Breaking: Terrorists attack, set Catholic church on fire, priest burnt to death

January 15, 2023 Editor 0

Police in Niger state has confirmed an early morning attack on St. Peter and Paul Catholic church located along Daza road at Kafin-Koro in Paikoro local government area of the state. According to the Niger state police command spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the attack happened around 3am on Sunday. Blueprint gathered that the invading terrorists set the church building ablaze Read More

Building Nigeria’s future on Shea nuts

December 5, 2022 Abachi Silas Ungbo 0

This piece is inspired by a trip to Bida, Niger state for a social event which I grudgingly attended owing to the terrible state of roads leading up to the city. However, an interesting ‘discovery’ forced an extension of my stay after the event which was much to my delight. On my way to the hotel accommodating guests for the Read More

Popular serving Nigerian Senator escapes assassination

December 4, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) serving senator representing Niger East, Senator Sani Musa, Saturday, escaped an assassination attempt by armed men. Confirming the report, a chieftain of the APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, posted on Twitter, Sunday, that some of the attackers have been arrested. He said, “The horrendous attempt to kill Sen. Sani Musa, a dear friend & brother of mine, Read More

Niger probes internal revenue service chair

November 14, 2022 Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

Niger state government has set up a committee to investigate allegations of financial misappropriation against the chairman of Niger state Internal Revenue Service, Mohammed Madami Etsu. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, stated this weekend at a briefing in Minna. He said the investigation became necessary following a petition over allegations of misappropriation of public Read More

2023 census: NPC gives fresh details on e-recruitment portal

November 4, 2022 Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

The federal commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) in Niger state, Malam Dattijo Usman, has given the assurance that adequate measures had been put in place for the safety of its personnel and ad-hoc staff during the 2023 census as the commission open e-recruitment portal in the state. Usman stated this on Friday in a press conference in Minna. Read More

18 perish, 50,000 others displaced as floods ravage 86 Niger communities

October 7, 2022 Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

No fewer than 18 people have been killed and 50,000 others displaced as floods submerged 86 communities across 21 local government areas of Niger state. The director-general, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Inga, stated this in an update on the flood situation in the state issued in Minna Friday. “This year alone, about 5,106 farmlands and residential Read More

Shortage of judges not good for Niger – Bello

October 5, 2022 Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has acknowledged the inadequate number of judges, saying it is not good for the state. The governor stated this Tuesday at the swearing-in of two new High Court judges and two Khadis of the state Sharia Court of Appeal at Government House, Minna. “We have always had a limited number of judges. I Read More

Jikada Labarin Nupe hails Etsu Nupe

September 10, 2022 Etsu Nupe 0

The Jikadan Labarin Nupe, Mohammed Baba-Busu, has described the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden in Bida Emirate, Niger and Nigeria in general. Baba-Busu, who is an Assistant Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and its Bureau Chief, Lafia, Nasarawa state, said this in a message on Saturday to felicitate with the Etsu Read More

Niger APC reconciliation, a huge success

September 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

“Emphasise reconciliation, not resolution. It is unrealistic to expect everyone to agree about everything. Reconciliation focuses on the relationship, while resolution focuses on the problem. When we focus on reconciliation, the problem loses significance and often becomes irrelevant.” Rick Warren The above quote by Rick Warren aptly defines reconciliation because it places emphasis on relationship. In a democratic setting, winners Read More

Anguish as 7 perish, 18 LGAs ravaged in Niger floods

September 2, 2022 Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

Seven people have been killed and several homes washed away following the flooding of communities across eight local governments of Niger state. The six deaths were said to have been recorded in Magama local government area while one occurred in Rafi local government. The director-general of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this Friday in Read More

APC chieftain, Morphy recommends Sani-Bello as Tinubu’s running mate

July 5, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and socio-political analyst, Chief Ray Morphy, has recommended governor Abubakar Sani-Bello as running mate to the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The APC chieftain from Cross Rivers state said the Niger state governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, has demonstrated capacity and leadership beyond expectations, adding that Sani-Bello has the character, the Read More

IDPs get 20 houses in Niger

July 4, 2022 Blueprint 0

Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission and New Approach, an NGO, have inaugurated 20 houses for Internally Displaced Persons in Kuta, headquarters of Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. The Commission’s Managing Director, Abubakar Yelwa, said at the inauguration in Kuta recently, that the projects would address the problems of residential accommodation among the IDPs. “The duo made the Read More

Niger attacks: Sani Musa urges FG to tackle security challenges

July 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Muhammad Sani Musa, has condemned the killing of 40 soldiers and other security operatives in Ajata Aboki mining site in Shiroro local government area of Niger state on Wednesday. Sani Musa also called on the government to rise to the security challenges facing this country, adding that the development had “deprived our people Read More

Group petitions EFCC, demands probe into N482m ex-militant training contract

July 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

A group, Concerned Indigenes of Oil Mineral Producing States Forum, has called for the cancellation of a N482 million contract awarded by the Presidential Amnesty Programme to Express Concern International for training of 90 Niger Delta ex-militants. In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which was also copied to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Read More

Re: Niger monarch shoots subject dead

June 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

It has become imperative for us to set the record straight on the above subject matter. The crisis emanated from the dispute between Eppa community and Etisheshi an area in Mokwa town, Niger state. A youth from the Etisheshi area was invited by a magistrate court but he refused to appear after the fifth summons, prompting his arrest . The Read More

Police arrest 22 miscreants in Niger

June 24, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Police in Niger state have arrested 22 miscreants and street urchins in connection with public disturbances and other criminal activities in Minna. The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this Friday in a statement in Minna. The statement read in part, “In a continued fight against thuggery and youth restiveness in Minna, the Niger state Read More

Niger monarch shoots subject dead, remanded

June 17, 2022 AidelojeOjo 0

The District Head of Mokwa, Alhaji Mohammed Shaba Aliyu, has been arrested and remanded in a Correctional Centre by a Minna Chief Magistrate’s Court 1, for allegedly shooting his subject dead. The monarch was alleged to have shot at protesting youths of his domain leading to the death of one Jiya Mohammed while several others sustained various degrees of bullet Read More

Malagi has capacity to govern Niger – Campaign DG

May 24, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

The Director General of the Niger 2023 Malagi Governorship Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Idris Azozo, has explained that his principal, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi has the capacity to govern Niger state and propel it to the best economy in the country. Azozo stated this on Monday in Minna while speaking to journalists on the successful consultation with delegates of the state Read More

Niger 2023: 241 councillors back APC guber aspirant, Idris Malagi

May 21, 2022 Aideloje Ojo, Minna 0

Up to 241 All Progressives Congress (APC) councillors and ward leaders in Niger state have endorsed Blueprint Newspapers publisher and frontline gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, as the next governor of the state.  The council legislators from the 25 local government areas of Niger state made the endorsement Thursday during a consultative meeting held at the state House of Assembly Read More

2023: Niger North endorses Senator Sabi Abdullahi for third term

April 29, 2022 Blueprint 0

Constituents across the eight local government councils in Niger North Senatorial district have endorsed aspiration of Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi for third term in office as Senator representing the zone. They demonstrated their endorsement by procuring N20 million nomination form from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and handed it over to him at the Senate wing of the National Assembly Read More