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Police vs Army: What Buhari will do about soldiers’ killing of IRT officers – Presidency

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Nigeria’s presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will act on the killing of police officers by soldiers after the panel set up by Chief of Defence Chief, General Gabriel Olonisakin, submits its report.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said: “In response to press questions, I will confirm that a committee was set up during the National Security Council meeting to investigate the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba State.

“The insinuation of indifference on the part of President Muhammadu Buhari is therefore untenable.

“Contrary to those mischievous insinuations, President Buhari had ordered the Chief of Defence Staff to set up an investigation committee with representatives from all the security organizations in the country, including the police force.

“The President is not indifferent to the unfortunate incident and would take decisive action as soon as the report of the panel is submitted to him. He is following due process and procedure. Putting the cart before the horse is not President Buhari’s way of doing things.
“Nigerians should show patience while the President awaits the report of the panel from the Chief of Defence Staff”.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered travelling officers and men to wear plain clothes [mufti] while travelling across Nigeria.

This is as Buratai accused the Force Headquarters of making “inciting and inflammatory comments” following soldiers’ killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba after they had effected the arrest of a notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, who is now on the run.

Buratai’s order which leaked to the media on Monday was contained in a circular with reference number: AHQDAIOPS/G3/240/232 and copied to Army formations nationwide.

The letter signed by Brig. Gen. F. Omoigui, on behalf of the COAS, was entitled: “Need for troops to be circumspect in dealing with members of the Nigeria Police.”

Buratai directed soldiers on internal security (IS) operations across the country to be circumspect, alerting of the likelihood of aggression towards troops by police personnel.

He said Police statements and reactions had the potential of forcing the rank and file of its personnel to “exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA (Nigerian Army) personnel.”.

Buratai, in the circular, told soldiers to travel in mufti to avoid possible attacks by policemen, which he argued, may be occasioned by the Police’s comments on both social and traditional media.

Soldiers of the 93 Battalion had shot dead the IRT operatives – Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeant Usman Danzumi, and Sergeant Dahiru Musa.

The Army claimed they were shot after being mistaken for “suspected kidnappers”.

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Buhari signs another open defecation bill into law

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 entitled, ‘The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order’ into law.

The Order declares as follows:

That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.

That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

a. There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.”

b. The Secretariat is authorized on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.

The Secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation Free.

All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order.

The Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that:

Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 46 million people – a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe-borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan.

The President had declared a State of Emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, the action being imperative as it will reduce the high prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country which have caused preventable deaths.

Nigeria is committed to ending open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

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Shugaba Buhari na bukatar Kafa Kotunan Musamman

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(VOA Hausa)

Wannan a cewar shugaba Buhari, zai taimaka ainun wajen magance matsalar tsaiko da ake samu a shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan kasar.

Buhari ya yi wannan kiran ne sa’adda ya bude wani taron kasa na kwanaki biyu a kan yaki da cin hanci da rashawa a aikin gwamnatin, wanda hukumar yaki da ayyukan cin hanci da rashawa ta ICPC, tare da ofishin Sakataren Gwamnatin Tarayya suka shirya a fadar gwamnatin da ke Abuja.

Ya ce kafa kotuna na musamman na shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa, zai baiwa gwamnatin damar cimma burin ta na ganin an kwato dukiyoyi na haram da kadarorin da aka mallaka ba bisa ka’ida ba, da kuma uwa uba, hukunta wadanda aka kama da aikata irin wadannan laifuka.

Shugaban kasar yayi amfani da damar taron inda ya bayyana irin illoli da matsalar cin hanci da rashawa ya ke haifarwa ga tattalin arzikin Najeriya da rayuwar al’ummar ta.

Da ya ke karin haske a kan jawabin shugaban kasa a wurin taron, Kakakin Fadar Shugaban Kasa Garba Shehu, ya ce “akwai damuwa a bangaren gwamnatin da hukumar ICPC, yadda ake daukar tsawon lokaci kafin a yanke hukunci a shari’un da suka shafi cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan yau da kullum”.

Garba Shehu ya ce wannan yanayin yana shafar kudurorin gwamnatin na inganta sha’anin ilimi da yaki da ta’addanci da kalubalen tsaro da ya addabi yankuna da dama na kasar.

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Hate speech bill Buhari’s instrument to third term, Islamization agenda – PDP Legal Adviser, Enoidem

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting a third term and Islamization agenda using the hate speech bill.

Enoidem said Buhari will use the bill against those who will criticize his third term and alleged Islamization of Nigeria’s agenda.

Addressing journalists in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital over the weekend, the PDP legal Adviser said the bill was a prototype of Decree 4 enacted by Buhari when he was the Head of State, adding that the provisions of the bill will impact negatively on the nation.

He described the bill before the National Assembly as “criminal and an insult” to the image of Nigeria.

According to Enoidem: “The hate speech bill being considered by the National Assembly is the worst form of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience bill that is being proposed by any country in the world whether under military or otherwise. It is very negative in intention, it is criminal in action.

“This is akin to Decree 4. But if you look at Decree 4 and compare it to the provision of the proposed bill, you will know that it has more negative provision than the one proposed by the military.

“Who defines what is hate speech? If the press keeps quiet about it, they would become the first victim. It is better we stand up and speak against this evil that is coming. The bill is very insulting to the common conscience of the country, it is very insulting to the image of the country, and is very damaging to all of us. We need to stand up and speak against it as a people.

“This bill has two major focus in view: It is going to be a major instrument if Buhari fails to translate himself into 3rd term, because that proposal is in the mill, he will use it as a religious weapon against those who will come against the Islamization of Nigeria. You don’t have to believe it, but it will happen.

“The Ruga project that was stood down is being reactivated in a very subtle manner. They have some vendors now who go about acquiring land because the Federal Government has given Miyetti Allah N100 billion but they are still insisting on the remaining N50 billion because they demanded for N150 billion. That money is for them to buy land privately in different locations in the country, now that is a penetration strategy.

“As I talk to you, even in Akwa Ibom, the vendors are here to acquire land in the pretense that they want to build hospitals etc. Eventually, the Hausas will come and settle there, colonize the place and make the place a Northern enclave.

“This law that they have proposed was supposed to come as an executive bill but they brought in somebody to sponsor it for them as a private bill because they know that if it comes as an executive bill, the intention will be seen through.”

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