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PHOTOS: Abia Govt intercepts, turns back more trucks from North with human cargo

Abia State Ministry of Homeland Security intercepted several food and cement trucks(mainly Dangote trucks), with human cargo hidden inside.

They promptly turned these trucks back out of the state.

It is believed that these humans, who are northerners constitute mainly Almajiris who were sacked from several cities of northern Nigeria.

VIDEO: Abia State intercepts cache of smuggled Almajiris at Lokpanta axis of Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway

Abia State Homeland Security team led by the Commisioner for Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli, has intercepted a cache of Northern Almajiris along the Lokpanta axis of the Enugu /Port Harcourt expressway.

The Almajiris according to reports made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited, the Almajiris were neatly hidden in trucks conveying cows to the state. They were intercepted and turned back, the report said.

Speaking with Jungle Journalist Media Limited, Sate Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu said some other trucks were also stopped yesterday, Monday, alongside several other vehicles attempting to enter the state from the Enugu State axis.

He also denied reports making rounds that some trucks had entered Aba yesterday, describing it as untrue. “No truck entered Aba from the North. They were stopped at the Lokpanta boundary. Whoever told you that he saw some should have sent you photos or videos to authenticate his story”, Kalu said, adding that some people will be dispatched immediately to investigate the matter.

Recall that the State Government had raised alarm Sunday night, alleging that Covid-19 – positive Almajiris were being transferred to Abia from Northern Nigeria.

The Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu had then “directed all security agencies in the state, especially those posted to inter-state boundary communities, members of the State and LGAs enforcement task force teams as well as the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, to ensure that within this period of the subsisting border closure necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, no individual or group is allowed to enter the state, aside from those duly exempted, from any other part of the country”.

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North planning to infiltrate South East with Covid-19 infected Almajiri, IPOB alleges

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday raised the alarm that there is a grand plan by some elements in Northern Nigeria to infest the s-east with coronavirus, through sending the Almajirai to Enugu State.

IPOB alleged that those behind the plot are currently pursuing its actualisation under the guise of repatriation of Almajirai to their home states.

In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the pro Biafra group wondered why the people behind the alleged plot will be sending Almajirai to Biafra land which does not harbour, encourage or make keeping Almajirai as part of their culture.

IPOB’s statement read: “We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wishes to draw the attention of Biafrans and the world at large about the ploy by some Northern elements to export coronavirus from its Kano epicenter and other parts of Northern Nigeria to other parts of Nigeria particularly Biafra land.

“Those behind this evil plot are currently pursuing its actualisation under the guise of repatriation of Almajirai to their home states.

“It is a known fact that Biafrans have no Almajirai as that is not our culture. Why then are those behind the sending of Almajirai boys to Enugu doing so if not to infest Biafrans with COVID-19. It is an indisputabke face that there are no Almajirai of Biafran origin.

“Arewa North have been secretly sending potential coronavirus victims in the name of sending out their Alamajirai group to Enugu State since the lockdown started.

“Dispatching Almajirai to our land under any guise will not be accepted. We shall stoutly resist this move. Now, they intend to infest the rest of us with the virus under the guise of repatriation of Almajirai. We won’t allow this evil plot as there are no Almajiriai of Biafra origin, neither do we encourage such practice.”

Ikpeazu Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plans To Secretly Move Almajiris Into Abia In 24 Hrs

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, on Monday, raised an alarm over plans to secretly move Almajiris to the state within the “next 24 hours”.

In a Press Release signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi, the Governor stated that reports available to the government indicate that they are leaving their state this night to arrive Abia State tomorrow.

The statement added that the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has therefore directed all security agencies in the state, especially those posted to inter-state boundary communities, members of the State and LGAs enforcement task force teams as well as the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, to ensure that within this period of the subsisting border closure necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, no individual or group is allowed to enter the state, aside from those duly exempted, from any other part of the country.

The Governor also directed men and officers of the State Homeland Security Ministry to deploy immediately to relevant inter-state boundary communities to ensure there is no unauthorized entry.

He said : “We wish to reemphasize that traditional rulers and TC Chairmen of inter-state boundary communities will be held responsible and sanctioned for any of such unauthorized entry into the state. All necessary lawful measures must be taken to stop the entry of not only the almajiris but also other unlawful migrants into the state till the FG-backed inter-state border closure regulation put in place to control spread of COVID-19 from one state to another is lifted.”

Ganduje bans ‘Almajiris’ from begging in Kano streets

by AHMAD DANYARO

In an effort to consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary school education program in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has banned Almajiris from begging in the streets.

The governor made this known Tuesday during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, and distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers in the state, as contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar.

According to the governor, the integration of the Almajiri system to the policy will address the lingering problem of the social menace of begging in the state.

Mr Ganduje said: “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri school curriculum.”

“…while they [Almajiris] will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explains.

The governor noted that 7,500 newly recruited volunteer teachers would be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, “so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education”.

Mr Ganduje, therefore, warned that all the Almajiri teachers who doesn’t abide by the new school arrangement, stressing that, “If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state!”

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, saying that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary.

Mr Adamu was represented by a Director from the Ministry, Mrs Liman.

In his remarks, the state chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Dr. Danlami Hayyo reveals that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, the state government had procured about 16,327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.

Corps member beats Almajiri to death in Kano

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC, name withheld) allegedly beat a young Almajiri to death in Bebeji village in Bebeji Council of Kano State.

A source in the village, Shehu Sulaiman, told The Guardian that the incident occurred on Thursday at the NYSC Lodge when the suspect gathered some Almajiris for his usual distribution of charity.

According to the source: “The victim rushed into the corps member’s lodge to collect fruits from residents who were in the habit of giving out fruits to children in the area. While in haste to get his own share of the fruits, the boy collided with the corps member, who got provoked and started beating the boy until he could not talk again.”

It was gathered the boy was confirmed dead at the primary healthcare centre where he was rushed.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Ladan Baba, confirmed that the incident, but asked for time to enable him to get more information on the matter.

State Police Command spokesperson, Abdullahi Haruna, also confirmed the development, adding, he, however, that he was yet to receive details of what happened as at the time of going to press.