El-Rufa & i raises panel on Zangon-Kataf crisis

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufa & # 39; i has decided to find a permanent solution to the perennial crises that continue to erupt in the area of ​​the local government of Zangon Kataf.

The State Executive Council created a committee to develop a White Paper on the recommendations given on the subject.

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In a statement by his special media and communications advisor, Muyiwa Adekeye, the governor said the government had created a committee to draft a White Paper on the two reports by the Justice Commission of Inquiry Rahila Cudjoe on the Zangon-Kataf riots in February and May 1992.

The statement further said that the White Paper writing committee "will also consider the 1995 report by the Zangon-Kataf Reconciliation Committee, chaired by Air Marshall Vice President Usman Muazu".

The statement recalls that "violent clashes broke out in the Zangon-Kataf LGA on June 11, 2020, between two communities that were allegedly disputing the ownership of agricultural land whose place in the conflict is mentioned in the 1992 and 1995 reports".

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The special adviser said that the recommendations of the Cudjoe Justice Commission of Inquiry and the reports of Air Force Vice President Marshall Mu & # 39; azu have received no comprehensive response or attention.

He said: "No document has been prepared or adopted by the Dabo Lere government that established the Cudjoe Justice Commission and the government of Colonel Lawal Jafar Isa who appointed the AVM Muazu Reconciliation Committee."

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The statement recalled that the February 1992 riots in the Zangon-Kataf council led to 95 deaths and injuries to 233 people.

He said: "In the May 1992 riots, the death toll increased, with 1,528 people killed in Zangon-Kataf and 305 others in Zaria, Ikara and other parts of the state where the riots spread."

According to the statement, the administration of the former head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida, arrested and prosecuted some people.

He said: “But the elected government of Kaduna State, led by Alhaji Dabo Lere, has not produced a White Paper to define its official position on the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

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“On November 30, 1994, Kaduna State military administrator, Colonel Lawal Jafar Isa, appointed the Reconciliation and Search for Peace Committee in the Zangon-Kataf community, under the chairmanship of AVM Usman Muazu, himself a former governor of the state, with equal representation from the Atyap and Hausa communities. "

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In the eight-member committee, there are permanent secretaries Adamu Mansur (Ministry of Human Services); Chris Umar (Ministry of Justice); Abdullahi Sani (Ministry of Homeland Security and Home Affairs); Habiba Shekarau (Ministry of Housing and Urban Development); Ibrahim Jere (Public Service Office); Phoebe Yayi (Ministry of Education); Aisha K. Mohammed (Civil Service Commission) and Senior Special Assistant to the Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) Bulus Audu.

The committee has six weeks to present its report.

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