It’s Children’s Day! and children world over, are being celebrated.
Just like in other major cities around the country, in the nation’s capital, Abuja, children converged on the Old Parade Ground, adorned in colourful costumes to mark their day with march pasts and other activities.
The police in Kogi State has paraded about 20 suspected criminals for various criminal offences.
Among the suspects are two policemen, Corporal Suleiman Isiaka, Corporal Ibrahim James and one naval officer, Bature Habila who were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery.
The new Commissioner of Police Mr Ali Janga while parading the suspects at the Headquaters in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in various location in the state, while some of them, including the policemen and naval officer were arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping.
He said the policemen have been dismissed immediately.
“They are ex-policemen and naval personnel. They were arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery. We have tried them and we have dismissed them. They are facing the court as soon as soon as investigation is concluded.”
The Police in Anambra has paraded 29 criminal suspects for various criminal activities including armed robbery, and murder of policemen during robbery attack.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, during the parade of the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Anambra.
The suspects include three out of a six-man gang of armed robbers responsible for the attacks and killing of policemen at Nipping Points and robberies at fuel stations and various places. The suspects were also reported to have carried out armed robbery attack at Bukachi Filling Station, Eziowelle, on August 31, 2017.
Others paraded include a suspected two-man gang armed robbers who were arrested at Uru Ogidi in Idemili North local government area. Locally made cut to size double barrel gun, one live cartridge, clothes, shoes, and household equipment among others
Locally made cut to size double barrel gun, one live cartridge, clothes, shoes, and household equipment among others was recovered from their possession.
The third category of suspects paraded is the kidnap suspects who invaded the house of their victim in Aguleri and took him to a shrine where he was subjected to torture but was luckily rescued by the police.
The last group paraded include 22 young suspects within the age bracket of 16 and 25 who were nabbed for alleged cult activities.
During the parade, Umar gave assurance of the command’s commitment to deliver on the mandate of protecting lives and property of the people of Anambra State through the continued fight against crime and criminality of all kinds.
Lawyers condemn the public parade of suspects before trial. That’s the focus of this episode of law weekly with our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele.
Also in this edition, senior legal practitioner, Fred Agbaje believes that the police did no wrong in inviting the journalists from leadership newspapers over the publishing of the ‘presidential directive’ while the national coordinator of Legal Assistance and Development Project(LEDAP) says the invitation was aimed at muzzling up the press.
One hundred and eighty three cadet officers of the direct short service course have been commissioned into the Nigerian army.
Addressing the new officers at the passing out and piping ceremony, the chief of army staff Lieutenant General Azubike Ihejirka observed that global security challenges that has continued to manifest itself in kidnapping ,suicide bombings and terrorism made it mandatory for military around the world to adopt new strategies and tactics to combat these adversaries.
The army chief said the course curriculum of the various training institutes of the Nigerian army has been packaged to ensure that it produces officers and men that are able to confront contemporary security challenges.
He urged the new officers to be disciplined and loyal to their fatherland.
The arrival of the chief of army staff, who is also the reviewing officer kick-started the passing out parade for the direct short service course 19, first was the dexterity display by the officers to be commissioned.
This was shortly followed by a review of the parade by the graduates by the chief of army staff.
And in line with military tradition the graduates started with the slow march and then the quick steps.
As expected the chief of army staff had some words for the newly commissioned officers as he reminded them of what is expected of them in the military.
The army chief also touched on the current security challenges in the country and what the army is doing to combat the challenges.
The chief of army staff announced that the curriculum of military institutions of the army has been tailored to produce officers that able to confront contemporary security challenges.
The event saw the presentation of awards to the best four graduating cadets.
As they depart from the parade ground as officers of the Nigerian army, it is expected that they will use their new skills to tackle the insecurity in the country.