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

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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

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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.

22 Recovered COVID-19 Patients Discharged In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Twenty-two COVID-19 patients in Jigawa State, have recovered after testing negative twice for the virus.

The Commissioner of Health Dr Abba Zakari, who confirmed this to newsmen in Dutse on Saturday said the recovered patients have now been discharged from the isolation centre.

This brings the total number of discharged patients in the state to 181 in the state. It has, however, recorded seven fatalities.

Meanwhile, Dr Zakari who doubles as the Chairman of the state task force on COVID-19 says the lockdown will be lifted with immediate effect in the state capital.

As of Friday night, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that the country has recorded an additional 387 cases.

Of the new cases, 24 were recorded in Jigawa State.

30 More Recovered COVID-19 Patients Discharged In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Thirty more COVID-19 patients have recovered in Jigawa State and have now been discharged from the Dutse isolation center after testing negative twice for the virus.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Abba Zakari, confirmed this to journalists on Saturday, noting, however, that the state has recorded seven additional cases.

According to him, the new cases are almajirai that were repatriated from other states to Jigawa.

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Meanwhile, the Kano Electricity Distribution Company has donated food items to support the people of the state in cushioning the effect of the virus and lockdown.

Jigawa state which currently has a total of 241 cases, is the state with the 6th highest number of COVID-19 infections in the country.

24 Almajirai, Others Test Positive For COVID-19 In Jigawa

File photos of a health worker taking a boy’s sample for COVID-19 test at the isolation centre in Jigawa State.

 

24 additional Almajirai that were repatriated from Kano State and two health workers one each from Rasheed Shakoni Specialist hospital and the Federal Medical Center Birninkudu, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Jigawa State.

This brings the total number of Almjirai that have tested positive in the state to 40.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Abba Zakari, disclosed this to Channels Television on Friday.

According to him, 76 of 100 Almajirai whose samples were collected, tested negative.

All 76 who tested negative would be sent home, while others that tested positive would be kept in isolation until they test otherwise.

Jigawa has been keeping over a thousand Almajirai that were repatriated from other states in the country at the NYSC camp in Kiyawa Local Government in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Jigawa Records Second Case Of COVID-19, Govt Announces Lockdown In Kazure

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

Jigawa state Government has announced a lockdown in Kazaure local Council, following the confirmation of another COVID-19 case in the state.

This brings the total number of cases being managed in the state to two.

Governor Badaru Abubakar confirmed the new case at a press briefing in Dutse the State Capital.

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According to the governor, the lockdown will be effective from Monday midnight.

He added that all essential service providers are exempted and grains will be distributed to the affected local government.

Coronavirus: Jigawa To Convert Hotels Into Isolation Centres

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The Jigawa State Government says it is looking to convert some hotels in the state into isolation centres for the northwest region if the number of cases of COVID-19 Continues to increase in the country.

The commissioner of health in the state, Dr Abba Zakari dropped the hint during a press briefing today at the state secretariat in Dutse, the state capital of Jigawa.

According to him, with the way the number of cases are increasing by the day the state government must take a bold step to help in the prevention of the spread of the virus.

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Dr Abba Zakari added that the state government has ordered the closure of schools which include, conventional, Islamiya and Almajiri schools.

“All schools including Islamiya and Tsangaya Schools are ordered to be shut. Gatherings of more than 20 persons are also banned. We advise everyone to mindful of social distance and also to practice personal hygiene. “ the commissioner added.

While responding to questions regarding clerics who do not believe that the disease exists, the Commissioner said they are working with religious and traditional leaders to ensure full compliance.

He added that the state government is working to establish a test centre in the state.

APC Wins Jigawa State Bye-Election

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Muhammad Musa Fagen-Gawo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Jigawa bye-election after polling 48,318 votes.

He is a a son to the deceased member representing Garki/Babura Federal constituency, Fagen Gawo.

The presiding officer Professor, Ahmad Shehu Kutama, made the declaration at the Collation centre in Babura local Government on Sunday.

According to him, Muhammad Adamu defeated Nasir Garba Dantiye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 24,135 votes and Bashir Umar of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) who got 458 votes.

Earlier on, Danjuma Kasimu of the All Progressives Congress emerged the winner of the rerun election for Rijau/Magama Federal Constituency in Niger State.

Kasimu pulled a total of 23,085 votes ahead of his closest rival, Alamu Emmanuel of the People’s Democratic Party who scored 16,812 votes.

The candidate of APGA Shehu Saleh Rijau scored 8,670 votes.

Announcing the results at the collation centre in Rijau, Professor Mohammed Abdullahi said Danjuma Kasimu having won the highest votes cast and fulfilled the requirement of the law is declared winner and returned elected.

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The seat of Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency in Niger state was declared vacant by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamiala following the death of the member representing the constituency, Ja’afaru Iliyasu on December 2.