BREAKING: Convicted ex- Adamawa governor, Bala Ngilari, granted N100m bail.

Justice Nathan Musa of Yola High Court on Monday granted bail to Mr Bala Ngilari, former Adamawa Governor, on health grounds, after he appealed against his recent conviction.

Ngilari was granted bail in the sum of N100m with two sureties, who must deposit Certificates of Occupancy of landed property owned in Yola.

Musa said that the former governor would enjoy his bail pending the determination of his Appeal.

Justice Musa, on March 6, sentenced Ngilari to five years in prison, without an option of fine, for violating the Public Procurement Act in the award of contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles.

The vehicles, which were for commissioners, were purchased at the cost of N167m.

Musa, in his judgement, had declared that due process was not followed in the transaction.

Ngilari, having appealed the sentence, went back to the same court that convicted him, and asked for bail, pending the determination of his Appeal.

Justice Musa, after listening to arguments of counsel to Ngilari, Mr Sam Olugunorisa (SAN) and that of EFCC, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, in the motion for bail pending Appeal, granted Ngilari’s request.

The bail plea was supported by a medical report on Ngilari, from Yola Prison, which indicated that the former governor had been under intensive medical management.

The report, signed by Mr John Bukar, a Deputy Comptroller in charge of Health, stated that Ngilari had diabetes, hypertension and insomnia.

It said that Ngilari, who had been referred to Canada Specialist Hospital in Dubai, for evaluation and management, had blood pressure that was rising between 180/110 MMHG to 190/120 MMHG.


Source: NAN

How “Fulani militia” killed 3 police officers in Adamawa – Nigeria Police

The Adamawa Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killing of three mobile police officers and the disappearance of two others in an attack by suspected herdsmen in Demsa Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the policemen were among those drafted to secure Kwayine, Gidan Dadi and Karlahi communities after clashes that followed the killing of 47 cattle in the area.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, who confirmed the development to journalists in Yola, said that four rifles belonging to the police officers were also missing.

“Fulani militia attacked the three villages and we lost three of our gallant MOPOL while two are missing.

“We have constituted a high powered search team and by the special grace of God we are going to recover our men.

“On the side of the civilians, two bodies have so far been recovered,” Mr. Othman said.

The spokesperson said that the police had succeeded in killing scores of the militias who where however able to escape with their dead ones.

Mr. Abubakar said more police officers had been drafted to the affected areas.

Gov. Muhammad Bindow had condemned the attack, which occurred less than 24-hours after a government delegation on peace building mission visited the area.

The governor in a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, directed security agencies to deploy more personnel to the area.

He described the attack as unfortunate and sad especially coming after recent peace and confidence building efforts.

“The Governor feels highly disturbed that after he had sent delegations on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to interface with the different communities in the area, a clash could occur so soon thereafter.”

He assured residents of government’s resolve to restore peace to the affected areas and protect the lives of every citizen.

Bindow saluted the gallantry of the police in confronting the attackers and urged them not to relent until normalcy is fully restored.

FRESH: Three female suicide bombers shot dead in Adamawa

Three suspected  female suicide bombers were on Wednesday killed before they could enter a market in Gulak, headquarters of Madagali local government.

Yusuf Mohammed, chairman of the local government, confirmed the development, saying vigilantes sighted the suspected bombers from a distance.

He said the vigilantes, who were on patrol around the Bakin Dutse area, ordered the suspects to stop, but they refused.

“The shots by the vigilantes detonated the explosives on two of the suspected bombers,” he said.

“Although the explosive device on the third suspect did not set off, the explosion of the devices on the two other suspects, killed her.

“We suspect the bombers were on their way to Gulak market as today is the market day.”

When contacted, Akintoye Badare, spokesman of the 28 task-force battalion, Mubi, confirmed the incident, which he said occurred around 10am.

Badare did not say whether the suspected female bombers were children or adults.

“Things are now okay. Our men are at alert as usual,” Badare said.

On Tuesday, troops repelled attacks from some fleeing insurgents at Dar village in the same local government.

Murtala Nyako remains my father — Governor Bindow

Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa has expressed satisfaction over Friday’s judgement of the Supreme Court that turned down former governor Murtala Nyako’s plea for reinstatement.

Mr. Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa House of Assembly in 2014.

Mr. Bindow, who spoke with journalists in Yola on his arrival from Abuja on Saturday, said he was happy with the judgement, but that he still held Mr. Nyako in high esteem as a father.

“I am grateful to God for the development and will continue to appreciate God and the people of Adamawa for their solidarity; I assure them that by the grace of God I will not disappoint them.

“Nyako is my father and will continue to be,” Mr. Bindow said.

Mr. Nyako, who lost the bid to return to office to complete his remaining 10 months, also said that he accepted the judgment in good faith.

The former governor said his major reason for going to court was to seek redress over what he described as his “illegal removal”.

“I am relaxed and will remain so; I always believe that the future is better,” Mr. Nyako said.

The former governor thanked his supporters and well-wishers for their show of support and solidarity.

“Thank you my people of Adamawa for the show of love,” Mr. Nyako said.

He said as a farmer, he would continue his farming business and contribute his quota to humanity.

Boko Haram: Adamawa to arm more local vigilantes

The Adamawa state government in North-east Nigeria has said it would procure arms for 150 more local vigilantes to help fight insurgency in areas recaptured from Boko Haram terrorists.

The state’s commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone that the measure was in response to the recent suicide bomb attacks in Madagali local government area of the state in which at least 50 persons were killed and 177 others injured, including minors.

The state government had already mobilized 223 local vigilantes to help the security agencies tackle Boko Haram remnants in the troubled northern part of the state.

Mr. Sajoh said the government would assist the new batch of 150 “with stipends and ammunition for their locally-made dane guns.

“The vigilantes, who include hunters, have been assisting in the fight against Boko Haram, and these men will be drawn from Madagali, the town hit by bomb blast on Friday,’’ he explained.

“They know the terrain like their fingertips, and are capable of outmaneuvering the terrorists,’’ said the commissioner.

In recent times, attempts by suicide bombers to attack Shuwa, Michika and Rumirgo Market in Askira Uba local government area of Borno State were reported to have been thwarted by vigilante group members.

“They wield machetes, locally made guns and anything they could use to terrify the enemies”, said Adamu Kamal, the member representing Michika and Madagali Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

‘’And since their inception, they have had some success fending off Boko Haram in our areas,’’ Mr. Kamale told PREMIUM TIMES.

Adamawa State Government to ban use of Hijab over suicide attacks.

As part of efforts to reduce suicide attacks, the Adamawa State government may temporarily review the use of hijab in troubled areas in the state.


This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh on Sunday in Yola.


Sajoh said the decision was taken at the emergency security meeting over the Friday’s twin bomb blasts in Madagali market.


He said Governor Bindow met with stakeholders to discuss the decision.


He also said those who attacked madagali on Friday were in hijab.


“We also resolved in the meeting, based on security recommendations, to assist members of vigilance groups in the areas in view of their contribution to security agencies.”

LATEST UPDATE: ‘At least 30 killed’ as suicide bombers hit Adamawa market

Multiple explosions ripped through a market in Madagali, Adamawa state, on Friday, killing “at least 30 people”.


Othman Abubakar, Adamawa police spokesman, who first confirmed the incident to TheCable, said he said he was on his way — alongside the commissioner police — to the scene of the blasts.


The number of casualties could not be immediately ascertained, but Badare Akintoye, a military spokesman, later said “at least 30 people have been killed in the suicide blasts carried out by two female suicide bombers in the market in the town of Madagali”.


He said two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the busy market.


Sa’ad Bello, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in charge of Adamawa and Taraba, confirmed twin bomb blasts in Madagali Market in Adamawa.


No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Boko Haram has stepped up similar attacks on soft targets in the northeast.

UPDATE: At Least Four Dead In Adamawa Markets Suicide Attacks

At least four persons have been killed when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices at two different markets in Madagali town of Adamawa State.

The first explosive went off at a Grain Market while the other occurred at a Second Hand Clothing Market in volatile northeast Nigeria.

At a press conference, the Adamawa State Commissioner of Information, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, said the attack occurred at noon on Friday, a day more persons come to the markets.

Sixty-seven persons sustained injuries while seven are in critical condition.

According to reports, the four persons died on the way to a hospital.

The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency also confirmed the figures.

The attack comes after the United States the United States House of Representatives passed a legislation directing the country’s Secretaries of State and Defence to jointly develop a five-year strategy to assist Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.

The measure is also aimed at providing assistance to members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and international partners offering support in counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram sect in the region.

According to reports, the legislation, passed by a voice vote, was introduced by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Florida) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).

EFCC seeks to tender documents of over 30 bank accounts against Ex-Gov. Nyako

The Federal Government on Wednesday sought to tender documents of over 30 bank accounts in evidence against former Gov. Murtala Nyako and seven others who are facing trial in the Federal High Court Abuja.

Mr. Nyako, the former governor of Adamawa and seven others, including companies, are standing trial before Justice Okon Abang on a 37-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The charges against the defendants include criminal conspiracy, abuse of office, opening of multiple bank accounts and stealing to the tune of N29 billion.

The defendants, who were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), allegedly opened over 30 different accounts with Zenith Bank Plc. with the money between 2011 and 2013.

At the resumed sitting, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, sought to tender the documents used in opening the account through the bank’s officer, Olabode Farinoola, who identified himself as a compliant officer.

“Some of the names used by the defendants in opening these accounts are Tropical Agro Farms Clinic Ltd, Redcapet Protocol Ltd, Tower Asset Management Ltd and Government Service Department account.

“Others are office of the secretary to the state government, Muru Ngbula-Joran, Bincola Engineering Service Ltd, Blue Ribbon Service and Travel Tour Ltd and Blue Opal Nigeria Ltd,” Mr. Jacobs said.

Names on the accounts also include Pagoda Petroleum Marketing Ltd, Pagoda Fortunes Nigeria Ltd, Sebore Farms Extension Service Ltd and Blue Opal Nigeria Ltd (Project account).

Also contained in the names of the accounts are Kikary Investment Ltd, Blue Ribbon Multilink Ltd, Russelley Farms Nigeria Ltd, Agric International Tech Trade (Agrited Ltd) and Amdak Investment Ltd, among others.

However, Counsel to Nyako, Kanu Agabi, raised an objection to the request to tender the documents on the grounds that the defendants needed to go through the documents before they could be tendered in evidence.

Mr. Agabi prayed the court to adjourn the matter to enable the defence to go through the documents to ascertain their authenticity as claimed by the prosecution.

He said “I plead for adjournment to enable the defence to go through the documents the prosecution seeks to tender through the witness.”

Other defence counsel agreed with Mr. Agabi’s prayer for adjournment to enable them to go through the documents before being tendered in evidence.

Justice Abang agreed to the prayer and adjourned the matter to Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 to enable the defence counsel to go through the documents sought to be tendered in evidence.

Adamawa residents issue ultimatum to electricity company

Residents of Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, for provision of prepaid meters and a downward review of electricity bills.

At a town hall meeting on Wednesday at the Mahmoud Ribadu Square in Yola, the residents accused the power firm of extorting them.

They told the company to either base billing on consumption or provide “prepaid or even analogue metres”.

In their separate addresses, the chairman and secretary of the Jimeta Community Forum, Usman Ibrahim and Bashir Garba, said the people had had enough of alleged atrocities and inhuman treatment of customers by the company, “especially in areas of exorbitant billings and lack of prepaid metering”.

They said the meeting was to inform residents that the forum had written a letter of complaint to the company as directed by the people.

The forum said its investigation in other states in the country showed that YEDC was “milking its customers in Adamawa”.

“Failure to respond to our demands, we will take all necessary action available to us within the ambit of the law,” the meeting warned.

The Chairman of Yola North Local Government Council, Mahmoud Abba, who was represented at the meeting by his Vice Chairman, George Raphael, expressed delight over the unity of the residents on the issue and the non-violent approach they chose to pursue redress.

Mr. Raphael said the council was in full support of the efforts of the people to register their grievances with the service provider.

The spokesperson of the electricity firm, Kingsley Nkemneme, confirmed to the meeting that the company had received the letter of complaint and was working on it.

Mr. Nkemneme however cautioned that it was inappropriate to compare electricity consumption in Adamawa with the situation in other states.

He said consumers in the state enjoy 20 to 23 hours electricity supply a day.

He agreed that the agitation on metering was germane and assured that the company would ensure that all its customers were provided with meters.

N29bn Fraud: Court Admits Exhibits Against Ex-Adamawa Gov. Nyako, Others.

The trial of a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba, before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court, Abuja, got under way on Monday, November 21, 2016 with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting its first witness.

They are facing a 37-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N29 billion. Nyako and his co-defendants are alleged to have used five companies – Blue Opal Nigeria limited, Serore Farms & Extension Limited, Pagoda Fortunes Limited, Towers Assets Management Limited and Crust Energy Limited to commit the fraud.

At the resumed hearing, the prosecution witness, Ugochukwu Dumukwu, branch head of the FBN Merchant Bank, Maitama, Abuja, told the court that he did not know the source of the various sums of money credited into the accounts of Tower Asset Management Limited, domiciled with the bank.

Under cross-examination by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, he told the court that the EFCC contacted the bank in respect of investigations into transactions involving, Blue Ribbon Multilinks Nigeria Ltd and Tower Asset Management Nigeria Ltd.

“We were requested to provide incorporation documents such as form CO7, CO2, SCUML registration documents for Blue Ribbon Multilinks Ltd, also proof of identity for the signatories to the accounts,” he said.

He noted that the EFCC also requested documents, which included account opening forms for the two companies, transaction history for both companies, also letters of instruction from the customers, as well as copies of cheques issued to the customer.

The documents, which were presented to the court by Jacobs, were identified by the witness.

However, Ibrahim Isiyaku, counsel to Zulkifikk Abba and Towers Assets, who also held brief for Kanu Agabi, SAN, counsel for Nyako, his son and Serore Farms & Extension Limited, objected to the admissibility of some of the documents, which included the data page of the international passport of Abba, arguing that it was not certified by the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS. Counsel to Abubakar Aliyu, Y.C Maikyau, SAN, also aligned with Isiyaku, and urged the court to reject the documents in evidence.

Jacobs, who accepted the objections of the defence counsels, noted that: “I do not want to waste the time of the court arguing on the admissibility or otherwise of the documents in question, and so withdraw them as the identity of the persons involved is not in dispute.”

Justice Abang, thereafter, admitted the other documents in evidence marking them as exhibits A1-A166. The admitted documents, included transfer history detailing the flow of cash into Blue Ribbon Multilinks from Tower Asset Management, letter of instruction from the owners of the account, as well as copies of cheques used as instruments of payment.

According to Dumukwu, signatories to Blue Ribbon Multilinks included Abubakar Aliyu and Abubakar Y. Abba. He listed its directors to include Nyako Abdulaziz Murtala, Aliyu Abubakar and Yahaya Abubakar Abba. He further noted that signatories to Tower Asset Management included Aliyu Abubakar, J.L. Kogis, while the directors were Mohammed D. Saheed, Abubakar Yar’Adua, Abubakar Aliyu, Grace Danamadami, Kogis Jonathan, Abduwahab Usman, and Engr. Sambo Yahaya.

Justice Abang after accepting the documents in evidence against the defendants thereafter adjourned to November 29, 2016 for continuation of trial.

Adamawa gets 12 mining licenses, signs $5 bn exploration pact with Swiss firm

The Adamawa Mining Company Limited says it has acquired 12 licenses for Solid Minerals explorations in the state.

Mrs Shanti Shashi, the state Commissioner of Solid Minerals Resources, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Tuesday.

Shashi said the state government had also signed a five billion dollars agreement with a Swiss company, BTP Swiss Sovereign Asset, for the exploration of solid minerals in the state.

Shashi said that the agreement was signed in June 2016 and would last for three years.

“Adamawa Mining Company has acquired 12 solid minerals exploration licenses from Federal Government.

“ The Company has signed five billion dollars agreement with BTP Swiss Sovereign Asset to mine Gold, Diamond, Lead Zinc, Bitumen, Barites, Uranium, and Platinum.

“ The investor is a world-class renowned mining company that can generate a lot of revenue and employment for the state,” Shashi said.

Shashi said the state government also signed a contract agreement with Dangote Cement for the establishment of cement factory in Guyuk Local Government Area of the state.

According to the commissioner, the development will create more revenue and employment for the state and the country at large.

She said that another reputable foreign investor, Smart Group International, had submitted a letter of intent to the government for the establishment of cement factory in Lamurde Local Government Area.

She added that Group’s intention to establish the cement factory was due to huge deposits of gemstones discovered in the area.

“A draft Memorandum of Understanding is in place with Orca Energy Company of the United Kingdom for the recovery of alluvial, Gold, Diamond and other gemstones from Rivers Faro and Benue.

“As well as the establishment of state of art equipment and mineral testing laboratory and jewellery plant in the state,” she said.

Senate dissatisfied with water, health facilities in Borno, Adamawa IDPs camps.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Abdulazeez Nyako, said on Sunday that the lawmakers would view seriously the inadequacy of water and health facilities at the Internally Displaced Persons camps located in Borno and Adamawa States.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yola, Nyako said that despite the fund budgeted and allocated specifically for the provision of water and health facilities in the camps, the places were still hit by acute water scarcity and lack of enough health facilities.

He said: “The committee had already visited some major camps in Maiduguri and Yola, where we discovered they are suffering from lack of enough potable water and inadequacy of health facilities.

“We in the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives, budgeted money for water supply and provision of health facilities for various camps in Borno and Adamawa.

“So far, we have not seen the effect.

“We will invite the Ministers of Water Resources and Health to explain what have they done with the fund provided for water supply and provision of health facilities in the camps.”

Nyako said that in the 2016 budget, the Senate allocated N1 billion each for water supply and provision of health facilities in the IDPs camps.

Similarly, another member of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, told NAN that they were not satisfied with the water supply situation and the health facilities in several camps visited in Borno and Adamawa States.

Gaya, representing Kano South Senatorial District, said that the Ministries, Departments and Agencies responsible for the projects would be summoned to appear before the committee.

He said that the MDAs had abandoned their responsibilities, leaving the National Emergency Management Agency to undertake the responsibilities not meant for her.

He therefore praised NEMA for effective humanitarian services and assured that National Assembly would continue to support the agency.

NDE trains selected Adamawa graduates on employability.

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has commenced five-day employability training for 45 beneficiaries of the Graduate Attachment Programme (GAP) in Adamawa.

Declaring the training open in a ceremony in Yola, the Acting Director General of NDE, Mr. Kunle Obayan, who was represented by the Adamawa State Coordinator of NDE, Mallam Ismaila Yaradua, said the training by the Special Public Works Department (SPW) of the directorate was meant to enhance the graduates so that they would be retain in their areas of attachment.

“This training on enhancing employability of GAP beneficiaries is designed to provide skills and personal attributes for the beneficiaries as part of the innovations not just by SPW department but by the entire NDE to be in tune with evolving technological advancement and meeting with current realities.

“The modification also is to prepare the beneficiaries for proactive and productive performance in carrying out their assignment in the various places of attachment that may or would lead to retainment and not only that, but to discover themselves for self employment peradventure they may not be retain.”

Obayan who disclosed that NDE was currently modified, said that new employment schemes targeted at new diverse groups were in the pipeline such as the School-To-Work scheme for secondary school students which is now being tried in some selected states.

“The initial target group of the scheme is secondary school students in JSS 2 to SS 2. This initiative is aimed at imparting vocational skills on students as part of their schools’ curricular.

“The trades the students will be engaged in cut across numerous aspects of vocational and technical skills.”

The DG also listed what he called “Smart Farmer” as another new scheme embarked on by the directorate.

While noting that NDE would continue to strive in meeting the demands of the present unemployment situation, he lauded Adamawa government for it support to NDE programmes in the state.

Also speaking at the training, the Assistant Director in charge of Special Public Works (SPW) of the directorate, Mr Christopher Bamsida, urged the beneficiaries to optimize the opportunity given them by taking the training seriously.

Bamsida said that the directorate with the commitment of the trainees wanted to see that if not all, about 70 per cent of them were retain at the end of their six months attachment.

NDLEA Arrests 20 Suspects Over 61.465kg Of Hard Drugs In Adamawa

Adamawa Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 20 suspects in connection with 61.465kg of hard drugs.

State Commander of the Agency, Musa Kibo revealed this to newsmen in Yola, Thursday saying the suspects were arrested at Yola abattoir and Jambutu Central Motor Park, adding that the arrest was made possible following the command’s efforts to raid the society free of drugs in the state.

He pointed out that the operation was conducted to dislodge some major drug abuse joints in Yola saying large quantities of Tramadol 250 mg was seized from the suspects.

“The command, during its relentless raid, dislodged drug joints which include Yola Abattoir Market, Jambutu Motor Park, Madam Street and Falujah market.”

“A total of 20 suspects were arrested, including the seizure of 61.456 Kg of assorted hard drugs such as Cannabis Sativa ,Tramadol 250 mg, Diazepam, Rophnol, Cough syrup  with codeine and extol-5.”


World Bank partners Adamawa to spend $7.5m on Agriculture

The Adamawa Government on Friday said it would partner the World Bank to spend 7.5 million dollars (about N3.54 billion) to fund agriculture programmes in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Waziri Ahmadu, said this at the commencement of training for staff and stakeholders of Fadama 111 – Second Additional Financing (AF11) project for North-East in Yola.?

Ahmadu said that the state government would benefit from the financial support by improving on food security and livelihood of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

He said that 7.5 million dollars was a huge sum of money to support communities in the state with, especially at this time that the country was experiencing recession.

“The World Bank’s aim of improving food security and agriculture restoration was in line with the state and Federal Government’s agenda to improve the livelihood of the IDPs through agriculture.

“I am assuring the World Bank team of the state government’s collaboration to make sure that the project succeeds and is completed in good time.”

The commissioner said that the government would pay its counterpart fund and that arrangements were ongoing to pay for other outstanding projects of about N100 million.

He thanked the World Bank team led by Dr Adetunji Oredipe for its support, assuring that the project would be implemented successfully.

Earlier, the Project Engineer and AF11 Desk Officer, Mr Ibrahim Alkali, said that AF11 would utilise existing institutional structure of the ministry of agriculture at federal and state levels to coordinate the project implementation.

“The Fadama national office will also be responsible for day-to-day coordination of the project and support with training of staff, solid procurement, management, monitoring, and systems evaluation.

“We will show diligence and follow established World Bank procedure and also report to the national coordinator of our achievement on regular basis,” he said.

Alkali said that the criteria used in selecting the beneficiaries under AF11 as households and displaced persons, included size of household ranging from 10 members to 15 members.

“Others include farmland ownership, relevant enterprises, types of skill, level of distress, level of commitment, partial asset acquisition, IDPs in formal and informal camps,” he added.

Mr Iyiola Akande of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that all hands must be on desk to address challenges facing the North-East.

“After fighting the insurgency, we have to resettle and rehabilitate these displaced people. NEMA has been in the forefront since the beginning of this challenge.

“The good thing is that both the national and international stakeholders are coming to address the problem under AF 11 for the development of our country.?

“We hope that everything about financial assistance has put in place to ensure the restoration of livelihoods of the IDPs will be well addressed to have a good result.”

Displaced persons are humans too – Adamawa Gov. Bindow

Adamawa State Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and ensure that the 9,600 people still living in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps operated by the state are quickly resettled in their hometowns.

Bindo, who made the call during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, said left to his administration, all the IDP camps would be closed.

He said his demand was informed by the fact he was not happy with the situation in the camps since the occupants were no less human than other people elsewhere.

According to him, his administration is very much predisposed to closing down the camps but has been unable to do so because the infrastructure destroyed by the insurgents in most of the communities have yet to be rebuilt.

He said, “We are here to appreciate our people and to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with them because they are people like us.

“They are not less than anyone of us here. Don’t be surprised that one of the children given birth to in this camp can become the President of this country one day. Any of them could become a governor or a senator. Thus, we should not consider ourselves as better than them.

“Since this administration is for the poor, it has said it will repair their damaged homes, fix their destroyed hospitals, schools, worship places and other destroyed infrastructure. I want to assure you that the government is committed to doing this.”

He called on President Buhari to quickly intervene and fix every destroyed infrastructure in the North-East as promised to pave the way for the return of the IDPs to their various homes.

“I am appealing to the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their rescue.

“Left to me, I want the camps closed. But there’s no way we can close the camps when the homes they will return to have yet to be rebuilt.

“Their places of worship, both churches and mosques, have yet to be rebuilt. The hospitals are not there and there is no access to clean water. Therefore, we are urgently calling on the Federal Government and especially Mr. President to quickly fix every destroyed infrastructure in the North-East to pave the way for the quick resettlement of those displaced by the insurgency because their continuous stay here is not good.”

Haruna Furo, the Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, said it was unique of the governor to have celebrated with the over 9,000 IDPs in the state on Sallah day.

US Declares Borno, Adamawa, Rivers, Imo, 16 Other States Unsafe

The United States government, in its latest travel advisory to its citizens living in Nigeria, has listed 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states as unsafe and advised them to stay away from them.
Among the 20, it cited Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as complete no-go areas as “the ability of the US Mission to provide assistance to US citizens” in those states remains severely limited.

The travel warning published on Wednesday on the website of the U.S. Department of State, replaced an earlier one of last February, reported Afrique News yesterday.

In addition to the three frontline states, the State Department also “recommends against all but essential travel to the following states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

“The Department of State also warns against travel in the Gulf of Guinea, because of the threat of piracy,” the advisory published online added.
It said based on safety and security risk assessments, the embassy maintains restrictions for travel by US officials to the states listed above.

Officials must also apply for advance clearance by the US mission for any travel to those states.
The statement also urged vigilance around government security facilities; churches, mosques, other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

It added: “Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.

“Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have been displaced as a result of violence in the north.”
The U.S. State Department noted that kidnappings remained a security concern throughout Nigeria, as criminal elements across the country orchestrated kidnappings for ransom; Islamic extremists, operating predominantly in the North, also have been known to conduct kidnappings.

It said: “Separatist groups have staged demonstrations in Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, and Rivers States, some of which have turned violent.
“Militant groups have destroyed oil production infrastructure in Bayelsa and Delta states.

“U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of these states where these incidents have occurred.
“Attacks by pirates off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea have increased substantially in recent years.

“Armed gangs have boarded both commercial and private vessels to rob travellers.
“The Nigerian Navy has limited capacity to respond to criminal acts at sea.”

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Death Toll In Adamawa Herdsmen Attacks Hits 30

The Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ghazzali has been criticized over his comment and handling of the Fulani herdsmen attacks on Kodomun, following the discovery of eight more corpses.

Youths from Kodomun who brought out the corpses of the slain members of the community from the bush said, the recovery of the additional bodies had raised the death toll from the attacks which started on Friday to 30.

The incident, came on the day the Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, visited the paramount ruler of the area, the Hama Bata, HRH Alhamdu Teneke, and held a security meeting with him at his palace with other service chiefs in the state in attendance.

Ghazzali, who visited the area on Monday shortly after the attacks by herdsmen, had reportedly claimed no life was lost.

Ghazzali’s denial of any casualty resulting from the attacks, while addressing journalists, after the security meeting, elicited anger from those present at the palace.

Ghazzali explained that his refusal to deploy policemen to Kodomun, which had come under attacks, from Fulani herdsmen, earlier on Friday and Saturday, before that of Monday was done so as not to make him look like “taking sides”

He said, “My men were on the ground. We would not risk our men to be there just to give security to one side so that the other side will not think we have taken side with one side.

“There are two different people involved in these clashes: the herdsmen and the farmers. And we have to be very careful in handling such type of communal clashes.”

It was, however, the police commissioner’s insistence that no life was lost in the Monday attacks which sparked the uproar.

The angry youths who threatened to unleash mayhem in the aftermath of his comment were dissuaded from their action by the elders in the palace.

The monarch, who said his people had been killed in the attacks, challenged the security chiefs to visit Kodomun, to find out for themselves if indeed there were “no deaths”.

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Suspected Herdsmen Kill 10 In Adamawa Village

Suspected herds men have killed atleast 10 persons in Kodomun village in Demsa Local Government area in Adamawa State.

 Local politicians said the figure was much higher as many people declared missing might have been dead in the bush.

 Clashes between Fulani herds men and farming have escalated in recent years, leading to circles of reprisal attacks.

 The Law maker  representing Demsa Constituency at state House of Assembly, Lumsan Dilli told journalists that the number of dead was much higher.

 He called for security action to prevent escalation as the affected villagers were mobilising for reprisal attacks.

 Also in a chat with journalists, the newly elected Chairman of Demsa Local Government Council,  Mrs. Wale Fwa, who was just sworn-in on Monday, announced the death of a newly elected councillor, Hani Habila in the attack as more than 40,000 have been displaced.

 Wale said the council was collaborating with security agencies and traditional rulers to initiate dialogue among the communities.

 Deputy Governor, Martins Babable, the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Armored Brigade, Yola, Brigadier General Benson Akiroluyo and the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ghazzali visited the area on Tuesday to asses the situation.

 The trio had earlier commiserated with  the paramount ruler of Batta, Hamman Batta, Chief Alhamdu Teneke at his palace over the incident., calling for calm and assuring residents of protection.

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APC Wins All Seats, Positions in Adamawa LG Elections

Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), has announced the results of Local Government Election held in the state on Saturday.


The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Isa Shettima, said on Monday in Yola that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the chairmanship seats of 18 local governments where results were announced.


Shettima said that the commission had cancelled the elections in Michika, Lamurde and Numan Local Government Areas, and fixed Aug. 6, for fresh polls.


“There will also be election in two wards in Guyuk Local government on the same date,” the ADSIEC chairman said.

He said that results of councillors for the 226 wards in the state would be announced at the headquarters of the three senatorial zones.


Shortly after the announcement of the results, the winners were presented with Certificate of Return by the chairman.


Speaking to NAN after receiving her certificate, the only female candidate, who was elected Chairman of Demsa Local Government, Mrs Wale Fwa, said that she was prepared for the job and would not disappoint the people.


“I am used to that; I was once the only female member in the state House of Assembly, my people have confidence in my ability to deliver and I will do just that,” Wale said.

Boko Haram Kill 24 People , Police Arrest Boko Haram Kingpin On Wanted List In Adamawa

The Boko Haram insurgency has been reportedly killed 24 persons in Kuda -Kaya village of Madagali local Government Area of Adamawa state.

Eyewitness account revealed that the insurgents in their hundred stormed the village on Thursday night at about 10 pm and killed 24 persons , while 10 persons sustained various degree of injuries from the attack.

He said the majority of persons killed were women and children  while those injured were rush to Gulak Cottage Hospital for treatment which is three kilometer from Kuda-kaya village

However the spokes man of the Police command in the state,DSP Othman Abubakar told Journalists in Yola that 18 persons were killed in Kuda-Kaya attack and also confirmed that one of the kingpin of Boko Haram on wanted list of the military was arrested in Gombi while trying to withdraw money in the Bank.

He said the suspect is presently in the police custody undergoing interrogation.

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Confusion In Adamawa PDP As Makarfi Committee Withdraws Support For New Exco

The Ahmed Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced its recognition of Chief Joel Madaki as the party’s chairman in Adamawa.

The recognition was contained in a letter to the party dated May 31, signed by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and Sen. Ben Obi.

The letter, which was copied to Commissioner of Police and Director State Security Service, said the recognition was due to pending litigation over the authentic leaders of the party in the state.

It said in the letter, that it had withdrawn its earlier recognition of the new leaders who emerged during the recent state congress in which Abdulrahman Bobboi and Zira Tumba were elected chairman and secretary.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Madaki group is insisting that its tenure had not elapsed.

The development had led to two separate primaries for chairmanship and councillorship candidates, to represent the party in the June 25 Local Government Election in the state.

The letter signed by Makarfi and Obi titled “Re-New PDP Executives in Adamawa” reads in part:

“Our letter on above subject matter dated 24th May 2016 introducing Barr Abdurahman Bobboi and Mr Zira Tumba Diwe refers.

“Due to pending litigation at Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2013 and dispute over the recent congresses, we are hereby withdrawing our letter of May 24th 2016.

“The old executive committee under the chairmanship of Chief Joel Madaki and Barr A.T Shehu should continue to be attended to by you, pending the resolution of the matter.”

When contacted on phone, Bobboi said he was in a meeting in Abuja over the matter.

Meanwhile, many candidates who emerged from the separate PDP primaries have expressed concern over the development.

” This issue of party leadership is seriously affecting us, we want amicable resolution of the problem as some members have started moving to other political parties”, a councillorship candidate, who simply identified himself as Mohammed said.



Adamawa State To Generate N1.5bn IGR – Gov. Jibrilla

The Adamawa Government is to boost its treasury with N1.5 billion Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the next six months.

Gov. Muhammadu Jibrilla disclosed this on Tuesday at the signing ceremony of the state’s 2016 budget at Government House, Yola.

Jibrilla said that the improvement in the IGR would address the issue of non-payment of salaries to workers in the state.

The governor, who did not mention the current IGR amount, said that his administration met a poor IGR caused by the activities of insurgents in northern part of the state known for its commercial activities.

He however, said that the state had depended solely on the federation account as its source of revenue.

“We are working assiduously with our consultants to improve the IGR of the state. As for now, we depend solely on the federal allocation to run the state.

“As I speak to you, we are targeting N1.5 billion in the next six months and that will take us a long way in addressing the challenge of non-payment of salaries to workers.

“We met a poor IGR caused due to insurgency in the state, but I am glad to inform you that our IGR has started improving.

“Our consultant is working hard and we will surely meet our target of N1.5 billion in six months time.’’

The governor commended the state House of Assembly for the excellent handling of the budget and sought for synergy between all arms of government for enduring political stability and development in the state.

Earlier, Alhaji Mahmud Inusa, the Commissioner for Finance, said that the N120 billion budget had appropriated fifty per cent for capital projects and fifty per cent for recurrent expenditure.

The commissioner, who referred to the budget as `Budget for Social Change’, said that it would address social security, youth empowerment and infrastructure development in the state.

He gave assurance that the implementation of the budget would follow due process to engender transparency and accountability.

In his remark, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, called on the civil societies and NGOs to monitor the implementation of the budget to the letter.

Mijinyawa, who was represented by Mr Sunday Peter, the Deputy Speaker, gave assurance that the legislature would supervise the implementation of the budget through its oversight functions.

He commended the executive arm for efficient budget defence during its scrutiny.

Mijinyawa said that the 2016 budget captured the economic growth of the state through the improvement of IGR.

He said the legislature would do its best to ensure that all the revenue leakages were blocked.



Boko Haram Militants “Abduct 16 Women, Girls” In Adamawa

At least 16 female residents of Adamawa State were abducted Wednesday by suspected Boko Haram militants, the police and local officials said.

Police said a team of officers had been deployed to the area to search for the abducted persons.

Those abducted include 14 women and two girls. They were seized in Sabongari Madagali, in Madagali Local Government of the state, a federal lawmaker representing the area said.

Local sources said some of the women were taken from a nearby bush where they went in search of firewood.

Others were seized from a nearby river while fishing.

A source said two women managed to escape the abductors by pretending to have drowned.

“The two women who are in real state of trauma told us that the suspected Boko Haram insurgents had a field day carting away the women when their escorts ran away for their dear lives,” the source said.

He said two vigilante operatives who escorted the women to the bush fled on sighting the heavily armed men, who arrived good numbers.

“They left the women to their own devices as the gunmen were left unchallenged leading to the abduction of the said women,” the source said.

Confirming the incident, the member representing Michika/ Madagali Federal constituency, Adamu Kamale, said, “I just received the shocking news to the effect that about 16 women have been abducted by Boko Haram.

“We have been witnessing pockets of attacks contrary to the belief that security has been fully restored in the area. As a member of NASS( National Assembly), I have been calling for the deployment of security personnel but to no avail as the government seems to have relegated our concerns to the background”.

The Police Public Relations Officer of Adamawa, Othman Abubakar, said on learning about the development, the command deployed officers to the affected area.

He said police were working “round the clock to track down the abducted women and girls”.

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APC Inaugurates Caretaker Committee To Run Party Affairs In Adamawa

The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday in Abuja, inaugurated a caretaker committee to run party affairs in Adamawa.


The 10-man committee was inaugurated after the National Working Committee (NWC) rose from a meeting at the national secretariat in Abuja.


It would be recalled that the party recently underwent an internal crisis at the state level following the death of the acting chairman, Yamusa Shuaibi.


Late Shuaibi filled the vacuum left by the former state Chairperson, Sen. Binta Garba, who was leader of the party but left when she became a senator at the federal level.


Before inaugurating the committee, the APC National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, called for a minute silence for the deceased, saying ”death created a vacuum in the Adamawa chapter.


”As a political party and in line with our constitution, there should be no vacuum and we have capable hands that can lead the state in line with the relevant article of our constitution. We hereby inaugurate you into the NWC of our state chapter in Adamawa,” he said.


In his acceptance speech, the acting state Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, said ”we are happy with the situation, we will not bring shame upon APC in Adamawa.


”APC has bestowed trust in us and we will not fail. APC has done well for us in Adamawa. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation is from Adamawa, we have two governors, so what else do we want. We will remain united and focused and by Gods grace, we will not fail you.”


The 10-man caretaker committee members also include Samaila Tadawus, Vincent Musa, Saidu Maira, Muhammad Audu, Monday Audu, Ibrahim Abubakar, Gambo Bakare, Hauwa Koma and Abubakar Dan-azumi.



How Suspected Terrorists Attack Six Villages In Adamawa

It has been a deadly attack in Adamawa State as suspected Boko Haram militants raided five villages in Girei Local Government of Adamawa State, leaving at least 15 people dead.

This attack came just as President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the war on Boko Haram has been significantly won and gave assurances that everything possible would be done to keep the terrorists away from reclaimed villages.

There had been earlier reports that suspected herdsmen carried out the attack but eyewitnesses sid that about 300 suspected terrorists carried out the attack.

They said that there was an exchange of fire between the Nigerian military and the attackers who were forced to retreat into the bushes.

After the attack, six villages comprising Koh, Demsare, Tabongo, Fawure, Noyine and Ndikajam had been completely razed by the marauders.

Survivors were seen going through the rubble in hope of finding remains of dead relations and property.

Sources also said that the DPO of Viniklang Police Division was killed during the attack.

Officials of NEMA, ADSEMA and the Red Cross were on site recovering dead bodies and assessing the level of damage done.

Security situation had become calm following the deployment of men of the Nigerian Mobile Police force to the area.

A community leader in the area, Mr Phineas Elsha, told Channels Television during a phone interview that leaders of the community, who were acting on information, had told security operatives that the attack was in the offing before the attackers struck.

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Zayyad I. Muhammad: Governor Bindow And Cheap Loyalty

What is the loyalty of a state governor worth? This is the question being asked by many observers inside and outside of Adamawa state, after the governor, Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow revealed that his unalloyed loyalty currently lies with former vice president Atiku Abubakar because of the latter’s 500 million naira donation to his governorship campaign during the 2015 general elections. Political pundits and the lay-man view the acclaimed loyalty from different perspectives. The lay-man sees it from the perspective of the monetary benefit of 500 million naira donation, while political pundits see it as being beyond mere 500 million naira donation.
In retrospection, Governor Bindow won APC governorship primaries solely by relying on former governor Nyako political structures- twice, Bindow beat Atiku’s preferred candidate Yayaji Mijinyawa in the primaries. The Nyako group had to support Bindow during the primaries because they did not have an option, because among all the candidates, it was only Bindow who openly opposed Nyako’s impeachment. On the other hand, Atiku did not show any enthusiasm in support of Nyako. Basically, the APC governorship primary election was a contest between Atiku and Nyako. After all, the duo of Bindow and Yayaji Mijinyawa did not have the capacity to beat people like Boss Mustapha, Dahiru Bobbo and Tahir Mamman.
Despite Bindow’s victory at the polls, former governor Nyako is still pursuing his court case in his attempt to upturn his impeachment by the former Adamawa State House of Assembly. The implication is that, if he wins, he will return as governor and Bindow will automatically lose the governorship seat.
In order to save his political career and governorship seat, Mr. Bindow is left with the only option of relying on Atiku for political structures and guidance including access to Atiku’s legal team. So the main reason for Bindow’s unalloyed loyalty to Atiku is to tap from Atiku legal purses of experience and successes, including the strong political structure.
The implication of Bindow’s publicly declared loyalty to Atiku is the continued political rivalry between Atiku and Nyako. The battle may get fiercer and expand sooner or later as Bindow had made some political miscalculation at the course of forming his government- for instance; the Adamawa chapter of the legacy parties (CPC, ANPP and ACN) that formed the APC were not adequately taken care of in terms of government appointment and patronage.
 Atiku’s seeming over-bearing influence on Bindow’s government and the obvious sidelining of Nyako’s men may lead the Nyako group to team with the aggrieved bigwigs of the of legacy parties to fight Bindow. But for the Nyako group to effectively mount a good challenge against Bindow, they need a strong leadership to rally around- probably Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako. Though, no right-thinking politician can ignore Atiku’s well-established vast political structure, immense war chest and history of successes in political legal battles that easily scares off his opponents. However, Atiku’s decision to support Yayaji Mijinyawa who has least experience and weakest political contacts among Atiku’s political sons and daughters has seriously affected Atiku’s hitherto political family’s cult-like loyalty.
Governor Bindow’s loyalty to Atiku goes beyond the 500 million naira campaign donation, if there was such donation. Governor Bindow’s uncommon loyalty to Atiku is an attempt by the governor to face the Nyako challenges by using Atiku’s many available political and legal structures. However, the common people’s loyalty is the most important weapon Governor Bindow direly needs.
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Boko Haram Strikes Adamawa Again, Torches Military Artillery

Rampaging Boko Haram militants on Sunday night engaged Nigerian troops in a fierce battle in their new bid to take over Gulak, the administrative headquarters of Madagali in northern part of Adamawa State.

Security and local sources say the insurgents, who came in three vehicles brandishing guns, burnt down a military base as they also burnt down three artilleries and carted away guns.

“They came around 7 p.m. and started firing on the soldiers during which all the soldiers ran away.

“There was pandemonium, people scampered for their lives, many slept in bushes, they killed one soldier during the fierce battle.

“Our local vigilantes had tried by staying back, until another troops were deployed from Madagali town and Shuwa, they engaged them, if not they would have recaptured the town for the second time,” said James Ularamu, former chairman of Madagali.

The former Council chairman, and a local vigilante who did not want to be named, said there were heavy gun battles.

The local vigilante, who couldn’t say whether there were casualties from the Boko Haram side, said “after we chased them away they fled to the nearby Sambisa area.”

Efforts to get the army spokesperson were futile, but a member representing the area at the house of Representatives, Adamu Kamale, confirmed the attack.

The state commissioner of information, Ahmed Sajo, said additional troops had been deployed to the area.

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Blast: Adamawa Govt. Bans Night Markets In Yola

Following Tuesday’s bomb blast in Yola which claimed many lives, Gov. Mohammadu Jibrilla has announced an indefinite ban on night markets in the state capital.

Jibrilla made the announcement on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.

He said the ban was part of decisions taken at an emergency security meeting at Government House, Yola.

He said all business premises that attracted crowds, particularly night markets, were expected to close by 6 p.m.

The governor urged those affected to show understanding as such measures became necessary in order to save lives and property.

Shedding more light on the ban, the Commissioner for Information, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, said relaxation points, particularly those that gathered crowd, would also be affected by the ban.

Sajoh said security operatives would assess the situation and take necessary measures to contain the security challenge.

He said government would increase security awareness campaigns while a Submit would soon be organised for stakeholders including religious and traditional rulers on measures to check the security challenge.



Adamawa State Polytechnic Authorities Confirm 8 Students Dead In Blast That Occurred In School Premises

Authorities of Adamawa State Polytechnic has confirmed that eight students died in the October 23rd bomb blast took place during the opening ceremony of a Juma’at Mosque located at the School of Engineering of the institution in Jambutu.

In a press statement released by the school authorities yesterday, it was noted that aside the eight students that died, four other students are currently receiving treatments at different hospitals while two other staff of the school are also on admission. The statement also noted that, security around all campuses of the institution has been beefed up and thorough search is now been conducted on every one entering the school.

The statement also said the authorities are ready to assist victims of the blast to pay their hospital bills and also visit the families of those that died one after the order. May the souls of the students rest in peace.

Lagos Donates N150m To IDPs In Borno, Adamawa, Yobe

The Lagos State Government has donated N50 million each to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to assist the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) there.

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, presented the donation yesterday during the Council of State meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ambode described Boko Haram insurgency and its devastating activities as a single challenge facing the entire nation.

According to the governor, although the insurgency is basically limited to the north-eastern part of Nigeria, the effect is felt everywhere across the states of the federation.

He said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal had at the just-concluded National Economic Summit, presented a graphic and heart-rending report of the extent of damage and social trauma caused by Boko Haram in the north-east.

He commended Buhari for his administration’s renewed commitment to bringing insurgency to a logical conclusion by December; and the security agencies for their gallantry, courage and resolve to achieve the president’s directive and wish of Nigerians.

Borno State Governor, Kassim Shettima thanked the government and the people of Lagos State for the gesture.

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Boko Haram Kills 12 In Adamawa Village Attack

Suspected Boko Haram members at the weekend killed 12 people in an attack on an Adamawa state village.

A former Chairman of Madagali Local Government Maina Ularamu, told reporters that the insurgents attacked Dar Village at about 8:30 p.m on Saturday.

“A large number of gunmen invaded the village, forcing resident to flee to nearby bush. Two female suicide bombers disguised as fleeing villagers, detonated explosives in the bush where many people were hiding, killing 12 persons,” he said.

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Rochas To Build School For Less-Privileged In Adamawa

The Adamawa State government has allocated a large parcel of land to the Rochas Foundation to build a school for the less-privileged.

Governor Jibrilla Bindow said on Sunday, in Yola, that the move was an expression of the government’s sacrifice, in the interest of education.

He called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest more in education, adding that the sector was vital to social development.

He commended Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for the provision of a secondary school for the less-privileged in Adamawa.

He added that the state was one of the educational disadvantaged, assuring him of support from the state government.

The land allotted to the Rochas Fundation was a former golf field.

He said that the public interest surpassed the interest of an individual or group of individuals.

He said the gesture would go a long way in propagating the change the people had been yearning for.

“We can sacrifice anything for education because it is only peace that is as important as education. I commend Governor Rochas Okorocha for this kind gesture and I pray that the lord will grant him success in his future political endeavours. I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians to take a cue from Rochas to invest more in education, especially by supporting the less-privileged…”

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APC Governors Meet In Adamawa

APC governors, otherwise referred to as the Progressive Governors Forum have arrived Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, as part of their monthly meetings which rotated among  the 22 APC States.

The Governors arrived at the Government House on Thursday and were ushered into the Government House chambers by the host Governor, Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla.

Governor Jibrilla described the meeting as the first in the State in the history of his administration and prayed that the meeting would be fruitful and wished all present a successful deliberation.

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Adamawa To Spend N200m To Rehabilitate IDPs

Adamawa State governor, Umar Jubrilla Bindow, has unveiled a N200 million plan to rehabilitate internally displaced persons (DPS), who are at the receiving end of the insurgency in the North-East states. The state currently hosts Nigeria’s largest population of IDPs, mostly from Borno and Yobe sates.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Governor Bindow said his administration had announced the setting up of a N200 million security budget, of which over N50 million would form a part of the state’s internal contribution to co-funding counter-insurgency operations, aided by local vigilante and intelligence gathering, while about N50 million would go into helping to manage the internal refugee crisis.

Part of the funds, according to the governor, would be directly managed by organisations, which, until now, had been helping to provide community-based restoration and rehabilitation of victims of the insurgency, independent of the government.

He said his administration’s decision to partner local and religious organisations was informed by its conviction that they were closer to the people at the grassroots, making them valuable partners in local security response and post-incident recovery.

Governor Bindow said: “The country is facing a guerrilla-style insurgency, which is different from conventional warfare.”

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Police Officer Killed In Adamawa

A police inspector was shot dead in Adamawa State Tuesday, witnesses and the authorities said. The officer was killed by a local vigilante group for refusing to stop at a checkpoint, while riding a motorcycle.

The military had last week placed a ban on commercial motorcyclists as part of efforts to check insurgency in the state. The vigilante group attacked the officer in Ganye, southern part of the state.

According to a witness, Semsire Ayuba, the inspector, who was not wearing his uniform at the time of the incident, failed to stop when asked by the vigilante group to do so.

“It was after he refused to stop, one of them shot him,” the witness said.

Police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said he did not have details of the attack, but confirmed receiving the report.

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Adamawa Govt. Announces 200 Million Naira Budget To Engage ” Prayers Warriors” Against Boko Haram

The Adamawa State Government on Friday announced that it has earmarked N200 million to engage prayer warriors in seeking divine intervention towards ending the state’s lingering security challenges.

Chief of Staff of the state, Alhaji Abdurahman Jimeta, disclosed this in a media chat aired on the Adamawa State Television, which was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.

Jimeta explained that the money was sourced from the state and local governments joint account.

“We have earmarked N200 million for prayers to seek for Allah’s intervention in tackling the Boko Haram menace and other insecurity challenges threatening the stability of the state,” Jimeta said.

He said part of that money, which would be spent as security votes, would go into assisting local vigilance teams and security operatives.

On agriculture, he explained that the state government had ordered fertilisers worth over N3billion for the 2015 farming season.

He called for massive support toward the success of government efforts for a peaceful and stable Adamawa, adding that not much could be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos.

659 Teachers Sue Adamawa State Government Over 29 Months Unpaid Salaries

Teachers in Adamawa state have dragged the state government  to court over unpaid salaries. The teachers, 659 of them, were recruited by Adamawa state Government in 2012 and have worked without pay for 29 months.

The teachers sued the Adamawa State Government as 1st respondent, Ministry of Education 2nd respondent, Post Primary School Management Board 3rd respondent and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice as 4th respondent.

The teachers, through their Counsel, A.B Babakano, sought a declaration that their appointment was valid, lawful and not illegal, having worked for a period of 29 months.

They also sought a declaration that having worked for the defendants for the period of months were entitled to the payment of their salaries/wage, allowances and entitlements totalling N638,966,400.00.

A spokesperson for them also said they resorted to legal action after all efforts, including peaceful demonstration, to have government pay their salaries for the months they had worked failed.

Atiku Abubakar’s Daughter Nominated As Commissioner In Adamawa State

Fatima Atiku Abubakar, one of the daughter’s of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been nominated to serve as a commissioner in the administration of Gov. Bindow Jibirilla of Adamawa state.

Fatima along with four other women, Shanti Victoria Shashi, Kaletapwa Farauta, Fatima Atiku Abubakar and Lilian Nabe Kayode, are part of the 22-man nominees list sent by the state governor to members of the state House of Assembly for screening today August 6th.

Chief Of Army Staff Visits Nigerian Troops On The Frontline In Adamawa And Borno States

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Keneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah, today June 11th paid a visit to Nigerian troops stationed in Borno and Adamawa states. During his visit, he encouraged the troops to be steadfast in their fight to stamp out insurgency in Nigeria. See More photos of his visit below…

Court Dismisses Nyako’s Bid To Return As Governor

A Federal High Court sitting in Yola has dismissed a suit filed by former governor Murtala Nyako challenging his impeachment by Adamawa State House of Assembly last year.

While delivering judgement, presiding judge, Justice Bilikus Bello Aliyu said the case brought before her by Nyako was an abuse of court process as three suits are pending before a competent courts of law on the same issue and as such she can not entertain the suit.

“This suit is an abuse of this court and courts should protect themselves from abuse,” she said.

The judge has in the course of delivering the ruling upheld the objection of the counsel to first respondent Mr.Leonard Zadon that the same case is pending before three high courts stressing it is an abuse of court process.

The Judge, had earlier upheld the appellant argument that his right was grossly infringed upon by the respondent citing section 36 of the 1999 constitution of federal republic of Nigeria as amended.

“I can not contuine with this case as the court runs concurrently,we will not encourage litigants abusing court processes,” she added.

Breaking: Suicide Bomber Attacks Garkida Killing 9, Several Others Injured

A suicide bomber attacked a rural market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding at least 14, witnesses said. They blamed Boko Haram extremists.

“Most of the bodies are mutilated, heads and other parts removed,” said vendor Lami Aboki. State legislator Jerry Kundisi said the blast killed nine people, including the bomber, and injured 14.

Cattle trader Abubakar Musa said the explosion happened near the sheep market. He told The Associated Press that he counted nine bodies at the scene.

But some including merchant Abubakar Garba said the bomb appeared to have been planted on the dirt road between the sheep market and vegetable stalls. The attack in Garkida, a rural town 165 kilometers (100 miles) north of the Adamawa state capital, Yola, was among a slew of attacks that have occurred since multinational forces broke up Boko Haram’s so-called Islamic caliphate by driving the insurgents out of all northeastern towns.

Aggrieved PDP Aspirants Want Their Nomination Forms Money Back

A group of Peoples Democratic Party members in Adamawa state under the banner, PDP Aggrieved Aspirants Forum, has threatened to drag the party to court for failing to refund money used to buy nomination forms.

Addressing journalists in Yola on Thursday, the chairman of the group, Liazaru Eliada-Gugu, said the party had advertised for various elective positions but failed to conduct the primaries.

“We the aggrieved PDP aspirants bought forms to contest the primary election and since they did not conduct any primary election, it is only natural for them to return our money,” Mr. Eliada-Gugu, who was a senatorial aspirant in the just concluded election, said.

“We have made our request known to the leadership of our party both at the state and national level. They have promised to address the issue but up till now they have not done anything.”

“When we met the national leader of the party and the national chairman of the party, they agreed to do something about us and we were satisfied with that meeting. But after several weeks of waiting without response we are left with no other option than to take our case to court.”

Adamawa Returning Refugees Receive Relief Aid

Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) that have returned to their communities the military recently liberated from insurgents in Adamawa State have received a major boost after government commenced the distribution of relief material.

The Federal Government has commenced the exercise through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has flagged off the distribution in Mubi. The relief support consist of food and non food items including bags of rice, maize, building materials, blankets and several other household items. Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Sa’ad Tahir, represented him.

He assured the commitment of the Federal Government to strengthen security in areas through adequate support for the military deployed to ward-off the insurgents.

Tahir identified some of the strategies adopted by the government for the areas affected by the insurgency to include proper equipping of security, relief distribution to the affected persons through NEMA, setting up of the Presidential Initiative for the North East, the Safe School Initiative and the Victims Support Fund among others.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, explained that the incumbent President Dr Goodluck Jonathan had also constituted a special team to undertake a comprehensive damage and loss assessment that would serve as a guide for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the communities as well as restoration of the means of livelihood of the people.

Sidi also assured the continued commitment of NEMA to support people affected by disasters in the country including the displaced persons.

Adamawa, alongside Borno and Yobe, have been under emergency rule for some time owing to terror by the Boko Haram sect. Some refugees that were displaced from their homes have gradually returned after the military announced successes against the terror group.

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Nigerian Troops Repel Fresh Boko Haram Attack in Adamawa

Soldiers on Monday night repelled a daring offensive by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect bent on taking over Gombi Town, some 120 kilometres away from Yola, Adamawa state capital.

This was disclosed by residents and security sources. Gombi was recently recaptured from the terrorists and has witnessed incessant attacks by Boko Haram.

The casualty from Monday’s attack was yet to be ascertained although sources say that several insurgents were killed during the battle that lasted for hours.

“The men came in from Goloso, Garkida villages through Biu road about 6:30 p.m. in a motorcade and vehicles,” a resident, Bello Abubakar, said. “They engaged soldiers in a gun battle.” Mr. Abubakar said many residents ran and hid themselves as the shooting continued for over two hours.

“There was apprehension and pandemonium in the town,” he said. “People scampered for their lives for fear of uncertainty.”

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INEC To Conduct Polls In IDP Camps

INEC has reaffirmed its preparation to conduct elections in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC’s Chairman, Kayode Idowu, said on Tuesday that the Commission’s arrangement was limited to the three states. Idowu said that the Commission had made it clear that it could not ‘put so many irons in the fire at the same time’. “This is the first time that Nigeria was attempting an arrangement of conducting voting at designated centres for IDPs.

“So, the commission cannot extend its capacity for now beyond arrangement in those states,” he said.

He said that displaced people that wanted to vote could do so at their states where arrangement had been made for them. Idowu said though the arrangement INEC made before the counter-insurgency operations was to conduct election at safe designated centres, saying it would be too early to determine what exactly would happen. “People who are displaced can have opportunity to go and vote in the voting centres in the states if it will still be in the voting centres because events are unfolding by the day.

“By the counter-insurgency operations going on, territories are being reclaimed, we don’t know people will still be displaced or restored to their communities as we move closer to the elections,” he said.

He added that the commission was embarking on necessary preparations that would enable it conduct free, fair and credible election. Such preparation, according to Idowu, includes the Commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) by March 4, as well as the stress test of its card readers.

He said that the stress test would be conducted on March 7 in two states in each of the six geopolitical zones. The states, according to him, are Ekiti, Lagos, Anambra, Ebonyi, Delta, Rivers, Kano, Kebbi, Bauchi, Taraba, Niger and Nassarawa. “There will be a mock-poll in a whole ward. People will bring out their cards and their PVCs will be read and authenticated just like it will be done on election’s day”.

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SDP Adamawa Gubernatorial Candidate Dies

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Reverend Hakila Yerima, has died. Hakila who intends to rule Adamawa died on the 6th of January, 2015 of a liver related disease after picking the party’s governorship ticket on the 6th of December, 2014.

He however wrote the party few days to his death of his intention to withdrawing from the race due to failing health before passing away few days after the letter.

Adamawa: The Odds Against Nuhu Ribadu? By Zayyad I. Muhammad

The emergence of Nuhu Ribadu as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will alter the traditional voting culture in the state. Nuhu’s emergence was trailed with so much hullabaloo, intrigues and the usual political maneuvers of who gets what. Furthermore, Nuhu’s strongest opponents, Senator Muhammad Jibrilla Bindawa of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Dr. Ahmed Modibbo of the Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM), share some ‘similar’ traits with Nuhu- thus; they do not have any extraordinary advantage over Nuhu.


One cannot discuss Adamawa politics without delving into the sad nature of the politics of the state. Mother-tongue; geography; faith and the usual Nigerian money-politics are deeply rooted in the state’s polity and often shape the voting pattern in the state. 

There is no doubt that Nuhu is the favourite candidate in the Adamawa governorship race, he enjoys unprecedented support across the state because he is relatively young, incorruptible, well-read, urbane, with a clean record and has integrity to jealously protect. Still, mother-tongue; geography; faith and the usual Nigerian money-politics may determine how some areas will vote for or against Nuhu.


For instance, Adamawa central, a zone that has a very large voting population and predominantly Hausa-Fulani, is a cosmopolitan area and an opposition stronghold. Yola North and South and Girei have a very large voting population and mainly support APC. However, the voting pattern could significantly skew in favour of Ribadu. Reasons being that Ribadu is a ‘home boy’ and the area is thirsty for a governor that will bring real development. Senator Bindawa had been confident of sweeping all the Hausa-Fulani votes from this area but the emergence of Nuhu may have wiped that advantage off. Bindawa’s candidacy was meant to challenge Umaru Fintiri’s candidacy not a Ribadu’s.


Song, Gombi and Hong will vote Ribadu- because the PDP’s Senatorial candidate is very strong in those three local government areas. Furthermore, the APC and PDM committed a major political blunder- both their governorship and senatorial candidates are individuals outside these localities. In fact, former Governor Nyako’s son, Abdul-Azeez Nyako, fly the APC senatorial flag for Adamawa central instead of his native zone- Adamawa south.


On the other hand, the chunk of the uproar about Nuhu’s candidacy was mainly from the Numan federation, because the area wanted a Christian governor. Though traditionally an overwhelmingly PDP area, the area may not be enthusiast, because their expectation was not met. And worse is that the APC is offering nothing to them and Bindawa does not seem to fit their bill. So the area will be in uncertainty that may lead to voter apathy.

The Chamba/Ganye chiefdom, Atiku’s locality, will be the biggest beneficiary of the governorship race- no matter who wins, one of their sons will be the deputy governor. The Chamba tribe has the largest voting population in Adamawa south. And have had the quest to produce a governor or deputy governor for long. The advantage Nuhu will enjoy in the chiefdom is that the Nyako political ‘stains’ may paint Bindawa black- Nyako loyalists were instrumental in defeating most of Atiku’s candidates in the APC primaries. 

Adamawa north is devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency; those who are angry with the PDP over its failure to combat the insurgency may be reluctant to give Nuhu their votes. Even if he manages to win the area, Mubi will be an exception as they may vote their son- Bindawa. Despite being a ‘home boy’ in Adamawa north, Bindawa has very many difficult questions to answer arising from his four years as the senator representing the zone. Though, if Buhari wins, Bindawa may enjoy the bandwagon effect, but Buhari did not win Adamawa in 2003, 2007 and 2011. But this is 2015!

Dr. Ahmed Modibbo of the PDM with enormous war chest, has already lost the elections the moment he and his wife picked tickets for governor and senator. His candidacy will be an albatross to the APC.


Mallam Nuhu Ribadu is expected to have an easy ride at the polls, but he and his handlers have to work hard to fix the fractured PDP by using the spirit of wide consultations, extend olive branch to aggrieved contestants who lost to Ribadu, including helping to lift the suspension on some party members. 


Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Jimeta, Adamawa State,, 08036070980. He blogs at

Exposed: Boko Haram’s Plot Busted in Forest

A credible security source reveals that seven  villages in Adamawa, and other villages in four other states, namely,  Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, and Borno, all in the North East; have been mapped out by boko haram for their brutal terrorist activities.

According to the source, the hit list was was recovered by Special Forces during an operation at the Balmo Forest. The source said: “There are 25 towns and communities mentioned in the Balmo Forest hit list of the sect recovered by the troops.

“There is the general feeling that the names in the list should not be released because it could cause panic, anxiety and fear.

“You know that people would begin to flee the areas once they hear anything. I can tell you that not even one person would be left in the places if you mention the names; and that is unnecessary now.

“What the authorities have done is to ensure that the security presence in the areas is strengthened and the people get the protection they deserve.”


Governor Bala Ngilari’s Political Suicide By Zayyad I. Muhammad

Governor Bala Ngilari’s recent behaviour is like a third-rate politician who knows neither where he comes from nor where he is going politically,  has taken many pundits by surprise.
Ever since he realised he will not clinch the Adamawa state PDP Governorship ticket, he has become ‘like a bull in a china shop’. Though, his toddler-politician-like approach to governance and party politics had made many observers doubt his chances of winning the primaries. Since taking over office over two months ago, he has failed to choose a deputy and has not appointed commissioners or even special advisers. Ngilari does not enjoy rapport with the Adamawa State House of Assembly. He has failed to do the vital mobilization of the critical PDP stakeholders throughout the state; he lacks robust and dependable political structures, nor the capacity to get votes for the PDP at this crucial time. More disappointing is that Governor Ngilari picked PDP governorship intent form by proxy- a major pointer to his political unpreparedness and poor political judgment. 
In what turned out to be a big political flaw, Governor Ngilari took hostage the Adamawa PDP State House of Assembly primaries committee, prompting the latter to petition the PDP national chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu. Governor Ngilari’s’ action compelled the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to move the Adamawa state PDP primaries to Abuja, where it was conducted peacefully between December 7 to 9, 2014. Many pointed out that moving all Adamawa PDP primaries to Abuja was a good and sound decision as no one will be taken “hostage” or “arm-twisted” to announce doctored results or use unapproved lists of delegates.
It is glaring that the PDP NWC took extreme measures in response to the dangerous and uncivilized action by Governor Bala Ngilari; the suspended Adamawa PDP Chairman, Chief Joel Madaki and Secretary Barrister A.T. Shehu, who did not only challenge the powers of the PDP NWC but also abused their respective exalted offices. Other salient factors further justified the PDP NWC decision. Apart from security reasons, it aimed to reaffirm the maturity and respect of the ‘PDP’ brand. And if the action of Governor Ngilari, the suspended state PDP Joel Madaki and their group was not checked, it will send wrong signals to other PDP states’ branches.
In Nigeria, the season of primaries and general elections is always associated with healthy political disagreements, horse-trading and intense political maneuvers, but Governor Ngilari and his co-travelers were opposed to the PDP NWC decision to move the primaries to Abuja, based on selfish and primordial reasons. Regrettably, Governor Ngilari & his co-travelers have allowed their hearts instead of their heads to think for them. They are desperate to retain their offices at whatever cost to the PDP and Adamawa people.
They failed to respect and learn history. The governor and the present Adamawa PDP executives are the biggest beneficiaries of healthy political interventions by the PDP NWC- former Acting governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was persuaded to obey the court order that installed Ngilari as Governor, same PDP NWC paved the way for Joel Madaki’s executive to assume power, when the former executive refused to follow laid down guidelines and loyalty to the party.
After all, we all know this is the time to salvage Adamawa state, not time for motor-park politics of swimming and drowning with everybody. Those who truly love Adamawa are already throwing their support behind Nuhu Ribadu- former acting governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, all members of Adamawa state house of assembly, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, Ali Gulak, Dr. Idi Hong, Professor Iya Abubakar, and Mohammed Sadiq Kalu- Walin Ganye, including most of the respected stakeholders have shown exemplary behaviour. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) means business and committed to presenting to the Adamawa people a candidate that will appeal to all segments of the society politically and economical; a candidate that can earn the party, the nation as well as the troubled northeast, ‘clean face’ in the international community. Instead of Ngilari to lend his hands to the PDP efforts, he keeps shooting himself in foot.
Zayyad I. Muhammad


27 Boko Haram Members Killed- Nigerian Military

At least 27 Boko Haram militants have been killed in a fierce exchange of fire with Nigerian army forces in the country’s north-eastern state of Borno.

Soldiers clashed with the insurgents in the Balmo, Lame and Hildi forests in Adamawa and Bauchi States, South Africa’s Independent Online reported, citing a Nigerian Defence Ministry statement, without specifying when the fighting took place.

“Motorcycles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and bows and arrows were recovered from the fleeing terrorists,” according to the defence ministry.

Providing more details, PRNigeria, a media advisory firm for the security agencies in the country, added that during a hot pursuit of the terrorists around Hildi, Adamawa State, at least seven of the terrorists lost their lives while a total of five rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition as well as bows and arrows were recovered from them.

“During another special raid operation conducted on Balmo and Lame forests linking Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa States, the determined troops recovered rifles and a number of motorcycles after a stiff resistance by terrorists was crushed. Over 20 of them lost their lives while some were reported wounded.”

The Defence Spokesman, General Chris Olukolade, who confirmed the incidents to PRNigeria, said six soldiers were wounded in the encounter. At the end of the encounter, troops eventually took firm control of the forest location.

Exclusive Report into Nigerian Military’s New Offensive Against Boko Haram- Premium Times (See Photos)

PREMIUM TIMES journalist travels to key towns in Adamawa and Borno, recently overran by Boko Haram and reports that an apparently better equipped Nigerian military has revved up its battle against the extremist Boko Haram sect, displacing the insurgents from key Adamawa and Borno towns.


The above photo is an illustration of many deserted areas that have been seized but taken over by the Nigerian military.

As town after town fell to Boko Haram, which busied itself shooting, bombing and raiding communities, and slitting the throats of defenceless residents, Nigerian troops came under severe local and international ridicule for failing to neutralise often predictable attacks by the militants.


The above photo compares Nigerian Army’s APC (12.7mm) bullet with Boko Haram’s rocket size one (35 mm) (right). T72, now in use by the army, has 120mm ballistic.

“The military appears to be better equipped and motivated, and appears to have upped its war games,” reporter Aliyu Tilde, usually critical of the military’s response to Boko Haram, said.

PREMIUM TIMES is the first news organization to access the heavily-guarded areas of Adamawa and Borno States, currently under military operations.

“Gaskiya (truth be said) Nigerian military is doing a very very fine job here. They have cleared Gombi, Hong, Mararraba, Mubi and the entire route of Boko Haram,” Mr. Tilde said.

“They are now at Uba slugging it out. Vehicles aren’t allowed beyond Gombi. People trek to Hong. The road is quiet. Clearing of hazardous materials like IEDs going on along Mararraba-Mubi Road before the road is open to users.

“Gombi-Garkida road is also cleared. It is safe. Saw many vehicles plying the road. Clearing of Garkida-Biu road may start soon,” he said.

“The military is now better equipped and more confident. Its newly acquired T72 tank is devastating. Boko Haram bombed it using suicide bombers with a pickup packed with explosives but to no avail. Only scratches. And the beast moved on.

“If the military is able to keep the tempo, many more places will be liberated,” Mr. Tilde said.

On Tuesday, the reporter continued his journey, talking to residents of liberated towns, soldiers, and vigilantes.

In a dispatch on Tuesday night, he wrote, “Gombi is quiet, half-empty, on curfew today, in the full control of Nigerian armed, police, custom, immigration forces. A camp of vigilantes can also been seen just before the junction to Mubi.

“I trekked from Muchalla to Gombi, seen burnt cars, motorcycles and buses of Boko Haram when their advance was checked by the military 10 days ago.

“Their last advance was stopped at Muchalla. So many bullet shells, small and big, on the road plus signs of shelling of trees, houses, etc. Night curfew started just now at 6pm.

“Many residents have returned although the road from Girei to this point has been nearly empty.

“Lassa and Dile exhibited the best use of self-defence doctrine. Unlike other towns that fled on hearing the sound of Boko Haram gunfire, the youths stood their ground and slugged it out with the Boko Haram chaps. Within 30 minutes they cleared them although few were able to escape.

“Boko Haram is becoming demystified gradually, it seems.

“There seems to be some change in the composition of the soldiers here. Most of them are 30 and above, truly professionals. The incident of begging for tips from motorists has also reduced drastically.

“We just hope they have made adequate safety arrangements for keeping the liberated towns safe.”

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Defence Hdqtrs Flaunts Spoils from Boko Haram Raid and Towns’ Recapture

Defence headquarters of the Nigerian Army claimed that they recaptured Gombi, Pelia and Hong in Adamawa State, towns that were earlier ran over by Boko Haram Insurgents.

The news was welcomed with doubts and criticisms, of which many said the Defence Headquarters was fond of lying about it operations, referring to the fake cease fire that was agreed between the Federal Government and the insurgents.

Here are photos released by the Defence Headquarters to prove their claims… Among the items seized includes a laptop with the design of ISIS flag.

Operations are ongoing within those areas as the military says it will not render mercy to any terrorist.

The operation is called ‘Operation No Mercy against Terrorists.”

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Three Dead in Nigeria Air crash as Boko Haram Attack

Nigeria on Friday said three servicemen were killed in a military helicopter crash in the restive northeast, while Boko Haram rebels raided two more towns and vigilantes and hunters clawed back a key militant stronghold.

The second crash in a week happened late on Thursday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa, which is one of three states that has been under emergency rule since May last year.

The military said the aircraft involved was a ground attack helicopter on an armed patrol.

“The crew of three was lost in the ill-fated accident,” a statement said, adding that an investigation will be carried out.

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Boko Haram invades Hong & Gombi in Adamawa

Scores of Boko Haram fighters on Thursday invaded two towns in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state after hunters and civilian vigilantes reportedly ousted them from a key town, residents told AFP.

The Islamists raided Hong and Gombi, some 100 kilometres (62.5 miles) from the state capital, Yola, after they were pushed out of the commercial hub of Mubi, which they seized two weeks ago.

Boko Haram is thought to have captured more than two dozen towns in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states in recent months, as part of its quest to establish a hardline caliphate in the region.

But despite apparently losing control of Mubi, which the Islamists renamed Madinatul Islam or “City of Islam” in Arabic the invasion of Hong and Gombi saw them move closer to Yola.

Thousands of residents have been taking refuge in the city from the violence.

The vigilantes had reportedly reclaimed the town of Maiha on Wednesday after a fierce battle in which scores of the ins?urgents were said to have been killed, although there was no official confirmation.

In Gombi, resident Haruna Awwalu said Boko Haram were patrolling the streets, firing heavy weaponry, while another local, Rabi Tanimu, said people were cowering indoors and many had fled into the bush.

“They have burnt down the police station, the local government secretariat and the market? after overpowering the police, ” Awwalu said.

In Hong, 20 kilometres away, the police station was also razed and the militants raised their black flag outside the home of a retired military general.

Chibado Bobi, chief of staff in Adamawa state governor’s office in Mubi confirmed that civilian vigilantes and hunters had recaptured the town.

“It is true Mubi has fallen back into the hands of Nigerian soldiers with the help of local vigilantes and hunters,” he said.

“It is however too early for residents who fled to move back to Mubi because the security and vigilantes need to mop up all remnants of the group that may be lurking in nearby areas.”

One resident, who asked not to be named, said about 200 vigilantes and hunters armed with den (home-made) guns, spears, clubs, bows and arrows, and machetes were involved in the recapture.

“I saw the Boko Haram fighters fleeing in droves in their vehicles when the hunters and vigilantes entered the town”, he added.

“Their emir? (leader) was captured by the hunters and made to sit outside the military barracks that he and his men turned into their base.

“He had his hands tied from the back and we swarmed to have a look but we were later dispersed by the hunters.”

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Residents Fleeing Yola “Codedly”

Report just reaching us from the Yola International Airport say, people are “codedly” leaving Yola, the capital of Adamawa.

A reliable source revealed to that someone brought in a long list, containing the names of potential passengers to book flight tickets, claiming they are going on a family vacation. That the person insisted on leaving Yola, Saturday, when he was told that there was no available fight till Tuesday; adding that he became furious and told the flight attendants to look for any available flight space as soon as possible.

Sources also reveal that there is serious tension in Yola this Saturday morning, as people are afraid of the rumoured boko haram threat of invading Yola tomorrow, Sunday.

We have been told that the airport is packed with people rushing to find the fastest shuttle out of Yola.

Boko Haram Over Run Vintim

Reports say Boko Haram has overran the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, Vintim, Adamawa State; proceeding beyond Mubi.

After attacking Mubi, reports say the terrorists stormed the 234 Nigerian Army Battalion, burnt down the police station and the Mubi prison, setting the inmates free, also hoisted their flag at the Palace of the Emir of Mubi.

Defense Headquarters Orders Retreating Soldiers to Recapture Mubi

Defense Headquarters in Abuja has  ordered retreating troops to go back and recapture the Mubi from the insurgents.

Reports say that Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh, whose hometown, Vimtim, less than 15 miles from the location of the insurgents, is angry at the action of the fleeing soldiers.

Sources say that the soldiers who fled yesterday have now been ordered to converge at Song, a small township and await final orders to march on Mubi to confront the insurgents and try to dislodge them, adding that there was no aircrafts set to assist the relaunch.


Soldiers Retreat from Mubi…

Reports say that many Soldiers of the Nigerian military flee Mubi in Adamawa State to near by local governments as well as residents, due to the attack launched on that area yesterday by boko haram militants.

Sources reveal that the insurgents engaged FG Soldiers in a fierce battle as they invade Mubi towns, splitting in groups with some Boko Haram members advancing towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim, the home town of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, giving Nigerian troops a hot chase.

Residents of nearby towns also said they saw military vehicles zooming off towards Yola, the state capital, adding that several people might have been killed during the shooting spree that lasted almost two hours in Uba and other villages.

Meanwhile residents who fled confirmed that Mubi has been deserted and people have all fled into nearby bushes and hilltops, with Nigerian Soldiers retreating as well.

Insurgents Abduct More Girls & Women in Adamawa

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state have been reportedly abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group. The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.

Fintiri Petitions NJC, Accuses Judge Who Removed Him Of Frustrating His Appeal

Sacked Adamawa State Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC), accusing the Federal High Court, Abuja of plotting to frustrate his appeal.

He is particularly accusing Justice Adeniyi Ademola of alleged misconduct.

Fintiri was sacked on October 8 via a judgment delivered by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja in a suit by Governor Bala Ngilari.

The judge held that the lawmaker was wrongly sworn in as Acting Governor as the then Deputy Governor, Ngilari, did not resign from office in accordance with constitutional provision.

Although Fintiri has appealed the judgement, he is accusing the court of delaying the release of a certified true copy of the judgment to enable him perfect his appeal.

His allegation was contained in a petition dated October 10 and a follow-up dated October 14, signed by Duro Adeyele (SAN).

Adeyele works with the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bayo Ojo (SAN), who is Fintiri’s lead lawyer.

Court Judgment Is A Sign I Will Reclaim My Mandate – Murtala Nyako

Impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako has expressed delight at the sack of Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.

He made his position known yesterday in a statement through his Director of Press and Publicity, Ahmad Sajoh, after the inauguration of ex-Deputy Governor Bala Ngilari who was reinstated as governor by a Federal High Court yesterday.

The statement said: “His Excellency Admiral Murtala Nyako wishes to express satisfaction with the judgment passed by the Federal High Court in Abuja declaring that former Deputy Governor Bala James Ngillari has not resigned as Deputy Governor.

“This is a further testimony to the fact that the entire process associated with the purported impeachment saga had been just series of acts characterized by extreme illegality and political brigandage.

Hunters Kill 75 Boko Haram Fighters


Sources reveal that 75 Boko Haram fighters have been hunted down by local hunters while fleeing Michika and Madagali Local Government Areas of Adamawa State. 

Residents say that the Islamic militants ran out of ammunition and were running out of the Local Government Areas they have besieged for about a week now, but ran into the ambush of the Nigerian Military and some local hunters. Residents also showed excitement as regards the improvement of the issue that has been favourable to them and the well being of their environment.

Nuhu Ribadu Paints Abuja Red (See Pictures) – Dinah Adams

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This is how you know someone means business. It is evidently clear and glaring that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was not blabbing as regards his recent defection to PDP. While others are saying their defection to PDP can only happen if Satan becomes religious, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu’s flyers are already parading the streets of Abuja with young people chanting “Sai Ribadu, Sai Ribadu!!!”.

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We spotted supporters  in front of the PDP Secretariat in Wuse Zone 5 carrying flyers, billboards and even wearing Ribadu’s customized Tshirts. Word is out; His intention to run for the position of Governor for Adamawa State is made public and his new found Party(PDP)  is no blabber.

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#BornoYobeMassacre: The Fire Next Time – Ogunyemi Bukola

Angels lay in the pool of their own blood,

Their fire snuffed out, the ashes blown away,

The barrage of lead their fragile flesh could not defy,

To nocturnal marauders have they fallen prey,

Thus by shine or shower we ceaselessly mourn,

Despondent, miserable, bereaved and forlorn.

From whence, and why these menacing cannonade?

The back of tripod-stones has become the habitation of snails,

The cat’s back finds home with the earth,

The hands which the cradles rocked now the graves dig,

The owls have indeed awakened the crowing cock,

Alas, fire dies in the billow’s presence.

The drum is now beating wildly pit-a-pat,

Too incongruous for the royal masquerade to do his dance,

Trousers are pulled up, but the flood soaks you still,

What matters then, wither you go now, or where you turn?

He that does not want strange footsteps in his backyard,

Must fence it up, and further raise the fort.

For how long shall we fold our arms and live in fear?

While the stream of innocent blood flows in our backyard,

For how long shall the guns rotten in the shade,

While the oafish birds shit on our heads,

The fire next time, whose hut shall it burn?

The flood next time, whose child shall it drown?

Whoever kills a vulture lives not to see another year,

Whoever hunts a phoenix does not live to see another moon,

If death strikes on the right,

Obaluaye cue a cry from the house evildoers,

If pestilence strikes on the left,

May it spare not the shed of terror agents.

Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook)