Soldiers Recover Arms From Herdsmen In Southern Kaduna

Soldiers Recover Arms From Herdsmen In Southern KadunaSoldiers from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, have recovered arms and ammunition from suspected Fulani herdsmen and villagers during an operation in Southern Kaduna.

The soldiers were deployed to the area as part of efforts to end the killings in some communities in the area.

The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna State, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who disclosed this in a statement, explained that the Army had been meeting with the Fulani and the villagers in a bid to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

He said the Army authorities had also approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna for as long as possible.

He said, “We have presently mopped up arms from the Fulani herdsmen and the locals.

“Our operations based on intelligence gathering are still ongoing and we are also working with the Department of State Services.

“As it is well known, the Army has approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna. One of them is in Kafanchan. So, we are not leaving. We will be there for as long as it’s necessary.

“We have other fundamental issues in the area, which the political leadership needs to resolve.

The Governor has engaged various stakeholders and as our operations continue, peace is returning.

“People are returning to their villages. However, it will take some time for them to calm down.

“They are repairing their burnt houses and they are also clearing their farmlands.

“We have assured them of maximum protection on their farms, and also for the Fulani herdsmen when they need to lead their cows for grazing”.

Southern Kaduna: President Buhari Orders Strong Action

Southern Kaduna: President Buhari Orders Strong Action President Muhammadu Buhari has been giving instructions for decisive measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.

This is according to Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, on the directive of President Buhari, was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.

“In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed there.

The Nigerian Army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.

“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts,” he stated.

The President commended efforts of the State government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.

President Buhari has, once again, sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.

Army Intervenes To Restore Order In Southern Kaduna

Army Intervenes To Restore Order In Southern KadunaAs part of the measures aimed at restoring law and order in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army says it plans to site a military establishment in the area for quick response.

The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman said this, adding that the Army is working with other security agencies as well as the civilian population to restore peace and promote tolerance in the area.

“I want to inform you that the Nigerian Army is fully deployed in the southern part of Kaduna state, and just yesterday we further reinforced that.

“And we have gone beyond that; we have also embarked on civil military activities and we are working hand-in-gloves, with other security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and other military, paramilitary agencies deployed, as well as community and traditional and religious leaders.

“Be assured that the Nigerian Army is fully on ground in the southern oart of Kaduna state.”

He said that with the siting of a military establishment, the Army would be better equipped to avert any form of bloodshed in the area.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: Police To Set Up Mobile Unit In Kafanchan

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Rivers RerunThe Nigerian Police Force says it will set up a Mobile Squadron Unit in Kafanchan, as part of efforts to stop the frequent attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The plan was announced on Saturday by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, during a fact finding mission to Kafanchan, headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area in the northeastern State.

Mr Idris, who also inaugurated a committee to investigate the recent attacks on Goska, Ninte and other villages in the area, vowed that perpetrators of the attacks would be fished out and prosecuted accordingly.

Many communities have come under attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the southern part of Kaduna State in the past eight months.
The attacks have claimed several lives and property, with thousands of people sacked from their homes.

After a tour of the communities attacked by suspected herdsmen, the Police boss met with the villagers and leaders of the Fulani community. At the meeting, however, a mild disagreement ensued between them, as to who was responsible for the attacks. While some blame the traditional leaders for the unrest, others accused politicians of being responsible.

Addressing the people, Mr Idris noted that the wanton destruction of lives and property in the past months in southern Kaduna had more of a political than religious undertone.

He commiserated with those who had lost loved ones and properties to the unrest, but added that the situation had been blown out of proportion.

“From the discussion I had with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, we have decided to station a mobile police base in Kafanchan.

“We are here to see things for ourselves so that we have a lasting peace in the whole area,” he said.

The IG said a panel had been set up to investigate the crisis in the area thoroughly, including the allegation that 800 people were killed in the crisis.

Mr Idris said most of the leadership of the villages had a lot to contribute to peace and unity of the area.

“Some of the community leaders need to be cautioned. They are contributing to creating situation that does not exist,” he said.

He said the police were committed to restoring lasting peace and later met with community leaders in the area.

Over 700 Mobile policemen have been deployed to Kafanchan to maintain law and order in southern Kaduna.

The visit by the IGP is perhaps not the first by any top security or government official to area.

Beyond the visitation, what the people want to see is lasting peace and perhaps government’s intervention in the areas of rehabilitation of destroyed houses to enable them go back to their normal lives.

Kaduna: El-Rufai Cuts Number Of Commissioners To 13

El-RufaiKaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has reduced the number of the State Commissioners to 13, as against the 24 that were appointed by the previous government.

In his effort to cut the cost of running government, the Governor said he would also place strict limits on the number of aides that the 13 commissioners could recruit to support their official functions in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria.

A spokesman for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the new ministries are the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Ministry of Local Government.

Other Ministries are Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

Two new departments were drafted – Ministry of Lands, Survey and Country Planning, moved to the Governor’s Office as a department and the Ministry of Rural and Community Development, which became a department in the Deputy Governor’s Office.

Also affected by the reshuffle was the Ministry of Information, whose functions were decentralised.

According to the new structure, each Ministry would henceforth have its own Public Relations Unit attached to the office of its chief executive.

Governor El-Rufai had repeatedly stated that the Kaduna State Government must direct more of its resources to delivering public services, adding that such, required a reduction in the proportion consumed by government.

Shagali Elected As Kaduna Assembly Speaker

KadunaThe Kaduna State House of Assembly has elected the member representing Sabon Gari Constituency, Mr Aminu Shagali, as Speaker.

The election of Shagali came after the inauguration of the 8th Assembly by Clerk of the House, Mrs Umma Aliyu Hikima on Monday, following a directive from Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Consequently, Hon. Gwarzo John Audu also emerged as Deputy Speaker of the House which comprises of 27 All Progressives Congress (APC) members and six members from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In his post-inaugural address, Shagali pledged to sustain the confidence reposed in him by members and also work assiduously to make laws for good governance of Kaduna State.

Born on February 13, 1980, Shagali holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Doctorate Degree in Rural Development from the University of Bakhtalruda, Sudan.

Shagali has represented the Sabon Gari constituency at the House since 2011.

He had held several positions including, Deputy Minority Leader and Chairman, House Committee on Science and Technology; Deputy Chairman, House committee on Hajj and Islamic affairs as well as Deputy Chairman House Committee on Economic Planning.

El-Rufai Appoints SSG, Others Ahead Of Inauguration

El-rufaiKaduna State Governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, ahead of his inauguration on Friday May 29, has on Wednesday announced the appointment of key officials into his cabinet.

In a statement signed by the Governor-elect, Mr Balarabe Abbas Lawal has been appointed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Salisu Suleiman was appointed his Principal Private Secretary, while Mr. Abu Musa Sheyin, will serve as Private Secretary to the Deputy governor-elect, Barnabas Bantex.

El-Rufai also announced the appointment of Bala Yunusa as Deputy Chief Of Staff (Legislative Affairs) and Samuel Aruwan as his Special Assistant, Media.

The statement also says, ‘’all the appointments take effect from Friday, 29 May 2015’’.

The new SSG, Lawal, served as Chief of Staff to El-Rufai when he was minister of the Federal Capital Territory and was also a Director in the Nasir El-Rufai Campaign Organization. He currently chairs the Kaduna State APC Transition Committee.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  declared the Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Nasir El-Rufai winner of Kaduna State governorship election.

El-Rufai Kicks Off Campaign, Accuses PDP Govt. Of Squandering N600 Billion

Nasir_elrufaiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship flag bearer in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state of squandering over 600billion naira federal allocation accrued to the state within a period of seven years.

He made the allegation while addressing a large crowd of supporters and party members at a rally held at the International Trade Fair Complex in Kaduna, the state capital on Tuesday.

The rally was to commence his electioneering campaign across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state and there he promised to make judicious use of the state’s resources to offer qualitative free education for primary and secondary school students, and also empower teachers with further trainings and incentives.

El-rufai also promised to promote Agriculture and Food Security.

He gave an assurance that his government would be committed to security of lives and property by tackling the roots of intolerance and communal violence, improving human capacity, delivery in Health, Education and Social Welfare and also re-energizing and empowering the civil service.

According to El-rufai, the coming election would be the time to kick the PDP government out of power and enthrone a new government that would take Kaduna State to the next level.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawan Shuaibu, said that El-Rufai is a competent and tested leader, who would bring about positive change in Kaduna State.

He further stated that the APC offers Nigerians sacrificial and result oriented leadership that would bring about national rebirth and genuine development.

El-rufai and the PDP candidate, Governor Mukhtar Yero are both Muslims from the ancient city of Zaria, while the Labour Party governorship flag bearer, James Magaji, is from the southern part of the state.

Although religion and tribe had always formed the voting pattern in previous elections in the state, the ability of the candidates and their political parties to sell their manifestos to the electorates and convince the voters would largely decide victory at the 2015 polls.

El-Rufai Chooses Kaduna APC Chairman, Bantex As Running Mate

Bala-BantexMr Barnabas Bala Bantex has been chosen as the running mate to the governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in the forthcoming 2015 election in Kaduna State.

The choice of Mr Bantex, an architect and current chairman of the APC in Kaduna State, came after extensive consultations with party leaders, governorship aspirants and elder-statesmen across the state.

Mr Bantex eventually emerged from a carefully-considered list of five other nominees.

The committee, saddled with the responsibility of selecting El-Rufai’s running mate, based its selection on the capacity and ability of the person to play a substantive and dynamic role in the government that may likely take over power in the state.

The party also considered political experience and exposure, within a framework that embraces diversity, an individual with the talents, intellectual acumen and professional background that will be a competent partner to an elected governor.

Mr El-Rufai, while confirming the choice of Mr Bala to the public, said he was delighted that a person of Mr Barnabas Bantex caliber had been selected by the party to share the responsibility of governance with him when they are elected in 2015.

Mr Bantex holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He was born in 1956 in Kagoro, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State and was a former local government chairman as well as a former member of the House of Representatives.