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.”
RAMADAN: OYHA Hopeful, Hon. Hammed Folorunso “Mido” Donates Foodstuffs, Cash To South East Constituency II
Oyo State House of Assembly Hopeful and member of the All Progressive Congress APC in Oyo State, Hon. Hammed Folorunso Tolulope, on Thursday donated foodstuffs and cash to his constituents in Ibadan South East 2.
Hammed, while handing over the bags of rice and cash worth of N200,000 to the leaders of the party said the move was to ease people’s plight as they perform the Ramadan fast.
According to him, the gesture will also strengthen and support them to devote more time in prayers for peace and stability in Ibadan South East, Oyo State, and Nigeria at large.
He used the occasion to reiterate his continuous presence and availability to contribute his quota to the Constituency.
The Public Relation Officer for Ibadan South East 2, Hon Femi Awogboro said It’s really a good one seeing youth coming out to show interest in politics “It is a good one to vie for a post, I believe we’ll be seeing as much as many youth coming up to contest as Mido is during presently now.”
The Chairman Ibadan South East ward 10, Alhaji Teniola in his speech ccongratulated party members for the caliber of personality that visited them.
“We have been hoping to seeing a vibrant, committed and a ready youth like this thank God Mido is coming to our aid, we are very happy to receive you today in our midst and we promise to support you to achieve your ambition come 2023, and God almighty will surely make it come to past.
“I want to assure you that all the wards chairmen in South East 2 are behind and we strongly support your ambition” he said.
In attendance were; Hon Jedi Akintola chairman ward 8, Wasiu Adeyemo chairman Ward 9, Abdul Rasheed Agarawu Chairman ward 12, Babyemi oladele chairman Ward11, Honorable Anbali and many other.
Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience
Mayowa Ayobami: An Attorney With Years of Multidimensional Legal Experience
The legal profession is an occupation which requires so much from any sane mind who wants to thread the path as it goes beyond what its practitioners stand to gain. It’s important in securing the rights of the entire civil society and ensuring effective implementation of the human rights function of the state in relation to the activities of various bodies.
With the above, any qualified practitioner must have undergone some demanding training in learning the law which enables him act for members of the society by way of enforcing the law or representing someone in defence against the enforcement of such law.
Mr. Mayowa Ayobami is a vivid portray of what upright legal-practitioners do with regards to making the legal profession serves as an instrument to better improve the conditions of the civil society.
Mr. Mayowa is a known Senior Counsel at Tokunbo Orimobi LP, where he supervises and provides overall strategic direction for the firm’s Finance, Corporate and Commercial Law practice group.
Over the past thirteen (13) years, Mr. Mayowa has gathered multi-dimensional legal experience across key sectors of the Nigerian economy; and has been described as a highly effective attorney who is able to work closely with relevant stakeholders, including board members and C-level executives of clients, senior government officials and regulatory agencies.
He has advised several local, international and cross-border clients on compliance aspects of Nigerian industrial relations and employment law.
With particular regard to M&A and Corporate Restructuring transactions, Mr. Mayowa was part of the legal team that advised a U.K. oil and gas company listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in connection with the acquisition of the oil and gas assets of international oil and gas conglomerate.
In recognition of the outstanding work on behalf of the Acquirer, the transaction won the IFLR Restructuring Deal of the Year Award at the IFLR Africa Awards 2020, held in October 2020. In April 2021, he was included in the year 2021 WhoisWho Legal Nominations List for M&A and Governance and Capital Markets in Nigeria.
Mr. Mayowa is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is a Member of the Employment and Labour Lawyers Association of Nigeria; and a Securities and Exchange Commission-accredited capital market consultant, authorised to discharge the functions of a Compliance Officer.
BREAKING: FG Extends NIN-SIM Verification to June 30 as NIN Enrolment Reaches 54 Million
The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)-Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to the 30th of June, 2021.
The extension was as a result of the virtual meeting chaired by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, and attended by following officials- Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta and the Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez.
The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June, 2021 in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
Significant progress has been made in the NIN-SIM verification process. For example, almost 54 million people have obtained their NIN and this can translate to up to 190 million mobile numbers, since empirical evidence suggests that each unique NIN maps to three to four phone lines.
The much-awaited Android enrolment system is now ready for deployment and this has the potential to significantly accelerate the speed and ease of enrolments.
Furthermore, the telecom providers and other enrolment agents have also opened several centres across the country to make it easier for eligible citizens and residents to obtain and link their NINs.
It is noteworthy that Sections 27 and 29 of the National Identity Management Commission Act 2007 provides for the mandatory use of NIN for accessing several government services. This is similar to the use of Social Security Number and National Insurance Number for accessing services in the United States of America and the United Kingdom respectively.
The Federal Government has approved the extension as part of its effort to make it easier for its citizens and residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension.
Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise.
He again reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.
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