Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has directed an upward review of the curfew imposed on the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.
The governor’s media aide, Humwashi Wonosikou, announced this in a statement on Monday in Yola, the state capital.
He explained that the governor took the decision following the activities of Shila Boys and other miscreants using tricycles and motorcycles in the affected LGAs – Yola North, Yola South, and Girei.
“The curfew which was from 11pm to 5am during the Ramadan fast has now been reviewed to commence from 10pm to 5am with immediate effect.
“The review of the restriction of movement is necessitated by the desire of the government to checkmate rising activities of hoodlums terrorising these areas,” the statement read.
While approving the review, Governor Fintiri directed the security agencies to ensure strict compliance with the order under the Adamawa State Restriction of Movement of Tricycles/Motorcycles Executive Order No.1 of 2021.
He warned residents that anybody found breaching the peace or violating the curfew should be made to face the wrath of the law.
“Security agencies will continue to discharge their duties and residents are urged to cooperate with them to maintain the status of our state as one of the most peaceful.
“I appeal to residents not to indulge in any action that may turn back the clock, but to keep living in harmony and strengthen the unity that we are known for,” the governor was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Shila Boys, members of a criminal gang in Adamawa, are said to have been terrorising residents in parts of the state.
They reportedly began their operations in 2017 and the group comprises young boys between 12 and 27 who steal phones, bags, money, and other valuables from residents, with young girls and ladies as the targets in most cases.
The Shila Boys, according to reports, move around with sharp knives, cutlasses, and machetes, but they are said to have graduated to using tricycles and motorcycles to carry out their operations.
Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Finti condemned the terrorist attack, vowing to arrest the perpetrators of the act.
The governor, in a statement issued on Friday by his spokesman, Humwashi Wonosikou, sympathised with the residents of the area, calling on security agencies to do more to further forestall attacks in the state.
“I stand with Garkida community in this difficult time and will continue to support the Military’s efforts to ensure peace, security and justice for the people,” Fintiri was quoted as saying.
“This latest cowardly attack on Gombi town is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military.
“Let me reassure Adamawa residents that this latest cowardly attack on Garkida, would not go without severe consequences.”
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, has presented a budget proposal of N183.3 billion for the 2020 fiscal year tagged ‘Budget of Rebirth’.
The governor presented the proposal to members of the State House of Assembly on Wednesday at the legislative chamber of the House in Yola, the state capital.
He was accompanied by the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials.
In his presentation, Governor Fintiri explained that education, health, human capital, agriculture, water supply, rural infrastructure, and community development would be given top priority.
He informed the lawmakers that N85.935 billion representing 47 per cent of the total budget was earmarked for recurrent expenditure while the balance of N97.424 billion representing 53 per cent was for capital development programmes.
The governor promised to complete all abandoned projects and initiative new ones with a view to impacting on the socio-economic life of the citizens and foster economic development.
He also gave assurance that his administration would achieve 90 per cent performance at the end of the 2020 fiscal year.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a suit filed by a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, seeking the reinstatement of the impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.
Presiding Justice, Okon Abang, in a ruling, struck out the suit on the ground that the applicant (Ogungbeje) lacked the locus standi to institute the action.
The judge, who described the applicant as a meddlesome interloper in ‘affairs that does not concern him’, said that the rights to challenge the impeachment of July 15 resides solely in Nyako, who was impeached and not the applicant. The judge noted that the applicant should have allowed Nyako to carry his own cross, and not cry more than the bereaved.
“It is Nyako that will benefit from any favourable judgment, and not the public, and so this matter does not rank among public interest litigation, the court held.
“The applicant cannot cry more than the bereaved and he has no justifiable reason to file this suit because as at the time he filed it, it was not established before this court that Nyako was in detention or incapacitated.
“The applicant can also not depose to an affidavit in support of this application on behalf of Nyako who is alive. The facts deposed to by the applicant amounts to documentary hearsay,” Justice Abang ruled.
Justice Abang further held that the suit ought to have been filed in Yola where Nyako was impeached, and not in Lagos.
The court also set aside service of the processes in the matter on the defendants, on the ground that there was no proper service in law.
Besides, Justice Abang held that the applicant served the respondents through the Adamawa State Government liaison office in Lagos on August 15, 2014, while the order for substituted service was actually made on August 26, 2014.
“In other words, the applicant served the respondents before an order of this court was made, apart from the fact that the identity of the person served is unknown.”
The judge further held that the applicant had no cause of action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector-General of Police – joined as fifth and sixth respondents respectively.
In the final analysis, Justice Abang held that the suit was incompetent and lacked merit. The court awarded N70, 000 costs in favour of the respondents against the applicant.
In the suit, Ogungbeje had argued that Nyako’s impeachment was a clear derogation from the due process of law and prayed the court for an order reinstating him as a governor.
The Respondents in the suit were former acting governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri, Adamawa State House of Assembly and the Acting Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi. Others were Justice Buba Kajama, Chairman of the seven-member panel that investigated allegations of gross misconduct against Nyako, INEC and the Inspector-General of Police.
Specifically, Ogungbeje had argued that Nyako’s impeachment was a clear departure from the due process of law.
He argued that the failure of the respondents to serve the impeachment notice personally on Nyako was a breach of the impeached governor’s right to fair hearing and fair trial.
Ogungbeje sought a declaration that the inauguration of the seven-member panel by the state Chief Judge after an order stopping the Adamawa State House of Assembly from constituting the panel was biased.
The lawyer had urged the court to declare that the constitution and inauguration of the panel against a subsisting order of court was contemptuous and a flagrant violation of the constitution. He had also urged the court to nullify Nyako’s impeachment of July 15.
Nyako was impeached on July 15, 2014 by the Adamawa State House of Assembly after a panel set up by the Chief Judge of the state indicted him of gross misconduct.
Nyako’s deputy, James Bala Ngilari, who was said to have purportedly resigned moments before the impeachment of his boss, was however subsequently sworn-in as the substantive governor of the state following a judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja to that effect.
The new Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari has hit the ground running by carrying out his first assignment since becoming governor barely 24 hours after being sworn-in.
Governor Ngilari on Thursday dissolved the State Executive Council and also sacked all other political appointees in the state.
The decision which according to him takes immediate effect also advises all those involved to hand over government property in their possession to permanent secretaries who have been mandated to take charge.
Governor Ngilari was sworn-in on Wednesday after a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri and ordered him to take over.
The court, in its ruling, said that the Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, did not resign his position before the former governor Murtala Nyako was impeached.
The court has also declared that the swearing in of former Acting Governor, Umaru Fintiri, was illegal and unconstitutional and ordered the immediate vacation of the Government House by the Acting Governor
The court also ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not conduct the by-election slated for October 11.
Mr Fintiri was sworn-in as the Acting Governor after the House impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.
The former acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Umaru Fintiri, has said he will appeal the ruling of a Federal High Court In Abuja that ordered his removal and the immediate swearing-in of the former deputy governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, as the governor of the state.
A lawyer to Mr Fintiri, Mr Bayo Ojo, said in a statement on Wednesday that he had been instructed to file an appeal.
Mr Ojo also said that in addition to the appeal he had also filed a motion for stay of the orders of the court until the hearing of the appeal.
The implication of the papers filed by his client, according to Mr Ojo, is that the orders of the court cannot be complied with until the appeal process is disposed of.
“This is the position of the law as the law allows anyone who is challenging an order of a court not to obey such order until his constitutional right of appeal is exhausted,” the statement read.
According to Mr Ojo, the motion for stay of the orders will help forestall a situation where the court’s ruling will be impose on the appeal court.
He said that even though he disagreed with the reasoning of the learned judge, he would not, out of respect for the court, comment on the merits of the case.
“The whole world knows that the former deputy governor did actually resigned through his two letters of resignation to the speaker and the former governor separately,” he said.
While taking his oath of office on Wednesday, Mr Ngilari pledged to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Governor Ngilari expressed optimism that he would be able to carry along all indigenes of the state, irrespective of their political affiliations.
He also pledged his loyalty to the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
“I pledge to run an open government, transparent and an all-inclusive one that will give hope to our women, the aged and guaranty the future of our youth.
“In this regard, I invite other arms of government, in particular, the legislature and the judiciary, not forgetting the civil service, to join hands with me to achieve this notable and noble course,” he said in his acceptance speech.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had ruled on Wednesday morning that Mr Umaru Fintiri, the Acting Governor, was occupying the position illegally and ordered his immediate vacation of the Government House.
The court ordered the Chief Judge of Adamawa State to immediately swear-in Mr Bala Ngilari as the Governor of the State.
In its ruling, the court said Mr Ngilari, did not resign his position before the former governor Murtala Nyako was impeached.
The court also ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not conduct the by-election slated for October 11.
Also, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Nigeria, Mr Mohammed Adoke, on Wednesday called on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to obey the judgement of the court by suspending all the arrangements made for the conduct of a by-election scheduled to take place in Adamawa State on Saturday October 11.
Eight of the fourteen aspirants jostling for the Adamawa State Governorship election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have stepped down from the race in the early hours of Friday.
Following the impeachment of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako, October 11, 2014 has been fixed for election to get a substantive governor for the state.
The PDP primary election billed for Saturday in the state was heading for crisis until the intervention of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja.
After about four hours meeting with the aspirants, starting by 9.06P.M on Thursday and ending around 1.00A.M on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Mark along with other officials of the party were able to reach a compromise with the aspirants and pruned down the number of those contesting to six.
The six aspirants still in the race for the party’s ticket on Saturday are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.
Those who have withdrawn from Saturday’s primary election include Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Tukur, Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa, James Barka, Gen. Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.
It was agreed at the closed-door meeting that the six aspirants contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday would not contest for the position in 2015.
The meeting also agreed that only those stepping down now can contest for the party’s governorship election ticket in 2015, with more consideration in 2015 for Adamawa Central that has never produced a governor.
Any aspirant who fails to win the party’s ticket in Saturday’s primary election, the meeting also agreed, must support the party’s flag bearer towards the October 11 election.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the party, Joel Madaki, said: “Fourteen aspirants contesting for the position earlier has now reduced to six aspirants due to this meeting. It is a very welcome idea. Nobody was forced to step them. Those who stepped down did so voluntarily in order to wait to contest for the position in 2015.
“The six aspirants contesting this election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi,” he added.
Also, the former Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, who is contesting for the ticket on Saturday, said: “The outcome of the meeting was fantastic. We met as family members of PDP, even before coming here all the aspirants in Adamawa have unanimously resolved that after the primaries, in a free, fair primaries, anybody that emerges will get our support.
“Today, in this meeting, the number of the aspirants have been drastically reduced to six, which is manageable. I am contesting, Gen. Marwa is contesting, Ahmed Modibbo is contesting, Dr. Umar Ardo is contesting, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi is contesting, and Acting Governor Fintiri is contesting.
“And we have resolved to go into the primaries without rancour, without acrimony and to come out of it as peaceful co-existing members.
“And at the end of it all, anybody that emerges, we will all queue behind him. And if I emerge as the candidate, they will all queue behind me. It is going to be a family affair and there will be no losers.”
On his chances of getting the ticket as Ribadu and others are now out of the race, he said, “Nuhu Ribadu or not, you know I prepared for this election. Even, if 14 of us are going into this election, I am confident of my ability, of my capability, of my mobilization, of my sensitization that the delegates will select me.”
Aliyu Idi Hong, who is among those who withdrew from the race, said, “Peace-building, negotiation, give-and-take, everything went well. We have been given a caveat and one thing we have succeeded in extracting from this meeting is that the meeting started with a preamble that whoever is going to contest and if he happens to win as a governor, he will not have the right to contest the 2015 election.”
“Some of us think that our aspirations, our ambition, our vision for Adamawa is a long term and more articulate vision.”