminality that was plaguing the FCT and its contiguous states.
“The idea was for the states to pull their resources both man and materials, together to fight the criminals simultaneously.
“As we gather here, it is imperative that we acknowledge the gravity of the task at hand. Our dear states stand at a critical juncture, where security concerns have become increasingly complex, and technology driven.
“This requires a coordinated efforts from all stakeholders.
“The G-7 operations represent a united front, bringing together our collective expertise and experience to tackle the prevailing security challenges facing our states,” he said.
The commissioner stressed that the G7 platform provided a unique opportunity to reinforce collective efforts and chart a way forward for better result.
This, he said, would not only mitigate existing threats to the collective survival of the FCT and the contiguous state, but also prevent future ones.
“Our collaboration, coordination, and seamless exchange of intelligence will undoubtedly serve as the bedrock of our success.
“Let us leverage this platform to foster understanding, strengthen partnerships, and devise innovative strategies that will defeat crime and criminality,” he said.
Also speaking, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Adebowale Williams, stressed the need for community partnership in addressing security challenges peculiar to the G-7 member states.
Similarly, the Director, FCT Security Services Department, Adamu Gwary, said that the G-7 initiative would strengthen collective efforts in fighting security challenges, particularly cross-border crime. (NAN)
Police Neutralise 3 Suspected Banditry Kingpins in Katsina
The Police Command in Katsina State said its operatives succeeded in neutralising three suspected notorious bandits kingpins.
This is contained in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Abubakar Aliyu, on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said the incident occurred on Nov.
“Some suspected bandits opened fire on the patrol team, in which the officers valiantly returned fire, forcing the terrorists to abandon their evil plan and fled into the nearby bush.
“While combing the scene and surrounding bushes, corpses of three neutralised suspected terrorists and a motorcycle which belonged to the bandits were recovered,” he said
The PPRO added that the corpses were later identified as those of Bala Wuta, a suspected notorious bandits’ leader terrorising Jibia Local Government Area and its environs.
Others, he added, were Dogo Na Sahura and Hassan Bukuru, notorious suspected terrorists terrorising people in the area.
Aliyu said that efforts were on top gear by the police to arrest the fleeing suspects, while the investigation into the matter was ongoing.
The PPRO revealed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Abubakar-Musa, while praising the operatives’ professionalism, synergy and bravery, urged them to sustain the tempo.
The CP called on people of the state to continue providing the command and other security agencies with crucial and timely information on criminal activities.
“Report to the nearest police station or other security agencies, any person seen with suspicious injuries, as some of the bandits have escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.
He said it would assist the security agents to promptly take decisive action with a view to curbing criminal activities in the state. (NAN)
Troops Rescue 6 Kidnap Victims in Kebbi
Troops of the Nigerian Army and local vigilantes rescued six hostages abducted by bandits in a forest in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi on Friday.
Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to Gov. Nasir Idris on Media and Publicity stated in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday that the all-male hostages were rescued in good condition had been reunited with their families.
“Troops of 1 Battalion, Dukku Barracks, Birinin Kebbi in conjunction with vigilantes raided Kogon Damisa Hill around Saminaka in Shanga Local Government Area, a border town between Kebbi and Niger on Friday.
“The team dislodged a large number of bandits and rescued six kidnap victims.
“The victims had earlier been reported as missing, whereas they had been abducted a long time ago,’’ he stated.
Sarki commended the gallant troops and reiterated government’s unwavering commitment to supporting security agencies in the state. (NAN)
Troops Arrest Suspected Killer of Couple, 11 others in Plateau
Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected killer of a couple in Kwi Community, Riyom Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau
Lt.-Col. Ishaku Takwa, the Acting Deputy Dircetor, Army Public Relations of the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, disclosed this at a news conference on Saturday in Jos.
Report says that on Aug.14, suspected gunmen killed a newly married couple, one Rwang Danladi, 37 and his wife, Sandra, 28.
The couple, both teachers of BECO Comprehensive Secondary School, Kwi, were killed when gunmen stormed the school on the fateful day.
Takwa explained that the suspect was arrested on Nov.18, in Tafawa community of Barkin Ladi, following the resilience and commitment of the troops.
”You will recall that in August, gunmen forced themselves into BECO Comprehensive Secondary School, Kwi, and killed a couple, who are both teachers in the school.
”We commenced investigation and arrested one Lukman Aminu, who has been on our wanted list over numerous criminal offences.
”He was arrested at Tafawa village in Barkin Ladi and has since confessed to committing the crime.
”We are on the trail of the remaining attackers and they would be brought to justice soon,”he said.
Takwa said that eleven other suspects were arrested for murder, illegal manufacturing of weapons, among other crimes in the state.
He further said that the successes recorded by the taskforce followed the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and support of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) that criminals, irrespective of their status, are brought to justice.
Takwa also commended the commitment of Maj.-Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, the Commander of the taskforce, to ensure the safety of lives and property of all residents in Plateau.
He said that the troops recovered six rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions, one sub-machine gun, one rifle, one pistol and seven unfinished fabricated rifles from the suspects.
Other items recovered include a Lister generator, fabricating materials, military kits, four mobile phones and cash.
Speaking to journalists, Aminu, the ssupected killer of the couple, denied the allegation. (NAN)
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