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

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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.”

20-Year-Old Suspect Arrested With Cannabis In Yobe

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

 

A 20-year-old suspect, Yayale Mohammed, has been arrested with 35 kilogramme of Cannabis Sativa also known as Indian hemp in Fika Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The suspect was nabbed on December 29, 2021 by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Speaking in Yobe on Wednesday, the NSCDC Commandant, Useni David-Navokhi, said the suspect was nabbed following a sustained intelligence gathering conducted by the agency.

He noted that Fika local government, where the 20-year-old was apprehended, is one of the local governments with the highest crime rate in the state.

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On his part, NDLEA Commander in the state, Yahaya Aliyu, who received the suspect in Damaturu, said he would be prosecuted after thorough investigations are made.

But addressing journalists, the suspect revealed he started the business in 2019.

“I started the business in 2019. I buy at the cost of N6,000 per pack and sell at N7,000.  We have customers that come around our community to buy,” Mohammed said.

“I regret my actions and urge all those who are into the business to stop, or else they would one day be caught.”

In a similar development, the NSCDC also arrested a 75-year-old Bala Yahaya and Mari Modu, a 23-year-old suspect at Geidam town for involvement in land fraud and production of fake naira and dollar currencies.

Yahaya revealed he started the business at the age of 25 years. He was found with some quantity of mercury, sand, white yard cloth supposedly used in the doubling and production of the fake money.

Troops Rescue 20 Kidnapped Policemen In Yobe State – DHQ

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have rescued 20 policemen abducted by terrorists in Buni Yadi, Yobe. 

The Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko said this during a media briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the troops recorded the feat during various operations in the past two weeks.

“Cumulatively, a total 62 terrorist elements were neutralized and 28 of them were arrested, while 54 assorted arms and 144 rounds of the different calibre of ammunition were recovered,” he said in a statement.

“Also, a total of 101 rustled livestock were recovered and 20 kidnapped NPF personnel, who were abducted when the terrorists attacked the Police Division, were rescued by own troops at Buni Yadi within the period.”

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He explained that as the troops continued to battle the insurgents, some terrorists and their families in the area surrendered.

“A total of 192 terrorists and their families comprising 51 adult males, 67 adult females and 74 children surrendered to own troops within the period,” he added.

“The surrendered terrorists were properly profiled and handed over to appropriate authorities for necessary actions.”

He noted that the troops also repelled BHT/ISWAP terrorists in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State and killed 26 of them.

“Troops also destroyed as well as captured several fighting equipment and vehicles of the terrorists,” the army spokesman said.

“Regrettably, our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize. They are our heroes in the battle against terrorism.”

Fire Guts Farmlands In Three Yobe Communities

One of the affected farmlands in Yobe State.

 

Several hectares of farmlands have been razed in Gulani, Tetteba and Garintuwo communities, Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State. 

Although the cause of the fire is yet-to-be-identified, farmers told Channels Television that the incident which started on Tuesday lasted for over eight hours before it was brought under control.

Chairman of the Council, Dayyabu Jibilwa confirmed the incident to Channels Television via the telephone.

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He said his team would visit the affected communities on Wednesday (today) to assess the level of damage.

Gulani local government is regarded as one of the food baskets of the north-eastern state.

The affected council had within last week witnessed farmers/herders conflict in which two persons were confirmed dead with others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.

One of the victims, Adamu Ali, called on the state government to come to their aid.

“This is the worst thing that has ever happened to us in this area, the affected farmlands are up to seven kilometers and we do not know what to do. Everything has been razed down,” he said.

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Boko Haram Terrorists In 10 Gun Trucks Attack Yobe Military Base

A file photo of two armed men.

 

A Nigerian military base in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State has been reportedly attacked by armed persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

Residents told Channels Television that the terrorists drove into Katarko village in 10 gun trucks and attacked the military formation, where they engaged the security operatives at the base in a heavy shooting.

The residents were forced to run into the nearby bushes for safety but a military source said the troops repelled the attack.

This is the third time the community has been attacked by the suspected insurgents this year alone.

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Katarko is located 20 kilometers South-East of Damaturu, the state capital and has witnessed frequent attacks by the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force under Operation Hadin Kai has continued its onslaught on terrorist targets on islands and localities around the Lake Chad area.

The latest attacks were carried out earlier this week, following intelligence reports that about 20 boats were seen conveying between five and seven suspected Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to an island in the Lake Chad area and Malam Fatori, the headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to the Air Force, the mission by the air component of Operation Hadin Kai confirmed the high concentration of terrorist and insurgent elements hibernating in the Lake Chad general area.

It noted that the air operations will be sustained until the area is rid of all terrorists and insurgents.

This is coming about two weeks after the military authorities confirmed the death of ISWAP’s leader.

ISWAP has not given any confirmation of al-Barnawi’s death and the army has claimed before to have killed jihadist commanders only for them to reappear.

More than two million people have been displaced by Nigeria’s conflict since it began in 2009, and the violence has spread over the borders to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.