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Diezani’s crime: Ex Kebbi Gov, Dakingari’s trial stalled

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The trial of former governor of Kebbi State, Usman Saidu Dakingari was on Monday stalled due to the absence of his counsel, A.A. Awomolo (SAN) and the counsel to the second defendant, O.A. Dada.

Prosecution witness, Olabode Omolola was also absent in court due to the subsisting lockdown.

At the last adjourned date, the matter was stalled due to the absence of the second defendant and it was subsequently adjourned to Monday, June 29, 2020 for continuation of trial.

However, at the resumed hearing on Monday, prosecution counsel informed the court that at the last hearing of the matter, PW 4 testified and concluded evidence in chief but did not conclude his cross examination.

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Prosecution counsel, Mohammed Gambo, informed the court that his witness, PW4 could not appear in court on Monday because of the lockdown as he is currently in Ibadan.

Counsel representing the third defendant A.A. Fingilla, who also represents the first and second defendants, informed the court that the counsels for the second and third defendants were also affected by the lockdown as they both reside in Abuja and Lagos respectively.

Dakingari is standing trial alongside two others, Sunday Dogonyaro and Garba Rabiu Kamba for allegedly receiving the sum of N450 million from the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison Madueke for the purpose of influencing the 2015 general election.

Justice S.B. Onu adjourned the matter to October 8, 2020 for continuation of trial.


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Wife of Kebbi Gov task Northern Govs on Almajiris’ Education

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Wife of Kebbi Governor Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, has urged northern state governors to provide quality education to repatriated almajiri in their respective states.


Hajiya Bagudu gave the advice on Monday while speaking with newsmen.

She said that the repatriation of almajiri in some northern states to their respective states of origin was an initiative in the right direction.

“The state governments, especially in the north, should take the initiative more serious and follow up the almajiri with quality education.

Also, Kaduna State Govt. evacuates 35,000 Almajiri children, receives more than 1,000 –Commissioner.

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“They governments should be mindful that before their repatriation, these children were in an environment totally away from their parents and must have been accustomed to begging and living on the streets.

“This may have resulted in adoption of another moral character different from their states of origin,’’ she said.

She urged them to prioritise the continuation of both Qur’anic and western education for the children now that they are living with their biological parents.

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“The state governments should be committed to the full protection of the fundamental human rights of the children,’’ she said.

The wife of the governor also urged parents to be vigilant to know the whereabouts of their children and friends now the cases of rape were rampant in the country.

Hajiya Bagudu, who is the founder of Mass Literacy Programme and Almajiri Initiative (MALPAI), affirmed her commitment to providing support to women to engage in entrepreneurship in order to be self-reliant.

She also promised to continue to assist them to acquire skills and materials to engage in commerce, agriculture and livestock production.


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Rainstorm hit Kebbi – 50 houses flooded

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No fewer than 50 houses have been destroyed at Badariya area, Mobile Police Barrack, Bayan-Kara and parts of Gesse III in Birnin Kebbi following rainstorm on Friday.

A cross section of the victims interviewed by pressmen at the scene on Saturday expressed shock over the incident.

They, however, said it would be difficult now, to ascertain the losses and number of houses affected.

Malam Isyaku Mohammed, a resident of the area, estimated that over 50 houses might have been affected by the rainstorm.

“One might not be wrong to say over 50 houses have been destroyed in different parts of the state capital.

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“We accepted what happened as the will of God Almighty, who does what He wants at the time He wants, without questioning from anybody,’’ Mohammed said.

He, however, appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the victims to cushion the effect of the disaster.

On his part, Mr Isaac Musa, one of the victims said the rainstorm started in the late evening, destroying a number of houses “not only here in Badariya but in other places too’’.

He called on the government, Non-Governmental Organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to assist them to enable them resettle down.

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In a swift reaction to the menace, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi paid a visit to the affected communities and sympathised with them over the incident.

A statement by Alhaji Abubakar Mu’azu-Dakingari, Chief Press Secretary, Government House and made available to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday, said the governor visited the scene on Friday evening.

According to him, the governor made an on-the-spot visit to the area to assess the damages to property at Badariya. N.Rs gather

Bagudu promised that the government would assist the victims with relief materials.

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He said that an assessment of the affected houses would be made to quantify extent of damages.

Bagudu advised the victims to regard the incident as an act of God Almighty and prayed to Allah to provide them with succour.

NRM learnt that several buildings and electric poles were destroyed by the windstorm at Badariya, thereby plunging the communities into darkness.

The rainstorm is believed to be unprecedented since the beginning of this year.


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COVID-19: No NYSC members infected in Kebbi state, Nigeria.


Kebbi State Government has refuted insinuations in some quarters that a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the state has been infected with the novel covid 19 (Coronavirus).

The Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Ja’afar Muhammad,who is also Chairman, Task Force for control of COVID-19 in the state refuted the insinuations on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi during a press briefing .


Muhammad explained that the state had not yet recorded any case of Coronavirus stresed that, the briefing became necessary following social media reports circulating, that a member of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in the state had contracted the virus.

“The 27- year – old NYSC member that was alleged to have contracted the virus was diagnosed at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi on March 24, and the result turned out to be pneumonia, not Covid-19 as falsely speculated.


“The corps member was presented from the NYSC camp with a history of fever, cough and body pain at FMC with no history of travels outside the country or any contact with suspected or confirmed case of Covid -19 in the last two weeks preceding his presentation.

“He has been admitted and managed as a case of Community Acquired Pneumonia of which he has made satisfactory progress and is awaiting discharge,” he said.


According to him, in view of the circumstances surrounding his admission, his sample has being taken and the result is being awaited.

Muhammad said that the result would be made available in the next few days for proper confirmation and urged the people to remain calm.


” There is no need to panic as all our teams are on red alert, routinely and diligently providing all the necessary needed services.

“We have since swung into action as regards surveillance and rapid response mechanisms, to complement the existing healthcare structures in the state.


“Sub committees have been set up by the Task Force, to fine-tune plausible strategies and measures against Covid -19,” he said.

The Commissioner, promised that, the task force would update the people regularly through the media, as well as other communication outlets .

Muhammed warned members of the public to desist from spreading false information on coronavirus in the social media which may cause unnecessary palpable apprehension and anxiety in the minds of residents of the state.


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Kebbi college expel students over lesbianism.


The Kebbi State College of Science and Technology in Jega has expelled four female students for engaging in lesbianism.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the Provost of the institution, Alhaji Aminu Dakingari said the female students were caught red-handed by the school’s security personnel and cleaners.


It was further revealed that two of the students are from Kotangora in Niger State while two others are from Kebbi and Sokoto respectively.

However, the four students owned up to indulging in lesbianism and were eventually expelled from the institution.

“The students confessed to the committee that they committed the crime and we just have to expel them from the school”, Dakingari said.

“They resorted to threatening my life through text messages but the security agents were able to rescue me from them,” he added.


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Minimum wage: NLC suspend planned strike in Kebbi after agreement


The Organised Labour in Kebbi has announced the immediate suspension of its strike notice, which was to take effect on Tuesday over delay in the implementation of the national minimum wage. The strike notice was issued on February 27, 2020.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Umar Alhassan, said the strike notice had been withdrawn as the state government had agreed to the workers’ demands.

Alhassan made the announcement while briefing newsmen after the union’s Executive Council meeting in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.


“The state government has agreed with our demands on minimum wage and consequential adjustment, payment of 2019 leave grant, annual increment and payment of retirement benefits.

“The government has agreed to set up a committee on minimum wage and consequential adjustments and will be inaugurated today.


“On 2019 leave grant, the state government workers from GL 1 – 6 are going to receive their grant today.

“On annual increment, by the end of this month, our members are going to receive their payment while on retirement benefits a standing committee will commence sorting out of genuine members and process their payment soon,” he said.


Alhassan appealed to civil servants on Grade Level 7 and above to exercise patience, saying the payment of their leave grant would commence soon.

“In as much as we want our members to have a conducive working environment and atmosphere, we will not be unmindful with the present reality of the situation.

“The civil servants on GL. 7 and above will not be getting their leave grant today, due to paucity of funds, as said by the government representatives in the discussion.

“We have agreed that civil servants on those grade levels will get their own later,” the chairman said.


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Kebbi deployed 140 officers to evaluate primary one teachers in 956 schools


The Kebbi State Government has deployed over 140 monitoring officers to evaluate the performance of 1,452 trained primary One teachers in 956 primary schools across the state.


NobleReporters heard that the affected teachers were trained under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure the improvement of Primary one pupils under the guide of Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA) scheme and their enrollment in the state.

While deploying the officers in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Hajiya Rafa’atu Hammani, explained that the essence of the exercise was part of the follow-up on an effort to improve literacy level and retention of pupils’ enrollment in the primary schools.


“We invited these coaches and mentors here because they are the ones who will go round to evaluate the effects of the training we gave to these primary one teachers on RANA programme.

“Their responsibilities are to see if they are following the syllabus.


“Are they doing it correctly? If they are doing it right, they will encourage them to do more.

“This is to ensure that RANA is going on the way it should be.


“We have distributed books to all the primary one pupils that these trained primary one teachers are teaching.

“So, we want them to go round to see if all these pupils have RANA books.


“And if the teachers are teaching exactly what they are supposed to teach by following the syllabus the way it’s should be.

“Where the teacher is deficient, they will assist and help the teacher, guide him or her on the aspect such a teacher is not doing well.


“So, the whole essence of this exercise is to remind ourselves of our roles as the people who will not only bring back children to schools but make sure we retain them until they complete their schools and make sure we give them quality education,” Hammani explained.

She also recalled that one of the major problems facing the education sector was lack of constant monitoring.


The permanent secretary expressed optimism that with the deployment of the coaches, there would be an improvement in literacy standards in the schools while quality education would be achieved.

Earlier, the Desk Officer of BESDA, Malam Hassan Umar, disclosed that the programme was designed to improve literacy, enrollment of children in schools and the modalities in ensuring the objectives were achieved.

He added that the World Bank had promised the state about $1 million US dollars if the literacy level in the state improved by two per cent through the adoption of RANA.

N.Rs learnt that 120 mentors and coaches, as well as BESDA officers in all the 21 LGAs of the state, converged at Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of the state for the meeting of LGEA Desk Officers and RANA coaches/mentors on the distribution of pupils book and teacher’s guide.


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Kebbi: Gov. Atiku appoints 100 SSAs, 40 SAs ..


Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has approved the appointment of 40 Special Advisers (SAs) and 100 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs).

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Yauri, made the disclosure at a news conference in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.

“After the maiden meeting of the state executive council held at the council chambers today, all the executive council members have resolved to work together to support Bagudu in achieving the desired result for the development of the state,” he said.

Yauri said that Bagudu has also assigned portfolios to the newly appointed commissioners in the state, adding that the posting and appointments were with immediate effect.

Some of the Commissioners are Hajiya Ramatu Gulma, Ministry of Justice; Alhaji Ibrahim Augie, Ministry of Finance; Alhaji Kangiwa, Ministry of Water Resources; Alhaji Kaliel Gidado, Ministry of Youth and Sports; Hajiya Rakiya Ayuba, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Alhaji Mamuda Warra, Ministry of Information and Culture.


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NYSC: Kebbi state gets new state coordinator ..


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kebbi State, has gotten a new state coordinator, Mr Mustapha Muhammed, who resumed as the 18th coordinator of the scheme in the state.

Muhammed replaced the immediate past state coordinator, Mr Barde Usman, who retired honourably from civil service having put in his best during his years of active service.

Mohammed, who assumed duty on Thursday at the NYSC Kebbi State secretariat as the 18th state coordinator, was handed over to by his predecessor.


While speaking during the handing over formalities, Mr Barde thanked management and staff of NYSC Kebbi for giving him the maximum cooperation he received while discharging his duties.

He, however, requested the same cooperation he received when in office be extended to his successor.

In his remarks, the new state coordinator, Mustapha, expressed appreciation to God for the immediate past coordinator’s successes recorded in the scheme.

He sought the cooperation of his staff as he assumed office and duties in the state.


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Kebbi: Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Agrees to N138Billion Appropriation Bill

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has signed into law the 2020 Appropriation Bill of N138 billion, with funds allocated for the Argungu fishing festival and other cultural festivals across the state.

Governor Bagudu signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

Bagudu disclosed that the budget would also take care of over 600,000 out-of-school children as part of the state’s commitment to World Bank programmes in the state.

“Some things we wish to do in 2020 that is of important to our state is Argungu fishing festival, and I am sure that there is appropriation for Argungu fishing festival. I am also sure that there is appropriation for Regatta festival, and certainly we would have more money for Uhola, for Hutogo festival,” the Governor stated.

“Thirdly, one of the major issues in our state among other states is out-of-school children. And I have no doubt that this has been taken care of in the budget. Because in our World Bank programme, ‘Better Education Service Delivery for All’, which is anticipating school feeding and mobilising over 600,000 out-of-school children. I am sure the budget has made appropriation for us to achieve this laudable objective.”

Governor Bagudu, who stated that capital expenditure remained at N86.72 billion, with recurrent spending at N51 billion, said his administration would facilitate all processes to ensure the smooth take-off of the Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru, recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He commended the House of Assembly members and MDAs for their budgets defence.

Earlier, Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Samaila Abdulmumin Kamba, explained that the lawmakers considered the 2020 Appropriation Bill and passed it within 27 days because of its importance to the state.

Kebbi Governor’s wife Demand Increased Investment in Female Education.

…says it will reduce maternal mortality, rate of infant

The wife of Kebbi state Governor, Hajiya Zainab Bagudu, has advocated for more investment in girl-child education as a tool needed to reduce the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in the country.

Bagudu made the remark during the 5th anniversary of the Green Heart Impact Foundation (GHIF) in Abuja.

NobleReporters culled that GHIF, is an NGO which focuses on taking girl-child hawkers off the streets, enrol them in schools and also empower their mothers in order to tackle the root cause of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

She linked lack of basic education among girls of reproductive age to Nigeria’s high rate of maternal and infant mortality.

“If women are properly educated the horrible statistics coming from the North would be drastically reduced.

“Women do not go to hospital to deliver. They do not use their mosquito nets. Even though the government spends so much buying these mosquito nets, they do not sleep under them, because of poor education, some of them don’t know what to do with it.” she said.

Bagudu said about 100,000 people in sub-saharan Africa can be saved from losing their lives to maternal mortality and other ailments, if a woman completes primary education.

She said an NGO like the Green Heart Impact Foundation should be partnered to reduce illiteracy rate among girls in the country.

“Things like what the Green Heart Impact Foundation is doing is what we really need to get back to. Going back to our grassroots, reaching out to those rural people and educating them.” Bagudu said.

The Founder of GHIF, Munira Suleiman-Nalaraba said her Foundation decided to focus on girl-child education and women empowerment owing to the alarming rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, which is about 10.5 million children according to UNICEF.

She said though its ‘Books Over Trays’ project and a No-To-Girl-Child-Hawking campaign which started in 2017, GHIF has taken 76 girls off the streets from seven states, enrolled them in schools and empower their mothers.

“Green Heart Impact Foundation hope to train 1,000 girls in schools every year and equally empower their mothers.” Suleiman-Nalaraba said.

She said that GHIF, within the last five years, had helped to set free more than 120 prison inmates who were jailed for their inability to meet up with their bail conditions, paid medical bills for 500 people, attended to orphans and internally displaced persons.

She also said the Foundation had trained 750 young people, free of charge, at its two computer training centres in Kano and Kaduna.

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