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FG to recruit 10,000 Policemen

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Determined to wrest the nation from the hands of insurgents and other kinds of criminals, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the federal government will recruit 10,000 policemen and thereafter establish a properly trained and equipped federal anti-terrorism multi-agency task force that will effectively tackle the challenge of insurgency in the future.

Speaking at the National Security Summit on Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management, organised by the Nigeria Police in Abuja, monday, the president stated that the government was also considering the expansion of the Close Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring system across major cities and towns in the country.

The president noted that effective policing is dependent on the level of security-consciousness of the citizens and the strength of the understanding that exists between the policing agencies and the community.

This, he said, explains why no police force in the world no matter how well motivated, equipped and trained can successfully operate without the acceptance and support of the various communities.

Buhari stressed the need for community input to policing and crime management in the country in view of the current security challenges in which kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, transnational crimes, terrorism and other organised crimes have evolved to threaten the national values and overall progress as a nation.

Stating that unemployment, illiteracy, radicalisation, negative peer group influence, substance abuse and erosion of family and moral values are social factors that underlie criminal tendencies, the president averred that the task of addressing these challenges is that of parents, teachers, community and the state.

He said: “It is acknowledgement of this that I have identified youth empowerment, as one of the cardinal objectives of our administration. In furtherance to this, the federal government is planning to employ at least an extra 10,000 police officers and establish a properly trained and equipped federal anti-terrorism multi agency task force that will effectively address the challenge of future insurgency in a sustainable manner.

“In the meantime, efforts are being made to enhance the operational capacity of officers of the Nigeria police through a tailor-made training programme that will give them the right civil orientation in their roles as guardians of the constitution.”

In appreciation of the strategic roles of the citizens and the community in modern policing, the president stated that his administration would encourage states to look at state-level community interaction with police under a model that would integrate members of the community to policing functions at the grassroots level.

He commended the police leadership for dismantling roadblocks and deploying policemen in the highway to protect Nigerians.

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, called for adequate funding of the Nigeria Police to ensure operational efficiency, stressing that it is only through adequate funding that the huge logistics demand of the police can be met.

Arase noted that modern policing is a cost-intensive venture wherein the benefits far outweigh the value of budgetary investment.
“Through effective funding, the welfare needs of police personnel will be met and the challenge of corruption that has eroded professionalism and public respect for police will be addressed,” he said.

He called for the resuscitation and passage of the Bill on Police Trust Fund pending before the National Assembly to give effect to public-police partnership.

The bill seeks to tax corporate entities to complement the federal government in funding the police.

Arase maintained that if passed, the funding challenges of the police would have been addressed on a sustainable basis, insisting that the security challenges in the country and inadequate manpower would be best addressed through citizens-driven policing model.

In a key note address, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, advised Buhari to prosecute all those found guilty of corruption.

“We are 100 per cent in support of your fight against corruption in this country, and it is our belief that all those found guilty should not only have their entire assets seized or and forfeited to government but also face jail sentences,” he said.

He called on the federal government to institute a national integrity plan as soon as posssible even as he challenged the police and other security agencies to support the anti-corruption crusade of the government.

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2023: Buhari may meet Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, others

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President Muhammadu Buhari would this week meet with all the preidential aspirants of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was called with a view to reducing the number of presidential hopefuls and also ensuring that all of them pledge to accept the outcome of the primary as was done during the APC presidential primary in 2014.

“The President will meet with the aspirants a few days to the primary with a view to ensuring that there is unity and harmony. He will also meet with the governors separately. The date is not fixed yet, but it should be this week if INEC doesn’t extend the deadline for the primary as we are all hoping,” said an APC chieftain who wished to remain anonymous.

“The President has a candidate. How to present the idea to the likes of Tinubu will be the challenge,” he added.

Buhari’s most senior spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, had said last week that the President indeed had a preferred candidate.

He stated, “In a previous interview when the President was asked whether he had a favourite candidate, he answered yes; but he will not mention him because mischief may happen to that person.

“That shows you that the President himself is interested in the process and he has a preferred candidate; but whether he will impose his candidate is what you cannot determine at the moment.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was not aware of any meeting the President would be having with the aspirants.

“I am not aware of any meeting as of now,” he said.

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Gunmen behead abducted Anambra lawmaker from Governor Soludo’s constituency, hang head in motor park

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Gunmen who abducted a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Okey Okoye, have beheaded him.

After beheading him, his head was reportedly displayed at a motor park in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, created panic in the community, which had been witnessing a series of violent killings since last year.

Sources added that his body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.

“The Anambra lawmaker representing Soludo’s constituency, Okechukwu Okoye who was earlier kidnapped, has been beheaded by gunmen; the late lawmaker’s head was mounted at Chisco Park in Amichi community,” a military source said on Saturday.

Gunmen had last Sunday abducted the lawmaker who was representing Aguata II state constituency in Aguata alongside Cyril Chiegboka, his campaign director.

Governor Charles Soludo had said during the week that efforts were ongoing to rescue the Anambra lawmaker from his abductors.

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MC Oluomo allegedly demands N100million to support re-election of Oshodi Rep member

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Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, is allegedly demanding N100 million to support the re-election of the member representing Oshodi Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu.

Dawodu, a medical doctor, rode on the back of MC Oluomo to win the election in 2019 after series of attempts in the past.

Dawodu presenting his Certificate of Return to MC Oluomo

Both, however, fell apart few months after Dawodu was elected due to irreconcilable differences .

MC Oluomo is said to be angry with Dawodu for not honouring agreements he (Dawodu) had with him prior to his victory in 2019.

MC Oluomo, who is seen as de-facto leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oshodi was said to have vowed to work against Dawodu’s re-election in 2023.

He is believed to be working for the emergence of a former Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Afeez Ipesa Balogun to emerge as the APC’s candidate for the House of Representatives election in the constituency.

However, party leaders in the local government including the Chairman of the council, Kehinde Oloyede Almoof had appealed to MC Oluomo to tone down his opposition to Dawodu and support his re-election.

It was gathered that MC Oluomo did not turn down the fence-mending approach because he said he did the same with Oloyede who was his former arch-enemy.

It was further gathered that MC Oluomo demanded N100 million from Dawodu before he gets his support.

The money according to MC Oluomo is to settle his aides and loyalists, who supported Dawodu in 2019 but were abandoned by the Rep member.

According to sources at the various fence-mending meeting, appeals to MC Oluomo to reduce the amount were rebuffed.

Another dimension has, however, been added to the involvement of Oloyede in the matter.

The sources revealed that the council chairman, Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own interest.

Oloyede has been eyeing the Rep seat before his election as the council chairman.

Oloyede’s calculation according to the sources is that should Dawood gets the second term, it would be easy for him (Oloyede) to contest for the seat in 2027.

One of the sources who does not want his name in print because of backlash said : “Oloyede is supporting Dawood because of his own personal interest. He believes supporting Dawood may work for him in 2027.

Continuing, the source noted that Oloyede would rather support Dawodu over any other candidates because others eyeing the seat are first timers, who may want to seek for re-election in 2027.

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