2023 Elections: PDP More God-Fearing Than APC – Fintiri

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

 

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State believes the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a better option for Nigerians than the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). 

The governor spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention which is holding in Abuja on Saturday. While he admitted that the party has made mistakes in the past, the PDP, he maintained is still miles ahead of the APC.

“They have [forgiven us] and I think ours [PDP] is better. We are more God-fearing than the APC,” the governor said at the event being held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Velodrome in Abuja.

“We made a mistake and we apologised which is human. The APC are making mistakes and they are still claiming they are going in the right direction and Nigerians are suffering. We have been licking our wounds.”

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‘They Are Disorganised’

The APC and PDP are two of the country’s leading parties.

 

The PDP chieftain believes with the quality of aspirants on parade by the PDP as well as the party’s preparedness, the APC cannot match his party.

“If you see the character of our candidates, it would attest to you that this presidency for 2023 is for taking for this great party.  The APC have made mistakes, they are still making mistakes,” he argued.

“You can see they are disorganised. Their primary was supposed to be for tomorrow. There was no preparation on their side. INEC had to tune to their side to extend the convention by six days so that it can accommodate their ill-preparation.

“Whatever that will come out of it, I don’t think it would be able to challenge us. Nigerians have learned their lessons and they are for PDP this time around.”

The governor, who said he will be supporting former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the presidential primary, disclosed that an aspirant has stepped down for the Adamawa-born politician.

“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri said. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.

Adamawa Governorship: Court Summons PDP, INEC Over Waziri’s Disqualification

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday summoned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to appear over the purported disqualification of Abubakar Waziri from the Adamawa governorship primary.

In a ruling on an ex-parte application by Waziri, Justice Obiora Egwuatu said it was in the interest of justice for all the parties to appear and respond to the issues in the matter.

Counsel to Waziri, Louis Alozie (SAN) had earlier informed the court that the purported disqualification of Waziri was done in breach of the Electoral Act and the party guidelines after both the Yola South Local Government Area and the Steering Committee cleared him for fulfilling all the requirements to participate in the primary election billed for May 23.

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Waziri had sought the court to declare that he is qualified to contest the gubernatorial primary election of the PDP in Adamawa State for the selection of the party’s candidate for the Governorship election in Adamawa State.

He also sought the court to declare that his purported disqualification from contesting the PDP Gubernatorial Primary Election in Adamawa State is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void, and of no effect whatsoever.

Waziri sought an order restraining INEC from accepting the result of any primary election of the PDP in which he was not allowed to contest.

Justice Egwuatu, therefore, adjourned to May 31 for a hearing.

2023: Nigerians Want Positive Change, Not Next Level – Fintiri Slams APC

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, on Thursday slammed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over its ‘next level’ mantra, saying Nigerians are tired of the administration.

While the APC swept to power in 2015 having campaigned under the ‘Change,’ the party retained its grip on power in 2019 on the ‘next level.’

But the governor wants the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to produce the best hands capable of solving the current challenges confronting the nation.

He made the remarks after undergoing the screening exercise by the party’s North-East zonal committee in Bauchi State, as he seeks re-election in his state.

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“This country has suffered enough across all facets of life. We have to all work together the way we are doing now in trying to bring the best onboard so that we can do exactly what Nigerians are yearning for,” he said.

“What Nigerians are yearning for today is change, change that will bring positive impact in this country. We are tired of the next level; that has brought us to where we are today. I want to believe all of us are suffering, everybody is tired.”

Governor Fintiri, therefore, tasked the opposition party to position itself to take over leadership at all levels in the country.

He also called for cooperation among party members and selflessness to guarantee victory for the PDP at the polls next year.

This is coming barely two weeks after the governor declared his intention to seek re-election on the PDP platform.

Fintiri announced his intention at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected local council chairpersons in Yola, the capital of Adamawa, saying he has decided to seek re-election to continue the developmental strides of his administration.

Police Intercept Truck Carrying Illicit Drugs From Cameroon To Adamawa

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The Police have intercepted a truck carrying illicit drugs worth 30 million naira coming from Cameroon to Mubi in northern Adamawa State, a border town in Nigeria.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Suleiman Ngurore made this known while parading the suspects and the seized drugs.

Speaking to Journalists at the Command, the spokesman commended members of the public for keying into its initiative by providing useful information to the police resulting in this interception.

According to him, the Command is working on identifying those behind the smuggled drugs and their collaborators with a view to apprehending and handing them over to the officials of the NDLEA alongside the seized items.

He, therefore, appealed to the public to continue supporting the police with useful information.

“This is because the police cannot achieve much without synergy with members of the public thereby successfully checkmating crimes and criminality in the society”, he added.

NDLEA Intercepts Tramadol, Cash Consignments From Pakistan, Austria, Italy At Lagos Airport

Some of the intercepted illicit drugs.

 

At least, 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg and 809,850 Euros cash were among consignments from Pakistan, Austria and Italy intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Several quantities of Heroin and other illicit drugs were also blocked from being exported to the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada

At the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport, anti-narcotics officers seized 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg weighing 460.95kg imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa through Ethiopian Airline on Wednesday 16th Feb. A suspect, Nwadu Ekene Christian was arrested in connection with the seizure.

On the same day, a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy, who arrived at the airport from Italy on a Turkish Airline flight, was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage. This was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey. Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of the drug business.

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At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK. This is as another consignment presented for export to Dubai, UAE at SAHCO shed was also recovered after 30 parcels of cannabis hidden in cartons of cornflakes were discovered in it.

No less than 6.5kg of Heroin, Khat, and Oxycodone packaged for export to the USA, and Canada were seized at a major courier company in Lagos by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations (DOGI). The drugs were concealed in shoes, and carton walls.

 

Meanwhile, in Kano, a 34-year-old Nasiru Abdulrahman was arrested with 476kg of Cannabis at Kwanar Dan Gora, Kiru Local Government Area of the state on Friday 25th Feb, while in Adamawa, 4,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg were seized from Abdulmuminu Abubakar, 24, who was arrested at Gidan Madara, Mubi North LGA on Tuesday 22nd Feb.

He was travelling on a motorcycle to deliver the drugs in Bukula, Cameroon Republic, and claimed another suspect, Fahad Mohammed, 19, gave the consignment to him. Fahad was later arrested in a follow-up operation at his home in the Kasuwan Borkono area of Mubi town.

Similarly, in Abuja, two consignments were intercepted from transport vehicles in the Abaji area of the FCT. While the first contained 12kg cannabis, the second has 356kg of the same substance. A follow-up operation in Kaduna led to the arrest of the owner of the 356kg cannabis, Ayomide Adewale, 29.

While commending the officers and men of the MMIA (DOGI) Kano, Adamawa, and FCT commands for the arrests and seizures, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, charged them and their colleagues across the country to intensify the offensive action against all drug cartels in every part of Nigeria.

Adamawa Govt Bans Professional Hunters Association Across State

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

The Adamawa State government has banned the operations of the Professional Hunters Association of Nigeria across the state.

A spokesman for Governor Umaru Fintiri, Humwashi Wonosikou, in a statement on Monday, said the government would enforce the ban in all 21 local government areas of the state, especially in Demsa, Numan, Lamurde, Guyuk, and Shelleng LGAs.

He explained that the government took the decision following reports of abuse of rules of engagement and lack of regard for the traditional institution and security agencies.

“The operations and activities of the association in the five (aforementioned) local governments have become a source of concern and insecurity, instead of the security it is fashioned to provide,” Governor Fintiri was quoted as saying in the statement.

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According to him, the activities of the group are capable of causing public disturbance and as a result, its members should desist from performing any function under the guise of providing security to the public.

“More worrisome is the fact that the association operates independently of any security organisation in the five local government areas thereby giving room for suspicion of their motive and intentions, especially that they operate in uniforms of our security agencies and at odd hours,” the governor added.

Stressing that security is the responsibility of all residents, Governor Fintiri, said: “No group or anybody will be allowed to take the law into their hands, or disrespect security agencies and the traditional institution”.

He ordered the security agencies to ensure that members of the proscribed association adhere to the directive of the government, saying authorities would not fold their arms and watch criminals have their way.

“I urge the security agencies and the traditional institution to collaborate and ensure that peace is maintained across the state before, during, and after the yuletide and new year festivities,” he said.

Fintiri Receives Adamawa #EndSARS Panel Report, Pledges Full Implementation

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

The Adamawa State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate the allegations of police brutality and human rights abuse by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has submitted its report.

Governor Umaru Fintiri received the report of the panel on Monday at the Government House in Yola, the state capital.

He assured the members of the panel, as well as the people of the state that the recommendations in the report would be fully implemented.

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The governor stated that the government would properly study the report and ensure that no portion of the submitted document was amended or tilted.

He believes all issues raised in the 13 petitions received by the judicial panel of inquiry were treated on merit.

Governor Fintiri was optimistic that the report would address the issues of extrajudicial killings and police brutality in the state.

He, however, appeal for respect, encouragement, and a harmonious working relationship with the police in the state by the people.

Chairman of the Judicial Panel, Retired Justice Adamu Hobon, led other members of the team to present the report to the governor.

In his remarks, he commended Governor Fintiri for giving the members the privilege to serve the state.

The panel set up to investigate complaints on police brutality and extrajudicial killings was set up by the state government and inaugurated in October 2020.

Although it was asked to submit its report within six months with five terms of reference, the ultimatum was later extended.

Gunmen Kill Seven, Injure Several Others In Adamawa

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Seven persons have been killed with several others injured during an attack by gunmen on the Negga community in the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Sources told Channels Television that heavily armed assailants stormed Negga between 11 pm and 12 midnight and started shooting sporadically.

Negga, a community in Bolki ward, of Numan local government area of Adamawa, is a border community between Adamawa and Taraba and had suffered a series of attacks for years now.

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The Adamawa State House of Assembly strongly condemned the attack and urged security operatives to fish out the perpetrators.

Deputy Speaker and member representing Numan constituency, Pwamwakeno Mackondo who confirmed the attack said his constituency lost seven persons, while seven others sustained injuries.

He asked the military operatives in the area to protect the people from these incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen.

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

A file photo of two armed men.

 

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.