Foreign Scouts To Witness Yobe Football Competition

Yobe Football CompetitionForeign scouts are expected to witness the 2016 Governor’s Cup football competition in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

The Director of Sports in the state, Abubakar Ago, who disclosed this at the draws of the competition, said it would kick off throughout the state on Monday, December 19.

The draws brought together football lovers and administrators within and outside Yobe State, including members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and club owners among others.

Mr Ago said that the 2016 competition has been expanded to give room for participation from private and individual teams, contrary to that of the previous years where only local government teams were allowed to participate.

He said that the aim of the competition was to uncover the hidden talents that abound in the state.

The sports director said five centers have been selected for the competition, adding that Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru and Geidam township stadia would all be occupied from December 20.

He further urged participating footballers to display their best performances as the competition would be witnessed by foreign scouts.

The opening match of the competition would be between Damaturu Local Government FC and a Damaturu metropolitan club, Ajari United.

FG Appoints 13 University Vice Chancellors

Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government has clarified the appointment of the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

A statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and issued in Abuja says President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of the new Vice Chancellors due to the fact that the tenure of the Vice Chancellors being replaced had expired.

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof Kayode Soremekun is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC. Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University Of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Abu, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, has been elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, is the new VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University Of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎.

FG Sacks 13 University Vice Chancellors

asup sacked Vice ChancellorsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has sacked Vice Chancellors (VC) of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe.

A statement on Sunday by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, did not give any reason for the sacking of the affected Vice Chancellors but simply said that President Muahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities with effect from February 12, 2016

According to the statement, the VC of NOUN, Professor Tenebe, was replaced with Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Professor Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.

A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Kayode Soremekun, was made the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Professor Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC; Professor Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.

A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Haruna Abdu Kaita, was named the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Professor Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS) became the VC of the Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.

Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Professor Magaji Garba, was appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State while Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, was elevated to the position of VC of the institution.

A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman, is now the VC of same institution.

Professor Angela Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, was made the VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.

The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Professor Seth Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State‎

Yobe Police Recorded Less Serious Crimes In 2015 – Commissioner

RRS-yobe -policeThe Yobe State Police Command says it has recorded less serious crimes in 2015, compared to the year 2014.

Parading 17 suspects before journalists at the end of the year media briefing in Damaturu, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Zannah Ibrahim, said major crime statistics for the two years indicates that terrorists’ attacks recorded in 2015 stands at 19 cases, as against the 25 of last year.

According to the CP, other crimes that recorded decrease in 2015, compared to 2014 include; culpable homicide, kidnapping, unnatural offences, armed robbery, grievous hurt and wounding, as well as breach of public peace.

CP Ibrahim also revealed that rape and indecent assault offences against firearms and forgery of currency notes recorded various increase in 2015.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that four of the paraded suspects are believed to be involved in certificate forgery at the College of Education, Gashua.

While one is responsible for signing, stamping and issuance of forged certificates, two others were canvassing for interested “grandaunts” and the last person specialised in printing the certificate.

Musa Ahmed and Ali Yusuf, who are suspects to the crime, in an interview with newsmen, attributed his offence to an act of the devil.

The CP also disclosed that some of the suspects paraded were found to have engaged in the production and circulation of counterfeit currency, contrary to section 21 of the Penal Code Law.

He said further investigation revealed that the suspects had in their possession fake Nigerian currency totalling about 490, 000 Naira, Identity cards, a bottle containing mercury and forged land sale agreement, among others.

The Commissioner said that some of the suspects will be arraigned for culpable homicide, being in possession of dried leaves believed to be Indian herp or a control substances, suspected homicide and mischief, contrary to sections 221 and 327 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

He appreciated the efforts of the state government, traditional institution, sister security agencies, the media and other security stakeholders in the state for their unflinching support given to the Police in the year under review, hoping similar synergy will be exhibited in the years ahead.

While assuring of a hitch free Christmas celebration, the CP said the command will intensify vehicular, foot and join patrol to ensure a crime free state.

NEMA Presents Yobe Fire Victims Immediate Succour

KanoThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented succour to fire disaster victims in Gashua town of Yobe State in north-east Nigeria.

Fire had last week razed down 20 shops at the Gashua central market where lots of valuables were destroyed.

Presenting the materials at a ceremony held at the palace of the Emir of Bade in Gashua town on Friday, the Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, said his office received report of the inferno from the Senator of the zone, after which he directed the Zonal Coordinator to take stock of the damage, development that led to the presentation of the relief materials.

‘Timely Intervention’

The DG, who pledged to continue attaining to emergency needs of accident and disaster victims, directed that the materials be distributed to the affected persons to serve the purpose for which it was meant.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, represented at the occasion by the State Coordinator of the State Emergency Management Agency, Idi Jidawa, thanked NEMA for the gesture describing it as a ‘timely intervention’ that would help the victims greatly.

While sympathising with victims of the inferno, the Governor also appreciated the role played by Senator Ahmed Lawan for the timely notification of NEMA about the sad development.

Senator Lawan, on his part, appreciated the timely intervention of  NEMA for coming to the rescue of the affected persons.

The Senator, who made a personal donation of five million Naira, hoped the victims would judiciously use the money and the materials realised from various donors to start up another source of their livelihoods.

The Emir of Bade, Abubakar Suleiman II, who received the materials for onward distribution to the affected persons, thanked all that contributed in supporting the victims and assured them that the materials and the money donated, would be shared accordingly.

The fire inferno destroyed shoes, wears, electronics, provisions among several other valuables in shops and warehouses at some segments of the Gashua Central Market in northern senatorial zone of Yobe State.

Items presented to the victims include; Cement, Zinc, plight wood, ceilings, Grains, Rice among several others.

Nigerian Army Honours Officers In Yobe

armyThe 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, has honoured its officers and men for their gallantry in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

At a ‘Medal Parade’ in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, all the officers and men involved in the operation “Zaman Lafiya” for a period of six months, were honoured with the medals.

Another category of the awards is the Nigerian Army Purple Heart Medal Award meant for those killed or injured while in active service.

At the ceremony in Damaturu, the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, applauded the officers and men for giving their all, for the restoration of peace and stability in the troubled state.

‘Never Be Forgotten’

The Governor said the awards symbolise the expression of government’s gratitude and assurances that the sacrifices and services rendered to their fatherland shall ‘never be forgotten’.

Ibrahim Gaidam also said that apart from the proactive role his administration had been playing since the beginning of the insurgency, the provision of logistic support and giving wrap attention to welfare of officers and men would continue to receive the needed priority.

He said: “In addition to providing logistic support, we have been according priority attention to the welfare of the officers and men who prosecute the insurgency campaign through the provision of drugs to the brigade clinic, payment of allowances, payment of medical bills of those who sustained injuries and assistance to the families of our heroes who lost their lives while combating insurgency in the state”.

He paid glorious tribute to those killed in the various operations saying “they have not died in vain as their patriotic act will forever remain green in the memories of well-meaning Nigerians”.

The Army Spokesman of the 27 Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, while reading out the citation of “Operation Zaman Lafiya” and the Purple Heart Medals Awards, said the awards were approved by the Chief of Army Staff for the gallantry exhibited by the officers and men of the brigade in the various operation against the insurgency which has of recent liberated Gulani and Gujba from the terrorists.

He said the brigade had deployed personnel in Nguru, Damaturu, Geidam, Gashua, Katarko, Goneri/Buni Yadi and would continue to work assiduously towards restoration of peace in the affected areas.

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.

Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Yobe

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect yesterday killed a police sergeant in Gashua the headquarters of Bade Local Government Area of Yobe state.

The commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Rufai who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said the deceased was attached to the Bade Emirate Council as an orderly to the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar II.

He said the gunmen trailed the slain police officer after the evening prayers from a nearby mosque to his house and killed him.

He confirmed that no arrest has been made in connection with the killing but was quick to add that investigation is in progress to track the perpetrators.

He called on law abiding people of the state to continue to accord security agents the desired support in the quest for lasting peace.

Yesterday’s killing is a setback to the relative peace currently being enjoyed across the state in recent weeks.

 

JTF Recovers Bullet Proof Van Snatched By Boko Haram in Yobe

Sequel to the attacked on security formations in Gashua, Yobe state on Thursday, officers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state on Saturday,  recovered items taken from the divisional police station and the area command in the area.

Suspected members of the dreaded sect the Boko Haram had killed two police personnel and taken away several items including a police Toyota Hilux bullet proof Van.

A statement by the military spokesman Lieutenant Eli Lazarus indicates that security forces drilled the hoodlums and recovered the items in Maluria village of Gashua Local Government.

Other items recovered include one General purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), three K2 rifle, three pump action rifle and one riot gun.

The statement also said two smoke pistol, four Dane gun, two RPG bombs, 15 hand grenades and one air rifle were also recovered from the sect.

1,200 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 3 charades, several police uniforms and accessories, 10 bullet proof metal plat and gas max were also recovered.

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect had on Thursday launched coordinated attacks on the Divisional Police station, the Area command and the JTF location in Gashua of Yobe state killing two police personnel in the process.

The security forces killed five of the hoodlums as the area command of the Area was burnt.

Seven Killed In Renewed Yobe Attack

Seven persons have been confirmed dead in a renewed clash between the Military Task Force the JTF and the dreaded Islamic fundamentalists the Boko Haram in Gashua, the Bade Local Government Area of Yobe state North-East.

Gashua is 187 kilometers north of Damaturu the state capital.

A statement issued by the military spokesperson in the state, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus, said two police personnel and five members of the insurgents lost their lives during the crossfire that lasted throughout the night.

The statement says the gunmen attacked the JTF location, the Police Area Command and the Divisional Police Station all in Gashua Town but the attacks were repelled by the security forces.

Some of the insurgents according to the statement are believed to be within the town while others escaped in two vehicles with gunshot injuries.

The statement also adds that fleeing terrorists took away one Police Hilux vehicle fitted with siren at the top and one other vehicle as well as police uniforms and other items from the police station.

Items recovered from the hoodlums according to the statement include; one Toyota Corola Car, one Peugeot 406 Saloon car, one Isuzu Pick up Van, one AK47 rifle, and one Anti-Riot Gun.

Others include one locally made Pistol; one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bomb, one Generating Set and large quantity of Ammunition.

JTF said it will continue to respond appropriately to such attacks and calls for the support of the law abiding citizens to remain calm as it is on top of the situation and solicit for their support

Witnesses told Channels Television that a cordon and search operation is currently going on in Gashua Town while a curfew has been imposed until 1PM today in an effort to track the hoodlums.

 

JTF kills four suspected Boko Haram members, arrests four others in Yobe

Sequel to a ride at a Boko Haram hideout in Gashua town of Yobe state, the military Joint Task Force on Tuesday killed four suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram and arrested four others.

Gashua, a major town in Yobe the state is 187 Kilometers North of Damaturu the state capital.

The spokesman of the JTF in the state, Eli Lazarus in a statement said security forces at about 5am raided the terrorists hideout located at Abuja-Amare area of the town, killing four of the suspects and arresting four others.

Mr Lazarus said: “JTF acted on available information which indicated that some of the terrorists that operated in Potiskum and Fika have relocated to the town.”

The raid according to the statement was initially faced with resistance from the terrorists but with superior fire power, the JTF was able to overpower the sect member.

Items recovered from the suspected terrorists according to Mr Lazarus included Four AK47 and 42 rounds of ammunition.

Also recovers are, two computer laptop, one Thuraya phone, 13 different GSM handsets, 21 assorted wrist watches, a CD plate and 18 different sim cards.

JTF also reiterates its commitment to rid the state of terrorist activities and appeals to the public to provide information that would enable it arrest the terrorists attack in the state and the nation as a whole.

Sniffer dogs

Meanwhile, the JTF in Yobe State has introduced the use of sniffer dogs in its operation in Damaturu the state Capital.

Mr Eli in an earlier statement said the introduction of sniffer dogs at various check points in the state capital is aim at detecting specifically concealed arms and nitrate base materials use in the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by Boko Haram members.

The statement added that the terrorists groups are planning to smuggle arms into the state capital by all means to cause mayhem.

It also said security forces will continue to evolve new methods aim at countering the nefarious activities of the terrorists who are head bend on causing insecurity in the state and the country at large.

Two die as Gunmen invade bank in Yobe

Gunmen Friday morning invaded the Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government area of Yobe state.

The State commissioner of Police, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu the Yobe state capital said the gun men had during the operation disarmed a police corporal and shot him in the leg before shooting sporadically within the bank premises.

He revealed that residents pursued the hoodlums to Annex B hotel also in Gashua town where two suspects were apprehended.

Mr Egbuniwe said one AK 47 rifle as well as the gun snatched from the police on guard was recovered.

One of the suspects according to him was killed in the process while the other is currently being interrogated as investigation has also commenced on the case.

According to the police commissioner, the non-commissioned police officer who was shot during the attack later died while receiving treatment at the Gashua General Hospital.

The state police chief said some gunmen attempted to disrupt the Friday Muslims prayers in Damaturu but that their mission was repel by security forces.

He said the shooting was heard around the emir of Damaturu Palace few minutes into the prayers as worshippers were held for sometimes after the prayers.

Damaturu the Yobe state capital has become a war zone of recent as attacks on security men as well as residents has become a routine affair which has led to many residents taken refuge in some places within the state and the country for fear of attack.