The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has challenged the Federal Government to yield to the demand by the Nigerian public to unveil identities of the sponsors of Boko Haram, especially the 400 Bureau de change operators as identified by the UAE authorities and come clean of allegations of culpability
This was contained in communique released at the end of a 2-day Middle Belt Forum National Executive Committer (NEC) meeting held on Thursday and Friday, September 9th and 10th, 2021 in Qkwanga Nasarawa state which was signed by National President of the forum Dr Pogu Bitrus.
The forum in the communique expressed grave concern especially given the report by the UN that the Federal government is secretly engaged in negotiations tagged ‘Sulhu’ with Boko Haram terrorists through which it is allegedly offering monetary rewards to insurgents and other criminals.
The forum said it is opposed to the project and to any form of amnesty for insurgents and other terror groups who have their hands dripping with blood. “NEC is also vehemently opposed to any planned recruitment of these so called repentant terrorists into the national security architecture.”
They also demanded for 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of electoral results in order to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.
“Since democracy is about the wishes and aspirations of the people, we call on both the National Assembly and the Presidency to reconsider their position on electronic transmission of election results and yield to the wishes of the Nigerian people who are demanding for 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of electoral results in order to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.
They observed that the country has been plunged into a critical situation of insecurity occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed Fulani militia, kidnappers/bandits and other related criminal elements.
“This spate of insecurity has pushed the nation to the precipice. NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to arrest the situation and save the nation from another civil war.
“That, the incessant invasions by Fulani militia on several communities across the Middle Belt Region in particular, and other parts of the country in general, have assumed genocidal/ethnic cleansing scale. “These attacks have left in their wake mind-boggling massacres and devastations in our communities and displacement of indigenous Peoples to various Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps.
“That many schools and places of worship in the Middle Belt Region have remained closed due to the criminal activities of these Fulani kidnappers and bandits.
“NEC regrets that many school children and other hapless citizens are still languishing in the dens of kidnappers. NEC further appeals to the government to take urgent steps to rescue those in captivity.”
“NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to return displaced communities to their ancestral lands, given the fact that territory can no longer be acquired in the 21st century by the use of force. The Forum also called on the government to identify all IDPs in the Middle Belt Region and provide relief materials for them.
The MBF also called on the Federal Government to identify, apprehend and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity to justice so as to serve as a deterrent to others. “Consequently, NEC calls on the government to set up an agency to be called the Middle Belt Development Commission (MBDC) to serve as an intervention agency in addressing the challenges caused by the activities of these terrorists”
On the zoning arrangement in terms of power rotation between the North and the South they group described it as an unfair treatment as it has failed to recognize the Middle Belt geopolitical block.
The forum therefore, called on the political actors in Nigeria particularly political parties to henceforth reflect the zoning arrangements for power to rotate between North, South and the Middle Belt.
they acknowledged and commended Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state for his resilient stance in the defence of the rights of the Benue people and for his courage and foresight in making the anti-open grazing law even in the face of threats by Miyetti Allah and those other forces that seek to Fulanise and enslave the Benue people and the rest of the Middle Belt.
“It is for his foresight that today, the entire Southern Nigeria has adopted his position based on the validity of his position.
“By the same token, NEC commends Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for his consistent struggle for the Rule of Law and true Federalism, particularly the recent judgment of the Federal High Court on the Value Added Tax (VAT) which has opened the door for the commencement of the struggle for Restructuring of Nigeria.
“Against the backdrop of ethnic cleansing being waged by Fulani terrorists in our Communities, including the supplanting of our people, NEC resolves that people of the Middle Belt people should rise up and defend themselves in the face of governments abandoning their Constitutional responsibility of defending them or seeming complicity. ‘Furthermore, NEC resolves that an attack on any of our communities is henceforth, considered as an attack on all Communities in the Middle Belt Region with the attendant responses and consequences.”
How Police officer’s reckless gunshot almost killed APC’s Andy Uba during campaign
The candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Anambra state November 6, governorship poll, Senator Andy Uba, narrowly escaped death from gunshot fired by police officer on duty during his campaign on Saturday.
The incident reports said happened when he was addressing a rally at the Ekwulobia Township Stadium in the Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that only providence, saved the APC standard bearer’s life as the bullet narrowly missed him while on the podium addressing supporters.
According to an eye witness a gunshot fired by a policeman on duty missed him narrowly.
The crowd of supporters were amazed that the gunshot which was just about a foot off the position of Uba did not hurt him.
In utter astonishement by the incident, Uba shouted ”My friend what is it? What is it? A television cameraman who was closed to the policeman stated that the suspected cop was drunk as alcohol, was oozing out from his mouth. Another bystander, noted “I guess it was an accidental discharge. There was no threat whosoever to warrant that shot. We thank God for his protection, this should have been a disaster.
It was further gathered that a retired Deputy Inspector General of police who was at the occasion had taken up the matter to ensure proper disciplinary measures against the erring policeman.
Not deterred by the incidence Uba Continued with the rally as he told his audience that he was in the governorship to liberate the state from the shackles of underdevelopment it had been subjected to over the years by the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA government. According to him “My first assignment is Enugu-Onitsha”. He declared that Anambra became liberated the day President Muhammadu Buhari handed the party flag to him in Aso Rock. “My first assignment is Enugu-Onitsha road. It is impassable. Work will begin on the road immediately. That is the essence of being at the centre” he said.
He also stated that he had defeated his enemies and he is determined to liberate the Anambra state from retrogression and underdevelopment.
He thanked his teaming supporters and urged them to mobilise for the party’s victory at the poll.
According to him, the power to win an election resides with the electorates, urging them to ignore the rumours that APC had perfected plans to rig the poll. He also reminded those against him that it is God that makes kings, noting that if God had ordained him nobody can stop it.
IGP orders investigation into alleged indictment of DCP ABBA Kyari
The Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered a thorough investigation of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari,
The statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Cp Frank MBA reaffirmed the police force commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
It indicated that “Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.
Retired Police Officers accuse police hierarchy of using their benefits for private business
The Retired Police Officers Under Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) have accused the Police hierarchy of conspiring with the NPF Pensions to cheat police retirees.
They accused them of seizing their terminal benefits to run a private profit making business in which the owners of the money (Police Retirees) are not shareholders.”
They described a publication in a National Daily on July 7th, 2021 which was also on social media as propaganda to launder the battered image of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF pension and Pensions commission.
In a statement issued in Calabar and signed by representatives of 17 states they expressed the believe that their peaceful protest in Abuja on April 28, 2021, and the Senate investigate hearing of their petition on June 2, 2021, are yielding the desired results.
The statement reads, “The attention of retired Police Officers under contributory pension scheme (CPS) has been drawn to the propaganda aimed at image laundering by the Nigeria Police Force, NPF pension and the pension commission published in the Nation Newspaper of July 7, 2021 and Social media.
“While service chiefs in other agencies and the leadership of other organizations are working to better the living standard of their serving and retired staff, the Police leadership are conspiring with the NPF pension to cheat police retirees.”
“It is unimaginable that a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) would abandon his Police Administrative duties to go about marketing the product of NPF Pension.
“When and how did a whole DIG become a sales agent? There is a serious abdication of responsibility. Unfortunately, Pencom whose duty it is to check and dissuade such official breach rather looks the other way, while a Police DIG fronts NPF pension marketing campaign for private gains to the detriment of “poor” Police Retirees.
The statement indicated that at the public hearing the Inspector-General of Police was requested to propose a bill for exiting Police from CPS to the National Assembly, the trio feel threatened and hence resorted to this cheap propaganda to launder their image.
“We want to tell them that “no one can do anything against the truth but for the truth”. To whatever extent they want to take their propaganda, it is helping the truth to unfold.
“Therefore, we want to appeal to them not to use the name of Mr President in their propaganda because when the truth shall unfold as this retraction sets out to unfold, the name of the President will be dragged into the mud.
“No Police Retiree under CPS who has been exposed to the highest level of frustration and abandoned after suffering to keep the peace of this nation will ever applaud them for stealing their hard earned benefits.
They described the Pension Reform Act 2014 as a conspiracy against Retired Police Officers to sell them out to bourgeois to divert their hard earned benefits into their private business.
“It is unthinkable that Police Officers who enlisted into the Police Force under Defined Benefits Scheme (DBS) and had served this nation up to pensionable years before the introduction of CPS could be coerced into a system that has robbed them of their entitlements which their counterparts in other agencies like the military and DSS are still enjoying.
“An instance is the denial of the 300% Annual Basic Salary and the 80% monthly basics salary as gratuity and monthly pension respectively on retirement.
“The gratuity has been replaced with what is craftily described as lump sum which is far below 25% of Annual salary of a retiree after 35 years of meritorious service; and a monthly pension of what is less than 20% of the last monthly basic salary of the retiree.
“The risk factor that the Police face has been thrown into the gutter. Besides, CPS has denied Police Retirees of periodic increment of their monthly pension.
“For instance, the recently announced consequential adjustment of pension allowance by the FGN in line with Section 173(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended did not include Police retirees under CPS who go to the same market with the others and whose children attend the same school with the children of the others.
“From the publication of the NPF pension in the Nation newspaper, the only issue that they used to make the propaganda of calumny is the approval of 2.5% by the President.
“The 2.5% is not a favour done anybody. It is the entitlement of the employee that is due the employee following the review of employer and the employee rate of contribution.
“It is the money that should have been paid to retirees along with their benefits on retirement if the implementation of that policy had gone beyond paper level.
“Again, the propaganda of 300% special gratuity for Retired Police Officers still waiting for President’s approval is too old a story to be repeating.
“Let the whole world, Nigerians and the NASS know that the crowd showed in that publication and the clip that NPF Pension is carrying about are hired crowd who were paid ten thousand naira (N10,000.00) each as inducement and other souvenir to sit and pose as police officers.
“A hired labourer was paid N10,000.00 and other incentives for sitting for less two hours whereas the owners of the money (Police officers), like a Superintendent of Police on retirement is paid N3m after thirty-five years and N40,000.00 as monthly pension.
“A Deputy Superintendent of Police is paid N1.7m after thirty-five years and N35,000.00 as monthly pension, and so on.
“Police Retirees under CPS have state chapters in almost all the states of the Federation and this assertion should be verified from the states chairmen.
“The unfolding events so far after our peaceful protest and the Senate investigative hearing of our petition have clearly brought to the understanding of both serving and retired Police Officers in this country that our predicament is the handiwork of the Nigeria Police authority and not the NPF pension or pension commission.
They used the medium to remind the IGP that they are still waiting to be invited for the joint meeting he had directed the DIG “A” to convene with them as a step towards the implementation of the outcome from the Senate investigative hearing of our petition.
“The outcome was served on the IGP on 4/6/2021 by the delegates of the retirees who were in the investigative hearing.
“May we also plead with the IGP not to give these “frustrated” Police retirees the cause to come back to Abuja for another peaceful protest except he has no value for image and integrity.
The statement that was made available to the NationalUpdate on Tuesday was signed by
RTD CP Abayomi Akeremale, Esq
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, FCT Chapter
RTD CSP Uwem Uyoh
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Aiwa Ibom Chapter
RTD CSP Akande Benjamin
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Oyo chapter.
RTD CSP Yakubu
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS,KWS chapter
RTD CSP Mannir Lawal,
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Kano State, Chapter
RTD SP Chris Effiong
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS,CRS chapter
RTD SP Eze Charles
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS,ANS
Rtd ASP Joseph Abu
PRO Police Retirees under CPS, KGS chapter
RTD DSP Joseph Akubo
PRO Police Retirees under CPS, NGS chapter
RTD DSP Nkanga Oku
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, LGS Chapter
RTD SP Anthony Nnachor
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Edo Chapter
Rtd ASP Elder Chris Odugu
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Enugu Chapter
RTD DSP Edward Eshue
Chairman, Police Retirees under CPS, Osun Chapter
RTD ASP Tommy Friday
Ag. Chairman Police Retirees under CPS, Aba
RTD DSP Elder Ofem O. Mbang, Esq.
RTD DSP Dr. Augustine Peter
Rtd ASP Saidu Garba
Chairman Police Retirees under CPS Kaduna Chapter.
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