Boko Haram And Bandits Largely Curtailed By Troops – Air Force Chief

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The Nigerian Air Force says the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and bandits in the northwest and north-central zones of the country have been largely degraded due to the constant attacks of the criminal elements by the air and ground troops of the service and other security forces.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said this on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of officers of Basic Regiment Course and Other Specialist Regiment Courses at the Regiment Training Centre in Kaduna State.

According to him, the feat was made possible due to the constant deployment of well-trained personnel and equipment to theater of operations in the various ongoing military operations.

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Abubakar also noted that the Nigerian Air Force under his leadership has relentlessly pursued the improvement of Force protection capabilities amidst the increasing complex nature of contemporary threats.

According to him, this has necessitated the drive for massive recruitment and training of Regiment personnel to complement the Nigerian Air Force air operations across various theatres of operations.

The Air Force Chief’s comments come amidst several continued attacks by bandits and other insurgents.

Earlier today, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said four persons were killed by bandits in Chikun local government while two others were killed in Giwa.

Bandits Kill Six, Injure Eight Others In Kaduna

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At least six people have been killed and eight others injured during separate attacks by bandits in Giwa and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.

Confirming the incident in a statement on Saturday, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said four persons were killed in Chikun local government while two others were killed in Giwa.

According to him, armed bandits attacked Maskoro community of Kakau Ward, and Akunakwo of Gwagwada Ward, both in Chikun local government area, where they killed two persons, identified as Nehemiah Ishaku and Yunana Mai-Mulo, while two others, Haruna Dogo and Danjuma Jagaba were killed at Akunakwo in similar attacks.

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In a separate incident, between Hayin Inji and Kidandan town in Giwa local government, armed bandits also attacked and killed one Alhaji Yahuza Jinaidu in a bid to dispossess him of his motorcycle.

Also in Giwa local government area, at ‘Yan Rake, Galadimawa, bandits wielding sophisticated weapons opened fire injuring nine persons, while one of the victims, Kabiru Lado, eventually died while being rushed to a hospital.

Others according to Aruwan, are receiving treatment, with some having been discharged.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed deep sadness over the fresh killings, and prays for the repose of the souls of the deceased, while sending his condolences to their families.

He has also urged security agencies to ramp up their responses to curb such attacks.

Kaduna Security: Troops Neutralise Several Bandits In Birnin Gwari

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Troops of the Nigerian Military have killed several bandits during an operation in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed this to Channels Television, said the aircrew of the Nigerian Air Force sighted several bandits on Motorcycles at Saulawa, Kuduru and Farin Ruwa communities where scores of them were duly engaged and neutralised by the fighter jet crew.

He said that more bandits were sighted with herds of cattle along the track from Ungwan Yako to Kuduru and were also engaged and neutralised by the troops.

According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) flights were conducted over the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Akilbu and Barebari, where normal activities were observed.

Similarly, a night patrol mission was also carried out covering the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Olam Farms, Rijana, Polewire, Kateri, Jere and parts of Kaduna metropolis, while no suspicious activities were reported.

Other locations covered include Riyawa Sarki, Sabon Gida Riyawa, Bunu, Hayin Maidawa, Buruku, Ungwan Yako and adjoining settlements, as well as Kidandan, Dogon Dawa areas.

Regular ground and air patrols according to the commissioner will continue in identified areas of security interest.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has praised the pro-active efforts of the troops and personnel, commending their determination to remain on top of the situation.

Kaduna Govt Rescues 160 Almajirai From Benin Republic, Burkina Faso

Rescued Almajirai in Kaduna State.

 

Officials of the Kaduna State Government Task Force on enforcing COVID-19 related regulations have rescued 160 children from locations that are neither authorised and licensed as schools nor as children’s homes.

The chairman of the task force, Major Garba Rimi told Channels Television on Friday that 140 out of the children were rescued from Sheik Dahiru Bauchi Islamic school in Rigasa area in the outskirts of the state capital.

The rescued children, according to him are from 13 states in the north and south of Nigeria, while few others are from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.

Details later.

Bandits Kill Cleric, Two Others In Fresh Kaduna Attack

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The Chief Imam of Kawaran Rafi village in Igabi Local Government Area, Sheik Danleeman Isah has been killed by bandits during an attack on the village.

The bandits according to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement issued on Saturday that the bandits invaded the village and moved straight to the Chief Imam’s residence, and in what appears to be a pre-meditated attack, shot him dead and left the location without taking any items or hostages.

He said the murder of the cleric has been linked to his vocal stance against the killing and kidnapping of citizenry by bandits.

In a similar development, bandits also killed the Ardo Musa Layi of Kajuru local government, who was kidnapped by armed men in October 2020 for his advocacy against killing, kidnapping and cattle rustling.

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In another development, security agencies have reported the murder of the Sarkin Yaki of Godogodo, Mr Yohanna Abu, by a gang of kidnappers.

According to the report, the gunmen attacked Nisama village in Jema’a local government area late on Friday night and abducted Mr Abu along with another resident Mr Charles Audu.

A struggle ensued between the duo and the kidnappers, and while Mr Audu was able to escape, the kidnappers shot Mr Abu dead.

The Commissioner disclosed that five persons have been arrested in connection with the killing, as security agencies continue to investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness at the reports, praying for the repose of the souls of the slain cleric and community leader, as he conveyed his heartfelt condolences to their families.

PHOTOS: Kaduna Govt Demolishes Sex Party Hotel, Cites Violation Of COVID-19 Protocol

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The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority(KASUPDA) has demolished a hotel billed to host the “Kaduna Sex Party,” citing a violation of COVID-19 protocols.

“KASUPDA have demolished Asher Hotel in Barnawa Kaduna South. Asher Hotel was the proposed venue for the Kaduna Sex Party, the hotel was also caught contravening the Covid-19 guidelines of the state,” the agency tweeted on its official handle on Thursday after pulling down the structure.

The agency which also posted photos of the demolition exercise vowed that it “will not hesitate to demolish properties used for such [an] immoral act.”

The Public Relations Officer of the KASUPDA, Nuhu Garba, explained that the property located at Sabon Tasha area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state was pulled down after the organisers of the aborted sex party were arrested by security operatives.

He noted that the demolition exercise is in accordance with the laws guiding the agency over properties in the state and also vested in the agency the power to demolish any building that contravenes the rights of occupancy.

The aborted sex party, which received high criticisms on the social media was slated for December 27, 2020, at an undisclosed venue in the Kaduna capital.

KASUPDA is the body responsible for the planning of urban areas in Kaduna State.

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Abducted Kaduna PFN Chairman, Wife Regain Freedom

A file photo of abducted PFN Chairman in Kaduna State, Apostle Emmanuel Bako, and his wife Mrs Cindy.

 

The kidnapped chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Apostle Emmanuel Bako and his wife, Cindy have regained freedom from their abductors.

The cleric and his wife were kidnapped on Friday Evening at Albarka praying camp in Jema’a Local Government.

But in a statement on Sunday, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the PFN chairman and his wife had been released.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his relief and happiness over the development and offered his best wishes to the cleric and his wife.

Christmas: El-Rufai Asks Kaduna Residents To Be Peaceful, Show Love

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has called on residents of the north-western state to show love to one another and remain peaceful.

“We can all, as Christians as well as Muslims, emulate the example of Jesus Christ,” the governor said in his Christmas message to residents of Kaduna State on Thursday.

“We can strive to be better than we are today, combining our faith with exemplary conduct. We pray to God Almighty that the blessings and lessons of Christmas will spread all through our state and move us to be better people.”

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While admitting that the COVID-19 pandemic will limit the celebrations, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), urged residents to adhere to the safety protocols.

“But as people of faith, we know that God’s love is unlimited; that amidst the trials and tribulations that confront us, the Almighty still avails us many reasons for joy in His Grace and gratitude for His protections,’’ El-Rufai noted.

According to him, combating the pandemic requires individual and collective efforts, but believes that ‘’together we can beat COVID-19!’’

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He, therefore, appealed to the people of Kaduna State to “celebrate Christmas and the New Year with the sense of responsibility that we observed during the Easter and two Eid celebrations that took place in this year of this deadly pandemic.”

COVID-19: Kaduna Bans Large Gathering, Imposes Restrictions On Worship Centers

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The Kaduna State Government on Sunday announced new measures to stem the rising COVID-19 infections in the state.

The new regulations which was signed and authorised by the state Governor Nasir El-Rufai ban large gatherings and limit the hour of worship at churches and mosques to one hour.

Also, the use of a face mask and observing physical distancing is mandatory.

The new measures which are further to COVID-19 containment measures announced last week, take effect from December 17, 2020.

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“Many of the regulations in the Quarantine Order of 26th March 2020 were significantly relaxed in June 2020 to support the safe pursuit of livelihoods. However, recent developments have compelled the state government to reinstate and tighten some of those provisions.

“Accordingly, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has signed and authorised new regulations with effect from 17 December 2020 as follow:

“It is mandatory to wear facemasks outside the house. Large gatherings are henceforth prohibited.

“Places of worship must enforce facemasks, provide sanitisers, and ensure physical distancing. The number of worshippers will be capped. Congregational worship should not exceed one hour,” the statement read in part.

Also, civil servants in the state below Grade level 14 are instructed to work from home and businesses must provide thermometers for temperature checks.

 “Civil servants below Grade Level 14 to work from home from Monday, 21st December 2020 subject to directives or summons by their supervisors who may require their presence in the office. The Head of Service will issue service-wide updates as required.

“Transport operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50 percent of capacity.

“Supermarkets and providers of personal services such as hairdressing and barbing salons can remain open but service providers and customers must use facemasks and limit the number of persons they admit and serve at any time,” the statement read in part.

While hotels are to remain open, event centers and night clubs gyms, bars, and lounges are to close until further notice.

Restaurants are restricted to takeaway services and all schools will remain closed.

COVID-19: El-Rufai Warns Of Another Lockdown As Kaduna Records 30% Rise In Daily Infections

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed worry over the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the state, warning that he will impose a second lockdown of the entire state if the rate of infections continues to rise.

The Governor who disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna State said he is worried that the rate of infections will soon overwhelm the state’s health system if nothing is done urgently to contain the spread of the virus.

Kaduna State has been recording 30 percent new COVID-19 infections daily in the last two months.

El-Rufai lamented that some residents have refused to abide by all the safety measures put in place by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), hence there might be another lockdown soon.

The governor directed that all employees of the state government must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Ahead of the Christmas festivities, the Governor warned residents to celebrate with caution, by avoiding large gatherings, wearing their facemasks always, and adhering to other safety measures that will prevent them from contracting COVID-19 during and after the festivities.

On his part, a former Minister of State for Health, Dr Idi Hong explained that the second phase of COVID-19 is more deadly than the first one, hence the need for the people to live responsibly and be mindful of the dangers that lie ahead.

British Govt Donates PPEs To Kaduna State

British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing presenting some of the PPEs to Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe.

 

The British government has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to Kaduna State for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing while presenting the PPEs to the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, said the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over.

She added that the gesture is due to the long-time cordial relationship between the United Kingdom and Kaduna State.

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She explained that the PPEs were given to the State Government to ensure that frontline health workers involved in the management of COVID-19 are adequately protected to provide services in a secure environment.

Receiving the items from the High Commissioner, Kaduna State Deputy Governor appreciated the government of United Kingdom, assuring to make judicial use of the items to ensure that health workers are properly protected.

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Jema’a LGA Killings: Death Toll Rises As Troops Arrest Two More Suspects

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One more person has been confirmed dead in the aftermath of today’s killing in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday evening.

According to him, the victim identified as Abubakar Alhassan, was found in his hut at Kussom village, unconscious with bruises and was later confirmed dead by doctors when he was rushed to Kowa Medical Center, Jagindi Town for treatment.

Furthermore, he said two children, identified as Usman Wada and Didi Hudi, who were earlier declared missing have been rescued from the forest.

“The military has handed over the corpse to the police for further investigation,” the statement read.

“Similarly, the military received a distress call from a community leader in the general area, that some children were seeing wandering in a forest after their parents had fled.

“The children have been handed over to the police for immediate reunion with their families.”

In addition, Aruwan noted that the Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force have arrested two more suspects linked to the counter killing at Ungwan Bido village.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commended community leaders for assisting the military to stabilise the situation and to apprehend the suspects connected with the killings.