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Osun monarch calls for increase budgetary allocation to Army

By Shina Abubakar – OsogboOlowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness, Oba Adekunle Makama, has lent his voice to the comment by the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who says the National Assembly will adjust the defense budget to meet security challenges.In a statement issued by the monarch on Tuesday, he maintained that he has always canvassed for better funding for the Nigerian Army in order to meet the challenges of fighting the asymmetric war.He said the N120billion budgeted for the Army for 2020 is grossly inadequate.Makama in his various interventions on the need to support the Nigerian Army in the past has canvassed for increasing funds in terms of procuring the modern equipment and also to boost the morale of our gallant troops.He maintained that his priority is to ensure a secure and safe country as that remains the condition precedent for economic prosperity, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.The monarch, who saluted the courage and professionalism of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai in the face of a daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and banditry in the North West pleaded with politicians across the board not to play politics with the armed forces being the symbol of the nation’s unity.“As I have said before now, our troops need our individual and concerted support through prayers and positive comments from our religious leaders of both faith and all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians.“A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morale and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results.“We should all say ‘No’ to fake news emanating from some faceless rights organisations whose interest is not in alignment with that of Nigerian masses. These groups, which masquerade as concerned bodies, are perceived to be all out to do all they can to sustain the problem in a bid to satisfy their parochial interest.“It must be stated that these groups cannot claim to love Nigeria more than Nigerians, and love their country more than they(Nigerians) do. So, it is high time we insulated our Armed Forces from external and their internal collaborators because Nigeria is greater than any of us.“At this point, I will like to clamour for a massive increase in the budgetary allocation to the Defence Ministry, this will enhance an accelerated equipping of our Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern-day and conventional warfare.“We hereby call on the International community not to fold their hands and watch Nigerian face insurgency and counter-terrorism alone. We have seen how they collectively rally round to defeat ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan. France can play a major role in being the colonial master of most of the neighbouring countries around us.“We have to realise that Nigeria belongs to all us, Nigeria is older than most of us, and Nigeria will still outlive most of us. The best we should individually and collectively do is to contribute our quotas in leaving Nigeria better than we met it.” He said.It will be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.vanguard
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/58608-banks-deny-asking-mtn-to-impose-ussd-charge/

Banks deny asking MTN to impose USSD charge

Nigerian banks have denied asking MTN to impose a new charge on customers for using the telecom firm’s access codes to conduct financial transactions.MTN on Sunday announced a N4 charge for every 20 seconds of using USSD bank codes, claiming it took the decision as requested by the banks.“Yello, as requested by your bank, from Oct. 21, we will start charging you directly for USSD access to banking services. Please contact your bank for more information,” the company said in a text message.The government ordered the suspension of the plan after many Nigerians expressed outrage at a time citizens have been caused to pay more in tax and other charges. Communications minister, Isa Pantami, said he was not briefed before the announcement by MTN.The Body of Bank CEOs said in a statement on Monday that MTN’s claim the banks called for the charges was untrue.The group said, “the banks did not ask MTN to start charging customers as contained in the text message. The decision on whether, and what amount, to charge a customer for assessing USSD is entirely that of the telco company, in the same way a customer is billed for calls, SMS and data.”It said, “MTN is the only company that is yet to implement end-user billing which is the standard practice for customer-initiated transactions. This is despite the fact that the banks, working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), have engaged MTN over a period of more than one year to try and bring down the cost of USSD to aid financial inclusion.” Government Unaware The government’s earlier statement by the Ministry of Communications said on Sunday, “The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed.” Separately, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also opposed plans by MTN to apply the USSD charge. Alleged USSD service charge: Pantami orders immediate suspension of charges The governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, gave the bank’s position at a news briefing by the Nigerian delegation to the just-concluded World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, in Washington on Sunday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Responding to a question seeking his reaction to the announcement, the CBN governor said the bank would not allow that to happen. “About five, four months ago, I held a meeting with some telecom companies as well as the leading banks in Nigeria at Central Bank, Lagos,” he was quoted as saying. “At that time, we came to a conclusion that the use of USSD is a sunk cost. What we mean by a sunk cost is that it is not an additional cost on the infrastructure of the telecom company. “But the telecom companies disagreed with us, they said it is an additional investment on infrastructure and for that reason they needed to impose it. “I have told the banks that we will not allow this to happen. The banks are the people who give this business to the telecom companies and I leave the banks and the telecom companies to engage. “I have told the banks that they have to move their business, move their traffic to a telecom company that is ready to provide it at the lowest possible, if not zero cost. “And that is where we stand, and we must achieve it,” he said. The banks’ executives, in the latest statement, said charges for financial transactions remain unchanged. “That the banks are determined to pursue the National Financial Inclusion Strategy of the government and will continue to advocate that telcos identify wholeheartedly with this laudable initiative and implement transparent and low pricing model in the use of USSD access codes,” the statement said. Vanguard Nigeria News
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/55502-banks-deny-asking-mtn-to-impose-ussd-charge/

Banks deny asking MTN to impose USSD charge

Nigerian banks have denied asking MTN to impose a new charge on customers for using the telecom firm’s access codes to conduct financial transactions.MTN on Sunday announced a N4 charge for every 20 seconds of using USSD bank codes, claiming it took the decision as requested by the banks.“Yello, as requested by your bank, from Oct. 21, we will start charging you directly for USSD access to banking services. Please contact your bank for more information,” the company said in a text message.The government ordered the suspension of the plan after many Nigerians expressed outrage at a time citizens have been caused to pay more in tax and other charges. Communications minister, Isa Pantami, said he was not briefed before the announcement by MTN.The Body of Bank CEOs said in a statement on Monday that MTN’s claim the banks called for the charges was untrue.The group said, “the banks did not ask MTN to start charging customers as contained in the text message. The decision on whether, and what amount, to charge a customer for assessing USSD is entirely that of the telco company, in the same way a customer is billed for calls, SMS and data.”It said, “MTN is the only company that is yet to implement end-user billing which is the standard practice for customer-initiated transactions. This is despite the fact that the banks, working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), have engaged MTN over a period of more than one year to try and bring down the cost of USSD to aid financial inclusion.” Government Unaware The government’s earlier statement by the Ministry of Communications said on Sunday, “The office of the Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM is unaware of this development and has hereby directed the sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ensures the operator suspends such plans until the Honourable Minister is fully and properly briefed.” Separately, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also opposed plans by MTN to apply the USSD charge. Alleged USSD service charge: Pantami orders immediate suspension of charges The governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, gave the bank’s position at a news briefing by the Nigerian delegation to the just-concluded World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, in Washington on Sunday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Responding to a question seeking his reaction to the announcement, the CBN governor said the bank would not allow that to happen. “About five, four months ago, I held a meeting with some telecom companies as well as the leading banks in Nigeria at Central Bank, Lagos,” he was quoted as saying. “At that time, we came to a conclusion that the use of USSD is a sunk cost. What we mean by a sunk cost is that it is not an additional cost on the infrastructure of the telecom company. “But the telecom companies disagreed with us, they said it is an additional investment on infrastructure and for that reason they needed to impose it. “I have told the banks that we will not allow this to happen. The banks are the people who give this business to the telecom companies and I leave the banks and the telecom companies to engage. “I have told the banks that they have to move their business, move their traffic to a telecom company that is ready to provide it at the lowest possible, if not zero cost. “And that is where we stand, and we must achieve it,” he said. The banks’ executives, in the latest statement, said charges for financial transactions remain unchanged. “That the banks are determined to pursue the National Financial Inclusion Strategy of the government and will continue to advocate that telcos identify wholeheartedly with this laudable initiative and implement transparent and low pricing model in the use of USSD access codes,” the statement said. Vanguard Nigeria News
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/18194-osun-monarch-calls-for-increase-budgetary-allocation-to-army/

Osun monarch calls for increase budgetary allocation to Army

By Shina Abubakar – OsogboOlowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness, Oba Adekunle Makama, has lent his voice to the comment by the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who says the National Assembly will adjust the defense budget to meet security challenges.In a statement issued by the monarch on Tuesday, he maintained that he has always canvassed for better funding for the Nigerian Army in order to meet the challenges of fighting the asymmetric war.He said the N120billion budgeted for the Army for 2020 is grossly inadequate.Makama in his various interventions on the need to support the Nigerian Army in the past has canvassed for increasing funds in terms of procuring the modern equipment and also to boost the morale of our gallant troops.He maintained that his priority is to ensure a secure and safe country as that remains the condition precedent for economic prosperity, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.The monarch, who saluted the courage and professionalism of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai in the face of a daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and banditry in the North West pleaded with politicians across the board not to play politics with the armed forces being the symbol of the nation’s unity.“As I have said before now, our troops need our individual and concerted support through prayers and positive comments from our religious leaders of both faith and all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians.“A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morale and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results.“We should all say ‘No’ to fake news emanating from some faceless rights organisations whose interest is not in alignment with that of Nigerian masses. These groups, which masquerade as concerned bodies, are perceived to be all out to do all they can to sustain the problem in a bid to satisfy their parochial interest.“It must be stated that these groups cannot claim to love Nigeria more than Nigerians, and love their country more than they(Nigerians) do. So, it is high time we insulated our Armed Forces from external and their internal collaborators because Nigeria is greater than any of us.“At this point, I will like to clamour for a massive increase in the budgetary allocation to the Defence Ministry, this will enhance an accelerated equipping of our Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern-day and conventional warfare.“We hereby call on the International community not to fold their hands and watch Nigerian face insurgency and counter-terrorism alone. We have seen how they collectively rally round to defeat ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan. France can play a major role in being the colonial master of most of the neighbouring countries around us.“We have to realise that Nigeria belongs to all us, Nigeria is older than most of us, and Nigeria will still outlive most of us. The best we should individually and collectively do is to contribute our quotas in leaving Nigeria better than we met it.” He said.It will be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.vanguard
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/65318-osun-monarch-calls-for-increase-budgetary-allocation-to-army/

Osun monarch calls for increase budgetary allocation to Army

By Shina Abubakar – OsogboOlowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness, Oba Adekunle Makama, has lent his voice to the comment by the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who says the National Assembly will adjust the defense budget to meet security challenges.In a statement issued by the monarch on Tuesday, he maintained that he has always canvassed for better funding for the Nigerian Army in order to meet the challenges of fighting the asymmetric war.He said the N120billion budgeted for the Army for 2020 is grossly inadequate.Makama in his various interventions on the need to support the Nigerian Army in the past has canvassed for increasing funds in terms of procuring the modern equipment and also to boost the morale of our gallant troops.He maintained that his priority is to ensure a secure and safe country as that remains the condition precedent for economic prosperity, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.The monarch, who saluted the courage and professionalism of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai in the face of a daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and banditry in the North West pleaded with politicians across the board not to play politics with the armed forces being the symbol of the nation’s unity.“As I have said before now, our troops need our individual and concerted support through prayers and positive comments from our religious leaders of both faith and all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians.“A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morale and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results.“We should all say ‘No’ to fake news emanating from some faceless rights organisations whose interest is not in alignment with that of Nigerian masses. These groups, which masquerade as concerned bodies, are perceived to be all out to do all they can to sustain the problem in a bid to satisfy their parochial interest.“It must be stated that these groups cannot claim to love Nigeria more than Nigerians, and love their country more than they(Nigerians) do. So, it is high time we insulated our Armed Forces from external and their internal collaborators because Nigeria is greater than any of us.“At this point, I will like to clamour for a massive increase in the budgetary allocation to the Defence Ministry, this will enhance an accelerated equipping of our Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern-day and conventional warfare.“We hereby call on the International community not to fold their hands and watch Nigerian face insurgency and counter-terrorism alone. We have seen how they collectively rally round to defeat ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan. France can play a major role in being the colonial master of most of the neighbouring countries around us.“We have to realise that Nigeria belongs to all us, Nigeria is older than most of us, and Nigeria will still outlive most of us. The best we should individually and collectively do is to contribute our quotas in leaving Nigeria better than we met it.” He said.It will be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.vanguard
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/19917-why-nigerias-economy-will-grow-faster-under-buhari-oshiomhole/

Why Nigeria’s economy will grow faster under Buhari — Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to accelerate economic growth with a view to meeting the needs of Nigerians in his second term in office.In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said this when a delegation from the Vietnamese Government paid him a courtesy in Abuja.The delegation was led by His Excellency, Nguyen Hai Ninh, the Deputy Chief of Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.According to him, to achieve this, the APC led Federal Government is reviving our textile industry.“The idea is to work towards taking advantage of comparative advantage in this sector in order to help provide jobs to the over 200 million of our population,” Oshiomhole said.According to him, Buhari is in a hurry to provide jobs to unemployed Nigerians as well as accelerate the growth of the economy.“It is as a result of this that the APC led administration is fighting corruption vigorously for our commonwealth not to be concentrated in the hands of a few, but that of the majority.“With a population of 200 million, we have the advantage of a huge market, but we also have a huge challenge of ensuring economic growth that will make that 200 million person comfortable.Also read:“Before the coming of Buhari, we missed lots of opportunities,” he said.Oshiomhole said that the country had challenges in power supply and security, adding that the President was fighting corruption to preventing few people from taking the wealth meant for the nation.“Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for our President, so we are going to take advantage of the second term to ensure that we accelerate economic growth for us to meet the needs of our people.“Right now, we are focusing on ensuring that we have a power supply. Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have an international market, so I am glad to know about that.“I am particularly keen on this because I work in the textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs,” he said.Oshiomhole commended the Vietnamese Government for backing Nigeria in its bid for the Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly.He said that the countries would continue to deepen relationships in areas of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.Earlier, Hai Nin said the visit was to establish official relationship between the APC led government and the communist party of Vietnam.He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in settling the crisis between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China sea, urging Nigeria to insist that the dispute be settled according to the UN established laws.Vanguard news
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/85640-osun-monarch-calls-for-increase-budgetary-allocation-to-army/

Osun monarch calls for increase budgetary allocation to Army

By Shina Abubakar – OsogboOlowu of Kuta, His Royal Highness, Oba Adekunle Makama, has lent his voice to the comment by the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who says the National Assembly will adjust the defense budget to meet security challenges.In a statement issued by the monarch on Tuesday, he maintained that he has always canvassed for better funding for the Nigerian Army in order to meet the challenges of fighting the asymmetric war.He said the N120billion budgeted for the Army for 2020 is grossly inadequate.Makama in his various interventions on the need to support the Nigerian Army in the past has canvassed for increasing funds in terms of procuring the modern equipment and also to boost the morale of our gallant troops.He maintained that his priority is to ensure a secure and safe country as that remains the condition precedent for economic prosperity, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.The monarch, who saluted the courage and professionalism of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai in the face of a daunting task to contain the Boko Haram and banditry in the North West pleaded with politicians across the board not to play politics with the armed forces being the symbol of the nation’s unity.“As I have said before now, our troops need our individual and concerted support through prayers and positive comments from our religious leaders of both faith and all well-meaning patriotic Nigerians.“A situation whereby their efforts are greeted with scornful remarks would naturally kill their morale and also incapacitate their spirit to fight and get desired results.“We should all say ‘No’ to fake news emanating from some faceless rights organisations whose interest is not in alignment with that of Nigerian masses. These groups, which masquerade as concerned bodies, are perceived to be all out to do all they can to sustain the problem in a bid to satisfy their parochial interest.“It must be stated that these groups cannot claim to love Nigeria more than Nigerians, and love their country more than they(Nigerians) do. So, it is high time we insulated our Armed Forces from external and their internal collaborators because Nigeria is greater than any of us.“At this point, I will like to clamour for a massive increase in the budgetary allocation to the Defence Ministry, this will enhance an accelerated equipping of our Armed Forces to meet up with the demand of modern-day and conventional warfare.“We hereby call on the International community not to fold their hands and watch Nigerian face insurgency and counter-terrorism alone. We have seen how they collectively rally round to defeat ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan. France can play a major role in being the colonial master of most of the neighbouring countries around us.“We have to realise that Nigeria belongs to all us, Nigeria is older than most of us, and Nigeria will still outlive most of us. The best we should individually and collectively do is to contribute our quotas in leaving Nigeria better than we met it.” He said.It will be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume, on Thursday, said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.vanguard
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/64582-why-nigerias-economy-will-grow-faster-under-buhari-oshiomhole/

Why Nigeria’s economy will grow faster under Buhari — Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to accelerate economic growth with a view to meeting the needs of Nigerians in his second term in office.In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said this when a delegation from the Vietnamese Government paid him a courtesy in Abuja.The delegation was led by His Excellency, Nguyen Hai Ninh, the Deputy Chief of Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.According to him, to achieve this, the APC led Federal Government is reviving our textile industry.“The idea is to work towards taking advantage of comparative advantage in this sector in order to help provide jobs to the over 200 million of our population,” Oshiomhole said.According to him, Buhari is in a hurry to provide jobs to unemployed Nigerians as well as accelerate the growth of the economy.“It is as a result of this that the APC led administration is fighting corruption vigorously for our commonwealth not to be concentrated in the hands of a few, but that of the majority.“With a population of 200 million, we have the advantage of a huge market, but we also have a huge challenge of ensuring economic growth that will make that 200 million person comfortable.Also read:“Before the coming of Buhari, we missed lots of opportunities,” he said.Oshiomhole said that the country had challenges in power supply and security, adding that the President was fighting corruption to preventing few people from taking the wealth meant for the nation.“Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for our President, so we are going to take advantage of the second term to ensure that we accelerate economic growth for us to meet the needs of our people.“Right now, we are focusing on ensuring that we have a power supply. Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have an international market, so I am glad to know about that.“I am particularly keen on this because I work in the textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs,” he said.Oshiomhole commended the Vietnamese Government for backing Nigeria in its bid for the Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly.He said that the countries would continue to deepen relationships in areas of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.Earlier, Hai Nin said the visit was to establish official relationship between the APC led government and the communist party of Vietnam.He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in settling the crisis between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China sea, urging Nigeria to insist that the dispute be settled according to the UN established laws.Vanguard news
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/51024-why-nigerias-economy-will-grow-faster-under-buhari-oshiomhole/

Why Nigeria’s economy will grow faster under Buhari — Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to accelerate economic growth with a view to meeting the needs of Nigerians in his second term in office.In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said this when a delegation from the Vietnamese Government paid him a courtesy in Abuja.The delegation was led by His Excellency, Nguyen Hai Ninh, the Deputy Chief of Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.According to him, to achieve this, the APC led Federal Government is reviving our textile industry.“The idea is to work towards taking advantage of comparative advantage in this sector in order to help provide jobs to the over 200 million of our population,” Oshiomhole said.According to him, Buhari is in a hurry to provide jobs to unemployed Nigerians as well as accelerate the growth of the economy.“It is as a result of this that the APC led administration is fighting corruption vigorously for our commonwealth not to be concentrated in the hands of a few, but that of the majority.“With a population of 200 million, we have the advantage of a huge market, but we also have a huge challenge of ensuring economic growth that will make that 200 million person comfortable.Also read:“Before the coming of Buhari, we missed lots of opportunities,” he said.Oshiomhole said that the country had challenges in power supply and security, adding that the President was fighting corruption to preventing few people from taking the wealth meant for the nation.“Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for our President, so we are going to take advantage of the second term to ensure that we accelerate economic growth for us to meet the needs of our people.“Right now, we are focusing on ensuring that we have a power supply. Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have an international market, so I am glad to know about that.“I am particularly keen on this because I work in the textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs,” he said.Oshiomhole commended the Vietnamese Government for backing Nigeria in its bid for the Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly.He said that the countries would continue to deepen relationships in areas of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.Earlier, Hai Nin said the visit was to establish official relationship between the APC led government and the communist party of Vietnam.He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in settling the crisis between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China sea, urging Nigeria to insist that the dispute be settled according to the UN established laws.Vanguard news
http://storiya.com/2019/10/22/96243-courts-grant-bail-to-proprietors-of-sealed-katsina-rehab-centres/

Courts grant bail to proprietors of sealed Katsina rehab centres

By Bashir Bello – KatsinaTwo different Magistrate courts sitting in Katsina state have on Tuesday granted bail to the proprietors of the sealed rehabilitation centres in Katsina and Daura local government areas respectively.The owner of Niga Rehabilitation and Reformation Centre, Kofar Durbi quarters, Katsina, Mallam Salisu Hamisu, was granted bail to the sum of One Million naira while Mallam Bello Abdullahi, owner of the Daura rehabilitation centre was granted bail to the sum of One hundred thousand naira.The proprietors, Hamisu and Abdullahi, were being prosecuted for allegedly running illegal centres and maltreatment of inmates in the state.The presiding magistrate, who pleaded for the protection of identity for security reasons, granted bail to Hamisu in the sum of one million naira with three ‘reasonable and responsible sureties’, one of whom must be a Director in the civil service.The Court also directed that “two of the sureties must have houses ‘within the jurisdiction of the court and must be well known while Hamisu was also directed to submit his international passport with the court”.The police prosecutor, ASP Sani Ado had earlier told the court that investigation was still in progress on the case and pleaded for an adjournment of the case to a new date which the presiding magistrate granted and adjourned the case of Hamisu to 14th November, 2019 for mention.Recall that Hamisu was charged with offences of “wrongful confinement and assault or criminal force in an attempt to wrongfully confine a person’’.According to the police, the charges were under sections 257(b) and 270 of penal code law.The cleric pleaded not guilty to all the charges when he was first brought to the court last Thursday.Meanwhile, the presiding chief magistrate, Court One, Mallam Nuradeen Abdullahi granted bail to the 78-year-old cleric and owner of the Daura rehabilitation centre, Mallam Bello Abdullahi and two others of his accomplice, Habibu Bello, 28 and Abba Abubakar, 16.The trios were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement and cruelty to children.The police prosecutor, ASP Lawan Korau told the court that the accused were facing the charges under sections 97,257(b) and 238 of the penal code law.The presiding Chief Magistrate, while ruling on the bail application, insisted that the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, allowed for their bail.He said “The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended allows for the bail of the accused. I don’t agree with the argument of the police prosecutor that if the accused were granted bail, it would jeopardise the investigation. I accordingly grant the three accused person bail”.The Chief Magistrate admitted each of the accused persons to bail in the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000.00) each.He also directed that the trio should have one surety each who should reside in the area where the accused person resides while each of the sureties must have evidence of landed property.The Chief Magistrate, however, adjourned the case to 13th November 2019 for mention.Vanguard News Nigeria.