The Kaduna State Government will appeal against the ruling of a High Court granting the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, leave to travel to India for medical attention.
In a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said while the state respected the ruling, it disagreed with the premises on which it was based.
“Therefore, an appeal will be lodged on the matter, but a stay of execution will not be sought,” Aruwan said.
On Monday, a Kaduna State High Court granted an application for medical leave filed by El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah.
The couple is facing criminal trial at the court on eight counts, including culpable homicide punishable with death, filed in April 2018.
El-Zakzaky’s application for bail was refused on Oct. 4 ,2018, and he has since remained in the lawful custody of the state.
According to the government, certain conditions will have to be met for the Islamic cleric and his wife to travel to India for medical treatment.
“In compliance with the court ruling, the Kaduna State Government has filed at the Kaduna High Court terms for strict supervision of the medical leave, as follows:
“The sureties must also produce evidence of landed property within Kaduna State.”
“As is readily evident from the above, many of these terms of supervision depend for their actualisation on actions by the Federal Government of Nigeria which is the sovereign power vested with the constitutional responsibility for foreign affairs.”
Nigeria News Agency recalls that on April 19, 2018, Kaduna State Government charged El-Zakzaky, Zeenah, Yakubu Yahaya Katsina and Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and unlawful assembly.
Other charges against the defendants are wrongful restraint, disturbance of public peace, voluntarily causing grievous hurt, inciting disturbance and breach of public peace in contravention of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State.
Ebonyi proscribes collection of unapproved fees, levies in schools
Dr Steve Odoh, Ebonyi Commissioner for Education has announced the proscription of collection of unapproved fees and levies in all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.
The proscription order was contained in a press release signed by the commissioner and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki.
Odoh warned that government would not hesitate to sanction any school head found aiding and abating collection of illegal fees and levies.
He added that collection of unapproved levies would be treated as criminal extortion with severe sanction attached.
The commissioner therefore urged schools in the state that do not have sports facilities to stop collection of sports levies and fees including the sales of sports wears.
Odoh reiterated the commitment of the Gov. Dave Umahi’s led administration in repositioning the state education system to meet global standard, adding that government would no longer tolerate unethical practices.
He called on the ZIEs and AIEs including other relevant education stakeholders to do the needful to ensure that schools complied with the directive.
Odoh lamented the collection of unapproved levies being imposed on pupils and students in public and private in the state and urged school heads and proprietors to shun the act.
He called on parents and guardians to always verify the genuineness of fees and levies their children and wards were asked to pay from the Ministry of Education and other relevant education authorities.
“The governor is not happy about some unapproved and unaccounted levies being imposed on pupils and students in public and private schools in the state.
“The governor therefore calls on parents to always verify certain fees required of their children and wards in both public and private schools to avoid undue extortion.
“Ministry of Education will henceforth take necessary steps to put a stop to all unnecessary attitudes that tend to negate and discourage efforts of government in promoting sound, smooth teaching and learning in our schools.
“Government is also committed to resisting any action that will jeopardise the ‘Bring back out-of-school’ children campaign aimed at encouraging out of school children in Ebonyi to return to school.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
Repair on Kwara waterworks near completion – Engineers
Engineers handling the repair of some waterworks in Kwara said on Friday that the facilities were at between 90 and 95 per cent completion stage.
A statement issued in Ilorin by the Press Secretary in the state Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Olalekan Onilu, quoted the engineers as saying that the impact of the repair work would be felt soon across the state.
It also said Olatunde Mike, Isiaka Ibraheem, Taiye Salami, and Sunday Bamidele, the engineers handling Igbaja, Kaiama, Lafiagi Asa-Dam and Pategi waterworks respectively had given an assurance that the facilities in their respective areas would boost access to potable water in the areas.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had released funds to the Ministry of Water Resources to fix some abandoned waterworks in the state.
The waterworks include Asa-Dam Waterworks, Igbaja Waterworks, Kaiama Waterworks, Pategi Waterworks and Lafiagi Waterworks among others.
According to the statement, the engineer handling Igbaja Waterworks, Bamidele, specifically said that no fewer than 14 villages would benefit from the ongoing reconstruction of Igbaja Dam after completion.
Bamidele said that work was almost completed on the civil work of the treated building in the dam.
According to him, test running of the facility will begin on Saturday to determine whether there are still leakages in the installed pipes.
Zamfara Gov’s wife bags Fulani traditional title
The Sarkin Fulani of Zamfara, Alhaji Muhammadu Chede has conferred the fulani traditional title of “Beza’’ to wife of the state governor, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle.
The Fulani leader announced the conferment of the title in Gusau on Friday, when the Fulani Women Association in the state paid courtesy visit on the governor’s wife.
Chede explained that “Beza’’ means mother of fulani women in Zamfara.
“We confer this important fulani title to her excellency, Hajiya Balkisu Bello-Matawalle in recognition of her various programmes to empower fulani women.
“We are also happy with the commitments of the state government led by Alhaji Bello Matawallen-Maradun towards the improvement of the wellbeing of fulani people in the state.”
Responding, Mrs Bello-Matawalle, commended the fulani leader for the gesture and promised to continuously work with them to strengthen existing relationship.
“As we are all aware, the state government is making plans to establish Ruga settlements for fulani herders in the state where schools, hospitals and other infrastructural facilities would be provided for them.
“I am planning to come up with an empowerment scheme for fulani women and education programme for their children to complement the state government efforts in this regard,’’ she said.
Earlier, the Chairperson of the fulani women association in the state, Hajiya Aisha Chede, said the visit was to seek partnership with the governor’s wife on activities of fulani women in the state.
She assured that fulani women in the 14 local government areas of the state were solidly behind the peace dialogue mission initiated by the state government.
Nigeria News Agency reports that over 300 fulani women from the 14 local government areas of the state attended the occasion.
During the occasion, the association presented a gift of a cow, large quantity of fresh milk and other fulani traditional items to the governor’s wife
Zamfara APC tells members not to comment on Yari’s corruption investigation
The state party Chairman, Lawal Liman, said the decision was to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to conclude their investigations without interference.
Liman who received APC executives from the 14 local government areas of the state at the party secretariat in Gusau, said nobody has the right to interfere with the investigation as both EFCC and ICPC were carrying out their lawful duties.
“You know, one of the manifestos of our great party, the APC and major area given priority by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is fight against corruption.
“The former governor, Yari is a law abiding citizen, he is not above the law, therefore he can be investigated as any Nigerian.
“Nobody has the right to say anything over the investigation until it is over by the relevant authorities.
“I am therefore appealing to our members to remain calm and always be law abiding”, Liman stressed.
Nigeria News Agency reports that during the visit, the APC executives from 14 local government areas of the state reiterated their solidarity and loyalty to the party.
Nigeria will surmount its current security challenges–Gov. Abdulrazaq
Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara on Friday expressed the hope that the current security challenges facing the nation would soon be a thing of the past.
Abdulrazaq, who stated this in Ilorin while declaring open a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Business men’s Fellowship International holding in Ilorin, said the Federal and state governments were fully committed to tackling the challenges.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi, said, “I wish to assure you all that government is engaging the situation with all the resources at its disposal.”
Abdulrazaq, who called on religious bodies to play a crucial role in drawing men back to God, prayed for government at all levels to succeed in all their endeavours.
He also called on religious bodies to encourage their members to join politics to play greater role in the development and progress of the nation.
Speaking earlier, the National Vice President of the group, Isaac Okparachi, explained that members were in the state for the three-day conference of the fellowship.
He congratulated Abdulrazaq and his deputy on their victory in the recent elections and prayed God to give them the wherewithal to record meaningful achievements during their tenure.
According to Okpanachi, the Fellowship is the largest body of Christian business men and professionals in the world, with Nigeria having 3,300 chapters spread across the six geo-political regions.
The vice president added that theme for the convention, “ Manifesting His Power,” was to be deployed to pray for the state and the nation.