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Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism:13 journalists, Osinbajo, Smart-Cole make shortlist

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Thirteen journalists from print, online, television, radio, photo, and editorial cartoon categories have been shortlisted for the 2019 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism.

Similarly, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Amnesty International and veteran photojournalist, Sunmi Smart-Cole, have been nominated to receive honorary awards at the 14th edition of the initiative, which will hold at NECA House, Lagos, on Monday, December 9  by 6pm.

The journalists who were shortlisted from one hundred and ninety-four entries received include Chinwe Agbeze of The Sun, Damilola Banjo of Sahara Reporters; Samson Folarin of The Punch; Sharon Ijasan of TVC News; Isine Ibanga of The Next Edition; Samuel-Wemimo Bukola of TVC News; Oladimeji Ramon of Punch; Mary Abayomi-Fatile of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Ayodele Adeniran of Guardian; Saheed Olugbon of The Punch; Albert Ohams of The Sun; Chikezie Omeje of International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR); and Odutayo Odusanya of The Punch.

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Osinbajo will be presented the Integrity specialty of the Anti-Corruption Defender Award for his invaluable work of overhauling the Lagos State Judiciary, facilitating far-reaching reforms in the administration of justice in the state, his work of promoting integrity in the civil society and business in Nigeria and his consistency as a strong voice for promoting integrity in the country.

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On the other hand, Amnesty International, a global movement promoting human rights in Nigeria and beyond, will be honoured with the Human Rights Specialty of the Anti-Corruption Defender Award for its remarkable voice against human rights violations and oppressive laws, and its efforts to defend freedom of expression in Nigeria.

Veteran photojournalist, Sunmi Smart-Cole will also be honoured with the Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence for his outstanding contribution to journalism exhibited by his beautiful and evincing pictures particularly during the military era in Nigeria and his commitment to mentoring the next generation of photojournalists.

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The award presentation event is held annually on December 9, the World Anti-corruption Day and eve of the Human Rights Day, to acknowledge best practices in investigative journalism and call attention for attaining good governance, accountability, and social justice. It has produced 91 finalists, 9 investigative journalists of the year and 20 honorary awards recipients so far.

 

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Police service commission promotes 6,618 officers

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The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of six thousand, six hundred and eighteen, (6,618) senior Police Officers.

According to PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the promotions were one of the highpoints of the 8th Plenary Meeting of the Commission which spanned a period of three weeks and ended on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

“One Assistant Inspector General of Police, Olushola Oyebade currently at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Jos, Plateau State was promoted to the next rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police to represent the South-West geopolitical zone,” Ani aid.

Four commissioners of police including one specialist were promoted to the rank of assistant inspector general of Police. They are Cp. Aisha L. Abubakar, CP. Veterinary Department; Cp. Asuquo A. A. Amba, former Cp, Bayelsa State Command; Counter-Terrorism and currently CP. Ekiti state Command; CP. Nekereuwem A. Akpan, former CP. Cross Rivers State Command and Olafihan Adeniran Adeeoye, currently CP. Anti Terrorism.

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The Commission also approved the promotion of three Deputy Commissioners of Police to the next rank of substantive Commissioners of Police. They are DCP Jonathan Towuru, Deputy Force Secretary; DCP Abiodun Alabi, National Defence College and DCP. Akande Kayode of the State House (Presidential Villa).

Three Assistant Commissioners of Police; ACP. Adenola J. Oluwole, ACP. Valentine Olumese and ACP. Isa Jibril Grema, who single-handedly initiated the building of a befitting office complex for officers and men of Mopol 22 during his time as the commander there some years ago were promoted to the next of Deputy Commissioners of Police.

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According to Ani,

“eight Superintendents of Police including Omoruyi Godwin, Clifford Okwor presently of Anambra State Command and Uchendu Fransica Ngozi, Staff Officer Senior, SOS, also of Anambra State Command were also promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police.

“Six hundred and seven Deputy Superintendents of Police were also elevated to the rank of Superintendents of Police. They include; DSP. Markus Goyom, Ifeoma Chukwu Ozuruigbo, Elizabeth Olajimoke Olatunbosun, Mina Mosese Anderson, Delta State Command and Mohammed Yakubu Ibrahim, Divisional Police Officer (DPO) 9th Mile, Enugu State Command.

“Others are Frank Omokhoje Longe, Delta State Command, Chukwudi Nwanze Simon, Ukadike Oyekachukwu Martins, Jemimah Okafor; Emeka Iheanacho, PPRO Zone 5 and Ede John Chukwuemeka.

“The Commission also promoted two hundred and six Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents among which were; Ignatius Ogoejbunam Atta, Mustapha Ali and Awe Vincent.

“It also promoted five thousand, seven hundred and eighty-six (5,786) Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP11.) Some of the new ASPs are Egbo Rosemary Obianujunwa, Operations, Delta State Command; Abdulahi Mohammed; Elvina Chukwu, Oyo State Command; Balogun Olushegun; Amaka Onwude, CPS, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command; Samuel Agu, Delta Command; Joseph Seyinko and Chinyere Mabeokwu of Enugu Area Command.”

Chairman of the Commission congratulated the promoted officers and demanded that they should reciprocate the Commission’s gesture by rededicating themselves to the service of their fatherland. Smith said the Commission will continue to ensure that merit and seniority guide the promotion of Officers of the Nigerian Police.

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Plateau Council Chairman dies at 52

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The Management Committee Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, of Plateau state, Barrister. Ezekiel Mandyau, is died.

Mandyau, 52, died at about 6pm in Jos University Teaching Hospital after showing symptoms of pneumonia and typhoid on Thursday.

The elder brother, Dan Mandyau, who confirmed the incident to The Nation, said, Several tests carried out on him since he first complained of strange abdominal pains on Tuesday returned negative.

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COVID-19 test, which was among the last to be carried out, was yet to be confirmed when he died.

According to The Nation, the corpse of the chairman has been deposited at the JUTH Mortuary.

Mandyau on Sunday convened a peace dialogue meeting between herders and farmers in his home village, Nghar in Gashish District.

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The dialogue was to restore relationships severed by violent conflicts resulting in the death of 86 locals on June 23, 2018, Mandyau said.

The lawyer and renowned human rights activist was appointed to head the over 200,000 populated local government in October 2019 by Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong.

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Young Nigerians responsible for Covid-19 transmission- NCDC boss

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Director-General (DG), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that young people, aged between 20 and 40, are driving the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

Ihekweazu said this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF), media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

The DG said that investigation had established that persons from 50 years and above were most prone to the virus, with three out of five deaths from the pandemic usually within that age bracket.

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He urged Nigerians to take precautions to protect their older relatives by wearing face masks, practising hand/respiratory hygiene, and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from each other.

“Nigerians should ensure that if they share a toilet and bathroom, the facilities must be cleaned after each use. Where possible, we should all consider drawing up rosters for bathing.

“We should also encourage frequent handwashing with soap and water by all other household members, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like door handles, light switches and TV remotes.

“We must also keep shared spaces well ventilated and minimise the time spent in shared enclosed spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.

“Where possible, we should sleep in different beds and endeavour to maintain physical distancing even within the household.

“We must also avoid sharing towels and common household items like cutlery, drinking cups, among others,” he advised.

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