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Terrorists Not Camping Around Abuja, Defence HQS Debunks Fake Reports

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The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has dismissed claims that suspected terrorists are setting up camps around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

General Irabor spoke on Thursday during the Ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, placing the source of the said information as one of the online media mischiefs.

Leading Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Wednesday, raised the alarm that it had gained intelligence from some sources that the terrorists had started setting up camps around the FCT and Niger State, calling for immediate action.

However, reacting to the alarm, General Irabor said the claim is false and should be discountenanced.

He pointed out that many people pushing out information do so to ‘fly agenda kites’, adding that it there was anything like being claimed by those raising the alarm, the military would know.

Reacting to alleged military brutality in the Southeast, Irabor said that the perception of discriminatory military engagement against the people of the region was not correct.

Responding to a question on why the military chose to scale operations up in the Southeast while bandits in the Northwest and Northcentral were considered for negotiations and repentant terrorists in the Northeast are being rehabilitated, the Defense Chief noted that insecurity varies from region to region.

According to him, “what you find in the southeast is different from what is obtainable in the north.

On Sheikh Ahmad Gumi engagement with bandits in the north, he said the Muslim cleric does not work for the military.

He explained the the military would not prevent anyone from playing his or her part in the fight against insecurity.

However what is not acceptable to the military, he said, is when such persons work at cross purposes with security agencies’ objectives.

Gen. Irabor informed that despite the military engagement in the southeast, he had led discussions with people of the area.

He said while Nigerians have the right to pass their views to government, they must not do so through the use of violence.

The CDS warned: “If anyone thinks they can try the armed forces, let him try the shape of the armed forces.”

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.

In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.

Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.

According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.

These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.

Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.

He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”

The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.

“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.

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Lagos Govt Uploads CTC Of #EndSARS Panel Reports Online

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The Lagos State Government has announced the release of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality and related matters on its website.

The online version of the reports of the panel which probed the shooting incident of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate were uploaded to the state’s justice ministry website.

“Members of the public can view and download the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice – https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/,” Attorney General Moyosore Onigbanjo Sunday said in a statement.

The Lagos #EndSARS panel submitted its reports to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on November 15.

Mr Onigbanjo, who is also the state’s Commissioner for Justice, said that the reports are entitled ”Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and ”Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality”.

He advised the public to write to his office for further enquiries.

“’Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice through [email protected],” Mr Onigbanjo said.

Since the submission of the panel report, controversies have arisen due to the government’s refusal to accept the panel’s stance that unarmed protesters were killed by soldiers it called in to quell demonstrations.

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