The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), says it is seeking partnership with the Nigerian Army on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement against sub-standard goods throughout the country.
This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the SON Public Relations Officer South-East/South-South region, Mr Paul Iorkyaa, in Enugu on Wednesday.
The statement said that SON’s State Coordinator for Rivers/Bayelsa, Mr Sam Ayuba, sought the collaboration when he paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Sanni Mohammed.
It said that the event took place in Port Harcourt on Oct. 13.
Ayuba noted that there was the need to strengthen the collaborative relationship between the Agency and the Division in fighting the menace of substandard products manufactured in the country and those smuggled in through the borders.
The coordinator said: “The sales of substandard products in the markets including army mini-markets were of huge risk to consumers.
“SON is deeply concerned with incessant influx of substandard and fake products, both local and imported, in the South-South zone of the country.
“We, therefore, call for the assistance of the Nigerian Army through the Division on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement operations.
“SON relies on intelligence from sister agencies such as the Nigerian Army, consumer complaints and other sources to gather information for her operations, hence the need for such partnership in crime fighting.”
Responding, Mohammed said that the Division was ready to collaborate with any progressive thinking Agency or Organisation in the area of security and protection of lives and property.
He said that the assurance was in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya’s vision.
He explained that the COAS vision is: “To have a Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in the defence of Nigeria”.
Similarly, Ayuba also paid a courtesy visit to Lt.- Col. Mohammed Mashegu, the Commanding Officer, 29 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt.
The coordinator also sought the cooperation of the Battalion in getting rid of substandard products; while commending the Army for its unflinching efforts toward keeping the country safe.
Ayuba also called for ways to sustain the formidable working relationship that had existed between the Agency and Battalion before now.
Responding, Mashegu said that SON should expect nothing short of standard from the battalion, especially in providing the Agency with worthy officers and soldiers for her operations as well as relevant intelligence when needed. (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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