Obaseki urges new legislators to build on existing foundation

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Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commended the sixth Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) for its contributions in deepening democratic processes in the state and for supporting the executive arm in delivering dividends of democracy to Edo people.

Obaseki gave the commendation while speaking at a dinner organised by the state government for outgoing and incoming members of the State House at Government House, Benin City.

He described the sixth Assembly as a progressive assembly, which contributed to positive changes in the state with bills and resolutions passed.

“I want to thank you for helping in deepening the tools of democracy. Your effort has assured us that we can really develop our society if we put our hands and minds to the task. I don’t think many governors in the country were lucky to receive the cooperation we got from you,” the governor said.

He added: “I want to thank you specifically for the passage of the Anti-Community Development Association (CDA) bill, which has helped us to make the state more business-friendly and to drive development.”

He said the quality of work put into the bills sent to the sixth Assembly for consideration was amazing, noting that members of the 6th Assembly have stamped their feet in the sand of the state’s democratic journey.

He urged incoming members of the seventh Assembly to build on the foundation laid by their predecessors in sustaining cordial relationship with his administration, as he runs a transparent government.

He tasked the new legislators to work towards having all the laws of the state as Edo laws, against the Bendel laws still in operation, adding that he believed in the independence of the other two arms of government, where the executive arm of government has no control over their activities.… Read More...

IGP calls for tougher legislation on violent crimes

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The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called for tougher legislations against kidnapping and banditry including possible state seizure of assets linked to illicit proceeds from these and other heinous crimes. This, the IGP believes, will act as a disincentive to potential kidnappers and other violent criminals.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP made this call on Wednesday, while addressing a delegation of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Nasarawa State Chapter, led by Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata, who paid him the traditional Salah visit in his official quarters in Abuja.

He noted that the call became necessary against background of the increasingly daring resort to these forms of crimes by criminal elements in the society.

The IGP also used the opportunity of the visit to apprise the visitors on the successes recorded by “Operation Puff Adder” in the ongoing fight against criminal elements across the country. He stated that since the launch of Operation Puff Adder on 5th April 2019, till date, a total of Sixty-Three (63) Kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt by Police Operatives.

In a similar vein, two thousand, one hundred and seventy-five (2,175) suspects were arrested for the following offences: Kidnapping – eight hundred and fifty two (852), armed robbery – eight hundred and sixty five (865), murder – three hundred and fifty-nine (359) and cultism – ninety-nine (99).

With respect to arms recovery, the IGP noted that  eight hundred and thirty-four (834) arms, including two (2) – rocket launchers, nineteen thousand and nine (19,009) live ammunition were recovered with Oyo State recording the highest number of nine thousand, five hundred ( 9,500) live ammunition. The IGP stated that the Police are rejigging their strategies to ensure … Read More...