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Insecurity: FCT imams demand inclusion of religious leaders in security architecture

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By Muhammad Tanimu, Abuja

The Committee of FCT Imams Initiative (CFII) has advocated the inclusion of religious leaders in the nation’s security architecture to combat insecurity in the country.

The Chairman of the initiative, Dr Tajuddeen Adigun, made the demand at the 17th Extraordinary Dawrah (Conference) of the FCT Imams, at the weekend in Abuja.

The conference is themed: “Unity of Imams as a Forte to the Ummah and Secured Nation”.

Adigun said that Imams are part of those who could make the nation peaceful because they have followers who listen to them more than the politicians.

“The reality is that people believe and listen to their imams much more than the politicians. This is not to underate the position of politicians because Allah has handed over power to them and we must respect that.

“However, politicians should not underate the influence of umams. If government decides to be paying salaries to religious leaders so as to maintain peace, it is not too much.

“When I say religious leaders I mean generally including the non-Muslim religious leaders because all religions have influence over their followers.

“In FCT, I can tell you we have so many examples of calamities that when 75 per cent of the imams deliver uniform Friday sermons it will calm the situation,” Adigun said.

The cleric insisted that Imams have pivotal roles to play in curtailing the incessant security challenges facing the country.

He said that even if government does not recognise the role of Imams in tackling insecurity, imams should recognise it and play their roles responsibly.

Earlier, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, commended the contributions of FCT imams not just in tackling insecurity but also in ensuring the implementation and success of policies of the FCT administration.

Represented by Malam Bashir Mohammed, the Director, FCTA Human Resource Management, Bello said the FCT administration was particularly appreciative of the efforts of the league of FCT Imams in the fight against COVID-19.

Also, the Chief Imam of Al-Furqan Mosque, Kano, Dr Bashir Umar, described imams as gatekeepers of the consciousness of the nation and emblems of security as well as the develoment of the country.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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