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Keren :  CSOs Hand Ministers  Five Day Ultimatum To Issue Public Statement Or Face Mass Action



No fewer than thirty civil society organisations has given the Minister of Women Affairs  and Social Development, Pauline Tallen and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu a five day ultimatum to issue a public statement on  the rape and death of  a14-year old Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher, a boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe,  Abuja of face  mass action.

The group condemned the  conspiracy of silence by the two Ministers  since the incident happened four months ago.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday  on behalf of the CSOs, Alu Alege of Media, Health and Rights Initiative said “she  was dismayed by the conspiracy of silence and inaction exhibited by the Minister of Women Affairs and her education counterpart over four months after the incident.

According to Azege “The silence and inaction of both ministers, who have stature duties over safety of children and educational institution does not only amount to abdication of responsibility, it also incentivises and emboldens perpetrators of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.”

She  explained that based on the silence and inaction of both ministers, “We have therefore served both of them notices that should
they not wake up to their responsibilities and take concrete action on this matter, we shall coordinate a nationwide protest against them and call for their removal”,


She said the notice.of mass protest served on both ministers was signed on behalf of the coalition of 30 CSOs by Barrister Uzoma Aneto
of Nde Oduko Foundation, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko of Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), Edoamaowo Udeme of Network Against Domestic Violence Foundation, Alu Azege of Media, Health and Rights
Initiative of Nigeria (MHRI), Hamba Simon Tersoo of All – 4-One, Humanity Foundation and Lemmy Ughegbe of Men Against Rape Foundation.

” The notice of protest  addressed  to the two  Ministers of Women Affairs, read  in part  “Madam, in a – 21st century, where countries are striving to contain the rising tide of Child Sexual Abuse and indeed Sexual and Gender
Based Violence, we hold the considered view that your silence and inaction on the instant case serves an incentive for perpetrators of
these acts of violence, who need to see you go beyond the optics and rhetoric to concrete actions.

“Suffice it to say bringing culprits and perpetrators to book are essential steps to curtailing the menace, which the Federal Government has itself since admitted is another pandemic of public and social health concern. Your silence and inaction in the case of Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher is not golden; instead it emboldens such perpetrators as they continue to evade justice.

“The coalition has been alone in calling out the FCT Police Command, which was handling the case unprofessionally and in fact, undermining
its investigation by conferring undue advantage to Premiere Academy.

” We have mounted the needed pressure and have had the case transferred to the Force Gender Office, which we expect would handle the case professionally.


‘’Furthermore, under the legal principles of in loco parentis and occupier’s liability, Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja is expected to
take full responsibility for what happened to the child that was in its custody. Instead, they have been embarking on media propaganda to
deflect responsibility elsewhere.

‘’We are therefore using this medium to notify your Office of our intending Protest Walk across the country 5 days from the date of the
acknowledgment of this letter by your office if no concrete and positive steps are taken in the right direction.

‘We intend to also call you out for abdication of responsibility, ask the National Assembly to declare a vote of no confidence on you and
consequently call on the President and Commander –In-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to remove you from office.’’

The group. Urged the Ministers to make a public statement demanding a thorough investigation by the Force Gender Office, apply the relevant
provisions of the Child Rights Act to make Premiere Academy, Lugbe accountable for the events surrounding Keren-Happuch Akpagher
especially from the 15th and 16th of June 2021 when she was believed to have been raped as she was reported to have been writhing in pain
and unable to walk to class and needed the help of two classmates.




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Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States



The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.

The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.

In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.

Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”

“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.


“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.

“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”

Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”


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Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life



Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.

Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”

Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.

The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.


While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.

According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.

The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.

“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.

“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”


Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.

Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.

The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.

Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).

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Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks



The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.

The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.

Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.

CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.

Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.


DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.

She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.

Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.

Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.

Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.


ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.

CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.

CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.

The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.

CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.

  • Source: Independent


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