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Federation President seeks private companies’ sponsorship for boxing



The President of Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Kenneth Minimah, has urged private companies to support three tiers of government in promoting and sponsoring of boxing competitions and boxing tournaments in Nigeria.

Minimah made the plea on Friday at a news conference to herald the Season One Seminar of the Nigeria Series Boxing (NBS) at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

According to him, it’s being difficult engaging corporate firms in the sponsorship of sports like boxing.

“Some says it is hazardous and violent sport and that they would rather put their money into sports that are entertaining and non-violent.

“Boxing is beautiful, every other sports has its own hazards too, not just boxing; but with these experiences when we come on board, I am sure corporate firms will want to engage in it.

“All our sponsors are inclined toward the one sports, everybody wants to sponsor that sports.

“Little attention is given to boxing; in the past, the great boxers were employed, now these boxers are not gainfully employed,” he said.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye


Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape



After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.

Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.

She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.

According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.

“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.

“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’

Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.

“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.

“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.

“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.

Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.

“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.

“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.

“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’

Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.

According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.

She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.

Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
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Insecurity: Tambuwal Seeks death sentence for unlawful possession of arms



Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged the National Assembly (NASS) to produce a legislation that would prescribe death sentence or life imprisonment for unlawful possession of arms in the country.

Tambuwal made this call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello.

The statement said Tambuwal was talking to students and youths in an interactive session on security matters in Sokoto State on Saturday.

The governor said that there are more small and light weapons in the hands of non-actors across the country, than there are in the hands of security operatives.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of small and light weapons in the country.

“I am therefore appealing to NASS and the Presidency to come up with a legislation that will proscribe disarmament in the country.

“Those in possession of unlicenced arms should go and register them and if the arms cannot be licensed, they should be surrendered to government and the government will pay them,” he said.

He however said they should be given a grace period, after the grace period, those who did not comply, if caught, should be given a maximum punishment.

He said “like a death sentence or life imprisonment should be prescribed for unlawful possession of arms. This is the only way we can have peace in this country,” he said.

He also suggested a robust recruitment and equpping of security agencies, especially, the police, in order to ensure the protection of the citizens.

He urged stakeholders to improve renumeration and life insurance policy for security operatives in the country.

Tambuwal commended the federal government for establishing the Police Trust Fund, which would go a long way in addressing their challenges.

On the activities of bandits in some parts of Sokoto, the governor said arrangements are in top gear to establish a state vigilante group which could be deployed to troubled areas.

He explained that the group would operate within the ambit of the law and in conjunction with the security agencies, so that “they will not take laws into their hands”.

He recalled that the recent reprisal attacks in which the bandits killed dozens was triggered by the activities of vigilante in some of the areas attacked.

The governor noted that ignorance and climate change are among the causes of insecurity in the state.

He said some of the bandits lacked even basic knowledge of Islam, thus, ignorant of what the religion says on killing of innocent souls.

He tasked the dominant religious groups in the state to take their preachings to villages and other remote areas where it was needed the most, noting that education is vital to peace and development.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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Recent events gave me new perspectives on justice in Nigeria – Uzor Kalu



Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu says events in the past five months have given him an added perspective on matters of justice and injustice in Nigeria.

Uzor Kalu said this in a statement he issued on Friday in Abuja following the Supreme Court nullification of the lower court’s judgment that convicted and sentenced him to 12 years’ imprisonment.

“Challenging as this period has been, it has provided me an opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about our country, our peoples, our justice system and the true meaning of love.

“I mean love for family, love for our country and love for humanity’’.

“I have come to know that the course of justice will not be complete if it stopped at my case.

“It must continue until it touches the lives of millions of Nigerians who face injustice anywhere in this world.

“I shall be dedicating my time henceforth to ensuring that there is justice for all Nigerians, whether they are in Sokoto, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Maiduguri, Jos or Enugu – wherever they may be’’.

Uzor Kalu added that justice for one man or for a few people will no longer be enough in this country.

“A system whereby over 70 per cent of all prison inmates is made up of people awaiting trial, cannot be allowed to continue.

“A situation where innocent people are falsely charged with murder just to get them out of the way does not dignify our country and cannot continue.

“Justice must now mean justice for all. That is my pledge to Nigerians.”

The former governor also said that the judgment affirmed his right to fair hearing and equal protection of the law which reaffirmed his belief and confidence in Nigeria.

“My case is a true Nigerian story with a bold `MADEINNIGERIA’ stamp on it, it is a story of initial injustice that was caught and ultimately corrected, and restoration.

“It is a story of how a wrong was righted and how justice and truth prevailed in the end. A story of the power of hope,’’ he added.

He said his case should teach everyone that even though they may not get things right at the first attempt, with patience and dedication, they would get them right eventually.

“That is the lesson of my case and that is the lesson for our country – that with dedication and patience, we shall place Nigeria in its rightful place eventually’’.

He accorded a special mention to the Justices of the Supreme Court for their unwavering commitment to rule of law.

“We all stand reminded of the consistent and strategic relevance of the Nigerian Supreme Court in holding this country together, even in moments of great peril.

“As far back as in the 1971 case of LAKANMI V. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION, the Ademola Adetokunbo – led Supreme Court had rescued this country from the edge of the precipice.

“Also throughout the dark era of military rule in Nigeria, the Supreme Court neither wavered nor flinched in its commitment to justice and fairness.

“And despite some moments of distraction and mass hysteria, the Nigerian Supreme Court has remained the veritable compass to the highest ideals of justice attainable in this country.

“This long tradition of the court was exemplified in today’s judgment. I was humbled by the court’s boldness and sense of justice as shown in my case.”

He thanked his family, colleagues, friends, the people of Abia State, and all Nigerians for their unflinching and unwavering confidence and trust in him through the very testing period.

“We all know today that their prayers have not been in vain.

“I also wish to express my gratitude to the Nigerian Correctional Service for the professionalism and sincere humaneness extended to me by its staff while I was in their custody.”

The Senator said he looks forward to rejoining his colleagues in the Senate as soon as possible.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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COVID-19: Commonwealth Games Federation to reschedule 2021 Youth Games



The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board has decided to explore rescheduling options for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games.

A statement on the CGF website on Friday indicated that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international sports calendar necessitated the decision.

It pointed out that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been rescheduled to the summer of 2021 which were the original dates of the Youth Games.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games were scheduled to take place ‪from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 in 2021.

This came about after Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the competition by the CGF in June last year.

According to the statement, following positive discussions, the CGF has agreed to consider the best alternative options and time frames for staging the event in the future, potentially in 2023.

The CGF has given the first option in this regard to the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) as hosts.

The statement quoted CGF President, Louise Martin, as saying: “The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also changed demands on scheduling and resources for many of our Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and International Federations from 2020 to 2021.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact across the world and everyone’s absolute priority is the health and well-being of their communities.

“Our decision has been made in the best interests of athletes, fans and citizens that are to benefit from these transformational Games.

“We are committed over the coming months to look at future dates and hosting options, to ensure the right decision is taken for the Commonwealth Youth Games, so that the region can continue to play a leading role as part of the Commonwealth Sports Movement,” Martin said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)
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