Sen. Binani Empowers Farmers With Fertilizers, Foodstuffs

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has distributed fertilizer to farmers in the Adamawa central zone and foodstuffs across the 21 local government areas of the state.

Speaking during the ceremony held behind Lamido Cinema in Jimeta-Yola Sen. Binani said the Fertilizer is free, and challenged the beneficiaries to ensure judicious utilization of commodity.

Sen. Binani who represents the zone in the National Assembly said the distribution of fertilizer to farmers is part of her contributions towards boosting farming activities, ensuring bumper harvest and improving food security in the state and the country at large.

She also added that a total of 8,400 bags of rice and maize which is obtained through a political group “Baba Buhari For All” will be distributed to the less privileged across the 21 local government areas of the state.

“This year, in collaboration with the National Productivity Centre, we are kicking off the distribution with our traditional rulers who mostly rely on Agriculture as a source of livelihood.

“We are mainly starting the distribution with all the district heads, village heads and ward heads across my 7 LGAs and subsequently the state at large. Thereafter, our committees that have already been constituted would go further to all the 226 wards of Adamawa state, identify farmers and give them fertilizer free of charge.

“In addition to this, we are also flagging off the distribution of 6,000 bags of 10kg rice and 2,400 bags of 25kg maize for onward distribution to the less privilege across Adamawa state.

“The grains is a support from BABA BUHARI FOR ALL ORGANIZATION which is aimed at supporting those in need. This program as well is not new as you all witnessed similar program in the past.

“The 10,400 bags would also go round the 21 LGAs of Adamawa State,”Binani said.

Binani urged the committee saddled with responsibility of the distribution to be fair to all devoid of party, gender or religious consideration.

“Fairness to all is an uncompromising aspect of this assignment and I will strictly monitor the distribution to ensure no one derails in our commitment in ensuring it gets to the people that deserve,” she added.

In their separate remarks, APC governorship running mate Hon. Titsi Ganama and the DG campaign of Sen. Binani, Alh. Ahmad Hassan Barata called on Adamawa people to avoid politics of sentiments and vote for the right candidate in 2023 general elections.

They also called on party stakeholders to include voter education in all their political activities.

Alh. Ibrahim Bilal, APC chairman in the state, appealed to politicians in Adamawa to emulate the gesture which has direct impact on the lives of the less privileged in the society.

Also, former member of the House of Representatives represents Fufore- Song Barr. Sadiq Ibrahim Dasin challenged the distribution committee to be just and fair to all while discharging the duties.

“Politicians should avoid politics with bitterness, but a have sportsmanship in politics power comes from God,”Dasin said.

Alh. Muhammad Mutawalle, who represents Girei constituency in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, called on APC members to unite themselves and work towards taking the party to greater heights.

Some of the beneficiaries, the District Head of Yola Alh. Muhammad Ahmed Mustapha and Mrs Rifkatu Jidauwus from Song described the intervention as timely and promised judicious utilization of fertilizer.

INEC Will Publish Names Of 2023 Governorship and State Assembly Candidates

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC),  Prof. Mahmood Yakubu says the commission will today publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for the 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide.

Yakubu, while swearing-in new Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr Hale Gabriel Longpet in Abuja, regretted that the failure of some political parties to practice internal democracy had resulted in several court cases in which the Commission had also been joined as a respondent.

The INEC Boss said the publication of the personal particulars of candidates for Governorship; Deputy Governorship and State Assembly elections today, the commission would expect the number of cases to rise even higher.

“Sadly, the issue of internal democracy in political parties remains a sore point in the country’s electoral process.

 “Citizens and aspirants should seize the opportunity to scrutinize the particulars of the candidates and seek redress in court for any violation of the law as provided in Sec. 29 of the Electoral Act 2022.

 “Already, the Commission has been inundated by numerous pre-election cases arising from the conduct of congresses and primaries by political parties for the 2023 General Election.

“334 pre-election cases had been filed in various divisions of the Federal High Court Nationwide by aspirants challenging the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the list submitted to the Commission.

“Although these are purely intra-party issues, the Commission had been joined in all these cases,” he said.

Yakubu said the Commission would continue to engage with political parties while strictly enforcing the provisions of the law and extant regulations and guidelines.

President of the Senate Appoints Sen. Barata As Special Adviser

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawal has approved the appointment of Senator Ahmad Hassan Barata as Special Adviser (Political Affairs) to the President of the Senate.

According to a statement from the office of the President of the Senate said the appointment takes immediate effect.

Zamfara State Government Suspend Emir For Turbaning Bandit As Sarkin Fulani

By Our Reporter

The Emir of Sabon Birnin Yandoto of Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state, Aliyu Garba Marafa has been suspended with immediate effect for turbaning a notorious repentant bandits’ leader, Adamu Aliero, as Sarkin Fulani (leader of Fulani).

The bandit was conferred with the traditional title of Sarkin Fulani on Aliero in a colourful ceremony last Saturday.

Aliyu Marafa was put on administrative leave after he turbaned Aliero as the Sarkin Fulani (Chief of Fulani) of the Yandoto Emirate.

The public’s reaction to the news of the turbaning ceremony was one of outrage and outcry.

Aliero who was declared wanted by the Police is suspected of killing hundreds of people and burning villages.

A government statement by the Secretary to the State Government of Zamfara state Kabiru Balarabe, and made available to newsmen on Sunday night, explained that government has distance itself from the Emir’s action.

The statement reads, “This is to inform the general public that the Zamfara State Government has dissociated itself from the alleged turbaning of a Sarkin Fulani by the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area”.

“In this regard, the State Executive Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON (Shattiman Sokoto) has directed for suspension of the Emir with immediate effect.

“Accordingly, the Executive Governor has approved the appointment of a Committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the action of the Emir.

“In the meantime, Alh. Mahe Garba Marafa, who is the District Head of ‘Yandoto is hereby assigned to take charge of the affairs of the Emirate”.

Polytechnic Lecturer Shot Dead In Yola

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the assassination of a polytechnic lecturer, Yohanna Mbudai Bzegu, by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

Bzegu, a lecturer with the department of Mechanical Engineering at Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, was shot dead in the early hours of Thursday at his Bajabure residence, behind Anglican Junior Seminary, a satellite town on the outskirt of Yola, the state capital.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Nguroje said, “The Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, visited the crime scene and directed for immediate investigation, with a view to apprehending the culprit, be initiated to unearth the killers of the lecturer.”

A source close to the family who pleaded anonymity said the attackers, gained entrance into their residence at about 3:00 am.

According to source, the assailants reportedly broke into his house and fired multiple shots into his chest while his wife looked helplessly.

“They first fired shots through the window; later they broke the door and shot him severally in the chest until they confirmed he was dead,” the source said.

It added that it was the fifth attempt by the yet-to-be-identified assailants to attack the residence, adding only this time; they succeeded and murdered their breadwinner in cold blood.

Sen. Binani Nominate As Most Valuable Parliamentarians Hall Of Fame.

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Order Paper Nigeria and Civil Society Partners have nominated Adamawa APC Gubernatorial Candidate Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani as the Top Performer on Bills Sponsorship for the North East Geo-Political zone.

Adamu Ibraheem Jimeta, legislative aide to the Senator quoted the organizers as saying “the life impact Bills are not only sponsored and passed, but ensured Presidential assent is a remarkable one that most Legislatures hardly achieve”.

The Order Paper Nigeria admitted that they were awed by the sterling achievements of Her Excellency Senator Binani in her three years in office as a Senator in the 9th Senate.

The organizers while presenting the nomination to the recipient at the Transcop Hotel, Abuja, noted the performance of Senator Binani in Human Capital Development through adequate Constituency outreach, Education, Health Care among others was full of her indelible marks.

The organizers while congratulating Senator Binani for standing out as a representative worthy of emulation, further stated that, her humanitarian gesture has beyond main Legislative responsibilities.

The Certificate of Nomination was received on behalf of Senator Binani by Hon. Delu James at the event amid cheering audience.

Other notable Nigerians who were nominated alongside Senator Binani include: Senator Chukwuka Utazi of Enugu, Senator Uba Sani of Kaduna, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor and Hon. Livinus Makwe among others.

Hunger Will Hit 4.1 Million People In Borno, Adamawa, And Yobe States-FAO  

By Our Reporter

No fewer than 4.1 million people would be at risk of severe hunger by December 2022 in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states.

Tofiq Braimah, Emergency Operations Officer, FAO North East Sub-Office Maiduguri stated during the flagged off 2022 rainy season cultivation for 42,000 farmers in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Thursday.

The programme which is a collaboration between the Borno State Government and  the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations is aimed to address looming food insecurity in the Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states worst hit by Boko Haram insurgents.

He noted that FAO’s emergency strategy aims to strengthen the food production capacity of farming and agro-pastoral communities in conflict-affected areas, stressing that the 2022 rainy season is funded by 8 financing partners including Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland ECHO, and Canada among others.

 “Our findings project that by December 2022; around 4.1 million persons would be at risk of food insecurity in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe state. The provision of quality rainy season farming inputs would improve the productivity of the farmers and contribute to resilience, food security, and nutrition. 

“We are supporting vulnerable households, including returning IDPs and their host communities with productive agriculture assets to rebuild their lives and households. The 2022 rainy season intervention targets 42,400 households across Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Sokoto, and Taraba States, out of which 19,898 farmers are in Borno state alone, “Tofiq said.

Ali Bunu Mustapha, Borno State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, expressed worry over millions of people at risk of food insecurity in the region ravaged by war.

He appealed to the United Nations to scale up their interventions especially in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states to avert the looming threat.

Yola-Mubi Road: Federal Government Directs Construction Firm To Resume Work

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Federal Government has directed the constructing firm handling the rehabilitation of Yola–Mubi road in Adamawa State one week to return to site or revocation.

The rehabilitation work on the road was awarded in 2107 to AG Vision, but work on project has been on snail speed.

Bar. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who gave the ultimatum at the site, expressed displeasure on the way and manner the contractor was handling the work and vowed to terminate the contract within one week if he fails to resume work immediately.

“I am very disappointed with the level of work here. Normally it is government that owes contractors and not contractor owing government, noting that the work so far done by AG Vision is not commensurate with what the federal government has paid to the company.

“Despite huge amount released for the project, the contractor was still displaying some level of delay for reasons best known only by him.

“This contract of Yola-Mubi road was awarded to AG Vision in 2017 for N 22 billion Naira because of the slow pace of work, there was a review and this year another N29 billion was approved, we do not want another review, the company must return to site or face the consequences”, Mustapha said.

SGF assured that the Federal government remains committed to giving Nigerians good roads and other infrastructures, emphasizing that the NNPC would inject funds into the project because of its strategic importance, linking Borno and Adamawa States.

Minister of Transportation who oversees the Ministry of Works, Mua’zu Sambo Jaji told the contractor to stop exhibiting incompetence and do the needful.

The site engineer of the constructing firm, Engr. Francis Musa Dzarma attributed the stoppage of work to Sallah break, but we’ll be back to work next week.

“I want to also assure the Federal Government that the project will be completed as soon as funds come in” Dzarma said.

The SGF also used the period to commiserate with the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Aliyu Mustpha and the people of the state over the death of Muhammed Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary-General who died last week.

He described his death as a great loss to Nigeria and the world, “we have missed his wealth of experience particularly in the oil and gas industry,” he said.

Boss Mustapha was also at the EYN church headquarters in Mubi, to condole with the church and the family of Rev. Daniel Umaru whose two sons were killed and the Reverend shot by suspected terrorists.

Federal Government Distributes Food Commodities to Vulnerable In Taraba State

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Due to skyrocketed prices of food commodities, the Federal government has begun the distribution of assorted food commodities to vulnerable people in Taraba State.

At the flag off ceremony which took place on Tuesday in Jalingo, the state capital, President Muhammadu Buhari explained that the trend was a global challenge and Nigeria was not an exception to the phenomenon.

Represented by the Minister for Transportation, Alhaji Muhammed Jaji, the President said the program was part of the Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring food security and poverty alleviation.

Buhari, stated that the commodities should be distributed free so as to impact on Nigerians across the 36 states and the FCT.

In a message, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku commended President Buhari for the gesture.

HRH, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, the Emir of Muri, advised the people of Taraba state to invest more in farming.

NUPENG Threatens Nationwide Protest

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The prolonged strikes by ASUU, NASU and SSANU which is now over four months may force workers in the Petroleum Industry to embark on nationwide solidarity protest, however, called on the Federal Government towards finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

The union equally expressed worry that instead of addressing the issues affecting the education sector, the politicians are busy campaigning for 2023 elections.

Recall that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had threatened a national protest over the prolonged ASUU strike which is now over four months.

President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale in a statement asked the Federal Government to “immediately address and resolve all demands of ASUU, NASU and SSANU without any further delay to avert national solidarity actions from our members across the Country.”

Part of the statement read: “The Union joins other Unions to condemn the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government towards finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

“We are deeply worried that the strike has left thousands of University students stranded and idle, making some of them susceptible to go into various social vices and crimes, thus truncating what otherwise should have been wonderful assets and blessings to our great nation and humanity.

“This is definitely unfortunate and a sad commentary on the level of governance and sensitivity of the political leaders. This also without doubt shows the insensitivity of the current administration towards promoting and projecting good and quality education.

“We are seriously concerned that instead of addressing the nagging issues in the educationaI sector, the unscrupulous politicians are busy campaigning and wasting resources over 2023 general elections.

“It is against this background that NUPENG demands together with other Trade Unions, that the Federal Government must immediately address and resolve all demands of ASUU, NASU and SSANU without any further delay to avert national solidarity actions from our members across the Country.

“The rank-and-file members of NUPENG align with the NLC’s position in protest against the unfortunate situation in the tertiary education sector and will not hesitate to join in the proposed nationwide strike on the matter.

“A stitch in time saves nine. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. We are by copy of this Press statement putting all our members on alert to be in solidarity actions on the directive of Nigeria Labour Congress at very short notice. Our Solidarity remains constant, for the Union makes us strong.”

The strike have paralyzed activities in Universities for months and rendered students stranded and idle.

Sultan declares July 9 As Eid- al-Adha

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Wednesday, declared July 9 as Eid al-Adha.

Sultan also declared Thursday, June 30, as the first day of Dhul Hijjah 1443 A.H.

In a statement issued by the National Moon sighting Committee, the Sultan urged Muslims to intensify prayers during the period.

The statement read in part “Eid al-Adha will be on Saturday, 10th Zul-Hijjah 1443H (9th July 2022) InSha Allah”.

Eidul Adha is the second significant celebration in Islam which featured slaughtering of ram during the period known as the “festival of sacrifice”.

The first is Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan fast.

Police Arrested suspected Ritualist Who Pluck Two Eyes Of A 16 Yrs Boy

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

A suspected ritualist, Isaac Ezekiel, who was said to have plucked the eyes of a 16-year-old boy, Uzairu Salisu, of Jahun quarters in Bauchi metropolis has been arrested by Police operatives in Bauchi.

The command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement said that the incident occurred on Jira Mountain in Yelwa, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis.

The statement read in part: “On 24th June 2022 at about 0900hrs the principal suspect Isaac Ezekiel lured one Uzairu Salisu ‘M’ 16yr of Jahun Bauchi Metropolitan into a nearby Bush for a casual job on his farm, the Isaac Ezekiel used a cable wire to strangulate Uzairu Salisu into a coma and use a knife to remove the two eyes for a ritual purpose”.

According to the statement, police findings revealed that the principal suspect, Isaac Ezekiel (32) of Rafin Zurfi quarters, Yelwa of Bauchi metropolis had in April 2022 conspired with the two other suspects to conceive the idea to commit the atrocity of getting the eyeballs of a human being.

The victim (Uzairu Salisu,)

SP Wakil gave the other two suspects as Nensok Bawa (38) of Kabwir district in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau state, and Yohana Luka (52) a.k.a Doctor Samu of Golbong Village Amper district in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau state.

The PPRO explained that the suspect, Isaac Ezekiel, has voluntarily confessed to the crime and exhibits recovered from him included two human eyeballs in a calabash, cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act, and raveling bag containing some native medicine.

He said investigations into the incident were ongoing, after which the suspects will be charged to court.

Wakil quoted the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Mamman Sanda, as saying that, “The task has not been an easy one, but in line with our constitutional mandate, we shall remain fierce, tireless, and relentless in committing ourselves to the safety and security of lives and property of the people of Bauchi state and the country at large.”

CP Umar Sanda reassures commitment as the Command burst ritualist, tackled crime, and urged residents to be supportive.

APC Primary: Federal High Court Adjourns Hearing To 20th July, 2022

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Federal High Court sitting in Yola, has adjourned to 20th July, 2022 for hearing in the case filed by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu challenging the election of Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani as the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa.

The appellant also joined the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the suit.

The adjournment followed agreement by counsels to the parties in the case.

Speaking to Journalists at the court premises after the adjournment, led counsel to Sen. Binani, Barr. Sam Ologunorisa assured that the all arguments would be taken on the matter at the next hearing.

“We have agreed that there is no point of wasting unnecessary time over this matter, we come back on the 20th July, 20222, to argue on all the applications.

“I can assure you that by next adjourn date we will finish all arguments and the matter will be adjourn for judgement”.

Barr. Mathew Burkaa, counsel to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said “our main complaint is on the conduct of  primary election, the court consolidated all the applications and adjourned it to 20th July, 20222 for all the counsels to argue on substantive suit.

“We have a strong case based on the documents we have put forward”.

On his part, led counsel to APC Barr. Sule Abul said “because of the new practice direction, all counsels in the matter have agreed that we shall come back on the 20th of next month to take the entire suit as constituted, so that everything can be taken expeditiously regarding the substantive suit and any other applications pending before the court.

“In fact all the counsels in the matter have cooperated so that the matter can be determined within the time frame”.

The Independent National Electoral Commission was represented by a team of counsels lead by Barrister Ahmed Mohammed.

Lassa fever Claim 158 Lives In 24 States

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Lassa fever has claimed 158 lives in 24 states since the beginning of this year.

This is contained in the NCDC situation report on Monday that the cases were recorded across 99 local government areas.

For the epidemiological week 24, the NCDC said the number of new confirmed cases increased from seven in week 23 to eight cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo and Plateau States.

It said the number of suspected cases had increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.

 “All confirmed cases, 68 percent were from Ondo (29 percent); Edo, 25 percent and Bauchi, 14 percent.

“The predominant age-group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male to female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.9,” the report stated.

 “Cumulatively from week 1 to week 24, 2022, 158 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 19.8 percent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (20.5 percent).

It said no new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 24, and that the National Lassa Fever Multi-partner, Multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

Ganama May Emerge Binani’s Running Mate

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

In order to ensure that it has a smooth selection of the running mate for the Adamawa Gubernatorial candidate, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adamawa state has set up a selection committee to choose among the eleven people presented to Her Excellency Sen. Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru Binani as running mate.

The selection committee has Senator Ahmed Barata as the Chairman, while Ibrahim Bilal, State APC Chairman, Dr. Raymond Chidama, State APC Secretary, and Barr. Shagnah Pwamaddi are members.

The committee had sat and zoned the Deputy Governorship position to North, and come out with three top people to include Hon Titsi Ganama, Mr. Tapa Sirumtu, and Mr. Vanje Bitrus.

Sources said among the three contenders, Hon Titsi Ganama who hails from Michika local government is leading and may eventually be pick as the running mate.

The sources added that Hon Titsi Ganama would be preferred running mate, based political antecedents that can woo electorates in the northern zone in the 2023 general elections.

The experiences and achievements, which placed Ganama over and above other candidates for a running mate, in the opinion of the electorates from the northern senatorial district are numerous.

As a grassroots politician, Ganama as a Hon Member, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria 2011 to 2015, representing Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency, and served in several committees.

Hon Ganama held the office of the Hon Commissioner with the Adamawa state ministry of Finance during the Boni Haruna led government.

The made in UNIMAID intellectual, Ganama holds a Bsc and Msc in Geography. Contributing in nation building through education, he served as a lecturer with the then College of Preliminary Studies, CPS Yola in the defunct Gongola state, the present State Polytechnic Yola, Adamawa state.

Ganama left government services to gain experience in private sector, particularly the commercial sector where he rose by ranks to a branch manager with Allied Bank Plc in Ibadan, Jos and Abuja. He was also a Branch Manager with the Loin Bank Plc Kano Branch and the Head of Human Resources in the Bank’s Headquarters Abuja.

Ganama also held the office of a Principal Manager, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Abuja Area Office.

NSITF is a proactive and employee dedicated government institution committed to the welfare of employees in the event of work related accidents and injuries.

Ganama also served as S.A to Hon Minister of Labour and Productivity the Late Sen Uba Ahmed.

Sen. Binani Debunk Rumours Of Quitting Governorship Race

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Ahead of party primaries, the only female Governorship aspirant in Adamawa state on the platform of APC and Senator representing Adamawa Central in the National Assembly, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has debunk rumours that she has step down.

The Governorship aspirant made the clarification while addressing delegates and stakeholders of the party separately in Ganye, Jada, Toungo and Mayo-Belwa local governments when she visited the areas within the week.

She said: “I have not and will not step down for any candidate,” noted that her desire to contest the exalted position in the state is to bring even development across the state as being witnessed in the Central zone.

Binani while thanking the delegates/stakeholders for the reception accorded her, pledged to continue with the good work of empowering women, men, youths and vulnerable in the society.

In their separate remarks, the delegates and stakeholders while expressing delight with the visit, endorsed the candidature of Sen. Binani and promised to support her course.

The cheerful outing was a memorable one in Mayo Belwa when her namesake, little Aisha, donated her entire Barka Da Sallah savings of N1,500 to Senator Aishatu Binani as her contribution in financing the campaign of Senator Binani as Governor of Adamawa state.

Meanwhile, Adamawa state Chairman of APC, Hon. Ibrahim Bilal has disclosed during a high powered stakeholders meeting of the party in Yola that the party will conduct free and fair delegates’ election ahead of the general elections in 2023.

29 Passengers Died In Boat Mishap

By Our Reporter

A bride-to-be and five children of a traditional ruler were among 29 passengers who died in a boat mishap, which happened at Gidan Magana village, Ginga settlement in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state.

The victims, mostly children between nine and 17 years old, were crossing the river to a nearby bush around 8:am on Wednesday, April 13 to fetch firewood which they sold in their community.

Six of the passengers were, however, rescued. 

The chairman of Shagari local government area, Aliyu Abubakar Dantani, said he heard about the incident from the counsellor representing Dande Mahe and he quickly called the Divisional Police Officer and they came to the village together.

“We counted 28 bodies at the scene of the incident and they are all from the same village,” he said.

He said the deceased have been buried in accordance with the Islamic rites on Wednesday evening.

The Village head of Gidan Magana, Malam Muhammadu Auwal, who lost five of his children in the mishap, said 23 females and six males were among the deceased.

He stated that the incident happened shortly after the boat took off, adding that the victims were crossing the river to fetch firewood because of its scarcity in their community.

Auwal noted that the tragedy occurred when many of the elderly people in the village were resting at homes after the dawn prayer.

“You know the kind of situation we are. There is a serious shortage of firewood which we use to make our meals. The children used to go to the nearby bush across the river to fetch fire wood for their parents while some of them sell it to get money.

“The sailor lost its control shortly after takeoff because of heavy waves. And it capsized.

“I was sleeping when some youth came to my house and informed me about the incident. I mobilized the people of my community, including our local divers, but before we reached there many of the children had died.

“I lost five of my children and two younger sisters of my wives. I also lost my niece whose wedding was fixed for one week after Sallah. This is the great tragedy that has ever happened in our community. We pray Allah to grant their souls eternal rest and give us the fortitude to bear their lost,” he said.

Aliyu Muhammad, who lost his 12-year old daughter, Rufaida in the accident, said his child was healthy before she left for the bush.

“I was going to the farm when my wife told me that my daughter is going to fetch firewood for us. When I was coming back, I heard people shouting and screaming for help that a boat capsized in our river.

“When I reached home, my younger children told me that Rufaida was among those onboard the canoe, so I rushed to the river side only for me to meet her lifeless body lying by the river bank,” he said in a emotion-ladden voice.

Three victims of the boat mishap, Asma’u, Na’ima and Hadiza, 10, 9 and 8 years old, respectively, told Daily Trust how they survived the accident.

Asma’u, said after the boat capsized, she started swimming to the river bank before she was rescued by her elder brother.

While Na’ima and Hadiza, said they were rescued by local divers.

Asma’u however listed some of her friends who did not survive the mishap.

Condoling with the residents of the village, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who was accompanied by his deputy, Manir Dan’iya; the state chairman of PDP, Bello Goronyo, and some commissioners, prayed Allah to grant the deceased Jannatul Firdaus.

Nigerian Constitution Guarantees Female Muslim To Wear Hijab

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that the Nigerian constitution protects the rights of Muslims to practice their faith according to the dictates of their religion.

Delivering a keynote address at the 2022 World Hijab Day Public Lecture in Abuja, the Minister said the constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all citizens, adding that wearing of hijab by Muslim women is in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

Represented by a Deputy Director of Social Mobilization, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Sidikat Shomope, however, called for dialogue on matters of religious differences, rather than resorting to violence.

“The wearing of hijab by Muslim women is in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as recommended in Qur’an 33:59.

 “This, by implication, means that all citizens are allowed to practice their religion according to the dictates of their faith, as long as no harm or inconvenience is caused to other people.

“Our children will remain citizens of Nigeria, irrespective of their faith. They will live and interact in the world outside their schools, where no boundary exists between the religions.

“However, there has been much controversy on this matter in our country, which has unfortunately gone down to the school level and generated needless violent clashes.

“I call on parents and our school teachers to ensure that in both words and actions, they present the best model to our children to emulate.

 “I wish to take this opportunity to remind our fellow citizens that there is a lot we can gain by dialoguing on matters of religious differences, rather than resorting to violence,” Adamu said.

He appealed to traditional, religious, and community leaders to use their offices to douse tension and ensure peace, harmony, and tolerance.

On his part, the guest lecturer at the event, Ishaq Akintola, explained that hijab was a vehicle of unification, both nationally and internationally, adding that it helps Muslim women to identify themselves.

Akintola added that hijab was a symbol of social justice, freedom and equal rights.

“When you discriminate against a single woman, you are discriminating against the entire nation.

 “Hijab is a key to morality. A hijab-wearing woman is 24 hours conscious of her responsibility. That a woman puts on her hijab is a sign of a responsible woman ready to build the nation,” Akintola said.

Recall that on Thursday last week, some Muslim parents had protested that their children were turned away from schools for wearing hijab which led to violent with many persons injured during the fracas in Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

This prompted the Kwara State government to shut the school over the refusal of the management to allow female Muslim students to use hijab.

Party Congresses: The Game Is Over, Shehu, Bilal Returns In Adamawa

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Saturday, October 16, 2021 will remain indelible in the political history of Adamawa state; it was the day two giant political parties in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had their State Congresses separately in which Executives members to run the affairs of their parties emerged. The congresses have set a ball rolling for the 2023 general elections.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) conducted its congress at the Mahmud Ribadu Square Yola while All Progressives Congress (APC) had its own at Lamido Cinema Yola with participation of delegates across the 21 local governments except for APC; three local governments were barred from featuring in the election.

The ostensibly that the congresses will not be hitch-free due to political atmosphere created by the contestants prior to the elections, the exercise was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, kudos to security agencies both commissioned and non-commissioned who provided adequate measures at the venues for the safety of party officials, delegates, contenders and their supporters who ensure that party guidelines for the elections were adhered to which resulted of recording no breach of peace throughout the period of the elections.

Adamawa politicians have demonstrated maturity despite some internal party differences with no parallel elections held in the state as was the case in some states of the Federation. Such sportsmanship should be maintained as we approach 2023 general elections, so that Adamawa state will be a reference point where elections are conducted under a peaceful atmosphere without any acrimony.

It was a smooth ride for the PDP as the former EXCO under the leadership of Barrister A.T. Shehu were returned for continuity but, for APC it was a hot game as some members had joined the contest to unseat the immediate past state Chairman Ibrahim Bilal who was staunch against all odds and beat them to become the state chairman of APC.

It is obvious that in any game there has to be a winner and loser, and party may set up a committee to adjudicate any grievances that might arise from the elections, be as it may, losers should accept the defeat in good faith if actually they are democrats who want to entrenched democratic norms and values in the governance of the state and the country as a whole while winners should equally embrace the losers for the sustenance of peaceful coexistence within their party and the state.

The election of Barrister A.T Shehu and Ibrahim Bilal as State Chairmen of PDP and APC was on the basis of their past achievements while piloting the affairs of their parties and it is an ardent hope that they would consolidate on their achievements to garner more support for their respective parties.

Those that have not made it should consider themselves as part of the winning team and not to a clog in a wheel of progress of their party, and should not be carried away by the this saying that, in politics there is no permanent friend, but permanent interest, but always put at the back of mind that politics is not a do or die affairs.

Sponsor bills for free education, cut down WAEC, NECO fees

By  Hassan Umar Shallpella

Communities of Gombi and Hong State House of Assembly constituencies have advocated for free education from primary to junior secondary school levels and tasked members-elect for Gombi and Hong to sponsor bills that will reduce examinations fees for WAEC and NECO to enable children of the less privilege in the society sit for Secondary School Certificate examinations.
The communities while interacting with team from Centre for Women and Adolescents Empowerment Yola during Focus Group Discussion in Gombi and Hong stated that due to high cost of final examinations fees some parents could not raise the money charged by the examination bodies thereby denying prospective students to sit for the examinations.
According to Gombi communities, Government Day Secondary Schools Gombi is faced with inadequate teachers, water scarcity, nonfunctional laboratory for science practical and library, while construction of shops at the Gombi Central primary school poses great danger to pupils.
They also called on government to look into the issue of unemployed youths who roam the streets in the local governments by establishing skills acquisition centres and stock drugs in health centres at subsidize rate.
Earlier, the team had paid a royal homage on the District Head of Guyaku Alh Usman Ibrahim Sarki Fada at his palace in Gombi where the team leader Hassan Umar Shallpella explained to the District Head their mission and what the project is set to achieve and solicited the blessing of the royal father.
In his response the District Head of Guyaku Alh Usman Ibrahim Sarki Fada suggested for the inclusion of Sarkin Matasa and Sarauniyan Matasa to ensure the success of any programme from the grassroots as they are directly under traditional institution.
He noted that elimination of drug addicts in the society or bring it to the barest minimum can only achieve if Sarkin Matasa and Sarauniyan Matasa are involved as they are closest representatives of traditional institution at the grassroots and plays vital role in information dissemination and gathering, stressing that 60% of those who abuse drugs are youths.
Alh Usman Ibrahim Sarki Fada while expressing total support for the actualization of the project, maintained it will enhance good governance between the legislators and the electorates, urged elected representatives to ensure they fulfill their campaign promises for the development of their various constituencies.

On their part Hong communities attributed the face up sometimes witnessed between Executive and Legislative arms to communication gap and lack of honesty and sincerity on the part of the arms of government and people particularly those at the grassroots are always at the receiving end.
The communities want the government to look into the issue of fertilizer, hiring of tractors and herbicides by ensuring that the farm implements and inputs gets to the genuine farmers and ensure only trust worthy persons were entrusted to handle the items.
They also noted that lack of supervision, prompt payment of teachers salaries and discipline are some of the factors that contribute to educational backwardness in the area and hope the present administration will look into it with a view to correct the anomalies.
The District Head of Hong Alh Mamman Saidu Andewa who represent the District Head applauded the Centre for coming up with the Project will go a long way towards ensuring harmonious relationship between the elected leaders and the voters.

Governor Fintiri swears-in new SSG

BY: Hassan Umar Shallpella

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has sworn in Engr Bashir Ahmad as the new Secretary to the State Government SSG with a charge to be on his toes in promoting the ideals of the government and discharge his duties diligently without fear or favour.
The Governor who sworn in the SSG at the council Chamber of Government House Yola described the SSG as “a man of high repute, humility, integrity and intellect” whose experience and versatile knowledge would bring positive changes in the act of governance in the state.
He called on the new SSG to tolerate politicians while discharging his assignment and take Adamawa as his Primary responsibility for the overall interest of the state.
In his vote of thank, the new SSG Engr Bashir Ahmad expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for considering him worthy of the appointment and pledged to be just and fair in carrying out his duties.
Engr Ahmad also promised to abide by the oath taking and reiterated that he will do everything within his power to assist the governor in taking tough decisions that will turn around the state for the better.
The oath of office and allegiance was administered on the new SSG by the State Chief Judge Justice Ishaya Kida Banu.
Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Mr. Solomon Kumangar as the Director General Media and Communication Government House, Yola.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Bello Buba Sugu, the Permanent Secretary Administration Government House, Yola said all the appointment is with immediate effect.

Enact laws that will better our lives- Community

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Communities of Yaskule, Anguwan Sarki and Watu in Michika constituency have advised members-elect of the State House of Assembly to enact laws that will fast track development and better the lives of the electorates as well as fulfilling their campaign promises so as to maintain their relationship with their electorates.
The communities made the plea separately while interacting with team from Centre for Women and Adolescents Empowerment Yola under its project “Transparency and Accountability Project TAP” who visited the area to enlighten them on the roles of a legislator and right of electorates to hold public officers accountable.
They called on the members-elect of the State House of Assembly to ensure that the have fulfill their campaign promises of judicious utilization of constituency allowances in providing drugs in government health centres, provision of boreholes in all political wards , fertilizers and herbicides as 90% of the residents are peasant farmers.

They also reminded the members-elect of the promise made of ensuring that reasonable number of youths are recruited into the Armed forces and Para-military as well awarding scholarship and empower youths and wimen who constitute bulk of the population.
They however, decried non-feeding of boarding students by school authoritues despite the payment for feeding made by the parents, calling on government to ensure free education from primary to Junior Secondary School levels.
They also called for the lifting of ban on motorcycles as it affects the famers negatively and suspension of curfew imposed on the town.
The residents attributed the problems usually hinders development to corruption, activities of sycophants, money politics and political thuggery among others.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Hassan Umar Shallpella told the residents that the project also covers tracking the electioneering promises of State House of Assembly members, ways to recalled non-performing elected member and the role of a legislator.
He said the essence of the project is to enable the electorates hold government officers and elected leaders accountable.

Fintiri condemn Kuda massacre

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Adamawa state Governor-elect in Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has condemned the recent attack and killings of over twenty people of Kuda village in Madagali Local Government area by suspected members of Boko Haram describing it as barbaric, callous and disheartening.
The Governor-Elect of Adamawa State who spoke through the Director General Fintiri Campaign Organization, Alhaji Usman Aliyu Marafa, the Madawaki Adamawa, urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the incessant wanton destruction of lives and properties in Madagali local government area and its environs.
In a statement issued by the Media Aide to the Governor-Elect, Mr Andrawus Tarfa Fulani said Hon. Umaru Fintiri equally called on the government to as a matter of urgency put in place necessary mechanisms to check the wanton destruction of lives and properties of the people in the area and Adamawa State in general.
Hon. Umaru Fintiri while condoling the families of those who lost their love ones, pray for the quick recovery of the victims who sustained various degree of injuries and for similar unfortunate incident not to repeat itself.
He also advised people of the state to be vigilant and report suspicious characters and movements in their areas to security agencies nearest to them for prompt action.

MAY DAY: Gov Bindow pledges to implement new minimum wage, NUJ fail to participate

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella

The outgoing Governor of Adamawa state, Nigeria Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow has pledged to implement #30,000=00 minimum wage recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari for workers in both public and private sectors.
The Governor made the pledge while delivering his speech at the Mahmud Ribadu square Yola to commemorates world workers day said a committee will be set up for the implementation of the new minimum wage.
He expressed satisfaction with the cordial industrial working relationship existed between government and labour unions, hope the incoming government in the state will maintain the tempo for the betterment of workers.
Bindow also made it categorically that his administration has never obtain a single kobo as loan for capital projects but only overdraft for the recurrent expenditure particularly for the payment of salaries to augment monthly statutory allocation because of the low revenue profile of the state.
“i have never obtain even a single kobo as loan for capital projects, you can check it with Zenith Bank the official bank of Adamawa state”. He said
Earlier, the Adamawa State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Comrade Emmanuel Fashe called for the immediate payment of gratuities and pension arrears state and Local government retirees as well as payment of leave Transport grant for workers in the state for the last four years.
He also decried poor funding of state owned media houses and called for the revitalization of Mubi burnt bricks to create employment and boost revenue generation of the state.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Adamawa state Council did not participate in the annual march pass during May day celebration due financial constraint.

The state secretary Comrade Zare Baba confirmed this said the union could not print T-Shirts and face caps for the match pass because of the lean pause of the union.
However, other sister unions in the state have actively participated in the match pass by their representatives.

Behaviour of people is the reflection of a society

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella

Muslims have been challenge on the need to seek knowledge to enable performs their religious obligations perfectly as ordered by Allah and Prophet Muhammad (SAW). They were also been reminded on their responsibility to give their children sound education.
Alh Muhammad Chubado of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi threw the challenge at the graduation ceremony of Imam Malik Islamiya School Wuro Dole Yola town in Yola South Local Government area Adamawa state, maintained that reflection of the society depend on the behavioural pattern exhibited by people.
Alh Muhammad Chubado who was the guest speaker at the event reminded wealthy Muslims on the reward and benefit of building an Islamiya Schools, hence the need for them to wake from their slumber and utilize their wealth for the growth of Islam.
He charged the management of the School to establish adult classes for both male and female to update their religious knowledge, however decried with the attitude exhibited by some parents towards educating their children, calling on them to change such habit for the benefit of their children and the society.
Also in his presentation, Mal Ibrahim decried on the deterioration of discipline among the children nowadays and blamed parents for not playing their expected roles of given proper child upbringing.
He also drew the attention of some parents who allows their children to dress contrary to the norms, culture and tradition of Islam, attributing it to lack of Islamic knowledge urging them to enroll in schools so as to obtain more knowledge on Islamic faith.In his remark, the Director of the School, Mallam Aliyu Modibbo decried the attitude of some parents for not paying their childrens school fees on time, stressing that staff of the school are being paid from the fees and other levies collected. He drew the attention of parents on the importance of education and the need for their children to have sound education.
Earlier, the Proprietor of the School, Alh Aliyu Mahmud said the school was established to enable children within the community have access to Islamic education, maintained that no society can grow if its citizens are illiterates.
He thanked elders of the community for the support and cooperation given to the management of the school and hope the tempo will continue to wax stronger.Highpoints of the event was presentation of prizes to those who excel, reading some verses from the Holy Quran and drama staged by pupils of the school depicting the consequences of disobedience to parents by children.

Establish fact-checking desk in newsroom-Ogunleye


By: Hassan Umar Shallpella
A season Journalist Gbemiga Ogunlere has advocated for the establishment of fact-checking desk in newsroom of each media organization in Nigeria for the benefit of the citizens.
Gbemiga Ogunlere who is one of the Resource person at the ongoing workshop funded by European Union and British Council on Investigative Journalism and Fact-Checking organized for Journalists in the North-East covering Criminal Justice and Accountability sector organized by The Premium Times, Centre for Investigative Journalism holding in Yola, the Adamawa state capital made the advocacy in an interview with The News Hunter
Journalism is not fiction, but anchored on reporting truthfully and accurately, when journalists report accurately, professionally and fairly, not only the government will benefit but citizens will be empowered to make better and inform decisions he said
He explained that one of the cardinal ethics of journalism is truth and journalists are supposed to be accurate in their reportage, set aside sentiment and put the context of fact-checking in their reporting, explained that when journalists are faithful to the ethics of the profession and report truthfully it will benefit everybody.
You cannot call somebody corrupt without proof and it is only a court that can legally declare somebody as corrupt and if somebody made allegations in an open court and you has the documents you can publish it. Ogulere added
He then optimistic that participants will spread the gospel of fact checking and have a second look when reporting as well as asking questions when skeptical to ensure what they are reporting is truth.

SGF is eligible to contest any position-Duhu

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella

A onetime Northeast National Vice Chairman of the APC Umar Duhu, says Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha is eligible to contest any elective position in the country.
Duhu while reacting to allegations by some Adamawa APC Bigwigs told Journalists in Yola that SFG obsessed with political ambition to run with Bola Tinubu come 2023, pointed out that that SGF Mustapha was eminently qualified to vie for the highest office in the land.
He explained that SGF, who is the Chairman of Presidential Inauguration committee, is currently engrossed with coordinating activities that would lead to a successful transition in May 29, 2019.
Duhu argued that the SGF, whose office is the brain-box of the federal government, is too occupied with important state issues and cannot yield to discussing political ambitions at this time or rather be distracted, added that people that are accusing Boss Mustapha of plans to forge a joint ticket in 2023 should know they are only jumping the gun for now, and are wasting their time given that he is too busy with stabilizing national affairs.
He however noted that Mustapha was well qualified to seek the highest office in the land, by which virtue he is at liberty if he wishes to run with Bola Tinubu in 2023, adding that as a matter of fact, both Tinubu and Boss can aspire for any office”.
Former National Vice Chairman described the attempt to malign SGF Mustapha, warning that the plot would fail given that the man is too busy to even notice such distractions, argued that the SGF can run or even deputize for anybody in line with the partys power-shift agreement.
APC as it is today, is a conglomeration of ideas and interest groups, it is therefore dangerous for someone to think some people are not entitled to its power”. He said
Mustaphas intimidating credentials are there, 30 years ago, the Kingibe group within the Social Democratic Party (SDP), actually presented him initially to Abiola for consideration as presidential running mate, It is therefore ridiculous for some spent force politicians to think they can cow such a formidable democratic icon into silence”. He added
On whether, the SGF would be dropped in the next cabinet, Duhu cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the postulation of mischief makers within the party and stick with the confidence he has built in Mr. Boss over the time, explained that Boss Mustapha has redefined the office of the SGF and restored its lost dignity.
Boss Mustapha has been a member of Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989); Chairman, Peoples Solidarity Party Gongola State (1989-1990) and state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991).He was also a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991. He was the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, from 2010 to 2013.
In 2007, he served as the Deputy Director General of the partys Presidential Campaign Organization. He was a member of NCC and Director Contact and Mobilization APC (2015) and member, APC Transition Committee (2015) as well as a member, APC Board of Trustees.

Lover Birds in court

By: Abdulkadir Umar Binyeri

It was a mystery as two lover birds whose ages are above 40 yrs residents of Tola Jabu village in Mayo-Belwa local government area of Adamawa state Nigeria appeared before Binyeri Area Court following contention on the ownership of a pregnancy.
The scenario began two years ago when a widow Ms Hapsatu Joda started secret love affairs with Mallam Alfa Joda which resulted for Ms Hapsatu to conceive. In order to cover their shameful act, Mallam Alfa was said to have persuaded her lover to abort the pregnancy and promise to offset the bill later since he is not financially buoyant at that time. Ms Hapsatu agreed with the plan and abort the matured pregnancy.
Despite not redeeming his promise, the lover birds continued with their secret love affairs and Ms Hapsatu conceive again but vowed not to abort it again, the move did not go down well with Mallam Alfa and vehemently denied having love affairs with Ms Hapsatu.
This development had angered Mallam HammanAdama, a brother to Ms Hapsatu and sued Mallam Alfa at the Binyeri Area Court for abandoning his sister after impregnating her.
The trial Judge, Mathias M. Domgakki and member Charles V. Bansi after series of proceedings, the Court struck out the case for lack of substantial evidences.
However, the case has now taken a new dimension as lover bird Mallam Alfa who was discharged by the Binyeri Area Court has now sue his inlaw to be Mallam HammanAdama at the Nasarawo-Jereng Area Court for defamation of character.
When the case up for mentioning, the trial Judge, Mr Kamkari Akaikus ordered that the accused person be reminded in Mayo-Belwa prison custody and set aside 30th April, 2019 for ruling.

Armed yourself with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Naboth

Amatiga Yila Naboth

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella
Amatiga Yila Naboth, President Tangale-Waje like minds in Gombe state has stressed the need for Nigerian citizens to be acquainted with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to enable them checkmate the activities of their representatives.
Amatiga Yila Naboth who gave the advice in an interview in Gombe said the best thing for citizens of the country is to read the Nigeria constitution for them to know their role as citizens so that they can be engage on issues of governance.
He stated that it is the right of the citizens to checkmate elected leaders by subjecting public office holders into public scrutiny in terms of what they have promise during the campaigns, stressing that Section 69 of the Nigeria constitution provide a provision of recall if the State or National legislator fail in his/her duty, “you can recall or voted him/her out of office while seeking for reelection when the first tenure elapsed.
Naboth while advising government to have good technocrat in every cabinet that will bring new ideas which will help in moving the government forward enjoined the electorates to exercise patience and wait for six months or so before starting engaging the elected leaders to scrutiny.
“Elected public office holders should assemble a vibrant and articulated team that will bring more ideas on the issue that will enhanced internally generated revenue, state government will pay salary, execute some projects without waiting for statutory allocation from the Federal government. He said
The union President described 2019 general elections as the election that has both positive and negative issues, but has a believe that the country is moving forward, “it is high time for the electoral umpire to be really independent and decide what Nigerians want, let be aspirations and yearnings of people not by imposition”

I inspire about 100 women to join hunters profession .Mrs Aisha

Mrs Aisha Bakari Gombi

By: Hassan Umar Shallpella
Hunting profession was before seen as exclusively preserve for men in Nigeria, since it was the tradition that men are those who protect their territory from external aggression, but the advent of Boko Haram in recent broke the jinx that only men takes arms and confront the invaders.
Mrs Aisha Bakari Gombi, a professional hunter in Nigeria based in Adamawa state said her attitude to the profession which she inherited from her father who also inherited the profession from my forefathers had endeared many women to join the hunting profession.
Mrs Aisha Bakari Gombi who spoke to The News Hunter recently in Yola said I was delighted with the cooperation, support and encouragement I received from people particularly women who hailed him for the courage of fighting Boko Haram, I was the only female hunter before in Adamawa state but today we are almost one hundred female across the state.
She maintained that people should not left the protection of lives and property to government and security personnel alone, people particularly women have a great role to play of ensuring the safety of lives of the citizens of Nigeria, “our country can only forge head, if there is adequate security.

Mrs Aisha Bakari Gombi answering questions


Mrs Aisha Bakari charged women who are doing business and attending ceremonies to be vigilant at times and alert security agencies on suspicious movement of people so as counter any criminal act that may arise.
“there are some women who will disguise themselves and commit crime, such women should be expose, it is our responsibility to contribute to peace building, because without peace there is no development she added
On whether government assist them, Mrs Aisha Bakari said initially during the intense crisis of Boko Haram, government had tried towards our welfare, but now the assistance is not forthcoming, may be due to relative peace people now enjoyed”
The professional hunter who also engaged in tailoring business for more 20 years said tailoring had enable me to meet some of my financial needs and also contribute to the family upkeep, advising women not to fold their arms and wait for their husband to provide them with their needs.

Sporting events cements relationship

Hajiya Dijjatu Ballah


By: Hassan Umar Shallpella
The proprietress of Nadi International School Yola, Adamawa state Hajiya Dijjatu Ballah has described sporting activities as a unifying factor for the sustenance of peace and development in any community.
Dijjatu Ballah was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 16th edition of the Inter-House competition organized by the school for both the students and pupils of the school as well as invited schools, during sporting competition everybody will put head together and set aside our differences to ensure we win the match.
Dijjatu averred that students should not concentrate on learning only but has to combine with sporting events, Since sporting events binds us together, why cant we apply the lesson of sports in our normal life, so that peace and tranquility will rein in the society.
it has always being said all works and no play makes jack a dull boy, if they dont have sporting activities, they cannot be physically fit she added
Dijjatu explained that organizing competition with other schools has been for long in existence which cements relationship among students of various schools and teachers themselves, stressing that We rejoice together irrespective of race, religion, schools whenever a participant perform excellently”


While expressing satisfaction with the maturity exhibited by the athletes congratulated the winners and urged the losers to redouble their efforts in the next competitions for the win.
The proprietress then appealed to parents and wealthy individuals in the society to support sporting activities organized by the schools and the corporate organizations should sponsor sporting events so as to boost the morale of participating schools and their contingents.
In his remark, the Chairman of the occasion Alhaji Abbari Imam Garki who is the operational NEMA zonal Manager in charge of Adamawa and Taraba states noted that sporting activities help in improving the health being of a person and therefore enjoined the students and pupils to engage actively in sporting activities.
While congratulating the winners urged the losers not to lose hope but redouble their efforts against next competition, maintained that such competition exposed the school to the outside world, however lamented the lukewarm attitude of some parents towards meeting their obligations to the school.
Earlier, the Head teacher of the school Patrick Marjah said the sporting events was organized to instill physical training on the students and the pupils, explained that in any competition there must be a winner and a loser.
At the end of the competition, Blue House came first in the football with 11 goals, followed by Yellow House with 6 goals and the third position goes to Red House with 2 goals. Aminu Maksha from Blue House is the highest goal scorer with 5 goals while Mohammed Amar Sahabo is the Best Player.
Other events competed for are Long jump and relay with Nadi International School, Yola Model Primary School and FCE Yola model primary School as participating schools. Highpoint of the event was distribution of trophies and certificates to the athletes that distinguished themselves during the competition.

Kaltugo Snakebite Clinic treats 4,000 victims yearly, admit average of 16 daily, one nurse attends to 80-90 patients

By Hassan Umar Shallpella


Kaltungo town is the administrative headquarters of Kaltungo local government council of Gombe state Nigeria, the name of the town ran bell worldwide because of a peculiar hospital established there in the 1950s by missionaries for the treatment of snake bite victims.
Initially the clinic was established to serve the people of the area and its environs because of the of the topographical nature of the area which harbors various species of snakes, however people from other parts of the country particularly Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Plateau, Jigawa, Nasarawa states and Abuja FCT and Cameroun Republic are accessing the services of the clinic.
Recently Hassan Umar Shallpella and other co-workers was at the Clinic and had a chat with Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah, Scientific Research Officer Snakebite Clinic Kaltungo General Hospital.
Can you briefly tell our readers when the clinic came into existence?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: Well, the clinic was set up in 1950s by the missionaries and the location of the hospital might not be unconnected with high rate of snake bites, friendly and accommodative posture of the community and access road to the hospital. It was reestablished in 1994 and later it was revives in 1999 after being nonfunctional to the fullest and was taken over by then Petroleum Trust Fund PTF. Following the scrapping of PTF in the year 2000 the Federal Government started allocating fund for the running of the Centre and has been captured in the budget since then.

Where do you get drugs for the treatment of snakebite?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: Our medical team here in Nigeria in partnership with their United Kingdom expert developed Anti venom drugs for the treatment of snakebite victims and from 1999 to date the hospital offers free treatment of snake bites patients no matter where the patients came from.
How do you run the clinic?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: Gombe state government purchase drugs, all Local Governments in Gombe state contribute financially in backing Federal Government programme, we also received assistance from Rotary Club, Cash from philanthropists, non-governmental organizations and Local Governments in Gombe state which we used for the treatment and feeding of patients. Rural dwellers are benefitting more from the services of the clinic, because majority of the patients are farmers, herders, women and children who are looking for firewood. The clinic treat averagely 4,000 each year, in 2017 it records 3,250 patients, but as at 2018 we received 486 patients, the reduction of the cases was due to intervention with drugs in some health centres, so not all patients came here for medication.
What are precautionary measures to be taken against snakebite?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: People should wear hand glove and rain booth while working on farm, if people wore rain booth the cases of snakebite will be reduce, at home if there are rats get the cats they would drive away the rats as snakes chase rats anywhere in the compound, keeping ducks and pigs at home prevent snakes from staying in a compound.
Rooms should be close particularly during hot weather, block all holes in the compound, while coming out from the room at night gets torchlight and lantern to lighten the place, while sleeping outside one has to cover him/herself with mosquito net it prevents snake, scorpion and other dangerous reptiles from getting access to whoever sleeps outside.
What is the first aid to be administered on snakebite victim?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: If a person is bitten by snake, he or she should remain calm, immobilizes the bite area and removes jewelry or tight clothing, snakebite victim should be transferred to another place to prevent further bite because a single snake can bite up to ten times, the affected part of the body should be wash and give the patient a pain reliever like Paracetamol and rush him to hospital for treatment. The victim of snakebite should be given food rather than concoction that will make him to vomit because it dehydrated the patient.
The patient should not run after snakebite or crying as if the world has come to an end. People should desist from tying either leg or hand because it block free flow of blood and after six hours of blockage of blood the affected leg or hand will be damage which may led to amputation. People should avoid cutting the affected portion of the body as it will lead to excess bleeding which sometimes leads to death because the poison will dilute the blood.
What are your challenges?
Dr. Abubakar Saidu Ballah: Our major challenge is the shortage of manpower as one nurse attends to 80-90 patients as against the standard practice of a nurse per 4 patients. Nurses should be train to take care of snakebite victims in other hospitals this will reduce the influx of people to Kaltungo hospital.
In the Months of August, September and October each year in particular, we record 16 patients on daily basis and the few nurses are those doing the dressing of wounds, administering drugs on patients and taking care of new patients, in fact the stress is too much on the nurses, but as of now the wards faced problem of water and beddings, but when the new site is commission it will counter the problems.

NDLEA Uncovers 1,112,350 Tablets Of Tramadol

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested three suspects with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg in Kaduna State.

Three suspects are Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, who were arrested in Zaria on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

 In Kano State, a female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Wurno council area of the state was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.

The anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, have arrested a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Victor Eberechukwu for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.

He was arrested on Saturday, August 6, 2022 following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.

 The suspect who hails from Idemili South LGA of Anambra State passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.

 In Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of the State in separate raid operations between August 9 and 10, 2022.

The agency also uncovered no fewer than 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates through the SAHCO shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said the 11.90kg consignment was brought to the SAHCO export shed of the Airport on Friday, August 5 by a freight agent, Adekunle Oluwapelumi Paul, 32, from Yagba West LGA of Kogi State, who was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.

The following day, Saturday, August 6, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai, UAE, was also intercepted by NDLEA operatives who arrested the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef, that presented the cargo for export at the SAHCO shed.

 The 39-year-old agent is from Abeokuta West LGA of Ogun State. (Leadership)

Flood Kills 50 People, Displaces Hundreds Others In Jigawa

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Flood has withered some communities in Jigawa state, killing 50 persons and displacing hundreds others.

Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) who disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse, the state capital said some of the victims were from Balangu Village where over 230 houses were destroyed and four people dead.

He said the flood destroyed thousands of homes, explained that the displaced persons have been accommodated in 11 temporary camps by the state government. 

Federal Government Empowers 1,500 Farmers In Katsina State

By Our Reporter/Agency Report

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have distributed various farming inputs to1, 500 small holder farmers in Katsina State.

During the distribution at the Federal Secretariat Katsina, Minister of Agriculture Dr. Mohammed Mahmood said the items were distributed to the farmers free, in order to encourage them to multiply their yields so as to boost agricultural production and food security in the country.

“The ministry will continue to support smallholder farmers with various inputs to encourage mechanized, large scale agricultural production in the country,” Mahmood said.

Represented by a Director at the Ministry, Mr. Ukatta Bernerd, the Minister said 15 percent of the inputs go to farmers with disabilities and 35 percent to women farmers in line with the National Gender Plan of the ministry.

In his remarks, the Katsina State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Suleiman Salisu urged the various crop associations and cooperatives to monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that they put the inputs to good use.

He said 500 farmers were selected from each of the 3 Senatorial zones of the state in order to make a far-reaching impact on Agricultural productivity in the state.

Also, Alhaji Muntari Dandutse , Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Agricultural Production, urged the beneficiaries to engage in mechanized and business-driven agriculture by making judicious use of the inputs.

He said the House Committee on Agricultural Production was making efforts in synergizing with security agencies to ensure the safety of farmers in security flashpoints.

Kidnappers Exchanges 35 Victims With N2.5 million In Kaduna

By Our Reporter/Agency

The sum of N2.5 million was paid to secure the release of 35 persons kidnapped three weeks ago at Millennium City, Cikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The kidnapped Doctor and 15 others including women and children from the Sabon Gero community, also within the Millennium City have also regained their freedom.

An eye witness who confirmed this said one other victim is still in captivity as the bandits have demanded two motorcycles before his release.

The victims who regained their freedom returned on Friday evening and were received by hundreds of people.

But, the leader of JTF of the community, Uwasu Yunusa siad no money was paid to secure their release.

Victim Of Acid Bath Requires N7m For Treatment


By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Unknown persons have bathed Ms Eve Usman Kwala, daughter of Mallum Dang, renowned traditional drum beater in Kilba land of Hong Local Government area of Adamawa State with an acid.
Due to extent of harm caused by the acid, the victim has lost one of her ear and breast, while her neck is now stiff.
The victim, a 23yrs had undergone sundry treatments in both private and public hospitals including teaching hospitals in Nigeria, but her case has now been referred to another hospital in far away India for further treatment including surgery.

According to the management of the hospital in India, the cost of the treatment is seven million naira excluding flight tickets.
Recall that the callous had on 10th December, 2021, poured the acid on the victim who was inside a car while leaving Ribadu square Yola around 8:00pm after attending a function.
Spirited individuals, Government, Corporate bodies wishes to contribute for the treatment of the girl can channel the donations through these account numbers.
Acct No: 3107045202
Acct name: Eve Usman Kwala
Bank: First Bank or
Acct No: 3053424300
Acct name: Umaru Hassan
Bank: First Bank

Dismiss Military Officer Bags 5Yrs Jail Term

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

A High Court sitting in Yola has convicted ex-Corporal Ali Mohammed Wakil to 5 years imprisonment without the option of a fine for killing his girlfriend, Miss Patience Amos.

The convict, 33 year old was a dismissed military corporal officer with force number 09/NA/63/27034/ attached to Military Reference Yaba, Lagos state.

The convict murdered Patience Amos, 23 years, daughter of the Chief Driver of the Adamawa Press Limited, publishers of The Scope Newspaper, Yola, on 10th January, 2022.

Hon. Justice Nathan Musa, Chief Judge of Adamawa State while handing down the sentence said the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt elements of offence of culpable homicide not punishable with death contrary to section 193(4) of the penal code law 2018.

The Judge, after considering the plea of allocutus from counsel to the convict, Mohammed Abubakar, an Assistant Chief Legal Officer, Nigeria Legal Aid Council, Adamawa State who pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the convict is a psychiatric patient, who had been dismissed from service.

He added that the convict is the first time offender and has been remorseful throughout the trial.

Based on the plea, the Judge therefore sentenced Ali Mohammed Wakil to 5 years imprisonment, but the sentence will start running from the 15th February, 2020, being the first date of the convict’s remand.

On his part, counsel to the prosecution, Z. Y. Usman, Senior State Counsel II, stated court has discretion over the case.

The deceased who was newly recruited into the Nigerian Army, was killed in a rented apartment at Damilu in Yola North LGA, by the convict.

It was gathered that the convict visited his girlfriend in their rented apartment on that fateful day; few hours’ later argument ensued between them which led into fighting and the convict after smashing her head on the wall left the room.

The convict on leaving the room locked her up and walked away while she was crying and shouting for help calling him by his nick name “Fabulous” “Fabulous”.

The lady decomposing body was later discovered by neigbours three days after the incident due to odour that emanates from the room.

The convict was then arrested and prosecuted after the matter was reported to authorities.

Thieves Carted Away N92m From Katsina State Government House

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

For the second time this year, thieves have allegedly stole more than N31 million from the office of the Financial Controller, Katsina State Government House.

In July 2022, Aminu Darma, a cashier at the office of the Secretary to the State Government House was allegedly shot and robbed of N61 million by gunmen in Katsina.

This brings to the total amount of money stolen to N92 million in 2022 from Katsina State Government House.

Also, in January 2020, unknown persons broke into the office of the former Secretary to the Government of Katsina State (SGS), Mustapha Inuwa, and made away with N16 million.

The office which is located at the State Secretariat was said to have been invaded at night. Among the suspects arrested in connection with the incident were a security guard and two government officials at the SSG’s office.

The Director-General to the governor on New Media, Alhaji Al-Amin Isah to the Katsina State Gvernor, Al-Amin Isah who confirmed the incident said thieves have carted away with millions of naira from the Katsina State Government House.

Isah, while speaking to Journalists on Thursday, did not disclose the amount stolen, however said some of the suspects were already being interrogated by the police.

“Yes, it’s true that some money was alleged to have been stolen as you have asked. We have already reported the matter to the police for investigation. I cannot tell you the exact figure now, but those in the best position will give you more updates, please,” he said.

It was gathered that some of the suspects were still in police custody as at the time of filing this report, others were freed, but it was unclear whether they were released on bail or allowed to leave based on their innocence.

Adamawa State Government Intervene On Collapse Bridge

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Government has assured communities of Madagali and Michika of its determination to complete work on the collapsed bridge situated at Wuro Ngayadi village in Madagali local government area.

The bridge which linked Adamawa and Borno states was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents, while the erected temporary bridge by Federal Government agency collapsed thereby making it difficult for motorists to ply over the bridge.

The Secretary to Adamawa State government, SSG, Malam Bashiru Ahmad who was on an inspection visit to the bridge at the instance of Governor Fintiri, said work resumed earnest to cushion the hardships of people before actual execution of the project by the federal government.

Ahmad who expressed satisfaction with the executing the project, described the temporary bridge as a simple elevation using stones and drains provided for water to pass through ring culverts with concrete cast.

Furious Mother Of 2, Kill Husband’s Lover In Adamawa

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

For over 40 years Hajaratu Sini was in her matrimonial home, but the marriage become worrisome on the 31st of July, 2022 when she used a stick to take the life of her husband’s lover.

It was learned that on a fateful day, the accused allegedly caught her husband having a love affair around 9:00 pm with the deceased (Kwada Drambi) who lost her husband some time ago.

Hajaratu, 58 years, a mother of 2 who is cooling off at the CID Police State headquarters for charges of culpable homicide hailed from Wambilimi/Tilli, in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa state.

The man in the center of the act (Sini) who tries to prove innocence after being caught with the woman in a room engaged her wife in a fight and the deceased while trying to intervene was hit with a stick by the angered woman.

She was rushed to a hospital and was confirmed dead.

According to Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, S.K. Akande the suspect will be charged to court for prosecution on completion of an investigation.

Disbursement Of Binani Trader Money Continues

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Trusted committee handling the disbursement of FG-Binani free trader money at the Women Development Centre, WDC in Jimeta has relocated in the fourth day of the exercise following the shutdown of the initial venue.

The programme under the OSSAP-SDGS, 2021 Presidency project targeted 1,000 less privileged, petty traders across the 21 local government areas of Adamawa state.

The beneficiaries initially converged at the Women Development Centre for the collection of the money today, but found the venue closed down.

Senator Binani then instructed the committee to relocate to an alternative facility she provided along with the vehicles that convey the beneficiaries under adequate security and continue with the sharing of the trader money.

Police Apprehends 38 Suspects Including A Woman

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Adamawa State Police Command has paraded 38 suspects including a female who were arrested for various offences in three Local Government Areas and other parts of the state.

 CP. S. K. Akande, Commissioner of Police in the state disclosed this to newsmen while reviewing achievements recorded by the Command during the week.

“The suspects were apprehended in connection of kidnapping activities, Armed robbery, Rape, Homicide and other violent crimes in Girei, Fufore, Yola North, and some part of the state.

“The Command appreciates the government and good people of Adamawa State for the continued support they have been rendering to the Command and assured that all the suspects will be diligently prosecuted on completion of investigation.

“The Police will not relent in the man hunt of those suspects at large until they are apprehended and brought to book,” he said.

CP. S. K. Akande listed items recovered from them to include: “One AK 47 Riffle (2) One Magazine (3) Seven Live Ammunitions (4) One locally fabricated Pistol (5) 1 burnt Tricycle (Keke Nappe) (6) 3 sets of laptops (7) One Woofer sets (8) One DVD Set (9) One Stabilizer (10) 8 GSM Handset (11) YEDC prepaid Metre remote (12) Green Suspected to be Indian Hemp (13) Hard drugs (14) Two Knives (15) Multiples Sets of SIM and M card (16) Set of Cottons/Bed sheet”.

Certificate: Federal High Court Fix Date For Tinubu’s Case

Hearing of a legal suit seeking the disqualification of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu from contesting the 2023 presidential election for allegedly presenting forged certificate has been fixed for 7th September 2022.

The Vacation judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed the hearing after he granted an ex-parte order for substituted service on Tinubu who had invaded personal service of Court processes.

The plaintiffs who are four chieftains of the APC; Memuna Suleiman, Mohammed Garba, Ofodu Anthony and Ibiang Miko Ibiang jointly instituted the action against the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Other defendants are the APC, the National Assembly and the Attorney General of Federation and Minister of Justice as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants.

The Plaintiffs are praying the Court for an order disqualifying Tinubu from contesting or participating in the forthcoming 2023 Presidential general election as a candidate of All Progressives Congress based on the information he supplied to the Independent National Electoral Commission as presidential candidate of the party.

Counsel to the Plaintiffs, Chief Goddy Uche had told the vacation judge that the substituted service was necessary because all attempts to serve the 3rd defendant had proved abortive as he could not be reached.

In a brief ruling Justice Mohammed ordered that the Court process be served on the National Secretariat of the APC and that such service should be deemed as having been properly served on the 3rd defendant Tinubu, the APC Presidential candidate. (Radio Nigeria)

Jailed Former Governors of Taraba, Plateau States Released

By Our Reporter

The former governor of Plateau State Senator Joshua Dariye and an ex-

The former governor of Taraba State Jolly Nyame and former governor of Plateau State Senator Joshua Dariye have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

The former governors were convicted for corruption allegations by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court, Abuja in 2018.

However, they were presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari a few months ago alongside 157 other convicts in April this year.

Jolly Nyame, who was Taraba governor from 1999 to 2007, was convicted of stealing N1.6 billion from the state’s treasury and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

The judgment was also upheld by the Supreme Court.

Senator Joshua Dariye was convicted of stealing N1.16 billion while serving as Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

 But his term was eventually reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja, while his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

Binani Empowers Traders With Cash

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa Gubernatorial candidate All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani has empowered thousands of petty traders across the state with cash under Binani’s cash empowerment programme.

The program is aimed at increasing the capital status of petty traders to boost their businesses for economic growth.

Before the disbursement, teams went round to some markets and obtained details of beneficiaries regardless of their political, race or religious inclinations.

Some of the beneficiaries applauded the foresight of the lawmaker towards improving their capital base and vowed to support her in her endeavors.

Five Inmates Regain Freedom In Adamawa

By Nasiru Mohammed

As part of commemoration the New Year in the Islamic calendar, a delegation from the Adamawa state Muslim Council Monday visited the Correctional Centre in Jimeta and settled the fines of five inmates which facilitated their release.

The council also presented nonfood items worth thousands of naira to the inmates.

The items include mats, soap and detergent.

Receiving the delegation, an Assistant Comptroller of the centre, Malam Mohammed Juta described the gesture as timely as it will go a long way in improving the condition of the inmates.

The Assistant Comptroller while commending the officials of the Muslim council for assistance urged other organizations to emulate the gesture, promising that the items donated will be used for the purpose intended.

In his remark, the state chairman of the Muslim council, Alhaji Gambo Jika said the purpose of the visit was to commemorate of New Year fourteen forty four in the Islamic calendar with the inmates and give them a sense of belonging.\

Alhaji Gambo Jika counseled the inmates to remain steadfast in prayer and turn to Allah with total honesty and sincerity.                     

He called on wealthy individuals to visit inmates and assist them.

In his remark, a member of the council and Deputy Chief Imam of Modibbo Adama Central, Malam Tijjani Tahir charged the inmates not to lose hope but considering their predicament as an opportunity to become closer to Allah.

Responding, separately, the Chaplain and Chief Imam of the correctional centre expressed delight over the visit and prayed to God to reward the officials of the Muslim Council.

Commonwealth Game: Amusan Set World Record  

Agency report

Tobi Amusan ran 100m hurdles in 12.30s to defend her Commonwealth gold award on Sunday at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

Only a few weeks ago, 25-year-old Amusan broke the World Record with her 12.12 seconds semi-final win before going on to win the world title in Oregon with 12.06s wind-aided time.

Amusan, the first Nigerian athlete ever to be crowned champion at all levels of athletics in the same year, becomes the first World Champion to win Gold in secured Nigeria’s 10th gold medal in the event.

Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas came second while Briton Cindy Sember who celebrated her 28th birthday with a win in the semis settled for the bronze.

Speaking to reporters after her win, Tobi Amusan told Journalists that though, she set a new Games Record, but not properly executed the race.

Team Nigeria has now 30 medals, 9 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals, occupies the sixth in the highest ranked African country with South Africa and Kenya occupying the eighth and twelfth spots respectively on the overall medals table.

Invest In The Education Of Your Children-Prof Bello

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Parents have been reminded of the need to invest in the education of their children for the nation to thrive.

A lecturer with the Modibbo Adama University Yola, Prof. Bello Idi gave the reminder in a paper titled “Child as a human resources” presented at the graduation ceremony of nursery and primary school pupils of Mazra Model Academy, Sabon-Gari Sengere Futy in Girei local government area of Adamawa state.

He cautioned parents to instill good moral conduct in their children by being upright in their dealings and noted that child behavior is the reflection of the character of parents who are the basis of child education.

Prof Idi also advised parents to monitor the movement of their children, their peer groups, and the type of channels they watch on Television as well as various platforms of social media so that they would become responsible members of society.

The University Don called on parents to cooperate with teachers through prompt payment of their children’s fees.

In his address, the Director of the Academy, Mallam Abdullahi Asimi said the school was initially established to cater to orphans who are victims of Boko Haram, explained that some have graduated while eight are now schooling tuition free.

“Let’s be a tool of inspiration to our children by caring for their needs by providing qualitative education for them- child upbringing is a herculean task, but Allah has commanded us to provide the child with a good name. Meeting their positive needs like education, skills for making life better tomorrow,” he said.

Mallam Asimi noted that education is the cornerstone of every phase of development and the school is committed to providing education that is cost-effective without compromise.

The Director announced that the Academy will roll out a secondary section starting with JSS 1 students for the 2022/2023 academic session.

He then tasked parents with the need to provide their children with school uniforms, reading and writing materials as well as payment of school fees.

Earlier, the Headteacher of the Academy, Abubakar Hassan said the school was established in 2014 and has grown from strength to strength with the cooperation of the host community and urged them to maintain the tempo.

The Chairman of the SBMC of the school and Chairman of the occasion Dr. Umar Mohammed Lawal and Mallam saluted the foresight of the founder of the Academy and assured parents that the standard of teaching will be maintained in the school.

Highlights of the event were the cutting of graduation cake, presentation of awards to deserving pupils, drama, and traditional dances by pupils of the Academy.

Troops Rescue Two Kidnapped Victims, Arrest 7 Terrorists

By Our Reporter/Agency

Troops of Operations Whirl Stroke and Safe Haven had, on July 29, carried out a clearance operation at Tse-Ibor, Tse-Igbakyor, Akwana and Ayinbe villages in Logo Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, captured seven terrorists and bandit terrorists.

Major General Bernard Onyeuko, Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, adding that the Troops also rescued two kidnapped victims in different operations across Nasarawa, Kaduna and Plateau States.

He said troops also arrested one terrorist and alleged bandit collaborator, Mr Moses Aindigh (27) and a notorious kidnapper, IIiyasu Mohammed (37), on the same day at Kukyro village in Nasarawa Local Government Area, adding that all arrested criminals have been handed over to relevant authorities.

“The troops engaged the terrorists with superior firepower, forcing them to run away while two of them, Usman Yau (28) and Danladi Selfa (23), were arrested with gunshot wounds at a private hospital, he said.

Onyeuko said one AK 47 rifle, and one magazine with 13 rounds of 7.62mm special, amongst other items, were recovered.

The statement said: “Furthermore, troops of Operation Safe Haven on August 3 and August 4, arrested three suspected notorious kidnappers, Umar Zakari, Usman Hamina and Haruna Umaru, following credible intelligence at Fuskar Mata village in Bassa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“The suspects confessed to have been involved in kidnapping activities in mentioned Local Government Areas.

“Also, on August 3, troops responded to a distress call from locals in Qua’anpan Local Government Area Plateau of four kidnappers in a hotel hideout attempting to move people away.

“Troops mobilised to scene engaged the criminals, neutralized one of them (Umar Muhammed) and recovered one AK47 rifle, ten rounds of 7.62mm special amongst other items.”

Onyeuko also stated hat troops had, on August 4, carried out a rescue operation at Kasuwa Ali in Gindiri District in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State and subsequently rescued two kidnapped civilians, Mr Uchenna Edoga (25) and Mr Ebuka Nnadi (30).

According to the statement, the rescued civilians have been reunited with their families.

Northern Elders Forum Expresses Worry Over Killing Of Northerners In South

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has demanded governments, communities and law enforcement agencies protect Northerners living in the Southern part of Nigeria.

The forum expressed concerns over rising cases of killing Northerners in southern part of the country, particularly the South East.  

Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Director of Publicity and Advocacy of the forum stated this in a statement yesterday and made available to newsmen. 

The statement read in part: “The Forum draws attention once again to the dangers of these escalating incidents and provocations. The impression that northerners are fair game for groups and organizations in the South is forcing northerners to exercise their rights to travel and live peacefully in any part of Nigeria, only under great danger and fear. This is intolerable and unacceptable.

“The recent murder of Nigeriens in Imo State, apparently on suspicion that they were northerners, is one incident among many recent ones that involve harassments, illegal arrests, attacks and killing of Nigerians from the North.

“It would appear that groups that target northerners draw inspiration from the silence of leaders and the absence of appropriate response from security and other law enforcement agencies”.

High Court Upheld the Selection/Appointment Of Kwandi Nunguraya

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The suit filed by Baba Gashemuru G. Amalai and 7 others of the Bongkumbebe clan against Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda who is from the same clan and 6 others has been dismissed.

Hon. Justice Nathan Musa, Chief Judge of Adamawa state who presided over the case said the court carefully evaluated the evidences of the 2 plaintiffs’ witnesses who testified before court, and failed to prove their claim.

Hon. Justice Nathan, said, “On the whole therefore, this suit having been unapproved is accordingly dismissed”.

Recall that kingmakers of Lunguda Traditional Council in September 2019 selected Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda II as a paramount ruler of the chiefdom following the death of former Kwandi Nunguraya, Dr. Wilfred Kimde, on the 1st  August, 2019 and Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri approved the selection.

He was subsequently presented with the staff of office by the Governor.

In their suit, the plaintiffs,  Baba Gashemuru G. Amalai and 7 others of Bongkumbebe ruling clan sought for the declaration that no election or selection was lawfully held which saw to the emergence of the present Kwandi Nunguraya, Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda II.

They faulty the exercise on ground that there was no exchange of traditional stone between the 2 ruling clans before the election, and Hon. Wulbina Jackson, Commissioner of Education has assisted one of the kingmakers, a blind man in casting his vote.

General Manager Pulaaku F.M Radio Yola loss sister

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The death has occurred of Fadimatu Sambo Abubakar popupalry called Goggo Jummai, an elder sister to the General Manger, Pulaaku F.M Radio Yola Alh.Umaru Sambo Abubakar.

She died Wednesday at the age 68 years at Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital Yola after protracted illness.

The deceased is survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and siblings.

Among her offspring are Ahmed Abba Abubakar of the Nigeria Army and Abdullahi Abba Abubakar of Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital Yola.

The remains of Goggo Jummai was committed to mother earth after funeral prayer at Modibbo Adama Central Mosque Yola town.

Adamawa State Government To Train 2,700 Youths In Various Skills

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Government will engage 2,700 youths in 8 resuscitated Technical Skills Acquisition Centres to undergo training in skills such as building, wielding, automobile mechanic, electronics repairs, tiling and tailoring among others.

The centres was set up by former Governor Nyako aimed at training youths to acquire skills for self-reliant, but was abandoned by the successive government.

Speaking at the event held at the Technical Centre, Jibiro Jabbi Lamba in Girei local government area, Adamawa state Governor Umaru Fintiri said youths and human capital development are components of his administration’s 11 point agenda.

“The training centres which have the capacity to train a minimum of 20,000 youths annually will no doubt address the growing rate of unemployment and insecurity in the land,” Fintiri said.

He said the reopening of the centres was based the recommendations by a committee set up by the present government.

He then acknowledged the foresight of former Governor Murtala Hammanyaro Nyako for establishing the training centres and declared that government will continue to thank him for this milestone achievement.

In her remarks, the head of Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Agency PAWECA, Hajiya Aishatu Bawa Bello said the resuscitation of the centres will make more Adamawa youths productive.

The commissioner of Entrepreneurship Development, Mr Iliya James urged the youths to take advantage of the opportunities offered in the training. 

In their separate goodwill messages, the chairman Girei local government council, Mr Judah Amisa, District Head of Girei, Doctor Ahmad Mustafa and community leader Hamma Garaji described the reopening of the centres as timely as it will address insecurity.

Federal Government Inaugurates Independent Monitors Of  NSIPs In Gombe

The Federal Government has inaugurated Independent Monitors of the NSIPs in Gombe state and launched the digitized payment for Conditional Cash Transfer for Vulnerable Groups in the State.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq while performing ceremony in Gombe said the role of the Independent Monitors “is to ensure that the Primary Objectives of the NSIPs are achieved”.

A total number of 3,541 beneficiaries from 11 local government councils in Gombe state will receive a one-off Cash Grant of N20, 000.

Hajiya Umar-farouq expressed optimism that the grant would help to increase their income, especially at a time the world is faced with economic challenges.

“It is our belief that the cash grant will increase the income and productive assets of target beneficiaries, especially now that economic challenges at global and local levels affect the socio-economic situation of our people,” the minister said.

“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the grant to improve productive activities that would generate more income and improve their living standard.”

In a message, Gombe State Governor, Muhammed Yahya thanked the Federal Government for the gesture, saying it will improve the economy of the state.

Represented by the deputy Governor, Dr Manassah  Jatau, said it would also improve the living standard of the poor and vulnerable in the state.(Radio Nigeria)

Plateau State Withdrawn All Operating licenses Of Private Schools

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency report

Operating licenses of all private schools in Plateau state have been withdrawn by government, following the proliferation of illegal private schools in the state.

Proprietors have been directed to obtain fresh operation license in an effort to checkmate the proliferation of illegal schools.

Briefing Journalists in Jos on government decision, Commissioner for Education (Secondary), Mrs Elizabeth P Wapmuk, said government is determined to provide quality education for the citizens.

She explained that the decision became necessary following the proliferation of illegal private schools in the state whose quality operation is sub-standard and questionable.

“There are over 5,000 private schools in the state that are operating without license, 85 per cent of the 485 private schools earlier granted license have compromised their standards while 90 per cent of the private schools do not adhere to government policies and mandates.

 “This is to inform the general public that the operation license of all private nursery/ pre-primary, primary, junior secondary and senior secondary schools in Plateau State are hereby deregistered with effect from 28 July, 2022.

“The order means that all private nursery/pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in the state will have to revalidate their certificates.”

The commissioner said list of schools that are cleared would be published in national dailies and urged parents in the state to take note and ensure that their children are not sent to uncertified schools.

Yobe State Government Ban Anti-Social Activities In Schools

By Our reporter/Agency report

In an effort to maintain dignity, the Yobe State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, has ban final year students from engaging in anti-social activities.

Dr. Muhammad Sani Idriss, State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education directed school authorities via in a circular titled: “Indecent and immoral behaviours and activities of final year students in the name of graduation celebration” to ensure that such anti-social activities did not exist in their schools. 

It directed principals and proprietors of private and public schools to work closely with their teachers to ensure that their final year students do not engage in anti-social activities.

“The Ministry will not fold its arms and watch our students display unethical and immoral behaviors in the name of graduation ceremony.

“The so-called markers day, where students inscribe on and tear their uniforms and also engage in other immoral and indecent mixing of boys and girls is not only contrary to our religious beliefs but is immoral, and unacceptable.

 “The Ministry will not hesitate to sanction any school found to have allowed their students to engage in such activity”, the statement added.

 Idriss explained that such celebrations where students displayed immoral behaviors and activities that were contrary to beliefs, culture and societal norms, would not be tolerated henceforth.

He stressed that there were other acceptable ways of expressing happiness which do not go against the culture of the society.

Sen. Binani Congratulates Mrs Lydia

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The APC Governorship candidate in Adamawa Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has congratulated the newly sworn-in Federal Permanent Secretary Mrs. Lydia Shehu Jafiya.

In a congratulatory letter she personally described Mrs. Jafiya as diligence, discipline and excellence Civil Service who rise to the peak of civil service.

Part of the letter read: “Having served with diligence, discipline and excellence to rise to the peak of Civil Service, Mrs. Jafiya is an inspiration to all of us.

“As we celebrate this woman of valor, I call and encourage women to put in their best wherever they find themselves because excellence has no barrier”.

Mrs. Jafiya hailed Gulak, Madagali local government area of Adamawa state.

Fintiri Unveil University Don As Running Mate

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Wednesday unveiled Prof Kaletapwa Farauta, Vice Chancellor Adamawa State University, (ADSU) Mubi as his running mate for the 2023 general elections.

With this development, the incumbent Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth has been dropped as running mate in the next year’s elections.

At the event, held at the Banquet hall Government House Yola, Fintiri described the choice of the University don as a painstaking strategy for gender sensitivity in addition to her expertise which will add tremendous value to the campaign of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“Her choice was a result of painstaking and strategic calculations, especially the need to further carry the women along by being gender-sensitive.

“Farauta’s competency and loyalty has no bound, she has been tested severally and proven to be dependable and worthy, and therefore called on members of the opposition political parties to join the winning team for the overall interest of Adamawa.

“We will play politics with decency and decorum and devoid of primordial sentiments or emotion,” he said.

The Governor acknowledged the loyalty and steadfastness of Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, commended him for his sacrifice and gentleman ship as his deputy in the first tenure with him.

He said his administration has changed the narratives of the state from state of darkness, deficiencies, incessant conflicts and dearth of infrastructure among others for the better.

Barr. A.T Shehu state chairman of PDP saluted the courage of the Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth for endorsing Farauta to succeed him.

Prof Kaletapwa Farauta, PDP Governorship running mate in Adamawa called on people especially women who have not collected their voter’s card to do so.

Kogi State Government Ban Use Of Facemasks, Closes All Brothels

By Our Reporter/Agency Report

Kogi State Government has ordered the closure of all brothels harbouring prostitutes and also banned the use of facemasks in public places in the state.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello gave the directives on Tuesday in Lokoja during a meeting with all First and Second-class Traditional rulers, including local government chairmen in the state.

Bello, explained that the banned of wearing of facemasks in public places in the state is for proper identification.

The governor also ordered the demolition of shanties in Lokoja, Osara, Zango, Itobe, Obajana and all other areas in the state.

The decisions were part of the state government’s response to a series of security breaches experienced in the state in recent times.

He urged the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, local government chairmen, union leaders, and security agencies to meet with tricycle and motorcycle riders for proper documentation.

“You have the exclusive responsibility to ensure that all nooks and crannies of your areas are free from criminality of all sorts. Ensuring peaceful co-existence in your domain is your exclusive responsibility,” the governor said.

Bello charged the concerned stakeholders to continue to do their jobs without fear or favour and sympathized with the family of the security agents killed in Ajaokuta Local Government Area on Saturday, July 30.

“Let me sound a note of warning to all politicians, irrespective of political persuasion, to desist from anything that could disrupt the peace we are currently enjoying in the state,” he said.

Terrorists Releases 37 Victims Of Abuja-Kaduna train Attack

By Our Reporter

Terrorists who kidnapped passengers on aboard the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28 have so far released 37 victims, while the number of those still in captivity now stands at 34.

During the attack, the terrorists killed some and abducted scores of passengers.

The victims were released in batches after negotiations.

Released victims with Tukur

The latest freed victims are Professor Mustapha Umar Imam of Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai Mukthar Shu’aibu, and Sidi Aminu Sharif.

According to Malam Tukur Mamu, the lead mediator who had earlier facilitated the release of 11 other victims with the support of other stakeholders confirmed it on Tuesday.

Mamu is the Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and Media Consultant to a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

No facts whether any money was paid to the terrorists in exchange for the release of their kidnapped victims.

INEC Raises Alarm Over Fake Registration Centres

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raise alarm on the existence of fake online site registration site. 

Mr Festus Okoy, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee in a statement said the Commission’s attention was drawn to an online site urging Nigerians to enroll for “VOTER CARD (PVC)” registration.

“The commission has concluded the Continuous Voter registration nationwide and does not need to open an additional site or portal for the purposes of registration of voters. Members of the public are advised not to succumb to the antics of online scammers”.

 “The site claim that the Federal Government has approved individual VOTER CARD (PVC) registration online to avoid unnecessary crowding in the “NIMC” CENTERS.

“The site is unrelated to the Commission and that the link/portal comes from an untrustworthy source,” the statement added.

It says that INEC is the only body constitutionally and legally mandated to conduct the registration of persons qualified to vote in any election in Nigeria and to update and revise the register when the need arises.

It also states that the Commission is solely responsible for organizing, undertaking, and supervising national elections in the country and does not share this responsibility with anybody or organization.

Pilot Resettlement Centres For IDPs Underway In Five states

By Our Reporter/Agency report

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons, has assured that preparations are ongoing to return IDPs to their ancestral homes.

Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, the Federal Commissioner in the commission disclosed that plans have been finalized for the construction of five resettlement cities across the country, for IDPs.

The pilot states for the resettlement centres are Borno, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Nasarawa, and Edo states.

She added that government was making efforts to alleviate their suffering and find long-term solutions to the problems.

However, the IDPs in the FCT have complained of poor condition of living.

At the IDP Camp Durumi, Area 1, Abuja, Chairman of the IDP Camp Mr Ibrahim Amadu attributed the increase in the mortality rate due to poor living conditions and inability to receive quality medical attention.

Amadu explained that the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and IDPs usually provide free medical services to the IPDs at the camp at the National Hospital Abuja and the Asokoro General Hospital since 2014, discontinued in 2018 and the hospitals now request payment to attend to their sick patients.

”We need help to establish hospital; we lack the resources to take care of ourselves, we have clinic but it lacks the necessary equipment and drugs. We are losing our children, parents, mothers and friends.’’ Amadu said.

Governor Buni Approves N619m For Payment Of Gratuity, Pension arrears

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Yobe State Government has approved N619m for payment of gratuity and pension arrears of local government personnel.

According to the statement by Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Governor Buni said the sum of N169, 875, 565.11 will be paid to families of 93 deceased officers, while N449, 624,118.61 will be paid to 274 living retirees.

In another development, Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the placement of 102 students on a Grade level 05 monthly salaries. studying B.sc. Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Radiography, Nursing and Medical Laboratory sciences in various universities across the country.

Governor Fintiri Flags Sales Of Fertilizer

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Government has commenced the sales of organic liquid fertilizer for 2022 wet season farming towards enhancing food production in the state.

Flagging the exercise Monday at the Adamawa Agricultural Development Programme, Yola, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri warned against selling the product to merchandise as government will not take it lightly.

According to him, the products which include NPK, Urea, and Folier rice will be sold at N4,000 per bottle as against the market price of N6,0000.

“Experts have satisfied the procured organic liquid fertilizer as safer, healthier and environmental friendly capable of increasing farm yield.

 “Government has resorted to providing the product as an alternative to application of inorganic fertilizer that is currently being banned by federal government for security reasons.

He stressed that his administration has provided over 300 rural roads to help the agric value chain towards increasing primary production, jobs and internally generated revenue.

“Citizens should take advantage of Agribusiness Support (ADAS) Programme which is geared to providing incentives and other subsidies in the agric value chain,” he added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner Agriculture, Alhaji Umar Iya Daware thanked Governor Fintiri for providing support to farmers targeted at improving food production in the state.

On his part, the Programme Manager AADP, Adamu Muazu saluted government for procuring the organic liquid fertilizer in good time despite the present economic challenges in the state.

Malam Usman Michika who spoke on behalf of farmers, lauded Governor Fintiri for addressing farmer/herder conflicts in Numan, Demsa and Lamurde local government areas that enable farmers go back to their farms.

ASUU Extends Strike By One Month

By Our Reporter

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced the extension of the ongoing strike by one month.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, announced the extension in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the four weeks extension would give the government more time to resolve all the outstanding issues.

“Following extensive deliberations and taking cognizance of government’s past failures to abide by its timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues,” ASUU said in a stated.

“The role-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 1st August 2022,” the statement said.

Police Rescue Four, Neutralize Three Kidnappers In Adamawa

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Adamawa State Police Command has four kidnapped persons at Damare Hill that connects Song and Maiha local governments and recovers two AK-47 rifles, One Pump Action, Handsets, Chains, Pard-locks, Charms, among others.

SP Suleiman Yahaya  Nguroje, Police public relations officer in a statement said the suspected kidnappers upon sighting Police engaged them in a gun duel as a result three (3) of them were neutralized, others escaped with bullet wounds.

The statement further said that four persons to include Hafsatu Musa 50,years, Idirisa Hammadu 20years, Abdul Adamu 20years and Musa Hammadu 22years  all residents of Holma/Maiha in Song and Maiha local government, were rescued unharmed.

The statement read in part: “on the 30/7/2022, the command  disconnect a criminal network at Damare Hill, connecting part of Holma and Sorau in Song and Maiha local government areas. The operation, which was carried out by the Command operatives attached to Sorau Division and the Hunters at Damare Hill, a grazing reserve that is situated at a remote side of Sorau District, Holma Village in Maiha and Song local government areas and border of Cameroon Republic yielded positive result.

“The outcome of these successes is as a result of the follow-up strategy designed by the command to checkmate cases bordering on kidnapping, armed robbery, Cattle rustling, unlawful possession of firearms, amongst others”.

 The Commissioner of police CP SK Akande , while commending DPO Sorau, his men and members of the Hunters for disconnecting the criminal network and gallantry performance displayed, directs other DPOs to do same as a strategy for checkmating crimes and criminals in their Areas of responsibility.

He called on the general public to always inform the police hideouts of Criminals and those on the run with bullet wounds.

he Police Boss assured the Government and good people of Adamawa state of the command’s sustained effort to dislodged all criminal hideous and black spots in  Adamawa state.

Over 14,000 Terrorists Combatants Surrendered To Troops

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency report

The Theatre Commander announced that 70,593 Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters and their families have surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai troops.

Theatre Commander, Major Gen. Christopher Musa, on Friday disclosed this in Maiduguri to Journalists on recent successes recorded by the command under “Operation Desert Sanity” and “Operation Lake Sanity”.

“Currently, a total of 70,593 persons consisting of BHT (JAS/ISWAP) fighters and their families have surrendered to troops.

“Out of this number, 14,609 were active male fighters, 20,955 are women, while 35,029 are children.

“The Theatre, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, has commenced reviews of cases of detainees at the Joint Investigation Centre (JIC).

“Some of the detainees have been cleared and handed over to the Borno Government and the UNICEF.

“The military has conducted several operations on land, maritime, and air, where over 60 terrorists were neutralized and over 120 arrested, including their suppliers.

“The Theatre’s kinetic and non-kinetic activities have partly compelled some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) to seek alternatives to terrorism, thereby taking advantage of other avenues to surrender,” Musa said.

Police Inspector Dismisses For Extortion

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

In line with its anti-corruption crusade  by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the Nigeria Police Force has dismissed one Mr. Richard Gele, the Police Inspector caught in a viral video dignifying and justifying extortion of members of the public and official corruption which trended from the 25th of July, 2022.

CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, Force headquarters in a statement on Friday that the dismissed Inspector who hails from Benue State, was enlisted into the Force in September, 2000.

He explained that the dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him.

The statement read in part: “The Inspector, with AP/No. 188547, who until his dismissal, was attached to Police Mobile Force 77 Squadron, Okene, Kogi State and deployed to the Itobe – Anyigba Road, for safety of road users and commuters, along the route, where the incident occurred.

 “His dismissal came after subjection to internal disciplinary mechanism and being found wanting of the charges levelled against him in line with extant laws governing the conduct of police personnel.

“He therefore ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect. The officer has been de-kitted and handed over to the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State, for further necessary action.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, warned all personnel to eschew extortion, unprofessionalism, official corruption and other inappropriate acts and expressed the staunch commitment of his administration at bequeathing policing standards in tandem with international best practices to the nation.

Operation Hadin Kai Presents Three More Chibok Girls

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency report

The Theatre Command Operation Hadin Kai has presented three more Chibok girls who have lately escaped the Sambisa forest.

Ruth Bitrus, Kauna Luka, and Hannatu Musa.

Ms. Bitrus said she spent three days in the jungle while attempting to escape.

Theatre Commander, Major Gen. Christopher Musa, on Friday disclosed this to Journalists at the command’s headquarters in Maidurigu, Borno State on recent successes recorded by the command under “Operation Desert Sanity” and “Operation Lake Sanity”.

Maj. Gen. Musa, said the girls and their four children were rescued by troops from the 21st  Special Armoured Brigade Bama.

He attributed the recent success to the application of both kinetic and non-kinetic techniques in counter-insurgency operations.

Maj, Gen. Waidi Shaibu, General Officer Commanding GOC Seven Division Nigerian Army, said the forces’ clearance operation enabled the girls to flee.

Recall that Boko Haram abducted 276 female students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

57 of the schoolgirls escaped soon after the attack by jumping from the vehicles on which they were being transported, while others were rescued by Armed Forces.

As of the time of filing the report, over 100 of the girls are still missing seven years after.

Chief Imam Harps On Reconciliation

Muslims have been reminded of the need to live in peace, show love to one another and reconcile those in dispute.

The Chief Imam of Almashkoor Jummaát Mosque Yola town, Mallam Usman Fauzan gave the reminder on Friday, noting that it is un-Islamic for Muslims not to talk to each other for more than three days.

He enjoined Muslims to play politics without bitterness and desist from engaging themselves in activities that will breed greed and hatred among them.

Imam Fauzan quoted Surah Maídah Verse ninety-one from the Glorious Holy Qurán and some Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him warning people to be wary with Satan only wants to cause hatred and animosity amongst you.

Over N187bn Budget For 2023 Census Inadequate-Senate 

By Our Reporter 

The Chairman, Senate Committee on National Identity Card and Population, Sahabi Yau, said the N187bn budgeted for the 2023 census was insufficient for the exercise.

He stated this yesterday during the committee’s visit to a census trial enumeration unit in Karu, Nasarawa State, assured that more funding would be appropriated in the 2023 budget.

You expressed optimism that the April 2023 date for the exercise was very feasible.

“It can’t be sufficient enough. By this time, not much of that money has been released. I believe that in the next budgetary process, we’ll be able to give them the amount they require, additional money, and whatever expenses will be incurred. 

“The National Assembly will do whatever it can to provide the necessary funding through the budget system for us to have a free, fair, and credible national census”. 

“By then, we must have finished the general elections. So, you have March and April to conduct the exercise which is good enough. We should have that commitment for the country,” he said. 

 The Federal Commissioner for Nasarawa State at the National Population Commission, Silas Agara, said the trial census was meant to troubleshoot and know what was to be expected in the main census.

Hanifa’s Killer To Die By Hanging 

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency Report

The Kano State High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging the Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School, Abdulmalik Tanko for kidnap and killing of five years old school girl Hanifa Abubakar.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Usman Na’abba gave the order while delivering his judgment on Thursday.

Delivering Judgement, Justice Usman Naaba also convicted the principal suspect who masterminded the killing, Tanko to five years imprisonment for four count charges leveled against him.

The court also found guilty the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, Hashim Isiyaku and Fatima Musa guilty in four counts of charges in the case of the murder of the five yearsyears Hanifa Abubakar sometimes last year 

The five Count Charges included the Kidnapping of Hanifa Abubakar, an attempt to kidnap her, Counseling of Kidnapping her, abatement, and poisoning of her to death.

Recall that the three accused persons Abdulmalik (Proprietor of Nobel Kids Academy and North West Preparatory School) alongside his accomplice, Hashim Isyaku and Fatima Jibrin were arraigned before the court by the Kano State government on February 14 2022 on five count charges bordering on five count charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to kidnap, abetment, kidnapping, killing, and concealing dead body as well as culpable homicide contrary to section 97, 274, 277, 221 of the penal code.

Prosecution counsel who doubles as Kano Attorney General, Barrister Musa Abdullahi Lawan described Hanifa’s murder as a crime against humanity and prayed to the court to ensure justice for the killing of the underage girl.

Kano State governor Dr. Abdulllahi Umar Ganduje had earlier pledged to sign the death sentence when passed by the court.

Hold Your Elected Representatives Accountable, Hon. Yoyyo To Electorates

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Electorates should hold their elected representative accountable throughout their tenure as they are powerful force in enthroning and dethroning elected leaders during any poll.

Hon. Audu Yohannah Yoyyo, All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hong Constituency in the 2023 General Elections made the assertion Thursday in a paper titled “The Roles Of Legislator and Powers of Electorates In Effective Legislation and Governance” he presented at the monthly coalition meeting of Adamawa State Coalition on Elections and Good Governance held at the Center For Women And Adolescent Empowerment Yola, Adamawa State.

Yoyyo stated that legislators who were elected by the electorates to work for the Federal, State or Local Government are responsible for making New Laws and Changing Existing Laws.

The candidate charged electorates that are within the voting age as provided in the constitution to obtain their voters card to enable them exercise their civic rights by choosing leaders of their choice.

“Regrettably, the electorates judge the performance of their legislators by the personal gains and welfare received and by the number of community and/or social functions attended, without knowing the extent of their (electorates) powers in checking the roles, activity and performance of the legislators,” he said.

Yoyyo, however, noted that frequent public appearances at community and/or social events become a customary for legislators.

He emphasize that “the work of legislators relies on meeting with, listening to, and forming relationships with others. They confer with and debate colleagues about the merits of proposed laws and determine their colleagues’ level of support. In doing so, they must negotiate a compromise among different interest groups and review and respond to the concerns of the people they represent or the general public”.

He said if given the mandate he will run an inclusive representation for the betterment of Hong constituency and Adamawa State as a whole.

“Make my activities (especially constituency projects) to my constituents, with collaboration with other external transparency agencies and institutions. Regularly present my stewardship to my constituents, updating them of my representation in the state assembly.

“Working closely with my colleagues in the State Assembly to support Bills and Motions that will be to the good of Hong Constituents and the state at large and consult with my constituents to prioritize Bills and Motions they desire, as may have positive impact on their well-being,” he said.

Yoyyo added that he will seek support and partnership with the coalition and advocate agencies to sensitize the constituents about their rights and powers.

“Seek for partnership with NGOs, CSOs and Donor agencies to support and establish empowerment projects that will create opportunities for Hong constituents, backed with the appropriate laws I will sponsor.

“I will engage and involve Hong constituents in legislation through Bi-annual Town Hall Meetings and Quarterly Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) among Women and Youths.

“Monthly Sponsored Media Jingles and Chats (Radio and Television), Establishment of A Functional Constituency office and Engagements with Hong Elders, Traditional and Religious Leaders, he added.

FCTA Crushes Over 1,700 Impounded Motorcycles

By Our Reporter

Over 1,700 impounded motorcycles were destroyed at the office of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), Wuse district of Abuja.

The last mass destruction of motorcycles in Abuja took place in December, 2021, in line with the FCT Administration’s ban on the operations of motor-cyclists within the city centre in 2006.

The motorbikes were destroyed by Federal Capital Territory Administration in line with its ban on motorcycle operations within the city center.

Dr Abdulateef Bello, Director in the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, said crushing of the motorbikes would serve as a deterrent to other “stubborn Okada riders”.

Bello said the impounded motorcycles were from those who operated them in unauthorized areas.

The Mandate Secretary, FCT transportation Secretariat, Usman Yahaya, who presided over the event described as the “excesses and hostility” of most Okada riders in the area, saying it was becoming “overwhelming”, and pledging that the FCTA had what it takes to tackle them head-on.

In his message, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hauwa Ibrahim, accused some of the okada riders of allowing themselves to be used to carry out criminal activities in the territory.

“They use them in snatching of bags, bank robberies, attacks on residential areas and they were becoming security threat to the security of FCT.

“On that note, there was outcry that led to the banning of motorcycles within the city in 2006 by the FCT Administration. Since then, we have been working together in impounding Okada,” CP Babaji said.

Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection And Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, advised those who hire out their motorbikes to the Okada-riders to discontinue, warning that any rider caught violating the rules would have his motorcycle crushed.

ASUU Strike: El-Rufai Threaten To Sack All Kaduna State University Lecturers

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The continue lingering dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is likely to take new dimension with a threat by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to sack all lecturers of the Kaduna State University (KASU) if they continue to observe the strike.

Speaking on a radio programme in Kaduna on Wednesday, El-Rufai told the lecturers to return to classrooms in order to avoid having their positions declared vacant, adding that KASU lecturers had no reason to join any strike.

According to El-Rufai, ASUU had a problem with the federal government, not the state government.

“The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume, but I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work, because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated and those that collected salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.

“This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay’. This is the law. So whoever joined the strike will not be paid a salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with the State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government. Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us join the strike?

“If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspapers. They once did the same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work,” he said.

On Monday, labour unions commenced solidarity protests in some parts of the country with ASUU.

ASUU has been on strike since February over the failure of the federal government to meet its demands and many attempts by the government to make the lecturers return to the classrooms proved futile as of today.

Christian Association of Nigeria Gets New President

By Our Reporter/Agency

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has elected president.

CAN is made up of five blocs: Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), (TEKAN and ECWA Fellowship.

Most Rev. Daniel Chukwudumebi Okoh of the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church, also known as Nation Builders (Odozi-Obodo) has been elected the new Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) president.

A statement by CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola made the announcement said on Wednesday, the apex Christian body hold a general assembly to usher in the new administration marking the end of the tenure of outgoing President, Rev. Samson Olusupo Ayokunle.

Born November 12, 1963 in Kano to Christian parents, he is a native of Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers.

Okoh  attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha, Anambra.

In 1988, the cleric graduated from the University of Port Harcourt where he studied Political Science and Education.

The religious leader attended Christ Holy Church Seminary, Onitsha, and bagged a diploma in Theology.

Okoh was the Chairman, Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC); National President of OAIC (Nigeria); CAN National Vice-President (2007-2013).

The archbishop was one of the six delegates that represented CAN at the National Political Reform Conference in 2005.

Okoh, a board member of the African Council of Religious Leaders, will now co-chair the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) alongside the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.

He is married and blessed with four children.

House of Representatives Determine To End ASUU Strike

By Our Reporters

The Mega Protest Rally organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC to demand an end to the prolonged strike by university-based unions has taken off from the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja to the National Assembly Complex.

The protest rally is witnessing a large turned out of workers from the 43 affiliate unions of the NLC, causing heavy traffic gridlock between the Maitama- Federal Secretariat axis of the FCT.

NLC President, Ayubba Wabba told the mammoth crowd of workers who gathered at the Unity Fountain that “Congress can no longer endure the endless negotiation since the strike commenced in February this year”, and called on the Federal Government to be sincere with the unions and address their demands for the campuses to reopen for students.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU President stated that the union’s home-grown payment platform, the University Transparency, and Accountability Solutions, UTAS, was developed to accommodate the peculiarities in the university system did not fail the integrity test as alleged by the Federal Government.

Receiving the protesters, the Chairman House Committee on labour, Muhammad Wudil says the House of Representatives will intervene actively to end the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the federal government.

Wudil gave this indication when Nigerian Labour Congress and its affiliate unions visited the National Assembly to protest the prolonged ASUU strike.

“The National Assembly would invite all the stakeholders to sit down and see how the crises could be resolved.

“Since the beginning of the strike action, the house has been consulting relevant stakeholders with a view to ending the crisis,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Ayuba Waba, said the union’s support to ASUU, lamented that Nigerian universities were the least paid in Africa.

Wabba stated that they were in the National Assembly to register their protest on the lingering ASUU strike and the urgent need to end it.

“If nothing is done after the protest, their next line of action would be a three-day nationwide protest and a strike action,” Wabba warned.

Second Batch Of Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Arrive Yola

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The second batch of 558 Adamawa pilgrims including the Amirul Hajj who is also the Amna Shelleng Alhaji Abdullahi Isa Dasong have arrived Yola International Airport on MAX AIR flight NGL2020 Tuesday morning after completion of Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

The second batch is from Yola-South, Maiha, Mubi-South, Shelleng, Guyuk, Lamurde, Numan, Mayo-Belwa local government areas.

So far, about 1,117 Pilgrims from the State have returned home in two batches, after spending over four weeks in Makkah and Madina, Saudi Arabia.

ICPC Inaugurates Anti- Corruption, Transparency Unit Of MAUTH Yola

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) has commended the management of the Modibbo Adama University Teaching Hospital, MAUTH Yola, Adamawa state for transparency and integrity index.

The ICPC chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye made the assertion on Monday, during the inauguration of the new members of the Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU at the Boardroom of the hospital.

Represented by the Commissioner Adamawa state, George J. Lawal, ICPC Chairman expressed happiness with the upgrading of the facility to a teaching hospital, and challenged the newly appointed members to not only maintain the tempo but to go beyond.

The ICPC Boss rated the ACTU activities in MAUTH Yola as one of the best in the country.

Prof Auwal Muhammad Abubakar, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, saluted ICPC for recognizing MAUTH Yola as a worthy key partner and the outgoing ACTU members for the credible performance, presenting the hospital as one of the Best MDAs.

The CMD has promised to continue sponsoring the ACTU activities and members for trainings and retraining.

Dr Dahiru Aminu M.C, new chairman ACTU MAUTH Yola, who spoke on behalf of the inaugurated members promised to meet up with the challenge of excellence as a legacy established by the previous ACTU teams.

Aminu thanked the management of MAUTH Yola for finding them credible worthy for the challenging task, where he commended the ICPC for the inauguration.

The newly inaugurated ACTU members of MAUTH Yola are Dr Dahiru Aminu M.C. as Chairman, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim (Audit) Investigation Officer, Mr Etim Emmanuel (Lab Science) Inspection Officer and Mr Abraham Peters Emmanuel (Finance) Investigation Officer.

Others are Mr Gabriel E. Musa (Nursing Services) Prevention Officer, Mr Inuwa Adams Madu (Med Records) Ethics and Compliance Officer, Mrs Husseina Bubakari Bello (Admin) Enlightenment Officer/Secretary.

The Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), was established by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) as one of the implementation mechanisms for its Mandate on prohibition and prevention of corruption especially in the Public Service. Anti-Corruption Units are established in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and operate as autonomous outfits with functional linkages with the office of the Chief Executives of the MDAs.

For the purpose of exercising its power of System Study and Review in Section 6 (b)-(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 (ICPC ACT, 2000), the Commission made a request to the Executive Arm of Government to establish ACTU in all Ministries and other Government establishments.

The approved request was followed by a Directive from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSOF) through a Circular, Ref. No. OHCSF/MSO/192/94, dated 2nd October, 2001. Funding for the Unit is to be provided by the respective MDAs, as contained in another Circular, Ref. No. OE/MS/MSO/196/S.1/7, dated 16th April 2003, from the OHCSOF.

Adamawa State Has 370,000 Drug Abuse Persons

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State has 370,000 drug abuse persons in the state, putting it third in abusing drugs in the Northeast Nigeria.

This was the outcome of the brainstorming session of the drugs abuse control committee tagged “War Against Drugs Abuse” held at the office of the Deputy Governor’s office Tuesday.

Declaring the meeting, Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth who is the state chairman of the committee represented by the state commander NDLEA, described drugs abuse as a killer of destiny, reiterating the need for youths to decist from drug among there substance abuse.

“Drugs end all dreams; people should rise against the scourge of drug abuse with the view of reducing it to the barest minimum.

“The forum is an avenue to deliberate on the drug law control master plan and the use of drug among other substance in Adamawa, and proper enlightenment of the general public for desired result.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s primary aim of setting the committee is to collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure drug abuse reduction in the state and to end the menace for a greater, peaceful and prosperous Adamawa,” he said.

He thanked Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his assistance and favourable disposition to the committee and encouraged members of the committee to participate actively for the success of the great task before them.

The meeting feature presentation of papers by  the Deputy Zonal commander NDLEA Zone B Yola, Oluwi Friday among others on drug supply reduction, cultivation, production, drug Trafficking and use as well as illicit drug abuse situation in Adamawa State.

Recall that the drug control committee was inaugurated in the state by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri through his deputy Chief Crowther Seth on 24th June, 2022 with the mandate of drawing a road map towards the reduction of illicit drug production and intake for a safer and peaceful society.

Terrorists Plan To Attack Five States, FCT-NSCDC

By Our Reporter

Two separate bandits groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West, a leaked memo from

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have revealed that bandits are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West.

In a memo dated July 25, signed by the Deputy Commandant General, Operations, D.D. Mungadi addressed to all commands of the NSCDC listed Lagos, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Kogi States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as targeted places.

The NSCDC said it had received credible intelligence that Boko Haram and Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists had mobilised their fighters and deployed high calibre weapons like anti-aircraft guns, general purpose machine guns, among others, to attack Katsina State.

The memo read: “Consequently, the Commandant-General has directed you to scale up deployment in all strategic places, including schools, worship centres and critical national assets in your respective states, to checkmate any possible threats by these criminal elements. Please treat it as urgent”.

In the memo,

Contacted, the spokesperson of the NSCDC, Shola Odumosu, denied that the leaked report did not emanate from Corps.

“There’s no any memo in that regard,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, on Tuesday has asked Abuja residents to cooperate with his officers in the Intelligence Bureau to fortify the FCT against terrorists.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force spokesperson, in a statement said the IGP said the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) had been charged to collaborate with residents to ward off the adversaries threatening to bring down the country.

“The IGP has ordered for additional deployment of assets to Strategic areas of the FCT while the Force Intelligence Bureau has been charged on robust Intelligence gathering and information sharing amongst other agencies.” (Daily Trust)

Security: Federal Government Shut Down FGC Kwali Abuja

By Our Reporter

Following security breaches in Sheda and Lambata Villages, suburbs of Kwali Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, the Federal Ministry of Education has ordered the immediate closure of the Federal Government College Kwali.

Ben. Bem Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry in a statement quoted the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu as saying that the closure became necessary, which also threatened FGC Kwali.

According to the Minister, the timely intervention of security Agencies saved the situation.

“Principals of Unity Colleges across the country have been directed to liaise with security Agencies within their jurisdictions in order to “forestall any security breach in our schools,” the statement added.

Adamu also directed that arrangements should be made for final year students to conclude their NECO examinations.

Big Tree Has Fallen In Pella, Awo Passes On

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

One the oldest man in Pella town of Hong local government area, Adamawa state Mallam Buba Dandara popularly called “Awo” has joined his ancestors today Monday.

A kind and jovial person left behind a wife, many children and great and great grandchildren.

The remains of Mallam Buba Dandara has been committed to mother earth at Pella Muslim cemetery.

Sympathizers have been trooping to the residence of deceased located few metres away from Pella market o condoled the family.

Medical Outreach: Gospel Medical Foundation Target 300 Patients

By Shetima Afartiya

A non-governmental organization, Dr Neils Bronnum Gospel Medical Foundation has commenced medical outreach at the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, (LCCN) No.1 Yola town targeting about 300 patients with various ailments.

At the event, the founder of the Foundation Pastor Daniel Bulus said the outreach is open to everybody and is being conducted by 8 Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and other medical personnel and the exercise is service to humanity.

He explained that serious cases are being referred to recognised hospitals for further medication, adding that anybody can contribute to the foundation.

The chairman Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Dr Jesse Sajo Njidda said a medical Doctor and Preacher from Denmark who arrive Yola in nineteen thirteen established LCCN and the Gospel’s mission and Healthcare in line with Dr Neils Bronnum goals.

“Nigeria’s public healthcare, humanitarian activities and national security scenarios have changed drastically in the past few years, noted that revitalization is the inclusive resilience in tackling public health issues,” he said.

Dr Njidda stated that the foundation is non-denominational and is basically to provide humanitarian services to poor communities.

Some of the beneficiaries of the outreach Penina Joel, Katikis Renos Kondo and Betty Kefas expressed delight with the humanitarian gesture of the foundation.

Ban: 12 Million Motorcycle Operations May Be Affected- ACOMORAN

By Our Reporter

The National President of Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairs and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Alhaji Samsudeen Adebayo Apelogun has warned that 12 million members of the association nationwide, with 6000 adequately registered may be affected with the proposed of its operations.

He gave the warning on Monday, at a press briefing in Abuja, noted that the idea of banning the use of motorcycles nationwide by the Federal Government would be counter-productive.

Recall that the Federal Government, after its Security Council meeting on July 21st, 2022, gave an indication that it might be compelled to ban the use of motorcycles and mining activities as it had been discovered to be major means of movement by bandits and source of amassing ransom from kidnap victims.

The leadership of ACOMORAN said the government should overhaul their intelligence gathering mechanism, rather than creating another monster that will ultimately add salt to the injury.

Part of the statement reads: “The outright ban may throw over 40 million Nigerians, who make a living through motorcycles, into the saturated labour market.

“Besides impoverishing millions of Nigerians, it would further compound the anti-social vices the government was trying to contain the economic and security implications.

“Commuters see motorcycles as a relief to their transportation problems, while motorcycle riders see their adventure as a source of livelihood. Without a doubt, the use of motorcycles has enhanced mobility for the middle income earners, which by extension has contributed to an increase in production through an increase in man hours.

“Let me put it on record that from experience, 95 percent of those you see riding motorcycles are doing it because they don’t have better options and they don’t want to take to crime.

“If ten million of these 40million people they plan to render jobless take to crime, can the government contain them? If you attribute the movement of terrorists to motorcycles, don’t criminals operate with vehicles? When terrorists regrettably attacked Kuje prison, was it the motorcycle riders that caused the failure of intelligence gathering?”

20 Year Old Nursing Mother Stab Husband To Death In Adamawa

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

A 20 year old housewife, Caroline Barka, has been arrested by the Police in Adamawa for allegedly stabbing her 38 year old husband, Barka Dauda to death for late coming.

The suspect who hails from Angwan Tsamiya, Madagali LGA, was said to have engaged her late husband in a fight following an argument after the deceased returned home lately and drunk.

SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer in a statement said the suspect became angry with the behaviuor of her late husband for being always drunk, coming home lately and failure to provide basic necessities for the family.

Part of the statement read: “The suspect and nursing mother was arrested by the Police in Madagali LGA, on the 22nd July, 2022, following report received from a relative of the deceased.

“The duo engaged themselves in a fight which resulted in the wife stabbing the husband as a result of which he fell down unconscious and was later rushed to the Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

“Investigation so far revealed that the suspect being a nursing mother had a child with the deceased after 2years of marriage”.

Nguroje said the Commissioner of Police, S. K Akande, has commended the locals and police for making it impossible for the criminals to escape justice, and directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police Investigation to take over the case and ensure that the suspect is prosecuted accordingly.

Insecurity: Five States Require Civilian Joint Task Force Assistance

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency report

With the As the security challenges continue to looms in Nigeria, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) has called on the Nigerian government to include youths from Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Katsina states in all military operations.

The National Chairman of CJTF, Dr Kailani Mohammed stated this at the national summit in Abuja which brought all stakeholders together, noted that youths know their communities very well and are willing to contribute their quarter in the fighting against terrorists.

“The success story they achieved in the North East, youths in the North West should be included in the military operations, adding that the CJTF had a formidable way of recruiting youths that will assist in the military operations.

“The Nigerian military’s operations against insurgency and kidnapping currently taking place in Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Katsina requires a similar approach of military operatives and civilians.

“The local youths know their communities very well and they are determined to protect their area and family members. Already, the leadership of CJTF in the country has a way of recruiting decent youths who are willing to defend their areas and their families.

“These youths have a history of bravery and, if given the chance, many will volunteer to work in the taskforce in order to bring respite to and rid their community from insurgency and banditry.

“On this note, it behoves this gathering to chart a way forward that would be presented to the Nigerian authorities as well as Governors in the North West for their consideration,” Mohammed said adding that the menace of insecurity is now tough in the North West but that the youths are willing to fight back to defend their areas and their families,” Mohammed said.

Modu Aji Isa, Deputy national commander of the CJTF in a remark said they had over 32,000 CJTF in Borno State that are supported by the government.

“Though they lost about 7,000 members in the war against insurgents, the government had been taking care of their widows and the children including giving them free education and health care.” He said.

Gunmen Killed Lawmaker In Adamawa, SGF Condemn The Act

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the killing of Deputy Leader Song Local Government Legislative Council, Adamawa state, Hon. Ishaya Bakano by yet to be identified gunmen in the early hours of Saturday.

The lawmaker’s son who was shot during the attack is reportedly recuperating in a hospital.

The deceased who represents Gudu/Mboi Ward was said to have been shot dead by assailants shortly after he was whisked away from his residence at Bannga in the

SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer who confirmed the said the incident said security agents are working round the clock to apprehend the assailants.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, has condemned in strong terms the killing of Hon. Ishaya BabaKano.

SGF in a statement signed by the Director of Information in the Office of the SGF, Willie Bassey said Mr Mustapha assured that security agencies are being mobilized to bring the perpetuators of this dastardly act to justice.

The statement read in part: “People should remain calm and vigilant and cooperate with security agencies by providing timely information to avert a reoccurrence.

“While commiserating with the Government and people of Adamawa State, the deceased family, friends and associates, he prays to God to grant eternal repose to the soul of the departed”.

Workers In Power Sector To Participate In ASUU Strike

By Hassan Umar Shallpella/Agency Report

Workers in the power sector under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) confirmed they would join Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on a nationwide protest in support of ASUU on July 26 and 27.

In a memo with ref. NUEE/NS/2022/008, General Secretary, Joe Ajaero communicated the decision after a meeting of the central working committee and national working committee.

The union directed all members to “massively mobilize and actively participate in the NLC/ASUU solidarity protest”.

Ajaero urged vice presidents, state/administrative councils and chapter secretaries to collaborate with the leadership of state executive councils for “a successful outing”.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on an industrial action on February 14, leaving more than 80 public tertiary institutions across Nigeria shut.

But, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed declared that the planned demonstrations “are uncalled for and illegal” and suggested it was high time the actions of labour were interrogated.

“The NLC is not a political party. The NLC can go on strike or protest if the rights of NLC members are involved.

“What the NLC is planning in the two days is about interest. There’s no dispute between NLC, as a body, with the federal government”, he said.

ASUU is irked by poor funding of schools and laxity in the payment of Academic Earned Allowance (EAA).

Others include the use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and refusal to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

ASUU strike led by Prof. Victor Osodeke, entered the sixth month on July 15 as tens of thousands of undergraduates await an announcement for resumption.

First Batch Of Adamawa Pilgrims Arrives Yola

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The first batch of 559 pilgrims from Adamawa state who performed 2022 Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia have arrived Yola International Airport Saturday on board MAX AIR flight NGL2014.

The pilgrims are from Yola-North, Yola-South, Girei, Fufore, Mubi-North, Mubi-South and those who paid their Hajj fares at the Commission headquarters.

The second and third batches are expected home on Monday and Friday next week respectively.

A total number of 1185 pilgrims from the state including officials were amongst millions of that performed 2022 hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Rape: Government Shut Down Fad Goshen Academy

By Our Reporter

Following alleged rape of a 4-year-old hearing impaired girl of Fad Goshen Academy located in Gumei along Zonkwa Road, Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Government had shut down the school indefinitely. 

The girl is said to have been raped on June 10 and is to undergo corrective surgery at the Barau Dikko Hospital, Kaduna.

Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed-Baba, Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development assured that the state government would leverage the relevant laws and security agencies to get justice for the survivor.

The Commissioner cautioned the proprietress and staff of the school to refrain from attempting to reopen the school until the matter is concluded and justice served.

“The school has been closed down pending the outcome of the investigation and until we get clearance from the court because that girl deserves justice and that is what we are going to do.

“We will be implementing these laws and I believe the law will take its course since security agencies are already investigating the matter. Whoever is responsible will be made to face the wrath of the law.” 

 “The incident is really sad, especially that the girl cannot speak nor hear, being impaired; we saw that she was truly severely damaged when we took her to the hospital. Sadly, she has to undergo corrective surgery, which the government of Kaduna State will take responsibility for because she is our girl.  

Bukola Ajao, a lawyer and rights activist, said the girl had described how someone slapped her and used a hand to cover her mouth and had sexual intercourse with her. 

The child’s father, Tyinmvak Musa, who lives and operates a studio business in Kachia, said, “On Friday, June 10, I personally put her in the school bus with about three other children in the vehicle around 6:30am that fateful day. Her school closes by 12noon on Thursdays and Fridays, but strangely, she did not get home till 2pm and instead of being at the back of the bus, she was laying on the foot mat of the front passenger seat.  

“We later discovered that our daughter had been defiled, which was later confirmed to us at the General Hospital, Kachia. On June 12, as we were returning from the hospital, we went to lay our complaint to the school proprietress who promised to take up the matter, but did not; we eventually decided to involve the police when we saw we were not making progress.” (Daily Trust)

JAMB Peg Cut-Off Mark For 2022/2023 Academic Session

By Our Reporter

Heads of tertiary education institutions in the country and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) have pegged the minimum cut-off mark for admissions in the 2022/2023 academic session.

The 2022 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions, presided by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in Abuja pegged minimum cut-off marks for universities 140, Polytechnics 100, and Colleges of Education 100.

JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who announced the cut-off after thorough debates and votes by Vice-chancellors of Universities, Rectors of Polytechnics, and Provosts of Colleges of Education.

“The implication was that every institution has the right to fix its own cut-off mark even up to 220. No one would be allowed to go less than the agreed minimum marks of 100 for Colleges of Education, 100 for Polytechnics and 140 for Universities,” he explained.

The meeting advocated for ten percent discretional power of admission to be given to heads of tertiary institutions as part of the review of admission criteria.

Terrorism: Government May Ban Use Of Motorcycles

By Our Reporter

Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami says Federal Government may consider recommendations to ban the use of motorcycles, mining activities, and the payment of ransom to terrorists.

Malami, while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja on the outcome of today’s security meeting, summoned by President Buhari, said the proposals, which were presented and extensively deliberated at the meeting, would be studied further and enforced appropriately.

“Government was not unaware of the hardship that would befall innocent motorcyclists, and the socio-economic implications of the proposed ban, but sacrifices had to be made to thwart the activities of terrorists,” he said.

The Minister argued that the government also had to be dynamic if security was to be restored.

Also, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi said the meeting was proactive enough to deal with the advances of terrorists for good.

On his part, Interior Minister, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, while seeking the understanding of Nigerians regarding the proposed ban, explained the need for encompassing actions to be taken to protect lives and property of Nigerians.

“Measures were being taken to strengthen surveillance of the nation’s borders to prevent the inflow of arms and ammunition into the country,” Aregbesola said.

Adamawa APC Primaries: No Fix Date For Judgement

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Federal High Court 1 Yola Division on Wednesday has reserved a judgement of a suit instituted by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu challenging the emergence of Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani as APC Adamawa gubernatorial candidate.

Justice A.M. Anka, presiding judge reserved the suit for judgement, saying a date for judgement will be communicated to the parties involved.

Recall that Mallam Ribadu dragged APC Governorship Candidate, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, before the court, seeking the nullification of the primary election conducted on the 27th May, 2022 in which Sen. Binani beats other five contestants including Nuhu Ribadu.

 The result of the primary election which was conducted in a transparent manner shows Sen. Binani polled 430 votes, followed by Nuhu Ribadu who scored 288 votes, former Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow got 103 votes,while member representing Ganye, Jada, Toungo and Mayo-Belwa Federal constituency Abdulrazak Namdas scored 94 votes, Umar Mustapha, Otumba Ekiti  secured 39 votes and Wafarnyi Theman has 21 votes.

Flood Sacks Wuro Ngayadi Community In Madagali LGA

By Iro Garba

Heavy down pour on Wednesday night which lasted for more than four hours has destroyed residential buildings, farmlands, livestock and other business premises in Wuro Ngayadi of Kirchinga Disrtict in Madagali local government area.

Reports from the area indicate that such downpour was last witnessed in the area more than seventy years ago.

The report added that the affected households who are mainly farmers are now taking refuge in nearby villages.

One of the victims, an eighty old man, Lawan Vengeri narrated that villagers had not experienced such downpour for decades, adding that victims are now salvaging from the disaster.

Speaking on the incident, the District Head of Kirchinga, Alhaji Abdulkadir Maina, Mai Borno Mubi called on government at all levels, Philanthropists and other organizations to come to the aid of the victims.

He said the victims are urgently in need of relief materials, urging them to consider the calamity as an act of God.

Primaries: Senate President, Other Politicians Risk Two Years Jail Term

 By Our Reporter

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini has hinted on Tuesday that any politician who obtained more than one nomination form in the last political party primaries may risk two years’ imprisonment under the Electoral Act, 2022.

Igini stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, quoting Section 115 (D) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

His statement is a pointer to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio and other politicians who obtained more than one form during the last party primaries.

Other politicians who might have violated the electoral act include Governors Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

“A person who signs a nomination paper or result form as a candidate in more than one constituency at the same election [commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum term of imprisonment for two years].”

By “constituency,” the electoral term refers to a separate election whether it is presidential, governorship, senatorial, the House of Representatives or that of state assembly.

“Section 115 (D) of the 2022 Electoral Act stipulates that no person shall sign, obtain more than one form as a candidate for different elections.

“And the offence for that under subsection K, beyond the financial, he will go to two years’ imprisonment.

“Some people are claiming that they participated in one election, that they filled two forms; its ignorance of the law and it’s not an excuse.

“We are preventing them from being candidates for prison and they are calling our names everywhere,” Igini said.

He insisted that INEC did not monitor the primaries that produced Akpabio as the senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West.

Akpabio had contested the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but he withdrew from the race on June 7, and asked his supporters to back Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor who eventually emerged APC presidential candidate.

Prior to the presidential primary, on May 27, Udom Ekpoudom, a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police, had won the primary election for the Akwa Ibom North-west senatorial ticket.

A parallel primary election was conducted and won by Ekperikpe Ekpo. However, it was later cancelled over irregularities, while a rerun was conducted on June 8, with Akpabio declared as winner of the exercise.

Lawan after losing the APC presidential ticket reportedly asked Bashir Machina, winner of the Yobe North Senatorial primary, to relinquish the ticket.

The act of Senate President and Akpabio indicates that they might have secretly obtained the nomination forms for senatorial seats while seeking for presidential ticket.

Students Protest Turn Violence In Bauchi

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The protest embarked upon by students of Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP) Bauchi and other institutions in the state on Tuesday later turned into violence and looting of public properties.

The other institutions are A.D. Rafai College for Legal and Islamic Studies Misau; Bauchi State College of Agriculture, Bauchi; Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, and  Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education, Kangere.”

The protesting students also blockage of the Bauchi-Jos Highway used by commuters from Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe to Abuja for several hours.

Meanwhile, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda has reacted to the development through a Press Statement by SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer.

CP Umar Mamman Sanda, condemned the violence that trailed the protest by the students.

The statement read in part: “Protesters took a toll on the Jos-Bauchi highway thereby attracting some miscreants and hoodlums and degenerated into a violent demonstration, including the smashing peoples’ vehicles, damaging properties, extortion of mobile phones and looting some shops situated opposite the school.”

  “The students started throwing stones and other dangerous objects at the Police team which led to serious injuries to the Police officers. The violent protesters were eventually dispersed and normalcy was restored.” \

CP Sanda said despite appeal to the students’ leader by a Police team led by the Area Commander Metro and a police anti-riot squad drafted to the scene yielded no positive result.

Fake Soldier In Police Net

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

A 22 year-old Paul Shaltha, self-acclaimed soldier, resident of Sabon Gari, in Sangere Futy in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa State has been arrested by Police operatives for allegedly posing as a soldier.

According to a statement by the Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje that “Shaltha, self-acclaimed soldier was arrested on Sunday for extorting money from a tricycle operator who allegedly violated traffic rules and other members of the public”.

Nigeria Police Force Zone 3 Yola, Arrest 42 Criminals

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Zone 3 Yola have arrested forty two suspected criminals including the miscreants, Shilla boys in connection with various offences.

The Public Relations Officer of Zone 3 of the Nigeria Police Superintendent of Police Yusuf Adamu in a statement said the suspects were alleged to have involved in criminal acts such as house breaking, brothel and burglary among others.

According to the statement items recovered from the suspects include fabricated iron, Indian hemp, Tramadol, clothes, pot, bucket, bottles of suck and die as well as scissors.

It added that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 3, AIG Daniel Sokari Pedro has directed the Police to wipe out remnants of the miscreants Shilla boys and other criminals in the zone.

The AIG then called on the general public to be vigilant   and report any infraction of the law to the nearest Police formation for appropriate action.

In another development, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 3 AIG Daniel Sokari Pedro has presented cheques covering five hundred thousand naira to each to the next of kin of three deceased Police officers who died in active service.

AIG Pedro advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money given under the Inspector General of Police family support welfare package to cushion of the suffering of the benefitting families

Government Is Poise To Safeguard Schools From Insurgents-Fintiri

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has reiterated the commitment of his administration towards safeguarding schools from threat posed by insurgents through provision of quality and effective learning atmosphere for students and teachers.

Fintiri who made the assertion at the 81st Joint Consultative Committee on Education plenary meeting held at the Banquet Hall Government House Yola.

The 81st Joint Consultative meeting on education titled “Strengthening of security and safety in Nigerian schools for the achievement of education 2030” was organized by Adamawa State Ministry of Education and Human capital development in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.

Represented by his Deputy Chief Crowther Seth, the Governor said the theme chosen for the meeting is timely especially now that the schools have become a target to insurgents, instilling fear in the minds of parents and guardians in the state over the safety of their children.

“Security of lives and property remain one of the cardinal agenda of this administration, secured atmosphere in schools is also paramount for the younger ones and teachers to have a peaceful and proper learning,” he said.

The governor noted that the forum offers an opportunity to chart a course for secured learning environment as government is poised at repositioning the entire educational sector.

David Adejo Andrew, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Education noted that insecurity has become a global phenomenon, stressing that peaceful and secured environment is required for quality learning.

“Provision of CCTV Camera’s, construction of perimeter fence in the learning institutions among other security measures for a safer schools are geared towards safeguarding the schools from the activities of insurgents,” Andrew said.

In their separate remarks, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Wilbina Jackson and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Aisha Abubakar Umar impressed with governor Fintiri’s initiative towards safeguarding lives and property of students and teachers.

According to the stakeholders, perseverance and commitment to the development of education sector will go down the memory lane, expressing optimism that the gathering will provide a workable solution to insurgents’ activities on the education sector for a friendly and protective learning atmosphere.

A playlet and drama depicting governor Fintiri’s educational policy, how insecurity is threatening the sector featured at the event.

Creativity: 13-year boy Got N5m Bursary

By Our Reporter

Impressed with the creativity of a 13-year old that used mud to replicate the state’s first flyover around the customs round-about in Maiduguri commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in December, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum award N5m bursary to Musa Sani to further his education.

Musa, a primary three pupil in a Community school in Gwange was from less privileged family lives around Gwange area in Maiduguri metropolis.

Governor Zulum who was amazed with the kid’s brilliance met his family and offered bursary for him, to harness his talents.

Zulum presented a cheque of N5m to Golden Olive Academy, a private school Maiduguri, to cater for Musa’s education from primary four to completion of Senior Secondary School.

The Governor directed the Borno State Education Trust Fund (ETF) to fund the boy’s education.

Prof. Hauwa Biu, Chairperson of ETF said the fund had already presented a cheque of Five Million and Twenty Nine Thousand Naira (N5,029,000) to a private school where Musa is now schooling.

Prof Biu thanked Governor Zulum for the offer and urged the boy to focus on his studies and make the Governor proud.

Kano State Government Restrict Operations Of A Daidata Sahu

By Our Reporter

Operations of tricycles in Kano popularly known as A Daidata Sahu have now restricted to start from 10:00 pm-6:00 am with effect from Thursday, July 21, 2022.

, Malam Muhammad Garba, Kano State Information Commissioner who announced this on Monday in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, the state capital said the decision to that effect was reached at the end of the state security meeting.

Garba, urged tricycle riders to comply with the new measure as security agents would enforce the ban without compromise; advise them not to operate within the stipulated hours.

The Commissioner explained that the measure was part of an effort to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.

Sen. Binani Advise Eligible Voters To Obtain Permanent Voters Card

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Adamawa, Sen. Aisha Dahiru Ahmed Binani has advised eligible people who are yet to register in the on-going voter registration exercise to do so.

She gave the advice Sunday at the launching of an album titled ”Kasida” organized by Sayyadi Abubakar Sani under the umbrella of Zawiyyar Malam Abubakar Sufi Jimata held at Teacher’s House Jimeta, noted that obtaining the PVC will enable them to exercise their civic rights during elections.

Salihu Baba Ahmed Representing Sen. Binani

Represented by Alhaji Salihu Baba Ahmed, Sen. Binani appealed to Muslims to desist from acts that will tarnish the image of Islam.

Sen. Binani also challenged Muslims to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him for their benefit both in this world and in the hereafter.

The lawmaker saluted Abubakar Sani for composing an album of Islamic songs.

In his remark, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim Sufi Jimeta enjoined Muslims to live peacefully and be helpful to one another.

He recalled that singing Islamic songs started when Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him migrated from Mecca to Madina where he was welcomed by songs of praises.

Malam Sayyadi Abubakar Sani said the launching of the album is to demonstrate the love of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

Electricity: 8 Communities In Adamawa Thrown Into Darkness

By Ahmad Bala Yushaú

For nearly two weeks, eight communities in Fufore and Yola South local governments have been without electricity from the national grid following the breakdown of Control Breaker of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) serving the area.

The affected communities are Mbamba, Njoboli, Njboliyo, Mararraba Wuro Ardo, Chigari, Fufore, Gurin, Ribadu, Dasin Hausa, Parda and Muninga.

As a result of the situation, residents expressed dismay over the delay in restoring supply, as various activities requiring electricity supply have been affected in the area.

In an interview Saidu Kaita, a grinding machine operator said as a result of the power interruption with the recent increment in price of diesel they have no options than to increase charges for grinding grains.

He urged patrons to bear with the increment and appealed on the relevant authorities to restore power supply to the zone to ameliorate the situation.

Also speaking, a provision seller Malam Liman Hamman Nenne said the power cut has affected their business and social activities of the people in the area.

He explained that before, a truck of water from vendors was two hundred naira which has risen to between four hundred to five hundred naira.

Malam Hamman Nenne called on chairman, Fufore Local Government council and stakeholders in Fufore to assist them by ensuring the restoration of power supply.

80 Babies Delivered In Seven Months In IDP Camps

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

Dr Emmanuel Shior, Executive Secretary Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benue state have given birth to 80 babies in seven months across the state.

He made this known on Friday in Makurdi during the agency’s monthly distribution of relief materials to the IDPs.

Shior said the deliveries were registered by the agency, noted that most of the IDPs were staying with their partners, explained that this accounted for the high number of births recorded in the camps.

 “The agency is very strict on illicit sexual affairs in the camps.

“It is very difficult to control the tide of births in the camps, the IDPs are human beings.

“It is the nature of man, even when they don’t have food to eat they have the desire for sex, that cannot be taken away from the IDPs. Most of them have their families at the camps.

“The aspect we try to control is unmarried people sleeping with each other; other unlawful sexual acts are also forbidden in the camps,” Shior said.

He said the agency was doing everything within its powers to ensure that the IDPs enjoy some level of comfort while in camps.

The SEMA Boss said the agency would distribute 3,000 bags of rice, 2,000 bags of maize and guinea corn, 1,000 cartons of noodles, and bags of garri and beans to all IDPs in the state.

He said the relief materials would be distributed to IDPs in Makurdi, Guma, Logo, Agatu, Gwer West, Kwande and Okpokwu camps, among others.

NIPR Adamawa Chapter Rejoices With PR Practitioners

By Hassan Umar Shallpella

The Adamawa State chapter of National Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has reiterated its commitment to reinvigorate PR activities in the state.
The State chairman of the Institute Dr. Usman Ahmad Dadah in a statement commemorating 2022 World Public Relations Day being observed on 16th July every year, noted that the Institute remain unwavering in it’s activities.
While soliciting for support and cooperation of all members, it called on all PR practitioners in the state to brace up for the task ahead.
The statement read in part: “EXCO & congress meetings will soon be convened to rub minds on ways to further move the state NIPR chapter forward.
“This becomes more imperative as the National Citizens Summit & Annual General Meeting AGM of the NIPR comes up in Abuja from 22nd to 25th August 2022”.
The statement urged members to endeavour and attend the meeting.