Police Stop Shittes Procession In Kaduna

Police, Ogun, SuspectsSecurity operatives in Kaduna state have stopped a procession by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria otherwise known as Shiites.

Although the state government last week described the Islamic group as an illegal association and banned it from operating in the state.

But the members however ignored the order and embarked on a procession to commemorate the annual Ashura festival in remembrance of Rhe Matrydon of the grand son of Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein .

A member of the movement, told Channels Television that security operatives attacked the procession at Tudun Wada area with tear gas.

While some hoodlums burnt down their centre and some houses belonging to their members located at Tudun Wada area of Kaduna metropolis.

The spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman says security operatives have been stationed in the area and other flash points to maintain law and order.

Kaduna Government Issues Order

Earlier, the Kaduna State Government issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an unlawful association.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, says the government secured an order from the State Executive Council to ban the Islamic Movement from either existing or operating in the state with immediate effect.

In proscribing the group, the government invoked Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which empowers the state Governor to take such measures and actions for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in the State.

The statement further explained that the action was to ensure that all persons and organisations were guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution.

President Buhari Meets With Dogara, Nigerien Speaker

Muhammadu Buhari,Yakubu Dogara, Ousseini TinniPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Nigerien counterpart, Ousseini Tinni.

The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, took place in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, inside the President’s office at the Aso Villa and lasted for about an hour.

Speaker Dogara and his partner refused to brief State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

The lawmakers insisted that it was a private visit.

The meeting is coming hours after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a document road map, outlining the policies and objectives it has for food sufficiency in Nigeria.

The Council also approved the takeover of two federal roads in Kaduna metropolis by the state government for rehabilitation, as requested by the Kaduna State government.

El-Rufai Condemns Attack By Suspected Muslim Youths

Kaduna, DeforestationThe Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the brutal attack on a young man by some suspected Muslim youths.

The victim, Francis Emmanuel, was allegedly attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis for not participating in the ongoing Ramadan fasting being observed by Muslims globally.

The victim, severely injured, was hospitalised at the Saint Geralds Catholic Hospital.

Narrating his ordeal from the hospital bed, Emmanuel said he left his workshop to buy food that afternoon when a group of Muslim youths allegedly stopped him on the road and questioned why he should be eating when they were fasting.

He said that when he tried to explain to them, they immediately pounced on him, cut him with a machete and left him in a pool of blood.

Speaking to reporters when he visited the victim, Governor El-Rufai directed the Police to arrest the attacks.

He also warned that there was no room for any form of religious extremism, violence or criminality in Kaduna State.

The Governor asked religious leaders to call their followers to order, warning that the state government would not hesitate to sanction any religious leader that preaches hate messages capable of causing acrimony among the people.

He also commiserated with another Policeman at the hospital who sustained an injury during a gun battle with armed robbers.

DPR Seals Fuel Service Stations Under-dispensing In Imo

DPR - Imo - FuelThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State has sealed some fillings stations in Owerri for under-dispensing and cheating the public with their fuel pump meters.

The DPR made the closure during a routine inspection in Imo State’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

The agency cautioned independent petroleum marketers against taking advantage of the present fuel situation to extort the general public.

A trip around Owerri, the Imo State capital showed that petrol was available in most of the fuel service stations but they sell as high as 160 or 180 Naira per litre.

However, the NNPC Mega Station sells at government approved price of 86:50 Naira per litre and it is the only fuel station that experienced long queue within the state capital.

The DPR Operations Manager in Imo State, Austin Chukwu, appealed to the general public to be patient with the Federal Government, assuring them that the fuel situation would fizzle out in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol service stations across Kaduna State in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.

The DPR official made the statement when he led a monitoring team to seal five petrol stations in the Kaduna metropolis which were caught hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price.

Kaduna Fuel Scarcity: DPR Enforces N86.50k, Seals Five Stations

DPR - Kaduna - Fuel ScarcityThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed five petrol stations in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The closure of the stations in the Kaduna metropolis was as a result of hoarding and selling petrol above the official pump price of N86.50K per litre.

The DPR officials took the operators of the petrol stations unawares on Monday following complaints by motorists that they were selling a litre of petrol between 180 to 200 Naira per litre.

In other places visited by the officials of the agency, they forced the petrol station operators to revert to the government approved price.

The Assistant Controller of DPR, Kaduna Zone, Musa Tambawal, who led the operation, said that the agency had begun daily monitoring of petrol stations across the state in order to ensure that they sell at the official pump price.

He added that many retail outlets have complied with the directive, stressing that the agency has also directed its surveillance team to go round and enforce compliance.

The DPR official also announced that daily delivery of trucks loaded with petrol into Kaduna State has improved from 10 trucks to about 20 trucks per day, believing that the long queues would disappear within a short period as soon as more trucks arrive.

However, in spite of the assurances by DPR, the petrol scarcity is still affecting socio-economic activities in Kaduna State.

Residents complained that the cost of transportation as a result of the situation has deterred them from moving around for their daily businesses either with public transportation or their private vehicles.

They called on the DPR and other relevant agencies in the oil and gas sector to intensify their surveillance on the sales of petrol across Kaduna State.

Some motorists complained that black marketers have also taken over the major roads and streets to sell the product at exorbitant prices.

They lamented that a four-litre gallon of petrol now sells at 1,200 Naira, but unfortunately they have no choice but to buy from them to sustain their businesses.

Motorists Get Free Fuel In Kaduna, As Scarcity Worsens

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has dispensed fuel to motorists and motorcyclists for free in a filling station in Kaduna State.

The station, Samrada Nigeria Limited, located at Romi Junction in the state capital, was said to have a total of 19, 500 litres of fuel which it was hoarding.

The agency, led by the Zonal Controller, Usman Ndanusa, during its routine inspection of petrol stations across the state, discovered that the petrol station was also selling above the Federal Government’s approved price of 87 Naira per litre, only at night.

The Manager of the filling station however complained of not getting the product from the depot at government approved price, hence they have to adjust their retail prices.

The DPR officials also ordered another filling station along Romi Road to reverse to the 87 Naira pump price per litre, as against the 135 Naira it was selling. The owner of the filling station was fined the sum of 100,000 Naira for selling above the approved pump price.

The controller explained that the punitive measure would serve as deterrent to other hoarders. He said the agency was poised to ensure that the commodity was properly distributed among commuters.

While expressing hope that the scarcity of petrol across the state would soon disappear, as daily supply from Lagos has incresed, the Controller warned marketers to stop hoarding the product or face severe sanction if caught.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had directed the DPR not to seal off any petrol station but instead to auction petroleum products of any marketer found to be hoarding petroleum products.

Kaduna State Residents Celebrate Buhari’s Victory

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Following the emergence of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, as the winner of the 2015 presidential election, residents of Kaduna State especially APC supporters, have trooped to the streets in celebration of his victory at the polls.

The excited APC supporters comprising of men, women, youths and children, expressed happiness with the transparent manner in which the election was conducted, stating that Buhari’s success at the poll has clearly revealed that the will of the people would always prevail at all times.

They also shared their expectation that General Buhari would change Nigeria for the better from its present state, which will place Nigeria in its right position as the giant of Africa.

The APC supporters, who trooped out in large numbers along major roads and streets in Kaduna metropolis, expressed optimism that the administration of the new President-elect would tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east and other security challenges in the country.

They expressed joy that their support for General Buhari and the APC, as well as their yearning for change was not in vein.

They, however, vowed to change the APC government after four years if it fails to deliver on its promises to the people.

Security operatives were available at strategic locations to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order.

Kaduna Residents Lament Poor Refuse Disposal

waste-disposalResidents of Sabon Tasha, Barnawa and Kakuri areas in Kaduna metropolis have called on the State Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) and Ministry of Environment to intensify efforts in evacuating refuse and other waste materials that are currently scattered all over the area and capable of creating health problems for them.

The residents, who complained that authorities concerned have not lived up to their responsibilities of keeping the environment clean, feared that if urgent steps are not taken to evacuate the heaps of refuse around people’s homes, there could be an outbreak of cholera, malaria and other airborne diseases in the affected areas.

While the residents blame government for ineffective waste management system, the authorities accused the residents of being responsible for the problem due to their indiscriminate disposal of refuse and other waste materials.

A visit of our correspondents to Narayi, Sabon Tasha, Kakuri, Barnawa and Rigasa all located within the metropolis leaves much to be desired, as there was no presence of waste collectors in these areas.

Therefore, refuse and other waste products continue to litter the streets on daily basis, which residents say is creating a germ-infested environment for them.

Although the State Government says it spends over N130 million monthly on environmental sanitation, the impact is not felt in the communities around the state capital.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Kasimu  Abubakar, told Channels Television that government was not aware of the plight of these residents.

He said that his ministry had mapped out over 111 designated dump sites for refuse disposal.

He also blamed the residents for the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and advised residents to follow the standard procedures recommended by government in order not to contact air or water borne diseases.

Kaduna is the third largest state in Nigeria with a population of over 7 million people. Out of this number, majority of the populace reside within the city centre comprising of four Local Government Areas, namely Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and Igabi local councils.

With increase of satellite towns and influx of people into the state on daily basis, one major problem confronting the metropolis is the issue of poor waste management.

Environmental experts have overtime posited that disposal of waste in unsanitary or unhygienic conditions can lead to huge health and environmental problems.

Traders Close Shops in Kaduna Over Bomb Scare

Kaduna desertedThere was pandemonium in Kaduna metropolis on Monday following an alarm over a white bag abandoned near Kontagora road, which the traders suspected to be a bomb. 

The bomb scare on Monday afternoon forced traders to close their shops and started rushing home for safety.

Immediately the rumour filtered into the area, many people ran helter-skelter in order not to be caught in the web of any explosion.

However, a Police anti-bomb squad that arrived at the area promptly discovered that the bag contained some waste items and not bomb.

The alarm occurred barely one hour after news of a bomb explosion in Kano filtered into the city, a situation that promptly triggered fear of a coordinated attack by terrorists in the two cities.

A suicide bomb had gone off about 10AM on Monday, July 28 at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Filling Station at Hotoro area along Maiduguri Road, Kano.

The suicide bomber, suspected to be a female, had slipped into the crowd of citizens buying kerosene at the station before detonating the explosives. The suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead, eight persons are injured and rushed to the hospital.

PDP Rally: Security Beefed Up As Jonathan Visits Kaduna

Jonathan and yeroSecurity has been beefed up in Kaduna metropolis and environs, ahead of Tuesday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) North West Zonal rally led by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, who disclosed this to journalists after inspecting the level of preparation at the Murtala Mohammed Square, venue of the rally, gave assurance of a hitch free event as adequate security measures had been put in place ahead of the President’s visit.

The Governor, who inspected the venue in company of the PDP Zonal Chairman, Ibrahim Kazaure and the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, said that the rally would witness an unprecedented crowd in the party’s history since inception, describing the North West zone as the home of PDP.

The  venue of the rally was already  wearing a new look with  huge presence of security personnel combing the area ahead of the arrival of Dr Jonathan, his vice, Namadi Sambo, PDP governors and other PDP personalities that would grace the occasion.

Armed security operatives were already stationed at strategic places at the Murtala Mohammed Square, and other major roads and streets leading to the venue.

President Jonathan is expected to storm the rally with other top national leaders of the party and many state governors as part of efforts to ensure cohesion within the party in preparation for the 2015 general elections.