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The Arewa Consultative Forum has rejected the proposal for the creation of state police , saying the privilege will be abused . The ACF ’s position has , however , drawn heated reactions from organisations , including Middle Belt groups , pan -Yoruba socio – cultural group, Afenifere ; and Civil Liberties Organisation . The All Progressives Congress ’ restructuring committee, led by the Kaduna State Governor , Nasir el – Rufai , had recommended state police , among other suggestions . Also the Nigeria Governors’ Forum last week supported Vice -President Yemi Osinbajo , who called for the creation of state police at a security summit organised by the Senate.

But the ACF , faulting the call for state police , noted that the creation of state police would lead to chaos . The ACF ’s Secretary General , Mr . Anthony Sani , in an interview with one of our correspondents in Kaduna , said if created , the various state governors would abuse state police the way the state electoral commissions were being abused . According to the ACF , governors will use state police to torment the opposition. “Given the experiences where state governments use the state electoral commissions to kill democracy at the local government level – where no opposition party wins a seat in the local government council – there is the high possibility of state governments abusing state police with dire consequences, especially in states with many ethnic groups and religions ,” the ACF ’s secretary said.

The ACF , he added , was opposed to state police because it believed that the problems of the police were lack of training and lack of equipment , as well as insufficient personnel. He also said given the paucity of resources , it would not be a good judgment to saddle states with additional responsibilities of state police. He said the northern body believed that the problems that led to the calls for state police could not be solved by the multiplication of security agencies. Sani said that the northern group was of the view that the Nigeria Police Force would perform better if given adequate training, equipment and manpower.

The ACF secretary said , “We prefer that police personnel be properly trained and adequately equipped , while their number should be increased rather that the introduction of state police .”However , the Middle Belt Youth Council President , Emma Zopmal , faulted the ACF position, saying the position of the northern group was borne out of fear. He said , “They are not experts in security and defence . State policing is the only way of guaranteeing safety of lives and property of citizens . Regional police effectively worked in the First Republic ; there ’s no doubt that it will work at the state level today .

“With the incessant infiltration of Nigeria ’s territorial space by Fulani herdsmen, the federal police can no longer protect some states and citizens from the marauding killer herdsmen. We are aware that Nigerian government says that the Fulani herdsmen are foreigners. “I do not believe that state governors will abuse state police . Even if they do so, they would have copied it from the present Federal Government , which also abuses police power . According to him, with laws governing state police system, there will be no abuse. “Strong institutions will also ensure that the state police system is not abused .

Our restructuring demands in the Middle Belt are state creation , creation of Middle Belt Region with its autonomy, state or regional police and solid mineral resource control. “Functional laws in the state will prevent any abuse of state police. Also, The President of the National Council of Tiv Youths, Chief John Akperashi , rejected ACF ’s position and supported the creation of state police. He said, “The truth basically is that state police remain the best to ensure an effective check of external aggression . ”According to him, the recent attacks by herdsmen had made the call for state police necessary.

He said , “Governors, although proclaimed chief security officers of their states , still appear helpless in the deployment of the security agencies, especially the police . ”He said the problem had strengthened the need for state police .Akperashi said , “ Certainly if the police are in the control of the governors at the affected states , this destruction and unfortunate killings wouldn ’t have gone up to alarming proportions.”The governor of Zamfara just came out to decry the inefficiency of the security formations in his state which he alleged failed him as he did everything humanly possible in mitigating that carnage.

“The governor of Benue State also stated the complicity roles of the security in his state and particularly the ineffectiveness of the police . If Ortom had had the police under his direct command , he would have achieved much more and saved more lives against what was witnessed in Benue . ”On its part, Afenifere dismissed as baseless the fear by the ACF that governors would abuse state police .The group argued that the ACF ’ s anxiety was not strong enough to stop the establishment of state police , noting that necessary institutions to check abuse by the governors would simply be put in place

Afenifere National Publicity Secretary , Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with Punch, said, “The handling of the killings by herdsmen across the country has shown that the Federal Government is misusing the Nigeria Police Force . Executive Director , Civil Liberties Organization, Steve Aluko, said efficient mechanism for checks and balances to guide against abuses could be put in place instead of the ACF ’s rejection. He stated, “There is the need for supervisory channels to curb the excesses of the governors.”According to him, the state police will enhance intelligence gathering needed for preventive actions rather than over centralised structures that delay , leading to wastage of lives and property .

“The justification for the state police is the success story of the joint civilian and military operations in countering insurgency and extreme radicalism in the North – East. State police system is an idea whose time has come to tame the increasing criminality of the new age ,” he added The President , Conference of Ethnic Nationalities of Niger Delta , Prof. Kimse Okoko , dismissed the position of the ACF , adding that a new constitution would not allow state governors to go beyond their powers in controlling state police .He said , State police is part of the total restructuring that Nigerians demand ; it (state police ) has to be part of the production of a new constitution . This is because state police is related to the security issues being talked about in the country today.

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NASCON Launches New Dangote Classic Seasoning Cubes

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Management of the NASCON Allied Industries Plc, a subsidiary of the Dangote Industries Limited has pledged its commitment towards a healthy living by the people by producing products that meet the physical and mental needs of the people.

Executive Director, Commercial NASCON Allied Plc, Fatima Aliko Dangote gave this pledge in Kano during the unveiling of new Classic Seasoning Cube in addition to its array of food seasonings already in the market.

The new product which the NASCON boss described as a product of thorough and painstaking research into the preference of the people in the seasoning sub sector of the food industry came in the wake of a similar launch recently, of new Curry Powder and Stew Mix from the stable of NASCON.

Fatima Aliko Dangote said she had no doubt in her mind that the new product would be an instant hit given its unique taste, flavor and aroma noting that the new classic seasoning cubes and stew mix were created with a special blend of herbs and spices to give meals that unique taste and great aroma.

She described the new classic seasoning as a new innovation birthed after years of consumer led research and development, and urged distributors, marketers, eateries and consumers to immediately key into it.

Lacing her remarks with the Hausa local dialet, while explaining the strengths of the product, she described the seasoning as Karshen Magana meaning the real deal and that it is second to none in the market throughout the country.

According to her, the management of NASCON decided to go into the research for the new product bearing in mind that wellbeing is reduced by poor diet yet it is expensive to be unhealthy.

Good nutrition, she stated maintained immune system and delays the effect of aging because it reduces the risk of chronic disease while poor diet reduces physical and mental health. She therefore urged women to try the new seasoning cubes, stew mix and curry powder, as they would ensure meal moments are great moments.

Fatima Aliko Dangote assured that the products would be launched in other parts of the country very soon, adding that despite the high innovative quality, they are affordable and available with various promotional items to be given out to the distributors and consumers.

In his remark, the Group Managing Director of NASCON Allied Plc Mr. Paul Farrer assured that the new product is a high margin product that would help ensure distributors and customers remain profitable, describing the new product as premium but affordable to the consumers.

The Company used the occasion to introduce its Brand Ambassador to the customers, in the person of renowned Kannywood multi-talented actress Hadiza Gabon, who described the Dangote Seasoning cubes as a seasoning with great flavor, and good taste while recommending it to all women in Nigeria.

Speaking to media men in an interview at the event, NASCON key distributor, Alhaji Hamisu Rabiu of Hamis Investment in Kano described NASCON products as fast moving and of good quality. He urged other distributors and retailers across the country to immediately key into the new classic cube, Dangote stew mix and Dangote curry powder.

At the launch Wednesday about 300 distributors, wholesalers and retailers were excited and most express optimism that it will up the market of NASCON.

Head of Marketing of NASCON Allied Industries Plc, Mr. Olusegun Ajala expressed optimism that the “innovative brand will up the company’s market share exponentially because of its unique taste and aroma.

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Jimi Agbaje’s Campaign Lacks Ingenuity, Slave Story Angle Is Senseless — Victor Ganzallo

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Top media personality and cryptocurrency expert, Mr. Victor Ganzallo has thrown jibes at PDP Lagos Governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, over his campaign strategy.

Ganzallo faults Agbaje’s claim that Lagosians are in bondage and needs freedom, the digital currency trader describes the campaign strategy as weak and senseless.

Recall that Mr Agbaje had kickstart a #FreeLagos campaign where he declared readiness to set Lagosians free from bondage.

Below is Victor Ganzallo’s opinion:

Mr. Jimi Agbaje’s choice of campaign thrust is not just lacking in ingenuity and direction but also very unfortunate for a man who is a Lagosian and who should embody what we Lagosians stands for.

You are calling Lagos a slave enclave and all known indices used in determining such points directly to the opposite.

JK is in the pharmaceutical business and today his business can not compare to those of our brothers from the other side of the Niger, who now run some of the biggest pharmaceutical businesses in Lagos, are they all in this slave business with the man he has termed the slave master? It’s December again and many of them will travel to the east and return with one relative or the other, new apprentice and even wives, to the city called the center of excellence, the land of opportunities. Where people from diverse race and ethnicity daily throng to turn their fortunes around.

Jimi Agbaje wouldn’t mind giving his state of birth a bad name, that can be stamped on it forever just so he can achieve his perennial governorship ambition.

Lagos is the pride of Nigeria, whether JK and his band of co-travelers like it or not and will continue to be so, for a very long time to come. It is in Lagos that we have an Igbo man in the state House of assembly, if there is a Yoruba man in any of the state assembly in any other region of Nigeria, I honestly would like to know.

JK as now fallen from being perceived as a gentleman who wasn’t after power by all means to a desperate politician, who wouldn’t mind to sow a seed of discord and divisiveness in his state of birth, as long as it serves his political purpose. He took on this particular trend during the last general elections, in line with what was the narrow minded approach of the PDP back then, which fell flat on their faces and now he has returned to that inglorious path.

The facts ain’t so difficult to discern, it will take more than a campaign of divisiveness for the PDP to win Lagos, it will take a proper, well articulated and outlined plan and a candidate that is well above board, I cannot see that happening anytime soon.

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Ex-Skye Banker, Tunde Ayeni Not Detained By EFCC, Only Invited For Questioning Over Alleged Fraud

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Following recent reports published by a national daily, The Punch Newspapers that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes CommissionEFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank,) Mr. Tunde Ayeni, for alleged fraud, it has been reliably discovered that Tunde Ayeni was only invited for questioning at the Abuja office of the commission hours ago.

Confirming the development, the acting spokesman for the EFCC, Mr.Tony Orilade, said Ayeni was only being grilled by detectives over some issues related to fraud and embezzlement allegedly committed by Ayeni when he was Chairman of the bank few years ago. “I can confirm that he is in our custody on an invitation, for questioning and interrogation. More information will be released tomorrow,” he said.

It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had entered into an agreement with the Asset Management Corporation of NigeriaAMCON, to check out some banks and its officials, who facilitated the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

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