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Bello Foundation Offers Five Days Free Medical Surgery to Patients at Govt Hospitals




From Dan Amasingha, Minna

The Col. Sani Bello. Foundation has offered free Surgery to 500 Patients at Kontagora General Hospital Niger State.

The foundation said it is in collaboration with the Graceland Health Development Foundation in Kaduna to embark on the free surgery as part of activities to mark the birthday of Sani Bello, former military administrator of Kano State and Father to the immediate past Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello.

Conducted new men from Minna, the State’s capital to the various wards of the Hospital on Saturday to assess the activities to mark the flag off of the programme.

Vice chairman of the Sani Bello Foundation, Usman Sani Bello and younger brother of erstwhile Niger State governor Sani Bello spoke on the event saying the year’s event is the tenth it has done in the last ten years and a way of giving back to the society instead of marking the chairman’s birthday with party and cutting of cakes.

“First of all, we thank God for making this happen.  It is important that we can actually give back to society. The month November is special to our chairman, Col Sani Bello rtd. We resolved that instead of even having a party, or cutting cake or celebrating,  it’s best that we even use that money to treat the ones that are in need of help.

 “We give free surgeries because 100% of the ones here obviously don’t have the means to do such surgeries and obviously the Sani Bello Foundation in collaboration with Graceland Foundation from Kaduna we make this happen and this is the tenth session that we actually did free surgery to people that are in need. We do have a society that is plagued with all sorts of illnesses so we do surgical and other procedures”

A visit round the wards of the General Hospital showed that the foundations carried out free medical surgery on a variety of medical conditions including Cesarean Operation, Coiter operation, and Appendicitis and eye surgeries among others. They also handled other non-surgical medical conditions and gave free drugs and medical glasses.

Chairman of the Graceland Health Development Foundation Thot Dogo revealed that both foundations have carried out over 13,000 free medical surgeries on patients in the last ten editions.

“Well, they have a Foundation, we have a foundation, we got to know each other because we do similar things. This is one of the things we do. We go around to collaborate with people so that we can operate on their patients. This is the tenth edition like you have heard and we have operated over 13,000 people and this includes major and minor surgeries.

“Like we have the eye surgery cataract, and other eye conditions. And then we also give glasses and treat other eye conditions. We have General surgery, gynaecological surgery and all kinds of surgeries. What we cannot do, it will interest you to know that the foundation will sponsor it to the place it will be done.

“This year for the general surgery we have operated on 205 patients.  For the eye surgery we have operated over 50. This is the third day, we are hoping by the fifth day we will operate on 500 patients,” Dogo said.

 Chairman of the Sani Bello Foundation also speaking on the charity work said that his passion is for humanity and he feels fulfilled helping humanity.

“First, I have my passion for human beings. I believe we must be our brothers keepers, not only brothers but sisters keepers. And therefore, those of us who have got the means we should try and support the less privileged ones.

“I decided that instead of spending that kind of colossal amount of money towards a party for dignitaries, I’ll rather use that money to serve humanity and I discovered the best way I could serve humanity is taking care of their health. So in collaboration with Graceland Foundation we started this ten years ago.

“So we have been treating people and it is free. I don’t know the patients and we treat them on Fibroid, Goiter, hynea eyes you name it we treat it here. In normal circumstances they would have been unable to get this kind of treatment elsewhere, they would not have been able to afford it because they don’t have the resources,” he said.


Public Disturbance: Court Orders Kano TikToker to Undergo Mental Evaluation




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




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




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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