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FG yet to implement Senate panel’s recommendation on police control

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The Senate Ad hoc Committee on Security Challenges has recommended the control of the Nigeria Police Force by states as a way of addressing insecurity in the country.

The committee also said each state and the Federal Capital Territory should set up special strike squads, including a special weapon and tactics team to go after criminals.

While calling for the restructuring and adequate funding of the police, the committee in its report further recommended that state security councils headed by governors should have operational control of police deployed in zones, states and local governments in terms of budgeting, command and operations.

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The report was signed by the Chairman of the committee, Yahaya Abdullahi, 20 others senators and the Clerk, Vivian Njemanze.

Findings by on Monday, however, indicated that the report, which was submitted in March 2020, had yet to be implemented.

The spokesman, Ministry of Police Affairs, Mr Bolaji Kazeem, said he was not aware of the report and promised to find out if the ministry was implementing the recommendations.

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The report read in part, “State Security Council should have powers of recruitment, particularly for general duty officers and constables. The council should have integrated mobile strike squads, special weapons and tactics squads and intelligence units under their control for riot control and quelling insurrection before they assume serious dimensions.

“The State Security Council should be overseen by a civilian security structure comprising the governor, zonal AIG, state police commissioner, military commander, Immigration, Customs, correctional service, first class Emirs/Chairman, Emirate councils, paramount traditional leaders, leaders of faith-based organisations, senators, House of Representatives members, state House of Assembly Speaker, representatives of trade unions/business community and any other person deemed to be useful.”

The committee added that similar structures should be established at the area command, local government area and ward levels.

The report stressed the importance of community policing, which it said should be funded from the grants appropriated from the state assemblies and given to each local government area in accordance with the size of the community police formation based on the budget from the local government area.

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At the state level, the committee said the responsibility for the police posted to the states should be from the zonal command budget for the state formations, adding that the states could, however, assist with recommendations and duty allowance during operations.

It asked the Federal Government to give grants to the zonal commands, while each state should appropriate funds from its assembly for the zonal commands.

The committee said the National Assembly should amend the Nigeria Police Act of 1945 to reflect the proposed structure in concert with the Presidency, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police, Police Service Commission and the Minister of Police Affairs.

It further stated, “The restructuring (of the police) should be accompanied by the development of a modern police central crime registry, modernisation and amendment of the Evidence Act to admit digital evidence such as DNA, audio and video footage and other forms of forensic evidence; deployment of CCTV cameras, body cameras, bulletproof vests, body armour, surveillance drones, light aircraft and armed helicopters.”

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Corps member absconds from service after allegedly defiling minor in Bayelsa

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A Corps member attached to the Asamabiri Community Primary School in Asamabiri community of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Jonathan Ogbe, has absconded from his one-year compulsory national service over his alleged involvement in the defilement of a 12-year-old pupil in the state.

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DAILY POST, gathered that Jonathan Ogbe, 31 years and indigene of Kogi State, with NYSC call up number, NYSC/ABU/2020/113131, abandoned service and has since refused to pick up his discharge certificate having been on the run from the law.

Following the incident which allegedly occurred in September 2021, the Civil Society Group, Gender-based advocacy groups and indigenes of the community have accused the gender unit of the Bayelsa Police Command of foot-dragging in arresting and prosecuting the corps member.

The NYSC through the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mathew Ngobua, however, denied claims of footdragging but revealed that the corps member had already absconded following the allegations.

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He said, ” The accused has abandoned service and all his numbers and that of his next of kin are not reachable. He has not even picked up his discharge certificate for service”.

Ngobua also said the disappearance of the accused corps member was noticed when he was invited for the usual practice of the NYSC disciplinary measure of bringing the accused to camp, de-kitting them and handing them over to the police for investigation.

”We discovered that he has abandoned service.

DAILY POST, also gathered yesterday that the accused Corps member, reportedly lured the 12 years old girl, names withheld, who is a pupil in the community primary school to his house and defiled her repeatedly.

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According to the father of the victim, Nelson Gbaranbiri, his wife brought his attention to some strange discharge found in the panties of his 12-years-old daughter while doing her laundry. “My wife brought my attention to the stains and discharges she usually finds in the panties of my daughter. When I asked about what happened to her private part, she told me that ‘uncle’ will beat her.”

Gbaranbiri also confirmed that when he reported to the Divisional Police, they did nothing concerning the incident, “they asked me to arrest the accused and bring him to the station. They even demanded that I pay them before they can drive down to arrest the suspect. I also met with the NYSC, they also showed signs of indifference. I have protested now to the GRIT and hoping actions would be taken to arrest and prosecute this paedophile.”

In the petition forwarded to the State Police Commissioner and dated 3rd of September, 2021, the counsel to the victim’s family, A.O.Aniso Esq, said “When the accused corps member was confronted with the victim’s claim, he admitted being responsible and pleaded for forgiveness. And seeing that the minor was physically distressed and needed medical attention, the parents took her to the community medical centre and their worst fears were confirmed.

“After the medical confirmation, the family again confronted the corps member over his wrongdoing and he apologize profusely even offering N50, 000 to cover medical treatment. This is a criminal act and he has brought great shame to my client’s family”.

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Also reacting to the copy of the petition made available to the State Gender Response Initiative Team (GRIT), the Chairperson, Barr. Dise Ogbise confirmed that the GRIT has just received the petition and assured that “GRIT will reach out to the State Police Command for more update

”We anticipate a prompt response by the Police to the petition already served them. As GRIT, Bayelsa State, we will not relax and we will give the child all the necessary legal and psychological support needed”.

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Corp member absconds from service after defiling minor in Bayelsa

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A Corps member attached to the Asamabiri Community Primary School in Asamabiri community of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Jonathan Ogbe, has absconded from his one-year compulsory national service over his alleged involvement in the defilement of a 12-year-old pupil in the state.

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DAILY POST, gathered that Jonathan Ogbe, 31 years and indigene of Kogi State, with NYSC call up number, NYSC/ABU/2020/113131, abandoned service and has since refused to pick up his discharge certificate having been on the run from the law.

Following the incident which allegedly occurred in September 2021, the Civil Society Group, Gender-based advocacy groups and indigenes of the community have accused the gender unit of the Bayelsa Police Command of foot-dragging in arresting and prosecuting the corps member.

The NYSC through the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mathew Ngobua, however, denied claims of footdragging but revealed that the corps member had already absconded following the allegations.

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He said, ” The accused has abandoned service and all his numbers and that of his next of kin are not reachable. He has not even picked up his discharge certificate for service”.

Ngobua also said the disappearance of the accused corps member was noticed when he was invited for the usual practice of the NYSC disciplinary measure of bringing the accused to camp, de-kitting them and handing them over to the police for investigation.

”We discovered that he has abandoned service.

DAILY POST, also gathered yesterday that the accused Corps member, reportedly lured the 12 years old girl, names withheld, who is a pupil in the community primary school to his house and defiled her repeatedly.

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According to the father of the victim, Nelson Gbaranbiri, his wife brought his attention to some strange discharge found in the panties of his 12-years-old daughter while doing her laundry. “My wife brought my attention to the stains and discharges she usually finds in the panties of my daughter. When I asked about what happened to her private part, she told me that ‘uncle’ will beat her.”

Gbaranbiri also confirmed that when he reported to the Divisional Police, they did nothing concerning the incident, “they asked me to arrest the accused and bring him to the station. They even demanded that I pay them before they can drive down to arrest the suspect. I also met with the NYSC, they also showed signs of indifference. I have protested now to the GRIT and hoping actions would be taken to arrest and prosecute this paedophile.”

In the petition forwarded to the State Police Commissioner and dated 3rd of September, 2021, the counsel to the victim’s family, A.O.Aniso Esq, said “When the accused corps member was confronted with the victim’s claim, he admitted being responsible and pleaded for forgiveness. And seeing that the minor was physically distressed and needed medical attention, the parents took her to the community medical centre and their worst fears were confirmed.

“After the medical confirmation, the family again confronted the corps member over his wrongdoing and he apologize profusely even offering N50, 000 to cover medical treatment. This is a criminal act and he has brought great shame to my client’s family”.

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Also reacting to the copy of the petition made available to the State Gender Response Initiative Team (GRIT), the Chairperson, Barr. Dise Ogbise confirmed that the GRIT has just received the petition and assured that “GRIT will reach out to the State Police Command for more update

”We anticipate a prompt response by the Police to the petition already served them. As GRIT, Bayelsa State, we will not relax and we will give the child all the necessary legal and psychological support needed”.

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