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APGA Chief Tasks Journalists on Sustenance of Political Stability

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Traditional media Practitioners in the country have been asked to abide by their professional ethics and resist guidance by social media handlers in their reportage.

Mr Sly Ezeokenwa, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), made the call during a media chat with some selected journalists in Awka on Saturday.

Reports says that the APGA chairman maintained that journalists had core roles to play in transforming the society and as such need to be well guided professionally at all times.

He said that by his calculations, based on reports from some journalists, stories affecting the party were wrongly presented to the public.

“These reports were largely information originated from social media handlers.

“It is expected that journalists, as agenda setters for government, need to fact check their sources of information on activities and policies of government before going to print.

“Journalists play a vital role in the development of the society and as such should double check any information available to them to avoid misinforming the public.

“It is very imperative that more attention be paid to investigative journalism in critical areas of government activities before publication, knowing that the public trusts their reports to be real and rights,”he said

Ezeokenwa said that APGA is open to transformative leadership and having elected a youth as its national chairman, it’s the wish of the party to expand its tentacles across the country to sustain its progressive leadership since 2006 when it assumed power in Anambra.

He said that APGA is not a regional political party because its party constitution is open to any Nigerian who desires progressive principles to join and provide striking positive governance.

Speaking earlier, Dr Emeka Odogwu, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Anambra council, said that the visit was part of the activities to mark the council’s 2023 press week.

Odogwu, represented by Mrs Ngozi Obileri, the Vice Chairman of the Anambra Council, commended the APGA national chairman for his supportive role and acceptance to be present during the grand finale of the press week.

Odogwu said journalists in the state have maintained their professional beats through unbiased reportage of activities of the state government and assured that they will not relent in dishing out quality and factual reportage.

Dr Njide Ezeonyejiaku, Chairman, NUJ press week planning committee, said that a novelty match would be held between journalists and men of the judiciary, as part of activities to maintain mental balance and healthy living of the journalists for a balanced reportage always.

Mr Boniface Okechukwu, former Vice president of the state council, in his vote of thanks, assured the APGA national chairman of factual reportage by media practitioners in the state as they are committed to serve the society professionally. (NAN)

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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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