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4 youth robbers jailed for terrorizing Yola Keke NAPEP passengers

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Four youths accused of terrorizing residents of the Adamawa State capital, Yola, have been jailed.

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The youths were arraigned for using commercial Keke NAPEP to carry out robbery operations.

The four members of the youth robbery gang called Shila Boys, were sentenced to five years each for their act.

Three of the convicts: Usman Ahmed, Abdullahi Salihu, and Hamza Abdullahi were said to specialise in driving and robbing passengers using a Keke NAPEP leased to them by the fourth convict, Aliyu Ishaku.

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They are all residents of a community called NEPA in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area, from where they take their operations round the expansive twin Yola city comprising Jimeta and Yola Town.

Details of the case have it that while the first three convicts were arrested when a mob caught up with them following their last operation and they found themselves rounded up by the police, the fourth convict, Aliyu Ishaku, got picked up a while later.

It was also gathered that the Keke NAPEP which the suspects use for their robbery activities was stolen at the scene of their arrest while a mob and the police were busy trying to apprehend them

It was learnt that when Aliyu Ishaku heard that the Keke NAPEP had been stolen, he called its real owner, Ibrahim Aliyu and lied that the Keke NAPEP had been impounded by the Police CID.

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This prompted Ibrahim Aliyu to go with Aliyu Ishaku to the CID office at the Police State Headquarters, where the first three suspects were incidentally being held.

When the three saw Ishaku at the CID, they alerted the police that Ishaku used to lease a tricycle to them to carry out operations in return for N8,000 daily.

Ishaku was then arrested and taken alongside the first three suspects to the Chief Magistrate Court 5, where Magistrate Nafisatu Bala convicted and sentenced the suspects to five years in prison.

The judge, however, gave the convicts an option of N60,000 fine each and also ordered that compensation of N1 million be paid to Ibrahim Aliyu, owner of the tricycle used by the convicts which has been stolen.

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Earlier on arraignment on the 10th October 2021 by the prosecutor, Seargent Ahmed Abubakar, the convicts confessed to having snatched five handsets from their victims.

Aliyu Ishaku who operated the leased tricycle belonging to Ibrahim Aliyu, was said to have in turn hired the tricycle to the three other convicts to carry out ‘Shila’ operations.

Allegedly, after every operation, the convicts paid N8,000 to Ishaku as daily returns for the hired tricycle, with Ishaku knowing that they were using the tricycle to steal from unsuspecting passengers.

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Matawalle seeks new approach against banditry

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Worried by the spate of deadly attacks by bandits in the country, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has called for a new approach in the fight against banditry in the state.

Zamfara has been in the spotlight over the activities of bandit in the last few years.

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The governor, while addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the retreat organised for members of the Zamfara State executive council, special advisers and other relevant public office, called on them to redouble their efforts to end banditry in the state.

He said, ”We must strategise to redouble our efforts in fighting banditry and place our state on the path of an enduring development by optimally utilising the resources at our disposal. This is a clarion call for all of us to brace up to the great tasks ahead.”

He said the House of Assembly in the state will soon pass the Child Rights Act.

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”The Child Protection Bill and the Disability Bill would soon be passed by the House of Assembly and signed into law as soon as they are brought for my assent”, he said.

The governor said the decision to conduct the retreat was informed by one of the fundamental principles of his administration to continuously reposition the machinery of government in tune with the ever-changing dynamics of our time.

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”It is my expectation that, at the end of the retreat, participants will return to their respective duty posts full of fresh ideas relating to Administrative Procedures, Financial Prudence, Policy Innovations, Information Technology, Executive Council Business and Inter-Governmental Collaboration.

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”As you are aware, Zamfara State, like other states in the northwest, is confronted with a serious security problem, which has exacerbated the multiple development challenges we face. I believe that opportunities like this retreat could be used to stimulate thought and offer workable solutions to issues affecting not only the public sector but also the overall development of our state,” he said.

Also speaking at the retreat, The Head of service, Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folasade Yemi- Esan called on Zamfara State Government to prioritise the quality of its human resource.

While stressing that it is most valuable asset in curbing banditry, Yemi-Esan saud, the Federal government through its Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP), is repositioning the service for more effective and improved service delivery.

Among other goals, she added that the plan sought to bring about culture/attitudinal change from bureaucratic red-tapism to a result-oriented, innovative and entrepreneurial public service among other objectives.

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She commended gov Matawalle, over the laudable and proactive initiative saying, it is not only in line with international best practices but a clear sign of visionary leadership in the state’s public service.

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Stay away from Karl Kumm University crisis, host community warns Lalong

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Vwang, the host community of Karl Kumm University in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday warned the state Governor, Simon Lalong, to stay away from the crisis rocking the institution.

The community described a visit to the Governor by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University, Prof. Ochapa Onazi, who led members of the council on a courtesy visit to Government House, Jos as a ploy by the government to take over the running of affairs of the university through the back door.

reports that Karl Kumm University established in Jos South LGA by the Church of Christ in Nations was shut down shortly after it got its operational license in 2021 due to misunderstanding with the host community over the appointment of a Registrar for the institution in line with an MOU signed with them.

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Since then, the new university had remained under lock and key without any academic activities while its operational licence had been withdrawn by the NUC

During the pro-chancellor’s visit to the Governor last week, Lalong had said he would intervene in the matter and directed the Commissioner for Higher Education and the Head of Service to immediately engage all stakeholders in resolving the misunderstanding that led to the suspension of the licence of the University .

But the host community, at a press conference in Jos on Wednesday, rejected the governor’s intervention, describing it as an invitation to disaster.

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The press conference was addressed by the community leaders including the President, Vwang Development Association, Jonah Gworu; Chairman, Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation, Vwang District, Ishaku; Chairperson, BEWDA Vwang District, Elizabeth Lowang; Chairman Berom Youths Moulders Association, Vwang District, Emmanuel Mangu; Chairman, Vwang Patriotic Forum, Davou Nyango, and the Chairman, Vwang Intelligentsia Forum, Weng Emmanuel, among others .

They insisted that the proprietor of the university should continue with the process it had started with the host community towards resolving the impasse at the institution

The VDA President said, “The intervention of the state government in Karl Kumm University crisis now, from all indications, is an obvious ill-fated venture and a visible invitation to disaster. The COCIN church came to Vwang community for land and not the governement. Land was donated to the church and MOU signed between the donor and recipient without government involvement.

“COCIN should assume responsibility and address issues at stake as we have have no MOU with Bogoro (the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof.Suleiman Elias Bogoro) Onazi orthe state Governement.

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“Anyone interested in the genuine resolution of the matter should encourage the church to honour its undertaking with the host community.”

The community leaders also called on the chairman of Council to apologise to the host community “for the insults he heaped on them” during their visit at the Government House where he was said to have described them “disgruntled, ungrateful and miscreants”.

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