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Bethel School Abduction: Nasir El-Rufai Shutdown Schools In Kaduna

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Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor, has ordered the immediate closure of 13 schools that are vulnerable to bandits’ attacks.

He made the decision following the recent attack on the Bethel Baptist school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

The marauding raiders had stormed the school, in the early hours of Monday, to abduct over 100 students, killing two others.

Umma Ahmed, the Director-General of Quality Assurance Authority in the state’s Ministry of Education, has directed proprietors of the identified schools to shut down with immediate effect.

“You are hereby advised to adhere to the contents of this letter as appropriate sanctions shall be meted out to schools that are found wanting for non-compliance, please,” Ahmad said.

The Director listed the names of the affected schools to include Faith Academy, along Kachia Road adjacent to Jakaranda; Deeper Life Academy, Maraban Rido; ECWA Secondary school, Ungwar Maje; and Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi.

Others are St. Peters Minor Seminary, Katari; Prelude Secondary School, Kujama; Ibiso Secondary School, Tashar Iche; Tulip International (Boys) School and Tulip international (Girls) School and among others.

El-Rufai was recently under fire on social media after a report exposed how he secretly withdrew his son from a public primary school over fear of attack by bandits.

Responding to critics, he said his son had been targeted by bandits because of his controversial stand against the payment of ransom.

 

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NDE Trains 25 Youths On Advanced Agriculture In Kaduna

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NDE Trains 25 Youths On Advanced Agriculture In Kaduna

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun the training of 25 youths in Kaduna on advanced agriculture under its Post-Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme (POST-SADT) program.

Crystal News understands that the 25 participants had earlier received basic training on different aspects of agriculture such as poultry, fishery, cow fattening among others.

The Acting NDE Kaduna State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Dada-Williams, said that the training would last for one week.

According to her, participants will be trained on the practical application of government agricultural policies like the provision of incentives, links to the source of funds, and high productivity.

“It is also to encourage the youth to accept agriculture as a means of livelihood rather than looking for white-collar jobs.
“ I want to encourage you all to be more serious, more dedicated, and make use of this golden opportunity,’’ she said.

Dada-Williams added that the training was a significant step in Nigeria’s quest to win the war against mass unemployment as well as to ameliorate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that the NDE in the last three decades had remained at the forefront in the fight against poverty and joblessness which is the core mandate of the directorate.

Earlier, Malam Nuhu Abubakar-Fikpo, Director-General, NDE, said he was impressed with the Kaduna State Directorate for empowering the youth, urging participants to pay attention and learn effectively.

The D-G, who was represented by Mr. Edene Paschal, Rural, Promotion Officer 1 of the directorate, said participants would be given soft loans to start up their agric businesses after the training.

Meanwhile, some of the participants expressed appreciation to NDE and hoped to start up their businesses soon.

Ibrahim Abubakar, a graduate who had learned poultry, said he had gained more knowledge during the first training and was expecting to get loan to start up his poultry business.

Mrs Ruth Sebastian said she felt lucky to be one of the selected participants, adding that she intends to be self-reliant and be an employer of labor after the training.

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Lagos LG Poll: Residents, Commuters, Disobey Restriction Order

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Some residents and commuters in parts of Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State on Saturday flouted the restriction of movement order of the state government, to enable hitch-free elections.

The commuters and pedestrians were seen at early hours of the day moving about their businesses as well as commercial buses, conveying passengers to various destinations.

However, officers at polling units 019 and 020, Wards D and E respectfully, Muri Okunola Street 1, arrived at the venue as early as 8 a.m.

PU 020 commenced verification and voting at 9.05a.m, while PU 019 was yet to begin due to the delay of setting up the tables, chairs, and polling booths for the exercise.

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Banditry: Police Foil Attack, Rescue 8 Victims In Katsina

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Police Confirm Kidnap Of 8 Person In Zaria, Kaduna State-Crystal News

The Katsina State Police Command says it has foiled bandits attack at Kabobi village in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Gambo Isah, revealed this in a statement issued on Friday in Katsina.

He said: “On Friday, July 23, 2021, at about 14:30hrs, bandits in their numbers, on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked Jibia-Batsari road, exactly at Kabobi village, Batsari LGA.

“The hoodlums attacked and kidnapped all the occupants of a motor vehicle, Volkswagen Passat Wagon, and whisked them away into the forest.

“On receipt of the report, DPO Batsari led teams of Operation Puff Adder and ‘Sharan Daji’ to the area and engaged them into a gun duel and successfully rescued eight of the victims.

“Those rescued include a 70-year-old man, 13-year-old girl, three 12 year old girls, all from Garin Inu village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state.

“Another 20-year-old girl, and her two children, all from Turaku Quarters in Batsari LGA of Katsina state,” Isah confirmed.

He explained that search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the fleeing bandits and to rescue the remaining three missing persons as investigation is ongoing.

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