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Sultan declares Monday beginning of Ramadan

Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, says the crescent moon for the month of Ramadan has been sighted, declaring Monday as the first day of fasting in the country.

Simwal, a member of the moonsighting committee of Nigeria, quoted the sultan as saying so.

Muslim faithful observe the 29 or 30 days fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

While it lasts, the Muslims abstain from food and sexual relations from dawn to dusk. They also strive to engage in more acts of worship.

Saum, referred to as fasting, is the fourth pillar of Islam.

“His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto has authorized me to inform the general public that Ramadan crescent was sighted in different locations in Nigeria this evening , compilation of more results is going on.Taraweeh prayers can commence,” Simwal tweeted.

NYSC confirms kidnap of corps member by Boko Haram

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed abduction of Abraham Amuta, a corps member, by suspected Boko Haram insurgents along Chibok road in Borno state.

Amuta was abducted alongside a pastor of the Living Faith Church Worldwide better known as Winners Chapel simply identified as Oyeleke.

Muhammed Sada, an NYSC information officer in Borno, said that Amuta travelled without permission.

He said it was through the church that NYSC learnt of Amuta’s abduction.

“Living faith Church wrote to us one week ago informing us about how one of our corps members named Abraham Amuta, Batch B, Stream 1, was abducted by members of Boko Haram,” he said.

“In the letter addressed to our state coordinator, they said a committee, led by Pastor Oyekele, was set up by the church to distribute relief items to internally displaced persons in Chibok.

“According to them, the abducted corps member was not part of the of the committee set up by the church for the programme, but he insisted on going with them.

“The corper went on his own under his church without the consent of the NYSC Borno secretariat. As you are aware, due to the volatile nature of Borno state, corps members are usually given the option to ask for redeployment.

“Also, no corp member is posted or sent on any assignment that can expose him to danger. NYSC will never deploy any corp member to a place where his life is exposed to danger.”

He added that security agencies had been informed of Amuta’s plight “for necessary action”.

Buhari returns to Abuja after 10 days abroad

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Abuja Sunday after spending 10 days on a private visit to the United Kingdom.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential aircraft conveying the president from London landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 6.33 p.m.

Those at the airport to welcome the president include his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, some ministers, including the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammed Bello and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Others were the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Muhammed Adamu, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu and other presidential aides.

Buhari had on April 25 proceeded to the UK on a private visit after he inaugurated some projects executed by the Borno Government.

After landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Buhari took a chopper to the Aso Villa.