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Senate revisit Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill

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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, unanimously passed a resolution to recommit the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill to the Committee of the Whole, for passage.

This means the Bill shall be passed after clause-by-clause considerations at the Committee of the Whole.

The reintroduced Bill passed First Reading in the House of Representatives July 3, 2019.

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, which was recently re-gazetted as HB. 17 was re-introduced and sponsored by the Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.

Monguno while leading a debate on the motion to re-introduce the bill yesterday, said the move to reconsider the Bill in the Committee of the Whole was in pursuant to Order 12, Rule 16 of the Standing Order of the House, which prescribed that, a Bill passed by the previous Assembly, “upon being re-gazetted or clean copies circulated, be reconsidered in the Committee of the Whole without being commenced de-novo”.

Recall that the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, which was passed by the two Chambers of the 8th National Assembly, was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari for some reasons.

The bill seeks to give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria, with a core mandate to “Develop, Empower and provide gainful Employment for the youths, facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood watch and Nation-building; and for other Related Matters”.

While reacting to the re-introduction of the Bill, National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Akoh, on behalf of the Organisation, expressed his gratitude to the Honourable Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the entire Members of the House of Representatives, for the decision to revisit the Bill.

Akoh while speaking in a phone chat urged members of the organisation to be patient and remain steadfast, as he is very optimistic that the Bill will see the light of the day this time around.

According to him, the main reason given by President Muhammad Buhari for not assenting the Bill has been taken care of.

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Nassarawa Gov reacts to attack on Deputy

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Following the robbery attack on the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe, in which five persons, including three policemen and two civilians, were killed, Governor Abdullahi Sule has assured residents of adequate protection of their lives and property.

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The governor gave the assurance Wednesday during an emergency security meeting he summoned at the Government House, Lafia in respect to the attack on his deputy along the Lafia-Akwanga Highway on Tuesday night.
Sule, who spoke to journalists through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tijjani Ahmed, shortly after the meeting, said the government has taken measures to provide absolute security and surveillance for the state.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the three policemen and the two civilians killed by the robbery suspects, saying “security operatives will work assiduously to bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to book.”

Also speaking, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, explained that the deputy governor was not a target in the robbery attack.

“It was a robbery operation which the deputy governor’s convoy ran into and five persons lost their lives at the scene of the robbery. The elements, who carried out the robbery will be fished out by the police and dealt with decisively,” Longe assured.

Speaking on behalf of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusa, said the traditional rulers were in collaboration and supportive of the police to help bring the menace of crime wave to a halt in the state.

He pointed out that the government has put in place all modalities to ensure that the lives and property of residents are protected so that people could go about with their legitimate activities freely.

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Police re-arrest Taraba kingpin

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Fleeing kidnap kingpin at the center of the killing of police detectives by soldiers in Taraba State, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, has been re-arrested.

The suspect, who was arrested on Monday evening, has since been moved to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
His initial arrest by policemen had precipitated the killing of detectives who were leading him in handcuffs to the Taraba State Police Command for interrogation.

Soldiers manning checkpoints along Ibi-Wukari Road had opened fire on the police team, killing three police detectives and two civilians.

A statement by Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, said Wadume was arrested in his hideout in Kano State.

“The operatives of the Nigeria Police have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume. He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, 19th August, 2019 in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State”, he said.

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Buhari renames Nigerian Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law.

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The Act repeals the Nigerian Prisons Service Act.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.

With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service.

 

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Enugu: Miyetti set to shut down market activities for two days

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said on Saturday, August 10, it would shut down the livestock market in Enugu as a result of the need to boost security in the state.

MACBAN plans to do this in collaboration with the northern livestock and perishable goods market traders’ union, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). It was learnt that leaders of the groups spoke in Enugu at a joint news conference after their meeting where they reviewed the security situation in the state as it concerned their businesses.

Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, chairman of MACBAN in the south east, who read the joint resolution, said that they would embark on the sensitisation of all livestock and perishable goods markets necessitating their closure for two days.

“We want to tell our people that they should be mindful of what they do so that they do not allow criminal elements to penetrate their camps. Critics of insecurity in Nigeria are not patriotic – Buhari.

“In this connection, we are embarking on sensitisation tour of all livestock and perishable goods markets and every Fulani settlements in Enugu state between August 14 and August 15.

“We wish to state that during this sensitisation exercise all livestock and perishable goods markets will be closed down either in cattle markets, Fulani settlements or wherever they exist throughout Enugu state.,” he said

Siddiki added that various security agencies including the police, DSS, military and civil defence, would provide the groups with adequate protection during the statewide sensitisation. He said the groups regretted the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Reverend Father Paul Offu of ‘St James The Greater’ parish, Ugbawka. He enjoined the family of the deceased and the people of the state to mourn with fortitude.

“In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu state government and people have extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.

“We, therefore, appreciate Enugu state government for the peace that prevails in the state which has helped us in our business and the peaceful co-existence we have enjoyed over the years,’’ he added.

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