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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget

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Youth Group challenges Buhari over police Academies’ N150 feeding per day budget


**wants appointment of IG to be by merit


The Nigerian Youths Peoples Assembly has sent a ‘Save Our Souls’ message to President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of new police recruits at the Nigerian Police Academies over their poor feeding budget of N150 per day.
The convener of the assembly Ambassador Sunday Chibuzormade Okereke made the plea at a special legislative plenary held at Bayesa House in Abuja yesterday.According to him such living conditions of police officers can only produce anger, hatred, bitterness which will turn the characters of the officers into brutal elements in the society.”We put on record that Nigeria will never have a police force that is devoid of brutal characters when we do nothing about the hell situation of the police training colleges.”In addressing this shameful menace, he said the govemment must tackle the issue of privatization and commercialization of police kits, training and re-training and also invest heavily in research and development in order to build police system that Nigerians can trust.Okereke also called for re-examination of the mode of appointment of Inspector General of police that leads to compulsory retirement of scores of high ranking Police Officers that are his seniors.He demanded that the appointing authorities must ensure that long service years, experiences and manpower of the Men and Women of the Nigerian Police are not wasted through such system of appointment.”We recommend succession to the Office of the Police IG to be by seniority.”We must dethrone political considerations and enthrone merit, character, competence and professionalism in the appointment of the Police IG.”We note with deep pains, the sufferings and penury conditions of both the serving and retired rank and file members of the Nigerian Police.”We therefore call on the President and the Inspector General of Police to look into the management and administration of the Nigerian Police pension scheme.”The unfortunate situations where retired police officers have alleged that their personal contributory pension funds and gratuity are not being paid fully must be urgently investigated and culprits brought to book.”This will help to ignite the positive hopes of serving officers, boost their confidence and self-motivation.”He welcome the decision of the President to increase the salaries and wages of police officers, as he called on the President and Federal Government to match their words with action within 60 days in order to reduce huge trust deficient that are prevalent in our governance system.
“We call on the President Mohammadu Bahari and the Federal Government to immediately commence payment of compensations of cash, employment and scholarships to families of  all those who lost their lives during the protests; families of verified individuals who were extrajudicially killed by the police already captured in previous panel reports.”
He also demanded for the inclusion of families of police officers who died in the line of duty but were regrettably abandoned by the government.
“We salute the courage of some State Governments and Governors who has already started awarding scholarships to children of some slain officers. “The same opportunity should immediately be extended to the families of the young people who lost their lives in the cause ofthis struggle.”
He demanded and encouraged the commencement of immediate upscaling of the personnel of the Nigerian Police with the recruitment of at least one million fresh police officers in the next six months.This was coming just as he insisted that the recruitment process in to the Nigerian police be reformed detailed background checks of applicants for at least six months before final admittance.He also demanded for psychological tests for mental health to be carried out including general multipurpose personality index tests fro serving officers and recruits.
“We strongly believe this will reposition the Nigerian Police better to deal with issues of internal security and general policing.“The convener pleaded with young Nigerians to embrace the conversations on the #PathToPeace and stop all forms of hostilities and wanton destruction of public facilities.”No matter how much some political leaders may have labored to rob the Nigerian youth of a prosperous future, we must not give in to the temptation of destroying the very things that will propel us into the future.”He rather challenged the youths to constructively engage the system and defeat the enemies of the Nigerian nation with our togethess,superior argument and unity of purpose. 

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17 persons die in seperate accidents on same route in Kogi

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17 persons including five children, two policemen and their driver lost their lives in seperate autocrashes Thursday on Itobe-Anyigba road in Kogi State.

First was that involving a mercedez-Benz truck and an ambulance conveying an empty casket with two police inspectors and a civilian driver travelling to Anyigba to take the body of a dead police sergeant.

The trio died when their ambulance van had a headon collision with a Mercedes-Benz truck coming from the opposite direction.

On the same day 14 persons also perished in a multiple accident involving three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus along the same route.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, indicated that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus, were involved in the accident.
He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane enroute Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, the Bus skidded and hit the truck in its front.
Aghure said that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot, adding that nine others sustained various degrees of injury.
Aghure said that three men, one woman and five children (two males and three females) survived the accident with some injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment while corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.
Aghure,who attributed the accident to possible break failure,said further investigation would be carried out to determine its actual cause.

 

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Presidency tells Muslim group to exercise restrain even though Kukah actually injured Islamic faith

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The Presidency has indicated that, though it agrees with Muslim Solidarity Forum that Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto actually injured the Muslims in his Christmas day homily it’s unconstitutional for them to issue him quit notice.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu spoke in reaction to the threats for the Bishop to quietly pack and leave Sokoto should he fail to apologise over the controversial sermon.
The Muslim Solidarity Forum had issued what seem like a subtle threat to Bishop Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved appology or quietly leave the seat of Caliphate.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said, Kukah has truly injured the Muslims, but he should be guided in his utterances and take into cognisance, Sokoto’s heartbeat of Islam in Nigeria.
Shehu said, it’s unconstitutional for an individual or group to issue quit notice to a citizen under whatever circumstances, saying, father Mathew Hassan Kukah must be allowed to practice his religion.
Nationalupdate reports on Tuesday indicated that the Sokoto based Islamic group, “Muslim Solidarity Forum”, at a press briefing said the Bishop is known for his perchance to speak in parables and innuendos against Islam in a provocative manner.

The spokesman for the President in a statement said,
“Father Kukah has greatly offended many with his controversial remarks against the government and the person of the President, with some even accusing him of voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric.
“On matters such as these, responsible leadership in any society must exercise restraint. Knee-jerk reactions will not only cause the fraying of enduring relationships, but also the evisceration of peaceful communities such as Sokoto, the headquarters of the Muslim community as beacon of pluralism and tolerance.
“The reported ultimatum by a group based in Sokoto, “Muslim Solidarity Forum,” calling on the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah to tender an unreserved apology to the entire Muslim Ummah over his recent “malicious comments” against Islam, or quietly and quickly leave the state, is wrong because it is not in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Under our Constitution, every citizen has the right to, among others, freedom of speech and expression, the right to own property and reside in any part of the country, and the right to move freely without any inhibitions.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in its diversity. The right for all religions to co-exist is enshrined in this country’s Constitution.
“The duty of the government, more so, this democratic government, is to ensure that the Constitution is respected. But all must respect the rights and sensitivities of their fellow Nigerians.
“The Sultanate has historically had good relations with followers of all faiths. That is why Father Kukah was received on his arrival in Sokoto with friendship and tolerance.
“Under our laws, groups or factions must not give quit notices, neither should they unilaterally sanction any perceived breaches. Where they occur, it is the courts of law that should adjudicate. Unilateral action is not the way to go.
“Groups such as the Muslim Solidarity Forum must be seen to share and uphold the country’s multi-religious principles. And individuals like Father Kukah must respect the feelings of his fellow Nigerians in his private and public utterances.”

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The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah’s recent controversial statement as unguarded and open incitement to military coup and insurrection against the democratically elected government of Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by its National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima on Monday, the group
condemned “Kukah’s use of nepotism as weapon of calumny against government and people of Nigeria.”

The AYCF demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of Bishop Kukah for what it described as treasonable felony against the Nigerian state.

In the alternative, the group called on Federal Government to place Kukah on special watchlist for this open attempt to “set the South against the North in order to destabilize our country and further complicate matters.”

Shettima, in the statement, took exception to what his group described as “Kukah’s latest role in devil’s advocacy, as the North struggles to restore peace and enduring security in the region and indeed Nigeria.”

The statement noted that “such a reckless statement by Kukah betrays something much more sinister against both the North and the nation as a whole because Nigeria is at a stage that it requires responsible advice for attaining peace and stability, not deliberate attempt to mischievously compound our problems.

“If Kukah wants to play politics, he should not do so in the pulpit and he should keep the Bishop’s office aside and chose any Nigerian political party platform to contest President in 2023 and stop all the pretences,” the statement said.

It reminded Kukah of the rough road tread by democracy heroes to rid the nation of military dictatorship at a time when he was nowhere in sight.
“We will not allow opportunists who did make any contribution to scuttle the democracy achieved through the our sweat and toil and the sacrifice of our liberty,” Shettima said in the statement.

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