Monday, November 30, 2020

2 Travellers, 2 Bandits Killed As Security Rescues 39 Victims In Kaduna

Security agents engaged bandits four times between Sunday night and Monday morning in what appeared to be coordinated attacks that claimed the lives of two travellers and two bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Zaria roads.
Kaduna State Police Command said an attack along Kaduna-Zaria road on Sunday night was a foiled kidnapping attempt when a group of 40 bandits blocked the road and began shooting sporadically.
Police spokesman ASP Mohammed Jalige said two travelling to Yobe,  Isa Abubakar, 26 and Umar Mohammed, 21, sustained gunshot wounds in the leg.
Jalige said the corpse of the neutralized bandit was deposited at Barau Dikko Specialist hospital.
Also giving  account of incidents between Sunday and Monday, Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan said based on feedback from the military, troops of 4 Battalion Nigerian Army overpowered the armed bandits that were shooting at motorists plying the Kwanar Tsintsiya axis of Kaduna-Zaria Road, in Igabi LGA.
Aruwan confirmed that one of the bandits was killed and several others escaped with bullet wounds. “Furthermore, the troops rescued 39 persons traveling to Onitsha from Sokoto from the armed bandits. The troops are still trailing the bandits to areas said to be their enclave,” he said.
He also said that troops also responded to distress calls about bandits attacking and rustling in the same general area and recovered 69 cattle while one of the armed bandits was killed.
He said on the same Sunday, bandits advancing towards the Audu-Jungom axis in Chikun LGA along the Kaduna-Abuja road were repelled by troops and pursued to Ungwan Tuta, adding that the bandits were denied freedom to carry out their nefarious act.
The commissioner said troops rescued some passengers kidnapped around 7pm on the Kaduna-Kachia road and in the early hours of Monday, successfully dislodged bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja road but confirmed that a stray bullet fired by the criminals hit a driver and passenger, killing them.
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OPINION: There is hope for a better Chikun/Kajuru Constituency, all we need to do is to make Hon. Ekene Adams our representative, By Simnom Hassan

There are four ways in which we have contact with the world, an individual is classified by these four Contacts; What we do,how we look, what we say, and how we say it. Having known the above, let's weigh our Constituency on a scale together with the one and only promising politician in the constituency. 
I am talking about no other than Ekene Adams, CEO Kadacity football club. The evaluation based on what he has done has brought about thousands of Change to the constituants in terms of empowerments, while that of how he looks has saved thousands of the constituants From many inconveniences, what he says and how he say it has change the thinking ability of millions of Youths to be creatives. God has sent to us what we lack in Chikun/Kajuru Constituency, which is Entrepreneurial leaders, those that can move quickly when opportunity presents itself, those that are Future oriented, those that Focus on getting a job done.
The opportunity that we've missed since 2003 has knocked on our door this time, let's join hands in making sure we bring back our stolen mandate, in order for our constituency to restore its dignity. 
The movement is for you and i, let's save the next generation. There is Hope for a better Chikun/Kajuru constituency, all we need to do is to make honourable Ekene Adams our representative.
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You Are Needed On The Battlefield, Not On ‘Black Friday’ Issue, Shehu Sani Blasts Hisbah

Former Senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani has faulted Kano state Hisbah over their warning issued to a radio station on promoting Black Friday in their broadcast.

On Friday, the Kano State Hisbah Command has barred a radio station in Kano from using the term ‘Black Friday’ to promote sales and give people cheap offers in its broadcasts.
But the former senator on his Twitter handle said the call is nonsensical adding that the Hisbah should focus on killings and kidnappings going on in the North.
“Friday is our sacred day of prayer as Muslims. Whatever colour is added to it doesn’t matter. Hisbah’s threats against the phrase’Black Friday’ is nonsensical.
“They should focus on the killings and kidnappings going on in their domains.Their services are needed in the battlefield,” the tweet added.
The Sharia police had said it would monitor the Black Friday sales in the state to ensure compliance.
The command, in a letter signed by Abubakar Ali on behalf of the Commander General and addressed to the station manager of Cool FM, requested the media house to stop the act with immediate effect, adding that Kano people consider Friday as a holy day.
“I am directed to write and notify you that the office is in receipt of complaint about the conduct of Black Friday Sales on 27th November, 2020. “Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of the Friday as “Black Friday” we want to further inform you that majority of the inhabitants of Kano state are Muslims that consider Friday as Holy Day. “In view of the foregoing you are requested to stop calling the day as Black Friday with immediate effect and note that Hisbah corps will be around for surveillance purpose with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony and stability in the state,” the letter said.
The letter, which is already in circulation across social media, is already among the trending topics on Twitter.
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Killings, Attacks and Counter-attacks, a call for Restraint and Calm - Sarkin Noma

The representative of Jema'a /Sanga  at the National Assembly,Hon Shehu N. Garba (Sarkin-noma), has received with sadness, the news of killings, attacks and counter-attacks in Ungwan Bido and other surrounding Communities within Asso Ward in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Honourable Member commiserates with all those who have lost loved ones and the injured.
He lamented that: "These incidents are happening few weeks after an all-embracing Peace submit aimed at fostering understanding and peaceful coexistence is, to say the least, very disheartening." 
According to him: "the persistent failure to follow due process by all warring parties have always been at the root of all the crises."
The Member urged all Parties to: "show restrain and desist from taking Laws into their hands but allow the Security Agents to undertake a thorough investigation with a view to bringing Perpetrators to book." 
He pleaded for deployment of Security Personnel to the affected Areas to halt further attacks and restore peace.
He, however, called for calm, urging members of the affected community to be law abiding and security conscious.
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

No Federal Perm Sec, Minister is bankrolling Ubaniyya Movement, Says Yamusa Rigasa

The Founder of #UBANIYYA_MOVEMENT for Uba Sani, Mallam Mustapha Yamusa Rigasa has debunked the  rumour circulating on social media that a  serving minister, two Federal Permanent secretaries and some Uba Sani's Business and political associates are secretly bankrolling the activities of #UBANIYYA_MOVEMENT.
As you are all aware, #UBANIYYA_MOVEMENT is a lobby and pressure group aimed to persuade and pressurise Senator Uba Sani to answer the clarion calls of Talakawa to contest for number one Kaduna seat of power come 2023 by God grace, as a result of the developments he brought to Kaduna central senatorial district within one year in office, such as a bills seeking to establish Federal medical centre Rigasa and others nine productive bills which president Buhari has already signed into law  while other bills has already scaled second and third reading respectively. 
The developments brought by Senator Uba Sani to Kaduna State includes facilitating Federal and state appointments to indigenes of kaduna state and Empowerment programmes which many Youths and Women are now millionaires through his Empowerment scheme in conjunction with The Federal government financial agencies, Mustapha Yamusa Rigasa said. 
The Founder of #UBANIYYA_MOVEMENT  added that the four points Agenda of Senator Uba Sani such as Education, Health Care, Youths/Women Empowerment and security of the citizens has also attracted and convinced them to support, persuade and pressurise Senator Uba Sani to answer the clarion calls of the masses come 2023 insha.
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KDSG orders investigation of killing and counter killing in Jema’a LGA

The Kaduna State Government has received a report of killing and counter killing in Jema’a local government area of the state. The state government condemns these attacks and the loss of lives and has directed security agencies to investigate and arrest all persons involved in the criminal actions.

According to a security update issued to the citizens, the state government said it received the operational feedback from the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) highlighting the unfortunate incidents. 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has also directed the military and police to accelerate investigation and ensure diligent prosecution of those responsible for the killing. 

The military on Saturday, 28th November 2020, reported to the government that one herder, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah village of Jema’a local government was killed by unknown persons with deep knives cut on his head. 

The military further stated that three persons were arrested from Ungwan Pah and Ungwan Bido villages of the same local government area as follows: 

1. Victor Markus 
2. Gero David  
3. Thankgod Sunday 

Security agencies have furthered reported that Ungwan Bido village was attacked today, Sunday 29th November 2020, where some local residents were killed and four injured. Two children are missing.

The six persons killed are: 

1. Silas Maman 
2. Malaki Tabat 
3. Geofree Andrew 
4. Anna Ahmadu 
5. Sunday Tagwai 
6. Fidelis Musa 

Four persons were injured as follows: 

1. Adamu Mangai 
2. Matta Silas 
3. Yaro Musa 
4. Yaro Andrew 

Two children are missing as follows: 

1. Rebecca Àndrew 
2. Clement Andrew 

The houses of the following citizens were burnt by the attackers: 

1. Adamu Mangai 
2. Gideon Nuhu 
3. Andrew Adamu 
4. Alphonsus Michael 

Governor El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls; and he has wished those that sustained injuries speedy recovery. 

KDSG appeals security agencies, traditional rulers and community leaders to continue to work with the state government to sustain the community peace building efforts being supported by the Kaduna State Peace Commission.

The state government has directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to citizens whose houses were burnt as well as those injured in the attack.
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'We Are Not Safe'—Kaduna Residents, Business Owners Cry Out Over Insecurity

Residents of Kaduna State have criticised efforts by the El-rufai led government to create an impression that the state is safe despite daily kidnapping and killings of residents by armed bandits.
Kaduna has become Nigeria's kidnapping hub with at least one incident of kidnapping recorded every day since 2015 and has grown worse in recent months causing residents to flee to neighbouring states and motorists to desert the popular Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

Emmanuel Rabo, a resident of Damba-Kasaya village in Chikun Local Government where an attack happened in September but has now relocated to neighbouring Nassarawa State, told us on Thursday that a feeling of hopelessness is widespread in the state.
"We no longer sleep with our eyes closed since the attack," he said. "Many people died that morning. Nobody has come to our rescue or to say, 'let me greet these people for what happened to them' — we are on our own."
Rabo said the government had abandoned the people. "On the radio, you will hear them saying 'police this, military that' but it's a lie," he said. "I had to move my family to my brother's house in Keffi because I think it is better that way — his church is feeding us, and I also do Okada business so that I feed my family and not be a burden. I don't think we will go back."

Another resident, Saleh Malumfashi, who lives in Narayi High-Cost Area of Barnawa said the kidnappers are emboldened by government's inaction and unwillingness to solve the lingering insecurity.
Speaking in Hausa, he said, "Kaduna was never like this. We have always been one of the best states in Nigeria, but now it looks like these people have overpowered the government. I have lived here for 25 years even though I am from Katsina State, but it has never been this bad.
"Anybody that tells you that things are okay is just pretending, and we cannot keep pretending. I live in the township, and I can tell you that everybody is afraid. We are barely struggling to survive daily. Where will we get money for ransom? Even those who pay a ransom are still killed. I call on Baba Buhari to help us and may Allah make it easy for us."

Calistus Eze, a businessman who sells second-hand spare parts in Malali, a popular area in the state, said he might relocate to a safer state if the situation does not improve by the end of the year.
"You know it is if one has life that we can sell anything. The way things are in the north now, not just in Kaduna, no business person can put money into building shops and warehouses because if any small thing happens, they always burn it," he said.
"Now, it is bandits abducting people and asking for ransom. If we are truthful, the governor knows who these people are. He should talk to them because serious-minded people are planning to leave the state. I am from Nkanu in Enugu, but I have a brother in Lagos who has been pressuring me to leave. I am still watching until year-end."
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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Kaduna flags off 26.3km Kafanchan township roads construction

The Kaduna state government has flagged off the construction of 21 Kafanchan township roads in Jema’a local government area totalling a distance of 26.3km.
The managing director, Kaduna Roads Agency (KADRA), Engr. Mohammed Lawal Magaji, who did the flag-off ceremony at Katsina Road, Kafanchan, on Friday, said the 21 road projects included the expansion of 18 roads totalling 15.5km at the cost of over N5 billion awarded to indigenous company, Farmtrac Nigeria Limited to be completed within 15 months.
The Kaduna state urban renewal project was flagged off in Kaduna. We are here in Kafanchan to kick-start the commencement of urban renewal project in Kafanchan. The contractors have mobilised to site with new machines, equipment and tools. We expect that the standard urban renewal project is same with that of Kaduna.
“We are here to kick-start the project, we are going to check the alignment, and then we would start work immediately. We expect that people of Kafanchan will give us maximum support to deliver good work. Their cooperation is key to the timely completion of the projects,” he said.
Speaking on why Farmtrac, an indigenous company, was selected for the project despite having many foreign companies around, he said Farmtrac “can compete favourably against any foreign company; the government policy was to engage good indigenous company with good track record.”
“Farmtrac has executed many projects in Kaduna state; so, we believe they compete favourably with foreign companies with the quality of their work; that is why they are chosen for this project.
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URBAN RENEWAL: Inside ‘new’ Kaduna

For those who have not been to Kaduna, capital of former Northern Region, in the last one year, a visit would leave them surprised at the new look of the town, due to the on-going Kaduna Urban Renewal programme of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
With the rehabilitation, expansion and building of over 20 roads in the metropolis, the administration has brought about what can arguably be described as one of the most ambitious urban renewal programmes in the country in recent times.
Mr. Tian Kelvin, the General Manager of CCECC, the Chinese contractors handling 21 road projects, Kaduna Office, who conducted journalists round some of them, last week, said that the rate of work on their sites did not diminish, even at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Some of the most significant road projects include the dualisation of Rabah Road by Arewa House to Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Bypass; completion of dualised Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Way to Eastern Bypass; construction of Urban Shelter Road to Patrick Yakowa Way; ER 12- dualisation of existing Tafawa Balewa Way; rehabilitation and expansion of Kinshasha Road in Ungwan Rimi, and dualisation of Aliyu Makama Road to Nuhu Aliya Crescent.
Engr. Mohammed Lawal Magaji, MD, Kaduna State Road Agency (KADRA), said the Urban Renewal Programme was launched last year.
According to him, 18 different roads were initially awarded to CCECC before it was later increased to 21.
He said, “Four of the roads have been completed by CCECC. We have other roads that have reached advanced level of completion.
“Anytime from now, some of the roads will be completed. Apart from the roads under construction by CCECC, we have five more roads to be constructed within the metropolis (in four local government areas). Work will soon commence on them.
“Underpass and flyover bridges are also being constructed. We also have urban renewal projects in Zaria and Kafachan that will soon take off.”
Asked how the state government is able to fund such large number of projects during COVID-19 which has negatively affected global and national economies, the MD said, “KADRA is to implement road construction while financing comes from the Ministry of Finance. So far financing has not been a problem.
“For instance, CCECC has not yet even exhausted the mobilization fee paid to it by the state government.”
On economic benefits of the roads, he said, “The essence of this urban renewal project is to open up areas to connect communities and link major roads.
“Once you have all these incorporated, security challenges will be tackled, investors will come in to invest, our local business people will thrive.
“Even during the construction of the roads – there are economic activities already. These massive projects will create job opportunities for our youths.
“Travel time will be reduced because the roads will minimize traffic gridlock. So, social-economic activities in the state will improve and Kaduna will be great again.
“Because of the development that is usually associated with road construction, we expect that Kaduna will soon experience a higher GDP.”
Magaji explained that other road projects are on-going in parts of the state with a view to opening up the rural areas for better economic activities.
The CCECC General Manager, Kaduna Office, Kelvin, explained that his company achieved unprecedented one-road one month target because of its commitment to deliver projects that would impress the governor and his team, as well as, residents.
According to him, the company did not stop work even at the peak of COVID-19 when many parts of the country and the world were under lock-down.
He said, “CCECC never stopped work for one day even during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. That is where we are different.
“Other companies closed and sent their workers away but we did not close. It showed our commitment to delivering quality work within agreed timeframe.
“What we did was to ensure the strictest adherence to the COVID-19 protocols. We made sure that all our workers adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing. “We provided our workers face masks, one per day. We provided both liquid soap and running water in all our facilities and sites. Good enough, we are happy that none of our workers contracted the virus.”
The GM said that CCECC Kaduna Office has a labor-friend policy and did everything necessary to protect its 1, 700 workers who are mostly Nigerians.
According to him, the company has 54 Chinese nationals while the rest are Nigerians who receive incentives including bonuses for outstanding performances.
On the impact of the projects on residents, Kelvin said, “We have gained the trust of residents. When we started, the people were not sure of what we could do but we have gained their trust.
“When we started with the one-road one month initiative, the people were amazed at the speed and the quality of our work. The initial roads were not very long but the quality was very high. We delivered good quality roads so the people became very happy with us.”
On the challenges facing the projects, the GM said that the most crucial is the issue of compensation which, he said, has slowed down work on some of the roads.
“Some of the residents thought that CCECC was the one to pay compensation for properties to be affected by roads expansion or the construction of new ones.
“But we have to explain to them that the issue of compensation is the responsibility of the state government.
“Compensation is not part of the contract. As such, that issue has to be settled by government.
“Settling this issue sometimes slows us down because of the reluctance of those affected to move. We want compensation to be faster. This will certainly help us to move much faster in our work.
In addition to the road projects, Kaduna State government is constructing the Kaduna Galaxy Mall.
Sitting on 11, 000 square meters, the mall is designed to accommodate two anchor tenants: Shoprite and SPAR, as well as 48 line shops.
The Managing Director of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Mr. Mohammed Bayero, said the mall, being developed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP), would cost about N4 billion, with the state government contributing the land and about N1 billion, while the joint venture partner, Amsalco Industries Limited, is contributing the balance.
Bayero described the mall as a major component of the urban renewal programme of the state government.
He said the project, already 50 per cent completed, is expected to be delivered on schedule.The mall is also being constructed by CCECC.
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Kaduna Court Sentences 20-year-old Mechanic To 15 Strokes Of Cane For Stealing iPhone

Amos Dauda, a 20-year-old mechanic, has been sentenced to be whipped 15 times for stealing an iPhone worth N150,000 by a Kaduna State Chief Magistrate Court.
Dauda was arraigned on Tuesday on a two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft.
He pleaded guilty and asked for leniency in his sentencing.
Prosecutor, Leo Chidi, told the court that one Stephen Francis reported the matter at the Gabasawa Police Station on November 15.
He said Dauda went into the complainant’s apartment while he was sleeping and stole his iPhone valued at N150,000, adding that he was caught while trying to escape from the house and the said iPhone was recovered from him.
He stated that the offence contravened sections 257 and 271 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.
Ibrahim Emmanuel, the Chief Magistrate, also ordered Dauda to clean the court premises as part of his sentence.
Emmanuel advised the convict to be of good behaviour and warned him to desist from committing crimes as the court would not be lenient with him next time.
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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sarkin-Noma Felicitates With Chief Dr. Felix Hassan Hyat, Kaduna State PDP Chairman At 65

The Representative of Jema'a/Sanga Federal Constituency, Honourable Shehu Nicholas Garba (Sarkin-Noma) has on behalf of his family and constituents rejoices with Chief (Dr) Felix Hassan Hyat, the Kaduna State Chairman of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) as he clocks 65 years.

The Lawmaker equally joins his family, friends, associates, and the teeming supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state and beyond in celebrating the accomplished politician as God adds another year to his years.

The Lawmakers enjoins the leader of the party to consolidate on the gains he has recorded in the course of his stewardship which was made possible through his open door policy.

Sarkin-Noma wishes the sexagenarian politician divine blessings, health, and longer life.
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Troops attack bandits around Kaduna-Niger boundaries

Patrol units on Kaduna-Abuja road rescue accident victims 

Military authorities have notified the  Kaduna State Government that troops have attacked another group of bandits in Chikun LGA, close to the boundaries with Niger State. 
Some bandits had on Wednesday morning attacked Kugosi and Kajari general areas in Chikun local government area of Kaduna Central Senatorial District. 
This forced locals to flee the villages to some other communities in the local government. On receipt of the information, the Kaduna State Government contacted the military who confirmed that troops had already been deployed to track the armed bandits. 
According to the operational feedback, ground and air components of the military subsequently engaged the bandits. 
The air component of the military, after a fighting patrol to Kajari and Kugosi areas, sighted bandits around Kawuri - a location at Kaduna-Niger interstate boundary area - and subsequently attacked them. 
The Kaduna State Government is grateful to the military for the successful outing and breakthrough. 
Ground troops are still in the location, where a place of worship and a residential building were set ablaze by the bandits. 
The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency  (SEMA) has been directed to take immediate action towards ameliorating the condition of locals taking refuge at Ungwan Gado Primary School, Gwagwada. 
Similarly, the agency will carry out assessments in Kugosi to ascertain the damage suffered following the attack. 
Meanwhile, aggressive patrols are being sustained by troops in the general area. (Pictures attached) 
In another development, troops on patrol in the Alheri Camp general area on the Kaduna-Abuja highway encountered a road traffic accident in the early hours of Thursday just after Olam Company, involving a Sharon van and Toyota Hiace bus.
Ten passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries, and received emergency attention from the troops, before being evacuated to the hospital. No deaths have been recorded so far. (Pictures attached).

Citizens are urged to support the Government's efforts by volunteering useful information to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room on the following phone lines: 


Or email: 

Citizens will continue to receive security updates in line with the principle of participatory security engagement.
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PHOTONEWS: Medical Outreach Program in Jemaa and Kauru Local government Areas by Senator Danjuma Laah in collaboration with NACA

Medical Outreach Program in Jemaa and Kauru Local government Areas by Senator Danjuma Laah in collaboration with NACA
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PHOTONEWS: PDP Ward Congresses 2020

The conclusion of the 2020 PDP Ward and Local Government Congresses took place yesterday in 17 different Wards across 5 Local Government Areas namely;
1. Zaria - 13 Wards
2. Kauru - 2 Wards
3. Kaduna South - 1 Ward
4. Kaduna North - 1 Ward
5. Lere 
6. Soba 
 The outstanding Local Government Congress in 3 LGs(Soba,Lere and Zaria)is scheduled to hold on Saturday 28th November, 2020.
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OPINION: Only Those That are Politically maladjusted feels Makarfi can not drive 2023, By Zaks Tugira

The parmutations of 2023 presidential elections have since taking a serious concern by well meaning Nigerians.
Many Nigerians want the country to be piloted by competent, visionary and capable leader that will change the entire change we are experiencing as a Nation.
To those who are politically maladjusted, it's important for you to know that piloting 2023 presidential race is not all about money, though money plays a vital role but money politics is not the solution to Nigerian political problem.
History will always remind us that some of our past Leaders contested and became president with little or no money, from the former president chief Olusegun Obasonjo, late president Umaru Musa Yar Adua , former president Good luck Ebele Johnathan and even president Muhammadu Buhari, all were not financially balance.
Buhari contested from primary elections and defeated all his openents who spent Tons of Dollars up to the general elections and became president.
Going by MAKARFI past records, competence, vision and capacity displayed as Governor, Senator and PDP National caretaker chairman, all have proved that he can drive the country in 2023.
One of the largest Democratic party in Africa have once experience political crisis that led the party to legal battle from the lower Court up to the supreme Court.
MAKARFI as a pilot of the political party then, displayed a high profile competence, by uniting and restoring the party's confidence to its members, that led to the organization of one of the best National conventions of its kind that produced the current leadership led by prince Uche Socondus. MAKARFI is one Distinguish personality that have public trust.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

2023: Zoning won’t solve Nigeria’s economic woes - El-rufai

Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state has said the zoning process among political parties would not solve the economic problems facing the country.
Mr El-rufai said this on Tuesday when he spoke at a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.
Zoning the presidency between the north and south has remained a norm in the country’s uninterrupted two-decade electoral process since 1999.
Although the Nigerian Constitution does not provide for zoning of political leadership, key political offices at the federal and state levels are often ‘zoned’ by the political parties to allow for fairness within regions and among ethnic groups.
While the president, Muhammadu Buhari, of the ruling All Progressive Congress is from the north and serving his second and last term as allowed by the Constitution, it is presumed that power will shift to the south in 2023.
There has been subtle anxiety across parties and the political class in the country in the past few weeks about rotating the presidency between the north and south come 2023.
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, had recently defected to the APC, accusing his former party, PDP, of not considering the South-east in assigning presidential tickets over the years.
But the Kaduna governor, while delivering his remarks, suggested that “everyone should be given an equal opportunity” to run for office, and not based on ethnicity.
He said: “Zoning in political parties cannot solve the economic problems we are facing. Selecting the best person to get the job done will benefit everyone.”
“The best we can do is to give everyone an equal opportunity,” he added.
Mr El-rufai had, in August last year, also called for the abandonment of zoning arrangements for political offices as adopted in the country.
He said the selection of a candidate should be in line with competence alone, and not ethnicity.
However, in a twist, the governor also in August 2020, said no northerner should contest the presidency in 2023.
He was quoted to have said this in an interview with BBC Hausa service.
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PHOTONEWS: Students Of Government Secondary School Kwaru-Badarawa, Kaduna North, Sit On Bare Floor To Write NECO Exams

 Students Of Government Secondary School Kwaru-Badarawa, Kaduna North, Sit On Bare Floor To Write NECO Exams
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Northern Elders Forum slam Buhari over Abuja-kaduna highway

The Northern Elders Forum has slammed the President Buhari-led administration over the slow pace of work on the dreaded Abuja-Kaduna highway.
In a statement released on Monday signed by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy Dr Kakeem Baba-Ahmed, the forum lamented the five-year completion time-frame as a sign that the administration does not care about the security and livelihood of the people of the North.

The statement reads: “Northern Elders Forum received information from those with responsibility for the reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highway, that work on this vital artery in the North will not be completed for the next five years.
This project involving 375 kilometres of the most strategic highway in the North, and about the only link between the North and South was awarded in 2017 and work commenced in 2018. The slow pace of the work and the consequent deterioration of the highway had made it the most dangerous highway in the nation and the most attractive to kidnappers who have resurfaced recently to compound routine losses of lives and billions in economic losses.
The Forum is deeply shocked by this information. Although it is consistent with a registered record of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to matters affecting people of the North, it is nonetheless irrefutable evidence that this administration does not care about the people of the North, their economy or their security.
It continued: “This Forum had advised Nigerians, particularly fellow Northerners not to trust President Buhari with another mandate in 2019 because evidence garnered from his first term was strong over his indifference to, and even disdain for our Northern communities. The only thing that mattered to him were our votes. This administration has just sentenced Northerners to another five years to live with many threats to life and economy on this important highway.
The Forum notes that President Buhari will leave a very valuable legacy for Northerners. This legacy will remind us of the importance of electing good leaders who have solid records of competence, empathy and respect for the needs of citizens.
In the meantime, the Forum calls on all citizens to raise their voices against this decision to continue to leave people who use this vital highway at the mercy of criminals and huge losses in lives and assets.”
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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.

See photos below;
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