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Osun teenager accuses aunt of abuse, suspect arrested

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The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested a housewife, Elizabeth Aderibigbe, for allegedly assaulting her 14-year-old niece.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Adigun, in a statement in Osogbo on Tuesday, explained that the victim, a senior secondary school 2 student, ran away from the house where she lived with Aderibigbe to escape being punished after she ate leftover food.

He noted that the victim’s father got separated from her mother after having two children, adding that the girl had been living with her father’s sister since 2018.

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The statement read in part, “The 14-year-old was reported to have run away from home on Thursday, December 16, 2021 after eating the leftover food she found in the kitchen. She was later found on a prayer mountain and brought to the office of the NSCDC on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

“Aderibigbe, however, said the victim was fond of stealing, adamant to corrections and that was why she beat her anytime she engaged in deviant acts. About the scars on the body of the girl, she said she also noticed marks on her body when she was brought from her father.

“But the victim, when asked about the marks on her body, said she was always beaten with wires and canes whenever she misbehaved or refused to do her house chores.

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“The victim was handed over to Mr Oladipupo Olajide, the elder brother of her father, when she declined to be in the custody of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.”   

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Buhari recalls Kaduna bombing experience, El-Rufai demands N7bn reimbursement

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Amidst tight security, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Thursday, inaugurated some projects executed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai as part of activities lined up for his two-day official visit to Kaduna State.

Buhari flew into Kaduna on Wednesday night from Banjul, The Gambia, where he attended the inauguration of President Adama Barrow for his second term in office.

At Kafanchan in the Jema’a Local Government Area of the state, the President landed at the rebuilt multi-purpose Murtala Mohammed Square at exactly 11.45am and inaugurated the complex.

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While inaugurating the Kawo Bridge, the President recalled how he was almost bombed near the bridge while travelling to Katsina in July 2014.

Buhari said, “They wanted to blow me (up). But my escort somehow stopped them. Before we came to this bridge, they became so desperate and there was a small market or something like this here.

“They exploded (detonated) the device (bomb). God protected us and here I am again. Thank you very much your Excellency and remarkably you became my governor. I don’t think I have any input. Zainab Ahmed became my minister of finance. I didn’t know you’re from the gentleman I respect and went to his house. This is a fabulous coincidence and I thank God for it. Therefore, I have taken your loyalty for granted.”

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Earlier while inaugurating the ultra modern sports and shopping complex at the Murtala Square, Kaduna, the President showered encomiums on the governor, saying El-Rufai was writing his names in “history in letters of gold,” because of the laudable projects under the urban renewal projects in the state.

Buhari said though he is from Daura in Katsina State, there was the likelihood of him living in Kaduna State after 2023 when he must have left office.

He praised the governor, saying that he had done well in transforming the state beyond recognition.

The President also made a pledge to the people of Kafanchan in Southern Kaduna of the possibility of establishing an air force base in the area to fortify security in the southern part of the state.

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Buhari stated this at the palace of the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu, shortly after inaugurating four township roads constructed by the Kaduna State Government under its urban renewal programme in Kafanchan.

The President also said the government would look into the possibility of modernising the Kafanchan railway station to boost rail and commercial activities in the area.

The Emir, who commended the President and the governor for ensuring peace, security and infrastructural development in his domain, said Kafanchan had for ages been a commercial centre of repute in Southern Kaduna.

The monarch also requested for an air force base in Kafanchan to strengthen the present security network in the area.

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The President hailed El-Rufai for committing himself to changing the face of the state.

While noting the impact of the urban renewal programme of the state government, Buhari said he could no longer find his way around Kaduna even though he lived in the city for long.

Some of the 19 completed urban renewal road projects inaugurated by Buhari are the reconstructed Kawo Flyover, an almost one kilometre long dual carriageway with three ground rotaries; the 5.6km Aliyu Makama Road; the multi-storey Basic Education Mega School on Lokoja Road in Rigasa; and the dualised Yakubu Gowon Way and Leventis Underpass in the metropolis.

The President also inaugurated the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Mando as well as the fertiliser blending plant of the Barbedos Group.

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El-Rufai introduced the Kaduna State Urban Renewal Programme in June 2019, which commenced in Kaduna before those of Kafanchan and Zaria started.

The governor stated, “The goal of the urban renewal programme is to regenerate Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria, the three major cities in the state.

“These unprecedented investments in urban infrastructure are to consolidate the state’s position as an investment destination, improve its economic competitiveness and promote the welfare of the residents.”

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Osun REC notifies police of gov election

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Osun State, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, has visited the Zone 11 Police Command Headquarters, Osogbo.

The visit, according to a statement on Thursday, was to familiarise with the police authority and to notify it of the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.

The DC Zonal CID, DCP Ganiyu Salami, who received the INEC team on behalf of the AIG Zone 11, Mukan Gobum, expressed the delight of police authority to partner with INEC to provide security before, during and after election in the state.

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