Insecurity: Masari opens up on Bandits’ impact in Katsina LGAs

The security threats in Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, are getting worse by the day as nine out of the state’s 34 local government areas are currently under the bandits’ attack bandits, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has said.  The governor said although efforts were on to bring the menace  to an end, activities of bandits were posing serious drawbacks to Read More

Insecurity: Between compromise and negligence

July 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

With the recurrent insecurity prevalence in northern Nigeria, one’s mind will definitely continue to swing between security compromise and security negligence. The gradual daily change in our news headlines from Boko Haram to banditry to kidnapping to an attack by unknown gunmen is a strong indication that our insecurity is becoming pervasive. While the major threat in the north used Read More

Ashiru to el-Rufai: Involve monarchs in tackling insecurity

July 20, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna state, Alhaji Isa Ashiru, has urged governor Nasir el-Rufai to involve traditional rulers in tackling sectarian crises and banditry in the state. Kaduna state has recently suffered sectarian crises in Zango Kataf, Kaura and Kajuru local government areas leading to the loss of many lives and property worth millions of naira. The state Read More

Engage retired military officers fix Nigeria’s security challenges — Legionnaire

July 16, 2020 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

Secretary of the Nigerian Legion Anambra state chapter, Chief Ben Ezeabuogu, has urged federal and state governments to engage the services of retired military officers in tackling security challenges bedeviling the nation. Ezeabuogu, who made the call in an interview with Blueprint in Awka, the state capital, explained that the “Legion has experienced retired but not tired personnel who are passionate in Read More

Insurgency: Secure our border communities, Adamawa ALGON begs FG

July 7, 2020 Muazu Abari 0

Chairman of Mubi South local government area of Adamawa state who is also the All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) boss,  Jingi Rufai, has called on the federal government to give special intervention and support to border  communities, especially where there is  banditry and other security  challenges. He stated this in an interview with journalists in his office in Gella, headquarters Read More

Aremu wants INEC to postpone Edo, Ondo elections amidst coronavirus rises cases

June 28, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

 Former Labour Party governorship candidate in Kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Edo and Ondo state gubernatorial elections in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic to safeguard people’s lives. Speaking on Sunday in Kaduna, even as political parties rounded up their primaries ahead of the Edo state gubernatorial elections scheduled for September, Read More

My appointment’ll end terror in the North, Bello assures govs

June 22, 2020 Adoyi M. Aba 0

Chairman of the high-power security committee set by the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) to address grueling security challenges in the North, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, has assured his colleagues that the end to terrorist activities in the area was in sight. The NSGF is under the leadership of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state. Speaking through his Read More

End insecurity now, Methodist Bishop tells Buhari

June 18, 2020 Editor 0

The President Vision Africa International and Co-Chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop, Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has bemoned the security threats in all parts of the country at a time Nigeria and the globe are battling to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. In a statement he personally signed on Thursday and issued to newsmen, the Methodist Bishop, said Read More

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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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 8

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