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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 200 tents and properties worth millions of naira were razed on Tuesday after a wildfire gutted some parts of the popular Gujungu market in Jigawa State, northwest Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mr Yusuf Sani Babura, confirmed the incident to Channels Television saying that the cause of the outbreak is yet to be ascertained.
According to him, however, the incident may have been linked to the activities of the traders around the market especially those using fire to roast fish and other related businesses.
The chairman of the market, Alhaji Salisu Dan’azumi, lamenting over the incident, noted that property worth over N10 million was destroyed before the fire could be put out.
Adamu polled 547 votes to defeat three other candidates among which is his brother Aliyu Muhammad Adamu who polled 32 votes.
The Chief Returning Officer, Muhammad Aminu Ibrahim while declaring the results said the total accredited votes were 605, total vote cast was 604, total valid votes 600 and total invalid votes were four.
He listed the names of the four candidates that participated in the primary their votes to include: Idris Zangina Muhammad – 20 votes, Aliyu Muhammad Adamu – 32 votes, Musa Adamu Muhammad – 547 votes and Isa Dogon Yaro 0 votes.
The Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Mahmuda Isah, who supervised the election, described the election as free, fair and credible.
The electoral body had earlier fixed the bye-election following the death of Honourable Muhammad Fagengawo who was the member representing the constituency until his death in December 2019.
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.
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.