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Thirty-seven persons from Azara, Jangala and Kadara, in Kagarko and Kachia Local Government Areas of Kaduna State have been kidnapped by terrorists.

The victims, Thunder Blowers learnt that those abducted are mostly women, including three nursing mothers and children.

According to a source, in the process of abducting the victims, a retired soldier and one of his sons were gunned down at neighbouring Katambi village, two kilometers away from Katari town, along the Abuja – Kaduna highway.

Mustapha Ibrahim, the Sarkin Azara in Kachia Local Government, confirmed the abduction to news men on phone.

According to him, wielding weapons and in large numbers, the bandits stormed Azara community around 12am on Thursday and went away with 10 people.

He explained further that four women, including three nursing mothers and six male adults were among the victims.

He added that before they could alert the soldiers who are always on patrol along the highway to come to their rescue, the bandits had already left with their victims.

He further explained that the bandits again went to a Fulani settlement, popularly called (Rugan Alhaji Karbo), a few meters away from Azara, and abducted two herders at the camp.

According to him, “on (Friday), again, I received a call that bandits invaded Kurutu village and killed a retired soldier and one of his sons and carted away some foodstuff.”

On Sunday around 10:12 pm, he explained that 12 people were abducted by the bandits, who invaded Kadara village in Kagarko Local Government Area, stressing that six among those abducted were members of the same family.

Also, he said that 13 people, 12 women and a male adult, were abducted by bandits at Janjala village in Kagarko LGA last Thursday.

The Madaki of the village, Aliyu Ibrahim, the Madaki of the village, confirmed the abduction to to news men on Thursday.

He explained that the bandits came through a bush path that borders Kachia LGA and raided the community and went away with their victims at gun point.

For the past three to four days, he stated that his people have been under siege as a result of attacks by bandits.

Police could not be reached for comment as at the time of filing this report.

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The Chairman of the APC Defense Coalition, Dr. Suleiman Shuaibu Sarki Shanun Shinkafi had lambasted Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura the former Governor of Zamfara state for allegedly backing Senator Gods will Akpabio’s candidature of becoming the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He said the action of Senator Yarima is a clear demonstration of his unending conspiracy against the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension.

Sarkin Shanu in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday insisted that it will be an act of conspiracy and mischief for the Zamfara former Governor, Ahmad Sani Yarima to back a southern candidate for the post of Senate President when he already has someone from Zamfara and a fellow Northerner who is buying for the same position.

He noted that the action of Senator Ahmad Yarima is a clear impression that he is an enemy of the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension, adding that Northerners need to be awakened and rise to the occasion before people like Yariman Bakura nail the region down for personal self enrichment.

“Yariman Bakura has demonstrated his strong and extreme disregard for the Northern Nigerian by supporting Sen. Godswill Akpabio as against the candidature of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, and we are ready to fight him to finishing for working against the interest of the North”.

“The North West in particular has produces over 50% of the votes that produces Sen. Bola Ahmad Tinubu as the President during the 2023 election and now that our own from the region is contesting for the post of Senate President we have no option than to stand firmly behind him and enemies of the North like Yariman Bakura will fail woefully when the time comes”.

“Yariman Bakura has never hidden his personal enmity for the progress of Sen. Abdulaziz Yari and this can be demonstrated since what happened in the 2019 political race and now in the 2023 election when he worked openly against the success of the APC in Zamfara state” the statement added.

“It is shameful of Sen. Yarima to show his political solidarity to Godswill Akpabio in the open world and his action is a clear demonstration that he has declared war against the North and Northern Nigeria and by the special will of Allah Yarima he will be humiliated for working against the North” the statement added.

“We implore Sen. Yari to remain firm and focus and continue to mobilize strongly for his candidature for the Senate President, and we assure him he will emerge victorious looking at the dynamics of the way things are going, the APC zoning arrangement will surely fail”.

“For record, the President-elect is from the South, the Chief Justice of the federation who is the head of the judicial arm is also from the South, so there is no way the North will allow the seat of the Senate President who is the head of the legislative arm to shift to the South again”. The statement added.

He called on Senator Yarima to have the fear of God and leave Senator Yari alone, noting that God almighty has already made Yari the political hero of the current generation.

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A Kano Senator-elect under the platform of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kawu Sumaila has declared to that APC zoning arrangement was an insult to the Nigerian parliament.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila who stated this on the National Television insisted that, former Governor of Zamfara and senator elect Abdulaziz Yari remain his candidate for the office of the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He stated that, the National Assembly, as an independent arm of the government, should be free from the control of the executive.

“It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in the choosing the presiding officers”.

He added that the majority of the lawmakers-elect were already discussing working against the zoning arrangements announced by the APC.

He urged Tinubu not to allow political sycophants to dictate the fortune of things for him.

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The Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Awal Musa Rafsanjani has described the APC zoning arrangements as announced as an attempt to pocket the 10th National Assembly.

Rafsanjani who stated this in an interview insisted that the culture of imposition of leadership on the national assembly has grave danger to the nation’s Democratic process.

Rafsanjani stated “some people endorsed by the party for leadership have corruption allegation against them, having them as presiding officers in the legislatures will neutralize anti-graft fights and will further erode the public image of the parliament.

“What the President-elect and the APC have done is to completely pocket the legislatures and make them not only rubber stamp parliament but also an extension of the presidency” .

While affirming that CISLAC supported equitable zoning of national assembly leadership seats , it condemned the imposition of individuals on the lawmakers.

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