Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday, in Lagos, said the security threats bedevilling the country were not conventional and told Army personnel to be at alert with a view to checkmating the new trend.
He noted the complex dimension suicide bombing had introduced as extremists attempt to foist their ideology on the country.
The COAS who spoke while declaring open the 2013 First Commanding Officers’ Workshop at the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos, said those behind the challenges “employ all forms of unconventional weapons and tactics in urban and rural areas capitalizing on the porosity of our borders.
“It’s capability in some cases has no doubt overwhelmed the capacity of our border security agencies including the police.
“From the creeks in the Niger Delta to the Sahel Savannah region in the North East and North West, there is no clear line between you and the adversary. “
The workshop with the theme “Enhancing the Capacity of Commanding Officers to Meet with Contemporary Challenges” he explained, was aimed at building officers’ capability in terms of physical, doctrinal and conceptual components.
Calling on officers and men of the Nigerian Army to be prepared against both internal and external aggression, Ihejirika said, “I expect you as part of operational security to ensure maximum troops’ alertness and security of your personnel, installation and equipment at all times”, reiterating that their deployment to deal with distress situations must be robust while stressing that maximum consideration for the issue of collateral damage must be observed.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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