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Gov Lalong inaugurates advisory committee on community policing

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Friday inaugurated a 17-member State Advisory Committee on community policing.

The committee is expected to supervise and guide the state government in the implementation of the community policing policy program.

Lalong, in a brief speech at the ceremony, said that the committee was the highest custodian of community policing charged with handling all matters in that regard.

He said that the committee comprised of critical stakeholders such as the Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, and the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, who would serve as co-chairmen.

“With this array of distinguished personalities assembled in this Committee, I have no doubt that the massive wealth of experience gathered by them will be deployed into providing leadership that will make community policing a success.

“The Federal Government, which nominated you for this critical assignment, shall be expecting nothing less than your very best.

“In the same vein, the government and people of Plateau will also be looking up to you to act in the best interest of peace and security,” he said.

Lalong charged the members to be focused and resolute in carrying out their assignment, urging them to shun every distraction that could arise from religious, ethnic, or political pressures.

“You should also be determined to overcome any attempt by criminals and their sponsors to drag you into controversies aimed at scuttling your assignment.

“You must resist these tendencies by remaining faithful and patriotic to your task,” he said.

He said that security was a major priority of his administration, adding that efforts had been put in place to overcome the crises that bedeviled the state in recent years.

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He regretted that Plateau was still confronted with crimes such as banditry, kidnapping, robbery, and violent clashes that had continued to threaten the tranquility of the land.

“It is to nip such criminal tendencies in the bud that we became one of the first States to adopt the Community Policing Option in securing the lives and properties of our people,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, had commended Lalong’s efforts toward tackling security issues in the state.

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Represented by the Deputy IGP in charge of Development and Training, Mr. Shehu Lawal, he said that community policing was to complement the duties of the Police Force.

He said that other committees to work with the advisory committee were the Area Command and Divisional Police advisory committees on community policing, explaining that the later would work with ward heads and local government chairmen.

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The IGP said that the committees, which comprise of critical stakeholders such as security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, were to facilitate ownership of the program and its success.

According to him, the Divisional Police Committee is primarily for community awareness and sensitization, and the screening of those to be recruited in the communities.

“It is a voluntary service and will not engage hooligans; only responsible persons will be screened, recruited, and trained,” he said.

The Gbong Gwong Jos and Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Emirs in Plateau, Jacob Buba, who spoke on behalf of the committee, assured the governor that members would discharge their duties diligently.

He commended Lalong for championing security in the state while praying to God to guide the committee to facilitate peace.

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Anywhere there is strict law and order, a lot of Nigerians would have problems – ambassadorial nominee

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Covid-19: China reports 27 new cases, death toll at 4,632 after data revisions

Nigerians in China having disputes with authorities because they find it difficult to abide by the stringent laws

An ambassadorial nominee, Mr Ismail Abba, has given reasons Nigerians living in China are having disputes with Chinese authorities.

He added that anywhere that you have strict law and order, a lot of Nigerians would have problems

Abba, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday, stated this while answering a question from a member of the Committee, Senator James Manager, on how he hoped to address the hostilities between the Chinese officials and the Nigerians there if posted to the country.

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The nominee said from his diplomatic experience in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, a lot of Nigerians usually had problems in any country where there were strict laws.

He said they found it difficult to cope “because many things Nigerians take for granted in their own country are taken seriously in other climes.”

He further stated,

“The challenges that Nigerians are having in China are not limited to China alone.

“I discovered in the course of my career because I had worked on the consulate immigration desk, I found that anywhere that you have strict law and order, a lot of Nigerians would have problems.

“ This is because a lot of things we take for granted here, others don’t; that is the number one problem.

“The second problem is that of constructive engagement. The job of a diplomat anywhere in the world is to constructively engage his host country to the benefit of his home country.

“We have a big distraction to the point that the consular issues tend to overshadow the real diplomatic issues and then your engagement with the host country would be always about prisoners, among others.

“When I was in China, we had about 2,000 Nigerian students in China from all over the country, a lot of them on self-sponsorship and private sponsorship and they were doing very well and the Chinese respected them.

“The people that the Chinese do not respect are those who come in with tourist visas, overstayed and did nothing, that is the problem.”

He said the consulate often enlightened the people whenever they arrived in China.

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Dissolution of Zamfara LG councils unconstititional – APC

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The Zamfara chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the dissolution of the 14 Local Government administrations by the state government, describing it as unconstitutional.

The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, made the condemnation in an interview with the Newsmen

Reports have it that the state house of assembly had on Thursday recommended the immediate dissolution of all the councils for alleged negligence on security and financial recklessness.

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Gov. Bello Matawalle, after approving the recommendation of the house, appointed caretaker chairmen to pilot the affairs of the 14 councils.

Nine of the chairmen who had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among those appointed as caretaker chairmen of the LGAs.

Liman described the dissolution as a violation of the Constitution, saying the APC as a law-abiding political party would not accept it.

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He said the party would follow due process to challenge the government on the matter.

“The matter of tenure of local government chairmen is before the court, therefore, we will follow the Constitutional means to challenge the government over the issue.

“This is very unfortunate, the way PDP led government is violating the constitution to protect its political interest.”

He also said that the dissolution was a “political blackmail” against the five LG council chairmen who refused to decamp to PDP.

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Liman called on APC supporters in the state to remain calm, saying the party was working to protect their interests.

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Governor Bello lifts lockdown, insists Kogi is COVID-19 free

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COVID-19: Bello orders two weeks total lockdown in Kabba/Bunu LGA

The lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state over suspected cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), has been lifted by the Kogi state government.

Governor Yahaya Bello who made the announcement at the Government House in Lokoja on Friday, June 5, said the decision of lifting the lockdown in the local government area was reached after samples which were tested came back negative.

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The Governor who insisted that Kogi state still remains a COVID-19-free state urged residents of the state to observe protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the disease.

This is coming days after the NCDC announced that two Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the state. Dino Melaye also confirmed this by revealing that he knows one of the patients.

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