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  •   The Ebonyi Police Command said it arrested three suspected child traffickers and rescued no fewer than 32 victims in the state DSP Loveth Odah a spokesman for the Command who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abakaliki on Friday said the 32 rescued victims were 16 men and 16 women Odah said the victims were indigenous people from Ebonyi Enugu Imo Akwa Ibom Anambra Cross River and Benue She said the three suspects were arrested after a series of investigations into the missing person report On January 7 around 9 30 am Ms Ijeoma Nwankor from Uterufie Village Ebonyi Local Government Area of the State reported on the case of a missing person He told the command that his daughter Chidera 16 left home for an unknown destination As part of our investigation an advertising sheet for the captured company NEO Life was found in the daughter s room containing a telephone number The owner of the phone number who was later identified as 19 year old Christian Nwankwo M was hunted down and arrested The suspect provided useful information to the police and led the officers to their hideout in Okposi Umuaghara Ezza local government area of the state where they arrested two other gang members Odah said The spokesperson further said that it was alleged that the victim was being used for forced labor and sexual exploitation in the name of networking for NEO Life Company products He urged members of the public to stay away from the crime YAYA
    Police arrest 3 suspected traffickers, rescue 32 victims in Ebonyi
      The Ebonyi Police Command said it arrested three suspected child traffickers and rescued no fewer than 32 victims in the state DSP Loveth Odah a spokesman for the Command who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abakaliki on Friday said the 32 rescued victims were 16 men and 16 women Odah said the victims were indigenous people from Ebonyi Enugu Imo Akwa Ibom Anambra Cross River and Benue She said the three suspects were arrested after a series of investigations into the missing person report On January 7 around 9 30 am Ms Ijeoma Nwankor from Uterufie Village Ebonyi Local Government Area of the State reported on the case of a missing person He told the command that his daughter Chidera 16 left home for an unknown destination As part of our investigation an advertising sheet for the captured company NEO Life was found in the daughter s room containing a telephone number The owner of the phone number who was later identified as 19 year old Christian Nwankwo M was hunted down and arrested The suspect provided useful information to the police and led the officers to their hideout in Okposi Umuaghara Ezza local government area of the state where they arrested two other gang members Odah said The spokesperson further said that it was alleged that the victim was being used for forced labor and sexual exploitation in the name of networking for NEO Life Company products He urged members of the public to stay away from the crime YAYA
    Police arrest 3 suspected traffickers, rescue 32 victims in Ebonyi
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    Police arrest 3 suspected traffickers, rescue 32 victims in Ebonyi

    The Ebonyi Police Command said it arrested three suspected child traffickers and rescued no fewer than 32 victims in the state.

    DSP Loveth Odah, a spokesman for the Command, who made the disclosure during a press conference in Abakaliki on Friday, said the 32 rescued victims were 16 men and 16 women.

    Odah said the victims were indigenous people from Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River and Benue.

    She said the three suspects were arrested after a series of investigations into the missing person report.

    “On January 7, around 9:30 am, Ms. Ijeoma Nwankor from Uterufie Village, Ebonyi Local Government Area of ​​the State, reported on the case of a missing person.

    “He told the command that his daughter, Chidera, 16, left home for an unknown destination.

    “As part of our investigation, an advertising sheet for the captured company“ NEO Life ”was found in the daughter's room containing a telephone number.

    “The owner of the phone number, who was later identified as 19-year-old Christian Nwankwo, 'M', was hunted down and arrested.

    "The suspect provided useful information to the police and led the officers to their hideout in Okposi Umuaghara, Ezza local government area of ​​the state, where they arrested two other gang members," Odah said.

    The spokesperson further said that it was alleged that the victim was being used for forced labor and sexual exploitation, in the name of networking for NEO Life Company products.

    He urged members of the public to stay away from the crime.

    YAYA

  •   A 8 edi o da Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com Africa Asia Luminaire will be copresidida por S Ex ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Rep blica da Z mbia e pela Senadora Dra Rasha Kelej CEO of the Fondation da Merck O Presidente da Rep blica da Z mbia S Ex o Sr EDGAR LUNGU eo Presidente do Conselho Executivo da Merck KG Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp inaugurar o oficialmente o Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary online 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas participar o como Convidadas de Honra e Ministros da Sa de G nero Informa o Educa o e Ci ncia e Tecnologia de 25 pa ses africanos More than 2 000 provenores de sa de decisores pol ticos e m dia de maize from 70 countries are benefar o da Luminary Funda o Merck o bra o filantr pico da Merck Germany realizar a sua confer ncia anual a 8 edi o da Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary from April 27 to April 29 2021 in the park of the Governo da Rep blica da Z mbia A confer ncia will be conduzida em plataforma virtual e will be inaugurada por S Ex o Sr EDGAR LUNGU Presidente da Z mbia juntamente com o Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Presidente do Conselho Executivo da E Merck KG e do Conselho de Curadores da Merck Foundation e copresidida por S Ex ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Z mbia e pela Senadora Dra Rasha Kelej CEO of the Fondation da Merck A Senadora Dr Rasha Kelej enfatizou Estamos orgulhosos de dar as boas vindas s nossas convidadas de honra e oradores principais as Primeiras Damascus of 19 African countries and African ministros of different maize sectors of 25 countries Juntos discusses a nossa estrategia para build capacidade de sa de e estabelecer uma plataforma forte de specialistas medicos treinados para serem os primeiros nos seus pa ses and define interventions para quebrar o estigma da infertilidade e apoiar a educa o de meninas Este programa anual de educa o cient fica e social tamb m envolver provenores de sa de academia e m dia num di logo aberto e delibera es sobre v rios t picos com o objectivo de melhorar o acesso a solu es de sa de de qualidade e equitativas Ap s a inaugura o da Luminary no dia 27 de abril uma reuni o de painel de alto n vel do Committee of Iniciativa das Primeiras Damas da Funda o Merck ser conduzida junto com 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas para discutir quest es de sa de e sociais podem ser firstadas que contribuir para o Desenvolvimento Social e Econ mico em frica e melhorar as capacidades e capacidades de sa de m dia e conscientiza o nesses pa ses As Primeiras Damascus Africanas presents na confer ncia como convidadas de honra s o S Ex Sr ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Rep blica da Z mbia Copresidente da 8 Merck Foundation Africa Asia Lighting H Ex Sr ANA DIAS LOUREN O Primeira Dama from Angola H Ex Sr NEO JANE MASISI Primeira Dama do Botswana S Ex Sr SIKA KABORE Primeira Dama from Burkina Faso H Ex Sr ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE Primeira Dama do Burundi S Ex Sr BRIGITTE TOUADERA Primeira Dama da Rep blica Centro Africana H Ex Sr DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI Primeira Dama da Rep blica Democr tica do Congo S Ex Sr FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW Primeira Dama da G mbia S Ex Sr REBECCA AKUFO ADDO Primeira Dama do Gana H Ex Sr DJ N COND Primeira Dama da Guinea S Ex Sr CLAR MARIE WEAH Primeira Dama from Liberia H Ex Sr MONICA CHAKWERA Primeira Dama do Malawi H Ex Sr ISAURA FERR O NYUSI Primeira Dama of Mo ambique H Ex Sr MONICA GEINGOS Primeira Dama da Nam bia H Ex Sr AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI Primeira Dama from Nigeria S Ex Sr FATIMA MAADA BIO Primeira Dama da Serra Leoa S Ex Sr AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA Primeira Dama do Zimbabwe Estou ansiosa de dar as boas vindas s minhas queridas irm s Suas Excel ncias in confer ncia Al m disso tamb m estou muito feliz que durante a confer ncia tamb m marcar uma ocasi o important o 4th anniversary of Funda o Merck acrescentou a Senadora Dr Kelej No dia 28 de abril MARS Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit ser realizada onde um Painel de Discuss o de Alto N vel com Ministros da Sa de Ci ncia e Tecnologia Educa o Informa o e G nero e Investigadores MARS ser realizado com o objectivo de empoderar jovens africanos investigadores e mulheres investigadoras promovendo sua capacidade de investiga o e empodera las em STEM No terceiro dia 29 de abril ser organizado o Treinamento para a M dia da Funda o Merck para a fraternidade da M dia da Am rica Latina e de frica para enfatizar o papel important que a m dia desempenha para quebrar o estigma em torno da infertilidade elevat preven o da infertilidade e empoderando meninas e mulheres atrav s da educa o Besides sess es cient ficas important em diferentes reas medicas also will be realizadas em paralelo no Dia 2 e no Dia 3 da Luminary Durante a Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary a fim to contribute para o desenvolvimento social e econ mico de frica e da sia but from 2 000 from sa de decisores pol ticos acad micos investigadores e m dia de sa de de corn de 70 pa ses da frica e Am rica Latina v o benefar se da confer ncia de tr s dias que cont m sess es de desenvolvimento educacional e social valiosas em quatro l nguas Ingl s franc s espanhol e portugu s pelos principais especialistas internacionais em diabete fertilidade oncologia sa de da mulher cardiologia endocrinologia medicina respirat ria e aguda e m dia de sa de com o objectivo de elevar a conscientiza o det o sobri o capacidade de sa de e melhorar o acesso has solu es de sa de de qualidade e equitativas our very continents In Luminary 21 also marcar o an ncio de must premios para a fraternidade da m dia Premios de Jornalismo frica Mais do que uma M e 2021 da Funda o Merck da Pr mios de Jornalismo da Funda o Merck Use a M scara com Cuidado 2021 must premios para a fraternidade da moda Pr mio da Moda Mais do Que uma M e 2021 da Funda o Merck e Pr mio de Moda da Funda o Merck Fa a a Sua Pr pria M scara 2021 Al m do Pr mio do Filme da Merck Foundation Mais do Que uma M e 2021 e Pr mio da Can o Merck Foundation Mais do Que uma M e 2021 Os pa ses partcipantes na 8 Africa Asia Luminaire included Angola Bangladesh Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Camares Canada Rep blica Centro Africana Camboja Chade Costa do Marfim Rep blica do Congo Rep blica Democr tica do Congo Egipto Eti pia Fran a Gab o Alemanha Gana Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry India Indonesia Qu nia Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mali Maurit nia Maur cias M xico Mo ambique Mianmar Nam bia Nepal N ger Nigeria Peru Filipinas R ssia Rwanda Senegal Serra Leoa Som lia frica do Sul Sri Lanka Sud o Tanz nia Tail ndia G mbia Togo Tun sia Emirados rabes Unidos Reino Unido Uganda EUA Vietname Z mbia Zimbabwe and corn A 8 edi o do Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary will be transmitted ao vivo no dia 27 de abril das 2 p m to 6 30 p m hor rio padr o do Golfo and nos dias 28 e 29 de abril de 2021 das 1 p m to 6 p m hor rio padr o do Golfo Merck Foundation Facebook page https bit ly 3tJiGGS e Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Facebook page https bit ly 3emCSrM
    19 Primeiras Damas Africanas participam na Conferência Virtual Annual da Fundação Merck no dia 27 de Abril de 2021
      A 8 edi o da Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com Africa Asia Luminaire will be copresidida por S Ex ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Rep blica da Z mbia e pela Senadora Dra Rasha Kelej CEO of the Fondation da Merck O Presidente da Rep blica da Z mbia S Ex o Sr EDGAR LUNGU eo Presidente do Conselho Executivo da Merck KG Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp inaugurar o oficialmente o Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary online 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas participar o como Convidadas de Honra e Ministros da Sa de G nero Informa o Educa o e Ci ncia e Tecnologia de 25 pa ses africanos More than 2 000 provenores de sa de decisores pol ticos e m dia de maize from 70 countries are benefar o da Luminary Funda o Merck o bra o filantr pico da Merck Germany realizar a sua confer ncia anual a 8 edi o da Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary from April 27 to April 29 2021 in the park of the Governo da Rep blica da Z mbia A confer ncia will be conduzida em plataforma virtual e will be inaugurada por S Ex o Sr EDGAR LUNGU Presidente da Z mbia juntamente com o Prof Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp Presidente do Conselho Executivo da E Merck KG e do Conselho de Curadores da Merck Foundation e copresidida por S Ex ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Z mbia e pela Senadora Dra Rasha Kelej CEO of the Fondation da Merck A Senadora Dr Rasha Kelej enfatizou Estamos orgulhosos de dar as boas vindas s nossas convidadas de honra e oradores principais as Primeiras Damascus of 19 African countries and African ministros of different maize sectors of 25 countries Juntos discusses a nossa estrategia para build capacidade de sa de e estabelecer uma plataforma forte de specialistas medicos treinados para serem os primeiros nos seus pa ses and define interventions para quebrar o estigma da infertilidade e apoiar a educa o de meninas Este programa anual de educa o cient fica e social tamb m envolver provenores de sa de academia e m dia num di logo aberto e delibera es sobre v rios t picos com o objectivo de melhorar o acesso a solu es de sa de de qualidade e equitativas Ap s a inaugura o da Luminary no dia 27 de abril uma reuni o de painel de alto n vel do Committee of Iniciativa das Primeiras Damas da Funda o Merck ser conduzida junto com 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas para discutir quest es de sa de e sociais podem ser firstadas que contribuir para o Desenvolvimento Social e Econ mico em frica e melhorar as capacidades e capacidades de sa de m dia e conscientiza o nesses pa ses As Primeiras Damascus Africanas presents na confer ncia como convidadas de honra s o S Ex Sr ESTHER LUNGU Primeira Dama da Rep blica da Z mbia Copresidente da 8 Merck Foundation Africa Asia Lighting H Ex Sr ANA DIAS LOUREN O Primeira Dama from Angola H Ex Sr NEO JANE MASISI Primeira Dama do Botswana S Ex Sr SIKA KABORE Primeira Dama from Burkina Faso H Ex Sr ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE Primeira Dama do Burundi S Ex Sr BRIGITTE TOUADERA Primeira Dama da Rep blica Centro Africana H Ex Sr DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI Primeira Dama da Rep blica Democr tica do Congo S Ex Sr FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW Primeira Dama da G mbia S Ex Sr REBECCA AKUFO ADDO Primeira Dama do Gana H Ex Sr DJ N COND Primeira Dama da Guinea S Ex Sr CLAR MARIE WEAH Primeira Dama from Liberia H Ex Sr MONICA CHAKWERA Primeira Dama do Malawi H Ex Sr ISAURA FERR O NYUSI Primeira Dama of Mo ambique H Ex Sr MONICA GEINGOS Primeira Dama da Nam bia H Ex Sr AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI Primeira Dama from Nigeria S Ex Sr FATIMA MAADA BIO Primeira Dama da Serra Leoa S Ex Sr AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA Primeira Dama do Zimbabwe Estou ansiosa de dar as boas vindas s minhas queridas irm s Suas Excel ncias in confer ncia Al m disso tamb m estou muito feliz que durante a confer ncia tamb m marcar uma ocasi o important o 4th anniversary of Funda o Merck acrescentou a Senadora Dr Kelej No dia 28 de abril MARS Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit ser realizada onde um Painel de Discuss o de Alto N vel com Ministros da Sa de Ci ncia e Tecnologia Educa o Informa o e G nero e Investigadores MARS ser realizado com o objectivo de empoderar jovens africanos investigadores e mulheres investigadoras promovendo sua capacidade de investiga o e empodera las em STEM No terceiro dia 29 de abril ser organizado o Treinamento para a M dia da Funda o Merck para a fraternidade da M dia da Am rica Latina e de frica para enfatizar o papel important que a m dia desempenha para quebrar o estigma em torno da infertilidade elevat preven o da infertilidade e empoderando meninas e mulheres atrav s da educa o Besides sess es cient ficas important em diferentes reas medicas also will be realizadas em paralelo no Dia 2 e no Dia 3 da Luminary Durante a Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary a fim to contribute para o desenvolvimento social e econ mico de frica e da sia but from 2 000 from sa de decisores pol ticos acad micos investigadores e m dia de sa de de corn de 70 pa ses da frica e Am rica Latina v o benefar se da confer ncia de tr s dias que cont m sess es de desenvolvimento educacional e social valiosas em quatro l nguas Ingl s franc s espanhol e portugu s pelos principais especialistas internacionais em diabete fertilidade oncologia sa de da mulher cardiologia endocrinologia medicina respirat ria e aguda e m dia de sa de com o objectivo de elevar a conscientiza o det o sobri o capacidade de sa de e melhorar o acesso has solu es de sa de de qualidade e equitativas our very continents In Luminary 21 also marcar o an ncio de must premios para a fraternidade da m dia Premios de Jornalismo frica Mais do que uma M e 2021 da Funda o Merck da Pr mios de Jornalismo da Funda o Merck Use a M scara com Cuidado 2021 must premios para a fraternidade da moda Pr mio da Moda Mais do Que uma M e 2021 da Funda o Merck e Pr mio de Moda da Funda o Merck Fa a a Sua Pr pria M scara 2021 Al m do Pr mio do Filme da Merck Foundation Mais do Que uma M e 2021 e Pr mio da Can o Merck Foundation Mais do Que uma M e 2021 Os pa ses partcipantes na 8 Africa Asia Luminaire included Angola Bangladesh Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Camares Canada Rep blica Centro Africana Camboja Chade Costa do Marfim Rep blica do Congo Rep blica Democr tica do Congo Egipto Eti pia Fran a Gab o Alemanha Gana Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry India Indonesia Qu nia Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mali Maurit nia Maur cias M xico Mo ambique Mianmar Nam bia Nepal N ger Nigeria Peru Filipinas R ssia Rwanda Senegal Serra Leoa Som lia frica do Sul Sri Lanka Sud o Tanz nia Tail ndia G mbia Togo Tun sia Emirados rabes Unidos Reino Unido Uganda EUA Vietname Z mbia Zimbabwe and corn A 8 edi o do Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary will be transmitted ao vivo no dia 27 de abril das 2 p m to 6 30 p m hor rio padr o do Golfo and nos dias 28 e 29 de abril de 2021 das 1 p m to 6 p m hor rio padr o do Golfo Merck Foundation Facebook page https bit ly 3tJiGGS e Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Facebook page https bit ly 3emCSrM
    19 Primeiras Damas Africanas participam na Conferência Virtual Annual da Fundação Merck no dia 27 de Abril de 2021
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    19 Primeiras Damas Africanas participam na Conferência Virtual Annual da Fundação Merck no dia 27 de Abril de 2021

    A 8ª edição da Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) Africa Asia Luminaire will be copresidida por S. Exª ESTHER LUNGU, Primeira Dama da República da Zâmbia e pela Senadora, Dra. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Fondation da Merck; O Presidente da República da Zâmbia, S. Exª, o Sr. EDGAR LUNGU eo Presidente do Conselho Executivo da Merck KG, Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp inaugurarão oficialmente o “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” online; 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas participarão como Convidadas de Honra e Ministros da Saúde, Género, Informação, Educação e Ciência e Tecnologia de 25 países africanos; More than 2,000 provenores de saúde, decisores políticos e mídia de maize from 70 countries are benefarão da Luminary.

    Fundação Merck, o braço filantrópico da Merck Germany, realizará a sua conferência anual, a 8ª edição da “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” from April 27 to April 29, 2021 in the park of the Governo da República da Zâmbia. A conferência will be conduzida em plataforma virtual e will be inaugurada por S. Exª, o Sr. EDGAR LUNGU, Presidente da Zâmbia juntamente com o Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, ​​Presidente do Conselho Executivo da E. Merck KG e do Conselho de Curadores da Merck Foundation, e copresidida por S. Exª ESTHER LUNGU, Primeira Dama da Zâmbia e pela Senadora, Dra. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Fondation da Merck.

    A Senadora Drª. Rasha Kelej enfatizou: "Estamos orgulhosos de dar as boas-vindas às nossas convidadas de honra e oradores principais, as Primeiras Damascus of 19 African countries and African ministros of different maize sectors of 25 countries. Juntos, discusses a nossa estrategia para build capacidade de saúde e estabelecer uma plataforma forte de specialistas medicos treinados para serem os primeiros nos seus países and define interventions para quebrar o estigma da infertilidade e apoiar a educação de meninas. Este programa anual de educação científica e social também envolverá provenores de saúde, academia e mídia num diálogo aberto e deliberações sobre vários tópicos com o objectivo de melhorar o acesso a soluções de saúde de qualidade e equitativas. "

    Após a inauguração da Luminary, no dia 27 de abril, uma reunião de painel de alto nível do Committee of Iniciativa das Primeiras Damas da Fundação Merck, será conduzida junto com 19 Primeiras Damascus Africanas para discutir questões de saúde e sociais podem ser firstadas que contribuir para o Desenvolvimento Social e Económico em África; e melhorar as capacidades e capacidades de saúde, mídia e conscientização nesses países. As Primeiras Damascus Africanas presents na conferência como convidadas de honra são:

    • S. Exª. Srª. ESTHER LUNGU, Primeira Dama da República da Zâmbia Copresidente da 8ª Merck Foundation Africa Asia Lighting
    • H. Exª Srª ANA DIAS LOURENÇO, Primeira Dama from Angola
    • H. Exª Srª NEO JANE MASISI, Primeira Dama do Botswana
    • S. Exª Srª SIKA KABORE, Primeira Dama from Burkina Faso
    • H. Exª Srª ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, Primeira Dama do Burundi
    • S. Exª Srª BRIGITTE TOUADERA , Primeira Dama da República Centro-Africana
    • H. Exª Srª DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, Primeira Dama da República Democrática do Congo
    • S. Exª Srª FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, Primeira Dama da Gâmbia
    • S. Exª Srª REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, Primeira Dama do Gana
    • H. Exª Srª DJÈNÈ CONDÉ, Primeira Dama da Guinea
    • S. Exª Srª CLAR MARIE WEAH, Primeira Dama from Liberia
    • H. Exª Srª MONICA CHAKWERA, Primeira Dama do Malawi
    • H. Exª Srª ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, Primeira Dama of Moçambique
    • H. Exª Srª MONICA GEINGOS, Primeira Dama da Namíbia
    • H. Exª Srª AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI, Primeira Dama from Nigeria
    • S. Exª Srª FATIMA MAADA BIO, Primeira Dama da Serra Leoa
    • S. Exª Srª AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, Primeira Dama do Zimbabwe

    “Estou ansiosa de dar as boas-vindas às minhas queridas irmãs, Suas Excelências, in conferência. Além disso, também estou muito feliz que durante a conferência também marcará uma ocasião important; o 4th anniversary of Fundação Merck ”, acrescentou a Senadora, Dr. Kelej.

    No dia 28 de abril, MARS- Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit será realizada, onde um Painel de Discussão de Alto Nível com Ministros da Saúde, Ciência e Tecnologia, Educação, Informação e Género e Investigadores MARS será realizado com o objectivo de empoderar jovens africanos investigadores e mulheres investigadoras, promovendo sua capacidade de investigação e empodera-las em STEM.

    No terceiro dia, 29 de abril, será organizado o Treinamento para a Mídia da Fundação Merck para a fraternidade da Mídia da América Latina e de África para enfatizar o papel important que a mídia desempenha para quebrar o estigma em torno da infertilidade, elevat prevenção da infertilidade e empoderando meninas e mulheres através da educação.

    Besides sessões científicas important em diferentes áreas medicas also will be realizadas em paralelo no Dia 2 e no Dia 3 da Luminary.

    Durante a Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary, a fim to contribute para o desenvolvimento social e económico de África e da Ásia, but from 2,000 from saúde, decisores políticos, académicos, investigadores e mídia de saúde de corn de 70 países da África, e América Latina vão benefar-se da conferência de três dias que contém sessões de desenvolvimento educacional e social valiosas em quatro línguas; Inglês, francês, espanhol e português pelos principais especialistas internacionais em diabete, fertilidade, oncologia, saúde da mulher, cardiologia, endocrinologia, medicina respiratória e aguda e mídia de saúde com o objectivo de elevar a conscientização detção sobrição capacidade de saúde e melhorar o acesso has soluções de saúde de qualidade e equitativas our very continents.

    In Luminary'21 also marcará o anúncio de must premios para a fraternidade da mídia, Premios de Jornalismo África “Mais do que uma Mãe” 2021 da Fundação Merck da Prémios de Jornalismo da Fundação Merck “Use a Máscara com Cuidado” 2021; must premios para a fraternidade da moda, Prémio da Moda “Mais do Que uma Mãe” 2021 da Fundação Merck e Prémio de Moda da Fundação Merck “Faça a Sua Própria Máscara” 2021; Além do Prémio do Filme da Merck Foundation “Mais do Que uma Mãe” 2021 e Prémio da Canção Merck Foundation “Mais do Que uma Mãe” 2021. Os países partcipantes na 8ª Africa Asia Luminaire included:

    Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Camares, Canada, República Centro-Africana, Camboja, Chade, Costa do Marfim, República do Congo, República Democrática do Congo, Egipto, Etiópia, França, Gabão, Alemanha, Gana , Guinea - Bissau, Guinea - Conakry, India, Indonesia, Quénia, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritânia, Maurícias México, Moçambique, Mianmar, Namíbia, Nepal, Níger, Nigeria, Peru, Filipinas, Rússia, Rwanda, Senegal, Serra Leoa, Somália, África do Sul, Sri Lanka, Sudão, Tanzânia, Tailândia, Gâmbia, Togo, Tunísia, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Reino Unido, Uganda, EUA, Vietname, Zâmbia, Zimbabwe and corn.

    A 8ª edição do Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary will be transmitted ao vivo no dia 27 de abril, das 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (horário padrão do Golfo) and nos dias 28 e 29 de abril de 2021, das 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (horário padrão do Golfo) , @ Merck Foundation Facebook page (https://bit.ly/3tJiGGS) e Senator, Dr Rasha Kelej Facebook page (https://bit.ly/3emCSrM).

  •   Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court Nyanya on Monday remanded two men in Correctional Centre for allegedly raping a nine and 11 year old minors The defendants are Augustine Ajuwa 36 and Ibrahim Shuaibu 26 are of no fixed addresses and also jobless Kekemeke ordered for their remands after they pleaded not guilty to the separate charges preferred against them He then adjourned the two cases until Jan 18 2021 for hearing of Ajuwa s case and Jan 28 2021 for Shuaibu s case The prosecuting counsel John Ijagbemi told the court that on Aug 30 2020 at Guzape Asokoro village FCT Ajuwa defiled a nine year old girl Ijagbemi told the court that the offence is contrary to section 31 1 and punishable under Section 31 2 of the Child Rights Act 2002 Ajuwa pleaded not guilty to the allegation against him Ijagbemi also told the court that Shuaibu defiled a 11 year old girl on September 3 2020 at Lugbe Primary School at about 7 pm He informed the court that the offence is contrary to Section 31 1 and punishable under Section 31 2 of the Child Rights Act 2002 Shuaibu also pleaded not guilty of the allegation against him News Agency of Nigeria reports that both defendants were not legally represented NEO JIEEdited By Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    Court remands 2 men for alleged rape
      Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court Nyanya on Monday remanded two men in Correctional Centre for allegedly raping a nine and 11 year old minors The defendants are Augustine Ajuwa 36 and Ibrahim Shuaibu 26 are of no fixed addresses and also jobless Kekemeke ordered for their remands after they pleaded not guilty to the separate charges preferred against them He then adjourned the two cases until Jan 18 2021 for hearing of Ajuwa s case and Jan 28 2021 for Shuaibu s case The prosecuting counsel John Ijagbemi told the court that on Aug 30 2020 at Guzape Asokoro village FCT Ajuwa defiled a nine year old girl Ijagbemi told the court that the offence is contrary to section 31 1 and punishable under Section 31 2 of the Child Rights Act 2002 Ajuwa pleaded not guilty to the allegation against him Ijagbemi also told the court that Shuaibu defiled a 11 year old girl on September 3 2020 at Lugbe Primary School at about 7 pm He informed the court that the offence is contrary to Section 31 1 and punishable under Section 31 2 of the Child Rights Act 2002 Shuaibu also pleaded not guilty of the allegation against him News Agency of Nigeria reports that both defendants were not legally represented NEO JIEEdited By Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    Court remands 2 men for alleged rape
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Court remands 2 men for alleged rape

    Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court, Nyanya on Monday, remanded two men in Correctional Centre for allegedly raping a nine and 11- year- old minors.

    The defendants are Augustine Ajuwa,  36 and Ibrahim Shuaibu,  26 are of no  fixed addresses and also jobless.

    Kekemeke ordered for their remands after they pleaded not guilty to the separate charges preferred against them.

    He then adjourned the two cases until Jan. 18, 2021 for hearing of Ajuwa ‘s case and Jan. 28, 2021 for Shuaibu ‘s case.

    The prosecuting counsel John Ijagbemi told the court that on Aug. 30, 2020, at Guzape,  Asokoro village,  FCT,  Ajuwa defiled a nine-year-old girl.

    Ijagbemi told the court that the offence is contrary to section 31 (1) and punishable under Section 31 (2) of the Child Rights Act, 2002.

    Ajuwa pleaded not guilty to the allegation against him.

    Ijagbemi also told the court that Shuaibu defiled a 11-year -old girl on September 3, 2020 at Lugbe Primary School at about 7 pm.

    He informed the court that the offence is contrary to Section 31 (1) and punishable under Section 31 (2) of the Child Rights Act 2002.

    Shuaibu also pleaded not guilty of the allegation against him.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that both defendants were not legally represented.

    NEO /JIE


    Edited By: Julius Enehikhuere
    (NAN)

  •   Mrs Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Environment has stressed the need to adopt modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to address biodiversity loss and climate change in Nigeria Mr Saghir el Mohammed Director Press and Public Relation in the ministry who said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja stated that the minister was addressing members of Group on Earth Observations GEO via a virtual meeting in Geneva Switzerland The GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 participating organizations under the UN She also said that this commitment would help in the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria s coastal regions urging the Inter Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation NEO team to enable them carry out their assignment The minister noted that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations would help the government to plan and tackle climate crises in various sectors saying that she was delighted to learn that the National Space Research and Development Agency NASDRA was already working with GEO According to her the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solutions to the inter linked climate change crises and also enable early warning detection of crop failures thereby improving livelihoods and food security Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a country like Nigeria the minister said while reaffirming her commitment to mobilizing youths to play key roles in climate actions It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country she said In his remark Mr Steven Ramage GEO s Head of External Relations said the organization focuses mainly on agriculture biodiversity cities climate action data forestry land degradation neutrality oceans GEO Blue Planet water sustainability and disaster risks reduction Also contributing Catherine Nakaleme of AfriGEEO noted that the Digital Earth Africa would assist countries in the continent to realize the potential of Earth Observation and guarantee sustainable development Nakaleme said that Digital Earth Africa has the capacity to provide a unique continental scale analysis and factual data for operational purposes The Digital Earth Africa also focuses on addressing challenges on soil and coastal erosion forest and desert development water quality and changes to human settlements across Africa Edited By Chinyere Bassey NAN
    FG pledges adoption of modern technologies to address biodiversity, climate change
      Mrs Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Environment has stressed the need to adopt modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to address biodiversity loss and climate change in Nigeria Mr Saghir el Mohammed Director Press and Public Relation in the ministry who said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja stated that the minister was addressing members of Group on Earth Observations GEO via a virtual meeting in Geneva Switzerland The GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 participating organizations under the UN She also said that this commitment would help in the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria s coastal regions urging the Inter Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation NEO team to enable them carry out their assignment The minister noted that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations would help the government to plan and tackle climate crises in various sectors saying that she was delighted to learn that the National Space Research and Development Agency NASDRA was already working with GEO According to her the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solutions to the inter linked climate change crises and also enable early warning detection of crop failures thereby improving livelihoods and food security Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a country like Nigeria the minister said while reaffirming her commitment to mobilizing youths to play key roles in climate actions It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country she said In his remark Mr Steven Ramage GEO s Head of External Relations said the organization focuses mainly on agriculture biodiversity cities climate action data forestry land degradation neutrality oceans GEO Blue Planet water sustainability and disaster risks reduction Also contributing Catherine Nakaleme of AfriGEEO noted that the Digital Earth Africa would assist countries in the continent to realize the potential of Earth Observation and guarantee sustainable development Nakaleme said that Digital Earth Africa has the capacity to provide a unique continental scale analysis and factual data for operational purposes The Digital Earth Africa also focuses on addressing challenges on soil and coastal erosion forest and desert development water quality and changes to human settlements across Africa Edited By Chinyere Bassey NAN
    FG pledges adoption of modern technologies to address biodiversity, climate change
    Agriculture2 years ago

    FG pledges adoption of modern technologies to address biodiversity, climate change

    Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment, has stressed the need to adopt modern technologies inherent in geospatial science to address biodiversity loss and climate change in Nigeria.

    Mr Saghir el Mohammed, Director Press and Public Relation in the ministry, who said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, stated that the minister was addressing members of Group on Earth Observations (GEO) via a virtual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

    The GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 participating organizations under the UN.

    She also said that this commitment would help in the Lake Chad Basin and Nigeria’s coastal regions, urging the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to work closely with the National Earth Observation (NEO) team to enable them carry out their assignment.

    The minister noted that the data and knowledge derived from earth observations would help the government to plan and tackle climate crises in various sectors, saying that she was delighted to learn that the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA) was already working with GEO.

    According to her, the NEO team will help to proffer lasting solutions to the inter-linked climate change crises and also enable early warning detection of crop failures, thereby improving livelihoods and food security.

    “Geospatial science for biodiversity and ocean are very important especially in a country like Nigeria,” the minister said, while reaffirming her commitment to mobilizing youths to play key roles in climate actions.

    “It is the young ones who will take advantage of these technologies, have access to authentic data and job opportunities in the country,” she said.

    In his remark, Mr Steven Ramage, GEO’s Head of External Relations, said the organization focuses mainly on agriculture, biodiversity, cities, climate action, data, forestry, land degradation neutrality, oceans (GEO Blue Planet), water sustainability and disaster risks reduction.

    Also contributing, Catherine Nakaleme of AfriGEEO, noted that the Digital Earth Africa would assist countries in the continent to realize the potential of Earth Observation, and guarantee sustainable development.

    Nakaleme said that Digital Earth Africa has the capacity to provide a unique continental scale analysis and factual data for operational purposes.

    The Digital Earth Africa also focuses on addressing challenges on soil and coastal erosion, forest and desert development, water quality and changes to human settlements across Africa.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey
    (NAN)

  •   A widow Patience Ajibo on Thursday appealed before the National Human Rights Commission s Panel on the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS demanding justice for her 13 year old daughter hit by police stray bullet in 2019 Ajibo told the Retired Justice Suleiman Galadima led panel that her daughter was hit by stray bullet on Wednesday Nov 27 2019 at Wuse 2 in Abuja on her way back from school According to her a doctor from with the Wuse General Hospital where her daughter was rushed to for treatment called her on phone to inform her of what happened I wasn t there when the thing happened One of the doctors at the Wuse General Hospital called me up to break the news to me When I went to the hospital they had already performed operation to remove the bullet on her I met my daughter lying down in the hospital I saw her with bandage on her back and she was bleeding A policeman I met informed me that it was a police bullet that hit my daughter during operation she told the panel She added that she took her daughter to the National Hospital in Abuja for further treatment in company with her brother Ofoma Ajibo and friend Nkechi When we got to the National Hospital she was given injection and the bleeding stopped I paid for her treatment the following day she said According to her her daughter was discharged the following day on her request adding that they were going from home for further treatment after the discharge The petitioner stated that her daughter who was 12 year old as at the time of the incident was in Junior Secondary School JSS 2 and writing her terminal examination when the incident happened She however stated that the victim had stopped going to school as she kept complaining of back pains which she petitioner was not comfortable with Ajibo stated that she approached the school principal to give her daughter a make up examination for her to cover gaps but the principal refused When she went back to school I asked the principal to set examination papers she missed but he bluntly refused Please I want my daughter to go back to school to become an educated lady in future and not a school drop out she pleaded with the panel The petitioner said that she borrowed N170 000 to offset her daughter s hospital bill and that the Federal Capital Territory FCT Police Command supported with N140 000 She however said she was still paying for her daughter s treatment My daughter is always complaining of back pain I want further diagnosis for her which requires more money and I need help she pleaded The counsel for the NHRC Kwadudi Okoh told the panel that the police told the Commission that upon the payment of the N140 000 to the petitioner they had closed the case When asked what she wanted Ajibo said she wanted the police to do more for her by supporting her to restart her food selling business and also give her daughter proper treatment The chairman of the panel commended the police for the prompt payment of the N140 000 to the petitioner He therefore urged the NHRC to liaise with the police with a view to asking for further assist from the police for the widow and her daughter NEO JIEEdited By Julius Enehikhuere Source NAN
    Widow seeks justice for daughter hit by police stray bullet
      A widow Patience Ajibo on Thursday appealed before the National Human Rights Commission s Panel on the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS demanding justice for her 13 year old daughter hit by police stray bullet in 2019 Ajibo told the Retired Justice Suleiman Galadima led panel that her daughter was hit by stray bullet on Wednesday Nov 27 2019 at Wuse 2 in Abuja on her way back from school According to her a doctor from with the Wuse General Hospital where her daughter was rushed to for treatment called her on phone to inform her of what happened I wasn t there when the thing happened One of the doctors at the Wuse General Hospital called me up to break the news to me When I went to the hospital they had already performed operation to remove the bullet on her I met my daughter lying down in the hospital I saw her with bandage on her back and she was bleeding A policeman I met informed me that it was a police bullet that hit my daughter during operation she told the panel She added that she took her daughter to the National Hospital in Abuja for further treatment in company with her brother Ofoma Ajibo and friend Nkechi When we got to the National Hospital she was given injection and the bleeding stopped I paid for her treatment the following day she said According to her her daughter was discharged the following day on her request adding that they were going from home for further treatment after the discharge The petitioner stated that her daughter who was 12 year old as at the time of the incident was in Junior Secondary School JSS 2 and writing her terminal examination when the incident happened She however stated that the victim had stopped going to school as she kept complaining of back pains which she petitioner was not comfortable with Ajibo stated that she approached the school principal to give her daughter a make up examination for her to cover gaps but the principal refused When she went back to school I asked the principal to set examination papers she missed but he bluntly refused Please I want my daughter to go back to school to become an educated lady in future and not a school drop out she pleaded with the panel The petitioner said that she borrowed N170 000 to offset her daughter s hospital bill and that the Federal Capital Territory FCT Police Command supported with N140 000 She however said she was still paying for her daughter s treatment My daughter is always complaining of back pain I want further diagnosis for her which requires more money and I need help she pleaded The counsel for the NHRC Kwadudi Okoh told the panel that the police told the Commission that upon the payment of the N140 000 to the petitioner they had closed the case When asked what she wanted Ajibo said she wanted the police to do more for her by supporting her to restart her food selling business and also give her daughter proper treatment The chairman of the panel commended the police for the prompt payment of the N140 000 to the petitioner He therefore urged the NHRC to liaise with the police with a view to asking for further assist from the police for the widow and her daughter NEO JIEEdited By Julius Enehikhuere Source NAN
    Widow seeks justice for daughter hit by police stray bullet
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Widow seeks justice for daughter hit by police stray bullet

    A widow, Patience Ajibo, on Thursday,  appealed before the National Human Rights Commission ‘s Panel on the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), demanding justice for her 13-year-old daughter hit by police stray bullet in 2019.

    Ajibo told the (Retired) Justice Suleiman Galadima -led panel that her daughter was hit by stray bullet on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at Wuse 2 in Abuja on her way back from school.

    According to her, a doctor from with the Wuse General Hospital, where her daughter was rushed to for treatment called her on phone to inform her of what happened.

    “I wasn’t there when the thing happened. One of the doctors at the Wuse General Hospital called me up to break the news to me.

    “When I went to the hospital, they had already performed operation (to remove the bullet) on her.

    “I met my daughter lying down in the hospital. I saw her with bandage on her back and she was bleeding.

    “A policeman I met informed me that it was a police bullet that hit my daughter during operation,’’ she told the panel.

    She added that she took her daughter to the National Hospital in Abuja for further treatment in company with her brother, Ofoma Ajibo and friend, Nkechi.

    “When we got to the National Hospital, she was given injection and the bleeding stopped. I paid for her treatment the following day,’’she said.

    According to her, her daughter was discharged the following day on her request, adding that they were going from home for further treatment after the discharge.

    The petitioner stated that her daughter, who was 12-year-old as at the time of the incident, was in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 2 and writing her terminal examination when the incident happened.

    She, however, stated that the victim had stopped going to school as she kept complaining of back pains, which she (petitioner) was not comfortable with.

    Ajibo stated that she approached the school principal to give her daughter a make up examination for her to cover gaps, but the principal refused.

    “When she went back to school, I asked the principal to set examination papers she missed but he bluntly refused.

    “Please, I want my daughter to go back to school to become an educated lady in future and not a school drop out,’’she pleaded with the panel.

    The petitioner said that she borrowed N170, 000 to offset her daughter’s hospital bill, and that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command supported with N140,000.

    She, however, said she was still paying for her daughter’s treatment.

    “My daughter is always complaining of back pain.

    “ I want further diagnosis for her which requires more money and I need help,” she pleaded.

    The counsel for the NHRC, Kwadudi Okoh, told the panel that the police told the Commission that upon the payment of the N140, 000 to the petitioner, they had closed the case.

    When asked what she wanted, Ajibo said she wanted the police to do more for her by supporting her to restart her food selling business and also give her daughter proper treatment.

    The chairman of the panel commended the police for the prompt payment of the N140, 000 to the petitioner.

    He, therefore, urged the NHRC to liaise with the police with a view to asking for further assist from the police for the widow and her daughter.

    NEO /JIE


    Edited By: Julius Enehikhuere
    Source: NAN

  •  Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court sitting in Nyanya on Thursday remanded a barber Mohammed Sani for allegedly defiling a six year old boy The police arraigned the 20 year old defendant who resides at Rufan Fulani in Maple Abuja on a charge bordering on rape Kekemeke ordered the remand of the defendant after he informed the court that he had no lawyer I have no counsel I want the court to give me one the defendant told the court when asked about his lawyer by the judge The judge consequently ruled that the defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody until the next adjourned date He adjourned the matter until Dec 8 for hearing Earlier the Prosecuting Counsel Mr Kufreabasi Ebong informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 1 2020 He said that the defendant at about 5 p m on April 1 2020 at Rufan Fulani sexually abused a six year old boy According to him the offence contravenes Section 284 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge NEO Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Silas Nwoha Source NAN
    Court remands barber for allegedly defiling boy, 6
     Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court sitting in Nyanya on Thursday remanded a barber Mohammed Sani for allegedly defiling a six year old boy The police arraigned the 20 year old defendant who resides at Rufan Fulani in Maple Abuja on a charge bordering on rape Kekemeke ordered the remand of the defendant after he informed the court that he had no lawyer I have no counsel I want the court to give me one the defendant told the court when asked about his lawyer by the judge The judge consequently ruled that the defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody until the next adjourned date He adjourned the matter until Dec 8 for hearing Earlier the Prosecuting Counsel Mr Kufreabasi Ebong informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 1 2020 He said that the defendant at about 5 p m on April 1 2020 at Rufan Fulani sexually abused a six year old boy According to him the offence contravenes Section 284 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charge NEO Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Silas Nwoha Source NAN
    Court remands barber for allegedly defiling boy, 6
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Court remands barber for allegedly defiling boy, 6

    Justice Peter Kekemeke of an FCT High Court sitting in Nyanya on Thursday remanded a barber, Mohammed Sani, for allegedly defiling a six-year-old boy.

    The police arraigned the 20-year-old defendant, who resides at Rufan Fulani in Maple, Abuja on a charge bordering on rape.

    Kekemeke ordered the remand of the defendant after he informed the court that he had no lawyer.

    “I have no counsel. I want the court to give me one,” the defendant told the court when asked about his lawyer by the judge.

    The judge, consequently, ruled that “the defendant is hereby remanded in prison custody until the next adjourned date”.

    He adjourned the matter until Dec. 8 for hearing.

    Earlier, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Kufreabasi Ebong, informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 1, 2020.

    He said that the defendant at about 5 p.m. on April 1, 2020 at Rufan Fulani, sexually abused a six-year-old boy.

    According to him, the offence contravenes Section 284 of the Penal Code.

    The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    NEO /


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Silas Nwoha
    Source: NAN

     

     

  •  The National Human Rights Commission NHRC In Tuesday commended the Inspector General of Police I GP Mohammed Adamu for banning the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad FSARS Mr Tony Ojukwu the Executive Secretary of the NHRC gave the commendation in Abuja while reacting to the recent ban on SARS and other special teams of the Nigerian Police from routine patrol duties His order is in line with the Commission s recommendations following a report on the Presidential Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations against SARS This is not the first time such a proclamation is made by the Police hierarchy and that compliance to such orders has remained a problem It is hoped that this time the directive which is expected to preserve and protect the rights to privacy and dignity of the human person from atrocious acts of some bad eggs in the Nigeria Police will be enforced to the fullest Ojukwu stated He lamented that reported cases of human rights violations against the police was assuming an alarming proportion Ojukwu recalled that in an effort to mitigate such violations the Vice President in 2018 gave a directive for the setting up of a Special Investigation Panel to look into the activities of the SARS He restated the shocking revelations that came out during the panel sitting s which the report already submitted to government contained far reaching recommendations Ojukwu added that the recommendations included the establishment of state and local government Police structure and banning FSARS from embarking on routine patrol stop and search duties etc He expressed optimism that the recent ban of SARS and other similar Police teams from routine operations will afford the force the opportunity to rejig its operations and re focus it in line with human rights best practices He also expressed regrets in the manner which some of the officials of SARS operate is inimical to the image of the Police and that of the country in general This is due to the fact that such officials often operate contrary to the rules of engagement and standard of procedures of the force Most times they do not wear Police uniforms making it difficult for one to identify them as Policemen The commission has continued to record cases of extra judicial killings series of extortion harassment and intimidation of innocent citizens by FSARS without much being done to change the status quo thereby tarnishing the image of the country among the global community he lamented Ojukwu emphasised that accountability was key in dealing with such cases as nobody should be above the law He expressed the readiness of the Commission to continue to work with the police especially in the area of training and retraining all FSARS officers NAN NEO SHEdited By Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    NHRC commends I-G on FSARS ban
     The National Human Rights Commission NHRC In Tuesday commended the Inspector General of Police I GP Mohammed Adamu for banning the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad FSARS Mr Tony Ojukwu the Executive Secretary of the NHRC gave the commendation in Abuja while reacting to the recent ban on SARS and other special teams of the Nigerian Police from routine patrol duties His order is in line with the Commission s recommendations following a report on the Presidential Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations against SARS This is not the first time such a proclamation is made by the Police hierarchy and that compliance to such orders has remained a problem It is hoped that this time the directive which is expected to preserve and protect the rights to privacy and dignity of the human person from atrocious acts of some bad eggs in the Nigeria Police will be enforced to the fullest Ojukwu stated He lamented that reported cases of human rights violations against the police was assuming an alarming proportion Ojukwu recalled that in an effort to mitigate such violations the Vice President in 2018 gave a directive for the setting up of a Special Investigation Panel to look into the activities of the SARS He restated the shocking revelations that came out during the panel sitting s which the report already submitted to government contained far reaching recommendations Ojukwu added that the recommendations included the establishment of state and local government Police structure and banning FSARS from embarking on routine patrol stop and search duties etc He expressed optimism that the recent ban of SARS and other similar Police teams from routine operations will afford the force the opportunity to rejig its operations and re focus it in line with human rights best practices He also expressed regrets in the manner which some of the officials of SARS operate is inimical to the image of the Police and that of the country in general This is due to the fact that such officials often operate contrary to the rules of engagement and standard of procedures of the force Most times they do not wear Police uniforms making it difficult for one to identify them as Policemen The commission has continued to record cases of extra judicial killings series of extortion harassment and intimidation of innocent citizens by FSARS without much being done to change the status quo thereby tarnishing the image of the country among the global community he lamented Ojukwu emphasised that accountability was key in dealing with such cases as nobody should be above the law He expressed the readiness of the Commission to continue to work with the police especially in the area of training and retraining all FSARS officers NAN NEO SHEdited By Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    NHRC commends I-G on FSARS ban
    Judiciary2 years ago

    NHRC commends I-G on FSARS ban

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) In Tuesday commended the Inspector-General of Police (I-GP), Mohammed Adamu for banning the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

    Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, gave the commendation in Abuja,  while reacting to the recent ban on SARS and other special teams of the Nigerian Police from routine patrol duties

    ” His order is in line with the Commission’s recommendations following a report on the Presidential Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations against SARS.

    ” This is not the first time such a proclamation is made by the Police hierarchy and that compliance to such orders has remained a problem.

    “It is hoped that this time the directive which is expected to preserve and protect the rights to privacy and dignity of the human person from atrocious acts of some bad eggs in the Nigeria Police will be enforced to the fullest” Ojukwu stated .

    He lamented that reported cases of human rights violations against the police was assuming an alarming proportion.

    Ojukwu  recalled that in an effort to mitigate such violations, the Vice President in 2018 gave a directive for the setting up of a Special Investigation Panel to look into the activities of the SARS.

    He restated the shocking revelations that came out during the panel sitting’s which the report already submitted to government, contained far-reaching recommendations.

    Ojukwu added that the recommendations  included  the establishment of state and local government Police structure and banning FSARS from embarking on routine patrol, stop and search duties etc.

    He expressed optimism that the recent ban of SARS and other similar Police teams from routine operations will afford the force the opportunity to rejig its operations and re-focus it in line with human rights best practices.

    He also expressed regrets in the manner  which some of the officials of SARS operate is inimical to the image of the Police and that of the country in general.

    “This is due to the fact that such officials often operate contrary to the rules of engagement and standard of procedures of the force.

    ” Most times they do not wear Police uniforms, making it difficult for one to identify them as Policemen.

    ” The commission has continued to record cases of extra-judicial killings, series of extortion, harassment, and intimidation of innocent citizens by FSARS without much being done to change the status quo, thereby tarnishing the image of the country among the global community”  he lamented.

    Ojukwu emphasised that accountability was key in dealing with such cases as nobody should be above the law.

    He expressed the readiness of the Commission to continue to work with the police especially in the area of training and retraining all FSARS officers.(NAN )

    NEO /SH


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
    Source: NAN

  •  The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by the northern states governments to permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system The NHRC through its Executive Secretary Mr Tony Ojukwu made the call in Abuja in an advisory on Friday in Abuja Ojukwu stated that this became necessary following recent developments regarding the relocation of Almajiri children across the country Due to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic which necessitated this relocation the Commission has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by Northern States governments This will permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system to children and the larger society The Commission notes that the Almajiri children are exposed to increased vulnerabilities and risks including death trafficking kidnapping drug use and addiction recruitment into terrorism violent crimes sexual and other forms of assault and forced child marriages The Commission further notes that the Almajiri Children suffer multiple violations of human rights which go contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria the Child Rights Act the Child Rights Laws applicable to some states he said He said that Nigeria is signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child ACRWC and other international human rights instruments relating to the protection of the rights of the child The Commission calls on Northern States Governments to develop a multi sectoral program of action for the transfer return and rehabilitation of Almajiri children A major step towards achieving this will be an obligation on the part of affected states to put in place financial institutional and programmatic frameworks to urgently address the needs of the Almajiri children he stated To address poverty and other socio economic vulnerabilities that made the parents to send out the children in the first place The commission also enjoins states to put in place adequate plans for the enrolment and retention of Almajiri children in schools including access to existing programmes According to him such programmes as school feeding and free education aimed at addressing the educational needs of the children in line with their rights to basic and compulsory education as guaranteed under the CRA and the Universal Basic Education Act This is in line with global best practices and principles enunciated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child which Nigeria is a signatory and has domesticated in the Child Rights Act and Laws as applicable in States The best interest of the child principles will be violated in circumstances where the Almajiri children have been relocated to places outside their homes or states of origin Leading to the denial of access to their parents or guardians necessary for children or home governments for a structured development and may defeat the benefits from this current initiative Ojukwu stated AccordIng to him it will also be a violation of the principles where the process of return exposes the child to danger NAN NEO SH Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    NHRC urges Northern Governors to come up with programme for Almajiri
     The National Human Rights Commission NHRC has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by the northern states governments to permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system The NHRC through its Executive Secretary Mr Tony Ojukwu made the call in Abuja in an advisory on Friday in Abuja Ojukwu stated that this became necessary following recent developments regarding the relocation of Almajiri children across the country Due to the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic which necessitated this relocation the Commission has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by Northern States governments This will permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system to children and the larger society The Commission notes that the Almajiri children are exposed to increased vulnerabilities and risks including death trafficking kidnapping drug use and addiction recruitment into terrorism violent crimes sexual and other forms of assault and forced child marriages The Commission further notes that the Almajiri Children suffer multiple violations of human rights which go contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria the Child Rights Act the Child Rights Laws applicable to some states he said He said that Nigeria is signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child ACRWC and other international human rights instruments relating to the protection of the rights of the child The Commission calls on Northern States Governments to develop a multi sectoral program of action for the transfer return and rehabilitation of Almajiri children A major step towards achieving this will be an obligation on the part of affected states to put in place financial institutional and programmatic frameworks to urgently address the needs of the Almajiri children he stated To address poverty and other socio economic vulnerabilities that made the parents to send out the children in the first place The commission also enjoins states to put in place adequate plans for the enrolment and retention of Almajiri children in schools including access to existing programmes According to him such programmes as school feeding and free education aimed at addressing the educational needs of the children in line with their rights to basic and compulsory education as guaranteed under the CRA and the Universal Basic Education Act This is in line with global best practices and principles enunciated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child which Nigeria is a signatory and has domesticated in the Child Rights Act and Laws as applicable in States The best interest of the child principles will be violated in circumstances where the Almajiri children have been relocated to places outside their homes or states of origin Leading to the denial of access to their parents or guardians necessary for children or home governments for a structured development and may defeat the benefits from this current initiative Ojukwu stated AccordIng to him it will also be a violation of the principles where the process of return exposes the child to danger NAN NEO SH Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    NHRC urges Northern Governors to come up with programme for Almajiri
    Judiciary2 years ago

    NHRC urges Northern Governors to come up with programme for Almajiri

    The National Human Rights Commission  (NHRC) has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by the northern states’ governments to “permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system.

    The NHRC through its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu made the call in Abuja in an advisory on Friday in Abuja.

    Ojukwu stated that this became necessary following recent developments regarding the relocation of Almajiri children across the country.

    “Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which necessitated this relocation,  the  Commission has called for the development and implementation of a programme of action by Northern States governments.

    “This will permanently address the challenges posed by the Almajiri system to children and the larger society.

    The Commission notes that the ‘Almajiri children’ are exposed to increased vulnerabilities and risks, including death, trafficking, kidnapping, drug use and addiction, recruitment into terrorism, violent crimes, sexual and other forms of assault and forced/child marriages.”

    The Commission further notes that the Almajiri Children suffer multiple violations of human rights which go contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, the Child Rights Act, the Child Rights Laws (applicable to some states)” he said.

    He said that Nigeria is signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and other international human rights instruments relating to the protection of the rights of the child.

    The Commission calls on Northern States Governments to develop a multi-sectoral “program of action for the transfer, return and rehabilitation of Almajiri children”.

    ” A major step towards achieving this will be an obligation on the part of affected states to “put in place financial, institutional and programmatic frameworks to urgently address the needs of the Almajiri children” he stated.

    “To address poverty and other socio-economic vulnerabilities that made the parents to send out the children in the first place.”

    “The commission also enjoins states to “put in place adequate plans for the enrolment and retention of Almajiri children in schools, including access to existing programmes.

    According to him, such programmes as school feeding and free education aimed at addressing the educational needs of the children in line with their rights to basic and compulsory education as guaranteed under the CRA and the Universal Basic Education Act.”

    “This is in line with global best practices and principles enunciated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child which Nigeria is a signatory and has domesticated in the Child Rights Act and Laws as applicable in States.

    “The best interest of the child” principles will be violated “in circumstances where the Almajiri children have been relocated to places outside their homes or states of origin.

    “Leading to the denial of access to their parents or guardians (necessary for children) or home governments for a structured development, and may defeat the benefits from this current initiative” Ojukwu stated.

    AccordIng to him, it will also be a violation of the principles “where the process of return exposes the child to danger.. (NAN)

    NEO /SH

     


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

     

  •  An FCT High Court on Monday admitted three members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN to bail in the sum of N5 million each on health grounds Delivering a ruling Justice Sulaiman Belgore also ordered Mohammed Mohammed Imran Ayuba and Mohammed Kamisu to produce two sureties each in like sum The three defendants were arrested alongside 60 other IMN members during the July 22 2019 protest at the Federal Secretariat located in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja Justice Belgore said that he had gone through the medical reports attached to the application and came to the conclusion that the three defendants required medical attention I have carefully perused the medical reports and came to the irresistible conclusion that the applicants require urgent medical and surgical attention he held He ordered that the sureties must be civil servants working and residing within the court s jurisdiction The judge adjourned the case until May 20 for continuation of trial Earlier the defence counsel Mr Bala Dakkum prayed the court to admit his clients to bail to enable them seek medical care outside the Kuje custodial centre where they were remanded by the court Dakkum told the court that his clients sustained varying degree of injuries during the July 22 2019 protest The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest led to the death of DCP Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi a National Youth Service Corps member serving with Channels Television The defendants were first arraigned before the court on Nov 27 2019 by the police They were arraigned on charges bordering on homicide disturbances of public peace and destruction of government properties The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them NEO Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Court admits 3 members of banned IMN to N5m bail each on health grounds
     An FCT High Court on Monday admitted three members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN to bail in the sum of N5 million each on health grounds Delivering a ruling Justice Sulaiman Belgore also ordered Mohammed Mohammed Imran Ayuba and Mohammed Kamisu to produce two sureties each in like sum The three defendants were arrested alongside 60 other IMN members during the July 22 2019 protest at the Federal Secretariat located in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja Justice Belgore said that he had gone through the medical reports attached to the application and came to the conclusion that the three defendants required medical attention I have carefully perused the medical reports and came to the irresistible conclusion that the applicants require urgent medical and surgical attention he held He ordered that the sureties must be civil servants working and residing within the court s jurisdiction The judge adjourned the case until May 20 for continuation of trial Earlier the defence counsel Mr Bala Dakkum prayed the court to admit his clients to bail to enable them seek medical care outside the Kuje custodial centre where they were remanded by the court Dakkum told the court that his clients sustained varying degree of injuries during the July 22 2019 protest The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest led to the death of DCP Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi a National Youth Service Corps member serving with Channels Television The defendants were first arraigned before the court on Nov 27 2019 by the police They were arraigned on charges bordering on homicide disturbances of public peace and destruction of government properties The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them NEO Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Court admits 3 members of banned IMN to N5m bail each on health grounds
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Court admits 3 members of banned IMN to N5m bail each on health grounds

    An FCT High Court on Monday admitted three members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to bail in the sum of N5 million each on health grounds.

    Delivering a ruling, Justice Sulaiman Belgore, also ordered Mohammed Mohammed, Imran Ayuba and Mohammed Kamisu to produce two sureties each in like sum.

    The three defendants were arrested alongside 60 other IMN members during the July 22, 2019 protest at the Federal Secretariat, located in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja.

    Justice Belgore said that he had gone through the medical reports attached to the application and came to the conclusion that the three defendants required medical attention.

    “I have carefully perused the medical reports and came to the irresistible conclusion that the applicants require urgent medical and surgical attention,” he held.

    He ordered that the sureties must be civil servants working and residing within the court’s jurisdiction.

    The judge adjourned the case until May 20 for continuation of trial

    Earlier, the defence counsel, Mr Bala Dakkum prayed the court to admit his clients to bail to enable them seek medical care outside the Kuje custodial centre where they were remanded by the court .

    Dakkum told the court that his clients sustained varying degree of injuries during the July 22, 2019 protest.

    The News Agency of Nigeria   reports that the protest led to the death of DCP Usman Umar and Precious Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps member serving with Channels Television.

    The defendants were first arraigned before the court on Nov. 27, 2019 by the police.

    They were arraigned on charges bordering on homicide, disturbances of public peace and destruction of government properties.

    The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

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    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  Some legal practitioners have said that in the eyes of the law popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele and her husband are now ex convicts The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akindele and her husband popularly called JJC Skillz on April 4 held a party at their residence with over 20 persons in attendance The duo later appeared in court charged with contravening Regulation 8 1 a and b and 17 1 i of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020 and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol 9 Laws of Lagos State 2015 The law deals with the social distancing policy targeted at minimising large gatherings in the effort to contain the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic They two were thus sentenced to 14 days community service besides other penalties by Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba Lagos Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency Mr Ahmed Raji SAN said Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello can be referred to as ex convicts having pleaded guilty and were sentenced for violating restrictions order in Lagos Technically speaking anybody who has gone through a trial and is convicted can be referred to as an ex convict He restated that if the law under which the duo were convicted was a recognised one then they were ex convicts because they admitted and the court gave them a light sentence This is a form of punishment Raji however said that the development would not debar Akindele and Bello from holding political offices in the country since the offence did not involve financial misappropriation It is not in all cases that an ex convict will not be allowed to hold or seek for a political office Minor traffic offences and what have you will not disqualify you from holding or seeking for a political office he said Also speaking Mr Ebun Olu Adegboruwa SAN said there is no doubt that they are ex convicts This is because before the judge passed the sentence they would have pleaded guilty and trial would have taken place before judgment So as far as the law is concerned presently they are ex convicts but I believe they took that process for convenience of their freedom he saidAdegboruwa however said based on the provisions of the law and the case of Awuko vs Fagbemi the judgment cannot stand and the case will be set aside on Appeal This is because there is no known law under which they were charged and no document showing that they violated any law The directive of a Governor not backed by approval by the House of Assembly is not law such directive cannot lead to conviction and sentencing of any individual So I am advising her and her lawyers to take up the proceedings and file an appeal for it to be set aside Section 36 of the Constitution provides that no one can be convicted except there is a law which specicifes the terms of such conviction he saidIn the same vein an Abuja based lawyer Mr Tunji Oba said that the sentence passed on Akindele and her husband stand until the pronouncement is set aside by an appellate court Oba said once a competent court gives a pronouncement it stands until such is set aside by an appellate court Because of that guilty plea they were convicted A competent court convicted them after they pleaded guilty It does not matter whether the offence was a misdemeanor so long as there was a conviction Before an act could be termed criminal there must be a law to back it up enacted by the National Assembly The charge was filed against them following the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020 made by the Governor I am sure the Regulations were aimed at preventing further spread of the virus covid 19 within the state This regulation was made pursuant to the Lagos State Public Health Law and Section 8 of the Quarantine Act Cap Q2 LFN 2004 he said Oba added that some lawyers have argued that a regulation does not qualify as a law under sections 36 12 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended Section 36 12 of the 1999 Constitution is that for a person to be arrested detained or prosecuted for a criminal offence There must be a written law ii The offence must be defined in the written law and A penalty therefore must be prescribed and they must all Co exist Section 318 provides that for an Act to be a valid law it must be enacted by the National Assembly he said According to him it means any law made by the National Assembly and includes any law which takes effect under the provisions of this constitution as an Act of the National Assembly He stated further that though the Constitution guarantees your rights to free movement freedom of religion and association however these rights are not absolute The regulation made by the Governor of Lagos State was a subsidiary legislation which derived its authority from existing Act law of Public Health and Quarantine law The essence of the regulation was to ensure that exigencies like the convid 19 are effectively controlled in the interest of public health and public safety It follows that the regulation under which the Nollywood actress and her husband were convicted is a valid law properly so called he said Section 45 of the Constitution provides that your rights will not invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in the interest of public safety or public health In that case we should take COVID 19 as one of such situations which necessitated the containment of our constitutionally guaranteed right in the interest of public safety and health he said When asked about his views on the status of the couple Mr Femi Falana SAN said your request unfortunately cannot be met because I am involved in the matter She Funke Akindele has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over we are likely to go to court So I don t want to be seen as pre empting what we are going to do he saidNEO Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Funke Akindele, hubby are ex-convicts until pronouncement set aside – lawyers say
     Some legal practitioners have said that in the eyes of the law popular Nollywood actress Funke Akindele and her husband are now ex convicts The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akindele and her husband popularly called JJC Skillz on April 4 held a party at their residence with over 20 persons in attendance The duo later appeared in court charged with contravening Regulation 8 1 a and b and 17 1 i of the Lagos State Infectious Disease Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020 and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol 9 Laws of Lagos State 2015 The law deals with the social distancing policy targeted at minimising large gatherings in the effort to contain the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic They two were thus sentenced to 14 days community service besides other penalties by Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba Lagos Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency Mr Ahmed Raji SAN said Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello can be referred to as ex convicts having pleaded guilty and were sentenced for violating restrictions order in Lagos Technically speaking anybody who has gone through a trial and is convicted can be referred to as an ex convict He restated that if the law under which the duo were convicted was a recognised one then they were ex convicts because they admitted and the court gave them a light sentence This is a form of punishment Raji however said that the development would not debar Akindele and Bello from holding political offices in the country since the offence did not involve financial misappropriation It is not in all cases that an ex convict will not be allowed to hold or seek for a political office Minor traffic offences and what have you will not disqualify you from holding or seeking for a political office he said Also speaking Mr Ebun Olu Adegboruwa SAN said there is no doubt that they are ex convicts This is because before the judge passed the sentence they would have pleaded guilty and trial would have taken place before judgment So as far as the law is concerned presently they are ex convicts but I believe they took that process for convenience of their freedom he saidAdegboruwa however said based on the provisions of the law and the case of Awuko vs Fagbemi the judgment cannot stand and the case will be set aside on Appeal This is because there is no known law under which they were charged and no document showing that they violated any law The directive of a Governor not backed by approval by the House of Assembly is not law such directive cannot lead to conviction and sentencing of any individual So I am advising her and her lawyers to take up the proceedings and file an appeal for it to be set aside Section 36 of the Constitution provides that no one can be convicted except there is a law which specicifes the terms of such conviction he saidIn the same vein an Abuja based lawyer Mr Tunji Oba said that the sentence passed on Akindele and her husband stand until the pronouncement is set aside by an appellate court Oba said once a competent court gives a pronouncement it stands until such is set aside by an appellate court Because of that guilty plea they were convicted A competent court convicted them after they pleaded guilty It does not matter whether the offence was a misdemeanor so long as there was a conviction Before an act could be termed criminal there must be a law to back it up enacted by the National Assembly The charge was filed against them following the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Emergency Prevention Regulations 2020 made by the Governor I am sure the Regulations were aimed at preventing further spread of the virus covid 19 within the state This regulation was made pursuant to the Lagos State Public Health Law and Section 8 of the Quarantine Act Cap Q2 LFN 2004 he said Oba added that some lawyers have argued that a regulation does not qualify as a law under sections 36 12 and 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended Section 36 12 of the 1999 Constitution is that for a person to be arrested detained or prosecuted for a criminal offence There must be a written law ii The offence must be defined in the written law and A penalty therefore must be prescribed and they must all Co exist Section 318 provides that for an Act to be a valid law it must be enacted by the National Assembly he said According to him it means any law made by the National Assembly and includes any law which takes effect under the provisions of this constitution as an Act of the National Assembly He stated further that though the Constitution guarantees your rights to free movement freedom of religion and association however these rights are not absolute The regulation made by the Governor of Lagos State was a subsidiary legislation which derived its authority from existing Act law of Public Health and Quarantine law The essence of the regulation was to ensure that exigencies like the convid 19 are effectively controlled in the interest of public health and public safety It follows that the regulation under which the Nollywood actress and her husband were convicted is a valid law properly so called he said Section 45 of the Constitution provides that your rights will not invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in the interest of public safety or public health In that case we should take COVID 19 as one of such situations which necessitated the containment of our constitutionally guaranteed right in the interest of public safety and health he said When asked about his views on the status of the couple Mr Femi Falana SAN said your request unfortunately cannot be met because I am involved in the matter She Funke Akindele has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over we are likely to go to court So I don t want to be seen as pre empting what we are going to do he saidNEO Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Funke Akindele, hubby are ex-convicts until pronouncement set aside – lawyers say
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Funke Akindele, hubby are ex-convicts until pronouncement set aside – lawyers say

    Some legal practitioners have said that in the eyes of the law, popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her husband are now ex-convicts.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Akindele and her husband, popularly called JJC Skillz, on April 4, held a party at their residence with over 20 persons in attendance.

    The duo later appeared in court charged with contravening Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) and 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020, and therefore committed an offence under Section 58 of the Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol. 9, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

    The law deals with the social distancing policy targeted at minimising large gatherings in the effort to contain the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.

    They two were thus sentenced to 14 days community service, besides other penalties, by Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba, Lagos.

    Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, said: “Akindele and her husband, AbdulRasheed Bello, can be referred to as ex-convicts having pleaded guilty and were sentenced for violating restrictions order in Lagos.

    “Technically speaking, anybody who  has gone through a trial and is convicted can be referred to as an ex-convict.”

    He restated that if the law under which the duo were convicted was a recognised one, then they were ex-convicts “because they admitted and the court gave them a light sentence.

    “This is a form of punishment.”

    Raji, however, said that the development would not debar Akindele and Bello from holding political offices in the country since the offence did not involve financial misappropriation.

    “It is not in all cases that an ex-convict will not be allowed to hold or seek for a political office. Minor traffic offences and what have you will not disqualify you from holding or seeking for a political office,” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa,SAN, said:”there is no doubt that they are ex-convicts.

    “This is because before the judge passed the sentence, they would have pleaded guilty, and trial would have taken place before judgment.

    “So, as far as the law is concerned presently, they are ex convicts; but, I believe they took that process for convenience of their freedom,” he said

    Adegboruwa, however said based on the provisions of the law and the case of Awuko vs Fagbemi, the judgment cannot stand and the case will be set aside on Appeal.

    “This is because, there is no known law under which they were charged and no document showing that they violated any law.

    “The directive of a Governor not backed by approval by the House of Assembly, is not law; such directive cannot lead to conviction and sentencing of any individual.

    “So, I am advising her and her lawyers to take up the proceedings and file an appeal for it to be set aside.

    “Section 36 of the Constitution provides that no one can be convicted except there is a law which specicifes the terms of such conviction ,” he said

    In the same vein, an Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Tunji Oba, said that the sentence passed on Akindele and her husband stand until the pronouncement is set aside by an appellate court.

    Oba said once a competent court gives a pronouncement,  it stands until such is set aside by an appellate court.

    “Because of that guilty plea, they were convicted .

    “A competent court convicted them after they pleaded guilty. It does not matter whether the offence was a misdemeanor so long as there was a conviction.

    “Before an act could be termed criminal there must be a law to back it up enacted by the National Assembly

    “The charge was filed against them following the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 made by the Governor .

    “ I am sure  the Regulations were aimed at preventing further spread of the virus (covid-19) within the state . This regulation  was made pursuant to the Lagos State Public Health Law, and Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Cap Q2 LFN 2004,” he said.

    Oba added that some lawyers have argued that a regulation does not qualify as a law under sections 36 (12) and 318 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

     

    ” Section 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution is that for a person to be arrested, detained or prosecuted for a criminal offence: There must be a written law, (ii) The offence must be defined in the written law and; A penalty therefore must be prescribed and they must all Co-exist.

     

    ” Section 318 provides that for an Act to be a valid law it must be enacted by the National Assembly” he said.

     

    According to him, it means any law made by the National Assembly and includes any law which takes effect under the provisions of this constitution as an Act of the National Assembly;

     

    He stated further that though, the Constitution guarantees your rights to free movement, freedom of religion and association, however these rights are not absolute.

     

    ” The regulation made by the Governor of Lagos State was a subsidiary legislation which derived its authority from  existing Act / law of Public Health and Quarantine law.

     

    ” The essence of the regulation was to ensure that exigencies  like the convid-19 are effectively controlled in the interest of public health and public safety.

    ” It follows that the regulation under which the Nollywood actress and her husband were convicted is a valid law properly so called ” he said.

    “Section 45 of the Constitution provides that your rights will not invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in the interest of public safety or public health”

    “In that case, we should take COVID-19 as one of such situations which necessitated the containment of our constitutionally guaranteed right, in the interest of public safety and health ” he said.

    When asked about his views on the status of the couple, Mr Femi Falana,SAN, said:”your request unfortunately, cannot be met because I am involved in the matter.

    “She (Funke Akindele) has already briefed me and once the lockdown is over, we are likely to go to court;

    “So, I don’t want to be seen as pre-empting what we are going to do,” he said

    NEO /


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

     

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