Police Nab Four Suspected Kidnappers In Adamawa

The suspected kidnappers arrested by the police authorities in Adamawa State. Credit: Adamawa State Police Command.
The suspected kidnappers arrested by the police authorities in Adamawa State. Credit: Adamawa State Police Command.

 

Four suspected kidnappers have been arrested in Ngurore, Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State, police authorities said on Thursday.

The suspects, said to have abducted a widow and her daughter, were apprehended by operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Adamawa State Police Command.

In a statement issued to journalists, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, identified the suspects as Buba Ibrahim, Tumba Alhaji Dan Bappa, Buba Alhaji Abdu and Abdullahi Lawal.

Items recovered from the criminal elements include one AK-47 Rifle with 16 rounds of lives ammunitions.

He said the suspects have confessed to the abduction of the widow, Hauwa Umaru and her daughter; they also attacked the Divisional Police headquarters in Ngurore.

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Their arrest followed the order by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, and unrelenting effort by the police towards ensuring perpetrators of the dastardly act were nabbed and made to face the full wrath of the law.

According to the police spokesman, the breakthrough leading to the arrest of the suspects followed the arrest of Babangida, who is one of the principal suspects in the kidnap operation.

The confession of the arrested suspect revealed how they abducted the victims, one Alhaji Bahago of Ibbare and the attack on Ngurore police station last Sunday.

While lauding the efforts of some professional hunters who apprehended other members of the gang, the police spokesman reiterated the commitment of the Commissioner of Police to working with law abiding citizens.

This, he said, is to secure the state and reduce crime to the barest minimum.

He promised that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.

Gunmen Attack Adamawa Police Station, Kidnap Mother And Daughter

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked Ngurore Police Station in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa, police authorities say.

They also attacked a house in the area, abducting a woman identified as Hauwa Umaru and her daughter in the early hours of Sunday.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sulaiman Ngurore, confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a statement.

He said the gunmen stormed the station at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, but no casualty was recorded.

“The criminals separated into two groups; one attacked the police station to divert the attention of security operatives, while the other group attacked Alhaji Umaru’s house and kidnapped his wife, Hauwa Umaru, and her daughter,” he said.

“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Barde, has ordered the deployment of the operational assets including Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Crack Squad and Anti-Kidnapping units to Ngurore.”

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According to the police spokesman, the operational units were expected to carry out confidence-boosting patrols within the hotspots in coordinated operations to rescue the kidnapped victims and apprehend the culprits.

The commissioner assured that the command was committed to working with other patriotic stakeholders towards restoring public order in Ngurore and other parts of the state, he added. 

This is even as the Head of the Police Intervention Team, Babagana Abubakar, was already on the ground to coordinate police investigative operations and rescue responses.

The police authorities also asked residents of the state to go about their businesses in the most peaceful and law-abiding manner and report any suspicious person(s) around their neighborhoods to security agencies.

Court Orders Nyako To Enter Defence In N29bn Fraud Case

Supreme Court Dismisses Nyako's Appeal For Reinstatement
File photo of ex-Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako

 

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, to enter his defence in the N29 billion fraud case brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In his ruling, Justice Okon Abang dismissed Nyako’s no-case submission.

The EFCC is prosecuting the former Governor alongside his son Abdulaziz and two companies on a 37-count charge of money laundering, criminal conspiracy, stealing and abuse of office.

The EFCC had, so far, called 21 witnesses to establish its claims against the former Governor and the co-defendants, but the Governor had submitted that he had no case to answer.

Nyako, a one-time military Governor of Niger State, served Adamawa as a civilian Governor between 2007 and 2014.

He was impeached by the state House of Assembly in July 2014 but was cleared by the Federal Court of Appeal in February 2016.

Although the Supreme Court also declared his impeachment null and void and ordered that all his entitlements be paid to him, it declined to reinstate Nyako, 78, as Governor in a December 2016 verdict.

Insecurity: We Can’t Afford To Disappoint Nigerians – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his administration’s resolve in tackle the numerous security challenges in the country, noting that the Federal Government cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians.

Buhari through his media aide, Garba Shehu, condemned the killing of 24 persons in Adamawa on Wednesday, and directed security officials to “redouble their efforts and respond to these security threats promptly and decisively.”

“We can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians that have entrusted their security in our hands,” he said while expressing sadness over the incident which claimed the lives of a vigilante leader and Village Head of Dabna, a village in Dugwaba, Hong Local Government Area of the state.

“This level of savagery, inhumanity and reckless disregard for the sanctity of life cannot go unpunished,” President Buhari said.

The President directed respective agencies under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to immediately assess losses in the community and send support.

He equally raised a high-powered delegation to visit the community to convey his sympathies to the families of victims and the government of the north-eastern state.

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Terrorists had on Wednesday stormed Dabna, a farming community three kilometers away from Graha the hometown of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha.

The community is said to have come under attack in the early hours of yesterday, with insurgents shooting sporadically and setting houses and shops ablaze.

Shila Boys: Fintiri Directs Upward Review Of Curfew On Three Adamawa LGs

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri. Source: @GovernorAUF

 

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has directed an upward review of the curfew imposed on the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.

The governor’s media aide, Humwashi Wonosikou, announced this in a statement on Monday in Yola, the state capital.

He explained that the governor took the decision following the activities of Shila Boys and other miscreants using tricycles and motorcycles in the affected LGAs – Yola North, Yola South, and Girei.

“The curfew which was from 11pm to 5am during the Ramadan fast has now been reviewed to commence from 10pm to 5am with immediate effect.

“The review of the restriction of movement is necessitated by the desire of the government to checkmate rising activities of hoodlums terrorising these areas,” the statement read.

While approving the review, Governor Fintiri directed the security agencies to ensure strict compliance with the order under the Adamawa State Restriction of Movement of Tricycles/Motorcycles Executive Order No.1 of 2021.

He warned residents that anybody found breaching the peace or violating the curfew should be made to face the wrath of the law.

“Security agencies will continue to discharge their duties and residents are urged to cooperate with them to maintain the status of our state as one of the most peaceful.

“I appeal to residents not to indulge in any action that may turn back the clock, but to keep living in harmony and strengthen the unity that we are known for,” the governor was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Shila Boys, members of a criminal gang in Adamawa, are said to have been terrorising residents in parts of the state.

They reportedly began their operations in 2017 and the group comprises young boys between 12 and 27 who steal phones, bags, money, and other valuables from residents, with young girls and ladies as the targets in most cases.

The Shila Boys, according to reports, move around with sharp knives, cutlasses, and machetes, but they are said to have graduated to using tricycles and motorcycles to carry out their operations.

Six Adamawa Commissioners To Swap Positions In Cabinet Reshuffle

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri. Source: @GovernorAUF

 

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle of the State Executive Council.

Six commissioners affected by the development will swap positions, said a statement on Friday by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou.

Mr Sanusi Jauro who until recently was the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development was redeployed to the Ministry of Special Duties.

His counterpart at the Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Mohammed Umar, was also directed to move to the Ministry of Land and Survey.

Umar has been replaced by Ibrahim Mijinyawa who now serves as the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs in the state.

Similarly, Alloysious Babadoke moves from Special Duties to Youth and Sports Development, and Umar Daware and Dr Dishi Khobe are to swap positions.

Daware takes over at the Ministry of Agriculture while Khobe takes over at the Ministry of Tertiary and Professional Education.

According to Wonosikou, the redeployment is intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Umaru Fintiri administration.

He added that the postings were with immediate effect and Governor Fintiri has directed the commissioners to hand over and move to their new postings without delay.

13 Killed Over 1,000 People Rendered Homeless In Adamawa

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s northeast region.

 

No fewer than thirteen persons are feared killed in Guyuk local government area of Adamawa state following a communal clash between two border communities of Adamawa and Gombe States.

This was made known to Channels Television in a telephone interview by the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency ( ADSEMA) Mohammed Suleiman in Yola the Adamawa state capital.

According to him, the communal clash is a spillover from the crises that erupted in the neighbouring Gombe state between the Waja community of Gombe state and the Lunguda community of Adamawa.

Three villages of Walu, Falu, and Lamza were completely razed down and several people injured as a result of the clash and are receiving medical attention in Guyuk Cottage hospital and other primary healthcare facilities in Guyuk while with severe cases are at the Yola Specialist Hospital receiving treatment.

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According to the Executive Secretary of ADSEMA, over one thousand two hundred (1,200) displaced persons are presently being accommodated at the Guyuk Primary School in Guyuk local government area of Adamawa state and more are being registered into the camp for those displaced by the communal clash.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa Command Suleiman Yahya told Channels Television in Yola that they are yet to receive any report of the number of casualties.

He however assured that normalcy has been restored in the affected communities as more security personnel have been deployed to the area.

This is not the first time these two communities have been involved in communal clashes resulting in the burning of villages, loss of many lives, and property worth millions destroyed.

This fresh incidence is coming at the heels of previous clashes between both communities slightly over a year ago resulting in the loss of lives and property.

Alleged ₦29b Fraud: Trial Of Ex-Adamawa Governor, Nyako Stalled

Supreme Court Dismisses Nyako's Appeal For Reinstatement
File photo of ex-Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako

 

The trial of a former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has been stalled following the adjournment of the case at the instance of the Federal High Court.

At the resumed trial on Monday in Abuja, Justice Okon Abang informed the parties that the court is adjourning the trial to February 26 to enable the defendants to reply on point of law on their no-case submission.

Nyako had urged the court to strike out the alleged ₦29 billion money laundering charges filed against him and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The anti-graft agency is prosecuting the former governor alongside his son, Abdul-Aziz Nyako; two companies – Sebore Farms and Extension Ltd and Pagado fortunes Ltd. They are listed as first, second, sixth and seventh defendants.

Other defendants are Zulkifik Abba, Abubakar Aliyu, Blue Opal Ltd, Tower Assets Management Ltd and Crust Energy Ltd as third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth defendants respectively.

He was arraigned on a 37-count charge of criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.

Suspected Boko Haram Invade Adamawa Community, Kills Two – Govt

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Thursday night invaded Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Two people, including a 5-year- old were killed when the attackers stormed the community on Christmas Eve.

Eyewitnesses said the terrorists, who came in trucks, stormed the community around 5 pm Thursday evening, shooting randomly.

Security agencies had in recent days warned of an increased risk of attack during the yuletide period.

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Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Finti condemned the terrorist attack, vowing to arrest the perpetrators of the act.

The governor, in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman, Humwashi Wonosikou, sympathised with the residents of the area, calling on security agencies to do more to further forestall attacks in the state.

“I stand with Garkida community in this difficult time and will continue to support the Military’s efforts to ensure peace, security and justice for the people,” Fintiri was quoted as saying.

“This latest cowardly attack on Gombi town is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.

“Let me reassure Adamawa residents that this latest cowardly attack on Garkida, would not go without severe consequences.”

Police Arrest Nine Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Two Victims In Adamawa

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

The police authorities have arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued two victims in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Yahaya Nguroge, said the suspects was in possession of locally-made guns and other dangerous weapons.

According to the police spokesman, the suspects were involved in the abduction of one Babawuro Damuwa and Yerima Musa of Song area of the state on December 18.

They include: Ndam Usai, Buba Adam, Buba Alim, Bodi Kulawal, Sale Musa, Babiri Gula, Abayel Ahmadu, Sani Muhd and Abdullah Hassan.

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The suspects, all residents of Dapchi in Yobe state and Song in Adamawa were said to have conspired, kidnapped and demanded the sum of ₦4 million as ransom from their victims.

On the successful arrest of the suspects, the PRO said the Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga  Adeyanju, swung into action by deploying combined operatives of police operatives, and hunters who eventually rescued the victims and apprehended the suspects.

He explained that based on findings, the first and the second suspects came all the way from Yobe State and recruited the third to ninth suspects and they eventually formed a syndicate to be carrying out kidnapping activities.

Upon the completion of the investigation, the suspects would be charged to court for the prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.

Adamawa To Shut Down Schools For Reopening Without Govt Approval

The Commissioner for Education in Adamawa State, Wilbina Jackson threatens to shutdown erring schools in the state.

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adamawa State Government has threatened to shut down primary schools in the state for reopening without approval.

The Commissioner for Education, Wilbina Jackson, disclosed this on Tuesday during a meeting with the state chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Yola.

To Jackson, the COVID-19 guidelines must be followed by all stakeholders to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.

“The National Policy on education did not state that primary six should write Common Entrance, that is what we explained to them.

“It is all about automatic promotion, no one is demoted. So that is not an excuse as far as we are concerned. We are here to obey guidelines according to the Federal Ministry of Education on COVID-19,” she said.

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The Commissioner explained that the government has not approved the reopening of primary schools nor the conduct of common entrance examinations in the state.

She frowned at the situation where officials sent by the ministry to monitor compliance of schools in line with the COVID-19 guidelines were prevented from doing so.

On their part, the NAPPS assured the state government of compliance to flatten the curve of the coronavirus disease.

Addressing the Commissioner, a School Proprietor, Joe Adams, said the global pandemic has affected every sector.

He, however, called on the state government to guide schools to ensure that stakeholders in the state can maintain social distancing.

CAN Chairman In Adamawa Tests Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of a COVID-19 test kit.

 

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State, Bishop Dami Mamza, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mamza, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese and a member of the state’s COVID-19 Containment Committee, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He disclosed that his COVID-19 status was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), adding that he has decided to go into self-isolation.

According to the clergyman, one lesson for the people is that they should appreciate and understand the importance of making themselves available for testing if need be.

While noting that testing positive for the virus was not a death sentence, the bishop urged the people to pray for him and all who tested positive for the disease.

He also urged them to take the preventive measures seriously in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Umaru Fintiri, has vowed that his administration would not leave any stone unturned until lasting peace was achieved in Adamawa.

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

The governor, who met with CAN leaders in Yola, the state capital said his administration was on a mission to close the gaps to ensure residents live well and would not discriminate on any basis.

He stressed that to promote development and liberty for all, there must be peace and stability that could only be achieved with good governance, tolerance, harmonious co-existence, and genuine reconciliation.

Governor Fintiri was worried about the security challenges bedevilling Adamawa over the years, such as Boko Haram insurgency, communal clashes, clashes between farmers and herders, banditry, and kidnapping.

He decried that such challenges have left the people devastated, impoverished, and living in fear.

The governor, however, stressed that Adamawa has maintained its posture as a peaceful state, despite conflicts and crisis that threatened its peace in the past.

He explained that the peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of his government’s good thinking and mediation efforts, in collaboration with groups and stakeholders such as CAN working assiduously to unite the people.