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Stakeholders Seek Implementation of Criminal Laws in Benue

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi 

In continued efforts to ensure that permanent peace is achieved within the state, Stakeholders in Benue have advocated full implementation of State gazzetted laws against Cultisms, drug abuse, hostage taking, and other varying crimes to avoid breach of peace in some quarters of the state.  

The stakeholders, comprising of representatives of Benue state government, the police, DSS, Immigration,Civil defence.

traditional rulers, civil society organizations and human right groups, farmers, herders as well as People With Disabilities, made this recommendation at a Peace Architecture Dialogue meeting called by Search for Common Ground, an international NGO working for peace in Benue.

They emphasized the need for institutions to be more stronger than individuals as well as elimination of undue influence by higher authorities on the operation of security agencies in their quest to curb crimes.

 

The stakeholders also observed that a deeper collaboration between government, Security agencies and Civil Society Organizations among other institutions will reduce the incidences of herder/farmer crisis to the barest minimum.

They noted that incidences of herder/farmer crisis and other vices heightening insecurity in the state have continued to linger due to lack of honesty, transparency and cooperation among various institutions and higher authorities within the state.

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The stakehokders who commended security agents for hard work, however condemned the unhealthy role played by some “authorities” especially when culprits are arrested and handed over to the police.

It was learned at the meeting that when culprits are arrested, some “big men” will use their Privilleged positions to bail the boys back into the society even before the case is established, a situation they observed was encouraging crimes in the state.

They noted that as a way out, government, security agencies, professional bodies, CSOs and all stakeholders must synergize with the aim of dealing wholesomely with the tide. 

The stakeholders who noted that every traditional ruler or community leader knows his subjects and what they were capable of doing, sugggested that government should make a pronouncement of dethronement on any traditional leader found to be shielding criminals.

They also urged authorities to recruit both farmers and herders into vigilantee groups for easy identification of strangers and criminals in their various communities just as they also called for attitudinal change and the will to accept change to enable peace return to the state.

The State Project Coordinator for Search, Mr. Joshua Chorbe said Search for Common ground has continued to  create understanding, social integration and pathway to sustainable peace among farmers and herders in Benue.

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He said the aim of the meeting is to seek ways to engender peace through collaborative and cooperative approaches that will stop the crisis,  usher in enduring changes and peace in the state.

Mr Chorbe urged PAD members to use their organization to carryout advocacies in their domain participant called on the federal government, security agencies and other stake holders to give it the seriousness it deserves  to usher in peace and unity in the country.

Our Correspondent reports that ‘Search for Common Ground’ according to the stakeholders has contributed immensely to the current peace experienced in the State especially in the LGs that were the worst hit of herdsmen attacks.

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IGP Orders Full Enforcement Against Naira Note Hawking

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The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has ordered full enforcement of the CBN Act, 2007 that criminalises the hawking and selling of naira notes.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He ordered the arrest and prosecution of all individuals engaged in the sale or abuse of the Naira notes issued by the CBN.

Baba said the order was in line with the provisions of Sections 20 and 21 of the CBN Act, 2007 that criminalises amongst others, the hawking, selling or otherwise trading on the naira notes.

He directed all supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Commands and Formations to carry out the full enforcement.

The I-G also ordered the placement of officers and men of the Force Criminal Investigations Department and the Force Intelligence Bureau on high alert.

He directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Intelligence Bureau to effect the order.

According to him, the order is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s policy and drive to uphold the provisions of the CBN Act, 2007 and dignify Nigeria’s currency.

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He reiterated the mandate of the Nigeria Police Force to enforce all laws and regulations without prejudice to the enabling Acts of other security agencies.

Baba called on the public to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in the enforcement of the CBN Act against violators. (NAN)

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MNJTF Troops Eliminate Dozens, Capture 40 Terrorists in Lake Chad

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Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have killed dozens of terrorists and captured more than 40 in recent operations in the Lake Chad Basin.

The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Lt. -Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, made this known in a statement yesterday in N’Djamena Chad.

Adegoke said the troops also destroyed several terrorists camps during the clearance and stabilisation operations in the region conducted from January 18 to 29.

He added that 87 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists surrendered within the period.

Adegoke said in Sector 1, Cameroon, the troops conducted ambush operations on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 in the general area of Kolofata-Kirawa, captured one terrorist alive and recovered significant quantity of assorted foodstuff.

According to him, the Sector has been very active in dominating its area through land and maritime operations especially in areas such as Tchika, Gore Kendi and Kerena, among others.

In Sector 2, Chad, he said the troops had dominated the maritime domain from Bagalam-Kongalam to Koulfoua and denied the terrorists freedom of operation.

The MNJTF spokesman said this had led to the return of about 3,000 civilians in the general area of Bakatorolorom.

Adegoke also said troops of Sector 3, Nigeria, had on Jan. 18 and Jan. 23, intercepted a Boko Haram logistics supplier in Baga in possession of motorcycle spare parts.

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He added that the troops on Jan. 27, encountered terrorists along Damasak–Gubio road who fled on sighting the troops and abandoned two motorcycles, two hand grenades and some terrorists uniforms.

Adegoke said a raid operation on terrorists’ camp in Matari on the Niger/Nigeria border was conducted by troops of Sector 4, Niger, on Jan. 21 and Jan 23, with the support of Sector 3, Nigeria, and other partners.

According to him, the well conducted special forces operation led to the destruction of terrorists’ camp, neutralisation of over a dozen terrorists, destruction of their equipment and capture of two high value target criminals.

“There was no casualty on our forces side as they were successfully extricated.

“The courageous troops of Sector 4, Niger, acting on intelligence reports also swooped on three suspected terrorists logisticians in Nguigmi market on Jan. 29 in Niger Republic.

“They were trying to buy supplies for suspected BHT/ISWAP key leaders hiding in the Lake Chad, a total sum of N1.2 million (old notes) and CFA160,000 were recovered.

“The criminals are in custody undergoing further profiling.

“On same day, troops of Sector 4 in continuing offensive operations conducted a special forces raid operation in Afofo forest in Niger Republic and destroyed a terrorist camp and captured 36 suspected criminals.

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“In the process of withdrawing from this operations, the troops intercepted a FJ45 Toyota vehicle loaded with assorted pharmaceutical products possibly being ferried to the Lake Chad areas,” he said.

Adegoke said that 77 terrorists comprising fighters and their families surrendered in the last two weeks to MNJTF Sector 4 troops in response to kinetic and non-kinetic activities of the MNJTF.

He added that eight others surrendered in the same period to Sector 1, Cameroon and Sector 2, Chad troops, making a total of 85 surrendered terrorists within the period.

According to him, all the surrendered are being treated in line with International Humanitarian Laws and profiled for further action by relevant state and non-governmental organisations.

Nigerian Ambassador to Chad Hails MNJTF, Pledges More Support

Newly appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Chad, Amb. Lami Remawa–Ahmed, has commended the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) for their efforts in tackling the scourge of terrorism.

Remawa–Ahmed gave the commendation when she visited the force Headquarters at Camp  Farcha in N’Djamena, Chad yesterday.

The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Lt.-Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

The ambassador praised the work of the MNJTF and its various Sectors in tackling the scourge of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the region.

Recalling the dark days when the terrorists were operating all over the region and causing havoc, she said the tremendous efforts of the MNJTF and other security outfits had changed the narrative favourably.

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Remawa–Ahmed commended officers and men of the force for their commitment, courage and hard work which was largely responsible for the success so far achieved.

She also appreciated the political will of the leaders of the countries of the Lake Chad Basin region who came together to give life to the security outfit.

The ambassador who called on the MNJTF to evolve strategies to end the conflict, paid tribute to officers and men who paid the supreme price in the quest for peace in the region.

She promised to sustain the support of the embassy to the force in its quest for total peace in the Lake Chad region.

Earlier, the Force Commander appreciated the ambassador for the visit and called on the embassy for more support to the MNJTF.

Ibrahim promised to continuously take the fight to the criminals until all terrorists in the region are totally rooted out.

The ambassador was accompanied by Nigerian Defence Attaché to Chad, Col. OU Eke and Minister (Political) in the Nigeria Embassy, Nura Aliyu.

In attendance were the Deputy Force Commander, Brig Gen Assoualai Blama, COS and other senior officers of the MNJTF.

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Adamawa CP Warns Against Political Thuggery

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From Yagana Ali, Yola

The Adamawa state Commissioner of Police SK Akande,  has deployed operatives of the Command drawn from  the Special Rapid Response Team (SRRT) and other Tactical Squads to carry out a tactical and intelligence – driven 24/7 raid against political gangsters and their instigators that go around to disturb the  peace being enjoyed  in the state.

The CP made this known while speaking with DAILY ASSET yesterday in Yola, the state capital.

He said the Command is collating pictorial evidence of every event that will be used in prosecuting offenders and their sponsors, even as he warned that all should play peacefully by the rules.

“We direct all  Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Operational Commanders and their Supervisory  Area Commanders  to personally lead the operations in their  Respective Areas Responsibility (AOR) to ensure total domination of the public space and arrest trouble makers,” he said.

The CP while re-emphasizing the firm determination of the Command in ensuring safety of lives and property sought full cooperation from members of the public particularly political leaders to talk to their supporters to shun all forms of violence and key into the Command’s effort in maintaining peace.

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He further called on members of the public to report any suspicious character around them to the nearest police station, especially during the forthcoming general elections.

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