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‘President’s Shoot-At-Sight Order Belated’ – University Don

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A don, Augustine Ikelegbe has faulted the presidential order of shoot-at-sight and the imposition of no-flying-zones as a solution to the insecurity in the country, describing it as a belated decision.

Ikelegbe, who is a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science atthe University of Benin (UNIBEN) said if such measures were taken years earlier, it would have slowed down the proliferation of arms and brazen display of arms by individuals who are not permitted to bear such arms.

Prof. Ikelegbe said this while delivering a lecture entitled “Proliferation of Small Arms and the Steaming Conundrum of Insecurity in Nigeria: Prospect for Control and Sustainable Security” at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in memory of the late Director- General of the Institute, Prof. Habu Galadima.

He said effective and immediate measures should be taken at appropriate times for containment of arms proliferation.

According to him, improved sophistication in the arming and equipment of the security and defence forces were imperative in fighting insecurity. He emphasised the need for use of improved technology such as drones against criminal herders in the ungoverned spaces and also the need for increased air attacks on bandits’ camps and kidnappers’ dens by more sophisticated aircraft.

He said: “There has to be re-orientation from the dominant approach which has  been hard core, involving increased deployments, armaments, and armed excessive force which has hardly effectively resolved conflicts, violence and insurgencies, to more broad, non-kinetic and peace-building approaches,” he said.

Prof. Ikelegbe added that the LEA sector has to be restructured in line with the practice of federalism, to decentralise command and control and deployment of personnel, adding that Community Policing has been bandied for some time but its implementation, reach and practice is still very limited and the results yet to be broadly felt.

Prof. Ikelegbe noted that good governance was crucial to the performance of state roles in public sector management, economy and security.

The Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo praised the virtues of the late Director-General of the institute, adding that within the short time that he piloted the affairs of the National Institute, there were tremendous transformation and innovations.

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Group Advocates Ban On Open Grazing In Edo

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A Non-governmental organisation, New Nigeria Initiative (NNI), Wednesday, advocated a ban on open grazing to prevent herders and farmers clash in Edo.

The group said Edo and the entire country were being gripped by endemic brutality, untold cruelties and awful cycles of events arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

President of the group, Mr Uwadiae Odigie, stated this when the group visited the state acting permanent secretary, state ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, in Benin .

According to him, “NNI had in the wake of these attacks in June, 2000 dropped a private bill titled:  “the Prohibition of cattle grazing” in the State House of Assembly.
“But, regrettably nothing came out of it and the result has been the reign of reckless bloodshed by  criminal herdsmen in the State.
“The unabated tragic drama mostly in Edo spurred us to re-introduced a modified version of the bill  to the Dtate House of Assembly.”
Responding, the acting permanent secretary said government was concerned about the security situation in the state.

Aikhuomobhogbe said, “Government is doing its best to ensure food security in the state. If the cattle continue to destroy farmlands, it will affect food security.”

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10 Former Nigerian Governors Linked With N30billion Properties In UK

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A new report has linked 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30 billion) in the United Kingdom.

The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also shows that 216 properties are owned by 13 law enforcement officers in the UAE.

The report was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.

The identities of the former governors were not disclosed.

Dr. Gbenga Oduntan of the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A critical review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.”

Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.

He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.

“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”

The HEDA Chairman noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to illicit financial flow in Africa, Nigeria is the leading country in terms of IFF.

Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.

Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15 billion alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.

In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with Nigeria to shut down their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.

However, he lamented that this is not the case, saying in the UAE, findings show that prosecution of money laundering cases is very low.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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JUST IN: Boko Haram Currently Attacking Borno Community

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Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of troubled Borno state has again come under Boko Haram attack on Wednesday afternoon, a security source told SaharaReporters.

The incident is the 8th attack on the community within a week, the source added.

Damasak is a border community with the Niger Republic north and is about 180 km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The insurgents had on Tuesday evening invaded the community and wreaked havoc without confrontation.

The gunmen were reported to have razed the Divisional Police Command, schools, shops and residential houses as they hoisted their flags in strategic locations within the town.

On Saturday, the insurgents attacked the community, setting fire on United Nations facilities and forcing humanitarian workers to flee for their lives.

About three soldiers were shot dead by the gunmen while many persons were killed when a military jet that came to salvage the situation dropped a bomb that landed in a compound where civilians were having christening.

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