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Mutfwang Engages EU, US Envoys in Strengthening Bilateral Relations

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The Executive Governor of Plateau State Barr. Caleb Mutfwang has engaged the envoys of the European Union and the of the United States of America towards the betterment of the state and its citizens

Mutfwang through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere on Thursday noted the  despite the distractions, the Governor reiterated his commitment to carry on with governance in order to better the living conditions of the citizens of Plateau State.

The engaged with the European Union on bilateral relationship centred on the enhancement of human capital development, implementation of climate adaptation programmes, mainstreaming gender and youth development, improve the agriculture value chain and promote investments in digital economy in the state within the geopolitical zone of the country.

Governor Mutfwang disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Her Excellency, Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS at the EU Delegation compound in Abuja.

Reflecting on the historical ties between Nigeria and the EU, he noted that apart from Lagos, Jos hosted the largest concentration of Europeans and foreign nationals during the pre-independence period. This was largely attributed to the favourable climatic conditions, touristic features and hospitable nature of the people.

Governor Mutfwang expressed gratitude to the EU for its significant interventions in Plateau, pointing out previous projects in the water and sanitation sector that has directly benefits citizens, especially those in rural communities.

He reaffirmed his administration’s dedication towards deepening and strengthening the relationship between Plateau State, the EU and its member States.

While stressing the importance of security as the foundation for meaningful development, the Governor noted that his administration counts on support from the EU and its member states for the advancements in key thematic sectors such as water and sanitation, renewable energy, green economy and infrastructural development.

Governor Mutfwang pointed out that Plateau is among the states in Nigeria that have domesticated the Child Rights Act, Gender and Equal Opportunities Act. And reassured the commitment of his administration’s in combating Gender-Based Violence in the state.

The EU Ambassador, Samuela Isopi noted that the envoy has provided technical assistance to Nigeria in human capital development, digital economy, climate change, water and sanitation.

She said the EU has carried out interventions at Science School Kuru, Mangu, Shimankar and other rural communities in Plateau State, hinting that the EU is committed to further support the state for the benefit of the people.

Governor Mutfwang accompanied by various sons and daughters of Plateau State also visited the Acting Ambassador/ Charges’ De Affairs  US Mission to Nigeria, Mr. David Greene in Abuja, where he solicited for support to address insecurity and improve the living conditions of Plateau citizens.

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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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