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G4S Security/Information update 18th August 2022

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Electricity workers suspend strike amid blackout

 

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has called a two-week strike halt.

The union’s secretary-general stated this Wednesday evening following a meeting with the Minister of Labour.

He stated that the government has promised to resolve the union’s concerns within two weeks. He said that if their demands are not met, the strike will be reinstated.

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Gunmen attack checkpoint, kill police officer 

On Wednesday afternoon, gunmen attacked a security checkpoint along the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway in Ebonyi State, Nigeria’s south-east, killing a police officer.

The gunmen, who were said to be three in number, were riding a motorcycle. They allegedly opened fire on the cops, killing one of them instantly. The officers returned fire, killing one of the gunmen while the other two fled on the motorcycle.

The incident caused panic in the surrounding area, with traders, shop owners, motorists, and passers-by fleeing for safety.

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Ebonyi: Police nab 3 suspected criminals

On Wednesday, the Ebonyi State Command announced the arrest of three suspected criminals who were robbing POS operators and innocent citizens of the state of their hard-earned money and property.

The commissioner of police for Ebonyi State Command stated this in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the Police Public Relations Officer.

A three-man syndicate has been arrested in Abakaliki metropolis for robbing shopping malls, super markets, POS Operators, and bank customers after withdrawing cash, according to the statement.

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ISWAP abduct 6 farmers in Borno

On Wednesday, fighters suspected of being members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) kidnapped at least six farmers in Mafa, a town in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

An Intelligence Officer in Lake Chad told a counterinsurgency expert and security analyst that the victims, who were mostly displaced people, went missing after going to their farm in Bulagarji village, located a few kilometres from Mafa town.

According to relatives of the victims who confirmed the incident, insurgents attacked the farmers in the early hours of Wednesday and took them to an unknown location.

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Security agencies arrest suspected kidnappers

The Kaduna State Government confirmed on Thursday that security agencies had apprehended seven suspected kidnappers in the Mariri community of Kaduna State’s Lere Local Government Area.

In a statement, the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, said the suspects were apprehended as a result of ongoing intelligence gathering.

According to him, a suspected accomplice who had been housing the arrested individuals was lynched by members of the community as she attempted to flee. The troops were praised in the statement for their prompt action based on credible intelligence.

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Troops rescue six kidnap victims in Kaduna

In the early hours of Tuesday, troops from Operation Forest Sanity conducted a raid and rescue operation in the Kuriga and Manini communities of Kaduna State’s Chikun local government area, rescuing six kidnapped citizens.

Following the weekend breakthrough, troops have continued clearing operations in identified bandit and terrorist enclaves throughout the state.

According to the report, in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Commissioner of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, troops made contact with and engaged bandits at the suspected enclave. Following the clearing of the camp, the troops rescued six kidnapped citizens held at the location.

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Abuja businessman arrested for online drug sales

The MD/CEO of Marvelrock Pharmaceuticals and Stores Limited has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The suspect was apprehended in Nigeria’s capital for selling illegal and controlled drugs on the popular e-commerce platform. On December 16, 2014, the graduate of Business Administration from the University of Abuja registered the pharmaceutical company.

The registration was completed with the assistance and certification of a licensed pharmacist, who opted out of the deal in 2017. However, the suspect continued to run the business and enrolled it on a web platform in 2019, according to a NDLEA spokesman in a statement issued on Wednesday.

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Truck plunges into river in Ogun

On Wednesday, a truck fell into a river along the international road Ota-Idiroko.

According to reports, the trailer collided with a tanker and plunged into the Iju River in Ogun State’s Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area.

The incident was confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to reporters. According to an FRSC spokesperson in Ogun, no one was killed in the incident.

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Student, 18, detained for attempting to kidnap

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niger Command, has detained an 18-year-old student for allegedly attempting to kidnap the provost of the College of Fisheries, New Bussa.

The command spokesman revealed this in a statement on Wednesday. He claimed that the suspect, a college student, plotted with a second person who is currently at large to allegedly write a letter threatening to kidnap the provost if a ransom wasn’t paid.

The suspect was immediately arraigned before a Chief Magistrates Court on two counts of criminal conspiracy and intimidation, according to the spokesman.

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Police arrest three suspected cultists in Delta

On routine stop-and-search duty, QRS officers arrested three suspected cultists along Pessu corner in Delta State’s Warri South Local Government Area.

According to reports, the police also recovered one locally made cut-to-size gun and four live cartridges from the suspects. The Police intercepted a tricycle with three occupants, and upon searching them, one locally made cut-to-size gun and four live cartridges were recovered.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, the Delta State Police Command confirmed the report.

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Emirates suspends air flights to Nigeria

There are indications that Emirates Airlines’ failure to repatriate its trapped ticket sales fund in Nigeria to its home country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have resulted in the carrier’s decision to suspend all flights into and out of the country.

The airline announced on Thursday morning that it would suspend flights from Nigeria beginning September 1, 2022. Since the beginning of the year, at least $600 million from over 20 foreign airlines has been blocked in Nigeria. Emirates announced about two weeks ago that it had approximately $85 million in Nigeria from these funds.

According to a statement issued by the airline’s media consultant in Nigeria, all efforts to repatriate the funds were futile, and the airline was forced to suspend all flights into the country.

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Jigawa govt shuts schools over security threats

Due to security concerns, the Jigawa State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state.

The State Commissioner of Education revealed this to reporters in his office. He explained that the directive does not apply only to Jigawa State, but to all states, particularly border states.

Residents, students, and teachers have all expressed concern about the abrupt closure. A headmaster told reporters that they were told to close the schools and release the students immediately.

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Abuja police storm hoodlums’ hideout, raze den

A combined team of five divisions of the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Capital Territory Command, razed a hideout in the Dawaki zone 7 area of Abuja on Wednesday night, as hoodlums occupying the hideout fled when they saw the cops.

According to reports, the hideout, located in Dawaki Zone 7, houses hoodlums who terrorize the nation’s capital city’s Dawaki and Dutse Alhaji neighborhoods.

The hideout was a hotbed for some criminal elements, according to a resident, adding that residents were usually wary of the location, especially at night.

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3 arrested, 20 corpses recovered from Edo shrine

At around midnight on Wednesday, the Edo State Police Command announced that it had busted a ritual shrine in a building along Asoro slope, off Ekenhua Road, Uzebu quarters in Benin, recovering 20 mummified bodies and arresting three male suspects.

According to a press release signed by the Deputy Spokesperson, the arrest was made possible by information made available to the police.

In accordance with its operational mandate of preventing crime, Edo State Police Command officers discovered a suspected ritual shrine on August 17, 2022.

Click on the link for more information. 3 arrested, 20 corpses recovered from Edo shrine

 

Lagos under partial lockdown — CP Alabi

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State stated on Wednesday that the state was under a partial lockdown by security agencies due to threats of attacks by unknown gunmen.

He made the announcement in Lagos at the Lagos State Stakeholders’ Forum on Police Accountability’s quarterly meeting and awards. He delivered a keynote speech titled ‘Police Community Partnership: A Panacea for Effective Police Performance.’ at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa-sponsored event

The Commissioner of Police stated that the partial lockdown was intentional, emphasising that the police and other security agencies in Lagos were prepared for any intruders.

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Beach tragedy: Female student body recovered

One of the four students who drowned while swimming at Elegushi Beach in Lagos State’s Lekki district on Tuesday has been found.

Police identified the female student during a search operation on Wednesday. According to reports, ten secondary school leavers aged 14 to 15 went swimming at the beach to celebrate their West African Senior School Examination success.

They were said to be students at Kuramo Senior College in Lekki. Six of them were rescued alive, but four went missing.

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Matawalle rescues police officer from abductors 

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara secured the release of DSP Usman Ali, officer-in-charge of Magami Police Outstation in Gusau, from his kidnappers on Wednesday.

This is stated in a statement issued by the Governor’s Press Secretary. The officer was kidnapped by suspected bandits on the Gusau-Dansadau road in Zamfara on August 12.

The governor, on the other hand, secured the victim’s release through the efforts of the state’s task force on security, which presented him to the governor in the Government House, Gusau, unharmed.

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Suspended council chairman arrested over wife’s death

The police have arrested the suspended Transition Committee chairman of Anambra State’s Nnewi North Local Government Area, who allegedly beat his wife to death.

The suspended chairman is currently being held at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Awka, on culpable homicide charges. His wife was said to have died as a result of domestic violence involving her husband.

Following the incident, which occurred less than a week after the local government chairman was sworn in, Governor Chukwuma Soludo suspended him from office to allow for a thorough investigation.

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Famous wrestler sentenced to death for killing wife

A well-known local wrestler in Adamawa State has been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife.

The Adamawa State High Court, which handed down the sentence, ordered that the man be hanged. The wrestler was found guilty of murdering his wife by the state’s Chief Judge, who presided over the case.

On March 24, 2018, the man, who is from the Sili community in Guyuk LGA, killed his wife. The suspect was found guilty of culpable homicide, a capital offence, at the conclusion of his trial.

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Navy dismisses officer accused of sodomy

A Nigerian Navy officer has been fired for allegedly engaging in sodomy with a teen.

The fired officer was charged on four counts in a court martial that the Nigerian Navy set up in Delta state. He was alleged to have been found guilty of disobeying the rules, attempting sodomy, acting dishonorably, and abusing drugs.

Sections 57, 95, 93, and 65 (1) of the AFA CAP A20 LFN 2004 were cited as providing penalties for the alleged offences. The officer was sentenced in a memo seen by our reporter on Tuesday to a year’s loss of seniority, six months in jail, another six months in jail, and finally a year’s imprisonment for all four offences.

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ASUU Strike: No end in sight – ASUU President

Many Nigerians had hoped that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike would end this week, but the union’s president has said that there is no end in sight to the protracted crisis.

ASUU also refuted the government’s assertion that it lacks the resources to satisfy the union’s demands, stating that the current industrial action would not end until the government complied with its main demands.

The union president gave the statement on Wednesday.

Click on the link for more information. ASUU Strike: No end in sight – ASUU President

Security and Safety Tips

  • Individuals are advised to remain vigilant, vary daily schedules and itineraries, and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons to limit the risk of being targeted by potential kidnappers.
  • The security situation in Nigeria remains complex. G4S Professional security advice and support should be sought for personal and corporate security before travelling to these high-risk regions of Nigeria.

 

COVID-19

  • From 13th August to 15th August 2022, 144 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria as
  • stated on the official website of NCDC.
  •  
  • Till date, 262664 cases have been confirmed, 256334 cases have been discharged and 3,147 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
  •  
  • The 144 new cases are reported from 9 States- Lagos (101), Abia (13), Akwa Ibom (10), FCT (9), Kano (5), Kaduna (3), Bauchi (1), Ekiti (1) and Plateau (1)

COVID-19 Safety Measures

  1. Use of non-physical greetings.
  2. Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) of physical distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  3. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, NCDC’s 24/7 toll-free number is 0800 970 000 0010. Do not self-medicate.
  4. Persons with a persistent cough or sneezing should stay home until they recover.
  5. Avoid crowded spaces such as open markets, crowded supermarkets and pharmacies.
  6. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser if no water and soap are available.

Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is endemic in Nigeria

On May 26th, 2022, a monkeypox National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated by the government of Nigeria in response to the risk assessment conducted, which put Nigeria at high risk for a Monkeypox outbreak.

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