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Sallah: Kebbi Govt Doles Out Financial Assistance to Fed MDAs, NGOs, Resident Communities

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Kebbi State Government says it has doled out financial assistance to the members of staff of all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, operating in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri,disclosed this to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.

Yauri said that, the invaluable gesture was extended to the benfeciaries, to enable them celebrate the forthcoming Sallah with a relative ease.

According to the SSG, the gesture was also extended to the members of the resident communities in the state, which include the Yorubas, Igbos and other related groups .

In the same vein, the staffers of the various Non Governmental Organizations ( NGOs), were also not left out in the historic gesture.

He added that traditional and religious leaders as well as security agencies benefitted from the kind gesture of the governor.

Yauri further explained that, the gesture was part of state government’s policies to assist the beneficiaries during the various religious celebrations like the Sallah and Yuletide, among others .

Yauri added,” the governor of the state was overwhelmingly elected by the various strata of people in the state.

” This is also in line with his unwavering commitment to further uphold the fundamental principles of the Constitution.

” By doing so, Gov Atiku Bagudu has been treating all the people of the state with respective, equality and equity, as well as devoid of any political or religious inclinations.”

The Kebbi SSG also added that government was a collective responsibility, as such , all the indelible successes recorded by the state government should be attributed to the entire people of the state.

He said,” we have also been admonished by Islam to always extend our milk of human kindness to the less privileged people in the society .

” We have also been charged to be our brother’s keeper, so as to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged persons in the society.”

Yauri further stated that,the state government would continue to treat all the various sectors of the society with unequalled equity, equality, justice and fairness.

He appealed to the people of the state to sustain their commendable dispostion towards sustainable peace and unity in the state, as well as Nigeria, in general .

“I am therefore optimistic that, the forthcoming Sallah will be rancour-free and memorable, but, by way of appeal, we should be law abiding and peaceful.

“People should also adhere to all protocols of Covid -19 as specified by NCDC in during the Sallah period ,Yauri, urged.

In their separate messages of appreciation to the governor of Kebbi State, the leader of Igbo community in the state who is also the chairman of non indigenes resident in Kebbi, Eze J.N Nwosu , Eze Igbo 1 and Yoruba Community, Alhaji Saidu Aderogba Sakibu, commended governor Bagudu for the gesture.

The octogenarian opined that, since the creation of the state for over 20 years, no successive governments both the military and the civilian that had remembered non indigenes in the distribution of both Sallah and Xmas packages.

” It is only this very administration led by Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the present governor that has ever remembered the non indigenous community leaders and their people.

” Past military and civilian governments of the state, non has shown interest, concern or has carried us along, except the present administration of Bagudu. I was turbaned 28 years ago as the leader of Igbo in Kebbi State by the late emir Haruna, so I can rightly talk for the Igbos in the state and what each government did for our people ‘, he said.

In the same vein, the the leader of Yoruba community resident in the state , Alhaji Saidu Aderogba Sakibu, the Sarkin Yarbawan Gwandu, also shower praises on Governor Atiku Bagudu led administration.

He described governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu as unbiased and detribalised leader who has reached out to even non indegines in the state.

” The governor is impartial to all , he always try to make us feel at home during any notable occasions like Sallah and Christmas we are remembered.

” His developmental projects are all round for people to see . Just recently, Badariya area is undergoing development, new roads are being constructed in the area”, he commended.

Similarly, the Chairman of Coalition of United Political Parties ( CUPP) , Kebbi State , Malan Sani Maihadisi thanked the Kebbi Government under the able leadership of Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for extending the Sallah package to their members.

He also extolled the developmental strides of the present administration towards providing basic social needs and infrastructural development of people of the state.

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Agric Minister Shield’s Factional AFAN Leader From Police Invitation

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The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, on Friday, 17th June, 2021 at the ICC (International Conference Centre), in Abuja prevented policemen on duty from taking factional leader of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Mr Farouk Rabiu for questioning on fraud related matters.


According to reliable sources and eye witnesses at the scene which was the venue of the 2021, Council on Agriculture, the police were there to invite Farouk to Force headquarters following a petition against him for acts that bordered on criminality.


Recently a federal high court sitting in Abuja had cautioned the renegade group led by Farouk through their lawyer, on Wednesday,15/2/2021, against parading themselves as leaders of AFAN until the matter is determined in court.


Farouk had been accused of defrauding investors using the name of AFAN Kano branch which he illegally registered, a matter which had been brought before the Corporate Affairs Commission, who revoked the registration.


However, Farouk has been continuously recognised as the leader of AFAN, by the Minister who hails from the same state with him despite several petitions from the Arc Kabir Ibrahim led executive.


The minister’s actions in siding with Farouk despite a case in court to resolve the leadership tussle of AFAN, has been allegedly linked to the minister’s shameful removal as chairman of AFAN Kano, long before he became appointed minister.


Witnesses at the scene stated that the minister after frantic efforts to get the Inspector General on phone to call off his men failed, resorted to giving an unhindered exit to Farouk in his official car, tantamount to obstruction of justice, much to the chagrin of the police officers.


A reliable source further disclosed that the policemen declined to follow the minister to his office.

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Three Soldiers Injured as Troops Kill ISWAP Terrorists in Borno

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Troops of the Nigerian Army under the Operation Hadin Kai have killed several ISWAP Terrorists in Dikwa town, Borno State.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the gallant troops decisively dealt with the terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate the town on Tuesday.

The terrorist elements were said to have mounted five gun trucks, others mounted motorcycles, while others moved by foot.

They were, however, met with superior fire power by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force.

“The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns and ammunition,” the statement read.

“During the encounter, six members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their deceased colleagues”.

Three soldiers, however, sustained various degrees of injuries but have now been stabilised.

Items recovered during the encounter included one gun truck, eight AK 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, three motorcycles and six magazines.

To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of Wednesday in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters along the terrorists’ withdrawal routes and recovered 90 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 on links belonging to the fleeing terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, has commended the gallant troops over the feat and charged them to remain resolute and steadfast.

He urged them to maintain the tempo in order to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region.

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Onion Marketers Threaten to Stop Supply to Southern Nigeria

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The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to stop the supply of onions down to the South from June 7, 2021.

The group said it would carry out the threat if the government fails to compensate its members who have suffered losses in recent times following attacks in some parts of the country.

President of the association, Aliyu Umar, made this known to journalists at a press briefing on Sunday in Sokoto State.

He explained that the government under a committee led by the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello had promised to compensate their members, many of whom suffered huge losses in Abia, Imo and Oyo States during the #EndSARS and Shasha market crisis.

However, according to him, the promise has not been kept and the members have reportedly lost over 4 billion naira.

“We are calling on the state and Federal Government to restore law and order in the state, and we are calling on the good people of the southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace as we are only there for our lawful businesses,” Umar said.

“We also call on state governments to collaborate with fed govt to set up a committee to investigate the incident that led to the loss of lives and property of the Onion Association members.

“Furthermore, if the government fails to adhere to what we are saying, we are shutting the supply of onion to the entire south by Monday the 7th of June 2021”.

In recent times, the price of Onions skyrocketed from just about ₦20,000 to nearly a hundred thousand, in less than a year – a situation which quickly gave it the reputation of ‘new gold’.

While the price hike could not be understood by many, some traders have attributed the increment to seasonal fluctuations, a general increase in prices of fertilizers among other items, strike actions as well as insecurity arising from the #EndSARS protests.

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