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FG moves to revamp Nigeria’s security

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The federal government has commenced a review of the National Security Strategy (NSS) and the country’s relationship with its allies and institutions at regional, continental and global levels as one of the steps to tackle the mounting security challenges confronting Nigeria.

In reviewing the NSS document, which was first launched in 2014, the government said yesterday in Abuja that it was seeking a people-centered document.
This development is coming as the Nigerian Army Thursday accused unnamed Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the North-east of a security breach.
It said the NGOs were sabotaging the war against terrorism by supplying food and drugs to terrorists.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ workshop for the Validation Session of Draft National Security Strategy 2019, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said the review was necessitated by the various security challenges confronting the country and the need to put appropriate measures in place.

“A National Security Strategy serves as a key framework for a country to meet the basic needs and security concerns of citizens and address external and internal threats to the country,” he said, adding: “Nigeria has contended with various security challenges, which include terrorism, kidnapping, militancy, small arms proliferation, armed banditry, pastoralists-farmers conflicts, among others.”

Monguno said the strategy must also address the full range of potentially cataclysmic events, including man-made natural disasters, due to their implications for national security.
The NSA, who was represented by the Director of Policy and Strategy in his office, Mr. Aminu Lawal, said the NSS, which is due for review after every five years, would focus on the application of instruments of national power and review of relationships with the country’s allies.

Monguno stated: “In line with the new notion of national security, which has the people, and not the state as the reference object; the strategy will place emphasis on human security in order to enhance the social wellbeing of the citizenry.

“Therefore, we need to address socio-economic concerns such as poverty and unemployment as well as corruption, security and the economy, which are key focal points of this administration.

“The ultimate aim will be to employ the instruments of national power in the most efficient and effective manner, to promote peace and prosperity in a secure and enabling environment.

“An important aspect for consideration is relationships with our allies and institutions at regional, continental and global levels.
“This is key as activities in our external environment will continue to directly or indirectly influence our internal environment.”
According to him, most of the contemporary threats identified in the 2014 document were still present while some had morphed in various dimensions.
“This is coupled with the fast-developing cyberspace environment as well as advances in technology.

“We must thus continuously assess the current and future threat environment and develop appropriate resilience and capacity to mitigate these challenges,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has accused NGOs operating in the North-east of a security breach.

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Nassarawa Gov reacts to attack on Deputy

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Following the robbery attack on the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, in which five persons, including three policemen and two civilians, were killed, Governor Abdullahi Sule has assured residents of adequate protection of their lives and property.

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The governor gave the assurance Wednesday during an emergency security meeting he summoned at the Government House, Lafia in respect to the attack on his deputy along the Lafia-Akwanga Highway on Tuesday night.
Sule, who spoke to journalists through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tijjani Ahmed, shortly after the meeting, said the government has taken measures to provide absolute security and surveillance for the state.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the three policemen and the two civilians killed by the robbery suspects, saying “security operatives will work assiduously to bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to book.”

Also speaking, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, explained that the deputy governor was not a target in the robbery attack.

“It was a robbery operation which the deputy governor’s convoy ran into and five persons lost their lives at the scene of the robbery. The elements, who carried out the robbery will be fished out by the police and dealt with decisively,” Longe assured.

Speaking on behalf of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusa, said the traditional rulers were in collaboration and supportive of the police to help bring the menace of crime wave to a halt in the state.

He pointed out that the government has put in place all modalities to ensure that the lives and property of residents are protected so that people could go about with their legitimate activities freely.

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Police re-arrest Taraba kingpin

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Fleeing kidnap kingpin at the center of the killing of police detectives by soldiers in Taraba State, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, has been re-arrested.

The suspect, who was arrested on Monday evening, has since been moved to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
His initial arrest by policemen had precipitated the killing of detectives who were leading him in handcuffs to the Taraba State Police Command for interrogation.

Soldiers manning checkpoints along Ibi-Wukari Road had opened fire on the police team, killing three police detectives and two civilians.

A statement by Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, said Wadume was arrested in his hideout in Kano State.

“The operatives of the Nigeria Police have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume. He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, 19th August, 2019 in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State”, he said.

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Buhari renames Nigerian Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law.

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The Act repeals the Nigerian Prisons Service Act.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.

With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service.

 

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Enugu: Miyetti set to shut down market activities for two days

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said on Saturday, August 10, it would shut down the livestock market in Enugu as a result of the need to boost security in the state.

MACBAN plans to do this in collaboration with the northern livestock and perishable goods market traders’ union, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). It was learnt that leaders of the groups spoke in Enugu at a joint news conference after their meeting where they reviewed the security situation in the state as it concerned their businesses.

Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, chairman of MACBAN in the south east, who read the joint resolution, said that they would embark on the sensitisation of all livestock and perishable goods markets necessitating their closure for two days.

“We want to tell our people that they should be mindful of what they do so that they do not allow criminal elements to penetrate their camps. Critics of insecurity in Nigeria are not patriotic – Buhari.

“In this connection, we are embarking on sensitisation tour of all livestock and perishable goods markets and every Fulani settlements in Enugu state between August 14 and August 15.

“We wish to state that during this sensitisation exercise all livestock and perishable goods markets will be closed down either in cattle markets, Fulani settlements or wherever they exist throughout Enugu state.,” he said

Siddiki added that various security agencies including the police, DSS, military and civil defence, would provide the groups with adequate protection during the statewide sensitisation. He said the groups regretted the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Reverend Father Paul Offu of ‘St James The Greater’ parish, Ugbawka. He enjoined the family of the deceased and the people of the state to mourn with fortitude.

“In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu state government and people have extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.

“We, therefore, appreciate Enugu state government for the peace that prevails in the state which has helped us in our business and the peaceful co-existence we have enjoyed over the years,’’ he added.

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