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NGO urges holistic approach to check menace of drugs among youths

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Vanguard Against Drug Abuse (VGADA), an NGO, has called for a holistic approach in tackling the abuse of prohibited substances among Nigerian women and youth in the country.

Speaking in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja, the Founder of the organisation, Dr Hope Abraham, said the menace must be tamed.

NAN reports that the youths had dropped the abuse of Benylin with codeine for a popular blood tonic.

Abraham advocated a more robust response with emphasis on prevention from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other relevant law enforcement agencies.

He added that NGOs working in line with their mandates were vital assets in this regard, calling on the authorities to enter into partnership with them.

He expressed concerns over the menace and urged members of the public to assist the force with information through its various social media and community-based report channels.

“The government needs to step into this matter as it is becoming alarming and if care is not taken, the future of our youths will be jeopardised.

“NDLEA cannot effectively contain the scourge. They also need to be funded to carry out their activities effectively,” he said.

According to Abraham, for many addicts, drug abuse starts like a joke arising from peer group pressure.

He said that the group would continue to campaign against the menace of drug to ensure everyone was well informed and educated.

“We have organised a variety of social events to create awareness and find lasting solutions to drug abuse which include; road shows, symposium, conferences, workshops, as well as road walks.

“More campaigns would be organised to address this issue and we would not relent until everyone is well informed about the dangers of drug abuse,’’ he noted.

NAN reports that research by the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) showed that out of 14 million people abusing drugs in Nigeria, there was a woman in every four.

Abraham said that cannabis was the most prevalent substance abused in Nigeria, adding that more than half of the women abusing drugs use opioids which were painkillers.

He said that the organisation was in partnership with hospitals and primary health care centres to help women on drugs who were either pregnant or nursing mothers.

“Since treatment is long and expensive, parents have to be on the alert to stop them from acquiring the habit.

“They should imbue their children with sense of confidence; they do not have to belong by depending on substances,” he said.

The NGO boss however said that the government needed to establish functional rehabilitation centres to cater for those who were addicted.

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NSCDC promotes 74 officers in Ondo

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ondo State decorated no fewer than 74 newly-promoted officers with new ranks on Friday in Akure.

Performing the decoration ceremony, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, State Commandant, NSCDC, said that the promotion was a yearly exercise to motivate and encourage the staff for better service delivery.

She stressed that the promotion would enable the officers to surmount security challenges in the country.

“For those who are not promoted now, it is not that they are not qualified but sometime, promotion is subject to availability of vacancies.

“You should not be discouraged or deterred but I want you to be rest assured that you will definitely get promoted soon.

“Another examination is coming up soon. Everybody cannot get promotion at the same time,” she said.

The commandant, therefore, urged the newly-promoted officers to see their promotion as higher responsibility and to be more diligent in their services to the nation.

“To the newly-promoted, the elevation is a call to higher responsibility. It is often said that the reward for hard work is more work.

“There is no better way to appreciate the Commandant-General than to be more diligent in your work,’’ the commandant said.

Two of the newly-promoted officers, Chief Superintendent of Corps Samuel Oladapo and Principal Inspector of Corps Okunoye Olutoye, appreciated the Commandant-General for counting them worthy to be among the promoted officers.

The duo appealed to their colleagues who did not get promoted to exercise patience and be more focused and dedicated to duty, saying their time would soon come.

 

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Police recover bus snatched from nuns, parade 130 suspects in C/River

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The Cross River Police Command has recovered the Toyota Hiace Bus belonging to nuns of the Nativity Convent, snatched at gun point in Benue state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Austin Agbonlahor, made this known while briefing newsmen on Friday in Calabar on the successes recorded by the command from March till date.

Agbolanhor said that 130 suspects have been arrested in connection with various crimes including murder, kidnapping, militancy, armed robbery among others from March till date.

He said that the branded Toyota Hiace bus marked APP 786 AS Lagos, belonging to the Catholic nuns in Okwunga-Ugbokolo village in Benue, was snatched at gun point.

“Following a report that some Rev. Sisters of Nativity Convent Okwunga-Ugbokolo were attacked by armed robbers and their branded Toyota Hiace Bus was stolen, the police started investigations.

“Operation Puff Adder Team swiftly swung into action and carried out thorough stop and search and they were able to detect and arrested two suspects.

“They thought by cleaning the inscription from the bus our men will not be able to get them but we are thorough and meticulous in discharging our duties.

“The suspects have both confessed to the crime and will be charged to court soon,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the command also arrested 128 other suspects and recovered 21 firearms, 27 ammunitions, eight vehicles as well as N67,000.

Agbonlahor further said that the command was committed to collaborating with all law abiding citizens and other sister agencies in policing and maintenance of law and order in the state.

He appealed to residents in the state to partner with the police for a peaceful and safer Cross River.

According and CP, the command had zero tolerance for any form of criminality and break down of law and order in the state.

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Police in Enugu investigate death of woman in a farm

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The Enugu State Police Command has directed for a full scale investigation into the alleged murder of a woman in her farm in Emene community near Enugu.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Sulaiman Balarabe, gave the directive in a statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu in Enugu on Friday.

The commissioner said that a thorough investigation would establish what actually happened and persons involved as well as their motives among others.

“The Command is advising members of the public to continue to be law abiding and avoid anything that will truncate the existing peace and security in the state.

“Security operatives will leave no stone unturned towards unmasking those behind the dastardly act,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the corpse of the deceased woman had been deposited at the hospital mortuary of the Annunciation Hospital, Emena for autopsy.

It would be recalled that the mutilated corpse of Mrs Pat Ngwu, from Nchatancha axis of Emene community, was on Thursday found by a stream.

She went missing the previous day in her farm, which was her last known destination.

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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Dickson reiterates commitment to security, welfare of corps members in Bayelsa

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Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has reiterated his commitment to the security and welfare of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the state.

The Governor, represented by Mr Anthony Ikhobo, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, however charged the Corps Members on the need for nation building.

He described the NYSC scheme as veritable symbol of ‘unity’ for the country.

““I want to make it clearer again that my government is highly committed to your (Corps Members) security and welfare.

“I have appointed a Senior Special Assistant on NYSC Matters to oversees all your activities in the state.

“We will continue to support the management of the scheme in the state to achieve the objectives of the NYSC.” the Governor stated.

In her welcome address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Ojugo Iyowuna, thanked the Governor, government and the people of Bayelsa for the huge support to the Corps.

Iyowuna urged the Corps Members to fully participate in all the orientation activities carefully packaged to prepare them for the ideals of leadership.

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