Normalcy Returns To Geidam After Army/Police Clash

Yobe-RoadSecurity forces in Yobe State on Thursday said normalcy has been restored in Geidam town of Yobe State after a clash between the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Police Force.

A gun duel between the two forces on Wednesday caused serious pandemonium in the troubled north east town.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sunmonu Abdulmalik, who briefed Channels Television on Thursday said normalcy has since been restored.

A police personnel according to him was injured in the clash but is being treated and will soon be discharged.

The CP also said the cause of the clash is still being investigated as efforts are also being made to curtail future occurrence.

In the same vein, the Military Spokesman, Lieutenant George Okupe, in a telephone conversation with our Yobe State correspondent, Jonathan Gopep, corroborated the CP’s story.

He further noted that an investigative team has been set up to identify the cause of the clash with a view to forestall future occurrence.

The Military Spokesman appealed to residents to always cooperate with security agents in the maintenance of law and order.

This clash between security forces is the first since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State.

Geidam is 184 KMs away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and shares common border with Yunusari Local Government Area, close to Niger Republic.

Boko Haram Attack Kanamma Town In Yobe State

daloriMembers of the terrorists group the Boko Haram have launched an attacked on Kanamma town of Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

The attack is coming one day into the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Residents said the insurgents stormed the town yesterday by 9:00PM, shooting sporadically, before attacking the Divisional Police Station of the area and some shops in the town.

According to them, the insurgents were on rampage in “search of food” and consumed beverages among other eatables in the shops.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chika Maidam,  who confirmed the attack to Channels Television said the insurgents, who came in their numbers, attacked the Divisional Police Station of the area.

He revealed that three of his men were injured during the raid but have been treated at the Geidam General Hospital and discharged.

The CP said no life was loss during the attack.

Kanamma town is the birth place of the militant group the Boko Haram and is the headquarters of Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State located at the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger at the shore of the Lake Chad Basin.

Kanamma has previously faced several attacks in the hands the terrorists group the Boko Haram.

In 2015, the Divisional Police Officer of the area was killed in one of the series of raid carried out on the troubled border town located some 34 kilometres away from Geidam Town also in Yobe state.

Yobe Police Arrest Woman For Allegedly Killing Eight-Month Old Son

Police, Kaduna, CrimeThe Nigeria Police in Yobe State on Friday confirmed the arrest of a woman, who allegedly killed her eight-month old son, Mohammed Idi.

In a statement made available to Channels Television in Damaturu the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zannah Ibrahim revealed that the 25 year old woman, Yakura Idi of Gwange Ward, Damaturu is being interrogated for the said offence.

CP Ibrahim said in the statement that the arrest of the woman is sequel to a tip off, after which the suspect was detained for killing the eight-month old baby boy with a knife and buried him in a shallow grave within the compound.

The statement is coming barely few hours after the CP had applauded the improved security situation in the state where he called on the people to sustain the tempo.

The police, according to him, have exhumed the body of the child which will undergo an autopsy while a stained knife was also recovered as an exhibit for committing the offence.

APC Wins Yobe National Assembly Bye Election

APCThe All Progressive Congress (APC) has emerged winner of the Yobe National Assembly bye election held on Saturday across four council areas of the state.

The National Assembly bye election was conducted to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, who vacated the seat to serve in the Buhari-led administration.

Declaring the results, the returning officer of the election, Prof Sunday Alao, said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa scored a total of 23, 745 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Nasiru Hassan Yusuf of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 6990 votes.

Other candidates, Mr Adamu Mohammed Dina of the Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD) scored a total of 163 votes to emerge third, while the candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Mr Jibrin Ladan scored 139 votes.

Agents of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the collation centre, Mr Hassan Abba and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Dr Zaji Bunu accepted the outcome of the election and commended INEC, security personnel, observers, and monitors among others for the hitch free exercise.

The four party agents, who all signed the result sheet of the election congratulated Mr Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa of the APC for the victory and wished him a productive representation at the National Assembly.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zannah Ibrahim, while speaking at the collation centre said the exercise recorded no incident of violence in any of the participating Local Governments and praised the participating political parties for the maturity exhibited before and during the election.

With the emergence of Abdullahi Usman Kukuwa as elected member of the House of Representatives, the state is set for yet another bye election to fill the vacant position left by the lawmaker representing Gulani Constituency in the State House of Assembly.

The seat contested for was the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani, Tarmuwa Federal Constituency located within the Yobe East Senatorial zone of the state.

With the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the bye election, the state currently has two of the three senatorial seats and five out of the six seats in the House of Representatives.

Police Present Recovered Cattle To Rightful Owner In Yobe

Police Present Recovered Cattle To Rightful Owner In YobeThe Nigeria Police on Tuesday presented 30 cows recovered from cattle rustlers to their rightful owner in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria.

Speaking at the cattle market in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Damaturu Area Commander, Mr Yemi Samuel, who represented the state’s Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, expressed joy that the Police did its duty of protecting the lives and property of its citizenry.

He said that the Police would continue to work diligently for the maintenance of law and order in the state and the country as a whole.

The spokesperson of the command, Toyin Gbadegesin, also recalled that three weeks earlier, the members of the Joint Task Force arrested three Boko Haram rustlers with the recovery of 159 cows, 266 sheep, 19 goats and a horse.

According to him, making the said recovery public led to the release of the 30 cows to their rightful owner.

He revealed that the process of identification involved the invitation of several witnesses drawn from village heads and community leaders, to ensure that the animals were really owned by the person claiming ownership.

Mr Gbadegesin said that the remaining cattle were presently in the custody of the Police and asked the people of Damaturu and environs, whose cattle were stolen to come forward with proof of ownership and identifiable evidence for claim.

The owner of the recovered cows, Mr Bulam Ngari, praised the Nigerian Police for the recovery and subsequent release to him, adding that all his lost cows had been fully recovered.

He called on the people to partner with the security operatives towards maintaining law and order in the society.

Police Parade Homicide, Rustlers Suspects In Yobe

Police Parades Homicide, Rustlers Suspects In YobeThe Police have paraded five suspects in connection with criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide contrary to Sections 97, 221 and 167-170 of the Penal Code Law of Nigeria.

The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, paraded the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Damaturu, the state capital in north-east Nigeria.

He said that the suspects lured one Isah Ibrahim into a bush and killed him. “His corpse was found ten days later in a decomposing stage, with two legs amputated, manhood and one eye removed.”

Mr Ibrahim also stated that investigation showed that one of the suspects, who was a friend to the deceased, connived with four others to commit the atrocity.

According to him, further investigation also revealed that three other suspects were frustrating the arrest of the principal culprits.

He said efforts were ongoing for the arrest and prosecution of the principal suspect.

The command paraded four additional suspects who rustle cattle around the north-east states of Yobe, Taraba and Bauchi state.

The Police boss said the syndicates were fond of catting away Cattle, Sheep and Goats, stressing that they had so far shared 345,000 Naira among themselves.

He said the police had recovered six Cows and 19 Sheep from the suspects and that the suspects would soon be charged.

In similar vein, the Police commissioner also paraded a farmer over the killing of a herdsman and injuring three others, whom he claimed led their herds into his farm, destroying his crops.

The farmer, according to the CP trailed the deceased and used his Dane Gun in killing one, leaving others injured. Those injured are are currently receiving treatment at the Sani Abacha Specialists in the capital of Yobe State.

Mr Ibrahim observed that with the receding of the rains, such cases would become rampant and called on the public to desist from taking the laws into their hands as well as to report any case of mischief to the police.

He also noted that the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the state were currently enlightening traditional rulers, farmers and herdsmen on the need to live peacefully with one another.

Policeman Kills Two Inspectors, Self In Yobe

policeA Police Constable, Ibrahim Musa, on Friday, fatally shot two Police Inspectors before shooting himself at the Nangere Division in Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television through its Yobe State Correspondent, Jonathan Gopep on phone, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mohammed Zanah Ibramim said that “the Police Constable who was being booked for insubordination, seized a rifle at the counter and shot the two Inspectors at close range, before shooting himself”.

The CP said that the Constable first shot Inspector Muhammed Musa, before firing Inspector Ishaku Allen, who was making the entry in the defaulter’s registry, after which he shot himself.

The subject, he revealed, who was taken to the Potiskum General Hospital, later died while receiving treatment.

During the press briefing, the CP said he had in company of the Emir of Nangere, Alhaji Muhammed Ibn Abubakar Grema, attended the burial of the two Inspectors, as well as paid condolence visits to the bereaved families on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The CP also revealed that while the case is currently being investigated, the subject will be tried posthumously as machinery are being put in place to prevent future occurrence.

Nangere is 118 kilometres north of Potiskum, the commercial nerve centre of Yobe State and west of Damaturu, the state capital.

Damaturu Checkpoint Explosion: Police Recover Unexploded Bombs

Damaturu Checkpoint Explosion: Police Recover Unexplored Bombs Police in separate operations on Wednesday recovered arms and unexploded bombs in the wreckage of a Highlander jeep at the Damaturu Checkpoint bombing site.

Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Marcus Danladi, told reporters that six more unexploded bombs were discovered in the vehicle, after a thorough search by men of the Explosive Ordinance Department of the command.

Mr Danladi explained that in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State in Nigeria’s north-east region, four pieces of 81 mm Calibre capable of travelling 1,000 metres radius and two other improvised ones were retrieved and effectively diffused at the scene.

He stressed further that a woman in the Jeep was carrying with her, a bag containing six unexplored Mortar Bomb, which she was still holding at the scene of the blast.

According to the police boss, “the woman that was crying for help at the scene of the blast was aiming to trigger the Mortar Bomb capable of travelling 500 metres radius to claim more lives, but her mission was fruitless as she was ignored by the officers and men on ground having known her mission”.

Mr Danladi added that the woman later died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the blast, confirming that the Mortar Bomb in her custody were recovered and successfully diffused.

He also said that men of the command on patrol at Bara in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State recently engaged the Boko Haram militants and liberated an evaded Village Market from possible attack.

Items recovered in the operation included a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), Tow AK 47 rifles with 2 AK 47 loaded magazine, 60 rounds of ammunition, an Improvised Explosive Device and 500 units of GPMG life ammunition.

On Monday, terrorists on suicide mission detonated explosive devices at a checkpoint in Damaturu in the course of their arrest by the police, killing eight people.

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.

Yobe Police Command Re-iterates Readiness To Combat Crime

Yobe Police Command Reveals Readiness To Combat CrimeThe Yobe State Police Command has re-iterated its determination to be on the watch to tackle any criminality within the State.

The development is coming as security forces deepen efforts towards tracing criminals to their hideouts by intensifying highway patrol, following the removal of check points across the country.

Meanwhile, there were mixed feelings among Yobe State residents on the Federal Government’s directives that check points across highways be dismantled.

While some expressed that it would curtail corrupt practices of some overzealous security personnel, others opined that it would pave way for free entrance and exit of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Markus Danladi, who unveiled 35 patrol vehicles received from the force headquarters, expressed hope that the gesture would assist the Command in fighting crime.

Presenting the vehicles on Wednesday to the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, Mr Danladi explained that the police had taken delivery of 35 vehicles so far and would be effectively used for the purpose intended.

He observed that with what was delivered, coupled with the ones on ground, previously supplied by the State Government, the police would be fully equipped to face any security challenges.

Inspecting the vehicles, Governor Gaidam praised the Federal Government for the supply of the vehicles aim at combating crime in the state, noting that the gesture was the first by the Federal Government since the commencement of the insurgency.

The Governor tasked security operatives to make the best use of the vehicles for the purpose intended and assured of his administration’s support in the discharge of their duties.

However, the state’s residents praised security operatives for their patriotism and resolve to fight the activities of the insurgents, assuring to cooperate with them to end the insurgency in the north-east geopolitical zone.

Boko Haram Attacks JTF Patrol Vehicle In Yobe state

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect has attacked security forces on patrol of Ngelzarma town of Fune Local Government area in Yobe state.

Ngelzarma is 45 kilometres west of Damaturu, the state capital and has recently become a stronghold of the insurgents.

The State Commissioner of Police; Sanusi Rufai who confirmed the attack to Channels Television in Damaturu said he is still expecting details of the attack from the Damagum division.

He said a team has already been sent to Ngelzarma town for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

Witnesses said the attack was launched on the patrol team around 8:30 PM on Monday night with series of gunshots heard throughout the night as security forces made efforts to repel the attack.

It was also gathered that some shops and residential houses were razed during the attack.

In the early hours of today, Ngelzarma town was cordon off by security forces to prevent further attacks by the insurgents as movement in and out of the town was restricted.

This development affected travellers from Maiduguri and Damaturu to various parts of the country.