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Katsina Killings: FG’s delegation condole with State Govt., victims

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Federal Government delegation led by Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, where in Katsina to condole with Gov. Aminu Masari over the recent killings of people by bandits in the state.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the delegation, sent by President Muhammadu Buhari, also visited the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Usman.

He said the delegation would get a full brief on the security situation in the state as well as the incident in Batsari that claimed many lives at the weekend.

In a condolence message, the President commiserated with families of the 31 victims of the attack, praying that almighty God will grant the departed rest.

Buhari reiterated his administration determination to rid the country of bandits, terrorists and criminals.

Masari said the latest incident had marred seven months of peace in the state, following measures put in place by his administration.

He said that education would continue to be given priority by his administration because of its importance in curbing criminality.

The Emir of Katsina urged the military and police to put more effort in tackling the menace.

“We must go all out and spare no effort in tackling them. They are trying to destroy the country,’’ he added.

At the meeting, some heads of security agencies gave their situation reports to the delegation, adding that Nigerian Air Force fighter helicopters, with night vision capability, would support the ground operation against bandits.

The Federal Government delegation included Minister of Defence, retired Gen. Bashir Magashi, Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufa’i.

Others on the delegation were the Senior Special Assistants to the President, Household and Social Events, Malam Sarki Abba, and Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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COVID-19: Katsina govt. relaxes lockdown

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The Katsina State Government has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown to between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m daily across the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.

“Following the drop in the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state and growing concern by the government and other stakeholders over the effect of the lockdown on the socio-economic life of the people.

His Excellency, the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has lifted all forms of ban and restriction orders issued under the lockdown throughout the state with effect from Tuesday, June 2,” he said.

The government warned people to strictly observe and adhere to all health and security guidelines such as wearing of face mask, maintaining social distance, regular hand washing with soap and use of sanitiser, he said.

He said residents should note that restriction on interstate travels is still in place, while “restriction on motorcycles operation between 7:00p.m. and 6:00a.m. in the state is still in force.”

Gov. Masari appeals to people to strictly comply with the relaxation order as failure to do so will lead to total shutdown of the state,” he added.

Inuwa assured that the state government would continue to do its best to curb the spread of the disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had totally locked down Katsina, Batagarawa and Daura local government areas for having the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state.


Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Bandits kill District Head in Katsina state

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Suspected bandits have shot dead the District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Abu Atiku, 60, in Danmusa Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The state Police Public Relations’ Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Katsina.

Isah said that the attackers invaded the area on Sunday at about 11.55 p.m. with AK47 rifles.

He said that they attacked the residence of the deceased and shot him dead.

The PPRO added that the attackers also shot his security guard, Gambo Chakau and fled into the forest.

He explained that the victims were rushed to the Danmusa General Hospital for treatment, where the district head was confirmed dead.

According to Isah, the security guard is responding to treatment.

Suspected bandits had attacked some communities in Batsari LGA killing the council’s APC Chairman.


Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Gov Masari mourns Katsina NUJ scribe

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Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina State has expressed sorrow over the death of the Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Katsina State Council, Alhaji Aliyu Yunusa Kofarsoro.

In a statement on Sunday in Katsina by Adbu Labaran, his Director-General on Media, Mr Abdu Labaran, Masari said that the state has lost “a very vibrant, dynamic and up-and-coming journalist in the prime of his life and profession”.

The governor described the deceased as having endearing attributes that should form part of the character traits of professional communicators.

He urged journalists in the state to borrow a leaf from the late NUJ scribe, by showing total love and commitment to their professional calling.

Masari condoled the Katsina State NUJ Council, the management and the staff of the Katsina State Television (KTTV) and the immediate family of the deceased.

He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the deceased his sins and rest him in paradise as well as give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yunusa-Kofarsoro died on Saturday in Katsina after a brief illness, at the age of 48.

He was survived by a wife and six children.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police

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The Police Command in Katsina State said that bandits have killed Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina.

Today, 31/05/2020, at about 1:35 p.m., bandits in their numbers, attacked Sabon-garin Dumburawa in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“The bandits begun shooting sporadically with sophisticated weapons, and killed a 55-year-old APC Chairman in Batsari local Government Area, Abdulhamid Sani, when he resisted to be kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.

Isah said that Operation Puff Adder and Sharan Daji have responded, and now searching the forest with a view to arresting the hoodlums.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Police kill 2 kidnappers, arrest 6 bandits, recover 130 cows in Katsina

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The Police Command in Katsina State says it killed two suspected kidnappers, arrested six notorious bandits and recovered 130 rustled cows.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Katsina.

On Wednesday at about 22:00hrs, based on intelligence report, we gathered that a notorious syndicate of bandits have escaped from the Rugu forest to avoid the present Military and Police onslaught.

Operation Puff Adder and other police patrol teams, led by an Area Commander, raided their hideouts near Fasada village, Dutsinma.

“The police engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and succeeded in killing two kidnappers and rescued three victims,” he said.

Isah said that those arrested include Lawali Hali and Abdullahi Alhaji-Juli, from Shamushalle village in Zamfara.

Others are Rabe Bello and Auwalu Halilu from Nahuta village, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

He further said that other bandits arrested were Lawal Hassan from Wurma village in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, and Ibrahim Sani alias Nabuhari of Gamji, Zakka in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesman addedd that the team also succeeded in arresting six notorious bandits/kidnappers, recovered 130 rustled cows, two 225 sheep and one AK47 rifle.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Security: Gov. Masari inaugurates Katsina State Community Policing Advisory Committee

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Thursday inaugurated Katsina State Community Policing Advisory Committee as part of measures to reduce crimes in communities across the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanusi Buba, is the Chairman, while the Emir of Katsina and Chairman State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, is the Co-Chairman of the committee.

Other members of the committee were one representative each of the Nigerian Council of Islamic Affairs and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Alhaji Suleiman Isah Mai’adua and Rev. Audu Bakwai, respectively.

Others were representative from each of the three senatorial districts of the state, state chairman, Police Community Relations Committee while all heads of security agents in the state are members.

In his remarks, Gov Masari, said that the formation of the committee is timely considering the security challenges bedeviling the state and the country in general.

He said that the composition of the state members is good because important stakeholders were selected as members.

“Those who live in a community knows their problems and can advised on how best the community can be secured,” he said.

Masari urged the police to prosecute and punish offenders to serve as deterrent to others.

In his remarks, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Finance and Administration, Mr Abdul Dahiru, said that he was in the state for the inauguration of the committee.

Dahiru said that the aim of the present I-G, Mohammed Abubakar, is to transform the traditional policing.

He noted that it was more proactive policing strategy,  by establishing partnership and collaboration between the police and members of the communities they serve.

“I wish to assure you that all relevant stakeholders and voluntary organisations duly registered will be carried alone in policing of their community,” he said.

In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir, assured that the traditional rulers would contribute towards success of the committee.

He urged people to imbibe the habit of assisting their brothers.

Kabir, who said that community policing is good, pointed out that perpetrators of crimes must be punished for the society to live in peace.

The Emir also urged people to continue to pray for their leaders and do away with all sentiments.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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COVID-19: Katsina builds 722-bed capacity isolation centres – Masari

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The Katsina State Government says it is building isolation centres, with a combined 722-bed capacity, across the state for effective treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Gov Aminu Masari announced this when he received three ambulances, donated by BUA Foundation to the state, on Thursday in Katsina.

“On our own, we are building isolation centres at various locations across the state, with a combined 722-bed capacity, for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“We have finished one of the centres and admission has started there.

“Rehabilitation and reconstruction of two others are in progress,’’ he said.

The governor, therefore, solicited for assistance in the area of hospital beds and beddings for the isolation centres from public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations.

“I am making this special request so that we can get further assistance from organisations and individuals.’’

Earlier, the Chairman of BUA Foundation, Alhaji Abdussamad Ishaq Rabiu, said the three ambulances were donated to enhance effective treatment of COVID-19 patients in the state.

Rabiu was represented by Abdullahi Aminu, the General Manager of BOA Rice, Kano office;

He said that the foundation had so far spent over N8 billion on equipment, buildings and beddings among others to fight against the disease in some states of the federation.

He urged individuals and organisations to assist the government in the fight against the virus through donations.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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FG declares 7 LGAs in Katsina, Benue Open-Defecation-free

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The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has declared seven local government areas in Katsina and Benue states Open-Defecation-Free (ODF), having met the requirement slated in the ODF protocol for hygiene promotion.

Mr Emmanuel Awe, Director, Water Quality Supply and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, declared the areas ODF on Thursday after it met the stipulated requirement.

The areas include: Bakori, Musawa, Matazu, Safana and Sandamu LGAs in Katsina while Oju and Konshisha LGAs in Benue respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that before attaining the ODF status, communities would have eliminated open defecation and imbibed total sanitation practices, which include personal, environmental and domestic hygiene.

The communities would have also had 100 per cent toilet use and increased ownership and sustainability of hygiene and sanitation services.

According to him, these achievement earns the country a total of 27 LGAs as at May 28, 2020.

“The states had also recommended that the National Task Group on Sanitation to validate their status, and we have considered the report of the committee who went on validation.

“These seven LGAs have now changed their status from Open defecation to ODF, thereby increasing the total number of LGAs that are ODF to 27 in the Country.

“I urge all stakeholders to continue with these accomplishments and aspire to end open defecation practice in the country”.

Awe said the benefits of access to improved WASH, especially of living in an open defecation free environments, impacts on education, health, security and socioeconomic wellbeing of the people.

While commending efforts of development partners in scaling up access to improved hygiene, the director, urged the members of ODF community to remain steadfast to promote sustainable development.

He said it was unfortunate that Nigeria found herself on the top of the ladder of countries with the highest number of people practicing open defecation, second behind India and the first in Africa.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Katsina Gov’t investigates causes of unusual rise in death rate

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The Katsina State Government says it is investigating the causes of the unusual rise in deaths being recorded daily across the state.

Gov. Aminu Masari stated this during a press briefing on Tuesday on the update on COVID-19 in the state.

He said that the government has trained pathologists who would do the investigation on the causes of the deaths in the state.

“The pathologists will investigate what is responsible for the massive deaths being recorded.

“Most of the people who died were elderly persons, without going to hospital.

“The pathologists will get samples of some of the dead persons to confirm whether it is as a result of COVID-19 or not,” he said.

On COVID-19, the governor said that the state government now has about 400 samples waiting for testing by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He urged the security agents to continue to enforce measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease by enforcing restrictions on interstate movement and inter-local government movement.

The governor also urged residents to continue to be law-abiding as the measures being taken were in everyone’s best interests.

Masari revealed that the mobile courts would continue to enforce compliance on the restriction of movements of people from one local government area to another.

He added that interstate movement would continue to be prohibited for now, until the situation improved.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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