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Mr Isa Ardo

Jigawa Land Grabbing: Protesting farmers lament arrest, treatment by govt

Tension is rising in Gagarawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State as residents alleged constant arrest and police brutality following their protest of alleged seizure of their farmlands. Mu'azu Jibrin, a resident, said they live in constant fear of arrest and intimidation by the state authorities after they rejected and…

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State opposes Godwin Emefiele's appointment

Lamido’s aide attacks Buhari over Emefiele’s reappointment

A spokesperson for former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State on Friday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of "hypocrisy" over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The Senate on Thursday read Mr Buhari's letter seeking the confirmation of Mr Emefiele for a final five-year…

Tradition ruler, Aliyu Ibrahim.

Insecurity: Gunmen storm Sokoto community, kill traditional ruler

Suspected gunmen on Tuesday stormed Balle community in Gudu Local Government Area of Sokoto State and shot dead its tradition ruler, Aliyu Ibrahim, a source has said. The witness told PREMIUM TIMES the gunmen stormed the community on motorcycles shooting sporadically in the air. He said residents ran into hiding…

The mace that was destroyed

VIDEO: Jigawa lawmakers fight during plenary, destroy mace

An attempt to amend a standing rule in the Jigawa house of assembly, on Tuesday, led to fisticuffs among members and the eventual destruction of the mace. The rowdy session started when the Speaker of the house, Isa Idris, announced a 'decision' to amend the house standing rule aimed at…

President Muhammadu Buhari signing the Executive Order No.007 of 2019 on the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme at at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (25/1/2019) 00867/25/01/2019/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Buhari okays appointment of ex-Minister he once accused of corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Minister of Commerce Bello Maitama-Yusuf as member of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). Mr Yusuf, 72, was accused of corruption by the Buhari military administration in the early 1980s. He went into exile to avoid prosecution.…

Mr. Zakariyya attending to pupils at Islamiyya school in Hara community

Neglected Jigawa community begs government for school

Hara in Jigawa State looks like something snatched from a forgotten past and forcibly transplanted into the 21st century. The community, which is 20 kilometres from the state’s capital, Dutse, lacks all the basic amenities - potable water, electricity, health facility, schools. Despite its nearness to the state capital, like…

Zamfara: Kidnappers collect N2.5 million ransom, abduct victim’s teenage son

Eighteen-year-old Abubakar Sani of Birnin Magaji community in Zamfara State was assigned to hand over a N2.5 million ransom to the abductors of his father. However, he too has been abducted by the kidnappers, a family source said. Sunusi Sani, the elder brother of the boy, told PREMIUM TIMES on…

Nigerian Army

Tension in Zamfara town amid reprisal fears after seven ‘bandits’ lynched

Suspected armed bandits are reportedly planning a retaliatory attack on Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State, residents and a military official have said. Residents said the suspected bandits 'numbering thousands' are moving closer to Birnin Magaji town, as at Thursday morning, to avenge the killing of seven of…

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Zamfara: Residents cordon emir’s palace, kill seven suspected bandits

Residents of Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on Wednesday, cordoned their emir's palace and killed seven suspected bandits. The armed bandits were said to be in the emir's palace for a peace talk after their cows were confiscated following an airstrike on their base in Birnin Magaji…

Zamfara State map

Kidnappers of Zamfara villagers demand additional N5 million ransom

The kidnappers of 16 villagers in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on Wednesday demanded additional N5 million as a ransom for the release of the abducted persons. The unidentified leader of the criminals called one of the victim's family to make the demand, four months after the victims…

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Jigawa court sentence kidnapper to death

A state high court in Dutse, Jigawa State, on Tuesday sentenced a 39-year-old man to death after convicting him of kidnapping and culpable homicide.  The court found Datti Buba, a resident of Giade Local Government Area in Bauchi State, guilty of kidnapping and killing two of his abducted victims. The…

The custom officer that was killed

Suspected rice smuggler kill customs official in Jigawa

A Customs officer on Monday was reportedly killed by a suspected rice smuggler in Gumel Local Government Area of Jigawa State. A witness said the suspected smuggler ran his vehicle over the Customs official at Emir's Palace road in Gumel town in a desperate move to escape arrest. The Customs'…

Jigawa protest

Police halt peaceful protest in Jigawa

The police in Jigawa State on Monday prevented a peaceful rally reportedly meant to protest incessant killings and kidnappings across the country. The protest was billed to be flagged off at the Aminu Kano Triangle where hundreds of participants converged. The police sealed and barricaded the entrance, insisting the procession…

Hisbah commander Ibrahim Dahiru

Jigawa Hisbah annuls 312 underage, forced marriages in four years – Official

The Jigawa State Hisbah Board said it has annulled no fewer than 312 underaged and forced marriages in the last four years. The board, which is also referred to as the Sharia police, also said it has successfully reunited 25 street children, known as almajiri, with their parents. Ibrahim Dahiru,…

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: facebook.com)

Atiku’s mother was from Jigawa, Centenarian, Dutse Emirate official say

A man who claims to be 100 years old and an uncle of the late mother of Atiku Abubakar has stated that she is from Jigawar Sarki community in Jigawa State. A similar claim was earlier stated by an official of the Dutse Emirate in Jigawa State. Mr Abubakar, the…

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Bus accident claims 19 in Jigawa

At least 19 persons were killed on Tuesday in a road accident in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The accident happened at Gwaram Sabuwa, around 11:30 a.m. close to Government Girls Unity College. A witness told PREMIUM TIMES the accident occurred when the front tyre of an overloaded…

Adam Zango marries again, promises not to divorce wife

Kannywood star, Adam Zango, is set to marry again after divorcing his previous wives. Daily Trust newspaper reported on Monday that Zango is set to marry for the sixth time at Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi State on Friday. The wedding would take place at the Emir of Gwandu…

Nigerian Army after recapturing Mubi

Troops kill seven bandits, arrest informants in Zamfara — Official

The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, in its ongoing special operations in Zamfara State, said it killed seven armed bandits and arrested informants. The troops achieved this, in conjunction with "the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, the Nigerian Air Force Component and Vigilantes", the Army said in a statement. According…

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UPDATED: One killed, many injured as gunmen attack Jigawa community

Suspected gunmen on Wednesday attacked Gidan Maidawa community in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State. A local government official, Muhammad Abdullahi, who spoke on behalf of the Dutse Local Chairman, Bala 'Yar-Gaba, said one person was killed and ten others were injured during the attacked. He said the gunmen…

Soldiers at checkpoint

Soldiers cordon Zamfara community, kill many bandits, arrest others

Several armed bandits were reportedly killed on Sunday after Nigeria’s military launched an offensive in Tsanu community in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Residents said the soldiers came around 1 p.m., heavily armed, and reportedly cordoned the entry and exit points of the community before they started the…

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Suspected bandits kill vigilante group leader in Zamfara community

Suspected bandits on Saturday killed a prominent vigilante group leader in Rukudawa community in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Residents identified the deceased as Rabiu Maiwelda, one of the community’s vigilante group leaders. He was said to be on the wanted list of the armed bandits. A source…

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Military Airstrikes: Armed bandits return to Zamfara communities, walk freely- Residents

Suspected armed bandits are currently walking freely with arms in some communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State after military began airstrikes, residents in the areas have said. The residents say since the armed bandits fled the ongoing military airstrikes in several of their hideouts in the bush,…

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Ex-LG chairman arrested for allegedly sleeping with neighbour’s wife

The police in Jigawa on Friday said they have arrested a former chairman of Kafin-Hausa Local Government Area, Jigawa State, Aliko Kwatalo, for allegedly having sex with a married woman. The incident occurred on Tuesday at the NTA Quarters, along Garin Gabas road in Hadejia Local Government Area. The husband…

Defense-Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali

Zamfara Insecurity: Traditional rulers dare minister to name persons aiding bandits

Zamfara State’s Council of Chiefs has expressed dismay over the statement credited to Minister of Defence, Mansur Ali, accusing traditional rulers of aiding bandits in the ongoing killings of innocent villagers in the affected areas. In a press statement issued to journalists on Thursday, in Gusau, the state’s capital, after…

JAMB

2019 UTME: ‘Professor’ arrested as JAMB exams hold across Nigeria

A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was on Thursday arrested for alleged examination malpractice as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for this year began across Nigeria. However, officials of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which is organising the examination, and candidates in many…