Good Morning Nigeria! Happy new month! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.Mr. Adamu Mohammed, the acting Inspector General of Police, during the Northern Traditional Rulers Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Arewa House in Kaduna State, revealed that 1,071 persons were killed, and 685 others kidnapped in the first quarter of 2019.
He further revealed that 767 out of the people killed were from the north, particularly from the North-West.
Mohammed said that 79.8% of kidnapping in Nigeria in the first quarter were in the North, with North-West recording 365 (out of the number, 281 happened in Zamfara State) out of the total 685 in the nation.
2.Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday during Senate Plenary confirmed that the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, will appear before the Senate on Tuesday, May 7.
Naija Buzz had few days ago reported that the Senate summouned the IGP to appear before it over the spate of killings, kidnappings and banditry in the nation.
3.The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, during a meeting with the expanded executive council of the northern traditional rulers held at the Arewa House in Kaduna State on Tuesday, warned Emirs and traditional rulers in the north on casting aspersions on security agencies.
“Of course, the community leaders who are living with the people are in the know of these bandits. They know their place of abode, the weapons they acquire, their leadership strength among others.
“The recent statement made by my Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, was not meant to discredit this august gathering but to serve as a warning to some community leaders that are bent on sabotaging the effort and commitment of the armed forces.”
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, who heads the council, however said that the traditional rulers should not be blamed for the sundry cases of kidnapping and banditry in the north.
4.Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, the Emir of Bungudu, has accused the Nigerian Air Force of ignoring distress call when bandits attacked his domain on Saturday.
“Just on Saturday, in my domain, the bandits struck in broad daylight and killed 15 people. Thirteen people died instantly, while two others gave up the ghost later,” he said in an interview with Punch.
According to the Emir, 15 people were killed in the incident that happened in broad daylight.
He noted that the Local Government Chairman informed the Air Force about the apparently impending attack, but however got a shocking response.
“The worst of all was that when the local government chairman alerted the head of the air force to the attack, the response he got from the other end was that he was not supposed to have picked his (of the LG chairman) call, ‘since you people have decided to disgrace us,” he said.
5. The National Assembly on Tuesday passed the N8.916trillion 2019 Appropriation Bill.
The lawmakers increased the budget by N17billion with N23.7billion budgeted for lawmakers severance gratuities and allowances.
They also added N10billion to the Service Wide Vote for the rehabilitation of Zamfara State over the destructions caused by bandits.
Operation Lafiya Dole and other special operations by security agencies got N75billion.
6. Ene Okon, the Abia State Commissioner of Police , has raised an alarm over the involvement of police operatives in criminal activities.
According to him, the number of officers involved in crime in the state was alarming.
“I have a problem with policemen in Aba. The number of policemen that are involved in criminal activities in Aba is alarming.
“Every policeman in Abia wants to be posted to Aba. My question is, to do what? Does it mean police work cannot be done at Arochukwu, Ohafia, Nkporo, Isuikwuato and Uzuakoli? Why must it be Aba?
“The bottom line is bribery. For those, who have corruption tendencies and come to Aba to destroy the image of the police, I urge you to get ready because it will not work again.