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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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Ganduje swears in Yakasai as substantive Kano Grand Khadi

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Friday swore-in Khadi Tijani Yusuf-Yakasai as the substantive Grand Khadi of the state.

NAN reports that Yusuf-Yakasai has been in acting capacity since July 2018 following the retirement of Khadi Abdullahi Waiya from service.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Government House, Kano, Ganduje urged Yusuf to discharge his duties in accordance with Shari’a law.

He said that the state government has confidence on the Judiciary and called on the new Grand Khadi to maintain the dignity ‎of the sector.

In his remarks, Yusuf-yakasai thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in him and promised to discharge his duties without fear or favor.

He said that the computerization ‎of shariah court particularly court proceedings was in progress.

He promised to introduced monthly ‎in-house seminar for prospective khadis and school for judges.

The state Solicitor General, Amina Yar-Gaya, administered oath of office to the Grand Khadi.‎

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Man commits suicide after girlfriend jilted him

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Kehinde Musa, a 25-year-old man, has killed himself after he was dumped by his girlfriend for another man.

According to the spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, Musa allegedly drank a popular insecticide after sending a suicide note to the said lady.

He said, “At about 6:30p,m Surulere Police Station received information that one Kehinde Musa of number 56, Modele Street, Surulere, locked himself in his room and drank a poisonous substance.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased earlier sent a suicide text message to his ex-girlfriend, Rasheedat Animashaun, informing her that he will take his life since she decided to quit the relationship.

“The said girlfriend promptly informed his family about the text message he sent to her and they rushed to his house, broke the door and found him unconscious.

“He was rushed to a hospital but unable to make it. His corpse has been deposited to the mortuary for autopsy.”

Similarly, Elkana said that one Dominic Ukaegbu, Chief Security Officer of Farest Mercantile Company Limited, Mushin, Lagos, reported that one Honda City car with Registration number KRD 755, belonging to the company, was removed from the park.

He said that on the strength of the report, detectives from Mushin Division launched a search for the stolen vehicle and recovered it along Western Avenue area of Surulere, Lagos.

Elkana added, “One Ebosie Ugochukwu was arrested while negotiating to sell the stolen car at the rate of N400, 000.

“The suspects has confessed to the commission of the crime.”

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Morning review: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Rivers State police command, on Thursday, announced that it has arrested a suspected serial killer of young women, Gracious David West, who allegedly lures his victims to low budget hotels in Port-Harcourt, the state capital. The police had earlier said that David West’s victims since July are no fewer than eight ladies. However, a statement on Thursday night by the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, said the alleged serial killer, who is also a cultist, was nabbed on his way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom from Port-Harcourt.

2. The Federal Government, States and Local Government Areas (LGAs) on Thursday shared N740.88 billion as federal allocation for the month of August. This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting and signed by Mr Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), in Abuja. The communique said that the gross statutory revenue of N631.79 billion received for August was lower than the N674.36 billion received in the previous month by N42.56 billion.

3. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has condemned the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa where many non-nationals, including Nigerians lost their lives and properties. They also condemned the reprisals in Nigeria and called on the governments of both countries to resolve the issue. CBCN, however, commended the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) for their condemnation of the attacks and urged the government to take decisive steps to end it.

4. A group known as Customary Government of the Indigenous People of Biafra, CG-IPOB, has dragged former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, rtd, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Attorney-General of the Federation to a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu. In their suit, the pro-Biafra group wants the court to decide on issues relating to self-determination, regional autonomy, and roles the respondents played during the civil war, referendum, among other things.

5. The Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Thursday accused global humanitarian organisatoon, Action Against Hunger of sabotage against Nigeria’s anti-terrorism war. The Command accused the organisation of engaging in notorious activities despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities. The army alleged that the Command had, on many occasions, raised the alarm over the issue during meetings with the NGOs operating in the North East Theater of Operation.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja directed security chiefs to bring an end cases of crude oil theft in the country. The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, said the President gave the challenge when he met behind closed doors with security chiefs, at the State House, Abuja.

7. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, disclosed that issues concerning the Biafran people were before the various arms and agencies of the United Nations, adding that Biafra’s case would no longer be swept under the carpet. Kanu demanded from the UN an urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafra agitators by the government of the day and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions.

8. The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, on Thursday affirmed the victory of Gov. Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 9, general elections. Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a petition challenging the result of the election. However, delivering judgment, the three-member tribunal headed by Justice A.M Yakuba, dismissed the case filed by Ekete, on grounds that the petition lacked merit.

9. A Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursday, ordered the forfeiture of all assets belonging to Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) limited to the federal government. This development followed the conviction of the involved firms on 11-count charge bordering on economic sabotage, money laundering, tax evasion amongst others preferred against them by the federal government. Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo premised the order on the admission of guilt by the firm and its officials in the criminal charges against them.

10. The Presidency has dismissed claims that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been sidelined following President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration of an Economic Advisory Team (EAC) to replace the Economic Management Team (EMT). While the EMT was headed by Osinbajo, the newly constituted EAC will report directly to President Buhari. The Presidency said all that the president had done particularly this week was just to tweak governance and get the best for Nigerians.

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