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FG Pledges Support As Police Begin Training Of Investigators

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi, has pledged his ministry’s continued support for the training of Nigerian police personnel.

Dingyadi made the pledge, yesterday, in Abuja at the opening of a training programme for criminal investigators organised by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Temitope Peters, the minister lauded the IGP for his commitment to the capacity development of his personnel.

He said the training was timely, considering the need and efforts by the Federal Government and other stakeholders to reform the Nigerian Police.

According to him, the police reform will include introduction of technology and other equipment that will enhance the efficiency of the service delivery of police personnel.

Dingyadi said the reform would also include the improvement of the welfare of police personnel to boost their morale.

While noting that the ministry was doing its best to improve on the professionalism and ethical conduct of its personnel, the minister urged the police to embrace community policing.

The IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu, said the training was a reflection of his conviction that the capacity of human asset of any organisation was fundamental to the attainment of its goals.

Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector-General in discharge of Force Intelligent Unit, Ibrahim Lamorde, said capacity development was more critical to a law enforcement and investigative agency such as the police.

According to him, the rapidly changing dynamics of crime and the attendant increasing threat to national security required quality police investigators.

He said such investigators must have the requisite professional knowledge, experience, self confidence and competence to undertake complex investigative tasks.

Adamu called on the participants to take advantage of the training programme to acquire requisite knowledge that would be proudly applied to make a difference in the field of investigation.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Rep. Usman Kumo, said that the training was timely “considering what is happening in the country now.”

He said the IGP Monitoring Unit, saddled with the responsibility of checkmating the activities of other police officers, should see this as a clarion call to continue on the path of justice.

Kumo assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would not relent in equipping the force to ease the country’s security challenges.

“The IGP Monitoring Unit in the past has shown that competence; I urge you to continue in that path to have a good scorecard to ensure that Nigeria is insecurity free,” the lawmaker said.

On his part, Assistant Commissioner of  Police, who is the Head of the IGP Monitoring Unit, Adamu Elleman, said that under his watch the unit had been able to build on the achievements of the Force’s “ZERO tolerance for corruption’’.

He said the unit would stop the extortion of money from motorists on public highways by police officers on crimes control, road block and illegal detention of suspects.

He said that policemen were put under constant check as a reminder that they were not allowed to misbehave.

“However, because of the need for technology driven investigation towards achieving a high level of performance, the unit is collaborating with requisite bodies from different fields to train the officers by providing them with needed approach for modern policing,” he said.

The training on “Ethical Practices in Policing and Criminal Investigation’’ was organised for criminal investigators.

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Senators Fault Buhari’s Planned Farm Settlements

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Some senators have expressed concerns over plans by the regime of President. Muhammadu Buhari, to establish farm settlements in each of the 108 senatorial districts in Nigeria.
They noted that any arrangement to acquire land by the Federal Government at the moment without giving details of what it would be used for, might face stiff resistance from various communities.
The President had last month, directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority to set up the integrated farm estates in 108 senatorial districts nationwide.
Already, the policy has been greeted with criticisms from the leadership of the various ethnic groups in the middle belt, and southern part of the country, describing it as an attempt in disguise, to create grazing areas for cattle.
The Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide, said the Federal Government should give details of the project before approaching state governments for land allocation.
He said, “We are in the Senate to represent our people. I know what my people want
“What we quarrel against is open grazing; we are not against ranching. We are not saying that a Fulani man that has a herd of cattle cannot come to the South to do the business of ranching but he cannot come to carry out open grazing.
“Grazing has two effects. It leads to wanton destruction of farmland. You cannot use animal husbandry to destroy crop farming. There are also criminal cases associated with it including murder.
“If the Federal Government is coming to get land in my state for ranching, it is okay because we need beef, which would be richer, when it is from the ranching system.
“However, the government should make its intention very clear on the policy to avoid major clashes and crisis.”
Similarly, Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South in the red chamber said government could make arrangements for herders to do the business of ranching but not at the  expense of the farmers.
He advised the Federal Government to go to the drawing board and come up with a modern arrangement to make ranching the way to go.
He said, “When government policies are viewed with suspicion, when citizens lack trust in government policies, then something is wrong.
“Until we address the root causes of conflicts between herders and farmers, and genuinely come out with the right way to go through dialogue, any policy that is thrown at the citizens will be looked at with suspicion which would cause some level of tension.

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Senator Wants Improved Network For Results Transmission

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The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, says  Nigeria requires 95 per cent of national network coverage to enable electronic transmission of election results in the country.
Kalu said this in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Recall that 52 senators on July 15 voted against electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming general election while 28 voted for and 28 absentees.
The senators insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be compelled to seek clearance from Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) while the National Assembly would have to approve the verdict of NCC.
Kalu, insisted the current network coverage was inadequate.
“I have never been against transmission of results , I only said we don’t have adequate coverage where we live,this is the issue.
“We have coverage, but it is not adequate.
‘Like Abia North Senatorial District where I come from, there is no adequate coverage, may be 43 per cent coverage, so how are we going to do that.
“ I believe in electronic transmission,but I want to quickly urge the NCC to deploy their technology to ensure wider coverage; I believe in that process because it is transparent.
“ I don’t want to listen to officials who want to buy equipment and make commissions, I am telling myself the truth, if we even have a coverage of 95 per cent it will be okay, but we have below 50 per cent in the entire country.
“I am not talking about my constituency.
“ It wasn’t a party decision to vote against e transmission and not a clique decision, it was out of my conscience.
“ I can only do what I will do that will benefit all Nigerians,” Kalu said.

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Igbo Stakeholders Decry Absence Of S’East Govs At Forum

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The absence of four Governors of the South-East in the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting held last Thursday in Enugu has been strongly condemned by members of the Concerned Igbo Stake-holders Forum (CISF). 
The leader of the group, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa told newsmen in Enugu that there was no justifiable reason that would be enough for these governors to be absent in a meeting of such magnitude.
According to him, it was wrong particularly coming at a time when the region is battling socio-economic and security concerns stemming from the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
His words: “The absence of the Governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Anambra States leaves a lot to question the commitment of these governors to the growth and advancement of the South-East in missing a crucial meeting held within their geopolitical zone.
He further described as very disturbing the conspicuous absence of the Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, or a representative from the state at the meeting. 
Okenwa said that the body language of the South-East governors in recent times leaves no one to doubt that these governors have magnified their interest above that of the region and Ndi-Igbo in general.
“Their gaze at the forthcoming elections in 2023 is becoming an unbearable distraction for them in delivering their mandate to the people,” he also lamented.
The group, therefore beckoned on Ndi-Igbo, regardless of political party affiliation, to unite and formidably negotiate a favourable space in the political scheme of things.
According to him, when this is done, we will ensure an unhindered growth and development of all Igbos, he added.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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