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Civil servant nabbed for vandalisation in Adamawa

Pipeline vandals in Ogun

The NSCDC accused the civil servant and his accomplice of stealing over N5 million worth of construction materials.

A civil servant with the Adamawa State Ministry of Works has been arrested by the Civil Defense Corps for allegedly stealing over N5 million worth of construction materials belonging to the Adamawa State Government. The suspect was paraded alongside his accomplice, as the agency vows to rid the state of vandals.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Sulaiman Baba, told journalists that the roofing materials were vandalized at the Ministry of Works zonal office in Numan, where the principal suspect, a level 13 officer with the Adamawa State Ministry of Works.

“The corps just arrested two suspects with vandalized roofing materials worth about N5 million. The materials were vandalized from the Ministry of Works Zonal office in Numan and the principal suspect is a staff of the ministry,” Mr. Baba said.

Mr. Baba, who expressed the resolve of the Adamawa State command of NSCDC to rid the state of vandals, said the two suspects have been interrogated to ascertain their level of involvement in the crime and would be charged to court immediately.

According to the spokesperson, the law has given the corps the mandate to arrest, detain and prosecute suspects and the command would not relent in discharging its responsibilities.

The corps urged residents to join hands with security agencies to stall the tide of vandalisation of public property by unscrupulous elements in the society.

Commending the people of the state for their support, the spokesman called on the general public to report any suspicious persons or movement to the nearest NSCDC office or any security post.

Five anti-Amaechi lawmakers expressed their ‘constitutional rights’ – Tukur

Chaos as Rivers lawmakers engaged in free-for-all recently

The party chairman exonerated the presidency and PDP leadership from the Rivers crisis.

The National Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, has described the failed attempt to impeach the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Otelemba Amachree, by five lawmakers as “an expression of one’s constitutional rights” on the part of the dissenting lawmakers.

Five lawmakers led by Evans Bipi had taken over the state’s House of Assembly on Tuesday in an attempt to impeach the Speaker, Otelemba Amachree, and gain control of the House. A violent altercation soon ensued leading to the hospitalisation of some of the lawmakers.

Mr. Tukur, fielding questions from reporters on Thursday at his residence in Yola, Adamawa, said that his party will not condone any act of indiscipline by any of its members. He stated that the party will investigate what transpired on Tuesday.

“I am yet to be briefed on what really happened in River State House of Assembly but my party will investigate the matter to put the record straight,” he said.

Mr. Tukur, however debunked insinuations of the involvement of the presidency and the party leadership in what he described as a show of shame displayed by Rivers lawmakers, saying the party will clear its name by setting precedence and disciplining any of its members who acts against the party constitution in their conducts.

“PDP is a family where big things are happening. The party is so large that a lot of things happened in it, the good, the bad and the ugly. Even in Japan, in the house of parliamentary they fight; in Britain, legislatives have their own issues. What has happened in River State has nothing to do with the leadership of the party or the presidency; it is purely a legislative affair. Notwithstanding, the party will investigate the matter if any of its members is found guilty of one thing or the other, the person will surely be disciplined,” he said.

He, however, noted that fighting in the legislative arm of government has become a culture in the country.

While responding to a question over the division in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, he said the NGF is not constitutionally backed but it merely served as a platform where governors socialise, adding that the governors are mature enough to handle issues relating to their social interrelationship.

Mr. Tukur explained that individuals have the constitutional right to express their views with decorum in line with the democratic tenets of freedom of expression.

“It baffled me when people blamed the presidency and leader of the PDP for the division in NGF. We cannot associate with an unconstitutional organisation where people wine and dine and we are not ready to intervene in their affairs,” he said.

He expressed optimism that his leadership style has yielded positive outcomes in his home state, Adamawa, pointing out that the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and former governor of the state, Boni Haruna, had returned to the party based on the sanity and confidence that are entrenched into the party and also Mr. Tukur’s reconciliatory approach.

“I have a programme of reconciliation, reformation, rebuilding which I believe is working because what happened yesterday (Thursday) in Adamawa State wouldn’t have happened if not for reconciliatory efforts; Haruna would not have returned to the party.”

He said his posture in reconciliatory moves has led to the scramble by many aggrieved party members in other states to stage a comeback to the PDP.

“See what happened in Nassarawa; the people that left us have returned back to the fold,” he said.

On the issue of the state of emergency imposed on Adamawa State, he said it was not politically motivated; stressing that it is a pure security issue. He, however, advised the people of the state to bear with the federal government for their own safety until the martial rule is over.

Low voter turnout, apathy mar Adamawa council polls

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There was low turn out during the local government elections held in Adamawa State on Saturday.

Elections were held to fill the offices of chairmen for the 21 Local Government Areas and councillors for the 226 wards in the state.

Some residents linked the low turnout to uncertainties over the election based on the various legal hurdles the election faced.

Up till Friday, it was not clear whether the elections would hold following one of the court cases.

But the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Umar Bobboi, Friday, ruled that the elections be held, throwing out the suit seeking the suspension of the election by four plaintiffs sacked from the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission, ADSIEC.

The judge had earlier given an order restraining ADSIEC from conducting the election.

Visits to Guyuk, Demsa, Yola North and Lamurde Local Government Areas, during the elections, show that only few people turned out to vote.

Some residents said government’s decision to impose a public holiday, Friday, and then reverse it got them confused over the possibility of the election holding.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, presented chairmanship candidates for all the 21 local councils while the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC presented chairmanship candidates for 12 local councils.

The elections were relatively peaceful as there was no reported major incident of violence across the state.

The Adamawa Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Mohammed, said interim reports from police officers across the state confirmed that elections were peaceful in all the local governments.

There were also few complaints of irregularities as at press time. However, at Numan Local Government Area, the ACN chairmanship candidate, Pithon Power, complained of late arrival of electoral materials and insufficient voting materials in his council.

In Lamurde, the returning officer, Hamandama Modibbo, debunked similar complaints of inadequate voting materials.

He said the claims were untrue as the electoral body made sure each polling unit was given ballot booklets in line with number of registered voters they have.

He, however, stated that the only place were there was a genuine case for ballot shortfall was in Suwa and that the electoral commission took every step to address the matter.

 

Armed militants did not surrender to us, JTF, police say

ARMS AND AMMUNITIONS RECOVERED BY THE JTF DURING A RAID IN MAIDUGURI

No armed militant voluntarily surrendered to security operatives in Mubi, Adamawa State, the police and the Joint Task Force, JTF, have said.

The JTF spokesman, John Nwaogu, a Brigadier General, denied any surrender in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES. Mr. Nwaogu said the task force, during its search operations in Mubi, arrested several militants.

“Based on intelligence report, a combined team of the JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law abiding citizens were not hurt” he said.

He denied media reports that 40 suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect voluntarily surrendered to the force saying “nothing like that happened.”

The police spokesman in Adamawa, Mohammed Ibrahim, also denied such surrender saying it was up to the media to make its judgement between arrest and voluntary surrender.

Declining to speak further when pressed, in Yola, Mr. Ibrahim said 156 suspected militants were arrested in a joint operation by security forces in Mubi.

Mr. Ibrahim disclosed that a rocket propelled grenade was among the cache of arms recovered from the dreaded militants, in a crackdown on the group which commenced since Monday. Other items recovered from the raid, code named “Operation Restore Sanity,” are improved explosive device, chemicals, over 500 dagger knives, nine AK47 assault rifles, locally made pistols, and rocket launchers.

The Adamawa State Government had declared a 24-hopur curfew in Mubi since Sunday to allow the security operatives carry out house to house search operations for “terrorists.” The curfew was relaxed on Thursday with Mubi residents now free to move from 6.00a.m. to 3.00p.m.

JTF uncovers another bomb factory in Adamawa

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The Joint Task Force, JTF, Tuesday, said it uncovered and confiscated deposits of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), arms and ammunition, as well as other dangerous weapons from another bomb manufacturing hideout in Mubi, Adamawa State.This latest discovery came barely 24 hours after the JTF raided another hideout were 156 persons, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, were apprehended on Sunday.The Commander of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, John Nwaoga, on Tuesday, told journalists that the raid tagged “Operation Restore Sanity” in Mubi, is part of the steps to enhance the military crackdown in the area which is seen as the operational base of the sect.

Mr. Nwaoga said the military operation in Mubi is aimed at flushing out notorious elements of the Boko Haram sect who have “launched attacks against innocent victims, hapless religious worshipers, and telecommunication infrastructure in the area.”

Items recovered from the hideout include –  96 IEDs in Maltina cans, two drums of bombs, nine explosive refrigerator compressors, six weapon training manuals, 469 ammunitions, seven preaching manuals, seven Qurans, and one magazine.

Other items found after the raid are seven Qlink motorcycle batteries, one stabilizer, three SIM cards amongst others.

Mr. Nwaoga said the JTF and other security outfit in the state are committed to ridding Mubi town of criminal elements.

In a similar vein, a commander in the JTF, Gibson Jalo, revealed that the men of the JTF through its Intelligence network are gradually closing in on one Bashir, a man suspected to be the arrowhead behind terrorist activities in Mubi.

 

Curfew

To assist the JTF in its operations, The Adamawa State Government has extended the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in Mubi to 24 hours.

In a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Kobis Ari Thimnu, stated that the extension is to avail the JTF of the opportunity to carry out its operations in Mubi.

He urged people of the area to assist security operatives with useful tips that will lead to the apprehension of miscreants in the area.