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Why Killings, Poverty, Kidnappings, Others Are On The Rise – Social Workers

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Why Killings, Poverty Kidnappings, Others Are On The Rise - Social Workers

The Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW) has declared that the non-passage of the Social Work (Establishment) Bill pending before the National Assembly has contributed to the sudden surge of killings, human right abuses and wanton poverty in the country.

NASoW said allowing the bill to remain unpassed had hindered social workers from giving the right fight to protect Nigerians, thereby triggering social injustices like killings, kidnappings, poverty, gender inequality and economic deprivation.

The association said these in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Tuesday, at a press conference marking the 2022 World’s Social Work Day with the theme: ‘Co-Building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind’.

The NASoW’s National President, Alhaji Moshood Mustapha, said the bill was re-presented in February, 2022, to legalise the operations of social workers in the country, whose cardinal objectives are to prevent social injustices, promote human rights, particularly the ones that relate to the standard iof living of the Nigerian populace.

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He said: “Social workers are to promote social , political and economic growth of a nation. We are to advocate for the rights of citizens regarding their social, economic , legal and physical welfare, so that we can all feel the dividends of democracy.

“For social workers to be deeply involved and achieved these, we presented the Social Work (Establishment ) Bill to strengthen us to be able to fight for our citizens. We have to get a bill of operationalization to empower us to call a spade a spade when the wrong things are done. We have to be regulated and legally empowered to achieve these.

“As part of our contributions, more than 25 states had domesticated the Gender Based Violence Law. We have also worked for the domestication of child’s rights laws. Over 26 states had domesticated it and over 18 are running with it to protect the rights of our children and to also stand for the widows.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to pass the bill to encourage social workers and to encourage new entrants into the profession as being done in advanced nations.”

Mustapha added that the ‘co-building’ concept was initiated to pioneer a better order for social development, saying holding the global event in Ekiti was meant to appreciate Governor Kayode Fayemi and wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, for their contributions to social work.

Also, the NaSoW’s Chairman , Ekiti chapter, Mr. Temitope Adewusi, said the association conferred award on Ekiti First lady, Mrs Fayemi, for mooting a series of programmes to ensure women empowerment , gender equality, rights protection and others in the state.

“The second tenure of Governor Fayemi was a boom for the social work profession as a series of laws such as the Ekiti State Mental Health Law, Female Genital Mutilation Law, and Gender-based violence Prohibition Law were passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by Mr. Governor in line with the social work principles.

“It is expected that this awareness we are creating will boost women empowerment, eradicate gender-based violence and all forms of abuse against women and girls and girl-child education.

“Hence we encourage the Senate to pass into law the Council for Social Work (Establishment) Bill which was read for the first time after being represented on 23 February, 2022”, he stated.

 

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Police Arrest ESN, IPOB Members, Uncover Shrine With Python

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Seven suspected members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as a live python they used to fortify themselves before attacks have been arrested.

The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Micheal Abattam, who confirmed this to newsmen in Owerri, said “the Command’s Tactical Teams, on 18/5/2022 at about 0600 hours hastily mobilized when it received credible information that the native doctor who prepares charms for fortifications against bullets and knives for group has returned after fleeing the community.”

Narrating how the Police raided the camps, the police said, “with the positive revelations made in the course of interrogating the suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killing, the team was able to locate the criminal hideout in Ubah Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State and immediately cordoned-off the area and tactically went into the den.

“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives, attempted to escape only to discover that the whole escape routes had been saturated with police operatives hence, they were arrested. ”

He gave the names of the arrested suspects as “Casmire Mgbugha ‘m’ aged 53 years, Hycent Chimezie ‘m’ aged 30 years, Hycent Azunna ‘m’ aged 28 years, Hycent Ifesinachi ‘m’ aged 26 years, Hycent Chimobi ‘m’ aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Wisdom ‘m’ aged 22 years and Nnadike Clifford ‘m’ aged 72 years.”

The police said on searching the terror camp, the following items were recovered: one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 73 BF LAGOS, one live python, eight locally made pistols, eighteen rounds of live cartridges, one Biafra flag, a pair of police camouflage uniform belonging to the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara ‘f’, who has been declared missing since 2017 by police authorities

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While coming out of the terror camp, one of the suspects, Hycent Chimezie for the second time, attempted escaping and was maimed on the leg, the police spokesman said.

The police further said the suspects confessed to have murdered the late Inspector Felicia Nwagbara who was the second wife to one of the suspects – Casmire Mgbugba.

The suspected hoodlums further stated that they were the manufacturers of the locally made guns recovered from them, which they also sell to robbers and kidnappers.

“The command wishes to use this medium to appreciate the good people of Imo State for their undaunting support and assures them of the command’s commitments in sustaining the already improved security architecture in the State,” he said.

 

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers’ Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

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Supreme Court Grants Rivers' Request To Join Electoral Act Suit

The Supreme Court on Monday approved the request of Rivers State to join as an interested party a suit by President Muhammadu Buhari against the National Assembly on the Electoral Act 2022 .

The court has subsequently fixed Thursday, May 26, 2022 for the hearing of the suit.

Rivers State is to be represented in the suit by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state.

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Justice Muhammad Musa Datijjo, who led a panel of seven justices of the court, adjourned the matter till Thursday following the concession by Buhari’s lawyer, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of the state be joined as parties in the suit.

Justice Dattijo then ordered the parties to file and exchange necessary processes latest next week Wednesday and return to the court on Thursday for hearing.

 

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

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Accountant General Ahmed Idris Suspended Over N80b Fraud

The accountant general of the federation Ahmed Idris has been suspended indefinitely by Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning.

This is coming two days after his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N80 billion fraud.

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In a letter dated May 18, 2022, Ahmed said the suspension “without pay” was to allow for “proper and unhindered investigation” in line with public service rules.
He is not expected to come to office or contact any official in his office except for any disciplinary hearing that may be advised.

 

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