Cholera Outbreak: At Least 33 Persons Killed In Yobe, Jigawa

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: Medical staff give treatment to people suffering from cholera at a medical camp. PHOTO: AFP

 

The outbreak of Cholera has claimed no fewer than 33 persons in both Yobe and Jigawa states.

In Yobe State, three deaths have been recorded with two others hospitalised at Girgir Community in Jakusko Local Government Area of the state.

This comes less than three days after 30 persons were reported killed in Jigawa State following the outbreak of Cholera across nine local government areas of the state.

The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Primary Health Care Management Agency, Babagana Kundi Machina told Channels Television on Thursday that the index case in Yobe came from neighbouring state Jigawa.

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The Jigawa casualties add to the increasing death toll from the disease across Nigeria. Other states that have reported deaths from cholera in the past few weeks include Enugu, Benue, Plateau, and Bayelsa.

Over 2,000 cases have been recorded in Jigawa with the state Capital, Dutse, and Hadejia local government areas the worst affected.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Jigawa, Salisu Mu’azu on Wednesday, during a press briefing blamed open defecation for the spread of the disease.

Jakusko local government area in Yobe State shares border with Jigawa and Bauchi states which have recently witnessed the outbreak.

Earlier in May, at least 20 persons died in a cholera outbreak in Bauchi.

The outbreak of the disease in the state hit the capital, Bauchi the most with 147 cases recorded there, out of the 322 cases confirmed cases in nine local government areas.

We Want To Conclude North-East Insurgency – Army Chief

Musa Mingyi in Damaturu and Blessing Tunoh in Maiduguri

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya on Saturday said the army is committed to ending the insurgency in the North-East.

The army chief made the comment while on an operation visit to frontline troops of Sector 2, Joint Taskforce of the Nigeria Army ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in Damaturu, Yobe State.

Major-General Yahaya said ending the insurgency will allow the army move on to other things.

The North-East insurgency has roiled on for over a decade, spearheaded by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and now ISWAP.

“We want to conclude this operation in the North-East,” Major-General Yahaya said, “so that we can do other things; and that is the drive now.”

Working Together

After inspecting the Quarter Guard in his honour, the Chief of Army Staff was received by the Commander of the Sector 2, Brigadier-General Adamu Nura, alongside other senior officers of the command.

Addressing the troops, the Chief of Army Staff said the purpose of his visit was to familiarise himself with the challenges faced by the troops and ensure those challenges are tackled.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya addressed reporters in Damaturu, Yobe state on June 26, 2021.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya addressed reporters in Damaturu, Yobe state on June 26, 2021.

 

He pledged to work with other military branches, host communities, and sister agencies to restore peace in the region.

“We have been recording some modest success in all areas and we intend to sustain that drive,” he said.

Major-General Yahaya was last at the command on the entourage of the immediate past late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru on March 14.

Seeking support

Earlier on Friday, Major-General Yahaya had visited the Shehu of Borno, HRH Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi to seek the collaboration of the traditional institution, as part of strategies to end the insurgency.

The army chief, at the meeting, said such collaborations have paid off in the past.

The Shehu said his institution was committed to supporting the military in the area of intel gathering but warned military authorities against revealing the source of their information like they did in the past.

This unprofessional conduct of early commanders of the counter insurgency war had endangered many leading to mistrust for the military, the traditional ruler said.

The Shehu also said the COAS should prioritize building on past successes by keeping remote roads safe for farmers’ ease of passage.

Troops overpower bandits in Zamfara

Meanwhile, in a statement signed on Saturday, army spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said troops of 8 Division have neutralised bandits operating around Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa local government area of Zamfara State.

The troops were said to have come under fire from the bandits but were able to overwhelm the gunmen and recovered one PKT rifle, a large cache of ammunition, and a motorcycle.

Elsewhere in the state, troops were also said to have overpowered five more bandits in Bingi village, Bungudu local government area.

Reacting to the feat, Major-General Farouk Yahaya encouraged the troops to sustain the aggressive posture in order to defeat all criminal elements operating in the North-West and other parts of the country.

He also appealed to communities in the North-West to support the soldiers with useful information to help them in their operations.

Report Your Children, Relatives If They Aid Terrorism, Buni Tells Yobe Residents

A file photo of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has condemned the recent attack on the Geidam community by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

He appealed to all residents in the state to expose every bad egg in the communities, even if they were their relations.

Governor Buni made the plea at a special security meeting with government officials, traditional rulers, and security agencies on Tuesday at Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

“As leaders and citizens in our respective communities, we must volunteer credible and timely information to the security agencies to enhance proactive action in curbing the menace and havoc caused by the terrorists.

“We must expose every bad egg in our communities even if they are our relations or biological children,” the governor told the meeting.

He noted that the attack on Geidam community has left thousands of people displaced and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

Governor Buni blamed the influx of insurgents on the geographical location of Geidam, sitting close to the fringes of Lake Chad and bordering the Niger Republic and Damasak, a town in Borno State.

He, however, assured the residents of the security of their lives and properties, and urged them to collaborate with the government by providing credible information for the security agencies to curb imminent attacks by the insurgents.

“The sad resurgence of Boko Haram attacks on Geidam, in which some lives were lost with men, women, children, young and old forced out of their homes and displaced in this holy month of Ramadan, is condemnable, crude and grossly inhumane,” the governor decried.

Geidam community was attacked on Friday last week by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents who later hoisted their flags in some parts of the community.

Although the Nigerian Army insisted that it had killed many of the insurgents and recovered weapons from them, many residents have deserted the community.

VIDEO: Residents Flee Yobe Community Over Boko Haram Invasion

 

The video above shows the mass exodus of residents of Geidam, a community in Yobe State following an attack by Boko Haram insurgents last week.

The military had said that it repelled the attack, killing over 20 insurgents and recovered a vehicle and arms.

But the residents told Channels Television that the insurgents hoisted their flags in parts of the community, engaging in house-to-house preaching of their ideologies.

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After being under Boko Haram siege for over 48 hours, scores of residents, including women and children fled the community on Sunday.

Among the fleeing residents were Hassana Adamu and Idris Abubakar, who left for Yunusari – a nearby village.

They called on the Federal Government to urgently deploy more troops to recapture the community, saying the lives of the remaining residents in the community were at risk.

Boko Haram Hoists Flag In Some Parts Of Yobe Community

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in northeast Nigeria.

 

Boko Haram has hoisted its flag in some parts of the Geidam community, in Yobe state.

This comes two days after the terrorists reportedly attacked Geidam local government area of the state.

Geidam is the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba.

Some of the residents confirmed to Channels Television that, the insurgents have hoisted their flags in some parts of their community, moving from house to house preaching to them to accept their ideology.

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Although the Army battalion in Geidam is still present in the community, it has not stopped the insurgents from propagating their missions.

Already, some telecommunication networks have been tempered, thereby hampering communication.

Many families have been thrown into panic as they are unable to communicate with their relatives in the community.

Troops Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Informant In Yobe

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested a suspected Boko Haram informant in Kamuya, Yobe State.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the suspect was identified as Modu Ari.

The army spokesman said the informant whose spying activities and that of his accomplices were responsible for the attacks on troops position by terrorists in the state.

“On interrogation, he confessed to having revealed troops’ movements and position to his Boko Haram collaborators,” the statement partly read.

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“Investigation is however ongoing to unravel the network of local informants whose nefarious activities have endangered troops on clearance operations around the fringes of Timbuktu Triangle.”

The army spokesman said the unfortunate sabotage of troops movement by Ari and his accomplices made it possible for the terrorists to attack the rear element of troops on patrol.

He stated that troops from the Tactical Headquarters of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Super Camp 3 Buratai repelled the attack, stressing that their own troops suffered some casualties.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff has encouraged troops of Operation Tura Takaibango to keep their fighting spirit up and to remain dedicated in the effort to flush out the remnants of the terrorists as quickly as possible.

He charged them not to relent even in the face of gross unpatriotic acts of some locals who are snitching on their movements and positions.

The COAS also admonished citizens to as a matter of patriotic duty, avail the troops of credible and timely information that will help them flush out the adversaries.

Yobe Records Over 700 Gender-Based Violence Cases In Two Years

A photo of a group of women campaigning against rape during a protest.

 

No fewer than 700 cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) were reported across Yobe State in the last two years.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Mohammed Gana, disclosed this on Sunday at an event to train doctors, nurses, and midwives on clinical management of rape and intimate partner in Damaturu, the state capital.

“Based on the data we have across the six Sexual Assault Referral Centres of the state, over 700 cases of GBV, primarily either rape cases or intimate partner have been reported,” said Gana who was represented at the event by Abdullahi Danchuwa, the Director of Nursing Services at the State Ministry of Health.

He commended the World Health Organisation for supporting the state government with developmental policies and programmes, provision of capacity building to health workers, as well as provision of medical consumables across the state.

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The commissioner, however, stressed the need to put in place more collaborations with the government, parents, and donor agencies, in order to end the increasing rate of gender-based violence in Yobe.

On his part, the WHO’s Emergency Manager (Health Emergencies Programme), Muhammad Shafiq, noted that the agency was putting measures in place to ensure survivors were well taken care of.

Shafiq, who was also represented by the National Consultant on GBV, Dr Inigbehe Oyinloye, explained that the training was organised to build the capacity of the healthcare providers during emergencies.

He said, “We carried out some assessments in Yobe health facilities that are providing Gender-Based Violence services and realised that among the health workers, there was poor capacity building.

“In order to close the gap and ensure the health sector is strengthened to provide these services, we are equipping them to be able to have holistic care for the survivors.”

Some of the participants at the training commended the organisers of the event, saying they now have better experience in managing GBV survivors.

They also appealed to the state government to assent to the Violence Against Persons’ Prohibition Bill that was passed into law by members of the Yobe State House of Assembly in 2020, to ensure quick dispensation of justice for the survivors.

Yobe Chief Judge Frees Two Inmates, Grants Bail To Three Others

Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama

 

 

The Chief Judge of Yobe state, who doubles as the Chairman Administration of Criminal Justice, Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama on Thursday freed two inmates as well granted bail to three others on awaiting trial in different Custodial centres in the state.

According to a statement made available from the office of the Chief Judge, the inmates were released based on the powers conferred on the Chief Judge by Section (1) of the Criminal Justice Special Provision Act, Cap 79, Laws of the Federation.

Those freed are Umaru Abdullahi from Potiskum Medium Security Custodial Centre who spent more than five months, 20 days without trial and Yahaya Karau-Karau of Gashu’a Correctional Centre.

Yahaya had spent three years in custody without trial and no witness to testify on his case.

Two female and a male who were also detained without trial at Gashua Correctional Centre have been granted bail by the Chief Judge.

Justice Kaigama who was on the spot assessment of Correctional Centres assured the inmates of speedy trials and quick dispensation of justice.

Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community, Burns School, Healthcare Centre

The primary school burnt down by Boko Haram insurgents

 

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday attacked Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Council of Yobe State.

The insurgents also burnt down a primary school and a healthcare centre located in the community.

Confirming the attack, a resident Fantami Kura told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the community at about 5:30 am when they were going to the mosque for prayers.

The classroom also burnt by Boko Haram

 

“We came out as usual around 5.30 am for prayers, we sighted the gunmen, we immediately alerted our people and run into bush for safety.

“They proceeded straight to the military formation in Katarko shooting sporadically and later set the base on fire”

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The number of casualties is still unknown at the time of this report, however efforts to contact the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole in Damaturu, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu proved abortive.

Katarko community which is 18 kilometers south of Damaturu the state capital, has been under attack over 10 times.

 

The primary healthcare in Katarko burnt down by Boko Haram

Rise In School Abductions

Since December, more than three schools in different states have been attacked and over 600 students have been kidnapped.

From Katsina through Niger to Zamfara states, bandits have struck schools, forcing some state governments in the north to shutdown boarding schools.

The Federal Government has in reaction vowed to tackle the menace, insisting it would not allow bandits to shut down the education sector, but the criminals have continued their acts with attacks on schools in Kaduna.

 

Kaduna Attack

On Monday, bandits attacked another school in the Rema area of Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria.

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

During the attack, some pupils and teachers were feared to be abducted.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He noted that the primary school attacked by the bandits is located at the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.

However, in a later development, Mr Aruwan while giving an update on the incident said three teachers were abducted and no pupil was kidnapped or declared missing after a headcount was conducted.

The latest attack followed the attempts by bandits to attack three schools in the state – at the secondary and tertiary levels.

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Similarly, on Saturday, the Kaduna State government confirmed that a total of 39 students are missing after gunmen attacked the Federal College of Forestry in the state.

 

The attackers were reported to have invaded the school through a fence and went straight to the school hostel and abducted many students and staff.

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Mr Samuel Aruwan noted that 23 female and 16 male students have yet to be accounted for following the attack on the school located in the Afaka area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner, however, gave an assurance that the state government was maintaining close communication with the management of the college.

He added that efforts were being sustained by the security agencies to track the missing students who were apparently abducted by the bandits.

 

Yobe LG Polls:  Over One Million Registered Voters, Six Political Parties To Participate

A file photo of the ballot box.

 

Over one million, three hundred and sixty-five registered voters and six political parties in 178 wards of the 17 local government councils are expected to participate in the local government elections in Yobe State.

Briefing Channels Television on Saturday, the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Mamman Mohammed said 3,425 presiding officers and clerks, as well as 3,428 security personnel, will man the polling units.

Out of the total 1,714 polling units, seven political wards in Geidam, three in Tarmuwa, two in Bursari, one in Damaturu and five in Gujba local government councils have been relocated to safer areas as a result of security threats.

The Nigeria Police Force in the state has also placed a restriction on vehicular movement between 7 am to 6 pm today Saturday, February 27, 2021 to enable security operatives and other officials conduct a hitch-free, fair and peaceful election.

According to the police spokesman, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, vehicles on essential services are excepted from the restriction.

Four Mobile Police Officers Killed By Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Four Mobile Police officers have been confirmed dead on Tuesday after suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded the Bayamari community in the Bursari local government council of Yobe State.

The Police spokesman, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim confirmed to journalists that two civilians had also died of suspected trauma as a result of a heavy gun battle between the security personnel and the attackers.

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Although the military is yet to confirm the attack, a local source reveals that a boarding Secondary School located in the community was also razed down by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents but no student was harmed.

Bayamari is 130 kilometers north of Damaturu the state capital which has not been under attack in the past four years despite the several attacks on its environs.

Female Professor, Maimuna Waziri, Emerges Vice Chancellor At Yobe University

Professor Maimuna Waziri emerged as Vice Chancellor of Federal University Gashua in Yobe on January 16, 2021.
Professor Maimuna Waziri emerged as Vice Chancellor of Federal University Gashua in Yobe on January 16, 2021.

 

The Governing Council of Federal University, Gashua in Yobe state has approved the appointment of Professor Maimuna Waziri as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University.

This was the outcome of the fifth Council meeting of the University which held on Saturday.

Professor Maimuna Waziri is a Professor of Chemistry.

She will succeed incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Haruna whose tenure will end on February 10.

According to information made available to journalists, 48 Professors applied for the position, out of which 25 were shortlisted for interaction.

Three candidates made it to the final stage before the Council settled on Professor Waziri.

While congratulating the New Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Mallam Ibrahim Akuyam called on her to ensure she carries all the staff of the institution along.