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Increase funding to the Armed Force, Police, others security agrncies, northeast security summit urges FG

By Madu MohammedI, Maiduguri

The stakeholders at the Northeast Security Summit urged the Federal Government to urgently increase the funding of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police and other security agencies involved in the fight again insurgency and other crimes in the Northeast.

The partucipsnts in a 14 point communique at the End of the One Day Security Summit held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday and read by tGovernor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state said ” after an exhaustive brainstorming the session, the arrived at, the summit notes with deep sense of appreciation, the roles and sacrifices of the Nigerian military. The Nigerian Police. and other security agencies involved in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast zone and urges them to continue to do more in the service to their fatherland ”

” That the summit call in the Federal government to urgently increase the funding of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police and other security agencies involved in the fight again insurgency and other crimes in the Northeast.. There is also need for the Northeast Development Commission to assist the Governors of the Northeast, the Police and other Security agencies in providing more logistics and support for fighting the insurgency and insecurity in the zone”, the communiqué said.

The participants notes “that efforts need to be made by the Federal Government to to dredge the canal of the Lake Chad so that the Military and other security agencies can fight the insurgents in the bid to end insurgency, as the military and other security boats can only operate and fight where there is water. That military operations at the fringed of the Lake Chad which is currently harbouring ithe remnant of Boko Haram insurgents need to be intensified and sustained”.

The Summit further encourage the governments at all level to engagage in dialogue with the insurgents so that those who may want to repent and exits insurgency can do so easily. Police as part of their constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property, should take proactive measure to check drug abuse., banditry, kidnapping. Etc using modern technologies and other gadgets.

” that the Police should come up with modalities for informally linking up the operations of the Civilian JTF with that of the police, under the community policing model, while the state government should provide the necessary funding for such collaboration. All the security agencies are enjoined to take the fight against terrorism to the corridor of the insurgents and do everything to end the insurgency in the Northeast, ” the participants further stressed.

The communique further said ” that state Governments should work with the security agencies to create access for farmers to go back to their farms so that ecomic activities can resume.border security should be enhanced by deliberately engaging other neighboring countries and states in the matters of security “.

” Deliberate efforts should be made by the state governments, the Northeast Development Commission and the police leadership to acquire modern crime fighting technology for the police and other security agencies to enable them deploy same in fight against insurgency and other crimes”, the participants further said.

The Communique also said ” deliberate efforts should be made to encourage strong intelligence sharing between the traditional rulers, other stakeholders and security agencies. There us also need for the traditional rulers to be consulted in the recruitment of vigilantes and hunters who would assist the security agencies to check insecurity situations in the Northeast Zone.

The Summit was attended by the six Governors if the Northeast Geopolitical zone, members of the National and Staes Assembly from the Northeast zone, the Inspector General of Police, top military and police personnel and other security chiefs, Royal fathers, Head of Departments and Agencies, NGOs, Clubs and Associations among others.

 

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Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks

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As a result of marathon meeting held and agreement reached between the federal government and the organised representatives of labour unions, the organised labour has suspended the nationwide strike action and protests billed to start today.
The meeting, which started at about 8:30 pm on Sunday and spilled over till Monday morning had Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jeddy-Agba and Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
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A communiqué, read by the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the meeting, disclosed that government agreed to suspend electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC.
He, however, noted that total deregulation in the downstream sector remains, adding that palliatives would be offered to Nigerian workers to cushion the effects of burden.

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram Killed 8 Policemen, 3 CJTF Members Killed, 13 Others Injured

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram killed 8 policemen, 3 CJTF members killed, 13 others injured.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Members of the Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP),/ Boko Haram terrorist have killed eight policemen, 3 soldiers 3,members of Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), while 13 others injured in an ambushed near Cross kauwa few kilometers away from the Famous Baga fish town.

The Borno state Police command while confirming the incident, in a statement issued by ithe commands Public Relations Officer (PPRO),, DSP Edet Okon said ‘On 25th September, 2020 at about 12PM, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa. The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.”

The statement said ” in the ensuing gun fight however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight (8) Policemen and three (3) members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price. Thirteen (13) other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Hospital for treatment.”

The statement however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.

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Again, Boko haram ambushes Borno Government officials convoy near Baga

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Again, Boko Haram ambushes Borno government officials convoy near Baga

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Again members of the Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed the convoy of the Borno state government officials on their way to Baga along Monguno Baga road, in preparatory for today Saturday 26th September, 2020 resettlements

“Five policemen, 3 soldiers and 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task force (CJTF) were said to been killed, while
several others were injured in the ambushed”, a security source who does not want his name in print said.

The government officials were on their way to Baga for the official resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), who were scheduled to return to Baga today Saturday , 26th September, 2020 by the governor himself.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have ambushed the government official convoy including some returnees IDPs few kilometers way from Multi National Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) check point near Baga..

The insurgents were said to have fired several shots at the convoy, injuring the security operatives some of the IDPs and other travellers on the convoy. It was not clear whether if the insurgents killed or injured any of the returning IDPs.

It could be recalled that the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum had recently inaugurated a committee for the resetlement of IDPs from Maiduguri and Monguno back to Baga, a town business community about 158 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capitol

At the time of filing this report no official statement from the Borno state government or the military.

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