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Abuja Broadcasting Corporation Hits 75% Target in 2022

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja 

Abuja Broadcasting Corporation said  despite the various challenges, like coronavirus pandemic , etc, it was able to achieve over 75 percent of its target for 2022.

The Managing Director of the Aso Radio and Television, Malam Ibrahim Damisa, stated this when he addressed  journalists at his office on Thursday, he said  the station has set up modalities in place to surpass its current achievement in the coming years.

Damisa, who said the feat was achieved thanks to a mandate given by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, for the Corporation to be run as an enterprise, said the station was however limited by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We all know how devastating Covid-19 was. We saw how corporate bodies, department and agencies are still grappling with the devastation impact of COVID-19. Many organisations set their targets but most of them could  not meet their targets. But I am happy to inform you that we have met over 75percent of the target that was set for Abuja Broadcasting Corporation for the year 2022 and that to me is more than a pass mark. It is an A.

“However, there’s still room for improvement, I’m not saying we are there yet. We are still developing strategies that will run through the next two to three years and these strategies will involve modern marketing skills because marketing has changed and since become digital.”

The MD while reeling out other achievement of both Aso Radio and Aso TV in the year under review, said the management has also been able to improve broadcast quality and content by expanding the reach of Aso Television to DSTV in addition to other existing platforms.

The MD while applauding the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for his support to the station, said the history of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation Limited cannot be written without the mention of the current minister who has supported the expansion of reach and content improvement.

He said the Radio and Television arms of the Corporation were near collapse when the current management set up by the FCT Minister took over, but “since coming on board, the Board and Management has given both Aso Radio and Aso TV, a new lease of life.” 

Other areas of improvement the MD said include staff training and welfare, infrastructure development, partnership and collaboration, all in a bid to drive the corporation towards efficiency.

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Public Disturbance: Court Orders Kano TikToker to Undergo Mental Evaluation

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A Kano State Shari’a Court on Tuesday, ordered that a Kano Tiktoker Murja Kunya, be taken to a Government hospital for a mental evaluation.

The defendant, who lives at Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano, is standing trial on a three-count charge of inciting  public disturbance, belonging to criminal gang and criminal intimidation.

Delivering a ruling, the Judge Malam Nura Yusuf-Ahmad, ordered that the defendant be taken to public hospital to ascertain her mental health due to suspected drug influence.

“The defendant previous appearance shows she is allegedly not in a sound state of mind due to suspected drug influence.

” Hisbah board should be updating the court time to time on her well-being for three months”

Yusuf-Ahmad  adjourned the matter untill May for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor Prosecution Counsel, Mr Aliyu Abideen, said Kano State Hisbah Board arrested the defendent after receiving several complaints from members of the public.

He alleged that the defendant usually terrorize Tishama Hotoro Quarters Kano by bringing bad boys at midnight and  also disturbs the area by inciting disturbance and using social media to disturb members of the public.

“The defendant in one of her videos on Tiktok which went viral said she is the leader of all prostitute in the city”

The defendant, however, denied committing the offence.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened section 341, 275 and 227 of Kano State Shari’a Law.(NAN)

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NAF Nabs Alleged Notorious Kidnapper in Kano

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Troops of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) deployed at Durbunde in Takai Local Government Area  of Kano State have apprehended a 35-year-old alleged high-profile kidnapper known as Isah Abdul.

This is contained in a statement by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, AVM Edward Gabkwet, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said that the arrest was carried out on Monday at 6.

30 p.
m. in a well-coordinated operation following credible intelligence on the hideout of the suspect and other members of his gang.

He said that the gang was responsible for several kidnapping incidences in the area.

According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that Isah Abdul was responsible for the abduction of one Yakubu Ibrahim Tagaho, popularly known as Sarkin Noman Gaya, on April 6, 2023, from his residence in Tagaho Village in Takai LGA.

Gabkwet said that Tagaho was released a month later after a ransom of N30 million was collected by his abductors.

“In December 2023, the same criminal abducted two sisters and three others in the same village and released them after collecting a huge ransom.

“He is also responsible for several other kidnapping activities as he has strong ties with  other known kidnapping gangs like the Danbul Fulaku gang that also operates in Takai LGA.

“Isah Abdul is currently in the custody of the Nigerian Air Force and undergoing investigations.

“He will soon be handed over to appropriate authorities,” he said. (NAN)

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Palestinian Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 29,195 Amid Israeli Attacks

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The death toll in the Gaza Strip has risen to 29,195 with 69,170 others wounded as the Israeli attacks continue, The Gaza-based Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Israeli army had killed 103 Palestinians and wounded 142 others in the Strip during the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a press statement.

It was noted that some victims remained under the rubble amid heavy bombardment and a lack of civil defence and ambulance crews.

Meanwhile, Israeli media outlets said the Israeli army forces were continuing their operations in the north centre and south of the Gaza Strip against Hamas, and have killed many fighters.

The Israeli army announced the death of a 22-year-old soldier as a result of his wounds in the Gaza battles.

The death of the 22-year-old soldier raised the death toll of Israeli soldiers killed in the ground operation to 236.

In addition, the Israeli army revealed a video of Israeli detainees alive in the first days of their detention in the Gaza Strip on Monday.

The video was showing a woman and her two children wrapped in a blanket, taken by gunmen in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesman Daniel Hagari said that the family had been kidnapped by an organization calling itself the “Mujahideen Brigades.” (Xinhua/NAN)

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