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Tory women’s group calls for investigation into police misogyny

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Tory women’s group calls for investigation into police misogyny

The Conservatives’ young women’s group has called for an investigation into “the apparent culture of misogyny in the police”, piling pressure on Boris Johnson after he faced down calls for a major independent inquiry.

Conservative Young Women spoke out in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder and after Met police officers were charged over photographs taken at the scene of the murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, which were then allegedly shared in a WhatsApp group.

They called the response from the police “deplorable … from the overzealous policing of Sarah Everard’s vigil, to public statements which effectively blame victims”.

“Many of us feel unsafe and all of us are sad and angry that the epidemic of violence against women and girls has been left unaddressed for so long,” the group said, adding: “Every one of us has thought to ourselves, ‘That could have been me.’”

The group, which represents women in the party under 35, said political leaders needed to make urgent recommendations to police forces including tougher and swifter action against police officers under investigation for misogyny or violence towards women.

In response, at an event hosted by the group, the solicitor general Alex Chalk warned there would be scrutiny of the actions of Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick.

“The home secretary will be watching very closely to see that the vetting issue is properly investigated and scrutinised because a lot of people will have real concerns about how Wayne Couzens slipped through the net, and they’ll want to be absolutely satisfied that things are about to improve,” he said.

At the CYW event, Nimco Ali, a close friend of the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, said there needed to be a “societal shift” on misogyny which meant “tackling the horny scaffolder just in the way we did the racist uncle … we have to make those conversations socially unacceptable.”

The group’s chair, Ella Robertson McKay, said political leaders were “feeling the heat” on the issue and that the group would continue to campaign throughout conference.

“This is systemic, structural misogyny at its worst,” she told the Guardian. She said police forces must commit to a much tougher line on misogyny among officers.

“When you can see social media groups with who is on it, what the comments are and who said what – in any other private business you would be out the door that afternoon.”

CYW said there should be a review into the “apparent culture of misogyny in the police, the sharing of images of victims, and why a serving police officer [reportedly] nicknamed ‘the rapist’ by his fellow officers was not investigated for inappropriate behaviour”.

The group’s statement was backed by the Tory chair of the Commons’ women and equalities committee, Caroline Nokes, who also criticised the Tory chair Oliver Dowden after he said it was “crass” to refer to male privilege.

Nokes said the CYW statement gave “proactive suggestions to help rebuild trust in the police and address some of the underlying issues about male violence against women.”

“We need to not just focus on repeat offenders, but look at the gateway offences, and crack down on them,” she said. “If the government is serious, it needs to act now, not use day one of the conference to deny male privilege exists.”

The foreign secretary, Liz Truss, who is minister for women and equalities, declined at a Telegraph fringe event to say the Met was institutionally misogynist. “But I do think we need a change of culture in the police, where there have been appalling failings,” she said.

Speaking earlier, Boris Johnson rejected calls for a public inquiry into the police’s failings on sexual violence and in the Everard case, saying investigations by the Met and the Independent Office for Police Conduct should be allowed to happen first.

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I Will Soon Start Signing Death Warrants- Bala Mohammed

Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed has disclosed that he will soon start to sign death warrants.

Mohammed made this known on Friday in Bauchi while signing the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill and a bill for the establishment of the Bauchi state penal code, into law.

In Nigeria, state governors are legally backed to sign the death warrants.

Since 2012, no governor has been reported to have signed death warrants.

“We will soon be signing some death sentences because there are many and because of justice which has to be taken to a logical conclusion

“I know some governors are running away from signing the death sentences because they exercise restraints on the basis that there may be some element of error.

“But to me, I will leave it to my lord (the chief judge) who will prosecute. It’s not my fault. If it is brought to my attention, I will do it.”

“As for the Violence against Persons Prohibition Act, we know that we are the first in the northern part of the country to enact the law, which is a member’s bill incidentally from the honourable speaker, and it has earned us a lot of respect in the country.

“But because of some noticed gaps, it was taken back and it was corrected. We thank the house for making the corrections.”

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Court Sacks 13 Ebonyi LG Bosses, 171 Councilors

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki has again nullified the Ebonyi Local Government Elections and sacked all the 13 Council chairmen in the state.

The court also sacked all the councilors and 171 ward chairmen of the state.

The court had on Aug. 25, nullified the council polls of May 31.

Ruling on the matter with suit NO: FHC/AI/CS/224/2022 on Friday, Justice Fatun Riman ordered the seizure of the monthly federal allocation of the chairmen pending when rightful Chief Executives were elected into office.

Fatun restated that the councils election by the State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) on May 31 was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Mudi Erenede, Counsel to the plaintiff said he was happy over the judgment and commended the court.

“In the judgement today, the court has agreed that the Ebonyi State High court has no powers to override or set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court because it is not an Appeal Court.

“Those people, who are parading themselves as chairmen are not there legally.

“They were appointed by whoever that appointed them. CBN, Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Finance are all defendants in this suits,” he stated.

The counsel to Ebonyi State Government, Mr Roy Nweze, said there was no need responding to a judgment that had already been delivered by the court.

Nweze said that the matter would be appealed without delay.

(NAN)

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Naval College Graduates 245 Officers, Personnel

The newly graduated personnel of the Officers’ Application Course 20 of the Nigerian Naval Engineering College (NNEC), Sapele in Delta, have been urged to remain committed to the service of the nation.

Rear Adm. Monday Unurhiere, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command, made the plea at the graduation ceremony of the 245 Under Training Personnel of the Officers’ Application Course 20 in Sapele.

Unurhiere, represented by Rear Adm. Baratuaipri Iyalla, said that the call became necessary in view of the security, economic and social challenges currently facing the country.

The naval chief urged the graduands to make deliberate efforts to improve themselves on the job by way of taking advantage of modern technology and also tapping into the wealth of experience of their superiors.

“Let me remind you that as officers of the Nigerian Navy, you are charged with enormous responsibility and your unswerving allegiance is to the Nation.

“The confidence reposed in you must not be taking for granted, especially at this time that our national aspirations are being threatened by numerous security, economic and social challenges.

“As such, you may find yourself being called upon to serve beyond your technical capability due to the prevailing situation in the country,” he said.

Unurhiere acknowledged the efforts of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, for creating the enabling environment for training and continued financial support to NNEC.

According to him, this has helped the College to contribute more to the technological advancement of Nigerian Navy and the nation at large.

He urged the graduands, especially the under training personnel, to maintain the current tempo in sustaining training and other naval activities.

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