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States Must Co-Operate To Deal With Insecurity- El-Rufai

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has called for an all hands on deck approach to tackle with insecurity in the country.

According to him, the fight against insecurity requires the cooperation of all states and for security managers and intelligence agencies to share information. He made the disclosure at the 2021 second quarter meeting of Directors of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) in North-West states.

In his words: “Any plan that seeks to address the problem in only one state will at best yield a temporary respite as the criminals will retreat to safe havens.

‘’The security agencies need to strengthen intelligence gathering, to establish not just the identities, plans and locations of these criminals, but to actively disrupt their capacity to organise and mount attacks on our citizens.

‘’But it is also very important to ensure that prompt and coordinated action becomes the default response of the Armed Forces and the Police to the profusion of actionable intelligence that is already available,’’

El-Rufai said that the governors of the North West and Niger state appreciated the salient fact of inter-state cooperation as far back as 2015.

‘’They came together to fund simultaneous operations by the federal military and security agencies across the largely ungoverned Kamuku-Kuyambana forest swathes that straddle about seven of our states up to Dajin Rugu.

‘’These operations disrupted the cattle rustling gangs, but were unfortunately not sustained as a continuous exercise to dominate these spaces and assert within them the authority of the Nigerian state,’’

‘’As the lead agency for domestic intelligence and counter-intelligence, the DSS has a vital role to play in providing the reliable information needed by the Police and Armed Forces for the total defeat of these dangerous insurgents,’’

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Sunday Igboho Set For Massive Yoruba Nation Rally In Lagos

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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka as Sunday Igboho, is set to storm Lagos for Yoruba Nation rally.

The Yoruba Nation protesters have held rallies across southwest states, including Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, and Ondo.

Igboho had in the past weeks expressed dissatisfaction over the continuous activities of killer herders in the south-west region.

In the last rally held in Ekiti, Igboho declared the 2023 general elections would not hold in the region unless the Oduduwa Republic is created, calling on all stakeholders to support him and other leaders in achieving it.

Igboho is expected to be in Lagos on July 3, 2021 at the Ojota park in continuation of the rally for creation of Yoruba Nation, the Nation reports.

An ardent support of the activist, Ololade Alaba Shomuyiwa, popularly known as Baba Confirm, Prophet of El Adonai Cherubim and Seraphim International Bible Ministries, disclosed that Igboho and other supporters would be in Lagos, urging Yoruba to support the movement.

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Van Used To Kidnap Kebbi Students Belongs To High Court Judge -Police

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The police in Kebbi have said the command is not the owner of the vehicle used to kidnap students from Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi.

Nafi’u Abubakar, the Kebbi police spokesman, said the van belongs to a high court judge in the state.

He added that the van was hijacked by bandits on Birnin Yauri road.

Abubakar said the police are yet to determine the number of students kidnapped from the school located in Ngaski LGA of the state.

He said the reports making the rounds that 50 students were kidnapped from the school were false.

“The attention of the police has been drawn to reports made by some media stations that a police vehicle was used in kidnapping about 50 students of the FGC,” he said.

“A White Hilux Van with registration No. kBSJ 29 belonging to a High Court judge with the inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by bandits on Birnin Yauri road was the one used in the kidnapping and not a police vehicle as stated by some media stations.

“The command wishes to make it clear and set the records straight that yet to be ascertained the number of students are still missing as rescue operation is still ongoing.”

Abubakar said the command will continue to brief the media with updates of the efforts to rescue the students.

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Prison Service Reacts To Detention Of Woman Who Delivered In Prison Following Arrest During EndSARS

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The Nigerian Correctional Service, Ondo State Command has reacted to the case of Kemisola Ogunniyi, a woman who had a child in prison following her arrest by the police 8 months ago for allegedly participating in EndSARS protest.

A statement by the command through its public relations officer/legal officer, Babatunde Ogundare, said Ogunniyi was remanded on the orders of the court.

It said, “The lady in question was remanded in the female custodial facility by a court of competent jurisdiction on the 24th November, 2020, for conspiracy, arson, riotous assembly, stealing, and malicious damage and the matter was subsequently adjourned to 8th December, 2020 for hearing, and further adjourned to 9th March, 2021.

“She was 2 months pregnant when she was remanded in the facility and all necessary medical cares and legal attention needed was accorded accordingly within the ambit of the operational orders of the service. Her families and legal representatives were given access to visit her as well.

“She fell into labour on Tuesday 15th June, 2021, and she was immediately moved to the Ondo state basic health centre for delivery and she delivered her baby on the 16th June, 2021 around noon.

“She was hale and hearty with the baby and subsequently discharged and was taken back to the facility for further care.

“It is very expedient for the general public to know that the Nigeria Correctional Service will not unlawfully hold down any inmate without the order of court and the need to disregard the viral pictures and deceitful information emanating in the social media in other to discredit the service.

“While assuring the public of the commitment of officers and men of the command to the care and support for Inmates in custody, the state controller Barr. Suanu D Kinane wishes to state that the service is community friendly and will not act contrary to the operational orders and constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“She is hale and hearty with her baby in the facility pending the determination of her case before the court of competent jurisdiction.”

#EndSARS: Ondo Government Delays Release Of Nursing Mother Who Gave Birth In Prison Eight Months After Arrest—@YeleSowore | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/VQog2wPDHP pic.twitter.com/2AMo4ejkFb

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 17, 2021
Ogunniyi was arrested in Akure and has been imprisoned since October 24, 2020, while going to a pharmacy to buy drugs for her mother.

She was arrested by the police who said she was one of the participants of the #EndSARS protest in the state.

The police claimed she was one of the #EndSARS protesters who burnt the office of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state last year, about eight months ago.

Sowore and other well-meaning individuals had called for the immediate release of the young lady, who was arrested in Akure and has been imprisoned since October 24, 2020, while going to a pharmacy to buy drugs for her mother.

However, in a recent post on his Twitter handle on Thursday, Sowore stated that the Ondo State government has insisted on holding the baby and mother in custody.

He said the lawyer of the lady had filed an application for bail on request of the government, but a date had yet to be given for hearing.

The human rights activist also noted that the prison guard who accompanied Ogunniyi to the hospital was being accused of taking her photos, those of the baby and releasing the same to the public.

He wrote, “UPDATE on #FreeKemisola: Since revealing the horrible/inhuman condition to which #Endsars Kemisola Ogunniyi and newborn baby has been subjected since yesterday many public-spirited individuals and groups have tried to get @RotimiAkeredolu to free her unconditionally but as it is typical of power-drunk wicked politicians, Ondo state government is insisting on holding Kemisola and the baby in state custody.

“They are requesting that her lawyer file an application for bail, which is already done but they’ve refused to give a date for hearing and stalling all day.

”I had a chat with the Attorney Gen of the state, Charles Titiloye (formerly a Human Rights lawyer), he insists that his office will not end the case but will be willing to work on granting bail. He claims there are nominal complainants that won’t let him file a nolle. I was shocked!

”Meanwhile, they’ve now begun to persecute the prison guard who accompanied her to the hospital accusing the fellow of taking her photos, those of the baby and releasing same to the public. These people are heartless. We insist on the unconditional release of Kemisola and three others.”

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