Col. Arriaga explained there are plans for countries throughout the region to create a unified force to combat organized crime. “We are constantly exchanging information among the militaries in the region concerning our activities and operations. For example, Joint Task Force Maya-Chortí was established in March 2015 between the governments of Honduras and Guatemala with the goal of counteracting drug trafficking as well as reducing organized crime operations, ordinary crime, and the activities linked to both.” Civilians have also provided timely information regarding the presence of suspicious persons to FUSINA, which has helped reinforce the country’s borders, where the presence of civil authorities has been strengthened. Cooperation with the security forces of other countries is a key component of the initiative. When FUSINA arrests a foreigner at the border, the force exchanges information with the authorities from that person’s country of origin to determine the suspect’s background and possible criminal ties. Since its creation in February 2014, FUSINA has confiscated weapons, drugs, munitions, and explosives under the framework of Operation Morazán. Overall, FUSINA forces have executed 1,261 arrest warrants; seized 363 kilograms of cocaine; confiscated 935 firearms; and destroyed two drug labs. The Honduran government has given the Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) the responsibility of monitoring the land, air, and water borders and capturing gang members who are fleeing neighboring El Salvador, where security forces have put extraordinary public safety measures in place. Fighting crime Gang threats transcend borders, making it crucial for Central American countries to guard their borders closely, FUSINA Commander, Infantry Colonel Selman David Arriaga Orellana, explained to Diálogo. “We hold joint and coordinated operations with authorities from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which include operational coordination with the Armed Forces and militaries of the various countries. This coordination is performed under the framework of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces, a regional organization comprised of the Armed Forces of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.” Gangs are a public safety problem for each of the countries in the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala), said Migdonia Ayestas, the director of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace, and Security. “The Central American Integration System is prioritizing the issue of Democratic Security, but what is most important is not to just think about things. We have to act on them because these crime syndicates are already here.” Since January 1st, FUSINA has arrested 804 suspects who intended to enter or move through Honduras illegally, 90 percent of whom had the intention of migrating. Overall, security forces determined that 5 percent of those detained were involved in crime. Throughout Honduras, FUSINA is carrying out “Operación Morazán,” which is aimed at combating common and organized crime, in addition to securing the Central American country’s borders. Operation Morazán is being carried out “[while] respecting human rights and constitutional protections, since the only goal is to locate and arrest those people and criminal gangs that operate outside the law in order to later submit them to trial in the appropriate courts,” Col. Arriaga added. By Dialogo June 10, 2016 Gangs problematic to public safety Assistance from the public is crucial to the operational success of FUSINA, which is combating those who want to use Honduras as a hideout or a base to conduct crimes, Col. Arriaga stated. “One of the resources used to fight crime is the Military, but the most important one is the public’s collaboration in a culture of complaint. From any corner of the country, they can reach out to 911, and FUSINA will respond safely to counter whatever illegal threat is taking place in a given area. A complaint means preventing illegal activity or a homicide. Confidence in FUSINA is essential, and the culture of complaint is fundamental.” FUSINA has confiscated military-grade firearms, including AK-47 rifles, M-16 rifles, M-203 rifles, light automatic rifles, submachine guns, mini-Uzis, and 9mm pistols. The security force has also seized $1,036,874 in cash and dismantled 11 covert landing strips used for narcoflights.
Protest rocks Nasarawa FA electionEmmanuel Ukumba in LafiaElections into the Executive Committees of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT will hold as from next week.However, all is not well in Nasarawa as protests letters are flying over the composition of the electoral committee constituted to conduct election into the association. The first stop will be Rivers State, where the Elective Congress has been set for Port Harcourt on Thursday, 30th January, before Ogun State takes the baton a week later on 6th February and Kano State follows three days after, on 9th February.Elections will hold in Niger and Ekiti states on 9th February, while FCT will be the next on 11th February and Kebbi State will take its turn on 12thFebruary.Benue, Zamfara and Plateau States will hold their elective congresses on 13th February. Kwara State will take the stage on 14th February and Nasarawa State will be the next on 15th February.Bauchi, Kaduna and Kogi States have all opted for 19th February, with Gombe and Osun States in focus on 20th February and Imo and Taraba States to follow on 21st February.Yobe States will hold its elections on 23rd February while Ebonyi State has fixed 26th February for its own congress.Meanwhile, a contestant in the upcoming Nasarawa FA election, Ibrahim Shigafarta, has kicked against the composition of the electoral committee in a protest letter he personally signed and made available to journalists on Sunday in Lafia.Shigafarta alleged that the membership of Abdulhamid Babanrabi in the electoral committee was a gross violation of fairness, justice and due process in the electoral process because Babanrabi is also currently the secretary of the Nasarawa FA making it difficult to not to see him as unbias or trust his actions in the electoral process.He added that the fact that Babanrabi was appointed as secretary of both the FA and electoral committee by the state FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, and the fact that the chairman is also contesting in the election makes it extremely difficult that the process will not be swayed to favour the incumbent chairman and his supporters.But the Nasarawa FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, said Babanrabi was appointed as a member and secretary of the electoral committee because as stipulated in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statues with regards to elections into FAs across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram