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Offa Bank robbery: Kwara gov denies sponsorship of thugs

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Offa Bank robbery: Kwara gov denies sponsorship of thugs

Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatai Ahmed says he has never sponsored thugs for political purposes.

Media aide to the governor, Muyideen Akorede, quoted the governor as saying this in a statement on Sunday while responding to allegations by the police.

Jimoh Moshood, spokesman of the police, had said some suspects confessed to being sponsored by the governor and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

But the governor says the allegations are “false” and that he has never “provided arms to any individual or group in the state or anywhere in the country”.

Ahmed said his government is only known for its empowerment scheme under the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) platform for women and youth groups.

He said if any of the beneficiaries chose to use the SME credit they secured to purchase a vehicle which was alleged to have been used for a criminal act, the state government could not be held liable.

“At no point did the Kwara state government directly provide funds to any group known as Good Boys for any purpose,” the statement read.

“Similarly, if any of the beneficiaries chose to use the SME credit secured from the government to purchase a vehicle which was then alleged to have been used for an act of criminality, the Kwara state governor and indeed the state government cannot be held liable for such actions since neither had prior knowledge of such intentions on beneficiaries’ part.

“The Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed also rejects the police allegation of arming and funding the suspects for political thuggery or for any other activity as false and unfounded as thuggery or any other form of criminality is neither encouraged nor supported by the state government or its agents.”

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Aregbesola challenges paramilitary agencies to be proactive on grassroots intelligence against insecurity

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Paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior have been given the marching order to up their ante in intelligence gathering especially in the grassroots and border communities to combat rising insecurity.

The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, gave the charge during the decoration of senior personnel of the agencies from the ranks of Assistant Controller-Generals, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-General, (ACGs), to the ranks of Deputy Controller-General, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-Generals, (DCGs), held in Abuja, yesterday.
Intelligence gathering the minister said is instructive and expedient as key ingredients in tackling the security challenges facing the country at moment.

Hence he said the need for the renewed efforts at gathering relevant information, especially at the grassroots is now.
He said “Whenever there is a national discussion on internal security, the interior ministry shiuld be at the centre of it. “Therefore we must maximize grassroots penetration for intelligence gathering.

“At the centre of this grassroots penetration is the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC)because they are well-positioned in our communities and among civilians.”
The minister who said that it is difficult to believe that kidnappers and bandits are able to successfully move large numbers of people into the bushes without anyone noticing, also called on the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), to protect and guard the territorial integrity of Nigeria’s borders.
He further reiterated that the Nigeria Correctional Service has been declared a red zone and all who threaten to break in or out of the prisons are considered as security threats and would be ruthlessly dealt with.

The chairman of the board of the agencies, Mrs. Aisha Ahmed, in her remarks said the promotion process was rigorous and only those that merited the ranks, were promoted. 
Eight officers were promoted across the agencies; four DCGs in immigration, three DCGs in corrections service and one   DCG in the NSCDC.

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Kogi police Commissioner denies knowledge of any ransome paid for release of abducted council boss

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The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh has said he is not aware any ransome was paid to secure the release of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Yagba West Council Chairman who wad abducted at the weekend.

He spoke while confirming his release.
CP Edeh said the Council Chairman regained his freedom through the combined efforts of the Police other sister agencies, hunters and vigilant men.
According to him, technology was deployed in the rescue operation as well as unrelenting pressure mounted through continued search in the forests.
Edeh indicated that the search which commenced on Saturday, saw his men and the team working round the clock until the Chairman was rescued.
He added that, ” I’m however not in the picture of any ransom payment.
The abducted Council Chairman of Yagba West LGA in Kogi State, Hon. Pius Kolawole regained his freedom from his abductors Wednesday
He was abducted on Saturday evening while returning to Kogi State from Ilorin, Kwara State.
A family source said the Chairman was welcomed and received by jubilant supporters and Family members in his hometown Egbe.
The Council Chairman it was gathered is hale and hearty and has reunited with his family and terming supporters.

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Pro- Buhari group threatens to expose Govs, others who sponsor insecurity, banditry

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A pro Buhari group,  #ISTANDWITTBUHARI has threatened to name all the Governors, other sponsors of violent campaigns that are bent on bringing down President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government and cause ethnic war.
The group gave one month ultimatum within which they expect such evil people to refrain from their activities of causing insecurity in the country or face outright exposure.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja spokesperson of the group honorable Ifeanyi Nonso Ogadimma claimed the group have in their possession some classified information on details of some of the plans put in place by members of the opposition to further politicize the security situation in the country so as to score cheap political goals.
“We also have a list of their names from state governors down to political influencers, youth organizations and clandestine organizations under their payroll through which they wish to unleash more terror in some volatile states especially in the south.”
Ogadinma said have their identity as well as theur residential addresses down to their villages.
“We are therefore giving you until the end of the month the opportunity to immediately disband your private militia groups and henceforth discontinue your sponsorship of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria
“If you refuse to immediately arrest the situation in your respective areas by the end of the month, we will not only expose your identities to the world but also embark in mass action against you in your respective locations.”
Ogadimma said that they would have gone public with the information in their possession but for the security agencies working on it.
The group which stands with Buhari said they will wait till the end of month to take action.

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