​Kaduna declares 12th July work-free day for late Barnabas Bantex

The Kaduna state government has declared Monday, 12th July 2021 as a work-free day in honour of the memory of former Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Barnabas Yusuf Bala (Bantex) and his service to the state.

Architect Barnabas Bala, who served as Deputy Governor of Kaduna State from May 2015 to May 2019, died on Sunday in Abuja.

Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication), said in a statement that Governor El-Rufai has sent a personal message of condolence to the family, noting that it was a blessing to know Bantex and to work with him.

The governor acknowledged his commitment to the progress of Kaduna State and prayed to God to grant him peaceful repose and to comfort his family.

We’ll occupy Dunamis church until #BuhariMustGo activists are released -Protesters

Protesters have threatened to continue to protest at Dunamis Church in Abuja until five arrested #BuhariMustGo activists are released.

The protesters under the aegis of TakeitBack Movement said this in a statement titled, ‘FreeDunamis5Now!’ by one of their leaders, Oni Ayoyinka, on Sunday.

They also condemned the arrest of a PUNCH journalist, Mr. Solomon Odeniyi, by Security operatives.

Solomon, who was covering a live event at the church, when he was whisked away by security operatives – but released hours after.

The statement read, “On 4th of July,2021 Youths dressed in #BuhariMustGo shirts attended Dunamis Church in Abuja . They came out for Altar call and were prayed for by Pastor Enenche. On their way out of the church, they were ambushed by Dunamis Church security who handed them over to the DSS after they were mercilessly tortured.

“A week later, these youths are still in illegal detention, tortured, denied access to lawyers, families and friends.

“Friends and families who have now gone to the church demanding the intervention of Pastor Enenche whose security handed the youth activists to the DSS were harassed and arrested. Journalists from The PUNCH and Roots TV who have also come to do their job were also molested and whisked away by security agents.

“The actions of the Dunamis5, including a visually impaired Samuel Gabriel at Dunamis last week Sunday is not against any law of the land. They have the right to wear what they like anywhere and they also have the right to operate their phones. We have demanded Dunamis Church to secure their release and we have also sued both Dunamis Church and the DSS.

“The reaction of Dunamis church to the protest by family and friends of the arrested youths have yet again that the church is in direct connivance with the regime in the detention of the activists.

“It is to this end that we state categorically that we’d be occupying the Dunamis Church in Lagos if the activists are not released and allowed to return to their families. And with this, we want to state categorically that mobilizations have now begun to picket the Lagos chapter of the Dunamis Church.

“Wearing BuhariMustGo to church isn’t an offense known to law. #FreeDunamis5Now.”

Punch Newspaper