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The Task Ahead Acting IGP Usman Alkali Baba

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By Eric Elezuo

During the week, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, sold Nigerians a dummy while explaining the rationale behind the sacking of former Inspector of Police, Mihammed Adamu, whose tenure was extended to three months just one month after, and replacing him with Deputy Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, with immediate effect.

Asking Nigerians to cut President Muhammadu Buhari a slack in his decision to terminate the former’s appointment and appointing Buba, Dingyadi said that “After a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020); and having regards to seniority, professionalism, a record of service and competence, the president has approved the appointment of an acting I-G, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.

“These changes are in line with the determination of the president to rejig the security architecture and to ensure that the security challenges bedevilling the nation are brought to an end.

“The president has, therefore, charged the new appointee to rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration are fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police to perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.”

Setting aside the politics of Baba’s appointment in terms of eligibility and more, it is worthy of note that the task ahead of the new police boss is enormous, and requires undaunted fear, professionalism and clout to undertake. The new IGP must be willing to call a spade a spade to reunify a country that has so factionalised along ethnic and religious lines even in the area of security.

In recent times, Imo State and the entire South East region have become a hotspot of unbridled hooliganism and unchecked vandalism. The unprovoked attacks on security facilities and personnel has become rampant, and needed urgent attention. Perhaps that explains the reason behind the sacking of Adamu. He appeared helpless in the face of bloody activities of the unknown gunmen in the area. His speedy heaping of blame on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) as the perpetrators of the act without due diligence may have suggested that the former police boss had already ran out of ideas, and was just occupying space waiting for the supposed three months to elapse.

Baba is therefore, saddled with the responsibility of unmasking the forces behind the incessant killings, kidnappings, looting and jailbreaks among a whole lot of vices prevalent in the country presently.

While tongues are already wagging from many quarters concerning the rationale behind his appointment, Baba has to prove that he is equal to the task, and jettison the ethnic coloration in the discharge of his duties.

Taking into cognisance that Nigerians have lost fate in what is generally referred to as Buhari’s Fulanisation of the country, Baba must prove that he is not another instrument of bigotry and ethnic cleansing.

He will do well to be the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, and not for a section of the country as so many are wont to believe.

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Amuwo LG Poll: Adewale’s TCG Receives Decampees, Igbo Community Endorsement, Presents Candidates

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The National Secretariat of The Consolidation Group (TCG) in Amuwo Odofin LGA was charged as the group showed great readiness for the forthcoming APC primaries scheduled to hold soon.

Presenting the Councillorship aspirants, Comrade Ayodele Adewale took time to read out a brief profile about them and how they have been steadfast during the course of the struggle in the last six years.

He wasted no time in moving to pressing matters as he dwelt upon Party loyalty and commitment as a pinnacle to the successful selection process of the Councillors.

He charged them to remain focused and put the interest of the community close to their hearts when elected into office.

He reminded them that loyalty was the underlying ethics to the group and their loyalty and commitment to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and Amuwo Odofin LG community should be central to every activity that they pursue.

Comrade Ayodele wished them every success as they move to the next stage of the race which is the APC Party screening and thereafter the Party primary election.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale also announced that two more members had purchased the nomination forms for the Chairmanship seat hours before the deadline on Tuesday making a total of 5 aspirants jostling for the number 1 seat.

He advised all candidates and members to continue interacting and engaging with all the old and newly registered Party members who had come aboard during the APC party registration exercise across the Local Government.

The leadership of the lgbo Speaking Community in Lagos State led by the State President General, Chief Sunday Udeh was also present at the Monday meeting with some members of his executives.

They described Comrade Ayodele Adewale as a detribalized leader whose inclusive approach benefitted all in the LG including the non indigenes in Amuwo Odofin LGA.

He appealed that all members should continue to show loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and immediate past Council Chairman, Comrade Ayodele Adewale as they remains the only leaders and entity in Amuwo Odofin LG, Lagos State and Nigeria that associate and treat non indigenes like their family.

He also urged every member to be more committed and play an active role in furtherance of the group’s objectives and most especially, the APC Party.

Chief Sunday Udeh promised a donation of N50,000 to the group for refreshment before the next meeting as a mark of support for being a part of the highly influential and organised group, TCG.

TCG members also welcomed Mr. Okpor Emeka, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the last 2019 House of Assembly Elections in Amuwo Odofin LGA. He arrived with some of his loyal supporters.

This visit was to intimate the APC stalwart and founder of the Consolidation Group (TCG), Comrade Ayodele Adewale of their readiness to join the Progressives.

He stated that they had given it great thought and consideration and having consulted far and wide, they had decided to use the platform of TCG to defect to the APC Party.

Mr. Okpo described APC as the only Party with a true manifesto to alleviate the status of the common man.

The defection move was facilitated by Comrade Balogun Ibrahim, one of the APC Chairmanship aspirants and a member of TCG.

Comrade Ayodele received the defected members and appreciated them for deeming it fit to add to the numbers of the APC Party.

He urged them to contribute to the success of the Party most especially during this election period.

He also promised to formally hand them over to Chief Tunde Balogun, the acting chairman of the APC in Lagos State at an appointed time.

The meeting ended with ward accreditations, where a total of 314 members were recorded to have attended the meeting.

The leader of the group, Comrade Ayodele Adewale wished all Muslim faithfuls, a happy Eid al Fitr celebrations in advance and declared that the next meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday 17th May, 2021

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NAOSNP Honours Kawugana with Leadership Service Award

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By Eric Elezuo

The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has honoured the immediate past Commander of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brigadier General Sale Kawugana with the Association’s Service Leadership Award.

The award was presented to the Commander during the hand over ceremony at the Brigade Command by the Executive Members of the NAOSNP led by its National President, Mr. Oki Samson.

Mr Oki said the Commander deserved the award as a result of his exemplary leadership style during his short but, impactful stewardship as the Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja, Lagos.

In his acceptance speech, Brigadier General Kawugana thanked the Association for considering him for the award, and pledged to keep the flag of excellent service delivery flying wherever he finds himself serving the nation.

He also said he was impressed with the cooperation given to him by the Association during his stay, promising the friendship would continue.

He also pleaded with the Association to extend similar cooperation to new Commander.

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Saraso Takes over Command of 9 Brigade As Army Redeploys Kawugana to Abuja

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The new Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, Brig Gen Lader Saraso, has assumed duty.

He took over from Brig Gen Sale Kawugana, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

The new Commander, during his handing and taking over ceremony which took place at the conference Room of the brigade recently, craved for National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) support saying that the “media is suppose to be the watchdog of the society because they are everywhere.”

He further reiterated that such support is imperative considering that the media is a necessary part of every society; hence it serves as a “check and balance” when it is practised within the purview of the law. It is a wake-up call to anybody in position of authority that there are people you are supposed to be accountable to.

“As a public servant,” he observed, “we are not an island to ourselves. Therefore, we need a formidable partnership with you. Sometimes, there may be some delays in messages and information. We may not always be as supernatural to be everywhere at the same time. But with little patience, the picture would get clearer,” Brig Gen Saraso emphasized.

However, he added that “everything we do on Internal Security whether in Lagos or elsewhere,” they are actually playing a supportive role to the Nigerian Police.

“We need the collaborative efforts of other agencies. They need us just as we need them so that we would be able to achieve some synergy.”

Brig Gen Saraso, therefore, called on the media to always draw his attention to any negative development or unpleasant situation going on so that such could be nipped in the bud before it escalates.

“You can report to meet the expectations of your organisation and we too, want to meet the expectations of Nigerians who actually entrusted us with these positions,” he added.

Earlier, the outgone Commander, Brig Gen Sale Kawugana commended members of the fourth estate of the realm for their support during his short stint at the brigade soliciting that such candid support and robust relationship be extended to the new Commander.

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