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Reps To Amend Constitution To Halt Police Brutality, To Impose Stiffer Sanction On Erring Officer

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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, unveiled plans to amend the 1999 Constitution and extant Nigeria Police legislations with the view to ensure judicial review of Police actions as enshrined and protected by the constitution.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion on the ‘Need to put a stop to the human rights abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police,’ sponsored by the Majority Leader, Hon Ado Doguwa.

The House also urged Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, to take decisive action to stop the brutality and Human Rights Violation by SARS and report the said actions to the House within three weeks.

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The House further requested the Inspector General of Police to produce a comprehensive record of disciplinary and (or) Judicial action taken against the officers accused of abuse of power in the past five years, and produce an immediate plan for identifying and compensation for victims.

In his lead debate, Hon. Doguwa underscored the need to take immediate steps to develop Legislative actions to amend existing laws and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to excise Section 215(5) and replace it with provisions that establish a framework for holding individual members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) accountable for their conduct in the course of performance of their lawful duties, including criminal and civil liabilities; and allow the
Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to bear civil liability for failures in their conduct and operational procedures that lead to violations of citizens’ rights.

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“The House notes with great concern the persistent outcry by Nigerians over the brutality and human rights violation by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force. The House is disturbed by the alarming rate of unauthorized raids, extortion, stealing, frame-ups, indiscriminate search of mobile phones, and other smart devices and arbitrary confiscation and fraudulent conversion of private property of citizens to personal use.

“The House realizes that this is a sharp departure from their core mandate of responding to cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes.

SOURCE: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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Presidency- Abia, Kano, Lagos to be treated differently on N75bn MSMEs Survival fund

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The Presidency on Sunday announced that Abia, Kano and Lagos state will be treated differently from other states in the distribution of palliatives under the N75billion economic sustainability plans MSMSs survival Funds.

Mr Laolu Akande disclosed disclosed this in Lagos on Sunday, he said these states will get more beneficiaries because of the numerous MSME’s activities in the states that other states.

According to a detailed payroll report of the scheme Lagos gets 25, 000 beneficiaries; Kano, 17,000; Abia, 16, 000; other states 13, 000 each; General MSME Grants, Lagos, 3, 880; Kano, 3,280; Abia, 3,080; other states, 2,640 each.
For free business registration Lagos, 9,084; Kano, 8, 406; Abia, 7, 906; other states 6,606 each; Artisan & Transport Grants – 36 States and FCT , 9,009; and Guaranteed Offtake Stimulus Scheme (MSMEs), Lagos, 3,880; Kano, 3,280; Abia, 3080 and other states 12,640 each.

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IN addition, “The intention of the Federal Government, under the scheme, is to augment the payroll obligations of businesses in the Health, Production, Education, Hospitality and Food production sectors; provide N50, 000 grants to an additional eligible 100,000 MSMEs; register 250,000 new businesses with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) at no cost to the MSMEs; and support self-employed individuals like mechanics, taxi drivers, hairdressers, Keke NAPEP riders, Okada riders, plumbers, electricians etc with a one-off payment of N30,000 to each of them.

“The plan is also geared towards stimulating direct local production in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT by enabling MSMEs in the production sector with funds to stimulate ‘post-COVID lockdown’ off-take products.

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“Worthy of note is the fact that the programme is to save over 1,700,000 jobs and special focus will be given to 45% female-owned MSMEs and 5% special needs owned MSMEs.

The scheme comprises five tracks namely; Payroll Support, General MSMEs Grant, Formalization Support, Artisan & Transport Grant, and the Guaranteed Off-Take Scheme.”

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Senator T.A Orji urges Buhari to discuss with IPOB

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Senator Theodore Ahamefula Orji, senator representing Abia Central, also the former Governor of Abia State has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) to engage the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, to avoid further further chaos in the country.

Senator Orji made this known to journalist in a interview in Abuja as part of his preparation for his 70th birthday party.

The former Governor insisted that a dialogue with IPOB will be the best way to achieve peace in South east geopolitical zone. He strongly noted that the Igbos have been marginalized over the years and deserved a listening ear with the federal government.

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He said, “If there are dissident voices, the president should call them and discuss with them.

“He should find out the cause of their agitation and work out ways to address their grievances.

” He should see how he can bring them in and fully integrate them into the system.

“That is what will solve the problem of the country. Call the dissident voices to a conference.

“There is nothing bad in discussing with the IPOB. If you don’t discuss with them, they will continue to give you trouble.

“We can’t be happy when other regions have six states and we have five. It shows that we are marginalized and cheated. That is what is causing the agitation in the region.

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“Some groups are agitating that the zone should be a country on its own. Others are demanding restructuring because it is glaring that the South-East is being marginalized”.

 

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UN sends delegates to Nigeria

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The United Nations has sent delegates to Nigeria. Amin Mohammed a leading delegation of senior officials to Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Niger was sent to Nigeria to discuss the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the way forward.

Amina will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and the vice President Yemi Osinbajo  from November 8-11 2020.

The UN’s office in a Nigeria through a statement on Sunday explained that Amina Mohammed would work with Osinbajo to launch the” Nigeria UN plus offer for socio-economic recovery-2020-2021″. UN promised to support Nigeria to respond positively to the challenges posed by the corona virus pandemic.

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According to the statement  “She will also join the Minister of Women Affairs to launch the Generation Equality campaign in Nigeria to raise awareness about the agenda of the Beijing Platform for Action and foster inter-generational exchange and dialogue to empower a new generation of women’s rights activists.”

Other prominent UN members of the delegation are the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union.

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