Shiites In Yola Demand Release Of Sheik Zakzaky

Shiites In Yola Demand Release Of Sheik ZakzakyThe Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Adamawa state chapter has described the continuous detention of its leader, Sheik Zakzaky, by the federal government as unconstitutional and a violation of his rights.

The group said this during a street march it organised in Yola, Adamawa state to express their dissatisfaction over the federal government’s refusal to release their leader despite the court’s order to do so.

The protesters comprising men, women and children marched through the streets of Yola, the state capital with placards, and chanting Islamic songs.

Four Suicide Bombers Attack Adamawa State

Bomb-blastFour suicide bombers have attacked Madagali town in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria. 

Two civilians were said to have been killed, as a result of the multiple explosions that rocked the area.

The Army Public Relations Officer (PRO), Major Badare Akintoye, of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Mubi, Adamawa, confirmed the casualties.

Meanwhile, 10 others, who sustained serious injuries were said to have been moved to General Hospital, Michika and six others with minor injuries were treated immediately.

Akintoye explained that three of the suicide bombers, tried to enter a motor park in Madagali, but detonated the bombs immediately they sighted the military officials.

The last one of them, was gunned down before she could detonate hers.

Madagali, is 300 km from Yola, the state Capital.

This attack is coming barely two weeks after the Nigerian Army repelled an attack by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in Gulak village in the same Madagali Local Government Area.

While the Local Government Chairman, Yusuf Mohammed, commended the security agencies and local vigilantes, he also sought more support to secure the area.

Also in December 2016, the residents experienced a suicide bombing where at least 45 people were killed and several others injured.

Three Policemen, Others killed In Adamawa Herdsmen Attack 

Three Policemen, Others killed In Adamawa Herdsmen Attack Three communities in Adamawa state, have been thrown into mourning following an attack by herdsmen which has led to the death of three policemen, scores of villagers and the abduction of one person.

At Kwayine village, some of the residents were seen burying the dead in the early hours of Sunday.

The attack, coming after various alerts by the Adamawa community of fears about a likely attack, has left on its trail, damaged houses and abandoned police vehicles.

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An Abandoned Police Vehicle

Residents have however called on the authorities to provide better security to prevent further attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The incident is coming a few days after the Nigerian Airforce commenced aerial surveillance of forests and communities located in the southern part of Kaduna state, as well as other insurgent-laden states, to fish out suspected armed herdsmen that have been attacking the villages from their hideouts.

Herdsmen, Farmers Clash: Adamawa’s Kodomun Gets 10m Naira, Relief Materials

food relief material to Kodomun in adamawaThe Adamawa State government has presented 779 bags of rice and 10 million Naira to the people of Kodomun Community attacked by Fulani herdsmen sometime last year.

The donation is aimed at ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state.

Presenting the rice and cash at a ceremony in Kodomun on Saturday, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Martins Babale, said the measure was part of the recommendations of the Administrative Panel of Enquiry set up by the government to investigate herdsmen and farmers clashes in the state.

Mr Babale told the displaced persons that the government was committed to implementing the recommendations of the panel in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.

Speaking on behalf of his people, the King of the Batta Kingdom, His Majesty Alhamdu Gladstone Teneke, who is in company of his twin brother, the King of Bachama Kingdom His Royal Highness Honest Stephen applauded the government’s gesture, promising that the donations would be judiciously distributed.

Giving further details on the state government’s intervention, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, told the people that some herdsmen who lost 47 cattle were also given 4.7 million Naira to cushion the loss.

Sajoh informed the gathering that the measure by government was in line with peace-building process that would promote lasting peace in the affected areas.

The Deputy Governor and the state government’s delegation also toured the village to sympathise with the people.

While the government is working hard in cementing relationships between herdsmen and farmers in the state, there is fear making the rounds of a possible attack on a community by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Adamawa State.

Adamawa NDLEA Seals Off Cannabis Ware House

Bayelsa: NDLEA Secures 19 Convictions In 2016The Adamawa State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has sealed off a bungalow used as a ware house for Cannabis storage in the state.

This disclosure was made by the State Commander of the Agency, Mr Yakubu Kibo, while briefing reporters in Yola, the Adamawa State Capital.

He confirmed that the bungalow, in Damilu Area of Jimeta, contained 870 blocks of Cannabis Sativa, weighing 981 kg.

According to him, the seizure was made through sophisticated intelligence employed by the command.

The command also revealed that it has convicted 120 persons in drug-related offences and arrested 300 suspects with over 7000 kg of narcotics and psychotropic substances.

Furthermore, it also said 17 drug dependent persons between ages 18 to 40 years, were successfully counselled.

On it’s projection for 2017, the command says it would identify and dismantle the remaining vestiges of drug cartels in the state.

Displaying the seized drugs to Journalists, Mr Kibo went on to stress the dangers involved in the use of drugs.

Adamawa Blasts, A Desperate Last Act By Terrorists – Buhari

Adamawa Blasts, A Desperate Last Act By Terrorists – BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of victims of the twin bomb blasts in the town of Madagali, Adamawa State which claimed some lives and injured several others on Friday.  

The President also condoled with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident, assuring them that they were not alone as the rest of nation mourns the grave loss with them.

President Buhari restates that “putting an end to this senseless loss of innocent lives remains a top priority of this administration” adding that, “over the past few weeks, the Nigerian military have made significant advancements in an offensive aimed at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram.”

According to him, “This latest attack is obviously an act of desperation, but the Nigerian military will neither be distracted nor relent.”

President Buhari used the opportunity to urge Nigerians to be more vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity to the nearest security and law enforcement agency.

“The battle against terrorism is a joint effort involving all citizens, both government and governed. Together, Nigerians can and will defeat the evil that is Boko Haram,” he declared.

The President prayed that God will comfort the bereaved families in a way that only He can, while wishing the injured speedy recovery.

Two suicide bombers detonated explosive devices at two different markets in Madagali town of Adamawa State on Friday.

The first explosive went off at a grain market while the other occurred at a second-hand clothing market in volatile northeast Nigeria.

The death toll in the suicide attacks on two markets in Madagali town of Adamawa State was put at 47 by an official of the local council.

Boko Haram: Military To Sustain Onslaught Till IDPs Return Home

abubakar-baba-sadiqThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq, says Nigerian military will continue with its onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are free to return to their communities.

He made the remarks during the commissioning of an Aircraft Hanger at the flight line of the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, Adamawa State named after late Group Captain Kehinde Olowo, who was killed in the line of duty.

Air Marshall Sadiq also urged Nigerians to be vigilant and give useful information that would help the fight against insurgency.

He told reporters that the military operations against the insurgents in the northeast had put an end to movement of Boko Haram terrorists in convoys of vehicles and tanks in the region.

“Yes! There are isolated cases of suicide bombing especially in the last few days. These are all signs of desperation of a group that has actually been made totally insignificant.

“It is very unfortunate that we lost lives but again in every insurgency, sometimes you have these kinds of things happen.

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Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast displaced over two million persons

He assured Nigerians that the Air Force was doing its best to make sure that the insurgency is subdued.

“It is important that Nigerians should realise that they have a very crucial role to play.

“A fighter aircraft cannot spot a 13-year-old girl carrying explosives. The only means of getting that information is from Nigerians,” he added.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has sustained its campaign for the establishment of an Islamic State and end to Western education in the northeast region.

But military onslaught, heightened in the first quarter of 2015, decimated the group and forced it out of communities it had seized in the region.

Over two million persons have been displaced, with about six million needing humanitarian aid.

Kodomun Villagers Get Relief Materials In Adamawa

Kodomun, AdamawaMonths after Kodomun community in Adamawa State was attacked by gun welding herdsmen, various organisations have continued to identify with them.

Most recent was the visit by the Christian Council of Nigeria, a block of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The group comprises of the Baptist Church, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (non-diocesan), Anglican, Methodist, United Evangelical Church, Presbyterian, Aladura and the African Church.

They converged on the village square in Kodomun on Sunday to show love to the villagers.

Leading of the team, Reverend Philip Shehu, said they were in Kodomun to present some relief materials to the victims of the attack.

He prayed that God would comfort them in their trying time.

A member of the team, Reverend Nelson Malan, who spoke on how to prevent future occurrence of such attack, urged security agencies to be proactive in attending to security reports.

The relief materials donated include food items and clothing among others.

Receiving the items on behalf of his people, Kodomun community leader, Mr Francis Mbwarano, thanked the organisation for their kind gesture.

An indigene of Enugu State who has been in the community for some years, Osita Okpara, appealed for government’s assistance, noting that the attack has made life unbearable for them.

Govt. Alone Can’t Solve Farmers, Herdsmen Crisis – Gen Abubakar

Abdulsalami, Herdsmen, FarmersNigeria’s immediate past military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, believes the solution to the persistent bloody clash between herdsmen and farmers across the country should not be left to government alone.

The former military leader-turned-farmer said the crisis requires all hands to be on deck, especially well-meaning individuals in the country.

He proffered this solution after hosting Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, his Kebbi State counterpart, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele at his Maizube Farms on the outskirts of Minna, Niger State capital.

General Abubakar hinged the escalation of clashes on the increased rate of urbanisation and the attendant reduction in availability of grazing land for livestock.

“The solution to the persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen requires that all hands should be on deck. This should not be left to the government alone. We have to join hands with government to resolve the crisis.

“The animals need grazing field and water points but the rapid rate of urbanisation has grossly affected this,” the General noted.

He, however, called on the government at all levels to provide grazing reserves with adequate water points to reduce the face off, destruction and wanton killing by the warring farmers and herdsmen.

“In providing the grazing reserves for these herdsmen, government should endeavour to build schools for the children of the nomadic herdsmen. This is very important,” Gen. Abubakar advised.

The former military leader had earlier told the Minister of Agriculture that clashes between farmers and herdsmen have never been limited to the country saying, “the crisis is not limited to this country, it occurs in virtually all the countries in West Africa”.

The Minister disclosed that his ministry is perfecting the use of cassava leaves which abound in the country as feeds for cows as part of efforts to mitigate the crisis.

Military Sets Up New Operational Base In Borno To Support War On Terror

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai,

The Nigerian Army has commissioned a new operational base in Buratai village in Borno State to provide support and sustain military operations against insurgents in the volatile northeast.

At the commissioning of the operational base located along Damaturu-Biu Road, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said that the base would also ensure safety at the eastern part of Gombe and north western part of Adamawa State.

Forward Operation Base

The commissioning ceremony of the base named; ‘Forward Operation Base’ had in attendance the Deputy Governors of Yobe and Borno States as well as dignitaries from the two states.

“More Forward Operation Base across the country will be established to support military operations in other parts of the country,” the Army Chief said, pointing out that provision for such were reflected in the 2017 budget.

The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by some highest military personalities were first received at the cutter guard of the base that will cover southern part of Yobe State as well as the western part of Borno state.

It has provision for accommodation and other facilities.

According to the Chief of Army Staff, the operational base would support military operations in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists group, as Buratai village links Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe states.

He says the army will work assiduously towards strengthening the synergy between the military and host communities and solicited for more cooperation in the fight against the insurgency.
The Commander of Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, on his part said the aim of siting the operational base in Buratai village was to check the movement of terrorists and transportation of food, and weapons to the insurgents.

The Deputy Governors of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, and his Borno State counterpart praised the military for the foresight, saying it will check the activities of the insurgents along the route.

Apart from checking the movement of arms and foodstuffs to the insurgents along the route, the operational base will also provide security for communities living along the road as well as provide military surveillance to the people navigating along the Damaturu-Biu road.