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CSOs to youths: Embrace mentorship, acquire skills for self development



Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) have  called on youths to embrace mentorship, learning and acquire skills for self development .

The CSOs made the call at an event to commemorate the International Youth Day 2022 with the theme: “Inter-generational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by Africado Foundation working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Country Director, Plan International, Mr Usie Emmamuzou, said  that youths needed to follow the ladder of growth and development to achieve sustainability for their lives.

“There is a time when you need to learn and undergo tutelage and coaching.

”In the political space, the young ones are too fixated on the presidency whereas there is a lot going on at the state and local government levels.

“The kind of Nigeria we want won’t be instigated only from the presidency.

”Many of us live in the states that do not even get their acts right.”

Emmamuzou stated that more young people are needed in state houses of assembly, as well as councilors and local governments chairmen.

”That is how you take hold of a state and have a decent policy and overtime you now begin to aspire for presidency.”

“Some of the politicians we see today who are aspiring for presidency next year, have had this ambition for the last 25 years consistently.

”But, young people would want to have an ambition today and actualise it next year,” he said.

Emmamuzou maintained that young persons in the country were too fixated on the office of the president and usually want instant gratification without proper planning.

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He said, ”older persons would continue to lead the nation after President Muhammadu Buhari, except youths change their attitude towards governance.

”Nigeria is bigger than one person and so citizens should not depend on the dictates of a president alone to change the country.”

He said that one of the challenges with the Not-Too-Young-To-Run movement was the fact that youths do not aspire for counselor and local government chairman positions, ”but want to be president straight away.

” It does not work like that, it takes planning and timing and it’s all a gradual process.

“The young ones are usually short sighted with plans and want immediate gratification and it doesn’t always work like that.

“Though, it may work for some people in the short term, but if you study any successful organisation or individual, you will find out that none of them had shortened the process.

“If you look at rich and prosperous countries, you will know that they went through a process and a phase that many young people in my opinion do not want to pay that price, “he said.

Emmamuzou, therefore, called on youths to be intentional in the area of politics and governance by joining political parties.

Mr Richardson Ojeka, Founder, Africado Foundation urged citizens to build integrity and look out for candidates with good qualities to adopt and vote so as to get credible leaders in 2023 elections.

Ojeka said that youths have vital roles to play in the 2023 General Elections, ”so they should unite with one voice and vote for someone with vision.”

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He also encouraged youths not to vote along party lines,”but for candidates with influence and capabilities to deliver the dividends of democracy.

“You need to have someone who also has influence. We need to vote for people who can go into communities in the interests of young people.

“That is the way I think youths need to vote. Not for party, but the candidates, regardless of any party, the deciding factor for youths should be competence.”

Ojeka further said that the mission of Africado Foundation was to end unemployment in Nigeria using technology.

He said, ”this is because most of the major challenges facing the country like; insecurity, banditry, cyber-crimes and others, were due to unemployment.”

He said that there was need to solve the problems using technology by making it available and reachable to all.

”The under-served, and the underprivileged among others should be reached to serve as tools for national transformation,” he urged.  (NAN)

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Eid-el-Maulud: Gov. Mbah calls for religious harmony, patriotism, support for gov’t



Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has called on Nigerians to learn to coexist peacefully regardless of their religious beliefs, adding that doing so would promote peace and accelerate the country’s development.

In an Eid-el-Maulud message issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Dan Nwomeh, Governor Mbah expressed his congratulations to the Muslim community in the state, Nigeria, and throughout the world as they celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Mbah urged the Muslim Ummah to always exhibit the same humility, empathy, and sympathy for the poor and needy as exhibited by Prophet Muhammad, and to not let the lessons of Eid-el-Mualud slip their minds.

He urged the populace to embrace the spirit of patriotism by assisting government initiatives both locally and nationally.

“As we celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, let me implore our people to take inspiration from his life and practise the virtues of peace, humility, selfless sacrifice, devotion, love of neighbours, and support for the government at all levels.

“In a time like this in the history of our nation, there is much we can learn from the Prophet’s life that will act as a catalyst for nation-building and national growth. We owe it to ourselves to always uphold the law.

“As a state, we will continue to defend our people and residents, guarantee that they live in a safe environment, and make the ultimate sacrifice of escorting whatever unlawful activity there may be out of the state. We are wasting no time in providing the necessary amenities for our people to enjoy decent standard of living, “he said.

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Murder of Oruku Traditional Ruler: Enugu court remands Police Inspector Dennis, Moses Nnamani



• In the dock: Police Inspector Daniel Dennis and Moses Nnamani at Enugu Magistrate Court on Tuesday
An Enugu State Magistrate Court sitting in Enugu North, on Tuesday, remanded 46-year-old Inspector Daniel Dennis and one Mr Moses Nnamani for allegedly killing Igwe Emmanuel Chidiebere Mbah, the traditional ruler of Oruku community in Nkanu East local government area of Enugu State.

The Advocate reports that the arraignment of the 46-year-old police officer and Nnamani, a 57-year-old native of Oruku, came 2 years and 8 months after the gruesome murder of the monarch, who was committed to the restoration of peace in Oruku, a hitherto peaceful community that had been devastated by endless communal feud.

Several lives and property worth millions of naira had been lost on account of the senseless conflict while the community has long been deserted by the natives.

It was learnt that the Nigeria Police Force on September 14, this year,  finally released the police Inspector who allegedly shot and killed the traditional ruler and one of his collaborators, who led the police team to the scene of the incident, for trial.

The younger brother of the late traditional ruler, Mr Ejike Mbah, had on Monday, September 11, 2023 petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, asking him to intervene and ensure the prosecution of the Police Inspector  and his collaborators.

The traditional ruler was allegedly shot and killed on December 26, 2020, by Inspector Dennis who was attached to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the police, while he was addressing an annual general meeting of his community.

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On Tuesday, the Enugu State Police Command arraigned the duo on two counts bordering on conspiracy and murder in a suit numbered CME/673c/2023

The presiding Magistrate, (Mrs) Ngozi Edeani, subsequently remanded the duo at the Enugu Maximum Correctional Custodial Centre after the charges were read to them because the court had no jurisdiction on the matter.

The two-count charge obtained by The Advocate reads: “That you Moses Nnamani ‘m’, Daniel Dennis ‘m’, others now in Correctional Centre, Enugu in Charge No. CME/100C/2022 and CME/158C/2022-C.O.P vs. Emmanuel Nwobodo and others now at large on the 26th day of December 2020 at about 1400hours at Oruku Community in Nkanu East Magisterial District holden in Enugu did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: Murder and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 494 of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.

“That you Moses Nnamani ‘m’, Daniel Dennis ‘m’, others now in Correctional Centre, Enugu in Charge No. CME/100C/2022 and CME/158C/2022- C.O.P vs. Emmanuel Nwobodo and others now at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magisterial District did unlawfully kill the Traditional Ruler of Oruku Community, HRH Igwe Emmanuel Chidiebere Mbah ‘m’ by shooting him with a gun which led to his death and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Vol. II, Revised Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.”

Meanwhile, the court adjourned to October 18, 2023, to get the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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The Charge sheet:

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How Gateman plotted kidnap of master’s mother in-law, Nanny, Baby in Enugu – Police



• Suspects paraded by Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday
• Twelve kidnap victims rescued
The police in Enugu on Tuesday revealed how one Kelechi Okwara aged 27, from Ohafia, Abia State, allegedly conspired with his brother serving as a gateman and kidnapped his master’s mother in-law, his nanny and little baby.
The incident occurred in Enugu last Saturday, September 23,2023, according to the State Police Commissioner, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu.
The gateman who is now at large was working in a house in Trans-Ekulu Enugu when they plotted the kidnap.
Kelechi and his gateman brother had taken the victims to an unknown destination, on 23/09/2023 at about 8pm, demanded and obtained a ransom of N3 million from the said master.
They were said to have used the proceed to buy a red coloured Toyota Corolla car, which was recovered upon his arrest last Sunday 24/09/2023 at about 6.30pm at Nokpa/Ezimma Nike boundary point, by Police Operatives in Abakpa and Trans-Ekulu Police Divisions, with assistance from Neighbourhood Watch Group.

Kelechi was among 92 suspected criminals arrested between August 16 and September 25 and paraded Tuesday by the Enugu State Police Command.

The suspects were arrested for cultism, robbery, murder, kidnapping and unlawful possession of firearms.

Items recovered from them included four AK 47 rifles, 66 other firearms of different calibres, 333 live ammunition of different calibres, 25 vehicles and several other incriminating items such as charms and phones.

Addressing his maiden press conference as the 28th commissioner of police in Enugu, the CP, Kanayo Uzuegbu, disclosed that  12 kidnapped victims were also rescued from various parts of the state within the period under review.
Uzuegbu, who said the task of effectively policing the society is daily becoming daunting, however said he had since assumption of duty, ensured that the right policing strategies are devised to tackle existing and emerging security challenges in the State.

“These strategies are subsumed in my grassroots-driven, proactive, people-oriented and problem-solving policing thrust, which is in line with the policing Vision and Mission of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM.

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“In view of this, I have met and interacted with critical security stakeholders, including local government chairmen, traditional rulers, heads of other security agencies and many others, on the best ways to collectively tackle security challenges in the State. These engagements I must tell you have started paying off, as we are making remarkable progress in tackling violent crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and the criminal activities of subversive criminals.

“It is a known fact that it is humanly impossible to totally eliminate crimes in human society. However, I want to assure the good people of Enugu State and visitors that we remain committed to ensuring that maximum security and tranquility are maintained in the State”.

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