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    TINUBU HAS NOT FAILED TO DELIVER

    By Kassim Afegbua.

    Hunger, melancholy and poverty are written of many faces everywhere one goes these days. And many times I hear people express regret that President Tinubu is in office. President Tinubu is certainly not one of the challenges confronting us. Not at all. He’s assuredly offering solutions to the chronic ailment, now manifest, that was embedded in the sands of time, which had been hopefully inadvertently crafted from the ashes of his predecessor’s governance structure. He was a man who lacked everything that was needed to run a country; and wisemen took advantage of him and his ineptitude. The backlash sadly, begun during President Tinubu’s time; and its impact now more obvious than ever before with a spiralling inflation and the tumbling of our currency to what we now witness. Economists, management accountants and financial analysts usually guide micro and macro economics, and thus economies using measures such as Future Values, Internal Rate of Return and their like. I very much doubt that these measures guided our former president. The country was run like there was no tomorrow. It was a borrowing and money evaporation jamboree. Now production and productivity have been crippled, as their prerequisites are not present, so now, every wise man and woman is hedging against the dollar; as man MUST wack.

    Even pastors I hear, now list their services in dollars. It isn’t a Tinubu factor. It is a Buhari factor. And I dare say that even we as a people didn’t do what we should have done at that time. That was the time for strike actions and protests!! Albeit many of us may not have had any inkling of the implications of his hare brained actions. The president we have now is actively trying to find the antidote to this stress that our economy is now burdened with. He didn’t import our current challenges. He’s been actively trying to generate ideas to confront these existential challenges home and abroad, he’s been trying to reposition a formless economy and put it in a new direction that will bring renewed hope for a prosperous Nigeria. It is not easy for us all. Not at all; and I bet not for him either. He has told us that the pains would be telling, but assures us that the end product will attract praise; as some will say, it will all end in praise. He has not abdicated his responsibilities at all. Has he risen to the occasion everytime there are concerns about certain aspects of our daily lives and broached the issues very well. He has exhibited the right courage to call a spade by its very name. Does he understand the challenges and is he propelling new paradigms in the affairs of the nation? Assuredly, yes!

    President Tinubu knew he was inheriting a country that was on a free fall. A country that was predominantly governed by a proxy; a kid, who in his inexperience steered the ship of State amok and terminated without dexterity, leaving us all to face the headwinds. The damage was done long before President Tinubu took charge. Indeed, during his campaigy for president, he knew that he would be inheriting a country tottering on the cliffhanger of debts and infrastructural deficit. He knew that Nigeria needed an urgent surgical operation that would birth a new road map for engaging developmental challenges in the country; and from what I have seen so far, the President is working assiduously to combat the present realities that stare us in the face.Additionally, he is emotionally intelligent each time the problems threaten to overwhelm us. He’s been very engaging and showing a rare understanding of what the issues are. For example, his courageous intervention in trying to fix the refineries is one right step in the right direction. His subsidy removal was another bold step to confront the elephant in the house with a view to arresting huge leakages that have held us down for a long time.

    President Tinubu shows the attributes of a president who understands where he’s taking his people. What we need from him now is for productivity and productivity to kick start and rise; and that should be our focus. Not how to rally unrest. He asked for the job, knowing full well what the demands were. He has templates to fit into different aspects of the problems to fix them. The results will soon ooze out in through short, medium and long terms routes, This is surely not a time to trade blames, but things must be put in perspective, lest an innocent man is hanged. After subsidy removal, more allocation is going to the states and local governments but even the stewards in charge at state and local government levels are hedging, rather than carrying on and out economic activities to keep their people alive and well. Buying of US dollars to store is not a source of income, or an economic stimulant or activity. Performance levels at the state levels are abysmal. Local Governments are almost exctint, but we hear of the FAAC disbursements; incongruity is my response! Nothing tangible is happening at those levels but labour unions cannot see this and stand and demand better accountability from their governors. Instead, what we often see is NLC threatening strike actions against the Federal Government. Will strike action speed up the works being done to stimulate the economy? Is it the right therapy for addressing the issues? What is the population of workers in Nigeria? Do they think that workers are the only people in Nigeria being affected by the current existential threats? The government is trying to get things going and even running. Let us assess our president by the things he has done so far; and we too should offer what skills or intellect we have in that regard.

    As a pro-democracy activist who struggled through the rocky planes of street protests, daring the military to retire to the barracks, President Tinubu surely knows the expectations of him by the people. In his leadership trajectory, he has shown grit, blazed trails and characteristically dialogues with his people. The Tinubu administration no doubt, IS WORKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. The current actions of the government will augur well for us as a nation. That is the current difference from what we had before. Our future is not being put in a mess. Let us assess this government at the moment by first, how much action and success they have achieved in loophole blockages and secondly, by their actions to shore up production amd productivity and get them going. Let us be objective and constructive.

    I campaigned vigorously for President Tinubu when he indicated interest in the presidency, in 2023. I was convinced in my heart that he stood a good chance and had a good understanding of the issues at hand and was astute. I saw him as a Nigerian, determined to confront the challenges we faced, without minding whose ox is gored. My confidence in the ability and capacity of President Tinubu to address the numerous challenges facing us is based on his antecedents and his character. The journey and remedy may be tortuous but the outcome will be cheering news for the nation. The floating of the naira seems to be the tip off that has rendered the economy somewhat stalemated, with inflation eating up the value of the currency, but there will be a silver lining at the end of the tunnel if we can up the ante in our production sector, of course with safety and security brought under control. Also, we all need to show some more confidence in our own!!! We need to let go of this hedging mentality!! The government too may have to seek other ways and means to arrest the free fall of the naira. For instance, we can adopt the Kuwaiti model, of ensuring that purchase of our oil is done in naira and not dollars. Insisting on the naira as our preferred currency in our oil transactions will shore up the naira. Kuwaiti government insists on Kuwaiti dinar in their oil transactions to instill confidence in their local currency. Nigeria could do the same. Naira must be made our number one choice in payment for our oil instead of dollars. If we take this step in addition to other initiatives presently being applied by the CBN, there will be some cushioning in the system.

    Personally, President Tinubu has proven that he means well for this country, to all intents and purposes. Those who are constantly asking for strike action ostensibly as the solution to the challenges facing the nation, are the ones who do not mean well for the nation. They are the enemies of our country. I know some Nigerians have dual and or multiple citizenships, but most of us have only our Nigeria to call home. We must all join hands to build our nation, and not allow ourselves become porns in the game of selfish bulls. The governors need to show confidence in our capacity, economy, and currency and stop converting their allocations to dollars to stockpile as we hear they are doing. There is so much allocation to the state governments presently through increase in Federal Allocation as a consequence of the subsidy removal. One expects the state government to respond to the growing hardship through palliative measures that would abate the realities, and also embark on local economic activities. Governors should stop heaping the blame on the federal government. If President Tinubu succeeds, Nigeria succeeds. If he fails, the impact will bear on us all. We must therefore, try as much as possible to ensure that we exhibit uncommon patriotism at this trying time and be more patient with Government to allow all the interventions yield the desired results. Many countries across the world are going through serious economic problems too, so Nigeria is not an exception, but the difference is that we have a president who has shown tact, courage, gravitas and grit in confronting the challenges head-on without equivocation. I am very confident that all this will soon pass away, and time will usher in a sweet harvest of all the current interventions .

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    THE DSS INVASION OF OGUN STATE HIGH COURT: A GROSS VIOLATION OF THE RULE OF LAW AND JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE.

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    WE MUST STAND AGAINST SUCH MIND DISTURBING CONDUCTS.

    My attention has been brought to the shocking and disturbing incident that occurred at the Ogun State High Court in Ilaro, where operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the courtroom and arrested two defendants, Fatai Isiaka and Samuel Oyero, during an ongoing trial.

    This egregious act of disregard for the rule of law and judicial independence is a clear affront to the very fabric of our democracy and deserves utmost condemnation.

    The defendants, Fatai Isiaka and Samuel Oyero, were standing trial for alleged arson related to the Obaship crisis in Agosasa town, Ipokia local government area. The trial was ongoing, with
    the honorable judge presiding, when the DSS operatives stormed the courtroom, disrupting the proceedings and causing chaos.

    The operatives, arrested the defendants and whisked them away, leaving the court and legal counsel in shock.
    This incident raises several concerns and questions. Firstly, the DSS’s actions constitute a gross violation of the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.

    The courts are the bastion of justice, and any attempt to undermine their authority and integrity is a threat to the rule of law. The DSS’s actions demonstrate a blatant disregard for the judiciary’s autonomy and the due process of law.

    Secondly, the timing and manner of the arrest are highly suspicious. Why did the DSS choose to arrest the defendants during an ongoing trial, disrupting the judicial process and causing undue
    tension? Was this a deliberate attempt to intimidate the court, the legal counsel, and the defendants?

    Thirdly, this incident highlights the growing trend of executive high-handedness and disregard for the rule of law in our country.

    The DSS’s actions are reminiscent of the infamous invasion of the National Assembly in 2018, where operatives of the DSS blocked the entrance of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from entering. Such actions erode the trust and confidence in our institutions and undermine the very foundations of our democracy.

    The arrest of the defendants during an ongoing trial also raises questions about the DSS’s respect for the judicial process and the independence of the judiciary.
    In addition, this incident has far-reaching implications for the integrity of our judicial system.

    The DSS’s actions undermine the authority and integrity of the judiciary, and erode the trust and confidence of the public in the judicial system. If the DSS can invade a courtroom and arrest
    defendants during an ongoing trial, what is to stop them from doing the same in other cases? This sets a dangerous precedent and undermines the very foundations of our democracy.

    I’m also saddened with the silence of the relevant authorities, including the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, who have refused to speak out against this egregious
    violation of the rule of law.

    In conclusion, I condemn in the strongest terms the invasion of the Ogun State High Court in Ilaro by the DSS operatives. This brazen act of disregard for the rule of law and judicial
    independence is a clear affront to our democracy and deserves utmost condemnation.

    I call on the relevant authorities to take immediate action to address this incident, ensure the safety and release of the defendants, and guarantee the independence and integrity of our judiciary.

    We must stand up against executive high-handedness and defend the rule of law, lest we slide into anarchy and chaos.

    I also call on the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Judicial Council, and other stakeholders
    in the judicial system to take a stand against this violation of the rule of law and defend the integrity of our judiciary. We must not allow the DSS’s actions to go unchallenged, and we must ensure that our democracy is protected from such egregious violations of the rule of law.

    BY SHUAIBU BASHIR MUKADDAM
    REACH;
    MAIL: shuaibubashir16@gmail.com
    LINKLEDIN: AMB SHUAIBU BASHIR MUKADDAM, GCOA.

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    Police Launch Schools Protection Squad (SPS), Prosecute Over 3000 Suspected Criminals

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    The Commisdioner of police, Kano state command CP Muhammad Usaini Gumel while commemorating his one year anniversary has launched School Protection Squad (SPS).

    Aim of the Squard according to Gumel is to instill proactive measures to ensure protection of students from evil invaders who kidnapped pupils.

    He explained that the launching of the Squad by the Nigerian Police Force is the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police IGP Kayode Ebegtokim with the objective of adequately providing safe environment for schooling, students, their teachers as well as the schools facilities and their critical infrastructures.

    The SPS, comprised of sixty adequately trained police personnels who are provided with the necessary kits and tools for the task.

    The Squard have been dispatched to intensify robust patrols around all primary and secondary schools, including all vulnerable tertiary institutions in all locations across each senatorial districts of the state.

    The Commissioner while unveiling his landmark achievements in one year revealed that, “as a result of employing robust security strategies couple with community policing approache, the Command received and profiled a total of 623 repentant thugs, took them off the streets and are currently transitioning them away from life of crime.

    Some of them have been engaged by the State Government practicing various life-changing empowerment programs.

    The Command have arrested and prosecuted more than 3,000 suspected criminals with offenses that ranged from kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, human trafficking, illicit drug dealings, thuggery and other social vices.

    On assumption of office as commissioner of police in the State on the 2nd of May, last year, Gumel said he was aware that communities in the State have had their fair share of security challenges, especially the menace of daylight and nighttime mobile phone armed robbery, thuggery, farmers and herders clashes and other violent criminal activities.

    “Other heinous crimes include kidnapping, the threat of infiltration of bandits along border LGAs, especially Falgore and Dansoshiya forests, the buying and selling of minors, motor vehicle theft, cross-border organized crimes and illicit drug dealings, among others.”

    After reviewing the crime pattern and conducted crime mapping of the State, he drew up action plan which centered around robust community policing engagements with relevant stakeholders, synergizing with the military and other security agencies, and the use of both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.

    “It is through these collective efforts that we succeeded in fighting and bringing down the wave of crime and criminality in the State.”

    The Command have strengthened its Public Relations Unit and instructed the personnel to engage strongly with the local community and apply strategic communication through television, radio, and other media channels to raise public awareness about the Police Command’s activities, the consequences of crime, and to seek co-operation for promoting the peace.

    Within the same period, the Command have achieved some significant strides by flushing out criminals who occupied the historic Dala Hill, who used it as a hideout and turning it into an enclave from where they launch mayhem and various criminal activities.

    The criminals not only attempted to destroy a major symbol of Kano’s history but almost destroyed a world-class tourist attraction, a source of wealth creation and revenue generation.

    Thus far, the intervention of the Police Command has made the historic site safe and secure for all residents of the area and visitors.

    In addition to our efforts in combating crime, the Command actively participated in numerous community policing programs for example embarking on visitations to Makoda, Gaya, Kiru, and Gwale LGA’s of the State.

    This approach helped improve the Police-community relationship and combat the long time Farmers/Herders clashes that have existed for more than 40 years in Makoda LGA.

    The Inter and Intra party clashes amongst the two dominants political parties – APC and NNPP in Gaya LGA, incidences of kidnapping around Kwanar Dangora and resurgence of thuggery activities in Gwale LGA were all restored.

    In furtherance to the community policing engagement, we organized community policing programs, including friendly football matches with repentant thugs, involving stakeholders such as members of the Kano Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kannywood, Tik-Tockers, and others.

    This approach has now bridged the gap between the Police and the Community, leading to better information sharing and cooperation in fighting crime.

    The Police Command, in collaboration with the Kano Branch of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria (MAN), have organized the first and second editions of capacity building workshops aimed at equipping Police investigators, and equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the intricacies of the Kano State Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).

    The Command also conducted some inter-agency’s training sessions on Fire Safety in collaboration with the Federal Fire Service. Others include, Cyber Security Training.

    In line with the provisions of Force Order No. 20 as amended relating to the effective implementation of the Police Duty Solicitor Scheme (PDSS), the Advisory Committee of the Scheme was inaugurated on 6th February 2024 by the Kano State Police Command and supported by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) project.

    The launch of the committee marked a significant milestone in enhancing legal representation for individuals coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System in Kano State.

    The PDSS Advisory Committee which it’s membership were drawn from the institutions of the Police, Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Legal Aid Council, National Human Rights Commission, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigeria Correctional Service, and Civil Society among others.

    The committee conducted a comprehensive two-day visit to various detention facilities and justice sectors, consisting of 4 selected Police Stations, two Correctional Centers, including one Remand Home, and three Court Complexes of Magistrates of the Shari’ah, and High Courts between 5th and 6th February 2024. The primary objective of this initiative was to ensure the effective implementation of the scheme

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    Democracy or Courtocracy? CP. Gumel perspectives

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    The Commisdioner of police, Kano state command Muhammad Usaini Gumel who was recently awarded the best advocate of Community policing by the Nigerian police force has presented a paper on the travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the fourth Republic.

    The event was organized by the Mumbayya house in Kano.

    Below is his full unedited speech at the occasion.

    DEMOCRACY OR “COURTOCRACY”: THE TRAVAILS OF NIGERIA’S ELECTORAL PROCESS IN THE FOURTH REPUBLIC

    *REMARKS BY*

    *CP MOHAMMED USAINI GUMEL, FIPMA, psc*

    AT THE ANNUAL AMINU KANO MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL 2024 AT MAMBAYYA HOUSE, GWAMMAJA, KANO

    PROTOCOL.

    It is my honor to address this distinguished audience at this occasion of the Annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium on the topic _”Democracy or ‘Courtocracy’: The Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic”. I thank the Organizers for associating me, and by extension the Kano Police Command with this intellectual gathering.

    Now, from the topic, I presume that the intention is to examine the role of the Courts in our recent democratic evolution, particularly in resolving election disputes. This is something that has generated different views from analysts and pundits alike. Now, as a police officer, I do not think I qualify to make any bold points about the contest between legalism and politics. However, looking at the recent political events in Nigeria, I would agree with the saying that “Law is politics by other means”. The judicialization of our electoral process gives credence to this assertion.

    The fact is that there is a thin line separating politics and law. The philosophers have aptly made the point about laws being the instruments for political contests, the tools of the powerful in society, and the shield of the elite against the masses.

    *Elections in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic*

    From 1999 to date, Nigeria is said to be witnessing its fourth republic. It is the longest period of uninterrupted practice of democracy in the country. We have witnessed seven (7) electoral cycles from 1999; 2003; 2007; 2011; 2015; 2019 and 2023. In the process, we have also seen peaceful transitions from one civilian administration to another, and the transfer of power between parties in power and in opposition. Nigerians have therefore experienced governance under both incumbents and oppositions. It means *Democracy has gone full cycle!*

    Despite these transitions, elections have remained eventful: Hotly contested, and often settled in Courts. The role of election tribunals has gained currency in recent times. We have witnessed different judicial processes that produced outcomes for electoral contests, which leave many wondering if the Courts, rather than the people, have ultimately become the deciders of who wins or loses in an election. This, I believe, is what the organizers have in mind when they coined the concept of _“Courtocracy_ and speak about the _Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic._ I find this interesting and intriguing. It is indeed ingenious, so I congratulate the Organizers for coming up with such catchy descriptions.

    *_Courtocracy_ and Security in the Electoral Process*

    While free and fair election is the hallmark of a democratic system, election malpractices and violence have been regarded as obstacles to the consolidation of democratic institutions. This makes the issue of security very crucial in all the phases of the electoral process: the pre-electoral, electoral, and post-electoral phases. The role of the security agencies is to safeguard the electoral environment and electoral process. For this reason, the security agencies are exposed to the machinations of political actors. To optimize the role of the security agencies, an Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) was established in Nigeria before the 2011 General Elections, which establishes the code of conduct and rules of engagement for the security agencies before, during and after elections. With this, all security men and women on electoral duty now have a common standard of reference for their actions. The security personnel contribute to the judicial processes of elections as they are responsible for protecting election materials, personnel, and arresting offenders. The security agencies also provide safe space for the conduct of the judicial proceedings, ensuring that there is no disruption. In this way, the security agencies’ role in _courtocracy_ is the provision of evidence and safe space, but not directly in determining the outcome of the Court proceedings, which I leave to our learned men and women to speak about.

    *Distinguish Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,*

    Let me conclude by saying that the term _”Courtocracy”_ has emerged to describe a situation where legal battles and court rulings play a significant role in determining electoral outcomes, sometimes overshadowing the will of the people expressed through the ballot box. This raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the extent to which the rule of law guides our democracy.

    Nigeria, as a nation, has made significant strides in transitioning to democratic governance. Yet, the prevalence of electoral irregularities, political violence, vote-buying, and other malpractices has eroded public trust in the electoral system. This, coupled with the phenomenon of judicial interventions in electoral disputes, has led to a growing perception of courts wielding more influence than voters in shaping political leadership.

    For democracy to thrive in Nigeria, it is imperative that the electoral process upholds the principles of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Political actors, electoral bodies, security agencies, and the judiciary all have a crucial role to play in ensuring free, fair, and credible elections that truly reflect the will of the people.

    As the Commissioner of Police of the Kano Police Command, I urge fellow law enforcement agencies to maintain neutrality, uphold professionalism, and guarantee the safety and security of all citizens during elections. We must work tirelessly to prevent electoral violence, investigate electoral offenses, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

    The _Travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the Fourth Republic_ underscore the urgent need for reforms that will strengthen democratic institutions, promote electoral integrity, and restore confidence in the electoral system. By upholding the values of democracy and the rule of law, we can steer our nation toward a future where the voice of the people truly shapes the course of governance.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

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