Police Impounds Vehicle Conveying Electoral Materials In Taraba

 

The Police in Taraba State have impounded a vehicle loaded with election materials from Gombe State.

This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police in Taraba, Alkasim Sanusi, on Wednesday while he was addressing journalists at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Jalingo, the state capital.

According to him, the vehicle was intercepted by his men who were on stop and search operations at about 7:00 pm on Tuesday along the Jalingo/Gombe road.

He also stated that the driver of the vehicle is now in their custody and after due interrogation, he (the driver) explained that he was instructed to carry the election materials from Gombe to the INEC headquarters in Jalingo.

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Thereafter, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Baba Yusu, was called upon to inspect the vehicle and the materials.

On arriving the police headquarters, he said he was not aware but would put calls through to the INEC office in Gombe to confirm.

After due consultations, the REC later confirmed from the zonal officer in Gombe that they had authorised the movement of the non-sensitive materials to the INEC headquarters in Taraba.

The police boss, however, said it was worrisome that no security agent had accompanied the materials hence the interception.

After due investigations, he said he was convinced that the materials belong to INEC in Taraba and not any individual or political party.

95 Repentant Boko Haram Fighters Set For Reintegration Into Society

FILE PHOTO: Some of the ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members.

 

After series of training, vocational skills acquisition, and rehabilitation courses, 95 former Boko Haram terrorists are set to be reintegrated into the Nigerian society.

The repentant terrorists were trained by the Nigerian Army wing charged with the responsibility of Deracialising, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) in Gombe State.

They were rehabilitated by instructors from departments and agencies from the Federal Government and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) with the aim of retraining them to become law abiding citizens.

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During the training, the ex-terrorists were engaged in therapy and activities including psychotherapy, psycho spiritual and counselling, adverse effects of drug addiction among several others.

The commandant of the camp, Colonel Adegoke Adetuyi, during the graduation ceremony of the repentant terrorists on Saturday said they were also empowered with vocational skills.

“An essential element of DRR program is training of the ex-combatant by instructors from National Directorate of Employment (NDE). They went through a number of vocations including barbing, shoe making/leather works and cosmetology which compose of making of body cream, perfume and liquid soap among others.

“They were enthusiastic about their skill acquisition program and they are looking forward to practice their trades after discharge from the camp. They are to further their training with NDE in their state of residence in order to enhance smooth reintegration,” hen said.

The Gombe State governor, Hassan Dankwambo, on his part assured that all the governors of the north east will assist in re-integrating them into the society.

He also called on the people to patronise them in their chosen career and appreciated the security operatives and the facilitators for contributing to the success of the programme.

The coordinator of  Operation Safe Heaven (OPSC), Major General Bamidele Shafa, said they have earlier facilitated the rehabilitation of 750 men, women and children who were released to their various state government.

He also disclosed that 254 others are currently in the training undergoing the DRR.

One of the repentant fighters, Fadau Bukar, asked for forgiveness for the atrocities they have committed against humanity and the nation as a whole.

“This is happiest day in life. It’s like a day of admission into paradise. I appeal to the larger society to receive us wholeheartedly because we have realised that the ideologies of the Boko Haram are wrong that’s why we surrendered.

“We have repented fully and will contribute to the development of ourselves, the society and the nation,” Bukar said.

Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram Terrorists

Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram TerroristsThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested three suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the arrest was carried out in conjunction with the Department of State Services (DSS), after a painstaking effort of tracking the suspects.

The suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar, were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna areas of Gombe metropolis.

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They were reported to be members of Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State.

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During the operation, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg, apprehended afterwards and presently receiving medical treatment.

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Bilal Muhammed Umar

The suspects, who were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation.

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Obasanjo Recommends Borrowing To Fix Nigeria’s Economy

ObasanjoA former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has advocated borrowing to finance critical sector of the nation’s economy, especially in the face of the current economic recession.

He gave the advice at the opening session of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development, held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital with the theme ‘Enhancing Revenue Generation and Obtaining Best Value for Money in Expenditure’.

He explained that there was need to spend less on goods that the nation can do away with, earn more from the manufacturing sector and borrow to finance the economy.

The former president also advocated financial discipline with necessary political will to implement the various policies and programmes of government aimed at taking the country out of the recession.

The former president raised his voice against the constituency projects by members of the National Assembly, saying this must stop.

The Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, seized the occasion to highlight some of the policy framework being put in place by the federal government, just as the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, called for a paradigm shift in government policies

The session is expected bring out workable solutions to the main focus of the discussion which is the economy and its current challenges.

The event was attended by the governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Dankwabo, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Mines and Steel, as well as commissioners of finance from the 36 states of the federation.

Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue, Babatunde Fowler was also among the dignitaries.

Gombe Governor Commends Fayose’s Administration In Ekiti

Ayodele Fayose, Ibrahim Dakwambo, Gombe, EkitiGombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dakwambo, has commended his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr Ayodele Fayose for what he called tremendous achievements in the state for just two years in office.

Governor Dakwambo gave the commendation during the foundation laying ceremony of a town hall which was at no cost to the state government, at the Palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi, in the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Mr Dakwambo stated that Governor Fayose had exhibited that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was the only party that had the interest of the common people at heart.

He also lauded Mr Fayose’s administration, describing him as a man of great ideas.

The Gombe State Governor further pledged his administration’s support for the government and people of Ekiti State throughout the construction of the project.

On his part, Governor Fayose revealed that the project would cost 150 Naira and would be founded by his friends.

Oba Aladesanmi commended both governors and prayed God to grant their heart desires.

Aisha Buhari Gives Food To IDPs In Gombe

Aisha Buhari, Gombe, IDPsWife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has donated some food items to the less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

The donation was made on Sunday by the former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State, Mr Inuwa Yahaya, who represented Mrs Buhari.

Mr Yahaya commended the initiative of the First Lady and advised other individuals and corporate organisations to support the IDPs.

He explained that the items would also be extended to those participating in the Ramadan fast.

The former governorship candidate also advised beneficiaries to continue to remain law abiding citizens and support Gombe State and the federal authorities in the fight against terror.

Mrs Buhari’s benevolent act was part of her pet project, the Future Assured Initiative, where she reached out to some less privileged persons in Kogi and Kaduna states.

She said the gesture, which benefited the physically challenged, widows and displaced persons amongst others, was aimed at cushioning the present hardship experienced by the downtrodden.

Gombe State Gets New Commissioners

Gombe State, Ibrahim DankwamboNewly appointed commissioners in Gombe State, northeast region of Nigeria have been urged to run the affairs of their various ministries with the fear of God.

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, at the inauguration and swearing-in of the commissioners, urged them to take cognisance of the current economic situation in discharging their duties as members of the executive arm of government.

This comes 12 months after the election of the Governor for a second term in office.

Dankwambo expressed hope that the new appointees’ wealth of experience would greatly help in the discharge of their responsibilities.

He also enjoined civil servants in the state to support the commissioners as the state looks inward to improve on its internally generated revenue.

Taking the oath of office, the commissioners pledged their allegiance to serve the state diligently and uphold the constitutional responsibility bestowed on them.

Most of the commissioners served with the Governor during his first term in office.

The event which held at the banquet hall of government house in Gombe, witnessed a large turnout of politicians, traditional rulers and members of the public.

UNILAG Honours Osinbajo, Ambode, Other Former Students

UNILAG Since its establishment in 1962, the University of Lagos (Unilag) in south west Nigeria has prided itself as an institution that churns out graduates with impeccable character and focus in their endeavours.

Five of such individuals who have passed through the institution have been recognised by the university.

They are the Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode; Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo and the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ude Oko-Chukwu.

They were described as men who have attained a level of excellence as technocrats.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, described the occasion as the proudest moment in the history of the university

“We have shown and we always pride ourselves as the leader in the nation. We have just used this occasion to prove to the whole world that the University of Lagos (Unilag) is the leading university in Nigeria.

“We not only harbour the governors and the Vice President but we were able to bring them all together under a roof to be honoured this way. I believe it shows how they take the University of Lagos as their Alma Mata and the pride they have, belonging to the University of Lagos.”

Speaking on behalf of the recipients, the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, believes that the university’s investment has been rewarded.

“More importantly, three of the Governors all passed through the Department of Accounting in the university and it shows that the Faculty of Business Administration is producing the best in Nigeria or anywhere in the world,” he said.

 

Boko Haram Attacks Bara Town Of Yobe State

Boko HaramThe Boko Haram militants on Wednesday carried out a coordinated attack in Bara town of Yobe State northeast Nigeria.

Residents told Channels Television that the insurgents stormed the town on Wednesday night burning houses, shops, foodstuffs among other valuables with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) as they (residents) ran for safety.

The insurgents who arrived the town in large number reportedly burnt several houses during the coordinated attack.

The source further said that some of the residents were caught up in the houses set ablaze and were receiving treatment at Bajoga Hospital in neighbouring Gombe State.

A top police officer who confirmed the attack said that the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, has since rushed to the scene of the attack to assess the extent of havoc caused to the town.

Casualty figure, according to him, was not yet known, but residents fled into bushes for safety and slept there overnight.

Bara is the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Areas of the state and located 109km south of Damaturu the state capital.

Bara has experienced several attacks from the sect who had initially taken over the whole of the town for several months before it was reclaimed by security forces.

The town currently lacks basic amenities and telecom facilities have been vandalised by the militants.

Supreme Court Orders Retrial Of Petition Against Gombe Governor

Supreme courtThe Supreme Court has ordered the Gombe State governorship election petition tribunal to re-try the petition against the Governor Ibrahim Dakwambo of the People Democratic Party (PDP).

In a judgement delivered by a full panel of the apex court, the court unanimously dismissed the appeal ‎on ground that the tribunal had only emphasised on technicalities in arriving at its decision.

Reading the judgement, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun held that the tribunal was wrong to have dismissed the petition on ground of technicalities.

The tribunal sitting in Gombe had earlier dismissed the petition filed by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) challenging the victory of Governor Dankwambo in the April 11 governorship elections.

The petition was nullified and dismissed by the tribunal on the ground of competency of the petitioner’s counsel, Sam Kagbo, as a legal practitioner.

The petitioner’s counsel had signed the petition as Sam Kagbo whereas on the roll of lawyers, the name is Sam Peter Kagbo.

Not satisfied with the ruling, ADC approached the Court of Appeal challenging the decision and the Court of Appeal in its judgement ordered the tribunal to retry the petition.

Governor Dakwambo later approached the apex court seeking to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal.

Reps Call For National Policy On Hepatitis

Fed. Lawmakers Call For National Policy On HepatitisThe House of Representatives has called for a national policy on Hepatitis to reduce the burden of the disease in Nigeria.

According to the House on Thursday, coming up with a policy similar to that of HIV/AIDS would go a long way in curbing the spread of the disease.

The motion was moved by a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Gombe State, Honourable Aishatu Dukku, at the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Legislator further urged the Federal government to create public awareness on Hepatitis and integrate the Hepatitis B vaccine into the National Immunization Programmes.

Immigration Management Summoned

The lawmakers also summoned the management of the Nigeria Immigration Service over its refusal to give effect to the employment of families of victims of the 2014 immigration recruitment stampede.

This motion was taken after relatives of the victims staged a protest at the National Assembly over their not being compensated 18 months after the tragedy.

Hajj: Gombe Declares Five Pilgrims Missing

PilgrimsFive pilgrims from Gombe State have been declared missing in Saudi Arabia.

The Executive Secretary, Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Usman Gurama Arabia, said that the pilgrims have not been found since Thursday.

He added that members of the medical team had been checking hospitals and mortuaries with a view to locating them or their remains.

He, however, said that for now, it had not been confirmed whether they were among those who died as a result of Thursday’s incident at the stone throwing venue where over 700 pilgrims died.