Deadly Banditry: Masari Takes Peace Engagement To Niger Republic


As he continues his quest for a lasting end to the oft recurring deadly banditry that has turned some parts of Katsina State into a slaughter house of sorts, Governor Aminu Bello Masari will tomorrow, Sunday,
engage his counterpart in the Prefecture of Maradi, in the neighbouring Niger Republic, Alhaji Zakari Umaru.

Governor Masari, whose delegation will include Secretary to the Government of the state, Dr. Mustafa Mohammed Inuwa, will lead three fellow Nigerian Governors in the persons of Muhammadu Bello Matawallin Maradu, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Senator Atiku Bagudu of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, respectively.

The meeting will address the issue of cross border banditry and other forms of criminality.

This is coming in tandem with his ongoing reconciliation overtures with ‘commanders’ of the various disparate camps of the bandits who have turned eight of the 34 local government areas in the state their regular deadly assault targets. These assaults often result in multiple deaths and destruction of properties running into millions in worth.

These target local government areas are Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Danmusa, Safana, Batsari and Jibiya, all contagious to expansively famous Rugu forest.

Buoyed by the obvious success of the ongoing rapprochement with the local bandits, Governor Masari expressed confidence that the Maradi security talks would be no less successful, reinforcing the huge stride made in that respect in Katsina State.

The Prefecture of Maradi, which provides the window through which smuggled arms, ammunition, foreign insurgents and bandits often sneak into Nigeria, is border to the four North West states of Nigeria.

Abdu Labaran Malumfashi,
DG Media.

Heart Of A Woman: The Simon/Pero Story


After looking at this photograph you might be getting lots of Negative or Positive thoughts in mind, but after knowing the reality of this photograph you might get tears in your eyes.

In Ancient Greece, an old man (Simon) was sentenced to hunger death, he was put in prison. The idea was to keep him hungry until his death.

His daughter (Pero) pleaded with the government to meet her father daily until his death. She was granted permission, she was checked by prison officers to ensure that she wasn’t carrying food for her dad.

Pero couldn’t see her dad dying of hunger. She looked at her father with the eyes of a caring mother. So, in order to save his life, she feed him breast milk on a daily basis.

When Simon remained alive for so many days without food, the government got suspicious of Pero. On one occasion the Prison guards caught Pero breastfeeding her father. The case was registered against her, but her selflessness won the heart of the jailor and he granted her dad his freedom.

The painting is one of the Europe costliest painting.

A woman is full of love and sacrifice, whatever the role she is playing in one’s life sometimes she can be a mother, sister, wife etc. WOMEN ARE THE BEST. You don’t need to be a feminist to have a heart of gold.

God bless all women.

Matawalle Reinstats 556 Zamfara Teachers


Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has approved the reinstatement of 556 teachers, recruited by the immediate past administration.

Matawalle directed the state head of civil service to reinstate them with immediate effect.

He said all the affected officers should be enrolled for September salary.

Matawalle also commended their patience and urged them to be of good conduct in the state civil service.

The 556 teachers, who were recruited by the immediate administration, complained to the governor on Monday when he featured on a Zamfara Radio Programme of “Zuwa da kai” and he immediately directed the state head of service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, to verify the genuineness of the complaints and report back to him.

After reporting back to the governor on the genuineness of the complaints, the governor ordered for their reinstatement with immediate effect.

It could be recalled that Governor Matawalle approved the reinstatement of 1040 out of the 1400 recruited workers by Yari’s administration.

FG Registers 4,377 Migrants Nationwide


The Controller General , Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede yesterday in Abuja said that the service has so far registered 4,377 migrants nationwide.

Babandede gave the figure at a media  parley , after the flag-off of the Migrant e-registration exercise, at the Nigerian Immigration Service Headquarters in Abuja.

The CG who disclosed that turnout was impressive explained that  the service has recorded tremendous success in the migrant free e-registration exercise since inception in July.

He said, “We have so far recorded 2,175 in the Federal Capital Territory and a total of 4,377 Nationwide. We are however optimistic that, before the presidential amnesty on the registration runs out, we will record a significant number of the irregular and regular migrants registered”.

“We have a strategic plan of working with traditional and religious institutions, civil society groups and NGO’s to work with us to ensure continuous turnout in the registration exercise because the process will contribute to national development” he noted.

He also lamented that, most of the registered people are irregular migrants covering over two thousand in the FCT thereby urging migrants to register before the amnesty period elapses to avoid being penalized.

“Based on our statistics, we have registered more irregular migrants; that is why we are capturing their biometrics because once your thumbs are captured, it cannot be change. Any person who refused to register and wants to leave the country will be charged for over-stay as a penalty”.

Coordinator of the e-registration exercise, Controller Aliyu Ahmad Bauchi stated that, the initiative is designed to address minor violations of the Immigration Act by both regular and irregular migrants in the country.

Stressing that the initiative is part of the NIS institutional response to addressing so many issues tied to security, planning and other development processes and migrants have responded by coming out to register.

Meanwhile, Babandede in a statement by the Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James reassure the general public that the new enhanced e-Passpport is acceptable at all countries.

The NIS boss explained that the recent problem on the e-Passport with the authority of the United Arab Emirate has been resolved. He said, “In view of the above, Nigerians are encouraged to get their National Identity Number and ensure that the information tallies with the one on their Passports.

“ The uniformity of the NIN information and that of the 10 year validity Passport is to ensure one identity which is a major feature of the new enhanced e-Passport and is available in the Service Headquarters, Abuja and Ikoyi, pending the roll-out in other centres.

“ It is worthy to note that the issuance of the former and the new enhanced e-Passports will run concurrently. “ Babandede stated.

$9.6bn judgment debt: How Jonathan aborted plans to pay $850m to P&ID

FRESH facts emerged on Friday that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan aborted plans to pay $850million to Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) Limited five days to his exit in 2015.

It was learnt that some officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources smuggled a memo to the ex-President recommending the payment of the $850million.

The ex-President, however, offered to seek a second opinion from a senior government official who advised against the payment.

The top official was said to have advised Jonathan against such payment in the twilight of his administration because President Muhammadu Buhari’s government might uncover the payment.

As at press time, there were indications that the law firm engaged from New York by the Federal Government had collected relevant documents and received briefing from top government officials ahead of the legal battle later this month in a UK court.

But detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been identifying those implicated in the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) between the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and P&ID.

According to a top source, the P&ID was able to infiltrate the administrations of  Yar’Adua and Jonathan.

The source said: “About five days to the handover to Buhari administration, some officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources came up with a suspicious memo to ex-President Jonathan on the need to pay $850million to P&ID.

“The cash was to be sourced from the escrow accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).There were no legal instruments/ documents which fuelled suspicion by the ex-President.

“The former President later sought advice from a senior official in his administration who advised against the release of such a humongous amount in about five days to his exit from power. Jonathan later shelved plans to approve the payment to P&ID.

“By the time the EFCC concludes its forensic investigation, Nigerians will know more about the under-the-table deal behind the GSPA with P&ID.”

As at press time, findings confirmed that the Federal Government was battle ready with P&ID over the $9.6billion judgment debt.

Another source added: “We are battle ready for P&ID. All relevant documents and briefing by relevant government officials have been made available to the law firm engaged from New York. The foreign lawyers will work with both Nigerian lawyers, Olasupo Shasore (SAN) and Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), who have been on the matter.

“So far, we are developing a strategy on the legal battle. The coordinating team might still meet next week to firm up this strategy. The position of the legal team is that we have a strong case against P&ID.”

Meanwhile, detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have started identifying those implicated in the Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) between the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and P&ID.

Another top source said: “So far, the entire so-called contract was fraudulent. We have been able to establish that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources entered into the GSPA with P&ID without the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Those behind the deal took advantage of the illness of ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua.

“The signing of the contract has traces of forgery of some documents. We are subjecting some documents to forensic analysis.

“As I talk to you, we have identified some past and present government officials to be interrogated on the contract with P&ID. The activities of the Irish firm in Nigeria are also under scrutiny.”

Katsina, repentant bandits begin implementation of dialogue agreements


The Katsina State government and repentant bandits operating in the state  on Friday in Geza, Danmusa Local Govern Area of the state, commenced the implementation of the  agreements reached during the  dialogue initiated by Governor Aminu Bello Masari The Governor, who had earlier met  another group of bandits and their Fulani leaders at Danmusa and Safana LGAs, announced the immediate release  from detention of two arrested bandits as demanded by them.

He also directed the Chairmen of the two Local Government areas to immediately set up a committee each made up of the Chairman of the transition Committee, district heads and representatives of the bandits and the  herdsmen to resolve  areas of conflicts.

The CTC Chairmen are   also expected to ensure that the  herdsmen are granted free access to the markets with adequate security protection and that they are allowed to market their cattle  The governor  warned that he would not hesitate to sanction any traditional ruler or transition committee chairman found fueling banditry, kidnappings and other nefarious activities in the state.

He said the state had sustained its reputation as a state of harmony for years despite multiplicity of people and would not allow avoidable security challenges tarnish its reputation and that of the citizenry.

He said it was worrisome that bandits had brought wanton destruction of lives and properties of the citizenry in the state, hence the need for stakeholders not to support the heinous acts of the miscreants.

Promise of better days as governors mark 100 days


MANY state governors and their supporters on Friday appraised their performances during their first 100 days in office and said they have done well to deserve a pass mark.

The  governors  also assured their people of better days ahead.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said his administration introduced a modern method of waste disposal which helped it in clearing  the heaps of refuse across the state.

It has also empowered women and farmers with loans; commissioned 492 flats at Igando, renovated and rehabilitated   roads and procured  patrol vehicles and motorcycles for security organizations.

He told stakeholders in Ikeja that his administration was taking practical steps to ensure that sufficient and accessible electricity is made available to all and sundry.

Towards this end, it is collaborating with the two Discos in Lagos and  Elsewedy Electric to produce about 20,000 prepaid metres for distribution to residents.

He said: ”We also want to ensure that with our PPP model, we can have a lot of off-grid generation brought to bear very quickly, meaning that we are not going to rely on what is supplied by the national grid. We will be able to come up with very innovative solutions at different communities where we can have off-grid arrangement.

”And people can have access to power, using either various renewable forms of energy like solar, wind and so on, or whatever solution we find least expensive. They will be deployed at our various communities because we cannot continue to give excuses.

“We want to ensure that we have sufficient and accessible power in a 21st century economy like Lagos; so our commitment is that we would push on that. Government will ensure that whatever needs to be done to make power available for our teeming population, industries and businesses are things we shall solve very quickly.”

Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos State is collaborating with neighboring Ogun State in rehabilitating and completing many of the roads linking the two states, especially in Sagamu, Epe and Ota axis”.

A policy on the operation of commercial motorcylists is also in the pipeline, he said, while about 15,000 teachers would be recruited into the state teaching service with a view to reversing the shortage of teachers in  primary and secondary schools.

“Also in the coming weeks, extension, renovation and rehabilitation of our schools will be starting.

“We will also be facing equipment and learning curriculum of the children. We will be producing a learning tool that will be internet-driven for the children,”he said.

APC scores Buni high, explains why he has not constituted cabinet

THE All Progressive Congress in Yobe State said  Governor  Mai Mala Buni is  well on course to  transform the state.

The State Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, told reporters in Damaturu that    the   APC is “glad to state with all sense of fulfilment the political will of the Governor Mai Mala Buni administration in repositioning the state with short, intermediate and long-term policy measures for the state to achieve greatness.”

Responding to a reporter’s question on why the governor has not formed his cabinet, Bakabe said it is because the governor does not want to make a mistake.

He dismissed suggestions that the governor might be under pressure from his predecessor, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, to retain most of his former cabinet members.

He said: “The governor is not under any pressure from the former governor, Ibrahim Gaidam. What is delaying the formation of the cabinet is not connected with such allegations at all.

“Our governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni is committed to choosing the best team as a cabinet that will help him actualize his dreams and visions for the development of our dear state, Yobe.

“Those allegations are baseless. This is the truth about the situation, and Isha Allah, our governor will soon submit the list of his cabinet members.

“But you will agree with me that about 18 governors have also not constituted their cabinets. So we are still in tune.”

The Yobe State APC scored the governor high on education.

He said:”In an effort to actualize the emergency declared on education, government has in the last 100 days, organized the first ever education summit and thereafter, constituted a committee of erudite scholars, seasoned education administrators and prominent intellectuals to develop a roadmap for government to achieve the goal of repositioning primary and secondary education.

“As the ruling political party in the state, we are glad with the political will exhibited by the Buni administration in the constitution and support given to the committee to have successfully completed its assignment with a high sense of commitment within a very short period of time. We are equally proud to see the vibrant governor commencing the implementation of the recommendations made by the committee.

“Similarly, the undergraduate and post graduate foreign studies scholarship scheme introduced by the Buni administration would accelerate the manpower needs in critical areas across the state.

“Already, the committee has also submitted its report and the governor has approved 228 slots for studies in medicine, paramedics, agriculture and engineering.”

APC, PDP disagree over Bala Mohammed’s performance in Bauchi

THE All Progressive Youth Parliament in Bauchi State has faulted claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that Governor Bala Mohammed has performed well in his first 100 days in office.

While the PDP is of the opinion that Mohammed has recorded tremendous developmental achievements so far, the APC Youth Parliament said there is little or nothing to cheer about.

Zonal Chairman of the PDP (Bauchi North), Alh. Yayanuwa Zainabari, said: “Within the first 100 days, the governor flagged off road construction in areas that lack accessible roads and renovation of the dilapidated ones in both the state capital and other senatorial zones.

“The first ones he flagged off in the state capital were the construction and rehabilitation of four roads worth about N5 billion which include Ibrahim Bako to Maiduguri Road Bye-Pass, Sabon Kaura to Jos Road, while those of Muda Lawal Market and Yakubun Bauchi Quarters would be rehabilitated.’’

Yayanuwa Zainabari, who doubles as the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, said further that other roads projects awarded by the governor within the period under review were the 58-kilometre road linking Yalwan Duguri, Badaran Dutse, Birim, Bajama, Kumbala, Kundak, Wurno and Burga communities of Tafawa Balewa and Alkaleri local government areas, Sade to Akuyam in the Misau local government area, GRA Azare to old Kano Road in the Katagum local government area of the state.

But speaking in to The Nation, the Secretary of the APC Youth Parliament group, Mallam Nasiru Shigari, said ‘’ The PDP governor has achieved nothing. First of all, he had promised he would recruit jobless people in the state, conduct local government elections , pay outstanding gratuities of workers, but none of these has been achieved so far.

 It’s a  mixed grill for Gov Fintiri

IT is a mixed grill for Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State with some residents saying he has been slow and not done enough.

Critics, who fault his speed at executing development projects, compare his government with that of his predecessor, Sen.  Jibrilla Bindow, arguing that Bindow did more in his first 100 days, while those who are satisfied with Fintiri’s pace list his achievements so far and conclude that he has actually done more.

Mr Phineas Elisha, who was prominent in the political circle and seat of power when former Governor Murtala Nyako was in power, told our correspondent in an interview yesterday that Fintiri had spent a lot of time, complaining about and “dismantling the deeds of his predecessor” without doing enough to justify the time he has had to make his own impact.

He said Fintiri’s predecessor, Jibrilla Bindow, was able to commission 201 feeder roads (some inherited from his predecessor) and started the construction of many urban roads within his first 100 days.

He said Bindow started the renovation of long dilapidated schools, hospitals and other public institutions, among others, and that he already had his cabinet in place, all within his first hundred days.

Another critic of the Fintiri administration, who similarly stressed the absence of a cabinet so far, is Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, who functions in the state as Organising Secretary of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ahmed Lawan said the lack of a cabinet after such a long time within which the Fintiri government has been awarding contracts borders on gross abuse of power.

”I wonder a lot who approves the contracts when the approving authority, the state executive council, is not in place,” he said.

According to him, “only four people are running the government: the governor, the deputy governor, the SSG and Chief of Staff,” as    against what should be a full cabinet that should include commissioners overseeing the various sectors of the state.

He also faulted the Fintiri government for “witch-hunting” the Bindow government, emphasizing that Fintiri “is dwelling” on the government before his because he has no programmes of his own to implement.

A voice for the Fintiri government that of Alhaji Usman Ibrahim, a notable public commentator, dismissed the notion of Fintiri’s being slow, contending, especially on the matter of cabinet appointments, that consultation is necessary for effective choices.

He said: “People are just not patient. Every leader has his own style. People say he is delaying the constitution of his cabinet because various interests brought him to power. I do not see it as an infraction. Leadership is always advised to consult widely.”

He added that, in any case, Fintiri had done a lot in the first 100 days to be commended. He enumerated improvement in the welfare of workers and security situation as among the achievements.

“His Excellency, Ahmadu Fintiri, has paid all arrears of workers, both state and local government workers, and he has always ensured since he came that workers receive their monthly salaries before or on the 25th of the month,” he said.

Gov Sule promises to pay N30, 000 minimum wage

Governor  Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State   promised to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage once the template for consequential adjustment is agreed on.

The governor made the promise on Friday  in Lafia while giving account of stewardship of his first 100 days in office.

According to him, the state government under his administration will pay the new minimum wage because it has become a law in the country.

“As soon as the template for the consequential adjustment is agreed on at the federal level, we would also commence the process for the implementation in the state.

“If we rush now, we might make avoidable mistakes, so it is wise to wait for the template,” Sule said.

The governor also said he had directed the Teachers Service Commission to convert more than 2, 000 teachers that were hitherto on casual appointment to permanent employees.

Gombe enjoys regular water supply, says Gov Yahaya

Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State said  he is addressing the challenge of water supply in the state as residents of Gombe township and environs currently  get 40 million litres of water daily.

Yahaya told reporters on Friday in Gombe that water is a cardinal aspect of his manifesto and will continue to receive attention until residents get regular supply across the state.

He said as part of the effort towards achieving the promise to give residents water, he set up a taskforce on water supply.

“We are committed to our campaign promises and we will continue to do all within our resources to address other challenges that affect the people.

“Our administration is concerned about human capital investment and that’s why we resuscitated the sector to give water to our people,” he said.

Photo News


I bought this 119-year-old original copy of the front page of The Graphic of Saturday September 8, 1900. It was delivered to my office from the UK last week. The illustration, drawn from a picture supplied by Rev. I.A.E. Richardson, shows Bishop Herbert Tugwell and his party sitting before Emir of Kano Alu Maisango at his Fanisau palace in March 1900.

Read the drama that ensued in the picture cutline below.


The Rev. I.A.E. Richardson, a member of Bishop Tugwell’s expedition to Kano, describing the reception of the Mission by the King, says:- “The Palace, a splendid specimen of mud architecture, was a mass of people, and the courtyards were crammed. While we stood in the Judgment Hall, which was thronged with well-dressed men squatting on the floor, suddenly all the instruments of music bursts forth, our umbrellas were snatched from our hands and we were hurried into the King’s audience chamber, a splendidly built room, thirty feet square. At the far end, on a rich red dais, was seated the King, wearing a black rawani, which covered everything but his eyes. Round the king were seated his courtiers in compact rows attired in magnificent costumes of green, red, and other hues.

We were seated on the mud floor. During the audience, which lasted ten minutes, the king scarcely deigned to notice us, and occasionally made angry gestures. Despite every explanations he refused to allow us to remain in his town unless we had written permission from the King of the Moslems, the Sultan of Sokoto. Although pressed to do so, the King refused to allow us to remain pending the receipt of this permit, telling us that we could go and live anywhere, but not in Kano. So ended a very stormy ten minutes. Three hours after our return to our hut the Ma’aji came to us. He looked very serious and said, ‘You are allowed three days in which to do your business. On the third day you must go or take the consequences’”.

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Kaduna Kidnappings: Kidnappers abduct army officer in Kaduna


By Sola Ojo Sun

A Lieutenant in the Nigeria Army has been abducted by armed kidnappers at a shop near Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

A source within the area told Saturday Sun that the army officer, dressed in casuals, had gone to the shop to buy some personal items when the kidnappers came calling leading to people scampering for safety.

The problem of kidnapping along the three major highways in Kaduna, namely; Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria and Kaduna-Birni Gwari, has been giving motorists hard time while the state government and security agencies’ efforts are yet to produce commensurate results when compared to the amount of monetary and human resources so far expended to put the situation under control.

The State Police Command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the development in a telephone call. The name of the abducted army officer was given as Lieutenant A. Falana. He was seized on Monday evening but has since been able to escape from his abductors unhurt, police records said.

According to Sabo, “We were told he was picked at a shop near ABU Monday evening. But, he has been able to escape unhurt.” But, a source in the Army who spoke in confidence denied the incident, claiming there was no such to best of his knowledge.

According to him, “let me check and get back to you.” He did call back within a few minutes and said, “I have checked and no one among us was kidnapped.”

Xenophobia: Why return of Nigerians from S/Africa is stalled


The planned evacuation of stranded Nigerians from South Africa offered by Nigeria’s indigenous airline, Air Peace, which was slated for yesterday, is being delayed because most of the voluntary returnees do not have valid travel documents, Daily Trust gathered yesterday. The chairman of the airline, Allen Onyema, had offered free flights to the Nigerians in support of the federal government’s effort to enable Nigerians in South Africa return home following the resurgence of xenophobic attacks there.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had confirmed that the airline would evacuate the stranded Nigerians yesterday.

However, it was learnt that those who indicated interest in returning home lacked the requisite valid travel documents and their passports have since expired.

Following the development, it was learnt that the aircraft may take-off on Monday or Tuesday to enable the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa get travel certificates for them. The aircraft is expected to take-off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and return there. “This process may take one or two days as we envisage many people to take advantage of the flight offer to return home”, one of the sources who pleaded anonymity told Daily Trust. It was further gathered that Air Peace had positioned a Boeing 777 aircraft for the flight since Tuesday but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel. “They are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria. As the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans worsen, those Nigerians that don’t have legal documents to continue to stay in South Africa are willing to return to their motherland”, the source added. The Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg issued a letter on Thursday directing both legal and illegal Nigerians residing in South Africa to register with the missions in the country to be airlifted today. Yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed that about 800,000 Nigerians live in South Africa legally. According to an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, due to the fact that the registration exercise of those who want to return home is still ongoing, capturing the number of those due to take flights back is still also in the process of being compiled.