The Nigerian Army has expressed commitment to ensure gender mainstreaming in all its operations to achieve efficiency and enhance professionalism in the service.
Brig.-Gen. Lukman Omoniyi, Acting Director, Civil Military Affairs, Nigerian Army, announced this at the maiden Sensitisation Workshop on: “Gender Mainstreaming for Enhanced Professionalism in the Nigerian Army” on Monday in Abuja.
The workshop was organised by the Department of Civil Military Affairs in collaboration with the British Defence Section, West Africa.
Omoniyi said that the aim was to ensure that army personnel were abreast with the global best practices on gender issues.
He said that Nigerian Army was always confronted with gender issue mainstreaming in internal and international operations.
According to him, the workshop is in tandem with the chief of army staff’s vision to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within the joint environment in defence of the country.
“At the end of this workshop, pertinent issues that pertain gender mainstreaming, international humanitarian laws and all the fundamentals of human rights would have been well spelt out to the troops.
“If they are armed with that knowledge, they will be free from unnecessary infractions, particularly those that pertain to sexual exploitation, abuse and other isolated infractions.
“This workshop is a collaborative project with the British Defence Section West Africa and it is going to provide that opportunity for us to be sensitised to gender mainstreaming and other modus of fundamentals rights related process,” he said.
Maj. Nicole Bonnie, British Defence Section West Africa, who spoke on U.K. perspective to gender mainstreaming, said that UK had been committed to implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on gender.
Bonnie said that gender mainstreaming should be felt across all activities in defence, adding that civilians were at the centre of all conflict that military were engaged in.
She said that the UK perspective on gender mainstreaming had grown from strength to strength, adding that it would make the military more operationally effective.
She noted that Nigeria was one of the focus countries in gender mainstream in the military because of its strategic importance in West Africa.
Also, Maj. Janet Osamgbi, Gender Advisor for Nigerian Army, said that the workshop was meant to sensitise personnel on how to perform on the field without gender stereotyping.
Asamgbi said the sensitisation was organised to guide officers and soldiers on the implementation of gender policy of the Nigerian Army.
She added that gender does not concern women alone but gender perspective covered men and women as well as old and young as it concerns their operational planning. (NAN)
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.
Police kill 3 IPOB Members, Recover Arms In Enugu
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.
Ember months: We’re working to prevent security threats – Police
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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