Saturday, 30 December 2017

Man remanded for killing uncle in Katsina

A middle-aged man, Murtala Abdullahi, has been remanded in prison custody for stabbing his 50-year-old uncle to death in Katsina State. 
Abdullahi allegedly killed his uncle, Ahmed Umar, while he was fast asleep by stabbing him severally on his body.
Mrs. Falila Dikko of the Katsina Senior Magistrate Court ordered his remand till February 26, next year, when the trial would continue.

FG Appoints Governing Boards For Parastatals And agencies 

The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of Agencies and Parastatals, under some Ministries, as well as the appointment of eminently qualified Nigerians to fill the Board positions, numbering 209 Chairmen and 1258 members.

Two labourers gets six months jail sentence for stealing yam in Nasarawa

A Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada in Nasarawa State, on Friday sentenced two labourers to six months imprisonment each for stealing 50 tubers of yam.
The judge, Upside Yaqub, however, gave the convicts, Habibu Kabiru, 25; and Salisu Hamidu, 22, both residents of Old Orange Market Mararaba, an option of N5, 000 fine each.
Yaqub warned them to desist from committing crimes and ordered that the tubers of yam be returned to the owner.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Kogi state governor sacks SUBEB chairperson over alleged gross misconduct

The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has sacked the Chairperson State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Mrs Deborah Oshatinmehin over alleged gross misconduct.
She has been replaced by Suleiman Nadaleye Abdullahi.
Sources from the Kogi State Government House told DAILY POST on Wednesday that the sack of the SUBEB boss became necessary when it was alleged that she got herself involved in some illegal contract which never went well with those at the top.

Nigerian Police Parade Kogi State kidnappers Commander, Halti Bello and 29 others

The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday paraded 30 armed robbers, kidnappers, social miscreants, cattle rustlers, cultism and hoodlums who have been terrorising the people of Kogi State and its environs.
Parading the suspects in Lokoja, the Force Public Relation Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the incessant criminal activities of the hoodlums along Auchi-Okene, Lokoja-Ajaokuta- Anyigba, Kabba-Oshokoshoko-Obajana highways moved the inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim Idris to direct the

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

2017 Has Been A Tough Year For Nigeria – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that 2017 has been a tough year for Nigeria just as he expressed optimism that 2018 will be a prosperous one for the country.
He made the remarks yesterday when Christian faithful and FCT residents led by the FCT minister ,Mohammed Bello paid him a Christmas Homage at the presidential Villa.

Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi Wades Into Dangote, BUA Crisis

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has intervened in the raging controversy between Dangote Group and BUA Group over a mining site located in Okpella area of Edo State.
Africa’s richest man and chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, owns Dangote industries limited, the producer of Dangote Cement, while business mogul, Abdulsamad Rabiu owns the BUA Group, producer of BUA cement. Both are natives of Kano.

Yuletide: Butchers decry low patronage in Kano

The Association of Kano Butchers Multi purpose Cooperative Society decried low patronage by customers in the Christmas season due to financial challenges.
The Public Relations Officer of the Association, Alhaji Jinjiri Ali, disclosed this in an interview in Kano on Monday.

Police arrest Benue university student nabbed over murder of colleague

A 400 Level Psychology student of a middle belt state university, Gabriel Egbe, has been arrested by the Benue State Police Command for his alleged complicity in the murder of a fellow student of the same university, one Philip Adah.
The suspect, who was paraded in Makurdi by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bashir Makama, was said to be on the run, but nabbed following a tip-off.

Police nab dealer with fake drugs in Kaduna

The police in Kaduna State on Monday said they have arrested a drug dealer with over 250,000 packets of suspected fake capsules.
The police spokesperson in tthe state, ASP Muktar Aliyu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

Defection of former VP Atiku to PDP in futility – Masari

Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has described the recent defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as an exercise in futility.
Masari made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Maiadua, Katsina State  on Monday.
He said the defection of the vice president would not in anyway affect the electoral success of the ruling APC, stressing Atiku had just answered his popular name.

Four killed in fresh Southern Kaduna attack, more troops deployed

The Kaduna State government says it is saddened by the latest attack on Unguwan Mailafiya community which led to death of four people and about eight others injured.
Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity made the remark while briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Monday.
He said the Military Authorities notified the State Government of the attack on the community which  occurred late last night Sunday Dec. 24, following an attack at Nimdem on the Saturday night Dec. 23

Monday, 25 December 2017

Soldiers kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recover 200 cattle

The Nigerian Army on Monday said its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents and recovered 200 cattle in Borno.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director of Army Public Relations, announced this in a statement in Maiduguri.

Kaduna Pilgrims Board to refund N140 million to pilgrims

The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board said it would commence refunding over N140 million to pilgrims who performed pilgrimage in 2016 and 2017 from Thursday, Dec. 28.
The Overseer of the Board, Imam Husaini Ikara, made this known in a statement signed by the board’s Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Abdullahi.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Man Slits Girlfriend's Throat For Trying To Marry Another Man In Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command says it has arrested a 23-year-old man, Abubakar Musa, who slashed the throat of his girl-friend, Aisha Dikkom.
The police also said it has arrested a 15-year-old house wife, Daushiya Abdullahi, for allegedly killing her husband and another person through food poison.

Buhari: Fuel Scarcity regrettable

President Mohammadu Buhari says the fuel scarcity experienced by Nigerians nationwide is regrettable
The President in a statement shared on his verified twitter handle, also said he is regularly briefed being on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC)  intervention to ensure there is an availability of petrol across the country.

Why I killed my husband with N40 rat poison – 15-year-old Katsina housewife confesses

15-year-old Katsina housewife, Dausiya Abdulmumini, has confessed that she killed her husband, 27-year-old Saminu Usman with N40 rat poison.
Dausiya had last week, poisoned her husband, Usman and her half brother to death in Ungwar Dan Mayaki village, Bakori local government area of Katsina State.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal's Christmas Message

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has admonished all Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers and shun vices that could jeopardize efforts of government to provide conducive atmosphere for the citizens to realize their life objectives.
In a Christmas message issued Sunday by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal enjoined his countrymen and women to continue to reflect on positive tenets that unite the nation and strengthen the polity.

Air Force bombs Boko haram structures, kills scores

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said it has carried out more air strikes against the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) at the fringes of Borno state, near Lake Chad, Killing scores of the insurgents and damaging their structures.
It said the bombardments were conducted with fighter jets and helicopter gunships with the aim of weakening the will of the insurgents and neutralising them from carrying out their deadly activities.

Presidency warns against dragging Buhari ’s name into Kano politics

The Presidency has warned against dragging the name of President Muhammadu Buhari into the removal of the Chairman of Kano chapter of the APC, Alhaji Umar Doguwa, from office.
A presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

I Am Still Consulting On 2019 Presidential Race – Makarfi

Former chairman, National Reconciliation Committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, in this interview makes a post-mortem assessment of the recently held national convention of the party; and throws light on his speculated 2019 presidential ambition. He spoke with MUYIWA OYINLOLA.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Governor Abdulaziz Yari is not from Zamfara, Senator Marafa

The Political quagmire between the Governor of Zamfara State , Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa ( APC Zamfara Central) over the nominee for the position of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Thursday took a different dimension, as the latter alleged that the former is not an indigene of the state .

It will be recalled that the Senate had based on recommendation by its committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refused confirmation of nomination of Barrister Ahmad Bello Mahmud as REC nominee for the state on the strength of petition written to that effect by Gov Yari. Governor Yari in the petition addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari in March this year and copied the Senate leadership alleged that the nominee was not an indigene of the state.

Kaduna State Attains 5 Years Free Polio Status

Kaduna state government said it has sustainably achieved five years without any polio case.
The Commissioner of health Dr Paul Manya Dogo disclosed this at a retreat organized by Kaduna State primary health care development agency for three local government administrators of the state to strengthen routine immunization.

15-year-old housewife arrested for killing husband, half-brother in Katsina

A fifteen-year-old housewife in Katsina State, Dausiya Abdulmuminu, has been arrested by the Katsina Police Command for allegedly poisoning her husband, Samilu Usman, 27, and her half-brother, Mohammed Abdulmuminu, to death.
Spokesman of the Command, Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident to reporters yesterday, adding that Dausiya was being detained at the Bakori Police Division.

IG Bans SARS From Conducting Stop And Search Operations

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has banned the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force from conducting stop and search operations on roads except when necessary.
Some group of Nigerians recently in the social media, called for the scrapping of SARS over alleged harassment of innocent Nigerians, using the #EndSARS.

EFCC Arrests Fake Investigator Over Attempt To Defraud Gov. Al Makura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arrested Mohammed Momoh, a farmer, for attempting to defraud the governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura.
The suspect while posing as a “Private investigator from the Villa“ had approached the wife of the governor with a proposition to help stop a purported investigation of two accounts belonging to the governor, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Kebbi State Government To Spend N174m On Construction and Rehabilitation of Boreholes in Five LGA

The Kebbi Government is to spend N174 million on the construction and rehabilitation of 94 boreholes in five local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa, made this known on Friday in Birnin Kebbi at the signing ceremony of the contract with the contracting firm, Calendar Investment Nigeria.

Why state governments may not support Digital Switch Over, by El-Rufai

Following the launch of Digital Switch Over (DSO) from analogue to digital broadcasting yesterday in Kaduna, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said it would be difficult for state governors to support it.
He said this was particularly so as most states were still battling to pay workers salaries due to cash crunch.
He urged the Federal Government and the set-top box manufacturers to come up with a financial engineering that would enable Nigerians to acquire the set-top boxes and pay over a stated period of time

Taraba Specialist Hospital New Chief Medical Director Promises Improved Service Delivery

Dr Alex Maiangwa, the newly appointed Chief Medical Director (CMD), Taraba Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, on Friday promised improved service delivery.
Maiangwa made the promise in Jalingo while receiving a hand over note from his predecessor, Dr Joel Rimande.
He pledged to ensure that patients’ satisfaction would be central to his administration.
He said effective policies would be implemented to give patients full components of service in the hospital.

NDLEA Arrests 619 Suspected Drug Traffickers In Kano

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says the agency has arrested 619 suspected drug traffickers in Kano State in 2017.
The state Commandant of the agency, Alhaji Hamza Umar, disclosed this on Friday in Kano at a news conference organised by the command in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Umar said that the suspects were arraigned before the Federal High Court in the state where 165 of them were convicted to serve various prison terms.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Drug abuse: Tambuwal urges total ban on codeine syrups

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to totally ban Codeine syrups in the country.
Tambuwal made the call while speaking at a Senate Rountable on Drug Abuse held in Kano.
The two-day programme was organised by the Senate as part of the measures to address the drug use crisis in the country with a view to finding a lasting solution to it.

FRSC Records 14 Deaths on Jos-Hawan Kibo-Forest Road

The Federal Road safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday said it had recorded 14 deaths in 34 crashes that occurred on Jos-hawan kibo-forest axis between January and July.
Mr Jonas Agwu, the corps Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Jos zone, made the disclosure while inaugurating an initiative meant to improve visibility and reduce crashes at hawan-kibo in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Budgets N220b for 2018 Fiscal Year

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Thursday presented the 2018 budget to the Sokoto State House of Assembly with a total estimate of N220 billion earmarked to be spent by the government.

Nigerian Police Arrest 2 Deadly Kidnappers Terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna and Jere-Kagarko Highway

Two suspected kidnappers said to be on the wanted list of the police are now cooling down their heels in the net of Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris’ Intelligence Response Team(IRT), having been arrested early in the week.
The suspects are: Adamu Lawan, 30, and 25 year-old Aminu Lawan.

Taraba presents 2018 budget proposal of N96.5bn to legislature

Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Thursday presented a budget proposal of N96.5 billion to the state legislature for 2018 fiscal year.
While laying the estimates before the legislators in Jalingo, Ishaku explained that the budget proposal was about 12 per cent lower than the estimate for 2017 when the state budgeted N110.1 billion.

Kano Hisbah Board arrests 12 youths involved in Immorality

The Kano State Hisbah Board on Wednesday said it had arrested 12 youths allegedly involved in immoral acts in the city.
Malam Umar Yahaya, the board’s Public Relations Officer, said in Kano that the suspects were apprehended on Monday evening at Maidile, behind Shagari Quarters in Kumbotso Local Government area during a special patrol.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Constitution amendment: Taraba Assembly fails to pass LG autonomy bill

Taraba State House of Assembly, yesterday, failed to pass the bill to alter the Constitution, which seeks to abrogate the state/local government joint account and give the third tier financial autonomy.

The House, which passed 10 of the amendments, referred the local government autonomy bill alongside four others to the House Ad Hoc Committee on Constitution Amendment for further legislative work. 

I left over N14bn in Katsina treasury — Shema

The immediate past governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema said his administration left over N14 billion in the coffers of both the state and local government as at May 29, 2015.
In a statement by his media aide, Oluwabusola Olawale, the former governor denied claim by the present administration in the state that it inherited N4 billion from Shema.

Katsina government, UNICEF partner on girl-child education

Katsina state government has concluded plans to partner the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost enrolment of Out-of-School Children (OSC), particularly the girl-child.
Reports of substantial number of OSC in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country, prompted the partnership.

Governor Dairus Ishaku flags off free medical screening, treatment of Hepatitis in Taraba

Taraba State government has flagged off free medical screening and treatment of Hepatitis across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Governor Dairus Ishaku, while flagging off “Taraba state Hepatitis Treatment Access Programme” at the State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, said the prevalence rate of the disease in the state prompted him to go into a
partnership deal with Roche Production Limited to end the avoidable deaths.
Correspondent Owolabi Adenusi reports that residents of Taraba state were afforded the opportunity to know their

El-Rufai to Atiku: prove you funded Buhari’s campaign

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was challenged yesterday to prove that he funded President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 campaign.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai threw the challenge and stated why the forme vice president quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) — there was no room for him to run for president after governors endorsed Buhari for a second term.

2019: 10 jostle for Kano deputy governor

Barely 24 hours after Kano State Deputy Governor Hafiz Abubakar declared that he would not contest in 2019, over 10 people have shown interest in the position.
Those vying for the job include two vice chancellors; two members of the State Executive Council; a professor of over 15 years; and a retired federal permanent secretary.
A principal member of the House of Assembly, who pleaded for anonymity, said he had received calls from top indigenes, advising him to sponsor a motion to impeach Abubakar.

M.Sc. degree holders apply for primary school job in Kaduna State

Kaduna State Government, on Wednesday, began screening of 43,806 applicants for 25,000 teaching positions in its primary schools, with M.Sc. degree holders being among the applicants. 
The list of applicants pasted on the notice board at Rimi College, Kaduna, one of the examination centres, showed that two applicants held M.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry and Water Resources.

Sigma Pensions Donates Medical Equipment to Kaduna Eye Centre

Sigma Pensions Limited has donated drugs and medical equipment to the National Eye Centre, Kaduna.
The company also renovated the emergency unit of the hospital and provided it with visitors’ chairs.
Making the donations on Wednesday at the centre, Chief Compliance Officer of Sigma Pensions, Mrs. Nafisa Mohammed, said the donations were part of the cooperate social responsibility of the company.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Katsina state government spends N2bn on drainages

Katsina state government has spent over N2 billion in the last two years for the construction of a standard drainage system in the state capital and its environs. Governor Aminu Masari disclosed this yesterday while receiving stakeholders and political leaders in the state who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House.
“The present administration has expended over N2 billion to construct drainages in the Katsinametropolis within the last two years. “When this administration came on board, it met several wards that had been experiencing flood disasters every time.

NNPC plans three power plants to generate 4,600MW in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it is planning to construct three power plants to generate about 4,600 megawatts in the northern part of the country.
The power plants, to be located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, would rely on gas supplies from the proposed Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano, AKK, Gas Pipeline project.
The tender for the award of contract for the pipeline was two weeks ago presented to the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, for approval.

SUBEB Announces Examination Centres for Teachers recruitment

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) hereby inform all applicants who applied for teaching appointments in the state’s Public Primary Schools, that the aptitude test will be conducted on Wednesday, which is tomorrow the 20th of December 2017.
The test will be conducted in the following designated centres across the 23 Local Government Education Authorities (LGEA) of the state by 10:00 am.

NDLEA arrests 86 persons in Gombe

•Confiscates 2,125.204Kg of drugs
The Gombe State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it has arrested 86 suspected persons and confiscated 2,125.204Kg of hard drugs in the state.
The State Commander, Aliyu Adole said 1,293.424 kg of hard drugs were made of Indian hemp while psychotropic substance made up the other 831.78kg.
He spoke in Gombe while commenting on the activities of the agency in the state during the outgoing year.

Seven new Permanent Secretaries sworn-in by Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday swore in seven new permanent secretaries who were inaugurated August 15, by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja before the weekly cabinet meeting began.

New PDP faction emerges, opens secretariat in Abuja

A new faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday opened a new secretariat for the party in Asokoro District of Abuja.
The PDP duly recognized national secretariat is located at Wuse, Zone 5, Abuja.
The faction was reportedly formed by a group of five men namely – Prince Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and Franklyne Edede.