Kaduna attack: Kidnappers confirm railway road victim with them

Gunmen who Friday 20 November attacked motorists along airport – railway station road have confirmed one of the victims is with them with bullet lodged in his body. The victim, Sani Khalil was one of the three in a car when the gunmen attacked them. One of them, Rabiu Auwal died at 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna while another one, Umar Khaddab is still on admission. A source close to the family said the kidnappers called Saturday 21 November confirming Khalil is with them. The victim was said to…

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Insecurity: Northern Groups issue notice of mass protests in 19 states

The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has said it would begin non-stop protests against the wave of insecurity in the Northern region on Thursday. The plan, according to the group, aimed at drawing the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the 19 northern states governors to the plight of the region. CNG said the ineptitude and an apparent failure of elected and appointed leaders from the North to either protect the lives and property of northerners or address the myriad distresses the region faced had pushed them to the wall.…

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Insecurity threatens Nigeria’s existence – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the challenge of insecurity confronting Nigeria is threatening its corporate existence. Speaking at a two-day retreat in Abuja yesterday, Gbajabiamila said the insecurity challenge undermines the faith of the public in the government’s ability to protect lives and property. The retreat was organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on National Security and Intelligence and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Foundation. The speaker said the citizens expect the government to fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting them. “These internal…

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Insecurity: Excuses from Service Chiefs no longer acceptable – North East Elders

A group, under the auspices of Coalition of North East Elders for Peace and Development, CNEEPD has said the excuses being peddled by the Service Chiefs over insecurity in the country was no longer tenable. The group which comprises of Elders from the North East, said in a statement at Sunday, that President Muhammadu Buhari should as a matter of urgency listen to the voice of the majority of Nigerians by implementing the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly asking him to rejig the country’s security architecture…

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Appointment of versatile civilian NSA the panacea to insecurity, CSOs tell Buhari

The African Centre for Good Governance, Social Justice and Regional Security Initiative and People United for Peace, Security and Democracy in Nigeria have called for the appointment of sound and versatile civilian National Security Adviser (NSA) against the background of insecurity ravaging the nation. While the African Centre for Good Governance, Social Justice and Regional Security Initiative commended the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to national security as a reference on the continent, the People United for Peace, Security and Democracy in Nigeria appealed to the President to appoint an…

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Insecurity: FG moves to revive abandoned $470m CCTV project

In a bid to tackle the growing insecurity challenges in the country, the federal government has concluded plans to resuscitate the abandoned $470million national public security communication system. The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said technicians were already inspecting the vandalised Abuja and Lagos Closed Circuit Television Cameras for repairs, adding that they were expected to present a report on their assessment soon. The contract for the CCTV project was awarded in 2010 to a Chinese firm, ZTE Nigeria Ltd., to provide audio, video and data information for use…

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You need spiritual support of witches, wizards to tackle insecurity, Don tells Buhari

A Political Scientist, Malam Abdul-Rahoof Bello, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently enlist the spiritual support of African witches and wizards, to combat insecurity in the country. The former University Lecturer proffered this option in a statement he issued and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday. Bello noted that the time was ripe and right for Buhari to apply this unorthodox method of African native intelligence in warfare. This, he said is to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty against the insurrection of Boko Haram, ritual killings…

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Insecurity: Allow responsible people to carry AK-47 for protection, Ortom tells FG

Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has asked the federal government to allow “responsible” Nigerians to be in the possession of “sophisticated weapons” like AK-47. Ortom made the recommendation when he presented a paper at a virtual meeting convened by Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). The governor said while the law allows the possession of double barrel and dane guns, the duo are not sophisticated enough to confront criminals who are better armed. He said if citizens are well armed, they can defend…

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Insecurity: Zulum hosts North-east governors, brainstorm on Boko Haram

Governors of the North-Eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe met on Saturday in Maiduguri to brainstorm on Boko Haram and how to rescue the economy of the region from the plunge. The North-East region, the least developed region in the country, has been suffered years of Boko Haram attacks. The crisis has left over 1.5 million people displaced with many towns and villages deserted with the economy of the religion nearly breathless. Saturday’s meeting was the second by the governors in recent times with the first…

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Kaduna govt spends a whopping N16bn on security with no security

Governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, says the state government has spent about N16 billion on security in the last five years. According to NAN, el-Rufai spoke at a meeting with the state council of emirs and chiefs on Tuesday. The high level of insecurity in Kaduna has been a source of concern to the government and residents. In July, at least 50 people were killed in different communities across southern Kaduna alone. The governor said the money was used to support security agencies and acquire technology and infrastructure to fight…

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