PHOTOS: Elrufai In Osun To Condole Aregbesola Over Mum’s Death

The Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir Elrufai was today in Osogbo to condole with Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the state of Osun governor over his mother’s death.

Elrufai who came with some of his aides prayed Allah to grant Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola a peaceful repose.

Alhaja Aregbesola who died on the 1st of August, 2017 has since been buried according to Islamic rite. Iya Olobi as she is fondly called drew her last breath at age 84.

See photos of the visit………



Acting President Yemi Osinbajo In Kaduna State On A Working Visit.

Ag. President Osinbajo, is currently visiting the Kaduna Airport to see the level of preparedness ahead of the closure of the Abuja International Airport next week. He inspected the airport which is to serve as an alternative to the Abuja airport for 6 weeks from the 8th of march.

Ag President after the inspection had a meeting with the community and religious leaders in S’Kaduna over the recent happenings in the region. He also listened to submissions by representatives of various groups from S’Kaduna.

More details later…

Residents Thumb Down Kaduna’s 2016 Budget

Residents have rated Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i very low in the implementation of Kaduna State 2016 budget, the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports.

The residents, in separate interviews said the budget did not create the desired impact, particularly on the common man.

They particularly said that insecurity, lack of access to agricultural inputs by farmers and poor health services have continued to impact negatively on the lives of the people.

Rev. Sunday Ibrahim, the Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, said in spite of the huge budget, people were dying of hunger due to inability to afford two square meals a day.

He added that the protracted insecurity in the state had scared people from their farms to avoid attack or kidnap.

According to him, a budget only makes sense when the poor have shelter, engage in economic generating ventures, have food on their table, can send their children to school, and move about freely without fear.

“This was not the case in Kaduna State in spite of the huge budget for 2016. ”

The scribe advised that whatever went wrong in the course of the budget implementation should be corrected in 2017.

Dr Auwal Aliyu, a politician, said there was a long time frame between the signing into law of the budget and its implementation.

According to him, the implementation process stated four months ago, adding that most infrastructure projects such as the township and intercity roads are ongoing.

Aliyu noted that most of the projects being undertaken by the government were between 20 to 30 per cent in execution level.

“If you ask the contractors why work is not moving since it is expected to have a time frame, they will tell you money is the problem, that they have not been paid for the jobs done.

“So you now ask yourself what happened to the money appropriated for this particular job, where has the money gone, why is the job not going according to plan.”

He also noted that various projects on schools renovation and equipping, as well as hospitals construction have suffered the same fate.

According to him, there has been no effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of the budget.

Aliyu however gave the administration a pass mark in the area of security, noting that a lot has been done to address the issue.

“In the Birnin Gwari axis you have the cattle restlers and there is a proactive approach by joint task force from border states to tackle the issue.

“But in southern Kaduna, what is happening right now and considering what the two senators from the state are saying, the government is not being proactive.

“People still have very high expectations considering the way the government came in and who the governor is.

“People were expecting large infrastructure development and people are expecting Kaduna to be celebrated in terns of development, but it is not so.

“I will say that the government need to be very very proactive, they need to do more; so far i think people are not really impressed with the performance.”

A resident, Malam Jibril Junaidu, however gave the administration pass mark, saying it had embarked on series of projects especially township roads.

“If you look at the education sector this year, alot of contracts have been awarded for renovation, I think there are alot of development and it is appreciable.”
Junaidu said the administration needed to do more in the area of security, adding “we are not yet completely rid of the issues of security especially if you look at Birnin Gwari and Sourthern Kaduna axis”.
He also appreciated efforts made so far to complete the Zaria water project.

Mr Daniel Jamu, Chairman Cassava Farmers Association, expressed dismay that no palliative was given to farmers by the government during the year.

“We heard in the news that governments was going to give palliative to farmers this year, but throughout 2016 nothing was done, to the best on my knowledge, in this 2016 budget, nothing has been done.”

Jamu also complained that most farmers did not receive any fertilizer from government during the year.

“Fertiliser was not given to farmers and there was no subsidy, no loan given to anybody this year. No farmer is happy,” he claimed.

Jacob Dickson, a civil servant, also said the budget implementation was poor and had resulted in a lot of challenges.

“In agriculture I can say it is bad, because fertilizer scaled twice the price and it affected the price of crops like maize which have been harvested now but is still sold in the market at a higher price.

“The government should do something for the masses because people barely eat one square meal a day.”

He added that there is a mix achievement in security as the government was able to tackle cattle rustlers and kidnapping, but still has challenges in containing attacks in southern Kaduna.

Kabir Musa, a health worker said more needed to be done in the health sector especially in terms of provision of skilled personnel.

” I can say we have a mix achievement in the health sector but more needed to be done.

” The government came up with a good idea of the Kidney dialysis to subsidize for its citizens, but it is not effective.”

He also said the government needed to revisit the free treatment for pregnant women to reduce maternal mortality.

“In the health sector we have been giving free treatment to pregnant women, but it has stopped and I plead that the government should actively commit itself to raise life of citizens to enjoy quality health services.

” They should also train skilled traditional birth attendants since not all people in the rural areas have access to antenatal care, and also make pregnancy safer for women.

” The establishment of the PHCs which they have been shouting since they came to power should be considered, for proper health care delivery.”

Musa also advised the government to partner non governmental organisations offering free family planning and child spacing services.

” I want the government to also concentrate on child spacing, because this will reduce maternal and child mortality to the barest minimum.”

Mrs Amina Ladan, a business woman said the implementation of the budget is effective in road construction only.

“We can give the government kudos in road construction but even at that, they are limited to certain areas, not all places.”

She lamented that the intervention in the education sector had been stalled, including the school feeding programme which was abandoned barely three months after its introduction.

Some artisans also scored the implementation of the budget low, saying the challenges of poor water and power supply has not abated.

Amos Gambo, a dry cleaner, said water availability will greatly reduce the expenditure they incur in the course of running the business.

“We spend huge on water every month, governments should provide residents with water and power,” Gambo said.

Kelechi Uche, a welder, also complained of very low electricity supply, saying “70 percent of the problems of the country will be a thing of the past when power is provided”.

Samuel David, a barber, said he had to adjust prices charged customers due to epileptic power supply.

“Due to epileptic power supply prices have to be reviewed and customers lament anytime there is a change in price”.

Victor Anibe, a businessman, said the slow pace of implementation of the budget had affected business activities in the state.

“Everything have become worse since this regime assumed office, I urge them to do something very soon.”

On his part, Abubakar Lawal, a nail cutter, said he had not felt the impact of the budget in any way.

“As far as I am concerned, the 2016 budget has not made any positive impact on my life, because nothing has changed about me.

“I am still the way I am; still struggling to feed my family with no help in sight, in fact, life has become more difficult, particularly for us at the bottom of the ladder.”

He said that before now, he was making “N3000 in two days and use the remaining days of the week to do other things, but now, I hardly make up to N2,000 in a week.”

Yakubu Abdulkarim, a student of the Kaduna State University, contended that the budget had not translated to anything “significantly better for the generality of the people.”

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Abdullahi told NAN that the government has implemented 50 per cent of the 2016 budget as at October.

NAN reports that the 2016 budget was N171.7 billion, comprising N109.3billion, representing 64 per cent as capital and N62.4 billion, representing 36 per cent as recurrent expenditure.

Abdullahi said so far, over N70 billion had been spent on salaries, pensions, overheads and capital.

He said that the focus was more on capital expenditure with a target of achieving 60 per cent implementation, adding that as at October, the government has achieved 32 per cent implementation level.

“As at October, we had done 50 per cent implementation of the 2016 budget.

“What we are more interested in though, is the capital budget implementation which was 32 per cent as at October.“We are hoping it will be up to 60 per cent, as we have a lot of outstanding payments we have been making since last month.

“I am confident that once we are done working on the numbers it will be up to 60 per cent, “the commissioner said.

APC North-West Overrules Shehu Sani’s Suspension

The North West chapter of the All Progressive Party has quashed the suspension of Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, by the Kaduna State chapter of the party.
The party said “every disciplinary measure should strictly follow the Constitution of the party”.
Mr. Sani, who has been embroiled in a bitter row with Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, was suspended twice by a faction of party loyal to Mr. El-Rufai.
But speaking at the party’s zonal meeting in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Saturday, the north-west national vice chairman, Inuwa Abdulkadir, said arbitrary actions by party leaders in states against members were invitation to anarchy.
He said intra-party wrangling has threatened the foundation of the party, as such, misunderstandings should be discussed openly to foster harmony and growth in the party.
“We should do all we could not to depart from the winning formula of our party in 2015,” he said.
Mr. Abdulkadir urged all the warring factions in Kaduna State to respect the reconciliation committee of the party headed by the chairman of north-west governors’ forum, Aminu Masari, for the good of the party.
The governors of Kano, Umar Ganduje; Katsina, Bello Masari; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi, Abubakar Bagudu; and Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru, attended the meeting.

No One Can Suspend Me From APC – Shehu Sani

The senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, has once again affirmed that no one can suspend him from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Kaduna state chapter of the APC had axed the controversial senator following his fallout with the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

Speaking with state house correspondents in Abuja on Friday, Sani described his suspension as a ruse, stating that he remains a member of the party.

“I cannot be suspended. I am unsuspendable (sic), if there is any word like that. I remain a member of my party, If you simply feel uncomfortable with my words all you can do is to simply put some cotton on your ears so that it can block it,” he said.

“And if you are not comfortable with seeing me physically, you simply need to use sunglasses but in every sense you can’t hide behind attempts to silence Shehu Sani. In fact, I have been so suspended up to about 20 times that my car doesn’t need any suspenders right now, each time they call it’s about to suspend.”

Speaking of his strained relationship with el-Rufai, he said: “Well it’s a normal thing. You can be Siamese twins and then you may engage in combat, you can also be twins and then engage yourselves in disagreement and you can also be from the same house or family or same room but still disagree with each other.”

“I think it’s a normal thing in a democracy to disagree.”

“Well, it is foolish for anybody to start talking about 2019 when we are just less than two years into this tenure. What is most important to each and every one of us is to deliver on the mandate for which we have been elected whether you are a governor, senator, a member of house of representative, in whatever capacity,” he said.

“But in the course of it, it is also normal that missiles will strike from here and there, it is normal in a democracy.”

Senator Lambast Elrufai For Paying Off Fulani Herdsmen Terrorizing Southern Kaduna Villages

Senator Representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Senator Danjuma Laah, has described the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Elrufai as a callous, insensitive and crude bigot, over recent revelations in the media that he governor had paid off Fulani herdsmen terrorizing several communities and villages in Southern Kaduna.

In a terse press statement, Senator Laah lamented he had tried to meet severally with the governor over the growing insecurity in his zone, but was rebuffed severally. He accused the Governor Elrufai of lieing, stating the people of Southern Kaduna never killed Fulani herdsmen.

Read the full press statement below:

Press Statement From Senator Danjuma Tella Laah for Immediate Use.
Gentlemen of the Press,
As the Senator representing  Kaduna South Senatorial  Zone, I hereby wish  to make  my assertion,  and indeed, views and position of  my constituency on some very vexing and serious utterances  made  by  Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state as it concerns the survival and wellbeing of Southern Kaduna.
This is from the outcome of Newspapers’ and online captions  quoting Governor Nasir el-Rufai as saying that he has had to trace some of the murderous Fulani  herdsmen that have been killing defenceless, innocent Southern Kaduna natives and destroying their villages. The news sources said that after tracing them, he told them that he was also a Fulani man and paid them sums of money to stop the massacre, burning and tearing down of scores of communities in Southern Kaduna.
That not done with, the governor also uttered a very bizarre threat that he has compiled for arrest and prosecution, names of persons asking the people of Southern Kaduna to defend themselves  against the obvious inability of the Chief Security Officer  of the state –  Governor Nasir El-Rufai –  to secure their lives and property and save them the trauma of being under perpetual fear of further unprovoked violence.
Knowing how swiftly he reacts to any untoward issue unfairly thrown at him in the media, I have waited for days to hear or read a rebuttal from him but to no avail.  This therefore confirms these unfortunate utterances as truly that of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
I wish to state that these statements are not only unfortunate, callous, insensitive, crude and demeaning of his office and intelligence, it throws him up as a bigot and hatter of Southern Kaduna and we are holding him as an accomplice in the ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna.
According to the Leadership Newspaper of 4th December, 2016 under the headline: “Foreigners Behind Southern Kaduna Massacre – El-Rufai, he was quoted as saying about what happened during the 2011 post presidential election violence:
“Some of them (Killer Fulani) were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal,” adding that “Many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge. We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people, trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging you to stop the killing .
“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, some we paid.”
What a startling and an unacceptable revelation!
 In the light of the above I wish to state as follows:
  • That there was never in a time in 2011 that Fulani from Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal were killed in Southern Kaduna with their cattle. This is a silly and an absurd lie. Southern Kaduna is not a junction of these countries. So how could they have all converged on Southern Kaduna on their usual migration back home? The Governor just invented this lie to make excuse for his imported murderous Fulani kindred to continue their extermination of our people and the occupation of our lands.
  • As the main political leader and representative of Southern Kaduna at the Federal level, despite many overtures of trying to meet with the governor over the insecurity in my zone with no success, he has never deem it fit to inform me of these actions so as to seek my views and that of my constituency over the matter. This is a very curious development, especially as I was able to make the Senate to pass a resolution asking the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency on Security in Southern Kaduna last month. I expected him to cash on that, using his connection with the President and Commander-in-Chief. But, he was obviously not concerned. 
  • In the light of the above,  the  Federal Government, especially the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA,  the Directorate of State Services, SSS, the Directorate of Military Intelligence, DMI and sundry agencies should look no further for the solution to the unrelenting killings in Southern Kaduna. El-Rufai must be held to produce the killers of innocent Nigerians since he has been able to identify them and their locations. This will lead to their sponsors in Nigeria and other places.  Nigeria should then use its diplomatic relationship and extradite these murderers of its citizens, plunderers and arsonists to face justice in Nigeria.
  • After Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s term in office, it should be possible to prosecute him for being an accessory to mass murder, since he has refused to reveal these findings to the rightful authority for actions to stop the evil that is spreading to many states today.
  • Governor Nasir el-Rufai should also state how much of Kaduna State scarce resources have been moved to these killers and whether he has the authority of the law to so spend the money on enemies of Southern Kaduna and Nigeria.
  • El-Rufai should also be investigated to find out if these moneys were not further put into the buying of more arms and the recruitments of more killers, who we strongly believe, are also jihadists.
  • Though he has ferried much undisclosed amounts of money to murderers, I am pleading with Kaduna State indigenes and residents to ask why he has stubbornly refused to render basic assistance of rebuilding of even a home, or any form of monetary assistance to the surviving victims in Southern Kaduna. Most are still left without food and shelter despite the modest assistance that some of us, churches, NGOs etc have continued to render from time to time.
  • I am constrain to add that Nasir el-Rufai with his lack of  will to show commitment to the insecurity in Southern Kaduna, and his resolve to carry on with over six Cattle Grazing Reserves in Southern Kaduna, he is actually creating new, permanent “conquered” settlements for his Fulani kinsmen. I said this because his Fulani brothers have  killed people and chased them out from their communities and are now fully settled with their families and cattle in several villages  in Kaura, Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas, while the governor turns his eyes the other way round.
  • My conviction on this is based on the findings that the State government was able to wage a concerted war against cattle thieves and bandits in the expansive forests and hills of  Birnin Gwari  environs and easily succumbed the criminals, but has refused to extend even a fraction of that effort to save precious human lives and human communities in Southern Kaduna. The simple reason is that just as it is in the interest of  law abiding Fulani to recover their cattle and goats in Birnin Gwari from same rogue Fulani, it is also in the interest of Fulani to leave our  damaged and, yet  to be ruined communities, weak and helpless for them to easily take over.
I hinged my believe on the above based on threat the governor gave against Southern Kaduna trying to defend itself from the unprovoked aggression. He said in that story:
“There are people that are sending a message, defend yourselves. We  will get them. Defend yourself is hate speech. You can’t defend yourself if there is a government. We are going to arrest and prosecute all those that pass that message.”
To me, this  is very strange and ridiculous. But it is also pregnant with meanings. Why is the governor saying that Southern Kaduna should not deploy self-defence when El-Rufai’s Fulani marauders come hacking them down and burning their communities with the governor unable to tame his brothers?
In what way will it benefit Southern Kaduna if it does not defend itself and it’s  population killed,  survivors sent out as refugees? Because it is clear that instead of El-Rufai stopping the carnage, it seems to be rising the more since he has gone to give them money. It is only the Fulani that will gain, of course! That is the meaning. It cannot be that Nasir el-Rufai is unaware that section Chapter VII, Article 51 of the Human Right Charter of the United Nations  and Section 33(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has affirmed self-defence as a Human Right.
I see this as a threat to scarce Southern Kaduna from standing up to the his Fulani  killer brothers.
Based on this, I call Governor Nasir el-Rufai to first arrest me.
Because I am calling on Southern Kaduna, once more to use every available legitimate means to defend their lives, property and communities. History will not forgive our generation if we succumb to threats and blackmail and fail to defend ourselves and get wiped out. As the Senator of the beleaguered  area, I cannot support that we become sitting ducks each time they come killing. Again, if El-Rufai will not defend us, let us defend ourselves.

Selective punishment 
On the 15th of August 2016, Dr. Haruna Usman, Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association said, as revealed in several news publication the next day, that the mindless killings and destruction of Ninte village, near Godogodo in Jema’a LGA was carried out by his members in what he said was reprisal against the murder of a Fulani ardo in the village.
Again, on the 7th of November 2016, Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed (Wanban Jema’a) of Jema’a Foundation; Ahmad M. Yandeh, of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association and Abdullhamid Musa, Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Zone III addressed a press conference in Kaduna and again, said that it was Fulani that have been carrying out the bloodshed and arson in Southern Kaduna. They said they were defending themselves. The killings of infants;  pregnant women; the burning to ashes children and women and  very aged people; the burning down of entire villages; the burning of churches; the stealing of livestock, looting and burning of food and crops on farmlands; the further occupation of the villages, all as “ self defence.”The Fulani chieftains are walking free and the killings are ongoing.
But, when the 85 year old  traditional ruler of  in Misisi village, in Kaninkon Chiefdom, in Jema’a LGA,  John Zogo was killed  by Fulani armed men with six others during a phony meeting with soldiers, instead of a Fulani ardo to be held to account for the killings, it was the district head of late baba Zogo, the District  Head of Goska,  Mr Moses Barde that was arrested and detained illegally for weeks by the police in Kaduna.
Mr Moses Barde is just one of several other  southern Kaduna men held on trump up charges after their communities have been ravaged, while the armed Fulani armed men continue to freely prowled over our communities. This scale of injustice is rear anywhere in the world.
I call on all Southern Kaduna natives, all Hausa and Fulani of our area  who are genuinely interested in peace to forget about political, tribal and religious leanings and come together in prayers and for genuine dialogue amongst ourselves as the last option left for peace and security in Southern Kaduna.
I want to add that my colleague and I in the National Assembly will continue to do our best to secure Federal assistance to add to what we are doing at home against this evil.
However, as it has become manifest through the utterances, actions and inactions of Governor Nasir el-Rufai,  Southern Kaduna must prepare to defend itself using every possible means of defence that is lawful against killer Fulani who are now on the loose more than ever, even as we search for solutions to this heinous crime against our land.
Thank you, gentlemen.
Sign: Senator Danjuma Tella Laah,
(PDP, Kaduna South Senatorial District)
Wednesday, August 7th 2016.

Dr. John Danfulani, Remanded In Kaduna Prison For Criticizing Governor Elrufai

The Kaduna State Government (KDSG) has dragged Dr John Danfulani to a State High Court on allegation that he made “an inciting” social media update on 28th December 2015. KDSG isn’t appealing the decision of the Chief Magistrate that sat on the same allegations where Dr John Danfulani came out victorious, but the state govt is tabling same allegations (as a fresh case) in the High Court.

The renowned Political Activist was on Wednesday morning (10am of 26/10/2916) arranged before a High Court Judge in Suite B4 High Court 14 Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna.

Dr Danfulani, a former lecturer in the department of political science Kaduna State University, had won at a lower court when charged by Kaduna State Government over a Facebook post criticizing the Mal-administration of Governor Nasir El-rufai’s leadership style of governance in Kaduna state.

He was earlier arraigned in January 2016 before a Magistrate Court by the State’s Commissioner of Police. He spent six days in prison before his bail application could be heard, the case which was later struck out for no locus standi upon hearing.

On 26/10/2016, the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice filed a fresh case against him at the State High Court, before Justice Bilkisu Mohammed.

In the ‘Notice to Prefer a Charge’, signed by both Bayero Dari and Abdullahi Isiaka for the Ministry of Justice, the state said that the alleged criminal charges against Dr. John Danfulani falls under section 417 and 418 of the Penal Code Law.

They went ahead to state that the alleged Facebook post he made on 28th December 2015  where he talked about fuel scarcity,  high  foreign exchange and a high number of out of school children in the north, sought to excite hatred and contempt against the people of Nigeria.

When the case came up for hearing today, Dr. Danfulani, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him. But the Judge said he should be remanded in prison till the 7th of November, 2016 when she will be back from a ‘seminar’ to listen to the bail application.

But Dr. Danfulani who spoke to newsmen at the court premises before taken to prison said he is being persecuted for simply criticizing the activities of both the state and federal government. He added that the constitution of the federal government gives him the right to freely express his opinion on issues of governance that he is not comfortable with.

The bail application comes up for hearing on 7th November 2016.

No Devil Can Stop Me From Preaching In Public, Paul Enenche Dares Nasir Elrufai

Dr. Paul Enenche , the senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, has affirmed that there no law will stop him or any other person from preaching in Kaduna state, Daily Post reports.

The preacher who was apparently referring to the recent declaration by the state governor against public preaching in the state said he can preach in anywhere including the stadium.

Dr Enenche speaking in Kaduna on Sunday, October 16, during a programme tagged Apostolic Invasion said he had the right to preach in any part of the state.

He said: “On my way here, I discovered that some persons were sitting in the staircase. The whole place is filled up. I think this kind of thing should be happening in the stadium.”

When he apparently remembered the standing law, he quickly said, “don’t worry, no devil can stop us from preaching in Kaduna State. They’ve not born the devil. We are in charge and no devil can stop us from carrying out our assignment.”

Recall that a few months ago, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman vowed that El Rufai will die if he didn’t drop the anti religion bill.

The Apostle had in a broadcast, asked the Kaduna governor to reverse the proposed bill, but the governor refused to listen to any of the prophet’s rantings about him and the proposed bill.

Another popular Nigerian cleric, Dr Chris Okafor, told the governor that he had about eight days to retract his impending Religious Bill or face the wrath of God.

Kaduna Government Orders Arrest Of Shiite Spokesperson

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

Mr. Musa speaks for and signs press statements for the group which was banned by the Kaduna State Government on Friday.

Mr. Musa, after the announcement of the ban, signed a statement on behalf of the group saying the IMN would seek redress in court.

The IMN accused the Kaduna government of injustice especially as the soldiers who killed over 300 members of the group within three days in December last year had not been prosecuted.

The extrajudicial killing of the Shiites has been condemned by local and international groups including Amnesty International. The Army justified its actions by saying the Shiites blocked a major road in a plot to kill Nigeria’s Army chief, Tukur Buratai. The IMN has denied that allegation.

A panel set up the Kaduna government to investigate the crisis was boycotted by the IMN which demanded that its leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, be released first.

Mr. El-Zakzaky is still being held by the federal government without any court order.

Read the Kaduna government’s full statement below;

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the arrest and subsequent prosecution of one Ibrahim Musa who has owned up to being the spokesperson of an unlawful society, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

An order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in Kaduna State went into effect on Friday, 7th October 2016. Violation of this order attracts penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both, according to sections 97a and 97b of the Penal Code.

A few hours after the commencement of the Order, the said Ibrahim Musa admitted to membership of an unlawful society and identified himself as its spokesman in widely publicized statements. This is deemed as a deliberate and determined affront to the order, and the law has to take its course.

The Commissioner of Police has been directed to ensure the arrest to enable prompt prosecution by the Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice.

All security agencies in the state have been directed to vigorously enforce the law, and demonstrate clear resolve by arresting the said Ibrahim Musa, who is further advised to report himself to the nearest police station or any of the security agencies.

Government cannot allow the laws of the state to be wantonly tested and confronted by anyone or group who might have the mistaken belief that they are above the law.

The Kaduna State Government wishes to reiterate that it fully respects freedom of religion and other rights as guaranteed by Sections 38 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution. The same Constitution imposes an obligation on government to secure the state and protect every citizen against infringement of their rights by others.

Drawing on powers vested by Section 45(1) of the Constitution, and Section 97a of the Penal Code, the governor signed an order declaring the IMN as an unlawful society in the interest of public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Kaduna State.

Governor Elrufai Bans Shiites In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has issued an Order declaring the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) an unlawful society. This action is taken in the exercise of the government’s duty to preserve peace and security in the state, and to ensure that all persons and organisations are guided by lawful conduct and with due allegiance to the Nigerian state and its Constitution. The Kaduna state executive council approved the making of this order following deliberations at its meeting of Thursday, 06 October 2016.

The Order, which has been signed by the Governor, draws on powers vested by the Constitution and the laws of Kaduna State. Section 45 (1) of the Constitution categorically vests in the Governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of: public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna State.

Section 97A of the Penal Code (Cap 110, Laws of Kaduna State, 1991) empowers the Governorto declare as an unlawful society any organisation whose activities are dangerous to the security and good governance of the state.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria Clashes of 12-14 December 2015 found that the IMN is not a registered organisation, that it has a paramilitary wing and that its members do not recognise or respect the laws of the country and the duly constituted authorities that have the responsibility to secure and administer the country.

The Declaration Order noted that since the regrettable events in Zaria which resulted in the loss of 347 lives, the IMN “has overtly continued with unlawful processions, obstruction of public highways, unauthorized occupation of public facilities including schools without regard to the rights of other citizens and the public peace and order of the State”.

The Order noted that “these acts, if allowed to go unchecked will constitute danger to the peace, tranquility, harmonious coexistence and good governance of Kaduna State”.

The Declaration Order, which comes into effect on Friday, 7 October 2016, provides for the prosecution of persons that may be in breach of its provisions under the laws of Kaduna State:
“Whoever manages, or is a member of the said Society under any appellation or mutation with the propensity of causing the breakdown of law and order, or operates in a manner dangerous to the good governance of the State shall, from commencement of this order, be prosecuted in accordance with the Laws of Kaduna State.”

Sections 97A and 97B of the Penal Code prescribe a penalty of imprisonment for seven years or a fine or both for any person convicted for belonging to an unlawful society.

The Kaduna State Government reaffirms its vigorous commitment to upholding the right of citizens to practice the religion of their choice. These are rights fully protected by Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution.
Such rights to freedom of thought and worship must however be exercised in ways that do not infringe on the rights of others, and should not subject other people to distress and inconvenience.

Kaduna Govt Charges 50 Shiites For Murder Of One Soldier, Wants Death Sentence

The Kaduna State Government on Thursday asked a Kaduna High Court to sentence 50 Shiite members to death for allegedly causing the death of a soldier.

The government had filed a five-count charge against the accused before Justice David Wyom.

It accused them of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.

In the petition, the counsel to the government, Bayero Diri, said the offences are punishable under Sections 97, 221, 102, 106 and 225 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Kaduna State 1991.

The government said the offence was committed between December 12 and 14, 2015 in Zaria.

It alleged that the suspects among other things shot dead Yakubu Dankaduna, a corporal of the Nigerian Army “with a gun when he alighted from the convoy to disperse the IMN members.“.

The prosecution told the court that they intend to present 39 witnesses.

The plea of the accused persons was not taken as the judge adjourned sitting till May 16.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the 50 suspects were among the 265 persons currently in custody, who were arrested during the Shiites clash with the Army on Dec. 12 and Dec. 14, 2015.