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Human Trafficking: AFJN-N Organises Seminar Against Menace

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Cross Section of Participants at the seminar


With a view to supporting the government in curbing the rising menace of human trafficking in Nigeria particularly in Edo State, Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria (AFJN-N), yesterday, organised advocacy seminar against human trafficking in Benin City.

AFJN-N is a fellowship of Rev. Fr. and Sisters drawn from the Catholic Church around the world.

Speaking at the event, Rev. Fr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, AFJN-N said the programme was organised going by the rising rate of trafficking in persons and the consequent torture victims are exposed to, saying AFJN-N can no longer keep quiet with the touture persons trafficked particularly to abroad face.

The programme with the theme, ‘Solidarity Against Trafficking in Person’, AFJN-N challenged Nigerians to cry out against human trafficking in unison, describing the body as vanguard for voice of the voiceless.

While lamenting bottle neck faced in gaining access to Nigerian polical leaders in order to discuss way forward in combating human trafficking menace, the fellowship noted that there was need for leaders and followers to sit in round table in order to curb human trafficking.

AFJN-N urged the political class in Nigeria to discharge their responsibilities deligently, saying bad governance by our leaders make people to subject themselves for trafficking, adding that though that’s not enough reason.

“It is through things are bad in this country, the economy is not at its best, there is unemployment and other forms of bad governance going on in the country, but that is not sufficient reasons to subject our brothers, sisters, children to inhumane treatment abroad.

“So my advice is let’s be patient rather than traveling out of the country. We can change home to be a better place. The fact is that Nigeria is not a poor country. The problem is management of the resources God has given to us.

“Do you know that way back then Nigeria was even giving foreign aide to Thailand. But here we are now. Go to Highland and see what its looks like compare to Nigeria.

“You know Nigeria taught Malaysia how to produce palm oil but now they are far away ahead of us. So, it is not we don’t have capacity of the capability, we do”, Rev Fr. added.

Also speaking at the seminar, Professor Mrs. Yinka Omoregbe, Edo State Anthony General, said the state government has put in place machinery in tackling human trafficking, stressing that this is being done in collaboration with stakeholders such as AFJN-N.

She stated that the law of the land is against selling and buying of human in any form of disguise it may be carried out eithe by internationally or locally.

She urged Nigerians particularly Edo people to report any body being forced to relocate against his or her consent to report to the ministry.

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Tinubu To Unveil Aba Power Plant Monday

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Barring any last-minute change in plan, President Bola Tinubu will on Monday, February 26, inaugurate the Aba-based Geometric Power Plant.

The President is also expected to inaugurate another set of three roads rehabilitated by the administration of Governor Alex Otti.

The roads are: Omoba, Jubilee and Queens Streets all in Aba.

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In a press statement released on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu said, “Unarguably, this is Mr President’s first commissioning of a road constructed by the current set of Governors in Nigeria. It equally marks the 9th road being commissioned in Aba since Dr Alex Otti took over the reign of power in the state eight months ago.

“This exercise is in addition to the commissioning of the Geometric Power Plant in Aba on Monday, February 26th by Mr. President; a power plant that will provide uninterrupted power supply to Aba and its environs.”

The statement enjoined citizens and Aba residents “to troop out en masse to witness the epoch-making events.”

Tinubu, in October 2023, approved more than 260 road repairs in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.

Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.

However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.

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He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.

Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”

Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

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“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”

He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.

Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.

 

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CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday

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The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.

The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.

Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.

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According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”

When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution

 

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