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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 rejects nominee for criticising El-Rufai in the past

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…

SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

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…

PDP Head Quarters [Photo: George Ogala]

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…

File photo of a PDP rally

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…

PDP Head Quarters [Photo: George Ogala]

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…

Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

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…

Nigerian Army on duty

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…

Femi Falana

El-Zakzaky blind, in need of urgent medical attention- Falana

Femi Falana, counsel to the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky on Tuesday at a court hearing said his client has lost one eye and is in need of urgent attention. He also said bullets in the body of the equally detained wife of the…

Zamfara State map

17 confirmed killed in fresh Zamfara attack

The police in Zamfara have confirmed 17 people killed in an attack by armed bandits on a community in the state. The attack occurred in Magami Village, Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area. A statement by the Zamfara police spokesperson, Muhammed Shehu, said the attack occurred on Saturday evening.…

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Gunmen invade Kaduna community, kill 10

At least 10 residents were killed when gunmen attacked a community in Kaduna State, the police have said. The Kaduna police spokesperson said the attack occurred on Sunday at Ungwan Pa Gwandara community in Jagindi Ward of Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The gunmen attacked the community at…

Ex-Nigerian senator Ahmed Aruwa. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Post]

Ex-Nigerian senator Ahmed Aruwa is dead

A former senator, Ahmed Aruwa, is dead. Mr Aruwa, 70, represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly between 1999 and 2007. Confirming the death of the senator, one of his younger brothers, Suleiman, said he died at about 4:30 a.m. at a private hospital in Kaduna. Suleiman described…

A Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi,

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…