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NIMASA urges NIS to check influx of illegal immigrants

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NIMASA: Jamoh reiterates Commitment to Collaborations to Grow shipping

…Attack on Catholic worshippers horrific – Akeredolu***

… As Makinde says Owo attack is barbaric***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to checkmate the influx of illegal immigrants and ensure proper documentation of foreigners in Imo State.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made the call on Friday in a one-day security workshop to enhance security management and awareness in Imo.

Also read: NIMASA: Our Focus is Marine Pollution Prevention- Jamoh

The D-G, represented by the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mrs Agnes Ajoku, said some of the crimes in the state were carried out by illegal immigrants whose identities were unknown to the government.

Jamoh called on both military and paramilitary organisations in the state to build a stronger synergy in tackling insecurity in the state.

He said the essence of the security workshop with relevant stakeholders was to review the security situation in the state and agree on possible solutions to the menace.

He said that security should not be left in the hands of uniform personnel alone and called on the general public to cooperate effectively with security agencies in the state.

The summit was organised in collaboration with Imo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The DG commended Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo for his consistent efforts to tackle insecurity and to ensure that peace was brought back to the state.

The Head of Imo/Abia Operations Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji, in his address, urged the government to tackle insecurity from the grassroots and restore the core value of Nigerians.

He said only when such value was restored, would the society begin to experience peace and stability.

“We need to tackle insecurity from the grassroots and bring back our core value.

“Quick money syndrome is one of the greatest challenges we are facing today; the menace of quick money must be seen as a national emergency.

“You cannot separate insecurity from disaster, a society with high insecurity will be vulnerable to disaster,’’ he said.

The Secretary of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Lucky Okoro, said that insecurity could not be effectively tackled without good governance.

He said poor implementation of government policies and government negligence of the basic needs of the masses were the major causes of insecurity in the country.

“Insecurity started from the grassroots, traditional rulers are helpless with the situation.

“We need the government to empower traditional rulers with the law to tackle crimes in various localities, we don’t have any law backing us to fight criminals,’’ he said.

The newsmen report that among security agencies at the workshop were representatives of the Nigerian Police, Army, Civil Defence and Immigration.

Others are representatives of the state command of Correctional Centre, Customs and DSS.

In another development,  Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has decried Sunday’s terror attack on innocent worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, describing it as horrific.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the governor said he was terribly saddened by the dastardly act.

Olatunde quoted Akeredolu to have also described the attack as “the most dastardly act that could happen in any society”.

He further stated that the governor visited the Palace of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, to condole with him and his subjects over the incident.

Akeredolu was quoted to have said: ”What has happened here today is tragic.

No better way to qualify it.

“It is the most tragic event! Horrific!

“What we have seen in America is a child play to what has happened here.

“That it happened in a church, to say the least, is most condemnable.

“I feel terribly sad and I can understand our people are in a sad mood.

“Nobody will see or hear what happened here that will feel safe.

“But let me tell you, we have a duty to protect you.

“Our security agencies lost about two men.

It was not an expected attack.

It was sudden.

“How they entered and escaped is still surprising.

What has happened, met us unexpectedly?

“On this matter, don’t retaliate.

We know what to do and you will hear it.

“The perpetrators will never escape.

We are after them.

And I can assure you we will get them.

I am not boasting.

“I want to express my condolences to those who have lost their dear ones to this gruesome murder.

“This is a great massacre.

Our people in Ondo state, we will not let down their guard.

“This will not happen again. We have all heads of security agencies here.

“They are listening to me and I am urging them to take all necessary steps.

“This must not happen again.

We must be very vigilant.

“I want to particularly send a word of condolence to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Bishop Jude Arogundade.

“What they damaged here is much. Dynamite was used.

We can see pools of blood everywhere.

“I have come to appeal to you to maintain your calm and let the security agencies take charge.

“They are taking this seriously. Please, don’t take the law into your hands.”

The governor was also reported to have said that “the gunmen made a mistake of attacking Owo, vowing that they will not escape justice.

“What happened shocked me.

It shocked everyone.

“It was like a deliberate target on Owo.

“But they made a mistake because we are bold.

We don’t run away from battles.

“We will fight them. No matter what it takes.

“The government will not sit back without ensuring that those who did this pay for it,” Akeredolu said.

The statement also quoted the royal father to have thanked the governor “for showing leadership.

“It takes genuine leadership for the governor to have flown into the state from Abuja barely three hours after the incident happened.

“I called you in Abuja less than three hours ago and you are here already.

That’s leadership.

“It’s quite unfortunate that this kind of incident would happen in Owo.

“There must be a motive behind this.

“It behoves our security agencies to investigate this deep down so that those behind it will face the full wrath of the law.

“No one brings battle into Owo. We shall give it what it takes.

“I believe the Federal Government should be much more concerned.

“Those behind this want to cause discord in the country.

“The whole nation is challenged.

“On our part, whatever is expected of us, we will do.

“I have spoken to our youths to remain calm,” the statement added.

Akeredolu was said to have also visited the hospitals where the survivors of the attack were receiving medical treatment.

He reportedly commended the doctors and health workers for the prompt attention given to them.

He was said to have been joined on the visit by members of the State Executive Council, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Oladunni Odu.

The bishop was also reported to be part of the governor’s entourage.

In the meantime, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the attack on worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, which left many dead, as barbaric and condemnable.

In a statement issued on Monday in Ibadan by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr Moses Alao, the governor

expressed his condolences to his Ondo State counterpart, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as well as to the families of the victims.

Makinde called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.

He said: “My deepest condolences to my brother, His Excellency, Rotimi Akeredolu, the people of Owo, families of the victims and Ondo State, on the dastardly attack on worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.

“May the souls of the victims rest in peace.

“This unprovoked and barbaric attack is condemnable in its entirety.

“I urge the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are found and brought to book, ” Makinde said.

 

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Praying Man Drowns At Lagos Beach, Divers Seek Body

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The Police said on Wednesday that divers were battling to recover the body of a 30-year-old man who allegedly drowned at Elegushi Beach, Lagos, where he had gone for prayers.

The Lagos Police Command spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, told newsmen) in Lagos.

He said a report to the police indicated that the man, identified as Samuel, had gone to pray at the beach with his friends.

Hundeyin said that the case was reported to the Ilasan Police Division at about 7.20 a.m. on Tuesday by a man whose name was not mentioned.

Hundeyin said that the man’s report revealed that on Tuesday, at midnight, he and three of his friends left Igbesan in Ogun to Elegushi Beach, Lekki for prayers.

The image maker said that the report stated that during the prayer session, at about 4.00 a.m., one of the friends, named Samuel, 30, allegedly drowned.

“Detectives of the division and effort promptly visited the scene is in progress by divers to recover the corpse.

“The family members of the deceased have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing,” he said. 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 

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Police Begin 24-hour Bike Patrol On Third Mainland Bridge 
…As Troops neutralise 7 insurgents, recover weapons, motorcycles in Kaduna

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Police Command in Lagos State have begun a 24-hour bike patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

RRS made this known in a post it shared on its official X handle @rrsLagos767 on Monday.

It stated that the Commander of RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had directed the squad’s motorcycle riders to begin a 24-hour patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge.

“RRS Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi has directed the squad’s Bike Riders to commence a 24-hour patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos as a way of protecting the infrastructure on the bridge.

“Also to prevent the incidence of harassment of road users by miscreants.

“This is in line with the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade to the squad for the protection of lives, property and public infrastructure on the newly renovated bridge,” it stated.

RRS said that Egbeyemi appealed to motorists and road users to cooperate with the riders so that they could serve them better.

In another development, showing observable security improvement, the 1 Division Nigerian Army, said its troops have neutralised seven insurgents and recovered weapons and motorcycles in Kaduna.

This is contained in a statement issued by Lt-Col. On Monday in Kaduna, Musa Yahaya, the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army.

Yahaya said, “Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed at a blocking position at Udawa carried out a fighting patrol along Udawa – Kurebe road on May 19.

According to him, during the aggressive patrol, troops made contact with insurgents and terrorist elements. They engaged them with a heavy volume of fire leading to the annihilation of five terrorists and violent extremists.

 He disclosed that items recovered during the encounter included,  one pump action gun, six cartridges, one empty AK 47 rifle magazine, one MP3 radio, one phone battery, two Baofeng radios,  two Baofeng radio chargers, four memory cards, two sim cards and four charms.

Some of the weapons recovered by troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army from the terrorists in Kaduna.

He said, “Relatedly, the division deployed at Sabo Birni in Igabi Local Government of Kaduna State intercepted suspected movement of terrorist elements at Baka general area on 19 May 2024.

 Yahaya said the troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the terrorists.

“In the firefight that ensued, the terrorists who could not withstand the superior firepower of the troops cowardly fled to nearby hills in disarray with several degrees of gunshot wounds.

 “The troops exploited the general area and recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles while blood stains were seen all over the scene of the incident.

He also disclosed that troops of the Division while lying in wait at Kwaga village in Birnin Gwari local government of Kaduna state, made contact with terrorist elements and neutralised two of the criminals.

 “Items recovered included two AK 47 rifles, two magazines and two motorcycles, “Yahaya said.

The spokesperson said Maj-Gen. Mayirenso  Saraso, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division NA and  Commander of Operation, Whirl Punch, commended the troops for their aggressive posture.

He charged them to sustain the tempo and make life unbearable for terrorists, insurgents, violent extremists and their cohorts.

He equally appealed to all law-abiding citizens to report to the NA or nearest security agencies, persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention.

 Yahaya also appealed to the good people of Kaduna and Niger States to avail the Army and other security agencies with timely and actionable intelligence for prompt action. 

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ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week

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ONSLAUGHT: Troops Eliminate 227 Terrorists, Apprehend 529 In 1 Week

 The Defence Headquarters says troops have within the last week, eliminated no fewer than 227 terrorists, apprehended 529 and rescued 253 kidnapped victims, following ground and air operations across the country.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja on the operations of the Armed Forces.

Buba said the troops recovered 231 assorted weapons and 6,441 assorted ammunition, comprising 89 AK47 rifles, 40 locally fabricated guns, 59 Dane guns, 250kg bombs used by NATO and Eastern Bloc aircraft and one MRAP.

Others according to him are; 4,198 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 841 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 88 rounds of 5.56mm, 16 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm, 99 rounds of 7.62x51mm, 956 rounds of 7.62x54mm, 242 live cartridges, one PKM magazine, 24 magazines among others

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised 83 terrorists, arrested 59 suspects and rescued 58 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a large cache of arms.

He said that 219 terrorists comprising 29 adult males, 65 adult females and 125 children surrendered to troops within the theatre of operations between May 8 and 14.

In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirle Stroke, neutralised 27 insurgents, arrested 154 violent extremists and rescued 42 kidnapped hostages.

In the North West, he said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, also neutralised 58 terrorists, arrested 125 terrorists and rescued 105 kidnapped hostages.

Buba said the air component had on May 8, bombarded a new terrorist enclave in Faskari area of Katsina State following an intelligence trail and confirmatory ISR on the migration of notorious terrorist elements to the deserted settlement.

According to him, battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised and their structures as well as logistics destroyed

He added that troops of Operation Whirl Punch apprehended 68 illegal miners from an illegal mining site in Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT Abuja during the week.

He said that the troops also neutralised 25 terrorists, arrested 97 suspects and rescued 32 kidnapped hostages.

He also said that in the South-South, troops of Operation Delta Safe recovered 1,442,700 litres of stolen crude oil and 154,650 litres of illegally refined AGO.

According to him, troops discovered and destroyed 18 dugout pits, 34 boats, five drums, four receivers, four reservoirs and 97 storage tanks.

”Other items recovered include 198 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, three pumping machines, two speedboats, one baofeng radio, one outboard engine and 57 illegal refining sites.

”Troops also neutralised three extremists and apprehended 16 suspected oil thieves and other violent extremists’’.

In the South East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised 21 terrorists, arrested 45 violent extremists and rescued 12 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered a cache of arms. 

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