Army Investigates Truck Accident Which Killed Toddler, Student In Yobe


The Nigerian Army has set up a board of inquiry to unravel the circumstances that led to the truck accident which killed two persons in Yobe State.

The Assistant Director of Army Public Relations Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Captain Njoka Irabor, disclosed in a statement made available to reporters on Monday in Damaturu, the state capital.

This comes a day after a military truck has crushed a tricycle rider, killing a 19-year-old student of Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, and a baby while three others were injured.

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Eyewitnesses claimed that the incident occurred as a result of a violation of traffic light either by the truck or the tricycle.

However, acting Commander of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Ibrahim Ali, commiserated with the families of the victims.

“The unfortunate accident is highly regrettable, especially that precious lives were lost – a toddler and a female student of the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu lost their lives.

“The sector wishes to use this medium to express our deepest sympathy in this trying time to the families of the deceased and also to wish other victims who are still recuperating in the hospital speedy recovery,” the statement said.

According to it, a delegation from the sector has since paid a condolence visit to the deceased families and those who sustained injuries.

Security Operatives Repel Boko Haram Attack In Damaturu


Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attempted to infiltrate into Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe, Mr Yahaya Abubakar, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the attack was averted following intelligence gathered about the suspicious movement of the insurgents ahead of the incident.

Abubakar stated that a joint team of security operatives from the Police Command and troops of the Nigerian Army supported by two fighter jets stormed the area early enough, leading to the feat recorded.

He added that there was no casualty on the side of the security operatives.

The police commissioner said, “We were told of their movement from Mafa community in Borno State.

“The security personnel – both military and police; we mobilised ourselves and have successfully repelled the attack. everywhere is calm now.”

The spokesman for the 27 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army, Captain Njoka Irabor, also confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

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.