Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has freed 29 inmates who were serving different jail terms at the Goron-Dutse Prison in Kano.
The governor, who ordered the release of the inmates during his visit to the prison in Kano on Friday, said the gesture was in the spirit of activities of Eid-el-Kabir.
Ganduje said that the beneficiaries of the gesture were selected based on the gravity of offence and sign of reformation while in prison.
He added that the decision to visit the prison was to show the inmates that the state government was aware of their existence and that they were also regarded as citizens of the state.
He, however, advised the freed inmates to desist from acts that would warrant bringing them back to prison.
He said that each of the inmates would be given N5,000 to enable them travel to their destination.
The comptroller of Prisons, Abdullahi Magaji, commended Ganduje for freeing the inmates.
Magaji also advised the freed inmates to be of good character and stay off crimes to avoid going back to prison.
The governor was accompanied to the centre by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, and some members of the cabinet. (NAN )
Edited By: Emmanuella Anokam/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Kano State Fire Service saves 98 lives, N52m properties in July
The Kano State Fire Service says it saved 98 lives and properties worth N52 million in 29 fire incidents across the state in the month of July.
The Fire Service Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kano.
Muhammad, however, said that 10 lives were lost during the period while properties worth N10 million were destroyed by fire.
He said the service responded to 63 rescue calls and 16 false alarms from residents during the month under review.
Mohammed identified careless handling of cooking gas, use of inferior electrical materials, misuse of boiling rings and improper wiring as major causes of fire incidents in the state.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Police in Jigawa record low crime rate in 6 months
The Police Command in Jigawa on Tuesday attributed the successes recorded in the low crime rate in six months to crime preventive strategies adopted and efficient service delivery.
SP Abdul Jinjiri, the Command’s Spokesman, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse.
Jinjiri noted that rape which recorded 35 reported cases between January and June had the highest figure in the command’s crime statistics.
The spokesman said that armed robbery had the second highest crime recorded with 21 suspected armed robbers arrested within the period under review.
Jinjiri said that homicide recorded 18 reported cases within the period while 13 unnatural offences and five kidnappings were also recorded.
He was optimistic that with the combined support from members of the public and the command’s commitment toward curtailing crime and criminality, the state would be more peaceful for the remaining year.
NAN reports that the command had in 2019 recorded 61 reported cases of rape and indecent assaults, 32 armed robbery cases, 52 homicide cases, 13 unnatural offences and four kidnappings.
NAN reports that the command had in its 2019 projection and plan for 2020, promised to adopt community policing as one of the most effective way of crime control.
According to the plan, part of the strategies was to embark on robust enlightenment by engaging the communities in dialogue to resolve their problems, using policing process toward achieving crime control.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80
President Muhammadu Bihari has congratulated a prominent citizen of Kaduna State and one-time Military Administrator of the old Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Ishaya Shekari, on his attainment of 80th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message was conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari described Shekari as “a remarkable citizen and statesman’’ and thanked him for his many years of service to the nation.
The president prayed for his good health and increased support to his community and the nation.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
WAEC: Kano Govt. to fumigate 528 schools
Kano State Government says it will fumigate 528 public and private schools to make it safe for students writing their West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state.
The government also fixed August 10 for the reopening of schools for the exit students in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sa’id, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Kano.
Sa’id disclosed that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had directed the Ministry of Environment to decontaminate the schools to make it safe for students and teachers as well as create conducive learning environment.
He said that the governor also directed the Ministry of Health to commence free distribution of face masks, sanitiser, hand-washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the schools.
The commissioner added that the state government would also offered free COVID-19 test to students and teachers in public and private schools.
Sa’id explained that the 528 schools comprised of 199 public and 328 private institution are to go through fumigation.
The Commissioner noted that the one-week grace starting from Monday Aug. 3, was to enable principals and proprietors to make necessary preparations and evolve adequate measures against COVID-19 pandemic in schools.
“The Ministry of Education directed principals to make arrangements to received SS III boarding students on Aug. 9 while day students are to resume on Aug. 10.
“Accordingly, the ministry warned that no school is allowed to reopen before Aug. 10; principals are to ensure maximum compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
“They should reduce hours of work/revision to four-hours per shift; strict adherence to social distancing, in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels.
“Consistency of temperature monitoring and provision of emergency isolation rooms for identified suspected cases before handing of the affected case to the health authorities.”
Sa’id said that proprietors of private schools were directed to report to the Kano State Private and Voluntary Institution Management Board, to obtain permission on clean bill of health.
While principals of public schools are to report to the Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board for scrutiny and approval.
According to him, 11, 046 registered candidates are expected to sit for the WAEC examination in 528 designated centres in the state.
“The ministry is encouraging schools to continue the e-learning education programme using the Google classrooms, radio, televisions and other platforms until normalcy return to the academic environment,” he said.
While commending Gov. Ganduje for his support and commitment to the free compulsory education initiative, Sa’id thanked partners, stakeholders and development organisations for their supports.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)