Woman, Husband Arrested For Conspiring To Bury Newborn Alive In Jigawa

A file photo of police officers.

 

The police have arrested a father and mother who allegedly buried a newborn baby in the Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State in Northwest, Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam who confirmed this in a statement said “On receipt of the hideous report, a team of Policemen mobilized and proceeded to the scene of the crime.

According to him, A 30-year-old Balaraba Shehu of Tsurma village, who is the mother, and Amadu Sale alias Dan Kwairo ‘m’ age 25 years conspired to kill the child to cover up their unwanted pregnancy.

“On arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the newborn baby from the toilet, where he was buried by the suspected mother. The suspects were arrested and are now in police custody,” the statement added.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom, directed that the case should be transferred to SCID Dutse, for discreet investigation.

The suspects would be charged to court to face the full weight of the law upon completion of the investigation.

Survey Ranks Jigawa Highest With Multi-Dimensionally Poor Children Rate

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

 

Jigawa State had been ranked as having the highest percentage of multi-dimensionally poor children in the nation, at 73.9 percent.

This was included in the results of the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 6), which was released in August 2022, according to a speech given by the UNICEF Kano Chief Field Officer, Mr. Rahama Rihiod Mohammed Farah, during the launch of the MICS 6 in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa state.

The Jigawa State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the UNICEF Kano Field Office organized the launch of the MICS 6 survey report, which was done at the Manpower Development Institute. Many important stakeholders, including political figures, public servants, members of civil society, community leaders and organizations, traditional leaders, religious figures, and donor partners were present.

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The research, according to Mr. Rahama Rihiod Mohammed Farah, is alarming because it reveals the precarious condition the kids are in and their unknown future.

“The Survey was carried out in 2021 and the results are released in Aug 2022 shows that 73.9% of children in Jigawa are multi-dimensionally poor”, adding that the surgery indicated that 65 percent of children in the northeast were Multi-dimensionally poor.

“This high rate shows a striking reality that children’s rights in Jigawa State are not being fulfilled. Most children in the state are deprived of their basic rights for survival, protection, and development.”

Though, in his opinion, the survey results (MICS 6, 2021) show that the state has significantly improved in some indicators, such as child immunization coverage from 2011 to 2021, achieving a 37% decrease in under-five mortality.

“This indeed a substantial progress that needs to be continued and sustained.”

“However, there are still indicators that either did not improve (such as the case of child birth registration) Child nutrition”.

“In Education, 44% of children that are supposed to be in primary school are still out of school. While learning foundation skill outcome is 2%.”

“Today’s launching of the MICS in Jigawa is an urgent call for action, this an emergency call for policymakers, community leaders, civil society organizations, politicians, state parliamentarians, and international actors across all sectors to put the most needed efforts and design innovative strategies to improve the current human development situation in the state especially for improving the well-being of children and women who suffer the most” Farah Declared.

 

Alleged Defamation: Court Remands Student For Tweet Against Aisha Buhari

L-R: A photo collage of Aminu Adamu and Aisha Buhari

 

Justice Halilu Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court  has remanded one Aminu Adamu, a student of the Federal University, Dutse Jigawa, at the Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State after tweeting about the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

The student was arraigned for cyber stalking, where he was denied bail despite pleading not guilty to the charges filed against him.

Mohammed, a 500-level student who was allegedly arrested by security officials on the orders of Mrs Buhari a few days ago, had in June tweeted in Hausa that the President’s wife was feeding fat on poor people’s money.

Justice Halilu ordered the defendant to be remanded in Suleja Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

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The charges against the defendant partly read, “That you Aminu Adamu, male of Anguwar Sarakuna, Bauch, Bauchi state sometime between May – June 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did intentionally open a Twitter Handle with the name @aminullahie and wrote on it in Hausa language ‘Su mama anchi kudi talakawa ankoshi’ roughly translated to the English language to mean ‘mama has embezzled monies meant for the poor to satisfaction’ and posted same on your above Twitter handle for the members of the public to read, knowing same to be false and capable of affecting her reputation. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 391 of the penal code.”

Court Dismisses N36bn Corruption Charges Against Ex-Jigawa Governor Turaki

 Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Dutse has dismissed a corruption case brought against ex-Jigawa State Governor, Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki.

Turaki and three additional companies were being prosecuted on a 33-count by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission in connection with allegations of corruption to the tune of N36 billion.

Turaki appeared at the court Thursday morning to face the 32-count corruption charge filed against him and his co-defendants 14 years ago.

In his ruling on Thursday, the trial judge, Hassan Dikko, struck out the case over lack of diligent prosecution by the anti-graft agency.

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The prosecution counsel was absent during Thursday’s session.

The court also mandated that Saminu Turaki, the first accused party, receive immediate access to his travel documents.

One of the defence attorneys, Saidu Muhammad Tudunwada, responded to the verdict by saying “that the court had found merit in their request for the accused to be exonerated of the 33 count accusations.”

He continued by saying that the decision served justice and was a win for everyone.

Turaki governed the North-Western state from 1999 to 2007. After exiting office on May 29, he was first arraigned by the EFCC before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on 13 July 2007 on a 32-count charge of misappropriating N36 billion while in office.

The ex-governor was thereafter granted bail in the sum of N100 million.

Four years later, the case was transferred to the Federal High Court, Dutse, after Turaki successfully challenged the territorial jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in Abuja to hear the case.

He was subsequently re-arraigned on the same 32-count charge at the Dutse Division of the Federal High Court.

As a result of the repeated absence of the ex-governor from the court, the case was stalled for years, until he ran out of luck when EFCC arrested him on 4 July 2017 at an event in Abuja.

Since May 4, 2007, Turaki and three additional companies have been on trial for a 33-count charge presented by the EFCC.

Two months after he was charged with 33 counts by the EFCC and appeared before Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.

Police Disperse APC Supporters In Jigawa

Police authorities in Jigawa State dispersed some APC supporters following a disagreement on October 4, 2022.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, police authorities in Jigawa State have dispersed supporters of the All Progressive Congress Supporters (APC).

The supporters, under the ages of Danmodi Youth Concern,  had converged at the Investment Centre in Dutse for a rally to rally support for the APC governorship candidate in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawal Shiisu, confirmed this to journalists on Tuesday, saying the supporters had a disagreement and began to fight each other, leading to the intervention of the police.

According to him, the Danmodi Youth Concern intended to show support to the governorship candidate, Umar Namadi popularly known as Danmodi, by marching to the orphanage in Dutse and donating relief materials to the orphans.

“However, a fight erupted between them and the police had to mobilize to put a stop to the unruly behavior,” he said.

One of the members of the Danmodi Youth Concern said the fight erupted while they were distributing some campaign materials at the meeting point of the rally.

“They began distributing materials but didn’t give many people. That is why some people especially those that come from a far destination become angry. They decided to mount on the vehicle that is carrying the materials and the driver furiously drove to the road leading to some of them getting injured. That is how the fight began,” the APC member said.

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Another participant at the rally who identified himself as Isah Ibrahim said: “After the fight erupted, the police came to the scene and started chasing people with sticks and arresting everyone they could get that is how they dispersed everyone.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Danmodi Youth Concern, Mr. Ahmed Abdulmumin, said the purpose of the planned event was to show support for the APC governorship candidate who is at the same time the state’s deputy governor.

“Our collective resolution to converge as Danmodi Youth Concern Organization and support Danmodi was born out of his numerous commitments as a former commissioner and a present deputy governor of Jigawa state towards uplifting the course and aspirations of youth in the state,” he said.

How Dearth Of Personnel Hampers Maternal Care In Jigawa

Kalgwai PHC in Auyo, Jigawa state, the hospital without a midwife.

 

A visit to primary health clinics across some local governments in Jigawa State has shown that maternal care suffers as a result of a shortage of manpower, especially midwives.

In some of the facilities, there is a shortage of midwives in many of the Primary Health Centres visited by the reporter in five Local Government Areas, LGAs.  Garin Gabas PHC in Malam Madori LGA and Kofar Arewa PHC in Hadejia LGA have two midwives each, while the other facilities visited in Birnininkudu LGA, Babura LGA have one midwife each. Kalgwai PHC in Auyo LGA has no midwife presently.

In a PHC at Gabari Ward in Hadejia LGA, despite having 30 persons working in the facility, only one midwife handles pregnancy-related emergencies.

A middle-aged woman at the facility, Zuwaira Isah, appreciates the care she receives at the facility.

“I come here every Tuesday for antenatal and we always enjoy the attention we get from the midwife in the facility. She advises us to maintain personal hygiene and do exercises.”

However, it was a different story for Sadiya Isah when she gave birth.

“When we came it was very late, they told us we have to knock on her door for her to come and attend to us. Fortunately, she came quickly and attended to me. I remain grateful to her,” she says.

The shortage is a major challenge in providing maternal care at the centre, says the officer-in-charge, Isah Haruna Muhammad.

“We have 21 permanent staff, but all in all we have 30 staff in the hospital. And out of the 30, only five are non-clinical staff. But the problem is we have only one midwife,” he said.

“We really need more midwives, so that we can be able to shift them within 24 hours. If we can get two more, we can perform better in maternal care but now we are just surviving with one.

“Sometimes at night, you can get two or three women in labour at once. So, it has never been easy for our midwife in this hospital. We have three maternity beds so three midwives can work at the same time.”

The only midwife in working at Gabari PHC in Hadejia, Jigawa state

 

Three maternity beds mean three midwives can work side by side, but only Abdussalam Fatima Batulu does it.

“The issue we have here is that it is not quite easy for me as the only midwife working here. Sometimes it’s crowded. If we can get another midwife to work together in the hospital, it would be better in managing maternity emergencies,” said Batulu.

“At least we need additional two midwives or even more because sometimes I will have two patients at the same time. So, it’s difficult for me to give them the maximum care they require, but when we are two or more we can easily handle it.”

At the Kofar Arewa PHC in Hadejia, obstetric care at the facility is 24 hours, with two midwives working shifts to cover day and night, Maryam Muhammed who gave birth to a baby boy at the facility said she is satisfied with the way she was treated at the facility.

“At any time, the midwives come and check on us. Even before I came for delivery, at any hour we come, we always meet them at the hospital,” Maryam said.

Hadiza Sani, a midwife at the Kofar Arewa PHC, is paid N60,000 monthly to work shifts with colleagues.

“In a month we can have at least 150 to 160 births and we work day and night. The births are many and we are only two in the facility, although other staff assists us in ensuring smooth delivery, we need more midwives in this facility,” she said.

Musa Ahmad the in-charge of the facility said at the moment he has 25 staff working, but lamented the shortage of midwives due to the number of clients in the hospital.

According to him, the facility receives “not only clients from Gagulmari ward but also clients from [other LGAs of] Malam Madori and some parts of Kirikasamma.

At the Dunari Primary Health Clinic in Malam Madori LGA, the story is similar—the shortage has made round-the-clock care impossible.

“The only challenge we have in this facility is the shortage of staff. At present we have only five staff. Four clinical and one non-clinical. When you are talking about maternal care in this facility, we can say it is going halfway. Because we have only one midwife,” said the officer-in-charge Adamu Muhammad.

“We are supposed to be operating for twenty-four hours every day, but we can’t. The only advantage is that the midwife we have is living close to the hospital, so even at night, the watchman calls her if there is an emergency.”

By its own estimation, the hospital would need three midwives, said Muhammad.

“Then we can shift them within 24 hours. The most senior among them will work the morning hours, while the two others can switch afternoon and night shifts.”

In Kangire Ward in Birninkudu LGA, the health facility has one midwife who provides maternal services during the day. At night, she is called upon when there is an emergency. An on-site residence is provided to her within the vicinity of the hospital.

Miss Kolo Faith, the only midwife in the facility, who is paid N50,000 monthly, said her major challenge is the fact that she is the only one working at the facility, which means she is always on call.

“I applied through the local government when a vacancy was advertised, and I have been working for two years now,” she said.

At Kalgwai Facility in Auyo LGA, there is no midwife to provide the required maternal care, which necessitates women in need of the services to seek an alternative at the local government headquarters.

According to Aliyu Muhammad, a father of two,  due to the bad shape in which the accommodation set aside for midwives is in, “any midwife sent to the facility did not stay, and at the moment there is no midwife at the facility to provide care for pregnant women.”

The Ward Development Committee chairman, Alhaji Usman Magaji, also confirmed that the health facility has no midwife to provide the required obstetric services at the facility, but a community health extension worker comes to the facility during the day to provide antenatal care.

“Our problem is that we don’t have a midwife. If at least we can get one to stay here permanently we would appreciate it,” he said.

The MSS and Government’s Effort to Bridge Manpower Gap

To resolve the dearth of staff in the facilities, the state government adopted the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), a federal government program that began in 2009 and ended in 2015. Since then, the state government has established two more midwifery training schools to bridge the gap in manpower.

The Millennium Development Goal-Debt Relief Gains (MDG-DRG) account is used to fund the MSS, which is managed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

By hiring and deploying newly qualified, unemployed, and retired midwives and outfitting clinics to provide basic emergency obstetric care, the program addresses the lack of experienced obstetric care providers and the poor access to basic emergency skilled birth attendants.

The Federal Government recruited midwives for the program, and after training them, they are sent to specific PHC clinics in rural areas where they are needed. Midwives who were hired have recently graduated from midwifery schools around Nigeria as well as retired or unemployed midwives.

With remuneration for services rendered within the MSS in addition to any ongoing pension income, retired midwives who were still able to work may have had an added incentive to sign up for the program. The midwives were sent to each MSS PHC facility in groups of four to guarantee that 24-hour obstetric care was available.

Additionally, CHEWs were sought out and sent in pairs to every MSS facility to assist the midwives and take part in community mobilization. The government assisted communities with MSS facilities in establishing community health committees that served as a link between the facility and the neighbourhood.

Each local council chosen to take part in the scheme had four MSS facilities located there. Similar to a hub-and-spoke system, these four facilities were connected to a secondary care facility (a General Hospital) to handle referrals from the MSS facilities.

Jigawa State under the programme got 119 midwives and 65 CHEWs, and the government provided them with monthly allowances of N20,000 and N30,000, respectively, as part of the same service programme until its end.

Jigawa’s response to the end of the MSS was to absorb midwives on its payroll as part of its regular health workforce.

Jigawa is looking to achieve a staffing rate of at least two midwives in each primary health centre, alongside the federal government’s ongoing plans to revitalize 10,000 health facilities.

“At present, we have at least one midwife in all our primary health centres across the state but our target is to have two in each of the facilities so that we can operate for twenty-four hours,” said the Executive Secretary of Jigawa state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Kabir Ibrahim.

“So far, we have 350 midwives and what we require to achieve our target is 560 and very soon we would recruit more. If there is any facility without a midwife, it is because of lack of accommodation and we are working to see we provide good accommodation for them in those places.”

Among the 350, the state ministry of health is responsible for the payment of salaries of 130 midwives, while the local governments are paying the salaries of 119 midwives, noted Kabir

Also, under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, 75 midwives have been recruited. GAVI Vaccine Alliance is supporting the state with the recruitment of 357 midwives and already 120 have been engaged,” he added.

Deputy Governor of Jigawa State also had this to say: “Umar Namadi  “When that programme terminated, we saw the importance of the midwives and the impact they had on maternal care in the state, and the state Governor Badaru Abubakar instructed that they should be retained and the state government continues to pay them their salaries.”

But the state still needs more.

“Unfortunately, or fortunately we have attained the status of one health facility per ward. That means we are supposed to have 287 primary health care facilities.  However, we have 279 PHCs. This is because some wards are very close to one another, so one PHC can serve two wards in some places,” he said.

“This is a huge number, and you need manpower to manage this. That is why the state government under the leadership of the state government established additional nursing and midwifery school in Hadejia and this is in addition to the one we have in Birninkudu. And also established a school of midwifery in Babura local government area of the state.”

 

This report is published with support from the International Budget Partnership IBP and the International Centre of investigative Reporting, ICIR.

10-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

A 10-year-old boy has drowned in the Buji Local Government Area of Jigawa.

This was confirmed in a statement on Sunday in Dutse signed by the spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa State, CSC Adamu Shehu.

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According to the statement, the boy went swimming in a pond in Lelen Kudu village alongside his friends when he drowned.

“The Command, on Saturday, 24th of September, 2022 at about 1300hrs received a report of drowning incident involving a 10-year-old boy in a local pond where he went swimming. He was later identified as Sule Ya’u of Lelan Kudu Village, Buji LGA.

“The sad incident occurred when he went swimming along with friends in the morning around 1130hrs but disappeared in the water. His body was later recovered after two hours of search and rescue operations in the flooded pond by local divers.

“On reaching the hospital, he was certified dead and was handed over to his parents for proper burial.

“Meanwhile, the State Commandant, Musa Alhaji Mala (CC), said the Command will not relent in admonishing parents not allow their wards to be going swimming in the flooded ponds, rivers, and surface waters.” the statement said.

Mob Attacks Journalist Covering Jigawa Flooding

A flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

A mob attacked a reporter with Manhaja newspaper, Abubakar Tahir, while he was covering the devastating flood in Ganuwar Kuka village, in Hadejia local government area of Jigawa State, northwest Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State DSP Lawal Shiisu confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday, saying the mob almost drowned the journalist who was trying to report the flood devastation in the area.

According to him, it took the intervention of some good samaritans in the area that Mr Abubakar was saved from being lynched by the angry youth in the village.

“We have received a report of an attack on a journalist in the Hadejia area where they are currently ravaged by a devastating flood. A mob attacked him, destroyed his mobile phones, and tried to drown him in the water,” DSP Shiisu said.

DSP Shiisu however, advised journalists against reaching out to traditional rulers of communities before they start working especially in the Hadejia area as they have a history of attacking journalists during times like this.

The police spokesman stated that after reaching the flood-affected area, the journalist presented his identification card and began an interview with some of the victims, but unfortunately, some people began hitting him from behind.

“As I stood up to ask why they were beating me, they forced my head down in the water and tried to drown me and continue to hit me when someone brought out a knife then some people now stopped them.

“They now took me to the district head house where he gave me new clothes to wear and ask a bike man to take me to Hadejia General hospital for treatment,” the spokesman added.

The people of the town are said to be angry with the government for inaction as perennial floods continue to wreak havoc year in and year out in their communities.

In 2019, the Special Advisor to the governor on Community, and Social Inclusion, an indigene of Hadejia, Hamza Muhammad, narrowly escaped lynching in the same Ganuwar Kuka village of Hadejia local government.

Death Toll Nears 100 In Jigawa Amid Ravaging Floods

A file photo of a flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

Authorities in Jigawa have reported six more deaths as a result of the floods that have continued to wreak havoc on communities in the north-western state.

This comes barely three days after police authorities in Jigawa said 29 other people lost their lives to flood-related incidents. As of Tuesday, the state has lost 98 residents to the ravaging floods.

The Chairman of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sani Babura, who confirmed the six new deaths lamented that flooding in the state has reached an alarming stage.

He stated that the number of communities affected by the floods was increasing every day, a development he said has made the situation more aggravated.

Sani linked the deaths to floods, rainstorms, and lightning, adding that at least 57,000 have been affected so far.

According to him, more than 100,000 have been forced out of their homes and some of them are living within the 49 camps established by the state government to provide shelter for displaced people.

“With regards to the farmlands, roads, and other infrastructure destroyed by the flooding, an assessment is ongoing and the statistics will be released, but the damage is enormous,” the SEMA boss said.

He, however, gave an assurance that the agency was working 24 hours in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other partners to support the victims.

At least 83 people, including children and women, have lost their lives to flood-related incidents in the state since the beginning of August.

The floods also took a toll on infrastructure in the state as some roads were cut off as a result of erosion, forcing locals to seek alternative routes to their destinations.

Recently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) confirmed Jigawa as the worst-hit state by the floods ravaging parts of the country.

It said 16 local government areas of the state were affected and more than 72 people have died with property, livelihoods, and infrastructure damaged as of September 7.

the NIHSA has appealed to authorities in various states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take necessary measures to prevent the ugly flooding menace of the past years.

Nigeria, according to it, is now in the peak of flooding season and there is a need for the government, especially at the state and local government levels to intensify and set up efforts to avert related disasters in their domains.

The agency stated that almost all 36 states and the FCT have experienced one form of flooding or another, and warned that the rivers Niger and Benue system have started building up as Nigeria is located at the lowest point of the River Niger Basin occupied by nine countries.

Specifically, it asked authorities in the 13 states that fall on the main course of rivers Niger and Benue system to put in place adequate measures and enhanced preparedness to mitigate any eventual flooding and accompanying disasters.

The affected states include Kebbi, Niger, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Anambra, Cross River, Rivers. and Bayelsa.

Jigawa Records 29 New Deaths As Toll From Flooding Tops 90

A flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

No fewer than 29 more people have lost their lives to flood-related incidents in Jigawa as waters continue to submerge communities in various parts of the state.

This brings to 92 the death toll from such circumstances, police authorities in the north-western state have said.

Lawal Shiisu, the Public Relations Officer of the police command in Jigawa, confirmed the figures to Channels Television on Sunday.

According to him, the deaths occurred mostly as a result of drowning, canoe mishaps, thunderstorms, and building collapses.

Floods have continued to wreak havoc in Jigawa as more communities and farmlands are submerged in many parts of the state.

At least 83 people, including children and women, have lost their lives to flood-related incidents in the state since the beginning of August to date.

The floods also took a toll on infrastructure in the state as some roads were cut off as a result of erosion, forcing locals to seek alternative routes to their destinations.

This situation has now left hundreds of residents displaced, with many taking temporary shelter in public buildings.

With the increasing death toll, the state government pledges to support the victims, while appealing to the general public to also assist the victims with food and other materials to cushion the effect of the flood.

This picture shows another flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

Last week, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) confirmed Jigawa as the worst-hit state by the floods ravaging parts of the country.

It said 16 local government areas of the state were affected and more than 72 people have died with property, livelihoods, and infrastructure damaged as of September 7.

Amid the increasing death toll, authorities in the state have pledged to support the victims and appealed to well-meaning residents to also assist the victims with food and other materials to cushion the effect of the floods.

 

Avert Disaster

Meanwhile, the NIHSA has appealed to authorities in various states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take necessary measures to prevent the ugly flooding menace of the past years.

Nigeria, according to it, is now in the peak of flooding season and there is a need for the government, especially at the state and local government levels to intensify and set up efforts to avert related disasters in their domains.

The agency stated that almost all 36 states and the FCT have experienced one form of flooding or another, and warned that the rivers Niger and Benue system have started building up as Nigeria is located at the lowest point of the River Niger Basin occupied by nine countries.

Specifically, it asked authorities in the 13 states that fall on the main course of rivers Niger and Benue system to put in place adequate measures and enhanced preparedness to mitigate any eventual flooding and accompanying disasters.

The affected states include Kebbi, Niger, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Anambra, Cross River, Rivers. and Bayelsa.

11 Injured As Gas Explosion Rocks Jigawa Governor’s Hometown

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

At least 11 persons have been injured in a gas explosion that occurred in Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The incident which occurred on Tuesday in the hometown of the state governor, Badaru Abubakar, was said to have taken place after some personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service on duty chased a vehicle loaded with cooking gas cylinders into the area.

Mr Lawal Shiisu, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed to Channels Television in Dutse, the state capital that no life was lost in the incident.

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According to him, the persons who sustained various degrees of injuries have since been taken to the general hospital in Babura for treatment.

“Some customs officers on border drill pursued one Iveco vehicle loaded with gas cylinders from the Republic of Niger and head to Gumel Local Government Area of the state,” he said. “One of the gas cylinders spilled and caught fire while on one of the streets of Babura Local Government Area and the explosion began.”

Recounting how the explosion occurred, a resident of Babura Mujahid Aliyu said the incident happened close to his house.

He blamed the security operatives for the incident, saying the impact of the explosion has caused serious damage to his house and vehicle.

“Some customs officers chased the vehicle carrying gas cylinders and they shot at the vehicle two to three times. That is how the explosion began,” Aliyu narrated.

Dauda Rabi’u, another resident of the area and a father of three, said he initially thought it was a gunshot, but later realized it was an explosion.

“We thought it was a gunshot because we are used to customs officers shooting on daily basis. But I later noticed it was beyond that and I began to save my children as the explosion continued non-stop,” he said.

FG Approves National Flood Emergency Preparedness And Response Plan

A file photo of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

 

The Federal Government has approved a National flood emergency preparedness and response plan in Nigeria

This plan the government says is for more resilience and effective response measures to mitigate the impact of flooding on Nigerians.

While disclosing this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, urged all states and operational stakeholders to implement the plan in order to advance national development.

The council also approved of the National Social Investment Program Establishment Bill 2022.


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Mrs Farouq assured that the bill will give legal backing to the national social investment program as an agency with a mandate of fulfilling the President’s agenda to lift a 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2023.

Approval for the National flood emergency preparedness and response plan comes on the heels of reports that 12 more persons have died following floods in Jigawa State.

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sani Yusuf while confirming the development to Channels Television, said prior to Wednesday, the death toll sat at 51, however, the additional deaths recorded now brings the tally to 63.

In the last four weeks Jigawa has been experiencing flash floods in many parts of the state. Besides costing the lives of several persons including children, thousands have also been rendered homeless, with towns being cut off owing to erosion and collapse of bridges.