A lawyer and public affairs analyst, Benson Enikuomehin on Tuesday said Nigerian politicians do not need to wait for a re-election before they deliver their campaign promises.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Enikuomehin blamed the absence of a clear-cut manifesto in political parties as responsible for the laziness among Nigerian politicians.
Discussing the 2015 elections on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, Benson Enikuomehin a legal practitioner agreed with Dr. Doyin Okupe saying a lot of Nigerian politicians are jobless which is why they look for all avenues to unseat their opponents who are power even before their tenure is complete.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has debunked allegations that rather than engage in providing meaningful development for the country, the party is focused on preparing for 2015 elections.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, a former Chairman of the ACN, FCT chapter, Sunny Moniedafe said his party is doing much more than the other parties and that even if they are forced to start preparing for 2015, they are not distracted.
Normalcy have been restored in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital after an early morning bomb attacks targeting police officers who were on their way to the command headquarters for the day’s routine work. As at the time of filing in this report, Damaturu is calm but most residents are in their respective houses for fear of being involved in the sporadic gun shots going on around town.
The State commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe told Channels Television’s correspondent, Jonathan Gopep in Damaturu that a time bomb was planted on the road leading to the command headquarters but the driver conveying the officers and men was able to dictate and avoid the bomb which exploded shortly.
He said normalcy has been restored as the road is currently being used by people travelling to the northern part of the state.
The current attack is coming just four days after the state governor,Ibrahim Gaidam in a special broadcast appealed to residents to embrace peace and to accord the security agents the desired support in quest for peace.
The latest attack will also slow resumption of commercial activities in Damaturu after the secretary to the state government, Babagoni, Machina had a close door session with Bank operators, security agents among other stakeholders to commence full operation as adequate security is being provided across the state.
Channels Television reported that the latest attack will also undermine the call on civil servants to shun any security threats to resume work which has been paralysed for couple of months since the insurgents began in the state.
Residents of Damaturu had flee the town days to the Salah celebration in fear of attack by the insurgents who were rumoured to be nursing more attacks during the celebration.
Suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Tuesday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, launched an attack on a police vehicle heading to the command headquarters.
Residents said they started hearing sounds of bombs and shootings around the Ajari ward of Damaturu early Tuesday morning.
An official of Joint Taskforce (JTF) in Yobe State, who confirmed the attack, said there was no casualty as the major road leading to the command headquarters has been condone off for fear of further attacks.
The official said the hoodlums lunched two unsuccessful bomb attacks before sporadic gun shots at the police vehicle.
He could not provide further details on the attack but said security operatives were making efforts to restore normalcy around the area.
Attacks on security vehicles in Damaturu, particularly around the Ajari ward – being a strong hold of the insurgents – has become a routine affair as the police must past through the area to reach the command headquarters.
The Chairman of the Human Right Commission, Chidi Odinkalu on Wednesday said that the major issue that Nigerians should be bothered about should not be who owns the police – Federal or State government – but the structure of the institution.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Odinkalu said “the case for state police are yet to be made out. The issue in my view is should not be who owns the police, the question should be does the police work for the people?”
Mr Odinkalu said the debate for state police is a wrong argument that took its root from Nigerians’ fixation on ownership and control rather than service delivery.
The outgoing President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Dauda on Wednesday said that States in Nigeria that want and can maintain their own police force should be allowed to have it.
Mr Dauda, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said it is not compulsory for all the states in Nigeria to have their own police.
“States that need them, that have viable economic actives, large states like Lagos, Rivers and those other states that really need machinery to ensure that their investment and people are protected should have it,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police, M.D Abubakar has ordered the redeployment of 18 Commissioners of Police to various Commands and Formations of the Force, across the federation. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the Inspector General said that the posting of the Commissioners takes immediate effect.
He further “directed the affected officers to ensure an effective policing of their new areas of jurisdiction in line with the administration’s reform policies.”
The police boss advised the newly deployed Commissioners of Police to act as agents of positive change and guide against all acts inimical to the fundamental rights of the citizenry.
He enjoined citizens of the affected States to give the new command helmsmen maximum support so as to guarantee their success in their assigned roles.
Ahmed Sule the Arewa Consultative Forum General Secretary (ACF) says the serene atmosphere witnessed on the festive morning is not unexpected as most Nigerians decided to stay indoors for the fear of bomb explosions and secondly the harsh economy of the country too was contributory.
Continuing with the Ogun PDP crisis Senator Dipo Odujirin who is also a factional PDP chairman also claimed that he is the recognised PDP chairman for Ogun state when he was asked if he was to be referred to as factional PDP chairman by Sulaiman Aledeh.
The Ilaro court recognised Adebayo Dayo as the PDP chairman and a court injunction was given which is what the engineer by profession is holding onto but Odujirin is also claiming that there is an interlocutory order of the Court of Appeal staying all other orders previously issued by the court which included the ruling of January 27th this year where other court orders emanated from.