Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help from Israel, United States and other countries to sustain the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of Belusochukwu Enwere as the new national chairman of its Youth Wing (YOWICAN), yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle noted that the association is seriously worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country, adding that the present administration seems to be overwhelmed by the problem.
Ayokunle, represented by the Assistant General Secretary of CAN, Apostle Biodun Sanyaolu, observed that government’s primary responsibility is to protect lives and property.
He said: “It is very obvious that Nigeria needs assistance. I’m not President Muhammadu Buhari, but I’m sure that he will also be worried. He should be willing to seek help from anywhere, as insecurity has reached a worrying point, where nobody is safe. We need help. Let me use the opportunity to tell the President to reach out to Israel, United States and other countries that could be of help to Nigeria…
“We are seriously worried in CAN because we are affected by the security challenges in Nigeria. Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe. Even when you’re in your house, you’re not safe…”
Elders in the South-West, under the aegis of Coalition of Oduduwa Elders (COE), have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take proactive steps to curb insecurity in the country.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, by its National Co-ordinator, Dr. Tunde Aremu, the elders alleged that suspected terrorist elements in the mould of foreign herders were infiltrating the South-West region without molestation.
The elders, who accused the Armed Forces of failing in its primary duty of defending the nation’s territorial integrity against external aggression, sued for peaceful co-existence between Yoruba, as well as residents, saying that violence remains antithetical to meaningful development.
The statement reads in part: “As stakeholders in Yorubaland and the Nigerian project as a whole, we have watched with keen interest the unfolding events in the country, especially as they relate to the South-West region, and we wish to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently take steps that will restore public confidence in the nation.
“We say that failure to take action may well be an invitation to another civil war, the end of which we cannot predict.
“Our country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, and if nothing is done urgently, we may face another civil unrest, as the citizens are tired of the actions and inactions of the President in the area of security of lives and property.
“Restructuring must begin with the sack of the service chiefs and replacement with young and more competent officers.”
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives also called for reduction in the cost of governance.
Due to the increasing spate of insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on service chiefs to honourably resign their appointment if President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to relieve them of their job.
Tambuwal also asked the Buhari-led federal government to admit failure in the area of security, saying governing a country and protecting lives and property is not rocket science.
Tambuwal while speaking at a webinar organised by the Emmanuel Chapel on Friday, January 1, 2021, said it was ironical that security agencies were short of personnel even when millions of Nigerians ready to serve were roaming the streets.
He said, “As far back as June 2018, I made my opinion known about our service chiefs and the Inspector-General and I called for the rejigging of the security architecture.
“There is definitely a need for the service chiefs to go, either they are asked to go by the President who appointed them or by themselves being honourable enough to say we have done our best. It’s clear; even the Commander-in-Chief has said it not one or twice that their best is not enough.
“They should be honourable enough to say, Mr President, we have done our best, our best is not enough, you have adjudged our best not to be good enough, we take a bow, appoint a new set of people that would take charge.
“No one of us is indispensable. No single individual has the monopoly of knowledge of how to address the challenges we are facing as a nation, more so with insecurity, especially with the fact that they have been tested over the years. The same set of people and we have seen the outcome of their efforts.”
According to NoRM‘s known Media, the governor of Sokoto state further explained that security agents should be equipped with the proper weapons, good remuneration, the right technology and possible collaboration with other countries.
He said, “It is not rocket science; it can be done. We need to recruit more hands and there are many patriotic Nigerians, eminently qualified, able-bodied people that are ready and willing to serve this country in our security agencies. We know Nigeria is under-policed, so what is difficult in employing more hands?”
He said the reduction should be holistic and cut across all levels of government and arms of government.
Twenty-hours later, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the president had agreed to address the lawmakers. Buhari later shunned the invitation.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Monday denied apologising to President Muhammadu Buhari for summoning him over the state of insecurity in the country.
“The president or the Presidency as the case may be never sought an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigeria electorate,” House of Representatives spokesman Benjamin Kalu said in a statement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologised to anyone for excercising her constitutional mandate.”
The denial by the House of Representatives was in response to media reports during the weekend that the legislative arm of government apologised to Buhari for summoning him over insecurity in the northern region.
One of the reports claimed that the House has dropped both “immediate and future” plans of inviting Buhari to address the lawmakers on rising insecurity in the country.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 1 passed a resolution and summoned Buhari to address the country over the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno state.
The motion was moved by Satomi Ahmad, lawmaker representing Jere federal constituency, and nine others from Borno State. The lawmakers insisted that Buhari had to address the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly.
Nigeria’s attorney-general Abubakar Malami argued that the House lacked the constitutional powers to summon the president.
While the House is yet to speak on Buhari’s refusal to honour the lawmakers’ invitation, House of Representatives spokesman Kalu said it will “not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy.”
“We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.
“Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.”
They also urged member states to establish Livestock and Commodity Border markets.
The North Central States Governors’ Forum on Monday called for the establishment of Military Camps or Training Grounds in forests in the region to check the movement of hoodlums.
This is contained in a communiquè read by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State shortly after their regional meeting in Makurdi, Benue State.
Noble Reporters Media reports that the North Central States Governors met to discuss the security, economy, agriculture, infrastructure and other issues affecting the region.
The forum noted that the zone was going through trying times occasioned by kidnappings, cattle rustling, banditry, low agriculture production, infrastructure deficit and low internally generated revenue.
Bello said that the forum had resolved that there was need for the establishment of Military Camps or Training Grounds in forests zones within the region to block movement of hoodlums.
He said the Military Units should be Infantry-heavy with adequate support weapons and elements of Armoured Unit.
He said the forum also agreed to share intelligence amongst member states and create a multi-layer intelligence gathering.
The forum further commended the efforts of security agencies in tackling insecurity in the zone, urging them to do more through collaboration with member states to track the proliferation of light and small weapons.
“We jointly appeal to the Federal Government to support the Zone in its ongoing digital technology projects and other security preventive measures to fight all forms of criminality.
“Members states are to collaborate on the provision of security equipment and joint operations,” he said.
In agriculture, the forum urged all member states to key into the Federal Government’s Livestock Transformation Plan and adopt modern ways of livestock farming through the promotion of ranching and assist genuine livestock farmers.
“States in the zone should concentrate on infrastructural development such as roads and liaise with the Federal Government to rehabilitate federal roads and allow states to manage using the tolling system.
“Member states are to individually and collectively enact enabling laws to enhance revenue generation as a response to the dwindling FAAC allocation,’’ he said.
Bello said the forum expressed concern on the upsurge of COVID-19 pandemic and urged citizens to obey all established protocols.
NoRM reports that governors in attendance at the meeting were AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, Abubakar Bello, Niger, Yahaya Bello, Kogi, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, while the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Plateau, Prof. Danladi Atu, stood in for Gov. Simon Lalong.
The Government of Katsina stated on Sunday that they were still on the search for 333 students from the attack.
The Presidency has denied reports that 333 students were abducted in the attack of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State last week.
This was disclosed by Aide to the President, Garba Shehu, in an interview with BBC Hausa, reported by Punch.
“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped,” Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina said.
“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.
“We as a government we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students,” he added.
BBC Hausa revealed that the FG admitted that the students were abducted by gunmen; however, it claimed that only 10 students were left with the attackers, contradicting the earlier statement from the Governor of Katsina.
“The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State”
“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, told the BBC only 10 children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen. The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”
The ACF spokesperson disclosed that the forum had called on government severally and kept on saying that they were not going to allow banditry to take over the country.
Rising from its Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting yesterday, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said it is tired of advising President Muhammadu Buhari on security matters because the government appears not to be serious in taking proactive measures to end the ugly situation.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the meeting, the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, lamented that the Federal Government had failed to heed its advice on how to tackle insecurity in the country, thereby leaving citizens at the mercy of bandits.
Yawe charged the nation’s leaders to tell Nigerians what would happen if their own children were kidnapped too.
He, however, added that massive employment of youths by governments at all levels would reduce crime rate and check rising insecurity across the country.
“Today’s (Tuesday) meeting is very crucial to the operations of ACF because it is the first meeting of the newly-constituted BOT. We discussed security, and we are worried because Nigerians are not secure. We are not happy about insecurity in the country. We are looking at the immediate and long term ways of improving security.
“It has been in the news that over 300 students were kidnapped and taken away in Katsina, and the government is saying they are negotiating with the kidnappers to free the students. These are some of the things that are very distressful and disturbing to all members of ACF,” he said.
“Bandits went to the school, packed students on bikes and took them to the forest. Whatever is happening to them in the forest, nobody knows.
The situation is very distressful. Our leaders should tell us what would happen if their children were among those kidnapped.
“ACF complained about this insecurity in its October meeting, and nothing was done. We are in December with the same complaint, and nothing is being done.”
Buhari said violent demonstrations would no longer be allowed, saying “democracy does not mean confusion or lack of accountability’’.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the 36 state governors of the federation to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering that will aid the work of security agencies.
The president’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari gave the charge at the of a security meeting with the 36 governors in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the presidential aide, Buhari listened to presentations by a governor from each of the six Geo-Political Zones on their specific security challenges.
The president recalled that in the old order communities identified new comers and passed the information to constituted authority.
He said: “The sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and the cross border movement of weapons and criminals.
“Governors must work with traditional rulers. Try and work with traditional rulers to boost intelligence gathering.’’
While giving an overview of the security situation in each of the zones, the president said his administration had done well in the North East and South South, adding that the South South situation was still worrisome.
“Every day I get situation reports about illegal refineries and the blowing up of pipelines. You must stop local rogues from sabotaging oil installations,’’he said.
Addressing the issue of banditry and kidnapping reported in each of the geo-political zones, Buhari said:
“Security is important and we must secure the whole country.
”We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping.
”We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.’’
He explained that the closure of the nation’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling in of weapons and drugs.
“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.’’
Buhari gave assurances that the country’s military would continue to get the support they needed to fight criminals.
“I am not going to the public to speak about the vehicles and equipment we have ordered.
”What I can say is that the military received armoured cars and other equipment and they are training the trainers.
”More of such equipment, including military aircrafts will come in,’’he added.
On the issues raised on #ENDSARS protest and its hijack by hoodlums to cause mayhem and destroy private and public property, Buhari sounded a strong warning about a reccurrence, saying that no responsible government would allow that to happen.
“We do not stop anyone from demonstrating, but you don’t set up roadblocks and smash windscreens. Which government will allow that?’’
He noted that the foreign press coverage of the #ENDSARS violence was not balanced, citing specifically the CNN and BBC, for omitting the number of policemen killed, police stations that were razed, and the prisons that were thrown open for inmates to escape.
“I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened. (They said we are all at fault. We don’t have the sympathy of anyone. We are on our own).’’
On the eight-month long strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities, the president said lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country.
“Government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country. The Minister of Labour is working hard at it.
”It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country.’’
The protesters included luxury bus owners, commuter buses and executive Sienna bus operators.
Transport operators in the South-East with takeoff points as Onitsha, Anambra State has threatened to boycott Lagos and all routes to the North due to worsening insecurity, intractable robbery attacks and continued abduction on the highways leading to Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the North.
The transporters in a protest at Onitsha Upper Iweka on Wednesday threatened that if nothing was done urgently to address the situation, they would abandon those routes and pack their vehicles in their garages for safety.
They vowed to mobilize other transport operators who ply Enugu, Aba and Port Harcourt to join the down tool so as to cripple socioeconomic activities nationwide.
The group decried several incidents of armed robbery attack and abduction of passengers on the highways after the #EndSARS protests.
Speaking to newsmen, the Manager, God’s Will Transport, Emenike Okafor, identified Benin bypass – Ogbemudia farm to Ore and Kogi -Lokoja–Abuja highway as the most dangerous spots where the bandits operated unhindered.
He said, “In the last two weeks, there have been recorded cases of robbery and abduction involving Sienna and Hummer buses with about six passengers kidnapped in the mentioned areas.
“We called on the Inspector General of Police to activate its rapid response mechanism and the establishment of a joint patrol team involving the army, police and civil defence corps in the affected areas.
“Travelling has become increasingly risky owing to the security challenges.
“Those who unleashed the attack did that to destabilise the country’s security network and they should not be allowed to succeed. We want the police to go back to their duty posts with renewed vigour and zeal.
“Let the government motivate them by improving their welfare packages and ensure that those casualties already recorded receive adequate compensation.”
While commiserating with the police over the casualties and losses recorded during the #EndSARS protests, Okafor stressed that no responsible citizen no matter how highly provoked would engage in burning, looting and attacking the police facilities.
The authorities appear bent on sustaining the harsh, unacceptable regime of exploitative hikes in electricity tariffs for which the North shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the country.
Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), yesterday, said it would commence an indefinite protest today in the 19 northern states over rising insecurity, economic hardship and prolonged closure of universities in the region.
The group accused the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and other northern leaders of abandoning the region, as opposed to southern leaders who they claimed were always there for their people and even stood up against the operations of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
CNG spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, said the protest would be tagged #Endinsecuritynow, and would be sustained until the Federal Government met their demand for the declaration of a state of emergency on security in the north, among others.
“It is contradictory that despite several protests and pleas by northerners, the authorities never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerners.
“The Federal Government appears not keen on resolving the lingering dispute with the Academic Staff Union to enable the recommencement of university education.
“The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has followed developments around the globe and necessary steps taken by Nigerian citizens in some parts of the country including some northern states to call attention to the deteriorating national security and other pressing concerns around the dwindling economy, prohibitive commodity prices, rising inflation amidst mounting poverty and prolonged stay at home by university students.
“The CNG notes the appreciative progression of the citizens’ action that climaxed with government’s swift response to one of the concerns raised with the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, and its immediate replacement with Special Weapon And Tactics Team (SWAT).
“CNG notes also the reassuring cooperation and solidarity extended by governors and elected representatives to the protesters in mostly the southern parts of the country and Zamfara and Borno state in the North.
The Taraba State government has resolved to synergise with relevant security operatives and traditional rulers to tackle insecurity in the state.
Chairman of the Association of Local Government Chairmen, Bala Bako, said this at the end of an emergency meeting with the chairmen of the 16 local government areas of Taraba, which held in Jalingo.
At the meeting, the chairmen resolved to introduce a platform for the promotion of peaceful coexistence.
He said, “We have resolved to collectively pursue the issue of insecurity with all vigour by synergising with relevant security operatives and the traditional rulers to tackle the incessant security out-breaches in the state.
“No society truly develops without peace. Thus, all hands must be on deck to ensure that peace and tranquility prevail in our respective communities.
“We have resolved to introduce a platform in our respective local government councils for the promotion of peaceful coexistence by all ethnic groups.
“Similarly, we have identified the need to promote sporting activities in all local government areas to foster unity among the various communities.”
Part of the resolutions by the LG bosses is to further strengthen the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) activities in their council areas by rewarding outstanding corps members at the end of each service year.
The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the issues discussed at the meeting and it was agreed that the local governments would partner with the primary healthcare agency to establish mobilization and sensitization committees at ward and local government levels for effective awareness and advocacy campaigns.
Another issue raised at the meeting was the proliferation of fake certificates of origin. To reverse the trend, local governments agreed to suspend pending when a new process is implemented.
The new process will require all applications for certificates of origin to be routed through ward or village heads to local government chairmen for final endorsement.
Meanwhile, the association praised Governor Darius Ishaku for approving the elongation of the tenure of local government chairmen from two years to three years.
They said the move would enable them to better serve the people.
The Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) says light tactical vehicles and other weapons being locally produced by its company, will help in addressing Nigeria’s internal security challenges especially in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast and bandits in the northwest and other parts of the country.
The Director-General of the Corporation, Major General Victor Ezugwu made the disclosure when the Minister of Defense toured production lines of the company located at Kakuri industrial area in Kaduna South local government area of Kaduna state.
He says that in line with the presidents directive in the implementation of Executive Order 5 on local content, DICON has produced some locally made military equipment including the Ezugwu Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP), minesweepers, as well as other armoured and soft-skin vehicles and ammunitions, that have been deployed in various theaters of operations across the country.
On his part, the Minister of Defense, says that with the dynamics of the society and the present nature of warfare, the federal government will strengthen DICON to become the country’s center of armament, rather than relying heavily on foreign countries for military equipment and logistics.
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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the Federal Government to grant licences to responsinsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK47 to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.
He said the policy should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.
These were some of the submissions contained in the paper Governor Ortom presented yesterday during the virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.
In the paper titled ‘Insecurity and Governance Challenges in the New Normal’, the Governor said governments at all levels must come to terms with the fact that insecurity is a real threat to the development of the country and be willing to sincerely tackle the menace.
He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them to be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insecurity.
The Governor urged the Federal Government to embrace ranching as it is the global best practice of animal husbandry and to enact a law to end open grazing which often comes with attacks on farming communities by armed herdsmen militia.
Governor Ortom also advocated improved educational standards and enhanced public enlightenment campaigns to give the people, particularly youths the needed orientation to shun negative acts and become more patriotic.
He called for the repositioning of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency through training, funding, and logistics to successfully confront drug barons and peddlers; a move he said would stop illegal drugs from entering and circulating in the country.
Governor Ortom also recommended that the embargo on employment be lifted and more job opportunities created to take Nigerian youths from the streets.
He tasked the federal, state, and local governments to show greater commitment to developing the agricultural value chain to generate more job opportunities for Nigerians.
Governor Ortom concluded his presentation by stating that Benue State has made significant contributions to national development and as the food basket of the nation, if the state is threatened by insecurity, the negative impact would be on the entire country.
He went on to solicit the support of all stakeholders in tackling security challenges and pledged the resolve of his administration to ensure the safety of lives and property.
The former Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Abbey Agyole, has blamed some of the security challenges on what he describes as poor welfare and inadequate training of security operatives.
He said this has resulted in the poor capacity of the Nigeria Police Force to maintain law and order in the country.
The ex-police boss also called on the Federal Government and state governors to commit resources to equip the military, police, and other security agencies.
“Security is a very expensive project. The state must commit resources to equip the Police Force. For now, our capacity to effectively maintain law and order is diminishing gradually because the training is not there, the welfare is not there,” he said.
When asked if intelligence is being shared among security agencies, the ex-police boss said the agencies work in isolation.
He explained that the military does not share its gathered information with other sister security agencies.
Agyole however called for synergy among the agencies, noting that if there is a harmonious relationship, the security challenges facing the country will be better tackled.
His comments come a day after a criminologist, Professor Etannibi Alemikha disagreed with the governors of the North-East over the deployment of more heavy artillery to the region.
The governors had during a meeting on Sunday at the Borno Government House called on the Federal Government to provide the region with more weapons to tackle terrorism decisively.
But the criminologist explained that for the war against insurgency to be won in the region, security operatives need to have information beforehand on the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The criminologist explained that for the war against insurgency to be won in the region, security operatives need to have information beforehand on the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“From the military or security point of view, what is required is actually not weapons. It is intelligence. At that point, they need to know when insurgents are planning to attack, where they are supposed to be attacking and what is the capacity or force that will be deployed there,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Governors from the six North-East states.
According to a Media Correspondent (known to Noble Reporters Media) , all service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police are in attendance.
The meeting is holding after the Governors, over the weekeend, appointed Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as Chairman of the region’s Governors Forum.
The Governors have pledged to partner with the government to fight Boko Haram and requested for more hardware for the military to tackle insurgency in the region.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Governors from the six North-East states.
According to a Media Correspondent (known to Noble Reporters Media), all service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police were in attendance.
The meeting held after the Governors, on Saturday, elected Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as Chairman of the region’s Governors Forum.
The Governors have pledged to partner with the government to fight Boko Haram and requested for more hardware for the military to tackle insurgency in the region.
Equip the military In the communique released after its Saturday meeting, the North-East Governors commended the Federal Government for its efforts in keeping the region safe.
However, it asked the military to “intensify efforts to secure hard-to-reach areas in the region and ensure safe access to farm-lands.”
The Governors requested the deployment of state-of-the-art military hardware to the region and increased arming of police officers to make up for “manpower deficit in the Nigerian Armed Forces.”
The police, they said, should be allowed to “carry state-of-the-art weapons where necessary and be provided with strategic equipment like high-velocity tear gas, trackers and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).”
Intelligence Not More Arms In an appearance on Media TV (known to Noble Reporters Media), criminologist Professor Etannibi Alemikha on Monday faulted the Governor’s calls for increased arming of the region.
“From the military or security point of view, what is required is actually not weapons, it is intelligence,” he said.
“I would have expected that they will ask indeed that there is the need for the deployment or greater capacity of intelligence-gathering through the various media.
“You could have the highest weapons; you will still be taken unawares. I think what is largely missing in the North-East situation has been intelligence.”
The professor also disagreed with the idea of handing sophisticated weapons to the police.
“An average policeman encountered on the street should not be carrying AK-47,” he said. “It is not a question of trust, but one of philosophy. The philosophy behind the police is that they are part of the people and therefore they should not use force that is extraordinary.”
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammad Umar has reacted to cases of corruption in the country.
Speaking on Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) Today via telephone, Umar said the commission is committed to championing the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Although he admitted that the whole world is closely monitoring the agency following the probe of its former boss, Ibrahim Magu over corruption allegations.
“The commission is poised more than ever before to continue to champion the anti-corruption crusade of the current administration.
“Like any other agency of government, they will of course scale down our activities long before the ongoing probe because of the COVID-19.
“We are forging ahead to champion the anti-corruption crusade of the current administration. Investigations are going on now in earnest. All our formations are moving on with their investigations,” he said.
Umar’s remarks come shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, accusing his administration of failing to tackle insecurity and attempting to sweep allegations of corruption under the carpet.
The National Chairman of the Party, Mr. Uche Secondus, made the call at a news briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja on Friday.
At the briefing, titled Nigeria on a free fall as corruption, insecurity engulfs our nation,’ Mr Secondus said the rising insecurity in the country has exposed the poor leadership in the military and the ruling class.
The presidency has reacted to the calls made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his principal will not heed to calls made by the PDP.
“President Buhari will not resign. He is determined to continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations,” the statement partly read.
The presidential spokesman accused the PDP of launching what he describes as a whirlwind campaign that promotes “undemocratic values, the latest manifestation of which is the call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation for allowing audits and investigation into several agencies of government, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.”
While noting that opposition helps democracy to strive, Shehu alleged that the “leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values.”
According to him, the PDP cannot scare the government from probing the grave allegations made against the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, adding that failure to do so will amount to a historic betrayal of public trust.
He therefore insisted that the opposition party cannot subject the nation’s democracy to “subterranean attacks and continue to pretend that they are well-meaning.”
His response come shortly after the PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus accused President Buhari’s administration of failing to tackle insecurity and attempting to sweep allegations of corruption under the carpet.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing his administration of failing to tackle insecurity and attempting to sweep allegations of corruption under the carpet.
The National Chairman of the Party, Mr Uche Secondus, made the call at a news briefing in the nation’s capital Abuja on Friday.
At the briefing, titled Nigeria on a free fall as corruption, insecurity engulfs our nation,’ Mr Secondus said rising insecurity in the country across the country has exposed the poor leadership in the military and ruling class.
He said, “What we are witnessing in our country today is a total collapse of the nation, the country is on a ventilator gasping for air, under such circumstance. President Buhari should do the honourable thing required of an elder statesman in situations like this, throw in the towel and save the country from ruins.”
Read the full statement by Mr Secondus below:
Being Address of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus at a media briefing on the state of the Nation at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata, House, Abuja. On July 24, 2020.
“Nigeria in a free fall, as corruption, insecurity engulfs the Nation”
Preamble. Gentlemen of the press, I have had to call you again to discuss the frightening developments in our country. As an opposition party, the PDP has screamed endlessly to high heavens but it’s becoming very clear to all that the ears we are targeting are deaf as nothing on ground shows that there is a government in this country. No attempt is being made from any corner to stem the freighting tide in our land. No effort is being made from any angle to halt the on-going free fall being witnessed in all fronts in the country. Nigerians have become helpless and have come to accept and live like citizens of nations without leader and with no direction. Where do we start looking at the state of the nation when all segments of governance have collapsed.
Insecurity. Nothing establishes the fact that there is no governance in the country more than the worsening state of insecurity. Having exhausted their propaganda of winning the war on terrorism only in their press releases, as reality endowed on all, both the military and political leaders are now helpless and confused. What the Nigerian Senate did on Tuesday when it asked the service chiefs to resign was to show to the World that there is no executive arm of government in place. Having few months back advised the executive to sack the service chiefs for having outlived their relevance and re-engineer the military for the emerging challenges, and having watched the security situation in the country grow from worse to worse, the legislators have limited option but to do what they did at least to show the people they represent that they are sensitive to their plights. Not even during the three-year brutal civil war did we witness as much as over 300 soldiers absconding their duties and pouring abuses on their commander. Only poor leadership from the military and the polity can drag down morale of soldiers to such a pitiable level. The Presidency rising immediately to challenge the Senate shows also the level of confusion in the system.
Corruption. Since transparency International said few years ago that the worst corruption was going-on in Nigeria under this regime, the situation has continued to worsen. It has now become a bazar with no pretense about it with all critical agencies of government including the anti-graft body themselves grossly engulfed in it.
The nation’s economy is walking to depression because we are least in recession and it’s being fast-tracked by the widening scope of corruption involving operatives at the high places.
The free for all corruption going on all over the place leaves us with the impression that the country is dying and there has been a scramble for what one can get out of it before the final demise.
It’s very disheartening that as the looting and the re-looting of the nation’s resources are going on under the watch of the acclaimed anti-corruption President no serious reactions is coming from government that prides itself to be fighting corruption.
Rather than confront the already exposed corruption cases, the government deliberately takes cautious steps to play it down with a view to protecting their members who are neck-deep in the growing sleaze.
“After providence decided to expose the massive fraud going on in the nation’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the last five years, rather than bring it to the fore, the Presidency in the great cover-up decided to take the investigation including the interrogation of suspects to Aso Rock Villa behind camera where all the exposed issues are kept away from the public glare.
We are aware that after the massive fraud exposition involving critical members of the administration, subtle moves are on behind the scene to free culprits and save the face of the government at the expense of the nation.
This has been the case since this administration came in 2015 disguising as an anti-corruption regime while in reality looting the country dry.
“After their double speak on fuel subsidy and prizing, they have recorded the highest amount of subsidy in the petroleum sector while running the show in utmost secrecy with the President presiding as both the President and the Petroleum Minister.
As we speak, the big corruption cover-up is on-going in critical sectors, the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, the Maritime Sector, the Customs, the Federal inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Nigeria Social Insurance a Trust Fund, NSITF, North East Development Commission, NNPC crude Oil sale to China, etc.
Nothing brings out the exact character of President Buhari’s administration to corruption than the on-going free for all fraud at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, where the so-called forensic auditors sent in by the President to unearth a fraud are themselves becoming visible accomplice to the crime. The Senate has already indicted the Interim Management Committee, IMC, and the supervising Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio. A commission set up to helping the suffering people of Niger Delta has become a bank for APCmembers.
Fraud at a glance.
100mb crude oil sales to China by Sahara energy as reported over 2.5b dollars
Over N1.3 trillion spent between 2015 and 2019 with N4.923b of NDDC spent outside the budget.
NSITF N3.4b fraud
The growing fresh fuel Subsidy fraud
Unaccounted for N100b for North East commission.
Not to talk of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in the name of covid-19 palliatives
Fraudulent acquisition of banks, telecom companies amounting to billions of dollars by cabals in this administration.
Efcc blockage of N100b tax laundering petition involving a high profile person in APC
Gentlemen of the press, the state of our nation today requires that all hands must be on deck especially you media practitioners who should not relent in holding public officers accountable.
Nigerians should not be distracted by the drama playing out at the various fraud case hearings whether in Aso Villa with Ibrahim Magu or at the National Assembly with two Ministers Akpabio and Chris Ngige, entertaining Nigerians, they are designs to remove public attention to the real issue. In this country under the watch of President Buhari and his APC, we have found ourselves in the environment as the French economist, Federico Bastiat said that “when plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it” .This regime has found a code for corruption and they now glorify it and make fun of it.
Finally, gentlemen of the press what we are witnessing in our country today is a total collapse of the nation, the country is on ventilator gasping for air, under such circumstance, President Buhari should do the honourable thing required of an elder statesman in situations like this, THROW IN THE TOWEL because Nigeria is on and save the country from ruins. Thanks for your attention and God bless.
Gunmen have abducted a senior federal worker and another person in Ode, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The gunmen were also said to have shot the driver of the Hilux van conveying the victims before whisking them away.
Confirming the development to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media), the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, said the driver is currently receiving treatment at a health facility within the state.
The police spokesman noted that the gunmen, numbering about 10, first attacked and robbed some people at a Sawmill where they abducted two persons, out of which one later escaped.
According to him, the Force is already on the trail of the perpetrators and will ensure the release of the abducted persons.
This comes three months after the Ekiti Commissioner for Agriculture, Folorunso Olabode, was kidnapped and a politician traveling with him shot dead.
The Emir of Daura, Katsina State, Dr. Umar Farouk Umar, on Monday, lamented the current state of insecurity in the country, describing it as multifaceted security threats that is worse than civil war.
The monarch, who is the emir of President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown, called for prayers, advice and goodwill of all Nigerians, especially elders, traditional and religious leaders in the country, to overcome banditry and other security challenges the way the civil war was overcome with such prayers without sentiment.
The emir, who also cautioned Nigerians against “undue interference in security matters to avoid distracting the security agencies, spoke when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, visited him in Daura.
Buratai, who was in Katsina State on operational visit to Army formations in the state visited, was asked by the emir to use the same approach used in tackling the civil war to tackle the raging insecurity in Nigeria.
According to Dr. Umar, President Buhari took over the reins of power at a time Nigeria was on the verge of collapse, adding that the current situation is like that of spectators who see all the faults in the players but cannot do better if given the chance.
Advising the CoAS to remain resolute, focused and shun distracting comments from any quarter, the emir commended the Nigerian Army and its leadership for the commitment and untiring efforts to contain the myriad of security challenges in Nigeria and in Daura emirate of Katsina State in particular since he took over as the COAS.
In his response, Gen Buratai assured the emir, the emirate council and the people of Nigeria of the renewed vigour and determination of the Nigerian Army to tackle the security challenges in the North-West and the country as a whole.