Police confirm 95 dead in Jigawa flood disaster

…Governor sympathises with victims’ families The Jigawa State Police Command has confirmed the death of 95 people in flood-related accidents across the State. Confirming the number of the deceased, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PRO), DSP Lawal Shi’isu Adam, said that the disaster has caused many calamities in the State. According to him, a report available to him indicated that a total of 95 people, including males and females, drowned due to the flood at different times and places. The Police spokesman added that “out of the number, over 22…

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Intelligence Report: Jigawa shut down schools over insecurity

The Jigawa State Government yesterday ordered the immediate closure of public and private schools in the state due to insecurity. The State’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lawan Yunusa, confirmed the development to newsmen in Dutse, the State capital. According to him, the decision was based on an intelligence report of possible security attacks on schools, especially on border States. When asked about the fate of pupils and students sitting for examinations, Yunusa hinted that an arrangement will be made to re-conduct the exams since the exams were internal and not…

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‘Report anybody with bullet injuries’ – Police tell Jigawa residents

The Police in Jigawa State has asked residents to report anybody seen with bullet injuries to the nearest security formation. The State Commissioner of Police, CP A S Tafida, made the call after parading suspected kidnappers at the Command headquarters in the State capital. Recall that the Police in the State had arrested 14 kidnappers, recovered guns and rescued one victim in an operation carried out to curb criminal activities in the State. The Police boss said the exercise tagged: “Operation Flush Out” was launched by the command as a…

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Police arrest 14 kidnappers who killed its two officers, rescue victims in Jigawa

The Police, in Jigawa State, have arrested 14 kidnappers who recently killed two police officers and kidnapped a businessman. The State Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Sale Tafida, disclosed this while parading the suspects yesterday at the Police Headquarters in Dutse, the state capital. According to reports, gunmen ambushed a Police patrol team, killed two officers and set their patrol vehicle ablaze in Kwalam town, Taura local government area. He said the arrest of the suspects followed an “Operation Flush out’ carried out by the Command to fight all forms…

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Jigawa recruits 270 herders, establishes 200 nomadic schools

Jigawa State governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, has approved the recruitment of 270 herdsmen as additional teachers in the nomadic schools in the State. According to a press statement by the special adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Habibiu Nuhu Kila, in Dutse, the State capital, “the governor approved the establishment of 200 additional nomadic schools across the State”. Kila explained that the governor gave the approval in a meeting with the socio-cultural Fulani organisation, Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore’, at Government House Dutse, adding that “the governor reaffirmed his commitment of improving and expanding…

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Ex-Jigawa PDP lawmaker regains freedom from abductors after ransom payment

A former member of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, who represented Auyo constituency, Haladu Bako Uza, has regained his freedom after reportedly payment of a ransom. According to the report, an aide on social media to the ex-Governor of the State, Sule Lamido, Mansur Ahmed, confirmed his release. He said the victim was released on Saturday around 3:00 pm, after the payment of N1.5m ransom to kidnappers to secure his freedom. It was gathered that gunmen abducted the former lawmaker on his way to Auyo town, along Kano-Hadejia road…

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Jigawa residents lament 3 months total blackout

Residents of Ringim and Taura Local Governments Areas have lamented the total blackout they have been experiencing for more than three months now. It was gathered that the problem started due to the fall of electrical poles caused by heavy downpours and strong windstorms in the area. According to a resident, who owns a business center in Ringim, the blackout is seriously affecting their businesses, which he said has forced him to use a generator as an alternative to run his business. He said the situation left him with no…

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Jigawa smallholder women farmers yearn for digital technology to the rescue of their farm products – Investigation

From Khadija Ishaq-Bawas Farming used to be traditionally viewed as a male-dominated occupation, with little input from women in supporting their families to grow crops and raise livestock. However, lately, a lot of women are breaking the bounds of this notion and engaging in agricultural production across Nigeria, despite gender-related impediments. For Bilkisu Yahaya, a happily married, all-year-round rice and onion smallholder farmer in Birnin-Kudu local government area (LGA) of Jigawa State, the challenges are numerous; however, the main worry lies in gaining access to the market for the end…

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PDP wins Kaduna Assembly by-election – INEC

…As APC wins in Jigawa  The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has declared Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as the winner of Saturday’s by-election for Sabon-Gari constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly. Announcing the election result in Zaria, the returning officer, Dr. Mohammed Musa, says the PDP candidate polled a total of 9,113 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Musa of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), who polled 7,404 votes to come second. Other candidates who participated in the election include Anas Abdullahi of…

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