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NYC Advocates Stiff Punishment For Youth Restiveness Sponsors

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The National Youth Council (NYC) has advocated stiff disciplinary measure for any money-bag and top politician that engages or instigates youths to forment trouble in the forthcoming 2011 general elections.

Reacting to the recent protest by some youths tagged ex-militants in Abuja, the National Vice President of the council, Mr. Marvin Yorbana noted that those youths that embarked on the action were sponsored by those he described as money-bags and top politicians using them for their selfish interests.

Mr. Yorbana who spoke to The Tide at the Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa said the youth protest in Abuja was uncalled for and not in the good interest of the country at this time of the nation’s democracy.

He spoke of the sincerity of the federal government in actualising its plans and programmes for the ex-militants and called for the involvement of youths in the activities and policies of the government at all levels.

“The Federal government is sincere about the amnesty programme. But while we acknowledge that, we want the government to involve youths in its plans and actions to give them a sense of belonging”  pointing out that “if you train people and do not take good care of them, they are bound to feel frustrated”.

He, however, said NYC is working on how to enlighten Nigerian youths on the evils of involving in criminal tendencies as well as engage them in meaningful ventures.

His words; “we will engage our youths in meaningful activities and sensitise them on how to be self-reliant”, and urged the federal and state governments to fulfil their various parts of the amnesty programme to check repeat of the unwholesome act in the future.

He remarked that if the youths were given the chance, they can effectively and peacefully rule the country insisting that “it is not our culture to destroy but for the present circumstances beyond our control and poor governance”.

 

Shedie Okpara

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Independence: IGP Orders Massive Personnel Deployment To Ensure Crisis-Free Celebrations …Beefs Up Security Around Venues

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The Inspector General of Police(IGP), Usman Baba, has ordered a massive deployment of police personnel to provide protection for citizens, critical national infrastructures to ensure crisis free 62nd Independence Anniversary celebrations in the country.
Force Public Relations Officer, Olumiyiwa Adejobi, who made this known, yesterday, said the IGP, has equally directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all the Zonal, States and the FCT command to ensure high visibility and confidence boosting patrols in and around the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements.
Adejobi, in a statement said, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has directed the deployment of adequate personnel to provide protection for citizens, critical national infrastructures, and ensure the success of all activities lined-up for the country’s 62nd Independence Anniversary scheduled for Saturday, 1st October, 2022 all around the nation, and prevent any untoward situation throughout the period of the celebration and beyond.
“Meanwhile, Strategic Police Managers comprising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all the Zonal and State Commands and the FCT have been directed to ensure high visibility and confidence boosting patrols around the venues of the celebrations, residential areas and other public places to prevent infiltration by hostile elements and ensure a peaceful celebration.
“The IGP, while congratulating the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and Nigerians at large, on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Anniversary celebration, pledged the unalloyed loyalty and dedication of the NPF to safeguard the sovereignty of the country as well as its unflinching commitment to combating crimes and criminality in the country and ensuring the safety of the citizenry.
“The Inspector-General of Police therefore enjoined citizens to cooperate unflinchingly with officers of the Nigeria Police Force and o0ther security agencies, for improved security management at various public gatherings during the Independence celebration. The IGP similarly urged all citizens to imbibe the spirit of tolerance amongst each other which is vital in a multi-cultural society like Nigeria”.

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2023: Rivers CP Meets Candidates, Advocates Peaceful Campaigns

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Friday Eboka, has urged candidates of the various political parties in the state to go about their campaigns peacefully.
Eboka, who was yesterday promoted to the rank of assistant inspector-general of police (AIG), said this while addressing a security and stakeholders meeting, including parties and the INEC, at the Police Command in Port Harcourt.
Eboka emphasised the need for the parties to abide by the rules and refrain from using abusive languages and utterances capable of heating the polity ahead of the elections.
He stated that security outfits that are not recognised by the constitution would not play any role during campaigns and on the election days, even as he urged the parties to submit their campaign timetables.
Eboka said a committee would be set up to check the dates and venues chosen for campaigns to avoid any possible clash.
The CP said, “All the parties should work out their timetables, submit them, and send their representatives so that they will streamline the timetables in advance.
“They should sit down, work it out and ensure that no political party will clash on a particular day and in any venue.
“If you don’t do that and you submit your application and we find out that somebody else has applied for the same day and same town, we will advise you to choose another day and time to avoid a clash.”
Some of the candidates voiced out their concerns on security and other issues, calling on the police and other security agencies to be proactive.

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2023: More Tolofari Loyalists Dump APC, Join PDP In Rivers

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Over 300 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across Rivers State under the auspices of Grassroots Movement of Rivers State, last Thursday, defected from their former party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decampees led by the Coordinator of the group, Norisha Pepple, who made the renunciation at the PDP secretariat in Port Harcourt, said their decision was informed by the quality leadership Governor Nyesom Wike was giving to Rivers people.
Pepple said their action was also in solidarity with their Patron, George Tolofari, who had earlier moved to the PDP, assuring that they would do all they can to ensure victory for PDP candidates in the 2023 elections in the state.
Speaking earlier, the Patron of the group, George Tolofari reiterated that members of the various political parties in the state, especially the APC, were coming to the PDP in their numbers due to the exceptional leadership qualities of Governor Nyesom Wike.
According to Tolofari, he left the APC because the PDP, which he described as a credible party, has found an Ibani son worthy to fly its Gubernatorial flag, saying that the gesture was more than edifying to him.
Receiving the decampees, the State Chairman of the PDP, Amb Desmond Akawor, hailed them for the bold and courageous step taken to dump their former party, saying that they could not have done otherwise following the failed promises by the leader of the APC in the state.
“You were once PDP members before somebody gave you sweet talks and told you that it will be one Naira to a Dollar; that there will be a deep sea port in Bonny; that there will be railway lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri; and you waited and you didn’t see those things; and you said no, the only thing you need to do is to come back home because the man that made a promise that there will be Oil and Gas Polytechnic in Bonny, made it happen. The man that told you that Bonny National Grammar School will be rebuilt made it happen. And for that reason, you need to follow the man thatis experienced and the man who has spoken before and it happened”, Akawor stated.
Quoting the statements of AkwaIbom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, recently, “All politics is local, leave Abuja and go to your state to deliver your party”, Akawor maintained that that was exactly what the PDP in the state was doing.
He argued that there was basically something that the PDP has that the other political parties donot have, which accounted for the mass movement from them to the Peoples Democratic Party.
He also used the forum to explain that the Governorship candidate of the party, Siminialayi Fubara, emerged on the basis of fairness, justice and equity to the three senatorial districts of the state.
“Ordinarily, go and check the voting strength, you will see that it would have been difficult for an Ibani man to be governor but because there has to be fairness, everybody has to be fair to the other, and there has to be equity and justice. The same cry our leader is crying at the national level that we should all be fair to one another. Not because you think you have the number, others should be muzzled, others should be squeezed out. If not for such decision, it should have been difficult for an Ibani son to emerge as governor because the number is not there”, he said.
Akawor enjoined the people at the grassroots to support what the leadership of the state was doing, saying that the party would continue to receive those who were returning to it because the other party had totally collapsed.
While commending Governor Nyesom Wike for making Rivers people proud through his exemplary leadership qualities and exceptional performance, the state PDP chairman called on the people to support the governor to achieve a successful transition.
The decampees were, thereafter, received formally by the chairman and the entire leadership of the party after being presented with the Umbrella, the symbol of the PDP.
The Secretary of the party, Dr Benibo George, expressed gratitude to the returnees for their conviction that the PDP was the only credible alternative, following the failure of the APC in the state.
He observed that the returnees have also demonstrated good followership by aligning with the decision of their leader to join the PDP.
Representatives of the three senatorial districts and the women delivered solidarity speeches at the event, corroborating their readiness to add value and not only numbers to the PDP.

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