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Sultan inaugurates reconstituted boards of national mosque

THE Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday inaugurated the reconstituted Abuja National Mosque Management Board and the Board of Trustees of Educational, Social and Health Mission (MESH).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MESH is the project implementing arm of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

Abubakar III, who is the President-General of NSCIA, urged members of the boards to work assiduously towards promoting the ideals of Islam and support Muslims.

The sultan also urged the national mosque board to look at ways and means of funding the mosque’s renovation and development.

Abubakar said: “The national mosque should not just be a place where Muslims would only observe five daily prayers and go.

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“But, it should be a national centre for the advancement of Islamic culture and education.

” We made some arrangements in the past but just that it didn’t come to fruition that we should be inviting Imams from other parts of the country, hold seminars and interactions.

” We also plan to be inviting other Islamic leaders from across the world to meet with the leadership of the Islamic community in Nigeria.

“Esecially our Imams, those who couldn’t go outside we will bring people from outside the country to interact with them.”

According to the sultan, the programme could not come to frution  due to the paucity of funds

Abubakar said that it waz time to revisit the plan, adding,” we want to see how we can bring it back to life so that the national mosque will be busy seven day a week.”

The sultan, who decried that the Muslim community was far behind developments in the country, said, “the reconstitution of the two boards was an opportunity for the Muslims to rise to the occasion and hit the ground running.

” And as we are inaugurating these boards, we are also expecting a new government to come in so it is an opportunity to us to hit the ground running with the government to see what we can do together to help the government and ourselves.”

Abubakar implored Nigerians of all persuasions to support a smooth transition programme as peace was a critical platform for individual and societal progress.

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He added: ” Let no one contemplate the disruption of smooth handover of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming one.

” It is my conviction that together, with greater commitment and patriotism, we can build a peaceful and prosperous country. ”

Responding, Dr Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman of national mosque management board assured that it would do its utmost best to move the mosque and Islamic centre of excellence forward.

The traditional ruler thanked the sultan for the confidence he reposed on him and other members of the board.

He said: “We appreciate the sultan for the task he put before us and I assure you that we are going to put in our best to move the mosque forward.”

NAN reports that other members of the board are: Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Secretary-General, NSCIA, Yunus Usman, Prof. Shehu Galadanci and Malam Abubakr Siddeeq, North-East.

Others are: Mustapha Bintube, North-East, Dr Talmiz Usman, North-West, Umaru Karaye, North-West, retired Gen. A. B. Mamman, North-Central, Sheikh Tajudeen Adigun, North-Central and others.

Also, the Chairman of the board of MESH is the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of NSCIA,​ Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, member, Dr Muhammad Dikwa, member, Alhaji Murtala Adeniji​​​​​​, member and others.

Sultan inaugurates reconstituted boards of national mosque
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Police confirm killing of 11 people by bandits in Katsina

The Police have said 11 people and not 40 were killed by bandits that recently invaded three villages in Bakori Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Katsina Police Command spokesperson, Abubakar Sadiq-Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Katsina on Sunday while reacting to a report claiming that 40 people were killed by the invaders.

“We are aware of a misleading report making the rounds, especially on Facebook, that bandits attacked three villages in Bakori and killed 40 people.

“The command wishes to categorically debunk this claim as misleading, and set the record straight.

“On May 25, 2024, bandits launched an attack on Unguwar Lamido village in Bakori where they shot and killed 11 people.

“The Divisional Police Officer in Bakori, on receiving the information, quickly mobilised operatives and rushed to the scene where they successfully restored normalcy and prevented further losses,” he explained.

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He urged members of the public to disregard the false report and warned against circulating unverified news.

He advised members of the public to always verify information, through official channels before sharing as the spread of false information could cause panic, fear and unnecessary tension.

He quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr A. A. Musa, as condoling friends and families of the victims, while condemning the attack.

“The commissioner has also ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and deployed additional personnel to ensure the arrest of the perpetrators.

“The Commissioner has also urged anyone with useful information that will assist the investigation to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“The investigation is ongoing; the command is working closely with relevant stakeholders and members of the community to identify and apprehend those responsible for the attack,” he said.

Police confirm killing of 11 people by bandits in Katsina
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Spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i
Spokesman for the Sokoto Police Command, ASP Ahmed Rufa’i

Sokoto police arrest three bandits’ informants

The Sokoto State Command has arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnap of a female lawyer, Rukayyat Mustafa.

The suspects were nabbed for allegedly giving information to bandits which resulted in the kidnapping of the lawyer in the Bado area of the state metropolis.

Spokesman of the command, ASP Ahmed Rufai, who confirmed the arrest said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, May 26, 2024.

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“The bandits stormed her house and kidnapped Rukayyat along with a young man whom we believe is her younger brother,” the PPRO said.

“After they trekked to a vehicle that was parked far away from her residence, they then told the young man to go back or they would shoot him. The man rushed back for fear of being shot by the bandits

“The three persons we arrested are suspected to be the ones giving information to the bandits and they are already in our custody.

“Hopefully, we will get to the root of the matter in a short period and get her rescued” he added.

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Police arrest four kidnappers, rescue two victims in A’Ibom

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Police arrest four kidnappers, rescue two victims in A’Ibom

Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested four kidnappers in military uniform and rescued two kidnapped victims in Uyo.

Spokesperson of the command, ASP Timfon John, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 26, 2024, said the suspects were apprehended by operatives who swiftly responded to distressed calls.

“The Command received distress calls giving notification of a kidnap incident at Utang Street by Gibbs Street, Uyo,” the statement read.

“The Command’s Anti-Robbery Squad (ARS) immediately swung into action and mobilised to the scene where four suspects namely; Abdulkarem Yusuf, Yusuf Waziri, Inbinabo Iboroma, and Abdulrahman Abbas, were arrested,”

The PPRO said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had earlier kidnapped one Abraham Ekpe at Ring Road 3, opposite Cemetery.

She disclosed that the gang members were arrested on the verge of kidnapping one Richie, who is a friend of Ekpe.

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“They planned to take them to the Odukpani LGA in the neighbouring Cross River State. Further investigation also revealed that they had demanded a ransom of N5 million from their victim, but he could not pay, prompting them to also kidnap his friend.

“The victims were all rescued successfully and have been reunited with their families.”

One red colour Honda Accord car with registration number BJ 615 ABC; one handcuff, one dagger and other items were recovered from the suspects.

The PPRO added that the suspects will be charged in court upon completion of the investigation.

Timfon said the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, has vowed to rid the state of all criminal elements in his quest to make Akwa Ibom safe for visitors, tourists and investors.

The CP also reiterated the Command’s unwavering commitment to making Akwa Ibom uninhabitable for criminals.

He further admonished members of the public to report any suspicious characters around their neighbourhoods to the police.

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