Posted in Security

Members Of Albaranawi’s Boko Haram Faction Arrested In Gombe

The Nigerian Army said it has arrested three suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday afternoon.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman stated this in a press statement on Sunday.

He said that troops in conjunction with elements of Department of State Services (DSS) after painstaking effort of tracking, arrested the 3 Chadian suspects that belonged to Albaranawi faction, in Gombe, Gombe State.

“The 3 Chadian terrorists suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna Areas of Gombe metropolis.

“They were reported to be members of Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State but came to Gombe State for another heinous assignment.

“During the operation, one of them, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg. He was however apprehended and is receiving medical treatment.

“The terrorists were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), materials that they could have coupled and attack parts of the State.

Gen. Usman said they suspects are in custody and undergoing preliminary investigation.

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Posted in Domestic, Foreign, Security

Nigerians In South Africa Suffer Fresh Xenophobic Attacks

There reports of fresh xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. The Nigerian Community in South Africa confirmed these attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday.

Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the attacks began at 4.00 a.m.

He said that the union had reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans.

“One of the buildings is a mechanic garage with 28 cars under repairs, with other vital documents, were burned during the attack.

“Also, the pastor of the church was wounded and is in the hospital receiving treatment,” he said.

Anyene said the union had informed Nigerians in South Africa to be vigilant in the face of renewed xenophobic attacks.

According to him, the union received information that there will be xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

“We began taking precautionary measures when the incident took place today.

“The attack in Pretoria West is purely xenophobic and criminal because they loot the shops and homes before burning them,” he said.

Anyene called on the Federal Government to persuade its South African counterpart to protect Nigerians in their country.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” he said.

In 2015, xenophobic attacks started in Durban and extended to some parts of Johannesburg.

Some unemployed South Africans were of the view that other African nationals had taken up their jobs and so decided to attack them so they would return to their homelands.

This was believed to have been sparked by an alleged statement by the Zulu King asking all foreigners to go back to their countries and leave South Africa jobs for the unemployed youth of South Africa.

Nigerians counted several losses in that attack. The then Nigerian Consul-General to South Africa Uche Ajulu-Okeke said: “Nigerians have compiled damages to their property and it is totalling about 1.2 million Rand or N21 million, which will be sent to the Federal Government for further action”.

Posted in Politics, Security

Senegalese Troops In Gambia As Nigeria Fighter Jets Hover Over Airspace

Senegalese Authorities have confirmed that their troops have entered Gambia, after Adama Barrow was sworn-in as the President of the tiny west African country at the Gambian embassy in Dakar.
The troops are determine to remove Yahya Jammeh by force as he as refused to step down as president of the country .
Reports say the Senegalese army heads  for the Gambian capital of Banjul.
In a the same manner, Nigeria’s fighter jets have been flying over The Gambia as West African regional forces continue to flex their muscles ahead of a military intervention to oust former President Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh’s fourth five-year term as president expired at midnight on Wednesday but he has refused calls to step down following his defeat in last month’s elections.
The Senegalese troops and Nigerian Jets have been stationed at the border of The Gambia for at least 24 hours.
After been sworn-in, Adama Barrow in a speech called on the Gambian security to show loyalty to his administration as he is now the President.
“I command the chief of defence staff and officers of high command to demonstrate their loyalty to me as commander in chief without any delay.” He said.
“I command all members of the armed forces to remain in their barracks, those found wanting or in possession of firearms without my order will be considered rebels.” He added.
Posted in Domestic, Security

More Demolition, As 81 Police Families Stand Risk

The Nigeria Police in Lagos State, on Thursday said three more buildings housing 81 police families would be pulled down at the Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja due to structural defects.

Mr Maigari Dikko, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), in charge of Works disclosed the plan to newsmen while inspecting a building that collapsed in same barrack where two persons lost their lives.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that a Sergeant and a civilian lost their lives on Christmas Day when part of the toilet collapsed while they bathed.

That building was later pull down on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni.

The DIG works said he was instructed by the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to visit the scene of incident and also to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives.

“We have told some of them to vacate the buildings. The buildings are defective; they have been served quit notice to leave for a long time.

“We have asked Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos command and the works department to enforce the relocation. We do not want a repeat of the incident in the barracks.

“The officers affected are not being evicted. They are asked to relocate for obvious reason of safety.

“Prevention is better than cure. The force headquarter is not sitting idle.

“We are working out a plan for a better rehabilitation of all defective buildings in all barracks across the nation. We are going to use our professionals to carry out the works.

“We are using direct labour to rehabilitate police barracks. The project will commence as soon as the government releases the needed fund’’, Dikko said.

The DIG said that all the officers affected would be given lodging allowance for relocation as soon as the government released the fund.

“That is the best we can do for them; we will not just throw them out, we will ensure they have something to relocate,” he added.

Some of the officers affected, who spoke with NAN on condition of anonymity, were happy about the promise of lodging allowance for their relocation.

“We will be happy if we have money to move to another accommodation. We are not against the rehabilitation plan of the force.

“We will also be happy to be re-allocated our apartments after the rehabilitation because barrack is safer for our families’’, they told NAN.

Each block of the two storey buildings accommodated 27 families of rank and file, and some ASPs.

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 2, Mr Kayode Aderanti and Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni accompanied the DIG on the inspection.

Posted in Lifestyle, Security

#‎CELEBRATING‬ Our Silent Heroes: Mrs. Samunaki Gladstone

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ASP Samunaki Gladstone

As usual, I was going through the Social Media to see what is happening, the DOs and DON’Ts of this World.

I came across this post on Facebook written by the Able Pastor Agoso Bamaiyi and the face on the post looks familiar, aha! I remember seeing this face before in one traffic junction in Yola.

When I read this piece, I could not ignore it, so I decided to share. But I though sharing alone would not do Justice to this Patriotic Nigerian who serves with all diligence.

So I believe Posting this on my blog is a way of doing my on part in letting Nigerians and the World that this Officer is serving her own Fatherland despite the odds. Read this:

If you reside in Yola, then am sure you are familiar with this female Traffic Warden (Yellow Fever). Her name is Mrs. Samunaki Gladstone.

The dark skinned woman who stands gallant at her duty post wherever she is posted within the capital city. She rarely speaks, rather calm yet vigilant of the traffic situation.

Even with the blazing 45 degree heat she can be seen still dishing out road directions.

Well She was promoted yesterday from the rank of Inspector to ASP (Asst. Superintendent of Police).

Today is her first day on the job with the new rank and I celebrate her because she is diligent and represents the African woman who stands strong to serve the society.

She may not always be on the road like before (New levels lolz.).

But in case you see her in your area please shout a big congratulations to her and give her a handshake, throw a salute but please just celebrate her and put a smile on her face, buy her a crate of malt, Give her a card, anything that works for you.

She may not be a soldier who carries guns to fight insurgents but believe me her duty post has saved countless lives from unnecessary accidents.

and you could post her duty location so that others could say congrats too.

By Agoso Bamaiyi

Pictures Below:

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Posted in Domestic, Security, Uncategorized

Nigerian Troops Intercept 4 Suicide Bombers In Borno

Statement by Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations on intercepted suicide bombers in Borno State.  

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Today, at about 4.00am troops of 101 Battalion of 7 Division received a tip off about impending attack in Maiduguri city by 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers from Sambisa forest through Cashew Plantation.

The ever vigilant troops responded decisively by intercepting and neutralizing of the suspected terrorists at Madiyari village, while the third suicide bomber was intercepted and neutralized at Jimini-Bolori village.

Unfortunately 3 of our soldiers sustained injuries in the process and they have been evacuated to the unit’s Regimental Aid Post (RAP), for treatment.

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The 2 unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by a combined team of Nigeria Police and our Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) experts.

In a related development, the troops also arrested 3 suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Nwagafete village comprising 2 women and a 16 year old boy who were connected to suspected terrorists’ food vendors earlier arrested.

 

 

 

(HQ Nigerian Army)