Monday, September 27, 2021

After Winning Kaduna Political Affairs On-line Poll, Salasi Musa Emerges Winner Of Chikun LG Chairmanship Election

Candidate of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Chikun Local Government, Engineer Salasi Nuhu Musa, has been declared the winner of Saturday, September 25 council election.

Declaring the result in the early hours of Monday, the Returning Officer, Dr. Sanusi Gambo, said the PDP candidate, Musa, defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC), chairmanship candidate, Honourable Suleiman Liman by 19,402 to 14,829 votes to emerge winner.

He added that from the breakdown of the results, PDP won eight councillors out of the 12 wards in the local government area, leaving APC with four.
According to him, “Having secured the maximum number of votes, PDP’s chairmanship candidate, Engineer Salasi is declared winner and returned elected.”

Recall that Salasi Musa was declared the winner of an on-line poll conducted by Kaduna Political Affairs prior to the main Election, after securing majority of the votes cast.
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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Bandits Free 10 More Bethel Baptist Students In Kaduna, Keep Others

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says bandits have released 10 more abducted students of Bethel Baptist School in Kaduna State.

The Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) and its chairman in Kaduna State, Joseph John Hayab, disclosed this on Sunday.

Punch quoted Hayab as saying, “Ten more students of Baptist High School were released this afternoon. We have 11 now with bandits.

“We are thanking all Nigerians for their prayers and support.
“We are trusting God that the rest will be released very soon. All have been reunited with their parents.”

The bandits had earlier released 10 students of Bethel Baptist School in Kaduna on Saturday, September 18 after being held aptive for 74.

Hayab had said, “10 students were released this (Saturday) evening and have reunited with their parents. We are now hoping for the remaining 21 who are still with the bandits.”
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Nigerian Military Captures Notorious Bandits’ Leader, Goma Sama’ila

The Nigerian Military has captured a dreaded bandits’ leader and cattle rustler, Alhaji Goma Sama’ila.
Samaila was arrested in Kaduna State on Friday evening.
Eyewitnesses’ reports indicated that Sama’ila was responsible for organising several thefts of cows in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and other North-West states of Nigeria.
He was said to have participated in several abductions across the states.
Kaduna State has been plagued with several high profile kidnappings, mass murder and cattle rustling by bandits.

A source said, “Nigerian troops arrested Goma Sama’ila, one of the “most wanted” and notorious bandits’ leaders terrorising Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and other north western states in Nigeria.”

The development comes amid military interventions in the region.
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Kaduna PDP Humbles APC, Wins Kajuru LG Election

Peoples Democratic, Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the Kajuru Local Government chairmanship election.

The Returning Officer, Dr Ibrahim DanMaraya, announced the results of the election on Sunday, NAN reports.

DanMaraya said Gajere polled 14,432 votes to defeat the immediate past LG Chairman and All Progressives (APC) candidate, Cafra Caino, who scored 9,095 votes.

Additionally, the PDP won nine councillorship seats, while the ruling APC took one.

The Kaduna State lndependent National Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) moved the conduct from September 4 to September 25 over security concerns.
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Saturday, September 25, 2021

You’re A Man Of Deep Social Conscience — El-Rufai Tells Osinbajo

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has described Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a man of deep social conscience who cares about the plight of the poor.
El-Rufai communicated this when the vice president performed the inauguration of the Kasuwan Magani market and 100 kilowatt Solar PV Mini-Grid on Thursday at Kajuru, Kaduna State.

According to the governor, Osinbajo is a bridge builder and who relates cordially across different faith.

“We waited eight months after the completion of this market because we wanted you to commission this market; we insisted on you for several reasons.
“The first is that you are a man of deep social conscience; you care deeply about poor people and you care about giving them opportunities to prosper economically.
“This is one of the reasons why we felt that you are the one that will commission this market.
“ The second reason, sir, is that you are bridge builder; you are a pastor who is friends with Imams and emirs; you are a professor who can speak the language of ordinary people.
“You are a lawyer who pursues justice, not technicality; you care for people, you care for Nigerians and you care for unity in diversity; you care about stopping differences in religion and ethnicity, and you always promote peaceful coexistence.’’

The governor said that the community needed an apostle like Osinbajo to preach unity and peaceful coexistence.
According to him, no one is more qualified to inaugurate the market in the community than the vice president.

“So, we waited eight months to bring you here and we are happy you made the time to come here, and you can see the excitement of the people here for you visiting their community,’’ he said.

In his remark, Osinbajo said that there were two important themes that the Kasuwan Magani market project symbolised.
According to him, the first is the history of the market.
He said the market had been burnt down so many times in the heat of ethnic conflicts.

“And there is no point looking for who was right and who was wrong; only to say that the destruction of a place of trade and commerce is bad for everyone.
“ Loss of jobs and the goods and services that the market provides; no matter what our grievances may be we must never burn down public facilities.
“It hurts the people we claim to be fighting for far more; so there are many important and difficult lessons about the importance of community building, partnership and tolerance amongst our people.
“These lessons must be learnt, but in learning these lessons, it is also very critical that the history of this market does not prevent us from moving forward.
“It is important that this community in Kaduna State looks forward and creates a new narrative for this market, a narrative created of growth, togetherness, economic progress and development.’’

The vice president said that the second theme was the effective coordination and collaboration between the Federal Government and the Kaduna State Government.
He said that the Kaduna State Government’s commitment to rebuilding and modernising the Kasuwan Magani Market was commendable.
Osinbajo said he was so happy that the Ministry of Power through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) partnered with Kaduna State Government and Blue Camel to create a sustainable, clean source of power for the market.

“The 100 kilowatt Solar PV mini-grid built by Blue Camel, I understand is planned to go up to 500 kilowatts; we hope it can go above 1MW as the market and economic opportunities here grow.
“It is impressive what the Kaduna State Government has been able to achieve with the repositioning of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company (KMDMC).
“The Galaxy Mall we just visited and this project at Kasuwan Magani are both products of the focus of the Kaduna State Government on enabling commerce and improving the economic prospects of its citizens.

He commended Malam Hafiz Bayero, the Managing Director of the KMDMC, for the great work on both projects
Osinbajo said that the funding mechanism for the Solar PV plant would not have been possible without the intervention of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“Despite the passage of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act in 2005, the activation of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) was only commenced in 2019, a staggering 14 years after the passing of the Act.
“The REF provides capital subsidies in a clear and transparent competitive process to qualified electrification projects and companies focusing on Mini-Grids, Solar Home Systems and Grid Extension.
“ In the two REF cycles executed thus far, more than N6 billion worth of projects have been executed with 42,000 connections being created -impacting an estimated 200,000 Nigerians,’’ he said.

Osinbajo had earlier attended as the Special Guest of Honour, the Kaduna State Investment Summit.
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Local Government Polls: Faulty Voting Machines Mars Polls Amid Low Turnout

The Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) provided for use in the remaining four local government council elections slated for today in Kaduna State, failed to recognise some voters’ cards.
Recall that KADSIECOM postponed Kaduna Local Government Elections in four Local Governments; Kajuru, Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kauru to September 25, 2021 (Today) due to security threat.
But as the accreditation and votes were about to commence, voting machines in Kajuru LGA could not pick, and unable to print.
Besides voting machines failure, some voters were completely absent as they went to their farms, while others attended to their immediate needs without recognising Local Government elections.

Following this, only a few voters turned out. Some of those who turned out for voting in Kajuru LGA were that disappointed due to voting machine failure.
Most places visited in Kajuru, Mararaba, I0don, Kasuwan Magani, and KUFANA wards, were completely empty, deserted by some voters who cannot wait for engineers to carry out repairs on the faulty machines.

According to Mrs. Juliana Barde, poling officer, said, “We haven’t commenced accreditation and voting because the machine cant print.
“And we are trying to reach our supervising polling officer to inform him of the challenges, but we can’t get through to him,”

At Peter Laki polling unit, voting was yet to commence as the EVM was also acting incorrectly especially on the set date and time.

James Kanyip, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House who was at the polling unit to cast his vote, urged the electorates to be patient with the machines as it was only the second time it was being used in the state.
Kanyip urged the voters to vote wisely as their choices have consequences.
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Suspected Herders Had Killed, Dismembered My Husband Time I Was Busy Searching For Him –ECWA Pastor’s Wife

Life has taken a tough turn for 80-year-old Alisabatu Silas, mother of Evangelical Church Winning All Pastor, Rev. Yakubu Silas, hacked to death by suspected herders along the Zango-Urban area of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State on September 11.

Yakubu was her eldest son among the seven children she bore for her late husband who was also a pastor. “My husband died 20 years ago,” the octogenarian told our correspondent who visited her at her residence in Sankwab Runji in the Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Alisabatu stated that since her husband’s demise, the late Yakubu remained the family’s breadwinner until his death. She added that the news came to her as a shock, adding amid sobs, “I have lost a confidant. I wish it was me that died. May God help me to withstand the calamity that has befallen me.’’

The octogenarian noted that she fondly remembered how her late son usually advised members of his family not to visit his Zango Urban residence after 4pm because of the area’s notoriety. She said, “My son was a victim and his life ended in the same Zango Urban community.”

She added that the painful aspect of her son’s death was that his body was dismembered, adding that some people found a ditch where his killers dumped his corpse.

She said, “Yakubu is the eldest of my children. The other six are females except Joshua who is still young. Whatever he wanted to do, he always informed me and I used to tell him anything I wanted to do.  I stayed in Sankwab Runji in Zango Kataf but stayed in Kibori. At a particular time, he warned me that when it was past 4pm, we should not come to his place because of the situation in the Zango Urban community, not knowing that the same community would end his life.

“My concern now is how to cater to his immediate family and the younger ones he left behind. I am without any strength. I wish I were the one that died.”

Also speaking with our correspondent, the 40-year-old widow of the slain pastor, Sarah, said she was shattered by her husband’s death, noting that with his death, life wouldn’t be the same for her again.

She however said she took solace in the fact that her husband led a worthy life, adding that marrying him was the best decision that happened to her.

Sarah said the last word her husband told her was on the phone when he promised to call her when he got to his destination, stating “but the call never came.’’

Narrating further on the last moment with her husband, Sarah said she was in Jos, Plateau State, her home state, where she went to visit her other children and that before her husband travelled to Kafanchan on that day, he told her on the telephone of his intention to pay their son’s school fees.

She said, “He called to inform me that he was going to Kafanchan to pay the school fees of one of his sons studying at the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University and from there he sent some money into my own account. The money he sent to my account was to enable me to travel back to our village, Kibori.

“While in Jos, my brother-in-law, Joshua, who is at Zango-Kataf called and said that I should reach out to my husband, saying he tried his mobile line many times to no avail. But I told him that we spoke on Saturday and that he called to inform me that he was at Madakiya on his way back to Zango-Kataf at about 5pm. I told him that I advised him to hasten up and pass Zango Urban before darkness fell because the place is notorious. And that he said once he reached home, he would call me.’’

Not satisfied with the situation Sarah said she decided to cut her visit and together with other children, hurriedly left Jos for Kibori to know her husband’s whereabouts.

She added that she became more restless when Joshua called repeatedly concerning her husband’s whereabouts being aware of the dangerous Zango Urban area.

Sarah said, “Like I said, we spoke on Saturday the previous day and he called to inform me that he was at Madakiya on his way back at about 5pm.

I advised him to hasten up and pass Zango urban because the place is a notorious area. He said if he got home he would call me but he didn’t.  I tried his mobile to no avail.

“I was already in the church in Jos that Sunday but I wasn’t comfortable. I quietly picked my Bible and returned home to inform my two children that we must leave for Kibori immediately because I knew that if my husband passed through Zango Urban at that time, he would no longer be alive.”

Sarah added that her husband was the best of anything she ever had, noting that she wished he could return to talk to her but he was gone forever.

She said, “I love my husband so much and promised not to forget his advice, his company and his care.’’ The remains of the pastor had been interred at his family compound at Samaru Kataf in the same Zango-Kataf LGA.

Commenting on the matter, Director, Media and Publicity of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Alhaji Ibrahim Bayero-Zango, said there had been killings over farmlands especially in the Zango Urban for some time.

Bayero-Zango said, “These killings have been ongoing since June last year when the Kataf people were having issues over farmland with the Hausa community of Zango Urban. But suddenly, the Kataf people kept ambushing the Fulani returning from dry season grazing from the Southern part of the country to the North.”

He noted that the indigenous Fulani were not spared either, noting, “Since then, there have been killings and reprisals in the area. Even the Ardo (Fulani elder) who went to Gora to settle a dispute between Fulani and Kataf went missing till date. It’s been almost six months since the incident happened. The killings have been going on for long and nobody can be blamed for that. If you hear about killing in Zango-Kataf; that is in Atyap chiefdom, it is not new. We have had several peace agreements with them. But within two weeks, they would breach it. Now, even if a meeting is called, our people won’t honour it because they are fed up.”

On his part, the paramount ruler of Atyap, the Agwatyap, Dominic Yahaya, argued that the crisis was beyond land issue, adding that the Zango-Urban area under his domain, was under siege of terror attacks from suspected herders.

The monarch told our correspondent that the crisis between the Atyap natives and other people in Zango communities was over land which he said they had been trying to resolve.

He said, “But somehow, the Fulani community that lives with the Atyap people got involved and they started seizing the Atyap from their farms to kill them. When the killings became incessant, the youths said, ‘look we will give you land to settle in.’ The Fulani settled on the land, it is not that they owned the land but they were invited to settle on Atyap land. Now, when their host became agitated with the killings, they asked them to leave since they could no longer go to their farms because the Fulani were killing them and they left. They left as ordered but returned to the community later. When they came, the situation became compounded.”

Yahaya who described the cleric’s murder as one of too many, decried the incessant attacks on the entire Atyap land, calling on both the state and federal governments to do something urgently to avert the impending danger in his domain. He noted that the people’s patience was running out.

The monarch stated that his domain had been turned into a theatre of war, saying that suspected herders were killing and destroying property.

The monarch said, “On Saturday, September 11, was another black day in Atyap chiefdom when suspected gunmen struck again killing the pastor within the vicinity of Zango Urban settlement in Atyap chiefdom of Zangon-Kataf LGA of the state.

“The following day, Sunday, September 12, suspected herders invaded the community of Apyiah Ajiim, a few hundred metres from the spot of Saturday’s attack, killing 12 people in another round of attacks on the Atyap community. The victims included six women (two pregnant), three men and three children.

“This occurred after the communities of Gora Gida, Wawa Rafi, Warkan, Manyie-Aywie, Ahtak- Kanai, Magata, Magauri, Matyei, Abuyab, Magamia, Makarau, Mayayit, Manchong, Ma’door and other communities were serially attacked, where about 50 villagers were killed, 254 homes and seven churches burnt in an unrestrained violence unleashed on poor, defenceless and innocent farmers on Atyap land.

“It has reached a sorry state that no farmer can go to farms as the chances of returning home alive are slim. This no doubt gives cause for alarm as the resultant effect of the actions will give rise to hunger in the land since there would be no crops to harvest. At this juncture, it bears no exaggeration to say that the Atyap land is under siege by armed bandits/herdsmen militias.”

To end the killings, the Agwatyap called on the Federal Government to accord traditional rulers a constitutional role to check the frequent attacks in their domains across the country.

This, according to Yahaya, was because, “everything about grass-roots security and surveillance rests on the traditional institution. We spend 70 to 80 per cent of our time resolving communal issues, crises involving individuals, families and boundaries among others. All these are under the purview of the monarchs to resolve.”

To Luka Binniyat, the spokesperson for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, the murder of the cleric had again offered another opportunity for relevant government authorities and, indeed, the entire world to seriously examine the allegations made by the Atyap people over the years that the settlers in Zangon Kataf community might be harbouring a killer squad against them.

Besides, Binniyat insisted that the clergyman’s murder on the outskirt of Zangon Kataf town remained abominable and condemned by SOKAPU.
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