Boko Haram Attacks Dapchi Town, Burns Houses

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria.

 

 

Some suspected Boko Haram members have attacked Dapchi town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The insurgents carried out the attack on Wednesday evening in Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Local sources told Channels Television that the attackers came to the town where Leah Sharibu and about 100 students of Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town and set some residential houses and government structures on fire.

When contacted, the acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, said the details of the incident were unclear.

He, however, promised to give an update as well as the causality figure if there was any.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

Just In: Boko Haram Attacks Motorists In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attacked motorists near Lantaiwa, a community located 70 kilometers north from Damaturu the Yobe state capital and 30 kilometers to Dapchi where 110 schoolgirls were abducted in 2018.

The Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh told Channels Television that operatives of the army have been mobilized to the area, however, information on whether passengers have been abducted or not is still sketchy.

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The terrorists had last Sunday succeeded in destroying two telecommunication masts in Babbangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council of the State in order to stop the locals from sharing information with the security personnel.

Army Foils Attempted Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

An attempted attack by Boko Haram insurgents has been foiled by the troops of the Nigerian Army with support from fighter jets, along Gashua road in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

According to locals who spoke to Channels Television, the insurgents were sighted around 5.00pm on Sunday, along Babangida town, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government council advancing to the state capital.

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The Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, who confirmed the incident, said the planned attacks by the insurgents were repelled.

Meanwhile, some residents along Gashua road in Damaturu, confirmed that normalcy has been restored in the area.

The recent attacks on the northern parts of the city have created fear among residents and motorists plying the road linking to Babangida town.

Yobe Turns To Tricycles In Fight Against Maternal Deaths

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

Yobe State has procured 28 customised tricycle ambulances in order to ease the transportation of pregnant women in labour and other emergencies in hard-to-reach areas in the state.

Yobe state has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in Nigeria.

On Friday, the State Governor,  Mai Mala Buni, declared the training of the ambulance’s drivers open.

The training is being conducted in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Represented by the State’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawan Gana, the Governor handed over the tricycle keys to the drivers and charged them to handle the improvised ambulances with care to reduce maternal deaths in the state.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in Yobe State, Ezekiel Sonallah, believes the training will help the drivers take precautionary measures in transporting pregnant women, and during other emergencies.

Yobe Governor Approves Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, signs a document at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.

 

 

The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has approved the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state.

He announced this at an event held on Thursday at the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

Governor Buni noted that the state government would commence the payment of the new minimum wage to the workers in January 2020.

“We are determined to revitalise the civil service through good remunerations and emoluments for better results.

“As I am talking to you, we are ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage effective from January 2020,” he said.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, attends the inauguration of some permanent secretaries held at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.

 

The governor spoke at the swearing-in of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Baba Mallam Wali, and seven permanent secretaries.

Governor Buni had on Monday set up an 11-man committee to work out modalities to ensure that the new minimum wage was paid to workers.

At Thursday’s event, he also received the report of the committees on agriculture and education inaugurated to revitalise the sectors.

Yobe Govt Constitutes Minimum Wage Implementation Committee

File photo: Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has constituted a committee for the implementation of the N30, 000 new minimum wage for workers in the state.

The committee chaired by the Acting Head of Service, Muhammad B. Nura will work out modalities for the new salary increment.

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Other members of the committee include representatives drawn from Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, and some ministries.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Establishment in the office of the Head of Service will serve as the Secretary.

Senate President Commiserates With Yobe Fire Victims

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan,

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sympathised with the family the mother and her three daughters who died in a fire disaster on Tuesday night.

The victims were killed in an inferno at Red Bricks Quarters on Maiduguri road, Damaturu in Yobe State.

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Lawan, who also condoled with the state government over the tragic incident asked residents of the state to take precaution to avoid an outbreak of fire disaster in homes and offices, especially whenever there is a power outage.

Lawan however commended the head of the family who bravely rescued his five-year-old son before escaping from the inferno.

He prayed for God’s comfort for the bereaved family and for an end to such incidents.

Pregnant Mother, Three Children Killed In Yobe Fire

 

A pregnant mother and three of her children have been killed in a fire incident that occurred in their apartment in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The cause of the inferno which started at midnight on Wednesday is yet to be known, but two flats were razed down.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television, the husband, one Mr Adamu was able to rescue their last child while he escaped with burns.

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Confirming the fire and number of casualty to Channels TV, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Muhammad Goje, said that two households were burnt completely and four lives were lost to the unfortunate incident.

“It was with a heavy heart we received the report and despite the curfew, we went out and reached the six-storey house. A family of six, a pregnant mother and her three children, unfortunately, died during the incident and the father was able to throw one of the children and he was also safe but the father sustained some burns.

“Two households burnt, lost four lives,” he added.

Meanwhile, when Channels Television visited Damaturu specialist hospital, Mr. Adamu was seen in a critical condition and according to the doctor on duty, he has been attended to and will receive adequate treatment.

“The patient was brought in with a flame burn at about 12 am this morning and according to the assessment that was made, the burns were about 20 percent of his body and he was attended to as a flame burn emergency.

“According to the report I was given, there were people that lost their lives.”

Yobe Christians Seek Release Of Leah Sharibu, Others

Leah Sharibu

 

Christians in Yobe State have again reiterated their call on the Federal Government to intensify efforts in rescuing the only Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu among other abductees who are still in captivity.

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the State, Rev. Father Philibus Yakubu, made this known at an inter-denominational church service to celebrate Christmas in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Thursday.

“I am not satisfied with what is on ground. I call on the State Government with a very strong voice – I know the government is trying – but let it intensify efforts to see to the release of Mr. Zaka, Leah, others and even our Muslim brothers who are held in captivity together with them.

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In February 2018, more than 100 schoolgirls aged 11-19 were abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

While the other students were returned, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian student was held back by her abductors reportedly for not renouncing her Christian faith.

The Federal Government has repeatedly promised to bring her back, but she has remained at-large.

Police Arrest Traditional Ruler Accused Of Raping Boy, Family Demands Justice

A community in Gashua town in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State where the incident occurred.

 

 

The Yobe State Police Command has arrested one Lawan Mari, a traditional ruler accused of raping a six-year-old boy in a community in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdulmalik Abdulhafiez, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Police authorities, however, declined to grant access to the suspect for an interview.

Abdulhafiez explained that the traditional ruler has been apprehended and would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigations into the incident.

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Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has indefinitely suspended Lawan Mari, the Ward Head of Fannami at Gashua town in the state.

Earlier, Channels Television reported that Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, suspended Lawan who is the Ward Head of Fannami in Gashua town indefinitely.

The governor had also directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the case.

Condemning the act, the parents of the minor told Channels Television that they would seek justice in the court.

The victim’s grandfather, Mohammed Dikau, insisted that punishment must be taken against the suspect if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others.

He narrated, “I am a retired civil servant.  It was last week my son-in-law called to tell me a man lured and raped his son on his way to school.

“On reaching his residence, I met my grandson seriously sick and was vomiting. When the mother was bathing him, on touching his anus he started crying.

“We asked him what happened and he told us a man had anal sex with him. He later took us to the man’s house and on seeing the man, he shouted ‘he will kill me”.

The victim

 

The victim is a primary one pupil of a private school in Gashua in Bade Local Government Council of the state.

Narrating how the incident happened to Channels Television, he said, “I was going to school and one baba blocked me on the way and took me to a house. He removed my school uniform and … he warned me not to tell anyone that if I do so, he would kill me.”

Mari was recently trained by the European Union and the British Council in sensitising the public on how best to end gender-based violence in the state.

As a proactive measure against cases of rape and other related offenses, the Yobe State government signed the Penal Code Amendment Act into law in 2018.

The law stipulates clearly that whosoever commits rape in the state; where the victim is a minor shall be punished with life imprisonment and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed a term of 25 years.

Yobe Traditional Ruler Suspended For Allegedly Raping Boy

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has indefinitely suspended Lawan Mari, the Ward Head of Fannami at Gashua town in the state.

The traditional ruler was alleged to have committed rape against a six-year-old boy in a community in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe.

The Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information, and Culture, Mr Abdullahi Bego, announced the action taken against Mari in a statement on Sunday.

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He added that Governor Buni has directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the matter.

“The indefinite suspension of the ward head is pending the outcome of the police investigation into the matter,” the commissioner said.

He noted that the victim has been evaluated and treated by medical personnel at the General Hospital in Gashua.

Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have launched an attack on Babban Gida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council in Yobe State.

A resident of Babban Gida, Alhaji Gidado told Channels Television via a telephone interview that, the suspected insurgents first attacked a military formation shooting sporadically before proceeding to break some food stores.

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abubakar Sahabu has also confirmed that his Divisional Police Officer in Babban Gida informed him of the attack.

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“My Divisional Police Officer DPO just called to inform me that suspected Boko Haram insurgents putting army camouflage in 9 Toyota Hilux stormed Babbangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa local government council and started shooting sporadically. I have informed the relevant military agencies who are on the frontline” he said.

The police commissioner, however, added that the situation is now calm, and the sound of gunshots has ceased. Residents are still indoors.