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Village Head accused of raping, infecting girl with HIV in Jigawa



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The village head of Dan Gulam in Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State, Umar Ibrahim, has been accused of raping, impregnating and infecting a girl with HIV.

This was contained in a letter dated October 16, 2023, to the Secretary of Dutse Emirate Council by the Senior State Counsel in the Jigawa State Ministry of Justice, Kabiru Abdullah, with the title: “Notification of arraignment of Umar Ibrahim (Village Head of Dan Gulam) on the offence of rape contrary to Section 3 (1) (A and D) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2021”.

The letter reads in part: “I have been directed by the Attorney General of Jigawa State to write and notify Your Highness that a complaint of rape and infection with HIV was lodged at the Office of the Attorney General by one Ya’ u Muhammad in which he alleged that Umar Ibrahim (Village Head of Dan Gulam) engaged his daughter in an illegal sexual intercourse which resulted to her pregnancy and infected her with HIV.

“Upon receiving the complaint, parties were invited, and in the course of discussion with the Attorney General, Umar Ibrahim (the village head) revealed that he had filed a case of defamation against the girl, her father and one Sule Umar of Dan Gulam village before the Upper Shari’a Court in Gwaram.

“The attorney general directed for the case at the Upper Sharia Court, Gwaram, to be taken over and all parties were referred to the CID in Dutse for investigation.

“After the investigation by the CID, the case diary was sent to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice. The legal advice was given and it revealed prima facie case of criminal conspiracy and rape were made against Umar Ibrahim who to the attorney general’s greatest dismay is the Village Head of Dan Gulam in Gwaram LGA.

“In view of the above fact and that he will soon be arraigned before a court.

“It is based on the foregoing fact that the attorney general directed me to write and notify Your Highness of the position of the case for appropriate steps to be taken.”

However, reports indicate that there is pressure on the emirate to sweep the issue under the carpet despite appeals and the state government’s intervention through the office of the attorney general.

Meanwhile, the family of the girl has called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to intervene in the matter to save the girl’s life and to ensure justice is served.

However, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, the village head said he was not the person that impregnated the girl.

He explained that the initial case was not rape but a land issue with his district head when he allocated a portion to a former Chairman of Gwaram LGA.

He said, “They are trying to black paint my name. That is why they falsely allege that I impregnated the girl; which is a lie. I don’t know the girl. I have never met the girl.”

When asked whether he was HIV positive, he said “Yes. I have had it for the past 10 years when I married an infected widow. That is why they are bringing that girl that has the virus and is pregnant to lay false allegations; but I swear I didn’t do it.”

Culled from Dailytrust

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Jigawa Govt, FCDO signs agreement on Healthcare, Education, Social Protection Dev.




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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Jigawa State Government has signed an agreement with UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) on Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) in five sectoral development areas.

Speaking after signing the agreement, the Jigawa state governor, Malam Umar Namadi said, “This is the 5th Strategic Dialogue, of Mutual Accountability Framework, that focuses on developmental issues particularly on issues related to Health, Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and Youth empowerment sectors.

According to the governor, “I am truly delighted that we are gathered once again for the continuation of the strategic dialogue between the Jigawa State Government and the FCDO.
“From what we have achieved over the years, I firmly believe in the effectiveness of the Mutual Accountability Framework”.

The Governor also outlined key achievements across various sectors to include sustained investment in healthcare, increased access to education, and advancements in social protection initiatives and the commitment to improved governance.
Other sectors are economic growth, and leveraging technology for a digital economy were emphasized as core priorities for Jigawa State.

On his part, the FCDO Development Director, Dr. Christopher Pycroft, commended Governor Umar Namadi’s visionary 12-point agenda as he promised continued support from the FCDO.

Dr. Pycroft, highlighted the significance of sustaining the MAF approach and expanding collaboration with other stakeholders to foster development and growth of Jigawa State and it’s people.

The director who shared his heartfelt sentiments on the enduring partnership, acknowledged the impactful journey over the last 23 years in Jigawa’s development.

He then, expressed confidence in the continued growth of the alliance, envisioning a future where Jigawa State becomes a beacon of progress for other subnational governments and development partners.

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Police arrest 55 suspected Criminals, recover N3.6m cash, other valuables in Jigawa




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By: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Jigawa state police command have arrested over 55 suspected criminals over alleged crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and other offenses.

The state commissoner of police, Mr Ahmad Abdullahi, in his maiden press briefing at the state’s police command headquarters in Dutse, said “On my assumption of duty in the state 10 days ago we made trimendious achievement”.

The police boss explained that “The command under my leadership succeeded in arresting 25 suspected thieves and vandals, three suspected kidnappers, 10 suspected armed robbers, two suspected human traffickers, arrest of 10 suspected motor vehicle and motorcycle thieves and three suspected mobile phone thieves”.

Abdullahi added that “The command has recovered three fabricated local firearms, four motor vehicles, six motorcycles, N3,650,000 cash and nine android handsets”.

He stated further that also recovered were 32 cows, five sheep, vandalized armored cables and wares, Sesame, Millet and Groundnut valued at N450,000, 261 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 176 tablets of Exol etc.

According to him “The command will be guided on the security basic principles such as intelligence led policing, community policing, knowledge and collaboration with the sister security agencies to achieve common object and maintain effective crime control, civil disorder control and reduction in fear of crime”.

He assured the people in the state that through hard work, professionalism and partnership crime and criminality will be reduced to the barest minimum.
Abdullahi expressed gratitude to the inspector general of police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun “for finding me worthy to be deployed here to serve as commissioner of police of this great state”.

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Jigawa moves to boost Export with hibiscus,Sesame Fumigation, Cleaning Chamber




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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

As part of the Jigawa government effort to supplement the federal government policy of promotion of non oil product exportation, the state has collaborated Comttraex Nigeria a private organization and established a fumigation chamber for hibiscus flower at the Maigatari Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Maigatari local government area of the state.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Jigawa Investment Promotion Agency (InvestJigawa) Furera Isma Jumare at a one-day seminar titled “Value Addition for Export”, organized for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
She said it is part of effort to promote non oil product expirtation.

The director general said the project which is under Public Private Partnerships (PPP) chamber is expected to commence operation in few weeks.

Hajiya Jumare explained that the gesture was aimed at boosting the exportation of the product, as well as addressing the issue of export rejection.

According to her “The collaboration, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement, is also targeted at transforming the hibiscus value chain in the state, by making it a prominent hub for the production and processing of the commodity in Nigeria”.

The DG noted that the partnership will establish a fumigation chamber, modern cleaning and processing facility for hibiscus flowers, Sesame and trade under the brand name “ComttraJigawa”.

“This initiative is expected to unlock the industry’s full potentials, driving economic growth and creating opportunities for local farmers and sustainable development in the region to boost exportation of the product,” she said.

The DG further assured the state government will support in various ways that would ease the path to becoming not just a production state, but also a state dominant in processing of raw materials for exportation.

“And for this seminar themed “Value Addition for Export”, Our target is the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) sector. You may wonder why you, as MSMEs, first, there is no dispute that MSMEs form the bedrock of a country’s economy, especially here in Africa.

“And for us in InvestJigawa, we consider MSMEs as investors too, something I must stress here because of the general belief that when you say “investors”, you mean those large rice mills, sugar factories, fertiliser companies and the likes that you see along the road. It is not so.

“We see MSMEs as partners that should be supported to grow and thrive, which we believe would subsequently contribute to the economic prosperity of our state as espoused by our Governor’s 12-point agenda,” the DG said.

She stressed the need for MSMEs to ramp up the addition of value to the state raw materials, which will provide competitive advantage, noting that value addition will avail MSMEs the opportunity to get premium prices for their products, “I reiterate that our state is endowed with abundant resources and it is time we leverage these resources for their fullest potential.

It is worth telling, that in September this year, according to Nigeria Shippers Council’s report, 75% of exported farm produce in Nigeria is from North West zone.

“This underscores the pivotal role that our MSMEs can play in this space and their potential impact on the global market. I believe the presentations and discussions today will provide valuable insights and strategies for our MSMEs to enhance their production processes and elevate the quality of their goods and services,” Isma-Jumare said.

She therefore, urged the participants to network for future collaboration with the agency in its effort to bring about export of the state products not as raw materials, but as finished goods.

Competent resource persons from Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Shippers Council, Dala Inland Dry Port, Nigeria Customs Service and Window of Turkey made presentations on export producers.

In their separate remarks, Mr Danalmadi Haladu, the Secretary of Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), in the state, Malam Nuhu Hussaini, the Chairman of Dutse Union of Marketers, commended the agency for the seminar and engaging resource persons to educate the participants.

Nuhu, called for more Sensitisation for the MSMEs in the area of exportation as he urged the agency to ensure that producers get good prices for their products.

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