COVID-19: Our Students In China Are Safe, Says Jigawa

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The Jigawa State Government has said all its students studying in the Republic of China are safe despite the Coronavirus outbreak across the world.

The state government noted that the students are attending online lectures while being isolated to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Salisu Mu’azu stated this on Thursday during a press conference in Dutse, the state capital.

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According to him, the state is ready for the pandemic virus as an isolation center is reserved and a committee is put in place to manage the outbreak.

Mu’azu’s comment comes amid concerns raised by some parents about the safety of their children who were sponsored by the state government to study medicine in order to bridge the gap of manpower in the health sector.

INEC Set For Jigawa Rerun, Says REC


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has concluded all preparations for the upcoming bye election to be conducted in Garki/Babura Federal constituency of Jigawa state.

Speaking to journalists in Dutse on Thursday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Mahmud Isah said the commission has achieved 95% success in preparation.

According to him, the distribution of sensitive materials is scheduled to commence by tomorrow morning.

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Isah said that in all the 302 polling units that the election would be carried out, police have assured of maximum security to ensure a hitch free process.

The seat of the member representing the Garki/Babura Federal constituency, Muhammad Adamu, was declared vacant following the death of the lawmaker in Dubai who was on a medical trip before his demise.

PHOTOS: 24 Killed In Jigawa Road Crash

The affected bus destroyed by fire.



No fewer than 24 people have been killed in a ghastly motor accident around Gwamfai Village in Jahun Local Government of Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

A media aide to the Jigawa State Governor, Auwal Sankara, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

The governor’s aide explained that the accident occurred after the driver of the bus involved lost control and bumped into a petrol seller along the road.

He said the Toyota bus which took off from Jahun Local Government Area was heading to Shuwarin Market in Kiyawa Local Government before the incident occurred.

Sankara noted that Governor Mohammed Abubakar saw the accident on his way to Gumel and instructed the local council chairman to ensure he assists the families of the passengers.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Jigawa, Abdu Jinjiri, also confirmed the incident.

He, however, said the police have yet to get details of the exact cause of the incident and the casualty figure.

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Governor Mohammed Abubakar scene of the accident.


A crowd of sympathisers at the scene of the accident in Jigawa State.


INEC Publishes Credentials Of By-Election Candidates In Four States

A file photo of an INEC ad-hoc staff setting up a polling booth at a school.



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the credentials of the candidates participating in the forthcoming by-elections in four states.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Saturday.

This comes two weeks ahead of the March 14 by-elections to be conducted in Niger, Kwara, Sokoto, and Jigawa States.

The by-elections are for Magama/Rijau (Niger) and Babura/Garki (Jigawa) federal constituencies, as well as Patigi (Kwara) and Kebbe (Sokoto) state constituencies.

A total of 10 political parties are expected to participate in the election.

The parties, according to INEC, are Accord, African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), All People’s Party (APP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), African Action Congress (AAC), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

With the publication of the credentials INEC is urging any individual or group that has reasons to challenge the credibility of the submitted documents to do so.

“The commission wishes to draw attention to the provision of Section 31(5) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which entitles “any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by a candidate in the affidavit or any document submitted by that candidate is false to file a suit at the Federal High Court, High Court of a state or FCT against such person seeking a declaration that the information contained I the affidavit is false,” said Okoye.

According to him, the commission is determined to conduct free and fair elections in accordance with extant laws while working with critical stakeholders to ensure the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

The national commissioner also appealed to all eligible voters in the respective constituencies to go out and exercise their franchise on the day of the elections.

Read the full statement below:

One Killed, Four Injured As Angry Mobs Burn Police Vehicle In Jigawa


One person is reported to have been killed while four others injured after angry mobs burnt a police vehicle in Malam Madori local Government of Jigawa state. 

A police patrol vehicle knocked down a schoolgirl during a hot chase of a commercial vehicle that refused to stop at a checkpoint on Friday.

The police public relations officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed to Channels Television in a telephone interview, said the incident began when two police officers in a patrol vehicle on a hot chase of a suspected vehicle knocked down a schoolgirl who is said to be on her way home after school hours.

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He added that an angry mob reacted, which led to the four passengers travelling in the suspected vehicle being injured and they went ahead to burn both the patrol vehicle and the suspected car.

SP Jinjiri stated that the two officers have been arrested and are detained for investigation, while the four others that were injured are receiving treatment at the Hadejia general hospital.

However, an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television in a phone interview said two schoolgirls were knocked down by the police patrol vehicle after a commercial driver refuses to stop at a police checkpoint.

He added that angry residents in reaction now attacked the police officers and burnt their vehicles.

Gunmen Kidnap Wife Of Lawmaker In Jigawa

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The wife of a lawmaker representing Miga constituency, Mr Haruna Aliyu has been kidnapped by gunmen at their residence in Jigawa state.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri who confirmed this to channels television the incident occurred around 4 am on Saturday, “some gunmen numbering about five came to the residence of the assembly member and forcefully took away his wife Zahra’u Aliyu to an unknown destination.”

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He added that the police gave the suspects a hot chase and is hoping to make some arrest soon.

The relative peace enjoyed in the state was recently breached with the rising cases of kidnapping of relatives of government officials.

In 2019, the mother of the Special Adviser to the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya was kidnapped in her village and released after the family paid the sum of about N20 million to secure her release.

When contacted the state commissioner for Information Col. Mohammed Alhassan also confirmed the ‎kidnap but assured that there is a strategy being worked out to ensure she is released safely back to her family.

Another Loss For NASS As Reps Member Dies In Dubai


A House of Representatives member, representing Garki/Babura Federal constituency in Jigawa state, Dr Muhammadu Adamu Fagengawo has reportedly died.

A source who confirmed this to Channels Television said that Dr Adamu was pronounced dead in Dubai in a hospital where he had been receiving treatment.

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This is after two other lawmakers died in December; Senator representing Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Uwajumogu and a member of the House of Representatives who represented Rijau/Magama Federal Constituency of Niger State, Honourable Jafaru Illiyasu Auna.

Both lawmakers died in Abuja after brief illnesses.

Dr Adamu has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2015.

One Killed In Jigawa As Farmers/Herders Clash



One person is reported to have been killed while several were injured after a clash between farmers and herdsmen in the Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa state, northwest Nigeria.

This was confirmed to channels television by the police public relations officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri.

According to him, one Abubakar Dauda, aged 38yrs of Yalari quarters in Guri town sustained machete cuts on his back and head but died after the police rushed him to Hadejia general hospital.

As a result one Usman Lamido Isah aged 30yrs of Bodala Fulani settlement was arrested.

However, the chairman of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association who also confirmed the arrest says the deceased used his motorcycle to knockdown a calf as a result the owners who were Fulani retaliate which leads to his death.

A member of the family of the deceased who pleaded for anonymity says Abubakar Dauda was on his way back from his farm when some Fulani attacked him leading to his death.

Meanwhile, reinforcement was dispatched by the police to prevent possible breach of peace in the area, as the suspects’ and deceased’s villages are close to each other.

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

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar Re-Elected By A Landslide
(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.