By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Military High Command said its troops of Operation whirl stroke have arrested a notorious gun runner, one Mr. Ardo Manu Abdulrahaman Maranewo who has been on the security wanted list while seven rail tracks vandals were arrested in Taraba, Benue States.
Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said Abdulrahaman is specialized in selling and leasing arms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers in Taraba State.
“Troops on patrol in Udei general along Udei -Makurdi-Lafiya road arrested 7 rail track vandals namely; Tersoo John (40yrs), Donald Kperuv (30yrs), Abraham Tinde (25yrs), Jamilu Danlami (20yrs), James Yandela (29yrs), Idris Usman Imam (32yrs) and Abubakar Adamu (30yrs).
Onyeuko said that the rail track vandals were arrested with a trailer (ABJ KWALI 846XB) loaded with cut to size vandalised railway tracks and sleepers.
He in another development, said the troops have on June 21, also raided a kidnappers enclave at Maraba in Ukyonugu Ityuluv Ward in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State and arrested a bandits collaborator one Mr. Ichen Igbaka, a 65- year-old and his wife Mrs. Salomi Gbaka.
“Their house as a hideout for kidnapped for late bandit leader Mr Azu,” he said, adding that the suspects and items recovered are in custody for further interrogation.
Meanwhile, in the North West he said “On 21 Jun 2022 troops of FOB Bakura Operation HADARIN DAJI responded to distress call of terrorists’ activities at Rafin Dankura in Bakura LGA of Zamfara State engaged the terrorists in a shootout after abducting innocent civilians.
“After the encounter troops rescued the six (6) kidnapped civilians and neutralised 2 bandits in the process.
“Similarly, on 21 June 2022 in response to a distress call on terrorists activities made contacts with marauding terrorists at Maigora in Faskari LGA of Katsina State and neutralized 2 terrorists in the process.
“Items recovered includes 2 AK 47, 1x 36 hand grenade, 2 x cell phones and the sum two hundred and eleven thousand, nine hundred and fifteen naira (211,915.00),” he disclosed.
Motorcyclist Dies in Colleagues’ Clash with Police in Lagos
A yet-to-be-identified motorcyclist has lost his life during a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the Police over an accident that occured at Abule-Egba area of Lagos.
The Police spokesman in Lagos State Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed the incident on Tuesday in his verified Twitter handle monitored by the newsmen.
According to Hundeyin, after a minor accident involving a car and a motorcycle occurred on the Abule-Egba Bridge at about 4.
He said that Police arrived at the scene to quell the unrest, but the motorcyclists violently attacked the Policemen.
“We are fully aware of the disturbances in Oko-Oba area of Lagos State. This resulted in the death of one of the riders.
“Normalcy has been restored to the area. The Police in Oko-Oba are fully on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order,” he said. (NAN)
Armed Forces Neutralise Terrorist Kingpins in 3 Geo-political Zones – NAF Chief
The Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast, Northwest and North-Central geo-political zones.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on “Communicating government policies, programme and activities.
He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks, yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies.
Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force.
The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
“We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation.
“These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt, yielded tremendous results.
“Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast, Northwest and North central,’’ he said.
He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian-military relations with the host communities.
About 400,000 people benefitted, he said.
Also speaking at the event, NOA’s Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian-military relations to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful Nigeria.
Abari recalled that in December 2021, NOA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two-day national summit on “Non-kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity.’’
“Today, we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non-kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria,’’ he said.
According to him, the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit.
In his remarks, Mr Chris Ngwodo, the Director-General, Centre for Early Warning, said non-kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations.
He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results. (NAN)
NSCDC Pledges Adequate Security for Critical National Infrastructure
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Rivers has reiterated its readiness to provide adequate security for Nigeria’s critical infrastructure.
The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Michael Ogar, stated this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Ogar was represented by the spokesman of the command, DSC Olufemi Ayodele.
He said that the command would achieve that by trailing and arresting those engaged in bunkering and oil theft in the state.
The commandant said that the command was against illegal bunkering and other forms of economic sabotage that would ruin the nation’s oil and gas sector.
Ogar called for co-operation from members of the public to enable the corps achieve its set goals.
He said that with the synergy of sister agencies, the corps would work to ensure safety of national assets in the oil and gas sector.
Ayodele said that the NSCDC would always map out strategies to fight illegal oil bunkering to safeguard critical national assets.(NAN)
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