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2024: CSOs seek support for security agencies

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Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on Nigerians to support security agencies and President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, to enable the government  deliver on its promises in 2024.

The Coalition for Peace In Nigeria (COPIN) and the Iconoclast Media made the call in a joint statement on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement signed by the National Coordinator of COPIN, Mr Emeka Akwuobi and the National Secretary of Iconoclast, Dr. Mayago Mayago, said “security has become a whole-of-society business globally.”

It said the involvement of citizens, through provision of human intelligence will guarantee victory against non-state actors in the country.

The CSOs appealed to well-meaning Nigerians, especially the youths, to eschew divisive tendencies and resist attempts by subversive elements to use them as “cannon fodder.”

It said both intelligence and security agencies had continued to put in their best to secure the lives and property of citizenry, as well as sustain the inviolability of the State.

The groups expressed optimism that the reforms initiated by the Tinubu-led administration would start yielding the desired outcomes in 2024.

“As we await the New Year, we enjoin Nigerians to support the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu.

“As patriotic, non-profit organisations, we have studied the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President and we believe that he is irrevocably committed to the turning around of the country for good.

“We must discharge our civic duty and obligation with patriotic zeal and dedication, bearing in mind that the government’s success, or otherwise, is dependent on the extent of citizens’ support and participation,” the statement said.

The statement urged the public to fulfill their social contract obligation and trust the government to discharge her burden of guaranteeing security and public safety.

It said the CSOs had made a strong case for a whole-of-society-approach to security management in the country and enjoined Nigerians to re-enact the know-your-neighbour concept.

“We must re-establish the principle of know-your-neighbour in our respective communities, as that will facilitate the easy identification of strange elements among us.

“Once that is done, it becomes easy to isolate, identify and report strangers and suspicious activities to security agencies for prompt action.”

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State police non-negotiable — Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described state police as a non-negotiable entity that Nigeria must establish.

Mr Jonathan, who was president from 2010-2015, said the conversation must shift to the prevention of abuse by governors.

He stated this on Monday at the ongoing dialogue on state police organized by the House of Representatives.

He said most times governors abuse institutions, however, the challenges are not sufficient to stop the creation of state police.

The former president said state police was wildly accepted by the delegates at the 2014 Confab.

“We can only end kidnapping and other forms of insecurity through the creation of state police,” Mr Jonathan said.

Mr Jonathan’s stance contradicts the position of the inspector general of police, Kayode Egbetokun, who opposed the establishment of state police.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Ben Kalu argued that the current security situation in Nigeria requires a multilayer approach to insecurity.

He stated that over N5 billion has been paid in ransoms to kidnappers, a figure that starkly exposes the alarming growth of this criminal enterprise in the country.

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Edo Guber: INEC releases final list of candidates

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the final list of candidates for the forthcoming Edo State Governorship Election.

This is even as the Commission said that the political parties are permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024.

The campaigns will end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024.

In a statement by Sam Olumekun,
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC disclosed that 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the election out of which 16 are male while one is female.

Olumekun said the final list has been published at INEC’s office in Edo State and also uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms for public information.

“The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in our State and Local Government offices in Edo State.

“Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates in the election. Sixteen (16) are male while one (1) is female. The final list, which also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age, academic qualifications and disability, has been published at our office in Edo State and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information.

“With the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election, the next activity is electioneering campaign.

“Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” parts of the statement read.

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Tinubu unveils African Counter-Terrorism summit

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President Bola Tinubu unveiled the African Counter-Terrorism Summit at the Office of the National Security Adviser in Abuja on Monday.

The event which is currently ongoing and organised by Nigeria, with support from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, will be held from Monday to Tuesday, April 23, 2024, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism’.

The Presidency announced on Sunday that the summit aims to enhance multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation.

Details later…

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