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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.

Report by: SaharaTV

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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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Aisha Buhari Is a Voice Of Conscience Calling Politicians To Be Better –Tinubu

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All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, says wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, is a voice of conscience calling politicians to be their better selves.

He also said Mrs Buhari played an active role during the 2015 and 2019 elections and has continued to enrich the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), with her contributions.

Tinubu stated this on Thursday at the public presentation of the biography of Mrs. Aisha at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The book, “Aisha Buhari: Being different,” was written by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani.

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, chaired the occasion on Thursday.

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He said, “Given the First Lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady. With Mrs Dr Aisha Buhari, their concerns have been forever laid to rest.

“First lady has played an uplifting, unifying role both in symbol and substance. She has been a voice of conscience calling us to be of our better self for the good of the nation and for the vulnerable among us.”

Buhari, who is currently in London for routine medical check-up, is not available for the presentation that attracted dignitaries from across the country.

He is, however, being represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

But currently gracing the event are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; his wife, Dolapo.

Others attending are the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege; and Mrs Folorunsho Alakija who is the Special Guest of Honour.

The royal fathers of the day are the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; and the Egbere Emere Okori Eleme, King Appolus Chu.

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FRCN charged to enforce acceptable financial reporting in MDAs

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The Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on Wednesday charged the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to enforce the acceptable financial management and reporting standards in ministries, departments and agencies of government.

Idris also charged the FRCN to ensure that the globally accepted financial reporting standards were complied with by private entities across the country.

He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Information, Press and Public Relations in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Henshaw Ogubike.

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The statement stated that Idris made this known while playing host to the leadership of the FRCN, led by the Acting Executive Secretary, Iheanyi Anyahara.

It read in part, “He (Idris) saluted the courage of the FRCN in its determination to ensure compliance with internationally acceptable financial management and reporting standards, and advised that enforcement of the policy should be holistic to ensure optimal compliance by public and private entities.”

The auditor-general also pledged that his agency would ensure the timely production of Federal Government’s general purpose financial statements.

He stated that in compliance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations, the Federal Government treasury had bridged the hitherto deficit in the production of the Federal Government’s financial statements. Idris was quoted as saying, “The Federal Government treasury will continue to implement strategies that will guarantee timely production of general purpose financial statements of the Federal Government.”

On the request by the FRCN for partnership and synergy with the OAGF, Idris noted that the initiative was apt and would among other things promote healthy and mutually beneficial working relationship between the two agencies.

He approved the constitution of a joint committee comprising officials of the FRCN and OAGF to work out modalities for the proposed partnership.

In his remarks, Anyahara said the FRCN would support the OAGF to ensure a seamless implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards accrual basis of accounting for general purpose financial statement in Nigeria.

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Sports Festival Continues, FG Counters Edo Govt

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The Federal Government says activities at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Edo State will continue as planned.

This is against the earlier announcement by the Local Organising Committee that the festival will end abruptly 12noon on Thursday (today) over lack of fund.

FG made its position known in a by Ramon Balogun, Assistant Director Press. Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, on Thursday morning.

The statement read, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled.

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“The Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee for the festival are unaware of any plans or threat by the Edo State Government to shut down the sports festival as there has been no official meeting or communication that relayed such information.

“The Honorable Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors are on ground in Benin City where the Festival is holding, and it is expected that the Edo State Government would formally invite the Ministry for a meeting should any urgency exist around the National Sports Festival or communicate officially with the Main Organizing Committee for the festival. The Ministry has no such communication.

“For the records, the Edo State government due to the cost implications of postponements occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic requested financial assistance from the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

“The Ministry has since been at work to secure the financial assistance which it believes is being processed. The MYSD and EDSG are determined to deliver a successful National Sports Festival.” Edo State had raised the alarm over the Federal Government’s failure to provide fund 24 hours to the commencement of the festival.

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