30 CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN KADUNA SOUTH TRAPPED IN MODERN SERFDOM BY ARMED TERRORISTS No fewer than 30 Christian communities in Kachia county, 80 miles South of Kaduna metropolis, are trapped in a humiliating form of modern serfdom by armed terrorists, according to victims speaking exclusively to TruthNigeria. The bandit gangs in Kachia extract biannual fees from residents cultivating their own plots in Kaduna’s rich forest-savannah, in parallel to the serfdom widely evident in Europe 1,000 years ago. Temporary respite from humanitarian aid group The kidnap-for-ransom gangs originating in Zamfara State began to raid approximately dozens of villages near Kachia town in 2000, local people said. In 2022, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) took relief material to thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kachia county after most of the communities fled their homes to seek refuge in Kachia town, some 40 miles west of the areas displaced by armed bandits. “We were in Kachia for almost one year with our wives, children and old ones, and no one came with any form of assistance until SOKAPU came in July 2022,” said Solomon Ali, 52, of Gidan Ali, Akwa ward, Kachia county who is also a youth leader in his village. SOKAPU had in 2022 secured funds from Christians Solidarity International (CSI) to assist IDPs in seven counties of Southern Kaduna. Starvation and unemployment forced some women to turn to prostitution, according to Ali. “What SOKAPU brought was not enough to feed us sustainably, and that led some of our youths and women into wayward lives just to bring food to the table,” he said in Hausa language, the common language spoken in Northern Nigeria. “The humiliation, hunger and hopelessness were too much, so we decided that it was better to return to our ancestral villages and die with dignity than perish in Kachia town like landless wanderers,” he told Truth Nigeria in Kachia, Thursday. Most of the IDPs returned in October 2022, Ali said. He gave their numbers as 7,5000 from about 30 Christian communities. Signing a humiliating agreementWhen they returned, armed bandits raided five communities and kidnapped 50 people, mostly women and children in December 2022, Ali said further. “They said that if we were to report the incident to either the soldiers or police, that we should forget seeing the hostages, their representative spoke to us on phone,” he said. “All they wanted is that we should allow them to pass through our villages without alerting the military. And that we must not resist when they come to pick anything that they want from us” he said. Most of the communities are in rugged terrain and hours away from any military base, according to the locals. The bandits also placed a tax of N100,000 (US$67 dollars) per every male adult before and after each farming season. “They (villagers) had no option but to agree to the proposal of the terrorists who are Muslims of the Fulani tribe,” Ali said. “Their kidnapped relations were then released without ransom payments, even though some of the women had been raped by the bandits,” he went on to say. “I am limping today, not because I had an accident or that I was born like this,” Solomon Ali said in an unsteady voice. According to him, he was arrested by soldiers in October 2023 in Kachia town after he bought a carton of sachet soda drinks which his wife sells in Gidan Ali, a village of about 80 homes bounded by hills. He told TruthNigeria that the soldiers accused him of supplying refreshments to kidnappers. Ali added that he was blind-folded and taken to a detention facility where he was tortured to extract confession. “As a Christian, I said I would rather die than…


BAYERO MAKES FIRST OFFICIAL TRIP OUTSIDE MINI PALACE The 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, attended the annual peace prayer for the nation organised by the Isyaku Rabiu family, on Saturday. The Holy Qur’an is usually recited up to 3000 times within the first Islamic month to pray for peace, prosperity and progress of the country. The 15th Emir witnessed the last day of the prayers for the year. The 15th Emir had moved in a procession from the Nassarawa mini palace to the Isyaku Rabiu mosque at Goron Dutse and the same back home. This is the first official outing of the embattled Emir since his return to Kano and settling at the Nassarawa mini palace.Similarly the 16th Emir, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi. has had his first official outing from the Gidan Rumfa palace to the state Government House two days ago where he met with the newly appointed second class Emirs of Gaya, Rano and Karaye.


TINUBU’S MINISTER BACKING TERRORISM IN NORTHWEST – BANDITS LEADER Bello Turji Kachalla, a notorious bandits leader operating in northwest Nigeria, has accused the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, of complicity in supporting terrorism in the country. In a recently released video, Turji alleged that the current security issues in Nigeria are backed by Matawalle, who is the immediate past governor of Zamfara state. Turji, who has led several violent attacks including a massacre of over 200 people in Zamfara State, claimed to have evidence supporting his accusations. Speaking in Hausa, Turji stated, “The issue of insecurity plaguing our country has the full backing of the immediate past Government of Zamfara State. “I have evidence to support this claim. The past government, under His Excellency Bello Mattawallen Maradun (State Minister of Defence), is well-known to everyone in the region.” Turji asserted that the former Zamfara government facilitated negotiations with bandits but also sabotaged efforts for peace. He accused several individuals from the Shinkafi, Zurmi, and Issah communities of being complicit and mentioned specific names such as Kabiru Maniya and Bashari Maniya, alleging their involvement in harbouring weapons and coordinating attacks. He further alleged that some ‘repentant’ bandits were living freely in Sokoto state while still possessing a significant number of weapons. Turji claimed that these individuals, despite their supposed cooperation with government forces, continued to facilitate attacks by advising security forces to vacate certain areas. “The government should explain this to Nigerians and stop accusing Bello Turji of killing and kidnapping people. “Those being kidnapped around Sokoto, Achida, and Goronyo—who is kidnapping them? Turji, is currently living peacefully in Shinkafi, is not responsible.“Let the government come out and take responsibility for some of the atrocities being committed and stop falsely accusing others,” he added.


HOW TINUBU, BUHARI ORDERED ME TO JOIN APC – NDUME Borno South Senator Ali Ndume has recounted how former President Muhammadu Buhari and President Bola Tinubu ordered him to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) some years ago. Mr Ndume, a member of the APC, disclosed this in a viral video posted by Channels Television on Friday. He was removed as Senate Chief Whip on Wednesday following a letter from Abdullahi Ganduje, the APC national chairman and Basiru Ajibola, the party’s national secretary. In the letter, the APC leaders referenced an interview Mr Ndume granted in which he criticised the Bola Tinubu administration and subsequently recommended that the Senate should relieve him of his position. The APC leaders also advised Mr Ndume to quit the party and join the opposition. Responding to the advice, Mr Ndume said he was a founding member of the ruling party and had been a member before Mr Ganduje joined. He explained that he and 21 other senators allied to establish the APC. The senator, a member of the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Messrs Buhari and Tinubu ordered him to sign a document inside the Imo State Lodge that he would be a member of the APC. “I am a founding member of APC. In fact, I can say I was in APC before the national chairman because I am a member of the PDP that formed the APC, and I did not do just like that; it is in consultation with my people that I joined APC. “We were the 22 senators that joined to form the APC. We were called nPDP then and if you check history and look at the list of the senators, my name is number 21 out of 22. That was because I initially did not want to join APC because of some people that are in the coalition, but I was ordered by Buhari and current president Tinubu to sign to join the APC in the Imo government lodge. “And it was Rochas Okorocha who was hosting us that was sent to summon me to Imo government lodge where Buhari came with the list and asked me to sign. Tinubu was sitting there; I was sitting there; only the three of us were called aside to sign,” he explained. Mr Ndume, however, said he would consult with his people about quitting the party before taking the final decision. “So I am not a new member. I did not join the APC just like that; it was in consultations with my people that I joined APC. I take his advice and I will get across to my people. I am here in Maiduguri as you know, because I am bereaved, and I did not issue an immediate statement because I did not want to show or overreact to what has happened” he said. I was begged to accept chief whip position In the video, Mr Ndume also said some people begged him to accept the position of the Senate Chief Whip because he successfully led the campaign that brought Godswill Akpabio as the senate president. He added that he was also allowed to choose whichever committee he preferred to be vice chairman of, and he chose the appropriation committee. “Still, the appropriation committee was given to me not because I was desperate about it; no, it was because I was begged to accept the position of Chief Whip, knowing fully that I led the campaign for the emergence of Akpabio as the senate president and I was begged to choose whichever committee I want to be the vice chairman and I choose appropriation in order to stand for my people and make sure that there is justice in whatever they…


PHILIP SHAIBU DUMPS PDP FOR APC, KNEELS FOR OSHIOMHOLE The reinstated Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The embattled Deputy Governor dumped the main opposition party at a campaign rally held on Saturday in the state. Shaibu, at the rally, declared his official return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was received into the party by the APC’s governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo and his running mate, Dennis Idahosa. The reinstated Deputy Governor also used the defection rally to reunite with his political godfather, a former Edo State Governor and APC National Chairman, Senator Adams Oshiomhole. Speaking on his defection in a post on Facebook, Shaibu said: “It is a triumphant homecoming for me, as I officially return to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party where I am accepted, valued, and welcomed with open arms. “The party holds a special place in my heart, and where I have shared countless memories. “I am grateful to be back among the people and community that have always supported me, and to reunite with my political family.” Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja had nullified Shaibu’s impeachment on charges of gross misconduct by the Edo State House of Assembly. In a recent interview on Arise TV’s Morning Show, Shaibu asserted that he is an unofficial member of the APC. Shaibu said his spirit had left the PDP, stressing that the only thing still keeping him in the party was because he was yet to dump the party officially. Giving reasons for supporting the APC governorship candidate in Edo state, he said, “In PDP now, everybody can support whoever they like. On the issue of supporting a candidate, the constitution guarantees that you can support who you like and you can belong to any political party.”Speaking further, Shaibu stated that since the political crisis in the state started, he had called his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, 101 times without the governor picking up his calls or returning them.


NO GOING BACK ON PLANNED PROTEST ON #ENDBADGOVERNANCEINNIGERIA – AREWA YOUTHS The Arewa Youth Ambassadors, a northern group, has vowed to continue with the planned protest scheduled to commence on August 1, aimed at expressing its dissatisfaction with President Bola Tinubu’s anti-people policies. The group also debunked the rumours making the rounds that it had shelved the mass action saying the information was false and misleading just as it called on Nigerians to ignore it. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Yahaya M. Abdullahi in Abuja on Saturday. The statement read “The narrative making the rounds that the Arewa Youth Ambassadors had shelved its planned protest aimed at expressing its dissatisfaction with President Tinubu’s anti-people policies is at best false and at worst misleading. “Let’s be categorical, there is no going back on our words, as the protest is scheduled for 1st August, 2024. Everywhere in the world, people make government, not the other way round. But why should the government brought about by the people in Nigeria be only for those in the corridors of its power? “If the President Tinubu-led government is for Nigerians as a whole, why on earth the false pretences? It’s so sad and pathetic that sufferings have become unspeakable and pervasive, while the power that is keeps on looking the other way. “We wish to make it clear that the protest becomes necessary considering the insecurity that spirals upward coupled with incessant food and fuel crisis, unemployment and high cost of living bedevilling our region in particular and the country in general. “Arewa Youth Ambassadors state beyond any doubt that the protest will happen on the slated date unless the government reverses its policies that have given rise to gruesome hunger and multidimensional poverty in the land. “Is Nigeria not even on the brink of revolution? Perhaps if anything has failed to strike a cord for its outbreak, President Tinubu’s starvation scheme surely will. Because Nigerians would rather be killed on the streets by the security forces being paid through their taxes than be laid to death by hunger in their homes, and maybe on or in their beds. And, you know, hunger knows no bounds.”Therefore, as a group of peaceful citizens, we are left with no option than to protest the anti-masses tendencies that President Tinubu-led government continues to introduce on daily basis.”


LABOUR PARTY DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNED PROTEST, KNOCKS PRESIDENCY The Labour Party (LP) has denied allegations that its national leader, Mr. Peter Obi, or any of its leaders, are behind the planned nationwide protest against bad governance in the country. The party described the claims as “delusional” and “the author’s figment of his imagination.” The party made the reaction in a statement released on Saturday by Obiora Ifoh, the party’s publicity secretary. The party said, “We are not known as a lawless group as was evident in the aftermath of the last general election. “It is therefore delusional for anyone to link our supporters to the planned protest. Labour Party, Peter Obi and our supporters are not planning any protests.” It however noted that peaceful protests all over the world were initiated and executed by the people and not by the opposition, adding, “No opposition has any control over protests.” The LP also pointed out that peaceful protests are initiated and executed by the people, not by the opposition. Citing examples from Kenya, Egypt, and other countries, the party noted that popular protests are a direct registration of the people’s frustration against the government. “The opposition have the right to protest, and it is within their constitutional right,” the Labour Party said, stating that “It is therefore puerile for the government or anyone for that matter to begin to look for who to blame for the bad governance that is being witnessed in Nigeria today. “Nigeria can still get it right if the right policies are initiated.“We also advise that some aides of the presidency must be cautioned to avoid incendiary pronouncements capable of combusting the nation, all in the name of playing politics,” the statement added.


THEY WANT TO SILENCE ME, PETER OBI REACTS TO PRESIDENCY’S ALLEGATION ON PLANNED PROTEST The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Mr Peter Obi, on Saturday, said that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led presidency is working assiduously to heap the blame of all the problems, real and imagined created by their insensitivity and lavish lifestyle on him in order to silence him. Obi, who was also former governor of Anambra State also said that notable challenges of the Tinubu-led administration which are a consequence of their actions and inactions like fuel subsidy fallouts, growing poverty in the land, inflation, nepotism and unresolved historical conflicts among others are being blamed on him by the same government that created the problems. These were contained in a statement by the Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR), in which he specifically noted what it described as the “wild, wicked and baseless allegations by one of the spokespersons in the Presidency, Bayo Onanuga accusing Peter Obi of being the mastermind of a planned protest in the country, adding that Obi should be held responsible for any mayhem that may occur in the protest. The POMR pointedly said that it has it on good and reliable authority that the unsubstantiated allegations by Onanuga and others against Peter Obi are being orchestrated in order to arrest Obi, limit his freedom and association and stop his propagation for good governance which the Tinubu-led government find injurious to their lavish lifestyle. The statement signed by Yunusa Tanko, spokesman of POMR, stressed that the Labour Party presidential candidate by his mien in and out of political office, has not in any way shown or been associated with violence even in the most obvious provocations. POMR also said that it is aware that multiple attack dogs have been hired and strategically deployed to ensure that Peter Obi does not enjoy the ear of the Nigerian populace who are keen on hearing his voice on issues. In the words of Tanko; “These spin doctors and hirelings, to justify their pay, indulge in all kinds of falsehood ostensibly to distract Obi and confuse Nigerians who already see Obi as suiting balm in the current turbulent political and economic environment”. The POMR noted that Peter Obi has always shown, even during the electioneering that he is issue-driven as he carries on without calling anybody’s name. It specifically said that the spin doctors and hired writers have tried to curiously link all the problems real and imagined created by the insensitivity and lavish lifestyle the Tinubu-led administration, to Obi. According to POMR; “Notable challenges of the administration which are a consequence of their actions and inactions like fuel subsidy fallouts, growing poverty in the land, inflation, nepotism and unresolved historical conflicts among others they blame all on Obi”.POMR therefore urged Nigerians to ignore the Presidency’s cheap blackmail as Obi and the Obidient family all over the country and in the diaspora remain resolute in their search for a new Nigeria that is POssible and would not be cowed or be made to lose focus.


PRESIDENCY JITTERY OVER MASSIVE PROTEST ON #ENDBADGOVERNANCEINNIGERIA, CALLS IT CIVILIAN COUP AGAINST TINUBU The Bola Tinubu Presidency has said the planned massive nationwide protests by the citizens is a “civilian coup” against the government in power. The Tinubu government accused the supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi as the brain behind upcoming “Days of Rage” nationwide protest against exacerbating hunger, economic hardship and misgovernance under the current administration. The protest, tagged #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria, which aims to address the country’s governance challenges, has been scheduled from August 1 2024. However, the presidency said that Peter Obi’s supporters were the people planning mayhem in Nigeria, insisting that Obi should be held responsible for any anarchy that might rise from the protest. In a statement by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Tinubu, stated “Don’t be fooled: the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And he should be held responsible for whatever crisis emanates from the action.” Onanuga who was also trying to play sentiments as a way of blackmailing Nigerian youths against the protest, alleged that the protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive #ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020. He said that ENDSARS began as a genuine protest by youths against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, notorious for its high-handedness. Unfortunately, as he claimed IPOB members planning to extricate the South East region from Nigeria infiltrated the protest and hijacked it for their own agenda. “Lagos still bears the scar of the malicious destruction by IPOB elements until today.” The statement Onanuga shared on his X account partly read: “Two years after ENDSARS, the IPOB and the gullible innocents joined the Labour Party in 2022 to support Peter Obi, a sympathiser of their cause. “They are the people spreading the hashtags ‘EndBadGovernance’, ‘Tinubu Must Go,’ and ‘Revolution2024’. They are not democrats but anarchists. They are attempting to call out our people via propaganda because their Messiah, Peter Obi, failed to win the Presidency in the 2023 election. As bad losers, they don’t have the patience to wait for another election in 2027; they would rather destabilise Nigeria by staging a civilian coup against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “If they understand the meaning of their hashtags, they will realise they are clarion calls for treason. Wanting to end an elected government is high treason. Wanting revolution is a call for a coup d’etat, which is also high treason. “I have been on the trail of one of the protest planners, who is nameless but claims to have an internet radio station, PTM100.88 Abuja. The anonymous person joined X in August 2022 and has 520 followers today, among whom are FS Yusuf, another rabid Obi supporter, and Professor Pat Utomi, a Labour Party chief and a guy on X who goes by the pseudonym Peter Obi’s First Son. PTM’s profile image has someone holding the inscription` Certificate Forger Not My President, ‘ with a photo of Peter Obi as an inset. Only Obi’s supporters will be talking about certificate forgery long after the Supreme Court dismissed the allegation. “In the past 24 hours, this faceless X user has been whipping up the gullible to join the protest being planned and also posting the activities of his Messiah, Peter Obi. He retweets Peter Obi often. “In one of the posts, a video shows a teenager, who is said to be in the North, printing T-shirts emblazoned with “EndBadGovernance in Nigeria 2024′. “There is also a retweeted post by Babatunde Gbadamosi, a…


EDO GOVT WANTS FG TO PROBE KILLING OF POLICEMAN, DEMANDS SHAIBU’S ARREST The Edo State Government has called on the Federal government to set up an investigative panel to unravel the cause of the shooting that claimed the life of a police officer at the Benin Airport gate on Thursday. A Police Inspector attached to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Monday Okpebholo, was on Thursday shot dead during an attack by suspected political thugs. The State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, made the call at a press briefing on Friday in Benin City. Nehikhare said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Funsho Adegboye, was a witness to what happened at the Benin Airport. According to him, Shaibu got judgment and flew into Benin with his friends and before entering Benin, he mobilised armed thugs to wait for him at the airport. “And on arrival they unleashed mayhem on the innocent people of Edo State and in the process a Police officer was killed and many others were injured. “The state Commissioner of Police had intelligence report and went to the airport to caution him not to allow his boys to assemble at the airport or anywhere in the state. He defied the advice. “We had appealed the judgement reinstating him as the deputy governor and filled stay of execution immediately we got Certified True Copy (CTC) and he was shown the restraining order from the court.” Nehikhare called on the commissioner of police to arrest Philip Shaibu, noting that as it stands today, he is no longer the deputy governor and has no immunity. “We are now calling on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police to look into the crisis. “The whole thing happened in the presence of the commissioner of police and he is one of the witnesses,” he added. Nehikhare vowed that the state government would no longer fold its arms and watch as thugs cause mayhem state. He stated that efforts are being made to ensure that the violence does not degenerate further, adding that government was resolute that election would be free and fair in the state. The commissioner, however, alleged that the opposition party wants to draw the attention of the Federal Government and create the impression of anarchy and call for state of emergency.He urged the public to remain calm..