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7 killed, 15 injured in Kaduna, as Christian, Muslim youths clash over girlfriends 



Several persons have been confirmed dead and dozens injured as locals in Kasuwan Magani, in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state and Hausa youths clashed over girlfriends.
The crisis which started at about 10 Am on Monday left churches, mosque and shops razed down.
Residents of the area could not confirm the actual persons that lost their lives but the causality ranges from 3-10 according to different sources in the troubled area.
On their part, the Kaduna State police command confirmed the crisis that death of persons but said it was too early to ascertain the actual number of persons that lost their lives and those injured.
The PPRO of the command, Aliyu Mukhtar said, “the situation has been brought under control. We got a distress call this morning and the Commissioner of Police directed the Assistant Commissioner of Police operations to move to the area.
” As I talk to you now, the ACP is already there”.
He, however, said he cannot confirm the number casualty, as they were still carrying out an investigation. He also disclosed that no arrest has been made.
The Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack and called on the relevant security agencies to ensure the prosecution of the culprits.
There are two versions of how the crisis actually started, One version claimed that Christians and Muslims were at logger heads for some time now in the area over Christian girls who were dating Muslims boys and Muslim girls who were dating Christian boys.
But another resident of the area told our correspondent that a Christian girl was abducted and forcefully converted to Islam and taken to the residence of the Sarkin (Chief of ) Kasuwan Magani and the locals mobilized to rescue the girl a development that angered the Muslim youths who mobilize to counter the move.
According to the resident, there have been suspicion and tension between the Christians and Muslims over an alleged move by the Youths to prevent Hausa boys from dating their girls.
But a Christian youths also resident in the area who did not want his name in print alleged that  Muslims were abducting  Christian girls and converting them to Islam and that is what the crisis was all about.
Sources said this problem had been a long-standing issue in the community.
Many residents especially women and children were said to have fled their homes to safe zones.
The community which is about 31 kilometres away from Kaduna city is located along the highway connecting Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue States as well as the southern part of Kaduna state.
Commuters plying that route were stranded for several hours following the incident.
Residents alleged that security personnel could did not arrive until around 2 pm when a combined team of soldiers and police were deployed to tackle the situation.
Reacting to the development, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has directed the prosecution of all persons responsible for what he described as a ‘mayhem’ that occurred in Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru local government area.
The government said, “security agencies must investigate this unfortunate incident, arrest and make available for prosecution the perpetrators”.
Samuel Aruwan, Governor El-Rufai’s spokesperson in a statement said government condemns the violence, and “regrets the wanton shattering of lives”.
He further disclosed that the government has expressed its sympathy to the victims and their families.
According to Aruwan, the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take inventory of damages and provide relief materials with immediate effect.
The statement added that security forces have been deployed to contain the situation, protect lives and properties and to prevent any further breakdown of law and order.
The statement also added that “the government urges all citizens and communities to reject violence and division, and uphold their neighbours in peace and harmony”.

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Scientists target sustainable cassava seed system in Nigeria



A Nigerian don, Dr Hemant Nitturkar, said on Friday that scientists and other experts in the agriculture sector are currently partnering on developing a sustainable cassava seed system to solve the problem of low productivity of the crop.


He said this at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan during the annual meeting of the project tagged: “Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Cassava Seed System (BASICS).”


Nitturkar, who is the Project Coordinator, noted that the initiative was to set up a sustainable cassava seed system where  improved seeds would be provided for farmers.


The system, he said, would benefit the full cassava seed value chain and farmers as well as communities while enhancing productivity and income.


According to him, the 2018 annual meeting with the theme is to develop shared understanding of the cross-cutting dependencies among breeders, foundation and commercial seed producers. as well as to agree on quantities of seed flows over the next three years.


The coordinator further said it was to socialise and strengthen the key building blocks of seed system being developed in the project and plan for sustainability of all the key project interventions.


“Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava but productivity is very low. “Nigeria loses about N1trillllion due to low productivity. “We hope that this project that will last between 2016 and 2019 will address low cassava productivity issue,” he said.


Also speaking, the Director- General of the National Agriculture Seeds Council, Dr Olusegun Ojo, said the council would do its best to ensure that farmers get improved cassava seed varieties.


“The project is going on well since its inception in 2016 and farmers are already excited with the contribution and provision of the seed council. “All stakeholders in this project are working perfectly to ensure that the goal is achieved,” Ojo said.

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2019: We need youths’ creativity, elders’ experience – Ambode




Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday advocated the combination of the experience of political elders and the creative and innovative ideas of young people as crucial to achieving good governance and sustainable development in the country.


Speaking at the second edition of the Bola Tinubu Youths Summit, organised as part of the activities to mark the 66th birthday celebration of the APC National Leader, which held at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, Ambode noted that it is very imperative to create a platform in which the benefits of the experience of the elders would be effectively combined with the creative and innovative ideas of young people in order to align the nation’s desire for good governance and growth with global trends.


Ambode, who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, stated that his administration right from the inception believed in government of inclusion in which a level playing ground is provided for everyone including youths so as to contribute to the growth and development of the country.


While describing the theme of the summit entitled: “Making Nigeria Work- Synergy between Leadership and the New Generation” as very apt and timely, the governor noted that the summit was relevant as it came when political activities towards 2019 general elections was gathering momentum.



He noted that the summit could not be better organised than now when there was a general clamour for increased participation of the youths in governance which according to him is inspired by the ‘Not too young to run bill’ that is fast gaining ground at the National Assembly



The governor therefore challenged the youths across the country to be steadfast and continue to demonstrate good character in their quest to make positive difference in governance, urging them to “show strong determination and draw inspiration from leaders who are selfless and people centred in their ideas, policies and ideologies.”



Ambode while eulogizing Tinubu for his leadership quality noted that his numerous contributions to the evolution and sustenance of democratic governance/ideals in Nigeria is widely acknowledged not only by Nigerians but across the globe.



The governor, who vowed that his administration would continue to work hard to build on the legacies of the founding fathers of the state, further disclosed that the template for a new and modern Lagos which he said had made the state a referent point for good governance was developed by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, noting that his passion for good governance, selflessness, doggedness and ability to groom young leaders made him to stand tall among leaders across the world.

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Hate speeches constitute major challenge to national security, says IGP Idris




The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has described hate speeches as a major challenge to national security and stability in the country, saying Nigeria Police has an urgent responsibility to curtail hate speeches and to reduce all forms of crime and criminality to the barest Idris stated this yesterday during the Graduation of 78 Police Officers on Advanced Detective Course (ADC) 66/2018 held at the Nigeria Police Staff College Jos, Plateau State.


The IGP who was represented at the occasion by the Commandant Police Staff College Jos, AIG Dorothy Gimba said in spite of the effort of the Police and other security agencies, serious crimes such as hate speeches, insurgency, militancy, kidnapping, armed robbery, human trafficking and financial crimes have continued to constitute a major national security challenge.

“It is in this regard that training is considered to be very vital in raising a force driven by intelligence led policing that would enjoy the cooperation, appreciation and understanding of the citizenry,” he said


He disclosed that the Advanced Detective Course is designed for officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and their counterparts in the military and other sister agencies.
“The course is aimed at enhancing skills and capacities of the participants in the areas of intelligence gathering and sharing as well as the detective, investigation and prosecution of criminal cases”.


The Inspector General, however, tasked the graduands to allow the newly acquired skills to percolate down to their respective commands and formations.



Sunday Telegraph gather that the course which lasted for six weeks had 78 participants including 40 DSPs and 38 ASPs nominated from different commands, formations and departments of the Nigeria Police Force.

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