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2015: I’m Out To Save Kaduna From Further Deterioration – El-Rufai

el-rufai-36997890A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday said Kaduna State, which used to be a reference point for peaceful coexistence, must be saved from further disintegration.

The former minister stated this in a statement ahead of his public declaration of his aspiration for the governorship of Kaduna, which will hold later in September.

In a statement Thursday in Kaduna, El-Rufai said: “Our state, Kaduna, is now fragmented across ethnic and religious lines. Without federal allocations, the state cannot survive. Our renowned educational institutions are decaying, while unemployment and youth restiveness are visible. Trust in government is low and the essentials needed to stimulate socio-economic development are most lacking. The Kaduna state that was once a point of reference in peaceful coexistence, progress and fairness in the Northern region in particular and Nigeria as a whole is now lagging behind most states created recently”.

Arguing that the state must be saved, Mr. El-Rufai said “The situation should not and must not be allowed to deteriorate further; otherwise the cohesive fabric of our community may be completely destroyed. Bearing these in mind and after deep reflection and wide consultations with stakeholders who cherish the importance of providing good leadership, I have resolved to contest for the office of the Governor of Kaduna State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 elections”.

The aspirant, who added that development of the state must be confronted, said, “We do not underestimate, by any means, the challenges ahead. We also appreciate the enormity of the tasks ahead and the potential land mines that the ruling party will inevitably place on our path. We therefore, most humbly, solicit your guidance, support and prayers as we begin the journey to rebuild Kaduna State and put our people on the road to peace and prosperity”.

Soldier Shoots High Court Judge, Son In Kaduna

Justice Hajara Gwadah of the Kaduna State high court and her son, Saminu Gwadah, were on Sunday shot by a soldier in full Nigerian army fatigues, at the junction of Ali Akilu and Alkali roads by SCOA, in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State.


According to Leadership, the husband of the high court judge and former legal adviser of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Barrister Bitrus Gwadah, who confirmed the tragedy, said it occurred at about 9.am while his wife and son were on their way to church.

“My son was driving, and in front was a civilian car which was itself following a jeep/Toyota Hilux full of armed army personnel. My son, as were the two vehicles in front of him, was slowing down for traffic control. Suddenly, he saw a soldier in the open jeep, which was beginning to turn into Alkali road, cock his gun and shoot at him” he said.

Barrister Gwadah further revealed that after his son had managed to pull over the car following the shock he suffered at the moment. It was observed that the car bonnet was smoking, and when it was opened it was discovered that the bullet had destroyed the radiator, the compressor, part of the engine block and some other mechanical parts.

He added that the vehicle conveying the soldiers also pulled over on Alkali road, where two armed soldiers in battle mode approached them and said they were too close and warned them not to try it again. He said the soldiers went back to their jeep and zoomed off.


Meanwhile, the state has been violent ridden for some time now following the activities of insurgents in the Northern part of the country. It would be recalled that on August 6, 2014, Policemen in Unguwar Rimi area of  Kaduna state, also shot dead a 21-year-old female student of the School of Science and Health Technology, identified as Fauziyya Sulaiman. Also on August 7, 2014, suspected Fulani gunmen reportedly launched an attack on Gimi Dogara village, Sanga Local Government Area of the state, killing at least four people.

Kaduna Blasts: Committee Set Up To Investigate Attack On Buhari, Others

An investigative team has been set up by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar, to uncover the perpetrators of Wednesday’s twin blast in Kaduna, which had killed scores, left many injured.

A statement on Thursday by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba, revealed that the team of investigators will be headed by Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Department, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, Premium Times reports.


Other members of the team include, Chris Ezike of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Dan Mallam of the Monitoring Unit and Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi of the Interpol Unit and others. All the officers are Deputy Commissioners of Police, DCPs.

They will be expected to work in collaboration with other security agencies.

Mba explained that security has been tightened in all the states of the federation, particularly in the states perceived to be more vulnerable to terror attacks.

The two bombs, which exploded at different times and different locations in Kaduna on Wednesday, July 23, were reportedly targeted at a former Head of State, Mohammadu Buhari and a prominent Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi. The two men escaped unhurt.

Buhari, who expressed shock over the assassination attempt on his life, said yesterday that how he survived the bomb attack on his convoy remains a mystery.

Following the attack, a former Niger-Delta militant Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo shared his thoughts on the incident, saying the Kaduna attack was a plot to cause calamity in Nigeria and push the military to take over from the President Goodluck Jonathan.

CAN Expresses Regret Over Kaduna, Kano Explosions, Denounces Their Executors

Reacting to the recent explosions that rocked the cities of Kaduna and Kano on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) released a statement condemning the attacks and their executors.


The President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

The President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, on behalf of the whole association has expressed sadness and regret over the attacks that claimed lives of innocent Nigerians. The statement reads, in part, as follows:

“CAN received, with shock and dismay, the sad news of bomb explosions in Kaduna and Kano states in which many lives were lost with others injured and property worth huge sums destroyed. The attack, coming almost at the climax of the holy month of Ramadan, is a clear indication of the perpetrators’ inclination to evil and disregard for the true God and all that are linked to Him. CAN condemns in strong terms the continuation of attacks targeted at high profile Nigerians and revered clerics, who hitherto should be the moral compass for society’s transformation.

“It is also regretful that such an incident act is happening in our communities at this time especially when all faithful are in search for genuine reconciliation with their God and seeking peaceful coexistence with their neighbours. On behalf of the Christian community in Nigeria, I wish to commiserate with all those who lost loved ones or suffered one form of mishap or the other in yesterday’s incident. I however thank God for saving the lives of two prominent Nigerians, former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and an Islamic Cleric, Dahiru Bauchi, in the bomb attacks.

“I urge all Nigerians never to be dissuaded by these acts of evil and terror on our people, no doubt the impact created by these acts are painful but giving in at this time will even be more dreadful for our people. Please I urge all Nigerians in the spirit of the season (Ramadan) to keep faith with the relevant authorities. Rather than tremble in fear, let us all support all relevant agencies of government and our community leaders to fight these terrorists to a standstill. I want to remind all faithful, particularly Christians, of the popular verse in the Bible which admonishes one not to fear him who can kill the body but cannot destroy the soul, but to rather fear him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.”

Isaiah Balat Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown Of Gora, Kaduna



The remains of Sen. Isaiah Balat was on Wednesday laid to rest at his village, Gora-Bafai, in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Balat was a Minister of Works and Housing during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Until his death last Tuesday, he was a Special Adviser on Special Duties in the Office of the Vice President.

Speaking at the funeral service, Vice President Namadi Sambo described late Mr. Balat as “a true democrat who personified hard work and dedication to service.

“He was a rare gem who served the society and achieved greatness in life,” he said.

He said that Mr. Balat had a knack for turning challenges into opportunities, saying that it was his very optimistic view of life that made him a successful entrepreneur and great politician.

“We worked together and I found in him a good and reliable friend, a brother, a confidante and a bold adviser, who told me the truth about every situation.

“He was very democratic and very principled; no doubt I shall personally miss his wise counsel, his diction and oratory skills”, he said.

Mr. Sambo said Mr. Balat had created a vacuum in the political sphere which would be difficult to fill, adding that his selfless service to humanity would ever be remembered.

He urged Nigerians, especially politicians, to emulate his exemplary lifestyle which he demonstrated in his endeavour.

Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State said in his speech that late Mr. Balat was a detribalised politician who contributed to national development.

“Late Balat was a true leader and a rallying point for his people”, he said.

The Paramount Ruler of the Atyap community, Harrison Bungon, described late Mr. Balat as “a self-made achiever who rose from the dust to prominence’’.

Mr. Bungon expressed gratitude to the Federal and Kaduna State Government for according the deceased a befitting burial.

He said the gesture gave the Atyap community a sense of belonging.

A former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana, said the deceased was a bridge builder and a principled politician who stood for social justice.

In a sermon delivered by the Minister in charge of ECWA, Wuse II, Barje Maigadi, who took text from Rev. 20:1, described physical death for those who believed in Christ as a transition to a new life.

The cleric challenged Christians to stand firm as evil was in the increase globally.

Among dignitaries at the burial ceremony were Senate President David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; and Governors of Kaduna, Bauchi and Plateau States, Messrs Muktar Yero, Isa Yuguda and Jonah Jang.

Also in Gora were many senators, among them Solomon Ewuga and Nenadi Usman, former information minister Jerry Gana, as well as PDP national Chairman, Adamu Muazu, among others.

Mr. Balat died in Abuja on February 18 after a brief illness.


Security Operatives Foil Planned Attack In Kaduna, Arrest Five Boko Haram Suspects



The Joint Security Forces has arrested five suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Kaduna State.

A top security source, who confirmed the arrest on Thursday in Kaduna, said the operation was facilitated by the Department of State Services, DSS, in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force in what was considered a pre-emptive operation launched to abort a planned attack on a police station at Kwanan Dangora, Kaduna State.

“During the early hours of Wednesday, 19th February, 2014, while assigned members of the Boko Haram sect were on their way to actualise the planned attacks, they were arrested by the joint security forces”, said the source, who asked not to be named as he was not permitted to speak officially on the matter.

He gave the names of the arrested members of the sects as 28-year old Bashir Ali, who was considered the kingpin of the group; Abdullahi Adam, 21, Adamu Abdullahi, 29, Abubakar Abdullahi, 32 and Mohammed Umar, 32.

“Some of the weapons we recovered from the suspects includes seven primed Improvised Explosives Devices, one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK 47 Riffles,five fully charged magazines, 66 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunitions and a jerry can of petrol among other things”, the source disclosed.

Mr. Ali, leader of the foiled attack, who spoke briefly, said he was initiated as a member of the Islamist sect by one Lawal, presently at large.

“Lawal gave us a car and N17,000 at Karfi near Kano to attack the Kwanan Dangora police station on Tuesday and deposit all the weapons that will (sic) have been stolen from the police station to a hide-out in Kunkumi, Kaduna State”.

According to him, he was recruited about 14 months ago by Lawal, who he claimed to have met in a commercial vehicle in Bauchi.

Giving an insight into the modus operandi of the terrorist group, Ali stressed that all the attacks carried out since the death of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, has nothing to do with Islam.

“We are on a revenge operation against our members that were killed by soldiers in Bauchi five years ago. Boko Haram is split into two. There are the group (sic) that kill people randomly and those that are on a revenge mission of specific targets. All these activities has nothing to do with Islam and I must say that I regret my membership in the group”, Ali said.

PDP Plans To Write 2015 General Elections Result In Ekiti, Says El-Rufai


A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday in Kaduna again alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party was planning to rig the 2015 general elections in the country.

The former minister, who noted that the All Progressives Congress was already aware of the ruling party’s sinister agenda, disclosed that the PDP had hatched the plot to write the 2015 elections result in Ekiti State.

El-Rufai, the Interim Deputy National Secretary of the APC, disclosed this to reporters in Kaduna shortly after obtaining his membership card of the party.

“We are aware that PDP is working to rig the election (2015).  In fact, they even plan to write the result in Ekiti State even before the election holds”, he said.

El-Rufai, however, vowed that the opposition party would ensure that the ruling party did not succeed in its plans.

He added that he would not disclose the party’s strategy to stop the PDP from rigging and writing the purported result of the 2015 elections.

“We are working to see that it does not happen. I will not disclose our strategy so that the opposition will not know but I assure you that we are not going to allow them to succeed”, he said.

El-Rufai also berated the Senate President, David Mark, for stalling the defection of 11 PDP senators to the APC.

He argued that Mark’s efforts to stop or block defecting Senators would fail, noting that there was no way the senate president could force the senators that are willing to defect to remain in the PDP.

2015: Our Best 11 Will Be Presented To The Electorates – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu`azu, on Tuesday in Abuja, charged party members not to engage themselves in fruitless arguments with the opposition.

He gave the charge when Gov. Ramalan Yero of Kaduna, led a delegation of the party stakeholders in the state to pay him a courtesy call.

“You must engage in discussing topical issues that matter to the people and affect the lives of the common man.

“Do not drag yourself into argument with people that do not know what they are doing, talking about trivialities, ethnicity, religiosity and regionalism.

“Nigeria is one single and indivisible nation, we must continue to make sure that we do whatever it takes to keep us strong and united”, Mu`azu said.

He pleaded with the people of Kaduna state to continue to cooperate with the governor, adding that this was critical to ensure good and purposeful leadership in the state.

The party national chairman added that the cooperation of the people of the state was also critical to ensure that Gov.Yero continued to build on the legacies of his predecessor.

He maintained that the PDP under his leadership would ensure internal democracy and deepen the tenets of true democracy at all levels of government.

“If you want to run for any elective post in our party do not come to me, do not go and stay in the Villa; and do not go and stay at the Government House Kaduna.

“Go to all the nook and crannies of your state and campaign. The power of the people is what is going to be your power.

“Ensure you convince the people on issues at hand; tell them what you and your party stand for and what you intend to do for them.

“If they vote for you, you are my man, you are my candidate. Internal democracy will not only be run well and properly, it will be deepened”, Mu`azu said.

He stressed that the only people that would survive under the party`s present condition were those who would campaign at the grassroots.

“We will not hand pick our candidates, this is a new era. Our best 11 will be presented and they will surely be the winners”, Mu`azu said.

Earlier, Gov. Yero said that his priority was to ensure fairness to all party members, adding that fairness and social justice was the only way to sustain leadership.

“We will take the path of fairness, social justice and equity in all that we do in Kaduna state, we will set an example in the country”. He said.

The governor said that the visit was to assure the national chairman of the loyalty and commitment of the people of Kaduna state to the PDP leadership.

He pledged that the PDP, Kaduna chapter, would ensure the success of the party in the 2015 general election in all levels of government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was accompanied on the visit by chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

Also in the governor’s entourage were members of the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker.

Others were youth and women leaders from the state, zonal leaders and party stakeholders in the state (NAN)

How Sheikh Albani, Wife, Son Were Killed – Eyewitnesses


Details of how prominent Islamic scholar and leader of the Salafis movement in Nigeria Sheikh Muhammad Auwal Adam Albani, his wife and his 18-year-old son were murdered on Saturday night in Zaria, Kaduna State, have emerged.

According to the relatives of the deceased who spoke with LEADERSHIP yesterday, Sheik Albani, who was shot about 1km away from his residence along Gaskiya Layout in Zaria, had struggled with the

gunmen to protect his life and that of his wife, but was overpowered by the gunmen who had laid an ambush for them.

The spokesman of the Salafis Movement, Dr Abdulfaii Abdulganiyyi, said while speaking to LEADERSHIP that the sheikh was returning home from his school in Tudun Wada where he had delivered his usual evening lecture.

Abdulganiyyi narrated how the unfortunate incident happened: “It happened yesterday after he rounded off the evening lecture at his school in Tudun-Wada. He was driving home; he had always refused protection by his students who had offered several times to provide him protection.

“So, he was just about 1km to his house when the assailants laid an ambush for his vehicle; they blocked his way and started shooting at him.

“Some of the gunmen, who were driving vehicles and some motorcycles, first shot at his wife and later fired several gunshots at him and all the people that were inside his car.

“The gunshots killed his wife instantly and his 18-year-old son while Albani died on the way to the hospital. Three of his children and one of his students who were in the same car received bullet wounds and are currently hospitalised.”

According to him, the prominent preacher who used to preach from 8am to 10am and repeat it at 4:30 to 6pm in his school in Gaskiya Layout, with a fresh sermon from 8pm to 10pm, was vocal against Boko Haram.

“He has been preaching against the Boko Haram sect. Everybody knows him with that. Even in his afternoon lectures he admonished members of the Boko Haram group to stop the killings and that what they were doing is not Islamic.

“Not only the Boko Haram group, he has also preached against the government. He did that sometime in 2011, and the government detained him on the charge that he was preaching against them.

Also speaking to LEADERSHIP, the father of the late Islamic scholar, Mallam Awwal Albani, said he was shocked at the news of the assassination of his son. He added that he had left everything to the Almighty Allah.

Close to tears, he muttered as he walked away, “Kullun Nafsin Za’ikatul Maut”, meaning “From Allah we came and unto him we will return”.

Malam Mohammed Usman, a close relative of the deceased, spoke further on the incident which he said occurred around 10:15pm.

Usman said a group of people riding on a motorcycle and others in a Volkswagen Golf car shot at Albani, his wife and his son.

He added that the deceased was later rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital in Wusasa, Zaria, along with two of his children. According to him, two of his members were in a separate car and narrowly escaped the sporadic shooting by the assassins.

Malam Musa Sahabi who was with the deceased told LEADERSHIP that he was saddened by the news of the cleric’s death.

“The death of Mallam is a great loss to all Muslims; he has contributed immensely towards propagations of Islam,” he said.

Sahabi, who was also overseeing Markazus Salaffiya along Maje Road where Sheik Albani used to preach to his followers on weekends, said the deceased spent all his life preaching as well as inculcating moral values.

Meanwhile, the remains of the scholar, his wife and son were laid to rest at Gambo cemetery in Zaria amidst tears and wailing from friends and thousands of sympathisers who gathered to pay their last respects to the renowned clergyman.

The Imam who led prayers, Malam Musa Minshawi, called on Muslim sects not to take laws into their hands but rather take death as an act of God, while charging them to live in peace with one another.

Former governor of Kaduna State Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, Sheik Tukur Almanar, Sheik Mohammad Ibn Usman from Kano and Sheik Aminu Dourawa also from Kano were among the dignitaries that witnessed the burial.


We’ll arrest Sheikh Albani’s killers – Police

The Kaduna State police command yesterday said it had commenced an intensive manhunt for the murderers of Sheikh Muhammad Albani, his wife and child. The police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Law, disclosed this to journalists in Kaduna yesterday, saying that the Kaduna State police commissioner, Mr Olufemi Adenaike, has directed all area commanders and divisional police officers to work in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure that the killers were apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.


Yero mourns

Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna has expressed shock and deep sadness over the gruesome killing of Islamic scholar Sheikh Muhammad Auwal Adam Albani and some of his family members in Zaria on Saturday night.


Albanis death shocking-JNI

In their reaction, the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) described as very shocking the news of the assassination of Sheikh Muhammad Awwal Adam, popularly known as Albanin Zariya and two of his family members (his wife and son).

JNI in a statement by its scribe, Dr, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu said, “for the murderers, the values for which he lived will still continue to flourish and let the assassins stop their death when it comes and continue to live till eternity, if they can.”


Albani’s murder despicable, barbaric – Tambuwal

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has condemned the brutal assassination of Albani and two members of his family, describing it as dastardly, despicable and barbaric.

In a statement issued yesterday by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said the news of the killing came to him as a shock.

He described the deceased as a fearless scholar who went about his activities without fear or favour.


Albani’s assassination: Islamic cleric cautions against reprisal attack

Meanwhile, an Islamic cleric, Malam Musa Mai-Shawi, has cautioned people against reprisal attack, following the assassination of Sheik Albani.

Speaking in Zaria during late Albani’s funeral prayer, Mai-Shawi said the plea became necessary in view of the tension caused by the sudden death of the popular cleric.

Mai-Shawi, who is the chief Imam of “Darul Hadith”, a school established by the deceased, said although the death of Albani was painful, everything should be left to God.

“There are no two ways about it, everybody is aggrieved about this sad incidence. However, I urge you to take heart and leave everything to God.

“God Almighty be my witness and you people around here be my witnesses, that I have conveyed the message. Nobody should by any means, attack anyone in the name of revenge.”

“Malam is already dead and no action will bring him back. God knows who are behind his brutal killing and He knows how to deal with them,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the funeral prayer was led by Malam Musa Maikwano-Gusau, while final interment took place at Dambo graveyard, Jos road, in Zaria.

Late Sheik Albani, his wife and a child,were killed by unknown gunmen on Saturday night.

Another 2300 PDP Members Decamp To APC In Kaduna State

Another 2300 members of PDP which also includes their chieftains in Kaduna have decamped to APC. Some of them said they have been there for years and nothing has changed. “We have the Vice President and Governor but nothing is happening in Kaduna State despite the loan being collected for the state. We don’t even know what they are using the loan for because they have nothing to show in the state,” they said.
Former Chairman of PDP in the State and leader of PDP defectors, Alhaji Audi Yaro Makama also said; “We want our children to be proud of us some day and we cannot remain in a party that has failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to its citizens. Those who think we cannot deliver should wait and see during the 2015 election if PDP will make it”he said.

APC’ll Never Take Over Nigeria from PDP – Metuh

Despite its dwindling political fortunes in the north-west zone, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party boasted on Tuesday that it would be impossible for the All Progressive Congress to win the 2015 presidency.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisah Metu, stated this in Kaduna on Tuesday.

Metu was at the meeting convened by the Vice President Namadi Sambo, to deliberate on the lingering crisis in the party in the zone.

Metuh, who breezed into Kaduna apparently on directives of PDP National Secretariat to assess the political situation in the state and other north-west states, said the PDP remained the party to beat regardless of the current crisis threatening the party.

He said, “APC is not a party that will take over Nigeria in 2015 and even beyond because the party is built along ethnic, religious lines.

“It will be impossible for them to win any elections. PDP remains the party for Nigeria, a truly national party”

It was learnt that Sambo had practically relocated to Kaduna following the gale of defections from the PDP to the APC and had met stakeholders of the party from Sokoto, Kano and Zamfara states at the late Gen. Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna on Tuesday.

Sources at the meeting told our correspondent that the stakeholders reviewed the challenges and prospects of the ruling party in the Northern states, such as Kano, Sokoto and Zamfara that had been taken over by the APC.

It was gathered that the tension-soaked meeting, which had in attendance former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba, son of late Head of State, Mohammed Abacha, and other prominent party chiefs from Kano, Sokoto and Zamfara states, deliberated extensively on how to win back those states that had gone to the opposition in the 2015 elections.

Also, at the end of the meeting at 3.30pm, Ambassador Aminu Wali, told journalists that former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau would soon defect to the ruling party from the APC.

He said the party in the state had contacted Shekarau and that soon, he and his teeming supporters in the state would join the PDP.

Govs, others congratulate The Sun new MD


Govs, others congratulate The Sun new MD


Following the appointment of Mr. Femi Adesina as the new Managing Director/Editor-in Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, prominent Nigerians have continued to shower accolades, congratulating him on his elevation to the apex of leadership in the newspaper company.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his congratulatory message, said Adesina’s appointment was well deserved and an acknowledgement of his contributions to the cause of journalism and the uplift of The Sun.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, Ajimobi described Adesina as a thoroughbred journalist, columnist and prolific writer whose professional competence and administrative acumen had helped in elevating the quality of The Sun.

In the same vein, Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, while congratulating Adesina, said he was noted for truthfulness, humility and hard work and urged him not to depart from the part of integrity.

He said with the appointment, The Sun was set to attain new heights, while he  prayed for a successful tenure for Adesina and wished him well in all his endeavours.

Also, Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, said given the professional pedigree of the likes of Adesina and other members of staff, who were elevated, the strategic drive for excellence by the organisation would be attained.

He also congratulated the newly promoted members of staff of the newspaper, noting that the promotion was noteworthy, saying it had potentials of motivating other workers to strive for excellence.

He further urged them to sustain the tempo of excellence that had made The Sun a trailblazer.

Ipetumodu community in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State, where Mr. Adesina hails from, also congratulated him on his appointment.

In a statement issued by Mr. Kunle Oyatomi on behalf of Ipetumodu Progressive Union (IPU), the community said it held Adesina in high esteem because of the numerous achievements he had recorded and the development he caused to take place.

The community charged him to use his good office to continue projecting the community in a positive light.

According to the union, “it is often said a prophet has no honour in his home town, but in the case of Mr. Adesina, a prominent native of our town, he is a prophet that has a lot of honour and his contributions to the town will remain indelible. His late father was a foremost educationist who instilled discipline in those that came his way and many natives of the town are today beneficiaries of the benevolence of the late Adesina.”

The Group Managing Director of Caritas Communications Limited, Mr. Adedayo Ojo, has also congratulated Adesina on his elevation.

In a letter he personally signed, he said Adesina was a well-bred and distinguished journalist who had devoted his career to the defence of truth and wished him a successful tenure.

‘Why we protested Stella Oduah’s award’

Ms Taiwo Akpabio, one of the two women who were bundled out of an award  ceremony venue in London last week said she protested against Aviation Minister  Princess Stella Oduah’s award because “it was a disrespect and lack of  sensitivity to the families of those who lost their lives in air crash accidents  in Nigeria”.

Speaking in an interview with a source in London, Ms Akpabio said it was  “wicked and disgraceful to give an award to a minister who is under  investigation for fraud”, adding that it was also insensitive of the minister to  accept the award in view of the myriad of air crash mishaps in the country that  happened under her watch.

Under civilized climes, the minister should have resigned her appointment or  suspended by the President pending the completion of investigation on the  alleged fraud involving her, and pointed out the British Members of Parliament  (MPs) expenses scandals which resulted in the prosecution, resignation and  suspension of many of them as an example.

She further pointed out that it was inappropriate to give Kaduna state  governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero an award for peace along with Princess Oduah,  considering the fact that his predecessor, Patrick Yakowa, died in an air crash,  stressing that it was a disrespect to the soul of the late governor.

She criticized the organizers of the awards, Global Peace Movement for  bestowing awards to undeserving persons, and queried how much the recipients  paid to be given the awards. She also criticized the organization for holding  the event in London, stressing that no serious British politician would travel  to Nigeria with large entourage just to receive an award.

Boko Haram bomber jailed for life for bombing Thisday, The Sun


Boko Haram member, Mustapha Umar, was today November 15th sentenced to life imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for his involvement in the April 26, 2012 bombing of SOJ Plaza in Kaduna where Thisday, The Sun and The Moment newspapers  have their bureaus.
Umar was convicted on  one count of terrorism for the bombing. The terrorist drove a white Honda  Academy car with registration number AL 306 MKA with improvised  explosives devices into the premises of SOJ plaza in April last year and detonated it, killing 3 people and injuring several others.

Retired Military Officers In Kaduna State Petition President Jonathan Over Classified Documents On How Governor Yero Intends To Rig 2015 Elections


A group of retired senior military officers from the Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna State has petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chief of Defence Staff over an alleged strategic plan, contained in leaked documents, to rig 2015 elections through rigging and violence under the instruction of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero.


One of the petitioners who made copies of the classified documents available to SaharaReporters in Abuja shortly after the group submitted the petition, demanding a thorough investigation, said they are not leaving anything to chance, and will follow up the matter to a logical end and ascertain its authenticity.


“We are not comfortable with what we saw, more so, that there are trends in the state occurring that were well captured in the proposal. There is inconsistency in the dates and referencing, but we are all military intelligence officers and knew decoys and other deliberate tactics. And so we want thorough investigations, if anything happens we know those behind [it], the governor and his team of course. I will not give you contents of our petition but the classified documents.”


The documents feature a letter dated 17th April, 2013 emanating from the Governor’s Office, signed by his Principal Private Secretary, one Samaila Aliyu to Mallam Zubairu Sani, MD/CEO of Albarka Consult Abuja.  In it, the scribe, referring previous discussions and communications, said, “I am directed to inform you of the approval of His Excellency the Executive Governor for your firm to draw up a political plan of action for consideration and possible adoption and implementation on the way forward and consolidation of government structures towards 2015 elections.


“Henceforth, you are to liaise and work with the Director General, Media and Publicity Government House, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki. Kindly treat this and all other correspondences as highly confidential, please.”


The political consultant, in his proposal to Yero as the documents reveal, proposes as follows:


Immediate change of the leadership of the State House of Assembly. For the Speakership position, another member from Giwa constituency should replace the present speaker. This is to counter the threat and influence of the Yakawada camp.

Reshuffle the cabinet in disguise as a ploy to make the commissioners relax, then fire them within 1to 3 months in their new positions when they would have had a false sense of satisfaction they would not be dissolved and make them open up on the activities of their ministries. This is to get rid of the Yakowa loyalists especially from zone 3.

For political exigency, the PPS Aliyu Samaila should be re-assigned as was done to Timothy Gandu.

Not quite long after your swear in the new commissioners, sack all remaining Yakowa appointees i.e. SAs, they are almost all loyal to late Yakowa especially Arc Natsa, Rev Hayab, Edward Pati amongst others.

On how to appoint new commissioners, the documents, further contain the following suggestions, one of which confirmed a recent SaharaReporters story, stating:


Commissioner’s appointment should be handled with tact to avoid suspicious that the dissolution was targeted at Yakowa loyalists still in government. Those to make the list should be; from zone 1 at least one state party executive official, from central zone 2 former commissioners /local govt council chairmen and from zone 3 a woman should be appointed (will make a recommendation of names and forward same, soonest).

Political adviser is not smart enough and proactive, he should be removed and that will be your basis to sack advisers. He should however be given a soft landing not to send a signal of disarray within the camp.

Get some Southern Kaduna Elders to endorse your government as an extension of Yakowa government and rubbish the opposition ACN and CPC, together with Buhari, Atiku and others. Senator Haruna Zego Aziz or Engr. Bawa Magaji should be considered for this task.

With specific reference to how the Kaduna State Governor will guarantee winning the 2015 election in view of the tough politics being projected, the classified documents further suggest:


Ensure that there is an over-registration of voter’s card lists across all wards in the state especially in Zone 3 (Southern Kaduna) doubtful and unfriendly areas.

There should be provision of a secured exclusive place where ballot thumb printing will be done.

There should be a backup plan to ensure that where necessary election violence is triggered.

Fake election materials should be secured as a backup.

Where necessary, election conduct should run into the night.

There should be sudden radio and television announcement of “our own” election result when it’s deemed necessary.


How female journalist A’isha Usman was killed in Kaduna

SHOCKING: Dead Body of Female Journalist Discovered in Kaduna

The mutilated lifeless body of a female journalist, A’isha Usman, was discovered at the Kwangila Flyover in Zaria, Kaduna state on September 11, 2013, Wednesday.

According to a police source of Daily Trust, the officials of the Kwangila Motor Park invited policemen to the scene.

“When we dispatched our men to the scene they found an Identity Card of the deceased, which showed that she worked with a Hausa Magazine, Mahangar Arewa,” a source said.

The body of the deceased journalist were deposited at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika, Zaria.

The State Police confirmed commencing a thorough investigation to unravel those behind her death.

An eyewitness revealed that the killers of the journalist clubbed her to death.

“Nobody can tell who the killers are but it appeared that they were hoodlums who attempted to rob her, or, perhaps, for other reasons. We have discovered that her body was mutilated when we came out for work this (yesterday) morning, and that forced one of her eyes to come out and one of her legs was fractured,” Shehu Danladi, an eyewitness, said.

A publisher of the Mahangar Arewa Magazine, Aliyu M. Aliyu, said the police had called from Zaria to tell him that one of his staff had an accident and her remains were deposited at the ABUTH.

“She called her brother yesterday (Tuesday) night and asked him to pray for her, as they had left Abuja for Kaduna. It is unfortunate that the innocent lady lost her life in a mysterious manner,” the publisher said.

Kaduna State Governor Sacks Cabinet



Gov. Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has announced the dissolution of the state Executive Council with immediate effect.

A statement by Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, the Director General, Media and Publicity to the governor directed all commissioners in the state to hand over to their permanent secretaries by Friday.

“Gov. Yero thanked the outgoing members of the council for their valuable contributions to the state and wished them success in their future endeavours”, the statement added.

No reason was given for the dissolution. (NAN)

Namadi Sambo

Mohammed Namadi Sambo (born August 2, 1954) is a Nigerian politician and currently the 4th Vice President of Nigeria. He was sworn in as Vice President on 19 May 2010.[1] An architect by training, Sambo is an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.[2]



Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Mohammed Namadi Sambo was born on 2 August 1954 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. He attended Baptist Primary School in Kakuri, Kaduna before attending Kobi Primary School in Bauchi and Towns School No. 1 in Zaria. From 1967 until 1971, he attended Government Secondary School, now Alhuda-Huda College, in Zaria. He attended the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972, after which he gained admission into the Department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours BSc (Hons). He also holds a Masters degree (MSc) in Architecture.

Sambo served with the Oyo State Ministry of Works and Housing for the National Youth Service Corps up to August 1979.[3] In 1988 he was appointed Commissioner for Works, Transport and Housing, Kaduna. In 1990, Namadi Sambo left the service of Kaduna State Government and went back to private practice.

Governor of Kaduna State[edit]

In May 2007, Mohammed Namadi Sambo assumed office of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria. His term ended on 18 May 2010. Sambo had an 11-point agenda as Governor of Kaduna State that was to focus on empowering the youth and women of the community and to address security for the state.[4] While still serving as governor, he was picked by the president of Nigeria to become his deputy.

Vice President[edit]

Following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan became the President. Jonathan nominated Sambo as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his official correspondence conveying the nomination of Sambo for the VP position was received by the National Assembly on Friday 15 May 2010. On 18 May 2010, the National Assembly approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s nomination of former Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo, an architect, for the position of Vice President.[5][6]

On 19 May 2010, Namadi Sambo was formally sworn in as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria