Yobe Auto-Crash Kills 55

Ogun accidentThe Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Yobe state has confirmed that two separate auto crashes have claimed 55 lives in Gashua and Damagum towns of the state.

The Public Relation Officer of the Commission, Yusuf Sani, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, said that one of the accidents occurred along Gashua-Garin Alkali road killing 20 people in the process.

Those killed in the auto crash, he revealed, include 16 women and four men who were returning from a local Sunday market from Garin Alkali close to Gashua in Bade Local Government Area.

The second accident, according to him, occurred Monday morning. It involved three cars along Damaturu-Potiskum road killing 35 passengers with only seven survivors.

On the cause of the accident, the Public Relations Officer said that it was as a result of “over-speeding and dangerous overtaking.”

The Spokesman informed that those who sustained injuries were taken to Damagum General Hospital, same place the corpses of the dead have been deposited.

FG lifts state of emergency on troubled local governments

The Federal Government has lifted the state of emergencies imposed on 15 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the northern part of the country following unabated violence and terror attacks.

President Goodluck Jonathan in December 2011 imposed the state of emergency on the LGAs in Borno, Niger, Plateau and Yobe states.

The affected LGAs in Borno were Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama, Biu and Jere, while those in Yobe were Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba and Gasua-Bade.

Those affected in Plateau were Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi and Riyom, while only Suleja LGA was affected in Niger.

The directive was contained in a statement issued by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the Federal Government decided to end the emergency rule, with immediate effect, following a careful review of the security situation in the affected areas.

The AGF stated that the move will also enable government to put in place appropriate confidence building measures to improve security in the affected areas.

Mr Adoke said that with the end of emergency rule, the appropriate authorities at the local and state government levels should be responsible for the maintenance of security, law and order in the affected areas.

The Minister also noted that the President directed an end to the emergency powers on restriction order, reporting of persons, detention of persons, processions, meetings and curfew.

Yobe government relaxes curfew

The Yobe state Government has approved the relaxation of the curfew earlier imposed across the state.

A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego Indicates that restriction of movement now starts from 10: PM to 7: AM.

The statement further said ban on the use of motorcycle earlier imposed on Damaturu, Gujba, Geidam, Potiskum, Bade and Nguru remains in place.

The measures according to the statement were taken following a meeting between the state governor and the heads of security and law enforcement agencies in the state.

While calling on the people to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours allowed.

The Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam called on people in the state to remain vigilant and to assist the security agents in their efforts in ensuring the safety of lives and property across the state.

He urged members of the public to approach the forth coming Ramadan with a renewed sense of determination and to fervently pray for the security and safety in the state and the nation at large.

Earlier on Monday, some suspected members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram attacked three police formations in Damaturu the Yobe state capital and killed a police recruit.