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.

CDHR Condemns DSS’s Attack On Osun Journalists

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in the State of Osun has described as barbaric and condemnable, the unprovoked attack on journalists by overzealous officers of the Department of State Service (DSS).

CDHR in a press release signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Comrades Wahab Akinrinade and Emmanuel Olowu respectively on Wednesday said the attitude of the DSS operatives was absurd, cruel and criminal, saying that it was unbecoming of civilized security agents.

The human rights group stated that it was becoming alarming the rate at which journalists were being molested and attacked by security operatives in the state, recalling that officers of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) had early this year attacked the state correspondent of HallMark Newspaper, Mr Segun Adeyemi.

Calling on the DSS authority to sanction the errant officers and call his other operatives to order, CDHR warned that such attack on newsmen must not be swept under the carpet.

The group maintained that if the perpetrators of the attacks are left unpunished, it would further endangers the lives of journalists in the state, adding that it would smear the image of the security agencies if the case was not properly investigated and prosecuted.

“The attack on journalist by DSS operatives is highly condemnable. It is barbaric and absurd to see security agents attacking newsmen with impunity. This reminds us of the dark days of military era.

“Journalists are not just workers; they are the eyes and ears of the public. They are members of the fourth estate of the realm who are constitutionally empowered to perform their duties. Injustice to one is injustice to all.

“An attack on any journalist is an attack on all; and a threat to democracy. If journalists could be attacked freely by the DSS officers, who is save from the uncivilized and criminal act? It is a dangerous trend seeing DSS officers, who were supposed to be civil, informed and enlightened waging war against journalists.”


New Police Commissioner Takes Office In Plateau

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has appointed Jeremiah Undie as the new Police Commissioner for Plateau state command.

This was made known in a statement yesterday by state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tyopev Terna.

According to him, “Undie has reported to Plateau state and has fully taken over charge of the Police command from his predecessor, Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo..

“Prior to his current appointment, Undie was the Commissioner of Police in charge of Finance and Administration Department at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

“He has previously served in all the six geopolitical zones of the country before his new appointment.

“Undie hails from Ohong community in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River and enlisted into the Nigeria Police as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986.

“He was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police five months ago.”

4 Police Officers Die In Fatal Accident

Four police officers died while 30 others were severely injured in a fatal motor accident that occurred along Unguwar Rogo Area in Sokoto Metropolis, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Ibrahim Abaras, The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, who confirmed this to NAN on Tuesday, said that the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m on Monday.

Abaras said that the victims were all newly recruited officers who were participating in a training at the Police College, Sokoto.

According to him, they were returning from a shooting range exercise at Kware Local Government Area when the incident occurred near the State History Bureau.

The PPRO said that the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families and were buried accordingly.

Abaras added that the injured were being hospitalized at Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Police Clinic and Kware Nueropsychiatric Hospital, all in Sokoto.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Abdulkadir, Deputy Gov. Ahmad Aliyu, Commissioners, some government officials as well as community members participated in evacuating the victims to hospitals and funerals.

He added that state government had offered to provide the necessary logistical support to the victims, describing the incident as the first of its kind in Sokoto State.


Residents Hail Government For Notable Peace, Harmony In Osun [INFOGRAPH]

Residents in the State of Osun have lauded the efforts of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in ensuring peace and banishing threats to the security of the State.


This is coming against the backdrop of the report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, ranking Osun as one of the safe States in Nigeria.


The residents interviewed by our correspondent in several towns and villages across the State hailed the government on the status of security in their different areas of residence.


A resident of Onward area, Osogbo, Tijani Lukman commended the security personnel for the excellent work they are doing to ensure peace in the State.


According to him, “there is peace in my own community which I believe is a reflection of how everywhere is in the state, if the story were different, we would have read it on the pages of newspapers or seen it on television.”


A female resident of the Ilesa area of the State Oyindamola Ibrahim, noted that since her relocation to the area, she has witnessed unabated peace and quiet and gave kudos to the government and the police for a job well done.


In her words, “The State of Osun is a cool place to live as far as I am concerned because where I come from, I did not experience it this way. I have never been robbed or molested since I relocated for the past few years.”


However, another resident, Habeeb Salami said “there is no way bad people will not exist in our communities; but if you listen to radio and read newspapers, you will see that they are being brought to book.

This shows that the State has no tolerance for such and makes me to think that our judicial system in the state is working effectively. The State government did not achieve this by mere words, but also by making adequate provision of ammunitions for the securities to conquer ritual killing, theft and cultism in the State.


The view of the people in lauding the government gives credence to the recently published report of the National Bureau of Statistics which ranked Osun as one of the secured States in the country.


It has been revealed  that to achieve this feat in the area of security in the State, the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s  administration established Osun Citizens Meditation Center known as O-meditation, supplied 125 patrol vans to security agencies, provided an helicopter for aerial surveillance, regular financial supports for both local vigilante group and other security agencies, 25 fully equipped armoured personnel carriers, and recruitment of thousands of youths into Osun Sheriff Corps, traffic marshals and Edu-marshals, among other security measures put in place in the State.


Osun Citizens Hail Govt For Notable Peace, Harmony In The State [Video]

The citizens in the State of Osun has lauded the effort of the State Government lead by Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his unwavering effort in ensuring peace and banishing every threat to the State security.

This is coming on the backdrop of release by the National Bureau of Statistics, naming Osun as one of the safest state in Nigeria. The citizens our correspondent spoke with hailed the government at several towns and villages across the State during an interview about the status of security in their different area of living.

A resident of Onward area, Osogbo, Tijani Lukman glorified security personnel for the excellent work done to ensure peace in the state.

He said “There is peace in my own community which I believe is a reflection of how everywhere is in the state, if the story was different, we would have read it on the pages of newspapers or seen it on television.

While speaking to our correspondent, a female resident of Ilesha area of the state, Ibrahim Oyindamola, noted that since her relocation, she has witnessed unabated peace and quiet and gave kudos to the government and the police for a job well done.

She said, “Osun State is a cool place to live as far as I am concerned because where I come from I never experienced it this way. I have never been robbed or molested since I relocated for the past few years.”

However, another citizen Habeeb Salami said “there is no way whereby bad people won’t exist in our communities but if you listen to radio and read newspaper you will see that they are been brought to book which shows that the state has no tolerance for such and make me to think that our judicial system in the state is working effectively.

“The state government didn’t achieve this by mere words but also adequate provision of ammunitions for the securities to conquer ritual killing, theft and cultism in the state.

“A brother of mine is a Police officer who always lauds the government in the role they are playing to ensure that their own life is safe and insured while ensuring other people’s security.

The people’s view in lauding the government corresponded with the National Bureau of Statistics ranking which Osun as one of the most secured state in the country.

It was learnt that for the State government to achieve this feat, it established Osun citizens meditation center known as O-meditation, supplied of 125 patrol van to security agencies, provision of an helicopter for aerial surveillance, regular financial supports for both local vigilante group and other security agency, provision of 25 fully equipped armoured personnel carrier; recruitment of thousands of youth into Osun Sheriff corps, traffic marshals, Edu-marshal were among other things done by the State.

Security Alert: Police Storms South-East, South-South

The Nigerian police have increased the strength of its personnel in South East and South South to tackle any breach of peace.

According to information gathered, the increase is proactive measure on any threat peace that may arise from the activities of Biafran agitators ahead of the upcoming Anambra State governorship election.

Biafra agitators had warned that the election fixed for November 18, should not old.

Aside Mobile Police Force operatives that had been deployed, counter-Terrorism unit, the Intelligence unit and other conventional policemen, who would work with the state commands in the South-East and South-South zones have also been increased.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, had also been placed on surveillance to prevent him from fleeing the country if the court revokes his bail and order his re-arrest for allegedly flouting his bail conditions.

The Federal Government had last week asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted to Kanu, who is being prosecuted along with others on treasonable felony charges.

The government accused the IPOB leader of flouting his bail conditions and filed an application asking the court to revoke his bail and direct security agencies to re-arrest him.

The prosecution had said that instead of using the opportunity of his bail to attend to his health needs, Kanu had gone ahead to inaugurate a security outfit, known as Biafra Security Service.

The prosecution said this constituted a threat to national security.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, confirmed that the police had deployed more riot policemen in the South-East and South-South regions to avert a breach of security and maintain law and order.


Source: Punch