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Masterminds of Delta killings will be apprehended soon- CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the mastermind of the gruesome killing of 17 military officers in Delta State will soon be apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.

General Musa gave the assurance in Abuja, while addressing the Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Hon. Babajimi Benson and other Committee members.

The Chief of Defence Staff who applauded the Committee’s support, reiterated the Service’s resolve towards ending the security ravaging the country.

He maintained that the military is doing everything possible to bring an end to the present security situations in the country, adding that the security challenges are a phase in the life of the country which will soon become a thing of the past.

While soliciting for the cooperation of all Nigerians, General Musa expressed grief over the way the military men who went to Delta for peace keeping were gruesomely murdered.

The Chief of Defence Staff who affirmed that the Military is aware of the kingpin behind the killing in Delta Community, which occurred on Thursday, vowed that the mastermind of the killings will be apprehended soon.

He said: “The situation is an ongoing, it’s an ongoing operation but we won’t want to say much other than we already know the perpetrators. Already we have done it and they’ve run away. We have information where they’ve gone to hide, some people are giving them refuge, some people are giving them support.

“We just want to tell Nigerians that we are following up on every aspect of it. Those guys that committed this heinous crime will not go free, they will be brought to book. We know how to get them, we are going to go after them.

“We want to appeal to anybody who has anything to do with them to desist because even during the investigation we are able to find out that they are assisting them in one way or the other will be part of it. He’s not going to be set free. The days of impunity are over, we are going to do that.

“And to the larger society, Nigerians should be hopeful, the government is doing well and the Armed Forces is doing its best and all the security agencies are working to ensure that we restore peace and security in Nigeria.”

He also assured President Tinubu that the Armed Forces are not sleeping, adding that all the abducted students and others will be freed.

General Musa also maintained that the successful contribution of the Nigerian Army contributed immensely to the improvement in daily oil production.

Speaking earlier, Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Hon. Babajimi Benson who expressed confidence in the capacity of the Chief of Defence Staff to deliver on the Armed Forces mandates, however noted Nigerians are tired of excuses.

While urging the Military to do everything possible to bring to an end the current insecurities in the country, Hon. Benson said: “As you know, the National Assembly’s responsibility for oversight of the executive is an exclusive provision in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and in the Standing Orders & Rules of the House. This exercise is designed to promote good governance, accountability, and transparency as well as effective service delivery, particularly in the security sector, for Nigerians.

“We recognise this institution’s critical role in protecting our nation’s sovereignty, defending our borders, and promoting peace and stability both domestically and internationally. This is what we owe Nigerians and we look forward to your cooperation.

“Dear CDS, this oversight exercise comes at an auspicious time in the life of our nation, especially in the light of the recent resurgence of school abductions, kidnappings and banditry, especially in the North-East, North-West and North-Central as well as several other security challenges currently prevalent in various parts of the country.

“While we acknowledge the tremendous successes recorded so far through the several theatres of operation across the country, Nigerians are tired of excuses. As representatives of the people, we can tell you authoritatively that they are yearning for definitive results and an end to these myriad of security challenges.

“This Committee realises that these results can only be achieved at a cost – a contemporary, well-equipped, well-trained, well-resourced and adequately motivated Armed Forces. This is why we are here. Therefore, we expect that this interaction will help to address concerns raised by Nigerians whom we represent and the role that the National Assembly can play to support you in addressing them.

“The House Committee on Defence fully backs President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s mandate to the Armed Forces of Nigeria to end all forms of insecurity in Nigeria, in line with the administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda. We are confident that the mandate is achievable and must be achieved.

“Our people have suffered untold hardship and emotional pains in the last fifteen years. As their representatives, we feel the impact of this hardship and witness the effect of insecurity on development within our constituencies. We must, therefore, all work together by supporting Mr. President to end the spate of wanton kidnappings, abductions, oil theft and preventable killings.

“The CDS, Honourable colleagues, the National Assembly is fully aware of the huge responsibility placed on the shoulders of our Armed Forces. This is why we have consistently ensured a steady increase in budgetary allocation for the security sector. We are determined to continue to support you through our legislative activities. It is in line with this that we have initiated several innovative legislations, currently at various stages of the legislative process in the House, all designed to strengthen and revolutionise the defence sector.

“For instance, members of this Committee have worked assiduously to pass the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill, which seeks to create an exclusive five-year funding plan, outside the annual budgetary allocations, for revamping the Nigerian Armed Forces through the provision of regular training for armed forces personnel and modern security and defence equipment for effective defence of Nigeria’s territory and fight against insurgency and other related matters.

“This Committee expects that these oversight exercises will provide us with the required information on the performance of the 2023 budget so far. Furthermore, as the government commences the implementation of the 2024 budget, please note that we shall be conducting thorough scrutiny to ensure that it is implemented as passed by the National Assembly. Nigerians expect better outcomes and will continue to demand a high level of social accountability in the use of all resources allocated to the defence sector.

“For instance, members of this Committee have worked assiduously to pass the Nigerian Armed Forces Support Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill, which seeks to create an exclusive five-year funding plan, outside the annual budgetary allocations, for revamping the Nigerian Armed Forces through the provision of regular training for armed forces personnel and modern security and defence equipment for effective defence of Nigeria’s territory and fight against insurgency and other related matters.

“This Committee expects that these oversight exercises will provide us with the required information on the performance of the 2023 budget so far. Furthermore, as the government commences the implementation of the 2024 budget, please note that we shall be conducting thorough scrutiny to ensure that it is implemented as passed by the National Assembly. Nigerians expect better outcomes and will continue to demand a high level of social accountability in the use of all resources allocated to the defence sector.

“The CDS, you will agree that the importance of space and cyberspace military technology to modern warfare cannot be underestimated. Cyberspace has become a critical economic and military tool, therefore, maintaining military cyberspace capability is now an emerging necessity for military operations globally.

“There is, therefore, a need to fully harness the benefits of military space technology by creating a Nigerian Defence Space Force (DSF). This will help harness the value of military space and cyberspace-based capabilities and integrate such into theatre operations across the country.

“A new, independent Space Force will also strengthen the functions of the Defence Space Agency (DSA) in acquiring military space systems, developing a military space power policy, and supporting all operations with space and cyberspace intelligence in the war against insecurity in Nigeria. We believe this will consolidate all space missions from across the Armed Forces into one central operational domain. Consequently, we have commenced legislative processes to enact a law that will enable this.

“According to information available to us, the gallant and brave men and women of the AFN currently have active operations in over 30 States. To achieve effectiveness, it is right to ask if the AFN are stretched too widely and focusing too much on what the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) should be doing. The more the military operates in the civil space, the less empowered and proactive the NPF will be. The nature of the asymmetric fighting we are engaged in has revealed some patterns.

“The CDS, one of these is the bandits and criminals carrying out kidnapping and other crimes in Nigeria and then run to neighbouring countries where any get shelter and unofficial safe havens. The AFN need to renew its focus on surgical operations and collaboration with our neighbouring countries as part of its core mandate so that it can focus less on domestic operations, which the Police should carry out. Except when called upon by the Police for assistance (as the Constitution stipulates), the AFN needs to focus more on protecting the country’s territorial integrity through expanded external deterrence activities to secure the nation.

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Invasion of Assembly: Police arrest 20 Yoruba nation agitators, recover 67 cutlasses, others

The Police in Oyo State have arrested 20 suspected Yoruba nation agitators over Saturday’s invasion of the state’s House of Assembly complex in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a group of persons allegedly invaded the complex located at the Government Secretariat vicinity in an attempt to take it over.

Police spokesman in Oyo State, SP Adewale Osifeso confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement he issued in Ibadan.

Osifeso stated that the 20 suspects arrested had in their possession three pump action guns, 29 life cartridges, two expended cartridges, 67 cutlasses, five bulletproof vests and six pairs of boots,

They also had in their possession, 10 Public Address Systems, three berets with Oodua insignia crafted on them, seven belts, 11 Oodua Nation camouflage uniforms, one unregistered bus and three motorcycles, he added.

Osifeso stressed that the police, in collaboration with sister security agencies successfully thwarted the attempt by the agitators to forcefully take over the secretariat.

“The suspects who wore military camouflage came heavily armed in an unregistered bus and had cutlasses, pump action rifles, cartridges, assorted charms and an Oodua Nation agitation flag with them.

“They were overpowered and completely suppressed by officers and men of the police in concert with those of sister security agencies,’’ he stated.

Osifeso described the act of the suspects as criminal and unpatriotic and a clear case of treasonable felony and terrorism.

He assured that appropriate punishment would be meted to those found culpable, while the police would continue to protect law-abiding citizens.

The spokesman stated that the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebola Hamzat already ordered an investigation and an enlargement of the dragnet to arrest others connected with the incident.

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Military destroys illegal refining sites in Rivers

The air component of Nigeria’s military special taskforce, “Operation Delta Safe’’ bombarded several illegal oil refining sites and other bases of economic saboteurs in Rivers on Friday and Saturday.

Director, Public Relations and Information at the Nigerian Air Force, AVM Edward Gabkwet, stated on Sunday in Abuja that the air strikes diminished the capabilities of oil thieves significantly.

He assured that the strikes ensured that economic saboteurs would no longer be able to burst pipelines to steal crude oil.

Gabkwet stated that an illegal refining site was destroyed at Idama community and four boats which reconnaissance found to have been loaded with illegally-refined products were equally destroyed.

“Similar reconnaissance missions were conducted over Ogbomkiri community where an active illegal refining site was identified and destroyed.

“Reconnaissance over the Arugbana community showed that oil thieves were trying to set up an illegal refining site and, on sighting the approaching aircraft, they scampered to safety.

Several illegal sites were also observed at Samkiri community and were engaged and destroyed.

“In all, about seven illegal refining sites and four boats were discovered and destroyed in the two-day operation,’’ Gabkwet added.

 

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Aiyedatiwa stops pastors from wearing cassock, appoints self general overseer

Nebuchadnezzar, infamous figure immortalized in the Bible, commands recognition as the Babylonian monarch whose relentless conquests laid waste to the temple of Jerusalem, seizing its sacred relics as spoils of war.

Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a great tree that shelters the whole world. But an angelic “watcher” appears and decrees that the tree must be cut down and that for seven years, he will have his human mind taken away and will eat grass like an ox.

The holy Bible generously describes and expounds a Chapel or Temple as the hallowed sanctuary of the Almighty. It is reserved for the reverential observance of sacred rites and solemn covenants deemed too divine for mundane settings. In all Chapels or Temples all over the world, these consecrated edifices are sanctuaries apart, shielded from the profane clamor of the secular world.

But an archetype of Nebuchadnezzar may have surreptitiously crept into Ondo without anyone noticing. While asking questions on what motivated the biblical Nebuchadnezzar to desecrate the holy Chapel or Temple of God, we are compelled to confront the actions of His Excellency (Hon.) Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa vis-à-vis the recent happenings inside the Government House Chapel.

In a bold and audacious move that is only comparable to that of Nebuchadnezzar, Governor Aiyedatiwa decreed that ordained priests, including Rev. Babalola of the Anglican Communion and Canon Enoch Adeleke of the Methodist Church, discard their traditional vestments, known as Casoc, in favor of resplendent native attire—Agbada & Sokoto—during sacred ceremonies.

This sweeping directive challenges the entrenched doctrines upheld by Orthodox Churches, igniting a maelstrom of doubt and apprehension. Many ponder whether this decree signals a bid to sideline and subjugate Christians within the precincts of the Ondo State Government House, potentially paving the way for the infiltration of unfamiliar beliefs.

It is important to note that the Government House Chapel predates Governor Aiyedatiwa’s tenure. It is equally worthy of note to state that none of his predecessor, be it an Executive Governor or Military Administrator, had dared to enact such a seismic shift from the norm.

The questions presently agitating the minds of Christians within and outside Ondo state is if the Governor would have dared to wield such authority within a Mosque?

In response to this seismic upheaval, Christians across Ondo State and beyond are implored to maintain vigilance. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) must rise up against what is perceived as a grievous affront to the tenets of Christianity.

Adding to the intrigue, Aiyedatiwa proclaimed one fateful morning that he had been anointed by God to assume the mantle of General Overseer (GO) of the chapel. His subsequent participation in conducting last week’s Sunday service casts doubt upon his jurisdiction in matters of faith, casting a pall of uncertainty over Orthodox Churches.

But beyond this, the governor is said to have imported some strange-looking creatures to form part of the clergy. An inside source disclosed that the men were indeed imported from India as part of a larger team of prayer warriors ahead of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress.

An elder in the chapel, who pleaded not to be named, said the governor has become paranoid about how church matters are run in the chapel.

“It is surprising what is driving the governor recently. He is carrying out changes that are aliens to the order of service in the chapel.

Recently, some strange people were brought into the chapel. Some people said they were part of of his prayer warriors. It was later that we gathered that they were from India. We have never seen anything like this before,” the elder said.

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