Southern Kaduna Indigenes Threaten to Dump PDP For APC

 

People of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone have threatened to withdraw their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the leaders fail to explain to them why the party suffered “massive defeat” in the zone in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The group under the umbrella of Coalition of Southern Kaduna Nationalities (CSKN) made this known at a press briefing on Saturday.

Leader of the group, Yusuf Magaji, alleged that there was a conspiracy and betrayal of confidence by the PDP leaders from the northern zone which led to what was described as the party’s embarrassing defeat at the presidential election.

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According to the group, while PDP won overwhelmingly in the Southern Senatorial Zone, the results from Kaduna North were a shock to the Southern Kaduna Nationalities and instigated a rethink in their longstanding marriage and commitment to the main opposition party in the state.

They, however, said that they can no longer guarantee their votes for the PDP in the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly election and would likely throw their support to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

[UPDATED] Gunmen Kill Four Persons In Fresh Southern Kaduna Attack

Four Reported Killed As Gunmen Attack Southern Kaduna

 

At least four persons have been killed and one person injured after gunmen attacked local farmers in Bakin Kogi village of Kaninkon chiefdom in Southern Kaduna.

Channels Television gathered that the assailants, who are suspected to be herdsmen, carried out the attack at about 9:00 am on Sunday in Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

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One of the residents of the area said the gunmen ambushed the victims who were returning from their farm and opened fire on them, killing four persons while a woman was injured.

He added that the sound of the gunshots created panic in the community, leaving residents who were attending church service to rush back to their homes for fear of being caught in the attack.

The Kaduna State Police Command has also confirmed the incident.

According to the Police Public Relations Officers, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, investigation revealed that the armed bandits attacked the victims when they were returning from their farm.

He said those who lost their lives included two men and two women, while a massive manhunt of the killers has commenced.

Aliyu, however, said a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been deployed in the community to forestall further attacks or reprisal.

He also disclosed that the injured woman has been taken to a hospital in Kafanchan for treatment.

Meanwhile, the state government has also reacted to the killings in a statement signed by the spokesman for Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

In the statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the attack and directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to immediately visit the community and take necessary steps to relieve human sufferings with immediate effect.

He also commiserated with the victims and people of Bakin Kogi over the attack and assured them that the perpetrators would be soon be apprehended and brought to book.

Prior to the killings, attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State had reduced since 2017 following the deployment of security operatives to the area.

El-Rufai Condemns Fresh Southern Kaduna Attack, Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators

El-Rufai Condemns Fresh Southern Kaduna Attack, Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators
Nasir El-Rufai

 

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack that left four people dead at Bakin Kogi village in Jemaa Local Government Area of the state.

The governor reacted to the attack in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Sunday.

He consequently directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to visit the community to assess the situation and take necessary steps to relieve human sufferings with immediate effect.

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Governor El-Rufai commiserated with the victims and people of Bakin Kogi over the attack and assured them that security operatives have been deployed in the area to contain the incidence.

He also vowed that the state government would prosecute anyone found culpable in the attack after the investigations are concluded.

“While the institutions of law and order are doing their work, the government is appealing to our leaders in our traditional institutions, civic and faith groups to continue the work of calming our communities, and bolstering the constituency for peace, security and the rule of law.

“The state government commiserates with families that lost their loved ones and asks God to grant them eternal rest.

“In these difficult times, government will continue to discharge its duty to secure the state, and promote peace and harmony across our diverse communities,” the statement read.

The police authorities in the state had told Channels Television that those killed by the attackers included two men and two women.

Police Public Relations Officers, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, said a preliminary investigation revealed that the armed bandits attacked the victims when they were returning from their farm.

He also disclosed that the injured woman has been taken to a hospital in Kafanchan for treatment.

Prior to the killings, attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State had reduced since 2017 following the deployment of security operatives to the area.

Osinbajo Orders Security Reinforcement In Southern Kaduna

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has ordered further security reinforcements in Kaduna State following the communal clashes that resulted in the loss of lives in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

Prof. Osinbajo in a statement commiserated with families of the victims, the government and people of kaduna State, and commended the prompt response of the state government, and security agencies.

“We will not relent and won’t be deterred in our pursuit of securing the lives and property of all Nigerians, everywhere and in every part of this nation. In the end, we will not only secure the peace all around, but we shall enforce justice for the victims,” the Acting President said.

He added that Nigerians in Southern Kaduna and everywhere in the country have a right to live in peace, and the federal government considers this, its sacred duty.

Southern Kaduna Indigenes Agree to Cease Fire, Seek Govt’s Assistance

Kodomun, AdamawaThe protracted crisis between herdsmen and natives of southern Kaduna  in Nigeria’s north west region seem to be coming to an end.

Representatives of the two groups gave the indication in Kafanchan at a peace and reconciliation meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation, Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria, where the two parties all agreed to bury their differences and chart a new course that will move the area forward.

Over the years, there have  been series of communal clashes particularly in Jemaa, Kaura, Kauru and Sanga local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna state resulting in loss of lives, property and displacement of several families.

Elders from warring Fulani communities and their counterparts from Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) were at the meeting to resolve the long-standing conflict.

The President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union and the Deputy Chairman of Jamatu Nasril Islam were also part of the peace and reconciliatory meeting.

After much deliberations, leaders of the two groups agreed to reconcile their differences and move forward.

They are asking the Federal Government to review the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons and goods by checkmating the influx of marauding herdsmen into Nigeria.

They also called for the establishment of a development commission which would be saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding all destroyed communities during the conflict.

At the end of the meeting, active parties in the crisis expressed optimism that with genuine commitment and resolutions arrived at will provide a lasting solution to the conflict.

Herdsmen Attacks: Govt Beefs Up Security In Southern Kaduna Schools

In a bid to prevent attacks on schools in Southern Kaduna, the state government has promised to establish a military strike force in each of the tertiary institutions in the area.

The government announced this when it met with representatives of students of the state-owned university and college of education both in Kafanchan.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had in November last year ordered the closure of the schools following attacks by suspected armed bandits in the southern part of the state.

The Secretary to the Kaduna State Governemnt, Lawal Balarabe, gave the assurance that the schools will soon be reopened.

The announcement came after the state government lifted a curfew imposed on two local government areas in Southern Kaduna.

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The Nigerian Army had in April launched a special operation to rid Southern Kaduna of bandits and others who have terrorised the region for months.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had said at the launch that the aim of the exercise was to protect residents of the area from attacks and ensure peace.

He said, “We are determined to shoulder the major responsibility of keeping the peace always and it is better to do this job than to leave it until it goes out of hand. God forbid.

“We will continue to coordinate our activities to ensure that we get our communities to understand each other and then we provide the needed security and the right atmosphere for economic and social activities to thrive.”

Southern Kaduna Conflict: El-Rufai Lifts Curfew In Two LGAs

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected MastermindsThe Kaduna State government has lifted the curfew imposed on two Local Government areas in the Southern part of the State.

The two Local Government areas are Jema’a and Kaura.

The curfew in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area was lifted earlier.

This is coming barely two weeks after the Nigerian Army launched the operation ‘Harbin Kunama to flush out bandits and criminal elements in Southern Kaduna.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the curfew imposed on the two LGAs in December 2016 and in early this year following renewed crisis, was lifted based on the recommendation of the Kaduna State Security Council.

The statement read in part, “Today’s meeting received and reviewed reports from the security agencies which pointed to improvements in the security situation. Therefore, the council upheld the security recommendation that the curfew be removed with immediate effect.

“The State Security Council expressed the hope that all communities in the area will embrace the opportunities offered by the improved security situation to make sustained moves for peace and harmony.”

The security council meeting, which was chaired by El-Rufai, had in attendance the Commander 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Ismaila Isa; Representative of the Commandant, Nigerian Navy School of Armament, Capt SM Ochidi; and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, and heads of other security agencies in the state.

Army Recovers Large Cache Of Arms In Southern Kaduna

The new Operation Harbin Kunama (II) jointly set up by the Army and the Kaduna state government, has begun yielding fruits as the group recovered large cache of arms in Southern Kaduna.

The discovery was made when troops of the 1 Division Nigerian Army, embarked on a cordon and search of Gwaska, Dangoma, Angwan Far and Bakin Kogi general area of Southern Kaduna state.

Recovered during the operation were: 73 Dane guns, 4 locally made rifles, one locally made machine gun and one locally made pistol. Others include 260 cartridges, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 63 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one locally made small machine gun magazine, a pair of worn out military boot and some quantities of assorted improvised ammunition and pyrotechnics hidden in dug out pits.

The recently launched operation will also cover some forests in Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

Usman noted that while efforts are ongoing to track down the owners of the arms and ammunition, it is imperative to state that the good people of the area have been very supportive and cooperate fully with the military which led to the unprecedented findings.

“Similarly, in sector 1 of the operation which covers Kano state, troops in conjunction with other security agencies are carrying out operations in suspected armed bandits camps in Falgore forest. The operation is ongoing,” he added.

Army Launches Operation Against Bandits In Kaduna

Army Launches Operation Against Bandits In KadunaThe Nigerian Army has launched a special military operation code named, Operation Harbin Kunama, aimed at flushing out armed bandits in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, launched the operation at an event attended by the State Governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.

General Buratai said the operation, which lasts for one month, is being carried out in six states in Nigeria’s north-west and north-central regions.

He said the operation was part of the internal security responsibility of the military, bestowed on it by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the Army chief, the operation will enable the troops to comb the nooks and crannies of Southern Kaduna, and flush out all the criminals from their hideouts.

He said that it would also help to restore peace and security to the area and other neighboring states where armed bandits have been carrying out series of attacks.

Commending the Army for the intervention, Governor El-Rufai expressed hope that the operation would restore confidence and enable the people to go about their normal businesses.

He, however, stressed the need for people of the area to tolerate each other, irrespective of their ethno-religious differences.

Southern Kaduna Resident Attributes Crisis To Politics

A resident of Southern Kaduna, Umar Gana, has attributed the crisis rocking the region to politics.

While many have assumed that the crisis has so far been as a result of indigene and non-settler indigene crisis, religious crisis, farmers and herdsmen clashes, Mr Abeh insisted that “it cannot be pinned down to just one aspect but if you group it together, there is a strong element of politics”.

Explaining further, he noted that statistically, the southern Kaduna area is predominantly PDP and certain elements within the various communities are yet to come to terms with the new government and they have taken it upon themselves to unleash all sorts of criminality, which according to him, were highly unheard of before now.

He also noted that the crisis is largely as a result of lack of enforcement of law and order.

He noted before 1987, the region was very peaceful and residents lived in harmony even as he was born there and has lived there for close to 60 years.

According to him, since 1987, it has always been from one problem to the other and since 2011 till date, almost 4000 lives have been lost.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, who spoke to Channels Television via telephone, said the incident is quite unfortunate especially as the region had started experiencing relative peace.

He, however, noted that the Force is doing everything possible to unravel the reasons behind it and ensure that peace returns to the area.

Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen Attacks

Nigerian Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen AttacksThe Nigerian Army has announced plans to commence an operation in Southern Kaduna, as well as parts of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states, to curtail the activities of herdsmen and armed bandits.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Major General David Ahmadu, who made the disclosure, said that the operation would consolidate on the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in North-east Nigeria.

Major General Ahmadu asked residents of the states not to panic in the course of the operation, saying their safety is guaranteed.

He, however, asked them to be conscious of fleeing terrorists who might be seeking refuge in innocent communities.

“Operation ‘Harbin Kunama II’ is also designed to consolidate on the total defeat and rooting out of the Boko Haram terrorists from these enclaves, particularly the Sambisa forest.

“In this regard, members of the public, particularly the residents of Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Bauchi states, are enjoined not to panic as their safety and well-being will be guaranteed.

“However, the general public is requested to remain on high alert and be security conscious, as suspected criminals may be fleeing from military operations in these areas to find safe havens amidst innocent communities,” Ahmadu said.

Religious Leaders Seek Stronger Muslim-Christian Relationship

Religious Leaders Seek Stronger Muslim-Christian RelationshipReligious leaders are seeking for stronger Muslim-Christian relations, to end the ethno-religious conflicts that have engulfed Southern Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria over the years.

The leaders, including the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, and Sheik Ahmed Gumi, made the call at the graduation ceremony of some clerics from the Christian-Muslim Relations Centre in Kaduna State.

They identified ignorance about the teachings of Islam and Christianity as largely responsible for the various ethno-religious conflicts across the country.

The clerics asked government to rise up to its responsibilities of protecting lives and property, and to also ensure that those responsible for the Southern Kaduna crises were brought to justice.

Speaking at the ceremony, the General Secretary of the Anglican Church Worldwide and Founder of the Centre, Bishop Idowu Fearon, noted that diversity in religion and tribe is a blessing from God and not a tool for division.

“Kaduna will become a state where Christians and Muslims, in spite of our differences, can work together for peace, freedom and the culture of respect,” he said.

On his part, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the killing of innocent people in Southern Kaduna by gunmen.

He also warned religious, political and traditional rulers against making inflammatory statements that can worsen the situation.

“The responsibility of all persons of faith is so immense, including the obligation to uphold truth and to promote ethical conduct and respect for others.

“Anybody that wishes to be magisterial to issue statements laden with certainty to their followers must first ensure that what they say, or what they are saying is not only factual, but does not violate any laws”, he warned.

The Christian-Muslim Relations Centre is founded to serve as a veritable platform for genuine interaction, and to promote harmonious relationship among Christians and Muslims in Kaduna State.

Stakeholders expressed hope that the engagement would continue to promote interfaith platforms for religious scholars and leaders, as well as foster religious freedom among others.