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BREAKING: Community Policing Will Be Infused into Amotekun — IG

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IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has said the community policing arrangement of the Federal Government would be integrated into the Southwest Regional Security Operation code-named Operation Amotekun.

The IG disclosed this at a security meeting on community policing with the Southwest Governors’ Forum in Lagos on Thursday.

Adamu said, “This is the second meeting we have held with the Governors of the Southwest region concerning the creation of Operation Amotekun. The just-concluded meeting was to discuss and fine-tune Amotekun. Out conclusion is what the chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum has explained.

“Amotekun is not a regional security outfit. Every state has one form of security arrangement, whether it is vigilante or neighborhood watch that is working security agencies in the states to fight crime. Amotekun is not different from these initiatives. We have agreed that community policing strategy be infused into the Amotekun structure so that policing will be the initiative of the community members.”

Adamu said the police would be part of the recruitment, training, and deployment of personnel to be assigned for Amotekun operations, adding that the initiative would work in complementary with the community policing model.

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The IGP said policing must start with the public, urging members of the public to unite and form an alliance against criminals in their communities.

He said the police would support the residents’ effort to keep their communities safe, but added any decision to be taken must come from the public.

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Why We’re Rehabilitating And Reintegrating Ex-Boko Haram Members — Borno Commissioner

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Borno state commissioner for women affairs, Zuwaira Gambo has revealed why they are rehabilitating people considered as repentant Boko Haram members after their arrest.

Speaking at a forum on preventing and countering violent extremism organised by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in partnership with UN Women and the government of Japan in Abuja over the weekend, Gambo admitted that the term “repentant Boko Haram terrorists” gives wrong signals to members of the public especially victims of terrorism.

The commissioner who stated that the de-radicalisation and reintegration of Boko Haram members have been misunderstood by the public as a result of a communication gap between the government and citizens, averred that some of the arrested terrorists were at the wrong place at the wrong time and were also forced to join the terrorist group.

She said, “Some of the persons reintegrated are victims who had no part to play but were arrested in the course of security checks by the military as they were caught at the wrong time in a wrong place.

“Because they have spent time in detention between two to five years, there is need for rehabilitation, counselling and socio- psychological support.

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“We are not saying that there are not some people who have partaken in destruction of lives and properties but these people are in the minority and you also have to understand that these set of people joined involuntarily as they are forced to do so.”

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BREAKING: No Comment On Boko Haram Threat To My Life — Pantami

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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami on Monday declined to comment on the threat to his life by Boko Haram /ISWAP leader , Abubakar Shekau.

Shekau, in a viral video, had threatened President Muhammadu Buhari for visiting Maiduguri , Borno state last week following the killings of over 30 people by Boko Haram terrorists.

He also threatened Pantami for his stance on sim card registrations and measures being taken by government to clean up unregistered or pre- registered SIM cards within the system.

When accosted by newsmen at the Government Secondary School , Garki , Abuja where he delivered a lecture on digital mentoring , the Minister said he had “no comments for now” on the threat to his life by the leader of the insurgent group.

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Agba Jalingo Regains Freedom After 6 Months In Detention

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Six months after he was detained, Publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, has been released from prison custody.

He was released after meeting his bail condition.

Jalingo, who was detained for allegedly writing articles criticizing Cross Rivers Governor Ben Ayade, was granted a N10m bail term last week.

He was first arrested by the police in August 2019 on the orders of the Ben Ayade-led Cross River State Government.

He was subsequently arraigned for treason and attempting to overthrow the state government due to the highly critical articles he published.

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Due to his long detention, Amnesty International had declared the activist as a prisoner of conscience.

Last week there were a series of protests staged in Cross River over his detention.

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