NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum SecurityThe Director General (DG), of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has assured corps members serving in Yobe state of maximum security.

The DG stated this at the Potiskum, Orientation Camp in Yobe as part of his visit to the camp which is holding an orientation course for the first time in the state.

He visited the orientation camp to encourage the corps members to perform their one-year national service in the troubled state.

While addressing them, the DG however tasked them to be security conscious and to respect the customs and traditions of their host community.

He also encouraged them to contribute to the development of any society they find themselves.

“You should be careful with moving about and I caution you to always walk in twos or threes because of kidnappers and terrorists, among others with questionable characters.

“You should also be mindful of where you go and avoid unnecessary movement because after the capture of the camp zero, the Boko Haram militants are looking for targets, so, being careful is key as you serve your Fatherland in this area.

“I also want you to respect the customs and traditions of your host communities as that is the only way you can acclimatize” the DG said.

He further stated  that the scheme is working in collaboration with some financial institutions towards providing skills acquisition programmes to corps members to pave way for self-employment rather than waiting for white color jobs that are not easy to come by.

“Similarly, we are entering into partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industries with a view to making our skill acquisition scheme functional across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I urge you to take this scheme very seriously as it will help you establish meaningful business instead of wasting time looking for white color jobs which are not easy to come by now”

However, the State Coordinator Mr Jauro Daniel Umaru, appreciated the visit of the DG saying: “It will boost the morale of the corps members.

He thanked security operatives in the fight against insurgency, saying Yobe state is generally safe.

Also according to him, corps members in the state are already into several community development programmes geared towards developing their host communities.

“We want to thank the DG for his efforts as his coming will go a long way in stimulating the morale of our corps members.

“Let me assure you that we will do well to ensure these corps members contribute immensely in the development of their host communities and Nigeria as a whole,” the coordinator assured.

On the other hand, some of the corps members who spoke to Channels Television expressed optimism about giving their all in the service to their Fatherland.

The corps members said, they were initially scared of being deployed to Yobe State but their eventual coming has attested to the fact that peace has actually returned to the northeast.

 

The commencement of the orientation camp at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Potiskum, has opened up businesses prospects for the people of Potiskum who are already well known for commercial activities.

Post-Insurgency: What It Means To Play Football Again In Postikum

NPFL, Rivers United, Rangers, Rivers United, wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsOne game that most young men and even women have passion for is football, but some communities in Nigeria’s northeast have, in the last seven years, been deprived of the excitement that goes with the game.

Attacks and other activities of Boko Haram members have perpetually kept every young man away from every football field and back to their homes where they hide from the terrorists.

Heightened counter-insurgency operations, however, have brought with it the opportunity of feeling the excitement and relish that go with football again.

Yobe State is one of the States that Boko Haram militants have carried out attacks on communities, but life is returning to its normal state, as football returns with a reward in the state.

To signify the return of peace in the northeast Nigerian state, the Senator Representing Yobe South Senatorial Zone, Mohammed Hassan, has organised a football competition within his constituency.

The competition featured 57 teams and was held at the Potiskum Township Stadium.

At the finals of the competition, Chelsea Football Club defeated Cosmos FC by one goal to nil.

It was a thing of joy for the people of Potiskum, as thousands of youths converged on daily basis for a period of one month to decide the winner of the competition aimed at strengthening peace in the state.

It drew teams from Potiskum, Fune, Fika and Nangere Local Government Areas, which make up the Yobe South Senatorial Zones.

The presence of the crowd at the final game actually denotes the return of peace in the security threatened state.

The organiser of the competition said, he staged the competition to further confirm the return of peace in the state and to help reduce psychological trauma in the minds of youths who passed through lots of distress during the needless war.

Spirit Of Oneness

He appreciated members of the organising team and participants for their individual commitments towards the actualisation of his dreams, promising that the tournament would be an annual event.

The success of the tournament was applauded by most people within the senatorial zone, as they urged other political office holders and well to do persons to emulate the lawmaker.

They stressed that the competition had further brought the spirit of oneness among the youths and increased hopes that peace has permanently returned to the troubled northeast.

Prizes were presented to deserving participants as Chelsea FC went away with the trophy and a cash prize of one million Naira.

The second and the third best teams went home with 300,000 Naira and 200,000 Naira respectively.

With the successful staging of the football competition, it is widely believed across the state and beyond that peace has actually returned.

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.

Kano Police Present Four Officers Allegedly Wounded By Shiites

kano, police, ShiitesPolice authorities in Kano state, have presented four of its men allegedly wounded by the outlawed Shiite members, during their Arba’een procession.

This comes nearly a week since the clash between mobile Police officers in the state and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

Presenting the officers to reporters at the command’s headquarters, Police Public Relations officer, DSP Magaji Majia, confirmed the recovery of some weapons from the Shiites on the day of the clash.

“These are the four Police officers wounded by Shiites before the arrival of police re-enforcement on the day of Arba’een trek and the weapons recovered comprise of one AK 47 rifle they snatched from our officer, one cartridge and many other local weapons were also seen in possession of the Shiites.”

In a related development, leader of the movement in Kano, Sheikh Sanusi Abdulkadir, denied allegations of attacking Police officers by his disciples during the procession.

He maintained that his disciples did not attack the Police and according to him,”even the gun shot on this officer was done by the police themselves”.

“You know if you want to justify hanging a dog, you just give him a bad name, otherwise how on earth will a defenseless man snatch a gun from an armed Police officer, it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.

A statement by the group on Friday said soldiers at a checkpoint in Potiskum, Yobe State, had attempted to plant weapons in the luggage of members of the sect to blackmail them.  

Meanwhile, over 100 members of the group are still in Police custody for allegedly conducting illegal religious procession, attacking and killing Police officers, carrying dangerous weapons, inciting violence and causing various disturbances across the state.

Shiites Claim Soldiers Planned To Plant Weapons In Luggage

Police, Zakzaky, AbujaThe Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) claims soldiers at a checkpoint in Potiskum, Yobe State, had attempted to plant weapons in the luggage of members of the sect to blackmail them.  

A statement by the group on Friday said soldiers mounted the checkpoint, “probably to stop members of the IMN from leaving the town to join others in this year’s annual Arbaeen trek to Zaria”, mourning the martyrdom of imam Husain.

The annual Arbaeen is scheduled to commence from Kano this week.

“The soldiers detained a trailer carrying the personal belongings of those going to Kano for the trek today.

“Apparently, the soldiers have some sinister motives as they were overheard scheming to plant weapons in the luggage and thereafter claim that these bags with the weapons belong to members of the IMN,” the statement by the spokesman for the outlawed group, Ibrahm Musa, read.

Mr Musa further claimed that throughout the nearly four decades of the existence of the IMN, it had never stockpiled, carried or used weapons.

“It never had any cause to, even in the face of provocation.

“The IMN therefore wishes to alert the general public over this evil plot, and categorically reject and disown any attempt by the security services to plant any fake evidence against members of the Islamic Movement (IMN),” he added.

The claim by the Shiites is coming after police said they intercepted a truck in Kano carrying weapons and supplies allegedly belonging to members of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as Shiites.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Mr Magaji Majia, said that the truck was coming from Potiskum in Yobe State and was said to be going to Zaria where the Shiites were marking the Arbaeen ritual of the killing of Imam Hussain.

“You can see the weapons made up of cutlasses catapult, generators and other supplies and the truck full of clothes and flags of the movement.”

According to Majia, the weapons are illegal and capable of killing its target on the spot.

“You can remember few days ago, members of this movement attacked and killed one police officer and injuring three others during their illegal procession. Since then, we embarked on investigation, including stop and search, to see if it is true they are carrying dangerous weapons, the results of such investigation led us to this discovery,” he told reporters.

Police Intercept Weapons In Kano Allegedly Belonging To Shiites

Police intercept weapons belonging to ShiitesPolice have intercepted a truck in Kano carrying weapons and supplies allegedly belonging to members of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as Shiites.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the spokesman for the Kano State Police Command, Mr Magaji Majia, said that the truck was coming from Potiskum in Yobe State and was said to be going to Zaria where the Shiites were marking the Arba’een ritual of the killing of Imam Hussain.

“You can see the weapons made up of cutlasses catapult, generators and other supplies and the truck full of clothes and flags of the movement.”

According to Majia, the weapons are illegal and capable of killing its target on the spot.

“You can remember few days ago, members of this movement attacked and killed one police officer and injuring three others during their illegal procession. Since then, we embarked on investigation, including stop and search, to see if it is true they are carrying dangerous weapons, the results of such investigation led us to this discovery,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, store keeper of the group, who maintained that he was not aware that weapons were among the supplies he was escorting to Zaria, also disclosed that the weapons were used to construct tents in an event of stop over during the course of their seven day trek to Zaria.

“We don’t carry weapons. I am not aware the weapons are here but we use them to make tent and to protect women and children against intruders especially at night since we are all trekking”.

In a raid in Kano, over 40 people were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) at the popular Wapa Bureau De Change market in the state.

Although no official statement from the DSS in Kano was issued to that effect, association of the Bureau De Change in the state through the union auditor general one Kabir Abdul confirmed the arrest.

“They came in arresting people on allegation that we are selling dollars above government approved price and up till this time we don’t know where they are keeping our members,” Mr Abdul told Channels Television.

Attempts to speak with DSS was not successful, as the spokesman for the agency told channels Television that he was on leave and that he had no knowledge that Wapa Bureau De Change market was raided by his operatives.

Troops Arrest Boko Haram Members, Rescue Their Captives

Boko HaramTroops of Sector 5, 27 Task Force Brigade, 3 Division, in conjunction the Civilian JTF from Maiduguri on Thursday June 17, arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Ibrahim Jagwal, aged 38 at Gishiwa Dabua area of Potiskum, Yobe State.

The suspected terrorist who turned out to be the Ameer of the Boko Haram Terrorists at Tumbin Gini, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State, also led the team to  Garejin Audu in Potiskum, where another terror suspect, Audu Ahmadu, (alias Condemned) aged 45, was arrested same day.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that preliminary investigation has confirmed that Audu Ahmadu is a Boko Haram engineer who specializes in repairs of automobiles for the terrorist group.

“It was further confirmed he was at the garage to repair two vehicles.  The vehicles were recovered by the team, while the suspects have been taken into custody for onward movement to Joint Interrogation Centre,” he said.

In a related development, troops of 156 Task Force Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade carried out clearance patrol also on Thursday.

“The patrol team came in contact with Boko Haram terrorists near Abalam, South West of Alagarno forest. The team engaged the terrorists who fled due to superior fire power.

“The troops pursued them and discovered that they left behind seven men, 13 women and 27 children that were held hostage at Gemri village.

“The patrol team also recovered four Dane guns, three bows and five packs of arrows containing 114 arrows.

“The terrorists’ camp was destroyed while the rescued persons have been moved to Maiduguri Internally Displaced Persons Camp.”

Yobe Govt Commits 44% Of Bailout Fund To Capital Projects

Yobe Governor on bailoutThe Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, says his administration has committed the sum of 4.4 billion Naira from the 10 billion Naira ‘bailout funds’ it acquired from the Central Bank to capital projects.

Governor Gaidam gave the figure on Wednesday while explaining why his administration obtained the loan in the first place.

He told Channels Television in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, that the loan was aimed at accelerating the execution of new and ongoing social development projects, as part of the administration’s drive towards moving the state forward.

The Governor said: “So far, the sum of 3.5 billion Naira has been dedicated to some ongoing road projects ranging from certificates of valuation on jobs so far executed by contractors across the state”.

He further explained that the 600 million Naira had been used for counterpart fund for the rehabilitation of three major hospitals in the major towns of Potiskum, Gashua and Gaidam as well as part payment of 150 million Naira for the supply of some hospitals equipment for the just concluded “200 bed” capacity hospital in Damaturu.

On agricultural development in the state, he disclosed that 100 million Naira was used for the clearing of 500 hectares of land in four major locations for irrigation farming and drilling of some boreholes in the state.

According to him, the state’s irrigation farming would gainfully engage over 40,000 youth across the state.

While calling on the support of the people, the Governor stated that 5.6 billion Naira was still intact from the bailout fund and would be devoted to meaningful projects which would have lasting impacts on the lives of the people of the state.

Since the coming of the Gaidam administration in 2008, the bailout fund is the first loan the Governor has obtained from any financial institution within and outside Nigeria.

DSS Detects Boko Haram Cells At FCT

DasukiThe Department of State Services (DSS), says it has detected Boko Haram Cells around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The DSS, in a statement issued by its spokesman on Saturday said that; “This is to inform the general public that the Boko Haram terrorist group has continued to establish and operate sleeper cells whose (sole) mandates are to conduct surveillance and carry out subsequent attacks in the FCT.

“The disclosure has become necessary following the arrests of the sect’s members who migrated from various conflict theaters in the Northeast to the FCT in order to enable them capitalize on the excitement of the yuletide season to launch attacks in the city”, it read.

The statement further read that on October 29, 2015, the duo of Muhammed Idris and Baba Maina were arrested at Panteka area of Apo, Abuja.

This was followed by the arrest of Sanni Mohammed, Ahmed Umaru, and Hamdi Garne in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

“Sanni, who hails from Potiskum, Yobe State, fled the area following his involvement in coordinated suicide attacks in Yobe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna States.

“In a related development, on  November 19, Mohammed  Abubakar and Musa Ta’ada were arrested at Shoprite Junction, Apo, Abuja. Abubakar hails from Borno State and operates as a taxi driver in Abuja.

“He is of an unknown address but claimed that he sleeps in his Volkswagen Golf car at the Honda line, Apo mechanic village, Abuja. The Gwoza-born Ta’ada also operates under the cover of a suya seller at Apo Primary School along Kabusa Road, Abuja.

“On November 23, Ahmed Hassan was arrested while carrying out surveillance on a high-profile hotel in the city. He hails from Katagum, Bauchi State.

“Suspect admitted using the cover of a beggar to sustain surveillance on his targets. Bulama Ali, had previously been arrested in Karu, Nasarawa State, on November 22”, the statement read.

Similarly, on  December 1, Hassan Abubakar and Mohammed Gwale were arrested at Madalla, in Suleja LGA of Niger State following intelligence that they were planning to commence attacks in the FCT after a successful surveillance of the city.

“Before his arrest, Abubakar was working with other sect members in different parts of the country notably Borno, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa States. Abubakar was arrested in the house of  Gwale who claimed to be a Federal Civil Servant from Niger State. Gwale had made useful statements which are helping with further investigation”, it read.

So far, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects and others, still at large, may have adopted their respective trades as plausible covers to infiltrate the city and its environs in their bid to conduct successful surveillance and map out soft targets for the sect’s attacks.

The DSS’ operations are, therefore, aimed at preempting any attacks by the terrorist elements against the backdrop of the upcoming festive period and beyond.

“It is in this regard that the Service wishes to advise residents and all law abiding Nigerians to remain vigilant especially at this yuletide season and promptly report to security agencies any suspicious movements and persons in the FCT and even other parts of the country”, the statement added.

The DSS also assured the general public that it would continue to carry out its responsibility of ensuring peace and security in Abuja and beyond.

DSS Releases Identities Of 21 Alleged B/Haram Front-Line Members

dssNigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has released the identities of 21 alleged commanders and front-line members of the Boko Haram terrorist group arrested in different parts of the country.

In a statement signed by Mr Tony Opuiyo, the DSS explained that the successful arrest is a result of the services’ “re-strategised measures to combat the insurgency menace”.

The suspects are said to have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between July 8 and August 25, 2015.

“They include those allegedly responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos who were arrested on July 8 in Gombe State”, the statement said.

The suspects named by the DSS include “Usman Shuaibu a.k.a money, said to be the co-ordinator of the suicide attacks, Ahmed Mohammed also known as Abubakar, an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) expert, who is said to have prepared the IEDs for the attacks.

“Others are Adamu Abdullahi, Ibrahim Isa, who allegedly carried out reconnaissance on targets in the Jos attacks, and Mutaqqa Yusuf who is said to have assisted Usman Shuaibu in planning and executing the attacks.

The DSS added that “Shaibu and his group were intercepted on their way to Bauchi State, where they had planned to execute another bomb attack, saying their arrest has stemmed the spate of bombings by the sect.

12 other suspects are said to have been arrested in Lagos State, while three were nabbed in Enugu, Gombe and Kano States.

According to the service, the group has been been forced into a new pattern of movement owing to the pressure being put on them in their core areas of strength in the north-east.

Yobe Police Take War On Terrorism And Fundamentalism To Schools

Yobe PoliceThe Yobe State Police Command has embarked on a sensitisation campaign in academic institutions across the state, with a view to reshaping their minds to abstain from social vices.

The police said the move was to curb the adverse effects terrorism and fundamentalism had caused communities in the nation’s north-east and the country at large and to stimulate peace, harmony and tolerance among young people.

Addressing pupils and students in both public and private schools in Damaturu the Yobe State capital, the Police Public Relations Officer, Toyin Gbadegesin said “the Nigeria Police Force, under the order of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), was carrying the enlightenment campaign to academic institutions to educate students against the adverse effects of social vices”.

The campaign, according to him, will also be expanded to markets, unions and associations, town hall meetings and motor parks among other areas of influence, so that “people will learn to desist from such vices which have caused severe insecurity in the country”.

Other wrongdoings the crusade is working against include cultism and drug abuse, which over the years have affected the society negatively.

“Drug addiction, cultism, fundamentalism and terrorism have led to the mess we are in now and if the youth can desist from such ill doings, lots of these problems would have been solved, considering the fact that most of these problems are childhood exuberance,” Gbadegesin said.

The Police spokesman  also warned the youths to avoid collecting and delivering messages from people they don’t know, stressing that such are the cause of the wave of suicide bombings and avoidable attacks on innocent people across the northern part of the country.

He also cautioned students from carrying metallic and non-metallic objects or empty cans they see around, saying such consignments might be Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

One of the teachers, Mr Chinedu Williams, who spoke to Channels Television on the initiative of the Nigerian Police, praised the Command for the actualisation of the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying it would go a long way to reduce crime in the society.

He, however, called on the Police to ensure that the crusade reached all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

Some of the students, who benefited from the enlightenment campaign, said the initiative of the Police would greatly eradicate terrorism, fundamentalism and drug addiction, pledging to utilise the knowledge acquired in their day to day lives.

They also expressed willingness to educate others for the benefit of mankind.

In the coming week, the campaign would be taken to tertiary institutions in the state with the aim of making students become right thinking members of the society.

The enlightenment campaign was carried out under the auspices of the Public Relations Department of the Yobe State Police Command.

Nigeria Will Not Succumb To Terrorism – Dogara

Yakubu-Dogara-Speake-of-House-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, expressed concern over mass killings and bombing of churches and mosques by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Adamu Hassan, on Sunday, Dogara said the motive of the terrorist is to instill fear in the minds of Nigerians by engaging in mass killings of hapless citizens.

He condemned Sunday`s bomb attack on worshippers in a church in Potiskum, Yobe State, describing it as “barbaric, inhuman and wicked.”

The Speaker said he is deeply worried over the “new dimension” taken by the terrorists as exemplified by the increasing spate of mass murder by the Boko Haram insurgents in recent days.

He said as men of faith, Nigerians should not lose hope in the capacity of the Nigerian State and its security apparatus to subdue the insurgents and bring the violence to an end.

Dogara further maintained that by embarking on mass killings and annihilation of communities, the intention of the terrorists is to instill fear and create doubts in the minds of the citizens to the point that they will no longer have faith and trust in the state.

However, the Speaker said that, Nigeria and Nigerians will never succumb to this new dimension of terrorism and urged the people not to despair as according to him, “we shall over come”.

“I want to use to medium to call on all men and women of faith, Christians and Muslims alike to intensify prayers to God as Nigeria is in dire need of divine intervention from the almighty God to over come.

” With God on our side, there is no challenge that is insurmountable. I have strong conviction in my heart that this too, shall pass away”, he said

He praised the efforts of the officers and men of the military and other security agencies at the battle front and urged them “not to cave in to terrorism, as their sacrifice (s) shall not go unrewarded by the Nigerian state.”

The National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives, according to the Speaker, will continue to give all the necessary support and cooperation to President Muhammadu Buhari to help equip the military with advance military hard ware needed to combat terrorism and other internal aggression.

He further noted that while the war is being fought, “it is also time to begin to implement programmes and policies that will rebuild, rehabilitate and reconstruct the North East”.

The Speaker commended Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for visiting Borno and Adamawa States recently where he reiterated the Federal government`s desire to rebuild the region.

He disclosed that a motion calling on the Federal Government to convene an international donor conference for the rebuilding of the region has been drafted and will be considered by the House after the recess.