Adamawa Government Dispatches Assessment Team To Madagali

MadagaliThe Adamawa State Government has sent an assessment team to Madagali after a twin suicide bombing left 17 people dead and 41 others injured.

The development came as the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, said that the government has directed free treatment for the injured.

Mr Sajoh appealed to residents to be more vigilant to prevent such attacks and report suspicious movements and objects to security agencies.

The Commissioner added that the State Government would intensify enlightenment campaign programmes in the area to reawaken the people on security consciousness.

Two female suicide bombers on Monday, detonated a bomb in a market in Madagali, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Military sources said that the situation in the town was calm and residents were going about their businesses undisturbed.

Shortly after the attack, the Brigade Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Victor Ezugu, said that those injured were evacuated to the 143 Rangers Battalion military facility in Madagali and the general hospital in Mubi while those with critical cases were moved to Yola‎ for immediate attention.

Adamawa Governor Joins Call For Community Policing

adamawaIn the aftermath of the Jambutu bombing in Jimeta-Yola, the Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Umar Jibrilla, is calling for community policing.

The Governor believes it will help reduce the increasing suicide attacks on places of worship in the north-east Nigerian State.

A suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Jambutu on Friday, killing at least 30 persons and injuring over 40 others.

Governor Jibrilla, who convened an Emergency Security Committee meeting shortly after receiving a Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Lawal, on Saturday October 24.

The meeting, which lasted several hours, took far reaching decisions which include the need to intensify prayers and massive Public Enlightenment among many others.

In attendance were His Royal Highness the Lamido Adamawa Dr. Muhammad Mustapha, all the Service Commanders in Yola, Chairman Adamawa State House of Assembly Committee on Security, the Attorney-General of the State, the Chief of Staff to the Governor and the Commissioner for Information.

The meeting reviewed the security situation in the state taking note of attacks on isolated communities in Madagali Local Government Area as well as the Jambutu bombing.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Ahmad Sajoh, said “it was observed that these desperate acts of cowardly attacks on soft target are as a result of the fact that the insurgents have been degraded as a fighting force and have also been smoked out of their hiding places”.

The meeting resolved to step-up Public Enlightenment in the state using conventional media as well as traditional media such as public address vans, town criers, posters, handbills in addition to the use of radio and television Jingles.

Security alertness was considered paramount, with the public encouraged to partner with security forces in mounting vigorous vigilance in all communities in Adamawa State.

The meeting resolved that all traditional rulers the state must be engaged in the process of community policing.

“Traditional Rulers were to support Government and the Security Agencies in public enlightenment, monitoring movements, identifying strange persons and coordinating the activities of local vigilantes and hunters within communities,” the statement read.

Abuse Of Drug And Criminal Activities 

The meeting also called for constant prayers in all communities including Special Eid Prayers by Muslims and Special Crusades by Christian groups to seek God’s intervention in the process of securing communities in the state.

Another very serious issue discussed was the connection between abuse of drug related substances and criminal activities including terrorism.

The meeting resolved to equally combat drug abuse and include issues of drug abuse in all public enlightenment matters.

It was further resolved that the youth would form a special target in formulating policies on security.

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that an expanded security committee involving Service Commanders, Traditional Rulers and Religious Leaders would be convened by the Governor to re-design a new Security Architecture for the state.

“This is to be a matter of urgency so as to actualise community policing, increased vigilance, intensified prayer sessions and Public Enlightenment.

“The Commissioner for Information is to equally convene a meeting of all Media Executives and other stakeholders including NOA to create a blueprint for Public Awareness in the state,” the statement further read.

NEMA Intervenes In Borno Humanitarian Crisis

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is intervening in the humanitarian crisis in Borno State that has rendered thousands refugees.

As part of the intervention, north-east zone of the Agency has commenced the distribution of drugs to the various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Maiduguri, the state capital.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, gave the assurance that the Agency would not relent in its effort to support the IDPs in all makeshift camps across the state.

Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria took full responsibility for the provision of foodstuffs to the IDP camps in Maiduguri, following the appeal made by the Borno State Government through NEMA, to relieve the government of the burden.

In the same vein, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, presented relief materials to the Michika and Madagali local government area of the state.

The Nigerian Customs in Adamawa also donated relief materials comprising of food and sanitary wares to the IDPs.

Suspected Terrorists Kill 24 In Adamawa State

Boko HaramSuspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked communities in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing about 24 persons.

The attack occurred on Monday night, two days after a suicide bomber carried out an attack at a market in Damaturu, Yobe State.

Eyewitness said the insurgents killed about 24 people in the attack on communities in Madagali local council before taking away women and children.

The residents of Sabogari area fled for safety, as the terrorist shot sporadically, wreaking havoc in the area.

Nigeria military had in March said terrorists have been cleared from Adamawa and Yobe State, but the terrorists have attack communities in the states recently.

Counter-terrorism operations aimed at clearing terrorists from their Sambisa Forest stronghold have forced the terrorists to mass in communities in the three north-east states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Over 800 women and children had been rescued in the operations, but the terrorists are taking more as hostages despite heightened assaults by Multi-National Joint Task Force.

Terrorism in the north-east is one of the problems the incoming government will have to handle, as the terrorists have threatened to sustain the attacks even after the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration takes over governance on May 29.

The President-elect had promised to tackle the Boko Haram terrorist group and force them out of the communities in the oil-reach nation’s north-east states.

Adamawa Council Bosses Urge FG To Quickly End Boko Haram

Boko HaramThe Chairmen of Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, North east Nigeria, currently under siege by the dreaded sect the Boko Haram, have cried out to the Federal Government and international community on the need to take urgent steps towards the return of the displaced persons from the communities as a result of the ceaseless attacks by the dreaded sect.

They told Channels Television in Yola, the Adamawa state capital that their people are scattered within and outside the country in the neighbouring Cameroon because of Boko Haram attacks on the various communities which has displaced almost all the people of the communities.

The Chairman of Michika Local Government, Hon. Vandi Favanza said “his local government has been taken over by the insurgents as only the aged are currently living at the mercy of the sect members”.

While calling on the concerned authority to consider the sufferings of his people, the chairman said all he needs from the state, the Federal Government and the international community is to restore peace and normalcy for his people to go back home despite the “luxury” life in the town.

“We want our people to go back home to unite with their thatch houses, eat their local food and continue with their legitimate businesses, instead of busy roaming about in cities, bushes and caves doing nothing because others have denied them assess to their homes for no reason”, he noted.

In the same vein, the Chairman of Madagali Local Government Area, Engr. James Abawu, said the situation in his council area is very pathetic as over 500, 000 inhabitants are displaced by the upheaval.

“As I talk to you over 500, 000 inhabitants of my area are displaced and I want government at all levels to help me relocate the people back to their various homes in Madagali.

“The plight of every rural person is to live in his community irrespective of any difficulty. But the great injustice you will do to him is to take him out of his community” the Chairman said.

Both chairmen stressed the importance of people in any democratic set-up, adding that they can’t enjoy governing or government without people.
They called for urgent attention ahead of the 2015 general election as their people may be disenfranchised, but expressed need for immediate peace before talking of anything politics.

Its about two months now since the dreaded Islamic sect the Boko Haram have taken over the two council areas with most residents fleeing and taking refuge on mountains, caves, cities and neighbouring Cameroon.

11 Killed As Gunmen Attack Adamawa Deputy Governor’s Residence

At least 11 people have been killed in an early morning attack on Midlu village in Adamawa state, while staging an attack on the residence of the state’s Deputy Governor.

The Deputy Governor’s country home where he normally spends his weekend was alleged attacked by the gunmen who murdered two police guards attached to his house before setting the building ablaze. The raid reportedly lasted over two hours.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Ibrahim, confirmed the attack stating that unidentified gunmen raided Midlu village, in Madagali local government area of the state, and attacked the home of the state deputy governor, Bala Ngalari.

The police officer failed to provide any more details.

“So far, the information available to me is that 11 people lost their lives in the village, including two private security men at the deputy governor’s house” Mr. Ibrahim said.

However, agency reports, say the gunmen attacked several houses, calling out names and shooting residents leaving some dead, and others injured.

An eye witness, who does not want to be identified according to agency reports said the incident took place in the early hours of Saturday around 2am.

“They attack Bala Ngilari house and I believe they kill some people in the house before set it on fire” he added.

The eye witness explained that the attackers went from house-to-house, picking out their victims, who they even called by name.

According to the witness, the exact number of deaths are yet to be ascertained.

Gunmen kill 5 policemen in Adamawa

Five policemen have been reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen in Gulak, a town in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state.

The five policemen were attacked at their duty post in the early hours of Friday in Gulak, which is the home town of the special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on political matters, Ahmadu Ali Gulak.

Reports from Madagali, a border local government between Adamawa and Borno states indicated that the gunmen numbering about 30, over powered the Madagali Police Divisional headquarters and carted away some arms before setting the station ablaze.

The assailants killed the three policemen on duty.

It was gathered that the unidentified gunmen later attacked two banks in the area where two policemen attached to the banks were also killed during the attack.

Confirming the attacks, police spokesperson, ASP Yoila Nemuel said three policemen were killed in the attack and no arrest has been made as at the time of this report.

According to ASP Nemuel, some policemen were killed in a robbery attempt on First Bank in Gulak, stressing that the bank was the target of the attackers.