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Footballer kills own coach in Kano

A football player, Salisu Muhammad, 18, of Yakasai quarters, Kano Municipal local government, has allegedly stabbed his own coach over argument on football.

The deceased, Mujitapha Musa, 30, also of Yakasai quarters, was said to have passed away on the way to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, following the injury he sustained in his chest from a stab by his assailant.

A statement issued by the Police spokesperson, DSP Haruna Abdullahi, said the suspect, Salisu Muhammad, who also stabbed and injured one Suleiman Muhammed, 21, was arrested and the knife with which he stabbed the two victims was recovered from him.

The suspect told Chronicles that the problem started about six months ago when he (suspect) made a mistake that led to their loss in a match that the coach considered as a “must win”.

“When I made that blunder, he abused me and abused my parents which made me angry and I threw his jersey and left the field. Ever since then I joined his opponents and opposed them whenever they are having match.

“Last Saturday, they had a match and as usual, I went to oppose their team. He threatened that he will beat me up whenever he caught me. I saw him when people were returning from viewing centre where they watched Elclassico (Madrid vs Barcelona match).’’

The suspect said, his victim suddenly slapped him when they met and began to manhandle him which led him to bring out the knife and stabbed him on the chest.

Meanwhile, the police has also confirmed the arrest of two suspected killers of one Adamu Bala, who was reportedly stabbed to death while performing Asr prayers at Sheka Maidaki quarters of Kumbotso local government area.

The suspects identified as Kamalu Musa and Buhari Umar were arrested by the operatives of the command attached to Kumbotso division last Wednesday before they were transferred on Sunday to the command’s CID division where they are currently being interrogated.

The Police Public Relations Officer Kano Police Command, DSP Haruna Abdullahi told our reporters that the victim was killed at a block industry where he works.

He said the suspects fled after the incident before they were tracked and arrested by the police.
The suspects, however, claimed that they attacked the victim to avenge the injury he inflicted on one of their friends.

According to Kamalu, “there was a time we were living in front of our house he came and attacked one of my friends for an unknown reason and inflicted severe injuries on him, he was hospitalized and because of that we organized ourselves and attacked him with a view to take revenge and we traced him to a block industry where he works and attacked him which led to his eventual death.”

The police spokesman said the all of the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution when investigations are concluded by the police.

People with disabilities pray for peaceful guber poll in Kaduna

The Association of Person’s with Disability yesterday organised a one-day special prayer for peaceful gubernatorial and state assembly elections in Kaduna State.

The organiser, Malam Abdullahi Sama’ila, said the prayer was aimed at seeking God’s intervention to avert all forms of violence that could affect peace and stability in the entire 23 local government areas of the state.

According to him, “The essence of the special prayer for the state is for Almighty God to save Kaduna against all form of election violence that could hinder any development which could affect lives of persons with disability.”

Malam Abdullahi who expressed worry over the kind of campaign by religious leaders and politicians through the media, said: “People who do not like peace and unity use hate speech and religious tones in their campaign which is not really good for any good democratic government world-wide.

“We must remember that Nigeria is our home, we must join hands and pray hard to for God to keep this nation united,” he added.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election, he called on him to remembered people living with disabilities in all activities of human development and empowerment.

Governorship election: Eggon nation endorses Maku as candidate

The Eggon Cultural and Development Association (ECDA) of Nasarawa State has endorsed Mr Labaran Maku, the Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as its sole candidate for the March 9 elections.

Wilberforce Alaku, the National President of ECDA, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday at the palace of Aren Eggon in Nasarawa-Eggon Local Government area of Nasarawa State.

“It is not my decision, but unanimous decision of the National Representative Council (NRC) of ECDA having received the report of a committee set up on the issue.

“We have set up a committee chaired by Professor Francis Akwash, a lecturer with Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and they have submitted their report which ECDA has endorsed,” he said.

Alaku said that Maku was selected out of four Eggon sons contesting for the position.

He listed the other aspirants to include Emmanuel Ombugadu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abdullahi Agibi of Labour Party (LP) and Matthew Ombugaku of Rebuild Nigeria Party (RNP).

Alaku, therefore, called on the Eggon people and the general public to vote en masse for Maku in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

Responding, Maku expressed gratitude to the ECDA for selecting him and promised to carry everybody along he wins the race.

He called on other Nasarawa communities to join hands with him in ensuring success in the forthcoming election. (NAN)

Atiku gets court’s nod to inspect election materials

The Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to inspect materials used for the February 23 presidential election.

A three-member panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki granted the order yesterday. Other members of the panel are Justices Emmanuel Akomaye Agim and Peter Ige.

Atiku and the PDP had through their lawyers, Levi Uzoukwu (SAN) and Chief Chris Uche (SAN), urged the tribunal to grant six reliefs to enable them institute and maintain their petition against the outcome of the presidential election.

They requested the panel to compel INEC to produce the Voters Register, the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers and other sensitive materials used in the election for inspection and scanning.

The ex parte motion was supported with a 12-paragraphed affidavit deposed to by the Director of Contact and Mobilisation of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, retired Col. Austin Akobundu.

But the tribunal, which is sitting at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, rejected the request by Atiku and the PDP to be allowed to conduct forensic audit of the materials.

It stated that by the provisions of Section 151 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, INEC is only expected to allow the applicants access to inspect documents, adding that the result of forensic analysis was not admissible as evidence in court.

The panel added that the purport of sections 151 (1)(2) of the Electoral Act is at the stage of pre-hearing, and that the applicant can only be allowed to inspect and certify documents to protect the integrity of the materials.

It added that the applicants should base the substance of their petition on official materials only obtained from the electoral body.

Daily Trust reports that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the February 23 election with a total of 15,191,847 votes. Atiku, who came second with 11,262,978 votes rejected the results and vowed to challenge them in court.

The APC had since signified its readiness to meet the PDP presidential candidate and his party in court.

The Director of Strategic Communications of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), who disclosed this in a statement earlier in the week, said Atiku Abubakar has a constitutional right to seek redress in court.

“In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic way to ventilate his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or discourage the exercise of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.

“In addition, we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls.

“An election is not termed ‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser. That is what Atiku and the PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them, international, continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as neutral by all standards) all declared the election to be free, fair and credible. No ego-massaging narrative can change that,” Keyamo said.

Troop out for Saturday’s polls, Buhari begs voters

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged Nigerians to troop out and vote in Saturday’s governorship and state house assembly elections.

“I, therefore, urge you to troop out massively on Saturday to elect your governors and state lawmakers,” the president said in his message to the nation.

He added: “With the presidential poll behind us, let us not become complacent, and fail to vote in the gubernatorial poll.

“The forthcoming elections are as important for good governance as that of the presidency and the National Assembly.”

“Indeed, governance at the state level is closer to us, and should touch our lives more directly. That is why it is vital for us to participate in the choice of who governs us at the state levels.”

He also urged the voters to conduct themselves peacefully and avoid all deviant behaviours like ballot stuffing, ballot snatching, and any other action that does not conform to best electoral practices.

He assured that the security agencies will be on hand to protect voters, and ensure that the process is not undermined in anyway.

“As a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) recommend those standing on the platform of the party to you, as we are guided by progressive ideals, and we will not disappoint you.

“Let’s make the gubernatorial polls much better than the presidential, which Local and International observers have adjudged to be free and fair,” he said.

He appealed to youth not allow themselves to be used to cause violence or to break the law or disturb the peace.

“I have pledged a decent and credible electoral system for our country. I stand by that promise.

“Let us together do the right thing on Saturday, so that the best hands can emerge at the states, and take us faster to the Next Level,” he said.

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