Police Reform Bill Will Instill Public Confidence In The Force, Says Ejiofor

Former Director of the State Security Service, Mike Ejiofor speaks on the Police Reform Bill on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on April 23, 2019.

 

A former Director of the State Security Service, Mr Mike Ejiofor, says the Police Reform Bill recently signed into law by the National Assembly will instill people’s confidence in the Force.

He stated this on Tuesday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“It will instill confidence because the police will become more professional and friendly. The citizens will now volunteer more information, cooperate with the police.

“At the zonal level, we have been advocating state police. But with this new bill they signed into law, it’s going to involve the people at the community, state and local government level,” he stated.

Ejiofor, having retired from the secret police agency also praised the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, for working hard to reform the agency since taking over from his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris in January.

He noted that the IGP’s visit to troubled parts of the country, engaging his officers on the rules of engagement among other things will strengthen personnel of the force on professionalism.

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When asked if he is optimistic of the bill, Ejiofor replied in the affirmative.

To him, the bill “secures the tenure of the Inspector General of Police for a start.”

The former SSS director explained that the Police Reform Bill that is awaiting presidential assent seeks to guarantee the IGP’s tenure.

“The police council makes a recommendation to the President and the President sends to the Senate for confirmation. That secures his (the IGP) tenure.

“He needs to plan. It is irrespective of the fact whether the IGP was to retire within a year and is appointed in a year, he has to serve his tenure. And it, therefore, means that some of the DIGs or AIGs who are his contemporaries may be retiring under him. That is a challenge,” he stated.

While recalling that the police law dates back to 1944 (precolonial era), Ejiofor explained that its amendment will stabilise the police tenure and enable them to perform effectively.

Lassa Fever: Eight More People Under Surveillance In Delta State

Lassa feverAbout eight people have been placed under surveillance in Delta State after being suspected of being in contact with a doctor killed by Lassa Fever.

They are members of staff of the hospital a medical practitioner died of the disease in Delta State.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Nicholas Azinge, gave this update, adding that authorities will be moving into the hospitals to carefully go through their records for more people that may have had close contact with the deceased.

He said it would help in tracing the source of the outbreak

This makes a total of 40 persons quarantined since the outbreak in the state.

On Monday, August 22, Dr. Azinge confirmed a fresh case of Lassa fever and the death of a medical doctor who resides and owns a hospital in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

PFN Charges FG To Allow Freedom Of Speech Thrive

As the nation marks 14-years of uninterrupted democracy, Nigerians have called on the federal government to allow for freedom of speech and even ambition amongst its citizens.

This call was made by the Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Cross River State chapter and founder of the Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI), Bishop Emmah Isong, while briefing Journalists in Calabar on the recent commotion in the Nigerian polity.

According to Emmah Isong, Nigeria has come a long way in its democratic process which allows one, right to freedom of speech and opinion on any issue and even criticise the federal government if need be.

Commenting on the just concluded Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) election that saw the re-election of the governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amechi as its Chairman, and his subsequent suspension by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Bishop described the act as a deviation from the democratic process of the nation.

According to him, the decision is an absolute abuse of power at the federal level which calls for reflection as the nation celebrates the maturity of its democracy.

 

FLOOD: 680 people are displaced in Kwara as hectares of farmlands are eroded

The devastation caused by the over-flow of River Niger is spreading further across its banks as the resultant flood has displaced hundreds of families in Kwara, destroying hectares of farmland in its flow.

No fewer than 680 people have been displaced and rendered homeless in Patigi and Edu local government areas of Kwara state following heavy downpour in the last few days, coupled with the over-flow of River Niger at its tributary in Jebba, within the state.

The flood which affected 16 communities washed away nearly a million hectares of rice farmlands.

The state government has now called on the Federal Government to extend the dredging of River Niger to Jebba in Kwara state for permanent solution to perennial flooding in the area.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on emergency in company of the state Head of Service were shocked at the magnitude of the damage caused by the flood as they embarked on an inspection of the affected community.

The government officials had to resort to using a canoe to access the villages during their assessment tour.

Some of the villages visited in Edu and Patigi local government areas include Kpata, Mawogi, Abefu and Gbaradogi, where residential buildings and offices have been submerged by flood.

Nearly 70 houses were affected including the country home of the Commissioner for Industries and Solid Minerals who could not recall when such a magnitude of flood has ever occurred before.

Most of the displaced communities have been temporarily relocated though; they still remain at the mercy of the impending flood while the state and local governments are making all efforts to alleviate their suffering.

The government officials appealed to the flood victims to move away from the river bank.

38 feared dead in Kaduna car blast

No less than 38 people died on Easter Sunday from suicidal car bomb explosion in the Northern region of Kaduna state in Nigeria.

The bomb which exploded at Sadauna road left charred motorcycles and other debris on the side of the road as people were gathered at a restaurant to eat.