“Alex Badeh spent N150m on his Yola mansion”, builder tells court.

A professional builder, Mr. Joseph Okpetu, appeared before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, narrating how he was engaged and paid for the construction of a Yola, Adamawa State mansion worth N150m for a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd).

Okpetu said he was also contracted to renovate Badeh’s house destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in the ex-Air Chief Marshal’s Vimtim village in Mubi Local Government Area of Admawa State.

He said the Vimtim house was worth N15m when he completed the house for Badeh in 2012. But he said the house was estimated to have been renovated for N50m after it was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents a few years later.

Okpetu is the 13th prosecution witness in the trial of Badeh on 10-count of money laundering involving alleged diversion of about N3.9bn belonging to the Nigeria Air Force within 12 months.

Okpetu narrated how his three companies — Hapco Nigeria Limited, Kunychun Drilling Service and Vim Plast Nigeria Limited — were, at different times, jointly or singly, engaged to execute house construction and renovation jobs for Badeh since his relationship with the former defence chief started in 2003.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Badeh alongside a firm, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited, on 10-count charge of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from the Nigerian Air Force’s account.

?The anti-graft agency accused Badeh of using the funds to buy and develop landed assets in Abuja for himself and his two sons between January and December 2013.

A former Director of Finance and Accounts of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau (retd), was the first prosecution to appear in court, giving details of how he allegedly helped Badeh, as the Chief of Air Staff, to divert the sum of N558.2m from NAF’s account for several months running.

Yishau had narrated how he was handing over the dollar equivalent of the N558.2m to Badeh at the Chief of Air Staff’s official residence on monthly basis and also how he helped Badeh to use the money to acquire landed assets, mostly in Abuja.

Okpetu, the 13th prosecution witness, who was led in evidence on Tuesday by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told the trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, that Yishau served as the middle man between him and Badeh for the construction of the Yola house and the renovation of Badeh’s Vimtim house.

But the witness said Badeh personally visited the site on three occasions, first of which was when the ex-Air Chief Marshal was in Yola for the commissioning of Air Force Comprehensive School in Yola, and the second was when the former military chief was travelling to Vimitim following his mother’s death.

The witness described the house located at Dougire, Yola Local Government Area of Adamawa State, as a duplex of three bedrooms with a guest room downstairs and a boys’ quarters.

“There is a living room downstairs and another one for the family upstairs,” he said.
He began his testimony on Tuesday with how he met Badeh.

He said, “I know the first defendant. I knew him in 2003 while I was doing renovation in Zone D of War College Quarters in Apo, Abuja. I was introduced to him by a junior officer of his to do a renovation and conversion of his balcony to study and putting interior fitting after the renovation work.

“We also met in 2008 while I was doing construction for Nigerian Air Force and by 2012, he was then appointed as the Chief of Air Staff. I wasn’t in the country. When I came back, I went to congratulate him. That was when I met him at the Air Force Guest House, Life Camp, Abuja.

“That was when I also met Air Commodore Yishau who was the Director of Finance. We exchanged numbers before I left the premises of the NAF at Life Camp, Abuja. Air Chief Alex Badeh was living there.”

JUST IN: Two bomb blasts kill 10 in Madagali town market, BokoHaram blamed

Police say two explosions have ripped through a market in northeast Nigeria’s Madagali town, and a survivor says they killed at least 10 people.


Boko Haram Islamic extremists are blamed for the attack Friday morning on the edge of the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, which Nigeria’s military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.


Since the military has dislodged the extremists from towns and villages this year, the insurgents have been attacking soft targets.


Survivor Ahmadu Gulak says the two explosions struck simultaneously at opposite ends of the market selling grains and vegetables. He says he counted at least 10 bodies and many wounded people being ferried to a nearby hospital by ambulance.


Police spokesman Othman Abubakar confirms the blasts but says he has no toll of victims yet.

Nigeria University reconciles Christians, Muslims divided by Boko Haram

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Tuesday took a major step to reconcile residents of Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Mubi is one of the local government areas in Nigeria’s North-east zone that Boko Haram insurgents overran and occupied for months in 2014.

During the crisis, the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the town said to be one of the largest in the state, was seriously strained.

But through its Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism campaign tagged, #IAmABeliever, the AUN brought members of Christian and Muslim self-protection groups together for training and sharing of stories on how they survived the Boko Haram carnage.

The programme titled, “Stories-for-Peace Workshop,” was organized by AUN students in collaboration with Illusions of Reflection – a Mubi-based youth group.

The workshop was attended by over 500 members of the Boys Brigade, a non-denominational Christian security group and the Nigerian Aid Group of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, a Muslim protection group.

Two highly revered religious leaders, Hamid Hammad and Ezekiel Williams, also attended the event.

Addressing the participants, Sheik Hammad lauded the AUN initiative and emphasised the importance of true and uniting stories in peace-building.

“It’s a welcome idea. Peace is very important in the world and in our society. When telling stories, please make sure what you are going to tell is genuine and is not going to cause any conflict in society,” he said.

Rev. Williams, who is also a leader of the Boys Brigade, shared stories of how he escaped with 50 other Christians after being trapped in Mubi under Boko Haram for five days.

He attributed their survival and escape to divine intervention.

Other Christians and Muslims faithful also shared stories of close shaves with death, personal losses and trauma when Boko Haram attacked the area.

The AUN’s Dean of Arts and Science, Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, who moderated the story-telling session, said throughout human history, shared stories have played a crucial role in bringing peoples and communities together.

“Stories provide a shared space for everyone to experience the tribulations and triumphs of the other, this can help bind a people together,” said Mr. Jacob.

The programme also featured a joint protection operation training for the Christian and Muslim groups.

AUN’s Assistant Vice President, Safety and Security, Lionel Rawlins, led the training on methods of protecting religious places from terrorist attacks.

Mr. Rawlins advised both groups to work together to protect each other’s places of worship.

The event ended with a 500-meter walk for peace, where Muslims and Christians marched holding hands to the gate of Adamawa State University in Mubi.

The university was among the educational institutions sacked by Boko Haram during the 2014 invasion.

More than a year after the Nigerian security forces liberated Mubi, tensions and mutual suspicion have continued to dog relationship between Christians and Muslims in the area.

The #IAmABeliever campaign is organized by students of Public Diplomacy & Strategic Media Intervention.

The course is part of a global university initiative to challenge extremism, with funding support from the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the US State Department and Facebook.

Explosion Rocks NNPC Filling Station In Yola

A deadly explosion has rocked Yola, sending wild flames into the atmosphere. The deadly explosion, which occurred at the Wuro-jobe area of the metropolis, around 8pm is believed to have claimed two cars, which were charred beyond repair, sending motorist who queued around the vicinity to scamper for their dear lives.

No live was claimed in the explosion, eye witness said.

The explosion, according to a military officer who spoke from the scene, was from a filling station belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, licensed marketer.

According to him the fire which has been raging for over an hour, has defied the intervention of fire fighters stationed at Faro bottling company located at  wuro-jobe the scene of the incidence.

The cause of the fire still remains unknown at the time of filling this report.

But eye witnesses who rushed to the scene following the explosion, are lamenting the severity of the fire which they claimed had been amplified by the petroleum products contained in underground tank of the filling station.

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Military Aircraft Skids Off Runway In Yola

A military aircraft skidded off the runway while landing at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Sources in the Aviation Sector say no casualty was recorded in the incident but that the aircraft lost a tyre in the incident.

This incident is coming five months after an Air Force aircraft, NAF801, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, crashed in Hong, Adamawa State.

The Director, Defence Information, Colonel Abubakar Rabe, confirmed this to Channels Television.

The plane was said to be returning from an interdicted mission when it went down due to bad weather.

Only the pilot is said to have died in the accident.

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Air Force Establishes Cordinating Centers In Yola

The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday tested its new tactical operations and defense coordinating centers at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

Commissioning the project on Sunday, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, said that the centers would provide an enabling environment for the Air Force to accomplish its mission in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.

The various projects constructed by the Nigerian Air Force are; a flight line house, two blocks for 12 logistics wings flight line access road, a tactical operations center and an ammunition dump.

Others are a base defense coordinating center, residential quarters for air men and air women, worship centers for Christians and Muslims and a single officers quarters.

In his address of welcome, officer in charge of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Uzezi, said the base was the engine room of the air effort in support of counter insurgency in the north east.

Also at the event was the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who was received by the Air Chief at the flight line in the Air Force Base.

After his arrival, General Olonisakin inspected a guard of honor mounted by the troops the 75 Strike Group in Yola.

In his speech, Air Marshall Abubakar told the gathering that his vision was to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional and disciplined force through capacity building initiatives for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power in response to Nigeria’s national security imperative.

He said that the need to reposition the 75 Strike Group in Yola was more evident, considering the role it plays as the Air Component Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Keys were presented to some beneficiaries of the official quarters by Governor Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa State.

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Boko Haram: FG, International Organisations Assessment Team Meet In Yola

An assessment team, comprising officials of Federal Government, United Nations, European Union and the World Bank, have commenced sitting in Yola, on rehabilitation of areas ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.



Mrs Maryam Masha, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), said that the meeting was to identify the problems affecting the respective states in the zone.

Masha who spoke on Tuesday in Yola, said that the meeting was a follow up of a workshop held in Abuja last week on recovery and peace building in the North- East.



“The meeting is to have direct access to the affected communities and to understand their needs and concerns and how they can be harmonized,”Masha said.



She explained that the meeting would also serve as the first step in understanding the real situation of the affected states and how to address them.



According to the special adviser, the gathering was also meant to validate the process of meeting with the concerned parties, private sectors, civil society and government.



She further explained that for the successful implementation of the assessment, it was very important for the government and International bodies to work as a team with the affected state governments.


Mr Tom Hockley, representative of European Union, said that the union, UN and the World Bank were partnering with the Federal Government in assessing the level of damage and assistance needed for the states.



Hockley said that the areas of assessment covered fiscal and social infrastructural damage including health and education sectors, among others.




UN Condemns Yola Attack

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, on Thursday condemned Tuesday’s bomb attack in Yola, Adamawa, North-East of Nigeria, which claimed many lives and left others injured.

Ban, in a statement issued by UN Information Centre in Lagos, said no political or ideological objective whatsoever, should justify the killing of people.

“The Secretary-General condemns the bomb attack on 17 November in the city of Yola, in the North-Eastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, which resulted in death of dozens and scores injured.

“He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Nigeria, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

“The Secretary-General reiterates that no political or ideological objective whatsoever justifies the loss of life and terror to which civilians are being subjected,” the statement said.

The statement also restated UN’s support to the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism.

It also said that for the government’s effort at fighting terrorism to be effective, such effort must be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

Female Suicide Bomber Leaves 16 Dead In Yola

Sixteen persons have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in north-east Nigeria.

The attack, which eyewitness said was carried out by a young girl, also left about 56 persons injured. The blast happened when worshipers were preparing for prayers on Friday.

Eyewitness said the young girl had entered the crowded new mosque in Jambutu, which was being commissioned, unnoticed and detonated her strapped explosive, killing 16 persons.

Some of the injured persons are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola.

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Internally Displaced Persons camp bombed in Adamawa

One of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, has been affected by bomb blast.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the development, saying the incident occurred at a warehouse in the camp.


Sanni Datti, spokesman of the state emergency agency, gave the name of the camp as Malkohi and said its inhabitants are currently being evacuated.


“I can confirm to you that there was a bomb blast at Malkohi camp this morning but we don’t have the details for now because we are busy evacuating people,” he told TheCable.

FG Takes Over Yola Electricity Distribution Company From Private Investors

Following the declaration of force majeure by Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company, the core investor in the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, the Federal Government has taken over the beleaguered power firm.
Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Power has taken over the management and control of the electricity distribution company.
It has also appointed Mr. Baba Mustapha, an engineer, to lead the company in the capacity of an acting managing director. Before his new appointment, Mustapha was a deputy director in the Ministry of Power.
The Head of Public Communication, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh, confirmed the takeover of the electricity distribution company in a telephone interview with our correspondent in

Abuja on Thursday. He, however, declined to give further details.

Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company had on six occasions (November 10, 2013, August 27, 2014, October 15, 2014, April 9, 2015, April 30, 2015 and May 13, 2015) given notices of force majeure, which is an irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract.
Consequently, the matter was tabled before the sub-committee of the Technical Committee on Power of the National Council on Privatisation at one of its meetings.
The sub-committee recognised the reality of the force majeure, which was in line with clause seven of the Share Purchase Agreement and made recommendations to the technical committee.
The force majeure clause is a standard clause in most contracts and includes events like natural disasters, wars and other occurrences not within the power or control of the executing party that makes implementation of the contract impossible.
Clause seven of the SPA stated that in a war situation, where the core investor could not operate, it could invoke force majeure on issues beyond its control.
The Yola Electricity Distribution Company covers Adamawa, Borno, Taraba and Yobe states. Except for Taraba State, the other three have been mostly affected by the activities of the Islamic insurgent group, the Boko Haram, and the subsequent war against it.
The recommendations of the sub-committee were deliberated upon by the Technical Committee of the NCP at its meeting in April, where the basis for the declaration of force majeure was also acknowledged, according to the BPE.
The technical committee made recommendations to the NCP, which at its first meeting for 2015 held at the Presidential Villa, set up a committee comprising the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power as the chairman; a representative of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Director-General of the BPE, to explore the implementation of the terms of the force majeure.
The Yola Disco is one of the 11 electricity distribution companies that were sold to private sector operators in a gale of reforms of the nation’s power industry that led to the unbundling of the defunct monopoly, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company won the bid for the YEDC and was required to pay N9.31bn for the firm.
Many Nigerians have expressed disappointment at the turnout of the privatisation exercise as the significant improvement expected from the power sector following the reform has not yet happened.
Source: The Punch

Ribadu Decries Yola Bomb Attack

The losing governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has expressed sadness at the death of 13 people after a bomb attack in Yola.

Several others were injured on Thursday following an explosion that ripped through the Jimeta main market in the capital of the state.

“I just got the heart-wrenching news of a terrible bomb blast near the popular Jimeta market in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State. I am in utter shock and state of devastation.  I find it quite saddening that for the first time since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency the murderous terrorists have succeeded in shattering the peace of Yola,” Ribadu said.

Ribadu said several attempts by terrorists to penetrate Yola in the past were foiled through efficient government-citizen mechanism of alertness.

He thus encouraged the people of the stated not be discouraged by the latest attack. “Though the terrorists have gotten away with their plan this time, we should not allow them to tear our spirit. Several of their attempts to penetrate Yola in the past were foiled through efficient government-citizen mechanism of alertness. It can still be done. The people must not be cowered,” he said.

Ribadu extended his condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the attack and pray for the quick healing of those injured in the attack.

“Though I am presently far away from home, my thoughts and prayers are with the people at this trying time,” he said.

“Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the attack. May the lost of the departed find repose in the nicest of places and may God almighty provide quick healing for the injured victims and recompense those who lost their means of livelihood,” Ribadu added.

Adamawa, alongside Borno and Yobe, are worst affected by attacks by the outlawed Boko Haram sect.

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Explosion hits Yola market

An explosion has reportedly hit a major market in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state on Thursday evening.

As at the time of filing this report, The Nation was unable to contact the Police concerning the cause of the blast, it was however suspected to be an activity of suicide bombers.

Eye witness, who recounted that the incidence occurred at about 7:00pm at the Jimeta main market, noted that it could be difficult to measure casualty figure but the impact may be much.

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.”

Meet the Vigilantes: Their Experiences with Boko Haram


For years he has worked as a cemetery inspector in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Yola and also hunted wild animals, but now he has volunteered to join the battle against militant group Boko Haram. It has waged a five-year insurgency to create an Islamic state, establishing bases along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon and Chad.

Mr Dawaki tells me just last week he fought alongside the Nigerian military close to the town of Mubi. “I killed more than 10 of them and we could see some were Chadian. We could tell by the tribal marks on their faces,” he says. He says his own weapons include a small knife that he used to slit the throat of one jihadist and a bow and arrow, as well as buffalo horns dipped in cobra poison. “A knife cannot penetrate us. If bombs drop they cannot kill us,” Mr Dawaki says, pointing to a leather amulet on his arm and another around his neck containing verses from the Koran.

“When we are on the battlefront we are focused on the job – we are patriotic, we want to save people from Boko Haram attacks and avenge what they are doing to our people,” Tijjani Mohammed, a retired civil servant who just returned from fighting told me. “We lost three of our men and seven were injured,” he says, adding that despite the losses, the mission against the insurgents had been a success.

“I just gathered my children and started running out of town,” says Zainabu Yusuf, whose husband was shot dead by the jihadists on the road in front of their home. “While I was running I saw soldiers running too, asking the way out of the town to Maiha. They were removing their uniforms and hiding them in plastic bags.”

When the insurgents moved on to attack areas south of Mubi, panic spread and with people starting to flee the Adamawa state capital, Yola, the authorities had to act fast. “These vigilante groups were already there but were dormant, so we organised them, bought them vehicles and empowered them,” Bala James Nggilari, the governor of Adamawa state, told the BBC.

“The vigilantes and hunters are local people, local boys who know the terrain. When you bring a soldier from Bayelsa [in southern Nigeria], for example, who is coming here for the first time he doesn’t know the terrain.

“The people we are fighting are also part of the local community. There is nothing on their forehead that says ‘insurgent’ but these local hunters are familiar with them, they know them, they have the native intelligence which the regular army may not have,” says Mr Nggilari.

He says the plan is to mobilise 4,000 vigilantes. Co-operation with local vigilantes has reaped rewards as the military has now retaken several towns in the north of Adamawa state, including Mubi, and calm has returned to Yola.

Some of the men I met training in Yola were holding 2m long (6ft) rusty hunting rifles, others had machetes. They say they were promised about 4,000 naira ($22; £14) a day and that during a recent operation some of them were given assault rifles by soldiers. Not all of them are being sent to the north of the state to assist the soldiers, with many getting ready in case they are needed to help defend Yola.

Samson Dawa says he fled the militants carrying only his radio and bible. Some will view their deployment as a damning indictment of the Nigerian military, which has frequently failed to protect the population of north-east Nigeria.

The violence is still on a horrific scale but to the vulnerable and displaced, the alliance between soldiers and vigilantes brings hope. Samson Dawa recently witnessed jihadists speeding through his village, Mbalala, on their way to capturing Chibok some 15km (9 miles) away.

“There were dozens of motorbikes and each one had two or three people on – all carrying guns,” he says. “The men on the open-backed 4×4 vehicles were shouting and had heavier guns which they were raising up.”

The 57-year-old farmer grabbed his radio and bible and ran for his life. Two days later, from a safer village he saw a long convoy of vehicles ferrying soldiers and vigilantes, with amulets tied around their arms. They were heading towards Chibok, the town from which 219 schoolgirls were abducted in April.

“When we saw the soldiers we knew they were serious and we had hope in them,” says Mr Dawa. “Judging by the kind of weapons they had I think their strength has been improved.”

Within hours, Chibok was retaken. Many jihadists were reported to have been killed on the streets of the town. “The vigilantes alone cannot do this job so if anybody tells you they have more hope in the hunters than the soldiers I don’t believe them,” says Mr Dawa.

“You know it’s a war. Maybe I will be back or maybe I will not be back,” says Mr Dawaki as he prepares to return to the fight. “But even my children would be proud to say their father died fighting Boko Haram.

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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 Omojuwa.com 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.

Breaking: Insurgents Threaten to Capture Yola Sunday…

Reports reaching us claim that rumours have been brewing within Yola,  the capital city of Adamawa, that Boko Haram insurgents are threatening to invade Yola by Sunday.

Our sources reveal that there have been claims that the insurgents are already closing up to Fufore, a town in Adamawa, not very far from Yola. The distance between Fufore and Yola is 51Km, which is approximately 45- 50 minutes drive.

Fear has gripped residents in Yola as they witnessed the influx of family relatives and some Nigerian soldiers who have fled from Mubi.

Sources also add that it has been rumoured that some military officers are already deserting their posts in Yola.