Two people have been killed and others kidnapped during an attack by bandits on the Ungwar Bulus community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Among the kidnapped victims are a woman and her four children who were taken away while they were having dinner in their home. The whereabouts of those kidnapped are not yet known.
The incident, which happened around 8 pm on Thursday, comes barely four days after bandits attacked an Abuja-Kaduna bound train at Dutse forest also in Chikun Local Government Area. The incident led to eight death and injury to 26 others.
The latest attack has thrown residents of the Ungwan Bulu community into fear.
Many of them gathered in groups to mourn the deceased and abduction of their loved ones while calling on the government to improve security in the area.
Kidnapping for ransom is a reoccurring decimal in Kaduna State. Bandits abduct people from their homes, farms, and even on the roads. This has made the residents live in perpetual fear and helplessness.
They also prevented the convoy of a top military officer from passing through the road.
Gonin Gora, like some other communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been experiencing incessant attacks and kidnappings by bandits, a situation which many of the residents described as worrisome.
Kaduna State government on Friday said a total number of 323 people were killed by bandits in Kaduna State between January and March 2021.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who presented the figures during the state security report meeting explained that of the 323 people killed by bandits during the period under review, 292 were males and 20 were females.
He added that a total of 949 people were kidnapped by bandits during the period, while Kaduna Central senatorial district accounted for 236 deaths within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru Local Government Areas.
He explained that the three women were rescued by police operatives on Thursday at Rijiya Uku general area in Chikun Local Government Area after they engaged the bandits in a gun battle, thereby forcing them to abandon their captives.
In another operation, the Police rescued 12 persons who had been similarly abducted following an attack by armed bandits along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
The operatives on a routine patrol found the 12 persons inside a forest at Buruku and eventually rescued them while the criminals escaped.
Policemen attached to the Operation Yaki Security Outfit in Kaduna State have recovered over 100 cows and sheep from suspected rustlers in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The coordinator of the security outfit, Yakubu Yusuf, made the disclosure while parading the recovered animals before reporters on Tuesday in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.
Mr Yusuf said that the animals were recovered during a raid at a bush in Sabon Gaya, following intelligence report from patriotic residents concerning the activities of the suspected rustlers in the area.
He added that the suspected rustlers took to their heels upon arrival of the security operatives.
The coordinator also noted that some of the animals, which were stolen from Kano and Niger states, were brought to Kaduna State through the bush.
He assured the public that his men would not relent in the war against cattle rustling, banditry and other criminal activities across the state.
He called for the cooperation of the citizens in the fight against crime in Kaduna State.
Residents of Gbagyi community in Kaduna State have asked the state government to drop the planned demolition of their houses that have been marked as illegal structures in the interest of peace in the state.
The residents of the community in Chikun Local Government Area, who staged a protest against the planned demolition on Thursday, insisted that they were the legal owners of the disputed land.
Carrying placards with various inscriptions and chanting anti-government songs, they demanded that the demolition plan be suspended, stating that the matter was already before a court of competent jurisdiction.
They claimed to be in possession of all relevant documents that gave them the right to occupy the land, insisting that the planned demolition was illegal and inhuman.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai had during a working visit to Gbagyi Villa, where the land was encroached upon, said that the state government would demolish all the houses built illegally on the land belonging to the Kaduna Polytechnic.
Although the residents have not presented their land titles to the relevant government agency, Governor El-Rufai said that the government was ready to recognise and protect every proven title to the land.
The leader of Gbagyi community, Chris Obodumu, noted that late Governor Patrick Yahowa in 2011, resolved the dispute and amicably demarcated the boundary between the two parties.
As the controversy lingers, a former Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, said that those claiming ownership of the land were not the genuine owners.
He advised the aggrieved residents to tread with caution, stating that the land in question was allocated to the Kaduna Polytechnic by the state government as a virgin land over 40 years, until some people started encroaching into it.
Mr Musa, however, urged the government to set up a committee for proper verification before the demolition.
The students of the Kaduna Polytechnic on their part held a peaceful protest where they commended Governor El-Rufai for assisting the institution to recover its land from encroachers.
President of the Student Union Government, Usman Kareem, expressed optimism that the land would solve the school’s myriad of accommodation problems if recovered.
The just concluded maiden Kaduna State Economic and Investment Summit has started yielding result with the grounding breaking ceremony for the construction of the largest poultry factory in sub-saharan Africa being cited in the state.
The proposed factory is being constructed by Olams International, an agro-based company with branches in over 100 countries.
Speaking at the flagging off of the factory located in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, while explaining why investors should embrace business opportunities in the state, described Kaduna as the gateway to Northern Nigerian markets, with effective land management, raw materials availability, security, favourable tax policies among others.
The animal feed factory is said to be the largest in sub-saharan Africa when completed in the next 15 months.
It will comprise of an animal feed mill, poultry breeding farms and a hatchery to produce day-old chicks.
Governor El-Rufai, who performed the ground breaking ceremony said the project will create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
He expressed belief that the return of vibrant economic activities and the reduction of poverty among the populace will drive prosperity and reduce the divisions that became pronounced as the state’s economy entered dire straits from the late 1980s.
He also announce that in spite of the socio-economic challenges confronting the state, his administration has taking another significant step in advancing the agenda of job creation and improving the standard of living of the people of the State.
On his part, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was represented by a director in the ministry, commended Governor El-Rufai for the various economic programmes initiated by his administration.
He announced that President Buhari’s diversification of economy from oil to Agriculture will remain the administration’s top priority.
Also speaking, Olams Managing Director for Africa, Mr Venkataramanni Srivathsan, said the group’s investment in hatchery would help boost the nation’s poultry production and in the long run, help reduce the country’s reliance on importation of poultry products.
He explained that the project is the largest investment by the company in Nigeria’s domestic food and agricultural production sector after its wheat milling factory in Nasarawa state.
Many factories in Kaduna State have closed down over the years due to some emerging challenges ranging from unfavourable business environment to insecurity.
To address some of these problems, Governor El-Rufai promised to create an enabling environment and policies that will attract investors into the state for the purposes of creating millions of jobs.
The kidnapped Army officer serving at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji in Kaduna State, Colonel Samaila Inusa, has been found dead.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said “the Nigerian Army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today (Tuesday) at about 6.00pm.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State.
“Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.
The statement added that “whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law”.
The Army Colonel was abducted from his car around Kamazo area, near Refinery Junction in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday, March 27.
The abductors intercepted the officer’s personal car, and later dropped off his wife before leaving with him as they travelled along the Abuja-Kaduna road.
The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, has condemned the encroachment into the institution’s premises by residents of Gbagyi Community in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The Rector is responding to the recent planned demolition of some buildings that were illegally erected on the land by the state government that has generated mixed reactions.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, the Rector explained that the land was acquired by the institution since 1976 and compensation fully paid to the legal owners prior to the acquisition, contrary to claims by the residents that nothing was paid to them.
But the residents mostly property owners in the community insist they have valid documents that gives them the right of occupancy for the land.
They are also appealing to the Kaduna State government to suspend the planned demolition until full investigation into the land dispute is conducted.
The Kaduna State government after reviewing the entire transaction, has issued a 21 days ultimatum to the residents to vacate the land as it belongs to the Polytechnic.
The government has also earmarked the buildings have been marked for demolition by KASUPDA.
Residents of Danhono community in Chikun Local Government Area are protesting the alleged acquisition of their lands by the Kaduna State government without compensating them.
The residents who stormed the Secretariat of the Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) during a peaceful demonstration, are demanding for the immediate compensation for their lands by the State government.
Addressing journalists, a spokesman of Danhono Community Land Owners, Mr Lucky Akpojosevbe, said that they were protesting to inform the public about the injustice meted out on them and for the government to look into their agitation and compensate them.
According to him, their lands were forcefully taken over and allocated to private developers under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) without due process, stating that, as land owners of the community dated more than five decades, they would not end their agitation until they get justice.
In his response, the Director General of Kaduna State Lands and Country Planning, Mr Ibrahim Hussaini, described the allegation as untrue.
He explained that the area was earmarked for expansion of the state capital since 1994 after government discovered the metropolis was becoming congested.
The government official assured the agitators that the Kaduna State government would pay compensation to genuine land owners with legal titles after all assessments and verification had been completed.
He warned traditional rulers to desist from selling lands to people, stressing that they do not have such rights to do so except the government.
Residents of Magashanu village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have decried constant blasting of rocks in their area by a construction company carrying out quarry activities.
They complained that frequent blasting of rocks by the construction company very close to their houses, had created heath problems such as hearing impairment and asthma.
They have now called on the State and Federal government to come to their aid.
For residents of Magashanu, an agrarian community tucked away in the slopes of Kujama town in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, stones flying towards the village in droves from a nearby quarry site owned by Datum Construction Limited, at different times of the day, has become one sad phenomenon they have grown to know.
They say since the arrival of the quarry in the area about ten years ago, life has suddenly taken a different turn for many households and individuals within the community.
Constant blasting of heavy stones from the mining facility and the vibration that comes along with it, now contribute in making the people’s lives hellish. Cracked walls, shattered roofs, bad roads, and frustrated faces are huge testimony to the threat the people now face.
The massive deposit of rock-stones which is nature’s gift to the community, is now their biggest nightmare.
The villagers lament that all those who should come to their rescue have continued to look the other way.
There is no hospital, clean drinking water, electricity, good roads or any other basic necessity to make life worthwhile for the people.
Despite housing huge deposits of rock-stones and contributing significantly to the national economy, much of Magashanu lay prostrate, without any form of development.
At the only primary school in the village, the pupils sit on bare floor as there are no desks, tattered roofs and cracked walls were all that was seen.
The Headmaster Magashanu Primary School, Shehu Toro, said they need help from both the construction company and state government.
In reaction, spokesman for Datum Construction Company, Baba-Saleh Haruna, said the company has carried its operations in line with best global practice. He also stressed on the company’s corporate assistance to the villagers.
Even with these tremendous attributes and natural endowments in Magashanu community, what is lacking now is presence of basic amenities that can make life meaningful for the people, and most importantly, for the company to live up to its responsibilities by making sure that its operations do not cause any health problem to the people.