El-Rufai Signs 2020 Budget Into Law, Swears In Three New Commissioners

 

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has signed the 2020 budget of N259.25 into law, with a promise to consolidate on ongoing projects across the state.

The State deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe had on October the 15, submitted the draft budget estimate of N257.9 billion to the House of Assembly for approval.

However, after weeks of deliberation, the lawmakers increased the budget proposal to N259.25 billion.

While signing the Appropriation Bill into law at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, the governor noted that N184.1 billion out of the entire budget is for capital expenditure while the sum of N75,145,220,027.38 is allocated to recurrent expenditure.

According to the governor, the largest chunk of N75.bn of the budget will be spent on the social sector, comprising education, health and social development, in line with his administration’s governance agenda of building human capital and promoting equal opportunity.

Meanwhile, the governor also swore in three new commissioners including two women for the ministries of health, agriculture and fiscal commission, as well as eight permanent secretaries.

He charged them to work harder and contribute their quota in the development of Kaduna State.

The governor also reminded them that they were appointed based on their competency and integrity and must, therefore, live up to expectations.

Kaduna Illegal Rehabilitation Centre: Court Remands Six Suspects In Prison Custody

 

A Kaduna State High court has remanded in prison custody, the owner of the alleged illegal rehabilitation centre in Rigasa area of Igabi local government area, Ismaila Abubakar, where over 300 inmates were detained for many years and subjected to inhuman treatment.

Also remanded in custody along with the owner, are five other suspects who are the staff of the centre.

The six suspects will be in prison custody until December 13, when the presiding judge, Justice Mairo Mohammed will rule on their bail application filed by their counsel as well as the commencement of hearing on the substantive suit.

The suspects were arraigned at the court on Monday on a seven-count of criminal conspiracy, alleged sexual abuse, illegal confinement and torture of minors, operating an illegal rehabilitation centre without approval among others, filed by the Kaduna state government.

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When the case came up for mention on Monday, the Prosecuting Counsel, Chris Umar told the court that the accused persons were facing the charges under the Kaduna state penal code law of 2017.

He also told the court that he is ready for the commencement of the trial of the accused persons based on the charges levelled against them.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

Counsel to the accused persons, Sani Katu in his written submission, asked the court to grant his clients bail to enable them to prepare to face the charges levelled against them.

The presiding Judge, after listening to both arguments and submissions, adjourned the matter to December 13, when she will rule on the bail application for the accused persons and also commence hearing on the charges.

She, however, directed that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody until the adjourned date.

The Kaduna state police command had on September 25, discover an illegal Islamic rehabilitation centre located at Rigasa area of Kaduna state, and rescued over 300 people including children who were chained in both hands and legs. The owner of the centre claimed that the people were brought to the facility by their parents to undergo rehabilitation from drug abuse and other mental challenges.

But the police authorities and Kaduna state government insist that the centre had operated illegally over the years without approval, hence have filed criminal charges against the suspects.

Two Abducted Lecturers Regain Freedom In Kaduna

 

Two lecturers kidnapped in Mahuta community of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have regained their freedom after spending six days in the hands of their abductors.

The two lecturers, Adamu and Umar Chinoko both brothers from Kebbi state, were abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on November 11.

Confirming the development to channel’s television, the Kaduna state police command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the victims escaped from their captors on Sunday.

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He explained that Adamu Chinoko was the first to be kidnapped by the gunmen while Umar, his brother, who went deliver a  ransom of   N2.1 million and a motorcycle was equally seized by the bandits who later demanded additional N5 million before they will release the two men.

The police spokesman, however, said that operatives are still trailing the kidnappers with a view to arresting and prosecuting them despite the release of the two lecturers.

Banned IMN Vows To Mark Dec 2015 Remembrance

 

Members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) have vowed to hold a procession in remembrance of the December 15, 2015 confrontation with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A statement issued on Friday by the IMN spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, stressed that no amount of intimidation or harassment by security agencies will stop them from marking the four years remembrance.

He asked the Federal Government to honour a court order and free their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife with immediate effect.

Mr. Musa also condemned the attack by the Police on members of IMN during the Eid-El Maulud procession in Kaduna state on Thursday to mark the birth of Prophet Mohammed.

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But the Kaduna State Police Command restated that the ban on all forms of processions in the State is still in force and will not hesitate to deal with any person or group of persons who cause disharmony or breach public peace and safety within the ambit of the law.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo in a statement, said the IMN members violated the ‘no procession ban’ by carrying out an illegal procession in the Kaduna state capital and Zaria on Thursday.

He explained that some members of the outlawed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) were sighted at the Central area of Kaduna Metropolis on Thursday, and operatives promptly responded by dispersing them and ensured public order and safety without any casualty.

Gunmen Kill Three Policemen In Kaduna

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Three policemen attached to Operation Safe Highways in Kaduna State have been killed by bandits during an exchange of gun battle in Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday explained that the police operatives who were  deployed to Gwantu Divisional area  in Sanga Local Government were ambushed by the gunmen while on patrol at Aboro Village along Fadan Karshi -Nimbia Forest in the local government on Tuesday.

He added that the gunmen opened fire on  the police patrol team through a thick bush in opposite direction, and in the process, killed two Police Inspectors, Bobai Bature, Daniel Dogo, and a Sergeant, Mamman Ahmadu.

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Sabo disclosed that reinforcement has since been deployed to the area for general combing to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to face justice.

He also disclosed that the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, is greatly saddened by the unfortunate incident and commiserates with the families of the gallant men who laid down their lives for the good of their country,.

He assured that the culprits will not escape the long arms of the law.

Navy Arrests Five Suspected Bandits, Recover 267 Stolen Cows In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State have arrested five suspected bandits said to have been terrorising residents of the area.

The troops also recovered 267 cows and 51 sheep from the bandits during an operation on Saturday, October 26.

While handing over the rustled animals to officials of the Kaduna State Government, the Commandant of the Navy School of Armament Technology, Commodore Tanko Pani, said the bandits were arrested by his men following an alarm that was raised about their presence inside the Kujama forest.

He, however, noted that there have been intensified efforts on the part of the security agencies and criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling have drastically reduced.

Speaking further, he appealed to residents of Kachia and environs to always provide credible intelligence information to enable the command respond timely and appropriately to any security issues.

Pani also assured the people of the command’s continuous synergy with allied security authorities to protect Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

On is part, the Chairman of Kachia local government who received the recovered animals on behalf of the Kaduna State Government, commended the Navy  for keeping the area safe.

He also called on those whose animals were stolen recently to come to the Command with concrete proof of ownership to reclaim them.

NAF Launches New Operation Against Bandits In Kaduna

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The Nigerian Air Force has launched an exercise named Operation Na Zo to help curb the activities of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and some parts of neighbouring Zamfara and Niger States.

The operation was accompanied with a simulation exercise which involved the troops to launching both air and ground attacks against the bandits inside the Kamuku forest who were said to have been terrorising residents of the three states.

Speaking during the launching of the operation on Monday, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said the essence of the training and exercise, is to achieve greater success in combat operations especially at a time when Nigeria is grappling with a lot of security challenges.

Kidnappers Abduct Police ACP In Kaduna

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

The Police Area Commander of Suleja area command of Niger state police command, ACP Musa Rambo has been kidnapped by gunmen in Kaduna state.

He was said to be traveling to Jos the Plateau state capital with his car when the incident happened.

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A statement by the Kaduna police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the Area Commander was abducted on Saturday around Kanock Bridge, a border area between Kaduna and Nasarawa States.

He explained that contact has been established with the kidnappers who are requesting for ransom, while efforts are on top gear towards rescuing the police officer and arresting the culprits.

He also enjoined the public to continue to support the Police with relevant information that will help the Command to overcome the recent security challenges.

Kidnappers Demand N5m To Free Kaduna Principal

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Abductors of the principal of Government Technical College at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, Mr Francis Maji, have demanded N5 million ransom.

Channels Television learnt from one of the teachers in the school that the demand was made in a phone conversation with the victim’s wife, Amina Francis on Friday afternoon.

According to him, the kidnappers had initially demanded N20 million as ransom but later reduced the amount to N5 million after the family pleaded with them that such a huge amount of money cannot be afforded.

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The principal of Government Technical College was kidnapped by bandits from his residence inside the school in the early hours of Thursday and was later whisked away by his abductors.

The latest incident came just a week after the abduction of six female students and two staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji, in Chikun local government area of the State.

However, a statement by Deputy Director, Public Relations of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, confirmed that troops of Operation Thunder Strike have rescued the six abducted students.

According to him, four suspected bandits were killed in the process while the rest of them ran into the forest with gunshot wounds.

Army Rescues Six Abducted Students In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army have rescued six abducted students of the Government Day Secondary School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Deputy Director Public Relations of 1Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, four suspected bandits were killed in the process while the rest of them ran into the forest with gunshot wounds.

He also said that three motor boys were rescued during the encounter.

Some of the items recovered from the operation, included one AK-47 rifle with seven rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a pump-action gun with 10 cartridges.

The students were said to have been abducted by kidnappers on their way to school on Thursday in Gwagwada village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

They have, however, all been re-united with their families.

Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Female Naval Officer In Kaduna

 

The police in Kaduna State have paraded the suspected killer of a female Naval officer at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Commander Oluwayemisi Ogundana.

Until her death, Ogundana was the commandant of Command Secondary School of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga paraded the prime suspect, Simon Bernard along with 44 other suspects on Wednesday.

The suspect who confessed to the crime said he single-handedly killed the Naval officer after gaining access into her house located at the Jaji Military Cantonment in September.

He also admitted to using an iron rod to hit her head from behind, after sneaking into her house.

According to him, he killed her because she was allegedly fond of cheating the staff under her.

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The suspect went further to explain how he dismembered her body and later packed it into two bags, dropped them in the officer’s SUV jeep and drove off to where he dumped the two bags into a shallow well.

Among the others who were arrested and paraded were suspected abductors of three students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a member of the state House of Assembly, Suleiman Dabo.

The CP told reporters that the suspects were arrested at different locations during several operations carried out by men of the command and the IGP Rapid Response Team.

He further explained that the some of the suspects confessed to being responsible for the killing of three Operatives of the IGP Intelligent Response Team (IRT) in 2018 and recent Kidnapping of an Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Algarkawi among other crimes.

Items recovered included 20 Ak-47 rifles, one Type O6 assault rifle, three Beretta pistols, three locally made pistols, 135 live ammunitions and four stolen vehicles.

Police Arrest 45 Suspected Kidnappers, Others In Kaduna

 

The police in Kaduna State have arrested 45 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers said to have been terrorising travellers and residents along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Kaduna- Birnin Gwari road.

Among the suspects were abductors of three students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Suleiman Sabo.

Addressing journalists, the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, said they were arrested at different locations during several operations carried out by men of the command and the Inspector of Police Rapid Response Team.

According to him, the suspects confessed to being responsible for the killing of three operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team (IRT) in 2018 and the recent kidnapping of an Islamic cleric, sheik Ahmad Algarkawi among other crimes.