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2050: Denmark set to end North Sea oil and gas production


Danish oil production, which began in 1972, has been on the decline for several years, and has been halved in the past decade.

Denmark, the EU’s biggest oil producer post-Brexit, said Friday it will halt all North Sea oil and gas production and exploration by 2050 in line with its bid to become an energy transition role model.


Following an agreement reached between the Social Democratic government and a majority in parliament, “Denmark becomes the biggest oil and gas producer to set a date for a definitive end” to oil production, the energy ministry said in a statement.

While Denmark produces far less oil than neighbouring Norway, which produces around 1.4 million barrels per day, and the UK with around one million per day, since Britain’s exit from the EU it has become the bloc’s largest producer with around 100,000 barrels per day, according to oil giant BP’s annual figures.

The decision means an eighth tender offer for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea will now be cancelled.


Its gas production has also become minimal, at 3.2 billion cubic metres last year.

“We are now putting an end to the fossil fuels era and tying our North Sea activities to the 2050 climate neutral goal outlined in our climate law,” Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said.

The Nordic country, which aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent within 10 years, aims to “use the decision as a starting point to take on the role as world leader in the progressive elimination of oil and gas” as an energy source, the ministry said.

The decision was hailed by environmental organisations.


“Denmark has a moral obligation to end the search for new oil to send a clear signal that the world can and must act to meet the Paris Agreement and mitigate the climate crisis,” Greenpeace Denmark said in a statement to AFP.

Denmark’s oil fields are located about 150 kilometres (95 miles) off its west coast, near its maritime borders with Britain and Norway.



Insecurities: S/East Transporters threatens to Abandon Lagos route.


The protesters included luxury bus owners, commuter buses and executive Sienna bus operators.

Transport operators in the South-East with takeoff points as Onitsha, Anambra State has threatened to boycott Lagos and all routes to the North due to worsening insecurity, intractable robbery attacks and continued abduction on the highways leading to Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the North.

The transporters in a protest at Onitsha Upper Iweka on Wednesday threatened that if nothing was done urgently to address the situation, they would abandon those routes and pack their vehicles in their garages for safety.

They vowed to mobilize other transport operators who ply Enugu, Aba and Port Harcourt to join the down tool so as to cripple socioeconomic activities nationwide.


The group decried several incidents of armed robbery attack and abduction of passengers on the highways after the #EndSARS protests.

Speaking to newsmen, the Manager, God’s Will Transport, Emenike Okafor, identified Benin bypass – Ogbemudia farm to Ore and Kogi -Lokoja–Abuja highway as the most dangerous spots where the bandits operated unhindered.

He said, “In the last two weeks, there have been recorded cases of robbery and abduction involving Sienna and Hummer buses with about six passengers kidnapped in the mentioned areas.

“We called on the Inspector General of Police to activate its rapid response mechanism and the establishment of a joint patrol team involving the army, police and civil defence corps in the affected areas.


“Travelling has become increasingly risky owing to the security challenges.

“Those who unleashed the attack did that to destabilise the country’s security network and they should not be allowed to succeed. We want the police to go back to their duty posts with renewed vigour and zeal.

“Let the government motivate them by improving their welfare packages and ensure that those casualties already recorded receive adequate compensation.”

While commiserating with the police over the casualties and losses recorded during the #EndSARS protests, Okafor stressed that no responsible citizen no matter how highly provoked would engage in burning, looting and attacking the police facilities.


Northern Mozambique Massacre: 50 Beheaded


Witnesses say the assailants herded victims onto a football pitch in the village of Muatide where the killings were carried out.

Police say attackers beheaded and dismembered more than 50 people in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province over the past three days as violence in the area continues.

The ISIL-linked fighters attacked several villages in the districts of Miudumbe and Macomia, killing civilians, abducting women and children and burning down homes, Bernardino Rafael, commander-general of Mozambique’s police said during a media briefing on Monday.

“They burned the houses then went after the population who had fled to the woods and started with their macabre actions,” said Rafael.


Witnesses told local media the assailants herded residents onto the local football field in the village of Muatide where the killings were carried out.

Security forces in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province have been fighting the armed group – which pledged allegiance to ISIL (ISIS) last year – since 2017.

But some analysts have questioned how serious the ISIL (ISIS) link really is, saying the root of the unrest may be poverty and inequality rather than religion. Little is known about the fighters who call themselves al-Shabab – although they have no known links to the group of that name operating in Somalia.

The unrest has killed more than 2,000 people since 2017 – more than half of them civilians, according to the US-based Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.


The violent attacks in Cabo Delgado have triggered a humanitarian crisis with more than 300,000 internally displaced people and 712,000 in need of humanitarian assistance, according to an Amnesty International report released last month.

Shock and grief
Gunmen fired shots and set homes alight when they raided Nanjaba village on Friday night, the state-owned Mozambique News Agency quoted survivors as saying. Two people were decapitated and several women abducted.

A separate group of fighters attacked Muatide village where they beheaded more than 50 people, the news agency reported.

Villagers were chopped to pieces in an atrocity carried out from Friday night to Sunday, NRM reported.


The dismembered bodies of at least five adults and 15 boys were found on Monday scattered across a forest clearing in Muidumbe district.

“Police learnt of the massacre committed by the insurgents through reports of people who found corpses in the woods,” said an officer in the neighbouring Mueda district who asked not to be named.

“It was possible to count 20 bodies spread over an area of about 500 metres (1,640 feet). These were young people who were at an initiation rite ceremony accompanied by their advisers.”

An aid worker in Mueda, who also declined to be named, confirmed the killings had taken place, saying some of the boys had come from that area. She said body parts had been sent to their families for burial on Tuesday.


“Funerals were held in an environment of great pain,” said the worker. “The bodies were already decomposing and couldn’t be shown to those present.”

The armed group has stepped up its offensive in recent months and violently seized swathes of territory, terrifying citizens in the process.

In April, attackers shot dead and beheaded more than 50 youths for allegedly refusing to join their ranks.

Cabo Delgado is home to a multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project by French multinational Total.


Aisha Yesufu reacts to demolition of Beer centres.


Aisha Yesufu, Nigerian sociopolitical activist and cofounder of the Bring back out girls movement has spoken on the trending issue as sh she calls it nonsense.

For some days now, the news of demolition of Beer parlours and alcoholic drinks in Kano by Hisbah has been trending and generating a lot of controversy on different social media platforms.

The same thing is reported to have happened in Kaduna as Hisbah destroys alcohol drunks and demolished beer parlours.


See her post below:

What nonsense is this for crying out loud? Businesses should sur the government and also the VAT from alcohol and co given to Kano should be used to compensate these businesses. Kano should stop getting such VAT.

When is hisbah focusing on the boys being sodomised by men in Kano?

She further says that the businesses affected should sue the government and that the Kano suould stop getting VAT (Value added Tax) from such products since they don’t want it sold in the state.


EndInsecurityNow: Protest rock Northern States.


They said the armed security personnel should go after the kidnappers and bandits, instead of scaring innocent citizens.

There was a new twist to the raging #EndSARS protests on Thursday as some youths launched #EndInsecurityNow protests in Kaduna and Niger states.

The youths, who took to the streets in the two states, said the Federal Government should scrap the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and redeploy its operatives to tackle insurgency in the Northeast and banditry in Northwest and Northcentral.

Launching #EndInsecurityNow version of the protest in Kaduna, the protesters under the auspices of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), called for an immediate end to insecurity and killings in the region.

They urged the Federal Government to deploy operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to combat kidnapping, armed banditry and terrorism in Northern Nigeria.


Leader of the protest and coordinator of the Kaduna chapter of the CNG, Sa’ad Bako said, though they stand against reported harassment of citizens by the operatives of the disbanded SARS, the “North’s problem is not SARS, but insecurity”.

He listed security, occasioned by incessant killings by bandits and terrorists, as well as kidnapping for ransom as the North’s major challenges.

The protesters who stormed the streets of Kaduna around 9:30am marched from Muhammadu Buhari Way to the House of Assembly through Ali Akilu road.


At the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex, they demanded immediate end to banditry, terrorism and kidnappings in Northern Nigeria.

The protesters carried placard and banners with various inscriptions:

“The North is Bleeding”, “Stop the killings in the North’s”; “End Boko Haram Now”; “End Banditry Now”; “Empower SWAT to End Insecurity; “All Lives Matter”; and “Stop Rape Now”; among others.

They were, however, prevented from gaining access by armed security personnel. But they converged on the Coronation Crescent, the road in front of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, preventing traffic flow.

The protestant vowed not to leave the road until the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, listened to their demands.


They said the armed security personnel should go after the kidnappers and bandits, instead of scaring innocent citizens.

Zailan later addressed them through House spokesman (member representing Kachia State Constituency), Ahmed Tanimu.

According to Bako, the protesters were out to protest the incessant killings, kidnapping, cattle rustling, banditry and terrorism in the North.

Bako said, while they respected the right of those protesting against SARS in other parts of the country, they felt SARS was not the problem of their region, hence, their resolve to come out to say enough of the killings.


He said: “We have come out to say the insecurity in our communities is no longer bearable. And before it will consume us all, we have come out to tell our elected representatives that, we are dying and we need an end to this insecurity.”

Bako, however, presented the protesters written demands to the representative of the Speaker.

Responding, the Speaker’s representative assured the protesters that, their demands would be given consideration and actions would be taken on them.

He urged them to be peaceful in their protests and avoid taking laws into their hands.


The protesters were also at the Lugard Roundabout where they continued singing. They later dispersed at about 1:30pm with a promise to converge on the roundabout by 9:00am on Friday for continuation of the protest.

In Minna, the Niger State capital, some youths held the #EndBanditryNow protest.

The group began their peaceful walk at about 9am from the Minna City Gate to the Minna Mobil roundabout.

They held placards with inscriptions: “End Banditry”; “Stop the killings in the North”; “Fix our roads”; and “End Bad Roads in Niger”; among others.


The protesters were led by the Northcentral coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY), Mohammed Mohammed.

He said they were protesting insecurity, bad roads and asking for the deployment of SWAT to the North to fight banditry.

Mohammed said youths were tired of bandit attacks as a lot of people have lost their livelihood and homes due to these incessant attacks, especially in Shiroro and Rafi local government areas of Niger state.

The protesters bemoaned the low turnout, saying that despite the messages sent to people and groups in the state capital they did not show up.


Worrries spike amongst Northern Govs over early marriage. [Nigeria]


While advocating for better education, Hawkins further emphasised on women empowerment and equal opportunity to explore the deposited relent of the girl child.

Wife of Governor of Sokoto state, Hajia Maryam Aminu Tambuwal yesterday expressed worried over the increasing culture of early marriage and poverty among others predicament impeding girl child in Northern Nigeria.

Besides, the emir of Arugungu in Kebbi state His Highness Alhaji Samaila Mohammad Mera advocated compulsory completion of secondary school education for a child before marriage in the country.

This call came when the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen frown at the prevailing sexual harassment and other related gender-based violence against the girl child in Nigeria.

The three personalities spoke yesterday during a webinar conference organized by UNICEF in Kano to mark the international day for the Girl Child.

Mrs Tambuwal who explained that girl child in Northern Nigeria lacks equal opportunity to attain their full potential in life, worried on poor policies and political will to improve their well-being.


Hajia Maryam raised concern on lack of infrastructure, poor welfare of teachers despite limited access to quality education, wanted concern authorities to prevail on challenges impeding quality of life of girl child in the region.

Alhaji Samaila Mohammad Mera who expressed commitment to ensure every child in his domain get quality education demanded institutional authorities for traditional rulers in Nigeria.

The royal father maintained that traditional rulers required full-pledged authorities that will enable them to exercise powers apart from offering support.

Mrs Tallen who insisted that until the cultural and systematic barriers against the girl child in the country are eliminated, the gender violence may remain unabated.


The minister revealed that beyond gender violence, critical challenges including poor menstrual hygiene, poverty and stigmatization of rape victims were parts of challenges the government is working hard to finding a lasting solution.

She, however, regretted how women are being projected as sexual objects in the entertainment industry, calling for more professional means to dignifying women gender in the industry.

A representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins who reminded that education is the only voice to guarantee equal future for the all-girl child, the tasked government on the provision of quality education in the country.

He assured that UNICEF will continue support to the right and potential of girls and women in Nigeria as part of its institutional provision.


As school resumes: NIDCOM issue warning to Parents


The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has warned parents against sending their children to schools in Northern Cyprus.

This follows several incessant and mysterious killing of Nigerians in the country.

Dabiri-Erewa stated this on Monday when she received a delegation at her office, led by Justice Amina Bello, mother of a Nigerian student, Ibrahim Khaleel, who was allegedly killed in that country.

She called on parents to be weary of sending their wards to Northern Cyprus as the country is not recognized by the United Nations except the Republic of Turkey, adding that Nigeria has no diplomatic ties with that country.

The NIDCOM boss, however, insisted that the country should be blacklisted given the preponderance of Nigerian students who have died mysteriously in that country without any prosecution or compensation whatsoever.


“The time has come for us to blacklist all these Universities in Northern Cyprus and advise our students from seeking any form of admission there as it portends danger to their life and future”.

Read Full Statement Below:


Abuja, Aug. 24, 2020 .
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has demanded that justice must be served accordingly on the sudden death of a 25-year old Nigerian student in Northern Cyprus, Mr Ibrahim Khaleel Bello and others killed in such mysterious circumstances in the country.

She made this passionate plea following a petition by Hon. Justice Amina Ahmad Bello, a Judge in Kaduna state High Court on the mysterious and , inexplicable death of her son, a third-year civil Engineering Degree student of Girne American University in Girne (Kyrenia), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ( TRNC) via Mersin 10, Turkey in Abuja on Monday.

Dabiri-Erewa called on parents to be weary of sending their wards to Northern Cyprus as the country is not recognized by the United Nations except the Republic of Turkey, adding that Nigeria has no diplomatic ties with that country.

She insisted that the Country should be blacklisted given the preponderance of Nigerian Students who have died mysteriously in that country without any prosecution or compensation whatsoever.

She assured the delegation led by Justice Bello, that NIDCOM will work with the Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Mission in Turkey and other relevant agencies to ensure justice is done , saying “ the death of Ibrahim khaleel Bello should be a tipping point to end the continuous killings of Nigerian students in that Country.”

Dabiri-Erewa reiterated her appeals to Nigerian parents to desist in sending their children to Northern Cyprus for any studies as most of the courses are not accredited and they end up killing the children., many of them unreported .

” The time has come for us to blacklist all these Universities in Northern Cyprus and advise our students from seeking any form of admission there as it portends danger to their life and future”, she said.

She added that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation has already reported the matter to Interpol for further investigation.

Earlier in an emotion-laden voice, Justice Amina Ahmad Bello, mother of the deceased, said her insistence on justice was not only for her son but also other Nigerian Students who have died mysteriously in the Girne American University Girne (Kyrenia), and other Universities in Northern Cyprus.

She narrated how her son was allegedly murdered and covered up by the authorities in Northern Cyprus as welll as the University authorities claiming it was a suicide mission having fallen from a seven-storey building.

She insisted that the report be investigated and all those found culpable be prosecuted as there was nothing to show that her son committed suicide.

Justice Bello said hours before her son was killed, she spoke with him, and he was expressing fears on his safety in the University environment.

” I don’t believe it was an accident or a suicide as I went to Cyprus barely 24 hours it happened and got to the mortuary where there was no scratch or wound on his body.

” I suspected foul play that my son was killed as the school was non- challant in breaking the news to me on my arrival there”

Justice Bello said hours before the boy died, he sent her a WhatsApp message that ” Mama, Please I want to come back home. Wallahi if i stay here, I will just die here without anybody batting an eyelash. I just need to come back home. Mama please try to understand that this isn’t a place for me”.

She alleged that it is possible some of the killed Nigerian students’ vital organs were harvested as her son’s stomach was opened and sutured when the corpse was finally released.

The late Ibrahim Khaleel Bello was among about 100 Nigerians killed and murdered in mysterious circumstances from 2016 to 2020 without prosecuting any of the assailants.

Other victims include, Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, 28, student of Eastern Mediterranean University and was killed on Feb. 1, 2018, Walshak Augustine Ngok, a student of Marine Engineering at Near East University, murdered on April 19, 2019.

Others were Gabriel Soriwei, a first-year student of Electrical Electronics of Cyprus International University, Nicosia, Osabanjo Adeola Owoyale, 33, went missing and found dead on July 1, 2019.

The list includes Augustine Wallies killed on April 19, 2019, Stanley Eteimo, 28 years, Hassan Babatunde, 28, murdered, Temitayo Adigun, killed, Kubiat Abasi Abraham Okon, 24, killed, Oziegbe Gospower Airekugose and Olasubomi Ope among others not reported.

Gabriel Odu,
Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit,


See what’s happening in the North over face mask.

The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, is collaborating with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to produce 180,000 face masks for distribution to six Northern states of Nigeria as part of efforts aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday at the training of about 15 women who will produce the face masks in Bauchi, the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasiru Ladan Argungu, said the production and distribution of the face masks will be done in collaboration with the pet project of the First Lady, Future Assured.

Argungu, who was represented at the event by the Bauchi State Coordinator of the NDE, Ali Lawal Yaya, informed that the benefitting states are Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Zamfara.

According to the NDE boss, each of the six states are expected to produce 20,000 masks and distribute the same to their people.

He informed that the face masks are to be sown by women tailors in the benefiting states within one week “since they are at home doing nothing”.


“That is why we came up with this to engage them instead of us going to the market to buy the masks,” Argungu stated.

He further stated that the collaboration between the NDE and Future Assured to produce face masks is aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and thus save the lives of Nigerians.




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Child beggars in Northern Nigeria packed over COVID-19 fears.

Hundreds of boys have their names and temperatures checked as they wait to board buses in a northern Nigeria’s city to transport them back to their villages.

The children are pupils of controversial Islamic schools who would usually be found begging in the streets of Kano for small change.

Now, they are the first batch in a programme that seeks to curb the spread of coronavirus by clearing some 250,000 children from the city’s streets and squalid seminaries.

“For now we have a total of 1,595 children which we are going to evacuate,” Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, Kano’s education commissioner, said as the first buses readied to leave Tuesday.

“This is a gradual process, we are doing it in phases, we are picking them step-by-step.”

Usually a vibrant city of four million people, Kano is the third hardest-hit area by the virus in Nigeria, with 73 confirmed cases and one death.

Residents are under a week-long lockdown that has seen roads emptied and people largely remaining indoors.

As part of the clampdown, the authorities have also turned their attention to child beggars who, according to one estimate, could number several million in this state.

– ‘No graver risk’ – For generations, parents in majority-Muslim north Nigeria have sent their sons from as young as six to learn the Koran with local clerics at unlicensed schools known as Almajiris.

The lessons are free, but the children must fend for themselves, usually by begging or performing menial jobs.

The seminaries — which often double as so-called “rehabilitation centres” for drug addicts — came into the spotlight last year after raids across northern Nigeria uncovered men and boys held in atrocious conditions.

Some residents were found chained up, while hundreds were crammed together in filthy rooms.

In an open letter to northern leaders last month, the civil society Almajiri Child Right Initiative called for the children to be taken home and feeding programmes to be laid on for those left behind.

“Formal schools in different parts of the country have been suspended to control the likely spread of the pandemic… (but) similar measures have not been implemented in Almajiri schools,” the group wrote.

Given the “dire” conditions these children already face, “we believe there is no environment of graver risk,” it said.

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Kano is following in the footsteps of nearby Kaduna and Nasarawa states, which last month sent hundreds of children to their parents as part of a resolution by 19 northern governors to tackle begging in the fight against coronavirus.

A committee in Kano state said on Monday it had identified 251,893 child beggars to send back home.

The authorities made radio appeals to clerics to evacuate their pupils — and the 1,500 boys collected so far were those “willingly ready” to go.

“The teachers who brought these children to Kano are the ones voluntarily calling us now to come and pick these children,” education commissioner Kiru said.

“We are not compelling them to leave the state.”

But social activist Saminu Dala said the 251,000 young beggars “are only a fraction of the actual number and the government needs to widen its search.”

“In an emergency like this you need to be stern and employ the might of the state to take these children out.”

Even reaching the figure of a quarter of a million may be wildly ambitious.

According to a 2017 survey, three million children out of the 13.4 million population of Kano state were beggars.

In February, prior to the outbreak of coronavirus in the region, the state announced it was banning street pan-handling.

The state Sharia law police, known as the Hisbah, were ordered to arrest any clerics and parents who failed to comply.

But an initial crackdown saw only 1,500 children returned to their homes in neighbouring states before the enforcement lost steam.


[Nigeria] We cannot sustain lockdown, we are poor – Northern Governors.

State governors in Nigeria’s Northern region have said that they cannot sustain the economic impact of the lockdown targeted at stopping the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday extended the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT by another 14 days in a bid to help stop the spread of the pandemic.

States in the North, who adopted a movement restriction strategy earlier, have now said they cannot continue with the move despite having the largest share of palliatives from the Federal Government.

Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, in a statement said the lockdown “have eaten deep into the pockets of the states”.

The statement reads, “Each state would adopt the measure suitable to its setting because total lockdown of the region will come at a very high cost since most of its citizens are farmers who need to go to farms since the rains have started.

“Another issue discussed by the Northern governors was the issue of palliatives from the Federal Government where they regretted that so far no state in the region had received a dime as special allocation despite the fact that some of them had recorded cases while others were making frantic efforts to prevent any outbreak, as well as prepare against any eventuality.

“This they observed has eaten deep into the pockets of the states as they have spent a lot of money already and may not be able to sustain this for a long time.

“Since prevention is better than cure, they canvassed that the Federal Government grant them some special funds just as it has done to other states.

“The Northern governors lamented that the region has no testing centre, which is very disturbing. They resolved to again liaise with the Federal Government to ensure that each state at least gets one testing centre while highly populated ones get two.

“The governors also discussed the economic impact of COVID-19 on the region and decided that they needed to take a holistic look at the economic prospects of the region with a view to repositioning it for less reliance on federal allocation and to prepare for the future by diversifying to areas of comparative advantage such as agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and human capital development.”


Nigeria: Sultan of Sokoto trash Islamic leaders over misconduct.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, expressed anger over the attitude of some Muslim clerics for misleading their followers over the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the country.

The sultan, who is also the spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria, was particularly sad that some Muslim clerics were going against measures put in place to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 across the land.

He condemned the attitudes of the clerics, warning that the coronavirus was real and that adequate precautionary measures must be adhered to.

The leader of Izalatu Islamic sect in Plateau State, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, had in a preaching told his followers that there was nothing like the deadly coronavirus ravaging the world.

Jingir had said it was a western conspiracy to stop Muslims from performing their religious rites, noting that the virus was a lie.

The sect leader had stated this during a sermon on an Izala TV, monitored in Kaduna penultimate Tuesday.

Apart from that, two Islamic clerics were caught while conducting the Friday congregational prayers in Malali and Ungwan Kanawa areas, all in the Kaduna North Local Government of the state.

This was despite the curfew imposed on the state by the Kaduna State Government to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

The Sultan chastised the Muslim clerics, urging them to desist from misleading the Muslim community on the deadly virus.

The Sultan described the attitude of some of the Islamic clerics as unfortunate and myopic.

He noted that it was sheer ignorance for any Islamic cleric to claim there was nothing like coronavirus currently ravaging the entire world.

The Sultan, who spoke through the JNI Secretary General, Dr Abubakar Khalid-Aliyu, in a statement, also warned that the Muslim ummah (community) must never allow a repeat of what happened in Italy in Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, is once again saddened with the recent unfortunate developments of misleading the Muslim Ummah (Community) by some sections of ‘Ulama (preachers) over the coronavirus prevalence.

“We must as an Ummah avoid a repeat of the current trend in Italy, which was partly due to non-adherence to expert advice over the pandemic. Allah, the most wise says “…So ask those who know if you know not” Q16:43. Therefore, we should all bear in mind that knowledge is an amanah (trust) and must be safeguarded and delivered as such, thus the need for this statement.

“One may not be wrong to conclude that the action of some of the ‘Ulama clearly depicts sheer whims and caprices of their myopic worldview, stark ignorance of reality based on genuine knowledge and medical scholarship.

“It is, however, regrettable that as the negative actions of such preachers incite innocent Muslims, who are unaware of the serious health implications of adhering to such empty dispositions that invariably endanger humanity. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the issue of plague and/or pandemic is not new throughout human history, either at various times or places, the Muslim world inclusive.

“It is thus sheer monumental ignorance to falsely claim that the pandemic of the coronavirus does not exist and that it is a lie and a shadow of a ghost. Such lamentable utterances leave much to be desired by any scholar that is worth being called a scholar. Moreover, the matter is a documented fact whose medical precedents have been set in curbing its tide in human history.

“Therefore, the current position of government is not a new standpoint to curtail the spread of the infection. Rather, new methods of mitigating it and nipping it in the bud emerged in this contemporary world we live in, as a result of scholarly findings.”


COVID-19: Lagos govt to close down all schools on Monday.

Amidst coronavirus outbreak, Lagos government have determined to close down all schools private, public and tertiary on Monday, 23rd of March, 2020. NobleReporters report.

9 northern states in Nigeria has already shit down their schools for a month.

Below is the tweet from Lagos government;


Kano assembly in ‘Free for All’ fight over dethronement of Emir Sanusi.

Members of the Kano State House of Assembly have on Monday engaged in a free for all fight over a plan to submit a report recommending investigation over an alleged violation of culture, tradition, and religion by Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sunusi II.

The fracas started when the chairman of the committee investigating the petition against Emir Sanusi, Hamisu Chidari, also the deputy speaker of the House, said he wanted to make an observation concerning the report to be submitted by the committee.

He was immediately opposed by the member representing Dala constituency, Lawal Husain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, who insisted that the committee be allowed to submit its report on the appointed date, Wednesday 11, March 2020, before anything could be said on it.


Some members, also including the former majority leader that was removed recently, Labaran Madari supported the motion and the tension began. They reached out for the mace which was protected by its protector and the house became rowdy.

The Speaker then announced a one-hour adjournment of the sitting. On return from the adjournment, the Assembly continued sitting, addressing other matters even as at that time the news of the dethronement of the Emir had been announced.


Kano high court neglect ruling suspending Oshiomhole.

A Federal High Court In Kano has set aside a ruling of the FCT High Court suspending the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice Lewis Allagoa on Thursday ordered the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to provide security for Oshiomhole to resume in his office.

On Wednesday, Justice Danlemi Senchi, had granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from parading himself as the APC National Chairman.

However, hours after the ruling, Oshiomhole appealed the judgment at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

The Kano high court ruling was delivered by Justice Lewis Allagoa. But it is yet unclear who filed the case or whether the court has the jurisdiction to set aside the previous ruling.


Nigeria: Sokoto govt dumps Almajiri system – inculcate Indonesian education model.

PLANS are underway by the Sokoto State government to replace the Almajiri system with the Indonesian Pondok education model.

The development was made known at the weekend by Governor of Aminu Tambuwal following a visit to by the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, AVM Usra Hendra Harahap.

The Pondok model employs mosques and langgar (a blend of Islamic and Western education) as well as existing local institutions such as surau (Islamic assembly buildings) and pesantren (a Muslim school in Indonesia operated by religious leaders) as the places for Muslims to study Islam.

Tambuwal, however, said the state would consult the Sultan of Sokoto and other stakeholders before developing a home grown version of the Pondok model.

He said further that the government was not in a hurry to ban the Almajiri system which he noted was done by some states without providing an alternative.

He said the Pondok model system once adopted “can serve as an alternative to the Almajiri system.”

“We are intensifying efforts to ensure that the Pondok model system is adopted before banning the Almajiri system. This is because we are desirous of ensuring that Sokoto children are exposed to both Western and Islamic education,” Tambuwal added.

While expressing gratitude to the Indonesian government for taking interest in Sokoto, he assured the Ambassador that his visit would deepen Indonesia’s relationship not only with the state but also the country, with which it shares religious, cultural and climatic similarities.

In his remarks, Ambassador Harahap explained that his visit to the state was to further strengthen the bilateral tie between his country, Nigeria and the state.

“Let me say that my presence in Sokoto is to increase the bilateral relations and cooperation between Indonesia and Nigeria, especially in Sokoto State in the areas of education and agriculture, including animal husbandry,” he said.

Giving reasons it is feasible for the state to have a good relationship with his country, Harahap said his country will “be glad to share its best practices and most advanced scientific knowledge” with the state “to boost animal production.”


Kaduna: 50 persons massacre – Atiku react

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar has called for an urgent reset of the country’s security architecture after over 50 persons were killed in Kerawa village, Kaduna State.

NobleReporters learnt that the other villages affected by the renewed attacks were Kerawa, Rago, Marina, Zariyawa, Hashimawa, Gidan Musa Saidu, and Unguwar Barau.

Reacting, Atiku while condemning the renewed attack on his Twitter handle wrote, “The tragic incident in #Kaduna, where scores of persons were killed makes a case for the urgent reset of our nation’s security architecture.

“ My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost loved ones in the attack. “


Fire gut properties, food reserves in Yobe, Nigeria.

About eight households including foodstuffs have been destroyed by a fire outbreak in Garin Danga village of Nangere local government area, Yobe state, yesterday.

The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) Dr. Mohammed who confirmed the incident when he visited the affected community today to ascertain level of damages, said most of the community’s food reserves were burnt to ashes.

He noted the disaster also affected a family who is just about to wed off their daughters lost all the items bought ahead of the wedding.

The team assured the community that, as directed by Governor Mai Mala Buni, first line support will reach them within 48 hours of the assessment.

Dr. Goje, further called on the community to be vigilant in order to avoid reoccurrence.


End poverty! – Shehu Sani tells North elite

Aformer lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has rubbished moves by some state governors in the North to arrest beggars found on the streets.

According to Sani, poverty and illiteracy must be addressed before begging can be brought to an end.

He expressed his thoughts in a statement on Thursday in Abuja while reacting to plans by Kano and Nasarawa states to criminalise and arrest persons begging for alms on the streets.

Sani said, “You can arrest beggars but you can’t end begging as long as the social, cultural, political and economic factors that contribute to begging exists.

“Beggars are tragic victims and direct result of a nation failed by its successive governing elites. You can’t end begging without ending poverty and illiteracy.”

The former lawmaker blamed politicians for making use of beggars to win elections and demonise opponents.

Sani called on elites to retrace their steps, adding that crude oil had not enriched the people of Niger Delta while political power was yet to bring wealth nor peace to the North.


Presidency vows to bring back Leah Sharibu

…others from Boko Haram’s captive

On the eve of the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Dapchi schoolgirls by Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed for the umpteenth time to seek the release of Leah Sharibu and others in the captivity of the terrorists.

Leah Sharibu was the only captive of the 110 taken away that the terrorists held back. Several had died on the way to the terrorists den. And 107 schoolgirls were returned.

Here is Buhari’s statement:

“Two years ago, 110 innocent children from the town of Dapchi were taken, against their will, by the terrorists of Boko Haram. 107 survived the ordeal. Today all but one – Leah Sharibu – are returned to their families.

“Now aged 16, Leah remains in the hands of the terrorists – they say because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

“We say, as the government for and of all Nigerians, that no person has the right to force another to change their faith against their will and that all life is sacred.

“This government continues and seeks to secure the release of all children and captives of terrorists – and we do so regardless of their creed or the name of their creator.

“As we redouble our efforts for Leah’s return, we can never allow the terrorists to divide us – Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Christian. We are all Sons of Abraham. And all Nigerians have the same worth and rights before the law, and before God”.


Just in: North will destroy – Emir Sanusi

…87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria are in North

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has said that Nigeria’s Northern region will destroy itself if it doesn’t change.

Speaking on Monday in Kaduna during an event to commemorate the 60th birthday celebration of governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, Sanusi said that real development will continue to elude the North except the leaders rise up and do the right thing.

He said, “The real change in the North will come from those considered mad people because you look around and say if this is the way we have been doing things, and this is where we have ended up, maybe we need to do things differently.

“If the North does not change, it will destroy itself. The country is moving on. If we don’t listen, there would be a day when there would be a constitutional amendment that addresses these issues of quota system and federal character.

“The rest of the country cannot be investing, educating its children, producing graduates and then they watch us, they can’t get jobs because they come from the wrong state, when we have not invested in the future of our own children.

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi

“You cannot be happy about 87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You can’t be happy with millions of Northern out-of-school children. You can’t be happy with nine states in the North contributing almost 50 per cent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country.

“You can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem. You can’t be happy with all the issues.”


Just in: Ganduje, Other Kano leaders visit Buhari in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received a delegation from Kano State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They were led by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Some members of the National Assembly, including senators and the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, as well as some community leaders were on the delegation.

Ganduje after the meeting told journalists that they came on a ‘Thank You’ visit to President Buhari for supporting the state by providing infrastructure and security.

He added that Kano State is the most peaceful due to the introduction of technology and cooperation of stakeholders and support of his government.


Northern Governors pay condolence visit to Lalong ..

Members of the Northern Governors Forum have condemned the recent killings of some innocent people in Plateau state.

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, alongside his colleagues of Jigawa and Kebbi states described as unfortunate, the recent killing of Plateau.

The governors who represented members of the Northern Governors Forum made their positions known when they paid a sympathy call to Governor Simon Lalong at Government House Jos.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who led his colleagues of Bauchi and Jigawa states said the visit was to support the security measures taken by Governor Simon Lalong to avert the recurrence of such incidents in the state.

According to Bagudu, members unanimously agreed to support Lalong to ensure the maintenance of peace and security in the state seeing that he is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum

Governor Atiku Bagudu emphasized the need for mutual understanding among all citizens of plateau state regardless of their differences to ensure the development of the state.

Responding, Governor Simon Lalong expressed gratitude to the 3 governors for their visit, describing it as a moral booster.


16 Taliban militants dead from airstrike..

At least 16 militants have been confirmed killed as fighting planes struck Taliban hideouts in Balkh district of the northern Balkh province on Saturday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Sunday.

The sorties targeted Taliban hideouts in parts of the restive Balkh district on Saturday afternoon, killing 16 armed militants, the official asserted.

According to the official, the security forces in cleanup operations backed by fighting planes have also cleared several villages from the militants in Balkh district over the past couple of days.

Taliban militants have not commented.

Parts of Balkh province with Mazar-i-Sharif as its capital 305 km north of Kabul has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past few years