Non-Oil Export Contributed $2.593b To Nigeria’s Economy In Six Months – NEPC

A file photo of a basket of onions.

 

The Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Ezra Yakusak, says the non-oil sector has contributed over two billion dollars to the Nigerian economy in the first six months of the year 2022.

Mr. Yakusak said the various non-oil products that were exported within the period stood at $2.593b as against the sum of $1.597b in the first six months of the year 2021 representing a 64.23% increase.

The Managing Director was represented by the Trade Promotion Adviser, Kebbi State office, Muhammad Siraju Dan-Alkali, during a workshop for members of the National Onion Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NOPPMAN) in Sokoto State.

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He says the 2021 figure was also an increase to the first six months of the year 2020 which was $981.442 million.

The impressive non-oil export performance according to him can be attributed to, among others, NEPC’s new focus on strategic non-oil export programmes and initiatives such as grassroots export development.

While describing Nigeria’s economy as one that is oil-dependent for several decades, he said the uncertainties in the crude oil market have caused serious contractions in government revenue from oil with great consequences.

The NEXT also donated 30,000 customized sacks to the leadership of National Onion Producers, Processors, and Marketers of Nigeria (NOPPMAN) in Sokoto State.

Delivering the customized sacks on behalf of the council, the Trade Promotion Adviser, Sokoto Zonal office, Ahmed S. Yahaya, said the gesture was aimed at encouraging the association on how to package their onions for exportation.

He said with the customized sacks, Nigeria onions will be easily identified and distinguished from other countries’ products in the global market.

Mr. Yahaya further said since the opening of the Sokoto office, the interest of onion producers and marketers has always been a priority.

While calling on the National Onion Producers, Processors, and Marketers of Nigeria (NOPPMAN) to work together with NEPC in taking the country to the rightful position in the onion global market.

Yahaya reiterated that Nigerian onions are still the best in the country while calling on marketers to make use of a special package for easy identification of their products in the global market.

PVC Collection: Tambuwal Declares Thursday And Friday Work Free

A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.
A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.

 

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has declared Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, 2022, as work free days.

This is in order to allow members of the public and public servants in the the state to fully participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise across the country.

Equally, the break is also to allow local government chairmen and their councilors as well as the teeming workers to go out for the mobilization and sensitization of eligible voters to go out and register as well as collect their Personal Voters Card (PVC) in the state in order to be part of the upcoming General Elections in the country.

Governor Tambuwal in a short staement on Wednesday appealed to all citizens in the state to be orderly in the course of the exercise.


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Similarly,  Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has approved Thursday and Friday this week as work free days to enable civil servants participate in the ongoing voters’ card registration before the deadline of 31st July, 2022

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari quotes the Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Sufiyanu Garba Bena as saying, this is part of the state government’s effort to play an encouraging role to enable civil servants partake fully in the exercise, in preparation for the forth coming general election in February, 2023.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu therefore appealed to all and sundry, especially people in the rural areas to turn-out en-masse to ensure massive participation.

The governor directed local and state government officials and other stakeholders to encourage and embark on voter education and sensitization enlightenment awareness to motivate eligible voters to acquire the permanent voters card (PVC).

Suspected Bandits Invade Farm In Sokoto, Rustle Over 300 Cattle

Sokoto State is one of the 36 States of Nigeria, located in the extreme northwest of the country on the national border with the Republic of the Niger.
Sokoto State is one of the 36 States of Nigeria, located in the extreme northwest of the country on the national border with the Republic of the Niger.

 

Suspected bandits have invaded Adiya farm located close to the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, in Bodinga local government area of Sokoto state and rustled over three hundred cattle.

Speaking to journalists, owner of the farm Abdullahi Adiya said over 135 cows and over 180 rams are missing as at Tuesday morning.

He called on the authorities to confront the challenge of insecurity headlong so that citizens can go about their daily business without fear.

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Adiya said his security staff recovered some of the animals in a nearby bush while lamenting the loss of jobs this incident may trigger.

When contacted, the police said they were aware of the attack and have deployed their tactical team to the crime scene for proper investigation.

However, spokesperson of the Sokoto state police Command, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, said the victim has not properly briefed the police on the matter.

Mr Abubakar said the police will address the press at the conclusion of investigation on the matter.

New Police Commissioner In Sokoto Vows To Fight Crime

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

The newly-posted police commissioner in Sokoto State, Mohammed Usman, has promised to fight crime in collaboration with other security agencies.

Usman replaces Kamaldeen Okunlola.

During his maiden press briefing, Usman reiterated his commitment to working in partnership with other sister security agencies to fight the rising insecurity in the state.

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He called on officers and men of the command to remain resolute in fighting terrorism and other violent crimes so as to help reduce the cost of human and material resources the government is committing to this cause.

Usman promised to work with all critical stakeholders through carefully drafted strategies and policies in line with the agenda of the Inspector General of Police to fight crime and respect the fundamental human rights of citizens.

Bandits Abduct ’50 Wedding Guests’ Along Sokoto-Zamfara Highway

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Bandits have abducted no fewer than 50 wedding guests travelling along the Sokoto-Zamfara road.

Those abducted include Telephone Marketers at the popular Bebeji Plaza in Gusau.

They were returning to Gusau after attending a wedding of their colleague in Sokoto State when the incident happened between Tureta-Bakura road around 6 PM on Saturday

The vehicles conveying the wedding guests were a Toyota coaster bus belonging to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), a Gusau Local Government Secretariat staff vehicle and two other private vehicles.

Secretary of Union of Communication, Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi, while narrating the incident to journalists in Gusau on Sunday said one of the vehicles conveying the guests developed a fault at Tureta in Sokoto state and it was fixed by an automobile mechanic after about 40 minutes.

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He said the bandits ambushed the vehicles after the repair of the faulty vehicle along Tureta-Bakura road and over 50 persons were abducted.

Zurmi noted that more than 20 persons later managed to escape, while some of them sustained various degrees of injuries.

“It happened that their motor developed fault at Tureta and they got a mechanic; for about 40 minutes, he assisted them and got the motor repaired; they started coming to Zamfara but within the Tureta and Bakura axis, the kidnappers ambushed them; over 50 people were abducted but Alhamdulilah over 20 people escaped,” Zurmi said.

He confirmed that 30 members are currently in captivity and the abductors have contacted the members of their Union, confirming that they are with them.

“We have identified thirty members that are still in captive, luckily today they used phones of those captives (about five of our members) to call us; they only notified us that they are with them.”

According to him, no ransom has been demanded yet by the bandits.

The Secretary of the Union also suspected the involvement of informants which he said might have notified the kidnappers about their movement.

“Definitely something like that happened; we have that in our minds that there was an informant that gave the information to the bandits to attack them because it was just only them, other passenger cars were passing but they did not care about them, they only concentrated on the coaster bus that has Zamfara Government number.”

Zurmi appealed to relevant authorities for urgent intervention and to ensure safe return of the abductees.

He also give a 48-hour ultimatum for security agencies and government authorities to ensure the rescue of the abductees

Police Authorities in Sokoto State have yet to confirm the incident.

Deborah: Tambuwal Lifts Curfew In Sokoto, Bans ‘All Forms Of Procession’

A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.
A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.

 

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday lifted a curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis over the unrest that followed the killing of Deborah Samuel.

The Governor also banned all forms of procession in the state indefinitely.

Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched by a mob over alleged blasphemy.

The police arrested two suspects in connection with the killing but a protest demanding their release soon followed.

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“Acting on enabling powers under section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, section 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act and section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto has after due consultations, lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis with immediate effect,” a statement signed by Commissioner of Information, Isah Bajini Galadanci, said days after the curfew was imposed.

“The Governor has urged the general public to be law abiding and remain peaceful at all times stressing the need for peaceful co-existence amongst the people in the State.

“He reiterated the need for peace as the necessary foundation for any meaningful development

“The Government has, however, banned all forms of processions in the State until further notice

“Governor Aminu Tambuwal thanked people in the State for their understanding in complying with the curfew.”

Catholic Masses In Sokoto Suspended Until Curfew Is Lifted – Kukah

A file photo of Bishop Mathew Kukah.
A file photo of Bishop Mathew Kukah.

 

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Saturday said all Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew imposed by the State Government is lifted.

The 24-hour curfew was imposed after protests rocked parts of Sokoto city over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

In a statement sent to Channels Television, Kukah called for calm and commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the curfew.

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During the protest, groups of youths led by some adults in the background, attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, destroying Church glass windows, those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalized a community bus parked within the premises, Kukah said.

“They were promptly dispersed by a team of Mobile Policemen before they could do further damage,” the statement added.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi road and burnt down a bus within the premises.”

Kukah commended the security forces for promptly rising to the occasion to prevent further damage at our facilities, adding that no life was lost.

The Bishop appealed to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy.

Sokoto: Bishop Kukah Says He Is Safe, House Not Burnt As Curfew Commences

A photo combination of Mathew Kukah and a map of Sokoto State.
A photo combination of Mathew Kukah and a map of Sokoto State.

 

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Saturday said he is safe after protests rocked parts of Sokoto city over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

Contrary to some reports online, the Bishop also told Channels Television that his house was not set ablaze.

The State Government had imposed a 24-hour curfew to restore calm.

In a statement sent to Channels Television, Kukah called for calm and commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the curfew.

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During the protest, groups of youths led by some adults in the background, attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, destroying Church glass windows, those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalized a community bus parked within the premises, Kukah said.

“They were promptly dispersed by a team of Mobile Policemen before they could do further damage,” the statement added.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi road and burnt down a bus within the premises.”

Kukah commended the security forces for promptly rising to the occasion to prevent further damage at our facilities, adding that no life was lost.

The Bishop appealed to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy.

He noted that all Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew is lifted.

Calm returning

Meanwhile, calm appears to be returning to Sokoto city after the earlier violence, according to a Channels Television correspondent in the city.

Governor Tambuwal said he declared the 24-hour curfew within the metropolis to prevent further spread of civil unrest trailing the death of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing.

He has also demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

 

Deborah Samuel: El-Rufai Bans Religious Protests In Kaduna

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

The Kaduna State Government has banned all forms of protests related to religious activities across the state.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement that the ban, which is with immediate effect, was done in consultation with the State Security Council.

He explained that the prohibition of all forms of religious protests becomes imperative in view of moves by some unpatriotic elements to organize series of for-and-against protests related to a recent security development in another northern state.

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Protests rocked Sokoto city on Saturday over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing.

‘Remain calm’

According to Aruwan’s Saturday statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai who has been briefed of the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the ban on religious protests.

The Governor also charged religious leaders, community leaders and traditional rulers throughout the State to complement the efforts of government and security agencies towards the maintenance of peace and stability.

“Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace and stability of the State, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned. Such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted,” the statement said.

“Citizens are implored to remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits, and to immediately report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, on 09034000060 and 08170189999”.

Deborah Samuel’s Killing: Tambuwal Meets Muslim Leaders, Bishop Kukah

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has met with a broad spectrum of Muslim leaders in the state to deliberate on the way to maintain peace and harmony amongst its citizens after a female student was killed on Thursday.

He has also met with Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah among others.

This is according to a statement from the Governor’s media office.

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Deborah Samuel, a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed against Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

“Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, a while ago, met with a broad spectrum of Muslim leaders in the state at the Government House, Sokoto to deliberate on the way to maintain peace and harmony amongst its citizens of all religions that Sokoto is famous for following the killing of Deborah Samuel,” the statement said.

“It should be noted that Governor Tambuwal was billed to visit Bayelsa, Delta and Edo States today in continuation of his Presidential consultations but had to cancel the visits to consult with citizens and religious leaders to ensure security of lives and property of all residents of Sokoto State.”

Alleged Blasphemy: Sultanate Council Condemns Killing Of Student In Sokoto

A file photo of an entrance into the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.
A file photo of an entrance into the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

 

The Sultanate Council in Sokoto has condemned the killing of a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

According to the police, Deborah Samuel, a level-two student, was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The police said the students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

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Videos on social media show men stoning and flogging a motionless body draped in red attire.

Some footage also captured a raging fire as a man faced the camera, claiming that he killed and burnt her, and brandishing a matchbox.

“The Sultanate Council condemned the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice,” a statement signed by council secretary, Sa’idu Muhammadu Maccido, said.

“The Sultanate Council has urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the State and nation.”

Female Student Killed, Burnt In Sokoto Over Alleged Blasphemy

A file photo of an entrance into the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.
A file photo of an entrance into the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

 

A female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education has been killed and burnt in Sokoto by irate youths.

According to the police, Deborah Samuel, a level-two student, was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The police said the students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

Videos on social media show men stoning and flogging a motionless body draped in red attire.

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Some footage also captured a raging fire as a man faced the camera, claiming that he killed and burnt her, and brandishing a matchbox.

According to the police the students banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.

In a statement signed by spokesperson, Sanusi Abubakar, the police said it has arrested two persons in connection with the killing.

He said the police mobilised to scene of the incident upon receiving the information led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operation and other commanders to bring the situation under control.

According to Mr. Abubakar, the school has been shut down and additional police personnel deployed to the premises.

He also noted that the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola, has appealed to members of the public to go about their lawful activities and not panic as the situation is under control.

The police also vowed that the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon.