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NEC Wants Governors to Supervise New Police Tactical Units

The National Economic Council (NEC) has asked governors to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and other security agencies in their states.



NEC Wants Governors to Supervise New Police Tactical Units

The National Economic Council (NEC) has asked governors to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and other security agencies in their states.

NEC made this resolution at the end of its fifth virtual meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The council also directed the immediate establishment of state-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings.

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NEC said such panels would ensure the delivery of justice for all victims of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) and other police units.

The council resolved that governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.

The Judicial Panels which would be set up in all the states will include representatives of youths, students, civil society organizations and will be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.

“The council also directed that state governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.

“The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all States of the Federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the state consistently protect the human rights of citizens.

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“Members of the Special Committee will also include representatives of youths and civil society.

“ The head of police tactical units in each of the states will also be a member of the committee,” the council said.

The Judicial Panel of Inquiry, which would be set up by each state government, would be headed by a retired High Court Judge, with other members selected by the state governor.

Members of the  Judicial Panel of Inquiry would be made up of two representatives of civil society groups and one retired police officer of high repute.

Others are one youth representative, one student representative, one representative of the State Attorney-General, and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.

The terms of reference for the Judicial Panel include receiving and investigating complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings.

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It is also to evaluate the evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

The panel’s assignment should be concluded within a maximum of six months unless it shows convincing reasons why the state government should allow an extension, NEC said.

There will also be Human Rights Public Complaints Team of between two to three persons to receive complaints on an ongoing basis.

The team will be established by the Special Committee on Security and Human Rights.

NEC directed that each state government should also set up a Complaints Office to which members of the public can relate by telephone or social media channels.

“It shall be the duty of the officers of the Complaints Officer to liaise with the leadership of security agencies, attempt resolution of complaints, or otherwise guide the complainants.

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Also NEC directs all State Governors to immediately establish a Victims Fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.’’

NEC also received an update on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response efforts from Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the report, state testing in September compared to August declined in 18 states and improved in 19 others.

The NCDC boss also listed priority intervention areas as strengthening states’ Health Security Architecture, Strong State Epidemiology team, Functional Molecular Lab, Defined Treatment Centre, Response Vehicles, Communication equipment, and Resources to deploy.

He also listed the establishment and sustenance of sample collection sites.



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EFCC Says It Recovered $153m, 80 Buildings From Alison-Madueke



EFCC Says It Recovered $153m, 80 Buildings From Alison-Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has disclosed that it recovered $153 million and 80 buildings from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has since been under probe for the looting of public funds and money laundering.

Making this disclosure, the new EFCC boss, Abdulrasheed Bawa said the buildings are valued at $80 million, adding that all the recoveries have been handed over to the Federal Government.

Bawa, however, noted that bringing the former minister to justice was still far from reality, given the fact that she is out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction and the challenges associated with bringing her home to face justice.

The EFCC chief’s words: “There are several cases surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 property in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.

“The other cases as it relates to the $115 million INEC bribery, is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward.
The case has certainly not been abandoned.’’

Speaking further, Bawa maintained that he’s ready to leave the job if anyone tried to make him do what was illegal.

“I am not going to pay allegiance to individuals in the government,” he said. Bawa pointed out that though he was young in age; he had paid the price on the job, having been among the pioneer staff of EFCC and passed through the crucible to reach the top.

“I rose through the ranks. The only job I know after graduation is the EFCC, which I joined in 2004. I rose through the ranks from an ordinary team member, to the first EFCC team leader from the regular staff of the EFCC.

“I became a sectional head, became the zonal head in Ibadan, zonal head in Port Harcourt, and zonal head in Lagos. Lagos is the biggest operational hub of the EFCC with over 600 personnel. Port Harcourt is next to it in terms of complexity and staff strength. I happen to be the first EFCC regular staff to head three different zones before my appointment as the chairman.

“The records are there. And it is a challenge I have taken upon myself to do without fear or favour. That is the truth. If anybody is coming to ask me to do something that is contrary to my conscience or what the EFCC is set out to achieve, I’m going to resign,” Bawa vowed.

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ALERT: Dreaded India’s COVID-19 Variant Discovered In Nigeria



ALERT: Dreaded India's COVID-19 Variant Discovered In Nigeria

The African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State, has detected the COVID-19 strain, currently ravaging India, in Nigeria.

The variant, according to a report, was detected nearly three weeks ago and has been communicated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had again restricted gatherings at worship centres and banned nightclubs following reports that the devastating COVID-19 strain in South Africa had spread to 23 other countries.

The detection of the Indian strain in Nigeria contributed to the fresh regulations issued by the Federal Government.

The detection had been listed on GISAID, a global science initiative that provided open access to genomic data of influenza viruses.

A notification dated Sunday, April 25, 2021, sent by Professor Christian Hapi of the ACEGID to the NCDC, read in part, “We have found five sequences of the India B.1.617 in the country, specifically in Edo and Osun states.”

Hapi, however, clarified that the strain in India has two more mutations than the one identified in Nigeria which makes the one in India more aggressive.

“What we have is the B1.617 from India. That is the variant they had but that variant has now evolved beyond the mutation that we identified.

“The one India evolved by two mutations. It is the same strain with India but their own now has a couple of mutations. So, it is the same as what we detected but also different in characteristics,” he added.

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