Soldier Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide

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


A Nigerian soldier serving with 27 Taskforce Brigade Buni-Yadi in Yobe State has reportedly committed suicide.

A source from the military, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told Channels Television that the soldier, a Lance Corporal committed suicide on Thursday, September 17 at his duty post in Buni-Yadi.

The corpse of the late soldier has been deposited at Specialist Hospital in Damaturu the state capital.

When contacted, the Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relation, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole Damaturu, Lieutenant Chinonso Polycarp Oteh promised to get back to Channels Television.

He however failed to return the call as at the time of filing this report.

Vigilante Group Ambushes Suspected Kidnappers, Kills Three In Yobe

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


Police authorities in Yobe State say they have received the bodies of three suspected kidnappers killed by vigilante groups during an ambush.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television that the suspects were killed on Sunday morning.

He stated that while information on the attack was unclear at the time of this report, the police command was making efforts to get full details.

Abdulkarim said, “It was this morning (Sunday) we received information about an attack on a community under Murfa Kalam village where three suspected kidnappers were killed following an ambush by a vigilante group.

“Presently, the corpses have been deposited at a morgue in the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu while investigations are ongoing.”

A photo taken on August 30, 2020, shows the slain suspected kidnappers and others arrested by a vigilante group in Yobe State.


According to local sources, a group of armed men believed to be kidnappers had stormed Dungurum community in Murfa Kalam village.

During the attack on the community in Damaturu Local Government Area of the state, the assailants reportedly kidnapped one person.

On getting the information, the vigilante group in the area laid an ambush on the attackers, killing three of them in the process while others escaped.

Another source told Channels Television that three other suspects were arrested and have been handed over to the Nigerian Army.

However, the military authorities have yet to make any comment on the matter.

Abducted Yobe Village Head Regains Freedom

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


The abducted village head of Mashio in Fune Local Government Council, Yobe State has regained his freedom.

The Police Public Relations Officer, (ASP) Dungus Abdulkarim told Channels Television that the victim, Isa Mai Buba, was released by his captors in the early hours of Tuesday along Damaturu-Babbangida road.

The Police spokesman noted that no ransom was paid adding that the gunmen abandoned the victim due to the security beefed up at all the border communities.

Yobe District Head Isa Mai Buba


He further added that the victim will be taken to the hospital for examination before handing him over to his family.

Mr. Buba was abducted alongside his son when the insurgents attacked his community last Saturday.

The attackers went into Mashio community in Fune Local Government Council and started shooting sporadically.

DSP Abdulkarim disclosed that the son of the village head escaped in the early hours of Sunday while his father was still in captivity.

Gunmen Attack Yobe Community, Abduct Village Head And Son

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File photo of a gunman wearing several bullets on his body



Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a community in Yobe State.

The attackers went into Mashio community in Fune Local Government Council and started shooting sporadically, abducting the village head, Isa Mai Buba, and his son.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, and Acting Chairman of the affected Local Government, Abubakar Kolere confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

They explained that the incident occurred on Saturday night, noting that the son of the village head escaped in the early hours of Sunday but his father is still in captivity.

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



The attack comes a few days after 14 people were recently killed by gunmen at Ukuru village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abiodun Wasiu, confirmed the attack and casualty figure in a statement.

But a resident of the community, Musa Audu, who witnessed the attack, narrated what transpired to Channels Television in a phone conversation.

He explained that the gunmen invaded the community at a time when members of the vigilante were out of the community to patrol some of the forests in the area.

Audu, whose cousin was among those killed by the gunmen, stated that the attack took place during the popular Mariga market which had many traders from various locations.

He said bodies of 15 persons have been found, adding that many people who sustained injuries ran into a nearby bush and they were still being searched for.

Meanwhile, the PPRO has disclosed that the state command is making efforts to rescue the traditional ruler unhurt.

Father Allegedly Impregnates 16-Year-Old Daughter In Yobe

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


The Yobe State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has paraded a 43-year-old man and a father of eight for allegedly impregnating his 16-year-old daughter in Damaturu, the state capital.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Dungus Abdulkarim said the suspect had earlier divorced his wife five years ago and did not re-marry.

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The victim, whose pregnancy is said to be six-month-old noted that her father had been molesting her since 2015.

In another sad incident, a suspect who is said to be a deaf man had allegedly molested an 8-year-old boy.

The father of the victim said the act happened in Damaturu where the suspect lured his son into a mosque and, when he was caught, he pretended to be praying.

Yobe Governor Chairs APC Caretaker Committee

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, swears in Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee during a virtual meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at the Council Chambers of the State House Abuja on June 25, 2020. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.



Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has been appointed as the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This followed the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) by the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday.

The council took the decision at a virtual emergency meeting, based on the recommendations of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Thereafter, Governor Buni was sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.

Similarly, Senator John Akpan Udo-Edehe was appointed as the secretary of the caretaker committee.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Buni clarified that all the decisions made regarding the governorship primary election in Edo State have been ratified.

He gave an assurance that he would not allow any crisis in the party to fester, adding that the NEC meeting convened in continuation of the last adjourned meeting where all notices were served appropriately.

The governor stressed that nobody was targeted with the meeting and that the party still respects and recognises Mr Bola Tinubu as a member and founding father of the APC.

He disclosed that the committee has a six-month lifespan within which it would conduct the election of the new NWC members.

Earlier, President Buhari told party chieftains at the meeting that mutating disagreements could lead to the self-destruction of the party with dire consequences.

He also urged all members to withdraw all pending litigations against one another and settle for internal conciliation

The President warned that the gains of the APC could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people.

He, therefore, appealed to party members to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the APC.

Yobe Governor Swears In Acting Chief Judge

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, speaks during the inauguration of Justice Gumna Kaigama as the acting Chief Judge of the state on June 12, 2020.



Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has sworn in Justice Gumna Kaigama as the acting Chief Judge of the state.

The inauguration ceremony held on Friday at the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

In his remarks, Governor Buni asked the acting chief judge to reform the state judiciary and take up the impending rape cases that have become so rampant across the country.

Justice Kaigama, on his part, thanked the governor for the appointment and promised to do just as he has said.

He revealed that measures have been put in place to fast-track criminal justice and also come up with new civil proceedings.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, with the acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Gumna Kaigama, during the inauguration ceremony at the Government House in Damaturu on June 12, 2020.


The governor appointed the acting chief judge in line with the recommendations of the Yobe State Judicial Service Commission based on seniority and merit.

Justice Kigama’s appointment followed the death of the former Chief Judge of Yobe, Justice Musa Nabaruma, who died in May after a brief illness.

The acting chief judge holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

He was later called to bar in 1988 and he recently served as the Chairman of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal from December 2019 to May 2020.

Security Operatives Kill Seven Insurgents In Dapchi

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Seven suspected Boko Haram members have been killed by a team of security operatives in Dapchi, Yobe State.

The insurgents were said to have attacked the community on Monday, shooting sporadically but were later engaged in a firefight by troops and policemen deployed in the area.

According to local sources, three soldiers and one mobile policeman were injured in the gunfight which lasted about four hours, although calm has returned to the community.

The palace of the district head, a maternity clinic, and part of the Divisional Police Station were said to have been burnt by the attackers.

Some of the attackers also carted away with food palliatives brought to the palace of the district head by the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The military’s fighter jets were said to have destroyed two Toyota Hilux vehicles belonging to the attackers.

Dapchi, which is 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, was last attacked on March 5 when seven mobile police officers were killed.

In February 2018, insurgents attacked the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi and kidnapped over 100 students.

The students were later freed, but one of the girls – Leah Sharibu, has remained in captivity for more than two years.

In a similar development, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole successfully repelled an attack by insurgents on Gajigana in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.

The military in a statement explained that the terrorists were advancing to attack troops’ location at Gajigana when the soldiers engaged them in exchange of fire.

Several terrorists were said to have been killed during the encounter.

Yobe Discharges Six Recovered COVID-19 Patients

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


Yobe state has discharged its index COVID-19 case and five other patients after they tested negative for the virus at its Damaturu isolation centre.

The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lawan Gana, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to the Commissioner, Yobe now has 32 confirmed cases, five deaths, and 21 active cases.

Gana added that two doctors, six nurses, and one laboratory scientist are among the confirmed cases.

On Friday, the state had received a batch of 58 Almajirai repatriated from Adamawa state.

Buhari Warns Military Against Complacency In Insurgency War

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A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.



President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the military against complacency in the task of ensuring that the nation’s territory is no longer habitable for terrorists.

He gave the warning on Thursday when he received Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President explained that this was necessary to achieve sustainable peace and development in the country, especially in the North East.

According to him, this is also necessary towards ensuring that farming and other socio-economic activities in the region are not disrupted.

President Buhari also directed the military to sustain the ongoing counter-insurgency operations on the fringes of Lake Chad and the North East, so that the Boko Haram menace would be totally eliminated.

He noted with satisfaction the giant strides being recorded by the military in the fight against insurgency but urged them not to relent in the discharge of their mandate.

The President believes the health and well-being of the nation depend largely on its ability to feed itself and agricultural production is key.

He asked Governor Buni to continuously mobilise community support for military operations, saying intelligence sharing and synergy between law enforcement agencies and the civil populace were critical towards achieving the objectives.

On his part, the governor who briefed the President on the security situation in Yobe formally appreciated the Federal Government for the decisive and proactive measures being employed in the renewed onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorists.

He said significant achievements have been recorded by the military in containing the criminal elements who he said were now in disarray following the recent operations by the Chadian military.

Yobe Records Index Case Of COVID-19

File photo/ AFP



Yobe State has recorded its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The state Deputy Governor and Chairman of COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, Idi Barde, announced this on Thursday during a press briefing.

He explained that the patient is a 29-year-old man who has no travel history, adding that his result back positive after the government sent three samples of suspected cases to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Monday.

According to the deputy governor, the committee has immediately swung into action to trace the contacts of the patient and have so far isolated members of his family.

He, however, urged the residents not to panic but observe all the precautionary measures put in place, such as social distancing, and regular washing of hand with soap and water among others.

Earlier, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 196 new confirmed cases and five deaths were recorded on Wednesday.

It said Yobe reported its index case in the last 24 hours while the figure of total confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1728.

Three hundred and seven people have been discharged following their recovery and 51 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The new cases were found in Lagos (87), Kano (24), Gombe (18), Kaduna (17), FCT (16), Katsina (10), Sokoto (eight), Edo (seven), Borno (six), Ebonyi (one), Yobe (one), Adamawa (one).

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has confirmed the death of one more patient at one of its treatment centres.

In a tweet on Thursday, the state Ministry of Health revealed that the patient was a 25-year-old man.

It added that the patient was in a state of severe breathlessness at the time of admission.

According to the ministry, this brings the total number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the state to 20 from 947 confirmed cases.


Yobe Isolates 125 Almajiri Gombe Returnees

File photo of Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni


Yobe State Government has isolated the 125 Almajiri evacuated from Gombe as result of coronavirus.

The returnees were isolated for 14 days at Government Secondary School Damaturu, the state capital.

They are mostly between the ages of 6-17 years who went to seek Qur’anic education outside their state.

Some residents of the state capital expressed fear that the returned Almajiri could be a threat to the society as some might have contracted the virus already.

They noted that the state also faces another challenge like water points for hand washing which they said are absent at the isolation centre.

Yobe, which is one of the few states yet to record the outbreak of the disease, is mute on the evacuated Almajiri and whether there are plans to evacuate the existing ones to their home states, as most of them are still roaming the streets.