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#EndSARS: Our police reform agenda is a game changer to end impunity – Osinbajo

Osinbajo has told a US delegation that the proposed reform of the Police will be a game-changer in ensuring an end to impunity.

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#EndSARS: FG wants Police reforms - Osinbajo

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo told a US delegation that the proposed reform of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) will be a game-changer in ensuring an end to impunity. The reforms have become necessitated by reports of police brutality, extortion, unlawful arrests, and extrajudicial killings.

This was disclosed in a tweet by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, via his official Twitter handle.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “The plan of both the Federal & State Governments to investigate police brutality & prosecute erring police officers, create new State-based Security and Human Rights Committees, as well as providing compensation to victims of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units, would be a game-changer in ensuring an end to impunity.”

This is a sequel to the public outcry for the restructuring and overall rehabilitation of the security architecture owing to the high incidence of gross violations and abuse of fundamental human rights by the police and other security operatives in the country.

What you should know

Nairametrics had earlier reported that the Lagos State Government had published a schedule of ongoing criminal prosecution of erring police officers accused of human rights abuses in the state. 

What they are saying

Commenting on the latest development, Prof Osibanjop said, At least 13 states have since established Judicial Panels to seek justice and compensate victims whose rights have been breached by the disbanded SARS. 

“Our holistic police reform plan will end impunity. Together, Nigeria will prevail.”

Why it matters

The reform of the Nigerian police and other security architecture is long over-due. The restructuring will lead to assuaging rising tension among the pro-EndSARS Nigerians. Also, it will end a culture of impunity among police officers, which will culminate in renewed trust for the security outfit.

Chidi Emenike is a graduate of economics, a Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow and an Investment Foundations certificate holder. He worked as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the Federal College of Education Kano and is also a trained National Peer Group Educator on Financial Inclusion

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  1. Anonymous

    October 24, 2020 at 9:06 am

    I no fit laugh eh eh! Did he just say a game changer to end impunity? Buwahahaha! The time impunity will end is when all of you get out of office and we fix this county collectively without a leader then later appoint representatives!

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NIFIAN elects JAIZ Bank MD, Hassan Usman as first President

…Inaugurates pioneer EXCO members.

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The Non-Interest Financial Institutions Association of Nigeria (NIFIAN), yesterday in Abuja elected the Managing Director of Jaiz Bank Plc. Hassan Usman as its pioneer President.

Usman was inaugurated alongside other six EXCO members to steer the affairs of the umbrella body of all corporate organisations offering non-interest financial and related services in the country for a first term of 2 years.

Those elected includes Hajara Adeola, Managing Director/CEO, Lotus Capital Limited as Vice-President; Norfadelizan Abdulrahman, Managing Director/CEO of TAJBank Limited as Treasurer; and Fatai Ola Bakare, an astute in-house legal counsel and Islamic Finance expert of SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited as the Secretary-General.

Other EXCO members inaugurated yesterday include Thaibat Adeniran, Managing Director/CEO, Cornerstone Takaful Nigeria Limited; Aminu Tukur, Managing Director/CEO, Noor Takaful Limited and Dr. Basheer Oshodi, CEO, TrustBank Arthur Limited.

In his opening address, Babayo Saidu, Chairman of NIFIAN’s Board of Trustees said the Association was registered on 28th August 2020, and duly incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

Parts of the objectives of NIFIAN is to promote common interest of member-organisations towards developing the non-interest financial services industry in Nigeria, creating an enabling regulatory environment through advocacy as well as deepening financial inclusion through market engagements and financial literacy. In addition, the Association aims to improve market resilience by fostering collaboration across the industry, promoting policies and programmes on Financial Inclusion, and sensitization of the populace for the economic development of the country through non-interest financial services offering.

The Executive Council is expected to steer the affairs of the Association towards the realisation of its objectives for the advancement of financial inclusion through non-interest finance in Nigeria.

In his inaugural address, Hassan Usman said the journey started more than a decade ago with Nigeria Islamic Finance Working Group, a multi-institutional platform under the auspice of EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access.)

Usman said: “As today marks a new chapter in our pursuit, I would like to reiterate the fact that we are not there yet. This course is a journey and not a destination. While the overarching objective remains constant, the detailed operational and strategic initiatives of the Association shall continue to evolve to meet the requirements of the day.

“To this end, I pledge that over the course of my tenure, I will work with my colleagues in the Council to push some prominent initiative including promotion of sound Islamic banking and financial system and practise in Nigeria; growth and development of requisite market infrastructures such as an efficient non-interest inter-bank system.

“Pursuit of harmony in Shariah pronouncements (fatwas); represent the interest of members locally and internationally; provide advice and assistance to members pertinent to the development of their institution and deepen public awareness. I look forward to working with members to make Nigeria the Islamic Finance Hub of Africa.”

In addition, the President singled-out EFInA for the role played as the founder of what becomes NIFIAN today through its concerted support for the propagation of financial inclusion initiates through the non-interest finance industry. With the inauguration of persons of track records into the Executive Council of the Association, NIFIAN is therefore set to take on the charge towards developing the Nigerian financial markets.

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Unilever to spin off Tea business such as Lipton, Brooke Bond in major restructuring

Unilever wants to split its Tea business as a separate entity.

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Unilever Overseas increases stake in Unilever Nigeria Plc

Leading personal care and consumer goods company, Unilever announced plans to spin off its tea business into a separate legal entity.

The company announced this via a press release published on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The announcement is coming at least 6 months after its parent company, Unilever Global announced plans of a spin-off of its Tea business.

According to a press release seen by Nairametrics, by the company’s management through Abidemi Ademola, the Company Secretary, the strategic review which includes leading brands such as Lipton, Brooke Bond and PG Tip will go through the normal approval process, adding that the process is expected to be concluded by the end of 2021.

The planned separation will take full effect on all the balance of Unilever’s tea brands and geographies and all tea estates outside India and Indonesia, as the company will be retaining the tea businesses in India and Indonesia.

What they are saying

Prior to the recent disclosure, Unilever made the planned separation of the company’s tea business known on the 5th of August 2020.

The Global Chief Executive Officer of the leading consumer goods brand, Alan Jope, explained that it is – “important to strengthen the strategic future of the company by announcing proposals to unify its dual-headed legal structure.”

He noted that the strategic review of the company’s global tea business would help the company to make new commitments that are expected to drive efforts to help protect the climate and regenerate nature.

What you should know

  • The tea and savoury segment (food products) of Unilever Nigeria Plc made a total of N34.71 billion in 2020.
  • This, however, is higher than the revenue of N31.91 billion the company made in 2019 through the sales of tea and savoury.
  • In total, the tea business which will be separated, generated revenues of €2 billion globally in 2019 for the company.

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