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Adamawa

The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has de
nied reports on alleged attempted jailbreak by some convicted soldiers in Yola Prison in Adamawa State.
The spokesperson of the NPS, Mr Ope Fatinukun made the denial in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja last Saturday.
“There was no pandemonium, commotion nor gun shot fired into the air in Yola prison as reported.
“What really happened was argument among inmates around 7.30 pm after prayers last Thursday, Nov. 27.
“The argument was quickly brought under control,” he added.

Bauchi

Two Bauchi State House of Assembly aspir
ants, Alhaji Uba Boris and Malam Danladi Kawule from Bauchi Central and Zungur/Galambi/Miri Constituencies, last Saturday won the PDP primaries.
Our correspondent reports that the primaries, which were held late Saturday night, were delayed for several hours due to logistics problems.
Aspirants from Bauchi Central constituency included Alhaji Uba Boris, Ahmed Mohammed, Jamilu Barde, Bashir Baba, and Mustafa Kobi.
Other contestants from Zungur/Galambi/Miri constituency were Malam Danladi Kawule, Zanna Galambi, and Malan Abdurahman.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PDP, state chapter, Malam Shehu Aliyu, told newsmen that the party was happy with the peaceful conduct of the event and the good manners displayed by the party faithful.

Ekiti

Farmers in Ekiti State have been urged to spend
the money realised from the sale of their farm produce wisely.
Mr Durojaye Omole, an agriculture extension officer, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Odo-Ayedun, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti.
Omole noted that most farmers recorded bumper harvest which would lead to improvement in their living standards if the money realised from the sale of their produce was spent wisely.
He appealed to farmers not to follow the paths of some of them who marry more wives whenever they had bumper harvest.
“They should use the money on valuable projects and the education of their children.’’
He also called on farmers to plan for the next farming season by securing seeds and other planting items ahead of the season.
The agriculturist cautioned them against falling victim to fraudsters who might want to dupe them of their money on the pretence of assisting them.

Gombe

Former Vice President and APC presidential
aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has solicited the support of party delegates for his ambition to become Nigeria’s president in 2015.
Abubakar called for the support while addressing the delegates of Gombe and Yobe States in Gombe yesterday.
He expressed the desire for their votes during the party’s primaries, to enable him to succeed during the exercise.
According to him, he has spent over 30 years in politics and he deserves to be the president of Nigeria, “being the person who knows Nigeria’s problems”.

Kano

The Kano State Government has commended the Na
tional Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for its prompt response and support to the victims of last Friday’s bomb blast in a mosque.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran, gave the commendation in Kano when NEMA’s Director-General, Alhaji Mohammed Sidi, visited victims of the blast at the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.
“I thank you for the support we have received from you so far.
“We still have many victims on admission in our hospitals, but essentially we need emergency drugs and other consumables, which have since been exhausted.
“We have 48 victims in this hospital. We have some at Nasarawa, Dala Orthopaedic and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospitals.

Katsina

Eleven PDP candidates contesting election into Katsina
State House of Assembly, were last Saturday returned unopposed in the primaries conducted in the 11 local government areas of Katsina South senatorial zone.
Our correspondent reports that the candidates got their endorsement through affirmation by delegates in the presence of INEC officials, security personnel and party representatives.
In the election conducted in Matazu LGA, Alhaji Yusuf Fele, former local government chairman on the platform of the PDP won through affirmation.
He defeated the incumbent, Alhaji Abdu Danshehu.
In Danja LGA, the former Caretaker Chairman of the council, Alhaji Tijjani Lawal, was elected as the party’s candidate in the state Assembly.

Kwara

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has
scaled the screening of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), with a promise to make life more meaningful  if re-elected.
Ahmed made the promise yesterday after he was screened by the Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led screening committee at the APC state secretariat in Ilorin.
The governor assured the people of the state that the tempo of governance would be enhanced if re- elected for a second term as the governor of the state.
Governor Ahmed later received his certificate of eligibility from the party’s North-Central Zone Screening Committee Chairman, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
“We want to give assurance that we will be carrying out activities that will be premised on continuity of on-going projects , especially in infrastructure, “ he said.

Lagos

The Director, Nigerian Army Chaplain Services (Protes
tant), Col. (Rev.) Dawuk Danfulani, yesterday said that proper nurturing of the youths would build a greater Nigeria.
Danfulani spoke during a public presentation of a book entitled: “Youth Restiveness in Nigeria: A theological Reflection’’.
“The event held at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Abalti Barracks, Lagos State.
Our correspondent reports that Danfulani co-authored the book with Rev. (Dr) Ayo Atowoju.
Danfulani also used the occasion to thank God for healing him of injuries he sustained from a road accident.
“There is dire need for everyone to focus on the development of our youths because they determine the success or failure of any nation,” he said.

Plateau

The Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Titus
Alams, and  Mr Daniel Dem, the Majority Leader, have won their PDP primaries to contest in next year’s general elections.
Declaring the results of Saturday’s primaries in Jos, Alhaji Danjuma Musa, the Chairman, PDP Primaries Committee in Plateau, said Alams defeated seven opponents to win in Bokkos constituency.
He said also that Dem, on his part, defeated one contestant in the Riyom constituency of the State House of Assembly for next year’s elections.
Other members of the current Assembly, who were returned by the party’s primaries include, Mr Diket Plang, representing Pankshin North, and Mr Yakubu Choji, representing Jos North West Constituency.
The Assembly’s former Speaker, Istifanus Mwansat, representing Pankshin South, also defeated other aspirants to emerge as the party’s flagbearer, while Zainab Dogo, member representing Quan’Pan South, also scaled through.

Jigawa

A former Special Assistant to Governor Sule Lamido of
Jigawa State, Malam Umar Danjani has emerged winner of the Hadejia constituency at the PDP primary election for the PDP state House of of Assembly.
Our correspondent reports that Danjani, who was the sole candidate in the election, scored 71 votes.
Alhaji Abdullahi Buama, the Chairman, Election Committee, who announced the result, said the delegates had unanimously voted for Danjani to represent the party in the 2015 election.
Alhaji Abubakar Danyaro, the Chairman of the PDP in Hadejia, called for unity among its members to ensure victory of the party in the 2015 general elections.
Danyaro also enjoined members of the party to support its leadership to move it forward.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar 111 (left), with former Mininister of Education, Alhaji Yarima Abubakar, who paid him a visit in Sokoto recently.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111 (left), with former Mininister of Education, Alhaji Yarima Abubakar, who paid him a visit in Sokoto recently.

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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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