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Human Rights Violation: EDOCSO, CLEEN Foundation Want Govt To Strip Police Right Of Prosecutions

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A right group, Edo Civil Society Organizations (EDOCSO) in collaboration with the CLEEN Foundation Wednesday, February 19, called on the Federal and state governments to strip the Nigeria Police of the power to prosecute suspect facing criminal trials in court to end violation of the rights of citizens.

While making the call in Benin City during their 2nd quarter state working group meeting on accountable governance, justice and security project-accessing, they said law given the Nigeria police the right to investigate, arrest and prosecute a suspect has led to the violation of the rights of citizens.

Speaking on the topic: ‘Challenges in the Implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Edo State and Way Forward’, Assistant Chief State Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Department of Public Prosecutions, Edo State, Mrs. Odihirin Justina, recommended that police should be given right to arrest and investigate and thereafter should hand to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

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She said Kano State government has applied such law, Lagos State is following suit, stressing that there is need for Edo State government to quickly apply such for her citizens not to be unlawfully detained.

According to her, the decision of the police to take up the roles of prosecution, has led to unlawful detentions of citizens in custody.

“In Ministry of Justice today, we discovered that 70 percent of the files on our table brought in by the police are those who don’t have anything to do in detention at all.

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“So, when we in the DPP discovered that, we recommended that they should be released and they were released.

“I believed that this is happening because the police want to assume the role of arrest, investigation and prosecutions.

“I suggest that their roles should be narrowed to the arrest and investigation of criminal suspect while the prosecutions should be left with the DPP”, she added.

Corroborating Julianna’s recommendations, Coordinator-General, EDOCSO, Comrade Omubude Agho, said the state law given the Nigeria police the right to investigate, arrest and prosecute a criminal suspect have led to the violation of the rights of the citizens of the state which ordinarily ought not to have been.

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Agho said the duty of the police should start with the arrest and the investigation of suspect and that upon completion of their investigations, should hand them over to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for onward prosecutions.

The one-day roundtable meeting gave opportunity to stakeholders to make contributions on the urgent need for Edo State government amend the criminal law in the state so as to end unlawful detention and prosecution in the state.

The meeting brought together Edo Dtate Ministry of Justice, Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria Bar Association and Edo Civil Society Organisations, but other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Correctional Services were absent.

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JUST IN: Tinubu Names New Heads For NCC, Galaxy Backbone, NIGCOMSAT

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of 10 executive heads across the Nigerian Communications Commission, Galaxy Backbone Limited, and Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, all agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, announced the latest appointees in a statement he signed Thursday titled, ‘President Tinubu reconstitutes management teams in agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.’

At the Nigerian Communications Commission, he appointed Abraham Oshadami as Executive Commissioner of Technical Services, Rimini Makama as Executive Commissioner of Stakeholder Management, and Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi as President and CEO of the Digital Bridge Institute.

At Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, he named Abiodun Attah as Executive Director of Technical Services; Aisha Abdullahi as Executive Director, Finance & Administration; and Jaiyeola Awokoya as Executive Director, Marketing & Business Development.

The President also appointed Ibrahim Adeyanju, Managing Director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, alongside three executive directors.

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They include Mohammed Ibrahim, Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services; Olusegun Olulade, Executive Director of Customer Centricity & Marketing; and Olumbe Akinkugbe, Executive Director of Digital Exploration & Technical Services.

With the reconstitution of the management teams in these agencies, President Tinubu expects the new appointees to “deliver excellent service to elevate the impact of the digital economy sector on the socio-economic development of the nation,” said Ngelale.

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JUST IN: Kwara Varsity Students Cry Out Over Alleged EFCC, NDLEA Raids

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Operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Nigeria Police Force have reportedly raided and arrested some students of Kwara State University, Malete.

In several videos sighted by our correspondent on Thursday, the students were seen running for safety while gunshots were heard in the background.

A student of the university who spoke with our correspondent Thursday night disclosed that EFCC operatives were in the school on Wednesday while operatives of NDLEA and police officers visited on Thursday and arrested some of the varsity students after raiding the student community.

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Yesterday, EFCC raided the school. Today NDLEA and police came and arrested boys (students) anyhow,” the source disclosed to our correspondent.

Meanwhile, a tweet from an X user (@babyygirlfl0) read, “EFCC came to raid in the middle of the night, two days ago, arrested over 30 students, NDLEA came in today to do the same, students tried to stop them, they joined forces with the police and started throwing teargas at students, even started shooting gun, I saw with my own eyes.

“One student is dead, another is fighting for her life! Helppppp! Tag all the handles that can help please! The network here is really bad I’m so scared mannn. Gunshots and Teargas everywhere.”

Another user with the handle @thatgoodbae posted, “This school is a mess mahn!! I don tire!! Because how in God’s name is EFCC supposed to shoot at a student’s car??? Come to raid at 2am??? Taking students that have exams in the morning???”

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The students, however, stormed the school gate to protest the act and arrest of their colleagues.

In November, the EFCC chairman placed a ban on sting operations at night following the outrage that ensued after operatives arrested suspected internet fraudsters in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

EFFC operatives had invaded the off-campus hostels of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Efforts by our correspondent to get the reactions of the trio of EFCC, NDLEA, and the police spokespersons proved abortive as calls made were not answered and text messages sent are yet to be responded to as of the time of filling this report.

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FAAC: FG, States, LGs Share N1.15trn For January

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The total revenue accrued to the coffers of the government increased to N2.07trn in January 2024 out of which N1.15trn was disbursed to the Federal Government, states, and local government areas, the Federation Allocation Accounts Committee disclosed on Thursday.

FAAC, in a communique issued at the end of its monthly meeting in Abuja, said the revenue was shared to meet the needs of the subnational governments.

According to a press release by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Bawa Mokwa, the amount shared is N29bn less than the N1.44trn disbursed in January 2023.

The communique said the N1.45trn total distributable revenue comprised distributable statutory revenue of N463.1bn, distributable Value Added Tax revenue of N391.8bn, Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue of N15.9bn and Exchange Difference revenue of N279.03bn.

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It also added that a total revenue of N2.07trn was available in the month of January 2024 while N200bn was kept as savings.

“Total deductions for the cost of collection was N78.4bn, total transfers, interventions, and refunds was N640bn and savings was N200bn.

“Gross statutory revenue of N1.15trn was received for the month of January 2024. This was higher than the sum of N875bn received in the month of December 2023 by N276bn,” the communique read.

The communique further stated that from the N1.15trn total distributable revenue, the Federal Government received a total of N407.267 bn, the state governments received N379.407 bn and the local governments received N278.041bn.

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It added that VAT collection was reduced by N71.7bn to N420.7bn in the month ending.

The statement added, “The gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax in January 2024 was N420.733 billion. This was lower than the N492.506 billion available in the month of December 2023 by N71.773 billion.

“From the N1,149.816 billion total distributable revenue, the Federal Government received a total of N407.267 billion, the State Governments received N379.407 billion and the Local Government Councils received N278.041 billion.

“A total sum of N85.101 billion (13 per cent of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

“From the N463.079 billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N216.757 billion, the State Governments received N109.942 billion and the Local Government Councils received N84.761 billion. The sum of N51.619 billion (13% of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

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“The Federal Government received N58.768 billion, the State Governments received N195.894 billion and the Local Government Councils received N137.125 billion from the N391.787 billion distributable Value Added Tax revenue.”

Also, the N15.922 billion Electronic Money Transfer Levy was shared as follows: the Federal Government received N2.388bn, the state governments received N7.961bn and the local governments received N5.573 billion.

“The Federal Government received N129.354 billion from the N 279.028 billion Exchange Difference revenue. The State Governments received N65.610 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N50.582 billion. The sum of N33.482 billion (13 per cent of mineral revenue) was shared with the benefiting States as derivation revenue.

“In January 2024, Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties increased significantly, while Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies decreased considerably.

“The balance in the ECA was $473,754.57,” the statement concluded.

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