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Prison decongestion: Senate meets CJN, other stakeholders

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The Senate committee on interior has expressed its preparedness to meet the Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed and the Nigeria Bar Association ( NBA ) on expeditious justice delivery in decongesting the prisons.

Similarly, the commitee has increased daily feeding cost of a prisoner per day, to N1,000 from N750 proposed by the executive in the 2022 budget.

The increase is sequel to the presentation by Acting Comptroller General of Nigerian Correctional Service ( NCS), Idris Isa, before the Commitee during 2022 budget defence session on Wednesday.

On the problem of Prison congestion, Senator Utazi moved motion for the committee to have an interface with the CJN and NBA for way out.

Betty Apiafi in seconding the motion , added that a proper motion should be sponsored on the floor of the Senate by any member of the committee to that effect.

The Chairman in his remarks said legislative action will surely be taken in that direction for required synergy among arms of government.

“It is very worrisome for percentage of inmates awaiting  trials across the various correctional centres to be  80% while those actually convicted is 20% .

“This Commitee shall surely meet the CJN , NBA and other stakeholders in justice delivery in the country for lasting solutions to the problem”, he said.

Isa noted that the N450 feeding cost for each of the Prisoners on daily basis, has been jerked up to N750 as proposed in the 2022 budget estimates.

According to him, out of the 66,346 total inmates in custodian centres across the country, 47, 959 are unconvicted yet being awaiting trial inmates.

He bemoaned this has made most of the custodian centres to be congested and  below international standard of correctional services.

Consequently, the Commitee Chairman, Senator Kashim Shettima ( APC Borno Central) and members, frowned at the N750 daily feeding cost proposed for each of the inmate across the custodian centres.

Indeed, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North), said N750 going by the value of Naira today and high costs of consumables, was inadequate.

“Mr Chairman , I will urge this committee to jerk up the proposed N750 feeding cost per day on each of the inmate at the custodian centres to at least N1,000.00 because no grown up Nigeria today can survive with N750 per day as far as feeding is concerned “, he said.

Supporting the motion, Senator Betty Apiafi ( PDP Rivers West ), said the N1,000 proposed should be the minimum and must be reflected in the final budget to be passed for the correctional service.

The Committee Chairman accordingly ruled in favour of the motion.

“The proposed N1,000.00 is the minimum and will surely be reflected in the budget to be passed by way of required appropriation”, he said.

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Buhari Pledge to Rescue Kaduna Train Attack Hostages

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assured to rescue 31 hostages taken in a train attack and return them “safe and unhurt”, his office said, five months after their abduction.

Gangs of bandits with no ideological or religious motives are known to kidnap for ransom in northwest and central Nigeria.

On March 28, armed men blew up a train travelling between Abuja and Kaduna and opened fire, killing eight people, wounding 26, and taking an unspecified number of passengers hostage.

A week later, they freed one hostage — a top bank executive — as a goodwill gesture for Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, because of his “advanced age”.

Dozens of hostages have already been freed following negotiations, but 31 remain in the kidnappers den.

“I have been informed that at last count, there remain about 31 people in the hands of the kidnappers,” Buhari told representatives of the families of the hostages in Abuja on Thursday.

He said his government would ensure the safe return of the remaining hostages to their families.

“My primary concern is to get everyone released safe and unhurt,” he assured.
The president commended the security forces on recent successes against kidnappers and “terrorists”.

“In the past couple of days, you must have heard about the number of terrorists neutralised by the military, and a number of hostages freed. These efforts will not stop, or reduce,” he said.

“We must take the fight to the terrorists and demonstrate that there is no hiding place for them within the borders of our country,” he said.

“Each one of them will be hunted, and pursued and spoken to in the language that they understand,” he added.

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Five Guards Brigade Killed By Bandits Buried In Abuja

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The Nigerian Army on Thursday buried five members of the Guards Brigade killed by bandits during a clearance operation in the Federal Capital Territory recently.

The soldiers were laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama , Abuja, according to a statement by Guards Brigade spokesperson, Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa

Among the deceased was Captain Attah Samuel.

“Until their demise, the gallant soldiers were serving with 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks Maitama and 176 Guards Battalion Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja respectively,” the statement said.

“While reading the funeral oration of the deceased officer and soldiers, the Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion Lt Col Salim Yusuf Hassan and Commanding Officer 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Kolowale Adisa described the late Captain and Soldiers as thoroughly bred Infantrymen who were genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria and whose contribution and services would be greatly missed.

“They asked God to console the families left behind stressing that while the Brigade and the Nigerian Army mourns, the families should take solace in the fact that they have fought a just fight and their souls shall continue to rest with the lord till the resurrection morning.

“Highpoint of the event was the presentation of accoutrements by the representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen James Alilu Ataguba to the next of kins of the deceased personnel and lowering of the remains of the fallen heroes.

There was also the blowing of the last post and gun salute to bid the departed heroes fair well

“The burial process started with Christian wake keep and funeral service held in honour of the fallen heroes at St John’s Military Church (Protestant) before the final Internment at the Guards Brigade Cemetery Maitama Abuja.

“The solemn ceremony was witnessed by senior officers of the Nigerian Army, Commanding Officers, Staff Officers of the Brigade, Bwari Area Council Chairman, Hon John Gabaya as well as family members and the barracks community.”

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Two More ISWAP Terrorists Linked To Owo Church Attack Arrested – DHQ

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Two more Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists linked to the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state, have been arrested.

Gunmen had on June 5 stormed the Catholic church, killing over 40 worshippers and injuring others.

The incident drew widespread condemnation, with President Muhammadu Buhari ordering security agencies to arrest the attackers.

On June 9, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, blamed the attack on ISWAP, but the claim was countered by Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Just yesterday, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, announced that the gunmen behind the attack on the church have been arrested.

But in a statement on Wednesday, the Director of Defence Information, Jimmy Akpor, said the two suspected ISWAP fighters were arrested through the collaborative effort of the military and the Department of State Services (DSS).

“Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, during his parley with media executives and editors yesterday, Tuesday 9 August 2022, informed of the arrest of 4 terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June 2022,” Akpor said.

“They were arrested through a combined operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State on 1 August 2022.

“Those arrested include Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.

“Barely few hours after the disclosure by the CDS of the arrest of 4 of the Owo Catholic Church attackers, 2 additional ISWAP terrorists, who were also connected to the attack on the church were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA, Ondo State yesterday, 9 August 2022.

“The arrests were made through the collaborative effort by military and DSS personnel. The suspects are Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris.

“It is instructive to note that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP commanders, had also previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene LGA, Kogi State resulting in casualties.”

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