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



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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Security Operatives Crack Down On Sagamu Cultists, House of Assembly Member, Six Others In DSS Net



Acting IGP Kayode Egbetokun

Security operatives in Ogun State on Wednesday tracked six suspected cultists, allegedly involved in the violence that erupted in Sagamu at the weekend to the official residence of a member of the state House of Assembly.

The member, representing Sagamu State Constituency (1), Hon. Damilare Bello Mohammed, was alleged to have provided shelter to the fleeing cultists.

A team of security operatives, in a sting operation after a tip-off, arrested the suspects on the premises of the lawmaker.

Those arrested, according to sources, include Damilare Bello Mohammed aka DRE, Debbo Animashaun, Bamidele Saheed, Ismaila Onitire, Adewale Otesanya and Tobi Owoade.

They are currently undergoing interrogation at the Department of State Service (DSS).

Sources revealed that many dangerous weapons, including guns, were recovered from the suspects.

It would be recalled that Hon. Bello was arrested by the DSS for masterminding the violent protest that took place in February this year in Sagamu over the naira redesign policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

During the protest, irate youths vandalised about 10 banks and other public infrastructures.

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Ogun Considers Special Court To Try Cultists



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

A Special Court is to be established by the Ogun State Government to try cult-related cases.

Also to be set up is a Joint Anti-Cultism Security Task Force comprising all major security outfits, with the mandate to rid the state of the menace of cultism.

The state is also proposing an amnesty programme for would-be cultists who may wish to surrender their weapons.

These decisions were arrived at after a joint security meeting, held at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday hinted that his administration would enact a law that would pronounce the death penalty on anyone caught engaging in cult activities in the state.

The governor spoke during a visit to the palace of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, following days of cult-related clashes in Sagamu, which left many dead and others injured.

The meeting, according to Governor Abiodun, focused on providing adequate measures to eradicate cultism in the Gateway State.

Prince Abiodun said: “During the Joint Security meeting that took place today (Wednesday), we engaged in fruitful discussions regarding the implementation of measures aimed at combating cultism in Ogun State.

“Our primary focus was on establishing a special court, forming a joint operational force comprising various security agencies, and implementing a death penalty for cultism offences.

“In addition to these measures, we also deliberated on the possibility of introducing a period of amnesty. This would allow individuals who wish to surrender their weapons and renounce their affiliation with any cult-related groups and activities the opportunity to do so without fear of prosecution.

“As an administration deeply committed to fostering a peaceful and violence-free society, we are dedicated to providing the Special Court and Joint Anti-Cultism Security Task Force with the necessary logistics and tools to support their operations effectively.

“The overall objective of our conversation is to address the issue of cultism through a multifaceted approach. This will include legal and enforcement measures, rehabilitation efforts, and community engagement through our respected traditional leaders.

“In conclusion, we are determined to tackle the menace of cultism in our state head-on. By employing a combination of legal frameworks, law enforcement strategies, rehabilitation initiatives, and community involvement, we believe we can bring about lasting change.”

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Why We Sacked NNPP’s Abba Kabir As Kano Governor – Tribunal



Kano State GovernorAbba Kabir

The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The tribunal declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, as the winner of the March 18 election.

Yusuf was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the poll in March.

But on Wednesday, the three-man panel, after hearing the petitions, ordered the withdrawal of the certificate of return which INEC presented to Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.

The court deducted 165,663 votes from Yusuf’s total as invalid votes, stating that the affected ballot papers were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.

The ruling comes about six months after the APC candidate conceded defeat to Yusuf in the wake of INEC’s presentation of the certificate of return to the NNPP candidate.

In a two-minute audio statement on March 29, Gawuna stated that “as a good Muslim”, he was compelled to accept the outcome of the election, whether in his favour or not.

He added that although his campaign team had requested a review of the election results by INEC, upon review, the commission had found Yusuf to be the winner of the election.

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