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Bauchi
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North-East Zone,
has commended the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, for campaigning for peaceful co-existence among the various religious and ethnic groups in the state.
The zonal chairman of the association, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, gave the commendation when he led other leaders of the association on a courtesy visit to the emir.
He said the current campaign for religious tolerance initiated by the emir was commendable, especially now that the country was preparing for the March 28 and April 11 general elections
He recalled that prior to the postponement of the elections several people had relocated to their places of origin for fear of being attacked.
Byel said: “your peace initiative which is  aimed at strengthening unity between the Church and the host community is already yielding fruit.

Borno

The Borno State Government has advised Internally Displaced
Persons (IDPs) whose communities had been reclaimed by the military to exercise restraint in rushing back home.
This is in view of the fear of dangerous reptiles and landmines planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in such communities.
The Commissioner of Housing and Rural Electrification in the state Dr Haruna Mishelia, gave the advice while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri.
Mishelia said that though it was the wish of the state government for IDPs to return home quickly, a number of measures had to be taken to safeguard their lives after returning home.
“You will agree with me that there is no place like home. It is the wish of government to see the IDPs return home as quickly as possible.

FCT

The Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria
(RTEAN) says it will establish more Welding Schools across the country.
National President of the Association, Chief Musa Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Shehu said the idea of opening the schools became necessary due to the need for certified pipe welders who could work in the union’s car workshops across the country.
“We want to open an institute for training pipe welders, not ordinary road side welders. The pipe welders are highly needed in vehicle assembling centres.
“There is already a workshop which the Ministry of Works handed over to us; so the welding training school will be introduced in the workshops located in the six geopolitical zones in the country.
“We want to make sure that there is an Assembly Plant in the workshop, Completely Knocked Down (CKD) plant where vehicle parts will be fixed and assembled,” he said.

Gombe

Governor Kashim Shetima of Borno has commended the gallantry of the Nigerian military in recapturing some of the areas that were taken over by Boko Haram.
Shetima made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Gombe recently.
He said that government would give the military all the moral and logistic support to accomplish the set goals.
“We commend them for the gallantry they have displayed in recovering some of the lost territories. We can only give them all the moral and logistic support for them to accomplish their goals.
“They have families, blood in their veins and are risking their lives for us to have sound sleep.
“I think they deserve to be commended not to be condemned, they need our support’’, he said.
According to the governor, Borno is the largest state in the federation in terms of land mass and the insurgents had a territory of more than 69,000 square kilometres.

Kogi

The President of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop
David Oyedepo, has urged Christians to earnestly pray for God’s choices to emerge at all levels of leadership in the forthcoming elections.
Oyedepo made the call at a monthly programme of the church tagged “One Night with The King” on Saturday morning in Lokoja.
The Bishop, in his sermon titled “Engaging the Prayer of Faith For Fulfillment of Prophecy’’, urged Christians to pray that God’s will should prevail in the elections.
“We must commit the elections to God’s hands for His will to be done and I am sure He will rescue this nation.
Kebbi

The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi  State, Gen.
Bello Sarkin-Yaki (rtd.), has donated 175 metal
detectors to 68 religious organisations and four emirate councils in the state to enhance security.
The Special Adviser to the state governor on Religious Affairs, Malam Zakariya Yeldu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi recently.
Yeldu said that a committee to facilitate the distribution of the donated items had been constituted.
He said the 21 local government councils in the state would receive three metal detectors each while 68 pieces of the detectors would be distributed among the four emirates.
Yeldu said the metal detectors for the 17 registered religious organisations would be deployed to enhance security in mosques and preaching centres across the state.

Kwara

No fewer than one million people are to benefit from
the ongoing Community Health Insurance Scheme in Kwara State.
The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Publicity, Dr Muyideen Akorede, made this known in Ilorin during an interview with newsmen.
Akorede said the development was in line with the government’s commitment to the provision of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare services.
He explained that the development was also a giant step in the government effort to transform the health sector.
He also disclosed plans to renovate additional five hospitals to further move health centres closer to the people.
On education, he said 400 blocks of classrooms had been constructed while 120 were to be refurbished in line with global best standard.
He explained that these plans could only be realised if the people voted massively for the All Progressives Congress and refused being distracted by the antics of opposition who had little or nothing to offer.

Lagos

An Igando Customary Court in Lagos has dissolved a
20-year-old marriage between Olayiwola Ajayi and his wife, Isiwa, over battery by wife.
The President of the court, Mr Rasak Adeyeri, held that both parties were no longer husband and wife and they were free to go their separate ways.
Ajayi, 72, a retired civil servant, had alleged that his wife always threatened his life through beating, among other things.
“My wife is fond of beating me, she beats me on any slight provocation, I am tired of being brutalised.
“A day cannot pass without her laying her hands on me, I am afraid she may kill me one day if I still continue in the marriage,’’ Ajayi said.

Nasarawa

The traditional ruler of Obi community in Nasarawa
State, has appealed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from his area to come back home as the area is now peaceful.
Orume made the appeal at Obi in an interview with newsmen recently.
The royal father expressed sadness over the unfortunate crisis witnessed in the area, but urged all those who fled for safety to return home.
He said that the area was now safe and peaceful, and urged those who fled to return to their ancestral homes.
He said that their return would facilitate the success and equitable distribution of relief materials to every IDP of the area.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on all Internally Displaced Persons to come back to their homes.
“It has been discovered that many are yet to return maybe out of fear. So I want to assure all those who are yet to return that Obi is now safe and secured.

Sokoto
Former President Shehu Shagari has appealed to Ni
gerians to pray for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Our correspondent reports that Shagari was speaking while receiving the All Progressive Congress ( APC) Presidential candidate, Gen. Mohammed Buhari, at his resident in Sokoto
He said that only prayers by Nigerians would pave way for meaningful development in the country.
Shagari expressed appreciation for the visit and wished the general well.
Speaking earlier, Gen Mohammed Buhari congratulated Shagari for attaining the age of 90.
He prayed to God to continue to guide , protect and give the former President , good health.

Taraba

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship can
didate in Taraba State, Chief David Kente, has denied the rumour making the rounds that he has stepped down from the race.
“I want to make it clear that I have not and will not step down for anybody,” Kente said in Jalingo at a press conference.
Represented by Mr David Adekoya, his Special Assistant (SA) on Media and Publicity, Kente described the rumour as “the handiwork of mischief makers.’’
“I did not also return to the PDP as being speculated by some mischief makers who are obviously intimidated by my popularity among electorate,” he said.
Kente urged his supporters to ignore the rumour and turnout en masse on April 11 to give him the mandate to make a difference in the governance of the state.

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Katsina Reopens filling Stations, Cattle Markets

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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has ordered the immediate reopening of all filling stations and cattle markets earlier closed as a result of cattle rustling and banditry in the state.
However, the governor urged the two emirate councils in the state to admonish district and village heads of the affected areas to be vigilant and ensure that no act of connivance by Sarakunan Fawa and others is allowed.
In a statement by Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, the government warned that it would not hesitate to re-enact the closure where a resurgence of any dubious activity was noticed.
Recall that in August 2021, Masari had ordered the closure of the markets.
Regarding the closure of Kankara-Sheme Road to commercial vehicles, motorists were advised to go through Funtua.
The order said, “Only private non-commercial vehicles are to ply the road and lorries, trucks carrying firewood from the bush are totally banned.
“Suspension of sale of all animals at the markets of the following local government areas: Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Charanchi, Mal’adua, Kafur, Faskari, Sabuwa, Baure, Dutsinma and Kaita.
“Ban on transportation of cattle trucks from Katsina State to any other state in Nigeria.
“Total ban on carrying three persons on motorcycles and more than three passengers on a tricycle.
“Total ban on the sale of second-hand motorcycles at the Charanchi Market.
“Re-enforcement of the ban on the operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the state capital and 6.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the frontline local government areas.
“Re-enforcement of the total ban on the sale of petrol in jerry cans at filling tations.
“Only two designated filling stations are allowed to sell fuel of not more than N5,000.00 to motorists in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja and Kafur local government areas.
“Identified essential workers (health personnel, security personnel and journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.”

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Supreme Court Restores GTBank’s Appeal Against Innoson Motors

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The Supreme Court has reversed its earlier decision which dismissed an appeal by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) against a N2.4 billion judgment given in favour of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.
A judgment delivered on Friday by a five-member panel, led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola held unanimously that the Supreme Court erred when, in a ruling on February 27, 2019, it erroneously dismissed the appeal marked: SC/694/2014 filed by GTB.
In the lead judgment, written by Justice Tijani Abubakar, but read on Friday by Justice Abdu Aboki, the court held that it was misled by its Registry, which failed to promptly bring to the notice of the panel that it sat on the case on February 27, 2019, and that GTB had already filed its appellant’s brief of argument.
The judgment was on an application by GTB seeking the re-listing of the appeal on the grounds that it was wrongly dismissed.
The Supreme Court said had the panel that sat on the case on February 27, 2019, been notified of the existence of the appellant’s brief of argument, it would not have given the ruling which dismissed GTB’s appeal on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution.
Relying on Order 8 Rules 16 of the Supreme Court’s Rules, Justice Abubakar, in the lead judgment, held that the apex court has the power to set aside its decision in certain circumstances, like any other court.
He added that such circumstances include where there is any reason to do so, such as where any of the parties obtained judgment by fraud, default or deceit; where such a decision is a nullity or where it is obvious that the court was misled into giving a decision.
Justice Tijani held that the circumstances of the GTB case fall into the category of the rare cases where the Supreme Court could amend or alter its own order on the grounds that the said order or judgment did not present what it intended to record.
“I am convinced that at the material time that the appellant’s appeal was inadvertently dismissed by this court, there was in place, a valid and subsisting brief of argument filed by the applicant.
“It will be unjust to visit the sin of the court’s Registry on an innocent, vigilant, proactive and diligent litigant.
“It is obvious from the material before us, that there were errors committed by the Registry of this court, having failed to bring to the notice of the panel of Justices that sat in chambers on the 27th February 2019 that the appellant had indeed filed its brief of argument.

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Terrorists Attack Southern Borno Community

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Members of the Islamic State West Africa Province terrorist group have launched an attack on Mainahari community near Wakabiu in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
Reports had it that the insurgents threw bombs to the village on Saturday afternoon.
However, a source said that the insurgents were successfully repelled by men of the Nigerian Army.
“We were at the barrack when we began to hear sounds of bombs around 3:00pm this afternoon. Then we heard that they were trying to enter Mainahari Village near Wakabiu but the army were on alert and they immediately engaged the insurgents.
“There was no casualty on the side of the Nigerian Army but we are told the Army killed scores of the insurgents, seized a gun truck and many ammunition from the fleeing insurgents,” a civilian source was quoted as saying.
This trails an attack by the insurgents five days ago on the Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace, a research institute of the Nigerian Army University in Buratai Village, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State.
SaharaReporters had reported that the insurgents attacked the Buratai community on Monday, shooting heavy artillery.
Buratai is the country home of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff and current Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai.
A military source had said the situation forced people to scamper for safety and remain indoors as the shooting continued.

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