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Insecurity: NBMOA Commences Campaign Against Major Challenges Affecting Society



The Northern Broadcast Media Owners Association (NBMOA) have commenced media advocacy and crusade against some of the ills currently confronting the North in particular and the nation in general.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Abdullahi Yelwa and made available to newsmen on Thursday.

Yelwa stated that, the country has been engaged in the fight against the scourge of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, out of school children and drug abuse.

Added to these myriad of challenges according to Yelwa was the problem of poverty and underdevelopment.

He said, “As media practitioners in the region, we have been in the eye of the insecurity storm as we are daily confronted with the grim and ugly consequences of these vices on the lives of our people.

He affirmed that, “our reporters file daily reports on hundred villages and communities randomly attacked and out-rightly sacked by gunmen and hoodlums abducting thousands of innocent people in the process”.

“We daily report news of bandits writing demand notices to helpless communities for ransoms or payment for permission to go to their farms. This is not acceptable”.

“In some cases, we hear of summary executions of abductees for failure to pay ransom to secure their freedom”.

“To make matters worse, we hear elected Governors throw their hands up in utter despair and utter frustrations admitting and even confessing that some parts of their communities are no longer under their control”.

“We also report about the people who were once secure and self-sufficient but are now languishing in IDPs camps in their own ancestral region and country. This is regrettable, to say the least’.

“Yet, we note that our elected Governments at all levels have been doing their best to deal with these challenges and restore normalcy”.

Yelwa stressed that, various kinetic and non-kinetic strategies have been employed and are still being deployed, adding that the New weapons of war have also been thrown into the fight.

He maintained that the Northern media have been at the helm of reporting these challenges lamenting however that ‘Some of our members have indeed been victims of the insurgency, even as we daily engage in advocacy for the welfare of our troops and the victims of insecurity”.

He assured that in the midst of all these, they should in fulfillment of their sacred duty to the people, continue to hold government accountable, even as they offered their platforms to all shades of opinion in the search for a safe, stable and secure North and Nigeria.

“Therefore, in continuation of efforts to fight insecurity and contribute to the search for the peace and prosperity of our region and the nation, our Association, NMBOA, hereby announce the flag-off of its media advocacy and crusade against some of the major challenges bedeviling our society”.

“Our strategy is to use our outreach and various platforms spread across the North and beyond to engage governmental institutions at all levels, as well as the civil society, traditional and religious leaders and key stakeholders, to evolve workable, sustainable and community-based responses and for community ownership of the war against insecurity”.

Yelwa said, through carefully-tailored programming, targeted jingles, etc, listeners would be educated on their roles and how their actions or inactions contribute to the outcome of the fight against insecurity.

“This crusade is in fulfillment of our Corporate Social Responsibility as the Fourth Estate of the Realm”.

“NBMOA is a forum for Northern media broadcast owners and other critical stakeholders in the broadcast industry for the promotion of regional and national development, professionalism and the growth of the broadcast industry in Nigeria”.

He stated that the association was incorporated in 2014 and has active membership of over 60 licensed private broadcast operators of radio and television stations in the North with an estimated audience of over 55million and over 60,000 Nigerians gainfully employed, directly and indirectly.

“As professional media owners directly involved in the reporting of the current state of the region and beyond, we seize the opportunity to formally announce the commencement of this crucial crusade and also seek the support, understanding and engagement of critical stakeholders in the society towards vigorously addressing and significantly stemming the tide of the hydra-headed and multi-faceted insecurity in the North and the nation in general”.

“We envisage that our sincere efforts shall contribute in no small measure to on-going initiatives being undertaken by Governments at the various levels in the country towards stamping out the ugly causes and effects of insecurity in the region and the nation at large”.

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  •  Assures Nigerians of Improved Security, Cautions Against Spread of False Alarms

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc(+), NPM, fdc, has allayed the fears of residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs concerning the recent perceived security threats as he ordered massive deployment of additional police operatives and operational assets within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs to solidify the security and protection of lives and property of its residents, critical national assets and vulnerable facilities as well as road users plying routes in and around the FCT.

The IGP made the charge during the Force Management Team’s meeting at his office on Monday, August 1st, 2020, while receiving general security updates on the nation. He has equally charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, DIG Bala Zama Senchi, to supervise and manage the deployment to ensure maximum security in the FCT as well as surrounding states with a high risk of attacks resonating from the threats being speculated on the news, as the Force does not and will never handle any information with kid gloves. The IGP however cautioned members of the public, especially citizen-journalists, on the dangers of spreading false alarms, misinformation, and disinformation as they could be detrimental and counter-productive to national security.

In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police has assured Nigerians in general, and residents of the FCT in particular, of their safety and security, while urging them to go about their lawful duties without fear of attacks. He equally reiterated the firm determination of the Police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance the security architecture in the country, through intelligence gathering, operational deployments and application of cutting-edge technology to decimate the activities of criminal elements across the country.

August 2, 2022

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Police arrest robbery suspects in Ogun




By Oluyinka Soyemi

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, on Saturday, arrested three robbery suspects who attacked a company in Ogijo, Sagamu Local government Area of the state.

Shadrach Blessing, 25, Edibo Peter, 25, and Osuwgu Oyebuchi, 27, were arrested following a distress call to the Ogijo
divisional headquarters.

A statement by the state’s police spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the trio, who were members of an armed robbery syndicate, attacked Ruthfort Service Limited at Ikorodu-Sagamu axis of Ogijo in company of others now at large.

“The robbers, who gained access to the company at about 2:45 am through the fence, pointed gun to the security man on duty after cutting the security wire and ordered him to lie face down while they removed four industrial batteries.

“On receiving the distress call, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Onatufeh Umoh, quickly led his patrol team to the scene where the robbers who had already escaped to the street were chased in collaboration with members of the public and they apprehended three amongst them, while others escaped.

“Recovered from them are the four industrial batteries,” the statement read in part.

Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for investigation.

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NDLEA seizes Cocaine in teabags, arrests 4 traffickers at Lagos, Abuja airports




Mops up 88,734 Tramadol caps, Cracks, others in Kano, Kaduna, Benue, Akwa Ibom, FCT raids

Fresh attempts by Brazil based drug cartels to smuggle substantial quantities of Cocaine into Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by concealing the Class-A illicit substance in teabags have again been thwarted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

At least, four traffickers involved in the attempts to import and export illicit drugs through the country in the last week are now in the custody of the Agency. One of them is 33-year-old Pascal Ekene Okolo, an indigene of Ihe in Ogwu Local Government Area of Enugu state, who was arrested during an inward clearance of Qatar Airways flight from Sao Paulo via Doha at the arrival hall of the NAIA on Sunday 17th April.

Okolo who claimed to be into wine business in Brazil was arrested with a travelling bag containing different medicinal teabags, which were used to conceal 4.1kilograms of cocaine.

Same day, a Canada based Nigerian, Anigo Christian Godspower was intercepted at the D-Arrival Hall of the MMIA, Ikeja, during an inward clearance of passengers on Qatar Airways from Sao Paolo via Doha to Lagos. When his luggage was searched, two blocks of Cocaine with a total weight of 2.10kg were discovered.

The 52-year-old Anigo who hails from Udi local council area of Enugu state claimed he operated an unregistered Bureau De Change business before delving into the illicit drug trade.

The bid by another cartel to export 950grams of Heroin concealed in the soles of ladys footwears through the MMIA cargo shed was equally foiled by anti-narcotic officers who have so far arrested two suspects linked to the crime. Those arrested between 16th and 17th April in connection with attempt to export the drug to Monrovia, Liberia include: Idokoja Solomon Chukwurah and Patrick John Tochukwu.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives in raids in Kano, Kaduna, Benue and Akwa Ibom state have seized no less than 88,734 doses of Tramadol, Pentazocine, Diazepam and Swinol. In Kano, Aliyu Usman, 28, was arrested at Railway area of the state capital with 47,000 capsules of Tramadol and 2,000 ampules of pentazocine injection on Tuesday 19th April while Saminu Usman, 28, was nabbed with 24,710 Tramadol tablets at Gadar Tamburawa area of Kano two days earlier.

In Benue, another dealer, Emeka Eze was arrested at an NDLEA checkpoint at Adikpo, Kwande Local Government area of the state with 10,000 Tramadol capsules and 900 tablets of swinol, while in Kaduna state, the duo of Raphael Daniel and David Musa were arrested at Mando park, Kaduna with 1kg of Cocaine on Thursday 21st April.

A week after Muhammad Sani Ibrahim sent 12.1kg of cannabis from Lagos to Kaduna, operatives were able to trace and arrest him last Thursday and brought him to Kaduna after his consignment was intercepted.

Another dealer, Kamilu Ibrahim was also arrested same day at Kargi village in Kubau LGA, Kaduna State with 10.6kg Cannabis Sativa, while Bashir Ibrahim was arrested on Friday 22nd April after his four consignments containing Cannabis Sativa weighing 44.6kg were intercepted three days earlier along Abuja-Kaduna express road.

In Akwa Ibom state, operatives arrested two female drug dealers: Eno-Obong Edet, 36, and Hossana Esema Ukpong, 28, with various quantities of Rohypnol, Diazepam, Tramadol and Cannabis, while a suspected fake security agent was arrested on Saturday 23rd April in Abuja while moving 23.8kg cannabis from Lagos to Maiduguri, Borno state.

Pleased with the development, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the NAIA, MMIA, Kano, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom and FCT Commands of the Agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels. He charged them and those in other commands across the country to remain vigilant and on the offensive until the last gram of illicit drugs is taken away from the streets.

Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy
NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja
Sunday 24th April 2022

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