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Sex shop assault: Women society rejects Sen. Abbo’s apology, demand UN intervention

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The National Council for Women Society (NCWS), FCT Chapter, on Sunday rejected the apology tendered by Sen. Elisha Abbo, for assaulting a nursing mother in an Abuja adult toy shop recently.

The FCT Chairman of NCWS, Mrs Hadiza Umar, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, advocated for stiffer punishment for Abbo to serve as a deterrent to others who assault women in workplace, shops or markets.

“I am here with my executives and members of NCWS FCT chapter for a peaceful demonstration on what an elected senator, who is suppose to serve us did to one of our women.

“We want to stop the barbaric habits on women either at home, in the markets, shops, workplace and everywhere in the country.

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“We are women of women of integrity and mothers, we are not animals and we are saying no to violence against all women and the assault should stop with immediate effects,” she said.

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She called on the United Nations and all other international organisations to ensure the prosecution of Abbo in order to guard against future occurrence.

“We reject his apology and we will do everything within the ambit of law to demand justice for our fellow woman who was assaulted,” she said.

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The Acting Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Mrs Safiya Umar, said violence against women is an international offence as clearly stipulated in the UN Convention and Beijing Charter.

She disclosed that the secretariat had sent an invitation to Abbo for him to come and explain what transpired.

According to her, the secretariat is very passionate about anything that affects women and children in the FCT.

The Director of Gender Development Department, Mrs Hart Agnes, said the department would not relent in doing everything humanly possible to stop violence against women, children and the Physically Challenge People in the FCT.

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“It is our mandate to remain focus, to fight this monster that is bedevilling our society.

“It is so strange and unbecoming to us of a human being treating a fellow human being in such a disgraceful manner.

“The video we saw is mindboggling because some of us couldn’t sleep after watching the video.

“We are overwhelmed with issues of domestic violence in high places, people you least expected will demonstrate that level of venom on a fellow human being,” Agnes said.

(NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri Palm Mall turn back fun seekers for disregarding social distancing order

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Fun seekers who throng to the Palm Mall, Ilorin, on Monday to shop at ShopRite were turned back for disregarding the social distancing order of government to curb Coronavirus pandemic.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the Mall reports that the management and security operatives bared many of the fun seekers, mostly children from entering the hall.

The Palm Mall is an edifice that houses Shoprite and other shops that deal in clothing, household items, telecoms, banks, and eatery, among others.

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The report says that fun-seekers always patronize the Mall during festive periods.

As a result of a government directive to curb further spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state, the management of the edifice is forced to either shut down or close early due to the surging crowd.

NAN gathered that many of the children who had gained access to the vicinity of the mall were denied access into the shop while others were stopped at the gate from gaining entrance.

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However, those who gained entrance queued with the hope that if they were orderly, the management may admit them into the shop.

A security operative at the mall, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the children would not be allowed to shop because many of them were not wearing masks.

The security also said that the children disregarded the social/physical distancing order of the government and experts’ advice.

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NAN, however, observed that some children in the company of their parents were allowed into the Mall, but not many of them could go in at the same time.

The fun seekers besieged the mall as Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of 30-day fasting from dawn to dusk.

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Eid-El-Fitr: CAS charges troops on combat readiness

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has charged the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole to be vigilant and combat-ready to guarantee security throughout the Eid-El-Fitr period and beyond in the country.

Abubakar made the call on Monday at the Maiduguri Air Force Base during the Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component.

Abubakar commended the troops for their commitment to carrying out the fight and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He said that the luncheon was in keeping with the tradition of celebrating the festive period with frontline troops to boost their morale and foster comradeship in their duty of securing the nation against criminal elements.

Abubakar said that in spite of the challenges of competing resources occasioned by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, the NAF through pragmatic planning and foresight, maintained the tempo of its operations, not only in the North East, but other parts of the country.

“I want to reiterate that not only are we going to sustain operations, but we will also continue to leap forward based on my key drivers.

“We have kept the pace in training of both air and ground crews, developed the Regiment specialty to defend our Bases and increased the force structure of the Service, whilst building more accommodation and office infrastructure to cope with the growth,” Abubakar said.

He said that NAF had also recruited about 11,000 personnel to increase its manpower disposition for services to the country within the last five years.

“I’m delighted to also observe that very soon we are going to get the Airforce flank flying in Damaturu as well to ensure that our aircraft do not have to come back to Maiduguri to refuel while fighting these bandits.

“Need I remind you all that our exploits would not have been possible without the support of the President and Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has provided us with the resources required to perform our assigned duties.

“We can only show our appreciation for the President’s support to the Nigerian Air Force by remaining a disciplined force and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our actions,” said Abubakar.

In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, lauded the Chief of Air Staff, the Air Components Commander of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and other personnel for their support in combating insurgency in Borno and Northeast in general.

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Zulum said that the epic efforts of the NAF was recognized and has been commended by the people of Borno.

“In addition to providing enabling environment to people of Borno state to do their normal activities, we also acknowledged the support of the NAF especially in capital projects to support displaced persons in the state.”

Zulum reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to support NAF in achieving its desired objective in the fight against terrorism.

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Africa Day 2020: Buhari advocates for peace, security to achieve sustainable development

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President Muhammadu Buhari says Peace, security, unity, and harmony are prerequisites for development in Africa

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said President Buhari stated this in a message to African leaders to mark the ”Africa Day 2020”.

The event was commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The Nigerian leader, therefore, called for peace on the continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

According to him, Africa has given the world a new hope by choosing the theme ”Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19” for this year’s Africa Day.

He stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent.

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He also emphasized the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development.

President Buhari urged citizens all over the continent to innovate on how ”Silencing the Guns” could be used to achieve peace and grow African economies.

He also urged regional economic groups, civil society organizations and the private sector in Africa to take full ownership of the theme of this year’s celebration to strengthen collaborative efforts among member-countries of the African Union.

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Africa Day is observed annually on May 25, to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor of the African Union, which was created on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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