Kaduna Govt. Meets With Community Heads Over Crisis

Kaduna Govt. Meets With Community Heads Over CrisisThe Acting Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, has met with community leaders from different parts of Nigeria that are resident in the state.

The meeting, which included security agencies, was organised following the recent clash between Hausas and Yorubas in Ile Ife, Osun State, as well as the lingering violence in Southern Kaduna.

It was also convened to forestall any form of reprisal attacks in Kaduna State, and seek the support of the leaders in finding  solutions to the Southern Kaduna crisis which has claimed so many lives.

Resident community leaders comprising of Igbo, Yoruba, Igala and others from various part of the country gathered at the Government House, on the invitation of the Kaduna State Government.

Speaking, Mr Bantex warned those trying to incite unnecessary tensions in the state as a result of recent events elsewhere to desist from circulating videos, images and making inciting comments.

He appealed to the community leaders to prevail on their subjects to uphold peace in the state, remain calm and firmly reject any attempt to drag them into any form of violent behaviour.

Enemies Of Peace

“Those trying to incite unnecessary tensions in the state because of what is happening in Ile Ife, Osun State should desist from circulating videos and images with inciting commentary and calls to citizens for reprisals.

“Already, the unfortunate incidents in that part of the country have been contained and taken care of, so the government will not watch enemies of peace capitalising on the situation to cause problems in Kaduna State, using images and videos to incite reprisals.

“People circulating images and calling for reprisals are enemies of peaceful society, and all citizens must say no to them.

“The Kaduna State Government is determined to ensure that anyone or group of persons distributing images and videos calling for revenge are arrested and prosecuted.

“Citizens must support the government to ensure that every threat to law and order in the state is defeated,” he said.

Speaking on the crisis in Southern Kaduna, the Acting Governor noted that the violence was purely an act of criminality and banditry, contrary to the Christian against Muslim crisis as widely believed.

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Some traditional rulers at the meeting

According to him, the most peaceful local government area in Kaduna State is Jaba Local Government Area, which is one of the eight local governments that make up the ‘Zone Three’ called Southern Kaduna.

The leader of the Community Leaders Forum and President-General of Yoruba Traditional Rulers Council in the 19 Northern States, Abdulganiyu Oguntoyinbo, in his response said those responsible for the Ile Ife crisis did not represent the Yorubas as a people.

He urged the Yoruba community in Kaduna and Northern Nigeria to remain calm, peaceful and shun reprisal attacks.

“We are tired of blood spilling and we therefore appeal to our political, religious and traditional leaders irrespective of their differences to come together and find a lasting solution to the recurring crises,” Oguntoyinbo said.

While commending the Kaduna State Government for convening the meeting to acquaint them on the measures taken to protect lives and properties of citizens, especially the non-indigenes, he lauded the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s administration for the ongoing infrastructural development in the state.

Although the community leaders commended the recent steps taken by government and security agencies to end the attacks in Southern Kaduna, they expressed concern over the negative consequence of the crisis on the socio-economic development of the state.

Reports say so far, many lives and properties were reportedly lost in about 10 sectarian crises in Kaduna State in the past 30 years.

 

Delta Govt. Says Dualising Nnebisi Road Nears Completion

 Nnebisi Road in Delta StateThe Delta State Government says it has kept its promise to dualise the Nnebisi road which is about 70% completed, from the traffic light to the cable Point which terminates at the bank of the River Niger.

The government says the development was to actualise the vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration of even infrastructural development in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, James Augoye, made the disclosure in Asaba, the Delta State capital, south-south Nigeria.

Augoye revealed that the road construction is in two phases with the first phase from Nnebisi Road to the Cable Market which is about 1.71 kilometres.

He added that the second phase would be from the market to River Niger as a single carriage road.

The Commissioner gave an insight on the characteristics and value of the road, stressing that the government would only embark on projects that were geared towards the economic development of the state.

He pointed out that without good roads, it would be impossible for economic activities to thrive, even as more deliverable was expected from the government.

The Cable Market is at the centre of the connection between the Igalas in Kogi State, the Igbos of Asaba in Delta State and the Igbos of Nteje in Anambra State.

Although some of the traders had raised concerns on the project, they commended the state government for its efforts so far.

They said the road was known to be very bad as it distorts the activities of farmers, traders and other road users.

Obiano Assures Igala Community Of Better Welfare

Willie Obiano-IgalaGovernor Wilie Obiano has assured the Igala speaking part of Anambra State in Anambra West Local Government Area of improved welfare.

The Governor said that his administration would treat the indigenes, who are otherwise known as Olumbanasaa, as people from special area, as pronounced on them by the Federal Government in 1976.

He made the declaration on Tuesday when a delegation of the Igala speaking communities of the state paid him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, where issues and challenges facing them in their communities were tabled before him.

According to the leader of the delegation and the traditional ruler of Olumbanasaa, Igwe Pius Ojemile, the Governor’s giant strides in the state since he assumed office were matchless.

Igwe Ojemile said that Governor Obiano had touched them in the area of health, especially during the outbreak of cholera in their area where he rallied round and stopped the scourge in a matter of days.

The monarch said that they needed the Governor’s intervention in the local government in the areas of transportation, health, agriculture and education.

In his response, Governor Obiano promised to put in place, infrastructural facilities that would aid them in the aforementioned areas.

He also disclosed the 11 kilometres road construction on-going at Mmiata-Anam to Nzam, to solve the unsavory experience of travellers and community members on that road.

The Governor emphasised his agricultural agenda, in which he promised to supply them with improved rice seedling through the Ministry of Agriculture, and to help prepare their lands for cultivation.

The delegation left feeling more satisfied than ever and assured Governor Obiano of their support and loyalty at all times.

The Igala in Anambra State comprises many towns and they are predominantly farmers and fishermen with their local government area having the largest oil deposit in the state in southeast Nigeria.

Al-Makura: Disabled Persons Threaten Protest Against Nasarawa Lawmakers

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe Kaduna State Chapter of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria have threatened to mobilise the over 25 million of their members across the country to stage a peaceful protest in Nasarawa State, against the plot by the state lawmakers to impeach the State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al Makura, who is also a member and supporter of the association.                                                          

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna on Thursday, spokesman of the association, Mohammed Abdullahi, and some other members said that the Nasarawa State lawmakers were plotting to remove the Governor not because of any tangible offence as alleged, but because the Governor is a disabled person, having developed deafness at the age of 37. They, therefore, vowed that such move would be resisted by the association.

They also criticised the statement credited to the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, sometime ago that Al-Makura should resign over his hearing impairment or face impeachment by the State House of Assembly, expressing disappointment that someone so high in the society would make such remarks on disability.

While describing the statement as “immoral, inhuman and ungodly”, the association accused the PDP of being behind the plot to remove the governor by all means.

They stressed that Governor Al Makura had alleviated the sufferings of the less privileged and persons with disabilities in the state through empowerment programmes and recruiting their members into the state civil service, pointing out that being disabled is not the end of life as according to them, Al Makura became the governor of Nasarawa State as a person with hearing impairment, and has also transformed the state more than his predecessors.

Emir Of Lafia Intervenes In Al-Makura Protest

Emir-of-Lafia-Alhaji-Isah-Mustapha-Agwai-IThe Emir of Lafia, Dr. Mustapha Agwai, has opened a peace pact between members of the State Assembly and Governor Al-makura, as street protests in the state capital enters day two.

The intervention came as the mass protest in solidarity with Governor Al-makura, continued to ground activities and obstructing free movement, shutting down the state capital.

Tension rose among the protesters who throng the streets of Lafia, Doma and Keana, with reports of impending break down of law and order.

Some protesters, made up of politicians, youths, women, non-indigenes and some PDP members were at the Emir’s palace in Lafia with placards that had solidarity messages inscribed on them, demanding the Emir’s intervention between the lawmakers and the Governor.

Addressing the crowd of protesters at the palace, Dr. Mustapha Agwai urged the people to remain law abiding, as the traditional institution wades into the dispute to find an amicable solution.

Consoled by the assurances of the Emir, the non-indigenes from Igbo, Igala, Yoruba and South-South tribes, resident in the state, also added their voices, urging the lawmakers to heed the advice of their electorates.

With Military men and Police in most parts of the state, it is hoped that an amicable solution would be found, as reports have indicated security concerns about the safety of the people.

Wife Of Slain Kogi Lecturer Demands Judicial Probe Panel

kogi_polyWife of the murdered Kogi State Polytechnic lecturer, Mrs Elizabeth Abimaje, has called on the State Government to set up a judicial panel to unravel the death of her husband.

Mrs Abimaje made this appeal during the one year remembrance anniversary of the late Nathaniel Abimaje which took place at the polytechnic campus in the state capital.

The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja has resumed after the ethnic clash between the Egbiras and Igala, but Abimaje, a chief lecturer with the polytechnic, was murdered on the night of April 19, 2013 on at the campus when he went to mediate between clashing tribes.

Mrs Abimaje, however, said that her husband was murdered by some powerful elements on campus, who she claimed only hid under the student’s riot to perpetrate the act.

She also alleged that her husband was called out to be killed by someone who is a staff of the institution.

Taking Channels Television to the scene where her husband was killed, Mrs Abimaje described how the incident all happened before she found her husband’s body.

Reacting to Abimaje’s claims, the Rector of the polytechnic, Professor Mathew Ajibero, said that the polytechnic had gone extra mile to make sure that the late lecturer’s family was well catered for, including accommodation, and up keep, and a hall  had been named after the late Abimaje.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the institution’s chapter of the Academic  Staff Union of  Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr  Akowe Joel and the Chaplain General, Sam Keddy Balogun, expressed disappointment that the institution was yet to unravel the murder of the late Abimaje, who they  described as one of the best lecturers the polytechnic had.

Family members, friends and relations, gathered at the convocation square of the polytechnic, to mark his one year remembrance.

 

Kogi Poly Shut Down Over Lecturer’s Murder During Ebira And Igala Clash

The management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja has closed down the institution indefinitely following the killing of a senior lecturer, Mr Nathaniel Abimaje by some students during an clash between students of the main ethnic groups in the state.

Mr Abimaje said to be a senior lecturer was allegedly stabbed to death by his students when trying to settle a dispute amongst them. The dispute allegedly degenerated from a clash between two females of the Ebira and Igala tribes.

The Polytechnic has been shut down indefinitely and students were asked to vacate their hostels as security operatives now patrol the institution.

The management of the school stated that the institution was shut down to prevent the crisis from degenerating.

Ethnic Clash

Our correspondent in Lokoja who visited the institution reports that the lecturer was said to have been stabbed to death by some group of students while he tried to mediate in the crisis that involved two ethnic groups in the Polytechnic.

The Kogi State Polytechnic which has been peaceful since its establishment, recently recorded some conflict between students from the two major ethnic groups in the state; Ebira and Igala.

It was gathered that the tribal groups have been at logger heads over a crisis that involved two female students of the institution, since March.

The crisis that led to killing of the lecturer was said to have started at about 9pm in the night between the Ebira students and Igala students.

The fracas led students to take to their heels while some were wounded during the calamity.

Some students were lucky to have immediately left the institution with their belongings while some others were not lucky as they were not allowed into the dormitories by security operatives  following the school’s closure.

The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Mathew Ajibero who spoke to Channels TV in Lokoja, said the initial crisis between the two females was resolved, but he could not explain what caused the fresh crisis, stating that the institution will investigate the issue.

While some students were already leaving for their homes, some were still waiting outside the school to get their properties out of the dormitories.

The students refused to speak to Channels TV out of fear that they might either been expelled or attacked.

Eventually, a student of the polytechnic who spoke to us blamed the school’s management for failing to manage the crisis well before it degenerated into manslaughter.