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No hiding place for kidnappers say Bello, SARS commander

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No hiding place for kidnappers say Bello, SARS commanderM

Kidnappers who have been giving citizens of Kogi State sleepless nights may have to relocate as the efforts of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad‎ (SARS) deployed to the State have started yielding positive results.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police Eseile Irioge operational commander Federal SARS said they have busted three ‎three hideouts with many of the suspected kidnappers already in their custody.

“We have busted about three hideouts of the kidnappers den and as soon as we are getting them we are hitting down the place.

“So far so good we have a very good number of kidnappers in our hands who are leading us to get to the others.

He said they were deployed to the State since Four days ago over the kidnapping saga in Kogi State adding that so far so good.

He said they need all the information from the public. He said they are tested and trusted adding this time around they are going to hit them till they leave the State.

He warned that people should not join hands with the criminals.

‎He said they were 32 men deployed from the Federal SARS to assist the state in overcoming the menace.

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Governor Yahaya Bello warned kidnappers and other criminals and their sponsors to relocate from the state or face the full wrath of the law.

Bello who was speaking against the backdrop of incessant kidnaping and other criminal activities, said there is no hiding place for criminals in the state.

The governor gave the waning while receiving four units of mobile policemen and 32 special anti-robbery squad and a helicopter deployed by the Inspector General of police Mr. Solomon Arase to rid the state of the high rise in the activities of the hoodlums.

According to him “The state government is ever ready to give all the necessary support to the security agents in the state to assist in tackling the menace of kidnapping which he noted had given Kogi state a bad image.

“In my inauguration speech I vowed to have a state where citizens will sleep with their two eyes closed, where people will do their legitimate business without hindrance, where travelers will pass through the state without any harassment or molestation by any criminal.

“But in recent time the increase in crime wave is worrisome and as a result of that, I cried to the President of this country and the Inspector General of Police and today we are receiving four units of mobile policemen from the IG of police including special anti-robbery squad and a helicopter. These men will face the criminals squarely until they bring them to their knees”

The governor who assured the security agents of his total support in the fight against criminality in the state, said his administration would not spare anybody who aid and abate criminal activities in the state.

“We will have our own operational guideline which will conform to the world best practices. The CP in charge of the state will arrange it in a way that criminal will not have a hiding place anywhere within the state” he enthused.

The surveillance helicopter

The surveillance helicopter

While commending the IG for his quick response, like Bello solicited for more assistance to enable the people have a state devoid of criminality.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the state, Mr. Yakubu Usman disclosed that the IG of Police in his magnanimity deployed 32 special Squad to the state and four unit of mobile policemen to get rid of kidnappers who have been terrorizing the people of Kogi state.

Usman expressed optimism that his men will crush all the criminal element, appealing to the general public to assist the police with useful information to enable them succeed.

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Buhari returns to Nigeria after weeks of medical trip to the UK

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buharihas returned to Abuja after weeks on medical trip in London.
This was according to a statement from the presidency on Thursday.
The president had been heavily criticized for his perchance for medical expedition inspite huge budgetary allocation to the Presdential Villa clinic.
His critics also blamed him for embarking on such trip even when resident doctors in his country were on industrial action.
The presidential aircraft that brought Buhari and some of his aides touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 4.45 p.m.
Dignitaries at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Monguno.
Others were the service chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the State Securitt Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.
President Buhari, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidentrtial helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

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Participants urge Kogi to key into Open Government Partnership

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By Friday Idachaba

Participants at a one-day stakeholders strategic meeting on Open Governance Partnership have called on Kogi government to urgently key into the global concept to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.

The participants made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting organised by Conscience For Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) in partnership with African Centre For Leadership Strategies And Development (Centre LSD) on Tuesday in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Communiqué was signed by Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director of Kogi-based CHRCR and made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

The Communiqué said that in view of the importance of the global OGP concept with potentials to check corruption and enhance good governance, 16 states in Nigeria had presently signed up.

It however revealed that Kogi State was yet to key into the global concept and urged the state to, as a matter of urgency, sign up for the state to derive inherent benefits of the partnership.

Objective of the meeting in line with the OGP concept, according to the Communiqué, is to encourage accountability, transparency and reduce corruption in Kogi State.

It is also to build on the existing Networks on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (NATA), to mobilize Media institutions and professionals in reporting activities on OGP in Kogi State.

The participants however, urged multi-lateral financial institutions particular the World Bank to begin to hold State Governments accountable by verifying the situations of implementations on ground before rating them on financed projects.

The Communiqué reiterated that there should be no rivalry but rather, a broad based relationship and partnerships between the state government and the Civil Society Organizations as both work for and in the interest of the citizens.

The Communiqué said there was need for the current House of Assembly members to live up to their constitutional responsibilities by performing their oversight functions on all institutions of the state, “particularly the local government councils.”

It also called on Media Professionals to take more interest in OGP issues and partner more with the Civil Society Organisations in particular and other relevant institutions to drive the OGP Concept.

“The Civil Society Organizations needs to do more in raising awareness and sensitization of the general public on the OGP and with the Government to get the OGP.

“There is need for the development partners to continue to work with the Civil Society Organizations in the state to promote the OGP process”, the Communiqué added. (NAN)

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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of Sokoto Catholic diocese, has come under attack again from the Presidency for describing Nigeria as a killing field under the Buhari administration.
Kukah in his Easter homily on Sunday, said both the government and the citizens have become helpless as criminals continue to cause havoc in parts of the country.
The battle over insecurity in Nigeria has continued unabated especially in the northern parts of the country where bandits and insurgents have turned to a killing field.
Kukah said the security situation has frustrated many citizens making them to believe the government has gone AWOL (absent without official leave).

“Taunted by Boko Haram, ravaged by bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, and other merchants of death across the nation, there is collective fear as to whether Nigeria’s glory is about to depart” the bishop said.
“Retired military and intelligence officers lament over what has become of their glorious profession, as they watch the humiliation of our military personnel. Traumatised citizens are tortured daily by bandits.
“The nation has since become a massive killing field, as both government and the governed look on helplessly. A thick and suffocating cloud of desperation, despondency, desolation, gloom, and misery hangs in the hot air. We have no message and have no idea how long this will last.”

However in a statement issued in Abuja Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said Kukah’s “bashing” of President Muhammadu Buhari is “ungodly.”
“All citizens have their individual ideologies, even their own versions of truth. But if you profess to being a man of God, as Father Mathew Hassan Kukah does, ideology should not stand in the way of facts and fairness,” he said.
“Father Kukah has said some things that are inexplicable in his Easter message. But, in saying that the Boko Haram terrorism is worse than it was in 2015, he did not speak like a man of God. 

“Kukah should go to Borno or Adamawa to ask the citizens there the difference between 2014 and 2021.”
Shehu also faulted the bishop for saying Buhari is not concerned about those displaced because of the security crisis, citing the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as part of the president’s efforts in that regard.
“Some of the comments are no more than a sample of the unrestrained rhetoric Fr. Kukah trades in, which he often does in the guise of a homily,” the presidential spokesman said.
“We urge well-meaning citizens to continue to support the ongoing efforts by the administration to secure the country and move it forward.”

With additional reports from Cable

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