The Jigawa Police Command said it has recovered 44 live ammunitions, three empty magazines and a motorcycle abandoned by suspected criminals.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed this in a statement in Dutse yesterday.
Shiisu said the items were recovered on Dec. 9, at about 5:30 a.m., after unidentified suspects pursued by a team of policemen and vigilantes abandoned them in a bush in Ringim Local Government Area of the state.
“On December 9, at about 0427hrs, policemen from Jahun division, Ringim division and members of vigilante group while on patrol, pursued unidentified suspected criminals riding on a motorcycle.
“When the said unidentified suspects noticed that all the roads were blocked by our men, they decided to divert into a bush and policemen and vigilantes refused to relent in their efforts, therefore pursued them into the bush.
“Though the suspects escaped, however, at about 0530hrs, the joint patrol team took a decision to comb the forest again,’’ Shiisu said.
He explained that during the combing, 23 pieces of 5.56mm, 20 pieces of 0.9mm and one 7. 62mm live ammunition abandoned by the suspects were recovered.
The PPRO added that three empty magazines of different rifles, a red Kasea motorcycle with registration number: QA 493 GRK, one iron pinch bar and a head veil were also found.
According to him, efforts were on to arrest the fleeing suspects.
NDLEA Arrests Drug Couriers, Seizes 1m Tramadol Capsules, Other Substances – Official
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 43-year-old, Onuoha Friday, with one million capsules of Tramadol on Dec. 10 along Lagos-Benin expressway.
The NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that operatives of the agency also had two major arrests in Anambra, where a total of 238.973kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were recovered.
He said that the NDLEA operatives intercepted a truck conveying the illicit drugs at the Onitsha head bridge heading to Delta on Dec. 3.
He said that various quantities of codeine, tramadol, diazepam and rohypnol were recovered from the vehicle and its driver, Obinna Obinwa, was arrested.
“Similarly, on Dec. 8, the agency’s patrol team on Onitsha head bridge intercepted another truck going to Delta with different quantities of assorted illicit drugs while the driver, Lucky James, was also arrested.
“In Delta, raids and follow up operations carried out in parts of the state on Dec. 10 led to the arrest of 17-year-old Abdulkarim Shiabu and 23-year-old Lawal Saidu.
“Both are from Niger Republic, and four others with different quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol and cannabis.
“Others arrested include: Precious Oghenegwoke; Loveth Omukoro; Uche Godwin and Uti Harrison,” he said.
Babafemi said that one Adam Salaudeen was also arrested at Ogori Magongo area in Kogi with 214.7kg of Cannabis sativa.
He quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of Ondo, Anambra and Kogi states for the arrests and seizures.
According to the statement, Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain vigilant and resolute in the collective mission to rid every part of Nigeria of illicit drugs.
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The wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi has stressed the need for more awareness and sensitization against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in schools, churches, markets and other public places in order to nip in the bud the nightmare of such heinous acts that threaten lives and dignity of women in the society.
Ugwuanyi who spoke on the 16 days activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with the theme “Orange The World: End Violence Against Women Now!” described GBV as a global crisis that needed to be tackled decisively through provision of psychological and financial support to the victims and indigent women.
The GBV event coincided with the Enugu State women monthly prayer rally where the wife of the Governor in collaboration with the State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development donated sewing machines to women who were trained for three months free of charge. Speaking further on GBV, the Enugu Governor’s wife disclosed that more than 70 percent of women and girls have experienced one form of violence in their lives, especially those in states and communities where insecurity is on the increase, adding that “violence against women goes unreported, silenced by stigma, shame and fear of our justice system that does not favour women, especially the less privileged”.
According to her, “the right to human dignity in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is also a fundamental right of women. The Constitution went ahead to state that no person shall be subjected to torture, inhumane or degrading treatment.
“Apart from our constitution, there are other GBV legislations in place to help curb and punish offenders, like the Child Rights Act, abolition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law (VAPP) which Enugu State has domesticated and inaugurated an action committee on GBV to monitor and implement all policies, programmes and laws relating to Gender-Based Violence”.
Ugwuanyi disclosed that a report from the United Nations (UN) revealed that based on data from 13 countries since the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 in 3 women have experienced some form of violence, as against the previous statistics of 1 in 3 women.
She therefore called on the audience to join hands to end violence against women “as we join the international community and the rest of the world to celebrate those who are working hard to protect women and girls against violence and to defend their rights”.
Presenting the sewing machines to the jubilant beneficiaries, Mrs. Ugwuanyi stated that the empowerment programme was part of her plans to ensure that women and girls are self-sufficient, pointing out that wives of Nigeria Governors’ Forum have declared that women must no longer be raped while people keep quiet but should be protected.
By: Canice Amadi, Enugu
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative in Nigeria, Ms Ulla Mueller, says the country has 15.1 per cent unmet need for family planning.
Mueller disclosed this in Abuja at NAN Forum, the flagship interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to her, 15.1 per cent of Nigerian women and girls who want Family Planning services do not have access to it due many reasons.
“We have an unmet need in Nigeria which is 15.1 per cent. That basically means that 15.1 per cent of women between 15 and 40 want to access contraception, but are denied access.
“ In numbers, that is about four million women who want it right now as you and I sit, want to access contraception and have no access,” she said.
Mueller said UNFPA needed to work more in partnership with development partners in ensuring commodity security.
According to her, a national commodity basket is being supported by UNFPA with focus on ensuring availability.
She added that the emphasis is in making sure the supply chain works using the short term or long term methods.
“ That is one of the most critical things that needs to be available for women.
“So if they access services, they can actually get the method of choice. We are also working to build capacity of healthcare workers,” she said.
She also said Nigeria’s Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) and Traditional Contraceptives Prevalence Rate (TCPR), which stood at 12 per cent and 17 per cent respectively, were very low and a major concern to UNFPA.
Mueller, who called for advocacy for more women’s access to family planning commodity basket, however, congratulated many of the states on their access.
‘We also have more and more states now using the basket. so I think some of the achievements is really the FP 20 commitment.
“It is really accessibility, availability and informing women that they have a right to choice,” she said.
9Mobile, one of the nation’s leading telecommunication services providers, says it has a mandate to register no fewer than 10 million people in rural areas in the
national identity management enrollment scheme.
According to it, this is part of its support to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The telco gave the assurance at a stakeholders engagement workshop and capacity building interactive session organised in collaboration with the NIMC in Abuja, a statement by 9mobile said.
The workshop was organised to examine the capabilities and challenges in the NIMC service delivery process to proffer solutions to identified challenges.
Giving his remarks, Chief Executive Officer, 9mobile, Juergen Peschel, commended the management of NIMC for supporting the workshop to engage stakeholders in the industry.
He said, “9mobile will continue to play a pivotal role in the country’s national identity management enrollment scheme,
especially in the rural areas where we have the mandate to register 10 million individuals.
“To ensure that we meet up with the target, we are constantly expanding our capacity in terms of infrastructure and technology to ensure that all Nigerians are enrolled.”
Also, the Director of Sales, 9mobile, Oluwatosin Olulana, stressed the need for ongoing engagement with stakeholders to strengthen the nation’s identity management process.
He said, “9mobile will be sharing resources with NIMC to improve the process of service delivery.
“ In addition, mobile connectivity will also be made available for the next six months to aid the virtual working process.
“We are currently arranging to provide up to 20Mbps fiber connectivity for NIMC office use.
“We believe providing the necessary infrastructure will enable the commission to deliver on its mandate in the interest of the country,” he said.
While restating the commission’s commitment to fostering the development of a robust identity system in Nigeria, Dr Umar Ba, who represented the Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, called for collaboration among stakeholders.
“NIMC cannot do it alone, and as such, we will continue to seek for collaboration from stakeholders and particularly from 9mobile, one of our most trusted allies,” he said.
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