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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has commenced the training of security personnel ahead of governorship election in Osun State.

 

The participants are drawn from the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Prisons Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Department of State Security, and the Federal Road Safety Corp.

 

A statement released by INEC said the objective of the three days’ workshop, which is organised by the Electoral Institute, is to promote professionalism towards ensuring free, fair, credible elections and democratic consolidation.

 

In his welcome address, the Acting Director General of The Electoral Institute said adequate security ensures the free movement of electoral staff, voters, candidates, observers and other stakeholders on Election Day.

 

He said the security training is meant to develop a mitigation strategy for improved election security and also to enable participants identify the core role of security agencies during elections.

 

INEC Administrative Secretary in Osun State, Surajudeen Junaid, who represented the Resident Electoral Commissioner, also administered a pre-test on the participants after the opening formalities.

 

August 07 2018 0
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A man identified as Dickson Chibuzor-Elima has been charged with assault and rape of two women; nine months after he was arrested and remanded in prison.

 

Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that Chibuzor-Elima was first brought before the Choba Magistrate’s Court in November last year, but at that time, there were no charges preferred against him and no plea was taken by the court.

 

Chibuzor-Elima was brought to court again today and slammed with a three count charge of assault, beating and rape of two women identified as Esther Isaac and Victoria Emmanuel, who is said to be much older.

 

The man was alleged to have committed the acts around Ali-Agu farm area within Choba community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. 

 

After the charges were read to him, the thirty-eight-year old man pleaded guilty to the crimes but explained that he acted under a strange influence.

 

Chibuzor-Elima informed the court how he had been purportedly abducted by some unknown gunmen from his residence at Nkpolu who injected him with a strange substance.

 

Chief Magistrate Isreal Agbasor thereafter ordered that the suspect should be returned to Degema Prison and adjourned to 21st of August for ruling on his bail application.

 

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An emergency meeting of principal officers of the National Assembly could not hold today, as earlier planned due to the security blockade of the legislative complex in Abuja.

 

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuff Lasun, informed newsmen about the development, which he blamed on the tension at the National Assembly.

 

Lasun said he had been in touch with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

 

 

However; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives said he neither had any knowledge of what the meeting was intended to discuss nor when it would be rescheduled.

 

 

Yusuff Lasun is the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The new leadership of the Police Service Commission has expressed concern over the current image of the Nigeria Police Force.

 

The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, said he was not comfortable with the continued public bashing of the police and vowed to flush out bad eggs in the system.

 

Alhaji Smith gave this indication when he received in audience a delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team from the British High Commission and United States Embassy in Nigeria.

 

The former Inspector General of Police said the Police Service Commission would not hesitate to flush out any Policeman found to be undisciplined and incompetent.

 

He also emphasized that recruitment and promotion of police personnel would now be based on competence.

 

The spokesman for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent that the delegation from the West African Conflict and Security Team included the Security and Justice Adviser of the British High Commission, Katrina Aitken-Laird, and the Senior Police Advisor of the United States Embassy, Michael Bonner.

 

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The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered the immediate termination of the appointment of Lawal Daura as Director General of the Department of State Security, DSS.

 

This was announced in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in which Professor Osinbajo also directed Daura to handover to the most senior officer of the DSS.

 

The Acting President, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, gave the order following the deployment of security operatives at the National Assembly complex in Abuja earlier today, thereby denying access to federal lawmakers and members of the legislative staff to their offices.

 

In a separate statement; Professor Osinbajo also condemned the unauthorized takeover of the National Assembly by the police and the DSS.

 

Professor Osinabjo said the action was a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.

 

The Acting President noted that the unlawful act, which he said was done without the knowledge of the Presidency, is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

 

He therefore assured Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in what he called a travesty would be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.

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