Jigawa Workers To Receive N30,000 Minimum Wage Next Year, Says Badaru

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(File) Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.



The Jigawa State government will commence the payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 in 2020, Governor Badaru Abubakar has announced.

He made the announcement on Tuesday at the legislative chamber of the State House of Assembly in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

The governor made the disclosure to the lawmakers while presenting a budget proposal of N152.92 billion for their approval for the 2020 fiscal year.

He explained that the state government has earmarked the sum of N77 billion for recurrent expenditure out of the budget estimate.

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Governor Abubakar informed the Assembly that the entire budget was reduced by about 4.5 per cent as against the preceding year.

He added that the funds allocated to the agricultural sector in the 2020 Appropriation Bill surpassed the preceding year by about N3 billion, representing an increase of 38 per cent.

The governor, however, noted that a total of N36 billion was earmarked for the social services sector, with education getting the highest share of 37 per cent while health got 11 per cent.

Shortly after Governor Abubakar concluded his presentation, the Speaker of the House, Mr Idris Garba, spoke on behalf of the lawmakers.

The speaker gave assurance that the Assembly would pass the bill within three weeks.

Tension As Security Operatives Kill Suspected Smuggler In Jigawa Border Community


There was tension at a border community in Jigawa State on Monday where a team of security operatives on patrol killed a suspected rice smuggler, Tasiu Muhammad.

The incident occurred in Babura Local Government Area of the state, following the closure of the nation’s border.

The Commissioner of Police in Jigawa, Mr Bala Zama, confirmed this on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Police Command Headquarters in Dutse, the state capital.

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According to him, some people who claim to be relatives of the deceased have reported to the Divisional Police Officer in Babura.

They said the security team of shot Muhammad dead and took off, although they could not ascertain what agency they belong to.

Attempts to get a response from the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service in Jigawa were unsuccessful as his phone was switched off at the time of filing this report.

The Federal Government closed the nation’s borders across the country in August over what it described as the massive smuggling activities that have taken place recently.

Addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) said Nigeria has saved N1.4 billion since the closure.

He added that a total of 317 suspected smugglers and 146 illegal migrants were also arrested during the period.

Three Killed As Farmers, Herdsmen Clash In Jigawa


Three people have been killed and six others injured after farmers and herdsmen clashed in Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bala Zama, confirmed this to reporters on Tuesday in his office at the Police Command Headquarters in Dutse, the state capital.

According to him, the three persons were killed in separate clashes in Guri, Kirikasamma and Kiyawa Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Zama added that scores of policemen were deployed in Birniwa LGA where there was also tension.

He explained that the command got information that some herders trooped into the town at harvest time.

The police commissioner gave assurance that the command was committed to the security of the lives and property of the residents of the state.

Rice Importation Must Be Discouraged In Nigeria, Says Jigawa Governor

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, with the Governor of Hunan Province of China, Mr Oufang Huang, and others at the Government House in Dutse on October 9, 2019.



Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has stressed the need to discourage the importation of rice in the country.

In an attempt to meet the demand in Nigeria following the border closure, he announced that the state would become one of the leading producers of quality rice.

The governor disclosed that the state government has completed plans to begin local production of farming implements and tools to boost rice production in the state.

He gave the hint when he hosted a Chinese delegation led by the Governor of Hunan Province, Mr Oufang Huang, on Wednesday at the Government House in Dutse, the state capital.

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Governor Abubakar explained that in order to improve farming activities in the state, the government would explore the option of solar power for gravity irrigation which would cover between 70 to 100,000 hectares of land.

As a leading producer of quality sesame in Africa, he said Jigawa would soon commence the exportation of the oil-rich seed to the tune of 30,000 tonnes to Huanan Province for extraction.

The governor added that his administration was using the Research Institute of Huanan Province to improve the yield and quality of rice production in the state.

He was confident that Jigawa would be the leading rice producer in the country in the next five years.

Earlier, Mr Huang said they were on a return visit to Jigawa State to have a strong partnership on agricultural production.

According to him, the visit was at the request of Governor Badaru who paid a similar visit to the province in China.

Pharmacists Council Of Nigeria Seals Off 332 Premises In Jigawa


The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria seals off 332 premises, comprising of 5 pharmacies and 327 patent medicine shops in Jigawa state.

Mrs. Anthonia Aruya, the Director of Inspection and Monitoring of the Council, disclosed this in a press briefing after the exercise in Dutse, the State Capital.

According to her, the council’s activity is geared at streamlining the drug distribution value chain to promote safe, effective and quality medicine among registered and licensed premises.

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Earlier in the week, some pharmacies and patent medicine shop owners felt the wrath of the regulatory body, as the officials of pharmacists council of Nigeria paid a surprise visit to some of the premises in Jigawa.

Escorted by fully armed men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, the officials raided a total number of 462 premises of which only 130 were spared.

Premises operating with no license, and those engaged in selling of ethical products without the presence of superintendent pharmacist were sealed.

While most of them violate guidelines of the practice, a few were found to have all that it requires of them to operate.

26 out of the 27 local governments in the state were visited with the exception of Guri where flood has cut off the road that leads to the town.

Jigawa Assembly Suspends Ex-Chief Whip, Majority Leader For Six Months

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary in the Jigawa State House of Assembly.



The Jigawa State House of Assembly has suspended two principal officers of the House for six months over interference with an investigation by the lawmakers.

Those suspended are the former Chief Whip of the House, Mr Aminu Sule, and former Majority Leader, Mr Sani Ishaq, both members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Ringim and Gumel constituencies respectively.

Charmian of the House Committee on Information, Mr Aminu Zakari, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday at the end of plenary in the Dutse, the state capital.

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According to him, both members allegedly attempted to confiscate some financial documents in the Ministry of Finance to prevent the committee set up by the House to investigate financial misappropriation between 2017 and 2018 perform its duties effectively.

When contacted, the former Majority Leader denied the allegation, stressing that it was not honourable for a member of the House to engage in such activities.

Sule and Ishag were impeached along with the former Speaker of the House, Mr Isah Idris, in May 2019.

Appeal Court Overrules Sharia Court Over Herders Eviction In Jigawa

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An appeal court sitting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital on Tuesday, overruled an eviction order for herders’ settlement by an Upper Sharia Court.

The appeal was filed by Muhammad Jingi, a resident of Fagam District, Gwaram Local Government Area, through his counsels Baffa Alhassan and Hafizu Abubakar.

Both men provided free legal services to the evicted herders.

The respondent was the District Head of Fagam, Auwalu Adamu, who earlier instituted the case in the Sharia court claiming Mr Jingi’s land settlement after the latter failed to renew his annual settlement dues.

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Previously, the Sharia Court sitting in Gwaram ruled in favour of the District Head, ordered the herders to vacate their settlement in Fagam District.

Delivering the lead judgement, which was adopted by one other judge Abubakar Sambo, Justice Umar Sadiq held that the upper Sharia Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain such matter.

The judge stated further that “all the five Emirate Councils in Jigawa State were the creation of the law.”

In the verdict, Justice Sadiq said, “in the result, the trial by the Gwaram Upper Sharia Court without jurisdiction has hereby voided the decision and the consequential order are hereby set aside, the appeal succeeds.”

After the court session, the appellant lawyer, Hafizu Abubakar, said the judgement is well delivered and justice was served by the judgement.

“The court as we rightly complained declared that the upper Sharia Court has no jurisdiction to entertain the case and the claimant has no right over the land he claimed,” he said.

The respondent’s lawyer, Fa’izu King, however, said although the judgement is against his client, “I can’t say we’re going to appeal or not considering the well-delivered judgement.”

He concluded that “We’re going to study the record and decide on the next step,”

Policeman Reportedly Kills Motorcyclist In Jigawa

A file photo of a police patrol van.



A commercial motorcyclist has been reportedly killed by a police officer for violating traffic rules in Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

According to the Chairman of Motorcyclist Association in Dutse, Mr Adamu Idris, Mr Yunusa Isma’il aged 35 was killed on Monday in the state capital.

He told reporters on Friday that the victim was hit with a stick by the security officer at the Ibrahim Aliyu Bypass Road after he was said to have driven his motorcycle against the traffic.

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Idris added that the incident prompted a violent protest which resulted in the vandalisation of the police officer’s personal vehicle.

He, however, said the officer fled the scene after other motorcyclists trooped to the area.

The police authorities in the state also confirmed the incident.

Mr Abdu Jinjiri, the Public Relations Officer in Jigawa, told Channels Television that the police officers who were on duty at the spot reported the incident but denied claims that the motorcyclist was hit.

He said on spotting police vehicle, late Isma’il attempted to turn but in the process, he fell and hurt his head.

The Police Command’s spokesman explained that the security officials rushed him to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

He added that an angry mob attacked the police vehicle and other officers who were on duty.

Jinjiri noted that the case, because of the controversy surrounding it, has been transferred to the Police Headquarters in Abuja where a thorough investigation would be carried out by the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID).

Mother Of Former Jigawa Lawmaker Regains Freedom


Hajia Ladi, mother of former Jigawa lawmaker and Governor Badaru’s aide Mr. Yahaya Muhammad, has regained freedom from her abductors, after about six days in the kidnappers’ den.

The lawmaker’s mother was kidnapped on the night of Monday the 2nd of September.

There are however varied reports regarding how she regained her freedom.

A relative who spoke to Channels Television said Hajia Ladi was released yesterday morning around Hadejia forest in Jigawa.

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The relative who pleaded to remain anonymous, said a sum of Twelve Million Naira (N12,000,000) was paid as ransom.

However, the police public relations officer in Jigawa state, confirmed the release but says the police have no knowledge of any payment of a ransom to the kidnappers.

“She was released yesterday because of the pressure by the police, they have no option but to give her up. Abdu Jinjiri started.

“We have no knowledge of any ransom if at all was paid” the police spokesman added.

Hajiya Ladi was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday 2nd September 2019 by unknown gunmen numbering six and all armed with ak47 rifles.

The kidnappers earlier requested for a N50,000,000 ransom.

One Killed As Farmers, Herders Clash In Jigawa


One person has been killed as farmers clashed with herders at Iggi Village in Bininkudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State in North-West Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bala Zama, confirmed this to reporters on Thursday in Dutse, the state capital.

According to him, the clash broke out as a result of a dispute over the ownership of land between the herdsmen and indigenous farmers around Iggi forest.

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The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Jigawa, Mr Sa’idu Gagarawa, at confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He explained that the incident was a reprisal after two Fulanis were severely beaten by farmers from Dagalma community.

Gagarawa said, ”Two Fulani men were found soak in blood after being beaten by the farmers, and that is what prompted some Fulani youths to embark on a reprisal which resulted in the unfortunate death of one person.”

“The dispute on the grazing land assigned to the Fulanis for several years has been resolved by the community leaders only for the farmers to rekindle the issue now,” he claimed.

But a relative of the victim who pleaded for anonymity said the herders attacked the indigenes whenever they were on their way to their farms.

He said, ”Before we can reach our farms we have to cross a river and usually when we are on our way back home, they stop us and cease what we are bringing back home.

“If you resist, they would shoot you.”

14 Killed In Jigawa Car Collision

14 Killed In Jigawa Car Collision
A scene of the incident.



Police authorities in Jigawa State have confirmed the death of 14 people after two Volkswagen cars collided in Ringim Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Abdu Jinjiri, told Channels Television in an interview that the accident occurred on Saturday.

He explained that one of the vehicles took off from Kano and was on its way to Gumel Local Government Area while the other took off from Gumel.

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According to Jinjiri, eight people died at the scene of the incident after one of the vehicles was engulfed by fire.

He added that nine others were taken to the Ringim General Hospital, where six were confirmed dead and the three others responding to treatment.

The Command’s spokesman called on commercial and private vehicle drivers to drive carefully and not exceed the speed limits for the highways.

Police Release 121 Jigawa Indigenes Arrested In Lagos

A file photo of northers arrested in Lagos.



The police have released the 121 indigenes of Jigawa State arrested in Lagos State.

Mr Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.

The persons were arrested on Friday by a team of policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences.

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The police team was on traffic enforcement duty along Moshalashi Road in the Agege area of Lagos before the arrest was made.

Elkana explained that the police intercepted a truck loaded with 121 males between the ages of 16 and 35 while 48 motorcycles were seized.

In the course of investigation, he noted that the persons were discovered to have travelled from Jigawa to Lagos in search of a better living.

The Command’s spokesman said, “The vehicle and passengers were searched but nothing incriminating was found. They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they are, where they come from, their background and their mission in Lagos.

“They all came from Jigawa State, north-west region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture.”

Elkana disclosed that some of the persons were already based in Lagos with their families while others came for the first time.

According to him, the police released all of the arrested persons after they found out that there is nothing incriminating about their intentions of coming to Lagos.

“The police being satisfied with their legitimate mission in the state has allowed them to proceed to their various destinations.

“The Command will not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State,” the Command’s spokesman said.

Although 123 people have been reported earlier, it is believed that the driver of the truck and his travel partner were arrested with the 121 people the police referred to in their statement.