Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Open Letter: Unmasking “Dogari/Dansanda” Policy In The Nigeria Police Force (Part 2)

Ref.: Intersociety/SE/NG/02/014/FGN/ABJ/FRN
His Excellency
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria & Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation
The SGF Office, Shehu Shagari Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

2.      Senator David Mark, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs
 The Senate Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zones, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

3.       Honourable Aminu Tambuwal
Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs
The House of Reps Chambers, National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

4.      Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem
Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission
The FCC Headquarters, Plot 64, First Avenue
Off Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama
FCT, Abuja, Nigeria

Unmasking “Dogari/Dansanda” Policy In The Nigeria Police Force &  A Case Against Sectional Domination In Promotions & Postings Of  Key Officers In The Force (Part Two)
As promised in the first part of this all-important letter, this is its continuation. It contains the names of all serving AIGs and CPs in the Nigeria Police Force, their geopolitical origins and other useful information. The CPs’ names in this part two covered those of Southeast, Northwest and North-central zones.

Serving AIGs: The worst of it all is the case of the 21 serving AIGs in the NPF and their geopolitical representation. Out of the 21 serving AIGs including one specialist, none of them comes from the Southeast geopolitical zone; an important Nigeria’s federating partner populated by one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria (Igbo). This has made this important federating partner an endangered species in the country including being prone to ethno-religious violence and next door enemy to other federating partners. Out of the 21 serving AIGs under reference, Northwest geopolitical zone is, again, given eleven, North-central five, South-south two, Southwest two, Northeast one and Southeast zero.
The eleven serving AIGs from the Northwest zone and their birth, enlistment, promotion and retirement dates are: 1. Suleiman A. Abba ( Jigawa State), birth: 22/03/59, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement:22/03/2019, 2. Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe (Zamfara State), birth: 19/02/57, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement: 19/02/2017. 3. Saliu Argungu Hashimu (Kebbi State), birth: 10/07/57, enlistment: 11/12/84, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement: 10/07/2017. 4. Bala A. Hassan (Kano State), birth: 25/08/59, enlistment: 08/12/82, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 08/12/2017. 5. Mohammed Jingiri Abubakar (Kano State), birth: 20/08/58, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 20/08/2018. 6. Tambari Y. Mohammed (Sokoto State), birth: 01/10/56, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 01/10/2016. 7. Sule Mamman (Katsina State), birth: 10/08/55, enlistment: 08/12/82, promotion: 30/01/2013, retirement: 10/08/2015. 8. Ballah Magaji Nasarawa (Kebbi State), birth: 26/07/61, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 31/12/2019. 9. Sabo Ringim Ibrahim (Jigawa State), birth: 02/04/57, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 02/04/2017. 10.  Fana Abdullahi Salisu (Kebbi State), birth: 01/06/56, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 16/01/2014, retirement: 30/07/2014 and 11. Musa Abdulsalam Daura (Katsina State), birth: 02/10/57, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 16/01/2014, retirement: 02/10/2017.
The five AIGs from the North-central geopolitical zone are: 1. Dan’Azumi Job Doma (Niger State), birth: 22/10/59, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement: 01/01/2019. 2. Christopher Terhem Dega (Benue State), birth: 11/03/55, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 11/03/2015. 3. Mark Adamu Idakwo (Kogi State), birth: 23/04/55, enlistment: 15/07/80, promotion: 30/01/2013, retirement: 23/04/2015. 4. Adisa Baba Bolanta (Kwara State), birth: 14/07/56, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 30/01/2013, retirement: 14/07/2016 and 5. Mohammed J. Gana (Niger State), birth: 31/12/57, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 31/12/2017.
The two AIGs representing South-south zone are 1. Edgar Tam. Nanakumo (Bayelsa State), birth: 31/08/57, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 01/12/2016 and 2. Solomon A. Arase (Edo State), birth: 21/06/56, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement: 20/06/2016. The two AIGs from Southwest zone are 1. Samuel Ilesanmi Aguda of Police Communications Airwing(specialist)( Ekiti State), birth: 28/09/54, enlistment: 15/03/82, promotion: 23/02/2012, retirement: 28/09/2014 and 2. David O. Omojola (Ekiti State), birth: 10/01/55, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 22/02/2012, retirement: 10/01/2015. The only AIG from Northeast zone is Kakwe Christopher Katso (Taraba State), birth: 29/09/59, enlistment: 31/12/84, promotion: 16/01/2014, retirement: 29/09/2019. Another shocking discovery from the list of the 21 serving AIGs in the present NPF, apart from the inexcusable and despicable exclusion of the Southeast zone from the list is that no woman is among the 21 AIGs. This is despite the fact that women first enrolled into the NPF as far back as 1955. Further fact is that one of the oldest serving police officers/CPs in the present NPF is a woman. She is Mrs. Chintua Amajor-Onu (Abia State, Southeast). She was enlisted on 01/12/81 and has been a CP since 20/12/2010.
Serving CPs: The geopolitical lopsidedness is also manifested in the 88 serving Commissioners of Police in the NPF including four specialists. In the list, the Southeast geopolitical zone has the least number of serving CPs with eight. Out of the said 88 CPs, the Northwest geopolitical zone, the zone of the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar; has twenty-one (21) CPs, followed by North-central with 18 CPs, Southwest 17 CPs, Northeast 13 CPs, South-south 11 CPs and Southeast with only 8 CPs. Another shocking aspect of the foregoing is that all the eight Southeast CPs have between this year (2014) and 2016 to retire either by clocking mandatory retirement age of 60 years or mandatory retirement service age of 35 years.
While three of them: Godfrey E. Okeke(16/09/2014), Ikechukwu Aduba (09/07/2014) and Sylvester A. Umeh(10/11/2014) will retire this year (2014), three: Felix Osita Uyanna (15/01/2015), Ikemefuna R. Okoye (15/06/2015) and Hilary Opara (17/07/2015) will go in 2015 and the other two (Mrs. Chintua Amajor-Onu and Dr. Mrs. Grace Chita Okudo) will retire in 2016. This is because of deliberate long delays in promoting them alongside their counterparts from other parts of the country. They are victims of “promotion dormancy policy” in the NPF inflicted on the police officers of Southeast geopolitical zone. The duo of CPs Hilary Opara and Felix Osita Uyanna had their last promotions as CPs on 18/12/2006 and 16/10/2007 respectively, a period of almost eight and seven years respectively. 
CPs From Southeast Zone: The eight(8) serving Commissioners of Police from Southeast and their birth, enlistment, promotion and retirement dates are as follows: 1. Hilary Opara (Imo State), birth: 31/07/55, enlistment: 17/07/80, promotion: 18/12/2006, retirement: 17/07/2015. 2. Felix Osita Uyanna (Anambra State), birth: 01/05/55, enlistment: 18/07/80, promotion: 06/10/2007, retirement: 05/01/2015. 3. Godfrey E. Okeke( Anambra State), birth: 16/09/54, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 16/09/2014. 4. Chintua Amajor-Onu(Mrs.)( Abia State), birth: 12/07/56, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 12/07/2016. 5. Ikechukwu Aduba (Anambra State), birth: 09/07/54, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 09/07/2014. 6. Sylvester A. Umeh(Enugu State), birth: 10/11/54, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 10/11/2014. 7. Ikemefuna R. Okoye (Anambra State), birth: 15/06/55, enlistment: 01/12/81, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 15/06/2015. 8. Mrs. Grace Chita Okudo(medical doctor)(Ebonyi State), birth: 09/02/56, enlistment: 13/06/83, promotion: 20/12/2012, retirement: 09/02/2016
CPs From Northwest Zone: The twenty-one (21) CPs and their birth, enlistment, promotion and retirement dates are as follows: 1. Ibrahim M. Maishanu (Sokoto State), birth: 11/10/59, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 01/01/2009, retirement: 01/01/2019. 2. Lawal Tanko (Kaduna State), birth: 14/03/57, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 14/03/2017. 3. Buhari Tanko (Kano State), birth: 03/02/56, enlistment: 01/01/84, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 03/02/2016. 4. Mohammed A. Indabawa( Kano State), birth:12/04/56, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 20/12/2010, retirement: 30/07/2014. 5. Mohammed Ibrahim Sumaila(Kano State), birth: 30/11/55, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 30/07/2014. 6. Mohammed Ladan(Kano State), birth: 05/05/54, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 30/07/2014. 7. Umar Gwadabe(Kano State), birth: 20/02/56, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 30/07/2014. 8. Sanusi A. Rufai (Katsina State), birth: 27/08/57, enlistment: 01/08/80, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 01/08/2015. 9. Musa Katsina Mohammed (Katsina State), birth: 1959, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 01/02/2019.
Others are 10. Usman Tili Abubakar ( Kebbi State), birth: 15/10/59, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 01/08/2012, retirement: 15/10/2019. 11. Ahmed Ibrahim (Kano State), birth: 06/05/57, enlistment: 01/08/80, promotion: 30/01/2013, retirement: 01/08/2015. 12. Maigari Abbati Dikko (Katsina State), birth: 16/03/61, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 03/04/2013, retirement: 01/02/2021. 13. Umaru U. Shehu (Kebbi State), birth: 18/06/58, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 03/04/2013, retirement: 18/06/2018. 14. Saidu Madawaki ( Kebbi State), birth: 05/05/58, enlistment: 30/07/79, promotion: 03/04/2013, retirement: 30/07/2014. 15. Ibrahim Adamu (Zamfara State), birth: 20/11/58, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 20/11/2018. 16. Abdul Dahiru Danwawu (Kano State), birth: 20/10/60, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 26/10/2020. 17. Salisu Fagge Abdullahi (Kano State), birth: 01/07/58, enlistment: 01/02/86, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 01/02/2018. 18. Lawal Shehu (Katsina State), birth: 24/12/60, enlistment: 15/03/88, promotion: 24/09/2013, retirement: 24/12/2020. 19. Nyats Nyehsu Jatau (Kaduna State), birth: 15/12/56, enlistment: 01/08/80, promotion: 04/10/2013, retirement: 01/08/2015. 20. Mohammed K. Mohammed (Katsina State), birth: 02/06/57, enlistment: 01/08/81, promotion: 21/01/2014, retirement: 01/08/2016. 21.  Hurdi D. Abubakar Mohammed (Jigawa State), birth: 05/02/62, enlistment: 15/03/88, promotion: 21/01/2014, retirement: 05/02/2022. 
CPs From North-central Zone: The eighteen (18) CPs from the North-central zone are 1. Umaru Abubakar Manko (Niger State), 2. Joel Kayode Theophilus (Kogi State), 3. Wilfred Eje Obute (Benue State), 4. James Olorundare Aronito (Kogi State), 5. Ibrahim K. Idris (Niger State), 6. Shuaibu L. Gambo( Niger State), 7. John A.B. Opadokun (Kwara State), 8. Waheed Olayinka Salau( Kwara State), 9. Dorothy A. Gimba (Plateau State), 10. Salihu Garba (Niger State), 11. Kudu Nma (Niger State), 12. Usman Yakubu (Niger State), 13. Abdulmajid Ali (Niger State), 14. Abubakar Adamu Mohammed (Nasarawa State), 15. Abdul Salami Iyaji ( Kogi State), 16. Yakubu O. Jibrin ( Nasarawa State), 17. Abimbola Macaulay (Kwara State), 18. Usman Isa Baba (Nasarawa State). 
Sirs, please see part three of this important letter for our conclusion and demands. It is our hope that the letter in its completeness will be expeditiously looked into and issues of extreme importance raised therein addressed frontally.
Yours Faithfully,
International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman of the Board
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Comrade Justus Uche Ijeoma, Head, Publicity Desk
1.    The Inspector General of Police, Force Headquarters, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
2.   Chairman, Police Service Commission, the PSC Headquarters, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
3.  Chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum & Governor of Anambra State, Awka, Nigeria

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President Jonathan (L), Governor Okorocha (R) And Others At The Meeting

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U-Report: Ghanaian Preacher "Spiritually" Commands Falling Currency To Rise

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams

 Report By Iwajowa Ajike

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has spiritually “commanded” the falling cedi to “rise”.

Leading his followers, in Church on Sunday February 2, 2014, to pray for the recovery of the fast depreciating local currency, the Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of the Christian Action Faith Ministries (CAFM) headquartered in the national capital, Accra, said: “…I hold up the cede with prayer and I command the cedi to recover and I declare the cedi will not fall; it will not fall any further. I command the cede to climb. I command the resurrection for the cede. I command and release a miracle for the economy”.

The cedi has already depreciated by three per cent against the major international currencies this month. The US dollar, which sold at Ghc2.20 on the local foreign exchange market before Christmas last year, now sells at Ghc2.60. The British pound, which sold at Ghc3 now sells at Ghc4.20. The euro and CFA are also selling at Ghc3.50 and Ghc4.80 respectively. In 2013, the local currency suffered 17-per cent depreciation.

The year-on-year depreciation shows a 21.96 per cent depreciation of the cedi against the dollar; 28.88 per cent against the pound sterling; 23.98 per cent against the euro and 25.54 per cent against the Swiss franc.

The Bank of Ghana recently injected $20 million into critical areas of the economy as part of efforts to shore up the cedi.

News Release: Crisis Of Cancer Impact Worldwide Exposed

On World Cancer Day 2014, a new global cancer report compiled by UN Agency, TheInternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows1:  
·         As a single entity, cancer is the biggest cause of mortality worldwide2  - there were an estimated 8.2 million deaths from cancer in 2012
·         Global cancer incidence over four years increased by 11%* to an estimated 14.1 million cases in 2012 – equal to the population of India’s largest city (Mumbai)3
·         Cancer cases worldwide are forecast to rise by 75% and reach close to 25 million over the next two decades   
“The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being”, comments Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC. “These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception,” stresses Dr Wild.
The World Cancer Report 2014 confirms that inequality exists in cancer control and care globally. The number of deaths due to the disease amongst the world’s poor is growing at a faster rate than previously expected. Specifically, by 2025 almost 80% of the increase in the number of all cancer deaths will occur in less developed regions.1
Unlike the developed countries, a large proportion of cancers in developing nations are caused by infections, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV), which accounts for more than 85% of all HPV-related cancer cases.4 As these countries increasingly adopt a more western lifestyle we are witnessing increasing levels of smoking, alcohol use and a lack of physical activity – all known risk factors for cancer.1
Low- and middle-income countries are most at risk of cancer overwhelming their health systems and hindering economic growth, as they have the least resources and infrastructure to cope with the predicted levels of disease escalation.1 Worryingly, according to the World Health Organisation, only 50% of low- and middle-income countries have operational National Cancer Control Plans. 
“Governments must recognise the growing cancer burden in their country. The new figures from IARC show that the incidence of cancer globally will continue to grow unless we recognise the threat and act on it now. On World Cancer Day, we demand that Governments around the world move to stop the millions of predicted, needless and premature deaths caused by cancer by developing and implementing a national plan which includes proven preventive and early detection measures”. Urges Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). 
With spiraling care and treatment expenditure, poor and wealthy nations must all contribute in the fight against cancer. Currently almost 4.2 million people per year die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years) due to the disease across the world.2 Unless decisive action is taken to develop practical strategies to address cancer, this is projected to increase to well over five million premature deaths per year by 2025.5
Practical solutions to reduce premature deaths must have prevention as their cornerstone. These include:
·         Development of National Cancer Control Plans
·         Awareness programmes against modifiable risks factors 
·         Cancer screening programmes – shown to have decreased some cancers by at least 25%1
·         Introduction of HPV vaccination programmes

The release of the World Cancer Report underpins the 2014 World Cancer Day theme 'Debunk the myths'. The data shows that the world cannot afford to sit back and continue to let the global cancer burden grow. For more information on how to get involved.
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World Cancer Day 2014