Three people have been injured by stray bullets from suspected Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to attack the Kalgeri community of Geidam Local Government Council in Yobe state.
The Acting Assistant Director Public Relation, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said information on the attack is still sketchy.
At least six people have been killed and five others injured following an attack on the convoy of the Emir of Potiskum in Yobe State, Alhaji Umaru Bubaram by gunmen along the Kaduna-Zaria expressway in Kaduna State.
The spokesperson of the Police Command in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
According to him, the gunmen in large numbers intercepted the convoy of the emir and other vehicles around Maraban Jos on the Kaduna-Zaria expressway at about 11:00 pm on Tuesday.
They immediately opened fire on the entourage, and in the process, shot and killed four aides of the emir and two other passengers of a commercial luxurious bus while five others were injured.
Sabo further disclosed that the gunmen later abducted an unidentified number of passengers to an unknown destination before the arrival of security operatives.
He, however, noted that a manhunt of the gunmen has already commenced with a view to rescuing the kidnapped victims alive and also arresting the bandits.
According to him, the injured victims including the emir were later rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
Yobe State Police Command on Friday announced that a ban has been placed on the sale and use of fireworks in the state.
In a statement signed by Abdulmalik Abdulhafeez, the Police spokesperson, for the Commissioner of Police, the prohibition which has been in existence before now will continue to be enforced.
“The Yobe State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that the prohibition on the sale and use of fireworks (e.g. knock-out) is still in force.
“Parents and guardians are advice to caution and restrain their wards from the use of fireworks before, during and after the yuletide season, and any bridge constitutes a criminal offence, and violators will face the wrath of the law. You are warned,” the statement read in part.
The Commissioner of Police also wished residents of the state complement of the season.
The Nigerian Army has repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council in Yobe state.
The insurgents had stormed the town in an ambulance belonging to Yobe State Primary Health Management Board, which they hijacked from a team of immunization officials at nearby Muri Mafa village, shooting sporadically and carting away foodstuffs.
Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Captain Njoka Irabor, confirmed the attack and disclosed to Channels Television that aerial support of fighter jets was deployed to counter the insurgents.
“Immediately on receiving the information, we sent reinforcement and the attack was successfully repelled, we dealt with the insurgents seriously, Babbangida is now calm,” he said.
On the number of casualties, he said the information is still sketchy but, promised to brief journalists on every development.
However, a source from Babbangida who spoke on condition of anonymity said, a stray bullet had killed a toddler while two other persons sustained injuries.
He also said, the Ambulance belonging to Yobe State Primary Health Management Board which was said to have been forcefully seized by the insurgents, was abandoned on Mafa Muri ward and taken back to Babbangida.
Meanwhile, Governor Mai Mala Buni, in a statement, called for a full-scale investigation.
“His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni has been briefed about an incident in Damaturu yesterday in which a KEKE NAPEP rider with passengers was crushed by a military vehicle in an accident which claimed the lives of two persons.
“His Excellency has learned that one of the victims, Hussaina Baffa Bello was a pre-ND student of the Federal polytechnic Damaturu while the other fatality was a toddler.
“His Excellency Governor Buni has directed the office of the acting Secretary to the State Government to liaise with the military in order to have a full investigation and ascertain how the accident happened and how it could be avoided in the future.”
He stated that the Brigade Commander 27 Task Force Brigade, the Commanding Officer 233 Tank Battalion and officials of the State Government, are aware also and have visited and commiserated with the families of the victims.
Governor Buni also directed the State Ministry of Health and the Hospitals Management Board to ensure that those who sustained injuries are given access to free medical care.
Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents while countering an ambush staged by them along Sasawa Road in Babangida Local Government Area of Yobe State.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to Nwachukwu, the troops encountered the insurgents at about 12:30 pm on Saturday, while on patrol to rid the general area of criminals.
The statement explained that the army had received information that the original mission of the insurgents was to attack and loot the nearby Babangida market for food and other items but they aborted the mission and staged the ambush after getting wind of the troops’ patrol.
It, however, noted that while fighting through the ambush, the troops also recorded some casualties.
Consequently, “additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops, while the Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the area to track down fleeing insurgent survivors,” the statement said.
It also urged the public not to panic as the force is doing all it can to rid the area of the criminal elements.
The National Union of Yobe State Students (NUYOSS) has asked the Federal Government to do everything it can to secure the release of the remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl held by Boko Haram insurgents.
President of the Union, Hassan Musa, made the appeal on Wednesday while addressing newsmen in Damaturu the Yobe state capital.
He also decried the rate of killings and abduction of students in the state by the Boko Haram insurgents and asked that the government at all levels does everything they can to bring an end to the situation.
“As we brief you today, we sadly remember our brothers that were killed in FGGC Buniyadi, college of Agriculture Gujba, GSS Damaturu and Mamudo by the Boko Haram and we are observing a minute silence for them.
“We are also calling for the immediate release of Leah Sharibu who is still in captivity after the freeing of all other students of GGSTC Dapchi,” he said.
The National speaker of the Union Usman Bulama, also asked government to ensure adequate provision of security in all schools across the state.
Furthermore, he urged parents to never be discouraged to send their wards to school because of the abductions.
Out and about. Three words that sum up last week for President Muhammadu Buhari. From Benue State to Yobe and then to Niger State, the President had an eventful week marked with few controversies which is capture in the summary of his daily activities below.
Sunday: New Excise Duty, No Military Take Over, Senator’s Cost
The new excise duty regime takes effect from Monday, June 4, 2018, after a grace period of 90 days to all the manufacturers.
As the news of incessant killings by suspected herdsmen spread on, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in an interview handed a note of warning to critics of Buhari administration. Defending his boss, Garba Shehu on Channels Television programme, Sunday Politics said Buhari is committed to ridding the country of terror but never promised that Nigeria would be 100 percent crime free.
Nigerians had a reason to smile as a son of the soil made the nation proud on the international stage. Imo State-born Chile Eboe-Osuji was on Sunday elected President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This news got the attention of the Presidency and Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister who excitedly took to their official Twitter handle to congratulate Eboe-Osuji.
Salaries of Nigerian Senators again came under review. This time around Senate spokesman, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi took a swipe at ‘whistleblowing’ Senator Shehu Sani. He said the humongous figures released by Senator Sani are not secret. He revealed that any Nigerian interested in how much Senators earn has access to the figures as they are contained in various line items and expenditure heads of the budget of the National Assembly which has been made public.
Taking the bull by the horn, Buhari commenced his out and about on Monday. He landed the airport at Makurdi, the Benue state capital at 10:43 a.m. marking his first visit to the state since the New Year killings which claimed the lives of over 70 people.
With the aim of dousing tension and to find a lasting tension to the incessant killings, the President held a stakeholder’s meeting with various groups in the food basket of the nation. The stakeholders including the farmers and Miyetti Allah Leaders seized the August visit of the President to air their grievance.
Buhari’s Benue visit took a shocking turn when he told Benue stakeholders that he is not aware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, left Benue for Nasarawa State after he was ordered to relocate to the state. This attitude of the Police Boss towards a Presidential order has raised specks of dust left unsettling over this week in review.
Contrary to some reports that the President was slow to action, his aide explained that he seeks justice diligently and doesn’t allow innocent people be sacrificed unjustly. Hence his promise to interrogate the IGP on why he defied Presidential order before appropriate action can be taken.
He only turned deaf ears to the critics as he expressed satisfaction with the growing role of agriculture as a strategy for job creation among Nigerian youths. He said this when he received the Foreign Minister of Tunisia, Boukekri Rmilli, at the State House in Abuja. Buhari said his administration will increase its support for agriculture as a mechanism for jobs creation.
The world was however taken aback on Tuesday by the shocking news of the sack of US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson by President Donald Trump. Trump, using his official Twitter handle announced Director of CIA, Mike Pompeo as the immediate successor for Tillerson. The news threw Nigerians into an amazement with many wondering if Tillerson’s sack is related to his visit to Nigeria.
Wednesday: Protesting Youths, Red-carpet Yobe Visit, Jabs At Jonathan
While Buhari goes out and about, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was giving out his daughter’s hand in marriage. The presidential villa was filled with sounds from drum beats and happy guests as the Vice President’s eldest daughter Damilola engages in a colourful traditional engagement to her heartthrob, Oluseun Bakare.
Nobel Laurete, Wole Soyinka, however refused to dance to the drumbeat from the presidential villa. Instead, the Lion and Jewel author offered a piece of advice to Buhari. Amidst the killings and incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen, Soyinka challenged Buhari to declare herdsmen as terrorists. This is after Soyinka had earlier claimed that the President appears to be in a trance due to the way he is running affairs of the nation.
Friday: National Food Security Council, Another ‘Royal’ Wedding
His Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the Council which will be chaired by the President, will be inaugurated on Monday and have the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ebonyi and Delta states as members.
President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his administration’s response to the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls, rating it better than the reaction of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014.
The President took a swipe at the previous administration on Wednesday when he visited Yobe State, close to a month after Boko Haram terrorists abducted 110 schoolgirls from a secondary school – the Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi – in the state.
“The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the schoolgirls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over three years,’’ he said in Damaturu, the state capital.
President Buhari said this during a meeting in the Government House, attended by security and intelligence chiefs, community and religious leaders.
Although security agencies and the government has come under criticism for the Dapchi abduction and the response to it, the President insisted that his administration’s reaction was “the best in the given circumstances”.
He said after receiving the news of the abduction, he ordered the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take direct charge and brief him on a daily basis on the efforts to bring back the girls.
He added, “Within four days of the incident, the Minister of Information visited Dapchi and the next day, the Minister of Interior who was accompanied by the Minister of Information re-visited the school for on the spot assessment.
“I have ordered the re-strengthening of a Joint Operational Base involving relevant agencies and Services to coordinate the rescue mission. Consequently, the Service Commanders have not only established a unified Command Centre in Maiduguri, the Military has raised several rescue teams to comb the forests in the North East Theatre of Operation.”
Recounting the recent successes recorded by his administration in rescuing Boko Haram hostages and securing the release of many of the Chibok schoolgirls, the President gave the assurance that the schoolgirls will regain their freedom.
“I have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I want to reassure parents, Nigerians and the international community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families,” he said.
According to the President, all options are on the table to ensure the girls are brought back.
“On 19th February 2018, we woke up to the painful news of the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi. Since this ugly incident happened, I have not left any stone unturned in making sure that the girls are rescued,” he said.
The steps being taken by the government include partnering with partnering with the international community including Nigeria’s immediate neighbours and holding talks with the terrorists.
‘‘Just recently, I reiterated our resolve to negotiate for the unconditional release of the girls,” the President said.
‘‘This is borne out of this administration’s conviction that doing so is safer devoid of risks and will not endanger the lives of our young girls who are in harm’s way.
‘‘There will be no rest till the last girl, whether from Chibok and Dapchi, is released. The girls, like all our citizens, must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations.
‘‘The Dapchi and Chibok students are our girls and must enjoy our protection. They must live to achieve their individual ambitions, to be great women of tomorrow. It is our duty to protect them.”
Beyond rescuing the schoolgirls and Boko Haram hostages, President Buhari said his administration would remain resolute in fighting terrorism.
He called on Nigerians to remember the level of terror Boko Haram was unleashing in the North East before he came to power.
He said, “Nigerians will recall that prior to our coming in 2015, the situation was chaotic with violent terrorist attacks being the order of the day. Terrorists had made life very unbearable for the people in Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Niger, and even the FCT, Abuja.
“Our mosques and churches witnessed daily suicide bomb attacks. Parts of Adamawa and Borno States were helplessly ceded to the terrorists.
“But today, we have so far shown clear determination in tackling terrorism which is a worldwide phenomenon. We have not only degraded the power and dominance of the criminal elements, our security forces have patriotically exhibited an uncommon zeal in executing their assignment.”
The Nigeria Police has deployed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Habila Joshak, to Yobe state as part of efforts to rescue the missing Dapchi schoolgirls.
This follows President Mohammed Buhari’s directive for security agencies to urgently ensure the recovery of the abducted girls.
While in the state, the DIG is expected to meet and strengthen synergy with other stakeholders to ensure the success of the directive.
Joshak who arrived onj Thursday, was received at the Yobe Police Command headquarter by the state commissioner of Police Mr Sunmonu Abdulmaliki among other officers of the command.
Shortly after, he held discussions with the Police Officers and tasks them to redouble their efforts in the search for the missing girls so as to recover them, reunite them with their families to continue their educational pursuits.
While sympathizing with the people of Yobe over the unfortunate incident he assured them that all security agencies are working hard towards the rescue. he, therefore, called on the people to provide the police with useful information.
“I share the pains of this unfortunate incident with the people of Yobe and wish to assure them that we will work together with relevant stakeholders towards the recovery of the abducted school girls,” he said.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting with the police officers, the DIG also noted that while in the state, he will address other issues such as threats to academic institutions by the insurgents.
“In course of my stay here, I will meet with parents, school teachers, headmasters, principals and all the relevant authorities to ensure that their confidence in sending their children to school is restored.
“This is the only way we can bring back the attention of children to school,” he said.