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APC national office files motion on stay of execution of order voiding Kano ward congresses

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The National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Congress Committee members on Monday filed a motion before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal for a stay of execution of an FCT High Court ruling that voided the Kano ward congresses conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The state commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who stated this in a statement in Abuja also revealed that the APC was contesting the jurisdiction of the court to entertain such case brought before it.

He said the party was seeking an interlocutory injunction that would restrain the respondents from taking steps to give effect to the High Court ruling, pending hearing of the appeal by the appellate court on December 16, 2021.

Malam Garba added that in the motion, the APC submitted that the chairman and the secretary of the congress committee joined in the case were not contacted despite the fact their phone numbers and contact addresses were captured in the case, even as they have never met the said lawyers that represented them and therefore have not been given fair hearing.

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The commissioner further explained that similar scenario played out in the case of ward executive committee members who were kept in the dark and could not be afforded fair hearing and access to the said lawyers assigned to represent them.

He said as the national headquarters of the party filed the two motions before the appeal court, it urged party members to exercise patience and restraint and be law abiding as it pursues the legal processes.

 

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Military Airstrikes Kill Bandits’ Warlord ‘Abdulkareem Boss ‘Others in Katsina

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After months of evading security forces, a notorious armed bandit, Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal, and 27 others have been eliminated by aggressive bombardments of the Nigerian military airstrikes in Katsina State, on Saturday evening.

Abdulkareem Lawal, who is popularly called Abdulkareem Boss, by his criminal colleagues, PRNigeria gathered, was a high-valued target on the radar of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies for a while.

The precision airstrikes came barely a week after the Service Chiefs, at the last National Security Council meeting, reassured President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians that there would be a change in strategy and momentum in the fight against insurgency and terrorism and the Chief of the Air Staff’s directive to Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational and air component commanders to ‘show no mercy’ in decimating terrorists and insurgents in the country.

The wanted criminal was based in the Marina area of Safana Local Government Area, and was responsible for several terrorist attacks, animal rustling and kidnappings.

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Boss was known to regularly invite terrorist groups from other areas and regions to join him in attacks on targets.

Specifically, he was part of the terrorist group that carried out attacks that eventually led to the death of the Nigerian Police Area Commander of Dutsin Ma on 5 July, 2022.

Confirming the killing of Abdulkareem Boss to, an intelligence military officer, said that the terror kingpin was neutralized in a precision strike alongside 27 of his foot soldiers, at Rugu Forest.

In a related development, similar bombardments were also conducted on terrorists’ hideouts around Abuja, it was reliably gathered.

According to credible intelligence, threats within Abuja was being orchestrated by terrorists from their hideouts within Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States.

“In view of this, NAF aircraft under Operation Whirl Punch were dispatched to undertake intensive air interdiction operation to degrade/neutralize the terrorists within their identified hideouts in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru and Chikun LGA in Kaduna State and Kusasu, Kwaki and Kukere LGA in Niger State.

“So far, the identified locations hit by NAF aircraft include Jan Birni, Kusasu, Kauwuri, Kwaki, Ukambo Hill within the Kwiambana Forest as well as Alhaji Chorki Location.

“These locations have been attacked decisively and were struck in successive passes until they went into flames, some casualties who were spotted to be struggling to scamper for safety were effectively mopped up,” a military air commander added.

The operations were aimed at forestalling them from further planning to cause mayhem within Kaduna and Niger States as well as surroundings around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Whan contacted, the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Airforce Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said that the successes of the air strikes underscore indefectible commitment of the military to ridding the entire Northern region as well as the FCT of terrorism in collaboration with other security agencies and restoring peace and sanity.

He added that “Operational commanders have also been told to sustain the momentum and ensure they minimize, to the barest minimum, the freedom of movement of terrorists and insurgents.”

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Kano contributed 2 point 5 billion naira for the completion of Dala Inland Dry Port-Gawuna

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Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna acting Governor with the minister of transportation

 

 

Kano State Government says it has contributed about two point five billion naira for the construction of access roads,perimeter fencing,electricity and other social amenities to the Dala Inland Dry Port project in order to ensure its speedy completion.

Kano State Acting Governor Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna who disclosed this on friday when Minister of Transportation Alh.Mu’azu Jaji Sambo paid a familiarisation visit to Dry Port’s Office at Zawaciki in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the State also said that the State Government made sure that the project becomes a reality through provision of enabling environment because it would lead to economic development not only for Kano and its neighbouring States but also for Niger,Cameroon and Chad Republics.

Gawuna while reading the speech of the Governor further said Kano is the commercial and investment nerve Centre of Northern Nigeria and the largest non oil and gas economy in the country with a GDP of approximately twelve billion US dollars making it potentially viable for investors therefore the project is meant for harnessing the resource potentials of the State towards improving the livelihood of the teeming populace. Adding that this becomes necessary given the fact that the crude oil revenue on which the country depends has tremendously dropped.

” Dala Inland Dry Port was initiated to act as a catalyst to improve trade flows,boost Inland trading and revitalise export of agricultural products leading to multi product economy he said”.

In his address the Minister of Transportation, Engr.Jaji Sambo while declaring the Dala Inland Dry Port as Port of Origin and Destination said Kano with sizeable number of textiles,agro allied and several manufacturing industries not only suited but most qualified for an Inland dry port.

According to him the Inland Dry Port was conceived as part of the Federal Government’s port reform programme designed to decongest the sea ports while also taking shipping and port services closer to importers and exporters in the hinterland,however Dala Inland Dry Port that started many years ago has now come fruition.

The Minister therefore called on the Business Community and Investors to take full advantage of facility for the import and export of their cargoes.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alh.Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro explained that the board resolved from the inception to develop a facility that would function as an efficient digital and regulatory compliant port that would minimise contact between cargo and man.

He added that the position of Dala Inland Dry Port is unique and that caused its introduction in the linkage made by the Federal Government in the standard gauge railway line to link Maradi in Niger Republic through the port from Lagos.

“At the moment, the narrow gauge railway line is fully connected the port and tested. It can provide the services required from Lagos to Kano and the second leg to destinations in Niger Republic can be completed by road he said”.

In a statement issued to newsmen by Hassan Musa Fagge acting governor’s CPS said Babawuro commended the Federal Government and Kano State Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for their support towards making the project a reality.

 

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Rising Cost Of Cooking Gas Forced Dealers To Close Shop

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Rising Cost of cooking gas and other expenses has forced some gas dealers and sellers to close shop in some strategic areas of Kano.

 

Our correspondent who went round the city on Thursday and late Wednesday has learnt that some dealers and sellers of the commodity have close shop and buyers were stranded looking for alternative.

No reason was laid by the dealers for not selling the gas in some parts of the state.

The areas visited by our correspondent include Bilkaka Gas company and Pyramid Gas located around Tsamiya Babba in Gezawa local government and Eastern bye pass in Nassarawa local government.

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Also some small shops where households use to buy the gas have also closed for almost two days.

When contacted for comment an executive member of Gas dealers association in Kano Nuhu Haruna told our correspondent that the close of Business by Gas dealers may be associated with loss being incurred by the sellers.

According to Nuhu Haruna they mostly buy the 50 Kg Gas cylinder at 30 thousand and with transportation cost it reaches the point of Sale at 35 to 36 thousand and they also sale at the same price with no profit.

Nuhu Haruna added that since Gas is a commodity without any subsidy like petroleum the dealers are loosing seriously instead of gaining profit and as a result of that they don’t want to inflict another hardship on the buyers.

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