About 10,000 constables who were recruited into the Nigeria Police Force this year have not been paid salaries for the past six months, the Punch reported. The recruits, who passed out of the police training institutions in April, have not been paid since May. It was learnt that the situation had demoralised many of them as they were finding it difficult to meet their responsibilities to their families. The Police Service Commission had clarified that it would issue appointment letters and approve their capturing into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for the payment of their salaries and allowances during its plenary meeting holding on Wednesday. An official disclosed that the meeting would first approve the recommendation of the screening committee before giving the go-ahead for the issuance of appointment letters which would enable the constables to be captured on the IPPIS platform for the payment of their salaries and allowances. But a senior officer condemned the delayed payment, adding that the constables might be surviving on bribes and extortion. “They have been working since May but they have not been paid till date. In other words, many of them have probably been surviving on extortion and corruption,” he observed. Reports indicate that the rank and file and senior members of the force have also not been paid their November salaries.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) says the National Assembly lacks the power to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to speak on security matters. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said this in a statement on Wednesday. The House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week invited Buhari over the rising insecurity and the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno. An aide to the President, Lauretta Onochie, had confirmed that Buhari would appear before a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday. However, reports began to filter in on Tuesday that the President had decided not to attend the meeting. The AGF said security matters remained the exclusive preserve of the executive arm of government and the National Assembly must not forget this. He said: “As the Commander-in-Chief, the President has exclusivity on security and has confidentiality over security. These powers and rights he does not share. So, by summoning the President on national security operational matters, the House of Representative operated outside constitutional bounds. President’s exclusivity of constitutional confidentiality investiture within the context of the constitution remains sacrosanct.” Malami said the President could freely address the National Assembly when he wants but could not be summoned to do so. He said Buhari had been able to effectively tackle insecurity and recover lands that were hitherto occupied by Boko Haram. While consoling the bereaved and sympathising with the victims of the associated insecurity in the country, Malami maintained that national security is not about publicity and the nation’s security architecture cannot be exposed for the sake of getting publicity.
The Nigerian Communications Commission has directed Mobile Network Operators to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new SIM cards to allow an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. The Director, Public Affairs at the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement on Wednesday, said it was absolutely necessary for operators to comply until the audit exercise had been concluded. According to him, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, directed the commission to embark on an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database. He, however, said an exemption might be granted following approval from the Federal Government through the commission. He warned that non-compliance with the directive would be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license. Adinde said the audit would help to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise. The director explained that the objective of the audit exercise was to ensure compliance to set quality standards and requirements by mobile network operators. According to him, the directive became necessary in view of the preponderance of pre-registered SIMs with the attendant security implications associated with the use of the same to facilitate criminal activities.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has won the 2020 presidential election in Ghana, defeating his closest challenger and former president John Mahama by polling 6,730,413 votes (51.59 per cent). Mr Mahama, who contested on the platform of the National Democratic Congress, got 6,240,889 votes (47.36 per cent). Mr Akufo-Addo, who contested on the platform of the New Patriotic Party, won in eight of the 16 regions while Mr Mahama won in the other eight. The results follow a contentious poll that both candidates had said they were leading based on their camps’ tallies. Five people were killed in election violence since Monday, police said, marring what observers said was a well-organised vote. Jean Mensah, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, said the final results were without that of Techiman South because it was being contested. She, however, added that the total votes in the constituency is 128,018 and will not change the outcome of the result.