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Former Gov Muazu’s aides flee Niger over probe

From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna.

Former political appointees who served under the immediate administration of Niger State governor, Dr  muazu Babngida Aliyu presently leaves in fear while many has fled Minna the state capital following the resolution of the state assembly to investigate the 8years of that  government.

This is coming on the heels of the alleged huge debts left behind estimated at N56.8 billion couple with uncompleted projects scattered all over the state of which lots of money was alleged to have been paid and the discovery of many reviewed projects done unnecessarily to divert state funds in to alleged private pockets as well as the alleged massive looting by Aliyu’s government officials.

Despite the reluctant action shown by the state number one citizen, it could be recalled that governor Abubakar sani Bello has earlier reiterated his determination to emulate from their leader president Muhammad Buhari’s agenda which might include fighting corruption and recovery of looted public funds and properties having envisaged in the last government of the state.

Investigation revealed that majority of the former governor political appointees has fled Minna and Niger state to Abuja, Kaduna and South western part of the country where they allegedly have invested their loots.

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CITAD, Google tackle cattle rustling by forest mapping

From Mustapha Adamu, Kano.

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in partnership with Google Developers Group, Bayero University Kano, have introduced Forest Mapping application in order to tackle the persistent scourge of cattle rustling bedeviling northern region of Nigeria.

Speaking at a one-day workshop, titled Data Party of Kamaku Forest Mapping in Kano State yesterday, CITAD programme manager, Abdulganiyyu Rufai Yakub, described the initiative as a major development towards containing the menace.

He said that the application, called Cattle Rustling Information System (CATRIS), is a platform designed to provide substantive information about the problem in the affected areas, adding that they decided to take Kamaku forest, located in Birnin Gwari Local Government area of Kaduna State as a case study given the fact that the area was among the hot zone of the activities.

According to him, CITAD had conducted series of tours to most of the affected areas and gathered information from the victims, adding that the information enabled them to develop a mobile code which would be used to identify the people, location and number of cattle rustled via the CATRIS.

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Military relaxes curfew in Maiduguri

From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

Nigerian Army on Friday said it had temporarily relaxed the curfew imposed on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

It is believed that this is done in order to allow the Muslim faithful in the town to opportunity to

attend Friday’s congregational prayer.

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Korea Cultural Centre strengthens bilateral tie with Nigeria

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Korea Cultural Center (KCC) at the weekend held its 2nd speech competition in Abuja for students of the Korean language, saying the competition is part of the measures towards strengthening the bilateral understand between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea, particularly through cultural and language transfer between the two countries.

Speaking yesterday at the event to mark the 2nd speech competition for the students of the 2015 Korean Language Class, the Director of the Centre, Kwon Yong Ik, also said all Nigerians will be welcomed at the KCC Nigeria to study Korea. 

He said the KCC is open to anyone who would like to begin or continue studying the Korean language, adding that everybody at the centre will do his or her best to help potential students to become fluent Korean speakers. 

Meanwhile, at the end of the Speech competition, Rabiatu Bobboyi, emerged to the first position, and was rewarded the sum of N50, 000, while Abdulmalik Saidu emerged second, while Aisha Nassir, Decker Dolapo and Joseph Patrick respectively came to the third position. 

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Kidnappings: Fayose writes IG, seeks special intervention

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has written the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, calling for his intervention to stem the spate of kidnappings in the state in the last few weeks.

 In the letter dated May 15, 2015 and personally signed by the governor, he said the IG’s special intervention would help in removing the fear the people of the state were experiencing following cases of abductions of innocent people.

 In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Friday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu, Adelusi, the governor also allayed the fear of the people, saying the situation would soon be put under control.

 The letter, which was sent to be delivered by road to the IG in Abuja, was also copied other security chiefs.

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