Irate Youths Allegedly Kill Four Shiites In Kaduna

Irate Youths Kill Shiites in KadunaSome Irate youths in Tudun Wada community in Kaduna State have reportedly killed four members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in southern part of the state.

A member of the group, popularly known as Shiites, told Channels Television that the deceased lost their lives on Wednesday when a group of youths attacked them during a procession to mark their annual Ashura Day.

He also claimed that the angry youths burnt down the residence of one of their leaders and went ahead to demolish their Islamic school and houses in the area.

The incident was said to occur after a clamp down by combined security forces that prevented the Shiites from their planned procession since Tuesday.

Allegation Of Sponsoring Hoodlums

The Shiites also accused the Kaduna State Police Command of sponsoring the hoodlums to attack their peaceful procession and burn down some houses belonging to their members.

One of the leaders of the group, Mukhtar Sahabi, was allegedly killed and his house burnt down by the irate youths.

The police, however, denied the allegation of sponsoring any group to attack the Shiites.

Spokesman for the command, Aliyu Usman, stated that there was no reason the command would sponsor any group to attack members of the movement.

He said police officials were only deployed to the area, following a distress call that some hoodlums attacked a house belonging to one of the leaders of the movement at Tudun Wada area.

The police mouthpiece warned that the command would not tolerate any form of lawlessness by an illegal group or individuals.

He denied knowledge of any killing in the incident.

Usman disclosed further that security operatives had been stationed in the area and other flash points to maintain law and order.

An Illegal Association

Security operatives in the state had earlier stopped a procession by the group.

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The disruption followed the Kaduna State government’s statement last week, which described the Islamic group as an illegal association and banned it from operating in the state.

After the ban was issued, the group vowed to challenge the ban.

The Shiites, however, ignored the order and proceeded with a procession to commemorate the annual Ashura festival in remembrance of Rhe Matrydon of the grand son of Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein.

A member of the movement, told Channels Television that security operatives allegedly attacked the procession with tear gas.

Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Shehu Sani

SarakiThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has suspended the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, for a period of 11 months over his alleged constant criticism of policies of the APC-led government both at the state and federal level.

The suspension was contained in a letter from the Tudun Wada Ward 6 in Kaduna North Local Government, signed by the party’s secretary, Ahmed Abdulhamid and the Public Relations Officer, Aminu Alilan on Monday.

The party said that the decision was arrived at after a meeting held on December 27, 2015 which reviewed a subcommittee report on allegations made against the Senator.

It further stated that Senator Sani’s statements violated the rules and principles of the party, which had only succeeded in factionalising the party in the state.

The statement also noted that Sani’s statement on national issues was contrary to that of the Governor and also at variance with that of the Government of Kaduna State and the party.

Kaduna Police Denies Killing Shiite Members

Police-Nigeria2The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday denied reports that its men killed three members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria during a protest at Tudun Wada area in the state capital on Tuesday.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Zubairu Abubakar, told our correspondent that none of the sect members was killed by policemen during a protest.

He further explained that the policemen were only sent to the area to forestall any break down of law and order following rumours that members of the movement were planning to embark on a violent protest in the state capital.

He also explained that the sect members were the ones that attacked the police patrol team with dangerous weapons, an act he said, prompted the policemen to use teargas to disperse the soaring protesters.

Zubairu stated that a combined team of soldiers and policemen have been stationed at Tudun Wada and other volatile areas in the state capital to maintain law and order, but advised members of the public to be law abiding and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

In the meantime, relative calm has returned in the state capital and some parts of Zaria, while heavily armed soldiers are still stationed at the PZ and Guyllesu areas in the ancient city where the bloody clash between the sect members and soldiers took place last weekend.

A resident of Zaria told our correspondent in Kaduna that the entire place is cordoned off as nobody is allowed to move around until the situation is brought under control.

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.

Hundreds Displaced As Flood Destroys 180 Houses In Sokoto, Kaduna

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Reports says hundreds of people in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of Sokoto State in Nigeria’s North West region have been rendered homeless by flood after a heavy downpour.

About 150 houses in several villages are said to have been hit by flood, including the headquarters of Gwadabawa Local Council, but authorities say no life was lost in the disaster.

Some of the residents in the areas affected by the flood say their storage for farm produce were also destroyed. They lament how flood waters washed their harvested crops away.

The National Emergency Agency (NEMA) said there have been heavy rains in Sokoto and Yobe States since the early hours of Wednesday, August 5.

Meanwhile, authorities are said to be making efforts at providing relief materials for victims of the disaster as some of them are left to squat with relatives and friends pending when help would come for them.

Similarly in Kaduna State, also in Nigeria’s north -west region, residents of Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday morning, witnessed an unusual heavy downpour that lasted for over seven hours.

The rainfall also caused massive floods in some parts of the city.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Kaduna State, Chimezie Enyiocha, reports that the rainfall, which started as early as six O’clock in the morning and lasted till One O’Clock in the afternoon, flooded Abubakar Kigo Road New Extension, with over 30 houses submerged.

Some of the affected residents attributed the flood to lack of adequate drainage system, but, however, blamed the State government for their woes.

The area is very close to the popular Kaduna River. It also has a swampy topography, which makes it very easy for water to penetrate people’s houses whenever there is a heavy downpour.

Although NEMA had advised residents in flood-prone areas, particularly in Abubakar Kigo Road New Extension, Gonin-Gora, Karatudu, Ungwar Rimi and Tudun Wada areas, to relocate before the rains started. The residents have refused to move out due to claims of inability to secure an alternative home without cash back up.

Some residents, whose houses were submerged by flood, have started moving out their property to safer places and it is not certain when they will return.

At a stakeholder’s sensitisation workshop on flood mitigation on Wednesday, August 5, the North West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Musa Illalah, warned of likely water surplus and increase in stream flows that may consequently affect dam storage.

The NEMA Coordinator, who was represented by an official in the agency, Mrs Amina Ibrahim, also warned residents on the negative impact of poor liquid and solid waste management system during the rainy season.

Kaduna is one of the states in Nigeria that were affected by the 2013 flood disaster, with over 500 houses and property worth millions of Naira destroyed during the incident.

Worshippers Narrowly Escape Bomb Blast In Jos

worshippers in JosThe managements of business areas, commercial centres as well as worship centres in Nigeria have been urged to build perimeter fences around such facilities to act as buffers against explosions.

Police Public Relations officer in Plateau State Command, Emmanuel Abuh made the appeal while giving his comment on the bomb explosion at a church in Jos, Plateau State.

The quick response and vigilance of security personnel of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Tudun Wada area of Jos in north-central Nigeria prevented what could have been another black Sunday for worshippers.

Sources at the church told Channels Television that a strange object was identified by one of the worshippers who visited the rest room and alerted the church security.

The attention of the Senior Pastor and other officials were drawn to the strange object which was flung out and thereafter exploded without any casualty.

Another improvised explosive device was also discovered at the entrance of the same church which was professionally diffused by security agents without injury to anyone.

As part of measures to beef-up security around worship centres, business areas and shopping malls, managements of such places were urge to construct perimeter fence around their property for safety.

The public was also asked to report strange movements and objects to security agents and warned to desist from spreading rumours, as no casualty was recorded in the explosion.