The Nigerian Army has expressed commitment to ensure gender mainstreaming in all its operations to achieve efficiency and enhance professionalism in the service.
Brig.-Gen. Lukman Omoniyi, Acting Director, Civil Military Affairs, Nigerian Army, announced this at the maiden Sensitisation Workshop on: “Gender Mainstreaming for Enhanced Professionalism in the Nigerian Army” on Monday in Abuja.
The workshop was organised by the Department of Civil Military Affairs in collaboration with the British Defence Section, West Africa.
Omoniyi said that the aim was to ensure that army personnel were abreast with the global best practices on gender issues.
He said that Nigerian Army was always confronted with gender issue mainstreaming in internal and international operations.
According to him, the workshop is in tandem with the chief of army staff’s vision to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within the joint environment in defence of the country.
“At the end of this workshop, pertinent issues that pertain gender mainstreaming, international humanitarian laws and all the fundamentals of human rights would have been well spelt out to the troops.
“If they are armed with that knowledge, they will be free from unnecessary infractions, particularly those that pertain to sexual exploitation, abuse and other isolated infractions.
“This workshop is a collaborative project with the British Defence Section West Africa and it is going to provide that opportunity for us to be sensitised to gender mainstreaming and other modus of fundamentals rights related process,” he said.
Maj. Nicole Bonnie, British Defence Section West Africa, who spoke on U.K. perspective to gender mainstreaming, said that UK had been committed to implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on gender.
Bonnie said that gender mainstreaming should be felt across all activities in defence, adding that civilians were at the centre of all conflict that military were engaged in.
She said that the UK perspective on gender mainstreaming had grown from strength to strength, adding that it would make the military more operationally effective.
She noted that Nigeria was one of the focus countries in gender mainstream in the military because of its strategic importance in West Africa.
Also, Maj. Janet Osamgbi, Gender Advisor for Nigerian Army, said that the workshop was meant to sensitise personnel on how to perform on the field without gender stereotyping.
Asamgbi said the sensitisation was organised to guide officers and soldiers on the implementation of gender policy of the Nigerian Army.
She added that gender does not concern women alone but gender perspective covered men and women as well as old and young as it concerns their operational planning. (NAN)
Suspects Linked To Owo Church Massacre Arrested – General Irabor
The Suspects Linked to terror attack on the Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo, have been arrested.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor disclosed this on Tuesday during a parley with executives and editors of media organisations in Nigeria.
General Irabor said the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the Armed Forces, the Department of Security Services (DSS) and the police.
About 40 people were killed when the gunmen stormed the church on June 5, opened fire on the congregation, and also detonated explosives as the worshippers scampered for safety.
Earlier, operatives of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State had arrested some suspects in connection with the killings.
Briefing journalists in Akure on June 23, the state Commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, expressed assurance that all the attackers of the worship center would be apprehended.
Adeleye, however, did not give the actual figure of the suspected terrorists arrested.
“As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation and we made some arrests and we have also recovered some vital things which we are working on,” he said.
“A number of people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue as well as a well number of equipment. On that day, we pursued them to the point that we recovered the vehicle and we are still pursuing them We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.”
Gunmen Kidnap Three Children In Kogi, Demand N100m Ransom
Gunmen have kidnapped three underage children in Ajaokuta Local Government area of Kogi State, asking for ransom of N100m.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State Command William Ayah confirmed the abduction on Friday.
In a statement, he said the Commissioner of Police in the state Edward Ebuka has deployed operatives of various police anti-kidnapping units in collaboration with vigilantes and hunters to trail the kidnappers in order to rescue the children and bring the perpetrators to book.
The three children whose ages ranged from three, five, and ten years were on Wednesday evening around eight o’clock kidnapped at their resident, Kaduna Estate Ajaokuta Steel Township complex, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen
Eyewitness reports revealed that the kidnappers who were fully armed with guns shot sporadically to scare residents away before they abducted the children.
A family member who wants anonymity disclosed that the gunmen on Thursday morning contacted the family and demanded N100m as ransom.
The incident is coming days after gunmen killed three policemen and five vigilantes at Jida-Bassa also in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.
But, as part of measures to curb the incessant security challenges in Kogi State, the state governor Yahaya Bello ordered the closure of all brothels and banned the use of facemasks in public places for proper identification.
Imo Killing: Fish out perpetrators, Northern Elders task security agencies
The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has condemned the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Arewa elders also asked on the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the state.
NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement on Friday said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South.
“The recent murder of Nigerians in Imo State, apparently on suspicion that they were northerners, is one incident among many recent ones that involve harassments, illegal arrests, attacks and killings of Nigerians from the North.
“It would appear that groups that target northerners draw inspiration from the silence of leaders and the absence of appropriate response from security and other law enforcement agencies.
“The Forum draws attention once again to the dangers of these escalating incidents and provocations.
“The impression that northerners are fair game for groups and organizations in the South is forcing northerners to exercise their rights to travel and live peacefully in any part of Nigeria only under great danger and fear.
This is intolerable and unacceptable.
“The Forum demands that governments, communities and law enforcement agencies protect northerners living in the South.
“It demands clear and emphatic condemnation from leaders, elders and communities who understand that the welfare and security of all citizens are vulnerable to the degree that other citizens are unsafe in certain parts of the country.
“We serve notice that the North will use the degree to which contestants for political office speak in clear terms in condemnation of these attacks on northerners as a yardstick for our support of candidates and parties.
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