Ministry of Environment warns 14 states of impending flood disaster

Fourteen states have been pinpointed as states to be ravaged by floods between now and the 19th of August 2012. This was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Management Department of the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Morohunkeji Oyeleke.

The states are Adamawa, Plateau, Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno and Gombe states. Others include Kebbi, Yobe, Taraba, Oyo, Zamfara and Kano states.

Bauchi and Katsina were also listed amongst the forewarned flood prone states.

The Ministry listed Demsa, Numan, Jimeta, Mayo Belwa, Mubi and Song, all in Adamawa state; and Langtang, Shelleng, Shandam and Wase in Plateau state.

Others are Gada, Goronyo and Shinkafi in Sokoto State; Gumel, Hadeija, Miga and Mallam Fatori in Jigawa state; as well as Bama, Briyel, Damasak, Dikwa, Geidam, Ngala, and Kukawa in Borno State.

She also listed Nafada in Gombe State; Anka, Bagudo, Birnin-Kebbi, Bungudu, Bunza, Gwandu, Jega and Kamba, all in Kebbi State.

Also listed among the flood prone areas were Gashua, Potiskum, Dapchi, Kanama and Machina in Yobe State; and Bali, Gembu, Ibi, Lau, Wukari and Mutum Biyu in Taraba State.

Also to be affected are Apata, Bodija, Challenge, Moniya, Ojoo, Eruwa, Odo Ora, Ibadan and Oyo town, all in Oyo State and Kaura, Maru, Gusau; and Namoda in Zamfara State.

Others are Gezawa, Gwarzo, Karaye, Wudil and Kano, all in Kano State; and Azare, Bajoga, Jamaare, Kari and Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State; and Bakori, Bindawa, Daura, Jibiya and Katsina and Funtua, all in Kastina State.

Oyeleke therefore called on governments of the affected states to take precautionary measures to avoid loss of lives and property.

The North Eastern part of the country is the most affected as all the states-Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi- were all listed. Kaduna state is the only state spared from the North West and Oyo state is the sole representative of the South West while Plateau that of the North Central.

Missing from the list is Lagos, a state that has suffered from flooding in recent years during the raining season.


Nyako runs Adamawa state like family business – Markus Gundiri

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate in last April governorship election in Adamawa State, Markus Gundiri on Wednesday said that the current governor, Murtala Nyako is running the state like a family business with less than 10 people controlling the state resources.

Mr Gundiri, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the governor decided to use his son “who was a serving officer in the Nigeria Navy to become his de facto Chief of staff.”

He said both the governor and his election were forced on the people of Adamawa state saying the February 4 election was manipulated in favour of Mr. Nyako.

Adamawa would have been worse than Jos had ACN produced the governor – PDP Chairman

The Adamawa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umar Kugama on Wednesday Said that the crisis in Jos would have been nothing compared with what would have happened in the state had Markus Gundiri of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) won the February 4 governorship election.

Mr Kugama, who was responding to allegations of irregularities in the election engineered by the PDP, said it would have been impossible for Mr. Gundiri to have won the election.

“The aspirant and his clique have brought a religious problem in the state. Because all the people that he is moving round with are the same religion. You are a Christian, Kilba by tribe and your deputy governor, Chamba by tribe and everybody knows in this country that Adamawa State is Fulani dominated area. How can you come and win the election there?” he said.

Adamawa: Tribunal upholds Nyako’s election

The Adamawa State election petition tribunal sitting in Yola on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its governorship candidate, Markus Gundiri challenging the victory of Murtala Nyako of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 4 February 2012 governorship polls.

The tribunal headed by Justice Bitrus Sanga also awarded a N50, 000 cost against Mr Gundiri and his party the ACN.
The ACN and its candidate in the Adamawa State governorship election had challenged the outcome of the election on the ground electoral malpractices.

The petitioner, Mr Gundiri, had alleged that there were cases of diversion of ballot boxes, multiple voting, rigging, stuffing and snatching of ballot boxes, falsification of election result, monetary inducement and intimidation of voters by the PDP-led government.

Mr Gundiri and the ACN were specifically challenging the election result in 11 local government areas of the state which includes Fufore, Maiha, Mayo-Belwa, Yola North, Yola South, Gireir, Madagali, Mubi North, Toungi, Numan and Demsa local government councils mostly believed to be a stronghold of the ruling PDP in the state.

Justice Sanga leading a three man panel however dismissed the petition saying the petitioner failed to prove that the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not “substantially comply with the electoral guidelines”.

JTF hands over stolen vehicles to owners

The Joint Task Force (JTF), operation restore order in Maiduguri North-East Nigeria on Friday handed over two stolen but recovered vehicles to their owners.

Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the JTF spokesman in Borno State told Channels Television  in Maiduguri that based on intelligent reports, JTF raided the Muna area and made the arrest.

Colonel Sagir said the stolen vehicles Toyota Highlander Jeep with registration number BJ 668 RSH as well as a Honda Hala Car with registration number AL 394 JMT.

According to him, the jeep was stolen in Maiduguri Metropolis while the Honda was stolen at the premises of a Bank in Gulak of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa state and used for the recent attack on the Gulak police station.

He said the Jeep was recovered within Maiduguri metropolis while the Honda was recovered at one of the JTF road blocks at Dambua road, Maiduguri.

Colonel Sagir further said that the owners have met all the requirements for the release of the vehicles.

He then urged the general public to join hands towards s reducing criminality in the state and the nation as a whole, he assured that JTF will continue to work assiduously towards a crime free society.

Governors head to court over illegal deductions

The Nigeria Governor’s Forum says it will be heading to court to seek legal redress over the federal government’s continued illegal deductions and withdrawals from the federation account.

This was part of resolutions the group reached at its meeting, which ended early on Thursday in Abuja.

In a communiqué read by its Chairman, Governor Chibuike Amechi, the group said it took the decision after long deliberations.

“The forum deliberated extensively on the continuing illegal deductions from the Federation Account towards offsetting oil subsidy, excess crude by the Federal Government and unanimously resolved to go to court to seek legal redress,” the communiqué said.

The forum sympathised, particularly with the government of Plateau State, on the recent loss of lives and property in the state and condemned the recurring insecurity in the country.

The governors also appealed to the federal government to urgently take steps to address the security challenges presently facing the country.

It appealed to the Federal Government to urgently commence the recruitment, intensive training and proper deployment of security agents across the country.

The forum also called on customs and immigration services to tighten security at the borders to prevent hoodlums from gaining entry into the country.

The group further resolved to constitute an economic and security intervention committee with membership from Rivers, Bayelsa, Ekiti, Abia, Plateau, Adamawa and Zamfara states.

It also expressed a willingness to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan on emergency intervention plan focusing initially on agriculture and other economic generating programmes for employment generation in northern states.

It described the deduction as unconstitutional and negation of the principle of federalism and budgetary provision.

Insecurity in Nigeria dominates Council of State meeting

The insecurity in Nigeria on Thursday was the issue that dominated the National Council of States meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja.

Present at the meeting were past Nigerian leaders including Shehu Shagari, Ernest Shenekan and Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as the governors of the 36 states of the federation or their deputies.

There was no formal briefing after the meeting but sources said that National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki briefed the meeting on security situation in Plateau state and the efforts being put in place so far to nip it in the bud as well as the situation in Mali and its effect on neighbouring countries including Nigeria.

The Belgore Report on constitutional matters and the National Honours list were also discussed during the meeting

The 36 state governors met last night in Abuja to take a common position on the incessant violence in parts of the country ahead of the council meeting.

Officials close to the forum said the governors were discussing the level of insecurity especially in the North, and were considering taking a common position ahead of the Council of State meeting.

The governors’ meeting was summoned in the wake of the latest bloodshed in Plateau State, where dozens of people were in killed in attacks on villages, which also led to the deaths of Senator Gyang Dantong and state legislator Gyang Fulani.

Last night’s meeting was held at the Rivers’ State Governors’ Lodge in Abuja.

The governors’ meeting was attended by governors of Katsina, Kaduna, Borno, Zamfara, Kebbi, Taraba, Jigawa, Kogi, Enugu, Delta, Lagos, Ekiti, Ondo, Ebonyi, Abia, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Anambra, Gombe and Adamawa states. Deputy governors of Kano, Nasarawa, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Yobe states were also in attendance.



30 burnt to death in Adamawa fire

30 people burnt to death, while several others were badly injured in a tanker fire that occurred Sunday evening  at Gani Gaku in Demsa Local Government Area,  Adamawa State.

Eyewitnesses say the victims were trying to scoop petrol from a tanker that fell and spilled its contents, stating that it was while carrying out the act that an explosion occurred which resulted in the outburst of fire.

The burnt bodies have been deposited at the General Hospital, Numan mortuary and confirmed by medical officials while the  injured victims are currently been treated at the Specialist Hospital in Yola.

The state Police spokesman, Nemuel Yoila, confirmed the disaster saying “we are aware and we are investigating” but he declined to give further information.

Nigerian Army denies complicity in Mubi killings

The 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola, Adamawa state have dissociated itself from the Monday killings of six youths from Yelwa community in Mubi area of Adamawa state.

The army, in a statement by the brigade’s Public Relations Officer, Lieutenant Victor Olukoya said they are law abiding citizens who will always uphold the constitution of the country and will not engage in extra judiciary killing that will dent the name of the institution and the nation at large.

He also dismissed speculations that the army and police formation in the state are not in good terms and insisted that the relationship between the two forces has always been collaborative and cordial.

There had been media reports as well as insinuations by residents of Mubi that soldiers said to be members of the patrol team from the 23 Armoured Brigade were responsible for the killing of six persons found in a suburb of Yelwa in Mubi.

Business activities in the state has however resumed with banks closing by 2pm just as security operatives continue to patrol major streets of the town.

Unknown gunmen attack police station in Adamawa again

Unknown gunmen have launched an attack at another police station in the Mayo Bani Village of Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Eyewitnesses in Mayo Bani said the two gunmen arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the station, leaving two policemen who are now receiving treatment at the Mubi Generala Hospital injured.
Meanwhile, an unidentified man was shot dead in front of his house the same night along Ahmadu Bello Way in Mubi, Adamawa.
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Adamawa Police Command, Altine Daniel, says the command is yet to confirm the incidents however, the state government has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Mubi following recent development in the town.

Residents flee Adamawa over death of six

Six dead bodies riddled with bullets were discovered by residents of Yelwa ward in Mubi town, Adamawa on Monday morning.

Residents disclosed that they heard gun shots at about 4 am, only to wake up to see the dead bodies lined up on the street.

Some families have started fleeing the area for fear of what might likely occur.

The Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Aderene Shinaba, who confirmed the killings and urged residents not to panic, stated that investigation into the matter has commenced.

According to him, the corpses have been deposited at the General Hospital, Mubi and the police command is on the alert to safeguard lives and properties.

A Nigerian newspaper reported that soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force were responsible for shooting the dead six persons who they suspected were members of the Boko Haram sect.

The newspaper report said the soldiers invaded the camp and killed the six sect members.

Boko Haram Suspect Apprehended With Slain Cop’s Pistol

Nigerian Police

A member of the dreaded Islamic sect has been apprehended by men of the Adamawa State police command in the commercial city of Mubi in possession of a fire arm belonging to a police officer shot in Kaduna, North-West Nigeria by members of the sect.

The sect member was overpowered by a man he tried to rob at a suburb of Mubi. The Bareta pistol was loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition.
According to the Adamawa State police commissioner, Adenrele Shinaba, the motorcyclist stabbed his assailant with a knife, leaving him to writhe in pain as blood gushed out of his body. His cries attracted nearby villagers who thronged to the scene.

The police were alerted of the incidence and they rushed to the scene to arrest the gunman.

Mr. Adenrele, who brandished the recovered Bareta pistol before journalists, said his command’s preliminary findings showed the recovered gun was the police gun in the possession of two slain policemen attached to the Kaduna state police command who were attacked by unknown gunmen.
The two policemen

were reportedly killed in the attacks and the guns in their possession taken away.

Mr. Adenrele promised armed insurgents a bloody confrontation, vowing to give members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect a “bloodied nose”.

Meanwhile the Adamawa State capital, Yola, was thrown into confusion in the early hours of Tuesday, following an exchange of gunfire between armed robbers and the police.

This was sequel to the attack on the Jimeta Divisional Police Station located in the heart of the state capital. Though no casualty was recorded as the police repelled the attackers who later fled, the attack on the divisional police station located very close to the Jimeta prison, also caused panic but security operatives attached to the prison mobilised to send the attackers away.

While confirming the incident, Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adenrele Shinaba, said that at about 12.40 a.m. On Tuesday, gunmen in a Toyota vehicle opened fire on the station. “But our men who were on the alert at the station responded and the attackers fled. No casualty was recorded on the side of the police,” the commissioner stated.

However, the police boss said that a manhunt had already been launched to track down the attackers.