The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has cautioned the public against attacking policemen because of any unpleasant encounter with them.
He said rather than breaching the law, aggrieved persons should follow proper channels to lodge their complaint to appropriate authorities on any form of misconduct by police personnel.
Adejobi, in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said the call followed a trending video where some individuals assaulted a police officer and attempted to disarm him by dragging his loaded AK47 rifle.
He said that some sections of the media had deliberately misquoted his earlier reaction to the incident, by portraying him as endorsing violence by uniformed officers against the public.
“Where a public officer acts contrary to the provisions of extant laws, there are channels to report such conduct and get prompt justice, particularly in the Nigeria Police Force.
“In the extant case, the individuals resorted to self-help and assaulted the officers, attempted to snatch the officers’ firearm, and in so doing breached the law.
“It is right that two wrongs cannot make a right, as such whatever the provocation, the action of the individuals were wrong,” the FPRO said.
Adejobi said that complaints over unpleasant encounters could be reported via the Police Public Relations Officers of various Commands, Police Complaint Response Unit and official police accounts across social media platforms.
Adejobi said the idea of pouncing on and beating up law enforcement agents on duty was criminal and disrespectful to the nation and so, must not be allowed to continue.
He said that the Nigeria Police had been a vanguard of sustainable democracy in the country via the aggressive protection of the fundamental rights of citizens and other members of the public.
According to him, this has been evident in the continuous sanctions meted out by the Police authority on officers engaged in violation of individual rights, as well as extant laws when reported.
The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria(APWEN) says electricity problems can be tackled if Nigeria’s sources of energy in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors are diversified.
Elizabeth Sterigho, President of APWEN, made this disclosure at a press briefing to announce the commencement of the association’s four-day conference in Abuja on Monday.
Sterigho said that the government should also adopt new available technologies in order to reduce energy wastages and to save cost.
She noted that the association was focusing on the issue as stakeholders in the implementation of the energy transition plan of the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government plan announces new opportunities for solar energy companies to obtain results-based finance, from the Universal Energy Facility.
“`Therefore, as female engineers, justice to the theme will enable individuals, particularly corporate organisations on how to key into the transition plan,’’ she said.
According to her, this will make the best of Nigeria’s technology investments in providing modern and sustainable energy.
The APWEN president disclosed that the theme of their 2022 conference is: “JUST Energy Transition: An Enabler for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.
’’ “A JUST Energy Transition is a transition towards a sustainable, low carbon and equitable energy system that is aimed at improving the lives of people and sustains the environment,’’ she said.
Sterigho stated that access to clean, modern energy services were an enormous challenges facing the African continent, particularly Nigeria, saying energy is fundamental to socio-economic development and poverty eradication.
She maintained that in Nigeria, the power sector had been in comatose for many years, coupled with frequent collapse of the national grid.
She further said Nigeria’s source of energy is not renewable, resulting in high carbon leading to environmental pollution.
She stressed that the transition of the energy sector would require significant investments.
She advised that Nigeria should not be left behind as traditional fossil fuel exporting countries are seeking how to leverage the change in demand patterns brought about by energy transition and to decarbonise their economy.
The APWEN president said that perhaps this was why Nigeria launched an energy transition plan, aimed at boosting investments for energy project development to address increasing energy poverty and ensure sustainability.
“The plan includes Nigeria ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all of its 200 million people by the year 2030. “This would also help achieve net-zero by the year 2060, through massive investments in oil, gas, solar and other modern energy technologies, such as hydrocarbon and electric vehicles,’’ she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that APWEN is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE).
The Kwara Government has charged heads of private tertiary institutions in the state to collaborate with public tertiary institutions to boost the education sector in the state.
The state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Afees Abolore, made the call during an interface with heads of private Colleges of Education, Colleges of Health Technology and Health Sciences, private Polytechnics, Colleges of Technology and Skill Acquisition Centres in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued by the education ministry’s Press Secretary, Mrs Mansurat Amuda-kannike, on Monday in Ilorin.
The commissioner said this was to boost effective service delivery in the tertiary education system.
Abolore enjoined them to support the policy thrust of the present administration of Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq towards a robust output and effective service delivery across the institutions.
He expressed the state government’s readiness to support the private tertiary institutions to thrive productively.
The statement quoted the proprietor of Primera International College of Health Science and Technology, Prof. Jimoh AbdulGafar, expressing confidence that collaboration with government-owned tertiary institutions was an innovation that would further enhance a sustainable and robust service delivery.
AbdulGafar, responding on behalf of his colleagues, pledged their support to the state government’s policy thrust and direction to achieve a common goal.
The statement added that the meeting was attended by all directors in the ministry and all heads of private tertiary institutions in the state.
The Kwara Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Odama, has advised the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kwara chapter, against their planned shutting down of flight operations at Ilorin Airport.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, on Monday in Ilorin said that Odama met with the student leaders on the need to set aside the planned protest and allow government and ASUU settle their differences amicably.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the students’ national body had directed all its members to shut down flight operations in the Airports in South West zone, including Ilorin International Airport.
This is in solidarity with members of ASUU who have been on strike since February.
According to the statement, the state police commissioner made it clear to the students that he was ready at all times to cooperate with them as well as expecting them to reciprocate.
He explained the dangers inherent in embarking on such economic damaging protest which could be hijacked by hoodlums, like it happened during the EndSars protest of 2020.The statement quoted the President of the students union, Mr Suleiman Yusuf Issa, in his response, reiterating his unalloyed support and admiration to the Kwara Police Command.
”He told the CP of the collaboration between the association and the police in the state and promised not to do anything that could jeopardise the cordial relationship and the fragile peace existing in the state.
”Issa explained that the directive to shut down the airports by NANS is only binding on the Zone D axis of the association which comprised States in the Southwest of the country, while Kwara state is in Zone C, comprising states in North central axis.
”He thanked the CP for inviting them for the parley, promising to cooperate with the command in a bid to making the command succeed in her onerous task of providing safety and security for the people and residents of Kwara state,” the statement read in part.
The African Centre For Media and Information Literacy has commenced a three-day step-down training on the whistleblower policy for Community-based Organisations in the state.
The centre, which is a Non-Governmental Organisation, is funded by McArthur Foundation.
In s speech at the event opening on Monday in Awka, Mr Godwin Onyeacholem, a Snr. Programme Officer at the centre, said that the training was designed to build public confidence in the Federal Government’s policy.
Onyeacholem underscored the need for community dwellers to be aware of their expected role in the quest for good governance and anti-corruption war.
He said that although some of them could have relevant information to give, they lacked the knowledge about the existence of platforms to disclose it under anonymity.
He described the training as an opportunity to introduce the Corruption Anonymous (CORA) inaugurated in 2017. According to him, CORA was set up with the aim of using whistleblowing as a tool to fight corruption and ensure honest policy implementation.
A Rotarian, Dr Dennis Ekemezie, described whistleblower policy as a good anti-corruption strategy that should be embraced by every one.
Ekemezie advised whistleblowers to be careful and protected, saying that corruption had a way of fighting bank in unfriendly ways.
He urged those giving out information to ensure that what they were giving was correct.
He further advised them to be patient “because feedbacks usually take time due to the scrutiny and collaboration among anti-graft bodies”.
Mr Chris Azor, the Chairman of Anambra State Civil Society Network, a major partner in the project, said the first phase of the training would take place in the three senatorial districts of Anambra.
Azor said that the group would continue to encourage people to “say something, whenever they saw something”.
He said that he was hopeful that the relevant authorities, including the anti-corruption agencies, would respond appropriately.
“Whistleblower is yielding positive results.
“There is a need to step the policy down to the communities because corruption is actually more visible at the base of the society.
“We are in the era of Open Governance Partnership, we are making the communities to be part of the budget preparation process, so that they can track implementation and also know when to blow the whistle,” Azor said.
Kwara United Football Club has been commended for doing the country proud in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition, after a draw against AS Douanes of Niger Republic in Niamey on Sunday progressed the Nigerian side to the next round.
The Media Officer of the club, Mr Jimoh Bashir, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.
Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, Mr Mohammed Usman, made the commendation while receiving the team and its officials, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Head of Delegation, Malam Ibrahim Gusau, at the Embassy.
According to Usman, who was represented by the Embassy’s Head of Chancery, Malam Awalu Liti, “the victory is for our dear nation, Nigeria”.
“He also commended the team for approaching the blood spilling incidence at the Stadium with maturity, adding that it’s very important for the encouragement of cordial relationship with the host country,” said the statement.
The NFF Head of Delegation, Malam Ibrahim Gusau, thanked the Embassy for supporting the team since arriving Niger Republic.
He also said that the team, against all odds, especially in the aftermath of the ugly incident, went ahead to pull out a goalless draw, which made it qualify on 3-0 aggregate.
The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission, Malam Bola Mogaji, also appreciated the Embassy on behalf of state government, adding that the reception for the team is a great encouragement.
The team comprised 20 players; the Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye; the General Manager, Bashir Badawiy; the state FA Chairman, Malam Idris Musa, among others.
According to the media officer, the team was received by other Embassy officials, including Aminu Saifullah, Chika Bello, Peter Jatau, Group Captain Iliya Mato and Bello Yahaya.
Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Sokoto State, has urged party stakeholders to sustain commitments toward ensuring the party’s victory in 2023 general elections.
Aliyu, who was represented by his running mate, Alhaji Idris Gobir, made the call at a meeting of party stakeholders from Sokoto North Senatorial zone in the state.
He expressed appreciation to the APC leaders in the state, stressing that their commitments are encouraging in movements.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the district comprised eight local government areas of Sokoto North, Sokoto South, Wamakko, Binji, Tangaza, Kware, Silame and Gudu. According to him, the stakeholders commitment has become a source of encouragement to loyalists and the leadership of APC in the state and the country at large.
“We have experienced a lot of challenges after the 2019 elections mostly at the local government, now we committed to ensure party’s victory,” he said.
The candidate further called on APC supporters to canvass for more votes as the electioneering campaign will soon start.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, said the meeting was convened to enhance the already existing cordial relationship with the party’s stakeholders at the grassroot.
“This is also an avenue for us to discuss our strategies toward ensuring peaceful campaign as well as free, fair and credible 2023 general elections in our state and the country at large.
“Our main objective in APC is to ensure the best future for Nigerians and lead a governance that will facilitate more developments in the society.
“As such we should continue to remain closer to our people and enlighten them on our struggle for Sokoto state and Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Chiso Dattijo, the Commissioner representing Sokoto state in the National Population Commission (NPC), thanked the stakeholders for their loyalty to the party.
Dattijo restated that the leaders and elders of APC in the state would continue to ensure the success of the party at all levels.
Earlier, Alhaji Isa Achida, the state APC Chairman, said the purpose for the gathering was to appreciate the LGA leaders and further motivate them on the party’s struggle ahead of the 2023 general elections.
NAN reports that party representatives from the LGAs highlighted their various successes at the grassroots level and expressed loyalty to the party toward winning the 2023 general elections.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has received the new Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Emeka Nduka, following the resignation of Mr Kennedy Ibe earlier on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no reason was given for Ibe’s resignation.
Receiving the speaker and some key legislative members at the Government House Owerri, Uzodimma commended them for the honour of introducing the new speaker to him.
He also commended the lawmakers for their peaceful conduct during the process that led to the election of the new speaker, saying that “it shows that African democracy is developing.
“We wish you well and we will continue to support the assembly with facilities that will help you function effectively as we have always done.
“I urge you to operate in a manner that will allow peaceful conduct of legislative duties and ensure that Imo people are better off,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the new speaker (APC-Ehime Mbano), commended his colleagues for nominating and electing him as their chief servant.
Nduka promised to be transparent in his dealings and also ensure that he carried out people-oriented programmes for the benefit of all.
“The harmonious relationship between the executive arm of government and the legislative arm of government will remain sacrosanct.
“By the special grace of God, I am going to live up to their expectations and up to the expectations of the people of Imo to make this government proud,” Nduka added.
Earlier, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Amarachi Iwuanyanwu, who introduced the speaker to the governor, said Nduka was nominated and elected unopposed as the speaker of the ninth house of Imo assembly.
Iwuanyanwu, who said 20 lawmakers attended plenary for the day when the election took place, said both members of the majority and minority caucus were present at the swearing-in of Nduka.
He commended the governor for the rehabilitation of the assembly complex which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit to the state.
NAN further reports that Nduka’s emergence makes him the fourth speaker in less than three years of Uzodimma’s administration.
Ibe (APC-Obowo) was sworn in as speaker on Nov. 8, 2021 following the impeachment of Mr Paul Emeziem (APC-Onuimo) for alleged forgery and highhandedness.
Emeziem took over from Dr Collins Chiji (APC-Isiala Mbano) in November 2020, after he was impeached for alleged unparliamentarily conduct and gross misconduct.
Chiji, however, appealed to the house to have his impeachment expunged from the legislative records and recorded as resignation, a request which was approved.
Three-days after the alleged gruesome murder of a 22-year-old Kano lady Ummukulsum Buhari by her Chinese lover, a public affairs analyst’ Mr Abdul-Aziz Yusuf, urges parents to always monitor their daughters’ dealings with male.
Yusuf was speaking on Monday in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
He also emphasised the need to caution parents, especially mothers to guide their daughters properly in their quest to choose their future husbands without recourse to the material things.
“Parents, especially mothers should put extra efforts in seeing that their female children don’t fall into relationships that are capable of harming them and they should lead by example.
“ It’s worrisome that many of the bad habits some children learn come from their parents because they usually follow our footsteps.
“ Ladies should learn to report cases of harassments, as it can harm them in the process of the relationship, It’s sad that Ummukulsum is dead.
“ Her death should serve as a lessons to our other ladies who are in such kind of relationships’,’ he said.
The analyst also enjoined parents to take close-watch on the interactions of their daughters with their male friends to be in the know and put them on the right path.
NAN reports that, the deceased was allegedly stabbed to death on Sept. 16, by her Chinese lover, Geng Quanrong, 47 years, at Janbulo quarters, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano after a series of misunderstanding .
Eight housemates of the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija Season 7, have been nominated for possible eviction.
The nominated housemates were: Rachel, Groovy, Chizzy, Bella, Sheggs, Hermes, Adekunle and Bryan.
Biggie, the Coordinator of the show announced this after the new head of house, Chichi, used her ultimate veto power to save two of the housemates from being nominated for possible eviction.
Chichi saved Daniella and Phyna after the housemates tried to sell themselves to her one after another, according to the instructions of Biggie.
Each of the 10 housemates tried to convince Chichi within 90 seconds, to be saved till the end of the show.
The nominated housemates had been warned to desist from open campaign for votes in the course of the show.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there are 11 housemates currently on the show, with nine housemates bidding for the grand prize The remaining two housemates who are known to be rider housemates, will not partake in the grand prize.