EL RUFAI APPOINTS NEW FINANCE COMMISSION DAYS TO THE END OF TENURE

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has reshuffled his cabinet in order to meet up with the challenges of governance. It will be recalled that since the Commissioner of Finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, now Senator-elect resigned as Finance Commissioner on January 7. 2019, there hasn’t been a substantive commissioner in the ministry. The appointment came less than two months before the termination of the present government which ends on May 29, 2019. A government statement signed by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan,  disclosed that Alhaji Muhammad Bashir Saidu has been…

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RESIDENTS WOULD BE TREATED AS INDIGENES IN KADUNA- EL RUFAI

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has taken a huge step in making non-indigenous residents of Kaduna more comfortable in the state. The Kaduna governor announced at the State House that all residents of the state would be accorded rights as citizens and indigenes of the state. At the inauguration of the Kaduna State Residents Registration Agency Governing Board and the Kaduna State Planning and Budget Commission on Thursday, El-Rufai announced the abolishment of the ‘Indigene/Settler dichotomy’. “In Kaduna State, the Indigene/Settler dichotomy has been abolished,” El-Rufai tweeted. According to El-Rufai, the Kaduna…

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AGAIN, GUNMEN KILL 20 PERSONS IN FRESH ATTACK IN KADUNA

John Shiklam in Kaduna No fewer than 20 people have been killed in a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Anguwan Aku village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Several others were said to have sustained injuries from gunshots. The incident, according to a resident of the community, took place at 7 a.m. yesterday. He said the attackers were dressed in military uniform and were armed with AK47 rifles, machetes and sticks and were communicating with one another in Fulani language. According to him, the invaders started shooting…

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8 KILLED IN FRESH KADUNA ATTACK

At least eight people including two policemen are feared to have been killed and several others injured following a fresh attack by suspected armed bandits in Katangi district in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state. The fresh attack comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu launched a joint security operation to flush out bandits in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara and Katsina States in recent time. Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards for Security and…

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AGAIN GUNMEN ATTACK TRAVELLERS ALONG ABUJA KADUNA ROAD, MANY ABDUCTED

Unknown number of motorists were feared abducted after dozens of daredevil kidnappers held Abuja-Kaduna Highway to a standstill on Monday evening, witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES. The attackers also robbed travellers of their possessions after forcibly stopping vehicles at high speed, causing several crashes in the process. The Nigerian Army later responded to emergency by dispatching about three truckloads of soldiers, according to Yakubu Mohammed, who witnessed the incident. Mr Mohammed was travelling from Kaduna to Lagos via a luxury bus with other passengers when they drove into the ambush near…

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DON’T PROTEST HERE, EL RUFAI WARNS SHIITES

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday warned the outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites, against any form of procession in the state. The governor said any procession by the group would amount to violating the law of the state because the IMN had since been outlawed in the state. He said the government would not hesitate “to arrest and prosecute anyone that marches in the state in the name of the outlawed IMN.” El-Rufai, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media…

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KADUNA 2019: GROUP REJECTS EL RUFAI’S RETURN AS GOVERNOR

The Kaduna Restoration Group (KRG) has accused Governor Nasir el-Rufai of orchestrating his second term endorsement by a section of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). A statement jointly signed by Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan and Prof. Yusuf Dankofa, chairman and secretary respectively, of the group, said that the governor’s self-acclaimed endorsement for a second term was done by some misguided and selected members of the Kaduna State APC stakeholders, saying that was not a clear representation of the party. “We are also aware of the desperation…

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TENSION IN KADUNA OVER REPRISAL ATTACKS

chub dress of Igbo traders in Kaduna metropolis momentarily closed shops Friday following rumour of a looming reprisal by youths after the Jumat service. The rumoured attack was said to be a response to reported killings of Hausa/Fulanis in Abia State by alleged Biafran agitators. But the tension fizzled out when there was no such attack anywhere in the state. Shops owned by Igbo traders  at the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Central Market and the neighbouring markets were hurriedly locked before the Juma’at Prayer. While many didn’t open for business throughout the…

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ZARIA EMIR WARNS OVER RUMOURED PROTEST AGAINST EL RUFAI

The Zazzau Emirate Council, Zaria has urged youths not to protest against Kaduna state governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i, over his alleged involvement in the embarrassment of the emir, Alhaji Shehu Idris, at the commissioning of Olam Hatchery and Mill factory. Alhaji Idris was denied access to the venue of the commissioning ceremony by security operatives, the episode that led to the rumour going round in the social media that el-Rufa’i was behind the action of the operatives and therefore youths and other admirers of the emir were being called to converge…

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NASIR EL RUFAI GETS ENDORSEMENT FOR SECOND TERM

National, zonal and state women leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders yesterday met in Kaduna and supported Governor Nasir El-Rufai ahead of 2019 general election. The women, who met at Arewa House, Kaduna, were in the city to deliberate on how to put some of them into political space before 2019, in order to have a good representation. Leader of the stakeholders, Hajia Binta Mua’zu, said to achieve this they sought and secured the support of the governor for the meeting, hence the early preparation to see…

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