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Lagos LG Poll: Residents, Commuters, Disobey Restriction Order

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Some residents and commuters in parts of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State on Saturday flouted the restriction of movement order of the state government, to enable hitch-free elections.

The commuters and pedestrians were seen at early hours of the day moving about their businesses as well as commercial buses, conveying passengers to various destinations.

However, officers at polling units 019 and 020, Wards D and E respectfully, Muri Okunola Street 1, arrived at the venue as early as 8 a.m.

PU 020 commenced verification and voting at 9.05a.m, while PU 019 was yet to begin due to the delay of setting up the tables, chairs, and polling booths for the exercise.

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Human Rights Group Petition Police Over Harassment, Abduction Of Journalist

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Human Rights Group Petition Police Over Harassment, Abduction Of Journalist

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has furiously condemned and berated the reckless, unlawful, and provocative intimidation, harassment and threat of invasion and arrest of Mr. Adumonza Isiahomhen, an Online Journalist, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of OpenLife, by Police Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department of Ekiti State Police Command, led by one Ade.

The attempt of forceful invasion into Mr. Idumonza’s Office at Plot 7, Ilapo Estate, opposite AIT Alagbado, Lagos, on Friday 3rd September 2021 by Police Officers from the Ekiti State Command, Ado-Ekiti, following a story originated from an anonymous parent of a student of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, titled Afe Babalola University in Rumbles as Parents Complain of Fraud, published on Thursday, August 19, 2021, was a clear manifestation of the violation of the Journalist’s constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of expression and the Press, by the Officers of the Nigeria Police.

It was gathered on Friday, 3rd September 2021 that errant Police Officers, claim to be in possession of a purported petition but refused to inform the Journalist who the Petitioner is and they refused to avail the Journalist with a copy of the petition despite the request by the Journalist.

Apparently, the Officers are determined to get the Journalist arrested this weekend. Thus, without provocation and without justification, they had apparently attempted to invade the Lagos Office of the Online Journalist in search of him for his arrest.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade (Barr) Henry Ekine, made available to the Press, CDHR described the attempted invasion and unjustified threat of arrest of Comrade Idumonza as not only reckless but insensitive and callous.

Comrade Ekine, on behalf of the President, Comrade (Dr.) Osagie Obayuwana, the National Executive Committee, and members of CDHR expressed the commitment of the Organization to the protection and defense of Human Rights of all persons. Injury to one is an injury to all!

CDHR, therefore, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba Alkali, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, to swiftly intervene in this matter and ensure that the Journalist is not unjustly intimidated, harassed or arrested.

The Human Rights Group demanded that the Inspector General of Police must caution Police Officers and Personnel to uphold Citizens’ Rights. This case, just clearly reveals the disturbing level of insensitivity to the rights of citizens; it shows gross intolerance against matters of Human Rights and Civil Rights Activists by some Policemen and other security agents.

Comrade Ekine decried how Human Rights activists have become targets for harassment by some security agents. CDHR expressed worry over the level to which the respect for Human Rights in the country has degenerated and how some Policemen have become the enemies of the citizens; they have become the perpetrators of the violation of the Rights of innocent citizens.

The Police need to be more professional with the objective to promote and protect the rights of all citizens at all times; the right to freedom of expression and the Press remains a fundamental right and must be protected, especially by state agents in all circumstances. The Police must not be willing tools in the hands of people.

The foremost human rights group emphasized that the right to freedom of expression is guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as an amendment, as well as under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If any individual or institution feels offended by a privileged or fair publication such individual is advised to approach the Court in a civil defamation action not to employ state actors to harass and intimidate citizens with threat of arrest. The state has the positive responsibility to ensure the protection of Citizens’ Rights.

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NDE Trains 25 Youths On Advanced Agriculture In Kaduna

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NDE Trains 25 Youths On Advanced Agriculture In Kaduna

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun the training of 25 youths in Kaduna on advanced agriculture under its Post-Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (POST-SADT) program.

Crystal News understands that the 25 participants had earlier received basic training on different aspects of agriculture such as poultry, fishery, cow fattening among others.

The Acting NDE Kaduna State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Dada-Williams, said that the training would last for one week.

According to her, participants will be trained on the practical application of government agricultural policies like the provision of incentives, links to the source of funds, and high productivity.

“It is also to encourage the youth to accept agriculture as a means of livelihood rather than looking for white-collar jobs.
“ I want to encourage you all to be more serious, more dedicated, and make use of this golden opportunity,’’ she said.

Dada-Williams added that the training was a significant step in Nigeria’s quest to win the war against mass unemployment as well as to ameliorate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that the NDE in the last three decades had remained at the forefront in the fight against poverty and joblessness which is the core mandate of the directorate.

Earlier, Malam Nuhu Abubakar-Fikpo, Director-General, NDE, said he was impressed with the Kaduna State Directorate for empowering the youth, urging participants to pay attention and learn effectively.

The D-G, who was represented by Mr. Edene Paschal, Rural, Promotion Officer 1 of the directorate, said participants would be given soft loans to start up their agric businesses after the training.

Meanwhile, some of the participants expressed appreciation to NDE and hoped to start up their businesses soon.

Ibrahim Abubakar, a graduate who had learned poultry, said he had gained more knowledge during the first training and was expecting to get loan to start up his poultry business.

Mrs Ruth Sebastian said she felt lucky to be one of the selected participants, adding that she intends to be self-reliant and be an employer of labor after the training.

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Banditry: Police Foil Attack, Rescue 8 Victims In Katsina

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Police Confirm Kidnap Of 8 Person In Zaria, Kaduna State-Crystal News

The Katsina State Police Command says it has foiled bandits attack at Kabobi village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Gambo Isah, revealed this in a statement issued on Friday in Katsina.

He said: “On Friday, July 23, 2021, at about 14:30hrs, bandits in their numbers, on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked Jibia-Batsari road, exactly at Kabobi village, Batsari LGA.

“The hoodlums attacked and kidnapped all the occupants of a motor vehicle, Volkswagen Passat Wagon, and whisked them away into the forest.

“On receipt of the report, DPO Batsari led teams of Operation Puff Adder and ‘Sharan Daji’ to the area and engaged them into a gun duel and successfully rescued eight of the victims.

“Those rescued include a 70-year-old man, 13-year-old girl, three 12 year old girls, all from Garin Inu village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state.

“Another 20-year-old girl, and her two children, all from Turaku Quarters in Batsari LGA of Katsina state,” Isah confirmed.

He explained that search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the fleeing bandits and to rescue the remaining three missing persons as investigation is ongoing.

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