Kaduna Abduction: Bandits Have Connected With Some Elements Of Boko Haram – El-Rufai

El-Rufai Puts Death Toll In Kaduna Killing At Over 100
A file photo of Governor Nasir El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that kidnappers are now collaborating with “some elements of Boko Haram” to carry out hideous crimes in Kaduna State. 

El-Rufai stated this on Friday while addressing State House correspondents.

His comments come about a day after gunmen abducted six schoolgirls and two staff members, from a boarding school in Kaduna.

Governor El-Rufai who confirmed that the kidnappers had made contact with the parents of the victims, did not disclose what the demands of the abductors were.

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“First, I must say it is most unfortunate and tragic. For us in Kaduna for this kidnap of children and teachers to happen. The report I got is that six students of a private secondary school were kidnapped along with two teachers.

“As at this morning (Friday), the kidnappers have made contacts with the parents, and we have got the parents of the kidnapped children and the relations of the teachers to be in one place so that, there is one line of communications with the kidnappers to facilitate their release.

“However, from the moment of the kidnap, the security agencies, all agencies, from the DSS to the Police, the Nigerian Air force, and the Army have been on the matter and I am confident that not only are we going to secure the release of the students and their teachers, but we are going to get the kidnappers by the grace of God.

“It is always a moment of sadness when young people that are trying to get an education become victims of these criminals. But kidnapping has become widespread that for many people, it is not news. For us in Kaduna, this is one of the biggest tragedies and we are doing everything to manage the situation to get the children and their teachers safely and pursue these kidnappers with everything that we have got.

“I get updates every three hours on this and the last update I got is that they are in touch and they are discussing to resolve the matter. We have been receiving intelligence some three months ago, that the bandits have connected with some elements of Boko Haram, and they will be targeting schools to kidnap children because they know that that is what makes the news,” Governor El-Rufai stated.

El-Rufai Appoints Media Aide As Commissioner of Security

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has appointed his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan as commissioner of the newly created Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.

Aruwan’s name is among the first batch of 11 Commissioner nominees that were sent to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

A statement released by the governor’s office on Wednesday, says three more nominees will be subsequently forwarded to the Assembly for screening and, thereby bringing the number of commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council to 14.

The statement further said that upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.

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“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

The second batch of the nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature. All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first term of the government,” the statement read in part.

The statement added that the action of picking insiders for the appointments is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees to hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term.

It added that every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators.

The first batch of 11 nominees for and their proposed portfolios include Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure; Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs; Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice

Nominations for the commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Planning and Budget will be forwarded in the second batch.

Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani served as a commissioner in the ministries of Local Government and Education in the first-term. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Executive Council, he was Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs.

“Idris Samaila Nyam is the current Accountant-General of the State. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

“Shehu Usman Makarfi is the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.

“Ibrahim Garba Hussaini is the pioneer Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS).

“Kabir Muhammad Mato, a professor of Political Science, has served as commissioner of Agriculture and Local Government. He joined the government as Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.”

Buhari Visits Kaduna, Commissions Command And Control Centre

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday visited Kaduna for the commissioning of the Command and Control Centre of the State’s Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring System.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had in an earlier statement made via Twitter, given a hint about the President’s visit.

El-Rufai said, “President Muhammadu Buhari will today commission the Command and Control Centre of the Kaduna State Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring System. Malam Nasir and senior government officials are at the Air Force Base Kaduna to receive the President”.

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Speaking about the project, Governor El-Rufai said, “We believe that technology can enhance the hard work of the security agencies. Therefore, we decided after careful assessment to invest in modern technology. We have procured Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to monitor every inch of the state and relay real-time information.”

In his address, the governor noted that the package includes, “fixed wing drones and rotary drones, supported by cameras tethered in several locations across the state. The drones have night-time capacity and they are equipped with thermal cameras”.

“The aerial monitoring system being commissioned today includes an Emergency Situation Notification System, designed to enable residents of Kaduna State to report security incidents to a toll-free number, after which the drones can then be deployed for appropriate monitoring.

“We are also awaiting approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission to deploy 911 as the emergency number,” Governor El-Rufai said.

He thanked President Buhari on behalf of the Kaduna people, noting that the state is counting on the President’s support in securing the final approvals from the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for the full deployment of the system.

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President Buhari, thereafter, travelled to Katsina State where he would vote in the coming governorship and state house of assembly elections.

His chopper touched down at the Umaru Musa International Airport, Katsina at about 6.40 pm.

He was received on arrival by the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, and his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, as well as top members of the State House of Assembly.

Others on the ground to welcome the President were the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Farouk, as well as heads of security agencies in Katsina.

Card Readers Break Down At El-Rufai’s Polling Unit

 

Three card readers have broken down at the polling unit of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna.

According to our reporter on the ground, the incident took place at Unit 024 Ungwar Sariki ward where the governor is expected to vote.

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The three card readers developed a technical fault midway into accreditation and voting.  But INEC officials are making efforts to fix the situation.

Updates on the situation are expected later.

Onnoghen’s Suspension: I Am Solidly Behind Buhari, Says El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said he is fully in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and appoint Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN. 

The Kaduna State governor made this stand clear in a tweet on Friday.

He said it is time actions and decisions are taken in Nigeria without ethnic or religious biases, adding that on the Buhari’s latest decision, he is “solidly” behind the President.

El-Rufai’s tweet reads thus: “SANITY NEEDS RESTORATION: About time this institutional gobbledygook and regionalization to justify admitted wrongdoing are confronted. Justice must not give way to legal gymnastics and absurd technicalities. I am solidly with PMB on this, as always!!”

Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, is a “coup against democracy”.

In a statement on Friday, the Senate President said the move by President Muhammadu Buhari is an over-reach of the powers in the Executive arm of government.

Dr Saraki said Onnoghen’s suspension is a deliberate attempt to endanger Nigeria’s hard-won democracy.

Saraki said President Buhari’s action undermines the Nation’s judiciary, adding that it subverts the constitution, intimidates judges of all the courts of record, and creates uncertainty in the electoral process.

The legislator said Buhari has initiated a process the consequence of which no one can predict. “He has precipitated a Constitutional crisis,” Saraki said.

UN Calls For Concerted Efforts To Reduce Poverty In Nigeria

 

 

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has called for effective collaboration between governments at all levels, development partners and non-state actors in addressing the needs of Nigeria where poverty and infrastructural challenges are the most acute.

Speaking at a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Acceleration Conference organized by the Kaduna state government, Mohammed stressed the need for government and other stakeholders to take the issue of accurate data gathering and analysis very seriously in order to for government to effectively plan and implement its policies and programmes that will impact positively on the people.

Present at the conference were Kaduna state government officials, captains of industry, youths and development partners.

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Most notable amongst those present were Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.

Addressing the participants, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, emphasized that ending extreme poverty in Nigeria is a huge challenge requiring sustainable solutions and concerted measures from a number of actors including national and state governments, local administrations, development partners, international organisations, the private sector, and civil society.

On his part, the host Governor, Nasir El-Rufai said his administration is working hard to generate sufficient data and has also identified the state’s baseline status of the SDGs by working closely with development partners to achieve the targets of the plan.

In her presentation which focuses on what the government is doing to overcome fiscal challenges in the country, the Minister of Finance, said the federal government will soon launch the Strategic Revenue Growth programme aimed at improving revenue generation and freeing resources for effective implementation of the SDGs.

According to the organisers, the conference is designed to provide a necessary context for “Building Effective Partnership for Accelerated Progress towards the SDGs.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Kaduna

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his presidential campaign to Kaduna state. 

At about 4:30pm, the President arrived Ahmadu Bello Stadium located in the state capital, where a large crowd of APC members had already taken their seats awaiting his arrival.

President Buhari was welcomed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other top officials of the ruling party.

While addressing the people, the President promised that his administration if reelected for another term will ensure that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and kidnapping in other parts of the country are brought to an end in no distant time.

He also promises that his administration if given another chance, will ensure that all looted public funds are recovered from corrupt public officials, and used for the development of the entire country than it has done since its inception in 2015, pleading with Nigerians to elect him and other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections .

President Buhari also claimed that his administration has lived up to it’s three cardinal promises which include tackling insecurity, reviving the economy and fighting corruption, in addition to improving the economic fortunes of the Niger Delta region.

Some APC chieftains at the rally including the APC presidential campaign Director General, Rotimi Amaechi and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomole also urged the people not to vote for those who crippled the nation’s economy through massive corruption while in office, and however appeal to them to vote enmasse for the APC in the forthcoming elections.

 

Also speaking at the rally, Governor Nasir El-Rufai criticized the PDP for celebrating the visit of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to the United States.

He said Atiku’s visit to the US after twelve years of unsuccessful attempt is not an achievement, and therefore not worth celebrating as displayed by the opposition party.

Governor El-Rufai while challenging Atiku Abubakar to explain to Nigerians why it took him up to twelve years to travel to the United States, maintained that Nigerians do not need a presidential candidate who relies on foreign endorsement or trip to win an election.

Below are some more photos from the rally in Kaduna.

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‘No Matter Who I Choose, Christians In Southern Kaduna Will Never Vote For Me’ – El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that regardless of who he chooses as his deputy, the Christians in Southern Kaduna will still not vote him as governor in the coming polls. 

El-Rufai stated this on Channel’s Television’s Sunrise Daily while reacting to questions about his choice of a Muslim as his running mate for the next gubernatorial election in Kaduna.

The governor said, “What if I tell you that no matter who I choose as my running mate, even if I choose the Pope, 67 per cent of the Christians in Southern Kaduna have made up their minds that they will never vote for me”.

According to El-Rufai, his choice of Hadiza Balarabe as a running mate is politically motivated.

He said, “I am a politician, so everything I do is politically motivated”.

El-Rufai said he has chosen anyone based on ethnic or religious bias, urging Nigerians to go beyond these prejudices in the best interest of the nation.

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The governor went on to say that for him, the issue is that Kaduna state is divided and needs to be united and the only way to this is to take “religion and ethnicity off the table”.

El-Rufai also reacted to the case of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Speaking on polity in Kaduna and Nigeria as a whole, El-Rufai said it is time Nigerian leaders and people are reflective in decisions, rather than operate on ethnic or religious biases.

In the case of Onnoghen, the Kaduna state governor said the position taken by governors of the South-south is disheartening.

He said, “One of the most painful things I have experienced in the last two weeks, was the statement by the governors of the South-south, justifying that non-declaration of assets is nothing, is a non-issue because the Chief Justice of Nigeria is from the South-South”.

The governor argued that “wrong is wrong and right should be right”, and as such, leaders should advise that we can’t do it all the time, sometimes it’s not black and white, it’s a bit of grey, but we must stand for something that is right”.

CJN’s Trial: Why Should The President Know About Prosecution Of Anyone? El-Rufai Asks

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said President Muhammadu Buhari does not need to take note of all prosecutions that go on in Nigeria.

El-Rufai said this in reference to the case of Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Speaking on polity in Kaduna and Nigeria as a whole, El-Rufai said it is time Nigerian leaders and people are reflective in decisions, rather than operate on ethnic or religious biases.

In the case of Onnoghen, the Kaduna state governor said the position taken by governors of the South-south is disheartening.

He said, “One of the most painful things I have experienced in the last two weeks, was the statement by the governors of the South-south, justifying that non-declaration of assets is nothing, is a non-issue because the Chief Justice of Nigeria is from the South-South”.

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The governor argued that “wrong is wrong and right should be right”, and as such, leaders should advise that we can’t do it all the time, sometimes it’s not black and white, it’s a bit of grey, but we must stand for something that is right”.

Reacting to the issue of the president not being aware of the CJN’s case, Governor El-Rufai said Nigerians should be worried if the president keeps records of all cases going on in and around the country.

He said Nigerians must stop personalizing institutions, asking, “Why should the president know about the prosecution of anyone?”.

El-Rufai said institutions must be allowed to work, arguing that in the case of the Chief Justice the constitution was clear as to the declaration of assets.

The governor further argued saying, “Institutions should be allowed to work”, adding that “We should stand up to protect the integrity of the institution”.

He opined that “Saying that the president doesn’t know is a compliment to the president, it shows that he does not interfere with the institution so much and he doesn’t get involved in this”.

The Kaduna state governor urged Nigerians to stand up for what is right, cease being legalistic, we should cease being ethnic and religious, otherwise, this country will not go anywhere”.

El-Rufai Blasts Shehu Sani, Insists Senator Will Be Defeated

 

Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said that Senator Shehu Sani is an opportunist who is not working in the best interest of the Kaduna people. 

The Kaduna state governor made this assertion in a discussion with Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019.

He said what Shehu Sani is doing is to take “one’s advantage position to frustrate the development of a State” thus “putting politics above common sense”.

While claiming that the expectations and ambitions of the Kaduna state government have been realized to some extent, El-Rufai said the people were quite “disappointed by the attitude of the Senators representing” the state.

He claimed Shehu Sani and two other lawmakers representing Kaduna had frustrated the efforts of the state government to obtain a $350million loan which would have helped in the area of infrastructure.

Shehu Sani had in a similar interview spoken about a proposed loan of $350million which Kaduna state was to collect from the World Bank.

In the chat on that episode of Roadmap 2019, Sani said “Kaduna state wasn’t qualified for that loan because it was the second most indebted state in the country.

He said the state is indebted to “over $225million and he was asking us to approve $350million for him and then the state will be indebted to over half a billion dollars”.

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate went on to say that “a non-oil producing state with very low internally generated revenue” needed to be saved from the “Chains and shackles of debt” which “He (the governor)” was going to get them involved in.

Disagreeing with Senator Sani, Governor El-Rufa told Ladi Akeredolu-Ale that “Anyone WHO represents a people and does not want the benefits of those people is clearly an enemy of the people”.

The governor went to say that, Shehu Sani uses words without knowing their meaning, noting that “there is no way a state government can borrow without clearance from the debt management office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

“There is no way the World bank will lend you or any other person money without doing their number,” El-Rufai said.

Questioning Senator Shehu Sani’s logic with regards to moving against the proposed World Bank loan, Governor El-Rufai asked, “Is Shehu Sani as knowledgeable or does he know enough economics or financial management to contest the judgment of these institutions?”

He concluded that all Shehu Sani has said is just to “Justify taking actions against the interest of 10 million people”.

Though agreeing that Kaduna has the second largest amount of foreign debt after Lagos, the governor, however, stressed that “what is important is not the level of debt but debt sustainability”.

The governor noted that he is working with the president and he is certain that soon enough the loan issue with the World Bank will be resolved, noting that he is confident with the resolution of some of the issues around financing, “we would be able to get to where we want to take Kaduna State in the shortest possible time”.

Kaduna Has A Military Administrator Not A Governor – Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has accused Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai of tyranny, describing him as a ‘military administrator.’

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker also reacting to the demolition of APC faction secretariat, a building belonging to Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, in Kaduna State, said El-Rufai is only angered by his suspension.

As an aftermath of crisis rocking, APC in Kaduna State saw the emergence of a faction formed by members loyal to the two suspended APC Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani in the state. The new faction opened a new State party Secretariat at 11B Sambo close in the state but the building housing the secretariat was demolished on Tuesday, February 20.

Sani, who is representing Kaduna Central at the Red Chambers when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television Programme, Politics Today on Wednesday pointed accusing fingers at Governor El-Rufai over the demolition.

“What is happening in Kaduna is simply tyranny. We don’t have an elected governor we have a military administrator, one who thinks that everything should go his own way.

“He engineered the party to suspend us, to suspend me. That is about a year and half ago. When the suspension (El-Rufai’s suspension) came, he became very angry moving about bulldozers to bring down buildings,” he said.

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Sani also said that the appointment of Mr Bola Tinubu as Chairman of the party’s reconciliation committee ahead of the 2019 elections will only be successful if governors cooperate with Tinubu.

“The best option for the party is the path of Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu and I believe that he will succeed. If he will succeed it depends on whether the governors are prepared to cooperate with him.

“But the fact that the last chance for the party to unite and restore order is for Bola Tinubu to succeed and if he doesn’t succeed, I don’t see any possibility for any other thing to happen than for all of us to go our separate ways.”

He also debunked claims that he has the ambition to become Kaduna State governor for constantly criticising El-Rufai.

“I don’t know when I criticised Babangida, Abacha and other tyrants of the past whether I wanted to be President. When things go wrong, I speak out against President Muhammadu Buhari, does that now mean that I want to be President for speaking out?

The lawmaker pointed out that he has been speaking out for the past 25- 30 years to bad governance, corruption and tyranny.

 

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And Motorcycle

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And MotorcycleThe Kaduna State Government has placed a ban on street hawking and begging, as well as commercial motorcycle activities in the state capital and environs.

This is the outcome of resolutions reached at the State Security Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Government House.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Samuel Aruwan, said the decision was reached so as to maintain law and order in the state, based on credible intelligence report of security threat to lives and properties.

He explained that the ban was with immediate effect and will remain in force till further notice, while asking the citizens to be law abiding, that is abide by this and other government directives.

“Kaduna State Security Council has announced the enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.

“Credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, as well as safeguard lives and property.

“Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and Okadas/Achabas in Kaduna town and other cities in the state.

“The directive is with immediate effect and is based on cogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws; the directive is clear.

“No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger. Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” the Governor’s spokesman urged.

The State Security Council meeting, which is usually chaired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and attended by his deputy, Heads of Security Agencies and traditional rulers in the state, is to appraise the security situation in Kaduna State.

The meeting deliberated on the situation report on Southern Kaduna where many attacks occurred in several communities which took a toll on lives and properties.

The Nigerian Air Force said it has increased air surveillance in Southern Kaduna and has also deployed 60 Special Forces to compliment the ongoing military operations aimed at restoring peace and security in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, on his part said security operatives have taken the war against armed bandits into the forest where they are hiding, and some suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

“Prior to our relocation to the place, you are already aware that the Commanders were directed to move to Kafanchan to ensure that peace returns to the area and today, we are happy to tell you that we have been able to restore peace to Kafanchan and environs.

“We are going to sustain this effort and we are appealing to members of the community too to assist us in achieving this objective.

“However, in recent time, we have been confronted with other problems regarding the crisis in Southern Kaduna, like I earlier said in the previous briefing that some people are actually fueling these crises.

“We have made arrest of people who write letters that are intended to incite people against one another. To say that, it has been written that an attack will be carried out in communities.

“We investigated some of these letters and we made arrest of persons, which in due time, we will parade before you so that you will see that some of these inciting speeches and letters are actually not even done by the perpetrators of the acts.

“We assure that we are going to continue to bring about law and order in that part of the state, with the efforts of the communities.

“As long as they want peace to reign, they must contribute their quota to try as much as possible to speak to the youths who are the principal actors in this violence, because the only way to peace is for the people themselves to be prepared to embrace peace, accommodate themselves and live together,” the Police Commissioner said.

Also, the Commander One Division Garrison, Brigadier General Samaila Isah, revealed that as part of the efforts in sustaining the peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army would embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama’ in the area.

On his part, the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mohammed Wakili, urged the public to ignore inciting messages from the social and traditional media, aimed at fueling the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Government said it was working with Federal Security Agencies that are taking proactive measures to flush out armed bandits and other criminal elements from every part of the state, especially now that the state is going to witness influx of people through the Kaduna Airport.