Gaidam Launches Annual Animal Vaccination Exercise In Yobe

Ibrahim Gaidam, Animal Vaccination, YobeYobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has launched the 2017 mass animal vaccination, targeting 2.42 million livestock across the 17 local government areas of the state.

Flagging off the exercise in Babangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, Governor Gaidam said that the exercise was aimed at checking cross boundary diseases across the state and beyond.

Represented by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Mustapha Gajerima, the Governor explained that with the dwindling revenue from the oil sector, the government needed to focus more on agriculture and livestock production.

With such vaccination, he was hopeful that the health of the people would further improve.

Governor Gaidam, who called for harmonious relationship between farmers and grazers, commended the Yobe Livestock Development Programme for mobilising the required animals for the exercise.

The programme manager, Dr. Mustapha Geidam, disclosed that 900 herds of cattle and other livestock were vaccinated at the launch, aimed at controlling outbreaks of animal diseases across Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Geidam stressed that the vaccination exercise would continue across the remaining 16 local governments and assured the residents that every animal in the state would get vaccinated.

He praised the state government for the support accorded the exercise and the community leaders for mobilising their subjects toward participating in the exercise.

The Yobe State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Garba Mirwa, also applauded the state government for financing the programme.

He assured the Governor that that his members would participate fully in the exercise.

Yobe Attack: Gov. Gaidam Commiserates With Babbangida Victims

BabbangidaThe Yobe State Government has commiserated with the people of Babbangida town four days after Boko Haram militants carried out a coordinated attack in the town which left many public structures destroyed in the troubled north-east state of Nigeria.

During the visit, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam promised to continue partnering with security agents in the restoration of peace in the state.

Represented by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, places visited as burnt by the insurgents include the military base of the town, the divisional police station and the Local Government secretariat as well as the Emir’s palace.

The insurgents also set fire on a shopping complex in the town and burnt several vehicles belonging to security forces and the Local Government council.

Commiserating with the people of the area, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam promised to support the security agencies with the needed logistics in the fight against Boko Haram among other criminals frustrating peace in the state and the country as a whole.

He expressed dismay over continuous terrorist attacks on the innocent citizens and called on well-meaning people to intensify prayers for the restoration of peace in the north-east and the country in general.

The Emir of Jajere, Mai-Buba Mashio, thanked the State Government for the sympathy visit and support it has been rendering to security forces and prayed for God’s intervention.

The Babbangida violence was the first major attack carried out by the Boko Haram militants in the year 2015.

Babbangida is the headquarters of  Tarmuwa Local Government Area and is situated 50kilomeres north of Damaturu the state capital.

9 Killed As Suspected Islamists Strike In Yobe

Nine persons have been confirmed dead in a renewed clash between security forces and suspected extremist group, Boko Haram in Babbangida town of Yobe state.

Babbangida is the capital of Tarmuwa Local Government Area and is 50 kilometres north of Damaturu the state capital.

Witnesses said the gunmen stormed the Divisional Police Station of the area at the early hours of Thursday and opened fire at the policemen on duty in an encounter that lasted for almost an hour.

The State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu, said the suspected Islamic terrorists attacked the Divisional Police Station around 1:00am in a shoot out that lasted for an hour.

Though the police repelled the attack, Mr Rufai confirmed that the commands lost four of its personnel in the encounter while two sustained injuries and are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

He said the police however killed five of the insurgents and injured many but the hoodlums who were in high number went away with their casualties as the authentic number could not be ascertained.

He recalled that this week has being a challenging one for security men in the state; they will not rest on their oars in the search for a sustained peace in the state.

“We will continue to discharge our responsibility as security men by ensuring that law abiding citizen have a condusive atmosphere to go on with their legitimate business.”

The commissioner called for support from the public towards lasting peace in the state.

The attack is coming four days after the insurgents had attacked men of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Tumbulgi Village of Geidam local Government Area of the state.

It would also be recalled that the insurgents had in December 2001 attacked Babbangida town setting the local Government Secretariat and the Divisional Police Station ablaze.