Muhammad Ahmad

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I haven’t endorsed Kwankwaso for 2019 presidential election – Jigawa Governor

The Jigawa State Governor, Muhammadu Badaru, has dismissed speculations that he is backing former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for president in 2019. The speculations followed the inauguration of a presidential campaign office for Mr. Kwankwaso in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital last week. The event was said to have been…

Nigerian Police

UPDATED: How Kano Police identified Boko Haram members, fought gun battle – Commissioner

The police in Kano State have provided details of the gun battle with Boko Haram suspects in the state. PREMIUM TIMES reported the duel which occured in the early hours of Sunday. A special police task force set up by the Inspector General of Police led the battle that led…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Kano Police engage Boko Haram suspects in gun battle, arrest five

The police in Kano State on Sunday morning engaged in a gun duel with gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram. The police officers were members of a special task force set up by the Inspector General of Police. At the end of the gun duel, three of…

Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali

Nigeria Customs returns 11 Toyota Hilux vans impounded from senator

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has released four Toyota Hilux pick up vans allegedly belonging to a senator after the payment of N19 million custom duties. The vehicles were impounded by the Kano/Jigawa command of the agency about four mounts ago over the duties. Customs Controller in Kano, Yusuf…

Kwankwaso’s associate replies Tinubu: Ganduje will lose Kano in 2019

An associate of the former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has replied a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, for endorsing Governor Abdullai Ganduje for second term. According to the former governor’s erstwhile commissioner for state affairs, Aminu Gwarzo, "Governor Ganduje has already lost…

Northern Elders Forum names Paul Unongo chairman

The Northern Elders Forum has named Paul Unongo as its new chairman. Mr. Unongo succeeds Maitama Sule, the former minister who died in Cairo, Egypt two weeks ago. The appointment was announced by the new chairman on Monday during a visit by members of the forum to the residence of…

Buhari has been honest with Nigerians, deserves prayers of all — Tinubu

A leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the prayers of Nigerians over his health challenges, because he has been honest with them. Mr. Tinubu who was speaking at Government House, Kano, during a condolence visit to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on…

EFCC fumes as court grants bail to ex-governor on the run for four years

Despite being on the run for four years after a warrant of arrest was issued on him, an Abuja court has granted bail to Saminu Turaki, about one week after he was arrested. A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja granted Mr. Turaki bail on Thursday despite the anti-graft…

Obasanjo to Nigerian youth: Only few of us remain, exploit our experience

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, today said that with the exit of the respected statesman, Yusuf Maitama Sule, Nigerian youth have less of the older generation of Nigerians to learn from. Mr. Obasanjo, who was speaking while condoling with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje during a visit to the governor’s office and…

Pandemonium as thousands bid farewell to Maitama Sule

There was pandemonium Tuesday in Kano as thousands of mourners paid their last respects to the late former minister and Nigeria UN representative, Yusuf Sule, as he was buried. Due to the heavy human and vehicular movement around the venues of the burial rites, many could not gain access to…

LIVE UPDATES: Maitama Sule set for burial

As hundreds of dignitaries and other Nigerians gather in Kano for the burial of late Yusuf Maitama Sule, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt that his body will no longer arrive at the Kano international airport. The presidential jet carrying the remains of the Dan Masini Kano will now land at the…

DEVELOPING STORY: Maitama’s body leaves Abuja for Kano

The body of late Maitama Sule left Abuja for Kano aboard a presidential jet at about 2.40 p.m. Officials who accompanied the body include Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abbak Kyari, ànd some ministers. PREMIUM TIMES reported the arrival of the body earlier…

Abdulmumin Jibrin

APC expels suspended Rep, Jibrin

The All Progressive Congress, APC, in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State, says it has expelled Abdulmumuni Jibrin, the member of the House of Representatives who was suspended for accusing the leadership of the House of budget fraud. Mr. Jibrin represents Bebeji Federal Constituency. The chapter of the party…

Kano Governor moves to reconcile Jibrin, Dogara, others

The House of Representatives may soon recall its suspended former Appropriation Committee Chairman, Abdulmumini Jibrin, following a reconciliation meeting initiated by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, between Mr. Jibrin and leaders of the lower chamber. Mr. Jibrin, who represents Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State, was suspended from the…

Northerners attacking Osinbajo are “reactionary conservative elements” – Senator

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has described Northerners who attack Acting President Yemi Osinbajo as "reactionary conservative elements and counter revolutionaries,” wanting to create ethnic disunity. Mr. Sani said this in Kano on Sunday after paying condolence visit to the family of the wife of late Aminu Kano,…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Evidence against Sanusi’s emirate council ‘intact’– Kano anti-corruption agency

The clouds may not have fully cleared over the head of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, as the state’s anti-corruption commission said Tuesday the evidence against the Emirate Council were “intact”. Multiple sources at the agency told PREMIUM TIMES the agency had resumed the probe, a day after…

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II of Kano Emirate

Kano Assembly suspends Emir Sanusi probe after ‘Osinbajo, IBB intervention’

The Kano State House of Assembly has called off its investigation of alleged misappropriation of funds and other infractions by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. The House resolved to drop the probe following a plea through a letter by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, which was read by the…

In rare praise, Gov. Ganduje hails Kwankwaso as Kano’s second best governor

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has described his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as the best civilian governor the state has had since the late Abubakar Rimi. Mr. Ganduje was Mr. Kwankwaso’s deputy until he succeeded him in 2015, but both men have since been on different sides of a deep fissure…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Kano anti-corruption agency suspends Emir probe

The Kano State government’s anti-corruption agency has suspended probe into the financial dealings of the Emirate council. The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission was investigating alleged misuse of N6 billion. The state’s House of Assembly launched a separate investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, following…

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Why we’re investigating Emir Sanusi – Kano Assembly Speaker

The Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Alhassan Rirum, has said that the investigation of the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi, by the House was not connected to a similar exercise being undertaken by an agency of the executive arm of the state government. The Kano Public Complaints…

Ex-NNPC boss, Andrew Yakubu in court

Ex-NNPC Chief Andrew Yakubu loses bid to retrieve forfeited $9.8 million

A Federal High Court in Kano has dismissed the application filed by a former Managing Director of the state oil firm, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu seeking to quash an interim order of forfeiture secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Ruling on the application filed by the counsel to Mr.…

After four nights in detention, ex-governor Sule Lamido granted bail

A magistrate court sitting in Dutse has granted a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, bail on own recognisance. The prosecutor, Ikenna Ekpunobi, had argued that Mr. Lamido should not be granted bail as he could jeopardise peace in the state. The magistrate, Muhammad Lamin, disagreed with the counsel. Mr.…

Ex-Governor Sule Lamido remanded in prison custody as police teargas protesters

A Jigawa State Magistrate Court has remanded former a former governor of the state, Sule Lamido, in prison custody. Mr. Lamido is to be in the Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided, Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin ruled. The magistrate said he needed time…

Ex-Governor Sule Lamido docked for allegedly inciting violence

A former governor of Jigawa State was on Tuesday morning docked for allegedly inciting his supporters to violence. Mr. Lamido was docked on a four-count charge at a court in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital. The Peoples Democratic Party leader is accused of inciting his supporters to violence in the…

JUST IN: Police set to arraign Sule Lamido amidst very tight security

There was heavy presence of security operatives in and around Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, on Tuesday morning as the police prepared to arraign a former governor of the state, Sule Lamido. Police sources told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Lamido would be arraigned at a Dutse High Court on Tuesday…