Local Minna news, Nigeria
Canoe Conveying Residents Of Shiroro Fleeing Terrorists Attacks Capsizes In Niger State
Tragedy struck on Thursday in Gurmana town of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State as a canoe conveying locals fleeing from bandits’ attacks capsized.
SaharaReporters gathered that all passengers in the canoe drowned during the incident.
“As a proactive measure, the victims upon hearing about the terrorists’ attacks on adjoining villages decided to run for their lives but the boat they were using capsized due to strong waves.
“Incidents of this nature had happened in the past and same have claimed many lives,” a source told SaharaReporters.
Niger State has witnessed a series of attacks by suspected bandits in recent times, leading to scores of deaths.
More than 2,000 people have fled their villages in Shiroro Local Government Area after bandits' attack left more than 100 people killed and several more injured during a recent incident.
70-year-old Rapes Eight-year-old Girl In Niger, Gives Her N80 To Stay Silent
A70-year-old man, Mohammed Sani Umar (Tela), has raped an eight-year-old girl in Chanchaga area of Minna, Niger State.
Umar raped the girl twice before giving her N80 not to tell anybody about the incident.
The mother of the girl noticed her abnormal behaviour, which made her question the girl before she revealed that the septuagenarian defiled her.
“She was sick for some weeks and after every treatment, she was still not very well. Then, a neighbour advised her mother to keep a close watch on the girl, which the mother started doing.
“After some days, she saw some stains in her underwear and asked her what happened to her.
“The little girl took the mother to his place and on reaching there, she just pointed at him.
“On sighting the woman and the girl, he started begging them to cover it up so he will take responsibility,” Abubakar, the girl's uncle, narrated.
He said Umar was beaten by angry members of the community before he was interrogated and handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
“The woman started crying and shouted for help. People came around, dragged him to the family house, where he was beaten and confessed that he had sex with her twice.
“He said that he gave her N50 once and another N30 the second time.
“We took him to the police custody and handed him to the police to charge him to court,” Abubakar added.
The family appealed to the police to handle the matter professionally as they expressed fear that the police could sweep the case under the carpet as Umar is influential in the society.
“The Divisional Police Officer said the case would be forwarded to the state command on Monday.
“We want the police to do the right thing because the man is very influential and has some people who usually bail criminals arrested by the police.
“He knows the rich people in the community and there is a possibility they would conspire with the police to release the man and sweep the matter under the carpet.
“The police should ensure justice is served right in this case,” the family urged.
Niger lawmakers demand detailed accounts of coronavirus donations
Niger State House of Assembly (NSHA) has demanded detailed account; including monies budgeted for by the state government and the various sums of money donated by Nigerlites for the control of the spread of CoronaVirus (COVID-19) in the state.
The legislature wants to know what number of medical equipment and related non-movable structure the state Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 taskforce procured with the sum of N190 million purportedly for the purchase of Corona Virus equipment and control of spread.
Niger State COVID-19 taskforce informed the legislature how it spent N795, 015, 000 so far on its activities while a different amount was stated for similar equipment purchase by the Ministry of health, this the House Committee on Health is demanding explanations.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Maku-sidi appeared before the House Committee on Health to explain why corona virus has continued to spread, in Chanchaga (Minna) metropolis in particular despite huge sums spent on drugs and equipment.
“Some things are conflicting from the presentations the chairman of the COVID-19 task force made last week and the document presented today by the chairman,” the House Committee Chairman on Health, Hon. Maliki Madaki declared.
According to Hon. Madaki, “He told us last week that they have spent N795, 015, 000 so far including the, N85 million paid to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for power supply during the lockdown but he backtracked today telling us that the N85 million wasn’t part of their expenses”.
The House Committee on Health also observed, “We also discovered that the N808, 636, 000 was the amount spent from the document presented while N76 million spent for the fumigation of the entire state wasn’t part of the total amount”.
Efforts by the Secretary to State Government (SSG) and Chairman State Committee on COVID-19, Alhaji Ibrahim Matane to assuage the legislators with claims that identified errors were ‘computational’ failed to yield desired results, as they demanded for details of income and expenditure.
The Committee insisted on having rectifications and accurate figures presented before further discussions can hold on the subject matter after querying how N190 million and N795, 015, 000 were utilized by the State Ministry of Health to procure equipment for Covid-19 treatment.
Hon. Madaki who insists that the committee is not in anyway out to witch-hunt anyone but to ensure that state monies were accurately accounted for said, “The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi while he was being quizzed told us that his Ministry had spent over N190 million on equipments for the treatment and containment of covid-19 and we are hearing a different figure from the COVID-19 Taskforce Committee”.
“On the other hand the State Committee on COVID-19 taskforce last week told the House that it spent N795, 015, 000 on its activities, with a different amount stated for same equipment purchase. There’s a missing link and that is why we want a thorough job”.