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Taraba Govt Writes Family Of Late Teacher, Bassey



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The Taraba State State Government has condoled the family of the late Teacher, Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee.

The State Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Barrister Zainab Usman Jalingo signed signed the letter sent to the family of Late Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee who was stabbed by his ex-student recently in Jalingo and made available to Sahel Reporters.

Read the letter below:

Heartfelt Condolences on the Passing of Mr. Bassey of Late Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee.

Dear Family of the Late Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee,

On behalf of His Excellency, Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas, and the compassionate people of Taraba State, I extend our deepest sympathies over the sudden and tragic demise of your beloved teacher, Mr. Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee, on Thursday, 9th November 2023.

It is truly disheartening that such a dedicated educator met his untimely end while fulfilling his duty, a duty aimed at molding the lives of others. The Government of Taraba State shares in your sorrow and is profoundly moved by the circumstances surrounding Mr. Bassey Sardauna’s passing.

This unprecedented incident has deeply saddened us, and we fervently hope that such a tragedy will not befall our state again. In this challenging time, we stand in solidarity with you, offering our prayers and support to help you navigate through this profound loss.

I want to assure you of the unwavering support of Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas in matters concerning the burial and any necessary financial assistance. May the Almighty comfort your family and provide you with the strength, courage, and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

May the soul of Late Bassey Sardauna Nkuphee find eternal rest in the comforting embrace of the Lord.


Barr. Zainab Usman Jalingo.

Commissioner of Information and Reorientation.

For: Governor of Taraba State.

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BREAKING: 4 Die In Bauchi Zakat Distribution Stampede




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By Sani Adamu Hassan

Report indicate that at least four persons have lost their lives in a stampede while struggling to collect Zakat being distributed by a private businessman, AYM Shafa, in Bauchi State.

Sahel Reporters gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday at the office of Shafa Holdings located along Jos Road in Bauchi metropolis.

The poor and needy, who by Islamic jurisprudence are meant to be beneficiaries of Zakat, had gathered in their numbers since morning waiting to take their turns to collect the Zakat.

Our correspondent reports that Zakat is one of the pillars of the Islamic faith. It requires all Muslims to donate a portion of their wealth to charity.
Muslims must meet a certain threshold before they can qualify for zakat. The amount is 2.5% or 1/40 of an individual’s total savings and wealth, which is thereafter given out to the needy and poor.

When contacted, the Spokesperson of Bauchi State Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil confirm the incident saying about four persons lost their lives in the stampede.

He said scores of others were injured, adding that the situation had been brought under control.

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Tribute: Adieu Albert, The Son Of Akota




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By Sylvanus Ofekun

Albert Akota, who always introduced himself with a touch of humor as “Albert the son of Akota.” A man who brought laughter and joy to everyone he encountered, Albert’s infectious spirit will be sorely missed. 

To many, he was an extraordinary person who had a profound impact on his colleagues, friends and loved ones.

Albert was a true embodiment of happiness. His jovial nature could light up even the gloomiest of rooms. 

No matter what struggles he faced in life, he always found a way to share his burden through humor. 

Albert’s ability to crack jokes, even when faced with personal trials, showcased his resilience and unwavering optimism.

We could count on him to bring a smile to our faces, no matter the circumstances.

Our paths crossed when I joined the FCT Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN in 2013, as a greenhorn sports reporter. 

He wanted to get close, sensing that we both originated from Edo State, but with reticent I welcomed him. 

My reception towards him changed when we lost a reporter, Mr.Ramsey who coincidentally hailed from Edo; rock solid, like the rock of Gibraltar, Albert stood during the grief period and beyond.

Albert, the son of Akota cheated death severally, at least I can attest to one on July 29, 2016, in Asaba, Delta state. 

In the early hours of the said day, at a hotel in Asaba, we were in the capital city of Delta state to attend the burial ceremony of the late Stephen Keshi, when tragedy struck. 

Martin Odiete, Arafat Aliu, Remisola Kisu, and humble self were in the same hotel, en route to Keshi’s hometown, Ileh (a few minutes drive from Asaba). 

A bang on my door at 4 am with a voice screaming, “Oga I be the receptionist, your brother dey die, e say make I call you. ” Without hesitation, I jumped off my bed and dashed into his room, only to find the son of Akota gasping for breath.

With my little experience in first aid and the help of God, tragedy was averted.”

As a seasoned sports journalist and editor for People’s Daily Abuja, Albert not only possessed an incredible talent for reporting on sports but also had an unmatched passion for the games he covered. 

His dedication to his craft was admirable, and his insights were invaluable. 

Whether it was on the football field or in the boxing ring, Albert had an innate ability to capture the essence of the games he covered and relayed it to his readers with passion and enthusiasm.

His articles were a joy to read, and his love for the sporting world was contagious.

Beyond his professional achievements, Albert was a true friend to many. He was the life of the party, always the first to tell a joke or lend an empathetic ear. 

He had a way of making everyone feel seen and valued, leaving an indelible mark on the lives he touched. His warm presence and caring nature will forever be treasured by those fortunate enough to have called him a friend.

Today, as we mourn the loss of Albert at the tender age of 47, let us also celebrate the extraordinary life he led.

Though his time with us was too short, his impact will continue to live on in our hearts and memories. May we find solace in the laughter he shared with us, the stories he told, and the love he showered upon us all.

Albert Akota, “Albert the son of Akota,” was a beacon of joy in our lives, reminding us to take things easy, find humor in adversity, and cherish every moment. 

As we bid him farewell, let us remember all the laughter and happiness he brought into our lives and carry that spirit forward, honoring his memory with every smile we share and every joke we tell.

Rest in peace, dear friend, Albert Okodomi Akota. Your legacy will never be forgotten.

Written by Sylvanus Ofekun. A Sports Journalist, and Analyst.

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Taraba Govt Expresses Sorrow Over The Demise Of Brig Gen Mammadi




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By Sani Yarima

The Taraba State Government has expressed its deepest sorrow and unwavering submission to the will of Allah as it offers its sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Brig. Gen. Usman Abubakar Mammadi.

This is contained in a statement signed by Barrister Zainab Usman Jalingo, the State Commissioner of Information, and Reorientation, and issued to journalists. 
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It read in parts “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the loss of Brig Gen Usman Abubakar Mammadi, a dedicated and respected member of the Nigerian Army.

“We wish to extend our support during this difficult time and honor his invaluable contributions. May he rest in eternal peace.

“We also wish to extend our sympathies to the wider community who share in the grief of losing Brig. Gen. Usman Abubakar Mammadi. 

“May his memory bring comfort and solace, and may we find strength in unity during this period of mourning.” It concluded. 

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