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GBV: Omo-Agege, Lalong, Abdulrazak, call for protection of women, girls
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Nigeria want to face for zero-tolerance of GBV

As Girls FM counseled over initiative on fifth Voice of Girls Convention

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

Following worrisome development of violence towards ladies and ladies within the nation, the Deputy President of the Senate, DSP, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Governor of Plateau State and in addition Chairman Northern Governors Discussion board, Rt Hon Solomon Lalong, and Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Friday, referred to as for defense of girls and ladies throughout the nation fairly than being abused.

Senator Omo-Agege in his remarks on the fifth Voice of Girls Convention 2020, with theme ‘Males’s Voices Towards Gender-Primarily based Violence’ oganised by Girls FM 91.7, and held on webinar
referred to as on males to guard ladies towards GBV.
He additionally pointed that Nigerians ought to resolve to have zero tolerance for these abhorrent acts of violence towards our moms, wives, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunties and pals. “We should transfer rapidly to deal with the authorized and cultural challenges dealing with our womenfolk.”

He made it identified that since 2015 solely 13 States and the FCT have adopted the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act VAPP Act out of Nigeria’s 36 States, that are Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Cross River, Kaduna, FCT, and Plateau. “I need to name on all of the States in Nigeria to cultivate that legislation with none additional delay.”

He mentioned: “As a Nation, we should resolve to have zero tolerance for these abhorrent acts of violence towards our moms, wives, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunties and pals.

“We should transfer rapidly to deal with the authorized and cultural challenges dealing with our womenfolk. However extra importantly, addressing gender-based violence towards ladies would require collective effort of each particular person, particularly males who’re essentially the most perpetrators, to face up for the safety of girls.

“Males ought to take extra accountability, intervene and do what is correct to maintain ladies secure. No man has a proper to assault a girl for no matter purpose, besides in fact in self-defense. It’s a matter of inalienable proper of individuals to liberty. `

“The time to carry perpetrators accountable has come. Spiritual leaders, group leaders, and conventional leaders ought to problem males to face up as protectors and never abusers of girls.

“We are able to now not look the opposite means whereas ladies are being abused subsequent door or flip deaf ears to the cry of many ladies throughout our nation for freedom from violence and sexual abuse.

“Each Nigerian has an obligation to talk out towards these crimes and to make each effort to report these crimes to related authorities and forestall them from occurring. We must also present care and help to those that have suffered within the fingers of abusers.

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In the meantime, he ( Omo-Agege) assured that the Nationwide Meeting there will probably be whole wiping out of gender-based violence from Nigeria by way of laws.

“For us within the Nationwide Meeting, there isn’t any place for gender-based violence of any nature. We’ll proceed to strengthen the legal guidelines to scale back gender-based violence of all types to the barest minimal, if not completely eradicate it.

“That was why on 4th Could, 2016 I launched the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Instructional Establishments Prohibition Invoice, 2016 on the ground of the Senate and 6 months later it was handed by the Senate.
“Nonetheless, the invoice couldn’t make it by way of the Home of Representatives earlier than the top of tenure of the eighth Nationwide Meeting. However due to my unwavering dedication to preventing this social sick, I reintroduced the invoice to the ninth Senate, third October, 2019.

He additionally defined that, “And at its plenary session of Tuesday, 7 July 2020, the Senate handed the Sexual Harassment Invoice, 2020 (SB 77). The invoice, now on the superior stage on the Home of Representatives, seeks to forestall, prohibit and redress the sexual harassment of scholars in tertiary instructional establishments.

“This invoice was necessitated as a result of the inner mechanisms of tertiary establishments for addressing circumstances of sexual harassment had been both non-existent or insufficient. It’s anticipated that when the invoice turns into an Act, it should ultimately eradicate sexual-harassment-related obstacles that inhibit the capability of individuals in tertiary establishments to completely develop themselves, based mostly on their gender.”

He additionally referred to as for doggedness within the fightagainst gender-based violence, though would possibly take a while earlier than its development may very well be reversed.

“It’s not going to be straightforward both. However we should proceed to struggle it by shining a lightweight on the horrendous atrocities visited on ladies across the nation. We should stand up towards all types gender-based violence together with refined violence which is present in all types of discrimination and non-violent abuses on individuals, on this case, based mostly on their gender”, he mentioned.

He additionally charged Voice of Girls and different CSOs to attract consideration to rites and rituals ladies and ladies are being abused below the guise of tradition.

“As we make progress on this, I need to at this level, recommend that Voice of Girls and different civil organizations draw extra consideration to these facets of gender-based violence which can be protected by African customs akin to some demeaning rituals that accompany burials in some locations, feminine genital mutilation, compelled marriages, amongst others.
“Though a few of them like FGM, unsavory customary burial and different rites, might have been captured by extant legal guidelines such because the VAPP Act, we want enough advocacy from organizations as yours. That is missing to this point and I implore us all to choose up the gauntlet and create the requisite consciousness”, he suggested.

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The Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon Solomon Lalong in his remarks recalled that 5 years in the past exactly on 17th December 2015, the primary Voice of Girls Convention was organised in Lagos to launch Girls Radio 91.7 FM, which the dream has steadily grown the mark of the 2020 version.

Lalong mentioned: “I additionally congratulate WFM 91.7, Nigeria’s solely radio station for Girls and their households for the good work they’ve continued to do as a female-centric radio broadcaster.

“I perceive that previously 4 years, Girls Radio 91.7 has organised its annual Voice of Girls Convention normally dominated by feminine contributors. Nonetheless, the organisers have this yr opened the discourse by internet hosting males and boys on how finest to evolve a secure and secured Nigeria for our Girls and Women.

“Subsequently, the theme for right this moment’s fifth Voice of Girls Convention which is “Males’s Voices Towards Gender Primarily based Violence” isn’t solely acceptable, however well timed contemplating the prevailing problem we face on this topic. I commend the Board of Administrators, Administration, and Employees of Girls Radio FM for amplifying the voices of Males and Boys by way of right this moment’s convention.

“We’re all conscious that Covid-19 impacted our nation considerably the place it disrupted each day actions. This led to lock down the place folks needed to keep at residence for months as Authorities tried to struggle the pandemic. Then again, it was a distinct expertise for a lot of of our ladies and ladies in Nigeria who went by way of horrific types of violence together with rape, defilement, bodily and psychological abuse even of their houses the place they had been anticipated to be secure.

“It’s unhappy to notice that a few of our ladies and ladies had been violated and molested by individuals who had been typically family and friends members. On different events, the violation was perpetrated by leaders who’re supposed to guard them. It is a unhappy growth that we should finish with out additional delay.

“As we advocate for a secure Nigeria for our ladies and ladies, we should change the mind-set of our males and boys to not solely respect that ladies and ladies deserve safety, however have rights and freedoms enshrined within the structure as any of us. We should additionally make them perceive that any violation of the rights of girls and ladies is a critical crime that carries weighty punishment below the legislation.

“I’m pleased to notice that many males, ladies, teams and leaders of various persuasions have spoken out loudly towards the difficulty of violence towards ladies and ladies. Such marketing campaign can also be being bolstered by the voices of conventional and non secular leaders who’re additionally serving to to interrupt down conventional and culturally motivated stereotypes that promote violence towards ladies and ladies.

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“Beneath my management, the Northern Governors’ Discussion board has declared a state of emergency on the growing fee of sexual and gender based mostly violence within the nation. Now we have all resolved and condemned all types of violence towards ladies, ladies and kids.

“The Discussion board additionally resolved to make sure that member States promulgate legal guidelines with stiffer penalties towards perpetrators of sexual based mostly violence. As a part of our resolve, Governors are to make sure the domestication of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act, 2015 of their numerous States with out additional delay.

“Working with our State Homes of Meeting, the domestication of the Violence Towards Individuals (Prohibition) Act 2015 within the numerous States will quickly be attained. The Audio system of the 19 Northern States Homes of Meeting have already assured us of their help.

“To all the lads and boys becoming a member of this convention for the primary time, I urge us to make use of our positions as political leaders, cultural leaders, non secular leaders, company specialists, fathers, and brothers to struggle, defend and advocate for a secure and safe Nigeria for our ladies and ladies. We must always do not forget that women and girls are our moms, sisters, wives, and above all of the heartbeat of our houses and society.”

Additionally talking was the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman Abdulrazak, who counseled the Girls Radio for its pro-women efforts/marketing campaign which is paying off.

“Girls Radio is certainly a fantastic companion for us in Kwara State and we don’t take that with no consideration. Now, there’s a lot we will do for girls by giving them political energy/affect.

“One, they’ll affect insurance policies and programmes to favour the deprived teams within the society, which is why Kwara is enthusiastic about that and there’s no going again.

“We hope that giving political help to ladies by way of gender inclusion would assist to encourage our little ladies to aspire to the very best degree they’ll. We consider that giving political powers to ladies is a type of empowerment and it helps a protracted strategy to deter anybody from suppressing their voices particularly after we contemplate that gender based mostly violence is considerably linked to helplessness and vulnerability”, AbdulRazaq acknowledged.

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Man lures 12-year-old lady in a bush, rapes her, aborts her being pregnant




50-yr-old father of 2 rapes neighbour's 10-year-old daughter in Ondo
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A Dutse Chief Magistrates’ Courtroom, on Monday, ordered the remand of a 55-year-old man, Ibrahim Jallo, in a correctional centre for allegedly raping a 12-year-old lady and stopping her child from being born alive.

The defendant, a resident of Buma Ruwa village in Gwiwa Native Authorities space, is going through a two-count cost, bordering on rape and an act executed to forestall little one from being born alive.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Musa Fagam, had informed the court docket that the defendant dedicated the offences someday in 2020.

Fagam stated that the defendant lured a 12-year-old lady into a close-by bush and had canal information of her, ensuing within the sufferer getting pregnant.

He additional informed the court docket that the defendant, thereafter, gave the sufferer medication which pressured the unborn child to return out useless.

Fagam stated that the offences contravened Sections 282(e) and 235 of the Penal Code Legislation.

Whereas the defendant pleaded responsible to the cost of rape, he, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible to the cost of stopping the newborn from being born alive.

The Justice of the Peace, Mrs Batula Dauda, order that the defendant be remanded in a correctional centre and adjourned the case until Feb. 25, for additional point out. (NAN)

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Ogun residents protest six months energy outage




IBEDC begins investigation over cause of electrocution of 2 people on Xmas eve in Ibadan
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By James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta

Youths in Owode-Egba, the headquarters of Obafemi-Owode native authorities space of Ogun State, on Monday staged a peaceable demonstration to protest  six months energy outage within the city.

The protesters below the aegis of Owode-Egba Youths Growth Motion, carried placards with inscriptions akin to ‘Finish darkness in Owode-Egba’, ‘We’re uninterested in darkness in Owode-Egba’, ‘We are saying no to estimated billing’, ‘IBEDC is killing our companies’, and ‘IBEDC mild up Owode-Egba’, walked by means of main streets of the city, chanting anti-establishment songs.

Based on the protesters, the primary injection energy transformer that provides electrical energy to about 32 communities within the city acquired burnt since August, 2020, saying all their efforts to make sure the transformer is changed by Ibadan Electrical energy Distribution Firm (IBEDC) has did not yield any optimistic consequence.

The protesters, who additionally took their protest to the palace of the Olu of Owode-Egba, Oba Kolawole Aremi Sowemimo and the headquarters of Obafemi-Owode Native Authorities, blamed the electrical energy firm for turning deaf ears to their pleas.

Talking on behalf of the protesters, the president of the Owode-Egba Youth Growth Motion, Abdul Fatai Shoneye, defined that for the reason that group was thrown into darkness, IBEDC had not come out with any official place.

He added that companies within the city have suffered, whereas criminals have been terrorising the group as results of the blackout.

Shoneye disclosed that the group had additionally visited the workplace of the IBEDC and Ministry of Chieftaincy and Native Authorities Affairs to name their consideration to the scenario, however nothing was achieved to handle the scenario.

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“Since August 9, 2020, we’ve got had an issue of transformer and up until date, there was no official assertion from anyone; both from the IBEDC or authorities. That’s why we’re making it as a protest to allow them to know that persons are dwelling right here and we’re affected by darkness.

“We would like the federal government to come back to our help, as a result of the IBEDC instructed us that that is past their energy. The transformer isn’t just an atypical transformer; it’s 2.5MVA 33/11.

“We’re interesting to the federal government and well-meaning individuals to come back to our help so that we are going to get our enterprise on the monitor, as a result of each enterprise right here has collapsed because of elongated energy outage”.

Addresing the protesters, Oba Sowemimo bemoaned the facility outage and appealed to the protesters be calm and go about their protest peacefully.

He mentioned he had made private efforts to make sure the broken transformer was restored by partaking the officers of the electrical energy firm, expressing disappointment the best way the corporate was dealing with the matter.

Oba Sowemimo, nevertheless, known as on the corporate to endeavour to exchange the broken transformer, saying felony actions had been on the rise for the reason that blackout.

Reacting to the protest, the Regional Communication Officer of the IBEDC, Ayodeji Bada, denied ignoring the calls for of the group, including “the administration of IBEDC is doing every thing to make sure the substitute of the transformer”.

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“The transformer is 2.5MVA bulk transformer. It was suppossed for use for a mini injection station.

”The order to import a brand new one to exchange the broken one had been positioned, however it should take some time earlier than it get right here.

”That’s why we’re telling them that that is the scenario of issues; we’re doing every thing potential to make sure that the electricy provide is restored to Owode Egba and its environs”, Bada said.

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FG boasts, says 158 bandits, terrorists killed in three weeks




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The Federal Authorities says no fewer than 158 armed bandits, terrorists and legal parts have been neutralised by the Armed Forces throughout the nation for the reason that starting of the yr.

The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Abuja mentioned the determine excluded scores of different terrorists and armed bandits killed throughout airstrikes.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews the Minister of Inside, Rauf Aregbesola, was on the media briefing on the progress made by the federal government within the struggle in opposition to terrorism and banditry.

Mohammed mentioned some 52 legal parts had been arrested, with scores of arms, ammunition and gear recovered whereas troops additionally rescued a complete of 17 kidnapped victims throughout the nation.

He mentioned {that a} complete of 684,856 barrels of stolen crude oil, 1,724,000 litres of stolen Automotive Fuel Oil (AGO) and 500,000 litres of Twin Function Kerosene (DPK) had been recovered.

Giving particulars of the feat by the navy in every geo-political zone, the minister mentioned within the North-West, 118 armed bandits had been killed in motion and a complete of 11kidnapped victims had been rescued inside the interval.

“Throughout the identical interval, a cumulative complete of 358 livestock and 5 assorted rifles had been recovered from the armed bandits by the gallant troops within the zone.

“In the identical vein, a complete of 11 arrests had been made, and people arrested embrace excessive profile armed bandits, gun runners and bandits’ collaborators,’’ he mentioned.

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1n the North-East, the minister mentioned 30 terrorists, together with a few of their commanders, had been killed by troops, aside from the scores, who had been killed in air raids/assaults.

He mentioned a number of gun vehicles had been captured along with the 13 not too long ago captured at Marte in Borno, whereas some others had been destroyed by the troops.

“Additionally, a complete of 13 assorted rifles and two Anti-Plane weapons had been recovered from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, as well as, a number of arrests had been made – together with high-value targets – inside the interval.

“Now, through the previous week alone, 5 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists had been eradicated by troops as they tried to overrun Abbagajiri and Dusula cities in Damboa Native Authorities Space of Borno.

“The troops, from the 402 Particular Forces Process Power Brigade, had on Wednesday encircled some terrorists’ enclaves at Abbagajiri and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

“Other than the 5 who had been killed, many different terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds, whereas the troops additionally captured a number of weapons and a few Improvised Explosive Gadget (IED)-making supplies amongst others,’’ he mentioned.

Within the North-Central, the minister mentioned {that a} complete of six kidnapped victims had been rescued, whereas 5 armed bandits, together with militia gang leaders, had been killed in motion.

He mentioned that 11 armed bandits had been equally arrested within the zone.

“Solely on Saturday, the Air Element of Operation Thunder Strike neutralised a number of armed bandits at Chikwale Forest within the Mangoro space of Chikun Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.

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“The operation adopted credible intelligence reviews indicating the numerous presence of armed bandits within the space, which is about 20km West of the Kaduna-Abuja Freeway,’’ he mentioned.

Within the South-South, the minister mentioned troops of Operation Delta Protected destroyed operational actions of 24 unlawful refining websites, 11 picket boats, 142 steel tanks, 17 dugout pits and 45 ovens.

He mentioned 30 suspects had been arrested whereas 14 pumping machines, 13 pace boats and 13 outboard engines had been recovered.

“Moreover, a complete of 684,856 barrels of stolen crude oil, 1,724,000 litres of illegally refined Automotive Fuel Oil (AGO) and 500,000 litres of Twin Function Kerosene (DPK) had been recovered.

“Moreover, a complete of 1,184 of 25kg baggage of Yaraliva Nitrab or Fertilizer suspected to have been smuggled from the Republic of Cameroon had been impounded,’’ he mentioned.

Within the South-West, Mohammed mentioned troops of Operation AWATSE destroyed a number of unlawful refining websites and arrested eight boats engaged in unlawful actions.

He mentioned along with the kinetic navy operations, which led to the successes, the Armed Forces routinely perform non-kinetic operations inform of Civil-Army Cooperation Actions (CIMIC).

The minister assured that, with this renewed dedication and vigour, the safety businesses would maintain their onslaught in opposition to terrorists, bandits and legal parts within the nation.

He urged the residents, to offer their assist to the safety businesses, who day by day sacrifice to maintain the nation secure. (NAN)

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