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Urges them to beware of subversive elements
Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has advised retired military personnel to avoid risky lifestyles and be wary of subversive elements in Nigeria who may want to use their military experience and expertise to advance their rebellious motives.
He spoke at the Passing Out Ceremony of the trainee course 01/22 Stream two of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, in Lagos
While reminding the 316 retiring servicemen that the Nigerian Armed Forces remained their primary constituency, the CDS said: “It is important at this point to let you know that the level of insecurity is high in our nation. So, as you retire into the larger society, please beware of subversive elements within your environment and do not associate with them in any form. Your loyalty to the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Federal Republic of Nigeria is non-negotiable.”
He explained that the trainee’s pre-retirement course was to re-orientate and position them for successful reintegration into civil life, as well as give them an opportunity to take full charge as planners and executors of their personal daily activities.
But he was quick to add that: “This may sound exciting and promising but beware; you need to properly manage your freedom and make good use of your resources in order to be successful. “Society will expect a high moral standard and discipline from you. You will also have to prove in your relationships that you passed through a highly disciplined system.
I must inform you all that so many challenges are associated with post-service life. Some of the challenges you will face include how you manage your resources, especially your retirement benefits, influence from members of your family and friends, management of your physical and mental health, as well as integrating with the civil society.
Therefore, I urge you to be proactive in your conduct to avoid or overcome these challenges. It is also risky for you to embark on a new lifestyle that is above your means, or engage in non-lucrative ventures; neither should you abstain from physical exercises.
“I am sure that your training has exposed you to several vocational opportunities, entrepreneurship procedures and general managerial skills to alleviate the above-mentioned pitfalls in order to have a stress-free and meaningful life in retirement.
In this wise, I urge you to employ the various knowledge and skills you have acquired while undergoing Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre training for peaceful and productive economic life as you reintegrate into the Nigerian civil society. I encourage you to justify the magnanimity of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has continued to support the Armed Forces, most especially, the retiring members of the Armed Forces as seen in the enhanced welfare packages by maintaining your loyalty and dedication to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Earlier, the Commandant NAFRC, Air Vice-Marshal Idi Lubo, among others, said: ”To enhance the quality and content of our training, this Centre is presently in partnership with various organisations for the delivery of vocational and skills acquisition training. It is in this line that the Centre is currently making efforts to enter into partnership with the Songhai Centre in the Republic of Benin for delivery of lectures to the trainees and for the conduct of Train-The-Trainer courses for our instructors.”
He recalled how he assumed leadership of the Centre during the devastating period of the COVID-19 pandemic, when all the protocols to prevent the spread of the disease as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, were vigorously implemented, thereby leading to the re-scheduling of the duration of the pre-retirement course from six months to three months.
He stated that with the recent review of the preventive measures, the CDS had approved the reversal to the initial six months duration for the course.
But the review, according to AVM Labo, “comes with its challenges of accommodation and provision of commensurate health care support for the increased number of trainees for the next course and beyond. In order to mitigate these potential challenges, “the CDS facilitated the reactivation of the construction of a 300 en-suite accommodation that was abandoned for over seven years due to some unresolved legal issues between the Centre and the project contractors. With the support of the CDS and the Service Chiefs, NAFRC and the contractor have entered into a new and amended Joint Venture Agreement to facilitate the completion of the project.”
After some hours of denial and confusion, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on Monday confirmed to The PUNCH the resignation of the CJN.
He said, “The latest information is that the CJN has resigned; I spoke with somebody very close to him and he said he has resigned.”
There had been confusion in the media over the purported resignation of the CJN.
Isah had said, “All I know is that he’s going to declare open a workshop this morning at the NJI (National Judicial Institute).”
Several calls to his 1981 classmate in Law School, Dr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN).were not replied.
Last week, CJN officially reacted to the allegations of uncaring attitude levelled against him by his brother Justices in the apex Court.
In his first official reaction made public on Tuesday in Abuja, the CJN admitted that the Supreme Court like any other establishment in the country has been hit by a devastating economic crunch.
As a result of the economic crunch, the CJN said that the leadership of the court under him could no longer meet some of its obligations to Justices, especially in the area of welfare.
He however said that the memo sent to him by the aggrieved Justices notwithstanding, there is no rift between him on one side and the Justices of the court on the other side.
The reaction was contained in a statement issued by Isah titled, “State of affairs in the Supreme Court and demand by Justices Of The Supreme Court.”
The statement reads in part, “The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammad would wish to confirm receipt of letter written and addressed to him by his brother Justices of the Supreme Court Bench.
“Judges in all climes are to be seen and not heard, and that informed why the CJN refrained from joining issues until a letter, said to be personal, is spreading across the length and breadth of the society.
This was akin to dancing naked at the market square by us with the ripple effect of the said letter. The Supreme Court definitely does not exist outside its environment, it is also affected by the economic and socio-political climate prevailing in the country. Besides that, the Apex Court has to a larger extent, been living to its constitutional responsibility.
“When a budget is made, it contains two sides, that’s the recurrent and the capital, yet all the two are broken down into items. The Federal Government releases the budget based on the budget components. And it’s an offence to spend the money meant for one item for another.
Take for instance, the Supreme Court budgeted this year to re-roof and rehabilitate its complex built over 30 years ago and that is being done.
“The work on the extension of the complex is near completion, the esthetic lawns and cleanness of the perimeters are being well kept, and security and water supply are adequately provided for his brother Justices in their offices and residences.
During the period of the pandemic, a profound and extra-care was maintained to avoid causalities among them as well as the staff generally. It would have amounted to an act of irresponsibility to divert money meant for the above for otherwise.
“The accusation so far, in summary, is that more or all ought to have been done and not that nothing has been done; which is utopian in the contemporary condition of our country.
Before eight new Justices were appointed in 2020 onto the Apex Court bench, there was no additional budget to provide new chambers with an equipped library, legal assistance, residential accommodations and logistics for them.
“The Apex Court has to make do with the resources at its disposal to meet their needs over time. All the Justices of this Court have at least a legal Assistant, except some may opt for more.”
A joint security team consisting of troops of 302 Regiment of the Nigerian Army, operatives of the Nigerian Navy, Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force have dislodged camps belonging to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Idara Nnebo, Ihe Mbosi villages and Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said, “In a clearance operation conducted in the early hours of Saturday 25 June 2022, troops cleared IPOB fire positions and Improvised Explosive Devices to dislodge the criminals from their hideouts.
During the operations, troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, three magazines with five rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, two pump action rifles and one locally fabricated gun.
“Other items include three power generators, among others.
Similarly, troops of 103 Battalion conducted a raid operation on IPOB/ ESN camp at Nkwere Inyi Forest in Oji River Local Government of Enugu State.
“The encounter forced the criminals to flee in disarray, while troops recovered one Lexus and a Toyota Highlander SUV suspected to have been snatched by the criminals.
Other items recovered include two motorcycles, one double barrel gun and seven live cartridges.
“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to support troops with credible information on the activities of the criminal elements in the region.”
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Brazilian returnee arrested with cocaine in private part as NDLEA seizes London-bound Meth consignments at Lagos airport, Imo
Brazilian returnee arrested with cocaine in private part as NDLEA seizes London-bound Meth consignments at Lagos airport, Imo
. Wanted 2 drug kingpins behind seized Tincan port shipments nabbed
A Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche Benson has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part.
Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos airport on Monday 20th June upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa. Preliminary investigations reveal the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person. He however claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos.
In the same vein, after three weeks of painstaking investigation and tracking, operatives of the MMIA command of NDLEA on Saturday night, 25th June arrested a drug kingpin, Onyekachi Chukwuma Macdonald behind attempts to export 40 parcels of Methamphetamine popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally to London, United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Lagos airport.
Onyekachi was arrested at Manacola estate, Alakuko area of Lagos at the weekend, three weeks after his Mkpuru Mmiri consignment weighing 2.05kilograms was intercepted at the airport and his freight agent, Peter Christopher Anikan arrested on 7th June.
During his interview, the suspect said hes from Ahiazu, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state and had lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years before returning to Nigeria in 2019. He stated that after his return to Nigeria he opened a phone accessories shop in Sango Otta, Ogun state but the business collapsed. He then started sending cigarettes to London and decided to conceal the illicit drug in the consignment after advice by a friend.
Closely related is the seizure of another consignment of 2kg Mkpuru Mmiri at a courier house in Owerri, Imo state.
The cargo seized on Wednesday 22nd June had ankara and lace fabrics in which two cylindrical cellophanes containing the drug heading to Hong Kong were concealed.
Also at the Lagos airport, NDLEA operatives on Friday 24th June intercepted 500,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg packed in 10 cartons and labelled Tramaking imported from Karachi, Pakistan on Emirates Airline. The consignment weighing 407.60kg was seized during a joint examination with Customs and NAFDAC officials.
Same day, a Dubai, UAE-bound passenger, Alegbeleye Taiwo was arrested at the departure hall of the MMIA with 40 ampoules of pentazocine injection. The 21-year-old suspect claims hes from Osun state.
Meanwhile, two kingpins behind the importation of two recent drug consignments from Canada concealed in vehicle containers through the Tincan seaport in Apapa, Lagos have been arrested by NDLEA operatives.
One of them, Gboyega Ayoola Elegbeji was arrested at his house, 14 Bakare Street, Idi Araba, Lagos on Wednesday 22nd June, for importing a 40ft container TRHU7874497 containing 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing16.5kg.
The second suspect, Sunday Joe Oyebola, (aka Otunba) was arrested on Thursday 23rd June. Hes linked to the importation of a 40ft container MEDU4389887 containing four vehicles used to conceal 290 parcels weighing 145kg cannabis indica (Colorado) from Montreal, Canada. He had been on the run since March and had in the course of the investigation attempted to bribe officers with N10million to influence the case.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, Tincan, and Imo state Commands of the Agency for the drug seizures and arrests especially of those who thought they could evade the long arm of the law. He encouraged them and their compatriots across other formations to intensify their efforts towards achieving set goals.
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