El-Rufai: Nigeria’s security agencies need superior weapons to fight insecurity, not prayers


Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says Nigeria’s security agencies need superior weapons to fight insecurity and not prayers

El-Rufai spoke on Monday during the town hall organised by the national security adviser — the meeting had in attendance governors from the north-west region and traditional rulers.

While announcing the rescheduling of the meeting, el-Rufai appreciated the service chiefs for their commitment to ending insecurity, and expressed the hope that the meeting will come up with a roadmap to end the security challenges in the country.

He noted that security should be the number one priority of the government and collective responsibility of all citizens.

“This town hall meeting is not complete without other stakeholders because of the short notice. So, we agreed that this north-west be reconvened in the next two weeks. The date will be announced by the NSA and COAS,” he said.

“Bandits now have the audacity to attack the military men. Bandits have become vulgar. Those who are not informed believe nothing is being done to deal with them.

“We need to support our security agencies not with prayers, but with superior weapons. Security is a collective responsibility.

“All of us, the governors, are going round, talking with stakeholders to calm people down.”

Simon Lalong, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), urged Nigerians to learn to live in peace, irrespective of religious and ethnic differences.

“I came to add my voice on behalf of the entire northern governors. When looking for peace, we have no religion other than peace. We are determined to work for peace in the north and the entire country,” Lalong said.

On his part, Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina state, said government will keep working until everyone is secured.

“Security is community-based. All of us must go back to our community to ensure the security of the areas,” he said.

“It is our responsibility to provide security. We take responsibility to protect the people, irrespective of tribe, religion and where they come from.”

In his remarks, Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, said some Nigerians believe that the country has come to a dead end, owing to the rising insecurity in the nation.

Monguno noted that though security is the responsibility of the government, tackling insecurity requires a multifaceted approach.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply worried about the issue and determined to end the menace.

“Buhari is worried and deeply concerned over wanton killings, not only in the north-west but in the whole country,” Monguno said.

“We have a lot of suspicious people undermining government efforts. Some of us are spiritual in our thinking. Some believe that we have come to a dead end.

“This is not the end of time as predicted in the Bible. It is in the book of Matthew that when you see brothers killing brothers, son killing father, nations fighting nations, the end of time has come. But this is not the issue with our country.

“It is true that security is the fundamental responsibility of government. Insecurity requires a multifaceted approach to overcome it.
With the new service chiefs, there is a new dimension to ending insecurity

“President Buhari is determined to end insecurity in the country. All the tiers of government must cooperate on security.

“It is possible that other people outside the government are sabotaging government’s efforts, but the government will not give up.”

A couple, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick and his wife, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle, have been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each.

Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State today, February 15, 2021, found them guilty on all four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense brought against them by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The couple, in a classic advance fee fraud scheme, fleeced one Dunni Olateru Olagbegi N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) in cash and bank transfer through a spiritual cleansing gambit in order to avoid the calamitous consequence of mysterious sudden death having heard conversation by a syndicate about a Ghana- Must –Go bag stuffed with United States Dollar bills in the boot of a car.

She was also tricked into bringing funds to cleanse supposed USD bills.

The victim had sometimes in May 2013, boarded a taxi cab with three other passengers who, unknown to her, were members of a syndicate of fraudsters.

As soon as she entered the vehicle, she heard the three other supposed passengers arguing about a Ghana-Must-Go bag filled with US Dollars in the boot of the car.

Moments later, one of the syndicate members told her that she must be cleansed to avert sudden and mysterious death having heard their discussion.

She was taken to an unknown destination, where she subsequently started giving the defendants, and the other members of the syndicate (at large) various sums in cash and bank payment totaling N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) to buy instruments for the cleansing of United States Dollar notes, which she allegedly sourced from the sale of her properties in both Ibadan and Lagos.

In the course of the investigation, It was discovered that over N9m ( Nine Million Naira) was paid into the second defendant, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle’s account domiciled in one of the third generation banks; apart from other funds traced to the first defendant, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick’s account.

It was also discovered that the first defendant built Victoria East Park Hotel & Suite located at Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State from the proceeds of the crime.

In his judgment today, Justice Abdulmalik found the couple guilty of the four-count charge and sentenced both of them to 10 years imprisonment on each of the four counts. However, while Ebiesuwa’s prison term takes effect from June 19, 2017, when he was arrested, Tinuola’s time in the Custodial Centre will start counting from May 26, 2017, when she was arrested.

The Judge also ordered that Victoria East Park Hotel & Suite, “be sold and the proceeds, if not up to N53, 713, 260.00 (Fifty-Three Million, Seven Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Naira) be returned to the victim in the case and if it exceeds, the balance be paid into the Federal Government’s account”.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Ebiesuwa Abayomi Fredrick, Tinuola Idayat Oyegunle and (others still at large) between 28 March,n2014 at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud did obtain by false pretense, the sum of Nine Million, Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand, One Hundred Naira (N9,352,100.00) only, from one Dunni Olateru-Olagbegi, under the pretense that the money was to be used to purchase an instrument for the cleansing of United States of American Dollar notes, which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) & (2) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2016.”


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