The Commander of the Hunters Group of Nigeria (HGN), Lagos State Command, Chief Oguniyi Balogun, yesterday advised criminals to repent from crime as the group would forestall any criminal activity in the state.
Balogun, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt said that his officers had been positioned to nip in the bud any clandestine crime in every nook and cranny of the state especially during Yuletide.
According to him, we are combatant ready for any eventuality, not only during Christmas season but at any time.
“We are always here every day to do combatant even if there’s no Christmas, anything can happen at any time so you have to be prepared.
“So, Christmas is just like any day,” he said.
On whether the group can prosecute, Balogun said that they could not prosecute but could arrest and hand over to the police.
“We are to arrest; we are for kidnapping and anything evil though we will only arrest and hand over to police for prosecution,” the commander said.
He described the HGN as “very effective,” saying it spread in the localities and proximity to the people gave the group an edge to combat crime.
Balogun said that after the EndSARS protest which led to the destruction of property worth billions of Naira, the group had been recording a lot of achievements including recovery of two AK47 rifles from Agege Local Government Area.
The hunters commander said the recovered weapon were later handed over to police.
He also added that their presence was being felt in the state due to their effectiveness.
On whether the group could be used during elections to combat criminality, he said, “anything criminal, we are for that.
“We can work with anybody although if it is election time, what we need is peace. We want peace everywhere, so we can make peace anywhere. We are for peace.
Balogun said that the group had cordial relationship with the police and other security operatives as well as the state government.
The group whose bill passed first reading at the Senate in July was aimed at serving as the eye of the police in various communities, The Tide reports.
They are to complement the efforts of the police in preventing and detecting crimes as well as providing relevant information on criminals among other functions.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
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