HURIWA Asks National Assembly To Probe Role Of Armed Forces In Southern Kaduna Genocide
Worried about the extensive killings going on in parts of embattled Southern Kaduna State with specific reference to ongoing killings by armed Fulani militia in Zango Kataf local government Area Council of Kaduna State, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria ( HURIWA) has asked the National Assembly to probe an alleged widespread complicity of the military and police in these killings.
The rights group observed that the heads of security forces in Kaduna have come under increasing accusations of compromising the security and safety of the largely Christians in Southern Kaduna as their communities come under continuous attacks by armed Fulani terrorists.
According to HURIWA, allegations are rife that the mostly Moslem- dominated security hierarchy in the country may have instructed their troops in Kaduna to be passive and permit the large-scale killings of the native people by armed Fulani herdsmen who share the same ethnicity and religion with the security chiefs.
The rights group said the killings may be unending unless the security heads found wanting for allowing these killings are arrested, prosecuted and punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
HURIWA said: “We have received a lot of complaints from hundreds of people in the line of fire in Southern Kaduna and most of these victims protested that the troops posted to maintain peace in Kaduna State have actively provided logistical support for the armed Fulani attackers carrying out the unimaginable scale of killings.”
In a media statement, HURIWA’s National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, accused the service chiefs and the president of doing nothing to stop the systematic genocide going on in Southern Kaduna even as the Kaduna State governor and his government are completely guilty of being actively complicit in these mass murders.
“We believe that the Kaduna State governor needs to resign for doing nothing to stop the killings. In fact, there is the information that the Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai had once stated in a social media post that his kinsmen the Fulani will always carry out reprisals if any of their people are killed and that if a person is killed, almost 100 persons from the alleged guilty party and community will be killed as a revenge. Going by this story, it is inconceivable that the governor would be bothered that his kinsmen are now waging a war of attrition on Christians over perceived earlier attacks no matter how few the victims were.
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“It is regrettable that a population is under consistent attacks but both the Kaduna State government and the Federal Government have never bothered to act decisively to crush the proliferation of what clearly is Fulani insurgency. The victims of these attacks are mostly Christian natives and there are allegations that the armed Fulani attackers bombarding these Southern Kaduna communities are being armed by security forces of Nigeria. The National Assembly need not embark on meaningless vacation when the people of Southern Kaduna are on the verge of being wiped off the map of Nigeria by the invading marauders suspected to be Fulani terrorist.”
HURIWA also disclosed that it has received a documentary evidence that over 100 communities of the native Christians in Southern Kaduna have so far been occupied by armed Fulani marauders. The rights group said it was shocking that the Kaduna State government and the Federal Government have failed to take steps to ensure that the victims of these killings and occupation are resettled in their native communities and the occupiers prosecuted for their criminal and terror-related actions of carrying out well- coordinated genocide.
HURIWA said it would send a petition to world leaders on this issue and pleaded with the media to “inform the international community that the captured and occupied Southern Kaduna territories are as follows:
1 KACHIA LGA ( from 2019)
“(i) Doka ward
Chikwale, Idum, Muruchi, Kwasau Legede, Kafeyawa, Amale, Chikwale, Unguwan Pa, Gidan Sambo, Gidan Para, Unguwan Muruchi, Unguwan Dutse, Baware kasa, Gidan Duna, Sabon Gida Duna, Opase, Gidan Sunday, Gidan Yarima, Gidan Auta, Bakin Garma, Gidan Ladan, Maigari, Gidan Wakili, Pago, Oshowodo, Gidan Peter.
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“(ii) Ankuwa Ward
(iii) Bishini Ward
Koron, Kurmin iya, Ungwan Gwari, Kurmin Iya
“(iv) Kateri Ward
Numbers of communities displaced in Kachia LGA = 33 Communities from 4 Wards
2 Kajuru LGA (from 2019)
” (i) Kallah Ward
Kihoro-Libere, Bakin Kogi, Umiko,Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan , Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etiss, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki, Ungwan Masaba
(On the 1st June, 2021, a few men from Idazo, Ungwan Shaba and Magunguna villages took risk and went back to clear their farms, after it was established that the occupying armed herdsmen have left. They are still there at the time of compiling this report. Past attempts were met with death)
“(ii) Tantatu Ward
” (iii) Idon Ward
Edanu, Ungwan Mudi, Ungwan Rana, Ifele, Ungwan Gora
Number of Displaced Communities from Kajuru LGA = 24 from 3 wards
3 CHIKUN LGA (from 2019)
” (i) Kunai Ward
Kudo (Dau), Sunusi Dnakwala, Galu, Aguyita, Galuko, Galiwyi, Atopi, Onkoru, Anguwan, Badole, Manini, Hayin Damisa, Anguwan Nyako, Badimi, Gnashi, Sarari , Giji, Dnapagbe, Badimi, Shelbula, Rafin yashi, Sabongida, Rafinyashi, Anguwan, Amos Manini, Hayin Dakachi Manini, Madalla, Abon, Kawuya
“(ii) Gayam Ward in Birnin Gwari LGA Bordering Kunai in Chikun LGA
Rumanan Gbagyi, Rumanan Hausa, Malamo, Labi, Hayin Kozo, Muya, Shuwaka, Polwaya, Kaguru, Kasko, Nasarawa Kaguru, Dabbara Kaguru
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“Number of displaced and occupied communities = 45
4 Kaura LGA (2019 and 2020)
(i) Zangan District
Adu , Kirmun, Kirim, Zangan, Dantie, Zadien, Mayi Abun, Katsak Tagan
Number of displaced and occupied rural communities = 8
(Some of the displaced persons here have started returning from last year. But majority do not still feel that there is an assured safety and security of the lives after past attempts had ended in regrettable tragedy. The herdsmen are notorious for violating agreements reached)
5 Kauru LGA (2020)
(ii) Kamuru Ward
Kiziti, Kikpene, Kirim,
Number of Displaced villages = 5
“As at June 5th, 2021, at least 115 communities scattered in 5 LGAs of Southern Kaduna have been displaced and taken over by armed Fulani militia unchallenged by the state.
“There are at least 100,000 IDPs leaving in several camps in Southern Kaduna and with relations in other parts of the state. Those close to Plateau and Niger State have fled there.
“Source: Official records of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU).
Date: 5th June, 2021.”
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BREAKING:Lagos Govt Arraigns Chrisland School, Principal, Others Over Death Of Pupil Whitney Adeniran
The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School, Opebi, its principal, vice principal and two other employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran.
On Wednesday, the government of Lagos State had filed charges against Chrisland School and four others over the death of the 12-year-old pupil, Whitney Adeniran.
The school and its workers were accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts.
The workers who were arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja include Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The school principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, broke down in tears while in the dock as the court and counsel tried to agree on a date for the commencement of the trial.
Whitney died during the school’s inter-house sports competition at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9.
Blessing Adeniran, her mother, had accused Chrisland of negligence over her daughter’s death.
The school’s management, however, dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death, saying she slumped in public.
Chrisland also argued that Whitney complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before she died.
However, an autopsy conducted at the Lagos State University Hospital (LASUTH) confirmed that the deceased died from “asphyxia and electrocution”.
In the charges filed on behalf of the state government by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Babajide Martins, who disclosed that their negligence killed Whitney because they failed to ensure her safety.
The charge also disclosed that they all acted in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered human life.
The offences are contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015
If found guilty, the offences carry a penalty of life imprisonment and two-year jail terms respectively.
On Tuesday, the state government granted access to Chrisland High School, Opebi branch, to open for physical learning ahead of the school’s forthcoming examination after parents’ appeal.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that the school be shut down on March 3, 2023, following the investigation into Whitney’s death.
Sanwo-Olu through the state Ministry of Education said the closure of the school would pave the way for unhindered investigation and afford all stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and friends of the deceased, time to grieve.
The reopening followed an appeal by the Parents of all Chrisland School Units who visited the Ministry of Education on Monday to seek the government’s understanding for “the sake of 500 plus students some of whom also have terminal examinations.”
The management of the school had tendered an apology over Whitney’s death.
BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
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