National Population Commission Trains Over 1,000 Personnel In Katsina

National Population Commission-NPC
A file photo of a National Population Commission office.

 

 

The National Population Commission (NPC) on Thursday trained no fewer than 1,250 personnel in the Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The personnel consisting of facilitators, supervisors, and enumerators, were drawn from several communities in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The training is not unconnected with preparation for the 2023 population and housing census scheduled to hold in April next year.

The first fully digital trial census covering 7, 718 enumeration areas across six selected states in the six geopolitical zones of the country is expected to be completed simultaneously on July 30th, 2022.

NPC Federal Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC), Engineer Bala Almu-Banye, disclosed this in a press conference held in Daura.

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He said in the North East, Toungo Local Government Area of Adamawa State will have full coverage during the trial census followed by Idemili South LGA of Anambra State in the South East.

Similarly in the South-South, Brass LGA of Bayelsa State will also be fully covered followed by Daura LGA of Katsina State in the North West as well as Karu LGA of Nasarawa State in the North Central and Imeko – Afon LGA of Ogun State in South West.

According to Banye, the trial census training workshop is designed to equip the commission’s field officers with the required skills to effectively and efficiently deliver on the exercise, adding that it will as well serve as a testing ground for the commission’s instruments ahead of the general census.

The trial census, according to Banye, is expected to commence from July 11 to 24 while the house numbering will take place from 11th to 16th July, to be followed by validation of the Enumeration Area frame from 17th to 19th July and enumeration of persons from 20th to 24th July 2022 respectively.

Earlier on Wednesday, the commission had organised a stakeholders’ town hall meeting in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State regarding the exercise.

NDLEA Seizes 1.3 Tonnes Of Drug Exhibits, Arrests Over 500 Traffickers In Katsina

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

The Katsina State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized 1,310.3184kg of drug exhibits amounting to about 1.3 tons in the state.

The exhibits, comprising 1,294.131kg of Cannabis Sativa, 16.1874kg of Psychotropic Substances, and 105 litres of Codeine, were seized in the past few months.

In the process of seizing them, over 500 suspected drug dealers and traffickers were also arrested by the command.

The Commander of Narcotics and State Commander of the NDLEA, Mohammed Bashir Ibrahim, stated this on Monday during a grand finale of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking held at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission.

He said at least three hundred and eighty-eight (388) substance users have also been counseled and rehabilitated within the period, adding that nineteen (19) are still undergoing rehabilitation in the command’s facility.


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According to Ibrahim, the command secured fifteen (15) convictions of drug dealers, who were sentenced to various jail terms years, maintaining that the command in conjunction with NDLEA formation in other states arrested ten (10) drug dealers whose consignments were intercepted in other states but were destined for Katsina.

He, however, expressed worry that over 90% of the arrested suspects and counseled clients are between the age bracket of 15-40 years.

“The command has taken the War Against Drug Abuse to the grass root
where traditional rulers have been mobilized to serve as ambassadors, hence advocating for a drug-free society. The schools and public places e.g Motor packs and markets were not left out in our sensitization programs,” he added.

On his part, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Engineer Yakubu Nuhu Danja, described drug abuse as mostly the major cause of banditry, kidnapping, and other related evils.

According to Danja, the state government has been supportive of the state command of the NDLEA by establishing a drug rehabilitation centre where medical and psychological treatment are being provided for drug dependency and addiction in the center.

The United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking is set aside to review the efforts of the NDLEA in the drug war, strengthen its activities, and cooperate in achieving a world free of drug abuse.

This year’s theme is “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian
Crises”.

Abducted Catholic Priests, Two Others Regain Freedom After One Month In Captivity

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.

 

Two Catholic priests and two others abducted by suspected gunmen at Saint Patrick Catholic Church Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State have regained freedom.

The Director of Social Communications, Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Chris Omotosho, confirmed their release via a statement issued on Sunday.

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The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto covers four northern states – Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and Zamfara.

Omotosho expressed gladness that the four victims are now free and appreciated the support of the general public, their prayers, and encouragement during the trying moment of the church.

Father Stephen Ojapa,  Father Oliver Okpara, as well as Mr. Hassan Hassan and Ms. Ummie Hassan, were abducted by gunmen at midnight of 25th May 2022 in the rectory of  Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Eleven Kidnapped Persons Escape From Terrorists’ Camp In Katsina

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

No fewer than eleven victims of kidnap have escaped and one was rescued by the police from the hands of terrorists in Katsina metropolis.

Residents told Channels Television that the terrorists invaded the town at about 2:00 am on Wednesday and operated for almost two hours across Shagari Low-Cost and Sokoto Rima Quarters in the state capital.

According to the residents, the terrorists, roughly twenty, ransacked the communities before they eventually took their victims to Nasarawa-Bugaje village in the neighboring Jibia Local Government Area of the State.

Three of the escaped victims simply identified as Mas’udu Musa, Abubakar Aminu, and Abdulhadi Sa’adu, who are mainly local security personnel, told Channels Television that the terrorists invaded the communities barefooted. The attackers, armed with sophisticated weapons, also bore security personnel uniforms.

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They narrated that the hoodlums, upon their arrival, were looking for a lawmaker’s house which was not in existence in the area. The gunmen, however, insisted on being taken to the house.

In the beginning, the terrorists jointly tied the hands of eleven people randomly picked up from different locations and shepherd them to a house owned by a well-to-do individual, Abdullahi Esha, M, of Sokoto Rima Quarters, Katsina, where they kidnapped his newlywed 18-year-old wife, one Walida Abdul-Aziz Maigoro.

“Their target (terrorists) was to kidnap the wife of a rich man at Sokoto rima Quarters, Katsina,” one of the victims learned.

A community leader in Shagari Low-Cost, name withheld, said efforts are on top gear to enhance the security network in the area.

He said one of the residents, who is a medical doctor, had due to the attack evacuated his entire family to a safer place in Kano State this morning.

The Katsina State Police Command also confirmed the incident. The Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah,  stated that the incident occurred when a team of terrorists, armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked the house of one Abdullahi Lawal Esha, M, of Sokoto Rima Quarters, Katsina, and kidnapped his wife.

According to him, the command’s police Anti-kidnapping Unit and patrol teams were immediately dispatched to the area and chased after the hoodlums.

“The teams had a fierce gun duel with the terrorists which made them flee and abandon their heinous mission.

“Subsequently, the team succeeded in rescuing the victim, one Walida Abdulaziz Maigoro, ‘F’, 18yrs, unhurt,” he added.

Police, Vigilante Foil Terrorists’ Attack In Katsina, Neutralise Two

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.

 

Katsina State Police Command in collaboration with members of vigilante groups has foiled terrorists attack at Sabon Dawa village of Zakka district in Safana Local Government Area of the State.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 17:00 hrs after a distress call was received that terrorists in their numbers, armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked Sabon Dawa village, Zakka District, Safana LGA of Katsina state.

The Divisional Police Officer of Safana had in response led a combined team of police and vigilante to the area, engaged the terrorists in a fierce gun duel, neutralizing two (2) of the terrorists and foiled their heinous mission.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, in a statement on Wednesday quoted the state Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda, as commending the police, members of the vigilante, and the community for their resilience in defending the community from terrorists’ attack.

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CP Dauda further assured the public that the police will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of their communities.

He urged them to report any suspicious person or group of persons to the police, adding that the public can call the police on 08156977777, 09053872247.

Katsina New Media Chapel Elects Interim Executive Committee

Rukayya Aliyu Jibia, Chairman, Katsina New Correspondents’ Chapel

 

The Katsina New Correspondents’ Chapel of the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has elected a new interim Executive Committee for the union.

At the conclusion of the election on Wednesday, Hajiya Rukayyah Aliyu Jibia of Tambari Television emerged as Chairman with Alhaji Agaju Madugba of The Sun newspapers as Vice Chairman.

The new Secretary of the Chapel is Mr. Dunamis Ogalah Ibrahim of Vanguard newspapers while Abdurrahman Umar of Channels Television emerged as Treasurer among other positions.

In her post-election acceptance speech, Hajiya Rukayyah Aliyu Jibia said she was humbled by the decision of the Chapel to elect her to the exalted position.

She further described leadership as a burden that should be handled through a collective approach by all members of the union adding that “I am optimistic that together we will succeed in moving the Chapel to greater heights.

“As in electoral processes all over the world, we are aware that some people may feel aggrieved for various reasons but I assure you that we have already initiated moves to address such issues where they exist.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Returning Officer of the election and Katsina Channels Television Correspondent, Abdurrahman Umar, while announcing the result on the Chapel’s WhatsApp platform, explained that five (5) out of fourteen (14) members voted for Alhaji Agaju Madugba of The Sun Newspaper as Interim Secretary of the chapel whereas nine (9) out of 14 members voted Mr. Dunamis Ogala Ibrahim of Vanguard Newspaper as the interim Secretary of the Chapel.

This, he said, shows that Mr. Agaju Madugba is now declared the Interim Vice Chairman and Mr. Dunamis Ogala Ibrahim is now declared the Interim Secretary of the chapel having satisfied all the requirements of the law as stipulated in the constitution.

During the election that lasted for one hour and 52 minutes, correspondents from various media organisations, mostly print and broadcast, took part in the exercise.

Their medium include; Liberty Television, Tambarin Hausa TV, Channels Television, Farinwata Television, Trust Television, Jakadiya RTV, Premium Times, The Sun, Punch, Pilot Newspaper, Champion Newspaper as well as Katsina post.

For the new interim Vice Chairman, Alhaji Agaju Madugba, the election is perhaps the most credible electronic electoral process in this part of the world. He asked President Muhammadu Buhari, the electoral umpire, and the two major political parties, to meet in the chapel for consultation ahead of the 2023 polls.

Meanwhile, the new interim secretary of the chapel, Mr Dunamis Ogala Ibrahim, thanked chapel members for giving him the opportunity to serve as the secretary of the great chapel and assured and assured that he will not disappoint them.

“To my amiable Chairperson and Vice Chairman, I am confident that with you two at the helms of affairs, a new dawn that we will all cherish is being birthed for Journalists in Katsina State.

“I assure you of my utmost cooperation and loyalty. Looking forward to a fulfilling working experience with you all. Thanks for the opportunity once again and God bless you all,” he added.

Channels Television observed that voting commenced on Tuesday at about 2:23 pm and ended at 4:15 pm with 14 out of 17 members participating in the exercise.

NDLEA Arrests 345 Suspected Drug Dealers, Rehabilitates 388 Others In Katsina

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

At least three hundred and forty-five suspected drug dealers have been arrested by the Katsina State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The suspects comprising three hundred and thirty-nine (339) males and six (6) females were arrested from January to May 2022 as part of the command’s efforts to balance the drug demand and supply reduction in the State.

The Commander of Narcotics and State Commander of the NDLEA, Mohammed Bashir Ibrahim, disclosed this on Monday in a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters as part of activities lined up to commemorate the UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.

Ibrahim said without the period under review, three hundred and eighty-eight (388) substance abuse persons were counseled and rehabilitated, adding that presently, the Command has Nineteen (19) clients undergoing rehabilitation at the Command’s Rehabilitation Centre.


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He further stated that the command also secured fifteen (15) convictions within the period under review but expressed sadness that over 90% of arrested suspects and counseled clients are between 15-40 years.

The theme for this year is “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.

Activities lined up by the command to commemorate the day include:

1. Monday 20th June 2022: Press briefing/quiz competition among Secondary Schools in the three senatorial zones.

2. Tuesday 21st June 2022: Sensitization/Awareness program in some selected Secondary Schools in the State.

3. Wednesday 22nd June 2022: The quiz final in Katsina.

4. Thursday 23rd June 2022: One ( 1) day Seminar for Law Enforcement Officers.

5. Friday 24th June 2022:  Jumu’at Prayer.

6. Saturday 25th June 2022: Sports Competition.

7. Sunday 26th June 2022: Church Service.

8. Monday 27th June 2022: Grand Finale: Lecture, Presentation of Gifts, Special Guest of honor: His Excellency.

Bandits Attack Katsina Community, Abduct Eight Locals

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Bandits have attacked the Shola community in Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State, abducting eight persons in the process.

A resident of the community told Channels Television via telephone that the community was invaded by the terrorists riding on motorcycles in the early hours of Tuesday.

Channels Television observed that the community which is located behind the newly converted Katsina Federal Teaching Hospital is vulnerable to attack due to its proximity to bandits enclaves located around Bugaje Community in Jibia Local Government Area of the State.

Although the terrorists did not kill or injure any of the residents, an eyewitness said that the terrorists moved from house to house, where they succeeded in kidnapping six men, one married woman, and her two-year-old baby girl.

The Katsina State Police Command is however yet to confirm the incident as of press time.

Three Killed As Rainstorm Ravages Houses In Katsina

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 three persons have died with several others injured following a ravaging of houses by a rainstorm in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The rainstorm started on Saturday and lasted till Sunday, a situation that forced many houses to cave and their roofs were blown out.

Channels Television gathered that the disaster occurred in Nasarawa and Matsiga communities, all in Kankara local council.

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According to an eyewitness, one of the victims died when the walls of her room which were made up of soil and mud blocks completely collapsed on her.

The spokesman for the  Kankara Local Government Area, Malam Abdulkarim Sani also confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday.

He announced that the victims were all buried on Sunday morning according to Islamic rites, adding that staff at the information unit of the council, simply identified as Surajo Zabo also lost his wife during the incident.

But the Katsina State Emergency Management Agency is yet to react to the incident.

When contacted, officials of the agency failed to comment or respond to inquiries on the issue.

Massive Migration Hit Katsina Communities As 122 Fresh Households Join Jibia IDPs Camp

Katsina State is in northwest Nigeria.

 

Jibia IDPs Camp located in the heart of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State has in the last three months been receiving Internally Displaced Persons in their numbers.

This is a result of a series of attacks being carried out almost on daily basis by terrorist groups.

In this week alone, a total of 122 fresh households of Kwari village who were attacked on Saturday by terrorists joined the camp to get registered.

The victims are however calling on the Federal Government to come to their aid by intensifying the fight against terrorism with a view to restoring peace in their communities.

One of the displaced persons simply identified as Ma’aza Mukhtar said the terrorists invaded their community at about 9:30 pm riding on motorcycles.

Hon. Sabi’u Maitan

 

“Upon their arrival,” she explained, “the residents started to run for safety after the terrorists started shooting sporadically.

“None of the security agencies responded to our distress call. They shepherd an unspecified number of people but some managed to escape from their captivity.”

A 22-year-old Yusuf Muhammad was also among the four escaped victims who escaped narrowly in the terrorists’ den.

He said, “After the terrorists took us to their den in the forest, I escaped and left behind 15 males and 17 females apart from several babies and children”.

In the meantime, the Chairman of Jibia Local Government Area, Hon. Sabi’u Maitan who couldn’t control his tears visited the camp to sympathize with the new batch of IDPs.

He claimed: “If you inform the security agencies to take action, they always say their job is not to deal with the terrorists; imagine how many security personnel we have here in Jibia? They are only good at manning the land border to collect money. Is that their job?

“In this batch of IDPs alone, Eighty (80) people are still unaccounted for. Which kind of disaster is this. what should I do for these people now”.

Channels Television reported on Saturday that terrorists in their numbers armed with sophisticated weapons attacked Farfaru and Kwari villages in Jibia Local Government Area of the State.

During the two separate reprisal attacks that took place at about 3:00 pm and 9:30 pm respectively, locals said the terrorists also set ablaze the two villages,  adding that many women and children were kidnapped and livestock rustled.

The residents however described the attack as reprisal which was coming one day after security personnel arrested some Fulani bandits on Friday after observing Jumu’at prayer.

Engineer Nura Khalil Wins Katsina NNPP Governorship Ticket

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil
Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil

 

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil has been declared the winner of the Katsina State New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP) governorship primary.

Khalil secured 950 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ibrahim Zakari Talba, who got 29 votes.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim announced the result on Monday after almost two hours of the voting process in which 1,154 delegates drawn from the 34 LGAs of the State took part.

He said out of 981 votes cast, two were invalid.

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Ibrahim Zakari Talba
A photo collage of Ibrahim Zakari Talba

 

The exercise, which took place at the Katsina NYSC Camp located at Mani Road, Katsina commenced at about 4:45 pm and ended at about 7:00 pm.

Before the voting commenced, both the winner of the primary, Engineer Khalil, and the runner-up, Ibrahim Zakari arrived at the venue of the primary and greeted delegates.

However, Zakari announced his withdrawal from the primary for alleged irregularities and conspiracy.

Katsina CP Decorates 323 Police Officers Recently Promoted

Some of the newly promoted police officers in Katsina State.

 

The Commissioner of Police in Katsina State, Idris Dauda Dabban, on Monday, decorated 343 officers recently promoted.

Among them is one Salisu Gambo Gawuna who was promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) to an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

Other beneficiaries include 288 Police Inspectors who were promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police II and 16 Assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police as well as 38 Assistant Superintendent of Police II to Assistant Superintendent of Police I.

While congratulating the officers, the police commissioner reminded the beneficiaries of the huge responsibilities placed on them by virtual of their promotion.

He stated that to whom much is given, much is expected, further charging them to perform up to expectation.

One of the officers, Salisu Gambo Gawuna,  was promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) commended the Police Service Commission, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba as well as the Katsina State Police Commissioner, for considering them.

He pledged, on behalf of the officers, to always remain committed and up doing in the discharge of their assigned responsibilities.