The Police have arrested four suspected kidnappers and killed one with the help of local vigilantes in Gombe State.
This comes after a failed attempt to adopt a man in the Bileri and Filiya area of the state.
Addressing journalists at the state police command, the Commissioner of Police, Maikudi Shehu, said the suspects confessed to have been hired by another man in Adamawa state, who believes that a reasonable ransom could be extracted from the victim.
The Police Commissioner confirming a surge in kidnapping across the state noted that the command will not sleep until it rid the state of the menace.
The Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) on Saturday declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of all the 11 Local Government Councils seats in the just concluded election.
The GOSIEC Chairman, Saidu Shehu Awak who made the declaration after the collation of results as submitted by the 11 local government electoral officers, also announced the APC as winner of all the 114 Councillorship positions.
The Chairman, in accordance with section 26, sub sections 1 and 2 of the Gombe state Independent Electoral Commission Law 2013 as amended, and as the chief returning officer of the Commission, declared the following candidates of the APC who scored the highest number of votes as winners.
1. Akko LGA: Abubakar Usman- Barambu Chairman with Mahmud Saleh Tabra as Deputy Chairman
2. Balanga LGA: Garba Umar as Chairman with Salamu Ezikiel as Deputy Chairman
3. Billiri LGA: Margaret Bitrus as Chairman with Rev. Panuel Nicodemus Lashobok as Deputy Chairman
4. Dukku LGA: Jamilu Ahmed Shabewa as Chairman with Umar Manu Malala as Vice Chairman
5. Furnakaye LGA: Ibrahim Adamu Cheldu as Chairman with Mu’azu A. Yahaya Tongo as Deputy Chairman
6. Gombe LGA: Aliyu Usman Haruna as Chairman with Gambo Sulaiman Garko as Deputy Chairman
7. Kaltungo LGA: Faruk Aliyu Umar as Chairman with Solomon Lande as Deputy
8. Kwami LGA: Ibrahim Buba as Chairman with Muhammadu Musa Kolo as Deputy
9. Nafada LGA: Musa Abubakar as Chairman with Salisu Shuaibu Dandele as Deputy Chairman
10. Shongom LGA: Yohannah Nahar as Chairman with Ambrose Alfred ( Bobby) as Deputy Chairman
11. Yamaltu Deba LGA: Shuaibu Umar Galadima as Chairman with Garba Usman as Deputy Chairman.
The GOSIEC Chairman said three political parties that participated in the elections included the APC, PDP, and PRP.
The announcement and declaration was made in the presence of leaders of the Inter-Party Advisory Council ( IPAC), members of the Civil Society, the Media, the Nigeria Police and other security outfits as well as representatives of candidates.
The Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has signed the revised N107.3billion 2020 budget into law.
Signing the budget on Monday, Governor Yahaya said the downward review of the budget was due to the global economic shocks occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected national and personal incomes.
According to him, despite the downwards review of the budget, the state government ensured that health, education, agriculture and other critical sectors remain the top priorities of the state.
The governor explained that the health sector’s budget, in particular, has been increased as a demonstration of the administration’s resolve to combat the virus and its socio-economic impact on the lives and means of livelihood of the people.
Six members of the Gombe state house of Assembly, who had earlier tested positive to the COVID-19 virus, say they have now recovered from the virus and tested negative.
The six members, led by the speaker Abubakar Kurba, in a press briefing on Friday, said they are grateful to the medical team from the state task force on COVID-19 while stating they would do more for the health sector in Gombe state.
For two weeks the legislators said they had to undergo a series of treatments against the virus in isolation, away from family members and friends.
With concerns on the review of the state budget, the legislators pledged their support to the health sector
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Gombe reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
The state has reported 451 cases of the virus, 220 recoveries, and 13 deaths as of Friday evening.
Three commissioners have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gombe State.
The Commissioner of Information and Culture in the state, Ibrahim Alhassan, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday.
He explained that the COVID-19 status of the infected persons was discovered after all 21 commissioners in Gombe and the governor’s aides took the test.
Alhassan also confirmed that the test results of one of the governor’s aides and five members of the Gombe State House of Assembly came back positive.
He said, “We conducted massive tests for all the government functionaries – the commissioners, special advisers, and all the staff of the Government House.
“Out of the 21 commissioners, it is unfortunate that we are having three positive cases. Of the special advisers, we have one positive case.”
“Of the members of the State House of Assembly, we have five positive cases. This is so far, the update within the government cycle,” he added.
The commissioner decried that the pandemic was already within the community and the state has begun to witness community transmission of the disease.
He revealed that the government has decided to lead by example by ensuring that 100 per cent of its workforce took the test.
“Therefore, all hands need to be on deck to see that we fight this pandemic head-on and as of today, permanent secretaries and directors in all the government ministries and agencies are now undergoing the screening (the test),” he stated.
The Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19 in the state, Professor Idris Muhammad, also gave an update on the outbreak of the disease in Gombe.
He noted that the government has tested 609 people in four days and the results of 63 persons returned positive.
Professor Muhammad also confirmed that the infected members of the executive and legislative arms of government in the state were among the positive cases.
He, therefore, appealed to the residents to be cooperative with the task force in its aggressive approach to curb the community transmission of the disease in the state.
The task force chairman also advised the residents, especially those on essential services to wilfully submit themselves for the test.
According to him, Gombe State has a total of 234 positive cases of COVID-19, out of which 33 patients are active with 134 others discharged, as of 2pm on Tuesday.
As precautionary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, Gombe has shut the Government House in the state capital.
The state government also ordered public officials; including cabinet members and staff to undergo COVID-19 test.
This follows the death of a Director of Special Services and Political Office of the Secretary to the State Government who tested positive for the virus.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ismaila Misilli, Governor Inuwa Yahaya ordered that the “Government House Clinic where the deceased was admitted be disinfected and closed from any Physical interactions until Monday 8th June 2020.”
The governor also directed that high-risk areas such as the offices of the deceased and that of the SSG should also be fumigated.
Similarly, “those tested are also strongly advised to go into self-isolation pending the outcome of the results.”
While urging members of the general public to take the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols and medical experts’ advice seriously, Governor Yahaya called for a strict observance of all precautionary measures of hand-washing, use of sanitisers and face masks as well as maintain social distancing.
He said such measures are important in order to prevent the spread of the disease, especially because the nation has entered into another phase of the COVID-19 spread called community transmission.
The SSG, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi who was the first to be tested commended the effort of the State Taskforce on COVID-19 for its decisive approach and response after it was confirmed that the staff in the SSG’s office died of COVID-19 complications.
“The Taskforce took the right and by all means, the correct decision to forestall the spread of the virus among the good people of Gombe State by immediately conducting the much-needed contact tracing and advising every member of staff, including family members, friends and well-wishers to be tested and if found positive, proceed on self-isolation,” he said.
Meanwhile, samples from Commissioners, Special Advisers, members of the Taskforce on COVID-19 where the deceased served in several capacities as well as those of other staff and aides are being taken test while the Rapid Response Team has also commenced contact tracing.
The Adamawa state government has commenced the repatriation of over four hundred Almajiri children from different parts of the state to Gombe and other northern states.
The Secretary to Adamawa state government who doubles as the Chairman of the COVID-19 Containment Committee says the move is in line with the agreement reached at several meetings of the northern governors’ forum prior to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Almajiri children have been received by the Gombe State government with the promise to check their health status before they are reunited with their families.
Twenty persons have recovered and have now been discharged from Isolation Centers in Gombe State.
The Commissioner for Health and the Acting Chairman of the state’s task force on COVID-19, Dr. Ahmed Gana, confirmed this on Friday at the daily press briefing on the progress of the COVID-19 in the state.
According to him, the discharge cut across Federal Teaching Hospital, State Specialist Hospital and Kwadon Isolation Centres.
He also warned members of the public against stigmatising COVID-19 patients or even survivors.
“There should be no stigma, they are clean and we have issued them a clean bill of health. They have tested negative twice before they were discharged, the general public should accept them and not stigmatize them,” he said.
“Those discharged should be ambassadors of COVID-19 they should educate their families, and those around them that COVID-19 is real”.
Meanwhile, Gana stated that the government is making plans to tighten security at the various isolation centres.
COVID-19 patients currently at the isolation facility in Kwadon community, Yamaltu Deba Local Government Area (LGA) of Gombe have abandoned the facility in protest.
The protesters on Tuesday numbering about 20 trooped out of the centre and occupied the Federal High road which links Gombe to Borno State.
They claimed that they were not being given adequate care at the facility while some others claimed that they have no COVID-19 symptom.
“Even if anyone has a headache, we will give them money to help us buy drugs. There is no doctor here,” one of the patients, identified as Halima, told Channels Television.
“I have so far spent five days here and I have shown no symptoms. They are just using us for business.”
The patients, who have been on admissions at the facility for one week, disclosed that the care they are getting at the facility is poor and added that the officials are not telling members of the public the true situation of things.
Gombe State Government has set up two treatment and isolation centres to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The isolation centres are the Kwadon Infectious Disease Hospital, which has a 150-bed capacity and another at the State Specialist Hospital.
While commissioning the COVID-19 isolation and treatment centres set up by his administration on Thursday, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said that his administration will do everything humanly possible to ensure a healthy society.
He explained that the state government decided to create the centres to show his administration’s preparedness for any case of the pandemic in the state.