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.
“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.”
COVID-19: UBA Donates N28.5m To Anambra
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has donated N28.5 million to the Anambra State government in support of the fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Secretary to Anambra State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu received the cheque on behalf of the state government in Awka.
The SSG, who is the secretary of the Anambra State Action Committee on COVID-19 pandemic, while thanking the bank for the donation, called for more support from well-meaning people in Anambra State and other organisations towards the ongoing fight against the spread of the pandemic.
According to Chukwulobelu, all COVID-19 donations should be routed through the office of the SSG for proper documentation.
The regional manager of the bank, Mr. Casmir Molokwu presented the cheque on behalf of the Chairman of the bank, Mr. Tony Elumelu.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government is operating two accounts on the Coronavirus project.
COVID-19: Wike Suspends Obio/Akpor LG Chairman, Solomon Eke
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has suspended the Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, Solomon Eke and his deputy for failing to implement his directives to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the council.
The governor in a statement signed by his Special Assitant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, also imposed dusk to dawn curfew on Obiri-Ikwerre Junction to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction in Port Harcourt.
Wike in a broadcast in Port Harcourt said that the State Security Council reached the decision after it monitored compliance with the government’s directives against COVID-19.
The governor further granted waivers to different categories of persons following the closure of borders and other directives.
He said the restrictive orders would not affect Medical and Pharmaceutical Personnel, Food and Beverages, Essential Oil and Gas Staff, Petroleum Products and Media Workers and Newspaper Distributors.
He said: “All these categories of staff must identify themselves with valid identity cards. “With effect from Tuesday March 31, 2020 there will be a dusk to dawn curfew from Obiri-Ikwerre Junction( Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction, Ikwerre Road .
”All beer parlours and public drinking joints are hereby closed because they have suddenly become an extension of night clubs that were earlier shut down. Any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the State Government.
“All landlords are advised to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive. Traditional rulers, youth Leaders and Community Development Committees are to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remain closed.
“Any Traditional Ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed.
Government is investigating the illegal operation of markets at night at Woji and Elelenwo Communities. Further violation by residents of these two communities will attract declaration of curfew.”
Wike said further violation of the directive for markets to remain closed would attract a state-wide curfew.
He said: “Let me reiterate that this government will continue to do what is right no matter who is involved. As you are all aware, no conventional war has grounded global life and economy like coronavirus has done.
“Everybody is affected. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to defeat coronavirus. I want to sincerely express my heartfelt gratitude to our health professionals on the frontline of this fight. Let me also thank all the security agencies, individuals and organisations who are collaborating with us to make Rivers State safe.
“I am confident that with our collective resolve our dear state will contain the spread of this virus. My Dear Good People of Rivers State based on suggestions by well-meaning Rivers people, government is looking into the setting up of food markets across the State.”
JUST IN: FG Suspends Reconstruction Of Enugu International Airport
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced the suspension of the ongoing reconstruction work at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika disclosed this after an inspection tour of the project.
He arrived the airport aboard a police chopper, with only few officials.
Sirika said the project, which had gone beyond 90 percent, would have been delivered before Easter.
“But considering that the construction workers have downed tools owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government hereby officially announce suspension of procurement.
“The work would have been completed in 6-7 days, but the workers left to be with their families in view of the social distancing,” the minister declared.
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