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The Chairman of Ado Ekiti branch of Nigerian Bar Association () has called for mandatory psychiatric test for the personnel of the Ekiti State Security Agency called ‘Amotekun’ as part of recruitment rules.

Falade said the step became sacrosanct in view of alleged incessant misconduct of conventional security agencies, leading to brutality and unwarranted incarceration and killings of Nigerians.

The bill establishing the outfit, now awaiting Kayode Fayemi’s assent, was on Friday, passed into law by the Ekiti State of Assembly.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the NBA boss said he had made the suggestion for the inclusion of mandatory psychiatric at the assembly’s public hearing held on Thursday, as part of the prerequisites for qualification for Amotekun operatives.

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He said section 19 of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency bill sent to the House spoke about qualification, but issue of mental stability was not put into account, which he said spurred him to raise observation about that.

“Under the interpretation of sections, arms should not mean firearms alone, it should also include axes, cutlasses even stick. That I think would have been taken to into account before passage.

” Also, I proposed that in addition to criteria for employment of officials, a mandatory psychiatric test should be added in the law as stated in Section 19 which dealt with recruitment.

“The passed bill before transmission to the executive with amendments should include this. The mental stability of whoever carries arms matter to Nigerians.

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“We have seen cases of how Nigerians were being abused by security operatives. We have seen how those that were supposed to guarantee safety ended up killing innocent people over flimsy excuses.

“I appeal to the House to effect this while doing the amendment before transmitting to the executive.

“I observed that the composition of a board that will superintend over the Agency was contained in the passed bill. I believe the board will be given the powers to set their own rules and criteria for recruitment when they begin operation.

“The board must adopt this as part of the rules for recruitment even if it ends not being part of the amendments.

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“This should be taken seriously in the recruitment exercise so that the operatives won’t turn out to be lawbreakers”, the NBA boss said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COVID-19: Nigerian govt gives update on resumption of international flights

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’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has said the federal government is not in a hurry to announce the resumption of international flights.

Sirika stated this while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday.

The Minister made it clear that any decision taken would be in the interest of Nigerians.

He pointed out that several countries have not opened up for international flight operations and that Nigeria has not received clearance to fly to countries who are already receiving foreign visitors.

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“Everyone is trying to keep safe. These and many other reasons will make us be cautious and study some more and liaise with stakeholders to decide when we will open international flights.

“Within the sector, we want to reopen because we are bleeding and losing money but we have to remain alive first before we make money. Whatever decision we take has to be in the interest of humanity in general,” Sirika said.

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He also added that the World Health Organisation, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and other aviation stakeholders would be consulted, before any announcement is made.

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COVID-19: Osun eases total lockdown in four LGs

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Osun State Government, on Monday, eased the total lockdown imposed on four Local Government Areas last week to curb community transmission of the coronavirus.

The affected Local Government areas: Ilesha East, Ilesha West, Atakumosa East and Atakumosa West were placed on a 7-day lockdown that was scheduled to elapse on Monday, DAILY POST reports.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, on Monday evening, the State Government appreciated the people of Ijeshaland for the level of compliance to the lockdown directive.

According to the SSG, the state government approved the conditional ease of lockdown based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall strictly be adhered to.

Enforcement of safety protocols, especially the use of nose masks in public places must be continued in the axis, and non-adherents will be sanctioned, the government warned.

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Oyebamiji added that, “Although there were reports of breaches and violations, a commendable percentage showed responsibility through their compliance.

“The State Government also appreciates the efforts of the Joint Task Force that oversaw the enforcement of the week-long lockdown, as well as the services of healthcare workers and media professionals.

“It is imperative to note that the condition that necessitated the precision lockdown – community transmission – is still active in the areas.

“However, based on undertakings and assurance received from traditional and religious leaders as well as civil society groups within the axis, that compliance with safety guidelines shall be strictly adhered to going forward; the State Government has approved a CONDITIONAL EASE of lockdown in the four local government areas with effect from the midnight of Monday 13th July 2020.

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“The State Government wishes to reiterate that any form of breakdown in adherence to the safety protocols against COVID-19 in the four local government areas, shall force the government to reimpose the lockdown.

“The State Government under the leadership of Adegboyega Oyetola will do everything necessary to protect the lives and properties of citizens from actual and potential dangers.

“Citizens are therefore warned against actions that sabotage the efforts of the government, by adhering to the safety protocols and directives of the State Government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The State Government seizes this opportunity to remind Osun citizens to wash their hands regularly, use alcohol-based sanitizer, wear face mask and maintain social distance.”

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