By SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has pardoned 500 prisons inmates besides the other 3000 he pardoned since he assumed office. This was part of his administration resolve towards alleviating the suffering of not only the free citizens but also  people in prisons across the state. The pardon was said to be in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir. Those who got the official reprieve were 250 prisoners from Kurmawa Central Prison, 150 from Goron Dutse and 100 from satellite prisons across the state. Seven condemned prisoners had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment while the rest were released because the state government paid their respective fines and compensations even as some were freed on grounds of age and illness. Speaking during a visit to Kurmawa Prison, Governor Ganduje explained that “the gesture was also in line with the Federal government’s directive on judicious decongestion of prisons across the country”. “The federal government...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, Jos One of the  Baboon at the Jos Wildlife Park in Jos North LGC of the state capital of Plateau State, has escaped from its cage . According to an eye witness who told our correspondent in Jos on phone said that the incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning. Also confirming the incidence ,the Commissioner for Tourism in Plateau, Hon  Peter Mwakon told our correspondent that the state government is on top of the situation . “We are trying to guide it back to its cage,” he added.    
The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative ( PCNI), has donated valuable relief materials to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa. Retired Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman of the committee, on Wednesday, presented the items to Gov. Muhammadu Bindow in Yola. Danjuma, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, said that the gesture was part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan for national strategic framework guiding all interventions in the region. He said the donation was not the first of its kind and would not be the last, adding that the effort was meant to cushion the suffering being experienced by the affected returnees. “The donation is part of the PCNI intervention sponsored by the presidency to bring succour to returnees and communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state. “It is also to support the communities that are still hosting Internally Displaced Persons...
. . . Petition DSS, Police, AMAC By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Association of landlords in Lugbe, Zone 8, in the federal capital territory (FCT), have staged a protest against what they called illegal demolition of their properties and threat to life by estate developers in the area. They revealed that estate developers who had been asked by the federal capital development authority (FCTA) to stop work in the area has since flaunted the order and resorted to harassment as they continue to build on the land. In their petition to the Department of State Services (DSS), the Abuja Municipial Area Council (AMAC) and commissioner of police, dated June 7, 2017, they lamented that their lives are no longer safe. The petition was jointly signed by the chairman, Anthony Akwada, His Royal Highness, Eze John Onwe, and Chris Isenijo. It reads in part: “We write to you with utmost dismay in our hearts...
By Michael Oche, By Midat Joseph President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured workers that his administration will expedite action on the proposed minimum wage. This is even as the federal government hinted that the minimum wage negotiating committee will start functioning within the next 3 months. The president made the assurance at the 2017 May Day celebration at the eagle square, Abuja where aggrieved workers  disrupted the event, while insisting on the immediate implementation of the N56, 000 new minimum wage. In this address to the nation, President Mohammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, also assured the workers that the backlog of promotion arrears and repatriation allowances, relocations allowances and other allowances that are due to them as emolument will be paid soon. The president’s speech could not be read as a result of protest by the workers who started chanting various solidarity songs at about 12:15pm,...

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BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI Worried by the continued influx of people into the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it will establish five secondary schools in parts of the territory this year, to cater for the increase in number of students’ enrolment. Speaking during the 2017 FCT midterm press briefing in Abuja yesterday, acting director of administration and finance, education secretariat, Barr (Mrs.) Justina Avong Maimagani listed the new schools to include, GSS, Gwarimpa Estate; GSS, Gosa; GSS Giri; GSS Paikon Kore and GSS, Bukpe, adding that they have been scheduled to take off in September, 2017. Maimagani disclosed that 117 private and public schools were screened for the 2017 accreditation exercise, while the sum of N33.5m was generated from the exercise, just as 60 schools were inspected for commencement of academic activities. She revealed the secretariat is collaborating with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the establishment of a...
Some states in Northern Nigeria are known for specific delicacies. Nazeef Bakura and Mustapha Goni Adam write on the delicacies from Kano, Gombe and Bauchi states. It is common for every geographical setting and certain communities to have something unique about their culture, religion, ideology, trade, weather and so many things which set them apart from others. These specialties could be quite alluring, as they attract tourists and adventurers from within and outside the locality. Just as a visitor or tourist would not go to Italy or South Korea without enjoying pizza and kimchi, some quarters in Nigeria are known for some special cuisines and delicacies. The most visited and savoured are the gurasa which is almost exclusive to Kano, the masa in Bauchi and fura da nono of Gombe. The Gurasa of Kano In the ancient city of Kano, gurasa remains an ideal snack; one for which the people have been popular with for...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief assistance to persons affected by the recent crisis between the Mambilla ethnic groups and Fulani of the area in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State. The relief materials delivered by NEMA consisted of 33 assorted food and non-food items that include bags of rice, millets, cloths, blankets, mattresses, cooking materials, children wears, dignity kits for lactating mothers and detergents among others. ‎ Flagging off the relief distribution in Mbamnga, a mountain top community in the local government area, the Director Search and Rescue of NEMA, Air Commodore Sonny Paul Ohemu said the items were distributed to ameliorate the plights of the affected persons. He said that the distribution was in compliance with the directive of the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as NEMA carried out a rapid assessment by identifying the immediate needs and locations of the displaced persons in providing...
BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Abuja The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) has said that intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj are to undergo a compulsory medical screening from Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The public relations officer of the board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday said all intending pilgrims must be screened at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa near the Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja before embarking on the spiritual journey. Aliyu said the exercise was in line with the directives of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to screen intending pilgrims and assess their medical record before the journey. He disclosed that intending pilgrims from Abaji and Kwali Area Councils are scheduled to be screened on Tuesday 18th July 2017, while those from Kuje and Abuja Municipal (AMAC) Area Councils would be screened on Wednesday 19th July 2017. Muhammad Lawal Aliyu also explained that intending...