After a tip-off, troops raid Gombe International Hotel for Boko Haram members.

The Nigerian army has said that it carried out a raid of Gombe international hotel on suspicions that Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger were lodging there.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sani Usman, a brigadier general, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

“Based on tip-off on the presence of foreign elements of Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger, troops carried out cordon and search operations at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe state.

“However, nothing incriminating was found. More vigilance is being maintained in the area.”

Usman also said that one soldier has lost his life in an ongoing operation to rid remnants of terrorists from their hideouts in Borno and the north-east.

He said that the operation involved ambushes and search of the suspected remnants hiding places in the remote areas.

He added that two soldiers are still missing and 13 others are wounded

Usman said that efforts were ongoing to locate the two missing soldiers.

He said troops of 159 battalion artillery detachment, based on information and confirmation on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Tula Udah forest, carried out heavy bombardment to neutralise them.

He said during the operations, 505 persons were rescued while nine arrests were made.

Usman said that one Boko Haram camp was destroyed during the exercise and two vehicles recovered, adding that the owner of one of the recovered vehicles was also arrested.

 

Source: The Cable

Gombe to spend N200m on six dialysis machines – Commissioner

The Gombe State Government is to procure six dialysis machines at the cost of N200 million for use in its newly constructed dialysis centre at the state’s specialist hospital.

Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Thursday.

He said the amount would cover cost of procuring the machines, installation, water treatment plant and a laboratory inside the dialysis centre.

Ishaya said one of the machines would be dedicated for detecting patients who were HIV positive.

He stated that two of the remaining ones would be for the screening of people with Hepatitis B and C and the remaining three machines would be deployed for general use.

Ishaya said that HIV and Hepatitis were public health issues.

Ishaya said: “You can contract HIV through blood transfusion while Hepatitis can be contracted through the body fluid.

“And the machines deal with blood, we want to get rid of the risk of infections.”

The commissioner said Gombe state had started running clinics for elderly persons from 65 years and above where they received free treatment.

He said: “Except those with diabetes and hypertension, treatment is free other ailments such as: epilepsy, sickle cell.”

Ishaya appealed to the aged in the state to avail themselves of the service.

13 killed in multiple accidents in Gombe State.

Thirteen persons, including a two-year old girl, have been reported killed in four motor accidents that occurred on highways in Gombe state between Sunday and Monday.

The Gombe State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, David Mendie, confirmed the accidents to journalists on Tuesday.

He said five persons died instantly on Sunday after a Toyota saloon car in which they were traveling veered into the bush on the Gombe-Kumo road, while two others sustained very serious injuries. He blamed speeding for the accident.

He also said four persons died instantly in another accident which happened on Monday on the same road when a car trying to overtake other vehicles collided with an oncoming trailer.

Mr. Mendie refused to comment on an accident reported in Bara on the Gombe-Bauchi road also on Monday because the area was outside his jurisdiction.

The accident involved a Toyota Homer bus belonging to the Plateau Express Service (Plateau Riders) and a Sharon mini bus.

According to a journalist, Chuwang Dung, who survived the accident, four persons were killed when the Toyota bus they were riding in tried to avoid a stray animal and collided with a Sharon mini bus.

Mr. Dung said the drivers of the two vehicles died instantly, while the two-year old girl and another man died later from their injuries.

The FRSC Sector Commander warned commercial motorists to instal speed limiter device in their vehicles, saying it remains key for safety against crashes on the roads.

He said no driver would be spared the wrath of the law for failing to instal the device as soon as the deadline was over.

Bus runs into Muslim procession in Gombe; kills 11 children.

Eleven children were killed when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a Muslim procession marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in northern Nigeria, police said Wednesday.

 

The accident Tuesday in Malam Sidi village in Gombe state was due to a brake failure, said police spokesman Ahmed Usman.

 

“A total of 11 children died in the incident while 17 others were seriously injured,” Usman said.

 

He said the victims were aged between 11 and 15, prompting an angry mob to descend on the bus driver and beat him to death.

Police have launched an investigation into the accident, he added.

 

Even though Nigerians have already celebrated the birth of Prophet Mohammed with a public holiday in December, activities are held month-long in the north to celebrate.

NAFDAC Destroys Unwholesome Items Worth Over N252m In Gombe

The Northern zonal office of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday destroyed unwholesome items worth N252,882,020 million in Gombe, Gombe State.
The items destroyed include: bags of flour, packs of body creams and drugs such as analgin injection, groundnut oils and various juice drinks.

Mrs Yetunde Oni, the Acting Director-General of the agency , said that the items were either voluntarily surrendered to the agency by those who had them in stock or mopped up by NAFDAC officers during enforcement surveillance.

The D-G said faking of regulated products or selling of unwholesome products was the greatest evil of the time, calling it an act of terrorism.

He said products counterfeiters were not just a problem to the country, but were more dangerous than armed robbers.

A representative of the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Mr Obel Yaji, used the occasion to appeal to NAFDAC to regulate the activities of traditional medicine hawkers.
He said NAFDAC had been active in saving lives and that checkmating traditional medicine hawkers would help in deepening the impact of the agency on the public.

Credit: NAN

Foundation to construct 50 boreholes in Gombe

A philanthropic organisation, the Sarkin Fulani Foundation, plans to build 50 boreholes in Gombe state at a cost of N40 million.

 

The chairman of the foundation, Adamu Mohammed, told PREMIUM TIMES in Gombe on Tuesday that the boreholes would be distributed across the state to assist government in improving water supply to the people.

 

Mr. Mohammed said the foundation had also donated 30 hospital beds, an electricity generator and drugs worth N400,000 to the snake bite treatment centre in Kaltungo town of the state.

 

The organisation had also assisted over 2000 pregnant women across the state in prenatal care, he added.

 

“Our aim is to help in alleviating the suffering of the masses,” Mr. Mohammed said, as he ca

Don’t depend on govt – Gombe tells Christian pilgrims

Gombe State Christian Welfare Board has told the Christian community in the state to stop waiting on government to pay for their pilgrimage to Israel.

 

Mrs. Afiniki Fatikah, Secretary of the Board, made the call in Gombe, telling Christians to be conscious of the fact that the exercise was a worship and appreciation to God for His provisions and should, therefore, be more cooperative in paying for their pilgrimage to Israel, instead of always relying on government to do it for them.

She said: “The Christian community should not rely on government alone for sponsorship. We should also pay because we have everything. Whatever you have, it is God that gave it to you. So we should come and pay so that we can perform pilgrimage to the Holy Land.”

 

She said of the 1,500 slots allocated to Gombe State by Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, only 238 had prepared for the journey.

Lassa Fever: 10 Suspected Cases In Gombe Negative – Official

The Gombe State Ministry of Health on Friday said that 10 people suspected to have contacted the Lassa fever virus had tested negative.

Dr Joshua Abubakar, the Ministry’s Director of Public Health, told newsmen in Gombe on Friday that, their result of their blood samples recently taken to a laboratory in Lagos tested negative.

According to him, the only patient who tested positive has been discharged after being treated and certified free.

He said also that those who came in contact with the patient while on admission had been certified free too.

“The state rapid response team has intensified surveillance, and sensitization in all the 11 local government areas and the emirate council.

“ We equally have focal officers in all the wards saddled with the responsibilities of reporting any suspicious cases,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports recently that an eight-year -old girl from the state was said to have contacted the Lassa fever virus.

Credit: NAN

Mob Sets Emir’s Palace Ablaze In Gombe

Report provides that a group of mob burnt down the palace of the Emir of Kashere Town in Gombe State.

Kashere is the home town of Danjuma Goje, a former governor of the state, who also recently won re-election as a Senator to represent Gombe central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

A source in the town who declined to be named for security reasons said the palace was burnt down by irate mob who suspected that three ballot boxes were kept there. “Three ballot boxes have gone missing after the election and people suspect that they have been taken to the Emir’s Palace to be stuffed with thumb printed ballot papers,” the source said.

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INEC To Fix New Date For Inconclusive Election In Gombe

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will fix a new date to conclude the Gombe State House of Assembly election in some polling units in Kwami West. Alhaji Kasim Gaidam, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, stated this in Gombe on Sunday.

He said that the number of votes affected were higher than the difference between the two leading candidates. “A new date to hold elections in the conduct of these elections in the cancelled polling units will be given by the commission shortly,” he said.

Gaidam also commended the Chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, stakeholders and partner agencies for their support toward the success of the polls in the state. “We can safely generalise that the election have been peaceful and orderly; the few exceptions of minor incidents were handled by the security agents with the cooperation of stakeholders,” he said.

He commended the efforts of political parties, royal fathers and the religious leaders for their contribution and compliance with the rules of the exercise.

Gaidam further called on the elected officials to justify the confidence responsed in them by the electorate. “They should, therefore, pursue policies as well as embank on the programmes and projects that will deliver dividends of democracy to the people.”

Credit: NAN

NYSC Denies Death Of Corps Members In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied that any corps member was killed on election duty in  Gombe State. This was contained in a statement signed by NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations. Bose Aderibigbe.

 Aderigbigbe said the reports that youth corps members were killed were false. She said that the two persons who lost their lives   were INEC’s ad-hoc staff and not corps members.

The management of the NYSC, however, commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the said attack.

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High Turnout Of Voters For Accreditation In Maiduguri, Gombe, Others #NigeriaDecides2015

Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election recorded large turnout of voters for accreditation in different parts of the country.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that as at 8 a.m. electorate thronged various polling units ahead of accreditations.

The NAN correspondents monitoring the exercise in Maiduguri reported that the exercise was peaceful.

NAN also reports that a large number of voters turned out to be accredited ahead of voting, amidst heavy security.

NAN reports that accreditation started in as at 8.30 a.m. as potential voters conducted themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner.

In Gwange New GRA unit in Maiduguri, no fewer than 400 registered voters were available for accreditation.

Similarly, reports from Yola showed that there was also a large turnout of voters for accreditation even the exercise started at 8:00 a.m. as scheduled.

The same was the case in neighbouring Damaturu which where accreditation also started at 8 a.m. in most parts of the city.

The NAN reports that so far, the exercise has remained peaceful and orderly as potential voters queue to be accredited ahead of casting their votes.

NAN observed that many of them arrived at their polling units as early as 6 a.m. for accreditation.

As at filing this report, it was observed that electoral materials had reached various polling units.

Another PDP Membership Card Ripped Apart (See Photo)

Senior Special Assistant on Security to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, followed in the footsteps of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo by tearing his PDP Membership Card. 

Alh. Abdullahi Babangida Muhammad was an active member of PDP in Gombe State.

 

 

 

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14 People Killed in Gombe State Governor’s Convoy

Reports reveal that 14 people were killed in an accident which involved the convoy of Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo on Thursday, January 22.

The victims were burnt beyond recognition in the crash which occurred in the evening, at about 7 pm, along Bauchi/Gombe Federal Highway. The Police spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the accident, in a statement, revealing that three Hummer buses and a motorcycle were gutted by fire.

He disclosed that Police patrol team attached to Alkaleri Division visited the scene, cleared obstruction and evacuated the casualties to Federal Medical Centre, Gombe, he noted.

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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.”

Credit: naij.com

Military Wards Off Boko Haram Attack on Ashaka Cement Factory in Gombe

Nigerian police and soldiers repelled an attack by gunmen on a French-owned cement factory on Thursday in northeast Nigeria, where security forces are battling an Islamic uprising, a police official said.

The gunmen tried to shoot their way into the compound in the morning, police spokesman Deputy Supt. Fwaje Atajiri said.

An attack on the same Ashaka Cement factory, a subsidiary of Lafarge SA in Gombe state, was carried out a month ago by suspected gunmen of the Boko Haram extremist group. The gunmen fled with large amounts of dynamite loaded onto stolen pickup trucks. No one was killed.

Lafarge SA in Paris confirmed an attack by “militants” was repelled Thursday and that no one was wounded, a company spokeswoman said.

Credit: AP

Boko Haram Mount Dynamite Raid, Rob Bank…

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stole dynamite and pick-up trucks from a French-owned cement works in Nigeria after robbing a bank, in a raid to fund and pursue their campaign of violence in the northeast of Nigeria.

The attack in Ashaka, in Gombe state, on Tuesday came after the Islamists robbed a bank, blew up a police station and razed a political party office 20 kilometres (12 miles) away in Nafada.

Boko Haram funds its operations in part through bank robberies and has previously stolen vehicles including armoured personnel carriers, weapons and ammunition from the Nigerian military.

Unlike previous attacks in recent months in the far northeast, the militants did not attempt to hold the town, leaving when they secured their loot.

French diplomats in Nigeria said none of its nationals was taken in the raid. The head of the Lafarge group, Bruno Lafont, said operations had not been affected.

“The factory was the target of intruders. There were no injuries. There was no damage in the factory,” he told reporters in Paris on Wednesday. This morning (Wednesday), the situation is still calm and everything is back to normal.”

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Rich Kids, Poor Kids: States And The Pot Called Federal Allocation – Ogunyemi Bukola

Yesterday budget and public data analysis platform BudgIT shared how much in total each state in Nigeria received as Federal Allocation in 2013. The list was divided into two. The top ten earner states:

Top 10 States

And the bottom ten:

Bottom 10 States

So this morning I decided to dance around the data a bit and see if numbers could talk. Here’s what numbers said:

My analysis is centred on the Top Four, and Top Six, states (the rich kids), and the Bottom Four, and Bottom Six, states (the poor kids). Figures are approximates.

The Top Four states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa) received a total of N928.2 billion in Federation Allocations in 2013. This is 5 times the total allocation of the Bottom Four (Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N176.6 billion.

The Top Six states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos and Kano) received a total of N1.1 trillion in Federal Allocations in 2013. This is 4 times the total allocation of the Bottom Six (Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N272.4 billion.

Bayelsa’s N182.5 billion is more than the combined allocation of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom four) – N176.6 billion. The N237.8 billion Rivers got is more than the combined allocation of Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom five) – N223.1 billion. While top earner Akwa Ibom got N293.5 billion in 2013, the bottom six of Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi got N272.4 billion combined.

 

It gets even better.

Akwa Ibom got 7 times the total allocation of Ebonyi. This means Akwa Ibom got in one year what Ebonyi will get in 7 years if rates are fixed. Rich Kid Bayelsa got 4 times the allocation of Poor Kid Osun.

Numbers wouldnt stop talking so I went online to get the population data of the Rick Kids, and the Poor Kids. Here’s what I found:

Top 6

What did numbers say?

The Top Four earner states have a combined population of 17.5 million (2011 projection figures), add Lagos and Kano to that and the population more than doubles, to 39.3 million. Divide the total allocation received by population and you realize the Top Four got about N53,ooo per citizen. This figure comes down to N28,000 per citizen when Lagos and Kano are considered.

Let’s see what the poor folks are up to:

Bottom 6Bottom Four total population is about 11.5 million, this goes up to 17 million when Gombe and Kwara states enter the fray. N15,000 per citizen is what you get when total allocation of bottom four states is divided by the total population, this goes up to N16,000 per citizen when all six states are considered.

For individual states, Akwa Ibom: N64,000 per citizen is what Akwa Ibom got, Bayelsa is N93,000 per citizen, more than 5 times the N17,000 per citizen for Ebonyi.

A quick look at the map of Nigeria shows that Top Four states are from the oil-rich South-South region. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that only one state from the North, Nassawara (North-Central), is in the Bottom Four, with two from South-West (Osun and Ekiti) and one from South-East.

Numbers started speaking French when I compared the data with primary school enrollment figures, state GDP, WAEC pass rates, health reports etc.

Instead of having all 36 come to him every month, one wearing Louboutins, the other rubber slippers, to give one money for private jet back home and the other just enough to board a train, why cant Big Daddy just let the mothers of these kids take care of them?

 

Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook) writes from Lagos. www.zebbook.com