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Nigerian Aviation Safety Personnel to begin carrying firearms quickly – Hadi Sirika reveals

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Nigerian Aviation Security Personnel to start?carrying firearms soon ? Hadi Sirika reveals

Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation has disclosed that personnel of Aviation Safety (AVSEC), a division within the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will quickly start to hold firearms throughout all of the airports within the nation.  

 

Sirika defined that permitting AVSEC personnel to hold arms in the midst of their duties would additional cut back safety threats throughout on the airports. Sirika spoke on the ongoing AVSEC retreat in Katsina State.

 

The minister, who was represented on the event by the Rector, Nigerian Faculty of Aviation Expertise (NCAT), Zaria, Capt Mohammed Abdulsalami stated discussions had reached the ultimate stage for the plan to return into impact.  He stated:

“The Federal authorities authorised for AVSEC to bear arms, which is a notable achievement on this administration’s effort at bettering the overall security of its citizenry and passengers passing by way of our airports.”  

He emphasised that arming AVSEC would guarantee correct policing of the sector by AVSEC personnel, noting that it was a part of efforts by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to present the nation dividends of democracy.

 

He stated rebranding of AVSEC personnel was vital within the constructing of brand name identification and creation of a recognizable company identification for officers with the goal of constructing them way more skilled and buyer pleasant to satisfy up with the initiative of the Ease of Doing Enterprise.  

 

Sirika stated most international locations had proven a eager curiosity within the nation’s rising and increasing aviation business. Sirika had in September final 12 months disclosed that AVSEC  personnel will start to hold arms whereas on responsibility on the  nation’s varied airports. He stated approval  to hold hearth arms had been given to FAAN safety personnel over a decade in the past by the presidency.  He nevertheless famous that the approval had not been actualised attributable to operational exigencies.  “We now have gone far with the profiling of these to pioneer the undertaking. As well as, requisite logistics have been recognized and articulated.  “All association has reached an advance stage. As to the problem of time, allow us to simply say very quickly, we’ve got a lot to tidy up and want to be extremely skilled in our preparations earlier than execution”, he had stated.  

 

Additionally, the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma in his goodwill message, stated the company was investing in aviation to create enabling surroundings that might encourage effectivity in tackling rising safety threats to civil aviation. Dunoma disclosed that FAAN lately procured 10 further patrol automobiles to spice up the present fleet of automobiles for efficient protection and patrol, whereas further screening machines had been being procured and previous ones being changed.  

 

Director, Safety Companies, FAAN, Capt USA Sadiq, in his speech noticed that the business was at a important juncture within the world aviation business the place terrorism was assuming a brand new dimension.  He stated aviation safety remained  pivotal within the actualisation of a protected and secured aviation business within the struggle in opposition to terrorism.  Capt Sadiq confused the necessity to shut the hole created by the anomaly to adequately deploy all bodily and materials sources to reinforce in areas of lapses.  He famous that securing the airport with the Closed Circuit Tv (CCTV) digicam and detection gear would improve the operate of AVSEC.



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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace

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The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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