Gov. Ugwuanyi sets up panel to investigate police brutality, extra-judicial killings
…Promises compensation, other remedial measures
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Saturday, for the second time in two days, addressed some youths in the state who were protesting against #PoliceBrutality in the country, announcing the setting up of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings, as demanded by the protesters.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who addressed the #EndSars protesters amid cheers, reiterated his endorsement to the state government’s position on the demands made by the protesting youth, disclosed that the panel will be chaired by a High Court Judge with two representatives of the Civil Society Groups and one retired Police Officer of high repute as members.
Other members of the panel, according to Gov. Ugwuanyi, include one youth representative, one student representative, a representative of the State Attorney General and another from the Human Rights Commission.
The governor who applauded the protesters, led by two prominent artists, Flavor and Phyno, for the peaceful nature of the protest expressed the solidarity of the government and people of the state to their cause.
He added that the panel is saddled with the responsibility of receiving and investigating complaints of police brutality or related extra judicial killings; evaluate evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances and draw conclusion as to the validity of the complaints and then recommend compensation and other remedial measures where appropriate.
Gov. Ugwuanyi also announced that his administration will establish a human rights public complaints team of between two and three persons to receive complaints on an on-going basis, adding that the team will be established by the special committee on security and human rights.
“We have also resolved that we will set up complaints commission which the public can relate by telephone or social media channels”, the governor said.
While appreciating Ndi Enugu for the overwhelming support and goodwill especially when they reelected him in 2019 with an unprecedented 95.54 percent of the valid votes cast, which he said was a referendum on his performance, Gov. Ugwuanyi reassured them that his administration will do all that it has promised to do for the people in spite of the nation’s challenges.
The deputy governor, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, who accompanied the governor to the event, had on Tuesday, presented the state government’s position accepting to address all the demands made by the protesting youth also led by Flavour and Phyno.
Eid-el-Maulud: A Time To Take a Deeper Reflection ― Orji Kalu
Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu has felicitated with the Muslim community on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-el- Maulud celebration.
The former governor of Abia, while commending religious leaders and traditional rulers for promoting peace and unity across the country, urged Ingrains to use the season for sober reflection and devotion.
Kalu, in a goodwill message, admonished Muslim faithful to offer prayers for unity, peace and progress of Nigeria during the period.
He also applauded religious leaders for educating their followers and Nigerians at large on the need for religious tolerance and mutual respect.
He stressed that Nigerians must imbibe the spirit of togetherness, brotherhood and selflessness despite ethnic, religious and political differences for the sake of national unity.
Kalu urged Muslims to uphold the teachings of the Holy Quran while demonstrating forgiveness, piety, charity and patriotism in their daily pursuits.
“I join our Muslim brothers and sisters to mark this year’s Eid-el- Maulud in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
“This is not a period for merry-making but a time for sober reflection as individuals and as a nation.
“We must demonstrate the exemplary qualities of Prophet Muhammed in our daily lives.
“The citizenry and government must work harmoniously for the sake of building a united Nigeria.
“It is only in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, that sustainable development can be achieved.
“We must resist any attempt by unpatriotic and selfish individuals to divide the country.
“Nigeria must remain one united entity for Nigerians to reap the diverse potential of the heterogeneous nature of the country,” Kalu said.
Kalu used the opportunity to call on the youths to shun all acts of violence, while admonishing Nigerians to channel their grievances against government through legitimate platforms.
He noted that the recent #EndSARS protest across the country was hijacked by hoodlums, thugs and miscreants resulting in loss of lives and property.
He emphasised that the political class must live up to expectations in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
“The peaceful EndSARS protesters have made their demands known to the Federal Government and the President deserves commendation for the immediate dissolution of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
He, however, urged the youths and the Federal Government to engage in dialogue in a bid to address other demands of the protesters.
Buhari’s Full Speech at the Launch of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem
President Buhari’s Speech at the Launch of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund October 28, 2020
I am indeed happy to welcome everyone here to the formal launch of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund.
Today, we are gathered here to first remember and commend the sacrifices of our fallen heroes and veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Nigerian Civil War and Peace Support Operations around the world.
We also seize this opportunity to pay tributes to those men and women currently engaged in Internal Security Operations, particularly the ongoing fight against insurgency, terrorism and armed banditry in some parts of the country.
Despite the global Coronavirus Pandemic, these gallant officers and soldiers have remained steadfast in the difficult task of restoring peace and security in our nation.
We honour the memory of our gallant officers and men who have paid the supreme sacrifice in order to keep the country united as one entity. The nation remains grateful for the efforts and sacrifice of the Armed Forces especially in the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges confronting Nigeria.
The Armed Forces Remembrance Day or Veterans Day as it is known in some parts of the world is an important event observed in commemoration of the end of the Second World War.
In Commonwealth member countries, the Remembrance Day is observed on 11th November yearly. However, for us the date was changed to 15th January annually to accommodate the commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
Therefore, the occasion reminds us of the need to guard jealously the unity of the nation which was won at great cost.
It also serves as a reminder for our citizens to desist from divisive actions and comments that could jeopardize the unity and progress of the nation.
Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our dear nation has witnessed numerous security challenges since independence. These security threats have undermined Nigeria in the areas of trade, investment and economy, education, health as well as agriculture and frequently denied Nigerians the freedom of movement.
I am however pleased to state that a lot has been achieved in the Internal Security operations in the North West and North Central zones where in addition to Operations LAFIYA DOLE, HADARIN DAJI, HARBIN KUNAMA, WHIRL STROKE, other operations such as ACCORD, SAHEL SANITY and KATSINA were successfully launched.
This has led to the return of normalcy in some of the affected areas.
However, all hands must be on deck to check attacks on soft targets. On our part, we will continue to forge useful alliances with neighbours and friends in the international community for the total defeat of the security threats affecting the sub-region.
Our Administration will also ensure the timely provision of adequate resources and necessary logistics support for the Armed Forces to operate with the best and modern warfare equipment, while at the same time addressing the issues of their welfare.
We are quite aware that it is our responsibility to provide a conducive environment that is devoid of security threats. I want to re-assure Nigerians that security being one of the pillars of this administration will continue to be at the forefront until peace and security are restored in the country.
We will create an environment in which Nigerians and foreigners are guaranteed freedom and returns on investments.
On this note I urge business enterprises to render discounts and rebates to our men and women in uniform as a symbol of appreciation for their sacrifices. This kind gesture will make life easier for them and deepen their patriotism.
The unfortunate cost of the fight against insurgency and other internal security challenges, is the unavoidable loss of lives of some of our officers and men of the Armed Forces.
The reality is that the spouses and defendants of these bread-winners in most cases experience trauma and deprivation. However, we can be of support to them to lighten their burdens especially in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
I therefore call on all to spare a thought for them and take positive steps to come to their aid.
Let me use this medium to commend charity organizations involved in this cause of bringing succor to the families of our fallen heroes and veterans.
I will like to also call on more organizations that are yet to participate in this cause to please come forward and do your duty.
To ensure that our veterans continue to share the comradeship that existed while in Service and that their welfare is adequately catered for, the Federal Government established the Nigerian Legion AS WELL AS FULLY PAID ALL PENSION ARREARS OF VETERANS.
I am delighted to note that the Legion has continued to be a rallying point of veterans and has done a lot in catering for the welfare of their ailing members.
It is in this spirit, that I urge Nigerians to support and participate in the Legion’s initiatives in the areas of transportation, agriculture and housing development.
On my part as the Grand Patron, I wish to pledge my continued support and that of the Federal Government to the Nigerian Legion. I want to also urge state Governors who are patrons in their respective States to continue to support the Legion.
Similarly, government agencies at the Federal and State Levels are encouraged to continue patronizing the services of the Nigerian Legion Corps of Commissionaires in the provision of security services. The potentials of our ex-servicemen are enormous and we can indeed leverage on them for national development.
As I launch the emblem shortly, I wish to call on all Nigerians and others residents in Nigeria to procure and wear the emblems with pride in order to identify with those who laid down their lives for the peace and security of our fatherland.
I encourage all to donate generously in support of our veterans and dependents of our fallen heroes.
Esteemed veterans, ladies and gentlemen, it is now my honour and privilege to launch the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and Appeal Fund.
Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
WTO: Ohanaeze reacts to Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence as DG, commends Buhari
The President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, has lauded the former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala over her emergence as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, WTO describing it as a reward for excellence which she represents.
John Nnia Nwodo in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday said in a statement he signed that the victory is uplifting as it came at the right time when Nigeria and her citizens were going through difficult times.
“A Nigerian daughter emerging to lead such high global body at this time gives hope that the future is right if square pegs are put in square holes in the leadership in this country,” he said.
Nwodo said, as the first female and African to occupy the exalted position, Dr Okonjo-Iweala is making history which she rightly merits given her overwhelming credentials and track records locally and internationally.
The PG commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support which made Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s victory possible.
The Ohanaeze leader also praised the unity of purpose of African leaders which made the victory easy and deserving.
While congratulating Dr Okonjo-Iweala, the Ohanaeze leader prayed God to grant her mercy and the wisdom needed for her to excel in the new position.
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