Garba Muhammad

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

El-Rufai’s teachers poor exams performance claim ‘cheap propaganda’ — NLC

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Kaduna chapter has criticised Governor Nasir El-Rufai's recent disclosure that two third of primary school teachers in the state failed to score up to 75 per cent when asked to write competency examinations meant for primary four students. Mr. El-Rufai, while receiving a World Bank delegation…

Luka Binniyat

Court relaxes bail condition for Nigerian journalist after 93 days in prison

After spending 93 days in incarceration, Kaduna-based journalist, Luka Binniyat's bail conditions were relaxed by a judge, Bashir Sukola, of the Kaduna High Court 10 on Monday. The former Vanguard Newspapers reporter is standing trial for alleged false publication brought against him by the Kaduna State government. Prior to relaxing…

Nigerian police force

Nigeria Police speak on protest by unpaid officers

The Nigerian Police on Monday claimed that there was no protest by its unpaid officials and only ''a few policemen went to the command to complain.'' PREMIUM TIMES early Monday reported how police officers in Kaduna State carried out a peaceful protest against the non-payment of their salaries. Eight Police…

Nigerian police force

Nigeria police personnel protest non-payment of salaries

Nigerian Police personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command are presently carrying out a peaceful protest against the non-payment of their August and September salaries. Eight Police commands namely: Kaduna, Kebbi Gombe, Nasarawa, Ekiti ,Bayelsa, Imo and Ogun are reportedly owing August and September salaries, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The protest,…

A capsized vessel used to illustrate the story [Photo: Al Jazeera]

Seven feared dead in another boat mishap in Kebbi

Seven people were feared dead in a boat mishap involving a family returning from a farmland across the River Niger in Yauri Local Government of Kebbi State, Sunday night. Abdullahi Takwa, Chairman of Yauri Boat Builders and Wakilin Sarkin Ruwa (representative of Chief of the River), who spoke with PREMIUM…

A capsized vessel used to illustrate the story [Photo: Al Jazeera]

FEATURE: How boat accidents claimed 33 lives in Kebbi in six months

At least 33 Nigerians have died since April this year in three boat accidents on the River Niger in Yauri Emirate of Kebbi State, with two of the mishaps occurring on Wednesday and Thursday last week. The last two accidents occurred in the area over five months after the Nigerian…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2017: Kaduna completes airlift of 6,709 pilgrims

The last batch of Kaduna State Pilgrims who performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia returned to Nigeria on Thursday, signifying the end of the airlift of 6,709 state pilgrims. A statement issued by Yunusa Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna pilgrims board, said 6,713 pilgrims performed hajj from…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2017: All Nigerian pilgrims to arrive in next 10 days – NAHCON

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has said the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims back home is expected to be completed within the next 10 days. A total of 42,126 Nigerian pilgrims have been transported home in a record 100 flights after performing this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia,…

Nigerian pilgrims in Arafat

Saudi Arabia sentences Nigerian pilgrim to three months in prison

A Sharia Court in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, has sentenced a pilgrim from Goronyo Local Government of Sokoto State, Mamman Kwakwazo, to three months in prison for claiming a purse he found at the Holy Mosque in Makkah. The incident occurred at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, on Friday. The Secretary…

Stoning of the devil in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Hajj 2017: Pilgrims cast about 98 million pebbles at the devil

An estimated 98 million pebbles were cast by two million pilgrims from across the world during the three days of symbolic stoning of the devil that ended on Sunday. Of this figure, a total of 3,871,000 pebbles were from the hands of about 79,000 Nigerian pilgrims at the exercise. The…

Nigerian pilgrims in Arafat

Hajj 2017: Death toll of Nigerian pilgrims rises to seven

The number of Nigerian pilgrims who have died at the current Hajj exercise has risen from five to seven, officials have stated. The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with journalists at Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Mr. Mohammed…

Photos of Garba Bakono, a pilgrim from Nasarawa State, displaying two $2 US and four $1 US denominations and envelope handed to him, that was supposed to contain $800.

SHOCKING: Nigerian pilgrim shortchanged by hajj official, gets $10 instead of $800

Garba Bakono, a Muslim pilgrim from Nasarawa Local Government of Nasarawa State, has narrated how official from his state gave him six pieces of $1 bills and two pieces of $2 bills instead of eight pieces of $100 US bill as his basic transport allowance. Mr. Bakolo, who spoke with…

Hajj pictures

Hajj 2017: Nigerian Pilgrims speak on feeding, accommodation, medicare in Madina

Nigerian pilgrims have expressed diverse views on the services rendered to them by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, in Madina, during the 2017 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia. A cross section of pilgrims from Enugu, Oyo, Ondo, Niger, Osun, Lagos and Kaduna, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES commended…

Court

Kaduna court frees journalist arraigned for public incitement

A Kaduna Magistrate's Court has dismissed a suit filed by the police against a journalist, Midat Joseph. Mr. Joseph, the Kaduna State Bureau Chief of LEADERSHIP Newspapers, was arrested on April 19 by officers of the Nigeria Police Criminal Investigation Department over a comment he made in a group conversation…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

El-Rufai reacts after hoodlums attack two Kaduna senators, journalists

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the violence, in which two senators, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, were targeted. The violence occurred at the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Kaduna. Earlier on Sunday, hoodlums had disrupted a press conference held by the two senators, Messrs…

FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017

Northern governors constitute committee on restructuring‎ Nigeria

As the call for restructuring of Nigeria gains momentum, the 19 northern governors have constituted a committee headed by the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to revire the matter. Members of the committee are governors of Nasarawa, Gombe, Benue, Bauchi, and Kaduna. The emirs of Kano, Zazzau,Gummi, as well as…

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How kidnappers killed husband, abducted nursing mothers, babies‎ – Survivors

Two nursing mothers have narrated how a 15-member gang of kidnappers killed their husband and abducted them and their babies in Sabon Gayan, a village along Kaduna-Abuja road. The village located near National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, orientation camp, about 10 kilometres from Kaduna, is one of the areas currently…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Kaduna nabs 41 sara-suka gangsters for alleged murder — FULL LIST

The Kaduna State Security Council has announced the arrest of suspected gangsters belonging to the dreaded Yan Sara-suka sect, accusing them of violence and murder. A statement on Friday by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the suspects were arrested at different…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Gov. El Rufai ‘persecuting’ our members — Nigerian Union of Journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has warned Governor of Kaduna State Nasiru El-Rufai against "persecuting journalist in the state". The warning came following the trial of a journalist, Luka Binniyat. A Kaduna State High Court on Wednesday remanded Mr. Binniyat, a former reporter with Vanguard Newspapers, over allegations of…

Pictures of Nigerian journalists interviewing someone [Photo: BBC]

Court remands Nigerian journalist in jail

A Kaduna State High Court has remanded a former reporter with Vanguard Newspapers, Luka Binniyat, in prison over allegation of false publication brought before it by the Kaduna State Government. Mr. Binniyat, who had been on medication, walked into the courtroom with the help of crutches to make appearance having…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai

Kaduna APC crisis worsens as faction criticises El-Rufai’s performance

A faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State on Monday passed a vote of no confidence on the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The faction, which calls itself ‘Akida (True APC),’ has been at loggerheads with the governor on politics and governance in the state. Addressing a…

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Senator protests Governor’s invitation to EFCC event, walks out

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has walked out of an event in Kaduna to protest the attendance of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The event held Thursday was the launching of the Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The anti-graft agency had invited the two…

The Dangote Truck that crushed to death,  two on a motorcycle Saturday in Kaduna.

Dangote truck crushes two to death

A Dangote company truck loaded with cement on Saturday crushed a motorcyclist and a passenger to death in Kaduna. The accident occurred at about 9:47a.m. at the gate of 1 Mech. Division, Nigeria Army in Kaduna. Soldiers and passersby who witnessed the accident said the two victims on the motorcycle…

Nigerian journalist, Ibraheema Yakubu

Nigeria Police apologise to brutalised journalist

The Kaduna State Police Command on Thursday apologised to Ibraheema Yakubu, a journalist brutalised by police officers during a clash between Shiites and members of a Kaduna community. Mr. Yakubu, who was arrested while covering a peaceful procession by the Shiites in Kaduna on Friday, said he was beaten and…

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald

Security agencies search ex-VP Namadi Sambo’s house

Heavily armed security operatives on Wednesday raided the residence of a former vice president, Namadi Sambo, in Kaduna. The operatives are believed to have come from the State Security Service, SSS, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. An ICPC operative in the North-West zonal office…