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.
Yobe State University has commenced the production of face masks for its staff, the neighbouring communities and for the Committee on COVID-19 in the state, as part of its social responsibility against the spread of coronavirus.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Mala Daura who displayed the products to Channels Television, said the face masks were locally produced by the Departments of Microbiology and Biological sciences.
According to him, the locally made face masks are affordable and can be washed with detergents compared to the imported ones.
He explained that the university has the capacity to produce face masks that can go round the state if funds are made available to the university, especially now that the Federal Government has ordered for compulsory use.
The institution had earlier produced and distributed hand sanitizers to staff and some villages in Damaturu, the state capital.
Yobe State Government says it will establish mobile courts to prosecute violators of border closure directives and those coming into the state through illegal routes.
The Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Abdullahi Bego who is also member of the State COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, made this known on Tuesday while addressing journalists.
Bego who noted that the state is yet to record the disease has said precautionary measures have been put in place to curtail the spread of the disease.
According to him, trucks carrying essential commodities such as food items and other consumables are allowed to carry along assistant driver and the owner of the goods only.
Other resolutions reached were use of face mask in public places, observance of social distancing, hand washing with soap and water and also stay at home to prevent transmission of the disease.
To the Commissioner, the sub-committee on security and border closure will conduct stop and search in major motor parks to ensure that passengers are fully accounted for
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has asked residents to pray harder against the spread of COVID-19.
The governor stated this during his Easter message to Christians in the state.
He said Easter provides an opportunity for people to be strong in faith and intensify prayers to seek divine intervention as the world battles the dreaded pandemic.
He charged the Christian community to exploit opportunities of Easter to pray for the state, Nigeria and humanity, thereby reminding the people of the state to observe preventive measures against the scourge.
The Governor assured that his administration is committed to the safety and well being of the citizenry and urged them to reflect on the lessons of Easter.
He also called on the people to cooperate with the state COVID-19 committee.
Some suspected Boko Haram members have attacked Dapchi town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The insurgents carried out the attack on Wednesday evening in Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Local sources told Channels Television that the attackers came to the town where Leah Sharibu and about 100 students of Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018, through neighbouring Jumbam village.
The insurgents were said to have invaded the town and set some residential houses and government structures on fire.
When contacted, the acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, said the details of the incident were unclear.
He, however, promised to give an update as well as the causality figure if there was any.
The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.