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Abuja #EndSARS protesters attacked on CBN premises, soldiers disperse protesting youths

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There are reports that #EndSARS protesters that blocked the two entrances to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) head office in Abuja Sunday night were attacked in the wee hours of Monday.

Some of the youths were reportedly wounded and parked cars vandalised by their attackers who chased them out of the area and took charge of the CBN office.

News Trends had last night reported that the protesters, chanting anti-government songs and carrying different placards, had vowed to prevent activities at the nation’s apex bank on Monday.

They also packed vehicles in front of the main gate of the CBN office, blocking movement in and out of the premises and from connecting roads.

Some of them were also stationed on the road by the rear exit of the building. And as of 9:30pm, music was blaring from loudspeakers on the premises.

Nairaland captures some of the experiences of those who reportedly witnessed the early morning attack.

For instance, one Emmanuel Omadhebo tweeted, “Abuja protesters screaming and begging for their lives as hoodlums attacked, vandalised and burnt their cars at the #Abuja protest.”

Another Twitter user, Barrybrizzy, states, “Those thugs pursued us. I’ve not seen my brother yet.”

Meanwhile, security agents including soldiers have taken over the CBN premises and some major roads in Abuja hitherto blocked by the protesters, according an early morning report by Channels TV.

The security personnel were said to have freed some of the roads for traffic to flow.

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Dangote Foundation launches €7m youth skill programme

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The President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has launched a £7 million technical training programme to empower young people with skills in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering.

Known as the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF)-VDMA, the programme is collaboration between ADF and VDMA, the German Association for Mechanical and Plant Engineering and its Foundation for Young Talent in Mechanical Engineering (NWS).

In his keynote address at the launch of the programme, Dangote identified vocational and technical skills as key levers for growth, specifically in the manufacturing sector and vital to the well-being of any economy.

He said, “Unfortunately, significant skills gaps exist in Nigeria, which is what this program is seeking to address.”

He said a large percentage of the 7 million euros investment will be for the specialised, leading-edge equipment that has been shipped from Germany and installed in five workshops purposely built for the programme at Dangote Academy in Obajana.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his address at the event, said that the motto of the partnership: ‘Nigerian Industry meets German Engineering’, is apt, saying, the output of such a partnership cannot be anything other than transformational, for the young people of Nigeria and for the country’s economy.

He commended Dangote for wielding his influence positively to improve the lives and livelihood of Nigerians.

“No business person has single-handedly invested more in the Nigerian economy than Alhaji Dangote, with an extensive footprint that cuts across multiple sectors and regions of the country,” he said.

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Ramadan: Kano Hisbah arrests three men, eight ladies for not fasting

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it has arrested some youths in the state for eating in the daytime during the Ramadan.
The Director General of the Hisbah board, Dr. Aliyu Musa Kibiya, said those arrested in different parts of the state included three males and eight females.
“We will investigate and if they have cogent reasons we will release them. Those found wanting will however be enlightened and even prosecuted if need be,” Dr. Kibiya said.
He said a woman should not be seen eating in public during fasting, “for whatever reason,” adding that the board will arrest anyone found to be eating during the day.
“Fasting is compulsory for healthy, adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan except for the travellers, menstruating women or old people.”
Hisbah has been notorious lately for making controversial arrests in the state.
SaharaReporters had on March 25 reported how Hisbah invaded some off-campus hostels of the Bayero University in Kano, arresting students of the opposite sex found in the same room.
It was gathered that the incident happened at Danbare, a small community directly opposite the university’s gate.
The agency has continued to enforce Sharia law by going after stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam.
This was in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police.
Hisbah recently made headlines for shaving stylish haircuts of young men in Kano and arresting people for improper dressing.
A barber and his customers were arrested recently for giving and having haircuts respectively, which were said to be offensive to Islam.
They are also notorious for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.
Also in March, the Hisbah operatives arrested two men suspected of sending pornographic materials to a married woman.
The suspects were traced and arrested after the woman complained to the board.
-SaharaReporters

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BREAKING: Senate confirms Yakubu as INEC chairman

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission for a second term of five years.

Yakubu had on November 9 handed over the chairmanship of the commission to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Mu’azu (retd.), a national commissioner of the electoral body from the North-East, when his first term ended.

President Muhammadu Buhari in October reappointed Prof. Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed by President Buhari in October 2015 and assumed office on November 9, 2015, where he has been overseeing the activities of the commission.

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