State Of Emergency: Adamawa Reduces Working Hours For Civil Servants

The Adamawa Government on Tuesday reduced official working hours in the state by one hour, to ease the difficulties civil servants face since it imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

The Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako

The 6pm-to-6am curfew was imposed last Wednesday to reinforce the current State of Emergency in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Kobis Aris,  said workers would now close at 3pm.

He explained in a statement: “Sequel to the declaration of state of emergency in the state by President, Commander-In-Chief and the imposition of 6am to 6pm curfew in the state, civil servants find it difficult to reach home before 6pm.

“Consequently, Governor Murtala Nyako has approved that the state civil service official working hours be adjusted from 8:00 am to 3:00 p.m during the time of the curfew,” it said.

The statement added that the governor was holding consultations with various stakeholders in the state to generate support on the current security situation and ensure the restoration of peace and stability.

JTF Set To Release Boko Haram Suspects From Detention

Consequent upon the directive of the President, the Defence Headquarters is to release from detention a number of persons being held in connection with terrorist activities in Nigeria.

The defence spokesman, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade

The move, according to the defence spokesman, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s position regarding the requests by the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Reconciliation.

He said the measure which is in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s magnanimity to enhance peace efforts in the country, will result in freedom for suspects including all women in custody.

The army spokesman said the details of the directives and those to benefit from this gesture have been communicated to field units and the Joint Task Force.

He said the beneficiaries will be released to the state governors who will be involved in further rehabilitation before these suspects are released to their respective community leaders and relatives.

Experts Examine Solutions To Insurgents In Nigeria

Over the past 10 days, there has been series of violent attacks in different parts of Nigeria. Starting with the clash between security operatives and suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Baga, Borno State where over 187 people were killed to the killing of over 20 police officers by cult members in Nasarawa state.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday had to cut short his trip abroad and rushed back to the country to hold emergency meetings with security chiefs in a bid to find solution to the growing insecurity in Nigeria.

Three analysts – Security Expert, Ona Ekhomu, Rights activist, Dare Dairo and the National Coordinator, WANEP, Ifeanyi Okechukwu, who were guests on Channels Television weekend programme, Sunrise, examine steps that should be taken to stem the growing tide of insecurity in Nigeria.