Killings: Buhari To Overhaul Security Setup

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was planning a reorganisation of the nation’s security architecture to address ongoing security challenges in parts of the country.

He, however, did not disclose the details of the re-organisation.

Dogara said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The President has taken enough steps, these are security issues, they are not matters that you can discuss; but he has told us what he is doing, the re-organisation that he plans to put in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen,” he said.

Dogara said Buhari briefed them on what he saw firsthand when he visited the troubled state on Tuesday and the measures he was putting in place to forestall recurrence.

He added, “These are very sober moments for all of us. In a situation where people, in hundreds, continue to be killed, we can no longer tolerate this kind of situation as a government.

“Whatever it is, we must not lose the fight against violence because we can’t lose that fight and still keep our civilisation.

“If you go to the North East, you can see the level of devastation caused by Boko Haram. Everything resembling progress: from schools to hospitals to government institutions, everything has been pulled down. And we don’t want a replication of this all over the country.”

Worrisome Security Situation In Banks: A Call On The Police Force

The security situation in the banks these days has become really worrisome as men of the underworld rob bank customers at will. There’s now a growing concern among the residents of Osogbo on the way and manner armed bandits perpetrate their criminal acts against their unsuspecting victims. Obviously, there is a syndicate of hardened thieves hanging around banks across the city using the same method to unleash robbery on people.

Against the background of the tight security put in place by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state which has put open robbery at bay in the banks across the state, robbers have now devised a new stratagem of robbing the people especially bank customers who go to banks for transactions. And this method is really working for them substantially as they smile home happily after successfully perpetrating their criminal activities against their victims who are left to weep and cry.

Reports reaching this medium revealed that these unscrupulous elements hang around banks in the state to watch for customers who collect money in the banks and trail them to their destinations to rob them. They operate with the use of motorcycle popularly called ‘Okada’. Private car owners are mostly their victims. Their operational methodology is to use ‘okada’ to trail any customer who has collected money in the bank, follow such to his or her destination and collect the money at gun point.

In some other cases which is mostly common, these robbers force open their victim’s car doors once the person gets to his destination, parks and steps out of the car. And before he or she would get back to his car, the evil deed would have been done. They either use master-key to open the car door or destroy the door and force it open to make away with the money. This practice has been going on for months in the city and it is becoming rampant by the day. Only last week alone about three cases of this unfortunate incident were reported in our office and the amounts involved were quite substantial.

In the light of the foregoing, we like to call on the state of Osun police command and other security agencies in the state to be on the lookout for these bandits, so as to ensure that their criminal activities are curbed. We also like to call on the general public – especially those who go to the banks to collect money – to be extra vigilant so that they don’t become victims of these ungodly and wicked people. ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’, as the saying goes.

 

124,000 Active Military Personnel, 291,685 Policemen – Are Nigerian Security Agencies Weighed Down By Conflicts?

BY Yekeen Akinwale

SINCE 2009, Nigerian security agencies− Nigerian Army, State Security Services and the Police have been fighting insurgencies in the country.  Yet the war against insurgency in Nigeria seems unending. The security agencies are still garnering experiences in fighting insurgencies, because nothing had prepared them for unconventional war such as insurgency.

Repeatedly, the Federal Government claimed it has defeated the Boko Haram terrorists group, and more than five times, government claimed the military has either killed or wounded Abubakar Shekau, leader of the group.

But each time such claim is made, Boko Haram launched a  more deadly attack. In 2007 alone,  it killed more than 900 people  while more than 20,000 have since been killed and over two million displaced since 2009 when the conflict started.

In December 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari said Boko Haram was technically defeated, declaring that the group could no longer stage  “conventional attacks” against security forces or population centres.

Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff re-echoed President Buhari’s claim in August 2017, insisting that Boko Haram remained technically defeated.

“They will continue to remain technically defeated and they will never be as strong as they were previously,” he said.

But between December 2015 and December 2017 when those claims were made, more than 1000 people were killed by Boko Haram, a group that has been described as one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organisations.

Beyond Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian security agencies have still had to contend with Niger Delta militants that once held the nation by the throat – attacking oil installation, kidnapping oil workers (local and expatriates) as well as engaging in oil bunkering− crippling the nation’s oil dependent economy.

And also, lately, security agencies are having their hands full with the activities of herdsmen and armed bandits who, for no particular reason, have turned Benue and Zamfara states to killing fields.

It was however the Amnesty Programme introduced by late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua in 2009 that proved effective to ending the economic sabotage that the Niger Delta militants have caused the country.

In six months, precisely from December 31, 2017 to May 2018, herdsmen have murdered more than 100 people in Benue while armed bandits hacked over 100 people to death in Zamfara and Kaduna states within the same period.

This is despite the deployment, in November 2017, of police personnel, comprising 20 units of Police Mobile Force, 10 cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, and Special Police Forces, as well as 2,000 conventional police personnel to Zamfara State.

After gruesome killing of 45 people in Birnin Gwari in early May 2018 by the faceless armed bandits, Kaduna State, the State Police Command announced the deployment of three additional police mobile units to reinforce security in the troubled town.

These with the firepower of the Nigerian Army have yielded little or no results as internal security challenges keep mounting across the country raising questions as to whether the security agencies have been overwhelmed by the level and volume of conflicts they are confronted with.

ARE NIGERIAN SECURITY AGENCIES OVERWHELMED?

Evidently, Nigerian security agencies are stressed out− perhaps overstretched  and the number of internal security challenges – Niger Delta militants, Boko Haram insurgency, MASSOB/IPOB agitation, kidnappers, armed Bandits and herdsmen, they are managing explains that.

With 181,000 total military personnel − 124,000 active personnel and 57,000 reserve personnel, Nigeria ranks the fourth most powerful country in Africa and 43rd in the world  according to Global Firepower 2018.

In addition, Nigeria boasts of 124 aircraft strength comprising nine fighter aircraft, 21 attack aircraft, 52 transport aircraft, 47 trainer aircraft, 42 helicopters and 11 attack helicopters.  Nigeria also has 148 armoured tanks, 1420 fighting vehicles, 25 self-propelled artillery, 339 towed artillery and 30 rocket projectors.

For its Navy strength− its total naval assets is 75 which is made up of four frigates and 93 patrol crafts. It has no submarine and aircraft carrier.

And with Defence budget of $2.3billion and the enunciated military strength to protect a total population of 190,632,261Nigerians, does Nigeria have enough to confront its growing internal challenges?

It is very tempting to assume that Nigeria has all it takes to take any internal security challenges headlong including asymmetrical ones from bandits, herdsmen and Boko Haram splinter groups, especially if the Global Firepower ranking that placed the country fourth in Africa is anything to go by.

But a more critical and dispassionate assessment may show where the lapses are particularly if Nigeria’s military strength is placed side-by-side country like Pakistan with similar internal security challenges and a population that is slightly above Nigeria.

NIGERIA VS PAKISTAN’S MILITARY STRENGTH

Pakistan, like Nigeria, has for years now been fighting insurgency by Taliban. Though its army also faced many difficulties in conducting effective counter-insurgency operations, despite deploying more than 150,000 soldiers in the Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and FATA, and has suffered over 15,700 casualties, including over 5,000 dead since 2008, Pakistan is still seeing largely to have fared better than Nigeria in its counter insurgency operations.

Secrets behind this remains that Pakistan, ranked 17th most powerful country in the world with 204,924,861population has 919,000 total military personnel, 738000 than that of Nigeria. Its active personnel are 637,000 while Nigeria has just 124000 active personnel with only 57000 reserved components compared to Pakistan’s 282,000 reserved components.

In terms of defence budget, Nigeria’s $2,330,000,000 is a far cry to Pakistan’s $7,000,000,000, given the fact that Nigeria’s external reserve − $31,080,000,000 is higher than $20,020,000,000 of Pakistan. Same goes for the differences in their external debts and purchasing power respectively which favour Nigeria − $35,230,000,000 and $1,118,000,000,000 for Nigeria and $75,660,000,000 and $1,056,000,000,000 respectively.  Nigeria has more oil reserves- 37,060,000,000 (bbl) than Pakistan’s 350,600,000 (bbl)

While Nigeria has just 124 aircraft, Pakistan has 1,281 aircraft− 320 fighters, 410 attack aircraft, 296 transport, 486 trainers, helicopter 328 and attack helicopters 49. Nigeria’s helicopters are 42 and 11 attack helicopters. While Nigeria has 54 serviceable airports, Pakistan has 151, and whereas, Nigeria’s daily oil production is superior to that of Pakistan (1,871,000((bbl/dy)) for Nigeria and 85,500 ((bbl/dy)) for Pakistan.

Pakistan’s tank strength− 2182 compared to Nigeria’s meager 148 speaks volume of what can be accomplished with high number of tanks that include 2604 armored fighting vehicles and 307 self-propelled artillery , towed artillery 1,240 and 144 projectors.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NIGERIA

Nigerian security outfits− the military, police, state security services, like those in Pakistan have come under attacks from the insurgents. The army’s convoys have been repeatedly ambushed; it has faced numerous terrorist strikes in the shape of suicide attacks and bombings; many of its personnel (especially those in the North East) have deserted particularly under the last administration because the army was ‘worn out’ with no weapons like the ones paraded by the terrorists.

Many soldiers have been captured by the Jihadists in humiliating circumstances. While some of these soldiers were never seen again, some others were killed. Soldiers are routinely overstaying leave or going AWOL (absent without leave) and even regular army battalions have seen their morale dip to worryingly low levels. There have been some reports of soldiers disobeying the orders issued by their superior officers.

What complicated the issue was the famous $2.1billion Dasuki gate –it is still refreshing how service chiefs and other top military brass and politicians indicted in the scam were exposed and refunded what was meant to be used to procure arms for the military fighting terrorism.

The only conclusion that was drawn then was that a once proud professional army had headed inexorably downhill.

When in 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari, whose one of his cardinal campaign promise was to tackle insecurity took power, it was a huge sigh of relief for many Nigerians. He changed the Service Chiefs and gave them matching order to smoke out not only the Boko Haram terrorists, but all forms of groups that are security threats to the unity of the country.

The military, truly hurt by a series of Boko Haram successes employed massive firepower to stem the rot. Helicopter gunships and heavy artillery were freely used to destroy suspected terrorist hideouts. It reclaimed territories once controlled by the terrorists; freed many held captives by them and also foiled many attacks. This is what gave the government the hope that it has defeated or has restricted the terrorists to the Sambisa forest.

But there have been major reverses of the successes recorded by the military against the terrorists. The recent waves of attacks, this time around, not only by Boko Haram, but killer herdsmen, armed bandits, armed robbers and kidnappers almost everywhere in Nigeria has given rise to panic and concerns among citizens as to whether the security operatives still possess that capacity to deliver on their mandate.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria was tasked to come to the aid of the civil authority in line with constitutional provisions encapsulated in Section 217(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Amended which states that “the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic shall be employed in suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President, but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly” and by extension the promotion of economic development.”

CAN NIGERIA GET ITS SECURITY AGENCIES MORE FORTIFIED?

What is obvious is that the firepower or better put, Nigerian military strength is nowhere adequate to confront the myriads of security challenges it is currently tackling in the country.

From its defence budget to military arsenal and personnel, the government needs to borrow a leave from Pakistan which despite its huge defence budget, personnel and weapon is still sweating against Taliban and other internal security challenges.

Though procurement of military weapons is largely done in secrecy making it one of the nation’s cesspools of corruption, the President needs to sanitise that process to ensure that defence budget is spent what is meant for.  Between 2010 and 2017, Nigeria’s military expenditure stands at N504.9billion according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the independent resource on global security. The expenditure looks huge, but not so the nation’s fire power.

Granted that President Buhari has recently ordered for new war helicopters from the US out of the $1billion taken from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), it must go beyond that as a matter of national interest to ensure that all aspect of the security is fortified, because, security is a cursor to development in any country and this explains why countries like the US, China, France, Japan, Germany, Russia among other top world power budget exponentially for security.

 

150 Special Forces To Be Deployed To Taraba

The Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar has revealed that no fewer than 150 special forces will be deployed to assist in restoring security in troubled areas in Taraba.

Abubakar disclosed this in Enugu when he led a delegation of senior officers of the Air Force on a courtesy visit to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
He said that the Special Forces which would mainly be ground forces would leave on May 10.

Abubakar said that the Air Force was hitherto more or less interested in flying operations, but had recently shown interest in ground operations too.

The Chief of Air Staff said that another 150 Special Forces were presently in Sambisa Forest along with the officers of the Nigerian Army.

“Similarly, we have over 150 Special Forces that are presently operating in Zamfara State to tackle issues of banditry and other security challenges in the state.

“On May 10, we are deploying another 150 special forces which are mainly ground forces to Taraba State in order to add value to what is happening there in terms of security challenges,” he said.

Abubaka said that he was in the state for the ground breaking ceremony of the newly approved Ground Training Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force in the South East.

“We believe that the efforts we are putting up now will provide further security for our people to be able to pursue their legitimate duties and aspirations without hindrance,” he said.

Responding, Ugwuanyi commended the Air Force for its roles in providing security to Nigerians along with other security agencies.

The governor also commended them for establishing the command in the state and called for more robust relationship between the state government and the force.

Fear, Loathing And Carnage: The Aregbesola Response

It has become disconcerting to read the newspaper headlines, watch the news or access the social media.

The impression giving is that of a Nigerian nation at war. The central authorities now have no other alternative than to take off the kid gloves. This is because the main reason, the raison d’être for the existence of the modern state lies in its incontrovertible “monopoly of the means of intimidation, violence and coercion.” Surrender this critical ethos, and it’s a descent into anarchy.

In tackling what has become as spiral of violence, the central authorities must examine both hard and soft power, they must also make a critical assessment of the impact of the sub-units of the federation which have so far continued to defy the trend.

A good example apart from Lagos State is the state of Osun. Here, kudos must be given to the pro-active policies of the state government. By understudying the environmental causes of conflict, the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has anticipated and neutralized the challenges inducing robberies, cultism, drug abuse, arms proliferation amongst other social deviancy. The counter-attack, pro-active strategies have clearly worked. Pre- Aregbesola many of the major urban settlements in Osun had been under a state of siege. This has now receded into history and largely out of memory.

Credit has to be given to the Ogbeni Governor for making cost effective budget allocation on the Security Landscape. Aregbesola’s government made transparent procurement of 25 sophisticated Armed Personnel Carriers and 125 patrol vans to combat robberies. The vans were distributed among all the security agencies, including the Army, Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Immigration and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) amongst others.

The state government also subsequently inaugurated a combined quick emergency response team, Swift Action Response Squad (SARS) which comprises security forces like the Army, Police, and NSCDC officials whose activities have reduced crime rate to the barest minimum in Osun.

Hard pressed state governments hamstrung in a defective quasi- federalism must take a hard look at the Osun model. In a tight fiscal situation cost effective spending is decisive which is why Ogbeni Aregbesola deserves so much credit. He could after all, have used the spending on security as an opportunity for self-aggrandisement. When a state like Osun is at peace within, kudos must be giving to the government. We on our part do so.

For this reason, the electorate in Osun State with the backdrop of the prevailing horror stories across the country in mind must put the continuity of the security framework at the top of their priorities when they vote on September 22, 2018. With continuity we will continue to make Osun a standout safe haven, peaceful, secure and at peace with itself and others.

BREAKING: IGP Shuns Senate Invitation over Melaye Saga

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has failed to appear before the Senate over the arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye and the killings across the country.

The Senate had, on Wednesday, summoned the IGP to appear in the chamber to address the lawmakers in plenary on Thursday (today).

The Police boss was, however, said to have accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari on a state visit to Bauchi State.

Faulting the Police boss for not officially communicating to them on his non-appearance, the lawmakers asked that the appearance be rescheduled to next Wednesday.

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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.