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Wike Blames Insecurity On Illicit Drugs

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike today blamed the rising insecurity in the nation on the prevalence of illicit drugs .

The governor lamented that the Federal Government was dissipating its energy on fighting the manifest symptoms instead of holistically addressing the major cause of the crimes.

He promised to collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to set up a Drug Rehabilitation Centre in the state.
Wike spoke when he received the Chairman and Chief Executive Office, NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said that people had often thought that the fight against criminality in the country should be targeted only at bandits and kidnappers with less attention paid to the use of illicit drugs, which he said remained the root cause of such crimes.

He said if concerted efforts were made towards achieving a reduction in the level of illicit drug in the society, the crime rate would reduce.

He said: “It’s most unfortunate that people think that fighting crime is only when you fight bandits, and kidnappers. But, nobody wants to understand the root cause of most of these crimes.”

He said persons engaged in criminal acts such as rape and kidnapping, were often under the influence of illicit hard drugs.
Wike pointed out the need to look at the fight against criminality holistically across the country with equal attention given to both drug influence and the crime perpetrators.

He said: “Any government worth its salt would not hesitate to support the agency in order to tackle the issue of drug.
“For choosing Rivers State first as your first point of call shows how you take the state, and remembering that this is where your career started after your graduation from the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA).

“As for the rehabilitation centre, we will work that out with the commander in the state, to see how we can set up a Drug Rehabilitation Centre in the state. We will also give you three Hilux vans immediately to enhance the performance of the agency.”

Wike further decried the state of most institutions and agencies established by the Federal Government saying they were not provided with requisite working tools to enable them to perform their statutory functions.

In his speech, Marwa said after he assumed office five weeks ago, the agency had gone all out to ensure the reduction of illicit drugs supply across the country.

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He said that there was much criminality in Nigeria with insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and rape being caused by perpetrators under the use of drugs.

He said: “Behind most of this criminality is the use of drugs. Unfortunately, this is one thing that does not distinguish between communities, ethnicity, religion, age or gender.

“The prevalence in Rivers State, actually, is 15 percent. That is from the drug survey of the UNODC that was released recently. But it is not the worse, in fact, it is placed 14 in the country.

“But a state like Lagos has a prevalence of 33 percent. That, actually, means one out of every three Lagosians between the ages of 15 and 64 is taking something. That is terrible for a country such as ours. Concerted efforts are required to deal with it.”

He appealed to the governor to consider setting up a drug rehabilitation centre and a state drug control committee.
In fulfilment of the Rivers State governor’s pledge to enhance the operational capability of the NDLEA, the Chief of Staff Government House, Emeka Woke, on behalf of the governor, presented three brand new Hilux vans to NDLEA chairman.

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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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