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British high commission explores agricultural opportunities in Plateau

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British high commission explores agricultural opportunities in Plateau

The British High Commission in Nigeria has expressed desire to explore investment opportunities in the agricultural sector in Plateau to enable it to invest in the area.


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, made the disclosure when she paid a courtesy call on Gov. Simon Lalong on Tuesday in Jos.

Laing said that the commission learnt that opportunities abound in the area in the state and was willing to explore.

“There are British companies that are willing to invest in the area. We will appreciate if the state will furnish us with details about the sector,” she said.

The high commissioner further said that they were in the state to study the progress made by the government in the area of peace.

Laing said that they were also interested in knowing the challenges that the state went through in restoring peace.

According her, there are many British citizens residing  in Plateau who lauded the state government for the prevailing peace.

Lalong in his remarks, told the high commissioner that one of the initiatives by the state that brought peace was the establishment of a Plateau Peace Building Agency.

The governor stated that the agency, the first of its kind in Nigeria took proactive steps to entrench peace instead of the reactive approach of security agencies that was sometimes not enduring.

“At a point, Plateau was no longer home of peace and tourism but we are happy that we are back on track again as home of peace and tourism.

“In addition to the Peace Building Agency, we are not bias for people with disabilities and we have established a  Disability Commission,” he said.

Lalong further said that apart from agriculture which the British Commission had indicated interest, they should consider investing in the mineral sector.

He said that many British citizens who are resident in the state came as miners and that opportunities still abound in the area.

Edited & Vetted By: Chinyere Bassey
(NAN)

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Court sentences driver to 2 years in prison for stealing car

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An Upper Area Court, sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Tuesday, sentenced a 30-year-old driver, Victor Jonah, to two years imprisonment for stealing a car.


The Judge, Lawal Suleiman, sentenced Jonah after he pleaded guilty to stealing the car.

Suleiman, however, gave the convict option to pay N50, 000 or to spend two years in prison.

He said the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal act of stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Monday Dabit, told the court that the case was reported at the A Division Police station on July 14 by one Victor Kadu of Jenta Adamu, the complainant.

Dabit said that the convict stole the car from where the owner had parked it.

According to the prosecutor, during police investigation, the car was found in the accused possession, an offense the prosecutor said is contrary to sections 272 of the Penal Code of Plateau.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Court sentences 2 labourers to 4 years imprisonment each for stealing

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An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos on Tuesday sentenced two labourers to four years each imprisonment for stealing a cell phone.


The police charged Usman Abdullahi,20, and Suleiman Yahaya,22, with conspiracy and theft.

The Judge, Lawal Suleiman sentenced Usman and Yahaya after they pleaded guilty to the offense.

Suleiman, however, gave the convicts  option to pay N40, 000 each or to spend two years in prison for theft, N10, 000 each or a year for conspiracy and N15, 000 each as compensation or another one year in prison.

He said the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal act of stealing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported at the Laranto Police station on July 5 by one Phoebe Zakka of Farin Gada Jos, who was the complainant.

Gokwat said that the convicts conspired and attacked the complainant on her way to the bank and collected her phones valued at N35, 500.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 57 and 272 of the Penal Code of Plateau.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced  288 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, which brought the total number of infections to 44,129.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.

The agency said that eight new deaths were reported,  bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country. 

The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.

It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.

Among others were  Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers,  13 each, Delta,  10, and Gombe,  8.

The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina,  1 and Bauchi, 1.

It disclosed that the Lagos State Government reported the recovery of 10,946 COVID-19 patients who were being managed at home.

According to it, till  date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the  health agency added that washing of  hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.

“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.

“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves  and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.

The NCDC said there was no specific cure for COVID-19, adding however that some  trial drugs showed promising results but were yet to be validated for use.

“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.

“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.

The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.

“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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38-year-old man accused of raping a minor, tells court it was a frame up

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A 38-year-old man, Mark Amos, standing trial at the Plateau State High Court for allegedly raping an eight-year-old, has told the court that he was framed up.


On arraignment, he told the court that he was framed up by the minor for no justifiable reason.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs L.P Fombot of the state Ministry of Justice, had  told the court that Amos, a resident of Lamingo Estate in Jos East Local Government area, committed the act.

She said that Amos committed the crime by luring the minor into his room and had carnal knowledge of her.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 208 of the Plateau State Penal Code and punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.

The accused in his statement said: “I accommodated the said victim and her aunt, one Miss Patience, in one of the rooms in our compound when she had problems and needed accommodation.

“I noticed that aunt always beat the little girl.

“On that day she was beaten by her aunty again so I asked her to come into my room as I wanted to help her.

“I left her in the room and went to take my bath,  but when I returned I didn’t see her again. The next day her aunt reported to the police that I raped her niece.

“I did not do it, she framed me up, her aunty once told me the girl was used to framing people up,” he said.

The victim, in her statement to the police, however,  said that the accused had carnal knowledge of her four times and that she could no longer bear it and had to report him to her aunt.

She said the accused person always warned her not to disclose the act to anybody.

Justice S.P Gang ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until Aug. 20 for hearing.

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Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

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