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L-R: Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, and Gov. Abdullazeez Yari of Zamfara, at the 19 Northern Governors Forum's  meeting in Kaduna on Friday.

L-R: Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, and Gov. Abdullazeez Yari of Zamfara, at the 19 Northern Governors Forum’s meeting in Kaduna on Friday.

Adamawa

Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa has
approved the appointment of Alhaji Adamu Sanda, the Gangwari Ganye (paramount ruler of Ganye), as 2016 Amirul Hajj.
A statement issued by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Malam Ahmad Sajoh in Yola noted that the five-man Amirul Hajj team has Alhaji Nuhu Bawandu as Deputy Amirul Hajj and Alhaji Musa Ahmad as Secretary.
Sajoh stated that the governor had also approved the reconstitution of the state’s Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.
He noted that the reconstitution of Board was occasioned by a new law passed by the state’s House of Assembly assented to by the governor.

Ekiti

A retired forest guard, Mr Olagunju Ajeigbe, has
called on state and local governments to be proactive and take stringent measures to address the indiscriminate felling of trees in the South-Western region.
Ajeigbe made the call in an interview with newsmen in Ikole, Ekiti.
He condemned the activities of some timber contractors in the region, adding that indiscriminate felling of trees would lead to some consequences in the future.
He expressed worry that failure of government to act fast would cause more damages to cash crops such as palm trees, kola-nut and cocoa trees

FCT

The Healthwatch Forum, an NGO, has urged
Nigerians to hold government responsible for any failure in service delivery.
A public health consultant and Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the call at the Healthwatch Forum with the theme “Active Citizenship for Health’’ in Abuja.
He noted that health issues were not adequately captured in the political agenda of the government.
Ihekweazu described the forum as a process of making government accountable to its responsibilities, among others.

Gombe

A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Society
For Family Health (SFH), says it will equip 57 primary health care centres in Gombe State.
SFH’s Programm Manager, Mr Abare Galadina,  disclosed this in Gombe at a Thematic Round Table for Stakeholders in the health sector, organised by Inganta Rayuwan Iyali (IRI) project BBC Media Action.
He noted that virtually all the primary health care centres in Gombe were ill equipped, adding that the centres would be equipped between January and August 2016.

Jigawa

A Corps member, Mr Kalu Ndukwe, has
constructed three toilets at his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) in Gagarawa Local Government Area of Jigawa.
Ndukwe, who is serving at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Gagarawa, said he spent N290,000 to construct the facilities.
He said the gesture was to discourage open defication among students of the school due to inadequate toilet facilities in the area.
The corps member said the initiative would also enhance sanitation and hygiene among the students.

Kano

A Kano Magistrates’ Court has sentenced seven
women to three months’ imprisonment for engaging in prostitution and immoral acts.
Binta Musa, 19, Maryam Garba, 19, Zulai Usman, 21, Fatima Tijjani, 20, Sadiya Ibrahim, 18, Maryam Mustafa, 17, and Ali Bashir, 20, were convicted on a two-count charge of prostitution and immoral acts.
The convicts pleaded guilty to the offences.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Ibrahim Khaleel sentenced them to three months’ imprisonment with an option of N 10,000 fine for each.

Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
called on Federal Government to resolve the lingering problem of insecurity, power outage and fuel scarcity and other issues affecting the masses.
A statement signed by the association’s Public Relation Officer in the 19 Northern states and the FCT, Rev. Joseph Hayab, in Kaduna, said that Nigerians were suffering and there was urgent need for government to act.
“The popularity of the present administration in the country is rapidly diminishing due to the prevailing problems of insecurity, power and fuel scarcity.

Kwara

An Omu-Aran Upper Area Court in Kwara has
granted N1 million bail to three accused charged with theft of N8.8 million cooperative funds.
The accused Sola Adewumi, Modupe Awotayo and Oyeyipo Sunday were also granted two sureties each in like sum.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and theft.
The court also ordered them to report daily for one month at the office of the Omu-Aran Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Lagos

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James
Enwinstle, said  that Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Programme annually costs her about N132billion ($660million) annually. Entwistle, who made this known in his message to mark this year’s World Malaria Day, said that despite Nigeria’s current ‘’tremendous progress’’ in malaria elimination, much commitment was still needed.
He spoke on the theme “Ending Malaria in Nigeria for Good’’, in Nigeria, the National Malaria Elimination Programme estimates malaria costs the Nigerian economy about 132 billion naira ($660 million) annually.
Oyo

A housewife, Asiata Lamidi ,  has told a Mapo
Customary Court in Ibadan that she was not the cause of her husband’s ( Muritala Lamidi) impotence.
Asiata told the court that she decided to call-it-quit with Lamidi because he was spreading the rumour around that she was responsible for the dysfunction of his manhood.
“My stay under the same roof with Lamidi as husband and wife will no longer be possible because he has slandered my name.

Ondo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
(NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has impounded an NNPC branded tanker for diversion of 11,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Adeyinka Ayinla, who briefed newsmen after the incident in Akure, ordered that the product be sold to the public at the official pump price of N86.
Ayinla said that the tanker marked FST 309 XR, was caught by the officers of the command while discharging the 11,000 litres of PMS at Satabest filling station, located along Ijoka road, Akure.
“As at the time the tanker was caught, it had already discharged about 11,000 litres of the product in the filling station.

Sokoto

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
has distributed 11,200 litres of petrol free to motorists at the Basat Multi Trade Nigeria Ltd filling station in Sokoto.
Our correspondent reports that the filling station, which was sealed for hoarding, was also fined N1 million.
The agency meted out the punitive measures to the independent filling station during an enforcement exercise led by its Sokoto Zonal Operations Controller, Mr Mohammed Makera.
It was observed that each motorist was given 30 litres free, while motorcyclists each received five litres.
Similarly, three other independent filling stations were sealed and fined N 100,000 each per pump for under delivery and selling above the government approved pump price of N 86.50 per litre.

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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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