Adamawa Ex-Governor Jailed For Corruption

balaA Former Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Ngilari, has been convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by a High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa state capital over corruption charges.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, found Ngilari guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which bordered on conspiracy.

Justice Musa discharged and acquitted the Former Secretary to the State Government, and the Commissioner of Finance, who were second and third defendants in the case.

He said the law stipulated that the convict shall not be given an option of fine.

The former governor was charged on September 21, 2016.

Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Adamawa State

Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Adamawa StateGovernor Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State has ordered the immediate deployment of security personnel to Gereng community in Girei Local Government Area of the state following shooting of four fish farmers by migrating herdsmen.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Adamawa State Governor, Mr Yohhana Mathias, spoke to journalists at the end of an emergency security meeting in Yola.

He confirmed that one person was killed while three others were injured and described the incident as unfortunate.

Also confirming the development, spokesman of Adamawa Police Command, SP Othman Abubakar, said that one fisherman was killed and two were injured by the migrating Fulani herdsmen following a misunderstanding between them and the fishermen.

A community leader from Gereng area where the attack took place, Mr Phineas Elisha, commended Governor Jibrilla’s quick response in deploying security personnel to the area to prevent any reprisal attack.

Meanwhile survivors of the attack have been receiving medical attention at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Post-insurgency: Women Hold Peace Summit In Yola

Women, Adamawa, Yola, Post-insurgency, Peace SummitSome women in Adamawa State have organised a peace summit to brainstorm on the way forward after the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists by the military.

The one-day summit was also convened to set the stage for the rebuilding of not only destroyed infrastructure but their lives.

The women, drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state, converge on the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Yola, the Adamawa State capital in northeast Nigeria.

In her address, the wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Mrs Marian Jibrilla, highlighted the significance of the summit.

A member of the state’s House of Assembly, Sodom Daniel, and another speaker at the event, Mrs Mai Ahmed, also gave an insight on the meeting.

It is the first time the women are coming together to chart a new course in a post-insurgency period, as they bear the brunt of the devastating effect of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Many are said to be widows, and their children either killed or abducted.

They have gathered to discuss issues ranging from security challenges, women empowerment, as well as their roles in the development of communities and sustaining peaceful coexistence.

The agitation for the global affirmative action on gender equality and the need for self-reliance was also discussed.

At the end of the peace summit, the women commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in defeating the terrorists.

They also lauded the State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, for his concern for their welfare.

National Assembly Commences Debate On 2017 Budget

NASS, 2017 Budget, House of Representatives, SenateThe National Assembly has begun work on the budget proposal for year 2017 presented to the legislators by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Both chambers commenced debate on the general principles of the proposed 7.2 trillion naira budget with lawmakers highlighting their concerns.

While some lawmakers expressed their concern regarding some of the key assumptions of the budget, others were passionate as they declared that the budget was nothing to write home about.

At the floor of the House of Representatives, the debate was kicked off by the Majority Leader of the House, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila.

House Majority Leader, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila

A lawmaker from Adamawa State, Representative Abdulrazak Namdas, and his Delta State counterpart, Representative Nicholas Ossai, were among those who gave their opinions about the budget.

The debate followed the same pattern at the Senate with the Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, setting the pace.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia State and Senator Barnabas Gemade from Benue State also informed the lawmakers about their views on the proposal.

This debate is expected to continue on Wednesday as the budget consideration continues for the second allotted day.

It is coming almost six weeks after President Buhari presented a ‘budget of recovery and growth’ to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2017.

President Buhari Presents 2017 Budget To Lawmakers

The budget is based on a crude oil benchmark price of $42.50 per barrel, with an output of 2.2 million barrels per day.

Government’s expenditure is to be funded with the sum of 4.94 trillion Naira while oil is to contribute 1.98 trillion Naira of the amount.

This was according to a breakdown by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

Mr Udoma has assured Nigerians that the government had no plans to increase the Value Added Tax which is set at 5% in 2017.

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.

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.