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Literature / Free E-Books by Abubakar Imam for Downloading
« on: August 08, 2009, 02:44:29 PM »
Please check out this link for free e-books of books by Abubakar Imam;

the books are:
Abubakar Imam Memoirs
Ruwan Bagaja
Magana Jari Ce series...
Ruwan Bagaja - The Water of Cure
Tarihin Annabi Kammalalle

We will try to get them all here on to our new Downloads section.

General Board / 'Dan Arewa a London
« on: August 20, 2007, 08:00:53 AM »
To 'yanuwa... ni dai yau na zama dan Arewa a London. Yau Allah da ikonsa ya bani halin lekowa wannan garin birnin Lodon. Kafin aje ko ina, nidai abinda na fara lura dashi a wannan garin, shine.. komai yana da dan karen tsada anan. Misali, daga Airport sai da na biya kudi wuri na guwan wuri har Fam Hamsin da biyar (Kudin Ingila) sannan aka kawoni Masauki (Hotel). Kuma shi kansa hotel din - daki dan tsirit amma ance sai nabiya kamar Fam Tamanin kowace rana. Sannan wannan Intanet (Internet) din da nake amfani da ita sai da aka cajeni Euro Sittin ta catin Credit Card sannan aka kyaleni in hau a dakin nawa na sati daya kenan fa kacal... To lalle fa inna jin yau na zama dan Arewa a London. BTW, if there is any Onliner around this town, it will be good to say hello... I am putting up at the Greenwich? area of London? till next Sunday when I plan to pack my few things and head towards Germany for another week after which I should be back in Nigeria by way of Amsterdam...

Haza wasalam,
Nine mai sauraron ku,
(Dan Arewa a London),
Salisu U. Danyaro.

General Board / Policeman kills pregnant woman, man over N50
« on: May 07, 2007, 12:56:10 PM »
Source: Daily Times - Monday, May 07, 2007/Rabiul Thani 20 , 1428 A. H

Policeman kills pregnant woman, man over N50
By Abubakar Yakubu & Sadiq Abubakar Isah

A pregnant woman, Mrs Saratu Dalami, and a yet-to-be identified man were Saturday morning shot dead at a checkpoint at Abaji in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), when a policeman opened fire on a vehicle whose driver gave N20 instead of N50 he requested.
The driver, John Dada, also sustained bullet wounds on his right hand and currently lying critically ill at a clinic at Abaji.
After the incident, City News learnt that the policemen at the checkpoint dismantled the roadblocks and took to their heels. Their action angered the natives of the community who in turn blocked the Abaji-Toto highway. They also chanted war songs.
The protesters were however pacified when their traditional chief and an assistant commissioner of police in charge of operations at Gwagwalada met with them and assured them that the affected policemen would be investigated and made to face the law.
A passenger in the ill-fated car told City News that when the driver approached the checkpoint at the border between Toto in Nasarawa state and Abaji, he offered N20 to a policeman who collected it and waved him to go.
“As the driver was about to accelerate, another policeman asked him to stop and increase the money to N50,” he said.
The passenger said an argument ensued between the policeman that collected N20 and the one that demanded N50.
“The one who collected N20 was telling the other policeman to let us go and when he refused, the policeman then beckoned on the driver and asked him to drive off with his passengers. As the driver was about pulling off, bullets were fired at the vehicle by the policeman that demanded N50, which killed a pregnant woman from the town who was going to Toto for a medical checkup and a stranger who bordered the car from Abaji,” he said.
The vice-chairman of the drivers’ union at Toto road, Abaji, Abdul Hamid Musa, corroborated the passenger’s statement. He said he went to the same checkpoint ten minutes before the incident occurred to settle a problem between another driver and the police.
“A report got to me on Saturday morning that the police at Toto road checkpoint had impounded one of the vehicles of our members and I rushed there and found out that the car was impounded because the driver refused to settle the policemen at the checkpoint,” he said.
Musa said when he approached the senior officer in the team, he (Musa) was snubbed and informed to see the junior ranked policemen who said they were taking the driver to their station.
“By the time the police decided to listen to me, all the passengers had disembarked from the vehicle and they asked for N200 which was later reduced to N100,” he said.
The vice-chairman said immediately the police collected the N100 from them, one of his members forecast that the money collected from drivers might bring trouble if the police did not stop the habit.
“Less than ten minutes after we returned from the checkpoint, we learnt that the police fired at a Mazda 323 car with a registration number XA 169 PAK, killing a pregnant woman and a man who sat on the front seat of the car because of N50,” he lamented.
A commercial driver called policemen at Abaji greedy. “The policemen from Rubochi who used to man the checkpoint understood with drivers, and we had no problem until Abaji policemen drove them away,” he said.
The driver said when Abaji policemen took over, they started imposing various sums of money from drivers on the road.
“A red Golf car with a registration number SH 775 ABJ was fined heavily by the policemen at the checkpoint and some of the drivers went to the place to appeal to them to have mercy because of the economical situation in the country,” he said.
The driver said despite their appeal, the policemen at the checkpoint still collected lump sum of money from drivers.
When City News visited the town at 3pm Saturday, the pregnant woman had been buried according to Muslim rites while the body of the other person had been deposited at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital morgue by the police. Friends and family members of the late Saratu were seen sympathizing with her husband who sat in the midst of Muslim clerics.
The driver of the vehicle was also seen in a critical state at a clinic at Abaji.
The police area commander, Gwagwalada, told City News reporter that before he got to Abaji, all the suspects had been taken to Garki FCT police command.
“The information I have about the incident is the same thing you have because I did not have the opportunity to interrogate the suspects before they were taken to Garki,” he said.
At the Abaji police station, the reporter overheard policemen say the policeman who fired the shots was not supposed to hold arms as he had not being properly trained in its usage.
The area commander, along with another assistant commissioner of police and other police superintendents from nearby police divisions were seen briefing policemen of Abaji police station.
The Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa, also declined to comment on the incident.
“I was not in town when the incident happened and only heard about the incident from my subjects,” he said. He added further he would have to get more information from the deceased parents before he can be abreast of the situation.

Welcome to the Online Forum / Sort order... First top or last top?
« on: December 29, 2006, 10:52:04 PM »
Please check out the sort order. Do you prefer the current configuration which is defferent from the old Forum being the last response is at the bottom?

Welcome to the Online Forum / Fonts too large...
« on: December 27, 2006, 08:45:10 PM »
Do you think that the fonts on this new forum are too large?

General Board / I will not resign, says Jigawa deputy governor
« on: November 16, 2006, 03:08:03 PM »
I will not resign, says Jigawa deputy governor
From Hassan A Karofi, Dutse

The Deputy Governor of Jigawa state has insisted that he will not resign from his post and has confirmed a growing political rift between him and the gov-ernor.

Barrister Ibrahim Hassan told a crowded press conference in his office that despite reports of attempts to impeach him after he decided to leave the People?s Democratic Party (PDP), he still remains the deputy governor and has no plans to resign.

He said: ?I have heard that an attempt was made to impeach me but I know impeachment is a constitutional issue that comes up when an elected officer is found to have committed an impeac-hable offence. I doubt if cross carpeting is an impeachable offence,? he said.
?After all we left the party on whose platform we were elected and there was noth-ing against us for doing that.

Why all the hue and cry now?? I don?t have to resign my position because of going to the All Nigerian People?s Party, he said.

The embattled Deputy Governor also confirmed growing political differences between him and his boss.
He said: ?It is evident we cannot achieve our political aim here, but we are still consulting with almost every-body on the best option left for us and as I have said always, we are in politics politics because we want to serve and I cannot be intimidated to resign,? he added.

The bad blood between Mr Hassan and Governor Ibrahim Turaki is believed to have begun after the adoption of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Sule Lamido, as the governors chosen successor to governor Turaki in 2007.

Hassan said: ?I have heard of attempts to impeach me but I have been told by many legislators that there was no such attempt.

Anyway even if it is true, I want to assure you that we are working hard with all our supporters to see what is best for us?.
The deputy governor also said that it is practically not an offence to dump the PDP to the ANPP because according to him, he is playing politics of issues with people as central to all his decisions and not politics of individualism.

General Board / Succession crisis rocks Jigawa . . .
« on: November 09, 2006, 06:30:41 PM »
Succession crisis rocks Jigawa
From Hassan A. Karofi
Source: Daily Trust Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Jigawa state House of Assembly has met to discuss the impeachment of the state deputy governor accused of allegedly planning to dump the PDP and return to the ANPP.

Yesterday, the House met to discuss a new and urgent development in the state over plans by 14 commissioners to leave the party for the ANPP in support of deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan. They believe he has been unfairly blocked from becoming the party?s choice to succeed Governor Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, next year.

Already 30 Special Advisers, 20 Special Assistants have threatened to resign over the political development rocking the state as the attempts to unseat the deputy governor.

The House reconvened Tuesday and declared itself on recess indefinitely. This time is needed to begin the impeachment process against Alhaji Hassan, government sources said.

The deputy governor is alleged to have been approached by the national headquarters of the ANPP to come back to the party as he was said to be assured a ticket as the preferred candidate of the party in the state.
Information Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Dandoka, denied the allegation. He told newsmen that the state government has no intention whatsoever to impeach the deputy governor, describing the development as the handiwork of some people who want to cause confusion in the state.

Information Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Dandoka, denied the allegation. He told newsmen that the state government has no intention whatsoever to impeach the deputy governor, describing the development as the handiwork of some people who want to cause confusion in the state.

He said: ?I want to call on our people to disregard the development as a rumour and continue with their normal activities,? he said.

The Majority Leader of the House, Alhaji Adamu Atmos Ahmed, also denied any plot. He said the House has not met over any impeachment threat on the state?s deputy governor.

While describing the development as false, he said the allegation of impeachment is just another handiwork of some detractors to cause confusion in the state.

But party sources said former Foreign Affairs Minister, Sule Lamido, has been endorsed as the preferred candidate to succeed Governor Ibrahim Turaki.

A directive is said to have been issued to all aspirants in the PDP to drop their interest in favor of the former minister, a development Daily Trust learnt is creating tension

General Board / CBN Endorses 25 Banks After Recap - Is your Bank here?
« on: January 17, 2006, 10:23:26 PM »
Source: Nigeria First (Abuja)
January 3, 2006
Posted to the web January 3, 2006

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on 2 January announced the authorisation of 25 groups of banks that met the N25 billion recapitalisation target and disclosed that 13 banks, which failed to meet the recapitalisation mark, would be liquidated.

The CBN's Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Festus Odoko said in Abuja that the 25 banks to be issued fresh licences to operate in Nigeria include,

1. Access Bank Plc,

2. Afribank Plc,

3. Diamond Bank Plc,

4. Ecobank Plc,

5. Equatorial Trust Bank Limited,

6. First City Monument Bank,

7. Fidelity Bank,

8. First Bank Plc,

9. First Inland Bank Plc,

10. Guaranty Trust Bank Plc,

11. IBTC-Chartered Bank,

12. Intercontinental Bank Plc.

13. Nigeria International Bank,

14. Oceanic Bank Plc,

15. Platinum Bank Plc,

16. Skye Bank Plc,

17. Spring Bank Plc,

18. Stanbic Bank Plc,

19. Standard Chartered Bank Plc,

20. United Bank of Africa Plc,

21. Sterling Bank Plc,

22. Union Bank Plc,

23. Unity Bank Plc,

24. Wema Bank Plc and

25. Zenith Bank Plc.

He listed the 13 banks facing liquidation to include,

1. ACB International Bank,

2. Afex Bank,

3. Allstates Trust Bank,

4. Assurance Bank,

5. City Express Bank,

6. Eagle Bank,

7. Fortune Bank,

8. Gulf Bank,

9. Hallmark Bank,

10. Liberty Bank,

11. Metropolitan Bank,

12. Trade Bank and

13. Triumph Bank.

He said these banks accounts for only 6.5 per cent of the deposit share of the industry and assured private sector depositors of the safety of their deposits.

According to him, the program has resulted in the shrinkage of the number of banks from 89 to 25 through merger/acquisition involving 76 banks, which altogether account for 93.5 per cent of the deposit share of the market. The capital market has also received a boost with a total of N406 billion raised so far and N360 billion accepted by the CBN, including foreign capital inflow of $654 million and ?161,993."

The CBN had on 6 July 2004 announced a major reform program aimed at transforming the banking sector in Nigeria. The main thrust of the 13-point reform agenda was the prescription of minimum shareholders' funds of N25 billion for a Nigerian deposit money bank not later than 31 December 2005.

Science and Technology / Stabilizer and UPS rating for PCs...
« on: January 03, 2006, 11:01:10 PM »
Assalamu alaikum;

Just asking for adequate and proper single Stabilizer and UPS rating (specs) for six (6) Computers all connected together. The six Computers will only need one (1) Power Stabilizer and one UPS.


General Board / Wellcare Pharmacy ? Closed and Customs on premises...
« on: December 19, 2005, 10:30:24 PM »
Assalamu alaikum;

Wellcare Pharmacy, Gashash Road, Off Hadeija Road ? Closed and Customs on premises.
If you leave in Kano you might know of Wellcare Pharmacy, Gashash Road, Off Hadeija Road. It is one of places you go to, to purchase your pharmaceutical supplies if you want to make sure that you get un-expired and non-faked supplies. Grant it that their prices are not cheap, but at least you know that you are getting the real thing? most doctors will send you there!

This morning, I went to the Pharmacy hoping to buy a small bottle of BAYER Aspirin. On reaching there, I found it to be closed and with about 3 Custom Vehicles and many uniformed Customs officers there. Does anybody know what is going on? Any other Alternatives?

General Board / Heavy Tension in Kano - between Hisbah and 'Yan Acaba
« on: December 15, 2005, 09:40:49 PM »
Assalamu alaikum;

I have notice over the last couple of days, an increasing tension between Hisbah & 'YanDaba on one side, and the 'Yan Acaba (Commercial Motorcyclists)
 on the other side. Some of the 'Yan Acaba are resisting the enforcement of a ban on conveyance of female on motorcycles which started last Monday...

I am however supprised as the apparent "cooperation" between the Hisbah and the 'Yan Daba in this case...

Where does the Police stand on this one?

AUTOMOTIVE / my Lucky Car
« on: February 03, 2005, 03:05:45 PM »
Assalamu alaikum;

my Lucky Car

I just glanced at the dashboard clock and it is about 7:45 PM. I breath a sigh of relief when I start to see on the far left, an ambient light of BUK New Campus rising from the darkness of the night. This signifies to me that I have now entered Kano mai mata mai mota in my mota, my Lucky Car from the Western side of the city. As I drive further east, past Jan Bulo & Bakin Bulo towards the BUK Old Campus, I am greeted with the Light and Sounds ? the Light and Sounds of all kinds and assorted types of Electric Generators and of course no NEPA. In Nigeria, if you want Electricity, you have to generate it yourself.

Alhamdulillah ? Allah nagode maka da ka sa wannan motar ta kawoni gida lafiya. To understand why I am so glad and relief to make a grand entry to Kano at a speed of 40 to 50 mph, in my Lucky Car ? a 1989 Honda Accord LXi with over 220,000 miles under her belt, you have to hear what we went through today.

It all started when at about 2:00 PM, we got on the road from Gusau, Zamfara state to Kano, a road trip we usually conclude in about 3 hours or less, with a plan to proceed to Dutse, Jigawa state later in the evening. Driving East from Gusau along Gusau Funtua Road, I made a quick stop just on the outskirt of Gusau to get some Can Cola, Suya, Bottle water and an 750 Naira but 800 Naira MTN Calling (Recharge) Card. (You need to call people to tell them that you have set up on the road whenever you plan to travel? this is because, among other reasons, there is no guarantee that you will make it to your planned destination?) Now for me, the Driving & Road condition of Gusau to Kano or Kano to Gusau Road is among the worst in Northern Nigeria; The potholes are really beyond description? most times you are better off getting off the road for a period of time that to go through these giant holes on the road, This Road has a some parts that is so ridden with Arm Robbers that at one time they put up fliers as to how much you must carry for them based on your status and profession if you have to pass through. Many parts of this road is a one-lane-no-shoulder full of twist, turns, bumps, ups and downs and on top of that for whatever reason, the Big Trucks & Lorries like to use it most frequently day and night.

No matter how carefully you drive, there is just no way you can avoid at least some of the ?potholes?. After finally getting on the road, I got to Funtua, Katsina State safe and sound expect for the usual Road blocks by Lawmen & women, the potholes, the many near misses with Goat, Sheep, Cattle, Kids, madmen, Kiya-kiya, Dafa duka. The worst of these are the Sheep because for whatever reason, the sheep can not seem to make its mind if to continue to cross the road or to turn back?

After Funtua, I took the road towards Dayi. Just then --- an older model Peugeot crossed from the other side and cut in front of me despite all my loud horns and high beam light? even after putting on my breaks, it seems like I may still make an unwelcome contact with this car in front of me. The approaching big Fuel truck seems to be moving just slow enough that I felt I can just make a fast overtaking. Now in situations like this, I usually can count on my Lucky Car to go overdrive to see me through just in the nick of time. Well this time, this time, oh yes she came through quite alright, but on the other side, I know that I have done her some major damage on her aging and Nigerian Road beaten veins. I know she was hearting because she doesn?t feel like her old self again just before the overtaking and also the Check Engine light is now ON. I then turned off the headlights and the Air condition. Anyway, there is nothing I can do but just to continue to drive ? just like a wounded athlete determined to complete a race and also because of the important Nigerian Road Driving unwritten Rule of never stopping till you get to a town?

As I kept pushing on and after coming up a long winding curve, I can see the Lawmen standing as usual in the middle of the road. Off the road on the right hand side, in a small clearing is also the usual SUV (JEEP) marked ?Fire for Fire?. The standard way I develop over the time, is for me to slow down, wave, wind down my window and say something like ?Barka da aiki officer?. In most of the time the Lawman would just wave me through, but this time the Lawman did not want me to pass because he stands right in front of my path in the middle of my lane. So I had to stop in the middle of the road -  Hiway. ?Daga ina yallaboi?? he said ?Daga Gusau nake zanje Kano? I said. Then he said ?Don Allah bud'e mana but dinka mana?, and as soon as he said that my Lucky Car just died there in the middle of the road - Hiway. ?Kai! kagama motar ta mutu? daman lallabata nakeyi in Karasa garin nan na gaba ? Dayi? I said. ?To bari mu turamaka? he said, ?kudai turamin in sauka daga kan titi, kuma inna jin wani wari-wari kamar hayak'i? I said. So they pushed the car a little bit off the road. After opening the hood (bonnet), I can see one of the rubber hose from the Radiator to the engine is spitting out water. One of the lawman, a man from Zaria as he said, got plastic leather and help me tired the location where the water was spitting just like tying a bleeding wound with a piece of rag. After that, I attempted to start my Lucky Car not sure she will start ? she just started right up - my Lucky Car. I gave the lawman from Zaria 200 Naira so they can buy ?Pure Water?, which he then put in his pocket and thanked me for that.

From there, I continued not far to Dayi. From Dayi, I decided not to stop here, but to attempt to make it to Gwarzo, where I can make my Asar prayer and the check the wounded vein of my Lucky Car.

to continue...

Member Poetry / Silent TO BE GOOD!
« on: January 13, 2005, 03:37:40 PM »

I?m sorry for my Silence

For Silence can be Rude
Silence can be Violence and Foolishness
Silence can be Madness and Loneliness
?and sometimes Silence can be Good

I feel the Violence and Madness of the Silence
?and I feel the Foolishness and the Loneliness of the Silence

I was Silent Not to be Rude
?and I was Silent TO BE GOOD!

General Board / RAGON SALLAH / LAYYA... Nawane?
« on: January 13, 2005, 03:31:41 PM »
Please what is the average price of RAGON Sallah / Layya in your Town / Country this year?

The Ram has to be at least one year old...

So please average price for average RAGO!

Science and Technology / VSat internet Solution for Nortern Nigeria
« on: January 13, 2005, 01:28:59 PM »
Do you know or have any information for an affordable and stable VSAT Internet Access solution that can be installed and used in Nortern part of Nigeria... I had a portable VSAT Internet Access system call BGAN by INMARSAT, one of the issues or problem with that system is the fact that the bandwidth is a bit too expensive for me since they charge per Meg of usage. Also if you need more information about that system, let me know. I am really looking for ideas, prices and most of all reliability... please let?s discuss!

This topic is from zezezee's "How can internet be really cheap?"

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