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Chief of Air Staff urges personnel to protect Nigeria’s territory

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The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar,

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has urged personnel of the Nigerian Air Force to be dedicated to their duty of protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

A statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola in Abuja, said Abubakar made the call on Tuesday at the Tactical Air Command (TAC), Nigeria Air Force, Makurdi.

He commended the officers, airmen and airwomen for their contributions to the successes recorded in the North East, North West and North Central Theatres, among others.

The CAS reiterated that his desire to have a highly-professional fighting force for effective and efficient employment of air power in response to national security.

He expressed satisfaction that in the last four years, the Service had made substantial progress in achieving this.

“To achieve this objective, we had to expanded our organisational structure by creating 2 additional Commands – the Special Operations Command (SOC) with Headquarters in Bauchi, while the erstwhile Training Command was unbundled to create the Air and Ground Training Commands (ATC and GTC),” he said.

He said that the SOC, with its component Quick Response Groups and Wings (QRGs and QRWs), was specifically established to bridge identified gaps in the force protection capability.

On aircraft acquisition, he noted that through the support of the Federal Government, the NAF had inducted 29 brand new aircraft in the last four years with another 20 expected in the next two to three years.

He noted that the Federal Government’s support had also facilitated the reactivation of 20 erstwhile unserviceable aircraft, which were adding value to operations in the various theatres.

The air chief while in Makurdi also inaugurated four Airmen’s Quarters recently renovated to improve the welfare of NAF personnel.

The renovated Quarters include two blocks of 12 x one-bedroom flats for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and another two blocks of 6 x 2-bedroom flats for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

Earlier in his remarks, the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, AVM Charles Ohwo, pledged the commitment of the Command to mission accomplishment.

He urged beneficiaries of the remodeled blocks to ensure that the facilities were properly maintained.

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Man Who Robs Prostitutes In Edo lands in police net

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The man whose name has been given as Godstime Ogechi specializes in robbing prostitutes in Ugbiyoko, Egor local government area of the state.

A statement released from the command revealed that Ogechi operates alone and uses a rod that looks like a gun.

He would get the girls and lie to them that he will pay them to spend the night with him then take his victim to a dark street where he would rob them.

Upon interrogation, Ogechi said he has lost count of the number of girls he has robbed.

“I don’t have any gang. I operate along Ekenwan road. I pick street girls at night and rob them. I will chat with them and tell them I want to take them for daybreak. When we get to a dark corner, I will bring out this thing like a gun and threaten them. They will give me their phones. I cannot remember the number of girls I have robbed. I was caught when one of the girls ran away after I have paid her. I went back to the spot I picked her from and demanded for my money. She raised alarm.”

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Gov. Bello opens up on why he granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits in Niger State

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Niger grants amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits.

Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.

He said the bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and bandits from the area in August.

The governor said the peace accord reached had led to gradual reduction in activities of armed banditry and kidnappings in the area.

“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” he said.

The governor noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify the unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state.

He said the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes, adding that the same approach would applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state.

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How LASCOPA recovered N18.9m compensation for consumers in Lagos

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General Manager, LASCOPA, Mrs Kemi Olugbode.

The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) says it has recovered N18,886,754 as refund and compensation for consumers in the state

The General Manager, LASCOPA, Mrs Kemi Olugbode, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

She said that the money was recovered for consumers who sought the support of the agency to get redress from infringements on their rights by retailers and traders of various consumables.

Olugbode said that LASCOPA received complaints daily from aggrieved consumers seeking redress from various unfair trade practices in the state.

She noted that 87.1 percent of the total complaints received by the agency had been amicably resolved, while 9.4 percent were receiving attention.

”About 1.5 percent of the complaints received are awaiting court judgment and two percent were dropped for lack of merit,” he said.

Olugbode said that complaints were received from transportation, banking and finance, food and beverages, Insurance, e-commerce, telecommunications and property sectors.

Other areas are; electricity distribution companies, confectioneries, Manufacturing, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemical and agro-allied companies, among others.

She urged consumers to take advantage of the agency`s services to seek redress whenever there was an infringement on their rights, as it was free of charge.

Olugbode said that complaints should be forwarded online through the agency’s e-mail addresses, lascopa@lagosstate.gov.ng or lascopa@gmail.com.

She said that complainants could also visit LASCOPA’s office and all complaints should be accompanied with relevant documents attached.

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