Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And Motorcycle

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And MotorcycleThe Kaduna State Government has placed a ban on street hawking and begging, as well as commercial motorcycle activities in the state capital and environs.

This is the outcome of resolutions reached at the State Security Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Government House.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Samuel Aruwan, said the decision was reached so as to maintain law and order in the state, based on credible intelligence report of security threat to lives and properties.

He explained that the ban was with immediate effect and will remain in force till further notice, while asking the citizens to be law abiding, that is abide by this and other government directives.

“Kaduna State Security Council has announced the enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.

“Credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, as well as safeguard lives and property.

“Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and Okadas/Achabas in Kaduna town and other cities in the state.

“The directive is with immediate effect and is based on cogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws; the directive is clear.

“No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger. Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” the Governor’s spokesman urged.

The State Security Council meeting, which is usually chaired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and attended by his deputy, Heads of Security Agencies and traditional rulers in the state, is to appraise the security situation in Kaduna State.

The meeting deliberated on the situation report on Southern Kaduna where many attacks occurred in several communities which took a toll on lives and properties.

The Nigerian Air Force said it has increased air surveillance in Southern Kaduna and has also deployed 60 Special Forces to compliment the ongoing military operations aimed at restoring peace and security in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, on his part said security operatives have taken the war against armed bandits into the forest where they are hiding, and some suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

“Prior to our relocation to the place, you are already aware that the Commanders were directed to move to Kafanchan to ensure that peace returns to the area and today, we are happy to tell you that we have been able to restore peace to Kafanchan and environs.

“We are going to sustain this effort and we are appealing to members of the community too to assist us in achieving this objective.

“However, in recent time, we have been confronted with other problems regarding the crisis in Southern Kaduna, like I earlier said in the previous briefing that some people are actually fueling these crises.

“We have made arrest of people who write letters that are intended to incite people against one another. To say that, it has been written that an attack will be carried out in communities.

“We investigated some of these letters and we made arrest of persons, which in due time, we will parade before you so that you will see that some of these inciting speeches and letters are actually not even done by the perpetrators of the acts.

“We assure that we are going to continue to bring about law and order in that part of the state, with the efforts of the communities.

“As long as they want peace to reign, they must contribute their quota to try as much as possible to speak to the youths who are the principal actors in this violence, because the only way to peace is for the people themselves to be prepared to embrace peace, accommodate themselves and live together,” the Police Commissioner said.

Also, the Commander One Division Garrison, Brigadier General Samaila Isah, revealed that as part of the efforts in sustaining the peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army would embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama’ in the area.

On his part, the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mohammed Wakili, urged the public to ignore inciting messages from the social and traditional media, aimed at fueling the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Government said it was working with Federal Security Agencies that are taking proactive measures to flush out armed bandits and other criminal elements from every part of the state, especially now that the state is going to witness influx of people through the Kaduna Airport.

Gov El-Rufai Reshuffles Cabinet, Drops Four Commissioners

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna, Commissioners, CabinetKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday, sacked four commissioners from his cabinet.

In a minor change of cabinet, Governor El-Rufai nominated replacements for the sacked commissioner for confirmation by the Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA).

The Clerk of the House of Assembly, Umma Hikima, was appointed as the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General of the state, while Professor Kabiru Mato was nominated as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry.

Hafsat Baba was also appointed as the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and Jafaru Sani as the Commissioner for Local Government.

The governor also redeployed the Commissioner of Justice to environment, the Commissioner for Agriculture to Commerce and the Commissioner for Environment to the newly created Ministry of Stakeholders Relations.

“The commissioners swapping portfolios include Amina Sijuwade, moved from Ministry of Justice to Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, while Maigari Manzo moved from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

“Shehu Balarabe moves from Ministry of Environment to become Commissioner, Stakeholder Relations, while Mohammed Bashir Saidu who is now Chief of Staff, relinquishes the office of Commissioner for Local Government.

“Rabi Abdulsalam, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, becomes Special Adviser on Social Development, while Shehu Adamu, former Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, returns to academia,” said a statement released by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

Governor El-Rufai also reassigned three special advisers namely: Uba Sani as Special Adviser, Political Matters and Intergovernmental Relations; Chris Umar, Deputy Chief of Staff is to become Solicitor-General, while Murtala Dabo, Special Adviser, Economic Matters, is appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

He further announced the appointment of eight new permanent secretaries.

They include Mohammed Shuaibu, Ministry of Health and Human Services; Chris Umar, Ministry of Justice; Rabilu Ibrahim, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; and Joseph Steven, Ministry of Local Government.

Also appointed as permanent secretaries were Habiba Shekarau, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Lawrence Shemang, Ministry of Water Resources, Murtala Dabo, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport; and Abdullahi Sani, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services, Office of the SSG.

Mr El-Rufai stated that five permanent secretaries have been redeployed as follows: Hauwa Umar, Ministry of Women and Social Development; Ibrahim Jere, Bureau of Establishments, Management and Training; Ibrahim Sambo, Ministry of Rural and Community Development; Nuhu Buzun, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service; and Aishatu Mohammed, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

However, five other permanent secretaries have retired.

The governor thanked all members of the team for the successes the State Government has recorded so far and wished them good luck in their future endeavours.

Kaduna Govt. Bans FRSC Operations In State Capital

Southern Kaduna: El-Rufai Advocates More Funding For Security AgenciesThe Kaduna State Security Council has banned officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), from operating in the state capital and other urban centres in the state.

The security council also prohibited FRSC personnel from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town; a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.

A statement issued by Spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end the state security council meeting , advised FRSC personnel to concentrate their operations in ensuring safe travel on highways such as on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The security council explained that the action became necessary after reviewing the trend and noting concerns expressed by citizens over the undue hardship and accidents people have been exposed to at FRSC checkpoints and from reckless tanker drivers.

Also according to the statement, the council took the decision following complaints about acts of disrespect to the public and alleged extortion from motorists.

On the other hand, the council has also demanded that the transporters should stop loading firewood, tomatoes and other goods on top of petrol tankers throughout the state.

They drew the attention of the public to the threats such practices pose to lives and property.

The Security Council, therefore, mandated security agencies to ensure compliance with those directives, as well as impound defaulting tankers.

Kaduna: El-Rufai Appoints Bariatu Mohammed As Head Of Service

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State, Bariatu MohammedKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the appointment of Bariatu Mohammed as the new Head of Service in the state.

Mrs Mohammed succeeded Alisabatu Dada-Onazi who retired from service on December 31, 2016.

Governor El-Rufai commended the retired Head of Service for her hard work and foresight in driving ongoing reforms in the Kaduna State Civil Service.

He said the government was indebted to her for her resilience towards the success of the staff verification exercise, which he said laid the foundation for the reforms of the service.

Meanwhile, Mrs Mohammed’s appointment was announced in a statement issued on Friday by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

The new Head of Service, who hails from Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, joined the state civil service on August 7, 1984.

She rose to the rank of Permanent Secretary on April 1, 2012.

Until her elevation, Mrs Mohammed was at various times permanent secretary at the Public Service Office, Bureau of Establishments, Management Services and Training, as well as office of the Head of Service.

El-Rufai Lauds Amina Mohammed’s UN Appointment

El-Rufai Lauds Amina Mohammed’s UN AppointmentKaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has commended the appointment of Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Governor, in a congratulatory message he issued on Sunday through his Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, described Mrs Mohammed’s appointment as an excellent choice.

The Governor said that the appointment of the Minister of Environment as UN Deputy Secretary General,  is due to  “her honourable service to Nigeria and her substantial contribution to efforts to empower people and safeguard the planet.

“Just one year as Environment Minister, she has put environmental issues on the front burner of Nigeria’s political discourse.

“She has undoubtedly earned the trust and respect of not just Nigerians but environmentalists the world over.

“At the core of Amina’s work and passion is the welfare and right of citizens to peace and security wherever they may be.

“She addressed those challenges while serving in the government of President Obasanjo, then as Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General, Ban ki Moon and recently as Minister under President Buhari.

“As a global ambassador, she now gets to display her phenomenal skills on a world stage. Nigeria’s temporary loss is the world’s gain.

“President Buhari has made a great sacrifice in releasing Amina from the federal cabinet for service at the global level.

“Her appointment is a tribute to the President’s judgment in recruiting such a globally-respected personality.”

Governor El-Rufai urged Mrs. Mohammed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in her new role, stating that he had no doubt that Amina Mohammed would continue to make Nigeria proud at the global level.

“Her tenacity and the passion she applied to secure global agreement on the SDGs will be required to get them implemented,” he added.

Kaduna Govt. Places Ban On Unlawful Assembly

Kaduna Govt. Places Ban On Unlawful AssemblyThe Kaduna state government has banned all forms of processions or unlwaful assembly in any part of the state till further notice.

This was revealed in a statement signed by Spokesman for the Kaduna State Government, Samuel Aruwan.

It also called for the cooperation of all citizens to respect this restriction until it is formally lifted.

According to the statement, the conclusion to impose a temporary restriction on unlawful assembly, was a result of a meeting of heads of security agencies who reviewed the security situation in the state.

“The decision was taken in the interest of the citizenry and to ensure law and order in the state”.

The government further mandated security agencies to ensure compliance to the ban, while advising all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities, and to do their utmost to uphold peace and harmony.

Kaduna Govt. Drags 725 Loan Defaulters To EFCC

Mob attack, Kaduna Govt., Shiites, Prison Inmates, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Government say it has reported a total of 725 persons to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for failing to repay the loan they took from the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) in March 2015.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, says the government has officially written a petition to the EFCC, requesting for investigation and recovery of the funds.

Mr Aruwan said BOA, in partnership with Kaduna State government in March 2015, disbursed agriculture loan to 1,859 beneficiaries.

However, 725 of them have failed to liquidate their loans to the tune of over 205 million Naira, contrary to the terms and conditions of the loan.

“The agriculture loan scheme is an intervention of the state government in partnership with BOA meant to assist farmers in the state to have access to financial assistance, in order to improve agricultural activities and ensure better harvest.

“It is revolving loan that enables farmers to access funds and repay after a farming year to enable other beneficiaries enjoy similar interventions.

“BOA has therefore forwarded names and details of the defaulting beneficiaries to EFCC for investigation to commence.

“You may also wish to know, that the BOA had on October 21, 2016 reached out to the government with details of the defaulters and the outstanding loans,” he said.

The Governor’s spokesman concluded that the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as well as BOA have been directed to furnish the EFCC with any additional information and/or documents that it may require.

Kaduna Govt. Orders Arrest of Shiites’ Spokesman

Shiites, Islamic Movement Nigeria, Ibrahim-MusaThe Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa who has owned up to being the spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

An order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State went into effect on Friday, October 7, 2016. Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.

A statement released on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Kaduna state, Samuel Aruwan, says that Musa, a few hours after the commencement of the Order, admitted to being a member of the outlawed group, and subsequently identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicized statements.

According to the statement, Musa’s utterances are deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the government order, hence the law has to take its course.

The government’s statement also directs the state Commissioner of Police to ensure the arrest of Ibrahim Musa to enable his prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice.

All security agencies in the state have been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa, who is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.

Kaduna State Bans Islamic Movement In Nigeria Group

Shiites-protestThe Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as an unlawful association.

A statement issued on Friday by the spokesman for the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, says the government secured an order from the State Executive Council to ban the Islamic Movement from either existing or operating in the state with immediate effect.

In proscribing the group, the government invoked Section 45 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution which empowers the state Governor to take such measures and actions for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in the State.

The statement further explained that the action was to ensure that all persons and organisations were guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution.

With the ban, the statement warns that any citizen of the state, who under any appellation or mutation with the propensity of causing the breakdown of law and order, or operates in a manner dangerous to the good governance of the State, shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Laws of Kaduna State.

The statement reaffirms the commitment of the state government to upholding the right of citizens to practice the religion of their choice as enshrined in Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution.

Danger To Peace

The statement noted that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12 December, 2015 indicted the movement as an illegal organisation, operating an illegal paramilitary outfit and having total disregard to the laws of the country and constituted authorities that have the responsibility to secure and administer the country.

The Declaration Order noted that since the clash between members of the movement and soldiers in Zaria in which at 347 persons were alleged to have been killed, the IMN “has overtly continued with unlawful processions, obstruction of public highways, unauthorised occupation of public facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other citizens and the public peace and order of the State”.

The Order noted that “these acts, if allowed to go unchecked would constitute danger to the peace, tranquillity, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna State”.

In a reaction to the ban, the group said it ‘totally rejects’ the state government’s decision.

A spokesman for the groups, also referred to as Shiites, Ibrahim Musa, said that the group would “give an appropriate response at the appropriate time in appropriate ways” to what he called an affront on their rights”.

After the December 12 clash between the group members also referred to as Shiites and the Army, the leader of the group, Mr Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, was taken into custody.

Since his arrest, he filed a case against the Department of State Service (DSS) that had held him since December 2015.

On Wednesday, a Federal High Court in Abuja hearing Mr El-Zakzaky’s Fundamental Human Rights suit advised parties in a suit to explore the option of resolving the issue through alternative dispute resolution.

Ibraheem Zakzaky, court, Shiites
Ibraheem Zakzaky was arrested in December 2015 after his group clashed with officials of the Army

Mr El-Zakzaky is challenging his arrest and continued detention by the DSS.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, lawyer to El-Zakzaky, Mr Femi Falana, told the court that his client was being held against his wish without trial since December 14, 2015.

He further claimed that El-Zakzaky was not at the scene of the clash between members of the Islamic Movement and the Nigerian Army on the December 12, 2015.

Lawyer to the DSS, Mr Tijani Ghazali, however, told the court that Mr El-Zakzaky was being held under protective custody due to intelligence report which revealed that his life was under threat.

Since his arrest, members of the Islamic group have continued to call for the release of their leader, holding several protests since he was taken into custody.

The Shiites had held protests in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Kaduna and kano among other states.

On september 10 in Kaduna, members of the group, comprising of women, youths and children, gathered at the popular Leventis roundabout in the state capital, demanding for the unconditional release of their leader and other members.

Chanting songs and blocking major roads, the Shiites feared that the health condition of Zakzaky is deteriorating due to gunshot wounds he sustained.

They vow never to rest until their leader and others are freed.

Kaduna Govt To Demolish Houses Built Under High-tension Lines

Demolition of buildingsThe Kaduna State Government is set to demolish illegal structures built under high-tension cables at Barkallahu in Igabi Local Government Area.

It had issued an order asking the occupants to of the illegal structures to vacate the area within 21 days or have them pulled down.

The State government said the buildings under the high-tension electricity cables were illegal and constitute a major security concern for the government.

Spokesman to the State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, told Channels Television that the government’s decision to demolish the illegal structures mostly in Barkallahu community was to prevent disaster and restore the city’s original masterplan.

According to experts, the required setback for buildings from the centre-line of overhead wires and horizontal distance between such buildings is at least six metres for 11KV wire lines, while nine metres is the recommended distance for 33KV wire lines.

Residents of the community claimed they were ignorant of the dangers of building under high-tension cables.

Although they admitted of not having the certificate of occupancy for the buildings, they appealed to the government to consider their plight by providing them with an alternative settlement.

The Kaduna State government stated that there was no ulterior motive in the planned demolition, as the owners of the structures were adequately notified.

The governor’s spokesman explained that most of the houses contravened Section 29 of the Kaduna State Urban Development Agency (KASUPDA) Law No. 12 of 2015.

The eviction notice served to owners of the houses by the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority expired on Friday, August 19.

Pending when the bulldozers will move in, the residents are asking for more time or a relocation by the state government.

Army/Shiites Clash : El-Rufai Sets Up 9-Man Committee To Examine Report

Nasir-El-RufaiGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set up a nine -man committee to produce a white paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the December 12, 2015 clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, the Governor said that the committee is mandated to examine the report of the commission, and also make any other recommendation that would assist government in addressing issues raised in the report for implementation.

The Committee, which is headed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Adamu Mansur, also has the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources, Works, Housing and Transport, Local Government, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services as members.

It has two weeks to submit its report.

The Commission had submitted its final report to Mr El-Rufai last week.

The report was submitted to the Governor at Government House, Kaduna by the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Mohammed Garba.

Mr Garba said that the panel received over 3,000 memoranda from different groups and individuals both within and outside the state.

3 Kidnapped Persons In Kaduna Regain Freedom After Gun Battle

kidnapped persons in KadunaSecurity operatives in Kaduna State have rescued three kidnapped persons in the State’s Kachia Local Government Area.

A statement by a spokesman for the State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the victims were rescued at Idon village in Kachia Local Government by men of the Operation Yaki Security Outfit on Thursday night.

According to the statement, the security operatives said they had received a distress call at their Control Room that some gang of armed bandits had kidnapped some persons.

Mr Aruwan stated that the bandits were intercepted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway after the security operatives engaged them in a gun battle.

He further said that the rescued persons had been reunited with their families and the items recovered from the bandits handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department of Kaduna State Police Command for further investigation.

Effort are also being intensified to track down the fleeing bandits.

The Governor’s spokesman further assured residents of the state that the state government and security agencies were deeply committed to protecting their lives and property.

He also appealed to citizens to continue to provide information to security agencies for prompt action in case of any emergency.