Southern Kaduna Killings: Ojukwu Charges Police, Security Agencies To Sit Up

Following a series of attacks in the southern Kaduna region of Kaduna State, indigenes in the FCT, took to the streets protest on March 19, 2019.

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned in very strong terms the incessant killings and wanton destruction of properties in various communities in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and some other parts of the country, charging the Police and other law enforcement agencies to sit up and stop the blame game so as to bring the perpetrators to book.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq who stated this while reacting to the Southern Kaduna killings earlier this week restated that the primary duty of government and its agencies, in this case the security agencies is to protect lives and properties of citizens and those of other nationals residing in the country, which is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, as well as other national, regional and international treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.

He stated that the alleged invasion of Gora Gan village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State which resulted in the killing of no fewer than 10 persons including a 7-year-old boy and the village Head is most annoying and devastating.

Executive Secretary also lamented a similar incident in Kakun Daji village in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State where 21 people were allegedly murdered in cold blood by yet to be identified gunmen.

 

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu (File Photo)

 

In the light of the above, he called on the relevant Ministries and agencies of government like the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to visit the affected communities and provide the necessary humanitarian support and aids to the families of victims and survivors to forestall further violation of their human rights.

Ojukwu called on the Police and other law enforcement agencies to refrain from watching helplessly while the lives of those whom they are supposed to protect are cut short by miscreants and other categories of enemies of the state.

This is to rekindle people’s confidence in the government which has a sacred duty to protect their lives and properties despite any security challenges.

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The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria opined that state and local government policing structure can no longer be wished away especially in the wake of grave security challenges like senseless killings, kidnappings, banditry, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), communal clashes, ethnic and religious violence etc. in various parts of the country.

According to the Executive Secretary, “most of these criminal elements are citizens and they live amongst the people in various towns and communities. Accordingly, state and local government policing will surely rid the society of criminals who unfortunately pose a serious challenge to the protection of human rights over the years”.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NHRC used the opportunity to once again call for the implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Reform of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Nigeria Police Force which, amongst other, recommended the establishment of State and Local Government Police to check the spate of criminality and insecurity in the country.

The Commission is also urging Nigerians to volunteer information to the Police and other security agencies so as to enhance intelligence led policing which is the practice in some other climes where insecurity has posed a challenge like in Nigeria. The security agencies must rise to the demands of the moment and stop the blame game going on presently.

COVID-19: Kaduna Govt Seals Hotels, Restaurants For Violating Safety Protocols

 

The Kaduna State Government has sealed some social facilities and hotels across the state for operating against its COVID-19 safety protocols by reopening businesses.

The facilities which comprised of hotels, bars, lounges, restaurants, bakeries, and swimming pools, were shut down by the state Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology during an inspection on Friday.

In the course of the exercise, the enforcement team, led by the commissioner in charge of the ministry, Idris Nyam met customers eating in the restaurants, bakeries, and drinking inside the hotel bars.

Other violations by the hotels and restaurant operators include non-compliance to physical distancing, failure to install hand washers at the reception and other designated points, as well as failure to use face masks.

The Commissioner warned that the government will not hesitate to deal with erring or non-compliant facilities that violate the stipulated protocols.

Kaduna Attacks: Police Deploy 500 Operatives, Arrest 217 Suspected Bandits And Kidnappers

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.

 

The Police in Kaduna State have arrested 217 suspected bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements that have been terrorising people in various parts of the state.

The command also says that despite the recent attacks by gunmen in Kaura and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas of Kaduna, the security situation in the state has been relatively stabilised.

The State Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, who stated this when he paraded the suspects before journalists at the state command headquarters on Wednesday, also disclosed that no fewer than 500 conventional and Mobile policemen have been deployed to Zango Kataf and Kaura Local Government Areas to tighten security in the areas and prevent any further attacks.

He also said that 43 Ak-47 rifles and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects, in addition to the recovery of stolen vehicles, motorcycles, and fake currencies.

Read Also: Southern Kaduna Killings More Complicated Than Many Are Ready To Admit – Presidency

On Tuesday, the presidency reacted to the killings in the state, saying that it is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the problem in southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

He added that the region enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the army, special forces of both the army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

“Unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.

Read Also: 11 Persons Killed in Another Kaduna Attack

“From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult,” the statement read in part.

The presidency, therefore, warned residents against taking laws into their own hands, adding that it makes the job of security personnel more difficult.

At least 11 people were reported killed by gunmen in an attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday evening

The attack came barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Southern Kaduna Killings More Complicated Than Many Are Ready To Admit – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari (File Photo)

 

 

The presidency has reacted to the killings in southern Kaduna State, saying that it is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the problem in southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

He added that the region enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the army, special forces of both the army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

“Unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.

Read Also: 11 Persons Killed in Another Kaduna Attack

“From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult,” the statement read in part.

The presidency, therefore, warned residents against taking laws into their own hands, adding that it makes the job of security personnel more difficult.

“What is required is for the local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them forestall any planned attacks,” Shehu added.

“The Presidency, in the same manner, condemns the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of the State while urging security agencies to intensify their response,”.

 

Following a series of attacks in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, indigenes took to the streets of the FCT on March 19, 2019, in a protest.

PHOTOS: Southern Kaduna Indigenes Protest Over Killings In Kajuru

At least 11 people have been reported killed by gunmen in another attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Police authorities have yet to confirm the latest attack, but the Chairman of Zango Kataf Local government Area, Ezekiel Manzah told Channels Television that the attack happened on Monday evening.

Gunmen Kidnap Policewoman, Daughter, 4 Others In Kaduna 

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a policewoman, her daughter, and four other persons at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Although police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses say the incident happened in the late hours of Saturday night, when the bandits stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.

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Sources say the gunmen abducted most of their victims after pulling down the windows and burglaries of the houses, while others were ordered to come out at gunpoint.

El-Rufai Flags Off Kaduna End Of Ajaokuta, Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has flagged off the Kaduna end of the Ajaokuta -Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline with a proclamation that the project will bring about rapid economic development in the northwest zone and the entire country.

El-Rufai was accompanied at the flag-off ceremony by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Speaking during the ceremony at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the governor said the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano project, will add 3,600MW of electricity to the grid when completed and also supply industrial clusters with constant power.

The proposed Ajaokuta, Kaduna-Kano pipeline, is a section of the Trans Nigeria gas pipeline with a capacity to transport about 2.2 bdt/d of gas.

The gas pipeline will originate from Ajaokuta transversing through Abuja, Niger, Kaduna and terminate at Kano.

COVID-19: Kaduna Assembly Begins Compulsory Testing Of Members After Staff Tested Positive

Kaduna Assembly Passes N214 Billion 2017 Budget

 

The Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Mr Yusuf Zailani, has directed all its members and staff to undergo a compulsory coronavirus test with immediate effect.

The Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Ali Kalat, who made the Speaker’s directive known to reporters, explained that the test has become necessary after a staff of the Assembly tested positive for the deadly virus.

Although nine of the lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, Kalat explained that the compulsory testing is to ensure that none of the members and workers is infected by the virus.

He also said that the Assembly will shut down temporarily after the testing exercise.

COVID-19: Kaduna Govt Says Markets, Places Of Worship To Remain Closed Till Further Notice

 

The Kaduna State Government says it will not re-open markets or places of worship until further notice as the nation continues to battle the COVID-19.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the state Governor, Muyiwa Adekeye.

The decision to close places of worship in Kaduna State had been taken and enforced in March 2020 by the state government as part of the proclamation of the Quarantine Orders against COVID-19 in the state.

But on Tuesday, while the government noted that activities will still remain on lockdown, Adekeye said they have started engagements with business leaders, community, and religious leaders to discuss and agree on the protocols for the safe re-opening of businesses, markets and resumption of congregational worship.

He, however, stressed that until such consultations result in a formal announcement authorising businesses, markets and places of worship to reopen, it will be a violation of subsisting Quarantine Orders for anybody to reopen any unauthorised facility, market or places of worship or to conduct congregational worship of any sort, adding that places of worship in Kaduna State were not closed by the Federal Government.

The government also noted that the state maintains its prohibition of interstate and intercity travel, adding that government officials and mobile courts will continue to enforce the ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movement.

It further stated that the 6:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew still remains.

“Kaduna State is not one of the three states and the FCT where the Federal Government imposed a lockdown. The steps taken to ease such federally-imposed lockdowns in the concerned places should not be construed as the Federal Government relaxing in all states conditions that it did not impose in the first place.

“Kaduna State has its own well-articulated roadmap for reopening, and this was published last week as a public document for the views and inputs of the citizens of the State. That is why when it extended the Quarantine Orders by two weeks on 26th May 2020, it also announced steps to ease some of the restrictions. These included increasing lockdown-free days to three and allowing approved businesses and facilities to open on those three days.

“The quarantine extension announced by the Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe on 26th May 2020 made clear that schools, places of worship and markets will remain closed under the adjusted orders.

“The relevant government officials and agencies will be engaging with religious leaders, transport unions, traditional institutions, market unions, school proprietors and other stakeholders as may be identified from time to time, to discuss the conditions and circumstances for a safe reopening of these sectors,” the statement added.

Four-Month Old Baby Recovers From COVID-19 In Kaduna

File Photo: A hospital staff holding test samples.

 

A four-month-old baby who had been battling the COVID-19 in Kaduna State has recovered.

The state Ministry of Health confirmed this on Saturday, noting that the baby has been discharged from the isolation center after testing negative for the virus.

Giving an update on the situation in the state the Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni, said there were still 76 active cases, as of Friday, May 29.

She also said that 149 out of the total number of 232 COVID-19 cases reported in the state have been discharged, while seven deaths have been recorded.

According to the commissioner, the state has tested almost 2,000 samples so far. She, however, warned that number of cases are likely to rise further as more tests are conducted.

“COVID-19 cases have been recorded in 33 wards in nine local government areas of the state: Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Sabon-Gari, Soba and Zaria. The data shows that 80% of the infected persons are male,” she said.

Meanwhile, Baloni also revealed that the state has taken delivery of a mobile testing truck a few days ago, and it awaits the delivery of equipment that will enable the mobile truck and 12 GeneXpert machines spread across several general hospitals to increase the testing capacity in the state.

She warned residents to avoid interstate travel, even as health officials engage in vigorous contact tracing to contain the spread of the infections.

“The Ministry has further stepped up active case searching and testing in communities to stem secondary infections,” she said.

Kaduna PDP Suspends Former Senator, Six Others For Six Months

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria

 

The Kaduna state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed a six month suspension on a former Senator who represented Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi and a former Deputy Speaker in the state House of Assembly.

Hunkuyi who was also a governorship aspirant of the party in the 2019 governorship election in the state was suspended alongside six others for alleged anti-party activities.

Other party members suspended include, Hashim Garba from Kubau Local Government, Dr Mato Dogara from Lere Local Government, Ibrahim Lazuru from Lere Local Government, Dr John Danfulani from Kachia Local Government, Lawal Imam Adamu from Soba Local Government .

Meanwhile, the party also expelled two of its members.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Abrahaman Catoh who stated this on Tuesday, listed those expelled from the party to include, Dr. John Danfulani and Ubale Salmanduna be expelled from the party without further delay.

According to the publicity secretary, the expulsion and suspension of the party chieftains, followed recommendations by a 7-man Disciplinary Committee set up by the State Care Taker Committee.

COVID-19: Again, Kaduna Extends Lockdown For Another Two Weeks

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

The Kaduna State Government has extended the lockdown imposed on the state to contain the spread of the coronavirus for another two weeks, starting from June 1, 2020.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, made the announcement in a broadcast to residents on Tuesday.

Balarabe also noted that the two-day lockdown relaxation window remains Wednesdays and Thursdays but from June 1, the relaxation window will be extended to three days, to include Tuesdays.

The government had imposed its quarantine orders on the state for one month starting from March 26 andat the expiration on April 26, it was extended to May 26.

Read Also: 218 Almajirai Repatriated To Kaduna Will Get Free Education – El-Rufai

The Deputy Governor who is also the Chairperson of the COVID-19 Task Force in the state, noted that the state will continue to monitor and ensure residents’ complaince to the safety guideline such as wearing of face masks, washing of hands and avoiding large gatherings.

She said a violation of these guidelines will now force the government to impose stricter measures.

218 Almajirai Repatriated To Kaduna Will Get Free Education – El-Rufai

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Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i says the 218 Almajirai who were repatriated to Kaduna from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau and Gombe States would be enrolled in free and compulsory primary education.

The governor said every child in the state including the Almajiri has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of free and compulsory education in the state’s public school.

El-Rufai who disclosed this on Monday on his Facebook page added that the COVID-19 test was carried out on all the Almajirai and they all tested negative.

He explained that children would not be denied Islamic education, noting that, plans have been put in place to ensure the children go to Islamic school in the evening and at the weekend.

“I am pleased to see our Almajiri children the batch of 218 from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau & Gombe States looking well & free of Covid 19. With the support of @UNICEF_Nigeria, AMA Foundation, other NGOs & philanthropists, they are being restored full human rights as children, dignity & hope!
“Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools.

“The next step is for the Commissioner of Human Services & Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba and her team to return them to their parents in collaboration with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers. All the children are to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them so they have modern education and life skills in the morning, and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend.

“That is how many of us got our education. That is what the Nothern States’ Governors’ Forum decided. These children may the future of Northern Nigeria. – Nasir @el-Rufai.”

The Almajirai are currently kept in interim care at Government College, Kaduna.

The governor, therefore, assured the children that the state’s decision to reunite them with their families is in their best interest.