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Crime Prevention: Lawmaker Urges Lagos Residents To Provide Information

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The Lagos State
House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy and Security has urged automobile dealers, hoteliers and nightclubs owners to assist government in gathering intelligence towards preventing crime.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Tunde Braimoh (APC-Kosofe II), made the call in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Lagos.
He was reacting to the people’s appeal for the state government to take necessary measures to improve the security of lives and property in the state.
“What criminals spend their money on is cars, women, and drinks.
“So we need our car dealers to assist us with intelligence; they can know when somebody comes around gallivanting and behaving as if he is on top of the world without any reasonable means of income.
“We should know and we should be able to make up intelligence immediately.”
According to him, Lagos is one of the most secure cities in the world regardless of current security challenges.
“Yes, there may be pockets of crimes here and there, but we must know that there is no big city anywhere in the world that does not have such problems”.
He stressed the need for all stakeholders to assist the government in tackling the spate of insecurity.
He said, “We cannot leave everything to government alone as all of us have to be our brothers’ keepers.”
Braimoh noted that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has earmarked more than N23.5bn for security in the 2016 budget and more than N4 billion on the same issue towards the end of 2015.
The lawmaker urged the residents to show concern about security issues, stressing that criminals will not cease from terrorising the society.
“We should work on intelligence gathering which in most cases will help prevent crime from occurring in the first place, because the system we use now is reactionary in nature like we have the Rapid Response Squad.
“But responding is not the best, because that will be like medicine after death.
“Even prosecution of criminals is still reactionary in nature, but when we focus on preventing crime, we save ourselves from the rigour of responding to crime.
“Prevention is always better than cure”.
He argued that it is imperative for anybody caught sharing part of the proceeds of crime to be prosecuted as an accomplice.
Braimoh said ladies indulging in harbouring criminals or frolicking of them should not be spared when they were found in the midst of these criminals.
He advocated that markets must be secured from activities of criminals, saying all markets must be locked up at nightfall.

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Fish Farming’ll Reduce Cultism, Crime – NFAN

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The National Fish Association of Nigeria (NFAN), South-South region, has said that a venture into agriculture particularly fish farming would help to curb the rising spate of cultism, pipeline vandalisation and other related crimes not only among youths but Nigerians.
The National Vice President, National Fish Association of Nigeria, South/South Zone, Comrade Billy Prekunoma-a Thankyou, stated this at the one-day NFAN South/South Zonal Summit at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) House, Port Harcourt, recently.
Thankyou, who regretted that the agricultural sub-sector, fish farming, had long been neglected and abandoned noted, however, that the sector has the capacity of generating millions of jobs across the nation thereby engaging the youths and idle-minds and reducing the violence and crime pervading the region and nation at large.
Thankyou, who recalled the recent outcry by the inhabitants of the zone on the upsurge of soot said it was due largely to the activities of youths involved in illegal refining of crude oil popularly known as bunkering.
According to him, fish industry is one major vista of hope for replacing Artisanal Refining and its attendant problems of health challenge and economic sabotage.
The Vice President, South/South Zone of NFAN maintained that the association was living up to its mandate and urged the government of the z\one to work in synergy to create a wealthy, healthy and crime-free region through the strengthening of weak agricultural institutions and better policy framework to enable the youths start up micro and macro-businesses within the region.
“By doing this, the issue of cultism, pipeline vandalisation, artisanal refining and soot would be laid to rest permanently within the region, he said.
In attendance were the representative of the BoT, NFAN, Mr Tanko Osamwonyi, from Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Mrs Hajara Abdulahi, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Martina Usang, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Mike Asebake Brooks, University of Port Harcourt, Dr (Mrs) Nene Jamabo, HOD, Fisheries, River State University, Prof. Deekae Suanu, Head DFO, CNB, Mrs A. O. Osuya and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Port Harcourt, Mr Goodluck Nwoko and other dignitaries from Rivers State, Akwa Ibom State, Delta State and Bayelsa State. Also Assistant National Organising Secretary, NFAN, Mrs Mary Onota-Akemu, National PRO, NFAn, Chief Mazi Okoh and National Vice President, South East, Mr Patrick Mbah.

 

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Court Orders Military To Pay N20m Damages To LG  Boss, Two Others

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A State High Court sitting in
Port Harcourt has ordered the Nigerian Army to pay the sum of N20 million as damages to the Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Council, Mr Roland Sekibo  and two others for harassment during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Tide gathered that the  Nigerian Army  had raided the homes of Roland Sekibo, Tobins Tobins and Damiete Dokubo during the 2019 Presidential election and declared same wanted  over allegations of sponsoring hoodlums to truncate the electoral process to favour the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The judgment was delivered  Monday by Justice Gorge Omerji in Port Harcourt.
The court  declared that the actions of the military against the three persons were anti-democratic, thus the reason for the judgment.
Hon. Justice Omereji condemned the military for issuing a statement indicting the Executive Chairman of Council,  Mr Sekibo and the others as masterminds of events that occurred on the 23rd of February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly polls.
According to the learned judge, it was wrong for the military to have  issued a statement, declaring the three persons wanted without the opportunity  of fair hearing.
Omereji, however, ordered the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff to pay the sum of N20 million, as damages for the raid of the private homes of the parties.
In a chat with newsmen,  Counsel for  Roland Sekibo, Mr  Ibim  Dokubo,  pointed out that the judgment of the court so far,   had proven that his client  and the two others were innocent when they participated  in the general elections.
“It gave a clear landmark judicial pronouncement, stating that the event of the 23 of February  which happened in the course of the general election as it applied to Roland Sekibo, Tobins Tobins and Damiete Dokubo were an infringement on their fundamental human rights.
“The court granted all the prayers we sought and condemned in clear terms the involvement and actions of the military in the electoral process. The sum of 20 million naira was awarded in favour of all the applicants as against the military.
“This means that our clients were not wrong in participating in the election, but it was undemocratic for the military to have arrested them and invaded their homes in any manner.”, he said.
The  counsel for  the First and Second respondents, Nigerian Army and the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division Port Harcourt and the Chief of Army Staff,  Mr Samuel Edewede, hinted  that the Army would appeal the judgment.
”The judgment went against us and the court resolved that my clients carried out the act complained about by the applicants. We do not feel satisfied because we have said we were not election agents. In this era when people go about with military uniform and carry military guns and carry out acts, but court agreed with them that it was the military,” he  stressed.

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Body Wants Effective Enforcement Of Correctional Service Act

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Executive Director, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Dr Uju Agomoh, yesterday called for effective enforcement of the Correctional Service Act, for better service delivery.
Agomoh, who said this in an interview with The Tide in Abuja, described the prisons change of name as long-awaited.
The Tide reports that bills sponsored by eight senators and members of the House of Representatives were harmonised to give birth to the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill.
The lawmakers include Senators Shaaba Lafiaji, Oluremi Tinubu, Babajide Omoworare and Gershom Bassey, while their House of Representatives counterparts were Henry Nwawuba, Ochiglegor Igagbor, Danburam Abubakar and Johnbull Shekarau.
The draft harmonised bill of the 8th Assembly was reviewed by the Committee of Interior of the Senate in April 2018 and July 2018.
In early August, the president assented to the bill in early August.
According to Agomoh, enforcement of the act would change the notion that it was meant to punish offenders, rather than correcting them.
“You will agree with me that sending one to a prison is already a punishment. But what is important is that while the person is there, we should be able to reduce the chances of that person committing the same offence when out of the service.

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