Kidnapped Mopol Commander: police arrest a former recruit, 4 others
The police have arrested a former recruit and four others for allegedly kidnapping ASP Solomon Aniefiok, the Unit Commander of Mopol 55, based in Aba, Abia state.
The kidnapping gang also collected an undisclosed ransom, before the police officer was freed.
A reliable source close to the Inspector–General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, on Friday.
The source said the suspects were arrested on Friday, stressing that they kidnapped the officer on Jan. 14, while conducting a check on his men on duty.
NAN gathered that the suspects suddenly blocked and kidnapped the officer using AK-47 rifles.
“He was eventually released three days later after ransom was paid,’’ the source said.
“Based on the IGP’s directive, one of the best IRT teams was deployed and after six days of unrelenting follow up, five of the kidnappers were arrested alive and one died during a gun battle with IRT operatives.
“Exhibits recovered are: one AK-47 Rifle with S/No. 56-2550382 with two Magazines and 60 live ammunition, one Barretta Service Pistol of the Mopol Unit Commander.
“Other items include one locally made pistol and two cartridges, one police bullet proof jacket, one police vest, two head warmers, one Mopol jungle cap among others,” the source said.
NAN further gathered that one of the suspects and ring leader of the kidnapping gang was a recruit dismissed in 2006. (NAN)
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Beware of Our New Tiger Inspector General of Police
Shortly after his decoration to the rank of Inspector General of Police, Egbetokun Olukayode, announced in a media parley, “I feel like a tiger ready to devour the enemies of Nigeria.” The image of the wild cat with powerful hunting skills, sharp teeth, strong jaws, and agile body played in my head for a while.
Just maybe the elephant, which is the police symbol, is no longer suitable given the contemporary security situation in the country.
A quick flash of a comic video played in my head, depicting someone being robbed and secretly calling the police for help.
When he called again, he was sternly reprimanded by the officer, highlighting his ignorance that the choice of the elephant logo, as opposed to any other wild animal, should have indicated that the Nigerian Police were ill-equipped for handling wild operations.
Now, jokes apart, the problem that may arise with the new Tiger reign would be a contrast with the Nigerian police logo: “police is your friend.”
I would strongly agree that the elephant could be a friend, even though Mr. Okiki would not agree that the Police elephant is anyone’s friend. Please don’t ask me who Mr. Okiki is. And don’t ask me if the tiger could be man’s friend; you won’t hear it from me.
The Tiger’s appointment is very typical of Jagaban’s admirable character of not leaving old friends behind. The Tiger was a former Chief Security Officer to Jagaban while he was the area father in Lagos State government house.
Sources said the Tiger served as a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, and other capacities including Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Lagos; Squadron Commander, Mopol 5, Benin, Benin City; Officer-in-Charge, Anti-Fraud Unit, FCT Command, Abuja; Chief Superintendent of Police, Administration, Lagos State Command Headquarters, Ikeja; Area Commander, Osogbo, Osun State Command; and Area Commander, Gusau, Zamfara State Command, among others.
The Tiger also has an impressive formal education portfolio, having graduated from the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in June 1987.
He briefly lectured Mathematics at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, before his enlistment into the Police Force. He also holds an MSc in Engineering Analysis from UNILAG, a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics from Delta State University, Abraka, and an MBA from Lagos State University, Ojo. Maybe his teeth have been refined, like that of a domestic Tiger.
We really hope our new Tiger will transform other elephants into tigers like himself, ready to destroy the enemies of Nigeria, and not the poor masses and commercial drivers.
Well, he has promised to establish a specialized Quick Intervention Squad, which will comprise combat-ready Police Mobile Force personnel with effective and enhanced training in crisis de-escalation and violent crime reduction strategies.
We believe you Oga Tiger, but Mr. Okiki said I should ask if these ones won’t be the regular vehicle rebranding and broad daylight show of force? And, Will your proposed new men close from work after 6:00 PM, the usual office closing hours?
The roadblocks are gradually returning in the face of the high cost of petrol. So, in short, if this is not checked, we can always look forward to a regular road WrestleMania between frustrated drivers and the junior Tigers.
Hmm, before I conclude this piece, let me reiterate the warning from our new Tiger. This message is not just for the enemies of the bigwig politicians and technocrats; it is for all those who have taken advantage of the docile nature of the elephant. Beware! Be warned that the new ferocious Tiger is in town, and he’s ready to strike!
The DSS Operates Within its Mandate
The DSS Operates Within its Mandate
By Dr. Peter Afunanya
Recently, about five major newspapers called out the DSS for bashing of sorts. The papers, which used their platforms to express varied views about the modus operandi of the Service include Vanguard, Daily Trust, The Sun, Tribune and Punch. While Vanguard’s piece on 2nd June 2023 was Dousing the DSS/EFCC Feud, Daily Trust, on 6th June 2023, published an editorial titled The DSS Must Conduct Its Duties as a Secret Service.
The Sun, on 7th June, published The Needless DSS/EFCC Fracas while Tribune on 8th June 2023 wrote on The EFCC/DSS Confrontation.
It did not seem that the editorials which sought the reforms of the DSS or to criticise it for its public statements or actions on various subject matters of national security concern were, by any means, an accident or a coincidence.
The judgement that the Service is excessively public or ubiquitous missed the point. The papers manifested predictable bias and patterns.
Relatedly, some respected legal personalities namely, Olisa Agbakoba SAN, Mike Ozekhome SAN and Femi Falana SAN opined that the Service operates outside its mandate especially with regards to the investigation of Godwin Emefiele. The fact that this matter has become sub-judice constrains the Service from making further statements about it.
The celebration of the news of a court order to allow his Lawyers and family access to him is quite unnecessary. He was never denied access. Ever since he was taken into custody, his family has continually accessed him. Same with medical officials. The impression that the Service is going to act on the prompting of the Court is not correct. This is by the way.
Back to the subject under discourse. While it may be fair to admit that the news media and aforementioned personalities are entitled to their opinions, measured ignorance predominantly played out in their arguments. First, they failed to recognise that security threats are evolving and so do the approaches to managing them. Instructively, the security landscape in Nigeria, like many other countries, has become increasingly complex and dynamic.
The periodic issuance of press statements to educate or carry citizens and residents along has undoubtedly become part of strategies to manage national security challenges. Extensive research would have revealed to the critics that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other world intelligence Services deploy similar tactics including occasional statements and advisories.
The CIA includes demographic information on its website to provide the public with valuable insights and data about various populations so to enhance understanding of different regions and communities. Does it mean CIA is operating outside its mandate? Or will that be accepted because it’s CIA, a foreign body?
The need for the agencies to be responsive, transparent and apprise taxpayers has become the global norm in national security and intelligence management. It is called security/intelligence accountability. The tenets of security and intelligence governance expect that agencies remain transparent, accountable and compliant to democracy. World over, Intelligence Services operate in ways and means not too discernable to the uninitiate. But the institutionalisation of democracy as preferred political culture has nonetheless forced such agencies to communicate often with the Public. You can see why the public statements can never be out of place.
Without public consciousness and support, countering threats may remain a herculean task for security agencies. Democratic subordination and legislative oversight are basic principles which make it an obligation for these agencies to operate openly even when some of their activities are secret. Ask the USA, UK, France, Canada and other advanced democracies. This level of openness does not vitiate the expected secrecy or in any way compromise their operations.
Regarding the matter concerning the DSS and EFCC, both agencies have refuted claims of a rivalry. It is important to note that comparing the 30th May, 2023 incident at 15 Awolowo Road, Lagos to the barricade of National Assembly in 2018 is inaccurate and unjust due to the substantial differences in the nature and context of the two events. While it is essential to emphasize inter-agency relations and cooperation, it would be unfair to generalise and imply that the Service is in rivalry and power struggle with the Commission. Each agency operates within its distinct mandate and context.
Meanwhile, the editorials accurately alluded to the constitutionality of the DSS as an intelligence organisation in detecting, preventing and neutralising threats against Nigeria. They commended the Service for its commitment to the security of the country as well as the many feats it had accomplished in the course of discharging its duties. Thank you indeed. It has to be understood that the Service is not only an intelligence organisation. It is also a law enforcement agency. It is a security and policy advisory organ. Its establishment law expects it to prevent.
To prevent unarguably means to enforce. Should the Service seek media endorsement or permission before deploying operatives and equipment to conduct its job? Should it rather play to the gallery? Characteristic of intelligence operating systems, DSS’ activities may never be completely explained or understood particularly to those who do not need to know.
Even though some of its high officials and operations are known and their veils of secrecy uncovered, there are thousand undercover personnel and actions that have no business going public. It is expected to remain so. With its broad mandate and legal authority to investigate crimes of national security significance, the DSS is well within its rights to initiate an inquiry into any relevant matter. The DSS is primarily charged to detect and prevent crimes and threats against the internal security of Nigeria.
profoundly, it is to undertake such other responsibility as maybe assigned to it by the President and Commander-in-Chief. Appreciating this role of the DSS is instructive for some sections of the media, lawyers and other interested parties. The Service operates on the basis of rule of law. Its operations are rule governed. As required, it obtains arrest and detention warrants when and if needed. For the fact that such instruments are not advertised does not suggest otherwise.
Critics should get conversant with the law and rules of engagement and desist from misinforming, misleading or inciting the public. Those seeking to weaken the Service through premeditated reforms may be on a wild goose chase. Consistent attack on it based on ignorance, unrealised interests and emotional assessments and judgements does the country no good. The DSS has stood so firmly for Nigeria. It will continue to.
Considering the warped mentality that has triggered these writeups, it will, no doubt, be unsurprising to witness an upsurge in malicious articles, criticisms and baseless attacks in the public space following the investigations of Messrs Godwin Emefiele and Abdulrasheed Bawa among other flimsy matters. Certain groups and people are bound to come up with frivolous allegations against the Service and its leadership.
These entities may also exploit unpatriotic members of the Service to spread falsehoods, propaganda and hate in order to project the Organisation in a bad light. Given their reach and war chest to mobilise forces against Government and its key officials, the adversaries may intend to cause distractions to the on-going investigations as directed by the C-in-C. However, the Service will not depose its professionalism for cheap backlash nor discharge its duty with prejudice or fear.
For those who canvass the opinion that the DSS has no business in investigating the matters referred to it are obviously not taking seriously the omnibus powers of the President, as enshrined in the enabling Acts of the SSS and the NSA. As argued by a onetime Director of the DSS, Fubara Duke, “When a law confers on the President power to delegate ANY assignments he deems fit for a particular Agency to perform, I wonder how it falls outside the purview of (ANY) the stipulations of the President’s powers and by extension why the DSS is being faulted for carrying out the President’s directive”. Continuing, he added: “I have heard arguments of cases being thrown out by the courts over questionable prosecutorial powers of the DSS regarding some categories of cases including criminal cases.
Without prejudice to the wisdom of the court on such judgements, they should not override the lawful investigative authority of the DSS. Should there be need for prosecution in due course, these determinations would be appropriately evaluated and where/if necessary, appropriate prosecutorial agencies which may include the Attorney General’s Office or other sister agencies may be deployed to prosecute. It is not the first time this has happened”.
Let it be clear, however, that the DSS will remain unshaken and professional in carrying out its duties. It recommits to diligently operate, as always, within the confines of the law and to uphold the fundamental rights of all Nigerians. The media must, as the fifth estate of the realm, remain balanced, accurate, impartial and accountable. To sustain a deliberate misguidance of the public with any form of misconceptions is detrimental to nationhood. Therefore, to deepen the expected contributions, seeking veracity is not only ethical but obligatory. That should not be asking for too much.
Dr. Peter Afunanya, fsi, Public Relations Officer Department of State Services
What’s the Best Capacity for a Power Bank?
So you notice that you use your phone a lot, and the truth is that you need your phone nearly all the time to complete either your professional or personal goals daily. Too many people think that we need to limit ourselves from phones, but the reality is that we rely on them to make life easier. Since the use of them rises, the battery life decreases, and at this point, you may want to consider getting a Power Bank to optimize better the way you function daily.
A Power bank is simply a device that holds energy, and it’s used to charge devices like your smartphone while on the go. You can learn more about power banks here.
Getting a power bank should be well thought out because the power bank you get should match your needs. Are you looking for a power bank to take to the office throughout the week and want to be known as the charging king at work? Or maybe you want a personal power bank that you only use.
Whatever the circumstance, getting the power bank that serves your needs will greatly impact you by serving you. One of the most vital things about a power bank is the capacity of the power bank. Do you want to spend money on a 20,000mAh power bank? Or perhaps just a 3,000mAh power bank?
What are the Best Lowest Capacity Power Banks?
Let’s think small first. Mini power banks were the beginning of portable chargers, and they’re what made the charging solution so popular as you take this charging device wherever you go. As mini power banks would be able to fit into your. and some in form factors that made it easier to place into your Of course, the equivalent exchange with mini power banks is the low power capacity they would have, with mini portable chargers having 3,000mAh to 5,000mAh power capacities.
Today, there are much fewer mini power banks on the market than there were a few years ago, and that’s because the portable devices that we use now have larger batteries and require more charging power than what mini power banks have to offer. That said, portable chargers with 3,000mAh or 5,000mAh capacities still have their place for charging certain devices, albeit a slim category.
We did pick out a few mini power banks to show what they feature and what charging is like for them. There are mainly two types of mini power banks you’ll find, though, and what would be standard ones that only make use of slower charging because they only use standard USB-A ports; on the other hand, you’ll find mini chargers that have slightly higher capacities and use fast charging.
PowerAdd 5,000mAh Mini Power Bank
This PowerAdd portable charger is a perfect example of a modern-day standard mini power bank done right. The charger has a 5,000mAh power capacity that can charge some phones to full power at least once; however, if we’re talking about modern smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra that has a 5,000mAh battery, you can get close to charging the phone. This close to full power charging will be common with most phones these days as many of them are using much larger batteries than a few years ago. As a result, you can’t expect to use this power bank for a few days, and it’s almost always going to require recharging after being used for a single day.
This power bank is simple on the charging side because it only has a single USB-A port with a 5V/2.4A (12W) charge rate, so this power bank does not use fast charging such as Quick Charge, and that can be another downside of mini power banks. Recharging from this power bank is done via a Micro-USB input port with a 5V/2.0A (10W) speed.
Of course, one of the main reasons to get a mini power bank is its size, and the size of this PowerAdd portable charger is tiny with a length of 4 inches and a thickness of 1.1 inches. It has a cylindrical shape that makes it easy to hold or to place into your
Mini power banks, in general, don’t use fast charging as they’re too small and meant to be a more budget type of power bank. This Xcentz power bank can fast charge most phones on the market because of its use of Power Delivery and Quick Charge, two of the most used fast charging technologies. You can even recharge this power bank at 18W via a PD wall charger.
The other great part is that this power bank comes with a USB-C to USB-C and a USB-C to USB-A cable included in the box. Most mini power banks use a Micro-USB input port for charging and include a Micro-USB cable; however, that tech is obsolete and slow charging, so we’re glad that this Xcentz power bank takes the more modern approach.
CHOETECH 10,000mAh Power Bank with Built-in USB-C and Lightning Cable
As we mentioned before, mid-range power banks are more reliable, and this CHOETECH portable charger has clear proof of that because it uses two built-in cables. The power bank has a USB-C and a Lightning built-in cable; these are the two most used cables for charging, with the USB-C cable being used for charging Android smartphones, and many other devices such as tablets, earbud cases that use USB-C ports to recharge from or basically any other portable device that can charge via the USB-C. The Lightning cable is for charging iPhones that are still using Apple’s Lightning port.
On top of always having ready-to-use cables with this power bank, both the cables use an 18W Power Delivery charging speed. So you can fast charge most Android smartphones, and you can fast charge iPhones that are also Power Delivery compatible; being able to fast charge with a power bank is great because you can stop relying on the power bank faster. Design-wise, once you’re done charging with the cables, they fit directly into the power bank and are fully concealed. The slim form factor of the power bank enables you to place it into your easily.
This CHOETECH power bank has a USB-C PD port that can only recharge the power bank.
The power capacity of Excitrus portable charger is 9,600mAh, and as we mentioned, most power banks with this capacity don’t feature such high PD charging. With a 45W Power Delivery port, you’re able to charge most USB-C chargeable laptops, and in our case, we were able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 laptop with the power bank, as well as charge a Microsoft Surface Go tablet at its max charging speed. You may also use this power bank to charge a USB-C MacBook.
Along with the USB-C PD port, the power bank has two USB-A ports, with one featuring Quick Charge 3.0 and the other port has a standard 12W charging speed. The power bank can be recharged via the USB-C PD port, and included in the box is a USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cable that lets you start using the power bank right out of the box.
Design-wise, this portable charger is straightforward to take anywhere thanks to its low capacity, as it has a 4-inch length and only a 0.9-inch thickness. Instead of having LED power lights, the charger has an LCD screen that shows the remaining power capacity.
You may think that the wireless charging speed from a power bank is rather weak. Still, surprisingly, the wireless changing rate ranges from 10W for Samsung smartphones to 7.5W for iPhones and 5W for any other wireless charging compatible phones. Additionally, the Aukey power bank has an 18W Power Delivery port and a USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port. The power bank also has two input ports that you can recharge from, with a Micro-USB port or a USB-C PD port.
In addition to the built-in cable, this UGREEN portable charger also has two ports, which basically lets you charge three devices simultaneously with the power bank if you want. It has an 18W USB-C Power Delivery port and a USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port, so you’re getting fast charging no matter what port you’re using. So with mid-range power banks, you get to have built-in cables and fast charging ports, and it all comes into a small form factor that can fit point your as this UGREEN portable charger is nearly the same size as a mini power bank such as the Xcentz mini portable charger that we recommended.
What are the Best High Capacity Power Banks?
High-capacity power banks are the most useful types of portable chargers because they feature the best charging experience that portable chargers have to offer. High-capacity power banks are exactly what it sounds like. These chargers have 20,000mAh power capacities or higher; these higher capacities enable you to charge devices to full power multiple times before needing to recharge the power bank.
In addition to having a power capacity that you can use for days, high-capacity power banks also use some very powerful charging that lets you charge most USB-C laptops. Some use AC outlets; However, that gets into portable power station territory.
The trade-off with having more charging power and a larger-sized power bank is worth it in most cases because even a high-capacity power bank is not too large or heavy.
RAVPower 20,000mAh 18W Power Delivery Tri Output and Tri Input Power Bank
This RAVPower portable charger is a great example of why high-capacity power banks are one of the best to own. The charger has a 20,000mAh power capacity that can charge most phones to full power about two times or more. A high capacity such as this can also be useful for charging tablets to full power at least once.
The power bank also does a great job with its charging power because it has three output ports and input ports. There are two USB-A ports and one USB-C Power Delivery port; one of the USB-A ports features Quick Charge, while the other one has a standard 12W charging rate USB-C Power Delivery port has an 18W charging speed.
You also have three ways to recharge this power bank, with one being the USB-C PD port that is the fastest way to recharge the power bank. You also get the choice of using the Lightning or Micro-USB input port for recharging, but those are slower than the USB-C PD port. With all this charging power, you also get an LCD that shows that the remaining power capacity and if you’re using fast charging from the Quick Charge 3.0 port.
Instead, this JIGA power bank has three USB-A ports and three input ports. Each of the USB-A output ports has a 5V/2.0A (10W) charging speed. Recharging the power bank is impressive because you can use one of the three input ports for recharging; one of the input ports is a USB-C port, and the other two are a Micro-USB and Lightning input port.
Overall, this JIGA power bank is reliable for Android and iPhone smartphone users because of its various input ports to recharge the power bank.
On top of the PD port, if you’re charging from the Power Delivery port and the USB-A Quick Charge port at the same time, then the USB-C PD port lowers its power output to 65W. A 65W PD charge rate is still tons of power, and in our tests, we were still able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 laptop at its max charging speed even when we were charging two devices simultaneously.
One of the main setbacks for a high-capacity power bank is recharging them, as you always want to make sure that you’re recharging it at its max speed. If you’re not, then it can take a long time to recharge the power bank; thankfully, this one recharges at 60W, but you have to provide your own PD wall charger to recharge it at 60W. This power bank does come with a USB-C to USB-C cable, though.
One of the PD ports has a 60W output, and the other one has an 18W output. The 60W port is more useful for charging laptops, and the 18W port is best for charging fast charging smartphones. This power bank also comes with a 45W PD wall charger and a USB-C to USB-C cable that you can use to recharge the power bank at its max speed.
You get tons of power with this Crave power bank, but it’s huge and heavy, you can still take it anywhere you want, but it’s definitely not going to fit into your
That said, plugging in another charger may not be necessary as this MAXOAK portable charger has two USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 ports and a single 45W USB-C Power Delivery port.
Included in the box is a USB-C to USB-C cable and a 30W PD wall charger that you can use to recharge teh power bank at its max charging speed.
It’s gonna depend on which one you get.
Small capacity Power Bank: Focus on sizes in the 3,000mAh to 5,000mAh range because these kinds of power banks are small, powerful, feature a good capacity of power, and are extremely portable to be taken nearly everywhere.
Medium capacity Power Bank: Capacities about 6,000mAh to 15,000mAh are good because they can provide sufficient power to charge your device a few times over. They may also have two ports or maybe more to charge more devices at the same. This is where specialized tech comes in to take advantage of technology like Quick Charge and Power Delivery.
Large Power Bank: Large power banks are in the 20,000mAh or larger range. These power banks can last on one charge for quite a long time, and the anxiety of your power bank running out of a charge is nearly nonexistent because of the absurd large capacity of the power bank. Power banks of this capacity are bigger, and because of that, they will most likely feature 2 or more charging ports and maybe even more than 1 port to recharge the power bank itself. These power banks can charge many devices at the same time and are great for sharing. They will feature the latest in charging tech because the size of the power bank will allow for more innovation.
Conclusion: Power bank capacity will ultimately depend on what you need.