NDLEA Arrests 25 Drug Addicts in Kaduna

cocaine-NDLEAThe Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has arrested 25 suspected drug addicts and traffickers in different parts of the state.

The agency also recovered hard drugs of different substances from the suspects during various raids conducted at various parts of the state last week.

Parading the suspects in his office on Thursday, the State NDLEA Commandant, Mr Samuel Azike, said they were arrested at the notorious black street in Sabon Tasha, Kawo, Kigo road and constitution road, all within the state capital, following a tip off from members of the public.

He disclosed that illicit substances including cannabis, cocaine, rophenol, tramadol and heroin were seized from the drug traffickers.

While stating that most of the crimes in the state are drug related, the NDLEA Commander vowed that the suspects would be charged to court in order to serve as a deterrent to other addicts and traffickers.

He advised commercial bus and luxurious drivers not to carry illicit drugs for traffickers with their vehicles, warning that any driver caught in such act would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

Mr Azike also reassured that the command would intensify sensitisation campaign against the use and hawking of illicit drugs to save the public from its harmful effects.

Some of the suspects however denied their involvement in the drug related offence and asked the agency to release them.

New Year Celebration: Nigerians Urge Government To Improve The Economy

Nigerians-at-crossover-nightSome residents of Kaduna State have called on the government at all levels to intensify efforts in improving the economic fortunes of Nigeria, as the nation marks the New Year.

They made the call in separate interviews with Channels Television during the thanksgiving service held at various churches to mark the New Year.

While thanking God for sparing their lives and making them to see 2016, they, however, lamented that the economic environment of the nation left much to be desired.

While some of them celebrated the beginning of 2016 with fireworks and thanksgiving service at their various churches, others witnessed quietness and low-key celebration because of security challenges.

At Shiloh Baptist Church in Sabon-Tasha in the state capital, Reverend Joseph John Hayab, urged Nigerians to work hard in order to achieve their heart desires in the year.

He also urged them to support the government in achieving its policies and programmes for the development of the nation.

Some other that spoke, opined that the government should improve efforts in fashioning out policies and programmes that would fast-track the economy especially in addressing the lingering fuel scarcity, unemployment and insecurity in the land.

Other residents expressed great expectations from the All Progressive Congress-led government in 2016.

El-Rufai Visits Flooded Areas, Promises Govt. Support For Victims

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has visited some of the communities that were submerged by a heavy flood to ascertain the level of devastation.                   

The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Bala Bantex, and other top government functionaries, visited some parts of Tudun Wada, Gonin-Gora, Romi, Sabon Tasha, Kabala West, among others.

El-Rufai described the flood as very devastating and the highest to happen in the state.

He gave the assurance of government’s support to the victims of the flood, saying that those displaced from their homes would be provided with temporary shelter until the floods are over.

He also stressed the need to discourage people from building houses along river banks and floodplain areas, in order to avoid a future ugly incident.

While in Romi, the Governor inspected an abandoned bridge in the area, which he said was responsible for the flooding.

The flood is said to have submerged at least 2,000 houses in the state.

Water Scarcity Hits Kaduna Residents

water scarcityAcute water scarcity has hit Kaduna state, Northwest Nigeria, as a result of the breakdown of services by the state’s water board.

The problem has been attributed to damaged power transmission line to the Malali water treatment  plant  which supplies water to the metropolis and environs, coupled with the recent strike embarked by electricity workers last Monday.

Although the workers have called off the strike,  the scarcity has left residents scrambling for alternative clean water sources for their daily usage.

Some of the areas worst affected by the scarcity include Barnawa, Sabon Tasha, Zaria, Romi, Tirkaniya, Gonin Gora, Taiwo Road, Abubakar Kigo Road,  Costain Quarters and environs.

A resident of Barnawa, says  most of them  in the area now rely on commercial borehole operators  and water vendors popularly called ‘Mai Ruwa’ for their daily water supply.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television blamed the state water board for the scarcity. They said this is not the first time they are facing such situation, and wondered why government cannot find an alternative means of providing them with water pending  when it repairs the  fault at its transmitting station.

Only few houses are privileged enough to have boreholes within them,  and  are slightly immune from the problem. But lack of electricity to pump water becomes a problem.

Kaduna Residents Seek Alternative Sources As Water Scarcity Persists

water tap dryMost residents of Kaduna State are scrambling for alternative clean water sources for their daily usage, as acute water scarcity is biting hard in the north-western Nigeria State.

The water scarcity has been attributed to the breakdown of services by the State Water Board.

Industrial action by electricity workers last Monday had initially caused a breakdown in supply. But after the strike was called off, a power transmission line to the Malali Water Treatment plant, which supplies water to the metropolis and environs, got damaged.

Some of the areas worst affected by the scarcity are Barnawa, Sabon Tasha, Zaria, Romi, Tirkaniya, Gonin Gora, Taiwo Road, Abubakar Kigo Road, Costain Quarters and environs.

With a population of over six million people, the state’s taps, reservoirs and dams, the major sources of water, are dry.

There are fears that the problem could linger for some time.

A resident of Barnawa, said most of them in the area now rely on commercial borehole operators and water vendors popularly called ‘Mai Ruwa’ for their daily water supply. The water from these sources are not usually treated.

Some of them who spoke to Channels Television blamed the State Water Board for the scarcity.

Reliance On Dirty Water

They said it was not the first time that they were facing such situation and wondered why the government had not explored alternative means of providing water to the residents, pending when the fault at its transmitting station is fixed.

Only few houses are privileged enough to have boreholes within them and are slightly immune from the problem. But again, lack of electricity to pump water becomes a problem.

At Abubakar Kigo road New Extension, the residents have been without water in their home for over a week. Wherever they could find a tap, residents gather and to get water, now a precious commodity in many neighbourhoods in the working class town of over three million people.

With empty buckets and cans in their hands, they waited patiently in line, sometimes for more than an hour.

At Sabon Tasha area, residents told Channels Television that they had no other choice than to rely on dirty water from a well for drinking and other domestic use.

Some people say they have become sick from it.

When contacted, the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Ado Dogo Audu, attributed the scarcity to the breakdown of transmission line to the water treatment plant and the three days warning strike embarked on by the National Union Of Electricity Employees which resulted in total blackout in the entire state.

He also explained that available power generating sets could not power the water treatment plants. The bigger generating sets that could power the water plant have no diesel in them, apparently as a result of scarcity of the product that has lasted for weeks.

Mr Audu said the State Water Board was making frantic efforts to restore water, appealing to residents to be patient.

While the Water Board seems to be on top of the situation, the Commissioner again lamented the poor attitude of customers in paying their water bills, which he said ‘must stop’ if they must enjoy uninterrupted water supply.

In the middle of the nationwide elections last month, the issue of water supply topped the campaign manifesto of various candidates. The issue has not failed to show up in politicians’ manifesto in the last few years, with very little improvement recorded.

With just barely three weeks to the expiration of the present government’s tenure, residents are hoping that issues like the current water scarcity must be addressed by the incoming government.

Voters In Kaduna State Seek Extension Of Election

Kano VotersSome voters in Kaduna State have called for the extension of the election to Sunday, March 29, due to the failure of the Smart Card Readers in capturing the finger print of voters and the delay involved in the process

They said the extension would ensure that no one was disenfranchised from exercising civil duties.

Complaints of card reader failures were recorded in most parts of the State, where it took voters over three to five minutes to accredit each voter.

At Barnawa, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha areas, a large number of the voters were yet to be accredited as at 1:00pm.

The card reader challenges has delayed the accreditation that was scheduled to end by 1:00pm, as a large number of eligible voters are yet to have their PVCs verified.

As the accreditation continued, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu alongside head of other security agencies in Kaduna State went round the polling units across the State capital to monitor the exercise.

The Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the orderly manner which the accreditation was going.

He appealed to voters to remain calm and law abiding,during and after the elections.

At another polling unit in Kaduna, Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, told reporters that the decision of the INEC to accredit voters manually in polling units where card readers were not working properly was commendable.

Vice President Sambo made the remark after he and his wife, Amina, voted at their Police College polling unit in Kaduna.

He, however, urged the commission to make changes whenever required to ensure that no eligible voter would be disenfranchised.

Kaduna Residents Lament Poor Refuse Disposal

waste-disposalResidents of Sabon Tasha, Barnawa and Kakuri areas in Kaduna metropolis have called on the State Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) and Ministry of Environment to intensify efforts in evacuating refuse and other waste materials that are currently scattered all over the area and capable of creating health problems for them.

The residents, who complained that authorities concerned have not lived up to their responsibilities of keeping the environment clean, feared that if urgent steps are not taken to evacuate the heaps of refuse around people’s homes, there could be an outbreak of cholera, malaria and other airborne diseases in the affected areas.

While the residents blame government for ineffective waste management system, the authorities accused the residents of being responsible for the problem due to their indiscriminate disposal of refuse and other waste materials.

A visit of our correspondents to Narayi, Sabon Tasha, Kakuri, Barnawa and Rigasa all located within the metropolis leaves much to be desired, as there was no presence of waste collectors in these areas.

Therefore, refuse and other waste products continue to litter the streets on daily basis, which residents say is creating a germ-infested environment for them.

Although the State Government says it spends over N130 million monthly on environmental sanitation, the impact is not felt in the communities around the state capital.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Kasimu  Abubakar, told Channels Television that government was not aware of the plight of these residents.

He said that his ministry had mapped out over 111 designated dump sites for refuse disposal.

He also blamed the residents for the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and advised residents to follow the standard procedures recommended by government in order not to contact air or water borne diseases.

Kaduna is the third largest state in Nigeria with a population of over 7 million people. Out of this number, majority of the populace reside within the city centre comprising of four Local Government Areas, namely Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and Igabi local councils.

With increase of satellite towns and influx of people into the state on daily basis, one major problem confronting the metropolis is the issue of poor waste management.

Environmental experts have overtime posited that disposal of waste in unsanitary or unhygienic conditions can lead to huge health and environmental problems.

FERMA Repairs Kaduna Road

KadunaThe Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, has commenced the reconstruction of the culvert that was washed away on the Kaduna bye-pass in Sabo–Tasha area of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

Heavy flooding, led to the collapse of the culvert, which subsequently led to the death of a teenager.

Several houses were damaged as a result of three days of heavy rainfall last week. The downpour left several damages in the aftermath, including parts of the road, which links the state capital to Kafanchan, in the southern part of Kaduna.

The Managing Director of FERMA, Gabriel Amuchi, who led engineers to inspect the situation, explained that the agency was taking the project seriously and would conclude the reconstruction within one month.

The revealed that the labourers have been given a September deadline to deliver the road.

The State Government also promised to work with FERMA to ensure that all the roads in the state are given necessary attention for the benefit of motorists in the state.

Kaduna Flood Kills 7 Year Old Girl, Destroys Over 100 Houses

Kaduna FloodA seven year old girl has been confirmed dead and several buildings pulled down in floods triggered by heavy down pour in Kaduna State.

The flood ravaged some parts of Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area and Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jemaa Local Government area of the state, destroying over 100 houses and farmlands.

The floods followed over 15 hours of rain fall, which started at about 11pm on Thursday night when many of the residents had gone to bed, and was said to have been caused by a collapsed bridge that blocked the water channels.

The rain fall which started on Wednesday, August 21, with intermittent breaks, became heavier on Thursday and started wrecking havoc when it collapsed the damaged bridge and in the process blocked the water channel that allows for easy flow of water between Anguwar Barde and Yelwa communities.

The seven year old girl was said to have been killed while she was asleep as she could not hear the sound. Her parents were said to have gone for a vigil when the incident occurred.

Angry residents; women, children and youths, have been protesting against the State Government’s failure to repair the bridge before it finally collapsed. They said that they lost so many household property worth thousands of naira. They are calling on Government to come to their rescue.

Although the affected bridge is located along a federal road, the Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, Ishaku Makama, told Channels Television correspondent on telephone that the State Ministry of Works was already aware of the incident and would immediately mobilise its officials to repair the damaged bridge and drainage system in order to avoid further flood disaster in the area.

In 2012, no fewer than 700 houses were submerged in different parts of the state capital, while many farmlands were also washed away across the three senatorial districts in the state.

The Kaduna flood, which appeared overnight when the Kaduna River was already receding, was suspected to have been released from a dam in Cameroon. It rendered thousands of people along the riverbank homeless.

NDLEA, Army Raid Kaduna, Arrest Suspected Drug Barons, Addicts

NDLEAA combined team of officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Army, Air Force and Civil Defence Corps today raided Sabon Tasha and Kawo areas, a suburb for notorious criminals’ hideout in the Kaduna state capital.

The operation which lasted many hours, led to the arrest of 50 suspected drug addicts and over one hundred addicts as well as seizure of various kilogrammes of narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Parading some of the suspects, Kaduna State NDLEA Commander, Mohammed Jibrin told Channels Television that the aim of the operation is to flush out criminals out of the state and make it peaceful ahead of the 2015 general elections, warning that Kaduna is no longer a safe haven for illicit drug users or traders.

The commander added that the operation was the third this year since the inauguration of the Joint Task Force by the state governor in December 2013.

He commended the Nigerian Army, Civil Defence Corps for giving the needed backup because of the notoriety of the area.

Giving an insight on the operation, the Assistant State Commander in Charge of Operations, Goody Obanoke, said the suspected drug peddlers would be prosecuted after investigation while the users  are to be taken to the agency’s facility in Zaria for counselling and rehabilitation.

He  urged stakeholders to support the NDLEA towards the eradication of illegal drugs in the society.