Bandits Abduct Emir of Kajuru, 13 Family Members 

 

Bandits have kidnapped the Emir of Kajuru and 13 of his family members, including two of his grandchildren, in a late-night attack in Kajuru Local  Government Area of Kaduna State. 

The bandits swooped on the Emir in the early hours of Sunday morning, just six days after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist school in neighbouring Chikun Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the bandits numbering over 200 stormed the emirate, firing gunshots, before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and taking him and 13 members of his family away.

Three women, two of his grandchildren, three of his aides and five others were abducted.

 

 

Spokesman of  Kaduna State Police Command,  Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident, said the 85-year-old second-class traditional Ruler was kidnapped from his palace.

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He said that a combined team comprising members of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of  Operation Puff Adder and Anti-kidnapping squad of the Kaduna State Police Command have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.

The abduction is the latest in the LGA, which is 30 kilometres away from the state capital, and has become notorious for kidnappings.

Kaduna Security: Bandits Kill Fulani Leader In Kajuru LG

Lawal Musa was killed in the presence of his family in Kaduna State on March 21, 2021.

 

Bandits have killed one Lawal Musa, the leader of the Fulani community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Fulani leader, popularly known as Alhaji Maijama’a, was assassinated by armed men on Sunday night at Doka, a community in Kajuru.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, who is the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

He noted that Lawal was on a motorcycle with his elder brother, Gide Musa, when the bandits opened fire on them.

While Gide escaped with gunshot injuries, the assailants got hold of Lawal and hacked him to death right before his family.

Aruwan said the late Fulani leader worked closely with other community leaders towards the success of peace-building efforts in the area.

According to him, this led to the re-opening of the Doka weekly market, peaceful resumption of activities at abandoned places of worship, as well as the resumption of grazing and farming in the Doka general area.

The commissioner noted that the late Fulani community leader has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

He added that Gide has also been taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Elsewhere, parents of the 39 students kidnapped by bandits in Kaduna have issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the state government and security agencies to facilitate the release of their children from the custody of their abductors to enable them to begin the process of rehabilitation.

The students were recently abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The aggrieved parents who staged a peaceful protest on Monday, near the college, were concerned about the safety of the innocent children.

They wondered why their children were yet to regain freedom, saying their continuous stay in the custody of the bandits could be more dangerous.

Kaduna Security: Four Killed, One Injured In Kajuru LGA

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

 

Four people have been killed and one person injured after bandits attacked some communities in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

According to the state Commissioner for internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the bandits first attacked Ungwan Sha’awa in the area where they killed one Ubangida Dogo in his house and injured his son, Jude.

He adds that the bandits withdrew from the village and then proceeded to Ungwan Galadima community in the same locality and killed one Bulus Gwamna.

The commissioner notes that the bandits also attacked Ungwan Gamu village along the same trail and killed one Daniel Danlami.

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Based on the attacks, Aruwan says that some irate youth in the communities lyned one person to death for allegedly collaborating with the bandits to attack some of the communities.

He however, states that security agencies are investigating the alleged collaboration with bandits by some locals, during recent disturbing attacks in Kajuru local government area.

“Preliminary investigations thereafter suggested that the bandits conducted these attacks with the aid of some local youths.

“As security agencies probed this further, one such suspect known simply as “Doctor”, from Kujeni village, was swiftly attacked and killed by youths of Maro in revenge.

“Just before his death, he confessed his involvement in the attack, and named a certain Fidelis Ali, also from Maro, as another accomplice of the bandits. Ali has since been arrested and taken into custody by the Police.”

Ezekwesili Calls For End To Killings In Kaduna

File Photo of Oby Ezekwesili

 

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has called for an end to the killings in Kaduna State.

In a series of posts on Twitter on Saturday, the former minister urged the Federal Government and security agencies to take decisive steps to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

“I challenge @nigeriagov, @ngrpresident, @mbuhari and the IG @policeng to please, please surprise us and prove me wrong by actually breaking the pattern in Kaduna State and everywhere else in our country, where citizens are killed in their communities and no consequences follow,” she tweeted.

 

 

According to her, “countries that have no respect for the sanctity of human life inherently lack the basic ingredients for social contract between government and citizens. Countries that are void of social contract, end up eroding their social capital among their citizens. Is this not Nigeria now?” the former minister asked.

She, therefore, urged Nigerians to take a stand and demand accountability from all levels of governments.

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Meanwhile, she prayed that God comforts all those who have lost their loved ones in the recent killings in Kajuru local government of the state.

On Friday, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, held an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies over the attacks.

The meeting also had in attendance the state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna, as well as political leaders and traditional rulers.

Member of the House of Representatives representing Kajuru/ Chikun Federal Constituency, Danjuma Barde, as well as District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda, who were in attendance called on all warring parties involved in the conflict to sheath their swords and assured them that the government was working to bring the attacks to an end.

El-Rufai Meets With Security Heads, Others Over Killings In Kaduna

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

 

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has held an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies over renewed attacks in some parts of the state.

The meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Kaduna, two days after over 20 people were killed in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

After about four hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Umar Muri, gave an update on what was discussed.

The member of the House of Representatives representing Kajuru/ Chikun Federal Constituency, Danjuma Barde, as well as District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda, also briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting.

They called on all warring parties involved in the conflict to sheath their swords and assured them that the government was working to bring the attacks to an end.

According to them, there cannot be any development when there is mutual suspicion among the Hausas, Fulanis, and the Adara people living in Kajuru.

They, therefore, appealed to all parties involved in the crisis to champion the course of peace and reconciliation.

The meeting also had in attendance the state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna, as well as political leaders and traditional rulers.

The state government had imposed an indefinite curfew across the state since March 26, to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kaduna.

Despite the movement restriction, a group of armed men attacked four communities in Kajuru LGA on Tuesday, killing 15 people with five others left injured.

Barely a day later, armed men invaded three more villages also in Kajuru during which they killed eight people and injured several others.

Uba Sani Condemns Kajuru Killings, Asks Security Agencies To Arrest Perpetrators

File Photo of the senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani.

 

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani, has condemned the attacks in four communities in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state that left several people dead and many injured.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Senator Sani said he was pained over the renewed attacks and counterattacks among the Fulani and Addara communities and therefore, called on both sides to cease hostilities.

According to him, the Fulani and Addara communities have been living in peace for decades and just like other communities in Nigeria and across the world, misunderstandings and challenges do arise.

“Such conflictual situations get resolved if community leaders have the interest of their people at heart and are committed to peace and development,” he said, noting, however, that it appears that some persons in the communities have been reaping from the conflicts hence worsening the misery of the people.

The lawmaker, therefore, called on the security agencies to move into action and arrest the ugly situation, adding that murderous elements must not be allowed free reign in the troubled communities.

“Those who are found to be fuelling the conflicts must be brought to book. The security agencies must ensure fairness and justice. We are one people and the way to peace is justice.

“I have commenced consultations with elders and youths on both sides of the conflict to work towards enduring peace.

“We can collectively turn the present situation into an opportunity to create bridges of understanding and resume the task of community building and development,” Sani said.

National Security: Nigerians Have Never Lived In Such A Great Fear – Secondus

 

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has lamented the level of insecurity in the country, insisting that the criminalities witnessed has led to people living in great fear for their lives.

He stated at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, that more needs to be done in addressing the security situation in the country.

“There is no evidence of the presence of government in this country as crimes of all kinds are committed all over the country and Nigerians have never lived in such a great fear and trembling for their lives.

“From Kaduna to Zamfara, Benue to Taraba, Plateau, Lagos to Enugu etc., bloodletting is continuing unabated, even the President’s home state of Katsina has lost about eight local government areas to bandits, not to talk of the North East.”

READ ALSO: Kaduna Govt Imposes 24-hr Curfew On Kajuru

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, addressing a State-of-the-Nation press conference in Abuja on Friday, 26 April 2019. PHOTO: PDP twitter page

 

The PDP chairman also spoke about the killing of a British aid worker and a Nigerian in Kajuru, Kaduna state a week ago.

“Just last week a female foreign humanitarian worker, Faye Mooney, a Briton was brutally shot dead in Kajuru, Kaduna state. The situation has deteriorated to the extent that this country can no longer protect the lives of international aid workers who are here to help us clear our mess.”

Mr Secondus urged Nigerian leaders to address the security situation and not wait until the challenges become uncontrollable.

Read the tweet by Secondus below:

Three Killed As Fresh Crisis Breakout In Kaduna Community

 

Three persons have been killed following the outbreak of the fresh crisis in Kasuwan Mangani area of Kaduna State. 

Security operatives are yet to apprehend nor identify those who perpetrated the killings.

In reaction to this latest upheaval, the Kaduna state government has announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Kajuru local government area of the state.

In a chat with our correspondent,  spokesman for the Kaduna state government, Samuel Aruwan said the imposition of the curfew is to avert any further breakdown of law and order and also to prevent the crisis from spilling over to other neighboring villages in the local government council.

He however urges  citizens to comply and support peace efforts  by government and security agencies  in the community.

Kaduna Govt Imposes 24-hr Curfew On Kajuru

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

The Kaduna state government has announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Kajuru local government area of the state.

The curfew comes on heels of a rumour that a fresh crisis is imminent in Kasuwan Magani community, one of the crisis-prone areas in the council.

READ ALSO: Kajuru Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton

A short statement issued by the spokesman for the Kaduna state government, Samuel Aruwan quotes the state Deputy Governor,  Bala Bantex as directing vigorous enforcement of the curfew and also urging citizens to comply and support peace efforts in the community.

Kajuru local government area has been in the news in the last two years for the wrong reasons, especially due to incessant conflicts that have claimed several lives and property worth millions of Naira.

Kajuru Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton

Kajura Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton
Mr Lai Mohammed addressing a press conference in Abuja in December 2018.

 

The Nigerian Government has vowed to ensure that the killers of a Nigerian and a British national during an attack in Kaduna State are brought to justice.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement on Tuesday by his media adviser, Segun Adeyemi.

He gave assurance that the security agencies were doing everything possible to ensure that the three persons who were kidnapped in the attack were released unharmed.

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“We commiserate with the families and friends of Ms Faye Mooney and Mr Matthew Oguche, and wish to assure that the security agencies will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to apprehend the killers and bring them to justice,” the minister said.

Oguche and Mooney, an aid worker, were killed on Friday when some heavily armed men attacked the Kajuru Castle Resort, a popular resort in Kaduna State.

The assailants were said to have invaded the resort, shooting sporadically and kidnapped three other persons in the process.

Condemning the attack, Mr Mohammed described the dastardly act, which led to the death of the Nigerian and the Briton while visiting the popular resort, as a setback to efforts to promote tourism in the country.

He, however, noted that the Federal Government had recently stepped up efforts to stem the wave of violence and banditry in some parts of the country.

The minister revealed that one of the measures put in place was better intelligence gathering and increased collaboration by the security agencies.

He noted that the efforts have started paying off, as the level of violent attacks, banditry, and kidnappings, was being reduced nationwide.

”The government will not relent until all parts of the country are made safe for all, whether they are tourists, business people or ordinary Nigerians who just want to live their lives under an atmosphere of peace and security,” Mohammed said.

Earlier, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Harriett Baldwin, condoled with Mooney’s family in a tweet.

Baldwin, who is also the Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development, said the UK government was working with the Nigerian authorities.

Read her tweet below:

Kajuru Attack: UN Humanitarian Coordinator Expresses Condolences For Death Of Two Aid Workers

 

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has extended his heartfelt condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of two aid workers who lost their lives in Friday’s attack on Kajuru Castle, a holiday resort 220 kilometers north of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

Faye Mooney, a British communications and learning specialist with non-governmental organisation Mercy Corps, and Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian training assistant with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO), were killed when gunmen stormed the resort in Kaduna State, spraying gunfire and reportedly kidnapping three other individuals.

READ ALSO: Briton Among Tourists Killed At Kaduna Resort, Police Confirm

“I express my deepest sympathies to the families, colleagues and friends of these brave and dedicated aid workers, who were selflessly committed to humanitarian work in Nigeria. This horrific tragedy has left the entire humanitarian community in mourning,” said Mr. Kallon.

Faye Mooney had been working in Nigeria for nearly two years and was known for her devotion to making a difference and countering hate speech and violence. Matthew Oguche was training not-for-profit partners in personal safety and hostile environment awareness and was passionate about helping others.

Gunmen Kill Two Tourists, Abduct Three Others In Kaduna

 

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed two persons and abducted three others in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The state police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the gunmen who were armed with dangerous weapons invaded the Kajuru Castle Resort at about 2 pm on Saturday, shooting sporadically and in the process, shot two persons including a female expatriate to death, and whisked three others away.

He said that investigation by the police revealed that the victims along with 12 others came from Lagos on a tourism tour, and they organised a party at the Castle located at the Hill Top during which the incident happened.

According to him, the organisers of the party failed to inform the police to provide security coverage for them as has been the tradition due to the insecurity in the area.

He, however, said efforts are being made by the Command to rescue the kidnapped persons and apprehend the criminals.