Insecurity: Senator Adeyemi challenges Buhari to wake up from slumber
***Urges APC supporters to speak truth to the president that Nigeria is bleeding
Apparently piqued by the overwhelming insecurity in the country, senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West went hysterical on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday as he wept profusely while contributing to a motion on insecurity in Niger State.
Adeyemi’s emotional outburst was coming against the backdrop of a motion indicating that Boko Haram has overan three Local Government Councils in Niger State which was sponsored by Senator Sani Musa representing Niger East.
For the All Progressives Congress (APC) this is not the best of times as the chickens may be coming home to roost.
The time for trading blames with the opposition party PDP is over, the reality has downed on the senators as the situation has heightened apprehension that the Federal capital is some two hours away from the theater of attacks in the three local councils already under the control of the insurgents.
Adeyemi who has been an ardent supporter of the party threw caution to the wind while he spoke against the situation in the country as he called on fellow APC supporters to rise up to the ocasion and urge President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from slumber.
“We cannot pretend that we are capable of confronting the situation in our hands, America as powerful as they are, when the effect of CORONA virus pandemic overwhelmed them, it came to a point that China came to their rescue.
“We shouldn’t pretend that we needed foreign support now, let nobody deceive us. A lot of billions of Naira has been voted for security services, nothing is coming out of it. “We wouldn’t wait until our nation gets burnt, let us shout and call for foreign support.
“I am an APC man and I have been supporting my party but the president should get to know that we who are supporters of APC can no longer keep quiet, the president must rise to the ocasion.
“You will not see the truth and you are afraid to say it until you die.
The nation is on fire, the president must rise to the ocasion. It costs us nothing to ask for foreign support, we must rise up to the ocasion we must bring in people to save this country or else we will be consuned.
Continuing he said, “it has gotten to a point that we cannot sleep with our two eyes closed. Everyone of us have a chapter in history, when the history of this period is written we have a chapter, we cannot keep quiet any longer, we are not free, our children are not free, the president must wake up.
“There is no nation that is so powerful that it does not need the support of other nations. Individuals cannot say they will live in the world without other persons with you so we must rise.
“The situation is, Our security system has collapsed, it has failed, and because it has failed we need foreign support, forget the ego, forget the giant of Africa acronym in African nation.
“Today we are facing serious problem, if our nation is to survive this period, I am not in doubt that the security architecture we have today cannot cope.
“Every part of this country is threatened from the North to the south, nobody is save, nobody can travel 15km in our nation, I feel like shedding tears for a country that we grew up where nobody harasses you when you travel from Lagos to Maiduguri.
“I have done it in times past, today I cannot travel to Kaduna or to Niiger State where I was born. The president must know that this is a bad time for our nation. We must look for foreign support to save this nation.
“We must rise to it, they are killing people in the west, south and the North. We should shut down the National Assembly, let us shut it down if we cannot save this country, we stay in our homes.
“Our country is bleeding, people are in poverty, people are hungry, there is no food, the insecurity is threatening us, it is better we are not here, people are dying, everyday Nigerians are dying, we must rise up to the ocasion I so submit.”
Senator Seriake Dickson condemns, calls for cessation of all forms of attacks on the Police
The Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Henry Seriake Dickson, has called for cessation of all forms of attacks on the police as he condemned the series of attacks on police formations in the country.
The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State spoke when he paid a solidarity visit on the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
The senator unequivocally condemned the attacks and called for a cessation of all such criminal acts.
Dickson said he was at the Force Headquarters to solidarize with the IGP and the entire police family on the account of the dastardly and criminal acts of terrorism, unprovoked and coordinated attacks on Police.
He also condemned the murder of innocent police officers and malicious damage of security assets and other Government infrastructure in some parts of the country.
He said the Police is not the problem of the nation and should not be seen as the enemy of the people.
The Senator, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment as the 21st indigenous Inspector General of Police, called for proper funding of the Force to enhance its operational efficiency.
He commended Police men and women for doing their best in the face of daunting welfare and operational challenges.
The IGP, in his response, thanked the Senator for his visit as he assured him and the Nigerian people that in spite of the numerous challenges the Nigeria Police is facing, it would remain committed and unwavering in its task of protecting lives and property.
NDLEA arrests Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East (LCDA) with 1kg of cocain
Ex-vice chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Asekun Kehinde Sakiru, has been apprehended by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) with 1kg of cocain concealed in five pairs of palm slippers packed inside his suitcase.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos
Asekun, has been on the wanted list of the agency following the recent arrest of some traffickers and drug seizures linked to him.
Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Wednesday, that the long arm of the law caught up with the ex-council boss at about 9.40pm on Friday, May 7, while trying to board a Virgin Atlantic airline flight to London, United Kingdom at the Lagos airport.
Babafemi added that the suspect had been on the wanted list of the MMIA Command of the agency in connection to a case involving one Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim who was arrested with 6.45kg of cocaine in December, 2020.
“During preliminary investigation, it was gathered that the London based baron is a seasoned politician. He was at different times between 2004 and 2014 the vice chairman of Lagos Island East LCDA. He had also contested and lost elections for House of Representatives in 2007 and Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
Although, he claims to be an international businessman who deals in automobiles, investigation is yet to confirm that to be the source of his acquired wealth.
“In the course of tracking him, the sum of N131million was seized from his account and another N14 million also blocked in the account of one of his traffickers, Azeez Adeniyi Ibrahim, bringing the total sum so far recovered from him to N145 million”, part of the statement read.
While commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command of the agency for resilience and dedication to duty, Chairman of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), said with the support of all stakeholders, the problem of drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria will be drastically reduced very soon.
“This arrest is yet another message and red alert to those still in this criminal trade whether as barons or traffickers that they will soon enter the dragnet of the Agency, daily being spread across the country, if they fail to back out especially now that we are moving all out for the barons and the big cartels while we continue to reign in the traffickers”, Gen. Marwa warned
Insecurity will soon fizzle out, says IGP
The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has admitted that the nation’s security ecosystem is being challenged, but restated his belief that the nation will soon overcome its security challenges.
He reassured the citizens that the Force under his new policing vision is already implementing new, improved, tailored-to-suit and robust security solutions aimed at tackling crimes and neutralizing both existing and emerging security threats in the country.
He spoke as he ordered a nationwide deployment of police officers and other operational assets of the Force for water-tight security ahead of the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr celebration and beyond.
His order was contained in a directive to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs) and other strategic commanders of the Force as part of efforts by the Police leadership toward stabilizing security, improving public safety and making the country a safer place for all citizens.
The IGP, further noted that the Force is equally upscaling its collaboration with the military and other law enforcement agencies in both intelligence sharing and other target-oriented missions and operations. He enjoined citizens to support the Police to stage a common front in tackling the challenges.
In addition, the IGP reminded the citizens of the newly introduced Phase-4 National Response on COVID-19 Health Protection Regulation and called for voluntary compliance with the protocols. He equally directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure full enforcement of the Protocols. He however warned that Police officers deployed for such enforcement must do so with utmost professionalism, while exhibiting compassion, decorum and due respect for the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the entire officers of the Nigeria Police Force, congratulated all Muslim faithful in the country as they join the Muslim Ummah across the globe to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. He urged them to internalize the virtues and teachings of Ramadan in their day-to-day endeavours and admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of obedience to the laws of the land and the pursuit of common good.
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