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Apprehension grips FCT residents over intelligence alert by NCS

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Apprehension grips FCT residents over intelligence alert by NCS

***Defense headquarters says it is on red alert

Apprehension has gripped residents of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) ever since one intelligence report that forests within Abuja and its environs are laden with Boko Haram terrorists planning to attack the nation’s seat of power was released by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The Statement which was signed by Comptroller H A Sabo on behalf of the Comptroller general reads,
“Inforrmtion reaching the Comptroller-General of Customs reveals the existence of Boko Horam Terrorist Camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory.
“Further reports have it that they are pIanning to attack some selected targets within the territory.
“They are reported to have set up their camps in the following identified enclaves: Kunyom push along airport road off DIA Sfaff Quarters Abuja,
Robochi/Gwagwalada Forest, Kwaku Forest Kuje Abuja, Uniasha Forest in Toto Local Government of Nassarawa, Gegu Forest close to Idu Town in Kogi State.”

The Statement advised all and sundry to be alert and security conscious of his or her environment.

But the Defence Headquarters says there is no reason for alarm for residents of Abuja and adjoining states.
Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, and Kaduna are four of Abuja neighbouring states.

A statement by Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations at the Defence Headquarters rekindled the confidence of the residents of Abuja and other adjoining States that security forces are on red alert to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance of the Federal Capital Territory and other States of the country.

Enenche added, “This is imperative sequel to a purported memorandum from the Nigeria Customs Service warning its staff on a possible attack on the FCT. The Armed Forces of Nigeria working together with other security and response agencies particularly the core intelligence agencies hereby assure the general public that preventive and preemptive intelligence are ongoing. The general public is thus advised to go about their lawful businesses undeterred.

“Furthermore, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies wish to assure the general public that the offensives against the common enemies of this Nation will not cease until normalcy is restored in all parts of the country.

“Hence, the general public is equally enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity accordingly.”

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Kogi Covid-19 warehouse violence: Activist urges investigation of armed groups

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Kogi Covid-19 warehouse violence: Activist urges investigation of armed groups

By Friday Idachaba
Executive Director of Kogi-based Initiative for Grassroots Advancement (INGRA) Mr Hamza Aliyu,
has called on Kogi State Government to properly investigate the alleged armed groups that engaged in violence over warehouse Looting of Covid-19 palliatives.

Aliyu made the call in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Tuesday in Lokoja in reaction to the violence resulting from Covid-19 palliatives looting.

In what he termed, “Needless Violence, Looting And Death in Lokoja”, Aliyu said the deadly violence, death and looting that occurred on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October, had raised concerns of well meaning citizens.

“It is important that the perception by many citizens of the involvement of amorphous “armed groups” during these looting that took place on Monday is quickly investigated by the Kogi State government.

“Such individuals and groups must be brought to justice and efforts put in place to avoid such callous, wanton deaths and maiming of our citizens.

“The heartbreaking death of a physically disabled young man in Lokongoma is condemnable and must be investigated. We must never allow the lives of our people to be taken unconstitutionally.

“We call on the citizens to obey laid down constitutional government laws and orders and desist from criminality of any kind.

“We must never justify our anger and frustration with our governance process by breaking and looting public and private establishments and stealing”, Aliyu cautioned.

He urged government to quickly address the issues and bring the culprits to book in view of the fast approaching December 12, elections into the 21 Local Government Councils in the state.

According to the Human Rights activist, the #EndSARS nationwide protests has exposed the challenges that has bedeviled the nation’s governance process.

Aliyu noted that citizens, especially young people, were fast losing confidence in the current generation of leaders at the community, religious and political levels.

“This frustrations and anger has boiled over into criminal activities that have led to deaths, sorrow and blood in the once peaceful State.”

He therefore, called on government to take seriously, the issue of good governance, transparency and accountability of state resources. (NAN)

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COAS, PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders brainstorm to tackle security

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COAS, PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders brainstorm to tackle security

By Aminci Faith Audu

Chief of Army staff Lieutenant General Yusufu Tukur Buratai in a meeting with PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders on Monday held a brainstorm on how to tackle insecurity in the country

At the meeting they reiterated their commitment to ensuring democratic stability in the country.

The COAS who was represented by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Connell Sagir Musa, disclosed this during a press briefing at the Army Headquarters in Abuja. He made it clear that there will be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the best system of government is democracy, and with his subordinates, they will ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remain stable and steady.
The Army, he said will not allow any force, elements or destabilising agents in or outside the country to set the country on fire.

The COAS indicated that a group of individuals and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful protest #ENDSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country.
This he said has led to the imposition of curfew in several states, adding that the Nigerian Army is aware of the grand design by the sponsors of ENDSARS protest to draw into crisis.

Buratai further stated that the Nigerian Army will continue to assist the federal government to bring an end to the insecurity across the country and to prevent miscreants and criminals from hijacking the ENDSARS protest nation wide.

He urged all the PSOs GOCs and field commanders to remain loyal and unwavering in ensuring the unity, stability of the country

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FG will ensure justice is done over death of protesters -Lawan

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President of the senate Ahmad Lawan, has called on all Nigerians to be calm as he assured that the Federal Government will ensure justice for all over the deaths of protesters across the country
He said the National Assembly is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.
Lawan in a statement re-assured youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
“In spite of the unfortunate hijack of the protests against police brutality by hoodlums to unleash horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property on the country, we will ensure that government fulfils the commitment it has made to the well-meaning agitators for police reform and good governance.” Lawan stressed.
“As we seek a path out of this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the Supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property.”

“Now that the mindless carnage has distorted the purpose of the protests, I urge the youths to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.”

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