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Rivers Monarch Presents Nine Chiefs To ODCC For Induction

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As part of efforts to bring traditional administration closer to various War Canoe Houses, the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, King Michael Ateke Tom, over the weekend presented nine traditional chiefs from the Kingdom to be admitted into the membership of the Okirika Divisional Council of Chiefs ,the apex body of the  traditional  institution in the area.
The presentation of the chiefs to the  Okrika Divisional  Council of Chiefs was sequel to their earlier appointments  as War Canoe Houses chiefs by their respective families and subsequent confirmation by the Okochiri Amanyanabo in Council.
Speaking at the induction ceremony held  at  the Okochiri town hall in Okirika, last Saturday, the Amanyanabo of Okochiri, King Ateke Tom represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Tamuno Akalobo described the upgrading of the nine chiefs from Okochiri Kingdom to Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs as  monumental  achievements  by his council, saying that it would impact positively on the development and growth of the Kingdom.
The Okochiri monarch explained that the importance of the installation cannot be over-emphasised in the  history and  traditions of Okrika people,adding that anyone who must assume the position of a Chief of War Canoe  House, must be one who must be ready to  defend his people at all times.
The Okochiri paramount ruler who doubles as the Sekuro 1 of the Niger Delta, called for the  enforcement of the culture and tradition in communities which, according to him, would help to build a better society.
Also speaking, the Chairman of  ODCC while dopting the nine chiefs into the membership of Okirika Divisional Council of Chiefs, urged them to abide by the rules of the council and warned that the council will sanction erring members who do not rule and govern their subjects in accordance with the tenets of the institution.
 On his part, the Secretary of  Okrika Divisional Council of Chiefs, Chief L D. I. Alalibo   expressed  optimism that the newly inducted chiefs will contribute to the betterment of the area and advance the cause of the traditional institution in the area.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen after the event, the Chairman of Okochiri Council of  Chiefs, Chief Jackson Adoki-Ibiteinbo who was among the newly inducted Okrika chiefs averred that traditional rulers play significant roles in ensuring peace and unity in  the society, adding that the nine chiefs will  increase the representation capacity of Okochiri Kingdom in the traditional council in the local government area.
By: Akujobi Amadi
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Fighter Jets: Nigeria Risks Losing $493m Over Bad Runways, Senate Warns

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The Senate Committee on Air Force, yesterday, raised the alarm that Nigeria risks losing $493million already paid to the United States of America for the purchase of five Super Tucano fighter planes over bad runway of its various airfields.
The Federal Government had paid $493million in 2018 to a US company to supply the fighter jets to address the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country.
But the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Ama Nnachi, explained while presenting the budget report of the committee before the Committee on Appropriations, that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, they complained that it does not have capacity to carry the aircraft.
Nnachi, therefore, stressed the need to make provision for additional N9billion that would take care of the runway and aircraft so as to prevent Nigeria from losing the money and the aircraft.
He said: “It is a very serious issue; they are running around, they have gone to finance minister, they have gone to the CBN, they have gone to Senate President. The money needed is not part of the main budget.
“Nigeria has already paid $493million for the aircraft, and the officials of American company who came to Nigeria, last week, said that the Kanji runway is not capable to carry those fighter jets and that Nigeria will forfeit the aircraft. They mentioned about three countries which had been affected with that”, he added.
In his response, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Jibrin Barau, assured that his committee would look inward to make funds available to address the issue in the 2021 budget.

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Police Officers On Foreign Missions Excel, But… -NHRC

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Men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are willing and capable of protecting the rights of the people, as they have excelled while on international duties.
However, the harsh environment, condition and the Force as currently structured, makes it difficult for them to perform their duties well.
This was the submission of the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, who added that “the majority of police officers are very willing to do their job.”
Ojukwu said while the Constitution says that every citizen is innocent until proven guilty, the harsh realities on ground have made “police officer guilty and he now has to prove himself innocent”.
The NHRC boss spoke at the public policy dialogue on “Policing and Human Rights in Nigeria,” an event organised by the House Committee on Monitoring and Implementation of the Legislative Agenda, chaired by Hon Henry Nwawuba.
He wondered if “The way they are presently constituted, are they (police) able to do that (protect human rights)?
“It is one thing to give someone an assignment and another thing to equip and predispose that person to be able to carry out the assignment. I think the majority of police officers are very willing to do their job.”
On the officers’ performance while on international duties, the NHRC boss said: “It is well known in this country that whenever our police officers go outside this country for international operations, they excel. So, what is the missing gap?
“The missing gap is just that the climate of operation; the condition under which they operate over there predisposes them to excellence, but the condition under which they operate here creates the challenge they have.
“So, he (the policeman) is not predisposed to protecting the rights of people even if he wants to. That is a challenge.”
Besides the NHRC boss, also speaking at the event, President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, welcomed the idea of reforming the police in line with the present realities.
He said: “With regard to human rights violations and those in authority, those who command security or run security forces, it’s a matter of orientation.
“It’s a conversation that’s just beginning. Within the level of the NBA, what we’ve done first and foremost is to reenergise our human rights institutions and we also have a section in public interest and development.”

 

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