Garba Muhammad

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Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Kaduna APC queries El-rufai, suspends aide, others

The Shuiabu Inuwa Wada led Kaduna state factional All Progressives Party, APC, has issued a query to Governor Nasir El-rufai and slammed an 18-month suspension on his political adviser, Uba Sani. Others it 'sanctioned' are the state commissioner for finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, and Yahaya Bab Pate, the acting state…

Veteran Nigerian journalist Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed is dead

Veteran journalist, author and media manager, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed, is dead. He died at his residence in Kaduna at about 10:47 p.m. at the age of 74 on Thursday, after a protracted illness, Abdulmalik Baba-Ahmed, a family member said. He is survived by one wife and seven children. Among his relations…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Police arrest suspect over abduction of foreigners in Kaduna

A suspect believed to be one of those who kidnapped four foreigners in Kaduna State has been arrested, Agyole Abeh, the state commissioner of police has said. PREMIUM TIMES reported the abduction and subsequent freedom of the two Americans and two Canadians. Two police officers attached to the expatriates were…

Americans, Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria freed

Four foreigners kidnapped in Kaduna State have been released. PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of the two Americans and two Canadians. Two police officers attached to the expatriates were also killed during the kidnap. The police spokesperson in Kaduna, Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed the release of the expatriates. "The four abducted…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Teachers Sack: Kaduna NUT calls off strike, backs El-Rufai’s education reform

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has called off its indefinite strike in Kaduna State. Public primary and secondary school teachers in the state embarked on the strike 10 days ago over the sack of over 21,000 of primary school teachers the state government said failed a competency test. Audi…

Police on patrol

UPDATED: Two Nigerian policemen killed during kidnap of two Americans, two Canadians

Two Americans and two Canadians have been kidnapped in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria. The spokesperson of the Kaduna Police Command, Mukhtar Aliyu, provided details of the kidnap on Wednesday. He said two policemen attached to the expatriates were also killed in a gun duel as they tried to rescue the…

Herders, farmers conflict capable of breaking up Nigeria – Coomassie

The chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Ibrahim Coomassie, has warned that the current herdsmen and farmers crisis, that has led to several deaths, is capable of plunging Nigeria into an unprecedented conflict. The former police chief gave the warning in Kaduna at a conference tagged "North and the Challenge…

Fuel Scarcity: DPR discovers hoarded petrol in three filling stations

A surveillance team of the Department of Petroleum Resource, DPR, North West zone, has uncovered 23, 800 litres of petrol hoarded in three independent filling stations in Kaduna. The fuel scarcity lasted through the Christmas and New Year celebrations forcing thousands of motorists to spend hours queuing for petrol. Although…

Fuel scarcity persists amid high prices across Nigeria

Barely a week after the fuel scarcity across Nigeria subsided in major cities, long queues of motorists have resurfaced at filling stations in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country. The fuel scarcity lasted through the Christmas and New Year celebrations forcing thousands of motorists to spend hours queuing…

Teachers’ Sack: NLC delivers protest letter to El-Rufai

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Thursday delivered its protest letter to Governor Nasir El-Rufai against the sack of 'incompetent teachers' by the state government. The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, delivered the letter to the governor amidst armed security operatives at the Government House, Kaduna. Hundreds of protesters crossed…

NLC begins Kaduna protest

The Nigerian Labour Congress on Thursday broke through a police cordon in Kaduna to begin a protest against the sack of teachers considered incompetent by the state government. The teachers were fired after they failed a primary four test administered on them by the state's education ministry. Police said they…

Kaduna protest: Car crashes into police cordon

A journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, in Kaduna on Thursday rammed into a group of security operatives deployed to curtail the ongoing protest by organised labour in Kaduna, injuring one police officer. The journalist, Hajia Ummul Kairi, who was driving a Peugeot 307 lost control and ran…

Mass Sack: Hundreds of police officers, soldiers on Kaduna streets to foil NLC rally

There was a heavy security presence in Kaduna on Thursday morning to foil the protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. The labour union organised the march to protest the sack of thousands of workers by the state government. The state government and the police had warned against the march.…

Kaduna the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, left, with Deputy-Commissioner of Police Operations, Abdulrahman Ahmed, during a press briefing by the Kaduna State Police Commissioner of Kaduna on the planned protest by National Labour Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna.

Showdown looms in Kaduna: Police, State govt ban rally; NLC vows to proceed

The Kaduna State Government and the police have warned against the mass protest scheduled for the state capital on Thursday. However, the Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to proceed with the rally called over the sack of workers by the state government. The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, on…

House of Reps

‎House of Reps member dumps APC, says party a “sinking ship”

The Chairman, House of Representatives committee on interior, Adams Jagaba, on Monday evening formerly dumped Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Jagaba, who represents Kachia/Kagarko constituency of Kaduna State, announced his decision while reacting to his suspension from the APC in Kaduna State. "APC is a sinking ship and…

Kaduna teachers dare El-Rufai, begin indefinite strike

Teachers in public secondary and primary schools in Kaduna State on Monday began an indefinite strike action over job security and welfare issues. The strike was called by the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT). The government on Sunday threatened to sack any teacher that joined the…

Buhari commissions new rail vehicles, first Nigeria dry port

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned new rail vehicles for the Kaduna –Abuja train service at Rigasa train station in Kaduna. The vehicles consisted of 10 new coaches and two new locomotives. Government procured the vehicles to reduce the stress of passengers whose large volume currently overwhelms facilities and had…

Fuel Crisis: Task Force raids erring filling stations in Zaria

A Joint Task Force Team, comprising operatives from the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Department of State Security, SSS, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Thursday raided filling stations hoarding fuel in Zaria, Kaduna State. The fuel scarcity across the state…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Stop portraying Nigeria negatively, Emir Sanusi tells journalists

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll, has urged journalists to abide by the ethics of the profession and desist from portraying ‎Nigeria negatively to the world. According to the monarch, ''journalism has transmuted into junk journalism'', a situation that is bad for the development of the country. Mr. Sanusi…

‘Yan shara’ Attack: Police arrest 27 suspects in Kaduna

The police have arrested 27 suspects over Saturday's mob attack on residents of Badarawa area of the state capital. Police spokesperson in the state, Mukhtar Aliyu, on Monday disclosed the arrest of the hoodlums, popularly called "Yan shara" or "Sweepers," who are notorious in the city for randomly visiting violence…

Court halts sack of over 20,000 Kaduna teachers

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Kaduna division, on Thursday, halted the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers who failed a competency test organised by the state government. The lawyer representing the teachers, Samuel Atum, had on October 30 filed a motion of "interlocutory injunction", asking the court to…

Senator Shehu Sani

Suspect arrested as senator’s aide is kidnapped

Nigerian Police have confirmed the arrest of a suspect in connection with the abduction of an aide to Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central. The aide was abducted by unknown gunmen in Kaduna. Residents said the aide, Bashir Ahmed, is also a teacher in a private Islamic school in…

Accident Scene

Seven Nigerian health workers killed in auto crash

Seven officials of health unions in federal medical centres and teaching hospitals across the country were reportedly killed in an auto crash which occurred near Likoro along Kano-Kaduna expressway on Wednesday. Ayuba M. Suleiman, Chairman, Medical and Health Workers' Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, who confirmed this to our reporter said…

Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.

Four killed as Kaduna community members protest murder of vigilante leader

Residents of Sabon Gayan community in Kaduna State on Sunday blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway for several hours to protest the killing and dismembering of the body of the leader of the community vigilante group. Some members of the community who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said Haruna Maikaji, the leader of…

Pic.14. NUT protests over sacked teachers in Kaduna

NLC President leads protest against sack of 22,000 Kaduna teachers

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday led a march by hundreds of demonstrators through the streets of Kaduna in protest against the planned sack of 21,780 primary school teachers by the state government. The state government said it will sack the teachers for failing a…