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Insecurity: Nigerian Army tasks officers, soldiers on critical thinking



Nigerian Army

The Chief of Training (Army), Maj.-Gen. Abubakar Ndalolo, has tasked officers and soldiers on evolving critical thinking in managing security operations in the contemporary security environment.

Ndalolo stated this while addressing participants, who graduated from the Leadership Skills Development Course 1/2021, at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja on Friday.

He said that the course, prepared for middle and junior cadre officers and soldiers, was aimed at enhancing their creativity and critical thinking skills to enable them to adapt to the evolving security environment.

According to him, the course would further help them in developing result-oriented emotional intelligence to tackle real and emerging security challenges as they emanate amongst troops and citizenry in their areas of responsibility and the country at large.

“We want to develop a critical thinking capacity and emotional intelligence which will help them to perform their tasks diligently in line with the contemporary operating environment.

“As a leader at your level, your ability to think fast and exercise command and control of troops placed under you is paramount to the success and growth of the Nigerian Army and the country.

“With the training given to you, it is expected that you imbibe the Chief of Army Staff’s Command Philosophy which rest on four pillars of Professionalism borne from knowledge and performance, Readiness from training and empowerment, Administration and Cooperation with other security elements within the system, which you must implement at your level.

“This is in line with and are actually the drivers of COAS’ vision which is to develop “a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to accomplish Assigned Mission within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria,” he said.

Ndalolo, therefore, commended the NARC and its resource persons for bringing the personnel development policy initiative to reality.

He also admonished the participants to see their certification as the beginning of the learning process towards becoming good leaders and followers wherever they are deployed for the benefit of the Nigerian Army and the nation in general.

“I am, therefore, convinced that you have all benefited from this important leadership development programme, for your individual benefit and that of the system as a whole,” he said.

Speaking, the Director-General, NARC, retired Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab, said the course was borne out of the desire to proffer a solution to the myriad of security challenges bedeviling the country.

Wahab said that the nation was currently facing serious security challenges of which everybody must be able to play their parts in addressing them.

He expressed confidence that the participants had developed capacities to contribute their quota towards addressing the prevailing security challenges.

He thanked the COAS for approving the course and providing the resources for its realisation and urged participants to deploy the knowledge they had acquired in their future operations.

Also, the Director of Human Resources, NARC, Brig. -Gen. Usman Bello, while presenting the course highlights, said the pilot course on Leadership Skills Development was conducted for 60 participants, comprising 30 officers and 30 soldiers.

Bello disclosed that the participants were loaded with five-course modules on critical thinking, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship.

He said that the objective of the course was to increase creativity and critical thinking skills amongst participants for optimal performance and introduce adaptive leadership for innovative and creative change among others.

“It is to also develop emotional intelligence, decision making and entrepreneurship skill and enable participants, particularly junior officers, to understand the significance of mentorship for successful career development,” he said. (NAN)

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El-Rufai Raises Alarm Over Presence Of Boko Haram, ISWAP In Kaduna



Kaduna state Governor Nasir El Rufai
Kaduna state Governor Nasir El Rufai


The Kaduna State Government has raised an alarm about the activities of terrorist groups in the State.

Speaking during the presentation of the first quarter security report for 2022 to the state’s security council, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said members of the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorists groups have infiltrated some parts of Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas.

Aruwan said the terrorists have been luring locals with gifts with a view to recruiting them into the criminal organisations.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed concern that the terrorists are moving from the North-East to the North-West with the intention of causing havoc.

He added that those who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train were Boko Haram terrorists.

The Governor is also worried that the conduct of the 2023 general elections might be compromised in Kaduna state if the security challenges are not addressed.

Meanwhile, Aruwan said no fewer than 360 people have been killed by suspected terorrists in different parts of Kaduna State from January to April.

Kaduna central senatorial zone recorded the highest casualties with 214 deaths, the Commissioner said.

Aruwan further noted that 1,389 people were kidnapped by bandits in different attacks across Kaduna State during the period under review, including the 62 victims of the March 28 attack on a Abuja-Kaduna train.

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Zamfara Govt Dethrones Two Emirs, District Head Accused Of Aiding Banditry



Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle


The Zamfara State government has dethroned two emirs and a district head over allegations of aiding the activities of bandits terrorising communities in the state.

Those affected by the government’s decision include the Emir of Zurmi, Abubakar Atiku, Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar, as well as Sulaiman Ibrahim who used to be the District Head of Birnin Tsaba.

Mr Ibrahim Dosara, who is the Commissioner for Information in Zamfara, made the announcement on Wednesday while briefing reporters at the end of the State Executive Council meeting in Gusau, the state capital.

“The council has approved the deposition of Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and that of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Umar,” he declared.

“The council also approved the immediate removal of the District Head of Birnin-Tsaba, Alhaji Sulaiman Ibrahim.”

According to the commissioner, the government has also ordered that all land titles issued by the affected traditional leaders be revoked.

“The State Executive Council has also directed the state Ministry of Justice to issue an executive order to back up the council resolution,” he added.

The deposition of the traditional leaders comes 10 months after they were suspended by the state government.

It also comes days after the submission of the reports of the committees set up by the state government to investigate the allegations against the affected traditional rulers.

“The council upheld the recommendation of a six-man white paper committee set up by the government to review the report of two separate committees earlier set up to investigate the involvement of the three traditional rulers in the activities of banditry in the state,” said a statement by Governor Bello Matawalle’s media aide, Zailani Bappa.

“The three impeached royal fathers were earlier suspended by the state government following wide allegations of serious involvement in the act of banditry in the state.

“The findings of the committees also revealed abuse of the Land Act in their domain and the government ordered the reversal to status quo involving the lands illegally allocated.”

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Senate Passes Amended Terrorism Act, Criminalises Payment Of Kidnap Ransom



Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele


The Senate has prohibited the payment of ransoms to kidnappers in its bid to complement the Federal Government’s effort to tackle the disturbing spate of insecurity in the country.

Payment of kidnap ransom was criminalised by the lawmakers during Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja as they passed the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013 (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

The prohibition by the lawmakers followed the receipt and consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters on the bill.

Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, who chairs the committee, had moved that the lawmakers receive the report after which he presented it for consideration.

Thereafter, the lawmakers resolved into the committee of the whole to consider the report, clause by clause, and reverted to plenary to report progress.

This led to the reading of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013 (Amendment) Bill, 2022 for the third time and its subsequent passage.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, congratulated his colleagues on the passage of the bill which he said was very important.

“It is believed here in the Senate that this bill, by the time it is signed into Act by Mr President, will enhance the efforts of this government in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping, and other associated vices,” he said.

“This is one piece of legislation that can turn around not only the security issues of Nigeria but even the economy of the country.

I believe that the Executive will waste no time in signing this bill into law and it is our hope that this additional piece of legislation will achieve the purpose for which it has been worked upon.”

According to Lawan, the fight against insecurity is not the sole purpose of a government and the contributions and support of the citizens are essential.

He explained that this was because the security agencies need critical information to tackle terrorism, kidnapping, and other threats to the nation’s security.

The Senate President stated that the security agencies were trying their best but needed to do more and achieve better results.

“With this, once again, I want to congratulate the Senate for this very important piece of legislation,” he concluded.

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