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Nigeria’s Sports Ministry Places Late Rashidi Yekini’s Mother On N10,000 Monthly Stipend

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The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has placed the mother of late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, on a monthly stipend of N10,000.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, during a visit to Alhaja Yekini in Ijagbo, Kwara State.

Shittu also donated N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to the septuagenarian on behalf of the minister.

Also donated with the cash is a 50kg bag of rice, 10kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink.

Shittu said that the ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji.

Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister for the kind gesture.

She said, “I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did cater for myself despite scarce resources.

“I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.

“Since my son died, it has been very tough for me because I do not have any help from people.

“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so, I was left to struggle for life every day.”

The late Yekini died in 2012 at the age of 48 after retiring from football.

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Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria.

This, according to him would help to curb the rate of crime attached to the Fulani-herders conflicts across the country.

He made the call on Saturday during the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project at Dansoshiya forest, in Kiru local government of the state.

“This is the first batch of the housing units of 25 out of 200 units earmarked for construction,” the governor said.

According to him, the call was necessary in order to “successfully and effectively prevent the coming of herdsmen from other African countries, because they come to this country with guns and other weapons. Which flame the clash between herders and farmers.”

Dansoshiya RUGA, according to the governor would serve as a nucleus of RUGA settlement project in the state.

“We engaged in this project for three fundamental reasons, first and foremost is to avoid clashes between farmers and herders, secondly to avoid movement of herders which is the source of conflict and to avoid cattle rustling.

“It is absolutely necessary to improve and modernise breeding system for Fulani cattle. As it is clear that a gallon of milk is more expensive than one gallon of petrol, it is, therefore, necessary for us to utilize this great opportunity,” he said.

He also promised to construct a school and hospital in the settlement, so that the people settling there could get access to good health care

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Nigerian military, civilians eliminated 70 bandits

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops of the newly-launched Operation Accord have killed no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers.

This operation took place – with the help of civilians – on Friday in Kashia Forest in Kaduna State.

The feat was achieved by ground and air offensive, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said in a statement on Saturday.

It involved troops of Operation Thunder Strike, under Operation Accord, 312 Artillery Regiment and local vigilantes.

Enenche noted that following credible information on the bandits’ movements within the areas, troops pursued them through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops of the newly-launched Operation Accord have killed no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers.

This operation took place – with the help of civilians – on Friday in Kashia Forest in Kaduna State.

The feat was achieved by ground and air offensive, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said in a statement on Saturday.

It involved troops of Operation Thunder Strike, under Operation Accord, 312 Artillery Regiment and local vigilantes.

Enenche noted that following credible information on the bandits’ movements within the areas, troops pursued them through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest.

The Military High Command congratulated Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Yaki and Air Component of Operation Accord for their dexterity.

The DHQ further vowed to sustain the onslaught against outlaws.

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