Tension in Kaduna as IMN leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky’s trial resumes today

Kaduna and its environs were shut down Wednesday as the trial of Alhaji Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), and his wife resumed.

The case will be presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna High Court, who will look into charges like disruption of public peace and unlawful assembly made against El-Zakzaky.

Security operatives, including police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), were on red alert to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Going by the trial at the court, sitting in the state capital, all roads leading to Kaduna central market, Kawo, Angwan Rimi were blocked by police vehicles, while fierce-looking security officers were posted to strategic places.

Shops, offices, were under lock and key as shop owners, who managed to come, were seen discussing insecurity bedeviling the state and country in groups.

Roadside hawkers as well as vehicular movement were all restricted.
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Pantami: Buhari regime indicating support for terrorists, bandits in Nigeria, declares UK Parliament

The UK Parliament has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s actions indicate support for incessant terrorists and bandits’ attacks targeted at individuals and communities.

The development came weeks after Mr Buhari publicly expressed support for Isa Pantami, his communications minister who grabbed headlines after his violent preaching and support for Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremist groups surfaced online.

Mr Buhari had justified Mr Pantami’s dangerous views as coming from a position of ignorance, even though the minister was in his mid-30s and early 40s when he made the remarks.

The president asked the minister to continue in his position, claiming without evidence that Mr Pantami had eschewed his past views and romance with terrorism.

The lawmakers sent a protest letter to Dominic Raab, UK foreign secretary, on July 26.

The members of the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the parliament, who wrote the letter included Caroline Cox, Rowan Williams and David Alton. Mervyn Thomas of Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Ayo Adedoyin of Peace & Social Justice (PSJ-UK) also signed the letter.

Citing the shooting down of the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet by bandits, they expressed worry that the country was now under the control of non-state actors unleashing terror at will, particularly in the North-East and North-West.



Killing of prominent Fulani leader escalating banditry in Zamfara – Governor Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle has blamed the increased banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara state on conflicts between herders and farmers which past administrations failed to resolve.

Asides pointing out that the failure of some states in the Northwest region to enter into dialogue with the bandits has further led to the degeneration of the menace, the Zamfara state Governor also noted that the killing of a prominent Fulani leader in Dansadau was another factor responsible for the escalation of banditry in the state.

According to him, followers of the Fulani leader in Zamfara, Kebbi, and Sokoto states became aggrieved with his killing and started attacking perceived killers of their leader to avenge his death.

Speaking through his Commissioner-designate, Ibrahim Dosara at a Security conference in Kaduna State, Matawalle said this led to hostilities between the Fulani and Hausa communities, with each group attacking and killing one another.

He also pointed out that the herders and farmers’ conflict lingered for too long due to the weakening of the traditional institution and the judiciary in resolving the problem or prosecuting offender.

Alleging that inability of the government to resolve the conflict consequently made some of the actors involved devise some other means of tackling the proble, he also listed other contributory factors that escalated banditry in Zamfara state as proliferation of arms into the Northwest region through the porous borders from some African countries like Mali, Libya, and Chad.
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#BBNaija Season 6: Fani Kayode throws weight behind Senator’s daughter, Jackie B

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has endorsed a Big Brother Naija Season 6 housemate, Jackie Bent, who is the daughter of former Senator of Adamawa State Grace Folashade Bent.

Senator Bent was elected in April 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform in the Adamawa South constituency.

After 21 years in the PDP, the politician recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, noting she had had enough of the umbrella party.

A scroll through Jackie B’s page shows that she has a beautiful relationship with her mum whom she always showers compliments on.

Jackie B revealed during her first session in the house that she will sorely miss her son, being the first time they will be more than a week apart

She hinted that her strategy for the N90 million grand prize is to stay true to herself, be honest and stand out. She is also in it to “spice up things.”

Jackie B identified her weakness to being impatient; she is no fan of bullies and dramatic people.

Would this affirmation from the Minister of Aviation roll in more fans for Jackie B? We are still watching, ‘shine ya eye’

I fully endorse Jackie B who is the daughter of my dearest sister and friend Senator Grace Bent! Please vote for her! 🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏👌👌👌

— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 28, 2021

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