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Ipas Trains Welfare Officers On SGBV In Adamawa

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The Ipas, Nigeria Health Foundation, an NGO, has trained 21 local council protection officers, on their role in the implementation of the violence against persons prohibition law to address GBV in Adamawa state.

The VAPP law signed into law 2021 in the state, stipulates a fine of N500,000 over harmful widowhood practices, offensive conduct and a register of convicted sexual offenders must be kept and made open to the public also prohibits genital circumcision for women in the state.

Mr Lucky Palmer, Country Director, in his remarks said the workshop was organised to sensitize protection/social workers on their role in the implementation of the violence against persons prohibition law in Adamawa State.

The Executive Governor of the State Ahmadu Umar Fintiri assented to the VAPP law in 2021.

The law seeks to eliminate and prohibits all forms of violence against persons in public and private spaces and to provide maximum protection and remedies for victims.

The protection officers play an essential role in ensuring access to justice and comprehensive medical care for victims of GBV, hence the training.

GBV is a strong program area for Ipas Nigeria health foundation .

Ipas have worked in several states to support the passage of the VAPP law, dissemination of the VAPP law, development of the standards and guidelines for the medical management of victims of GBV and the training of law enforcement agencies in the management of victims of GBV.

The training is targeted at women and girls because of the huge consequences of GBV, leading to HIV, STis and unwanted pregnancies resulting to death of the victims.

Palmer, noted that, the protection officers play an essential role in ensuring access to justice and comprehensive medical care for victims of GBV, hence the training.

At the end of the training, ministries and CSOs develop an action plan towards effective implementation of the VAPP law in the state

Ipas Nigeria health foundation seeks to eliminate deaths from unsafe abortions and complications and increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive health a in Nigeria.

Mrs Saso Benson Ali, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, said, the ministry took the VAPP law advocacy to eight councils on introduction of forensic laboratory for gathering rape evidences.

Ali, reiterated government commitment in establishing more ‘Hope Centres’ to the already existing four in Yola-North, Yola-South, Mubi-North and Mubi-South.

Musa Jonah, one of the welfare officers, appreciated the gesture and urged Ipas to step down the training to the 226 words in the state.##

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Student Bullied By Classmate Issues 48 Hours Ultimatum 

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….Set To Sue School Authority

By Our Reporter 

Lead British International School has been notified of the continual bullying experienced by Namtira Bwala, a student, and other parents. 

Despite several attempts to bring this situation to the attention of the school, these occurrences have persisted, causing emotional and physical distress to the affected parties. 

Recently, a video of one of these incidents went viral on social media, bringing the matter to public attention.

The school’s response to this issue is deemed insufficient, as it fails to recognize the gravity of the situation.

The said statement appears to be a tacit agreement with the bullies’ behavior, leading to a worsening of the situation.

In light of this, Namtira Bwala’s legal representatives, Deji Adeyanju and Co., have issued a formal letter to the school.

The letter demands that Lead British International School takes immediate and appropriate action against the bullies, including Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya, and nine other students, who have formed a cult of bullies in the school.

This action should be taken within 48 hours of the receipt of the letter and failure to do so will result in legal proceedings against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja, without further notice.

It is hoped that Lead British International School will take this matter seriously and take appropriate action to protect its students from the harmful effects of bullying.

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Read How EFCC Recovers Over N100 Billion Within Short Period 

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….Secured Over 1,600 Convictions 

By Sani Yarima 

During a recent meeting with media executives at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, Chairman Ola Olukoyede revealed that over N120 billion has been recovered by the agency since his appointment six months ago. 

In addition, EFCC has secured over 1,600 convictions within the same period.

Mr. Olukoyede emphasized the importance of the EFCC to the survival of Nigeria, pointing out the agency’s daily recovery of stolen money from individuals and its role in supporting victims who have been swindled out of millions of naira. 

“We need this institution to survive,” he stated.

Regarding the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, Mr. Olukoyede stressed the importance of submitting to the rule of law, even in the event of a lost case. 

He clarified that his duties as Chairman involve investigation and prosecution, with the responsibility of conviction lying solely with the court. 

The EFCC possesses sufficient evidence to file charges, regardless of whether or not an individual makes a statement, Mr. Olukoyede added.

While acknowledging that the EFCC has lost some cases, he reminded individuals that he did not make promises about winning all cases. 

The Chairman encouraged individuals to come forward and face charges against them, regardless of their perceived chances of success.

In conclusion, the EFCC Chairman’s comments highlight the agency’s ongoing efforts to recover stolen funds and support victims of financial crimes, while emphasizing the importance of submitting to the rule of law and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

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Northern Youth Hails Ajiji’s Election As Plateau Assembly Deputy Speaker

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Youths in Northern Nigeria have felicitated with Rt. Hon. Madaki Isa Ajiji over what they described as his well-deserved victory as the Deputy Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, the 10th Legislative Session.

The Youths President, Comrade Godiya T. Adams Bogoro also described the new Deputy Speaker as a giant in the Savanna who’s political antecedents is far reaching.

The Northern Youth Association of Nigeria in a press release issued to journalists on Friday, noted with delight that Ajiji’s antecedents have had direct positive bearing on the people of his constituency, the entire Plateau state and by extension, Nigeria.

“We have always known Rt. Hon. Madaki Isa Ajiji as a just man who always stands for what is right, his basic drive is to see the upliftment of lives and wellbeing of his people, his victory as the deputy speaker is a blessing to the good people of Plateau state because we trust in his ability to deliver on the goals”, Bogoro said.

He added, “In the same vein, we also want to thank every members of the 10th Assembly of Plateau State for the proper comportment in electing the leadership of the Assembly, this is a in big testament to the fact that they are more focused on the task than playing politics with the people.”

Comrade Godiya Bogoro then commendes the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Principal officers of the Assembly and every member, as he enjoined people of Plateau state to poise for robust and fruitful deliberation and representation.

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