NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines [22 February, 2018].

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Below are the headlines found on Thisday Online Newspaper for today, Thursday, 22 February, 2018.


Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Nigerian Police wednesday said it would set up task force to combat illegal firearms and ammunition in circulation across the country.

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The Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, stated this yesterday at a meeting with Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) across the country.
He said: “We are here to dialogue on the issue of curbing of illegal arms and ammunition in various parts and police commands in this country.
“I call for this meeting so that we can have a comprehensive and intensive program for our 36, states command and Abuja, to look into the issue of curbing illegal arms and ammunition in this country.
“I believe it is very necessary especially now that we are going into a political period and for the experiences we have, in Benue State and some parts of this country where the establishment of illegal militias and arming of these militias which I believe is not in the interest of this country.
“Therefore I decided to call the state commissioners of police of the commands, we now place it on them the responsibilities to conduct campaign in their various commands to establish structures to tackle this issue of threats and curbing of illegal arms and ammunition in this country.
“So the essence of assembling the commissioners of police this morning is to insist on them on the formation of these structures to enable us to check the abuse of illegal arms and ammunition in various parts of this country.”
He tasked the commissioners of police to begin campaign in their various states for citizens to submit their illegally acquired firearms to the police authorities, and advocated the construction of what he called ‘public amories’ in all states of federation where they seized arms would be kept.

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“Of course, if you look at the firearms acts, one of the provisions of the firearm act is the provision of what is called public armory in each command where these illegal weapons that are gathered will be stored.
“I don’t think there is any command in this country where these public armoury has been constructed. These are the issues I believe we can discuss with our commissioners of police the construction of these public armouries meant to store illegal arms and ammunition from various citizens of this country,” he said.
Giving reasons why the police cannot carry out frequent recruitment, Idris explained that cases of deaths, retirement and dismissal of some police personnel standing above 900 yearly, was responsible for frequent and mass recruitment into the force.
He added that 308,000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country.
Idris further noted that the police suffered manpower shortage due largely to loss of 9,028 officers and men yearly, stating that, the development was necessitating the police to embark on frequent mass recruitment so as to cover up the number.
The police chief regretted that the police workforce was far below expectation to police a country of over 180 million population, adding: “the workforce was inadequate for the United Nations standard of 400 persons.”
He stressed that the federal government had given the Force the go-ahead to recruit 6,000 policemen into the rank and file for 2018.
He also highlighted the issue of deployment of policemen to private citizens, adding: “The issue of manpower is one problem the Nigeria Police Force is facing. There is a need for us to have a police that will work for the generality of Nigerians.”

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The IG also directed police commissioners and zonal AIGs, to compile the number of policemen attached to VIPs and individuals in the country, so as to strategise for effective policing.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in strong terms the menace of insecurity challenges occasioned by the incessant killings in the country, and reiterated its earlier call on President Muhammadu Buhari to reorganise the security agencies.
The Christian umbrella body, at its last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, commiserated with the victims and the bereaved of all the killings going on in the country especially in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara States by the “terrorists herdsmen and the bandits.”

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In a statement issued wednesday by the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the organisation listed the resolutions made at the NEC meeting to include: “That CAN identifies with the victims of the on-going killings by the herdsmen terrorists in the North Central; the Boko Haram terrorists in some states in the Northeast and bandits in Zamfara State.”
The resolutions also stated that CAN frowned at the failure of the security agencies to prevent those criminals before they strike as expected of them, and “that CAN reiterates its opposition to the composition of the National Security Council which skewed in favour of one religion and a part of the country; and that Nigeria is a multi-ethnic and multi- religious state. We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the Federal Character Commission Act in all his appointments and policies.”
The Christian body also called “on President Buhari to reorganise the entire security agencies with a view to injecting new officers with new visions and ideas that can restore sanity to all the trouble spots in the country/
“That every Christian that is of voting age should register for the forthcoming general elections, and that the Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) should stop the under-age registration that characterises the ongoing registration of voters in some parts of the country.

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“That CAN frowns at the deliberate attempts being made to discourage people from participating in the registration exercise by the INEC officials in some states; CAN appeals to its members not to be intimidated or discouraged by the frustration associated with the registration exercise but to ensure that they all secure their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC).
“We urge our members to participate in the political process in the country as the need arises with a view to having the right people at the right places of governance. The NEC calls on all the blocs to put aside their differences and support the leadership of Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle to move the Church forward.”
Oladeji listed those in attendance to include CAN President, Ayokunle; the Vice President, Prof Joseph Otubu; the General Secretary, Rev Dr Musa Asake; Assistant General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; Treasurer, Bishop Anthony Anyiador; the Legal Director, Samuel Kwankur; the Youth Director, Elder Biodun Sayanolu, and the Director, National Issues, Bishop S.T.V. Adegbite.
Others were the bloc leaders-Rev Fubara Fubara-Manuel (Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN); Pastor A. O. Akinosun (Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN/CPFN); Elder Napo Emuchay (the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Rev Caleb Ahima Tarayar Ekklesiyoyin Kristi a Nigeria or The Fellowship of the Churches of Christ in Nigeria (TEKAN)/ Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA), and Rev Fr. Prof Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua (Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, (CSN).
Also in attendance were the six zonal chairmen, the states chairmen and their secretaries; the President of Women Wing (WOWICAN), Dr Mabel Oyin Sowolu; the Chaplin, National Christian Centre, Bishop Peter Ogunmuyiwa, and the representatives of the five blocs that make up CAN.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta In a landmark judgement, an Ogun State High Court has declared an imposition of curfew on the people of Ipokia Local Government Area communities for observing Oro festival at day time, declaring it as illegal. The court sitting in Ipokia, in Ipokia Local Government Area also ruled that Oro festival or [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
The scheduled continuation of the trial of the four accused persons of the alleged unlawful importation of 661 sophisticated pump action rifles into the country in December 2016 before a Federal High Court in Lagos was stalled yesterday due to the ill-health of the lawyer representing the first and second accused in the criminal charge, [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
The Federal High Court in Abuja wednesday granted permission to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the accounts of Rear Admiral Tahir Yusuf (rtd). The judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, made the order following an ex parte order filed by Elizabeth Alabi on behalf of the EFCC chairman. ‘An order is [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Wants them to Concentrate at Border not City Roads Amby Uneze in Owerri Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has slated the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), warning the organisation to stop extorting money from innocent Igbo traders under the guise of checking the contents of their containers. Okorocha advocated for a summit between the body [] 

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Shola Oyeyipo The search for unity and cultural identity among tribes and regions in the Southern part of Nigeria took a new dimension yesterday with traditional rulers and leaders not only agreeing that they shared common ancestors but also unanimously agreeing to work together in peace henceforth. Speaking at a Conference on African Origins which [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja A Chief Magistrate Court in Lokoja, Kogi State, yesterday remanded four suspected kidnappers in Federal Prisons Koton-Karfe over alleged attempt to kidnap a primary school pupil for a N5 million ransom. According to the prosecution counsel, Gabriel Otowu of the Kogi State Police Command, the accused allegedly hatched the plan in [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
Okon Bassey in Uyo Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State wednesday signed into law the sum of N646.6 billion as the state appropriation bill for the 2018 financial year passed by the state House of Assembly last week. The figure is against the N651 billion which the governor had earlier proposed to the state [] 
Thu, 22 Feb 2018
A High Court sitting in Umuahia the Abia capital of Abia State on Tuesday reportedly ordered the sealing of the administration block of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, for non remittance of taxes. In a court order number Hu/MISC/3/2017 the claimant the Abia State Board of internal revenue stated that the university was dully [] 

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