Kaduna installs new Emir of Zazzau

Kaduna State government has encouraged residents of the state to turn out en masse and take part in the coronation ceremony of the new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmad Bamalli. The new Emir of Zazzau, Bamalli is to be installed as the 19th emir of Zazzau today, November 9, 2020, at the Muhammadu Aminu Square, Race Course, GRA Zaria. Ja’afaru Sani, Chairman of the Central Working Committee for the installation ceremony, made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna. Sani, is also the state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said arrangements had been finalised to facilitate smooth conduct of the installation ceremony. He said the new emir would host a special durbar as part of activities lined up to celebrate the installation. The commissioner ordered the people of the state to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Zazzau Emirate and the state at large. (NAN)  

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El-Rufai: destruction in Lagos moved me to tears

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor on Thursday said that the damage he saw in Lagos during the EndSARS protest moved him to tears. He commended his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for quickly put an end to the protest as it degenerated into violence. El-Rufai spoke in Lagos when he visited Sanwo-Olu to empathise with him on the chaos that occurred in the state during the protest against police brutality. Nasir El-Rufai said those who thrived by violence penetrated the hitherto peaceful protest to achieve their agenda of causing large-scale damage on public and  private properties in the state. He said: “I have spent time to see some of the pictures of the destruction done on public properties in Lagos and I nearly shed tears. Anyone who cares about development and progress will cry after seeing what has been done to public facilities and people’s investments that provided jobs to youths. “While expressing anger on police brutality may be right, but destroying public properties, which will have to be rebuilt by using money that is needed to invest in other public infrastructure, under the guise of protest, is nothing but self-destruction. “The Lagos and the Federal governments will have to re-invest scarce resources that could have been used for other things to rebuild the vandalised facilities.” Also, Sanwo-Olu has advised fellow state chief executives to avoid unnecessary spending so that they could have more resources to meet the basic needs of the people. Sanwo-Olu spoke on Thursday at the 22nd annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. He went further to say , “What I have done till date is that I have not purchased any single official vehicle for myself, for any of my personal staff or any of my family members from the government purse. If you see me have a convoy of 10 vehicles, these are all vehicles I was using during my campaigns. “Kaduna State[…]

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Expectant mother killed, husband abducted in Kaduna

An expectant mother was killed by gunmen who were suspected to be kidnappers at Rigachikun, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis. The woman was killed by the kidnappers when security officers engaged them in a gun battle. Police spokesman Muhammad Jalige was yet to respond to inquiries about the incident so the details concerning the incident is still unclear. A source said, “Kidnappers stormed the house of the victims and went away with them. Security operatives chased them and in the process of fire exchange the kidnappers shot the woman and she later died in hospital. “The woman was pregnant and about to give birth before the ugly incident. She has already been buried according to Islamic rites.” One Mrs Grace Ameh, was also kidnapped by some gunmen yesterday, after shooting her husband in Abuja. An anonymous, who witnessed the ioncident said, the incident occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday when some armed thugs invaded the residence of Mr and Mrs. John Ameh around Gwagwa. Another source disclosed, “Mrs Grace Ameh was abducted, her husband who happened to be at home with her was shot by the gunmen. However, he has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. “We need help against these kidnappers and men of the underworld. Government should do something fast to avoid further crisis”. Police spokesman Mariam Yusuf confirmed the incident, saying that detectives were on the perpetrators’ heels.

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#EndSARS: El-Rufai Reveals Those Who Hijacked Protests

On Monday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State disclosed people who hijacked the End SARS protest across states. In his statement, he noted that the peaceful protest was hijacked by anti-democratic forces. He included that the organizers of the protest against police brutality and bad governance have good intentions for Nigeria as a whole. The Kaduna State Governor said this while speaking with newsmen after a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and traditional rulers in Kaduna on Monday. “We believe that the End SARS organisers have the best of intentions, but there are people that are pushing their own evil, anti-democratic agenda.” “We have taken very clear positions on some of these issues, and we also back our road map, looking at various aspects of our lives, including Nigeria’s economic challenges, developmental and the almajiri problems,” he said.

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100 villages have been captured, taken over by Fulani militia– southern kaduna people

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has cried out against the continuous attacks on its people by suspected Fulani militias, resulting in the loss of several lives. The forum in a statement issued by its spokesman, Luka Binniyat, said that Adara natives of Kallah ward, Kajuru LGA of Kaduna State, Thursday, 29th October, 2020, witnessed another tragedy where Mr Kaduna Garba, 32, father of two children, who left the IDPs camp in Kallah town with his kinsman, Francis Bala, 38, and heading for their native Magunguna village to see the situation of things, among 18 other Adara communities were ambushed. The statement further explained that the two men were ambushed and attacked just before getting to the village by armed Fulani with daggers and machetes, saying that Kaduna Garba was instantly killed while Francis Bala escaped with fatal injuries. In the same vein, the statement said Irmiya Bitrus, 20, from Kwakwa village, in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf local government area was also attacked by suspected Fulani militias who inflicted grievous injuries on him, saying that he is at a private hospital in Zoknwa receiving treatment. It added that his friend, Dachomo Alamba, 20, with whom they were attacked on the outskirt of Kwakwa village around 7:30pm on Monday, 26th October, 2020 by same armed Fulani men, died of his wounds on the spot after the assailants fled. The statement noted that armed Fulani men attacked two Gbagyi men riding on a bike on the Buruku-Damba-Kasaya road in Kunai ward, Chikun local government area where Mr. Ezra Nayaro, 45 and father of 7 children was gunned dead while the other passenger escaped into the bush. The statement expressed its concern on how some Southern communities are now fully occupied by armed Fulani militia some for over a year, stating that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai is still in denial that such reprehensible truth doesn’t exist. SOKAPU said that there are proofs that the villages below are now captured[…]

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Shiites protest in Kaduna, demand el-Zakzaky’s release

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiites, on Monday in Kaduna protest the five years remembrance of their clash with soldiers in Zaria, which they called ‘massacre’ and continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Malama Zeenatuddin Ibrahim. The members were Children, between the ages of 10 and above with adults, marched through Kano road in the Kaduna metropolis. They displayed posters of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and chanted continuously, “free our leader;” “free Zakzaky,” “we want justice:” “He needs to go for medical treatment.” Leader of the protesters, Sheikh Aliyu Tirmizi, called on the Federal Government to unconditionally release the leader of the sect for proper medical attention. He said, “In the aftermath of Zaria genocide executed by the Nigerian military in December 2015 we have been calling on all citizens to uphold the dictum that injustice to one is injustice to all, but to no avail. “But in truth, Islam abhors injustice, and enjoins Muslims to express disdain to injustice and the unjust whoever they are. Indeed history is full of instances when Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) assisted the victims of injustice in upholding their rights. This explains why for the past five years we have been explaining how this Buhari regime has trampled upon the rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers, demanding that citizens condemn this repression, and call for the release of our leader unconditionally.”

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#Endinsecuritynow# protest rocks kaduna and Niger State.

There was a new twist to the raging #EndSARS protests on Thursday as some youths launched #EndInsecurityNow protests in Kaduna and Niger states. The youths, who took to the streets in the two states, said the Federal Government should scrap the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and redeploy its operatives to tackle insurgency in the Northeast and banditry in Northwest and Northcentral. Launching #EndInsecurityNow version of the protest in Kaduna, the protesters under the auspices of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), called for an immediate end to insecurity and killings in the region. They urged the Federal Government to deploy operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to combat kidnapping, armed banditry and terrorism in Northern Nigeria. Leader of the protest and coordinator of the Kaduna chapter of the CNG, Sa’ad Bako said, though they stand against reported harassment of citizens by the operatives of the disbanded SARS, the “North’s problem is not SARS, but insecurity”. He listed security, occasioned by incessant killings by bandits and terrorists, as well as kidnapping for ransom as the North’s major challenges. The protesters who stormed the streets of Kaduna around 9:30am marched from Muhammadu Buhari Way to the House of Assembly through Ali Akilu road. At the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex, they demanded immediate end to banditry, terrorism and kidnappings in Northern Nigeria. The protesters carried placard and banners with various inscriptions: “The North is Bleeding”, “Stop the killings in the North’s”; “End Boko Haram Now”; “End Banditry Now”; “Empower SWAT to End Insecurity; “All Lives Matter”; and “Stop Rape Now”; among others. They were, however, prevented from gaining access by armed security personnel. But they converged on the Coronation Crescent, the road in front of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, preventing traffic flow. The protestant vowed not to leave the road until the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, listened to their demands. They said the armed security personnel should go after the kidnappers and bandits, instead of scaring innocent[…]

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