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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
*️⃣ Unfortunately, 1 #COVID19 death was recorded. The deceased, a 25year old male was at the time of admission in a state of severe breathlessness. This brings total number of #COVID19 related deaths in Lagos to 20
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.