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Topnotch Boko Haram Commander Dies

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Terrorist snipers linked to the so-called Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP),  have reportedly mistakenly killed one of its own top Commander, Ba’ana Okocha, who claimed responsibility for Coordinating the recent Jihadist attack on Nigerian Military formation in Marte Local Government Area – Northeastern Borno state – Nigeria.

Impeccable sources who confirmed the incidence, said Okocha, known to be an indigene of Gamboru, was shot and killed alongside four other jihadist at a fortified headquarters of ISWAP – a location given as “Arinna Sorro”.  OKocha and his armed companions are said to have been wrongly identified by the ISWAP special treetop snipers as an approaching enemy from the Abubakar Shekau JAS faction.

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Most JAS fighters were chased out of ISWAP strong holds. ISWAP created fortified camps where nobody was allowed to have without permission.

Other sources have attributed his death to the panic and apprehensiveness generated by the ongoing onward offensive by the Nigerian Military under Operations TURA TAKAI BANGO.

The highly fortified Jihadist location serves as an Armoury depot and hideouts for top ISWAP militant commanders including foreign ISIS mercenaries who often visit from Mali and other neighbouring states – these camps can only be accessed freely by approved persons.

The assassination of the notorious war lord has thrown the ISWAP families into dreadful mourning and further diminished their leadership fighting morale.

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Sources familiar with the activities of Boko Haram ISWAP terrorist, disclosed that the Insurgents have recorded increasing inter factional clashes between Boko Haram JAS, ISIS backed ISWAP factions and the Al-Qaida wiyalats within the past two months.

A situation made severe by the continuation of the week-long highly-intensified offensive operations by troops of Operation Tura Takai Bango – an operation targeted at completely eliminating Boko Haram ISWAP terrorists in their strong holds in Sambisa forest, Mandara mountains, Timbuktu triangle and lake Chad basin tunbûns. These relentless operations have pushed jihadist factional fighters and their families to migrate to other safer parts of North East of Lake Chad to seek refuge.

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These forced displacements caused by fleeing jihadist has generated to a push back by other ISWAP jihadist factions following the banning of Abubakar Shekau in 2020 by the ISIS Shura Council.

Boko Haram and ISWAP continue to maintain an extensive operational network with local organised crime groups and other Al-Qaida and ISIS groups (JNIM and ISGS) in the triangle of Liptako Gourma (Sahel), Libya (AZWAJ) and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

These groups now train ISWAP child soldiers in its newly established institution in Somalia known as “Darul Ilm”. Fighters who graduate from these institutions were trained on ambush Operation, bomb making and planting, modern assymetric warfare skills.

•David Otto is a Europe-based counter-terrorism expert.

 

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Police Nabs 3 Suspected Robbers For Attacking POS Shop In Kogi.

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Police Nabs 3 Suspected Robbers For Attacking POS Shop In Kogi.
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Police Nabs 3 Suspected Robbers For Attacking POS Shop In Kogi.

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state Police command has arrested three persons suspected to be armed robbers at Ogidi on Ijumu local government area of the state.

A press release signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO,), DSP William Aya, stated that the operatives of the Operation Puff Adder 11 in Iyara Divisional Police Office received a report of an attack by three armed men on a POS shop, snatching thousands of naira and inflicting injuries on the operator.

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On receiving the report, men of the Operation Puff Adder swiftly swung into action and in collaboration with other security agencies and intelligence gathered from volunteers, the suspects were trailed to their hide out and arrested.

DSP Aya also disclosed that one single barrel gun and assorted phones were recovered from the suspected robbers and investigation into the incident has commenced.

He explained that the state Commissioner of Police, CP, Ede Ayuba Ekpeji had earlier directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, operational and tactical Commanders as well as intelligence Officers to secure public places and guarantee a safe and secure environment for all.

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The suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

The Commissioner of Police has reassured members of the public of the Command’s level of commitment in synergy with other security agencies in the state to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties.

He called on the public to always volunteer credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements in the State.

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Vigilante Commander General Jahun, Lauds Governor Bello’s Efforts In Grassroots Security, Seeks For Synergy

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Vigilante Commander General Jahun, Lauds Governor Bello’s Efforts In Grassroots Security, Seeks For Synergy

By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

The Commander General of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Dr. Usman Mohammed Jahun, has commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for his commitment in securing the lives and properties of his people and urging him to sustain the tempo and as well discuss with the state VGN for more effective security.

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The VGN Commander General made the appealed when he visited the state to sensitize the state’s command of the VGN, noting that members of the vigilance group were men and women from the state, who had already been trained by relevant security agencies in the country.

Jahun, who was overwhelmed with Governor Bello’s achievements in the state, said there was need for the government to work in synergy with his group to sustain existing government security arrangements.

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He also noted that VGN was firmly established in the 774 local government areas and the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja; hence, the need to synergize with the police and traditional rulers to curb the rise in kidnapping and terrorism, among others in the country.

According to him, “The Vigilante Group of Nigeria is trying to revive the concept of community policing and this cannot be achieved without the support and assistance of the traditional rulers, local, state, federal government, and the general public.

He assured Governor Bello that the VGN has about 6 Million Officers and men across the nation which he said will work hard for his Emergence as the next president of this great nation.

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He said Governor Bello will be conferred with an award as the best Governor in Nigeria who has distinguished himself in area of grassroot security.

He appealed to the state government for support in areas of training of officers, provision of uniform/Kits, provision of vehicles for surveillance and provision of accommodation for VGN at both State and LGAs Among others.

“That our country is grossly under-policed is just a facet of the multi-dimensional structure of the constraints that are affecting efficient policing in Nigeria”, Jahun said.

Speaking at the event, Governor Yahaya Bello commended the group for considering the state such a very important visit, saying vigilante group was set up in response to apparent inability of the police to contain unprecedented levels of violent crime, especially armed robbery in the country and Kogi in exception.

The Governor who was ably represented by Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Osuku stated that the present administration has done so well in term of security by quickly provided the group and all others security agencies government backing.

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According to him, the State is rated as most peaceful in the country which has automatic made the security works so easy for the security agencies in the State.

He also that the present administration has received several awards as being the security conscious Governor in the country and who shown capacity and commitment in that direction.

“Aside security, he has also done very well in others areas such as education, agriculture, infrastructural development, youths and women empowerment among others things”.

The event had in attendance, Some appointees, State Commander, officers and men from the 21 LGAs, stakeholders and experts in security agencies. The event held at the State Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Kogi State.

 

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NSCDC On Security: Kebbi Deputy Governor Lauds Gov Bagudu’s Effort On Tackling Insecurity In The State 

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Alhaji Suleiman I Marafa, the New Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kebbi State Commandant (NSCDC) and Deputy Governor of Kebbi State Sama'ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD
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Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Col. Sama’ila Yombe Dabai has commended the Governor for his commitment towards tackling insecurity and making the area one of the most peaceful States in the nation.

In a statement released on Wednesday by Atom Turba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on New Media to the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, says His Excellency, rtd Col Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD made the commendation when he received Alh Suleiman I. Mafara, the New Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kebbi State Command in his office on courtesy visit.

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The Deputy Governor noted the giant effort of the Command in deploying it’s armed personnel on rapid response mission to some parts of the state.

Sama’ila Yombe Dabai while welcoming the new commandant, said Governor Bagudu is the man to work with as far as the security issue is concerned. He equally commended the governor for donating 10 Hilux vehicles and 30 motorcycles to state  Police Command  in an effort to complement security challenges in some parts of the state and assured the Commandant of harmonious working relationship.

Alhaji Suleiman I Marafa, the New Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kebbi State Commandant (NSCDC) and Deputy Governor of Kebbi State Sama'ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD

Alhaji Suleiman I Marafa, the New Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kebbi State Commandant and Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Sama’ila Yombe Dabai mni, fss, psc+, MBA, PhD.

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