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Kano Government Approves N7bn For Capital Projects

The Kano State Government has approved the release of N7 billion for the execution of various capital projects across the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Halilu Dantiye, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the two recent weekly Executive Council meetings in Kano on Thursday.

Dantiye said the funds and projects were approved during the second and third meetings of council to address urgent public infrastructural and social services needs.

He explained that over N1.6 billion was approved for the Ministry of Works and Housing to complete the construction of the new office for Research and Documentation Directorate at Government House.

Other projects are the construction of covered sewage along Jakara-Kwarin Gogau river, procurement of fairly used excavators and lowbeds for Kano Urban Development Authourity (KNUPDA), refuse collection equipment for Refuse Management and Sanitation Board, and maintainance of 11 selected metropolitan roads.

Similarly, N779 million was approved for Ministry of Water Resources to settle three months water treatment plants electricity bills, procurement of 600 metric tons of Aluminium Sulphate for use at the treatment plants, supply of chemicals, and routine maintenance and technical services of the treatment plants, the commissioner added.

Dantiye stated that the Ministry of Transportation received approval to expend over N37 million to repair KAROTA grounded vehicles, revive its operation and renovation of the state Driving Institute along Zaria road.

The commissioner also disclosed that the Ministry of Environment was granted approval to undertake annual drainage clearance at the cost of N5 million, while Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) received over N658 million as operational funds.

According to him, the Ministry of Land was given approval for the execution of the expansion of Zaria road project, while the Ministry of Science and Techonogy was given N4.2 million to create and formulate Science, Techonology and Innovation Policy.

Other decisions taken included constitution of 5-member committee to review report received on addressing the challenges being faced by the state Pension Fund Trustees in the implementation of contributory pension scheme under Commissioner for Agriculture, Dantiye added.

He also revealed that the council constituted committee to ascertain the actual number of abandoned and on-going constituency projects accross the state.

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Police arrest notorious bandits, Maude nabbed in Kaduna with N347,000

A 38-year-old notorious bandit identified as Abdulkarim Maude has been arrested at Upara Warsapiti in Lere Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State with a bag containing ransom of ₦347,000.

The spokesperson for the Kaduna Police Command ASP Mansir Hassan confirmed the arrest of the bandit in a statement issued on Tuesday

Maude, according to the statement confessed to being involved in kidnapping for ransom along with one Alhaji Yakubu and two others from Binchim Village, Bassa LGA, Plateau.

Hassan said , “On May 22, at about 10:00hrs, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Saminaka Division, acting on credible intelligence, successfully arrested a suspect identified as Abdulkarim Maude, aged 33, from Tudun Wada Mariri.”

He said the arrest took place in Upara Warsapiti, Lere Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

“Upon his arrest, the suspect was found in possession of a bag containing the sum of ₦347,000, a machete, and some criminal charms,”Hassan said.

According to him, during interrogation, Maude confessed to being involved in kidnapping for ransom along with one Alhaji Yakubu and two others from Binchim Village, Bassa LGA, Plateau.

He said the recovered money was identified as his share of the ransom collected from the kidnapping of two tractor operators, Yau Balele 45 years old and Lukman Abubakar 40 years of age who were abducted on May 17, 2024, while working on the farm of Alhaji Gambo.

“The victims were taken to Binchim Hills, Bassa LGA, Plateau and were released on May 20, 2024.

Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the remaining accomplices, “Hassan said.

He added that the suspect, along with the recovered exhibits, have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.

Hassan said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Dabigi , has assured the public that the command remained committed to ensuring the safety and security of all residents.

He also appreciated the continued support and cooperation from the public and urged everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police.(NAN)

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EFCC arrests seven suspected internet fraudsters in Makurdi

The Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday February 29, 2024, arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters.

They were arrested in their hideout in Aliade in the Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.

Items recovered from them include eight phones, three iPad, two internet routers and one international passport.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna

The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale in a statement said both of them were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.

One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

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