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We Don’t Need Your Bribes – Police, FRSC Tell Nigerians

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The Police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday urged Nigerians to stop offering their officers a bribe.

They also urged the public to report any officer who demands a bribe.

The two agencies were among participants at a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue on “effective and sustainable strategies for curbing retail corruption” organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC).

PACAC Executive Secretary Prof Sadiq Radda said citizens have a critical role to play in ending petty (retail) corruption, most of which occur in form of bribery.

He believes retail corruption can be reduced when citizens are law-abiding and comply with the rules, and when institutions play their roles effectively.
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“Cutting corners is why we have retail corruption. There are processes for getting things done. We should have respect for process and procedures,” he said.

Radda called for the deployment of technology to automate the processes that are prone to abuse.

He added that government agencies have a duty to provide quality and efficient service delivery to achieve a system where average Nigerians would not need to cut corners or get frustrated.

We Don’t Need Your Bribes – Police, FRSC Tell Nigerians

A Deputy Commissioner of Police, Olaolu Adegbite, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, urged Nigerians to report infractions by officers and men to the X-Squad, the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit and the Police Complaint Response Unit (PCRU).

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“The X-Squad monitors unethical conduct. Citizens can approach the squad with information.

“The IG Monitoring Unit also conducts sting operations and arrests officers in the field and makes recoveries. Citizens must provide support through evidence.

“Citizens should stop the act of offering bribe and gratification, which is a crime under the Criminal Code,” he said.

A senior FRSC official, Ntukidem Godwin, said the Corps has deployed technology through body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that there are plans to replicate it in other states.

He said Nigerians who comply with traffic rules do not have a reason to offer a bribe to road safety officers.

“Don’t commit traffic violations and don’t offer our officers bribe. Don’t tempt us with bribe so that we can let you go,” he said.

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Godwin added that some members of the public who make reports hardly present evidence, which makes it difficult to sanction erring officers.

The event featured a keynote address by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), represented by Dr Chris Chinda.

Senate Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Committee Chairman Senator Suleiman Abdul Kwari was represented by his advisor Ashley Emenike.

Other speakers included Abiodun Aikhomu of the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Usman Dakinviri of the Nigeria Customs Service, and the Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) Debo Adeniran, amongst others.

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Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

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Solanke Ayomideji, Abeokuta

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire., This year, 2021 theme is Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”

The Executive Chairman of Obafemi Owode local government, Hon Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adeshina has bagged Ambassadorial Eminent awards at the annual celebration of United Nations, UN, World International Peace Day held in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

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The event was organized by the International Association of World Peace Advocates, a world class organisation with United Nations ECOSOC Consultative status since 2019) in observance of the United Nations World Peace Day today, Tuesday 21st of September 2021.

According to the guest lecturer, Ambassador Prof. Chidi Ehiriodo, Director, International Association of World Peace Advocates charged the participants and the world in general to embrace peace as it is the only way to sustainable development of our countries, he reminded the participants of the past war and conflict as well as the implication to development in the world.

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

The High Chief Oluwole Matthew, the chairman of the occasion maintained that peace is very paramount in our society as he welcomed all participants for gracing the programme.

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The event have in attendance the traditional rulers, Oba Abdul-Fatai Kolawole Sowemimo, Olu of Owode Egba, Oba Adeogun, Olu of Igbore, among other eminent personalities in the state.

Those awarded during the event were, Hon Ogunsola Lanrewaju Adesina, Prof Francisca Bassey, Goodness Osah from Babcock University, Goodness Hosa, Sister Cecilia, Chief Tambo Maddona from Liberia, Pastor Dr Sunny David, Olatunji Oladimeji.

Representing the United Nations, UN, Amb. Chief Per Statsen, International Peace President, Denmark charged the newly awarded eminent personalities to ensure they represent themselves well in the society by promoting peace and stability of the world.

“The awards is not money oriented, we selected our awardees based on their social responsibility and role in maintaining peace within their society.” Statsen said.

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On the awards plague, Ogunsola Adesina Lanre was awarded as Eminent Peace Ambassador and he is qualified to all rights and privileges binding the organisation and also expected to function as a peacemaker in any part of the world with regards to the declaration on the right of people to peace (1984) of the United Nations resolution.

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

Obafemi Owode LG Boss, Ogunsola Bags UN International Peace Ambassadorial Eminent Awards

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Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility

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By Tony Arugba

Comrade Joseph Kpokpogri is reputable for his campaign against anti-corruption. He is the publisher of Integrity Watchdog Magazine of which his reports are balanced and unbiased. His reports are not malice driven, but facts.

For the writer of the venomous publication titled “ PRINCE KPOKPOGIRI: THE NOTORIOUS BLACKMAILER & EXTORTIONIST WHO IS A CONSULTANT WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) to tag Kpokpogri a blackmailer shows that he is delusional, depraved and has a small mind.

Being an anti-corruption crusader means people will attempt to tarnish your image by calling you unprintable names. They will label you a blackmailer or even arrest you for being a journalist of value.

Have you ever seen anybody throwing stones at an unripe mango? If there is any, it is a clear manifestation of psychotic dimension.

His dealings with Senator Peter Nwaoboshi is strictly on friendship level. There was never a time he blackmailed Nwaoboshi as claimed by the writer. The claims by this writer is contrived. He concocted this false and baseless information from the pit of hell with help of the devil to enhance the defamatory campaign of his pay master. Nwaoboshi’s travails had nothing to do with Kpokpogri.

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On Tonto Dike’s false alarm of threat by Kpokpogri to expose her nudes, it is crystal clear that it is a situation of relationship gone sour. If a relationship between two consenting adults ends, it is only fitting that both parties go their separate ways and seek emotional fortunes elsewhere. However, in this case of Tonto Dike, she has employed her usual tactics of defaming her ex-boyfriend. Recall that after the relationship between Tonto and Churchill ended, she made life miserable for him on social media for many years. She called Churchill many names. She called him a ritualist, an internet fraudster “yahoo boy” and other names. Tonto Dike alleged that Kpokpogri is threatening to release her nudes; the question now is, where and when was the threat made? Where is the voice recording? The burden of proof is on the person alleging. If she so claims that he threatened to release her nudes, let her provide irrefutable evidence.

Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility

Senator Godswill Akpabio is the Minister of Niger Delta, former Senator, former governor of Akwa-Ibom State and high ranking member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with enormous political power. For the writer to claim that Kpokpogri is being used by Akpabio for racketeering is unthinkable considering the political and socio-economic power he wields. Akpabio has all the connections, so will not have any use for Kpokpogri. The relationship between Okowa and Kpokpogri is like father and son. There is a good rapport between them. To further show how twisted and demented the writer is, he claimed that Kpokpogri holds Okowa hostage. How can one man hold the sitting Governor of Delta State hostage?

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The writer continues to tow the path of ignorance or malice when he added Uduaghan to the fray. Uduaghan is a god-father figure to Kpokpogri, nothing more. The writer is desperate in his attempt to discredit Kpokpogri, which is the reason behind the false narratives he exhibited in the publication.

While he has never met Cecilia Ibru before, his relationship with Dr. Cairo Ojougbo is cordial. Dr. Cairo is a respected Deltan and elder statesman.

As a Nigerian with inalienable rights, Kpokpogri has the right to association. Ngozi Olejeme, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of House Representatives, Hon. Friday Osanebi and other persons mentioned are people he knows. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being friends with respected members of the society such as they. The way the writer has gone about this publication shows he is clueless. As a writer, you must write with facts. He mentioned different figures without evidences to back up his claims. Where are the transaction details? Where are the receipts and tellers of those figures? The quality of a good writer include : a unique quality of maintaining discipline; patience; ability to write with facts; paying attention to details among other. All these qualities are deficient in this piece, which indicates that the writer is a mediocre. He needs to hon his writing skills in order not to be an embarrassment to the journalistic profession. We dare him to provide evidence to back his false claims, less he hides his face in shame.

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Tony Arugba is the editor, Integrity Watch Magazine.

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Ugwuanyi Suspends Monarch Over Demolition Of Visually Impaired Man’s Building

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The Enugu State government has announced the immediate suspension of the recognition of Igwe Christopher Everestus Okwor as the Traditional Ruler of Ihekwuenu Aku Autonomous Community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.

The suspension, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr. Charles C. O. Egumgbe, “is in the interest of peace, order and good governance and in compliance with Section (10b) of the Traditional Rulers Law, Cap 151, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004”.

Dr. Egumgbe, in the statement, told Igwe Okwor that “your Community is presently in turmoil due to wanton destruction of property and threat to lives of the members of the community”.

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The Chieftaincy Commissioner, who disclosed that Igwe Okwor’s letter of recognition MCM/CM/98/VOL.11/116 is dated January 28, 2008, added: “Your suspension takes effect today, September 21, 2021, and would subsist pending the conclusion of investigation by the relevant bodies”.

Ugwuanyi Suspends Monarch Over Demolition Of Visually Impaired Man’s Building

The suspension of Igwe Okwor is part of the outcome of the meeting Dr. Egumgbe held on Tuesday with the suspended Traditional Ruler and the Chairman of Igbo-Etiti LGA, Hon. Mrs. Nkechi Ugwu-Oju, following the trending video of the demolition of a two bedroom building belonging to a visually impaired man in the community.

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The Enugu State government through an earlier statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, had expressed utter dismay over the incident and the allegation of the involvement of the now suspended Traditional Ruler in the demolition as well as the negative effect of the development on the peace and security of the community, reassuring the people of Enugu State of its irrevocable commitment to their welfare, as well as the peace and security of the state.

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