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Reps move to create new commission against arms proliferation

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A bill seeking to create a new commission to tackle the proliferation of arms in the country has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The commission, when created, will remove the responsibility of tackling the proliferation, from the Nigeria Police Force.

The bill, sponsored by Mohammed Monguno, sought to domesticate the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, convention on small arms and light weapons.

The commission will be charged with coordinating and implementating the activities to combat the problem of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria in line with ECOWAS convention on light weapons.

Speaking in support of the bill, Yusuf Gagdi (APC, Plateau) said that aside the importation of weapons, local blacksmiths are contributing to the proliferation of arms, adding that the cost implication of the creation of the commission will be offset by the benefit.

He said, “If you know the implication of locally-made arms and ammunitions, you will then understand the importance of this bill.

“The contributions of local arms are more dangerous that AK 47 assault rifle, it is important to look into the activities of the local blacksmiths. No matter the cost implication, the benefit of the commission will offset the cost.”

The lawmaker from Plateau state also warned the government against parading individuals that voluntarily surrender their arms and ammunitions.

Also speaking in support of the bill, Namdas Abubakar stated that the bill has become important in the face of the inability of the police to deal with it.

“Because of the challenges the police are facing, if the police had been effective, there wont be a need for a commission, the police are currently overwhelmed. If there is a commission, then we can call on the commission. Weapons are literally everywhere,” he said.

Some members, who spoke against the bill, kicked against the creation of a commission, and canvased the creation of a special unit within the police.

Umar Bago said, “This can be done without creation of a new commission.”

Also speaking, Aminu Suleiman said that the country is at a risk of “proliferation of commission”, adding that, “We should address the issue of renumeration of police and retraining of police.”

DAILY POST reports that when the bill was finally put to vote, the “ayes” had it.

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Father to court: I defiled my daughter to test if she is virgin

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A 37-year-old security guard, Wasiu Orilonise, has confessed to defiling his 15-year-old daughter after being arraigned before Oyo State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan.

The suspect was arraigned on one-count of having unlawful carnal knowledge of his daughter with Charge‎ No. Mi/271c/2019.

He, however, begged the court for forgiveness as he claimed to have committed the said offence because he wanted to test the virginity of his daughter to protect her.

The prosecutor, Mr. Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused, in December 2018, at Omo Village, Agbofieti, Ibadan, in the Ibadan magisterial district, did rape one Orilonise Adenike.

Ogunremi‎ said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 34, Subsections 1 and 2 of the Child Rights Law of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2006.

No plea was‎, however, taken during the arraignment.

However, when the Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Olaniran, sought to know from the accused what could have pushed him into defiling his biological daughter, Orilonise said that since he lost his wife a few years ago, he had been taking care of Adenike and others siblings.

He further told the court that he committed the act in an attempt to protect his daughter and check if she had lost her virginity.

“The incident happened as I was trying to ascertain if Adenike had lost her virginity,” he said.

Upon discovering that she was still intact, he started having sex regularly with her both in the morning before she leaves for school and at night.

‎The magistrate criticised fathers who were fond of sexually abusing their daughters and other under-aged girls.

He thereafter ordered that the accused be remanded in Agodi Prison pending legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned the case till July 30, 2019.

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HURIWA to Buhari: Continuous detention of El-Zakzaky, Dasuki is an act of treason

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the continuous detention of the leader of Shiites Islamic movement, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and erstwhile National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd.) as an act of treason.

In a statement on Thursday, the civil rights group called on global leaders to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to release on bail the duo “who have languished in underground jails for over three years extralegally”.

Citing section 36(5) and section (6) of the Nigerian constitution which states: “Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty; provided that nothing in this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes upon any such person the burden of proving particular facts”, Huriwa expressed disbelief that world leaders could fold their arms and watch as President Buhari “unleashed venoms and vicious attacks on its citizens”.

“It is the view of the human rights platform that the continuous detention and duplication of charges against the duo by President Muhammadu Buhari is an act of treason against the constitution just as HURIWA stated that it is necessary that they are not allowed to die in detention following reports of their deteriorating health conditions,” the statement added.

The group also reacted to the recent order issued by the Inspector General Police, Mr Adamu Mohammed, on the restriction of public protests in certain locations in Abuja.

It will be recalled that the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, gave the order on Wednesday.

According to Huriwa, the order by the IGP is “illegal” as it is “against the clear provisions of the constitution in chapter four and provisions of the constitution guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms of movement and peaceful assembly, including the binding Appellate court’s verdict clearly stating that police don’t have any legal right to stop protests and against the most cherished values of constitutional democracy built around the tripod of freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement which are even guaranteed by a plethora of global human rights laws.”

The group added that they were shocked that whilst constitutional democracy gradually dies away in Nigeria due to deliberate whittling down of respect for human rights by the current administration, world leaders in the US and UK simply don’t care but pretend to be unaware of the global consequences of a deluge of refugees from Nigeria should democracy collapsed under the heavyweight of tyranny and totalitarianism of the current administration.

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Frail-Looking Picture Of El-Zakzaky, Wife Emerges As Court Adjourns Ruling On Application For Medical Trip Abroad

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The Kaduna State High Court has adjourned its ruling on the application filed by the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, seeking permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Members of Zakzaky’s movement and rights group have raised alarm concerning his deteriorating health in recent months, ChannelsTV reports.

Justice Darius Khobo, the presiding judge, adjourned sitting on the matter to July 29, 2019, to rule on the application.

Counsel for Elzakzaky, Femi Falana (SAN), told the court that the health condition of his client was getting worse by the day, hence the need for him to seek urgent medical treatment abroad.

In a written application filed before the Court, Falana, said his client is in dire need of medical attention, having lost one of his eyes while in custody of the Department State Services.

The lawyer argued that Elzakzaky and his wife, Zeenat had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on December 14, 2015.

The Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero, objected Elzakzaky’s application because Nigerian medical doctors had yet to be invited to ascertain if the IMN leader should be treated locally or abroad.

Elzazaky and his wife are facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of the public peace, among other charges filed against them by the Kaduna state government.

They were first arraigned on May 15, 2018, following their arrest in Zaria, in December 2015.

Justice Gideon Kurada, who is handling the case, had on March 25 adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely.

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