Police Reform, A Game Changer To End Impunity, Osinbajo Tells US Delegation

File photo of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government’s plan to reform the Nigeria Police Force would be a game-changer to end impunity in the country.

According to a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President disclosed this while receiving a United States Government delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo said at least 13 states in the country including Lagos, have since established Judicial Panels “to seek justice and to compensate those whose rights have been breached.”

See Full Statement Here:

OUR POLICE REFORM AGENDA IS A GAME CHANGER TO END IMPUNITY – OSINBAJO TELLS US DELEGATION

The plan of both the Federal and State Governments to investigate police brutality and prosecute erring police officers, create new State-based Security and Human Rights Committees, as well as providing compensation to victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units, would be a game-changer in ensuring an end to impunity, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Thursday when he received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, an American government delegation including the US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Bob Destro; US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Conflict Stabilization Operations, Denise Natali; the Counselor of the US Department of State, Thomas Ulrich Brechbuhl; and the Charge d’Affairs, US Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbon. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama was also at the meeting.

According to the Vice President, at least 13 states in the country including Lagos, have since established Judicial Panels “to seek justice and to compensate those whose rights have been breached.”

The VP also disclosed that the President has already supported the decisions of the National Economic Council.

It would be recalled that on October 12, the Council, which is chaired by the VP with all State Governors and FCT Minister as members, resolved on the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extra-judicial killings to deliver justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, NEC also agreed on the provision of monetary compensation to victims and prosecution of erring officers.

While responding to the concerns of the US government on instances of impunity in the country, the Vice President noted that these efforts are part of the Nigerian government’s commitment to implement extensive police reforms adding that the establishment of Judicial Panels of Inquiry nationwide will further ensure that the Police and other security agencies ensure the protection of human rights of citizens.

He said, “The concerns around impunity are some of the concerns that informed the establishment of Judicial Panels of Inquiry across states. Each state is now required to establish judicial inquiry that will look into cases of impunity, excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings etc., especially by law enforcement agents.”

“Aside from two representatives of Civil Society groups, these Judicial Panels will have youth representatives and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission, among others. Each State is also required to have what is called the Special Security and Human Rights Committee to ensure that law enforcement and security agencies protect the Human Rights of citizens.”

“Government is paying attention. The point we are making is that protests are a means to an end, but they cannot be the end. We are very optimistic that what we have put in place would eventually yield the best possible results for us,” Prof. Osinbajo stated.

The VP also highlighted what he termed false narratives about Nigeria, including the herder-farmer crisis, especially in North Central states, and the politics behind the allegations.

According to the VP, the herder-farmer crisis was exacerbated mainly because of land and resources struggle than from the misinterpreted Christians-versus-Muslim narrative.

Members of the United States delegation from Washington DC offered to collaborate with the Federal Government on these issues, a suggestion welcomed by the Vice President hoping that such cooperation will create better understanding of the issues.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President

23rd October 2020

#EndSWAT: FG Is Thoughtful, Sensitive About Young Nigerians – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the Federal Government is thoughtful and sensitive about the young people in the country.

Speaking during a media parley on Thursday in Abuja, Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is focused on investing in infrastructure that will provide opportunities for young people to express themselves and become entrepreneurs.

He, therefore, said young people should believe that the government will do its best to attend to their demands as long as the resources are available.

“What young people need to know is that this government is thoughtful, sensitive and concerned about them,” he said.

“We intend to do the very best that we can given the resources that we have. The youths must also see that we were very quick to respond to make amends where we see that things may not be exactly right.”

Protesters Storm NASS

Protesters against police brutality and extra-judicial killings have taken their demonstration to the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The protesters in their numbers on Thursday stormed the complex displaying placards lamenting extra-judicial killings and demanding justice for victims of police brutality.

READ ALSO: Police Brutality: How I Was Hung Upside Down In 1993 – Adegboruwa

They sang songs of solidarity, recited the national anthem, and chanted ‘EndSWAT!’ ‘EndSWAT!’.

Security agents could, however, be seen forming a barricade at the entrance to the National Assembly complex.

Thousands of protesters across the country have been protesting in the last one week against the harassment, extortion, and extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The police authorities in response to the outcry of the protesters disbanded the SARS unit and announced the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit as its replacement but the protests and demonstrations continue nationwide with hashtags #EndSWAT, #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality dominating social media trends.

VP Osinbajo, CoS, Ministers, Present As Buhari Presides Over Virtual FEC Meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the 16th virtual cabinet meeting at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting started at 09:00 GMT and it has the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari physically in attendance.

Ministers physically present at the Council Chambers are Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Justice, Abubakar Malami, Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and State-Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Other Ministers are all participating in the weekly cabinet meeting form their various offices in Abuja.

 

See photos from the meeting below…

PHOTOS: RCCG General Overseer Adeboye Visits Buhari, Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari receives the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on August 31, 2020. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the State House in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, were also in attendance during the visit.

Details of the meeting were not, however, made known to reporters.

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Pastor Adeboye is the first high-profile clergyman to have visited the Nigerian leader since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Worried by the security situation in the country, Adeboye had in February led members of his congregation in a prayer walk against insecurity in Nigeria.

The directive to members of the RCCG followed the declaration of a prayer walk by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to address the spate of killings across the country.

About 25, 000 parishes of the RCCG took part in the prayer walk, according to the Assistant General Overseer of the church, Funso Odesola.

‘Unacceptable, Ungodly’

Adeboye’s visit is coming a few weeks after President Buhari signed the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, a development which has sparked debates among religious leaders.

CAN, the umbrella body of Christians had “outrightly” rejected the Act, describing it as “unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible, and an ill-wind that blows no one any good.  It is a time bomb waiting to explode.”

A statement by CAN said while the body is not against the government’s resolve to fight corruption, “the Church cannot be controlled by the government because of its spiritual responsibilities and obligations.”

While speaking during the recently-concluded conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Vice President Osinbajo gave an insight into why CAMA has raised eyebrows among Christians.

“As a general position, I do not think it will be right to say that pastors don’t want to be accountable,” he said.

“I believe that several Christian organizations and pastors are willing to be accountable. The problem that they may have is ensuring that processes are not abused in such a way as to compromise the entire organization.

“And I think that if all that is required is some process of accountability, I think it will be easier for organizations to accept that.”

Osinbajo Votes, Urges Nigerians To Cooperate With Buhari For Better Nigeria

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has asked all Nigerians to set aside ethnic and religious sentiments and join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to build a better Nigeria.

Prof. Osinbajo was quoted as saying this in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, on Saturday, shortly after casting his vote, alongside his wife, Dolapo, at the VGC Polling Unit, in Lagos, for the Governorship and State Assembly elections.

In a brief chat with the media, the Vice President, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Friday, March 8, was asked about “the greatest gift he would want Nigerians to give him for this birthday.”

READ ALSO: Court Case Against My Re-Election Not Surprising, Says Buhari

In response, he said, “One thing I would like very much is for all of us to work together towards building a great country. I think we all have what it takes to make this country truly great.

“And the greatest gift would be all of us working together, across tribes, across faith and the entire nation coming together to work with President Buhari and the government to achieve the very best that we can.”

Professor Osinbajo also stated that he was pleased with the conduct of the elections at the polling unit thus far.

Later on, he took to Twitter to announce that he had voted and also asked his followers if they had too.

Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting As Buhari Attends COAS Conference In Borno

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Osinbajo presided over the weekly meeting based on the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, for the annual conference of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

READ ALSO: Buhari Arrives In Borno For COAS Conference

The meeting was attended by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, and some ministers.

Ministers in attendance include Rotimi Amaechi, Mohammed Musa Bello, Adamu Adamu, AbdulRahaman Dambazau, Zainab Ahmed, Audu Ogbe, Adebayo Shittu,  Udoma Udoma and Usani Usani, among others.

Buhari’s Administration’s Prudent Management Of Resources Has Boosted Development – Osinbajo

Flood: Change The Habits Of Blocking Drainages, FG Tells Nigerians
Osinbajo

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the prudent management of resources by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has boosted development in the country.

He believes the current administration has achieved far more in terms of infrastructure and development than previous administrations.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, he (Osinbajo) said this during a public lecture organized by the Council of Chief of Imams, Ikeja Division in Lagos on Saturday.

He also listed other achievements of the government such as the N-Power Programme which according to him about 500,000 young graduates have benefited from and the TraderMoni scheme.

The comments come days after the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the government to be more prudent in managing the country’s resources following its plan to donate a sum of $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, among other materials.

See Also: Atiku Asks FG To Be ‘More Prudent’ With National Resources

Read Osinbajo’s Full Statement below.

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
PRESS RELEASE

BUHARI ADMINISTRATION’S PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES HAS BOOSTED DEVELOPMENT – VP OSINBAJO

*Says corruption must be tackled by all for the country to make progress
*Urges religious leaders to continue to preach peace, work for the country’s unity

The prudent management of resources by the Buhari administration has helped it achieve far more in terms of infrastructure and development than previous administrations, while it has invested heavily on social protection, the largest in the country’s history, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this at a public lecture organized by the Council of Chief of Imams, Ikeja Division in Lagos on Saturday.

The Vice President also stated the determination of the administration in its fight against corruption, noting that it was a major challenge which had slowed the country’s development in the past.

He added that the Buhari administration has spent over N2.7 trillion on capital expenditure in the last three years, pointing out that it is the highest amount ever spent on capital in the history of Nigeria.

The Vice President listed some of the infrastructure projects to include, among others, the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway, the Lagos-Ibadan Dual Carriageway and the Second Niger Bridge.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, the Buhari administration has been able to achieve this through prudent management of resources, despite earning 60% revenue less than the previous administration when the price of crude oil was high.

“Despite earning 60% less revenue, we are spending more on infrastructure in this government, from roads, rails to power,” he said.

The Vice President also said that components of the administration’s Social Investment Programme have impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians.

He explained that through the N-Power Programme, 500,000 young graduates have been engaged by the Federal Government in different areas of public service.

He said similar successes have been recorded in the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme, GEEP (which includes the TraderMoni Scheme), the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, and the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, which currently feeds over nine million public primary school pupils in 26 states.

Speaking on the impact of the TraderMoni scheme – the N10,000 interest- and collateral-free loans to petty traders nationwide, the Vice President said two million petty traders nationwide will benefit from the microcredit scheme by the end of the year.

He adds, “If the N60 billion that was part of the sum looted from the nation’s treasury in the past, was given out to these traders, 6m petty traders would have been beneficiaries.”

Prof. Osinbajo said at the inception of the administration, over 23 states in Nigeria owed salaries of between three to 12 months, which necessitated the Federal Government giving the states bailout funds to pay their workers.

He said the Buhari administration was also confronted with the drop in Nigeria’s crude oil production of 2.2 million bpd, coming down to around 1 million bpd as a result of the restiveness in the Niger Delta Region.

Speaking further, the Vice President stated that the struggle in Nigeria is that between good and evil, and not between religions.

“I want to say to you that it’s a battle between good and evil. What we are fighting for in this country is a battle between good and evil, it is not a battle between religions. Corruption is our major challenge. The people that steal Nigeria’s resources are both Christians and Muslims,” he said.

During the event, a public lecture titled: “The Role of Muslim Leaders in the South West Towards achieving Peaceful and Successful 2019 Elections,” the Vice President highlighted some of the programmes and projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration since its inception in May 2015.

The Vice President advised the religious leaders to continue to admonish their followers to embrace peace and work for the unity of the country.
The first paper at the lecture was presented by Prof. Ishaq Lakin Akintola, the Director-General, Muslim Rights Concern, while Dr. Saheed Timehin, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State University, presented the second paper.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President
Office of the Vice President
11th November, 2018

Lagos APC Primaries: Osinbajo Did Not Endorse Sanwo-Olu – VP’s Office

Osinbajo Asks Dairy Investors To Support Local Production

 

The office of the Vice president has denied reports that Professor Yemi Osinbajo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The office of the vice president in a statement on Sunday said Sanwo-Olu’s media team took advantage of the Vice President in the pictures taken during Osinbajo’s attendance at a meeting in Lagos.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended a meeting of the Lagos State General Advisory Council (GAC), where he had been invited by the elders on the council.

“Before the meeting, the Vice President who had been in Lagos to participate in the Presidential primaries in the State had met with Governors Akin Ambode and the APC National Leader Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

“APC gubernatorial aspirants Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kunle Hamzat were also at the premises of the GAC meeting ahead of the Vice President’s arrival.

“Sources at the GAC meetings hinted that Prof Osinbajo, who is believed to be supportive of a second term bid for Ambode, conveyed the view of the Buhari presidency that there should be a level playing field in the overall conduct of the primaries.

“Informed sources at the meeting said the purpose of VP’s attendance at the GAC was to report on a previous meeting held between him and Governor Rauf Aregbesola on how to resolve some of the outstanding issues around Governor Ambode’s second term bid and its fallouts.

“It was while he was coming out of the meeting that Mr. Sanwo-Olu and Mr. Hamzat took advantage of the VP’S presence to take the photos which are now being falsely paraded as proof of endorsement,” the statement read in part.

The statement stressed that the Vice President was not at the meeting to endorse the candidate, adding that, “they only took advantage of his presence.”

NASS Blockage: Osinbajo Sacks DSS Boss, Lawal Daura

Former DSS Boss, Lawal Daura.

 

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Musa Daura.

The termination of Daura’s appointment, according to a statement signed on Tuesday by Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, is with immediate effect.

Daura has since been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.

Daura is however in a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, currently holding at the presidential villa in Abuja. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is also in the closed-door meeting.

The termination of Daura’s appointment comes few hours after security officials stormed the premises of the National Assembly barricading the entrance.

The masked security operatives and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrived at the National Assembly very early on Tuesday morning and prevented lawmakers, members of staff of the National Assembly and journalists from entering the complex.

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African Countries Should Think Of World Beyond Oil – Osinbajo  

We Must Create Opportunities For Young People – Osinbajo
File photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on oil-producing African countries to think of a world beyond oil.

He emphasised the importance of redoubling efforts at using oil and gas revenues to pursue diversification, investment in infrastructure and human capital, which according to him, will ensure future economic growth and development.

The Vice-President said this on Monday while declaring opened the Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO).

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the opening of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) in Abuja on Monday, June 11, 2018.

 

The event is organised by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria and is currently holding at the Lagos-Osun Hall, Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

The Vice President at the event also said Africa needs a united front in the global energy discussion.

He asked that the APPO fund be opened to all, to allow private sector investments just like Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to overcome financial challenges as Africa has no reason or excuse to fail.

He underpins that a revitalised APPO will contribute tremendously to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry.

Photos: Osinbajo Attends Forum On Biafra

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, alongside top government officials, on Thursday attended a forum themed: Memory & Nation Building, Biafra: 50 Years After.

Osinbajo was in the company of Professor Pat Utomi, Chief of Staff to President of the Senate, Dr. Hakeem baba, Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Permanent Secretary Information, Education & Industry, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo and Member Yar’Adua Foundation, Chief Dubem Onyia, among others at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre in Abuja.

Osinbajo Seeks Continental Response To Maritime Challenges

Yemi Osinbajo Seeks Continental Response To Maritime ChallengesStrengthening the coast guard function and timely exchange of information by African countries will help build a stronger maritime industry and improve trade facilitation.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, made the recommendation on Thursday at the third annual conference of the Association of African Maritime Administration in Abuja.

As part of the opening ceremony of the conference tagged: ‘Sustainable Use Of Africa’s Ocean and Seas’, a new Logo for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

New NIMASA logo unveiled at the conference

Professor Osinbajo who said the challenges facing the sector are not insurmountable, however tasked African countries to take advantage of the incredible opportunities to tackle the difficulties.

“The challenges are many but not insurmountable. As things stand, Africa’s fishing grounds are being pillaged, it waters are polluted and piracy is heightening maritime insecurity and causing increases in the cost of insurance and trade. Many difficulties but incredible opportunities.

“The good news is that we are on the right path, collaboration and synergies. Our countries have to continue to develop the maritime sector, beginning with the national level to the sub-regional and regional levels,” he said.

The Vice President further suggested better regulatory framework and human development as crucial factors for development in the industry.

He stressed the need for countries to ensure a coherent and collaborative continental response to the challenges facing African maritime.

“Here in Nigeria, we have taken steps to tackle some of the issues peculiar to us while still requiring regional and sub-regional collaboration. As African maritime administrators and regulators, it’s my respectful view that you must ensure a coherent and collaborative continental response to the challenges facing our maritime space.

“This will require cooperation amongst our states and agencies, and with other segments of society, including the private sector. It means that governance issues and appropriate legal and regulatory frame works must be put on the front burner, alongside timely exchange of information.

“In addition, issues of maritime security and safety must continue to receive priority attention as we strive to make Africa a valued player in the international maritime community,” he said.