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We Will Secure Lady Itunu’s Release From Cote d’Ivoire’s Jail- FG

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The Federal Government has said it is making efforts in securing the release of a Nigerian lady, Itunu Babalola, who was handed a ten-year jail term in Cote d’Ivoire.

In a statement issued by the government, through the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said it would take up the case and get justice for the 23-year-old victim.

NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the Charge d’Affaire of the Nigerian Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Mohammed Gana, sent officials of the mission to Bondoukou, a city eight hours outside Abidjan when the case was brought to his attention.

“Plans are underway to engage the services of a legal luminary to prove the innocence of Itunu Babalola at the Court of Appeal after the accused had spent two years out of a 10-year jail term for an offence she did not commit,” the statement issued by NIDCOM’s spokesman, Gabriel Odu, partly read.

“Reports indicate that the new prosecutor assigned to the case has given assurances of a fair and unbiased review and retrial of the case to secure the release of Babalola.”

According to NIDCOM, reports indicated that the former prosecutor, in collaboration with the police, allegedly twisted the case and accused Babalola of human trafficking, hence, her conviction for 20 years which was reduced to 10 years.

The victim, an indigene of Oyo State, was said to have been living in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire, for a long time and got into trouble when she reported the burglary of her house to the police.

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Census: Kano Government to count Fulani Herders, Household owners

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Kano State Government said it will create a system to count Fulani Herdsmen and household owners in the state.

Director General Bureau of Statistic, Baballe Ammani stated this in an interview with Correspondent, Umar Idris Shuaibu.

Ammani said it’s imperative to tackle the security challenges facing Northern part of the country, and to improve means of livelihood.

Earlier on, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje built Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen purposely to bring an end to the traditional system of going to the southern part of this country, which comes with challenges.

“You see Fulani community in Kano tried well to gather themselves, bury their particular differences to confront His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to over look what he can do to improves the system in which they are operating, help their children to attain highest level in life as every Nigerian.

“He agreed and ordered us to conduct the census, that will give chance for Government to know actually what they can to assist their plight”, Baballe Ammani said.

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The Director General Bureau of Statistic also noted that census of household will be conducted too, to know the actual number of Kano residents especially when it comes to developmental projects.

“You know targeting social amenities to a community is not easy if you didn’t predict the number of populace, with this we’ll achieve more in the remaining years we have”, Ammani stated.

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It’s no more a news Herdsmen and Farmers clash in the country, ethnic or religions problem that lead to the killing of both parties, loss of wealth amongst others.

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Ganduje Commiserates With AIG Bello Over’s Death

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state condoles with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone One, Sadiq Bello over the death of his father, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Jega (Maikaji).

In a statement by Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State said ” When the information about the death of the father of AIG Zone One reached us, we received it with shock. A real community leader, whose good name was a true blessing to his people and all other neighbouring communities, has passed away,”

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He sympathised that, “Ours is to now pray for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for the soul of the departed gentleman. His was indeed a good and exemplary life.”

Governor Ganduje said, “It is therefore on behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, that I am commiserating with the families of Alhaji Bello, whose good training and unrelenting commitment in raising good family, saw AIG Sadiq Bello, coming from this respected and respectful family.”

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hat, “May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Jannatul Fiddaus. May his family follow his footsteps in their endeavours.”

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Governor Ganduje has since sent a powerful delegation to Jega to officially commiserate with the family of the deceased. The delegation has Hon Nura Muhammad Dankadai, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro and Engineer Shehu Fari.

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

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The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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