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Drug Barons are Funding Bandits and Terrorists – Lawan
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Drug Barons are Funding Bandits and Terrorists – Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has alleged that the criminal activities being carried out in the country is being funded by drug barons. The senate president said this when Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) paid him a visit at the national assembly on Thursday March 4. Lawan who stated that Nigeria as a country is in one way or the other a transit route for drugs, said the national assembly will support the agency in the aspect of amending the NDLEA act. He said;   “I believe that this agency needs restructuring. Now that you have taken over, we should go the whole haul to restructure the agency, not piecemeal touches, because we need to get it right. “My personal opinion is that NDLEA should be in the league of EFCC, ICPC, and...
Insecurity: Buhari Orders Immigration To Beef Up Security At Borders
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Insecurity: Buhari Orders Immigration To Beef Up Security At Borders

President Buhari presides over Virtual Commissioning of the Newly completed Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Technology Building on 4th Mar 2021 The President directed the @nigimmigration (NIS) to improve surveillance and control around the nation’s borders, and “ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetrate their criminality.’’ “This administration is relentless in its avowed desire to create an enabling business environment that will usher in economic boom for Nigerians and all those who do business with and in Nigeria." “It is imperative that our ranking in the Global Security Index improves and I am using this medium to call on all security agencies to step up their activities towards achieving this goal. I assure you that the adm...
Bello Matawalle Offers To Resign Over Rising Insecurity
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Bello Matawalle Offers To Resign Over Rising Insecurity

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has offered to resign if taking such step will bring a lasting solution to the high level of insecurity in his state. Zamfara is one of the north-west states affected by banditry. Many persons have been killed while countless people have been abducted in attacks by different armed gangs. Responding to the disturbing trend in the state, the federal government declared Zamfara a no-fly zone on Tuesday and also banned mining activities there. Malam Garba Shehu, Presidential Spokesman, had told Daily Trust that the action was taken based on the suspicion that choppers ferry in arms for bandits. Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday, Matawalle said he does not mind using his job as a sacr...
Prices Of Food Items Rise In Kano, Abuja, Lagos, Others
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Prices Of Food Items Rise In Kano, Abuja, Lagos, Others

FOLLOWING the rise in the cost of foodstuffs across the country, the Nigerian Tribune, on Monday, took a survey of prices in different markets in the country and found that insecurity, extortion, climate change, among others are reasons for the skyrocketing prices of food commodities. From southern states to those in the North, the experience is the same, as prices of food items soar. In Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, prices of cow meat rise, with Alhaji Sule Esa Mohammed, state secretary of Cattle Breeders Association and also secretary to Amalgamated Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers Association of Nigeria, linking it to the strike of the union. However, Chikezie Anekwagu, Madam God the Father, Mala Audu and other butchers linked it to extortion by security agents on the road. “Befo...
Nigerians Will Be Shocked By Those Behind Girls’ Abduction – Matawalle Says
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Nigerians Will Be Shocked By Those Behind Girls’ Abduction – Matawalle Says

Still on the state of insecurity, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Sunday said he had many revelations to make about the attack on Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe on Friday, when over 300 students were abducted. The governor, who stated this when 17 Emirs in the state paid him a sympathy visit over the abduction of the schoolgirls, said Nigerians would be shocked to know people behind the abduction of the girls. Also during the visit, the Emir of Anka and Chairman of Zamfara state Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Anka, berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the upsurge in killings and kidnappings by bandits in the country. Recall that gunmen on Friday attacked GGSS Jangede, and abducted over 300 girls, while seven of th...
Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks
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Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says with the spate of kidnapping during the Buhari-led administration, he wonders when Nigeria itself will be abducted. According to Ozekhome, compared to 214 Chibok schoolgirls missing under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the situation has worsened with 807 school pupils kidnapped by criminals under the Buhari administration. The human rights lawyer while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, said “What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption...
DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC
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DSS Reportedly Arrests Governor Ganduje’s Media Aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakassai, After he Criticised President Buhari and APC

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the Special Adviser on Media to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services' operatives. This comes hours after he called on the President Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign. While reacting to the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, February 28, Salihu had tweeted; "Clearly, we as APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign.'' Hours af...
Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands
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Zamfara Bandits Leader, Halilu Speaks On Ravaging Insecurity Make Demands

“Write it down,” he said. “Leader of the terrorists operating on the northern flank,” Halilu, middle-aged, fair-skinned commander of some 1,000 bandits located in Zamfara State told Daily Trust reporter. He wanted to be properly introduced, in what was his first encounter with journalists. “Kachalla Halilu Sububu Seno, leader of all terrorists. He is the leader,” a lieutenant slinging an AK-47 rifle emphasised in smattering English. Halilu had detailed him to dictate to the reporter. It was in the middle of nowhere, in the afternoon of Monday, February 22. In what is the first media access, Daily Trust had an on-the-spot interview with some of the most vicious bandits operating in the country’s far northern corner, close to the border with Niger Republic. The trip was an...
Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents
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Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents

A meeting of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof . Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , Director General of the Department of State Service , Yusuf Bichi , as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, held in Kaduna on Thursday . The Sultan of Sokoto , Alhaji Saad Abubakar III led traditional rulers from all parts of the north to the meeting which held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House . Other attendees at the high powered meeting were northern lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly represented by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmad Idris Wase , who stood in for the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan , ...
Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar
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Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd) has said negotiating with terrorists and bandits is not the best way to tackle insecurity. Abubakar said this while speaking to newsmen after a meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum in Minna. He mentioned that the best way to solve Nigeria’s banditry and kidnapping problems is to ensure that the crimes are not committed in the first place. While admitting that sometimes negotiations might be used to save the lives of kidnap victims, General Abdulsalami said Nigeria needs tight security that can checkmate the miscreants before they strike. Speaking on the Kagara abduction, Abdulsalami said it will be unwise for anyone to, however, storm a hideout of bandits to rescue students. “Even if anyone knows the location o...
Insecurity: Niger State Governor, Sani Bello Calls For Recruitment Of More Security Personnel
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Insecurity: Niger State Governor, Sani Bello Calls For Recruitment Of More Security Personnel

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to expedite actions on recruitment of more security personnel. Governor Sani Bello made the call when he received the Niger State caucus in the National Assembly on a visit to commiserate with the Government over rising cases of banditry in the State. The Governor expressed concern with the insecurity in the State in particular and the country in general despite concerted efforts to stop it, pointing out that security agencies have been overstretched, inadequate and abscence of sufficient surveilance equipment to manage security challenges very well. "We have being making all efforts to see that it is being curtailed but it's been extremely difficult mostly because of man...
Insecurity: What South-West Governors Meet With Traditional Rulers
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Insecurity: What South-West Governors Meet With Traditional Rulers

In a bid to address the security challenges rocking the South-west of Nigeria, the governors in the geopolitical zone on Saturday met with traditional rulers at the Oyo State Government House in Agodi, Ibadan. The major highlight of the meeting was to find lasting solutions to the killings and kidnapping for ransom that have become the order of the day and the seeming helplessness of security operatives to tackle rising crimes. The meeting also addressed the cases of farmers-herders clashes, leading to deaths, destruction of farms and other valuable properties. The political and traditional leaders also unanimously agreed that open grazing had become unsustainable and must be stopped. The meeting was attended by governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Dap...
Insecurity: I Owe no one Apology for Speaking Truth to Those in Authority – Ortom
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Insecurity: I Owe no one Apology for Speaking Truth to Those in Authority – Ortom

  The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he owes nobody any apology over his recent position on insecurity. Ortom said he would not be intimidated into shying away from telling Nigerians the truth on issue of insecurity. The governor spoke in his home town, Tse-Adorogo, Nzorov Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area, Local Government Area of the state Ortom reiterated his stance that on open grazing as a panacea to the crisis between farmers and herders. He said: “I have been agitating in the last five years that it is time to end open grazing in Nigeria to put an end to the herders crisis that has now snowballed into a major threat to national security. “By the grace of God we will get there and we will all be happier for it. And like I said at the ...
Insecurity: Why We Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram – Ex-Service Chiefs
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Insecurity: Why We Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram – Ex-Service Chiefs

All the immediate past Service Chiefs who appeared on Thursday for screening as non-career ambassadorial nominees were united in their lamentations for insecurity in the country which got worsened under their watch from November 2015 to January 2021. This is even as the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt – General Yusuf Tukur Buratai (rtd), declared that it may take Nigeria 20 years for total elimination of Boko Haram insurgency. They were all screened by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. First to lament the worsening security situation in the country was the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (rtd), who attributed the problem to the over 1,000 forest reserves in the country not well managed and secured by respective state gover...
Incompetence is Worsening Insecurity – Governor Wike
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Incompetence is Worsening Insecurity – Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has blamed the increased insecurity witnessed in the country on incompetence. The Rivers state Governor said this when he led the Chief Whip of the Nigeria Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, former Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, and other dignitaries on a project inspection tour in Port Harcourt and ObioAkpor Local Government Areas of Rivers State on Thursday February 18. Wike also alleged that fighting criminality and insecurity in the country are often undermined by political inference in the posting of heads of security agencies. He said; “There is so much insecurity in Nigeria. There are killings everywhere and they (APC) told Nigerians that they will solve the problem. But the problem is not being solved. “They appoint Commission...
Insecurity: Governors Meet In Aso Rock
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Insecurity: Governors Meet In Aso Rock

Governors of the 36 states of the federation on the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum have arrived at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a crucial meeting over the worsening security situation in the country. The meeting chaired by the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State , Kayode Fayemi, was scheduled for 8: 00 pm. A statement announcing the meeting was earlier issued by the Head, Media, and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello -Barkindo , said the meeting , which will be the first physical meeting since the coronavirus pandemic started in Nigeria in February 2020, has only one item on the agenda – security . Only last week , some members of the NGF, including Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, his Kano State counterpart , Abdullahi Ganduje, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara a...
Senator Adeola Threatens To Embrace Self-Defence Over Insecurity
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Senator Adeola Threatens To Embrace Self-Defence Over Insecurity

There is palpable fear that the crisis between Fulani herders and communities in the South-West part of the country may deteriorate, following threats by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), to join his Yewa kinsmen in Ogun State for self defence. This was as the senator representing Cross River South in the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gershom Bassey, said technology was the best answer to the worrisome state of security in the country. Adeola, who made the threat in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Media, Kayode Odunaro, said his decision was provoked by the failure of security agencies to stem the tide of incessant attacks of communities in Yewaland by Fulani herdsmen. According to him, the federal and Og...
Government Alone Is Responsible For Any Insecurity In Nigeria – Mr Macaroni
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Government Alone Is Responsible For Any Insecurity In Nigeria – Mr Macaroni

After he was arrested and released for participating in the #OccupyLekkiTollgate protest, comedian, Mr. Macaroni, took to his Twitter handle to state that the government is responsible for the insecurity in Nigeria He wrote; ' 'The Hausa man is my brother, so is the Igbo man and The Yoruba man. We are all one. The Government and the Government alone is responsible for any insecurity in Nigeria and it is their duty to protect all Nigerians. I plead for peace. We will come back to my matter later.''
Zulum Gives N13.9m And Car To A Doctor From Ogun State For Staying In Monguno Despite Insecurity
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Zulum Gives N13.9m And Car To A Doctor From Ogun State For Staying In Monguno Despite Insecurity

Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the payment of N13.9 million and car gift to a 65-year old medical doctor from Ogun State, who lived within the General Hospital in Monguno and continued to offer healthcare services to patients even when the town was faced with the most severe threats by Boko Haram. The doctor, Dr. Isa Akinbode, graduated from the University of Maiduguri and joined the Borno State Civil Service, where he served for 22 years before he retired in 2016 at Monguno General Hospital. After his retirement, the doctor, despite reports that he was once abducted and released by Boko Haram in Monguno, remained at the General Hospital in Monguno to offer voluntary medical services. Then Governor Kashim Shettima, during one his visits to Monguno, di...
FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity
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FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity

National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) is to lead a delegation of heads of federal law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies to townhall meetings in 6 geo-political zones. The meetings which were agreed upon after his meeting with service chiefs and heads of other security agencies have a direct assessment of the security situation across the country, get feedback and elicit recommendations on the pathway to lasting peace and security in the country. The first town hall meeting will hold in Kaduna State on Monday for the north-west geo-political zone. Those to attend the meetings are the 7 State Governors in the zone, traditional and religious leaders, lawmakers, non-governmental, youth and women groups.
The Military Don’t Want Terrorism to End Because they’re Benefitting From it -Sheik Gumi
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The Military Don’t Want Terrorism to End Because they’re Benefitting From it -Sheik Gumi

Prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Gumi has alleged that the military does not want terrorism to end in the country because they are benefitting from it. Gumi who made the allegation in an interview on Arise TV, also alleged that some top military officials want insecurity to continue because of the huge funds allocated for tackling it. Also speaking on his recent trips to the forest to engage bandits on the need to embrace peace, the Islamic scholar said; “The military is not encouraging matters at all because they are the beneficiaries of this insecurity. “The bandits are ready to drop their arms and return back to the fold if the federal government will accede to their simple demands such as building schools, hospitals and providing water. “They (the bandits) are co...
I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje
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I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that he believes his counterpart in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai does not understand the issue of insecurity very well. Reacting to El-Rufai's comment of North West Governors not winning the fight against insecurity in the region because they are fighting differently, Ganduje recalled speaking with El-Rufai and the governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity.   In the interview on Radio France International on Thursday February 11, Ganduje said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. He said; “First of all. the talk about lack of synergy, I don’t see where this statement is coming from. Secu...
I Don’t Believe that Buhari is in Charge – Wole Soyinka
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I Don’t Believe that Buhari is in Charge – Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, has said he doesn't believe that President Buhari is in charge of the country. According to the Noble laureate, the manner the President has so far handled insecurity, suggests that he doesn't have a full grasp of how bad it is. Speaking in an interview with Arise TV, Soyinka said he doesn’t see any proof that the president understands how much needs to be done in terms of improving security. “I have said this before and I wish to repeat this. Buhari does not appreciate the situation; he doesn’t understand. I see no evidence that he understands how grave the situation is. I have said it again and again, I don’t believe that he is in charge, because it is not possible in my view for a head of state, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, to say he is presiding over...
I Think El-rufai Doesn’t Understand The Issue Of Insecurity – Ganduje
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I Think El-rufai Doesn’t Understand The Issue Of Insecurity – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has alleged that his Kaduna Counterpart, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, is either misunderstood or ill-informed on the insecurity affecting the north. In an interview with BBC, El-Rufai had said the lack of synergy on how to tackle banditry is fuelling it. But speaking on Radio France International on Thursday, Ganduje said he once spoke with El-Rufai and the Governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity. He said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. Ganduje said Bauchi and Kaduna governments sent representatives to a meeting where insecurity was discussed and strategies adopted, wondering what prompted El-Rufai’s remark. ...
65-year-old Farmer Found Dead on his Farm in Oyo
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65-year-old Farmer Found Dead on his Farm in Oyo

A 65-year-old farmer Alfa Sikiru Akinlotan has been found dead on his farm. Akintola was found dead after his cocoa plantation in Igangan community in Ibarapa area of Oyo state was set ablaze by unknown arsonists on Wednesday, February 10. It is believed that he died while trying to put out the fire. Confirming the incident, Amotekun Commandant in the state Col. Olayinka Olayanju (Rtd.), said “Alfa Sikiru Akinlotan from Gbogi Compound, Isale Amao area, Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government died inside his farm at Itigbo, Apodun Road, Igangan, on Wednesday February 10, 2021. “It happened that his cocoa farm with his cashew farm were set ablaze wherein he met his untimely death while he was trying to quench the fire. He was never attacked by any Fulani or other person.” I...
Insecurity In Edo: Obaseki Backtracks On Government Providing Land For Herders
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Insecurity In Edo: Obaseki Backtracks On Government Providing Land For Herders

Mr Obaseki, in 2019, during the now suspended controversial RUGA programme of the federal government, was among the governors who rejected the idea of the state government providing land for herders to build a settlement and grazing area for their cattle. “We assure Edo people that Governor Obaseki will not cede their rights and land to anybody, as our programmes as a sovereign state do not run on the back of any external entity,” a Government House statement quoted the Edo governor as saying then, in July 2019. “In all the agricultural programmes being executed by the Obaseki administration, the safety, security and prosperity of our people are the top priority and non-negotiable,” the statement added. Mr Obaseki, however, reversed himself on Tuesday, saying Edo State would c...
Drug Abuse is Fuelling Insecurity – Governor Tambuwal
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Drug Abuse is Fuelling Insecurity – Governor Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has stated that drug abuse has a role to play in the growing insecurity witnessed across the nation. The Governor who received the Sheikh Ahmed Gumi-led Bandits Repentance Initiative (S-GULBAR Initiative) in Sokoto on Saturday February 6, recalled how a serving Governor met some women who sold drugs in calabashes he thought contained dairy products.   Tambuwal said;   “We should also be mindful of the role that drug abuse plays in fueling the committing of these vices. “A counterpart of mine, a serving governor once narrated to me an incidence. He told me that he once visited a hamlet and wanted to patronise local women coming back from the market where they had gone to hawk dairy products and stuff, and one of them ran ...
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Insecurity: Police Nonchalant Because Of EndSARS Impact — Abia Speaker, Chinedum Orji

As the country battles to stamp out insecurity across board, Speaker Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji has said the nonchalant attitude of the police and other security agencies in dealing with the issues is a result of the negative impact the #EndSARS protest had on them last year. The Speaker who spoke while presiding over plenary on the floor of the Assembly on Tuesday night against the backdrop of attacks in Isialangwa South where a police post was burnt down and security personnel beheaded in cold blood, and Isuikwuato urged the police to rise above their challenges and tackle insecurity with the needed energy. According to the Speaker, the recent heightened security challenges in parts of the country that were hitherto peaceful won't be far from the hijac...
Allow Nigerians To Buy AK47 For Protection – Taraba Governor
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Allow Nigerians To Buy AK47 For Protection – Taraba Governor

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has asked the Federal government to allow Nigerians carry licenced guns to defend themselves amid the myriads of security challenges facing the country. Ishaku stated this on Tuesday when 15 local government chairmen of the state paid him a condolence visit after the burial of one of them who was kidnapped and subsequently killed by gunmen. He lamented the worsening state of insecurity, adding that the situation has gone to its lowest ebb and demands reawakening. “The security in this country has gone to the lowest ebb and we have to all wake up. We as leaders have given our advises severally as to the change to the security architecture, you cannot keep doing one thing over and over and expect a different result,” he said. “If we cannot...
”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents
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”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents

Benue state governor, Samuel Oryom, has said that for peace to reign across the country, the Federal government and security agencies need to get the leadership of Miyetti Allah arrested. Governor Ortom who spoke during a meeting in his state today February 3, said the members of the group have owned up to carrying out nefarious activities and wonders why the Federal government is yet to act.   ''This country belongs to all of us and the presidency must act fast because time is going. From North West, North East, North Central, South West, South East, South South, there is general insecurity and this being propelled by herdsmen. I have made it a petition to the President and all security agencies before, that if they want peace, Miyetti Allah must be arrested. These are ...
Herdsmen & Insecurity In Southwest: Churchill Calls For Government And Traditional Rulers Interventions
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Herdsmen & Insecurity In Southwest: Churchill Calls For Government And Traditional Rulers Interventions

Popular Nigeria-African Enterpreneur and Philanthropist, Dr. Olakunle Oladunni Churchill has reacted on the incessant killings, attacks and challenges of insecurity in the South Western region of the country. Speaking exclusively with StatePress Correspondent few hours ago, Churchill Olakunle called on the assistance of Traditional Rulers in championing a strategic approach in managing the dreadful situation. He stated that the challenges of insecurity in the Southwest have become essentially worrisome and a need for immediate intervention is imminent. He therefore called on traditional Rulers to work in cohesion with youth groups, state government and community policing Agencies like Amotekun and other relevant groups in the state. He further commented on the recent activism and...
Lalong Asks Buhari To Revive Livestock Transformation Plan To Stem Insecurity
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Lalong Asks Buhari To Revive Livestock Transformation Plan To Stem Insecurity

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), in order to stem security challenges arising from recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country. On the same day, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, charged the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to ensure their members respect the constituted authorities in any location they find themselves in the country. Governor Lalong, who addressed reporters after a meeting with President Buhari, said the consultation centred on the imperatives of reviving the NLTP plan as soon as possible. Lalong, who also doubles as Chairman of Northern Governors Forum (NGF), said the implementat...
APC Failed Nigerians On Security – Solomon Dalung
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APC Failed Nigerians On Security – Solomon Dalung

Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has failed on its promises to address the remnant insecurity challenges in the country, particularly in the North. Solomon Dalung who served as a minister during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the major promises of the party was to address the problem of insecurity which it has failed to deliver. Speaking on Hausa service of the BBC on Saturday, Dalung said the APC has since lost its reputation in the eye of Nigerians, adding that nobody will trust the party again until changes are made. “What type of government is this that you have to pay bandits before they allow you to go to farm? What will be the future of the North if you have to pay ...
Alaafin Writes Open Letter To Buhari, Warns Over Insecurity And Herdsmen Activities in Yorubaland
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Alaafin Writes Open Letter To Buhari, Warns Over Insecurity And Herdsmen Activities in Yorubaland

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and warned him of looming anarchy in the country and siege on Yorubaland by herdsmen and kidnappers. Alaafin, who listed the recent spate of insecurity in Yorubaland by herdsmen and their collaborators, lamented that President Buhari was not doing enough in addressing the menace. The monarch said Yorubas had all it takes to resort to self help, unless the security in the zone improves and people are guaranteed safety of their lives and property. Titled, “Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum”, Alaafin said, “I have never been timid or shy of my total support for the success of your administration to deliver the country to the Promised Land. “My confidence had always been based on Yo...
Ebonyi State Leaders Instigating Crisis, APC About God, People – Umahi Alleges
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Ebonyi State Leaders Instigating Crisis, APC About God, People – Umahi Alleges

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has accused some political leaders in the State of causing violence. He told the new Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba to tackle insecurity in Ebonyi. Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Wednesday when Garba visited him, NAN reports. “You are coming at a very trying moment and should deal decisively with anyone instigating insecurity. It should be stated that some leaders instigate crises but when it comes to security issues, my party is God and the people,” He said. Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the past police leadership of hobnobbing with politicians. “I nearly severed my relationship with the police but was restrained by the integrity of its Inspector General. How can police officers be inside their offices and h...
Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari

A former Governor of Sokoto State and elder statesman, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has said that Northerners and indeed all Nigerians are not happy with security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to focus and show more concern on insecurity than COVID-19. Bafarawa said this on Wednesday in Abuja in his State of the Nation address. According to him, insecurity has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives than COVID-19 pandemic has ever done. He also lamented that “government appears to have abandoned the situation and channelled all its effort to a pandemic that has taken barely 2000 lives in the country.” The former governor insisted that insecurity is worsening in the country, asking the Federal Government to divert the proposed N400bn for the...
Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension
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Amid Fears Over Insecurity, Makinde Accuse Journalists Of Stoking Ethnic Tension

Amid rising cases of insecurity in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde says some journalists have allowed themselves to be used as tools to stoke ethnic tensions in the state. The governor, who said this while making a statewide Broadcast on Wednesday, alleged that some stories in the media are targetted at exaggerating the security situation in the state. Whil noting that he will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any individuals who try to disrupt the peace of the state, he assured that his administration will continue to take all necessary steps to protect residents from harassment, thuggery and banditry. While acknowledging the efforts of some officers of the Nigeria Police Force, who have resumed their constitutional duties of maintaining law and order in our st...
Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu
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Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu

The presidency on Tuesday noted that as a lawyer, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in tackling insecurity is not expected to unilaterally oust Fulani herders in the state or he will go against the constitution of the country. This followed an ultimatum issued by the government for them to vacate government reserves over security concerns. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja, the presidency maintained that asking the herders to leave can set off a chain of events, which the constitution anticipated and tries to guard against. It, therefore, called for caution on both sides. The statement read: “The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the ‘orders’ by the ...
Insecurity: Do More For Armed Forces, Wike Tells FG
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Insecurity: Do More For Armed Forces, Wike Tells FG

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has charged the Federal Government to do more for the Nigerian armed forces who are playing a significant part in ensuring that the civil populace enjoys a peaceful country , coupled with their commitment to safeguarding the sovereignty of the country . Wike stated this at the inter -denominational church service in Port Harcourt on Sunday , marking the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance day celebration . A Special Assistant to the Governor on Media , Kelvin Ebiri, in a statement quoted Wike as saying that an annual remembrance day celebration for the armed forces was not enough to cater for soldiers who suffered injuries or paid the ultimate price while defending the country . Wike, however, advocated for special recognition for the fallen heroe...
Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group
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Soyinka Laments Insecurity, Says Nigeria’s Sovereignty Taken Over By Armed Group

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has condemned the insecurity across Nigeria, saying the nation’s sovereignty has been taken over by armed groups. He also said President Muhammadu Buhari needs to do more to stop Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements who threaten Nigeria’s security. Mr Soyinka said these during an interview on Arise Television programme on Saturday. “From a self-protective point of view, it is a common problem (insecurity); it is a national, collective issue. Don’t just sit there and think that you can solve it from Aso Rock, no. This now concerns even the lowest common citizens in this nation because that lowest, that most impotent individual has become a prime target. So, it’s a collective issue. “Instead of that, what do I hear? Somebody g...
Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits
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Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello Rules out Negotiation with Bandits

Niger state's Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has ruled negotiation with bandits amid an influx of bandits who enter into the state through the Benin Republic border. Addressing State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the rising insecurity and infrastructural decay in the state, Bello said he ruled out negotiating with the criminals because they don’t keep to any agreement. He added that he once reluctantly negotiated with the bandits, but it never produced any positive result. The Governor who alleged that “the bandits are Fulanis that have no one to control them even their parents", said the menace of bandits in the state had become a source of worry to the government. Bello revealed that the bandits come to t...
I Am The Wrong Person To Comment On Insecurity – Jonathan
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I Am The Wrong Person To Comment On Insecurity – Jonathan

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, refused to be drawn on any question about insecurity in Nigeria, saying he was the wrong person to speak on the issue. The former president said he also had his challenges to deal with while in office, “I was there before and of course, you know there was a lot of insecurity. So, I am the very wrong person to make comments on the insecurity in the land.” He spoke on the side-lines of the Exclusive Command Performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir in Abuja, on Friday. “All what we can do is to collectively support the government, encourage the soldiers and other security operatives to do more for our safety,” he added. He noted that insecurity is a world phenomenon and Nigeria isn’t an exception, therefore encourage the y...
Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity
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Nigerians attack chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, for going to play golf despite worsening insecurity

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has been attacked online by Nigerians for attending a Golfing program on Saturday, December 5, despite the worsening insecurity across the country.   Journalist, Oyewale Olalekan Adebare , shared the photo of the Army Chief on his Twitter handle and shared his dissatisfaction ''Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Buratai tees off today in Abuja. Out there in the North East, Boko Haram is unleashing terror, while bandits are holding the North West & Central to ransom. In April, Buratai said he won’t return to Abuja unless BH is defeated.''Jafaar tweeted     Other Nigerians also expressed their displeasure. See their tweets below  
Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari

The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to resign. According to the group, the President has failed in the two critical areas of security and economy and as such has ‘nothing new to offer’ Nigerians. NEF Spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this tonight on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. He said it is disappointing that after over five years of being in office, Buhari still hasn’t delivered on the promises he made to Nigerians when he was first elected in 2015. Baba-Ahmed noted that Buhari had asked his predecessor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, to resign in 2013 over growing insecurity in the country and so, it is not out of place to demand that he resigns over the same ...
Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’
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Insecurity: ‘$1bn Underway For Army, Police, Others From Qatar’

The Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force Police, and other security agencies will soon receive not less than 1 billion USD from the Qatari government with a view to procuring modern scientific equipment, Africa-Global Empowerment and Development Network (AGED-Network) has disclosed. President of AGED-Network, Dr Bala Kontagora, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during a one-day National Conference on the roles of Nigeria’s Security Agencies in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment, organised in collaboration with National Defence College. Kontagora said seeking funds from the Qatari government through Sheikh (Dr.) Badr Al-Hajri, and other international countries to equip the police and other agencies with modern equipment became imperative due to growing security challenges across the cou...
Insecurity: Buhari Agrees To Honour Reps Summon
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Insecurity: Buhari Agrees To Honour Reps Summon

  President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to face the House of Representatives to address the country on recent security crisis bugging the nation. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari in his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday evening. It would be recalled that the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, passed a resolution, inviting the President to the chambers of the House to answer questions over the security situation in the country. The summon on the President was a reaction to the unabated activities of terrorists and bandits in different parts of the country, especially in the north, and the killing of tens of rice farmers in Z...
Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator
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Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator

Senator representing Katsina north, Ahmed Baba Kaita has lashed out at President Buhari over the level of insecurity being witnessed in the country.   Speaking at a plenary session on Tuesday December 1, Kaita pointed out the need for reassessment of the effort of the military in combating the insurgency in the north-east.   He said;   “It (insecurity) is now facing us eyeball to eyeball, we have to sit down with this military and reassess their performance in the north-east. “Day in day out, same scenarios keep repeating themselves, then something is fundamentally wrong. If we allow this go, let’s be ready for another mourning. “Despite the efforts of the federal government on the security issues of Nigeria – I totally believe the president is doing hi...
Insecurity: It’s Unconstitutional For PMB To Ignore Reps Summon – Adegboruwa
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Insecurity: It’s Unconstitutional For PMB To Ignore Reps Summon – Adegboruwa

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), Lagos-based human rights lawyer has said President Muhammadu Buhari must honour the invitation of the House of Representatives to explain what he is doing about the security situation in the country, saying it will be unconstitutional for him to ignore it. He said Nigerians can no longer leave the issue of insecurity which has collapsed in the hands of the President alone. Angered by the worsening insecurity in the country, the House of Representatives on Tuedsay summoned the President over the cold-blooded murder of about 43 persons by suspected Boko Haram Islamists insurgency group in Zabarmari village, Jere council of Borno State. Adopting a motion under urgent matters of national importance sponsored by Satomi Ahmed at the plenary presided by Spe...
“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity
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“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commented on the widespread killings and insecurity witnessed across the country.   In an interview on Channels Television on Monday November 30, the Kaduna state Governor disclosed that he and other Governors are frustrated with the current security architecture.   El-Rufai who noted that the governors are only called chief security officers in name, stated that they have no control over the police. He also disclosed that he doesn't have a say in who gets posted to his state as Commissioner of Police, and those appointed can also flag his directive or get it cleared by the Inspector-General of police before carrying it out.   Watch the video below.....   View this post on Instagram ...
Restructuring is not as critical as hunger and poverty – Amaechi
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Restructuring is not as critical as hunger and poverty – Amaechi

The former Governor of Rivers state who spoke in an interview on Channels Television stated that while the calls for restructuring of the country may not be bad, however tackling hunger and poverty is more critical to the federal government.   Amaechi said;   “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring but I am saying it is not the most critical problem we have.  “The most critical problem we have is that hunger and poverty are breeding insecurity. “If you are able to create employment, you create security. If you like hire as many men as you want to hire that are policemen, you would do nothing until you put food in the hands of people. “When you do not create a legitimate economy, the people will create for the...