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Killings By Police: Which Reforms Would Work [ANALYSIS]? By Ukhueleigbe Zaccheus

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There is something common among most murder cases perpetrated by a policeman: the erring officers get dismissed. That is impressive, but that is only one end of the rope.

Another common thing is that the bulk of those murder cases only have their prequels in the spotlight, nobody knows what happens after — not even those infamous officers we are told have been sentenced to death. How about that? Not impressive.

One of the most recent killing happened 10th of September. While running for her safety, 18-year-old Monsurat Ojuade tragically lost her life to the bullet of a trigger-happy cop. Some days after, it was announced that the cop, Sergeant Samuel Phillips, was dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force following his orderly room trial.

Earlier in August, a police officer identified as Sergeant Adamu Garba was also dismissed for killing a motorcyclist, Saheed Olabomi, in Osogbo, Osun State on Tuesday 27th July 2021.

The outcomes of these two incidences show the deliberate effort of the Nigeria Police Force to prove to the public that they are pursuing justice. If truly they pursue Justice, one wonders how far they are from it.

Justice is fairness, justice is all about upholding what the law says. It is only when justice is served that you truly pass a warning message to people who are likely to commit such crimes.

How dreadful does it sound when you say if you kill a man, you will lose your job? It sounds to me ridiculous.

It sounds so much as a pep-talk for a murderer:  After all, you have nothing to lose, only your job; and that, my friend is a trivial thing to lose because you can be your own boss.

The Nigeria Police Force risk losing Public Trust if dismissal from service is the highest level of punishment meted out on Police Officers who unlawfully kill any citizen. By the virtue of section 319 of the Criminal Code, “Any person who commits the offence of murder shall be sentenced to death”.

Also, by the virtue of section 320 of the same Criminal Code anyone who tries to commit an unlawful murder like dismissed Poice Sergeant, Eze Aiwansoba who shot someone’s lover in the mouth, is “guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for Life”.

Should they kill them? That is not the essence of this piece; let’s leave the answer to the Judge after he must have conducted a fair trial for all parties involved. In the real sense, it is about ensuring a transparent process of delivering justice to restate lost confidence in the heart of the bereaved family and by extension, the masses.

You don’t create a news buzz for dismissing a police officer after wrongfully killing a citizen and keep mum on it until everyone forgets about it — that’s not justice for the deceased, it is not justice for the bereaved family.

Dismissing Police Officers after unlawfully killing a citizen is not enough. If the police authorities are willing to dispense true justice let them be transparent with it. They should deliver justice in time as well because justice delayed is also justice denied.

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Hamzat To Speak On Harmonious Working Relationships Between Arms Of Government As Path To Successes In Lagos 

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His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat will be the Guest Speaker at the 4th educational and social interactive programme, Timeline Awareness Initiative Lecture/Award on Wednesday 23rd of March 2022.

The programme which promises to be an eye-opener, revealing the level of cooperation in Lagos State Government since the inception of former Lagos State Government and All Progressive Congress APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 till date.

According to the Organizers, led by Yusuf Adeoye, Publisher of TimelineNG, an Online Newspaper, Dr. Hamzat who has held several positions in the State including Commissioner For Science & Technology before his present elective position as Deputy Governor will be speaking on the Topic: ” Imperatives of Harmonious Working Relationship Between Arms of Government, A Key Ingredient in The Success of Lagos State Government. With Focus on 2023 General Election’

The Event which hold at the Lagos Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, will witness the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa as Keynote Speaker. He will be sharing his vast experience as legislator working to aid and ease the work of the executive in Lagos State, which has led to the tremendous infrastructural development and cordial working atmosphere in the State over the years.

The event which will witness awards for few distinguished prominent Nigerians will be Chaired by former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu while the Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is the Chief Host of the day. Also expected at the occasion is Convener of Arise Women, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, Chairman House Committee on Defence, Hon Babajimi Benson from the House of Representatives among others.

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How Primate Ayodele Foretold All That Is Happening Between Ukraine And Russia Since 2021

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There is tension around the world presently following the crisis between Ukraine and Russia that has degenerated into a war-like situation.
The world woke up to the news of Russia bombing some Ukraine major airports, buildings following the crisis between both countries despite the fact that there have been appeals from some world leaders to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.
Of course, when the crisis began to be more pronounced earlier this year, many never thought it would be this serious but a popular Nigerian prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele had foreseen and foretold the escalation during the release of his 2022 prophecies on Wednesday, 22nd Of December, 2021.
The prophecies which were packaged in a 90-paged booklet contained what will befall nations, individuals in 2022.
On page 12 of the prophecy booklet, Primate Ayodele categorically stated that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine will escalate if the two countries are not careful enough.
These were his words ‘’RUSSIA AND UKRAINE: The spirit of God said to me that the two nations must be careful as regards the crisis between them otherwise it will escalate and cause great problems. I foresee that world leaders will intervene for the crisis to be resolved’’.
As he prophesied, we came into the new year and saw how things escalated between these two countries. The other part of his prophecy that talked about world leaders intervening was also fulfilled.
On the bombings that took place overnight, Primate Ayodele had in a prophetic statement released two days ago made it known that he foresees destruction that will affect countries if world leaders don’t immediately intervene and put an end to Russia and Ukraine crisis.
He said this when some African leaders visited him at his prayer mountain located around the Nigerian-Benin-Lome border.
These were his words, ‘’International communities should handle the crisis between Ukraine and Russia now, otherwise, it will escalate beyond necessary. I advise Joe Biden and Putin to cease-fire, this crisis will escalate to something more disastrous, it will cause destruction, though it will not lead to third world war, I see the destruction that will affect other countries.’’ (https://dailypost.ng/2022/02/22/ukraine-vs-russia-i-see-destruction-coming-primate-ayodele-warns-joe-biden-vladimir-putin/)
Just 48 hours after his prophecy, Russia made a huge strike on Ukraine, causing death, destruction on some of Ukriane’s notable establishments.
In his statement, Primate Ayodele said other countries will also be affected. Some news outlets have reported that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to any nation that tries to interfere in the crisis, stating that the response of Russia will be immediate.
Of a truth, these developments have fulfilled Primate Ayodele’s prophecies on Ukraine and Russia.

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Sam Udekwe Emerges New Enugu NUJ Chairman

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Sam Udekwe of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), on Tuesday, emerged chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Enugu State chapter, for the next three years.

Chairman of the electoral committee, Lawrence Njoku, said Udekwe emerged winner of the election with 157 votes.

Njoku said that Udekwe garnered 157 votes out of 247 votes cast as against his opponent, Mrs Amaka Nzekwe, who garnered 90 votes at the election conducted at the NUJ Secretariat, Independence layout.

Other positions were unopposed as Emma Acha from NAN emerged Secretary of the Union.

Speaking after the election, Udekwe promised to take the council to a greater height and to carry everybody along in his administration.

He thanked his opponent for her understanding that election is not a do or die affair, which he said created a room for free, fair and credible election.

Udekwe also thanked the outgone chairman, Rex Arum, for creating an enabling enviroment for the election which, he said, had ushered in a new era.

“Arum created the enabling environment for the new transition of power and I promise not to disappoint him and the union at large.

“I cannot end this my speech without appreciating the NUJ president, Mr Christ Isiguzo, for his unbiased nature to the election.

“Isiguzo is a man of peace and he still holds on to the peace he created in NUJ Enugu state since the beginning of his administration,” Udekwe said.

Arum, in his remarks, said that the election was free, fair and credible.

“I am happy that someone has come to replace me and I feel elated that two of them worked under my administration.

“Today, the better side won. NUJ decided and they voted for the person they felt will do better.

“My advice to the new exco is that they should work hard because the prayer of every father is for his son to do better than him.

“Enugu NUJ remains one family and I believe that the winner of today’s election will carry everybody along,” Arum said.

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