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Encomiums As LSSTF Endorses Miss Nigeria Security Pageantry

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The Miss Security Nigeria 2021 has scored a big win in the bid to raise a security-conscious nation. The impetus came with the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) granting its official endorsement to the innovative pageant. This huge backing was given during the visit of the organisers of the Miss Security Nigeria pageant to the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund agency, Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun during the week.

Speaking during the brief visit, Dr. Balogun reiterated that security is the responsibility of everyone and that Nigeria should begin to adopt preventive measures to security rather than wait for the crime to be committed before she pushes. The measures should include something as fundamental and critical to preventive security as being observantnt. He noted for instance ‘A five-year-old child in some developed countries will likely be able to describe a criminal to a police artist. This will enable the artist arrive at a sketch that may disclose the identity of the assailant. This could enable the security agency to accost the suspect. But in Nigeria, it is a different kettle of fish.

The task of security advocacy and education that the Miss Security Nigeria brings to ‘facilitating safety and security in Lagos’ according to the mission of LSSTF is worthy of commendation and support. It is envisioned that the winner of this security pageant will be a security ambassador who will further create security consciousness in the minds of individuals in the educational institutions, the informal business space, the corporate environment, and even at the grassroot level using her platform.

To this end, the Head of the agency charged the organisers to go all out to make the maiden edition a success. He also encouraged them not to rest on its oars as it reaches more individuals, government agencies, and corporate bodies for the event slated for Sunday, 10th October 2021.

Expressing gratitude at the meeting, the Chairman of the MSN Planning Committee, Dupe Noma thanked the ES/CEO Dr. Balogun, the board, and staff of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) for the immense gesture which she described as a ‘huge morale booster’.

Also present at the meeting were the duo of the Project Director, Oki Samson and Deputy Project Director, Abayomi Oyelami.

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LSSTF’s Balogun Tours EPAIL Facility, Commends Management for Contributions to Security

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The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun, has paid a visit to the Equipment and Protective Applications International Limited (EPAIL) mega factory, with the Chairman/CEO of EPAIL expressing delight at the Fund’s visit while conducting his guest on a tour of the facility.

During the visit, the ES witnessed the production of security equipment such as armored hard body for vehicles, ballistic plates, helmets, vests, etc. from scratch using locally sourced materials. A test was also conducted on one of the locally made crowd dispersal water cannon and other crowd control equipment.

Speaking on the visit, Balogun said: “The security challenges in the state continue to increase as a result of the harsh economic situation in the country hence the visitation which was in furtherance of the Fund’s commitment to continue to source for and provide the required equipment and home grown state of the art security gadgets and technological solutions that meet international standards, fit for our terrain and useable by security agencies to combat crime in the State.”

The LSSTF CEO also commended EPAIL Nigeria for its outstanding work and contributions in the area of security, noting that “The importance of a strong and formidable security outfit cannot be overemphasized as it is one of the hallmarks of a thriving society.  As we approach the 2023 general elections, it is critical that we strengthen our security agencies to enable them proactively combat crime and maintain law and order in the State, therefore we call on our donors to do more by way of contributions in cash or kind to the Fund towards improved security in the State in our collective self-interest”.

Subsequently, the Chairman of EPAIL thanked the Executive Secretary of the Fund for his visit and pledged his continuous support to the Fund.

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Many Feared Killed As Explosion Rocks Kano

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Many are feared dead after an explosion on Aba Road in the Sabon Gari area of Kano State.

While details of the blast are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, visuals from the scene showed that many buildings, one of which is suspected to house a primary school, were affected.

One of the videos that surfaced online also showed injured schoolchildren being moved from the scene of the incident.

Parents were also searching for their children.

One of them was heard shouting “my children”.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, has clarified that gas and not a bomb exploded in the state on Tuesday morning. He made the clarification during his visit to the scene of the incident.

Dikko, who spoke in Hausa, also confirmed that four persons were dead.

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News of Closure of Ogui, Trans-Ekulu Stations Fake – Enugu Police

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The Enugu State Police Command has said that the news making the rounds in the closure of Ogui and Trans-Ekulu police stations is fake, urging the public the disregard the false publication.

A statement by the Command’s PPRO, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), quoted the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal as describing the story as not just unfounded, and a figment of the publisher’s imagination, but also a misinformation targeted at creating panic among peace loving citizens of Enugu State.

The statement also expressed the CP’s resolve to continue to “deliver the statutory mandates of the Nigeria Police Force in the State, including ensuring that Police Stations remain opened to members of the public and maintain robust crime detection/prevention patrols and visibility policing of their assigned areas of responsibilities.”

CP Lawal therefore, urged the “general public and residents of Enugu State in particular, to disregard such untrue publications and continue to promptly report security situations and criminal activities to Police Stations nearest to them, noting that Police Stations in the State remain open to the general public on a twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week (24/7) basis.”

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