Death toll rises to 108 as governor returns from vacation

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The death toll in the widespread flood disaster caused by torrential rains in Jigawa state since August has risen to 108.

PREMIUM TIMES previously reported how 98 people died. Police said most of the dead died from drowning, thunderstorms and collapsed buildings.

On Saturday, state police spokesman Lawan Adam said the death toll from the flooding had risen to 108.

This is when the state governor, Muhammad Badaru, who has been on vacation abroad, returned home on Friday after three weeks.

Badaru came under intense criticism for choosing to go on vacation amid the widespread disaster and for not visiting those affected by the flood.

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Upon his return, he held a closed-door meeting with a leader of his All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Isah Gerawa, who accused him of awarding contracts mainly to non-Muslims.

After the closed-door meeting, State Commissioner for Special Duties Auwal Sankara told PREMIUM TIMES that the two politicians have reconciled their differences for the good of the party.

Mr. Sankara, who chaired the reconciliation meeting, said “both sides ‘unconditionally’ agreed to work together and make the party successful in the upcoming general election.”

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