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People gather inside the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 12, 2020. AP

Katsina parents attribute spate of out-of-school children to insecurity

Parents in Katsina State have attributed the alarming rate of out-of-school children to what they termed deteriorating security challenges bedeviling the states in the North-west region and other parts of the country.

Katsina parents attribute spate of out-of-school children to insecurity

Parents in Katsina State have attributed the alarming rate of out-of-school children to what they termed the deteriorating security challenges be deviling states in the North-west region and other parts of the country.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Calls mount for release of kidnapped Zamfara schoolgirls

Calls are increasing, from both politicians and civil society, for the rescue of at least 300 schoolgirls abducted early Friday from their hostel by gunmen in Zamfara.
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Scarcity: APC has mechanism to re-stock registration cards – NPA chief

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman, yesterday assured intending participants in the ongoing revalidation exercise that the party has put up a strong mechanism to restock and address the scarcity of cards being experienced.
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Bandits abduct Katsina monarch, 13 others

Amid anxiety over the fate of abducted students of Government College, Kagara, Niger State, bandits struck again in neigbourbing Katsina State, abducting a monarch and 13 others in two separate attacks.
11. The Defence Headquarters has claimed that troops rescued the over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina, abducted by bandits on December 11.

Minister: Nigerian government paid no ransom for release of Kankara, Dapchi children

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that no ransom was paid for the release of the abducted Kankara schoolboys in Katsina State and the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.
One of the students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State lucky to escape recent abduction in the school has narrated how the gunmen who kidnapped his colleagues callously killed one of his friends in the course of the criminal action.

Kagara student: How bandits killed my friend

One of the students of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State lucky to escape recent abduction in the school has narrated how the gunmen who kidnapped his colleagues callously killed one of his friends in the course of the criminal action.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government engages EFCC, ICPC to checkmate fraud in investment programmes

The federal government has announced the engagement of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to checkmate any fraud in its ongoing Social Investment Programmes across the country.
Around 2am on Wednesday, armed men broke into Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

Kagara: Plan condemns ‘constant attacks’ on schools

Plan International Nigeria has condemned “constant attacks on children and educational facilities” across the country after gunmen took 42 people hostage in a school invasion early Wednesday.
The Niger kidnapping came two months after hundreds of schoolboys were abducted in northwestern Katsina state then released days later following negotiations with the government. iStock

Gunmen kidnap ‘hundreds’ of schoolboys in Nigeria

Gunmen believed to belong to a criminal gang have kidnapped hundreds of schoolboys from their hostels along with some of teachers in central Nigeria, an official and a security source told AFP Wednesday.
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate on resumption of plenary will further probe the NNPC on diversion of dividends from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

Senator Saraki: Ex-President Jonathan remains committed to PDP

As part of efforts to reconcile members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and reshape the party ahead of the 2023 general elections, the party’s Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, led by former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday met with former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP: Lai Mohammed’s outburst confirms APC’s membership registration a sham

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday stated that the outburst of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissing the much hyped All Progressives Congress (APC) membership registration exercise and calling for its cancellation have further confirmed that the exercise is a huge scam.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

South, Middle Belt leaders reject list of Appeal Court justices

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to reject the list compiled by Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) for the appointment of Appeal Court justices, which was said to have been allegedly compromised by politicians at the commission.
Governor Aminu Masari has ordered all boarding schools shut in Katsina a day after bandits abducted some students of Kankara Government Science Secondary School, 97 Kms from the capital..

Katsina begins training of 1,000 youths on business development

The Katsina State Government has commenced the training of 1,000 youths across the state on business development and entrepreneurship skills in order to avert youths unemployment and restiveness in the state.

Bandits kill one, abduct bank staff, others in Katsina

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Shagari quarters in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State and killed the leader of a vigilante group in the area, Ali Bahago, after a gun duel.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Nigeria records 1,056 new coronavirus infections, 21 deaths

Nigeria recorded 1,056 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 141,447.

Senate confirms Bello Hassan as new NDIC chief

The Senate Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Mr. Bello Hassan as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
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NDLEA seizes cocaine worth over N32 billion at Tincan port

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has Intercepted 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11kg, with an estimated street value of over N32 billion at the Tincan Port, Lagos.
The much talked about 284 kilometre rail project starting from Kano, Nigeria, via Jibia in Katsina and extending into Maradi in Niger Republic has been flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kano-Maradi rail: Posterity will be kind to President Buhari – minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says posterity will be kind to President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on massive infrastructure development in the country.
The much talked about 284 kilometre rail project starting from Kano, Nigeria, via Jibia in Katsina and extending into Maradi in Niger Republic has been flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari directs conclusion of West-East coastal rail line financing

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministries of Transportation and Finance to conclude financial arrangements with appropriate co-financiers that will partner with the Federal Government for construction of West-East Coastal rail line from Lagos to Calabar, linking some major cities in South East and South South.

Court remands Katsina ex-council boss over aiding, abetting terrorism, four other charges

More facts emerged on Tuesday that the former caretaker chairman for Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, Haruna Musa currently being remanded at a Katsina Correctional Centre actually has five charges brought against him by the police in connection with last December abduction of 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet with the 344 Kankara schoolboys any moment from now. The schoolboys were abducted by gunmen from their hostels at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State last Friday.

Gang leader behind Kankara school boys abduction surrenders

A criminal gang leader behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren in northwest Katsina state in December has surrendered to authorities in an amnesty deal, officials said on Tuesday.

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The FCT Police Command has arrested 40 suspects for car snatching, drug peddling, armed robbery and public nuisance, along Abaji, Gwarinpa, Asokoro, Jabi-Daki biyu and Mabushi axis.

‘Car snatchers, drug peddlers’ arrested at Abuja

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi (second from right) recently met with bandits in Zamfara to negotiate peace.

Sheikh Gumi: Fulani herdsmen were pushed into criminality

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