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PSC seeks UN partnership in redressing discrimination against women police



The Chairman of the Police Service Commission Dr. Solomon Arase, a former Inspector General of Police has pledged the Commission’s commitment to restore the dignity of Police Women.

Arase made the pledge on Tuesday May 16,2023 when he met with Beatrice Eyong, Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS of the United Nations Women.

A statement by Ikechukwu Ani
Head, Press and Public Relations
stated that PSC chairman visited the Nigerian Office of the United Nations on Tuesday and admitted that discrimination against women including Police women was real.

He said the Commission needed strategic partnership with the world organization to improve the welfare and self worth of the Nigerian Police Women.

He disclosed that the Commission under his watch will ensure a recruitment policy redirection that will see more women into the Nigeria Police so that they could compete favourably for management positions in the Force.

The PSC Chairman was confronted with the absence of Women in the core Policy positions in the Police with the glaring situation where no woman is currently a State Command Commissioner throughout the Country.

He noted that the world has moved and that there must henceforth be equity and balance in the appointment of Officers in the Nigeria Police Force.

According to him ” we will use data and statistics to engage the leadership of the Nigeria Police to ensure that women are properly represented in the decision making positions of the Force.

Dr. Arase called for the support of the Organization to create the necessary awareness for women to show interest in Police Work and to support their progress in service”.

He promised to ensure that our State Commands will soon have Women CPs who will be appointed on merit and capacity.

He called for support in capacity building for women in the Police such as mentoring programmes in police training institutions like train the trainer and simplifying the gender policy of the Police.

Dr. Arase disclosed that the first gender desk in the Nigeria Police was put in place under his watch adding that there was need for sufficient training for our women Police working in the desk so that they can work with empathy and have adequate communication skills to manage issues as they arise.

He invited the Country Representative to also create time to present lectures at Police Colleges with her colleagues to motivate women Police Officers undergoing training.

Beatrice Eyong in her remarks Said the Organization was interested in the reform of the security sector as it affected women Police.

She promised to assist provide technical support and quality coordination to ensure gender equality.

She called for autonomy for the gender desk in the Nigeria Police but frowned that as at today there was no woman state Command Commissioner of Police in the Country.

Mrs. Eyong called for the support of the Commission to rectify the gender inequality in the State Commissioner cadre presently in the Police.

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APM’S petition against my election is dead , it died May 26, Tinubu tells Court.



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja informed the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) that the petition filed by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) against him and his Vice, Kashim Shetima victory is dead by the Supreme Court decision on May 26, 2023.

Tinubu said that the main issues raised by the petitioner queried ‘place holder’ by Kabir Masari and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s alleged double nomination and that the issues have been resolved by the Supreme Court last Friday in a judgment in the suit marked SC/CV/501/23 between the People’s Democratic Party PDP Vs INEC and 3 others.

He gave the information at the resumed hearing through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN , on Tuesday. He disclosed that the PDP’S case had resolved the grievances brought before the Court by the Allied People’s Movement.

Recall that the Supreme Court had on Friday held that PDP, or any other parties, have no right to poke nose into how other parties conducted their primary elections and nominated their candidates.

The Apex Court while dismissing PDP’S case described the party as busy body and meddle some interloper and imposed a fine of N2M on the party for meddling into the internal affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Olanipekun argued that the APM’S petition was similar to the case taken to Supreme Court by PDP that was dismissed on the grounds that PDP has no locus standi (legal right) to bring the action in the first place.

He submitted that the APM’S petition is predicted on internal affairs of the APC and that the Supreme Court’s latest judgment had taken life out of the petition.

He promised to make a copy of the judgment available within two days to the Court for perusal on the effects on the APM’S Petition.

Counsel to the APM, Mr Sheu Abubakar said he has not seen the judgment the respondents counsel was referring to and requested for adjournment in the hearing of the petition based on the submissions and revelations of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN.

Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN who stood for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abubakar Mahmoud SAN who appeared for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not object to the request for adjournment sought by the APM.

Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani granted the request for adjournment and shifted hearing till Friday, June 2.

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Fuel Subsidy: Osun Govt threatens to seal stations hoarding petrol



The government of Osun state has warned filling stations against hoarding petroleum products in the state.In a statement signed by the state’s governor spokesman, Olawale Rasheed on Tuesday, the govt threatened to seal filling stations found guilty and prosecute the operators.The removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech at Eagle Square on Monday, immediately after he was sworn in.“Any fuel station found guilty of hoarding fuel to create artificial scarcity shall be sealed off and operators prosecuted for the crime of economic sabotage,” Adeleke said.It added that the removal of fuel subsidy by Tinubu has caused unnecessary hardship for the people of the state.“This deliberate action is not only inhumane but unpatriotic and will not be allowed by the government. To this end, the Special Monitoring Team on fuel scarcity set up by His Excellency, Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke headed by the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye is still effective and shall not condone any form of economic sabotage.“As from today, May 30, 2023, the Committee shall begin special monitoring of all the filling stations across the state in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders,” it added.However, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has supported the decision of Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.The head of the company, Mele Kyari explained that the company had been spending a significant portion of its profits on the product subsidy.However, he assured Nigerians that there was no need for panic buying as the company had enough product to supply the country for the next 30 days.

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Fuel Hike: Tinubu’s thoughtless announcement responsible – Sowore



Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 25 presidential election has lashed out at President Bola Tinubu. This followed Tinubu’s decision to end fuel subsidy. Reacting to the resurfacing of queues, Sowore said that Tinubu’s “thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over the country.” Recall that marketers and operators have increased petrol pump prices to N210-N500 per litre, following the confirmation of fuel subsidies removal by Tinubu’s administration. In a post via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, Sowore claimed that the nation’s elites don’t care about Nigerians. He wrote, “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT thoughtless fuel subsidy removal announcement has already triggered fuel scarcity and price gouging all over Nigeria. This is why Nigerians must understand that nothing good will come out the Nigerian Elite-in and out- of power. They’re always after you. They don’t care about you! #Revolutionnow.”

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