Kaura Attack: Governor Yero Terminates Trip To US Peace Conference

Governor Mukhtar Yero,The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, on Saturday suspended a trip to the United States where he was scheduled to attend a symposium on peace and security in northern Nigeria and returned to the country following Friday night’s attack on three villages in Kaura Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor who was already in the United Kingdom en-route the United States to attend the peace symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), was billed to address the conference on the security challenges in the North and Kaduna State in particular.

However, he returned to Nigeria on receiving the sad news that some hoodlums have attacked villages in Kaduna and killed many innocent citizens.

The Governor departed Nigeria Friday morning and returned on Saturday without attending the peace conference after he got the news of the attack.

Governors of states in the north that are faced with challenges of insecurity were expected to attend the peace conference as well as lawmakers and investors from the US and Europe.

The aim of the conference according to the governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki is to seek collaborative solutions to improving security as well as economic development of the North.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has carried out an assessment of the communities affected and victims with a view to commencing the process of providing relief to persons displaced from their homes.

Mr Maiyaki also advised the residents to dispel rumours of a reprisal attack in some parts of the state and to remain calm and shun rumours capable of escalating tension in the state.

The advice followed mass movement of Muslims out of Sabo Tasha area of the metropolis, popularly dominated by Christians over fear of a reprisal attack against them by the angry youths of the area in relation to the Friday night’s killings in Kaura.

Governor Yero Condemns Killing of Islamic Cleric

The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has described the killing of renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Albani and members of his family, as “satanic and wicked.”

A statement issued by the Governor’s Director-General on Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki in Kaduna quoted the Governor as assuring the people that the government would work with the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended.

Part of the statement reads: “The killing of Sheikh Albani is an indication that despite the improvement of security in the state, some people are still bent on creating tension in our communities.”

Governor Yero commiserated with the family of the late scholar and   encouraged his followers to remain calm and law abiding. He promised that the death of Albani would not be in vain.

Meanwhile, the police command in Kaduna has commenced a manhunt for the perpetrators.

Sheik Muhammad Albani was shot dead along with his wife and son in the ancient city of Zaria, at about 9:30pm on Saturday after attending evening prayers.

His killing happened less than 48 hours after gunmen killed a family of seven in Manchok village, Kaura Local Government of the state.

5,000 APC Members Defect To PDP In Kaduna

Not less than 5,000 members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during a rally in Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria.

The defection, a major setback to the APC in the state, is coming barely two days after the 23 de-registered political parties in the state joined the ruling party.

The Friday’s event, attended by the state Governor, Mukhtar Yero, his deputy, Nuhu Bajoga and top party officials, took place at the Umaru Yar’adua indoor sports hall in Kaduna, the state capital.

Prodigal Sons

Receiving the new members, the chairman of PDP in the State, Abubakar Haruna, urged the defectors to go back to their wards and register, and not to involve themselves in any obnoxious act that could tarnish their image before and after elections.

The decamped members of the APC pleaded that they should be accepted as prodigal sons having discovered that they took a wrong decision by leaving the party in the first instance. They said that no other party is concerned with the peaceful coexistence and development in Kaduna than the PDP.

But the state APC has refuted the purported defection of its members to the PDP, saying those who defected were never card carrying members of the party.

Inter- Party defections have continued to unfold in Kaduna State, as the 2015 elections fever sets in.

Part of the struggle among the political gladiators is the battle for who occupies ‘Sir Kashim Ibrahim House’, the state’s official seat of power.

Ever since the successful emergence of the APC, there has been an upsurge in defection, with the new party bountifully harvesting a deluge of defectors mainly from the ruling PDP.

In December 2013, over 1,000 PDP members, including a former state PDP chairman, Yaro Makama, join the APC.

Indications are rife that the PDP was severely pinched by losing a good number of its strong members to the APC and is doing everything possible to bring its aggrieved members back to the party.

Addressing the mammoth crowd, Governor Yero said: “The people can only enjoy the dividends of democracy if they participate in the affairs of the government and support the present administration in the state”.

Group Condemns Absence Of Kaduna Governor, Deputy From State

A pressure group known as Kaduna Salvation Movement (KASMO) has faulted the absence of Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero and his deputy, Nuhu Bajoga out of the state, describing it as a sign of ignorance of the ethics of governance.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of the group, Mohammed Soba, the group condemned the attitude of the two principal officers of the state, saying while the deputy governor is attending the holy pilgrimage in Israel, Governor Yero decided to embark on a jamboree tour to Germany, leaving the state without any form of leadership against the stipulated laws of the constitution.

While describing the governor’s action as a sign of ineptitude and incompetence, the group called on the State House of Assembly to probe the absence of both the governor and his deputy with a view to finding out the circumstances surrounding their absence from the state at the same time.

Debunking the claims by the group that the governor went on tour of Germany, the governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Miyaki, through a statement said the governor was out of the country to attend an exhibition on NOK Culture to woo investors, as part of the administration’s commitment to developing the tourism and economic potentials that abound in all parts of the state and to draw attention of the global community to the significance of NOK culture to the history of human development.

Suspicious Package Causes Bomb Scare In kaduna

An item suspected to be bomb found in Kaduna town on Wednesday afternoon caused panic and pandemonium in the city.

Security men said they found a box dropped along the busy Ali Akilu road in the state capital, following reports, by passers-by of a suspicious package suspected to be a bomb.

Security operatives and anti-bomb police personnel who were hurriedly drafted to the scene cordoned off the location, the busy road that connects motorists from the popular Sheik Abubakar Gumi market to Kawo.

The scene is directly opposite the headquarters of Defence Industries Company of Nigeria (DICON), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), banks, public offices and several  business premises.

The package, according to security agencies and the Director General media to the Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Miyaki was a box containing some personal items said to have fallen down from a commercial bus.

Mr. Miyaki however assured residents of their safety and advised them to go about their normal businesses.

Amnesty Committee Seeks Link With Boko Haram

The presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north has appealed to Nigerians to link the panel with leadership of the Boko Haram sect.

The Chairman of the committee and Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, made the appeal in Kaduna when the committee visited Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State, traditional rulers and religious leaders as part of its nationwide tour.

At the Usman Hassan Katsina house, the chairman of the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in northern Nigeria, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki said the committee is serious about holding dialogue with members of the Boko Haram sect, with a determination to end insecurity in the northern part of the country.

Leaving Kaduna State, the committee headed straight to Sokoto State, where they met with the Sultan of Sokoto, his eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar the III.

The chairman of the committee and Minister of Special Duties expressed the readiness of the committee to meet with the Boko Haram sect outside the country to ensure peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The committee is meeting with northern leaders and victims of violence linked to the Islamic sect as part of the process that will ultimately bring peace to the region.

Jonathan Pledges Support To New Kaduna Governor

The Federal Government has pledged to give all necessary support to the administration of Mukhtar Yero to enable him succeed in the administration of Kaduna state.

President Jonathan made the pledge today while playing host to the delegation of Kaduna state indigenes who were in the Presidential Villa to condole with him on the sad helicopter crash of the 15th of December which claimed the lives governor Patrick Yakowa and the former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi.

The president prayed that God will give the new governor the wisdom to govern the state.

He described Kaduna as the fulcrum of northern politics calling on the new governor to go beyond provision of democracy dividends to stabilising the politics of northern Nigeria.