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Jailbreaks: NCoS boss vows to combat security breaches

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The new comptroller General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Haliru Nababa said his administration would aggressively combat security breaches for effective service delivery.

Nababa said this during his inaugural meeting with senior officers of the service in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, the breaches include drug trafficking and other acts of indiscipline at the custodial centres.

He stated that he would not tolerate any form of insubordination, noting that any unprofessional act would be sanctioned.

He said he had set up the Controller General of Correction (CGC) monitoring team to check unethical actions and practices by officers and inmates that could compromise the security architecture at the various correctional facilities.

He sought the support of the officers, while promising transparency, judicious deployment of resources, prudence in the utilisation of funds and accountability.

“We need to remind ourselves that no organisation thrives in lawlessness. We shall, therefore, ensure that discipline remains the guiding principle in all our engagements.

“Note that I have established a CGC’s Monitoring Team to maintain eagle-eye on operational conducts and report unwholesome practices to my office for immediate action.

“May I state that this administration will not tolerate any act of indiscipline capable of compromising our security structure and tainting the name of the service.

“For the avoidance of doubt, cases of trafficking in hard drugs, communication equipment, absenteeism and all forms of insubordination and inimical practices shall be viewed seriously.

“The administration will not hesitate to apply necessary sanctions on violators as prescribed in the NCoS Act, 2019,” he cautioned.

The Controller General said his policy thrust would cover safe custody and training of inmates, staff welfare and provision of logistics.

This, he said, included infrastructure maintenance and full operationalisation of the Non-Custodial Services as well as deployment of technology to protect the custodial centres.

“The first among the responsibilities of the service is to secure the inmates. It must be noted that the service exists because the inmates are in safe custody.

“Therefore, the security of our custodial centres must be held sacrosanct and shall be among the top priorities in my administration,” he noted.

The NCoS boss promised to encourage behavioural change among the inmates, many of whom have embraced education. (NAN)

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Army Has No Desire To Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy — COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the nation’s choice of government, democracy.

Addressing participants at a seminar on career planning and management organised by the Army headquarters, the COAS said the Army has no plans to truncate democracy in the country.

He charged officers of the Nigerian Army to remain above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance,” he said during his address to officers.

“We are therefore agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason.

“It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution. Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”

The commitment by the COAS followed the series of putsches in West and Central Africa which have experienced at least seven military takeovers in the last four years.

Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Niger Republic — all members of the Economic Community of Western African States ( ECOWAS) — have pulled out from the regional bloc in last four years. Outside of West Africa, Chad and Sudan also experienced military coups in 2021.

 

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Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.

He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.

General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.

The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.

Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.

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Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

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A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.

State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.

Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.

Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.

However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.

 

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