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Union Protests Police Retirees As PSC Chairmen

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The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Police Service Commission (PSC) chapter, yesterday in Abuja protested against the appointment of retired police officers as chairmen of the commission by the Federal Government.
Addressing newsmen, Chairman of the union, Mr Umar Sharubutu, said that the appointment of retired policeman as chairman of the commission was an aberration.
“It is constitutionally wrong to have an ex- policeman heading the commission,”Sharubutu said.
He explained that the Act establishing the commission defined it as a “civilian “oversight body on police.
He further said that a police officer was appointed as a Commissioner II on the board to serve as adviser on technical issues concerning the police.
The chairman said that appointing another police officer on the board was a duplication of police representation on the board, adding that the Act provided for the appointment of a civilian chairman.
He said that because of the background of the police, the junior takes order from his superior.
He alleged that members of staff of the commission were being treated like policemen to whom orders were being given as against the public and other extant rules applicable to civil servants.
“We are not policemen, we are civilian staff and the commission is a civilian organisation, the chairman should be a civilian.
“Our experiences under these former policemen had not been a palatable one as they clamp our colleagues into detention indiscriminately.
“We are using this medium to appeal to Mr President to give us a civilian chairman,” he said.
Sharubutu said that the union would lawfully resist further appointment of former policeman as chairman of the commission, adding that the commission has had enough of them.
He said that the commission under the pioneer civilian chairman, flourished without interference from the police.
“Under the civilian chairman in 2001 promotions were done strictly on seniority and merit.
“We are complaining now because we have endured believing that things will get better but matters are still difficult,”he said.
He said that the union had written to the President, the National Assembly, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Secretary to the Federal Government.
The chairman also alleged that under the chairmanship of a retired policeman, issues of promotion in the commission had been abused.
In a reaction, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said that the issue of appointment of chairman was beyond the competence of the commission.
“Even though I have not been briefed by the management of the commission, I know that it is the prerogative of Mr President to appoint chairmen of the commission,”he said.
Ani said that the Act establishing the commission was very clear on this as there was no restriction for the president to appoint chairman for the commission.
the Inspector-General of Police.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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