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Kajuru killings: Adara people decry ‘poor management’ of crisis by Gov. El-Rufai

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The Adara people in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State have alleged that the state government did not do enough to handle the killings that claimed lives and unimaginable amount of property in the area.

They alleged that from the beginning to the end of the killings, the state government did not carry the Adara people along towards ensuring an amicable resolution to the cause of the crisis.

Speaking to DAILY POST in Kaduna, spokesperson of the Concerned Children of Adara Elders, Alheri Bawa Magaji, asked, “How can two people fight and only one person is accused of all that happened by imprisoning and receiving all manners of treatment without saying anything to the other person? With only members of one party being arrested in a situation where both parties suffered casualties.”

The spokesperson explained that even when the Adara elders were arrested and detained, their people were being killed without any arrest made to perpetrators of the heinous crime against humanity but the Adara elders were in detention for months without anyone among them found with anything incriminating.

She asked, “How could these elders be arrested and kept in detention for months without bail or taken to a High Court only to be released? The crisis happened between the Adara and the Fulanis that resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of property but the way the situation was handled leave all right thinking people in total disbelieve on the way both parties were treated.

“On 15th February 2018, the state government made the world to know that it was only the Adara people that were killing the Fulanis without any mention of Fulanis doing anything to the Adara natives.

“The way our elders were deceived and later apprehended by the police shows as if our elders were declared guilty before making the arrest. Thank God Almighty who protects the innocent ones and will continue to protect our people who were treated like sheep without a shepherd.

“It will interest the world to know that even when the death of late Chief of Adara, Mr. Maiwada Rapheal Galadima was announced by the state government, the late Chief was referred to as the Chief of Kachia.

“It shocked the Adara people to know that the week late Maiwada Rapheal Galadima was killed was the very time they knew that the Adara Chiefdom had been divided into Kajuru Emirate and Kachia Chiefdom.

“How on earth could Kajuru Emirate that has about 95 per cent Christian population be led by a Muslim Emir? Worst still, the whole arrangement was done without the consent of the Adara people and yet, the state government wants the world to believe that the arrangement was done to ensure peace in the community?

“It is on record that our people who believe in due process and respect to the rule of law kept writing letters to the state governor seeking audience with him on the best way to resolve the crisis but to no avail. The Adara people only had the opportunity to tell governor El-Rufai their displeasure on ways the crisis was handled and the balkanazation of the Adara Chiefdom when governor El-Rufai went to Adara Chiefdom to condole the people on the death of late Chief of Adara, Maiwada Rapheal Galadima.”

The Concerned Children of Adara Elders called on the Adara people to remain steadfast in the midst of their challenges and reminded them that vengeance is of God Almighty, assuring them as believers in the Almighty, their tears will be wiped away in no distant time.

The group explained, “We enjoin our people, the Adaras to take solace in the Almighty God who sees and has power over every situation. He will definitely answer our cry for help having seen all that took place and the treatment our people received in an ideal society where both parties ought to be given fair treatment.”

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR

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Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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Kwara workers locked outside secretariat gate as Gov Abdulrazaq pay surprise visit

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, Monday warned civil servants in the state against lateness and poor attitude to work.

He said late coming and poor attitude to work certainly will not be tolerated.

The governor who was at the state government secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital,at about 7.55am met most offices under lock with a large number of the workers yet to report to duty.

Visibly unhappy about the development, he said late coming was not helpful for government business in the 21st century.

For over one hour during the visit, only a few workers were at work as most of the offices were locked at 9am.

According to a statement by his Spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor said,” late coming and poor attitude to work, certainly will not be tolerated.

”He said the civil service should be business-like and efficient in service delivery.

“As we try to support the civil service, to deliver on its mandate, we expect a drastic shift from old practices that have taken our state nowhere”, the governor added.

Hundreds of the workers who came to work late were still locked outside the main gate by the time the governor left the secretariat a few minutes before 10am.

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Katsina-Ala unrest: Benue security council suspends chiefs

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The Benue State Government has suspended Two 3rd Class Chiefs from Katsina-Ala, Chief Tivlumun Ubugh, Mue Ter Chongo and Chief Ayoleve Ornguga, Mue Ter Ipusu as well as the District Head of Mbacher, Chief Luke Atomigba over their roles in the prolonged crisis between Shitile and Ikyurav.

The suspension of the chiefs followed recommendation of the Benue State Security Council after its emergency meeting in Makurdi yesterday.

Governor Samuel Ortom read the Council’s resolutions during a marathon meeting with stakeholders from the local government area also held yesterday at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He stated that the traditional rulers had neglected their duties and exhibited nonchalance towards efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

The Governor noted that the traditional rulers had instead, resorted to fuelling the crisis based on vested interests, thereby contravening the code of conduct enshrined in the Local Government and Chieftaincy Law of the State.

The affected traditional rulers are to face a panel to be constituted by the Tor Tiv to investigate them and determine appropriate sanctions.

According to the Governor, the Council also directed that all the District Heads from the area who declined invitation to attend a security meeting with Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa would be queried to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.

He said Council also warned the Tor Sankera to be a father to all his subjects and eschew sentiments and personal interest, pointing out that he should work with all his subjects to ensure peace in his domain.

Governor Ortom said security agencies were directed by Council to go after criminal elements responsible for the unrest in the area and also arrest and prosecute any politician found culpable in the violence.

The Governor urged the people of Katsina-Ala to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation and report suspicious elements to security operatives for prompt action, adding that the President had already given marching orders to security agencies to tackle banditry in the country.

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