Spyetv Security Reports bring to you 10 SECURITY RELATED NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY 10 JULY, 2020. It was compiled by HS ABDULLAHI.
1. FG RE-ARRAIGNS RETIRED OFFICER NAMED IN REPORT ON MAGU.
The Federal Government on Thursday re-arraigned Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (retd.), before the Federal High Court on six counts of money laundering, unlawful possession of classified documents and illegal possession of firearms. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had appointed Mohammed alongside the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, and others to serve in the defunct Presidential Committee investigating the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces The investigating committee was set up in the early period of the Buhari regime. Mohammed was later named in the report which the Department of State Services used to scuttle Magu’s Senate confirmation in 2016. The then Director-General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, had, in the report, accused Magu of having “mutually beneficial relationship” with Mohammed who was then said to be under probe by the DSS. On Wednesday, the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation re-arraigned Mohammed alongside his company, Easy Jet Integrated Services Limited, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on six counts of money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and violation of Official Secret Act.
2. TROOPS KILL 104 BANDITS IN KATSINA, ZAMFARA.
The Defence Headquarters has said that the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed 104 bandits and recovered 367 cows and 184 sheep rustled in Katsina and Zamfara States in June. It disclosed that 46 of the hoodlums were neutralised at Yargamji village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Tuesday. Giving an update on the ongoing military operations in different parts of the country during a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche said the troops also killed 92 Boko Haram insurgents and recovered assorted weapons. He stated, “These successes recorded within the period is evident of the troops’ determination, resilience and commitment to end the security challenges bedevilling the North-West zone. Interestingly, a total of 104 bandits were eliminated from this zone of the country during the period under review.”
3. OPERATION ACCORD: TROOPS RESCUE KIDNAPPED VICTIMS FROM BANDITS IN CHIKUN LGA OF KADUNA STATE.
Sequel to credible intelligence on the kidnap of some people by armed bandits from their farm in Gwazunu village, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under the subsidiary Operation ACCORD promptly deployed to the scene and engaged the bandits with effective firepower. The bandits escaped in disarray with gun shot wounds thereby abandoning the kidnapped victims. All the 3 victims were successfully rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families. The Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment and urges them to remain committed and sustain the onslaught against the criminals.
4. LAWAN, GBAJABIAMILA SHOULD INSTITUTE SPECIAL HONOURS FOR SERVICE CHIEFS TO BOOST MORALE, PRO-DEMOCRACY GROUP TELLS NASS.
The National Democratic Front (NDF) has called on the National Assembly leadership to initiate the process of recognizing the Service Chiefs and other well-deserving members of the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency. NDF said it arrived at this conclusion after extensive consultation with stakeholders in the critical security sector. According to the group, this singular act would serve as a morale booster to the Service Chiefs who have displayed “patriotism, commitment, and dedication to the cause of our fatherland”. In a statement signed by Secretary-General, Dr. AbdulKadir Bolaji, on Thursday, the group hailed the military heads for the formulation of sound policies and the strategic implementation of quality innovations in the operations of the Armed Forces. It called on Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to lead by example by instituting the process of honouring the Service Chiefs in the country in recognition of their sustainable efforts in preserving the territorial integrity of Nigeria. The group, however, warned those passing scathing remarks on the military heads to end their political campaigns which are against the interest of the nation. Read full statement below: The National Democratic Front, a civil society organization, wishes to lend its voice to the invaluable efforts of the service chiefs in the country in the fight against terrorism and other acts of criminalities in the country. We have followed events closely and states that indeed the Service Chiefs have displayed an unalloyed commitment in service to our fatherland through the formulation of sound policies and the strategic implementation of quality innovations in the operations of the Armed Forces of the federal republic of Nigeria. It is instructive to state that the various critics of the Service Chiefs in Nigeria have been borne mostly out of ignorance given the reality of where we are coming from in the war against terrorism in Nigeria and where we are today.
5. GUNMEN KILL NAVAL OFFICER, FEMALE COLLEAGUE IN KOGI STATE.
Gunmen on Thursday killed a navy officer and a woman in camouflage along the Lokoja-Okene Expressway in Kogi State. SaharaReporters gathered that the incident occurred at about 6:00pm. This comes a few days after suspected bandits killed a Nigerian Army officer, GSM Abubakar, along the same highway. Abubakar, a captain attached to the 353 Artillery Regiment, Ojo, Lagos, was travelling from Lagos to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in company with his wife and mother to participate in this year’s junior officers course when bandits opened fire on them, killing the soldier instantly.
6. BORNO: CHIBOK COMMUNITIES REVEAL MASSIVE KILLINGS BY BOKO HARAM.
The National President of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA), Mr. Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya has expressed concern over the continued attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok communities, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Mr. Dauda in a statement made available to DAILY POST lamented the many attacks that have befallen the Kibaku people since the beginning of this year and have continued unabated in most of the communities in Chibok Local Government.” In the last 3 months alone, Boko Haram terrorists had attacked both Kuburmbula and Kwamtiyahi. On April 3rd, they abducted and killed Meshak John, Mutah Nkeki, and Kabu Yakubu, with more than 20 houses razed down.
7. IS THE NIGERIAN ARMY HIDING SOMETHING?
There have been two clashing reports on an occasion that occurred on Tuesday when Boko Haram extremists trapped men of the Nigerian Army who were coming back to base from a multi day leeway activity in Borno. The primary report is a public statement from Defence Headquarters. In the announcement, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche announced that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa related to components of 2 Special Force Unit reached Boko Haram fear based oppressors and their associates while on a freedom activity. The announcement included that the warriors pulverized the unrepentant fear based oppressors as no under 17 Boko Haram contenders were killed and numerous others fled with changing degrees of discharge wounds in a preeminent capability. The Nigerian Army likewise said that lamentably, two Valliant troopers followed through on the incomparable cost. In any case, in spite of the case by Defence Headquarters, a few sources from the Civilian Joint Task Force in Borno state have said that more than 23 brave soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed in a snare by Boko Haram while coming back from a multi day freedom activity. The sources said that the unfortunate warriors ran into a trap of the fear mongers when they were just 25 kilometers to army installation. The observer reports asserted that few different fighters were lethally injured while many were accounted for to be missing. The sources said they tallied 20 carcasses of the soldiers at the spot of the snare. These two clashing reports have left Nigerians in disarray concerning which could be viewed as phony.
8. FRSC TO SANCTION OFFICIAL FOR JUMPING ON MOVING Vehicle awe
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has recalled a patrol team attached to Ikorodu unit to the Lagos State Sector Command for investigation and appropriate disciplinary actions. This followed a viral video showing a member of the patrol team clinging precariously to the bonnet of a moving Honda car along the Ikorodu-Sagamu road on July 6, 2020, during a special joint patrol operation targeted at enforcing the Presidential Task Force directives on physical distancing and overloading amongst passengers to curb further spread of the coronavirus. The team had attempted to arrest the driver for seatbelts violation but he failed to stop. The FRSC Public Education Officer, ACM Bisi Kazeem, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, titled, ‘Marshal on a vehicle bonnet viral video: Corps Marshal orders the prosecution of errant driver, recalls patrol team for investigation. The corps said its official did not need to commit suicide in the process of arresting an errant driver “because every arrest of an offender is expected to be done within safe and professional limits in line with their training and operational guidelines.”
9. POLICE KILL THREE SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS IN CALABAR
Three suspected kidnappers have lost their lives after a gun battle with operatives of the police Anti-Cultism/Kidnapping Squad. The incident happened on Okoro Agbor Street in Calabar on Tuesday while the squad was trying to rescue a kidnap victim. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said the squad members had gone to the area to rescue the person who was kidnapped.She said, “The gang opened fire on sighting the police that resulted in exchange of gun fire which culminated in the death of three of the suspected kidnappers.
10. POLICE PARADE BANK ROBBERS FOR KILLING 6 POLICEMEN, CIVILIANS
The Police Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday paraded 32 suspects for alleged robbery, kidnapping, illegal possession and sale of arms and ammunitions among other various crimes. Also paraded were the seven-man gang who robbed three commercial banks in Ondo and Ekiti states between 2019 and 2020. Parading the suspects , Force Public Relations Officer(FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, said the seven – man robbery gang led by Tunbosun Ojo, had on February 7, carried out an attack on a commercial bank in Ile-oluji, Ondo State and carted away millions of Naira and killed four policemen in the process. Mba further stated that the same gang which also has Ismaila Ojo 25, Victor Oyeyemi Dele Ariyo, 44, Shola Oladimeji, Olubodun Folayemi, 44 and Adeniyi John, attacked another Microfinance bank at Idanre, Ondo State in December, 2019 and a commercial bank at Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State and killed two policemen in the process.