Friday, July 30, 2021

OPINION: Whenever I Watch Analysts On The Television Blaming State Governors For Insecurity, I Shake My Head In Disbelief, By Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga

Whenever I watch analysts on the television blaming State Governors for insecurity, I shake my head in disbelief. These self-styled analysts would tell you the Governors are doing nothing, despite the billions they are collecting as security votes. 

But is that true? Analysts that merely make sensational allegations or assumptions are just taking advantage of the gullibility or ignorance of their audiences. To command credibility, an analyst has to do his homework. You can't do your homework when you don't pay attention to the efforts of some of the Governors are making incredibly well in terms of supporting our security personnel. 

I know for a fact that Governors El-Rufai, Masari, Tambuwal, Simon Lalong,  Zulum and others have invested billions to support our security organizations to fight banditry and other crimes. Though these security personnel are federal employees, the  State Governors spend billions of their own budgets to buy vehicles and other gadgets for our security personnel. Besides supporting them with vehicles, these Govs also bend over backwards to take care of their welfare. 

Let's be fair: these Governors have their limits. Their power as the so-called chief security officers is severely limited. Can a Gov sanction a military or police commander that failed to respond promptly to distress calls of victims under attack? Where is the power when you can't hold security officers accountable for failure or inadequacies?

As El-Rufai once lamented, he said they are chief security officers just in name. He was right. When a Governor doesn't have the power to sanction security officials for inadequacies or failures, the title of chief security officer is merely cosmetic or ceremonial. If states had their own independent security outfits, then the Govs are a better position to hold commanders accountable, but that is not the situation currently in the country.
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Kaduna Police Command Arrests Suspected Gunrunner, Recovers Ammunition

Kaduna Police Command says the Kafachan Divisional office has arrested a suspected gunrunner/armed robber and recovered a rifle, two packets of cartridges, Makarov pistol, rounds of live 9mm ammunition and 2 fabricated revolver pistols.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, on Friday, said, “The Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command attached to Kafanchan Divisional Headquarters on July 28, 2021 at about 1600hrs while acting on reliable information from a good samaritan, intercepted an Opel Vectra vehicle with registration number KAF 733 MK driven by one Geoffrey Ayuba ‘m’ of Unguwan Rimi Kafanchan in Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State.”
The statement further said that when a careful search of the said suspicious vehicle was conducted, an AK47 rifle and two packets of 12-gauge shotgun shells that were criminally concealed in the engine compartment of the car were recovered.
“Investigations are ongoing as the suspect has provided useful information to the Police that will facilitate further breakthroughs,” the statement said.
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Kaduna State Government Files Fresh Charges Against El-Zakzaky

The Kaduna State Government has filed further charges against the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
This is coming less than 24 hours after a Kaduna State High Court discharged and acquitted El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.
Daily Trust reports that a Kaduna High Court presided by Justice Gideon Kurada on Wednesday ruled that the charges against El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat were not supposed to be filed, as the Kaduna State Government cannot arraign someone for a crime that was not an offence at the time.

Justice Kurada had found that the charges were filed against El-Zakzaky and his wife in 2018 pursuant to the Penal Law enacted by the state government in 2017 over an alleged offence committed in 2015.

However, the state government said it was not in agreement with the reasoning and conclusion of Justice Kurada.
The lead Prosecution Counsel, Dari Bayero, told Daily Trust last night that there was no doubt that the government would appeal the case.

Dari Bayero said, “We are going to appeal, there is no doubt about it, in fact, we have obtained the court judgement because we are not in agreement with my Lord’s reasoning and conclusion, it is not in consonance with the facts on ground.”
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

We’re in talks with bandits on 83 Kaduna Baptist students – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria has intensified discussions with bandits to free the 83 remaining students of Bethel Baptist College, Kaduna, who were abducted about three weeks ago.
The Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State and its Vice its President (19 Northern States and Abuja), Rev. John Joseph Hayab, said this in an interview with THE PUNCH on Wednesday.

“We negotiated with the bandits and got some of them released. We are still talking with the bandits to release the remaining 83 in their custody,” he said.

Recall that four more students of the school were released after spending 20 days in the den of bandits.
After successfully escaping from their captors on Sunday, one of the children fell into the hands of another criminal.
The child, according to Hayab, was freed after the payment of N130,000, telephone and SIM card.
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Bandits Kill Kaduna All Progressives Congress' Chairmanship Candidate

Some unknown gunmen, believed to be bandits, have killed the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidate for the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Alamkah Dominic Usman.
The APC leader was shot dead along Keffi-Akwanga road in Nassarawa State on his way to Benue State on Monday.
The deceased was until his death the APC flag-bearer in Kachia for the local government council elections set to hold on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

A condolence message to Cashman Alamkah Cashman’s Family reads, “Alamka Dominic Usman (Aka Cashman) was brutally murdered after winning a controversial Chairmanship primary election in Kachia LGA.

“This gentleman was full of energy and resilience, loved by many and he was a hero on blood donation mobilisation, a lifesaver, and a motivator. Your killers will be traced for justice.

“Accept my condolences and may Allah protect us from this cruel world. What a loss.

“I supervised him on a United States funded project in Kaduna; he was super-efficient and delivered his job well. Rest on friend,” a Facebook user, Mansur M Tukur posted.

Today is the day you will be laid to rest, But you know what they say, God only takes the best.
Everything happens for a reason,Even if we may not agree.Just promise to look after us,
And if you can, Save a spot up there for me.
The thought of never seeing you again brings tears to my eyes, And even more so, Because all of this was such a surprise. But we should never question what God has planned, Sometimes it’s not meant for us to understand.
So as we sit here and mourn the loss of a beloved friend, We have to keep telling ourselves that we will meet again.

Recape of our last discussion with CashMan:

Me:  Mutumina why are you snapping pictures like an old man? I expect you to give life to your pictures like a young chap. Please when are you coming to Kaduna? I want my photographer to snap you so that I can use the pictures to produce some posters for you as my own contribution.  

CashMan: Mutumina Nagode! When I enter Kaduna I will let you know, Thank you for standing by me and may God continue to unite us and am looking forth to work with you. Little do I know that will be our last conversation with him. My Brother Hon CashMan please God knows why. continue to rest with the Lord! Till we meet, Engr Funom Kato Posted.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

BREAKING: Kaduna Monarch, Kpop Ham Regains Freedom After 48 hours In Captivity

After spending 48 hours in the den of his Abductors, the Paramount ruler of the Ham People, His Royal Highness, Kpop Ham Danladi Maude was released on Wednesday by his Abductors. 

According to a source, the 83 year old monarch arrived his palace this evening hale and hearty in company of those who received him from his Abductors. 

His Abductors had on Tuesday demanded the sum of 100 million Naira ransom as a condition for his release. 

Our correspondent could not confirm if any ransom was paid for his release. 

More details shortly......
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BREAKING: Court frees El-Zakzaky, Wife

A Kaduna State High Court has ordered the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Channels Television reported.

El-Zakzaky was facing charges bordering on culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace.

His no-case submission was upheld by Justice Gideon who stated that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the defendants.

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INSECURITY: Zangon Kataf Local Government APC Chairmanship Flagbearer, John Hassan Visits IDP Camps

The level of security challenges in Kaduna State cannot be over emphasized, especially in Zangon Kataf Local government area. This challenges, which has bedeviled the people of  ATYAP Land and its environs has cost the lives and properties of many, and also displaced thousands from the comfort of their homes, leaving them with no option than to take refuge in different displaced camps. 
Due to the unfortunate development, Hon John Hassan paid a humanitarian visit to the internally displaced persons at their various camps, situated in Zonkwa and Samaru respectively. The delegation which consists of key APC stalwarts and well wishers were received by the camp coordinators in person of Rev. Gambo Waziri of Zonkwa camp, and Rev Paul of Samaru camp. They both appreciated the Honourable for his efforts and kind gestures towards the people. 
Rev Paul in his words said "The camp consists of over 5000 IDPS from from 42 communities, and Hon John Hassan is one of the first visitors who visited the camp with relieve materials to help the displaced persons which is a way of showing Love and concern to them at a critical time like this".
The Honourable met with the displaced persons present at the camp. He Empathized with them and also prayed that God almighty will expose the perpetrators of the evil and dispicable acts.
The people in return were happy to receive him and the relieve materials he presented to them. ''We pray that God almighty will reward you and Grant you your heart desires," they said.
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Apologise To Muslims- Shehu Sani Tells Afenifere

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has urged Afenifere to tender an unreserved apology to Muslims for blasphemy against their religion.

Senator Sani while reacting to Sahara Reporters’ retraction of a blasphemous report published on its website described the action as apt. He called for an acceptance of their apology.
“The originator of the sacrilegious utterances, the Afenifere should tender an unreserved apology to the Muslims whose religious sensitivities has been utterly violated.
“We have enough crisis and conflicts in our country, a ‘dangerously supplementary’ one is not needed”, he said.
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UPDATED: Resumption Date For Kaduna Schools Remains Unchanged – Official

The Kaduna State government on Tuesday refuted reports of “indefinite” suspension of resumption of academic activities in schools across the state.
Shehu Muhammad, the Commissioner for Education, in a statement issued in Kaduna, described the information as fake news.

”The attention of the Kaduna State Ministry of Education has been drawn to a fake news report in circulation, alleging that the government has suspended the resumption of schools across the state indefinitely.
“The purported report attributed to Nasir El-Rufai declares that the governor made the declaration while addressing a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday.
“That the resumption is suspended due to the ongoing aggressive military operation against bandits in most parts of the state.
“The Ministry of Education wishes to inform the public that the information is false and lacks any basis as the governor was neither in a meeting with stakeholders, nor made any disclosure of such nature to anyone,” Mr Muhammad said.

He recalled that the ministry had in a statement on July 15, announced that schools would be closed for three weeks beginning from July 16.
This, he explained, was to enable the state to review the 2020/2021 Academic Calendar so that normal school activities could continue afterward.
“The state’s stance on that has not changed. In view of the above, the Ministry of Education is urging the public to disregard the fake news report.
“The ministry is also warning those behind this heinous act of misinforming the public, to desist from it, or be prepared to face the wrath of the law,” the commissioner said.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Three More Students Escape From Bandits’ Den

Three students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have escaped from their captors.
Daily Trust gathered that the students escaped from the camp where they were kept on 19 July,2021.
An aunt to one of the students, who craved anonymity  confirmed this to Daily Trust on Monday.
According to her, the three teenagers had spent 5 days roaming inside the forest before they finally met another herder who directed them out of the forest.
It was also gathered that one of the escaped students who could recall his father’s phone number borrowed a phone to call home before his father went to pick them up.
“The children were found around Kasuwar Magani on Sunday evening hours after 28 students of the school were released by the bandits. It was the school management that called my in-law to inform us ,” she said.
Two other students had escaped from the camps before they were recovered by the police.
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Monday, July 26, 2021

Bandits Kidnap Another First Class Traditional Ruler In Kaduna, The Kpop Ham Of Jaba Chiefdom

The Traditional Ruler of Jaba Chiefdom in the Jaba local government area of Kaduna state, Gyet Maude, has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
The news of the kidnap was confirmed to Channels Television via telephone by the brother of the monarch, Anthony Maude.
He said the victim was kidnapped on his farm located at Gitata community in Nasarawa State.
The community is located at the boundary between Kaduna and Nasarawa states
It is not yet clear if the royal father, who is over 80-year-old, went to the farm alone or was accompanied by his security details.
Both the Kaduna State Government and the police authorities were yet to confirm the incident as of the time of publishing this story.
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Five Arrested For Alleged Possession Of Illegal Firearms In Kaduna

The Police Command in Kaduna State says it has arrested five suspects over alleged unlawful possession of firearms.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that their arrests followed a report received by the Divisional Police Officer in Kubacha.
He said that the DPO had acted on the information received on July 24 that the suspects, armed with dangerous weapons, were engaged in unwholesome activities in Kenyi village in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state.
The police spokesman said that the suspects and some of the villagers had allegedly threatened the peaceful coexistence of the people over disputed piece of land.
He said that the situation had deteriorated to a boiling point, resulting in one of the warring parties threatening to kill their opponents with dangerous weapons.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO immediately mobilised to the scene, swiftly averted what would have been a tragedy and arrested the five suspects, all from Kenyi village.

“Items recovered from the suspects included an AK-47 rifle, loaded with 29 rounds of live 7.62 x 39mm. ammunitions and a 9 x 18mm. Makarov pistol, loaded with seven rounds of 9mm live ammunitions,” he said.

Jalige added that the police operatives’ swift response not only forestalled “the foreseeable calamity but also restored normalcy in the community.”
He said that investigation had been unravelling the circumstances behind the fracas and the source of the illegal firearms.
The police spokesman quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Umar Muri, as urging communities in the state to always embrace dialogue as an alternative dispute resolution rather than violence which might result in disastrous consequences.
“The commissioner also pledged to dispassionately investigate the incident and prosecute all those found culpable, to serve as deterrent to others,” Jalige said.
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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Man Takes Action Instead of Complaining, Paints Dilapidated Kaduna School

A man identified as Alpha Zachariah took it upon himself to repaint a poorly-looking government school in his community. 
Social media users have commended the selfless gesture by the artist as they marvelled at the new look of the school.
While it is a common practice for youths to complain about infrastructure anomalies in the country, a Nigerian man has taken a decisive action instead.
 The Kaduna-based artist identified as Alpha Zachariah gave a transformed look to a dilapidated government school in his community. 

He took it upon himself to render the self act  along with his team of painters, putting their handiwork to good use for the benefits of the young learners who use the building. Why he took it upon himself to do the painting According to Gee-Concepts Stories that shared the story, Zachariah gave the school a new look as his own way of complaining to the government.
 It was observed extra effort was put into the painting to draw characters and put writings on the wall that aid and encourage learning.
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Higim Foods Takes Anniversary Celebration To The Less Privileged

After two years of Processing natural grains & fruits into consumable powder with no artificial additives, Higim Foods celebrated two years anniversary on the streets of kaduna with the less privileged. 
In an interview with Kaduna Political Affairs, Barde Gimbiya Henrietta, the founder of Higims Food said, "I feel celebrating with the less privileged is more important to me than throwing a party. It’s my little way of telling God that i am grateful. We visited People living with Disabilities in Rigasa, visited IDP camp goningora, visited Mercy home orphanage romi and Anawim orphanage Romi. We shared cooked food, snacks, Higim foods, milk and clothes for all the people we visited. 
When asked where she sees Higim foods in the next Five years; she Said, "In the next five years i see Higim foods in all the 36states of Nigeria. But for now you can get our products at Kanti plus supermarket Alkali road No 1 Isa Kaita road , Anchau supermarket,
Dala supermarket, Isa Kaita road, Patrick’s Fam supermarket, Ahmed Musa plaza, yakowa up high way, Shagalinku Resturant, Ali Akilu road, A & A shop by concord garden ungwan Boro.
In attendance were NUPENG chairman kaduna branch,
Hon. Funom Kato,
CEO Dizza foods and beverages, CEO Hassy kilishi, CEO sholkins beauty palace, CEO SyenB foods, CEO H2 organics, Parents, well wishers and friends of HIGIM.
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Bandits Release 28 Abducted Bethel School Students In Kaduna, More Still In Kidnappers' Den

Bandits have released 28 students kidnapped from Bethel Baptist Academy in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. 
Two of the students had earlier escaped while the bandits had released one on health grounds.
The gunmen who invaded the school on July 5, 2021 had demanded N500,000 for each of the students, Daily Trust reports. 
A total of 121 were abducted.
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna, Rev. John Hayab, said about 80 students were still held captive by the bandits while the released students would be reunited with their families.
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30 Thousand Followers

Dear KPA READERS, we are pleased to announce to you that our official Facebook page has reached 30 thousand followers. Those who aren't following the page should kindly do so in order not to be left out. 

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Bandits Attack Kaduna School, Cart Away Examination Papers Mistaken For Money

Gun-wielding bandits on Friday attacked Government Secondary School, Unguwar Sarki, in Kaduna State and took away packaged question papers which were mistaken for a bag of money.
It was gathered that Senior Secondary School students of the school were about to write their National Examination Council (NECO) paper when the gunmen stormed the premises and ordered the NECO supervisor to surrender the examination papers.
The supervisor’s explanation that it was question papers meant for final year students who were writing NECO fell on deaf ears as the attackers grabbed the packaged papers.
“They snatched the wrapped examination papers and answer sheets and left,” Abdullah Mohammed, one of the students said.
The Principal of the school, Hajiya Bilkisu Aliyu, explained that the gunmen trailed the NECO supervisor from a commercial bank along Alkali Road where she had gone to collect the exam questions and answer sheets.
“Thinking it was money, they demanded she hands over the bulk of the wrapped papers to them and threatened to shoot her.
“They were told it was not money but they would not listen. They snatched the papers and disappeared into thin air,” she said.
Meanwhile, some of the parents were agitated as they called for government's intervention.
One of them, Sanusi Umar, whose child was among those writing the senior exams, said, “What we heard initially was bandits had come to kidnap our students. So, hundreds of parents stormed the school.
“However, on getting to the school, we were told it was armed robbers that came to take away the wrapped examination papers thinking it was money.
“I want to call on the government and security agencies to beef up security in schools since these criminals are now targeting our schools.”
It was gathered that the school and NECO staff had to mobilise exam papers from other centres to enable the students to write the affected papers under strict security surveillance.
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Bandits Sack Kaduna Police Station, Kill Officer In Attempt To Free Detainees

Suspected bandits have invaded a police station in Marraraban — Jos village in Kaduna State leaving a police officer dead.
It was gathered that the bandits attacked the station on Saturday in an attempt to release their detained colleagues.
A former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, disclosed this in a tweet on his Twitter account.

He wrote, “Bandits raided a police formation in Marraraban-Jos village in the Outskirts of Kaduna in an attempt to free their detained men and they killed a police officer in Kundun-Zungeru, Niger State, the birthplace of the late President (Nnamdi) Azikiwe. The bandits and the police are battling.”
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PHOTONEWS: Nasir El'Rufai, Hadiza Balarabe Leads Team To The Funeral Of Former Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex) In Manchok

Nasir El'Rufai, Hadiza Balarabe Leads Team To The Funeral Of Former Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex) In Manchok
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Friday, July 23, 2021

Southern Kaduna People Set To Attract International Community Attention Over Insecurity

Southern Kaduna People’s Union says, the Nigerian Government has failed to tackle the long-standing insecurity in the area, and will start taking steps to attract the attention of the international community by staging continuous protests at their embassies in Abuja.
Speaking to Journalists in Abuja, the president of the union, Jonathan Asake, explained that the Buhari-led government and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, are not responding to calls made by the people of Southern Kaduna and some Nigerians, after several attacks on villages, which have claimed over 500 lives, and destroyed than 400 houses, including churches.
Asake wants the military authorities to holistically investigate claims of attacks on the villagers, over the involvement of personnel that has compromised their neutrality, to preserve the reputation and confidence Nigerians have in them.
The union warns that should the government continue to be silent on the matter, the people may be forced to secure their lives and property against the attackers.
The group pointed out that in the previous and the current rainy seasons, no fewer than 100 persons have been massacred, while 12 villages are now completely decimated, and over 9 percent of Atyap community lands deserted by the inhabitants, over fears of uncertainties.
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Two Bethel Students Escape From Bandits’ Den

‎Two of the abducted students of Bethel Baptist High School have regained freedom after they escaped from the bandits’ den two weeks after their abduction.
A senior staff of the school, who doesn’t want to be mentioned, disclosed this on Thursday.
It was gathered that the escaped students, who are brothers, are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

“Yes the two students escaped from their abductors,” the source simply said.

The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Jalige Mohammed, confirmed the story.

He said the students were found in the bush by the police and taken to the hospital.
He one is 20 years old while the other is 16 years old.
“They escaped but were found in the bush and we took them to the hospital. A statement will be issued,” he said.

It was also gathered that, on Monday, the bandits ‎released one student on medical ground.
Therefore, a total of 119 students are still in the bandits’ custody.

The bandits have demanded N500,000 ransom for each of the students.
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mob Lynches Suspected Kidnappers In Kakuri

The police on Thursday said two suspected kidnappers were lynched in Kakuri quarters of the Kaduna metropolis.

The police spokesperson in the state, Muhammed Jalige, said the police on Wednesday received a report from the divisional police officer that the incident occured at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday

A mob chased down the two yet- to-be identified gunmen from Barnawa axis to Down – Quarters in Kakuri and lynched them, the police said.

Mr Jalige said the police recovered the corpses with two fabricated revolver pistols and three mobile phones.

The bodies were evacuated to the morgue at Gwamna Awan General Hospital as investigation into the incident began, Mr Jalige said.

Meanwhile, he added that the Commissioner of Police called on the public to avoid taking laws into their own hands but to always report criminal suspects to the police.
The commissioner advised the youth to always see security agencies as vital partners and refrain from fighting crimes via jungle justice approach.
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How Three Villagers Attempting To Capture Kidnappers Were Killed By Soldiers In Kaduna — Source

Men of the Nigerian Army have killed three persons at Kwanar Farakwai village along Kaduna—Zaria Expressway, Igabi Local Government Ares of Kaduna State after youths of the community gathered to capture kidnappers. 
A source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, said kidnappers invaded the village on Wednesday in an attempt to abduct some villagers but youths armed with weapons rose up to the occasion and pursued the criminals. 
The kidnappers reportedly hid in a rock close the town and the youths, who went after them in a bid to capture them, surrounded the rock. 
Unfortunately, a company which houses its staff in the area had contacted some soldiers who, rather than ask questions, shot at the youths gathered at the place, the source said.
According to him, three persons have been confirmed dead while 10 of them sustained serious injuries and have been taken to the hospital. 
Villagers have now surrounded the rock demanding the arrest of the kidnappers and had set a portion of rock ablaze. 
He said, “Yesterday, kidnappers entered the community; when the kidnappers entered the town, the youths of the town stopped the kidnappers from operating. The kidnappers later discovered that the youths had local guns, the kidnappers ran away and hid inside the rock.  
“The youths went after them and surrounded the rock but there is a company inside the rock. When the company officials saw the young people gathered outside, there was tension and they immediately called the attention of the soldiers to the situation, thinking the youths were kidnappers. 
“When the soldiers came, they just started shooting people. As at now, 10 people are in the hospital, three people have been killed. 
“The kidnappers are still inside the rock and the people of the town said they will not leave until the soldiers arrest the kidnappers and hand them over to the villagers.  
“The villagers have insisted they will remain there till their desires are granted. They (the youths) have set a part of the rock ablaze.”
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OPINION: Why The People Of Southern Kaduna Needs To Vote Honourable Jagaba Come 2023, By Daniel Katung

In a crucial time like this, the people of southern kaduna needs a brave leader that will not only speak for the region, but will act on its behalf. 
The people of southern kaduna needs more than a Senator, they need an active leader that'll serve as the voice of the voiceless. 
Since the serving elected Southern kaduna leaders chose to be silent on issues that they are supposed to raise alarm, then the best option is to replace them with leaders who are fearless, leaders that'll serve their people, speak for their people without minding the consequences of their actions. 

After diagnosing all the southern Kaduna senatorial aspirants, i can boldly say that the man that fits the job is honourable Jagaba Adams Jagaba. 
Those who knows him can attest to the fact that he is brave and fearless. Those who knows him can attest to the fact that he is someone who stands for Equity and Justice. That's the man we need at this point in time, where our people have been reduced to IDPs in their own land.

The love and support for Rt. Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba to take over the affairs of southern kaduna in the senate by the people of southern kaduna is spreading like a pandemic. His followers are growing every seconds of the day.  His name is known in every southern kaduna community due to his good deeds, love for his people and God fearing nature which distinguish him from other politicians. 

He is the man we can confidently send to the senate and go to sleep with our eyes closed, knowing he is equal to the task. Over the years, Rt. Hon. Jagaba has proved beyond reasonable doubt, his love for the people of southern kaduna, by empowering hundreds of youths and women across the eighth local government of southern kaduna with sources of livelihoods, scholarships, infrastructures amongst others. 
Apart from numerous bills he moved at the floor of the house which was his primary responsibility, God used him in numerous ways to serve humanity. 

He started as a trained teacher, former member of the fourth estate of the realm, and a practicing farmer. He was elected to represent his people at the National Assembly thrice, where he served the good people of Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber (House of Representatives). In all of these years, he was saddled with one responsibility or the other, some of which are:
Chairman, House Committee on Anti - Corruption, National Ethics and Values (1999-2003);
Chairman, House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes (2011-2015);
Chairman, House Committee on Interior (2015 ). Aside these Standing Committees of the House, he also chaired some critical ad hoc committees such as:
Anti - Corruption  Act Legislation, NASS(1999-2001), and
Joint Committee on Central Bank Probe (2002-2003).
In 2003, he founded the the Forum of Former National Legislators and became its Chairman from 2004-2008. He was elected Chairman, Northern Legislators Forum for four years (2011-2015). 
At the expiration of his tenure in 2015, he was re - elected for another four years to expire in 2019.

Aware that one of the key functions of a Legislator is the enacting of laws that would enhance good governance, he sponsored twelve Bills, moved over twenty Motions and presented numerous Petitions on behalf of his Constituents. One of his motions sought for the conversion or upgrading of General Hospital Kafanchan to a Federal Medical Center. His wealth of experience is not limited to legislation, as he was once in the Executive arm of Government, having been elected Vice - Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area from 1997-1998, before being appointed the Chairman, Interim Management Committee of the same Local Government in 2008. As a seasoned Administrator, he served as the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Kaduna State Chapter from 2008-2011.

Though legislative rituals such as lobbying, oversights, filibusters and the feedback culture between the Legislator and his Constituents are cumbersome and tasking, he did it with immense joy.
His experience at performing these arduous tasks is evident at his being able to influence the employment of about two hundred youths across Southern kaduna in the Federal Civil Service.

Having traversed both the Legislative and Executive arms of government as well as being adept in party administration, I make bold to say that Honourable Jagaba Adams Jagaba posses the requisite credentials to represent Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2023.
Let's all join hands and allow God to use him again in 2023, for we need Jagaba now more than ever.
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Chaos As Civilian JTF Clash With Hoodlums In Kaduna

Members of the Civilian JTF clashed with suspected hoodlums in Kaduna State on Wednesday, the day after Eid-el-Kabir.
The JTF in large numbers, had stormed the popular Karaye road in Badarawa Kaduna at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
A PREMIUM TIMES reporter witnessed violence when hoodlums with dangerous weapons including swords, daggers, saws, sticks and knives clashed with the JTF members.
Some residents who spoke with our reporter said the JTF stormed the area to disperse the hoodlums who were causing unrest during the Sallah celebrations.

“They came in their hundreds and started barbing men with hairstyles. That was the genesis of whole thing.
“Some of the boys resisted the JTF and everything resulted in the encounter between the two groups,” a witness narrated.

The reporter heard sounds gunshots from both groups as residents scampered for safety. The ruckus lasted for about 30 minutes, at the end of which two injured persons were noticed.
There was no police presence throughout the clash. The CJTF is recognised by the Kaduna State government.
A commuter whose car windscreen was shattered said, “he had to park and run for safety”.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

OPINION:The North Is Bleeding While The Elites Are Fighting For 2023 Presidency, By Buhari Olanrewaju Ahmed

The rate of poverty in the Northern region of Nigeria is quite unfortunate despite the abundant resources and human power in the region. 
The political and leadership failure represent the fundamental menace that continue to trouble Northerners whose only joy is that one of their own is in charge.
The instability of the Nigerian government has seriously damaged the educational system in the country. The numbers of students who have dropped out of school is alarming in the region, and this has paved way for the recruitment of insurgency because majority are unemployed.
The children of the ‘common people’ they refused to educate are now asking for a pound of flesh in return. Although some of these self-acclaimed elder statesmen in the North have always known that the calamities will consume them one day, they refused to turn a new leaf. 
And now, Northern elites, both  traditional and political leaders are now reaping years of their negligence and  selfish exclusion of the poor people.
If our national treasury had been used in line with our national needs, our educational and healthcare systems would have been in good shape, and no government official would have been required to fly out of the country for the slightest headache. 
Nigeria’s economic woes has deeply affected the lives of millions of people in the country. No wonder terrorists are honoured and regarded as peace-keeping ambassadors. 
Our political leaders prefer praise-singers and sycophants as they love to hear “rankadede.” They have no sympathy and respect for their employers, even when they are duty-bound to be accountable to them.
Now is right time for the oppressed people in the North to hold their leaders responsible for any future attack. Meanwhile, the so-called leaders know the people behind the killings and kidnappings in the region. 
Same leaders imported these monsters into the country for their own selfish agendas with the promise of giving them anything they require as a reward for their evil deeds.

Why are Northerners afraid of protests? 

Why are they happy about Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho persecution?

Presently the whole region has turned to a den of kidnappers, yet Northerners see all legitimate protests as a war against  them. 

They criminalised #EndSARS protests, laughably claimed it was an agenda against the North and a ploy to overthrow dictator Buhari’s regime.

 But didn’t Buhari himself claim that #EndSARS protesters “wanted to march here and remove me”?

Meanwhile, the young people who trooped out in their numbers to protest were victims of police brutality. They had experienced humiliation and harassment from Nigerian police with no form of justice.
We are in a country where innocent people reap what the demons in human forms have sown in the name of religion and politics.
Northerner’s are busy celebrating failures as achievement, applauding politicians because of a little drop of honey. Yet they are unconcerned about the killings and kidnappings in the North by their kinsmen: “Fulani Herdsman”.
The openly display bias by the Nigerian Government won’t solve our problems. If the same energies our security agencies put to unleash attacks on protesters were channelled towards fighting Fulani herdsmen, terrorists and bandits, we certainly wouldn’t have been where we are today.
Compensating terrorists in the  North because they are from one big family “Namu Namu” will definitely desolate the whole region. It is time for the oppressed to wake up from their slumbering and mobilise themselves in thousands, and expose the people behind the killings and kidnappings. 
No compensation should be allowed forthwith. They should desist from further rehabilitating and reintegrating terrorists back to the society.
Terrorists should not be given a soft landing, government should eliminate them all in line with their oat of office.
 But will this ever happen under a Buhari regime? Does he have respect for the oath he took before he was sworn in? Evidence say NO!
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BREAKING: Sa-Gbagyi Is Dead

Etsu Chikun, HRH Danjuma Barde, popularly as known as Sa-Gbagyi is Dead. 

The cause of his demise is still sketchy as at the time of filling this report. 

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SPONSORED POST: Higim Foods, Set To Celebrate 2 Years Anniversary

After two years of producing processed natural grains into consumable powder with no artificial additives, Higim Foods invites the General Public to its two years anniversary celebration on the streets of kaduna with IDPs and Almajiris. 

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Marshal Katung Helps Vulnerable Kaduna Students To Pay School Fees

The Marshall Katung Foundation has declared willingness to assist Kaduna students by giving them scholarships to study in Kaduna State higher institutions where tuition fees were hiked recently by the State government.
The Foundation said students from 10 out of the 23 local government areas of the State will benefit from the scholarship in the first phase, while 13 local government areas will follow suit.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna on Sunday, the Founder of the scholarship project, Mr Sunday Marshal Katung who is a former member of the House of Representatives and running mate to PDP governorship candidate, Isah Ashiru in the 2019 Kaduna gubernatorial election, said he decided to compliment the efforts of people of goodwill that are interested in improving the educational standard of vulnerable students to pay their school fees.
“I stand before you today with so much happiness to inform you about some of the humble interventions we have done and are planning to do in the educational sector, in response to the difficulties some students of our tertiary institutions are facing in paying their school fees.
“Conscious of this, we have decided to compliment the efforts of people of goodwill that are interested in improving the educational standard of the country by initiating a strategy to help the vulnerable students to pay their school fees.
“In the first phase of our intervention, we are going to give scholarships to vulnerable students from 10 LGAs comprising of Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Zango kataf, Jaba, kauru, Kaura, Jemaa, Sanga and kagarko, studying in Kaduna State University, College of Education Gidan Waya, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic and College of Nursing, Kafanchan.”

He said they have created a dedicated website with a portal that eligible students from these institutions would apply through, adding that In the second, phase they would look at students studying in other institutions so as to see how they could help.
“But the Marshall Katung foundation isn’t restricted to only intervening in the tertiary institutions because we have done intervention on a lot of pupils in some secondary schools. We have also distributed aid to the displaced ones among us while feeding more than 1000 households during the COVID-19 lockdown in particular,” he said.
“Why are we preparing to give scholarships to tertiary students now? The general insecurity in Kaduna state has resulted in the temporary closure or relocation of about two tertiary institutions and about 18 boarding secondary schools. This has resulted in some students staying at home – idle. And we know that from the state of idleness comes the possibility of indulging in crimes with its negative implication. That’s why Victor Hugo said whoever opens a school door closes a prison door. And for us, we are not only concerned with opening school opportunities for our students but also giving them hope for the future.”
“We all know that the life-changing significance of education is reflected in the serious attention that countries with foresight pay to it. This is anchored on the verifiable fact that a country develops only about its achievement in the educational sector. And nothing stresses the importance of education for a developing country like Nigeria like the more than Nigeria’s 10 million out of school children, according to the Minister of state for education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba when he spoke in March at the launching of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) in Jigawa state.”
“This high number means Nigeria has the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. But more depressing for us is the fact that 69 per cent of the total out of school children in Nigeria is located in the north. Add factors like general insecurity, poverty and school kidnapping in the north and you would agree with me that everything needed to secure and advance the educational growth of the north in general and Kaduna in particular, shouldn’t be toyed with. Like Benjamin Franklin said, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
“We also want to call on the Kaduna State Government to reduce the school fees being demanded from students of its educational institutions. This increment is coming amid a global economic contraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was buttressed by the International Monetary Fund which noted that the global economy shrunk by 3.5 per cent in 2020. This represents the deepest global recession since the Second World War. The World Bank also estimates that COVID-19 has pushed an additional 88 to 115 million people into extreme poverty last year. And low-income families are the worst hit. Nigeria isn’t excluded from this.”
“So this and the pervasive insecurity in our state forms the biggest basis upon which we are appealing to the Kaduna state government to reduce the school fees so the children of the poor can have the opportunity of getting an education. Moreover, access to affordable education should be seen as the welfare responsibility of a state to its citizens and not be turned into a profit-making venture. Leaders who got educated for free in the past have a moral obligation of currently ensuring that school fees stop no one from being educated.”
“Governance to me must aim at producing happiness at the highest level for all. The marshal katung foundation is now inviting potential students to apply through the foundation’s website.
“With the belief that we shall soon get out of these economic and security challenges facing us as a people, I want to thank you very much for listening,” he said.
It could be recalled that the State government had announced an increase in tuition fees of the State-owned tertiary institutions in Kaduna State University, College of Education Gidan Waya, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic and College of Nursing, Kafanchan.
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