Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Court Grants Jerry Ishaku Bail, after weeks in Prison custody over inciting social media post

The Kaduna State High Court has granted bail to Mr Jerry Ishaku, after spending 21 days in prison. 
It would be recalled that he was arrested over a post he made on Facebook, encouraging Kaduna State residents to loot the palliative warehouse that was discovered at Gwari Avenue, Barnawa. 
In a Facebook post made on the 24th of October, Jerry Ishaku said, "Kaduna palliative warehouse found in Gwari Avenue Barnawa Kaduna. Go get what belongs to you but don't be violent on the process."
According to the police, his post was inciting and a security threat to Kaduna State, which was the reason he was arrested.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Kaduna Political Awards: 9Mobile receives Nomination Certificate

The management of 9mobile, formerly known as Etisalat, has received their Nomination Certificate for the forthcoming Kaduna Political Awards, under the Best Network category. 

In his acceptance speech, the SME Manager, who received the Nomination Certificate on behalf of the organization said, "We are glad to be associated with your agency. It's a pleasure to be Nominated in the Best Network category. 9mobile will try its best to support your event. We'll make sure that our presence is felt."

Recall that 9mobile was Nominated alongside other telecommunication companies, under the "Best Telecommunication Network"category, in the forthcoming Kaduna Political Awards.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

2023: El-Rufai disowns VP campaign posters‌

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday, disowned campaign posters depicting him as running mate to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in the 2023 presidential election.
He spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor said he had also called Amaechi who denied knowledge of those printing and pasting the pictures.
He said, “I don’t know who is printing those posters, wasting his or her money printing posters. I heard about them. I called Minister, Amaechi, and asked him whether he knew anything about them; he said he didn’t know.
“I think we need to trace who is doing it and ask that person. I am the governor of Kaduna State; I have job to do. I haven’t delivered on the promises I made to the people of Kaduna State. Until I do that I don’t want to discuss anything.”
On whether he has been approached by people and asked to contest the 2023 election, he said that as a politician, people could approach him, but that he would not be sure of what their intentions would be.
“I am in politics. People will approach you, but whether they are genuine or not is another matter and whether you are interested or not is another matter,” the governor said.
El-Rufai added those who went to court to compel him to contest the election did so to attract attention, insisting that no one can be compelled to do anything against their wish.
“I just want to be the best governor that I can be and satisfy the aspirations of the people of Kaduna State from now to 2023. After 2023, everything is in the hand of God. It is not in the hand of anyone.”
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Abuja-Kaduna train incident caused by failed locomotive ― NRC Apologises to passengers

The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, has attributed the incident on the Abuja-bound train on Saturday to a failed locomotive’s turbocharger, saying such incident will not occur again.
The train which took off from Kaduna reportedly stopped a few kilometres to Abuja, forcing passengers to disembark for a while amidst anxiety.
Reacting to the development, Managing Director of NRC, Engineer First Okhiria said the corporation was already working to forestall a future occurrence.
“The locomotive’s turbocharger failed and we apologise for that. We are working hard to avoid such occurrences in future, by Monday the train service would be operational,” he said.
Okhiria,  however, assured Nigerians that by Monday, Nov.23, the failed locomotive would be fully operational stating that the incident didn’t affect the train operation.
He further apologised to the affected passengers and pledged NRC’s commitment to their safety at all times.
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PHOTONEWS: Wedding Fatiha Of Bashir El-Rufai And Lover Halima Nwakego Kazaure

On Saturday, November 21, the wedding Fatiha of Bashir El-Rufai and Halima Nwakego Kazaure was held.
Bashir is one of the sons of Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State and Halima is the daughter of former Senator from Jigawa state, Ibrahim Kazaure.

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Abducted Zaria Poly Lecturer, 2 Children Released

The Head of Department, Computer Engineering of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Eng. Bello Atiku who was abducted by gunmen nine days ago has regained his freedom from the den of the kidnappers.
He was released alongside the two children of his neighbour who were also abducted.
It was reported that gunmen on Saturday, November 14, 2020 invaded the Staff quarters of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Zaria and abducted Eng. Atiku.
The gunmen also shot his neighbor, Sanusi Hassan, a registry staff of the institution on the hand before they made away with his two children.
The school Public Relations Officer, Abdallah Shehu said the victims were released on Monday but could not give further details.
“They are all safe now but they need rest and so we were not able to get any details from them but as soon as we get the necessary information, it will be related to the press,” he said.
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Gunmen Invade ABU Staff Quarters, Kidnap Staff

Unknown gunmen on Monday invaded the Staff Quarters of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and abducted a staff of the school. 
While confirming the development, ABU Zaria in a statement said the incident took place at the Sardauna Crescent on the university’s main campus.
Although the gunmen had gone away with the unnamed staff, his wife and daughter, they were later overpowered by security officials in an exchange of fire and ran into the bush with the victims.
They escaped with the lecturer and his family but a swift response by the Police who chased them to Dasuwar Da’a village, a community bordering the University, saw the gunmen releasing the wife and daughter, the statement signed by the school’s spokesman, Awwalu Umaru, further noted.
The school said it has informed the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed and other security agencies about the incident, quoting the Vice-Chancellor of the school, Prof Kabir Bala, as calling for calm among residents of the university community.
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PDP Congratulates Dr Josiah Tagwai Kantiyok, Agwam Zikpak ll

The Peoples' Democratic Party,PDP, Kaduna State Chapter, has congratulated His Royal Highness, Dr Josiah Tagwai Kantiyok and his family and the entire people of Fantswam Chiefdom on his coronation and presentation of Staff of Office as the new Agwam Zipkak ll, Zikpak Chiefdom.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, the PDP wished the newly turbaned Chief a very peaceful and successful celebration and Tenure of office.
The party pray to God for long life in good health and wisdom for the new Chief, and for him to be able to bring unity and peaceful co-existence in his domain, says the statement.
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PHOTONEWS: Malam Nasir El-Rufai arrives Takau, Jema’a LGA, for the presentation of the staff of office to the Agwam Zikpak

The oath of office was administered by Attorney-General Aisha, while Gov. Nasir El-Rufai presented the staff of office to the Agwam, HH Dr. Kantiyok Josiah Tagwai.
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OPINION: The Kings of the valley of Southern Kaduna, By Bodam Vincent

I'm really at a loss as to start a discussion I find rather frustrating. How can a few people arrogate upon themselves a majestic authority over others in southern Kaduna? They want to dictate the thought processes of others or assign to themselves a responsibility even  beyond their overbloated importance. 

Let's look at the zone we consider Southern Kaduna and its achievements as an entity from Chikun to Sanga. Besides Chikun, no other LG in the zone can boast of any economic impact. Politically also, we are second fiddle, we can only boast of individual achievements in our little leagues. Southern Kaduna has become basically a humongous cemetery  where the only 'economic' activity is the numerous burials we see every weekend, in my father's compound in kagoro, I can count almost 11 graves! I was born in Kaduna (ungwan sanusi precisely, and baptized at the St Augustine catholic church), I have never spent more than 3 days in kagoro at a point  but I have studied the town and how it has degenerated. Ditto to many towns and villages in SK. Most youths who have obtained as little as a diploma will find their way out of the area unless you want to stay back and teach in some low paying school. This is a thing of worry for any well meaning SK person. But to my chagrin, a set of people had rather we remain the most backward zone in the state because they are the 'kings' of the valley of SK. For the life of me, who loves poverty and penury if he is not cursed? 

Recently, we were inundated with some hubris posts with cascading consequences that took me by surprise. I wrote a post eulogizing one of our own whom for the first time, I saw a serious SK person working hard to empower many of  our youths and women in great numbers and I thought the least I can do is show some ullalation. Little did I know I was going to hurt the feelings of the kings of the valley of SK. Without any discernible considerations, I saw a post I wrote in 2016 about my disdain for a grazing reserve because it wasnt going to empower our people, the resistance worked and no grazing reserve was established and four years later the same person i attacked comes up with a good project that will benefit thousands of youths and women, and i saw it as the first real empowerment in Sk,  should I kick against it because the same person brought the grazing reserve idea 4 years ago that never materialized? If my child does wrong and I knock his head, when he does right, will I still knock his head or give him a hug? But the kings of the valley of SK do not think he deserves a hug, they determine when and who should get a hug in SK. 

I even heard that I was paid 300k (sic) to do a PR job. I dont own a PR company and I do not know how it operates. Vincent Bodam will not get paid for any PR job. I will determine who deserves my accolades, just like you would in your capacity. Even if u give me a million naira, you wont get a mention if I feel u dont deserve any encomiums besides gratitude. 

With our knowledge and education, if we dont know who our common enemy is, then we do not deserve to live. We must be able to decipher who wants to destroy us and who wants to construct us. Some Sk kings will brag that they sacked investors in SK, they will prefer our people to keep being hewers of wood and subsistence farmers for centuries when the world has moved on. No city was built without outside involvement. Some serious people in fact free out their lands for investments to flourish knowing full well they can strike some bargains that will benefit their communities later. This is the way to build communities. Those investments would have created wealth and community development even through collective bargaining, but we lost it due to the 'kings' of the valley of SK! There is nothing to be proud about here, Shame should be the verb as a matter of course! 

We will start resisting these rubber kings if they will not support investors in our land. We shall resist any form of extended vendetta that has no bearing. Fight your personal wars but do not block the progress and development of our subdued SK. We have seen enough penury, and we must look inwards to help ourselves and our communities and I'm ready to work even with Shekau if he is ready to turn things around for our communities. Our onerous task is leave behind a legacy of progress and not personal beef that makes no sense even to a fool! So help us God!
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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Kauru Rep empowers 70 constituents

The lawmaker representing Kauru Federal Constituency of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Zakari Chawai, has trained 70 youths and women in his constituency in irrigation farming.
He also gave them pumping machines and take off capital of N15,000 each.
The gesture, according to him, is aimed at addressing youths’ restiveness, boosting dry season farming and ensuring food security.
Speaking at the weekend at the end of the training and distribution of the empowerment materials implemented by the National Biosafety Management Agency in Kauru, Chawai said the project was targeted at engaging youths in agriculture, the mainstay of the economy in Kauru.
He said: “We are in a nation where a lot of our youths are unemployed and the government cannot employ everyone. People must be in the private sector, people must be in business and others in agriculture. So, this gesture is an avenue to develop that sector.
“Having recognised that the mainstay of our economy in Kauru is agriculture; we have the majority of farmers engaged in wet season farming and many others in dry season farming too. I felt we should empower our youths and women in dry season farming, so that they can grow their businesses.
“We have also given them skills in the modern ways of doing dry season farming, so that it will improve their output and they can also transfer the knowledge to others. We believe this will boost agricultural output in the area, create employment and reduce restiveness.”
Noting that the Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i administration was carrying out infrastructural projects in Kauru, after declaring a state of emergency to address the inherited infrastructural deficits in the local government, Chawai promised to complement the efforts of the state government and carry out more youth and women empowerment projects before the end of the year.
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KDSG hails runners, sponsors and citizens on successful Kaduna Marathon

The Kaduna State Government has expressed its gratitude to the runners, sponsors, citizens, media and government agencies that helped to successfully stage the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon.
A statement from Sir Kashim House noted that the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon has advanced the stated goals of promoting sports, encouraging social interaction and showing the best of Kaduna. 
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to express its gratitude to everyone that has helped to make a success of the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon. The elite runners from several African countries brought high standards of long-distance running while Nigerian citizens, residents and visitors alike to Kaduna participated with enthusiasm.
“KDSG commends the all the runners, the sponsors, the media and government agencies that collaborated to make the Kaduna Marathon a success at the first attempt. We congratulate the winners and acknowledge other participants for making it a joyful sporting and social event. 
“The state government salutes Kaduna residents for the warm welcome they have given to our guests. Government acknowledges residents for kindly bearing the inconveniences caused by the road closures for some hours on race day.
“Today’s main 21km race and the 5km and 10km races have helped advance the goals set out for the Kaduna Marathon. Designed as a half-marathon, the Kaduna Marathon is designed as an annual sporting event, creating options for talent development, drawing mass participation, inviting visitors to the state and creating economic benefits. A major objective is to promote social interaction and advance unity in the state. 
“KDSG welcomes the recognition by world athletics of Kaduna Marathon as a fixture on the international sporting calendar.
“The Kaduna Marathon represents a further initiative in reviving sports in Kaduna State. In 2019, Malam Nasir El-Rufai anchored this responsibility in a new Ministry of Sports Development. The government  will continue to support sports and work to stage many more sports programmes in the near future.”
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Bandits Release Kidnapped A.B.U Students After N9m Ransom, Cartons of Milk

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have released nine students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, kidnapped last Sunday after N1m was paid as ransom for each of them.
The students were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village in Badagry when they were kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
One of the students, Dickson Oko, who escaped with a gunshot wound, said the kidnappers had contacted families of the students demanding N30m ransom on each student. 
The kidnappers, however, reduced their demand to N1m for each student.
“Yes, my daughter had been released, yesterday, they told me to bring N5m but after series of bargaining, they said I should pay N1m which I did. “They also demanded for some drinks and cartons of milk from each parents. They then described a place for us in Dutse, that was where we dropped the money,” a parent of one of the students said.
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Caretaker Chairman, shares story of how 15 year old Vera from Chikun LG, won 3 million at Kaduna Marathon

The caretaker Chairman, Chikun Local Government Area, honourable Samaila Liman, has shared the story of Vera, a native of Chikun Local Government Area, who won 3 million Naira at the just concluded Kaduna Marathon, in the race for the female category of the half marathon, against other African athletes. 

In a social media post, he said, "2 weeks ago she didn't have the registration fee for the race, Chikun LG decided to pay for her and 29 others. Today, she's a proud winner of N3 million prize money.
After she came top, I asked about how she felt. Vera obviously didn't know what had hit her. She couldn't smile, she couldn't cry. That village girl is a heroine today and with potentials to conquer the world. At 15, she floored all the elite athletes from Kenya and other East African countries.
I saw little Vera at starting point being pushed aside to allow space for the foreign and elite athletes as the practice is. But she kept her cool, waiting for her moment.
So many lessons for young people to take home. She's indeed an inspiration to everyone, he added.
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Kaduna Government Suspends Zazzau Emirate Kingmakers’ Chairman

The Kaduna State Government has suspended Chairman of the kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate, Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu.
The government also threatened Aminu and three other kingmakers to change their lawyers to the state Attorney-General in a legal suit against the appointment of Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau at the Kaduna State High Court.
A prince of Zazzau Emirate, Bashari Aminu, had gone to court to challenge the appointment of Bamalli as the new emir of the Kingdom.
Aminu, who holds the title of Iyan Zazzau, was ranked first in an initial shortlist submitted to Governor Nasir El-Rufai by the five kingmakers of the emirate.
The state government, however, discarded the kingmakers’ report, citing allegations of inducement by one of the contenders.
The government later announced the appointment of Bamalli following a fresh selection process among 13 princes ordered by the state government.
The government in a letter signed by Musa Adamu, Permanent Secretary, Kaduna State Ministry of Local Government Affairs on behalf of the commissioner, announced the suspension of Wazirin Zazzau.
“It is understood that the new emir and the state government have been threatening the kingmakers to change their lawyers to the state attorney, so that they can change the signed statement of oath. 
“The threat by the emir and state government is what has led to the letter of query on 12 November, 2020. So far, one kingmaker has accepted to take the state attorney. The High Court of Justice in Dogarawa was also ransacked over the weekend but nothing was taken as all documents were kept away from the court.
“It is not clear what will be done with the rest kingmakers but we remain vigilant. They truly need our prayers because their lives are in danger,” a source told SaharaReporters.
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National Youth Council, Zangon Kataf Branch, condemns the heinous murder of the district head Of Gidan Zaki, tells Gov. ElRufai to Name Road after the late Monarch

The National Youth Council of Nigeria, Zangon Kataf local Government branch in a statement signed by its coordinator, comrade Emmanuel Saiza, has condemned the gruesome murder of the district head of Gidan Zaki, HRH Mr Haruna Kuye, who was murdered alongside his son Destiny, while his wife and their daughter were reportedly on admission from the injuries they sustained from the attack. 
They urged Governor  Nasir El'Rufai to immortalize the noble commitment and sacrifice of the late monarch, HRH Mr Haruna Kuye, by fast tracking the construction of Kibori- Kigudu-Kauru road and name it after the late monarch.
It is with utmost sober and regrettable enough, that the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Zangon Kataf Local Government Branch received the news of the heinous murder of the District Head of Gidan Zaki, HRH Mr Haruna Kuye with his son, Destiny.  His wife, and their daughter is also reported being on admission for injuries sustained from the November 17, 2020 attack.
We express our condolences to the monarch's family, the Atyap Traditional Council, the Zangon Kataf Local Government Council, and the Kaduna State Government over this dastardly act of inhumanity, and pray for the repose their dear souls.
We at times like this, commend the efforts of the security operatives in the area, but call for the strengthening of security networking, surveillance, and more engagement with the neighboring communities in our resolve to curb threats to life, and livelihood in Zangon Kataf LGA. 
It is our greatest regret that Mr Kuye was murdered while offering his selfless commitment, and ultimately too, in the peace-building efforts towards ending crisis in the area. We as a result, call for intensified efforts by the state government and security operatives to speedily unravel the perpetrators.
We plead with His Excellency, Governor Ahmad Nasir El'Rufai to immortalize the noble commitment and sacrifice of HRH Mr Haruna Kuye by fast tracking the construction of Kibori- Kigudu-Kauru road and name it after the late monarch.
It is our message of hope goes to the survivors. May we see to the end of all forms of terror and acts of cruelty in our communities, state and nation in the nearest future, says the statement.
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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Security Operatives Rescue Two persons from bandits around Rigasa link road

The security agencies have informed the Kaduna State Government that they have repelled armed bandits on Friday night in Igabi local government area. 
According to the agencies, the armed bandits ambushed troops and security operatives patrolling Rigasa-Link Road at Rugar Bello Junction. 
The operatives rescued two persons, Sahabi Lawal and Dan Aliko while Sani Khalil is still missing. 
Similarly, the Armoured Personnel Carrier of the police was riddled with bullets as it can be seen in the attached pictures. 
The bandits who were denied freedom of action escaped while stray bullets hit two citizens driving from the Mando axis of the Rigasa-Link Road.
The two citizens were rushed to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital but sadly, one of them, one Rabiu Awwal died while the second citizen (Umar El-Khattab) is responding to treatment. 
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent a condolence to the deceased’s family and offered prayers for the repose of his soul. The Governor wishes the citizen recuperating a speedy recovery. 
The Governor also commended troops and police personnel that repelled the armed bandits and rescue of two citizens. 
The troops and police are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area.
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Kaduna Political Awards: DJ Cinch, receives Nomination Certificate

Popular Kaduna Artiste, DJ Cinch, has received his Nomination Certificate for the forthcoming Kaduna Political Awards, under the Kaduna Entertainer Of The Year Category. 
DJ Cinch, who became popular in Kaduna State and the North at large, after he dropped the Arewa cover of Olamide's Wo, has been nominated under the Kaduna Entertainer Of The year category, alongside other top Kaduna Entertainers.
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PHOTONEWS: Kaduna Youths turns out in Mass to participate in the ongoing Kaduna Marathon

Kaduna Youths turn out in style to participate in the ongoing Kaduna Marathon
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Friday, November 20, 2020

Kaduna residents lament hike in petrol price, cost of living

Kaduna residents have lamented the recent increase in the pump prices of petroleum products.
Many say their monthly earnings can no longer sustain them due to increase in prices of food items, transportation and house rent.
Others appealed to President Buhari to intervene in the general cost of living as there are no jobs to cushion the effect of the price hikes, as well as the high rate of insecurity in the country.
President of unemployed youths in Kaduna State, Mr. Joseph Madaki explained that many married men have abandoned their responsibilities due to unemployment, high cost of feeding and the inability to provide for their families.
According to him, ” some of us graduated from the University 9-10 years ago, without jobs. Some have gone for their post-graduate programs, thinking at the end of their studies, a job will come, but to no avail.

Also speaking, a food transporter in Kaduna State, Mrs. Rhoda Ajanaku said the cost of transportation has hindered her from going to the East to buy foodstuffs to sell in Kaduna.
According to her, ”I will no longer risk my life for food items business due to the cost of hiring buses and other risks involved.
Before now, with 300,000 Naira, I can gain 150,000 Naira after all the expenses. But now, I run at a loss due to the high cost of foodstuffs, transportation and sundry expenses.”

A civil servant in the Kaduna State Ministry of Education who did not want her name in print said her salary can no longer sustain her.
“As a Senior Officer, I cannot boast of saving 1,000 Naira monthly. My children can no longer go to school, feeding them has become a serious problem.”

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, had increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N147.67 per litre to N155.17.
Following the announcement, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria said the implication was that the pump price of petrol would range from N168 to N170 per litre
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OPINION: Kaduna marathon, another misplaced priority, By Steven Kefas

The Nasir El-Rufai led Kaduna state government is the most insensitive government I have seen in decades. Even successive military governors were never so insensitive and reckless.

A government that would rather chase shadows than address real issues confronting it's citizens is a huge disappointment to say the least.

A typical example is the scheduled Kaduna marathon. It shows government's insensitivity cum carelessness. At a time when people are still mourning their loved ones the government failed to protect from bandits, the government is occupied with a jamboree called marathon. 

Even the worse dictatorship sometimes feign compassion as a way of assuring the people of shared humanity when things are bad.

It is rather unfortunate that at a time when over a dozen ABU students are in kidnappers den with their fates still unknown, the state government is busy on the media talking about a marathon.

Marathons are actually not bad but should be the least priority for a state ravaged by insecurity of different kinds and shape.

The recent attack of trainees at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji by bandits, is another indication that no where is safe in Kaduna state.

The way and manner bandits stage blockades on the dreaded Kaduna-Abuja express way in broad daylight is another pointer to the fact that the bandits are now a government unto themselves. 

Unfortunately, the state government is more concerned about a marathon that will add no value to the security and "economic" situation in the state instead state resources will be expended on frivolities.

I cannot imagine a Governor Babagana Zullum organizing a marathon at a time his citizens could no longer travel, go to their farms or sleep in their houses with their eyes closed.

From Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa, Chikun, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf, Jema'a, Kaura and Kauru the story remains the same of blood, tears and sorrow, yet the actions and inaction of the state government only show insensitivity and carelessness.
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Hundreds of PDP members, decamps to APC in Kaduna

Hundreds party members of the People Democratic party (PDP) on Saturday the 14th of November, 2020, decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The decampees were received in Zonkwa At the unveiling of the APC YOUTH PROGRESSIVES FORUM, by Hon. Rebecca Barde, the APC Zonal Women Leader.
The State Party Chairman, Air Commodore EK Jekada Rtd, in his remarks, encouraged the good people of Southern Kaduna to see the need to join the progressives family and continue to support the good policies of His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai led APC administration, which has continued to positively impact on the lives of citizens across the state.
The decampees aired their dissatisfaction on poor approach of the PDP and continued disregard to public interest, Adding that they decided to abandon the PDP and handover their membership; and join the APC in order to  contribute to the ongoing  developmental strides across Southern Kaduna and Zangon Kataf Local Government Area in particular; and Kaduna state at large.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Luka Elemain Mutum, the patron of the forum Said more decampees are still preparing massive defection from the PDP to our great party for its great ideals and public oriented interest, envisioned to directly impact on public interest.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

"If my pictures with my wife does not sit well with you, I’d like to use this opportunity to say that you are very stupid," Bashir ElRufai replies critics

Bashir El-rufai, the son of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai has replied the critics, who condemned the manner in which he grabbed his wife in the course of taking ceremonial pictures. The pictures were widely criticised by Nigerians, who stated that the pose was un-islamic. 
Responding to the critics, the Governor's son said, "If my pictures with my wife does not sit well with some & due to the various unsolicited opinions, I’d just like to use this opportunity to say that they are very stupid & if there’s any other way these pictures can make them feel worse than they already do, please let me know."
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Kaduna stands still for GSS Kafanchan old students, as they vow to reunite Nigeria

Government Secondary School Kafanchan in Kaduna state, Northwest Nigeria, came from across the world for their annual reunion meeting, where they said their togetherness could be a model forba united Nigeria.
The old students who kept Kaduna, venue of their meeting agog at the weekend, prayed for peace and tranquility to prevail in the country and charged each other to be agents of national development.
Prominent among the old students who converged on Kaduna, were among others, Major General Musa Sani Yusuf ,the Chief of Administration Nigerian Army, His Royal Highness the Emir of Jema’a ,Alhaji Isa Muhammadu ,Hon. Ado Dogo Audu, the Sardauna of Hayin Banki Kaduna, Alhaji Hassan Mahmood Ibrahim , Sector Commander of the FRSC Abuja ,Mr.Ayuba Wobin Gora, Prof. James Ameh of the University of Abuja, foremost Industrialist ,Alhaji Usman Musa (Mamia),Dr.Nurudeen Isa Gambari,
Brig. Gen Sani Usman Kukasheka( rtd), Alhaji Bala Waziri , Col.Iko (rtd), Navy Cdr.Abdullahi Mohammed Ochi( rtd),etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the caretaker committee of the old students ,Mr.Aaron Ajiyana ,commended the students for being excellent ambassadors of their alma mater.
He said it was heartwarming to know many amongst then have reached the pinnacle of their career with no blemish in government service and the private sector.
Mr. Aaron expressed with delight that many of the old students were still contributing to national development.
He called for unity amongst the old students, thanked them for making the event possible and announced the commencement of a scholarship scheme particularly for the children of old students.
Similarly, Mr. Moses Bonat who was Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, LOC, for the event, said the bond of love and unity amongst the old students,, must not be left to fade away.
He recalled Kaduna of old when the old students related, devoid of religious and ethnic considerations. He said they should revive that spirit in the interest of a much better Nigeria.
Major General Musa Sani Yusuf expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for making it possible for the old students to meet, and hoped that such meetings would be sustained.
Other renowned personalities expected, but couldn’t make it were the immediate past Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, foremost Dublin based Nigerian Doctor, Abubakar Muhammad Mairua, Brig. Gen Augustine Odidi(rtd), others.
Earlier, Chairman of the LOC, Moses Bonat, in a statement, explained that “the school which started as Ibo Union Grammar School in the 1960s was taken over by the then North Central Government in 1975 and renamed Government Secondary School, Kafanchan. Since then, the school has produced quite several distinguished personalities who made their mark in various spheres of human endeavour.”
“These include the immediate past Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Isah Muhammadu, CFR, Emir of Jema’a, a renowned internationally acknowledged Pharmacist and an entrepreneur, Prof. Isah Odidi, who has pharmaceutical businesses in Canada, China and Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Jafaru Sani, Kaduna State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.”
“The late award-winning scientist, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, was also a product of the school.”
“Similarly, the school has produced eminent personalities , serving and retired military officers and many others in the private sector and public service spread across the country.
“The purpose of the meeting is to meet with one another as some of the old students have not seen each other since they left school. It is also aimed at charting a new course for the association and repositioning it to contribute to national development.”
Highlight of the occasion was the appearance of some old cooks who had served in the boarding school’s kitchen and the old school sergeant who came along with the whip he used to instill discipline in the old school premises.
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Kaduna loses three vigilantes, El-Rufai commends troops for neutralizing bandits, destroying camps

The Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVIS) has informed the Kaduna State Government, that the service lost three personnel on Tuesday night in Chikun local government area. 

According to the service, bandits ambushed the personnel at Dande village on their way from Damba-Kasaya in the Buruku general area. 

The identities of the slain personnel are: 

Alison Musa 
Dauda Audu 
Ishaya Sarki

Those injured are: 

Ayuba Tanko 
Doza Adamu 

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has sent condolences to their families and prayed for the repose of their souls, while wishing those that sustained injuries speedy recovery. 

The Governor has also commended land and air troops of Operation Thunder Strike for a successful operation around Kuku area, at the Kagarko local government axis of Kaduna-Abuja Road.

The Governor said he  received with gratitude, information that  the first air strikes hit some of the target structures and neutralized some of the bandits, while the second wave of attacks was executed by a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships which provided close air support to the troops on the ground as they advanced from Kagarko via Kuku into the bandits’ enclave. 

Similarly, armed bandits on Tuesday opened fire on motorists close to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) access road, in Igabi local government area. Troops responded and repelled the bandits.

Citizens will continue to be informed of the security situation. Government appeals for vigilance and prompt reporting of suspicious movements and activities to the security agencies or through the security operations room numbers and e-mail address: 

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PHOTONEWS: Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan, receives the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party

Hon. Isa Ashiru Kudan, receives the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party
The National Working Committee were in Kaduna on a condolence visit to the family of Former Governor of old Kaduna state, late Alhaji Balarabe Musa.
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Nigeria's Dangote buys Kaduna state's tomato factory

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote
has acquired a tomato processing plant from Kaduna, the state governor said on Tuesday, as the
state seeks to sell off assets to free up spending.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and the continent's
biggest oil producer, is tilting towards recession after the
COVID-19 pandemic triggered a collapse in global oil prices,
hammering returns from the country's main export.
The billionaire tycoon's Dangote Group is active in cement,
oil, food and sugar businesses, and is also expanding into
farming. In 2016, Dangote started a tomato factory in Kano.
"As state governments we have very little choice," said
Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, referring to fiscal
constraints. "We are running out of options to borrow and the federal
government cannot bail us out forever," he told a virtual
conference on the privatisation of state assets. Nigeria is in the process of accessing a $750 million World
Bank loan to enable local states to support vulnerable
households and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on
the economy. Nigeria imports up to 400,000 tonnes of tomato paste
annually. The tinned paste is an ingredient in Nigerian tomato
stew, used as a base for a host of traditional meat stews,
sauces, soups and rice dishes that are staples of Nigerian
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KDSG rallies residents for Kaduna Marathon, lists road to be closed on Saturday

Ahead of the maiden edition of Kaduna Marathon scheduled for Saturday, 21st November 2020, the Kaduna State Government has urged to citizens participate in the race and to support the runners and officials involved. The government has also announced that in order to stage a successful and safe race, some roads in Kaduna metropolis will be closed on Saturday, from 6am to 3pm.

A statement from the Steering Committee of the Kaduna Marathon said that the government and the race organisers regret the inconvenience that the temporary closure of roads may cause to residents.

Commissioner of Sports, Professor Kabir Mato disclosed that the about 30 roads within the state capital will be fully or partially closed between 6am and 3pm on Saturday. He explained that the security agencies who will be implementing the road closures expect the cooperation and voluntary compliance of residents.

Prof. Mato added that sponsors of Kaduna Marathon and the elite athletes participating in the event will be unveiled tomorrow at the final pre-event press briefing. He disclosed that Kaduna Marathon will be broadcast live in accordance with international standards.

The commissioner commended registered runners who have collected their race kits for their orderly conduct at the KASU collection venue, and he urged those who are yet to collect their kits to do so.  

Roads to be closed for Kaduna Marathon, Saturday, 21st November 2020

1. Yakubu Avenue by Coronation Crescent and by Alkali Road.
2. Galadima road by Alkali Road.
3. Jabi Road by Alkali Road.
4. Isa Kaita road by Alkali Road.
5. Kalapanzi avenue by Alkali Road and by Maska Road.
6. Suleiman Crescent by Coronation Crescent.
7. Waziri Crescent by Coronation Crescent.
8. North Road by Ali Akilu Road and by the State House of Assembly.
9. Modibo Adama road by coronation crescent.
10. Dantuku Road.
11. Sambo Road.
12. Sokoto Road.
13. Dendo Road.
14. Ruran Godiya.
15. Kafur Road.
16. New Dawaki road.
17. Maska road by Isa Kaita.
18. Isa Kaita by Sultan Bello road.
19. Tafawa Balewa Way by Muhammadu Buhari way.
20. Yakubu Gowon Way by Muhammadu Buhari way.
21. Club Road by Muhammadu Buhari Way.
22. Oreland Kukawa road by Muhammadu Buhari way.
23. Ahmadu Bello Way by NEPA Roundabout.
24. Bank Road by Challenge Bookshop Roundabout.
25. Sokoto Road by Ahmadu Bello Way.
26. Modibo Adama by Ali Akilu Road.
27. Kankiya Street by Sultan Bello Road.
28. Runka Street by Sultan Bello Road.
29. Bishini Road by Sultan Bello Road.
30. Safana Road by Sultan Bello Road.
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Kaduna-Abuja Highway: Kidnappers Demand N270m Ransom To Release 9 ABU Students

Armed men who kidnapped some Nigerian French language students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, have demanded a cumulative sum of N270 million as their ransom.
One of the students among those in the bus but succeeded in escaping, Dickson Oko, told DailyTrust that the kidnappers had reached out to the families of the kidnapped students, demanding N30 million ransom on each.
Oko, who sustained a gunshot wound during the attack, said he was recuperating but was devastated by the thought of his colleagues in captivity.
He told Daily Trust that despite the gunshot wound, he was among those that ran out of the bus, leaving his phone and other belongings.
He, however, said when he returned to the bus after the attack, his phones and those of others were no longer there.
Oko and the bus driver, Nuruddeen Mohammed, told Daily Trust that 12 of them were on the bus but nine students were kidnapped.
Also, a female relative of one of the kidnapped students told the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service monitored in Kaduna that the kidnappers had reached out to the family demanding N30 million per student.
She pleaded with the kidnappers to have mercy and release the victims, saying they were only students.
The driver narrated to Daily Trust how he and three other students escaped the grip of the bandits in the Kaduna-Abuja highway kidnap incident.
The students, who were on their way to the French Village in Lagos for their language immersion programme, were trapped at the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the highway when gunmen blocked both lanes of the road and opened fire on motorists.
Meanwhile, the university has confirmed that eight people were kidnapped. But Mohammed, the driver, said he had 12 students in the bus – 10 females and two males.
He succeeded in evading the kidnappers and returned to Kaduna with three students while the whereabouts of the remaining nine were unknown.
Mohammed, a commercial driver stationed at Mando Park in Kawo, Kaduna, told our correspondents that they were trapped sometime around 3:10 pm at Busa, a few kilometres after Akilubu.
"Immediately they came on the road, the armed men opened fire. They shot two of the students on the bus, and we noticed that they had erected a roadblock behind us and another in front. There was another roadblock mounted on the other lane. So the only thing I could do was to stop."
He said with gunshots directed at their bus and other vehicles ahead of them; he suggested to the students to brace up and run, adding, "I opened the door and crawled into the grass. The gunshots were everywhere; the person on the passenger's seat in front also came down even though he was shot. I crossed onto the other lane. I never knew I would survive because there were gunshots directed at me."
He said he saw the gunmen open fire at a Gulf car with people in it. He said the attack, which scared him, aided his decision to run.
"I can't say how many people were killed but what scared me was how they opened fire at the Gulf car even though it had stopped and there were people in it. But the bandits opened fire and kept shooting. That was when I decided that it was better they killed me while on the run than face a gruesome fate in the vehicle," he added.
Mohammed, however, explained that when he returned to the roadside, soldiers had arrived and engaged the bandits in a shootout, adding that he went to Katari Police Station to make a statement as soon as the situation calmed down.
"While making the statement, one of my passengers who had a baby came and said that she couldn't believe that I survived because they all thought bullets had hit me.
"She was trembling and told the police that when the soldiers came, the bandits formed two groups; one went with several kidnapped victims into the bush, while the other bandits stayed back to engage the security agents in an attempt to distract them," he said.
According to Mohammed, two other students had been found, including the student on the passenger's seat who sustained a gunshot wound, adding that "the woman confirmed that the bandits left with nine of the students while we took the three who escaped to the hospital and I came back to Kaduna with them on Monday."
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said yesterday that bandits had been degraded in the country.
He was responding to the concern raised by a security analyst and Daily Trust columnist, Barrister Bulama Bukarti, over the activities of the bandits in the northwestern part of the country.
Dingyadi, while briefing reporters after the quarterly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said bandits had been subdued and that they would not recover.
Bukarti had featured in a live Instagram programme hosted by Daily Trust on Monday where he expressed fears that the bandits may become too powerful to be reined in if care was not taken.
"These bandits have already been degraded. So, there is no way they can resuscitate themselves and take over. I think they have already been degraded; what they are doing is just a hit-and-run kind of tactics. So, we don't see any sign of them coming to take over or overpower. I think they have been well degraded and they are just trying to show their presence in a very cowardly manner," he said.
The minister, while reacting to the concerns that police had abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna road and the plans to ensure peace returned to the route, said it was an overstatement to insinuate that security agents had deserted the highway.
He said the reported cases of attacks along the route should not be interpreted that bandits had taken over despite the 24-hour patrol being jointly done by the police and the military.
"Once a small thing happens in a particular place like this Kaduna, we begin to talk about the lack of security in that area. That place is being monitored 24 hours. There are police and the army who are on a kind of joint patrol on a 24 hours basis.
"We also have our separate police formation that is also on that road. I think it is an overstatement to say that that place is not being secured. People are still following it.
"We agree that there have been cases of attacks, but these are normal things these people do whenever they have an opportunity, and we are equal to the task.
"Whenever this kind of thing happens, we pursue them like what happened just two days ago; those people were rescued. So, police and security personnel will continue to monitor this road and all other places to ensure that peace is to a very large extent maintained in the area," he stated.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Senator Uba Sani Condemns Kaduna Killings, Says It’s Time To Take Action

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani has condemned the renewed attacks on communities in Igabi and Kajuru Local Governments, as well as the Kaduna – Abuja Road by bandits.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, he lamented that non-state actors, with access to instruments of violence, have been operating with ease, adding that the situation and therefore must be a cause for concern to anybody interested in the security and welfare of the people.
According to the lawmaker, the continued siege on the Abuja – Kaduna Road by bandits is a direct affront on the Federal Government and in particular the security agencies.
While noting that criminal elements cannot “annex” a strategic gateway in the country without adequate measures to tackle the security challenges, Sani said “this is the time to take the fight to the bandits and kidnappers and reassert the Federal Government’s monopoly of the coercive instruments of state. Enough is indeed Enough.”
He also asked the Federal Government to work with the Kaduna State Government to uproot the bandits from Igabi and Kajuru Local Governments.
The lawmaker wants the “Federal Government to carry out a one-month intensive operation on Kaduna – Abuja Road to degrade the bandits and kidnappers,” adding that “anybody, no matter how highly placed, that is found to be aiding and abetting criminality along the Road should be brought to book.”
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Kaduna, Chinese firm drive N45b urban renewal project amid security scare

Despite reports of growing insecurity and killings, Kaduna State has commenced road revolution under the Urban renewal programme which has given the state capital a facelift.
Surprisingly, the state capital which should have been looking forloon and abandoned, has been turned into one huge construction site with a leading Chinese construction firm, CCECC Nigeria Limited building over 19 roads simultaneously.
Hitherto failed roads, are either been expanded or dualized, making Kaduna, one of the most beautiful and clean state capitals.
The Urban Renewal programme, has no doubt returned Kaduna to it’s glory days as a trade centre and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agrarian areas.
The construction firm, CCECC Nigeria Limited, according to residents of the city, especially the motoring public, have delivered on quality projects that has cured the nightmarish experience of driving in the metropolis.
Not just Kaduna city, Zaria and Kafanchan are also captured in the renewal programme.
Apart from the roads, the CCECC is also building Kaduna’s first shopping mall, the Kaduna Galaxy Shopping Mall, at the cost of N4 billion in partnership with the state government and development partners under the PPP arrangement.
When completed, the mall which will house the South African sales outlet, ShopRite and other businesses, will also boost the already burgeoning commercial activities in the city.
Meanwhile the Managing Director, Kaduna State Roads Agency (KADRA), Engineer Mohammed Lawal Magaji, said that the Urban Renewal programme was designed to open up the communities and tackle insecurity.
He disclosed that a total of thirteen roads are to be dualized and seven others expanded under the first phase of the programme at a total cost of N45,844,608,119.76.
Some of the roads awarded under the fist phase of the programme include the completion of dualised Umaru Musa Yar’adua Way to Eastern Bypass, rehabilitation and Expansion of Katuru Road (fromIsa Kaita to Rabah Road) plus Junction Improvement at Sultan Road/Isa Kaita Road Junction, construction of Urban Shelter Road (Umaru Yar’adua Way) to Patrick Yakowa Way, Dualisation of Yakubu Gowon Way – Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital-Waff Road including an Underpass at Leventis Roundabout and the dualisation of Waff Road (from NEPA Roundabout to Essence Junction), including Junction Improvement at Essence Junction.
Others are Dualisation of Alkali Road complete with road furniture, dualisation and Junction Improvement of Existing Race Course Road from Independence Way leading to Tafawa Balewa Way, dualisation of Existing Rabah Road (From Arewa House Junction To Waterboard)D, dualisationof Rabah Road by Arewa House to Nnamdi Azikwe Express Bypass including an Overpass), Nnamdi Azikwe to Rigasa Train, rehabilitation and Expansion of Poly Road from Govt House Roundabout to Dutsenma Road via Kasuwan Barci Roundabout and expansion of Kabala Costain to Aliyu Makama Road, complete with a 230m bridge, among others.
Giving further details, Magaji, disclosed that the Urban Renewal programme, was flagged off in 2019 with 18 roads awarded to CCECC Nigeria Limited, while two others were added to make it 20 city roads.
“So far, among the roads being handled by CCECC, we have completed four roads, we also have other roads that have reached advanced stage of completion.
“Apart from these roads awarded to CCECC, we have another five roads within the metropolis under the Urban Renewal programme that will soon commence, they have done the design and are now setting up, these roads are in four Local Government Areas.”
The General Manager of the construction firm (CCECC), Kelvin Tian Xiaoqiang, said the company has been working round the clock to deliver the roads on record time and according to specifications.
He said the firm has fully mobilized machineries and manpower to boost it’s operations in the state, adding that it has the capacity to deliver all the roads and other jobs it is handling in the state without compromising standards and quality.
According to him, reports of insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic have not deterred the operations of the company in the State.
He said that although, the company has taken measures to ensure adequate security of its staff, especially the expatriates by deploying about 2% of its earnings in engaging security agencies, the workers have never been kidnapped or attacked.
Commending the state government for the confidence reposed in the firm, Xiaoqiang, said the company’s reputation for quality job delivery and competitive pricing, has given it an edge in the construction sector.
He said that the company has efficiently keyed into the state government’s vision of developing the state through the building of quality infrastructure, designed to boost the economy and create jobs, adding that it has so far employed 1,700 youths.
According to him, “we have worked with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai in Abuja as the then FCT Minister, we worked in the Abuja rail project, so he invited us to Kaduna to work in the metropolis because he knows that CCECC is a company you can trust.
“We do not compromise quality as a company and our price is highly competitive. Since we started this project in Kaduna State, the governor has been very supportive. They mobilize us very quickly and the agencies of government cooperate with us, which has made our job easy. We have a very cordial and beneficial relationship with the state government.
“The government is playing a great role by supporting us and we are also playing our part by ensuring that we are doing good job. Our relationship is getting better and better by the day. All the roads we building are of very high quality and can last for more than 50 years. The on.
At the beginning we had some challenges at the beginning from the residents but after we have built some of the roads and the traffic started moving, they were happy and were asking the government to give the jobs to CCECC.
“Another problem is the issue of compensation, the people felt that the money paid for compensation is too small but the payment of compensation is not part of the contract, it is the state government that sees to that. Some times this delays our speed but if it can be done faster it will help us.
“We have engaged 1700 local workers, Chinese Staff are just 50, most of the jobs are done by Nigerians. Every year we give awards to deserving workers to encourage them”.
On security challenges, the General Manager retorted that, “there is no security challenge in the city, apart from that, CCECC is spending money on security. We engaged the soldiers, Police and private security firm, so the issue of security has been addressed”.
On how the firm has been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, “one interesting thing I want to tell you, is that we have been working all through the period of the lockdown. We never stopped work for one day. The state government granted CCECC waiver. Our parent company in China told us the measures to take to protect our workers, we applied that and everyone is safe. We met all the COVID-19 protocol and provided our workers with all they needed to stay safe”.
Meanwhile, Kaduna residents, especially the motoring public, commended the Urban Renewal programme and the quality of the roads, which they said have made driving safer and more pleasurable within the Kaduna metropolis.
Ibrahim Mohammed, a commercial driver, commended the state government for initiating the renewal programme, adding that “before now, it was hell driving through most of the major roads in Kaduna but today everything has changed, you can now drive without any problem.
“We are also happy with the quality of the roads. The construction firm (CCECC Nig LTD) is doing a good job, we are very grateful to them.
Mohammed however tasked the state government to engage workers to keep the roads clean, “the roads will last longer and serve better if it is properly maintained. The state government should engage people who should be sweeping the roads and keeping them clean so that it can last for a long time.”
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Monday, November 16, 2020


Dear Governor Elrufai,

I read with so much shock and surprise your tweet this morning on 'fake news and hypocrisy of free speech' quoting former American President Barak Obama.

Sir, your tweet came few hours after Sabon Birni community in Igabi Local Government area of Kaduna state was attacked by bandits and 11 people killed as reported by Channels TV your favorite TV station. Those villagers didn't need to die yet they died because you failed to protect them.

Your tweet also came hours after armed bandits laid siege along Abuja-Kaduna express way killing 15 according to Daily trust a pro Northern government newspaper and many including student from ABU your alma mater were abducted by the bandits with their location still unknown. Those travellers didn't need to suffer this violence but they did because you failed to protect them.

Sir, just this morning Mazaki community in Gora Ward Zangon Kataf Local Government area of Kaduna state came under attack and the district head and his son were butchered while his wife survived though severely injured.

With all due respect Sir, you have not uttered a word or made any tweet consoling families that were affected in these violence unleashed by the bandits and terrorists even though you swore an oath to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of Kaduna state, a promise you have failed woefully to keep since 2015 at least going by the statistics of death, kidnappings and destructions under your stewardship.

It is very disturbing that at a time when your citizens are under siege laid by bandits and terrorists you would rather worry yourself with Obama's quote than console them and give them the security you took oath to provide.

Sir, security in Kaduna needs to improve with immediate effect because the people are tired of paying ransoms from monies they don't even have and burying their death daily.

Please Sir, if you cannot guarantee the citizens safety of their lives and properties then honorably resign as that is what honorable leaders do during adversities they cannot manage. Am sure the Obama you quoted would have long resigned if he was the Governor of a Kaduna where people get killed and kidnapped on a daily basis.
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