Kaduna Restoration Group meets, refocuses for State development

Kaduna Restoration Group

…To rejig, rebrand, with new structure, action plan, aims and objectives The Kaduna Restoration Group, (KRG) has undergone a significant transformation, rebranding itself as a non-combatant group and announcing a new partnership initiative with the Kaduna State Government, State Assembly, National Assembly members, and stakeholders across the State. In an issued statement in Kaduna  yesterday, the New KRG, which has a new Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, Dr. Epraim Goje – Deputy Chairman and Major Shinku (rtd) as Secretary-General, said it is ready to tackle…

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Fatalities recorded, as Police, Shiites clash in Kaduna

Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State, was in disarray yesterday, as law enforcement officers endeavoured to disperse members of the banned Islamic Movement of Nigeria, (IMN), popularly known as Shiites, who were conducting a procession in the city center. The Shiites congregated near the Katsina Road roundabout, along Ahmadu Bello Way, before Police intervention was initiated to scatter the gathering. The situation instilled panic and apprehension among residents, particularly those with businesses along Ahmadu Bello Way, prompting many to shut their shops to avoid getting caught up in the commotion.…

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Kaduna: Bandits kill 5 captives, release 51 others after 3 weeks in captivity

Bandits who kidnapped about 61 Kaduna villagers at Budah village in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State three weeks ago have killed five of the victims. Fifty-one other victims were released on Tuesday by their abductors after a ransom payment as well as drugs and motorcycles were collected by the attackers. It was gathered that five victims were not released, as the bandits demanded additional ransom before they would be freed. A local vigilante in the area, who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed their release to newsmen yesterday, saying all…

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“How we rescued 137 abducted Kaduna schoolchildren in Zamfara” – Nigerian Army

The Defence headquarters has shed more light on the operation that led to the rescue of schoolchildren kidnapped in Kaduna State earlier this month. The military had yesterday morning announced that it had rescue the children from their captors. Providing more details on how the kidnapped victims regained their freedom, the military disclosed that the students from Kuriga in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State were rescued in Zamfara State. The Director of Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, in a statement on Sunday, disclosed that 137 hostages were rescued.…

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Tinubu hails security agencies over release of Kuriga schoolchildren

President Bola Tinubu has hailed the National Security Agency, (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu and other security agencies over the safe release of the Kuriga school children in Kaduna State. About 287, were kidnapped on March 6 when the gunmen on motorcycles rode through their school, taking them away in an incident that sparked outrage and condemnation from several quarters including the UN children’s welfare agency, UNICEF. Two weeks after their kidnap, the children were rescued by security agencies. The military, yesterday, said the victims were rescued in Zamfara State in the…

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€63m ransom paid for release of Kaduna school children – Investigative journalist reveals

A investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has disclosed that a total of €63 million was allegedly paid to secure the release of over 200 Kaduna school children recently abducted.  Olunloyo made this revelation through her official Facebook page. Recall that the State Governor, Uba Sani, had announced the release of the victims yesterday morning, sparking relief across the nation.  President Bola Tinubu has also commented on this development. With the current exchange rate standing at €1 to ₦1,587.905, Olunloyo’s claim puts the ransom at a staggering ₦100,038,015,000.  “Don’t let anyone fool…

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Two weeks after, abducted Kaduna schoolchildren, staff yet to return

Two weeks since armed bandits invaded the LEA Primary School and the Government Secondary School in Kuriga, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, on March 7, kidnapping hundreds of learners, including staff members, the abducted captives are yet to return. Despite assurances from President Bola Tinubu and the Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, to secure the safe release of the captives, nothing has yet been heard of their freedom. The abductees, totalling 287, include some pupils and secondary school students and staff, whose number remains undisclosed. According to reports, the secondary…

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Troops rescue 16 kidnapped victims in Kaduna – Army

The troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army have successfully averted a kidnap attempt by a violent extremist and insurgent group and rescued the abductees in Tantatu Community of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State. This is contained in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Monday, in Abuja. Nwachukwu said troops had on Sunday responded to actionable intelligence at about 10:30 pm, and swiftly tracked the insurgents, who had earlier attacked the community in numbers and abducted some of the villagers as hostages. He…

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Kaduna Abductions: “Security agents know bandits’ hideouts” – Gumi

Renowned Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has made a stunning revelation that security agents know the hideout of bandits terrorising Nigerians, especially in the northern parts of the country. Sheikh Gumi revealed this during an interview on a radio station on Monday. He said that the security agents followed him to negotiate with the bandits. The cleric urged the Federal Government to negotiate with the kidnappers who abducted about 287 pupils from Kuriga Government Secondary and LEA Primary Schools in the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state because that is…

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Kaduna: Bandits abduct 87 in fresh Kajuru attack

At least 87 people have been reportedly kidnapped by bandits who attacked the Kajuru station community in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State. The attack occurred on Sunday night, just a day after 14 people were kidnapped by bandits at Dogon-Noma community, also within Kajuru LGA. The bandits were said to have looted some shops and houses located in the community. Police authorities in Kaduna State are yet to confirm the latest attack; however, the Chairman of Kajuru LGA, Ibrahim Gajere, told newsmen that bandits invaded Kajuru station community…

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