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Bandits: Masari launches committee to repatriate fleeing Katsina indigenes

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Governor Bello Masari’s government has set up a committee to secure statistics of its indigenes that fled to neighbouring states or countries due to security challenges.

Ibrahim Katsina, a special adviser to Governor Aminu Masari on Security Matters, disclosed this on Saturday in Katsina.

According to him, the committee is under the supervision of Deputy Governor Mannir Yakubu.

“The committee has already commenced its assignment; areas of need for assistance are being identified, especially with regards economic empowerment. There are widows and orphans; the state government has plans to empower those widows, while the orphans will be sponsored to go back to school,” said Mr Katsina. “Those that need medical support, as well as guidance and counselling, will also be assisted by the state government.”

He, however, explained that the priority of the state government was how to bring an end to the security challenges, adding that without checking the menace, all rehabilitation efforts would be an exercise in futility.

He expressed optimism that the government’s efforts would fast-track community reintegration of victims and their problems addressed.

(NAN)

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Tiwa Savage, Lukaku, Squid Game, JAMB, others topped Nigerians’ searches in 2021: Google

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Nomenclatures such as Tiwa Savage, Romelu Lukaku, Euro 2020, Squid Game and JAMB are among top searches on Google in 2021, said the company’s West Africa spokesman Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade on Wednesday.

Mr Kola-Ogunlade in a statement said Google’s 2021 Year in Search compiles the moments, people, topics, events, and places that capture the world’s attention each year.

He said that as the pandemic entered its second year, Nigerians used the internet to search for answers and information that revealed their interest in topics related to music, movies, TV shows,  sports, food.

The Google spokesman said that celebrity personalities, pop culture and lifestyle were top searches as well as topics such as ‘Paralympics’, ‘Euro 2020’, ‘EPL’, ‘Chelsea F.C.’ and ‘Champions league’,  reflective of the country’s uncompromising love for sport.

Mr Kola-Ogunlade noted that Tiwa Savage, Destiny Etiko and Romelu Lukaku topped their respective categories, revealing Nigerians’  love for top entertainment personalities and athletes.

‘’Squid Game, the Korean TV series that enthralled the world, topped the category of trending movies and series.

“From questions like ‘How to check JAMB result 2021?’, to search terms like ‘Alcohol lyrics’,  and ‘TB Joshua’ Nigerians used Search to make sense of their world this year,’’ he said.

He said the other trending searches were Paralympics, Obi Cubana  Sound Sultan, Baba Ijesha, Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu, Alcohol lyrics among others.

Google Trends is a publicly available tool that displays relative search volume across geographies, time periods and queries that people want to know about.

(NAN)

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Visibility, breathing to worsen as dust haze engulfs North, NiMet warns

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze conditions to intensify over the northern region as the day progresses on Wednesday.

The updated weather alert released from NiMet on Wednesday in Abuja envisaged dust haze activities before the end of the day over the extreme North.

It said, “Horizontal visibility should further deteriorate from 0300 to 0600 local time as thick dust haze should engulf the northern cities keeping visibilities to 1000m and below.

“The cities included Maiduguri, Nguru, Potiskum, Dutse, Gombe, Yola, Bauchi, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria.

“Presently moderate dust haze conditions are observed over some parts of the North and this has brought horizontal visibility to (500 – 3000)m. 

“A fresh dust plume has been raised at the dust source region of Faya Largeau in Chad Republic.”

According to NiMet, flight operations may be disrupted, so airline operators are expected to pick up their flight folders and adhere to regulations, especially at aerodromes in the northern parts of the country.

The agency cautioned road users to drive slowly and carefully due to poor visibility during the period.

“People with respiratory problems should take caution,” it added. 

(NAN)

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Kidnappers release DELSU students, five others: Police

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Four students of Delta State University (DELSU) and five others abducted on Saturday have regained their freedom.

The spokesman for the police in the state, Bright Edafe, confirmed the release of the abductees on Wednesday.

The victims were kidnapped on the Abraka-Eku Road in Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state.

“They have all been released. They were released, I think, late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

“The kidnappers realised that the police were closing in on them,” he boasted.

The kidnappers had demanded five million naira to set the nine victims free.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DELSU Students Union Government condemned the abduction.

The SUG had expressed concern that the state government and security agencies had not done anything to stop the recurring attacks on students and citizens on the Eku-Abraka expressway. 

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