Sen. Istifaus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) says creation of state police will help to address myriad of security challenges facing the country.
By Polycarp Auta
Sen. Istifaus Gyang (PDP-Plateau) says the creation of state police will help to address myriad of security challenges facing the country.
Gyang, representing Plateau North Senatorial District, said this on Sunday during an interactive session with newsmen in Vom, Jos South Local Government Area of the state.
He was in Vom for the inauguration of some projects executed by Rep. Dachung Bagos, the lawmaker representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of the state.
He decried the rising spate of killings and wanton destruction of farmlands and other property in his district.
The lawmaker, therefore, urged the Federal Government to heed to the public demand for the creation of state police.
He also called on his colleagues in the National Assembly (NASS) to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Review to ensure the security and wellbeing of Nigerians.
“The welfare and wellbeing of Nigerians is the primary responsibility and purpose of governance.
“Insecurity in Plateau North has become alarming and our people have been surviving by the grace of God.
“But to ensure the total safety of lives and property in any part of this country today, there is the need for state police.
“That has been our position in Plateau for long and because of the rising spate of insecurity, other parts of the country have joined us in calling for the creation of state police.
“So, I want to urge that the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution should address critical issues that will guarantee the safety and wellbeing of the people by making provision for the establishment of state police,” Gyang said.
He also called on government at all levels and the security agencies to be proactive in their approach to ending the escalating security challenges.
Speaking on the projects by his NASS counterpart, Gyang commended Bagos for the successful completion of the projects.
“What we are witnessing today is the dividend of good representation and democracy and this is commendable.
“This will also encourage political participation and discourage voter apathy at the grassroot,” he said.
Earlier, Bagos said he was passionate about providing dividend of democracy to his constituents.
He said he would continue to attract projects that would have direct impact on the lives of the people.
“Our agenda is to ensure that after our 1,466 days in office, our presence will be felt in the 10 districts that make up this constituency,” Bagos said.
He used the ceremony to present starter packs to 40 young women from the constituency, who were trained in sewing.
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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