APC Appeal Committee Upholds Kaduna Delegate Congresses

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

The Appeals Committee for the Ad-hoc Delegate Congresses of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, has upheld the Congress, describing the exercise as successful.

The party had within last week conducted congresses to elect local government, state and national delegates , with the delegates elected by consensus
in accordance with APC’s elections guidelines and constitution.

Addressing a news conference at the end of its sitting at the Kaduna State APC Secretariat on Saturday, the five-man Committee headed by Mrs Tinuke Ogunrinde said, the congresses were hitch-free, as no petition was received before, during and after the congresses.

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She said that 1,275 delegates were elected for local government and state respectively, while 69 national delegates were unanimously elected.

She said that, “Our great party, the APC assigned us to serve as the Appeal Committee for the Special Congress held on 17th and 18th May, 2022 to elect the Local Government, State and National Delegates for Kaduna State.

“With gratitude to our Party for the confidence reposed in us by this appointment, We set out to diligently do our duty.

“This Appeal Committee received records from the Congress Committee appointed by our great Party confirming that various categories of delegates emerged from the Special Congress in the 23 local government areas as follows: 1,275 Local Government Delegates, 1,275 State Delegates and 69 National Delegates were unanimously elected during the Special Congress by consensus.

“At the conclusion of our assignment, this Committee did not receive ANY petition, before, during or after the Special Congress of the Kaduna State APC.

“All the members of this Committee are grateful to our Party, the APC, for this appointment and we express our appreciation for the cooperation of the Kaduna State Chapter of the APC,” she said.

Other members of the Committee include; Auwal Musa Bashir (Gombe), Mr. Madu Saleh (Yobe), Engr. Lawal Abdullah Abubakar (Kano) and Akinola Bamigbola (Kwara).

El-Rufai Raises Alarm Over Presence Of Boko Haram, ISWAP In Kaduna

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

 

The Kaduna State Government has raised an alarm about the activities of terrorist groups in the State.

Speaking during the presentation of the first quarter security report for 2022 to the state’s security council, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said members of the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorist groups have infiltrated some parts of Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas.

Aruwan said the terrorists have been luring locals with gifts with a view to recruiting them into criminal organisations.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed concern that the terrorists are moving from the North-East to the North-West with the intention of causing havoc.

He added that those who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train were Boko Haram terrorists.

The Governor is also worried that the conduct of the 2023 general elections might be compromised in Kaduna state if the security challenges are not addressed.

Meanwhile, Aruwan said no fewer than 360 people have been killed by suspected terrorists in different parts of Kaduna State from January to April.

Kaduna central senatorial zone recorded the highest casualties with 214 deaths, the Commissioner said.

Aruwan further noted that 1,389 people were kidnapped by bandits in different attacks across Kaduna State during the period under review, including the 62 victims of the March 28 attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.

Deborah Samuel: El-Rufai Bans Religious Protests In Kaduna

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

 

The Kaduna State Government has banned all forms of protests related to religious activities across the state.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement that the ban, which is with immediate effect, was done in consultation with the State Security Council.

He explained that the prohibition of all forms of religious protests becomes imperative in view of moves by some unpatriotic elements to organize series of for-and-against protests related to a recent security development in another northern state.

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Protests rocked Sokoto city on Saturday over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing.

‘Remain calm’

According to Aruwan’s Saturday statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai who has been briefed of the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the ban on religious protests.

The Governor also charged religious leaders, community leaders and traditional rulers throughout the State to complement the efforts of government and security agencies towards the maintenance of peace and stability.

“Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace and stability of the State, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned. Such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted,” the statement said.

“Citizens are implored to remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits, and to immediately report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, on 09034000060 and 08170189999”.

Kaduna Train Victims’ Families Threaten Country Shutdown, Call For Amaechi’s Sack

 

The families of the abducted passengers of the AK9 Abuja- Kaduna bound train that was attacked by terrorists on March 28, have threatened to shut down the country for the what they deem a superficial handling of the matter.

While staging a walk in Kaduna, the individuals who were vexed over the continued stay of their loved ones in captivity, demanded for the immediate resignation or sack of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

According to them, the Minister’s lack of concern and insensitivity towards the rescue of the 62 victims that were kidnapped during the attack, is cogent reason why he should be relieved of his duties.

At a peaceful protest on Monday, the aggrieved relatives accused Amaechi of abandoning the rescue of the kidnapped victims to pursue his presidential ambition.

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They also called for the disbandment of the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, noting that the management have not reached out to the relatives of the victims six weeks after the attack.

The concerned relatives who had formed themselves into a group after the incident, have consistently held daily meetings and protests to draw the attention of the government.

During their latest protest exercise, the group matched slowly, and with banner in hand, they voiced out their displeasure in songs against the government songs.

Dr Abdulfatai Jimoh who serves as Chairman Concerned Relatives of Abducted Persons, told newsmen that these distraught families have lost their patience with the government.

A relative to one of the kidnap victims, Prof Abdulaziz Attah, said they have had enough and will now take a more daring approach to their protests.

“We are being pushed to the wall, we are advocating, calling on Nigeria, but in the next few days, we are going to change strategies, we are coming out this time around physically mobilizing Nigerians.

“We are coming to a point when we have to shut down the country.

“The Federal and State governments should get this message clear,” Professor Attach stressed.

It’s exactly 42 days and six weeks after the Abuja-Kaduna bound train was attacked by terrorists at Dutse forest in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.

The attack left at least eight people dead, 26 others injured while several other passengers were abducted by the terrorists.
Among the abducted passengers were children, some as young as three years old, pregnant women, women including an 85-year-old great grandmother and a new baby whose mother put to bed while inside the forest.

While the dead victims might have been laid to rest and the injured ones recovering or recovered, the fate of the 62 kidnapped victims still hang in the balance, thereby giving their relatives sleepless nights.

Some of the kidnapped victims are said to have health challenges requiring daily medications, which they have had no access to in the last 42 harrowing days, and this has drastically disrupted family.

With no date in sight for the rescue of the 62 kidnapped victims of the train attack in Kaduna, what the aggrieved families are asking for is the quick and safe rescue of their loved ones being held hostage by terrorists.

They are also insisting that the Abuja-Kaduna Train service should not resume operations until the first prayer is met, and adequate security measures are put in place to guarantee the safety of prospective passengers.

Kaduna Train Attack: Families Warn NRC Against Resumption Of Services

 

Relatives of the abducted persons in the Kaduna train attack have warned the Nigerian Railway Corporation not to resume services on the Abuja-Kaduna route until their loved ones abducted by bandits are released.

The aggrieved relatives gave the warning during their daily meeting in Kaduna on Friday.

Chairman of the Concerned Relatives of Abducted Persons, Dr Abdulfatai Jimoh, said it is inhumane for the NRC to resume operations while the kidnapped victims are still languishing in the forest.

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The angry relatives vowed to disrupt train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route if the victims are not rescued before the resumption of train services.

The train attack occurred on March 28, leaving at least seven people dead and over 100 unaccounted for.

This Kaduna-bound train was attacked by armed gangs on March 28, 2022.
This Kaduna-bound train was attacked by armed gangs on March 28, 2022.

 

On Tuesday, the families had issued a 72-hour ultimatum to ensure the release of their loved ones.

Some of the family members claim they have spoken to the bandits.

They claimed the bandits did not make any specific demands.

The bandits have released footages of the abducted persons who called for the government to help rescue them.

‘Necessary evil’

Abdulmalik Attah, who said he has his 85-year-old mother and sister in the custody of the bandits, claimed he has been in frequent touch with the bandits.

“I have spoken to the bandits,” he said. “I was one of the first guys that spoke with them. I’ve spoken with them 11 times. And asides me, I don’t think anybody has done that. And what did they say say?

“In the first instance, they said they had their targets on that train, that it weren’t our parents and brothers and sisters that they aimed at, but that these were just necessary evil.

“And what did they tell me? That the Governor has been running his mouth. And that’s why they came to his doorstep. And that this is just the beginning, that they will go further than this. I spoke with them, they told me that.”

Bandits Kill Two, Burn Several Houses, Church In Fresh Kaduna Village Attack

Women stand in front of their damaged houses after a bandits attack in Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State.
Women stand in front of their damaged houses after a bandits attack in Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State.

 

Bandits have attacked Adei village of Kutura station , in Tantatu ward of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, killing two indigenes of the community and burning down houses.

One of the male victims had his head and hands chopped off after he was killed by the bandits during the attack.

The attack is yet to be confirmed by the police or Kaduna state government, but a former chairman of Kajuru local government area, told Channels Television that the bandits first attacked some of the adjoining communities on Tuesday, burning down houses and shooting sporadically within the community.

He said that the bandits later returned in Adei community also under Kutura station on Friday afternoon, and carried similar attack, and in the process , shot two persons to death.

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Men stand in front of their damaged houses after a bandits attack in Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State.
Men stand in front of their damaged houses after a bandits attack in Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State.

 

Over 30 houses and a church of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) were also set ablaze during the attack, with residents fleeing the community.

Also, the whereabouts of Head of Kutura community , Joseph Ayuba, is yet unknown as residents feared that he might have been taking away by the bandits during the operation.

Bandits attacked Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State, on April 9, 2022.
Bandits attacked Adei Village of Kutura Station, Kaduna State, recently.

 

Kajuru local government, located in the Central Senatorial Zone of Kaduna State has been facing security issues ranging from banditry to communal clashes between the Fulanis and the Adara natives.

Hundreds of people have been killed and several others injured or kidnapped.

Banditry: New Kaduna Police Commissioner Resumes, Tours Abuja-Kaduna Highway

The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna state, Yekini Ayoku spoke to reporters on April 9, 2022.
The Commissioner of Police in Kaduna state, Yekini Ayoku spoke to reporters on April 9, 2022.

 

The new Commissioner of Police in Kaduna state, Yekini Ayoku has resumed duty with an assurance that officers and men of the command under his administration will restrategise to tackle banditry and other security challenges in the state.

Knowing the enormous task before him, the new Commissioner of Police shortly after his arrival in Kaduna state, took a tour of the Kaduna-Abuja highway with a view to restoring public confidence and assuring them of their safety throughout the state.

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He also visited the scene of the recent train attack in Chikun Local Government Area to interact with the troops and also identify areas of improvement in order to forestall future attacks.

The new Commissioner of police, equally tasked officers to get themselves ready for the task ahead, warning that there will be no room for laxity under his watch, and that criminals must not be allowed a free operating space wherever they may be.

The Commissioner appealed to the residents of Kaduna state to extend their good hands of fellowship to his administration and also called for synergy among all the security agencies in the state.

Tinubu Visits El-Rufai, Donates N50m To Victims Of Train Attack

 

Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu on Tuesday arrived in Kaduna to meet with Governor Nasir El-Rufai and commiserate with the state government and people of the state over the recent train attack by terrorists locally known as bandits.

Mr Tinubu, who was accompanied by former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, announced the donation of N50 million to victims of the attack.

He was received by Governor El-Rufai and Senators Uba Sani and Suleiman Abdu-Kwari at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the Kaduna State seat of power.

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Others on Tinubu’s entourage include the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Abu Ibrahim.

Mr Tinubu described the train attack as a national disaster.

According to him everybody should be concerned about the attacks going on in Kaduna state which have claimed hundreds of lives and properties in recent times.

He added that killings by bandits is no longer acceptable and must stop.

Mr Tinubu urged Governor El-Rufai not to be deterred by the unfortunate incidents but to continue delivering good governance

He also appealed to well-to-do Nigerians to support the Kaduna state government in addressing the humanitarian crises created by bandits attacks.

In response, Governor El-Rufai thanked Tinubu for showing solidarity with the people of Kaduna State over the recent attack by cancelling his 70th birthday colloquium in honour of those killed.

He also thanked Tinubu for his commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria.

El-Rufai said he is aware of Tinubu’s presidential ambition, adding that Nigeria is presently at a cross-road, and must take difficult decisions to get the right leaders.

Religious Leaders Ask FG To Launch Massive Bombing of Bandits Inside Forests

Gunmen attacked an APC meeting in Enugu killing two and abducting another
A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

A group of religious leaders under the umbrella of Pastors United for Change Association, has appealed to the Federal Government and military authorities to launch a massive onslaught and bombing of bandits inside their camps in the forest within the North West and Niger state in the North Central zone.

The religious leaders also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his position as the nation’s Commander-in-Chief to order for the immediate deployment of the newly acquired Super Tucano jets to dislodge the bandits from their enclaves inside the forest, as suggested by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

They also commended the Kaduna state Governor for the measures he has been taking to ensure that peace is restored in the state.

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Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the chairman of United Pastors For Change, Apostle David Adeniran, lamented that many lives and property have been wasted as a result of incidences of banditry in Kaduna State and other parts of the North West zone, adding that State Governors are helpless to handle the situation alone.

He, however, called on security agencies to redouble their efforts in order to ensure the perpetrators of the killings and attacks are brought to justice.

He also called on Muslims and Christians to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray for God’s intervention on the security challenges confronting the country.

IGP Patrols Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Deploys More Troops

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali on April 2, 2022, patrolled the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali on April 2, 2022, patrolled the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali, on Saturday patrolled the Abuja-Kaduna highway and deployed more troops to the area to boost security.

The deployment follows Monday’s train attack by terrorists which killed eight passengers, injured 26 and led to abductions.

Speaking during an assessment tour of the security situation on the Abuja-Kaduna highway the IGP said adequate arrangement has been made to secure the road against bandits.

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He also disclosed that troops have equally been deployed to the scene of the train attack inside Dutse forest in Chikun local government area of Kaduna, where repairs of the destroyed rail tracks are taking place.

The police boss said the rumours that Kaduna is no longer accessible due to attacks is not true.

He reiterated that the Abuja-Kaduna highway is safe for people to travel by.

Train Derails In Kaduna, Kills Driver

A photo combination depicting scenes of a train derailment in Kaduna on March 31, 2022.
A photo combination depicting scenes of a train derailment in Kaduna on March 31, 2022.

 

A cargo train conveying goods from Lagos to Kano has derailed in Kaduna state, claiming the life of the driver.

The incident happened on Thursday at Farin Ruwa village, near Jaji in Igabi Local Government Area of the state, just three days after a train bound for the same state from Abuja was attacked by bandits, who killed eight passengers on board, 26 persons, and also abducted many others.

Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Northern Regional District, Abdullahi Alhaji, explained that the narrow gauge train travelling from Lagos to Kano was conveying soft drinks before it derailed in Jaji, Kaduna State.

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He attributed the accident to vandalization of the slippers and other accessories of the rail track in the area.

The NRC spokesman also identified the lone casualty in the train accident as Bala Kawu, the driver of the train.

Meanwhile, officials of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency have been able to rescue the remains of the deceased to salvage the situation for the train to continue its journey to Kano.

The corpse was later handed to the deceased family for burial.

Police Defuse Bomb Hidden Inside Bucket in Kaduna Community

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

 

The Police anti-bomb squad in Kaduna state on Thursday averted a tragedy when its operatives defused a bomb at Shanono community in Rigasa community of Igabi local government area of the state.

A resident of the area, Bulus Neriya, told Channels Television that the bomb was hidden inside a plastic bucket and placed near a gully before it was discovered by residents.

According to the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, the IED was discovered by residents of the area at about 7am on Thursday morning, who immediately reported to the police.

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He said that the Command’s Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) swung into action and successfully defused the IED, without any loss of lives or property.

Following the discovery of the IED, the Kaduna state acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Maiyaki Baba advised the general public to always report suspicious movement of persons in the state assuring that such information would be treated in full confidentiality.