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Explosion Razes House, Mosque, School In Bauchi Community

An explosion has destroyed a house, mosque and school in Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Aminu Alhassan,state Commissioner of Police, revealed this on Monday at the Palace of Emir of Katagum Alhaji Umar Faruk II and the Palace of Galadiman Katagum Alhaji Usman Mahmood Abdullahi, when he accompanied Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, to commiserate with the victims.

He said it was accidental expulsion and no life was lost, but three buildings were damaged.

Alhassan revealed that the explosion occurred when some people cleared the grasses and garbage in the area and burnt them.

“We suspected may be the explosives device like dynamite was buried in the area for more than three decades, because the road construction company once lived in that place, and sometimes back when Boko Haram attacked Azare Police Station, they followed through the same route where the device exploded, we are still investigating,” he said.

The CP said the anti-bomb disposal unit had cordoned off the place for investigation, adding that two explosives were discovered in the area.

Governor Mohammed pledged to compensate the affected victims and expressed gratitude to Allah that no life was lost as a result of the incident.

He told the victims to take the incident as an act of God, and reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure safety and wellbeing of the citizens.

The governor asked the residents in the area to cooperate with the security agencies, even if it means to relocate them from the area in order to clear all the suspected explosives in the area, assuring them of government support.

Governor Mohammed expressed appreciation to the Emir of Katagum for his exemplary leadership style, saying “Hhe is the Emir who leaves his palace in the night and goes round his domain to encourage security operatives in their effort to protect lives and properties of citizens.”

The Emir, Alhaji Umar Faruk II, thanked the governor for the visit and assured him of cooperation in his effort to provide security to the lives and property of his subjects.

He commended the governor for his concern and commitment to providing adequate security to the people of the state.

The owner of the house affected by the blast, Alhaji Muhammadu Baa, said the explosion occurred at Katagum local government garage.

“We were shocked when we heard the loud sound. No life was lost, but it damaged so many things in my house,” he said.

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Governor Abiodun Unveils Commencement of Sagamu-Papalanto-Ilaro Road Construction Project

L-R: Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Providus Bank, Mr. Walter Akpani; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo and the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso during the official opening of the Abeokuta branch of Providus Bank, in Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

…says PPP yielding fruits

Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that construction work has commenced on the Sagamu-Papalanto-Ilaro Road under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement between Ogun State, the Federal Government and Dangote Group.

Governor Abiodun, who disclosed this at the commissioning of the Abeokuta branch of Providus Bank at Oke-Ilewo, said the dual carriage way which would be made of concrete, represent a successful story of how PPP could be used for the good of the people.

The road, the governor said, when completed, would ease traffic on the Abeokta -Siun- Sagamu road, which is currently providing a link from the Ota axis to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He also said the influx of industries and other forms of investments to the state is a clear indication that the PPP vision of his administration is yielding positive results.

The governor noted that the various policies and programmes put in place by his administration through the ISEYA pillars and the buy-in by the private sector show that public private partnership could work if properly harnessed.

He said: “Ogun is blessed with mineral resources in abundance; two-thirds of our land is sitting on limestone. The gas pipelines that crisscross our state and the conducive environment have brought a lot of industries and businesses to our state.

“Ogun State is the largest producer of cassava in the world, number one producer of poultry and eggs in Nigeria. We are the industrial, religious, and educational capital of Nigeria.

“We have more universities than 3-4 states combined, which means that we are constantly incubating more students than any other state,” the governor said.

He said the state would soon commence the construction of a Dry Port at Kajola to enable manufacturers import their raw materials and route them directly to the state, saying this would increase the State’s ranking on the ease of doing business index.

“This administration has been very deliberate by turning the push factor to pull factor. We will continue to provide the enabling environment for people to come live, work, and play in our State,” he added.

The governor commended the Bank for its giant strides in just seven years of its existence, especially its programmes on the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise which he said is the engine room of the economy, attributing its success to the tenacity and indepth of the management in the banking sector.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, while commending the management of the bank for siting its branch in the State capital, emphasized the need for the bank to make loans available to its customers, as no bank could survive without granting loans, calling on all and sundry to patronize the bank for economic uplightment.

The Managing Director of Bank, Mr. Walter Akpani noted that the bank in the last three years, had organized Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises programmes that attracted about 4,000 people, saying the bank is poised to impart positively on the economic wellbeing of the State.

Akpani described the people of the State as commercial oriented, noting that Abeokuta has been a melting point for good things for long.

He added that his bank, which is one of the best financial institutions in the country, with several awards, is digitally inclined to make a positive impact in the lives of the people of the state.

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Police Bust Car Theft Syndicate, Arrest Three, Recover Vehicles in Sokoto

The combined team of detectives from the Zonal Intelligence Department (ZID) in Zone 10 Sokoto has apprehended three members of a gang specialising in car theft between Sokoto and Kebbi States.

Spokesperson for the command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, on behalf of AIG Abubakar Lawal Daura, who oversees the zone.

“The police, with the support of the citizens in Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara States, have successfully dismantled criminal gangs that were causing havoc in the aforementioned states,” the statement reads.

“This gang specialized in car theft of various models within these three states and disposed of the stolen vehicles both within and outside our neighboring countries.

“Based on credible intelligence, a crack team within the Zonal Command located the criminals’ hideout in an unfinished building in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, resulting in the arrest of Muttaka Muhammad, a 29-year-old from Zauro town.

“Upon interrogation and thorough investigation, four stolen vehicles were recovered in Kebbi and Sokoto States, which led to the apprehension of two other gang members in Kebbi and Sokoto, namely Kasimu Muhammad, 33 years old from Dukki area in Bunza LGA, and Haliru Musa, 35 years old from Baiti Area, both hailing from Kebbi State.”

The vehicles recovered during the operation include a gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number 211BR32E74124, another gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number WVBR82F94Z649604, a blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT15EEB103103294, and a second blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT152EEB103134442.

The statement urges the general public to inform relatives or friends who may have lost their vehicles to come forward with proof of ownership for confirmation and recovery at the Zone 10 AIG Office.

The AIG has also called on the public to remain vigilant and security-conscious in their areas and to continue cooperating with the police and other security agencies, as security is a shared responsibility.

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Police Arrest Serial Car Thief, Three Others In Kano

Kano State Police Command has arrested a notorious serial car thief, Saminu Mohammed, three other suspects and recovered three stolen vehicles.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who disclosed this on Friday, October 13, 2023, said Saminu was arraigned thrice in court for the same offence.
“On 11/10/2023 at about 0340hrs, a team of Surveillance Patrol attached to the Anti Car Theft Section of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command while on an Intelligence-led Operation along Hausa Road, Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano intercepted two motor vehicles; Toyota Rav-4 Ash in colour with Reg No. BNK 305 DT and an unregistered Toyota Corolla coming from the same direction on reasonable suspicion,” the PPRO stated.
“When questioned, the two suspects could not give satisfactory accounts of the vehicles, instead zoomed off and tried to escape, but one Saminu Mohammed, ‘m’, of Daura LGA of Katsina State, a serial car thief who was arraigned thrice in court for the same offence by Kano Police Command, was pursued and arrested while the other suspect abandoned the vehicle and ran away. The two vehicles were recovered and the owners were identified with the investigation in progress
“Similarly, on 07/10/2023 at about 0300hrs, a team of surveillance patrol attached to Eastern Bypass Area Command while on round-the-clock visibility patrol at Panshekara Quarters Kano intercepted a Toyota Corolla Motor Vehicle, blue in colour with Reg No. SMK 908 HX with three occupants; (1) Abubakar Aminu, ‘m’, 21 years old of Brigade Quarters, Kano, (2) Ayuba Umar, ‘m’, 30 years old of Gwarinfa, and (3) Auwalu Shuaibu, ‘m’, 30 years old of Gwarinfa, Abuja on reasonable suspicion
“During the investigation, the suspects confessed to having stolen the said vehicle from Abuja. The vehicle was recovered with its original Documents, and the owner was identified, traced and stated that the Motor Vehicle was robbed from him in Abuja at gunpoint. The case will be charged to court upon completion of a discreet investigation,”
The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, appreciates the good people of the State for their understanding, cooperation and support, and also reiterates the commitment of the Police Command to the protection of life and property of all the inhabitants and reaffirmed commitment to taming all sort of Car-theft in the State.
The CP further urged them to keep reporting any suspicious movement, person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or through the following Kano State Police Command emergency contact numbers:- 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.
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