May 29: Buahri’s corruption fight stands him out – NOGASA boss

May 28, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

National President of the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA), Mr. Benneth N. Korie has described the Executive Orders (EOs) signed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the way to get the nation moving in the right direction. He also lauded the president’s anti-corruption fight as well as the manner it’s tackling the nation’s security challenge, saying the Read More

Bode George urges FG to relax Lagos lockdown

April 23, 2020 Tope Musowo 0

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former deputy national chairman, Chief Olabode George, has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic. George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, Thursday, said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges. He said Read More

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Zulum visits COAS, commends military’s efforts in anti- terrorism fight

March 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has commended the Nigerian military for its commitment to tackling the security challenges, especially insurgency and terrorism in the North-east.  Governor Zulum made the assertion Tuesday at the army headquarters, Abuja when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai.  A statement issued Tuesday by the  acting  Director,  Read More

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Give us gun permit, private security practitioners beg interior minister

March 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN) has called on the federal government to grant its members permission to carry arms in order to help solve the lingering security challenges in the country. ALPSPN has over 1000 licensed security companies with operations and members across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The national president Read More

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Injustice, bane of insecurity – Lawyer

March 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  A legal practitioner, Mr Qaasim Odedeji, has attributed injustice and unequal distribution of dividends of democracy to the economic and security challenges facing the country.  He maintained that Nigeria will be great if government at all levels, including families, can ensure equal justice.  Odedeji, who is the Amir of the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) B Zone, stated this in Osogbo while Read More

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IPCR frets over insecurity, violent extremism

February 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has expressed concern over the security challenges facing mankind. The Institute noted that violent extremism has pushed people to elevate carnage, destruction of lives and properties, disrespect for human rights and humanitarian laws beyond human comprehension. The Director General of the Institute, Dr. Bakut Bakut, represented by the head of Research Read More

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Insecurity: Reps seek special support fund for armed forces

February 28, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The House of Representatives has taken steps towards establishing a special support fund for the nation’s armed forces in the face of the lingering security challenges. A bill seeking to create a special intervention fund for the security forces, aside the annual budgetary allocations, sponsored by Hon. Babajimi Benson and six others scaled second reading on Thursday, and was subsequently Read More

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Senator Basiru supports call for state police

February 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The call for a decentralized police force in Nigeria resonated in Ilorin, the kwara state capital Thursday, with Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru arguing that the lingering security challenges has dampened the trust of the Nigerian public in the security agencies. Delivering a lecture organised by the Correspondents chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kwara state held at the Press Read More

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Exploring community policing alternative against insecurity in Plateau

February 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Towards providing proactive measures aimed at curbing insecurity, Governor Simon Lalong has set up a technical committee, on community policing. MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU writes on the efforts and concerns of others.Efforts at exploring community alternative to curb insecurity and promote peaceful coexistence for the sustainable progress of people has become great cause for concerns. To that effect, the state governor, Read More

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Calls for sack of Service Chiefs, misplaced- Edo Dep Gov

February 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Edo state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, has  said the call for the sack of Service Chiefs by some critics, was a misplaced priority that will not solve Nigeria’s security challenges. Shaibu made the assertion at a meeting with Heads of Media Organisations in Benin, Monday, as part of preparations for successful hosting of the forthcoming National Sports Festival tagged Read More

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Why Buhari won’t resign over insecurity – Lai

February 20, 2020 Editor 0

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari wasn’t contemplating resigning over the insecurity challenge. Mohammed who disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja also said, “As I said earlier, the country is facing security challenges, and the challenges are being tackled headlong. “However, there have been some red herrings in recent times, including Read More

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Buhari’s theory of self-help

February 15, 2020 Editor 0

When the Boko Haram marauders raided Kano in 2013 or thereabouts, killing close to 100 of innocent folks in one fell swoop, among them travellers at a popular motor park, former President Goodluck Jonathan visited the ancient city and was shocked by what he saw. After sniffing the air reeking with the stench of charred bodies, and bereft of fresh Read More

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Insecurity: Northern group urges security summit, wants amnesty for kidnappers, bandits

February 11, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Northern Coalition For Peace and Development on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene Northern security summit with traditional rulers, religious leaders and critical stakeholders to proffer solution to security challenges facing the region.   Rising from it’s stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna on security challenges facing the North and Nigeria, the group lampooned those calling for the sack of security Read More

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Intelligence, community policing responsible for my success – Kano ex-CP

February 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu, on Sunday revealed how he policed Kano at the wake of threatening political tension.Blueprint recalled that AIG Iliyasu was posted to Kano at the hit of the inconclusive Governorship election in the state, with its attendant Political tension and security challenges.The police boss was recently promoted to AIG Read More

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Buhari promises to re-tool military

February 6, 2020 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said the military would be re-professionalized and re-equipped to meet the growing exigencies of security in the country, assuring Nigerians that the promise of ending terrorism would be realised.The president said this at the commissioning of two Nigeria Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and Mi-17 E Helicopters at the Eagle Square in Abuja.“We Read More

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Solution to kidnapping/banditry in North 

February 5, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria has surfed through numerous hurdles as far as security is concerned. They include Niger Delta militancy, the Boko Haram misadventure, herders/farmers conflicts and most recently, banditry and intractable kidnappings for ransom in the Northern part of the country. Nigerians nurture a feeling of absolute disappointment and insecurity towards the constitutionally mandated body saddled with the responsibility of their security and Read More

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Fight against terrorism: NAF commissions another K-9 wing in Bauchi

February 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As part of its efforts to deal with contemporary security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Monday, commissioned another Canine (K-9) Wing in Bauchi bringing to two, the number of K-9 Wings under the NAF 057 Provost Investigation Group.  A statement issued by the Director of Public Relations  and  Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Read More

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Abuja natives seek security trust fund

February 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Indigenous youth in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the auspices of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) has called for the formation of FCT Security Trust Fund as a direct response to the security challenges in the FCT. President of the organisation, Isaac David told Blueprint Monday that they youth had already forwarded a letter the FCT Minister, Mallam Bello Mohammed Read More

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What we told Buhari on national security, others – Lawan, Gbajabiamila

February 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday had a close-door meeting with the President of the Senator Mr Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Senate President Ahmed Lawan said the security challenges in the country calls for closer working relationship between the executive Read More

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The aged rural farmers

February 3, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The lack of interest in farming by some youth is getting out of hand and presently the people that are feeding us are the small holders aged farmers. Some people see the cultivation of land as a poor man’s business while most peasant farmers who take bank loans find it difficult to paying back. Also, prices of agricultural produce, security challenges, poor infrastructure, high bank interest rate discourage the youth Read More

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Insurgency: Ebute tasks NASS on complementary strategy

January 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Elder statesman and former President of the Senate, Ameh Ebute, has called on President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, to engage other politicians, technocrats as well as businessmen from the North-east to “join hands to help in complementing roles that will solve the lingering security crises in the region.” Ebute urged Lawan, as the most senior political appointee from the Read More

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Our political process contributes to insecurity – Monarch

January 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Gomo of Kuje, Alhaji Haruna Tanko Jibrin, has said that the cumulative effects of the escalating security challenges are worrying signals that the political process is not functioning in a manner guaranteed to reduce the problem. He made this known Wednesday  in his palace in  Kuje while speaking to Blueprint on the security situation in Nigeria.  Gomo said:  “Ordinarilly, Read More

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Nyako blames politicians for current insecurity 

January 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A retired Naval Officer and former senator representing Adamawa Central, Sen. Abdul-Azeez Nyako, has stated politicians should largely be blamed for the current security challenge in the country rather than the military. Speaking to newsmen on Sunday in Yola, Nyako said the Nigerian military which is currently overstretched is doing its best on the situation and deserved commendation. He said Read More

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Security: North-Central governors strategise on community policing

January 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Governors from the Six North-Central states  have agreed to collaborate toward ensuring effective community policing to tackle the security challenges within the region and the country. The governors, who converged on Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, at the North-Central Security Summit with other stakeholders, also resolved to reinforce and provide improved capacity for the various security apparatus in their respective Read More