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All 9 Missing Police Officers Rescued, As IGP Reassures Nigerians Of Improved Security

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All 9 Missing Police Officers Rescued, As IGP Reassures Nigerians Of Improved Security
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The Nigeria Police force says it has successfully rescued Nine (9) Police Officers who were declared missing on 8th November, 2020 between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina State after the night commercial bus they were traveling in came under attack by heavily armed men, all dressed in Military Camouflage, but suspected to be bandits.

A statement signed by DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer
Force Headquarters,
Abuja, says the officers include, all Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident. Two of the officers are currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, while the remaining seven are being debriefed.

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According to the Statement, Covert operation to locate and rescue the officers commenced immediately they were discovered missing en-route to their destination. Thus, the apparent delay in commenting on the unfortunate incident was a deliberate decision aimed at protecting the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the concomitant safety of the officers. It is also important to state that preliminary investigation has shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime as the officers were all traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the commercial vehicle. The total number of officers involved in the incident is nine (9) and not twelve (12) as previously, wrongly reported in some sections of the media.

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He said Follow-up investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni reassures Nigerians that the Force is working assiduously to ensure an improved safety and tactical presence of police personnel on our highways as the yuletide approaches

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Security: Benue Stakeholders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Gov Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom standing Ovation in the midst of Benue elders at the Government House Benue State
Security: Benue Stakeholders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Gov Ortom
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Stakeholders in Benue State on Thursday, at a meeting in Makurdi which was attended by people across party lines, traditional rulers, the clergy, national and state assembly members as well as past and present leaders unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Governor Samuel Ortom for his untiring efforts to ensure the security of lives and property.

Governor Samuel Ortom addressing Benue elders who came to pass vote confidence on his administration.

Governor Samuel Ortom addressing Benue elders who came to pass vote confidence on his administration.

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The stakeholders said Governor Ortom has demonstrated true leadership qualities and has risked his life in the interest of the people.

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The motion for the vote of confidence on the Governor was moved by leaders of the three main Socio-Cultural Organizations in Benue State; Mzough-U-Tiv, Ochetoha, K’Idoma and Omini ‘Igede.

The Benue State leaders of the three main Socio-Cultural Organizations in Benue State; Mzough-U-Tiv, Ochetoha,  K’Idoma and Omini ‘Igede.

The Benue State leaders of the three main Socio-Cultural Organizations in Benue State; Mzough-U-Tiv, Ochetoha, K’Idoma and Omini ‘Igede.

“We are fully satisfied with the performance of the Governor particularly his firm stand for the protection of our people. The efforts His Excellency the Governor has made in the area of security are responsible for the relative peace being enjoyed in parts of the state today. We remember that in 2018 Fulani herdsmen attacks engulfed 19 out of the 23 local government areas of our state. Today, the herders have resorted to guerrilla tactics of attacking our people in their sleep at night” the socio-cultural leaders stated.

Other resolutions at the meeting were that following renewed attacks on Benue communities by militia herdsmen and the wanton destruction of lives and property, the State Government should commence immediate enforcement of Community Volunteer Guards (Vigilante) Law, which was enacted in the year 2000.

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The stakeholders mandated the Benue State Government to recruit more Vigilante personnel and support them with logistics as provided by the law to help contain attacks on Benue communities.

According to the Governor, stakeholders resolved that Volunteer Guards be recruited across all the Kindreds, Districts and Local Governments Areas of the state and be empowered to carry arms allowed by law for protection.

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The meeting also reinforced the commitment of Benue people to the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017 as well as urged all stakeholders irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations to join hands in tackling insecurity in the state.

Benue Elders in Benue Government House on Thursday for Governor Samuel Ortom.

Benue Elders in Benue Government House on Thursday for Governor Samuel Ortom.

Stakeholders at the meeting appreciated Security agencies for their efforts in ensuring relative peace and security in parts of the state in the face of banditry, kidnapping, herders attacks and other crimes.

Governor Samuel Ortom standing Ovation in the midst of Benue elders at the Government House Benue State

Governor Samuel Ortom standing Ovation in the midst of Benue elders at the Government House Benue State

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Gov Bello Restates Commitment To Protection Of Lives, Property

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Kogi State Government has restated its commitment to the protection of lives and property in the State.

Governor Yahaya Bello stated this in a message to participants of the Executive Management Course Fourteen of the National Institute for Security Studies on a visit to Lokoja.

Governor Yahaya Adoza, Executive Governor of Kogi State

Governor Yahaya Adoza, Executive Governor of Kogi State

Represented by his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, Governor Bello said infrastructural development is anchored on security of lives and property which are core mandates of his administration.

He assured the participants of Government’s support in the course of understudying the State to achieve set objectives.

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In his opening remark, the State Security Adviser, rtd Commander Jerry Omodara said the participants as part of their course would be taken round the State for on the spot assessment of Government projects.

According to him, stakeholders in the security apparatus of the State were in constant review of strategies to combat crimes in the State.

In his speech, the Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies, National Institute for Security Studies, Abuja, Egbeji Didacus said the purpose of the visit was to understudy the governance structure of the State, developmental strides achieved and also interact with the people for submission at the end of the programme.

Egbeji said participants were drawn from the Military, Para-Military, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

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Chieftaincy Tussle: Abaji Chairman Halt Parties From Parading Themselves As Village Chief Of Kpokpolobi Community

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The Dan -Masani of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, with the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, shortly after a meeting with elders and youths of Kpokpolobi community over chieftaincy tussle
The Dan -Masani of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, with the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, shortly after a meeting with elders and youths of Kpokpolobi community over chieftaincy tussle
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Chieftaincy Tussle: Abaji Chairman Halt Parties From Parading Themselves As Village Chief Of Kpokpolobi Community

The Dan -Masani of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, with the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, shortly after a meeting with elders and youths of Kpokpolobi community over chieftaincy tussle

The Dan -Masani of Abaji, Alhaji Salihu Kakamba, with the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, shortly after a meeting with elders and youths of Kpokpolobi community over chieftaincy tussle

By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has stopped factions of Alhaji Ibrahim Yatsu and Alhaji Umar Idris from parading themselves as the village chief of Kpokpolobi community in the area.

Global Times Nigeria had learnt that fight broke out on Saturday morning, in Kpokpolobi community in the area which left three persons injured after two factions attacked each with cutlasses over disagreement on venue to be used for Ramadan Tafsir.

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Alhaji Ajiya, while speaking when he summoned the two factions for a meeting in his office, which had representatives of the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, DPO, DSS and civil defence corps, condemned the incident.

He said it was unfortunate that despite the Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, had set-up a committee to look into the chieftaincy issue, the two factions and their supporters have to create tension in the community.

“I can’t imagined this chieftaincy tussle has been lingering for this too long since 2005, when you people migrated from Kogi to come and settle here in FCT. So I want to make it categorically clear today, that both parties laying claims should henceforth stop parading themselves as chief of Kpokpolobi community until further notice,” he said.

The council chairman also stopped the community from holding Ramadan Tafsir, saying taking such decision will forestall any breaking down of law and order not only in the community but the entire council.

Chaiman of Abaji Area Council, Hon. Abdulrahman Ajiya seated in a round table meeting with elders and youths in his office on Monday, over Kpokpolobi community chieftaincy tussle.

Chaiman of Abaji Area Council, Hon. Abdulrahman Ajiya seated in a round table meeting with elders and youths in his office on Monday, over Kpokpolobi community chieftaincy tussle.

“This Ramadan period, is a period that we should all be submissive and worship Allah, but I was disappointed when I heard that fight broke out in Kpokpolobi community where some youths attacked each other with cutlasses over who control the venue that will be used for Ramadan Tafsir,” he said.

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