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End SARS Protests: Atiku Care Foundation Makes Case For Total Overhaul of Police



EndSARS Protests: Atiku Care Foundation Makes Case for Total Overhaul of Police

…rejects nomination of Lauretta Onochies as INEC Commissioner

The Atiku Care Foundation is calling for a total reformation of the Nigeria Police to restore the confidence of the people.

The organisation said this had become imperative in view of the ongoing protests by the youths who are rejecting brutality by some operatives of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its Deputy Director, Media and Publicity, Remi Adebayo, the Atiku Care Foundation is asking the Federal Government to accept the protests as reflections of the systemic failure by current and successive administrations in securing the country.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to overhaul the police to be more effective in discharging their duties while respecting the rights of Nigerian citizens.

“The #EndSARS protests are legitimate demands by the Nigerian youths who want to live in a country where citizens are protected by a professional and friendly police force with which they can trust and engage.

“That the protesters have refused to vacate the streets in spite of the acceptance of their demands by the government and police authorities is indicative of lack of confidence and trust in leadership at all levels”, the ACF noted.

The organisation cautioned that using force or sponsored groups to forcefully disperse the protesters could lead to anarchy since the protesters have been conducting themselves peacefully from the outset.

“While appreciating the steps taken by the government to address the demands of the #EndSARS protesters so far, it is disheartening to see opposing groups disrupting peaceful protests in Abuja and Lagos without any protection from the security agencies.

“We want to remind government that right to peaceful protest in support or against any policy is enshrined in our constitution and it is the responsibility of the law enforcement agents to protect every peaceful protester so as to prevent anarchy,” the statement urged.

The ACF noted that while disbanding SARS or establishment of the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) may not bring satisfactory solutions, it is important at this level for an all-stakeholders engagement to reposition the Nigerian Police as an internal security formation that citizens can trust.

The organisation appealed to protesters to remain peaceful and vigilant, urging them to give government a chance to implement the new reforms.

“We must remember that the police and indeed every other sector of our society have patriotic and unpatriotic elements and so we must encourage the patriotic officers among the police to help identify and prosecute those who are giving it a bad image,” the ACF stressed.

In the same vein, the non-governmental organization asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the nomination of his aide, Ms Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“This nomination of the presidential aide on new media, a venomous attacker of the opposition political parties, unapologetic defender of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a card-carrying member and former senatorial candidate under the party as INEC Commissioner is a mockery of this democracy.

“We believe as a man of integrity and custodian of the Nigerian Constitution to which he swore to protect, President Muhammadu Buhari would not want to disregard fairness for nepotism and blind partisanship.

“Every Nigerian of voting age is aware that a position at the non-partisan election umpire should not be given to partisan personalities like Mrs. Onochie in clear violation of our electoral laws,” ACF said.

The group therefore called on the Senator Ahmad Lawan-led Senate to resist acts of partisanship by rejecting the nomination of Mrs Onochie to set an example that could strengthen the nation’s democracy.

Remi Adebayo
Deputy Director, Media and Publicity
Atiku Care Foundation

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Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni chairs stakeholders meeting



Security: Governor Mai Mala Buni Chairs Stakeholders Meeting

By Madu Mohammed, Damaturu

His excellency, Honourable Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state has commended the determination and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, the military as well as other security operatives towards ending insurgency among other security challenges bedevilling the country.

Buni made the commendation while declaring open a one-day stakeholders meeting on security held at the Government House in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The governor stated that people in Yobe State and the North-East region generally have in the past found it difficult to pursue daily economic and social activities, expressing happiness that due to the efforts of the military among other security operatives, the region is now enjoying relative peace.

“Therefore, when we compare then and now, we definitely have every reason to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ to appreciate our present situation so that Allah (SWT) may further improve the situation for us.

“I would like to seize this opportunity to specially appreciate His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his continuous determination and commitment to end insurgency in Nigeria.

“We must also appreciate members of the Nigeria armed forces, the para military organizations and members of the Vigilante organizations for the sacrifices made to ensure we have peace and security in our state and country,” Buni said.

The governor equally commended the resilience of the people of the area for withstanding the obnoxious criminal activities of the insurgents for the last 10 years.

“This indicates that, collectively we can always succeed and triumph over evil. It is just a matter of time, Insha Allah.

“Let me once again appreciate you the good people of Yobe state for demonstrating uncommon statesmanship and patriotism in last year’s ENDSARS nationwide protest when you collectively and unanimously refused to join the protest despite mouth-watering enticements,” Buni added.

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Governor zulum approves N624M for payment of scholarship of 23,776 Borno tertiary students



Governor Zulum approves N624m for payment of scholarship of 23, 776 Borno tertiary students

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has released the sum of N624.3m for payment of scholarship to 23,776 citizens of Borno State in 49 tertiary schools across Nigeria.

The Borno state Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,Dr Babagana Mustapha Mallambe who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said that payments to students have already began with N320m paid to students in nine institutions, under the first batch while second batch of students will start getting payment on Monday, January 18, with the sum of N304.3m to be disbursed

Dr. Mallambe said “from a total of N624,370,000 approved and released by His Excellency, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, for scholarship to 23,776 Borno students, the ministry has disbursed N320m under the first batch, to students in nine tertiary schools located in Borno State”

“Those paid include part 4 and 5 students of University of Maiduguri, students in Borno State University, Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, Sir Kashim Ibrahim College, College of Education Waka – Biu, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration Konduga, Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education, Science and Technology-Bama and those in Mohammet Lawan College of Agriculture” , the commissioner added.

He further explained , that from Monday, January 18, 2021, the ministry will begin the disbursement of another N304,370,000 to Borno students in 40 higher institutions across Nigeria.

Dr Mallambe also said that Governor Zulum had approved financial support to resident doctors of Borno origin located in different parts of the country, to enable them fund capacity development programmes that would be potentially beneficial to Borno people in the long run.

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Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi



Yobe Governor sworn-in 2 female high court judges, grand khadi 

By Ajikolo lawan Musa Damaturu 

His excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Saturday the 16/1/2021 sworn-in acting grand khadi Babagana Mahdi and 2 high court judges and 2 khadis of sharia courts in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. 
Buni described the occasion as a milestone in repositioning the integrity of the judiciary and promoting speedy dispensation of justice in the state, saying that the appointments were strictly on merit.
The appointments of their lordships, the acting grand khadi, the high court judges and khadis of sharia courts were strictly done on merit and in conformity with the powers conferred on me. 
All, he said were in accordance to the section 174 subsection 2, section 27 subsection 2 and section 276 subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, he said.
Others sworn in were the 2 female high court judges Hadiza Musa and Amina shehu along 2 khadis of the sharia court, khadi Bashir inuwa and khadi Abba like

The Governor called on the new appointees to justify the confidence reposed on them, stressing as we celebrate your new appointments, let’s quickly remind you that so much is expected of you, to justify this new appointments.
Discharging your civic duties with utmost transparency and in fairness to all persons, irrespective of tribe, religious status or political differences, for the judiciary to truly remain the last hope of a common man in the society. 

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