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…says fight against crime consuming resources

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that terrorism, banditry and other transnational crimes were posing serious threats to regional security. According to the President, the proximity of territorial borders to the Sahel, had not helped the security situation in the country. He has, therefore, charged police and intelligence chiefs of ECOWAS member-states to forge stronger collaboration and cooperation, with a view to dealing with such security challenges. President Buhari made the observation yesterday in Abuja, at the 16th Annual General Meeting of West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO).

Represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Buhari said the fight against crime and criminality, consumed a lot of resources. He, nonetheless, insisted that in the last four years, his administration has sustained military operations against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), thereby denying them safe haven.

The President said: “The challenges of insecurity posed by corruption, terrorism, communal clashes, herders-farmers conflict, trafficking in drugs and humans, kidnapping for ransom, armed banditry, proliferation of arms and light weapons, money laundering and other transnational organised crimes, are some of the vices threatening regional peace, progress, and development. “Of course, we are aware of other threats to security such as climate change – which brings with it environmental degradation – extreme poverty. “However, as police chiefs, your focus is on security of lives and properties, in relation to law and order. “The porosity of our territorial borders, and proximity to the Sahel, also makes us vulnerable to all sorts of illegal criminal activities, and other threats to peace and security in the Sub-region.

“The fight against crime and criminality is vast and resource-consuming, transcending national, regional and global levels.” He further lamented that the activities of Boko Haram had created humanitarian crisis for countries within the Lake Chad axis, with the displacement of people from their locations. It was his considered view, that the need for greater synergy among the sub-regional police organisations had become more compelling than ever before.”The activities of the Boko Haram Terrorists affecting Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin countries such as Chad and Cameroon in Central Africa, have created new humanitarian problems, with the displacement of people from their communities, posing serious security threats within the region,” Buhari said. It was against this backdrop, that he commended the initiative of the WAPCCO meeting, saying: “It comes at a time a lot of synergy among ECOWAS member-states is needed to fight against crime and criminality in the West African Sub-region.” Meanwhile, the President has said that in the last four years of his administration, concerted effort had been made in degrading the potency of Boko Haram. Also within the period, the President maintained that corruption had been fought with drastic measures. One of such measures, the President disclosed, was through the strengthening of legislation. His words: “Nigeria, in the last four years, has taken drastic measures and spared no efforts in our resolve to fight corruption, and our quest to defeat Boko Haram. “We have led vigorous military campaigns against the terrorists, by reorganising the Multinational Joint Task Force, which has dislodged them. “Working with our regional and international partners, we have denied them safe haven within and around the Sub-region. “We have also strengthened legislation against terrorism and corruption, while (empowering) the anti-graft agencies to be able to carry out their mandates. “These measures have yielded much dividend in reducing financial crimes and acts of terrorism in such issues involving the rate by which they occur.” Yesterday’s meeting, which serves as the concluding session of a conference that began on Tuesday, was attended by ministers from ECOWAS memberstates, and other dignitaries.

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Account for the $1bn ECA security fund, PDP tells Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammad Buhari to account for the $1billion drawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) in 2017 for security.

The party said this became necessary following the revelation by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Mongunu (rtd), that he is not aware of the whereabouts or disbursement of the fund.

PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that the revelation of the NSA, who coordinates the security architecture of the country, places a huge burden on President Buhari to tell Nigerians what happened to the money.

 

“The revelation by NSA further vindicates the PDP on our initial alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration is overtly corrupt, deceptive and unreliable in the handling the affairs of our nation.

“It further validates the stance of the PDP that agents of the Buhari presidency and the APC were hiding under the guise of security to siphon the $1billion from the ECA.

“This, perhaps, informed the desperation by the cabal to draw from the account without recourse to statutory due process of appropriation by the National Assembly,” the party noted.

It added that from Mongunu’s revelation, Nigerians could see why the nation was daily confronted with disturbing videos and reports of fighting troops protesting their neglect and inadequate equipping, leading to their vulnerability in the fronts.

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Four Turkish nationals kidnapped in Kwara

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Four Turkish nationals have been abducted in western Nigeria, local police have told the BBC.

The four, who are construction workers, were kidnapped by gunmen at a bar in Kwara State on Saturday night.

An operation to try to rescue them is under way. No group has said it carried out the abductions.

Last week pirates attacked a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors. Their fate remains unknown.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians frequently targeted.

In April, a prominent politician and his daughter were abducted on a highway in Kaduna State. They were released after ransom was paid.

In the same month two kidnappings targeted foreigners. In the Niger Delta region, gunmen kidnapped two senior Shell workers and killed their police guards. A British woman was shot dead in Kaduna when armed men stormed a holiday resort. They killed one other person and kidnapped three during the attack.

 

In January last year, two Americans and two Canadian citizens were abducted while travelling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja. Two of their police escorts were killed.

 

The four kidnap victims were later freed unharmed in a joint military and police operation.

 

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Gambari to Buhari: Don’t ignore agitations from different sections

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…says dialogue way forward

Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has warned the Federal Government against ignoring agitations from different sections of the country and groups, saying  the development was an indication that all was not well.

Gambari, who called for dialogue among agitating interests, maintained that the survival of the “Nation-State” depended largely on conflict management and unwavering commitment to building peace.

The former UN Permanent Representative and Chairman, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, who made the position at an event in Abuja over the weekend, said the importance of building and sustaining peace in the polity, could never be overemphasised, especially in the face of the nation’s multi-ethnic configuration.

Among other prominent voices, who had called for dialogue as a way out of the tension that has literally enveloped the polity, were former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as well as ex-Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku.

They contend that a national dialogue was urgently needed to address concerns of restructuring by the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, secession by pro-Buafra groups, resource control by Niger Delta activists among others.

There are also concerns that the agitations and the perceived inaction by the government, may have worsened the issue of mutual distrust among ethnic nations, hence the compelling need for dialogue.

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Special forces discover location of abducted Borno aid workers – Report

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…arrest informants

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

There are indications that special forces from the military and intelligence services, may have sighted the location where some abducted aid workers were being held.

It will be recalled that suspected terrorist elements had attacked the convoy of staff of Action Against Hunger (AAH) last Thursday at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The aid workers were said to be on their way to provide humanitarian assistance to some crisis-ridden communities when they were abducted.

According to reports, some of the missing staff, who were being conveyed in a vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA, are: Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu and Mohammed Abba Gana.

The incident was said to have happened at Zari village, less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town.

However, apart from identifying the location where the suspected fighting may be holding their captives, some persons suspected to be informants, have been arrested.

An intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the operation of the special force was being coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu.

Quoting a source, the platform said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.”

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…arrest informants

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

There are indications that special forces from the military and intelligence services, may have sighted the location where some abducted aid workers were being held.

It will be recalled that suspected terrorist elements had attacked the convoy of staff of Action Against Hunger (AAH) last Thursday at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The aid workers were said to be on their way to provide humanitarian assistance to some crisis-ridden communities when they were abducted.

According to reports, some of the missing staff, who were being conveyed in a vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA, are: Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu and Mohammed Abba Gana.

The incident was said to have happened at Zari village, less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town.

However, apart from identifying the location where the suspected fighting may be holding their captives, some persons suspected to be informants, have been arrested.

An intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the operation of the special force was being coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu.

Quoting a source, the platform said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.”

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Special forces discover location of abducted Borno aid workers – Report

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Special forces discover location of abducted Borno aid workers – Report

…arrest informants

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

There are indications that special forces from the military and intelligence services, may have sighted the location where some abducted aid workers were being held.

It will be recalled that suspected terrorist elements had attacked the convoy of staff of Action Against Hunger (AAH) last Thursday at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The aid workers were said to be on their way to provide humanitarian assistance to some crisis-ridden communities when they were abducted.

According to reports, some of the missing staff, who were being conveyed in a vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA, are: Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu and Mohammed Abba Gana.

The incident was said to have happened at Zari village, less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town.

However, apart from identifying the location where the suspected fighting may be holding their captives, some persons suspected to be informants, have been arrested.

An intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the operation of the special force was being coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu.

Quoting a source, the platform said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.”

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Special forces discover location of abducted Borno aid workers – Report

…arrest informants

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

There are indications that special forces from the military and intelligence services, may have sighted the location where some abducted aid workers were being held.

It will be recalled that suspected terrorist elements had attacked the convoy of staff of Action Against Hunger (AAH) last Thursday at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The aid workers were said to be on their way to provide humanitarian assistance to some crisis-ridden communities when they were abducted.

According to reports, some of the missing staff, who were being conveyed in a vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA, are: Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu and Mohammed Abba Gana.

The incident was said to have happened at Zari village, less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town.

However, apart from identifying the location where the suspected fighting may be holding their captives, some persons suspected to be informants, have been arrested.

An intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the operation of the special force was being coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu.

Quoting a source, the platform said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.”

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Special forces discover location of abducted Borno aid workers – Report

…arrest informants

Emmanuel Onani, Abuja

There are indications that special forces from the military and intelligence services, may have sighted the location where some abducted aid workers were being held.

It will be recalled that suspected terrorist elements had attacked the convoy of staff of Action Against Hunger (AAH) last Thursday at Damasak, headquarters of the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.

The aid workers were said to be on their way to provide humanitarian assistance to some crisis-ridden communities when they were abducted.

According to reports, some of the missing staff, who were being conveyed in a vehicle with registration No MAG 981 AA, are: Grace Taku, Ali Kayiri, Ali A Mustapha, Ali Gaya, Mallam Nuhu and Mohammed Abba Gana.

The incident was said to have happened at Zari village, less than 20 kilometres from Damasak town.

However, apart from identifying the location where the suspected fighting may be holding their captives, some persons suspected to be informants, have been arrested.

An intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the operation of the special force was being coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Bulama Biu.

Quoting a source, the platform said: “The special force was able to detect the location of the humanitarian aid workers after some arrests were made.”

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Four Turkish nationals abducted in Kwara

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Four Turkish nationals have been abducted in western Nigeria, local police have told the BBC.
The four, who are construction workers, were kidnapped by gunmen at a bar in Kwara State on Saturday night.
An operation to try to rescue them is under way. No group has said it carried out the abductions.
Last week pirates attacked a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors. Their fate remains unknown.
Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians frequently targeted.
In April, a prominent politician and his daughter were abducted on a highway in Kaduna State. They were released after ransom was paid.
In the same month two kidnappings targeted foreigners. In the Niger Delta region, gunmen kidnapped two senior Shell workers and killed their police guards. A British woman was shot dead in Kaduna when armed men stormed a holiday resort. They killed one other person and kidnapped three during the attack.
In January last year, two Americans and two Canadian citizens were abducted while travelling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja. Two of their police escorts were killed.
The four kidnap victims were later freed unharmed in a joint military and police operation.

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Four Turkish nationals abducted in Kwara

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Four Turkish nationals abducted in Kwara

Four Turkish nationals have been abducted in western Nigeria, local police have told the BBC.
The four, who are construction workers, were kidnapped by gunmen at a bar in Kwara State on Saturday night.
An operation to try to rescue them is under way. No group has said it carried out the abductions.
Last week pirates attacked a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors. Their fate remains unknown.
Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians frequently targeted.
In April, a prominent politician and his daughter were abducted on a highway in Kaduna State. They were released after ransom was paid.
In the same month two kidnappings targeted foreigners. In the Niger Delta region, gunmen kidnapped two senior Shell workers and killed their police guards. A British woman was shot dead in Kaduna when armed men stormed a holiday resort. They killed one other person and kidnapped three during the attack.
In January last year, two Americans and two Canadian citizens were abducted while travelling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja. Two of their police escorts were killed.
The four kidnap victims were later freed unharmed in a joint military and police operation.

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