Kaduna: ‘Abductors of 65 Adara natives demand N350m ransom’ – SOKAPU

Six days after 65 Adara natives were abducted from Libere Gida, Kallah ward, in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, their abductors have demanded N350 million ransom for their release. The Southern Kaduna People’s Union, (SOKAPU), disclosed the abductors have been in touch with the community for ransom. The group had reported that 10 out of the 65 abducted villagers escaped a day after they were kidnapped, stressing that going by the latest village headcount, 72 persons, made up of 16 males and 56 females, were being held by…

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“El-Rufa’i sadist, wicked leader for sacking 35,000 Kaduna workers” – Labour

The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), yesterday described the mass sack and casualisation of workers by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, as the most brutal attack on workers and trade unions’ rights in Nigeria’s history. The NLC chairman, Ayuba Suleiman, who delivered the Workers Day address of the union’s President Ayuba Wabba, said the government had either sacked or casualised more than 60 percent of the State’s workforce. His words: “We consider the recent mass sack and casualisation of more than 60 percent of the workforce in Kaduna State…

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Kidnappers kill 6-yr-old after N5m ransom

…Dump body inside drainage Kidnappers have killed and dumped the body of a 6-year-old boy inside a drainage in Kano State, after collecting N5 million ransom from his parents. It was gathered that the victim, Mohammed Kabir, was abducted in Barnawa in Kaduna, where his parents are based. It was also gathered that the boy’s father is a businessman in the community. A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity said the kidnappers initially demanded N50 million ransom, but later settled for a million naira. “We heard the parents took…

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Residents block Kaduna-Abuja highway in protest over kidnappings

Movement was halted on the ever-busy Kaduna-Abuja highway yesterday, as residents of Gonin-Gora suburb took to the street to protest rising cases of kidnapping in the area. Gonin Gora is in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State. Recently, four people were reportedly abducted by bandits from their residences in Ungwan-Auta. The protesters, mostly women and youths gathered at the main highway around 10 am demanding an end to the incessant kidnapping in the community. They vowed to remain on the road until they are addressed by the State Governor…

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“Organise to kick out APC if you are dissatisfied” – Fayemi

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has urged youths to reconsider their plans of relocation and stay back to help make Nigeria better. The governor stated these yesterday, during an annual programme organised by Covenant Christian Centre in the State. Fayemi advised youths to organise ways to “kick out” the All Progressives Congress, (APC), from office in 2023 if they are not satisfied with its governance style. Fayemi specifically mentioned Canada which, according to him, has a glass ceiling, unlike Nigeria. He told the youths, “Don’t succumb to despondency, there is…

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NCAA lifts suspension of AZMAN airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the suspension of Azman Air operations. Azman Air announced this on its verified Twitter handle yesterday. The Tweet read: “We are back, Flights schedule will be rolled out shortly”. The NCAA had earlier suspended the operations of all the Boeing-737 aircraft in the airline’s fleet over safety-related issues since March 15, 2021. According to the aviation authority, the suspension was pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs)…

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Army renames Operation to defeat Boko Haram

…From ‘Lafiya Dole‘ to ‘Hadin Kai’ ‘Operation Lafiya Dole‘, the codename for the military operation against Boko Haram, has been renamed: ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘ by the Nigerian Army. It was gathered that ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ is the third codename the military operation has attracted since inception. Recall that the immediate-past Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, had in 2015 changed the name from ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya‘ to ‘Operation Lafiya Dole‘, saying the decision signaled his determination to attain peace by force in the North-East. ‘Lafiya Dole‘ means ‘peace by force’. However, the Army spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima, in…

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“We won’t allow agents of religious disharmony in Oyo”, Says Gov. Makinde

The Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has said that his administration will not allow agents of religious disharmony in the State. This was stated by the governor at a special Iftar (breaking of fast) programme where he hosted Muslim leaders. Makinde said he will not discriminate among adherents of the different religions in the state, adding that those with the intention of causing religious disharmony should spare the State of their unpatriotic acts. “We want to thank God for sparing our lives till this very moment. I also want to…

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