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U.S. donates $2m mobile detection vans, equipment to Nigeria Police

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One of the five mobile detection system van donated by the United State (U.S.) to Nigeria Police Force’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal at the EOD Command on Friday in Lagos

… As Police arrest 2 Kidnap suspects in Niger***

The United State on Friday donated five mobile detection system vans and other equipment worth $2 million Nigeria Police Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD).

The newsmen report that the equipment was presented in Lagos by Mr Steward Voit, Sustainability Manager, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence.

Newsmen report that the office of NSSD had organized a two-week training for 40 officers of the EOD command on the operation and maintenance of the detection equipment.

Voit said that the vans would help in combating the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials into and within Nigeria.

He noted that the U.S remained committed to empowering security agencies in the country in tackling insecurities across the region.

“The United State Government remains committed in helping Nigeria in tackling all forms of insecurity and we are ready to help in any kind of way.

“Smuggling of nuclear and radiological material is a concern for national security for not just the U.S but for every other country in the world; so that is one of the reasons that informed this donation.

“We believe in capacity building, that is why we had organized two weeks training for 40 officers of EOD in the operation of the detection equipment so as to ensure the police have the skills to combat the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials.

“Also, 10 officers were trained on the maintenance of the equipment so we believe that this would go a long way in the fight against insecurity issues,” he said.

Earlier, Zainab Shettima, Commissioner of Police, EOD Command, commended the U.S. for its support in capacity building of the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the training would help in combating terrorism through the operation of the mobile detection system.

“The essence of these training for operators and the maintenance of mobile detection systems is part of our initiatives at ensuring our officers are fully abreast with the current technological innovation in the detection of radioactive materials.

“It would further boost and develop our capacity in combating terrorism through its operations as well as being able to basically maintain the equipment for effective service delivery.

“It would help in detecting illicitly trafficked materials and respond to nuclear or radiological emergencies,” he said.

Newsmen report that officers of EOD Command gave a public demonstration of the use of the mobile nuclear detection system.

In the same vein, the Niger Police command arrested? two suspects over alleged kidnapping in Tudun Wada and Ukachi villages of Mashegu Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the command spokesman, stated this in a statement in Minna on Friday.

! You Abiodun said that on March 19, information indicated that suspected kidnappers invaded Tundun-wada village via Kaboji, Ukachi and Magama villages, Mashegu Local Government Area.

The hoodlums abducted two victims from both Ukachi and Magama villages to an unknown hideout.

Upon the receipt of this information, police tactical teams attached to Mashegu Division in collaboration with the local vigilante members were mobilized and trailed the hoodlums into the forest.

The team discovered a temporary hideout of hoodlums they engaged in a gun battle.

One Bello Ibrahim of Bafarawa from Sokoto State was apprehended at the scene in possession of10 rounds of live ammunition and five handsets.

The spokesman explained that other members of the gang escaped into the forest and two abducted victims were rescued unhurt.

During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have belonged to a five-man gang that specializes in kidnapping for ransom.

The suspect mentioned other members of the gang as Jamilu  Mai-glass,  Maigari Dan-Alhaji all of Bafarawa village, Sokoto State presently at large.

“Effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing members of the syndicate as the case is under investigation,” the police said.

Similarly, the police have arrested one Umar Dauda of Fulani camp, Kapako village via Lapai, a food supplier to bandits and recovered a firearm.

On March 16, based on credible intelligence that a suspected supplier of food items and drinks to bandits was sighted at Kapako village, Lapai Local Government Area, the police took action.

Police operatives attached to Lapai Division and vigilante members were mobilized to the village and after hours of monitoring and observation, the team arrested the suspect.

No fewer than six loaves of bread, four bottles of fearless drinks, Maltina drinks, four wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, some quantity of raw rice and beans and the sum of N90,000 were recovered from the suspect.

During the interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a food supplier to bandits and that the hoodlums usually visit his camp at the same village for the collection of the food items.

He further said that that would be the fourth time he would supply such items before being caught.

In the process of further investigation, the suspect’s home was searched and a locally fabricated revolver gun was recovered in his camp.

He claimed the ownership of the gun and said that he bought it for N65,000 from a gun fabricator within the same village for his personal protection.

Effort is also ongoing to apprehend the gun fabricator as the case is under investigation,” the police said.

 

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NAFDAC Warns Against Use Of Sniper For Food Preservation

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NAFDAC Warns Against Use Of Sniper For Food Preservation

…Says it can cause cancer, death

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has once again issued a stern warning to Nigerians regarding the hazardous practice of using dangerous chemicals to preserve food items.

 Specifically, the agency has emphasized the dangers associated with dichlorvos, a chemical commonly utilized by traders to safeguard food from spoilage. 

The sale of small-volume dichlorvos (100 ml or less), sold as Sniper® has been banned since 2019 while the sale of the large volume (one litre) is limited to certified agrochemicals outlets. 

NAFDAC underscores the toxicity of dichlorvos to human health, cautioning that its use can have fatal consequences.

In response to a viral video showing individuals using dangerous chemicals to preserve food items like beans, stockfish, and crayfish, the Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, urged traders and merchants to desist from using unauthorized chemicals on food meant for human consumption.

The misuse of dichlorvos poses significant risks to human health, manifesting in both short-term and long-term consequences.

 Long-term exposure can result in severe health implications, including developmental abnormalities in offspring, memory loss, reduced fertility, and potential carcinogenic effects. 

“These adverse effects highlight the importance of adhering to safety guidelines to mitigate the risks associated with dichlorvos exposure”, the Director of Veterinary Medicine and Applied Products (VMAP), Dr Rametu further stressed.

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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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