Buhari Congratulates New Emir Of Kagara

Ahmad Garba Gunna

 

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitates with Alhaji Ahmad Garba Gunna, appointed Emir of Kagara by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State.

The President urges the new Emir, who was till his appointment Chairman of the state’s Revenue Board, to use the wealth of experience garnered in the public sector to serve his people, and bring development to his domain.

With the security challenges facing the country, the President equally urges the new Emir to use his position as a grassroots personality, to engender protection of lives and property, stressing that the traditional institution has a great role to play in security.

President Buhari prays that the time of the new Emir will bring peace, security, development and progress to Kagara.

Alhaji Gunna, to be known as Ahmad Attahiru 11, succeeds Alhaji Salihu Tanko, who passed away recently.

Acting Chairman Of State Revenue Board Gunna, Appointed New Kagara Emir In Niger

Ahmad Garba Gunna

 

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has announced the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Niger state revenue board, Ahmad Garba Gunna (Dan Majen Kagara) as the new Emir of Kagara.

The appointment of the new Emir follows the death of the former Emir Alhaji Salihu Tanko Kagara on March 1st, 2021 after a protracted illness in Minna, the state capital.

The Governor, through the Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji made the announcement in Minna today after receiving the reports of the 14 kingmakers, headed by Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad (Madakin Gunna).

The Governor said the appointment of the new Emir was in accordance with section 3 subsection (1) of the Chiefs (Appointment and Deposition) law, Chapter 19, the law of the Niger state.

According to him, “having received the advice of the Niger State Council of Chiefs as required under section 7, of Cap 19, I hereby appoint you, Ahmad Garba Gunna as the 2nd Emir of Kagara”.

Until his appointment as the 46 years old 2nd Emir of Kagara, Ahmad Garba Gunna was the Acting Chairman of the Niger State Board of Internal Revenue.

The Village Head of Yakila in Gunna District and Dan Majen Kagara emerged as the new Emir of Kagara after defeating five other contestants in an electoral college conducted by the 14 kingmakers of the Kagara Emirate.

Others who contested with him are Muhammad Salihu Tanko, (Bunun Kagara) the son of the late Emir, Garba Bako (Dan Galadiman Kagara), Aliyu Muhammad Kusherki (Katukan Kagara) and Idris Aliyu Jibrin (Barajen Kagara).

Kagara Students’ Abduction: We Are Happy They Have Been Released – Buhari

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File photo President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is happy to know that the abducted students of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State have been released.

The President, in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, welcome the students’ release, commending the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger State for their responses in securing the release.

“We are happy they have been released,” Buhari said while sympathising with the staff and the students, their parents and friends on this ordeal.

READ ALSO: Kagara Schoolboys, Others Arrive Minna

He, however, warned that the country will not continue to suffer these attacks that threaten the growth of education, the security and life of the future leaders at the same time putting the nation in a negative light.

Buhari also reiterated his earlier advice to school owners, particularly the state and local governments, as well as religious organizations to scale up security around their schools in line with the standards laid down by the UN-backed Safe School Programme of the administration.

He once again condemned the school abductions, with the latest one at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.

The President also directed all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits and bring them to justice.

Kagara Schoolboys, Others Arrive Minna

Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, in Niger State was attacked by gunmen on February 17, 2021.
Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, in Niger State was attacked by gunmen on February 17, 2021.

 

The abductees from Government Science Secondary School Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have arrived in Minna, the state capital.

A government official who confirmed the arrival to Channels TV said they are expected to be briefed by the State Governor Abubakar Bello.

According to the official, the released victims consist of schoolchildren, some girls and their family members.

READ ALSO: Kagara Abductees Released – Official

The students were said to have been taken to a location away from the Government House in Minna.

Although it is not certain whether a ransom was paid to secure the release of the students, Governor Bello has repeatedly said his administration would not pay money to the bandits.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is happy to know that the abducted students have been released.

The President, in a statement issued today by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, welcome the students’ release, commending the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger State for their responses in securing the release.

“We are happy they have been released,” Buhari said while sympathising with the staff and the students, their parents and friends on this ordeal.

He, however, warned that the country will not continue to suffer these attacks that threaten the growth of education, the security and life of the future leaders at the same time putting the nation in a negative light.

Buhari also reiterated his earlier advice to school owners, particularly the state and local governments, as well as religious organizations to scale up security around their schools in line with the standards laid down by the UN-backed Safe School Programme of the administration.

President Buhari once again condemned the school abductions, with latest one at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.

He also irected all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits and bring them to justice.

 

Reps Asks Security Agencies To Speed Up Rescue Of Kagara Students

Members of the House of Representatives attend a plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 24, 2020.

 

 

The House of Representatives has asked the security agencies to speed up the rescue of the Kagara school

The House says it is worried that the longer it takes, the more difficult it will be to rescue them.

The matter was raised as a motion of urgent public importance by Honourable Unyime Idem.

Armed men on February 17, attacked the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State shooting sporadically.

READ ALSO: Niger Govt Releases Names Of Students, Teachers, Others Abducted From Kagara School

A student Benjamin Habila was shot and killed by the bandits on the school premises while several others abducted.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

The operations started from the staff quarters and ended in the students’ hostels and in the process, other students were also wounded by gunshots.

The gunmen gathered some staff and students at a place for hours before moving them out of the school premises to an unknown destination.

They wore a military uniform and entered the school premises which has about 1000 students, overpowered the security guard, before whisking away the students and staff.

A staff member by the name Batagi who was among those kidnapped has escaped and is in the school as of the time of publishing this report. Others still with the bandits are Mall. Lawal, Ali, Hannatu, and her husband, Dodo, Mohammed Abubakar(Akawu), among others.

Kagara Abduction: Niger Governor Speaks On Rumoured Release Of Abductees

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A file photo of Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

 

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello on Friday briefed journalists on the rumoured release of abducted students, staff, and other persons from the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara. 

Information about the purported release of the abductees started filtering out on Thursday night.

Channels Television however reached out to the spokesperson to Governor Abubakar Bello, Mary Noel-Berje who said the Governor would be briefing journalists today by 11:am.

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According to her, the issues of the release of the abductees cannot be treated as a matter of speculation.

Governor Bello in his address at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, said, “Regarding the event of the past few days where we have two serious cases of kidnappings –the NTSA (Niger State Transport Authority) bus that was kidnapped (with passengers). And the second event took place at the Secondary School in Kagara.

“As at this moment, we do not have any additional information to give apart from the one given earlier on, yesterday. But I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can, we are interfacing with the local communities, with federal authorities and our own state authorities to ensure that we recover the victims safely.

“Our utmost priority right now is to make sure we bring them back home safe and that is exactly what we are going to do. So, there hasn’t been any information I can give you at this moment but once we have anything for you, we will let you know.”

Responding to a question on the purported release of the abductees, the governor said, “Everything that is being said out there is rumour and in situations like this, we cannot work with rumour, it has to be confirmed. Yes, we’ve been receiving different rumours from different people within villages but we are still treating those as rumour until processed and confirmed.”

The governor urged the parents and families of the abducted persons not to despair, adding that the government hopes to secure their release in hours or days.

He added that adequate security personnel have also been deployed to Kagara town and environs to boost security in the area, which according to him has also boosted the morale of the people.

VIDEO: Kagara Students Vacate School Premises After Gunmen Attack

 

Students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have moved out of the school premises after the early Wednesday morning gunmen attack.

The gunmen’s attack led to the death of one student while many others including teachers are still missing.

In the video, the students can be seen carrying their bags filled with their clothes and other items as they leave their hostels.

Some parents can also be seen looking distraught as security operatives guard the school following their deployment to the school after the attack.

Screenshot from the video showing the students with their bags packed.

 

The gunmen had earlier on Wednesday morning gained access to the school around 2:00 am, dressed in military uniform, shooting sporadically into the air.

The school principal who escaped from the attack confirmed to Channels Television that the operation started from the staff quarters where they abducted members of staff including a couple before they gained access to the students’ hostels.

An empty science laboratory in the school before the attack

 

Other sources say some students escaped after the raid while a headcount is being conducted at the school to ascertain the actual number of missing students.

Channels Television however gathered that the security agencies were able to detect the nature of the area, and have started tracing the attackers’ movement while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF),  aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students.

 

See below more photos of the school premises before the gunmen attack:

 

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health Sector

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health SectorWorried by the state of health facilities in the state, the Niger state government on Thursday declared a state of emergency on the health sector with a view to repositioning the sector for better service delivery.

To this end, it has earmarked the sum of two billion Naira to upgrade five out of the 16 general hospitals in the state which have been left unattended to for the past ten years in the first phase of the project.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, said that the government inherited what he called “moribund” health facilities across the state from the immediate past administration in the state.

He disclosed that the immediate past government in the state expended well over N5billion to build three general hospital in Gulu, Nasko and Wuse areas of the state, but only the one in Wuse was functional.

Those that will benefit from the first phase of the hospital rehabilitation project include the Suleja, Kontagora, Mokwa, Kagara and Minna general hospitals, while all the remaining ones would be attended to in the second phase of the project.

The Commissioner further disclosed that following the inadequate health personnel in the state-owned hospitals, and to ensure quick service delivery, the state government has employed an additional 40 medical doctors, 70 nurses and 10 hospital workers since the inception of the present administration.

He described the current situation where one doctor attends to nine patients as unacceptable.

He said that the state government has approved the immediate payment of the 100% salary structure for all categories of all health workers being enjoyed by their counterpart in other states across the country.