Abuja-Kaduna Train Abduction: Terrorists threaten to kidnap President Buhari, el-Rufa’i

…Flog abducted passengers The terrorist group who abducted over 60 passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train on March 28 have threatened to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari. The terrorists made this revelation via a fresh video. In the new viral video, the terrorists could be seen flogging some of their captives. This threat is coming a few weeks after the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari was attacked in Katsina State. Recall that the convoy of an advance team of the number one citizen was attacked on its way to the president’s hometown…

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Why el-Rufa’i shut Arewa House against Obi’s supporters’

Facts have emerged on the reason Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, denied supporters of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, access to the proposed venue for the occasion, Arewa House, which they duly paid for. According to reports, the action may not be unconnected with Obi’s restriction of el-Rufai’s movement during a governorship election in Anambra State close to a decade ago. However, the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) condemned el-Rufa’i’s decision, less than 24 hours after the Northern Summit in support of Obi-Datti. The proposed venue, Arewa House,…

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Gov. el-Rufa’i angry with Tinubu over choice of running mate – Sources

All may not be well within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s picking of Kashim Shettima, former Borno State Governor, as his running mate. According to credible sources in the APC, Governor el-Rufa’i is unhappy with the choice of Shettima over him. The sources said the party leadership is trying to manage the issue so that it would not blow open like that of the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  Recall that Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, is currently at loggerheads…

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“We’re tired of begging el-Rufa’i to end killings – SOKAPU

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), has said it is tired of begging the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, to end the carnage going on in the area. Lamenting the security situation in Southern Kaduna, the group stated that the region was now facing wanton killings which had become a ‘reality’ for them for many years. The group’s expression of grief is coming on the heels of the June 5 attack by armed herdsmen on Maikori and three other Adara villages in Kajuru Local Government Area, Southern Kaduna, killing…

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El-Rufa’i sacks 2,357 teachers, NUT President, over competency test

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), says it has dismissed 2,357 teachers who failed the recently conducted competency test. Its spokesperson, Mrs. Hauwa Mohammed, in an issued press statement yesterday in Kaduna, said the Board conducted a competency test for over 30,000 teachers in Dec. 2021. She explained that 2,192 primary school teachers, including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba, had been dismissed for refusing to sit for the competency test. She said that some 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat…

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Drug dealers: Kaduna Govt. shuts hotel for accommodating drug dealers

Kaduna State government has shut down a hotel, Holiday Conference Hotel, situated in the metropolis, for accommodating drug dealers and for failing to pay its statutory land lease for five years. The Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Prof. Kabir Mato, told newsmen yesterday in Kaduna that the hotel, shut on June 15, had become a centre for anti-social activities. He said young people often walked into the hotel to buy and use illicit drugs. He further explained that the lease agreement the hotel’s management signed with the state government…

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2023: “I won in Kaduna on Muslim-Muslim ticket” – El-Rufa’i

…Says Tinubu can pick Muslim running mate Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday said Bola Tinubu should be free to pick a Muslim vice-presidential candidate because he took a similar political decision in Kaduna that paid off. The governor stated this during a television programme yesterday while reacting to the debate on whether the two major presidential candidates, Bola Tinubu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would pick Muslim running mates. According to him, “In my State, I picked a…

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Kaduna-Abuja highway Insecurity: Rijana, Katari, other communities beg el-Rufa’i against relocating them

Three communities along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, namely Akilibu, Rijana and Katari, have appealed to Gov Nasir El-rufai not to relocate or clear their settlements. Recall that on May 19, El-Rufa’i had proposed the clearance and relocation of the communities, saying that they harboured criminals and informants. The Chairman of the communities,Magaji Danjuma-Katari, made the appeal at a news conference yesterday, in Kaduna. “To the best of our knowledge, our communities are not aware of the involvement of any of our members, either directly or indirectly, in any verifiable cases of…

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Ogun PDP Guber 2023: Former Atiku’s spokesman, Sowunmi, ’emerges’ PDP candidate

…Defeats Jimi Lawal, former el-Rufai’s aide A former spokesman to ex vice-president Atiku Abubakar, Segun Sowunmi, yesterday ’emerged’ the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Ogun State. Sowunmi contested the election with two other aspirants, Jimi Lawal, who was a former Special Adviser to Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and Hon. Ladi Adebutu. Sowunmi polled 554 votes to defeat his closest rival, Lawal, who scored 30 votes, while Adebutu polled 15 votes. The election, which was held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ),…

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Security Alert! El-Rufa’i raises alarm over presence of Boko Haram, ISWAP in Kaduna forest

The Kaduna State Government has raised an alarm about the activities of terrorist groups in the State. Speaking during the presentation of the first quarter security report for 2022 to the State’s security council, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said members of the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorist groups have infiltrated some parts of Birnin-Gwari and Giwa local government areas. Aruwan said the terrorists have been luring locals with gifts with a view to recruiting them into the criminal organisations. Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i expressed concern that…

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