Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has directed his agency’s men and officers to avoid any enticement that contradicts the ethos of their profession as anti-narcotic operatives.
Marwa delivered the charge on Saturday in Jos, Plateau State, during the agency’s Strike Force Elite Corps graduation ceremony.
He said, “Here is my appeal to each of you: Avoid any enticement that contradicts the ethos of your profession as an anti-narcotics officer. Anything that could jeopardise your discipline and commitment to duty should be avoided.
“As an anti-narcotics officer, you have a huge responsibility to remain incorruptible in the face of any temptation that drug traffickers and barons may throw at you.”
The NDLEA boss, who was represented by the Director, Special Duties/Commander, Strike Force, Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, (DCGN) Ahmed Ningi, also said: “To the Strike Force operatives, I want you to be aware that today marks a watershed moment in your professional career with the agency. This specialised training, as well as the skills gained from it, will undoubtedly improve your competence in the Agency’s special role in the war on illicit drugs.
“It is critical that I remind you that as the Agency expands its operation against illicit drug trafficking, your assistance will become increasingly important to the achievement of our organizational goals. Because of the unique nature of your training, you must act as a force multiplier for traditional NDLEA field staff.
“Moreover, the progress report I received, including the on-the-spot assessment, confirmed that the course’s objective had been met. As you graduate today, I urge you not to rest on your laurels, because your competence will be tested on occasion by challenges that will arise during your career as an anti-narcotic operative.
“It is encouraging to learn that you have been exposed to classroom and outdoor exercises that are relevant to the current challenges. As a result, you are urged to consolidate your knowledge and apply it wisely in all of your commands. In general, I hope that the course’s benefits will improve your performance in the field.”
Marwa emphasised the significance of the elite force within the agency, saying, “We have high hopes for the Strike Force, one of NDLEA’s tactical creations in 2021. The Strike Force adds strength and purpose to our drug supply reduction effort by reinforcing NDLEA officers and men who must work in dangerous terrain as part of their duties.
“The benefit of having the Strike Force was evident in February 2023 when, on two occasions, the Agency was able to successfully carry out raids, seizures, and destruction of a significant amount of psychotropic substances in territories that were previously hostile and nearly out of bounds for anti-drug officers.
“In a seven-day operation, 255 hectares of cannabis farms were destroyed across five local government areas in Ondo and Ekiti states. Similarly, in Lagos State, a notorious drug den in Patey, Lagos Island, was raided in broad daylight, yielding over 5,000kg of cannabis and other drugs, as well as the arrest of the drug kingpin and six other suspects. Both operations were dangerous, but the Strike Force provided necessary cover, fended off mob attacks, and ensured that our officers and men performed their duties safely.”
He stated that the course’s success would not have been possible without the commitment of the training facilitators and the NDLEA instructor team. “We would like to thank the Citizenship and Leadership Centre’s management and team for creating an atmosphere conducive to obstacle crossing and other challenging aspects of the training. I thank you for your efforts and sacrifices towards the successful completion of the course.
In his welcoming remarks, the Commandant of the NDLEA Academy in Jos, (DCGN) Hamza Umar, praised the agency’s leadership for exposing officers and men to continuous training both at home and abroad. He advised the graduates not to take the privilege for granted.
Assailants Kill Umuoji Community President-General In Anambra
Only a year ago, the President-General of the Obosi community in Anambra State’s Idemili-North Local Government Area was butchered to death by unknown people who have yet to be identified and apprehended by Nigerian police.
Another President-General, this time the President-General of the Umuoji community, Chief Silas Onyima, was assassinated in his bathroom at home on Friday night last week by yet-to-be-identified individuals.
The same fate befell the President-General of the Nimo community, who was shot multiple times before dying in his car. According to a source who requested anonymity, this is the tragic story of PGs who were assassinated or murdered in cold blood while on active duty.
According to the source, Anambra State’s Presidents-General are being slaughtered like chickens because they are always the prime target for assassination. Worse, every time these heinous incidents occurred, the government showed little empathy, let alone condoled with the bereaved family.
The source expressed concern that little or no effort is being made to identify the killers of the affected PGs or those responsible for the killings. That the safety and security of PGs are no longer guaranteed, as evidenced by the way and manner in which they were slaughtered like chickens, and that the perpetrators are free to roam the communities without being caught.
Although Prof. Charles Nwadigwe, the 1st National Vice President of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), believes that insecurity exists throughout the country, he believes that the insecurity of Presidents-General is unique because they are community leaders and public servants.
Nwadigwe, a former President-General of the Ikem Ivite community, stated that the attacks were carried out by those who are upset that criminalities are not permitted to take precedence over civility and the rule of law.
He stated that the heinous murder of Umuoji President-General was one too many and serves as a wake-up call for PGs to take proactive measures to ensure their personal security and safety.
He urged the Anambra State Government and security agencies to respond to the situation and apprehend the killers of PG Umuoji Chief Silas Onyima, adding that the death of the PG has made it critical that the security architecture in the communities be restructured, even as he stated that ASATU will pursue the matter until the Umuoji PG killers are apprehended and brought to justice.
Comrade Bonny Ozo Nkwuaku, the National Laison Officer of ASATU in Anambra-Central Senatorial Zone and President-General emeritus of the Enugwu-Ukwu community in Njikoka Local Government Area, also stated that PGs are like endangered species in Anambra State and urged the government to beef up security around them.
Nkwuaku proposed that even if the PGs were not assigned conventional police, they could be assigned local vigilantes to play special roles in their security. He stated that it was not long ago that the President-General of the Obosi community was assassinated similar to the assassination of Omor and Nanka Presidents-General were still fresh until the very recent gruesome murder of Umuoji PG just last week.
The former Enugwu-Ukwu PG who stated that no arrests were being made when these assassinations occurred, maintained that such heinous crimes were allowed to fly as no arrests or prosecutions were made to bring those involved to justice, adding that it was time the government came to the rescue of Presidents-General.
Nkwuaku explained that PGs render selfless service to the communities and that no PG is being paid by the town union yet they are brutally killed and their families left to suffer untold hardships.
Investigations however revealed that a delegation of ASATU led by the National President Chief Barr. Titus Nnabuike Akpudo, have paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Umuoji PG to commiserate with them over the loss.
This reporter also gathered that ASATU has resolved to get to the root of the matter because the association has lost about five Presidents-General to malicious killings and assassinations.
Katsina Police Command Neutralises Scores Of Bandits, Recover 332 Rustled Animals
The Katsina State Police, in partnership with the Community Watch Corps, have apprehended a suspected known bandit boss and his collaborators, as well as recovered 332 rustled animals.
ASP Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, the state police command spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement released to journalists in Katsina on Thursday.
According to him, on February 21, 2024, at around 0800hrs, in a coordinated effort to combat the menace of banditry in the state, operatives of the State Police Command attached to Kankara and Malumfashi Divisional Headquarters, in collaboration with members of the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KTCWC), raided the Burdugau bandits camp in Malumfashi LGA, led by one Babayo, a suspected notorious bandits’ kingpin.
According to the statement, the team also recovered 332 suspected rustled livestock and neutralised numerous suspected armed bandits during the collaborative operation.
“Amid these commendable achievements, a member of the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KTCWC) and another member of the vigilante group were unfortunately fatally injured; one police officer was also shot and injured during the raid. However, the injured are currently receiving treatment and responding to medical care”.
CP Aliyu Abubakar Musa, the state police commissioner, praised the operatives’ professionalism and bravery, saying these successful raid operations highlight the command’s commitment to protecting the lives and property of state citizens, reaffirming its resolve to confront and neutralise criminal activities in the state and ensure the safety and security of all residents.
He prayed for the repose of the slain officers’ souls and expressed his heartfelt condolences to their families, emphasising that the bravery, dedication, and sacrifices demonstrated by these officers will be remembered forever.
In a swift reaction, the state Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda saluted the gallantry of Mallam Sanusi Hassan, the Commander of Katsina Community Watch Corps (KCWC) in Kankara Local Government Area, who was killed by the miscreants in the operation.
“Hassan, together with four local vigilantes and two young men from Burdigau paid the supreme price during the gun battle with the terrorists loyal to the notorious bandit kingpins, Dankarami and Barbaru, who had established a new camp in Yar Tepa”.
“The government and people of Katsina State painfully mourn the gallant and fearless local security personnel, described as “true heroes of war“.
According to him, Hassan and the six men who died battling the terrorists deserved to be praised and acknowledged for dying in active service to their beloved country.
He advised the relatives of the deceased not to despair, but rather to take consolation in the fact that their loved ones perished while fighting to restore long-term peace and security in Katsina state.
Radda praised the security personnel for their bravery, which resulted in the deaths of over 100 bandits during the encounter and the rescue of hundreds of rustled cows in four trailers.
“This terrible incident will not dampen our morale to restore peace and security in our troubled state. The Katsina State government shall honour the memories of Hassan and those who died alongside him, by ensuring that terrorists holding the state to ransom are all eliminated, very soon”.
“I wish to pledge that the Katsina State Government, under my leadership, will not abandon the families of the deceased. They will be supported in every way possible, to cushion their hardship in the wake of their loved one’s death,” the Governor assured.
PCRC Honours Zone 13 AIG Aghaulor For Security Gallantry
By Chuks Eke
The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), has bestowed some special awards on Godwin Ndidi Aghaulor, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra State, for his valiant efforts so far in bringing crime to a halt in the zone that controls Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi states.
Agunechemba, Gallant Crime Fighter, Grand Commander, and Community Policing Ambassador were among the medals given.
The committee also conferred an honorary title of Ugosimba and Patroness on the AIG’s wife, Mrs. Salome Chinasa Aghaulor, just as they equally conferred an honorary title of Administrative Expert on the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, ZPPRO, Josephine Ihunwo.
Among the special awards conferred on AIG Aghaulo included Agunechemba (The Lion that guides the zone), Community Policing Ambassador, Grand Commander and Gallant Crime Fighter.
Conferring the awards in the AIG, his wife and the ZPPRO during a security summit/official visit of the AIG to Onitsha at the PCRC Hall, Central Police Station, CPS, Onitsha, the Senior Special Assistant to the National Chairman of PCRC on Interstate Projects (Southeast Zone), Sir Vic Agubisi described Aghaulor as a security giant and a role model to both the police force and humanity for setting standards in crime fighting.
Agubisi explained that the awards were in line with PCRC’s avowed determination to reward whosoever devoted their time and resources in making the law-abiding citizens sleep with their two eyes closed without being molested by hoodlums.
Agubisi who commended the police high command for finding Aghaullor a true son of Igbo-speaking Delta worthy of being trusted with the security of lives and properties of people of Zone 13 which is domiciled in the heart of Igbo land, further explained that Aghaulor deserved his status as AIG because of his quality track records.
Responding, the highly elated AIG Aghaulor commended Agubisi and his team of PCRC members for their initiative and for devoting their time and resources to assisting the police give maximum services in terms of the provision of adequate security of lives and properties of the entire citizenry.
He therefore charged members of the public to always give useful information to the police for effective crime prevention.
“This triple awards would no doubt spur me and my men to fight crime and criminality to a barest minimum, particularly at this present time when insecurity of lives and properties have become the order of the day”, said Aghaulor.
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