NSF: Delta, Edo renew battle for supremacy

April 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The old rivalry between Edo and Delta state is being rekindled at the ongoing Edo 2020 National sports Festival as the two teams are locked in a battle Royale for supremacy on the Medals table. Delta who are the defending champions and currently topping the medals table will have to contend with host Edo for the top spot. Right from Read More

Gunmen kill 2 Poly staff in Kaura Namoda

March 24, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Suspected bandits have stormed a low cost area in Kaura Namoda town, and killed a middle-age man, Usama Nazifi, and his neighbor Malam Bashir Muhammad who were staff of the Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda in Zamfara. The attack took place on Wednesday. According to brother of the deceased who spoke in a telephone interview with Blueprint said the bandits invaded Read More

The education turmoil in North

March 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

The menace of kidnapping which is growing at an alarming rate is no doubt a war declared on education and government, relevant stakeholders, NGOs, etc efforts in curbing the high rate of children that are out-of-school in the Northern region. The North in several reports has been found to be left behind in terms of education, compared to the South. Read More

NLC in needless protest, govt won’t negotiate with dancers on streets – PGF boss

March 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

NLC in needless protest, govt won’t negotiate with dancers on streets – PGF boss By Bode Olagoke Abuja A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, said the protest embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was needless, adding that no government will negotiate with the union by dancing Read More

Banditry, Shiekh Gumi and the way forward

Issues of insecurity, especially as it concerns an entire region, should beget regional and not standalone-state solutions. North-west Nigeria has been for while now a den of kidnappers and bandits operating mostly in forests of the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Zamfara, etc. According to acaps.org, more than 1,100 people were killed in 2018 in the six states, over 2,200 Read More

Breaking: Over 370 students kidnapped in Zamfara

February 26, 2021 Sanusi Mohammed, Gusau 0

Bandits have reportedly kidnapped over 350 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara state. A resident of the area Sani Tela Jangebe in a telephone conversation with Blueprint said the Bandits stormed the school in the midnight Friday night and began shooting sporadically on air, in the process, over 370 female students were Read More

NIAS calls for immediate transformation of gazetted, ungazetted grazing reserves to ranches

February 23, 2021 John Oba 0

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NAIS), Prof. Eustace Iyayi, has called for the immediate transformation of all gazetted and non gazetted grazing reserves in Nigeria to ranches. This is even as he said the Institute will be capacitating 2000 Community Animal Husbandry Officers who are Graduate Animal Scientists in the next Read More

APC set to reclaim Zamfara in 2023 – Gov’ship aspirant

February 11, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 20219 in Zamfara state, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, has expressed confidence that his party will surely reclaim the state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) come 2023 election. Jaji, a former Chairman, House Committee on Internal Security said despite the protest vote against APC in 2019 PDP Read More

2022 NSF: North West states back Kaduna to host

February 6, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna 0

The North West zone comprising seven states have endorsed Kaduna state to host the 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) even as they all vowed to support Kaduna in actualising the bid and hosting a successful Festival. Chairman Directors of Sports, North West states, and Katsina State Director of Sports, Nalado Iro Kankia, stated in Kaduna on Saturday after the sports Read More

Registration: APC to dominate Nigeria’s political space with 100 million members – Lawan

February 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is targeted at making over one hundred million Nigerians members of the ruling party.  He said the exercise was conceived to further democratise the party ahead of the 2023 general elections and also reposition the APC to dominate the country’s Read More

Zamfara: Marafa meets stakeholders, ready for reconciliation with Yari’s faction

February 6, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Senator Kabiru Marafa met with All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders from Zamfara state in Kaduna on Saturday to discuss the All Progressives Congress (APC) crisis in the state. Marafa also stated his readiness to reconcile with the other faction led by ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari. The crisis between the Marafa and Yari factions led to APC running two parallel offices in Read More

Globacom, 9mobile fail in major performance indicators – NCC

February 3, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Two of Nigeria’s leading GSM network providers, Globacom and 9mobile have failed to meet the industry’s key performance indicators (KPI) in 19 states, while their rival, Airtel struggled with one state; Ogun State, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). It was gathered that only MTN met the stipulated KPIs in all Nigerian states while Globacom, 9mobile, and Airtel failed Read More

COVID-19: Anxiety mounts as death toll rises in Nigeria, 27 dead in 24 hours

January 30, 2021 NAN 0

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Friday reported 27 coronavirus-related deaths in the country, bringing the total number of those who had succumbed to the deadly virus to 1,577. The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Friday. The public agency also announced 1,114 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the past 24 hours and these have taken the Read More

COVID-19: With over 2314, Nigeria records highest cases ever

January 23, 2021 Editor 0

Nigeria on Friday recorded 2314 COVID-19 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. Out ot the numbers, Lagos, Kaduna and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) registered highest infection within 24 hours. Here is the breakdown Lagos-831 Kaduna-545 FCT-235 Plateau-127 Nasarawa-80 Oyo-72 Delta-65 Rivers-64 Kano-46 Ogun-46 Bayelsa-30 Gombe-30 Abia-28 Osun-27 Edo-25 Ondo-14 Sokoto-12 Zamfara-10 Bauchi-8 Imo-5 Jigawa-4 Ekiti-4 Borno-4 Read More

Centre speaks up, alerts British parliamentarians against sanction on Nigeria

January 13, 2021 Editor 0

The Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CISS) has alerted the House of Lords in the United Kingdom against attaching religion to Nigeria’s security challenges, as any sanction would do the country more harm than good.  The centre, which gave the warning in a press conference on Wednesday, in Abuja, also advised the British parliamentarians to be properly guided in their Read More

Breaking: Bandits kidnap 7 children of APC chair, injure others in Zamfara

January 8, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

No fewer than seven children belonging to the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa’s faction, Alhaji Sani Gyare Kadauri were kidnapped by the group of suspected unrepentant bandits in Kadauri Village under Jabaka district in Maru local government council of Zamfara state. Narrating the ordeal in an interview with Blueprint, Friday, Alhaji Sani Gyare Kadauri Read More

Sokoto lawmaker to renovate constituency’s primary schools

January 5, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

Senator representing Sokoto East in the Senate, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir, who is also the Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, has ordered for the renovation of all dilapidated primary schools across 9 local governments of his constituency for the development of teaching and learning process. This was made known Tuesday by the Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir Special Adviser Read More

Year 2020: Nigerian Army’s era of spectacular exploits

December 23, 2020 Nkechi Odoma 0

On December 18, 2020, an event which held in Abuja enticed Nigerians boundlessly. In leadership, there must be followers and opposers. Today’s Nigeria bows to ill-feelings of the few opposers who sneer or crucify Government. It’s not necessarily because they know the ingredients of the issues which have become points of criticisms. Most critiques or jibes thrown at Government sounds Read More

Insecurity: Group indicts, accuses Northern coalition of plot to undermine Buhari, armed forces

December 15, 2020 Editor 0

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has been found at the centre of a fresh plot to blackmail and undermine President Muhammadu Buhari and the armed forces of Nigeria across the north.  According to the Northern Patriots (NP), “In disguise of fighting for the security of the region, the CNG secretly sponsors banditry.” Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Read More

The consent in this silence

November 19, 2020 Halima Imam 0

The question on the mind of every northerner is, “How did we get here?” What went so clearly wrong that got us to this ‘low’ we are forced to live with today? Ours was a region of tolerance, a people who are very homely and accommodating, and a group that was never materialistic. A population of over 90 million ravaged Read More

Happening now: Northern governors in emergency meeting over #EndSARS

October 22, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Northern states governors under the aegis of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) are currently holding an emergency closed door meeting in Kaduna. The meeting, which kicked off with 16 states from the North represented, is presided over by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state.  The meeting, which started at 1:50pm is expected to Read More