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Oyo police preach peace among political stakeholders ahead of 2023

By Seye Olumide (South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan) and Timothy Agbor (Osogbo)
15 August 2022   |   3:59 am
Oyo State Police Command has urged stakeholders and politicians to embrace peace as the 2023 general elections are fast-approaching.

[FILES] Police. PHOTO: DW

Osun command, others seek war against rapists, FGM

Oyo State Police Command has urged stakeholders and politicians to embrace peace as the 2023 general elections are fast-approaching.

The command after a security sensitisation and awareness meeting with the political stakeholders, at the weekend, in Ibadan, stressed the need for all, including members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), to ensure peace and harmony before, during and after the elections.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Adewale Williams, in a statement issued after the meeting, advised the political class to shun any act capable of truncating the existing peace in the state.

IN another development, security agencies and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Osun State have advocated war against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gender Based Violence (GBV), rape and all forms of harmful traditional practices in the state.

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), NHRC, civil societies and non-governmental organisations expressed worry at the rising cases of rape, GBV and FGM in the country and urged survivors to report abusers for legal sanctions.

They gave the charge at an inter-generational dialogue organised by a non-governmental organisation, Value Female Network (VFN), in commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day in Osogbo.

The VFN said the discourse was mainly towards eradicating the illegal practice of FGM and other forms of abuses in Osun State and the nation at large.

It said FGM and other harmful traditional practices had been hindering the progress of youths, saying that the inhuman acts deprive young people from reaching their potentials in life.

MEANWHILE, Executive Director of VFN, Dr. Costly Aderibigbe-Saba, urged youths not to allow injustices and discrimination around to corrupt them, adding that the programme was organised to celebrate Nigerian youths and also create a discourse on the need for stakeholders to shun FGM and other harmful practices.

ALSO, Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, warned residents against acts capable of exposing youths to dangers and said that perpetrators of FGM and other illegal practices would be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.

In the same vein, Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Osun State Command, Mrs. Atanda Olabisi, urged survivors to report cases of assault, rape, violence and other harmful and illegal practices for action.

An officer of the NHRC in the state, Mrs. Jane Agbakwuru-Nzenwa, warned parents and guardians against domestic violence and all forms of human rights abuses, adding that the commission would not spare culprits.