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Mutfwang Lauds Tinubu’s Respect for Judiciary

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Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau has commended President Bola Tinubu’s respect for the judiciary demonstrated in his non-interference in Supreme Court judgments on governorship tussles.

Mutfwang spoke on Friday in Abuja while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of a meeting with Tinubu.

He said that the judgments were also a reflection of the independence of the judicial arm of government, adding that it had also set a precedence.

“In my own case and in several others, I’m sure, we can attest to the fact that Mr President allowed the judiciary to perform its functions as it should, thereby guaranteeing its independence.

“I am here to thank him for exercising that restraint, because those who wanted to pervert justice also brought tremendous pressure on him to interfere.

“I must put it that Mr President, in choosing not to interfere, is a credit to his statesmanship; it is a credit to his credentials as a sound democrat.

“This is the only way we can ensure that our institutions mature to the point where they can guarantee not only the survival of democracy, but also ensure that institutions survive, develop and outlive individuals,” he said.

On security, Mutfwang said that the situation was under control as security agencies and the state government were putting up strong surveillance to fish out the perpetrators of evil.

“Things are relatively calm at the moment. The security agencies are on the pursuit of the perpetrators of these dastardly acts, especially what we experienced during the Christmas period.

“We’re doing our best, together with the federal government and international donor partners, to be able to mitigate the pain of those families who lost their loved ones, and also those who are internally displaced.”

Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged stakeholders in the state to support his efforts to explore the natural resources that are all over the state.

Sule, whose election was affirmed by the Supreme Court on Friday, said this while speaking with newsmen after meeting with the President.

He called for a realignment of the political dynamics of the state, urging opponents, without any grudge whatsoever, to support his efforts to build the state.

“Nasarawa State is next to Abuja. Nasarawa State is in the North-Central, the only state where oil has been discovered in commercial quantity.

“It is the only state, so far, that is building minerals processing plants. We already have one of the lithium factories almost concluded and, as you know, it is also a state where agriculture is flourishing,” he said. 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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