Yahaya Idris, Kogi.
Following the attack on Okofi community in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, HRM. Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani-Isah koto and Ohimege Koton-Karfe has asked the security Agencies to as a matter of urgency bring those murderers who masterminded Okofi attack to justice to serve as deterrent to others.
The first class traditional ruler who is also a retired Senior Police Officer, disclose this on Friday, when he hosted hundreds of people, charged all security agencies to fish out the killers of the Okofi community and ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to justice.
Addressing the stakeholders, community leaders, youths and women of various tribes extractions at his palace, said that he will not fold his arm and allow harm come to his people hence for this meeting to collectively deliberate on how to avert future occurrence.
“As a father to all, I am saddened over what happened in Okofi”
While expressing his deep concern over porous security arrangement in the area, he called on the authority to immediately wade into action.
He advised various community leaders, Chiefs to work in synergy with security agencies geared towards bringing an end to insecurity bedeviling the council.
“The security agencies should rise to occasion and restore normalcy before it get out of control”.
“We seek Allah’s intervention towards curtailing the menace”.
Ohimegye alleged that the recent killing maybe associated with kidnapping activities ongoing in the area.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his tireless efforts in tackling insecurity as not only in Kogi LG but entire State and urge him to sustain the onslaught against the criminal elements.
It would be recalled, On Thursday, Gunmen invaded Okofi community in Kogi Local Government, killing three persons and injuring two others. An eyewitness told Global Times Nigeria that the attackers invaded the community when the Muslim faithful were observing their early morning prayers in the community’s only mosque.
Confirming the incident, the state police command spokesman, DSP William Aya, said those killed include the Chief Imam of the community and two other worshippers.
Speaking on behalf of the government appointees in the area, Commissioner for Solid Mineral and Natural Resources, Hon. Chief Engineer Muhammed Abubakar Bashir Gegu, in appreciative to Ohimege position for peace and unity, adding that his message will be delivered to the Governor of the State for onward action.
Bashir also said the killers days are numbered as the government will do everything to bring perpetrators to justice.
On his part, the newly appointed Chairman State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, commended Ohimege’s usual efforts on sustainability of peace, assuring him that the government of Governor Yahaya Bello will continue in his fight against all forms of criminality with in and outside Kogi LG.
Those who attended the meeting included, various community Chiefs such as Egbiras, Gbagis, Ganagana, Nupe, Hausa/Fulani and others.
Prince Ishaq Advocate For Religious Harmony
The attention of Hon. Prince Ishaq Shaibu Okolo, Former SSA Security Matters, Dekina Local Government Area has been drown to an online news alleging an attack on Christian in Ayigba.
To put the record straight, we wish to respond as follows :
Hon Prince Isahq Shaibu Okolo is a man who has successfully distinguished in leadership position right from time till date and he is trusted with many award as a peace ambassador of the Local Government.
As a candidate for the fourth coming LGA election under the plat form of All progressives Congress (APC) security of lives and properties is his top priority and from the record, there have not be security breach in the LGA either with the Christian, Muslim, traditional worshipers and other religions in the area.
There was a directive from the Governor that, all forms of protest should stop and at about 4pm yesterday been 19th Oct 2020, a group of Christian’s were staging a procession and my attention was drown by the Divisional Police Office (DPO) Ayigba of which the protesters were advised to return to their churches to avoid the protest being hijack, it’s on this note that the police peacefully escort them to the church and return back to their station.
Prince Isahq is a member of peace and security committee Council which Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dekina LGA branch has its representatives, the plot of land hosting CEFN church, Ayigba was his family land that was given to the church and both Christian, Muslim and other religions have been living together perfectly peaceful for ages. He urges the general public, most especially the christian community in the area to disregard the media propaganda of mischief makers.
The directive of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for no protest of any form still remain valid and subsisting till further notice and advice the public to go about their normal business. Thank you and remain peaceful.
IGP Confirms SWAT Training Begins Monday, Lists qualifications
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has confirmed that training for the newly-created Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT), will begin on Monday.
Adamu, on Sunday, also listed the qualifications of officers to be trained in the new police tactical team to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The IGP, in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, insisted no ex-SARS operatives were shortlisted in the SWAT team.
According to him, “the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven years working experience with clean service records – no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms – and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations.
“The selected officers shall be subjected to physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening etc and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.”
Adamu promised Nigerians that the SWAT team “will operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.”
Lagos CP, Hakeem Odumosu Charges ACs, DPOs To Partner With Community Leaders To Police Effectively
The Commissioner of Police , Lagos State Command, CP, Hakeem Odumosu, has admonished the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state to incorporate their respective community leaders into action plans for effective service delivery.
In a statement by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi (mnipr) Police Public Relations Officer Lagos State Command Ikeja said the Commissioner of Police made the call while addressing the senior officers at the command headquarters on Friday.
He pointed out that with the ongoing #EndSARS protests and security challenges associated with ember months activities, there is need to involve community leaders and stakeholders in the security arrangement in order to police the nooks and crannies of the state.
Following the Commissioner’s of Police admonition, the Area Commanders and some Divisional Police Officers in the State have organized security summits, town hall meetings to address security needs of their areas.
For the general safety of some volatile areas on the island, the Area Commander Area A, Lion Building, ACP Bode Ojajuni, has organized a security summit, on 15th of October, 2020, held at the Holy Cross Cathedral Church Lagos.
The summit had in attendance religious leaders, leaders of Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo communities, security agencies, students and women, while issues bothering security of the entire area were critically looked into, including the management of the ongoing protests in the state.
The Area commander told the participants to catalyse provision of adequate security for all and sundry through the concept of Community Policing and robust partnership across board in the area.
The leaders and stakeholders appreciated the Area Commander for his initiative particularly at this challenging period and promised to be involved in effective policing of the entire area and Lagos State in general.
The Commissioner of Police has also requested for regular updates on such moves or strategies geared towards better service delivery vis-a-vis robust intelligence-led policing and public safety, from the entire fourteen area Commnads across the state
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