Senate Mace Theft: Tight Security In National Assembly

There is a huge presence of security operatives in and around the National Assembly Complex on Thursday, following the invasion of the Senate chamber with snatching of the mace by thugs on Wednesday.

Apart from the presence of more policemen, soldiers were also deployed to guard the premises.

The sergeants-at-arms also conducted stricter checks on workers and guests going in.

Some soldiers and policemen stationed at the lobby adjoining the Senate and House of Representatives’ chambers‎ had a brief argument over their responsibilities in the protection of the area.

The Divisional Police Officer of the National Assembly Division, Mr. A Sulu-Gambari, however intervened in the matter and resolved the conflict.

The lobby was later cordoned off.

Security: It Is Time To Seek Help From Other Countries- Ekweremadu

The Senate on Tuesday has mandated its Ad hoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure in the Country to investigate the killings in Nasarawa state.

The resolutions followed a Point-of-Order raised at plenary by Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, who represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

“Throughout the weekend and up to this moment, herdsmen have unleashed mayhem on the people of the senatorial district, leaving many dead bodies, numerous wounded persons and hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS).

“Their victims are largely the Tiv-speaking ethnic nationalities with a reported death toll of 32 persons.’’

Adokwe, who is Chairman, Committee on Information, said the real tragedy in the situation was not “in the well-coordinated and simultaneous carnage across Awe, Obi, Keana and Doma Local Government Areas of south senatorial district.

“The tragedy lies from the fact that for four days running, this mayhem continued unhindered, unchecked, unstopped by any arm of the law and security enforcement agencies.”

He expressed sadness that in Nigeria, with all the security forces, a whole senatorial district would go on being punished by militia and no action was taken by the government.

“This is a sad commentary. It was even with impunity that we woke up on Monday to see that the entire city of Abuja was under siege.

“This country is gradually falling into anarchy and we need to wake up to our responsibilities.

“It is no wonder that very eminent Nigerian citizens have urged Nigerians to defend themselves because their lives are in their own hands and no longer in the hands of the Nigerian security forces.

“I am very emotional on this matter and I am not one given to emotion very easily, but what I have gone through this weekend is very horrifying; it is very distressing and sad.

“It is as if we are in a lawless society where life is brutish, where there is absence of state powers. We call on the Federal Government to stop this carnage,” he said.

Seconding the point-of-order, Sen. Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue) said “this country is becoming a state without control; it is becoming a state that is experiencing anarchy.

“It is a state in which we have seen ethnic cleansing and when statements like this are made by very senior nationalists, many people try to trivialise it.

“It is a shame that a sitting government could watch criminality go to the level that we have seen it today rather than rise up and take very decisive steps against it.

“We embark on deniability and simply shield this evil by just explaining with flimsy excuses that these are communal clashes in those communities.

“Indeed, the carnage in Nasarawa South affects mainly people of my ethnic group, who are in large population in Nasarawa.

“It is the same kind of killing that is going on Goma, Logo and Gwer West Local Government Areas in Benue.

“And, it is the same kind of killing we are witnessing in Wukari and Takum Local Governments. It is targeted at a particular ethnic nationality, which is my own people,” Gemade lamented.

He urged his colleagues to support the motion whole-heartedly with ideas on how they could deal with the issues.

The motion was unanimously adopted and the ad hoc committee was mandated to immediately investigate the killings.

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at the plenary, said “as we have pointed out, the primary purpose of government anywhere in the world is the preservation of the lives of citizens.

“If citizens are being killed, we owe the responsibility as a parliament to give it the desired attention, and we will never stop talking about these killings.

“Unless it stops, we will never be tired of speaking about it,” Ekweremadu said.

He said it was time to seek help from other countries as some of the lawmakers had suggested.

“We should not be ashamed to ask for help. President Muhammadu Buhari met with the UK Prime Minister and she was of the opinion that Britain would help us security wise.

“We are representatives of the people. If they kill everybody, we will have nobody to represent; we will have no job. So, security is more important than any other thing that we do here.

“If it gets to a level where we have to shut down this National Assembly and sit down with the Executive for as long as it lasts to resolve the problem, we may have to do that.

“We must have a country before we can talk about elections,” Ekweremadu said.

 

Osun Govt Assures Residents Of Adequate Security Of Lives, Property

The state Government of Osun has assured the people of the state of adequate security of their lives and property.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Adelani Baderinwa said the government has not relented on its efforts in providing maximum security and ensuring peace and harmony in the state.

He attributed the peaceful atmosphere of the state to proactiveness and security consciousness of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the social justice being rendered by his administration.

He stated this while answering journalists’ questions on Monday while speaking on the recent security breach of multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state that led to several deaths and loss of huge amount of currencies vis-à-vis relative peace been enjoyed in the State of Osun.

Baderinwa maintained that the essence of governance is to ensure peace, harmony and security of lives and property of the people, stating that Aregbesola had taken the bull by the horn in ensuring that every citizen of the state is protected and people could sleep with their two eyes closed.

According to the commissioner, Osun is being rated one of the five top most peaceful states in Nigeria because Aregbesola’s administration has put in place adequate security measures that make it difficult for crime perpetrations to thrive.

He said: “Aregbesola was perhaps the most prepared person for governorship position. He had his practical manifestoes for the smooth running of office.

“One of the Six Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s government is Communal Peace and Progress. Essence of government is to ensure peace and harmony and social justice in the land, and that is what Aregbesola is offering the people of the state

“Aregbesola had been proactive on provision of security of lives and property of the people in the state. And that is why we are enjoying peace in the state of Osun. He procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state to enhance security of the state.”

Baderinwa commiserated with the Kwara state government, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi and the Nigeria Police Force on the robbery incident that claimed many lives.

The commissioner spoke further: “Provision of security in every society begins with ensuring protection of lives and property and putting in place social justice and equity that ensure youth engagement. These two aspects of governance are strategic to curtailing crimes in the society, and I am happy that Osun people know that Aregbesola has ensured social justice and engaged the youths positively.

Besides, the Aregbesola’s administration in 2012 procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 modern Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state. This has enhanced the security of lives and property in the state.”

Baderinwa tasked the people of the state on community policing, saying that security is a collective effort and required the cooperation of all stakeholders.

He urged the people to be vigilant and conscious of everybody in their neighbourhood, just as he assured them of adequate security of lives and property.

 

Osun Govt Assures Residents of Adequate Security of Life, Property

The state Government of Osun has assured the people of the state of adequate security of their lives and properties.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Adelani Baderinwa said the government has not relented on its efforts to providing maximum security and ensure peace and harmony in the state.

Baderinwa attributed the peaceful atmosphere of the state to proactiveness and security consciousness of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the social justice being rendered by his administration.

He stated this while answering journalists’ questions on Monday while speaking on the recent security breach of multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state that led to several deaths and loss of huge amount of currencies vis-à-vis relative peace been enjoyed the State of Osun.

Baderinwa maintained that the essence of governance is to ensure peace, harmony and security of life and property of the people, stating that Aregbesola had taken the bull by the horn in ensuring that every citizen of the state is protected and people could sleep with their two eyes closed.

According to Baderinwa, Osun is being rated one of the five top most peaceful stated in Nigeria because Aregbesola’s administration has been putting in place adequate security measures that make it difficult for crime perpetrations to thrive.

He said: “Aregbesola was perhaps the most prepared person for governorship position. He had his practical manifestoes for the smooth running of govt.

“One of the Six Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s government is Communal Peace and Progress. Essence of government is to ensure peace and harmony and social justice in the land, and that is what Aregbesola is offering the people of the state

“Aregbesola had been proactive on provision of security of life and property of the people in the state. And that is why we are enjoying peace in the state of Osun. He procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state to enhance security of the state.”

Baderinwa commiserated with the Kwara state government, the Olofa of Offa, Muftau Gbadamosi and the Nigeria Police Force on the robbery incident that claimed about 30 lives.

The commissioner speakers further: “Provision of security in every society begins with ensuring protection of lives and properties and putting in place social justice and equity that ensure youth engagement. These two aspects of governance are strategic to curtailing crimes in the society, and I am happy that Osun people know that Aregbesola has ensured social justice and engaged the youths positively.

“The Nigeria Peace Index in its report released last Friday rated Osun the most peaceful state in Nigeria based on the level of poverty, crime rate, level of education, rate of human rights abuse and level of Incarceration.

“We cannot deny the fact that Osun is among the top five states with least poverty rate, our education system is second to none in Nigeria and there is almost lack of abuse of human rights in the state.

Besides, the Aregbesola’s administration in 2012 procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 modern Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state. This has enhanced security of life and property in the state.”

Baderinwa tasked the people of the state on community policing, saying that security is a collective effort and required the corporation of all stakeholders.

He urged the people to be vigilant and conscious of everybody in their neighbourhood, just as he assured them of adequate security of life and property.

Jigawa State Police Command Gives Bandits 10 Day Ultimatum

The Jigawa state police command has issued a 10-day ultimatum to militias, bandits and vigilance groups to surrender prohibited arms in their possession.

This was disclosed in a statement by Mr Bala Zama, the Police Commissioner in Jigawa which he personally signed in Dutse on Wednesday.

He further explained that the ultimatum followed a directive to all Commissioners of Police nationwide to commence the disarmament and recovery of all prohibited firearms in possession of militias, bandits and vigilante groups.

“The IGP, Ibrahim Idris, directed all Commissioners of Police nationwide to immediately commence the disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in possessions of all militias, bandits and vigilante groups.”

He said the ultimatum affected “groups of any kind or individuals/bodies bearing prohibited, locally fabricated and modified weapons manufactured for the purpose to cause security breach, or threat to law and order in the country”.

“Therefore, members of the public, individuals and groups, under any guise other than statutory security agencies recognised by law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category, are hereby warned.

“They are given up to 15th of March, 2018 to surrender them to the Commissioner of Police.

“For avoidance of doubt, the Robbery and Firearms Act cap R11 LFN 2004 and Firearms Act cap F28 LFN 2004 are explicit on punishment for dealing in arms and ammunition,” Zama warned.

He added that a committee had been formed to execute the exercise in the state.

The commissioner of police further explained that operation of the committee would include cordon and search, raid, seizure from premises and hideouts across the state where it is reasonably suspected that firearms and ammunition are kept.

According to him, it will also be carried out in dwelling houses, completed or uncompleted.

Zama, therefore, urged all stakeholders to advise their wards, vigilante watch men and all those in possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition to surrender them within the stipulated time.

He further warned that those found with firearms after the expiration of the notice would face the wrath of the law.

The CP also urged members of the public to report any person they noticed in possession of firearms in the state to the nearest Police Division in their localities.

“Members of the public who notice any person in possession of these firearms across the state are advised to promptly report such to the nearest Police Division or to the committee via the following contacts: 08033610652, 08065670314/08073632600/08026589866/08033678972,” he urged.

 

New Islamic Network Discovered In Nigeria

Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is an Islamic group which is operational in North Central and South South Nigeria.

ISWA deploys foreign terrorists that unleash mayhem on communities, with a view to exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions.

This disclosed in a reports presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report was described as the result of findings by security operatives, including the Department of State Services (DSS). The discovery of the ISWA network followed the arrest of suspected attackers consisting of Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue State.

The source noted that many of the persons in custody spoke only the French language, unable to communicate in any of the Nigerian dialects.

This is the first time security officials have confirmed the activities of ISWA.

The source disclosed that a “good number” of the terrorists have been arrested, not only in the Benue valley, but also in towns in Edo State, specifically Akoko-Edo, Okpella and Benin, and Okene, in Kogi State.

“It is understood that the cell, which has members in different parts of the country, concentrates on recruiting young men to fight for the Islamic State in West Africa by unleashing cold-blooded murder on innocent citizens.

“There was intelligence that they planned several attacks, here, before and during Christmas and New Year. Their bombing targets included fuel depots, foreign missions, police and military establishments.

“Their network is very wide. So much was achieved by the DSS, which made a significant number of arrests in the last two months that helped preempt the attacks. This saved Nigeria from the spate of major terrorist attacks witnessed elsewhere, syndicated by ISIS worldwide,” the source said.

The source added: “We are learning more and more about this complex and sophisticated network. This is the main reason the secret service is not parading those suspects so far arrested. It has become clear to us now that the challenge facing this country is a serious one.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that Buhari has been receiving “report upon report on the situation in Benue and other states”.

He, however, said he had not been briefed on any of the reports.

This is coming barely three days after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, inaugurated the Sanctions Committee charged with tracking and freezing funds for terrorist groups in Nigeria.

The committee, headed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, consists of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu; Director-General of DSS, Lawan Daura; and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Also included are Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; Director General of the National Intelligence Agency; and the Director General, Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit.

In Taraba State, meanwhile, a helicopter allegedly packed with arms and ammunition was said to have made a stop at Jibu village, Ibi Local Government Area.

In a statement, yesterday, spokesman for the state governor, Bala Dan-Abu, said the incident might be a plot to arm a militia preparing to attack communities in the state.

He said a similar sighting preceded an attack in Agatu last year and called on security agencies to unravel the mystery behind the craft.

Member representing the area in the state House of Assembly, Josiah Aji, said he was notified of the development, adding that the council chairman and relevant agencies have been alerted.

Some residents of the area told The Guardian via phone that armed security operatives have been deployed to investigate the matter.

Police spokesman, David Misal, however, described the report as a mere rumour.

But it was real in Ondo State yesterday when suspected herdsmen burnt down the farm of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae. And in neighbouring Ekiti, Governor Ayodele Fayose, warned the leader of Fulani herdsmen, Muhammed Abashe, that he would be held responsible for any further attack in the state.

The governor was reacting to the recent killing by suspected herders of a Tiv woman at Orin Ekiti.

Fayose said Abashe failed to provide leadership by not stopping his kinsmen from destroying farms and attacking residents at the slightest provocation.

“If you still want to stay among us, you must accept the responsibility of ensuring that none of our peoples’ farms is destroyed by herdsmen any longer. None of our people must be killed by your men. If any killing or destruction of the farms of our people occurs again in that area, I will ensure that I use the law to fight you. This is the last warning I am giving you,” said Fayose.

 

Terrorists Plotting To Bomb Abuja, US, UK Warn

In its latest foreign travel advice to British nationals,the British government has warned their citizens of terrorist groups’ threat to carry out bomb attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the year end festive period.

It stated “You should avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people,” the United Kingdom said in a statement posted on the FCO website.

Government of the United States of America (USA) made a similar move by cautioning its citizens on safe travel and movement in the nation’s capital through its ‘Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder’.

The reminder partly read “The US Mission urges all US citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory, from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in this area during this period.

“The US Mission remains concerned about potential attacks in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe. Travellers are urged to avoid those states through the end of the year.

“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security”.

EXCLUSIVE: Row As Lasun Yusuf Security Aides Groan Over Unpaid Allowances

There is a growing row between the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff and his security aides over their unpaid Duty Travelling Allowances, OSUN DEFENDER has exclusively learnt.

According to information, the aides have started complaining with a threat to boycott some important functions of their principal if their demands were not met.

Sources close to the Deputy Speaker’s camp say the allowances totaling over N15, 360, 000 were incurred during the governorship ambition consultation of Hon Yussuff where 32 officers comprising of men of the Nigerian Police Force and Department of State Services DSS were drafted for the assignment.

The security attachment were said to have spent 28 days at Lasun’s country home in Ilobu, Osun State to provide optimum security for their principal who was on tour round the state for his electioneering pursuit.

The consultation according to information held between July and August, 2017 during the Annual Recess of the National Assembly.

According to a source who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER, the situation has remained worse since their agitation started as the Deputy Speaker showed no signs of looking into the situation.

The source in his words said “Thirty-two security personnel left Abuja on the 27th July, 2017 to the country home of Hon. Yusuff in Ilobu, Osun state and spent 28 days before returning to Abuja.”

“Each officer(s) were entitled to 12, 000 per night excluding accommodation and feeding.”

He added that “Lasun Yusuf pays his Details after each trip he embarks on, contrary to the norms of past Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha who pays part of the DTA for the officers to settle their families before leaving Abuja.”

Other sources who confided in OSUN DEFENDER said, “Since the Deputy Speaker has begun campaign for 2018 election he has not been taking care of us especially the payment of our allowances”.

“We have not been paid our 28days, DTA two months after returning to Abuja. He had owed us 12days before we came down to Osun, to his country home on July 27th where we spent 28 days before returning for Abuja.”

It was reliably gathered that since the said Security Details got back to Abuja, they have been grumbling and complaining about the non-payment of their allowances just as some of them said they could not meet basic family obligations.

Investigation by OSUN DEFENDER revealed that, the Chief Security Detail of the Deputy Speaker had met his boss to register the grievances but was turned down as the principal exclaimed that the money was too much and will henceforth travel with lesser security personnel.

Another source disclosed that, “Oga has said he won’t pay our hotel bills again because they are too expensive to afford and that because of his governorship ambition, they will have reasons to travel all the time so we must know how to make our ways each time we accompany him to his home state.”

With the turn of events, the security personnel considering their plight in the hands of the Deputy Speaker might put up some attitude which may hitherto affect the security situation around the federal lawmaker.

Findings also reveal that the situation is not alien to the security personnel as their principal occasionally turns them back during outings claiming that “they are not the ones that secure him.” (Although Not Confirmed)

Hon Lasun’s Chief Press Secretary, Wole Oladimeji, refused to comment on why his principal has not paid the aides even when it is believed that National Assembly does not owe him security votes.

Making further enquiry on when the allowances would be paid, he requested for a meeting between him and our Correspondent.

“Come to my office and we can discuss further because as the spokesperson, I am yet to be paid too”

Gunmen Attack Home of Ex-IGP, Kill Police

The residence of a former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, was attacked by gunmen on Saturday, resulting in the death of a mobile policeman.

The former IGP and his family however are safe as the gunmen could not gain entrance into the home, although the gunmen escaped with the rifle of one of the stationed policemen.

It was recounted that two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the two policemen stationed at the gate of the residence at the about 8pm.

The corpse of the slain policeman has been deposited at the mortuary of Katsina General Hospital, where the other injured mobile policeman was receiving treatment.

Security Of Citizenry, Our Priority – Council Boss

The Executive Secretary of Ede North Area Council, Owode Ede, Mr. Lawal Raji has said that the security of lives and properties of the citizenry of the local council area is the top priority of its administration.

In a chat with OSUN DEFENDER, the Executive Secretary said, in a bid to ensure the safety of traders at Owode market, the local Government had commenced work on the separation of illegal buildings along the road, as well embarking on the perimeter fencing of the market, so as to dissuade display of wares on the main road, which, according to him on several occasions had led to loss of lives in the market.

Raji eulogised the effort of the state government in bringing government closer to the people of the grassroot through the creation of Local Council Development Areas in the state, saying, this would promote the development of both natural and human resources for the growth of the state and nation at large.

On the resources in the council area, Hon Raji beckoned on youths to take advantage of the agricultural potentials in the area for agricultural purposes, saying that the council area is blessed with enough land for agriculture.

He then urged the citizenry of the local government to pay their taxes, as this is the way to support the government in provision of infrastructure for the benefit of the people.

Declare State Of Emergency On Kidnapping, Ritual Killings – Osun Muslims Clamour

Osun State Muslim community has urged the Federal and State Governments to declare ‘a state of emergency’ on kidnapping, ritual killings and social injustice.
According to the Muslim community, kidnapping, ritual killings and social injustice are rampant in the society, hence there is the need by the FG and state governments to take drastic steps in combating the menace.
The call was made at the 1439 A.H Hijrah celebration held at the Osogbo City Stadium, Osogbo last Sunday.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was the Chief Host of the event, called on Muslims to imbibe Hijrah lessons by intensifying prayers for the state and the country against all manners of afflictions like economic hardship, insecurity and social injustice.
Aregbesola who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Adebisi Obawale said Prophet Muhammed’s journey from Mecca to Medina signified his commitment to promoting peace, tolerance and propagation of Islam, urging the Muslims faithful to ensure peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims.
Delivering his Hijrah message on the theme of the programme tagged: ‘Kidnapping and Ritual Killings in Nigeria; Islamic Perspective, the Vice-Chairman of the Muslim community, Alhaji Mustafa Olawuyi said the recent ritual killings in some part of Osun state called for concern and proactive measure from the government and security agents.
Olawuyi stated that Islam forbids unjust killings, quoting from the Quran that, “If anyone slays a human being, unless for murder or for spreading corruption on earth, it shall be as though he had killed all mankind; whereas if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.”
He traced the causes of kidnapping and ritual killings to security inadequacies, social injustice and greed, calling on members of the public to embrace the teachings of Quran for a safe, just and friendly society.
In his address, the chairman of the occasion, Dr Musibaudeen Adelasoye said, “the trending kidnapping and ritual killings was alarmingly disgraceful and abhorring, saying that it posed threat to the dignity, sacredness and virtue of human life”.
The guest lecturer, Sheik Musbaudeen Orimadegun accused political leaders, government functionaries and religious leaders of sponsoring kidnapping and ritual killings, saying that was why it is difficult to curtail the criminal acts.
According to Orimadegun, the insincerity of security agents and corrupt judicial system had been frustrating efforts to combat kidnapping and ritual killings, saying that majority of culprits arrested for the offences have been eventually freed by either the security agents or court.
He said for Nigeria to be a safe society, individuals must shun greed, lust for power and ‘fast way to get rich’ without stress.
Aregbesola said the state government was not relenting in maintaining and sustaining the status of Osun as the ‘most peaceful state’ in Nigeria, vowing to tackle petty crimes and social injustice across the state.
The governor said his administration has taken security matter with utmost seriousness and that it is committed to a secured, safe and crime free state by providing vehicles to all security agencies in the state and as well supporting them with other logistics to aid their effectiveness and operations.
He commended the security agents in the state on their efforts in combating kidnapping and ritual killings, just as he challenged them to totally kick-out the criminal act to enhance the security of lives in the state.