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NGO Decries The Rise of Online Gender Based Violence

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The center for information technology and development CITAD has lamented the increasing rate of gender based violence in Kano.

Zainab Aminu the gender program officer stated this while addressing newsmen at the Headquarters of the centre on the reported cases of Gender based violence in the month of December 2021.

According to Zainab Aminu said data shows that GBV is been perpetrated against both male and female gender with a higher number of female victims within all age ranges in both rural, urban and suburban communities with prevalence in Urban communities.

The Gender Program officer said the cases highly reported is Sexual Harassment and perpetrators are mostly male.

She pointed out that observation have shown that the most of the perpetrators have no relation to the victims. Although in some cases reported, the perpetrators are either family members, teachers/lecturers, student peers of the victims.

In comparison with the data obtained in previous months, there was an increase in the reported cases from that of previous months.

Zainab Aminu further itemized the following issues on GBV

• Rape cases reported in December neither decline nor increased in percentage.

• Online harassment in December has an increase of 25% from the previous month.

• Sexual blackmail case still remains 1 reported case.

• In the case of Sexual Harassment, 18 cases were reported in December which depicts a 25% increase.

• For sexual abuse, we had 6 cases in December with a 25% increase.

• We observed 6 reported cases of wife battering in the month of December which also depicts a 25% increase in reported cases compared to the previous month.

This shows that there is still need for actions to be taken in term of Gender Based Violence in the state in order to eliminate/curb GBV noted Zainab.

Zainab Aminu called on government to implement the following.

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➢ We reiterate our previous call to the Kano State Government and House of Assembly to domesticate the Child Rights Act and VAPP Act at the state level if implemented, will contribute in curbing this menace. The state government should not only adopt laws to protect women and girls, but also establish Referral Centers and Forensic Centers for victims.

➢ Religious and Traditional leaders both at state and local levels should continue to intensify efforts in creating awareness against GBV and encouraging individuals to voice out when they observe any such violence. Media houses should also continue to use their platforms in creating awareness against GBV and be reporting punishments given to perpetrators.

➢ Recommendation for media: to contribution in enlightening people and giving space to people to report cases of abuse.

CITAD further made the following appeal.

A major observation is that communities are still reluctant to report cases of GBV. While we continue to monitor, we can only reach a small part of the state. We are not able to reach and cover the whole state. For this reason, we will like to appeal to parents, relatives and others to always report cases to the various to either directly to us or to other sister NGOs as well as to government agencies such as NOA, NAPTIP or Hisbah. GBV strives when we all keep quiet. We cannot win the battle against it unless every perpetrator is brought to the books. Keeping salient is not protecting the victims who suffer while the perpetrators take this silence as a stamp of acceptability.

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Breaking: Popular Nigerian Singer Arrested In Tanzania

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Popular Nigerian music star, Kizz Daniel, has been arrested in Tanzania for failing to perform at a show.

It was gathered that the musician, who is riding on the wave of music tour after his monster hit single, BUGA, was seen in a video being picked up and walked into a police van in the Tanzanian capital city of Dar-es-Salaam.

According to reports, Kizz Daniel whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, was arrested for breach of contract and will be charged to court according to the country’s laws.

Also, another viral video shows angry fans, who paid for the show and waited for him to perform but to avail, going beserk, thrashing the venue of the show.

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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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