Kaduna Floods Ravage Over 300 Houses, Displace Over 10,000

Kaduna, Flood, Nema, 300 houses destroyed, 10000 people displacedNo fewer than 300 houses in some parts of Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria, have been submerged by flood, as a result of a heavy rainfall.

Following the Incident, more than 10, 000 people have been forced out of their homes.

The incident which started on Friday morning, after long hours of heavy downpour, lasted till later in the evening.

In July, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), issued an alert that eight Local Government Areas in the state were likely to experience flooding, and therefore warned residents of the affected areas to vacate to safer places.

Ever since the flood incident in 2012, that killed about seven people, destroyed several houses and farmlands in Kaduna, the State Emergency Management Agency has set up an early warning system to monitor the situation.

The agency said Friday’s flooding incident was as a result of drainages being blocked with refuse, and people building structures along water channels.

Some of the affected areas include: Zaria, Hayi Gada, in Jemaa Local Government Area , Abubakar Kigo road new extension, Barnawa, Narayi, Romi among others.

Reports say that most of the affected houses are those located near the bank of River Kaduna without proper drainage systems.

Flooding has become an annual occurrence in most parts of Kaduna State, as well as some other states around Nigeria, during the rainy season.

NEMA Warnings 

In spite of several warnings by the NEMA to vacate the areas, some residents had however, refused to comply with the directive, due to claims such as lack of adequate funds to secure new homes.

While Others insisted that their houses were not built on water ways, and rather requested that the Government should construct drainages along the water fronts, in order to avert any further disaster.

Due to the incident, many roads have been blocked, thereby making it difficult for residents to evacuate their properties, most of which have been submerged by flood.

Police Kill 6 Robbery Suspects In Kaduna, Recover Stolen Cows

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command says it has killed six suspected notorious armed robbers that have been terrorising residents since the beginning of the year.     

The command also paraded 15 suspects alleged to have been involved in criminal activities, ranging from armed robbery, gun running and car snatching.

Parading the suspects before reporters at the command’s headquarters on Friday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said the suspects were arrested at different locations during a gun battle with policemen.

The suspects include a three-man robbery syndicate which specialises in using police and military uniforms to rob motorists on the highway.

Among these suspects was a dismissed police officer believed to have provided the uniforms for the criminals.

The parade of these suspected robbers is another breakthrough in crime prevention recorded by the Kaduna State Police Command since the beginning of this year.

While responding to reporters questions, the former police officer dismissed from the Police in Kano State in 2008 denied being a member of the gang. Although he accepted to know the other suspects, he also denied using police uniform to rob people.

Speaking on other arrests made by his men, the Police Commissioner disclosed  that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad also smashed a robbery gang that terrorises motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road.

The Police said a member of the gang was killed during a fierce gun battle.

Mr Shehu said that during interrogations, some of the suspects confessed that they were members of gang of armed robbers that have been terrorising residents of Barnawa, Kakuri and Sabon-Tasha all within the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include Ak47 rifles, locally and English made pistols, live ammunition, one stolen Toyota Camry Vehicle, Phones, Army camouflage and Police uniforms and charms among others.

The police boss said the suspects were still under investigation and would be tried once investigations were concluded.

Mr Shehu also told reporters that over 293 stolen cows were also recovered from rustlers during a raid by men of the Operation Yaki Patrol Team at Gwagwada and other parts of the state.

Floods Ravage Over 2,000 Houses In Kaduna

kaduna floodAt least 2,000 houses in some parts of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, have been submerged by flood as a result of a heavy rainfall.

The flood was said to have been caused by an unusual heavy downpour that lasted for over 48 hours.

The rainfall which started on Saturday night till Monday morning, caused massive floods at Abubakar Kigo road new extension, Barnawa, Ungwar-Rimi, Gonin-Gora, Karatudu, Kachia, Romi among others.

More than 30, 000 people had been forced out of their homes following the incident.

Many roads had also been blocked, making it difficult to get help and supplies to affected areas.

Flooding is common in most parts of Kaduna State during the rainy season.

Channels Television’s Correspondent in Kaduna, said that poor drainage in the affected areas was the cause of the  flood.

In 2012, flood killed about seven people,  destroyed several houses and farmlands, in what officials said was the worst natural disaster ever to befall the state.

Since then, the State Emergency Management Agency had set up an early warning system to monitor the weather.

About 30 houses were affected by flood in the area as a result of heavy down pour in August.

The residents had, however, refused to comply with NEMA’s directive due to claims of fund to secure new homes.

Instead, they attributed the flood to lack of dredging of the Kaduna River and the opening of a dam by the Cameroonian authorities.

Residents have called on the State Government to dredge the river for easy flow of water during the rainy season.

As the rains continue to pour out, some of the affected residents have started moving out their properties to safer places.

Water Scarcity Hits Kaduna Residents

water scarcityAcute water scarcity has hit Kaduna state, Northwest Nigeria, as a result of the breakdown of services by the state’s water board.

The problem has been attributed to damaged power transmission line to the Malali water treatment  plant  which supplies water to the metropolis and environs, coupled with the recent strike embarked by electricity workers last Monday.

Although the workers have called off the strike,  the scarcity has left residents scrambling for alternative clean water sources for their daily usage.

Some of the areas worst affected by the scarcity include Barnawa, Sabon Tasha, Zaria, Romi, Tirkaniya, Gonin Gora, Taiwo Road, Abubakar Kigo Road,  Costain Quarters and environs.

A resident of Barnawa, says  most of them  in the area now rely on commercial borehole operators  and water vendors popularly called ‘Mai Ruwa’ for their daily water supply.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television blamed the state water board for the scarcity. They said this is not the first time they are facing such situation, and wondered why government cannot find an alternative means of providing them with water pending  when it repairs the  fault at its transmitting station.

Only few houses are privileged enough to have boreholes within them,  and  are slightly immune from the problem. But lack of electricity to pump water becomes a problem.

Kaduna Residents Seek Alternative Sources As Water Scarcity Persists

water tap dryMost residents of Kaduna State are scrambling for alternative clean water sources for their daily usage, as acute water scarcity is biting hard in the north-western Nigeria State.

The water scarcity has been attributed to the breakdown of services by the State Water Board.

Industrial action by electricity workers last Monday had initially caused a breakdown in supply. But after the strike was called off, a power transmission line to the Malali Water Treatment plant, which supplies water to the metropolis and environs, got damaged.

Some of the areas worst affected by the scarcity are Barnawa, Sabon Tasha, Zaria, Romi, Tirkaniya, Gonin Gora, Taiwo Road, Abubakar Kigo Road, Costain Quarters and environs.

With a population of over six million people, the state’s taps, reservoirs and dams, the major sources of water, are dry.

There are fears that the problem could linger for some time.

A resident of Barnawa, said most of them in the area now rely on commercial borehole operators and water vendors popularly called ‘Mai Ruwa’ for their daily water supply. The water from these sources are not usually treated.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television blamed the State Water Board for the scarcity.

Reliance On Dirty Water

They said it was not the first time that they were facing such situation and wondered why the government had not explored alternative means of providing water to the residents, pending when the fault at its transmitting station is fixed.

Only few houses are privileged enough to have boreholes within them and are slightly immune from the problem. But again, lack of electricity to pump water becomes a problem.

At Abubakar Kigo road New Extension, the residents have been without water in their home for over a week. Wherever they could find a tap, residents gather and to get water, now a precious commodity in many neighbourhoods in the working class town of over three million people.

With empty buckets and cans in their hands, they waited patiently in line, sometimes for more than an hour.

At Sabon Tasha area, residents told Channels Television that they had no other choice than to rely on dirty water from a well for drinking and other domestic use.

Some people say they have become sick from it.

When contacted, the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Ado Dogo Audu, attributed the scarcity to the breakdown of transmission line to the water treatment plant and the three days warning strike embarked on by the National Union Of Electricity Employees which resulted in total blackout in the entire state.

He also explained that available power generating sets could not power the water treatment plants. The bigger generating sets that could power the water plant have no diesel in them, apparently as a result of scarcity of the product that has lasted for weeks.

Mr Audu said the State Water Board was making frantic efforts to restore water, appealing to residents to be patient.

While the Water Board seems to be on top of the situation, the Commissioner again lamented the poor attitude of customers in paying their water bills, which he said ‘must stop’ if they must enjoy uninterrupted water supply.

In the middle of the nationwide elections last month, the issue of water supply topped the campaign manifesto of various candidates. The issue has not failed to show up in politicians’ manifesto in the last few years, with very little improvement recorded.

With just barely three weeks to the expiration of the present government’s tenure, residents are hoping that issues like the current water scarcity must be addressed by the incoming government.

Voters In Kaduna State Seek Extension Of Election

Kano VotersSome voters in Kaduna State have called for the extension of the election to Sunday, March 29, due to the failure of the Smart Card Readers in capturing the finger print of voters and the delay involved in the process

They said the extension would ensure that no one was disenfranchised from exercising civil duties.

Complaints of card reader failures were recorded in most parts of the State, where it took voters over three to five minutes to accredit each voter.

At Barnawa, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha areas, a large number of the voters were yet to be accredited as at 1:00pm.

The card reader challenges has delayed the accreditation that was scheduled to end by 1:00pm, as a large number of eligible voters are yet to have their PVCs verified.

As the accreditation continued, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu alongside head of other security agencies in Kaduna State went round the polling units across the State capital to monitor the exercise.

The Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the orderly manner which the accreditation was going.

He appealed to voters to remain calm and law abiding,during and after the elections.

At another polling unit in Kaduna, Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, told reporters that the decision of the INEC to accredit voters manually in polling units where card readers were not working properly was commendable.

Vice President Sambo made the remark after he and his wife, Amina, voted at their Police College polling unit in Kaduna.

He, however, urged the commission to make changes whenever required to ensure that no eligible voter would be disenfranchised.