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IGP inaugurates new Shinkafi area command office in Zamfara — PPRO

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Adamu, has inaugurated a new Area Command office in Shinkafi town,  Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Muhammad Shehu, has said.

In a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau, on Tuesday, Shehu said the new office, constructed by the Police Force Headquarters Abuja, was inaugurated by the state commissioner of police, Mr Abutu Yaro, on behalf of the IGP.

The IGP said that the project was part of the determination and commitment of the Federal Government to provide a conducive working environment for police officers and men, so that they could  discharge their mandate of safeguarding public safety, peace and security.

“The IGP urges officers and men of the area command to make judicious use of the office and the infrastructure provided therein.

“He further enjoins the communities of the area and beyond, to appreciate the gesture by supporting the police and other security agencies in their commitment to overcome the security challenges bedeviling the state,”  Shehu quoted him as saying.

The Sole Administrator of Shinkafi LGA, Alhaji Abubakar Galadima, was also quoted to have thanked the Nigeria police for constructing the new area command office, while assuring of the council’s continued support to security agencies in finding lasting peace in the state.

Meanwhile, CP Yaro, who had earlier visited the Emirs of Zurmi and Shinkafi  as part of his familiarisation visit to traditional rulers and security stakeholders in the state, thanked the two emirate councils for working assiduously with the police and other security agencies to ensure peace and security in the area,

“I am appealing for more support from you in this regard,” the CP said.

During the visit, he addressed officers and men of Shinkafi Area Command,  Zurmi and Shinkafi Divisional Police Offices, as well as the Special Constabulary police recently recruited by the state government.

Yaro warned them against unprofessional conduct and  encouraged them to always be up to date, while carrying out their duties.

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NEMA confirms death of 80-year old in Lagos building collapse

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A building collapse in the Oyingbo area of Lagos on Thursday claimed the life of an 80-year-old-woman and displaced seven families.

The Territorial Coordinator, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Newsmen had reported that a storey building, located at 34 Olowo Street by Borno Way, off Freeman Street, Oyingbo, Lagos State, partially collapsed on Thursday.

A building collapse in the Oyingbo area of Lagos on Thursday claimed the life of an 80-year-old-woman and displaced seven families.

The Territorial Coordinator, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Newsmen  had reported that a storey building, located at 34 Olowo Street by Borno Way, off Freeman Street, Oyingbo, Lagos State, partially collapsed on Thursday.

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Defence College advocates gender responsive peace, security operations

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The Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Rear Adm. Olumuyiwa Olotu, has advocated for more women participation in peace, security and conflict management.

This could be promoted through gender responsive security operations, Olotu said on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a 3-day Gender Sensitization Workshop for senior military and security service officers.

The workshop has the theme, “Enhancing Gender Responsive Security Operations and Community Dialogue Project in Nigeria”.

The workshop was organised by the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the college, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and UN Women.

The commandant said that such move would be in line with the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which mandates member states to foster inclusive and gender response security environment.

He said the workshop was another opportunity to mainstream the resolution in realising gender equality, protection of women and girls in conflict and their active involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building.

According to him, the event formally marks the commencement of phase two of the UN Women Project for Nigeria Security Organisations.

“In spite some of the successes achieved, we must acknowledge that much remains to be done, and so we anticipate that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for change.

“As we delve into the intricacies of gender responsive security operations and community dialogue, let us keep in mind broader impact and effect on the armed forces and the nation at large.

“Our commitment to this cause is a testament of our dedication to upholding the principles of justice, human rights and sustainable peace.

“I therefore express my profound gratitude or participants, facilitators, the UN Women for their immense support and also pray that this workshop will be a source of inspiration, enlightenment and empowerment, propelling us towards the most secure and gender inclusive Nigeria,” he said.

The representative of the UN Women, Mr Peter Mancha, said the UNSCR1325 marked its 24th anniversary in October.

He said member countries were expected to develop a National Action Plan for women, peace and security to bridge existing gaps.

Mancha said it was discovered globally that there was a huge gender gap when it comes to women participation and representation in peace building and conflict prevention.

According to him, while women are excluded in the peace building processes, they are the majority that bear the brunt of conflicts.

“If you go to some of the IDP camps in Nigeria, you discover that significant population are either women or children.

“Because of patriarchal nature of our society and discriminatory nature of our society, we exclude women with the feeling that anything that has to do with peace and security should be limited to only men.

“So the UN Security Council resolution is saying we are underutilising the huge potentials that women have to contribute to peace and security, and they are saying for us globally now to achieve sustainable peace and security, women must be involved because they have value to add.

“There are conflicts that men could not resolve here in Nigeria, that the women were successfully able to resolve,” he said.

Mancha said the setting up of Mix Observers Group by the UN in the North East comprising female police and civil defence officers and female community leaders helped to address the issue of unreported cases of rape.

He said the UN Women would continue to support the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies in the effort to mainstream gender in the nation’s security management.

The Director General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, who was represented by Dr Adewale Aderemi, said it was expected that the resolution of the workshop would translate into some form of legislation.

He said the institute intended to escalate the conversation to the national parliament and find ways to ensure that the nation’s gender policies were more intense.

He added that a lot had been done with regards to plugging the gender gap in security operations through multi stakeholder interventions and dialogue.

Defence College advocates gender responsive peace, security operations

The Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Rear Adm. Olumuyiwa Olotu, has advocated for more women participation in peace, security and conflict management.

This could be promoted through gender responsive security operations, Olotu said on Wednesday in Abuja at the opening of a 3-day Gender Sensitization Workshop for senior military and security service officers.

The workshop has the theme, “Enhancing Gender Responsive Security Operations and Community Dialogue Project in Nigeria”.

The workshop was organised by the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the college, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and UN Women.

The commandant said that such move would be in line with the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which mandates member states to foster inclusive and gender response security environment.

He said the workshop was another opportunity to mainstream the resolution in realising gender equality, protection of women and girls in conflict and their active involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace building.

According to him, the event formally marks the commencement of phase two of the UN Women Project for Nigeria Security Organisations.

“In spite some of the successes achieved, we must acknowledge that much remains to be done, and so we anticipate that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for change.

“As we delve into the intricacies of gender responsive security operations and community dialogue, let us keep in mind broader impact and effect on the armed forces and the nation at large.

“Our commitment to this cause is a testament of our dedication to upholding the principles of justice, human rights and sustainable peace.

“I therefore express my profound gratitude or participants, facilitators, the UN Women for their immense support and also pray that this workshop will be a source of inspiration, enlightenment and empowerment, propelling us towards the most secure and gender inclusive Nigeria,” he said.

The representative of the UN Women, Mr Peter Mancha, said the UNSCR1325 marked its 24th anniversary in October.

He said member countries were expected to develop a National Action Plan for women, peace and security to bridge existing gaps.

Mancha said it was discovered globally that there was a huge gender gap when it comes to women participation and representation in peace building and conflict prevention.

According to him, while women are excluded in the peace building processes, they are the majority that bear the brunt of conflicts.

“If you go to some of the IDP camps in Nigeria, you discover that significant population are either women or children.

“Because of patriarchal nature of our society and discriminatory nature of our society, we exclude women with the feeling that anything that has to do with peace and security should be limited to only men.

“So the UN Security Council resolution is saying we are underutilising the huge potentials that women have to contribute to peace and security, and they are saying for us globally now to achieve sustainable peace and security, women must be involved because they have value to add.

“There are conflicts that men could not resolve here in Nigeria, that the women were successfully able to resolve,” he said.

Mancha said the setting up of Mix Observers Group by the UN in the North East comprising female police and civil defence officers and female community leaders helped to address the issue of unreported cases of rape.

He said the UN Women would continue to support the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies in the effort to mainstream gender in the nation’s security management.

The Director General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, who was represented by Dr Adewale Aderemi, said it was expected that the resolution of the workshop would translate into some form of legislation.

He said the institute intended to escalate the conversation to the national parliament and find ways to ensure that the nation’s gender policies were more intense.

He added that a lot had been done with regards to plugging the gender gap in security operations through multi stakeholder interventions and dialogue.

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NSA urges NLC to call off strike, condemns attack on labour leader

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NSA urges NLC to call off strike, condemns attack on labour leader

The National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday urged the NLC and Trade Unions Congress (TUC) to call off their two-day-old strike.

In a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Zakari Mijinyawa, Head, Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Ribadu also condemned the attack on NLC president, Mr Joe Ajaero in Owerri on Nov. 1.

He said ONSA was concerned about the strike and was worried about its implications on the livelihoods of Nigerians and its potential impact on economic, security and other strategic national interests.

Ribadu noted that he immediately intervened on learning about Ajaero’s travails in Owerri as attested to by NLC leadership.

“ONSA regrets the incident and condemns it entirely as it is against the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression subscribed to by President Bola Tinubu and his administration.

“The Federal Government will never condone such act.

“A fallout of the incident was the directive given to relevant authorities to conduct thorough investigation and to bring culprits to book.

“Available update indicates that some arrests have been made in this regard and the outcome of the investigation will be made public as soon as it is concluded.

“The Federal Government, through ONSA, therefore appeals to labour leadership to call off the strike and allow dialogue already in progress be exhausted,’’ Ribadu said in the statement.The National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday urged the NLC and Trade Unions Congress (TUC) to call off their two-day-old strike.

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