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Lawan seeks Pakistan support in capacity building for Nigeria’s Defence Industry



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Lawan seeks Pakistan support in capacity building for Nigeria’s Defence Industry

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has urged Pakistan to aid Nigeria in the capacity building of her Defence Industry.

Lawan made the call on Friday while receiving in audience a delegation of the Senate of Pakistan which visited him to seek Nigeria’s support for the candidature of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate for the Presidency of the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU).

The Senate President thanked Pakistan for its assistance in the area of training and supply of weapons to Nigeria Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
In his words,
“But one area that I think we need to sustain collaboration and partnership is in the area of helping Nigeria to build our Defence Industry.

“We started together in the 70s. For some reasons, we are still struggling to get stronger in the area of manufacturing or producing our needed defence weapons.

“But you have gone higher. We need to learn a lot from you in that respect.

“We have the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria located in Kaduna. They are still working hard to see how they can start producing the kind of weapons that we need in Nigeria.
“It’s going to take a while but I believe that you will graciously help us build the capacity of the people working in that place,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said the friendship between Pakistan and Nigeria which dated back to Nigeria’s Independence in 1960 had transformed into brotherhood.

“In all international fora, Pakistan and Nigeria have always been on the same side. Pakistan has been quite supportive of Nigeria in all ramifications.

“Presently, we do a lot together for our security especially the Armed Forces. You also help us with some of the weapons that we need in fighting the insurgency. We appreciate that and we hope that this kind of relationship and brotherhood will continue,” Lawan said

On the primary reason for the visit, the Senate President said the issue of the candidature of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani for the presidency of IPU “is like one of us running for that office.”

“We will give him the support that he needs from us and if we can go beyond what we can offer as an institution to other areas including the African jurisdiction, we will do so, trying to talk to as many of our colleagues in other jurisdiction within the African region, to see if we can get them on board as well.

“But he is eminently qualified. He’s vastly experienced and Pakistan has been quite prominent and visible in the activities of IPU.

“What we require is reforming IPU to make it more robust and vibrant and also provide opportunity for supporting the various chapters across the globe. And I believe that with his experience and expertise, he will be able to do that and for us he has no problem. He has our support.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed who led the delegation said the mission was basically to seek the support of Nigeria’s Senate for the candidacy of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, for the presidency of IPU.

“The election is scheduled to hold in the first week of November. We feel that Nigeria’s support will be very critical and because Nigeria is a very important player in the international scenes and in particular with reference to Africa.

“It is in that spirit that we have come personally to solicit your support. And we hope that, God’s willing if we are successful, we will be voice, not just for Asia/Pacific, but the voice of Africa and democratic and civilised community of nation’s,” Sayed said.

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IGP orders investigation into alleged indictment of DCP ABBA Kyari




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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.

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Retired Police Officers accuse police hierarchy of using their benefits for private business




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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
the following:
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.
Legal Adviser

 RTD DSP Dr. Augustine Peter
General Secretary

Rtd ASP Saidu Garba
Chairman Police Retirees under CPS Kaduna Chapter.

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Take campaigns, protests away from Church premises, CCYON tells politicians, Activists




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“””urges church leaders to work together to promote body of Christ

Coalition of Christian youths organizations of Nigeria (CCYON) has asked politicians, activist and even traditionalist to know that the church of God is not a campaign ground or place for carrying out political protests as it is not the seat of government.

They also called on church leaders to work together to promote the body of Christ and avert what happened at Dunamis gospel center by Omowole Sowore and also put a stop to the insultsvented on all Pastors.

A gospel music minister and youth development activist, Ambassador Phil Roberts had earlier condemned the evil plot by the self-acclaimed human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, to destabilise the church by staging a political protest in Dunamis Church on Sunday, 4th July, 2021.

The he said CCYON is an umbrella body of Christian Youths Organizations in Nigeria with an aim to promote Christian values and ethics through prayers, media advocacy, networking, mobilisation and empowerment

He said, “Today being the 16th of July 2021 we call on all our members scattered all around Nigeria to remain calm and not react negatively to the provocative words coming from Sowore and his group.

“We appreciate the kind words and more especially the love we have gathered from various Christian leaders in support of our position to come out at such a time to speak up for our fellow young Christians as they are the life line of the church.

“As youths, we identify with the collective yearnings for positive change and leadership transformation in our land, but we also believe in orderly and civilized engagement in the quest for change.

“We won’t be cowered into embracing anarchy in our quest for change, and so, we urge all Christian youths to avoid the societal plague called of disunity.

“We implore everyone to critically look into the above and satisfy their conscience with balanced and objective answers.

“We also plead with Christian youths to please avoid people who don’t respect or fear God as we live in perilous times where the house of God has suffered a lot and we believe it’s time for us to kick start the trend of righteousness to exalt this nation with the sanity that our churches possess.

“We draw the attention of church leaders to rise up to the occasion and speak for the church so as not to allow unwarranted attacks on the church. We shouldn’t allow the devil to infest Christian youths with bad morals, political rascality and ethical bankruptcy.

“We are Christian youths bought and washed with the precious blood of Christ and we should take that calling seriously. We are peace loving people. We live by the rules of the kingdom of God as well as love our country and above all love God.

” Therefore it is against this backdrop we call on other Christian youths to grab this opportunity to join this chariot of unity to bring us together to promote the body of Christ through the activities of this Coalition.”

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