Yobe People ‘Prayed And Fasted For Me’ To Be Senate President – Lawan

Senator Ahmed Lawan greets a crowd during a visit to Yobe State on August 27, 2019.

 

 

Senator Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday said the people of Yobe State gave him their total support to be elected the President of the Senate.

He stated this during a thank-you visit to Yusufari, Jakusko and Bade Local Government Areas of the state.

“The people of Yobe State, across political shades, prayed and fasted for me to be elected into the office of President of the Senate, and I’m happy we were able to make it,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying in a statement from the media office of the Senate President.

He thanked the people of Yobe, particularly the state governor, Mr Mala Buni; his predecessor, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, and all the leaders of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

A Better National Assembly

Senator Lawan, therefore, noted that work has started and asked for more prayers to remain focused on the job.

He said, “I want to urge them (the people) to continue to pray for us at the National Assembly, particularly in the Senate, for us to continue to perform optimally.

“As an institution, we have a lot to do to support the executive arm of government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on the dividends of democracy and our campaign promises to Nigerians.”

“So, I’m happy to be back, especially knowing also that the people of Yobe believe in their son. I have no reason not to do what is right, as they have shown trust and commitment to this cause and I want to tell them that I will remain resolute and focused as I intend to work hard to achieve the desired goals,” he said.

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Senator Lawan believes with the support he has received so far from his colleagues in the Senate, the lawmakers will achieve a lot in the Ninth Assembly.

He added, “I also believe that Nigeria will have a better National Assembly, and a working legislature at the federal level that will, in turn, allow Nigerians have a better deal in terms of the development of the country.”

Yobe Will Remain A Home For APC, Says Gaidam

 

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that his state will remain a home for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the votes that were polled by the state for the Presidential Candidate.

Governor Gaidam stated this in his congratulatory message to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on their re-election victory.

He said, President Buhari’s victory and re-election as president is a clear statement that Nigerians are on board with the policies and direction of the APC-led administration over the last four years and are confident that the president will take the country to the Next Level through policies and programmes that will make the economy stronger and the nation more peaceful.

Governor Gaidam noted that the massive votes that the president and other APC candidates received in Yobe State last week speak to the relative peace that has returned to the state from years of Boko Haram violence and the hard work of the Buhari administration in making that happen.

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“There is no doubt that Yobe people’s votes reflect their appreciation of the Buhari administration’s role in restoring peace and security in the state and the role of the Yobe State Government in improving their living conditions.

“Mr. President can rest assured that, as last week’s election showed, Yobe is – and will always remain – a true and solid home of the APC and the people will continue to support his administration every step of the way”

He wished the President and the Vice President a very robust and eventful second term in office.

 

Yobe Govt Commends Turnout Of Voters Despite Boko Haram Attack

 

The Yobe State Government has commended the turnout of voters despite the Boko Haram attacks on the state.

The first attack occurred in Gaidam town while the second attack occurred at Bunu Yadi area of the state.

Although the attacks had prevented the Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam from going to cast his vote which was disclosed in a statement by the Director-General for Press Affairs to the governor, Abdullahi Bego.

He said the governor’s decision followed reports of attacks on two communities in the early hours of Saturday.

Mr. Bego explained that Governor Gaidam did not travel to his Bukarti ward near Gaidam town  230 kilometres away from the state capital to cast his vote.

“This is because of the incident in Gaidam town early in the day, which has already been brought under control and voting is now underway there, the security agencies would naturally seek to reinforce and increase security around the governor for him to travel to cast his vote.

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“That increased security around the governor will mean that vital security resources that are needed elsewhere in the state would have to be diverted and allocated to the governor.

“The government made the decision in consultation with the security agencies that it is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, police, Civil Defence, DSS, etc to focus their attention on providing security for the election throughout the state.

“We reckoned that that is more appropriate at this particular time than devoting a large security contingent just to escort the governor to cast his vote.

“As things stand now, voting is going on successfully across the state and Governor Gaidam is pleased and grateful to the people for the large turnout at polling units throughout the state”, the statement said.

Meanwhile the Army spokesman, Colonel Musa Sagir confirmed the attack on Geidam in a statement, describing the incident as a futile attack on a security outpost in Geidam general area.

According to the Army spokesman, “the situation is calm and peaceful and people have turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance”

The state government has however commended security agencies for their commendable and continuing effort to ensure a peaceful and successful election across the state.

 

Yobe PDP Chairman Defects To APC, Visits Buhari

 

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe state, Sani Inuwa, on Thursday, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He was received by the President in the company of the party chieftain in the state, Mohammed Yahuza.

Mr. Inuwa’s defection comes two days to the general elections and also the endorsement of President Buhari by twelve Presidential candidates.

President Buhari had in a statement said he was overwhelmed with the show of love and support by the Presidential Candidates.

“I am overwhelmed by your patriotism. The least you could do was to deny me votes in your immediate constituencies. However much your people loved me, they would have voted for their own first.

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“I am really overwhelmed by your support”.

He accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of mismanagement of funds for 16 years while in government.

“There is a compelling need for historians and economists to document the 16 years squander-mania and mismanagement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), so that future generation would not repeat the same mistakes”

Meanwhile, the newly decamped, in his remarks said he said he was happy to return home.

Lafiya Dole Commander Hails Troops In Fight Against Terrorism

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Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have been commended for displaying professionalism in fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.

The commendation follows an attack on a military base when the insurgents infiltrated Geidam town of Yobe State on Wednesday at about 5:30 pm, shooting sporadically and causing panic among residents of the area.

In an assessment visit to the town, the acting Commander Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Mohammed Dala, gave the commendation on Saturday, three days after the attack.

He praised the soldiers for their gallantry and deliberate effort in protecting the civil populace in the town, particularly at the community market.

While directing the immediate replenishment of the troops’ supplies, the Commander assured them that issues of their welfare will always be a top priority.

The Brigadier-General also visited the Emir of Geidam and thereafter had a meeting with officials of other security agencies.

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During the meeting, he solicited for their cooperation and synergy in sharing timely information that would enhance the pro-activeness of troops.

According to him, troops will continue to carry out aggressive patrols and offensives to deny Boko Haram and other criminal elements freedom of action.

The Commander further urged the people of Geidam and Yobe state in general, to go about their lawful businesses, as the troops are committed to the protection of lives and property.

Yobe state has been experiencing a series of attacks by the terrorists who had killed many and displaced several others.

Prior to Wednesday’s incident, the terrorists attacked troops stationed in Katarko village of Gujba Local Government Area of the state in December.

Buhari Arrives Maiduguri For APC Campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari arriving Maiduguri on Monday

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The President arrived the state on Monday ahead of the Presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad announced President Buhari’s arrival through his twitter handle.

The President was accompanied by the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

He is also expected to be in Yobe State later.

PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Paying “Lip Service” To Killings In Yobe, Zamfara

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the unabated bloodletting and killing of innocent and vulnerable citizens in Zamfara state by marauders.

PDP also lamented the invasion of Kukareta in Damaturu, Yobe state, by insurgents, who sacked the area in an attack that led to the killing of a police officer attached to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of the state.

The Party in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was deeply worried and shared in the anguish of the victims and relations of the slain.

The opposition party while accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of paying “lip service”, asked him (Buhari) to provide adequate security for Nigerians even as the killings across the country escalates.

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Speaking about the situation in Zamfara and other states in the North West, the PDP said: “In addition to the heightened insecurity in the North East and North Central in the last three and half years, under President Buhari, shows that it is time for our dear President to review his parade and reappraise his strategy.

“Indeed, our nation cannot continue to afford the daily killing and maiming of our compatriots by marauders. This is not the way to go, and we charge President Buhari to end his buck-passing and immediately take up his responsibility as the chief security officer of our country by using the remaining days left in his tenure to address his parade”.

The PDP however, commended patriotic security agents even as “they take concrete steps to defend our citizens at this trying time”.

While commiserating with the people, the PDP called for calm and full cooperation with security agencies to track down and bring the marauders to book.

Army Foils Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Army Foils Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

 

The Nigerian Army says troops of the 120 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram insurgents on one of their locations in Yobe State.

In a statement on Thursday, Army spokesman Brigadier General Texas Chukwu revealed that the incident occurred at the military location at Katarko in Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that following a tip-off, the soldiers immediately swung into action and were able to push the terrorists backwards with their superior firepower.

However, some members of the terrorist group were said to have escaped into nearby bushes with troops on their trail.

Brigadier General Chukwu asked the residents of the state and Katarko, in particular, to go about their legitimate businesses.

He also urged them to report any suspicious activities or movement in their area to the law enforcement agents.

Army Arrests Suspected Suppliers Of Fuel To Boko Haram

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Soldiers have arrested two suspected suppliers of fuel to Boko Haram terrorists at Yusufari Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The suspects were arrested by troops of the 159 Battalion, under Operation Lafiya Dole, after a tip-off, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said in a statement on Saturday.

“The two suspected fuel suppliers were arrested by troops while filling jerry cans at a gas station owned by a member of Yobe State House of Assembly,” the statement read in part.

The station manager and attendants were arrested and are being questioned but the truck driver is at large and efforts are being made to track him down.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Borno State, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have neutralised some Boko Haram terrorists.

The troops made neutralised the terrorists while carrying out a clearance operation at Kwari village in Monguno Local Government Area of the state following a tip-off.

Items recovered include Two AK 47 rifles, Three FN rifles, Five Magazine, 24 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and 18 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.

The army appealed to members of the public to report any suspicious movements or activities to the nearest security agency for prompt action.

Soldiers Nab Four Boko Haram Suspects In Yobe

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested four suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State.

The suspects were arrested by soldiers of the 233 Battalion during a raid in Mingel and Damagun in Fune Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement announcing the arrests, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said they were arrested on Friday with their collaborator.

Four phones and N150,000 were among items recovered from the suspects whose ages ranged from 20 to 40 years.

A day earlier, troops of Forward Operation Base in Potiskum while on routine patrol arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist in Nangere Local Government Area.

The army urged residents to report any suspicious movement to security agencies for action.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has built a new detention facility for Boko Haram suspects.

The 200-capacity detention centre at the Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was inaugurated by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas on Saturday.

The centre will house suspected Boko Haram insurgents who are being profiled either for prosecution or reintegration.

The facility which was constructed by the army’s 47 Engineer Brigade, has two wings. Each of the wings consists of two centres, equipped with heat and odour extractors as toilets with borehole for constant water supply.

How Five Girls Died In Boko Haram Custody – Freed Dapchi Schoolgirl

 

One of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls who secured freedom on Wednesday has narrated how five of them died of heart attack while in custody of Boko Haram insurgents.

Khadija Grema narrated her ordeal in the hands of the insurgents to Channels Television correspondent in Yobe State who caught up with her in Jumbam town where Khadija and six others had reportedly been reunited with their parents.

She spoke strictly in Hausa language explaining how they were handpicked from their school on the fateful night of the attack and eventually released.

Grema said further that the insurgents did not maltreat them but five of them died of heart attack and stress caused by the trauma of the abduction.

 

Read her narration which was transcribed to English Language below:

Khadija Grema

“That fateful day we were ready for dinner when we heard shootings then one of our teacher was calling and directing us to go out through the gate. When we run into the insurgents at the gate, they gathered all of us in the name of rescue when suddenly they asked Babangida the driver to bring the truck which they packed us in.

“As we continue to move into the bush they ask for those who are fasting among us. They then serve us drinks, meat and food after which we say our prayers and continue the journey. We cross several rivers and streams and into one house where we leave on till our departure day that’s yesterday. But to be honest we were well treated. They didn’t torture us as they treated us well throughout our stay in captivity.

“They didn’t do us anything and their major Language is Kanuri and Arab. There were no whites among them as all of them are Africans. We didn’t know why they brought us back but they told us we are Muslims and we share the same faith and they don’t want us to suffer.

“Five of our colleagues died of heart attack, trauma and stress as a result of the long trip. They didn’t allow us close to them neither do they subject us to any molestation any kind of sexual harassment with us. One of the girls was held back on the religious ground. She is a Christian and refused to denounce her religion.”

 ‘Unconditional’ Release Of Dapchi Schoolgirls

The Federal Government Delegation meets the freed Dapchi schoolgirls at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

 The Federal Government has confirmed that, the release of 106 Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on February 19 in Yobe State, was unconditional and no ransom paid.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the number on Wednesday saying a total of 106 abducted persons, comprising 104 Daphi schoolgirls, one other girl and a boy were freed by insurgents in the early hours of Wednesday.

Briefing journalists in Maiduguri, Lai Mohammed, said all the 106 persons were freed unconditionally and that no ransom was paid to secure their release.

”It is not true that we paid ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls, neither was there a prisoner swap to secure their release. What happened was that the abduction itself was a breach of the ceasefire talks between the insurgents and the government, hence it became a moral burden on the abductors. Any report that we paid ransom or engaged in prisoner swap is false,” he said.

 

 

Jubilation In Dapchi

The parents of the missing girls and residents of the community on Wednesday burst into joyful noise upon the return of their children.

This more than four weeks after they were abducted from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi.

Unfortunately, five of the girls are reported to have died as a result of the trauma while one of them was not released. But the minister did not confirm this.

In a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed explained that girls’ release followed the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls.

Jubilation As Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls ‘Return’

Abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls 'Return'
Some of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls who regained freedom from Boko Haram terrorists on March 21, 2018.

There was jubilation in Dapchi town in Yobe State on Wednesday as Boko Haram freed most of the girls it abducted from the  Government Science and Technical College in the town.

Unfortunately, at least two of the girls are reported to have died as a result of the trauma while one of them was not released.

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One of the girls told Channels Television in an interview on Wednesday, hours after their release arrival that they were not maltreated throughout the period in captivity.

However, details of the girls’ return are still sketchy while the exact number of those that returned have yet to be ascertained.

We Won’t Rest Until Chibok, Dapchi Schoolgirls Are Free, Says Buhari

Some of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls who regained freedom from Boko Haram terrorists on March 21, 2018.

– Terrorists Invasion –

Members of the outlawed group had stormed the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, on February 19 and abducted many students from the school.

The Federal Government had consequently declared that 110 students were unaccounted for after the school was invaded. It had also increased security presence in schools across the state in a bid to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

Amid calls for the girls’ return, President Muhammadu Buhari paid a condolence visit to Yobe State and sympathised with the families of those whose children were abducted by the insurgents.

He told the parents of the students that his administration would not rest until all the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls in the Boko Haram custody were released and reunited with their families.

In another meeting with Mr Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State who was sacked recently, President Buhari explained why the government had “chosen negotiation” to secure the return of the girls rather than use military force.

“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” he had said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had also given a hint that troops were already closing in on the girls and their abductors.

“It can be earlier; maybe a week, it can be two weeks, but we are on it, and I’m telling you with all sense of sincerity that we are closing in on them,” Dan-Ali said during an interview on Dateline Abuja, a Channels Television’s programme which aired on Saturday last week.