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FG Mulls Relocation of Ikoyi Prison, Others

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In a bid to address the challenges posed by rapid urbanisation and its security implications for custodial centres, the Federal Government is considering relocating several correctional facilities, including the iconic Ikoyi Prison in Lagos, from urban centers across the nation.

The move comes as a response to concerns raised by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who highlighted the encroachment of urbanisation on the required setbacks around correctional centers, for safety and security reasons.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, Tunji-Ojo underscored the urgency of modernising Nigeria’s correctional infrastructure, pointing to the antiquated state of many facilities, including the Suleja correctional center in Niger State, which was built over a century ago in 1914. The minister emphasized that President Tinubu inherited 256 correctional centers in dire need of attention and renovation.

Tunji-Ojo drew attention to the alarming proximity of correctional facilities to residential areas, citing the example of the Ikoyi Correctional Center in Lagos upscale Ikoyi area. He questioned the wisdom of housing a prison in such prime real estate and stressed the need for potential relocation to ensure compliance with safety regulations and mitigate the risks associated with urbanisation.

“We’ve renovated over 10 correctional centers under this administration,” Tunji-Ojo affirmed, highlighting the government’s commitment to enhancing the efficiency and security of correctional facilities. He specifically commended the transformation of the Kuje correctional center in Abuja as a testament to the government’s efforts in this regard.

The minister outlined the government’s plan to conduct an “inmate audit” across all 256 correctional centers nationwide to enhance rehabilitation efforts.

 

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NAF Fighter Jets Neutralize 80 Terrorists In Katsina

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The Nigerian Air Force on Monday said that airstrikes by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed over 80 terrorists and destroyed more than 45 motorcycles in Katsina.

The Air Force said the operation which was conducted on June 15 was targeted at a terrorist’s hideout located in Faskare Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM. Edward Gabkwet said the strikes were carried out after intelligence reports indicated that over 100 terrorists were burning houses in a settlement approximately five kilometres from Gidan Kare Village.

The statement read, “Air strikes by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji have continued to record the expected outcome as several terrorists have been eliminated with their motorcycles destroyed. In one such strike carried out on the night of June 15, 2024, over 80 terrorists hibernating at a hideout location at Gidan Kare Village of Ruwan Godiya Ward in Faskare LGA of Katsina State were confirmed eliminated and 45 motorcycles burnt.

The strikes became necessary following intelligence that terrorists numbering over 100 were reported burning houses at a settlement about 5 km away from Gidan Kare Village. Overhead the Village at about 8.30 pm, several houses were observed to be on fire with the entire Village in pandemonium.

Moments later, 12 motorcycles were seen departing the Village and trailed along a footpath out of the village to a location near Gidan Kare Village and Kuka Shidda Camp, where they joined up with a large number of their cohorts.”

Gabkwet added that other terrorists were also observed arriving at the location from different directions.

According to him, that was an indication that the location was a convergence for the terrorists planning further attacks on nearby villages.

“Having been presented with such a rare opportunity, authorisation was sought, obtained and the location was immediately struck at exactly 9:40 pm, with over 80 terrorists confirmed eliminated and about 45 motorcycles burnt down, while few surviving terrorists were observed fleeing or limping off.

“Further intelligence received after the strike also revealed that the terrorists were closely linked with notorious terrorist kingpin Yusuf Yellow and his close associate Rabe Imani. These strikes, along with others before now, have no doubt disrupted terrorist activities in the area,” the statement added.

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Army Raids IPOB/ESN Camps, Neutralizes Terrorists in Abia

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Nigerian Army troops, supported by other security agencies, have conducted raids on identified Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) camps in Umudi Forest and Umuaku areas of Umunneochi local government area, as well as Ihechiowa community in Arochukwu local government area of Abia State.

In a statement released on its official X handle, the Nigerian Army disclosed that the operations on Thursday were based on actionable intelligence. The troops encountered resistance at the first camp, resulting in a firefight where two terrorists were neutralized and others fled. Subsequently, the camp was destroyed, along with a shrine and another identified camp.

Several items were recovered during the operations, including weaponry such as one AK-47 rifle with a magazine containing 79 rounds of ammunition, as well as 15 Pump-action cartridges. Additionally, the troops seized communication equipment like three Baofeng radios, along with offensive tools such as daggers and strike face plates. Personal belongings such as phones, solar panel chargers, power banks, and military gear including desert boots and police accessories were also confiscated.

The recovered items further included identification cards, electronics, drugs, and symbolic paraphernalia associated with the IPOB, highlighting the extent of the camp’s operations and logistics.

The Nigerian Army emphasized that these raids mark a significant stride in dismantling the operational capabilities of IPOB/ESN in the region, reaffirming their commitment to restoring peace and safety to Abia State residents.

“The security forces are resolute in their mission to maintain peace and order, ensuring the protection of all law-abiding citizens,” the statement concluded.

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DSS Warns Against Planned Protests on Democracy Day, Emphasizes Public Safety

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Abuja, June 11, 2024, The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a warning regarding planned protests scheduled for June 12, 2024, coinciding with the Democracy Day celebrations. According to the DSS, these protests, organized by certain individuals and groups, are designed with malicious intent and pose a threat to public safety and national security.

In a statement from the DSS, the agency acknowledged citizens’ rights to assembly and expression but cautioned that these freedoms should not be used to disrupt public order. The DSS expressed concern over non-state actors’ attempts to incite unrest through potentially violent demonstrations.

“The determination by some non-state actors to incite mass disaffection through demonstrations that may turn violent will not be tolerated,” the statement read. It highlighted the Federal Government’s preference for peaceful resolution of issues, including the ongoing discussions on the minimum wage.

The DSS urged citizens to resist any efforts to provoke disorder and advised those with grievances to use appropriate channels for their concerns. The agency reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding the nation from activities that could lead to chaos.

“The DSS reaffirms its unequivocal position to protect the country from inimical acts being orchestrated by disgruntled groups to cause a breakdown of law and order,” the statement continued. The DSS also mentioned its ongoing collaboration with other security agencies to maintain peace and protect lives and property nationwide.

As Nigeria marks 25 years of uninterrupted democracy, the DSS called for continued patriotism, unity, and commitment from all citizens in building a better nation. The agency assured law-abiding citizens that they could carry out their daily activities without fear.

For further communication, the DSS provided its website, email, and telephone contacts for the public to reach out if necessary.

Contact Information:
Website: [http://dss.gov.ng](http://dss.gov.ng)
Email: dsspr@dss.gov.ng
Telephone: +2349153391309, +2349088373514

Issued by
Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi, mnipr
Director, PR & Strategic Communications
Department of State Services
National Headquarters, Abuja

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