Zaria Residents Protest Against El-Zakzaky’s Release

Zaria Residents Protest Against El-Zakzaky's ReleaseResidents of Gyellesu Community in Zaria, Kaduna State, have staged a peaceful protest to resist any move by government to bring back the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to the community or any other part of the state.

The residents, who marched around the community to express their anger, also faulted the recent Federal High Court judgement that ordered the release of El-Zakzaky from detention, describing the ruling as dangerous and a threat to the corporate existence of the nation.

Having suffered from what they termed as decades of persecution in the hands of the Shiite members, the residents say they will resist any attempt to bring the group back to Zaria.

Marching around the community and chanting songs, the residents comprising of children, youths and adults, warned that the movement, if allowed to come back to Zaria, could pose a security threat to the entire state and ultimately the nation at large.

A leader of the community narrated how the sect, led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, allegedly terrorized residents of Zaria and Sabon Gari, and have constituted themselves into a parallel government in the state.

He said that peace had returned to the community since the Shiites were routed out after their clash with the Army, and any attempt by the court to bring them back to Zaria would amount to taking them back to dark days.

According to him, activities of the sect have forced many residents to flee the community and relocate to safer areas.

He called on the Federal Government to ban the Islamic Movement from operating in any part of the country because of their antecedent of harassing and intimidating members of the public.

Politically Motivated

But in a swift reaction Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria described the demonstration as politically motivated.

One of the leaders of the sect, Sheikh AbdulHamid Bello, denied allegations of human rights abuse levelled against their members by residents of Zaria.

At a news conference, he described the allegation by the Gyullesu residents as a propaganda sponsored to justify the killings of innocent members of the movement, and destruction of their property including the residence of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky.

He also said that contrary to the purported lies by some people, their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky had lived with Gyallesu residents in Zaria happily despite attempts by security operatives to cause disharmony at various times.

The Shiites also rejected the white paper released by the state government which finds them guilty in the December 12, 2015 clash with soldiers in Zaria.

Osinbajo Visits Kano, Assures Nigerians Every Problem Will Be Solved

professor Yemi OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday assured Nigerians that the government was doing its best to solve the current problems confronting the nation and its citizens.

The Vice President gave the assurance in Kano during a one-day working visit to the state.

He said that the All Progressives Congress-led government was fully aware of the problems and pains Nigerians were going through, especially on the issue of fuel scarcity and the subsequent price increase.

Professor Osinbajo asked Nigerians to continue to support their administration and to bear the present situation.

The Vice President after he was welcomed at the airport, visited the Sabon Gari market which was recently destroyed by fire in company of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

He also flagged off the reconstruction of one and half kilometre Road in Sabon Gari area of the state.

Hundreds of Kano residents and party supporters followed the Vice President to the flagged off the construction of Sharada Under Pass Bridge.

Professor Osinbajo commended the State government for its efforts in executing developmental projects for the people of the state and gave the assurance that the Federal Government would continue to assist state governments that were willing to do better for its people.

Governor Ganduje told the Vice President that his Government had initiated various developmental projects for the people of Kano State and that his administration would continue to do its best for the socio-economic development of the state.

He also explained that the projects were executed with taxes collected from the law abiding citizens of the state.

During the visit, however, journalists were restricted from covering some parts of the visit and some of them alleged the decision was taken because the VP wanted to avoid reporters who may wish to ask him questions about fuel situation in Nigeria.

Correspondent and Government House press crew vehicles were removed from the convoy at the Aminu Kano International Airport but after a heated debate between members of the Correspondent Chapel and one Akande Bamidele, who was described as the Vice President’s escort commander, a Civilian Bus was allowed to carry all the Journalists.

On reaching the site of the Under Pass Bridge, three armed policemen were directed to stop the press vehicle from following the Vice President’s convoy.

Although no reason was given, sources said the Kano Governor was angry and don’t want journalists to capture some group of party supporters who were chanting the name of the former State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

At the orders of the state chairman of the Correspondent Chapel all Journalists were disengaged from the convoy and asked to return to their offices.

The Vice President’s visit to Kano was said to have ended with the visit to the popular Amana City constructed during the last administration of Governor Kwankwaso.

Fire Guts Sabon Gari Market In Kano

Yola_Market_FireThree months after the singer food market in Kano went up in flames, the Sabon Gari market in the same city, Northwest Nigeria, has been gutted by fire, with properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

Though the cause of the fire has not been ascertained, the inferno which started on Friday night reportedly lasted till early Saturday morning.

According to witnesses, the fire started around the Sani Abacha Mosque where books and other items are sold, before spreading to Gidan Magge.

Fire service personnel were said to have arrived at the scene of the fire owing to the difficulty in accessing the market, and when they eventually got to the scene, there was not enough water to put out the fire.

Residents Urge Government To Ban Shiite Sect In Zaria

kaduna-ShiiteResidents of Gyellesu Community in Zaria, Kaduna State, have called on the Federal Government to ban the Islamic Movement of Nigeria because of the harassment and intimidation of innocent people in the area allegedly by members of the sect.

Citing alleged hardship caused by the sect in the last 20 years, the Zaria residents warned that the movement, if allowed to continue to exist, could pose a security threat to the state and ultimately the nation.

The residents who narrated their ordeals to Channels Television, said that the sect, led by Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, routinely terrorise residents of Zaria and Sabon Gari, and have constituted themselves into a parallel government in the country.

They urged the Federal Government to put a permanent stop to the activities of the sect which they say has forced many residents to flee the community and relocate to safer areas.

Sponsored Propaganda

Meanwhile, one of the leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Abdulmumi Giwa, has denied allegations of human rights abuse levelled against their members by residents of Zaria in Kaduna State.

He described the allegation by the Gyullesu elders as a propaganda sponsored by government in its effort to justify the killings of innocent members of the movement, and to distract the attention of the public over the recent incident.

He also said that contrary to the purported lies by some people, their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky had lived with Gyallesu residents in Zaria happily despite attempts by security operatives to cause disharmony at various times.

Members of the Shiite movement recently clashed with soldiers in Kaduna and the crisis left several people dead.

Although the Nigerian Army has come under scrutiny for alleged violation of human rights in its efforts at containing the activities of the sect, a non-governmental organization, the Human Rights on Non-Violent Initiative, which went on a fact finding mission to the area, commended the officers of the Army.

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army Division Headquarters in Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, claimed that with regards to the incident, the Army acted in accordance with the rules of engagement.

Troops Kill Suspected Boko Haram Leader And Members

Boko Haram terrorists killed by militaryTroops of 25 Task Force Brigade have killed suspected Boko Haram leader and 12 members of the group terrorising communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The troops are said to have conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State where they took out three terrorists following a tip off.

According to a statement by military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorists’ leader in Bulayaga.

The leader was notorious in terrorising Bale, Wass and Mufurundi villages, the statement read.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with its magazine, 43 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, one Grinding Machine and five Dane Guns.

Other items recovered include seven Motorcycles, 21 bags of grains and two Boko Haram terrorists’ flags hoisted.

In a related development on Monday, troops of 7 Division Garrison on patrol at Mainari village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists, which led to the death of nine terrorists and recovery of weapons. Some of the weapons recovered are four AK-47 and one Pump Action Gun

The military said the patrol teams had continued to dominate the respective areas.

Over Fifty Shops Destroyed In Kano Market Fire

kanoOver 50 shops perished with property worth millions of naira burnt to ashes after a fire outbreak hit the popular Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari, Kano North West, Nigeria.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the fire started from the furniture section and some parts of the pharmaceutical section of the market around 7pm on Thursday evening.

The fire was said to have raged for over 30 minutes before firefighters arrived at the market to control it.

Although authorities were yet to react to the incident as at the time of the inferno but traders told Channels TV that there was no loss of life or injury from the fire attack.

Police Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano

policePolice Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano Police have arraigned 57 suspected rapists before a Magistrate Court in Zungeru Road, Sabon Gari area of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

Addressing reporters after the court proceedings, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said most of the victims were receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals across the state.

Gang-raped

Most of the victims are said to be boys and girls below the age of 10.

According to the Police, some of the victims were gang-raped by men old enough to be their grandparents. Three of the victims tested HIV positive while several others are being treated of various Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Although most of the suspects denied any involvement in rape, the court ordered that they should be remanded, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, who said there would be no going back on his campaign against rapists, also called on parents to remain vigilant and ensure they know the whereabouts of their children at all time.

The command therefore urged members of the community not to hesitate in reporting any case of rape or child abuse to the nearest Police Station, as protection of children’s right is non-negotiable. He reminded them that the protection of children had become a collective responsibility of all.

Nigerian Troops Arrest Jos, Zaria Bombing Suspect

Nigerian troopsThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested the masterminds of the Zaria, Kaduna State and Jos, Plateau State bomb blasts.

According to the Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sanni Usman, the arrest followed a security cordon and search which was established in the general areas especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the Northeastern part of the country by troops of 3 Division and Special Task Force, as well as the Department of State Services.

This, he said, culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa, Gombe State.

He added that the suspected terrorist and his colleagues, who disguised in a trailer while trying to evade checks, were fished out by troops of the Nigerian Army.

He said that the suspects are currently being processed for further action and would soon face the full wrath of the law.

He, however, urged Nigerians to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and facilities to the security agencies.

The Defence Headquarters had earlier made the announcement via its official Twitter account.

“Troops have arrested a mastermind of the Jos & Zaria bombing at a checkpoint in Gombe following an operation by combined team of military & DSS operatives.” the tweet read.

bomb attack at the Secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State on Tuesday, July 6, left 25 people dead and 32 others injured, and 24 hours earlier (Monday), a twin bomb attack in Jos had killed 44 people and injured 47 others.

In Jos, the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi campus of the University of Jos, while the second one went off at the mosque near the Yan tyre market area of Dilimi junction along Bauchi road about 15 minutes after.

The Zaria attack occurred at the venue of biometric registration of civil servants.

Bomb Attack In Zaria Kills 25, Injures 32

BombA bomb attack at the Secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State on Tuesday has left 25 people dead and 32 others injured.

The explosion went off while biometric registration was underway.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, while expressing sadness at the mindless attack thought to have been carried out by Boko Haram terrorists and sympathising with victims of the blast, had earlier put the death toll at 20 but from recent reports, the figure has risen.

Red Cross officials and security agencies have evacuated the dead bodies while the 32 injured persons were taking to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and other hospitals in the city for treatment.

“I am sad that a terrorist bomb attack just killed 20 people in Sabon Gari Zaria,” Mr El-Rufa’i said on his Twitter account.

“We call on our citizens to be vigilant and avoid crowded places like markets, mosques, churches and motor parks in the next few weeks,” he added.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai addressing newsmen at the scene of the attack

Mr El-Rufai promised that the government was working with the security agencies to end the wave of militant attacks in the country.

“We call on our citizens to be vigilant and avoid crowded places like markets, mosques, churches and motor parks in the next few weeks.

“We call on our people to report any suspicious persons and movements to law enforcement agents, traditional rulers and religious leaders.

“The Kaduna State government is working with Federal security agencies that are taking proactive measures to frustrate such terrorists,” El-Rufai said.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has also visited the scene of the explosion.

 

Kaduna Governor, Yero Concludes Campaign Rally

yeroThe Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, concluded his state-wide campaign tour on Saturday with a grand rally held in Zaria, his home Local Government Area.

Addressing a crowd of PDP supporters and party leaders during the rally, Governor Yero said that his administration had completed several projects within two years in office and also gave an assurance that he would initiate new ones if re-elected for another four years.

He also promised to consolidate on the provision of security of lives and property of the citizens across the state, as well as better economic policies that would create more jobs and also enable government to execute critical projects.

The Governor, who addressed the people in Hausa language, said that the present administration had made progress in the completion of the Zaria Regional Water project which had reached 90% completion as well as completed several roads, hospitals and schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

Thousands of supporters had lined the streets to welcome Yero and his entourage to the ancient city of Zaria.

The famous traditional horse riding was also part of the colourful reception accorded to the PDP candidate by the people of Zaria during the campaign tour.

Governor Yero was overwhelmed by the large turnout of supporters, who blocked all the major roads leading to the campaign ground.

From Zaria, the Governor’s campaign train moved to Sabon Gari where he made similar promises of better days ahead for the electorate.

In both Local Governments, the Governor held meetings with stakeholders including traditional leaders, religious leaders, women and youths, as part of his campaign for peaceful elections.

He also urged politicians to eschew desperation in the quest for power.

With the campaign rallies in Zaria and Sabon Gari Local Governments, Governor Yero has toured the entire 23 Local Government Areas of the state in his bid to win the April 11 governorship election in the state.

4 Feared Dead As Soldiers Clash With Islamic Group In Zaria

Nigerian SoldiersFour people, including the son of a renowned Islamic Preacher, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zazaki, were reportedly killed by soldiers on Friday afternoon, following a clash between soldiers and followers of an Islamic Movement popularly called Shi’ite at PZ area in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness account said that the incident happened when the members of the sect abducted 2 soldiers who attempted to stop the sect members from procession marking the Qudus Day, a day set aside by the Shi’ite movement in Nigeria in support of the Palestinian struggle in the Middle East.

The intervention of some soldiers to rescue their colleagues from the angry sect members numbering over 300 triggered the violence, as soldiers allegedly started firing gunshots to disperse the increasing crowd.

The clash, which lasted for over two hours, however, paralysed business activities in the ancient city, as traders hurriedly closed down their offices and shops and rushed to their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.

Channels Television correspondent reported that the injured victims were rushed to a health facility in the city for treatment.

When contacted, spokesman of 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul, declined commenting on the matter, saying he was yet to get the full details of what happened.

Kano Motor Park Blast Leaves One Dead, Eight Injured

bomb-explosion1An unidentified woman was killed and eight others were injured after a high calibre improvised device was today, Thursday, July 24, detonated inside the New Road Motor Park located at Sabon Gari, Kano State, leaving 5 people  dead.

However,  the police authorities claim that only 1 body was found at the scene.

The motor park, located in a predominantly Christian area, is also reported to have been rocked by at least four explosions previously.

The blasts occurred on Igbo Road, Enugu Road and New Road, opposite Ado Bayero Square.

The latest attack is coming barely a year after a bomb blast killed no fewer than 20 people in the same area, at a drinking joint.

Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for coordinated suicide blasts at a bus park in Sabon Gari in March 2014 that killed about 22 people.

Thursday’s blast makes it the second attack in the week, following the twin bomb explosion that left at least 72 people dead in Kano and Alkali areas of Kaduna, Kaduna State on Wednesday.