Over 800 inmates awaiting trial in Cross River Prisons

Over eight hundred inmates in Nigerian Prisons, Cross River State Command are awaiting trial.

DAILY POST also gathered that two hundred and fifty four (254) were facing different sentences, while forty six (46) are condemned to death.

The State comptroller of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Mr. Imaikop Ndaekong disclosed this while paying a visit to the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade.

He said the State has six formations which were operating above capacity.

“A total of 854 out of 1,154 inmates are awaiting trial, while 254 were convicted, with 46 condemned”, he said.

“Of this number, 32.7 percent were charged for murder, 27.7 percent for armed robbery, 8.9 percent for ordinary robbery, 5 percent for unlawful possession of firearms, 20.2 percent for ordinary stealing, 4.3 percent for assault and 1.2 percent for other offences”, Mr. Imaikopp said.

Over eight hundred inmates in Nigerian Prisons, Cross River State Command are awaiting trial.

DAILY POST also gathered that two hundred and fifty four (254) were facing different sentences, while forty six (46) are condemned to death.

The State comptroller of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Mr. Imaikop Ndaekong disclosed this while paying a visit to the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade.

He said the State has six formations which were operating above capacity.

“A total of 854 out of 1,154 inmates are awaiting trial, while 254 were convicted, with 46 condemned”, he said.

“Of this number, 32.7 percent were charged for murder, 27.7 percent for armed robbery, 8.9 percent for ordinary robbery, 5 percent for unlawful possession of firearms, 20.2 percent for ordinary stealing, 4.3 percent for assault and 1.2 percent for other offences”, Mr. Imaikopp said.

According to him, Calabar prisons covered 7 local government areas.

He sought the state’s support in the provision of ambulances, operational vehicles, inclusion in the state Security Council and tools to teach inmates basic skills to fulfil its mandate.

Reacting, Governor Ayade called for an overhaul of the Nigerian Prison System to position it as a government parastatal that drives reformation and productivity.

“There is an urgent need for the reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration process. Unfortunately these processes which are natural sociological pathway towards reformation now come with the challenge
of funding.

“In America, Prison service is the hottest business. Any remote part of America that they want development to move in, they set up a prison,” Ayade said.

“As you send a prisoner to the prison, government pays his monthly bed rate, his hotel bill and his feeding and for his toiletries. So there is a fixed amount being paid by the US government to each prison. Each prisoner has a fee.

“And so, everybody becomes desperate to set up a prison yard because it is on the basis of that prisoner that there is demand for food, demand for toiletries, productivity will go up, consumption will go up and employment will rise and so wherever there is unemployment in the US, any village setting that has unemployment, they introduce prison systems,” he added.

He averred that the system afforded the inmates the opportunity to learn a trade and hoped that it will be replicated in Nigeria which according to him, “is our dream of what the prison should be. It should really be a reformation centre; a place where people go for reformation and really get reintegrated properly.”

Source http://dailypost.ng/2017/10/17/800-inmates-awaiting-trial-cross-river-prisons/

Navy to investigate alleged brutalisation of civilian by rating

The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday said it would investigate the alleged brutalisation of a civilian by a rating, which went viral on social media.

The Director of Information of the navy, Capt. Suleiman Dahun, said that the case would be investigated to ascertain its genuineness.

Dahun said it was an offence under the law for a civilian to use a military uniform.“However, that does not call for brutalisation of an offending civilian,’’ he said.

Dahun also said that there were appropriate sections of the navy that handled such cases, adding that if any officer or rating was found guilty, the navy would use appropriate sections to deal with any officer found wanting.

He, however, assured that the matter would be investigated while promising the public that the navy would continue to secure the nation’s waterways.

A video, which went viral on the internet, showed a naval rating allegedly brutalising a civilian for wearing Navy uniform around Lekki axis, Lagos State.

The video showed the rating in uniform channelling fast flowing water from a hose on the face of the man, who was forced to stand on his hands.

source http://punchng.com/navy-to-investigate-alleged-brutality-of-civilian-by-rating/

Kwara police detain SARS officers over alleged sexual harassment

The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, has said that the four police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad alleged to have sexually harassed a lady, Kachi Anifela Zion, along Pipeline Area in Ilorin had been detained.

Zion had through her Instagram page -@69bars, alleged that some SARS officers accosted her at ‘Pipeline Area’ in Ilorin at the weekend, accused her of prostitution and searched her. She specifically accused one of the officers of inserting his fingers into her private parts.

Ado, who responded through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Ilorin on Tuesday said he was sad at the allegation.

Okasanmi confirmed that he had been in contact with the spokesperson of the Zone 2 Police Command, Dolapo Badmus.

The Kwara PPRO said after he got information of the allegation through the social media, the CP directed that Zion should be invited to the command to shed more light on her allegation.

He stated that the lady honoured the invitation on Tuesday morning and had made useful statements.

Okasanmi said further that the four SARS officers were also invited for interrogation where they denied involvement in the act.

He stated that they are being detained by the command as investigation into the matter continues.

Ajayi said, “I got in contact with the lady (Zion) so I invited her to the office and my CP was very unhappy about the incident if it was proved to be true. The lady was with us this morning. We invited the SARS that were operating on the road. The team denied the allegation but we are investigating the matter. The lady was satisfied with the action we have taken so far.”

source http://punchng.com/breaking-kwara-police-detain-sars-officers-over-alleged-sexual-harassment/


The federal government should investigate the allegations against the officers and men of the force and weed out the bad eggs


Even before the ascendancy of the “ember” months, violent crimes had been on a geometric rise in the country with kidnappers, armed robbers and other bandits maiming and killing innocent citizens at will. In this rising orgy of violence, the police appear overwhelmed. In Edo and Rivers States, for instance, people and whole communities have, in recent times, been target of attacks.

Not only have the police failed to rein in the harbingers of violence, its senior officers and men are being accused of complicity in heinous crimes that they are paid to prevent or apprehend. The charge of complicity would probably have been dismissed as frivolous if not for the fact that some of them are coming from those who have constitutional responsibility to oversight the police.

Even as the Police Service Commission (PSC), the body responsible for the regulation of the police service, announced recently that it was investigating some state command police commissioners for alleged complicity in crimes, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who exercises operational control over the force, is not known to have done anything about the indictment of his men. In fact, he is himself facing sundry criminal allegations, including one from a serving senator.

This is unfortunate because at the root of the endemic violent crimes in the country is an obvious recourse to self-help by citizens. Today, many Nigerians feel challenged by the abysmal failure of the police and other security agencies, saddled with the responsibility of securing their lives and property, to effectively discharge their mandate. Meanwhile, the increasing loss of confidence in the ability of the police to secure the civil populace would only be worsened by the public perception of officers and men as “official” criminals.

However, what has become even more worrisome is that the comportment of IGP Idris and a couple of controversies that have inundated his tenure do not give hope that things would change for the better. Not only is there so much indiscipline under him such that the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Haliru Gwandu Abubakar would disregard a letter from the Police Service Commission posting him out of the state, recent allegations of corruption and nepotism levied against him have created a huge integrity deficit.

Accused of embezzlement of proceeds of security services provided to oil and sundry companies by the police as well as collecting bribes from officers for posting, Mr. Idris only counter-accused Senator Isah Misau of irregular discharge from the force. And rather than institute an enquiry into the grave allegations, the PSC denied that its oversight included the power to discipline the IGP. Next the Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, without any investigation known to the public, charged Idris’ accuser, Misau, to court for spreading falsehood against a public officer.

However, no cases depict the level to which the police as an institution have degenerated more than that of Edo and Rivers States. In Edo, the commissioner who ought to have left the states, having been posted out, is acting as though above the law. And in Rivers, Governor Nyesom Wike recently accused the commander and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of aiding and abetting kidnapping and other sundry crimes in the state, while exhibiting some video and documentary evidence to back his claims. Yet, the federal government has refused to intervene on these grave situations that could only worsen public cynicism and further erode the confidence of Nigerians in the police.

Therefore, the onus is now on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene by calling for an investigation of these multiple allegations against the officers and men of the force. That is the only way to rid the police of bad eggs and restore the confidence of Nigerians in the force.

source https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/10/17/police-and-rising-crime-rates/

PRESS STATEMENT: RTI Coalition Urges Permanent Missions In Geneva To Make Recommendations For Ghana To Pass The Right To Information (RTI) Law

The Right to Information Coalition (RTI Coalition) Ghana has urged diplomats at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UN-UPR) Pre-session in Geneva, Switzerland, to make recommendations to Ghana to pass the RTI Bill when Ghana appears before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month for the 3rd review of its human rights record.

The call was made during a presentation made to the UN Permanent missions in Geneva on Tuesday October 10th, by the Human Rights NGO Forum, of which the Coalition is a member.

The NGO Forum noted that even though Ghana had made significant progress in implementing some of the recommendations made by the diplomats in 2012, a lot still remains to be done by Ghana to ensure compliance with its obligations under various regional and international law.

Ghana had accepted recommendations made by the Canada and Austria during the country’s review in 2012 for the passage of the RTI law but till date Ghana has not complied with this recommendation.

Members of the Coalition who were present in Geneva used the opportunity to engage individual missions and presented them with factsheets of the current right to information regime in Ghana and why the government of Ghana needs to hasten the passage of the RTI Bill. Some of the permanent missions engaged include the USA, Germany, Haiti and Denmark. The one on one engagement was to ensure that these missions make specific recommendations for Ghana to pass the RTI Bill currently before Cabinet, into law.

The advocacy for the passage of the RTI Bill has been ongoing for over a decade; all efforts to get government both past and present to pass the legislation has not yielded the required result.

The Bill was thoroughly reviewed and amended by the previous Parliament (6th Parliament), but the 6th Parliament could not pass the Bill into law until it lapsed in 2017 following the 2016 elections. Presently, the Bill has reverted to cabinet and from January 2017 till date, cabinet is yet to approve for the Bill to be tabled before the 7th Parliament, which is currently siting for its last session for the year 2017.

Ghana is expected to present a report in November 2017 to the UNHRC with updates on the state of human rights in the country and the status of implementation of previous recommendations received and accepted by the Government of Ghana including the country’s efforts to ensure the passage of the RTI legislation.


Nigeria Wins Re-Election Into UN Human Rights Council

Nigeria has won a re-election into the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva for the 2018 to 2020 term at an election held on Monday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Samson Itegboje, told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Ghana and Sierra Leone stepped down for Nigeria.

Itegboje said: “There were two slots for West Africa in the election and Ghana and Sierra Leone were also contesting.

“However, we reached an understanding that West African countries could not be antagonising themselves and that we have to reach a compromise.

“So we got Ghana and Sierra Leone to step down for Nigeria. But even at that, there were a lot of reach out we had to do beyond West Africa.

“So this election has once again showed that Nigeria enjoyed a lot of goodwill not only among its West African bloc countries but also in Africa and across the world”.

NAN reports that UNHRC is a UN system inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.

With the re-election, Nigeria, currently serving out its 2015 to 2017 term, would be among the four countries representing West Africa and the 13 countries representing Africa in the 47-seat Council.

The other two countries on the council with Nigeria are Cote d’ Ivoire and Togo, which tenure expire in 2018.

Ghana and Nigeria are already serving out their tenure for the 2015 to 2017 term while Ghana, which initially sought te-election like Nigeria, stepped down for Nigeria to get on board of the Council.

Nigeria has illustriously served the global community on the UNHRC for three terms since the establishment of the Council in 2006.

These are 2006 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and currently, 2015 to 2017, and with the reelection, would remain on the Council till 2020.

Tthe Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN hosted a reception party for envoys to launch Nigeria’s country’s re-election bid on Friday in New York to solicit countries’ “firm support” for Nigeria’s re-election bid.

source https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2017/10/16/nigeria-wins-re-election-un-human-rights-council/


Lagos Records 950 Domestic, Sexual Violence Cases, Launches Short Code

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, on Monday said the state has recorded 950 cases of domestic and sexual violence cases in the last 10 years, just as it unveiled a short code, 6820, for reporting incidents of rape, domestic violence and child abuse in the State.

The 950 reported cases is about 100 per cent increase, compared to last year of 452 domestic and sexual violence cases.

Coordinator of DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi who made this known at a news briefing in Alausa, Ikeja said of the 950 cases, most of them were domestic violence cases.

Vivour-Adeniyi, who attributed the increase in the number of reported cases to the success of the various advocacy campaigns and information about where to get help in case of abuse, however pointed out that the statistics was not an indication to a growth in the rate of abuse.

However, unveiling  the 6820 Short Message Service  (SMS) short code, the Alternate Chairman of DSVRT, Omotilewa Ibirogba said the code, 6820 which could be used for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, USSD and Short Messaging Service, SMS, was part of efforts to enable victims of all forms of abuse or eye witnesses to reach out to the appropriate authorities and receive prompt information about what to do and most importantly how victims can receive succour.

Ibirogba, who said the code is user friendly explained that it is free of charge, adding that the shortcode would also enable the State Government  to collate daily and monthly incidents information on prevalence and generate heat maps, thereby providing  a comprehensive Central database that could be used for the formulation of policies to prevent cases.

She said arrangements had been made to sensitise residents while efforts are ongoing to get assistive devices to cater for physically challenged persons to enable them to report cases and discourage people from misusing the short code or the 737 and 112 toll free emergency numbers through which residents can also report cases.

“Activating 6820 would also assist the state government in gathering and collating incident information, generate heat-maps within the metropolis, providing automated daily and monthly reporting, providing comprehensive central database, information system and analytics and providing central information that can also be used for formulation of prevalence and prevention policies for Lagos State,” she said.

According to her, the use of technology to combat sexual and gender based violence was the first of its kind in Nigeria and she is optimistic of the great results that the short code would yield in the fight against sexual and gender based violence.

“In the next coming weeks, we would be embarking on aggressive social media campaigns, jingles on radio and television. We would also have outdoor engagement, billboards as well as use of BRT buses.”

Also, Ibirogba disclosed that 10 persons had been registered in the Lagos State Sex offenders’ register this year, adding that the newly inaugurate DNA forensic Centre would enable the appropriate agencies to monitor the offenders.

She said the Lagos Sex offenders register was opened in 2014 to complement the crime data register in the State, shame offenders and serve as deterrent to others.

source https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2017/10/16/lagos-records-950-domestic-sexual-violence-cases-launches-short-code/