The new Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Okon Effiong Okon, has said he is an advocate of human rights, saying under his watch the rights of persons would be respected.
Also, Okon vowed to ensure violent free campaigns in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.
Okon stated this at his maiden media press briefing at the Police Command’s headquarters along Moscow road, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
CP Okon assumed office as the 43rd Commissioner of Police in the state, succeeding Friday Eboka who has been promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 16, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Okon who is the immediate past Commandant, Police College, Oji River, Enugu State hails from Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The new CP also promised to place a premium on the protection and respect for human rights, especially for the civilian populace across the state.
Okon explained that the police owe it as a responsibility to the good people of Rivers State to ensure a conducive environment.
“Environment where human rights are respected, an environment where people are free to conduct their businesses freely and an environment where people are able to go to sleep with their eyes closed. It is an arduous task and I think it is achievable.
“Rivers State has been relatively peaceful compared with a lot of other states. We will try the best we can to maintain the level of safety and peace existing in the state. Rivers State has paid its dues, and so deserves peace,” he said.
Okon said he would the command under his watch would be proactive, saying, “We will take the battle to them.
“So those who desire that the people of Rivers State will not have peace, themselves will not have peace. We will take the battle to them and smoke them out of their hideouts.
“Now is the best time to come out of crime and other social vices, because Rivers State will not provide a place for you to do what you want to do. We must engage in meaningful activities that will contribute to the growth and development of Rivers State.”
Continuing, he said, “You are quite aware that we are already in the season of elections, campaigns have started. The new electoral law does not give room for thuggery and violence.
“Therefore we will do everything possible to ensure that right from the time of campaigns violence and thuggery are eliminated. People should be able to come out freely to discharge their responsibilities as it portends to electing those to govern them.
“And therefore the processes that are geared towards ensuring elections in this place must be well guided. I call on parents to ensure that they don’t allow their children to be used for thuggery.
“For those who will be caught in this act, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure their prosecution.
“In the same manner we are saying people should stay out of crime, it is the same manner we are saying people should stay out of political thuggery and violence.”
AIB Signs MoU With Saudi Arabia On Training For Aircraft Engineers
The federal government has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia on training of aircraft accident investigators between the two countries.
The Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria, which has transmuted to National Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) signed for Nigeria, while the Accident Investigation Bureau of Saudi Arabia signed for the Arabian country in Abuja yesterday.
Speaking after signing the MoU, the commissioner of AIB-N, Akin Olateru said: “there is one aviation in the world and the rule of the game is cooperation. There is no one country that is an island. We need to work together as a team to enhance safety.
“We are both established. We both have equipment. We both have human capital but there are a lot of lessons we can learn from each other.”
Speaking on the details of the MoU, Olateru said, “Saudi Arabia will help us in the area of human capital development, we can engage ideas and its all about improving safety for the flying public.
We are going to have constant exchange of ideas.
There will be some form of training exchange programme.
This agreement would have signed before COVID but we are glad, it is signed now.”
Also speaking, the director-general, AIB Saudi Arabia, Abdulelah Felimban said: “We came to meet our counterpart in Nigeria, the Accident Investigation Bureau of Nigeria to open the channels of communication, of cooperation, of sharing experiences, learning from each other and benefiting from the capabilities that each of us have.
“We do investigations to ensure and promote sir safety.
Our business is to collect data, evidences, analyse them and put forward recommendations to make our skies safer.”
Man Electrocuted While Stealing High-tension Wire In Abuja
A middle-aged man, identified simply as Ezekiel, was electrocuted while trying to steal a high-tension wire in the Utako area of the Federal Capital Territory.
The incident occurred on Saturday night.
A commercial driver, who asked to be identified only as Hassan, told our correspondent on Sunday that Ezekiel sustained severe burns from the incident.
He said, “This early morning, a man known as Ezekiel, was electrocuted. He wanted to steal a wire from the high tension belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and in the process of doing that he was electrocuted.
“We heard the sound of an electrical spark in the night and also heard the scream of the man.
“If not for the fact that saw, plier, and torchlight scattered on the ground, I would have thought that he wanted to commit suicide. But with those tools, he went there for a mission. The man was lucky he did not die, but he sustained multiple burn injuries.”
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, confirmed the incident.
Adeh said, “Our men while on patrol came in contact with him; he had severe burns, and they rushed him to the Wuse General Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. He will definitely be prosecuted but we will wait till he fully recovers. His tools are in our custody.”
Aisha Buhari Withdraws Suit Against Detained Undergraduate
Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has withdrawn the defamation of character suit she filed against a 500-Level student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Adamu was arraigned on Tuesday before Justice Yusuf Halilu by the FCT Commissioner of Police following a complaint by Mrs Buhari over a tweet by the defendant on a one-count charge bordering on defamation of the character of the president’s wife.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was subsequently remanded at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State by the judge, pending hearing of his bail application.
The matter took a happy turn for Adamu on Friday at the hearing of his bail application when the prosecution counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, informed the court that the president’s wife had decided to withdraw the case against the defendant following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.
Based on the development, Ogbobe then applied for the withdrawal of the case, hinging the application on Section 108 (2) (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.
Ruling on the prosecution’s application to withdraw the case against Adamu, Justice Halilu commended Mrs Buhari for her gesture.
The judge, however, admonished parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.
He thereafter discharged the defendant.
Adamu’s travails began in June when he tweeted on his Twitter handle, @aminullahie Catalyst, in which he screenshot Mrs Buhari’s image and wrote in Hausa “su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi”, meaning, “mama has eaten monies meant for the poor to satisfaction”.
Following the president’s wife’s complaint, the police traced Adamu to Dutse, Jigawa State, five months after his tweet and arrested him on the premises of the university, brought him to Abuja and allegedly drove him straight to the Presidential Villa, where he was allegedly beaten and tortured.
His arrest and alleged torture on the instructions of the president’s wife were greeted with outrage from Nigerians, prompting the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the umbrella body of Nigerian students, to first apologise to Mrs Buhari for Adamu’s indiscretion and pleaded for his release.
The body, however, later threatened a mass protest by students against Mrs Buhari pending when Adamu would be released.
The planned protest was scheduled to commence on Monday.