…Capt Hashim Abdullahi
1. BOKO HARAM MEMBERS DISGUISING AS MENIAL WORKERS – DEFENCE HQ
The Defence Headquarters has urged Nigerians to be wary as fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest now disguise themselves as menial workers, infiltrating villages in the North East. A statement by the acting defence spokesman, Gen. Rabe Abubakar on Tuesday in Abuja, said the escaping terrorists did that to attack communities and towns in the region. He said, “Available information indicates that some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are now disguising as menial workers to melt into communities and towns with a view to organising terrorists attack against our innocent citizens. “The unfortunate recent incidents in Madagali and Maiduguri are instructive. “The Defence Headquarters therefore advises citizens to be on the alert and be wary of these tricks of the defeated terrorists who are hell-bent on remaining relevant in spite of their lost battle.”
2. 2016: LAGOS RECORDS 246 MURDERS, 51 KIDNAP CASES, 162 RAPE CASES, 542 STOLEN VEHICLES REPORTED; 486 ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN ONE YEAR
The Lagos Command of the Nigerian Police has disclosed that 246 persons were murdered, 542 vehicles stolen and 486 armed robbery suspects arrested in Lagos between December 2015 and November 2016. Also, 162 rape/defilement cases and 51 kidnapped cases recorded while 179 crime cases were prevented due to swift response of the security operatives in Lagos within the year under review. Meanwhile, worried by the increase in crime cases, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, has assured residents that his administration would intensify efforts to ensure improvement in security of lives and property in the state. This year’s statistics, Vanguard gathered, was higher than the previous year when the state recorded 220 murder cases, 44 armed robbery and 25 kidnap cases with 233 stolen vehicle and items worth N1.4 billion recovered. The state Commissioner for Police, Fatai Owoseni, who reeled out the statistics yesterday at the10th Town Hall Meeting on Security with the Governor, themed: ‘Optimizing security funding in a recession’ held in Lagos. The commissioner disclosed the 246 murder cases recorded happened during cultist clashes, gangsterism, youth restiveness and street fights, which ranked highest in the state. According to him; “The menace is most prevalent in areas within Ijede, Morogbo and Surulere Police Area Commands respectively.
3. EX-SOLDIER, 7 OTHERS JAILED 104 YEARS FOR KIDNAPPING SPEAKER
A former soldier and seven persons have been jailed 13 years each by a Delta State High Court, Kwale for the kidnap of former Speaker, Mr. Monday Igbuya in 2009. Igbuya, who represented Sapele constituency at the time, was abducted by the hoodlums on May 21, 2009 and demanded N100 million before the victim regained freedom on May 27, 2009. The convicts include Godspower Ikoro, Godspower omoniyi (an ex-soldier), Ernest Atteh, John Adapamu, Ife Freedom, Sunday Uba Tiemo, Kemi Koinyang and Isaiah Mumbor. They were arrested in Sapele and arraigned on a six-count charge before the suit was transferred to Kwale for trial. The charges include conspiracy to commit felony to wit, kidnapping, armed robbery and the substantive case of kidnap of Monday Igbuya and demanding the sum of N100 million with menaces. Justice O. Jaloggo-Williams, who handed down the sentence, found them guilty for kidnapping and demanding property with menace and sentenced them to 10 years (for kidnapping) in jail each with hard labour and three years in imprisonment (for demanding N100 million with menace).
4. ARMY RECOVERS 300 CATTLE FROM RUSTLERS IN ZAMFARA
The Nigerian Army has recovered about 300 cattle from rustlers in various parts of Zamfara, Brig.-Gen. Ginikanwa Nwosu, Commander, 1 Brigade, Sokoto, has said. Nwosu spoke on Tuesday in Sokoto, when he addressed newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists( NUJ), Press Centre. He said:” The recovery was part of the myriad of successes recorded by the military in the fight against cattle rustling, kidnappings and other forms of armed banditry. ” We are going to hand over the recovered cattle to the officials of the Zamfara Government for onward delivery to their owners. ”We are recovering an average of 500 cattle from the rustlers weekly and we will sustain the tempo.” Nwosu announced that the military recently deployed more troops to various parts of Zamfara to reinforce the fight against cattle rustling, kidnappings and armed banditry.
5. BIAFRA: I WILL EXPOSE SECRETS THAT WILL SINK NIGERIA – NNAMDI KANU
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has threatened that he would expose secrets that are capable of sinking Nigeria. Kanu gave the threat at his resumed trial on Tuesday. In the Tuesday’s ruling, trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the Federal Government the nod to shield identities of witnesses billed to testify against Nnamdi Kanu. Justice Nyako who held that names of all the prosecution witnesses who are mostly security operatives, would not be disclosed in any record of the court proceedings also said that the witnesses would be allowed to testify against the defendants behind a screen that would be provided by the court. Justice Nyako however stressed that both the defendants and their counsel would be allowed to see the witnesses who she said would enter and exit the courtroom through a special door. However, Kanu immediately rejected the court ruling, insisting that it was against the tenets of Justice and fair hearing. “I won’t stand this travesty of Justice. Buhari spoke in public, he accused me in public. I must also be allowed to stand my trial in public”, Kanu bellowed from the dock. “This is nonsense! I will give testimony before this court! By the time I finish, there will be no Nigeria. This is no Sharia court. It is a court that operates under the common law.
6. ‘90 PER CENT OF FEMALE PRISONERS PREGNANT, NURSING MOTHERS’
The National Council of Women’s Society (NCWS) has disclosed that 90 per cent of female prisoners in the country were either pregnant or nursing mothers. The society’s president, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, made the disclosure yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital at the inauguration of new executives. She appealed to the Federal Government to formulate policies to protect female prisoners. She also urged the National Human Rights Commission to intervene to stop all forms of discrimination against female prisoners who are awaiting trial. According to her, assisting women with the relevant skills could help in building a better society.She said: “It is only when women are considered as the center of development that the economy could be better developed. “We urge government to integrate gender into its developmental agenda by including them in public policy and governance. Women and girls are facing so many unpleasant challenges in the country. Every day, the newspapers report incidents of violence against them even in the internally displaced persons camps.” She urged them to embrace the nationwide slogan of “change begins with me,” to support one another.
7. FG WILL PROSECUTE BOKO HARAM SUSPECTS – NSA
The Federal Government has vowed to prosecute Boko Haram terrorists and others involved in acts of terrorism, using the instruments of the law. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), stated this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the technical consultations on developing comprehensive approach to prosecuting, rehabilitating, and reintegrating former members of Boko Haram terrorists. Monguno maintained that Nigeria is determined to win the fight against terrorism through its core national values, which includes respect for human rights as guaranteed by Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution and relevant international human rights conventions. He said, “Whereas violent do not respect human rights, and share no such values, we are committed to ensuring that every suspect charged with terrorism has a day in court.” He stated that counter-terrorism measures are only effective when anchored within a rule of law and human rights framework, saying Nigeria undertook a holistic approach to strengthening the criminal justice system to serve as the most formidable weapon against terrorism.
8. BURATAI: ACTIVIST THREATENS COURT ACTION AGAINST PREMIUM TIMES
civil rights activist and public attorney, Ugochukwu Osuagwu has threatened to drag an online publisher, Premium Times before a court of law over false reports emanating from its website targeted at diminishing the image and institution of the Nigerian Army. Osuagwu said in its publication of December 12, 2016, Premium Times had alleged that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen TY Buratai is to appear before the Code of Conduct Bereau (CCB) over false asset declaration. But the legal practitioner according to a press release made available this evening to our correspondent, declared the report as false. He described as “disgusting how low some people are ready to fall just to distract the Army from its war on Boko Haram” According to him, the story which failed to take into cognizance an earlier clearance given by the CCB which saluted General Buratai and many other Nigerians who had followed the due process of law smacks of mischief, malicious intent and deliberate attempt to twist the truth in order to destroy the reputation of the Chief of Army Staff and the institution which he represents. He said he has decided to take this upon himself to protect members of this profession who cannot for national security fight us back when we do wrongs to them to set the record straight for posterity He said after reading the Premium Times story, he made personal efforts to verify the claims by the online medium from the CCB. He said, “I have reached out to the CCB and they have denied sending any such reply letter to CSNAC or PREMIUMTIMES. The CCB categorically said the publication is false and any such letter being paraded must be a forgery.” Osuagwu said he remains a firm believer in the freedom of expression as encapsulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other international protocols which Nigeria is a signatory to for the flourishing of democracy but would not succumb to abuse of Article 19(3)a of the same convention by some publishers who go out to promote their selfish objectives at the detriment of the overall good of society, reputation of others, national security and public order,” he also added.
9. BOMBING: PLATEAU TO SECURE BOUNDARY AT CHRISTMAS — SECURITY CHIEF
The renewed bombing in the Northeastern part of the country, has spurred Security Agencies in Plateau State to beef up security within its borders, to forestall any form of attack by miscreants, even as Christmas gets underway. Speaking with the Coordinator, Operation Rainbow (a state owned security out-fit), Maj. Gen Steven Guar, he said that water tight patrol within the borders of Plateau is in place aimed at monitoring, to halt those with bad motives from coming into the state. Guar said that he has synergised with other sister agencies in information gathering, to ensure that any attempt by miscreants to cause havoc in the state during and after the yuletide season is met with brick walls. He noted that the peace process put in place by the state government is yielding result, hence the need to sustain it as renewed bombing is beginning to gain headlines, especially now that Christmas is few weeks ahead.
10. GUNMEN KIDNAP POLICE INSPECTOR IN LAGOS
Detectives from the Lagos State Police Command have begun a manhunt to rescue an Inspector of Police who was captured by hoodlums at Akodo area of Ibeju Lekki of the state. It was gathered that the police officer, identified as Musa Sunday, was captured while on rescue mission of a resident who was attacked by suspected land grabbers known as omo nile who stormed the area with guns and other weapons to dislodge a rival faction. It was learnt that the gunmen killed three persons and abducted a man but the police got wind of the fracas and chased the hoodlums. A source who requested anonymity said: “The gunmen kidnapped a man. They shot at others and killed three persons. Police got wind of the attack and chased the hoodlums. One policeman was shoot while they kidnapped an Inspector identified as Musa Sunday.” The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatia Owoseni, who led police detectives to the scene where they recovered AK 47 rifles, have deployed his men to the area to rescue the Police Inspector.
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