FG Vows To Keep Borders Shut Till Neighbouring Countries Comply

Border closure at Maigatari border town which connects Nigeria and Niger republic. PHOTO: Channels TV

 

Nigeria borders will remain closed until neighbouring countries respect Nigeria’s policy on food ban and other contraband importation.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali, during a visit to Maigatari border in Jigawa State.

Maigatari border town connects Nigeria and Niger republic.

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Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali

 

Ali while addressing custom personnel and community leaders at the border town lamented that criminals are coming in through Nigeria’s porous borders to perpetrate crimes freely.

“Most of the criminals are not citizens of Nigeria. They come in at will and go out at will because our borders are so porous. They come and create havoc and they disappear.

“This is why the President directed that we should go on and embark on this drill to ensure that we put into place a proper procedure for in and outflow of people.

“We must also get our neighbours to agree with us on the protocols of transit routes,” Ali said.

According to him, Nigeria has enough food and is willing to go to all extent to ensure its borders are no longer porous.

The Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, said the Federal Government’s directive was important to ensure that people do not enter into Nigeria or leave Nigeria through illegal means.

“A border is a place where there are immigration and customs.

If you want to enter into Nigeria, there is a border. The rule is that you pass through the border. If you are going pass through the border, carry your documents with you,” he said.

The Comptroller Customs also explained in an interview with journalists that the border closure has yielded positive results and will remain closed till neigbouring countries cooperate with the Nigerian government.

Nigeria has shut its borders with neighbouring countries including, Benin Republic and Niger for about a month.

Seme border, which borders Lagos with Benin Republic and through which a large volume of imported materials, legal and illegal, arrive Nigeria.

Then border closure according to President Buhari is curb smuggling and importation of food items that have been banned.

Lagos Intercepts Truck Carrying Motorcycles, 123 Persons

 

Security operatives in Lagos, have intercepted a truck carrying 123 persons and 48 motorbikes from Jigawa State.

According to a statement by the government, the truck was seized following a tip-off by members of the public who raised concerns over the way the occupants of the truck were seen to have been conducting themselves.

They were said to be heading to Alaba in Ojo Local Government Area of the state, after which the truck would return to the North to bring in another set.

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The suspects have been detained at the office of the Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce, where investigations would take place.

One of the detained passengers, Shuaibu Haruna, claimed that he had left Jigawa State with his motorcycle to work in Lagos to enable him to cater for his family.

Hundreds Of Families Displaced After Flood Hits Jigawa

 

Hundreds of families have been displaced in Jigawa State after a flood hit several homes in four local government areas of the state.

The flooding which affected Miga, Guri, Hadejia and Kaugama LGAs, followed a downpour on Thursday which caused the Hadejiya Jam’are River to overflow.

Many families who were, thereafter, forced out of their homes, are now taking refuge in schools.

“The water has destroyed all my belongings including our food items, now we have nowhere to stay except this school. I had to carry two of my children on my head and walked for over an hour in the water before we could get out.” a resident of Guri Local Government, Malam Salihu Inuwa, told Channels Television.

 

Another victim, Larai Tanimu who is also taking refuge in a school has called on the government to intervene.

“We have left everything at home, because I can only carry my children. And now I don’t have anything to give them they are crying. Please help us.”

The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi who visited the area on Friday said the government is doing its best to bring emergency assistance to the victims.

Meanwhile, pumping machines have been deployed to drain the water and trucks are seen creating sand walls to prevent future disasters.

Jigawa Lawmakers Disagree Over Deduction Of N5m To Fight Hunger

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Lawmakers in Jigawa State have disagreed over the deduction of five million naira from their Constituency Project Fund to support children suffering from malnutrition.

The lawmakers entered into a heated debate on Friday when the Executive Secretary of the Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Kabir Ibrahim, was presenting a communique at the end of a two-day workshop organized by UNICEF, with the theme: The Role of Lawmakers in the Implementation of Jigawa State Nutrition Agenda.

The lawmaker representing Kanya Constituency, Mr Usman Haladu, first kicked against the idea when it was read by the Executive Secretary, saying that more deliberations are needed in order for the matter to be concluded.

Another lawmaker, Mr Abubakar Muhammad, representing Hadejia Constituency also argued that there are some modalities to be considered before it can be presented in the communique.

At the end of day, the statement was highlighted in yellow, to show that the issue would later be finalised.

Jigawa is one of the states in the country with the highest cases of children suffering from malnutrition with 54 per cent of the children in the state reported to be having stunted growth.

Drug Abuse: NDLEA Arrests 186 Suspects In Jigawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Jigawa State has arrested 186 suspects and seized 61.24kilograms of various narcotics and psychotropic substances in the state.

The State Commander of the Agency, Barrrister Josephine Ruth, disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference in the state capital to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse.

According to her, the suspects were accused of abusing drugs such as codeine, cannabis, and other nonconventional substances and the agency has already prosecuted and convicted 22 persons, while 108 persons are undergoing counselling.

Speaking further, she explained that while the agency has faced several challenges in the discharge of its duties such as a shortage of manpower, it continues to partner with sister-agencies to achieve its goals.

“We usually seek assistance from the police when we want to go out for raids in order to complement our strength because we usually face resistance from the suspect because of our number,” Josephine said.

She, however, thanked the state government for its support particularly for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre in the state.

Suspected Bandits Abandon Families As Police Raid Hideout In Jigawa Community

 

The Jigawa State Police Command has placed in its custody four wives and six children of some suspected bandits that specializes in kidnapping and arm robbery.

The commissioner of Police, CP Bala Zama confirmed the development in a press briefing at the police headquarters in Dutse, the state capital of Jigawa.

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According to him, the police, on a tip-off, raided the bandits hideout and nabbed an informant.

The armed men numbering about eight of them with Guns, sticks, machetes, attacked the house of one Yahaya Haruna of Majiya, a village in Kaura LGA. The bandits tied up the victim, robbed him of money totaling about N800, 000 and took him away with them, they released him on May 20, 2019.

We continued to follow up this case, we received a lead of where these perpetrators were and we raided the place and made some arrest. During the arrest in Tukuntu village, we arrested Halisu, while his eight associates took to their heels and escaped.

During that raid, they ran away and left their families, they left four wives and some children who are here with us on protective custody, we cannot just abandon them, and we are taking care of them and providing their needs, he added.

The CP also stated that the team recovered arms and ammunition from the hideout of the suspected bandits.

But a search was conducted in their camp, we found an AK-47 rifles with 68 rounds of live ammunition, one empty magazine, two pump action guns with 96 rounds of live cartridges, two locally made revolver pistols, one locally made muscle-loading berretta pistols, one locally made single barrel gun, a toy gun, five machetes, six gsm handsets, and others.

Meanwhile, the police also paraded other criminals that specialize in burglary and fraud.

The fraudsters were caught in possession of fake foreign currency worth $80,080, while the burglars were caught in possession of rappers and other materials.

APC Wins All House Of Assembly Seats In Jigawa

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all House of Assembly seats in the 30 constituencies of Jigawa State.

The results were announced on Sunday morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

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Below are the details:

 

1. Gagarawa LGA
Ibrahim Husaini Kadeta of APC – 15,405.

Mutari Ibrahim Gonga PDP – 8,368.

2. Buji LGA

Sale Baba A of APC – 21,297.

Isa Bello Gwadayi of PDP – 9,312.

3. Guri LGA

Suleiman Musa Kadira of APC – 20,851.

Muhammad Umar of PDP – 7,346.

4. Gwiwa LGA

Aminu Zakari of APC – 20,207.

Isah Alasan Korayal of PDP – 7,674.

5. Kanya constituency, Babura LGA.

Usman H Isah of APC – 17,321.

Mansur Danladi of PDP 4,375.

6. Kazaure LGA

Bala Hamza Gada of APC – 21,505

Zakari Tura A of PDP – 3,105

7.Kiri kasamma LGA

Aliyu Ahmad Aliyu of APC – 26,109

Abdu Muhammad of PDP – 9,223.

8. Gumel LGA

Sani Isiyaku of APC – 15,709

Aliyu Muhd of PDP – 4,907

9. Auyo LGA

Ishaq Sani of APC – 27,487

Haruna Bako Uzza of PDP – 7,766

10.Bulangu constituency, KHS LGA.

Yusif Ahmed Soja Bulangu of APC – 14,886.

Muhd Abdullahi Bulangu of PDP – 7,327.

11. Taura LGA

Dayyabu Shehu APC – 32,216.

Lawan Idi Kwalam of PDP – 11,528.

12. Hadejia LGA

Abubakar Sadiq Muhd of APC – 25,383.

Suleiman Dawaki of PDP – 6,030.

13. Kaugama LGA

Sani Sale of APC – 23,481.

Ibrahim Muhd Abega of PDP – 7,809.

14. Mallam Madori LGA.

Kais Abdullah of APC – 27,400.

Muhd Nagaru of PDP – 7,432.

15. Dutse LGA

Musa Sule Dutse of APC – 43,176.

Shehu Umar Chamo of PDP – 14,483.

16. Ringin LGA

Aminu Sule Sankara of APC – 41,458.

Murtala Abubakar Muhd of PDP – 27,864.

17. Gwaram Constituency

Isah Idris of APC – 31,713.

Abubakar Sani of PDP – 7,343.

18. Fagam constituency, Gwaram LGA.

Shuaibu Inuwa of APC – 26,312.

Hannafi Yakubu of PDP – 4,911.

19. Babura constituency

kabiru Isah of APC – 26,043.

Isah Ubale of PDP – 4,610.

20. Sule Tankarkar

Abubakar Muhd Said of APC – 31,991.

Muhd Mujitafa of PDP – 12,319.

21. Roni LGA

Hassan Usman Alto Roni of APC – 19,344.

Babangida Muhd of PDP – 4,904.

22. Maigatari LGA

Habu Muhd of APC – 25,872.

Sunusi Wada Salisu of PDP – 12,483.

23. Kafin Hausa LGA.

Adamu Baban Bare of APC – 22,591.

Yahaya Yusif of PDP – 7,324.

24. Birniwa LGA

Husaini Sheriff Kirya APC – 24,993
Ali Idris Diginsa of PDP – 12,227

25. Jahun LGA

Idris Garba Kareka of APC – 41,872
Idris Ilyasu Danlawan of PDP – 15,938

26. Yankwashi LGA

Abdulrahaman Alkassim of APC – 11,616.
Musa Abdullahi Karkarna of PDP – 5,487.

27. Garki LGA

Muhammad Lawan Garba APC – 33,523.
Wada Usman Garki PDP scored 15,747.

28. Kiyawa LGA

Yahaya Mohammad of APC – 36,216.

Ado Ibris Andaza of PDP – 12,749.

29. Birnin Kudu LGA

Muhammad Surajo of APC – 28,182.

Abdullahi Yunusa of PDP – 22,568.

30. Balungu LGA

Yusif Ahmed Bulangu of APC – 14,886

Muhd Abdullahi Bulangu of PDP – 7,327.

PDP Rally: Police Fire Tear Gas At Supporters In Jigawa

Police disrupt PDP rally in Gumel LGA of Jigawa State on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

 

The Police in Jigawa State have disrupted the flag off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s rally in Gumel Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to have fired tear gas at the party’s supporters to prevent the rally from holding.

The Deputy Chairman of the Party, Babandi Ibrahim, confirmed this to journalists on Wednesday.

Police disrupt PDP rally in Gumel LGA of Jigawa State on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

 

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According to him, the Police barricaded the area, preventing them from carrying out their activities, despite the party acquiring permission from them as well the Department of State Services (DSS).

“We wrote the Jigawa State Police command that we were going to have the zonal rally today in Gumel, they gave us their consent that they are aware and just this morning, the State Commissioner of Police called the Chairman of our campaign committee telling him that there is a likelihood that hoodlums will infiltrate our gathering, which is not normal,” Ibrahim said.

“I am from this town, I have been in the PDP for the last 20 years and we always hold political gatherings on Wednesdays (market days), I don’t think that the Commissioner of Police who just came to Jigawa yesterday will be telling us what to do in Gumel.”

The state Commissioner of Police Bala Zama Sench, however, told Channels Television that the party did not state the exact location where it had planned to hold the rally.

According to the CP, holding the rally close to a market could disrupt traffic and movement of people, hence the need to ensure that another more convenient location was chosen.

He said, “You will realize that in their letter, they have not said this is the location where the rally will take place in Gumel, they did not indicate until late at night.

“I called the area commander and we were discussing about the strategy to ensure that they hold a peaceful flag off of their campaign in Gumel, so he now told me that the location where they are going to hold the rally is just by the market and that there is no way they can hold such a rally without disrupting traffic and movement of people and there would be a likelihood that there will be breach of peace and I said yes, I believe that the organisers are supposed to know that you cant have a campaign just by the market.

“You have to look for a place that is convenient for everybody.”

 

Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Suspected Drug Dealer

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Gumel Local Government Area of Jigawa State for allegedly dealing in hard drugs.

The suspect was arrested and paraded on Saturday by the Jigawa State Police Command headquarters in Dutse, Jigawa State capital.

The Public Relation Officer of the Command, Audu Jinjiri, during the parade of the suspect said the arrest is another milestone in the command.

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According to him, the suspect was arrested in possession of four blocks of Indian hemp, small wraps of Indian hemp, cannabis, bottles of benelyn and a liquid substance named ‘suck and die.’

The spokesperson said the suspect is being investigated and will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) upon completion of the investigation.

“We are currently investigating. As soon as we are done, we are going to hand him over to NDLEA,” he said.

The suspect who spoke in local Hausa dialect said, he regrets his action and begged for pardon.

“I have made a mistake in engaging in this business. I used to be a tailor. If I am pardoned, I’ll not go back to selling drugs,” he said.

Police Parades 49 Suspected Hoodlums In Jigawa

 

The Jigawa State Police Command has arrested and paraded 49 suspected hoodlums, in possession of dangerous weapons and local charms, with the aim to disrupt party primaries in the state.

The Police Public Relation Officer, SP Audu Jinjiri, said this on Saturday while addressing journalists at the force headquarters in the state.

According to him, the suspects were specifically arrested for offences such as ballot snatching and impersonation.

He said the cases are under investigation and will soon be charged to court.

The suspects were arrested in Birninkudu, Hadejia, Babura, Suletankakar, Taura, Jahun, and Gagarawa Local Government Areas of the state.

Police Arrest Man Accused Of Beating Neighbour To Death In Jigawa

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The Jigawa State Police command has arrested a man identified as Iliyasu Sale, for allegedly beating his neighbour, Muhammad Ubale, to death.

The Police Public Relations office in the state, Audu Jinjiri, told journalists on Wednesday that Iliyasu, with the help of his biological son Dotti Sale, beat the neighbour to death and threw the dead body inside a well to conceal the crime.

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Iliyasu after committing the crime fled to Benin city alongside his son. He later returned after two months believing the crime would have been forgotten. He was however arrested by the police upon his return.

His son who is an accomplice is still on the run.

Iliyasu while he was paraded by the police on Wednesday said the neigbour invaded his ranch on the fateful day and began to beat him.

“I began to beat him back and was able to overpower him. Then we dumped his corpse inside the well,” he said.

Jinjiri disclosed that Iliyasu was arrested alongside some suspects accused of stealing motorcycle and five other suspected buglers.

Buhari Launches Jigawa State Social Intervention Programme

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aminu Kano Triangle in Dutse, Jigawa State on Tuesday.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the agricultural initiatives in Jigawa State noting that he is excited about the agricultural impact of the state government.

The President who spoke on Tuesday in Hausa dialect at the Aminu Kano Triangle in Dutse also launched the State Social Intervention Programme by the Jigawa State government.

“I am excited about what I have seen over the last three years. I have seen the commitment to return to the farm.

“I have also seen the impact of irrigation which was abandoned for more than ten years. We have stopped the importation of rice and this is for the good of our country. Now the importation of rice to Nigeria is reduced by almost 90%. Things are getting better.” he said.

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He noted that he pleased with what the state government has done towards improving agriculture especially the commitment to return to the farms and the impact of irrigation.

“I’m happy with how the people of the state came out en masse to support us. We know your plight. We have you on our mind and we are doing everything within our power to improve your welfare,” he added.

The Jigawa Intervention Program is aimed at boosting agriculture through empowering and funding farmers in the state towards increased production.

The launch is in continuation of the President’s two-day working visit to the northwestern state.

The President is also expected to commission roads and other special projects executed by the state government

It is the president’s first visit to any state in the country since his return from a medical trip to the United Kingdom last week Friday.