The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST)

News, SEcurity, Terrorism

The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa program, documents and maps violence in Nigeria that is motivated by political, economic, or social grievances. Different groups in Nigeria resort to violence. The militant Islamist movement Boko Haram is active in northern Nigeria. Violence among ethnic groups, farmers, and herdsmen sometimes acquires religious overtones. A new generation of Niger Delta militants threatens war against the state. Government soldiers kill civilians indiscriminately. Police are notorious for extrajudicial murder.

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Hunters said they were ready to help infighting terrorists provided they were incorporated in the salary scheme and provided with enough logistics to fight the terrorists. The National Adviser of Board of Trustees of the association, Chief Yusuf Alao, disclosed this while receiving a confirmation certificate as the new National Adviser of the association.

hunters said they were ready to help infighting terrorists provided they were incorporated in the salary scheme and provided with enough logistics to fight the terrorists.

The National Adviser of Board of Trustees of the association, Chief Yusuf Alao, disclosed this while receiving a confirmation certificate as the new National Adviser of the association.

He lamented the high rate of terrorism in the country, saying, the hunters are capable of fighting terrorism anywhere in the country.

He said: “The Federal Government ought to be paying us salaries as a way of encouraging us to fight the menace of terrorists in the country.

“The payment of salary to hunters is our rights, because we are working tirelessly for the Federal Government not only in the fight against terrorism, but, protecting lives and properties.”

He boasted that the hunters remained the most competent and powerful in fighting terrorism in Nigeria.

He said: “We, hunters, are capable to fight terrorists; we have the traditional power which makes us different from others in curbing terrorism in Nigeria.

“The police and the soldiers do not have the kind of power we have, and that is why some of them, while fighting the terrorists lose their lives in the process.

“The Federal Government should also consider us because we are doing great job for them, we are not relenting, most of the time we are always in the bush working diligently for government.”

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Hunters; pay us we’re ready to fight terrorism — NEWSSPLASHBLOG

Boko Haram, Herdsmen, law enforcement, News, Politics, SEcurity

KAICIID BOARD CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND AMONG NIGERIAN CITIZENS TO RESIST HATRED DRIVEN BY MALICIOUS ACTS

Africa, News, Terrorism

KAICIID Board Calls for Solidarity in Central African Republic and among Nigerian Citizens to Resist Hatred Driven by Malicious Acts

KAICIID’s Interreligious Board of Directors, composed of religious leaders from five major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) issued the following statement following a series of violent attacks on 1 May 2018 in Bangui, Central African Republic, and in Mubi, Nigeria. In these attacks, worshippers, including Father Albert Toungoumalé-Baba, parish priest at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Bangui, as well as  worshippers at a Bangui mosque, were murdered. At a mosque in Mubi, Nigeria, a double suicide bombing killed over 80 people.

“The killing of innocent people at prayer in their houses of worship is a despicable crime that compounds the burden the people of the Central African Republic and Nigeria already carry.

In this hour of uncertainty, fear and anger, we express our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and we offer our prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

“We call upon all citizens of the Central African Republic and Nigeria to recall their common values and citizenship. In the Central African Republic, after great effort in dialogue, calm had returned and respect, mercy and empathy were re-strengthened following the conflict. The peaceful coexistence of religions had been a hallmark of the Republic’s history in the decades before the unrest on 1 May 2018.  Likewise in Nigeria, dialogue has overcome fear and distrust in many hearts. In both countries, the attempt to fuel hatred by malicious actors must be rejected to preserve the hard-won peace following tragedy.

“We commend the efforts of all people of goodwill in the Central African Republic and in Nigeria, and all the stakeholders who seek to sustain peace. In particular, we encourage and applaud the work of the Interreligious Platforms in both nations to build resilience and social cohesion. In particular we declare our solidarity with Cardinal Nzapalainga and Imam Kobine Layama of the Central African Republic in this difficult time.

“Any attempt to fuel religious hatred and to cause harm to people because of their religion is contemptible. In this spirit we stand up for the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion as expressed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

The homeland security chief told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her in a cabinet meeting over border security

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Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her on Wednesday in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the incident.

Ms. Nielsen, who is a protégée of John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people.

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Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests

Crime

Srinagar, May 7 (IANS) Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and some other places in the valley on Monday to prevent separatist-called protests and a sit-in outside the Civil Secretariat here. The protest shutdown and sit-in was called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer […]

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Annual peace officer memorial ceremony to be held Thursday in Chino

Crime

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A memorial ceremony to honor San Bernardino County peace officers who died while serving their communities will be held Thursday at the Chino Police Department. Law enforcement personnel and community members from throughout the county are expected to gather for the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the department’s east courtyard, at 5450 Guardian Way, according to a Chino police news release. The ceremony is open to the public. The ceremony will include the reading of names of the officers killed in the line of duty by commanders from San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies, a rose presentation to family members of the fallen, the laying of gloves, a 21-gun salute, a missing man formation flyover and a release of doves.

Annual peace officer memorial ceremony to be held Thursday in Chino

Crime

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A memorial ceremony to honor San Bernardino County peace officers who died while serving their communities will be held Thursday at the Chino Police Department. Law enforcement personnel and community members from throughout the county are expected to gather for the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the department’s east courtyard, at 5450 Guardian Way, according to a Chino police news release. The ceremony is open to the public. The ceremony will include the reading of names of the officers killed in the line of duty by commanders from San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies, a rose presentation to family members of the fallen, the laying of gloves, a 21-gun salute, a missing man formation flyover and a release of doves.

‘Cocaine cowboy’ gets 11 years in prison after 26 years as fugitive

Crime, international News, News

Gustavo Falcon is seen in an undated photo. A quarter-century after he vanished, the man dubbed the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys" has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a drug trafficking conviction.

A fugitive dubbed the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison after being a fugitive for 26 years.

Gustavo Falcon, 56, aka “Taby,” played a key role in one of the biggest drug trafficking operations of the violent 1980s smuggling era, authorities said.

He was part of a gang that smuggled 75 tons of cocaine into the U.S. and made an estimated $2 billion during a time popularized by the “Miami Vice” TV show.

“That’s a lot of cocaine,” U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno said at Falcon’s sentencing hearing. “It’s so serious. He himself knows how serious it is.”

Falcon pleaded guilty in February to a single cocaine distribution conspiracy charge.

He was captured last April, living under the alias “Luis Andre Rice,” in Kissimmee, Fla., with his wife, Amelia, aka “Maria Ava Rice,” the Miami New Times reported.

U.S. Marshals arrested Falcon while he was on a bike ride with Amelia in the quiet town about 13 miles southeast of Disney World.

In an apologetic letter to the judge, Falcon said he fled because he didn’t want to lose contact with his wife and two children, who are now grown.

“I convinced myself that it was better to leave with my wife and children,” he wrote. “I was afraid that if I went to prison for a long time, my wife would move on, and my children would grow up without a father.”

Falcon’s attorney, Howard Srebnick, said that Falcon’s time as a fugitive forced him to live in seclusion, home-school his children and live a “very mundane, modest lifestyle.”

“He lived as a hunted man for 27 years [sic],” said Srebnick, who sought a nine-year sentence for Falcon, the New Times reported.

‘LAST OF THE COCAINE COWBOYS’ ARRESTED IN FLORIDA, US MARSHALS SAY

“I’m not proud of being on the run for 26 years,” Falcon told the federal judge in Miami, the newspaper reported. “That’s no way to live. I paid for it every day for 26 years.”

The judge said Falcon did not deserve any benefit for the restrictions he faced while hiding from the law.

“It’s very hard for me to consider a downward sentence for someone who enjoyed a quarter-century free with his family,” Moreno said, sentencing Falcon to 11 years, which is still less than what prosecutors had reportedly asked for.

“You still have to pay for it,” the judge said.

Falcon disappeared in 1991, when he was indicted along with his older brother Augusto “Willie” Falcon, Salvatore “Sal” Magluta and many others.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark said Falcon was the “right-hand man” to his older brother. His jobs included keeping transaction ledgers, collecting millions of dollars in cocaine profits, finding stash houses for drugs and organizing tractor-trailer loads of drugs to be shipped from Southern California to Florida.

“It was probably the most prolific smuggling operation we have found here in South Florida,” Clark said.

Falcon, who was born in Cuba, is the 10th and final defendant to face justice in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The National Assembly on Strike to Protest Insecurity in Benue, Kogi, Nassarawa and Bornu State

Boko Haram, Crime, News, PMB, Politics

The NASS has resolved to invite President Buhari to adress questions on insecurity in the country. The House of Representatives has also resolved to go on three days recess to protest insecurity in Nigeria- The House also moved that its leaders should pay a fact finding visit to the President to ask pertinent questions on insecurity in Benue and other parts of the country. -the Senate has also resolved to invite the IGP to brief the Senate on national security issues and the arrest and manhandling  of Senator Dino Melaye by the Police.

buuuuThe relatively unchecked reign of terror campaign fomented through the daily killings in Benue, Nassarawa and other States in Nigeria has led to the Vote of no confidence in Nigeria National security apparatus and the security chiefs by the National Assembly. the eight assembly has resolved to call the President to brief on the plans for security in the country and showed the House the programme to effectively deal with the menace.

Daily record of scores of mortality and an ineffective policing structure has eroded past trust in local security apparatus to deal with current insecurity, The NASS directly points at the lack of trust in the policing agencies and made direct accusation of collusion between the Herdsmen and security operatives in achieving attacks in several states.

Lagos and the burden of resurgent insecurity -Ngozi Konyebagu

Crime, News

The security situation in Lagos is becoming a source of pain to residents and the earlier the Lagos State Government addressed this “festering wound”, the better for all. Attracting investors to Lagos has been a primary desire of the Government over the years. However, with the current state of insecurity in Lagos, it may be a tall dream.

Cases of kidnapping within Lagos State have reduced commendably in the last few months but traffic robbery has taken on a new dimension especially within the Oshodi area where massive construction is ongoing presently. The police are stationed only on the bridge while these hoodlums move down to carry out their evil trade. The stretch from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport all through Oshodi down to Gbagada Expressway is a major problem now as that route has become a deadly zone. The horrendous traffic situation on that area has actually become helpful to these robbers in recent times. Quite strange is the fact that the Rapid Response Squad vehicles are packed on top of the bridge and it beats one’s imagination what they are doing there taking a full lane to themselves in the unbelievably gruelling Oshodi gridlock. Commuters are also not free from mayhem launched frequently by undesirable elements around this area both at night and in the day time. Cases of robbers dispossessing travellers coming into Lagos from the international airport en route to Oshodi have become frequent in the past few weeks.

The increasing number of hoodlums in Lagos itself is a big worry to Lagos residents and commuters alike. These are mostly young ones within their early 20s and late 30s and they are everywhere looking for innocent victims to rob. In traffic jams, they come to the side of vehicles and after checking out the cars and the people in such vehicles, they go ahead to unleash mayhem on these victims. They normally smash the windows of the cars and take almost everything in the car. Even up to Gbagada and Maryland, it’s always a tale of woe for road users who have become helpless in the hands of these traffic robbers.

Besides, it is a nightmare whenever it rains in Lagos as most of the roads have been taken over by ditches and because road users become more careful during such times so they don’t fall into such ditches, traffic snarls build up in virtually all the major roads within Lagos. These criminals are always happy during the rains as they come out from their “holes” like ants after sugar and show the “stuff” they are made of. Worryingly too, the Lagos State emergency numbers which were very effective during the last dispensation, have become largely ineffective as urgent follow-ups are no longer witnessed by callers. For female drivers, it’s a more challenging period because they are the major focus of these robbers. The Mile 2/Apapa area is also a notorious black spot and due to the endless gridlock on that road, hoodlums have turned that place into their “business centre”.

Apart from collecting valuables like laptops, phones, money and every other thing within sight, most times, these robbers harm their victims especially if they notice any resistance. Most of these hoodlums appear unarmed but finding out if they are armed would be suicidal hence most victims just allow them have their way.

The Yuletide is here again and no doubt it’s a precarious period as this is the time robbery cases abound in Lagos. Therefore, it is imperative that the Lagos State Government ensures the maximum safety of its citizens. An increase of policemen on our roads would go a long way to reduce this growing menace. Notable black spots need to be constantly monitored and traffic on such routes should be pruned by assigning more traffic officers to such areas. Pending the time the Oshodi construction is completed, the policemen on duty in that area should make conscious efforts to parade that area instead of sitting down in their vehicles while “things” are happening around them. They need to be more proactive as they appear to have lost their focus.

Court Jails Security Guard For Negligent Conduct

Corruption, Crime

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced a security guard, Shegun Adegbola, to one-month imprisonment for negligent conduct. Adegbola, who resides at Orozo Abuja, was convicted on one-count charge of negligent public conduct.

A Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced a security guard, Shegun Adegbola, to one-month imprisonment for negligent conduct. Adegbola, who resides at Orozo Abuja, was convicted on one-count charge of negligent public conduct.

The judge, Alhaji Ahmed Ado, gave the judgment after he pleaded guilty of the offense and begged the court to have mercy on him.

Ado, however, gave him an option to pay N2,000 as fine. The judge held that the sentence would be a lesson for other would- be offenders. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Zannah Dalhatu, told the court that one Adebayo Charles of Kako Security Organization Area 3 Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako Police Abuja, on April 8.

He said the accused (Adegbola) was assigned to secure Wrapper Resource Center Utako, but he abandoned his duty post and allowed unknown persons to steal two air conditioners valued N180,000. Dalhatu said that the offense contravened Section 196 of the Penal Code.

Nigerian Homeland: Tackling Security Challenges of fragility

Terrorism

Nigerian Homeland: Tackling Security Challenges of fragility

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At the very moment when challenges to the Nigerian Homeland are growing in number and complexity, while economy has continued to kowtow to all Global currencies and youth radicalism has become a major issue in security planning, many analyst has concluded that the state is in its twilight. After decades of rising unemployment, high state sponsored corruption, sustained economic unease, in the middle of the worst security crisis in a generation, Nigerian are weary, and increasingly looking at the new government to bring in a change that will broker a new national order.

The ministry of interior has become the beacon of hope for the common Nigeria, given the appointment of a seasoned security professional and former Harvard fellow in person of General Abdulraman Dambazzau, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as the honourable minister in charge of policing the Nigerian homeland. The challenges of security in this nation without basic statistics to plan and work with; contrasting and, ever competing security organisations with overlapping and unclear jurisdictions; rising security challenges from terrorists, ethno-religious and militias groups; coupled with traditional security challenges of securing over 200 million people with less than 500,000 poorly; trained, remunerated and equipped law enforcement officers.

Faced with these daunting challenges; the temptation to hunker down and ride out this huge disorder is understandable for a novice, but this has not been the case for this officer and a gentleman and his team, knowing that Nigerian simply cannot afford this luxury, the unity of the nation is at stake, and believing that for Nigerian interest and peace and security of the country they have hit the ground running and has continued to achieve notable feats.

Proliferating challenges and resources to address the insecurity of lives and property within the Nigerian state notwithstanding; there are impetus for hope given the pedigree of the new helmsmen ability to harness the little resources available and professionally; demonstrating remarkable discipline and imagination in what, where and how, optimal results could be reached in solving escalating challenges to national security.

Nowhere is this more important than in the area of reorganisation and repositioning for effective operations, currently operational dysfunctional homeland security mix. This challenge is made more daunting by the prepondence of use of Private Security Companies in provision of basic security functions given obvious distrust for the public security services. Leading to erosion of the social contract between people and their government.

Fact that the state is well aware of its fragility challenge and has constantly tried to put in place in time past, several policies to address the widening gap between security demand and supply in the Nigerian State, is defeated by the public apathy and the generally view that these efforts lack nuance of essential elements of sound policy.

However despite increasing trust due to some current achievements by our security forces, the Amnesty International claims of overhand plays and lack of respect human rights by operatives has overshadowed the progress and hard-won experience of the past two years. Despite overcoming overwhelming challenges in taming Boko Haram and restoring peace to Boko Haram infested areas in North-eastern Nigeria our performance in other areas of law enforcement is falling short of the mark.

Our law enforcement capacity is currently handicapped by; bureaucratic politics; the bogus design of unrealistic policies without marked measurable deliverables and unrealistic timelines; the failure to understand and balance short-term priorities in dealing with long-term goals; unplanned resources, multi-layered and overlapping functions; missed opportunities to decisively act to prevent and manage crisis devoid of violence action; and apparent lack of concise plan for law enforcement capacities development.

There is no simple prescription to address security challenges in a fragile state. Trying to fix every issue in Nigeria security in the next two years could be daunting and clearly impossible given the enormity of challenges inherent in the current system. Yet, a systematic approach towards articulating sound and realistic policy principles to determine where and how to invest scarce resources and attention to maximum effect will surely go a long way.

Given the fact that the leadership is structured and shaped to efficiently handle the required planning for response and strengthening the capacity of key institutions and partners within the security sector to do their part, there are needs for the constitution of a security summit to harness inputs from a distinguished and diverse group of stakeholders in this sector.

It is important that a new strategic framework need to be developed to handle the design of a new national security policy based on current realities. These policies must be based on needs for integration of definitive and correlating security function for each agency; concise enough to reflect real roles and measurable deliverables achieved in time frames.

These policies are expected to be:

Tactical

Deliberate efforts should be placed on the identification of short, medium and long terms security goals based on mapped citizens need, and the required resources and efforts directed where Nigerian security interests are greatest. The security needs of states with whose fragility could upend national order and aligning with general need to structure operations based on on-the-ground assessment of needs not a fit all solution designed at the central level.

Institute monitoring and evaluation procedures independent of security organisations. Work closely with Civil Society organizations and partners to strengthen the respect for human rights and proper use of force in areas of responsibilities of our forces.

Prioritising conflict prevention by addressing the festering root causes of friability before they bubble over into conflict and instability. Greater resources should be done on improving local resilience, thereby influencing locals’ capability to manage shocks in non-violent manners. Structure locals’ alertness and vigilantes towards averting short-term attacks that might further exacerbate fragility.

Systemic

Tackle banes of security in Nigeria: politics, ethnicity, and religious divisions. Increase locals’ capacity towards embracing mutual need and communal sharing of tasks in security of their environments. Faith Based organisations and Community Based Organisations should be supported and challenged towards creating relationship bridges to one another and not grow in isolation. Formal information sharing sessions at all level will create better awareness and clear understanding of government goals of security. Declassifying basic security operations allows the public to be integral part of security of theirselves and embrace security agencies operations working in concert toward shared goals.

Selective

Homeland security should become priority operations of the policing agencies but in a more specific ways. Selective operations based on need to shock and awe competing anti-state interests to silence is of importance. Long drawn wars are based on lack of proper planning and structural engagements.  Choosing easy to achieve targets, which goals also align with the interests and capacities of local partners increases sense of trust and ability to win the hearts and minds of the locals.

Empowering local security partners and institutions to lead where they have greater stakes and influence albeit under professional supervision, will in no little ways embolden local assurance of security and reduce current civilians and security operatives casualty rates. Create incentives for communities with better

 Sustained

Domestic political support is essential to achieving desired outcomes. It takes decades for a country to transition from fragility to health; policy frameworks must acknowledge this reality and invest patiently and flexibly over time. We cannot sustain the present pace of reactive and expensive crisis response. Nor can we dive headfirst into complex environments without a shared sense of what can be achieved and greater confidence that it will have the required political backing and budgetary resources. We must be straight with the American people and our partners about both the limits of our means, and the costs and consequences of inaction. Translating these principles into action will be a formidable test for the next administration. Mutual responsibility and accountability will be essential to reframing our engagement with fragile states and with international partners and, just as importantly, within our own government. Three priorities stand out:

  1. Getting our own house in order by ensuring greater coherence and alignment among executive branch agencies and between the executive and legislative branches;
  2. Building more effective partnerships among international partners and between them and fragile states; and
  3. Sharpening the tools to help fragile states more meaningfully strengthen state-society relationships.

We believe these recommendations would allow the administration to deliver a more disciplined, realistic, sound and ultimately effective approach. This paper will be accompanied over the coming months by a series of policy briefs to explore specific policy, political, and bureaucratic aspects of this challenge in greater depth.

We have no illusions about the complexity of this challenge or about the limits of the Nigerian security challenges and international  influence on Nigerian polity, but we are confident about the continued promise of a future for our youth and the need to create a better future for them by writing a new script for our own future.

Thanks

Don Michael Olalekan, MA, Q.Med., DRS, fpnm
Director, Security Policy Analysis

African Initiatives for Peace and Human Security,  (AIPHD), Abuja
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donmikeadeniji@yahoo.com

Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

Crime, local news, Politics

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Police attack Shiites members during Free Zakzaky campaign in Kaduna and Sokoto states

At least one person was killed and over 30 injured as protesting Shiites were dispersed by security operatives in Abuja on Monday, the Islamic group has stated.

The Shiites spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, said the victim was yet to be identified as “the protesters came from various towns.”

Mr Mohammed also stated that over 200 protesters were arrested by the police, who he accused of being the first to attack the protesters.

“We were carrying out a peaceful protest starting from the Unity Fountain. All of a sudden, they began to attack us. They were the ones who started firing (at) us with teargas.

“We were not violent in our procession but we had to defend ourselves somehow and that was why we attacked back.

“So far, we’ve been able to confirm about 200 persons arrested, over 30 injured and one person is dead,”

The protesters took to the Unity Fountain, beside Transcorp Hotel to demand the release of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been detained without trial for over two years.

The Nigerian government has kept the Shiite leader in custody since 2015 when his group had an encounter with a convoy of the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai, leading to the massacre of about 300 Shiite members, including Mr El-Zakzaky’s sons.

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Several security officers from the army, police as well as civil defence on Monday forcefully dispersed the protesters as eyewitnesses said the officers fired teargas and gun shots into the air.

Videos and footages have also been released by eyewitnesses showing the dispersal of the protesters and some of them throwing stones at police vehicles.

Monday’s action came a few days after the the Abuja police commissioner, Sadiq Bello, placed an indefinite ban on daily sit-outs at Unity Fountain by pro-democracy and good governance advocates across Abuja, a move that was condemned by activists.

Mr Bello maintained they took the decision because he sees the the groups, including the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement, as public “nuisance.”

“All of them are in the same category, they’re disrupting people’s activities and infringing on their human rights by blocking the roads and other things. They’re constituting a nuisance” the commissioner told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Friday night.

The Shiites spokesperson, however, vowed not to relent until their leader is released.

“We are demanding the release of our leader and we are going to continue our peaceful protest. If they attack us, no problem. We will continue with our protest. Tomorrow, insha Allah, we are coming out to continue the protest,” he said.

When contacted, the Abuja police spokesperson, Manzah Anjuguri, said the police would soon release a statement on the incident.

Boko Haram have infiltrated herdsmen, warns Osita Okereke – The Sun

Boko Haram, Herdsmen, Politics, Terrorism

Director General, National Taskforce to combat illegal importation, smuggling of goods, small arms, ammunition and light-weapons, Dr. Osita Emmanuel Okereke, has called on Nigerian communities to be on alert, claiming that members of terror group Boko Haram have infiltrated herdsmen to cause havoc across the country.

Okereke also accused security agencies of complicity in the fight against the Islamist insurgency, alleging that most of them are members of Boko Haram.

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Magu Not Fit as EFCC Acting Chairman – Nigerian Senate

Politics, Power

maguChairman, Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and privileges, Senator Samuel Anyanwu has stated that Nigeria Senate no longer regard Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He gave this revelation at a press conference while reacting to questions bothering his Committee.

“There are petitions against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by some Nigerians, but my Committee does not see Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman and that is why he was not invited”, Anyanwu said.

The lawmaker further said his committee would use 2018 budget defense to track down Magu.

“The 2018 budget is here, we will it as instrument against PMB for defying Senate resolution on Ibrahim Magu”, Anyanwu submitted.

NIA DG explains why agency stopped EFCC from arresting Oke, blasts Magu

Politics, Power

The National Intelligence Agency, NIA, has revealed why the agency blocked attempt to arrest its former DG, Ambassador Ayodele Oke.

NIA operatives, last year, blocked officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from taking Oye for questioning. 

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Dauda said the move to arrest the former DG was first reported in the media even before the EFCC concluded on its position on the issue.

He added that NIA was a secret service whose operation were clandestine and highly classified.

The Acting DG said there was no official communication to the agency from the EFCC on the exact mission of its operatives to the “residence” of Oke.

Dauda denied knowledge of any letter from the Acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, requesting for the surrender of the former DG of the NIA, adding that the only letter received from the EFCC chairman was a threat to report the conduct of the NIA to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He regretted that the EFCC under Magu had been hostile to and uncooperative with the NIA, leading to the massive withdrawal of NIA operatives from the service of the EFCC.

Magu running EFCC on gossips, marabouts advice – DSS DG, Daura

local news, PMB, Politics

Magu Running EFCC on gossips, marabouts advice – DSS DG, Daura

The Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Lawan Daura, has accused the Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, of running the anti-graft agency based on gossips and political interference from certain quarters and marabouts.

Daura said this before the Senate ad-hoc committee, adding that the method, which he described as ‘brawn instead of brain’, deployed by EFCC under Magu, is a Gestapo style that belongs to dictatorial regimes.

“The Acting Chairman runs the Agency based on public rumours, manoeuvres, gossips, political interference from certain quarters and marabouts.”

Daura also accused Magu of vendetta mission against the DSS as a result of the indictment of his close friend, retired Air Commodore Mohammed Umar, who was involved in extorting money from suspects under investigation by the Presidential Committee Investigating Defence Procurement between 2014 and 2015.

He said although the EFCC has the power to investigate financial crimes, but investigation of the finances of the DSS was an exception in this case and can only be waived with the approval of the President.

The report of the ad-hoc committee, sighted by The Eagle Online, said: “The extant law regulating the Service prohibits it from the commission’s kind of investigation without a presidential order.

“It was suggested to him to call EFCC Board meeting to thrash it out or to secure such presidential order.

“The service also advised appropriate authorities to set up a Presidential Committee in the manner that the Tower/NIA money was investigated.”

In the report, Magu was indicted on several grounds.