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“Digitalising security is paramount “

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Interior, inaugurated the Nigeria Internal Security and Public Safety Alerts System (NISPSAS) N-Alerts smartphone app on Thursday, May 12, to combat crimes in the country.

Kania Maliki, the acting Director of Press for the Ministry of Interior, made the announcement in Abuja, where the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, launched the app.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday, launched the N-Alert mobile application to help citizens in reaching out to security agencies across the country for swift intervention concerning crime, homicide or other security-related incidents.

The app exists to assist citizens in contacting security services from anywhere in the country for immediate assistance with crimes such as terrorism, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, and ethnic conflict, which continue to damage the country’s peace and harmony, with regional differences.

He noted that the good news was that the Federal Government was winning the war against the enemies of the country, hence the need for the app to further tackle the menace headlong.

According to the minister, the mobile application could have helped minimise the rate of human and infrastructural casualty during the infamous Kaduna-Abuja railway attack had a passenger alerted security agencies as at the time of the attack.

He said, “The government continues to commit resources to security agencies and their welfare. Security is the responsibility of everybody and what is important is vigilance. With the N-Alert mobile application, citizens can send real-time videos, audios and photos of all the incidents they wish to report.
“It is practically impossible to kidnap school children numbering over 20 on motorbikes without people noticing it. If it had happened before, it would not happen again.”
The minister said the slogan for the app is ‘see something, say N-Alert’.
Appealing to citizens not to abuse the mobile application by reporting fake emergencies, he said, “We appeal to the good people of Nigeria to not abuse the app as such will weaken the team’s response to genuine alerts.”
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated that his ministry would work in tandem with the Ministry of Interior for the success of the mobile security application.
He said, “What is being launched here today is going to be a game changer in the way we manage security, our lives and property in this country. One ingredient that is essential for the success of this application is information – getting the right information to the relevant agencies in the situation room for quick response.”

The NISPSAS app is available for download through the Google play store and the App store to smartphone users.

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Britain outlaws Palestinian militant group Hamas, bringing UK stance in line with US, EU

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 21st, 2021

Britain’s interior minister Priti Patel has banned the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a move that brings the UK’s stance on Gaza’s rulers in line with the United States and the European Union.

Key points:
Britain had only previously only banned the military arm of Hamas
Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections and seized military control of Gaza the next year
Israel and Hamas last clashed in May in a deadly 11-day conflict
“Hamas has significant terrorist capability, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry, as well as terrorist training facilities,” Ms Patel said in a statement.

“That is why today I have acted to proscribe Hamas in its entirety.”

The organisation will be banned under the Terrorism Act.

Anyone expressing support for Hamas, flying its flag or arranging meetings for the organisation would be in breach of the law, the Interior Ministry confirmed.

Ms Patel is expected to present the change to parliament next week.

Hamas — full name the ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’ — has political and military wings.

Founded in 1987, it opposes the existence of Israel and peace talks, instead advocating “armed resistance” against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Hamas is on the US list of designated foreign terrorist organisations. The European Union also deems it a terrorist movement.

Based in Gaza, Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, defeating nationalist rival Fatah.

It seized military control of Gaza the following year.

Hamas political official Sami Abu Zuhri said Britain’s move showed “absolute bias toward the Israeli occupation and is a submission to Israeli blackmail and dictations”.

In a separate statement, Hamas said: “Resisting occupation by all available means, including armed resistance, is a right granted to people under occupation as stated by the international law.”

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed the decision, saying in a Twitter post: “Hamas is a terrorist organization, simply put. The ‘political arm’ enables its military activity.”

Ms Patel was forced to resign as Britain’s international development secretary in 2017 after she failed to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday to the country, including then-opposition leader Yair Lapid.

Mr Lapid, now Israel’s Foreign Minister, hailed the decision on Hamas as “part of strengthening ties with Britain”.