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Police Urged To Call To Order Ndalile Of Mokwa As Niger Communal Crisis Worsens

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Police Urged To Call To Order Ndalile Of Mokwa As Niger Communal Crisis Worsens

The police have been urged to call to order the Ndalile of Mokwa, Muhammad Shaba Aliyu because, according to a local source, he is behind the ongoing clash between Eppa and Etisheshi communities in Niger State.

This call was made by a leader of the humanists organisation in Nigeria Dr.Leo Igwe. In the statement, Igwe recalled that in an earlier incident, Ndalile had opened fire on some protesters who stormed his palace to demand the release of an Etisheshi youth leader that he arrested.

“Ndalile shot and injured 12 of the protesters. One of them had reportedly died as a result of the injuries. In an attempt to further victimize the leaders from Etisheshi community, Ndalile lodged a petition at the state police command in Minna urging the police to investigate them for criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, causing grievous hurt, inciting disturbance, criminal trespass, criminal intimidation, obstruction of the public highway, and unlawful possession of dangerous weapons”, Igwe said.

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The statement continued :”According to a local source, Ndalile is the brain behind the communal clash between the Eppa and Etisheshi communities. Following the refusal of the Etisheshi community to allow Ndalile sell their land to a local sugar company, this traditional rule has been instigating the Eppa people against their Etisheshi counterparts. It was reported that today May 22, there was another bloody clash in the community. Some thugs from the Eppa community attacked farmers from Etisheshi community with bows and arrows. At least 6 persons were seriously wounded and some of them are receiving treatment at Federal Medical Center in Bida.

“The police have a duty to call Ndalile to order. They should intervene and help restrain him from instigating further clashes and bloodshed in the Mokwa community. The police should not allow the Ndalile to use them to continue to intimidate and harass members of the Etisheshi community. From what has transpired so far, it is the Ndalile, not the Etisheshi community leaders, who should be arrested and prosecuted for instigating violence, and for attacking and causing fatal injuries. The police should take measures to reconcile the Eppa and Etisheshi communities, and ensure that there is no further breakdown of law and order. They should ensure that peace eventually returns to the Mokwa community in Niger State.”

 

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

A former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Paul Unongo is dead.

Unongo, who hailed from Jato Aka in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, died Tuesday morning in Jos, the Plateau State capital at the age of 87.

A strong politician, he aspired to govern Benue State in 1983 but lost to the late Aper Aku.

In 2017, Unongo succeeded Maitama Sule as the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum.

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A close family source, who confirmed his death to reporters on the phone in Makurdi on Tuesday, simply said that his death would be announced in due course.

“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today Tuesday but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” he said.

Another source in the state, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed his death.

“This morning, I called and was told that they were bathing him but about 20 minutes after they told me he passed on,” said one of Tiv prominent sons.

Until his death, Unongo was the chairman of the Governing Council of Nigerian Educational Research Development Council.

Born on September 26, 1935, Paul Unongo, belonged to the Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry, in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

For disobeying a valid court order, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The sentence came from the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeys an order it made since October 21, 2011.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt”, the court held.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

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Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP, refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered the payment of N10million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

 

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

With the Federal Government’s approval of the 14 working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants, the implementation of the policy has taken off.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in a November 25 circular with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.

The circular titled, “Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service,” said that this is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leave shall be based on working days.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of 14 working days,” Yemi-Esan said.

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She said that the request for such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

She also said that the effective date of the circular was November 25, 2022.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September this year approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, to make men properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.
She said the bonding was important to help the newly-born or adopted baby properly bond with the father in the early period.

“So, that is what has been approved for men so that the men and their babies also can bond well together. It’s important because we want the young children and the youth really to bond properly with their fathers, just as they bond well with their mothers.”

 

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