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YOUNG LAWYERS’ FORUM: ‘Clients’ trust, confidence bane of new wigs’ prospects’

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Oluwadamilare Awokoya read law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. Awokoya was called to Bar on 25th November, 2014. In this conversation, he shares his foray into the legal profession with JOHN CHIKEZIE

 

 

Background

 

 

I am Oluwadamilare Awokoya. I am the last child of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Awokoya. I am an indigene of Ijebu Ososa, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

 

 

I had my primary school education at Y & Y Nursery and Primary School, Odo-Ona, Ibadan before proceeding to Government College, Ibadan for my Secondary School education and graduated in 2003. I studied Law at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

 

 

I was called to the Nigerian Bar on the 25th day of November, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Why Law?

 

 

When I was growing up, I understood that the legal profession wasn’t just respected but a profession adorned by noble men in the society. It was not a daunting task for me to aspire to join the league of these noble men. But more importantly, Law is a tool of social engineering and lawyers are social engineers, who are at the nucleus of the development of any society.

 

 

I also saw the legal profession as a veritable platform to defend the defenceless in the society and be the voice of the voiceless.

 

 

The legal profession gave me that opportunity.

 

 

Pupilage

 

 

I actually started my internship at Adekola Kareem & Co. From my university days each time we had a break in school, it was an opportunity for me to be at the firm to continue my training.

 

 

 

 

We had a Principal, Adekola Kareem Esq., who did his pupilage under the Late Jibola Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and this gave him a good understanding of the essence and importance of pupilage.

 

 

He was always taking me to court, giving me an opportunity to ask questions on the proceedings and dole out necessary advice.

 

 

Those experiences prepared me for the challenges I was to face at the Nigerian Law School.

 

 

Immediately I completed my service year at the Ministry of Justice, Nasarawa State, I joined the Law firm to continue my training.

 

 

My pupilage experience was awesome and I learnt a lot because I had a Principal who doesn’t hoard knowledge and would always throw challenges at you. This bolstered my learning process.

 

 

Challenges

 

 

I have actually faced challenges as a young lawyer. The first was the meagre salary which I was paid at the early stage of practice until I opted out of collecting salary, although, the situation was ameliorated when my Principal permitted me to handle personal briefs.

 

 

This became a good source of income to cushion the effect of the insufficient salary.

 

 

The second challenge is that of client’s trust and confidence. We are in a society where people trust so much on grey hair; they christen we young lawyers as “baby lawyers” who are bereft of sufficient legal knowledge and experience. It is common belief that old lawyers are masters of law and are rich in experience. I remember a client fighting my boss for not handling his case personally and for allocating his case to me. My boss had to build confidence in him over my courage and expertise before he gave me the benefit of the doubt. We eventually won the case and since then the client now has so much confidence in my sense of judgement.

 

 

Another challenge is the undue influence which our seniors wield in court. The law gives the judge latitude of discretion to exercise in certain circumstances but such must be exercised judicially and judiciously.

 

 

However, I have experienced situations in which, when our judges are caught between the option of exercising their discretion in favour of either a senior or a junior lawyer in a particular case, they usually tend to favour the senior as against the junior and some situation, if the junior is rich in advocacy skills, he may utilize it to persuade the judge but not in all circumstances.

 

 

Some seniors are also not accommodating and on the mission of discouraging young lawyers in the practice of law although a few are always there to give the needed encouragement.

 

 

Memorable event while in the practice

 

 

It was the day I won a case for a community, Eda Oniyo Ekiti at the Supreme Court in a case of Oba J. A. Awolola vs. The Governor of Ekiti State (2018) LPELR – 46346 (SC) over an illegal relocation of the headquarters of Ilejemeje local government.

 

 

It was on the 14th day of December, 2018 and two communities (Eda Oniyo Ekiti and Iye Ekiti) were waiting for the outcome of the judgment.

 

 

The Supreme Court was to deliver about 35 judgments that day and our matter was listed as No. 3 on the Cause List.

 

 

When the conclusion of the judgment was read, we won with a cost of 1 million naira awarded against the respondents.

 

 

I quickly jumped up to my feet and appreciated the noble Justices. I was very elated to relay the message to my clients, who were far away in Ekiti State, which I was told led to jubilations.

 

 

It was really a defining moment in my career and I still, hitherto, relish the experience.

 

 

Evaluation of the judiciary in terms of independence and justice delivery

 

 

The judiciary has been effective in terms of the performance of its function and justice delivery. I believe when the issue of financial autonomy of the judiciary is finally addressed, it will further enhance its productivity.

 

 

The judiciary has in recent years faced deluge of challenges to wit, the raid of the residence of the judges, prosecution of some judges on issues of corruption, bribery and the suspension of former Chief Justice of Nigeria through a questionable ex-parte order, barring of a judge in a Northern State from accessing her court to deliver judgment by a Civil Defence official and most importantly, the flagrant refusal by the government of the day to obey court orders, etc.

 

I must state here that I stand with the government of the day with its stance to rid the judiciary of corruption but it is important that due process of the law must be observed.

 

 

Judiciary needs to engage in internal cleansing to save itself from ridicule.

 

 

Collapse of justice system and increased crime rate, insecurity

 

 

I really do not understand what could be meant by collapse of justice system. As far as I am concerned, we have a functional and virile justice system.

 

 

It is pertinent to state that it is not the duty of the court to checkmate the increase of crime rate and security. That duty is within the purview of the powers of the security operatives. The judges themselves can be victims of crime and insecurity.

 

 

It is the duty of the law enforcement agents to rise up to the task of curbing these problems ravaging the country. And when culprits are arrested, they should ensure proper investigation before prosecution. Our law enforcement agents have lost huge number of cases not because the prosecutors are not proactive but for shoddy investigation.

 

 

The task of the prosecution in a criminal case is herculean, which of course, is to prove the guilt of an accused beyond reasonable doubt.

 

 

Once the prosecution is unable to discharge this duty, there is nothing the court can do than to discharge the accused person.

 

 

Lawyers and unending physical attack by security agencies

 

 

This issue has become a recurring decimal and unfortunately we young lawyers are usually the victims.

 

 

Let me say that this brutalisation of people by security agents is not limited to lawyers. When innocent citizens are brutalised and security agents get away with it, it will definitely transcend to lawyers.

Security agents usually see lawyers as their enemies in the society because it is the lawyers that can question them when they act ultra vires an whenever a lawyer outwits them and make mockery of their knowledge, the next thing they resort to is physical assault.

 

 

I have experienced a situation where a trigger-happy police officer under the influence of alcohol, pointed gun at me at a Special Anti-Robbery Squad office and ordered me to leave the Station. I had to leave immediately before he made good his threat as I will not have the opportunity to witness the case after my death.

 

 

I believe our Police Officers need to be trained on how to relate with people with utmost civility and courtesy in a sane society as ours. It is also important that people, lawyers inclusive, reciprocate these gestures with respect to our law enforcement agents.

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Lagos to flood-prone residents: Be ready to vacate your homes

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Following downpour and increased flood across Lagos metropolis, the state government yesterday warned residents of the flood-prone areas to be ready to vacate their homes for safety reasons, saying that flooding would not be completely eradicated in the state due to its geographical location.

This was even as some residents in areas like Itire, Idi-Araba, Obafemi Awolowo way in Ikeja had called on the government to urgently intervene on the persistent flooding in their communities, saying that their property and lives were constantly being threatened by flood occasioned by the heavy downpour.

Bu the government, however, allayed fear on the downpour, assuring residents that measures were already in place to address challenges being posed by incessant rainfall as witnessed in the state in the last three days, saying that effort was being made to clean and maintain the drainage channels.

New Telegraph gathered that residents and commuters of Itire, especially those close to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH were usually being threatened by rainfall, which they lamented had made life horrible for them.

But Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello and Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe said residents should be rest assured that irrespective of the volume of the rainfall, it would flow through the drains to discharge into the various channels.

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Oyo approves composition of State Electoral Commission

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde yesterday approved composition of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).

A statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor, in a letter dated 18th September, 2019, forwarded names of eight individuals to the House of Assembly for consideration as chairman and members of the commission.

“I wish to inform Your Rt. Honourable and other Honourable Members of the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).

The following personalities have been considered suitable, based on their track records, to oversee and conduct elections into the local governments in the State; Isiaka Olagunju was nominated as chairman of the commission, while Comrade Adeniyi Afeez Babatunde, Alhaja Ganiyat Saka, Mr. Olanrewaju Emmanuel, Chief Kumi Agboola, Mr. Remi Ayoade, Mr. Sunday Falan and Mr. Adeojo Elias were nominated as members.

Also, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, has deplored culture of patronising sub-standard products and services in the country, lamenting that 60 per cent of Nigerians knew some products were fake yet they bought them because of their cheap price.

Irukera, an international legal practitioner, said this on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan during his lecture entitled “Competitiveness and a Culture of Quality” organised by the commission to awaken youths, students and several stakeholders to the culture of appreciating quality in whatever they engage in.

At the event were stakeholders including Professor Adenike Ogunse of the Kola Daisi University, Ibadan; President of the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce, Engr. Ismaila Alapa,  officials of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), NECO, Foodco Foods, Therapy School, NAPTIP, SUMAL Foods, staff of academic institutions etc.

Irukera said: “60 per cent of Nigerians know some products are fake yet they buy them because of their cheap price. That is the greatest challenge we are facing in the country.

Quality is not a buffet: you have to hunt for it and have it. Many of the sectors of the country need declaration of emergency because excellence appears to be in our past and history. We need to find our way to the future in order to better our wellbeing. We may not be able to fix a broken bridge, but we can strive to build a new one.

“It is grievous and sad to be asked by any seller whether one wants to buy original product or the ‘Aba’, or ‘Taiwan’ type. The essence of this programme is educating consumers of their right to have quality products.

But it seems these days that quality is an option and sub-standard products and services are a second option. That is not the law. Consumers should not have an option but to be provided with quality products and services. That is why we should start inculcating into our youths, students and educators, the culture of quality standard. We know that the greatest modifier of human behaviour is consequence and the greatest consequence for lack of quality is to be rejected.  And the most important tool for enforcement is for the people to demand for their right and insist on it.”

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Dangote hails Buhari’s new economic team

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President of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has commended the new Economic Advisory Council (EAC) constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari to advise him on the nation’s economic growth and overall development. He described the move as a proactive one, which is capable of elevating Nigeria’s economy to greater heights.

Dangote, who spoke as the Chairman at the commissioning ceremony of the new Secretariat of the Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employers Federation (CANMPEF) in Lagos, said: “The constitution of the Economic Advisory Council is a proactive move, by putting together tested and respected patriots, who are independent and always ready to put the country’s interest first and ahead of themselves.”

He then urged the Federal Government to take advantage of this rare opportunity to strengthen the economy and put the country on the path of growth, job creation and competitiveness, while also calling on all stakeholders to work with the Federal Government to revive and restore the economy on the path of growth. According to him, the government should continue to provide the enabling environment which it had set out to do, so that the private sector would continue to thrive as the way to go in the next level.

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APC forms 39-man reconciliation committee for Adamawa

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Adamawa State All Progressives Congress (APC) has named a 39-member steering committee to oversee affairs of the party in the state and reposition it for victory.

The committee headed by Abdulrahman Adamu, which also had Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and Mohammed Bello; Minister of FCT, as co-chairmen, was to work with the APC National Working Committee (NWC).

According to a document made available to newsmen in Abuja yrsterday, a robust term of reference given to the committee was a charge to reconcile all aggrieved aspirants/candidates and other chieftains that vied for positions during the 2019 general election.

APC in Adamawa State had been in crisis, which led to the electoral victory of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Also according to the document, the committee was also charged with the task of developing a programme of action to reposition and strengthen APC in the state, as well as propose modalities that ensure free and fair primaries ahead of the coming local government election and future elections in the state.

Other functions of the committee include; “To propose ways and means of raising funds for running the affairs of the party in Adamawa State.

“To develop an effective media and public enlightenment programme for repositioning the party to its winning ways in the state.

“To co-ordinate and support the various election petitions by the party at various tribunals and courts.

“To carry out any other function as may be directed by the National Work Committee of the APC.”

Other members of the committee were the immediate past governor of Adamawa State, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, former EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Dahiru Bobbo and Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata, among many others.

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Gumi: 2019 polls worst in Nigeria’s history

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Fiery Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, yesterday, disclosed that the last election was the worst he had witnessed in the history of the country.

According to Gumi, the process was overshadowed with massive irregularities, which had produced a government that is finding it difficult to tackle the problems of the country.

That was as he also lambasted the elite for plunging the country into its present woes characterised by kidnapping, banditry and all manner of crimes.

Gumi stated this while playing host to the President and Founder of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries International, Prophet Isah El-Buba, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna yesterday.

The Islamic Scholar lamented that the 2019 election was the most painful, worst election conducted in the history of Nigeria which has now divided Nigerians across various interests, capitalising on the ignorance of the masses.

He said: “We are having the same vision about getting the right purposeful leadership that is focused and all embracing like a hawk which protects all his children. This is the type of leadership we need.

“Nigeria is now seriously divided along all interests. Class struggle is now the major factor that keep polarising Nigeria. Now what brought the division is abject poverty. The poor and the downtrodden are now angry. All the crimes we have now came as a result of poverty.

“The politicians are necessary evil even though a lot of them are not educated. The crop of political leaders are not educated to handle the problem we have in Nigeria today. The idea is very important and not what we see today. There is no point looking at who is doing what but the idea.

“Former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari are not good for Nigeria. When we told Jonathan to do something, he was looking at us from a Muslim perspective. People are dying in the Hospital. Kidnapping is the worst thing. After attaining position, all they think is how to get contract and jet out of country.

“I will support you to move round the country because we still have good people all over the country. I’m ready to go with you. But, don’t forget to carry them along. You have to tell them. The last election was the most painful election I have seen in Nigeria. In 2015, we realised we were handicapped because Nigerians are ignorant.

I expected 2019 to be clean but, it is the worst election I have seen in Nigeria.

“You can imagine a government that is fighting corruption, saw a governor from the North stalking dollars in his pockets and kept quiet. What example is the North showing? Nigeria needs a new page- people, who will unite us. The surest way to move Nigeria forward is through free, fair and credible elections,” he said.

Earlier, Prophet Isah said he embarked on national tour to see a new Nigeria where justice shall be the basis upon which the country is governed.

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Balonwu: Why we’re championing African women

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Founder of African Women on Board (AWB), a non-profit group, Dr. Nkiru Balonwu, has said the only way to fast-track the trajectory of African women into leadership positions globally, is for all the stakeholders involved in the emancipation process to be fully involved.

She noted that women globally were having a moment in history with their stories and experiences being brought to the global consciousness with little or no significant impact experienced by these women.

Speaking at  press conference in Lagos, to announce programmes and activities in the lead up to AWB’s global launch on September 26, Balonwu said from experience and data-backed findings, it was gathered when women are at the table and part of the decision-making process, teams are strengthened and more solution-orientated.

Balonwu, who spoke alongside a trustee of the AWB, Prof. Chioma Agomo, Gbemi Abudu and Olu Arowolo Verhejien, noted that the seeming disparity informed her group’s insistence on championing the reawakening mechanism that would advance narratives and improve realities for African women and girls globally.

Balonwu said: “Unfortunately, the unique perspectives and narratives of African women have been left out of this conversation almost entirely. AWB is saying that it is time for African women to be included in these conversations and have our say in the development and growth of this continent.

“We started in 2017 as a network of women working together to advance the economic, social and political rights of African women. We looked at solutions to getting women into senior management, C-suit and board positions.”

On her part, Agomo, who is a professor of law at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), explained that African women were being left behind, stressing that she was at the gathering to testify to the importance of the work of the AWB.

“What attracted me was the understanding from the leadership, to the programming staff, to the council and communities of allies that gender diversity is not a women’s issue, but an economic issue, which concerns us all. The creation of opportunities for women directly correlates with heightened potential for growth for everyone around them,” said Prof Agomo, whose specialty course is in gender and the law.

She pointed out that data consistently shows that investments put in the hands of women, lift up their communities.

“We do need men as allies to champion women as the natural conduits that can feed success for all. I join AWB in welcoming everyone to the conversations we are having next week at AWB@UNGA and to this larger movement to make African women’s voices mainstream,” she said.

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FG, states & LGs share N720.880bn in August

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The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) yesterday in Abuja approved for sharing to three tires of government, a total of N720.880 billion.

The amount comprised revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain and gross statutory revenue.

The gross statutory revenue for the month of August 2019 was N631.796 billion, an amount  lower than the N674.365 billion received in the previous month by N42.569 billion.

Revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT) was N88.082 billion as against N94.159 billion in the previous month, indicating a decrease of N6.077 billion. Exchange gain yielded total revenue of N1.002 billion.

The Accountant General of Federation ( AGF), Idris Ahmed, who presided FAAC meeting, announced the figures.

Of the amount,   the Federal Government received N301.804 billion, states received N188.925 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N142.654 billion.  Oil Producing states received N43.513 billion as 13 per  derivation revenue while  revenue generating agencies received N43.984 billion as cost of revenue collection.

In addition, the meeting agreed to share N20 billion from Forex Equalization fund.

Of gross statutory revenue of N631.796 billion, Federal Government received N288.638 billion,  states got  N146.401 billion, the Local Government Councils received N112.869 billion, the Oil Producing States received N43.426 billion as 13% per cent derivation revenue and the Revenue Collecting Agencies received N40.461billion as cost of collection.

Of  Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N88.082 billion, Federal Government got  N12.684 billion, states received N42.280 billion and  Local Government Councils received N29.596 billion and the Revenue Generating Agencies received N3.523 billion.

The balance in the Excess Crude Account stood at $328.122 million as at September 19, 2019.

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Nigeria loses $1.35bn to crude oil theft in six months

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The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday confirmed that the country in the last six months has lost a total of 22.6 million barrels of crude oil valued at approximately $1.35 billion.

The losses are as a result of high levels of pipeline vandalism, oil theft and bunkering activities in the Niger Delta region.

Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, who chaired NEC’s adhoc Committee on Oil Theft, confirmed this when he submitted a report to the council.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the NEC meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, he warned that the development portends danger for the economy if the situation was not contained in two years.

He said: “We would have lost in excess of $2.7 billion.”

Obaseki, who gave the breakdown of the losses recorded within the period said: “The Nembe creek trunk-line lost 9.2 million barrel; the Trans-Niger pipeline lost 8.6 million barrel; the Trans-Focadoes Pipeline lost 3.9 million barrel; Trans-Escravos pipe  lost 877,000 barrel.”

The Edo State governor attributed the untoward development to what he said was the slow and inadequate prosecution of thieves, despite numerous arrests and seizures to encourage this menace.

He lamented that “no one is held accountable whenever there are breaches and when these losses occur.”

He said that “the absence of filling stations in most of the oil producing communities around the Niger Delta make them resort to illegal bunkering and illegal refineries.”

According to him, the huge internal and external market of stolen products exist across the west coast of Africa and also the sub-region.

He said that the “panel discovered that there were huge losses. In fact, the NNPC reported to the the committee that the 22.6 million barrels of crude oil valued at approximately $1.35 billion was lost during the first half of this year.

“And if this situation is not contained in two years, we would have lost in excess of $2.7 billion. Consequently, he said the committee therefore made several recommendations, including the need to restructure the maintenance and ownership of oil pipelines as a way of tackling the perpetrators of crude and other products, a legal framework that will ensure that criminals are duly prosecuted, imprisoned and their assets confiscated.

The governor said the panel also recommended special courts to try offenders and a special legal task force to coordinate the prosecution of arrested offenders as well as train special judges to handle cases of oil theft.

Other recommendations are that, “NNPC should be encouraged to engage with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to identify the markets for stolen petroleum products across the continent.

“That, the governors of the oil producing states should set up actions to develop the communities that are most prone and through which these pipelines run with their 13 per cent derivation allocation as well as implement programmes that will be impactful and make life easy for the people.

“It noted that the NDDC, which  has the mandate to undertake development in the Niger Delta  region should be restructured to perform its role better.”

Also speaking, the Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, said Secretary to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Dr Jumoke Oduwole, gave update on the enabling business to environment.

Yahaya said Council was briefed on the current reforms in African countries as contained in the African Development Bank Economic Outlook report released in January 2019 and in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2019.

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Army blacklists Action Against Hunger for allegedly aiding, abetting terrorists

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The Nigerian Army has declared Action Against Hunger (AAH), one of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the North East as “persona non grata.” (unwelcome person/undesirable element).

The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE said its action was premised on its observation of the “notorious activities” of some non-governmental organisations working in the North East.

The command accused the global humanitarian organisation of “subversive actions despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities.”

In a statement issued yesterday by the spokesperson for the Theatre Command, Col. Ado Isa, he said the declaration became imperative following several warning.

The statement reads: “The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole (TC – OPLD)) has observed with utter disappointment and concern the notorious activities of some Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) working in the North East (NE) Nigeria.

“The subversive and actions  of the NGO, Action Against Hunger (AAH), persisted despite  several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities  The TC – OPLD has on many occasions raised alarm over this unwholesome practices of some NGOs and expressed the same position during  meetings with the NGOs operating in the NE Theater of Operation.

“Consequently, the AAH has been declared persona non grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite warnings from the TC – OPLD.

“The Command has obtained several credible intelligence indicating AAH as one of  those  NGOs operating in the  NE that is notorious in supplying food and drugs to the criminals in the area”, Isa said.

While urging the public to continue to give credible information on the activities of suspected terrorists and their supporters in the North East to relevant authorities, the Army assured of its resolve and determination to always partner with credible NGOs and CSOs “to cushion the impact of the humanitarian crisis generated by the criminals in the NE in line with the international best standards”.     

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Violence: Northern govs’ wives to campaign against insecurity, almajiri

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Wives of the 19 northern state governors yesterday resolved that they would step up campaign against genderbased violence targeted against women in the region. The women under the auspices of Northern Governors Wives’ Forum said this after its two-day quarterly meeting in Minna, Niger State.

The forum said insecurity in the north had led to increase in gender-based violence. While reading the communiqué, Chairperson of the forum and wife of Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Sani Bello, said women were the highest victims of insecurity in the region. According to her, “The forum condemn in strong terms, the growing level of insecurity in the region, occasioned by the activities of armed bandits that had led to increase in violence against women in the region. She said:

“The growing insecurity in the north has further worsen the existing gender-based violence targeted at women. We are ready and willing to play our part in the security challenge by embarking on advocacy in the troubled states within the north with a view to sensitise women on how to guide themselves against any form of gender- based violence.” The forum while applauding the recent decision of northern governors forum to find a permanent solution to the Almajiri phenomenon in the region, expressed its readiness to support their husbands’ efforts in the eradication of the system.

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