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Zaria crisis: security rescues 250 Shi’ites members from rubbles of demolished headquarter


Zaria crisis: security rescues 250 Shi’ites members from rubbles of demolished headquarter
By; Sani Aliyu, Zaria & Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir, Kaduna.
Security agents comprising of the combine team of the Army and the Police have rescued about 250 members, mostly women and children, of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria known as Shi’ite from the rubbles of their demolished headquarters known as Hussainiya following their clash with the security details of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai last week Saturday along Sokoto road, Sabong Gari, Zaria.
They were said to have taken cover under the rubbles in various hide outs such as water tanks, cesspits, covered culverts among others going for days without food or drink.
They were rescued in batches by the Soldiers and handed over to Police before being released to go home.
Our correspondent reports that on Tuesday 174 members were rescued, on Wednesday 74 and on Thursday 4 and all were discharged after given food and water at the Zaria Area Command of the Nigerian Police.
As they arrive the Police Station, desperately pleaded for food and water as most of them looked emaciated and haggard owing to long period of hunger and hiding in an uncomfortable position
Meanwhile normalcy has fully returned to the affected areas following the clash between soldiers and members of the Movement which led to loss of scores of lives.
Throughout the Friday congregational prayers, no single report of protest by the Shi’ite group as rumoured was planned by the sect took place before, during and after the prayers.
But in Kaduna metropolis, most shops especially belonging Igbo traders were under lock and keyed theoughout friday. Many residents attributed it to the rumoured procession and protest by the Shi’ite members.
Also, there was ease in tarffic flow across the metropolis which points to the fact that most people stayed indoor due to the same reason as against the traffic gridlock often witnessed on fridays within the metropolis and especially within the city centre.
Security agents were however on the alert as they were seen in nooks and crannies of the city and in vehicles patrolling.
Our Correspondent in Zaria reports that business activities around PZ and Kongo areas have returned to full blaze and people were going about their normal activities without any let or hindrance.
At the time of filing this report, there was also calm at the Gyellesu resident area of Shiekh Ibrahim Yaqub El Zazzaky, the spiritual leader of the sect and PZ area, the location of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria Headquarters (HUSSAINIYYA) near Polo Club.
Meanwhile, Samaru road from PZ to MTD Junction is still under seal by the Army.

Previous article‘Malnutrition Worst in Northern Nigeria’ UNICEF By: Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that malnutrition accounts for over 50 per cent of under-five mortality of children and women in Nigeria but more prevalent in the Northern part of the country. Dr. Florence Oni, a UNICEF Nutrition Specialist made this disclosure while presenting a paper titled “Nutrition Situation in Northern Nigeria with Emphasis on Kaduna State” at a one day interactive meeting with Media Chief Executives on Nutrition co-hosted by Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC) and ‎UNICEF. Represented by Susan Adeyemi, she said the North-west has 53% malnutrition prevalence according to 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). ‎She further revealed that millions of children die from preventable causes and that every minute eight children under five years die and two out of the eight are newborn. She explained that malnutrition leads to stunting in child’s growth and that a stunted child has stunted mental capacity and such child will operate at sub-optimal level-less Intelligence Quotient (IQ). “A severely wasted child is ten times more likely to die than a well nourished child. It requires a drastic intervention and contributes to the high mortality rates. ‎”A child from the poorest economic quintile is four times more likely to be malnourished compared to the children of the richest households. So there is need for multi-sectoral approach to address malnutrition with equity. “Poor maternal and infant feeding practices lead to energy and protein deficiencies. Micronutrient deficiencies: Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), Iron Deficiency ‎Anemia (IDA), Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) and Zinc Deficiency are some of the nutritional problems” according to her presentation. She however advocated for optimal breastfeeding ‎as part of solution to malnutrition, saying “optimal breastfeeding could save about 800,000 under five child lives every year and broad coverage of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding could prevent about 220,000 deaths among children under-five of age. ‎”Reduction of malnutrition could decrease child mortality in Nigeria by 50% and the burden of pediatric diseases by 20%. Reducing malnutrition has more impact than any other intervention. We need to focus on high-impact actions. “Community management of acute and integrated nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions. Agriculture and food security, social safety nets, early child development. “Maternal mental health, women empowerment ‎including income generating activities, child protection, classroom education, water and sanitation, health and family planning” are some of her recommendations for a way forward.
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