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Nigeria Police To Introduce Stun Guns To Officers

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Adamu Mohammed (IGP) On Introducing Stun Guns to Police

Adamu Mohammed, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), says the Force will introduce stun guns in place of live ammunition for police officers  on routine patrol.

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IGP Adamu said this when he visited the Lagos Police Command in Monday.

Adamu condemned the unprofessional conduct of some of the officers, adding that the officers found culpable of misuse of firearms would be punished.

He said: “From January to April 2019, Lagos State has recorded four incidents of misuse of firearms, which have resulted in extra-judicial killings of young citizens of this country and injury to others.

“More worrisome is that two of these incidents occurred within the last two weeks.

“Aside negating our professional calling, extra-judicial acts of any description or level by any police personnel is an unacceptable anomaly that creates disdain between the citizens and their police and widens the trust gap between them,’’ he said.

Speaking on the introduction of stun guns to the Force, IGP Adamu said: “In the long term, rather than the use of firearms, we shall henceforth use technologies and weapon systems such as electro-muscular disruption technology, commonly known as taser or stun guns by police.

“It will be used for routine patrols as a strategic approach towards reducing incidents of fatalities associated with misapplication of lethal weapons by the police.

“In perfecting these initiatives, we shall be engaging with human rights bodies, international agencies, development partners and civil society organisations.”

Reading the riot act to all police officers, the IGP said erring officers shall be dismissed from the service and prosecuted for murder.

“The person will be investigated through our internal disciplinary machinery and if found culpable, shall be dismissed from service. In addition, such personnel will be charged to court for murder or sundry offences depending on his or her level of criminal liability in the instance,” he said.

He added that the line supervisors of such officers, including the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officer or Sectional Head, shall be held liable for lacking supervision and shall be similarly sanctioned.

He noted that the force would re-train all of its officers nationwide and organise a “reorientation of personnel in compliance with human rights and professional conducts”.

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Lagos Announces Traffic Diversion At Yaba Area

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Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Lagos State Government said it would be diverting traffic from Yaba as it continues the First Phase of the construction of the Red Line railways covering Oyingbo to Agbado from midnight February 1, to February 16, 2022.

In a statement, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said the diversion was in line with the Lagos Rail Mass Transit project.

 

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Oladeinde stated that the two weeks long site activity would necessitate a diversion to protect road users during the installation of precast beams.

He also stated that signage’s would be placed on the access roads with the State’s Traffic Management Authority to manage traffic flow and minimize inconveniences.

The State Government reiterated its continuous commitment towards the development of transport infrastructure within the metropolis, maintaining that it is vital for the Multi-Modal Transportation System of the State Government which would in turn boost the economic prowess of the citizenry.

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NLC Backs Bill on Rent Regulation in FCT

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NLC Backs Bill on Rent Regulation in FCT

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress has endorsed the planned bill on monthly house rent in the Federal Capital Territory introduced by the Senator representing Kogi West District, Smart Adeyemi.

The bill titled, ‘Advanced Rent (Residential Apartments, Office Spaces, etc.) Regulation Bill 2022,’ has gone through first reading at the Senate. It provides for a maximum of three months’ advance rent payment in the first instance and subsequent monthly payment for the rest of any tenancy lease in the FCT.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Thursday, said the bill was in tandem with the rent regime in most parts of the world, including South Africa and Kenya.

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The statement was titled, ‘The Nigeria Labour Congress throws its full weight behind the bill on monthly house rent in the FCT.

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Benue State Imposes Fine for Confiscated Animals

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Benue State Imposes Fine for Confiscated Animals

Author : Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The Benue State government has raised the fine for impounded animals from N2,000 to N50,000, with an additional N20,000 daily quarantine fee in the amended Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2022.

Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom made the disclosure Thursday while signing the amended law.

Ortom maintained that failure to claim the animals after seven days empowers the state Ministry of Agriculture to auction the animals, in line with the law.

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Benue State Government is the first to enact a law prohibiting open grazing in 2017.

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