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Buratai Charges Troops To Be Ruthless Against Banditry

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged troops of Operation Harbin Kunama 3 to be ruthless, aggressive and decisive against bandits in the North-West.
Buratai gave the charge when he visited the troops stationed at 1 Division Super Camp in Kuyello, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday.
He urged them to remain focused in the operations and to act within the confines of the law and rule of engagement.
Buratai said that the Army would not tolerate any form of criminality and threat to peace and security in any part of the country, and added that the corporate existence of Nigeria must not be jeopardised.
“You must remain focused; you must be aggressive; you must be decisive and you must be ruthless just the way the criminals have been ruthless on the innocent lives. We will not spare them as well.
“The law must take its course more so if they are seen in the act, and indeed, carrying arms which is within the law and within the rule of engagement.
“We don’t have time to waste, we must develop, we must move ahead and we must keep our country secured.
“Nigeria is our country and we are ready at any time, to lay down our lives for the unity of our dear fatherland.
“We will not tolerate any group of bandits or terrorists or criminals to disturb our peace and any case of insecurity.
“The corporate existence of Nigeria as one country is a sacred responsibility that we must uphold at all times,” he said.
The army chief assured the troops of his commitment to their welfare on the field and in the barracks.
He also pledged to ensure that the troops were well equipped in terms of equipment and logistics to enable them to have successful operations.
Buratai explained that the super camp concept was developed to further consolidate on their operations in ensuring that the army dealt with security challenges bedevilling the country.
“So, we are happy with the results that we are having both in the North-East and in the North-West here. It is just like any other deployment actually.
“This time, instead of getting them decentralised, we have a more centralised element of a more centralised forces and it is one of the principles of war.
“You provide security for the forces as much as possible to deal with the security situations and that has been quite wonderful.
“In the past two to three weeks, there have been no major attacks in the North-East because of the new posture.
“Here, apart from some isolated remote areas as a result of so many other factors, the attacks have drastically reduced,” he said.
The Tide reports that the camp located in Kuyello in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state is at the borders of Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger and Katsina states.
Banditry activities have been prominent in Zamfara, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states, prompting army authorities to launch Operation Harbin Kunama to tackle it.

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Monarch Lauds Wike Over Anti-Cultism Unit

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The Eze Ali Omokpirikwu, Eze Okechuwku Okah, has commended the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the siting of the antti-cultism unit in Elele.
Eze Okah, who said this during a courtesy call on him by a non governmental organization: Elele Voice in his palace also commended the Governor for upgrading the Elele traditional stool to first class.
He said that the sitting of the anticultism unit in the community has made the area to be more secured for business activities.
According to him, the administration of Governor Wike is unprecedented especially in the areas of security, infrastructure and sanitation.
The traditional ruler who particularly commended the Governor for the unveiling of the Operation Sting security outfit, stressed that by the unveiling, the Governor has shown that Rivers State has no place for criminals adding that the Governor needs more supports to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Eze Okah also told them that his decision to donate transformers to the community was to ensure constant power supply as over 20 communties in Elele have not had power supply in the last five years.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr Smart Johnson said that the group was in his palace to thank him for the donation of transformers to Elele community.
Johnson said that the kind gesture has restored the economy of the area, adding that the group would not relent in mobilizing support for the traditional ruler.
Meanwhile, the Deputy leader of Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon. Amadi Jacob has called on the police authorities to investigate the alleged extortion activities of men of Operation Sting along the Elele-Owerri road.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, he said that the activities of the police officers have brought shame to the people and advised the outfit to resist the temptation of being compromised in the performance of their duties.

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We’re Making Progress Against Banditry -CAS

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abrubaka, says the military has substantially contained emerging banditry in some  parts  of the country in addition to the successes recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East.

Abubakar said this on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
Abubakar was in Yola to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with officers and men of the Air Task Force, engaged in the fight against insurgency in the north east.
He said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) would continue to motivate its personnel to boost their morale in the task of keeping Nigeria and the society safe.
“We are making progress and all hands most be on deck to address the challenges, particularly the new challenge of banditry,” he said.
According to him, the NAF has established the quick Response Units in some states to bring security closer to the people.
The CAS lauded Nigerians for their understanding and urged the public to do more in terms of volunteering timely relevant information to security agencies.
He noted that the provision of adequate and effective security information to relevant authorities was the obligation of all Nigerians.
“I want to emphasize that security is not just about security agencies; everybody has a role to play to ensure Nigeria is secured,” Abubakar said.
While reiterating the commitment of NAF to ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, the CAS lauded the Federal Government for doing a lot in equipping NAF in terms of aircraft and training to discharge its responsibility.
He lauded the performances of officers and men of the air task force, pointing out that his decision of always marking festive periods with them at the frontline was among others, to appreciate them and boost their morale to do more in discharging their assigned tasks.

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Bus Driver Commits Suicide At Mechanic Workshop In Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command says a 43-year-old commercial bus driver has been found dead at a mechanic workshop after allegedly taking a liquid substance suspected to be sniper.
The spokesman for the command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday.
Elkana said the Shomolu Pedro Police Station received an information that one Kabiru Bello of No. 77, Owode Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State, allegedly drank a liquid substance suspected to be sniper.
He said that the incident happened on Saturday at about 12.56p.m inside his Volkswagen commercial bus with registration number AKD-724 XM while at a mechanic workshop at Ladylack Bus stop, Shomolu.
“He was rushed to Adesola clinic, Shomolu, where he was confirmed dead. Homicide detectives visited the scene. One empty bottle of chemical substances suspected to be sniper was recovered.
“The corpse has been deposited in mortuary for autopsy,” he said.
Similarly, the police at Ilemba Hausa area of Lagos have recovered two locally made single barrel guns with 12 cartridges, one laptop and one mobile phone inside a vehicle abandoned by suspected robbers.
The police spokesman said the recovery was made on Saturday at about 9.30 p.m. after the Ilemba Hausa Police Station received a distress call that one Wale Lawal was dispossessed of his laptop by some armed robbers.
Elkana said the policemen deployed to the scene gave the hoodlums “a hot chase where the suspected robbers abandoned their black Honda vehicle with registration number KJA-705 BU containing the recovered items.
“The vehicle was moved to the station for further investigation.” he said.

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