Geodesy Centre Confirms Kaduna Incident was Earthquake 

earthquAKE, earth tremorWhat was described as tremor that shook Kwoi in Jabba Local Government Area of Kaduna State has now been confirmed to be an earthquake.

Speaking to Channels Television at the end of an investigation of the incident, the Head of Seismology Division at the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics located in Toro Bauchi State, explained that the quake was 2.6 in magnitude.

According to Dr. Ofonime Akpan, the centre was able to accurately record the size, location as well as the time of the two incidents.

“When we got there, we got the data, analysed the data and then confirmed that it was actually an earthquake – 2.6. That was why it was just within the locality of Kwoi, except maybe up to about four to five kilometres around Kwoi.

“We tried to assure them (residents) that they should not panic. ‘This is a natural occurrence, so you don’t have to panic’.

“We saw some cracks on buildings and in some places the ceilings fell down but for us those were minor,” he said.

He went on to explain that earthquakes occur as a result of the buildup of pressure over time and “when one happens, there is what we call ‘strength drop’ which means the likelihood of it reoccurring in that place is low”.

Kwoi Tremor: Residents Fear More Danger After ‘Cracked Walls’

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremor, Kwoi TremorThe earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi, the headquarters Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna state has continued to cause more fear among residents.

The tremor struck twice on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday, September 12, 2016.

Many people were badly traumatized by the disaster and those who could not overcome the shock have fled from their homes to neighboring communities due to fear.

Although no life or property was lost, they say it will be a long time before they would recover from the shock.

Few buildings were also affected by the incident and owners of such buildings now live in fear because of the structural damage done.

Impacts on the buildings ranged from a few cracks to walls collapsing. Luckily all buildings were still habitable but apprehension remained everywhere.

77-year-old Dauda Malando, whose house was affected, said that they have never witnessed such a strange incident since he was born.

Remain Calm

Pending when the cause of the earth tremor is known, the paramount ruler of the community, Danladi Maude, has allayed fear that the absence of a secondary health facility in the community could be a major challenge in case of any emergency situation.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex, has also been to the community to commiserate with the people.

He said that the state government was in close contact with environmental experts to identify the cause of the earth tremor and how it could be averted.

He appealed to the people to remain calm.

Kwoi is an agrarian community in the southern part of Kaduna state. It is surrounded by undulating hills and mountains. The community is popularly known for ginger production and carving of artifacts.

Being a local government headquarters, a satellite detention facility of the Nigeria Prison Service is located there.

Senate To Investigate

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Geographical Information Service (NGIS) had warned of possible earthquakes across the country particularly in the south west region due to indiscriminate drilling of boreholes.

The Nigerian Senate has now said that it will investigate the earth tremor in Kaduna.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, gave the assurance while addressing reporters at his residence in Ilorin on Tuesday where he was to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

He said that the legislative chamber would invite relevant agencies to enlighten Nigerians on their preparedness in case of higher occurrence of the tremor.

Appropriate Guidance

Prior to this, the Kaduna state government had also after the first incident in Kwoi community, appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

In a statement issued on Sunday by spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, the government said that a formal report has been made to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development and issue appropriate guidance.

The statement also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area and to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

Senate To Investigate Kaduna Earth Tremor


Senate on Kaduna earth tremorThe Nigerian Senate says it will investigate the alleged earth tremor that happened in Kaduna State on Monday.

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, gave the assurance while addressing reporters at his residence in Ilorin on Tuesday where he was to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

He said that the legislative chamber would invite relevant agencies to enlighten Nigerians on their preparedness in case of higher occurrence of the tremor.

There were reports on Monday that a fresh earth tremor had occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after a similar incident was recorded at Kwoi village both in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in Nigeria’s North-West region.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television’s correspondent that the second vibration occurred very early in the morning on Monday, leaving residents scampering for safety.

There were also concerns that the earth tremor could destroy several artifacts that are located in Nok community.

The town of Nok is barely four kilometres from Kwoi where the local government secretariat of ‘Jaba’ is located, while Sambang Dagi is about 20km away from Nok.

Exaggerated 

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency has said that no life or property was lost from the earth tremor that occurred at Kwoi community.

Speaking to our correspondent, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Ezekiel Baba-Karik, also debunked report that similar incident occurred in Nok and Sambang Dagi villages on Monday.

Instead, he explained that the earth tremor occurred twice only in Kwoi community on Saturday and in the early hours of Monday morning.

While he explained that the incident was not as devastating as being exaggerated by the public, Mr Baba-Karik said that most residents fled from their homes due to fear.

He further explained that a team of geologists have been dispatched in the area to ascertain the cause of the earth tremor.

Speaking when rescue workers visited the affected areas, the caretaker chairman of Jaba Local government, Ben Kure, said that government would do everything possible to ensure that the people are protected.

Appropriate Guidance

After the first incident in Kwoi community, the Kaduna state government had also appealed to the people of the community to be calm.

In a statement issued on Sunday by spokesman to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, the government said that a formal report has been made to the appropriate authorities to investigate the development and issue appropriate guidance.

The statement directs the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area and to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

An earth tremor, according to geologists, is the perceptible shaking of the surface of the earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the earth’s crust that creates seismic waves.

Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Geographical Information Service (NGIS) had warned of possible earthquakes in the country, particularly in the south west region due to indiscriminate drilling of boreholes.

Gov El-Rufai Retires 20 Permanent Secretaries

Nasir-El-Rufai-Kaduna-GovernorThe Kaduna State Government has announced the retirement of 20 Permanent Secretaries from the State Civil Service, in line with plans to cut the cost of running government.

A statement by a spokesman for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the retirement of the Permanent Secretaries was due to a decision to cut down ministries in the state from 19 to 13.

Mr Aruwan said the development was part of efforts by the current administration to save funds for the development of schools, hospitals, roads and other basic amenities.

According to the statement, some of the standing ministries are; the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Forestry Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Others are Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Women Affairs and Social Development, Water Resources, Health and Human Services, Education, Science and Technology, Budget and Planning, Finance, Works, Housing and Transport.

The statement added that the State government also announced the creation of five departments which would be headed by Permanent Secretaries. They are; the Public Service Office; the Bureau of Establishments; Political and Economic Affairs; Cabinet and Security Services and General Services. This will bring the total number of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service to 18.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik as the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency.

The appointment of Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik, as Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has also been announced.

He was a former vice-chairman of Kaduna South Local Government and an organising secretary in the campaign organisation of All Progressives Congress’ governorship aspirant, Honourable Isah Ashiru, prior to serving as special assistant to Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala after his emergence as the running mate to El-Rufai. Mr Karik holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Business Administration.