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Make National Interest a Priority in Your Reportage – Major Bello Tells Journalists

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By Eric Elezuo

The Public Relations Officer, 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, Major AK Bello, has admonished Nigerian journalists against rushing to the press with stories inimical and detrimental to the interest of the Nigerian nation, and by extension, the public.

Major Bello made the remarks while speaking as a guest speaker at the maiden One Day Workshop for Media Practitioners on Security Reporting, organised by the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The gallant officer noted that in the pursuit of professionalism, there are etiquettes must be be considered before stories are published, even if they are they truth. He cautioned the journalists to ensure that whatever that has to be published must reflect the national interest, and portray the country in a positive light.

“We understand that you are obligated to do your job, but what happens after doing doing your job, and the nation burns, to whose advantage? It is proper that when matters of serious interest are discovered, courtesy demands that the agencies involved are contacted, and there will always a way the whole thing could be managed to ensure that issues do not escalate to damaging proportion,” he said.

Bello frowned at ways most journalists thrive at reporting only matters that are detrimental to national interest thereby bringing disrepute to the country and its leadership. He also advised journalists to undertake proper investigations before publications are made in other not to misrepresent security agencies.

“Sometimes, most things are done by one agency, but because the journalist is in a hurry to publish, he mentions another agency just because the uniforms or mode of operations are alike. We are not saying that the journalist should not perform his professional duties, but must as much as possible juxtaposed it between national interest and patriotism,” Bello submitted.

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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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