Yobe North: Machina Denies Withdrawing For Lawan

Bashir Machina had insisted he won’t step down for Lawan.

 

Bashir Machina has countered a letter claiming he had resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and relinquished his ticket for Senate President Ahmed Lawan. 

The said letter, which reportedly got to the APC leadership in July, claimed that Machina had made the move in the “hope to reconcile the issues”.  Since his emergence, Machina’s candidacy has been hotly debated with pressure reportedly on him to relinquish the ticket to Lawan who lost out in the APC presidential race.

But in a statement,  Machina described the letter as forged”, accusing “some unscrupulous elements” of trying to blackmail him.

“I want to state unequivocally that the purported letter was forged. I did not at any time withdraw nor resign from my party,” he said on Sunday.

“I was shocked when I discovered that some persons concocted plans to mislead the public, particularly my supporters into believing that I have withdrawn.”

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Machina said, “The discrepancies between the two dates, especially between the date of writing the purported letter and the date it was received exposed the authors’ inadequacies and lack of sufficient administrative knowledge.

“Although we suspect that this letter may be another fake news and the handwork of enemies of peace, the APC’s National secretariat must speak up on it since it is carrying the official stamp of the secretariat.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not resigned nor withdrawn my candidature, I am in APC and have no intention to move to any party. I will (Insha Allah) pursue my senatorial ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

“I have already instructed my lawyers to review the fake letter and take necessary legal action against the culprit(s).”

Yobe Sports Commissioner Dies In Ghastly Motor Accident

Yobe State Commissioner for Youth, Sports, Social and Community Development, Goni Bukar Lawan has died in a ghastly motor accident along Damaturu-Kano Highway.

 

The Yobe State Commissioner for Youth, Sports, Social, and Community Development, Goni Bukar Lawan, has died in a motor accident along Damaturu-Kano Highway.

The victim –  a former member House of Representatives, representing Bursari, Geidam, and Yunusari federal constituency – died on Tuesday evening.

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He was said to have attended the funeral of his friend, the Director of Finance and Supply of the Upstream of the NNPC, Hassan Gambo, on Tuesday afternoon in Damaturu before embarking on an official trip to Kano where he was involved in the accident near Dambam a community in Bauchi State.

Mamman Mohammed, the Director General Press Affairs to Governor Mai Mala Buni, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

He said the commissioner’s corpse has been deposited at the mortuary of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu.

The governor’s aide explained that two of his friends, who were with him during the accident, are responding to treatment in one of the health facilities in the state.

Reacting to the accident, the Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone 12 covering Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states, Assistant Corps Marshal Rotimi Adeleye, told Channels Television that the incident happened adjacent A.Y Dagauda Filling Station.

Noting that no cause of the accident has been identified, Adeleye is of the opinion that the driver might have lost control.

“The accident involved one Lexus Jeep with registration number 11A-01YB Yobe state on his way from Damaturu to Kano,” he stated.

Four Killed As Windstorm Ravages Houses In Yobe

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Four persons have been killed, with several others injured after a windstorm wreaked havoc on the Hashimeri ward of Damaturu, Yobe State.

Also, no fewer than 35 houses were destroyed in the incident.

The windstorm which started at 11.00 pm on Saturday and lasted for only 20 minutes, destroyed houses in the local settlements built with bricks.

Other places affected include Nayinawa and Abacha wards of the state capital.

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The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Muhammad Goje, confirmed the development to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

He said that no death was recorded but 17 persons were evacuated and are receiving free treatments at the state Specialists Hospital in Damaturu.

Similarly, Damaturu residents lamented that an incident is almost an annual event and called on the government to provide a lasting solution to the issue.

Torrential rainstorms and windstorms have been affecting the north-eastern state recently.

On May 10, a heavy rainstorm claimed five lives in Damaturu. It was gathered that the storm was accompanied by a strong wind, which pulled down houses and destroyed several properties.

The State Emergency Management Agency had then confirmed that five people died and 42 sustained various degrees of injuries during the storm.

Director of Rescue at SEMA, Baba Jalo, explained that those who died were killed in buildings that collapsed during the storm.

He said the storm-damaged properties in different parts of the metropolis, including Maisadari, Nayinawa, and Pompomari, he attributed the strong wind to the impact of climate.

Yobe North: Machina Vows To Seek Legal Redress After Lawan Was Named As Candidate

Bashir Machina had insisted he won’t step down for Lawan.

 

Bashir Machina has vowed to seek legal redress after his name was substituted with that of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North. 

According to a signed list of candidates sighted by Channels Television, the Senate President’s name was listed as the APC flag bearer for the seat.

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The recent move comes after Machina, who clinched the APC ticket for the district, vowed not to step down for Lawan.

Lawan had contested but lost the party’s presidential primary held earlier in the month with Machina claiming he was being pressured to relinquish his ticket for the lawmaker.

But in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today earlier in the week, he vowed not to step down. According to him, the Senate President did not have plans to contest for the post.

“I’m sure he did not plan to go back to the National Assembly. That is why he contested for the presidency and lost. This is democracy. The space is free,” Machina said.

“A certain period of time was given for people who want to contest. Timetables were set, guidelines were produced by the parties, and eventually, elections were held.”

Police Shut Down Mammy Markets After Attack On Yobe Communities

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

The Yobe State Police Command has directed the shut down of all mammy markets across the state following the attack on local drinking joints in the Geidam and Gashua communities.

The police spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Dungus Abdulkarim, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television revealed that other private drinking joints in the state would also be shut down till proper security measures are put in place.

He asked residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements to the security personnel, especially during the forthcoming Sallah festivities and Workers’ Day.

According to him, the measure is a temporary one aimed to forestall further attacks on soft targets.

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The incident happened on Sunday night at a local drinking joint at Abasha ward in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Council of the state.

The Chairman of Bade Local Government Area, Sanda Karabade, confirmed to Channels Television via telephone conversation that the three male and four female injured victims are receiving medical attention at Specialist Hospital in Gashua.

Gashua is located 187 kilometers away from Damaturu the state capital and is the hometown of Senate President Ahmed Lawan while Geidam which is the hometown of Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, is located 177 kilometers away from Damaturu the state capital.

The town shares a border with the Niger Republic and Damasak, which is believed to be one of the strongholds of the terrorists in Borno state.

One Killed, Seven Injured As Explosion Rocks Yobe State

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

 

One person has been killed while seven others were injured after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in Yobe state.

The incident happened on Sunday night at a local drinking joint at Abasha ward in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Council of the state.

The Chairman of Bade Local Government Area, Sanda Karabade, confirmed to Channels Television via telephone conversation that the three male and four female injured victims are receiving medical attention at Specialist Hospital in Gashua.

Gashua is located 187 kilometers away from Damaturu the state capital and is the hometown of Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

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This incident followed a similar one masterminded by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the Geidam community of the state where nine persons were killed.

The locals told Channels Television via telephone conversation that the suspected insurgents came by foot and moved straight to a drinking joint located at Kwari ward, slaughtered nine persons, and injured two others.

The locals further explained the attackers took the residents and the military base at Geidam unaware as there was no gun battle. According to their accounts, the terrorists silently sneaked into the town, executed their mission, and left.

Geidam which is the hometown of Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, and is located 177 kilometers away from Damaturu the state capital, shares a border with the Niger Republic and Damasak, which is believed to be one of the strongholds of the terrorists in Borno state.

Six Killed, 10 Others Injured In Yobe Car Accident

The scene of the accident.

 

Six persons have died while others sustained injuries in a motor accident involving a Honda Civic car with registration number US 027 JAK and 18 seater Hummer Bus with registration number KTG 703 ZZ in Yobe state.

The incident happened on Sunday at Kwanan Garin Baduku along Potiskum-Gashua road at about 11.15am.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone 12 Covering Bauchi, Yobe, and Borno states, Assistant Corps Marshal Rotimi Adeleye, confirmed to Channels Television.

He said that the accident happened as a result of tyre burst by the Honda Civic car which led to the collision.

“I can authoritatively confirm that six persons were burnt beyond recognition while 10 persons were injured and are receiving medication at General Hospital, Potiskum,” he said.

He further charged motorists to desist from overspeeding and using expired tyres, especially during the hot season.

Chairman of Jakusko Local Government Council, Abdullahi Gwayo, also revealed that the Hummer bus was coming from Potiskum and had a head-to-head collision with the Honda Civic car.

The corpses of the victims have been buried near the scene of the accident.

I Am Now Acting Chairman Of APC – Niger Governor

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, briefs State House correspondents at the Aso Villa in Abuja on January 18, 2022.

 

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has declared himself the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said this after presiding over a meeting of the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Monday.

“I am the acting chairman [caretaker] APC and the governor of Niger State,” he told reporters after the meeting.

His comment comes amid reports that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has been sacked as the chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee.

Multiple reports suggested that security agents had stormed the party’s secretariat ahead of the meeting but the Niger governor said there is no cause for alarm.

“Well, every time there is a major event, we beef up security. So, today, we had a major event because all the chairmen came with their supporters and there were too many people,” governor Bello said.

“So, to maintain law and order when you have too many people, you beef up security. ”

He, however, said he does not know the whereabouts of Governor Buni and his current post in the party.

“I am aware of any position at the moment,” he said.  “I know he has travelled.”

According to him, he has the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the party. He explained that they discussed the party’s convention, expressing happiness with the work so far done to make it a success.

Monday’s development is expected to stir controversy among stakeholders in the party as the APC prepares for its convention. Earlier, President Buhari had expressed optimism that the APC will organise a hitch-free exercise.

“Well, they should wait and see. How did we come as a party to take power from the ruling party who had been there before us for so many years? So, we have the capacity, everything will be alright,” he said just before flying out to the UK for a medical checkup.

 

19 Killed In Yobe Road Accident

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

 

Nineteen persons have been confirmed dead while two others sustained serious injuries following a fatal motor accident along the Damaturu-Potiskum Road in Yobe State.

The accident, which occurred on Thursday, involved two Golf Wagon vehicles with registration number KHE 454 XA and BKD 74 SB both bearing Jigawa State plate number.

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Speaking to Channels Television via telephone, some eyewitnesses blamed the accident on over speeding by both drivers of the vehicles.

It was gathered that eight of the victims who are from the same family were heading for a wedding at Azare in Bauchi State when the incident happened.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said they are yet to receive the news of the accident but pledged to address journalists.

However, the agency had yet to do so as at the time of filing this report.

Operation Hadin Kai: Troops Eliminate BH, ISWAP Terrorists In Yobe, Borno

 

Troops of 120 Task Force Battalion, Sector 2, Joint Task Force(JTF), North East(NE) Operation HADIN KAI(OPHK) in consolidating on their operational feat against Boko Haram(BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province Terrorists (ISWAP) have eliminated the criminal elements in a fierce encounter at Goniri, Yobe State on Saturday 29 January 2022.

According to a statement on Monday, the troops recorded this feat in conjunction with members of the Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF).

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu explained that in a clearance operation code-named “Operation DOMINANCE I, along the insurgents’ route of manouvre at Ngirbua village, the “gallant troops neutralized two BH/ISWAP terrorists following a ferocious battle, while others, bowing to troops’ superior firepower retreated in disarray”.

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The troops also recovered one AK 47 Rifle, one FN rifle, and a motorcycle. These are aside other equipment recovered by troops.

General Onyema explained that in conjunction with CJTF, combed the general area to track down the fleeing insurgents.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province Terrorists in Borno State again suffered a bloody nose on Sunday 30 January 2022, as troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI deployed at Forward Operating Base Magumeri came in contact with the terrorists while on a fighting patrol around Mallumti general area.

In the firefight that ensued, the dogged troops are said to have neutralized three terrorists and recovered three AK47 Rifles, one magazine, quantity 23 of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pick-up truck, two solar panels, seven mobile phones, foodstuff, and provisions, among others.

General Onyema urged the people of Yobe and Borno states to support the troops with actionable information on the movement of any insurgent in their localities.

Yobe Govt To Investigate Killing Of Driver By Military, Says Buni

Residents protest the killing of a driver by military operatives at a community in Yobe State on January 22, 2022.

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, says the government will investigate the killing of a driver by military personnel at Garin Alkali in Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement on Saturday by his spokesman, Mamman Mohammed, the governor urged the youths to remain calm, with an assurance that the matter would be investigated for necessary action.

He described the incident as unfortunate, especially at a time when the government was recording progress in sustainable peace across Yobe.

“Government and the security authorities would not tolerate any act of recklessness capable of disrupting our hard-earned peace,” Governor Buni warned. “I, therefore, assure you that government would properly investigate the matter and deal with it decisively.

“I also appeal to our good people of Bade Local Government Area and the entire state to remain calm and law-abiding. We should avoid anything detrimental to our peace. You are advised to be good Muslims and take it as the will of Allah and avoid bonfires on the roads.

“May Allah (SWT) forgive the deceased of his shortcomings, grant him Aljannatur Firdaus, and to his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

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A combination of screengrabs from the scene of the protest in Yobe State.

 

Witnesses had narrated to Channels Television, the events that led to the killing of the driver identified as Mohammed Musa, on Saturday.

According to them, the military personnel who were on patrol arrived at a filling station to enforce the ban on the sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in jerrycans.

But the sudden arrival of the soldiers reportedly caused panic among the people who were at the facility, as the security operatives came on motorcycles and other military vehicles with their heads covered.

On sighting the soldiers, the people at the station were said to have fled to safety but they were asked to remain calm.

Musa, on his part, was shot dead in an attempt to escape, a development that prompted angry youths to block the road in the area in protest against the killing.

Protest Rocks Yobe Community Over Killing Of Driver By Military

A combination of screengrabs from the scene of the protest in Yobe State.

 

Youths in Gashua community, Yobe State, have protested the killing of a driver identified as Mohammed Musa, allegedly by military personnel.

Channels Television gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday at one of the filling stations in Garin Alkali community via Gashua, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Area of the state.

Authorities of Sector 2, Operation Hadin Kai in Damaturu, when contacted, said they are yet to receive any report on the incident.

The spokesman for the sector command, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu, however, promised to reach out as soon as the case was reported.

Narrating how the incident occurred, sources in the community told Channels Television that the military personnel were on patrol.

They were said to have arrived at the filling station to enforce the ban on the sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in jerrycans.

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Residents protest the killing of a driver by military operatives in Yobe community on January 22, 2022.

 

According to Adamu Hassan, who witnessed the incident, the sudden arrival of the soldiers caused panic among the people who were at the facility.

“The military personnel drove into the station on motorcycles and other military vehicles with their heads covered, which caused panic,” Hassan narrated. “But they asked the people to calm down. A scared driver who attempted to escape was shot dead on the spot.”

Another source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The military (operatives) were patrolling filling stations that are selling the prohibited Premium Motor Spirit in jerry cans.

“On sighting the military, all the people in the station were trying to escape which led to the shooting of the said driver.”

As soon as the man was killed, irate youths took to the streets in protest of the shooting, wielding sticks and chanting various solidarity songs to demand justice.

One of the chants in their local language, “Bamu yar da ba,” is translated as “we will not agree to the killing of our driver by the military.”