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FG Affirms Safety, Security for Nigerians Amid Ongoing Progress in Combatting Terrorism, Banditry

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By Our Correspondent

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has stated that the Federal government is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Nigerians and visitors coming to the country.

The Minister made the disclosure during a fast-breaking event with media executives and practitioners in Kano.

He said the security agencies have been very busy, doing their best to keep Nigerians safe.

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Minister delivering speech

He also said Military has been taking delivery of new weapons and equipment, to strengthen the fight against banditry and terrorism.

“For example, the Nigerian Air Force this month inducted 4 new aircraft into service.

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“The Nigerian Military (supported by the Police and Intelligence agencies) has been taking the war to bandits’ and terrorists’ camps and hideouts, especially in the North-West and the FCT, and we are seeing the results.”

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Hon. Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso

The Minister said the situation in Abuja has been brought under control, every week there is a news report about bandits routed and camps destroyed.

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“We are seeing testimonials of people safely making journeys they were not daring to months ago, like the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.”

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Minister Mohammed Idris and Abba Bashir GM Pyramid FM)

He further said In February 2024, Armed Forces neutralized 974 terrorists, apprehended 621 suspects, rescued 466 hostages, and recovered 1,573 weapons.

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He added that the Federal Government is accelerating the Kinetic Approach to the fight against terrorism and banditry with the establishment of the 50 Billion Naira Pulako Initiative, targeting seven frontline States in the battle against banditry and cattle-rustling: Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Kaduna, Benue, and Kebbi States.

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Abdullahi Jalaluddeen, (FRCN) sitting with Aminu Garko, (NAN)

He highlighted that under the Initiative, the Federal Government of Nigeria will build houses, clinics, schools, veterinary hospitals, empowerment initiatives, solar energy, and other infrastructure needs in the communities worst affected by banditry.

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Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

” Fight against oil theft is ramping up – over 6,000 illegal refineries have been deactivated and over 4,000 illegal pipelines disconnected – and recording success: Oil production has grown steadily since Q2 2023, rising from 1.22m barrels per day to 1.55 million barrels per day in Q4 2023.”

“In the North Central in particular, due to the concerted efforts of our security forces, the so-called farmer-herder clashes have been significantly reduced to the barest minimum.”

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Members of the high table

He also said, through the collaborative endeavours of the Armed Forces, the state government, and communities, we have made substantial progress in containing the security situation in Niger State, adding that the gory tale of bandits raiding villages and taxing farmers in the state has abated in recent times.

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Minister Mohammed Idris with Masud Mato Garo, (Pyramid FM)

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 Fatima Muhammad Alyu, (Premier Radio)

Mohammed Idris added that,” While we continue to make strides in combating violent crimes, I must acknowledge that there are still isolated attacks by bandits and criminal elements in certain areas. However, it is important to stress that these sporadic attacks do not diminish the progress made so far in ensuring the security of lives in our communities.”

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From right: Aminu Jolly, Nuhu Tahir

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The Minister, on the same note, urged journalists to avoid glorifying criminals and bandits, emphasizing that they are the enemies of progress. Journalists should adhere to ethical standards by promoting developmental journalism.

He highlighted that “the bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, pirates, etc., are waging not only a physical battle but also a psychological one, trying to undermine our faith and confidence in our security agencies.”

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Mohammed emphasized that the media must be very careful not to play into their hands by avoiding reporting that may be misleading, sensational, or undermines the morale of security personnel.

In a remark, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kano Council, lauded the Minister and his team for interrecting with Kano journalists.

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Abdulaziz Abdulaziz with other dignitaries from Minister’s Entourage

He also lauded the National Orientation Agency for launching the Mobiliser App in Kano, highlighting its potential to grant journalists increased access to information.

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The Chairman called on the Minister to fulfill his pledge of regular interactions with Kano journalists, underscoring the state’s significance as the epicenter of northern Nigeria.

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