Lawan, who also condoled with the state government over the tragic incident asked residents of the state to take precaution to avoid an outbreak of fire disaster in homes and offices, especially whenever there is a power outage.
Lawan however commended the head of the family who bravely rescued his five-year-old son before escaping from the inferno.
He prayed for God’s comfort for the bereaved family and for an end to such incidents.
Confirming the fire and number of casualty to Channels TV, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Muhammad Goje, said that two households were burnt completely and four lives were lost to the unfortunate incident.
“It was with a heavy heart we received the report and despite the curfew, we went out and reached the six-storey house. A family of six, a pregnant mother and her three children, unfortunately, died during the incident and the father was able to throw one of the children and he was also safe but the father sustained some burns.
“Two households burnt, lost four lives,” he added.
Meanwhile, when Channels Television visited Damaturu specialist hospital, Mr. Adamu was seen in a critical condition and according to the doctor on duty, he has been attended to and will receive adequate treatment.
“The patient was brought in with a flame burn at about 12 am this morning and according to the assessment that was made, the burns were about 20 percent of his body and he was attended to as a flame burn emergency.
“According to the report I was given, there were people that lost their lives.”
Christians in Yobe State have again reiterated their call on the Federal Government to intensify efforts in rescuing the only Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu among other abductees who are still in captivity.
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the State, Rev. Father Philibus Yakubu, made this known at an inter-denominational church service to celebrate Christmas in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Thursday.
“I am not satisfied with what is on ground. I call on the State Government with a very strong voice – I know the government is trying – but let it intensify efforts to see to the release of Mr. Zaka, Leah, others and even our Muslim brothers who are held in captivity together with them.
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has indefinitely suspended Lawan Mari, the Ward Head of Fannami at Gashua town in the state.
Earlier, Channels Television reported that Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, suspended Lawan who is the Ward Head of Fannami in Gashua town indefinitely.
The governor had also directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the case.
Condemning the act, the parents of the minor told Channels Television that they would seek justice in the court.
The victim’s grandfather, Mohammed Dikau, insisted that punishment must be taken against the suspect if found guilty to serve as a deterrent to others.
He narrated, “I am a retired civil servant. It was last week my son-in-law called to tell me a man lured and raped his son on his way to school.
“On reaching his residence, I met my grandson seriously sick and was vomiting. When the mother was bathing him, on touching his anus he started crying.
“We asked him what happened and he told us a man had anal sex with him. He later took us to the man’s house and on seeing the man, he shouted ‘he will kill me”.
The victim is a primary one pupil of a private school in Gashua in Bade Local Government Council of the state.
Narrating how the incident happened to Channels Television, he said, “I was going to school and one baba blocked me on the way and took me to a house. He removed my school uniform and … he warned me not to tell anyone that if I do so, he would kill me.”
Mari was recently trained by the European Union and the British Council in sensitising the public on how best to end gender-based violence in the state.
As a proactive measure against cases of rape and other related offenses, the Yobe State government signed the Penal Code Amendment Act into law in 2018.
The law stipulates clearly that whosoever commits rape in the state; where the victim is a minor shall be punished with life imprisonment and where the victim is an adult, shall be jailed a term of 25 years.
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have launched an attack on Babban Gida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council in Yobe State.
A resident of Babban Gida, Alhaji Gidado told Channels Television via a telephone interview that, the suspected insurgents first attacked a military formation shooting sporadically before proceeding to break some food stores.
The Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abubakar Sahabu has also confirmed that his Divisional Police Officer in Babban Gida informed him of the attack.
“My Divisional Police Officer DPO just called to inform me that suspected Boko Haram insurgents putting army camouflage in 9 Toyota Hilux stormed Babbangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa local government council and started shooting sporadically. I have informed the relevant military agencies who are on the frontline” he said.
The police commissioner, however, added that the situation is now calm, and the sound of gunshots has ceased. Residents are still indoors.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.