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FCT Police laud RoLAC over training on investigation



The FCT Police Command on Friday lauded the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) training of its officers on investigation of criminal suspects.

The command called for a replication of such training across formations in the country.

Nigeria News Agency reports that RoLAC organised three days training on Investigation and Sensitisation on Rule of Law for officers within the FCT.

RoLAC programme is funded by the EU and managed by the British Council.

reports that 119 officers from across the FCT police command participated in the training on Wednesday, while another batch of 44 participated on Thursday and Friday.

Mr Peter Omenka, Programme Officer, RoLAC said the training was aimed at acquainting the police with modern practice of recording statement of suspects on video.

Omenka said that it was to enable the FCT police have the knowledge of tendering evidence in court as exhibit during trial through interview, interrogation of suspects and recording of their statement.

This is according to the provision under the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015.

Sgt. Dolly Iyare of Bwari Division, FCT, said that the training was interesting and educative, while commending the organisers, she called for a replication across police formations.

“If this kind of training can be coming once in a while, it will create a forum where the problems we are experiencing on the job while carrying out investigative duty with the public are made known and solution proffered.

“This kind of training will afford the Nigeria Police to measure up with their counterparts in other countries,” she said.

Iyare said that such training would provide an opportunity to know what to do at a particular time in this present age of prosecuting cases.

“In a situation whereby a particular case is going on, you as a police officer in the Nigerian setting is always intimidated either by your superior or by the citizens you are serving.’’

She said that the intimidation would follow as a way of trying to exonerate their person involved in a case and as way of trying to pervert the course of justice; they try to intimidate the investigator.

“You know when these kinds of things are going on, you will know what to do at a particular time because we share experience.’’

Sgt. Kumode Ozovehe from Dutse Alhaji, Division said that officers on investigation were usually faced with a lot of challenges in carrying out their duties and in compliance with the principle of investigation.

He said that the Nigeria Police were putting more efforts at ensuring that investigations were successful.

“In some stations where we do not have video and information gadget to ensure the effectiveness of the job, we are often faced with difficulties.’’

He said that IGP, Mr Muhammed Adamu was doing his best to ensure that certain equipment were provided for the police to aid investigation.

Sgt. Asekun Samsudeen from Lugbe Division said the training would impact on his job as a detective, adding that he had garnered more knowledge about investigation.

Samsudeen said he now possessed the requisite technical know-how to do his investigation, adding that such training must be replicated across the country to aid effectiveness of Nigeria police.

Edited By Adeboye Ajayi/Grace Yussuf


COVID-19: Lagos, FCT, Kano, account for 64.2% of total cases, Nigeria records 11,166



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said that Lagos, FCT and Kano state accounted for  64.2per cent of the total number of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recorded in the country, 

The NCDC, on its website, said as at June 3, it recorded 348 new cases bringing the total total number of infection in Nigeria now at 11,166.

The NCDC noted that Lagos recorded  5,440FCT 763, while Kano state  recorded 970, which amounted to 11,166, making the two states plus the FCT to account for 64.2 per cent of the total number of infection in the country.

According to the agency, 33 states accounts for 36 per cent of the total infection in the country.

The NCDC said that the new cases take the country’s total infections cases to 11166, out of which 3,329 have been treated and discharged with 7,522 active cases in the country.

According to the health agency’s report, 163 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 76 in the FCT and 23 in Ebonyi.

Other affected states were Rivers with 21 cases, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger with eight each, Enugu with six, five each in Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe, four in Benue, two in Ogun, and one each in Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra.

The NCDC noted that 75 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have unknown sources of infection.

It said that this was normal for a respiratory virus and suggested ongoing community transmission in the country.

NAN reports that the health agency has said that for families with loved ones abroad or in another state, who have passed on due to complications from COVID-19, transporting the remains is a tough process.

The NCDC has developed a guide to ensure efficient transportation in compliance with regulations.

The interim guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19.

The virus is spreading through contact with contaminated respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or from contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

It said that Funeral directors and mortuary personnel were less likely to contract COVID-19 from deceased persons infected with the virus if they adopt appropriate infection control procedures and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The health agency said precautionary strategies should be used to minimise public health risks and to prevent further spread of the disease.

“Contact and droplet infection control precautions should be used when handling deceased bodies confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Wear appropriate PPE at all times without contaminating environmental surfaces,” it added.

The NCDC noted that for transport and storage, the body must be placed and secured in a bag or wrapping in a manner that prevents leakage; double bagging may be required to achieve this.

“The body bag should be labelled COVID-19 – Handle with care. Avoid unnecessary manipulation of the body that may expel air or fluid from the lungs.

“Embalming of a body confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 is not recommended,” it said.

It noted that family viewing of the deceased may occur; however, family members should avoid any contact with the body.

The agency stressed the need to maintain the recommended social distance from families and friends of the deceased.


Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Security: FCT begins implementation of state community policing



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has kicked off the implementation of the State Community Policing initiative aimed at reducing crime in communities and deepen trust between the public and law enforcement agencies.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja.

Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes.

He expressed optimism that with the Presidential approval granted for community oriented policing across the nation, Nigeria will begin to witness reduction in crime rate.

Bello, therefore, enjoined members of the committee to take the assignment very seriously and give it the utmost attention it deserved.

He also urged them to be nonpartisan in all their decisions and recommendations as well as be guided by the principles of natural justice and laws of the land.

He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers.

“Once there is a trust deficit in any guise or form, the workability of this policy becomes highly diminished and we will have lost a great opportunity in improving the security profile of the territory.

“It is necessary that selection into the Special Constabulary is fair and just with proper screening.

“Those selected should also be provided with basic training needed for the job. There should also be a robust feedback and monitoring mechanism for the performance of those appointed to carry out tasks within the communities.

“There should also be confidentiality of investigation and protection of informants,” Bello said.

Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities.

Ciroma noted that the committee could only deliver on its mandate if FCT residents embrace community policing and provide the necessary support for its success.

On his part, Sen. Philip Aduda, representing FCT, pledged to support full implementation of the initiative across the territory to enhance the security of lives and property.

The lawmaker commended the Inspector General of Police for reviving the community policing system aimed at improving national security.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee included, heads of various government security organisations in FCT and respected political, religious, traditional and community leaders.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Sanitation: FCTA issues 7 days ultimatum to illegal mechanics



after the expiration of the ultimatum.

He said the FCTA would reclaim all the spots from Apo round-about to the popular junction known as Apo NEPA junction.

Similarly, Attah said the second phase of the aggressive sanitation would begin from the NEPA junction to APO mechanic village, where illegal businesses had taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.

“This stakeholders meeting is to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridors, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).

“The minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja master plan.

“We have given the affected people seven days ultimatum, because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise.

“The minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all ongoing projects there as a legacy he will leave behind for residents of the nation’s capital,” he said.

The Director AEPB, Mr Baba Lawan, disclosed that the minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise.

Lawan warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the task force would move to the area, and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the administration.

He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and every other thing left on the road corridors would be removed and seized.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: South African-based firm donates palliatives to vulnerable in FCTA



A South African Real Estate Investment Company based in Nigeria, Novare, has donated palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to help vulnerable communities cushion the effect of COVID-19.

Head of Legal of the company, Mr Chineme Onuoma, while presenting the items on Monday in Abuja, assured that the company would continue to support the FCT and Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the items donated included 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of indomie noddle, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil and 75 cartons of tomato paste .

He commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the pandemic in the territory.

Onuoma revealed that aside the provisions of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare had approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020 with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants.

“Particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the Federal Government.

“Each of Novare’s mall accommodates over 60 tenants, having Shoprite and Game as its anchor tenant, with over 600 direct employees and well over 2, 000 indirect employees in each mall, including suppliers of the different goods and products sold by the tenants at the mall.

“To ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, starting from those closest to it, Novare, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has so far approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020.

“The rent-free concession granted to tenants have helped to keep their various businesses afloat, thus alleviating the financial burden on these tenants.

“This financial assistance enables the tenants to channel the income they generate to payment of staff salaries and sustaining their respective supply chains.

“This effectively reduces unemployment, which would have been the consequence if tenants were unable to survive this period,” Onuoma said.

He also stated that the firm had expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.

Receiving the items, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.

Represented by Prof. Muhammad Usman, her senior Special Assistant on Administration, Aliyu also appreciated the company for putting measures in place to ensure job sustainability.

The minister, who stressed the need for collaboration in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, assured that the items would be distributed to underserved communities.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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Police arrest man for allegedly defiling daughter in FCT



The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in Lugbe area of Abuja.

The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, disclosed on Friday this at a media briefing in Abuja.

Ciroma said the suspect was mentally stable and had confessed to having carnal knowledge of his daughter on several occasions.

He said that another suspect was also arrested for luring and forcefully having carnal knowledge of a six-year-old boy.

He said the suspect told the police that he committed the unnatural act with the minor while they were swimming at a river in Mpape.

The Commissioner of Police said operatives from the command, investigating a case of child trafficking on May 24, arrested a suspect for bribing police detectives with N200,000.

He said the suspect offered the money to the investigators to truncate the ongoing investigation.

According to him, instead of yielding to the antics, the police officers acted professionally, collected the money and registered it as exhibit.

“Meanwhile, investigation into a tip off that a woman, now at large is running a baby factory is in progress. Some collaborators of the fugitive suspect have been arrested, and are helping with investigation,” he added.

Ciroma also said that five suspects had been arrested in connection to the death of one Mohammed Danjuma, whose remains were recovered around Gwagwa-Kagini axis of Abuja, on March 16.

He said preliminary findings revealed that the deceased boarded the syndicates’ cab as a passenger from Berger to Tipper Garage, Katampe.

“The findings indicated that he was diverted by his assailants to an unknown destination where he was attacked with wheel spanner.

“The deceased was also robbed of his valuables, including his ATM card which was subsequently used by the gang to withdraw money from his bank account,” he said.

He said the suspects were members of a notorious armed robbery syndicates that pose as cab operators to rob their victims.

Chiroma said exhibits recovered from the suspects were golden coloured Mazda 626 car with registration number, KWL-132 CN and Mazda 323 with registration number, CF 123-KSF.

Ciroma said operatives from the command, acting on intelligence, also led operations that arrested 12 suspects in connection to kidnapping activities around Bwari, Abaji and Kwali axis of Abuja.

He said the operatives dismantled some hideouts used by kidnapping syndicates in the areas.

He said items recovered from the suspects were 17 rounds of live ammunition, four dane guns, one locally made pistol and four mobile phones.

Other recovered item are two military camouflage uniform and caps, one motorcycle, five voter’s cards and two sim-packs and cards.

Ciroma said the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19: Foundation partners FCTA to curtail spread



Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has sought the partnership of the Federal Capital Territorial Administration (FCTA) to join in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Hajia Amina Abdulrahman, the Director of Planning and Research for the foundation made the request during the donation of 1,500 pieces of facemasks to the administration on Friday in Abuja.

Abdulrahman said that the 19 northern states of the federation had so far benefited from the philanthropic gesture the foundation was rendering to Nigerians to put a smile on their faces.

“Our board of directors and advisory council deemed it fit that we should contribute to the fight against this pandemic in the 19 northern states and the FCT; this is to augment what they have done by adding our own.

“This is what informed our mission to partner the FCTA in the fight against this virus through this contribution in our own little way,” she said.

According to her, when the time is right, the foundation will think of other ways to help the economy and help people get back in terms of recovering by levering on what the foundation does most.

Receiving the items, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Mohammed Kawu appreciated the donation.

According to Kawu, government alone at all levels cannot fight against the struggle to curtail the fight on COVID-19 without the tangible contributions from well-meaning Nigerians.

Kawu said that the donation of the facemasks would go a long way to curtail the spread of the virus, adding that the donation would be put to meaningful use by the secretariat.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Interstate Lockdown: FCTA arrests 74 violators, impounds 3 buses



The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has arrested 74 persons travelling through the city to other parts of the country.

The Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen on Friday in Abuja.

Attah also revealed that the team had earlier arrested a bus driver, James Adegbe while travelling from Kaduna to Kogi state.

“Among those arrested are 17 passengers who were travelling on a Trailer from Warri in Delta state to Zaria in Kaduna state.

“Nine passengers in a Hyundai Bus going from Gwagwalada to Katsina, and a Trailer going from Aba to Kano state with six passengers were also arrested.

Also, a Hummer bus with 18 passengers from Warri to Zaria and another Hummer bus with 10 passengers from gwagwalada to Ibadan,” Attah said.

He said that the team had also impounded three buses, adding that Presiding Magistrate at the Mobile Court in Zuba, Ebiwari Damini, convicted both the drivers and the passengers.

Attah said that the magistrate also punished a driver who had been previously convicted for violating the rules.

According to him, the Magistrate ruled that two other buses be impounded in the FCT until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“The driver was arrested, arraigned, fined and returned to Kaduna state. He turned back that same night and still found his way to Kogi state.

“Today again he was arrested travelling with a bus-load of passengers from Lokoja to Kaduna. The Magistrate fined him N10, 000 which is double of his previous fine.

“He also ruled that his vehicle be impounded at the Abuja Environment Protection Board Enforcement Head office at Area 3, Garki”, Attah explained.

According to him, those apprehended were travelling in two trucks and seven other buses.

Attah said that the FCT Administration was working closely with the security agencies to ensure sustainability of the interstate travel ban as placed by the President and Commander in Chief.

He said that the administration was worried that the number of interstate travelers attempting to enter or pass through the FCT seems to be on the increase daily.”

He therefore called on state governments to tighten their own end by ensuring interstate travellers are not allowed to move with ease.

“Sadly, some of those arrested here do not seem to understand why we are arresting them. This, I believe is because they now see it as normal because of where they are coming from.

“This is a Presidential Order and we must obey it to the letter until the ban is lifted,” Attah said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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2020 Menstrual Hygiene Day: Group distributes free sanitary kits in FCT community



An NGO, Development Aid for Children, Women and Youth Initiative (DEVAID), on Thursday distributed sanitary packs and products to young adolescent girls in Kabusa community in the FCT.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gesture by the NGO is to mark the 2020 World Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated globally every May 28 to create more awareness on the importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

The theme of the 2020 celebration is: “It’s Time for Action Now’’.

Distributing the items, Acting Executive Director, DEVAID, Mrs Ngozi Izuora-Songu said the gesture was in partnership with the Youth Training Hub-Africa, Development Centre for Orientation, Discovery and Empowerment (DeCODE) and AWA Initaitive.

She said that the objective was to improve health and wellbeing through a well-managed menstrual hygiene.

Izuora-Songu, a development expert said the organisations also launched the “Pad a Girl’’ campaign in some communities in the FCT, Anambra and Cross River states aimed at ensuring that at least 10,000 girls were empowered on MHM information and production of menstrual sanitary kits.

“The campaign will focus on community awareness creation and mobilisation targeting behavioural and attitudinal changes, advocacy for improved reproductive health care for girls and women and service delivery,’’ she said.

She decried poor access to menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary pad, private toilets, hand washing facilities.

The expert also decried poor access to menstrual hygiene education, especially for low income earners, saying the situation was affecting them adversely.

According to her, supply of free sanitary pads for women and girls as well as provision and maintenance of toilets in schools, markets and other public places will aide in resolving challenges women and girls face during menstruation.

“We are advocating reusable pads, however, we are also going to give them disposable pads because part of our plan is to train them on how to produce reusable pads, which will empower them, sell it, and help them economically because we found out that one of the issues surrounding menstruation is period poverty.

“Clarion call across the world for partners to join hands and ensure that every girl within the menstrual age is not deprived of sanitary kits, have access to pad, menstrual hygiene information,’’ she said.

The Secretary, Kabusa Chief Palace, Mr Ezekiel Bitrus, expressed appreciation to the group for choosing the community to launch the “Pad a Girl Campaign and distribution of menstrual hygiene products to women and girls in the area.

Bitrus said the gesture would not only provide the beneficiaries with sanitary kits but would empower them on menstrual hygiene education and how to produce reusable menstrual kits for sale.

A beneficiary, Miss Princess Nwadukwe, said that the effort would reduce reliance on her parents for provision of menstrual sanitary kits monthly.

Another beneficiary, Miss Josephine Musa appealed to the government and organisations to look at ways to ensure distribution of free sanitary pads for young girls and women as it was a monthly necessity for them.

Dr Chioma Ibong, a medical expert and Resource Person for DEVAID, stressed the need for menstrual kits and hygiene products for women and girls to be donated freely or at a very subsidised rate.

She said that it was important to make sanitary products readily available for girls and women, especially for the less privileged persons in the society.

The expert also encouraged women to discuss menstrual hygiene with their daughters as well as seek immediate medical intervention when they noticed any challenges that might affect their fertility in the future. 

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Grace Yussuf (NAN)



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COVID-19: Cadbury, PWC donate palliatives items to FCTA



Cadbury Nigeria PLC and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), on Thursday donated assorted palliative items to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) food bank to help the vulnerable people during the current lockdown.

Mr Ladi Sonuga, the Territorial Commercial Manager, North West, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, presented the items to the FCT Administration in Abuja, as part of measures to curb the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the items donated by Cadbury Nigeria Plc include 500 cartons of Bournvita beverage, while PWC donated 600 bags of 10kg rice, 300 cartons of indoomie and 42 cartons of vegetable oil.

Sonuga described the battle against COVID-19 pandemic as a challenging period for all Nigerians and commended the steps taken by the administration to curtail its spread in the territory.

She stressed the need for a concerted efforts to sustain the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Sonuga revealed that the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, had severely hampered operational efficiency of most companies.

“As a stakeholder in the Nigerian economy, we are deeply concerned about the implications of COVID-19, and its destruction; it is affecting lives, livelihoods and businesses.

“The lockdown implemented by almost all the states in the country, as well as specific lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, has severely hampered operational efficiency,” he said.

For his part, the spokesman of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mr Tolu Adeleke, also thanked government at all levels in the battle against the pandemic, stressing that PWC had supported government efforts at different strata.

Adeleke called on the authorities of the FCT administration to judiciously distribute the items to underserved communities in the territory.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the efforts of two firms in cushioning the effect of stay-at-home order.

Represented by the Director of Human Resource Management of FCTA, Malam Mohammed Bashir, Aliyu stressed that all hands must be on deck in the battle against the dreaded disease.

The minister noted that the items would in no small measure assist the administration to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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