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NSA calls for increased legislative support to end insecurity

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By Gloria Ikibah

The National Security Advisor, Major Gen Babagana Mungonu (Rtd), has called for more legislative support in order to bring to and end the menace of insecurity in Nigeria.

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Mungonu made the call at the 2023 Budget  Proposal and Defense when he appeared before the the House Committee on Intelligence, in Abuja.

According to him, insecurity was not peculiar to Nigeria but a global thing and Nigeria can overcome it by collaborative efforts.

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He however appealed to the lawmakers to assist the intelligence comminity to serve the people through legislative drive.

“We hinge all our hopes, all our aspirations on whatever actions you’ll take in solving the mirades of problems that confront us and I want to assure you that the problems are quiet enormous. The successes we have been recording so far in overcoming the security challenges especially in the four five months are basically rooted in the efforts of the Department of State Services, National Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, having been able to provide timely intelligence to the operational elements”, Momgonu said.

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The NSA further urged the lawmakers to set aside any other competing considerations there are and focus on intelligence.

He noted that everything revolves around intelligence and that Nigeria is dealing with a broad spectrum of intelligence which if not supported in the right way, the pronlem cannot be overcomes.

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He noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration, intends to leave behind a safe country by 2023.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has the desire to handover to whoever is going to take inherit what he is working on right now, a safe Nigeria” Mungono stated.

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The Chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, Hon. Shaaban Ibrahim, called for more efforts to secure Nigeria during and after the 2023 general elections.

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According to him, the total budget of the intelligence community was slightly reduced.

“This is as a result of economic challenges primarily caused by global economic instability by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The committee has appealed to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to consider the removal of agencies under the Intelligence community from the envelope budgeting system to strengthen their operational capacity which could only be guaranteed through adequate funding”, Hon. Ibrahim said.

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He further commended the intelligence community for successes recorded in recent time in the fight against insurgents.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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