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Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja
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Senate Moves To Create University Of Health And Medical Sciences In Suleja

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed for second reading, a bill seeking to establish the National University of Health and Medical Sciences in Suleja, Niger State. In his lead debate, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), who sponsored the bill, said the establishment of the institution had become imperative to create more access to higher health and medical studies in view of the large number of qualified candidates, who are annually stranded in their failed attempt in gaining admission into higher institutions in the state. He said the establishment of the National University of Health and Medical Sciences would encourage the advancement of learning, as well as develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diplomas, first degrees, postgradua...
We Would Rather Lose Goods — Northern Traders Adamant As Boycott Hurts Both Side
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We Would Rather Lose Goods — Northern Traders Adamant As Boycott Hurts Both Side

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) says it prefers that farm produce go to waste rather than tolerate continued attacks on its members in the south. Awwalu Aliyu, an official of the union, who spoke to TheCable in Kano on Tuesday said the decision not to supply food to the south was not to starve southerners but to protest attacks on their members. Aliyu alleged that some members in the south were killed, maimed and lost properties especially during the #EndSARS protest and the recent Shasha market crisis in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. WE’D RATHER LOSE THE FARM PRODUCE When asked if members of the union were not concerned about food items locked up inside trucks in Jebba, Niger state, going bad and leading to losses, Aliyu said: “It...
Bandits Pay Informants Huge Amounts – Freed Kagara Students
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Bandits Pay Informants Huge Amounts – Freed Kagara Students

Few days after their release, students of the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have revealed more information they gathered about the bandits while in captivity. One of the students said the bandits claimed there was no way they could succeed in their attacks without the help of informants in all their targeted areas. Speaking to one of the students, (name withheld) on Monday, he said: “The bandits told us that their operations were always successful with the collaboration of informants whom they pay huge amounts of money.” Accordingly, he said: “They bragged that, they have just started and that they have informants everywhere including in Minna (the Niger State capital) and within the government. Before they attack any area or any location targeted for attack, ...
Bandits Kidnap 50 On Tegina-Minna Road Rafi, Niger State
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Bandits Kidnap 50 On Tegina-Minna Road Rafi, Niger State

Over fifty persons were said to have been kidnapped by armed bandits along the Tegina-Minna road in Rafi Local Government of Niger state. The incident, it was gathered occured, Tuesday, when the three commercial vehicles conveying nine passengers including the drivers ran into the road block at Kundu set up by the bandits. A source told DAILY POST that the passengers in the three cars were kidnapped and conveyed to an unknown location and the vehicles were left by the road side. Similarly, in a related development, armed bandits also attacked Gidigoro town in Rafi council and abducted some villagers, burnt five cars and went away with valuables. Also, one person was killed and many others kidnapped when bandits unleashed terror on Manta town, Shiroro local government on Mon...
The Emir of Kagara is Dead
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The Emir of Kagara is Dead

The Emir of Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Alhaji Salihu Tanko, has died. Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani- Bello, released a statement on Tuesday, March 2, to mourn him while describing his death as a great shock and a loss to the Kagara Emirate and the North Central state in general. Bello, who is the Chairman of North Central Governors Forum, said: "We have lost a First Class Emir, a member of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, an Octogenarian and an Elder Statesman whose wise counsel has been of immense value to this administration and those before it in the state." Kagara was in the news last month when bandits abducted over 40 students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara. The Kagara abductees were later fre...
Kagara Abduction: We are Not Sure When Schools will Reopen – Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: We are Not Sure When Schools will Reopen – Niger State Government

The Niger State Government has said that it is not sure of when the boarding schools which were closed down in four local council areas of the state in the wake of the abduction of students and staff of Government Science College in Kagara, will be reopened. Speaking at the reunion and handing over of the kidnapped Kagara students to their families on Sunday February 28, Niger state Commissioner for Education, Hon Hannatu Jibrin said the security challenges facing the state is huge and they have to ensure things are put in proper place before schools are reopened. Jibrin said;   “The security challenge facing this state is huge and we have to ensure things are put in proper place before we will think of reopening the school. I can’t say when they will go back to school o...
Any State Where Children Are Kidnapped Should Shut Down In Protest – Soyinka
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Any State Where Children Are Kidnapped Should Shut Down In Protest – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday said henceforth, any state where the kidnapping of children takes place should shut down in protest against the act. Soyinka also advised that other neighbouring states, as a matter of solidarity, should join the affected states to shut down. The playwright spoke shortly after an award lecture and public presentation of his new book, ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on Earth,’ in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The programme was organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Ogun State chapter, in collaboration with the Abeokuta Club. More than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped on Friday in Zamfara, the latest of such attacks, while 27 students were also abducted in Kangara, Niger State, but released after over a week later. The octogena...
Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security
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Atiku Asks NASS To Empower States To Control Their Internal Security

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed sadness at the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State. The schoolgirls numbering 317 were abducted by bandits who stormed their school in the early hours of Friday in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles. The attack comes days after over 300 students from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State were abducted by bandits who have since released them. Reacting to the abduction in Zamfara, Atiku in a statement titled ‘States need to be empowered to control their internal security,’ advised the National and State Assemblies to empower states towards controlling their internal security. He said, “My heart is very heavy over the abduction of our young daughters from Government...
‘300’ Schoolgirls  Abducted as Bandits Attack Zamfara Girls College
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‘300’ Schoolgirls Abducted as Bandits Attack Zamfara Girls College

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State and abducted '300' of the school girls. According to reports, the gunmen stormed the school premises in the early hours of today, Friday, February 26. The state police command or the state government is yet to comment on this development. This incident comes barely a week after bandits attacked the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger state and abducted 27 students and 15 others after they had shot a student dead.
Kagara Abduction: Kidappers Threaten To Starve The Schoolboys To Death
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Kagara Abduction: Kidappers Threaten To Starve The Schoolboys To Death

Abductors of the 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara , Niger State, have threatened to starve them to death if the ransom they are demanding is not paid on time. One of the abductors stated this in an audio recording made available to one of our correspondents on Wednesday by a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi. In the audio recording, the abductor , who spoke in Hausa , was heard conversing with a negotiator , identified by Gumi as a top official of the school. He rejected N2 .7m offered him as ransom for the 27 abductees . The bandit stated , “ I don ’t have food for them. If anybody dies among them, we will tell you where to go and pick the corpse. “ You know these children are hungry . I don ’ t have food to give them, only water if th...
Niger State Government Confirms it is Holding Direct Negotiation with Kagara Schoolboys’ Abductors
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Niger State Government Confirms it is Holding Direct Negotiation with Kagara Schoolboys’ Abductors

The Niger State government says it is negotiating directly with the abductors of 27 students of the Government Science College, Kagara, their teachers and family members, for their release. The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, made this known during an interview with Thisday. Bandits dressed in Military uniforms stormed the school on February 17, killing one student and abducting 27 others. During the interview, the SSG said there is no time fixed for the abductees to be released because negotiation is still ongoing with the bandits who abducted them. “If anyone tells you he knows when the schoolboys will be released that person is lying; it may be today or tomorrow; nobody can say; we are still negotiating.”he said Matane added that during the negotiations, ...
Kidnapped Kagara Students And Teachers Released
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Kidnapped Kagara Students And Teachers Released

The 42 persons abducted by bandits in Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have regained freedom. The abductees include 27 students, 3 staff and 12 members of their family. Sources said the abductees, who were at a different location from the kidnapped passengers, are also on their way to Minna. The abducted passengers were said to be in Minna but yet to get to the Government House to meet Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, who will receive them officially.  
Abuja Aircraft Crash: Names Of The Seven Personnel Released By Nigerian Air Force
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Abuja Aircraft Crash: Names Of The Seven Personnel Released By Nigerian Air Force

UPDATE ON AIR ACCIDENT INVOLVING NIGERIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), earlier today, 21 February 2021, confirmed that one of its aircraft, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure enroute Minna, where it was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State. As earlier stated, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has instituted an investigative panel to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident. While the panel has commenced its work, the NAF...
Abducted Kagara Schoolchildren, Others May Regain Freedom Today – Gumi
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Abducted Kagara Schoolchildren, Others May Regain Freedom Today – Gumi

Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, said on Saturday that the kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren might be released today. Bandits, donning military uniform, had around 2am on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and whisked away 27 pupils and 15 staff members after killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil. The incident has created nationwide agitation and worries over the safety of the kidnapped pupils and school staff members, who were whisked away into the bush by the bandits. In an interview on Saturday, Gumi, who has been in talks with the bandits in the forest, told Sunday PUNCHthat there was a possibility that the abductees might regain freedom today, given ongoing talks between the government and the bandits. The cleric, who recently held a p...
Bandits Attack Shiroro, Niger State; 15 People Drown While Trying To Escape
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Bandits Attack Shiroro, Niger State; 15 People Drown While Trying To Escape

Armed bandits on Saturday evening launched another attack on Gurmana Ward in Shiroro local government area of Niger state. We learnt that over 15 people are suspected to have drowned in River Kaduna as they tried to escape from the bandits attack. Sources said that the bandits were armed with sophisticated weapons and were shooting sporadically when they entered into thee community. According to a Source who prefers to remain anonymous, the people had to run towards the river to escape attack adding that in the process, many of them drowned. “Right now, we don’t know how many drowned. we are suspecting the bandits are still around. We cannot confirm the number of casualties now.” When contacted, the Co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki said that the...
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...
Sheikh Gumi meets bandits who kidnapped 27 Kagara students and shot one dead
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Sheikh Gumi meets bandits who kidnapped 27 Kagara students and shot one dead

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi,  met with abductors of the staff and students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State. According to TVC News, the meeting took place at Tagina forest in Niger State on Thursday, February 18. The bandits wielding their guns, were led by their leader, Dogo Gide. Sheik Gumi appealed to them to give peace a chance. The bandits attacked the school on Wednesday, February 17, killed one of the students and abducted 27 of them. The bandits also abducted 3 staff of the school and 12 family members of the staff. See photos from the meeting below  
Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of
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Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of

Governor Abubakar Bello has listed things his administration will be doing to ensure that abductions never take place again in Niger state he governs.   Bello who stated that his immediate issue is to get the schoolboys kidnapped from Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State released, further revealed that he also understands that some of the bandits behind violent attacks are tired and need to be taken care of.   The Niger state Governor expressed hope of the bandits turning a new leaf, and added that there is need to engage and absorb them to stop attacks in the future.
Kidnapped Niger Students: Settle Your Mercenaries – PDP To Buhari, APC
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Kidnapped Niger Students: Settle Your Mercenaries – PDP To Buhari, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to settle their “mercenaries”. The PDP gave the advice to reaction to bandits’ kidnap of staff and students of Government Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State. The spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Wednesday, lamented that while Nigerians were under attack, the APC was carrying out membership registration and revalidation exercise. PDP said the stance of the APC administration towards the fight against banditry further validates reports that the bandits are enjoying cover under the ruling party. The opposition said it explains why the APC never raised a strong voice against what has become a national calamity. Ologbondiyan noted that instead, APC l...
Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG
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Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice – Amnesty International To FG

Amnesty International has condemned the Wednesday’s abduction of 42 persons by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, saying attacks on schools undermine right to education. Its director, Osai Ojigho, urged the Federal Government to bring to justice, those responsible for the abduction and other human rights abuses, adding that the latest development has clearly shown that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives. “We condemn this appalling attack, which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria. Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes. Those found to be responsible for the abduction must be brought to justice for these and other human rights abuses. “That this is coming only about three months aft...
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Visits School Of Abducted Students In Kagara
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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello Visits School Of Abducted Students In Kagara

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has paid a visit to Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State where 27 students and 15 others were abducted by armed bandits. Governor Sani Bello consoled the family of the student that was killed during the invasion by the bandits while assuring the relatives of the kidnapped victims of their safe return as government is on top of the issue. "Our priority right away is to get the kidnapped students and 15 others, as well as the NSTA abducted victims unharmed", he said. He said kidnapping has become a daily occurrence in the state and called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts and employ a new strategy to checkmate the menace. According to him, payment of Ransome is not part of the state governmen...
Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa
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Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, has said the abductors of the students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State, were terrorists and not bandits. He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday. “There is no presence of anybody but the bandits. I don’t call them bandits, I call them terrorists,” the lawmaker said. “It has happened in Chibok, it has happened in Dapchi, it has happened in Kankara, it has happened in Kagara, we cannot guarantee where next, so, necessary steps have to be taken.” Senator Musa also said that no one knows the next school or state bandits will attack in the country. The lawmaker’s comments come hours after gunmen invaded the...
Angry APC Senators Declare Buhari’s Government Incompetent
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Angry APC Senators Declare Buhari’s Government Incompetent

The kidnap students of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara (Niger State) has pushed some Senators into uncontrollable anger against the Nigerian Government. Senators Mohammed Enagi (APC-Niger South), Sani Musa (APC-Niger East), and Aliu Sabi Aliu (APC-Niger North) described as unacceptable, the worsening state of insecurity in Niger State and Nigeria in general. In a brief debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Musa, the lawmakers expressed worries that the state had become unsafe for education, agriculture, and other socio-economic engagements. Musa in defending his motion, informed his colleagues that the number of students in that school was more than 1000 adding that the actual number of those kidnapped was yet to be known. But a spokesman for Niger State Muham...
Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State
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Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State

A Federal Government delegation including National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammed Babagana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu are currently in Minna, Niger State capital. Also part of the delegation is the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi. The delegation is in Niger State as efforts to rescue the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, intensify. President Muhammadu Buhari has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a delegation team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. Some gunmen had...
Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police
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Buhari Condemns Kagara School Abduction In Niger State, Dispatches Army, Police

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS SCHOOL ABDUCTION IN NIGER STATE, DISPATCHES SECURITY OFFICALS TO THE STATE President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen. Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives. The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. President Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces ...
Niger State Shuts Boarding Schools In 4 LGAs
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Niger State Shuts Boarding Schools In 4 LGAs

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has ordered the immediate closure of all the boarding schools in four local government areas of the state. This is as a result of the abduction of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara. Gunmen had invaded the school in the wee hours of Wednesday, raiding hostels and staff quarters. A student was killed during the operation that lasted for hours. Addressing a press conference in Minna, the State capital, Bello ordered that boarding schools in Rafi, Munya, Mariga and Shiroro local government areas should be closed indefinitely.
Bandits Release Picture, Names & Video Of 21 People Kidnapped In Yakila – Rafi, Niger State
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Bandits Release Picture, Names & Video Of 21 People Kidnapped In Yakila – Rafi, Niger State

Bandits that kidnapped no fewer than 21 persons in Yakila, Rafi Local Government Area, Niger State, just released the video and the names of victims. #WhereIsPMB? List of persons Kidnapped in the NSTA Bus. Talatu, jummai, larai Halima Aisha ya Fati, Sala, Saadatu, HauwaAsmamau, Hassana, Maryam, Nafisa, Abdulkadir, Hassan, Sadiq, Babakarami, Mama Iye Mama jummai Mama larai Hauwa abdlsm Asmau abdlsm Mama Halima Anty ladidi Hassan Ashiru Baba kararami Sadiq abdlsm Hassana abdlsm Abba abdlsm Nafisa Adamu Saadatu Danjuma Salamatu Danjuma NSTA NO 8, Driver’s name Alh Isa Dangana It's really sad #WhereIsPMB https://youtu.be/h6hpTSTkFYc
14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Including 2 Ladies Arrested In Niger State
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14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Including 2 Ladies Arrested In Niger State

Fourteen suspected internet fraudsters including two young women have been arrested by police in Niger State. Spokesperson of the command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, who confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday February 1, said the suspects were arrested by police operatives attached to Tundun-Wada Division on January 30, based on credible information. He gave names of the suspects as Amos Sheriff, 27, Omokhafe Nelson, 28, Amos Suleiman, 23, Uduafemhi John, 23, Sado Anthony, 26, Okumagbe Sheriff, 24, Chukwu Joshua, 23, and Peter Moses, 25, all of Edo State. Others are Abdulrasheed Malik, 24, Isah Lawal, 24, Thomas Marvelous,19, Aigbona Gift 'f' 24, also from Edo state, 24-year-old Thomas Daniel and Braise Williams 'f', 24, both of Kogi State. "The suspects were arrested at Farm Cen...
Miyetti Allah: 20 Of Our Members Killed & Burnt In Niger State By Vigilante
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Miyetti Allah: 20 Of Our Members Killed & Burnt In Niger State By Vigilante

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,(MACBAN) has raised alarm over the gruesome killings of their members by members of Vigilante in Mashegu local government area of Niger state. Deputy National President of the Miyetti Allah Association, Alhaji Usaini Yusuf Bosso stated who raised the alarm while speaking with Journalists in Minna, Niger State yesterday said in the past few months, twenty of his members were not only killed but were also burnt beyond recognition within the local government alone. According to him, “twenty of our members have been killed by members of the Vigilante in Mashegu local government area and in most cases, their corpses were burnt beyond recognition by the suspected vigilante members. Besides the killing, a victim of the dastardl...
16-Year-Old Female Bandit In Niger State Arrested By Police, Arms Recovered
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16-Year-Old Female Bandit In Niger State Arrested By Police, Arms Recovered

Police Operatives attached to Anti-kidnapping unit of the Command while on patrol along Gwada/Shiroro road arrested the following suspects: (1) Abdulkareem Moh’d age 25yrs ‘m’ of Kauru, Kaduna State (2) Nura Ibrahim age 30yrs ‘m’ of Shengu fulani, Munya LGA (3) Jamilu Moh’d age 30yrs ‘m’ of Gwada and (4) Hauwa Mohammed age 30yrs ‘f’ Shengu fulani camp, Munya LGA. The said Abdulkareem and Nura were arrested with a sum of one million, five hundred thousand naira in their possession. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to be member of armed bandits terrorizing Kussasu/Galadima kogo area of Shiroro LGA and that the money is a proceeds from kidnapping ransom and sale of rustled cattle which they were sent to transfer the money to one Ishaku and Adamu both ‘m’ of Kagarko, Kaduna....
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, ...
83-Year-Old Man To Marry 16-Year-Old Girl In Niger State
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83-Year-Old Man To Marry 16-Year-Old Girl In Niger State

An invitation for a wedding between an 83-year-old man identified as Alhaji Yushu'a Suleiman and a young girl, Amina Mohammed, said to be 16-year-old, has been shared online. The wedding is slated for Januay 9, 2021, however, the state is not disclosed. The invite is courtesy of one Hajia Kande Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Recession: Niger State To Slash Civil Servants Salary By 50%
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Recession: Niger State To Slash Civil Servants Salary By 50%

As Nigerians gear up to face the impending hardship as a result of the recession already steering in the face of Nigeria, Niger state government has concluded plans to slash the salaries of civil servants in the state by 50 percent to be able to cope with the present economic reality. But the Organized Labour in the state have vowed that any attempt to slash the salaries of workers would be met with stiff resistance and this has set the stage for a possible showdown between the government and the labour. Indication to this emerged on Monday when Government told officials of the NLC and those of the Trade Union Congress at a meeting held in the office of the Head of Service that it can no longer afford to pay 100% salaries to workers effective from December, 2020. Our correspon...
Newly Promoted DC, Nigeria Immigration, Usman Ndagi, Dies Hours After His Sister’s Death
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Newly Promoted DC, Nigeria Immigration, Usman Ndagi, Dies Hours After His Sister’s Death

A newly promoted Deputy Comptroller in the Nigeria Immigration Service, Alhaji Usman Ndagi died hours after receiving news of the demise of his sister. The Immigration officer from Mokwa, Niger State, popularly known as Yandakoture, died in Abuja on Thursday morning, November 19 while his sister died on Wednesday night, November 18. According to a member of the community, Yax Mokwa, the late officer died shortly after complaining of dizziness while his bags were being packed in the car for the journey to Niger State. Yax Mokwa wrote: "One of Kin Mokwa's most illustrious sons is shockingly gone. Alhaji Usman Ndagi (popularly known as Yandakoture). A mentor, amiable, accomodating, and always has his people at heart, providing opportunities for them to develop and empower themselves....
Niger State NYCN Ask Buhari To Sack Godswill Obioma As NECO Registrar And Replace With A Northerner
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Niger State NYCN Ask Buhari To Sack Godswill Obioma As NECO Registrar And Replace With A Northerner

The Niger State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency fire the newly-appointed Registrar/Chief Executive of National Examinations Council, NECO, Professor Godswill Obioma. The Council urged Buhari to remove Obioma and replace with a candidate from the host community (Niger state) or from Northern Nigeria. Making the call in Minna, the NYCN state chairman, Comrade Bello B. Shariff, said in the 21 years of NECO’s existence, the host state has been relegated to the background in appointing who sits at the helm of affairs of the examination body. Seated alongside other officials of the organization at a press conference, Shariff stated, “the struggle and agitation will continue until justice and f...
We Were Recruited In Mosques, Trained In Libya – Suspected Terrorists Confess
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We Were Recruited In Mosques, Trained In Libya – Suspected Terrorists Confess

A top police source at Louis Edet House, who was part of the team that intercepted the suspects, said the gang’ operation base is at Birnin Gwari Bush. The source revealed that the gang was responsible for the kidnap of two expatriates, Zaid Alas from Jordan and Isah Jabour a Syrian, both working with Traicta Ltd, Shiroro, Niger State, in December 2019, and only released their captive after collected N120m ransom. The terrorist gang led Dogo Gide and Mahmud, both on the run, were also responsible for the kidnap for ransom of some employees of Mothercat Construction Company, as well as Magajin Garin Daura in Katsina State. The arrested suspects were: Aminu Mustapha (alias China), 23; Aminu Saidu (alias Dawud), 26; Aminu Shuaibu (alias Abu Mus’an), 33; Ishak Khalid (alias Uztaz), 30...
Niger State COVID-19 Patients Protest Over Poor Treatment (Photos, Video)
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Niger State COVID-19 Patients Protest Over Poor Treatment (Photos, Video)

Suspected COVID-19 patients receiving treatment at a government facility in Minna, Niger State, on Wednesday threatened to discharge themselves over poor treatment. In a video seen by MCI, some of the patients expressed anger at the situation, saying they were not comfortable with their feeding arrangement. They however, requested to be allowed to be in their homes instead of being left to die of hunger at the isolation facility. Meanwhile, there is tension in the state over the purported escape of a woman from an isolation centre.
Wearing Of Face-Masks Is Compulsory In Niger State – Governor Sani Bello
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Wearing Of Face-Masks Is Compulsory In Niger State – Governor Sani Bello

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State today has ordered the compulsory wearing of face-masks in Niger State. This was made known by his Senior Special Assistant on Media. FLASH: Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has announced that wearing face masks is now compulsory for all citizens in the state, as the state continues to curb the spread of the pandemic. The COVID-19 Taskforce has been mandated to make sure there is strict compliance.
Drama As Niger State Send Back Truck Filled With Lagos Returnees
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Drama As Niger State Send Back Truck Filled With Lagos Returnees

A truck filled with over 50 persons has been turned back by Niger’s Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane. The truck had been stopped by security personnel at Gidan Kwano area when they saw people on top of the truck unable to explain their journey. The driver had explained they were coming from Lagos and heading to Kano, pleading they should be allowed to pass through as they pledged not to stop in the state. But the security had to call the Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19 to seek permission to allow them to pass through the state. Matane, who is the Chairman of the state Taskforce on COVID-19 when he arrived at the scene, immediately told the security personnel to escort the trailer back to where it came from. He stressed that there was no ...
Abubakar Bello Lockdown Niger State Over COVID-19
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Abubakar Bello Lockdown Niger State Over COVID-19

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has declared the total lockdown of Niger State from Monday April 13th. This is coming on the heels of the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in the state. The case, according to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Muhammad Maikusidi, came from Limawa Area in Minna. The Governor directed the State COVID-19 taskforce to isolate the area for 14 days. The Governor also stated that all religious activities should remain suspended till further notice.
COVID-19: Niger State Relaxes Curfew
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COVID-19: Niger State Relaxes Curfew

NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT: UPDATE ON COVID-19 1. Public, Private Schools and Tertiary Institutions remain closed 2. Government relaxes curfew imposed on the State from 2pm to 10pm 3. Civil Servants on Grade Level 1-12 earlier directed to stay at home are now to resume work on Monday 6th April, 2020 from 8am to 2pm 4. Intra and Inter State movement of people and vehicles across the State remain banned 5. All entering points to the State remain closed except those on essential services 6. Markets to open from 8am to 2pm 7. Marketers to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures of the Ministry of Health 8. Local Government Areas that share common boarder with neighboring States to ensure effective monitoring of people and vehicles coming into the Local Government Ar...
Covid-19: Governor Bello of Niger goes into self-isolation
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Covid-19: Governor Bello of Niger goes into self-isolation

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State has gone into self-isolation along with members of his family as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus in the state. Dr Maku Sidi, the state Commissioner for Health, confirmed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Wednesday. Sidi also said the entire members of the state executive council are going into self-isolation as part of the proactive measures adopted by the state government to curb the spread. “There is no cause for alarm, we are doing every thing humanly possible to deal with the situation at hand as a normal precautionary measure. “Gov. Bello was in Abuja for APC Governor’s Forum and other official engagements and have in contact with those suspected to be having the case...
Niger State Declares Lockdown Over Coronavirus
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Niger State Declares Lockdown Over Coronavirus

The Niger State Government has declared a total lockdown in the state as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who made the announcement in a state-wide broadcast on Monday March 23, declared restriction of movement from 8am to 8pm. He also directed the closure of all Almajiri schools in the state with immediate effect from today, Monday 23. He added; “All public gatherings have been banned from today. Only those carrying out essential services will be allowed.” The Niger State Governor further disclosed that the lockdown order will be effected from Wednesday March 25. According to him, the decision became necessary due to the new cases of coronavirus emerging from Abuja which Niger State shares a common boundary with.
Zungeru Building Where Lord Lugard Signed Nigeria’s Amalgamation Lies In Ruins
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Zungeru Building Where Lord Lugard Signed Nigeria’s Amalgamation Lies In Ruins

In the razzmatazz of the centenary celebration, the picture seeks to bring to the fore the state of the city that birthed the amalgamation. With drums of the centenary celebration beating thunderously in various councils, especially the councils of the Federal Government and its supporters, mostly known as sycophants, the average Nigerian, the president talked about in his interview with Christina Amanpour, still feels the pangs of ill governance, including the lack of electricity that President Goodluck Jonathan spoke so glowingly about. Monies spent for the centenary celebration should be used for other purposes, the average Nigerian would say. And some think the huge celebration in honour of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorate is a celebration of colonizat...
I’m Surprised Boko Haram Is Still Existing – Buhari
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I’m Surprised Boko Haram Is Still Existing – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is surprised that Boko Haram terrorists are still existing. Mr Buhari stated this in Abuja when he played host to Eminent and Respected Citizens of Niger State. The delegation led by Governor Abubakar Bello, visited the State House, on Tuesday. “I was taken aback by what is happening in the North West and other parts of the country,” presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted his principal as saying. “During our campaigns, we knew about the Boko Haram. What is coming now is surprising. It is not ethnicity or religion, rather it is one evil plan against the country,” the president added. The Nigerian leader promised to increase the war tempo against the terrorists and bandits. “We have to be harder on them. One o...
FEC Approves N58.4 Billion To Construct Bridge Linking Niger And Kwara
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FEC Approves N58.4 Billion To Construct Bridge Linking Niger And Kwara

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN. Speaking shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, he said reports on the poor state of the country’s roads were mere hypes. The FEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, approved N58.4billion for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara states.
Man caught stealing a pregnant woman’s panties at IBB university
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Man caught stealing a pregnant woman’s panties at IBB university

A yet-to-be identified man who stole panties belonging to a pregnant woman was nabbed today October 18,  at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in Niger State. Though the suspect's motive of stealing the panties is not yet known. he has already been handed over to security operatives.
“I Didn’t Want To Miss The Opportunity” – Man Who Raped 13-Year-Old Girl
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“I Didn’t Want To Miss The Opportunity” – Man Who Raped 13-Year-Old Girl

A 25-year-old man who raped a 13-year-old girl inside a school in Kontagora local government area of Niger state, has been arrested by the Niger state police command. The suspect identified as Abdullahi Umar reportedly sent the girl to buy him satchet water before dragging her to an Islamic primary school located at Angwan Yamma where he raped her. Confessing to the crime, Umar said he has always been infatuated with his victim that always ran errands for him and felt she would become his lover after the act. “I was completely infatuated with her and I do not have any other option than to have sex with her. “I had sex with her forcefully because that was the only opportunity I had and would not want to miss it at that point in time. “That was why I dragged her to one Islamic p...