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Gunmen raid Kaduna community, kidnap nursing mother

Gunmen on Tuesday stormed Rigasa Community of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state and abducted a nursing mother. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the gunmen arrived in the community at about 2 a.m. and went from house to house picking their victims. Three other young women were alleged to have…

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

New Northern governors’ forum chairman emerges

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has been elected as the chairman of the northern governors' forum which comprises 19 members. The second-term governor was elected during the forum's meeting held on Friday in Kaduna. The forum's outgoing chairman and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this at the end…

House of Reps

Why I ended my Reps speakership ambition – APC lawmaker

The wife of a former governor of Yobe State, Khadija Bukar-Abba, says her ambition to become the speaker of the House of Representatives in the ninth assembly has died a natural death. Mrs Bukar-Abba is returning to the House for the fourth time as the representative of Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Gujba,…

Kaduna residents protest incessant kidnappings (PHOTOS)

Residents of some communities in Kaduna State on Sunday morning protested the repeated kidnappings in the area. The residents of Nariya and Kanama communities blocked the Nnamdi Azikwe Expressway during the protest. Kaduna and many states in Nigeria have witnessed several kidnap cases. In many instances, the victims are released…

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Female ‘expatriate’, two others killed in troubled Kaduna town

A female expatriate and two others have been killed by suspected kidnappers in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, police said. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. on Friday when the attackers stormed the area shooting sporadically. The identities of the victims were not immediately made available by the…

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai asks political appointees to resign by April 30

Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has directed all political appointees in the state to submit their letters of resignation by April 30, 2019. He said all resignation letters should be properly addressed to his 'Principal Private Secretary.' According to the directive, each notice of resignation must be submitted along…

Nigeria Police

Gunmen kill 21 in Kaduna — Police

The police in Kaduna on Tuesday said armed men riding on motorbikes killed 21 persons at Banono and Angwan AKU communities in Kufana district of Kajuru Local Government Area. The police said the during the incident which occurred on Monday at about 9:30 am, the attackers invaded the communities shooting…

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Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna

A Catholic priest has been kidnapped in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria. John Shekwolo, a reverend father, was kidnapped by armed men in Ankuwa, Kachia Local Government Area of the state, the police said. The police spokesperson, Yakubu Sabo, said the cleric was kidnapped at about 8 a.m. on Monday when…

Pilgrims at the Hajj in Saudi Arabia Photo: AlJazeera

Hajj: Kaduna begins enlightenment programme for intending pilgrims

The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Saturday flagged off the Hajj Enlightenment exercise for intending pilgrims across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. The Director General, Bureau for Religious Affairs, Kaduna State, Namadi Musa, while flagging off the exercise urged the intending pilgrims ‎to give thanks to…

Kaduna State House of Assembly

APC wins 22 Assembly seats in Kaduna, PDP gets nine

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 22 of the 31 seats in the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the remaining nine seats. Among the winners is the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali, who was reelected from the…

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PDP threatens to reject Kaduna election results

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday threatened to reject the results of the governorship and state house of assembly elections in Kaduna State. The party said it would not accept rigged elections that do not tally with the wish of the people. The party said it has not yet…

Women turn out en masse to vote in Kaduna

Women turn out en masse to vote in Kaduna

Women have turned out in large numbers to vote in the presidential and National Assembly elections in Kaduna State. In most of the polling units visited by PREMIUM TIMES in the state capital metropolis, women patiently waited on queues to cast their votes. Some of the women said they left…

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31 shops, Mosque burnt in Kaduna market fire

Traders in foodstuff at the Kaduna Central Market, Bakin Dogo, were on Wednesday left in shock and confusion by an early morning fire outbreak that consumed 31 shops along Birnin Kudu Road in the market. The fire which began at about 2 a.m. was said to have started from the…

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Muslim clerics demand arrest, prosecution of suspects in Kaduna killings

The Council of Imams and Ulamas ‎on Sunday called on the Kaduna State Government to immediately apprehend and prosecute the masterminds of the Killings of 66 persons in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. The religious leaders also urged Governor Nasir El-Rufai to ensure those who carried out the…

Nigerian Army on patrol in Borno, Boko Haram

Nigerian troops kill 37 Zamfara bandits, rescue 80 people – Official

Nigerian soldiers killed 37 bandits and rescued 80 kidnapped people in Zamfara in two weeks, an official said. Six soldiers also died in the operations in the troubled state, Clement Kabaide, the acting spokesperson of the army in the region said in a statement on Saturday. ‎The rescued victims include…

Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai

Elections: El-Rufai bans civilian JTF, local vigilantes from Kaduna polling units

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said there are no security-related roles in the election for certain security outfits in the state on the election days. These include the state vigilance service, local Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and other civilian security ‎volunteers. The governor said all civilian security…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Arewa Consultative Forum backs Buhari’s reelection bid

The Arewa Consultative Forum, northern Nigeria's foremost socio-cultural group, on Tuesday formally endorsed the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he deserves a second term to consolidate on his achievements. Mr Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is being challenged by dozens of candidates in the presidential election…

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Why we arrested PDP campaign spokesman — SSS

The Department of State Security Services (SSS) on Tuesday explained why it arrested the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign director, media and publicity, in Kaduna, Ben Bako. According to the security agency, Mr Bako was arrested for making inciting statements at a campaign rally in southern Kaduna. The statement signed…

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PDP reacts to arrest of its ex-Kaduna chairman as video surfaces of ‘inciteful’ statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest of its former Kaduna chairman, Yaro Makama. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Makama was arrested by security operatives on Monday afternoon and reportedly whisked to Abuja. Neither the police nor the State Security Service (SSS), which reportedly carried out the arrest,…

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Ex-Kaduna PDP chairman arrested

A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Yaro Makama, has been arrested. Mr Makama was arrested by security operatives in Kaduna on Monday. A spokesperson for the PDP governorship campaign in Kaduna, Yakubu Lere, confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES. "He was invited by the…

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Elections: PDP reacts to arrest of Kaduna campaign spokesperson, rejects violence

The Peoples Democratic Party PDP on Sunday called for the immediate and unconditional release of its campaign spokesperson in Kaduna, Ben Bako. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Bako was arrested on Saturday night allegedly by officials of the State Security Service (SSS). Although the SSS is yet to state any…

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PDP campaign spokesman arrested

A spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign in Kaduna State has been arrested. Ben Bako, the Director, Media and Publicity, Kaduna State PDP Campaign Organisation was arrested on Saturday, an official said. He was arrested by security operatives in Kaduna around 11 p.m. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr…

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2019: I have nothing against Christians in Kaduna – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Saturday, said his administration has nothing against Christians in the state. He said that his decision to pick a Muslim running mate was not based on religion and ethnicity, as speculated. Mr El-Rufai made the comment at a Town Hall Meeting With a…

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Zamfara: Soldiers kill 58 bandits, rescue kidnapped victims

Nigerian soldiers operating in Zamfara State have succeeded in killing 58 armed bandits at Dumburum and Gando forests in the state. The troops also rescued 75 kidnapped victims abducted by the bandits after a fierce gun battle that lasted hours, according to the army. Two soldiers and two vigilantes were…

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Soldiers kill 58 suspected bandits in Zamfara – Official

Nigerian soldiers have killed 58 armed bandits and captured one at Dumburum and Gando forests in Zamfara State. The troops also rescued 75 victims abducted by the bandits after a gun battle that lasted hours, according to army authorities. Two soldiers, and two members of the local vigilante group lost…