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Violence Against Persons Act Would Curb Spate Of Violence In Edo If Implemented – NAPTIP

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National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP), Thursday, said correcting the flaws in the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, (VAPP) Act would help to curb spate of violence in Edo State.

Chief Intelligence Officer, NAPTIP, Benin Command, Mrs. Rosemary Emodogo made the assertion while fielding questions from newsmen at Westminster Foundation for Democracy, (WFD) event held in Benin City.

She said the state has domesticated VAPP but due to some flaws in the Act, it has not been fully implemented, expressing hope that as soon as the necessary amendments are made in the Act by the State House of Assembly, it would achieve its full potentials.

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“Edo State, I know that they have domesticated the VAPP and they have a law on that but because of the flaws they found in it when after they brought it out, they found out that they gave out jurisdiction to the federal high court meanwhile it is a state law. So, they cannot actually implement the law.

“Like what one of my colleagues said here, that they have sent it back to the house of assembly and I think that by the time that they put it together and give jurisdiction to Edo State, I believe that it will work”, Edomogo said.

On the part of the Researcher with Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Mrs. Dorothy Njemanze, the challenges confronting VAPP Act must be addressed by strengthening the instructions that drive the implementations of the Act in the state.

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Challenges we have seen so far, is that there are so many contradictions in the law and that was what prompted the need for it to be reviewed.

“The challenges we are having in the implementation also is that the institutions that will implement, they still need little more strengthening to be able to carry out their implementation.

“Just like every other institutions in the state, they are faced with different challenges and you know the areas that need funding are not appropriately given, thereby, we discovered that even when people are perpetrating this crime, maybe from the judiciary, they practised what they called liniency.

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“They have not been able to give the judgement as it were and we believed that if this law is critically looked and examined at and the perpetrators of this evil are punished as it should be, it will serve as a deterrent to others”, Njemanze said.

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Man, 38 Escapes Assassination Attempt In Benin

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Innocent Omoruyi

By Omokha Andrew

A 38-year-old activist, Innocent Omoruyi, narrowly escaped assassination in the early hours of Wednesday, July 19, 2023 as his residence at Obe Community,Sapele Road in Benin city was attacked by yet to be identified gun men.

The attack which eye witnesses say was viciously executed on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 bore the markings of a dreaded cult group terrorizing Benin City, the state capital.

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The Obe, Sapale Road incident, it was learnt, happened soon after Omoruyi left the house to attend to matters of interest some few metres away from his home.

The assailants were said to have shot sporadically in their frustration as residents scampered for safety.

However, Omoruyi escaped unharmed.

One of the eye witnesses who craved anonymity said: “The felons apparently went for the kill, weilding guns and other dangerous weapons. “We are shocked that they didn’t see Innocent Omoruyi who was just some few metres away from home when they arrived”.

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“How that happened, only God knows and it was obvious that it wasn’t his time to die yet and just before that not long ago his business place on Lagos Street, Benin City was burnt down in the middle of the night by unknown arsonists.

“This sequence of events is not ordinary. We know it’s politically motivated due to the role he played in the last general elections. He has been advised to go into hiding at the moment for his personal safety”, he concluded.

When contacted, the police Public Relations Officer Chidi Nwabuzor said he was yet to get any information as regards the latest incident. He promised to feed our correspondent with relevant details as soon as they become handy.

Our information source however revealed that the matter has already been incidented at the Love World Police station on Sapele Road, Benin city.

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Nigeria To Earn Over $4bn Revenue As FEC Okays Concession Of Abuja, Kano Airports

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Nigeria will earn over $4 billion in nominal revenue as the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday okayed the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano, to the Corporacion American Airport Consortium, a Luxembourg-based company.

James Odaudu, the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the Council also approved that the Federal Ministry of Aviation would be renamed the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace.

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The statement noted that the company would make combined upfront payments of $8.5 million for the concession of NAIA and MAKIA.

He added that the development would spur evidential growth within the Nigerian aviation industry.

In alignment with the Aviation Roadmap, approved by Mr President on 18th October 2016, the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace is delighted to inform all stakeholders, both local and international, and the media, that the concession of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano has been approved by the Federal Executive Council,” the statement said.

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In December 2022 and January 2023, Corporacion American Airport Consortium was announced as the preferred bidder for the airport’s concession after scaling through a series of evaluations of technical and financial bids.

Nominal revenues mean income not adjusted for inflation and decreasing purchasing power.

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Russia Expelled From Council Of Europe Amid War With Ukraine

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The Council of Europe says it has expelled Russia with immediate effect after 26 years of membership because of the Ukraine war.

The Committee of Ministers took the decision in a special session, the rights body announced in the French city of Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Earlier, Russia had already declared its withdrawal from the Council of Europe after it had taken steps to exclude it.

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On Tuesday evening, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted unanimously in favour of Russia’s exclusion.

Russia joined the Council of Europe on Feb. 28, 1996.

Together with the formal notification of the withdrawal, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe also received information from the Russian Federation on Tuesday about its intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the Council of Europe once again condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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They expressed their solidarity with the Russian people, who continue to belong to the European family and share its values.

The body said it would continue to stand by Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor.

The Council of Europe monitors the observance of human rights in its 46 member states and is not part of the European Union.

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The body reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago by suspending Russia’s membership, this decision was considered historic.

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