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Ebonyi plans Special Court for rape, special offences



The Ebonyi State Government has directed its Chief Judge,  Justice Anselm Nwaigwe, to establish a special court to try rape cases, herders’ clashes, and COVID-19 cases.

This directive was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an expanded security council meeting held in Abakaliki and attended by the  Chairman,  Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), southeast zone, Alhaji Gidado Sididiki, and other stakeholders in the state.

The meeting, chaired by Governor David Umahi, was attended by the heads of various security agencies, including the military.

The governor maintained that the grazing of cows at the new Government House and Centenary city in the state was highly prohibited.

The state also banned underage herders from grazing in any part of the state, adding that any teen herder caught shall be tried in the new court alongside the parents or guardians.

The communiqué reads in part; “The governor also bans rearing of cattle at the new Government House and its environs Centenary city, schools, churches and mosques and recreation centers in the state.

“The Chief Judge of Ebonyi State is enjoined by this meeting to urgently set up a special court for the trial of offenders of COVID-19, rape, cultism cases, and header’s clashes.

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Enforce Public Procurement Laws – CSOs tells Buhari



Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center CISLAC has called for the enforcement of public procurement laws in all contract bidding especially one that has to do with international organisations.

Citing the Process and Industrial Developments Limited P&ID case, the agency said the international scam would not have been possible if due diligence was followed and public officials, patriotic and honest.

The agency also decried the connivance by Nigeria public officers with foreign companies to defraud the country of monies that could be spent on providing basic amenities for the citizens.

While lamenting the non interest of National Assembly in the case, the Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa expressed regrets over efforts by the lawyers representing the country to frustrate the case.

The CSO commended the proposed Database for recovered assets, but however called on the government clarify if the database will be accessible to the ordinary citizens.

CISLAC therefore called on citizens to continue to hold public officers accountable.

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Nigerian Navy deploys 6 warships, 60 gunboats for operation in 4 States



The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday deployed troops on board six warships and 60 gunboats for a special military exercise.

The drill targets pirates, oil smugglers and other criminalizes in the nation’s waters.

Rear Admiral David Adeniran, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Calabar, made the announcement.

He spoke at the flag-off of the exercise in Onne, Rivers State

The operation code-named, ‘Exercise Sanga Sung,’ means ‘Safe Transit’ in Ibibio dialect.

The States to be covered are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers.

The commander explained the operation would consolidate ‘Exercises Bekan Mmon I and II’

Adeniran added that the purpose was to train personnel and check the state of preparedness of fleets.

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Buhari reports Boko Haram, bandits to UN



President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the international community that Nigeria was still battling Boko Haram and bandits.

Buhari’s message was contained in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He urged countries to take a strong action against illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.

“Nigeria remains deeply concerned over the illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, particularly on the continent of Africa. In Nigeria, we are still facing violent extremism from the insurgency of Boko Haram and bandits,” he said.

He noted that Nigeria counts on cooperation with neighbours and UN counter-terrorism bodies to overcome terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and the wider Sahel Region.

The President said his administration will sustain the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North-East.

On COVID-19, the Nigerian leader added his voice to supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.

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