Security Operatives Repel Boko Haram Attack In Damaturu

 

Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attempted to infiltrate into Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe, Mr Yahaya Abubakar, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the attack was averted following intelligence gathered about the suspicious movement of the insurgents ahead of the incident.

Abubakar stated that a joint team of security operatives from the Police Command and troops of the Nigerian Army supported by two fighter jets stormed the area early enough, leading to the feat recorded.

He added that there was no casualty on the side of the security operatives.

The police commissioner said, “We were told of their movement from Mafa community in Borno State.

“The security personnel – both military and police; we mobilised ourselves and have successfully repelled the attack. everywhere is calm now.”

The spokesman for the 27 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army, Captain Njoka Irabor, also confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

Yobe Youths Advocate Passage Of ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill

youths, turkish govt, NigeriansThe youth in Yobe state have staged an advocacy walk to the State House Of Assembly in Damaturu, the state capital, north east Nigeria, seeking the passage of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill.

This, according to them is aimed at reducing the age qualification for youths aiming to contest elective offices in Nigeria.

The peaceful campaign walk which started from the Damaturu township stadium and ended at the State House Of Assembly complex, brought together vibrant youths across the state.

They were received by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adamu Dala-Dogo (rtd).

The leader of the team, Mohammed Dauda Gombe, speaking at the event, stated that the main purpose of the bill is to promote increased youth participation in the political processes.

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a time. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifetime.

“If the bill is passed into law, it will provide a platform for all adult citizens to participate as both voters and candidates, thereby enhancing resourcefulness of young Nigerians to improve governance and development at the local, state and National levels.

“It will deepen inter-generational dialogue and knowledge transfer, increasing patriotism and reducing youth involvement in violence and political thuggery,” Gombe said.

Responding to the plea of the youths, Mr Dala-Dogo, appreciated them for the initiative and assured them of the Assembly’s backing whenever the bills get to them.

He also called on political office holders and the government at all levels to accord the youths their rightful place in the scheme of things.

The speaker further revealed that the Yobe Assembly, under his leadership would be in full support of the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ campaign.

He therefore urged the advocates that the campaign should not just stop in the state but be taken to the national level.

“I implore you to take this campaign across the whole states of the federation and I can assure you that the moment it comes to our table, we will give it the desired attention to see that the bills see the light of the day” Mr Dala-Dogo said.

Governor Gaidam Re-opens Katarko Bridge In Yobe

Governor Gaidam Re-opens Katarko Bridge In YobeYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has re-opened the Katarko Bridge in Gujba Local Government Area of the state, four years after it was blown up by the Boko Haram sect.

The bridge is a major infrastructure that connects the state to neighbouring states in Nigeria’s North-east.

It lies 22 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, and served as a link to the strongholds of the insurgents.

Governor Gaidam, who officially opened the reconstructed bridge on Thursday, emphasised its economic importance, saying his administration will continue to do all it can to develop the state.

He added that his administration will extend the olive branch to other major towns of the state.

“It was in our plan to beautify Damaturu metropolis, it has to look like a state capital before our term ends in 2019 and this does not mean that we will overlook some other urban cities,” the Governor said.

He further inspected the Yobe State Fire Service Headquarters under remodeling, where he tasked the contractors to redouble their efforts to ensure completion as schedule.

Governor Gaidam also inspected ongoing urban road renewal projects across the state capital and praised the the contractors for a job well done.

Speaking at one of the sites of inspection, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Lawan Shettima, gave a breakdown of the level of work at the Damaturu-Makza road, which he said was 50 per cent completed.

Governor Gaidam expressed delight at the level of work done and promised to construct more roads, schools and other infrastructure, in order to revive various communities in the state.

He, however, urged the contractors to maintain speed and quality of work, in line with the contract specification.

Post Insurgency: Stakeholders Brainstorm On Peacebuilding

June-12-special-prayerAs peace gradually returns to the troubled northeast geopolitical zone of the country, interested parties have come together in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, to brainstorm on ways to achieve lasting peace in the region.

The stakeholders comprised of security operatives and para military organisations as well as clerics from Christian and Islamic backgrounds within and outside the state.

Organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, discussions centered on how to sustain the peace currently being enjoyed in the region.

The Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, Ms Idayat Hassan, said the in-house meeting was designed to evaluate the existing peace and how best to sustain harmonious coexistence among the diverse communities in the north-east and the country at large.

“The meeting will kick start discussions on how to live together in the post insurgency era.

“The war has been technically declared over but skirmishes of attacks are happening here and there but we thank God peace is gradually returning and we have to plan for the sustenance of cherished peace.”

She also added that “with the renewed peace, there is the urgent need to come together irrespective of any differences in the fight against insurgency which has eaten deep in the fabrics of our society”.

Discussions according to her, would also be centered on how best to overcome trauma, among other psychological effects of the war such as; sexual harassment, abduction and how to assimilate the actors of the war into the normal society.

A Project Management Specialist of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Yoshiaki Noguchi, stressed the importance of the meeting in the post insurgency era.

He also gave the assurance that his organisation would continue to support such in the search for peace building among the diverse cultures, traditions and religions in the north east geopolitical zone of the country.

Security officers on the other hand, called on participants and the society at large to accord them the desired cooperation in the search for lasting peace. They believe that little or nothing can be achieved without the cooperation of the people.

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun Immorality

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun ImmoralityThe Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, has cautioned Nigerian youth to desist from drugs and other social vices that are inimical to their progress and that of the country.

The Deputy Governor stated this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Students Forum who paid him a visit at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital in northeast Nigeria.

He said the future of the country is in their hands, adding that any mistake on their part will affect the country negatively.

Mr Aliyu also noted that the development in the information and communication technology in recent years has placed them on the advantage to excel ahead of youths in the 90’s, 80’s and bellow.

“You should count yourself lucky as the development in communication has giving you added advantage and such advantages should be used for academic excellence.

“You have better and more conducive atmospheres to learn and let me urge you to make the best use of this opportunity,” he said.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the honour he received from the forum will spur him to do more for humanity.

“The recognition you have given me will ginger me do more for students and humanity as a whole,” said Aliyu.

The leader of the forum, Mr Yusuf Maje, appreciated the Deputy Governor for the various assistance he gave to students and urged him not to relent.

While thanking him for the word of encouragement, Maje assured him that they will do their best to be better than the founding fathers of the forum.

He further presented a plague to Mr Aliyu in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the forum and humanity as a whole.

Gov. Gaidam Swears In Elected Council Chairmen

Gaidam Commends Electorate As APC Sweeps Yobe LG PollThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam on Monday swore-in the newly elected council chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state in Damaturu, the state capital.

Gaidam said the successful conduct of the local government election in the state shows peace has returned to the state and called on the people to partner security agencies in consolidating peace.

He also said that though the issue to local government autonomy has remained a contentious issue in the country, he suggested that it should be handled with caution as elected chairmen could be financially reckless to the detriment of the people.

“When local government received their statutory share from the federation accounts directly, some of the unpleasant experiences include financial recklessness, large scale mismanagement of funds, failure to pay workers’ salaries for months”, Gaidam said.

He however employed the chairmen to enhance revenue generation, revitalise the education sector, health care services, agriculture and to continue with the laudable initiatives of the state government aimed at improving the lives of the peoples.

The governor tasked them to utilized their allocation in infrastructural development of their councils and to fight the ghost worker syndrome, venture into capital projects, support security agencies as well as keep watch of their employees for efficient service delivery.

“You should utilize the allocation from the federation account and the internally generated revenue judiciously, in the spirit of probity and transparency.

“We also expect you to lay enviable a solid foundation that the future councils will continue to build upon.

This could only be achieved if all council members, heads of departments and sectional heads are involved in the decision making process in consultation with the stakeholders of your areas”, he said.

Gaidan further commended the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YSIEC) for holding a successful election and also praised security agents and well-meaning people of the state for ensuring a successful polls.

He added that it is a thing of pride, as the state has joined the league of other sister states that have entrenched democracy in the grassroots.

He however thanked the outgoing council chairmen for their contributions toward the development of their respective Local Governments Areas.

Gaidam Commends Electorate As APC Sweeps Yobe LG Poll

Yobe, NAFDAC, Drug, Food, Ibrahim GaidamThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the chairmanship and coucillor seats at the just concluded Local Government election across the 17 LGs of Yobe State.

The results of the poll were announced by the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Mr Jauro Abdu, in Damaturu, the state’s capital.

Mr Abdu noted that the election was conducted peacefully throughout the 178 electoral wards in the state.

“I want to thank security agents, electorate, NGOs, the media and party officials among other stakeholders for the success of the election,” the chairman said.

On non-participation of some major opposition parties in the election, Mr Jauro said: “It’s not my duty to ensure participation of all political parties in the contest.

“We had a stakeholders’ meeting before the election and in that meeting, all of them accepted to participate in the election only to withdraw later.

“In Potiskum Council Area for instance, one of the contestants withdrew on the election day. So that’s their problem and not the concern of the SIEC”.

Faith And Support For APC

On his part, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam commended the people of the state for reaffirming their faith in the APC.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, said that the governor “is very pleased and hugely grateful that the people of the state have reaffirmed their faith and support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) by electing all the party’s candidates in last Saturday’s (February 11) Local Government election.

“That all the APC chairmanship candidates won in the election shows the degree to which the APC manifesto remains an appealing document to most of the people of the state”.

Governor Gaidam was also pleased that a significant number of registered voters across Yobe State participated in the election and voted for the candidates of their choice.

“His Excellency, Governor Gaidam strongly believes that given the security and other challenges that the state has experienced in the recent past, last weekend’s polls, which were commendably peaceful, can give us hope that normalcy has returned and that we can take pride in our capacity as a people to collectively organise and participate in elections at the grassroots level,” the statement added.

The governor has promised to work with the elected chairmen and their councillors, to go farther in his determination to improve the people’s living conditions at the grassroots.

The election observers also applauded the conduct of the poll and commended the Yobe State government for organising the election, despite the security problem bedeviling the state while urging other states to emulate Yobe.

The spokesman of the observers, Mr Victor Kalu, said: “We observed that law turnouts in some polling stations was based on non-enforcement of the vehicular movement and we want to recommend that such laws be enforced subsequently.

“On the whole, the Yobe State government under the leadership of Governor Gaidam has done very well to have conduct election on three occasions, despite the insurgency affecting the state”.

Police, Yobe SIEC Ready For Local Govt. Election

Wike Says Illegal Printing of INEC Materials Must Be Investigated, Election Materials, Election MaterialsThe Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and the state Police command, have stressed their readiness for the conduct of the Local Government election slated for Saturday February 11, 2017.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Damaturu, the state capital, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Jauro Abdu, said the state electoral body is set for the exercise.

He also stated that both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials are on ground and ready for distribution to the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

“The Yobe SIEC is fully ready for the exercise and I want to inform you that all our materials have been on ground for the past four weeks.”

The chairman also revealed that seven political parties are participating in the election.

Speaking on the security prone Local Government Areas, Mr Abdu disclosed that the election in Gujba and Gulani council areas would be conducted within the LG headquarters so as to give security operatives the opportunity to concentrate within the location instead of dividing their minds across the whole Local Government.

“The election will be conducted across all the wards except that we have agreed that for security reasons, the people of Gujba and Gulani will all concentrate in the Local Government headquarters for the exercise.

“This is to give our security the opportunity to concentrate in one location instead of having a divided mind.”

He called on the people of the state to accord SIEC officials as well as security personnel the desired cooperation towards a hitch free election.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmaliki Sumonu, assured residents that his men have long been mobilised for the exercise.

He then called for the cooperation of the well-meaning people of the state towards a successful exercise.

“The relevant stakeholders have recently met and have fine tuned ways of ensuring a hitch free exercise and by God’s grace, there will be no bridge of law before, during and after the election.

“I have long mobilised our officers and men for this exercise as they have been detailed at strategic locations to ensure law abiding people participate actively in the poll”.

The last time Yobe conducted LG elections, was in 2013 which ushered in chairmen and councilors who served in their elected capacities for a period of two years.

IDPs Seek Permanent Settlement In Yobe State

IDPs, YobeOver 10, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who are non-Yobe indigenes currently taking refuge at the Kukareta town outskirts of Damaturu the Yobe state capital, have opted to permanently reside in the state.

Speaking through the village head of Kukareta of Damaturu Local Government Area Lawan Babagana, the IDPs are of the opinion that the Boko Haram insurgents are still operating in some communities within their ancestral homes hence, they have opted to stay in Yobe state permanently.

Kukareta town has for the past four years witnessed unprecedented visitors displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Over 18, 000 households have within the period been hosted by the Kukareta community and the Yobe state government.

However, with the relative peace being enjoyed in most of the north east states bedeviled by the Boko Haram insurgents, the population of IDPs in the community is said to have reduced from over 18,000 to about 10,261 households.

Babagana told Channels Television that the IDPs have continued to receive news of pockets of attack within their ancestral homes, hence there is no need to return as their safety is not guaranteed.

He said the facilities initially provided by the state government, Non-Governmental Organisations among other philanthropists such as; schools, healthcare facilities and water supply, are still functional hence their stay in the community will not in any way over-stretch the existing facilities.

He also stated that he had taken the matter to the Yobe state government through the Damaturu Local Government as well as the Damaturu Emirate Council as the Ministry of Lands and Survey has been assigned to take stock of the land requirements for their settlement.

Secretary to the Yobe state Government, Baba Malam-Wali also addressing the issue, said the government has been adequately briefed on the desire and requirements of the IDPs and according to him, efforts are being made to hasten their settlements.

Seven Parties To Participate In Yobe LG Election – IPAC

IPAC, Yobe LG ElectionThe Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe State says seven political parties will participate in the Local Government (LG) election slated for February 11, 2017.

The State Chairman of IPAC, Mr Umar Kukuri, made the disclosure during an interview with reporters in Damaturu, Yobe State’s capital, in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Kukuri said: “The seven political parties have already conducted their various primary elections in which their respective candidates have emerged, submitted to the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and screened by the electoral commission”.

The seven parties are PDC, SDP, CPP, ACD, APC, NCP and MPPP.

The IPAC Chairman hinted that campaigns had commenced across the state with political parties canvasing for support ahead of the poll.

He asked SIEC to ensure a free and fair election that would be accepted by all the political parties and observers nationally.

Kukuri also appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and avoid issues that could breach peace in the state before, during and after the election.

He praised security operatives in the state for ensuring peace in the previous elections and urged them to maintain the same tempo during the imminent poll.

Hitch Free Election

The chairman further commended the Yobe State government for conducting the election despite the security threat poised by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“The council wishes to appreciate the Yobe State government for promoting democracy throughout the conduct of the local government election.

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“It is noteworthy that the Yobe State government had consistently conducted LG elections in spite of security challenges faced by the state. While states without such challenges failed to conduct LG elections, the council elections are being conducted in Yobe.

“As democrats and proud citizens of the state, it is to the credit of the state government that the council elections of 2015 encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2015 general elections in the northeast region that was bedevilled by serious security challenges,” he said.

Mr Kukuri assured the people of the state that IPAC would work with all the participating political parties to ensure a hitch-free election.

The last time Yobe State held an LG election was in 2014 at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Returning Yobe IDPs Get Safety And Awareness Training 

Returning Yobe IDPs Get Safety And Awareness Training The Yobe state Fadama Coordination Office has organized a safety and awareness workshop for returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in the state, northeast of Nigeria.

The awareness workshop is expected to train them on how to identify Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), planted by the Boko Haram insurgents in their previously captured communities.

At the flagging off ceremony of the enlightenment workshop in Damaturu the state capital, the returnees were effectively educated on how to identify IEDs and promptly report to disposing units security operatives for proper diffusion.

During the sojourn of the Boko Haram insurgents in the captured areas, lots of IEDs were produced and haboured in the recaptured communities which calls for proper search and diffusion, else it could be destructive to the returnees.

At the workshop, Bomb disposal experts from the Nigeria Army and the Police, were present to educate the returnees on how to properly go about such devices if found in their communities.

Colonel Obasanjo of the 3 Division of the Nigeria Army base in Damaturu, informed participants that they may come across some substances which might look attractive but are very dangerous.

He then cautioned them against taking such strange objects.

“You may see some glittering and attractive metals or objects around these returning communities which were taken over by the insurgents. Please do well to avoid taking such. They are mostly destructive.

He went further to advise that: “On sighting such objects, kindly alert the available security personnel for proper diffusion to avoid explosion which can claim lives.

DSP Martin Mba on the other hand, informed participants that “the workshop will expose or educate them on the dangers posed by landmines as they will be able to identify such destructive substances at the end of the sensitization workshop”.

He then advised the IDPs to make the best use of the opportunity.

Coordinator of Fadama III in Yobe state, Mr Musa Garba, explianed that his organization embarked on such awareness campaign to save the lives and means of livelihood of the returnees who will be contributing to the development of the nation’s economy.

“The workshop is necessary and timely because the returnees will be engaged in farming, fishing and rearing of livestock which they were hitherto doing before and as these insurgents settled in their communities, there is the likelihood that they may have planted some explosives which will cause serious setbacks on our policies as a people and as a nation.

“We want to restore the means of livelihood of these people and we have to protect them froanything that will affect them.” Garba said.

The sensitization workshop will be carried out across the whole state with centers across Potiskum, Gashua, Geidam, and Nguru Local Government Areas.

DSS Arrests Men With Cash For Terrorists’ Activities Coordination

dssThe Department of State Services (DSS) says it arrested two men with cash worth two million Naira meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.

A statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said Sani Digaru and Mohammed Ali were arrested on December 25 at about 1:15 p.m. along Gombe-Dukku road in Gombe.

Mr Digaru was, however, fatally shot when he attempted to escape from arrest, Mr Opuiyo stated.

He said the arrest was sequel to earlier intelligence that the suspects were in possession of cash worth two million Naira meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.

Giving a breakdown of other arrests made in the last quarter of 2016, the DSS said they were part of ongoing tactical operations to degrade the capabilities and hideouts of criminal gangs/syndicates across Nigeria.

Victim’s Mother Culpable

The Service said it had on December 28 at about 9:00 a.m., at Ben Kalio Housing Estate, Damaturu, rescued a 10-year-old boy, Moh’d Yusuf Daya, who was kidnapped by a gang.

“The kidnappers demanded for a ransom of five million Naira. However, at about 19:20 hours same day, the Service rescued Muh’d Yusuf Daya, at Potiskum town, Potiskum LGA.

“Meanwhile, the victim’s mother Barakat Daya and her friend, Rukaiya Danladi, have been arrested for culpability in the incident,” the statement read.

Following offensive against kidnappers and other criminals, the Service also apprehended the trio of Abubakar Musa, Ismail Musa and Suleiman Mainasara, on November 29 at Aduwawa in Benin City, Edo State.

The Service explained that prior to their arrest, they were members of a kidnap gang that terrorised commuters and residents of communities along the major highways between Edo and Kogi States.

Similarly, on November 30, one Ibrahim Adamu and three of his associates – Umar Abubakar, Ibrahim Salisu and Abdullahi Abubakar – were arrested at Ibilio village in Edo State.

They were part of a larger gang that specialised in the kidnap of people along the Edo-Kogi corridor, the Service stated.

“On December 20, at Katsina-Ala town in Benue State, another gang of suspected kidnappers comprising one Ernest Benze, Terkura Tyokishir alias Mpoto, and Anun Aondona, identified as members of the Terwase Akwaza kidnap syndicate, were arrested for their complicity in kidnap incidents in the State. The Terwase gang is known for its notoriety and credited with various dastardly and violent acts in the State.

“Furthermore, one Usman Sanusi MUSA also referred to as Keke, a notorious kidnap kingpin was intercepted by the Service on December 15, at Sabuwar-Kaura village in Doguwa LGA, Kano State.

“MUSA is a high-profile criminal who, in conjunction with other criminal associates of his gang has been terrorizing residents and communities in Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau States,” the statement read.

The Service also pledged to consolidate on its successes and reaffirmed its commitment to the safety of all citizens including members of the international community.

It, therefore, called on the public to remain vigilant and conscious of their immediate environs and report suspicious persons, parcels, vehicles to the nearest security formations.