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Jigawa Speaker impeached



The Speaker, Jigawa House of Assembly, Alhaji Isa Idris (APC-Gwaram), has been impeached.

He was replaced by a former speaker of the assembly, Alhaji Idris Garba (APC-Gumel) on Thursday in Dutse.

The plenary that removed Idris was presided by Speaker Pre-Tempo, Mr Hamza Bala (APC-Kazure), following his nomination by the Clerk of the House, Malam Hamisu Attahir.

Other principal officers removed along with the speaker were the Chief Whip and the Majority Leader of the assembly, Messrs Aminu Sale and Sani Isyaku, respectively.

They were replaced with Messrs Kayes Abdallah (APC-Malammadori) as Chief Whip and Bala Hamza (APC-Kazaure) as Majority Leader.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the re-elected speaker (Idris Garba) was impeached in January 2017 by 25 out of the 30 members of the House.

The legislators had impeached Garba due to alleged high handedness and abuse of power.

In his acceptance speech, the new speaker promised to carry all his colleagues along in the discharge of his duty.

He, therefore, sought for support and cooperation of all the members.

Answering a question on the impeachment, the new speaker replied “democracy took its course’’.

“My dear colleagues, I just want to be brief.

“This is so wonderful and this is also a remarkable day which I will never forget in my life.

“This is the second time I am being sworn in as the Speaker of this Honourable House.

“In 2015, I saw some signs that I would be elected as the Speaker, but today I never expected that to happen.

“Therefore, I want to use this opportunity to extend my appreciation for the confidence you reposed in me.

“I want to assure that I will never let you down. You know my capabilities and I think that is why you brought me back.

“So even though we have few weeks to go, I assure that we will do everything possible to settle our pending issues in this honourable house,’’ the new speaker said.

On the allegations labelled against him when he was impeached in 2017, the speaker said: “The allegations were not substantiated and I was not indicted’’.


Rainy season: NSCDC warns Jigawa residents against dumping of refuse in drains



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , Jigawa Command, has warned residents of the state against dumping refuse in drains as the rainy season approaches.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, gave the warning in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, Adamu Shehu, in Dutse on Thursday.

Mohammad said the warning was imperative in order to avoid flooding as the rainy season was approaching.

“With the approaching of the rainy season and the occasional rainstorm being experienced along with it over the weeks.

“Causing destructions of buildings, trees and electrical installations in many places especially within the state capital, it has shown that torrential downpour may be experienced in due course.

“As such, it has become imperative to caution the general public against blocking the drains with refuse.

“The command, therefore, warns the public against blocking drains with garbage and sand to avert flooding, which could lead to destruction of property and sometimes, lives.

“It is on this note that the the command wishes to draw the attention of members of the general public to inculcate the habit of community service in the evacuation of the already blocked drains to give way to free flow of rainwater,” the commandant said.

He advised the residents not to solely rely on the government to maintain and protect the environment from flooding.

According to him, the government has played its part by providing the drains.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Police arrest suspected hemp peddler, recover 100 parcels in Jigawa



The police in Jigawa have arrested a suspected illicit drug peddler with 100 parcels of hemp.

The police spokesman  in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Jinjiri said that the suspect, aged 25, was arrested by police enforcing border closure at the Kano-Jigawa border in Kijawal Village in Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa.

He said that the suspect, a resident of Sabon Garin Yaya Village in Taura Local Government Area of the state, was arrested in a Peugeot 406 heading to Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano.

“The police at Kijawal border –  between Jigawa and Kano –  deployed by the Jigawa  Police Command to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, stopped a Peugeot 406  with registration number FGE 387 AA driven by a 25-year-old man of Sabon Garin Yaya, Taura LGA,” he said.

Jinjiri said that while searching the vehicle, the police discovered four bags each containing 25 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be hemp.

The spokesman added that the parcels were valued  at N750,000.

“The driver was apprehended and the vehicle impounded.

“During interrogation, the driver said that the vehicle and the hemp were given to him by his master who is a big hemp dealer, now at large,  to deliver it to other vendors in Gezawa LGA, Kano State , who are also at large,” he said.

According to him,  efforts are  being made to arrest the fleeing suspects.

The spokesman said that  the state Commissioner  of Police, Mr Usman Gomna, has directed the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to transfer the case to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for prosecution.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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Jigawa govt. to enroll 1,322 repatriated Almajiris into schools



The Jigawa Government said it would enroll into schools 1,322 Almajiris repatriated from various states.

Gov. Muhammad Badaru announced this while updating newsmen on COVID-19 pandemic in the state on Wednesday in Dutse.

“As I mentioned in my previous speech, 1,345 Almajiris were repatriated from various states to Jigawa state. We took good care of them and provided for their social welfare and health needs.

All these Almajiris have been handed back to their parents apart from 23 that have active COVID-19 disease and currently receiving treatment in one of the isolation facilities.

“We have directed the enrollment of those discharged into primary schools to commence western as well as continue  Qur’anic education,” Badaru said.

The governor said that the state was reaching a turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 as numbers of new infections were decreasing.

He said that new cases were mainly derived from contact tracing, rather than freshly imported infections.

He said that the development was clear indication that the government could overcome the pandemic by accelerating and refining its current response strategies.

“Nonetheless, this decreasing trend will be sustained only if all of us continue to support government’s efforts and observe laid down measures put in place to checkmate the spread of the disease.

“As we loosen up and relax lockdowns, we must observe social distancing, personal hygiene and use of face masks while in the midst of the public.

“Anything short of these will soar the pandemic and lead to another wave of infection that can be disastrous and devastating,” Badaru warned.

The governor further stated that work was ongoing to scale up isolation bed capacity to 450.

According to him, if the decreasing trend continues, the state may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.

“I promised scaling up isolation bed capacity to 450. Work is currently ongoing to achieve this target.

“However, if the trend continues, we may not hit the projected target of 800 cases as predicted in the best case scenario projection of modeling experts.

“Nonetheless, we will fulfill our promise as earlier pledged,” Badaru assured.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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COVID-19: Jigawa govt. extends work-from-home order by 2 weeks



The Jigawa State government has extended its earlier order for workers to work from home by another two weeks.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru announced this, while updating newsmen on the level of containment of coronavirus on Wednesday in Dutse.
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, recalls that the state government had, on March 24, directed civil servants to work from home for two weeks, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
Badaru, however, said that the policy would soon be lifted, as government would continue to observe, notice and sustain improvement in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that government was informed by medical experts that it needed to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active case-search and testing.
“As we continue to notice and sustain improvements, we will open up government offices and lift the policy on working from home soon.
However, I was informed by medical experts that we need to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active-case search and testing.
“Where no cases are confirmed, we pop our chests in pride and say we are out of the woods; but for now, we are not yet there.
“Nonetheless, we may not have to reach this milestone before lifting this policy.
“Consequently, we are extending this policy for another two weeks. By June 15, it will be subjected to another review,” he said.
The governor further announced that the state’s molecular laboratory, which was currently on a test run, had given the government confidence to tackle the disease headlong.
According to him, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is expected to accredit the laboratory soon.
“The accreditation of our molecular laboratory will come on stream soon, as NCDC has assured us that it will embark on an accreditation visit in the coming days,” he said.
Badaru further stated that all tests being conducted in the laboratory were retested in the accredited laboratory in Bayero University, Kano (BUK), adding that the results showed over 90 percent concordance.
The governor, who described the development as “excellent scientific procedure”, said it gave the government a course for celebration.
Badaru also announced a donation of N3 million by Unity Bank to the state as its contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So let me use this opportunity to thank individuals and corporate organisations that are supporting the state with donations, both in cash and in kind,” Badaru said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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FG orders investigation of rape, murder, of UniBen student, Jigawa minor



The Federal Government has directed the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the gang-rape and murder of a female student of the University of Benin,  Uwaila Omozuwa, in Benin city.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, said the governmenr also directed the Police to unravel the serial sexual abuse of a minor in Jigawa State by 14 men.

In the statement signed by his Special Adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi, the minister said by bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crimes to justice, the Government will be serving a strong notice of its total aversion to gender-based violence in whatever form.

The Minister described the gang-rape and murder of Omozuwa as “a cruel and barbaric act that offends human sensibility, in addition to being antithetical to decency”  stressing that “no society will tolerate such depravity”.

He said the serial sexual abuse of a minor by 14 men in Jigawa State “is not only repulsive, but highly condemnable”.

”It is said that the true measure of a society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members,” he said.

The Minister assured  that the Federal Government would do everything possible to stem the growing tide of gender-based violence in the country.

Uwaila, a 22-year-old microbiology student, was raped and killed in an empty Church in Benin city where she had gone to study.

The crime has sparked outrage across country.

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Jigawa NOA to deepen awareness campaign for prevention of COVID-19



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Jigawa said it would deepen awareness creation campaign on protocols for the prevention of spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state Director of the agency, Malam Shuaibu Haruna, said this in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.

Haruna stated that the goal would be achieved through continued public sensitisation and awareness campaigns on Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities.

He expressed the agency’s worry about the rising number of confirmed cases of the disease in the state, as a result of people not abiding by the COVID-19 preventive measures.

NOA will this time emphasise on deepening awareness on the protocols for preventing spread of the covid-19 virus in Jigawa.

“The agency is worried about the rising number in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state which is as a result of people not abiding by its preventive measures.

Therefore, NOA will soon embark on public enlightenment on COVID-19 protocols by visiting major city centres in Dutse such as markets, motor parks and other public places,” he said.

The director urged the agency’s Chief Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) in the 27 local government areas to engage in massive sensitisation and community engagement on the COVID-19 pandemic by taking the massage to markets, football fields, streets, religious centres, among other places.

According to him, the gesture was part of the agency’s efforts at ensuring that people in the state stayed safe and avoided contracting virus.

Haruna also commended efforts of the State Government and measures taken during the trying time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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Alleged Rape: Police arrest 11 suspects in Jigawa



The Police Command in Jigawa has arrested 11 suspects for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl (name withheld).

The Spokesman of the command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday in Dutse.

Jinjiri said the suspects (names withheld) were arrested on May 30, in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended after the police received a complaint that one of the suspects, aged 57 of Ma’ai village was seen at Limawa market in Dutse LGA, trying to lure the victim.

“A case of rape is being investigated at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Dutse, sequel to a report received by the Police that a 57-year-old man of Ma’ai village, Dutse LGA was seen at Limawa market trying to lure a 12-year-old girl of the same address, to a seclusion so as to have sexual intercourse with her,” he said.

Jinjiri added that in the course of interrogation, the victim  listed names of 11 men who had sexual intercourse with her at different times on many occasions.

“And to this end, the police arrested the listed suspects,” Jinjiri said, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)


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Eid-el Fitr: NSCDC deploys 1,000 personnel in Jigawa



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa Command, says it has deployed 1,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free Eid-el Fitr celebration in the state.

Adamu Shehu, the NSCDC Spokesman in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Saturday.

“The state Commandant of the Corps, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, has ordered immediate deployment of the personnel,  drawn from various departments and units, including Special Armed Squad, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence Operations, Disaster Management and Medical Unit,” Shehu said.

Shehu said the personnel would join the already deployed 250 officers that were involved in the enforcement of the lockdown order at the state boundaries and some specified Local Governments Areas.

He explained that more attention would be given to identified vulnerable locations, with emphasis on strategic places such as Eid grounds, government installations and buildings, markets, among others.

“The officers are to equally ensure compliance with the state government’s directive of wearing face masks, use of hand sanitiser, washing of hands, and observance of social distancing while at the Eid ground to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Therefore, the commandant charged the personnel to discharge their duty diligently and professionally,” he said.

The spokesman added that Muhammad also urged the general public to cooperate with the officers in their bid to provide security and safety during the festive period.

According to him, the corps urges residents to report any suspicious movements in their respective localities to the nearest security formations.

“While wishing the good people of Jigawa a happy and hitch-free Eid-el- Fitr celebration, the commandant urged them to pray fervently for God’s intervention in eradicating the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Eid-El Fitri: Jigawa set to pay May salaries on Wednesday — Commissioner



Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa has directed the payment of May salaries of state civil servants on Wednesday ahead of Eid-El Fitri celebration.

The state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Alhaji Babangida Gantsa, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Dutse.

The commissioner said that the payment of the salaries would commence on or before May 20.

Gantsa said that the approval for the payment of the salaries was to enable workers in the state and local governments enjoy the Eid celebrations.

He re-assured workers of governor Badaru-led administration’s commitment toward prompt payment of their salaries.

The commissioner also appealed to the workers and the entire people of the state to pray in the last 10 days of Ramadan for the blessings of the Almighty Allah to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Gantsa called on civil servants to ensure total compliance with the safety guidelines approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control against COVID-19.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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