Herdsmen, Farmers’ Clashes: AIG Offers Panacea
The new Assistant In
spector-General of Police, Zone 9, Mr Hosea Karma, has recommended the setting up of a standing committee on crisis resolution to check clashes between host community and herdsmen.
“I will encourage states in the zone to set up committees to interface between herdsmen and their host communities in order to halt incessant clashes,” he said in Umuahia on Friday.
Karma told newsmen that the committee existed in Anambra and had been effective in tackling the security challenges posed by suspected herdsmen in the state.
He said that he would recommend the setting up of similar committees to the governors and security councils in Abia, Enugu and Imo.
According to him, the committees will help to promote mutual trust and understanding as well as reduce tension between herdsmen and their host communities.
Karma said that the committee’s timely intervention, whenever there were reported cases of attacks, helped to ensure peaceful resolution of potential clashes.
“Where herdsmen were found to have destroyed farmlands, the committee made sure that they paid appropriate compensation to the community.
“On the other hand, where the community chose to take the law into their hands either by killing the cattle or attacking the herdsmen, they were also made to pay compensation,” he said.
He said that although the menace had not been completely wiped out in Anambra, the committee had succeeded in bringing it under control.
The AIG, who said that he headed the committee in Anambra as the Commissioner of Police before his promotion, promised to bring his experience to bear on his new position.
He said that he would collaborate with the governors and other critical stakeholders and security agencies to bring crime and criminality to barest minimum.
He identified kidnapping, armed robbery, child trafficking and cultism as some of the violent crimes in the zone, and promised to “fight these crimes to a standstill”.
Karma further promised to promote community policing in line with the philosophy and ideals of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.
He said that with the ongoing inauguration of the Eminent Peoples Forum (EPF) by the CPs in the states, there would be improved collaboration between the police and the communities in the zone.
“I am going to enthrone policing with integrity and we will work with the EPF, which comprises community leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, town union presidents, youth leaders, among others.
“You cannot guarantee the security and safety of the people without carrying them along,” he said.
He charged officers and men in the zone to discharge their duties with integrity and not to indulge in extorting money from members of the public and other “excesses”.
The AIG said that he had zero tolerance for corruption and that he would revive the existing mechanism for checks and balances.
He also promised to put the necessary machinery in place to ensure adequate monitoring of the operations of the rank and file in the zone, both on the highways and office.
He warned that the zonal headquarters would ensure that every case brought to it was investigated on its merit.
He decried the trend where pending cases at the state level were also reported to the zonal headquarters to make the complainant the accused.
“If an accused, instead of going to defend himself at the state, rushes to the zone with the same case, he will still be treated as the accused and not the complainant,” he said.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
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