The Niger State government says it has spent over N2 billion to support security agencies in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state, in the last two years.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane, disclosed this in an interview in Minna on Monday.
“We will continue to accord priority attention to the welfare of security personnel deployed to enable them to wipe out all those involved in the illegal acts for peace, progress and political stability to thrive,” he said.
Mr Matane said that the money was spent on the purchase of Hilux patrol vans, patrol motorcycles and payment of allowances to security personnel deployed to combat the security challenges in parts of the state.
He said that the state government would continue to give the security agencies the support they required to enable them to perform optimally.
He said that already the state government alongside the security agencies had mapped out a comprehensive security network that would see to the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in crimes and criminalities in the state.
“We are appealing to residents of the state to volunteer reliable information on movements of bad characters to the nearest security outfits for necessary action.
“We have also reached out to traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders and urged them to mobilise residents to support the efforts of the government in the ongoing fight against criminal elements,” the SSG said.
Mr Matane assured that the state government in partnership with the security agencies, would continue to intensify efforts to end all the security challenges confronting the state.
India supporting Buhari regime to fight Boko Haram: Envoy
India remains committed to working more closely with President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in the global fight against terrorism, including developing IED detectors, says high commissioner Abhay Thakur.
Mr Thakur disclosed this in a virtual address night in Abuja at a ceremony in honour of the families and commemoration of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack survivors.
“In this context, I am glad to reiterate that India and Nigeria have always stood by each other in areas of counter-terrorism,” stated the Indian envoy. “We are, therefore, working closely, be it in the form of counter-insurgency or counter-terrorist groups, for the armed forces of Nigeria or in arranging for developing the ID detector, as kind of reach.”
The event was organised by the Afro Asian Initiative for Community Development (AAIFCD).
“We reject all such mindless violence, be it in South Asia or anywhere in the world. Let us not forget that terrorism in one part of the world affects another. Close counter-terrorism measures within countries are actually necessary to ensure that terrorists and their likes are neutralised completely,” added Mr Thakur. “Today, we pay homage to those who lost their lives in the Mumbai attacks and also honour those who fought back, survived, and helped Mumbai come back to its feet quickly.”
He said both India and Nigeria held the first counter-terrorism dialogue at the level of national security advisers in March.
The high commissioner recalled that during the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which took place on April 26, 2008, 166 civilians were killed, including 25 foreigners from 15 countries.
Also speaking, the president of AAIFCD, Kiran Gosovi, said the Mumbai attack demonstrated that terrorism “is enemy to all mankind.”
He further stated, “Going by the horror everyone witnessed in the video, you can imagine what kind of brutality the Indian people and other foreign nationals must have gone through during the period. To prove more points on that one, let me just bring out some of the things in front of you. The Mumbai attack of 2008 demonstrated that even after the 9/11 terrorist attack … terrorists are enemies of all mankind.”
Two killed, six injured in Bauchi auto crash
Yusuf Abdullahi, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi, says no fewer than two persons lost their lives in a lone automobile crash in Bauchi on Sunday.
Mr Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, disclosed that six others were injured.
He explained that the crash, which involved one Alhambra commercial bus with number plate GSH 42 AA, occurred one kilometre after Durum Market along Bauchi-Kano road at 9:53 a.m.
The sector commander, who said it took the FRSC about 12 minutes to arrive at the scene to clear the site, attributed the crash to speed violation and tire blowout.
“Eight people are involved in the crash comprising five males, two females and one male child. Two men died on the spot, and six others sustained injuries. They include three males, two females and one male child,” he said.
The injured were referred to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUH), Bauchi.
He disclosed that the remains of the deceased were deposited in ATBUH’s morgue of the same hospital for identification.
Heartbroken fans who made 31-hour trip to watch Tottenham get Kane consolation
Harry Kane has invited two U.S.-based Tottenham fans to be his guest at a game after making a 31-hour journey to England.
The fans had made their way to Burnley for the game, only for the fixture to be called off.
The match at Turf Moor was postponed a little under an hour before kick-off due to heavy snow.
Attempts to clear the pitch began around 90 minutes before the scheduled 2:00 p.m (1400 GMT) kick-off were unsuccessful.
Ken and Brandi Saxton had detailed their journey from Dallas on social media, and Kane quickly responded when he became aware of their exploits on Sunday evening.
“Just been sent this tweet and absolutely gutted for you! For your commitment and to make up for the match being called off, I’d like to invite you to a home game as my guest when you’re next in London,” The England star wrote.
Kane’s offer unsurprisingly went down well, and Brandi Saxton responded on Twitter: “Well, the husband has officially gone viral, and we’ve personally been invited to watch the Spurs by Harry Kane!!”
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