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Anambra Guber: Police promise to be civil, firm during poll



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The Police Command in Anambra has promised to provide a conducive environment in the state for a hitch-free governorship poll on Nov. 6.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Echeng Echeng, made the promise at a news briefing on Thursday in Awka.
He gave assurance that operatives of the force would treat residents with civility.

Echeng, however, warned that the police would be firm and decisive in dealing with troublemakers.

He said the command would commence show of force on Friday to restore public confidence.

He said that residents of the state had nothing to fear, with regards to casting their votes on the election day.

The police chief said he had done enough ground work, in collaboration with sister security agencies, to evolve the relative peace the state was currently enjoying.

“It is exactly eight days to the very important governorship election in Anambra. We all have our roles to play.

“Upon my assumption of office, we embarked on threat analysis and intelligence gathering through strategic deployment of personnel.

“We also initiated strategic engagement with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and vigilance groups in the state.

“On the election, I assure you of water-tight security and round-the-clock policing to ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs.

“Our deployment is functional and purposeful, all aimed at ensuring security before, during and after the election.

“Media as critical stakeholders are urged to communicate effectively, incidents as they unfold.

“From tomorrow, you shall be seeing us on the streets.

“We shall dominate the space and that is to assure the citizens that they are secure to come out to cast their votes without fear.

“We are going to be civil to them, but for troublemakers, we shall be firm and decisive on anybody who will come out to disturb people from performing their civic duties,” Echeng said.

He commended the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba, for providing logistics, including massive deployment of man and machines, needed for effective execution of the task.

“Assets have been deployed by the IGP.

“He has psychological attachment to this exercise and everything we have asked for, he has provided, including helicopter, gunboats and enough vehicles for effective patrol,” Echeng said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IGP deployed 34,000 personnel to provide security for the election. (NAN

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NAF Airstrike Kills 8 Terrorists In Borno




Airstrike undertaken by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai has killed eight terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Cdre Edward Gabkwet, said the aircraft was on armed reconnaissance mission on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 when it took out a guntruck with about eight terrorists at Baranga village in Marte local government area of the State.

He said the strike was carried out when two armed terrorists on a motorcycle along an active track were sighted and trailed to the location.

He said the terrorists after sighting the aircraft, took cover under a thick vegetation.

“Upon engaging the vegetation cover, a gun truck with eight terrorists suddenly appeared, speeding off to evade the attack.

“Subsequently, the gun truck was engaged and destroyed, thus eliminating the terrorists,” he said.

The statement reiterated that remnants of terrorists in the North-East have continued to seek the covers of thick forests and vegetation to evade being detected by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies.

He said the strike was yet again a clear indication of the commitment of the AFN towards ensuring terrorists find it difficult to randomly roam about freely attacking law-abiding Nigerians.


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Police kill 3 IPOB Members, Recover Arms In Enugu



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The operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have neutralised three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) in their hideouts in Ezioha Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

The police officers also recovered three pump-action guns, 10 machetes, and other incriminating exhibits.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made the disclosure via a statement, said the gunmen were killed at about 2:15 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023.

Ndukwe stated: “A joint security team, comprising police operatives of the Enugu State Command, NPF Special Forces, and Troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army Enugu, acting on credible intelligence, busted the criminal hideout of IPOB/ESN subversive criminal elements.

“The criminal elements were already perfecting plans to enforce the illegal sit-at-home order in the state.

“Three of the hoodlums, who opened fire on the joint team upon sighting them, were neutralised, while several others escaped with severe degrees of gunshot wounds in the ensuing gunfight.

“There has been an intense manhunt for those on the run.”

He quoted the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Kanayo Uzuegbu, as commending the joint team, assuring the security and safety of citizens and urging them to go about their lawful businesses in the state.

The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the police and other security forces to sustain the onslaught against unrepentant violent criminals operating under any guise, urging the people of Enugu State to report individuals sighted with gunshot wounds to the nearest police station.

“The good people of Enugu State should remain law-abiding and continue to provide the police with actionable security information and intelligence,” Uzuegbu said.


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Ember months: We’re working to prevent security threats – Police



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The Police command in Bauchi State has placed operatives and residents on high alert for possible security threat at ember months in the state.

This is contained in a statement by the command’s spokesperson,  SP Ahmed Wakil made available to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi.

He said the command is working closely with sister security agencies to ensure that no one or group of persons succeeded in destabilising the peace enjoyed at ember months in the state.

“The command identified herders’/farmers’ feud and communal clashes, armed robbery, kidnapping and abduction as some of the crimes it is working hard to prevent.

“Road traffic accidents, stealing of farm produce and mischief as well as youths’ restiveness amongst others as potential security threats for the ember months season.

“We,  therefore,  notify the public of the proactive security measures which everyone is required to adhere to and enhance general safety and security in the state,” he said.

The spokesman called on the respective organs to refrain from acts of mischief or any acts that could lead to the breakdown of law and order and public peace.

He also advised farmers to evacuate their farm produce in good time before herders begin  grazing freely and it might  degenerate into the aforementioned.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Muhammad reiterated  that the command’s  relentless efforts toward ensuring a crime-free society in our beloved state will never be halted.

“The CP re-emphasises that community engagement in crime prevention, management and control, it is the desired goals and our primary mandate to protect lives and property amongst others.

“The proactive measures came up following  Credible Intelligence and analysis of security threats identified by the command,”  the spokesperson said.

Wakil  advised perpetrators of crime and criminality to vacate the state or face the danger and consequences that came their way

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