Police Parade Kidnap Suspects, Others In Kaduna

Police Parade Kidnap Suspects, Others In KadunaThe Police have paraded 18 suspects allegedly involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes in Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abbeh, paraded the suspects on Monday at the Police Headquarters in the Kaduna State capital, north-west Nigeria.

Mr Abbeh, who said the arrests were made based on tip-off, noted that some of the suspects were actually arrested while committing the crime.

He said the Police recovered seven cars, one locally made pistol and three cutlasses from the suspects.

“We have arrested six suspected armed robbers, seven kidnappers and one fraudster as major criminals, apart from others like drug pushers who we have handed over to government agency.

“We recovered 24 number plate of cars, five Toyota and two Honda cars, as well as one locally made pistol and three cutlasses from the suspects,” the Police Commissioner disclosed.

He stressed the need to keep the state safe for business to thrive, pointing out that “we are saying that Kaduna must near crime free society”.

Abbeh said the rate of crime has considerably reduced in the state, and urged resident to provide information about criminal hideouts and their activities.

He said the Command has mapped out crime preventive measures to check crime rate in the state, adding that the menace in the city centre has drastically reduced.

“Our problem is information; once we have information, our response is within 20 minutes. In fact, we have responded within nine minutes to distress calls within the city centre,” the Commissioner said.

Centenary Celebration: Clergymen Preach Against Religious Discrimination

churchCatholic Bishops in Nigeria have called on Christians and Muslims to respect eachother’s rights to practice their faith without fear of religious discrimination or molestation.

The Bishops of Kaduna and Awka diocese made the plea at the centenary celebration of Catholic Arch-Diocese of Kaduna, North West Nigeria.

While noting that religion should not be seen as a point of friction among people of different faiths, the clergymen pointed out that nations all over the world can only make any meaningful progress when the citizens live in peace and harmony.

They specifically frowned at a situation where churches and Christians are being discriminated against by the government and institutions in some parts of northern Nigeria.

Bishop of Awka Catholic Diocese, Jonas Okoye, therefore appealed to President Muhammdu Buhari to ensure that the rights and privileges of every Nigerian is protected irrespective of religious or ethnic background.

VOA Trains Nigerian Journalists On Entrepreneurial Reporting

VOAThe Voice of America (VOA) International is training Nigerian journalists and students on business and entrepreneurial reporting, as part of efforts to promote entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.

Declaring the four-day training workshop open in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, the Chief of Hausa Service of the VOA Washington DC, Mr Leo Keyen, expressed worry over the inadequate reportage on activities of entrepreneurs in the face of massive unemployment in Nigeria.

He explained that the aim of the training was to awake and equip media practitioners in Nigeria on how to report entrepreneurial development better in such a way that it would provoke people to action.

According to him, the training would help promote entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic development, with a view to turning the economic fortune of Nigeria around particularly as economic recession bites harder.

He further said the training would also expose students of mass communication in tertiary institutions to entrepreneurial journalism that would spur their interest and intellect in promoting businesses activities to thrive.

At the training centre were journalists from selected media organisations and students from Universities who were undergoing a four-day training programme on business and entrepreneurship journalism.

The aim of the workshop is to train journalists on how to cover and disseminate information on entrepreneurship and business, with focus on prospect, development, challenges and highlight sources of funds.

The Head of Mass Communication Department, Kaduna State University, Professor Suleiman Salau, said the training would expose the students with the needed skills to make a difference in their future careers.

Excited participants said they were learning new skills that would assist them deliver better in the field.

The training is being organised in collaboration with Kaduna State University (KASU), with the support from Broadcasting Board of Governors.

A total of 36 trainees are taking part in the workshop.

NEMA Warns Of Impending Flood In 8 Kaduna LGAs

floodingThe North West zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning that about eight local government areas in Kaduna State are likely to be affected by flood.

The Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilalah, gave the warning on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television.

He explained that the agency has alerted communities living very close to river banks to leave the areas before the floods come.

He also asked the State government to, as a matter of urgency, embark on a massive sensitization to residents of the affected Communities to see the need of moving away from the flood prone areas.

He further disclosed that the agency has taken all proactive measures to mitigate any flood disaster that may likely occur, warning residents to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside gutters or buildings along water ways .

Nigerian Air Force To Increase Recruitment Of Personnel

Nigerian Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force will increase its recruitment from 1,000 personnel annually to 2,500, to increase its support to the nation’s security.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, announced the planned increase on Friday during a visit by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

Air Marshal Abubakar said the Air Force had acquired 10 helicopters and was awaiting 10 other training aircraft in a bid to enhance its operations to adequately support both the internal and external security challenges confronting the nation, in line with globally accepted standards.

Beyond the partnership, the Chief of Air Staff announced ongoing reforms in the Air Force aimed at further contributing to fighting Nigeria’s internal and external security challenges.

At the meeting, Governor El-Rufai expressed his gratitude to the Air Force for its contribution to tackling security challenges in the North-West especially in Kaduna State.

The agreement at the meeting was that Nigeria was better off when the civilian authority and the military worked together for the common good.

Patronise Local Meter Makers, Fashola Tells Electricity Companies

Electricity-meterNigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr, Babatunde Fashola, has urged electricity distribution companies to patronise local meter manufacturers in the quest for mass metering system of their customers across.

At the 6th Power and Stakeholders Monthly Meeting held on Monday in Kano State, North West Nigeria, the Minister said the patronage of local manufacturers would help avoid foreign exchange problem associated with importation of meters.

Mr Fashola stressed that it would greatly save cost if made in Nigeria meters were patronised, pointing out that it is of same quality with the imported ones.

He believes that proper synergy between operators at the highest executive management levels, generating companies, distribution companies, transmission companies and various relevant government agencies would provide sustainable solution to the nation’s power problem.

On the low supply of power currently being witnessed across Nigeria, Fashola told reporters that the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers had dropped power generation from 5,000 to about 3,000 megawatts.

“As of today, Nigeria rely only on hydro power from Jabba and other formations whose gas is not totally out,” he said.

The militant group in Niger Delta region have claimed responsibility for most attacks on oil facilities in the region, crippling exploration activities.

The meeting agreed that in furtherance of aggressive metering plans, all distribution companies should embark on a sensitisation campaign to enable customers understand the need for metering system.

At the meeting were operators and stakeholders of the Nigeria’s electricity industry and it was chaired by Mr Fashola.

The monthly meeting according to the minister was initiated to identify, discuss and find practical solutions to issues facing the Nation’s power sector.

Presenting a communique at the end of the meeting, the Managing Director of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Jamilu Gwamna, said the meeting acknowledged the need to put in place a more robust mechanism on information sharing between the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and generation and distribution companies as well as other stakeholders in the electricity industry.

Three Die In Kano Fuelling Station Fire

Fuelling Station FireThree persons were said to have been killed after a fire incident engulfed a fuelling station along Muritala Muhammad Way in Kano State, North West Nigeria.

Eyewitnesses told Channels TV correspondent in Kano that the fire started when a petrol tanker was attempting to unload fuel at about 3:30PM.

“The fuelling station was already selling fuel when the tanker arrived with fuel, the next thing we saw was inferno which eventually killed the driver and one of his boys,” the eyewitness said.

Some vehicle owners who were on the queue were not lucky as their vehicles also went up in flames.

Some business centres adjacent to the fuelling station were also destroyed after the fire escalated from the premises of the fuelling station.

Although state fire services and other fire fighting agencies tried hard to put out the fire, they could not stop the damage already done.

Meanwhile, the Head of Operation attached to the National Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) in Kano, Usman Muhammad, said that few other people were rushed to the hospital for injuries sustained while running away from the fire.

Attempts to speak with officials of AA Rano Oil and Gas in Kano were not successful.

Army Arrests Suspected Boko Haram Members With Poisoned Fish

ArmyThe Nigerian Army 3rd Brigade troops deployed on Operation Salama in Jigawa State North-West Nigeria have intercepted and destroyed poisoned fish allegedly brought to the region by suspected Boko Haram terrorists from Baga in Borno State.

Addressing reporters after the destruction, the Brigade Spokesperson with Headquarters in Kano, Captain Eze Ikechikwu, said that 11 suspected were being interrogated.

Following the repeated attacks on Boko Haram fighters by troops attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast, Boko Haram is said to have devised another means of attacking members of the public through a sort of traditional biological weapon.

According to the Army Spokesperson, 80 bags of assorted poisoned fish was apprehended in Hadeja Local Government Area of Jigawa State with intent to sell it to unsuspected members of the public in the North West region.

Captain Eze said that after all the necessary examination on the fish, the Army found it poisonous, hence would not be allowed to enter markets in the region, stressing that 80,000 naira and 11 mobile phones were also recovered from the suspects.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army is urging members of the public to remain vigilant on most of the frozen fish they purchase from their respective markets to avoid being victims of Boko Haram’s innovative biological weapons.

He urged them to report suspicious food items to the nearest security formations.

Troops Kill Suspected Cattle Rustlers In North-west Nigeria

Catle RustlersTroops of Operation Sharan Daji countering cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in various states in North-western Nigeria have killed several suspected rustlers in the region.

In Zamfara State, four suspected cattle rustlers were killed while 16 others were wounded. Three others were arrested in the operation described as a major successes against the rustlers, by the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman.

Colonel Usman said seven rustlers’ camps were destroyed while 486 livestock were recovered.

“Two machetes, three AK-47 rifles and four AK-47 rifle magazines were also recovered from the criminals,” the army spokesman said.

Addressing reporters after the recoveries, the General Officer Commanding, the One Division of the Nigerian Army urged the residents of the state to report armed bandits and cattle rustlers to security operatives.

“We must take out these bad elements from our midst,” he said.

In Katsina State, the troops killed five suspected cattle rustlers, arrested two others and destroyed five camps.

They also recovered an AK-47 rifle, four locally manufactured guns and 12 machetes. At least 116 livestock from the rustlers.

He said one of the soldiers sustained injury and is receiving to treatment.

In Kaduna State, the troops also recovered 305 livestock, two locally made pistols, three bows and arrows and four machetes. The troops killed two armed suspected rustlers, arrested seven and destroyed six camps belonging to the criminals.

In Kano State’s Doguwa forest, one suspected rustler was killed and the rustlers’ camp destroyed. The troops also recovered 126 cattle, 331 sheep, 10 donkeys and three camels from the rustlers.

Deep operations by troops of one Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies, deployed in the various States are ongoing to flush out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed criminals.

Kano APC Threatens To Suspend Senator Kwankwaso

Senator KwankwasoFormer Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso might be suspended over allegations of misconduct and political conspiracy to tarnish the image of Governor Ganduje during Kwankwaso’s recent visit to Kano.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State, North West Nigeria said at a joint press conference by the party’s leadership that it would take drastic measures concerning the allegation.

Party Chairman, Umar Doguwa, said that Senator Kwankwaso had violated the party’s rules and regulations by allegedly hiring thugs to mock the current Governor, party leaders and members of the State Executive Council during a condolence visit to Ganduje village, the home town of Governor Ganduje who recently lost his mother.

According to the party’s leadership, Senator Kwankwaso’s alleged conduct during the visit is unacceptable and would not go unpunished. They said that a committee has been set up to determine the appropriate punishment for the senator.

On March 7, Senator Kwankwaso was on a condolence visit to Governor Ganduje who recently lost his mother.

His visit reportedly attracted a large number of mostly the Kwankwasiyya sect followers who were said to have been dissatisfied with the leadership of Governor Ganduje.

There were also reports that the situation could have degenerated into a major political face off but this was averted.

The leadership of the APC in Kano insisted that the unity of the party is non-negotiable and must be protected by all card-carrying members of the party.

Police Parade Cattle Rustlers In Zamfara

Kano-ZamfaraThe Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) Special Task Force on cattle rustling has arrested 22 suspected cattle rustlers and recovered over 300 cattle in Zamfara State, North west Nigeria. 

Receiving the cows for onward distribution to the owners, Governor Yari said he has already established a committee for cattle rustling which will immediately commence verification of the owners.

Handing over the cows to Governor Abdulaziz Yari, the State Police Commissioner, Istifanus Shettima, said weapons were also seized from the suspects during the encounter.

According to Governor Yari, after a successful operation by the special anti-cattle rustling squad posted by the IGP, supported by the state government, the suspects were put in custody and 310 cows, 105 sheep and 22 donkeys were recovered.

Meanwhile, Governor Yari told reporters that the Government will no longer seat back while innocent Fulani herdsmen are being terrorised.

While the leader of the syndicate, Buharin Daji remained at large, the Governor confirmed the arrest of his two wives.

Kano Government Distributes Water Pumps To Wheat Farmers

farmers-KanoThe government of Kano State in northwest Nigeria has distributed 5,000 irrigation water pumps to farmers as part of efforts to boost dry season agriculture.

The pumps were distributed during the official commencement of the drilling of over 1,000 boreholes for dry season farming of wheat and rice across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

At the distribution ceremony in the state capital, Governor Ganduje also deployed 400 agriculture extension workers who were employed to train local farmers in the state.

The Governor explained that wheat and rice farming in Kano has become an all year round business as he dramatically tagged Kano farms “the green areas”.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Audu Ogbeh, said that the state government’s move would increase food sufficiency in the nation and beyond.