Fadama Club Makes Donation As Katsina Teaching Hospital Introduces Wallet System 

 

Drugs and medical consumables worth thousands of naira have been donated to the Katsina State Federal Teaching Hospital by the Fadama All Stars Social Club.

The club also presented an award of excellence and merit to the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Suleiman Bello Mohammed, for the numerous achievements he recorded in various aspects of the hospital during the period under his tenure.

Speaking during the occasion, the Club’s End of Year Committee Chairman, Dr. Bishir Ajayi seized the moment to urge the Chief Medical Director of the hospital to sustain the tempo and do more.

According to Dr. Ajayi, the pass rate of resident doctors in the hospital has increased geometrically, adding that, the resident doctors in the hospital have the opportunity to stay and study in the hospital amidst 24 hours electricity supply unlike before where, electricity supply hours were 6-7 hours.

“This award we are giving you is not by chance but it’s well deserved. I am part and parcel of this transformation, it’s a palpable one right from the structures to human development and several others. So, it’s not easy at all,” he said.

“In particular, we are not surprised that the pass rate of resident doctors in the hospital has increased geometrically. This is because the resident doctors now stay in the hospital to study amidst 24 hours electricity supply unlike some years back when electricity supply hours were 6-7 hours.

“Again, if you have not come to this hospital around in the last two to two years, you will get lost. Sometimes, you find it very difficult to locate some places because of the developments in terms of structures and machines,” he noted.

The award was presented on behalf of the Club by the Acting Chairman of the Club, Chidiebere Canice Osuorji.

Also speaking during the ceremony, a member and two time-secretary who doubles as the immediate past chairman of the Club, Mr. David Okpe Israel, maintained that the Club, which had been in existence for over ten (10) years, has been extending gestures of different kinds to places such as orphanage homes, prisons, Vasco Vaginal Fistula Center in Babbar Ruga, Katsina.

“Every year, out of what God has blessed us with, in order to thank Him more and more, we decide as a club to put resources together in order to reach out to the less privileged in society. As part of our activities this year, we decided to come down here to Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina to present to them with consumables and drugs to be used here,” he added.

“Our members are all working class; and are drawn from both public and private sectors such as banks, schools, and business communities.

“Due to the recent activities over the years which are philanthropic, we are now registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an NGO.”

In his message of appreciation, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital thanked the Club for the honor, concern, and gesture which he said it’s not just for him alone but for other members of his team whom he described as the strength of the hospital.

He recalled that one of his teachers told him to always do the work that he is given for him to succeed in life.

“Whatever the work you are given, just do it with all your strength and don’t rest until it’s done and that’s the recipe for success. So, all I am doing is I am doing the work I am given.

“This hospital was established for three main reasons. The number one reason is the key reason it was established which is service delivery, and the remaining two reasons are there to support the number one reason.

“Training: when we train resident doctors they become specialists, and we get better service delivery.

“Research: when we carry outreach, we will find better ways of doing the things that we do and it will translate into better service delivery.

“So, all we are doing is going back to service delivery. How do we serve the multitude of patients that come to this hospital?

“Like what the Chairperson of the Hospital Management Board, Hajiya Hannatu Akilu, told me when I was the medical director of this hospital then that, ‘MD, whatever is right for the patient is right, and whenever the patient is not happy then whatever it’s that you are doing is not right, always do what will make the patient happy and what translates to happiness’, she told me. And that is what we have been doing although.

“We are trying to make life easier and better for the patients. Now, one thing that our own system has not done for us in Nigeria is that we are about to be the only country in the world because even other African countries have moved ahead of us.

“Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, they have all moved ahead of us in terms of this.

“We are about the only country that when you have an emergency, you go to the hospital, you have to bring out the money. But in all other countries in the world, if it’s an emergency, you are taken care of by the system.

“We are now operating the wallet system in this hospital to take care of patients in emergency.

“We are utilizing the resources we get to provide service to our patients in emergency.

“In an emergency situation, you don’t need to open a folder, you will be seen, assessed, tested, operated, and served drugs or any other things collected from the pharmacy.

“After all is done and the patient is saved then, we now start discussing how to settle down the bills,” he added.

Dr. Bello further announced that the Hospital is committed to complementing the efforts of medical doctors by training not only resident doctors but also nurses and providing them with lab scientists and videographers.

“In most illnesses, people wouldn’t know that the determinant of survival is good nursing care. You need a good doctor, but whatever the good doctor will do without good nursing care, you will lose whatever benefits,” he believed.

Masari Sheds Tears At Last Budget Presentation As Katsina Governor

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, shed tears during the final budget presentation of his administration on November 22, 2022.
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, shed tears during the final budget presentation of his administration on November 22, 2022.

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Tuesday shed emotional tears while presenting the final budget of his administration to the state house assembly.

The proposed budget, tagged ‘Budget of transition’, is worth N288.63 billion.

It earmarked 63.77 percent as capital expenditure and 36.23 percent for recurrent services.

According to Masari, the budget is designed to complete ongoing projects and initiate other capital projects that can be completed within the life of his administration.

The projects cut across sectors of Education, Health, Water Resources, Agriculture, Environment, Roads and Infrastructural Development.

Masari’s tears came while explaining that in aggregate terms, the budget is lower than that of the 2022 revised budget by about N34 billion.

21 Children Abducted In Katsina Regain Freedom

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Twenty-one children who were abducted by terrorists in Katsina State have regained their freedom.

The children were kidnapped on Sunday while working on a farm in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday had urged authorities to swing into action and rescue the children.

In a statement signed by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ms Cristian Munduate, the UN agency described the abductions as “reprehensible.”

Police spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah confirmed their release in a statement on Saturday.

He said the the victims comprising 17 girls and four boys have since been reunited with their respective families as investigations continue.

“Good evening Gentlemen of the Press. It is with great joy that I announce the release of all the 21 abducted workers that were kidnapped while working in a farmland at Kamfanin Mai Lafiya village, Faskari LGA of Katsina state. They have been reunited with their families. Investigation is ongoing please”, the statement said.

Isah had on Wednesday confirmed the abduction to Channels Television;s correspondent, noting that the incident occured on Sunday afternoon at about 12:30 pm.

The abducted children according to Isah, are aged between 15 and 18 years.

“Yes, we got the report and we are working to rescue them,” he said at the time. “The children among them are 21, between 15 and 18 years.” The owner of the farm was not around when the incident happened.”

Elsewhere, a source from the victims’ community told Channels Television that the terrorists were demanding the sum of N30 million ransom or direct discussion with the owner of the farm where the victims were working.

“The terrorists reached out to parents of some of the victims to bargain on the ransom. Aaccording to them, they will not collect any amount less than N30 million or a direct access to the owner of the farm. They further stated that they had already made their investigations and found out that the owner of the farm is highly rich,” the source said.

UNICEF Calls For Rescue Of 21 Children Abducted In Katsina

UNICEF is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world.
UNICEF is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world.

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday urged authorities to swing into action and rescue 21 children abducted in a farm in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on Sunday.

In a statement signed by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ms Cristian Munduate, the UN agency described the abductions as “reprehensible.”

“UNICEF is concerned about the report of the abduction of no fewer than 21 children at a farm in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, north-west Nigeria,” the statement said.

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“Confirmed reports indicate the 21 children – 17 girls and 4 boys – aged between 15 and 18, were abducted last Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. by “bandits.

“Abduction of children whether at home, at school, on the farm, or anywhere else, is reprehensible. Children should never be the target of violence, especially by anyone who should be protecting them.

“We call on the authorities to take necessary action to rescue the abducted children and reunite them with their families unhurt, and without delay.

“UNICEF also calls on the authorities to rescue other persons reported to have been kidnapped on the farm at the same time the children were abducted.

“This tragic incident is yet an indication of the danger children face by acts perpetrated by people who should protect them.”

Police Rescue 21 Kidnap Victims In Katsina, Kill Terrorists

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

Police in Katsina State on Friday rescued at least 21 kidnap victims comprising 15 women and six children in Dutsinma Local Government Area of the State.

The victims were rescued at about 0430hrs, after the Police Command received a distress call that terrorists in their numbers on motorbikes, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked Buraji and Sabon Sara villages.

On receipt of the information, Area Commander, Dutsinma, ACP Mohammad Makama, led a team of Police Tactical Units, blocked their exit routes at Gandun Sarki village, engaged them into a fierce gun duel and successfully rescued all the victims.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah in a statement noted that many terrorists were killed and some escaped the scene with gunshots wounds.

He added that tactical teams are still combing the area with a view of recovering their dead bodies and arresting the injured terrorists as investigation is ongoing.

Insecurity: Katsina Government, NSCDC Train 600 Fresh Vigilantes

A cross-section of the participants

 

At least 600 vigilantes in Katsina State are undergoing special training on arm combat and other detective work to ensure effective community policing in all parts of the state.

The training was organised by the state government under the supervision of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Training College, Katsina.

It’s aimed at complementing the efforts of conventional security forces in combatting the immerging security threats such as banditry, kidnapping, and other associated crimes in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Ibrahim Ahmad, who flagged off the training program on Wednesday at the NSCDC Training College, Katsina announced that the state government is targeting to train at least 3,000 vigilante corps before the end of the year.

He explained that similar training was conducted by the police where the first batch of 500 vigilante corps was trained recently, bringing the total of those trained to 1,100.

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According to him, the state government is evolving a community-based strategy to solve the problem, stating that the trainees will assist in intelligence gathering in their various communities. He, however, called on the recalcitrant terrorists to lay down their arms and embrace peace.

“Let them surrender themselves to the nearest security agencies if they are ready for peace so that for development to thrive. Because we will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace of the state again.

“We want to also appeal to the members of the public to cooperate with us and understand our resolve and do the needful,” he stated.

In his remarks, the College Commandant of the NSCDC Training College, Katsina, ACG Babangida Abdullahi Dutsinma, said that with this approach by the state government, Katsina will soon be the most secure and peaceful state in Nigeria.

He assured of the readiness of the college to do everything possible to ensure that the lives and property of people in the state are secured.

Dutsinma, while tracing the history of the college which he said was established in 2008, observed that the current administration of Governor Aminu Masari has been up and doing to ensure that the training doesn’t cut off.

At the end of this training, the participants will also be given a certificate each. Most of the trainees in this batch are either degree, Ph.D., NCE, Diploma, or certificate holders in various disciplines.

Police IRT Operatives Arrest Informants To Notorious Bandit Leader In Katsina

 

Operatives of the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested three suspected informants to a notorious bandits’ leader, Sani Tukur, also known as Abacha in Katsina State.

The three are said to be part of a deadly kidnap for ransom syndicate who kidnapped the wife and two children of a serving lawmaker Hon. Dr Ibrahim Aminu in Katsina.

The suspects Muttaka Ibrahim, Suleiman Rabiu and Surajo were apprehended following intelligence reports on the activities of the deadly criminal gangs by IRT operatives attached to the Operation Restore Hope of the Force in Yankwani village and Kurani town.


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According to a statement from the office of the IRT Commander, dcp olatunji Disu, the team swung into action swiftly and arrested the suspects in their various hideouts within Bakori Local Government Area.

During investigation, the trio confessed to have served as informants to Sanni Tukur who is terrorising innocent citizens in villages and towns around Katsina and Zamfara states.

They also confessed to have facilitated the kidnap of six other persons in addition to the family members of the lawmaker.

Other victims of the syndicates criminal gang include Buhari Usman, also know as Fedeco, Nazaradeen Ibrahim, Amandallah Ahmad, Ibrahim Suleiman, Sumayya Nura and Yahaya Bura who are currently in the captivity of the gang.

Confessing further, the suspects disclosed that after kidnapping the family of the lawmaker, they demanded for and received a total sum of twenty-one million naira.

Muttaka Ibrahim, the chief informant admitted that he got a payment of one hundred and thirty thousand naira (N130,000) from the gang leader adding that one Yusuf Bala of Zaria is his accomplice.

He also admitted that the bandit leader collected a total of six million five hundred thousand naira from the other victims they kidnaped at Yankwani town.

Narrating his ordeal, the lawmaker told police investigators that he paid a total sum of thirty seven million and five hundred thousand naira to the gang leader to secure his family member’s release from captivity.

Authorities of the force say all the suspect are still undergoing investigation by the police and would be charged to court soon.

Police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Monday assured residents of the terrorized communities and all Nigerians, that all the suspects are going to be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the nation.

Police Raid Terrorists’ Hideout In Katsina, Neutralise One Terrorist, Arrest Informant

 

One  terrorist has been killed and an informant arrested after police raided a hideout for criminals in Katsina State. 

A ring leader identified as Sule Dawa is said to have escaped with gunshot wounds following the raid which took place at Mai-Zuma Village in Danja Local Government Area of the State.

During the incursion, several weapons along with two motorcycles and illicit substances suspected to be Indian hemp belonging to the terrorists, were recovered.


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Other things recovered include: one locally fabricated gun, military camouflage uniform, machetes and daggers, one hundred (100) bottles and a gallon of Spirit, two boxer motorcycles, three (3) car batteries, one sewing machine, a roll of cable wire and two cooking gas cylinders.

Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah in a statement issued on Sunday, said the command on Saturday evening, received a credible report that terrorists were sighted in a black spot at Maizuma village.

SP Isah disclosed that the Divisional Police Officer of Danja Local Government Area led a team of policemen to the area and engaged the hoodlums into a fierce gun duel as a result of which the team repelled the terrorists.

According to him, the command is making efforts to arrest the gang leader and other members of the syndicate who might have escaped during the assault.

In his reaction to the development, the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda appreciated the efforts of the personnel in repelling the terrorists and directed them to sustain the tempo until all forms of crime and criminality are dealt with.

CP Dauda further urged members of the public to continue to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing campaign against terrorism in the state.

Police Repel Terrorists In Katsina, Recover Animals

This photo, released by police in Katsina on August 15, 2022, shows some animals recovered by police operatives.
This photo, released by police in Katsina on August 15, 2022, shows some animals recovered by police operatives.

 

Scores of terrorists were feared killed and several others wounded after a tactical team of police officers repelled their attack on Dadawa and Barkiya villages in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

During the fierce encounter with the terrorists, the police team successfully recovered 74 Sheep, 34 Goats and two cows, a police spokesperson said.

The command had received a distress call at about 1:30am on Monday that terrorists, numbering 80 on motorbikes, armed with sophisticated weapons, had simultaneously attacked the two villages.

Police spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah in a statement stated that, on receipt of the information, the Command deployed its tactical teams to the area and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel.

He said a team of policemen are still combing the area with a view to arresting the wounded terrorists and recover their dead bodies.

According to the statement, the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda appreciated the efforts of the personnel in repelling the terrorists.

He also urged members of the public to continue to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing campaign against terrorists in the state.

Human Trafficking: 615 Victims Rescued In Katsina Since January – NAPTIP

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

At least 615 victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Katsina State from January to date.

The Commander of the State Command of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Musa Aliyu, gave out the figure on Saturday in a joint Press Conference to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons at the Katsina State Secretariat Complex.

He explained that NAPTIP received the victims in collaboration with stakeholders from the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Nigeria Police Force and the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) operating in the State.

Aliyu, while urging Nigerian youths not to be deceived with the so-called greener pastures, noted that this year’s theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is “Use and Abuse of Technology” and focuses on the use of technology as a tool that can enable and impede human trafficking.

The Joint Conference was put together by the State’s Ministry of Women Affairs, the State Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) as well as the State Command of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL).

In his remarks, the State Coordinator of the State Command of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Mr. Shola Babadiya described cyber technology as avenue used by human traffickers to further their nefarious activities under its power of anonymity.

The traffickers, he said, used cyber technology to not only mobilize and recruit their victims but also arrange for their transportation and logistics, calling on people to be on alert and collaborate with the NAPTIP.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Rabi’ah Muhammad Daura urged media practitioners to intensify efforts of increasing awareness among the general public on the ills of human trafficking amid the tactics employed by traffickers in luring their victims into their nets.

Terrorists Attack Katsina Village, Kill Five Policemen, Three Civilians

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

A fresh attack by suspected terrorists has claimed the lives of at least, five policemen and three civilians with several others injured at Gatigawa village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident to reporters on Thursday, stating that the slain police officers who were on special duty in the state from Kano, were killed while repelling an attack on the village.


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According to Isah, the terrorists over three hundred in their numbers armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the village at about 6:45pm on Wednesday.

The police imagemaker further disclosed that investigations are underway. adding that the perpetrators of the assault will surely be brought to book.

Katsina Govt Revitalizes 32 Irrigation Schemes, Relocates Displaced Farmers

Katsina State is in northwest Nigeria.

 

Katsina State Government has disclosed that it is revitalizing at least 32 irrigation schemes across the state to relocate conventional farmers displaced by the activities of bandits to the irrigated facilities.

To this end, several households have already been engaged in the irrigation activities amidst provision of alternative means of livelihood to farmers with a view to ensure food security in the state.

The New Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Aminu Garba Waziri disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with Katsina Press Forum of which Channels Television is among.

“We have realized that dry season farming is one of the most important aspects in the agricultural sector, so we have made several arrangements for the farmers who lost their farmlands or their communities due to terrorists activities.

“Katsina State is known as one of the food producing states. In terms of supporting economic stability of farmers and farming communities, we have also improved and rehabilitated irrigation canals to attract at least nothing less than 80-90 percent of the activities.

“Beside series of interventions coming from the international donor agencies, we engaged in training and retraining of our staff in the ministry”. He noted.

According to Waziri, the state government has also distributed improved seedlings and variety of seeds to farmers through their various groups and associations.

He said several measures have also been put in place by the government to ensure food security and safety of the farmers living in the security Frontline LGAs of the State.

He however cautioned farmers not to always be waiting government on free or subsidized fertilizers.

Of recent, the state government suspended all government reserve forest due to the issue of insecurity where most farmers can no longer access their farm lands.

“Some of these forest are actually hide outs for criminals. Government had introduced a model which had since reached an advanced stage that will douse the tension from the farmers, eliminate significantly aspect of corrupt practices that is associated with government subsidized fertilizer distribution. It’s still on sell.

“We have procured and distributed enough seedlings and chemicals for this year’s farming season at 50 percent discount”. He said