Saturday, 31 December 2016

Exclusive Interview: I got a husband because I choose not to ignore his DM

The story of Musaddik and his wife Ziyada…
It all started from a single DM but here we are now
Where's the best place to find a life partner? Turns out, there are no rules. In the age of online dating, stories of how couples meet can be as varied as Snapchat filters.
Time was, if you met your mate online, you developed a cover story: If anyone asked, you'd say you met in a friend wedding, Market or at school. Not anymore. Whether it's the fact that many of us already conduct so much of our personal and business lives online, or the proliferation of online dating sites touting their successful matches, it's perfectly acceptable to say, with pride, that you met the love of your life with your fingers on a keyboard, not wrapped around the other way round. Here, these beautiful couples found theirs online, and went from Direct Message (DM) to walking down the aisle:

Governor Umar Ganduje to establish six more fire service stations in Kano state

The Kano State Government is to establish six additional fire service stations across the state in 2017.
The Director of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Rulwan, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kano on Saturday. He said the project had been captured in the 2017 budget. He said the offices, when established, would complement the existing 26 stations located across the state. “Our plan is to have fire service office in each of the 44 local government areas of the state to ensure adequate coverage of the state.

'Why I was removed as Military Head of State' :-- President Buhari

President Buhari yesterday said the reason he was removed from office in 1985 was because he refused to take an advice from the IMF and the World Bank to devalue the Naira and increase prices of fuel and flour. He said this when he spoke at the Nigerian Army Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner.

Photos: EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu Visits Idps Camps In Abuja, Donate Food Items

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu has told persons displaced by the insurgency in the North East not to be demoralized by their present predicament but to remain strong, adding that there will soon be an end to their travail.

I Was Begged In My Home To Lead PDP – Sheriff

Factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP,) Ali Modu Sheriff has said that leaders of the party begged him to take control of it.
Sheriff also accused four governor-members of the party of working to destroy it,
He made the comments on Thursday, December 29, while speaking in Makurdi, Benue state.
“I was invited, begged and followed to my house by all the leaders of PDP to come and lead the party. I told them that if I must lead, the party must be returned to the people,” Sheriff said.
“Today PDP has only 12 governors as against the 28 we had. Regrettably, of the 12, only four of them want to control and destroy the party. These are people who are not fit to be local government council chairmen— I will continue to resist such,” he added.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Jigawa Gov Reserves N19bn To Pay Salaries In 2017

Governor Muhammed Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state has said he reserved over nineteen billion Naira in the outgoing year to forestall workers’ salary challenges in 2017.
The Governor revealed this during an interactive session with permanent secretaries, directors and deputy directors of the state civil service held at the Sir Ahmadu Bello hall, state secretariat, Dutse, the state capital.
According to him, looking at the recent economic recession, low revenue from the federation account, there is a need for good planning on any expenditure and also open more sources of internally generated revenue.
He explained that, his government regards civil servant as key partners and would never toy with their salary and all their entitlements.
“In view of this, we restored the abolished annual 5 percent leave grant, now our workers are enjoying it and they will continue to enjoy it”
Earlier this month, he presented N127.87 billion budget proposal to the state Assembly, saying the proposed appropriation bill, tagged Budget of Economic Diversification and Self-sufficiency, would be based on the consolidated position of the revenue projections within the next year.
He said the budget proposal was seven per cent below the 2016. According to Abubakar, taking into account the N800 million set aside for “stabilisation and contingency funds, we have a total retained revenue of N127.07 billion shared among the recurrent and capital expenditure components.”

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NAFDAC destroyed fake drugs worth over N100m in Sokoto

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has destroyed N100.7million worth of fake, counterfeit medicines and unwholesome regulated products from Sokoto and Zamfara states.
Speaking at the destruction exercise in Sokoto, acting Director –General of the agency, Mrs Yetunde Oni disclosed that some of the products were voluntarily submitted to NAFDAC by various governmental organizations while others were mopped up from open markets via enforcement activities and surveillance system of NAFDAC.
Mrs Oni noted that counterfeiters continue to adapt different strategies to ensure that they evade arrest and “enjoy proceeds of their corrupt practices.”
But she asserted  that in keeping with anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari ,NAFDAC would  continue to deploy all strategies to ensure that the violators are not only arrested but also face the full wrath of the law.

No plastic, only contaminated rice in Nigeria – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjuction with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Abuja.
Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.
She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.
She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.

Bird flu kills 9,000 birds in Kano, state government seeks FG’s help

Kano State government has explained that over 9,000 birds have been killed since bird flu reappeared in the state two weeks ago.
The Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Shehu Bawa, who made the disclosure yesterday in Kano, said that the birds were killed in two poultry farms that had been infected with the disease in the state.
According to Bawa, “As I am talking to you now, only two farms were hit by the disease and the farms had since been depopulated. We killed 500 birds in the first farm, while 8,500 were killed in the second farm.”

Bawa said the ministry would intensify surveillance and disinfection of other farms to check the spread of the disease and would continue to sensitise farmers on the need for them to ensure clean environment.

Bloomberg Report Rates Naira Among Four Worst Global Currencies In 2016

The naira is one of the world’s four worst performing currencies in 2016, according to a report by Bloomberg LP.
The naira was said to have lost 36.68 per cent of its spot returns for the year, while the Egyptian pound, Suriname dollar and Venezuela bolivar’s currency spot returns dropped by 58.84 per cent, 46.68 per cent and 37 per cent, respectively, for the period.
The Nigerian equity market fared worst in the year, according to the report, as the nation’s economy is set to contract in 2016 for the first time in more than 20 years as capital controls deter foreigners from investing and militants are blowing up pipelines.

The five best performing currencies of the world are the Russian ruble, Brazilian real, the palladium, the Iceland krona, and silver, which appreciated by 21.31 per cent, 20.96 per cent, 20.08 per cent, 14.42 per cent and 14.41 per cent, respectively, in terms of spot returns.
Two Africa currencies, the Zambian kwacha and South African rand, emerged as the sixth and seventh best performing currencies of the world. The kwacha and rand appreciated by 11.96 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.
The report stated, “It was a particularly bad year for any currency called the ‘pound’. The Egyptian version was the worst performer in 2016 as the nation took the dramatic step of allowing it to trade freely in an attempt to stabilise an economy struggling with a dollar shortage and concerns over social unrest. Britain’s pound tumbled after the Brexit and never recovered.”
On the other side of the spectrum, digital currency, bitcoin, was the best performer this year, rising more than 100 per cent as capital controls in places like China and isolationist rumblings in the United Kingdom and the United States fuelled interest in alternate currencies, according to the report.
It added, “When it comes to currencies issued by governments and central banks, the Russian ruble has been the best performer of the year as the oil market rebounded.
“While the UK currency’s slide didn’t match those in some emerging markets, it did tally the worst performance among major currencies.”
Despite recent unrest, Brazil’s Ibovespa stock index remained the best performer for 2016 when looking at all indices in terms of the US dollar, the report noted, stating that this was largely due to hopes that President Michel Temer, who took office after Dilma Rousseff was impeached, would end the worst recession in a century and bring about political stability.

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Nigeria imports rice, wheat with N1tr annually, says CBN

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele said yesterday that Nigeria spends the equivalent of N1trillion in foreign exchange annually to import rice and wheat.
Emefiele spoke in Jibia, Katsina State, at the launch of the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme and 2016/2017 Dry Season Farming.
‘’Nigeria’s import bill is exceptionally high; top four import commodities, which include rice and wheat, consume over N1 trillion in foreign exchange annually,’’ he said.
According to him, relying heavily on food importation fuels domestic inflation and depletes the country’s foreign reserves.
The governor, represented by the Director, Development Finance, Mr Olaitan Mudassir, said food importation had negative effects on local production industries and created unemployment.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

APC to reconcile Kwankwaso, Ganduje

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state has constituted a committee to reconcile aggrieved factions of the party in the state.
The state APC Acting chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.
The removal of the former state APC Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Doguwa, led to the party been divided into about three factions.
While one of the factions is with Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, the other faction is with the former governor of the state, Engr. Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
Abbas said that the party found it necessary to set up the reconciliation committee in order to ensure unity within the members of the party across the state.
“We felt it necessary to set up the reconciliation committee because even within the Gandujiyya faction, there are factions.
“So we have set up of the committee to bring sanity and unity to the party,” Abbas said.
He explained that the committee, which is under the leadership of Alhaji Nasiru Aliko-Koki, a chieftain of the party, had been mandated to reconcile the aggrieved factions to ensure peace and unity within the party.

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Sokoto state government proposes N204.23bn budget for 2017

The Sokoto State Executive Council on Wednesday approved the state’s proposed budget of over N 204.23 billion for 2017.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Sahabi Gada, told newsmen after the council’s meeting in Sokoto that the budget would be presented to the state assembly on Thursday.
Gada said:”Over sixty nine per cent of the proposed budget goes to capital expenditures, while thirty one per cent goes to recurrent expenditures.
” The proposed budget will be presented to the state House of Assembly by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Operation Harmony arrested 17 with 13 AK47 and N400,000 cash in Kaduna State

The Police Joint Tactical Operation Squad attached to Operation Harmony has arrested 17 suspects in cases of arms dealing in different parts of Kaduna State.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operation, Habila Joshak, who paraded the suspects in Kafanchan Police Area
Command after touring crisis-affected areas of Goska, Dangoma and Bakin Kogi in Jema’a local Government Area,  said that since the deployment of security personnel in the area, no report of crisis or gun attack had been recorded in southern Kaduna.

FG to boost dry season farming in Niger

The Federal Government through the Niger State Fadama Coordination office would boost dry seasoning farming in the state through youths and women, the National Coordinator of Fadama, Chief Tayo  Adewumi has disclosed.
Speaking during the launching of dry season farming in Wushishi, the national coordinator said he was happy that the state coordinating office was evolving a process leading to generational shift from aging to young farmers by the involvement of young women and men in agriculture.
Chief Adewumi, who expressed happiness with the leading role of the state in the federal government/World Bank assisted Fadama III Additional Financing programme aimed at supporting one the key elements of agricultural transformation agenda across the country, said the state would be further encouraged through all-season farming.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Photos: Soldiers In High Spirits After Recapture Of Boko Haram Enclave In Sambisa

On Saturday, December 24, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the last and most deadly stronghold of Boko Haram terrorists had been recaptured. The president said the terrorists were already on the run and had no place to hide. The Camp Zero was the last enclave of the terrorists to be recaptured.

4, 136 screened for N-Power jobs, 612 disqualified in Niger

A total number of 4, 136 candidates were successful in the just concluded physical verification exercise for the Federal Government N-Power jobs in Niger, an official has said.

The state Coordinator, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Muhammed Ali, made this known to newsmen in Minna on Tuesday.‎
“A total of 5017 candidates applied in the first phase‎ with a total number 4, 251 candidates screened, 258 were disqualified, 744 were absent while 3, 995 were successful.
‎”In the second phase which is the supplementary 752 candidates applied but 165 were available for screening, while 25 were disqualified. ‎
“A total of 587 were absent and successful candidates were 141 bringing the total number of successful candidates to 4, 136 on the whole,’’ he said.

Kogi state government to employ 100 forest guards

The Kogi Government is to employ 100 forest guards for effective policing of forests across the state, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Rosemary Osikoya, said in Lokoja on Tuesday.
Osikoya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the process for the recruitment of the gurads which would be in four different stages had commenced.
“The first stage is the submission of applications which has ended on Dec. 23, while the second stage is the screening and interview of all candidates, scheduled to hold from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30.

FG Hands Over Ghost Workers Cabal To EFCC

The Presidency has revealed that members of a syndicate responsible for the presence of 50,000 ghost workers on the Federal Government’s payroll had been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission this year.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.
Shehu said some of the suspects were already undergoing trial.
He explained that the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance created by the present administration was able to uncover the 50,000 ghost workers and saved the nation of N13bn monthly during the year.

PDP congratulates Buhari, military over clearing of Sambisa forest

The Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari over the successful routing out of the Boko Haram sect from Sambisa forest. The faction also congratulated the Armed forces for the feat in successful clearing of Sambisa forest of the terrorists.
Mr Dayo Adeyeye , the Party’s National Publicity Secretary made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. He described the news as a welcome development in the fight against terrorism in the country. Adeyeye, however, said the feat was a collective efforts and sacrifices of Nigerians.
“We congratulate Nigerians for this important milestone in the long and bitter struggle against the forces of evil that have wreaked so much suffering and hardship on our people in the last few years.
“We also congratulate the President for his dogged pursuit of the war against insurgency, we are happy that he has built on the efforts of his predecessors.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Princess Siddika Sanusi arrives matrimonial home in Katsina

The newly married daughter of Emir of Kano, Princess Fulani Siddika arrived Katsina State and was handed over to Katsina Emirate. Which She later rode on a horse to her matrimonial home. See more pics and also check out more of her stunning bridal portraits

Abdulmumin to Buhari: Resign If You Can’t Resist Blackmail

A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Jibrin Abdulmumin has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to “give up his presidency” if he cannot resist blackmail.
Abdulmumin said Buhari is acting as if he has to beg some “political overlords” before he would be allowed to do his job.
In series of tweets monday, the lawmaker said the president cannot be effective while in hostage.
He alleged that Buhari was playing into the hands of those who do not mean well for him and his government.
The tweets read: “A President must repel blackmail with all his arsenals or give up the presidency. You cannot be an effective president while in hostage!”

IBB: I knew Buhari would crush Boko Haram

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has described as courageous, the capture  of Sambisa Forest , even as he reaffirmed confidence in President Muhammadu and the military to crushing any challenge against the “territorial integrity of Nigeria”.
In a letter of commendation he personally signed yesterday, the former president expressed delight over the news of successful operations of “our gallant military personnel” in the Sambisa Forest.
“It is a sign of relief, that the Military has finally smashed out Boko Haram terrorists from their notorious enclave of Sambisa Forest,” he said.

Sen Wakili: Bauchi governor not ready for reconciliation

The senator representing Bauchi South, Ali Wakili, says the actions and utterances of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State do not reflect his claims of readiness for reconciliation. Senator Wakili said this at the weekend while speaking with journalists at his residence in Bauchi. He said he was disappointed with the way Governor Abubakar had been handling the issue of reconciliation as he, allegedly, did not honour his words.
He claimed that the governor, who recently sent emissaries for reconciliation, later derided them in the presence  of people from their constituencies.
“He sent three prominent emirs from the state to wade into the issue and ensure that all the differences are mended. The following day, he gathered people from Bogoro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa federal constituency, our main base, and denounced Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; denounced Senator Wakili, denounced Honorable Aminu Tukur and Honorable Maryam Bagel members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly. You don’t do reconciliation like that,” he said.

Kano state government to review teacher’s welfare in the state

Kano State Government on Monday said it would implement the report of its committee on teachers’ welfare.

Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, Ag. Governor, said this while receiving the report in Kano.

Abubakar said workers’ welfare was of utmost importance to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

He said the state government would consider the findings of the committee and act on its recommendations to ensure proper remuneration of workers.

Coal in commercial deposits discovered in Sokoto – Tambuwal

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said coal in commercial deposits has been discovered in the state.
Tambuwal disclosed this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, on Monday in Sokoto.
The statement added that the governor made the revelations during a capacity building workshop on Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for beneficial participation of state governments in mining.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the state Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development.

Sambisa forest to serve as training ground for army – Buratai says

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said Sambisa forest would serve as training ground for personnel of the Nigerian Army as from 2017.
Buratai said this in Damasak, Borno, while celebrating Christmas with troops of 145 Battalion after the road leading to the town was reopened by Governor Kashim Shettima, after three years of closure.
He said troops were already conducting a mop up operation in the forest after its capture from Boko Haram insurgents.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Photos: Emir of Kano daughter Shahida welcomed her first son with Abdulkadir Baba-Ahmed

 Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido's grandchild was born on Friday, December 23, same day he gave out his daughter Princess Fulani Sidikka out in marriage.

Princess Shaheeda and her husband Abdulkadir Baba-Ahmed welcomed their first child, a daughter almost a year after their grand wedding. Congrats to the couple.

Photos: Auwal Sani dies in fatal accident on their way coming back from his wedding in Katsina State

 Auwal Sani died in a fatal accident on Sunday 25th december 2016 while heading home after his wedding which took place in Katsina State on December 24th. His friend, Usman Mani, who was in the same vehicle also died in the crash. below are photos taken at the wedding, May their soul rest in jannatul fiddaus amin

Photos: Policeman who killed colleague, shot six people at Zenith bank, Zaria beaten to death by angry mob

  A mobile policeman attached to the Zenith Bank, Zaria on December 23, killed his colleague and shot six people who were on ATM queue, including a student of the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University.

According to an eyewitness, argument ensued between both policemen over access into the banking hall. The policeman that was shot had attempted to enter while the one on duty tried to stop him.

They started exchanging harsh words. Suddenly, the policeman on duty pulled his gun and shot the other officer. He then started shooting sporadically killing a student instantly. Below is an eyewitness account by Oluwaloniglory OmoJesu, who confirmed that two others were confirmed dead at the hospital:

Kano govt. approves N200m for tomato farmers to procure seedlings

Kano state government has approved N200 million for tomato farmers to purchase seedlings to contain the tomato virus ‘tuta absoluta’ that ravaged tomato farmers in the state in 2015.
The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba stated this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly State Executive Council Meeting on Saturday.
Garba said the council had also approved over N45 million for community based projects in Tarauni, Fagge, Gwale, Ungogo and Nassarawa local government areas of the state.
He said the council had approved another N24 million for the payment of compensation to those affected by the construction of Kwanar Dawanau-Dandinshe Road in Kano metropolis.
The commissioner said that the council had approved for the release of another N25 million for the construction of drainages at Magashi Quarters in Kano metropolis.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

… all that glitters is not gold.. A story of Woman

… all that glitters is not gold..

Saturday 24th December 2016

i was married to Zubairu for less than a year and here is my story...
Where I met my husband is a story for another day.
I was young, vibrant, luscious, and beautiful and to cap it all, I have a killer body that can make any man go after me.

We started dating with my husband after we met through mutual friends. He lives outside Nigeria and his friends as well. They are much older than us; they own properties in the UK and US. Money was not a problem to them.
He spoilt me with lots of luxury that I couldn't turn down his marriages proposal.

Am from an extended home, my step sister is married to a millionaire, I wanted to be her match and level the parity.

I turned on deaf ears to all the gossips of me getting married to an old man. (Oho na their palava)! I was in love; let them say all that they want.
The going was so good I never thought of any negativity or a rainy day.
Zubairu (as he's been called by everyone) showered me with love, gifts, care and affection. He saw to each and every need of mine and that of my immediate family. He sponsored me, my mother, brother and sister to a trip to Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser hajj (Umrah), from there we proceeded to Egypt and Dubai for me to shop for my traditional "kayan lefe" and "Kayan daki". The merrier, the better as it’s always said. We had a very good time during our tour and finally returned home.

Wedding bells started ringing for me and Zubairu. I wasn't brave enough to inform most of my friends due to the way fate brought us together with Zubairu (I initially said it’s a story for another day). I informed my close friends that were not in the same town with me. They were very happy for me and accepted my notification and promised to acknowledge my invitation.
The initial date for us was changed due to little disappointments we faced from the shipping company we used to ship what we shopped for in Egypt and Dubai. We waited for a couple of weeks but still no good news about the shipment. A date was fixed immediately and our wedding commenced. It was such a great and beautiful day for me. It was marked with a huge Mother's Day and a befitting dinner in a very popular Chinese restaurant. We had fun with my friends that were in attendance and that were all. Some of my friends had a dropped jaw when they saw my old husband but I didn't care.

The wedding celebrations were over. Everyone went back to their respective homes but I was still in my father's house. Zubairu claimed my supposed home wasn't renovated to his taste, even though I was supposed to join him and his family at a later date after the wedding in the UK but he still didn't want me to be taken to the house in that condition. I wasn't disturbed as at then thinking it wouldn't be longer than necessary.
I was still home after my wedding. Zubairu travelled to the US three days after our wedding. We were still in touch and he didn't change one bit. He placed me on a handsome allowance even though I was still home. He took all my responsibilities and many more but our marriage was still not consummated months after our wedding. I wasn't disturbed because we were still married, I could wait for as long as he would be back.
One, two, three months passed without seeing physically with Zubairu. I started worrying over the whole thing and my family as well. My mother said I should be taken to my home, perhaps it would make him want to come home to me.

I was sleeping one afternoon only for me to receive a call from a strange number, behold it was Zubairu's voice with a Nigerian number. I was super elated. He was in kaduna at that moment. He asked me to board the next flight to Abuja and a driver was waiting for me in Abuja to take me down to him in kaduna. I couldn't ask him when he came to Nigeria because one thing with relationships and marriages with older men, you don't ask too much questions because you will never get good answers or even none at all. They keep seeing you like a child. I did exactly as he said even though it was very difficult to inform my parents of his directives, he's my husband, he owned me, that's where the bossing around emerged.
We spent a few days in a very nice hotel in kaduna and then proceeded to Abuja, then to Lagos and back in Abuja again. I felt so much of a bride even though it was not too homey. Zubairu went back to the states after two weeks of our meeting. He promised to complete my supposed home in a few weeks time. I was very happy. After his return, our communication started deteriorating surprisingly and I dared not question that only in a systematic way. Eventually, I found out he was transferred to the US from the UK since before our wedding through his friend. The trip he embarked on immediately after the wedding was to go and officially report in his new official post. He made arrangements for his wife and three kids to relocate to the US without my knowledge. I started asking when I'd join him but he usually shied away from the question. I started becoming super worried. There was no one I could freely confide in at that moment due to my confused state.
We started communicating with Zubairu once in many days or even fortnightly. The rift between us was just widening by the day. We were more of strangers. I didn't know what to do, I had to speak up. I told my mother, she was speechless and told me she sensed all was not well with me and Zubairu. He was in Nigeria without my knowledge several times. He didn't even care to call once and find out how I was doing. What if I was pregnant for him...? He didn't even care, all means of communication to him were abortive, he then called me one morning again and told me to get ready, a driver is on his way to fetch me and take me to him. I was puzzled. I really wanted to see him and gather courage and bombard him with questions. We met and mated again in a hotel. I was eager to be in my own home. I was getting tired of all this arrangement. Havoc didn't pour until he left; mating with him was like he was releasing poison in me.
 I started having severe stomach pains and I wasn't pregnant.
Hell didn't finally break loose until Zubairu's wife found out he got married without her knowledge or consent. She and her kids vowed to kill me if he took me to their home. His wife threatened him with a series of threats if he didn't divorce me. His oldest son promised me death if he ever set eyes on me. After his friend told me all this thinking that Zubairu told me all that was happening to make me feel relieved but only for me to tell him I was hearing it for the first time in my life. To God who made me, I didn't know his family was not aware of our marriage. I was shocked to my bone marrow. I didn't know what to believe or do. Crying wouldn't solve the problem, I had to face it. I called him several times and we were able to speak eventually.
He told me all I heard was true but he would know how to tackle the issue. Months passed without anything positive or promising. I updated my parents on everything I heard from his friend. I gathered courage and asked Zubairu to take a decision about us and he told me he would do just that. I started preparing my mind for the worst. In this digital world, Zubairu mailed me a hand written divorce letter. How can we be married for less than a year? What do I do next? I took it in good fate. I completed my divorce probation period as provided the Islamic way. I gathered the pieces of my shattered heart and moved on. I went back to school and completed my then course that I initially put to a holt. I completed my degree and topped it with a master’s degree but am tired of trying relationships anymore. It's almost a decade now that my marriage ended but I still feel the pains inflicted in me by Zubairu.
My fellow ladies, my advice to you is to always be patient and allow nature take its cause. Never rush anything in life or try to compete beyond your level. Men will always be men and we ladies in most cases are at the receiving end and never forget that all that glitters is not gold. Do take care of you and your loved ones. Remain blessed.
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350,000 families benefit from Anchor Borrower Programme in Kebbi – Bank Of Agriculture

The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) says 350,000 families in Kebbi State have benefitted from Anchor Borrower Agricultural Loan disbursed to farmers in the last one year.
Alhaji Muhammad Adamu, the Executive Director of the bank`s Corporate Services made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
He said that 78,000 farmers directly benefitted from the loan, while 350,000 families were affected through job creation and income generation.
He said that under the programme, the state had produced 700, 000 tonnes of rice, adding that the initial production target was one million tonnes.
Adamu said that the loan was meant for every eligible farmer without special consideration such as religion, tribe or creed.

Photos: Emir of Kano with his daughter Princess Hafsah Siddika Sanusi at her wedding

The wedding Fatiha of Princess Hafsa Siddika Sanusi, daughter of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, and her man, Abubakar Umar Kurfi, held on Friday, Nov 23rd. Here are new photos of the beautiful bride and her groom and dad.

Gombe state government budgets N85.6bn for 2017

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State has presented to the House of Assembly an N85.6 billion budget proposal for 2017 tagged “Budget of sustainability” .
At the presentation on Thursday, Dankwambo said the budget was aimed at sustaining the tempo of development that was kickstarted in May 2011.
“We committed to providing a secured livelihood to the people of Gombe state and to restore their continued confidence in our governance system,” he said.
“I therefore present to the Honourable House the proposal of the 2017 Budget of sustainability to the tune of N85.billion for your deliberations and passage for the progress of Gombe State”, he said.
Dankwambo said that his administration would continue to transform the education sector and provide infrastructure that would make economic and social activities viable for the people.
He said his government would implement safety Net program especially for the youth, women, the SMEs and the entire people in the state.

Kebbi Assembly confirms 18 local government sole administrators

The Kebbi State House of Assembly on Friday confirmed 18 local government sole administrators nominated by Gov. Atiku Bagudu.
The screening and confirmation were supervised by Deputy Speaker Muhammadu Aleiro in a special session on Friday in Birnin Kebbi.
The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Alhaji Bello Yakubu (Birnin Kebbi North Constituency), moved the motion for the confirmation while Alhaji Anaruwa Suru (Suru Constituency) seconded the motion.
Those confirmed include, Alhaji Shehu Dalijan, Gwandu L.G.A; Alhaji Bello Zogirma, Bunza L.G.A; Alhaji Sulaiman Kardi, Birnin Kebbin L.G.A; Alhaji Musa Yauri, Yaur L.G.A; Alhaji Abubakar Zagga, Bagudu L.G.A.

Court orders freezing of Ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s multiple accounts

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the freezing of multiple accounts of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, over allegations of receiving proceeds from fraud. One of the account domiciled with Skye Bank plc has a balance of $5,316.66...

According to Vanguard, the order comes sequel to a further affidavit in support of Ex-parte originating summons sworn to by Abdulahi Tukur, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and filed before the court by EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo requesting the court to urgently direct the managers of the bank accounts contained in the schedule filed with the summons (FHC/L/CS/1343/16) to, in the interim, forfeit the money in the accounts, to prevent further tampering with such.

Commissioner for Budget and Plnning from Bauchi state resigns from office, accuses state governor of marginalization

 Bauchi State Commissioner of Budget and planning, Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi, resigned from office on Thursday, December 22nd. In his resignation letter made public, Ningi cited absence of a good environment to properly function as well as marginalization by the state governor as some of the reasons for his resignation. Bellow are copies of his resignation letter

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Police arrest informants, drugs and food suppliers to suspected kidnappers in Bauchi State

Anti kidnapping unit od Bauchi State Police Command, in collaboration with Danga security and local vigilante groups arrested one Muhammadu Abdullahi Male of Gudurawa village of Ningi LGA of Bauchi State.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, December 21, by the spokesman of the Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, the suspect was arrested at Lame District in Toro LGA while conveying hard drugs and food stuffs to suspected kidnappers and armed robbers for ransom in Yuga/Burra Forest of Ningi and Toro LGA of Bauchi State.

Jigawa state solar plant project gets new investors

A 100 MW solar power plant in Jigawa state in northern Nigeria has had a new investor.
Scatec Solar, which is building the plant  in Dutse, the capital  has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Africa50, an African Infrastructure Fund sponsored by the African Development Bank and more than 20 African States and Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Development Countries).
The agreement will enable it secure investment into the  Nova Scotia Power plant in the state..
The project has the potential to significantly contribute to the plan of the authorities of the State of Jigawa to attract USD 2 billion of investments into Jigawa and implement President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans to provide jobs and economic opportunities especially for the nation’s youth.
The signing ceremony of the JDA was held in the presence of Børge Brende, the visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister, His Excellency, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, as well as officials from the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading among others.
“New local power generation capacity is a key element to attract sizeable investment into the State and region, especially into new industries such as light manufacturing and agricultural processing” said His Excellency the Deputy Governor.

Buhari backs Christmas day curfew on Kaduna communities

President Muhammadu Buhari has backed the curfew imposed Wednesday on Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Jama’a local councils by the Kaduna State government to stem the crisis in the affected areas. Consequently, he ordered the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
In announcing the curfew through a statement, the media aide to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, had said the State Security Council also banned processions and unlawful assembly in any part of the state.

Briefing reporters yesterday after a closed-door meeting with the President in Abuja, the governor said the imposition of the curfew, including on Christmas day, had been sanctioned by the presidency and would last for only 12 hours.

Photos: Thanks to Atiku Bagudu And Ambode as Lagosians rush Lake Rice (Lagos-Kebbi)

Lagosians  on Thursday crowded the centers where the state government’s “Lake Rice’’ is being sold for N12,000 for a 50kg bag and N6,000 for 25kg.
The Ambode government commenced the sale of the rice on Wednesday in centres across the 57 local governments and local council development areas.
Lake Rice is a product of the joint agricultural venture between Lagos State and Kebbi State Governments, designed to ensure food security and showcase Nigeria’s ability to become a rice producing nation.
The name Lake Rice is borne out of the acronyms of the state with LA standing for Lagos and KE for Kebbi.
Mr Sanni Okanlawan, the Special Adviser on Food Security to Gov. Akinwumi Ambode told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the government was fulfilling its promise of giving residents a blissful Yuletide.

Chibok Girls: “No new girls have been released but by God’s grace, they will be. Happy Christmas, everyone.” Presidency

The presidency on Thursday dismissed rumors that some Chibok girls have been released by the Boko Haram sect.
Early Thursday, news on the online media said an additional 21 Chibok girls were released.
But in a statement, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the news was false. Shehu said negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of more girls.

Borno earmarks N13 billion to rebuild liberated communities

Borno State has allocated N13, 020, 133.985.00 to the newly established Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR) for massive reconstruction and rehabilitation of destroyed towns and villages, including critical infrastructures in liberated communities.
Governor Kashim Shettima disclosed this yesterday in Maiduguri, after presenting next year’s N183.84 billion budget to the House of Assembly.He said the MRRR has become the focal ministry for the post Boko Haram insurgency reconstruction efforts of his government towards returning the 1.6 million IDPs on or before May 29, 2017.
Shettima said: “We invested huge sums of money towards the completion of all on-going projects and rehabilitation of public structures and in the process provided employment for over 2, 000 youths.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Photos: Taraba workers shut secretariat over salaries

Taraba State government’s workers have shut down the state secretariat in Jalingo to protest against the non-payment of their salaries.
Acting on the platform of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), the workers accused the state government of insensitive to their plights.
Addressing the workers, Mr Peter Gambo, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said on Thursday that they were protesting against other irregularities in the payment of salaries of workers and pensions of retirees in the state.
He said that local government workers and teachers had not been paid for eight months and have been subjected to untold hardship.
The chairman listed other irregularities as illegal deductions from salaries and subjection of workers to meaningless screenings and futile verifications by the government.