MALAMI MAKES A U-TURN, SAYS NO EVIDENCE KYARI LAUNDERED MONEY – PUNCH PG.4
There are strong indications that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, may be plotting to save a former Commander of the Police Intelligence Response Team, Abba Kyari, from facing criminal prosecution for alleged money laundering. Weeks after directing the police to probe him for allegedly receiving 33 proceeds of crime, stating that a case of money laundering had been established against Kyari, the justice minister in a new legal advice said there was no evidence to show that money was laundered by the senior police officer.
NAPTIP SECURES 500 CONVICTIONS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKERS – THE NATION PG.8, DAILYTRUST PG.45
The Zonal Coordinator, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), Nduka Nwanwenne, has said the agency has secured 500 convictions of human traffickers since its establishment by the Federal Government. Nwanwenne said despite the fact that Nigeria during the establishment of NAPTIP was at a low ebb in organised crimes, the agency started with one conviction in 2004 and has had over 500 convictions to date. Nwanwenne, who made this known during a call on the Chairman of the State Gender Response Initiative Team, Barrister Dise Ogbise in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, stressed that the issue of trafficking in persons for any purpose was not an isolated problem to Bayelsa or Nigeria.
COALITION TASKS NASS, MALAMI ON POLICE FUND ACT AMENDMENT – THE NATION PG.9
A Civil Society group, Coalition for Security Awareness (CSA) has urged the National Assembly and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to consider an amendment to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (PTF) Act. The Coalition made the call in Abuja on Friday, in response to the recent Federal High Court ruling that stopped the 0.5 percent deduction from the Federation Account to the PTF. The NPTF is a creation of the National Assembly through the enactment of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act, which came into force in 2019. Key mandates of the NPTF include training, provision of security equipment and related facilities, and enhancing skills of police personnel. Sections 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(b) of the Act had prescribed the deduction of 0.5 percent of the total revenue accruing to the Federation Account to be paid to the PTF to boost the funding of the Nigeria Police. But the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, had challenged the legality of the deduction at a Federal High Court in Abuja and had prayed the court to stop it.
TRAFFICKING OF NIGERIAN GIRLS TO CÔTE D’IVOIRE IS GIVING ME SLEEPLESS NIGHTS – ENVOY – DAILYTRUST PG.40
Ambassador Martin Adamu is the Nigerian Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. In this exclusive interview with Daily Trust on Sunday, he speaks about the increased trend of human trafficking by Nigerians in Côte d’Ivoire, how his host country buy crude oil from Nigeria and sells to Nigeria the refined products, among others. Excerpt: I’ve been here for nine months; I was part of the last group of ambassadors that were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. I arrived on this mission between April and May last year.
HOW DRUG ABUSE, PROSTITUTION PUT KANO YOUTHS ON THE SPOTLIGHT – DAILYTRUST PG.44
Kano, for ages, has been battling with issues surrounding drug abuse as well as prostitution by young girls among other social vices mostly practiced by the younger generation. It is an issue that has been on the watch list of several law enforcement agencies in the state, especially as Kano is one of the Sharia complaint states. Subsequent government administrations in the past have played one role or the other in the fight against these social vices which resulted in the establishment of agencies like the Hisbah Board (colloquially tagged the Islamic police) which was established mainly for the purpose of implementing some programs in respect of Sharia implementation in the state.