CDS seeks retired officers’ intervention to tackle security challenges
By Gistflash News
Aug 28, 2021
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has appealed to retired military officers to make contributions in government’s effort to tackle insecurity across the nation.
Irabor made the appeal in his address at an interactive meeting with retired senior military officers in the South-South held on Friday at the 63 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Asaba.
He said the prevailing state of insecurity across the country called for a coordinated and all inclusive approach to deal with the situation.
The current situation we found ourselves today calls for a contributive effort to tackle these security challenges.
“This meeting is one of the meetings that we have held with our retired military personnel in the six geo-political zones to solicit your contributions.
“The meeting is borne out of a desire tap from your wealth of experiences in our bid to conclusively address the security challenges bedevilling us as a nation,” Irabor said.
According to him, the prevailing atmosphere of insecurity requires the views of all stakeholders in the nation on what is required to defeat the nation’s security challenges.
The CDS further stated that the experiences of the nation’s retired military personnel would be of immense benefit to the military high command in forging a united front against insecurity.
“This interaction is an avenue for us to tap from your experiences, as your inputs will no doubt help our country find lasting peace.
“Let me state clearly here that this interaction is going to be very confidential. Feel free to express yourselves on what you think we should do.
“There is nothing to hold back. We must tell ourselves the truth if we must achieve the objective of this meeting.
“Let us know where we are not doing well, and also tell us what you feel we should do to get it right.”
Irabor said the collaborative approach had become imperative if the nation must defeat the threat to insecurity posed by the Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgencies in the North East of the country.
He also listed other threat to national security to include, banditry in the North West and Central, kidnapping, cultism, illegal oil bunkering and sea piracy along the nation’s waterways.
Earlier in a welcome address, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, had lauded the CDS for the opportunity provided by the meeting with ex-military personnel.
He said although the ex-military officers might be retired, their experiences in service remained a vital component to achieving national security.
“This platform provided by this meeting will enable us to interact deeper into the serious challenging issues confronting us as a nation,’’ he said.
Also in a remark, Rear Admiral Fredrick Ogu, the Chief of Defence, Civil Military Cooperation, enjoined the retired officers to rise up and save the nation.
He said as retired senior military officers, the nation needed their tactical inputs on the way forward from the current security crisis across the country.
Ogu said that the contributions and views expressed by the officers at the meeting would be harnessed confidentially in a renewed approach at tackling the present situation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by no fewer than 30 retired senior armed forces personnel, among them, a former CDS, retired Gen. Alexander Ogomudia.
Also in attendance were retired Rear Adm. John Jonah, a former deputy governor of Bayelsa, and a host of other retired officers from the region.
Gunmen Attack Anambra Police Station, Kill Four Officers
Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday attacked a police station located in Atani, the headquarters of Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that the gunmen launched the attack on the police facility around 1:30 am on Wednesday.
A further report had it that four police officers were killed in the attack.
Since the emergence of Charles Soludo as the Governor of Anambra State there had been series of attacks on police and government facilities in the state.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the state police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, has confirmed the development.
He said, “The hoodlums came around 1 a.m., and unlucky for us, four police operatives paid the supreme price.”
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng on hearing of the attack immediately mobilized men of the command from various units to the area.
“The hoodlums were still there when the CP personally led men of the command to the affected area, and the timely arrival saved the day and the hoodlums were successfully repelled, and the facility was saved.
“We have commenced intelligence already, and we hope to unravel the persons behind the attack.”
Troops repel attack, eliminate scores of terrorists/bandits in Sokoto — Official
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, in conjunction with other security agencies have eliminated scores of Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits in Sokoto State.
Defence Headquarters said on Monday in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyer.
He said the terrorists were eliminated during a foiled attack on the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma, a remote border settlement with Niger Republic in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
“The aggressive operations of troops of the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region, had been a thorn in the flesh of ISWAP terrorists and bandits.”
Sawyer stated that the attackers who came in large numbers using telecom network provided from neighboring country, capitalised on the lean rear area protection force.
“This was when the main troops were out conducting offensive operations within their area of responsibility.’’
He disclosed that, the troops recorded an undisclosed number of casualties during the encounter.
“However, the swift reinforcement by own troops helped to counter the attack as many of the ISWAP fighters were eliminated, while some scrambled with various degrees of injuries.
“Troops are currently in hot pursuit of the criminals to Bassira in Niger Republic,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters.
“General security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilised,” he said.
Arms proliferation: Navy urges FG to build walls across borders
By Gistflash News
Sept 27, 2021
The Nigerian Navy has urged the Federal Government to build a wall across the country’s borders to stop proliferation of arms and ammunition.
Commodore Jemima Malafa, who represented the Nigerian Navy, said this during an interactive session on four bills pending before the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence on Monday in Abuja.
“We should build a wall between our country and the neighbouring countries,” she said.
“I was in Chad recently and discovered that most of the countries that surround us do not have armouries and that is why most of their citizens get arms that they sell to make money.
“I blame foreign countries that sold and donated arms and ammunition for them without recourse to where they would keep them after use.
“It is as a result of this that Nigeria is in deep crisis; these arms and ammunition will always find their way to Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four bills – the first is a bill for an act to establish the National Commission against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Others are a bill for an act to repeal the Explosives Act, and bill for an act to make provision for the integration of private Close Circuit Television (CCTV) into the national security network in Nigeria.
The last one is a bill for an act to designate the month of November as the National Appreciation Month for Security Agencies.
Mr Shehu Ahmed, representative of the Department of Security Service (DSS) in his contribution said the proposed bill for the establishment of the commission was commendable.
He, however, said that the appointment of members to be in charge of the commission should have nothing to do with politics because of the sensitive nature of the commission.
He said that the Director-General of the commission should not be encumbered with too much power, adding that people of questionable characters should not be allowed to work in such office.
He called for the independence of the commission, adding that henceforth, it did not have to source for staff from other security agencies.
He said that on CCTV, all the security agencies should have access to it to aide investigation of any kind, adding that the explosive act bill would help achieve the desired national security.
Commodore Friday Ogohi, a representative of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) said that the bill on National Commission would help in the effective control of light weapons.
He said that the structure of the commission should be hinged on command and control, adding that membership should be drawn from existing security agencies based on experience.
He said that though the supervising ministry was not indicated in the proposed bill, adding that it was advisable that the Ministry of Defence oversaw the commission.
Ogohi also called for the establishment of special court to arrest the menace of arms smugglers and illegal arms, stressing that the CCTV would further boost the fight against bandits and other criminality.
According to him, public places such as schools, churches and work places should be considered for CCTV as this will help to monitor the activities of scavengers by security agencies.
Air Commodore Olasunkami Abu, who represented the Chief of Air Staff, said that proliferation of arms was posing a great threat to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
He said that this portends a great danger to national security, adding that membership of the commission should be drawn from the armed forces and the immigration.
NAN reports that other security agencies that made presentation are the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, among others.
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