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Ahmad Garba Gunna Emerges New Emir Of Kagara
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Ahmad Garba Gunna Emerges New Emir Of Kagara

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has announced the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Niger State Revenue Board, Alhaji Ahmad Garba Gunna (Dan Majen Kagara), as the new Emir of Kagara. The appointment of the new Emir follows the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Salihu Tanko Kagara, on March 1st, 2021 after a protracted illness in Minna, the state capital. The Governor, through the Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji, made the announcement in Minna on Wednesday after receiving the reports of the 14 kingmakers, headed by Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad (Madakin Gunna). Bello said the appointment of the new Emir was in accordance with section 3 subsection (1) of the Chiefs (Appointment...
Senator Sani Musa Bemoans Massacre Of 20 Vigilante And One Soldier In Niger State
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Senator Sani Musa Bemoans Massacre Of 20 Vigilante And One Soldier In Niger State

Senator representing the Niger East Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, yesterday described the recent killings of 20 members of the local vigilante and a soldier in Kontokoro town of Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State as “callous, inhuman and wicked.” The vigilantes were killed in an ambush last Thursday when they were going on a routine patrol while the bandits reportedly attacked the military post in the town killing the soldier. Musa, in a condolence message to the Niger State Governor, Mr. Abubakar Sani Bello, and the entire people of the senatorial zone, called on all peace loving people of the state and the country to raise their voices against this dastardly act. He described those behind the massacre of these innocent people as enemie...
Insecurity: Sani Bello To Equip Vigilante Groups With Pump-Action Guns
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Insecurity: Sani Bello To Equip Vigilante Groups With Pump-Action Guns

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has revealed that vigilante groups in the state will be equipped with pump action guns to fight back at armed Bandits terrorizing the state. Bello made the disclosure during a meeting with over 200 vigilantes at Kasuwan Garba in Mariga Local Government Area of the state as part of his moral boosting visits to vigilante groups across the state. The vigilantes had told the governor that lack of modern weapons is one of the greatest challenges in their fight against the armed bandits. According to them, the bandits are heavily equipped with modern and sophisticated weapons. Responding, the governor stated that henceforth, all vigilantes in the state will be provided with automatic pump action to assist them fight back. He ...
Governor Sani Bello Receives Freed Kagara Schoolboys And Their Teachers
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Governor Sani Bello Receives Freed Kagara Schoolboys And Their Teachers

The freed Kagara schoolboys and their teachers have met with the state governor, Abubakar Bello, at the state government house in Minna, the state capital. The state governor said the state government is working to identify the root cause of banditry in the state. He also disclosed that one of the abductees is in the hospital being treated for excessive exhaustion.
Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government
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Kagara Abduction: FG Has Abandoned Us, Says Niger State Government

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to secure the release of victims abducted at Government Science College, Kagara. When he received Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, at Government House, Minna, on Thursday, the governor said the state has been left to handle the rescue on its own. Although he admitted that the Federal Government sent a delegation to the state and also deployed 300 mobile policemen to the state, Bello said his administration has been left to shoulder the financial responsibility. “So where is the support? At the moment we have not seen any Federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes we had a delegation that came to commensurate with, but we are left to ourselves,” ...
Orji Uzor Kalu Meets Babangida In Minna
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Orji Uzor Kalu Meets Babangida In Minna

Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday afternoon visited the former military President, General Ibrahim Badomosi Babangida. Kalu who is currently in a closed door meeting with the former leader was earlier hosted by the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello
Orji Kalu And Governor Sani Bello Of Niger State Meet Behind Closed Door
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Orji Kalu And Governor Sani Bello Of Niger State Meet Behind Closed Door

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has just arrived the Niger State Government House, Minna for a visit to the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello. Senator Kalu was ushered into Governor's office, where he was received by the Governor and his cabinet, Kalu and Bello later proceeded for an indoor meeting. Kalu arrived at the power state at exactly 11:30 am alongside the President of Belema Oil, Engr Jack Rich; The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA, Hon. Femi Bamisile, former Chief of Staff to Abia State Government,  Hon Mascot Uzor Kalu, other associates, and his aides. The meeting is still ongoing as of the time of filing this report.
NGF Considers Talks With Bandits, Others
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NGF Considers Talks With Bandits, Others

There were strong indications on Tuesday that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum might opt for dialogue with bandits and people affected by their atrocities to address insecurity in the country. The Chairman of the NGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gave this indication when he led some members of the forum on a solidarity visit to the Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, in Minna, the state capital. Recall that gunmen on Wednesday last week stormed Government Science College, Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state and abducted 27 students and 15 workers. Fayemi, during the visit to Minna, stated, “We all feel your pain. We feel the fears and the anxieties of the good people of Niger State. This is not something that is uncommon. What happens here is not unique to you. You have been...
Insecurity: Niger State Governor, Sani Bello Calls For Recruitment Of More Security Personnel
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Insecurity: Niger State Governor, Sani Bello Calls For Recruitment Of More Security Personnel

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to expedite actions on recruitment of more security personnel. Governor Sani Bello made the call when he received the Niger State caucus in the National Assembly on a visit to commiserate with the Government over rising cases of banditry in the State. The Governor expressed concern with the insecurity in the State in particular and the country in general despite concerted efforts to stop it, pointing out that security agencies have been overstretched, inadequate and abscence of sufficient surveilance equipment to manage security challenges very well. "We have being making all efforts to see that it is being curtailed but it's been extremely difficult mostly because of man...
Niger State Governor Receives Rescued Abducted Travelers
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Niger State Governor Receives Rescued Abducted Travelers

The Niger state governor, Abubakr Bello, received the 21 abducted travelers who were rescued from captivity on Sunday, February 21. The 21 passengers were abducted by the bandits, while traveling from Kontagora to Minna on 14 February. See more photos of them at the government house below..
Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of
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Kagara abduction: Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says Some of these bandits are tired and need to be taken care of

Governor Abubakar Bello has listed things his administration will be doing to ensure that abductions never take place again in Niger state he governs.   Bello who stated that his immediate issue is to get the schoolboys kidnapped from Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State released, further revealed that he also understands that some of the bandits behind violent attacks are tired and need to be taken care of.   The Niger state Governor expressed hope of the bandits turning a new leaf, and added that there is need to engage and absorb them to stop attacks in the future.
Consider Peace Deal With Bandits – Matawalle To Sani Bello
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Consider Peace Deal With Bandits – Matawalle To Sani Bello

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has advised his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello, to emulate him in initiating a peace deal with bandits in the state. Addressing State House reporters in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, he said he realised that not all of bandits were criminals after his decision to initiate a peace deal with the bandits. He said: “I’ve been calling my colleague the Governor of Niger State, to sit down with all stakeholders and find out the root cause of the crisis so that they can be able to dialogue and initiate reconciliation so as to also achieve what I’ve been able to achieve in my State. “Most of the criminals that caused trouble in Zamfara, were not form my State. Two months back, we had some repentant bandits who ...
Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa
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Call Them Terrorists Not Bandits – Senator Sani Musa

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sani Musa, has said the abductors of the students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State, were terrorists and not bandits. He stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday. “There is no presence of anybody but the bandits. I don’t call them bandits, I call them terrorists,” the lawmaker said. “It has happened in Chibok, it has happened in Dapchi, it has happened in Kankara, it has happened in Kagara, we cannot guarantee where next, so, necessary steps have to be taken.” Senator Musa also said that no one knows the next school or state bandits will attack in the country. The lawmaker’s comments come hours after gunmen invaded the...
27 Kagara Students Kidnapped, One Shot Dead – Niger State Governor
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27 Kagara Students Kidnapped, One Shot Dead – Niger State Governor

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment. Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of 27 students, three staff and 12 family members by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of the state. Bello made the confirmation at a news conference shortly after an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies in Minna on Wednesday. Newsmen report that the gunmen stormed the school on Wednesday at 2 a.m. killing one student and kidnapped 27, three staff of the college and 12 members of families at the school. The governor directed that all boarding schools in Shiroro, Rafi and Muyan be closed down...
Wearing Of Face-Masks Is Compulsory In Niger State – Governor Sani Bello
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Wearing Of Face-Masks Is Compulsory In Niger State – Governor Sani Bello

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State today has ordered the compulsory wearing of face-masks in Niger State. This was made known by his Senior Special Assistant on Media. FLASH: Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has announced that wearing face masks is now compulsory for all citizens in the state, as the state continues to curb the spread of the pandemic. The COVID-19 Taskforce has been mandated to make sure there is strict compliance.
Abubakar Bello Lockdown Niger State Over COVID-19
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Abubakar Bello Lockdown Niger State Over COVID-19

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has declared the total lockdown of Niger State from Monday April 13th. This is coming on the heels of the discovery of the first COVID-19 case in the state. The case, according to the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Muhammad Maikusidi, came from Limawa Area in Minna. The Governor directed the State COVID-19 taskforce to isolate the area for 14 days. The Governor also stated that all religious activities should remain suspended till further notice.
Niger Governor Bello Tests Negative For Coronavirus
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Niger Governor Bello Tests Negative For Coronavirus

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) and gone into self-isolation. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Mary Noel Berje, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday. She added Governor Bello has directed his aides to do the same, saying he may have come in contact with some confirmed cases of COVID-19 during his outing at Nigeria Governors Forum meeting and other national engagements. According to the statement, the governor is expected to continue his official functions from home for some time after subjecting himself to self-isolation and test. He appealed to the people to embrace simple personal hygiene, procedures, as well as other precautionary measures that would guard them against contacting the dreaded virus. “W...
Niger State Governor ,Sani Bello Signs 2020 Appropriation Act Into Law
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Niger State Governor ,Sani Bello Signs 2020 Appropriation Act Into Law

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has signed the year 2020 Appropriation Act of N155,459,814,700.12 into law. This shows a considerable increase of N7,247,885,151 against the 148,211,929,549.12 approved earlier by the State Assembly. The 2020 budget proposal now consists of Recurrent Expenditure of N70,002,224,042.12 and a Capital Expenditure of N85,457,590,658.00. The budget, entitled 'Budget of Inclusion for Sustainable Development', is anchored on the completion of all ongoing projects, especially those that have attained 75% completion as well as consolidate and improve on the gains recorded so far. With the signing of the 2020 Budget, the state government is also expected to focus on the construction and or completion of ongoing state and township road projects...
FG Freezes Bank Accounts of Suspects on ‘Looters list’
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FG Freezes Bank Accounts of Suspects on ‘Looters list’

The bank accounts of suspects being tried in court over allegations of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and whose names appear on the looters list released by the Federal government earlier this year, have been allegedly frozen on the orders of the Federal government. This is according to a report by TheCable. The embargo placed on the accounts is part of the implementation of the Executive Order No. 6 on the “preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences” signed by President Buhari in October 2018. A former Minister who confirmed this development, said he tried to withdraw money from his account recently but couldn't. “I issued a cheque of N250,000 to a friend and it was turned down. When I called my account...
Federal Government Releases Second Batch Of Alleged PDP ‘Looters’ & The Amount Embezzled
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Federal Government Releases Second Batch Of Alleged PDP ‘Looters’ & The Amount Embezzled

The Federal Government has reacted to the barrage of attacks by some of the named alleged treasury looters and has gone further to name 23 others, most of them members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a press statement, Minister of Information and Culture, ALhaji Lai Mohammed said the list of alleged looters which Government released earlier was based on verifiable facts, including the amount involved, the date the amount in question was collected and from where it was taken. Mohammed, also said those complaining that the list was too short apparently did not understand that it was strategically released as a teaser. “At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to people whose style is...
Youth Empowerment Our Priority, Says Niger Gov
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Youth Empowerment Our Priority, Says Niger Gov

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that youth empowerment remains the major priority of his administration, adding that the government will continue to support any programme that will reduce the number of the unemployed in the state. Governor Bello made this known in Tafa town on Monday in a message to an empowerment programme by the Tafa Local Government Area. “The guiding principle of this administration is to mentor and develop the youths because of their vantage position in nation building,” he said. The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammad Ketso, said youths must feel the change which the All Progressive Congress (APC) government came with adding that: “The time for using the youths as political thugs is over. He also used the ...
Constituency Project Is Corruption – Obasanjo
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Constituency Project Is Corruption – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have started another war with the members of the National Assembly when he described the constituency projects being embarked upon by the lawmakers as “corruption.” Obasanjo said this at the opening of a two-day investment forum organised by the Niger State Government in Minna on Monday. The forum had “Impact of Investing for Advancing Agricultural Economy and Innovation,” as its theme. Obasanjo said, “The Sultan talked about roads, I hope our lawmakers will use their position and act positively so that when they put in road projects in the budget they will not turn it into what they now term as constituency projects. “You and I know what constituency projects mean. It is simply corruption.” The former President had been involved in ver...
Photos Of Babangida Aliyu In Court Today
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Photos Of Babangida Aliyu In Court Today

Photos of former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu after he was arraigned in court today, Tuesday, May 16th by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for money laundering.
Jonathan: Why I Backed Out On One Term Agreement
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Jonathan: Why I Backed Out On One Term Agreement

CHILLING details of how and why former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost the 2015 presidential election, have continued to make the headlines, courtesy of a book “Against the Run of play: How an incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria,” written by Segun Adeniyi, Chairman, ThisDay Board of Editors. The latest being admittance for the first time by Jonathan that there was indeed a gentleman’s agreement that he was going to do just one term and leave, but had to change his mind because “… You can make a political promise and change your mind, so long as it is within the law.” The book was formally presented to the public, in Lagos yesterday. Although Jonathan had in the same book before giving himself away maintained that the statement he mad...
Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small For The Presidency – Obasanjo
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Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small For The Presidency – Obasanjo

ABUJA — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan from his first days as President showed he  was too small for the office, saying he, Obasanjo, acted more as an opponent of Jonathan than a supporter of Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 presidential poll. Ex President Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo (Rtd) Obasanjo, who said Jonathan deceived him that he would not give Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke the petroleum portfolio in his cabinet was deceived into believing that he could use money to buy the 2015 presidential election. Obasanjo in the book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria, written by former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, also revealed that Jonathan was gripped by the fear that Buhari, as...

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