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COAS places high premium on training, retraining for effective tackling of insecurity – GOC



Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, says Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, places high premium on training and retraining of personnel.

“Training and retraining of personnel will lead to effective tackling of insecurity in the country,” Musa said on Monday while declaring open the 82 Division Operations Planning Cadre 2022 in Enugu.

The theme of the five-day cadre training programme is: “Capacity Building at Tactical Level Operational Planning within a Joint Environment”.

The GOC said that the main objective of the cadre training was to churn out well-trained personnel that would efficiently confront the prevailing security challenges bedeviling the country.

According to him, training/retraining is one of the key pillars of COAS’s vision which is ‘To Have a Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Mission within a Joint Environment in the Defence of Nigeria’.

“The cadre (training) is aimed at availing participants the necessary capabilities and competences that they require to successfully plan current and future operations while providing the opportunity to promote synergy and inter-agency cooperation with sister services.

“As you are all aware, the security challenges we face today are both real and daunting; it therefore require a renewed vigor by commanders at all levels to tackle.

“It is in realisation of this fact and consistent with the COAS Vision that this operational planning is organised by the 82 Division.


“I, therefore, urge you (participants) all to apply yourselves to all that you will be taught in this cadre by tapping from the wealth of knowledge and experiences of the resources persons in order for you to apply same in the field,” he said.

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Musa said that the topics and resource persons had been carefully selected and designed to reflect current realities on the ground as well as to enable participants derive maximum benefits from the cadre (training).

He noted that the training had been deliberately tailored to focus on military decision-making process, combat estimate, logistics planning, legal consideration in operation in contemporary security environment and counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) measures amongst others.

“Finally, I will like to use this opportunity to thank the COAS for the strategic direction and financial support that he provided for this cadre (training) without which this would not have been possible,” he said.

The training is been attended by participants from other sister security formations, which included: Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Others are: Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Department of Security Services, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Federal and State Fire Services as well as the Neighbourhood Watch Group all within the Division’s Area of Responsibility.

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86-year-old woman set ablaze by daughter over alleged witchcraft



Gunmen abduct Company MD, three foreigners in Lagos
A 45-year-old woman simply identified as Abiodun and popularly called “Iya Sunday,” has set her mother ablaze in a bid to kill her.

Abiodun was told by a Pastor that she would be free from a spiritual bondage after the death of her 86-year-old mother.

Witnesses said the suspect poured petrol on her mother and set her ablaze on Friday morning around 5am.

The incident happened at Surulere, opposite Anglican Cathedral Church in Ondo West local government area of Ondo State.

Gory picture of the victim showed that she sustained severe burns all over her body and receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

An eyewitness, Sola Oladele, said the suspect came to her mother’s house in the early hours of Friday.

He said she called out her mother before pouring petrol on her and setting her on fire.

According to him: “What happened between them before the incident we don’t know, but the suspect has been arrested by police at the Enu-Owa division for further investigation.”

Abiodun said her action was because she was told that her mother was behind her predicament.


She said: “I went to my mother’s house around 4 a.m. and sat outside. When it was 5 am, I called out my mother from the house. Immediately after she came out, not knowing what was happening, I poured petrol on her body and set her on fire.

“What started it is that I went to one Pastor for prayers and he told me that my mother is behind what is happening to me. I did not believe it at first. My mother also took me somewhere to see one woman. After my mother left, the woman also said the same thing.

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“I burnt my mother because of what I heard from the pastor and the woman, that I can only be freed from bondage when my mother is dead.”

Police sources said the case would be transferred to the Police headquarters in Akure for further investigation. (The Nation)

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Gunmen abduct Company MD, three foreigners in Lagos, demand $1.5m ransom



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Armed men suspected to be kidnappers have abducted four Lebanese including the Managing Director of Fouani Company, a prominent representative of LG and Hisense.

According to credible sources, the victims were travelling by boat from Apapa to Victoria Island when they were ambushed near Falomo Bridge. The kidnappers, whose identities are unknown, have demanded an astounding $1.5 million ransom.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is ongoing.

He said, “Yes, we received the report and are investigating it.”
“We are currently working with their families and the Lebanese community to get them released,” Hundeyin explained.

However, the abduction has sparked outrage in the business community, with many calling for increased security measures to protect citizens.

The incident raises concerns about the safety of Lagos’ waterways and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies in combating crime.

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ICPC grills woman who accused suspended Perm Sec of S*xual harassment



ICPC grills woman who accused suspended Perm Sec of Sexual harassment
 •Suspended Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa
Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, the woman who accused the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, of s*xual harassment, has been grilled and thereafter released by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

This is in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), following a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, in response to a petition written by Fajemirokun-Ajayi, against the permanent secretary.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust Saturday, an official of the ICPC said that Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was quizzed for hours by the crack detectives of the commission over her allegations.

The official, who did not want his name in print, said Fajemirokun-Ajayi arrived at the commission’s headquarters at about 9:40 am, on Friday, alongside her lawyer; responded to various questions posed to her.

“She wasn’t arrested. She was invited and she honoured the invitation to come and substantiate the s*xual harassment allegations against the Permanent Secretary of her ministry, Ibrahim Lamuwa,” the official said.

The official said she was released after the interrogation on Friday, adding that she would still be called upon in future to make further clarifications if there is a need for her to do so.

Ambassador Lamuwa had responded to the query issued him by the head of service, denying all the allegations labelled against him.

The ICPC’s invitation letter inviting Mrs Fajemirokun-Ajayi was addressed to the minister of foreign affairs, requesting him to release her for questioning.

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The ministry received the ICPC letter titled: ‘Investigation Activities: Notice of Invitation’ on Thursday.


It said: “In view of the above and pursuant to sections 28 and 40 of the said Act, you are kindly requested to release and direct Mrs Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi of the Ministry to appear for an interview before the undersigned at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday, 14 June 2024 at 10:00 hours,” read the invitation letter dated June 11, and signed by Acting Director of Operations, S. Yahaya.

It is not immediately clear whose petition led to the ICPC investigation or what exactly the agency is investigating.

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