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The Nigeria mass media since independence, has faced the greatest challenge of how to make itself relevant to the Nigerian Society, especially in the ever precarious, prevalent issues of insecurities currently ravaging the country. How do I mean?

The political class, in its Avarice, or greed, has employed the mass media as instruments, for selfish and sectional loyalties, that, they (Media) failed abruptly to tell the citizens, the true situations and happenings around the country and it’s states. As a results, media reports have greatly heightened tension and created suspicion among the citizens.

The mass media comprises the means by which a society disseminates and receives information. The well attuned traditional instruments of the mass media to the modern Man are the Newspaper, Radio, and the Television. The Journalist is a human being, he studies other human creatures.

In quintessence, reports about human beings are the major source of his information.

Consequently, the information disseminated by the journalist, media, could be harmful or useful, depending on its contents. This is where the issue of security comes in. The media transmit messages about a particular society, No one else can play this role. The information is passed across a destination, to achieve a goal, which is to inform and educates.

It then means, the media must not misinformed, mislead, or led astray the citizens when it comes to dispensing information to its citizens. They must get it right. Whatever information that will be let out to the public, must be Credible, Authentic, and Beneficial to the people.

National security borders on incidence that endangers human existence or welfare. Nigeria’s national security means the protection of the lives, rights, dignity and property of its citizens. It also means the protection of its resources, cultural integrity, territory, sovereignty and lawful institutions of the country.

The major aim of national security is to secure the just and equitable living conditions for all the citizens of the country. But it is sad to say that, the leadership of the country has failed in this respect.

Security includes the means at the disposal of the government for protecting the state and its citizens from external aggression and internal insurrection. The state exists for the interest of defense, public safety, public morality, etc. The freedom of expression and the press is an aspect of national security, and it is necessary for a true democracy.

Again, the lamentable fact is that, the reverse is the case, looking at currents events of insecurities ravaging the shore of the country. There has been cases of kidnapping, miscreant hiding under the disguise of kingpins, killings, ritualism, cyber crime, day light robbery, cultism, community street crimes, just to mention but a few!

The media needs to be very alert! The major function of the press in any given society includes surveillance of the environment, correlation of the component of the society in responding to the environment and transmission of the social heritage.

The media must be more than ready to blow the whistle, to call attention to serious national issues at every opportunity, because of the incessant incidence of armed robbery and other violent crimes that are on the increase in Nigeria. The daily Newspapers should be awash with reports of armed robbery and other forms of crime including corruption by public office holders.

Therefore; the recommendation is that the government should work hand in hand with the media and the top credible, ever reliable security firm in the country to protect the lives and properties of its citizens, and that is why FEMAS PROTECTION SECURITY LIMITED is willing to curtail the issue of insecurity across the Country and its states.

Femas protection Security Limited will undoubtedly be willing to feed the public with information capable of promoting peace and development. What is more? This privates security firm is more than capable of providing job opportunities to citizens as a means of giving back to the societies.

 One of the amazing services and features of this amazing private security firm is to provide Adequate securities measures. They are also willing to help local Authorities work, hand in hand, in-order to have a serene peaceful environment.

For instance, are there places, states, local governments, where crimes is on the rampant, Femas protection Security Limited will urge the people in such vicinity to reports such crimes immediately, without having the morbid fear of threats from anyone, and they can be rest assured that anyone found guilty will be brought to justice and face the law.

Are there places, where people think, there is a need for adequate securities? Probably they observe some gangs who are constituting nuisance in the society, who waylaid innocent people during the night to unleash their evil acts. There are several cases of such occurrence, where innocent people are waylaid on the road during night which eventually leads to rape.

Such was the case of a recent happening about a 15 year old girl who was sent on an errand at Akute road at night, only to be waylaid on the road by a certain Man called Daniel Njoku, who forcefully took the girl to his gang at their hideout, where the young girl was gang-raped, beaten, and forcefully initiated into a fraction group of cultism. Thanks to the quick Arrest of the notorious gang by the Ajuwon Divisional Police Headquarters, in ogun state.

Consequently, it is pivotal to avoid such reoccurrence when the people around the area is prone to make quick reports, if they noticed any eye suspecting movements from anyone in that localities. When that is done, Adequate Securities measures will be put in place in order to avoid any damaging consequences. FEMAS PROTECTION SECURITY LIMITED is more than capable to come to the aid of people who found themselves in such unfortunates situation.

FEMAS PROTECTION SECURITY LIMTED can out-rightly switch on to what is known as the enabling factors which is to MAN GUARD the area with securities personnel if need be. They are reliable, well connected, fast, trustworthy, as well as dependable as far as protecting the lives and properties of the citizen is concerned. The interest of the people is always the foremost solicitude, of this great private security firm.

Therefore, governments, local authorities, the Nigeria police force, media from good reliable source should co-operate fully with such private security firm who is ready to give its all to the people as far as good security in an insecure country is concerned. The benefits is too good to miss!

Special Security Outfits Vs the Rule of Law

By Chukwudi Nweje

Section 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution enshrined that: “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”

However, the provision of security has been challenged by the precarious state of affairs in the country and the seeming inability of the Nigerian Police Force to effectively deal with the worsening security situations. This scenario which has been a problem for a long time has resulted in the military being used for internal security operations, which ideally is that of the police.

This is in addition to their constitutional responsibilities of (a) defending Nigeria from external aggression; (b) maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air; (c) suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authorities to restore order when called upon to do so by the President, but subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly; and (d) performance such other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly, as stipulated in Section 217 (2) (a) -(d) of the constitution.

It is common today to see special security outfits like ‘Operation Sweep’, a joint police and military venture established in 1999 by the then military administration of Lagos State, Mohammed Buba Marwa. The outfit is believed to have helped reduce the notorious crime rate Lagos’. In 2002, then Inspector General of Police (IGP), Tafa Balogun, perhaps overwhelmed by the successes of ‘Operation Sweep’ established ‘Operation Fire for Fire’ to crackdown on violent crime in the country.

Under both strategies, the operatives attached to these outfits were given license to ‘shoot at sight’. However, even as the joint police and military operations checked violent crimes, there were also heavy harvests of human rights violations. In fact, local and international observers noted that not only did the confrontational response fail to eliminate incidents of violent crime, but the security agencies were often accused to have invoked disproportionate use of force in their fight against criminal activity.

Across the states

Today, virtually all states of the federation have one form of special anti-crime outfits or the other, all fashioned after ‘Operation Fire for Fire.’ From Operation Sweep in Lagos State now replaced by a new Rapid Response Squad, Operation Flush in Rivers State, replaced by a Swift Operations Squad, Operation Fanou Tangbe in Bayelsa State among others, every state of the federation has established its own special security outfit. All these special security patrol outfits still comprise combination of military and police officers and the task remains specifically crime fighting.

However, even as these security outfits embark on the task of securing lives and property, they have been accused using disproportionate use of force; violation of human rights and of not following the laid down procedures in the discharge of their duties have continued.

Allegations of abuses

The Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN), a network of 46 civil society organizations spread across Nigeria, and committed to promoting police accountability and respect for human rights has severally accused the police and other security agents attached to these special security outfits of engaging in “unlawful detention, extortion, torture and extrajudicial execution and disappearances of several people accused of kidnapping and other crimes without being charged to court.”

NOPRIN partners with national, international, governmental and intergovernmental organizations and institutions in implementing its programs aimed at transforming law enforcement institutions and practices in Nigeria. It carries out its mandate through monitoring, field research and investigation, documentation, publication, campaign and advocacy.

The group was established in 2000 to provide opportunity for civil society involvement in police reform, and the promotion of safety, security and justice in Nigeria.

Okechukwu Nwanguma, its National Coordinator said it is concerned that successive yearly reports by local and international human rights advocacy groups continue to return the same damning verdicts against the Nigeria police and other security forces for appalling human rights performance.

In a February 11, 2014 report entitled ‘Increasing Spates of Police Killings, Brutality and Abuse: The Nigerian Government Must Wake up to its Obligations, NOPRIN said that it is “worrisome that perpetrators of human rights violations are hardly brought to account and impunity is entrenched. A culture of impunity protects police officers involved in police brutality, extrajudicial killings, corruption and abuse. The Nigerian government has repeatedly expressed willingness to address the problems in the criminal justice system, improve access to justice, and reform the Nigeria Police Force. However, despite several ‘Presidential Committees on Police Reform in Nigeria’ in recent years, which presented detailed recommendations for improvement, little has been done. Nigerian political authorities endanger public safety by paying lip service to police reform. The continued tolerance of massive human rights abuses by police hierarchy makes it very difficult to achieve change at the lower levels. This is why it is necessary to start changing the whole culture of policing in Nigeria.”

Provisions of the law

NOPRIN argued that Nigeria’s Constitution and other legislation govern the operations and functions of the Nigeria Police. According to the group, the framework of legal standards on policing in Nigeria also includes international laws and treaties and laws accepted by or applicable to Nigeria as a member of the international community.

It further argued that Nigeria has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (Torture Convention), both of which prohibit torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by law enforcement and state agents.

For instance, Section 33 of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that (1) Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria; (2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary- For the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property; In order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or For the purpose of suppression a riot, insurrection or mutiny.

Successive leaderships of the Nigerian police have always acknowledged the principle that the Police is created and regulated by law and vowed to reform some of the perceived excesses.

For instance, former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Sunday Ehindero is quoted to have while addressing a public gathering in Abuja in December 2005 stated the doctrine of the Police as follows: “It is obvious that the duties of the Nigeria Police Force are a direct consequence of the powers conferred on it by law. It becomes mandatory that the law must regulate the performance of its duties relating to arrest, detention, search, and seizure and the use of force. In other words, these duties must be exercised strictly within the limits prescribed for the Police by law. And any form of exercise of these powers which does not strictly conform to the prescriptions of the law can have unpleasant consequences for the Police Force (as a corporate entity, as well as for the individual Police personnel).”

Rights of the accused

Under Nigeria’s laws and international human rights standards, every arrested person has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to the law in a public trial at which the person has had all the guarantees necessary for his or her defence. It is for the court to decide if a suspect is guilty. This can only be done after all the evidence has been heard and the person has been proven to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

However, Nwanguma said that contrary to these provisions, “in Nigeria ‘confirmed’ armed robbery suspects are usually ‘escorted,’ sent on an ‘errand,’ or ‘transferred to Abuja’–all euphemisms for the unlawful summary and extrajudicial execution of suspects. Suspects are ‘confirmed’ through torture and ‘escorted’ or ‘transferred’ through summary execution or disappearance. Persons suspected of, or arrested for, armed robbery are particularly at risk of extrajudicial execution”, he said.

Fighting crime with crime In the words of Nwanguma; crime-fighting and observance of human rights are not to be viewed or treated as though they are in conflict or that they are mutually exclusive. They are no substitutes or alternatives to each other. Both can and must go side by side. It is possible to respect human rights and due process while fighting crime. In fact, to undercut due process and abridge human rights in the process of fighting crime amounts to crime.”

SARS: The Special anti Robbery Squad (SARS), a section of the Nigeria police under the Force Criminal Investigation Department and specifically charged ‘to combat armed robbery and other heinous crimes nationwide’ seems to be mostly accused of human rights violations.

But according to NOPRIN, “SARS in all parts of Nigeria have gained embarrassing notoriety tainting the image of the Nigerian Police locally and internationally.”

Nwanguma argued that “the authorities and operatives at SARS operate as though they are above the law and beyond legal control and accountability. SARS operatives are known for arresting people for all manner of alleged offences, torturing, extorting and executing suspects and detainees in their custody and secretly disposing of their dead bodies. They also dabble into civil disputes. The police in SARS are being used by politicians and other influential persons to victimize their opponents or to settle disputes that are purely civil or communal.”

He also insists that the police authorities are aware of the abuses going on in SARS. He said that shortly after his appointment as IGP, Mohammed Abubakar was quoted in several news reports as lamenting that “Our Special Anti-Robbery Squads (SARS) have become killer teams engaging in deals for land speculators and debts collection… ”

Nwanguma therefore urged the IGP to “as a matter of urgency, re-organize SARS and the entire anti-robbery operations of the Nigeria police force, so as to insulate them from abuse of office.” According to him, SARS “should either be scrapped or comprehensively reformed to conform to modern standards of policing or human rights-compliant policing.

Mkpochapu: In Anambra State and many of the South East states, the crime of kidnapping seems to be on the rise. To combat this, security agents promptly arrest anyone accused of being a kidnapper.

The state government not only arrests and detain persons accused of kidnapping even as the property used for such purpose is also demolished. The prompt demolition of these properties allegedly used for criminal activities is often quoted as legislation in force in many of the states in the region.

For instance, On June 18, 2014 some newspaper reports quoted Mr. Usman Gwari, Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command, as having referred to a certain ‘Anambra State Law’ which supposedly empowers the police in the state to deal summarily with anyone accused of kidnapping and to demolish any building/property ‘used for kidnapping’ in the state. He said this while parading some people as ‘kidnappers’.

The NOPRIN national coordinator however said that the group has inquired from those who should know but cannot confirm the existence of, or lay hands on, any such law.

He said “There is no doubt however that the ‘law’ or the notion of the existence of the ‘law’ which the CP and the O/C SARS often refer to in their presumed fight against crime in the state have emboldened them to commit more crimes and abuse rights with impunity.”

According to him: “Any state law or policy, such as ‘Mkpochapu’, which conflicts with the constitution and undermines international standards of due process and the rule of law is illegal and, we dare say, criminal. You cannot fight individual crime with state crime. Presumption of innocence is the foundation of police investigation.

“Mkpochapu is a belligerent anti crime policy similar to and reminiscent of “Operation Fire-for-Fire” a federal anti-crime task force established by former Inspector General of Police Tafa Balogun on his inauguration in 2002.”

Fanou Tangbe: In the South South state of Bayelsa, the state government was said to have set up Operation Fanou Tangbe, a slang NOPRIN said meant ‘kill and throw away’ in the local language, to fight crime.

NOPRIN said that “Many officers linked to the operation reportedly unlawfully killed, tortured, arbitrarily arrested and detained people. Suspects in detention reportedly have no access to their lawyers or relatives.”

Conflict with rule of law

Incidentally, Chapter 1, general provisions of the constitution states in Section 1 (1) that “the Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on the authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” It further stated in sub section 3 of the same section that “If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution, this Constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.”

Demands The NOPRIN National Coordinator therefore demanded that the Federal Government and police authorities should ensure that police officers and other security operatives work in line with laid down procedures. He said: “the police must always allow all those held in custody for whatever reason full access to lawyers of their choice, their families and private doctors;

“The police must ensure that conditions of detention and imprisonment are in full compliance with international standards.

“Police authorities must enforce code of conduct, discipline and professionalism in the police by ensuring that all police officers responsible for breach of these fundamental human rights and due process guarantees for persons that come to their attention are appropriately punished.”

Source: Daily Independent

Aregbesola Requested For Security Presence In Osun —PDP

The PDP said that Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun formally requested for deployment of security forces to the state for the Aug. 9 governorship election.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh.

The statement condemned what it termed attempt by the APC to deceive Nigerians in the deployment of security officials‎ to Osun ahead of the Aug. 9 governorship election.

“Accusing the PDP-led government of moving operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to terrorise the people is deceitful.

“Aregbesola has displayed a penchant for deceit and lies for which the APC has become notorious.

“Nigerians may recall that last Friday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued a statement querying the presence of DSS officials in Osun state.

“We find in this statement the height of hypocrisy.

“It is incontrovertible that it was the Osun APC governor who, in a letter dated July 4, and addressed to the D-G of the DSS, requested for the deployment.

“He had said in the letter that the request was to help to beef up security before the election and make the election hitch free.”

In the statement, Metuh expressed shock that the governor in turn started pointing accusing fingers at the PDP and the Presidency when the DSS officials arrived in the state.

It recalled a similar statement by APC in June wherein it alleged that a plane carrying Kano State Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso was denied landing permission in Akure.

“It was after was releasing the statement that Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye, announced that his boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.

“APC has since proven to be a party with little regard for integrity.

“This is a party that threw all senses of honor to the winds and condescended so low to lie over an issue as ordinary as the age of its 52 years old Youth Leader.

“Their aim is to cause confusion, pitch the people against the government and establish a reign of anarchy in the country’’, the statement further said.

It recalled that early this year, the APC raised an alarm that federal lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP, only for Nigerians to find out that it was false.

“We ask, when will these APC lies stop? We have in our hands a political party whose words and statements have suddenly become meaningless to most Nigerians.

“We want a credible opposition. We do not want a lying, deceitful and propaganda infested opposition.

“This APC ‘one-chance-bus’ filled with liars cannot lead Nigeria’’, the statement added.

Source: PM News

Boko Haram ‘Embarrassment’ Will End in Few Months, Says President

The menace of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria will soon be a thing of the past, President Goodluck Jonathan has assured. Jonathan gave the assurance yesterday in Ile-Ife when he dropped in to pay homage to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, on the way to the Peoples Democratic Party campaign rally in Osogbo.

The president vowed to rid the country of insurgency and other forms of criminality, saying that his government is building a strong security infrastructure to deal with the country’s security challenges. He said, “There are certain things we should have done as a government, but because of the situation in the country, we have not been able to do many of them. The kind of embarrassment we are receiving now – will never continue in this country.

“We want to build a very strong Army, Nigeria Police, Navy, and the Air Force so that these rascals called Boko Haram will never stop us because we will surely rout Boko Haram. We are very committed. “In the next few months, no criminals will ever embarrass us again – in this country.” The president assured Oba Sijuade that if the PDP candidate won the election in Osun, the federal government will bring development to the state.

Earlier, the monarch had while welcoming the president said both Osun State and the South-west needed federal government’s presence the region’s core sectors.

“For instance, in the agricultural sector, cocoa farming, which is the mainstay of the economy of South-west, deserves better attention. In the aviation sector, it would be appreciated if the ongoing upgrading of the Ibadan airport is completed. In the transportation sector, it is high time our railway system was expanded to link the South-west with the South-east through Akure, Owo and Benin,” Oba Sijuade said. Jonathan also paid homage to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun.

Source: ThisDat

Gunmen kill 22 in fresh Plateau attack


Twenty-two people were reportedly killed on Thursday in Mavo, Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen.

According to witnesses, the suspects stormed a Tarok community in Mavo at about2:00 a.m. and killed 22 people, injuring several others.

The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, in a telephone interview, confirmed the attack but could not confirm the casualty figure.

“I have not been fully briefed on the number of deaths in the incident,” he said.

The Wase local government interim administrator, Zakari Haruna, also confirmed the attack but said the violence had been contained. He declined comment on the number of persons killed but said several houses were razed.

A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not officially detailed to do so, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that he counted 22 dead bodies with over 10 houses burnt down by the attackers

A victim of the attack, one Nangak, also narrated: “The attackers came to our village in their hundreds and started shooting sporadically, while we were still asleep.”

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the incident created tension in Wase, headquarters of the council, as youth protesting the killings were attacked by security agents.

Wase has recently been ridden with conflicts between Taroks and Fulanis.

This latest attack came less than 48 hours after gunmen attacked some communities in Riyom Local Government Area, leaving about 30 people dead with no arrest made by security agencies.

Source: Premium Times

Army Has Beefed-Up Security in Lagos Over Alleged Threat By Terrorists, Says GOC

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had initiated measures to boost its capacity to contain all forms of terrorism and insurgency in Lagos.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Umahi Obi, said this at the inauguration of the 65 Battalion Alfa and Bravo Company Offices in Lagos.

The project was sponsored by Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), under the leadership of the Commanding Officer, Lt.-Col. Haruna Dasuki.

Umahi’s declaration came in the wake of the recent security threat by the Boko Haram sect, threatening to infiltrate and unleash mayhem against military formations in Lagos.

“In the army, when we plan for operations or even when we take our threat analysis, we assume the worst case scenario in our plans and we plan from that point of strength.

“We come up with contingencies to deal with the worst situations and if the situation is lighter, it makes it easier for us in terms of executing it.

“So, we are prepared for any manner of scenario and we are dressing up for it,” he said.

The GOC said notwithstanding, the upper hand by the military, they would not lower their guards.

He said that if anything happens anywhere in the country, they would be proactive enough to tackle it.

While admitting knowledge of the rumours making the rounds on alleged plans by the Boko Haram sect to attack military formations, he said the services were in top gear to counter such attacks.

“We are aware of the rumour of an attack making the rounds but there is nothing concrete as yet to substantiate it.

“But the information available, either at a rumour or intelligence level, would not be wished away; rather we would factor it in our contingency plans.

“We don’t arrest for the fun of it; rather, because we have concrete evidence that there is a link between the suspects and terrorism.

“We have not made any arrests recently but if we see the need to make any arrests, we will do so,” he said.

While commending Danjuma, he said the Transformation Agenda in the army was not a mere talk-shop.

He said the programme represents action backed by action, pointing out that anyone that has not imbibed the attitudinal change has not keyed into the agenda.

Earlier, Dasuki said that Danjuma bought into the idea because the unit was not empowered financially to take up such a huge project.

However, Danjuma, who was represented by the former GOC, 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Tanko (rtd), called on the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, to be focused.

He said Minimah should also carry everybody along, in order to succeed.

“I know that the new COAS, would do well, having worked under me as a Battalion Commander.

“I urge him to be focussed and to ensure he carries everyone along.

“It is also imperative that he does not work in isolation because the Armed Forces work and cooperate with others in other to succeed,” he added. (NAN)

Security Expert Raises Alarm Over Use of Convoys By Terrorists

Renowned security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, yesterday, raised an alarm over the use of convoys by terrorists who were being mistaken for politicians in some northern states of the country.

Consequently, he called for a ban on political campaign convoys in the affected states until the terrorists were rooted out.

Ekhomu also urged the military to invent new strategies, such as deploying ‘force multipliers,’ including specialised security tips hotlines, customised intelligence operations, perception management, and aerial rapid response in the war against terrorist attacks, if the April deadline set by the Chief of Defence Staff must be met.

Ekhomu, who spoke in Lagos, described the recent terrorist attacks in a Catholic Church in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and four other local government areas of Borno State, as brazen and deadly.

According to him, the terrorists have shown adaptive capacity by choosing to carry out stealth attacks in communities, villages and towns in these areas, while avoiding military patrols that tended to concentrate on the highways.

Source: Vanguard

FG Seeks Support on Campaign Against Terrorists


The Federal Government on Sunday urged Nigerians to pray for the security agents partaking in the ongoing military action to end the reign of terror in parts of the country.

The Minister of Information,  Labaran Maku,  gave the charge at a special thanksgiving service in honour of Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defence spokesman, in Abuja.

The service was held at Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), Central Parish, Abuja.

 “We call on the relentless prayers and support of citizens for the security agents as they battle to end the menace of insurgency in parts of the country,’’ he said.

Maku, who is also the Supervising Minister for Defence, said the task undertaken by security agents to protect human sanctity against insurgents required the cooperation of all well-meaning citizens.

He explained that members of the security community had in the discharge of their duties in recent times sacrificed a lot for the sake of peace, unity and development of the country.

“With the support from the Federal Government and the entire public, the present fight against insurgency in parts of the North-East, would be won and peace shall be restored in the affected areas,’’ Maku said.

On the elevation of Olukolade to the rank of Major-General, the minister said it came as a result of his contribution in the advancement of the country’s military.

“ Olukolade’s promotion was as a result of sheer hard work and dedication to duty as demonstrated in his handling of information on the ongoing military operations across the country,’’ he said.

He described Olukolade as an accomplished officer who had served the country dutifully so far, adding that “his outstanding approach to duty should be a model for younger officers to emulate’’.

Earlier, Pastor Tunde Oduwole, urged the people not to give up on God, saying God will intervene in the challenges facing the country.

Oduwole, however, urged the people to turn away from evil and return to God, adding that those in position of authority must have fear of God.

 “The political leadership should adopt a godly approach to solving the country’s mirage challenges, this should include steps that are capable of addressing the challenges confronting the poor amongst us,’’ he said.

In an interview with newsmen after the service, Olukolade said his elevation to the rank of a Major-General was an act of God.
According to him,  my excellent journey in the military so far was facilitated by God and made easy by my colleagues, this I mean, soldiers and officers both serving and retired that I have been privileged to work with.

Source: Dailytimes Nigeria

Outspoken religious leader killed in Nigeria


A Muslim religious leader, who had previously criticised Boko Haram, and a Christian preacher have been killed in northern Nigeria in separate attacks blamed on the armed group.

Shaikh Adam Albani’s car came under fire at 10:30pm on Saturday in Zaria, as he drove home from teaching a theology class, the AFP news agency reported on Sunday.

Local resident Mohammed Usman said Albani’s wife and son were hit, while the gunmen appeared to have dragged him from the car and shot him at close range.

“We kept hearing gunshots very close to our homes and later we heard the sound of a car retreating and when we later came to the scene we found Sheikh Albani lying outside the car with lots of bullet holes on him,” Usman said.

“He was still alive but his wife and a child she was holding in the front seat were already dead while the rest of the children sitting in the back seat were unharmed.”

Albani had been critical of Boko Haram and supported a Nigerian military campaign against the group.

Rushed to hospital

Albani’s brother Kaburu Adam said the religious leader died shortly after being admitted to a hospital.

In a separate incident, gunmen killed a pastor in an attack on a church in Sabon Garin Yambdula, in the Madagali area of Adamawa state late on Friday.

Ten people tried to repel the attack with hunting rifles, said Madagali local government chairman Maina Ularamu, according to AFP.

“All we know is that the gunmen were not soldiers, although they were dressed in military uniform, because some of them wore bathroom slippers instead of boots,” he said. Others had their faces covered, he added.

The attackers stole four cows and also killed two goats, said Ularamu, who declined to say whether Boko Haram fighters were responsible.

The attack came after 26 people, most of them worshippers, were killed in a Roman Catholic Church in Waga Chakawa, also in Madagali, last Sunday, and a roadside bomb that killed seven people.

The Nigerian government has been battling Boko Haram, designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States, since 2009 and last May declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to rein in the fighters.

But attacks often targeting Christians and educational institutions have continued amid accusations against security forces of human rights abuses perpetrated against civilians.

Source: Al-Jazeera

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