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Insecurity: Industrialist advocates support for community policing

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The Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN), Kwara/Kogi Chapter, Dr. Kamorudeen Yusuf, has described community policing as capable of encouraging collaboration between the police and community.

He added that it will also enhance identification of security challenges in the neigbourhood and proffers workable solutions as against traditional method.

Dr. Yusuf who is also the Chief Executive Officer of KAM industries Nigeria Limited stated this on Tuesday during the commissioning of the new KAMWIRE police station located at Jimba-Oja, Ifelodun local Government area of Kwara State.

Represented by the Vice Chairman of the Company, Dr. Bolanle Yusuf, the frontline industrialist further stressed that “Community policing will provide an expanded outlook on crime control and prevention. While, crime control and prevention remain the central priority to both, in Community Policing, the Police and the Community members become active members in addressing the problem of crimes / insecurity, disorders or neglect which can include gang activities, abandoned houses/ware houses, abandoned cars/vehicles, bushes in the neighbourhood which can serve as (criminal hideouts) and subcultures among others.

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“These are activities that may not be defined as criminality in the early stage but may later metamorphose into criminality insurgency type. As the link between Police and Community members the underlying causes of crime. May I use this opportunity to advise they will have more resources available for crime prevention activities instead of being forced into an after the fact response to crime’ that we have been experiencing.

“The good people of Jimba-Oja community are peace loving people but as we all know, for every 12 apostles, there is a Judas (misfit). Therefore, this police station is to serve as watch tower against the few misfits in our midst who will now and henceforth think twice before going against the law. The arm of the law is no longer short to catch them.”

She however maintained that, “we are seeing the official opening of this complex which promises to bring more meaning to community development and enhance not only a safe environment but a more vibrant commercial life.

The building houses a front desk, offices for crime, officers administration and Head of the Crime unit, an Armory and Guard rooms or Holding cells. There are ample spaces in front of the station for parking. We have also ensured that the conveniences provided are modern.”

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, CP Bolaji Fafowora, disclosed that the part of the challenges facing the force would have been a thing of the past if such gesture can be emulated by all and sundry.

He however assured that the facilities will be put into good use and also become a pride to KAMWIRE , the community and the police.

“Lives and property of the company in particular and Jimba-Oja community in general shall well be protected, with the available Human Resources and materials at our disposal”, he added.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Jimba-Oja, Alhaji Jimoh Akanni Oyewole, thanked Kam groups for the police station and assured the entire community of continuous harmonious working synergy with the newly sited factory.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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