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.

NPFL: Rivers United Unbeaten Run Ends As Jigawa Golden Stars Win Big

Caption 2: Jigawa Golden Stars players arriving for a league match. Picture courtesy: LMC Media

 

Jigawa Golden Stars produced arguably the major talking point of matchday 4 in the Nigeria Profesional Football League today with a stunning 3-1 victory over Abia Warriors in Aba.

Before action commenced, the odds favoured Abia Warriors who were winless in three matches to cruise past the lowly rated Jigawa Golden Stars.

Coach Imama Amapakabo’s team started well, taking the lead early in the 7th minute when Arit Archibong’s header found the net with an assist from Nzube Anaezemba. It was the sort of start the Warriors wanted but their joy was short-lived as the visiting team found their way back into the contest with a scrambled goal scored by Olasunkanmi Quadri in the 24th minute.

The shocking process for Abia Warriors started midway into the second half. They won a penalty in the 60 minutes, Fatai Abdullahi stepped up to the spot, took it and missed. Trying to get over the miss and get back in the game, Jigawa Golden Stars took the lead in the 74th minute when Musa Ali pass found Stone Samuel who neatly displaced his marker and slot the ball into the net.

The visitors lead. Unbelievable!

In the final minutes of the match, the Warriors gave all the push they had just to level up but it wasn’t their day. Stone Samuel completed his brace in the 82nd minute to secure victory for Jigawa Golden Stars and condemned Abia Warriors to the bottom of the table with four losses in four matches.

In Bauchi, Wikki Tourists ended the unbeaten run of Rivers United. Chinedu Udeagha’s goal in the 30th minute made the difference and also secured a first win for Wikki this season. Despite the win, the Pride of Rivers still lead the league standings with 9 points.

In Ozoro, Warri Wolves earned their second win of the season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Katsina United. The turnaround happened for the home side in the second half with the first goal coming from Daniel Mark whose volley took a deflection to find the net in the 59th minute.

Moments later, substitute, Tega Ebetomame made it two for Warri Wolves while a brilliant free-kick by Wisdom Jumbo wrapped up a sweet performance for coach Evans Ogenyi’s team that needed to bounce after losing 3-0 at Lobi Stars on matchday 3.

In Owerri, kick-off was delayed in the game between Heartland FC and Enyimba Football Club of Aba just to players licensing issue but when the action got underway, the home team confirmed their intentions.

Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu’s team had gone three games without a point and playing against the admirable Enyimba was a chance to show they can compete this season. In the 33rd minute, Shedrack Oghali confirmed that intent and opened the scoring for the home team. Emmanuel Adachiel’s goal in the 53rd minute sealed a 2-0 victory for Heartland.

In Enugu, Rangers International Football Club beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah to leap to the second position in the league. The Flying Antelopes are tied on 9 points with league leaders Rivers United. They will hope to consolidate on the result when on they take on MFM Football Club of Lagos on matchday 5.

In Akure, Lobi Stars got so close to securing an away win but Sunshine Stars showed resilience to ensure the game ended 2-2.

Fouad Ekelojuoti opened the scoring for the Sunshine Stars in the 9th minute and the relief on Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s face confirmed how much they need a win following their defeat to MFM of Lagos on matchday 3. Just before the break, Samuel Mathias scored for Lobi to ensure the game stayed 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half, both teams created chances but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 77th minute through the in-form Ossy Martins who scored his third goal of the season. The goal switch on the alarm bells of Sunshine Stars, and they came all out looking for the equalizer.

It was a fight that went down to the final minutes. The Akure Gunners mounted pressure on their opponent and with barely a minute for the final whistle go off, Sadeeq Yusuf, positioned well in the box tapped the ball into an empty net after Seun Olulayo’s free-kick hit the woodwork.

The game ended 2-2.

Huge relief for Sunshine Stars, it’s just one win so far for them and they couldn’t afford to lose home today. Lobi Stars will be biting fingers all through their journey back to Makurdi, Coach Kabiru Dogo’s team will be pondering how they allowed a vital away win to slip.

In Ilorin, it was a tale of Christopher Nwanze who scored for Kwara United from the spot and later scored an own-goal to gift Akwa-United a point on the road.

Back home in Uyo, Akwa-United’s younger brother, Dakkada FC played a 1-1 draw with MFM Football Club of Lagos. Chigozie Solomon gave Dakkada the lead just before the break. After the match against Sunshine Stars in Lagos, goalscorer of the only goal, Dennis Obasi predicted that Coach Tony Bolus will leave Uyo with something and he was right. The game ended 1-1.

In the northern derby, Kano Pillars beat Plateau United 1-0 to continue their unbeaten run in Kaduna. The Sai Masu Gida ever-dependable captain, Rabiu Ali scored from the spot to secure victory for the Kano-based team that now have 2 wins and 2 draws from four matches.

At the Pantami Stadium in Gombe, Adamawa United and Nasarawa United played a goalless draw to wrap up day 4 proceedings. Nasarawa United had a chance to get a goal in the 27th minute of the match but Reuben Nicodemus failed to score from the spot.

Action will resume in the Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 with matchday 5 fixtures.

NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

MATCHDAY 4 RESULTS

Abia Warriors 1 Jigawa Golden Stars 3

Wikki Tourists 1 Rivers United 0

Warri Wolves 3 Katsina United 0

Heartland FC 2 Enyimba 0

Rangers Int’l FC 2 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 1

Sunshine Stars 2 Lobi Stars 2

Kwara United 1 Akwa United 1

Dakkada FC 1 MFM FC 1

Kano Pillars 1 Plateau United 0

Adamawa United 0 Nasarawa United 0

 

Jigawa Governor Commiserates With Flood Victims, Commissions Road Projects

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

 

 

Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar had Commiserated with victims who lost their farmlands to flood in 2020.

The Governor made the statement at the commissioning of some road projects in Dutse the state capital of Jigawa.

According to him, the state has never experienced such kind of devastating flood.

In November 2020, dozens of residents in the state were left homeless which led to an increase in Malaria.

The chairman of the Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunisation, and Nutrition (ACOMIN) in Jigawa, Baba Ali, confirmed this to Channels Television.

Ali, who is from one of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) worst affected by the flood, decried that hospitals have become congested and people were unaware of measures to prevent themselves from becoming victims of the disease.

“From August this year, Jigawa State began experiencing flood and this displaced so many people, especially around the Hadejia axis; this exposed them to mosquito bites and this is why we are having so many congestions in the hospital,“ Ali said.

He added, “It is in line with this that our organisation is working with the community members to enlighten the general public on how to prevent themselves from mosquito bites and also to access the free malaria control facility provided in the state.”

On his part, the programme manager of (ACOMIN), Auwal Ibrahim, believes residents must own the activities of malaria control in the environment.

He said, “In one community in Auyo LGA, the people contributed money and built a temporary toilet for their health facility.

“In another community at Jahun LGA, the people came together, working as a group to clear grasses and level the ground in front of their facility.”

The Director of Public Health in Jigawa, Dr. Umar Balangu, who also confirmed the situation, said the state government was doing everything in its power to contain the situation.

Nursing Mother Abducted In Jigawa

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

 

Gunmen have kidnapped a nursing mother, leaving behind the one-month-old baby in Gujungu town, Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the residence of one Basiru Haruna and whisked away his 23-year-old wife, Habashiyya Haruna at about 2 am on Saturday.

Confirming this to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Abdu Jinjiri, said that the incident was only reported after about eight hours, making it difficult for the police to trace the kidnappers.

“We received a report from one Alhaji Alasan Audu, the father of the Kidnapped, victim telling us that his daughter Habashiya has been kidnapped around 2 am, and that the husband who became scared fled into the bush until after 8 am,” Jinjiri said.

“Reporting late doesn’t help. How can the police rescue the victim when the criminals have left for over eight hours? People must learn to report to the police early. And for the husband to run away and leave his wife and baby behind, that creates a lot of doubts.”

“The success behind the kidnapped case of Alhaji Bronco who was kidnapped in Jahun and was released the same day was as a result of reporting early. So, please I call on the general public to report incidents immediately,” he added.

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Similarly, the police spokesman also confirmed the killing of two police officers, adding that one Constable sustained an injury on Christmas day, in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

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

“Based on intelligence, the police got to know of the presence of kidnappers at Kargo Fulani settlement in Garki LGA, who are terrorizing Gumel emirate.

“In this regard, a Joint Operation of Police Divisions under Gumel Area Command was organized. On 25/12/2020, as early as 3:00 am the team descended on the settlement.

“Unfortunately, the hoodlums opened fire on the police from their hiding places. This led to a serious gun battle. Eventually, the hoodlums killed two Senior Police Officers and injured another Constable. However, the Police also killed one of the hoodlums,” he added.

Again, Gunmen Kill Two Police Officers In Jigawa

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen have again killed two senior police officers, and injured one Constable on Christmas day, in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

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

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said the kidnappers have been terrorising Gumel emirate.

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“Based on an intelligence, the police got to know of the presence of kidnappers at Kargo Fulani settlement in Garki LGA, who are terrorizing Gumel emirate,” he said.

“In this regard, a Joint Operation of Police Divisions under Gumel Area Command was organized. On 25/12/2020, as early as 3:00 am the team descended on the settlement.

“Unfortunately, the hoodlums opened fire on the police from their hiding places. This led to a serious gun battle. Eventually, the hoodlums killed two Senior Police Officers and injured another Constable. However, the Police also killed one of the hoodlums.”

Following the encounter, the police spokesman explained that the gunmen deserted their settlement and took to their heels, adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects.

COVID-19: Jigawa Records One Death, 47 New Cases

A file photo of Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Abubakar.

 

Jigawa State has recorded one death and 47 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of fatalities and cases to 12 and 386 respectively.

Governor Badaru Abubakar confirmed this to journalists at the Government House in Dutse, the state capital.

According to him, the state government has reopened all the treatment and isolation centers in the state in order to accommodate the rising number of cases recently recorded.

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The governor however expressed worry over the new strain of the coronavirus which was only discovered in the second wave.

“We must institute measures to protect our dear state in conformity with national covid 19 control guidelines of the Federal Government,” he said.

“Henceforth, civil servants from grade 12 below would work from home from the 24th of December for an initial period of two weeks. Personal hygiene, social distancing must be observed and facemask must be worn in public places.”

Gunmen Kill Police Officer Trying To Rescue Kidnapped Victims In Jigawa

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing bullets

 

Gunmen on Monday killed a police officer who was trying to rescue some kidnapped victims in Bosuwa village, Maigatari Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State, SP, Abdu Jinjiri confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that hoodlums abducted a 70-year-old Ali Dankoli and a 25-year-old Zainab Isah who is the daughter of former Local Government chairman, Maigatari Local Government Isa Zakari Bosuwa.

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“The Police in Maigatari LGA received a distress call that some hoodlums numbering about nine with dangerous weapons stormed a village called Bosuwa in Maigatari LGA and took away one Alh. Ali Dankoli 70yrs old and Zainab Isah 25yrs old,  members of different families both of Bosuwa village.

“In this regard, the Police rushed to the scene, blocked all the entries and exits of the village, and gave the hoodlums a hot chase. In trying to escape, the hoodlums opened fire on the policemen trying to rescue the captives safely. As a result, one policeman was shot dead”, he added.