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Niger North Senator Abubakar Sani Bello Attends Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele’s 60th Birthday Celebration in Lagos

Niger North Senator Abubakar Sani Bello Attends Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele’s 60th Birthday Celebration in Lagos

 

Senator Abubakar Sani Bello, representing the Niger North Senatorial District, graced the 60th birthday celebration of Senate Leader of the 10th Assembly, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, held in Lagos on July 30, 2023. The joyous event gathered prominent personalities from various sectors, including high-ranking political figures, governors, and business magnates.

 

Senator Abubakar Sani Bello extended warm wishes to Senator Opeyemi Bamidele on his special day. He praised the celebrant for his dedication to public service and acknowledged his contributions to the betterment of Nigeria.

 

“We celebrate a man whose commitment to the welfare of our nation has been unwavering. Senator Opeyemi Bamidele’s passion for public service and his tireless efforts in the Senate are commendable. On this momentous occasion, I wish him continued success, good health, and happiness,” Senator Sani Bello stated.

 

Among the notable attendees was the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, who joined in the festivities to honor Senator Bamidele’s milestone birthday. The Governors of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and Ekiti State, Governor Abiodun Oyebanji we’re also in attendance as well as the acting Governor of Ondo State, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a renowned business tycoon.

 

The event underscored the significance of building strong relationships among leaders, regardless of their political affiliations. It showcased a shared dedication to working together for the greater good of Nigeria, highlighting the potential for collaborative efforts to achieve national progress.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES ARREST FIVE NOTORIOUS RECEIVERS OF STOLEN/ROBBED PROPERTY AND ARMED ROBBERS TRANSPORTER IN MINNA 

NIGER STATE POLICE COMMAND

31st July, 2023

CRIME BULLETIN

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES ARREST FIVE NOTORIOUS RECEIVERS OF STOLEN/ROBBED PROPERTY AND ARMED ROBBERS TRANSPORTER IN MINNA

 

Law enforcement authorities in Minna have successfully arrested five individuals who are notorious for receiving stolen or robbed property. Additionally, among the suspects apprehended was an armed robbers transporter.

 

Due to a series of recent robberies in Minna, five suspects were apprehended on 09/07/2023. They were arrested in connection with the robberies that occurred at Morris, Brighter, Mandela, Tunga, Farm Center, David Mark road, and Mobile quarters areas of Minna.

 

The five receivers are;

-Ahmed Sani a.k.a Balarabe 23yrs, phone repairer at Obasanjo complex.

-Abdullahi Abubakar a.k.a Mourinho 37yrs, phone accessories seller at Complex.

-Auwal Saidu 25yrs – phone repairer.

-Abdulkareem Musa 30yrs – phone repairer.

-Safianu Ibrahim 21yrs, phone repairer at Chanchaga.

 

During investigation into these robberies, the Minna State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) apprehended not only the five suspected armed robbers but also one tricycle rider and five notorious individuals involved in receiving stolen items from the targeted residences. These arrests were made based on the confessions provided by the earlier apprehended suspects.

 

Furthermore, Murtala Junaidu, a 21-year-old individual from Katsina State who resides in Makera Minna, was also apprehended during the investigation. He was found in possession of a tricycle with registration number BDA 806 WL. It was discovered that Murtala had been aiding the robbers by providing transportation services during their illicit activities, primarily between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

 

During interrogation, Abdullahi Abubakar confessed to his involvement in aiding the robbery gang by selling stolen items. He admitted to recently receiving seven phones and three laptops from one of the robbers, identified as “Miksail”. Abdullahi further revealed that he had contacted Balarabe to arrange the purchase of some of these stolen items.

 

Items recovered from the suspects are;

-Nine (9) laptop computers

-Sixteen (16) phones

-Seven (7) wristwatches

-Earpiece, power banks, and phone chargers.

 

Balarabe confirmed that he indeed purchased three iPhones from Abdullahi Abubakar at a rate of twenty thousand naira each. Additionally, he bought two laptops from Abdullahi, paying twenty-five thousand naira for each laptop.

 

 

POLICE ARRESTS NINE SUSPECTS FOR CONSPIRACY AND BELONGING TO GANG THIEVES

 

Acting on received intelligence, Police operatives from Tafa Division have intercepted a Volkswagen Sharon vehicle with registration number LKJ 739 BJ along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Sabon-Wuse, Tafa LGA, On 20/07/2023 at approximately 0330hrs.

 

The vehicle’s body was found to have bullet impacts, indicating that it had been fired upon. Furthermore, the vehicle was occupied by nine individuals suspected to be involved in criminal activities.

 

The occupants were immediately arrested and they are;

-Mohammed Sani

-Hakimi Abdullahi

-Aminu Bello

-Buhari Abdullahi

-Tasiu Abdullahi

-Bello Auwal

-Kabiru Abubakar

-Abdullahi Dabo

-Babangida Ibrahim

 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the group of nine men specialized in targeting and monitoring trucks that were loaded with faulty goods along several roads, including the Abuja/Kaduna road, Keffi/Jos road, Nasarawa/Akwanga road, and Minna/Suleja road. The syndicate was found to be involved in attacking and breaking into these trucks and containers to loot items and property found inside.

 

During interrogation, the suspects confessed to their involvement in the crime. They admitted to operating a warehouse in Akwanga, where they stored the stolen goods before selling them in Kano state. Additionally, they made an attempt to bribe the DPO with an offer of five hundred thousand naira in order to have the case terminated.

 

As a result, all the suspects were apprehended and subsequently transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Minna for further investigation.

 

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ogundele J. Ayodeji psc(+), expresses his gratitude to the people of Niger State for their unwavering support. He assures the community that the Police Command in the State remains committed to fulfilling its statutory duty and will continue to exceed expectations.

Harajana Umar Ragada, reporting for Linatv

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TEXT OF THE NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU TO NIGERIANS ON CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

TEXT OF THE NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU TO NIGERIANS ON CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.

AFTER DARKNESS COMES THE GLORIOUS DAWN

My fellow citizens,

I want to talk to you about our economy. It is important that you understand the reasons for the policy measures I have taken to combat the serious economic challenges this nation has long faced.

2. I am not going to talk in difficult terms by dwelling on economic jargon and concepts. I will speak in plain, clear language so that you know where I stand. More importantly, so that you see and hopefully will share my vision regarding the journey to a better, more productive economy for our beloved country.

3. For several years, I have consistently maintained the position that the fuel subsidy had to go. This once beneficial measure had outlived its usefulness. The subsidy cost us trillions of Naira yearly. Such a vast sum of money would have been better spent on public transportation, healthcare, schools, housing and even national security. Instead, it was being funneled into the deep pockets and lavish bank accounts of a select group of individuals.

4. This group had amassed so much wealth and power that they became a serious threat to the fairness of our economy and the integrity of our democratic governance. To be blunt, Nigeria could never become the society it was intended to be as long as such small, powerful yet unelected groups hold enormous influence over our political economy and the institutions that govern it.

5. The whims of the few should never hold dominant sway over the hopes and aspirations of the many. If we are to be a democracy, the people and not the power of money must be sovereign.

6. The preceding administration saw this looming danger as well. Indeed, it made no provision in the 2023 Appropriations for subsidy after June this year. Removal of this once helpful device that had transformed into a millstone around the country’s neck had become inevitable.

7. Also, the multiple exchange rate system that had been established became nothing but a highway of currency speculation. It diverted money that should have been used to create jobs, build factories and businesses for millions of people. Our national wealth was doled on favourable terms to a handful of people who have been made filthy rich simply by moving money from one hand to another. This too was extremely unfair.

8. It also compounded the threat that the illicit and mass accumulation of money posed to the future of our democratic system and its economy.

9. I had promised to reform the economy for the long-term good by fighting the major imbalances that had plagued our economy. Ending the subsidy and the preferential exchange rate system were key to this fight. This fight is to define the fate and future of our nation. Much is in the balance.

10. Thus, the defects in our economy immensely profited a tiny elite, the elite of the elite you might call them. As we moved to fight the flaws in the economy, the people who grow rich from them, predictably, will fight back through every means necessary.

11. Our economy is going through a tough patch and you are being hurt by it. The cost of fuel has gone up. Food and other prices have followed it. Households and businesses struggle. Things seem anxious and uncertain. I understand the hardship you face. I wish there were other ways. But there is not. If there were, I would have taken that route as I came here to help not hurt the people and nation that I love.

12. What I can offer in the immediate is to reduce the burden our current economic situation has imposed on all of us, most especially on businesses, the working class and the most vulnerable among us.

13. Already, the Federal Government is working closely with states and local governments to implement interventions that will cushion the pains of our people across socio-economic brackets.

14. Earlier this month, I signed four (4) Executive Orders in keeping with my electoral promise to address unfriendly fiscal policies and multiple taxes that are stifling the business environment. These Executive Orders on suspension and deferred commencement of some taxes will provide the necessary buffers and headroom to businesses in the manufacturing sector to continue to thrive and expand.

15. To strengthen the manufacturing sector, increase its capacity to expand and create good paying jobs, we are going to spend N75 billion between July 2023 and March 2024. Our objective is to fund 75 enterprises with great potential to kick-start a sustainable economic growth, accelerate structural transformation and improve productivity. Each of the 75 manufacturing enterprises will be able to access N1 Billion credit at 9% per annum with maximum of 60 months repayment for long term loans and 12 months for working capital.

16. Our administration recognises the importance of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the informal sector as drivers of growth. We are going to energise this very important sector with N125 billion.

17. Out of the sum, we will spend N50 billion on Conditional Grant to 1 million nano businesses between now and March 2024. Our target is to give N50,000 each to 1,300 nano business owners in each of the 774 local governments across the country.

18. Ultimately, this programme will further drive financial inclusion by onboarding beneficiaries into the formal banking system. In like manner, we will fund 100,000 MSMEs and start-ups with N75 billion. Under this scheme, each enterprise promoter will be able to get between N500,000 to N1million at 9% interest per annum and a repayment period of 36 months.

19. To further ensure that prices of food items remain affordable, we have had a multi-stakeholder engagement with various farmers’ associations and operators within the agricultural value chain.

20. In the short and immediate terms, we will ensure staple foods are available and affordable. To this end, I have ordered the release of 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains from strategic reserves to households across the 36 states and FCT to moderate prices. We are also providing 225,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer, seedlings and other inputs to farmers who are committed to our food security agenda.

21. Our plan to support cultivation of 500,000 hectares of farmland and all-year-round farming practice remains on course. To be specific, N200 billion out of the N500 billion approved by the National Assembly will be disbursed as follows:

-Our administration will invest N50 billion each to cultivate 150,000 hectares of rice and maize.

-N50 billion each will also be earmarked to cultivate 100,000 hectares of wheat and cassava.

22. This expansive agricultural programme will be implemented targeting small-holder farmers and leveraging large-scale private sector players in the agric business with strong performance record.

23. In this regard, the expertise of Development Finance Institutions, commercial banks and microfinance banks will be tapped into to develop a viable and an appropriate transaction structure for all stakeholders.

24. Fellow Nigerians, I made a solemn pledge to work for you. How to improve your welfare and living condition is of paramount importance to me and it’s the only thing that keeps me up day and night.

25. It is in the light of this that I approved the Infrastructure Support Fund for the States. This new Infrastructure Fund will enable States to intervene and invest in critical areas and bring relief to many of the pain points as well as revamp our decaying healthcare and educational Infrastructure.

26. The fund will also bring improvements to rural access roads to ease evacuation of farm produce to markets. With the fund, our states will become more competitive and on a stronger financial footing to deliver economic prosperity to Nigerians.

27. Part of our programme is to roll out buses across the states and local governments for mass transit at a much more affordable rate. We have made provision to invest N100 billion between now and March 2024 to acquire 3000 units of 20-seater CNG-fuelled buses.

28. These buses will be shared to major transportation companies in the states, using the intensity of travel per capital. Participating transport companies will be able to access credit under this facility at 9% per annum with 60 months repayment period.

29. In the same vein, we are also working in collaboration with the Labour unions to introduce a new national minimum wage for workers. I want to tell our workers this: your salary review is coming.

30. Once we agree on the new minimum wage and general upward review, we will make budget provision for it for immediate implementation.

31. I want to use this opportunity to salute many private employers in the Organised Private Sector who have already implemented general salary review for employees.

32. Fellow Nigerians, this period may be hard on us and there is no doubt about it that it is tough on us. But I urge you all to look beyond the present temporary pains and aim at the larger picture. All of our good and helpful plans are in the works. More importantly, I know that they will work.

33. Sadly, there was an unavoidable lag between subsidy removal and these plans coming fully online. However, we are swiftly closing the time gap. I plead with you to please have faith in our ability to deliver and in our concern for your well-being.

34. We will get out of this turbulence. And, due to the measures we have taken, Nigeria will be better equipped and able to take advantage of the future that awaits her.

35. In a little over two months, we have saved over a trillion Naira that would have been squandered on the unproductive fuel subsidy which only benefitted smugglers and fraudsters. That money will now be used more directly and more beneficially for you and your families.

36. For example, we shall fulfill our promise to make education more affordable to all and provide loans to higher education students who may need them. No Nigerian student will have to abandon his or her education because of lack of money.

37. Our commitment is to promote the greatest good for the greatest number of our people. On this principle, we shall never falter.

38. We are also monitoring the effects of the exchange rate and inflation on gasoline prices. If and when necessary, we will intervene.

39. I assure you my fellow country men and women that we are exiting the darkness to enter a new and glorious dawn.

40. Now, I must get back to work in order to make this vision come true.

41. Thank you all for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Alas! 6-month-old Chinedu found alive in Suleja

The six-month-old baby boy, Chinedu Chukwueke that was on Sunday 23rd July, 2023 abducted from his mother’s salon shop has be found alive.
A Source at the market had on Wednesday morning confirmed to Lina TV reporter that the baby was found in a carton by the roadside in Suleja local government area of Niger state.
Furthermore, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Wasiu in a statement made available to Lina TV confirmed the report saying the baby was found abandoned at an erosion ditch, close to Gauraka primary school at Gauraka area of Tafa LGA.
According to Wasiu “the case of abduction was reported at the GRA Division and was immediately incidented and transferred to SCID Minna. The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command swung into action, and commenced investigation with the aid of technical intelligence.
“Fortunately, today being 26/07/2023 at about 1230hrs, due to a sustained pressure and close monitoring, the baby was found abandoned at an erosion ditch, close to Gauraka primary school at Gauraka area of Tafa LGA”.
He further stated that “the baby was taken to a nearby hospital for medical examination and confirmed to be in good health. He has been reunited with the family.”
In a chat with Lina TV, father of the boy, Chikezie Stanley Chuks, told our reporter that “I was very hopeful that my son will be found hail and hearty.
“For about four days we were separated from my son. But to the glory of God we have found him and he is hale and hearty.
“I want to thank everyone for your prayers and for your support. I thank the Police too for their role”.
It should be recalled that Lina TV had reported that the baby was stolen by an unknown woman at his mother’s salon shop in Kure Ultra Modern Market, on Sunday, July 23, 2023.
In the report, Mr Chikezie had said “My baby boy Chinedu Chukwueke was taken from my wife’s shop today Sunday at Kure market Minna. She came in the guise of wanting to learn work in my wife’s saloon and took the baby. Here’s her phone number 09032876441. Please I can be reached on 07033286837”.
“The lady is of average height, light in complexion, with 11 facial mark. She spoke igala and introduced herself as Rabi. Last seen wearing a red dress with matching hijab”.
The Police according to the PPRO is still making frantic effort to apprehend the fleeing perpetrator of the crime to face the wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Ogundele Ayodeji, appreciates the concern of all Nigerlites and residents for their efforts in achieving this feast.
He therefore enjoins parents and guardians to be more careful and be security conscious, most especially avoid entrusting their children to strangers.