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Airline firms encouraging passengers to fly without IDs could lead to serious security issues in Nigeria–Patrick Eholor

NSA Babagana Monguno, Min of Aviation Hadi Sirika and Eholor

Frontline civil society activist, Comrade Patrick Eholor has expressed worry over the illegal hoarding and hiking of airline tickets by airport and airlines staff.

Eholor, who said the development was very dangerous and could jeopardize the security of travelers and even that of the country, said the ticketing offices at airports sell off tickets to themselves with fictitious names, only to resell them at extortionary rates to passengers without verified identities.

Eholor who narrated his own experience while traveling from Abuja to Benin, said terrorists could take advantage of the development to hijack aircrafts and even engage in suicide bombings with planes loaded with passengers.

He therefore called on the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, as well as the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to as a matter of urgency, address the problem before it endangers the lives of travelers.

His words: “I was supposed to return to Benin with a one way ticket, as I was coming to Benin from Abuja this morning. When I called, a ticket that’s supposed to be sold for N35,000 have been hiked to N140,000 and N200,000 respectively.

“What they are doing is to compile fictitious names and use them to buy off all the tickets. After buying them, it becomes scarce, and when you come in, they will tell you there is no ticket available.

“This development has been ongoing in the Nigerian airlines industry, and everyone is keeping mute, but for the sake of the international community and people in diaspora, we have a lot banditry, armed robbery, Boko Haram and insurgency.

“If the criminal elements take up this development, Nigeria is finished. This is because people are buying tickets with anonymous names and traveling with them. The airline authorities don’t check IDs anymore. People are checking in with lighters, people are checking in with firearms, and the airport authorities don’t care. What they care about is the money. They don’t know who is flying in their planes. We won’t want what happened in 9/11 to happen in Nigeria, God forbid.

“Our national security system have been infiltrated by bandits, Fulani herdsmen and other criminals.

“I am crying out once again, I don’t want to be the Nostradamus of our time. So the national security adviser need to wake up and check what’s happening on our airlines and ensure there is safety of passengers against possible hijack or bombing.

“They must investigate and find out those who are boarding our aircrafts without IDs, and those who are selling tickets to them without finding out who they are or what their identities are, for the sake of money.

“Passengers must carry verifiable identities like the national ID card or international passports. Enough is enough.

“What they are doing is very dangerous, and I am calling out that something must be done about it on time. If we do not value our own lives, we should just be aware that there are Americans flying our planes locally, there are also Europeans traveling in Nigeria.

“Our National Security Adviser must be aware of this, the FBI must be aware of this, the CIA must be aware of this, the military and police intelligence must be aware of this, and this development must be terminated now.

“I am a frequent flyer, our security operatives at the airports are so porous, and this need to be checked now”,he warned.

Just In:Gunshots As Another Police Station Is Set Ablaze In Imo

The Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State has been set on fire.

It was gathered that some gunmen broke into the station on Tuesday evening, shooting sporadically before torching the facility.

A resident said the armed men operated unchallenged for more than 45 minutes.

The development comes after Ex-Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, inspected the damages caused by gunmen who invaded the headquarters of Nigerian Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command in Owerri, the state capital.

Gunmen the police accused of being members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had freed over 1,800 inmates at the correctional centre and razed sections of the police headquarters.

After inspecting the damage caused by the attack, the ex-IGP ordered police officers to use maximum force against IPOB.

“Those that were released by the attackers, I have been told, some of them belong to the IPOB group; the proscribed IPOB group,” he had said.

“We are sending this message to them that there will be no hiding place. They will be re-arrested and many more of the criminals within that group will be arrested.

“Whether in their homes and forest, we are determined to fish them out. I have instructed my men to use maximum force with the guns available to us.

“We have the authority to defend the country, which they don’t have. We will not allow these criminals to succeed.”

That was the last order he gave as the number one police officer in the country as he was replaced hours after.

Usman Baba, a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, has been appointed in acting capacity.

SECURITY:Gani Adams is obstructing justice – Yoruba Women

Onadeko and Adams

South-West women on Monday accused the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, of threatening peace and security, obstructing justice, distorting facts and embarking on a campaign of blackmail.

‘’We will not fold our arms and allow Gani Adams to rubbish the good name and excellent track record Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko has built over the years’’ the descendants of Oduduwa said.

They also tongue-lashed Adams for his apparent disregard for law.

‘’ Gani Adams and his co-travellers are behaving like a pack of juveniles. They don’t mean well for this country’’

In a statement in Osogbo, the women praised Onadeko for her extraordinary courage and absolute understanding of security issues in Oyo State.

They accused Adams of pushing the real issues aside and employing sentiments and blackmail to explain the security situation in Oyo State.

The notable South-West women expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Onadeko to address the security challenges in Oyo State.

Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women commended the courage and patriotism of Onadeko to rid Oyo State of kidnappers, arsonists and other criminal elements.

The women underscored the shameful show of power, uncivilized tactics and the rights of citizens.

They condemned the uncouth language, arrogant demeanor and use of brute force by Gani Adams and members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

‘’Gani Adams did not put on his thinking garb before calling for the redeployment of the police commissioner. He is misinforming the people’’

Specifically, they took a swipe at the action of the OPC members in Kajola community, Ibarapa North Local Government, describing it as unacceptable.

‘’The solution does not lie in the use of blackmail or force’’

The women further praised Governor Seyi Makinde for protecting the lives and property of the people of Oyo State

They also urged the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to ignore Gani Adams.

‘’The South-West people are solidly behind Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko. We are very proud of her. She has given good account of herself in Oyo State’’ the statement added

Police Nab IPOB ESN Militants for Killing Security Operatives in South-East

By Frank Mba

Operatives in South-East Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested sixteen (16) suspects for complicity in a series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states of the Federation, particularly in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The arrest, which is an outcome of painstaking, deliberate and tireless efforts by operatives of the Nigeria Police working in collaboration with their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce is aimed at bringing to justice persons responsible for the emerging trend of attacks on security personnel and wanton destruction of security facilities and operational assets.

The suspects – Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, 28-year-old native of Arochukwu LGA in Abia State; Raphael Idang, 31-year-old native of Odukpani LGA of Cross River state; Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka ‘Alewa’, 60-years-old native of Orlu in Imo State; Michael Uba, 33yrs from Imo State; and twelve (12) others in the course of investigation, were implicated in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern part of the Federation.

The suspects were arrested in various parts of the country following sustained, and intelligence-driven sting operations.

Police investigations clearly established and linked the suspects to several incidents of attacks and murder of security personnel as well as stealing, unlawful possession of firearms, arson and malicious damage to operational assets of military and law enforcement agents.

Specifically, investigations revealed that the duo of Ugochukwu Samuel aka Biggy and Raphael Idang were among the criminal elements that attacked policemen on duty at a checkpoint on 24th December, 2020 along Orlu-Ihiala Road in Imo state where two police officers were killed and a Police Hilux patrol van set ablaze.

In addition, both were part of a larger group that attacked a police reconnaissance team on 13th January, 2021 killing one police officer.

Ugochukwu Samuel a.k.a Biggy, who sustained a bullet wound during an attack by his gang on a military convoy in which some soldiers were killed and weapons carted away, was subsequently arrested while receiving treatment in a hospital.

Both suspects confessed to being active members of IPOB and ESN.

Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa, a pastor with the Holy Blessed Trinity Sabbath Church, Orlu, Imo State and Michael Uba, a prophet with the Association of Jewish Faith, who were also arrested, are two of the masterminds of the various attacks on security personnel, in addition to providing spiritual cover for the gang.

Cletus Nwachukwu Egole aka Alewa’s house was used by the gang members to plan their nefarious operations. He also donated his late brother’s farmland for use as a hideout and training camp for the gang.

A total of nine (9) AK47 rifles, five (5) other sophisticated firearms, seventeen (17) AK47 Magazines, 549 AK47 live ammunition, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), camouflage bullet proof vests, walkie talkies and other incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has reiterated that the Force will not tolerate any further attack on its personnel or any citizen by any individual or group under any guise whatsoever.

He assures that Law Enforcement Agents have gathered sufficient intelligence on the attackers and are closing up on scores of suspects already implicated in the attacks either directly or indirectly for financing, aiding and abetting the criminals.

He stresses that no murderer will go unpunished.

The IGP enjoins parents/guardians as well as traditional/opinion leaders to weigh in and prevail on their children/wards to desist from towing the destructive paths of crime.

All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.

CP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS

Sporadic shootings in Borno as soldiers protest non-payment of allowances

There were sporadic shootings on Thursday night in Borno as soldiers protest deployment to a location in the theatre of operation.

The soldiers shot sporadically into the air to express their grievance for the deployment as they did not have the equipment to match the firepower of Boko Haram.

The soldiers from the Maimalari barracks trooped to the Theatre Command in Borno State to protest the deployment.

The accused the military authority of not paying their allowances and giving them dilapidated equipment to fight the insurgents.

Channels TV quoted the Media Coordinator for Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, confirming the protest, as he said there was a minor issue involving troops welfare and administrative issues which was promptly addressed.

Recently, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno said money meant to purchase equipment for the military had vanished into thin air.

According to him in an interview with BBC Hausa Services, “No one knows what happened to the money, but God willing, the president will investigate to find out where it went or where the goods went.”

Monguno stated that as long as long as there was no proper investigation, he would not say anything, it said “the money is gone.”

He said the arms purportedly purchased with the money had not been seen.

The NSA added that the new security chiefs said they had not seen the arms purchased with the money either.

Monguno later backtracked, saying he was quoted out of context as he did not categorically say that funds meant for arms procurement were missing under the former Service Chiefs as reported or transcribed by some media outlets from the BBC interview.

INSECURITY: Edo Indigenes visit new Edo CP, as Commissioner promises crime free state

A team of members of the Edo Indigenous movement have paid a courtesy visit to the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Ogbadu Philip Aliyu.The team, led by the founder and president of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association, (EPIA) Chief Dr Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo, said it’s worried about the high level of insecurity in the state, and needed the police to become more proactive in its fight against crime.Speaking during the meeting at the Police Headquarters in Benin, the Commisioner said that since he took over as the Commisioner of a police, adequate security has been put in place to ensure the protection of lives and property. He said all the patrol forces has been put on 24 hours alert to comb all parts of Edo State. CP Philip Ogbadu said that since kidnappers like striking on Sundays, adequate security has been put in place in churches.The Commissioner added that a lot of kidnappers and armed robbers have been arrested at the Benin by pass, and harper on the need to rid the by-pass of criminal elements.In his speech, the leader and president of Edo Progressive Indigenous Association, Dr Bishop Omogiade Edokpolo said few months ago, the state witnessed very serious security challenges. He commended the Police Commisioner for his zeal and effort to check criminal activities.Edokpolo urged the police to put in place effective measures to protect farmers due to the frequent at tacks by bandits.He said: “As we all know, the level of insecurity in Edo State in the past 6months has gone beyond the amber level to the red light level. As you can see, we have our fathers, our mothers who are from the rural areas and the vice presidents representing the 3 senatorial district are well represented. But we are highly disturbed by the insecurity. That’s the area of our primary concern. It’s not just about meeting with you, but also listening to you and looking into other challenges.”But as far as we are concerned, we are not yet satisfied. We want to see a lot of progress, we want to see a lot of prosecutions, not only to arrest, because the reality of it is that justice must be served.”So, we must be up and restore normalcy, as we will do everything it takes to stabilize our state, its unity and peace.Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Dantawa was thereafter invited by the CP to serve as a Liaison officer between the Police Command and the Edo Progressive Indigenous Association.

It’s abnormal to produce Nigerian passports abroad, Reps tell NIS

The House of Representatives has said that it was abnormal to produce Nigerian passports outside the country in view of its security features.

Rep Timehin Adelegbe, Vice Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said this at the public hearing on incessant malpractices associated with diplomatic postings and deliberate draining of resources on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the security features contained in the Nigerian passport should be guarded, adding that printing of Nigerian passport by a private firm outside the country was abnormal.

He said that most Nigerians were not happy with the process and collection of passports, adding that it was high time the issue was taken seriously and addressed.

In his reaction, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, said it was his greatest desire to produce Nigerian passports within the country.

“Our wish is to produce even a booklet of Nigerian passport in our compound,” he said.
Speaking on the issue of nepotism in NIS foreign posting, Babandede said that officers often go the extra mile to lobby their way as they consider such posting the most lucrative.

He, however, said that since he assumed office, he had embraced transparency on foreign posting as 50 per cent was reserved for officers who attended training school and 10 per cent for officers who had received award.

He said that Nigeria had 47 diplomatic missions across the world, adding that officers are only saddled with issuing visas and handling traveling documents.

Babandede added that fees realized from these were usually remitted to the Federal Government, adding that contrary to the $40 million generated in 2019, in 2020 it generated $20 million due to COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the extra charges being collected by Nigeria’s foreign missions would soon be addressed, adding that it had been a big issue.

He urged Nigerians abroad to be orderly and responsible in their quest to obtain passports and other documents, adding that there was need to respect Nigeria’s mission abroad.

Rep Yusuf Buba Yakub, Committee Chairman, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remained the first mirror through which the entire world see Nigeria, hence, “whatever happens to it must be of concern to us.

“We must, therefore, resolve to work together to achieve the Foreign Service of our fondest dreams; and the time to do this, for me, personally, is today.
Rep Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, stated that there was hardly a country he visited that there were no embarrassing stories in the country’s missions.

” I visited many, right from my time as Minority Leader to House Leader and I can recall such stories.

“Be rest assured that it is not the intention of the House of Reps to act in a manner that singles out any one individual or group, neither is it our desire to take punitive action as a matter of politics.

“We will conduct a thorough review of what is, by every standard, one of our nation’s premier institutions. And we will work with all who bear a responsibility to try to fix what needs fixing and rebuild what is broken,” he said.

Mr Jeofrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, commended Babandede, adding that he remained one of the finest officers he had met.
He blamed the social media on some of the reports about Nigeria’s foreign missions, adding that most of the story posted on social media were not true.

Insecurity: Obi of Onitsha unveils security outfit, as NSCDC kicks over colours

Indigenes of Onitsha in Anambra State have floated a security outfit known as Onitsha Ado Vigilante Network to check the increasing wave of crime in the commercial city.

The traditional ruler of Onitsha Kingdom, Obi Alfred Achebe, who unveiled the security outfit over the weekend, said there was need to keep the security of the city, especially being a commercial hub.

The monarch also unveiled branded Toyota Sienna vehicles said to have been donated by good spirited individuals in the city for the fight against insecurity.

Onitsha has lately fallen for criminals and hoodlums who dispose visitors and residents alike of their belongings, even in broad daylight.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has protested the choice of colour for the branding of the vehicles donated for the Onitsha Ado Vigilante Network.

The NSCDC said the colour conflicted with theirs, while urging the Vigilante Network to immediately repaint all their vehicles to avoid clash of interest.

A press release by the
State Commandant of NSCDC Anambra State Command, Comdt David Bille said, “The attention of the Anambra State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has been drawn to the crested vehicles painted in Civil Defence Colours presented to Onitsha Ado Vigilante Network.

“The corps while appreciating the Onitsha community for taking a bold step in complimenting the functions of federal security agencies in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state, urges the community to as a matter of urgency effect a change of colours on the said vehicles to avoid clash of interest.”

The Commandant wondered why the initiators of the said vigilante network could not have known that white, red and black colours are being used by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, before unveiling the same colours to the Public.

ANAMBRA SECURITY: Guber aspirant Nze Nwankpo calls for extra vigilance among general public

Nze Nwankpo

A governorship aspirant for the coming Anambra State elections, Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo has called on the general public to be extra vigilant.

Nwankpo, who is from the from the Southern part of the state, and running under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the call yesterday at the Capital City Media hangout, in Awka.

In his speech, Nwankpo said people should be extra vigilant especially now that the country is battling with insurgency, noting that every body must be involved in the security of the community.

”The Anambra neighborhood watch, vigilantes in various communities should assist the police in the war against terrorism, and wage the bandits bloody incursions into the state. We need to continue to support, and recognize the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano in keeping the state safe over the years. Let’s rally round the governor in collaboration, to protect the state from the aliens invading our communities.” he said

He expressed optimism that the state will overcome the challenge of insecurity if all hands are on deck to nip the menace in the bud. He, however, commiserated with the Governor, Nigerian Bar Association, and ndi Omor of Ayamelum local government Area over the death of Barrister Francis Onwuachu, who was reportedly kidnapped by suspected herdsmen and killed. Until his death, Barr.Onwuachu was the Chairman of the Onitsha Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and President General of Omor, a community in Ayamelum Local Government Area.

Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, former aide to ex President Goodluck Jonathan was hosted and honoured as the Awka Capital City media’s grand patron in recognition of his support and profound contribution to the development of Capital City Online Media community at the hangout.

Insecurity: How the Unemployment Spike Might Bring Doom To Nigeria- Experts

Godsgift Onyedinefu

Recent spike in unemployment means Nigeria’s security woes could worsen as more citizens become more desperate to survive, security experts have warned.

Two days ago, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), announced that the unemployment rate hit a new record high at 33.3 per cent in fourth quarter (Q4) 2020 from 27.1 recorded in second quarter (Q2) 2020.

Analysts note that Nigeria’s security has deteriorated exponentially, in the last few months, notable is the recent mass abductions, violent attacks which have left dozens of Nigerians dead, but while several factors have fuelled this, there are now concerns that with high unemployment in the mix, Nigeria will more insecure.

Experts are concerned that unemployment could see a sporadic increase in social vices ranging from armed robbery, banditry and kidnapping which will make it difficult for the federal government to attract the investment needed for job creation.

“The country could witness more insecurity challenges as more people will become desperate to survive, hungry people listen to their stomach not morality”, Mr. Chidi Omeje, Coordinator, Citizens’ Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA) told Global Sentinel.

“The insecurity rate now is exponential, there are mire cases of mass abductions in the country because it has become lucrative, government must therefore provide the enabling environment for employment “, he urged.

Dr. Kabiru Adamu, Managing Director, Beacon Consulting, expressed concerns that the unemployment rate provides a ready pool for non state actors to feed into.

He said unless government takes deliberate and permanent actions to nip the looming in the bud.

Some of the consequences of this threat according to him is that, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will reduce and prospective investors will become reluctant to invest in Nigeria, further worsening poverty and unemployment, creating a vicious circle.

He added that the trend could lead to complete deterioration of security and collapse of the state.

Other security concerns which he raised that requires attention to tackle the many security challenges in tye country include; proliferation of small arms and light weapons, marginalisation, weak justice system, where perpetrators often go scot free.

Adamu, however advised that government can create a lire lasting solutions to these problems by tackling the structural challenges that affects the growth and development of Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) to boost employment.

He noted that the federal government’s Social Investment programmes will not reduce unemployment.

In the same vein, Mr. Paul Alajeh, an economic and financial analyst, alluded to the fact that economic imbalance is a key factor fuelling insecurity in the country.

He opined that solutions to the problem goes beyond military solutions to creating a sustainable environment for micro and macro businesses to thrive.

The analyst pointed out that tacking insecurity is not a quick fix, it requires sustainable economic solutions.

Another security expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity on his part said Nigeria has continued to grapple with insecurity because the government is simply not interested in solving the problem.

According to him, the equipment and human resource us avail, but the needed political will is missing.