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SA on security to Niger Gov reels out mode of operation of bandits

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From Naseer Mijinyawa Minna

It has been discovered that Armed bandits in Niger State usually carry out intensive initiatives on communities before launching their offensive attacks, Special adviser on security matters to the Niger State Governor, Gen(rtd) Ndagulu Abubakar Imam has indicated.
He spoke when he appeared before the Justice Danladi Ahmed Baddegi Judicial Commission of inquiry sitting in Minna.
He disclosed that 99 percent of the attacks on most of the communities were being carried out by armed bandits adding that whenever such incident occured in any of the communities, the first place to get information from is the Local Government chairman of the affected area as the chief security officer of the Local Government.

Testifying under cross examination by the counsel when he appeared before the commission, Barrister Musa Suleiman, the security adviser to Niger State Governor stated that his mandate is to advise the governor on security related issues and other matters that may pose any security threat to the state.

Equally he told the commission that his main function is to coordinate all the works of security agencies in the state whenever there is any security threat for prompt action.
Members of the Security council in the state according to the security adviser include the Governor who presides over the council meeting, commissioner of police in the state, and the director of Department of Security Services (DSS). “Other members of the security council are the Brigade commander of the Nigeria army, Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and the Commissioner for Locals Government and Cheiftancy and Internal Security who coordinates the activities of the vigilante group in the state.

He said the meeting of the council is being held monthly or weekly as the case may be adding that at times it is being presided over by the secretary to the state Government who is also a member of the council.
Continuing he said the permanent secretary cabinet and security in the Government House serves as the secretary of the council.
According to him, he at times preside over the meeting in his capacity as the security adviser whenever the need arose stating that in an emergency when any urgent security matter crops up he presides.
Speaking further, the retired military general explained that it is at the state security council meeting that some issues relating to security are always being discussed in the presence of all the security chiefs in the state.
He added that from then the next line of action would be taken collectively.
When further cross examined by the counsel on if he had any security map to identify any security risk proned area in the state, he told the commission that as a trained military officer the only map he was familiar with, was typographical map he is not aware of any security map that identifies security risk probed area in the state.

He explained to the commission that as a retired military general of the Nigeria army the typography map was the only map that they are familiar with.
“It is the only map we use to identify any of the terrains that the enemies are located for us to move in.
He maintained that the activities of armed bandits on most of the communities are carried out through offensive attacks that is usually well coordinated.
He explained further that immediately they launched their attack they will disappear in to the forest so they cannot be trace by security agencies.
He told the commission that being a fact finding panel the outcome of the commission will reveal those behind the killings in the affected communities”
He said for him, to say this or that were behind the killings will be prejudice.
He told the commission that with their permission he will make available to them some findings that will further assist them in their work.
However, the commission could not take the submission from the chairman of Mashegu local government area Alhaji Ahmed Mazakuka as some of the memorandum expected to be submitted to the commission were not completed.
At that point, the counsel representing the council chairman Barrister Musa Suleiman then requested for a date and the chairman of the commission Justice Danladi Ahmed Baddegi then adjourned the sitting to December, 29 2021.

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Gunmen waylay Dangote Cement bus, abduct scores of Workers In Edo

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An unspecified number of workers of Dangote Cement Company Plc, Okpella, Etsako West local government of Edo state have been abducted after unknown gunmen Wayland the staff bus

The unfortunate incident was said to have happened on Monday.

The workers were in a staff bus conveying them back to Okpella town after the close of work when they were intercepted and abducted by the gunmen.

An eyewitness confirmed to this online newspaper that the incident happened after the gunmen laid ambush for the workers after emerging from the bush and forcing the bus to a halt at gunpoint before taking their victims into the bush.
“They were in a Coaster bus coming to Okpella after work when they were kidnapped by gunmen. But, we don’t know the numbers of the workers that have been kidnapped,” the source added.

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Two security guards of Ajayi Crowther University in Police net over alleged rape

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The alleged rape of a female student of the Ajayi Crowther University by two security guards is not being treated with kids gloves as the authorities of the institution have commenced investigations

This was contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Olufemi John Atoyebi.

Atoyebi said, “Management of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo received with shock a report of an alleged rape of one of our female students last night, Thursday May 9, 2024 by two members of our vigilance group.

“The Management promptly handed over to the police, the two people alleged to have committed the crime while the university has set up its own internal panel of inquiry to investigate the allegation.

“The Management wishes to assure all stakeholders that ACU will not tolerate any act of misconduct capable of tarnishing its enviable image.

“Raising Godly intellectuals is our primary goal in ACU and we will not allow any act of misconduct capable of diverting our attention from our goal.

“Heavy penalty awaits anyone who is found culpable after our thorough investigation.

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NDLEA seizes 3 trailer loads of opioids, 3.5m pills, 344,000 codeine bottles

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**Arrests 75-year-old grandpa, 70-year-old grandma for illicit drugs dealing

Three trailer loads of opioids comprising 3,450,000 pills and 344,000 bottles of codeine syrup at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos state by the peratives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA)

Director of Media and Advocacy
Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday said three suspects were also arrested in connection with the seizure.
According to him, the multi-billion naira consignments were loaded into two 40-ft container trucks and another 20-ft truck at the AML bonded terminal, Abule-Osun, near the International Trade Fair complex before heading to a large warehouse at Abule-Ado where NDLEA officers eventually arrested the suspects and recovered the opioid consignments on Thursday 9th May 2024.

Those arrested according to the statement included the warehouse agent, Cosmas Obiajulu, 51; Ridwan Balogun, 25, and Banjo Tayo, 30, both drivers of two of the trucks while the third driver jumped off to escape arrest.

“In the same vein, NDLEA operatives on Tuesday 7th May arrested a suspect, Nwankwo Ejike in Coker area of Lagos where 100 litres of codeine syrup were recovered from him while 60 litres of the same substance were seized from Clinton Akinye in the same area same day.
“Not less than 37.5kg of cannabis sativa loaded in a Toyota camry car was recovered from another suspect, Adegbola Segun, 47, when the car was intercepted at Mile 12 area of Lagos on Monday 6th May.

“Another consignment of opioids consisting of 59,106 pills of tramadol and different quantities of codeine syrup and rohypnol being taken across the border to Garua, Cameroon was intercepted by NDLEA officers on Monday 6th May along Mubi-Yola road, Adamawa state.
“Two suspects linked to the drugs: Abubakar Auwal, 39, and Adamu Abubakar, 25, (a.k.a Bamanga), a trans-border trafficker who was to take the consignment from Mubi across to Cameroon were promptly arrested.

In Edo state, Babafemi indicated that the NDLEA operatives on Saturday 11th May raided the Iguiye forest in Ovia North East LGA, where a total of 11, 636.185kg cannabis were destroyed on three farms measuring 4.654474 hectares, while additional 188kg of the same psychoactive substance were recovered and a suspect, Itah Nyong was arrested during the overnight operation.

“A 75-year-old grandpa, Jibril Audu was on Friday 10th May arrested with 7.5 kilograms of cannabis at Oke-asa village, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti state during a raid operation, while a 70-year-old grandma, Tikwase Nytor was nabbed with 15.6kg of same substance on Thursday 9th May during a raid operation at Achusa and International Market road, Makurdi, Benue state.

“The NDLEA Commands across the country balanced their drug supply reduction operations with War Against Drug Abuse, (WADA), advocacy campaigns to schools, markets, worship centres and communities.

“Some of these include: WADA sensitisation lecture to: Muslim faithful at Sultan Bello Jummat Mosque, Kaduna; students of Oduduwa University and Oduduwa Polytechnic, Ipetumodu, Osun; students of Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (Boys Section), Kano.
Others are the students of Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa; students of Father Tansi International College, Okpuno Awka, Anambra; WADA advocacy visit to Delta state First Lady Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori and similar advocacy visit to the Founder City of God cathedral, Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku who was joined by Ojodu LCDA Chairman, Hon. Segun Odunmbaku in Ojodu area of Lagos state.

While commending the efforts of the Lagos, Edo, Ekiti, Benue and Adamawa Commands of the Agency for jobs well done in the past week, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) assured that officers and men of the Agency will continue to work with local and international partners to ensure that the scourge of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking is brought to the barest minimum in Nigeria.

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