Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said President Muhammadu Buhari has made tremendous investments in security from 2015 to date.
The governor also noted that a lot of tangible progress has been recorded during the period under review particularly on the welfare of Internally displaced persons across the country.
The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum spoke on Saturday,at Ribah, Danko Wasagu Local Government during the Flagg off of distribution of assorted relief materials to IDPs by National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons this Saturday.
Bagudu also stated the federal government was recruiting more security personnel, while modern equipment, arms and ammunition were also provided to the security agencies.
According to Bagudu, the gesture by the federal government was very commendable.
The Kebbi state Governor further said that security challenges were not only peculiar to Nigeria or the state.
He lauded the resilience and patience of the people of the state, as well as urged them to continue to be their brothers’ keepers.
Bagudu vowed that the people of the state would not be cowed down by a few unscrupulous elements who were bent on tormenting the law abiding citizens of the country.
He again urged communities to complement the efforts of the three tiers of government and the security agencies.
According to him, Kebbi State was not doing badly in terms of the prevailing security challenges. Peace he said, was gradually returning to areas affected by banditry in Zuru Emirate.
He acknowledged the courage of farmers in the state, saying that bumper harvests were being recorded in the state.
‘ Our farmers are resilient and continue their cultivation, the situation did not deter them ‘, he emphasized.
The Federal Commissioner, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim in her remarks at the occasion said that the relief materials were provided to the IDPs to alleviate their suffering.
She lauded Bagudu for according top priority to the welfare of the people of the state.
She stated that a medical outreach would be conducted in the camp to check the health status of the IDPs.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of Danko Wasagu Local Government, Hon. Hussaini Bena expressed profound appreciation to the Federal Commissioner for coming to distribute relief assistance to IDPs in the area.
He said such assistance would go along way in reducing the hardship being faced by the IDPs in the camp.
The Director of IDPs National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Alhaji Musa Muhammad said bringing succour to refugees or those Internally displaced from their communities was the major mandate of the Commission.
The Commission, according to him has mapped out strategies to assist the IIDPsto to reduce their hardship as well as rehabilitate them.
The Chiefdom of Wasagu, Alhaji Musa Muktar while welcoming the Federal Commissioner and her entourage however requested the government to mobilize more security personnel to the area to provide adequate security for the IDPs to return to their homes
He averred ‘ Our people are hardworking and resilient, what they need is not relief assistance but security to be able to go back home and cultivate their farms.
‘ Give them security and they feed the entire state and beyond because they are real farmers.
‘ Most of the refugees you see here are from the neighbouring states who are displaced by the activities of the bandits in their states ‘.
The traditional leader appreciated the myriad of interventions and assistance from the State government to the people of the area since the security crises started which according to him has now reduced.
The State House of Assembly member representing Danko WWasagaWest, Hon Haliru Aliyu, the Sole Administrator of Maga/Kyebu Area Development Council, Hajiya Hafsat Muhammad all expressed gratitude to the Federal Commissioner for the relief assistance to the IDPs in the area.
They extolled governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for doing his best to curtail insecurity in the area and providing succour to refugees.
‘ The governor made over ten trips to Bena and Danko Wasagu because he was concerned or our people
They requested for deployment of more security personnel in the area so people to go back to their homes.
In the same vein, those who spoke on behalf of the IDPs Shehu S/Fawa and Nasara Maigero Women Leader Dankane also made a passionate appeal to the government to assist them to relocate back to their homes and starting petty businesses
The Governor and the Federal Commissioner, before departing, paid homage to the Emir of Zuru, rtd Major General Muhammed Sani Sami, Gomo 11 where the Commissioner expressed delight with the visit and show of concern from the political and traditional leaders of the area.
She informed the Emir about her mission to the state while also commending the Governor for his unwavering commitment to alleviating the plight of the IDPs in the state.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu while thanking the Commissioner for the visit also thanked the Emir, religious and community leaders as well as the security for their support in dealing with security challenges in the area.
The Progressive Governor’s Forum Chairman expressed concern over the poor condition of roads in the area. He announced that the state Government would repair the Zuru/ Ribah road as soon as the rainy season ends.
Responding, the Emir of Zuru, rtd Major General Muhammed Sani Sami, Gomo 11 expressed gratitude for the visit.
The monarch commended the Commissioner for coming to Abuja to bring succour to IDPs He also appreciated the effort of the governor toward the general development of the state particularly in dealing with insecurity.
According to him, the efforts of the President, the Governor and the security agencies have positively resulted in the gradual return of peace to the area
The Governor was accompanied by the former Governor of Jigawa State, Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, Acting Head of Service, Safiyanu Garba Bena, the Deputy Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Usman Ankwai, members of the house of assembly from the area.
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.”
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).
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