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Insecurity: Why N’Assembly must pass Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund Bill -Kalu

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The Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu, has said, the passage of the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund Bill would go along way to strengthen the fight against insecurity in Nigeria. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

The Bill was sponsored by the Member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Rep. Babajimi Benson.

This was, even as, the Abia lawmaker unfolded the legislative plans for 2021 fiscal year in tackling insecurity in the country.

Kalu in an interview with journalists in Abuja this weekend, said the House of Representatives has already come up with a comprehensive approach to tackle the problem of insecurity in Nigeria.

According to the House Spokesman, “We have set for ourselves, certain measurable actions for the short, mid and long term” to ensure that Nigerians and their property are secured.

Shedding light on the national security action plan already adopted by the Green Chamber, Rep. Kalu listed the lower House action plan to include the provision of, “funding in the 2021 and 2022 Budget for recruitment and training of new security operatives to strengthen the security sector workforce;

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“Enact legislation and appropriate funds in the 2021 and 2022 Budgets to fund the implementation of community policing, civil-military relations, and crime prevention;

“Approve the procurement of modern security equipment in line with the Defence Procurement Policy;

“Enact laws to support structured funding of the Armed Forces to improve military readiness and enhance our capacity to respond to present and emerging threats to national security”.

Speaking specifically on the seemingly unending insurgency in the Northeast as well as the herders and farmers clashes in the middle belt and Southern part of Nigeria, Rep. Kalu decried the lack of adequate equipment for the Nigerian security agencies in the face of daunting challenges before it.

He said, “For over a decade, Nigeria has contended with a recalcitrant insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country that continues to transform, adapting itself to changing circumstances, yet remaining a significant threat to lives and property, and a drain on limited national resources.

“Similarly, the North-West and North-Central have witnessed several incidences of banditry, cattle rustling and community clashes between farmers and herders while the South-South and South-East regions have continued to experience various agitations. In addition to these are criminal activities such as cybercrime, drug trafficking, organised crime, human trafficking, piracy and kidnapping, amongst others.

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“While struggling valiantly to address these challenges, the security forces are not suitably equipped to prevail in the herculean task of protecting our lives, property and territorial integrity”.

Kalu, however, said that a bill was already before the House which is intended to fix the funding gap for the Nigerian armed forces in order to provide a lasting solution to the problems facing the security forces.

“We also promised Nigerians that between June 2020 and May 2021, we would enact legislation to support structured funding of the Armed Forces to improve military readiness and enhance our capacity to respond to present and emerging threats to national security.

“It will interest you to know that presently, we already have The Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund (Establishment) Bill 2020, sponsored by Rep. Babajimi Benson, which has passed second reading and is scheduled for public hearing upon resumption.

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“The essence of the bill is to provide Special Financial Support for the revamping of the Nigerian Armed Forces, and to also provide for regular training of Armed Forces Personnel as well as the provision of modern security and defence equipment and other related matters,” Kalu explained.

The House Spokesman urged Nigerians to “actively participate in the public hearing of the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Fund (Establishment) Bill which will come up as soon as the House resumes from the long vacation”.

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Kaduna State Police Command Apprehends Abuja Notorious Kidnapper, Chinaza Phillip

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The Kaduna State Police Command on thursday, January 18, 2024 successfully apprehend Chinaza Phillip a notorious kidnapper operating in the Abuja area. The FCT Police Command confirms this, saying that the operation was carried out by diligent police operatives from the command. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Chinaza Phillip is alleged to have been involved in various high-profile kidnapping cases in the capital city, instilling fear among residents.

In a statement on Friday, the FCT Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Josephine Adeh, said the name of the suspected kidnapper is Chinaza Phillip.

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She said Philip was arrested on Thursday, January 18, 2024, for his involvement in the recent kidnappings and killings in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The suspect was promptly handed over to the FCT Police Command on Friday, January 19, 2024, and is currently in police custody.

The FCT Police Command expresses its commitment to thorough investigations to ensure that justice is served.

Details surrounding the arrest and subsequent charges will be communicated to the public in due course, as the police work diligently to provide a comprehensive account of the arrest and the charges leveled against Chinaza Phillip.

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How This Suspect Conceals Drugs To Take To These Countries – NDLEA

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Drug suspect, Igboma Ifeanyi conceals illicit drugs weighing 7.8kg in 66 bottles of skin lightening lotion
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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says the drug suspect, Igboma Ifeanyi conceals illicit drugs weighing 7.8kg in 66 bottles of skin lightening lotion. to export quantities of Loud, a variant of Cannabis, Tramadol and Rohypnol. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

According to it spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi disclosing in a statement on Sunday 30th July, 2023 in Abuja, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), had said that it has thwarted attempt by the drug suspect, Igboma Ifeanyi to export quantities of Loud, a variant of Cannabis, Tramadol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi said that the illicit drugs weighing 7.8kg were concealed in 66 bottles of skin lightening lotion.

He further said that the suspect was arrested by the operatives while preparing to board an Ethiopian airline flight to Muscat, Oman at the Lagos airport.

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Also, another suspect, Ekpenisi Wisdom was equally arrested while trying to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Oman with 6.00kg skunk hidden in a bag of food stuff.

“A follow up operation led to the arrest of a staff of Toprano Hotel, Ikeja, Ibigbami Temitope Oluwatobi, who was fingered in the drug trafficking scheme.

“A consignment of 5.70kg codeine syrup going to the United Kingdom was also on Thursday July 27 seized from a 51-year-old widow, Adewunmi Atinuke by NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA Ikeja, ” he said.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives attached to the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company PLC (NACHO) export shed of the MMIA intercepted a cargo going to Nairobi, Kenya.

Babafemi said that a search of the consignment revealed that various quantities of MDMA (Ecstasy) popularly known as ‘Molly’ and Rohypnol were concealed in a bag consisting of foodstuff.

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He said that the NDLEA operatives arrested an agent, Onydem Chinwe who presented it for export.

Equally, a consignment of 8.5kg skunk well concealed in a vehicle engine block going to Dubai, UAE was intercepted by the NDLEA operatives.

Babafemi said that the consignment was intercepted on Tuesday July 18 by the officers of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, (DOGI) , attached to courier companies in Lagos.

He quoted the NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the MMIA command as well as those of DOGI for their resilience and commitment.

According to him, Marwa charged them and their counterparts in other Commands to remain undaunted by the various machinations of drug cartels and barons. 

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Scavenger Docked For Allegedly Stealing 12 Plastic Chairs

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A 28-year-old scavenger (popularly known as Baba n Bola), Adamu Suleiman, on Wednesday 19th July 2023 appeared before a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing 12 plastic chairs worth N180,000 . push({});
 
Suleiman, whose residential address was not provided, is charged with theft.
 
The prosecutor, Insp Chidi Leo,  told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 13, at about 4.20 a.m. along Kano Road Kaduna.
 
Leo said that the defendant was caught by a vigilante group while stealing the chairs from a shop belonging to the complainant, Bello Maigari.
 
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 217 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.
 
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
 
Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel,  admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
 
Emmanuel said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Kaduna Government.
 
He adjourned the case until Aug. 17 for hearing.
 
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