Former Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Dies In Accident

ArmyThe immediate past Theatre Commander of ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole’, Major General Yushua Mahmood Abubakar, has died in a ghastly motor accident along the Damaturu/Maiduguri/ highway.

The accident also involved the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Muhammed Aliyu, and his driver, who survived the auto crash with serious injuries.

The GOC and his driver, as well as the deceased were taken to the Damaturu Specialist Hospital in Yobe State, accompanied by heavy military security before they were taken back to Maiduguri for proper medical attention.

Channels Television gathered that Mahmood was going to Damaturu from Abuja for the graduation of a special military force currently being trained in the troubled Buni Yadi area of Yobe State in northeast Nigeria.

On his arrival, according to the source, Mahmood was received at the Maiduguri International Airport by Aliyu, from where they embarked on the ill-fated journey.

The cause of the accident has not yet been established.

The Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, in company of the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Wali, the State Police Commissioner, Zanna Ibrahim, the Head of Service of Yobe State, Dauda Yahaya, and other sympathisers have visited the Damaturu Specialist Hospital.

Community Accuses Military Of Killing Son Over Curfew Time Violation

Community Accuses Military Of Killing Son Over Curfew Time ViolationResidents of Bundigari community in Damaturu, Yobe State, have accused the military of killing one Ibrahim Bala for allegedly violating curfew time. 

The residents have been living under stick restriction for over three years now, as a result of the ceaseless attacks by the Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s north-east region.

Briefing reporters on Sunday at the Damaturu Specialists Hospital, where the corpse of the deceased was deposited, the spokesman of Bundigari community, Ali Useini, lamented that the decease alongside six others were arrested for allegedly violating curfew rule, only to release them with various degrees of torture.

Tortured Overnight

At the time Channels Television visited the hospital, one of those arrested was on a sick bed with fractured leg while the remaining five were being treated for various degrees of injuries.

Mr Useini said there were some misunderstandings between some youths around 9:30pm on Saturday, stressing that someone in the vicinity made a phone call to alert soldiers on the happenings leading to the arrest of the seven persons who were detained and tortured overnight.

He said soldiers stormed the area some hours after the misunderstanding, making series of arrest in houses.

As the community seeks justice to the matter, the spokesman of the 27 Task Force Brigade, Lieutenant George Okupe, said the soldiers on patrol received a distress call and acted swiftly leading to the arrest of the seven persons.

He confirmed that they were released on Sunday morning but denied knowledge of any death. He told  reporters that the commander had set up an investigation team to find out the true position of the matter and pledged to make the report of the investigation team public.

The military had recently issued a strong warning to Yobe residents on violation of curfew hours and threatened to deal decisively with violators.

The concern of the community was that those arrested for alleged violation of curfew hours should not have been tortured to the point of death, a fractured leg and several injuries by the soldiers.

They asked authorities concerned to look into the issue to ensure the existing synergy between security forces and the community in the fight against insurgency would  not be hampered.

Death Toll Rises To 10 In Damaturu Blast

DamaturuThree more victims of the Damaturu bomb blast have died on Sunday, raising the death toll to 10.

Seven people were killed in a blast carried out by a female suicide bomber on Saturday, who attacked the northern entrance of the Damaturu motor park in the Yobe State capital, North-east Nigeria, detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that killed people who were entering or exiting the park.

The Medical Director of the Damaturu Specialists Hospital, Dr Garba M. Fika, said three more victims of the blast died while receiving medical attention at the hospital, bringing the death toll from the blast to 10.

He also noted that three of the victims have been referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru and one had further being referred to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.

The Medical Director further revealed that twelve more victims of the blast are currently being treated at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Damaturu Hospital, stressing that all of them would be given free treatment in line with the free drug exercise of the Yobe State Government.

An eyewitness, Bala Mainasara, confirmed that most of those killed in the blast were children selling sachet water or groundnut cake, calling on parents and guardians to restrict their children from wandering about. He also warned that such children could be used for carrying out suicide missions.

The Chairman of the Damaturu Harmonised Traders Association, Mr Usman Mu’azu, in an interview with Channels Television, called on security agents and the State Government to deploy security officials to man the entrance of the park and urged them to re-open the blocked gates.

He noted that much people were affected in the explosion as a result of the only gate currently opened, for both entrance and of the park.

However, business activities have picked up at the market, as most shops were opened for business, while few others were closed probably in observance of Sunday, being a worship day for Christians.