Cleen Foundation, an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO, says it has trained officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) across the country on excellent service delivery and professionalism.
Mr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the organisation said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.
Olugbuo explained that the training was conducted under the organisation’s programme tagged “Training of Trainers’ (ToT) Project aimed at improving knowledge, technical capacity and skills of law enforcement agents in the country.
“The training would also effectively improve the understanding of the roles of security in the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
“It is in furtherance of our commitment to support the efforts of the Inspector General of Police to improve police professionalism and service delivery that we organised the training for the beneficiaries.
“The rationale for organising the training is also to support the police in building their technical capacity to step down the training through various ranks,” he said.
Olugbuo said that 20 officers from the state police commands within each of the zones had been trained to step down the training to officers in its various police zonal command.
He said that the training was conducted using a pattern to cascade the knowledge gained to other police officers all over the country based on the manual produced and used for the ToT training workshop.
Olugbuo said that the training has spanned over 6 months and covered police commands in Zone 1 Kano, Zone 2 Lagos, Zone 3 Adamawa, Zone 4 Benue, Zone 5 Edo, Zone 7Abuja, Zone 9 Abia, and Zone 11 Osun.
The executive director, however, prayed that the outcome of the training would be visibly evident in the diligent investigation and prosecution of criminal cases across board.
Olugbuo recommended that government prioritise training and retraining of security officers in order for them to be able to deliver on their mandate without fear or bias under the confines of the law.
He described police officers as gate keepers to the criminal justice system in the country who use their power to arrest and initiate the processes of criminal justice in the country.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the organisation had in November 2019 trained some police officers across 26 states including FCT in Abuja.
Olugbuo had then said that the training dwelt on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, where police officers drawn different states participated.
“The police as gatekeepers to the criminal justice system require continued training and retraining to effectively deliver on their constitutional mandate to maintain law and order and protect lives and property in a professional manner and within the confines of the laws,” he said.
He named some of the states where the police officers were drawn from as: Lagos; Anambra; Ekiti; Enugu; Rivers; Delta; Kaduna; Cross River; Akwa Ibom and Ondo.
Others were Oyo; Kogi; Ogun; Plateau, Bayelsa; Edo; Benue; Adamawa; Jigawa; Nassarawa; Bauchi; Kano; Yobe; Kwara and Osun.
The director further explained that the workshop organised by foundation “came at a crucial time in our country in view of the escalating crime incidences”.
Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Rainstorm: Kwara governor sympathises with affected families
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commiserated with families whose dwellings and properties were affected by Saturday night’s rainstorm in different parts of the state.
“The governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain.
“He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time,” the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye quoted him as saying in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin.
According to him, as part of AbdulRazaq’s proactive measures to mitigate the effect of the natural disaster, he visited various federal government agencies to seek special relief for Kwara.
“The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support.
“The governor, on his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data from areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources,” the CPS added.
Ajakaye said the governor would announce members of the response team very soon.
“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm.
“He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Edo Election: Senate minority caucus hails Obaseki over victory
The Senate Minority Caucus has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki over his resounding victory in the governorship election in Edo State.
The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia), on Sunday in Abuja said the victory signalled a new dawn and ultimate end of Godfatherism in Nigeria politics.
Abaribe also hailed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidation.
He said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belonged to the people and not to some individuals who think they could play god and toy at will with the wishes of the people.
“Going forward, I believe that Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Gov. Obaseki and PDP sent the right signal across.
“It has affirmed that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machination of some few, who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.
“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people but also for the entire country, especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people,” Abaribe said in a statement by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom.
He congratulated the PDP family and urged the people of Ondo State to be ready to replicate what had happened in Edo.
This, Abaribe said, would return Nigeria to genuine and people-oriented democracy.
Obaseki had, in a keenly contested election polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet contender Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who pulled 223,619 votes.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Peter Ejiofor)
Declare Badagry’s historical monuments protected structures, expert urges LASG
A tourism expert, Mr Babatunde Ajose, on Sunday urged the Lagos State Government to declare the historical monuments of the ancient town of Badagry protected structures.
Ajose made the appeal at the Tourism Stakeholders’ Meeting organised by the Badagry Media Group in Badagry.
The meeting was tagged: “On the Proposed Delisting of Heritage Sites and Attractions by Lagos State House of Assembly’’.
The expert said that this would protect the historical monuments from destruction or delisting by any agent in the state.
According to Ajose, the recent call on the state house of assembly by a lawmaker for the removal of all historical monuments in Lagos State had put fear in the minds of the residents of the town.
“When the issue of delisting of historical monuments in Lagos was mentioned by a lawmaker during a sitting of the Lagos assembly, residents of Badagry started running from pillar to post.
“The local media in the town were writing different stories on the social media, people started castigating the people in the assembly.
“Even when the LASEMA was coming with their vehicles to access the extent of damage done by rainstorms in some communities in the area, they started crying, “they have come to destroy our sites’’.
“What I expect from them in Badagry is organise themselves on how to meet the people in authority and explain things to them on the implications.
“The stakeholders should find a way of meeting the lawmaker in question and educating him more on what we have in Badagry.
“We will tell him that all these monuments are still in existence in the United States, where the protest started from.
“What they are only pulling down is the monuments of slave dealers; all slavery museums in America are still there,” he said.
Ajose urged the stakeholders in Badagry to engage the council Chairman, Mr Olusegun Onilude, on the potential of tourism in the town.
“We need to meet the chairman of the council on the need to make bylaws that will protect the monuments from external attacked.
“Then, move to engage the lawmakers at the state level on the need to protect the structures,” he said.
Pastor Sunday Humyinbo, the Coordinator, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Badagry Chapter, urged the organisers of the meeting to work in unity to achieve it aim.
According to Hunyimbo, always speak with one voice in whatever you are doing.
He said no historical monuments from Badagry should be removed or destroyed by the state government, adding they serve as tools for revenue generation for some people.
Also speaking, Pastor Senahu Mofinleun, the Convener, Badagry Christian Heritage Festival, said that the town was waking up from its slumber, urging the organisers to be transparent in whatever they were doing.
He said that they are ready to mobilise people to support the cause so that the historical monuments of the land would be protected.
Mr Kehinde Avoseh, a representative of Zangheto from Ajido community, commended the media group for their efforts in organising the meeting.
According to him, we need one voice to be the bringer of good omen to Badagry heritage.
Mr Sewede Akande, the Founder, Citymood Communications, said the meeting was to brainstorm on the issue of delisting of historical monuments in Lagos.
He said that the stakeholders meeting would come up with ways to engage the Lagos State Government on best ways to tackle the issue.
Akande commended the critical stakeholders that attended the meeting, adding that they would meet again to present their take on the proposed delisting of historical monuments in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on July 1, the Lagos State House of Assembly urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, as well as that of Justice to look at sites and monuments in the state, to remove all vestiges of slave trade and colonial superiority.
NAN also reports that many local group and associations in Badagry, however, disagreed with the move.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Edo poll: Gov. Ortom congratulates Obaseki
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has congratulated his Edo counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, over his re-election at the just-concluded Edo governorship poll.
Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, said that Obaseki’s victory was a “true reflection of the wishes of Edo people and not the machinations of some individuals and self-acclaimed gods”.
He commended the dogged determination of Obaseki to “overcome intimidation and uphold the mandate his people popularly gave him”.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also deserved plaudits for the credible conduct of the polls without yielding to pressure to thwart the will of the people
Ortom prayed God to continue to guide his Edo counterpart to enable him serve his people in the second term.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin