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NAPTIP advocates equal punishment for gravity of GBV Cases




Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has called on Judges to serve punishment worth the gravity of offences in trafficking cases.

The D-G made the call in a statement in Abuja by Mr Vincent Adekoye, the Assistant Public Relations Officer of the agency.

It stated that Waziri-Azi made the call at the opening session of a two-day capacity building workshop of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJN), in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI).

The D-G appealed to Judges across the federation to place same measure of sanction on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases.

She stated that human trafficking offenders and perpetrators of SGBV should be served with sentencing commensurable with the magnitude of offences committed, to send signals and serve as a deterrent.

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She noted that some of the offenders often went home with light sentencing in the past, adding that the agency had recorded cases of repeat offenders and this posed great danger to the society.

According to her, Judges have indispensable roles to play in the eradication of human trafficking, curtailing of rapes and minimising cases of SGBV.

She stressed that it was important for the judges to be adequately acquainted with the provisions of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 (TIPPEA).

“The aim of the Act as stated in section 1 is to provide an effective and comprehensive legal and institutional frame work for the prohibition, prevention, detection, prosecution and punishment of trafficking offenders and other related crimes.

“The Act is also to promote and facilitate national and international cooperation. I am pleading with you all my Lords, the Judges to always consider the stiffer penalties and convictions that are commensurable with the magnitude of crime.

“This is very important as it serves as deterrent and it will assuage the trauma of the victims.”
She enumerated some of the operational challenges faced by the agency to include low reportage, the relationship between suspects and victims, lack of cooperation from the source/vulnerable communities.

Others are difficulty of procuring witnesses from remote areas, unavailability of lawyers to take up civil cases on behalf of victims on Pro-Bono basis, and this is making it difficult for victims to get compensation from their traffickers.

Waziri-Azi also disclosed that the agency had secured conviction of 519 traffickers, rescued and counselled 17, 727 victims.

It also sponsored 17 victims to higher institutions out of which 3 were employed in the service of the agency.

Others according to her, are establishment of 20 State Task Forces across the Country and increased partnership with diverse stakeholders with a reloaded advocacy and sensitisation.

The statement also reported Justice Ibrahim-Tanko Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, as saying that SGBV against women were severe human rights violations that must be addressed with all seriousness.

According to him, the roles of female judges in the adjudication of gender based issues cannot be over emphasised.

The statement also disclosed that at the first technical session, Justice Amina Augie, Justice of the Supreme Court, and the female judges were angered by reasons victims of human trafficking and other abuses were in pitiable traumatic state.

Augie stressed that victims had continued to nurse the wounds inflicted on them by heartless traffickers.

Having been exploited, the traffickers are often pampered erroneously or unintentionally with light sentencing.

She pleaded with judges who presided over such cases to consider the plight and exploitation of victims in deciding the cases of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Augie urged the judges to overlook some of the salient technicalities which often denied victims adequate justice, and commended NAPTIP DG for her tireless efforts in the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.

The female Judges, however, called for synergy among law enforcement agencies in tackling such cases in the country.

They also called for advocacy and awareness, to reduce the vulnerability of the people and get the Judges informed properly on all emerging counter trafficking legal frameworks.

The statement disclosed that the workshop was attended by judges, prosecutors, development partners, including Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants and other stakeholders. (NAN)

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Kawu appoints Ashiru Kachako, Abbas Adam as media assistants



Kawu Sumaila


Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Senatorial Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for Kano South, Rt. Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has appointed two aides, who will manage his media activities for the campaign period.

Kawu appointed Ashiru Shehu Kachako, a veteran journalist with years of experience, as his Senior Special Assistant 1 on Media and Abbas Adam Abbas, a young and vibrant journalist, as Special Assistant 2 on Media.

In a statement he personally signed in Kano on Saturday, Kawu said the two newly appointed media aides are expected to bring on board their wealth of experience acquired over the years in their new responsibilities.

“I am highly pleased to announce Ashiru Shehu Kachako and Abbas Adam Abbas as my SSA 1 and SA 2 on Media. I have known the duo as core professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in the media industry.

“I have absolute confidence in their ability and capacity to pilot the media affairs of my campaign in the next couple of months as the 2023 general elections approach,” Kawu said in the statement.

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Ashiru Shehu Kachako was until his appointment, the Head of Marketing of the Sunnah TV, Abuja. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Kano-based Zuma Jaridar Hausa and the Head of News and Production of DTV Online. Kachako also worked as the Head of Religious Unit, Editor and Acting Head of Programmes of the Vision FM, Kano from 2019 to 2020 and served in the same position at Freedom Radio, Dutse, Jigawa State between 2007 and 2019. A teacher at the Nasarawa Nursery and Primary School, Kachako from 2005 to 2006, Ashiru Kachako was also the secretary of Kachako Islamic Medical and Engineering Centre from 2004 to 2007.

Born in 1973, Ashiru Kachako holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Office Technology and Management, Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Kano State Polytechnic. He also holds PGD in Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is currently studying for his Masters in Communication Studies at the Bayero University, Kano.

The new Special Assistant on Media 2, Abbas Adam Abbas, is a broadcast journalist with Nasara Radio, Kano. A multi-task journalist, Abbas is a graduate of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he bagged BSc in Microbiology.


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Police Exhumed Corpse Of Baby Buried Alive,Arrests Suspects



25 year old Dankwairo,one of the suspect


Police in Jigawa state have exhumed the corpse of a new born baby buried alive in Kiyawa local government Jigawa state.

Spokesman of the command DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident in a statement issued to newsmen.

He said the incident happened on 02/12/2022, at about 2350hrs after a 30 year old Balaraba Shehu of Tsurma village in Kiyawa LGA is suspected to have given birth and buried the new born baby.

Shiisu said after police received the report, a team of Policemen were mobilized and proceeded to the scene of crime.

He said on arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the new born baby buried in the toilet.

Shiisu said the suspect was arrested and the baby was rushed to General Hospital Dutse, and certified dead by Medical Doctor.

He explained that preliminary Investigation led to the arrest of 25 years old man Amadu Sale alias Dan kwairo of Akar village in Kiyawa LGA who was alleged to be responsible for the unwanted pregnancy.

The suspects however conspired and buried the baby after delivery.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom however directed that, the case should be transfered to SCID Dutse, for discreet Investigation.

The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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Tambari TV appoints Shawai as new MD/ Chief Operating Officer




The board of Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd , the owners of Tambarin Hausa Television has appointed Ibrahim Sani Shawai as its new Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the board and Founder of the broadcasting outfit, Alhaji Ibrahim Makama.

Shawai who had within the last three and half years served as the image maker for Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) will now resume duties at his new office on Jan 1, 2023.

At his new organization, Shawai is expected to manage the daily business operations of the company, working closely with heads of department and provide support for the day-to-day activity of employees of Tambarin Hausa Television.

He will also strategize as well as implement policies in Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd towards promoting the organization’s culture and vision while overseeing operations to keep the business aspect of the company on track and in its right perspectives.

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The station Tambarin Hausa TV “Amon Gaskiya” is the first international TV station in Nigeria that broadcast in Hausa Language.

The station provides news updates on hourly basis with variety of rich programs to the delight of its audience as well as keeping the general public well informed.

Shawai, a Kano-born trained journalist and communication strategist, had worked with several National and International world class organizations where he was able to acquire enormous wealth of experiences.

According to the Board chairman, Shawai has become an asset to any organisation in view of his vast knowledge of the media, socio- economic and political structure of not just Nigeria but African and European continents.

In summary, Shawai, from being a freelance Journalist became a broadcaster, a producer, Editor, public relations consultant and then a manager in the field of communication.


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