We Have Restored Peace In Southern Kaduna – Security Chiefs

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• Kaduna Govt Takes Over Prosecution Of Vanguard Reporter
BY AMOS TAUNA (KADUNA)
Two weeks after their relocation to the area, security chiefs have said that peace has been restored to the troubled areas of Southern Kaduna. Briefing newsmen shortly after the Kaduna State Security Council Meeting, Kaduna Police Commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abeh, Garrison Commander, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Samaila Isha and Nigerian Air Force Base Commander, Air Commodore Idi Amin, said they have restored peace to Kafanchan and environs.
General Isah disclosed that as part of efforts to sustain the peace, the Nigerian Army is going to embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama II’ in the area.
According to the police Commissioner, “Prior to our relocation to the place, you are already aware that the commanders were directed to move to Kafanchan to ensure that peace returns to the area. And today, we are happy to tell you that we have been able to restore peace to Kafanchan and environs.
“We are going to sustain this effort and we are appealing to members of the community too to assist us in achieving this objective. However, in recent time, we have been confronted with other problems regarding the crisis in Southern Kaduna. Like I earlier said in the previous briefing that some people are actually fueling this crises.
“In recent time, we have made arrest of people who write letters that are intended to incite people against one another, to say that, it has been written that an attack will be carried out in communities.
“We investigated some of these letters and we made arrest of persons, which in due course will be paraded before you, so that you will see that some of these inciting speeches and letters are actually not done by the perpetrators of the acts. We have come to know that and we assure that, we are going to continue to bring about law and order in that part of the state, with the efforts of the communities.
“As long as they want peace to reign, they must contribute their quota to try as much as possible to speak to the youths who are the principal actors in this violence. Because the only way to peace is for the people themselves to be prepared to embrace peace, accommodate themselves and live together,” he explained.
In his own remarks, Commander 1 Div Garrison, Brigadier General Samaila Isah, disclosed that, as part of the efforts in sustaining peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army is going to embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama’ in the area.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Tuesday formally took over the prosecution of the State Correspondent of Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Luka Binniyat, from the Nigeria Police Force.
This development took place at the Kaduna Chief Magistrate Court 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, presided over by Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Yusuf.
The case which was adjourned from 21st February, 2017 to Tuesday, 7th March, 2017 was being handled by a police prosecuting lawyer, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, S. O. Suleiman.
The case was between Kaduna State Police Commissioner Versus Luka Binniyat.
The case which came up for hearing, but in a surprise move, the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Barrister Bayero Dari, appeared in court, saying, “I am here to take over the case as the prosecutor.
“With this, the police have handed over the case. I shall need more time to study the investigation carried by the police since they have finished investigation.”
Counsel to Binniyat, Barrister Samson Bemu, when asked by the bench if he had any objection, said he had no problem with that.
The case was then adjourned to the April 6th 2017.
The charge before Binniyat reads: “On the 22nd day of January, 2017 report at the disposal of the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State reveal that, you Luka Binniyat ‘m’ of No. 7 Peter street Ungwar Boro Kaduna State, a journalist, made a circulatory publication on newspapers and social media containing a falsehood statements capable of breaching the public peace.
“Whereby you stated that five (5) students of College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kafanchan, were ambushed and shot dead by herdsmen somewhere close to Gidan Waya, amongst other injurious statements, which you know and believed very well that it was not true.
“An intrigue to cause feud among the peoples living within Kaduna State thereby committed an offense punishable under section 393 and 113 of the penal code law of Kaduna State 1991.”
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Yusuf had, on the 6th of February granted Mr. Binniyat bail to the tune of N200,000 and two surety in like sum.
Mr. Luka Binniyat was unable to meet up the bail condition, had to spend a night in Kaduna prison until his bail was met.
Mr. Audu Maikori, Chairman, Chief-Executive, Chocolate City, who was the source of the story to Binniyat had tendered a public apology on the 3rd of February saying he regretted misleading Vanguard and the general public.
According to Audu, his driver, Samson Joseph, had told him the story passionately, claiming his kid brother was a victim. It turned to be a hoax.
The driver had invented the story to seek for financial assistance from Audu in the guise of organizing a funeral for his brother, Audu had claimed in widely broadcast apology and in the social media.
Binniyat is among three of Journalists and two other social critics dragged to court by the government of Malam Nasir el-Rufai largely over alleged “inciting” publications and comments.

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