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.
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.
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.
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.
The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) has killed no fewer than 10 bandits in forests near Birnin Gwari and Janko Hill in Kaduna State.
Spokesman of the Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who confirmed the operation, explained that an armed helicopter while flying over the Birnin Gwari general area on Saturday, spotted the bandits at the location.
Thereafter, the force engaged them with guns, killing some of them in the process.
“First, I must say it is most unfortunate and tragic. For us in Kaduna for this kidnap of children and teachers to happen. The report I got is that six students of a private secondary school were kidnapped along with two teachers.
“As at this morning (Friday), the kidnappers have made contacts with the parents, and we have got the parents of the kidnapped children and the relations of the teachers to be in one place so that, there is one line of communications with the kidnappers to facilitate their release.
“However, from the moment of the kidnap, the security agencies, all agencies, from the DSS to the Police, the Nigerian Air force, and the Army have been on the matter and I am confident that not only are we going to secure the release of the students and their teachers, but we are going to get the kidnappers by the grace of God.
“It is always a moment of sadness when young people that are trying to get an education become victims of these criminals. But kidnapping has become widespread that for many people, it is not news. For us in Kaduna, this is one of the biggest tragedies and we are doing everything to manage the situation to get the children and their teachers safely and pursue these kidnappers with everything that we have got.
“I get updates every three hours on this and the last update I got is that they are in touch and they are discussing to resolve the matter. We have been receiving intelligence some three months ago, that the bandits have connected with some elements of Boko Haram, and they will be targeting schools to kidnap children because they know that that is what makes the news,” Governor El-Rufai stated.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is currently prosecuting 48 suspected internet fraudsters in Kaduna State.
Zonal head of the Commission in the state, Mailafia Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday at a media briefing where he updated the public on activities of the Commission in the zone.
He said that the Kaduna office, from January to date, received 345 petitions and investigated 286 cases.
Yakubu further stated that 52 of the cases had been forwarded to a legal department for advice while 56 cases involving 48 suspected internet fraudsters are already before the court and 23 persons have been convicted.
The briefing comes on the heels of the recent arrest of some Nigerians by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
Yakubu explained that the EFCC has a long history of collaboration with the FBI and the current investigations are a result of the synergy.
He, however, lamented about the negative effect of cybercrime on the country’s image and called on citizens to be vigilant in order not to fail victim of the crime.
While thanking Nigerians for their immense contributions to the fight against corruption, the Zonal head advised parents to monitor the lifestyle of their wards who he believes are mostly targeted for cybercrime.
The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Emergency Management Agency (KASEMA) has warned residents living around flood prone areas to evacuate their homes.
According to the agency, as the rains intensify, there’s a likelihood of flooding to occur.
In 2018 alone, over 500 houses were submerged in flood and many residents were displaced in areas like Going Gora, Kamazo, Karatudu, kigo Road, Ungwar Rimi, Rafin Guza, Romi and Zaria among others, as a result of their refusal to heed to early warnings by emergency agencies.
Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, on behalf of his colleague-members of the forum, has condoled with the former Governor of Kaduna State and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, on the death of his father, Alhaji Muhammadu Na’iya Makarfi.
A press statement from its Abuja Secretariat on Wednesday, stated that the Forum which is deeply saddened by the news, equally commiserates with the government and people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State in general on the passage of the Majidadin Zazzau, a devoted statesman and devout Muslim, who dedicated his life to the service of God, stability and growth of the nation and the good of humanity at large, aside being a strong voice for his community.
The Forum prayed the Almighty God to accept the soul of the departed and comfort those left to mourn him.
Tuesday, a statement by Makarfi’s spokesman, Mukhtar Sirajo read “The death has occurred of Alhaji Muhammad Na’iya Makarfi. The deceased, who also held the traditional title of Majidadin Zazzau, died today in Makarfi Town of Kaduna at the age of 99.
‘He is survived by two wives, many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Among his children is Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, one-time Governor of Kaduna State and former Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party. “He has been buried according to Islamic injunctions”.
The Kaduna State High Court has sentenced one Emuze Omosigho Emmanuel to a year in prison with an option of N100,000 fine.
Mr Emuze was convicted by Justice Darius Khobo, for offences bordering on cheating after he pleaded guilty to the one-count preferred against him.
According to a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Emuze posed as one Thomas Brooks to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their hard-earned money. Operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Office acted on intelligence report and arrested him.
The charge against him reads: “That you, Emuze Omosigho sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State, did with intent to defraud attempted to commit an offence to wit: Cheating against one Julia Munoz of Lubbock, Texas, Martha French and Brenda Davis by sending them scam mails using your Instagram, Facebook and plenty of phishing e-mail addresses posing as one Thomas Brooks, with the aim of obtaining financial benefit for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under the same Section.”
The statement added that, he alongside his other conspirators forged and impersonated documents purportedly emanating from different organisations where they claimed to be engineers and members of other reputable occupation.
Counsel for the EFCC, S.H Sa’ad, informed the court of the plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence.
He was thereafter, sentenced to one year in prison with an option of N100,000 fine.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has appointed his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan as commissioner of the newly created Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs.
Aruwan’s name is among the first batch of 11 Commissioner nominees that were sent to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
A statement released by the governor’s office on Wednesday, says three more nominees will be subsequently forwarded to the Assembly for screening and, thereby bringing the number of commissioners that will constitute the Kaduna State Executive Council to 14.
The statement further said that upon confirmation by the legislature, the commissioners will run the 14 ministries created in the June 2019 Executive Order.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai nominated 11 persons for appointment as commissioners. The names of this first batch of 11 nominees have been forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
The second batch of the nominees will subsequently be forwarded for the consideration of the legislature. All the 11 nominees served in various positions in the first term of the government,” the statement read in part.
The statement added that the action of picking insiders for the appointments is a deliberate decision to enable the nominees to hit the ground running and assist the government to achieve its targets for the second term.
It added that every appointee will be subjected to stronger monitoring based on clear terms of reference and key performance indicators.
The first batch of 11 nominees for and their proposed portfolios include Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani, Ministry of Local Government Affairs; Idris Samaila Nyam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology; Shehu Usman Makarfi, Ministry of Education; Ibrahim Garba Hussaini, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Kabir Muhammad Mato, Ministry of Sports Development; Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa, Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure; Samuel Peter Aruwan, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs; Fausat Adebola Ibikunle, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
Mohammed Bashir Saidu, Ministry of Finance; Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development; Aisha Dikko, Ministry of Justice
Nominations for the commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Planning and Budget will be forwarded in the second batch.
Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani served as a commissioner in the ministries of Local Government and Education in the first-term. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Executive Council, he was Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs.
“Idris Samaila Nyam is the current Accountant-General of the State. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
“Shehu Usman Makarfi is the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.
“Ibrahim Garba Hussaini is the pioneer Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS).
“Kabir Muhammad Mato, a professor of Political Science, has served as commissioner of Agriculture and Local Government. He joined the government as Special Adviser, Inter-Governmental Relations.”
Speaking further, he explained that the incessant kidnappings, armed banditry, and other criminal activities that bedeviled the North West region of the country necessitated the activation of Exercise Harbin Kunama (III) by the Chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai on April 1, 2019.
He, however, called on the public to avail the troops with credible and timely information instead of only reporting when bandits and criminals have inflicted their victims and fled.