The Chief of Army Staff ,Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, says Nigerians must work together and offer maximum support to government to secure the country from insurgents, bandits and other criminals.
The Army chief made the plea at the opening of the first quarter annual conference of Nigeran Army Infantry Corps, holding in Jaji, Kaduna State.
The theme of the conference is Leveraging Land Power for Current and Future Warfare: The Unity of Combat Arms.
He said while the Army is deploying maximum intelligence in its operations, the massive support of the populace would help expose criminal elements and facilitate their decimation to make the country more peaceful and stable.
Buratai hailed the military exploits against Boko Haram, saying that the insurgents are being smoked out from Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“Today we have the full initiative in collaboration with the members of Multi National Joint Task Force countries, we are working hard to ensure that we finally sanitize the northern part of Borno, our border fringes with Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“The changes in the Nigeria Army and its innovations are quite outstanding.
“With our collective efforts with other security agencies, we were able to deal decisively with the Boko haram insurgencies.
“Within the hinterlands, some of them are still hibernating in the remote areas, they are planning and we are also planning to counter them.
“We will ensure that we employ the maximum intelligence required to contain those within the hinterland.”
Buratai said terrorism is quite complex and requires a more comprehensive approach involving government, communities, individuals and all other stakeholders in the country.
“If this is done, we will be able contain it at anytime it rears it ugly head.
“It cannot be left to the traditional rulers, local government chairmen, state governors or federal government institutions like the military, police or the Armed Forces alone.
“It is the collective responsibility of everybody. Every individual and society has a role to play.
“These criminals, insurgents including the bandits that are causing havoc in the Northwest and other parts of the country don’t come in from the blues, they all live in the society, they go to markets, motor parks and they also buy food stuffs in different areas where they are produced and they interact with people.
“ If the overall populace sees it as their own responsibility to support government and security agencies, it means we are going to resolve every security issue in the country.
Ikoku Four: Activist Condemns Call For Rivers CP’s Redeployment
A Port Harcourt – based human rights activist- cum lawyer, Mr Emperor Nnaoma, has condemned call for the redeployment of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Dandaura over the killing of Mr Chima Ikwunado and the torture of four others by the Eagle-Crack Unit of the State’s Police Command.
Nnaoma made this known in an exclusive chat with The Tide yesterday in Port Harcourt.
He said efforts should be geared towards the magnitude of relief Ikwunado’s family and other should get over the killing and brutality meted to them by the police E-Crack Unit.
According to him, the redeployment of the CP was not any kind of relief and could not be of any use to the affected parties.
He maintained that people should concern themselves with the call to regulate the activities of the E-Crack unit as to prevent further occurrence of such heinous act.
The lawyer, said that though, the police had erred, people must tread with caution, judging from the role the police play in the society.
“We must not throw away the baby with the bath water. We must be cautious of the fact that the police is a major stakeholder in our society in the area of crime fighting”, he said.
He hinted that his personal contact with the police top officers revealed a matured setting and operational maturity, as he blamed the rank and file for most police woes.
The lawyer also lambasted the officers of the E-Crack Unit over the manner in which the confessional statement was obtained.
He explained that any confessional statement obtained under such maximum duress, was fraudulent and cannot be tendered as an evidence in the court of law.
The activist who increased the volume of call for the release of Chima’s lifeless body to his family, said adequate compensation must be paid by the police to the affected Ikoku mechanics and their families.
On the arrest and detention of the four police men accused of the ordeal of the mechanics, he said it was a step in the right path, and added that it must go beyond that point.
“The arrest of the police men accused of Mr Ikwunado’s death and alleged torture of the four others, must go beyond arrest and detention. They must be punished in accordance with the law, if found wanting at the end of the day,” he said.
Community Policing: IG Meets S’East Govs, Today
To conclude its nationwide sensitisation, consultation and mobilisation processes towards the community policing policy, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohuammed Adamu is expected to meet South-East Governors in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, today.
Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, told newsmen in an interview that the security summit was designed to mobilise the key stakeholders and partners on what the community policing policy was all about.
Mba said the summit would not only serve as an avenue to get feedback from stakeholders but also platforms for opportunities available through the political stakeholders and persons of interest in each geo-political zone to raise their issues and questions of concern on the implementation of the process.
It will be recalled that similar summits were held in the South-South geopolitical zone in Delta State, North-West zone in Katsina State, North-East in Borno State, North-Central in Nasarawa State , South-West in Oyo State and to be concluded with the South-East in Enugu.
Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerians in their separate reactions to The Tide expressed worry over the non-resultant effect of these summits as well as other efforts by the government as insecurity is on its increase across the nation.
According to them, with the summits on-going, there should be reduction in the level of crime especially of kidnapping and violence but the reverse has been the case.
They urged the Nigerian Police Force and government at all levels to match actions with words for the summits to yield its expected results.
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EFCC Solicits NSCDC’s Cooperation In Fight Against Illegal Oil Bunkering
The Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Usman Imam, has solicited cooporation of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in its quest to nip the issue of illegal oil bunkering in Niger Delta region in the bud.
Mr Imam, made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Rivers State Command of the NSCDC recently in Port Harcourt.
He said that the Commission expected the collaboration of all stakeholders in its attempt to reduce illegal oil activities in the area.
According to him, the commission will be happier, if the synergy with the sister agency and others will eradicate permanently, the menace of illegal oil operations in the entire Niger Delta.
“The mandate I have from the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, is to bring illegal oil bunkering to the barest minimum, if we cannot stop it. I want to bring all stakeholders on board with a view to achieving this. I look forward to a wonderful working relationship with the NSCDC,” he said.
The EFCC Port Hacourt Zonal Head, also noted that the NSCDC’s mandate of protecting critical infrastructure corroborated that of the EFCC, which he said was safe guarding the nation’s economy via crime fighting.
He further, commended both agencies on what he described as long standing relationship between them and added that his priority was to strengthen the ties more effectively.
“It is in the national interest that the partnership between the EFCC and the NSCDC is strengthened. This is why I am here today, to formally introduce myself to you and seek your cooperation in enhancing the synergy between our agencies”, he stressed.
The NSDC Commandant, Mouhktar Lawal, who responded on behalf of the agency, assured the EFCC of robust cordial relationship.
Lawal who stressed the need for the synergy, said no single agency could fight the menace alone, hence the need to come together for the sole purpose.
”We cannot do it alone, you cannot do it alone. There has to be synergy as we are all working towards a common purpose”, he added.
It will be recalled that the issue of illegal oil operations in the entire Niger Delta had been a top challenge in the nation’s struggle to develop the oil sector which is its major source of foreign exchange.
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