Rape: Ahmed Joda tasked Police, Judiciary, others on waking up to their responsibilities
By Baba Yakubu Yola
Elder statesman, Ahmed Joda has tasked the police, judiciary and all stakeholders on the need to sit up in addressing the raising cases of rape in Adamawa State.
Joda made the call at a press briefing in ceremony to mark his 90th birthday in Yola.
Joda said the police and judiciary in particular needed to do more in arresting and prosecuting suspects to earn the confidence of the public.
Joda also tasked the state government to make good it promise to designate one of the High Courts to handle rape cases for speedy trial of rape.
“Rape is an offence that is abhorred by the society at large. The situation we have now is a pitiful one.
“I have followed a case of a five year old that was raped and abandoned..
“Neither Christianity nor Islam tolerates even adultery between consenting adults much less the defilement of minors as young as five; we should not tolerate that.
“I am sorry to mentioned that the police which is the first point of call for victims is not playing its role..it became worst when judiciary become complacent; a simple case that should take few weeks will be allow to go on for years,” Joda lamented.
Joda said dragging such case for long was a deliberate attempt to jettison justice.
The nonagenarian lauded Adamawa Coalition Against Rape (ACAR), a group of CSOs and Journalists fighting against the crime for their sustain effort against rape and assured them his support at all time.
The elder statesman also spoke on other crimes like insurgency, herdsmen/farmers conflict and kidnapping for ransom blaming their manifestation on collapsed of policing system.
A woman from Lelewarji ward of Yola South LGA who spoke at the occassion, Aisha Mohammed also lamented on what she described as poor handling of rape cases in the state and warned that something needed to be done urgently or else communities would resort to jungle justice on rapists.
Covid – 19 ; FMC Yola suspends visiting hours, pegs one relative per patient
COVID-19: FMC Yola Suspends Visiting Hours, Pegs One Relative Per Patient
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TheFederal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has suspended the visiting hours to the hospital. It has also reduced the number of patient relatives to one relative per patient.
This is contained in the press release Tuesday, signed by the chief information officer of the hospital Adamu Muhammad Dodo,
Dodo revealed that the measures taken were “in compliance with the directives from the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), with a view to controlling the spread of Corona Virus Disease; COVID-19.
1. All visits by the patient relatives have been suspended till further notice.
2. Only one patient relative is allowed to stay with a patient on admission.
“The management of the hospital wishes to remind members of the public to observe regular hand washing with soap and clean water, use of hand sanitizers where soap and water are not readily available, observe social distancing, avoid handshake and crowded places and observe personal hygiene
“These measures will be reviewed as the situation improves,” the hospital management assured.
COVID -19; Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus
Covid 19, Borno NUJ commends BOSG steps in preventing the virus
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ ) Borno Chapter has commendad the Borno State government for taking a swift action to prevent out break of Corona virus disease in the state.
The NUJ in a statement signed by its secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim said *”Wworthy of note is the setting up of high powered Response Team for the prevention and control of Covid-19 as well as provision of state of the art facilities for testing, isolation center and intensive care unit among other restrictive measures to keep the public safe. ”
The Union however calls on the government to provide more artificial respiratory machines to complement the ones on ground for use and as precaution in the event of any suspected case.
NUJ Borno Council assures government and people of the state of adequate and accurate coverage as well as timely information on prevention and control of corona virus.
The statement equally calls on journalists not to publish any alleged case on Covid-19 without confirmation from the Response Team or the Commissioner of Health in the state and be cautious while covering issues relating to the pandemic by using personal protective equipment.
“We also implore the public to be prayerful for an end to the global pandemic and remain law abiding in the face of restrictions by the government on social distancing including personal hygiene.*, the NUJ stated.
Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on COVID -19
Adamawa CP directs DPOs, Area Commanders to enforce public compliance with preventive measures on Convid-19
By Baba Yakubu Yola
Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Audu Madaki, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to ensure public compliance within their areas of jurisdiction of all legitimate orders given by government to contain the Convid-19 pandemic.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Adamawa Command Spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, who said that the commissioner also warned against unnecessary arrest and detention of suspects.
“Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) global health threat and the subsequent social restriction orders imposed by governments at all levels, to enable its containment, the Commissioner of Police, AUDU A MADAKI , while enjoining citizens to voluntarily adhere to the orders, directs all DPOs and their supervising Area commanders to ensure that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts by the Government are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
“The CP while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Area commanders and DPOs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned.
- “He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention. The CP further directs that adequate measures be put in place to screen persons to be committed into police custody.
“The CP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary. Meanwhile, the CP has ordered for immediate publicize phone numbers of it’s Command Control Room, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and other Operational Commanders using the conventional and non- conventional media in order to facilitate alternative interacting and reporting options between the Public and the Police.”
The statement also announced the closure of all Police Primary and Secondary schools in the state in compliance with Federal Government directive, adding that the Police Medical Services has also step up sensitization programmes across Formations and Barracks in the Command.
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