Insecurity: Bauchi Gov expresses concern, donates 50 vehicles to army, police, others

By Victor Habila, Bauchi

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State  has on Saturday, said insecurity gives his government concern as he distributed 50 brand new JAC pickup vehicles to the army, police, and other security agencies in the State to enhance their performance, especially in responding to emergencies in the State.

During handing over the keys of the vehicles to the security agencies at Government House Bauchi, Governor Mohammed noted that the protection of lives and properties of the citizens is one of the cardinal objectives of his administration.

“I am delighted to welcome you all to this auspicious occasion of the distribution of JAC pickup vehicles to conventional and nonconventional security agencies for the purpose of enhancing security operations in the State. The procurement of these vehicles is a testimony of government concern towards the holistic approach to security challenges in the State.

“It is evident that with the increasing number of criminal activities perpetrated by mindless criminal individuals in the society, we are facing criminality squarely by active participation with our various security agencies, traditional institution, and other major stakeholders. The protection of the lives and properties of the citizens is one of the cardinal objectives of this administration. I, therefore, want to commend the efforts in curbing the rate of crime in the State,” he said.

The governor was optimistic that the vehicles, which he said are well equipped with communication gadgets, will ease the movement of security operatives and ensure prompt response to emergencies.

He added: “In pursuance to our objectives for the protection of lives and properties of our people, this administration has procured 50 brand new JAC pick up vehicles which are ready for distribution to security agencies in order to enhance their operations to the grassroots.

“I believe that this will ease the movement of security operatives and ensure prompt response to emergencies. The vehicles are well equipped with communication gadgets that can access any part of our rural areas.”

Receiving the vehicles on behalf of security agencies in the State, Ag. Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, who was represented by AIG Johnson Babatunde thanked the governor for the gesture, saying that the provision of the vehicles is a morale booster for security operatives.

“We thank the governor for the constant logistics support he provides for security agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police Force. Security, generally, is capital intensive and it needs serious funding particularly in the area of procurement of equipment for effective and efficient performance.

“One of the logistics constraints facing the police force is the inadequacy of serviceable vehicles for vicinity policing, in form of the regular patrol to enable members to feel presence of policemen for their security and safety.

“The provision of these vehicles by the governor is a morale booster for our policemen to carry out their statutory duties, by ensuring quality service delivery to the citizens. The logistics support has come at a good time as this laudable gesture can serve as a catalyst in our renewed vigour to fight crimes and criminalities in the country, he noted.

​We never plotted with Pantami to kill ex-Kaduna gov, Yakowa – JNI

 ….says ‘allegation disheartening, disgusting’

Umbrella Islamic organisation, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, on Friday, refuted allegations linking it and Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, to the death of the former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa.

The JNI declared such a report as “disheartening” and “disgusting”, adding that it never held a meeting about Yakowa when the ex-Kaduna governor was alive.

An unverified document, which recently went viral, claimed embattled Pantami allegedly plotted Yakowa’s death at a JNI meeting he presided over some years back.


A statement by JNI, on Friday, read, “The JNI under the leadership of His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the JNI, was taken aback by the desperation of some disgruntled elements who in their desperate attempt to smear the image of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy drag the name of the JNI as being part of an alleged plot to assassinate the late Governor Yakowa of Kaduna state.

“To start with, how could Sheikh Pantami chair a JNI meeting while he was not one of its leaders either at the National or state levels? What could have necessitated the combination of Bauchi, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna states from different geo political zones in the meeting? If Yakowa was vehemently hated by the Muslims and were desperately trying to ‘get rid’ of him. How did he win the 2011 elections in a Muslim dominated state of Kaduna where a Muslim-Muslim ticket recently sailed through? Who voted him in?

“The so-called pieces of minutes shared by the media to further confuse and manipulate an average Nigerian’s mind into believing this orchestrated lie has further confirmed the desperation of the perpetrators. It is very perplexing and heart-rending that minutes of an assassination plot could be written and kept. How disheartening and disgusting!”

TG News

 
 
 

3 Abducted Greenfield Varsity Students killed

By Victor Habila, Kaduna

Kaduna State Government has on Friday confirmed that bandits have shot dead three of the abducted students of Greenfield University.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan confirmed the death of the students in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

Several students were abducted on Tuesday night from the university campus at Kasarami village off Kaduna-Abuja highway, and one person was killed in the process.

“The remains of three students were found today (Friday), in Kwanan Bature village, a location close to the university and have been evacuated to a mortuary by the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, and the Force Commander, Operation Thunder Strike, Lt. Col. MH Abdullahi.”

The statement said that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai had condemned the killing, describing it as sheer wickedness, inhuman and outright desecration of human lives by vile entities.

He said that the bandits represented the worst of humankind and must be fought at all cost.

The governor appealed to citizens to come together against forces of darkness challenging national security and the very existence of the Nigerian State.

El-Rufai condoled with the families of those killed and prayed for the repose of their souls.
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Despite FG’s ₦15bn Offer, ASUP Vows To Continue Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has vowed to continue with its nationwide industrial action despite a ₦15bn offered by the Federal Government.

ASUP had commenced strike on April 6 declared a strike, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.

ASUP had explained that its decision to the down tool was to draw the attention of the government to the nine basic needs of the union, adding that the need to release the 10 months in arrears of the new minimum wage owed its members in Federal Polytechnics and the implementation of same in the several States yet to implement the new minimum wage.

But briefing journalists on Friday in Abuja, ASUP’s President, Anderson Ezeibe, said the strike will still continue.

“Our union received offers from the government during the meetings for the release of an infrastructural revitalisation fund of ₦15billion for the sector and this is in lieu of the NEEDS Assessment report of 2014,” he said.

“Following the considerations of the offers as presented, the National Executive Council of our union yesterday resolved to sustain the strike action until the unresolved details in the offer as presented are sorted out in the meetings expected in the coming days.”

Speaking further, Ezeibe said two out of three scheduled meetings with the Federal Government have held and some of the demands met, including the release of ten months’ salaries arrears for members among others.

The demands met include the reconstitution and inauguration of the governing council of all federal polytechnics which were dissolved in 2020.

ASUP’s president explained that the strike will only be suspended after seeing the actual implementation of some of those offers by the FG.

​CAN responds to alleged involvement of Pantami, Muslims in murder of Yakowa

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed shock at allegations that the Communications Minister, Isa Ali Pantami and Muslim leaders planned the death of former Kaduna Governor, Patrick Yakowa.

Rev. John Joseph Hayab, CAN Chairman in Kaduna said the church and Yakowa’s family consider the allegation very serious with a possible adverse impact on peace and national security.

Hayab said the society’s discomfort and disagreements should not be enough reasons to approve the circulation of phoney and injurious statements against any perceived foe.


The cleric said sensitive documents like the ones purported to be from the JNI meeting in Bauchi should be subjected to thorough security investigation and trials.

“The danger of making this a media issue, instead of a legal and security issue that it ought to be, is that we stand to lose the most important point; that of bringing to justice persons accused to have wronged the law.”

CAN said there is a need for circumspection and care so that we do not throw our communities into further chaos in the rush to hang one man.
The former Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Yakowa recalled that when his principal died in an air crash, there was no inquiry to determine the cause of his death, aside from the immediate and likely technical fault leading to the helicopter crash.

“We, the Christian community and indeed his immediate family acknowledged the tragedy, submitting to the will of God Almighty. For that purpose, there is no point, now or later, to open up what will not bring back our leader and father but rather open up old wounds in a very controversial manner”, he noted.

​Armed herders kill Benue monarch, five others in Makurdi, Guma, Agatu

….Ortom cancels 60th birthday celebration in show of concern and solidarity with victims

A traditional ruler and five others have been reportedly killed in three separate attacks on Benue communities by suspected herdsmen at Tse-Zoola Village Agan Makurdi Local Government Area, LGA, Odugbeho in Agatu LGA and Mbayer-Yandev in Guma LGA.

Confirming the attack on Mbayer-Yandev, the Guma LGA Chairman Caleb Aba said the incident occurred at about 8pm on Wednesday.

“It happened at about 8pm though my attention was drawn to the incident at 9pm that Fulani herdsmen invaded Mbayer-Yandev, Council Ward, killing two persons and injuring three others who have been moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, for treatment,” the Chairman said.

Also, the Councilor representing Odugbeho Ward and Deputy Leader, Agatu Legislative Council, Mr Julius Abu who confirmed the attack and murder of two persons in his constituency by armed herders, condemned the killing saying it was unprovoked.

The Deputy Leader said those killed by the marauding herdsmen were Joseph Babayo and Simon Idewu who were from Odugbeho and Ayila communities respectively but killed along Odugbeho road.

He appealed for the deployment of military personnel to the area to check the killings and mounting tension in area area stressing that the people were deserting their homes for fear of more invasion and attacks by armed herdsmen when they should be in their fears.

“We have appealed to our people to remain calm and avoid the temptation of taking the law into their hands. We have confidence in the capability of the state government to tackle the challenge,” the lawmaker said.

Meanwhile, residents of Tse-Zoola village, Agan in Makurdi Local Government Area, LGA, of the state also lost their paramount ruler, Zaki Hyacinth Ajon and a middle aged man, Benjamin Anakula to the marauders who invaded the area yesterday.

Governor Samuel Ortom who ran into the pandemonium in the community while on his was from an engagement outside Makurdi town appealed for calm assuring that the government would do everything to ensure their safety.

Narrating their ordeal to the Governor, the oldest man in the community, Elder Aho Zoola, said “the militia herdsmen, without any provocation, attacked our village  around 2am when the people were deeply asleep, and killed Zaki Hyacinth Ajon and Benjamin Anakula.”

The Governor asked if they had engaged in cattle rustling in the past, Elder Aho said “we have never had any issues with herdsmen even when their herds graze on our crops we watch helplessly because we do not want any problems but despite our disposition they still came and killed our Zaki and our son,” he said.

Meanwhile Governor Ortom has cancelled all fanfare slated by individuals and groups to mark his 60th. birthday Friday in show of solidarity and concern for victims of the renewed herdsmen attacks on communities of the state in the last few day.

The statement by Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase issued Thursday in Makurdi read, “Governor Samuel Ortom will be 60 on April  23rd, 2021. Traditionally, drums would have been rolled out to celebrate the diamond age. But Governor Ortom has chosen to make it low key.

“He (the Governor) will meet with widows, orphans and people with disabilities tomorrow. On Saturday, the Governor will visit IDP camps, and on Sunday go to church to thank God.”

Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene was unsuccessful as the call put to her phone was not responded to.

Source: Vanguard News Nigeria

​Nigeria’s Mustapha ranked world’s number one cadet player

By Victor Habila

Nigeria’s teenage table tennis sensation Musa Mustapha has been ranked world’s best in the boys’ U-11 by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

With this development, Mustapha has become the second African to be rated number one in the world after Hana Goda was in 2020 named the best U-15 girls in the world.

The Abuja-based Mustapha was part of the Nigerian team that won the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit in Ghana and the world table tennis ruling body has also been monitoring the player in the last three years after he made his senior debut at the 2018 Nigeria Open in Lagos.

In the ranking list released by ITTF, Mustapha with 128 points is number one U-11 while he is also ranked 17th in the U-13 category while his brother Mustapha was rated 18th in the same cadre.

The Al-Faizun Junior Academy student is expected to be part of the World Youth Series taking place later this year in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

National junior champion Taiwo Matti is also ranked 12th and 64th in the U-17 and U-19 world rankings respectively.

According to ITTF, the newly formed WTT Youth Series, replaces the ITTF World Junior Circuit and now complemented by the new ranking regulations, being the first step in the whole of sport pathway that will drive today’s most promising young talent towards the pinnacle of the sport.

Portugal will host the first ever WTT Youth Series event, with the inaugural WTT Youth Contender to take place in Vila Real from Tuesday 11 to Monday 17th May. It will be the first youth event to be held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

​Kaduna Govt Confirms One Staff Killed At Greenfield University, Unspecified Number of Students Kidnapped

Kaduna state Government has confirmed the abduction of unspecified number of students kidnapped and a staff of the Greenfield University killed during an attacked by armed bandits last night.

According to the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, kaduna state, Mr. Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that the ministry received a distress call and quickly swings into action.

He said, “Last night, the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs received distress calls of an attack by armed bandits on the Greenfield University, situated at Kasarami, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun LGA.

“Troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) and other operatives swiftly moved to the location and the armed bandits retreated.

“After search-and-rescue operations, a staff member of the university, Paul Ude Okafor, was confirmed to have been killed by the armed bandits, while a number of students were kidnapped.

“The security operatives took custody of the remaining students who have been handed over to the institution, as at noon today, Wednesday 21st April 2021.

“The actual number of students kidnapped is still being sought from the institution’s records.

“Troops and other security operatives are working in the general area, and the public will be informed of further developments.

Source: Trace Reporters

​El-Rufa’i’s Workforce Restructuring: A Pure Adminstrative  Tyranno-Terrorism

Sani IDRIS

At a point, I spare some minutes to meditate, take a recap of events and regurgitate them to help me understand our past destination, the current one and the one in the near or far future. 

It’s exactly four years ago that governor El-Rufa’i rolled the heads of over 22,000 teachers of Kaduna state after a well orchestrated blackmail campaign against them. Demonically, he described all the 22,000 teachers as totally unqualified to teach primary school pupils. I can’t help, but to wonder the IQ measure of Kaduna state pupils. Maybe, they get 130+ IQ . In what he called restructuring exercise, El-Rufa’i organized a purported “competency test” which  was short of credibility and integrity by all standard measures. One  of the questions asked was to write the name of the then American president (Donald Trump). 

That means, if by either anxiety or examphobia a teacher swap alphabets he is gone! What a professional test! But, I don’t think United States of America has ever produced a governor who would contemplate testing the quality of his teachers by asking them to write the name of Olusegun Obasonjo, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan or even the El-Rufa’i’s temporary father, Muhammadu Buhari. 

In fact, not even the name of any president in the world. Otherwise, the governor would have been considered the maddest or the most insane in the history of America. For good four years after the abrupt and illegally advanced disengagement exercise, I have never come across a single index that indicated quality improvement of education in Kaduna state. Why? Because the ‘restructuring’ was not able to answer perfectly the following questions:

Are the disengaged teachers really unqualified to teach at basic level?

Are the replaced teachers really more qualified than the disengaged ones?

Is the teaching/learning environment conducive for quality service delivery?

What is the frequency of training and retraining of the teachers?; 

Are quiz, debate, exhibition and presentation functions sponsored and encouraged by the State Ministry of Education in order to enhance intra and inter schools level of competitiveness? In a more lucid statement,  the exercise is what I termed redestruction. 

Visiting ramshackled schools in Milgoma, Kufena and Shika will confirm to you that El-Rufa’i has been delving in a gutter of purposeless and capitalist oriented leadership. 

Within the same year, El-Rufa’i turned the wheel of his retrenchment vehicle to local government councils were he sacked no less than 4,000 staff leaning on what he called redundancy. Questions emanate therefrom: were all departments and units in LG Secretariats created right from inception without stipulated schedules or were they  rendered unscheduled due to hijacking of such schedules by state  governors? Or has the government of El-Rufa’i lack the capacity to carry out conversion or creation of relevant schedules which could ram well with the existing socioeconomic blueprint of the state? To the best of my knowledge, merging-splitting, scraping-creation are done based on how productively relevant a particular department or unit is in terms of providing needed services for global and local consumptions. This implies that, as core  schedules of a given department or unit go obsolete new ones emerge, thus the need for conversion or creation, which ought to be carried out systematically and cautiously to avert overnight negative consequences typically massive retrenchment. 

Few days to the commencement of Ramadan fasting, the governor laid off up to 4,000 LG staff across the state LG areas. This is in addition to many other intermittent red cards that come in tenths which usually go unnoticed. 

Unreservedly, El-Rufa’i’s adminstrative incompetence, political naivety coupled with untamed tutelage have been defining the current trilemma of Kaduna state workers. Perhaps, being an accidental civil servant who served with little passion and weak commitment, the governor has failed to understand the seed of horror he is sowing today as well as it amoebaid repercussions. I may not like to scratch well beneath the skin, but the most tragic consequences of this mass sacking will be obvious in social insecurity, systemic and collaborative corruption and total lack of honesty in the civil service system of Kaduna state.

Another lacuna of the governor manifests in his disarrayed actions and irreconcilable pronouncements. The governor claimed to have improved significantly the IGR of the state, yet, he mortgaged the state by borrowing 350 millions dollars. Paradoxically,  he still connect the mass sack  to his government’s inability to execute other development works. Has the governor forgotten about the borrowed money which he promised to deploy wholesomely and prudently for capital projects, both infrastructural and social? 
I uphold a view that, culture conflict, religious bigotry, and to a good extent ideological decay have played well in deactivating the expected response from the Kaduna state populace. Regrettably, those who voted him for the second term because of his deceitful Muslim/Muslim ticket are now fasting the greatest month of Ramadan with little or no food on their tables. 

I wish the people of Kaduna well but the state is far away from the garden of prosperity and growth and development under the incumbent administration. 
 

Sanii IDRIS

Department of Soil Science, ABU, Zaria-Nigeria

sanidris2000@gmail.com

​Over 1,000 supporters of ex-Gov, Yari, Marafa dump APC, join PDP in Zamfara

No fewer than 1000 supporters of former Governor, Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa from Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State have dumped the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and embraced the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decampees were yesterday evening received earlier by the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako who later presented them to Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle at his residence in Gusau, the state capital.

The leader of the decampees, Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu said they were at the Governor’s residence to register their support as they had declared their defection earlier at the state PDP Secretariat and were received officially by the state Party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani.


Comrade Danda further stated that the reason they defected from APC to PDP was due to the way and manner the Governor handled the security situation in the state and the many laudable projects he is executing in less than two years of being in office.

He observed that it is on record that before the coming of Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara State residents were in a serious war with bandits which almost destroyed the state to a failed one as all government machineries were not working.

Bungudu, however, averred that the vision and foresight of Governor Matawalle and his style of leadership changed all that and convinced them to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from their former political party, APC.

Responding, Governor Matawalle said his administration was determined to bring development to the people of the state at all levels with a view of making the state more secured and economically viable.

He further said, “as a leader, my primary responsibility is to protect the lives and property of the citizens including their dignity for the coming generations.”

Matawalle assured them of equal treatment in the party and also commended their foresight and positive decision of joining his party, the PDP for the purpose of developing Zamfara State collectively.

The Governor added that with people of their calibre in the party, he is sure that a lot will be achieved.

Notable among those who defected were Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu, Alhaji Adamu Abu Samawa and Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi Bela who was the current Vice chairman of APC in Bungudu Local Government.
Source: The moonlight online