The inspector-general of police, Usman Baba, yesterday said that unhealthy inter-agency rivalry was a major factor limiting the capacity of Nigeria’s armed forces to effectively contain the insecurity bedeviling the nation.
This is just as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday emphasised the need for synergy among the three services of the armed forces in the country, for the ongoing war on insecurity to be won.
The IGP, who spoke during the ongoing three-day annual ministerial retreat with a theme, “Strengthening Inter-Agency Collaboration and Organisation Efficiency,” said: “This trend has been of concern to a cross section of Nigerians over the years. This trend, I must say, is not peculiar to Nigeria alone.
“In the United States, for example, weak inter-agency cooperation and collaboration, which manifested in the failure of strategic security institutions to share intelligence and work together to advance the national security interests of the country, accounted for the 9/11 terror attack which has been described as the worst but most preventable attack on their homeland security since the Second World War.
“In essence, the challenge of inter-agency rivalry must be seen and acknowledged as a global challenge which haunts internal security of modern states. Be that as it may, certain facts remain sacrosanct. Firstly, inter-agency friction constitutes a major threat to internal security and national cohesion.
“Second, it accounts for budgetary wastage, duplication of functions, mutual suspicion, and encroachment on each other’s legal and operational space by competing agencies.
“Thirdly, it exposes security agencies to public ridicule and possible loss of public confidence in the ability of such agencies to perform their statutory functions.”
Meanwhile, the minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi said the meeting of critical policing minds, security intellectuals, and major stakeholders would evoke actionable security strategies to neutralise growing crime patterns across Nigeria.
He said the retreat would deepen the realisation of the laudable ideas of Mr. President to advance the dynamics of policing in Nigeria through adequate equipping, sustainable reforms, and internalisation of community policing arrangements, enhanced welfare, and capacity development towards building an efficient, professional, and people-oriented policing system in Nigeria.
He further said the changing crime patterns arising from upscale in global terrorism and the increasing arms struggle in the Sahel region stimulate threats to national security and compromises the ideal of the nation-state as postulated in the 1948 treaty of Westphalia which emphasizes sovereignty, territorialism, and the ability of government to protect the state and its citizens.
PMB Calls For Military Synergy To End Insecurity
Speaking on the same subject but at a different forum, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the three services of the armed forces in the country need to work closely together to win the war against terrorism, banditry and other security challenges.
Defence minister Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd.) disclosed this to State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari alongside the new chief of army staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, President Buhari also lent new tips on how to win the protracted war on insecurity in the country.
The minister said President Buhari made sure to point it out to Yahaya that the nation’s security had been under serious pressure, but he (Magashi), on his part assured Nigerians that a lot is about to change with security operations in the country.
Magashi said, “He told him that there’s a lot of pressure on security and being an actor at one point or the other has given us a direction in which we can learn from his experiences and apply them to our modern operations and I think we have taken the advice seriously.
“The issue of synergy among the security forces was also stressed and I’m sure there will be a lot of changes as regards to the security operations in this country.
“The president received us, offered some advice on how we can go about doing this operation and the entire security of the country. We assured him that we will do our best to bring an end to the problem of insecurity in this country.”
The defence minister added that new army chief promised that he would bring all his experiences to bear on his new role in collaboration with his colleagues – chief of air staff, the chief of naval staff – to be able to make the country safe for the citizens.
“The president is really having confidence in the new set of people that he has appointed. We wish them the best of luck,” Magashi said.
Asked about what the armed forces were doing to restore peace to the North West, Magashi said the armed forces had just been rendering a supporting role to the police, which is constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of keeping civil peace.
He said the main concern of the forces is the terror activities mutating in the North East, especially the growing concern over the activities of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
Magashi said: “In the Northwestern part of the country, you know that the more concern we have is the insecurity of banditry, kidnapping, and other criminalities. We are taking up the challenge, but you know, really, this is the constitutional responsibility of the police. We are only an aid to the police and we are giving maximum cooperation to the police in order to see to an end to this banditry and insecurity in the North West, otherwise I think it’s quite different from the North East.
“In the North East, it’s the Boko Haram issue and we’re up and doing to ensure that we bring an end to it, especially with this development of ISWAP,” he said.
IGP Suspends Issuance Of Tinted Glass Permit, Special Number Plates
Meanwhile, the inspector-general of police, IGP Usman Baba, has announced the immediate suspension of tinted vehicle permits and issuance of special number plates across the country.
The IGP, who announced this during a meeting with senior police officers, including deputy inspectors-general of police (DIGs) and commissioners from across the states yesterday, said some mischievous persons had capitalised on the advantages the license confers to commit heinous crimes
IGP Baba also reiterated that roadblocks remain banned in the country and warned that heads of commands must enforce it and key into the road patrol strategy as an alternative to roadblocks.
IGP Baba said, “I have also received reports of the abuses associated with the use of SPY plate numbers and tinted glasses. For the avoidance of doubts, SPY number plates are for official use of some categories of corporate bodies, while tinted glasses permits are issued under some statutory regulations.
“Unfortunately, several individuals have of late turned the use of SPY number plates and tinted glasses into a status symbol and have fraudulently obtained such. There have also been reports that some criminal elements are also utilising them as cover for their nefarious activities.
Accordingly, he said, the issuance of SPY number plates and tinted glass permits had been suspended, existing authorisations are being reviewed while a protocol to regulate the issuance of such permits would be evolved.
In due course, he said, an enforcement mechanism that will enforce the standardised process of issuance of SPY plate numbers and tinted glasses will be implemented across the country.
According to him, the Nigeria Police will work closely with the leadership of the Federal Road Safety Commission in this regard.
He also said it was unacceptable for some motorists to cover their number plates, a practice inhibits law enforcement operations.
“Consequently, commissioners of police are tasked to, as part of their operations, to arrest any motorist involved in this act.
“The compliance to this directive shall be confirmed in the course of my ongoing tours to your commands, and any departmental head, zonal commander, commissioner of police or unit head that is found wanting will be dealt with,” he said.
The IGP also disclosed that the police arrested 686 high profile suspects in two months during various police operations across the country.
“The arrested suspects comprise mainly of bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers. They also include the principal suspects involved in the attack of Governor Samuel Ortom on March 20, 2021.
“Similarly, a total of 152 kidnap victims, including the students kidnapped at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Kaduna, have also been safely rescued by the police during this period. Furthermore, 231 assorted firearms have been recovered,” he said.
Nigeria Can’t Afford Another Civil War – NEF
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said no Nigerian should welcome another war to keep the country together.
The Forum said the North in particular has more than enough challenges and recognises that violent secession by any part of the Nigeria will compound the problems of the country.
NEF’s director of publicity and advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who made these comments during a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, said political leaders in the South East appear to have submitted to the violence and terror coming from the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its vigilante wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to him, muted voices of millions of the Igbo cannot be heard so that fellow Nigerians could understand the degree to which secession by the Igbo represent the popular choice.
He said, “The Forum has arrived at the difficult conclusion that if support for secession among the Igbo is as widespread as it is being made to look, and Igbo leadership appears to be in support of it, then the country should be advised not stand in its way.
“It will not be the best choice for the Igbo or Nigerians to leave a country we have all toiled to build and a country we all have responsibility to fix, but it will not help a country already burdened with failures on its knees to fight another war to keep the Igbo in Nigeria,” he said.
The forum called for a halt to the attacks and killings of northerners and federal government employees and the destruction of national assets, adding that those who have been involved in it must be arrested and prosecuted.
“Until the Igbo decide whether it wants to secede or remain part of Nigeria, the law applies to it, and federal and state governors who have responsibility to enforce the law and protect citizens must enforce it.
“We support calls for Northerners, who are exposed to harassment and violence, to consider relocating to the North.
“The Forum believes that it is vital to address amendments to the constitution and achieve major changes in the structure and operations of our federal system now. Members of the National Assembly elected by Nigerians have lost touch with the people they are supposed to represent,” he said.
Don’t Allow Nigerians Cry To God Over Your Misrule, Sultan Warns Leaders
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar (III) has urged leaders in the country to ensure that they are fair and just in the discharge of their responsibilities
Accordingly, leaders should not allow the prayers of the oppressed to go up to God because such prayers are strong and capable of inflicting damage to them.
The Sultan of Sokoto said this yesterday while speaking in Bauchi during the commissioning of the Newly Constructed Hajj Transit Camp in Bauchi.
He lamented the security challenges experienced in some parts of the country, calling on Nigerians to intensify their prayers so that God will avert evils perpetrated by evil men.
“Leaders should always strive to do what the people want because it was the main reason they were voted into power by the people. What the country needs now is excellent and purposeful leadership.
“Leadership has been bestowed on us by Allah; he expects us to be just, fair and equitable to all. We should know that one day we will all give account of our stewardship in the hereafter,” he said.
Sultan explained that it is incumbent on leaders to discharge responsibilities to the best of their abilities, as the followers are looking up to them for effective leadership to make their living conditions better.
“There is the need to promote peace and peaceful co-existence in the country because it is only in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility that development and progress can be made”, Sultan added.
The Islamic leader commended Governor Bala Mohammed for constructing the camp, saying that it will be used for both Muslims and Christians during the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Israel for religious purposes.
He, however, warned journalists against publishing fake news that can further fuel embers of disunity among the people as people always believe what they hear in the media, especially the social media.
Earlier in his address, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed commended the people of the state for living peacefully with each other, despite their religious, traditional and ethnic differences, pointing out that Bauchi is enjoying relative peace.
“Even the temporary camp we have in the town is used by both Muslims and Christians; this facility too will be used by our Christians brothers anytime they are going to Israel so that their movement will be facilitated,” he said.
Suspected Herders Kill 30 Benue Farmers In Renewed Attack
Thirty farmers were confirmed dead with scores of others wounded after assailants suspected to be herdsmen on Sunday evening attacked Odugbeho community in Agatu local government area of Benue State.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, who confirmed the killings, however, said, the command was yet to ascertain the real figure of casualties.
“Agatu attack and killings is confirmed. The commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki, has already deployed more police officers to manage the incident and forestall further breakdown of law and order. However, we are yet to ascertain the number of victims as officers are still engaged in stabilising the area” Anene stated.
Our correspondent gathered that a fresh graduate from the University of Agriculture, Màkurdi, was also among those killed in the attack.
In an interview, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Ngbede, an Agatu native, told our correspondent that 25 corpses had been recovered and buried.
Ngbede who is a political leader in the local government said, “A leader in the village told me this morning that 25 corpses have been found and buried and people are still in the bush searching for missing persons”
“The local government chairman and security operatives have gone to the affected community this morning; when they are back, we will be able to know the actual number of people that died.”
Also confirming the incidence, the council chairman, Hon. Sulieman Adoyi, explained that the gunmen invaded the community at about 5:30pm and opened fire on mourners at a wake and other villagers who were in a nearby market, killing 27 people on the spot and leaving scores with various degrees of injuries.
According to him, following the attack, members of the community have deserted the community and are taking refuge at Ogbaulu, a neighbouring community in the area.
An indigene of the community who simply identified himself as Adamu told by our Correspondent that the suspected herdsmen invaded their village around 5:45pm and started shooting sporadically at mourners and other people who were at a local market in the community, killing over 25 persons on the spot.
He said the herdsmen, who were believed to have come from Nasarawa State, passed through their neighbouring local government of Gwer West in a guerrilla style and took the villagers unawares, saying the high number of casualties is due to the fact that it was on Sunday and most people were at home.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspected herders had displaced thousands of inhabitants who have fled their ancestral lands, with the herders currently occupying their lands, thereby denying inhabitants access to their farms in the ongoing cropping season.
…Herders Kill 3 In Ogun
Three persons were yesterday confirmed dead when suspected killer herdsmen fleeing from the Igangan mayhem in Oyo State attacked Amule Ologede village, a suburb of Imeko town, in the Imeko/Afon local government area of Ogun State.
The incident, which occurred barely 24-hours after the Igangan tragedy, left three farmers identified as Femi Bara, John Taiwo and Tunde Taiwo, dead, while their newly purchased BAJAJ motorcycle was taken away by the rampaging killer herdsmen.
LEADERSHIP reliably gathered that the trio of Bara, John and Tunde, who were riding on their motorcycle, were slaughtered by the killer herdsmen Sunday evening, while returning to Imeko township from their farms.
One of the community leaders and Balogun of Imeko Isale, Chief Ganiu Akinleye, who spoke on phone with newsmen in Abeokuta, confirmed that the incident happened at about 11pm on Sunday night.
Akinloye said that the police yesterday morning evacuated corpses of the three victims from the village even as he alleged that the Igangan killer herdsmen had relocated to a village called Sagada in Imeko/Afon local government area,
Human Life Cheap In Nigeria – Atiku
Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday expressed deep concern at the depreciating value of human life in the country.
Atiku stated this while reacting to what he called unprovoked daily killings and maiming of Nigerians all over the country.
He expressed dismay at the level of blood-letting in the country, for which he said “there can be no justification.”
According to a press release by his media office, the former vice president’s reaction was necessitated by the Thursday, June 3 killing of 88 persons in Kebbi State, with many still missing or unaccounted for, in a state that is yet to recover from the boat mishap that claimed the lives of over 100 people; the reported killing of persons in states like Niger and Imo; the attack on a police station in Delta state; Sunday’s killing of 22 persons in Igangan in Oyo State, and yet another reported attack that claimed scores of lives in Zamfara State yesterday.
He expressed deep concern “about how far these criminal elements in our midst are willing to go, but most worryingly is how we, as citizens, can continue to absorb these shocks unabatedly.”
Atiku noted with sadness how all “these negative activities are debilitating our development as a democracy, and cautioned that no nation can witness any meaningful growth in the midst of this kind of chaos.”
While noting the efforts of the nation’s security agencies in battling these criminal elements, Atiku urged them not to rest on their oars until they regain the country back from those determined to pull it into the abyss.
He urged the government and the security agencies to place greater priority on the protection of lives and property of the citizens.
He acknowledged that the fight against insecurity can be herculean in terms of human and financial resources, but observed that “it’s a course that, as a nation, we have no choice but to face it head-on.”
The former vice president condoled with the families of all those affected and prayed for the repose of the souls of their loved ones.