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Electoral violence: SFCG urges security agencies on arms mop-up

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Electoral violence: SFCG urges security agencies on arms mop-up

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By Friday Idachaba
Lokoja, Jan. 30, 2020 (NAN) Search for Common Ground (SFCG), an international Non-Governmenal Organisation (NGO), has called on security agencies to intensify effort at mopping-up firearms in the hands of political thugs and unauthorised persons.

Mrs Lola Mamedu, Early Warning Coordinator, Search, who made the call at the monthly Stakeholders Conflict Scan Analysis on Post-Election Violence in Kogi on Thursday in Lokoja said the effort would to help stem the increasing post-election crime wave.

Mamedu said that weeks and months after the November 16, 2019 Governorship Election, the rate of post-election violence being recorded in the Kogi had assumed frightening dimension.

She said that noted that the high rate of proliferation of firearms in the state as a result of the election might have informed the increased rate of kidnapping, crime rate, killings and destruction of properties.

The Coordinator hinted that Search was still observing post-election phase violence in the 21 LGAs in the state adding that the organization’s observers were tracking conflict indicators, violent intents and hate speech.

Mamedu said the ultimate goal of the early warning system was to facilitate early response by stakeholders with the ability to prevent violence after the elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that stakeholders at the meeting also called on security agencies to reinforce internal security, patrol and surveillance towards mopping up arms in wrong hands.

They decried the “Winner takes all” syndrome amongst politicians and advocated post-election engagements between winners and losers to find a common ground for peaceful reconciliation and participation.

According to the stakeholders, the post-election engagement would help the aggrieved stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue to assuage pains and resolve emerging conflicts and political violence.

The stakeholders equally called on security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the big names sponsoring electoral violence and their thugs to serve as a detterent to others.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that stakeholders at the meeting include representatives of the Police, National Security and Civil Defect Corps (NSCDC), DSS, NOA, INEC, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Media and Youth groups. (NAN)

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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