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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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Buhari govt will not ignore southern kaduna killings – Osinbajo says.

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The Muhammadu Buhari administration will not sweep the major issues underlying the crisis in Southern Kaduna under the carpet, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Professor Osinbajo gave the assurance on Thursday during a special conversation featuring him and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the ongoing Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference.

He listed the issues to include ensuring justice, fixing economic marginalisation and the prosecution of persons responsible for the murders.

The Vice President who stated that the government would ensure that the impunity does not worsen urged those who have concerns about the recently signed CAMA legislation to approach the National Assembly for possible amendments.

“I have been involved since 2001 through the work of the Macedonian initiative, an NGO that focused on providing relief materials to displaced persons in Southern Kaduna and several other places, especially in the north-central part of Nigeria,” he said on the way forward in the Southern Kaduna conflict and making reference to his personal experience.

Professor Osinbajo added, “There have been judicial commissions and all sorts, but the problem remains. So, there is the need to address the underlying issues. You can’t sweep under the carpet, justice and the cries of economic marginalisation.

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“The fact is that we must prosecute persons responsible for these murders or otherwise impunity will worsen, and also support those who have lost their breadwinners.”

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, gives a speech virtually at the NBA Annual General Conference on August 27, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

According to the Vice President, the mindless callous killings in Southern Kaduna are heart-breaking and unacceptable as they are avoidable.

He stressed the need to condole those who lost loved ones and those injured or who have suffered loss of property in the crisis.

Possible Peace-Making Efforts
Professor Osinbajo highlighted what the Federal Government has done and was doing to deal with the situation.

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He said, “First is the improvement of security in Southern Kaduna. Now, we have a military base there, for the first time. We also have a lot of Air Force surveillance.

“We have about 500 conventional and Mobile Policemen in Zangon-Kataff and Kaura Local Government Areas and then, the combined military team of the army and the navy who are also on ground 24 hours. This is basically to just take care of the volatile situation there.”

The Vice President noted that President Buhari had several security council meetings where the issues were discussed, and the possibilities of engagement have also been discussed.

On a personal note, he revealed that he has engaged community leaders in Southern Kaduna and the state governor to look at what peace-making efforts were possible.

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Professor Osinbajo was optimistic that the issues would be resolved, noting that some of the peace-making efforts have been fairly successful.

“But there is also a lot of work going on to ensure that some of these fundamental issues are being addressed and it’s an evolving situation, but it’s something we can’t afford to ignore and it’s gone on for far too long and it’s redressable and possible for us to resolve,” he stated.

On his part, Gbajabiamila spoke about the collaboration between the Executive and the Legislature under the present administration in addressing some of the critical issues facing the country.

He said the actions of the lawmakers would continue to be guided by the legislative agenda adopted by the House at its inauguration in 2019, in line with the vision of the President.


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Southern kaduna killings: JNI fault selfish elders…

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has expressed concern that some individuals and groups it described as ‘crying more than the bereaved’ over Southern Kaduna killings are sabotaging government efforts in bringing lasting peace to the region.

The Muslim group also noted that unguarded utterances of some citizens including elder statesmen, whom it alleged are making economic fortunes out of the Southern Kaduna crisis, are frustrating the peacebuilding effort in the region.

JNI in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Abubakar, however, called on both the Federal and State governments to act fast to ensure that such groups do not jeopardise the already fragile situation in Southern Kaduna, but step up efforts to bring an end to the crises.

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While it called for caution and restraint from all parties involved in the conflict, JNI, however, admitted that ethnoreligious conflicts are not easy to manage, and urged all parties to rise to the occasion to forestall its recurrence in Kaduna state, as it is often said, a stitch in time saves nine.

“It is very clear that some interest groups cried wolf than the bereaved in the present circumstance and thus, the need for government to quickly act before such interest groups exacerbate the already precarious situation that could jeopardize frantic efforts aimed at restoring law and order through dialogue and commitment for peace with all relevant stakeholders in the state,” the statement added.

“The JNI observed carefully with serious concern the unfortunate unfolding events of blood-letting and serial killings, as well as the resultant inflammatory commentaries being aired which are utterly condemnable in their entirety.

“We strongly believe that the politically-driven crisis is being deliberately turned into an ethnoreligious conflict of worrisome dimension.

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“We have nonetheless observed with dismay the unguarded utterances of some citizens including elder statesmen, who through the print, electronic and social media, are at best should be doing everything possible to curtail the tensed situation but instead prefer to serve as conflict entrepreneurs in exasperating the already worsened situation.”

The statement also commiserated with the families of the victims of the inhuman attacks and particularly condoled with the parents as well as guardians who lost their children/wards in the crises.

“May Allah, the Most High console them all, while those that sustained injuries, may He grant them quick recovery. Aamin,” it said.

“We must not, however, relent in fervent prayers to Allah, for an end to the too many bloodbaths in Nigeria, while calling on government at all levels, as well as security agencies to do more in tackling insecurity in Nigeria, as there would not be development without peace and security.”


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Gunmen abduct JSS 3 students in Kaduna.

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted an unconfirmed number of students from a school in Kaduna State.

The incident took place on Monday at Prince Academy in Samba-Kasaya, a village around Buruku area in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Those kidnapped are said to be some JSS 3 students who are preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) before the armed men invaded the school at about 7am and took them away.

The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident and the number of those abducted.

But a security source in the area told Channels Television that a member of a local group in the village was shot dead by the gunmen while some villagers were also abducted along with the students.

The source also disclosed that troops of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have begun a manhunt of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the victims and bringing the culprits to justice.

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Monday’s attack comes a week after the state government announced that JSS3 students in the state would resume classes on August 16 and 17.

The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Education, Phoebe Yayi, had explained in a statement that the government approved the resumption dates to allow the students prepare for the BECE which commenced on August 24.

She noted that all school principals were directed to make arrangements to receive the students, in line with the COVID-19 regulations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Proprietors of private schools were also asked to comply accordingly through the Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority and ensure proper arrangements for safe transportation of their students to and from schools.


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Deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi arrives Kaduna

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The former Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi has arrived Kaduna state more than five months after he was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.

Sanusi’s visit to Kaduna state happens to be his first to any part of northern Nigeria since he was removed from the throne on March 9, 2020.

He is expected to visit Governor Nasir El-Rufai, his long time friend of over forty years at the Kaduna State Government House.

The former Emir on arrival in Kaduna was received by a crowd of supporters who joined his motorcade.

Some of them displayed 2023 campaign posters with his photograph on their vehicles.

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Sanusi, an ex-central bank Governor had frosty relations with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017.

His supporters believe he was sacked for opposing Mr Ganduje’s re-election last year.

Sanusi was seen as a reformist and had been critical of some government policies – a stance that frequently put him at loggerheads with ruling politicians.

Exiled Ruler
Following his deposition, El-Rufai had met with the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi at Awe in Nasarawa State.

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Governor El-Rufai had on March 13th, 2020, arrived Awe Local Government where Sanusi was residing then.

Due to a heavy security presence, journalists were only allowed to stay 200 metres away from the place.

Sanusi later left Awe for Lagos after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing him from detention in Nasarawa.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.

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The former Emir had approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.

‘Moving On’
Not disturbed by his dethronement, the former CBN governor said he was “moving on” with his life, but, admitted that challenging his removal could have been the easiest thing to do if he wanted to.

“I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.

“It’s a simple, fair hearing, ‘did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” he said.


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Sanusi Arrives Kaduna | Video

Watch video here – Emir Sanusi – Noble Reporters tv

NBA conference: Kaduna Muslim Lawyers Withdraw Amid El Rufai’s disinvitation.

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The Kaduna state branch of Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN) has announced its withdrawal from the forthcoming annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association over the dis-invitation of the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as one of the Speakers at the conference.

At a press conference in Kaduna on Saturday, the group through its Chairman, Abbas Masanawa, noted that the decision of the NBA National Executive Committee to rescind an invite based on unsubstantiated allegations and without fair hearing from the Governor was deemed as parochial, sentimental and tainted with favoritism and ethnoreligious considerations.

The Muslim lawyers also wondered why the NBA chose to keep silent in the face of the killings going on in the northeast, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger and Birnin Gwari, in Kaduna state but chose to give surreptitious ethnic cover to the southern Kaduna attacks, as if lives matter more in some parts of the country over others.

Speaking further, the group wondered why the NBA invited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to speak at the conference in spite of his past utterances where he described Rivers as a Christian state but decided to dis-invite El-Rufai.

According to them, the NBA conference would have afforded lawyers the platform to interrogate Governor El-Rufai on some of the allegations leveled against him by some members of the association, rather than shutting him out after inviting him to the event earlier.

The group insisted that based on the NBA NEC decision, it is left with no option than to instruct its members across Kaduna state to withdraw their participation in the Association’s forthcoming conference.


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Southern kaduna killings: Curfew relaxed in two LGAs

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The Kaduna State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew it imposed on Kauru and Zango Kataf Local Government areas of the state, as a result of constant communal attacks leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement on Saturday that the decision to relax the curfew was made based on advice from security agencies.

Aruwan added that security assessments have shown that there are promising signs of serious efforts at rapprochement between the Atyap, Hausa, and Fulani communities of Zangon-Kataf LGA.

“As efforts to diminish perils to communities and promote peace continue, the Kaduna State Government has accepted the recommendation to relax the curfew in Kauru and Zangon-Kataf LGAs,” Aruwan said.

“Curfew hours will now be from 6 pm to 6 am, effective from today.

“This decision completes the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew imposed from 11 June 2020 to help contain security challenges initially in Kauru and Zangon-Kataf but later extended to Kaura and Jema’a LGAs.”


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Victims kick as Kaduna chases illegal occupants of Govt houses.

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The Kaduna State Government has commenced the eviction of people living ‘illegally’ in government-owned houses as part of its housing policy.

The State’s Head of Service, Mrs Bariatu Mohammed told Channels Television that those being evicted from the government-owned residential houses were legal occupants who were served with eviction notices since after the sale of the properties since 2018, but have refused to vacate from such facilities.

According to her, part of the process entailed that the highest bid price was offered to the eligible public servants in the occupation of the houses to exercise the Right of First Refusal by effecting payment of 10 percent non-refundable deposit within 14 days, while each applicant was entitled to purchase only one residential unit.

Following the conclusion of the allocation of houses to eligible bidders, the Task Force set up by the state government within the week embarked on the eviction of those they termed as illegal occupants from their houses.

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Reacting, some of those affected by the exercise kicked against the action which they described as a gross violation of their rights to the first refusal.

One of them, Linda Kuswan, told Channels Television through her lawyer, Jonathan Adamu that no vacation notice was served on her by the government.

She claimed to have obtained a court judgment from the Kaduna State High court which ordered the state government or its officials from evicting her from the House which she legally occupied many years ago.

Having obtained a court judgment dated August 7, 2020, on violation of her rights and to stop the government from evicting her from the house, she asked the state government to obey the court order by restoring her back to the house and to also give her the right of first refusal.


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COVID-19: Kaduna leads in 340 fresh cases in Nigeria.

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Nigeria reports 340 new COVID-19 Cases as total deaths toll hits 996, total recoveries nears 38,000 and total infections moves close to 31,500.

Unlike Plateau and Lagos that leads in past days, Kaduna leads, others follow.

Nasarawa, imo and sokoto, the lowest cases states today with 2 new cases each

Total cases of 340 today pioneered by 19 Nigerian states out of 36.

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Stands•

340 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Kaduna-63
FCT-51
Plateau-38
Lagos-33
Delta-25
Gombe-21
Adamawa-21
Edo-20
Katsina-17
Akwa Ibom-11
Ekiti-10
Rivers-9
Ondo-5
Ebonyi-4
Cross River-3
Ogun-3
Sokoto-2
Imo-2
Nasarawa-2

51,304 confirmed
37,885 discharged
996 deaths


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Insurgency: NAF deploys special forces to Southern Kaduna.

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional special forces to southern Kaduna, to boost the ongoing fight against bandits and suspected ethnic militia who have been terrorising residents of the area.

The Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command, Air Marshal Musa Mukhtar, addressed the troops before their departure to the southern part of the state on Sunday.

He asked them to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army troops attached to Operation Safe Haven, by providing both ground and air power during the operation against the criminal elements.

Mukhtar, however, warned the troops to respect the human rights of the people of Southern Kaduna during the operation.

He asked the team of security operatives, numbering 32 and trained in all aspects of counter-insurgency operations, to crush the bandits.

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The deployment of additional troops comes as the military steps up operation to combat the rising cases of attacks by bandits and suspected ethnic militia in the area.

Many people have been killed with others injured, while hundreds of families have been displaced as a result of the conflict which has been lingering for many years.

In the past month, army troops, police officials, and other security agencies have been deployed to the troubled areas, even as the attacks seem unabated.

Before the departure of the additional batch of special forces, they were supported with versatile military hardware to aid the onslaught against the enemies.

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In his reaction, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, commended NAF for the deployment of the security operatives to the troubled part of the state.

In a statement on Sunday by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the governor said he received the news of the deployment with joy and appreciation.

According to the statement, the deployment of the special forces to southern Kaduna is a demonstration of the collective will of President Muhammadu Buhari, El-Rufai, the Defence Headquarters, and NAF to tackle the security challenges in the state.

“We are looking forward to meeting the officers and men of the NAF special forces shortly after their induction,” it said.


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Bandits camp destroyed in Kaduna amid Airforce strikes

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The Nigerian military on Saturday said it has neutralised several armed bandits at their camp in the Kuduru Forest area of Kaduna State.

According to a statement signed by a military spokesman, John Enenche, the strikes were carried out on August 13.

The airstrikes were carried out by the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike, a joint military operation with the mission to help rid the country’s North-West of bandits presently terrorising the region.

The destroyed bandit camp, the military said, was occupied by members of an Ansaru Terrorist Sect-linked group led by one Mallam Abba.

The country’s North-West has witnessed a recent rise in bandit-related attacks, contributing to calls for the sack of Service Chiefs.

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted more needs to be done to protect the region.

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READ THE MILITARY’S FULL STATEMENT:

PRESS RELEASE

OPERATION THUNDER STRIKE: AIR COMPONENT HITS ARMED BANDITS’ CAMP AT KUDURU FOREST IN KADUNA STATE

  1. The Air Component of Operation THUNDER STRIKE has neutralized several armed bandits at their camp in the Kuduru Forest area of Kaduna State. This was achieved through air strikes carried out on 13 August 2020 on the heels of intelligence reports indicating the convergence of members of an Ansaru Terrorist Sect-linked bandits group, led by one Mallam Abba, at the location. Aerial surveillance missions conducted over the area also observed several bandits, some wielding weapons, in the forest.
  2. Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets and helicopter gunships were therefore tasked to attack the location. Several of the bandits were killed as the attack aircraft strafed the area, while others attempting to escape were mopped-up in follow-on attacks.
  3. You are please requested to disseminate this information and show the attached declassified short video clip of the attack through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
15 August 2020


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