Author: Hassan Haruna

The government of Nigeria called for a meeting with all cement makers because the prices of cement in stores are going up astronomically. The Minister of Works, David Umahi, will lead this meeting. They’re worried about the rising costs, especially because Nigeria makes a lot of cement, but people are paying more for it. The prices have gone up by about 30%, and this has affected many areas, like Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory. A bag of Dangote cement, for example, now costs between N8,600 and N9,600, while BUA sells for between N8,500 and N9,500. This is causing problems…

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The much-awaited Borno Cultural Summit kicked off on February 16, 2024, with a special opening ceremony. The event was attended by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum and many others at the Shehu of Borno Place. The Summit, set to last for three days, is expected to be very interesting, with discussions and traditional performances. The day began with a prayer session at the central Mosque, where people gathered to pray for peace and stability in the state. After that, there was a horse race that showed off the impressive horse riding skills of the region, which amazed the audience. Important people…

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Four police officers in Taraba State were given special awards because they refused a large amount of money from people suspected to be kidnappers.  The commissioner of police in Taraba State, David Iloy Anomon, gave the awards to the officers during a ceremony in his office in Jalingo yesterday. The officers who got the awards are Inspector Difference Tih, Inspector Ngamarju Gambi, Inspector Usman Haruna, and CPL Zarudeen Mamuda. The commissioner praised them for being honest and patriotic while doing their job. He said, “We need to recognize and praise the excellent honesty shown by some officers and men of…

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The Nigerian government has given advice to its citizens, suggesting that they refrain from speaking negatively or causing disturbances that could reflect poorly on the government and incite opposition from the public. This guidance aims to encourage individuals to promote harmony and avoid actions or statements that could undermine the government’s reputation or provoke dissent among the populace. By advocating for responsible behavior and constructive engagement, the government seeks to foster a conducive environment for social cohesion and collective progress. This advice came from Bello Matawalle, who is the Minister of State for Defence. The government thinks President Bola Tinubu…

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, asked people in the state to pray and fast for one day. He wants everyone to do this on Monday, February 19, 2024. He hopes that through prayer, they can find solutions to the problems caused by inflation. In a message to the people, Zulum talked about how inflation has made life harder for everyone, especially with the increasing prices of food. Zulum said that he understands the difficulties families are facing because of these high prices. He wants everyone to know that the government is working hard to make things better. One of…

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The Damaturu-Biu highway, located in Yobe State, Nigeria, became a scene of terror on Friday as suspected members of the extremist group Boko Haram reportedly abducted numerous travelers near Mahdiya village. The attackers, armed and heavily positioned along the highway, ambushed both commercial and private vehicles around 9 am, seizing passengers from at least six vehicles and tragically killing one person. According to an eyewitness who managed to escape, the insurgents forcibly removed passengers from their vehicles and took them into nearby bushes. The chairman of the National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe…

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Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, who is the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), officially started the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Course 8/2024 on Friday, February 16, 2024. He did this at the Tukur Yusufu Buratai Hall of the College.  He spoke to the participants, saying that training is very important for the success of military operations. He mentioned that a country that invests well in training its troops will spend less on fighting wars. The COAS emphasized the significance of training in the Nigerian Army (NA) to fulfill its duties as outlined in the Nigerian Constitution. He shared his Command…

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In the wee hours of Friday morning, tragedy struck in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State as gunmen stormed the family residence of Sule Gwamnati, a man in his middle age. Sule Gwamnati was fatally shot during the attack, and his wife, Blessing, was abducted by the assailants. Reports indicate that Sule Gwamnati was rushed to a hospital in Jos but succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. Luther Dafwang, a relative of Blessing, reached out to members of the Assemblies of God Church in Jos seeking prayers for the family, confirming the distressing incident. The Chairman…

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The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has been doing well in fighting terrorism. They’ve had many successes, and Operation Nashrul Salam is helping even more terrorists surrender. Maj Gen Ibrahim Sallau Ali, the Force Commander, visited General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, Armed Forces of Nigeria, to talk about these successes. Gen Ali said that more and more terrorists are giving up in Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. This shows that the operations against terrorism in the area are working better. He also praised the Nigerian Armed Forces for their strong support in the fight against terrorism. The MNJTF…

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The soldiers from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Sector 4 successfully intercepted a significant shipment of weapons. This task force, made up of troops from various countries, including Nigeria, worked together to prevent a large delivery of arms from reaching Boko Haram, an extremist group operating in the region. The interception of this shipment marks a notable achievement in the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and ensure the safety and security of the people living in the affected areas. The soldiers demonstrated their commitment and dedication to their mission by effectively thwarting the attempted smuggling of weapons, which could…

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On Friday, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCC) took action against Sahad Store, a well-known supermarket located in the Garki area of Abuja.  The reason for this action was because the management of the supermarket was accused of not being fair to customers. They were allegedly charging prices that were different from what was displayed on the price tags on the shelves. The person leading this enforcement action was Adamu Ahmed Abdullahi, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of FCCPC. He spoke to journalists about the situation during the event. Abdullahi explained that the commission had conducted an initial…

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Police officers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have caught a kidnapper named Dabiru Adamu. The police caught him not long after the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, promised to give N20 million to anyone who helped catch him. Adamu was wanted for kidnapping, he and another kidnapper had kidnapped people in the FCT. Wike said he would give money to find both kidnappers. He wanted them caught, whether they were alive or dead. “You said there are two criminals on the run? Let me put money on their heads. Wherever they are, send your men out there, I will give…

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The Senate has agreed to give the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) a budget of N5.079 trillion for the year 2024.  This decision came after the Senate reviewed and accepted the recommendations put forth by the Committee on Customs, Excise, and Tariffs during their meeting. The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Jibrin Isah (APC-Kogi), presented the report. He mentioned that out of the total budget, N706.43 billion was allocated for capital expenditure in the 2024 financial year. Sen. Isah further explained that N225.99 billion of the budget would cover personnel costs, which is about 32% of the total budget. Additionally, N111.76…

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Members of the Niger State House of Assembly recently decided not to approve Governor Muhammad Umar Bago’s request to access a loan of N50 billion from Union Bank Plc. The loan was intended to fund the establishment of an agricultural food park and farm estate. During a meeting chaired by Speaker Mohammad Sarkindaji, the decision was made after reviewing a report presented by Alhassan Isah, the chairman of the Joint Committee on Education and Finance. The Governor had explained in a letter that the loan would support the state’s Green Economy Revolution, create value chains for agricultural produce, ensure a…

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The Kano State Police Command caught three people who kidnapped and killed a 14-year-old boy from their neighborhood in Kano. The police spokesperson, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said on Thursday that they got a report on February 8, 2024, from a man named Alhaji Rabiu Abdullahi. He said someone called Alhaji Rabiu and said they kidnapped his 14-year-old son, Abdullahi Sani, and wanted 4 million naira to let him go. The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, ordered a team from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to find the boy and catch the kidnappers. “The team got to work quickly. They found…

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The government says that kids who are 12 years old and older can do apprenticeship in Nigeria. They’re telling people about this rule in all parts of the country. At a big meeting in Abuja, the Ministry of Labour and Employment warned that anyone who lets a kid under 12 be an apprentice is breaking the rules. This is against what the United Nations and International Labour Organization say is right. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, represented from the Ministry by Mohammed Tolani Suraj, spoke about the rule. They said it’s written in the law under Labour…

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The State Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Professor Baba Malam Gana, shared on Thursday that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) gave essential medical items and kits worth $300,000 to Borno State Government. He said that Borno has many pregnant women, around 400,000, and about 1.5 million women who could have babies. There are also around 1.2 million children under five years old. Professor Gana thanked UNICEF for its continuous help and Governor Babagana Unara Zulum’s appreciation for UNICEF’s support during the insurgency and until now. He mentioned that UNICEF has been generous, especially during the difficult times of…

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The Northern Elites, organized under the Arewa New Agenda, expressed concerns about the recent drop in the value of the naira in the foreign exchange market.  They attributed this downturn to corrupt politicians who allegedly hoard dollars in their homes and foreign bank accounts instead of utilizing them for the country’s benefit. This sentiment was shared during a conference held in Abuja, focusing on addressing poverty in Northern Nigeria, convened by the Arewa New Agenda. The group highlighted the pressing issues of poverty, banditry, and kidnapping in the region, urging President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to develop effective strategies to tackle…

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Super Eagles winger Moses Simon recently received warm welcome from the governors of Benue, Kaduna, and Plateau states.  He was honored for his contributions to the national team, particularly during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where Nigeria secured the silver medal. Born to parents from Benue, Moses Simon was graciously hosted by Governor Hyacinth Alia, who expressed gratitude for the positive image he has projected for the state, especially during his participation in the tournament held in Cote d’Ivoire. Additionally, Moses Simon, who hails from Kaduna, was warmly welcomed at the Government House by Governor Uba Sani. The governor…

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The government might change its mind about helping with electricity prices because the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, said the power industry owes a lot of money.  This means that the power companies are struggling to get paid. Because of this, there’s been less electricity for homes and businesses. The government has been unsure about what to do with the power industry for almost ten years. They keep giving the job to people who don’t know much about how to fix it. Last year, President Bola Tinubu stopped electricity prices from going up, but now the Minister of Power is…

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A gathering of young people from the northern part of Nigeria decided to burn the Nigerian flag as a way to show their anger and frustration about the high cost of living and tough economic times during the first year of President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.  They were upset about the situation and felt like the government was not doing enough to help them. In a video that was recently shared online, these young people were seen setting fire to the flag while talking about how difficult it is to afford basic necessities like food. They criticized the government for spending…

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Borno State government has reassured everyone that none of the more than 160,000 former members of Boko Haram who have renounced their ties to the group have gone back to fighting against the Nigerian government. There were worries among the public that the recent increase in violence in the North-East region might be because some of the former insurgents had changed their minds and rejoined the terrorist group. Zuwaira Gambo, the Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, who is responsible for overseeing the well-being of ex-combatants and rescued captives, spoke out about this issue in Maiduguri on…

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As hunger becomes more severe in the country because prices for food are going up a lot, the Federal Government is planning to give out at least 42,000 metric tonnes of different grains to Nigerians so they can have enough food to eat. The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, said this during a press conference in Abuja. He said President Bola Tinubu’s government is worried about how expensive food has become and wants to help people get food at prices they can afford. The minister said they are working with security agencies and emergency management to…

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Two of the three students from Al-Qalam University in Katsina State who were taken by bandits in January 2024 have been released, according to reports.  The students, Habiba Shatali studying Political Science and Mariam Musa studying Microbiology, were kidnapped along with Yusuf Abdulazeez, who is studying Mathematics, while they were heading back to school from Minna in Niger State. They were taken near Kurfi, Dutsinma on January 14, 2024. Habiba and Mariam were freed around 8:00 pm on Wednesday after spending a month in captivity. They have been reunited with their families. However, Yusuf is still being held by the…

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The security team of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau State recently went on a mission to Mangu local government area, where they discovered a place where guns were being made illegally.  This happened during a search operation in a hilly area, where they found a single building used for making guns in Pakachi Village. According to Captain Oya James, the Media Information Officer for OPSH, they seized a lot of weapons and ammunition from this place. They also managed to arrest one suspect, Mr. Tapshak Plangji, who they believe was involved in the illegal activities at the factory. However,…

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The second part of a project in Borno, funded by the South Korean Government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) with $400,000, started on Wednesday. This project, lasting one year, is managed by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). It follows the first phase, which lasted five years and was worth $5 million. The first phase aimed to help women and girls in Borno by providing medical services and building resilience. Alhaji Babagana Mallumbe, the Borno Commissioner for Budget and Planning, spoke during the launch of the project in Maiduguri. He said the second phase aims to improve the lives…

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The drivers who drive Keke NAPEP (tricycle taxis) in Damaturu, the capital city of Yobe State, feel really unhappy about how they are treated by the people who make sure everyone follows the traffic rules. These drivers think that they are not treated fairly or kindly by these traffic rule enforcers. They believe that the way they are treated is not good or right. They might feel frustrated, sad, or angry about this treatment. It’s important for them to feel respected and treated fairly while they work. They are protesting because they feel they are being treated unfairly and are…

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There was a lot of confusion at the main office of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because a car suddenly caught on fire right in front of the entrance.  The car was painted red and had a license plate number TSE – 423 – AA from Benue State. It was coming from the Barcelona Hotels on Blantyre street in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja when the fire started. This happened during a rally organized by some APC members from the North Central region to show support for the party’s national chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. They didn’t want…

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The Police High Command shared on Tuesday how they caught a former officer from the Nigerian Air Force who was giving military clothes and gear to criminals in Zamfara State. This ex-officer, Ahmed Mohammed, worked at the Air Force Base in Kaduna for only five years before the military punished him for something they haven’t told about yet. The police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, also said that the dismissed officer started selling military clothes and gear to Mushiri Abubakar. Abubakar then gave these things to various criminal groups. They even gave military clothes to…

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The disappearance of Abdullahi Ayuba Wakili, who graduated in Chemistry Education from Bayero University, Kano, has worried his family.  For almost five months, Abdullahi’s family and friends have been confused, trying to find out what happened to him. Abdullahi left his family home on September 18, 2023, and hasn’t been seen since. His family members, like Mr. Almustapha Abdullahi Wakili, explained that Abdullahi had big dreams of getting a job in Lagos, and he was excited about an interview he had scheduled there. “We can vividly recall his excitement as he informed us about a scheduled interview with a company…

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