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Updated: El-Rufai tests positive for COVID-19

March 28, 2020 Editor 0

Kaduna state Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The governor in a live broadcast said, earlier in the week, he submitted a sample for the Covid-19 test and the result came back on Saturday positive, adding that he has been in self isolation according to doctors order. He said, “earlier this week, I submitted a sample Read More

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COVID-19: Striking doctors return to work

March 21, 2020 Editor 0

As the world battle to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed striking doctors to resume work. President of the association, Dr Francis Adedayo Faduyile, who made the call during a press briefing in Abuja said, ”We direct all medical associations that have declared industrial actions against their management to suspend all actions as the National NMA shall Read More

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Exhibitors decry low patronage at Kaduna Trade Fair

March 3, 2020 Editorial III 0

Three days into the 41st edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair, exhibitors have decried low patronage of their goods. The fair was organised by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA). The trade fair complex which is located at Kaduna-Zaria Road, Rigachikun, Kaduna state, witnessed low turnout of customers. An exhibitor from Kano who sells herbal Read More

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In Kaduna, Gunmen kill prison warder, another, abduct 13-year-old girl

February 22, 2020 Editor 0

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked Ungwan Alkali, Mararaban Rido, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis in Chikun local government area, killing two persons including a prison warder. The dare-devil men also kidnapped a 13-year old girl. The kidnappers, who were reported to have invaded the community at about 1:00am on Thursday, on arrival at the community headed for the Read More

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KADIRS will surpass N60bn 2020 target- Kozah

February 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

Barrister Francis Danladi Kozah is Board Secretary/Legal Adviser, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS). In this interview with Chamba Simeh, he spoke on the achievements of the agency and why it resorts to sealing up businesses over tax default and the expectations of the service in 2020. Congratulations to the entire staff and management of KADIRS for unprecedented feat the Read More

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NGF praises El-Rufai’s service delivery at 60

February 17, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) said Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s excellent service performances is evident over the years. It felicitated with  El-Rufa’i as he marks his 60th birthday. The NGF in a statement by its chairman, who is also the governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, said the group joins the family, friends and associates of Governor El-Rufa’i Read More

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Kaduna varsity gets accreditation for medicine programme

February 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Kaduna State University (KASU) has secured final accreditation for its medical programme and now has a full-fledged medical programme that can graduate doctors with bachelor of medicine/bachelor of surgery degree. Its vice-chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, said the decision was conveyed via a letter from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), signed by its registrar, Dr. T. A. Read More

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2023: Politicians targeting north for exploitation – NEF

February 10, 2020 Editor 0

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has said there were plans to exploit the region ahead of the 2023 presidential election. It also promised to support aspiring leader(s) with genuine commitment to deal with its problems and political will to meet the region’s aspirations. The forum said this in a statement Sunday by NEF Convener Professor Ango Abdullahi in Zaria, Kaduna Read More

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After killing mother, kidnappers free 2 children in Kaduna

February 7, 2020 Editor 0

Suspected kidnappers have released two children abducted in Kaduna state on January 24, 2020. The two children were the children of a Kaduna – based medical doctor, Dr. Philip Ataga, were reportedly released after N8 million was paid as ransom. They were kidnapped along with their mother at Juji community, Cjukin local government area of Kaduna state. The kidnappers killed Read More

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Nigerians to Police: Extend Birnin Gwari bandits’ feat to Zamfara, Niger, Benue, others

February 7, 2020 Editor 0

Following the crackdown on suspected insurgents and bandits’ hideouts in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state by the police Wednesday, Nigerians have called on the police to sustain the tempo and extend same to Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Benue and other parts of the country facing security challenge. At the end of the seven-hour operation, police said they killed 250 suspected insurgents Read More

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Foiled Church bombing: Police task churches, schools, other public places on security checks

February 3, 2020 Editor 0

Following the foiled attempt to bomb a Kaduna Church on Sunday, the Kaduna state Police Command has tasked churches, mosques, schools, motor parks, markets and other public places on vigorous screening and security checks.  A man, Nathaniel Amir Samuel, was arrested on Sunday after attempting to plant an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a Living Faith Church in Sabon Tasha, Read More

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Anxiety as FG goes after uncertified teachers, schools

January 25, 2020 Editor 0

As federal government intensifies plans to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession, fears have gripped many teachers and schools as the regulating body, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), is set to implement the directive. What will be the fate of the affected public schools teachers and by extension private schools; TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA ask in this report? Read More

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Re-run elections in Kaduna: Be Fair to all parties, IPAC urges INEC

January 22, 2020 Editorial III 0

In the build up to the rerun election in Sanga and Kagarko constituencies of Kaduna State, the Inter Party Advisory Council Of Nigeria, IPAC, Kaduna State Chapter  has urged Independent National Electoral Commissions, INEC, to be fair to all parties involved in the election. The rerun which was scheduled for 25th January, 2020 was as a result of an order Read More

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How Police nabbed 60 suspected kidnappers, robbers on Kaduna highway

January 21, 2020 Editor 0

As part of the on-going Operation Puff Adder, the Nigeria Police have arrested 60 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers on the Abuja-Kaduna highway. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) DCP Frank Mba stated this Monday while parading the suspects at the Police Divisional Headquarters, Katari, Kaduna state. He said the choice of Katari for the maiden briefing of the year was informed Read More

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Kaduna deputy gov gives update on gas explosion, visits Professor’s family, other victims as govt makes fresh vow

January 5, 2020 Editor 0

Following Saturday gas explosion that killed six persons including Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Simon Malam, in Kaduna, the state government is set to enforce safety regulations to protect its citizens. Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Dr. Sabuwa Hadiza Balarabe, who disclosed this on Sunday after visiting the scene of the explosion and paying condolence visits on the family of Read More

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How explosion rocked Kaduna; Professor, 4 others feared dead

January 4, 2020 Editor 0

Tragedy struck in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna state on Saturday following a gas explosion that killed no fewer than five people. The gas explosion occurred on business premises located along Kachia Road, Sabon Tasha, in Chikun Local Government Area between 2.30pm and 3.00pm according to eyewitnesses. Professor Simon Mallam, Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, was feared killed in Read More

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2020: Artisans, drivers, civil servants, others set agenda for Buhari, govs

January 1, 2020 Editor 0

As  year 2020 commenced today, Nigerians across many divides have asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, governors of the 36 states of the federation and local government chairmen to prioritise the people’s welfare by improving the economy, ensuring rules of law, improved security and  adequate fixing of the roads across the country . A cross-section of Nigerians, ranging from artisans, Read More

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FG reveals only person who can set El-Zakzaky, wife free

December 27, 2019 Editor 0

The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has reportedly revealed that the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, can only be released by the Kaduna state government. AGF was said to have stated this when he spoke through his spokesman, Dr. Umar Gwandu. Malami spoke via BBC Hausa and Read More

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In Kaduna, El-Zakzaky’s Shiites group attends Church service, presents gift on Christmas day

December 25, 2019 Editor 0

Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly called Shiites on Wednesday attended a Christmas Church service at Church of the Advent, Samaru, Zaria. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after the service, the leader of the team, Prof. Isa Hassan-Mshelgaru said the essence of attending the service was to promote love, tolerance and Read More

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I’ll return in 2023, Shehu Sani boasts

December 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

In apparent response to the claims that he has been retired, the immediate past senator that represented Kaduna Central in the Senate, Senator Shehu Sani, Wednesday boasted that he was not done with politics yet. The Senator, dismissed statements that he has been retired from politics by Governor Ahmed El-Rufai following his defeat in the 2019 elections instead boasted that Read More

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Gov El-Rufai, Dadiyata is still missing

December 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honour, on sacredness of obligation, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it can’t live.” – Franklin Roosevelt The above integral and essential components or ingredients of good and effective leadership mentioned in the statement once issued by the former American President Franklin Roosevelt, are what are real, actual and existing only on Read More

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NGO urges Kaduna citizens to sustain accountability in govt schools projects

November 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

A non-governmental organisation, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (SCACEFA), has urged Kaduna citizens to sustain accountability in government schools projects in the state. The policy adviser of the coalition, Mr Nathaniel Adamu,  gave the advice at a stakeholders’ project meeting Wednesday in Kaduna. The theme of the project was “Increasing community voices to demand for accountability”. News Read More

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Digital culture or digital economy?

November 28, 2019 Editorial III 0

Don’t be surprised that the Kaduna State Government was recently declared as the most transparent in the country. The journey started way back in 2016. My witness account: Veteran media professional and well-wisher of all times, Taiwo Obe, affectionately hailed T.O, constituted a gender-balanced team of younger colleagues including yours sincerely. In his democratic way of doing things, he told Read More

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El-Rufai appoints Blueprint’s pioneer weekend editor as spokesman

November 6, 2019 Editor 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai has appointed the pioneer Editor of Blueprint Weekend Newspaper, Alhaji Ibraheem Shehu Musa as Special Assistant, Media and Publicity. Musa, who was a member of the Transition Committee and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council during the last elections, replaces another former Blueprint Staff, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who held the position until his appointment as Commissioner Read More