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Former Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

Arrest, prosecute Ganduje over dollar videos, CSO asks EFCC

A civil society organisation, War Against Injustice, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arrest, investigate, and prosecute the immediate-past governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, over video clips showing him allegedly receiving bribes from contractors.

In a letter dated May 31, and addressed to the Kano zonal commander of the EFCC, and copied to the ICPC, the executive director of the group, Ibrahim Umar, urged the anti-graft agencies to reopen the investigation since the governor has lost his immunity.

“We hereby write to call your attention to the arrest of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, former governor of Kano State, over the bribery allegation and take the necessary action as your organisation does on an ordinary person.

“You may recall that sometime in 2018 there was an allegation of video clips published by Malam Jaafar Jaafar, Chief Editor of the Daily Nigerian [an online newspaper] to the effect that the ex-Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, collected bribes from the contractors to the tune of five million dollars”.

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The group recalled how the Kano State House of Assembly began an investigation into the allegations but was stopped following a ruling of a Kano State High Court.

While justifying the reason for the petition, Mr Umar noted that the organisation and other well meaning Nigerians are interested in the outcome of the investigation.

He said the outcome of the investigation would serve as a deterrent to both public and private citizens on the consequences of corruption.

“We wish to draw your attention to the fact that an ordinary man on the street in Nigeria as well as anti-graft non-governmental organisations like ours is still very much interested in the outcome of this investigation and faces the consequence of his action to serve as a deterrent to people in power and private citizens to shun corrupt practises.

“As your commission is saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigeria against corruption, we urge you to, carry out this duty on this matter,” he added.

Arrest, prosecute Ganduje over dollar videos, CSO asks EFCC

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

Fire has gutted a section of the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, at Gidan Rumfa.

A statement by Munir Bayero (Danburam Kano), the Chief of Staff to the Emir, said the incident occurred Saturday morning.

The chief of staff said there was no casualty.

The statement read in part, “It is hereby notified that on Saturday July 13, 2024, in the morning, a fire incident occurred at the Outer Court of His Royal Highness’s Palace, Kofar Kudu.

“Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the damage was minimal. The palace is taking all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the palace and its occupants.

“We are also investigating the cause of the fire and taking steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.” NAN)

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

The Plateau State government has declared three days of mourning for pupils and teachers who lost their lives in the Saint Academy School building collapse on Friday.

A total of 22 lives were lost and 132 others sustained injuries in the incident that occurred in the school located at Busa Buji, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The state government has ordered that all flags within the state be flown at half-mast during the three-day mourning, starting from July 13 to July 15 in honour of the victims.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms, on Saturday.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who visited the school on Saturday, extended his condolences to families affected by the incident and urged citizens to strictly follow building codes and ethics to prevent such tragedies.

“We offer our deepest sympathies and unwavering support to those affected during this incredibly difficult time. We are dedicated to providing the best possible medical care for the injured and will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the collapse,” Muftwang said.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens, especially our children, is our top priority. We urge all schools to comply with safety regulations and secure the necessary approvals from the JMDB before beginning any construction projects.”

Muftwang has also announced immediate closure of Saint Academy School and ordered full investigation into the building collapse.

“It is unfortunate what has happened but of course what it means is that this school is closed down immediately. We can’t take any further chances and we need to send this message particularly to owners of private schools.

“The motive for profit must not overshadow the safety of lives. And so we are going to take steps immediately to do a technical audit of all the schools, we are going to test their structural integrity to ensure that human beings can inhabit such buildings,” the governor said.

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building 

Four persons were immediately rescued after a section of a two-storey residential apartment collapsed in Abuja on Saturday morning.
Many other people are still reportedly trapped in the rubble even as search and rescue operations were ongoing as of 4pm on Saturday.

The building is beside Cupid Hotel, Sultan Dansuki Road, Phase 2, Site 2, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Saturday incident occurred barely 24 hours after a school building collapsed on pupils in Jos, Plateau State, killing 22 and injuring 132 others.

Two of the rescued victims have been taken to the Kubwa General hospital while search efforts for other persons possibly trapped in the collapsed building were being intensified.

The collapsed building, which contained 45 self-contained rooms, was previously used as a hotel before it was converted for residential purposes.

The FCT Emergency Management Department (FEMD) was reportedly notified of the incident by passers-by and received a distress call on emergency toll free number at about 6.45am.

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