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Nigeria Must Embrace Decentralized Police — Ekweremadu

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Former Deputy President of the Senate and Senator Representing Enugu West Senatorial District, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has reiterated his call for the decentralization of policing in the country.

Ekweremadu made the call at a security summit organized by the Agbaja Youths General Assembly in Udi, Enugu State, over the weekend.

According to him, as much as community policing is a good option, it can only work in Nigeria, when the police is decentralized, “because both community policing and decentralized policing function better working together.”

The Senator pointed out that “returning to decentralized policing will go a long way in minimizing the security challenges that we are presently facing in the country,” recalling that our security challenges escalated when decentralized policing was abolished.

In his words, “ The police should be in charge of internal policing in the country while soldiers are for external services. The practice in most countries operating a federal system of government is decentralized policing.

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“Ideally, we should have a federal, state and local government police for effective policing. For checks and balances, in cases of abuse by some actors, a federal police service commission is recommended to regulate the activities of the different tiers of policing.

“Until we decentralize our policing, we will not get it right Security wise. Decentralized policing is also part of restructuring which many Nigerians have been clamoring for”.

Ekweremadu congratulated the Youths for choosing an appropriate theme for the summit, which is “ Nurturing Security Conscious and Law Abiding Youths” and urged youths in the country to be law abiding, “bearing in mind that they are very important stakeholders in security issues; a strong focal point in the architecture of any country.”

The Senator called on the youths to shun cultism, reminding them that as much as making money was good, it was equally important to make it through hard work, in a decent manner.

He also encouraged the students among them to concentrate on their studies as “they will be remembered by the the good grades they made in school not the cult group they belong to, which in any case will be of no benefit to them.”

Earlier, the guest speaker and State Police Public Relations Officer, S P, Ebele Amarizu encouraged youths to be law abiding, provide information where necessary and embrace community policing.

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VIDEO: “Yoruba People Are The Most Primitive Nigerians” — Miyetti Allah

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The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has stated that despite the achievement of the Yoruba people in terms of education, they are the most primitive Nigerians in terms of political culture.

The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Alhassan said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Tuesday morning to talk about the new security outfit created by South West governors, Amotekun.

According to Alhassan, Miyetti Allah as a group sees Amotekun as an extension of OPC which has a history of violence.

“For us, Amotekun that is the Yoruba tribal militia, it is one of the greatest threats of democracy we have now in place because you cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a history of violent crime because essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC, Oodua Peoples Congress that has a history of heinous crimes and killings and the proponents of Amotekun has not hidden who their targets are.”

When asked to address his recent comment saying the South West might lose the presidency if they do not scrap Amotekun, Saleh said:

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“It is not a blackmail. Unfortunately with strong apologies to my South West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of political culture. They are not tolerant to opposition.”

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Executes Abducted Adamawa CAN Official

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The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has been killed by Boko Haram terrorists.

Andimi, who was kidnapped by the terrorists in early January was killed on Monday, by his kidnappers, according to veteran Journalist, Ahmad Salkida in a tweet on his handle @A_Salkida on Tuesday.

“To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family,” Salkida tweeted.

A video clip had surfaced days after his abduction in which he was seen pleading with the Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri to rescue him.

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“I have never been discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself …is in the hand of God. God who made them to take care of me. So, the summary of my speech; I am appealing to my colleagues, reverends, particularly my president, Reverend Joel Billy who is a strong man, a man of compassion and man of love. He can do all his best to speak to our governor, Umaru Jibrilla (Fintiri) and other necessary agents for my release here,” he had said.

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Nigerians React As Buhari Is Absent At UK Summit Dinner For African Leaders

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As part of activities to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit which started yesterday January 20th, members of the Royal family led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Princess Kate, hosted a cross section of African leaders who are in the UK for the summit, to a dinner reception.

African leaders including Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, and others were present at the dinner

President Muhammadu Buhari was however not in attendance. He was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

Reacting to the development, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to ask why their president was not in attendance at the dinner.

Some even insinuated Mr. Buhari might have used the opportunity of being in the UK to do a quick medical check-up.

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