This was contained in a statement jointly signed by its Secretary-General, Comrade Ahmed Usman and its Public Relations Officer, Comrade Reuben Musa, which was made available to our correspondent.
“Information at our disposal indicate that there is a strong plot by the government in collaboration with some faction of imposters that are parading themselves as officials of our noble Union. We are aware that these imposters have received huge amount of money for the endorsement of the re-election bid of the incumbent in Kaduna.
“We will NOT sit back and watch this kangaroo endorsement to damage the image of the Union. the student Union body is apolitical, and even where such a decision were to happen only a legitimate Congress shall convene to decide,” the statement read.
The group maintained that as the constituted umbrella for all Kaduna State students saddled with the responsibilities of advocacy and engagements on students matters and affairs with members within Nigeria and the diaspora, the leaders would not allow the body to be dragged into partisan politics.
“As leaders of this noble Union, it is with great concern and of importance that we issue out a public statement on the plot to drag this pristine Body into partisan politics, contrary to the aims and objectives of the Union.
“NAKASS warned that the union will not tolerate the continuous muzzling by the government through it aides and members of the State Executive Council. Entrenching infractions and gross violation of the Constitution and throwing NAKASS into unending crisis of legality and legitimacy of leadership.” It further alleged
“In an attempt to occupy the Institution, government in Kaduna State have since supported a defacto leadership. the frantic attempt to enforce the name of the institution in a wasteful endorsement of an administration whose image has been laundered on the altar of bad governance, undemocratic culture, and misplaced priorities is a pointer to the key actors of the lingering unrest in NAKASS.
“There are congent reasons why an endorsement as solicited by the incumbent administration in KADUNA State is cannot be granted in a hurry-if contemplated at all.
“The reasons will include the following:
” The administration of student scholarship scheme a legacy of past administrations in the state which had been a source of support to many students in time past in the state had been sabotaged by Gov. Nasir el-Rufai with no pallative whatsoever. This has led to a sharp under-development of the nation’s future human capital in the state and sent frustrated youths engaged in various forms of social vices.
“The monthly subvention that allowed for the smooth running of the Students body have in the past years of this administration been always diverted to strangle the organisation and keep it out of issues of governance on education and students welfare. We remember how with great difficulty the organisation laboured to evacuate students schooling in localities that had suffered banditry and other forms of violence with no significant contribution from the State government who had remained indifferent to the needs of the affected students.
“Under the incumbent administration the Local Government funded Basic Education had come under serious setbacks bringing about a sharp shortfall in the required human capital to cater for school children many of whom are enjoying school facilities as a play ground other than the education they RIGHTLY deserve.
“We cannot overlook the current bastardised Basic Education program which suffers under an overwhelming vested political interest that is evidently self serving.
“We have observed the uncommon interest of the administration through choice hands to foster unconstitutionality and destroy the pristine value of NAKASS which had built the capacity of numerous aides that have served/still serve in the incumbent administration in the State.
“We have seen consistently how an administration that have failed in taking the need assessments of students have diverted our Commonwealth in sponsoring political rallies/activities as witnessed in the recent KADUNA Music Festival 1.0 and 2.0.
“We have found no cogent reason as to how a Government will allow for the clustering of teachable school aged youth to be preoccupied with the unproductive vigilante system with no remuneration and development for the youths.
“We consider the all justifications given by the State Government as both lame and self serving, especially with the elections just a few days away. We have real concerns as to the use of thugs in the guise of the ‘Civillian JTF’ being publicly courted by the incumbent administration in the forthcoming general elections.
“We hereby openly and collectively inform the general public to disregard any endorsement by group of political party supporters parading themselves as the leadership of the prestigious National Association of Kaduna State Students as an act aimed at rubbishing the integrity of Kaduna State Students in a plot sponsored to promote an unpopular administration in Kaduna State.
“To this end we call the attention of security officers to remain professional and unbiased by arrest this illegal plot. “The Constitution of NAKASS forbids strongly this act. NAKASS will not be a party to such illegalities. We are only interested in the politics of quality education, better welfare for students and a peaceful and credible elections,” the statement read.
Ondo Communal Clash: Death Toll Rises To Four
Gbenga Akinpelumi, one of the locals that were attacked during a communal clash in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State is dead, SaharaReporters can confirm.
A relative of Akinpelumi, who does not want his name published, disclosed the sad news to SaharaReporters on Friday.
He said Akinpelumi sustained injuries from the gunshots which penetrated his abdomen.
“Akinpelumi could not survive the surgeries carried out on him by the doctors. Sadly, we lost him at exactly 12: 48 midnight on Thursday,” the relative said on the phone.
Akinpelumi, a farmer, was among those injured and rushed to the Trauma and Surgical Centre, Ondo shortly after the clash between the locals.
The clash occurred between the people of Araromi Obu living in Ago Alaye town and the Ikale community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State.
Both southern communities in Ondo State were fighting over a “land” as no fewer than eight persons were injured while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attacks.
With the sad development, the death toll in the community has risen to four while the remaining injured are still receiving various treatments in the hospital.
Meanwhile, it was gathered on Friday that the residents of Ago Alaye town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state have now deserted the community over the fear of another attack.
This development led to the declaration of a 24-hour curfew on the town by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu with a charge on security agencies to beef up security in the nook and cranny of the community.
The governor has also embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the communities with a warning that any person found culpable in the violence would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He said, “Our administration will not condone any form of criminalities in the state.”
The governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, the Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, and other security chiefs.
When he visited the palace of the Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola, the governor assured him of maximum security of lives and property of the people of the town.
He said, “Our government is ready to take action on Ago Alaye community if the violence persists.”
Akeredolu, who said security forces were on the ground to maintain peace and order, commended the monarch for maintaining peace in the community by appealing to the people against a reprisal.
“I have heard that you called your subjects that there should not be any reprisal. You have maintained peace within Araromi community. We thank you for that. We will not allow miscreant to disturb the peace in this community.”
At the palace of Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Faduyile, the governor pleaded with the traditional rulers in Ikaleland to caution their subjects.
Akeredolu added that the state government would set up a committee to look into the cause of conflict.
Transfer: Guardiola reveals player he would love to sign for Man City
The Premier League champions have failed to replace Vincent Kompany, after the Belgian decided to quit the Etihad after 10 years, to become player-manager at Anderlecht.
City are refusing to meet Leicester’s £90million valuation of Harry Maguire, while reports of a possible move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias has been dismissed by club officials.
That means City could go into the new season with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood Bellis.
“We are so happy with the squad we have.
“I don’t know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but since I came here I have been delighted with the players we have.
“Maybe we (will replace Kompany), but we have three incredible central defenders.
“And Fernandinho can play in that position, also. We will see,” Guardiola told reporters on their pre-season tour.
City have so far spent a club-record £63million on Spanish midfielder Rodri and £6million to bring back full-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.
United States Of Biafra: Asari Dokubo Urges Niger Deltans To Join South-east, Slams Northerners
Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force has declared his support for the actualization of Biafra while calling on Niger Delta people to return home following threats from Arewa youths.
His declaration came on the heels of northerners asking herdsmen to leave the South and the suspended implementation of Ruga settlements in parts of Nigeria.
Dokubo made his position known in a meeting with leaders of Niger Delta states.
He said: “We, the people of the Niger Delta today, resolved to be part and parcel of the actualization the United States of Biafra.
“What has brought us here today is the dark cloud that is gathering. In 1967, we did not ask for war, war was imposed on us and millions of our people were killed. Our properties were destroyed and so many people until today are carrying the scars of that imposed war.
“Our people have not gone to Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno to ask that land be forcefully given to us or that our resources should be used to give us properties in the north.
“But northern organizations and northern individuals have come up to say we must surrender our land to them to create colonies on our land. Are you going to allow that?
“We will not surrender one grain of sand of our sacred land to anybody. We will stand on our land and wait for you to come and carry out your threat and inshallah by the grace of God we will defeat you.
“We have heard that you have called your people to come back home. They should all go, we will assist them to leave (because) this is what we have been looking for all along.
“We call on our people, Igbo, Ibibio, Ikwerre, Ijaw return back home. If anything happens to you and this coward spines on you, you would have yourself to blame. We would not continue to risk our integrity and our pride because of you, return home now.
“We extend a hand of fellowship to our brothers in the middle belt who are suffering the same pain and deprivation as we do. We are with you in your hours of grief and pain and we will stand with you to the end.
“To our Yoruba brothers in Afenifere, and the leader of Afenifere whose daughter has been gruesomely murdered by this Gambari invaders. We condole with you but this is the price we have to pay to wake up.”
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