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Governors’ Forum backs state police

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  • Senators urge FG to address causes of insecurity

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday threw its weight behind the current call agitation for establishment of state police in the country. The Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, expressed the support of the Forum while speaking to journalists at the closing session of the two-day National Security Summit, organised by the Senate

. He stated that the Forum had earlier agreed on the issue of state police during the constitutional amendment in the past, but lamented that when the NGF split into two factions, some governors decided to play to the gallery and jettisoned the idea.

Yari said that establishment of state police was the only solution to the current escalated security challenges in the country, arguing that the ratio of the present police force to the population of the country was inadequate and below international standard. He also noted that since all the states might not have the financial capacity to run state police, the states that could afford it should go ahead and do so while the Federal Government should redeploy some federal police to the financially disadvantaged states.

His words: “The first primary responsibility of government anywhere in the world is to ensure that the lives and property of citizens are protected; and there has been so many challenges in Nigeria for the past 10 years ranging from Boko Haram, cattle rustling, armed banditry, militancy in the Niger Delta dwindling the economy and even threatening the unity of the nation. “The take home from this summit is that the Vice President raised some of the key discussions about the issue of state police.

The state police is something we have agreed on during the constitutional amendment, but at a later time when the Forum divided into two, some governors played to the gallery, which is unfortunate. “Today, we have reiterated the position of the Vice President on the security summit we held in August last year, that there is a need for state police. And we can say it is only the answer. The police of today are inadequate; so if we look at the ratio, it is far below international standard.

Therefore, we in the Forum agreed that we can find a way that we can fine-tune the issue of state police.” On the inability of every state to maintain a state police, Yari said: “That is why we are saying that it is not all the states that are supposed to have state police.

Those that can, can have it. For instance, Lagos State, as rich as they are, can have state police. “For the federal police in Lagos, they can reduce the number and give to Osun, Ogun and other states that cannot do it. If Rivers State can afford it, the number of federal police can be redeployed to Cross River and other neighbouring states like Enugu that cannot do it.

If Kano State can do it, they can take to my state that is not all that rich. It is something that we can’t take up at the same time and land at the same time.” Two governors and two deputy governors attended the last day of the Summit.

They are Yari and Jubrilla Bindow of Adamawa State. Also in attendance were deputy governors of Benue and Kaduna states. Meanwhile, senators who attended the summit impressed on the Federal Government to promptly and comprehensively address agitations that led to the current grave security development in the country.

A member of the Senate Committee on Security and National Intelligence, Dr. Sam Egwu, noted that the issue of security in the country required collaborative efforts by all, particularly between the Executive and the National Assembly.

He expressed serious concerns that the security situation in Nigeria had degenerated to a point where everybody was in danger, stressing that solution to the problem must not be left to the executive arm alone. Egwu also said that the Senate had a plan to go beyond the summit by going to meet with critical stakeholders at the grassroots including the civil society organisations, traditional and religious leaders. “As an arm of government, we have to contribute our quota by trying to find out means to avert the serious dangers we find ourselves as a country,” Egwu said.

 

 

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Saving them from self destruction

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Angwan Tivi in Ruga community, a sex den for a good number of men in Abuja, is slowly turning into a HIV-infested den. REGINA OTOKPA reports on a unique case and efforts of a concerned NGO to change the tale of the community

 

Seventeen-year-old Christiana David (not real name), is five months pregnant and currently infected with the Human Immune Virus (HIV). She is one of the young women engaged in illicit sex trade activities at Angwan Tivi, a settlement within Ruga community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

 

Growing up like every other child, Christiana never envisaged her life would take this turn until two years ago when her mother, Sarah (not real name), whose husband is late, introduced Christiana and her two sisters into the business of prostitution at the brothel where she has been selling food since 2015.

 

Showing no remorse her children were involved in such trade, she told Inside Abuja her husband was late and she and her daughters must hustle to survive.

 

Inside Abuja checks revealed that one of the sisters presently has a child, unsure of whom the father is, while the second recently had an abortion from an unwanted pregnancy.

 

 

Meanwhile, Christiana, who still engages in the act with her five-month pregnancy, has not been able to assess antenatal care. It was also observed that men flock in from all parts of Abuja, including Utako, Asokoro, Gwarinpa and the likes, to patronise these ladies. Running free HIV counselling and test for the women engaged in the illicit trade, the Wanda Adu foundation recorded 25 positive cases.

 

 

Most of the women and young girls hail from Benue State, but have found their way into the city with the aim of making a living for themselves.

 

Worried by the developing trend and committed towards changing the tale about Angwan Tivi, founder of the foundation, Wanda Ebe, has commenced a two weeks training and empowerment exercise for 62 girls and women, to equip them with necessary information and materials on chemical classes for liquid soap, Dettol and cream production.

 

Also, the training would cover bead making, teach the ladies how to tie head scarf(gele), as well as pedicure and manicure .

 

Ebe, who recently trained 20 women in Mpape, told Inside Abuja that the idea behind making the ladies learn and acquire vocational skills was to assist them become self sustained and to teach them to always believe in themselves by engaging in different types of business rather than relying on the men for their means of survival.

 

 

“It is more honourable to have a means of livelihood and grow a business than to rely on the government or individuals to meet their needs on a daily basis.

 

 

 

We are seeking for ways of empower- ing them and making them better individuals. This will give them an opportunity to choose from all the skills they learnt at the end of the training and be able to stand out on one particular skill.”

 

Committed to ensuring those free from HIV protect themselves from contracting sexually transmitted diseases and other forms of disease affecting females, Ebe took time, advising the ladies on preventive methods.

 

 

Taking a step further, sanitary pads, condoms, antiseptic and liquid soaps were distributed to the ladies. “It is very essential to use condom when engaging in sexual activity with your partner.

 

Do not hesitate or wait till tomorrow as you cannot detect disease with mere eyes. We have provided means of doing voluntary counseling and testing through AIDS healthcare foundation (AHF), which will give you follow up treatment after the diagnosis,” Ebe said.

 

 

She urged Nigerians not to judge women who indulge in sex trade from afar, saying that,”we should learn to show love to them and not chastise them, because we don’t know where they are coming from and what they have been through.

 

 

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N10bn NHIS scam: APC government stinks corruption – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the alleged N10 billion theft by officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the height of official hypocrisy‎ by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

 

The party also disputed the claim of Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Nigerian was in safe hands when the reality on the ground showed that the nation is on autopilot and drifting to the precipice.

 

In a statement, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan‎, PDP said the Buhari presidency’s incompetence is manifesting on daily basis.

 

The party said it was shocking that the NHIS money was syphoned through the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is under the direct purview of the presidency.

 

“Nigerians can now see the level of debauchery associated with this administration. It is appalling that a government can be so depraved that it superintended over the stealing of money meant to provide healthcare for the citizens,” the party said.

 

PDP noted that the only reason for the concealment was because the ‎presidency was complicit, while the stolen fund was being used to service an anti-people cabal brazenly operating in the Buhari-led presidency.

 

“We challenge the presidency to speak out on this report as well as similarly reported sleazes that has occurred under its watch.

 

“Who in the presidency authorized the withdrawal of the money from the TSA and who are the beneficiaries thereof?

 

“What has the presidency to say about revelations that it ordered the reinstatement of the indicted Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, to help conceal these illegal withdrawals and shield members of the presidency cabals involved in the deal?

 

“Until and unless the presidency clears its name by investigating, exposing and prosecuting those involved, it must directly be held responsible for this wicked act against Nigerians, who daily suffer

hunger, deprivation and death owing to the corruption in the APC government,” the statement added.

The PDP expressed shock that Alhaji Mohammed, could tell Nigerians abroad that the country was in safe hands under Buhari when under the administration, Nigerians were inflicted with economic and security problems.

 

It said either the minister had lost touch with reality or he was just trying to play with words to please the incompetent Buhari presidency or its crisis-ridden party, the APC.

 

“If a minister of information who ought to give the correct state of affairs can announce that a government which collapsed the nation’s once robust economy and plagued it with violence, ethnic division and political tension, is indeed a safe hand, then our nation is in much more trouble under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

“How can anybody say that the same presidency whose incompetence and bad policies are directly responsible for the unabated killings, massive unemployment and job losses, a collapse of businesses and even the lingering fuel crisis which has brought untold hardship in the land is indeed a safe hand?

 

“This is a government under whose watch the nation has become heavily polarized along dangerous fault lines and where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people due to its bad policies.

 

“The reasonable takeaway from the statement of the information minister is that this government has come to its wits end and has no solution for the troubles it caused the nation,” PDP said.

 

It added that the minister’s statement has further exposed the fact that this failed administration is not the least remorseful for the pain it has caused the people, which underpins its arrogance and disdain towards Nigerians.

 

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Naked couple found dead in car

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A naked couple found dead in a car are believed to have suffocated after turning on the engine to keep warm while allegedly having sex.

The 39-year-old man and 44-year-old woman’s bodies were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Investigators said the naked couple, whose names have not been released, appeared to have turned on the car engine to get warm, leading to their suffocation.

Nobody had noticed the car engine had been left running for hours behind the metal gate of the garage which is located behind a commercial building.

Police opened the garage door because the man’s family had reported that he had been missing for days.

Meanwhile, officers in the city had also started an investigation into the woman’s sudden disappearance.

Police said there appeared to be no evidence of a crime but forensic scientists were working hard to establish exactly what happened. Tests are being carried out to ascertain CO levels in the blood of the couple

A police spokesman said, “At the moment all evidence points to an accident.

“To put all doubts to rest, the public prosecutor ordered an autopsy be performed on the bodies.”

(UK Mirror)

 

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