KADSIECOM Cancels Elections In Kaura And Jaba LGAs

Governor Nasir El-Rufai speaks with journalists after voting in the local government elections


The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission has cancelled voting in Kaura and Jaba local government areas due to security concern.

The commission is to announce a new date for the election in the two local government councils.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has described Saturday’s local government election in the state as peaceful and orderly.

He spoke after casting his vote at Ungwar Sariki polling unit in Kaduna North LGA. The governor expresses optimistic that the outcome of the election will be credible due to the adoption of the electronic voting system for the poll.

More to follow…

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Five In Fresh Kaduna Attack

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Six In Fresh Kaduna AttackUnknown gunmen have attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that the gunmen invaded the community, a predominantly Fulani settlement on Saturday night and opened fire on the residents.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to avert any form of fresh attacks or reprisal.

An indigene of the area and Deputy Chief Imam in Jema’a Emirate Council, Mohammed Kabiru also disclosed that the gunmen attacked the village at about 9PM.

He said that they shot a 13-year-old boy dead, while other injured persons have been rushed to a hospital in nearby Plateau state.

The attack comes barely three days after Fulanis and natives of Southern Kaduna reached an accord to end the killings in the area.

Zankan is a border town between Plateau and Kaduna state.

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In Kaduna

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In KadunaAt least ten people have been killed and many houses destroyed following a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Goska and Kaninkon villages in Jemaa Local Government of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 100 stormed the villages on Saturday evening when the people were preparing for the Christmas celebration, and started shooting and burning down houses.

The attack, according to the villagers continued unabated till the following morning, while all the residents fled from their homes to neigbouring communities for fear of being caught in the attack.

The fresh attack was carried out despite the curfew that was imposed on three local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna – Kaura, Jemaa and Zango-Kataf.

Already, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks, and vowed to fish out those that invaded Goska.

The Governor, who empathized with families that lost loved ones, charged security agencies to double their efforts towards halting the persistent killing of innocent people.

The Governor said: “While the government and security agencies were working assiduously to block all windows to ensure that citizens throughout the three local government areas are protected and the state at large, these forces of darkness that represent evil and inhumanity struck again killing innocent citizens, burnt their houses and injured some and terrified many.

“Government and security agencies will not be deterred. We will continue to be resilient, up and doing and courageous in tackling this unfortunate situation. Their tactics are to create a chasm, divide people, breed hate and prejudice and plunge the state into chaos but we will triumph over these evil forces by the grace of almighty God.

“No amount of evil will change our deep commitment. We will continue to be firm, decisive and put lives of our citizenry and their well-being as our ultimate goal.

“We will see the end of these messengers of hell who are out to cause pains by attacking unsuspecting citizens in our communities. They are threats to our existence; they are deviants that we must all put our hands together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political inclinations to confront.

“They become stronger only when our people are divided instead of coming together to weaken and neutralize them and the evil they represent and to free our humanity from their devilish act.

“It is also clear, that resorting to self-help compounds the precarious situation thereby, breeding the cycle of vicious killings. It must be clear to all by now that inciting of tit-for-tat does not help our security agencies and communities attain our quest for peace and those calling for that will also be brought to justice.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to take inventory of those affected and also bring relief materials to assist the victims of the attack.

“Our deep empathy and prayers go to the families that lost their loved ones, those that lost their homes and properties. May their souls rest in peace and may God see us through this challenging time.”

Kaduna Govt. Imposes Curfew On Kafanchan Over Protest

Kaduna Govt. Imposes Curfew in Kafanchan Over ProtestThe Kaduna state Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan, Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna state following a reported plan by some people to cause a breakdown of law and order in the area.

The curfew, which was announced by Chairman of the council, Dr Bege Katuka, follows a protest held on Monday morning by some indigenes of southern Kaduna to further draw attention of government to the constant killings of their people by suspected herdsmen.

Although the state government had on Sunday, December 17, banned all forms of procession and unlawful assembly, the protesters who are mainly youths, defied the order and took to the streets of Kafanchan as early as 8AM to demand for the arrest of perpetrators of the attacks that have claimed many lives.

Channels TV correspondent reports that business activities have been paralyzed due to the curfew while only the Police and other security agencies were seen patrolling the streets.

Scores of people have been killed during herdsmen attacks on farmers in communities in Sanga, Jemaa and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna state.

Kaduna Govt. Sets Aside 100mln Naira To Rebuild Destroyed Places Of Worship

Governor El-Rufai Tasks Traditional Rulers On Peace, SecurityThe Kaduna State government has set aside 100 million Naira for the rebuilding of churches and mosques that were destroyed during ethno-religious crisis between Fulani herdsmen and natives in the Southern part of the state

The state governor, ‘Mr Nasir El-Rufai, who announced the donation at the unveiling of public apology billboards by the 28 ethnic communities from Jemaa, Kachia, Kaura,Sanga and Zangon Kataf local government areas, said the gesture was part of efforts to restore lasting peace in the area.

Governor El-Rufai also announced that the government had drafted a bill to set up the Kaduna State Peace Commission that would enable inclusion of all citizens on plans for peaceful co-existence.

Although, killings in Southern part of Kaduna State can be traced back to the 80s, with the outbreak of the 1983 Kafanchan crisis, the number of deaths recorded in the area since the 2011 post-election violence has become very alarming and unabated.

Several communities in Sanga, Kaura, Jemaa and Kachia local government areas have been attacked by gunmen, with many people killed, villages razed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

Even though several measures have been put in place by the government and other stakeholders, the killings have continued.

It has been accusations and counter accusations between the natives and Fulani herdsmen whom they claimed were responsible for the deadly attacks.

Most often, the people accuse the government of not doing enough to curtail the attacks.

Early this year, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an international Non-Governmental Organisation, waded into the crises by bringing all the warring parties together for dialogue.

In a move to restore peace to the area, a peacebuilding initiative was established with leaders of Southern Kaduna, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), and government officials led by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai holding talks in Samaru-Kataf.

Part of the initiative was the unveiling of public apology billboards, as a sign of another reconciliation between the Fulanis and the natives.

Governor El-Rufai in his speech, emphasised that apology and forgiveness remained key to achieving lasting peace in the state. He appealed to the various ethnic groups to respect each other, abide by the law and firmly reject division and violence.

“In the last few decades, the people of Southern Kaduna have suffered untold hardships due to incessant conflicts between and among various ethnic and religious communities, claiming many lives and displacing people.

“Various governments in the past, at both Federal and State levels, responded by instituting Commissions of Inquiry, holding peace conferences and implementing actions to enhance security. These efforts have not been enough to restore peace.

“It is clear that we must all go an extra mile to constructively engage with citizens and promote peaceful coexistence among our people.

We must also draw from experiences across the world: If violence was a solution to real or perceived grievances, the sheer number of lives lost, property destroyed and whole communities uprooted from their homes would have solved the problem long ago. Yet, despite decades of distrust that regularly explodes into violence, the problems remain. It has been said again and again that every war ends on the conference table. If that is the case, why must we kill ourselves before we realise the futility of violence?

“It is in pursuit of a policy of constructive engagement that the Kaduna State Government is adopting conflict resolution mechanisms by engaging all parties to work for peace. It is our belief that what cannot be obtained through peaceful means cannot be obtained through violence. We believe that genuine and sustainable peace will come when we accept that mistakes have been made on all sides. Accepting that mistakes have been made prepares the mind for an apology, and apologising for our transgressions prepares the ground for genuine forgiveness and reconciliation.

“Today we are here to launch a Public Apology Billboard, as we grief over the lives sadly taken in the recent violence in the Godogodo chiefdom. Why, our children ask, are we able to discuss peace for decades but not find it on the ground?

“Now, 29 ethnic communities of Southern Kaduna present a public apology billboard to us. These people represented their communities at the dialogues that resulted in the Kafanchan Peace Declaration. They were sent to represent their communities by their leaders. Wide consultation within their communities was carried out in selecting them. Their input and contribution to peace in Southern Kaduna has been crucial. Allow me to opine that leaders are not born and neither are they made.,”he said.

The Governor further commended the initiators of the peace deal, describing them as worthy citizens of the state.

“These group of resilient leaders drawn from different religions and ideologies have now been joined by many more, ordinary citizens, who are now going around Southern Kaduna, seeking the buy in of traditional elders, community and religious leaders, women, youth and the civil society to never again indulge in violence. They want to set up billboards across the five LGAs of Sanga, Kachia, Kaura, Jema’a and Zangon Kataf, at roundabouts, Schools and places of worship. Their message is that no ethnic group, ideology, religion or political party holds all the answers.

“These leaders are asking for innovative solutions from men and women across religious, ethnic and ideological divides.

“They are asking everyone to ignore those who incite violence but who live faraway from the places that suffer when strife breaks out, when schools, farms and markets close, when lives and limbs are brutally taken and property subjected to the brutality of arsonists and looters,” he told the gathering.

The high point of the event was the release of pigeons from a cage symbolising peace and reconciliation.

As the leaders depart from here, it is hoped that they will take the message to their kinsmen back home on the need for them to forgive each other, bury their differences and stop the bloodletting that has left the communities backward.

Former Commissioner Blames Kaduna Killings on Poor Intelligence Gathering

Kaduna_CommissionerA former Commissioner for Finance in Kaduna state, Dr John Ayuba, has identified failure of intelligence gathering by the government, security agencies and the people as reasons for the frequent deadly attacks in the Southern Kaduna.

Dr Ayuba, a senatorial aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) told journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday that he will engage local vigilantes, traditional rulers, retired military officers from the area and the government to find lasting solution to the restiveness in the area.

He also explained that the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna is as a result of unemployment and people living apart from one another with mutual suspicion, as well as government’s failure to prosecute perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

He also stressed the need for all warring parties in the area to embrace peace and live together as one.

On the debate that government should provide dedicated grazing routes for Fulani cattle herdsmen as a way to stop the frequent clashes between them and local farmers, the former commissioner stated that allowing herdsmen to move from one area to another cannot stop the clashes, rather, for people to create their own grazing reserves to reduce the burden of cattle encroaching on people’s farm lands.

Communities in Sanga and Kaura local governments have been attacked by suspected Fulani gunmen who have killed over four hundred people since 2013, while property worth millions of naira have also been destroyed during the attacks.

Yero Reassures to End Killing of Innocent People in Southern Kaduna

YeroGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has reassured indigenes of southern part of the state of his administration’s determination to end the incessant attacks on communities in the zone.

The Governor also refuted allegations by some group of people from the zone that his administration is sleeping over the incessant attacks of southern Kaduna people

In a statement issued on Monday through his spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero faulted the allegation by some religious bodies over the weekend indicting him of not doing enough to tackle the upsurge of attacks in southern Kaduna,describing it as misleading and an outright mischief aimed at bringing his name to disrepute.

The Governor however absorbed himself and his government of not having any hand in the killing of innocent people in Kaura, Sanga and other parts of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone.

The Governor said that he has introduced several intervention measures aimed at bringing the insurgency to an end, and had also visited the affected communities severally to commiserate with the affected people.

Part of the statement reads, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Governor has consistently demonstrated through words and action, his commitment to evolving lasting peace and security in all parts of the state.

It is on record that Governor Yero has personally visited Southern Kaduna on several occasions to commiserate with victims of such mindless attacks and to also meet with stakeholders from the area on the need to collaborate in fighting those bent on afflicting the people with mindless killings.

During these visits, the Governor supported the victims by providing them with emergency relief, while also calling the attention of relevant security agencies to take adequate measures to forestall re occurrence.”

Governor Yero Distributes N163 Million To Religious Groups In Kaduna

yeroooGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has doled out over N163 million to 366 religious group in the state.

The Governor noted that three years after the post-election violence, the Federal Government was yet to redeem the N7 billion compensation for the victims of the 2011 post-election violence, adding that the state was not alone in the delay for the payment of the compensation to the victims of the violence which blew across some parts of the North in the wake of the 2011-presidential election.

The Governor, while presenting cheques to representatives of religious groups said that the N163million was to assist various religious bodies in carrying out their activities, as well as assist them in the building of places of worships, adding that his administration would not relent in its effort at sustaining lasting peace in the state.

The Governor also used the occasion to preach the message of peace and unity among adherents of the two major religions in the state. He reminded them that the aftermath of the violence has continued to hamper all the peace building processes initiated by the past and present administration due to reprisals and vengeance.

He also appealed to religious leaders to caution politicians against do-or-die politics, noting that no one could achieve what he or she is not destined to achieve.

Kaduna State is predominantly made up of Christians and Muslims. Due to its heterogeneous religious nature, the state has witnessed several ethno-religious crises in the past, which has also claimed so many lives and properties.

During the 2011 post presidential election violence in the state alone, several places of worship and commercial places were destroyed. This made the state the worst hit in the violence as both Muslims and Christians suffered losses.

The Governor, while  condemning  the recent attacks in parts of the state, especially those communities in Kaura, Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local Government Areas, assured  the people that Government would leave no stone unturned in its determination to apprehend those behind the dastardly acts.

The benefiting religious groups comprising Christian and Muslim leaders thanked the Governor for the gesture and for his efforts to restore peace and security in the state.

Different religious groups from across the state received cheques distributed by the Governor, his Deputy, Nuhu  Bajoga and other political office holders in the state.

Gunmen Kill 34 In Kaduna/Plateau States

No fewer than 34 people including two security operatives have been killed and scores seriously injured following fresh attacks by suspected gunmen on Zangang Attakar village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State and Ganawri community of Riyom Local Council in Plateau State.   

Eyewitnesses said that the gunmen invaded the two border communities located on top of a hill at about 6pm on Monday, shooting people and burning down houses.

Kaura Local Government in particular has faced several attacks in the past two years.

A retired military officer, who is an indigene of Kaura, told Channels Television correspondent that the two security operatives were killed during a shootout with the hoodlums

Although police authorities in both states are yet to give details of the casualties, the Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, Mr Kumai Bodu told journalists that most of the casualties were Attakar indigenes living in Riyom in Plateau State.

In the meantime, soldiers have been drafted to the villages to restore normalcy, while the injured ones have been taken to a hospital in Kafanchan, in Kaduna State, for treatment.

Unknown Gunmen Kill Islamic Scholar and Family

Unknown gunmen have killed an Islamic Scholar, Sheik. Muhamman Albani, his wife and son, in the late hours of Saturday in Zaria city of Kaduna State, in Nigeria’s north-west region.

Eyewitnesses said that the deceased and his family were returning home after attending evening prayers in the city at about 9:30pm when the gunmen pulled up, blocked their vehicle and shot at them. The wife and child died on the spot, while Sheik Albani died at Saint Luke Hospital, Zaria, where he was rushed for treatment.

Sheik Albani was, until his death, the leader of the Islamic Salafiyya Movement and also operated a private school for children. He was briefly arrested in 2011 by the Police for his radical preaching but was later released by a court.

The incident occurred less than 48 hours after some gunmen killed a family of seven in Manchok, in Kaura Local Government of the state.

When contacted by Channels Television, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, said that he would comment on the incident later in the day.

The deceased have been buried in Zaria city according to Islamic injunctions.

Two Killed In Kaduna Village Attack

Two people have been killed and four severely injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Chanchu village, Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

A yet to be identified man and his four year-old son were shot dead by the gunmen, while the injured are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital in the village.

Kaduna state Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, said the attack was carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who attacked the village with AK47 rifles.

He however insisted that only one person was killed while more policemen and soldiers have been drafted to the area to restore and maintain law and order.