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Fasoranti’s Daughter: Stop Stereotyping Crimes, NOA Urges Nigerians

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The National Orientation Agency has called on Nigerians to desist from politicising crimes in the country and unite in finding solutions to the problem.

The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Garba Abari made the appeal in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head, Press Unit, NOA.

This is coming as Nigerians condemn rising incidences of crimes in the country including the recent killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere pan-Yoruba group.

Abari said Nigerians should allow security agencies the space to deal with the disturbing cases of banditry and armed robbery rather than resorting to peddling political narratives and stereotypes.

While condoling with the family of late Olakunrin on behalf of the Agency, the Director-General said every Nigerian has the civic and patriotic duty to resolve the spate of criminal activities in the country.

Abari further urged political players to stop the perceived stigmatization of a section of the country.

He said, “We (political players) should show more understanding and tolerance for the diverse people in the country in the spirit of shared humanity and a united nation.”

While condemning the murder of Olakunrin, Abari said that the situation demanded a unified response in condemnation of the killing of Nigerians in all parts of the country.

“We must rise as a people to condemn the activities of criminals who snuff lives out of our people, disrupt our peace and order and spread hate and disharmony in our country,” he said.

He noted that security agencies were working assiduously to identify and bring perpetrators of the heinous crimes to justice and urged Nigerians to support them in this regard.

(NAN)

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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos

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Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.

The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.

The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.

He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.

“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.

Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.

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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa

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Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.

In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.

Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.

According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.

These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.

Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.

He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”

The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.

“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.

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Lagos Govt Uploads CTC Of #EndSARS Panel Reports Online

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The Lagos State Government has announced the release of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality and related matters on its website.

The online version of the reports of the panel which probed the shooting incident of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate were uploaded to the state’s justice ministry website.

“Members of the public can view and download the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice – https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/,” Attorney General Moyosore Onigbanjo Sunday said in a statement.

The Lagos #EndSARS panel submitted its reports to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on November 15.

Mr Onigbanjo, who is also the state’s Commissioner for Justice, said that the reports are entitled ”Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and ”Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality”.

He advised the public to write to his office for further enquiries.

“’Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice through [email protected],” Mr Onigbanjo said.

Since the submission of the panel report, controversies have arisen due to the government’s refusal to accept the panel’s stance that unarmed protesters were killed by soldiers it called in to quell demonstrations.

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