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Avoid bribe, it brings bad luck, CP warns policemen



Police arrest 14 suspects over Odili’s house invasion

…As Corruption trial of Latvian central bank chief begins November

The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Abdulrahman, has warned policemen to avoid bribe or extortion stressing that such money was poisonous and capable of bringing bad luck.

Abdulrahman gave the warning in Nsukka while addressing men and officers of Police Area Command, Nsukka, during his familiarisation tour.

He said his administration would not spare any police officer found guilty of taking bribe as well as the collection of money for bail.

“The era of extortion, collection of money before doing your job or taking money before granting somebody bail is over, I will not condone such unprofessional practices.

“Some people erroneously believe that when a policeman collects illegal money from the public, he will give it to the Division Police Officer (DPO).

“According to them, DPO will give it to the Area Commander and area commander will give it to Commissioner of Police, that is a complete lie,’’ he said.

He said nobody should bring ‘brown envelop’ that is proceed of bribe to him because such is poisonous and brings bad luck.

“Bail is free, if any policeman collects money to bail anybody, the public should report that officer to me and he or she will be sanctioned.

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“If somebody appreciates you willingly because of the excellent way you are doing your work, I am not against it.’’

Abdulrahman commended the sister security agencies and Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) who assisted him to bring to a halt the high rate of kidnapping and armed robbery in the state when he assumed office.

“I am happy Enugu State has returned to its former glory as the most peaceful state in the country.’’

The police commissioner urged residents of the state to embrace community policing, adding that that had become the main practice in every part of the world.

“Community policing is the main thing in every part of the world as it helps to build confidence and trust between police and the community,’’ he said.

The police boss promised to send more patrol vehicles to Nsukka Area Command to improve operation and logistics in the area.

The Chairman of (PCRC) in Enugu State, Mr Dom Ezema, commended the police commissioner for the visit in spite of his tight schedule.

Ezema, however, urged him to deploy more policemen to Nsukka senatorial zone to enable the command give maximum protection to people in the zone.

“Nsukka zone is more populated than any other zone in the state and as such, needs more policemen to protect lives and property in the area.

“PCRC will continue to support police in the Enugu State in ensuring good community relation with residents,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Omaru Ozigi, the Commander of Nsukka Police Area Command said that the command had keyed into the commissioner’s philosophy of no bribe no extorting.

He said the area command had ensured that any erring police officer is brought to book.

Ozigi told the commissioner that the ban of motorcycles in Nsukka town, from 8 p.m to 6 a,m, was to stop criminals who used motorcycles to commit crimes at night in the town.

“The ban is yielding good result since the enforcement started,’’ he said.

He also commended the commissioner for the visit and thanked him for promising to send more operational vehicles to Nsukka Police Area Command.

NAN reports that many stakeholders in Nsukka Local Government Area were present during the visit.

In the meantime, the corruption trial of Latvian central bank chief, Ilmars Rimsevics, is scheduled to begin in early November.

The trial is expected to be open to the public, a spokeswoman for the court administration in Riga told dpa.

Rimsevics, who was head of the Baltic nation’s central bank since 2001, is accused of accepting bribes and money laundering.

According to the Latvian public prosecutor’s office, Rimsevics accepted a paid holiday vacation and 250,000 Euros (274,000 dollars).

Rimsevics denied the allegations and sees himself as the victim of a plot by Latvia’s commercial banks.

He was arrested at the beginning of 2018 and was suspended from office after the Latvian judiciary imposed ban on him carrying out his work duties.

But Rimsevics went back to work at the central bank at the end of February after the European Court of Justice overturned the ban. His mandate ends in December.



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Sri Lankan President Thanks Seychelles Defence Forces For Rescuing Sri Lankan Vessel From Somali Pirates



President Ramkalawan says Seychellois military boarded boat with utmost courage to take complete control

 The Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF) Special Forces and Seychelles Coast Guards on board Coast Guards vessel Topaz led a successful operation to regain control of a Sri Lankan vessel hijacked by armed Somali pirates.

Seychellois special military forces boarded the boat with utmost courage to take complete control of the vessel and rescue our Sri Lankan brothers.

The Commander in Chief of the Seychelles, President Wavel Ramkalawan has spoken to the Chief of Defence Forces, Brigadier Michael Rosette to congratulate the Special Forces and Coast Guards team on a well-executed and successful mission.

“This is the spirit of the Seychelles Defence Forces. Professionalism, courage, and bravery are the tenets of the new spirit in the force. Though small, we will make our contribution to attaining maritime security, peace, and determination in the fight against terrorism to ensure that the world, especially in our part of the Indian Ocean remains a safe and peaceful region. Once again, I reiterate the  pride and confidence of the Seychellois nation in the Seychelles Defence Forces.”

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GoG: Promoting Trans-boundary Management For Sustainable Socio-Economic Development



…Mission builds upon previous efforts by AU-IBAR in the beneficiary countries (Benin and Togo) for the national validation of the report on the State of the Transboundary Marine Environment (SoME)

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 23, 2024/ — From January 21st to 27th, 2024, AU-IBAR is on a mission in the republics of Benin and Togo. The mission is dedicated to supporting the implementation of a Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initiative between the two nations. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), under the project “Conservation of Aquatic Biodiversity within the Framework of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy,” this initiative holds the promise of fostering socio-economic development through the judicious use of marine resources.

Collaborative Efforts: AU-IBAR is collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) body, the Abidjan Convention, and the World Bank-funded West African Coastal Area Management (WACA) Project. The SIDA-funded project, implemented by AU-IBAR, involves an assessment to map the extent of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) usage in Africa as a management tool for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems in the west, central, and northern regions of Africa.

Mission Objectives: This mission builds upon previous efforts by AU-IBAR in the beneficiary countries (Benin and Togo) for the national validation of the report on the State of Transboundary Marine Environment (SoME). The current objective is to secure joint expert validation of the SoME report and obtain high-level political endorsement for the provisions of the jointly validated report, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to the cause. Participants in the joint validation workshop include WACA project-nominated committee members from Benin and Togo, representatives from the Abidjan Convention, and government authorities from both nations, alongside relevant AU-IBAR staff.

Political Commitment: The opening statements during the joint meeting saw representatives from the Governments of Benin and Togo, the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention, and the representative of the Director of AU-IBAR express unwavering commitment to the transboundary marine management process. Both the Director of AU-IBAR and the Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention reiterated their support for the Governments of Benin and Togo in realizing their shared vision for the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources in the designated shared maritime boundary.

Key Outcomes: The pinnacle achievement of the joint meeting is the validation of the study report on the state of the marine environment between Benin and Togo. This validation marks a significant milestone towards establishing the transboundary MSP between the two countries. AU-IBAR Director, DR Huyam Salih, emphasized that this accomplishment is a crucial step forward in enhancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and environmental protection in the Gulf of Guinea.

Conclusion: The joint expert consultation workshop serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts aimed at promoting transboundary management of shared marine aquatic ecosystems in the Gulf of Guinea. The validated report and political commitment from Benin and Togo are integral to realizing the socio-economic development potential inherent in the sustainable use of marine resources. As AU-IBAR continues its mission, the hope is that this initiative will serve as a model for other regions seeking to harmonize efforts for the conservation and management of their shared marine ecosystems.
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U.S.-British Strikes In Yemen Left 5 Dead, Say Houthi Rebels



The U.S. and British military strikes in Yemen have left five Houthi fighters dead and six others injured, the Iran-aligned rebels said on Friday, vowing retaliation.

“The American and British enemy bears full responsibility for its criminal aggression,’’ the Houthi military spokesman Yehya Saree said in a statement.

Saree said the massive attack had targeted several Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen including the capital Sana’a.

“It will not pass unanswered and without punishment.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces will not hesitate to target sources of threat and all hostile targets on the ground and in the sea,’’ he said. 

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