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.

Where Presidency Says Other Chibok Girls May Be, As Boko Haram Last Camp Falls

femi adesina on Chibok girlsThe last camp of Boko Haram insurgents within Sambisa forest called camp zero may have fallen, but it remains to be known where the remaining girls abducted from Chibok in Nigeria’s Borno State are.

It is a major breakthrough and seen as the last straw on the Islamic group’s stronghold in northeast Nigeria, but it leaves questions about the whereabouts of the remaining abducted Chibok girls taken from their school’s dormitory on April 14, 2014.

Over 200 girls were abducted but less than 70 of them have been rescued since then.

The remaining girls are thought to be held in Sambisa forest, but the Presidency thinks there are chances they were not held in the forest after all.

After a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari announced the fall of ‘camp zero’, a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, told Channels Television that “there is no single place which we can say is the bulwark of the Boko Haram”.

“You know their last stand was within Sambisa forest which they had occupied for some time.

“The military entered into it fully, a while back, and they gave the target that by the end of December they wanted to be done with the issue of insurgency and on Thursday, December 22, camp zero fell and that is very significant”.

He said the news was brought to the President by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

muhammadu-buhari-and-chibok-girls
President Muhammadu Buhari in October received 21 of the Chibok girls released by their abductors

A statement from the presidency had said that members of Boko Haram group were on the run, a situation critics had said was of concern, as the terrorists could run to other states in Nigeria, creating more security issues.

Hidden Away In Different Parts

The president’s spokesman, however, dismissed claims that it could pose security threats, saying that a good number of the terrorists had been killed.

“Those who naturally are alive and escaped would be scattered in different places. Some would likely have gone out of the country and some would have infiltrated into camps and cities.

“That is why the President said we must not let down our guards. He has appealed to Nigerians to blow the whistle against anyone they suspect,” he stated.

Mr Adesina expressed optimism that people in the northeast could sleep with their eyes closed.

He said that what had happened in 2016 was a mop-up process, claiming that the terrorists group had been thoroughly decimated in 2015.

chibok girls, boko haram
There were speculations that the Chibok girls were held in Sambisa forest

On why more Chibok girls were not rescued as camp zero falls, he said: “Naturally, as the soldiers advanced into Sambisa, they were on the lookout for the girls, but it turned out that till that last camp fell, they did not see any of them. What it therefore means is that may be the girls were not being kept in the forest.

“It is likely they had been spirited out and hidden away in different parts either within or outside the country”.

Not less than 14 camps of the terrorists were destroyed within the forest that was a safe haven for the group that has in the past seven years terrorised communities in Nigeria’s northeast and communities of neighbouring countries along the northeast border.

In the last phase of the mop-up operations, the military said it rescued 1,180 persons.

The Presidency did not say what efforts would be made to free the remaining girls, but Boko Haram had, days after they were taken, said they have been married off.

The last batch of 21 girls among the abducted Chibok girls rescued in October will be in Chibok, their ancestral home for the first time since their abduction to join their families and friends in celebrating the 2016 Christmas.

The girls, who have now become international figures, arrived Yola International Airport secretly and under tight security were received by the Adamawa State Governor, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla.

Gov. Jibrilla Returns To Yola After Court Judgement

Jibrilla Returns To Yola After Court JudgementAdamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, has returned to Yola, the state capital to a rousing welcome by his supporters following the Supreme Court ruling that denied Murtala Nyako’s request to be reinstated.

He thanked the people of the state for giving him the opportunity to serve.

Governor Jibrila promised that he would not be distracted by anything and would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The Supreme Court on Friday, dismissed the appeal filed by the former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, seeking for his reinstatement as governor of the state.

Mr Nyako had approached the apex court to request his reinstatement to office after ruling in his favour that his impeachment by the state House of Assembly was illegal.

He also asked that his entitlements as a governor while his tenure lasted, be paid to him.

Delivering his judgement, the lead justice, Justice Mohammed Musa, stated that the request sought by the former governor at the apex court had already been withdrawn by his counsel in the lower court.

According to him, having withdrawn the relief voluntarily at the Court of Appeal, the appellant had no basis for seeking the same relief again at the Supreme Court; he therefore dismissed the appeal in its entirety for lack of merit.

Abubakar Says Quality Governance Critical To Nation Building

Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nation Building, Quality GovernanceFormer Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), says the quality of governance is a critical element in a sustainable peace building process.

General Abubakar noted that it would require full security and resumption of normalcy, to sustain the current efforts in ending the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northern region.

He made the recommendation on Monday at the multi-purpose hall of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The former military President delivered a speech on “Post-conflict Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Lake Chad Basin” at a conference in collaboration with the Nigerian Army.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, was the special guest at the event.

He informed the gathering about the mandate of the military in the fight against terror, its achievement so far and the role it plays in a post-war effort to rebuild and reconstruct liberated territories from Boko Haram terrorists.

General Buratai also briefed reporters about the Army’s position on the recent video of the purported Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

On his part, Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to ending insurgency, especially in northeast Nigeria.

Subsequently, General Abubakar in company of the Army Chief, Governor Jibrilla and other dignitaries proceeded to commission two hostels at the university.

Nigerian Air Force Reiterates Commitment To Stopping Criminal Activities

Nigerian Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force has reaffirmed its commitment to stopping all forms of criminal activities in the country including economic saboteurs from the Niger Delta region.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, made the pledge in Yola the Adamawa state capital on Saturday.

He said the Air Force was already deploying troops and additional platforms to the Niger Delta area to contain the recent uprising from the area.

Air Marshal Abubakar assured Nigerians that the Air Force, in collaboration with other security agencies, would continue to sustain the tempo of its operations in the war against insurgency.

The fight against insurgency is yet to be over and it is for this reason that the Chief of the Air Staff commissioned some projects in Yola and Maiduguri aimed at ameliorating the hardships encountered by personnel and their families.

The Air Force boss called on Nigerians to provide useful information to security agencies at all times.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Governor commended the appointment of the current Service Chiefs by President Buhari while the Senate Majority leader pledged support of the National Assembly to the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The projects commissioned in Yola and Maiduguri include 205 wing building/pilots crew room, one bedroom accommodation for corporals and below and a new apron that will aid the activities of pilots.

Adamawa Government Uncovers Over 12,000 Ghost Workers

Adamawa, Ghost WorkersThe Adamawa State government has uncovered at least 12,000 alleged ghost workers on its payroll of the 21 local government councils of the state.

A 13-man committee set up by the state government to verify the local government workforce made the finding.

The Committee was set up with a view to creating a database for the effective implementation of the e-payment salary system.

The revelation prompted the Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, to summon all Heads of Service of the 21 local governments at the chambers of the Government House in Yola.

He also directed them to appear with the current statement of affairs of their accounts.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Abdulrahman Jimeta, other commissioners including that of the Police, the Director of State Security and the Comptroller of Prisons in Adamawa State were also part of the crucial meeting.

Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Aliyu Mustapha, informed the meeting how 19 million Naira was distributed to all the 21 local governments.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ghazalli Mohammed, promised the government officials that perpetrators would be brought to book.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the State Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr Chubado Usman, admitted the lapses noticed and promised to make amends.

NEMA Donates Drugs To Hospitals In Adamawa

KanoThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated drugs and other medical items to hospitals in Yola.

The benefiting hospitals are those mostly used during emergency situations occasioned by insurgency attacks.

Over 30 items and drugs which include: Dextrox and saline water, surgical gloves, Iodine, Spirits, Syringes and needles, cotton wool, antiseptic, amocillin, metronidazole and many others were distributed.

The donated items according to NEMA, are to be used to treat injured persons currently receiving medical attention, as a result of suicide bomb attacks in Yola.

It is also aimed at supporting the hospitals to do more in responding to emergency cases.

NEMA’s Coordinator in Adamawa State, Sa’ad Bello, who presented the items on behalf of the Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, said the Agency believed that the hospitals overstretched their facilities during emergency situation hence the need to assist.

Hospitals visited were the Federal Medical Centre, Yola Specialist Hospital and Peace Hospital, the only private hospital involved in assisting the victims.

In all the hospitals visited, the Medical Directors expressed appreciation to NEMA for identifying with the wounded and promised to continue doing their best for the victims.

The Head of Service to Adamawa State Government, who represented Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, in the presentation, applauded the Federal Government for establishing NEMA and thanked them for their gesture.

Jibrilla Proposes Information Sharing Between Adamawa And Cameroon

Jibrilla Proposes Information Sharing Between Adamawa And CameroonThe Adamawa State government has proposed an efficient system of sharing information between the seven states of Northern Cameroon that borders with the Nigerian state.

Governor Mohammed Jibrilla made the proposal on Tuesday at the fourth session of Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-border Committee Programme held in Abuja.

At the session, officials from Adamawa and Cameroon discussed issues bordering on security and cultural integration and how security could be managed between both countries.

Besides the event, the Governor’s spokesman, Mr Martins Dickson, also briefed reporters on the outcome of Governor Jibrilla’s recent visit to the nation’s capital to take part in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchored Borrower Programme of the Federal Government flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adamawa State is one of the three states with the potential of producing rice in commercial quantity.

Efforts by the State government to boost rice production have commenced with the sales of fertiliser and loans for dry season to farmers in the state.

Governor Ngilari Cancels Curfew In Adamawa State

Ngilari-AdamawaThe Adamawa State Governor says the dusk to dawn curfew that was to commence in the state from Sunday evening has been cancelled.

Governor Bala Ngilari, who spoke after being accredited for the governorship and House of Assembly elections, said that the decision was taken subsequent to the objections raised by several parties in the state.

He said that he has met with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security officials before the curfew was cancelled.

Governor Bala, however, said that residents should go about their businesses, noting that security officials would be on ground to ensure absolute peace in the state.

Adamawa Gov. Urges FG, Human Rights Groups To End Insurgency

AdamawaThe Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has appealed to the Federal Government and Human Right groups to find ways of actualizing the ceasefire agreement initiated between the Federal Government and the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

The Governor’s appeal is contained in a statement issued by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr Phineas Elisha, and made available to newsmen in Yola the Adamawa State capital.

The statement condemned the actions of mischief makers for trying to frustrate the efforts of the Federal Government to end the insurgency. It also called on Human Rights Activists to impress on the Federal Government to pursue the agreement to its logical conclusion.

“We call on the Federal Government, while appreciating its efforts so far, to increase its assistance to IDPs in the state and we equally call on international donor agencies as well as wealthy Nigerians to come to the aid of the IDPs,” the statement said.

The Governor also reiterated his commitment to continue with the supply of three square meals on a daily basis to the over 5,000 internally displaced persons in the state.

The statement added that apart from the meals, government would ensure the supply of constant water and healthcare facilities with the aim of improving the lives of the IDPs in the state.

“This administration would also ensure that the makeshift classes for primary and secondary school pupils in the camp introduced by this administration is sustained alongside the provision of sporting facilities and skills acquisition programme to interested IDPs,” the statement concluded.

Adamawa: Ngilari Suspends Gombi LG Executives

AdamawaThe Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has suspended all executives of Gombi Local Government Area of the state for alleged gross misappropriation of public funds.

The suspension was contained in a press statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Andrew Welye.

According to the statement, evidence of gross misappropriation of public funds was contained in an audit report on the Local Government submitted to government.

The statement read, “Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has suspended the Gombi Local Government council with immediate effect pending further investigations of gross misappropriation of public funds as contained in an audit report submitted to government.”

The statement directed the Council Chairman to surrender all government property and security documents in the executive’s possession.