Monday, October 26, 2020

NSCDC warns Kaduna residents to obey 24-hour curfew

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kaduna State command has issued a stern warning to all residents in the state to obey the 24-hour curfew imposed in the 23 local government areas of the state to avoid breakdown of law and order.
The state government had declared 24 hours curfew throughout the 23 local government areas of the state since Saturday evening.
Following the 24 hours curfew, the State Commandant of the corps, Nuraddeen Abdullahi, in a statement on Sunday morning said he has directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Officers, Head of Departments and units to ensure full mobilization of personnel and deploy them in every nook and cranny of the state to ensure full compliance with government’s directive.
According to the statement issued through the spokesman of the command, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe, the measure was to safeguard communities, protect lives and property and contain criminal elements who are looting public and private assets.
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PHOTONEWS: Unknown Man picks slippers, pieces of carpets, trapped noodles from dirt, after the looting of a warehouse at Tanko Tete Crescent, Barnawa

Unknown Man, picks slippers, pieces of carpets, trapped noodles from dirt, after the looting of a warehouse at Tanko Tete Crescent, Barnawa.
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the 24-hour curfew imposed in the entire State, the Vice-Chancellor of KASU has approved the postponement of examinations

Due to the 24-hour curfew imposed in the entire State by the Kaduna State Government, in order to help safeguard communities, protect lives and property and to contain criminal elements who are looting public and private assets, the Vice-Chancellor, Kaduna State University, on behalf of Senate has approved the postponement of examinations scheduled for Monday, 26th and Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 to a later date. 
A suitable and convenient date will be announced in due course. 
The Vice-Chancellor regrets any inconveniences the postponement may cause.
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We weighed option of keeping COVID-19 palliatives in anticipation of second lockdown - KDSG

After widespread looting of warehouses, the Kaduna State Government has explained why it did not distribute COVID-19 palliatives to the people during the lockdown.
On Saturday, the government announced curfew across the state, but the hoodlums and residents defied the curfew to continue with the orgy of looting and destruction.
The state however came under sharp rebuke for its alleged refusal to share the items provided by CACOVID, a private sector-led initiative to assist the government in combating the Coronavirus disease in the country.
But in a broadcast to the people of the state, the acting governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, said the state initially weighed option of keeping the palliatives in anticipation of a second wave of lockdown.
But in a broadcast to the people of the state, the acting governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Balarabe, said the state initially weighed option of keeping the palliatives in anticipation of a second wave of lockdown.


My dear people of Kaduna State,

1. I address you today in a difficult moment, caused by the attempts of criminal elements to undermine the law and place lives and property in danger. Brazen acts of looting of public and private property, and the vandalisation of premises occurred yesterday, the 24th day of October 2020 in locations within Chikun and Kaduna South local government areas.  
2. To protect lives and property and uphold public order, your government was compelled to impose a 24-hour curfew that was at first limited to the affected communities, and then extended across the state.
3. We commend the vast majority of the people of Kaduna State for being law-abiding and for not allowing criminal actions in their communities. We regret the inconvenience that this  statewide curfew might have caused for such persons. The curfew is a difficult but necessary step for containing the violence and preventing it from infecting peaceful communities. I wish to assure our people that we will keep reviewing the security situation while doing our utmost to protect citizens and their property. I appeal to all residents to comply with the curfew and help us accelerate a return to the normalcy that decent citizens deserve.
4. Today, we have inspected many of the locations where criminal actions of looting and vandalisation occurred. We have offered our sympathies to the persons whose homes and businesses were affected. Much of the looted property is a threat to public health, including the expired and dangerous drugs that were taken from NAFDAC and the 8000 tons of chemically treated soybeans stolen from a private feeds processing company.
5. We have met community leaders and made it clear that what happened yesterday will not be tolerated. There can be no excuses for the crimes we have witnessed. The state is obliged to find and prosecute those involved in the criminal actions that unfolded yesterday. For the sake of every law-abiding and hardworking citizen, we cannot indulge those who think they are exempted from the obligation to respect the law and the right of others to their lives and property. Those who instigated these actions and who sadly persist in incitement should also expect to hear from the law.
6. There can be no other word but theft for describing the looting of food items donated by CACOVID. These items were kindly provided to all the 36 states by the generosity of a private sector coalition. The CACOVID donations were not hoarded by the government or any of its officials. Rather, the government was ready to commence distribution in all the local government areas, after taking pains to arrange a fair and efficient system.
7. Kaduna State received the last delivery of CACOVID items after lifting the lockdown, at a time when the state’s Covid-19 figures were rising. The government considered the real possibility that a second lockdown might be required. Therefore, it weighed the prospect of using these donations to mitigate the lockdown were such to happen. The government did not wish to rely again on donations by public servants in Kaduna State that had funded the first two rounds of palliatives distributed in the state.
8. However, the government subsequently decided to distribute the CACOVID items to vulnerable citizens, using the lessons from the distribution of the items purchased by the state government during the lockdown. One of these lessons is about better targeting of beneficiaries in order to ensure fair spread across local governments. The local government coordinators and ward committees were tasked with identifying vulnerable persons in areas where the Social Register data was unavailable.
9. Recall that the state had purchased and distributed palliatives in two phases across the 23 local government areas. However, new guidelines were included for CACOVID distribution at ward level to help ensure a fair spread and ease the movement of beneficiaries to pick the items. The items are bulky and its easier and cheaper for them to pick up at the ward level rather than centralized locations in the LGA.
10. Arrangements for distributing the items had been concluded, such that each beneficiary knew where they would be receiving their items as supervised by ward committees who in many instances do not personally know the beneficiaries.
11. We have gone to these lengths to explain how we have been handling CACOVID donations as part of our duty of political responsiveness. The items looted do not belong to the persons that stole them. They were meant to support the most vulnerable in our midst. Mob action cannot replace the methodical steps taken to identify these persons and arrange for them to safely receive the items.
12. I wish to thank the security agencies for their hard work in averting a spiral of violence and for arresting some of the persons involved in looting. I call on all the people of Kaduna State to uphold law and order, and to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the curfew. We call on citizens to remain vigilant as security reports indicate that persons desperate for bloodshed and anarchy continue to seek avenues to shatter the state, using rumours, fake news and incitement. We call on traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to assist security agencies to fish out the criminals involved in the regrettable spate of looting. We acknowledge the citizens who have been active in verifying information and combatting fake news.
13. In spite of the difficulties and challenges of this moment, let us all continue to uphold peace and harmony and obey the law. I pray God to bless everyone.
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

24-hour curfew extended to the entire state - KDSG

The Kaduna State Government has extended all over the state the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in some communities in Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs.
This measure is taken to help safeguard our communities, protect lives and property and contain criminal elements who are looting public and private assets.
The extension of the 24-hour curfew to all the 23 local government areas of the state is effective immediately.
KDSG will keep the situation under review and regrets the inconvenience it may cause to law-abiding citizens. 
The state government wishes to appeal to all residents of the state to kindly bear with the government as it takes necessary action to maintain law and order, and to protect the right of citizens to live in peace.
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KDSG imposes curfew in parts of Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs

The Kaduna State Government has declared 24 hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government areas, effective immediately. 
The areas are Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South Local Government Area and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi and Ungwan Romi of Chikun Local Government Area. 
Security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any found violating the curfew and those responsible for breakdown of law and order. Security agencies have further been directed to effect the arrest and prosecution of anyone found looting and destroying properties.
KDSG strongly condemns the concerted incitement being done on social media. The government appeals to all our communities to reject incitement and resist the attempt to create chaos and anarchy.
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PHOTONEWS: Residents of Kaduna, Loot COVID-19 Palliative Warehouse

Kaduna residents, broke into a house allegedly owned by Thomas Gyang, Kaduna State Commissioner for Planning and Budget, at Tanko Tete road off Gwani Avenue, Baranawa, kaduna, and carted away food items with Palliative boldly written on the items, which suggest they were meant to be shared to the masses during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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You asked for speech, you got the speech, now you are speechless – Shehu Sani

Reactions have been pouring in, after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians.
Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the last Senate, reacted to Buhari’s speech, and in a poetic tone opined: “You asked for speech, you got the speech and now you are speechless.”
Nigerians had since the inception of #ENDSARS protests demanded to be spoken to by Mr. President. But after his speech a lot of Nigerians became more furious, stating that his speech did not adress the key issues.
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Odinkalu loses fundamental rights case against Kaduna govt

A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, has lost the fundamental human rights case he filed against the Kaduna State Government.
Justice Peter Malong of the Kaduna Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday dismissed the case and awarded costs against Mr Odinkalu.
In the ruling, Justice Malong upheld the state government’s argument that Mr Odinkalu’s affidavit was incompetent because it was not personally deposed by him.
The court therefore asked Mr Odinkalu to pay cost to each of the four respondents in the case.
Mr Odinkalu’s lawyer, Ballason Gloria Mabeiam, said on Twitter that the cost awarded against her client is N5000 (five thousand naira) to each of the respondents. But the lawyers to the Kaduna State Government said it is N500,000 per respondent.
The respondents are the director of public prosecution, Kaduna State; the governor of Kaduna State; the commissioner of police in the state and the inspector-general of police.
Ms Mabeiam also said her clients would appeal the judgment. 
Recall that in February 2019, Mr Odinkalu spoke on live television about events in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.
He contested an announcement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai that the state government had received reports of casualties in the area.
Mr Odinkalu insisted that his sources told him nothing happened in the area, and accused the state government of making up the story for electoral gain.
The Kaduna Government, in March 2019, approached a magistrate court to summon Mr Odinkalu while accusing him of offences that include injurious falsehood, inciting disturbance and furnishing false information.
The government said the offences are punishable under sections 77, 373, 104 and 150 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State.
The state government also applied for and secured an order of the court for the police to investigate the allegations against Mr Odinkalu and report the outcome to the court.
Mr Odinkalu lost his first effort to quash the case as the magistrate court dismissed his preliminary objection and assumed jurisdiction to hear and determine the case.
He also lost his attempt to have his fundamental rights case to be heard in Abuja, as the trial judge at the Federal Hight Court transferred the matter to its Kaduna Division.
Court papers indicate that Mr Odinkalu has also approached the Kaduna High Court to quash his trial by the Chief Magistrate Court. Hearing in this application for judicial review is expected to resume next week.
Ahead of Thursday’s judgment, an array of individuals and local and international organizations had circulated a joint statement describing Mr Odinkalu’s trial as a breach of his rights to freedom of expression.
The group had urged the court to consider the case as an opportunity for the judiciary to reinforce the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and civic participation.
It said the case brought by Mr Odinkalu would have important impact on the rights of people in Nigeria to voice their opinions in matters of public interest and question those in authority.
The organisations and individuals had also urged the judiciary to ensure that the protection of human rights aligns with the Nigeria’s constitutional, regional and international human rights obligations.
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Zulum, other northern govs hold emergency meeting in Kaduna

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state, eight governors from the north, and three deputy governors converged on Kaduna Thursday for an emergency meeting.
Sources from the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House said the meeting was chaired by the governor of Plateau state and chairman of the northern states governors’ forum, Mr.Simon Bako Lalong.
Although details of the meeting were yet to be made public, journalists were told that it would not be unconnected with the situation in some parts of Nigeria where there was chaos. Zulum departed Maiduguri and arrived Kaduna airport for a meeting that is expected to discuss crucial issues that may include preventing the crisis in northern states in respect of pockets of violence experienced in Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja,” a source has said.
At the meeting were governors of Sokoto, Yobe, Kebbi Nasarawa, Gombe, Zamfara, and the Niger States and Deputy Governors of Kaduna, Kano, and Kogi.
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Friday, October 23, 2020

#EndSARS: Zangon Kataf Youths Present 12-Point Demand To Government

Hundreds of youths in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Thursday, presented a 12-point demand in solidarity with the #EndSARS protests currently ongoing across the country.
The protests, which began from St. Francis College, terminated at the local government Secretariat in Zonkwa.
Presenting the demands to the council chairman, one of the leaders of the protest, Mr Moses Peter Boman, said the youths were demanding an end to bad governance and accountability from their elected and appointed representatives.
The youths also requested that their elected representatives should rise to their responsibility in defence of their people especially in the face of oppression.
While calling on the management of Kaduna Electric to address the problem of epileptic power supply across the local government, the protesters lamented that most of the people who depended on power for their businesses have been sent out of business because of lack of power.
One of the protesters, Mr Ezekiel James, called on the government to do more in the area of resisting and flushing out bandits, kidnappers and rape that is on the increase.
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PHOTONEWS: Residents of Ungwan Yelwa, storm Kaduna Electric office, to protest against overbilling

Residents of Ungwan Yelwa, storm Kaduna Electric office, to protest against overbilling
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

I commend president Buhari for refusing to acknowledge the alleged shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate - Yamusa Rigasa

Kaduna APC chieftain, and leader of the Ubanniya Movement, Mallam Yamusa Rigasa, has commended president Buhari for keeping mum on the alleged shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, by millitary personnel, while addressing the nation. 
He added that the incidence was as a result of the protesters stubbornness and lawlessness. 

"I commend president Buhari for refusing to acknowledge the law breakers and thugs of Lekki's Tollgate."
They were the victims of their stubbornness and lawlessness, & this will serve as a deterrents to other thugs and Terrorists, he said.
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Deaconess who abused her 14 years old househelp, gets 10 months imprisonment

Mrs. Yemi Awolola, a Refinery Staff and a Church Deaconess with Living Faith Church Barnawa, who abused her 14 years old house help, princess Michael, has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.

Recall that Mrs Yemi Awolola and her children, Tito and Nifemi, had treated Princess in an inhumane manner, which led to her Arrest. 
According to princess, Tito and Nifemi used to hold her, while their mother inserts a stick into her private part, at thesame time burning the vagina. When they are done, they put pepper in the Vagina and over the wounds, she added. 

The Defendant after a Plea Bargain was sentenced to 10months imprisonment and a payment of 4.5 million Naira Compensation.
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Residents of Romi, troop out to Protest against overbilling

Yesterday, residents of Ungwan Romi, came out in Mass to protest against overbilling by the management of Kaduna Electric. 
The aggrieved residents aired their displeasure with the inflated electricity bills that was presented to them by Kaduna Electric, which according to them is unacceptable. 
Reacting to their plight, councillor of the ward, alongside Invicta Fm On Air Personality, Emmak, promised to be ontop of the matter, while pleading with the residents to exercise patience, assuring them that they'll work tirelessly to make sure that there is justice and fairness.
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Court admits $25,000 cash, recorded conversations in Shehu Sani’s trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja has admitted in evidence $25,000 cash allegedly returned by Senator Shehu Sani to a business man, Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors Limited, from whom he allegedly collected it under false pretence.
Senator Sani is being tried before the court on charges relating to his alleged obtaining of $25,000 from Alhaji Dauda under false pretence, claiming that the said funds would be used to bribe judges.
Alhaji Dauda had, while testifying earlier in the case, told the court that Senator Sani later returned the money on learning that he petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The complainant also said he recorded the conversations between him and Senator Sani when he returned the money and begged him for forgiveness.
Testifying on Wednesday as the 10th prosecution witness, an EFCC’s operative, who is the Investigative Police Officer (IPO) in the case, Bako Aliyu said Alhaji Daudu brought the cash to his office, claiming it was returned to him by Senator Sani.
Lead prosecution’s lawyer, Ekele Iheanacho tendered the cash and some compact disc, which the witness said contain audio recordings of the conversations between the complainant and the defendants.
The court admitted the items in evidence and adjourned till December this year for the discs to be played in open court.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

APC students wing, hails Governor ElRufai for putting in place a nondiscriminatory Scholarship policy

A Voluntary umbrella group of students from the eighteen tertiary institutions in Kaduna state has lauded the developmental efforts of Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai in making Kaduna State a jewel in the comity of other states in Nigeria.
The group operating under the aegis of APC students wing also commended Air Commodore E.K Jekada rtd, mni led State Executive of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for it's efforts at taking the party to every nook and crannies of Kaduna state.
The group spoke through it's State Coordinator Mr Nomshu David Bikky while on an introductory visit to the Kaduna state Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress situated at No. 4 Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna. 
He described the Kaduna state Urban Renewal Projects being executed across the three Senatorial Zones of the state as a motivating tonic for the formation of the group.
Mr David Bikky who was accompanied by other officials from the Eighteen Tertiary Institutions in the state also applauded the Kaduna state governor for putting in place a nondiscriminatory Scholarship policy for all Kaduna state students irrespective of Tribe and Religion.
He pledged the loyalty of All members of the group to the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state and promised to work under it's tutelage.
In his response, Air Commodore E.K Jekada rtd, mni assured the group of inclusiveness in the affairs of the party in  the state and urged them to ensure the massive registration of their members in the forthcoming biometric registration of new members in All Progressives Congress.
He described the youth friendliness of the Malam Nasir Ahmad El-rufai as typified by appointments and the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Programme as an affirmation of the All Progressives Congress philosophy of promoting Youth representation in participatory democracy.
In his own remark at the occasion the Kaduna state Secretary of the party, Hon. Yahaya Baba Pate implored the group to ensure gender balance in all its affairs by adhering to Section 16 of the party's Manifesto which stipulates the inclusiveness of women in all affairs of the party.
He urged them to take a clue from the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad El-rufai who appointed seven women as Commissioners in addition to a female Head of Service in his administration.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

SPONSORED POST: Elisha one catering Services, set to provide munchies to #EndSARs protesters

Dear Good People of Kaduna State, my name is Elisha Anthony, the founder of Elisha one catering services. I intend to support tomorrow's protest against Police Brutality by providing various delicacies to the protesters, who'll be going on a 12km March, from refinary junction to Kaduna State University, which would be very much exhausting. You can also do donate by sending your contribution to this Bank account; Elisha Anthony GT BANK 0149869468 in order for there to be enough munchies for everyone. You can aswell reach me on +234 703 497 9264 for further enquiries. Thank you
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They have oil blocs and Businesses in the South, it is only when kata kata comes to them that they'll run to you and shout Arewa Ake Hari, Shehu Sani Shades Northern leaders

A former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, has accused the Northern Elites of using the poor Northern masses to fight their battles. He added that most of the Northern Elites who uses divisive methods to instigate division between the North and the South, have oil blocs and other businesses in the south, adding that the only time they remember the North is when they are facing personal problems, that doesn't affect the region.

In a Facebook post, he said, "They have oil blocs and Businesses in the South,Estates in Dubai and Europe,Shares in Lagos Banks and Industries,their kids are in foreign schools,they move and wed in private jets and on power bikes;When kata kata comes to them,they will run to you and shout “Arewa ake hari...or Arewa ake so aruguza”
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Monday, October 19, 2020

If you do not have the capacity to take care of a child, do not destroy them - Gloria Ballason

Human Rights lawyer, and the chief executive officer, House of Justice, Gloria Mabeiam Ballason, has shared the story of a 13 year old Joy Solomon, who was brought in as a maid for Mr and Mrs kuje.
According to her, Joy suffered severe beatings from her Madam, Faith Kuje, for offences ranging from 'not drying Madam's pant, food getting burnt or for being slow'.
She added that the  neighbors of Mr and Mrs Kuje reported the incident because they fear for little Joy's life.
In a social media post; she said, "This is 13 year old Joy Solomon. She was brought in as maid for Mr. Kuje Laba and Mrs. Faith Kuje who live at Oil village beside Kuyet Academy, Kaduna.
Joy always suffers severe beatings from her Madam Faith Kuje for offences ranging from 'not drying Madam's pant, food getting burnt or for being slow'. She has wounds, injuries and lacerations on her head, ears, body.
Good neighbors have reported this incident because they fear for little Joy's life.
Please listen: Even animals do not prey on their young. If you do not have the capacity to take care of a child, do not destroy them. And if you are a man who looks on while this is happening under your roof, you are a co-perpetrator.#JusticeForJoySolomon"
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Soba Council Chairman has been withholding our salaries since November 2019, Teachers Cry out

The Council Chairman of Soba Local Government, Alhaji Muhammad Mahmud Aliyu, has allegedly refused to pay some of the teachers in his local Government their salaries and allowances. A letter sent to the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Kaduna, asking him to intervene, was made available to Kaduna Political Affairs by one of the complainants.
In an exclusive interview with Kaduna Political Affairs, after the complainant forwarded a lengthy write up of accusations, she said, "I am part of those who wrote this, i am also part of the affected staff, we are about 72 or more in number.
We explored all possible means but our issue is still pending, we wish to create more awareness untill it reaches the right individuals for appropriate action."
"Recently, we reported the issue to the Hon. Federal Commissioner Public Complaints Commission, Yakubu Gowon Way."
"We have also copied the same to the Human Rights Commission."
"We have written to the Auditor General, Kaduna State."
"The issue was recently discussed in a Hausa Program 'Barka da warhaka" at liberty fm 92.9, presented by Abubakar Jiddah Usman."
"Our complaints have severally been altered in an attempt to give a clear picture of what is happening to the Governor of Kaduna State." Please help us and give the write up a widest circulation."

Full details of the write up: 

1. The former immediate Sacked Deputy National ALGON Chairman, also the Council Chairman Soba LGA, Muhammad Mahmud Aliyu continues to withhold Teachers' Salaries unjustly and of course without following the right procedures and protocols of civil service. 

2. No wonder the Council Chairman was recently sacked/dismissed from the position of the ALGON Deputy National Chairman for menace and misconduct against the constitutional provisions of the All Local Governments Association of Nigeria.

3. We see also the reason why under his leadership as the Kaduna State ALGON Chairman  was the first to propose to the State Government in the second quarter of 2020 the reversal of the Teachers' minimum wage to N18,000 against the N30,000 on the notion that; the teachers were parasites during the COVID-19, this shows not only the Soba Council Chairman dismay to the teaching profession but also the hatred he habours to teachers themselves. 

4. Available evidences indicate that since the Local Governments were given autonomy in the last quarter of the 2019, the Soba Council Chairman connived with the Education Secretary Soba, Abdullahi Aliyu, SSSO School Improvement Ahmad Saleh, Suraj Abdu Gimba (Who is regarded influencial for being hail from the same home town with the Council Chairman) an Admin Officer along others to pave him away to discredit some teaching staff of the Soba LGEA that would later be referred as absconded staff since November, 2019, since then, the Council Chairman was not only succeeded in effecting this mischievous plan but also withheld salaries of the affected staff.

5. Our preliminary investigation shows that the motives behind such scandalous ungodly act was either to re-absorb the disengaged Soba indigenous teachers/political allies or to divert money from the Local Government treasury for personal aggrandizement at the expense of the poor Innocent competent teachers, which ever may be, the case can be regarded as a serious misconduct and abuse of office from the inception by the Soba Council Chairman, this is ofcourse obvious.

6. Sequence by the directives of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru Ahmad Elrufa'i, staff verification was conducted Nov/Dec. 2019 by the office of the Auditor General Kaduna State across all the 23 LGAs, Soba included, in which all the tagged Absconded staff were captured present at their respective service stations.

7. Thus; the Soba Council Chairman and his conspirators were not happy with the outcome of the State Audit which proved their assertion wrong and questioned their sincerity and integrity, consequently he conceived an idea which gave birth to the Local Government Verification ( Conducted in February, 2020) in which he and the officials involved were abled to fashion out their brand of the verification exercise at local level which contradicted and nullified the earlier one conducted at the State Level, we thought the State should supercede the Local Government?

8. Even with that some of the affected staff tagged 'absconded' and earlier cleared by the State Verification managed to scale through the so called Local Government Verification (conducted only in Soba LGA, which was suspicious), while others revictimized. 
9. Due to the Intervention of relevant stake holders including the NUT at both Local and State Level the Soba Council Chairman was compelled to release the salaries of the verified staff available in his report which led to the payment of March, April, May and June, 2020, it is important to note that some were only paid May, 2019, with promise that they would be paid arrears.

10. The Council Chairman Soba LGA was still aggrieved as most of the tagged 'absconded teachers' were reinstated to the payroll, amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic on 17th June, 2020 he ordered the ES Soba LGA in person of Abdullahi Aliyu to liase with his Personal Consultant Mr. Tukur Babangida to reinvite the previous victimized but cleared staff to another fresh ill intended verification which would later led to the removal of their names again from the payroll as of July 2020, which was backed with the issue of BVN which would later discovered also a deceit following sending the BVN & NIN numbers with salaries still unpaid.

11. In September 2020, some of the affected teachers ranging from 28-32 were invited by the ES Soba LGA Aliyu Abdullahi through the SSSO School Improvement Ahmad Saleh, through the HOD PRS on the order of the Council Chairman Muhammad Mahmud Aliyu, where the said invited affected staff were compelled to forfeit their arrears in an illegal baseless written agreement as a condition to be reinstated to payroll which they did which enabled them to be paid September, 2020.

12. The evidences are available intact with the affected staff that; 

(a) They explored all avenues to get this issue resolved at the LGEA but proved abortive.

(b) The NUT officials Soba Wing, Kaduna State Chapter and SUBEB are aware of this development right from the inception, and they affirmed to the lack of credibility of the Soba Council Chairman's version of verification, further more they attested to his insincerity, back and forth,  to get this issue resolved once and for all, their intervention proved vain as they can't force him as they claim.

(c) The bedeviling situation was reported in written to the various stake holders including Ministry of Education and Ministry of Local Governments affairs etc.

(d) The Executive Council Chairman Soba LGA, Muhammad Mahmoud Aliyu didn't follow the right procedures for the stoppage of the affected staff's salaries, because his intention was to send them out of the job to save money not to discipline them if found guilty.

(e) Some officers at both LGEA and SUBEB are conniving with the Council Chairman to pacify the affected teachers with empty promises.

(f) The Council Chairman is the Mastermind and has his hands on the salary saga with passion to extort money and amaze ill wealth at the expense if his workers!

Conclusion: it is already a year now since the inception of the taggged absconded staff saga, the affected teachers have no one to turn to between the NUT and the SUBEB and the Council Chairman is unjustly sleeping on the huge ill-gotten money meant to the LG's staff, we call on the Kaduna State Government to investigate, nothing remains hidden forever.
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#EndSARS: ‘You blocked their future, they are now blocking your roads’ — Shehu Sani tells FG

A former senator and public commentator, Shehu Sani, has taunted the federal government over the ongoing protest across the country.
Recall that, Youth across the country are currently on the streets, demanding better governance and an end to police brutality.

The protestors, who have taken over major roads in the country, have vowed not to leave the streets until there is an improvement in governance.

On Friday, they blocked the road to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Lekki-Ikoyi toll gate and third mainland bridge in Lagos, among others.

Reacting, Sani in a tweet on Saturday, hinted that young persons were fighting back because they had lost hope in the government, which has done little or nothing to improve their lives. 

“You blocked their future, they are now blocking your roads. #ENDBADGOVERNANCE #EndSARS,” he tweeted.
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Court case against the appointment of the Emir of Zazzau has began

Kaduna State High Court sitting in Dogarawa Sabon Gari under Justice Kabir Dabo has begun hearing a case into a legal challenge against the appointment of Ahmad Bamalli as the Emir of Zazzau by Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Bamalli was appointed the 19th Emir of Zazzau after the death of the former emir Shehu Idris.
We had earlier reported the legal challenge against the appointment by one of the contenders to the throne, Bashari Aminu.
Aminu was among the top four contenders listed by the kingmakers for appointment by the governor. He made the highest score in the rankings by the kingmakers. But the list was dropped and a fresh selection ordered by the government. The new list included Bamalli who was eventually selected.
Aminu, in his suit, called the selection unjust. The court adjourned hearing till October 27.
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PHOTONEWS: Acting Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, receives #SecureNorth protesters, after they storm the gate of Government House

Accompanied by other senior officials of Kaduna state government, the acting governor assured that government will not relent in its efforts towards tackling the security challenges affecting the state and called on the protesters to cooperate with the government in addressing the problem.
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Minister Hopeful $1.5bn Kaduna Plant Will End Steel Imports

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, last weekend said Nigeria may end steel importation soon when a $1.5 billion steel plant being built by African Natural Resources and Mines Limited at Jere in Kaduna State comes on stream.
The firm has one million metric tonnes (MT) capacity of daily production.
The minister who inspected the plant along with the management of the company, further noted that Nigeria was on the path of industrialization which will be yielding results five years from now.
Producing one million metric tonnes of steel per annum means that Nigeria will really be well on its way of being independent of importing steel into our country and this will attract other investors,” Zainab said.
The other benefits of this, she added, are for the auto industry. “One of the main impediments has been the scarcity of high-quality steel but with this project, we are now assured that we can attract the auto industries of the world to Nigeria to produce cars in Nigeria for Nigerians as well as for the region.
From what I am told and I could immediately see, this is going to make a huge difference. This will be the first company that is producing steel, made in Nigeria high quality steel, that will be used by our industries and it will help us conserve our foreign exchange and help us fast-track our journey towards industrialization,” the minister noted.
After her assessment of the plant, she said, “Just from entering here, I can see that the African Natural Resources and Mines Ltd project is a major partner for Nigeria’s economic development, as well as its diversification.
The design of your programme of mining the ore that will be used to produce high-grade steel means it is a well-planned and thought-out project. The impact will go beyond the steel industry; I can see a very significant value chain effect including the support that you have provided for the people of Jere Local Government.”
She further stated that the company donated N1.35bn to Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19.
The Group Managing Director, African Industries Group, Alok Gupta, said the project will revolutionise the steel industry in Nigeria as the firm could produce 1m MT of steel every year.
Our work here will revolutionise the steel industry in Nigeria. We will be mining iron ore to produce Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) which will, in turn, allow African industries to manufacture higher-grade steel more efficiently,” Gupta said.
He also reiterated his belief in the Nigerian project. “We believe Nigeria has a brighter future in the steel industry. With its vast potential, this nation will soon be a steel hub. We are proud to be part of the looming steel revolution in Nigeria.
“Having invested over $1.5 billion, we are hopeful that the expected steel revolution will have multiplier effects on the Nigerian economy,” he said.
Mr Gupta also harped on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the company, saying it was doing projects for the Jere community, among others.
“On a social level, we have been at the forefront of supporting many laudable projects. Our group donated N1.35 billion to the federal government to combat the ravaging effects of COVID 19. Also, recently, we donated N20m to the Kaduna State government led by Malam Nasir el-Rufai for the forthcoming Kaduna Marathon, to mention but a few.
“I wish to assure that in the coming days we will continue to be associated with projects that would impact positively on the lives of the good people of Nigeria,” Gupta stated.
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Sunday, October 18, 2020

PHOTONEWS: Governor ElRufai's son, Bashir ElRufai, joins Kaduna Residents to protest against Insecurity

Governor ElRufai's son, Bashir ElRufai, joins Kaduna Residents to protest against Insecurity
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End Sars: Yamusa Rigasa threatens to call for president Buhari's resignation, if he refuse to use force against protesters

Kaduna APC chieftain, and leader of the Ubaniyya Movement, mallam Mustapha Yamusa Rigasa, has advised President Buhari and security operatives to use force and disperse or arrest all the organisers of #ENDSARS  protest.
He gave the advice today in Kaduna after he watched a viral video of protesters attacking Governor Oyetola Of Osun State.

This is no longer a Peaceful Protest, but a violent one, with uprising terrorism, under the guise of so called sponsored #ENDSARS protest, Yamusa Rigasa said. 

He has also threatened to call for the resignation of President Buhari if he fail to order security operatives to use force to disperse, arrest, beat and incarcerate ringleaders who were sponsored and the entire thugs who participated in the protest .

As far as we are concerned, the federal government has disbanded SARS, why is Mr president and the security agencies allowing thugs to be maligning and attacking innocent citizens and the government officials in the name of #ENDSARS  protest. Are we in anarchy and a lawless state? he asked.
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