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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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”.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.