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 1) 134 Children Rescued From Traffickers In Oyo

The Nigerian Immigration Service in Oyo State says it rescued 134 children, who were victims of child trafficking between and May.

An Assistant Comptroller at the command, Mr. Folusho Akintola, disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen after a stakeholders’ conference organised by the Justice, Development, and Peace Commission in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The conference was organised to mark the 2017 UN World Day against Child Labour, celebrated annually on June 12.

The theme was the “Impact of Conflicts and Disasters on Child Labour”.

Akintola said that the rescued children, 117 were reunited with their families, and six repatriated, while 38 traffickers and 107 end users were arrested during the period.

According to him, 11 victims and four traffickers were sent to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related Matters.

Akintola attributed the cause of child trafficking in the country to parental negligence.

“We all know the evils of child labour and human trafficking. Poor parenting is mostly responsible.

“Parents negligent led to moral decadence that are common with children nowadays,” he said.

However, Mrs Omotayo Mala-Adebayo, the Head, Women Development and Child Rights Programme, Ibadan, said that conflicts in the homes were the root cause of child trafficking and labour.
According to her, conflicts within the home give rise to violation of child rights and child abandonment, which is a form of child trafficking and labour.

“Child labour and trafficking is not restricted to just poverty; parental separation is a menace we need to eradicate because the resultant effect of that is child abandonment and labour.

“This exposes children to the twin evil called child trafficking and labour which the end result is exploitation of children, and exploitation of children of children is a gross violation of the rights of children,” she said.

She therefore appealed to government at all levels to implement the child rights laws to stop the menace of child labour and trafficking.

The Director of JDPC, Rev. Fr. Ezekiel Owoeye, called on parents to take seriously their God-given responsibility to protect and nurture their children in the interest of the future.

“Roaming the streets, begging and becoming breadwinners of their families are some of the child rights abuse we see in our society today; a great number of children are deprived of their inalienable rights.

“As a result, our society is at a great risk, we mortgage our future badly if we don’t protect and invest in our children’s future,” he said.

2) Kano Police Commissioner assures Igbo residents of adequate protection

The Police Commissioner in Kano State, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, has assured Igbo residents in the state of adequate protection of their lives and property.
In a statement released in Kano on Tuesday by DSP Magaji Majiya, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state.
Yusuf gave the assurance on Monday at a meeting with the leadership of the Igbo community in the state.
The commissioner also assured the Igbos of the commitment of the command to ensuring the safety of their lives and property like every other Nigerian living in the state.
“The meeting is to assure you of the commitment of the command toward ensuring safety of your lives and properties as every other Nigerian living in the State,’’ Yusuf said.
He called on Igbos living in the state to remain calm, continue to carry out their businesses lawfully and live peacefully with other ethnic groups.
In his remark, Eze Igbo Kano, Dr Boniface Ibekwe expressed gratitude to the commissioner for summoning the meeting “at this crucial time’’.
Ibekwe also extolled the virtues of the people of Kano State, saying they are tolerant and well-mannered toward other ethnic groups living in their midst.
He called on all Igbos and other ethnic groups in the state to remain calm “as Kano remains our state of origin where most of our children were born and brought up’’.
He also urged them to continue to pursue their legitimate businesses without fear of harassment.

3) Ex FRSC Boss Set Up Campaign Offices In Anambra Ahead Of Governorship Election
A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has set up campaign offices in all the 21 local government area of Anambra State ahead of November 18 governorship election.

Mr. Chidoka, a former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, joined the race for Anambra governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

4) Police Inspector Arraigned For Drug Dealing

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Monday arraigned an Inspector of Police, Bola Adigun, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria Limited on charges bordering on conspiracy, drug dealings and wilful obstruction of security agents from carrying out their official duty.

The anti-narcotic agency in charge number: FHC/L/192c/17 alleged that the Police Inspector currently attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and one Voke David, now at large, of Jakande Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Mile 2, Lagos, had on May 25, 2017, about 1a.m., along Badagry-Lagos Expressway, at Agemowo junction, conspired to transport 49 large bags containing compressed vegetable substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana, weighing 2.338 kilograms, in a Volkswagen LT bus marked FKJ 937 XS.

5) EFCC Invites Abdulmumin Jibrin over budget padding

The suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin, has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Jibrin’s invitation is based on his allegations on budget padding against the leadership of the House and to answer questions concerning money looted through padding in the 2016 budget.

The EFCC’s letter of invitation to Jibrin dated June 9 was signed by the acting Head of Extractive Industry Grid Section, Mr Michael Wetkas.

6) Presidents Should Not Appoint INEC Chairmen- Jega
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, said yesterday that the national electoral body would be better off if the federal government through the office of the president does not directly appoint its chairman.

Mr. Jega said this could be achieved if a legislation is made to that effect.

The former INEC boss, who coordinated the 2011 and 2015 general elections, stated this at a public lecture organised by the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Mambayya House, Kano.

He specifically mentioned the need for an independent appointment of the INEC chairman when he was fielding questions during the lecture titled ‘Electoral Democracy and Integrity in Nigeria: Reflections on INEC’s Transformation 2011-2015.’

The professor of Political Science emphasised the imperatives of having an autonomous INEC in terms of funding and appointment of its chairman as well as its commissioners, describing it as a critical factor for achieving more credible elections in the future.

He expressed worries that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammed Uwais-led electoral reform committee had recommended that INEC should be given autonomy to appoint its chairman and commissioners, but the executive did not accept the recommendation.

“Still the president nominates INEC’s chairman”, he said.

“It is important to legislate the appointment of the INEC chairman. Despite the fact that Nigeria had achieved a lot, there was need for more reforms.

7) Tricycle Rider Killed As Colleagues Shut Down Owerri In Protest

The Aba – Owerri Expressway end was on Tuesday shut down by incensed tricycle riders in Owerri, the Imo State capital, in protest of the death of one of them who was crushed to death by a BUA company truck.

The yet-to-be-identified tricycle rider was earlier jammed to death by the driver of the truck on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Road, before the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ office.

An eyewitness, Silas Okere, a staff of Owerri Capital Development Authority told our correspondent at the accident scene that it was in a bid to escape some touts working for Environmental Transformation commission, an Agency of the state government that the auto crash occurred.

According to Okere, the truck driver with the number plate, Jigawa KZR 217 ZT veered off the tarred road in a bid to beat the ENTRACO officials who were giving him a hot chase in Siena vehicle.

The eyewitness said that while the truck driver veered off the road, it rammed on the tricycle operator who was parked and killed him instantly.

According to him, immediately the honour occurred the ENTRACO officials fled, while the driver of the truck, his conductor and his police escort equally fled, abandoning their truck which was loaded with 600 bags of cement.

Angered by the death of one of them, the tricycle riders besieged the ENTRACO corporate office on Owerri – Aba road to set it ablaze.

They were however prevented from carrying out the act by some police officers, led by the Owerri Area commander, Francis Bassong, an assistant commissioner of police, who condoned them off.

The tricyclelists then results to blocking of the major read in total expression of their anger, causing vehicular and pedestrian movement with the area.

The protesters, however called the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to sanitize the Commission.

The managing Director of ENTRACO, Jeff Nwoha, said that as much he regretted the death of the tricycle operator, his death was not caused by his men.

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