The Zamfara Police command has rescued a Nigerien, Diddi Kadiri-Ibrahim, abducted from the Republic of Niger, in Shinkafi local government area of the state.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Shehu Mohammed disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Gusau.
Mohammed said the victim was abducted on March 2, from his Abalak village, Tahoa state in the Republic of Niger.
He said the rescue followed a credible distress telephone call to the Zamfara state Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran on Wednesday evening.
The PPRO explained that under the state’s Peace and Reconciliation Committee machinery, the police and officials of the state government mobilised to the bushes in Shinkafi where they secured the release of the victim.
He said the victim had already been debriefed by the police while his medical fitness had been ascertained, “what remains now is to hand him over to his relations.’’
Also speaking, Dauran said, “when we received the distress call that a white man was seen on motorcycle being transported by armed bandits around Shinkafi area, we quickly mobilised police personnel and together, we went there.
“I called and enquired from the neighbouring states of Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger and Kaduna if there was any kidnap case of an expatriate.
“However there was none but we still went ahead to save the victim whom we found out is from the Republic of Niger, spoke Hausa and Arabic fluently,’’ he said.
He said, with the support of the repentant bandits in the state, the search for the Nigerien victim as well as his unconditional release was made easy.
Dauran further called on the unrepentant bandits in the state to embrace peace.
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, Ibrahim said he was picked by some gunmen from his village while he was sitting near his house.
“They (bandits) moved me from one camp to another throughout the three days l was in captivity and only asked my family once for a ransom of N5 million threatening to kill me if they did not pay.
“I finally found myself in the bushes of Zamfara where l was rescued and l thank God and the Nigerian security and in particular the Zamfara government for ensuring my freedom,’’ he said.
Edited By: Abigael Joshua and Isaac Ukpoju
Emir of Zazzau, a man of intelligence, astuteness-Minister
The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, has described the late Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna State, Alhaji Shehu Idris, as an intelligent and astute man who ruled with fears of God.
This is contained in a statement by his media aide, Mr Dayo Joseph, on Monday in Akure.
Alasoadura, who said he received the news of the death of the revered monarch with shock, noted that the late emir’s immense contributions to peace and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria in general would be greatly missed.
“It is with shock that I received the news of the demise of the revered traditional monarch and a statesman who stood for peace, progress and unity of the country.
“Emir of Zazzau ruled the good people of Zazzau with immense intelligence, astuteness and dedication.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone,” Alasoadura said.
The minister prayed that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort the family he left behind.
Idris died on Sunday at the age of 84, after ruling the Zazzau Emirate for 45 years.
Kaduna Govt declares 3 days mourning for late Emir of Zazzau
The Kaduna State Government has declared three days mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
The Special Adviser to the Gov. Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, announced this in a statement on Monday.
Adekeye said that public offices would open as normal on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 but “there will be a public holiday on Sept. 23 to honour his memory’’.
According to him, flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday at the age of 84.
The remains of the monarch have been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria besides some past emirs of the emirate.
The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at about 5:35pm, attended by thousands of people.
Among those in attendance were El-Rufai, Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State Assembly, Yusuf Zailani and other top government functionaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari led the federal government delegation, consisted of Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, Environment Minister Mahmud Mohammed and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Also at the palace was the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, and heads of military and paramilitary formations in Kaduna state.
NAN reports that the late monarch who was the 18th Emir of Zazzau, was the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15 1975, and has ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death. /
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza
Former BBNaija housemate Ozo appreciate fans for love, support
Former housemate of Big Brother Naija Reality Show TV Season 5 “Lockdown”, Ozoemena Chukwu a.k.a Ozo, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their love and support in the house after his eviction.
The former housemate, who took to his Instagram page @officialozo_ to appreciate his supporters, also stated that if he had not made them proud, they should understand that he is a human that could slip up here and there.
He added that his fans gave him chance to excel while he grabbed it with both hands and eyes on the prize.
“In life, we are given to make a difference and Big Brother Naija was that platform for me.
“You gave your all to see that I made it this far and truth is you all, my family, the Superions in particular are the reason why I made it this far and I’m forever grateful.
“While I count on your support going forward, I hope that I have made many of you proud, maybe not.
“In any case, please understand that I am human and bound to slip up here and there, rest assured that I will pick up and make the most of everything that is laid ahead of me.
“Thank you to the #BBNaija organizers for treating me like a king.
“Thank you [email protected] and all sponsors for taking care of me for 9 weeks.
“To everyone who stood by me, I am very grateful.
“Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for praying for me.
Thank you for standing by me and most importantly.
Thank you all for investing in me.
“You have given me a chance to excel and I’m grabbing it with both hands and eyes on the prize.
“I am Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu and I promise to give my best in the service of humanity.
“God bless you all,” he wrote.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Ozo’s eviction was announced during the live show on Sunday Sept. 20 by the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who said at least one or more of the nominated housemates would be evicted.
He is the second of the four nominated housemates to be evicted in the nineth week of the show.
Ozo and Trikytee were the two housemates to be evicted while Laycon and Dorathy were declared safe.https://nnn.ng/former-bbnaija-housemate-ozo-appreciate-fans-for-love-support/
Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll
The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.
Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.
“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.
“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.
“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.
He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.
“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.
“SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.
“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.