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Muslim-Muslim governorship ticket not right for Kaduna – Sheik Gumi

A popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, has said going by the culture and environment of Kaduna State, the state is not ripe for a Muslim-Muslim governorship ticket. He said such ticket could create more tension in the violence-prone state, and that people of other ethnic groups and religions should…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

How Buhari helped me in choosing my running mate — El Rufai

Governor Nasir E'rufai of Kaduna has explained how he chose his running mate for the 2019 election. In his first public response to criticisms over the decision, Mr El Rufai said he benefitted from President Muhammad Buhari's counsel in deciding the candidate. Mr El-Rufai last week named Hadiza Balarabe, the…

Senator Shehu Sani

PRP confirms Shehu Sani its Kaduna Central senatorial candidate

The People's Redemption Party (PRP) says Shehu Sani is its candidate for Kaduna Central senatorial zone in the 2019 election. The senator recently joined PRP from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after a protracted dispute with his former party's leadership in the state. The chairman of PRP in Kaduna…

Balarabe Musa

Buhari has failed, but he’s still better than Atiku — Balarabe Musa

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Redemption Party, Balarabe Musa, has said that despite the glaring failure of President Muhammadu Buhari, he is still better than the former vice president and now Peoples Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. According to him, ‎there is no doubt…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

How two police officers were killed in Kaduna – Official

The Kaduna police command on Wednesday confirmed the killing of two police officers along the Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Kaduna by unknown gunmen. The police spokesperson in the state, Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the killing in a statement said the victims died during a ''fierce gun duel with the gunmen''.…

PDP members protest in Kaduna

Kaduna PDP members protest over alleged irregularities in governorship primaries

Supporters of a governorship aspirant, Idris Mikati, under the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Kaduna on Tuesday, staged a peaceful protest over alleged irregularities during the party’s governorship primary in the state. The protesters, under the Idris Miqati support group, said there was lack of sincerity in process of the…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Gunmen kill two mobile policemen, civilian in Kaduna

There was pandemonium in Nasarawa area of Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday following gunshots by unknown gunmen that left two policemen dead and five other officers injured. A civilian, identified as a driver of IBBI, a brewery company located in the area, was also killed in the attack. The affected police…

Air force helicopter

Buhari commissions 62 NAF cadets in Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commissioned 62 pilot officers and second lieutenants of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The president said the 62 cadets’ addition into the NAF would further strengthen the personnel needed by the force in its responsibility to protect Nigeria’s territorial…

Internally Displaced Persons

Borno IDP camps remain hotspots for crimes against girls, women – University Don

The principal investigator, Centre of Excellence on Development Communication, Rasheeda Liman, has described Borno Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps as hotspots for crimes against girls and women, who depend on people for food to survive. She said the girls and women are, most times, sexually exploited and harassed in return…

Rev Matthew Kukah, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi during the meeting at Obasanjo's residence in Abeokuta

Why I attended Atiku/Obasanjo reconciliation meeting – Sheik Gumi

Prominent Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, has explained why he accompanied former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate to a reconciliation meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo. According to him, he was invited because he was an apolitical scholar. Mr Gumi said part of the criteria the conveners…

UNICEF Building in Geneva

69 per cent of Nigeria’s out-of-school children in the North – UNICEF

An official of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said 69 per cent of Nigeria's out-of-school children are located in the northern part of the country. Also according to the official, Bauchi State has the highest number with 1.1 million children that are out of school followed by…

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Kaduna APC holds controversial senatorial primaries amidst tight security

The Kaduna State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) on Saturday dared the national leadership of the party and conducted a senatorial primary for Kaduna Central zone. The primaries is ongoing, under tight security. PREMIUM TIMES observed fully armed security personnel - Police, Vigilantes and Civilian JTF, moving around the…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna 2019: El-Rufai emerges APC governorship candidate

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday emerged as the governorship aspirant under the All Progressive Congress in the state. He emerged after affirmation by delegates of the party from the 23 local government areas of the state. He was the only contestant. The voting by delegates began around…

Nigerian police force

Gunmen abduct 16 Nigerian miners – Police

The Kaduna Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that 16 miners were abducted by armed bandits at Birnin Gwari Local Government Area. According to the police, the miners were returning from a mining site in a truck when they were intercepted by the gunmen. The incident occurred at Pole Wire bush,…

123 women die during birth in Kaduna in six months — Report

A mid-year report issued by Kaduna State Maternal Perinatal Deaths Surveillance and Response (MPDRSR) team says 123 pregnant women died in the state between January and July 2018. The chairman of the MPDSR, Lawal Abubakar, disclosed this on Friday during a quarterly interactive forum organised by Kaduna State Maternal Accountability…

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Kidnapped Kaduna lecturers freed

The three lecturers of Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology, Makarfi, who were kidnapped have been freed. The victims include two women, Rabi Dogo and Halimatu Malam, and the director of the institution’s dental school, identified as Dr. Akawo. The staff were released on Tuesday around 8 p.m.,…

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May God’s anger be on me if I divorced my wi‎fe, man tells court

A Shariah court on Thursday rejected an application for divorce after the husband swore an oath that he had not divorced his wife, contrary to her claims. The woman, Hajara Ibrahim, had dragged Albashir Ibrahim before the court sitting at Magajin Gari in Kaduna State, complaining that despite divorcing her,…

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70% Kaduna children don’t have birth certificates – Official

About 70 per cent of children born in Kaduna State are without birth registration certificates, the state government has said. As a result of many children not being registered at birth, government cannot reach them with critical health intervention programmes, the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency said on…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Kaduna 2019: Groups buy APC nomination form for El-Rufai

Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and four other groups on Monday presented the All Progressives Congress (APC) nomination form to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The groups said they want Mr El-Rufai to seek reelection in 2019 because they believe in his leadership of the state. The four…

Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT), Walid Jibrin

PDP reappoints Walid Jibrin BOT chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reappointed Walid Jibrin as chairman of its Board of Trustees for another five years. Mr Jibrin from Nasarawa State was first elected to the position in 2013. The reappointment was announced in a statement on Monday from the BOT chairman. The acting secretary of…

Sen Shehu Sani displaying his nomination form to His Supporters in Abuja

Shehu Sani picks senatorial nomination forms

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Saturday picked his nomination form under the All Progressives Congress (APC). The senator picked the form at APC headquarters in Abuja amidst a crowd. He was accompanied by his supporters from the seven Local Government Areas of Kaduna State under his constituency.…

Ahmadu-Bello-University-Teaching-Hospital-ABUTH. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nigerian Scholars]

ABUTH to conduct first open heart surgery in Northern Nigeria – CMD

The Chief Medical Director Of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Lawal Khalid, says the hospital will carry out its first open heart surgery by the end of September. Mr Khalid, a professor, disclosed this to journalists in Zaria on Thursday, saying the exercise will be the first in northern…

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani kicks against Kaduna APC’s adoption of indirect primaries

The Senator representing Kaduna Central district, Shehu Sani, has kicked against the adoption of indirect primaries by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The state executive committee (SEC) of the party Thursday announced it has adopted the indirect primaries for selection of its candidates for the 2019…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

Kaduna APC adopts indirect primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has adopted indirect primaries for selecting its candidates for the 2019 general elections. The chairman of the party in the state, Emmanuel Jekada, announced the decision in a statement in Kaduna on Thursday. Mr Jekada said the state executive committee had at…

Balarabe Musa

PRP names new national chairman, BOT

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has a new national chairman. He is Falalu Bello, a former managing director of the Bank of the North. Mr Bello replaces the former chairman of the party, Balarabe Musa, who stepped down from his position on Friday due to failing health. The former bank…