One Person Allegedly Killed After Delivering ₦1.5m Ransom In Jigawa

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

 

One person has been allegedly killed by kidnappers in Kaugama Local Government Area of Jigawa State, after delivering ₦1.5m ransom to them.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Lawal Shisu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a statement issued on Friday, identifying the victim as Ahmad Nadabo.

He explained that two persons who accompanied the victim escaped after the kidnappers opened fire on them upon receiving the money.

“The police received information that, while three men were delegated by the family of Alhaji Abdullahi Jarma who was kidnapped on 1/09/2021 to deliver the sum of 1.5 million to the abductors,” the statement partly read.

“One Ahmad Nadabo was killed and the remaining two took to their heels and escaped, the victim was however released on September 15, around the Hadejia axis and has reunited with his family safely.” ASP Shisu added.

The police spokesman said that the Commissioner Of Police has deployed detectives from the Anti-Kidnapping Section, State CID Dutse, to the vulnerable areas in the state for possible arrest of hoodlums and to protect future occurrence of such incidents.

He also advised the people of Jigawa to always cooperate with the police and other security agencies, by providing vital information and reporting any suspected or unusual movement in their areas.

Jigawa Govt Restricts Movement Of Motorcycles In 27 LGAs

File photo of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.

 

The Jigawa State Government has restricted the movement of motorcycles from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am in all the 27 Local Government Areas over the rising insecurity in the state.

The state Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Bala Chamo, disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview with journalists in Dutse.

Chamo, who is also the chairman of Dutse Local Government Council, said that the measure was taken after the state’s Security Council observed the increasing number of security threats and decided to take steps to curtail them.

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“Most of the attacks we recorded in the state are being carried out using the motorcycles by the attackers,” he said.

“The abductors who recently kidnapped one traditional title holder in Taura, a renowned businessman in Zango in Miga local government and several other places in recent times in the state were found using bikes.

“The ban has become imperative to checkmate the activities of criminals terrorizing some parts of the state.

“Considering the present security issue, there is a need to gear up security measures from the state down to our local level as we are recording several security concerns”.

Chamo also noted that commercial motorcycle riders in the state were duly informed through their leadership, warning that anybody found violating the new order would face the wrath of the law as all security agencies were directed to ensure total compliance in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

According to him, the new order which would take effect from September 9 across the 27 local government areas would involve both private and commercial motorcycles.

Missing 13-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Jigawa

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

 

The body of a 13-year-old boy, Gambo Yusuf who was earlier declared missing last Saturday in Danzomo Village, Suletankarkar Local Government Area of Jigawa State, has been found.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawan Shiisu, disclosed this via a statement issued on Tuesday, noting that Yusuf’s body was recovered in an open well at about 12.30 pm.

“On August 29, at about 07: 40 am, a man, Yusuf Makeri of Danzomo village Suletankarkar LGA, reported at the Danzomo police outstation that his 13-year-old son, who was mentally challenged was missing and all efforts made to trace his whereabouts failed,” the statement partly read.

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“However, on Sunday, his corpse was discovered in an open well in the area,” Shiisu said.

While noting that the corpse has been evacuated and handed over to his relatives for burial, the police spokesman said no foul play was suspected in connection with the incident.

Cholera Outbreak: At Least 33 Persons Killed In Yobe, Jigawa

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: Medical staff give treatment to people suffering from cholera at a medical camp. PHOTO: AFP

 

The outbreak of Cholera has claimed no fewer than 33 persons in both Yobe and Jigawa states.

In Yobe State, three deaths have been recorded with two others hospitalised at Girgir Community in Jakusko Local Government Area of the state.

This comes less than three days after 30 persons were reported killed in Jigawa State following the outbreak of Cholera across nine local government areas of the state.

The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Primary Health Care Management Agency, Babagana Kundi Machina told Channels Television on Thursday that the index case in Yobe came from neighbouring state Jigawa.

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The Jigawa casualties add to the increasing death toll from the disease across Nigeria. Other states that have reported deaths from cholera in the past few weeks include Enugu, Benue, Plateau, and Bayelsa.

Over 2,000 cases have been recorded in Jigawa with the state Capital, Dutse, and Hadejia local government areas the worst affected.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Jigawa, Salisu Mu’azu on Wednesday, during a press briefing blamed open defecation for the spread of the disease.

Jakusko local government area in Yobe State shares border with Jigawa and Bauchi states which have recently witnessed the outbreak.

Earlier in May, at least 20 persons died in a cholera outbreak in Bauchi.

The outbreak of the disease in the state hit the capital, Bauchi the most with 147 cases recorded there, out of the 322 cases confirmed cases in nine local government areas.

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.

18 Killed In Jigawa Road Accident

18 killed as two buses ram into each other in Jigawa

 

18 people have been killed in a road accident around Birninkudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Lawal Shisu confirmed the news to journalists on Wednesday.

He said the accident occurred around 6:30 am just 10 kilometers away from Birninkudu Local Government.

people gather at the scene of the accident

 

“At about 0630HRS close to FM radio before reaching Alu farms Birnin Kudu LGA, two busses had a head-on collision which resulted in an outbreak of fire among them, 12 people were burnt beyond recognition while six died instantly”.

He noted that the corpses of those that died have been deposited at Federal Medical Center Birninkudu.

INEC To Hold Jigawa Bye-Election On June 19

A photo combination of Jigawa map and INEC logo

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct a bye-election for the Gwaram Federal Constituency of Jigawa State on June 19.

INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this via a statement issued on Friday.

He said the decision to conduct the exercise followed the death of the former holder of the office, Hon. Yuguda Hassan Kila on March 4, in which the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila declared the seat vacant.

“Consequently, the Commission has fixed Saturday 19th June 2021 for the conduct of bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the said Constituency in the House of Representatives,” the statement partly read.

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“The official notification for the election will be published on 17th May 2021. Political parties shall conduct their primaries between 18th and 24th May 2021.

“The Access Code for online submission of nomination forms will be available for collection from 24th May 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja while the last day for submission of the list of nominated candidates is 28th May 2021 at 6.00 pm.”

Okoye also directed political parties to submit the names of their polling agents for the election to the INEC Electoral Officer for Gwaram Local Government Area on/or before 1st June 2021, noting that campaigns would end on June 17.

While noting that the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the bye-election has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and other social media platforms, he asked political parties to abide by Section 87 of the Electoral Act relating to the nomination processes.

He added, “The Commission wishes to reiterate that since work on the expansion of voter access to Polling Units in the country is ongoing, the bye-election will hold in the existing Polling Units and Voting Points across the Constituency covering Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

“The Commission enjoins all political parties to strictly adhere to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and avoid rancorous primaries and violence during the campaigns and throughout the electoral process.”

Jigawa Governor Raises Alarm Over Insecurity In Neighbouring States

In this photo taken on April 15, 2020, Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, 

 

 

Jigawa State Governor Badaru Abubakar has raised an alarm over insecurity in Neighboring states of Yobe, Bauchi, and Katsina.

The Governor stated this after an emergency security meeting held at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Hall in Dutse the state capital.

According to the Governor, people must be vigilant and prayerful in order for peace to reign in the state and the country at large.

“The meeting was about the security issue around the country. We believe everybody has to gear up and be vigilant and pray for God’s intervention to keep the country and Jigawa safe,” Badaru said.

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police in the state CP Usman Gomna said the police have received intelligence of influx of people, especially in Gwaram area.

He however said, the police have profiled all of the people in the new settlements and ensures that they are safe and do not mean any harm.

“We have received some distress calls from Gwaram Local Government Area over some Fulani moving into some parts of the area.

“But fortunately, we investigated and profiled all of them and we assure the general public that they are not here to harm anyone.” The Commissioner said.

Osinbajo Launches Solar Power In Jigawa, Says It’s Time To Provide More Electricity

Osinbajo said the launch of the Solar Power Naija programme is taking off with the Jangefe Community in Jigawa State.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched solar power connections in Jigawa State as part of the promise of the Federal Government to deliver electricity to about 25mllion Nigerians whose communities are off the grid.

Osinbajo during the launch restated the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

Coming under the Economic Sustainability Plan, Osinbajo said the launch of the Solar Power Naija programme is taking off with the Jangefe Community in Roni Local Government Area (in the Kazaure Emirate) of the State and will get to all geopolitical zones in the country soon.

“After Jangefe, the rollout will continue across the 6 geopolitical zones in Edo, Lagos, Adamawa, Anambra, Kebbi and Plateau. Other Solar companies are also in the pipeline for the Solar Power Naija facility to continue the march to 5 million connections during the life of this administration,” the Vice President said in a statement signed on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

He added that the scheme will then go to the entire 36 States and the FCT covering 25million Nigerians in the end.

The Vice President, flagged off the commencement of the installation in Jigawa, in what is part of a 100,000 scheme with A-SOLAR, a local solar power company implementing aspects of the ESP Solar Power Naija scheme.

“The President had emphasised that we could no longer rely solely on the grid if we were to electrify the whole country. Which meant that we had to develop an effective strategy for decentralizing the power supply. Two obvious things to do were, first to think of implementing more off-grid solutions and to use renewable energy especially solar power.

“Another challenge turned opportunity was Covid-19 and our response to the economic fallouts of the pandemic – the Economic Sustainability Plan. A fundamental rationale for the plan was to retain existing jobs and create new jobs. A mass solar programme seemed like a real chance to kill several birds with one stone; electrify the country and in the process, create thousands of jobs from solar assembly and manufacturing plants to installers, payment system operators, and maintenance of solar systems once installed.

“Mr President, therefore, approved the inclusion of what came to be known as the Solar Power Naija programme in the Economic Sustainability Plan which he asked me to chair,” Osinbajo said during the launch.

Osinbajo further stated that the solar power programme is a public-private sector partnership supported by concessionary lending via the Central Bank of Nigeria and commercial banks.

Gunmen Kill Man, Kidnap Mother And Brother In Jigawa

A file photo of a gun recovered from crime suspects.

 

Gunmen have killed a young man during an attack on his father’s house in Kawo, a community in Jigawa State in the north-west region of the country.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Zahraddeen Aminuddeen, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He identified the 25-year-old victim as Sabo Yusuf, saying his father’s house came under attack very early on Wednesday morning.

During the incident which occurred in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area, the assailants kidnapped the mother and brother of the victim.

Aminuddeen stated that the gunmen shot Yusuf and was rushed to a hospital in Birnin Kudu where he was confirmed dead.

“At about 0325hrs (on Wednesday), the police at Birnin Kudu received a report that unknown persons trespassed into the house of one Alhaji Abubakar ‘M’ 50yrs of Kawo, Birnin Kudu LGA and attacked and shot his son on the chest, one Sabo Yusuf ‘M’ 25yrs of the same address.

“They (the gunmen) also took his (Abubakar’s) wife and son to an unknown destination. The victim was rushed to Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kudu and was certified dead by a medical practitioner,” a statement from the police spokesperson in Jigawa said.

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

 

According to Zahraddeen, the Commissioner of Police in the state has deployed operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit in Birnin Kudu.

He added that the security operatives were directed to rescue the kidnapped persons and arrest their abductors with a view to bringing them to justice.

Jigawa, which shares borders with Katsina (in the north-west) and Yobe (in the north-east) has been relatively peaceful despite the security threats in those states.

In recent times, however, the state has been experiencing pockets of kidnapping and gunmen attack on communities in some of its local governments.

On December 25, 2020, gunmen killed two senior police officers and injured one constable in Garki Local Government Area of the state.

This came less than a week after gunmen killed a police officer who was trying to rescue some kidnapped victims in Maigatari Local Government Area.

70-Year-Old Man Arrested Over Rape Of Minor In Jigawa

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

 

Police have arrested a 70-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in Jigawa State.

The suspect, Ibrahim Nasaleh, is said to have committed the offence in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Zubairu Ismail, who is the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the arrest of Nasaleh to Channels Television on Thursday.

He noted that the suspect was arrested following a complaint lodged by the mother of the victim at a police station.

According to the command’s spokesman, the victim was rushed to the Sexual Assault and Referral Centre in Dutse, the state capital.

He disclosed that the suspect was apprehended by the police at about 1pm on Tuesday in Kiyawa town.

“The arrest was due to a report made by the mother of the victim who lives in Shuwarin Village,  Kiyawa Local Government at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Kiyawa, that the said Ibrahim Nasaleh had carnal knowledge of her daughter who is just seven years of the same address in his house.

“The victim was quickly rushed to Sexual Assault Referral Center, Dutse for medical examination, while the case is still under investigation,” Zubairu said.

Recently, the state governor, Badaru Abubakar, assented to the Violence Against Person Prohibition Law, which approved the death penalty for rapists in Jigawa.

Massive Turnout As Voters Elect Lawmaker In Jigawa

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

 

Voters in Kafin Hausa Local Government came out en mass on Saturday to vote for the candidate of their choice in a State House of Assembly by-election.

The lawmaker representing the constituency, Hon. Adamu Babban Bare (APC) died on January 18.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State Dr Mahmud Isah, described the election process as smooth despite technical challenges.

“I’ve gone round Kafin Hausa South and North, and from what I see there is no much problem. The voting process is smooth and by 2:00 pm we are hoping to stop voting,” Dr. Mahmud said.

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He added: “We had a few issues here and there and that is why you see some delay in a few polling units. This is as a result of unavoidable technical issues.”

Also speaking, Honorable Makki Abubakar, a lawmaker representing Malam Modori/Kaugama Federal Constituency, described the election as hitch-free, adding that there is a massive turnout of voters.

“There is a massive turnout in the election, more especially women,” the lawmaker said. “We are very optimistic that the election would end without any problem.”

A stalwart in the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Salisu Mamuda, also described the election process as smooth and hitch-free but decried that some politicians were indulging in vote-buying.