Friday 24th February 2017, the FDRE Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) graduated students who have completed their short term training provided by the centre with UK support.
For United Nations Security Council members like UK and Ethiopia, global peace and security is a top priority. Nowhere is this more relevant than in Africa with 60% of conflicts and 90% Peacekeeping budget spent on P&S here, what happens in Africa is extremely important to both countries.
The UK is committed to working with African institutions to more effectively reduce, manage and resolve conflicts here. This includes working with the African Union and Regional Economic Communities where we seek to build the capacity and consistency of peacekeeping interventions on the continent.
Ethiopia plays a critical role in this, both within the region and across the continent. Its provision of peacekeepers to multiple UN and AU missions is hugely important, for example in the Sudans and Somalia.
While handing out certificates, Ambassador Susanna Moorehead congratulated trainees for successfully completing two courses provided by the centre with UK support.
“Global peace and security are important for both the UK and Ethiopia”.
Ambassador Moorehead said:
“Global peace and security are important for both the UK and Ethiopia. The UK aims to support efforts to end some of the world’s most destabilising conflicts. It has a long history of supporting UN and AU peacekeeping.
“Ethiopia is critical to security in the region and more widely, and its provision of troops to multiple UN & AU peace operations is hugely important. The UK views it as a capable partner and remains keen to help where it can to improve standards and performance – to the benefit of UN and AU peace operations.
“The UK has long supported Ethiopia’s peacekeeping capability through its Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC), based in Addis Ababa. Our joint work will greatly support stronger UN and AU peace operations both here and globally. This latest course will contribute to this aim.”
Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom
Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.
It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.
Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .
In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers for their prayers.
He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.
“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.
“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.
Insecurity: Bandits kill 18 in Kaduna communities
No fewer than 18 people in Giwa, Chikun and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna State have been reportedly killed by Bandits .
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the ugly incident in a statement on Wednesday.
The three Local Government Areas, as learnt have been under incessant attacks by bandits in recent time.
Aruwan, in the statement, explained that the bandits attacked Anaba village in Igabi local government area and killed seven people. He gave their names as Ali Musa, Isa Sharehu, Tijjani Isa, Auwalu Shehu, Hashim Abdullahi, Hassan Saidu and Umar Rilwanu.
According to him, many of the houses in the community were also burnt down by the bandits along with storehouses and barns, while they also rustled 20 cows during the operation.
The bandits, also attacked Barinje village in Chikun local government area killing eight persons, which included Sunday Gwamna, Lawal Jizo, Salha Barau, Sabo Barau, Umaru Barau, Muhammadu Dan Azumi, Zailani Dogara and Jikan Gambo.
The statement added that some residents of the village were also abducted, and cattle rustled during the attack, while an unspecified number of injured victims are currently receiving treatment in hospitals.
The armed bandits, in another operation, attacked the loosely connected communities of Kwarten Rigasa, Kwarten Waziri and Kwarten Shaku in Igabi local government area.
The bandits reportedly emerged from the Buruku area, and raided the villages in a cattle rustling operation and In the process, killed one Danjuma Isa from neighboring Ungwan Kanti village as he made his way on foot to Kwarten Rigasa.
Similarly, armed bandits invaded Sanhu Makera village in Birnin Yero of Igabi local government area and killed one Yakubu Abdullahi, a farmer in the village, while
another person was killed by unknown assailants in unusual circumstances, at the Ministerial Pilot Housing Estate, Millennium City in Chikun local government area.
According to Aruwan, the attacks on soft targets at Anaba and Barinje villages in Igabi and Chikun LGAs respectively, followed the killing of several armed bandits through targeted air operations.
He disclosed that Air platforms had earlier conducted armed reconnaissance around Anaba village during which the crew observed houses on fire and locals migrating to nearby settlements.
He explains further that many bandits on motorcycles were neutralised by troops at Kankomi village and neighbouring communities as well as
Kuyanbana forest while many of them escaped with bullet wound.
The security agencies however appeal to the communities to report anyone found with suspicious bullet wounds to the Security Operations Room.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the incidents and has sent his condolences to the families of all those killed in the attacks, while offering prayers for the repose of their souls. He also wishes the injured a quick recovery.
Senate okays Bawa as new EFCC boss
The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the new chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Bawa’s confirmation comes shortly after he appeared before the red chamber for his screening.
The new EFCC Chief was accompanied into the Senate Chambers by his family members and political associates.
The forty-year-old certified fraud examiner and anti-money laundering expert, as reliably gathered, has worked with the commission for 16 years.
During his screening, he assured the lawmakers of his commitment to repositioning the commission by ensuring that the EFCC is in a better place before his tenure expires.
Bawa disclosed that he will work with strategic partners around the world to see that Nigeria benefits from the repatriation of assets stolen from her coffers.
“The EFCC will achieve its independent objective by sharing information with its partners”, he said.
The EFCC boss also promised that at the end of his tenure, the commission will be a better place than he met it, noting that his training by the FBI and the National Crime Agency of the United States and the United Kingdom respectively will come in handy.
Responding to questions regarding what he will do differently from his predecessors, Mr. Bawa said he will reposition the commission by ensuring that it strengthens its standard operating procedures and improve on them.
He also stated that there will be more transparency and accountability.
While acknowledging that the EFFC has issues with the management of assets, the EFCC boss said he will embark on the digitization of the offices for proper record keeping.
He further noted that the constitution will guide his actions as EFCC Chairman.
He will be taking over from Mohammed Umar, who has been in an acting capacity since July 2020 after the suspension of Ibrahim Magu over allegations of gross misconduct.
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