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Landlords raise the alarm over conversion of Abuja houses to hotels

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House owners on Mabglobal Estate, Karsana District, Abuja, have petitioned the Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Development Authority, following the conversion of residential buildings on the estate to hotels.

In the petition signed by the President, Ahmed Thedicha, and General Secretary, Kufre Charles, they urged the department to address the situation and ensure that the buildings were returned to their original purpose.

The petition was titled, ‘Change of Original purpose.’

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It read, “This is to bring to your notice that Plots 400, Main Street; 193, Diamond Street; and 289, Rosemund Street, which were originally meant for residential purposes, have been changed and operated as hotels on the estate.

“Also, two plots on Professor Emeribe Street are insinuated to be hotels in the making.

“We call on you to move in and restore order on the estate by reverting those buildings to their original purpose, which is residential.

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Also, stop plots from being developed into hotels.”

They also called on the agency to stop the owner of a container from operating.

“The indiscriminate position of a container at the plaza has the potential danger of causing traffic and defacing the estate.

“These infractions are detrimental, have distorted the original plan of the estate and constituted a nuisance to her inhabitants.”

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The Director, Department of Development Control, Garba Kwamku, asked our correspondent to see him in his office over the matter.

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Thugs assault lady in Maiduguri for ‘insulting’ Borno Rep

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Thugs, alleged to be loyal to the member representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Satomi Ahmed, have assaulted a lady, Fadila Abdulrahman, for purportedly denigrating their principal on social media.

A trending video, which surfaced on Sunday night, showed youths slapping and hitting the Abdulrahman, raining expletive statements at her for ‘insulting’ Satomi on Facebook.

In the video, the thugs were heard screaming in Hausa, (Fadila, your father!) (With all that Satomi has done for you, you still did this to him?)… (You must go, prostrate before Satomi and seek forgiveness).

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Borno PPolice Command, Abdu Umar, in a briefing on Monday said the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sanda Kyarimi Zoo, in Maiduguri, and that four suspects had been apprehended and are in police custody.

“It happened on Sunday around 2 o’clock, in the afternoon, at the Sanda Kyarimi Zoo in the heart of Maiduguri. Some political thugs, loyal to Satomi Ahmed, a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Jere Constituency stormed a restaurant known as Zahura Restaurant owned by a member of the Police Community Relations Committee member, 29 years old Fadila Abdulrahman.

“She was beaten up and her restaurant was completely destroyed and her phone missing on the excuse that she posted and circulated a picture with inscription undermining their master, Satomi Ahmed.

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“The suspects under custody are Nasiru Abubakar alias Mana, Ali Dungus Shettima, Bello Mudasa, and Mallam Mohammed. The principal suspect is still at large, known as Saadu Suleiman and one Saleh but we shall arrest them.

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“Meanwhile, one of the suspects arrested and paraded at the police command, Bello Mudasa, 21 years old, said he was engaged by Saadu Suleiman to carry out a job on behalf of the honourable.

“I am a shoe cobbler within Maiduguri metropolis. I was in my shop when Saadu Suleiman came and took me on a tricycle that he has something he wanted me to do for him.

“When we got to the zoo, he confronted the lady and started insulting her. The lady began to insult him back, that was when I rushed and begin to slap her,” Bello stated.

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Hanifa Abubakar: Kano youths raze down school owned by her killer

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A mob has set ablaze the school owned by the kidnapper and killer of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil in Kano.

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The school was razed by irate youths on Monday morning.

Hanifa was killed by Abdulmalik Tanko, the school’s proprietor after he kidnapped her in December and collected N6 million as ransom.

Tanko confessed he killed the girl with rat poison when he realised that she had recognised him.

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The suspect was nabbed by security operatives while trying to get some part of the ransom he demanded.

He later confessed to killing her with rat poison.

Hanifa’s body was dug out of the shallow grave the suspect buried her in the school premises.

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