Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara says the government will not apologise over the alleged killing of villagers in the state during the bombardment of suspected bandits’ camps in Dumburum village in Zurmi local government area of the state.
The governor, who made the statement when a seven-man investigation team on the matter visited him at his Talata-Mafara private residence, said Dumburum village had served as a hideout for criminals over the last three years.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state’s Council of Chiefs had, a fortnight ago, alleged that innocent citizens were recently bombarded through air strikes in the area by personnel of the Nigeria Air Force.
“As far as I am concerned and as the head of government in the state, I haven’t seen anything wrong done by the Air Force. I haven’t received any brief on such matter.
“Dumburum has been a criminal hideout for over three years and the Emir of Zurmi had once asked me to go and wipe out the area, saying all those residing there were bandits.
“So, I am surprised that the emir will be part of those saying innocent people were killed in an encounter in the area,” Yari said.
The governor, who said some powers were working against the state, maintained that “some people will stay in Abuja and fabricate things against the operations in Zamfara in order to distract the operation,” warning, “this we must not allow.”
“Please, all security agencies, especially the Air Force, should continue with your usual constitutional duties and the state government will give you all the support to facilitate your concentration in trying to bring back peace which has eluded the state since 2007.
“You should continue with fire power to show the criminals that there is a government in place and we won’t negotiate with them again because when we did that in the past, the leaders pretended as if all was well while they allowed their boys to continue to lay siege to the communities,” the governor added.
Handing over a letter of condolence to the governor from the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, the team leader, AVM Idi Lubo, said it was part of Abubakar’s concern in case the allegations were true.
He said, “the Chief of Air Staff has directed us to properly investigate the matter in order to unravel the truth.
“We have visited other stakeholders and discovered that there was misinformation which we have now resolved and wish to assure the people of the state that we shall continue to discharge our assigned responsibilities in protecting the innocent with professionalism.”
The team, which was conducted round by the Commander of 207 Quick Response Group, Squadron Leader Sunkanmi Thomas, thanked all stakeholders for the support given to the Air operations in the state.
NAN also reports that the team visited heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials, among others, while in the state.
Get Your Driver’s Licence, Odumosu Charges Motorists, Police Officers
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, Thursday at FRSC Ojodu Driver’s licence centre reiterated that obtaining driver’s licence is a civic responsibility of all drivers plying on Lagos road.
He made this pronouncements after his driver’s licence physical capture, saying “Once you are above 18 years of age, it is expected that the person interested in driving must apply through accredited driving schools for their electronic driving school certificate which is a prequisite for applying for fresh driver’s licence. While applicants for renewal are expected to appear physically to be captured or through bypass. Any process devoid of this is fake, he stated”.
According to a statement signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Route Commander Olabisi Sonusi, the CP also encouraged Officers of the Nigeria Police that drive to get their driver’s licence in order to serve as good example for other motorists.
The Sector Commander FRSC Lagos Sector Command Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide who was impressed with the leadership quality displayed by the CP, personally handed over the temporary driver’s licence to him and promised that his permanent licence will get to him soonest.
He pleaded with other security agencies to emulate the exemplary style of the CP
Ogungbemide charged all motorists to always maintain safe speed and obey all traffic rules and regulations at all times as we enter the last quarter of the year.
Lagos CP Pays Security Assessment Visits to Police Formations
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has on Wednesday paid a working visit various security formations of the Command including the Area ‘J’ Command Headquarters, Elemoro.
The Command’s PPRO, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu said in a statement that the visit was to carry out security assessment with the sole aim of providing watertight security for investors and create an enabling environment in line with the Federal Government’s policy on ease of doing business in Nigeria.
The statement noted that other places the CP visited were the Akodo Police Division, Free Zone Police Station; Police Mobile Force, 49 Squadron, Epe; Ajah, Ilasan, Ogombo, and Maroko Divisions to assess the security needs of the Area ‘J’ Command, Elemoro and Ibeju Lekki area in view of the rapid development in the entire axis.
During the visit, the Commissioner of Police inspected the Stations’ armouries to ascertain that arms and ammunition were properly maintained; and cells to ensure that suspects were not unduly detained beyond the statutory period.
In continuation of his visit, the CP also inspected the Free Zone Police Station newly built by the management of the Lagos State Free Zone, Lekki, Lagos. The one-of-its-kind police station, equipped with modern facilities, was built in tandem with the philosophy of Community Policing aimed at bringing the police closer to the people.
The new station when commissioned would provide additional security for the Free Zone and its host community. It is expected that the robust security which the station as well as existing ones would provide, would serve as a safety assurance for foreign and local investors doing businesses in the area.
The Commissioner of Police who visited the place on the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, psc(+), fdc, NPM, expressed satisfaction with the work done and hoped that the Inspector-General of Police would give approval for the commissioning of the facility in due course so that it would begin provision of services to the public as soon as possible.
The Commissioner of Police was warmly received and conducted round the new police station by the Manager, Lagos State Free Zone, Mr Gokil Rajan; At the Lekki Free Zone, Akodo where he also visited, he was received by the Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director, Lekki Free Zone Development Company, Messrs Xigong Huang and Adegboye Balogun.
NSCDC Vows to Investigate Alleged Involvement of Officer in Banditry, Maintains Zero Tolerance to Criminality
By Eric Elezuo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has vowed to investigate the alleged involvement of one of its officers in banditry as a supposed video which has gone viral is suggesting.
Speaking through a statement, the Corps’ Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, noted that there’s a possibility that the culprit is telling lies as most criminals are fond of impersonating security personnel.
He added that the Corps is disciplined, and will not condone criminality from anyone, especially a staff.
Odumosu further promised that a thorough investigation will be conducted, and members of the public will be informed of the outcome.
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The attention of the management of the Nigera Security and Civil Defence Corps has been drawn to a video clip already gone viral in relation to one Abdullah Saidu, an acclaimed Civil Defence personnel arrested in connection with a group of armed bandits terrorizing some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi state.
It is pertinent to point out that the Nigera Security and Civil Defence Corps is a Federal security agency saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others, hence, would not in anyway condone any saboteur of National Security or sponsors of criminalities.
Based on the aforementioned, the Corps wishes to inform the public that the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in anyway give credence to or affirm his membership of the Corps as experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime.
However, due to the high premium placed on integrity, discipline and professionalism by management of the Corps, an intelligence based team has been set up to carry out thorough investigation on the matter and check available records to confirm the authenticity of his claim. Thereafter, the general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings
We wish to reiterate that the Corps will continue to discharge it’s statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity, while also synergizing with other sister agencies in combating all forms of criminalities in the Nation.
DCC OLUSOLA ODUMOSU
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
NSCDC NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS