​Kano LG projects: I inherited N54bn liability from Kwankwaso – Ganduje

Six years after his election as governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has disclosed that he inherited liability to the tune of N54,408,259,628.05 billion from the administration of Rabi’u Kwankwaso, meant for the five-kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba at a press conference after the state Executive Council Meeting held at the Government House on Saturday.

He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the five kilometre road projects, all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning with the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) as supervising agency.

According to Garba, the committee visited 39 local governments and disclosed the awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects.

He pointed out that five kilometre projects in three local governments were revoked and rewarded due to non-performance in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin Tofa, while some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi along Kano-Katsina road, were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government.

He said other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local government that fall within main arterial highway, were expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects.

Garba further pointed out that the council has approved the release of N607,124,663.47 million for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jilli-Gulu road in Rimin Gado local government, adding that the approval for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, was granted.

Police arrest 17 suspected Cultists, recover exhibits in FCT 

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, command of the Nigeria Police, have arrested 17 suspected cultists along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe and Kurudma axis.

This is contained in a astatement by the spokesperson of the Command, ASP Yusuf Mariam on Sunday.

“The suspects are: Peter Ajari 22years, Jacob Terkaa 27years, Isiaka Abdulmalik 19 years, Akadiri Ay 23years, Nnamdi George 23years, Tony Enejo 23 years, Abioze Samuel Cole 35years, Samuel Mbachongu 29years, Michael Malachi 36years, Mbani Chukwuebuka 34years and Monday Orgar 24 years.

“Others are Onyeaka Chinonye 33years, Christian Chidebere  42years, Chukwuebuka Onijbo 24 years, Okife Zion 23years, Umoh Faith 22years and Emmanuel Obinna 31years all male.

“The suspects were arrested by Police Operatives from the Command’s Anti-Cultism Unit during coordinated raids and patrols between Monday 5th-Friday 9th April, 2021.

“Furthermore, the suspects confessed to being members of Vikings and Aro Baga confraternities terrorizing these areas.

“Exhibits recovered from the suspects are: three locally made pistols, and two rounds of live ammunitions, four cartridges, two knives chain, one axe, one cutlass, wraps of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and charms.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.

“The Command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883 , to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) number: 09022222352,” the statement reads.