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KDSG restates commitment to improve healthcare.

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The Kaduna State Government has reiterated its commitment to invest more in the health sector, to give citizens access to quality health services.

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The State Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, made the commitment on Friday in Kaduna at a Roundtable discussion on Public Investment in Health, organized by Palladium.

Balarabe said that the government had carefully designed programmes anchored toward improving the quality of lives of citizens through improvement in access to basic social service, particularly health care.

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She described health care as fundamental to human development, and a basic right.

According to her, lack of maintenance in the past had prevented citizens from getting very strong and functional health system.

Balarabe, however, said that the present administration in the state has been investing massively on transforming the health care system.

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The deputy governor said in spite of the investment, there is still the need for more funding and commitment for better outcome.

“We need to do a rethink on how we have been doing things; are they enough to give us better outcome and what other things contribute to effective health services.”

The deputy governor assured that the government would continue to do its best for better health care services across the state.

Balarabe called on relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and partners to continue to collaborate for more positive impact in the sector.

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She appreciated the team for the partnership and working for better health care services in the state.

On her part, Amina Baloni, the state Commissioner for Health, said a lot of work needed to be done in transforming the health sector.

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She saluted the state government for improving budgetary allocation and providing needed environment for the health sector.

The Commissioner, however, noted that priority should be accorded to operational and overhead funding, “so that we can move to areas where we can deliver services.”

“If we manage to get the social determinant right, we cut what we need in health by about 50 per cent.

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“Government has already committed more than 50 per cent of its budget to social sector in recognition that you have to have good water, sanitation, nutrition and education,” she added.

Earlier, Mustapha Jumare, the co-chair, maternal and child accountability mechanism and chairman, open government partnership, called on the state government to invest more in health care.

According to him, this will bring about more improvement in various sectors, including the economy.

He noted that funding remains the major challenge for the health sector in Kaduna State.

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“Investment in health does not only save lives, but is also vital to the wider economy, while poor health adversely affects education outcomes.”

Jumare advised the government to release funds for all approvals made, while the health ministry should track the utilisation of the funds.

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Governor demands State Police, says Judiciary be decentralized.

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El-Rufai also stressed that banditry is a national problem and it is the responsibility of relevant stakeholders to calm nerves through their utterances and not fan the embers of division.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has joined his voice with national analysts calling for devolution of power between the Federal Government and 36 states in the country.

The governor who was one of the speakers at a programme called ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ aired on Thursday on NoRM‘s known Media TV said state police and devolution of the judiciary is important to save Nigeria from the brink of collapse.

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“I will dwell on three of the issues that I believe are critical to the immediate needs of the country to pull back from the brink.

“The first, it is imperative for Federal, state, and community policing. We do not have enough police. One centralised police for the country just has not worked.

“Secondly, we must amend the constitution and relevant laws to ensure control of oil and gas, mines, and minerals in the states that already have control over land under the land use Act with royalties and taxes payable to the Federal Government and the Federation Account

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“Number three, we must rectify the anomaly of a Federation that has a more or less unitary judiciary,” the governor explained.

While stressing his earlier points highlighted, the governor said, “My first recommendation is to implement the three key devolution proposals that I mentioned above. Give us state police now, vest all minerals in the state now, and decentralised our judiciary now, not tomorrow, not later.”

El-Rufai also stressed that banditry is a national problem and it is the responsibility of relevant stakeholders to calm nerves through their utterances and not fan the embers of division.

“It is an understatement to say that Nigeria is in one of its most difficult moments. The genuine fears for their lives and property felt by many citizens across the country need to be assuaged. All responsible persons must show compassion to our compatriots that have been affected while calming nerves.

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“Banditry is a national problem, with victims from all parts of the country, and we should address it with a common resolve,” El-Rufai said.

According to the governor, the country requires elite consensus to take the poison out of identity politics.

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Nasir El Rufai speaks on solution to Herders/Farmers clash.

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El-Rufai urged Southwest governors to protect residents in their states and prosecute criminals irrespective of their ethnicity or religion.

Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasiru El- Rufai Tuesday said the establishment of ranches in states will resolve the lingering herder-farmer crises in Nigeria.

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The governor, who spoke in Yola, said open grazing of livestocks is no longer realistic.

El-Rufai urged Southwest governors to protect residents in their states and prosecute criminals irrespective of their ethnicity or religion.

He disclosed that northern governors have resolved to established one ranch in each state in the region and provide incentives to convince herders to start ranching their livestocks for improve production of milk and healthy animals.

He said that the ranching system will also enable children of herders to go to school and have access to quality education like any other Nigerian.

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“Im a Fulani man, today I’m the governor of Kaduna State because I went to school; my parents were settled in one place breeding their livestocks,” he said.

The governor stated that for northern governors to achieve their dreams to established ranches, they need the financial assistance of the federal government.

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PPRO says Police arrest 6 suspected armed robbers in Kaduna.

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Jalige said all the suspects had since confessed to the various roles they played in the commission of the said crimes, and that they would soon be charged to court .

The Police in Kaduna State has confirmed the arrest of six suspected criminals on Jan. 12, for various crimes, according to a statement issued on Sunday, in Kaduna, by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige.

Jalige said the six suspects where arrested for armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, attempted homicide and dishonestly receiving stolen properties.

He explained that on Jan 12, at about 1630hrs some residents of NASFAT layout, Kaduna, jointly reported to the Command that at about 0300hrs of the same day, some hoodlums bearing offensive weapons invaded their individual homes.

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“Inflicted severe injuries on the security guards and succeeded in carting away valuables which includes,14 mobile Phones, three Laptops, three set of wrappers, five wrist watches. The suspects also carted away cash sum N42,450.00, all properties valued at N2.2 million, to unknown destination,” he said.

According to him, upon receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Umar Muri, immediately dispatched a team of Police Operatives, headed by the officer in charge of Intelligence Unit, to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they were brought to book.

“In turn, the officers swung into action, gathered intelligence and succeeded in arresting one of the suspects involved in the incident.

“Upon interrogation, he disclosed the identities of the other five of his accomplices, who were equally apprehended. One other suspect is still at large. “he said.

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Jalige said all the suspects had since confessed to the various roles they played in the commission of the said crimes, and that they would soon be charged to court .

He reiterated the value of community involvement in preventing crimes, while calling on all residents to be security conscious and report any suspicious happenings within their locations to the nearest Police formation for prompt action.

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Storyline: NDE empower thousands of Youths, Women in Kaduna.

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Maiwada said the Entrepreneurship Development Programme had trained 1200 Youth Corp members on various skills

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Kaduna directorate on Friday said it trained 6,513 youths and women on various vocational skills in 2020.

Sani Maiwada, the State Coordinator, Alhaji Sani Maiwada, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Kaduna, that the training and empowerment was aimed at reducing unemployment rate in the state.

He mentioned that youths and women were trained under various departments and schemes of the directorate, adding that some were paid stipends while others were given soft loans to start up or boost their businesses.

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“The Vocational Skills Department in its Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (BNOAS) had trained 1,940 youths on hairdressing, welding and fabrication, aluminium work, fashion designing, carpentry, electrical installation, catering, GSM repairs, computer operations and satellite installation.

“These categories of the people were trained for three months, while another 2,000 women were trained on cosmetology for two weeks, and 50 persons on facemasks production, which lasted for three months,” he said.

The state coordinator stated that the School on Wheels programme, designed for those without NDE training centres close to them in rural areas, trained 50 people on various skills.

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He added that the small scale enterprise programme had empowered 770 small business owners with N10, 000 each to boost their businesses under the Micro Enterprise Enhancement Scheme (MEES).

Maiwada said the Entrepreneurship Development Programme had trained 1200 Youth Corp members on various skills while Basic Business Training was done for 250 youths, which lasted for five days.

He noted that the women empowerment branch had trained 50 women on spices production for four days.

“Under the Special Public Works (SPW), we had trained and empowered 66 graduates on our Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP), which lasted for three months during which they were given N15,000 stipends monthly.

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“Also,100 were trained on cow fattening under our Sustainable Agricultural Development Scheme for three months, while 14 persons got N50,000 soft loan under the agricultural enhancement scheme,” he said.

He added that 23 persons benefitted from the food processing schemes after which each was given N20,000 as soft loans.

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COVID-19: Kaduna Gov’t signs drone-delivered vaccines agreement with Zipline.

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American medical product delivery company had operated distribution centers in Rwanda, Ghana, and US.Lagos State in January 2020 banned the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in six local government areas in the state.

Kaduna State Government has signed a deal with medical delivery firm Zipline that will allow drone shipment of COVID-19 vaccines without significant state investment in cold-chain storage.

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“KDSG and Zipline have signed a service level agreement for the distribution of medical commodities in the state,” the state governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai said on Twitter.

“Zipline will add value to these KDSG initiatives by building distribution hubs in the state and using drones to deliver medical supplies.”

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El-Rufai further stated that agreement is built on the state’s investments in primary health care and supply chain transformation in the health sector starting from 2015.

Zipline in a Reuters report noted that its end-to-end cold chain distribution capability can safely deliver even the Pfizer vaccine which would allow Kaduna health facilities to bypass purchases of ultra-low freezers and enable on-demand deliveries of precise amounts of COVID-19 vaccines.

The American medical product delivery company had operated distribution centers in Rwanda, Ghana, and US.

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Pfizer vaccine for instance must be stored at around -70 degrees Celsius (-112°F) before being sent to distribution centres in specially designed cool boxes filled with dry ice.

Kaduna Gov’t signs drone-delivered vaccines agreement with Zipline |

Athough, Nigeria said it will seek vaccines that are less dependent on cooling facilities, Zipline said it is in talk with other states in the country.

Kaduna services are slated to begin in the second quarter, with round-the-clock service from three distribution centres with 30 drones each.

El-Rufai said Kaduna had also upgraded 255 primary health centres, installed a pharmagrade warehouse and is recruiting and training 3,000 officers to manage the facilities.

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KDSG has upgraded 255 PHCs and is recruiting 3000 officers to strengthen the sector,” El Rufai said.

“The state has installed a Pharmagrade warehouse, run by its health supplies agencies to ease the provision of medicines, consumables and vaccines to its health facilities.”

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Kaduna Gov’t approves School resumption.

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Parents are also advised to provide their children/wards with facemasks and other sanitary items to help in curtailing the spread of the virus.

The Kaduna State Government has approved Monday, February 1, 2021, as the resumption date for some primary and secondary school students in the state.

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A Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, Phoebe Yayi who made the announcement on Friday explained that only SS3, JSS3, and JSS1 for public and private secondary schools have been approved to resume on Monday, while primary 6, 5, and 4 of Private Schools only are to resume on the same day.

According to her, the decision to reopen the schools was taken after extensive appraisal of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State and a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders of both State and Federal Health and Education sectors within and across the State.

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The statement further said that all public Primary Schools remain closed until all the COVID-19 protocols have been properly put in place before they will be opened.

It says that appropriate resumption dates for the rest of the classes SS2, SS1 and JSS 2 in public and private schools and Primary 3, 2, 1, and Nursery classes will be announced in due course, subject to school’s compliance with guidelines in place.

The Kaduna State Ministry of Education has therefore directed all Principals and Head Teachers to make arrangements to receive Boarding and Day students of the above-stated classes on Monday, 1st February 2021.

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However, the Ministry says the State Covid-19 Task Force will continue to monitor all schools to ensure safe learning environments against the pandemic in addition to strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the State Government.

It advises all administrators of public and private schools to note that, they must comply with all COVID-19 protocols including temperature checks at the school entrance, compulsory wearing of facemasks, regular hand washing/use of sanitizer, and all COVID-19 guidelines as directed by the COVID-19 Taskforce.

The government however warned that any bridge in complying with these protocols may lead to the closure of the affected school without any notice.

“Schools will be on shift to enable them to meet with these guidelines as the first shift will run from 08:00 am – 12:00noon while the second shift will be from 01:00 pm – 05:00 pm. The class size should not exceed 20 students per normal class with 1.5m to 2.0m physical distancing, schools must also have a COVID-19 Committee which will comprise of the SBMC, PTA, Community representative, Health personnel, Students, and Teachers representatives to monitor and ensure compliance.

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“The State Government is reiterating that all Schools should voluntarily comply and take personal responsibility for their own health and abide by the simple preventive measures as it is the right and safe thing to do,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry also promised to continue the e-learning program using Google classrooms, radio and television stations, and other online applications, and administrators of public and private schools are encouraged to adopt blended learning system.

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Hoodlums attack Kaduna, burn houses; 12 loses to death.

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A Fulani settlement at Na’ikko village in Giwa Council of Kaduna State has been attacked by bandits, leaving no fewer than and no fewer than 12 dead, with many houses razed.

The bandits were said to have stormed the village and started shooting sporadically.

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NoRM gathered that most residents of the community whose houses were razed have fled their homes and presently taking refuge at Barkallahu village in Igabi Council.

Nura Haruna, who lost two of his sons and two brothers in the attack, called on Kaduna State Government to come to their rescue.

Narrating how the incident happened to reporters when the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, visited the displaced persons at Barrkalahu, Haruna described the incident as an unwarranted attack on the innocent locals.

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He, however, called on security agencies and the state government to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

On his part, Aruwan, while commiserating with the victims, appealled to shun any form of reprisals, assuring that government would do everything within its powers to arrest the masterminds of the attack.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has congratulated new Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on his new appointment.

The governor, in his congratulatory message in Kaduna yesterday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Attahiru to lead the Nigerian Army, following his hard work, commitment, dedication and outstanding professionalism.

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El-Rufai stated his belief that under Attahiru’s leadership, the Nigerian Army would be taken to even greater levels of proficiency and responsiveness in the discharge of its constitutional duties, saying the people and government of Kaduna State were proud of the new Army chief and were optimistic that he would succeed and take the Army to greater heights.

He also congratulated the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Isiaka Amao and wished them the highest success in their new endeavours.

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Group lauds Nasir el-Rufai for demolishing ‘sex party House’ in Kaduna

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Runsewe who is also President, Africa Region of World Craft Council, stated also that NCAC would be reviewing and reviving the campaign to promote true Nigerian cultural values.

Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has commended Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for ordering the demolition of a house slated as venue for a sex party in Kaduna state.

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Runsewe who gave the commendation in a statement on Sunday said organising such sex party was a total disrespect for the Nigerian culture.

NoRM reports that the house, located in Sabon Tasha, on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis, was demolished on Dec. 31, 2020 by the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency.

Runsewe said that Gov. El-Rufai deserved kudos for prompt response to the disgusting sex party by promptly demolishing the building as a warning to others who could be planning such immorality.

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“But for this intervention by the governor, Kaduna State possibly would become the new capital and destination for sex tourism in Nigeria.

“This will lead to social disconnect and dislocations with drug peddling in tow and our children destroyed in the process.

“In 1992, Senegal and Uganda, experienced massive influx of sex tourists and immediately took hard measures to curb it because if left unchecked, sex tourism will damage the spiritual, moral and cultural values of any society.

“And there is no sentiments about dealing with it as Gov. El-Rufai has done,’’ he stated.

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In 2020, NCAC had a serious battle with cross dresser influencers and social deviants, nailing the spread of defiant influences to the walls.

Runsewe said NCAC would be doing more in 2021 to ensure that Nigerian cultures remained respected and upheld.

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He stated that there was the need for parents to monitor their children closely and nip untoward attitudes and activities in the bud.

“Certainly, Gov. El-Rufai has vindicated our position on the need to stop and arrest the unfortunate presence and foreign behavioural influence threatening our cultures and traditions.

“Am sure with the pulling down of the house planned for the sex party, sufficient signals have been sent to other deviants, their sponsors and publics.

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“The law of this country must be applied to the fullest to stop this rage from the pit of darkness,’’ he added.

Runsewe called on other governors to support the full restoration and enthronement of Nigerian cultural values to rid the nation of strange characters and lifestyles.

“This is how Boko Haram and “Yahoo-Yahoo’’ started and before we knew it, our society and young persons were left to drink from the polluted waters of social vices leaving us to struggle on all fronts.

“So let those who are angry at the response of Gov. El-Rufai go to check out various campaigns mounted against sex tourism by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the Universal Federation of Travel Agencies,’’ he stated.

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He said this would be targeted at youths and the older generation to rid Nigeria of devil’s plan to destroy young persons and their future wellbeing.

“Our culture no doubt is under threat from all sides, but with what Gov. El Rufai has done in Kaduna State, I am convinced that we shall battle the demons of immoral living and enemies of our cultures and traditions to a standstill,’’ he added.

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COVID-19: El-Rufai to impose curfew on Kaduna

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The commissioner appealed to residents to observe COVID -19 preventive protocols in order to protect themselves and their families from infection.

Kaduna State government has warned that it may impose another lockdown on the state considering the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, gave the warning at a press conference on Saturday in Kaduna.

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She said that there had been a rise in cases of the virus in the state lately, adding that if it continued, government would have no option than to impose another lockdown.

Mohammed-Baloni said that public spaces including schools, markets, offices and places of worship may be temporarily closed if people failed to observe COVID-19 preventive protocols.

‘’In absolute and relative terms, Kaduna state is now recording high infection figures, reminiscent of the first wave of COVID-19 spread in April, May and June 2020, ” she said.

The commissioner recalled that ‘’the lowering of the infection rate following the first wave, encouraged the government to approve the recommendation of the State COVID-19 Taskforce for a significant reopening of the state.

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“However, we are saddened to report that the conditions that compelled the 75 days lockdown of the state are now being replicated.’’

According to her, 74 COVID-19 positive results were recorded in the state from 531 samples on Nov. 26, adding that the quantum of infections since then, suggested both high infection rate and the reality of a new wave of infection spreading across the state.

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‘’ As at yesterday (Friday) Dec. 11, the state recorded 117 positive cases from 518 samples. This translates to almost one in four samples testing positive,’’ she said.

The commissioner pointed out that government had expected some increase in infections after the reopening of schools, markets, places of worship and recreational centres.

‘’But the figures easily outstripped our estimates. While infections cut across age groups, this new wave especially affects those aged between 10 and 35. (55 per cent),’’ she said.

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She noted that there was now a danger to lives and livelihoods with the renewed COVID-19 infections, adding that ‘’if the spread continues at the current rate, it may challenge and overwhelm the health system despite our efforts to improve the resilience of that sector.’’

According to her, this is the less costly way out as it involves citizens living their lives and conducting themselves in ways that do not spread the disease.

‘’That way, lives and livelihoods are protected while public health officers try to contain and manage the disease without causing painful disruptions,’’ she said.

The commissioner urged all citizens to adopt the spirit of the FORWARD campaign, which encouraged everyone to follow the stipulated guidelines by authorities in the healthcare sector.

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“The FORWARD campaign entails wearing Facemasks always, Observing physical distancing and maintaining proper Respiratory hygiene.

“The rest components are, Washing hands with soap under running water and or using hand sanitisers, Avoiding large gatherings as well as Remaining indoors when there is no need to be outdoors, and eating balanced Diet to boost immunity,” she added.

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Kaduna Police arrest 3 over 3-day-old child theft

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The police spokesman said that they eventually succeeded in taking the baby to an unknown destination three days after delivery.

The Kaduna State Police Command says it has arrested three suspects for stealing a three-day-old child in Kaduna.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna.

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Jalige said that on Nov. 9, the command received a complaint of a missing three-day-old baby boy.

He explained that on receiving the complaint, the operatives of the command immediately swung into action, gathered sufficient intelligence and succeeded in arresting the suspects.

Jalige identify the three suspects, whose age ranged between 19 and 30, were all resident of Abuja Road, Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

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He said that the suspects started nurturing the evil plan during the early period of the child’s pregnancy by coming closer to the expectant mother under the guise of making friends with her.

He disclosed that the suspects were arrested by the command’s operatives on Nov. 26 at about 1 pm. from their hideout at Unguwan Baraya, Jos Road, Bauchi, while the baby was recovered safely and handed over to his parents.

“Upon investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime and they will be charge to court to face the consequences of their action,” he said.

Jalige quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Umar Muri, as urging the people of the state to be wary of those they entrust their children and wards to, to avoid a repeat of such incident.

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“Children are precious gifts from God and they should be guided with all levels of solemnity, ” he said.

He equally urged them to always report suspicious person(s) to the nearest police formation for immediate intervention.

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Breaking: Gunmen abduct many, force 15 to early grave along Kaduna-Abuja road.

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Witnesses said the kidnappers armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the highway and opened fire on unsuspecting travellers who were heading to Abuja from the Kaduna axis.

At least 15 people were killed on Sunday and many others abducted when kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway around 5 pm, witnesses said.

The incident happened around Gidan Busa, a village not far away from Rijana, which is 133 kilometres to Abuja.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that nearly 20 vehicles were forced to stop at the bushy and sloppy location when the gunmen laid siege. The location had no security presence at the time of the attack, witnesses told NoRM‘s known Media on phone.

Abubakar Isah Musa and Ibrahim Suleiman, two friends killed by the police in Kano Saturday
They said apart from the over 15 people reportedly killed by the gunmen, many others including women and children were kidnapped and taken to the bush. When contacted, the Kaduna State Police Public relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area was working on the situation report and will communicate as soon as it was done.

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The attackers blocked the traffic after firing shots at speeding vehicles, which forced them to stop. NoRM learnt that some people who attempted to flee were shot.

“The first vehicle to be attacked was an 18-seater bus, which was fully loaded,” a witness who gave his name as Mamman, told the NoRM on phone. He said he was on his way to Abuja from his home town in Katsina.

“I am among the survivors; I saw everything that happened. I participated in evacuating the death from the road,” he said.

While giving a graphic description of what happened, Mamman said bullets hit the driver of the first hummer bus and killed him instantly, forcing the vehicle to wobble for seconds and then stopped across the road.

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“There were three vehicles in front of ours when the kidnappers suddenly appeared on the road and started shooting sporadically.

“The two buses and a wagon in the front were the first to be attacked. They opened fire on them. The first one moved unsteadily from side to side before it stopped.

Sympathisers at Ibrahim’s family house in Kano
“The second hummer bus and a saloon car were also affected. Our vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf car was the fourth in the line facing the gunmen and when our driver noticed what was happening, he veered off the road,” Mamman said.

According to him, “Many vehicles coming from behind, I think nearly 20 of them were forced to stop also. Many passengers, who have the agility, including those in our vehicle, took to their heels.

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“I didn’t run away and I don’t know why; I only moved closer to the median of the road and squad. I saw when the attackers shepherded some of those kidnapped into the bush,” he said. Mamman said after some time, the police arrived at the scene.

“Some policemen came to the rescue and I also participated in recovering some of the people killed and those who sustained injuries from gunshots.

“The vehicles that blocked the road were cleared by the police and some good Samaritans and that was when people started moving. I dropped on the way to Abuja because I was heading towards Bwari,” he said.

Malam Mu’azu, who lives around the area, confirmed that kidnappers have resurfaced along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

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“I was not at the scene of the attack but an acquaintance who passed through the location said he saw what happened.

“This (Abuja-Kaduna road) is a dangerous route once again. There was a respite some months ago when security operatives took serious action against the kidnappers but it seems they have gone to sleep again.

“The whole stretch from Jere, which is little over 70 kilometres from Abuja is no longer safe. Kidnappers now lay siege around Kurmin Kare, Gidan Malam Mamman up to Rijana,” he said.

NoRM reports that there is a big security hub at Katari, a village located 92 kilometres from Abuja.

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Different security operatives including anti-kidnap squad, other police operatives, the army, civil defence and road safety personnel, among others, had been stationed around Katari.

They were meant to act with dispatch whenever the need arose.

Locals said there was the need to check the resurgence of breaches along the highway, which is the only artery that takes people from the South and the FCT to the North West and parts of the North East.

In the last few years, hundreds of people have been killed on the road while families of those kidnapped had to pay ransom to free their loved ones.

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One of our correspondents report that a prominent figure was on Saturday night kidnapped at Mpape, one of the upcoming highbrow districts in the FCT.

A source said the man was on his way home and unknown to him, the kidnappers were targeting him.

“When it was discovered that the man had been kidnapped, some DSS operatives stormed the area,” the source said.

“There is the likelihood that the kidnappers used the telephone of one unsuspecting Okada rider, which the DSS operatives tracked. They trailed the Okada rider and arrested him. It is not clear whether the abductee had been released,” the source said.

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Also, gunmen on Saturday night invaded the staff quarters of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria and abducted the Head of Department, Computer Engineering, Engr. Bello Atiku.

NoRM gathered that the gunmen also shot Engr. Atiku’s neighbour, Sanusi Hassan who works at registry unit of the institution before they made away with his children.

The Public Relations Officer of the school, Abdallah Shehu who confirmed the incident, said Hassan was shot in the hand and is currently receiving medical attention.

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Speaking with our correspondent, Engr. Atiku’s wife, Khadija Suleiman said her husband had returned home after 8 pm and put on the generator.

“He then spent a few minutes speaking on the phone with one of his bosses,” she said.

Khadija explained that soon after the phone call, her husband ate and both of them settled for a relaxing evening on the TV when she heard someone banged on their door.

“At that time, I asked him if he had locked the door with the key when he came in and he said no. So I told him to check the door perhaps one of our neighbours wanted something; that was a few minutes to 9 pm.”

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She said unknown to both of them, the gunmen had already invaded their compound, leveraging on the sound of the generator.

“I heard my husband scream and he came back into the house saying Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun (from Allah we came and to Him we shall return) while two men with guns trailed him.

“They came to the sitting room and told us to lie on the floor. They took our phones but left the laptop. One of them asked for money and I told them we don’t have money and so he slapped me. But the other man told him to leave me alone. They now asked my husband to wear his shoes and they left with him,” she said.

Khadija explained that a similar incident had occurred within the quarters about two years ago when a woman was abducted.

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She said she never thought they will be victims of kidnapping also. Noble Reporters Media reports that the school is exposed to security challenges because it lacked a perimeter fence.

The Rector, Engr. Muhammad Kabir Abdullahi told our correspondent that a security meeting had taken place to find a lasting solution to their predicament including how to fence the school.

“We have had security meetings and we have now stationed mobile policemen to guard hostels and staff quarters and more are being deployed. We have met with the students to calm them and assure them that their security is a top priority but we will not be closing the school,” he said.

Kaduna police spokesman, Jalige said they were on top of the situation as the entire area had been combed while efforts were ongoing to rescue the victims.

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Operatives of Anti-Daba unit of Kano State Police Command have allegedly killed two persons at Sharada area of the state capital.

One of the youths was shot dead, while the other who was stabbed by the police during a squabble died a few hours later.

The incident took place when the police operatives stormed the area to arrest someone at a tea joint.

The deceased were Abubakar Isah (Banupe) and Ibrahim Sulaiman (Mainasara).

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However, the Spokesman for the Kano Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa was yet to respond to calls and text messages sent to his phone about the incident.

Witnesses said that the operatives of the Anti-Daba unit were at Sharada Phase One, close to the Juma’a mosque around 11 pm on Saturday to arrest a suspect at a tea joint popularly called “Indomie Spot” when pandemonium broke out.

It was learnt that Mainasara, who is the owner of the spot, wanted to know why the police went there to arrest his brother, Gaddhafi.

According to one of those at the scene, “In trying to drag Mainasara out of the shop, the policemen stabbed him twice and he started bleeding. Other people at the spot rushed out and the policemen fired gunshots into the crowd… Banupe was hit by the bullet and he died at the spot.”

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He said the two were rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialists Hospital in the metropolis where Mainasara also died at about 2 am yesterday.

Recall with NoRM that a similar incident occurred last month at Kofar Mata area of the state capital at the heat of the #EndSARS protest when a 23-year-old man, Saifullahi Sani was killed by the men of the Kano Police Command during their routine night patrol.

The incident led to a protest as youth around the area converged and burnt tires on the roads to express their anger against alleged police brutality.


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N1.5BN: Kaduna Gov, El Rufai sues Reno Omokri, others.

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The governor demanded the sum of N500 million in damages and an apology published in the newspaper.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has sued former media aide to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, human rights activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu and other activists in a N1.5 billion defamation suit.

In the separate suits filed by his lawyer A.U. Mustapha (SAN) before the FCT High Court, El-Rufai also joins as defendants, Thisday Newspaper, Daniel Elombah, Elombah Communications, Barrister Joseph Onu, and Auta Nyada.

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In the case against Omokri, El-Rufai contends that statements contained in his publication titled: ‘El-Rufai’s email saying southern women youth corpers are seen as whores’ which was published by Thisday newspaper on Sunday 14th of June 2020 is injurious to his reputation, adding that it is “malicious, unwarranted and defamatory”.

In the suit against Odinkalu, Daniel Elombah and Elombah Communications, El-Rufai contends that the publication titled: ‘Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El-Rufai’s hands compiled by Chidi Odinkalu’ which was published in Elombah.com on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 is “malicious, unlawful and without any justification.”

He demanded the sum of N500 million in damages and apology for the “defamatory and greatly injurious to his reputation.”

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El Rufai also argued that the letter written by Joseph Onu and Nyada dated August 19, 2020 titled: ‘Request to withdraw the offer of platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Malam Nasir El Rufai’ addressed to Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, in his capacity as the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) Nigerian Bar Association and copied to DR. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Chairman, Board of Trustee, Nigerian Bar Association and Mr. Olumide Akpata, the then President-Elect of the NBA and published in the media, is “defamatory and greatly injurious to the reputation of the claimant.”

El Rufai also demands an apology and the sum of N500 million in damages.

No date has been fixed for the hearing.


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Abdulkadir Musa Balarabe laid to rest in Kaduna

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The body was then moved to the Ungwar Sarki cemetery, in a Kaduna state government ambulance with number KDGH 13, where the former Governor of old Kaduna state was laid to rest.

The remains of Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, has been laid to rest in Kaduna.

The burial was preceded by a funeral prayer led by Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, at Sultan Bello Central Mosque, Kaduna

The Sultan Bello Mosque open ground was filled with people from within and outside the Kaduna metropolis who came to pay their last respect to the one who has been described as the defender and voice of the masses.

The funeral prayer conducted immediately after the Asri (early evening prayer), was also attended by two former Governors, Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, while the incumbent Governor Nasir El-Rufai who was said to have travelled out of the country, was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Abbas Lawal.

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Others sighted are; Senator Shehu Sani, Chief Judge of Kaduna State, Justice Mohammed Lawal, Alhaji Lema Jibril, PDP Governorship Candidate in 2019 election, Hon. Isah Mohammed Ashiru, former executive secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Alhaji Hussaini Jallo and several serving and former Commissioners and District Heads.

The trip from Sultan Bello Mosque to the Ungwar Sarki cemetery a distance of three km took over 20 minutes, as residents in large numbers trooped to bid Balarabe Musa final respect, amidst a horde of vehicles which meandered their way to the venue of the final interment.

Balarabe Musa, a left-wing Nigerian politician, was elected Governor of the then Kaduna state (comprising Kaduna and Katsina states) during the Nigerian second republic on the platform of PRP with a socialist ideology that believes in welfare of the common man, the poor.

He held office from October 1979 until he was impeached by the then National Party of Nigeria (NPN) dominated Kaduna State House of Assembly on 23 June 1981.

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Speaking to journalists shortly after the prayer, former Governor Ramalan Yero described as a politician with integrity, whose virtues should be emulated by the current crop of leaders.

He said Balarabe Musa demonstrated that leadership and politics are about people.

“What we the current crop of leaders must learn from him is his honestly and consistence in life. If you look at the politicians of today, they keep jumping from one political party to the other seeking position. But, if you look at Balarabe Musa, since 1981 when he was impeached as Governor, he never left his PRP until his death.

“He worked tirelessly for the progress and development of Kaduna state, northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole. So, his death is a big loss to our state, region and country at large,” Yero said.


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Former Kaduna Gov, Musa Balarabe is dead

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Born August 21, 1936, Mr Musa was the first civilian governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria’s Second Republic before he was impeached on June 23, 1981.

A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, is dead.

Mr Musa’s death was announced by his political associate and former senator, Shehu Sani.

“Alhaji Balarabe Musa has died.May Allah forgive his souls and grant him Aljanna firdausi.Amin,” Mr Sani wrote on Twitter.

Balarabe Musa, 84, was elected governor of Kaduna State in 1979 but was later controversially impeached and removed from office.

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He is considered a progressive and worked with people of like minds to mobilise against the military junta of late Sani Abacha.

He was the leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), a coalition of opposition parties, in the Fourth Republic.

Before his death, he was the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).


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Breaking: Nigeria communes mellows in fear as mystery gang kills girls.

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The Commissioner called on the security agencies to do their work to apprehend the perpetrators, adding that the development showed that no child is safe in the State.

Kaduna residents have been thrown into fears following the discovery of lifeless bodies of two young girls for the second time this year in Kurmin Mashi area of Kaduna town.

Hafsat Muhammad-Baba, the state’s Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, while addressing reports over the incident, expressed sadness and urged the Commissioner of Police in the State, Muri Umar, to deploy all available resources to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

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“Right thinking Kaduna people are very sad with this unfortunate development,” she said.

She noted that mysterious killers did a similar thing in the same area during the COVID-19 lockdown, describing the situation as unfortunate.

“I am calling on the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, CP Muri Umar, to help us get to the bottom of this,” she added.

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The Police Spokesperson in the State, ASP Muhammed Jalige, confirmed to journalists the discovery of the corpse of the little girls.

The PPRO said the police had already gone to a magistrate Court to sign a Corona Form which would enable the hospital to carry out a series of examinations on the corpse of the girl and that after “the examination, the hospital can then release the corpse to the parents for burial.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the lifeless body of a six-year-old old girl was discovered at a cemetery in Kurmi Mashi on Sunday.


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Restructuring: Senate did not ‘rubbish’ el-Rufai – Uba Sani

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His tweet appeared reactionary to Basiru’s earlier claims that the governor attacked the Senate over restructuring which the later chaired a while ago.

Senator representing Kaduna Central, Uba Sani, yesterday reacted to a statement credited to his colleague from Osun Central , Ajibola Basiru over Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s comment on restructuring at a function in Kaduna a few days ago.

Sani on his Tweeter page, said: “The Senate at no time condemned Governor El-Rufai’s comments on restructuring at the 50th anniversary of Arewa House in Kaduna.”

“The comments attributed to Bashiru are not reflective of the position of the Senate. The Senate at no time mandated anyone to join issues with Governor El-Rufai on his comments relating to the report of the APC Committee on restructuring, which he chaired.

“I am a member of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity and can state emphatically that no such mandate was given to the committee or any of its members. I have taken a good look at Governor El-Rufai’s presentation and the only reference therein to the National Assembly is an appeal to federal legislators to urgently enact constitutional amendments.


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Restructuring: Senate ‘rubbish’ Kaduna Gov, Nasir el-Rufai.

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APC governors had in February this year disclosed of their decision to revisit the report of the Malam Nasir el-Rufai led Committee on True Federalism.

The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State over his allegation that the National Assembly ignored the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Restructuring Committee’s proposal on state police and devolution of powers since 2018.

According to the Senate, Governor el- Rufai was not properly briefed or well-informed on the workings or activities of the National Assembly otherwise he would not have come up with such allegation.

‘’It is a matter of regret that for some reasons the consequential action by the APC leadership to adopt and implement the report has not happened since it was submitted in January 2018,’’ el-Rufai said at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House, in Kaduna, on Saturday.

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Urging fast move to remove structural bottlenecks that hobble our country, el-Rufai called on the federal legislators and the National Assembly Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review to take advantage of ‘’our report and initiate constitutional and legislative amendments in either a piece-meal or comprehensive manner without further delay.’’

Faulting the governor’s approach, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, APC, Osun Central, asked el-Rufai to bring before the 9th Senate his memorandum rather than make statements in newspapers.

According to him, as far as the current Senate is concerned, it has not received any proposal from the governor or from the group he represents.

The Senate spoke as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said el-Rufai’s comment is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari is not a listening President following the failure of government to act on the recommendation since 2018.

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Meanwhile, clamour for restructuring, state police and devolution of power to the federating units continued to gain currency, yesterday.

El-Rufai talking about 8th NASS not us – Senate

Senator Basiru said, “ The National Assembly operates in different assemblies. The present Assembly was inaugurated in June 2019 and if Governor El- Rufai is talking about 2018 proposal, he is talking about the 8th Assembly.

“The job of an Assembly starts from the date of its inauguration. I believe that it is not the intention to confuse Nigerians as to what to say.

“The 9th Assembly has inaugurated the Constitution Review Committee and we have called for Memoranda which has been published in most of the national dailies. If he (el- Rufai) has a proposal on constitution amendment and on what he has highlighted, we expect him to forward it to the National Assembly.

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”As at today, we have not received any Memorandum from him. We are also not unaware that he was chairman of APC Committee to review the Constitution and the Report was submitted to the party.

”Our party is the ruling party, one expects him to use his office through the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, or use his well known connection in the presidency to bring such a proposal to the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly is not a single party, it is a place for all Nigerians and people of different parties. You cannot expect us to to come up with issues without consultations.

“Governor Nasir El Rufai has not approached the National Assembly with any of the recommendations. I don’t believe that he has been well informed or briefed before he came up with it, we are committed to amending the Constitution. He cannot be blaming us for what is not before the National Assembly.

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“ There is a proper channel to present an issue, we expect him to do that if he has any Memorandum, he should come with it to us rather than just making statements in newspapers.”

El-Rufai’s comment shows Buhari is not a listening president- PDP

Reacting to el-Rufai’s comment, the PDP through its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, commended the governor for speaking up and urged other leaders of the APC desirous of a new Nigeria, to add their voices to the call for the sack of service chiefs.

He said: “If the El-Rufai committee recommended state police and the Federal Government did nothing about it, it shows that Buhari is not a listening President, not a listening leader. The level of insecurity under the watch of President Buhari has become so scary and worrisome.

“So, it is a good thing that an APC governor is speaking up now. We urge other leaders, particularly their governors and other leaders to help us tell President Buhari to re-jig the nation’s security architecture. Why is he finding it difficult to replace the current crop of service chiefs or is Mr. President saying we do not have capable hands better than these ones?”

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Speaking on the advice from Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi at the Arewa 50th anniversary that the call for restructuring should not be given ethnic colouration, the PDP publicity scribe said restructuring is good for the health of the entire country and should be supported by all.

“Restructuring is an idea being pushed by all. It is neither a call for the good of one ethnic group nor a move being championed by one ethnic nationality. So, Governor Kayode Fayemi is right,” he added.

APC not sincere about restructuring – Ohanaeze

However, apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, dismissed el-Rufai and APC’s claim on restructuring as lame excuse.

Speaking Emeka Attama, the media adviser to President General, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Ohanaeze said: “This is a lame excuse being part of the present debacle APC finds itself.

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“If Governor el-Rufai knew this all along and the NASS was dilly-dallying, why didnt he speak out before now? Pure medicine after death. Sorry, APC government is not sincere about restructuring.”

There’s nothing special about it – Shettima

Speaking on the issue, President of the Arewa Youth’s Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said: “Nobody is afraid of restructuring. Governor El-Rufail spoke the mind of northern progressives. For us there is nothing special about it.

“I have been an advocate of restructuring but I don’t subscribe to violent means of achieving it. I am for dialogue and I support restructuring 100 per cent. I find it quite disturbing that too much power has been concentrated at the centre in Nigeria’s governance history, especially since our exit from unitary system.

”The kind of federalism we’re practising today is therefore quite defective. The states have no real control over how this country is being run. They don’t have the right economic and political independence they deserve. Monthly statutory allocation to states has made Nigerian state governments too dependent on Federal Government and this is killing their autonomy.

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“As for #EndSARS protest against the alleged harassment by a unit of the nation’s police force, the reality is already known. State police is necessary. I say this because you don’t post a policeman born and bred in Sokoto for policing Sagamu, a place and people he knows little or nothing about.

“I therefore support state police to make the war on crime more effective. I support restructuring to give the states the desired freedom from federal might and manipulations.

”The centre should be made less-attractive for effective governance. We cannot afford a federalism so expensive that it’s weighing down the national economy too much.”

How COVID-19 stalled APC’s move

But for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the APC would have gone far on the restructuring quest, party leaders have said.

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Governor of Katsina state and Chairman, APC Governors’ Steering Committee on Good Governance, Aminu Masari, who disclosed this during the meeting of the committee in Abuja, said the steering committee would set up a sub-committee to look at several issues including the el-Rufai Committee’s report with a view to coming up with a compact template for implementation.

He said: “The most important thing is that we need to deal with the issue of governance. What are those issues of governance as it affects the welfare, security and well-being of our people. In dealing with them, the steering committee would look at a whole list of issues and make recommendations to the larger house where those issues will be dealt with.

‘’When we say we are looking at a cocktail of issues, it could be in the area of security, constitutional amendment and others. This is why the synergy between the executive and the legislature is critical. At the end of the day, those that have to do with policy formulation would be dealt with by the legislative arm and those issues that require administrative actions would be dealt with by the executive. We are not zeroing on any particular issue but a lot of them.

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“The issue of constitutional amendment was discussed. The el-Rufai Committee report will also be discussed by this technical committee that we have set up and they will look at those recommendations by the el-Rufai Committee, take them and make some recommendations to the larger house. Then the issue of budgeting and implementation would also be discussed by this sub-committee.”

Also speaking, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi said the Senate is ready to synergize with the executive and carry out tasks or constitutional amendments that are capable of enhancing the fortunes of Nigerians.

Hon. Friday Akpatason who represented House Leader, Hassan Doguwa said the committee would work with the party to implement its agenda.

“The summary of the whole thing is that we are trying to reduce a whole number of issues to make them more compact for implementation and which would reflect the party’s agenda for taking Nigerians to the next level.”


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Remove Ahmed Bamalli as Emir – Zazzau Prince, Bashari alleges.

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He argues that the appointment of Mr Bamalli contravened Chiefs (Appointment and Depositions) Law Cap 21 of 1991.

A prince of Zazzau Emirate in Kaduna State, Bashari Aminu, has gone to court to challenge the appointment of Ahmed Bamalli as the new emir of Zazzau.

Mr Bamalli, erstwhile Nigerian ambassador to Thailand, was announced as the new emir by the Kaduna State Government on Wednesday.

The suit was filed at the Kaduna State High Court. A source close to Mr Aminu confirmed the legal action.

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Mr Bamalli’s appointment followed the death of Shehu Idris who died on September 20, after reigning as emir for 45 years.

Mr 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 Mr Bamalli, following a fresh selection process among 13 princes, ordered by the state government.

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Court documents seen by Media known to Noble Reporters Media show that Mr Aminu sued Mr El-Rufai and nine others in the suit seeking to quash Mr Bamalli’s appointment.

The court filings signed by Yunus Usman, a senior advocate of Nigeria, seeks 10 reliefs from the court.

Aside Messrs El-Rufai and Bamalli, Mr Aminu also joined the Kaduna State Attorney General, Kaduna Council of Chiefs, Zazzau Emirate Council and the five kingmakers as parties to the suit.

The prayers
Mr Aminu prayed the court to validate the selection process of the Zazzau kingmakers which placed him ahead of two other princes and excluded Mr Bamalli from the shortlist.

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Mr Aminu wants the court to declare the appointment as “irregular, illegal, unconstitutional, unjust inequitable and contrary to good conscience, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

He also asked the court to declare that he was “duly and properly selected/elected and appointed as the Emir of Zazzau (Zaria) by the traditional kingmakers of Zazzau in accordance with Zazzau Native Law, Custom and Tradition.”

He also wants the court to bar Mr Bamalli from declaring himself as the emir of Zazzau and to stop the state government from proceeding with Mr Bamalli’s coronation as the Zazzau emir.

Mr El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, could not be reached for comment on this story and whether or not the governor had been served the court papers.


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[Nigeria] Kaduna gov’t appoints new Zazzau Emir.

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The long awaited appointment comes 17 days since the Emir of Zazzau stool became vacant.

The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Ahmed Bamalli as the new emir of Zazzau

The long awaited appointment comes 17 days since the stool became vacant.


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Mr Bamalli succeeds Shehu Idris, the 17th Fulani emir of Zazzau who reigned for 45 years before his death on September 20.

Princes from three of the four dynastic lines of the emirate jostled for the post with four of them believed to be the frontrunners.

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The three page report gave verdict on two-stage selection process followed on three princes. Those graded were the Iyan Zazzau Bashar Aminu, the Yariman Zazzau Munir Ja’afaru and the Turakin Zazzau Aminu Idris.

Noble Reporters Media earlier learnt plans to announce the Zazzau prince from the Mallawa dynasty as the new emir.

Read government’s full statement announcing the appointment below.

KDSG appoints Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as Emir of Zazzau

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020 after reigning for 45 years. Alh. Bamalli is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.

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Until his appointment as Emir of Zazzau, Alh. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau and served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar. He has been a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission in 2015. He has worked in banking and as Executive Director and later acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation. He was a staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency before a stint as head of Human Resources at MTel, the mobile communications arm of the old Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).

Born in 1966, Alh. Bamalli studied Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University. He is also a fellow on Conflict Resolution of the University of York, United Kingdom (UK).

On behalf of the Kaduna State Government, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has congratulated HRH Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli on his appointment and wished him a successful and peaceful reign as Emir of Zazzau.

Signed

Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani
Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government Affairs
O7 October 2020


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[Nigeria] Kaduna gov’t launches new vigilante outfit.

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As part of efforts to tackle rural banditry and other related crimes in Kaduna State, a local vigilante group has been launched in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking at the inauguration of the security outfit on Saturday, the Chairman of Giwa local government said the government is committed to stopping the attacks that have almost become a norm in the rural communities.

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He also explained that the vigilantes will operate according to the constitutional provisions and legal requirements of the country, in addition to collaborating with the police and other security agencies to respond to the rising insecurity in the area.

In February this year, a family of 13 were gruesomely murdered by bandits who invaded Fatika village and burnt them inside their house.

Less than a month later, no fewer than 50 peasant farmers and herders were killed by gunmen suspected to have invaded the community from neighbouring Zamfara and Katsina states.

According to the Giwa local government council chairman, the new vigilante outfit represents another step government is taking to enhance security across the state in order to give the people greater confidence as they go about their legitimate businesses.


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Storyline: Flood raid Kaduna, destroy property. [Nigeria]

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Many houses have been submerged in Asikolaye, Kaduna South Local Government Area, destroying property of residents, Noble Reporters Media report

The flooding, which occurred after a downpour on Monday evening, lasted till Tuesday morning and has forced many residents out of their homes.

Some of the residents said that the flood occurs once in two years. NRM gathered

Aisha Mohammed, whose house was submerged, said she tried without success to salvage some of her property.

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She called on the government to offer some assistance to her and other victims of the disaster.

Ibrahim Shehu said he lost several domestic animals and was forced to slaughter them.

He said though he heard the warning of the flood by SEMA but he had nowhere else to go.

Maimumatu Abubakar, Executive Secretary Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who went around the town to assess the extent of damage, advised residents against building houses close to river banks.

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She said that there was no record of deaths or missing persons from the flooding.

“We are hoping the flood will subside before the end of the day.”

Sunday Awulu, Secretary, Red Cross Kaduna State said nine persons were rescued, while several others refused to vacate for fear of their property being stolen.

Noble Reporters Media recalls that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), SEMA had warned of imminent flooding in some parts of the state and advised people living close to river banks or flood prone areas to move to safe grounds.

SOURCE: NOBLE REPORTERS MEDIA


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Police clash with Shittes in Kaduna; 2 killed.

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At least two persons are feared killed during a clash between members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, and the police in Kaduna State.

A crowd of IMN members had held a procession on Sunday in the Kaduna state capital and Zaria, before the unfortunate incident took place.

The march was held in commemoration of the Ashura, a religious rite held by Shiites globally on the 10th of the Muharram Islamic calendar.

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While the procession was ongoing along the popular Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital, the crowd was dispersed by a team of policemen who arrived at the scene.

Although the police authorities in Kaduna State have yet to confirm the incident, the spokesman for the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, issued a statement.

Musa claimed that some heavily-armed security forces came and started shooting at the crowd with live ammunition and in the process, two members were killed and many others got injured.

He also alleged that four other IMN members were wounded and two arrested by the police in Zaria when they started shooting sporadically also to disperse hundreds of IMN members who participated in the annual Ashura procession in the city and concluded it peacefully.

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According to the IMN spokesman, the Ashura procession was commemorated peacefully virtually in over 300 towns and villages in Nigeria without threat from the authorities except in Kaduna State.

He said the police have allegedly killed four members of the Shiite group and injured over 15 others in the last 10 days of mourning activities of the group.

Both the Kaduna State and the Federal Government had outlawed the IMN and their activities all over the country.

In July 2019, the Federal Government ordered the proscription of the movement and designated the activities of the Shiite organisation in any part of the country as ”acts of terrorism and illegality.”


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