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NSCDC Commissions 13 New Command Buildings

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A civil society group, Centre for Media Rights and Advocacy (CMRA) has applauded the salient transformation of infrastructural development and the building of new edifices all over the country by the proactive management of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the leadership of Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu. This, no doubt, is to cater for the security needs, good office environment of its personnel as well as increase the sense of belonging of a well-motivated workforce.

This gesture has now made it possible for the NSCDC to own their own property instead of rented apartments taking into consideration the security implications of such rented apartments.

This applause is contained in a press release signed by the civil society’s Secretary, Comrade Tomisin Ajorin and Project Director, Comrade Balarabe Ishayah. The statement commended the proactive and transparent management of NSCDC for commissioning 13 new command buildings across the country, a feat which the civil society described as “unheard of since the annals of history of the NSCDC.”

The duo also lauded the initiative of the Commandant-General for his foresight and vision of a better infrastructure where the issue of workforce and better environment for efficient services is paramount for effective welfare and productivity of its personnel.

The society’s executives emphasized that this is the first time such a milestone was achieved within the shortest possible time even with the paucity of funds and, as such, enjoined well-meaning Nigerians and security stakeholders to support the gigantic strides presently taking place at the NSCDC.

CMRA is using this medium to call on all other agencies and para-military organizations to borrow a leaf of this initiative of the Commandant-General by making sure that the wellbeing, comfort and working environment is conducive for personnel, to enable them put in their best when called upon to serve the nation. Alluding that it has become a plethora of achievements and milestones since the present CG took over the mantle of leadership, as the morale of personnel is at its peak unlike before. This has spurred the officers and men of the Civil Defence to burst and crack armed bandits, cattle rustlers and vandals across the country on daily basis. The redoubling of efforts by the officers and men has drastically reduced the mayhem of vandalism of critical national assets across the country.

In a related development, the civil society also acknowledged the recent massive endorsement of the NSCDC by the Borno State farmers. It said the farmers deeply appreciated the Agro-Rangers Initiative of the NSCDC’s Commandant-General which they said has enabled them to go to their farms daily as the rangers are always at their farms protecting them, which was not the case in the past. This is indeed a pat on the shoulders of the NSCDC, and has also drawn wide commendations from far and near especially on the daily sacrifices put up by the officers and men to make sure the Agro-Rangers Initiative, as envisioned by the current CG across the country, is receiving the needed attention and domiciled for the protection of both local and foreign agro-allied investors. This, in turn, boosts food security as most farmers can now go to their farms with the knowledge that the Agro-Rangers officers are there to protect them from attacks by hoodlums.

This, the civil society noted, is indeed a milestone as the farmers have cause to thank the Civil Defence that for one year now the Service has provided security to them in their farmlands and they can now go to their respective farms without watching their shoulders.

CMRA therefore calls on stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the NSCDC to collaborate and partner on a long-term strategic initiative that will lead to the over-all betterment and service delivery of the NSCDC aimed at the protection of critical national assets, capacity and management development which will include overseas training for its officers and men for the over-all security development of the country.

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Troops Neutralise Bandits, Rescue Kidnap Infant In Doka Village In Katsina State

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In its efforts towards ridding the North-West zone of banditry and other criminality, troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have neutralized bandits, rescued kidnapped infant in Doka village in Katsina State.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, issued to pressmen on Friday.

The Statement:

In continuation of their aggressive clearance operation against criminal elements across the North West zone, on 24 September 2020, based on credible Information on bandits attack in Unguwar Doka village of Faskari LGA of Katsina State, gallant troops of Opeartion SAHEL SANITY responded swiftly and immediately mobilized to the general area where they successfully cleared the village of the marauders to the admiration of the locals. During the encounter, troops successfully neutralized 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route.

In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, the gallant troops successfully rescued 3 kidnapped victims including an 8 months old baby who have been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days. During the exploitation phase of the operation, the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine and 3 Motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.

Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and 2 soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while 2 other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively. The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite.

Consequently, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their resilience and commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is completely rid of all criminal elements. The good people of the North-West zone are once again assured of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone. They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with timely and credible information that will assist in the conduct of operations to rout the criminal elements.

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Nigeria Records 111 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 111 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases confirmed to 57,724.

In a late-night tweet, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) noted that the new cases were reported from 12 states of the federation, including Lagos where 31 cases were recorded.

Other states with new cases include Gombe (31), Kaduna (18), FCT (15), Rivers (14), Imo (3), Kwara (3), Oyo (3), Bayelsa (2), Edo (1), and Osun (1).

The NCDC report shows that 48,985 recovered patients have been discharged while 1,102 deaths have been recorded so far.

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111 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-31
Gombe-18
Kaduna-18
FCT-15
Rivers-14
Imo-3
Kwara-3
Oyo-3
Bayelsa-2
Ogun-2
Edo-1
Osun-1
57,724 confirmed
48,985 discharged
1,102 deaths

Over N10 billion worth of palliatives to be distributed

Wednesday’s NCDC report comes only a few hours after the Federal Government announced that it has commenced the distribution of palliatives worth N10.9 billion to households and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.

President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed the new move on Tuesday while delivering a speech via video-message, on the first day of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly Debate.

According to him, the disbursement of the sum is part of efforts to reduce the suffering of Nigerians imposed by the COVID-19.

“In order to mitigate its impact on Nigerians, our administration has commenced the disbursement of the sum of N10.9 Billion to households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as palliatives,” he said.

Speaking further, the president restated Nigeria’s commitment to working with other member states to promote the well-being of citizens.

“I should also state that Nigeria is committed to working with the other Member States in the spirit of global cooperation and solidarity to promote human health and general well-being.

“Nigeria will continue to partner with the WHO and some countries to ensure accelerated development and manufacturing, as well as the uninhibited supply of safe and effective Coronavirus vaccines to all,” he said.

In addition, President Buhari noted that the government has established a N500 billion fiscal stimulus package and sustained delivery of humanitarian and social interventions to poor and vulnerable households, while our Central Bank has launched a N3.5 trillion-stimulus package to boost manufacturing and facilitate import substitution

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Army Eliminate Top Boko Haram Commanders, Others

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The Defence Headquarters has said that Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated top commanders and destroyed several terrorist camps at the Lake Chad Basin in recent encounters in the northeast.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this on Thursday in a statement in Abuja.

He explained that In continuation of the aggressive clearance operation against terrorism and other sundry crimes in the North East, troops of Army Super Camp Malumfatori at the Lake Chad Basin conducted massive clearance operations.

According to Enenche, the successful operation led to the destruction of several identified terrorists’ camps and hideouts located at Tunbun Gini, Tunbun Nbororo, Tunbun Kayoma, Tunbun Kaza, Tunbun Fulani at the fringes of Lake Chad in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

“Several top BHT/ISWAP terrorists commanders were killed during the successful operation including Abu Usman, Alhaji Shettima, Modu Mainok, Bukar Gana, Abu Summayya, Amir Taam and Amir Kuraish among others”.

The Army General stresed that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are working together with other security agencies are highly committed to ending the insurgency and other security challenges in the country.

He said, “While the good people of the North East are once again assured of troop’s commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone, they are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations”.

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