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Businessman donates land, buildings, Al-Noor mosque as endowment to ICICE

An Abuja-based businessman, Alhaji Aminu Baba-Kusa, has donated 3.25 hactares of land housing the famous Al-Noor Masjid (Mosque) and another edifice to the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) in Abuja.

Baba-Kusa presented the legal documents of the land, including the mosque and the edifice, to the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the centre, Prof. Ibrahim Sulaiman, at Wuse 2, FCT.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Baba-Kusa conceived the idea of building the mosque in 2005 during Umrah (lesser Hajj) and eventually acquired the land, constructed and completed the mosque while prayer started in July 2012.

Baba-Kusa said he decided to donate the property for the sake of the Almighty Allah and his commitment to the advancement of Islam and Muslim community in the country.

“I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here personally because I have been down for over two years, but to God be the glory, I’m healthy today.

“On behalf of myself and family that we decided to give half of the entire land housing the Al-Noor mosque to the International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) for the benefits of Muslim ummah.

“So half of it is about 3.25 hectares of land, which is here 3.25 hactares.

“This include the building we are in now, the mosque expansion and the proposed parking lots which we have at the tip end of the plots.

“And this is for the benefit of Muslims all over not only in Abuja but others that will be coming because there are so many activities that will be going on.”

He expressed optimism that the centre would continue to be a reference point and platform for the propagation of Islam.

“I hope at the end of the day this centre will be a platform for Muslims in the country.

“I am happy that I’m part of it today and part of this ceremony to handover all these documents to Prof. Ibrahim Sulaman, who has being the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Al-Noor Mosque since 2012, when we started operating.

“And this is about 11 years and to God be the glory, it is done and that is a great day. I am happy really to see that I’m donating for the sake of Allah for the use of Islam.”

He noted that the remaining portion of the land was curved out for his Al-Noor Education Ltd.

“This is our company, so we will take this part of the land for other uses that will help bring in lots of activities to the centre,” Baba-Kusa said.

Responding, Sulaiman, who commended Baba-Kusa for donating for the sake of Allah, challenged him to strive to give more charity.

“Today is historical and momentous for each and every one of us. Anybody who doubt before about what Alhaji Aminu Baba-Kusa can do that doubt is gone.

“We have been together all our lives and we never seize being together: now this is the culmination of being together and I am happy is for a good course, for the sake of Muslim Ummah, for the sake of humanity.

“I will not ask him to stop where he has stopped. I think he still has more to do for us, for Islam and for the Muslim community.

“So, do more because when you do more you will never loose for doing your best for the sake of Allah.”

Also, the Director-General of the ICICE), Dr Kabir Kabo, said the centre with support from the Islamic Development Bank and Public Private Partnership built offices and residential shops.

“And that will enable us to have our vision fulfilled by establishing Al-Noor University in Abuja.”

He thanked the donor and his entire family for their courage to support and accept the donation.

He said Nigeria need people like Baba-Kusa, sayng that if many people emulate the kind gesture of the donor Nigerian society will definitely be a better place.

Kabo assured that the centre would continue to initiate quality educational and humanitarian programmes to help the needy, widows, orphans and conduct medical outreach to improve health condition of the poor and destitute.

“On behalf of the management of the ICICE, the custodian of Al-Noor mosque, we are actually proud and delighted with the contribution that has been made by our able generous and very kind per excellent, Aminu Baba-Kusa.

“We are grateful to him for donating a land with a building that is worth billions and also the mosque that he built himself that is worth billions and even the fencing of the land.

“Today, I am self fulfilled as the D-G of the centre and I will want Allah to grant him mercy, reward him with Aljannah and reward him with what he has done not only in the hereafter but also in this life.”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Police, LASTMA, FRSC bag Lekki residents awards

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have bagged the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) awards.

Alhaji Sulyman Bello, President, LERSA, at the award ceremony in Lagos, said the award was in recognition of exemplary service after the tenure of deserving officers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the awardees include the former Area J commander, eight former Divisional Police Officers (DPO), two LASTMA former Area Commanders and one retiring FRSC Unit Commander.

They are ACP Olajide Agboola, former Area Commander, CSP Onyinye Onwuamaegbu, CSP Adolf Ogwu, CSP Stephen Ademola Abolarin and CSP Tajudeen Mustapha, among others.

Also, Engr. Ariyo Jimoh, former LATSMA Area Commander, Lekki Epe and Mr Alade Adebanjo, former LATSMA Area Commander, Lekki Epe received awards for examplary services.

Bello stated that through their collaborative efforts and patriotism, their lives were constantly put on the line to protect lives and properties on the Lekki Peninsula.

He noted that over the years, LERSA had nurtured a tradition of building symbiotic relationship with partners in the security services.

According to him, one of the veritable tools of the association’s relationship management was the recognition of exemplary service after the tenure of deserving officers.

“This occasion is an auspicious and very important one, considering that it is put together to appreciate the gallant officers who made and are still making this important axis in the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria livable.

“This is in spite of the challenges posed by the rapid growth of the area; which is now acclaimed by elite-society as the fastest growing real estate corridor in Nigeria and perhaps on the continent.

“ACP Olajide Agboola: our immediate past Area Commander, Nigerian Police Force Area J Lagos State Command, I must place on record your team’s many quick and prompt response to challenging situations.

“Some of us will never forget a few instances where the Police responded within 10 to 15 minutes to an alert of serious armed robbery gang attack on LERSA member-estates on the axis and dislodged the hoodlums without loss of lives or property.

“Hence, the presentation of different categories of award plaques to these outstanding officers is obviously for deserved gratitude, encouragement, and for reinforcement of right and expected values for the newly deployed officers,” he said.

Hon. Noheem Adams, Member, House of Assembly, Etiosa Constituency, lauded LERSA for engaging government and its agencies into doing their best in the axis.

Adams also commended Agboola for his forthrightness and urged the newly deployed officers to do their best to merit such event at their time of departure.

He assured LERSA that the Lagos State Government would continue to make major strides on this axis.

In his remarks, on behalf of the awardees, Agboola, thanked LERSA for the recognition.

He said that while they were only doing their jobs, they were greatly emboldened and encouraged by the efforts of the association.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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NAF airstrikes hit terrorists’ hideouts in N/East, N/West

The Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai(OPHK) in the Northeast and Operation Hadarin Daji in Northwest has destroyed several terrorists enclaves in recent operations across the theatres.

This is contained in a statement by the Director, Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Sunday in Abuja.

Gabkwet said the operations were coordinated in collaboration with the land component and other security agencies within the operational theatres.

He said the troops had ensured that terrorists, insurgents and other criminal elements operating in the two regions did not constitute significant security threats to innocent citizens within the regions.

In the North East, Gabkwet said the precision air strikes by the Air Component of OPHK on Nov. 3, led to the elimination of several terrorists at their meeting point near Degbawa, a reclusive location within the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.

He said the air strikes were called for after intelligence revealed the sighting of some key terrorists’ figures and their foot soldiers arriving the location for a probable meeting.

According to him, their gathering in large number raised concerns, thus necessitating the need for an air interdiction on the location with devastating outcome for the terrorists.

“An assessment of the location after the strike revealed several terrorists were indeed eliminated.

“According to several sources, the particular location was carefully chosen by the terrorists to evade being easily detected, especially by NAF aircraft.

“The outcome of the strike, however, proved the terrorists wrong as their nefarious plans to meet were detected, thus leading to the success of the air strike.

“The sources also noted that this strike was a major setback for the terrorists who have, of late, been at the receiving end of the air and land components of OPHK,” he said.

NAF spokesman said that there were also strong indications that the terrorists were responsible for the recent attack on some locals in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe on Oct. 31.

He said the terrorists had planned to meet to review the attack as well as plan the next line of attack on innocent civilians and other vulnerable targets.

In the North West, Gabkwet said the Air Component of OPHD has on Nov. 1, conducted series of successful airstrikes in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, targeting the hideout of a notorious terrorist kingpin, Babaru.

According to him, Babaru has been implicated in numerous acts of terrorism and banditry across Kankara and adjacent LGAs in Katsina State.

He said that the said Badaru was involved in the massacre of over 100 residents of Gidan Gari and Yarmai-Yadiya villages in Bakori Local Government Area on Feb. 2.

According to him, the airstrikes destroyed Babaru’s hideout and eliminated several terrorists, though there was no confirmation if Babaru was among those neutralised.

Gabkwet said the air strikes were also carried out at the enclave of terrorist kingpin known as Mai Solar in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara.

According to him, the air strikes took out clusters of enclaves used as hideouts by the kingpin and his cohorts at the location. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

“It was a successful strike as few survivors were observed fleeing the scene of the strike. There is no confirmation if Mai Solar was among the terrorists eliminated,”

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FCT residents decry epileptic power supply, berate AEDC

Abuja, Many business owners and residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have decried the epileptic power supply being experienced in the territory.

The residents said that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was not leaving up to expectations and urged it to improve its services.

The electricity consumers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, decried the poor state of power supply to their business premises and homes.

According to them, the power supply has declined recently compared to how it has been in the past few months.

Mrs Uche Amos, a Fashion Designer at Area 2, Garki shopping complex, said that the situation was so bad that for weeks she had not been able to meet up with her customers’ demands.

“We have not had electricity for close to three days now. I have to depend on generators and getting the fuel to power it is expensive because of the increase in the price of the product.

“It has not been easy with me at all as my customers are complaining seriously and this is not good for my business. I am appealing to the AEDC to do something about the power situation as a matter of urgency ’’ she said.

Mr Abubarkar Audu, a Barber at Area 1 in Garki, said that the situation was getting worse as they did not have power for close to two days.

Audu said that he had to rely on generators to do his business, adding that because of the high cost of fuel, he had increased the cost of babaring a customer’s.

According to him, the increase has reduced patronage.

Also speaking, Mr Joseph Akin, a Welder residing at Kubwa said that electricity was not too regular in his area.

He said ’’we only have light for five to six hours a day and sometimes they don’t get it for a whole day.

“I am appealing to AEDC to improve power supply to the area to enable me to run my business effectively,’’ he said.

Mrs Ese Williams, a civil servant also residing at Kubwa, Abuja said that electricity was not constant in her area.

Willams said that AEDC should do its best to improve on power supply, especially as consumers are paying for the services

Mrs Josphine Aivba, a banker resident at Lugbe, said that it was as if AEDC was playing with the light, they take it, and bring it more than 10 times a day.

‘I don’t even understand what is happening, my appeal is that they should improve on electricity.” she said.

Also speaking, Mr Andrew Coker, who runs a laundry service in Lugbe, said that the light situation in the area was now terrible compared to before.

Coker said that the area does not have power supply for more than four hours in a day, adding that the light goes off every 10 minutes.

”I don’t understand why AEDC switches off the light every 10 minutes. I am appealing to them to improve their services,” he said.

NAN recalls that AEDC in a recent notice had informed customers that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was carrying out maintenance on its 132/33kV KUKWABA T/S.

The company said that the exercise affected customers in: Games Village, Kabusa Gardens, Galadimawa Village, Human Right Radio, Sunny Vale, Suncity, Voice of Nigeria, Aco, Penthouse Estate, Panalpina World Trans Ltd, Aleita Community, Sabon Lugbe, Pyakasa, Chika.

Other areas affected by the maintenance are Lugbe across zones 1-9, Trademore, National Stadium, Eye Clinic, House on the Rock, Indoor Complex, Family Worship Centre, Bromax Estate, Wuye, Utako.

”Railway Station, Federal Medical Centre, Coca-Cola, EFCC HQ, Idu Industrial Area, CITEC Estate, BAZE University, Efab Global Estate, Diamond Court Estate, Wonderland, African University of Science and Technology, and its environs.

”While we regret the inconvenience, please be assured that this outage is necessary to ensure more robust and reliable power supply to all our valued customers,” it said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Gariseb still hopeful of doing better than last season

WINDHOEK: Okahandja United Football Club coach Richard Gariseb is confident that his team will perform better in the current 2022/23 Premiership season as they aim to retain their previous position if not do better.

As of now, they are ranked eighth on the league table with 10 points. The team has won three games, drawn once and lost four matches out of eight, so far.

Despite losing their fourth game of the season on Saturday against Khomas NamPol, which was one of their heavy defeats – conceding four goals to nothing at the UNAM Stadium, Gariseb said their attention shifts to their upcoming fixtures.

George Frans scored the lone goal in the first half for Khomas NamPol, which gave them the lead going into halftime.

In the second half, Khomas NamPol made it rain more for the visitors as they scored three more goals, with Frans who scored his brace, Rewaldo Prins and Absalom Iimbondi both scoring a single goal to take their tally to four goals.

In an interview with Nampa, Gariseb said that Okahandja United’s objective remains the same.

“Our target is to either finish in the top six or improve on last year’s result. What we need now is to perform better in our upcoming games,” he said.

On the other hand, Khomas NamPol’s head coach Fortune Eichab told this agency that they are aiming for 24 points by the end of the weekend.

“Our target was to collect 24 points in the first leg and going into our Sunday fixture the team is looking to collect maximum points as we prepare for the upcoming league matches, which we know will be challenging,” said Eichab.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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German national defrauded of N.dollars 44 000 at Lüderitz

KEETMANSHOOP: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Lüderitz are investigating a case of robbery and fraud after an unknown man allegedly defrauded a German national of about N.dollars 44 000.

NamPol crime investigations coordinator for ||Kharas, Deputy Commissioner Nikodemus Mbango on Sunday told Nampa that the incident occurred on Thursday around 17h55 at the coastal town.

It is alleged that the complainant who is a 56-year-old man had inserted his ATM card at the Nedbank ATM and entered his pin, and while waiting for the money someone came from behind and cancelled the transaction.

“The unknown man allegedly told the complainant that he was an employee of Nedbank and was there to assist him and left. The complainant waited for the card for a while but it didn’t come out and he suspects that the unknown man took the card without being detected,” added Mbango.

Mbango said by the time the complainant was busy calling the bank for assistance, his cellphone was already notifying of withdrawals on three different occasions totalling 2 230.51 Euro, which is equivalent to N.dollars 44 375.40 and one of the withdrawals was done in Rundu.

“According to the complainant the suspect is a man dark in complexion and of middle height with a moustache, who was wearing a black t-shirt with a fine silver necklace and black trousers,” Mbango said.

No money is recovered and police investigation continues.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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Robberies mar weekend

WINDHOEK: A 49-year-old Windhoek man together with his family in their home were on Saturday allegedly robbed of both items and cash valued at N.dollars 100 000 in Otjomuise’s Boston Street.

In a crime report issued by the Namibian Police Force on Sunday, spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi noted that the family was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by four unknown male suspects at about 00h30.

“It is alleged that the suspects gained entrance at the family residence by using a bolt cutter to cut the burglar bars in front of the victims and entered and robbed them of items including one laptop, one television set, one cellphone, one wedding ring, and a passport as well as cash, all totalling N.dollars 100 000,” she said.

No recovery and arrest have been made as police investigations continue, Shikwambi said.

In a similar case, a pensioner was on Saturday attacked and robbed at his home after suspects allegedly jumped over his residence wall and attacked him in his garage at Auasblick in Windhoek.

Shikwambi stated that the suspects allegedly jumped over the wall and found the complainant in his garage at about 12h00 and attacked him with a panga and knives.

It is alleged that the suspects stole property including a vehicle, a pistol, a TV set and more items, the spokesperson said.

The value of the properties is unknown at this stage and no arrests nor recoveries have been made yet and police investigations continue, Shikwambi noted.

In another incident, a 49-year-old Namibian male was on Friday robbed of his personal belongings valued at N.dollars 10 100 after he was allegedly held at gunpoint by suspects along the B1 road in Windhoek.

Shikwambi said that the incident occurred at about 22h00 and that the victim was robbed of a cellphone, two tempo watches, a laptop bag, two pairs of shoes, two t-shirts, denim shorts and business registration documents.

No recovery nor arrests have been made yet and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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Exhibitors express mixed feeling about Keetmanshoop expo

KEETMANSHOOP: Some businesses that took part in the Keetmanshoop Agricultural, Industrial and Tourism Expo said the event has provided an opportunity for them to network and has given them exposure.

The expo took place from 31 October to 04 November 2023 at the Westdene Stadium.

Speaking to this news agency towards the end of the expo, Brain Titus a contemporary artist said the expo gave him the opportunity to share his work with the world and it has gotten him customers from Keetmanshoop and elsewhere.

“I am happy with the sales I made, I now have a customer base, people are calling me from as far as Windhoek and Karibib, interested in what I am doing here, so I thank the organisers of this event for giving me that opportunity,” said Titus, a resident of Keetmanshoop who started his art work last year due to lack of job opportunities.

Titus walked away with the expo’s first place award for small business outstanding stall.

Nelson Nakale of Tokkie leatherworks said he only managed to sell a small amount of the shoes he came with, however was quick to say that the expo created a platform for small businesses to get information on government institutions that can help them with financing their businesses.

“It was really good to be here, we got information on institutions that can help us, but we would want the organisers to ensure that people come in for free and spend the money on us the vendors, we have seen that at expos or festivals where entrance is free one can make money in terms of sales, also the event should be marketed more,” said Nakale who came from Lüderitz to participate in the expo.

Josias Ndhlovu from South Africa who represented HSP marketing said the outcome of the customers was low compared to last year, citing that the dates must be moved to 25th to month end to accommodate more potential customers that get paid on those dates.

“Sales have been poor really, last year it was better, this year we made a loss, remember we have to pay the stall, pay accommodation and all that, so they should look into changing the dates and plus they should advertise the event, people all over should know about the expo,” he said.

They sell massage machines, multi-purpose cleaning materials and kitchen gadgets.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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Young man killed in the capital

WINDHOEK: A 23-year-old Namibian male on Saturday died after he and his friends were allegedly attacked by unknown assailants near a bar in Goreangab Dam in Windhoek.

A crime report issued by the Namibian Police Force on Sunday said that in the incident that took place at about 02h39, information revealed that the deceased and his friends were playing a jackpot machine in one bar and left.

“After a few minutes the deceased with one of his friends came back running and both were stabbed and wounded, however the deceased just walked a short distance and died on the spot,” the police added.

The police noted that the victim was taken to Katutura State Hospital for treatment, and that there is still no suspect at the moment.

In a separate incident, a 22-year-old Namibian male was on Friday robbed of his vehicle after being held at gunpoint at Havana in Windhoek.

The police said the incident occurred at about 12h00 and the vehicle was described to be a Golf 7 of which the value is yet to be determined.

The suspect is still unknown and police investigations continue, the police said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency