ASUU Protest Against Casualization of Academic Staff in Jigawa

ASUU members in Jigawa protested against casualisation of academic workers on November 17, 2022.
ASUU members in Jigawa protested against casualisation of academic workers on November 17, 2022.

 

The Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State branch of the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) has vehemently kicked against the casualization of academic staff of Nigerian Universities.

The ASUU Chairman of the FUD branch, Dr. Bashir Yusuf disclosed this during the protest, noting that the action is against all conventional laws, international labor laws, and civil service rules.

Dr. Bashir Yusuf explained that academic staff are full-time workers whose nature of work is with some peculiarities that make them not 8am to 4pm civil servants.

According to him, University lecturing is an all-time job that covers class teaching, research, and community service, he said “we cannot be paid on pro-rata or even half our salaries based on a legal strike even after it was suspended.

The ASUU FUD branch, therefore, condemned and rejected the casualization of academic work and call on the federal government to pay their full salaries and allowances.

The FUD academic lecturers staged a match from the student center to the senate building of the university.

The lecturers are calling for the students and lecturers’ right to study in a conducive atmosphere of learning across Nigerian universities.

Court Nullifies APC Primary Election For Kazaure Constituency In Jigawa

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, Jigawa state has nullified the election of Muhammad Haruna Idris who was earlier declared winner of the All Progressive Congress primary election for the seat of member representing Kazaure Constituency in the Jigawa State House of Assembly.

Delivering his judgment, the presiding judge of the court, Justice Hassan Dikko said Muhammad Haruna has not fulfilled the requirement for contesting the election based on the school certificates he presented.

“Also the court has ruled that, some of the delegates were disenfranchised during the primary election and that votes belonged to another candidate Barrister Bala Hamza Gada,” the Judge declared.

“Given that, the court has nullified the election of Muhammad Haruna Idris and also declared another contestant Barrister Bala Hamza Gada as the winner of the election.”

In his reaction to the judgment, the counsel of the complainant Barrister Ibrahim Sa’ad expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the judgment and described it as a victory for rule of law and democracy.

He noted that their next line of action is to notify INEC and APC of being a party in the suit, and requested them to abide by the court ruling by including the name of Barrister Bala Hamza in the ballot paper.

Also in his remarks, Barrister Bala Hamza who is also a serving member representing the constituency said the judgment is a victory for the rule of law and called on his opponent to come and join hands for the victory of APC at all levels.

Lamido Cracking The Wall Of Unity In PDP, Wike’s Camp Fires Back

 

The Special Assistant on Media to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Kelvin Ebiri has responded to comments made by the former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, that Wike has no monopoly over the Rivers electorate and that the governor would become politically irrelevant at the end of his tenure.

Lamido’s statement on Channels flagship programme, Politics Today on Tuesday, comes amid the deepening crisis in the PDP between the Presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Wike.

In his response, Mr. Ebiri described the remarks by the former Jigawa State Governor as disgusting and disdainful.

He said while Sule Lamido has the right to his personal opinion, he lacks the right to malign Governor Wike, whose immense contributions to the sustenance of the Peoples Democratic Party is not in dispute.

Mr. Ebiri said he feels disappointed that the former Governor of Jigawa would make such an appalling comment when efforts are on to resolve the issues rocking the PDP.


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Below is the full statement by Governor Wike’s aide.

LAMIDO CRACKING THE WALL OF UNITY IN PDP

We have observed with disgust the disdainful remarks made by the former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido about Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, during his recent interview on Channels television.

While, we cannot deny that Alhaji Lamido has an inalienable right to his personal opinion, we wish to declare that he, however, lacks the right to malign governor Wike, whose immense contributions to the sustenance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not in dispute.

It is rather appalling that at a time when concerted efforts are being made by lovers of true democracy and the unity of the party, to resolve some inherent contradictions plaguing the PDP, Alhaji Lamido and his cohorts, who have since lost their relevance in the polity, are busy creating friction and schism.

Governor Wike, has never claimed to be custodian of the over 3 million votes in Rivers State. But as the leader of the PDP and good people of Rivers State, anyone who underrates the governor’s political pedigree or dares to ignore his influence in the State and beyond, will be doing so at his own peril.

We wish to remind Alhaji Lamido that governor Wike has never left anyone in doubt about his capacity to sway the voters in Rivers State in a direction that benefits the people and the State, in the overall. When he speaks, Rivers people will listen, no doubt.

Perhaps, Alhaji Lamido thinks Nigerians are suffering from selective amnesia to have forgotten in a hurry, the ignoble role he and his cohorts played between 2014 and 2015, that culminated in the defeat of the PDP in 2015 general election.

We hope that he is not up in such scheme again to cause a repeat of that history. Otherwise, if Alhaji Lamido has any modicum of conscience, he won’t be making disparaging comments about governor Wike, whom many have described as the pillar of the PDP since 2015.

We wish to state without equivocation that no well meaning member of the PDP will describe governor Wike as ‘insignificant’ in the affairs of the PDP. With all modesty, only persons plagued by schizophrenia psychosis, will ascribe any form of relevance to Alhaji Lamido, under whose leadership the PDP has woefully lost two governorship elections in Jigawa State in quick succession.

Under Lamido’s watch, as a governor of Jigawa State in 2015, the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, scored a total 648,045 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Malam Aminu Ringim, who scored a total 479, 447 votes. Worst still, in 2019, governor Abubakar polled 810,933, while the PDP candidate scored 288,356.

Such records depict that Alhaji Lamido cannot and does not have such political following that will benefit the PDP. Those who want electoral victory for the PDP are not dampening the morale required for political offensive at APC, but Alhaji Lamido is cracking the wall of unity badly.

Let it be told that in 2015, governor Wike, as an opposition candidate in Rivers State polled 1,029,102 votes to defeat the then ruling APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who managed to garner a paltry 124,896 votes. And in 2019, the governor also won by landslide. This are marks of political sagacity and determination to keep PDP at a leading pedestal.

So, as the 2023 general elections beckons, we wish to advise Alhaji Lamido to redeem his battered political image by delivering Jigawa State to the PDP, if he can.

 

Jigawa Governor, Mohammed Badaru Purchases APC Presidential Form

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(File Photo) Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

The Governor of Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru has purchased the presidential expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The party had announced that presidential hopefuls are expected to pay N100 million while those vying for governorship positions will pay N50 million.

Jigawa Govt Sues Ex-Attorney General Over Alleged N7.7m Fraud

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

The Jigawa State Government has sued the state’s immediate past Attorney General, Sani Garun-Gabbas over alleged N7.7million fraud.

The state government claimed in a suit filed before the High Court of Jigawa State by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Musa Adamu Aliyu, and obtained by Channels Television, that Garun-Gabbas collected N7.7 million during his tenure as attorney-general for the purpose of appealing a case to the Supreme Court, but that he failed to do so.

The writ of summons, dated November 5, 2021, asked the court to require Garun-Gabbas to reimburse the money because “no proof” that he worked on the matter for which the money was paid.

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Between 2015 to 2019, Garun-Gabbas served as the state’s Commissioner of Justice during Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar’s first term.

In February 2015, the state government brought Idris Iliyasu Danlawan, a former local government chairman in the state, and one of his friends before a State High Court for allegedly orchestrating the murder of a man who booed at their campaign train.

The State’s High Court discharged and acquitted Danlawan while the government was unsuccessful in its appeal to the Court of Appeal.

But in an April 2018 memo Garun-Gabbas, then as Attorney-General of the state, wrote Governor Abubakar seeking funds to enable him to appeal the case at the Supreme Court, arguing that the two lower courts erred in their judgements.

His prayer for N7.7 million for the purpose was approved by the governor and paid to the ministry on May 4, 2018.

However, the government said in the lawsuit that Garun-Gabbas took the money in cash and failed to pursue the matter as promised.

The Attorney General, therefore, approached the court and asked the court to order Garun-Gabas to return the funds to the ministry because they were allegedly not used for the intended purpose.

Garun-Gabbas was ordered to appear in court personally or through a legal representative within 30 days of receiving the summons, according to the writ.

21 Killed As Bridge Collapses In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Twenty-one persons have been killed and one injured after a bridge on the Gwaram/Basirka road in Jigawa State collapsed.

The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi, who visited the scene confirmed the incident to journalists on Sunday.

According to him, identification of the victims has started.

He explained that the corpses whose identities cannot be ascertained will be moved to a mortuary in Dutse the state capital.

More to follow…

Police Arrest 60-Year-Old Man For Defiling Six-Year-Old Girl

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in northwest Nigeria.

 

The police in Jigawa State have arrested Ibrahim Haruna who is suspected to have raped a six-year-old in Gawuna Quarters within the Hadejia Local Government Area of the State.

The police public relations officer in the state ASP Lawal Shiisu confirmed the arrest to Channels Television in a statement late on Tuesday.

According to the communique, the arrest was made after the mother of the six-year-old reported the incident to the police division in Hadejia.

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“One Ibrahim Haruna aged 60-year-old of Gawuna Quarters lured a 6-year-old also of the same address into his shop and had carnal knowledge of her.” the statement said.

“The suspect was arrested, the victim was rushed to sexual assault referral center Dutse for medical examination, the case is under investigation at the State CID in Dutse,” it added.

Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa has approved a law that proposes the death sentence for rapists and kidnappers. However, cases of rape in the state have continued to rise with the police recording 35 cases in four months since the time the law was approved.

Jigawa Govt Signs Bill Approving Death Penalty For Rapists, Kidnappers

File photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

Jigawa State Governor Badaru Abubakar has approved the bill which prescribed the death penalty for rapists and kidnappers.

The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill was signed on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in the presence of representatives of CSOs, religious and traditional leaders in the state.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Musa Adamu said, the ascended law will provide more protection to the vulnerable particularly those below the age of 17.

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He explained that the law seeks to proscribe certain conducts which are injurious to the society and was drafted from section 36 of the 1999 constitution as amended that interpreted the concepts, offenses, and punishment of four to five sentences.

According to him, the law also seeks protection and compensation to victims without contradicting Shari’a law as the majority of Jigawa people are Muslim.

“The four sentences are death sentences to whoever is HIV positive and committed rape or life imprisonment to whoever doesn’t have HIV, as the law gives a Judge the discretion to sentence perpetrators that are HIV negative to death or life imprisonment,” Adamu said.

He explained that the law also prescribed the death penalty for kidnappers and life imprisonment to whoever uses chemicals to harm another person.

10 Killed In Car Crash Along Jigawa-Kano Road

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Ten persons who were involved in motor accident along between Jigawa and Kano State have been confirmed dead.

The young men were said to have been on theor way from Gagarawa Local Government in Jigawa State to Kano State for the Nigerian Navy recruitment when the accident occurred along Ringim.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri who confirmed their death to Channels Television, said two others were injured and are receiving treatment at the Ringim General Hospital.

According to Jinjiri, the accident involved a trailer and a Volkswagen golf three which was carrying 12 passengers.

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“There occurred a fatal motor accident along Hadejia/Kano Road in Ringim Local Government which involved a commercial golf three wagon with REG. NO AA 320 TAR JGW Conveying 12 passengers driven by one Auwalu Muhammad.” Sp Jinjiri said.

He added “the said number of occupants x on reaching Iabdullahii Masallachi area mine x he rammed into stationed daf truck x parked by one Aminu Hassan m’ age 25yrs of malam Madori LGA x after developing a mechanical fault x with registration number DUT201 x Jigawa State.

“As a result, 10 persons including the driver lost their lives while two are responding to treatment x corpses released to relatives”.

Police Arrest Pregnant Woman Caught With Fake Currency In Jigawa

 

The Police in Jigawa State have arrested a pregnant woman who was said to be in possession of 100 pieces of fake N1,000 notes and 76 pieces of fake N500 notes in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed this to Channels Television said the woman was arrested after buying a body lotion of N300 from market.

According to him, the woman named Ruqayya Rabi’u who is 40-years-old is from Bichi Local Government area of Kano State.

“After the recovery of the fake notes, she confessed that the money was given to her by one Ladidi in Bichi LGA whose address is not known to her. And the said Ladidi asked her to go to B/kudu and buy grains with the money so that they will share the dividends,” Jinjiri said.

“The arrested woman further confessed that she was fully aware that the money was fake, however, she needs money as her husband has abandoned her with three children for the past six months and left to unknown destination,” he added.

The PPRO says the case is now being investigated and efforts are being intensified to arrest the remaining suspect.

APC Governors To Meet With President Buhari Over Fuel Hike, Electricity Tariffs

Report Any Station Selling Petrol Above N145, NNPC Tells Nigerians

 

The All progressives Governors Forum are set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to plead with him over the increase in fuel price as well as electricity tariff.

The Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Dutse, the state Capital.

Fielding questions from our reporters, the governor said he would not say anything with regards to the increase until the outcome of the meeting.


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“We have concluded plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss on the possible review of the price of fuel and that of electricity. But I’ll reserve my comments to the outcome of the meeting,” Governor Abubakar said.

The Federal Government has increased the pump price of petrol to N151.56 although most filling stations are currently selling at N160 and above.

This has caused uproar in Jigawa and other parts of the country.

Earlier in the day, students and civil society groups embarked on a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), condemned the recent increases, stating that it is not in the best interest of Nigerians.

Armed with placards carrying various inscriptions expressing their frustration at the increment, the protesters urged the Federal Government to revert the policies in the best interest of the country.

The protesters marched through Bodija and environs and ended the procession at the Federal Secretariat, where they addressed the press on the reason behind their agitation.

“We say no to fuel hike, we say no to increment in electricity tariff and other increments that affect Nigerian students and the masses.

“We have over 200 polytechnic campuses in Nigeria that are at home and angry that schools are closed,” a representative of polytechnic students, Olalere Opatunji, told Channels Television.

Buhari Assures Jigawa Flood Victims Of Federal Support

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assured families impacted by flooding in several communities in Jigawa state of timely support from the Federal Government.

In a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the President directed the National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant government agencies to “urgently assess the situation in the affected areas with a view to providing the needed humanitarian supplies.”

The President also commended the prompt response of the Jigawa State government to the disaster.

“The President would continue to follow very closely reports of flood situation across the country, and ensure that relevant Federal agencies are well prepared to respond to such disasters and mitigate associated risks,” Shehu’s statement said.

Channels Television reported on Wednesday that the death toll from the flood has risen to 18.

A flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

“We now have a total of 18 people that died as a result of the heavy downpour. Many homes are no longer habitable and also farmlands are destroyed,” the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said at the time.

“As a matter of urgency, we are providing the victims with food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.

“In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”

The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.