New Year, A Moment To Enjoy Fresh Air – Fintiri

Ahmadu Fintiri


Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has said that the new year is a moment of new chances, a time of sober reflections, a period of new starts of viable dreams, a moment to enjoy some fresh air.

In his new year message to the people of Adamawa State, Governor Fintiri stated that the new year which marks the beginning of a new decade on the horizon is a time to truly reflect and look forward to better things in life.

The governor stated that the state has come into a decade in which solutions for combating economic challenges must be found.

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He said, “We should make efforts to contribute our quota to self-development and commit our time, resources and energy to the development of our dear State for our common good. As we go about our businesses, we should remember that the things that bind us are greater than the things that divide us”.

The governor admonished all citizens of Adamawa State to maintain the unity and harmony which the state has largely enjoyed since his government came on board, adding that his cabinet will do its best to contribute its quota to the economic development of the State.

“Let me reiterate that I will do my utmost best to make Adamawa State great again,” Fintiri stressed.

Gunmen Kidnap Five Persons, Injure Four Policemen In Adamawa

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Gunmen have kidnapped two nursing mothers and three children in Ganye, the administrative headquarters of Ganye Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

According to sources, the kidnappers invaded the home of one Hussain Ahmadu at about 1:00 am on Tuesday and kidnapped the victims.

On receiving the information, the Divisional Police Office quickly mobilised his men to the scene but were ambushed by heavily armed men who engaged them in a gun battle.

Consequently, four policemen sustained gunshot wounds.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said the Command has mobilised the anti-kidnapping Unit and the State Operation Farauta security outfit to the area.

Also, he stated that the IGP Rapid Response Unit led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Karewa, has been directed to relocate to Ganye to apprehend the kidnappers and free the victims from their abductors.

Police Arrest 319 Suspects In Adamawa State – Report

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No fewer than 319 suspected criminals have been arrested by the Adamawa State Police Command within the past five months.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adamu Madaki who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the activities of his Command from July to date. He says the success recorded is a result of the hard work and commitment of officers and men of the Command,

According to the Commissioner, the suspects comprises 106 kidnappers, 115 armed robbers/Shila boys, 61 homicide suspects and 37 rapists and exhibits recovered from them include one car, 13 tricycles, six AK 47, 236 cutlasses, 139 knives, 465 loafs of Indian hemp and large quantity of assorted hard drugs among others.

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The Adamawa state CID, the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and other operational outfits of the command in its effort at checkmating the criminal activities were able to dislodge criminals in their hideouts and black-spots.

Those in the police net are suspects alleged to be terrorizing people along Savannah- Lafiya road, Numan-Jalingo road, Ngurore-Demsa road, Ngurore-Mayo-Belwa road, Song-Gombi road, Fufore-Gurin road, Jambutu, Vunoklang, Doubeli and Shinko areas in the state capital.

According to the commissioner, 285 out of the suspects have already been charged to court, while 34 others were still under investigation.

One of the suspects arrested during a robbery operation along Lafiya Numan road confessed being involved in the robbery and that it was his fine time.

The Commissioner of Police thereafter applauded the efforts of citizens for providing the needed information which is responsible for the arrests.

He assures citizens of the state that the police will continue to carry its responsibilities as the state prepares for Saturday’s Local government elections.

Gunmen Abduct Police DPO In Adamawa

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village


A police Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Mr. Ahijo Mujeli has been abducted by gunmen.

The spokesman of the Police Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje confirmed to Channels Television that Mr. Mujeli was kidnapped on Tuesday night along Mubi-Maraba road.

Mr. Nguroje explained that the DPO was driving in his personal car between 7.30 p.m. to 8:00 pm near the toll-gate when he was abducted.

He said sporadic gunshots were heard around the area and the Police were alerted but when they arrived, they met an empty car identified as that of the DPO.

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DSP Nguroje added that the anti-kidnapping unit and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police (IG) have been deployed to the area to trail the suspected kidnappers with a view to rescuing the abducted Police Officer.

The police, however, revealed that they are unaware of any demand for Ransom, but have assured that they are doing everything possible to rescue him from his abductors.

They called on the public with useful information to his whereabouts should not hesitate to notify the police because there is a financial benefit attached to it.

The police also warned that people should avoid moving alone especially at night as that could be very dangerous.

Two Killed, Six Others Injured In Adamawa Attack

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Two persons have been killed while six others sustained injuries after an attack on Shaforon and Kudumti communities in Numan Local Government of Adamawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Suleiman Yahaya confirmed the incident.

While members of the community say the attackers were herdsmen, the PPRO says they were cattle rustlers.

Among those who sustained injuries is a military personnel.

Meanwhile, Yahaya says officers have been deployed to join other security personnel to comb the area in search of the fleeing criminals.

Details later…

Tribunal Affirms Election Of Senator Abbo, Three Others

FILE PHOTO: Senator Abbo


The Adamawa State Election Petition Tribunal on Thursday dismissed petition challenging the election of Ishaku Abbo representing Adamawa North, thereby affirming his election.

The tribunal also affirmed the election of Senator Binos Yaroe of Adamawa South; Abdulrazak Namdas representing Ganye, Jada, Toungo Mayo Belwa Federal Constituency and Kwamoti Laori representing Demsa, Numan, Lamurde Federal Constituency.

The three man panel chaired by Justice Suleiman Akanbi dismissed the petitions over failure to provide concrete evidence to back allegations and claims that the election was marred with corrupt practices, rigging, irregularities, and over-voting.

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Justice Akanbi said the petitioner challenging Abbo’s victory, Senator Binta Masi, failed to produce sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, prompting him to dismiss the case for lack of merit.

The petition filed by Senator Ahmad Mo-Allahyidi challenging the victory of  Yaroe was also dismissed for lack of merit.

Some of the counsels applauded the outcome of the judgement while others say they will appeal their cases.

Both Senator Abbo and Senator Yaroe told Channels Television in separate interviews that their victory at the tribunal shows the credibility of Nigeria’s judicial system.

Similarly, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Muktar Kabiru of PDP challenging the victory of  Abdulrazak Namdas of the APC.

The court also affirmed the election of Honourable Kwamoti Laori of the PDP dismissing Ovaldi Madayi’s petition of the APC for lack of merit.

These cases mark the end of the National and State Assembly election petitions in Adamawa State command except for those heading for the appeal courts.

Security Operatives Intercept Six Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles In Adamawa


Joint security operatives in the border town of Adamawa State have intercepted six Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles.

Allegedly owned by the American military, the trucks were intercepted while transiting from Cameroon to Niger via the Nigerian border.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Customs Service, Joseph Attah confirmed this to Channels Television.

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According to him, the trucks and the content therein are now with the Yola command of the service for security reasons, pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

Polio: Nigeria Scales Through First International Assessment, Says WHO Reps


Nigeria is set to eradicate Polio as it approached the third year of international certification, leading to a polio-free country.

This is according to the representative of the World Health Organisation in Adamawa state Mr Abdulrahman Pela during the flag-off ceremony of the 2019 first-round Maternal New-born and Child Health Week campaign in Pela, Adamawa state.

“We have had the first international assessment which we have passed. We are expecting the second assessment in September and what we experience in the first assessment, Adamawa state was among the state selected, likewise the second assessment.

“We hope that at the end of the assessment, Nigeria will be among the other countries that have been certified polio-free.”

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He explained that more needs to be done to maintain the polio-free certification, which he mentioned an improved routine immunization.

“That is not the end though, what remains is the sustainability of what is put in place, especially in the improvement of our routine immunization, provision of maternal and child health services and surveillance, in order to identify and clampdown on the ongoing vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Also present at the flag-off were officials of the Adamawa state Ministry of Health, the Saving One Million Lives, the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

Gov Fintiri Dissolves Political Appointments In Adamawa State


Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has dissolved all political office holders of their appointments with effect from Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

They include all Commissioners, the Secretary to the State Government, Senior Special Advisers, Special Advisers, Special Assistants and State Development Area Administrators who served under the Mohammed Jibrilla led administration.

Governor Fintiri made this known during his maiden broadcast on the state of affairs in Yola the Adamawa state capital. He said these steps have become necessary in order for his administration to bring the state back to the path of sanity, transparency, probity, accountability and rapid development.

The governor also announced the dissolution of all Chairmen and members of Boards, parastatals and Commissions in the state.

All the chairmen and members of boards, parastatals and commission in the state are hereby dissolved; the outgoing chairmen and members should hand over the organisations property in their possession to the most senior civil servant in their establishment.

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Similarly, all appointments into the state Judicial Service Commission, Planning Commission and Board of the Adamawa state Health Insurance Scheme and members of the Jimeta Modern Market Board were suspended.

The under-listed officials are hereby suspended from office pending the receipt of inquiry into their respective organisation; they are the General Manager, Adamawa State Water Board, General Manager, Adamawa State Urban Planning Development Authority, General Manager, Adamawa State Transport Company and Executive Secretary Post-Primary School Management Board.

Also, members of Governing Boards of tertiary institutions were not spared, however, he promised the reconstitution of a committee to review the exercise.

Chairmen and members of governing boards at Adamawa state tertiary institutions are hereby similarly dissolved with effect from Wednesday 29 May 2019. The boards will be reorganised in accordance with the extant laws and where necessary, be reviewed by the Adamawa state assembly.

He added that a bill for a stringent law to provide for stiffer penalties for kidnappers, abductors, armed robbers and their collaborators will be forwarded to the state Assembly as soon as it convenes.

Fintiri warned that it will not be business as usual and all government officials must sit up and be diligent, accountable and transparent in handling public affairs.

The foregoing directives are with effect from Wednesday, May 29, 2019, is just the beginning, as this administration settles down, it will give our citizens a new lease of life, based on respect for human rights, equity of persons and rule of law. We will rekindle hope in our people to believe in themselves for now and in the future.

Two Feared Killed As Youths, Soldiers Clash In Adamawa

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Two persons have been feared killed while six others were injured in a clash between the military and youths in Gurin town of Fufore local government area, Adamawa state.

According to sources, over 2000 youths took to the streets on Thursday, to protest against military harassment and selective enforcement of the ban on the use of motorcycles.

They explained that the villagers were angered by the fact that their impounded motorcycles are being used by the soldiers or their errand boys.

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This frustration has been building, but yesterday the soldiers tried to seize a particular young man’s motorcycle which he resisted.

However, reports indicate that two persons were shot dead by the soldiers, while six others sustained wounds as a result of the clash.

Meanwhile, the brigade commander, 23 Armoured Brigade Yola, said he is yet to be briefed on the number of casualties.

Only recently, the Adamawa State Police Command announced the ban on motorcycles as a measure to checkmate activities of kidnappers and other criminals in the state.

Procurement Of Tucano Aircraft, A Game Changer For Our Operations – Air Chief


The Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, has reiterated that the military will not rest on its oars until the insurgency is brought to an end.

He also added that the procurement of additional platforms will change the game in its war against insurgency.

His reassurance was made by the Commander, 153 Base Services Group, NAF Base Yola, Air Commodore Anthony Ndache, who represented the Air Chief in Yola the Adamawa state capital.

“We are committed to ensuring the total elimination of insurgency in our country.

“Let me reassure us all that the procurement of additional platforms such as the Super Tucano aircraft and other platforms will certainly be a game changer for our operations,” he added.

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The Air Chief stressed that those internally displaced by the insurgency deserve to return back home.

“The IDPs need to return back to their homeland and engage in meaningful activities.”

He added that the military is aware of its enormous responsibility in ensuring the indivisibility of the country and therefore they must not be allowed to be taken unawares.

Atiku, Saraki Congratulate Ahmadu Fintiri On Adamawa Election Victory


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senate President Bukola Saraki have both congratulated the governor-elect of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.

Fintiri, a former acting governor of the state was declared winner of the election in the early hours of Friday after he secured 376,552 votes to defeat incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 336,386 votes.

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Atiku in a tweet congratulated him while stating that he was looking forward to working with him.

Saraki, on the other hand, wished him success on the new path.