Youths Protest In Yola To Demand Release Of El-Zakzaki

The youth wing of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria on Friday commenced a protest march to the National Human Rights Commission in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The protest according to them was aimed at securing the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

El-Zakzaky was taken into custody in December 2015 after a clash between members of his group, also referred to as Shiites and the Army.

Since his arrest, he filed a case against the Department of State Service (DSS) that held him in custody.

In December 2016 however, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the DSS to release the leader of the outlawed group within 45 days.

In his judgment, Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered the Federal Government to provide an accommodation for El-Zakzaky, his wife and family members within Kaduna State or any part of the northern region.

Despite the order, he is yet to be released. with many of his followers protesting against the continued detention.

Adamawa Govt Flags Off Reconstruction Of Schools, Hospitals

SUBEB Asks EFCC To Hunt Non-teaching Staff Defrauding C/River Govt.The Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla has flagged off the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools and hospitals in Numan Local Government and has promised to extend it to other areas in the state.

The development is coming as a relief to residents as the state’s health and education sectors have suffered huge dilapidation following attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.

Also as a way of easing their pain, the Nigerian Army recently donated instructional materials to school children at the Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the State.

The Malkohi IDPs camp in Yola South Local Government Area of the state is one of the three official camps out of nine initially established for victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

The facility now accommodates about 1500 IDPs out of which about 500 of them are enrolled in the primary and nursery school established by the military in the camp.

Adamawa Police Parade 23 Suspected Criminals

The Adamawa State Police Command has paraded 23 suspected criminals comprising of both male and female for various crimes committed in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Moses Jitoboh made this known to journalists while speaking on the progress of the Force in its fight against the rising spate of crime.

He also stated that two of the suspects were arrested for unlawful possession of firearms.

Another five persons were arrested in Mubi in possession of 450,000 Naira fake 1000 Naira notes. The suspects admitted that they received the fake currencies from their ring leader, one Mr Ibrahim based in Kano.

Commissioner of Police, Adamawa – Moses Jitoboh

Earlier in the year, two neighbouring villages, Kodomun and Kwayine, were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen and property worth millions were destroyed while several persons were killed including three Policemen.

Jitobo, however, confirmed the arrest of those who murdered his men.

The police boss, therefore, urged members of the public to be wary of those living around them adding that they should also scrutinize naira notes being spent.

He said all suspects will be charged to court.

Catholic Bishop Frees 25 Inmates In Yola

Catholic Bishop Frees 25 Inmates In YolaIn the spirit of Easter, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Bishop Dami Mamza, has facilitated the freedom of 25 inmates at the Yola Prisons by paying up their fines.

Bishop Mamza, during a visit to the facility in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, also presented food items to the remaining inmates to celebrate Easter.

He said some of the prisoners spent about three to five years in jail for their inability to pay as little as 2,000 Naira.

“We have decided to pay the fines for 25 prisoners so that they can be freed. There are so many of them that are here and it is not much money that is needed to set them free,” the cleric said.

He also called on the Federal Government to give more attention to reforming and rehabilitating prisoners.

“Government should really give the prisoners attention, especially in terms of reformation. Different prisons should be well-equipped with training materials so that when they (inmates) get out, they will be very useful to their communities,” Bishop Mamza appealed.

Michika Residents Celebrate Defeat Of Boko Haram

xResidents of Michika, a community in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, have gathered together at a cultural day event, organised to celebrate what they have described as their victory over Boko Haram insurgents.

Michika Local Government Area is one of the seven local governments in Adamawa state, severely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

For over two years, the people lived outside their ancestral home, following the attacks which left public facilities such as schools, hospitals and other government structures destroyed.

Speaking to Channels Television, a member of the community stated that little or no persons at all were left in the IDP camps, as majority of them had returned home.

“If you go to the villages, all the locals are back, all we require is for the government to create an enabling environment for us, to give us peaceful conditions so that people can go about their normal activities.”

Book Author

Also presented at the ceremony, was a book written by a native of Michika, about the people, origin and culture of the Kamwe people.

The Kamwe people had occupied Michika for years before the invasion by the Kanuris and more recently, the Boko Haram sect.

The book’s author, speaking to Channels Television stated that: “Michika was for some time, occupied by the Boko Haram insurgency and people have been saying there is nobody in Michika- but our people have come back and the only way to show to the world that our people have come back is to organise a cultural day.”

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa State

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa StateThe Victims Support Fund (VSF) says it will assist 12,000 pupils and 31 schools under its education empowerment programme in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by insurgency in Adamawa State.

The Executive Director of VSF, Professor Sunday Ochoche, made this known while flagging-off the second phase of the distribution of educational materials to beneficiaries in Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of the state.

Professor Ochoche explained that the development is aimed at creating an enabling environment for accelerated development in the region, listing the LGAs selected for the second phase to include Gombi, Maiha and Michika.

He said under the first phase in 2016, 7,000 pupils benefitted from 13 schools in Hong, Mubi North and Mubi South LGAs of the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, who represented Governor Mohammed Jibrilla at the event, lauded VSF’s various interventions in the education sector and assured the Fund of the Governor’s maximum support.

Professor Farauta expressed optimism that the gesture would be a boost to government’s recent declaration of state of emergency on education in Adamawa State.

On his part, a stakeholder at the event, Ahmed Dadah, expressed gratitude to the VSF and other Non-Governmental Organisations for their support.

Highlight of the occasion was the distribution of school bags, sandals, text and exercise books among other materials to pupils of Garkida ‘C’ Primary School.

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.