Kaduna Govt Holds Townhall Meeting, Presents 2021 Budget Estimate Of N237b

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai (File Photo)

 

The Kaduna State Government has held a town hall meeting over a draft of the 2021 budget to get the input of citizens of the state on aspects they want to be addressed.

According to the Commissioner for Planning and Budget, Thomas Gyang, the state government is proposing to spend N237billion in the draft estimate for 2021 of which N157.56bn is capital and N79.96bn recurrent expenditure.

Gyang also disclosed that the 2021 budget, tagged ‘Budget of Discovery’, takes into account the economic impact of COVID-19 and the continuing uncertainty it has unleashed on the economy.

Speaking further, he also disclosed that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, the state government has been able to record about 85 per cent in the implementation of the 2020 budget.

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The virtual town hall meeting had government officials, members of civil society organisations, the academia, and the organised private sector in attendance.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai who was represented by his deputy explained that the 2021 draft budget reflects the Putting People First governance agenda of his administration.

He also noted that Education and Health are the principal components of human capital development, while investments in infrastructure are critical to maintaining competitiveness, supporting economic dynamism, creating jobs and promoting the well-being of the people.

Banditry: Kaduna Govt Launches New Vigilante Outfit

A General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) which was seized from bandits displayed at the Nigerian Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja on September 30 2020. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

As part of efforts to tackle rural banditry and other related crimes in Kaduna State, a local vigilante group has been launched in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the inauguration of the security outfit on Saturday, the Chairman of Giwa local government said the government is committed to stopping the attacks that have almost become a norm in the rural communities.

He also explained that the vigilantes will operate according to the constitutional provisions and legal requirements of the country, in addition to collaborating with the police and other security agencies to respond to the rising insecurity in the area.

In February this year, a family of 13 were gruesomely murdered by bandits who invaded Fatika village and burnt them inside their house.

Less than a month later, no fewer than 50 peasant farmers and herders were killed by gunmen suspected to have invaded the community from neighbouring Zamfara and Katsina states.

According to the Giwa local government council chairman, the new vigilante outfit represents another step government is taking to enhance security across the state in order to give the people greater confidence as they go about their legitimate businesses.

Sports Development: El-Rufai Unveils Maiden Kaduna Half Marathon

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has unveiled the maiden edition of the Kaduna Half Marathon tagged ‘Kaduna Runs’.

The race which comes up on November 21, 2020, is being organised by the State Ministry of Sports Development.

Unveiling the Kaduna Runs committee at the executive council chambers of Kaduna state Government House, El-Rufai said the international sporting event will not only raise Kaduna state’s investment potentials but will also discover new talents among the youths who can represent the state and Nigeria in international sporting competitions.

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The Governor added that the event which will be held annually represents a further initiative of his administration in reviving sports in Kaduna state, even as he expresses hope that the marathon will also help reinforce the state’s hard-earned reputation as an investment hub and home of sports.

Highlighting the major aspects of the event, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Sports Development, Professor Kabiru Mato, explained that the competition will feature both local and international athletes who will compete for prizes at the end of the day.

Speaking further about the event, the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Suleiman Abdu-Kwari noted that the half marathon apart from promoting the infrastructural development of Kaduna state, will also promote healthy living and assist in keeping from at bay.

El-Rufai Signs Law To Castrate Rapists In Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai (File Photo)

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has signed into law the amended penal code 2020 which prescribes surgical castration for a rapist upon conviction.

The development was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the governor’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, after the amended law was passed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly last week.

The state House of Assembly noted that “with the new law, anyone convicted of rape will have his organ surgically removed so that even upon completion of his jail term, he will not be able to commit the crime again.

It added that “in addition to the castration of the convicted rapist, the new law recommends 21 years imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a minor.”

While signing the law, governor El-Rufai noted that in addition, such convicts will be listed in the sex offenders register to be published by the Attorney-General of the state.

He stated that these drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from such serious crimes.

See details of the amended Penal Code below.

The Kaduna State Penal Code (amendment) law 2020 amends the penal code law (no.5) of Kaduna State, 2017 by substituting section 258 as follows:

1. Whoever commits rape of a child below the age of fourteen (14) years shall on conviction, be punished with surgical castration and death.

2. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a male child below the age of fourteen years shall be punished with surgical castration and death.

3. Where a female adult is convicted for the offence of rape of a child, the court shall punish the accused with bilateral salpingectomy and death.

4. Where the victim is above fourteen years, the court shall on conviction sentence the accused with a punishment of surgical castration and life imprisonment.

5. Where the convict is a child, the court shall order as appropriate under the children and young person law cap 26 laws of Kaduna State 1991.

6. Where the victim is a child, the court shall in addition to the conviction, order that the convict be listed in the sex offenders register to be published by the Attorney General.

7. Where the court is trying the offence of rape involving a child below the age of fourteen years, corroboration of a medical report shall be necessary.

Eight Feared Killed In Fresh Southern Kaduna Attacks

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

 

Barely two days after religious leaders convened a peace summit to find a lasting solution to the conflicts in southern Kaduna, gunmen have killed several people in fresh attacks, resulting in renewed tensions between the Atyap natives and their Fulani neighbours.

Police authorities are yet to confirm the latest incidents, but the spokesman of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Biniyat, said eight people were killed by suspected Fulani militia in Zango Kataf and Kaura Local Government Areas.

On his part, the leader of Fulani Community, Dr Ahmed Yandeh said four Fulani people were killed by gunmen suspected to be Atyap militias between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

According to Yandeh, a young Fulani boy was among those killed at Zaman Dabo, a border community between Zango Kataf and Kauru local government areas, while three others were killed and two injured at Gora Gan.

He explained that the incident happened when they were attending a peace summit in Kafanchan as part of efforts to stop the killings and ensure lasting peace returns to the region.

The Fulani leader, however, said security operatives have arrested some people in connection with the attacks, even as he calls on his people not to engage in any form of reprisals.

Eight Killed, Others Missing As Gunmen Attack Kaduna Communities

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

 

No fewer than eight people have been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits across five local government areas in Kaduna state.

The gunmen were said to have attacked Kajuru, Chikun, Giwa, Kauru, and Igabi local government areas in the early hours of Sunday.

Channels Television gathered that in Kajuru, gunmen invaded the Buda community and opened fire on the residents, killing three people, while many others sustained various degrees of injury.

It was also gathered that another middle-aged was hacked to death by unknown persons in the area.

Meanwhile, some unconfirmed number of people were said to have been abducted from their homes during the operations in various communities in the area.

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In the other local governments, the gunmen also killed four people, while some other residents have been declared missing.

Attacks, An Act Of Criminality

Shortly after the attacks, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the act, describing the incidents as actions of criminality and sheer evil.

A statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Sunday, said the Governor received briefs on the situations in Kidandan, Rigachikun, Kuyanbana, Buruku general area, and also Buda, within the five LGAs listed, and condoled with families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.

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

 

The statement explained that despite the recent attacks, the Kaduna State Government will continue to work with security agencies in the ongoing operations against bandits, being coordinated by the Defence Headquarters.

He urged communities to strongly stand together and confront criminality.

The governor noted that bandits should not be allowed to inflict such pain and then have their actions divide their victims along religious and ethnic lines.

“This criminality is an attack on our unity and collective well-being. Government condoles with the families that lost their loved ones to the sheer criminality of the bandits. Security agencies have been directed to double up and intensify operations against bandits and raids on their hideouts.”

The Governor, however, welcomed the peace pact between Dangoma, Takau, and Zikpak communities in Jema’a local government area.

He described the move as a step towards restoring peace and charged the communities to uphold their obligations in the agreement to secure peace and advance development in the state.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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
File photo

 

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.