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Eid el-Adha: Bauchi Residents Lament Hike in Ram Prices

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Some residents in Bauchi have expressed concern over hike in ram and sheep prices ahead of the Eid el-Adha celebration.

Eid el-Adha or the “Fest of Sacrifice” is a significant holiday celebrated by Muslims to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) devotion to God.

It is being observed on the 10th day of Dhul Hajj (the 12th month of the Islamic calendar).

One of the central rituals on Eid el-Adha is the act of sacrificing a ram, sheep, goat or cow.

Reports says that prices have skyrocketed by over 100 per cent in the past two weeks amid low demand of the animals.

A NAN check at Kasuwan Shanu and railway livestock markets in Bauchi metripolis showed that traders were making lull businesses.

A average ram was sold at N160,000 as against its old price of N80,000.

A well bred bull was sold between N500,000 and N750,000 as against N250,000 and N450,000, it sold in the past weeks.

Similarly, sheep and goat indicated similar increase in prices, as a medium size sheep sold for N100,00 and N45,000 as against N60,000 and N25,000, respectively.

Mr Sani Ayuba, a resident, blamed traders for the unilateral hike in prices to exploit buyers.

He said the traders jerked up the prices to make profit inview of the high demand of the animals for sacrifice during the festivities.

Another resident, Ibrahim Usman, who bought a ram at N170,000, decried the exorbitant prices at the market.

“I bought a ram at the Kasuwan Shanu at N170,000. This is much higher than the usual price.

“Traders are taking advantage of the festive period to get more money from people needing the animals for sacrifice,” he said

However, Musa Zanna, an animal dealer, attributed the hike in prices to high cost of transportation and animal feeds.

He said that animal dealers spent much on transporting the animals from village markets to the state capital. 

Zanna expressed optimism that prices would further drop in view of the increase in the supply of the animals. (NAN)

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Enugu State Govt. Approves N44m Bursaries for 294 Law Students

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Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State, has approved N44.1 million as bursaries for 294 indigenes of the state currently studying at the seven campuses of the Nigerian Law School across the country.

Uche Anichukwu, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on External Relations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

Anichukwu said that the beneficiaries were drawn from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state, adding that 284 had already been verified and paid the sum of N150, 000 each.

He said the gesture was part of government’s support and effort to accelerate human capital development in the state.

He added that Mbah also awarded a scholarship in the sum of N12m to Miss Chidiogo Igwebuike, an indigene of Ukana in Udi Council Area of the state to train as a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said in appreciation, the beneficiaries under the umbrella of the National Association of Enugu State Law Students, described the gesture as an auspicious intervention.

“In a letter by the National President of the Association, Stephen Obiora; the National Secretary, Johnpaul Obisike; and the National Public Relations Officer, Uzoamaka Aguoma, pledged to make the state proud.

“They commended Mbah for his vision and commitment to educational development in the state,” Anichukwu said.

The governor had in May awarded scholarship in the sum of N23.3m to one Israel Echezona, a 17-year old indigene of Mgbagbu-Owa, Enugu State, to enable him trained as a pilot. (NAN)

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Nigeria Customs Generates N249b Within 5 Months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said. (NAN)

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Troops Neutralise Several Bandits in Kaduna– Official

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The Kaduna State Government (KDSG), said several bandits have been eliminated in another coordinated attack by the military in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Kaduna

Aruwan said that the coordinated ground and air strikes by the troops of Operation Whirl Punch successfully neutralised several bandits including some of their leaders at an identified meeting point near Bula community within Yadi forest in Giwa locality.

He said that according to operational feedback to the state government, the strike was based on credible intelligence which followed the recent elimination of some bandits’ kingpins along the Kaduna-Katsina border areas.

According to him, the intelligence report had earlier revealed that bandits were to converge at the area for a meeting on a deadly mission within the Yadi forest general area.

Arywan said, “Close monitoring followed, and at the agreed time, the bandits were sighted bearing arms and approaching the location on motorcycles.

”Further exploration confirmed the movements and convergence of the bandits in a group of about seven to 10 members at a hub in the location.

“Upon verification, the location was struck and scores of the bandits including one Alhaji Kachalla Ragas, an ally and childhood friend of the previously neutralised Buharin Yadi were confirmed to have been neutralised by the strike.”

The commissioner said that Gov. Uba Sani has expressed his satisfaction and commended the security forces for their quick response, diligent efforts and precise execution.

”The governor thanked the various sources who provided crucial intelligence leading to the successful strike.

“Citizens are encouraged to continue to volunteer useful information on suspicious movements to the state’s security operations room via the following phone lines 09034000060 and 08170189999, (NAN)

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