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Maintain peace in your respective areas — Kwara NSCDC Commandant



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has called on leaders, both at local and national levels, to maintain peace in their respective areas.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Umar Mohammed, made the call on Wednesday in Ilorin, during the commemoration of the 2023 International Day of Peace.

Mohammed urged Nigerians to always maintain peace and live in unity among themselves, the neighbouring countries and the world at large.

“If anything happens to your neighbours at home, nearby states or countries, it will, in one way or the other, affect you as well.

“Therefore, let us try as much as possible to be good, nice and helpful to one another at all times,” he said.

The commandant urged all the security agencies to maintain peace in discharging their official duties as well as have the fear of Allah and be faithful in their areas of duty.

A resource person, Florence Adeyemi, who delivered a lecture on: “Role of NSCDC in Understanding Peace and Conflict,” described peace as the absence of war and violence.

Adeyemi, a Deputy Commandant of Corps (DCC) and the command’s Head of Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit, said that there must be justice in order to achieve peace in any nation.

According to her, peace is the path that brings growth and prosperity to the society, adding that without peace, there won’t be political strength, economic stability and cultural growth.

“To maintain peace is not an individual responsibility but the duty of everyone dwelling in the society,” she said.

Another speaker from Rotary International Club, Mrs Christy Abayomi said that according to UNESCO, “war starts from the mind on individual,” adding that peace also starts from individual’s mind.

“We must first work on the mental health of an individual in order to be at peace with himself, then his neighbours and the country at large,” she said.

Abayomi reiterated that internal peace was the most important aspect of peace building, adding that there was the need to start peace from individual to the community, the nation and the world at large.

“Internal peace will lead to external peace and a total peace in the world,” she said.

Also speaking, Deputy Commandant (DC) Idowu Lawrence urged the people of the state to stay in peace, maintain unity and be security conscious.

He prayed for total peace and unity in the state and the nation in general.

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Military neutralises terrorist kingpin, others in Niger air strikes – NAF



The Air Component of Operation Whirl Punch, has eliminated a dreaded terrorist and kidnap kingpin, Yellow Jambros, and scores of other terrorists in airstrikes in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger.

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) made this known in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Sunday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the terrorists met their end while attempting to cross the Jikudna River in Galadima Kogo District, heading towards Wurukuvhi axis of Chikun LGA.

He said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts were trailed from Zamfara into Niger riding 13 motorcycles along the Kaduna-Niger State border, precisely heading towards Kusasu in Shiroro, prior to the strike.

“At Kusasu, five other motorcycle-riding terrorists joined Yellow Jambros’ convoy, bringing the total number of motorcycles to 18, which then headed to the bank of River Jikudna.

“At the river bank, the terrorists and their 18 motorcycles boarded a large motor-powered canoe in an attempt to cross and link up with other terrorists across the river.

“It was at this point that the authorisation to undertake a strike was given.

“The precision strike was adjudged effective as it neutralised Yellow Jambros and his colleagues, destroyed their motorcycles and sank the boat.

“Though it was unusual for terrorists riding in a convoy of 18 motorcycles to travel in broad daylight, it was apparent that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had assumed that air strikes were suspended following the unfortunate incident at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State and wanted to exploit the perceived window of opportunity,” he said.

The NAF spokesman said that Yellow Jambros and his cohorts had been responsible for several kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Road and in several communities in Kaduna, Niger, Katsina and Zamfara States.

He said a kidnap kingpin, known as Mohammed Sani, who arrested by the Police in Zamfara in October 2020 for murdering over 50 of his victims due to their inability to mobilise ransom, had claimed that he worked for Yellow Jambros.

According to Gabkwet, the terrorist revealed that Yellow Jambros usually supplied him with fake military and police uniforms, guns and other weapons needed to execute his operation.

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ECOWAS meeting holding in Abuja



The 64th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Heads of State and Government is holding in Abuja, Nigeria.

The session, to be chaired by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, is attended by Heads of State and Government in the 15-member block.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that countries like Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone are already at the venue at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Other members attending are Benin, Gambia, Togo, Cape Verde and Senegal.

The ECOWAS Commission and other stakeholders like former President Goodluck Jonathan, the U.S. Lead diplomat for Africa, Molly Phee, the African Union (AU), and the UN Secretary General Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Leonado Simao, are also attending the meeting

The end-of-year meeting is expected to review various decisions and agreements taken and initiated by the body including that of the adoption of the ECO as a common currency for the region.

The issue of the coup d’etat in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea would also be deliberated on by the regional body at this meeting.

Other issues are climate change, democracy, bilateral relations as well as the African Continental free Trade Agreement.

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Tragedy: 16 dead, 27 injured in Kaduna-Abuja expressway auto-crash – FRSC



The Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Kaduna Sector Command says no fewer than 16 persons died and 27 sustained  injuries in a road crash on Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The Sector Commander, Mr Kabir Nadabo,  told the newsmen that the fatal road traffic crash occurred at Audu Jhangon village along the expressway on Sunday.
He explained that the crash occurred at 05:20hrs, when a vehicle( DAF TRAILER) with registration number KUJ 430XC, with overloaded goods, lost control and fell into a ditch.
” Initial reports indicate the driver was at high speed, probably due to fatigue.
“The combined rescue teams of RS1.114 Zhipe Unit Command and RS1.16B Dutse Outpost conducted the rescue operations.
“The crash involved 65 people, where 27 were injured and 16 people were deceased.
“The injured have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment, “he added.
Nadabo said on receiving news of the crash, he visited the scene to have first-hand information as well as direct rescue team on the evacuation of the deceased to the morgue.
“I also directed the tow truck to remove part of the accidented trailer blocking part of the road. The operation is ongoing, and the road is free for movement, “Nadabo said
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