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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.