Four Suspected Highway Robbers Arrested In Adamawa

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested four suspected notorious armed robbers in Adamawa State.

The Corps Commandant in the state, Abdullahi Nurudeen, paraded the suspects on Sunday at the NSCDC Headquarters in Yola, the state capital.

He revealed that the suspects were known for terrorising travellers along the Ngurore Numan and Savannah Highways in the state.

Nurudeen appealed to the people to embrace the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria and stop moving around or travelling with huge sums of money.

He explained that this was important to avoid falling victims of armed robbers who lay ambush to dispossess passengers of their belongings.

The commandant noted that the NSCDC has continued to beef up its activities by frustrating activities of criminals in Adamawa through several arrests.

He revealed that the suspects were found with expensive clothing materials, mobile phones, machetes and other dangerous weapons.

Nurudeen added that the security operatives recovered large sums of counterfeit money of different currencies and some fetish items from the suspects.

The suspects confessed to have gotten involved in a series of robbery attacks on the highways.

Atiku Condemns Attack On Adamawa Community

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar has condemned the attack on Garkida community in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He took to Twitter where he lamented over the spate of attacks and also commiserated with the affected families.

“The attack by Boko Haram against lives & properties of innocent Nigerians is unbecoming,” he wrote on Saturday.

“My prayers are with the people of Garkida in my home state of Adamawa over the cowardly attack that happened over the weekend. May God give the affected families fortitude to bear the loss”.

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The attack which occurred on Friday is the latest in a series of attacks in the state and in the northeast by Boko Haram insurgents.

According to some local sources, on arriving at the community, the insurgents began to shoot sporadically as they exchanged fire with security operatives and local vigilante officials on the ground.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Suleiman Nguroje, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, disclosed that on hearing the news, policemen and other security personnel were immediately drafted to Gombi town and its environs, to prevent the insurgents from gaining access to the town.

Panic As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Community

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked Garkida community in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Local sources told Channels Television that Garkida community came under attack by the insurgents on Friday.

According to them, the assailants fired sporadic gunshots and engaged in an exchange of fire with security operatives and local vigilante officials on the ground.

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The Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State, Suleiman Nguroje, has confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

He disclosed that policemen and other security personnel have been drafted to Gombi town and its environs, to prevent the insurgents from gaining access to the town.

The command’s spokesman, however, could not give details of the attack while the time the insurgents carried out the attack has yet to be ascertained.

Boko Haram insurgents have attacked communities in the northern area of Adamawa in search of food items, such as the recent attack in Michika Local Government Area in January.

‘I Thank God My Husband Did Not Deny Jesus’ – Wife Of Slain CAN Chairman

Rev Lawan Andimi
Rev Lawan Andimi

 

Wife of slain chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has expressed delight that her husband did not deny Jesus even at the point of death.

Rev Andimi, 58, was abducted by Boko Haram in early January and was killed by the insurgents with reports stating that his death was penultimate to his refusal to renounce his Christian faith.

Mrs Andimi called on the Government to do all it can to flush out Boko Haram from Sambisa forest, even if it means soliciting for support from other countries.

She said “different thoughts passed through my mind especially I never saw a situation where my husband will be abducted and taken to another place for twenty days.

“But I thank God Almighty because my husband did not deny Jesus Christ. He is now with God.

“I will call on the government to do its best in solving this problem of insecurity so that it does not happen to others just as it happened to me,” she added.

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She lamented the level of insecurity in the Northern region and if the government fails to step up the fight against insurgency, communities will continue to live in fear.

“We have a very serious problem in this country because our villages and towns are insecure and people are suffering. Honestly, the way I find myself today us beyond me.

“I appeal to the government to do something about this forest where they detain those abducted, even if it will involve getting assistance from other countries, please let them do that and clear this forest to please so that we can have peace here.

She stressed that “This country is in bad shape right now because of insecurity.

“We can no longer go to farm; my younger brother was slaughtered on his farm some years ago. He left behind a wife and four children and my late husband is the one taking care of them and now they abducted and killed him. We pray for God’s intervention in this country,” she cried.

Michika is about 200 kilometres away from Yola, the Adamawa State Capital, and 15 kilometres to Sambisa.

It is one of the local government areas alongside Madagali experiencing series of attacks because of their proximity to the Forest.

Three weeks ago Michika came under attack by Boko Haram and abducted Pastor Lawan Andimi.

CAN Confirms Killing Of Abducted Chairman By Boko Haram

 

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has been killed by his abductors, according to the state CAN Chairman, Bishop Dami Mamza.

Bishop Mamza, who is the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, described the murder of the clergy as gruesome and unfortunate.

Reverend Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram on January 2 when the insurgents stormed the community to carry out an attack.

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Bishop Mamza told some journalists in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, that the insurgents had demanded two million euros as ransom but went ahead to execute the pastor.

According to the Bishop, the killing was communicated to them through their contact.

He added that another pastor was abducted and killed almost at the same time with the abducted pastor from Michika.

Bishop Dami Mamza, however, said that Boko Haram has not been defeated and called on the government to tell Nigerians the truth.

Days after his abduction, Channels Television reported that Rev. Andimi was seen in a viral video, begging the state government to intervene and secure his release.

In the video, he appealed to the government to help him look after his children if it is God’s will that he would not get out of captivity.

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.