THE Centre for Leadership and Justice has called on Nigerians to avoid the temptation of branding a particular ethnic group as kidnappers, rapists and killers.
The President of the group, Emmanuel Umohinyang, who made this call, while speaking with The PUNCH on Wednesday, explained that while victims of such violent crimes must report to the police, accusing a particular ethnic group without investigation was unacceptable.
The legal practitioner spoke on the heels of the kidnappings and killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the country, even as he maintained that people with genuine cases should report to the police.
He stated that the police would take issues bordering on insecurity seriously and added that Nigerians should not lose faith in Nigeria Police Force.
Umohinyang said, “Nobody should label a particular ethnic group as criminal; that is like painting everybody with the same brush. Let us fish out those who are criminals, those undesirable elements. There are deviants in every society, let us fish those ones out and deal with them.
“But trying to create an impression that a particular ethnic group is responsible for the entire insecurity challenges would be erroneous. Nigerians should always report and do a follow-up to ensure that those culprits are arrested and prosecuted.
“When we try to locate crime within a particular ethnic group or religion, we are setting our country on fire; we should identify criminals even if they are Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Ibibio or Efik. It is necessary to do so according to the law of the land.
“We have also listened to those who come out of kidnappers’ den and say the people they met spoke like a certain tribe; that is not enough. The information is okay, but how do you verify and to what extent?”
He maintained that regional security networks like Amotekun and others in the North and South-East should not bear arms in order to avoid havoc in society.
According to him, “We have also complained about the Amotekun in the South-West and you have also seen how Amotekun has descended to the arena. They ought to have been a solution but they have become a problem now.
“The same thing is applicable to the South-East. Thank God we opposed the idea by some governors that some of these states security outfit be armed; one can only imagine what would have happened now, even when they are not legally armed, the havoc they have caused with other weapons is there for everyone to see.”
Umohinyang added that the governance of a country cannot be said to have failed for people to begin to take up issues within themselves as if we are operating in a banana republic, we have to be very careful. Nigeria is the only place we have and we’ll stay here and try to deal with the issues.”
ICPC arraigns two FRSC officers for extorting motorists
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission has arraigned two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps over alleged extortion of motorists.
The two officials, John Asegu and Otom Asueni, were brought before Honourable Justice H. Aprioku of the Rivers State High Court 11 sitting in Port Harcourt on two-count of extortion and gratification.
ICPC, according to a statement on Monday, told the court how the duo forcibly collected various sums of money totaling N3,500 from motorists as a “fee“ to allow the motorists pass their checkpoint along Port Harcourt-Ahoada expressway, even without being charged for any traffic offence.
The Commission also accused the defendants of using their position as public officers to confer undue advantage upon themselves by soliciting for, and accepting gratification. The defendants were arrested on the act after ICPC mounted a sting operation on them following intelligence
ICPC in a Charge No: PHC/3905ICPC/19 averred that the duo’s actions were contrary to and punishable under sections 8, 19, and 26 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and if they are found guilty they shall on conviction, be liable to imprisonment for seven years without option of fine.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted them bail.
They were, however, remanded in prison because of their inability to meet up with the bail conditions.
The case was adjourned to the 26th of March, 2021 for commencement of trial.
NECO RESULT RELEASE
RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Rivers State Ministry of Education informs School Owners, Administrators, Parents and Guardians that the results of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been released.
The Ministry enjoins all candidates who sat for the examination to visit their schools for collection.
The Ministry states that:
HENCEFORTH, Candidates seeking to register for SSCE must present original copy of their BECE certificate as a prerequisite for registration.
Candidates who have registered for the 2021 SSCE must present their BECE certificate before the completion of their registration.
Candidates seeking to benefit from the state government’s bankrolled UTME registration must also present original copy of their BECE certificates.
Public and Private Schools by this announcement must ensure students seeking to be admitted into SS1 to SS3 present original copy of their BECE certificates at the point of registration
The Ministry solicits the cooperation of all heads of schools to drive this course.
Schools can apply for the BECE certificates at rivemis.riversstate.gov.ng
Sir. Chidi Adiele
Rivers State Ministry of Education
Sunday Igboho storms Ogun, vows to flush out killer herdsmen
A Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Monday, stormed some parts of Ogun State and vowed to flush out killer herdsmen in the troubled areas in the state
Igboho, who stopped briefly in Abeokuta around 4pm and had a brief interaction with his supporters, later proceeded to Ketuland where some soldiers allegedly connived with herdsmen to flog some farmers for not allowing them grazing their cattle on their farms in Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state.
While addressing his followers in Abeokuta, the activist said, “I observe there is an injustice from the herdsmen because they know the power that they have in the Federal Government. So, they behave as if Yoruba people are nobody. They kill our people, they kidnap our people, and they rape our women.”
“Any Fulani herdsman who engages in kidnapping would be flushed out,” Igboho vowed.
When asked whether he would limit his activism to Igangan, his hometown in Oyo State, Igboho said, “Not only Igangan, we are going to visit all Yorubaland and ensure there is peace everywhere.”
The activist lauded the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, for allowing him in the state.
Appreciating the gesture, the activist said, “We have not visited the governor, we will do that after we have flushed the Fulani herdsmen out of the state.
“I am going to Yewa because that is where the Fulani are wreaking havoc.”
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