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Sen Suswam opposes State Police, says it’ll worsen security situation

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Former Benue governor Gabriel Suswam has kicked against the establishment of State Police, declaring that Nigeria would “go down” if governors had such powers.

“I won’t support the idea of having a Police Force controlled by the governors. It is not good for Nigeria.

“The Inspector-General of Police has said that Nigeria is not matured for State Police. I agree with him totally,” Suswam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

He argued that the governors shall use the outfits to deal with political opponents.

“I was a governor for eight years and know the enormous power the governors wield. If you add state police to them, the security situation will get just worse,” he said.

Suswam cited the governors’ attitude to local government elections to prove his claims that they were dictators.

“Local Governments are placed under the states and governors conduct elections into the councils.

“The ruling party always pick all the seats and won’t allow the opposition to pick even a councillorship seat.

“To perfect such a dictatorship, they use the federal police. Imagine what will happen when they have a state police force under their armpits,” he argued.

He recalled that the Native Police in the then Northern Nigeria was disbanded because of its arbitrariness and misuse of power.

“The hardline attitude of the Native Police will be a child’s play when compared with what state governors could do with a police force totally under their control,” he said.

He, however, agreed that some governors would use the state police positively, but that majority of them would misuse such force.

“Clearly, the state police will breed crises and there will always be a clash between the state and federal police which may breed more insecurity and confusion,” he said.

He expressed fears about where the states could recruit the state policemen from.

“There is unemployment everywhere; there is criminality around. There are also thugs ready for any assignment.

“The tendency is for governors to recruit these people and throw them at the society. When that happens, imagine what we shall all face,” he said.

Suswam opted for community policing to help local settlements monitor the movement of people in, and around, their areas.

“Communities can have teams that can monitor their areas and report the presence of strangers and suspicious movements.

“Such teams could be empowered to use some force, when necessary, to apprehend suspicious persons and hand them over to the Police.

“They should also have proper orientation to know their powers and appreciate their limits,” he said.

Suswam urged the government to fund the Police Force properly and give them modern tools to fight crime in the society.

He urged the National Assembly to look at the idea critically and place national interest above the desires of state governors.

Suswam also commented on the worsening security situation in Benue and alleged that the local militias were collaborating with bandits to attack the rural dwellers.

“If the local militias were not colluding with the bandits, there would have been peace now.

“Generally, the security issue has been politicised. Our boys collude with those attacking us. That is the scary dimension to the crises,” he fumed.

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Navy warns Nigerians against recruitment fraudsters

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The Nigerian Navy has warned the public to beware of scammers impersonating the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, on Facebook and other social media platforms.

The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Adams-Aliu said that Vice Admiral Ogallah did not have a Facebook account, warning that any account found in his name should be treated as fake and be reported via Meta mechanism.

According to him, also worrisome are the activities of fraudulent individuals exploiting unsuspecting citizens seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Navy.

He said that investigations revealed certain individuals seized the opportunity provided by the Nigerian Navy recruitment to dupe unsuspecting citizens by collecting huge sums of money from them.

“A notable case is that of Mrs Grace Elijah, who was arrested at the Landmark Hotel at Trailer Park in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers on May 9 for alleged involvement in enlistment fraud.

“Mrs Grace Elijah is a member of a syndicate that collected the sum of N1.4 million from 13 civilians with a promise to facilitate their participation in the recently concluded Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) 29 Selection Board Exercise.

Disclosing that Elijah and other suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Police for prosecution, he added: “The public is also to note that authentic recruitment/enlistment processes by the NN are conducted through official channels and are well-publicised through reputable media platforms, including the official website of the Nigerian Navy” (www.navy.mil.ng).

“For emphasis, please note that recruitment/enlistment into the NN is completely free and the Navy will never ask any candidate to make any form of monetary payment throughout the entire process.”

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Sanusi reinstated as Emir of Kano four years after deposition

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Muhammadu Sanusi II, deposed as the Emir of Kano four years ago, has been reinstated to the throne by Governor Abba Yusuf.

Yusuf announced the decision on Thursday after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” Abba said.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

By the law, Ganduje had created the emirates of  Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano in December 2019.

The former governor had also dethroned  Sanusi II after a long-running dispute in March 2020.

Earlier on Thursday, the state assembly had passed the repeal into law during plenary .

The Deputy Speaker, Muhammad Butu, explained that repealing the law would revive the lost glory of Kano as the division of Kano emirate to five reduced the capacity and dignity of the state at the national level.

“This bill in its entirety has abrogated the establishment of the five new Emirates in the state and reverted to the former status of a single Emir in Kano which we inherited since the Jihad of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio,” said Majority Leader Lawal Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa after the repeal was passed on Thursday.

“The abolished Emirates did nothing but create division among the indigenes of Kano. The unity which was visible for thousands of years in Kano was divided. We are now reverting to our old historical background; one Kano, one people, one Emir,” Yan Gurasa stated.

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FX inflow in Nigeria surges by 136% in Q1 2024 – CBN

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has said FX inflows into the country surged by 136 per cent in the first quarter of 2024 compared to last year.

CBN governor Olayemi Cardoso, represented by Blaise Ijebor, director of Risk at the apex bank, disclosed this recently at the 8th edition of the Vanguard Economic Summit.

He stressed that the country witnessed a spike in foreign investment portfolio inflows in Q1 2024.

“In Q1, we saw a massive spike in inflows. The FX flows into the country in the first quarter of 2024 were 136 per cent of our total inflows in 2023.”

Data from the FMDQ website showed that the total foreign portfolio inflow for Q1 2024 (N93.37 billion) was more than quintuple for Q1 2023 (N18.12 billion).

The development comes as foreign exchange inflows into Nigeria surged to a five-year high in March, and investor confidence improved due to the central bank’s reforms.

Meanwhile, foreign investment portfolio outflow also surged during the period under review.

 

 

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