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Effective Policing Is Only Possible When Officers Are Accountable.

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the reform process for effective policing can only work when officers are held accountable for their actions.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, on September 16, assented to the Police Reform Bill, 2020, which repeals the Police Act, 2004.

The bill limits the tenure of the inspector-general of police (IGP) to four years, and makes provisions for funding and accountability in police operations.

Speaking on Wednesday at the house of representatives public policy dialogue series, themed “Policing and Human Rights in Nigeria”, Gbajabiamila said the reform process would cover training, recruitment, welfare and accountability.
“We recognise that the policing function is at the heart of any fully functioning state. It is through this institution that the state can protect the wellbeing and welfare of its citizens. Without the ability to offer this protection, the state loses legitimacy and the resources that flow from there,” he said.

“A society that cannot effectively police itself, ceases to exist and the government that fails to protect its citizens has lost the right to continue in office. We must avoid these unfortunate outcomes. This is why we must commend the present administration which inherited a flawed policing system and is now taking giant steps to reform the system through the recently introduced police reform act 2020 and many other measures.

“But the work is far from done. We must continue in these efforts. Effective policing is only possible when the policing institutions are grounded in the rule of law, when they are accountable, and when the justice system in its entirety is fair to all who have cause to appear before it. We cannot have an effective policing system when the citizens do not have faith in the police to treat them fairly every time no matter the circumstance.
“We do not have an effective system of policing when the relationships between communities and the police are defined by fear and mistrust. The police cannot be effective when the mechanisms for accountability and discipline are too weak to identify, remove and prosecute its rogue officers. We would have succeeded in building modern and effective police when service in the Nigerian police force consistently attracts the best and brightest in our country without objection.

“The house of representatives has not taken up the cause of police reform because we bear a particular animosity towards the Nigerian police force or the individuals that make up the force. The police included in its leadership and ranks, many dedicated public servants doing their job as best as they can under challenging circumstances. We want to help them be better public servants by making it easier to remove rogue officers from among their midst because bad police makes it impossible for good police to do their work.”

According to the speaker, the reform will also focus on “establishing new ways of holding officers accountable for failure of meeting standards of behaviour we expect from them”, as well as a review of police recruitment and training procedures.

“As we expect more from men and women who carry arms and take risk to protect us, we must also be ready to do right by them and by their families. They too are our citizens; they are our brothers and sisters deserving of the best that our nation can offer,” he added.

The legislative dialogue comes weeks after Nigerians took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality, as well as a reform of the force under the #EndSARS campaign.

Ebonyi Lawmakers Tackle Umahi ‘We Won’t Join You In APC’ Over Defection

The Ebonyi caucus of the national assembly has distanced itself from the defection of David Umahi, Ebonyi governor, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Sam Egwu, senator representing Ebonyi north, said no member of the national assembly from the state is defecting to the APC.

All the members of the Ebonyi caucus — three senators and five house of representatives members — in the national assembly are members of the PDP.

On Tuesday, Umahi confirmed his defection to the APC from the PDP.
The governor said he left the PDP because of “injustice”, alleging that the party has refused to zone the 2023 presidency to the south-east.

“Not a single member of the PDP Ebonyi caucus of the national assembly is defecting to APC,” Egwu who is a former governor of Ebonyi said.

“The three senators and five house of representatives members remain proud card-carrying members of the PDP, the platform under which we contest and won elections in 2019.”

The senator said the reason Umahi gave for defecting to the APC is “indecent”.

“The major reason given by chief Umahi for defecting from the PDP to the APC is now in the public domain which is that the PDP has not been fair to the people of south-east on the issue of zoning for the presidency and vice-presidency,” he said.

“While we support that it is the turn of the south-east to fly the presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolite, indecent and unwise to give ultimatum and conditionality in a bid to secure zoning.

“If there is any Ebonyi person who should remain eternally grateful to the PDP, that individual ought to be the Governor, David Umahi, a man who was appointed the Ebonyi state chairman of the PDP, made deputy governor of the PDP administration and was elected on two terms under the banner of the PDP as governor.
“As democrats, we concede Umahi’s rights to join any association of his choice however as federal Lawmakers we are not unaware of the Supreme Court’s decision that candidates are a product of the political parties.

“What it means is that political office holders are not at liberty to migrate from one political platform to another particularly when there is no division in their party.”

Biden Speaks On Trump’s Refusal To Accept Defeat

Joe Biden, the president-elect of the United States, says the refusal of US President Donald Trump to accept defeat is “an embarrassment”.
Biden stated this while addressing journalists in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday when asked by a reporter what he thought of Trump’s refusal to concede.

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly,” he said.

“The only thing that, how can I say this tactfully, I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”
Although global media organisations such as CNN, NBC, the BBC and Associated Press have declared Biden winner of the election, Trump has refused to accept defeat, and has insisted that he will challenge the result.

In a recent tweet earlier on Wednesday, Trump had written “People will not accept this rigged election!”

While vote counting was on, Trump had declared himself winner of the election “by a wide margin”.

In a statement issued on November 7, the US president had also faulted Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner”, adding that “his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed.”
“The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” the statement read.

However, world leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, have congratulated Biden on his victory.

Meanwhile, according to CBS news, the General Services Administration, which is responsible for coordinating funding and access to federal agencies for incoming administrations, is yet to recognise Biden as the president-elect.

“GSA and its Administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law and adhere to prior precedent established by the Clinton Administration in 2000,” a spokesperson for GSA was quoted as saying in a statement published by CBS News.

The Nigerian Army Released The List Of 86 Most Wanted Terrorists

The terrorists on the list are alleged to be members of the Boko Haram.

The list was launched by Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, alongside Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno State, at the Nigerian Army Super Camp, Chabbal in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

Buratai said the two events were part of activities designed for the final push to end Boko Haram activities in the North-East region.

The army chief said no “child CJTF” will participate in the operation, calling on the public to support the military in fishing out remnants of the insurgents.

Prominent on the list is the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, who has been declared dead on a few occasions in the past.

Others are Abu Musa Al Barnawi, Modu Sulum, Malkam Umar, Bello Husba, Yan Kolo, Ibrahim Abu Maryam, Baka Kwasari, Bana Gonna, Mohammed Abu Maryam, Abu Imma, and Abu Dardda.

Lagos State Government Sued For Human Right Violation

Human right lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging the violation of his right as well as the right of citizens to protest by the Nigerian Army.

The suit also challenged the involvement of the Nigerian Army in the internal security fabric and architecture of Nigeria without being called upon to do so by civil authorities.

Mentioned as respondents in the suit are the Lagos State Government, the Governor of Lagos State, the Attorney General of Lagos State, the Federal government of Nigeria (4th defendant), the president of Nigeria (5th defendant), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), National Assembly (7th defendant), the Inspector General of Police, Lagos State Commissioner of Police and the Nigerian Army (10th defendant).

He also stated that on October 20, 2020, while the protest was on, some men of the 10thdefendant opened fire with live bullets at unarmed Nigerians who were at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos peacefully protesting, with the attack resulting in the injury and death of some of the protesters.

Omirhobo prayed the court to declare that all Nigerians are entitled to their fundamental right to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and movement as guaranteed and enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

He also prayed the court to declare that all Nigerian citizens are entitled to their fundamental rights, except where their fundamental rights are being lawfully restricted and/or derogated by any law reasonably justifiably in a democratic society.

The applicant claimed that the 10th defendant cannot on its own undertake and/or partake in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Nigeria without first being called upon by the 5th defendant in writing to do so and subject to conditions prescribed by an Act of the 7th defendant.
Omirhobo then prayed the court for an order restraining the 10th defendant her servants, agents and/or privies from using life bullets on peaceful unarmed protesters to disperse them from exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association with other persons and right to freedom of movement, and compelling and/or directing the 4th and 5th defendant to rejig, equip and reform the Nigerian Police Force to carry out her constitutional duties and responsibilities.

In a 71 paragraph affidavit deposed in support of the suit, the applicant swore that a large section of the Nigerian Public, particularly the youths including himself, began a nationwide protest in Lagos State and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on October 8, 2020 tagged #ENDSARS to vent their grievance to the defendants of the misconduct of the police officers of the Special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) for their brutality and violation of the fundamental rights of Nigerians.

“That the 5th defendants have not called upon the 10th defendant to be involved in the internal security fabric and architecture of Nigeria. That there is no Act of the 7th defendant backing up the involvement of the 10th defendant in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Lagos State or Nigeria.

“That the 5th defendant has not by directions in writing delegate his powers relating to the operational use of the Armed Forces of the federation to warrant the 10th defendant involvement in the workings of the fabric and architecture of the internal security of Lagos State or Nigeria.

“That there is no law reasonably justifiable in a democratic society restricting and/or derogating the fundamental rights of the Plaintiff and the Nigerian Public,” he averred.
The applicant therefore swore that the essence of the case is for the Court to make judicial pronouncement on the propriety or otherwise of the 10th defendant involvement in the internal security fabric and architecture of Nigeria without being called upon by the civil authorities.

Also, another lawyer, Yusuf Temiola Nurudeen has sued president Buhari at the federal high court, Lagos over violation of fundamental human rights of citizens.

Joined among the respondents are, the Attorney General of the Federation, the executive governor of Lagos state, attorney general of Lagos state, the Nigerian army, the Nigerian police force, the chief of army staff, the Inspector General of Police, Brigadier-General Francis Omota, Commissioner of Police Lagos State and M.I. Yahya.

The applicant in his originating summons questioned whether the action of the defendants in dispersing the peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, with brute force by shooting life bullets at Nigerian youths by officers and men of 5th defendant is not violation of the plaintiff’s and other #EndSARS peaceful protesters right to freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly having regard to Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended) and Articles 9 (2) and 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap A9) LFN, 2004.

In a 53-paragraph affidavit in support of the suit, the applicant said that the protest was peaceful until the armed thugs attacked them at Alausa on October 15, 2020.

“The armed thugs were believed to have been sponsored by the government for the fact that they were conveyed in Bus Mass Transit (BRT) buses belonging to the Lagos State Government in partnership with Lagos Bus Services Limited. We repelled the thugs, regrouped and continued with the peaceful protest demanding an end to police brutality,” he swore.

Nurudeen prayed to the court to declare that by the virtue of Sections 214, 215(4) of the 1999 Constitution and Sections 4 and 10 of the Police Act Cap 19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 the 6th, 8th and 10th defendants have woefully failed in their constitutionally assigned responsibilities for their deliberate refusal to provide Nigerian youths with adequate security and protection for #EndSARS peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, while exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

He also want the court to order the defendants jointly and severally to pay the families of all Nigerian youths that lost their life at Lekki Toll Gate the sum of N50million each as damages and pay the plaintiff the sum N5million for the violation of his right to freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly guaranteed and protected by Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution and Articles 9 (2) and 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap A9) LFN, 2004.

Despite COVID-19, Up To 87% Candidates Obtain 5 Credits In WAEC

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2020 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination results, showing that about 1.338,358, representing 86.99 percent of 1.538,445 candidates, who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without the compulsory English Language and Mathematics.

The release of the results was postponed till Monday, November 2, 2020, due to the violence and arson in the country.

Briefing newsmen on Monday in Lagos, the Head of the Nigerian Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Patrick Areghan revealed that a total of 1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the exam, “obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including
English Language and Mathematics.”

The above statistics shows a marginal 1.06 percent improvement in candidate’s performance when compared to the 2019 WASSCE result where those who obtained credit and above in minimum of five subjects including Mathematics and English language, were 64.18 percent.

Areghan added that, of the 65.24 percent, 497,139, which represents, 49.53 percent were male, while 506,529, which represents 50.47 percent were female candidates.

“The results of 215,149 candidates, representing 13.98 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

“The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigation will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council for determination in due course. The committee decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.

“The released results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat for the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the council can access their performance on the Council’s results website, www.waecdirect.org.

“The result checker pin and serial number required by candidates to check their results online are contained on the candidates’ Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination.’’

According to him, certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from the day the results were released.

We Are Waging War Against IPOB, Not Igbo – Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has explained that the ongoing operations by security agencies in Oyibo Local Government Area was against members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and not the Igbo.

The governor, who said he had no regrets waging war against IPOB, insisted that he did not order soldiers or policemen to kill any Igbo living in the state. He described such allegation as balderdash.

Wike spoke in a live television interview in Port Harcourt just as IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu claimed that soldiers killed 100 of his members and inhabitants of the oil-rich council allegedly on the “instruction of the governor.”

Although the Nigeria Army has since the weekend remained silent on the controversy, a group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), called on President Muhammad Buhari to immediately order a probe of the alleged killings.

Also yesterday, another group, the Ogbakor Ikwerre, USA/Canada (OIUSA) Inc, berated Kanu, saying it had already reported him to the British High Commission in Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council, the American Embassy in Abuja and Lagos and the European Union Security Organisation.

IPOB members were said to have killed six soldiers and four policemen in Oyigbo under the guise of #EndSARS protests.

They allegedly made away with their guns and burnt 50 vehicles and police stations in the council.

The incident made Wike to impose a 24-hour curfew that further heightened tension when the Army stormed the council to recover the stolen rifles and apprehend the hoodlums.

During the television interview on Monday, the governor described the activities of IPOB as unfortunate. He lamented that the outlawed group had tried many times to use Oyigbo as a base for their operations.

Wike said the #EndSARS protest was going on peacefully until IPOB members hijacked it and unleashed violence that resulted in the destruction of properties.

He insisted that his government would not allow IPOB to realise its wish of taking over any part of Rivers and blasted “somebody” he referred to as minister for sponsoring propaganda that he ordered the military to kill the Igbo in the state.

He said: This is not the first time IPOB has used Oyigbo as a launching ground, security is aware, IPOB has been doing that. How could it have been #EndSARS movement?

“The country knows that if there is one man that is not liked by the military, it is me, because I will speak my mind against them.

“I don’t know when I became a friend now to order the military to go to Oyigbo to start killing people. It is very funny. That is why I said that somebody is trying to sponsor propaganda against me that I am killing the Igbo and I laugh.”

The governor wondered why IPOB would cause havoc in the state and denounced its members for attempting to claim and rename some communities and local government areas in the state.

He said: “Why will IPOB use a local government to begin to launch attack not only on properties, but on innocent Nigerians and the security operatives. Rivers State was peaceful, IPOB woke up in the morning that they were doing EndSARS protest and killed six Army operatives and burnt one. Killed four police officers, destroyed all the police stations in Oyigbo. Burnt down all the courts.

“And you know that when you kill a security personnel, they will be angry and they will never let you go.

“I don’t need to call the army. I don’t have a relationship with them and I don’t have the powers. I have no access to them. Even when the former GOC was here, he never saw me for one day till the day he left here.

“IPOB tried to rename communities through their so-called leader Nnamdi Kanu when I am governor here. They start to change the names of communities and local governments in my own state, when I am governor. They went there to hoist flags like Boko Haram in the Northeast, and you said we should allow that.

“The security agencies got there and in peoples houses, they saw shrines with IPOB flags and Nnamdi Kanu’s picture. It is so terrible that if you continue to allow these boys to operate from there, before you know it, the state is gone. And not under my watch will I allow that.

“They went to a school in Kom-Kom; a school we built and hoisted IPOB flag . It is in the course of this whole thing we started finding out. You cannot say as a sitting governor, a body that has been proscribed by court, by law and which you have not set it aside or appealed against it, and the Federal Government has said the body is a terrorist organisation, then as a governor, because of politics I will sit down. I won’t allow that. People saying, I sent the military to Oyigbo to start killing Igbo people, it is balderdash.

“We must come out heavily against this terrorist organisation. I have no regrets about that. Even the Southeast Governors never supported IPOB. If me I am not from the Southeast, from the Niger Delta, why will I support IPOB? On what basis?”

Wike emphasised that he does not hate the Igbo, adding that the state had always enjoyed good relationship with them,.

“With due respect, how would I hate Igbos? It is unthinkable, it is impossible. We have lived with the Igbo all our lives in the (defunct) Eastern region and we related very well. We have done everything together.”

Wike also said he had received threats from IPOB members in the US and other countries.

“I said to them that I am not (Ike) Ekwerenmadu that you will harass. I am not Amaechi. I dared them. I will not look back on the street of Europe. Nobody can intimidate me on that,” he boasted.

Wike however explained that a security council meeting agreed to form Neighbourhood Watch that will have its operatives trained by the Army, police and DSS(Department of State Services).

But Kanu, in a statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said: “Yesterday (Sunday) and this morning (Monday), more than 100 people had been murdered by soldiers on the instructions of Wike..

“They singled out these helpless people and killed them. Churches where IPOB stay and do meeting were burnt down and the pastor killed with his family following the instruction of the governor.”

He warned of dire consequences of continued killing of the people of Oyigbo, particularly the young ones, adding that the blood of the innocent would seek vengeance.

Also on Monday, Ogbakor Ikwerre, a group comprising Rivers State indigenes living in the US and Canada, lambasted Kanu.

They accused Kanu of making “ inciting and provocative” statement and advised him to desist from his “violent ways.”

The group, in a statement by its President ,Eric WorluWelle, asked : “How dangerous can anyone who puts a bounty on a sitting state governor be?

It said Wike ought to have been congratulated for his timely intervention in the Oyigbo crisis that helped nip in the bud an ethnic conflict between Hausa/Fulani and Igbo residents in Oyigbo.

Even though the Army has maintained silence over the killing allegations, a former member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Maria Ude Nwachi, in her popular Facebook page posted a picture of a young businessman reportedly killed in Oyigbo .

She said: “He is from my hometown , he is not a member of IPOB but Army killed him at Oyigbo. Dont rest Abuchi until you take the life of those behind your death and those supporting those behind your death.

“Abuchi scrip off everything that gives their family joy just like they took your parent’s joy.”

A resident of Oyigbo confirmed that the Army burnt a church where IPOB members reportedly used as a venue for their meeting.

He said: “I live in Oyibo and I have been in my house since the curfew started. When the soldiers first arrived, they were very brutal. Those apprehended for violating the curfew were tied and made to roll in the mud. But the number of casualties being reported is highly exaggerated.

“I only know that in the process of burning the church where IPOB members used to gather, a pastor was killed for resistance. But the soldiers are using some information to break into people’s houses. They have arrested some hoodlums and recovered stolen items.”

Efforts to reach the Spokesman of the 6 Brigade in Port Harcourt, Maj. Charles Ekeocha, proved abortive as he neither answered his telephone calls nor responded to a message sent to him.

SERAP also yesterday expressed concern over the human rights violations by the military in Oyigbo.

In a Tweet, SERAP said: “We’re concerned about reports of grave human rights violations by Nigerian military in Oyigbo, Rivers State.

“We urge @MBuhari to immediately order a probe into the reports and ensure perpetrators are prosecuted. Authorities must end attacks on Nigerians in #Oyigbo.”

Meanwhile, suspected IPOB members at the weekend hoisted Biafra flags in Ekele village, in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.

The flags were seen at strategic locations in the community which shares boundary with Ebonyi State.

A former Chairman of the council, Otse Otokpa, who confirmed the development, said it was not the first time they were seeing the flags.

He claimed that the IPOB members had been threatening to annex part of the council.

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