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”Thread softly in your reportage of safety issues” Presidency appeals to Nigerian media



Within the midst of the talk over the proper to freedom of expression and the federal government’s efforts to make sure that the digital house and the mass media usually don’t turn out to be a playground for terrorism and destabilization, safety businesses within the nation have given assurances that they’d preserve a stability between openness and nationwide safety.

They’ve, nevertheless, referred to as on the nation’s media house owners and practitioners to stroll the high quality stability between openness on one hand and nationwide safety on the opposite.

Talking at an interactive assembly with house owners and resolution makers within the media on the State Home Convention Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, the Director-Common of the Division of State Providers, DSS, Lawal Daura, the Director-Common of the Nationwide Intelligence Company, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Employees, Common Gabriel Olonisakin, gave assurances that the safety scenario within the nation was throughout the management of the federal government and that this may be helped the place the media lowered sensation from their every day protection.

In their very own evaluation, “our state of nationwide safety is just not as unhealthy as it’s painted by the media.”

In in search of the assist from the media in direction of the achievement of safety for everybody, the heads of the businesses emphasised that sharing and coordination amongst safety businesses and the media is crucial to counter the ever-changing threats confronted by the nation.

The Safety chieftains expressed the actual fear that there are teams within the nation with evil designs to disrupt the processes resulting in the 2019 common elections within the hope of making a stalemate.

They warned the media in opposition to the actions of some unregistered teams which have currently been lively in making an attempt to undermine essential establishments such the law-enforcement businesses and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC.

The safety heads additionally referred to as for nearer cooperation from the media to forestall terrorists and radical ideologies directed from overseas from undermining the continued efforts to revive safety in elements of the nation going through the challenges of terrorism, financial sabotage, criminality, farmers-herdsmen clashes and the unfold of unlawful weapons.

In a particular submission by the NIA, its Director-Common recalled unsavoury developments of the final one yr, which had put the company in a adverse limelight, however stated that such developments weren’t peculiar to the Company.

“Related establishments the world over have handed via this section. What’s, nevertheless, necessary is for the proper classes to be learnt from these developments.

I see these challenges as impetus to reposition the Company for efficient service supply in realization of its core mandate, as a essential element of our Nationwide Safety Structure,” he stated.

Ambassador Abubakar appealed for media assist to allow the company to reform and stay targeted on tackling the challenges of worldwide nature going through the nation which included terrorism and violent extremism manifested in actions of Boko Haram (BH), ISIS, AQIM, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, Ansaru, amongst others.

He stated the nation additionally confronted threats from the human trafficking and unlawful migration, smuggling, slavery, compelled labour, prostitutions, medication trafficking, actions of drug cartels and their networks, in addition to trafficking in small arms and light-weight weapons (SALW).

In line with the DG, “Monetary Crimes, identification of economic sources and properties suspected to be obtained by corrupt means belonging to Nigerians particularly Politically Uncovered Individuals (PEPs); Herdsmen and Farmers clashes, cattle rustling and many others; Piracy and Militancy, notably within the Niger Delta: Oil theft, unlawful oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism; and Cyber Crimes/ Cyber safety: actions of on-line fraudsters, hacking and many others. will henceforth obtain precedence consideration.”

The intelligence and safety chieftains additionally expressed the view that the Nigerian media has a task in securing Nigeria’s nationwide curiosity.

This anticipated function of the press is in tandem with world greatest practices, notably on points which have bearing on nationwide safety.

They, due to this fact, invited the media “as companions to proceed to be safety aware and train restraint in disseminating data that might expose the Providers to ridicule or hurt our Nationwide Safety,” stressing that, “Prior session with acceptable members of the Intelligence Neighborhood is one of the simplest ways to go.”



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




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




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




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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