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Breaking: Nigeria Honourable Members Vote Against Castration For Rape Punishment

The House of Representatives has voted against a prayer seeking to recommend castration for rapists .

The legislators, at the plenary on Thursday , considered and adopted a motion on the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria .

A member , Mr James Faleke , had recommended that persons found guilty of rape should be castrated.

Just before the prayer was subjected to a voice vote , the Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila , however , asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male .

House Okays Buhari’s $22.29bn Loan Request

President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign loan request has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The approval of the $22.29bn loan by the House was in concurrence with the Senate.

This approval is coming days after Buhari wrote to the National Assembly to request approval of fresh external borrowings totalling $ 5 . 513 bn.

Buhari had, in his letter read in the Senate and House on Thursday , said the funds were for 2020 budget deficit , financing of critical projects.

The $ 22 . 79 bn loan is part of the 2016 –2018 Federal Government External Borrowing ( Rolling ) Plan.

The Senate had on March 6 approved the loan amidst controversy. The Minority Leader , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe , had particularly led the protests.

The House on March 11 suspended its consideration of the request indefinitely .

The Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila , would later on March 18 disclose that the protest by National Assembly members from the South- East geopolitical zone led to the suspension of work on the loan .

He had said the House was already in talks with the Federal Government officials on how the zone would be accommodated in the execution of projects with the loan .

At the plenary on Tuesday , the House considered and adopted the report by the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management led by Mr Ahmed Safana , which inserted the Port Harcourt- Maiduguri rail line project, asking the Federal Government to seek a separate loan for its execution .

The Speaker noted that the leadership of the House had drawn the commitment of the finance minister that the project must be captured in the next loan if the lawmakers must approve it.

The committee in its report , however, echoed the concerns expressed by Nigerians on the country ’ s rising debt profile and the implication for the economy .

OPINION: How To Become A Popular Cops

Mummy, I wan to be a policeman, so that I can be arresting thieves and other bad people”. I overheard a boy around 10 years old, whose police themed home dramas might have made him to dream of seeing himself as a member of law enforcement agency in the nearest future telling his mum while I was passing by on a street. I was shocked, very shocked – I hardly hear people wanting to be a police officer, they prefer other uniform security related jobs.

The boy actually gave a rather precised role of policing anywhere in the world which is nothing but protecting life and properties of the populace and maintaining law and order in the society. However, looking at the ways in which our police have been operating against its work principle over the years have alley huge prejudice about the force in many places in the world and especially in Nigeria.

That gave a little insight to why many hardly pray to be a police officer. The popular saying “police is your friend” means “police is your enemy” to larger people in the society. Reasons for this is simply because – the police notoriety defies human comprehension and reeks of outright incompetence, deliberate violations of human rights, extra-judicial killings and unbridled extortion.

I had heard people saying if corruption is eradicated in the country, there won’t be anything called police in the country – police is synonymous to corruption. Let’s assume they are not the only one here as they have like-minds-in-crime – the politicians, directly and indirectly extorting the people’s and nation’s purse. However, it seems police brutality is more rank than other crimes perpetuated by the blue-black uniformed men. If not why is there rise in police brutality in recent days?

One would think that during this time that everything is upside-down, and when everyone is trying to find new way of facing life’s reality, one would think the police too is together with the world and finding a lasting ‘vaccine’ for the virus which has eaten the body of the force up to its soul. But, surprisingly unsurprising, our police rather massively, keep pouring fuel to their show of inhumanity.

In far away America protest has been ongoing in most of its cities which resulted from inhumane activities of some cops. A 46 year old man, George Floyd, from Minnesota on May 25, 2020, died, when Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and some seconds which resulted into deceased death. The officer in charge and three others has been relieved of their duty after public out cry.

While that was going, Nigeria again had its latest unfortunate experience of police brutality in Lagos. One Musa Yakubu, 35, was injured and a stray bullet hit Tina Ezekwe, a 17 years old girl. The bullet pierced through the left upper side of her lap. She was rushed to the hospital but died two days after.

The trigger-happy policemen, Theophilus Otobo (ASP) and Oguntoba Olamigoke (Inspector) attached to Bariga Police Station have been reportedly subjected to internal discipline proceedings.

I do not want to peel the healed wound, I would have given accounts of people brought down by police that’s why I stopped at the fresh ones. The numbers are even countless.

A thorough findings on the reason why this act will keep increasing from cops who are suppose to protect one’s life but turning out to be life terminator reveals that most of these officers if found wanting in whatever investigation they might have been subjected to hardly go with cogent punishment and this is even more worsened by the fact that many people who made a complaint against police were brought up on counter-charges such as resisting arrest, defamation, and assault.

Government on its part has given less concern about the public cry of as regards to the way police are treating citizens. Drastic measures should be put in place to avoid revolts from the masses like it is ongoing in Minneapolis and police should have a rethink of their irrational and inhumane acts. Corruption is enough in making the police a thing to reckon with, brutality shouldn’t be added. Please!

Written by Hassan Temitope (@hatdapoet)

Oldest Oyo Monarch Dies At 141

The Onilua of Ilua, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, Oba Samuel Afolabi, is dead.

Oba Afolabi, believed to be the oldest king in Oyo State, was said to have passed on in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness, related to old age.

He was said to be 141 years old.

According to a source,the late monarch was born to the Afolabi family in Ilua, in 1879 and was enthroned as king in the community 38 years ago, at the age of 102.

The late monarch, who was a commercial farmer at Arigidana, Baba Ode in Itesiwaju Local Government of the state before his coronation as king, succeeded Oba Majaro in 1981.

It was learnt that Afolabi’s choice as Oba was unanimously agreed upon by community leaders and king makers of Ilualand at the time.

Ganduje Reviews Lockdown, Okays Eid-Prayers

Kano State Government has reviewed the lockdown imposed by the Federal Government and extended on Monday by two weeks as prevention for the spread of coronavirus.

Special Adviser on Media to the governor Salihu Tanko Yakasai said after a meeting between the governor and religious leaders in the state: “Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers to hold as well as Eid Prayers, ‘’said the statement.

‘’The Governor gave this directive after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at Africa House, in the Government House.’’

The statement added: “This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed.’’

‘’The Imams have also been directed to ensure that everyone wears a face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands. They should also observe spacing as well as making brief sermon and observing social distancing.’’

‘’The State Government has also inaugurated a committee that will oversee the distribution of hand sanitizers, Sanitation equipment as well as face masks among others to Imams of Friday Mosques in the State.’’

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