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Orji Uzor Kalu Meets Babangida In Minna
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Orji Uzor Kalu Meets Babangida In Minna

Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday afternoon visited the former military President, General Ibrahim Badomosi Babangida. Kalu who is currently in a closed door meeting with the former leader was earlier hosted by the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello
Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar
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Negotiating With Bandits Not Best Solution – Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd) has said negotiating with terrorists and bandits is not the best way to tackle insecurity. Abubakar said this while speaking to newsmen after a meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum in Minna. He mentioned that the best way to solve Nigeria’s banditry and kidnapping problems is to ensure that the crimes are not committed in the first place. While admitting that sometimes negotiations might be used to save the lives of kidnap victims, General Abdulsalami said Nigeria needs tight security that can checkmate the miscreants before they strike. Speaking on the Kagara abduction, Abdulsalami said it will be unwise for anyone to, however, storm a hideout of bandits to rescue students. “Even if anyone knows the location o...
Grant Amnesty To Bandits — Sheik Gumi Tells FG
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Grant Amnesty To Bandits — Sheik Gumi Tells FG

Popular Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmad Gumi has asked the federal government to grant an unconditional amnesty to bandits and killer herdsmen terrorising the country. This, according to the cleric is the requirement needed to be met by the government for peace to reign in the country. Gumi stated this in a brief interview in Minna, Niger State shortly after he met with the gunmen believed to be abductors of staff and students of Government Science College, Kagara. “The Federal Government should give them blanket amnesty, then if somebody continues, then we will deal with them,” Gumi told journalists in a 1 minute video obtained Recall that the school was attacked on Tuesday night. One student was killed in the process. Sources said that Gumi met with the armed men on Thursda...
Bandits Kill John Gbakaan Yaji, Catholic Priest Kidnapped In Niger State
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Bandits Kill John Gbakaan Yaji, Catholic Priest Kidnapped In Niger State

A Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Minna, Reverend Father John Gbakaan Yaji, has been killed by bandits in Niger state. It was learnt that the Priest was first kidnapped before he was killed by the bandits. His body was discovered on Sunday. It was learnt the priest was kidnapped on Friday night in Tufa village along Lambata-Lapai road on his way to his station after a religious meeting in Lambata. The late Priest was kidnapped alongside his brother but the whereabouts of the brother remains unknown. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Niger, ASP Abiodun Wasiu, said he will get back to The Nation when he contacted. However, a Reverend of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, saying that search has intensified towards ...
7 Still Missing As Bandits Ambush Police Officers In Kaduna
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7 Still Missing As Bandits Ambush Police Officers In Kaduna

The whereabouts of seven police officers out of 15 that were ambushed by bandits along the Birnin Gwari-Funtua road on Friday is still uncertain. However, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that eight of the officers were rescued. Our correspondent gathered that the 15 officers were travelling from Minna in Niger State to Kano through the Burnin Gwari-Funtua road when they were ambushed by a group of bandits along the Farin-Ruwa junction. The Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) also reported that at least 18 police officers were missing but later stated that two had made contact with family members but were still in the forest. While speaking with Daily Trust on Sunday, the BEPU chairman, Salisu Haruna, said the whereabouts of many of the police officers was uncertain, ...
Kingsley Moghalu Meets Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)
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Kingsley Moghalu Meets Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)

Former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu on Tuesday held meetings with former heads of state – Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida – in Minna, Niger State. Moghalu, who is also a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said he held discussions with the former leaders on the state of the nation. “Consultations on the state of the nation…visited and met today in Minna with former heads of state H.E. Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, GCFR and H. E. Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) GCFR. Profound discussions on the path forward for national stability and progress,” he tweeted. Moghalu said Abubakar holds a traditional title in Nnewi, Anambra State and that the former head of state was passionate about industrialising the town. “Incidentally, although I am ‘onl...
Emir Umar Faruq Hosts Orji Kalu After Meeting With IBB, Abdusalami (Photos)
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Emir Umar Faruq Hosts Orji Kalu After Meeting With IBB, Abdusalami (Photos)

The Emir of Minna, Dr Umar Faruq on Monday hosted Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Senate Chief Whip, at his Minna palace, the Niger State capital. Kalu arrived the Emir's palace at about 4:30pm and proceeded immediately for a private meeting with the monarch. Kalu had arrived Minna, the 'power' state on Monday at exactly 2pm alongside political friends, associates and retinue of aides. Before meeting with Emir Faruq, Senator Orji Kalu had met privately with General Abdusalami Abubakar, former head of state. The meeting with Abubakar was preceded by an hour-long meeting with General Ibrahim Babangida, former president at his Minna residence. Speaking on the reason for his visit to the Emir of Minna, Senator Kalu who described the visitation as “private”, said he was at the palace t...
Orji Kalu Meets Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)
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Orji Kalu Meets Abdulsalami Abubakar In Minna (Photos)

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is currently in a closed-door meeting with former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar. Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, arrived the residence of Abdulsalami in Minna, Niger State at about 3:30pm on Monday. Senator Orji Kalu was immediately ushered into the ex-head of state's residence where he was received by General Abdulsalami himself. Our correspondent in the tour reports that Kalu and Abdulsalami later proceeded for an indoor meeting which lasted over an hour. The Chief Whip of the Senate earlier today paid General Ibrahim Babangida a private visit after which he proceeded to Abdulsalami’s residence. Igbere TV had reported how Kalu arrived the power state at exactly 2pm on Monday alongside political friends, assoc...
No Plane Carrying Muslim Pilgrims Crash Landed In Minna – NAHCON
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No Plane Carrying Muslim Pilgrims Crash Landed In Minna – NAHCON

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says there is no truth in a media report that a Max Airline plane carrying over 500 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria crash-landed at Minna International Airport on Saturday. The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Makkah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. He said immediately the story filtered into the public domain, the commission conducted its findings into the purported development by getting in touch with the management of the airline concerned and interviewed some passengers that boarded the said plane. “The result of our findings showed that there is no such thing as emergency landing or crash landing of any plane in Minna involving...
Peruzzi Accused Of Defrauding FUT Minna Students
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Peruzzi Accused Of Defrauding FUT Minna Students

Peruzzi has been accused of defrauding Federal University of Technology, FUT Minna students after claiming they didn't fulfill their own part of the deal they had. Peruzzi who was accused of defrauding FUT Minna students, allegedly refused to make refunds as he claimed it took care of all the trouble he encountered while on his way to the school. Twitter user @spiritofyoungj who made the allegation, wrote;
Niger To Renovate Govt House With N3.2bn
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Niger To Renovate Govt House With N3.2bn

The Niger State Government says the renovation and reconstruction of its Government House will gulp N3.2 billion. The Commissioner of Works, Zakari Jikantoro, disclosed this to journalists in Minna yesterday. He said the project was divided into phases, adding that work on the first phase which gulped N2.1 billion had been concluded; while the contract for the phase two costing N1.6 billion had been awarded. He said the second phase would cover three sets of three bedroom guest house, swimming pool, among others; while the first phase covered the Government House, the front gate and the fencing.
FUTMINNA Creates Portal For Parents Of Their Students
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FUTMINNA Creates Portal For Parents Of Their Students

The Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State has come up with this new innovation of creating a portal for the parents of their students. This portal was created so that parents can see what their children are doing in school, the actual school fees they are meant to pay and the result of their wards.
IBB Congratulates Buhari, Sets Agenda For President-Elect
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IBB Congratulates Buhari, Sets Agenda For President-Elect

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has congratulated President Buhari over his re-election to lead the nation for the next four years. In a statement signed by his and made available to Journalists in Minna, Babangida said the President should confront with renewed vigour the most urgent problem confronting Nigeria. He stated that the insecurity of lives and property is one of the most urgent problem confronting the nation as the Boko Haram insurgency remains a threat to many Nigerians particularly in the North East sub region adding that kidnapping and armed banditry remain a national menace. “Now that the President has won his re-election bid, he should confront with renewed vigour the most urgent problem confronting Nigeria: ‘insecurity of lives and proper...
Pregnant Woman, Two Children Burnt to Death in House Fire in Minna
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Pregnant Woman, Two Children Burnt to Death in House Fire in Minna

A pregnant woman and her two children were killed in late night house fire in Minna, Niger State. The incident reportedly happened in the Bosso Anguwan Biri area of the state capital over the past weekend. Usman Mustapha, head of the household, disclosed in tears that his wife, and two children, one boy and one girl died in a fire outbreak at their home. All three family members were burnt beyond recognition after an electric fault in the area caused a fire outbreak in their home and the occupants couldn’t find a way to escape during the outbreak. See Mustapha’s post on Facebook below: May their souls rest in Peace!!!
I Sell Cannabis to Political Thugs in Niger – Suspect
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I Sell Cannabis to Political Thugs in Niger – Suspect

A man identified as Isah Aliyu, 28, of Angwan Daji, Minna, has confessed to selling cannabis to political thugs in Niger State after he was arrested for being in possession of a sack of leaves suspected to be the illicit item. The suspect told Northern City News on Thursday that he was a member of a five-man gang selling the illegal substance to youths in Maitumbi and its environ. “We sell Indian hemp to people, especially youths, who go around with politicians. They smoke it and cause trouble wherever they go. “Now, that the 2019 elections are around the corner, we sell it to youths and thugs hired by politicians; during this period, our turnover is something to be proud of as we make lots of money.” Aliyu stated that drug peddling was a more profitable ventu...
Photo: Notorious Motorcycle Thief Nabbed In Minna
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Photo: Notorious Motorcycle Thief Nabbed In Minna

niger State Police Command on Tuesday, said it has nabbed a notorious thief in Minna. Based on a tip off, a team of Police detectives attached to GRA Division on November 2, arrested the suspect identified as Ibrahim Yusuf, 28, of Kuta, Shiroro LGA while trying to steal a motorcycle at Izala Mosque Kwangila Area Minna. The suspect confessed that he usually comes from Kuta to steal motorcycles at General Hospital and Izala Mosque Kwangila in Minna. Three motorcycles were recovered as exhibit.
Mr Ibu Kneels Down As Babangida Prays For Him On His 57th Birthday (Pics, Video)
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Mr Ibu Kneels Down As Babangida Prays For Him On His 57th Birthday (Pics, Video)

Star actor, John Okafor aka Mr Ibu turned 57 years recently. He was born on the 17 of October 1961. The comic actor visited the ex head of state at his hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State and he knelt down as IBB prayed for him. Both of them were just laughing out loud. Mr Ibu shared the video online. Watch video below   View this post on Instagram   That was father IBB praying for me on my birthday in his villa Minna Niger State may God keep him for us Amen A post shared by John Okafor (@realmribu) on Oct 18, 2018 at 2:51pm PDT
I Didn’t Speak On Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabout In Minna – Kalu
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I Didn’t Speak On Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabout In Minna – Kalu

Ugochi Okoroafor, Special Secretary to Orji Kalu has debunked the rumour being circulated by some online media (NOT IGBERE TV) that the former Governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu spoke on the Whereabouts of the missing IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu shortly after visiting the former military President IBB at his hilltop mansion in Minna, describing the report as baseless, fictitious and fake. According to Okoroafor who spoke with IGBERE TV correspondent, “my principal visited IBB to canvass support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, he never made mention of Nnamdi Kanu nor said anything about his whereabout.” Cautioning the media on what they report she said “Both journalists and newsrooms should always exercise due diligence; a healthy skepticism in what they...
Saraki Fires Back; I Cannot Be Impeached, I Will Never Step Down As Senate President
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Saraki Fires Back; I Cannot Be Impeached, I Will Never Step Down As Senate President

Minna- Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has boasted that he can never be impeached as the Senate President hinging his stand on the fact that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) championing the cause are minorities at upper chambers and therefore don’t have the powers to carry out the impeachment threat. Besides that, Saraki also made it clear that he can never step down as Senate President as being demanded by the APC pointing out that succumbing to such calls will only amount to sacrificing the national interest of the country for personal interest. The Senate President who made these clarifications while answering questions from Journalists in Minna, Niger state Sunday as part of his presidential campaign said, “The APC members know that we are in the majority and whatever th...
Flood Claims 14 Lives in Niger — Official
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Flood Claims 14 Lives in Niger — Official

The Director Relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Garba Salisu, says 14 persons have so far died due to flooding in different part of the state. In an interview on Saturday in Minna, he said that the agency had engaged the services of no fewer than 200 local divers in affected communities for rescue operations. He said that the local divers would complement the efforts of agency rescue unit whenever the need arose. Salisu also appealed to residents of the state to desist from building on waterways and to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse to reduce the effect of flooding in the state. He also urged communities experiencing gully erosion to relocate whenever the threat of flood became high. “My major fear is that, most rains are usually at night when...
FRSC Warns Motorists on Collapsed Bridge on Bida-Minna Road
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FRSC Warns Motorists on Collapsed Bridge on Bida-Minna Road

Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Niger State Command has urged Nigeria travelling theough Niger state that a bridge at Daku Sabon Gida Village along Minna – Bida Road about 16KM to Bida has collapsed. As such, the road is presently not motorable for Heavy duty trucks, Trailers and Tankers. In view of the above, Federal Road Safety Corps, Niger State Command is advising the motoring public to ply the following alternative route to avoid Traffic hold-up and ensure free flow of vehicular Movement: i. Vehicles coming from Abuja to follow Lambata – Lapai – Agaie – Bida enroute Mokwa -Jebba road. ii. Vehicles coming from Bida are to follow Agaie -Lapai enroute Minna or Lambata as the case may be. iii. While vehicles taking off from Minna to South West are advised to follow Paiko – L...
Another Fire! Trailer, Fuel Tanker Collide On Suleja-Minna Road
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Another Fire! Trailer, Fuel Tanker Collide On Suleja-Minna Road

Another fire accident has occurred this morning. This time at the Malankaro, along Minna-Suleja road involving a truck and a fuel tanker. The spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, said the crash happened in the morning. He added that men of fire service and officials of the FRSC were however on ground to put off the fire as vehicles were burning in the process.      
See The Profiles Of ‘Young’ Nigerians Who Want To be President In 2019
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See The Profiles Of ‘Young’ Nigerians Who Want To be President In 2019

Here is a thread of everyone that has so far declared their intent to run for the Presidency in 2019....This is a must read. 1. Kingsley Moghalu -55 years old -Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at Tufts University -Attended UNN and LSE (Ph.D) -President of the Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation -Former United Nations official -Former CBN deputy governor 2. Fela Durotoye -46 years old -Public speaker and business strategist -BSc. Computer Science and Economics, and MBA/MSc. Business Strategy from Obafemi Awolowo University -Look up the Mushin Makeover Project 3. Donald Duke -56 years old -LLB from Ahmadu Bello University, LLM from the University of Pennsylvania -Former Commissioner for Finance and Planning -Fo...
8,528 Candidates Denied Admission By FUT Minna
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8,528 Candidates Denied Admission By FUT Minna

Out of the 13,000 candidates, who sought for admission at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, for the 2017/2018 academic session, only 4,472 were offered places and 4,339 matriculated at the weekend. The vice chancellor of the University, Prof Abdullahi Bala, made this known at the 31st Matriculation Ceremony for the 2017/2018 academic session held at the Suleimanu Kumo Convocation Square, Main Campus, Minna. The event marked Prof. Bala’s first Matriculation as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the University while the Registrar of the University, Mrs Victoria Nnawo Kolo, administered the matriculation oath on the students. Prof Bala who challenged the newly admitted students to uphold the enviable record of responsible studentship for which the University is noted for urged the...
Angry Housewife Baths Husband With Hot Pepper Water During Fight In Niger State
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Angry Housewife Baths Husband With Hot Pepper Water During Fight In Niger State

A house wife, Mrs Janet Mohammed, of Mandela area of Minna in Niger State on Monday poured hot water mixed with pepper on her husband Mr Alaska Mohammed after a brawl. According to NAN, Mohammed said on Tuesday on his hospital bed at Minna General Hospital that the quarrel was over their 11-month-old son’s health. He said that trouble started when his wife was nonchalant about the boy’s high fever. Mohammed said his refusal to allow the wife take the son to church led to a brawl which was subsequently settled by his mother. After my mother settled us she told me that I will regret ever laying my hands on her but I ignored the threat. As I was watching television and taking my breakfast, she splashed the mixture on me. The victim said that before family members and other neighbours coul...
Wife Seeks Divorce Over Husband’s Alleged Failure To Provide Food
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Wife Seeks Divorce Over Husband’s Alleged Failure To Provide Food

A housewife, Zulei Mohammed, has asked a Sharia Court in Minna to dissolve her marriage accusing her husband, Aliyu, of failure to provide her with food. Zulei also accused her husband of being cruel to her in spite that had nine children for him. She told the court: “I want this marriage dissolved because there is never food in our house and I cannot bear it anymore. “As if that is not enough, my husband is in the habit of maltreating me for no good reason. “He does not treat me like a husband should treat his wife.’’ Mohammed, however, denied his wife’s accusations, saying she was only leveling allegations against him because he married a second wife. He said that he still loved his wife and would not want them to go their separate ways. The husband, therefore, prayed th...
NYSC: Employers Aiding Absenteeism Of Corps Members
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NYSC: Employers Aiding Absenteeism Of Corps Members

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazuare, has accused employers of corps members in the country of encouraging absenteeism from places of primary assignments by the corps members. Kazaure said abscondment from places of assignments had resulted in many negative effects on the corps members and their places of assignments. The director general made the accusation in a message he sent to the 2018 Corps Employers Workshop held at the Education Resource Centre in Minna, Niger State on Wednesday. “Efforts aimed at curbing absenteeism and abscondment are being frustrated by some corps employers,” Kazaure said, stressing that “this will no longer be tolerated by the scheme”. “We have increased the number of regular inspection ...
Governor Bello Swears In Four New Commissioners
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Governor Bello Swears In Four New Commissioners

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Wednesday in Minna swore in four new commissioners and four permanent secretaries. The commissioners were the last batch to be sworn in among the 18 names submitted to the House of Assembly for confirmation in November last year. Bello, who dissolved the cabinet in October, had sworn in the first batch, comprising 14 commissioners, on January 3. In a brief speech after the exercise, the governor advised the new officials to steer clear of public funds, saying that any one caught would not be spared. He urged them to be dedicated to service and work hard toward improving the living standards of the people. Bello urged the new officials to see their appointment as a call to service and an opportunity to contribute their quota to the ex...
Rift With Niger Legislators As Technical Fault – Governor Sani Bello
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Rift With Niger Legislators As Technical Fault – Governor Sani Bello

Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has confirmed that the Executive had a rift with the State House of Assembly which stalled the confirmation of some commissioner nominees. He described the rift as a ‘technical fault in the engine of government’. Speaking during the swearing in of new Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries into his Cabinet in Minna, Bello affirmed that some technical fault occurred between the Executive and Legislators. “You should have been sworn in but we had some technical fault but I believe the technical fault have been resolved. Sometimes, when you have machines, you can have technical fault with the machines. The engine of government had some technical fault and it have been resolved.” There have been some animosity between the executive...
Buhari Remains Best Choice In 2019 – APC Chieftain
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Buhari Remains Best Choice In 2019 – APC Chieftain

Alhaji Abubakar Ma’aji, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger says President Muhammadu Buhari remains the only credible choice in the 2019 general elections. Ma’aji, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, said the choice in 2019 would be between credibility and return to years of massive corruption and insecurity. According to him, the electorates should vote for continuity in order to consolidate on ongoing changes in the country that would set the nation on the path of progress. “President Buhari has proved beyond reasonable doubt to be honest, sincere and committed to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians irrespective of political, tribal and ethnic differences,” he said. Ma’aji lauded President Buhar...
Herdsmen Attacks: Courts, Police Afraid Of Fulani Cow Owners – Ex-Naval Chief of Staff, Afolayan
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Herdsmen Attacks: Courts, Police Afraid Of Fulani Cow Owners – Ex-Naval Chief of Staff, Afolayan

A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Samuel Afolayan, retd., has lamented his frustration in getting justice following constant destruction of his farmland by Fulani herdsmen.   Afolayan recalled how the police once told him that it was impossible arresting owners of cows destroying his farm.     He also said that even the court tried to avoid cases when it involved herdsmen and the cattle owners.   Recounting his experience in a interview with Punch, the former Chief of Naval Staff said, “On Christmas Day two years ago, they also burnt my farm. I was on my farm quenching fire that day. Last year, they did the same thing. The case is in court and nothing is being done. It has been a recurring event.   “There is even a very disgusting on...
Police Seize N8m Fake Naira Notes, Arrest Two In Niger
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Police Seize N8m Fake Naira Notes, Arrest Two In Niger

The Police in Minna Niger state said it has seized about N8 million fake notes from two suspects, 70-year-old Abdulkharim Adamu and 50-year-old Umar Auta. Adamu and Auta were arrested at the old abattoir area in Suleja town last weekend. State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Abubakar who disclosed this to newsmen in Minna on Saturday said a Dane gun, machete, and axe were recovered from the residence of the suspects. ASP Abubakar said the suspects were trailed to their house by detectives where the fake N8 million currency notes were discovered, adding that further investigation showed that the duo had been in the business for a long time. The police spokesman said the suspects had confessed to committing the offence and regretted their action, stressing that...
Niger Govt Gives Free Education To 175 Out Of School Children
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Niger Govt Gives Free Education To 175 Out Of School Children

THE Niger State Government on Wednesday said it had started sponsoring 175 out-of-school children in various public primary and secondary schools in Minna. Mrs Mairam Kolo, the Director-General (DG) of the state’s Child Rights Protection Agency disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna. Kolo said that the agency was collaborating with the state Ministry of Education to give free education and free uniforms to the children. “The agency picked the children randomly from where they were begging and hawking in the streets. “The aim of the agency is to protect the rights of children from being violated and ensure that they are in school. “We send them to government schools for the public to know that public schools can produce great people. “These children ar...
Niger Gives Free Education To 175 Out-Of-School Children
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Niger Gives Free Education To 175 Out-Of-School Children

The Niger State Government on Wednesday said it had started  sponsoring 175 out-of-school children in various public primary and secondary schools in Minna. Mrs Mairam Kolo, the Director-General (DG) of the state’s Child Rights Protection Agency disclosed this in Niger, Minna. Kolo said that the agency was collaborating with the state Ministry of Education to give free education and free uniforms to the children. “The agency picked the children randomly from where they were begging and hawking in the streets. “The aim of the agency is to protect the rights of children from being violated and ensure that they are in school. “We send them to government schools for the public to know that public schools can produce great people. “These children are being given the opport...
16 People Burnt To Death In Horrific Accident In Niger State
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16 People Burnt To Death In Horrific Accident In Niger State

Sixteen people in bus conveying them from Ibadan in Oyo State to Minna, the Niger State capital have died in accident along the Bida-Minna Road. Only three weeks ago, 13 people lost their lives in an accident on the same Bida-Minna Road. The latest mishap occurred at Kakapangi after Katearegi town in the Katcha Local Government Area of the state. The accident, according to an eyewitness involved a Toyota Hiace bus conveying traders from Oyo State to Minna which collided with a tanker loaded with fuel en-route to Bida town. The vehicles were involved in head-on collision resulting in both bursting into flames, an eyewitness said. He said that the driver of the commercial vehicle and his 15 passengers were trapped leading to their being roasted to death. It could not be confir...
Only 24 Candidates Pass NECO Exam In Zamfara
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Only 24 Candidates Pass NECO Exam In Zamfara

24 candidates from Zamfara state passed the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examinations Council (NECO). 186 candidates reportedly sat for the examination in Zamfara. Charles Uwakwe, NECO registrar, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at the council’s headquarters in Minna, Niger state. “For candidates’ general performance by states, Ogun state has the best result as 4,766 students out of the 5,213 that sat for the exam obtained five credits and above in all subjects, representing 91.42 per cent,” he said. “Zamfara State records the worst result; only 24 out of the 186 candidates obtained five credits and above, representing 12.90 per cent.” He said out of the 42,429 candidates that sat for the examination, only 2...
FRSC Set Up Office In Lambata, Niger
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FRSC Set Up Office In Lambata, Niger

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says that it has set up an outpost office at Lambata in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger for effectively monitoring. FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Yusuf Garba, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Thursday. He said that already a patrol vehicle and effective communication gadgets have been provided for the smooth operations of the office. He explained that the Lambata office would effectively monitor the conduct and behavior of road users especially articulated vehicles. He said that the personnel in the outpost would monitor the vehicle drivers against indiscriminate parking on the highway. He called on road users to adhere to traffic rules and regulations to avoid unnecessar...
Youths Protest Throws Minna Into Blackout
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Youths Protest Throws Minna Into Blackout

A protest by some youths in Minna, Niger State over the epileptic power supply in the town has further worsen the power situation in the state capital and adjoining towns. The blackout in the state capital entered its second day on Tuesday after the youths sacked officials of the Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC) from their operation posts when the one month ultimatum given the organisation to improve its services lapsed. Their action was also said to have been informed by the electrocution of a woman and her son in the Maitunbi area of Minna after the AEDC officials refused to fix the problem. During the protest, the youths reportedly locked all the offices including the main entrance to the transmission station with padlocks and went away with the keys.  The youths also co...
Verification: PTAD Targets 2, 596 Pensioners In Niger – Official
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Verification: PTAD Targets 2, 596 Pensioners In Niger – Official

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), says it is targeting 2, 596 federal pensioners in the on-going verification exercise in Niger State. Malam Abubakar Aboki, the Chief Pension Officer, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Minna on Wednesday. He said that already about 1, 000 pensioners have been captured in the exercise expected to last for one week. “The exercise targets those that started their civil service career with the defunct regional governments and federal civil service but retired before June 30, 2007. He promised that those who are incapacitated and could not make-it to the venue of the exercise in Minna town, would be afforded the opportunity to be verified in their respective homes. Aboki said that the department has set modalitie...
Enugu Gov. Ugwuanyi Offers Free Transport For Enugu Indigenes Nation Wide
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Enugu Gov. Ugwuanyi Offers Free Transport For Enugu Indigenes Nation Wide

Announcing the welfare package, the Managing Director, Enugu State Transport Company (ENTRACO), Mr. Bob Itanyi, stated that the gesture was borne out of Gov. Ugwuany’s magnanimity and enduring resolve to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the state as well as give them a sense of belonging as the true heroes of democracy. Mr. Itanyi explained that the free transportation exercise, which commences on Tuesday, December 19 and ends on Saturday, December 23, will be carried out in states of the federation that are far from the state, such as, Abuja, Lagos, Jos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Minna, Gombe, Ilorin, Sokoto, Jalingo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Port Harcourt, among others. The Managing Director stated that the beneficiaries must be those who are duly registered with the Enugu State Town Un...
Petrol Scarcity: Motorists Pay Extra Money To Fill Tank In Niger
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Petrol Scarcity: Motorists Pay Extra Money To Fill Tank In Niger

Motorists now pay between N500 and N1000 to petrol station attendants before they are allowed to fill their car tanks at some stations in Chanchaga and Bosso local government areas of Niger. A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored situation and sale of fuel on Wednesday, reports that apart from cost of product, petrol station attendants demand between N500 and N1,000 to fill the tank of motorists. A motorist, Hajiya Rabi Abdullahi in Bosso, told NAN that she had to pay extra N1,000 to petrol attendant to fill her car tank. She said “Ì feel it is better for me to pay extra to buy petrol at filling station than buy from `black marketers’ where I am not sure of the quality of the product.” Malam Bashir Isa of Maitumbi village said after spending the night at ...
IBB, Atiku In Secret Meeting
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IBB, Atiku In Secret Meeting

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday held a closed door meeting with former military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in Minna, the Niger State Capital. Although details of the meeting was not known as at the time of this report, it won’t be unconnected to efforts by Atiku to gain the support of PDP chieftains, in achieve his political ambition. The former Vice President recently announced his return to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Atiku arrived IBB’s residence at about 12:45. He was received at the Minna Airport by the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso, the State PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji and a crowd of PDP supporters in the state. RipplesNigeria… without borders, without fears ...
Labour Leader Wants More Training For Lecturers In Medical Schools
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Labour Leader Wants More Training For Lecturers In Medical Schools

Dr. Yahaya Madaki, a labour leader, has urged the Niger State Government to support lecturers in the School of Health Technology, Minna to acquire higher certificates so as to enhance service delivery. ‎Madaki, Chairman of the school’s chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union, made the call in an interview with newsmen, on Saturday in Minna. “Most of the lecturers in the school want to acquire Masters and doctorate degrees and need scholarship to do that, but the Niger Government does not appear interested in that,” he said. Madaki said that he was forced to sponsor his studies for a PhD in the University of Malaysia when the government refused his request for support. “Many of my colleagues that can afford it have gone back to school to acquire higher certificates, but ...
Police Arrest Siblings For Alleged Murder In Niger
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Police Arrest Siblings For Alleged Murder In Niger

The Niger State Police Command said it had arrested two siblings for allegedly killing a 23-year-old man, Ebuka Eze, in the state. The siblings’ names were given as Ekana and Henry Sunday, 24 and 22 years old respectively. According to the police, the suspects were trailed and arrested in the Bosso area of Minna, opposite the Federal University of Technology. The father of the deceased, Peter Eze, 65, from Enugu Ezike in Enugu State, lamented the gruesome murder of his son, insisting that it could not have been an act of God. “This is not an act of God, no! I can’t believe this; it is difficult to attribute this devilish act to the will of God. Why should they kill my son? “Those who killed my son must tell me why they did it and who sent them to carry out this ungodly act. ...
Niger Tornadoes Invite 8 New Players To Camp
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Niger Tornadoes Invite 8 New Players To Camp

Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna has invited eight new players to a close camp toward preparation for the first phase of its pre-season activities. Coach Abubakar Bala, its head coach, made this known in Minna on Saturday while briefing newsmen on the clubs preparation for the 2017/2018 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). “We have adopted a close camp to enable use concentrate and come out with the best players and good technical ability. “It will be strictly based on invitation as gate crashing will not be entertained. “We want to strengthen our team, we have discovered our weaknesses and have invited those we think can help us achieve our target. “So we want to critically look at these players, therefore, the choice of Kontagora for the close camping is a...
Restructuring Nigeria Impossible – General Gowon
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Restructuring Nigeria Impossible – General Gowon

Ex-Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has said that restructuring Nigeria is impossible. General Gowon said Nigeria’s restructuring is impossible because the country is made up of over 500 ethnic groups with ethnic dialects and languages which would not allow each group to yield to another in terms of concession of certain benefits. The former Head of State gave the statement while speaking at Minna, Niger State. According to him, there would be various definitions of what restructuring is by the various ethnic groups and that this would make it impossible for the groups to come to general conclusion as to what it really should be. General Gowon who urged for a united Nigeria however doubted the buoyancy in finance by state governments to fend for themselves if the country is...
60-Year-Old Man Guilty To Raping 12-Year-Old Daughter, 13-Year-Old Friend
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60-Year-Old Man Guilty To Raping 12-Year-Old Daughter, 13-Year-Old Friend

A 60-year-old man, Nuhu Mohammed, on Thursday pleaded guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old friend. Mohammed, who appeared before a Minna, Niger State Magistrate’s Court, is standing trial on a one-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with two minors. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the offence runs contrary to Section 18(2) of the Child Rights Law of Niger State 2010. Mohammed, after pleading guilty to the offence, begged the court for leniency. NAN reports that his plea was, however, not taken by the Magistrate, Fati Auna, on the grounds that her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case. Auna directed the Police to forward the case file to the State Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice and ordered that the defendant b...
Man In Court For Allegedly Seducing Married Woman
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Man In Court For Allegedly Seducing Married Woman

The Police on Wednesday arraigned one Ibrahim Bawa in a Minna Magistrates’ Court for allegedly seducing a married woman. Bawa is standing trial on a count charge of seducing a married woman, punishable under Section 389 of the Penal Code. The Prosecutor, Insp. Ahmed Saidu, told the court that one Alhaji Tanimu Salihu of Paikoro reported the case at the police station on August 26. He alleged that Bawa was in the habit of inviting the complainant’s wife to his house at night on the pretext of giving her charms that would make her husband love her more. When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. The Magistrate, Mr. Mohammed Gabi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety in like sum. Gabi adjourned the case until November 6 for f...
2019: General Ibrahim Babangida Urges PDP To Remain Focused
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2019: General Ibrahim Babangida Urges PDP To Remain Focused

Former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Monday, in Minna, the Niger State capital, told some founding members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) remain focus in their political activities if they are to wrestle power from the ruling party (APC) come 2019. Babangida also advised the opposition party to ensure that the unity of the country in paramount in what they are doing. Receiving a delegation of the campaign team for the National Chairmanship of the party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, at his Uphill residence, Babangida said, “The sacrifices we made to unite the country, politicians should be able to sustain the shocks and upheavals in whatever ways to unify the country more”. The former Military President, General Babangida who is also a founding member of the PDP...
Gunmen Kidnap DPO, 5 Others In Niger
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Gunmen Kidnap DPO, 5 Others In Niger

The Divisional Police Officer attached to the Sarkin Pawa Police Division in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, Amos Ali, his orderly and four others have been kidnapped by gunmen. It was gathered that the DPO and his orderly, a-yet-to-be-identified corporal ran into a blockade mounted by the gunmen Sunday morning on their way from Minna to Sarkin Pawa, near Kunbwada community. The kidnappers had reportedly demanded N16 million ransom. The bandits were said to have released some bullets into the air to scare passersby, in the process of which stray bullets hit a trader and a pregnant woman. The trader was said to have died at the Minna General hospital few hours later, while the woman is recuperating. Meanwhile, the Niger State Police Command Public Relations Office...