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

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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.

Flood Kills Four In Adamawa

 

No fewer than four persons have died from the flood that swept some parts of Yola, the Adamawa state capital late on Friday.

The flood ensued after a heavy downpour which lasted for hours.

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The flood reportedly swept two children, their mother and another adult away.

Traders at the popular grain market were also affected by the flood, as some of their goods were damaged.

Gunmen Kill Miyetti Allah Leader In Adamawa

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Gunmen have killed Alhaji Saidu Kolaku, the leader of Miyatti Allah cattle breeders association in Adamawa State. 

The assailants stormed his residence at Sabon Pegi in Moyo Belwa local government area of the state and shot him dead.

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Confirming the incident to Channels Television, the secretary of Miyatti Allah cattle breeders association, Mallam Baba Usman described the killing of Alhaji Kolaku as a possible reprisal attack as he has been assisting security operatives in tracking kidnappers and other criminal elements in the state.

Police Arrests Criminal Gang Of 151 Members In Adamawa

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The Adamawa State Police Command has apprehended a criminal gang of 151 members including three 12-year-old boys, suspected to be terrorising various communities in the state.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police Adamawa state command Audu Madaki while addressing the Media on the activities of Operation Puff Adder in his office in Yola, Adamawa state.

The Police Boss in the briefing says they arrested 86 kidnappers and 65 members of the ‘Shila’ criminal gang notorious for phone theft and harassment of members of the public.

Among the 151 members of the gang paraded were three, 12-year-old boys while the oldest among the suspects were four adults, aged 40.

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Adamu Madaki, says the suspected criminals were arrested with five AK47 rifles, ten cutlasses and knives, 128 live ammunition and 18 cartridges.

Madaki revealed that the clampdown was made possible because people who received threats of kidnapping from the gang reported to the police.

He assured members of the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious persons and items to the police.

The police commissioner also noted that the suspects would be charged to court for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, receiving stolen property and kidnappings.

He assures that the police is working round the clock to ensure that Adamawa indigenes enjoy life without any problem of insecurity.

NSCDC Arrests Suspects Allegedly Supplying Petrol Products To Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) has arrested some suspects for allegedly supplying petroleum products and hard drugs to Boko Haram terrorists.

NSCDC nabbed members of the gang said to be operating between the borders of Nigeria and the neighbouring Cameroon Republic in Adamawa State.

Corp Commander, Nurudeen Abdullahi disclosed this at a press briefing in his office in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

“We have gone to Yobe South, Mayha, Michika and Fufure to block all these routes where the diversion is taking place. The Command has already constituted a formidable patrol team in order to track down their activities and bring the perpetrators to book.

“About the vehicle carrying hard drugs, we got the person supplying hard drugs, more especially tramadol to Adamawa State. On seeing the NSCDC patrol team blocking his way, he took to his heels”, he stated.

While reiterating the commitment of his command to fight criminal elements in the state, Adbullahi warned criminals to desist from their activities.

He noted that cattle rustlers, drug peddlers, armed robbers wouldn’t be spared as the Federal Government is committed to the protection of lives and properties of Nigerians.

“The people that are involved in this cattle rustling, armed robbery, drug abuse, drug dealing should stop as the government is very serious about this issue.

“Anybody that is caught is going to face the law. All the security agencies, not only Civil Defence are now armed, they are ready and are going to stop this”, he said.

The Corp Commander also appealed to the public to cooperate with security agencies by availing them with timely and useful information that will help in arresting criminals.

‘Kwonah Ruwan Zafi’: Hot Spring In Adamawa Believed To Possess Healing Powers

 

Residents of Kwanan Ruwan Zafi in Lamurde local government area of Adamawa State, are asking state authorities to develop a hot water spring in their community such that it becomes a tourist site.

For them it is one that can not only attract visitors but can also encourage research.

This community report takes a look at the features of the natural resource and the plea for more attention to be paid to it.