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NAOSRE Monthly Security Review: Nigeria At The Mercy Of Tactless Security Chiefs

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NAOSRE Monthly Security Review: Nigeria At The Mercy Of Tactless Security Chiefs

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In late July and barely few hours after terrorists threatened to abduct Nigeria’s President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna Governor Nasir el’Rufai in a viral video, troops of the elite Presidential Guards Brigade were ambushed and attacked by terrorists along the Bwari-Kubwa road where a Captain, Lieutenant and six soldiers reportedly lost their lives in the capital city of Abuja.

An aspect of the narratives indicated that one of the terrorists’ targets, in that major onslaught against the Nigeria government, was the campus of Nigerian Law School in Bwari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For fear of further attacks, management of schools closed down schools and communicated parents on the urgent need to take their children home.

Veritas University, a Roman Catholic owned university, located in Bwari Local Government Council of Abuja, shut down academic activities following security reports indicating that terrorists could attack and abduct students of the school after foiled attempt at the Nigerian Law School, sited some few kilometres apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In like manner, the Federal Ministry of Education, for fear of impending bandits and terrorists’ attacks, directed the immediate closure of all unity schools domiciled in Abuja, while ordering immediate evacuation of students.

Before then, Islamic State West Africa Province militants,a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, attacked the Presidential Advance Team to Katsina State before the last Sallah Holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition and within the same period under review, specifically in the first week of July, ISWAP used explosives and guns to attack Kuje Prison in Abuja.

About six cars and buses were damaged during the attack. Four prisoners and a security official were also killed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 800 prison inmates escaped during the attack with about half of them still at large. Those still at large include over 60 Boko Haram suspects.

Without doubt, the fall of Abuja to terrorists is the peak of humiliation as a country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tactless and amoebic defence and security arrangement, implemented by security chiefs have advertised Nigeria as the most retrogressive in the comity of countries in the world.

Shutting down of schools because of insecurity is very worrisome and the lowest a country can descend as nonexistent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banditry sector has been created. Within the last few months, the banditry sector would have done over a billion dollar from ransom taking.

So bad has the situation been that Governor Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State directed citizens in the state to obtain guns to defend themselves against bandits, a move many see as a sign of final collapse of Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zamfara government equally gave orders for immediate closure of markets in three senatorial districts as a result of the escalating activities of terrorists in various parts of the State.

To demonstrate its seriousness, governor Matawalle has concluded arrangement to distribute 500 forms to each of the 19 Emirates in the state for those willing to obtain guns to defend themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reacting to the development, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN described it as “A free-for-all affair,” adding that “These are all signs of imminent collapse of the Nigeria state.”

With all these, it is instructive to note that whenever armed gang controls the instrument of violence, then the state has collapsed or is about to collapse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The enormity of the security challenges across Nigeria is the best definition of a failed state.

In the face of all this, the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP and Boko Haram seem to be in perfect control of the entire Nigeria system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are the Service Chiefs made up of the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Navy Staff and the Inspector General of Police?

In the 2022 budget, passed and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, Ministry of Defence is to spend the sum of N1.52billion on security operations as well as various sums for capital expenditure and welfare packages for officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite this humongous sum at the disposal of service chiefs, soldiers are deployed into terrorists’ enclaves blind with double-barrel guns even when technology is the ultimate instrument in modern warfare.

No single intelligence is deployed into operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What sends jitters into the spines of innocent citizens is the way ISWAP kills and captures Nigeria’s elite soldiers like chicken.

If elite soldiers from the presidential guard are on a mission to rescue people in distress, aren’t they supposed to be ready for trouble? How come they just got captured and killed by a so called rag-tag army of vandals?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If elite soldiers can be routed so easily, where are the helpless and hapless civilians to turn to?

Over time, the National Association of Online Security Reporters, NAOSRE, has lived up to its billing by encouraging citizens, through numerous editorial persuasions, to co operate with military personnel in the fight against insurgency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it does seem that service chiefs who are at the commanding heights to co ordinate all supporting channels for result driven operations are square pegs in round holes.

The failure of the security chiefs partly informed the reasons the once cohesive administrative posture of the legislative and executive arms of government at the federal level has been punctuated with Senators baying for the blood of President Buhari with impeachment threats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senators are of the conviction that the ambush and killing of a platoon of the elite Brigade of Guards in Abuja are enough warnings that the terrorists are possibly planning to overrun the federal capital, adding that the Commander in Chief is a failure.

Indeed, insecurity is spreading fast. Those very close to the seat of power and perceived safe areas in Abuja are afraid.

 

 

 

 

 

Abuja residents are scared. Some are already relocating to other places and countries. The situation at hand is that bad.

Available information on insecurity indicates that terrorists on the rampage across the country have attacked about 16 military bases since mid 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In most instances, the attacks led to the killing of about 800 soldiers have been killed in different parts of the country.

Despite huge funding and incessant presidential directives to the military and other security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists through bilateral and multilateral arrangements to tackle the trans-border and maritime crimes, given that some of our security challenges are imported into Nigeria by foreign elements, the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce under the command of service chiefs, have been lame duck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ugly development may have informed the reasons the House of Representatives’ Committee on Defence urged the Federal Government to engage mercenaries to tackle the growing insecurity.

Chairman of the committee, Honourable Babajimi Benson, who is in the vanguard of this option, got an upvote from a retired Brigadier General, John Sura, who described as unacceptable the way soldiers are being killed by terrorists, pointing at lack of cohesion and synergy among the security agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at it differently, a security consultant, Mr Jackson Lekan-Ojo, enthused that the bandits have become brazen, saying, “The bandits or terrorists are fighting offensively and the military are fighting defensively. These terrorists have brought the battle to our doorsteps. They are no longer waiting for us to cross to meet them. Imagine being confronted on one’s doorstep and being defeated. Our security system and apparatus are very weak and that is what gives them the audacity to come and fight offensively in our military bases.”

Corroborating Lekan-Ojo’s position, Mr Yemi Adeyemi, another security consultant, lamented saying “How can some miscreants say they want to kidnap the President? For you to know that they were not joking about it, they attacked the presidential guards brigade which is supposed to be the most fortified brigade of the Nigerian Army and killed some officers and men. They went again to Zuba and killed a man there. All the blame should go to the service chiefs who should implement presidential directives to the letter in line with national interests.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notably, the spate of insecurity in Nigeria has reached an alarming stage. It has become all encompassing.

From the north to the south; from the east to the west, from one geo-political zone to the other, there’s always a scary story to tell. And the story is that insecurity is spreading like wild fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has become such a dastardly situation where no one is safe and the problem is escalating and totally getting out of control.

Travel in Nigeria, whether by road, rail, air or sea has become a nightmare. Homes and places of business are not safe because the bandits are on the prowl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be in prison is not safe either. Terrorists are invading prisons and releasing prisoners across states in the federation.

The consequence of such action is that criminals released from prisons increase the numerical strength of those already in the bush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a retinue of guards does not guarantee safety.

In the south-west, there’s a surge in armed robbery, kidnapping, herder-farmer conflicts and banditry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ondo State Church experience happened not too long ago.

The agitation for Biafra with its now accompanying killings, commercial crime, kidnapping, herder-farmer clashes, attacks by unknown gunmen, and banditry is now holding sway in the southeast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the south-south, kidnapping is not completely over.

Boko Haram insurgency and the Islamic State of West Africa Province have been holding sway for years in the northeast.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethno-religious killings and banditry are known to have taken a centre-stage in the north-west.

From all indications, the escalating rate of insecurity has cost Nigeria over 11% of its GDP worth N119 billion and projects worth N12 trillion were abandoned across Nigeria due to insecurity and other challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The global peace index for 2021 compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Nigeria 146th out of 163 countries with a score of 2.712, while among sub-Saharan African countries the country was ranked 39th out of 44 countries examined in the region.

According to experts, insecurity affects economic growth by drying out investments, increasing unemployment, and dwindling government revenue, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

To a very large extent, nothing is new. But what is required is new strategy to keep the county safe.

For instance, after the amnesty by late President Yar’ Adua, a militant leader backed out. His name was John Togo.

 

 

 

 

 

He went back to the creek and started a massive campaign of violence against oil installations and the Military.

John Togo was highly trained and intelligent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But Yaradua will have none of it.

He gave the Military clear directives to get John Togo.

 

 

 

 

 

The military went after John Togo. There was no hiding place for him.

He was first smoked out of his hideout and shot but escaped. His men took him to a hospital, the Military came after him but again he escaped narrowly before they came.

 

 

 

 

He ran to the creeks but the order from the President was clear.

Get John Togo! It was a clear order. There was no in-between. The Military never relented.

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking he was safe in his fortress, his new location was found and fighter jets dropped bombs on his camp. He and his men perished. That was the end of John Togo.

No terrorist or bandit is bigger than the might of the Nigerian military or federal government.

 

 

 

 

 

If this was achieved by service chiefs at that time, it can be achieve now.

Therefore, the problems, really, are the service chiefs who are tactless and ineffective.

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2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS: IGP TRAINS PILOTS, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OFFICERS FOR SEAMLESS AERIAL SURVEILLANCE

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2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS: IGP TRAINS PILOTS, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OFFICERS FOR SEAMLESS AERIAL SURVEILLANCE

– Holds Colloquy with Police Mobile Force Leadership, Squadron Commanders on Election Security Management

IGP TRAINS PILOTS

As part of the build up towards ensuring concrete security arrangements for the nation, particularly as the 2023 General Elections approach, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, has approved the training of the first batch of Bell 412EP B1.3 Type-Training Course for Police Airwing Aircraft Maintenance Engineers comprising seventeen (17) officers, whose training is expected to improve the technical expertise of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the Police Airwing and prevent operational mishaps during aerial surveillance operations.

Similarly, the IGP has approved the training of more Pilots on Cessna Citation, the training and maintenance of a fully operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) squad, training of more Engineers on both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing, as well as training for other auxiliary aviation staff to streamline operational inadequacies, improve human resourcefulness and ensure enhanced operational efficiency and cohesive operations. The trainings, which were run simultaneously, in partnership with foreign experts, came to an end on Friday 30th September, 2022, with presentation of certificates of participation to the trainees by the Inspector-General of Police at the FHQ, Abuja.

 

 

In the same vein, the IGP has recently met with the leadership of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Squadron Commanders at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he appraised the internal security situation of the country and unraveled the possible ways of positioning the Nigeria Police Force for effective service delivery through strategic restructuring. The IGP noted that the PMF, under his leadership and command would be adequately restructured, equipped, with effective  trainings, to align with its age-long tradition of basic unit concept and unit deployment.

The IGP reiterated the importance of proper election security management for the upcoming 2023 General Elections. He further challenged the Squadron Commanders to provide adequate security in their respective Areas of Responsibility, to support the conventional police not only during the general elections, but in ensuring and reassuring members of the public of their safety before, during, and after the elections.

 

 

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police further asserted that the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force will continually embark on training and retraining of its officers to reposition the Police and invariably improve the general security of Nigeria even as the NPF attains its primacy in maintenance of law and order.

CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra,
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

2nd October, 2022

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NIGERIA POLICE FORCE MUST AVERT A BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER IN LAGOS STATE

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NIGERIA POLICE

NIGERIA POLICE FORCE MUST AVERT A BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER IN LAGOS STATE

NIGERIA POLICE

The attention of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has been drawn to a press release issued today 30th September 2022 and signed by one, DG NCFront – 3rd Force Movement, whereby he threatened to instigate and disobey the laws of the land in disrupting the peace and tranquility of the good people of Lagos State and undermining national security by publicly affirming that he and his group are going to hold a rally tomorrow 1st October 2022 at the Lekki tollgate in defiance of a validly issued Lagos division of the federal high court order, barring the convergence of the rally at the Lekki tollgate on October 1st 2022 as planned.

According to the author of the press release, he threatened that in the event that the organizers of the rally of which his organization is a member “Are not allowed the use of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos,…………. that they would not be able to stop themselves from making use of venues like the Lekki tollgate”, among others for convergence in the face of a subsisting valid court order.

 

 

It would recalled on Wednesday 28th September 2022, a Lagos division of the federal high court, issued an order restraining the organizers of the rally from converging at the Lekki tollgate on 1st October 2022 based on a suit filed by some concerned Lagosians to stop the rally from holding at the said venue and the prayer was granted by the court order to that effect.

Therefore, as a law abiding organization, it is our conviction that our society can only prosper and our democracy deepened, when persons, groups and institutions comply with the rule of law which a court order signifies.

 

 

 

Whether the organizers are allowed the use of the National Stadium Surulere or not for the proposed rally of October 1 2022, is the prerogative of the managers of the facility who must have a procedure in place for the use of it’s facility and it’s not our responsibility or right to query them on how or the process adopted in granting permission or denying it to those who apply.

Tragically, we recall with pain and sadness the monumental destruction of private and public properties, burning of police stations and formations, looting and stealing of arms and ammunition, setting free detained criminal suspects in custody and custodial centres and the maiming, killing and cannibalism of civilians and security personnel which characterized the 2020 EndSARS protest of insurrection, which this October 1 2022 rally organizers have decided to traumatically remind us of by this threat to defy a court order and converge at the Lekki tollgate tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Thus, as a responsible organization, we are hereby calling on the Nigeria police Lagos State command and the Inspector General of police who were specifically directed by the court to enforce it’s order, to ensure that the law is complied with absolutely.

Based on this threat to public safety and national security by the rally organizers, we want it placed on record that the leaders of the 3rd Force Movement and the DG NCFront, must be held liable for contempt of court if they defy the court order tomorrow by converging at the Lekki tollgate and for any breakdown of law and order and it’s attendant consequences.

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NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: IGP DEPLOYS OFFICERS, ASSURES OF SECURITY

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NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE

NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: IGP DEPLOYS OFFICERS, ASSURES OF SECURITY

• Calls for Cooperation, Tolerance amongst Nigerians

NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE

NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has directed the deployment of adequate personnel to provide protection for citizens, critical national infrastructures, and ensure the success of all activities lined-up for the country’s 62nd Independence Anniversary scheduled for Saturday 1st October, 2022 all around the nation, and prevent any untoward situation throughout the period of the celebration and beyond.

 

Meanwhile, Strategic Police Managers comprising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all the Zonal and State Commands and the FCT have been directed to ensure high visibility and confidence boosting patrols around the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements and ensure a peaceful celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The IGP, while congratulating His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Nigerians at large, on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Anniversary celebration, pledged the unalloyed loyalty and dedication of the NPF to safeguard the sovereignty of the country as well as its unflinching commitment to combating crimes and criminality in the country and ensuring the safety of the citizenry.

 

 

The Inspector-General of Police therefore enjoined citizens to cooperate unflinchingly with officers of the Nigeria Police Force and o0ther security agencies, for improved security management at various public gatherings during the Independence celebration. The IGP similarly urged all citizens to imbibe the spirit of tolerance amongst each other which is vital in a multi-cultural society like Nigeria.

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