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Police Burst Employment Racketeering Syndicate, Kaduna Electric Alerts Public.


Police Burst Employment Racketeering Syndicate, Kaduna Electric Alerts Public.

A suspected employment racketeer, Abdulrahman Junaidu has been arrested in Funtua, Katsina State for allegedly defrauding and issuing fake employment letters to two unsuspecting young men, Abdullahi Abubakar and Isiya Iliyasu.

A statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communication, Kaduna Electric, AbdulAzeez Abdullahi said the bubble bursted when Abdullahi Abubakar and Isiya Iliyasu presented the fake employment letters for documentation as new employees at the Zaria Regional Office of the Company.

The statement stated that the Security Division of the Company in collaboration with Police trailed Abdulrahman Junaidu to Funtua where he was eventually arrested by the Funtua Division of the Police.

Preliminary investigation conducted by the Police revealed that the said Abdulrahman Junaidu was working with one Aliyu Sani from Sokoto, who is currently at large, to defraud unsuspecting members of the public of millions of Naira.

The Kaduna Electric spokesman said the Company shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that the suspects face the full weight of the law.

“It has been established that the duo of Aliyu Sani and Abdulrahman Junaidu have been fraudulently issuing fake employment letters and other sensitive documents of Kaduna Electric, a practice that is not only morally reprehensible but also criminal; we shall ensure that the culprits are brought to justice,” he said.

He advised members of the public to be weary of fraudsters and report such criminals to the Company.

According to him, the Police are on trail of the second suspect, Aliyu Sani who is the mastermind of the employment racketeering and the duo will soon have their day in court.

“Kaduna Electric has a robust recruitment and security systems that fake employment can hardly go undetected”, he warned.

Hon Vrati: The best Man for President Tinubu to appoint Minister of Youth


Hon Vrati: The best Man for President Tinubu to appoint Minister of Youth

By Tom Garba, Yola

As President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is shopping around the best brain among the Nigerian Youths who will be appointed to head the Ministry of Youth, a research-based organization on governance, “Leadership and People” suggested to the current government to consider Honorable Vrati Nzonzo to be the next Minister.

The organization based its reasons on the current reforms the government of President Tinubu is carrying that he needs young and pragmatic people like Vrati to help stabilize the country’s economy.

The research-based organization in a letter to Mr. President on the current happenings in the country signed by its President, Awolabi Babalola, and presented to our Yola correspondent said Vrati is one of the progressive Youth that has the requisite experience to head the Youth ministry.

The organization in their letter revealed that they toured the country in search of good people with leadership prospects and discovered Vrati, a young man with a progressive mind from Adamawa, North East Nigeria.

According to the organization, he has been a thorough and cooked breed of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who has worked hard in the interest of the party.

Their letter further revealed that Vrati has both the educational and political requirements that can give better leadership that will transform the course of history.

“In our search for good people to help President Tinubu run the affairs of Nigeria well, we discovered one from the Northeast in person of Hon Vrati Nzonzo. The Young is brilliant and has the full capacity to give the best leadership skills to work out things well for the Nigerian Youth.

“We found out that when he was the Lamurde Local Government Chairman, he did well and the Youth of Adamawa are proud of him at all times. His belief in the APC party will gage him well to work with the vision of President Tinubu who is bent to change the narrative of our dear nation. “The letter read

They remember President Tinubu to carry the Youth along in his administration and is only the likes of Vrati that will work well for the nation.

They therefore reiterated their calls on Vrati because APC in the northeast did not balance appointments to all classes and people constituting the party in the northeast, especially Adamawa state.

They hail Vrati’s principles of marrying the party’s manifestos without changing to another party all these years.

“It is only this Young Man that can give the right leadership base in our search, prayers are that the president will not miss it this time around. ” they said

SWAN President hails Ejidike, say he’s pillar of Sport


SWAN President hails Ejidike, say he’s pillar of Sport


The President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mr. Isaiah Benjamin has hailed the Pillar of Sports in Nigeria, Chief Donatus N. Agu Ejidike (JP), for his commitment to sports development in the country.

He expressed this when he led some executive of the committee to a meeting with the Pillar of Sports in Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday August 26, 2023.

Mr. Benjamin said that the Pillar of Sports has been magnanimous in supporting just not the association, but sports in general.

SWAN President explained that the association has been committed to sports development and is happy to have a Pillar of Sports that understands the needs of sports development.

Earlier in his remarks, Chief Ejidike congratulated Mr. Benjamin for emerging SWAN President at the Rivers Delegates Conference.

He thanked the SWAN delegation for honouring his invitation to attend the final of the Diamond Football Championship to honour the 60th Anniversary on throne of HRH, Igwe K.O.N. Orizu III, Igwe Nnewi.

He was at the meeting with the SWAN Secretary General, Ikenna Okonkwo, Financial Secretary, Ijeoma Peter Nwante and Vice President South South, Azuka Ralph Chiemeka.

End Southern Kaduna marginalisation now – Group tells Gov.Sani

End Southern Kaduna marginalisation now – Group tells Gov.Sani
Group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna Renewed Hope Movement of Nigeria on Friday urged Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, to rectify what it called continuous marginalisation of Southern Kaduna in the State and Federal political spaces.
Specifically, the group said in the interest of socio-contract premised on justice and fairness to all, the ministerial slot due to the State should be zoned to the Kaduna South Senatorial District perspective of religion affiliate of the capable person so recognised.
Addressing a press conference at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Legacy House, Kaduna, the National Coordinator of the Group, Yusuf Kanhu, described the alleged marginalisation of the region as a “matter of utmost concern”, hence the intention to make their position public.
According to Yusuf, “since the establishment of Kaduna State in 1967, 1976, and 1987, it has served as a home to diverse individuals and communities. It is a melting pot of cultures and ideologies, a symbol of unity and progress. Unfortunately, in recent times, we have witnessed a troubling divergence from these values.
“In the past, Christians and Muslims in Kaduna coexisted harmoniously. They celebrated each other’s festivals, shared meals, and stood united. Unfortunately, in the present day, as we advance into the twenty-first century, we find ourselves grappling with a disheartening decline in unity and equitable political representation.
“Our expectation from the return to democracy was a united Nigeria marked by social justice, equity, and inclusivity—a departure from the challenges faced under various military regimes. Democracy, with its promise of synergy, representation, and inclusion, should guide our nation toward progress.
“However, over the last eight years, the Southern Kaduna region has experienced severe marginalization, both in political and religious spheres, particularly since the rise of the APC. Under the previous administration of Mallam Nasir Elrufai, a significant disparity emerged in political appointments and campaigns, leading to an imbalanced representation of the region”, he said.
He also stressed that the introduction of the Muslim-Muslim ticket further deepened this divide, relegating the Christians and Muslims of Southern Kaduna to deputy positions or roles of lesser influence.
Yusuf also expressed concern over the alleged recent viral video on social media where the immediate Governor of the State, Nasir El-Rufai spoke about the motivations behind the recent political decisions in the State, “his assertion of leniency in demolitions and the potential exacerbation of demolitions and hardship under a successor, as well as the intent to perpetuate the Muslim-Muslim ticket for the next two decades, raise questions about their intentions towards the Southern Kaduna region.
“Are these factors contributing to Governor Uba Sani’s current actions, favoring Zones 1 and 2 while disregarding the political significance of the South? He queried.
In response to this distressing situation, the Group urged Governor Uba Sani to ensure fairness for both Christian and Muslim communities in Southern Kaduna just it acknowledged and thanked him for the peace the State is currently experiencing since his emergence as “Governor of all Kaduna sons and daughters”.
The Group however tipped an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain from the region, Dr. Abdulmalik Durunguwa, who is said to be a proven administrator, a former Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Agency (SEMA), to be appointed by President Bola Tinubu as a Minister in his progressives cabinet.
“We call for the equitable distribution of ministerial appointments to the South. If a Christian ministerial appointment is not viable, we propose the appointment of —an esteemed son of Southern Kaduna, a proven administrator, the former Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Agency (SEMA), and a dedicated member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We want to reiterate that our goal is not to promote division or animosity. We stand for unity and progress, and we believe that the only way to achieve this is through equal representation, fair distribution of resources, and inclusive governance.
“Therefore, we call on the Kaduna State Government to address the grievances of the Southern region and take immediate steps to rectify this continuous marginalization. We demand fair representation in governance, equitable distribution of resources, and improved security measures in Southern Kaduna”, Yusuf added.

Sports legends: Nimrod, Ahmed Musa, Governors, others bag 2023 Awards


Sports legends: Nimrod, Ahmed Musa, Governors, others bag 2023 Awards

In “recognition of their contribution to sports development, infrastructural and human development, Sports Legendary Awards has selected some well-meaning Nigerians for awards this year.

Explaining the motive behind the awards, the President of the organization, Solomon Omonokhua said, ”the saying that every good turn deserves another ,” is why these individuals have been specially selected for the awards because of their immersed contributions to the development of their societies and the country at large.

According to him,” we all know the importance of sports in our country. Government alone cannot do everything and these individuals have ensured in their own little ways that sports continue to bring glory to the country.”

“Sports will discourage criminality and take our esteemed youths out of harms-way. It is like creating jobs for our youths.”

The likes of Ahmed Musa of the Super Eagles, he said, became a house-hold name because of his exploits in football and he was discovered by someone who saw his potentials.

Sports, Omonokhua stressed has brought fame to the country, “we have three or four U-17 trophies in treasure box, three African Cup of Nations trophies, our girls Tobi Amusan has the world fastest time in 110 metres Hurdles (World Record), the Onyalis and Falilats have all put the country in the map of world great sportsmen and women. Our girls at the just concluded Women’s World Cup did well.”

Some selected awardees for the event billed to hold on September 23, 2023 at Hotel 17 (Seventeen), Kaduna include, Sen. Kashim Shettima (Vice President of Nigeria), Aisha Falode, President Nigeria Women Football League, Ahmed Musa, Former Captain of the Super Eagles and Hon. Ekene Adams, House Committee Chairman on Sports, Federal House of Representatives.

Others are Hon. Tajudeen Abass, Speaker, House of Representatives, Engr. Musa Nimrod, President Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye and Sen. Uba Sani, Governor of Kaduna State amongst others.

Omonokhua stated that the awards organization started in 2014 and Mohammed Babangida was among the first recipient.

Badaru is competent enough to head Defense Ministry – Group declares


*Badaru is competent enough to head Defense Ministry – Group declares*


A Socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda(ANA), has reiterated its dedication to support the newly appointed Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.

The chairman of the group, Sen. Ahmad Abubakar MoAllahyidi, conveyed this in a press briefing with journalists in Abuja, on Thursday.

ANA envisions a Nigeria where the north thrives, possesses vibrancy, and assumes responsibility for its destiny.

As ministers embark on their governance challenges, ANA expressed dismay at the unjust criticisms some have faced, cloaked in religious and ethnic disguises, even before they’ve settled into their roles.

MoAllahyidi said: “H.E. Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, the newly appointed Minister of Defense, was singled out for such unjustified attacks”.

“Badaru’s eight-year tenure as Jigawa State’s Governor was an exemplary record of ensuring safety, peace, and coexistence despite the state’s geographical vulnerabilities”.

“Despite being a state neighboring insecure countries and states, jigawa is on of the few states in the north that has never had the insuring issue”

“The association found it fitting for him to lead the Ministry of Defense, given his history of safeguarding territorial integrity”.

“Badaru’s successful track record in both public and private spheres underscores his competence for this role”.

ANA emphasized the cultural and traditional imperative of supporting and respecting leadership, dismissing any calls for Badaru’s dismissal as premature and unfounded.

Meanwhile, MoAllahyidi said: “ANA is resolute in its pledge to foster social harmony and peaceful coexistence as Nigeria continues its journey toward national improvement”

“Undoubtedly, Nigeria is grappling with some of its most trying times in the path to nationhood. The demand for forward-thinking ministers capable of harnessing both human and material resources to enhance the lives of citizens has never been more critical”.

“While this is a nationwide need, the north, for undeniable reasons, requires these ministers even more”.

“ANA places great significance on how the forthcoming presidency of Tinubu addresses the twin challenges of insecurity and economic instability”.

“However, it’s vital to acknowledge that these concerns aren’t the only ones afflicting the nation”.

ANA congratulated the 45 recently sworn-in ministers and urged them to strive for distinctiveness. This appointment presents a fresh opportunity to drive socio-economic progress, and the association condemned any lavish displays of office privileges amid the country’s economic struggles.

However, ANA called to ministers from the northern region to work diligently for the betterment of both the north and Nigeria as a whole.

The association emphasized the need to prioritize the collective vision over personal interests, echoing the overarching goals set forth by the President.

ANA stressed the importance of ministers engaging with the people to comprehend their aspirations and incorporate these into President Tinubu’s government agenda.

Sen  Manu  donates food items to constituents to mark 50th birthday


Sen  Manu  donates food items to constituents to mark 50th birthday

Sen. Haruna Manu, representing Taraba Central Senatorial Zone, on Thursday, donated food items to his constituents to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal as he celebrates his 50th birthday anniversary.

According to him, items donated at the event included 2,000 bags of 10kg rice and 2,000 cartons of spaghetti which were distributed across Gassol, Bali, Gashaka, Kurmi and Sardauna Local Government councils which made up the zone.

Manu, the immediate past Deputy Governor in the state, noted at the event that with the harsh economic realities the nation was experiencing, every stakeholder should endeavour to give out no matter how small.

“The effects of subsidy removal are glaring and that is why I have decided to celebrate my 50th birthday by giving out to my people,” he said.

Gov. Agbu Kefas, who witnessed the distribution, commended sen. Manu for choosing to celebrate his 50th birthday with those who truly needed pallietives at the moment.

The governor urged other government functionaries and well placed individuals to cultivate the habit of reaching out to others so that the effects would be reduced.

“I want to congratulate Sen. Manu on his 50th birthday anniversary and commend him for choosing to celebrate by donating to his people.

“Those who give out can never lack because it always comes back to them naturally.

“Let me call on all government officials and well placed individuals to cultivate the habit of giving so the collectively, we can reduce the hardship on the masses and at the same time curb criminality in our midst,” he said.

Palliatives:  Benue students to get free WAEC, NECO registration-Gov. Alia

Palliatives:  Benue students to get free WAEC, NECO registration-Gov. Alia
Benue State Government has unveiled plans for the disbursement of the N5 billion given by the Federal Government to cushion the negative effects of subsidy removal on the citizens.
The state governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, made this known during the flag off of the distribution of relief materials to victims of the 2022 flood disaster in Makurdi.
He pointed out that the state government has received N2 billion out of the money allocated to the state and is expecting the next tranche of palliatives to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.
Rev Fr. Alia further disclosed that the state government would use part of the funds to register students of government secondary schools for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations for the 2023/2024 academic year.
The Benue State governor also said that the fund will be deployed to provide intensive computer and ICT training for 2000 youths of the state to enable them acquire jobs.
Rev Fr. Alia stated that the planned intervention will provide grants to 5,000 women in the state based on the revised social register of the women cooperatives.
He noted that because of the hardship commuters are facing in the state due to subsidy removal he will use the palliatives to purchase 100 new buses for the state-owned transport company, Benue Links, as well as provide shuttle buses in the three major towns of Makurdi, Gboko, and Otukpo to ease movement.
According to the governor, other areas where the funds would be expended are for the payment of one month pension arrears to state and local government retirees and the provision  of food items like rice in large quantities to each of the 23 local government areas in the state, among other things.
The Benue state governor expressed the belief that the remaining part of the money will be released to the state government coffers soon.
He therefore called on Benue people to be patient as the government will soon start implementing the mentioned plans to cushion the effects of subsidy removal.

Adamawa: NGO trains CSOs Lawyers, Hunters, others on civil space and human rights


Adamawa: NGO trains CSOs Lawyers, Hunters, others on civil space and human rights

Centre for Peace and Education and community development, Jalingo with Support from spaces for change , Lagos organised a one day stakeholders town hall meeting on civil space and human rights in Adamawa.

One of the resource person during the one day seminar, Dr Joseph Gimba defined civil space as set of legal condition experienced by a lived environmental enables people -wether alone or with others, physical or online to be active in their communities.

Gimba however said civil space has enormous challenges as no everyone can be able to fully participate for its variety of reason and world over it is not free and some group of people are being discriminated and prevented from exercising their rights.

Me Emmanuel Ussa Kwache is another facilitator who harped on bringing the image of society to be built in Peace as it panacea to development.

Court Magistrates and lawyers in Adamawa, Traditional leaders, Vigilantes, Hunters Association and CSOs are participants who were gathered in Dantsoho Hotel to be educated on civil space.

The Non Governmental organization trained the stakeholders to have a broad knowledge on human rights as the one of the Constitutional means to have a sound and civic environment

Kaduna Pastor Strengthens Interfaith Relations During Visit to NBAIS


Kaduna Pastor Strengthens Interfaith Relations During Visit to NBAIS


The General Overseer of the Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has paid a visit to the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) headquarters in Kaduna, aimed at fostering a stronger relationship between religious communities.

Pastor Buru, who led an entourage, was received by Professor Yahuza Sulaiman Imam and his management staff.

He said,the primary objective of the visit was to extend congratulations to the Registrar/ CEO of the board and to wish him success and divine guidance throughout his tenure.

Pastor Yohanna Buru emphasized that the visit marked not his first encounter with the board, as he has previously sought to cultivate positive relationships with its entire staff and management.

According to him, his rapport with the board aligns with its mission of promoting peace and unity across the nation.

He underscored the significance of the Arabic language as a universally powerful means of effective communication, capable of disseminating valuable information. Drawing from his personal experiences,

Pastor Buru recounted encounters with Christians conversing fluently in Arabic during his visits to Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and other Arab nations.

He expressed his astonishment at observing Christians comfortably communicating in Arabic within these regions.

Pastor Buru extended a heartfelt call to both the Muslim and Christian communities, urging them to continue living in harmony and mutual respect worldwide, regardless of their background in terms of tribe, religion, race, or culture.

In response, Professor Yahuza Sulaiman Imam, the Registrar/CEO of NBAIS, conveyed his profound gratitude for the visit.

He expressed his delight at Pastor Yohanna Buru’s presence and extended his thanks to the pastor and his delegation for their visit to the board.