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Nigeria Police Arrest Officer Who Shot Driver Dead Over N50 Bribe In Taraba



The Nigeria Police Force has arrested a trigger-happy officer, Sergeant Haruna Idi, who allegedly shot dead a driver over N50 bribe in Taraba State.  

On Tuesday, SaharaReporters reported that some youths took to the streets to protest the killing of the young man identified as Oliver Ezra who was allegedly killed by the policeman.

SaharaReporters gathered that Ezra was shot and killed by the yet-to-be-identified police officer for allegedly refusing to pay N50 bribe.

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The police however denied the bribery allegation, saying Ezra was hit by accidental discharge, during a struggle with Sergeant Idi at a roadblock along Jalingo/Yola road.

The Spokesperson for the Taraba police command, DSP Usman Abdullahi, said that the deceased, had physically engaged the officer in a fisticuff.

He said, “What actually happened was that the police mounted a roadblock near a major pothole (at Lankavirri) along Jalingo/Yola road, leaving one lane for motorists to maneuver and past.

“Ezra, now late, arrived the checkpoint driving the Chairman of Lau local government Council, (Dr. Daniel Zading). He (Ezra) instructed the police to order a vehicle from the opposite direction to give way for him to pass because he was driving a local government chairman.

“The officer said no. Instead he asked Ezra to give way on first come basis but he refused, instead, he rushed and grabbed the officer, challenging to give him right of the way because he was carrying a VIP (Very Important Personality).

“All this happened while the Chairman and his police orderly were in the car, calling on him to stop struggling with a police officer. This can be corroborated by the orderly.

“While he was struggling with the officer, the officer’s finger pulled the trigger, causing accidental discharge, which hit him (Ezra). He was immediately rushed to the hospital on the fateful day being Friday. Unfortunately he died yesterday, being Tuesday.

“It is instructive to note that he (Ezra) was a political thug, which was why he behaved the way he did. Therefore, contrary to speculations, it was an accidental discharge, because if he was shot on purpose as claimed, he would have died on the spot.

“However, Sergeant Haruna Sani has been arrested and detained on the orders of the Commissioner of Police (CP Abimbola), who ordered a discreet investigation into the matter.”


Justice Amy Coney Barrett Brings Up Adoption, Safe Haven Laws During Mississippi Abortion Case Arguments



Justice Amy Coney Barrett presented questions about adoption and safe haven laws during arguments concerning the Mississippi abortion case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“I have a question about the safe haven laws,” Coney Barrett said to Julie Rikelman, the senior director of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “So Petitioner points out that in all 50 states, you can terminate parental rights by relinquishing a child … and I think the shortest period might have been 48 hours if I’m remembering the data correctly.”

“So it seems to me, seen in that light, both Roe and Casey emphasize the burdens of parenting, and insofar as you and many of your amici focus on the ways in which forced parenting, forced motherhood, would hinder women’s access to the workplace and to equal opportunities, it’s also focused on the consequences of parenting and the obligations of motherhood that flow from pregnancy.”

“Why don’t the safe haven laws take care of that problem? It seems to me that it focuses the burden much more narrowly.”

She added, “And so it seems to me that the choice more focused would be between, say, the ability to get an abortion at 23 weeks or the state requiring the woman to go 15, 16 weeks more and then terminate parental rights at the conclusion. Why — why didn’t you address the safe haven laws and why don’t they matter?”

She added a short while later, “as I read Roe and Casey, they don’t talk very much about adoption. It’s a passing reference that that means out of the obligations of parenthood. But, as I hear this answer then, are you saying that the right as you conceive of it is grounded primarily in the bearing of the child, in the carrying of a pregnancy, and not so much looking forward into the consequences on professional opportunities and work life and economic burdens?”

Rikelman answered, “No, Your Honor, I believe it’s both, and — and that is exactly how Casey talked about it. It talked about the two strands of cases that supported the right.”

As reported by The New York Times:

Justice Barrett again asks about giving up a baby for adoption as an alternative. Prelogar says part of the liberty rights on which society has come to rely since Roe is that women have the freedom to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy versus instead terminating their parental rights.

The Times also noted:

Justice Barrett is asking questions that focus on the possibility of adoption and safe haven laws, which allow a parent to safely abandon an infant with certain designated people so the child can become a ward of the state. Her point seems to be that banning abortion would not necessary doom women to also raise unwanted children, in terms of the impact on their lives.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the case could dramatically change the landscape of abortion in the country.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerns a 2018 law in Mississippi that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. As the law stands now, Roe v. Wade and the decisions that came after it hold that states have to allow a woman to be able to get an abortion up to the point of viability, or when the baby can survive on its own outside the womb. Most states hold this mark at around 20 to 24 weeks, so the Mississippi law is a direct violation.

Mississippi said in its original petition that the questions presented to the Court do not require them to overturn Roe or Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In its brief in July, however, the state wrote, “Roe and Casey are egregiously wrong” and said the court should overrule those decisions.

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UK: Managing the climate crisis and pensions



Emma Howard Boyd 2021

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today.

This year, the IPE conference and awards comes hot on the heels of COP26.

With $130 trillion committed to a low carbon economy, we can see the enormous tanker of global finance beginning to turn.

But, as COP President Alok Sharma made clear in his closing speech, we have a lot more to do.

A couple of weeks before COP26, the Environment Agency launched our third Report to Ministers under the Climate Change Act about how we are helping England prepare for climate impacts.

The report shows last year, more than 76,000 incidents were reported to the Environment Agency’s incident management service, including flood, drought, fires, fish kills and pollution incidents.

One every seven minutes, 24 hours a day.

Climate change is increasing their severity, frequency and duration. In the press release I said it is a case of “adapt or die”.

This summer, 200 people died in the German floods. In the last year we’ve also seen the devastating heatwave and flooding in Vancouver, the drought in Madagascar, and the polar vortex in Texas.

Everyone needs to Plan, Adapt and Thrive.

The goal is a new era of climate prosperity to the whole world.

And pensions can help deliver that.

Because we are talking about making sensible savings for people’s retirement.

People saving for a pension today do not want to be locked in a Catch-22 whereby their savings are contributing to a climate that will be much less hospitable by the time they retire.

But, don’t be fooled, there is no great generational divide here.

Parents and grandparents don’t want their children to inherit that world either.

Last year, the Environment Agency Pension Fund was delighted to win IPE’s ‘Best Pension Fund in the United Kingdom’ Award.

The Environment Agency Pension Fund is also one of the best funded schemes in the local government sector, returning on average a 10.7 percent return each year over the last 10 years.

We have a funding level of 111 percent, meaning our assets are larger than our liabilities.

This has allowed us to have one of the lowest employer contributions rates across local and central government, which – in turn – means the Fund is more secure and more Environment Agency income can go to further environmental outcomes.

The size of the Fund – £4.5 billion – is small compared to the £3 trillion in UK pensions alone.

But, our impact is much greater than the size of our holdings because we have led the way in finding strong financial, social and environmental outcomes.

Nine percent of our assets are invested in climate solutions, for example in net zero industrial warehouses in Wallingford, windfarms in Kenya, and in the public tram system in Nottingham.

This is the largest percentage of any pension fund we know of and – as of March 21 – equated to £363 million.

In April, the Environment Agency Pension Fund committed to net zero by 2045 and is currently five years ahead of meeting this target.

We would like to go further.

Four years ago, we launched the Transition Pathway Initiative with the Church of England National Investment Bodies to highlight which individual companies need to do more to move to a low-carbon economy.

Today, the TPI has supporters around the world who manage assets worth $40 trillion – these include large household names like HSBC, Scottish Widows, Legal and General, and the National Trust Pension Fund.

We need every sector in the economy to decarbonise – including energy – and TPI data allows informed conversations between investors and all carbon intensive companies.

It helps investors cut through greenwash.

And, if change is not happening, the data will give us a clearer vision of which companies are not committed to making progress…

…at which point the conversation is effectively over and we will have to divest.

The TPI shows how much can be achieved by two relatively small pots of money working on behalf of their beneficiaries.

I would like it to begin working with the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, because the world needs to prepare for climate shocks as well as to reduce emissions.

And, the Environment Agency Pension Fund has a focus on climate-resilient investments because we cannot insulate our holdings from a world where the wider economy is contributing to climate change.

I hope today’s conference is a great success.

Pensions have a huge role to play in delivering climate solutions, building resilience to climate shocks and restoring nature.

From campaigning organisations like Make My Money Matter and ShareAction to the mainstream of finance, people are waking up to their power as investors.

That is a great opportunity.

In a world of constant change, planning for the future means shaping the future.

I hope you all have a very good Christmas.

Thank you.

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I Authored Mississippi's Abortion Bill. Here's Why. | Opinion



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As a small-town girl from Mississippi, I couldn’t have imagined that one day I would sponsor legislation that would find its way up to the Supreme Court of the United States and spark our nation’s biggest abortion debate in decades.

The Gestational Age Act, which protects preborn lives by limiting abortions after 15 weeks, became state law in Mississippi in 2018. Our state’s only abortion clinic immediately filed a lawsuit. Three years later, the Supreme Court justices are about to decide whether to take a monumental step to limit abortions and protect preborn life by restoring the constitutional protections that long existed in our nation until the disastrous decision in Roe v. Wade.

I pray my bill will save millions of babies.

The oral arguments the Court heard yesterday in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will reverberate from Washington, D.C., down to Mississippi, and across the entire country. Though I never could have imagined writing policy that would be so consequential, this pivotal moment has been a long time in the making.

I graduated from nursing school six years after Roe was decided in 1973, and have worked as a nurse ever since. I experienced the joy of delivering babies working in the labor-and-delivery department, and the horror of post-abortion complications when I worked in the emergency department. We worked to save the lives of beautiful women who experienced hemorrhaging and infection following abortions—one young woman had to have a hysterectomy.

I’ll also never forget delivering a 14-week-old baby in the ER who was tragically born too early to survive. I stayed with the mother and baby, watching his heart continue to beat in his tiny chest for about 20 minutes.

That was the late ’80s. Our technological and medical capabilities have advanced far in the past 40 years—many times even the “longest shots” are now given a chance to live. An Alabama baby, born at 21 weeks and weighing less than one pound, just made history as the smallest baby to ever survive outside the womb.

When I began work as a labor-and-delivery nurse, ultrasounds were in their earliest forms in the U.S., and we only performed them when we suspected there might be a problem. They were grainy and fuzzy. You could just make out whether you had one or two babies in the womb, identify the head, nose and belly—and get a real treat if you saw the baby sucking her thumb! But most of the time, ultrasounds weren’t clear enough to determine the baby’s sex.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 01: Pro-choice and anti-abortion demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on November 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. On Monday, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a challenge to the controversial Texas abortion law which bans abortions after 6 weeks.
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Today, they’re not only a matter of course for expectant moms, they’re works of art: 3/4D images that closely resemble what the growing baby will look like on the other side of the uterus. Parents-to-be hang the black-and-white snapshots on their fridge and proudly pose with the photo between them, announcing their exciting news on Instagram.

Shouldn’t our approach to protecting innocent life evolve, too?

When writing this legislation, I chose 15 weeks deliberately and by design, and I sought much legal and medical counsel in the process. We know preborn babies can feel pain at that stage in their development. The risk of a mother dying from an abortion increases exponentially between the eighth and 18th week of her pregnancy.

Mississippi’s decision to protect preborn life after 15 weeks is consistent with what the vast majority of countries worldwide already do: protect preborn life at 12 weeks or earlier. This pro-life policy isn’t extreme by any measure; what is extreme is the outdated and unconstitutional standard established by Roe v. Wade.

The U.S. is one of only seven nations that permit abortion-on-demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This puts us in the company of China and North Korea. No, thank you.

Fortunately, I am not alone in wanting to protect preborn babies. The majority of Americans support common-sense laws like what we’ve adopted in Mississippi. This policy is a critical next step in ensuring we as a society honor the most basic human right: life.

If we’re going to protect preborn life, which I pray we will, we must also step up to the plate for vulnerable women across the country. We must show up with real, sustainable support. I sit on the Public Health and Human Services and the Medicaid committees in the Mississippi legislature where I am working to make health care and contraception more affordable and accessible to women. I will fight just as hard to support these women and children as I did on the Gestational Age Act.

The decision before the Supreme Court justices is a weighty one, and I hope it will allow Mississippi, and every other state, to rightfully determine its own abortion policy, listen to the will of the people and protect life.

Becky Currie is a registered nurse and member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.

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