Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack In Adamawa

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

Troops of the Nigerian military have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Michika local government area of Adamawa State.

The insurgents had stormed Kopa and Wurogayadi in the outskirts of Shuwa at about 7:00 pm, resulting in a stampede and residents scamper for safety.

They attempted to enter Michika causing residents to flee towards Uba town while others took refuge in nearby mountains.

According to a community leader and one-time Chairman of Michika local government, Stephen Maduwa, military fighter jets were promptly drafted to the area and aircraft gunshots were heard by residents as the attackers were forced to retreat through Lassa, a community near the Sambisa Forest.

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Security personnel including the local vigilantes were quickly mobilised and repelled the attack and secure the communities.

Confirming the security breach to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje said the Police have deployed its personnel to the area and everything is under control.

He, however, said the Command is yet to receive any report of casualties from the DPO in Michika.

He confirmed that the situation has been brought under control while appealing to the people to remain calm.

SGF Visits Adamawa, Asks Youths To Shun Crime

A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

 

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustafa, has called on youths in Adamawa State to be more committed to education, hard work, patriotism, and discipline to facilitate their success in life.

Mustafa made the call over the weekend in Yola while commissioning a computer centre, borehole, and empowerment scheme in Nasarawo Primary School located in Yola North Local Government Area of the state.

He appealed to the youths to shun all forms of vices and embrace the several opportunities available in the country to excel in any endeavour of their choice, instead of turning into a life of crime and social miscreants.

The SGF believes with education, the right attitude, and commitment to hard work, the youths can achieve their dreams in life.

Education has been described as the foundation for development in every society – a reason why it is being prioritised.

However, government schools that have produced most of the leaders in Nigeria have been abandoned as most people prefer to take their children to private schools.

This is because the schools are better equipped with modern educational facilities and well-paid teachers, at the instance of the government-owned schools.

As part of his efforts at giving back to the community and impacting on the less privileged, the SGF visited Adamawa for the inauguration function which he sponsored.

Mr Mustapha is a former student of Nasarawo Primary School while his father, Late Baba Wesley Mustafa, was the longest-serving headmaster of the school.

He commissioned the facilities in company with his old schoolmates, traditional leaders, and members of the Nassarawo communities among others.

The SGF assured the people of Nassarawo Ward and citizens of the state of his commitment to continue to contribute his quota in giving back to the society.

He also urged them to sustain the support to the Federal Government in its effort at transforming the country.

Fintiri Promises To Make Adamawa Great Again

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu-Fintiri.

 

 

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has assured residents that the state would witness a better turn around during his administration.

He said despite the lean resources, the government would make sure that every nook and cranny of the state was provided with the needed development to uplift the standard of living of the people.

The governor made the remarks while flagging off the construction of township roads in Yola, the Adamawa State capital over N5 billion.

He described the flag off as historic and significant, considering the pathetic conditions and neglect which most communities across the state have suffered because of bad roads.

Governor Fintiri also promised to remain committed to actualising his vision and mission of making Adamawa great again.

The people of Bachure, a community within the state capital, have suffered over the years as a result of the bad road leading into the community.

Some of the residents narrated their experience and the difficulty they faced, a situation which informed the choice of the flag-off of 18.1-kilometre of roads in the metropolis.

In his welcome address earlier, the Commissioner for Works in Adamawa, Adamu Atiku, who accompanied the governor along with some members of the State Executive Council gave a breakdown of the project.

Only recently, the state government commenced the construction of 281 kilometres of rural roads in about 15 communities across the state.

The development, according to the government, will open up Adamawa as well as boost agricultural and expose the economic potentials of the state.

Police Arrest 319 Suspects In Adamawa State – Report

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

 

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.

Governor Fintiri Proposes N183.3bn 2020 Budget

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

 

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has presented a budget proposal of N183.3 billion for the 2020 fiscal year tagged ‘Budget of Rebirth’.

The governor presented the proposal to members of the State House of Assembly on Wednesday at the legislative chamber of the House in Yola, the state capital.

He was accompanied by the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials.

In his presentation, Governor Fintiri explained that education, health, human capital, agriculture, water supply, rural infrastructure, and community development would be given top priority.

He informed the lawmakers that N85.935 billion representing 47 per cent of the total budget was earmarked for recurrent expenditure while the balance of N97.424 billion representing 53 per cent was for capital development programmes.

The governor promised to complete all abandoned projects and initiative new ones with a view to impacting on the socio-economic life of the citizens and foster economic development.

He also gave assurance that his administration would achieve 90 per cent performance at the end of the 2020 fiscal year.

Adamawa Governor Nominates Atiku’s Son, 22 Others As Commissioners

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu-Fintiri.

 

 

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has nominated Mr Adamu Atiku and 22 others as commissioners in the state.

Adamu is the eldest son of a former vice president and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar.

The governor forwarded the names of the nominees in a list which was read out at Wednesday’s plenary of the Adamawa State House of Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Iya-Abbas.

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The House Committee Chairman on Information, Mr Japhet Kefas, however, said no date had been fixed for the screening of the nominees.

“The House will decide next week on a date for their screening,” Kefas said.

This comes barely two days after members of the State Assembly approved the list of 40 special advisers nominated by the governor.

Others who made the commissioners’ list include the PDP Secretary in Adamawa, Abdullahi Prambe, and two loyalists of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Ibrahim Mijinyawa and Umaru Daware.

Both men had resigned as commissioners during former Governor Muhammadu Bindow’s administration and defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.

Governor Fintiri also nominated three women namely – Justin’s Nkom, Wilbina Jackson, and Lami Patrick.

Police Bursts Illegal Detention Center In Adamawa, Rescue 15 Victims

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

Fifteen people have been rescued from an illegal detention centre in Wuro Hausa, a suburb in Yola South local government area of Adamawa state.

Confirming the incidence to Journalists by telephone the Police Public Relations Officer Suleiman Yahaya revealed that it was an operation by the state’s command that led to the rescue of the fifteen persons and the arrest of four operators of the centre.

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According to the police spokesman,  the sting operation which led to the rescue of the victims, was as a result of a tip off.

According to an eye-witness, the victims at the centre were detained by an old man and young persons serving as his monitoring agents.

‘We Have Known No Peace’, Leah Sharibu’s Mother, Others Call For Her Release

Leah Sharibu’s biological mother, Rahila Sharibu, (middle) and other family members at a press briefing in Adamawa State.

 

 

The family members of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram captivity, have called on the Federal Government to match its words with action by ensuring the release of their daughter.

They made the appeal during a briefing with reporters on Tuesday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital three days after the government dismissed the reports of Leah’s death.

The family said the government is not doing enough to ensure their daughter’s release, adding that the Nigerian authorities should do everything possible to get Leah and others out of the terrorists’ captivity.

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In her reaction, Leah’s biological mother, Rahila, decried that despite the assurances from the government, her daughter has remained in the captivity of the insurgents since February 2018.

She said, “I have come to cry to the government; we are very disturbed and worried. Since this girl was abducted, we have known no peace.

“We are pleading to them to please bring back this girl … my prayer is that God will hear our prayers and bring back our daughter so that we can have peace.”

Leah’s stepmother, Rebecca, said they were excited when they heard that their daughter was alive contrary to the recent reports of her death.

She, however, pleaded with the government to help ensure the release of Leah from the captivity of her abductors.

Rebecca said, “Just as we learned that Leah is alive on Saturday, honestly we are very happy to hear that. However, we are still pleading because it is not only today that we are being told that Lear is dead.

“When the general elections were getting closer, we were told that Leah is dead but they came out to say Leah is alive, until when Grace came out to say Leah is dead. Please, they should try and bring back my daughter.”

Explaining how Leah became her daughter, Rebecca said, “Just as you heard from her biological mother, but I am her mother because since she was very small, she was given to me.

“She grew up in my hands and I put her in nursery school, to primary school and up to secondary school. I trained her and taught her the fear of God and she grew up in the fear of God.”

Adamawa Election: Tribunal Dismisses Suit Challenging Fintiri’s Victory

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The Adamawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola the Adamawa state capital has dismissed a petition by the Action Peoples Party (APP) and its substituted candidate, Bitrus Meda, challenging the victory of Umaru Fintiri as Governor.

The APP and Bitrus Meda had asked the tribunal to nullify the election because they were excluded ‘unlawfully’ from the election.

Delivering judgement on the petition on Saturday however, the tribunal said it could not grant the prayers of the petitioners because they failed to give valid proof of their claim of unlawful exclusion.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had presented the name Rukaya Audu as the APP candidate for the last governorship election because although Rukaya Audu who was the original candidate had announced intention to withdraw from the poll, she did so only verbally.

The APP which had relied on that verbal action of Rukaya Audu to substitute her with Bitrus Meda, went to the tribunal after INEC had gone ahead to print Rukaya Audu on the ballot, resulting in a 180-vote for the APP with Rukaya Audu as the candidate and not Bitrus Meda.

Chairman of the governorship election petition tribunal, Justice Adediran Adebara, who read the text of the judgement, says the petitioners has no valid case, considering the issues around it.

He, therefore, dismissed the petition and awarded legal cost of N1 million against the petitioners.

In a response to the judgement, Counsel to the respondent Tahir Shehu describes the petition as frivolous which the Tribunal has confirmed. While Counsel to the petitioners, Solomon Garba, while reacting on the ruling says they had accepted the judgment in good faith.

Hundreds Displaced As Flood Sweeps Five LGs In Adamawa

 

Five local government areas of Adamawa state have been submerged following heavy rainfall.

The downpour, which started at about 9am on Saturday and lasted several hours, disrupted commercial and official activities in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

No fewer than 200 residents of Yola have been displaced as a result of flooding that followed the heavy downpour, although no life was lost.

The downpour left many communities submerged, causing culverts to overflow and wreaking havoc in some homes in Yola North and South Local Government Areas of the state.

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Some of the affected areas are Modire in Yolde-Pate, Wuro-Hausa, Shagari, Bachure, Army Barracks Road, Damilu, Jambutu, and parts of Nassarawo in Yola.

The incident attracted the attention of the state government as the Deputy Governor, Mr Crowther Seth, accompanied by other government officials visited the affected communities for on the spot assessment.

He blamed the illegal erection of structures as the cause of perennial flooding in the state capital and appealed to the Federal Government for immediate intervention.

Seth admitted that the problem was overwhelming for the state government, considering the security challenges confronting the state.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Suleiman, said measures have been taken by the agency to cushion the effects on the victims.

Out of the over two hundred displaced persons, 95 per cent are said to be women and children.

According to the SEMA, the local government areas submerged by flood are Yola North, Yola South, Girie, Shelleng and Ganye.

Seen photos of some flooded places below:

EU, UNICEF Renovate Seven Primary Healthcare Centres In Adamawa

 

UNICEF in collaboration with the European Union has completed the renovation of seven Primary Healthcare facilities in Adamawa State and handed them over to the state government.

The renovation is part of interventions by the EU to provide support for 140 health facilities in the state to improve maternal and newborn healthcare.

Of the 140 facilities, the seven newly furnished centres that were handed over on Saturday, include: The Major Aminu Primary Healthcare Centre and others in Nassarawo, Jambutu and Malamari in Yola North Local Government Area, while the three others were located in Jada Local Government Area.

In attendance were officials of the state Ministry of Health, the Primary Healthcare Development Agency, among other partners.

Speaking about the intervention, the UNICEF Health Specialist, Bauchi Field Office, Dr. Halima Abdu, said the agency has been collaborating over the years towards providing primary healthcare.

“We’ve been partnering with the European Union for a number of years in Adamawa State.

“Initially when we started, the indices in terms of maternal, newborn and child health left a lot to be desired and so the UNICEF was able to get support from the EU. We started with two states, Adamawa and Kebbi between 2014 and 2017 and after the good results from the support we had provided from the health outcomes, we got a second grant from European Union and so we included Bauchi State.

“It was a 54 million euro grant to strengthen maternal, newborn and child health outcomes,” she explained.

Fintiri Visits Buhari, Asks President To Upgrade Federal Medical Centre

 

Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State on Thursday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The governor who was the leader of a delegation known as Leaders of Thoughts visited the President on issues affecting the state.

Part of the requests presented before the President was to convert the Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola to a conventional university.

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Similarly, the Adamawa State government wanted the Federal Government upgrade of the Federal Medical Centre to a teaching Hospital.

Reacting, the President requested that a formal request be submitted to his office, promising to review the request and act accordingly.