Child Trafficking: Kano Govt To Give N1m Each To Nine Victims

 

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.

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He also appealed to their parents to prioritize their education which has now been declared free and compulsory by the administration.

After being trafficked over a period of five years, the children were successfully rescued on October 13 by the police.

Kano Govt Approves Death Penalty For Kidnappers

 

The Kano State Government has approved death penalty for anyone found guilty of kidnapping across the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the order on Friday at the Government House, while receiving the nine children who were abducted from Kano and trafficked in Anambra State.

He also inaugurated 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 commission is expected to submit its report to the government in the next 30 days.



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Meanwhile the governor has also directed the distribution of one million naira to each of the pupils to cater for their well-being.

He also appealed to their parents to prioritize their education which has now been declared free and compulsory by the administration.

The children were successfully rescued on October 13 by the police after being trafficked over a period of five years.

Child Trafficking: Kano Govt Promises To Commence Investigation, Ensure Justice For Victims

 

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”.

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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.

Police Rescue Nine Kidnapped Children In Anambra

 

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.”

EFCC Recovers N500m From Cybercrime In Kano

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has recovered a total of N500 million this year in Kano State which it says are proceeds of cybercrime.

Zonal Head of the commission who disclosed this to Channels Television also noted that 280 suspects have been arrested in connection to cybercrime.

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Kano APC Suspends Jibrin For Alleged Anti-Party Activities

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, a member of House of Representatives for alleged anti-party activities.

Jibrin, who is representing Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State at the House of Representative is suspended by the party for the next 12 months.

According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the chairman of the APC in Bebeji, Suleiman Gwarmai, the suspension takes effect immediately.

The decision according to Gwarmai follows a petition received by the APC executive committee of Bebeji Local Government and an investigation by a seven-man committee.

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“Upon a petition received by the APC executive committee of Bebeji Local Government, a seven-man committee was inaugurated to investigate all the issues raised by the petitioner, the statement read in part.

“After a thorough investigation, the committee submitted its report and recommendations to the Local Government executive which subsequently met and adopt as follows:

“That having confirmed various anti-party activities by Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa which was found contrary to some provisions of the party’s constitution, ranging from article 21, paragraph A (ii) (V) and (Vii) the executive committee adopted the report and hereby suspended Hon. Kofa with immediate effect for 12 months.

“That the executive committee also adopted the committee’s recommendation urging the state Executive committee to recommend to the national executive the immediate expulsion of Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa from the party for various offenses which was also found to be contrary to article 21, paragraph A (ii) and (xi) of the party constitution.

The local government committee, therefore, urged all APC members to remain calm and committed to the party.

Air Force Personnel Returns Lost €37,000 To Owner

 

Personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has returned the sum of 37,000 Euros to one Alhaji Ahmad, owner of the lost money at the Hajj Camp Market in Kano.

Aircraftman (ACM) Bashir Umar who is a member of the NAF Mobile Air Defence Team (MADT) deployed for airport security duties, found the money on Tuesday, July 16 while on routine patrol with some of his colleagues.

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The Air Force in a statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said there was a phone number on the parcel which the Airman called, and eventually handed over the package to the owner.

He added that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has asked that the Airman be rewarded.

“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the Chief of Administration at the Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, to immediately come up with modalities to reward the airman so as to encourage other personnel of the Service to continue to embody attitudes and behaviours that reflect NAF’s core values of Integrity, Excellence and Service Delivery.”

Abolish Herdsmen Movement From North To South, Ganduje Tells FG

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has asked the Federal Government to abolish movement of herdsmen from the Northern to Southern part of Nigeria in order to eradicate farmer/herders conflicts.

This is after Governor Ganduje set up a 16-man committee to identify critical areas of settling herdsmen across the state.

In an interview with Channels TV, Mr Ganduje said that the RUGA settlement, which his government has fully embraced, is the only way to reduce the concerns raised and it is a must.

“The Federal Government should abolish the movement of herdsmen from the Northern part to the Southern part of Nigeria because that creates a lot of problems and the only way to do it is the RUGA issue.

“This settlement is a must and to us in Kano state, it’s a task that must be done, because we must improve the quality of lives of the herdsmen so that they become full Nigerians and behave like any other good Nigerian, so that the conflict we are having all over the country can be reduced and at the same time, they can improve the way they breed their cattle.”

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The Governor revealed that 72 herders’ children have been trained on modern skills in cattle grazing and all herdsmen across the country should come to Kano state because of the efforts at getting the economic benefits of cattle breeding.

“We have trained 72 of the herdsmen children in artificial insemination and we have constructed two insemination centres in Kano and with this RUGA settlement which we are starting now so that the breeding system of the cattle will be according to the modern system.

“That is where we are heading to, and that is why we are calling all herdsmen all over the country to come to Kano, we are getting assistance from the Islamic bank so that we develop infrastructure for grazing areas and we believe when they converge, it will be a good omen for the state.

“We are already planning to build an ultramodern abattoir here so that the chain can be built right from bottom to top.”

We Have Decided To Create RUGA Settlement – Kano Govt

 

The Kano State Government has commenced plans to establish a RUGA settlement in the state.

This was disclosed by the Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during the inauguration of a 16-man committee who are to identify critical areas of settling herdsmen across the state.

The committee, under the leadership of Mr Jibirilla Ahmed, is to also determine the type of social and infrastructure services that will be provided for the settlement.

“You are to determine the type of social service and infrastructure that will be provided for the RUGA settlement, using veterinary hospitals, clinics, water schools, markets, and also looking into the whole system.”

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The governor tasked the committee to focus on the socio-economic part and not the socio-cultural offerings the initiative has offered over time.

“It is more of socio-cultural, rather than socio-economic and it has to change to socio-economic, otherwise, it will continue to be an uneconomic venture.

“So in Kano, having looked at all the issues concerned, both at the national and state level, we decided to create RUGA settlements in our forests that are existing and with the help of Islamic development bank, grazing areas will be provided.”

Five-Year-Old Kidnapped, Killed In Kano

 

The body of a five-year-old boy who was kidnapped and killed in Kano State has been recovered by the police under the Operation Puff Adder.

According to the police, he was kidnapped from his school with the help of his uncle, one Ibrahim Ahmed.

While recovering the body buried in an uncompleted building, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, told journalists that the suspects had demanded a ransom of 50 million naira from the child’s parents and subsequently, he was drugged.

 

The uncompleted building where the corpse of the boy was discovered.

 

The father of the boy who shared his plight with journalists, said he did not believe that they would actually kill his son since the family was already negotiating with the kidnappers.

“They first called me and asked for 50 million naira ransom, after negotiations they came down to 20 million, then 10 million, but I guess after they realised the boy was dead they later demanded N200,000 which I agreed to give them,” he said.

The victim’s uncle who confessed to having committed the crime said it was his first operation.

“My friends told me that we can make lots of money from kidnapping so I decided to kidnap my nephew. Although I could not enter the house where we kept the boy because he would have recognised me, I gave my friend the number of his father who has been communicating with him”.

 

The suspects

 

While the CP has vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, he called on the general public to remain security conscious.

“We are drawing the attention of good citizens of Kano State to be vigilant, family and friends because criminals are currently changing their methods of operation.

“They have no signs, they have no mark nor plate number for identification but I can assure you wherever they are, we will bring them out and they will be punished in accordance with the law,” he said.

Army Kills 24 Bandits In Kaduna, Kano, Niger States

 

Troops of the Operation Harbin Kunama of one Division Kaduna of the Nigerian Army, have killed 24 suspected bandits in Kaduna, Kano and Niger States and arrested 61 others during operation.

The General Officer Commanding 1 mechanised Division, Major General Faruk Yahya said this during a press briefing at the Headquarters of the Division, on Wednesday in Kaduna.

According to him, 20 kidnapped victims were also rescued from the kidnappers’ den and reunited with their families during the operation.

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Speaking further, he explained that the incessant kidnappings, armed banditry, and other criminal activities that bedeviled the North West region of the country necessitated the activation of Exercise Harbin Kunama (III) by the Chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai on April 1, 2019.

He, however, called on the public to avail the troops with credible and timely information instead of only reporting when bandits and criminals have inflicted their victims and fled.

No Court Order Stopped Investigation Into Kano Emirates Funds, Says Anti-Graft Agency

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Kano State Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has said that there is no court order that stopped it from carrying out investigation into alleged misappropriation of Emirate council funds.

According to a statement by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji, the only court order privy is the interim injunction by a state high court on the arrest of three Emirate Council staff members.

“There is no court order that prevents the commission from carrying out an investigation into alleged misappropriation of Kano Emirate council funds, and as a matter-of-fact, the commission did not receive any court order that stops us from conducting our statutory responsibility.

“What we know as far as the commission is concerned is that, there is an order that directed the commission to maintain the status quo regarding to the arrest warrant issued against three (3) Emirate Council staff.”

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Mr Magaji stated that the commission had earlier obtained an order from a Chief Magistrate Court to arrest the three suspects, but had acknowledged the court order.

“Nevertheless, the commission acknowledged a State High Court interim injunction to maintain the status quo regarding to the arrest not to stay all action, which refrain the commission from arresting them, and in that regard the suspects are out there enjoying their freedoms.”

He added that the court Is not in the position to stop the commission from carrying out its statutory responsibilities.

“We believe that it is not even within the powers of the court to stop a statutory agency from performing their statutory responsibility. Hence, the commission will continue to obey the law as always.”

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