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Reps urge FG to equip Correctional Centres with sophisticated weapons

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Rep urges FG to develop practical solution to end insecurity

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to provide sophisticated weapons for officers guarding Correctional Centres in the country to prevent further jailbreaks.

This followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Gudaji Kazaure (APC-Jigawa) at plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion, Kazaure said that recent cases of jailbreaks in the country had led to the destruction of many correctional centres saying that it was dangerous for inmates to escape into society.

“If adequate steps are not taken to re-arrest escaped convicts and provide adequate security in correctional centres, some of the criminals who escaped may become more emboldened to the point of forming terrorist groups that will put the country in jeopardy,’’ he said.

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The house thereafter urged the federal government to rehabilitate and upgrade the correctional centres with the latest sophisticated weapons such as GPMG.

The green chamber recommended that the latest security electric fence wires attached with shocking gadgets and highly sophisticated CCTV cameras be provided for correctional centres.

The lower chambers urged the government to take over payment of electricity bills for correctional centres or exempt them from paying the bills.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase (APC-Plateau) directed all the relevant committees to ensure compliance.

Gunmen attacked a correctional centre in Oyo state on Friday, Oct. 22, freeing more than 800 inmates.

Also, 240 inmates escaped after gunmen attacked a facility in Kogi on Monday, Sept. 13, and 1844 inmates escaped when a correctional centre in Imo was attacked on April 5.

 

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

… Credits Shehu Yar’ Adua for Government Day Secondary School; Gov. Shema for construction of Gora-Ketare-Kankara and, Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Roads

The Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara has commended successive governments of Katsina State for executing various developmental projects in Ketare District.

Alhaji Usman Bello gave the commendation when he received the leadership of Ketare District Youth Mobilization KDYM in his palace who paid him Sallah’s homage and congratulated him for the successful Sallah Durbar in Katsina.

The Monarch explained that all the modest achievements recorded in his 24 years as District Head of Ketare were made possible with the assistance of the successive Governors of Katsina State.

The Kanwan Katsina explained that the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua when he was the Governor of Katsina State in 1999  and was his Teacher at Katsina College of Art and Science and Technology in 1975 was responsible for the construction of the Government Day Secondary School, Ketare; while Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema who was the Kanwan Katsina School mate at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, constructed Gora-Ketare-Kankara Road and Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Road.

Similarly, Governor Aminu Bello Masari constructed Dayi-Gangule-Gundawa-Wawal Kaza Roads and a comprehensive Primary Healthcare Center in Ketare, in the same vein, the current Katsina State Governor Malam Dikko Umaru Radda in a bid to enhance the security of lives and properties which are his topmost priority establish the Katsina Community Watch Corp where Ketare Youth were engaged in combating bandits and kidnappers.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara mni also expressed gratitude to the management of the Community and Social Development  Project CSDP under the leadership of Dikko Mohammed for collaborating with communities of Ketare District to construct all the Community Day Secondary schools.

Therefore, The Kanwan Katsina assured the youth organization that he will not relent in partnering with the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to bring in the much-needed development in Ketare District.

Earlier in his address, the interim Chairman of the Association Malam Bishir Umar Girbobo said they were at the palace of the Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara to pay Sallah homage and to appreciate all the developmental projects and policies initiated by or facilitated by him such in the areas of education, computers training for the Youths ICT, Health, Agriculture,  Road Construction, issuance of National ID Card and INEC Voters’ Cards, among others.

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging ‘Siege’ By FG On Kano

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

…Calls writer an impersonator who should be arrested!

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) says the letter to the Senate, accusing the Federal Government of laying siege on Kano State did not emanate from the party.

This is contained in a statement by the NNPP National Chairman, Dr Agbo Major on Thursday in Abuja.

The party was reacting to a letter written to the Senate, through its President, Godswill Akpabio by Dr Ajuji Ahmed on June 24. 

The letter was titled: Need for NNPP Federal Lawmakers to Make Urgent and Concerted Efforts to End Immediately the Siege on Kano State by Agents of the Federal Government.”

According to Major Agbo, the letter written by Dr Ajuji Ahmed was without the mandate and authorization of the leadership of  NNPP.

“Dr Boniface Aniebonam is the founder of  NNPP, holder of the registration certificate of the party,  chairman,  board of trustees and a life member of the board while  Dr Agbo Major is the national chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday is the National Secretary etc. 

He described Ahmed as an impersonator who should be arrested by the senate. 

“The NNPP stand remains that the Kano Emirate leadership crisis is an internal matter of Kano state indigenes under culture and tradition.

HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

“Political party involvement under the circumstances is wrong. The principle of our party remains focused on the peace of the society, development and well-being of the greater numbers of Nigerians.

“That the matter is currently before competent courts of law and jurisdiction and any interference by the National Assembly shall further complicate the situation.

“The avoidable tension generated as a result of the actions of the state government in Kano necessitates the need for vigilance and enhanced security in the state to avoid breakdown of law and order. 

“It is trite for Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf, Sen  Rabiu Kwankwaso and Elder Buba Galadima to understand that every court order must be obeyed before the complaint. The rules of engagement to vacate orders of the court are very clear and unambiguous”

He said it was, therefore,  necessary for the National Assembly to align with the position that would guarantee the protection of the lives and property of citizens in  Kano state.

” ⁠The NNPP as a registered political party in Nigeria is not interested in engaging in any controversy with the Federal Government and its agencies,  particularly security institutions.

“We should be responsible partners and law-abiding citizens for the peace and development of Nigeria. The letter and any form of representation by the said Ahmed should be disregarded forthwith 

“In an ideal situation,  it shall be the responsibility of the NNPP lawmakers to raise the matter on the floor of the national assembly.

“As we said, the matter is in court and they should go to court, after all, the Kano state governor is in power today via the court.

NNPP  have no role to play because Gov ABBA Yusuf is the governor of Kano state and not the party.”

Major Agbo noted that Elders of Kano state and elites, come together and resolve the internal Chieftaincy crises, then approach the court for consent judgment or be patient with the court for final judgment.

“This is better, civilised and brotherly than the avoidable propaganda and blackmail of the Federal Government and its security institutions carrying on with their statutory duties to maintain peace and order of the society.

“We, therefore,  wish to state that Gov ABBA Yusuf should concentrate on providing quality leadership in Kano and distance himself from all the avoidable tensions in the state. 

“We also appeal to the senate to disregard the illegal and inappropriate letter of the expelled members of the NNPP led by Ahmed.

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Kano: NNPP Not Behind Unfounded Allegations Against FG – Aniebonam

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Kano: NNPP Not Behind Unfounded Allegations Against FG – Aniebonam

The Founder of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP),  Dr Boniface Aniebonam, says the party is not behind the unfounded allegation accusing the Federal Government of creating crisis in Kano State.

Aniebonam stated this in Lagos on Thursday, while reacting to allusion from some quarters that the ongoing Emirate Tussle in Kano state, was not unconnected to the Federal Government position.

Kwankwaso had allegedly maintained that the ongoing Emirate Tussle in Kano state, could not be declined by Federal security agencies, handling their constitutionally assigned responsibility for ensuring peace, law and order, but which allegedly been used in backing the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, NNPP’s 2023 presidential candidate had on Monday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists in Kano state.

Aniebonam said that the NNPP’s stand on the Emirate Tussle had been that it was not a political matter but an internal cultural matter concerning the people of Kano state.

According to him, such weighty and unfounded allegations against the Federal Government are condemnable as it is capable of triggering crisis in the state.

“Kwankwaso has long been expelled from NNPP and so,  his allegations are personal and not the stand of our party.

“We firmly believe that the Federal Government can wade into the matter if it may lead to loss of lives and property of citizens living in Kano state.

“But making such an allegation without proof is in our estimation, tantamount to incitement and we disagree with that.

“As a peace-loving political party, we refuse to be dragged into the Emirate Tussle crisis despite being the ruling party in Kano state.

“We also will not be dragged into unsubstantiated allegations against the Federal Government,” Aniebonam said.

While praying for peaceful and fast resolutions to the crisis, Aniebonam urged Gov. Abba Yusuf to tread with caution so as to continue to preserve the peace and respect accorded the state.

He also sued for calm among members of the NNPP in the state, its supporters and the people of Kano state. 

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