Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nigeria: FG Confirms Okiro; Police Arrest 300 Over Kano LG Polls - AllAfrica.com

Ben AgandeAbuja

ON a twenty-four hours the national Council of State confirmed the assignment of the Mister Microphone Okiro as substantial Inspector General of Police, Governor Ibrahim Shekaru yesterday said over 300 suspects had been arrested for their alleged engagement in violent activities in the wake of last Saturday's local authorities elections in the state.

Addressing state house letter writers after yesterday's meeting, the president of the governors' forum Dr. Bukola Saraki (Kwara State) said the verification of Mr. Okiro was based on the recommendation of the president.

The meeting was the first since President Umaru Yar'adua presume business office in May this year.

It was also the first to be attended by former president Olusegun Obasanjo who handed over to president Yar'Adua on May 29, 2007.

Obasanjo was the first individual to get the council chambers; locale of yesterday's meeting before any former caput of state or current governors whom, with the leading of the national; assembly and the serving and former head justness of Federal Republic Of Nigeria represent members of the national Council of state.

Governor Saraki who along side the governors of Kano and Bayelsa State, Ibrahim Shekaru and Prieye Sylvia briefed state house letter writers said yesterday's meeting was well attended.

He disclosed that issues ranging from the security challenges in the state especially the Niger River Delta crisis and the issue of armed robbery were exhaustively discussed.

He also said that the council approved the bestowal of national honours degree on 204 Nigerians including members of the winning Golden eaglets as well as the human race heavy weight champion, Samuel Peters. The council however directed that two members from each state of the federation must also be accommodated in the projected national honours.

According to Governor Saraki, the council also approved government's rejection of the scene up of a alkali by the American authorities in the state but approved the scene up of an African base by force.

The Kwara state governor explained: "First of all Council was briefed on the state of the nation, talking about the economic system of the state with peculiar mention to security largely saying that there are old challenges and new challenges, the issue of armed robbery, the issue of reserves in the Niger River Delta and other parts of the country.

"On the issue of security, the President was mandated to travel back to the records and bank check the study of the two commissions that were put up by the contiguous past times disposal on the issues of welfare, equipping the services and the police. He was asked to dust up the study and see the recommendations especially the study submitted by the retired dig Danmadami that went around in the procedure of improving the service of the police force and also better security generally.

"There was also peculiar mention to some of the activities of some of the attached lookout vehicles and that they are creating a batch of mayhem and lost of lives in some lawsuits and Council of Governors took determination to cover very seriously with those sort of lawsuits and also seek and control some of the activities of some of the staff underneath us.

"We also addressed the issue of AFRICOM. The Council of State was little on AFRICOM and some of the concerns and some of the positions of the state were made known to us as members of the Council of State.

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"The President restated the place of Federal Republic Of Nigeria not permitting United States Base in our state or bomber part but to work towards constitution of African Standby Force.

Another point we talked about is the issue of prisons. How make we go on to pull off the prison houses under the present constitution. It is clear that support of it was becoming a spot of the load to the Federal Soldier Government of Nigeria.

Yesterday's meeting was attended by Presidents Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ernest Shonekan.

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