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Five out of every 10 Jigawa children in danger of poor brain development – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children Education Funds, UNICEF, has disclosed that five out of every 10 children in Jigawa State are in a danger of poor brain and internal organs development.

This was stated by Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, represented by the Nutritionist Specialist, Bauchi field office, Philomena Irene, at the Advocacy and Capacity Building Workshop for Jigawa State House of Assembly Legislators held in Kano, Kano State.

She explained a recent SMART Survey conducted revealed that Jigawa is still one of the States that has a stunting growth rate in the country with -54% rate.

“In every 10 children in Jigawa state 5 of them are in a danger of poor brain and internal organs development which are critical for the future productivity of individuals and for the economic competitiveness of the state,” she stated.

Irene pointed out that although the state is recording a tremendous success in fighting the menace from 63.10 per cent to 54.10 per cent, more needed to be done to address the problems.

She identified negligence and lack of care for the children during childhood and adolescence as some of the reasons that complicates the health and nutritional status of the individual.

“Investing in the early years is one of the smartest investments a State can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and boost productivity later in life,” she noted.

The UNICEF Nutrition Specialist urged the legislatures to track the release and implementation of allocated budget for Health and Nutrition in 2019 budget.

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Bandit reveals how helicopter drops weapons for them in Katsina forest

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A bandit by the name of Aliu Musa has revealed how an helicopter aircraft drops weapons for his gang inside Dinya Forest in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The 20-year-old Musa and another suspected bandit Salmanu Isa, 18, were among suspects paraded for various offences at the Katsina Police Command headquarters by the Spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Anas Gezawa, in Katsina city.

“I once saw that aircraft with fans on its head (helicopter) drop weapons for my boss while we were inside forest at Dinja.

“It was hovering and was very near ground. The man inside would drop the weapons for my boss who would now couple the weapons for our use,” Musa told journalists.

He explained that “It is only my boss who would go and pick the weapons while we would be watching from where we stood.”

The bandit said he was paid N17,000 per operation and confessed to killing at least five people during operations.

The bandits mentioned Sirajo and Bishir as their gang leaders.

Police spokesman, Anas Gezawa, before parading the suspects, said Musa’s gang had killed no fewer than 25 people in different operations.

Gezawa said the suspects confessed that they were bandits that tormented Kankara village and its environs.

“The first suspect Salmanu Isah (a member of the gang) mentioned that they attacked some villages with his syndicate, where they robbed Zango village and went away with eight cows,” Gezawa said.

“He also confessed that he shot dead one person before going to rob at Santa village, where they snatched six sheep and some food items.”

The police spokesman said the bandits also went to Bela and Zango villages where they killed about 20 people and rustled two cows.

Gezawa also said the bandits stormed Omodo village and killed about five people and also rustled eight cows and six sheep.

The police spokesman said there is an ongoing investigation into the case.

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Nigerian Woman, Children Suffer Acid Attack, Estranged Husband Accused

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A woman and her two children have been attacked with acid in the Layin Shehii Quarter, Dandume, Katsina State.

The victims are Rabi Ado, and her two children, Yahaya, and Zainab Ismail.

The attackers reportedly poured acid on the victims through a window while they were asleep.

They were rushed to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital having suffered burns.

Punch reports that cries of agony by the victims forced their neighbours awake.

One of the neighbours said, “Their cries woke us up and by the time we forced the door of their room open, the woman and her children were in serious pain.

“We then mobilised and took them to a nearby hospital, from where they were transferred to the teaching hospital at Zika, because of the extent of the injuries.”

Rabi, it was gathered, was estranged from her husband.

The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Anaz Gizewa, told the newspaper, “One Rabi Ado, wife to one Ismail Gilima of Layin Shehi Quarter, Dandume, was assaulted by (an unknown person(s), who threw some liquid substances suspected to be acidic on her and her children through the window while they were asleep.

“As a result, she sustained some burns and scalds on her back and shoulder. Her children, Yahaya Ismail, and Zainab Ismail were also affected.

“They are currently receiving treatment at the ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria. The family of the victims were contacted and they confirmed the incident. They further stated that they were strongly suspecting the husband, Ismail, for being responsible for the attack
due to the fact that he and the wife had a case in court.

“The wife is seeking a divorce from him. He was informed of the incident via the phone, but up until now, he has refused to show up.

“However, we have already liaised with the victim’s family to trace him and get him arrested.”

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Hukuma ta sake kama rikakken mai satar mutanen nan

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Yanzu haka masana da kwararru a Najeriya sun yaba wa ‘yan sanda a kan namijin kokari da suka yi wurin zakulo mutumin, suna cewa wannan na nuna lalle fa ‘yan sandan Najeriya jajirtatttu ne.

Masanin Halayyar bil’adama da harkar tsaro, Farfesa Mohammed Tukur Baba ya ce wannan na nuna irin sabon babi da ‘yan sandan suka bude a sha’anin tsaro, duba da irin bajintar da suke ta nunawa da ba ayi tsammani ba, a don haka matsalolin tsaron da kasar ke fuskanta ba wai ya gagari ‘yan sanda ba ne.

Farfesa Baba ya kara da cewa matakai da suke bi su kamo irin wadannan manyan yan ta’adda ya nuna cewa in sun dukufa kuma suka samu goyon bayan jama’a to fa lalle ‘yan sandan zasu magance matsalolin tsaro a Najeriya.

Kamo irin wannan babban dan ta’addan inji masanin ka iya aikewa da sako ga duk masu son tafka aika aika, don hakan ya fara bada tsoro cewa lalle komai nisan jifa kasa zai fado, don kuwa dan sandan Najeriya ba kanwan lasa bane.

Lauyan nan mai fafutuka Barrister Yakubu Sale Bawa yace shi tuni yana da kwarin gwiwar lalle ‘yan sandan zasu sake cafke shi Wadumen, duba da cewar lalle ‘yan sandan Najeriya in zasu yi aiki zasu yi, kuma cafke wannan Wadumen zai fito da dalla dallan me ya faru.

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