- The residence of Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state was taken over by female beggars
- The beggars were crying at the top of their voices for food, pleading that they were in penury
- Moreover, the women also complained that they were being molested and assaulted in the state in the midst of unemployment and poverty
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There were serious drama and confusion outside the official residence of Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa on Wednesday, February 10.
This was as a group of female beggars besieged the building as they pleaded with the governor to give them money to buy food, The Nation reports.
But when nothing was forthcoming, the aggrieved women in thousands raised their voices, forced all security officials into the building, and locked all the entrances with the governor inside.
It was so bad that even dignitaries and state officials were unable to gain access into the residence.
Even more, journalists who were observing the ugly development had to leave the scene as fears of ensuing violence increased.
One of the beggars who spoke with newsmen, Malama Halima Hadi, said the real trouble for herself and her colleagues is not COVID-19 but hunger, poverty, unemployment, insecurity, and untold suffering.
Meanwhile, there was panic in Jigawa state when a woman wearing a hijab reportedly kidnapped a five-year-old boy named Muhmad Tasiu, in Dutse, the state capital.
Eyewitnesses said the boy went missing on Sunday, November 15, 2020, shortly after he was seen with the unidentified woman.
The police spokesperson in the state, Audu Jinjiri said the abduction occurred in Galamawa community.
The police said:
“The family later a received a call from the kidnappers demanding payment of ransom to secure the release of the child."
The father of the victim reportedly told reporters that he paid N1 million ransom to secure the release of his son.
The police, however, said it was not aware that a ransom was paid before the release of the minor.