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Gunmen kidnap three Benue varsity students, Zaria housewives, children

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Gunmen have abducted three students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, in Benue State, and two housewives with their children from their Zaria homes in Kaduna State.

The students were reportedly kidnapped on Sunday in the College of Engineering area of the school.

Director of Information, Protocol and Public Relations Unit, Rosemary Waku, confirmed the development on Monday but did not give the number of students abducted.

“An unconfirmed number of students of FUAM were abducted at gunpoint by unknown persons from the campus on Sunday 25th April 2021. The university has reported the incident to the police and all relevant security agencies.

“The university has not heard anything from the students or their captors since the unfortunate incident took place.”

Spokesperson for the police in the state, Catherine Anene, said the commissioner of police had ordered investigation into the incident.

The development is coming less than a week after students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, were abducted, three of who were later found dead.

Meanwhile, another set of bandits, who invaded Kofar Kuyambana Low-cost estate in the Zaria area of Kaduna, abducted two housewives and three children.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the Kuyambana community around 10pm on Sunday and attacked two houses in the area.

Five Almajiri children were said to have been hit by stray bullets during the attack.

Five out of the suspected gunmen, who invaded the communities, were also said to have been arrested.

Kaduna Police Command spokesman, ASP Mohammad Jalige, who confirmed the attack, said only two criminal suspects were arrested and the Command will issue a statement on the incident.

A source said the gunmen first invaded a Customs officer’s house and seized his wife, Maryam Bala Ibrahim, with her three children but they abandoned the children on the way and fled with the mother.

The source added the bandits attacked another house in the neighbourhood where they abducted another woman, Hulera Haruna.

It was however gathered that the police and Kaduna Vigilance groups repelled the bandits from further attacks on the community.

It was learnt it was in the crossfire with the criminals that five Almajiris from the neighborhood were hit by stray bullets.

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Court orders arrest of Kano APC chairman Abbas over threat, utterances

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Abdullahi Abbas.

A Federal High Court in Kano has granted an order for the investigation, arrest and prosecution of All Progressives Congress, APC, chairman Abdullahi Abbas.

The party stalwart is accused of threat to life, disruption of peace and hate speeches in a suit filed by Mahmoud Lamido.

The Kano indigene, through his counsel Bashir Yusuf Muhammad, told the court that Abbas, in a phone call, insinuated that he would kill him (sai na batar da kai).

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In the Certified True Copy seen by DAILY POST, Justice S. A. Amobeda adjourned to the 16th of February to monitor compliance.

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, in Kano has described the ruling as “a milestone achievement” for democracy.

Campaign spokesperson, Sanusi Bature said Abbas had been a subject of public discourse due to his utterances that could jeopardise peace.

Bature hinted it was the second time a court ordered the Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute the APC leader for alleged violence, intimidation and threat.

“We hope this will serve as a lesson to any politician who chooses the way of violence than promoting peace in Kano and Nigeria,” he noted.

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MSSN calls for prosecution of teachers, others harassing hijab-wearing students

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The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, has recommended heavy sanctions including prosecution of school administrators harassing students wearing hijab.

It also urged all its female members to be courageous to wear the hijab to schools despite the harassment and victimisation by some schools.

The Amirah (female president) for the unit, Azeezah Gidigbih, made the call in her 2023 World Hijab Day address, adding that government should sack and prosecute any defaulting teacher or principal.

The World Hijab Day is marked globally on February 1st to celebrate women wearing hijab and discourage discrimination.

Gidigbih said the theme of this year’s WHD, ‘Progression not Oppression’, reflected the situation of hijab-wearing students in Nigeria.

“Just like yesterday, we jubilated when the Supreme Court after a legal tussle of about 10 years granted us victory over the use of hijab in schools.

“Indeed, we are making progress. Our efforts are yielding positive results and we won’t rest until we achieve 100% compliance on the use of hijab by our members,” she added.

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While threatening to sue anyone found harassing students and denying them their rights to use the hijab in schools, Gidigbih challenged the Lagos State Government to publicly sanction any erring principal or teacher.

Gidigbih, who appreciated the Lagos State Government for issuing a circular to permit hijab in public schools, lamented the continuous harassment of its members in hijab after the Supreme Court judgment and the state government’s circular last year.

She said,  “It is no longer news that in June 2022, the Supreme Court approved for students to use the hijab in all schools. This move has however not deterred some overzealous school administrators who still throw caution to the wind and harass students without regard for the constitution and directives from their employers.

“We recommend that they should be demoted, sacked, prosecuted and jailed instead of just being transferred as witnessed in recent cases. These disobedient elements don’t deserve to be in our education system in Lagos State.

“While we are not against students conforming to school rules and regulations on dress code, we will not allow the effect of the Supreme Court judgment to be watered down and rendered worthless.”

She also hailed the recent appointment of a hijabi Dr Shareefah Adejoke Yusuf as the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI by the Lagos State Government.

“Just like every other year, the issues are the same. Muslimahs have shown over time that a whole lot can be achieved with the hijab and like others, we should be allowed to show our capabilities.

“Worthy of note is the recent appointment of a hijabi Dr Shareefah Adejoke Yusuf as the Tutor-General/ Permanent Secretary, Education District VI by the Lagos State government. This is an affirmation that the hijab is not a limiting factor to the success of any individual. We commend the Lagos State for this move and we are certain of more success in the nearest future with more innovation and achievements by other hijabis,” she stated.

On the theme of this year’s World Hijab Day, the MSSNLagos female head commended its members who have weathered the storm at various levels and become successful in their chosen career paths.

She also thanked Muslim lawyers, teachers, rights groups, imams,  and others who defended the rights of Muslim students under the leadership of Amir Miftahudeen Thanni.

Gidigbih, however, urged all stakeholders to encourage students and workers who had chosen to use the hijab and give them equal opportunities to learn and grow to further build the society.

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Gunmen bomb Anambra INEC office, police station, kill boy

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Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a police station and an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Anambra State with improvised explosive devise.

A residential building located inside the police station in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was also attacked leading to the death of a 16-year-old boy with a 15-year-old girl sustaining gunshot wounds.

The boy was said to be a relative of a serving policeman in the attacked police station.
The state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident, saying the attack occured at about 1:45am on Wednesday.
According to him, the attackers came in large number in four Toyota Sienna vehicles.
He said in a statement that the command had made heavy deployment of security personnel around the state to forestall further attacks in other places.
He said, “Anambra State Police Command today 1/2/2023 has reinforced security deployment in the state, following an attack on the INEC office in idemili south, Ojoto and Nnobi Police Station.
“The hoodlums came in their numbers by 1:45 am today 1/2/2023, with four unmarked Sienna vehicles, armed with IEDs, petrol bombs and other explosives.
“They invaded the INEC office, the police station and the residential building in the station. Unfortunately, one boy aged 16 years, a relative of a serving policeman in the station, was murdered by the armed men, while the other, a female aged 15 years old sustained a gunshot injury. She has been taken to the hospital where she is receiving treatment.”

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