The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) held its maiden retreat for Defence Advisers and Attachés on Saturday in Abuja.
The retreat aims at reappraising operational tactics and methods of intelligence gathering to address the country’s myriad security challenges.
The Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major-General Samuel Adebayo, said at the opening that the retreat created a platform for institutional reflection on DIA’s activities to measure the attainment of its mandate.
Mr Adebayo said there was the need to evolve a self-appraisal mechanism in line with global best practices to ensure optimal performance.
He said the retreat would serve as an avenue to identify new lessons and challenges; to discuss modalities of overcoming security challenges and to re-strategise for the future.
“Accordingly, the topic: `Contemporary threat assessment and national development: the Role of DIA in the Nigerian intelligence architecture’, was considered for the lecture and discussion today.
“At the end of the day, we would have gained significant insights on how to reposition the agency towards a more solid pedestal in addressing the country’s myriad security challenges.
“The need for a continuous reappraisal of our strategies, operational tactics and methods of intelligence gathering to efficiently deal with our security challenges is therefore paramount.
“This forum will no doubt provide the opportunity to tap from the vast experiences of former Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and past directors of the agency,’’ he said.
He commended the federal government and the Defence Headquarters for the financial and institutional support extended to the agency.
Mr Adebayo pledged the agency’s commitment to remain alive to its duties and be at the forefront of efforts to proactively identify and deal with emerging threats that portend grave danger to the country.
#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student
The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.
In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.
“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.
“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.
“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.
“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.
Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.
“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.
“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.
The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.
Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person
Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.
Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.
He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.
The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.
He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.
He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.
Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.
PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.
A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.
It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.
“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said.
The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly.
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