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Niger sues FG over naira redesign, demands extension of deadline.

Niger State government has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government of Nigeria over the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the Supreme Court.

A statement by Justice Nasara Danmallam, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, in Minna on Saturday, said the case was filed with suit number SC/CV/210/2023.

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This development joined the series of suits filed by five other state governmentsโ€” Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara, Ondo, Kano, controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC), against the Nigerian government following the announcement of the naira redesign policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Danmallam in the statement said the Niger State government was seeking for an extension of the timeframe given by the CBN for the currency swap and withdrawal from circulation of old N200, N500 and N1,000 amongst other reliefs.

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The statement branded the timeframe as unreasonable and argued it was in violation of section 13, 14 (2) (b), 17 (1) (c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

In the affidavit in support of the originating summons filed at the Supreme Court, the Niger government maintained that the unavailability of the new redesigned notes had caused untold hardships and sufferings on the inhabitants of the state, especially those living in rural areas across the state.



The statement lamented the inconveniences occasioned by the redesigned Naira policy, saying that the government would continue everything within its constitutional limit to cushion their sufferings

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Buni, Bello Condole Abdullahi Sule Over Sonโ€™s Death.

The Governors of Kogi and Yobe States, Yahaya Bello and Mai Mala Buni have commiserated with their colleague, Abdullahi Sule over the death of his son, Hassan Sule.

A statement by Buniโ€™s Spokesman, Mamman Mohammed, said the governors were in Gudi, the country home of the governor to sympathize with him and his people over the death of his 36 years old son, Hassan.

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They prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased shortcomings and to grant him eternal rest.

Buni and Bello in the statement also prayed Allah to grant Governor Sule, his family and the people of Nasarawa State the fortitude to bear the huge loss.

The Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage Muhammad, who spoke on behalf of the family and people of Nasarawa State, thanked the two governors for identifying with their brother and colleague at this trying moment.

Hassan Sule died last Thursday and was buried in Gudi, Nasarawa State according to Islamic rites



Family rejects old naira notes as bride price.

A familyย in Gbako LGA of Niger State hasย asked aย suitor to take back the old N1,000 and N500 notes heย gave as bride price.

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Whileย wedding was not postponed, guardians of the girl stated that they are not yetย ready to buy some things needed for the ceremony and that they did not have a bank account to deposit the money, hence their demand for the new notes. They added that they made the demand becauseย ofย the CBN deadline of January 31.

A family member of the suitor said; 

We took money to the family of the girl we want to marry. They called me on Sunday to come and take the old currency notes back pending when we have the new naira notes. They said they donโ€™t have anywhere to change the old notes. So, I want to take it to the bank pending when we get the new notes.โ€



Residents flee Niger community amid recent killings.

Residents of Galkogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have fled their homes following the alleged killing of an unconfirmed number of Joint Security Taskforce and local vigilante members during an airstrike by an unidentified jet fighter.

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Bewildered residents of Kalgoko community said there has been no presence or threat of bandits in the community in recent times to warrant the shelling.

Two Hilux vans were said to have conveyed the bodies of the dead security personnel to Minna, the State capital at about 4:00pm. Their remains were deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital.

Our correspondent also gathered that the leader of the taskforce, who sustained injuries, is receiving medical attention at an unknown medical facility in Minna.

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The development has forced the security taskforce stationed in the community to desert the area, resulting in panic among residents of the village and environs. They equally took to their heels for fear of attacks from bandits.

However, all efforts to get a confirmation of the incident from the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Hon Emmanuel and the State Police through the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun failed



Niger Youths Protest Priestโ€™s Killing, Raze Police Station.

Aggrieved youths of Kaffin-Koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State have burnt a police station in protest of the heinous killing of a Catholic priest, Rev Father Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church by armed bandits.

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Bandits set Rev Achi ablaze on Sunday morning when they tried to gain access to his residence.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Emmanuel Umar said though the state government is pained by the incident, nobody has the right to take laws into his or her hands for whatever reason.

The commissioner stated that the state government would not allow any form of violence that would lead to destruction of government property.

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โ€œSince the incident happened on Sunday, you have seen the commitment of government that is why we are calling on communities to support government in riding the state of bandits and not to take side by vandalising government property,โ€ he said.

Umar also added that a security team had been dispatched to Kaffin-Koro to do an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the burning of the police station in the area by angry youths.

โ€œBefore the police could mobilise and get to his place to engage the assailants, they had already ran away from the scene.โ€

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NSCDC officer struck to death by trailer in Niger.

A trailer on Wednesday night killed an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at Kure Ultramodern Market in Minna, the Niger State capital.

The deceased was said to have been on his way to work the night shift when he was hit by the trailer.

The driver of the trailer reportedly ran away, leaving the deceased on the road. Though passersby attempted to help the Corpsโ€™ operative to the hospital, he died immediately.

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The Niger State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kumar Tsukwam, confirmed the incident, saying it was a fatal crash.

Tsukwam however added that the driver of the trailer was nowhere to be found, while the registration number of the trailer is unknown.

According to him, the remains of the NSCDC officer were handed over to his relatives by other officers who were on the ground after the accident.

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Niger Governor signs 2023 appropriation bill into law.

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Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has signed the 2023 appropriation bill, to the tune of over N243 billion, into law.

The bill is N5 billion above the estimate he presented to the state House of Assembly for consideration earlier.

Recall with ๐•น๐–”๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฝ๐–Š๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™๐–Š๐–—๐–˜ ๐•ธ๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–† that Bello had, on November 1, 2022, presented over N238 billion budget proposal to the state House of Assembly.

At a brief ceremony at the Council Chamber of Government House, Minna, the governor said his administration is not unmindful of the shortfall of resources but expressed hope that the budget will be for the benefit of all the people in the state.

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According to him, โ€œI am optimistic that the 2023 budget if implemented up to 90%, would bring about a better Niger State. This is the last budget I will be assenting to under my administration, the incoming administration might make some changes or maintain what is already approvedโ€.

The capital expenditure is expected to gulp over N152 billion, while recurrent expenditure is over N91 billion.

A sectoral breakdown showed that the Administration had over N9 billion, Economics over N102 billion, Law, and Justice over N1 billion, even as the Social sector gulped over N38 billion.

Bello commended the legislative arm for its continued support of the executive arm, particularly for working tirelessly to ensure the passage of the budget.

โ€œI also appreciate the leadership and members of the State Budget and Planning Commission, all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) for contributing to making sure the budget was passed,โ€ he added.

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Our Men Who Died In Niger Accident Were Not Drunk โ€“ Police.

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Niger State Police Command has said that three of its officers who died in a crash on Tuesday along Gwada-Minna road, were not drunk, as have been speculated in some quarters.

In a brief statement regarding the development, DSP W.A Abiodun who wrote on behalf of the stateโ€™s Police (Watch Video Here) Commissioner, said the accident involved a FAW-VITA vehicle with Reg. No ME 117 AAA, which was driven by Insp Ezekiel Thomas attached to the Command and an unregistered Sharon vehicle driven by one Awaisu Suleiman โ€˜mโ€™ of Kuta.

The FAW vehicle was traveling from Dandaudu village to Minna along with two other police personnel after visiting their families in the village, while the Sharon vehicle was also traveling from Minna to Kuta.

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Unfortunately, at a point around Gadan-Yan-Biu, which is very close to Minna, the two vehicles had a head-on collision (Watch Video Here) due to suspected excessive speed, and as a result, the three policemen in the FAW vehicle and four others from the Sharon lost their lives, including drivers of both vehicles.

โ€˜It is very important to state the facts above, in order to clear the air contrary to misinformation in some social media and some online publications,โ€ DSP Abiodun emphasized.

He disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Ogundele J. Ayodeji, has condoled with the families of the deceased persons and has urged members of the public to disregard such misinformation, as it is an attempt by mischief makers to tarnish the image of the command. (Watch Video Here)



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Gov Bello Advises Niger Community To Reinstate Ousted Chief Imam

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has advised the people of Jaโ€™agi community of Mokwa Local Government Area (LGA) to reinstate the ousted Chief Imam, Isah Liman. (Watch Video Here)

He said the evidence against the Chief Imam was not strong enough for his (Watch Video Here) removal by the late Village Head, Hassan Kolo.

The governor gave the directive during a meeting with the community leaders at Government House Minna, alleging that the ousted (Watch Video Here) Chief Imam is competent and knowledgeable as attested by the villagers. He, however, urged Liman to be respectful to the council and authority. (Watch Video Here)

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Bello further directed the Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso to as a matter of urgency direct the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, to appoint a new Village Head for Jaโ€™agi who will in turn take the necessary steps. (Watch Video Here)

The deputy governor further confirmed that he knows the embattled Chief Imam to (Watch Video Here) be a good Islamic preacher who is competent and knowledgeable enough to lead congregations. (Watch Video Here)

However, the villagers disclosed that the Etsu Nupe had earlier declared that the reasons given by the late Village Head were baseless and urged them to seek forgiveness and reinstatement which he eventually turned down. (Watch Video Here)

The meeting by the governor and his deputy with the Jaโ€™agi community people led to the signing of a peace accord after reaching resolutions to ensure peace and tranquility following the land dispute


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Jaโ€™agi community land dispute: Niger governor urges warring factions to sheath swords.

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Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has intervened in the land dispute rocking Jaโ€™agi community of Kede Ward, Mokwa Local Government Area to bring to an end the lingering crisis in the area.

It would be recalled that the renewed crisis that erupted last week Tuesday and again on Thursday left many injured, with scores of houses burnt and other properties destroyed in the area.

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During the meeting at the instance of the governor at the Government House Minna, representatives of the two warring sides of Jaโ€™agi Tiffin and Jaโ€™agi Tako communities of Kede Ward were warned to settle the issue amicably and ensure unity and peace if the area.

Bello thereafter directed Deputy Governor Ahmed Mohammed Ketso to constitute a committee to assess the level of destruction of properties during the crisis in order to support the victims.

Resolutions reached at the meeting include the assessment of destroyed properties for compensation, withdrawal of all court cases and petitions, and amity between the representatives of the groups to ensure peace and tranquillity in the community.

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It was also resolved that the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, should immediately appoint a new village head for Jaโ€™agi, that the highland belongs to the community, while the lowland belongs to families and households and that failure of the community to adhere to the resolutions will lead to state government taking over the land.

Responding, the deputy governor, Ketso who hails from Mokwa LGA, commended the governor for his timely intervention while appealing to the people to eschew bitterness and embrace peace.

The deputy governor explained that he has made several interventions in the past to resolve the dispute, but to no avail contrary to the allegation in media reports that he has done nothing to settle the matter over the year.

Ketso stated: โ€œWe are urging the two warring factions to sheath their swords for the purpose of peace, unity and progress of the people and the entire community.โ€

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Representatives of the factions all signed the resolutions while thanking Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and his deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, for the intervention to make sure peace is restored to their community.

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Court remands retired judicial staff over impersonation, forgery.

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The Presiding Magistrate Abdullahi Bawa of Senior Magistrate Court, Paiko, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State has ordered two retired staff of state judiciary to be remanded in correctional facility over alleged impersonation and forgery.

The accused persons include Danjuma Bawa, a retired staff of Paiko Magistrate Court as well as Usman Abdullahi, a retired staff of High Court Minna who both hail from Paiko town.

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The duo were said to have issued a fake affidavit to one Moses Mathew of Lugudna area Paiko, a retired officer of Paikoro LG who negotiated and collected fake affidavit form on behalf of his wife, Mrs Serah Bahago and Mustapha Abdullahi, a Headmaster of Butu primary school on behalf of one Amadu Adamu.

The First Police Report, FIR, revealed that the two retired judicial workers allegedly used an old stamp of Magistrate Court Paiko, signed and stamped the said fake affidavit form and issued to their victims.

According to the FIR, โ€œAll the fake affidavit forms collected from Usman Abdullahi and Danjuma Bawa did not serve the purposes intended as it was rejected from bankโ€.

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โ€œThat both Usman Abdullahi and Danjuma Bawa were having some official court documents in their possession after retirement from the service of Niger government.โ€

The report also revealed that the two rejected fake affidavit forms were recovered and attached to the case diary as evidence and that the deals were negotiated at private homes of the accused personโ€™s respectively.

However, when the Prosecutor, Inspector Mathew Raymond read the charges, the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

Hence the prosecutor ordered the court to deny them bail as investigation into the case was still ongoing.

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The presiding Magistrate Abdullahi Bawa then adjourned the case till November 22 2022 and the accused be kept in the custody of the correctional centre.

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Over 20 casualties as bus rams into SUV in Niger

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger says 21 persons were injured in a road crash along the Bida-Minna road on Sunday

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Kumar Tsukwam, the sector commander, told journalists on Monday in Minna that the accident occurred at about 9:25 a.m., close to Sabon Gida village in the Bida local government area.

He explained that the crash involved a Toyota bus with registration number NSR 540 ZG and an unregistered Range Rover.

He said 14 were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Bida, while the remaining seven were treated at the Umaru Sanda General Hospital, Bida.

The sector commander also mentioned that the crash occurred when one of the busโ€™ tyres pulled off, and the bus rammed into the oncoming Range Rover.

He advised motorists to exercise caution, check their vehicles properly before putting them on the road and adhere to speed limits to avoid crashes.

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Second Niger bridge is completed – Fashola.

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday, confirmed that the construction of the 2nd Niger bridge is now completed and will soon be released to the public for use.

He stated this at an ongoing press briefing to present the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhariโ€™s (retd.) scorecard in Abuja.

According to him, the only factor delaying the commissioning of the road is the construction of the link road which the recent surge of flooding has impeded.

He said, โ€œI can confirm that the second Niger bridge itself is finished. People can walk through the bridge now unimpeded. What remains is the four-kilometer link road on the Asaba side.

โ€œRight now, our dredger is in place, we have to rebuild the road by reclaiming sand, the recent surge of flood has slowed us down. On the Onitsha side, there is a 7kilometer road that links the bridge and the Onitsha-Owerri interchange.โ€

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Two killed, many abducted as bandits attack Niger hospital.

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Governor Sani Bello of Niger has tasked the Joint Security Task Force in the state to urgently end the incessant armed banditry, kidnappings and wanton attacks on several communities in Gulu in the Lapai Local Government Area of the state

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This follows the Tuesday morning attack and killing of some persons at the Gulu General Hospital and the abduction of an unspecified number of people, including medical personnel.

In a statement by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje, Mr Bello described the attack as

callous, inhuman and condemnable.

Mr Bello described the targeted banditsโ€™ attacks around the Gulu axis and the hospital as regrettable, stressing that there was a need for a swift, intensified security operation to not hamper the smooth healthcare delivery in the area.

โ€œWe are concerned about the recent rise in armed banditry and kidnappings in Gulu communities when we are rejoicing and consolidating on the successes so far recorded in other affected areas.

โ€œAs a responsible government, weโ€™ll not rest on our oars until we triumph over evil,โ€ he said.

He disclosed that the state was already collaborating and supporting the joint security apparatus in its drive to launch a sporadically coordinated onslaught to overcome the bandits and sanitise the area.

Mr Bello commiserated with the families of the deceased and assured that the state government, in collaboration with security agencies, would do everything possible to secure the release of those abducted.

The governor also gave assurance that the government would ensure all those who fled during the attacks returned to their homes.

The bandits, in recent times, intensified attacks on Gulu town and other adjoining communities, killing many people, abducting several persons, stealing foodstuff and setting ablaze settlements in the area.

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Niger Massacre: Army decry posted photos of โ€œfalling soldiersโ€

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The Nigerian Army has decried the posting of images of the soldiers killed by terrorists in the Ajata-Aboki, Gurmana ward in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday.

The gunmen had attacked a mining site in the area killing over thirty Nigerian soldiers, seven mobile policemen and six civilians, just as scores were wounded and several others abducted.

The Army in a press statement signed by Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations urged Nigerians to show some restrain in posting such images.

He argued that those who lost their breadwinners deserved to be properly notified of the incident and not to get such information through the media.

Nwachukwu said,โ€ some clips of the incident have surfaced online and we wish to encourage well meaning Nigerians to exercise some restraint in posting images of such occurrence, mindful that our brothers and sisters who may have lost their breadwinners deserve to be properly notified and not to get such information via the media. We mention this, mindful of the inalienable rights of citizens to use the social media which is respectedโ€.

The Director Army Public Relations explained that the soldiers paid the supreme price on their way to respond to a distress call of an attack on a mining site in the area, when they ran into an ambush staged by the criminal elements.

According to him, โ€œthe troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) deployed in Shiroro general area responded to a distress call of bandits attack on people operating a mining site. Enroute the location, the troops ran into an ambush staged by the criminal elements. Sadly, a number of personnel paid the supreme price in fierce firefight that ensued.โ€

The statement also stated that the location had been reinforced and troops were on the trail of the criminals with some already neutralized, adding, โ€œthe GOC 1 Division has moved to the location to take charge of the follow up operationsโ€.

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Niger Accident: Eighteen dies, one injured.

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No fewer than 18 people were burnt alive, while one was injured in an auto crash, involving an 18-seater Toyota bus and a Truck (tipper) at the Gidan-Mangoro area, along Minna-Bida road, Minna, Niger State.


The accident, which occurred on Saturday night, was said to have involved a Kano Line bus enroute Kano from Lagos, which collided with a broken-down truck on the highway.

According to an eyewitness, almost the entire occupants of the bus, including children and the driver met their untimely death as they were burnt beyond recognition, while their charred bodies were mangled.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the broken down truck was almost at the centre of the busy Minna-Bida road without any sign to indicate danger for other road users hence the bus rammed into it and busted into flames causing the death of the occupants.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident.

He said the only survivor of the accident is receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility in Minna.

Wasiu told newsmen that 18 persons were confirmed dead when the bus apparently at high speed ran into the parked truck, hence almost all the occupants were burnt beyond recognition.

While cautioning travellers against embarking on night journeys due to inherent dangers, the PPRO said bodies of the victims have been given mass burial yesterday at Gidan-Mangoro burial ground, in the outskirt of Minna metropolis where the incident occurred

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Blasphemy: Deborah’s parents finally break silence on her death.

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The parents of the late Deborah Samuel of Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Sokoto State have described the death of their daughter as sad and painful, saying they have left her killers to God.

Recall that the remains of Deborah were laid to rest in her hometown, Tungan Magajiya in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State Saturday evening.

She was stoned to death and set ablaze on Thursday by her fellow students for allegedly making a blasphemous statement on a WhatsApp group against Prophet Mohammed.

Reacting to the death of their daughter, the bereaved parents said they have nothing to say or do regarding the loss of their child, but have decided to leave everything in the hands of God.

Speaking with Noble Reporters’ known Media, the father, Mr. Emmanuel Garba, a security personnel with the Niger State Water Works Cooperation at Tungan-Magajiya said, โ€œwe can say or do anything, except to take it easy as an act of God. We have left all to God, we have decided to take it like thatโ€.

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On who brought back the body of his deceased daughter from Sokoto State, the father explained that he personally went and brought back her remains to be buried.

โ€œI personally went and brought back the body of my daughter to enable me to bury my own child. This is because keeping her in the morgue will not return her back.

โ€œWhen I got there, I met government officials and made them understand the need to allow me take her back home and they agreed with me. When we got to the morgue, those in charge asked me to sign the necessary documents and I did. They released the corpse to me.โ€

On who paid for the transportation, Garba, โ€œI personally, paid the sum of N120,000 to the driver out of many that refused to convey her back home and it is because of the condition of the remains. Most drivers we approached all refused except one.โ€

Confirming the call by the Sokoto State Government that the body of his daughter should not be returned home, the father of the deceased stated, โ€œthe government wanted me to leave the remains, when they called me, I said no, they should allow me to please, bury my daughter.โ€

Also, the mother, Mrs. Alheri Emmanuel, told our reporter that Deborah was the second of the seven children, adding that itโ€™s so sad to have lost her at such a young age, whom they were relying on to help support them in the future.

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On her medical condition, the mother of the deceased explained that she is stable now and discharged from the hospital, where she was admitted upon hearing the news of the gruesome murder of her daughter.

Amid tears, Mrs. Alheri stated,โ€œI have nothing to say, I am grateful to God and for your efforts. I have given God my heart and may God strengthen me. We have nothing to say.

โ€œBecause of what happened to me, I will no longer send my children to schools where so much money is involved. Because of her education, the education of some of her siblings suffered as it is so difficult to care for them all at the same time. And, now things are difficult for usโ€.

Also, her elder brother, Nakaka Garba, when asked for his reaction, he simply stated, โ€œI have nothing to say, we are pained by what happened, but we have left all to God.โ€

On why their daughter answered Deborah โ€˜Samuelโ€™ instead of โ€˜Garbaโ€™, the father further added, โ€œshe has been living with my brother since she was in primary school and had been using the nameโ€.

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At least 29 dead after boat capsizes on Nigerian river.

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At least 29 people, including five children, died after a boat capsized in Nigeria’s Sokoto state in the northwest of the country, residents and the state governor said Wednesday.

The boat was carrying 35 people, mostly women, across a dam in Shagari local government area when it sank. Divers managed to rescue six people, governor Aminu Tambuwal said.

Burials had been conducted for the dead in the largely Muslim state.



Boat capsizings are common on Nigerian waterways due to overcrowding and lack of maintenance, particularly in the annual rainy season.

In May 2021, an overloaded boat carrying about 200 passengers sank in the Niger River in the northwestern state of Kebbi.

The boat departed from central Niger state and sank en route to Kebbi, Abdullahi Buhari Wara, administrative head of Ngaski district said.

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Lawmakers demand investigation into claims of helicopter aiding terrorists.

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Members of the Niger State House of Assembly have called on the State Government to launch an investigation into the alleged use of the stateโ€™s airspace to aid the activities of bandits and terrorists in the state.

Deputy Majority Leader, Binta Mamman, a member representing Gurara constituency on the floor of the house had called on the state government to look into the allegation that helicopters were aiding the terrorists.

She said some people claimed that a helicopter was being used to aid bandits to carry out their nefarious activities in the state.



Speaking, Andrew Danjuma Jagaba, representing Munya Constituency lamented that, if nothing is done to address the security situation in his council, seeking reelection may be difficult for him.

Raising a motion in the House calling on the Executive Arm of Government to as a matter of urgency; expedite action on the security situation of his council, Jagaba said almost everyone has been displaced in the area.

He explained that the security of lives and property of citizens which was the utmost priority of the government has currently failed.

He said, โ€ how can you even go to campaign there without being stoned? People are frustrated, they will stone you, you havenโ€™t even delivered dividends of democracy to them, you want to go and ask them to vote for you. I donโ€™t think I will be able to contest for reelection there if the security challenges in Munya are not containedโ€

Shuโ€™aibu Liman Iya representing the Suleja constituency, in his contribution, said although, all the local governments in the state has security challenges, that of Munya was alarming.

He explained that โ€œthe state government is overwhelmed by the security challenges even though they had been trying their best.

The state has the largest landmass in the country and meagre resources to manage its challengesโ€.

Also, Abdullahi Shaba Gbara of Mokwa constituency noted that, โ€ the state Assembly members are not the only ones representing the people of Niger State. Therefore, there is a need for the National Assembly members and other representatives making donations to the victims to have a security summit, so that best solutions can be proffered to the security challenges in the stateโ€.

After exhaustive deliberations on the issue, the House resolved to call on the state government to as a matter of urgency, work hard to ensure that the security situation improves and directed the House standing committee to brief the House every two weeks on the security situation of the state.

Consequently, they called on the state government to organize a security summit and invite all stakeholders in the state to be present.

The lawmakers further urged security agencies in the state to be more proactive and investigate the issue of the purported helicopter using Niger state airspace

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Second Niger Bridge almost done: FG.

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The Federal Government has disclosed that the Second Niger Bridge linking Anambra and Delta states, scheduled for completion in February 2022, is now 91 per cent completed.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this announcement on Thursday during the Special Weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja.

According to him, the 206 billion naira project has directly employed 1,486 people, while 8,110 indirect jobs have equally been created.



The Works and Housing Minister pegged major projects under the Presidential Infrastructure Development fund including the 375km Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway estimated at 797 billion naira; the 11.59km Second Niger Bridge at 206 billion naira and the 127km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at 310 billion naira, at 1.3 trillion naira.

He noted that the Lagos Ibadan Express Way and Second Niger Bridge will be completed by the end of the year while the main Carriageway of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano expressway is scheduled for completion by the second quarter of 2023.

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The Second Niger Bridge was first proposed during the 1978/79 political campaign by then-candidate Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

However, in August 2012, the Federal Executive Council under then-President Jonathanโ€™s approved a contract worth โ‚ฆ325 million for the final planning and design of the bridge.

A somewhat complicated procedure continued under President Muhammad Buhari, who first cancelled the earlier contract in August 2015.

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Bello, Buni settle โ€œdifferencesโ€ in Abuja after Buhari’s order.

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Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State and his Niger State counterpart, Sani Bello, have reconciled.

This is just as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is working hard to ensure a successful nation convention.

The event will be held on March 26 after postponements and accusations that the leadership was buying time to remain in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari was forced to issue a statement banning further divisive actions and utterances.

As part of peace efforts and reconciliation, Buni and Bello met Thursday night in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

At the Yobe Government Lodge, Buni applauded the CECPC members on the level of preparations towards the convention.

โ€œSince I travelled, the party has not stopped. His Excellency (Bello) has done very well in managing the affairs.



โ€œWe are here to discuss the issues going forward. We are now at the finishing line in the preparations for our convention

โ€œWe are putting heads together to achieve this task ahead. I want to emphasise that the March 26 (convection date) is sacrosanct.โ€

Buni, however, clarified that the visit was not a formal meeting of the CECPC.

โ€œCECPC members just came to welcome me back to the country and wish me well after returning from a medical tripโ€, he clarified.

In his remark, Bello said he had acted as party chairman and that we made lots of progress towards the convention.

He mentioned the inauguration of State Chairmen, adoption of zoning formula for the convention and actions on some decisions CECPC took before Buni left Nigeria.

โ€œI can tell you for free that in the last one week, we have ensured that we are good to go for the national conventionโ€, Bello added.

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