Alleged N423bn corruption: Protesters besiege Kaduna Govt.House,demand arrest, prosecution of el-Rufa’i

el Rufa'i protest

…Urge Gov. Uba Sani to involve EFCC Hundreds of demonstrators under the auspices of the Kaduna Citizens Watch for Good Governance, (KCWGG), yesterday descended upon the Government House in Kaduna demanding  for the arrest and investigation​ of former Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i. The protestors called on the current Governor, Uba Sani, to enlist the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other relevant agencies to address allegations of financial misconduct amounting to N423 billion during el-Rufa’i’s tenure. Chanting solidarity songs, the demonstrators carried placards with messages such as: “We will occupy all MDAs…

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Muslims lament high cost of rams for Eid in Kaduna

KD ram sales

Due to current economic conditions, many residents of Kaduna, in Kaduna State, have noted a significant increase in the prices of rams and other sacrificial animals when compared to last year. The Muslim faithful expressed concerns over the high cost of rams, which are essential for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. This sacrifice commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, only for God to replace Ishmael with a ram. A local at the Zango livestock market in Tudun-Wada, Yahaya Zakari, said he can now only afford one ram, whereas he…

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Eid-el-Kabir: Religious leaders campaign for livestock price reduction

Religious leaders campaign

Amid high living costs, some Muslim and Christian clerics in Kaduna have formed a coalition to call on roadside livestock traders to reduce the price of rams as Eid-el-Kabir, (Sallah) approaches. Led by Pastor Dr. Yohanna Buru, the group toured various livestock selling points in Kaduna on Friday. ​The purpose of their visit was to convey season’s greetings to the livestock sellers and appeal for lower prices on rams and other animals, enabling more Muslims to afford them for the Sallah celebration. Pastor Buru emphasised the necessity of this intervention,…

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“No Budget provision in 2024 Appropriation for Ahmadu Bello Stadium renovation’ – Sports Ministry

A'Bello Stadium renovation

The Federal Ministry of Sports Development has said no budgetary provision was made for the renovation and maintenance of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the 2024 Appropriation. This was contained in a statement issued by the Director and Head, Press and Public Relations unit, Ministry of Sports Development, Mrs. Kehinde Ajayi, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja. According to the statement, “The attention of the Ministry of Sports Development has been drawn to recent newspaper reports, wherein Hon. Ekene Adams, the Chairman House Committee on Sports, accused the…

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YIAGA Africa engages political stakeholders, advocates electoral reform

Civil Society Organisation Yiaga Africa, has called on Kaduna state Government, political parties, agencies and various stakeholders on legislative reforms for improved local government election in Nigeria, to inspire public confidence in the electoral processes. Director of programs, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, said this in Kaduna during an advocacy roundtable discussion ahead of local government elections in the state. She said it was pertinent that the government build citizens’ confidence by articulating electoral reform to allow local government autonomy since it was already in the Constitution. Mbamalu added that all issues…

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Numana Community in Kaduna decries killings of its members, land takeover by herdsmen

Uba and Hadiza

Numana Community in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna State is decrying incessant attacks and killings of its members and alleged takeover of their lands by people they alleged are herdsmen.  The community said the attacks are unprovoked leading to kiilings of innocent, unarmed peasant farmers especially in Ambe village of the Local Government where the State Deputy Governor Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe hails from. A statement by Comrade Ahmed Gani, President, Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) said during the unfortunate incident few days ago, six people were killed while many others…

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Prince Harry visits wounded soldiers in Kaduna military hospital

Prince Harry in KD

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, yesterday visited wounded and injured Nigerian soldiers at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna. Recall that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, visited Kaduna State on Friday, where they were welcomed by Governor Uba Sani, who gifted the Duke traditional Hausa attire and photo frames of the prince with his Late mother, Princess Diana, and another with his wife. The duo arrived in Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games, an initiative Prince Harry founded to support the rehabilitation…

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Kaduna: Military officers face  court-martial over Tudun-Biri bombing that killed 70 civilians

Military

The Defence Headquarters has said two of its officers involved in the mistaken air strike which killed over 70 persons in Tudun-Biri, Kaduna State, are “to face a court-martial for acts of omission or commission with respect to the incident”. Director, Defence Media Operation, Major-General Edward Buba, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday. General Buba noted that the military conducted a painstaking investigation into the incident. He added that they had initiated disciplinary action against those culpable. “Accordingly, the affected personnel are to face a court martial for acts of omission…

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Alleged $2.1bn Arms Deal: ​”Sack Matawalle now!” Group petitions Tinubu

Matawalle sack

A Kaduna-based socio-political pressure group, APC Akida, has petitioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, alleging that one of his ministers is among the biggest beneficiaries of the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal. In a petition signed by its coordinator, Musa Mahmud, the group urged the president to consider dropping State Minister for defence Bello Matawalle over his involvement in the arms deal that defrauded Nigeria of billions of dollars. Mahmud said the group considers it an obligation to call on the president to do what is needed because Matawalle’s position is…

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Elder statesman Sambo dies at 91

On a sad note, the death has occurred of elder statesman Alhaji Abbas Dabo Sambo today morning at the age of 91. Born on September 16, 1935, in Anguwan Juma ward, Zaria, Alhaji Abbas Dabo Sambo started his civil service career from the colonial era. He was former administrator of the Kaduna Capital Territory, former capital of the Northern Nigerian Government in the 1960s. He was also a divisional officer of the Jos and Hadejiya Division in the same year. He was also a former permanent secretary in the defunct…

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