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Shehu Sani led as EFCC invade his abode in Abuja


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have reportedly invaded the Abuja residence of Senator Shehu Sani over alleged extortion.

It was gathered that the EFCC stormed the apartment in Wuse, Abuja at about 3:30pm on Wednesday to look for incriminating evidence against the former Kaduna senator.

The EFCC had last week arrested Sani for alleged extortion of $20,000 from the owner of ASD Motors.


Sani was elected senator in 2015, under the All Progressives Congress platform. When he could not get the party’s ticket in 2019, he ran on the ticket of the Peoples Redemption Party but lost to Uba Sani of the APC.

He has been a trenchant critic of the APC government, both in Kaduna and Abuja, since then.

Some of the offences the EFCC may slam the senator with are extortion, name dropping, and financial crimes.

Sani, who represented Kaduna central senatorial district between 2015 and 2019, allegedly collected money from Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors, promising to pass it on to Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the anti-graft agency.


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Gas disaster: DPR set to stop sale of Gas outside petroleum stations

…in Kaduna state


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Sunday vowed to commence a total clampdown on illegal and roadside liquefied Petroleum Gas retail dealers in Kaduna State.

This follows a tragic explosion that occurred on Saturday at the Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, a few kilometres away from the Kaduna refinery.

The Zonal operations controller of the agency, Isa Tafida, made this vow while speaking with journalists during an assessment tour of the gas explosion scene.


According to him, the clampdown is part of the measures to mitigate the future occurrence of a gas plant explosion in the state.

Tafida noted that the illegal gas retail outlets pose a great security risk to residents, hence he vowed that his agency will use every constitutional means to stop their activities.

Three persons including a professor and two others were recorded dead from the explosion on Saturday.

The death toll, however, increased to six, on Sunday.


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Gas disaster: Femi Gbajabiamila console Kaduna government


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday expressed shock and sadness over the gas explosion incident in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna.

The incident, which occurred at a gas shop, claimed the lives of several people including the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Simon P. Mallam, and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

While expressing sadness over the incident, Gbajabiamila said: “It is with shock and sadness that I received the news of the gas explosion incident that claimed the lives of some Nigerians that included Prof Simon Mallam, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

Femi Gbajabiamila

“While I sympathize with the State government, the survivors and the families of those that died during the explosion, I also pray for the repose of the souls of those that lost their lives to the explosion.

“I also want to assure them that they are not alone in this trying times of theirs,” Gbajabiamila said.


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Gas disaster: Kaduna Government moves to enforce safety regulations


Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, on Sunday visited the scene of Saturday’s gas explosion in Sabon Tasha area of the state which killed six persons including Prof. Simon P. Mallam, Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

This was even as she said that the state government will be tough in enforcing safety regulations to protect the lives of its citizens.


The deputy governor in company with Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and other government officials also visited the victims at General Hospital, Sabon Tasha, St. Gerald Hospital and Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital within Kaduna metropolis.

Some of the victims have been treated and discharged at the time of the visit.


Speaking with journalists after her visit, the deputy governor expressed sadness over the incident, and prayed for the quick recovery of those injured.

She stressed the need for business men to always adhere to government regulations in siting businesses in designated business areas set aside by government.


“We are sad over this unfortunate incident. We pray for the repose of those who lost their lives. We advise residents to adhere strictly to government’s policy when opening business.

“Kaduna State will be tough in enforcing safety regulations to protect the lives of its citizens. I call on residents of the state to report to authorities any person who situates life-threatening businesses such as gas plants in residential areas to avoid future occurrence.”

The deputy governor, however, commended the security and safety agencies for the team work which saved human lives and other neighbouring buildings.

The deputy governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the late professor and all persons who lost their lives in the incident and urged the family to accept the death of their father as the will of God.


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Kaduna explosion caused by illegal transfer of Gas – DPR


Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources has said that an illegal transfer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas caused the explosion that occurred in Kaduna on Saturday.

This was revealed by Head, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Paul Osu, said this in a statement after a preliminary investigation was conducted.


The gas explosion that rocked Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna claimed over five lives as nearby stalls were razed by the fire.

He said, “In line with our regulatory oversight on the oil and gas industry, the agency immediately mobilised our staff to the scene to investigate the cause of explosion.

“We wish to inform the public that we are carrying out further investigations on the incident, and we will update as soon as we conclude.

“We appeal to members of the public to continue to assist in reporting the activities of illegal operators to the nearest DPR office.”


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Kaduna: 3 died in Gas plant explosion

…cause of the explosion yet to be discovered


At least three persons have been confirmed killed after a gas plant exploded in the Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna State.

Several people also sustained various degrees of injury following the incident which occurred on Saturday afternoon in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Although the cause of the explosion has yet to be ascertained, the fire affected some buildings near the gas plant.

Security operatives and personnel of the fire service were already at the scene, making frantic efforts to put out the inferno.

More to follow…

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8 months pregnant woman killed by snake in kaduna


An eight months pregnant woman reportedly died in Kaduna state today January 2, after she was allegedly bitten by a snake.

Her brother in-law, @Zun_Noorayne, shared the sad story on Twitter this evening.

According to him, the deceased had gone to the toilet in the early hours of today to urinate but unknown to her, the snake was inside the WC. The snake reportedly attacked her immediately she sat down to ease herself. The Twitter user said no hospital could help save her life.

Read the sad story below

8-months pregnant woman dies after she was bitten by a snake inside her toilet in Kaduna(video)

8-months pregnant woman dies after she was bitten by a snake inside her toilet in Kaduna(video)
8-months pregnant woman dies after she was bitten by a snake inside her toilet in Kaduna(video)
8-months pregnant woman dies after she was bitten by a snake inside her toilet in Kaduna(video)


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Pandemonium as mother and 3 children dies in Kaduna fire outbreak


A mother and her three children perished in a fire outbreak in their home in Rigasa local government area of Kaduna state on New Years day January 1st.

According to reports, the deceased were all sleeping in their home when the fire started at about 2am. Efforts to rescue them proved abortive as they all died before help could come to them. Their remains have since been buried according to Islamic rites.

Tragedy in Kaduna as mother and her three killed perish in fire outbreak (photos)

Tragedy in Kaduna as mother and her three killed perish in fire outbreak (photos)


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Why IMN leader El-Zakzaky and wife are not released – Malami

…as far as the law is concerned


Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, was not released along with journalist, Omoyele Sowore, and a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, because the Federal Government cannot interfere in a case already being prosecuted by a state government.

The AGF’s spokesperson, Dr Umar Gwandu, said his principal revealed this during interviews with the Hausa services of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America.


He said, “El-Zakzaky and his wife are being prosecuted by the Kaduna State Government on charges of murder.

“The only reasons for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki revolved around our commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders and compassionate grounds.

“It is important to understand the fact that as far as the law is concerned and in relation to the Nigerian justice system, one has multiple options after a court has ruled on a matter.”

Orders to free El-Zakzaky had been ignored by the Kaduna State Government.


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Just in – More Special Forces Deployed To Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

….Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Janga


Police authorities in Kaduna State have said that the Abuja-Kaduna road is now safe for travellers, with the deployment of more Special Forces and sophisticated security equipment on the highway.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ali Janga, the road has been a major cause for concern when it comes to security.

Janga, however, assured residents living around the area, that the Force will bring the activities of criminals on the expressway to an end.

He stated this on Thursday during a tour of the highway.



“We have another six to seven patrol vehicles that are fully equipped with gadgets that will view about 5 to 10 kilometres that will equally be deployed along this Kaduna-Abuja road. We are assuring the good people of Kaduna and the general public that the road is safe,” he said.

Hopefully, the deployment allays the fears of commuters and reduces the rate of crime on the roads.


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Kaduna: Accident involving trailer claim two lives.

…it takes combined efforts to remove corpses.

A trailer loaded with cows on Friday lost control and crashed around Lord Lugard Roundabout in Kaduna metropolis killing two, while seven others were injured.

Confirming the incident, Hafiz Mohammed, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kaduna Sector Command, told the media in Kaduna that the accident occurred around 1:53 a.m on Friday

Mohammed said that the accident was caused by over speeding and fatigue, adding that the seven rescued victims were rushed to the hospital where one of them died.

“One other person was crushed to death after the trailer fell on the victim while trying to navigate the roundabout.

“It took combined efforts of FRSC, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and Kaduna State Traffic Law Enforcement Authority to remove the corpses and deposit it at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital,” he said.

The sector commander said that the trailer was evacuated around 9:30 a.m and towed to Motorpol Office Kaduna, adding that some of the items recovered include N15,840 belonging to one of the deceased.

On his part Mr Aliyu Mohammed, Commandant, Civilian Joint Task Force, Anguwan Shanu, said the trailer came from Kawo axis on high speed going towards Ahmadu Bello way when the incident occurred.

Mohammed said that he and his men were on routine night patrol when they saw the trailer trying to navigate the roundabout but lost control and crashed after exiting the roundabout.

He added that the trailer was loaded with about 35 cows, out of which three died while two others that were badly injured were slaughtered.

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In – Ganduje, NCC boss, others bag Kano NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel Award 2019

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, wife, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje and the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, are among prominent Nigerians to be honour by the Kano NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, for their contribution to national development and confidence in the Nigerian media.

A statement signed by the chairman of the Chapel, Mr Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu, indicated that the epoch-making event will take place on December 14, at Bristol Palace, Farm Centre, Kano.

The statement said that the award recipients are men and women of proven integrity, who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour.

According to the statement, “after a painstaking deliberation by the leadership of the Chapel and the award screening Committee, we decided to honour these distinguished and important personalities for their immense contribution to national development, commitment in their various fields of endeavours, upliftment of the welfare of the common man; and as well, their disposition to the development of the Nigerian media

“Our decision to recognize these patriotic Nigerians is borne out of our desire to spur them to show more commitment to nation-building, and even encourage other prominent Nigerians to perform better in their respective assignments and leadership positions.

The statement explained that “the awardees were cautiously selected after passing through certain standards set out by the Award Committee. This event is one of its kinds which will be held annually to appreciate notable Nigerians.”

Others who are to be honoured include the business mogul, Alhaji Isyaku Umar Tofa; the Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna.

The statement added that all the awardees have since expressed their willingness to attend the grand event, just as the Chapel Chairman also expressed gratitude to the Organizing Committee for their efforts for making this year’s event a huge success.

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PMB returns from Egypt after official visit.

…accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe

President Muhammadu Buhari is back to Abuja after a trip to Egypt, where he attended the Aswan Forum designed to set “An Agenda for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa.”

The aim of the forum was to “address the interconnections between peace and development in Africa while promoting Africa-led solutions through strengthening policies and practices.”

He left Tuesday accompanied by Governors Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Mai Mala Buni of Yobe for the two-day Forum held on December 11-12.

The presidential chopper, which conveyed him to Aso Rock Villa from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, landed about 3:15pm Friday.

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, launched the initiative in his capacity as the Chairman of the African Union.

Buhari had at the opening session of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa on Wednesday, announced the visa on arrival as a way of promoting free movement and facilitating the full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The President had said: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January, 2020.”

He also said for Africa to progress, the continent must prevent and resolve the conflicts slowing it down.

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Obasanjo visits Kaduna governor, romance and pass good commentary about Rufai.

…says he is a near genius

Strong indication emerged on Wednesday, that Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may be supporting the much talked about 2023 presidential ambition of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Former President Obasanjo in an usual manner of relating with his former subordinates visited Governor El-Rufai in Kaduna, passing good commentary about him.

Obasanjo though was not categorical about 2023 presidency in his statement, said, people of Kaduna state have a good leader to work with, adding that, “We need a character like this (El-Rufai).”

The former president whom El Rufai had served as Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), pointed out that the governor of Kaduna state is “one of the best persons to work with. He is a near genius.”

While going down memory lane, Obasanjo recalled El Rufai’s spat with the senate, maintaining that the former FCT Minister was asked to apologise but ‘’he refused to write a letter of apology to the senate.’’

“We need a character like this, a man that you know where you stand with him. Any job given to him will be well done,’’ the former president further explained.

He said the people of Kaduna state that they ‘’have a good leader to work with.”

The former president also described El Rufai as a good student because he copied gender inclusiveness when he served in his administration, adding that ‘’I made women to matter in my government. He has done the same in Kaduna. He is a very good learner.’’

He described Kaduna town as a melting pot of all the ethnic groups in Nigeria and commended the pan-Nigerian character of Governor Nasir El Rufai’s cabinet.

The former president who was in Kaduna on a private visit to Governor El Rufai described himself as a son-of-the soil having lived in Kaduna from 1959 to 1967 and built built his first house at the Makera area of the town.

According to the two-time Nigerian leader, he was at the Mogadishu Battalion in Kaduna between 1959 and 1967, adding that his visit to Kaduna is like a home-coming.

Chief Obasanjo further said that the battalion was the first to be Nigerianised and it had soldiers from all over the country. He expressed happiness that El Rufai has recreated the Kaduna of old because his State Executive Council reflects a mini Nigeria.

Governor El Rufai in his remarks described former President Obasanjo as a mentor, adding that he learnt many public service skills from him when he served in his government as minister.

The governor of Kaduna state further thanked Chief Obasanjo for finding time to come to Kaduna to see things for himself.

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Breaking – Ganduje Under Fire Over New Emirates

…Tofa, Na’Abba, 10 other elders slam Kano gov

Twelve elders in Kano State have accused the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of working “tirelessly” to destroy the legacy of Kano Emirate Council, remarking that his insistence on creating four additional emirate councils was appalling, misguided and dictatorial.

The elders led by former presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Othman Tofa and the former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba, regretted that despite cautions from a wide spectrum of individuals for the governor to apply reason and rectitude, he went ahead to sign into law, the obnoxious bill.

“As elders, who are sincerely concerned with the unity, wellbeing and progress of the people of Kano State, we consider this singular act by the governor (along with many similar inactions upon which the citizens have expressed their dissatisfaction) appalling, misguided and dictatorial,” they stated.

“We view, with great concern, the impunity with which the governor of Kano State has been running the affairs of the state in total disregard to the wish and aspirations of the people. We hereby call on the governor to, in the interest of unity, peace and progress of Kano State, immediately cause the repeal of the obnoxious law, creating the new emirates.

“Our resolve in this regard was informed by careful consideration of the fact that the personal ambitions of the governor should not be allowed to jeopardise the overall common good and harmonious relationship existing among the Kano populace.

“If however, in the wisdom of the governor, that the new emirates are necessary in order to fast track development, then the law must be subjected entirely to the processes of popular will. This is a matter of strategic public significance and should be subjected to established democratic ideals.

“In making this declaration, we wish to, once again, appeal to the good people of the state to continue to remain law abiding and peaceful in their conducts. We assure all well-meaning citizens that Kano will continue to be great in all endeavours.

“We equally wish to implore other well-meaning Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and other interventions towards finding a lasting solution to this unfortunate aspect of our history” they stated.

The rest of the elders, who issued and signed the statement on behalf of Advocates for United Kano included Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Malam Abba Dabo, Aishatu Dankani, Dr. Dalhatu Sani Yola, Kawai Audi, Amina BB Faruk , Malam Ibrahim Ado, Dr. Bala Muhammad and Prof. Faruk Sarkin Fada.

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There is no court that will shield you from EFCC investigation – Court tells El Rufai.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna Stare cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him.

Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering judgment, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by El-Rufai.

The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether as the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he had complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007.

While El-Rufai was the applicant, the defendants from 1st to 13th include: EFCC, FCT minister, FCDA, AGF, CBN, Oceanic Bank, Access Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, Union Homes, Akintola Williams Deloite and Aminu Ibrahim & Co.

In the originating summon brought pursuant to Section 302 of 1999 Constitution and Section 3 and 18 of the FCT Act 1990, El-Rufai also sought court’s determination: “whether the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for or not in accordance with the FEC mandate and guidelines to the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA).

“Whether the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) is missing from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

The Kaduna State governor also sought the court’s relief on “a declaration that the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT was conducted in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate to the FCTA through the Ad hoc Committee for the sale of non essential houses in Abuja.

“A declaration that the proceeds of the sale of the said Federal Government houses conducted by the Ad hoc Committee on SOGH in Abuja between 2005 and 2007 were properly accounted for in accordance with the mandate and guidelines approved by the FEC.

“A declaration that the Audit Report prepared by the 12th and 13th respondents on the sale of Federal Government Houses in the FCT confirm that the Sale of Federal Government houses in FCT compiled with the approved guidelines for the sale of Federal Government properties in FCT and the proceeds were properly accounted for.

“A declaration that the proceeds of sale of Federal Government Houses in FCT between May 2005 and May 2007 were properly apportioned and accounted for in accordance with the approved guidelines as confirmed by the Audit Report of the 12th and 13th respondents, dated July 20, 2007.

“A declaration that the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in FCT between May 2005 and 2007 is not missing.

“An order directing the 2nd respondent to disclose the exact amount remitted to the 5th respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.

“An order directing the 5th respondent to disclose the exact amount received from the 2nd respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses in the FCT between May 2005 and May 2007.”

Justice Nyako had earlier, in her judgment, granted El-Rufai’s prayers.

Media reports that in the Friday judgment, the judge noted that the EFCC had called the court’s attention to its counter-affidavit in objection to the prayers.

The anti-graft agency, in its counter-affidavit, had submitted that the motive of the applicant was to stop the commission from investigating him in order to cover up the alleged fraud perpetrated when he was FCT minister.

Justice Nyako, who held that the earlier judgment delivered still stands, however, declared that no court would stop the EFCC from investigating anyone in line with its constitutional mandate.

“No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent,” the judge held.

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