Sharia Court sentences 19-year-old girl to 80 strokes of the cane for smoking marijuana

A 19-year-old girl, Zainab Abdullahi in Kaduna has reportedly been sentenced to 80 strokes of the cane by a Shari’a Court 1 sitting in Magajin Gari for smoking marijuana in public. The Judge, Malam Muhammad Shehu-Adamu sentenced Zainab on Thursday, September 11, 2019, after she pleaded guilty to the offence, NAN reports. According to NAN, Shehu-Adamu held that the 80 strokes of cane was a punishment stipulated for people who engage in taking intoxicants (Hadd). The judge, who said the judgment cannot be reversed, urged an Islamic organisation, the Muslim…

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Continue free feeding programme if you want our kids in school, father of 14 children tells gov

A man with 14 children, Musa Malala, has told Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to continue the Federal Government’s school feeding programme if he wants their children to go back to the classroom. Malala made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe. He disclosed that since the initiative was stopped, parents in the community had found it difficult to convince their children to return to school. He said, “I am a father of 14 children with two…

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22,000 people missing in Nigeria – highest in the world, says Red Cross

At least 22,000 people are missing in Nigeria due to the decade-long conflict with the Boko Haram group, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said. In a statement, ICRC President Peter Maurer said nearly 60 percent of those missing were children and that it was the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country. “They were minors when they went missing, meaning thousands of parents don’t know where their children are and if they are alive or dead,” he said on Thursday at…

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FG directs NCC to block over nine million SIM cards

There were indications on Thursday that the Federal Government is set to block about nine million unregistered mobile telephone SIM cards in the country. Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Patanmi, disclosed in a tweet on Thursday that he has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission to immediately block the unregistered SIM cards. According to the minister, all unregistered SIM cards would remain blocked until their users present themselves. “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed, we have over 9 million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria, I have directed the NCC to immediately…

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Journalists, CSOs to track El-Rufa’i campaign promises in Kaduna

Some Journalists and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have pledged to track Gov. Nasir El-Rufai campaign promises and inaugural speech commitments as part of measures to push government to live up to its responsibilities. The journalists made the commitment on Thursday, at the end of a two-day strategic media engagement to discuss campaign promises in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was supported by a DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), was held in Kaduna. Some of the governor’s promises included, ridding of Kaduna…

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Why I handed over Nigeria’s treasury to women – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said his decision to place women in strategic positions of his government, like the financial sector, was to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness. President Buhari stated this when he received a delegation of National, Zonal, State and FCT Women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the party Women Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Umaru Baiwa at the State House, Abuja. He explained that he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country, Ministry…

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I congratulated Buhari openly; some PDP governors visit him at night – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it was better to offer public congratulations than visit him at night. Wike, according to a report by PUNCH, said that unlike some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, who visit President Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from his heart. The Rivers governor made the statement while speaking at the funeral service of Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of one of PDP…

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Nigeria’s highest power generation achieved under President Buhari, says Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that Nigeria achieved the highest power generation ever under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. Adesina said this during an interview on Liberty Television’s Dialogue on Thursday. The President’s spokesman said “in 2016 to 2017 the country was able to achieved 6,300MW power generation despite inheriting merely 3,000MW in 2015.” He added, “There is incremental power in the country. But things are not going to happen in one fell swoop; it is work in progress. And…

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Nigerian refugees in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda – UN

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees on Tuesday said that 4,700 migrants in Libya will be relocated to Rwanda, according to a report by Reuters. The International Organisation for Migration said that it had repatriated over 343 Nigerians back to the country in 2019, implying that some citizens of the country might be among those to be evacuated this time again. UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, said a first batch of 500 people will be airlifted out in the coming weeks. The evacuation deal was struck between the Rwandan Government…

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Kano club signs player for N5,000

A teenager, Ibrahim Salisu Iriyos, has become the most expensive football player in Kano FA Division II league after Super Stars club signed him for the sum of N5, 000. According to BBC Pidgin, Iriyos used to play for Aston Villa Gano, before his transfer to Super Stars. The report said the striker had earlier shown interest in playing for Super Stars after training with the club. It added that the management of Super Stars took note of his striking prowess before the goal and made a bid to sign…

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Scientist advocates eating human flesh to fight climate change

A Swedish scientist speaking at Stockholm summit last week offered an unusual possible tactic in combating global climate change: eating human flesh. Stockholm School of Economics professor and researcher Magnus Soderlund reportedly said he believes eating human meat, derived from dead bodies, might be able to help save the human race if only a world society were to “awaken the idea.” Soderlund’s argument for human cannibalism was front and center during a panel talk called “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” at the Gastro Summit, reports The Epoch Times. “Conservative”…

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Hoodlums hijack protest in Ekiti, attack wife of governor

The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on Tuesday escaped physical attack by protesting students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE). Though, the protest, considered as being peaceful by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo Amba, was said to have been hijacked by hoodlums. Some hoodlums on Tuesday afternoon allegedly hijacked the protest by students of FUOYE and allegedly attacked the convoy of the First Lady of the state, who was returning from a tour of some Local Government Areas of the state dishing out empowerment to the indigenes…

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Six bandits released in exchange for 20 kidnapped persons in Katsina

Six suspected bandits kept in detention by security agencies in Katsina have been released and handed over to representatives of bandits in exchange for 20 kidnapped persons in their custody. Information gathered revealed that five were released on Sunday after an agreement between the government and the bandits terrorising eight local government areas of the state. Daily Trust reports that after handing over the six suspects, Governor Aminu Masari said part of the agreement reached between the two was that government would handover bandits in detention, while the hoodlums kidnapped…

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Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s $40m jewellery

The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has lost the bid to retrieve her jewellery and a customised gold iPhone forfeited to the Federal Government. This happened as the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of the 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, recovered from the former minister’s house in Abuja. In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Nicholas Nicholas Oweibo held that Diezani, through her lawyer, Awa Kalu (SAN), failed to show cause why the items should…

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Ashura Procession: 12 Shiite members killed in Kaduna, Gombe, Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi – IMN

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has said that at least 12 of its members were killed across the country by the Police while observing the Ashura mourning procession on Tuesday. They were allegedly killed during the procession in Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina states. President of IMN Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, explained in a statement that three Shi’ites were allegedly killed in Kaduna and 10 injured, while three others were also killed in Azare, Bauchi State. He said, “At least three people were confirmed killed by the police in…

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