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Vanguard Newspaper 07 April 2018

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18—SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 Continues from pg 17 who should arrest the situation delight in blame game, fueled by mutual suspicion. Among the usual suspects who come under knocks for the prevailing security situation has been the security operatives. As the sudden marriage of operations among the Police, DSS and military operatives produced the succession of elimination of kingpins of the Waney terror empire, stakeholders have cheered in suspicion. Some wonder if the security operatives suddenly acquired new policing techniques or the recent successes happened by strokes of luck. Others concluded that the prolong failure to avert the many lives Waney wasted before being shot dead was willful failure fueled by compromise or cheer negligence by security operatives. Yet others wonder why the Police, DSS and Military were yet to exercise same tactfulness in eliminating Waney to take out those terrorizing other localities. Danjuma stokes Wike’s suspicion As Chief Security Officer in his state, Governor Nyesom Wike too has not hidden his suspicion and vote of no confidence in statutory security operatives in his domain. In the heat of the Omoku crisis, the governor shared his worries with visiting Interior Minister, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Danbazzau. The governor told the visitor; “The security agencies have profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations. There is no wisdom in the politicisation of security. You can never know the next victim of insecurity “. “In every system, the security agencies know the flash-points. Here we requested for the strengthening of security around these flashpoints, especially areas with high prevalence of cultists. I expected that security would be beefed up in these places. “I ask this question. Is there an orchestrated plan to tag Rivers State as unsafe? Is the situation above the security agencies despite the information we have made available to them?” The governor’s disenchantment with security operatives in the state was deepened by recent critical declaration by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, charging Nigerians not to rely on the armed forces any more and begin to defend themselves against growing terrorism. Swearing in four new judges at the Government House Port Harcourt, Wike again harped on security in Rivers being deliberately compromised by security agencies who, he alleged, work with All Progressives Congress, APC, to undermine security of lives and property. He said, “I wasn’t used to fasting, but I will fast for God to keep Gen Danjuma. The General has said the obvious truth. It is happening daily in Rivers State. We are setting up our Neighbourhood Safety Corps, but they are generating crisis. We only replicated what is in existence in Lagos State, but nobody queries that of Lagos State. Only recently, Nasarawa State launched her outfit, without being challenged” Harcourt, the traditional ruler in currently troubled Egbalor, rather blamed governments, at all tiers in Rivers state, for not being proactive in nailing Mba Joe and his gang, saying that these stakeholders, beyond declaring the suspect wanted, have not made meaningful efforts at nailing him. Abe cautions For Sen. Magnus Abe, the security situation in Rivers is too deep-rooted that only serious efforts can save the situation. “Don Waney has always been there. Everybody knew the danger he constituted, but some persons chose to protect and encourage him. When we all agreed to see it as bad, they caught him. If you create leadership without authority, you destroy society” he said. At Andoni where he recently Kidnappers adopt new approach reached out with relief materials to residents internally displaced by cult violence, the Senator representing Rivers South East told the people, “The gunmen terrorizing the people are no strangers. They are your children, our own children, known to you people. “If we want to help the youth, we must educate them to establish them in leadership. When you undermine merit to glorify a small boy because of how well he can shoot a gun or kill, people around him will lose hope in leadership”, he further cautioned. Wike recipe for improvement stirs fresh controversy On top of the perceived compromises and stakeholders’ failures in arresting the situation is the reality that there are not enough policemen to police the state or anywhere else in the nation. The overwhelming deployment of the Swearing in four new judges at the Government House Port Harcourt, Wike again harped on security in Rivers being deliberately compromised by security agencies who, he alleged, work with All Progressives Congress, APC, to undermine security of lives and property •Rivers CP Zaki Ahmed already inadequate police force to do private guards for politicians, influential individuals and corporate bodies has aggravated that inadequacy. Under the circumstance, Governor Wike had also taken some of the harshest of the knocks against perceived failure of his administration to rise to the occasion with every action or inaction. Coming out with a new Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law No.8 of 2018 under this dilemma, the dissenting voices had been predictably resonant. At the March 15 assent to the bill passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly, Wike also signed Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) •Gov Wike (Amendment) Law No.6 of 2018 and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment) No.2 Law No.7 of 2018. The governor followed a day later with appointment of Dr Uche Chukwuma, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police who holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree as Acting Director-General of the expected Neighborhood Watch Corps. Not many are opposed to the desirability of alternative security apparatus to arrest the insecurity in Rivers, but again, mutual suspicion came to the fore as the usual suspect, opposition River APC, led the rage of rejection to the new law. APC fears reside with reasoned propensity to abuse the part of the Neighborhood Watch law which provides for a state organized vigilante, licensed to bear arms, enter, search and arrest suspected criminals without warrant, working in concert with statutory security operatives. Rivers APC, in a statement signed by its chairman, Chief Davies Ikanya, envisaged the intended Neighborhood Watch Corps as “Wike private army in disguise” and a call to violence in coming elections in the state. The party fears the security team is going to be deployed for political witch hunt. Ikanya’s statement, signed by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, his media consultant, noted that, “Considering the bloodletting that accompanied the 2015 general elections without this type of legally approved militia group, only God knows what we befall the state. This sinister bill that authorises the Neighbourhood Watch to carry arms, enter, search and arrest citizens without warrant is mischievous, diabolical, evil and unacceptable” The governor has maintained that the new law adopts what is already existent in Lagos and other states in best interest of the people, adding that the worry by APC was in display of usually posture not to see anything good under his administration. The Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps, he emphasised, cannot work without approval of security agencies who will profile all the operatives, adding that the body will support existing security agencies with intelligence and information to effectively fight crime and make the state safer. “If your hands are clean, you have nothing to fear about the laws. All criminals will face full weight of the law. We will ensure the state is safe for investors. If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment. If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty. If you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back “, he declared. Civil society divided too Eugene Ode, Chairman, Progressive Lawyers Forum, said, “We vehemently express our displeasure over the purported Neighborhood Watch Corps. The law constitutes an abuse of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). “Section 227 of the Constitution prohibits the establishment of any militia group or security outfits by the state other than those established by the Constitution. This law is capable of setting the constitutionally recognized security organizations in collision with the Neighborhood Corps of the state. This course will amount to proliferation of fire arms with it’s attendant consequences. “While we explore judicial process to set aside the law, we call on both the National Assembly and National Security Adviser to pay particular attention to what is unfolding in Rivers State the same way they are dealing with the Kogi State issue”, Ode said. Sotonye George, Chairman, Rivers state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, said, “CLO has never gone against it. What we recommend is light arms, if the constitution permits it. They should work under police watch. The arms they will bear must be licensed by the police. They cannot forcefully carry arms. There are procedures to follow. So the police commissioner must formally issue those licenses. “Police population is not enough to police our society. We need complementary organization, and that is why we called for the neighborhood watch. The governor has assented to the bill, now it is a law. We advice everybody in Rivers to accept it. The law is obviously good for the people. It is protective and we should all support. Let them not bring politics into it. Not everybody belongs to a party. Security matters are above politics.” Rights and Justice Advocate, Annkio Briggs, said, “I believe Wike and his government will not use Neighbourhood Watch Corps to arm youths because he knows that will be against the law. The Governor is working for the people of Rivers and Neighbourhood Watch Corps will work with the nation’s crime preventers because the Corps must work with the police. “I will suggest to the opposition to the present Rivers state Government and civil society to keep an eye out and make sure the state government led by Wike does not step outside of the legitimate functions of this corps. It is in the better interest of the people and state and not to assume the worst because of politics” Police neither here or there At a recent gathering of police chiefs following Wike’s signing of the controversial law, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had expressed dismay at hearing from the Rivers Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, that he wasn’t carried along and his input not sought throughout the debate and signing of the law. A law requiring a civilian group to bear arms, the IGP had stressed, must gain the approval of the police who have the responsibility to regulate the licensing of guns. Idris consequently charged Zaki to write Governor Wike on the police position on the matter. The Police in Rivers, at a briefing at her Command Headquarters in Port Harcourt, confirmed the IGP directive, but consciously declined comments on how well it has been carried out. “Let’s leave that subject for now. You know there is a directive from the IGP and the CP is working on doing the needful”, Nnamdi Omoni, Rivers Police Public Relations Officer, offered economically on the matter.

In the 80s the story was told in Warri, Delta State, of a girl who got pregnant in spite of the father’s strictness and deployment of monitoring spirits around her 24/7. The girl refused to disclose the person who was responsible for her pregnancy. When the tension and drama had reached feverish pitch, a family meeting was called where she dropped the bombshell: her father was responsible for the pregnancy. Many of the family members believed her, but she was only paying her father back for his “wickedness” (over protectiveness). It took a lot of begging and “bribing” before the truth came out. Why this short story? About two weeks ago, news broke out of another over protective father, a retiree, who was sentenced to death for killing a 22-yearold man in 2015 on SUSPICION of a romantic liaison with his daughter. Uncontrolled anger and lack of selfrestraint put this man in this mess. It was a straightforward matter. If the daughter was a minor, he should have warned the young man to stay away and, if he persisted, contacted the law enforcement agents (whatever their shortcomings are) or the parents to tell their son to back off. But if the daughter was 18 years and above, she was legally an adult. If the relationship was consensual, he had no business with the young man. He should have focused on his daughter and let her know why he disapproved of the relationship. As far as I am concerned, even if he caught them having sex in his house, as long as it was consensual, his business was still primarily his daughter. After all, na the house rat invite the outsider. The youngster was his daughter’s guest and, at worse, he could only order him out of his house. If he had a great father-daughter bond or strong influence on his daughter, he should have applied it and might just have succeeded in winning her back. But fathers should always remember, because they can relate to it, that a young girl— even older women—in love (lust) is like a man with an erection; her brain goes on recess until her head is clear. All of us, who have daughters, should learn from this. We instinctively want to protect our daughters, which is perfectly normal. How we go about the protection is the issue at stake. I believe protecting our daughters starts with molding and giving them a solid foundation in the early years of their lives. These days, paedophiles sexually abuse children as young as two days, so sex education should start early. Schools start sex Sex education should start early. Schools start sex education quite early, why not we the parents education quite early, why not we the parents. Our daughters might not fully grasp everything initially, but they would grow into anything they do not understand subsequently. Also, let us train our daughters to have an acute sense of right and wrong. We should also remind our daughters that the odds are against them as they get into puberty. There is something that is often not talked about because people do not want to encourage promiscuity, but the fact is this: if an infected man (HIV virus or Self-restraint other sexually transmitted diseases) engages in unprotected sex with a female, the chances of infecting the female are much higher than if the reverse is the case. This is because women are receptacles. No matter how much they clean or drain after sex, some of the seminal fluid stays in their bodies. This increases the chances of infection. In the case of a man, provided there is no skin break on his penis (some skin breaks, especially those caused by tight pants might not be visible to the eyes), a good bath, especially with antiseptic soap, immediately after intercourse, greatly reduces the possibility of infection. That was how many men avoided being infected with gonorrhea in those days. This also applies to some other sexually transmitted diseases. We should also remind our daughters that while a male and female engage in and enjoy the sexual intercourse, only the girl gets pregnant, bears the excruciating pains of child birth, drops out of school, has her plans disrupted and ends up with a stigma. We should also help our daughters (all our children) early in life to find their purpose, unearth their talents and potentials. When they discover what they are good at, they become focused; their passion consumes them and takes much of their time. A busy mind has less time for the distractions that come with natural sexual feelings and urges. We SATURD TURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018—19 should also make them to be selfassured and give them good value orientation. This will help to counter the bad peer influence that will inevitably come, because at certain points, their peers will laugh at them, tell them they are “missing something,” they are “fake girls,” etc., just because they are still virgins or because they are focused. Some “helpless” parents now encourage their daughters to either use the less popular female condoms or encourage their male partners to use condoms. This arrangement, like the condom itself, is imperfect. One, many young people are impatient; they just want to go ahead with sex, no time to wear condoms. Two, some young men, due to anxiety, will ejaculate and “ruin” their day even before they manage to put on the condom and so do not use condoms. Three, due to inexperience, the condom might burst or slip off and when it does, they just fling it aside and continue with their thing, skin to skin. Four, makers of condoms acknowledge that abstinence remains the best form of protection to avoid infections. We encourage our children to come tops in class, go for the best in life; why should we now encourage them to go for bronze (condoms), when gold (abstinence) is available, just because it is difficult? How many good things in life come easy? Use all legal means to help your daughter navigate the landmine that is the lot of young girls, but do not let your anger lead you to ruin. Many of us love our daughters to bits, and without self-restraint, we can easily kill for them. Now, unless an appellate court overturns the judgment, or he gets the sentence commuted, our subject matter is going to die a painful, shameful and miserable death by hanging. We should remember that, annoying as that young man “toasting” your daughter might be, he is somebody’s son. (Text Only) Healthy postures to keep you going (2) Fingers to- Toes Technique: Sit down flat on the ground; stretch your hands gently to grip the toes,and pull back your right leg to touch your stretched left thigh. Remain still for a period of 15 to 20 seconds and repeat thereafter for two or three times. Benefits: This exercise stretches your back muscles and enables you move freely at all times. •Half-plough variation Fingers to-Toes Half-Plough Technique: Place a chair at the head of your practice mat. Place your head halfway underneath the chair. Now, swing both legs and place them atop the back-rest of the chair. Half-plough variation is simply the excercise without a chair Duration: Stay in the Plough Pose for Half-Plough about 10 seconds. To return to the original position, first bend the knees and gently roll down flat back onto the floor. Benefits: The Half-Plough Pose makes the spine elastic. The abdominal organs are massaged. The gastric fire is improved and constipation dealt with.