Buratai, again, pledges to eliminate insurgents, bandits

Buratai, again, pledges to eliminate insurgents, bandits

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Saturday, September 12, revealed that the Nigerian Army would continue to be ruthless with insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements in the country.

Buratai made this pledge during his visit to the Army Super Camp Four, Faskari.

He stated the army was determined to fish out the criminals from their hideouts in any part of the country.

Buratai said: “The bandits and other criminals are not spirits. They live among people. Let me assure you, we shall continue to be ruthless with the criminals.

“We are determined to work harder along with the support of other sister agencies to achieve peace in Nigeria.

“But, the earlier these criminals are not shielded, the sooner we will win the insecurity challenges.

“I will urge our people especially in the communities where our men are in operation to always supply us with credible information on the criminals so that together we will win the battle against insecurity.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has insisted that electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) must not increase tariffs of customers enjoying less than 12 hours of power supply daily.

Mr Dafe Akpeneye, NERC Commissioner, Legal Licensing and Compliance, made the clarification on Friday, September, 11.

Specifically, he spoke during the agency’s online town hall meeting with customers on the new electricity tariff regime.

1st News had reported that the DisCos had on September 1 announced the implementation of a new Service Reflective Tariff Plan (SRT) across their franchise areas.

The DisCos said the classes of customers had been categorised into five bands; with bands D and E who were not enjoying 12 hours daily power supply not affected by the new tariff plan.

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However, Akpeneye, who was responding to claims by some customers that the DisCos were not adhering to the increment terms; maintained that those below 12 hours supply daily should not experience any increment.

He explained that the hours and bands were decided by the commission after consultations. However, he noted that customers were assigned to the bands by the DisCos.

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