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Niger Commissioner’s Assault on VOA Reporter Sparks Condemnation from NUJ

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The Niger state Commissioner of Home Land Security,  Major General Bello Mohammad Abdullahi retired, attacked and publicly assaulted the Voice of America reporter Mustapha Nasiru Batsari.

The Independent Mirror reported that the VOA Correspondent was attacked at the Government House Minna following his request from the Commissioner to balance the government side of the story on the efforts at preventing a reprisal attack sequel to Beji communal crisis.

The crisis between Fulani’s and Gbagi’s in Beji situated at Bosso local government area of Niger state led to the killing of four people and leaving nine persons injured.

Alh Mustapha Batsari said that he called the Commissioner severally without response, and therefore went to his office but he was not on the seat however saw him at the government house and politely approached him hence his direct assault on him publicly.

He stated that it took the intervention of people around, while the Commissioner in charge of security also threatened to deal with him decisively and tried to confiscated his recording garget despite not recording their conversation.

Alh Mustapha Batsari however expressed shock over the public assult on him by the retired senor military officer who is holding a critical office that concerns the security of lives and property of the citizens of the state yet reacting in such manners and therefore doubt his credibility of holding public office.

Reacting, Chairman Niger state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ,  Comrade Abu Nmadu condemned the action of the commissioner of home land security Affairs of attacking and assaulting journalist who is carrying out his lawful duties.

Comrade Abu Nmadu described the attack as most unfortunate, shocking and unacceptable, warning that the union will not tolerate attack and assult of any kind on his members in the state.

Also in condemnation, the chairman Correspondents Chapel of NUJ, Comrade Yakubu Mustapha Bina, said although it’s the usual attitude of the said commissioner but the chapel will no longer accept such harassment, threat, intimidation and arrogancy from the state public office holders who are to be held accountable to the public and called for his public apologies.

Comrade Mustapha Bina further advised governor Mohammed Umar Bago to look inward for a more vibrant, competent, experienced and knowledgeable retired person to breach the gap already created.

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro

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Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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