The Kano State Government has directed that a sum of one million naira each be distributed to the nine victims of Child trafficking in the state to cater for their well-being.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the order on Thursday, while receiving the nine children who were abducted from Kano and sold in Anambra State.
He also approved death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping across the state while inaugurating a commission to be headed by Justice Wada Rano to commence an inquiry into cases of missing persons from 2010 till date.
Furthermore, he directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately commence the process of making amendments to laws regarding kidnapping and other child-related abuses.
The Kano State Government has promised to investigate the case of nine children who were kidnapped and trafficked from Kano to Anambra State.
The governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, gave the assurance in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, on Tuesday.
He also gave an assurance that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted and punished accordingly if found guilty.
“Kidnapping is seriously abhorred and condemnable. What is more worrisome is the age of the victims, kids for that matter. My administration, Kano people and any right-thinking individual or groups of individuals, condemn this from all standpoints,” he said, adding that “no criminal will go scot-free”.
He further stated that the government will identify and invite the parents of the rescued children for further discussion while working with the security agencies to unearth similar cases.
“No stone will be unturned,” he stated.
“We are coming up with a powerful committee that will critically look at this disturbing scenario, with the view to seeing to the root cause and avert re-occurrence. The children were rescued by the police in Kano State on Sunday.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha, the Anambra state capital, over the last five years.
The police in Kano State have rescued nine children kidnapped from the state and trafficked to Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State.
The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu confirmed this to journalists on Sunday.
He also stated that eight suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.
According to him, the victims had been trafficked from Kano to Onitsha over the last five years.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has lauded the police and all other security agencies for their efforts in rescuing the children.
“This singular action shows the real and patriotic synergy and commitment of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security Service, Military and all other security agencies in making sure that criminal activities are faced head on,” he said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar.
Speaking further, He assured the security agencies of his administration’s continued support and dedication in the area of security.
He, however, noted that “all hands must be on deck for the state and the nation at large, to enjoy lasting peace.”
Governor Ganduje also called on parents “to be very vigilant with what is happening around them” adding that they should “keep vigil at all times and nothing should be taken for granted.”
No fewer than 15 persons have lost their lives in a road accident in Agulu town of Anambra State.
The incident occurred when a lorry carrying iron beams lost control while descending the hilly road near the Agulu lake and rammed into three oncoming commercial vehicles.
While inspecting the scene of the accident, Governor Willie Obiano regretted the unfortunate incident that left at least five persons dead.
Obiano who blamed the accident on the over-speeding of the truck driver promised to construct a barrier and speed breakers to avoid a recurrence of such in the future.
“I have been fully briefed of the cause of the accident. The big truck loaded with iron metals apparently failed brake and with that speed collided with two buses at the opposite direction.
“There are some casualties; I am yet to be fully informed of the number. So what we are going to do to stop this is to put a barrier before tomorrow so that we can divert the bigger truck to the other side.
“This place is a very good, smooth road as you can see. So they run as if (they are being pursued). So we are going to put speed breakers too and do a big barrier so that they can go the other way,” he said.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), candidates for Idemili North and South Federal Constituency in Anambra State have won the rerun elections held on Saturday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who announced the results, declared Ifeanyi Ibezi winner after he polled 29,566 votes for Senate seat. The incumbent, Obinna Chidoka who polled 26,026 votes, came second in the rerun.
Two containers said to be packed with sensitive electoral materials meant for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections have been gutted by fire at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka, Anambra State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Nkwachkwu Orji, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.
He said although the burnt containers were the Commission’s major storage facilities in Awka, it was too early to say how much damage was done to the materials or to what extent it would affect the forthcoming elections.
While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, Mr Orji ruled out the possibility of arson, saying that a spark could have triggered the fire.
The incident is said to have caused confusion among INEC officials, as firefighters and security officials battled to put out the blaze.
This comes on the heels of a similar fire disaster which occurred at the INEC office in Isialangwa South Local Government area of Abia State on February 3, where Permanent Voter Cards stacked in the office were set ablaze last week.
The following Sunday (February 10), fire also destroyed permanent voter cards and other electoral materials at the INEC office in Qua’an Pan Local Government of Plateau State.
The incidents prompted the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to direct that security be beefed up around all offices and facilities of INEC across the country.
Two persons are currently trapped, while nine others have been rescued from the rubbles of a story building which collapsed in Anambra State in the early hours of today (Thursday).
According to a statement issued by the Police, the three-story building belonging to one Mr Avoyi Collins ‘m’ collapsed at Okpuno Otolo in Nnewi Local Government Area of the state at about 5:20 am.
Following a distress call from a vigilante group in Okpuno, patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Nnewi, Acp Nnanna Ama, rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looters from taking advantage of the situation to rob.
According to the police, with the help of other volunteers, the nine persons were rescued alive, while two others are still trapped.
The rescued victims were immediately rushed to the community health Center for medical examination.