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BREAKING! 287 Abducted Kuriga School Children Released

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About 287 Schoolchildren abducted by terrorists in Kaduna State on March 7, have regained their freedom.

This was revealed in the early hours of Sunday, March 24, by the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani.

Terrorists had early on Thursday morning March 7, stormed LGEA Primary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped scores of pupils and teachers at about 8:20 am immediately after the morning assembly.

However, in a statement obtained  by SunriseNigeria, Sani specially thanked President Bola Tinubu, NSA Nuhu Ribadu and the Nigeria Army for the release of the Kuriga pupils and students.

 

The statement reads:

“In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed.

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu finetuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

Governor Sani is expected to receive the students shortly in Kaduna.

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3 Feared Dead as Nasarawa State University Students Struggle for Palliative Rice

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Tragedy struck at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) on Friday, as 3 students (eye witnesses gave a higher figure) were feared dead on Friday in Keffi in a stampede during the distribution of rice palliative to them by the state government.

The incident occurred at the convocation square where the bags of rice were kept awaiting the arrival of Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the commencement of distribution.

According to a student who witnessed the incident, Moses Ajah, the surging crowd of students waiting to enter the square overpowered the security personnel and broke in through the gate thereby causing a stampede.

He described the incident as very unfortunate.

“Some of the students were struggling with the police over the rice and as more students got information, the situation degenerated.

“As we speak some students are injured and receiving treatment at the school,” NAN quoted him as saying.

He said some students picked up bags of rice and ran to their hostels and other places of residence even as the governor was yet to arrive to inaugurate the distribution.

As at the time of filing this report, police officers were seen retrieving the palliatives from students.

When contacted, Mr Abraham Ekpo, Information and Protocol Officer of the University, said he was aware of the incident but yet to get details about it.

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Students, Staff, Others Commend Benue University Management on Dress Codes

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By Elizabeth Okwe

Students and staff of the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi have commended the management of the University over the recent dress codes it imposed on the students on and off the campus, saying that its impact is already being felt on the appearance and behaviour of the students.

A cross section of the students who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the recent development said they supported the regulations because the campus is a place for academic development as well as character moulding and should not be a playground for indecent behaviour and gangsterism.

The University’s management recently announced a ban on dreadlock hairs, make-up, skirts above knees and other certain dress codes it deemed inappropriate and indecent.

The implementation task force set up by the university had warned in a statement that the institution would sanction any student found violating the approved dress code.

The statement read, “The Taskforce Committee writes to address students on the dress code and artificiality both in campus and off-campus as follows:

“BOYS: No sagging, No Make up, No dreading of hair (dada), No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing of shorts/three quarter trousers to Lectures, No leaving of hair uncombed, No wearing of armless shirts, No wearing of earring, No plaiting of hair, No keeping of heavy beards, No wearing crazy trousers, and other indecencies.

“GIRLS: No body hug, No wearing of armless clothes, No dyeing of hair (coloring of hair), No wearing short, No exposure of sensible parts of the body, No Leg chain, No Nose ring, No putting of multiple earrings (only one earring is allowed).

“No folding of shirts on a trouser or skirt, only black and brown color attachment is allowed, No wearing of crazy trousers, No wearing of skirts above the knees, No wearing of leggings without long top (shirt) and other related indecencies”.

Prof Joe Tor Iorapuu
Vice-chancellor, Beuue State University

The students, most of whom preferred to remain anonymous in the interviews, said the new measures will go a long way in eradicating or minimizing incidents of irresponsible behaviour in the institution, while students will be more focused on their academic pursuits.

Also some members of staff and parents who spoke to SunriseNigeria on the development  commended the management of standing strong in the defence of its mandate to produce graduates worthy of their certificates in character and learning.

They particularly commended the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu over his pragmatic administrative steps since assuming the leadership of the institution which has resulted in massive upgrades in academic standards and staff welfare, eradication of cultism other vices on campus and improved ranking amongst universities in Nigeria.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joe Tor Iorapuu defended the management’s position on the dressing codes, saying that the responsibility of the institution was to produce graduates that would be responsible citizens.

He restated his commitment and that of his team to the general well-being of all students and staff of the institution and to ensure that its ranking continues to rise amongst its peers.

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Jubilations Engulf Plateau, Kano States as Supreme Court Affirms Mutfwang and Abba Yusuf as Governors

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Spontaneous celebrations and dancing broke out on major streets in Kano and Plateau States on Friday after the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal; and declared that the sitting governors, Kabir Yusuf and Caleb Mutfwang, remain on the exalted seats as chief executive officers of their domains.

Yusuf is of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, on the ground, as well as the apex court of the land.

The Apex Court on Friday reversed the judgments of the Court of Appeal and the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which nullified the election of the governor on miscarriage of justice.

Justice John Inyang Okoro who delivered the lead judgment held that the law and natural justice were turned upside down by the two courts below to arrive at the unjust and unfair decision.

Justice Okoro while voiding and setting aside judgments of the two lower courts said that miscarriage of justice in the ways and manners the petition against the governor was handled was manifest.

The Court of Appeal and the Tribunal had in their concurrent judgments annulled the election of Governor Kabiru Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and declared
Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Party, (APC) as winner of the March 18, 2023 Kano Governorship election.

However, the Supreme Court held that two fundamental flaws were discovered in the findings of the Tribunal and the Count of Appeal which led to an miscarriage of justice.

Justice Okoro said that the allegations of the APC that the Governor was not a member of the NNPP at the time he stood for the election and which the Tribunal used to overturn his victory is against the provisions of the law.

The court held that membership of the NNPP by the governor cannot be challenged by APC on the ground of being an internal affair of the party.

Justice Okoro held that the issue of party membership cannot be raised as a post election matter as done by the APC and its governorship candidate and wrongly upheld by the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court found that the Governor’s nomination was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in an NNPP letter head paper jointly signed by the party’ national Chairman and national Secretary.

Justice Okoro also held that since the nomination, no member of the NNPP had queried the action except the APC in its petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Besides, the apex court reversed the unlawful removal of 165, 616 votes from the total votes cast for the NNPP and its governorship candidate at the poll.

The court said that there was no basis for the unlawful removal of the votes from the governor’s votes because the ballot papers used for the poll were duly issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

The apex court dismissed the allegations that the ballot papers were not signed and stamped at the back

Justice Okoro said that there was no scintilla of evidence from any witness or documentary exhibits that the ballot papers were illegal and unlawful as erroneously concluded by the Court of Appeal

The Supreme Court therefore agreed with the governor that miscarriage of justice was perpetrated against him in the way and manner his election was nullified.

Justice Okoro ordered that the 165, 616 votes unlawfully deducted from the governor be returned to him.

The court while allowing the appeal of the governor and the NNPP dismissed the two judgments earlier granted in favour of the APC and its governorship candidate on the ground that the judgments were erroneously entered in their favour.

Also on the same day, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which in November last year removed Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State from office on ground of unlawful nomination.

The apex court held that the Court of Appeal made fundamental error in allowing the All Progressives Congress APC to poke its nose into the conduct of the primary election by the People’s Democratic Party PDP and nullified the election unjustly.

Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, who delivered the lead of the unanimous judgment, said that the issue of primary election was an internal affairsl of political parties and that no other party can dabble into it except members of the same party.

Besides, Justice Agim said that the issue of alleged improper conduct of the ward and local governments election used to sack the tovernor was not justiceable.

He said that conduct of the ward and local governments election was an affair of the State Executive Committee of a political party while the conduct of the primary election for the nomination of a governorship candidate is entirely that of the National Executive Committee of a political party.

Justice Agim held that there was no issue of irregularities in the way and manner the Governorship primary election that produced the governor was conducted in Plateau and wondered why that of the ward election was used to nullify the gubernatorial poll.

He said that evidence was even well adduced that an order of Plateau State High Court allegedly disobeyed was indeed obeyed by parties involved.

Justice Agim, therefore, voided and set aside the order of the Court of Appeal that Nentawe Goshwehe, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) be inaugurated as Plateau State Governor.

The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Plateau State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which had earlier dismissed the petition of the APC and its governorship candidate.

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