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Insecurity: NIS Boss, Babandede seeks traditional institutions’ collaboration




The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in conjunction with the Katsina State Government has solicited the support of the traditional institution in the State to bring under control banditry and other related crimes.

NIS Boss, Muhammad Babandede, who was on a three day working visit (Monday-Wednesday) that ended yesterday, blamed elites and the Nigerian law enforcement agencies for neglecting the traditional institutions.

While speaking at the Emir of Katsina and Daura’s palace respectively, he said his primary mission to the state was specifically to engage traditional rulers in a discussion to seek how they could help bring under control the porous borders in the State and tame banditry and other related crimes.

He disclosed that control and issuance of travel documents were the two major functions of the Nigerian Immigration Service and those functions cannot be carried out effectively without the support of the traditional institutions.

These, he said, include control of people at the border ‘before entry’, ‘at the point of entry’, and ‘after entry’.

“We control people before they come to our country by issuing visa but there are people who do not need visa, we control them at the point of entry at the borders, land, sea and air. We also control them after they enter to make sure they don’t over stay and they do what they said they came to do in Nigeria,” Babandede said

“We developed a border management strategy with the support of the United Nations Agency for Immigration called ‘Border Management Strategy 2019-2023’. It is written clearly there that if you don’t engage the traditional institutions you will not succeed,” Babandede said.

Similarly, the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, in his remarks lambasted Nigerian leaders for the woes of the country.

“In the past when the British ruled the country, there was no war between us, there existed synergy between them and the traditional institutions they met on ground. That is why they succeeded.

“Already, the traditional institutions had a working solution for the crisis we are facing today but we destroyed it.

“Along the line, somebody from Kano came and said everybody is free. No more paying of tax (Jangali) and the people were happy.

“I challenge all of you here, to tell me one country in the world whether western or African where they don’t pay tax.

“Tax payment (Jangali) was the sign of identity but the government stopped it. If a stranger comes to your territory, he comes with his cattles along with his taxes before he is allowed to settle down.

“Now we are only called upon when there’s fire.

“There is need to retrace our footsteps if we are serious about solving these problems,” the Katsina Emir said.

The Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruq Umar on his part said they were in support of the development and they were ready do anything possible to ensure that the remaining two years of President Muhammadu Buhari”s administration brought a turn-around for the masses and Nigerians as a whole.

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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