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Chief Of Air Staff Commissions 18 By 1 Accommodation Complex For NAF In Imo

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Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar on Tuesday, June 2, commissioned a Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) accommodation complex for the 211 quick response group of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

The CAS represented by Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, commissioned the 18 by 1 complex in Ngor-okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.

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Commissioning the complex, Abubakar said that the complex was an imperical demonstration of the NAF’s resolve to achieve the principal objectives and tasks of the 211 quick response group.

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He also said that decent living conditions was imperative to aid officers in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

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Abubakar added that the complex which is sited close to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport will serve to further ensure the security of passengers and staff of the airport.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his unalloyed support to the NAF as he pledged continued commitment to the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

He also thanked Imo State governor for creating the enabling environment for the operational activities of the NAF in the state, while assuring the him of continued synergy for the overall interest of Imo citizens.

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” I have no doubt that the 211 quick response group has contributed alot in the fight against various forms of criminality bedevilling the state.

” I must thank Pres. Muhammadu Buhari for his unalloyed support in equipping the NAF and I pledge our continued commitment to the discharge of our constitutional responsibilities.

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” I also thank Gov. Hope Uzodinma and the good people of Imo for the good working environment . I urge the residents to remain law abiding and assure you of improved security of lives and property “, he said.

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Earlier in a welcome address, the commander, 211 quick response group, Owerri, Grp Capt. Elisha Bindul, said that the provision of the complex was part of efforts to enhance the collective operational capacity of the NAF in Imo.

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He thanked the CAS for his support which he described as “quintessential” in containing incidences of insecurity.

He however assured the government and people of the state of NAF’s commitment to the welfare of its personnel saddled with the responsibility of combating criminality in Imo and the southeast at large.

” It is imperative to note that decent accommodation is necessary for improved output and we thank you sir for your quintessential support. It is indicative of the bold efforts of the NAF to expand and cater for the welfare of its personnel.

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” The accommodation will motivate the personnel to put in their best for the enhancement of our operational capacity and for the attainment of the Nigerian Airforce objective.

” I assure you of our commitment to provision of support to the civil authorities in the fight against criminality in Imo and the southeast at large “ , he said.

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The event was witnessed by the Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze, Owerri, Brig. Gen. Yusuf Tukura and management staff of the Sam Mbakwe Airport.

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Boko Haram: Another Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued In Borno

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Troops of Operation Hadin Kai on Thursday said they rescued another Chibok girl from the captivity of terrorists.

The victim was rescued around the Bama axis of Borno State.

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Confirming the incident, Theatre Commander Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, said profiling of the rescued girl is ongoing.

Recall that the army had earlier rescued Mary Dauda, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in 2014.

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Few weeks ago, the troops also neutralised terrorists of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province in Borno State and intercepted another Chibok girl, Hauwa Joseph, who said she escaped from the Boko Haram camp in Gazuwa during a massive incursion of the troops.

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Tension In Ondo Over Alleged Plan By Bandits To Attack Community

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Tension engulfed communities, towns and cities in Ondo State on Thursday following the rumour that bandits were preparing to attack Ilara-Mokin community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.

The apprehension among residents was hinged on a rumoured letter allegedly sent to Adaba FM, a popular radio station in the state over plans by bandits to launch an attack in the community.

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Following the development, Elizade University, which is situated in the neighborhood, had encouraged parents to dismiss the supposed threat circulating over the alleged planned attack.

The institution claimed that the supposed rumor had been debunked by the appropriate authorities, therefore the university community should disregard the threat.

SP Funmilayo Odulami, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, dismissed the letter as a hoax and said that police operatives as well as undercover agents had been dispatched to the community and around the state.

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Also, in a series of announcements on its airwave and news bulletins, Adaba FM emphasized that it did not receive any letter indicating a planned attack by bandits.

Schools were said to have been empty because many parents prevented their children from going to school after the bogus letter was also rumoured to have been validated by the monarch of the community.

“The attention of the university management has been attracted to the material being shared on social media,” stated Omololu Adegbenro, the registrar of Elizade University, in a statement.

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“The originators of the information claimed that the purported letter was submitted to Adaba FM, Ilara-Mokin. They also claimed that His Royal Majesty, the Alara of Ilara-Mokin, Oba Aderemi Adefehinti was fully aware of the letter, adding that the royal father had disseminated the information to members of the community through his Town Crier.

“As management, it is important to clarify that no threat was issued by Bandits/Fulani Herdsmen to attack the community.

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“This information has been strongly refuted by the management of Adaba FM, which has continued to inform members of the public through its news bulletins that no letter of threat was dispatched to the station.”

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EFCC Laments Dearth Of Whistle-blowers, Despite Huge Rewards

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The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has decried the decline in whistleblowing across the country despite the huge rewards the commission offers to whistleblowers.

The Chairman, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa stated this in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Thursday, at a one-day town hall meeting.

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The programme facilitated me by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, centred on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on whistleblowing policy.

Bawa was represented by the Zonal Commander, EFCC, Enugu, Oshodi Johnson.

The EFCC chairman pointed out that at the beginning of the whistleblowing policy, the commission received huge information which, according to him, led to the recovery of “humongous” stolen public funds.

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He disclosed that two of the landmark recoveries from whistleblowers’ information were the $9.8m recovered from a former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu, and the $11m recovered at an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He wondered why the sudden decline and the reason behind it.

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He listed challenges undermining the policy effectiveness to include ignorance of its legal and administrative frameworks as well as difficulties in navigating the complex bureaucratic processes for claiming the advertised incentives.

He said, “It is also not impossible that the few false informants who were prosecuted for wanting to turn a serious programme to memes, unnerved some other would-be informants.

“Whatever the challenges are, it is imperative that there is a fresh awakening to sustain the flow of critical intelligence to Nigerian law enforcement agencies.

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“Recall almost with some sense of nostalgia, how a few years ago, precisely on December 21, 2016, the Federal Government introduced the Whistle-blower Policy, which offered some incentives to citizens that provide information leading to the recovery of stolen public funds.

“It was heralded by a frenzy of sorts with a deluge of information by informants, some of which led to the recovery of humongous sums of money by the EFCC.

“Two of the landmark recoveries from whistleblowers’ information were the $9.8m recovered from a former managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Andrew Yakubu, and the $11m recovered at an apartment in Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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“After these landmark recoveries and a few others and notwithstanding the fact that those who came forward with useful information received handsome rewards, enthusiasm for the policy appears to have waned a bit.

“It would seem that the policy is experiencing challenges that tend to undermine its effectiveness. Several factors may be responsible for this. But to my mind, the most obvious is lack of adequate understanding of the legal and administrative frameworks of the policy and the difficulties of navigating the labyrinth of bureaucratic processes for claiming the advertised incentives.”

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Bawa pledged the EFCC’s willingness to partner with critical agencies like AFRICMIL and other community-based organisations in strengthening their capacities to identify and quickly report suspected cases of corruption in their communities.

 

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