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Policemen To Undergo Training On Emotional Intelligence In Lagos

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Plans have been concluded for policemen under the Lagos State Police Command to undergo training on emotional intelligence with a view to enhancing their capability on interpersonal relationship.

This is just as policemen in the state have been warned to desist from arresting people with dreadlocks or tattoo.

Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Zubairu Muazu, dropped the hint yesterday, at a breakfast meeting with Stakeholder Forum on Police Accountability, at Alausa, Ikeja area of the state.

The training became necessary, following the indiscriminate and unprofessional manner policemen were accused of handling matters. Among these, were the killings of three Lagosians by policemen, recently.

The training on emotional intelligence according to Muazu, would address the misdemeanor of policemen and at the same time, expose reasons why some policemen behaved the way they did.

Expressing disappointment over the killings of innocent and defenseless Lagosians, since he assumed office, Muazu, disclosed that three police men so far dismissed for murder, were presently in prison custody.

According to him, “Cases of wanton killing is not acceptable. There seems to be no response from any quarter on the killings before now. But the administration of this present Inspector-General of Police , Mohammed Adamu, will not condone any of such act. He has already warned that no policeman in Nigeria that engages in such misdemeanor will go scot- free.

“ To address this, we are working hard on training and re-training of policemen. I just approved training on emotional intelligence. The behavior of our men is unimaginable. We have identified that as a problem and have got people to train them on this . We want to know what is happening to our policemen and why they behave the way they do”.

On the arrest of persons with dreadlocks and tattoo, he said, “ We have been emphasizing to our policemen that not everybody with dreads lock and tattoo are cultists. Such type of unnecessary arrest will not be tolerated”.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Chairman of the Stakeholders Accountability Forum, Okechukwu Nwanguma, explained that the forum was a network of stakeholders comprising the National Human Rights Commission, community based/ community focused organisations, other civil society organisations, as well as other stakeholders interested in, or working on issues of police accountability and improved service delivery by the Police.

The Forum which was initiated by civil society and other stakeholders in Lagos State with support from the Nigerian Policing Program (NPP), was according to him, was launched last year, to understand the functioning of the various public complaints and discipline mechanisms and how civil society and other stakeholders could engage and strengthen these mechanisms to promote accountability and respect for human rights, thereby change public perception of the police.

Lauding the command’s efforts under Muazu’s watch at addressing abuses, Nwanguma, however said that the achievements were under reported.

“This platform will help to bring to wider public view, the improvements being recorded by the command under the current leadership ; Community engagement through Town hall meetings, especially with the gender and anti-cultism units. Town Hall meetings provide platforms to communicate police challenges and community concerns and help to create mutual understanding and promote community police partnership”.

Highlight of the meeting included suggestions on the need for policemen to be posted to areas of their specialty to enhance professionalism; need for synergy between the command and other security agencies and vigilante groups; wining the trust of members of the public for an enhanced intelligence, among others.

Present at the meeting were the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, DCP Ali Muhammed, heads of key units such as X-Squad, SARS among others.

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I Don’t Believe President Buhari Is In Charge — Wole Soyinka [VIDEO]

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Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that he does not believe President Muhammadu Buhari is in charge of the country.

He made this statement in reference to the open letter written to Buhari by a retired colonel and former military administrator of Kaduna, Umar Dangiwa, over the president’s habit of appointing people from his section of the country into office.

Reacting to this in an interview on PlusTv Africa’s ‘One-On-One’ on Thursday, the playwright and political activist said the answer to the nation’s problem is decentralisation.

The renowned writer commended the former military administrator who has a tendency to hit the nail hard and go straight to the point factually without self-interest.

He said: “Umar Dangiwa is one of the really serious letter writers without self-interest and when I saw this I was appalled but I shouldn’t have been appalled in the first place. I was appalled by the silence that followed this revelation. I think those who are responsible for this criminal lopsidedness should be punished. It is not sufficient just to discuss it. It’s criminal.

“I have said this before. I don’t believe there is really anybody in charge in Aso Rock. I’m sorry to say this. I’ve been studying the trend over the past year and a half and I believe this president is not in charge of this nation, in so many aspects and directions.

“I’m convinced he’s not really and totally with it.

“It’s so serious. It is not the fact alone, we know the history of this. We know what it has caused the nation, and we know it isn’t over yet. And you say are launching an enquiry. That’s not enough. This man is not in charge.”

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BREAKING: Buhari Nominates Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Director-General Position

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), TheCable reports.

In a document seen by TheCable on Thursday, Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position.

The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025.

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Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC Meeting

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

The meeting, which started at 09:02 GMT has the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, as well as some Ministers in attendance.

Ministers present in the hall include those of Justice, Aviation, Finance, Information and Culture, Environment, Water Resources, Defence and Works.

All other Ministers are attending form their various offices in the nation’s capital city, Abuja.

The meeting is expected to consider issues surrounding how the nation can mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 and how to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians in the midst of the pandemic.

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