Yobe Governor Approves Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, signs a document at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.



The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has approved the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state.

He announced this at an event held on Thursday at the Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

Governor Buni noted that the state government would commence the payment of the new minimum wage to the workers in January 2020.

“We are determined to revitalise the civil service through good remunerations and emoluments for better results.

“As I am talking to you, we are ready to pay N30,000 minimum wage effective from January 2020,” he said.

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, attends the inauguration of some permanent secretaries held at the Government House in Damaturu on January 16, 2020.


The governor spoke at the swearing-in of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Baba Mallam Wali, and seven permanent secretaries.

Governor Buni had on Monday set up an 11-man committee to work out modalities to ensure that the new minimum wage was paid to workers.

At Thursday’s event, he also received the report of the committees on agriculture and education inaugurated to revitalise the sectors.

Yobe Govt Constitutes Minimum Wage Implementation Committee

File photo: Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni


Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has constituted a committee for the implementation of the N30, 000 new minimum wage for workers in the state.

The committee chaired by the Acting Head of Service, Muhammad B. Nura will work out modalities for the new salary increment.

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Other members of the committee include representatives drawn from Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, and some ministries.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Establishment in the office of the Head of Service will serve as the Secretary.

Senate President Commiserates With Yobe Fire Victims

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan,


Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sympathised with the family the mother and her three daughters who died in a fire disaster on Tuesday night.

The victims were killed in an inferno at Red Bricks Quarters on Maiduguri road, Damaturu in Yobe State.

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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.

Pregnant Mother, Three Children Killed In Yobe Fire


A pregnant mother and three of her children have been killed in a fire incident that occurred in their apartment in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The cause of the inferno which started at midnight on Wednesday is yet to be known, but two flats were razed down.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television, the husband, one Mr Adamu was able to rescue their last child while he escaped with burns.

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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.”

Yobe Christians Seek Release Of Leah Sharibu, Others

Leah Sharibu


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.

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In February 2018, more than 100 schoolgirls aged 11-19 were abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

While the other students were returned, Leah Sharibu, the only Christian student was held back by her abductors reportedly for not renouncing her Christian faith.

The Federal Government has repeatedly promised to bring her back, but she has remained at-large.

Police Arrest Traditional Ruler Accused Of Raping Boy, Family Demands Justice

A community in Gashua town in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State where the incident occurred.



The Yobe State Police Command has arrested one Lawan Mari, a traditional ruler accused of raping a six-year-old boy in a community in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdulmalik Abdulhafiez, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

Police authorities, however, declined to grant access to the suspect for an interview.

Abdulhafiez explained that the traditional ruler has been apprehended and would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigations into the incident.

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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


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.

Yobe Traditional Ruler Suspended For Allegedly Raping Boy


Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has indefinitely suspended Lawan Mari, the Ward Head of Fannami at Gashua town in the state.

The traditional ruler was alleged to have committed rape against a six-year-old boy in a community in Bade Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe.

The Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information, and Culture, Mr Abdullahi Bego, announced the action taken against Mari in a statement on Sunday.

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He added that Governor Buni has directed that appropriate administrative and legal measures be taken swiftly to investigate and prosecute the matter.

“The indefinite suspension of the ward head is pending the outcome of the police investigation into the matter,” the commissioner said.

He noted that the victim has been evaluated and treated by medical personnel at the General Hospital in Gashua.

Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe


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.

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“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.

Army Investigates Truck Accident Which Killed Toddler, Student In Yobe


The Nigerian Army has set up a board of inquiry to unravel the circumstances that led to the truck accident which killed two persons in Yobe State.

The Assistant Director of Army Public Relations Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Captain Njoka Irabor, disclosed in a statement made available to reporters on Monday in Damaturu, the state capital.

This comes a day after a military truck has crushed a tricycle rider, killing a 19-year-old student of Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, and a baby while three others were injured.

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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.

Security Operatives Repel Boko Haram Attack In Damaturu


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.

Yobe People ‘Prayed And Fasted For Me’ To Be Senate President – Lawan

Senator Ahmed Lawan greets a crowd during a visit to Yobe State on August 27, 2019.



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.

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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.”

Yobe Will Remain A Home For APC, Says Gaidam


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.

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“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.