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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…

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…

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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…

Nigeria Police officers are working with the military to counter insurgency.

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…

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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…

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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…

NIGERIA: 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,…