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Nigeria’s Lagos Sacks 10 Police Officers for Misconduct

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The Police Command in Lagos on Wednesday announced the dismissal of 10 police officers for various offences.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made the disclosure in a statement he signed and released to newsmen in Lagos.

According to the spokesperson, the dismissal was in a bid to promote discipline and core values of policing in the state.

Adejobi said the command tried 81 personnel for various criminal and disciplinary offences that were committed between October 2019 and October 2020.

The offences, he said, ranged from murder, discreditable conducts, excessive use of power, corrupt practices and negligence.

According to him, the command dismissed 10 personnel, reduced the ranks of 18 officers and issued warning letters to others.

“Others were awarded extra fatigue, while 16 of the men were discharged and acquitted for want of evidence.

“The personnel tried in the orderly room proceedings, conducted at various locations in Lagos state, included 45 inspectors,” he said.

Similarly, Adejobi also said some senior officers of the command were queried for various disciplinary offences with the queries being processed at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for necessary action.

“It is important to state that some of the affected personnel were attached to the Police Command, while others were serving at various police formations within Lagos State.

“The trials were instituted based on series of complaints levelled against them.

“According to the provisions of the Police Act and Regulations, punishments were awarded according to the magnitude of offences committed by the police personnel,” he said.

He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had deemed it necessary to take steps to sanitise its workforce in order to expel indiscipline and crime within the force.

“Odumosu wishes to reiterate that police personnel are held accountable for their actions and inactions.

“He, therefore, appeals to the general public to report any misconduct of police personnel to appropriate authorities, as such will be treated accordingly and justice will be done.

“Odumosu also charges officers and men of the command to be thorough and professional in their day-to-day activities, assuring them of reform and better standards in the police, as being championed by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu,” Adejobi said.

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13 Percent Of Libyans Need Mental Health Care – WHO

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The World Health Organisation in a new report says no fewer than one in 7 Libyans needs mental and psychological health care.

Citing the ongoing political and security crises in the country, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO stated that the coronavirus epidemic in Libya is the most serious in the North African region.

The WHO stated in its report of the epidemiological situation in Libya, that between the 12th and 26th of November 2020, Libya recorded a total of 161 deaths per 1 million people is “second only to Tunisia” in the North Africa region.

The report states that in the last two weeks, Libya has recorded a 13 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, during the reporting period, new deaths increased by 16 percent, bringing the number to 1,125.

The WHO pointed out that the impact of the ongoing political and security crisis in Libya and the coronavirus epidemic have affected the mental health and standard of living of Libyans, migrants and refugees.

Libya now has 82,809 confirmed coronavirus infections, of which 27,808 are still active, 53,818 have been treated and 1,183 patients have died since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in March.

The WHO also estimates that mental health problems more than doubled when populations are affected by conflict, adding that “it is likely that one in seven Libyans, nearly one million people, will require mental health care for conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder”.

A survey conducted by the UN agency in 2019 showed that mental health services were available in only five cities — Tripoli, Benghazi, Sebha, Ajdabiya and Misrata.

It lamented that “even before the beginning of the conflict, six hospitals, one health clinic and four primary health care facilities were providing mental health services”.

After decades of neglect, it may take years to create services capable of responding to emerging needs, the WHO said, pointing out that “there is only one mental health specialist per 300,000 inhabitants in Libya, while “neighbouring Tunisia has one mental health specialist per 100,000 inhabitants”.

The WHO announced that it will soon launch a two-year project to strengthen mental health services throughout Libya.

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Botswana To Repatriate Elephants To Angola

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Botswana, the country with the largest number of elephants in the world, says it is sending thousands of the mammals back to neighbouring Angola to reduce overpopulation and conflict with farmers.

The southern African country has an estimated 130,000 elephants. However, tens of thousands are actually refugees from Angola’s civil war between 1975 and 2002. They are now expected to repopulate and recolonise their former habitat, in southeast Angola.

Botswana’s National Assembly opposition lawmaker, Kgoborego Nkawana, explains that elephants have a big home range that includes Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Angola.

“They have always stayed in those areas, but they had to move out of Angola because of the war. Part of the ranges in Angola have to be demined for them to move. I know Angola has been working with the United Nations to try and demine some of these areas,” he said.

“What you have to understand is that elephants do remember their past experiences and they will always try to avoid where there is danger…” he added.

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Ex-Pension Boss, Maina Arrested In Niger Republic

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Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of Nigeria’s Pension Task Team (now defunct) has been arrested in the Niger Republic.

He was arrested by the Niger Republic Intelligence Service in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday night.

Maina, who was previously arrested and is facing 12 counts of money laundering was found to have jumped bail, leading the Presiding judge on his case to issue his warrant of arrest.

The fugitive Maina had stopped attending trials since the 29th of September 2020, leading the court to order the remand of his surety, a senior lawmaker in Nigeria, Senator Ali Ndume.

Senator Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial district, Northeast Nigeria, was released on Friday after he was granted bail.

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the EFCC had sought the assistance of the American and Nigerien governments in Maina’s arrest.

Maina’s arrest, according to local media was made possible by the smooth cooperation between Nigerian and Nigerien security agents.

Details of how his arrest was achieved are yet to be released.

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