Insecurity: FG overwhelmed, security should be decentralised, say Catholic bishops

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has expressed concern over the continued insecurity in the country saying the Federal Government appears overwhelmed by the development. The episcopal body, which noted that various security challenges have made living in Nigeria very precarious, called for proper decentralization of security agencies for effective results. Rising from the CBCN second plenary meeting held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the bishops said in a communiqué issued that there can be no stability and enabling environment for meaningful development without adequate…

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Nigerian insecurity requires urgent attention, U.N. rapporteur warns

Nigeria’s multiple security problems have created a crisis that requires urgent attention and could lead to instability in other African countries if it is not addressed, a United Nations rapporteur said on Monday. Security forces in Africa’s most populous country are trying to tackle a decade-long Islamist insurgency in the northeast, banditry in the northwest and bloody clashes between nomadic herdsmen and farming communities over dwindling arable land in central states. Agnes Callamard, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, said Nigeria was a “pressure cooker of…

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DSS, police abort S’West rallies against insecurity

Dss operatives

  Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday stopped a mass rally of the Yoruba Summit Group scheduled to hold in front of the Agodi Government Arcade, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Also, men of the Ondo State Police Command prevented another rally organised by a pro-democracy group from holding in Akure, the state capital. The rallies were to protest the spate of insecurity in the South-West. The group, an amalgamation of all socio-cultural and self-determination groups in Yoruba land had converged to discuss insecurity in the land,…

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Buhari’s government allowed insecurity to escalate – CAN

The National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has blamed the increasing security challenges in the country on the way government handle the matter. The CAN President stated this while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri shortly after his arrival on Monday. Rev. Kunle said; “The leaders in the community supervised by the government should be patriotic and bold enough to expose bad elements in their communities for us to have peace. ” I am in Maiduguri to add to the joy of our Internally Displaced Persons…

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Insecurity: 20 NAF officers train in drone technology

Determined to tackle cyber terrorism and other associated security challenges, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday said it had trained a total of 20 officers for the purpose.   The officers’ training, which was acquired in the United States (US) and India, included the micro-control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) produced by the NAF and soft-ware development.   Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, made the disclosure at the NAF Headquarters, during the opening of a workshop for Communication Branch. “A total of 12 officers have been…

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Insecurity: Buhari has failed – Plateau youths

The Plateau State Chapter of Youth Council of Nigeria has accused the APC Administration under President Muhammadu Buhari for its failure to protect the lives and prosperities of innocent citizens of the State. The Youth Council in a strong Press Statement signed by it State Chairman Dr.Fabong Jemchang Yildam and made available to Journalist in Jos yesterday, after another fresh attack on Sunday night in Bassa LGC  killings two persons said the carnage has continued unchecked and the impunity is so palpable like never before. “The events of these days pasts on…

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Ansar-ud-Deen: Youth exclusion responsible for poverty, insecurity

A religious group, Ansar-ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN), at the weekend, had identified non-payment of Zakkat as well as political, economic and social exclusion of youths as the major cause of violence in the country. ADYAN said the inclusion of young ones in government was key to building and sustaining peace in the country. Speaking at the commemoration of the International Youth Day, the organisation said if Muslims had paid their Zakkat regularly, poverty and insecurity would be wiped out of Nigeria in five years. According to the Chairman,…

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Squabbling over recovered cows, insecurity

Maraba Udege, an alleged den of notorious thieves and kidnappers, recently witnessed a different form of activity as some cows were recovered from cattle rustlers. REGINA OTOKPA writes on the melodrama between the police and NATFORCE as they struggled to take credit for the feat Cattle rustling has become a major crime in Nigeria. Though predominant in the northern part of the country, it is gradually spreading to other parts of the country, including the seat of power, Abuja. This is posing grave danger to communities around the Federal Capital…

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