Discordant tunes as Reps debate Buhari’s firearms prohibition order

February 24, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

Members of the House of Representatives were torn along political party lines on Wednesday, when a motion seeking the reversal of President  Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order prohibiting the Nigerian police from issuing licenses for fire arms possession. Sponsor of the motion, Uzoma Nkem Abonta, a member of the PDP from Abia State, had sought to move it on notice when Read More

Breaking: Bandits kill 18, troops neutralise dozens in Kaduna

February 24, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

  Bandits have killed 18 people in several attacks on soft targets across Igabi and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna state, just as troops in air attacks killed dozens of bandits in several locations in the state. Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in Kaduna on Wednesday said a particular bandits Read More

Breaking: Death toll rises to 16 after multiple explosions in Borno

February 24, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Boko Haram jihadists attacked Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast killing 16 people, including nine children who were playing football in a field, local militia told AFP Wednesday. Officials said previously 10 people were killed and 47 were injured in Tuesday’s attack when jihadists fired rocket-propelled grenades on the densely-populated city. Boko Haram has previously made incursions into Read More

2020 Budget: Senate approves N11.35bn for Police Trust Fund

February 24, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate Wednesday approved the sum of N11,352,457,101.70 as budget for Nigeria Police Trust Fund in the 2020 fiscal year. The approval came following consideration of the harmonised report of the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.  The implementation of the NPTF 2020 budget would lapse on the 30th of April, 2021.  Chairman of the Senate Committee Read More

Breaking: Burial date for crashed Air Force officers revealed

February 24, 2021 Editor 0

Seven personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), who crashed during a recent plane crash in Abuja will be buried Thursday. The officers who died last Sunday will interred at the National Cemetery located along Airport in Abuja. A NAF aircraft, Beechcraft KingAir BB305i, crashed on Sunday afternoon, as a result of engine failure. The victims include Flight Lieutenant Haruna Read More

Stop justifying banditry, criticising security agencies, Northern elders warn Gumi

February 24, 2021 Paul Okah 0

Northern elders have dissociated themselves from recent comments credited to an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, wherein he accused the military of triggering the raging banditry in parts of the North. Specifically, the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, who has constituted himself into an emissary meeting with bandits in forests across Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Niger states, alleged in one of such Read More

Insecurity: Dialogue not best option but a necessity – Abdulsalami

February 24, 2021 Aidoleje Ojo 0

Former Head of state General Abdulsalami Abubakar has said dialogue with bandits and insurgents is certainly not the best but a necessity to avoid unnecessary casualty that could arise from the use of force. Abdulsalami stated this in Minna Tuesday while answering questions from journalists after hosting the five governors who paid him a courtesy visit. The governors, under the Read More

Discipline, professionalism among Police key to national security – IGP

February 24, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to enhancing internal discipline and professionalism among its workforce, noting that personnel discipline and professionalism were key to national security. The IGP state this during the opening of a one-day retreat organised by the Force in collaboration with the Police Service Commission (PSC), for Read More

Breaking: Confusion as explosion hits Maiduguri, 10 dead, 47 injured

February 23, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar, Maiduguri 0

Multiple rocket launchers or artillery from unknown destination and sources were thrown into Maiduguri city and suburbs of the metropolis around 6.27 pm Tuesday, killing 10 residents. Up to 47 people were also wounded just as valuable property got destroyed. No fewer than 10 rockets were actually fired into the heart of Maiduguri and nine boys were killed while playing football at Read More

Reps okay nomination of new security chiefs

February 23, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives have confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s nomination of fresh service chiefs foe the country. The names of Major General Lucky Irabor, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Ishiaka Akawo were recently forwarded to the National Assembly for confirmation as Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Read More

Ortom should apologise to Bauchi gov – Kawule

February 23, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The deputy speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule, has reacted to the statement credited to the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, suggesting that governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state is supporting terrorism. Recall that Governor Mohammed recently defended the Fulani herders carrying weapons, claiming that they were compelled to do so because of the attacks they Read More

Anambra Police commissioner resumes, vows to tackles fake news

February 23, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The new Commissioner of Police in Anambra state, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas, Tuesday, warned purveyors of fake news to vacate the state or face prosecution. Kuryas, who replaced the former commissioner and current Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Zone 4, Benue,  Mr John Abang, stated this in a maiden press conference held at the command’s headquarters in Amawbia. He said the Read More

Breaking: Govs storm Niger for freed Kagara students

February 23, 2021 Aideloje Ojo, Minna 0

Governors under the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday stormed Minna, Niger state capital in solidarity with the state government over the abduction and eventual release of 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara. Blueprint reports that the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, and his Kwara state counterpart, Abdulrazaq Abdulfatah arrived Minna airport at about Read More

Breaking: Senate confirms Buratai, other ex-Service Chiefs as Ambassadors

February 23, 2021 Editor 0

The Senate, Tuesday, confirmed immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors. The confirmation of their nomination came through despite criticisms in some quarters. The former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; and the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas were confirmed. Others who were confirmed were Read More

Abubakar out, Dodo in as Buhari’s ADC

February 22, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The new Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to President Muhammadu Buhari , Lt. Col Yusuf Muktar Dodo, Monday officially resumed duties at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Dodo, the Academy Adjutant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), was appointed ADC last month. Dodo replaced Colonel Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, who is due for the rank of Brigadier-General after completing promotional course in Chile.He was Read More

NAWOJ FCT tasks govt on security of schools across the country

February 22, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), FCT Chapter,has condemned the spate of kidnappings across the country, especially recent kidnapping of students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger state.The chapter in a communiqué at the end of its maiden congress for 2021, tasked the government at all levels to ensure the security of lives and property especially Read More

Arewa youth talks tough, threatens to deal with politician behind Ibadan killings

February 22, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum( AYCF) has sounded a word of warning to “a political leader of the Southwest who has been engineering violence and arson in order to further his 2023 ambition”, if the killings were allowed to happen again.The group said its independent investigation has revealed, “One Southwest politician and his associates have been fanning the embers of Read More

Insecurity: CSO laments killing of security personel, other Nigerians

February 22, 2021 Paul Okah 0

A civil society organisation (CSO), Global Rights, has lamented the state of insecurity in Nigeria, calling on the federal government to intervene and stop the killing of security personel and Nigerians in different parts of the country. Addressing journalists Monday in Abuja during the presentation of the 2020 Mass Atrocities Report and Casualties Tracking, the Executive Director of Global Rights Read More

Tears, condolences as Rep reveals mission of crashed NAF aircraft

The Nigerian Air Force Sunday said seven persons onboard a Beechcraft KingAir B350 aircraft died when the jet crashed in Abuja. The jet en route Minna, Niger state, crashed not too far from the runway of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, few minutes after take-off, following an engine failure. Blueprint reliably learnt that the crashed aircraft was on a rescue mission Read More

Updated: 27 abducted Kagara students, 39 passengers released

The 27 students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger state, abducted Wednesday have been released, Blueprint has reliably gathered. Although details of the release were yet to be made public as at the time of this report, Blueprint gathered they were on their way back to Government House Minna at about 8.40pm Sunday. The students were abducted Wednesday at about 3.00am during which one of them, Benjamin Read More

Bandits kill two, abduct 2 infants, 7 others in Igabi, raze church, houses in Kajuru

February 21, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 Bandits on Saturday night killed two people and kidnapped nine others including two infants on Saturday night in Baka village, Igabi local government area, but troops in nearby Sabon Birni were alerted and engaged the bandits rescuing 14 people. Another set of bandits attacked Kikwari village in Kajuru local government area where they razed the Holy Family Catholic Church, and two houses but nobody Read More

Breaking: NAF reveals names of crashed officers

February 21, 2021 Editor 0

Hours after, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), Sunday, released the names of officers who died in the Beechcraft Kingair B350i plane crash. In a statement issued by the NAF spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, the officers are; Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain), Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System specialist). Others are Warrant Officer Bassey Etim Read More

Breaking: Niger secures release of 39 passengers

February 21, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Niger state government has secured the release of abducted 39 bus  Passengers after eight days in captivity of bandits. The government stated this in terse statement Sunday without details of how it freed the abducted passengers. The statement read, “The Niger state government has secured the release of abducted NSTA bus passengers. Government is intensifying efforts to also secure Read More

Farmers/Herders’ clash: Be conflict sensitive, IPCR DG tells journalists

February 21, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Bakut T. Bakut, Sunday, cautioned the media to be conflict sensitive in their reportage on farmers and herders’ clash. Bakut, who spoke in a statement issued by the institute’s media unit and signed by Ms. Esther Ndukwe, also sued for peace among Nigerians, saying that the level of tension all Read More