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El-Rufai Advocates Drastic Measures To Tackle Rape

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that drastic action was needed to tackle rape, including vigorous law enforcement to prosecute rapists in the country.

El-Rufai made this known at a virtual meeting organised by the Movement Against Rape and Sexual Violence (MARS-V).

The governor said that the state had provided a law that provided life imprisonment for anyone convicted of the rape of a minor and 21 years for rape of an adult.

El-Rufai said it was important for parents to teach their male children, the importance of respecting women from childhood.

The governor noted that the fear of stigmatisation, breakdown of the judicial system and lack of detailed investigation were some of the factors hindering the prosecution of cases of rape and gender based violence.

He called for the training of victims and law enforcement officers on the preservation of evidence for successful prosecution of rape cases.

According to him, there was also a seeming conspiracy of silence by traditional and religious leaders, “where society as a whole insists on covering up cases of rape.”

“One of the primary challenges faced in the fight against gender based violence is the breakdown in the judicial process, which results in delay in justice being served and it could also be as a result of corruption, personal beliefs and laxity of some judges,” he added.

“Most of those charged with the investigation of Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) are not well trained, and can be easily compromised through corruption,’’ but incompetence was however, the primary problem.’’

The governor advised that ‘’victims should also be sensitised on the importance of keeping evidence, to ensure that perpetrators of such heinous acts are brought to justice.’’

According to him, though rape is a criminal offence that needs to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, there is often “no preservation of evidence after rape, either by the victims or by officials put in charge of investigating such cases.’’

El-Rufai said that Kaduna State has put measures in place to fight against rape and GBV, having domesticated the Child Rights Act in February 2018.

‘’Under the state’s Child Welfare and Protection Law, girls are not allowed to get married until they complete their secondary school education, which in essence means marriages can’t happen until the age of 18,‘’ he disclosed.

El-Rufai said that the state had also passed the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which will help to speed up the trial of criminal matters, adding that it also established four sexual assault referral centres for medical and psychological counselling.

The wife of the governor, Hajiya Ummi El-Rufai, who was one of the panellists, called for ‘’ harsher and more extreme laws against rape.”

Ummi argued that the present laws are not even being implemented and that there was a need for more stringent ones to serve as deterrent to would-be rapists.

While noting that rapists are becoming more violent and brazen by the day, she asked “why don’t we have laws that are addressing these gender based violence issues?”

The wife of the governor emphasised the need for parents to always speak up when their children are raped and not cover up the problem.

She called for a joint effort between government agencies and Non Governmental Organisations to speak out with one strong voice in condemning rape and other GBV.

In her remarks, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, explained that the rape epidemic has existed for a long time in Nigeria, adding that women and girls have always been disproportionally affected by GBV.

The minister who said that for every one rape case that is reported, about 10 other cases go unreported, underscored the need to eliminate vices that violated the fundamental rights of women and girls.

Tallen also stressed the importance of credible and verifiable database to aid the more efficient ways of carrying out decisions on GBV.

She also called for collaboration between governmental agencies such as NAPTIP and NGOs in tacking rape cases and other GBV.

The minister who campaigned for girl-child education, also advocated for the provision of one million sanitary pads for them, including more shelters for gender based violence victims.

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Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki Gets Double Honour Awards

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Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki the Member representing Yola north state constituency in Adamawa state house of Assembly Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki has been Honoured with Double award By G4 Media International

Alhaji Musa Yaro Speaking through Mr. Emmanuel Stephen the Leader of G4 media international and The official partner of the institute of criminal justice and criminology administration, the first criminal reform institute in Sub – Sahara Africa .

He described the nomination of Hon. Hamidu Sajo as a reward for services and national impact.

Alhaji Musa Yaro the Market chief of Jimeta ultra modern market in Yola north local government, describes the performance of Hon Sajo as equal to none as a member representing Yola north.

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Alhaji Musa Yaro said the nomination came as double Honour and additional value to a man of excellence and good representative of the good people of Yola north in the state Assembly.

He Said the Honour which has recognized the Best Legislator and voice of the Masses and coming from G4 media international and also followed by the Institute of Criminal justice and criminology administration.

“The double honour is given to an active performer of our today’s Democratic action member in the House who deserved this award at this moment of our political differences”,

Presenting the letter in Yola the Chairman G4 media international Emmanuel Stephen described Hon. Soja as a man worth and fits for the Double Award.

The Students , youths and good people of Yola north described Hon. Soja Lekki as a man with the love of his people.

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Army Arrests Bandits, Recovers Arms, Frees Kidnapped Victims in Zamfara, Katsina

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Suspected bandits and other criminals specialized in killing and kidnapping Nigerians have been arrested by troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity, a component of the Nigerian Army operating in the North-West zone.

This was revealed by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onywuko, in a statement on Friday.

SUSPECTED BANDIT BELLO IBRAHIM ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A PUMP ACTION RIFLE  AND 3 LIVE CATRIDGES AT DANSADAU ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT BELLO IBRAHIM ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A PUMP ACTION RIFLE AND 3 LIVE CATRIDGES AT DANSADAU ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2020

The statement said the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have stepped up their quest to rout remnants of bandits and other criminal elements in the North West zone of the country.

It says the gallant troops have relentlessly redoubled their efforts in this regard recording more successes against the bandits and their collaborators across the Theatre.

“On 12 September 2020, troops deployed at Dandume while on patrol rescued 2 young girls kidnapped by bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State. The girls were rescued after a hot pursuit by the troops which forced the bandits to abandon their victims escaping troops’ wrath by the skin of their teeth. The victims who were reportedly kidnapped on 18 August 2020 have been reunited with their families”.

MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG KAYAWA AXIS ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG KAYAWA AXIS ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

According to the statement, on 13 September 2020, following credible information, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Wuya recovered one AK-47 Rifle buried in a surgacane farm at Yarsabiya village in Anka LGA of Zamfara State. This prompted further search of the general area in anticipation of more similar recoveries. Relatedly, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru responded to a distress call and foiled a planned armed bandits attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State. The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the marauding bandits in a shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray and in the process abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the gallant troops.

Similarly, on 16 September 2020, troops deployed at Magami acting on a tip off arrested one Mr Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint. The suspect was identified by troops to be a member of a notorious bandit gang that recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. Additionally, troops at Dangulbi also acting on credible intelligence arrested a suspected bandit named Basharu in a green tinted Golf III wagon car. Suspect have been on wanted list of bandits terrorizing locals in the general area.

SUSPECTED BANDITS COLLABORATOR IDRIS ISAH ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YANKARA ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDITS COLLABORATOR IDRIS ISAH ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YANKARA ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Furthermore, on 16 September 2020, troops on routine patrol encountered armed bandits at Baga Buzu in Zamfara State. The cowardly criminals engaged the troops from afar, but the troops responded with superior fire power forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the nearby forest with gunshot injuries as traces of blood were seen on their escape route. Nevertheless, during exploitation, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, 2 motorcycles, and one empty AK 47 Rifle magazine abandoned by the escaping criminals. Similarly, troops on fighting patrol encountered and pursued unconfirmed number of bandits on motorcycles at Kaiga Malamai. During the incident, the bandits abandoned 3 motorcycles and fled into the bushes.

The Army General said on 16 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops location. The suspect claimed to be a native of Sabon Layi village in Faskari LGA, but investigation revealed that his claims were false as the villagers denied knowing him. Similarly, following credible information, troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, who is reported to be engaged in illicit activities with bandits.

SUSPECTED BANDITS INFORMANT ISA INDO ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDITS INFORMANT ISA INDO ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Additionally, on 17 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari responding to a distress call rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area. This was as a result of actionable information that bandits dressed in military camouflage uniforms were sighted with kidnapped victims, the troops responded quickly and made contact with the bandits forcing them to abandon the victims as they fled into the bushes. In the same vain, troops while on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly responded to a distress call and rescued a Canter truck driver, 11 women and children who were on their way to Batsari Market but were blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi road. Also on 17 September 2020 troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim on a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village in Dansadau, Maru LGA of Zamfara state with one Pump Action rifle and 3 live cartridges carefully concealed in a bag. All arrested suspects are in custody understanding preliminary investigation and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authorities for further action.

SUSPECTED BANDIT BASHARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT DANGULBI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT BASHARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT DANGULBI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Consequently, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their continuous successes and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until Northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements. While the good people of the Northwest are once again assured of troops commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone, they are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations.

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G4 Media International Confers On Hon. Jingi Rufai Award For Excellent Leadership

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The Executive Chairman Mubi South Local Government area ,Hon. Jingi Rufai has just be awarded with the Nobel G4 Media International Award for Excellent Leadership , Peace And Human Development.

Presentation by Emmanuel Stephen on behalf of G4 Media International

Presentation by Emmanuel Stephen on behalf of G4 Media International

Hon. Rufai who spoke through his Council Secretary in a media Chat said he remains committed to peace,security and agricultural development in Southern Mubi.

He also explained that during his time he has been able to facilitate construction of two international Bridge and road linking Nigeria to Cameroon.

He also said his initiative to establish Local Hunters and vigilante has help to counter insecurity in the area.

 

Group picture with G4 Meida and Members of Mubi South Council

Group picture with G4 Meida and Members of Mubi South Council

About agriculture Hon. Rufai stressed that over 70million was spent on the purchase of Irish potatoes which today is currently yielding its harvest but called on more investors to help expand the vision

Mr Emmanuel Stephen Who represented G4 Media International Noted that despite issues on ground and the wrong mis-representation of southern Mubi the chairman has been able to achieve a lot in the few months of his chairmanship , he said indeed this is a proof of good governance by the chairman.

Emmanuel thanked the chairman for his true representation of the people and ask other chairmen to emulate him,saying the award is a result of diligence and good work.

Amongst the many Achievement of the chairman also include Sinking of 10 Boarwholes each across the 10 council wards of the Mubi south Local government area,

In Education the chairman is embarking on Scholarship scheme for indigene of the local government in Tertiary institution of Adamawa state which includes, Adamawa state University, Federal Polytechnic, College of Health Technology, College of Legal studies, National Teachers institute (NTI) and National open University among others,

In a good will message to the chairman,The Village Head, Alhaji Haruna Ahmed in his remarks , Said the Chairman is the First Best Chairman ever produce for the people of the Council, he urges the people to continue to support his administrations to enable him deliver the dividend of Democracy to the people.

Also Council vice chairman Hon. Samuel Iliasu in his speech also said his Boss is Focused, committed and ready to serve the good people of Mubi south Local government, and pray for God protection and Divine direction on him as he pilots the affairs of the Local government.

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