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Southern Kaduna killing: Protesters demand Buhari’s resignation

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Southern Kaduna killing: Protesters demand Buhari’s resignation 

***SOKAPU asks international community to hold El-Rufai responsible for killings 

The international community has been asked to hold the Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai responsible for the incessant killings that has become a daily affair in southern Kaduna over the last one year.

The Protesters led by the National President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Honorable Jonathan Asake took their protest to the Diplomatic drive in the Garki district of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory to register their grievances over the endless killings in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna state.

They said they chose the Diplomatic avenue to draw the attention of the international community to their plight.

One of the protesters and victim of the attacks, Jessica Ibrahim asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for failing to provide security for her people.

Ms Ibrahim said she lost two uncle’s, four cousins to the attacks and is yet to recover from the shock of the killings.

She also indicated thst survivors from the attack in her family have no home as their house was set ablaze by the attackers. 

The peaceful protesters who conveyed their messages in banners and posters, on which, were various inscriptions, condemn the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna.

They said the Governor, Nasir El-rufai has failed the people and therefore are demanded justice from the international community.

They argued that the killings which seemed to have defied the nation’s security architecture was because the government at state and national level are allegedly culpable in the killings.

Some of the messages, on the placards they bore read: “Ethnic minorities in the north are suffering under the yoke of Hausa/Fulani”

“Speak up against injustice, Enough is enough on Southern Kaduna Killings; We all rise or we all die in Southern Kaduna; Southern Kaduna people are not a game for the kill”

“Our land is soiled with Blood; We need more voices.”

Asake who joined the protesters to addressed the media said the Kaduna state government was culpable.

He said while curfew has been imposed in the areas, three attacks have been carried out, yet, the government has not made any arrest.
According to him the spate of attacks and the consequence sacking of communities has led to a serious humanitarian crisis in the area for which displaced persons are living in uncertainty.

Asake said their presence at the United States Embassy to present their petition was also a gesture of demanding the international community to pay close attention to the plight of the Southern Kaduna people.

He asked the international community to impress on the federal government and the Kaduna state government to protect the people.

His words: “Today’s protest is just to register our sadness on the incessant killings and invasion of communities across Southern kaduna, which has been going on for over a long time now.
“There seemed to be no action that  taken to address the situation. For instance on the 6th of January 2020  over 16 communities in Chikun local government where invaded and 58 people were abducted into the forest 35 natives were massacred that night and since then it has been one invasion to the other.

“Without reason and these communities have been displaced into neighboring communities and those neighboring communities that hosted those invaded communities have been further displaced.

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

By Ojochide Audu

In an effort to combat crime in the state, Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon. Teina Abdulmalik, presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles, to Security Agencies in the State to enhance their operational efficiency in the fight against crime and criminality in Kogi State..


Making the presentation to the benefiting Agencies in Government House, Lokoja the Chairman, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer, Mallam, Aliyu Abubakar Musa, aknowledged the immense efforts and contributions of the Security Agencies to stem criminality in the State.
According to the Chairman, ” Kogi State has witnessed its fair share of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, Cultism and communal crisis, but, our security agencies have been working round the clock to nip them in the bud.
” And with these vehicles, I know that they will do more in that regards. I urge them not to relent in their efforts in ridding the State of all forms of crime”
Abdulmalik, promised that, more operational vehicles would be procured for the security agencies and and appealing to them to ensure regular maintenance of the utility vehicles.
He thanked Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, for providing all the enablement to ensure the State Security Trust Fund achieve its mandates.
Speaking on behalf of the Security Agencies, the Comptroller of Correctional services, Kogi State Command Alhaji Ahmed Musa, lauded the proactive efforts of the Trust Fund, in curbing criminality in the State.
He reiterated the fact that they were motivated by the gesture to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime and pledged that, the vehicles would be maintained to help the government achieve the purpose for which they were meant for.

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

The Nigerian police Kogi State command has described as fake news reports that eighteen (18) traders from Kano travelling to Aba were kidnapped in Kogi State.

This was coming against the backdrop that the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) had appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.
The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He indicated that 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.
Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.
He said the kidnapped traders, were from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.
In a swift reaction the Kogi State Police Command indicated that no such incident occurred any where in Kogi State.
In a press statement that was signed by the command public relations officer DSP William Ovye Aya said the news of the purported kidnap of the 18 Kano traders in Kogi State is fake and capable of misleading the public on the Security situation in the State.
“It is pertinent to let the public know that, the Kogi State Police Command in collaboration with other Security agencies is determined to guarantee the protection of lives and property in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji urges members of the Press as well as social media handlers to always find out the true nature of incident and its location before publishing the story so as not to misinform the general public and create mistrust among the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general.”


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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.

The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

No fewer than 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.

Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.

He said the kidnapped traders, were from from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.

“I am appealing to the government and security operatives to do everything possible to rescue our members unharmed.

“Though, the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the abductees demanding for N50 million ransom and they later came down to N27 million before they free all of them” he said (NAN)

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