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Controversy Arises as El-Rufai Proscribes Southern Kaduna Group without Due Process

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In a startling turn of events, the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) in Southern Kaduna has found itself at odds with the former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, over the questionable proscription of their organization. This contentious move, which took place less than 24 hours before El-Rufai’s departure from office, has sparked a legal dispute as the ACDA argues that the proscription was conducted without following due process. The association, situated in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area, vehemently opposes the former governor’s actions, deeming them both illegal and oppressive.

The former governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, released a statement defending the proscription order, alleging that the ACDA had become a disruptive force that threatened the peace, harmony, and good governance of Kaduna State. However, the ACDA has strongly refuted these claims, asserting that they have never engaged in unlawful activities or received any notices of complaint from the former state government or any other quarters. To the ACDA, El-Rufai’s actions appear to be driven by a hostile and vindictive stance towards the Atyap ethnic nationality throughout his tenure as governor.

Mr. Samuel Achie, the National President of ACDA, expressed deep surprise and disappointment upon learning of the purported proscription through a press release issued by El-Rufai’s erstwhile press secretary, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye. He emphasized that the ACDA remains committed to upholding the law and protecting the rights of its members. Despite facing provocation and attacks, the association has consistently maintained its commitment to peace and has not engaged in any unlawful activities.

Labeling the proscription as not only illegal but also immoral and oppressive, the ACDA vows to take all lawful and legal measures to safeguard its rights. In the face of this controversy, ACDA members are urged to remain calm and law-abiding, standing firm in their resolve to protect their land and people from any unjust encroachment.

The fallout from El-Rufai’s last-minute proscription of the ACDA raises concerns about due process and the implications it holds for community development associations in Kaduna State. As the legal battle ensues, many will be closely watching the outcome, hoping for a resolution that upholds justice, protects the rights of citizens, and promotes harmonious coexistence in Southern Kaduna.

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