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Adamawa

No fewer than 20 out of the 127 inmates freed during last week’s attack on Ganye Prison in Adamawa State have returned.

Gunmen attacked about 17 places, including the prison in Ganye, headquarters of Ganye local government, set free 127 prisoners, and killed the senior officer in charge of the prison, Assistant Controller Baba Musa.

Confirming the development  in Yola, last  Saturday, nm Adamawa State  Controller of Prisons, Mr Andrew Barka, who did not give details, said some of the prisoners were re-arrested while some returned on their own.

Also giving update on the incident, the Chairman of Ganye Local Government, Alhaji Mohammed Farouk, said normalcy had returned to the town and business activities had resumed in full.

 

FCT

The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) has donated 16 plane-load of relief materials to victims of violent conflict in Mali.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media) to the First Lady, Mr Ayo Osinlu, stated that the aid, which included food items, clothing, drugs, beddings and other essential items, were received at a brief ceremony in the Malian capital, Bamako.

The President of the AFLPM, Dame Patience Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of State, FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, presented the aid to the First Lady of Mali, Madame Mintou Traore.

She  said: “In fulfilment of the resolve of First Ladies of Africa to contribute their quota to checking the wind of violence spreading across Africa, the Mission has taken its peace advocacy to Mali where several insurgent groups have been fighting the Malian government for independence or greater autonomy.

 

Gombe

The Police in Gombe State have confirmed the killing of two people when gunmen attacked Kumo Police Division in Akko local government area last Friday night.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Sule, said in Gombe, that the dead were among the attackers.

Sule said the police recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles from the attackers. “As far as I am concerned, none of my men was killed.

“What I know is that two of the attackers were killed and we recovered one AK 47 rifle and two motorcycles,” he said.

Sule, however, said he was expecting details of the incident since it occurred in the night and he decried the lack of information from the public to enable the police to prevent such attacks.

Some residents of Kumo  said they could not sleep in the night because of the exchange of fire between the police and the attackers.

 

Kaduna

Farmers in Zaria, Kaduna State, last Friday, jubilated as the city recorded its first rainfall of the year. The rain which started at 4.30p.m, lasted for 30 minutes.

A farmer, Malam Musa Dogara, thanked God for His blessings, and said that the rain would encourage farmers to start preparation for the farming season.

“We are happy with this rain and very soon we will get set for clearing of our farmlands as a prerequisite for crop cultivation,” he said.

Another farmer, Mutawakkilu Rafinyashi, also expressed gratitude to God for the rain and prayed for a blissful farming season.

A resident of the town, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Babbangwani said the rain was a source of succour for everyone, especially as it had lowered the temperature and relieved the people of intense heat.

 

Kano

Kano State Zakkat and Endowment Commission said it disbursed N16.1 million as Zakkat (alms) to 1,794 indigent persons last year.

The Director-General of the commission, Alhaji Sufiyanu Gwagwarwa in Kano last  Sunday, that N10 million was given to 1,000 needy persons in the first phase of the programme.

According to him, the sum of N2.5 million was distributed to 250 widows as assistance to enable them start small businesses.

“Each of the beneficiaries was given N10,000 as assistance to ameliorate his sufferings as well as to enable him start a business.

“The whole idea behind giving Zakkat to the poor is to use the money to establish some useful ventures which will make them self-reliant,’’ he said.

He said another N1.5 million was also distributed to another batch of 150 persons in addition to another N1.5 million disbursed to new converts to Islam and stranded travellers as assistance.

The Director- General disclosed that the commission had also offset the medical bills of 44 patients amounting to N435, 000 during the same period.

Kwara

The Federal Government has been urged to invest more in the development of libraries for the country to excel in the education sector.

A lecturer with the Department of Library and Information Science, Kwara State University, Malete, Dr Moses Ibeun, gave the advice in a lecture in Malete, Kwara, last Friday.

Ibeun said in the lecture, organised by the students of Library Science of the university, that the development of libraries as an integral part of educational development in the country had been neglected in favour of social media.

He described the existence of social media as detrimental to the reading culture in the society and reduced the rate at which people patronised the library.

 

Lagos

A Lagos State lawmaker, Mr Rotimi Olowo, has advised the Federal Government to collaborate with the states, to enhance effectiveness in road construction and maintenance.

Olowo said in Lagos,  last Sunday, that the government should explore both human and technical capacity of the states to ensure that the network of road projects fared better.

Olowo, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure in the state House of Assembly, urged the government to delegate more responsibilities to the states in road construction.

“Nigeria is a federating state and if the government should partner with the states, it is going to be a win, win situation. “We want service delivery, there is nothing the government is doing that states cannot do.

 

Niger

Senator Dahiru Awaisu (PDP- Niger East Senatorial District) last Sunday said he would seek re-election for a third term in 2015 “in spite of the political machinations to stop me’’.

Awaisu told newsmen in Minna during an interactive session that “nothing will deter me from contesting for re-election in 2015.

“I cannot be intimidated by anybody after being in politics for 32 years. There is nothing that I have not seen. “I have been in politics for long and for that I cannot be intimidated by anybody not only in Niger but in this country,’’ he said.

He noted that he had won most of his elective seats as representative of the opposition parties in the state, therefore, he would not be deterred by anybody.

“My people back my move to seek re-election for a third term. I will seek re-election under the PDP, even though Governor Babangida Aliyu, has shown interest in the seat,’’ he said.

 

Oyo

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an NGO, last Sunday, congratulated Christians in the country on the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In a statement by MURIC’s Director, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, made available to our correspondent in Ibadan, It said that in conformity with the lessons embedded in the Easter celebrations, Christians must endeavour to be tolerant and forgiving of one another, especially with adherents of other religions,” it stated.

“MURIC greets Nigerian Christians on this memorable occasion.

“We urge all Nigerians to demonstrate genuine respect for the manner of worship as well as the culture of other religions,” it stated.

 

Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, said last Sunday, that a National Qu’ranic Centre would be established in the state.

The sultan stated this at the closing of the 27th National Qu’ranic Recitation Competition in Gusau. He said that the past winners of the competition would be employed to propagate the teachings of the Holy Qu’ran at the centre when constructed.

The sultan said in order to have a decent and peaceful society in the country, there must be justice.

“I urge all the people in charge of justice, both the legal practitioners and village heads, to be just. “We at the top are always ready and will be willing to do anything to solve the problems in this country,’’ he said.

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Group Urges Police To Apologise To Protesters

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The Alliance on Surviving Covid-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), has asked the Nigeria Police to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
A statement by the human rights group yesterday, by its Interim Chair, Femi Falana (SAN), also accused the police of deliberately contravening Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020. 
The section provides that “Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilize personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.”
The group noted that Section 36 of the Constitution guarantees the fundamental right of the Nigerian people to freedom of expression including the right to protest against policies of the government. 
Many Nigerians in many states across the country trooped out on Saturday, June 12 to mark the day– Democracy Day – with protests against bad governance. 
The protesters chanted ‘Buhari must go’ in apparent dissatisfaction with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government that has seen security, economy, youth employment rate and some other sectors and indices worsen. 
However, there were arrests and harassment of peaceful protesters by the policex particularly in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River. 
The group in the statement said, “For having the audacity to insist on their fundamental right to protest against unpopular policies of governments, teams of armed police personnel fired teargas to disperse the peaceful rallies. As if the unprovoked attack was not enough, the Police brutalised and arrested scores of protesters in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar (Cross River State capital). 
“Since the protesters who were arrested during the peaceful rallies did not commit any offence, they have since regained their liberty. But the police authorities ought to apologise for violating the fundamental right of the protesters to freedom of expression.
“More so that the Police had deliberately contravened Section 83 (4) of the Police Establishment Act 2020 which provides that ‘Where a person or organization notifies the police of his or its intention to hold a public meeting, rally or procession on a public highway or such meetings in a place where the public has access to, the police officer responsible for the area where the meeting rally or procession will take place shall mobilise personnel to provide security cover for the meeting, rally or the procession.’
“While commending the protesters for conducting the themselves in a matured and peaceful manner, we condemn the official lie that the protesters were teargassed to prevent hoodlums and miscreants from hijacking the peaceful rallies. Since the Police admitted that protesters committed no offence whatsoever why were some of them arrested? Why were the so-called hoodlums and miscreants who wanted to cause mayhem and unleash violence on the protesters not arrested? 
“Or were they treated like sacred cows because they had been hired to disrupt the peaceful rallies of the protesters? Why were the scanty pro-government protesters who were reported to have fought openly in Abuja over their booty not arrested for breach of the peace in the Federal Capital Territory?

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‘MKO Most Acceptable Nigerian Democrat’

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the late Chief Moshood Abiola, widely believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential poll, as “the most acceptable democrat cherished by Nigerians”.
Mohammed said this in Gamawa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the distribution of empowerment items to youths and women under the Kaura Economic Empowerment Programme (KEEP).
He said the empowerment scheme historic as it coincided with Democracy Day which he described as an unforgettable day in the history of Nigeria.
The governor, who was full of praises for the late business mogul, said Abiola provided the country with a lot of empowerment programmes without considering the tribe, language and geographical location of the beneficiaries.
“Our launching of this empowerment programne today is historic and passionate; we remember today is democracy day and we decided to do it on this day.
“This is because Chief Moshood Abiola, who we are celebrating, empowered several people.
“He did that across board without considering the religion, language and origin of those that benefited from the gestures.
“Abiola will remain in our memory as the most acceptable democrat or politician in Nigeria.
“We all voted for him and that is why myself, my deputy and the government decided honour to him this day by coming to Gamawa and Zaki to empower the people,” he said.
Mohammed noted that democracy day meant remembering people who had empowered the masses, adding that the late Abiola was in that category.
The gesture, he said, was also to show appreciation to the people who brought his administration to power, adding that his government had a lot to offer to the people.

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Buhari, Bello Greet Abubakar At 79

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader.
The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja yesterday.
Buhari noted that Abubakar’s legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace had continued to yield results.
He congratulated the General for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The president noted the goodwill that the former Head of State had continued to attract to the country, both at national and international levels.
He particularly lauded him for sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
Buhari prayed for increase in wisdom, strength and long life for the former military leader that midwifed return of democracy to the country in 1999.
Similarly, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), on his 79th birthday.
Sani-Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, last Saturday in Minna eulogised Abubakar and described him as a “complete gentleman”.
According to him, the former head of state is a patriot who has remained “consistent and significant” in the progress and development of the country.
He said Niger and the country were indeed lucky to have an outstanding leader and statesman who had consistently remained on the path of promoting national unity and integration, as well as pursuit of global peace.
“Undoubtedly, your resolve to rededicate yourself to the service of our fatherland and humanity in general is a clear testimony of your statesmanship and influence which cuts across the length and breadth of the country,” Sani-Bello said.
He noted that at 79 years, Abdulsalami had remained a reference point for good governance, diplomacy and conflict resolution.
He prayed Allah to grant him sound health, many more years of wisdom, courage and determination to continue to offer selfless service to the nation and humanity.

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