Southern Kaduna Killings: Christians Declare One Month Prayer, Fasting

Christians praying in church (File Photo)

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State has declared a non-denominational prayer and fasting rally to seek for God’s intervention on the incessant attacks by gunmen in some communities in the southern part of the state.

Speaking during the prayer session held at ECWA Church in the Kaduna State capital on Sunday, the state CAN Chairman, Reverend Joseph Hayab and the state Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Hassan Hyet, both faulted the government and security agencies for not doing enough to stop the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna.

The CAN Chairman specifically asked the presidency to stop being the mouthpiece of the bandits going by its recent statement on the southern Kaduna killings, even as he described the attacks on mostly Christians communities as an ethnic cleansing.

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But the Commander of Operation Safe Haven which is involved in the ongoing security operations in southern Kaduna and Platuea State, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, says the attacks are pure reprisals and counter reprisals carried out by the Fulani communities and Southern Kaduna natives, and therefore, has no ethnic agenda.

He, however, added that enough is being done by security agencies to bring lasting peace to Southern Kaduna, while he also called on both parties to sheath their swords.

Killings: Nasarawa Gov Orders Community Leaders To Fish Out Criminals

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked leaders of Udege chiefdom to fish out the killers of Mr Amos Ewa Obere, the traditional ruler of Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ibrahim Addra, Governor Sule told the leaders that the security of lives of the citizens is a priority of his administration and that criminals must not be allowed to truncate the peace and destabilise economic activities of the state.

“We believe there are criminal elements amongst the people of this area and we must fish them out,” he said when he paid a fact finding visit to the palace of the Osu Ajiri, Halilu Bala Usman the traditional ruler of Udege Chiefdom of the state on Sunday.

Worried about the resurgence of insecurity in the area that was peaceful only months ago, the governor admonished youths in the area to shun crime.

The Osu Ajiri on his part, commended the governor for beefing up security in the area as well as the ongoing construction of the Mararaba Udege – Udege Mbeki road.

He, however, wants the speedy appointment of more district heads in the area for ease of administration and improved security.

Southern Kaduna Killings: FG Has Failed Nigeria – Hon Saleh

The lawmaker representing Kachia Kagarko Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Gabriel Saleh during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on July 27, 2020 decried the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

 

The lawmaker representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, Kaduna, in the House of Representatives, Hon. Gabriel Saleh has decried the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Saleh said the Federal Government has failed Nigeria.

Obviously pained by the attacks in his constituency, the lawmaker regretted that over 40 people have been killed in less than two weeks.

According to him, the people of the state have been displaced following the onslaught by suspected bandits and herdsmen.

“In my village which is called Jabon Tudu, there was a threat. Everyone left his house, for the past one week nobody is sleeping at home.

“So I feel the Federal Government has failed Nigeria. Our people are crying and suffering, over 40 people were killed in less than two weeks,” he said.

 

While describing the assailants as terrorists, he wondered why they will just attack innocent people and kill them just like that.

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The lawmaker, therefore, called on the Federal Government to deploy security personnel to the affected area in order to forestall future attacks.

He recalled that the House of Representatives passes a resolution that mandated President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nation’s service chiefs over the deteriorating state of insecurity in several parts of Nigeria.

Speaking further, Saleh said Nigerians voted President Buhari in 2015 because he promised to tackle the numerous security challenges at the time.

Photo of some vehicles and motorcycles burnt by bandits in Kaduna state recently.

He noted that while Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum will openly lament the spate of insecurity in the state, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states are not being spared.

The lawmaker’s remarks come two days after suspected Fulani militiamen launched fresh attacks on Southern Kaduna communities despite a 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.

Following the fresh attack, the umbrella body of Southern Kaduna people, Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, said 63 people had been killed in the past one week by the militiamen.

According to the spokesperson for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, no fewer than 50 gunmen invaded Zikpak and started shooting repeatedly. After attacking Zikpak, the gunmen reportedly headed for Ungwan Masara and Maraban Kagoro, where they also carried out further attacks.

Southern Kaduna Killings More Complicated Than Many Are Ready To Admit – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari (File Photo)

 

 

The presidency has reacted to the killings in southern Kaduna State, saying that it is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the problem in southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

He added that the region enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the army, special forces of both the army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

“Unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.

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“From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult,” the statement read in part.

The presidency, therefore, warned residents against taking laws into their own hands, adding that it makes the job of security personnel more difficult.

“What is required is for the local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them forestall any planned attacks,” Shehu added.

“The Presidency, in the same manner, condemns the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of the State while urging security agencies to intensify their response,”.

 

Following a series of attacks in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, indigenes took to the streets of the FCT on March 19, 2019, in a protest.

PHOTOS: Southern Kaduna Indigenes Protest Over Killings In Kajuru

At least 11 people have been reported killed by gunmen in another attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

Police authorities have yet to confirm the latest attack, but the Chairman of Zango Kataf Local government Area, Ezekiel Manzah told Channels Television that the attack happened on Monday evening.

Killings: Benue Youths Accuse Police Of Bias

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

The youths in Benue State have accused the Nigeria Police of bias over the killing of seven persons in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

This comes a week after the Defence headquarters in a statement confirmed the attack, renewing calls for the designation of armed herdsmen as a terrorist group.

Addressing journalists in Makurdi on Monday, President of the Benue Youth Forum, Terrence Kuanum, expressed the forum’s concerns over attempts to change the narrative and blame victims of the attack for killing themselves.

Kuanam noted that the reaction of the police authorities is in support of the herdsmen who have allegedly threatened to destabilise the state in the wake of the law banning open grazing of animals.

But reacting to the allegation, spokesman of the State Police Command, Sewuese Anene, said that hired gunmen were responsible for the killing.

Anene said the development is related to a mining field dispute between two brothers, leading to the attack after one of them was paid compensation by a mining company in Cheme village in Logo LGA.

Police Rescue Five Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued five victims of kidnap from their captors along the Kankara-Yantumaki highway.

They were rescued on Tuesday after the military and police of Yantumaki responded to a distress call that bandits had blocked and kidnapped some passengers.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, the joint team chased and engaged the bandits into a gun duel on June 16 at about 02:00 hrs.

The statement further revealed that the team also recovered five motorcycles abandoned by the hoodlums as investigations are ongoing.

It could be recalled that Katsina residents had on Tuesday taken to the major streets in the state capital, protesting against the renewed bandits attacks resulting in the loss of innocent lives and property in the state.

The peaceful protest tagged ‘Stop The Bloodshed’, #EnoughoftheRecklessKillings and #EnoughoftheBloodbath, was powered by a coalition of northern groups in conjunction with six relevant groups including some civil society organisations in the state.

Their protest comes one week after bandits numbering over 200, armed with sophisticated weapons reportedly killed over 50 villagers across eight communities in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile,  as part of efforts to find solutions to the current insecurity bedeviling the state and other northwestern states in the country, top security chiefs today visited the state.

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The National Security Adviser, Babagana Mongunu was among those who arrived at the state, along with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji, all led by the state police commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, the team had a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

Speaking shortly after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Mongunu told reporters that the mission of the visit was to discuss with the state governor in response to the security occurrences in the last couple of weeks.

He said he was optimistic that the discussion with the governor would give a clearer picture of the underlined causes of the problem and no doubt go a long way for the team to realize where the gaps exist with the intention to work collectively and bring an end to the current security problem not only in Katsina but also other northern states.

Mongunu described the situation he saw on the ground as highly disturbing, noting that obviously without the collective effort of both the local community and the security agencies, the fight would not be conquered.

The delegation also paid a condolence visit to the emirs of Katsina and Daura, HRHs Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and Umar Faruq Umar at the inner chambers of the palace, Katsina where Usman commended the team for the visit.

He also appealed to journalists to always stick to truths no matter how bitter it is, while also warning people conniving with bandits to fear Allah as they will also be accounted for their deeds in the hereafter.

Meanwhile, Usman used the opportunity to warn the president that there are enemies around him while pledging to intensify prayers for the good of the country.

“I have always been saying this even before the president that he should be careful that there exist enemies in and around him, they always want to sabotage the efforts of his administration. This sabotage will not only affect the administration but also damage the entire northern region. If Buhari is sabotaged that means the north is being sabotaged,” he said.

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.

Several Feared Killed In Renewed Attacks On Niger Communities

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Several persons are feared dead in Niger State after bandits attacked some communities between Friday night and Saturday evening.

The senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sani Musa, confirmed the attacks to Channels Television.

According to him, Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, and Dnalagwa communities were among those who fell victim.

He also condemned the lack of response by security agents in the state, despite the fact that the attacks lasted several hours.

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Efforts by Channels TV’s correspondent to get an official confirmation from the police were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the State Governor, Abubakar Bello noted that security personnel have been deployed to the area to flush out the bandits.

Boko Haram Kills 14 In Western Chad

 

 

Fourteen people were killed and 13 were missing after Boko Haram jihadists attacked a fishing village in western Chad on Tuesday, government officials said.

Violence from the Boko Haram insurgency started in Nigeria a decade ago but has since spread to neighbouring countries Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

“There were 14 dead, five wounded and 13 missing in the attack” near the village of Kaiga on the shores of Lake Chad, Dimouya Souapebe, the prefect of the region, told AFP on Wednesday.

Kaiga lies in marshland in a remote, sprawling region where the borders of the four countries — Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger — meet.

The village is about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the border with northeast Nigeria, the springboard for Boko Haram raids and kidnappings in neighbouring countries.

“We know that there are always Boko Haram elements moving around the (border) area, so they are behind this attack,” Souabebe said.

“The attackers first came in a small group and then brought in reinforcements to attack the fishermen.”

The region’s governor, Noki Charfadine, gave a toll of at least nine dead.

He said the attack had taken place in a “red zone, where fishing is forbidden.”

Boko Haram launched its armed insurgency in northeastern Nigeria — a campaign that has killed 35,000 people and caused around two million to flee their homes.

The spread of violence to Chad, Cameroon and Niger has prompted the formation of a regional military coalition to fight the jihadists.

Boko Haram has since split in two, with the emergence of a branch allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, known as Islamic State Group in West Africa or ISWAP.

The other faction, loyal to the movement’s historic leader, Abubakar Shekau, is known for targeting civilians, including village attacks and suicide attacks.

The ISWAP, which has about 3,000 men grouped at Lake Chad, has been building its capacity and mainly targets the armed forces of countries in the region.

In Chad, four soldiers were killed by jihadists on December 2 in the attack on one of their positions on the shores of the lake. In recent months, many civilians have been killed or abducted in this area as well, mostly in Chad and Cameroon.

AFP

Badmus’ Murder: S.Africa Court Adjourns Trial Of Eight Accused Officers Till 2020

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The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, has adjourned the trial of eight police officers accused of the torture and murder of a Nigerian national, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, to April 13, 2020.

The case was adjourned after Forensic Medical Officer, Dr William Marumo, concluded his testimony before the high court judge, Mokhine Mosopa, on Wednesday.

On the day of the incident, (October, 10, 2017), Marumo had been called by the Investigating Officer to the scene in Vanderbijlpark to determine the type of death and to help with preliminary investigations into Badmus’ death.

At the hearing, he told Judge Mosopa that when he arrived at the scene, the environment was hostile and Nigerian nationals there did not want him to examine the body of the deceased, making it hard to determine the time of death.

According to his report presented to the court, it appeared Badmus had been suffocated with a plastic bag which subsequently, made him suffer an absence of oxygen that turned his blood blue.

Dr Marumo also told the court that the deceased had deep abrasions on his hands.

The police officers, however, denied the claims, insisting that Badmus died from a drug overdose after swallowing a number of pills during a raid.

The defense lawyers also told the court that Dr Marumo’s medical report was riddled with discrepancies as it failed to reveal the actual cause of death and prove beyond reasonable doubt that Badmus was suffocated according to some of the witnesses.

The toxicology report which had revealed that no drugs were found on the deceased’s body was also challenged by the defense which said that friends of the accused made an admission in court that Badmus was a weed smoker and therefore, asked the court to set aside the doctor’s report as it was “clearly flawed” since he failed to detect weed in the body of the deceased.

His qualifications also came under the spotlight as the court heard that he was only a medical officer and not a pathologist, neurologist or radiologist and that he struggled to explain why certain parts including the deceased’s brain and cerebellum were not tested while conducting the postmortem.

After listening to the arguments, however, the case was then adjourned till April 13th, 2020.

Eight South African Police Officers On Trial Over Killing Of Nigerian

Pretoria High Court, South Africa.

 

The trial of eight South African police officers charged with the torture and murder of Nigerian National, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, is underway at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa.

The eight police officers – two women and six men – were arrested in October 2017 by police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, for the torture and the murder of 25-year-old Badmus who was accused of selling drugs in the Vanderbijlpark area.

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The court has heard that on a fateful day – October 10 2017- police officers pounced on the community where the deceased used to stay following a tip-off about drugs being sold in the house.

In their affidavits, the eight cops claim that while conducting their operation they found Badmus unresponsive from a drug overdose.

This version of events was disputed by state witness Chukwuemeka Nelson Ozor who was in the house on the day of the incident.

Ozor took to the stand and told Judge Mokhine Mosopa that the police broke into the house, started searching and questioning everyone, then moved to search Badmus’s room and beat him up.

Ozor added that one of the police officials then fetched a plastic bag that was then wrapped around the deceased’s head, suffocating him to death.

A paramedic that attended to the scene John Gous told the court that when medical officials arrived, the 25-year-old was unresponsive and sweaty with no pulse but there were no signs of physical injuries.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The trial continues on Friday at the Pretoria High Court with an investigating officer and a medical doctor expected to take to the stand.

Speaking to Channels Television in Johannesburg, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa says she’s happy with the progress being made with the case and hopes justice will be done.