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Suspend patronage of Twitter, or face sanctions, NBC threatens TV, Radio stations

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The National Broadcasting Commission has ordered all broadcast stations in the country to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.

The NBC’s decision is coming on the heels of the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over what it perceived to be the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The Commission directed the broadcast stations to “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”

The acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, issued the directive in a statement on Monday titled: “Suspend Twitter handles.”

He said, “Consequent upon the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.

“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in.

“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than crime and anarchy.

“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated content (UGC).

“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.”

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IGP Baba effects new posting/ Redeployment of AIGs

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Following the new Manpower Development Policy of the Force, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting and redeployment of twenty-four (24) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) to Zonal Commands and Formations
The IGP has assured the nation that the posting and redeployment of the Senior Police Officers will further help in driving the new policing vision, which amongst other things, is targeted at improving policing services across the country and effectively responding to security threats in the country.
 
The posting and the redeployment of the Senior Police Officers he said is with immediate effect.
 
With the posting and redeployment,AIG Bala Ciroma Moves to Zone-7 Abuja, AIG Usman Belel, AIG John Amadi and AIG Adeleke Adeyinka are posted to FCID Annex Lagos, Maritime and Zone 9 Umuahia respectively.
 
The posting and redeployment was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Force public Relations officer Cp Frank Mba indicates that,
AIG SPU FHQ ABUJA – AIG ZAKI M. AHMED

AIG ZONE 4 MAKURDI – AIG MUSTAPHA DANDAURA

AIG CTU FHQ ABUJA – AIG DANSUKI D. GALADANCHI, mni

AIG ZONE 17 AKURE – AIG OKON ETIM ENE, mni

AIG BORDER PATROL FHQ ABUJA – AIG USMAN D. NAGOGO

AIG ZONE 7 ABUJA – AIG BALA CIROMA

AIG ZONE 9 UMUAHIA – AIG ADELEKE ADEYINKA BODE  

AIG ZONE 13 UKPO-DUNUKOFIA AWKA – AIG MURI UMAR MUSA

COMMANDANT POLAC WUDIL-KANO – AIG LAWAL JIMETA TANKO

AIG FCID ANNEX LAGOS – AIG USMAN ALHASSAN BELEL.

AIG DOPS FHQ ABUJA – AIG ADEBOLA EMMANUEL LONGE.

AIG INVESTMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MUSA ADZE, fdc

AIG DICT FHQ ABUJA – AIG PHILIP SULE MAKU, fdc

AIG ZONE 6 CALABAR – AIG USMAN SULE GOMNA
AIG COOPERATIVE – AIG ADAMU USMAN

AIG ZONE 3 YOLA – AIG DANIEL SOKARI-PEDRO, mni
AIG DTD FHQ ABUJA – AIG AHMED MOHAMMED AZARE

AIG FCID ANNEX KADUNA – AIG MAIGANA ALHAJI SANI
AIG ZONE 12 BAUCHI – AIG AUDU ADAMU MADAKI

AIG MARITIME LAGOS – AIG JOHN OGBONNAYA AMADI, mni
AIG ZONE 8 LOKOJA – AIG EDE AYUBA EKPEJI

AIG ARMAMENT FHQ ABUJA – AIG MOHAMMED L. BAGEGA

AIG ZONE 15 MAIDUGURI – AIG BELLO MAKWASHI
AIG WORKS FHQ ABUJA – AIG BALARABE ABUBAKAR
 

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Hunters arrest three kidnappers, recover guns, other items in Kogi

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Hunters from Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday nabbed two kidnappers suspected to be terrorizing the area while security operatives recovered three guns from the arrested criminals

The chairman of Okehi Local Government Area Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare Ozovehe who led the operation to the kidnapper’s hideout in Arima, Ijumu LGA said exhibits they recovered were two (2) guns from Murne Beji, a locally made medium barrelled Revolver using AK 47 bullets and a locally made long-barrelled gun.

He stated that the two other members of the kidnap gang who were at large before, Kadi Abdullahi and Rabiu Muhammadu (Rabe) were also arrested and a locally made pistol recovered from them.

The chairman inducated that the suspects have been remanded in custody and helping the Security Agencies with useful information that would help in the arrest of others.

The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu while commenting on the issue said the state’s security architecture has continued to stand the test of time adding that it has recorded successes against several intricacies by criminal elements

He opined that the results they were recording were maily due to the boost in the morale and support by the Hovernor to security operatives

Onogwu commended security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring there is peace in the state.
The chief press Secretary noted that the effort of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country is yielding good results.
He noted that the Governor has at various fora made commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to sustain the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors

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NDLEA nabs lady drug trafficker that camouflages with Hijab to evade arrest

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A 36-year-old lady, Chioma Afam, who uses multiple identities and wears hijab to evade security scrutiny has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Benue state.
She.was arrested along with her partner, Peace Chidinma Caleb, 22, for trying to smuggle a total of 296,000 tablets of Diazepam and Exol-5 from Onitsha, Anambra state to Gombe state.

Director of Media and Advocacy of the Agency Femi Babafemi in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said
Chioma uses multiple names such as Amina, Uzoamaka and Ifunaya to cover her criminal activities.
He said she was arrested on Saturday 17th July, 2021, along with the 22-year-old Peace Chidinma Caleb who also wears hijab as a cover for her nefarious activities during routine checks and profiling of inward vehicles into Makurdi, the Benue state capital. “Their vehicle coming from Onitsha, Anambra state was intercepted along Makurdi – Alliade road while heading to Gombe State via Makurdi.
“A search of their vehicle led to the discovery of 43kilograms of Diazepam and 33kg of Exol-5, both weighing 76 kilograms with a total of Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand (296,000) tablets packed in four large ‘Ghana must go’ bags.
“Curiously, the two interstate drug traffickers have rebuffed efforts to take pictures with the exhibits without wearing their hijab.”
Babafemi also indicated that, the Ondo state command of the Agency on Sunday 18th July, 2021 intercepted one Olu Ameh, a commercial motorcycle rider with 465 kilograms of cannabis sativa along Ijagba-Ute road in Ose local government area of the state.
“The illicit substance was said to have been bought from one Joseph in Ago-Akure, Akure North LGA and being conveyed to the buyer, a certain Egbonwon at Ijagba village in Ose LGA.
Reacting to the two seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA commended the commanders, officers and men of the Benue and Ondo state Commands of the Agency for their efforts to ensure that no illicit substance is allowed to pass through their areas of responsibility under whatever guise or cover to destroy the lives of innocent Nigerians in other parts of the country. While wishing them and their colleagues in other Commands across Nigeria a happy sallah celebration, he charged them to remain vigilant at all times.
“For us in NDLEA, a kilogram of illicit drug seized by our gallant and courageous officers across the country is a kilogram less what is available on the streets and in our communities and that is why we’ll continue to encourage all our officers and men to continue to give their best in our pursuit of the mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has given us”, Gen. Marwa stated on Wednesday in Abuja.

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