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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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Senate Urges FG To Raise Age Limit For Job Seekers

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The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to urgently raise the age limit usually attached to job vacancies in the country.

The call by the Senate followed its consideration of a motion titled: “Urgent need to review age barrier during recruitment and employment” sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East).

Citing order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, Gobir noted that recruitment requirements of Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other private bodies which set age barriers “inadvertently excludes and marginalizes skillful and competent prospective applicants from participating in such exercises.

“Due to the high unemployment rate in the country, many graduates spend up to 10 years seeking employment and this puts them in a disadvantaged position by no fault of theirs.

“Many individuals resort to falsifying their age all in a bid to fall within the required age limit for them to be gainfully employed.

“This development, where a person believes he is unemployable can lead them to embracing criminal activities and further increase the growing crime rate and
insecurity in the country.”

Gobir called on the Senate to “urge the Federal Government to direct the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to set up a committee to review the age limit for employment or recruitment with a view to get this problem of age barrier sorted out to allow the teeming skilled and competent Nigerians to be employed by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).”

In his contribution, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), said the Senate can only progress on the call for review of age limit by first calling for the lifting of the embargo placed employment over thirteen years ago by the Federal Government.

According to him, the embargo period must be factored into the review of age limit for job recruitment by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity for prospective job seekers in the country.

Na’Allah said: “I think the motion is apt and timely. The major basis for the Senate to proceed on that request lies in the fact that, as an institution, we must take notice that the federal government on its own placed embargo on employment for over 13 years now.

“The period that there have been embargo by the Federal Government in itself should be considered in the review of age limit.

“For example, if the age limit is 23, we must now add the 13 or 14 years of embargo on employment to the age already earmarked for employment, so that the age will be plus 13, because it is the government on its own that placed the embargo on employment.

“There cannot be justification for you to place embargo on employment, then at the same time expect graduates to remain at the age they were during the period of the embargo.

“I think in the review, that has to be taken into account, and therefore, the age limit can now be raised in addition to the established age. That should be the legal verdict for the review.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks lamented the discrimination against job seekers as a result of the barrier imposed by often prescribed age limit.

“It is not through a fault of theirs that people are discriminated against. They’ll tell you only 30 years limit, meanwhile someone graduated 10 years ago.

“This is a very good motion urging the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to swing into action immediately,” Lawan said.

Senators unanimously approved the only prayer of the motion when it was put to voice vote by the Senate President.

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Maj Gen Adeniyi To Face Court Martial After Lamenting Inadequate Equipment, Wrong intelligence In Boko Haram Fight

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Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the erstwhile Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, will face a court-martial few months after a video circulated of him complaining bitterly about inferior ammunition and wrong intelligence given to troops prosecuting the war on terror in the North-East.

Adeniyi was among 886 officers the Army redeployed on Tuesday.

In the video in March, he was shown among forlorn troops after a battle with insurgents, stating that many soldiers and equipment were lost as the insurgents attacked from “every flank with not less than 15 gun trucks.”

However, he stressed that the troops remained committed to the fight in spite of the challenges.

The video sparked outrage, especially on social media, with many commentators accusing the Buhari presidency and military authorities of lying to Nigerians about the true state of the counterinsurgency operations.

On April 1, Adeniyi was redeployed as Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) as a Senior Research Fellow, a move touted as a form of punishment for the incident.

In Tuesday’s postings, Adeniyi was moved again from the NARC to the Army Headquarters, both in Abuja.

The Army said he was moved “for jurisdiction”, which Premium Times reported Wednesday, quoting unnamed military sources, means to face a court-martial.

According to insiders quoted by the reputable online newspaper, the Army deliberately allowed the controversy to die down before hauling the major general before the court-martial.

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Yorubaland Is The Glue Holding Nigeria Together — Olu Falae

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Former Secretary to the Federal Government (SFG), Chief Olu Falae says Yorubaland is the glue holding Nigeria together.

Falae, who spoke in a Vanguard interview, added that the South-West has invested so much into Nigeria’s unity to pursue secession.

He said this explains why the South-West geopolitical zone is frequented the most by people of other zones whenever their zones are in crisis.

The elder statesman said, “We have invested, perhaps, more than most groups in Nigeria. To prove my point, if there is a crisis in the East today, where do people rush to? The South-West. If there is a crisis in the North, where will they run to? The South-West.

“This is the refugee camp of Nigeria. This is where everybody is welcome, accepted and looked after. That is the investment of peace we have been making from time immemorial.

“Yorubaland has been the glue that holds Nigeria. If the South-West says it wants to secede, the Middle-Belt will fight us because they see Yoruba as the cement that holds Nigeria.

“During the Civil War, when the Igbo went home, Governor Mobolaji Johnson looked after their property for them. Rents were in the banks. When they returned, their money was given to them to start life all over again.

“That is a fact. But the property they left in Port Harcourt was taken over by their neighbours. It took several years before some of them were returned to the owners.

“We have demonstrated that we are the most accommodating; we are the cementing culture in Nigeria. So, there is no way we can secede. This is our home.”

Meanwhile, Falae emphasised the importance of restructuring the nation, saying it would address many of Nigeria’s current challenges.

He flayed those accusing Yorubaland of plotting secession with the establishment of Amotekun, the regional security network in the South-West zone.

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