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State Security: Plateau Graduates 600 Personnel of Operation Rainbow




From Jude Dangwam, Jos

All is set for the graduation of 600 personnel of Operation Rainbow state security outfit in Plateau by the state Governor, Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang.

The outfit according to the state government is part of efforts to address the security challenges bedeviling the State.

Coordinator of Operation Rainbow, AIG Dabup Makama (Rtd) made this known on Tuesday, during the final parade rehearsals of the personnel at Rwang Pam Township Stadium in Jos, the State Capital.

He said the development was part of Governor Mutfwang’s promise to citizens of Plateau to revamp the Operation Rainbow.

“What we are seeing today is the final rehearsals of parade by personnels of Operation Rainbow set for their passing out tomorrow.

Operation Rainbow is a well-known State security outfit in Plateau State already. Created by the legislative law of the State Assembly.

“They are actually from 5 local government areas of the State which is a strategic plan of the State. So we are training them in batches, these are the first batch from Mangu, Barkin-Ladi, Bokkos, Riyom, and Bassa LGAs of the State expecting that we shall scale down to the remaining 12 local governments.

“The criteria for selection is that they’re drawn across all the wards of the 5 LGAs. Mangu being the widest has 200 personnels, while Royom 100, Barkin-Ladi 100, Bassa Bokkos 100 that makes it 600.”

The Security Adviser to the Governor, Brig Gen. Gakji Shipi at the inspection disclosed that the 600 personnel were now formally employed by the State Government

“They’re going to work under Operation Rainbow, in fact they are employed by Operation Rainbow. After their graduation, they’re going to be respective personnel of Operation Rainbow, they will be on the payroll of Operation Rainbow.”

General Shipi cleared the air on alleged training of militias earlier reported in some sections of the media.

“There was a communication gap and I will advise that for the interest of peace, you know how little things can destabilize everything in the State.

“Always reach out to the appropriate office and get the appropriate answers, there is nothing like training of militias, the communication gap is that we commenced training, without ensuring that the Media broadcast it.

“The first batch is from five Local government areas of the state because first, it is impossible to take the whole 17L Government Areas of the state at the same time for both logistics and finance reasons,” he noted

“We gave priority to the youths that before now are the ones that have been volunteering at community level either as Vigilante or Hunters and so they know the ground very well.

“We did not just pick for the sake of giving employment. But we picked people that have some little background of security on their own and have been volunteering and they know the nooks and cranny of the state that is why we picked them first and later joined with other able youths.

“We needed more operatives on ground in Mangu that is why it has a larger number of personnel. This is also a way of employing able youths, now that we have employed these ones, it is now for them to do the needful,” he stated.

The Security Adviser noted that adequate monitoring mechanisms by Operation Rainbow on its personnel were on ground in order to be on track at all time.

“They are now employees of Operation Rainbow, so the structural organization of Operation Rainbow provides for Supervisors, Commanders at all levels. In Fact from now all local government headquarters will have Operation Rainbow Office and at District level. So, that will be a way of having a monitoring mechanism to ensure that they don’t employ themselves into other nefarious activities.

“Citizens of the state should not be apprehensive but should be happy because we know that the regular security will not be everywhere. When something happens, before you call the Police, Army the worst has happened. But now, they’re going to have these young men within the society, they have somebody they can quickly run to for help before the regular forces come.

“There are logistics, recall that the Governor promised to revamp the Operation Rainbow, the narratives that the Governor said that purchasing vehicles is part of the efforts of revamping the State Security outfit. Certain vehicles will be made available to them.

“The personnel are not going to be out there with their fingers, we are going to arm them minimally within the ambit of the law. The Federal government has given some limitations to the level of arms so that they can respond initially before regular security forces come in,” he explained


VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration




Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos




Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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Imo has not received N30 bn from FG—-Uzodimma




From Marcel Duru, Charity Wins Owerri

The Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodimma has said that Imo State has not received N30 billion from President Tinubu.

Speaking with top  level Party Chiftains at the government House in Owerri Imo State recently, urged them not to rely on the quick and false information of the so called social media

He said that if Imo State Government has received the fund form the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu perhaps everybody in the State will be aware of it.

Recently Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s senate president has disclosed that each state governor has been allocated an extra N30 billion to address the challenges of food scarcity and hardships confronting Nigerians.

Akpabio said each state should properly utilize the money towards ensuring the availability of food.

The former Akwa Ibom governor made this known while Speaking on the floor of the senate

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state government in the last few months received additional N30 billion from Federal Inland Revenue Service, outside their normal allocation from the federation account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.

“We believe that every state government should utilise the funds so received towards ensuring that food is available.”

The current economic hardship has led to a hike in the prices of foodstuffs across the country.

The shortage of foodstuffs was also linked to the hoarding by some people and illegal smuggling to neighbouring countries.

Recall that Vice President Kashim Shettima had disclosed how security operatives discovered 32 illegal routes being used to smuggle foodstuffs and other items to neighbouring countries from Nigeria.

Shettima said security agents intercepted 45 trucks smuggling maize to neighbouring countries.

He noted that the price of “maize” came down by N10,000. The price of maize allegedly came down from N60,000 to N50,000″ when the trucks were intercepted.

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