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Adamawa PDP Governorship candidate reacts to inconclusive election

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Adamawa PDP Governorship candidate reacts to inconclusive election

Yola, March 11,2019 ( NNN) The gubernatorial candidate of PDP in Adamawa, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, has reacted to the inconclusive governorship election in the state with a call on his supporters to remain calm.

The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the Returning Officer for Adamawa Governorship election, Prof. Andrew Haruna, had declared the election as inconclusive because the number of votes cancelled in 44 polling units was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two leading contestants.

Haruna said that a new date for the rerun election would be announced soon.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday in Yola, Fintiri, who had the highest vote of 367, 472 votes against Gov. Bindow of APC’ s 334,995 votes, urged his supporters to remain calm and steadfast as victory was on sight.

Fintiri thanked the electorates for turning out enmasse to participate in the election, adding that he was sure of victory.

“I want to thank the good people of this state for coming out to exercise their franchise. I also urge them to do same in the supplementary election.

“They should demonstrate the same zeal and commitment to vote for PDP as we are already cruising to victory,” Fintiri said.

The PDP candidates lauded all stakeholders, particularly INEC and security agencies, fo

r their efforts in ensuring a hitch free exercise.

Also reacting to the election, the APC National Vice Chairman for North East, Alhaji Salihu Mustafa, who served as his party agent at the Collation Centre, said that AP

C was not satisfied with the election.

 

 

Mustafa alleged that there were irregularities and violence against APC members in some areas.

“One of our agent was killed in Hong Local Government, while our agents were chased away in some polling units in Demsa local government,” Mustafa fumed.

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Police arrest 69 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers in Adamawa

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The Police Command in Adamawa, has arrested 69 persons for alleged conspiracy, inciting communal clashes, kidnapping, armed robbery and culpable homicide.

Mr Olubenga Adeyanju, the Commissioner of police in the state,   disclosed his during a news briefing in Yola on Monday.

He said that 25 out of the 69 suspects were members  of local criminal gangs, Shila boys, who attacked innocent citizens and robbed them of their belongings.

“The exhibits recovered from them include,  one rifle with seven rounds of live ammunitions, locally made revolver pistol with three rounds of live ammunitions and two cutlasses ,” he said.

Adeyanju said 19 of the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and kidnapping.

“The group confessed to have kidnapped Dodde Zumo and Ya’u Mohammadu all residents of Zumo/Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

“They collected N1 million as ransom in March 2020 before they were apprehended.

“We recovered three Ak 47 rifles, one den gun, one locally made pistol and two motorcycles,” he said.

He said investigations further led to the arrest of another syndicate that kidnapped one Sule Haro, Solomi Ishaya and killed one Pastor Ishaya in April 2020.

The CP said the remaining 25 suspects were arrested for inciting communal clashes, culpable homicide threat to life, impersonation and extortion.

He added that one of the suspects, Buba Mohammed,  conspired and killed one Sgt. Amos Joseph, a police officer and went away with his Ak47 rifle.

“Police  apprehended the suspect and recovered the Ak47 rifle,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the command presented an award of commendation to some hunters for their contribution in the fight against crime in the state


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Adamawa Govt accesses N10bn UBEC funds

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Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa says the state government has accessed N10 billion from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds

Fintiri made the disclosure in a special broadcast on the occasion to commemorate his one year in office on Friday in Yola.

According to him, on assumption of office on May 29, 2019, he discovered that the state had lost out on the UBEC funding from 2015 to 2019.

” Within one year in office, our administration provided matching grants for the lost years.

“And we got opportunity to access N10 billion funds, which were lying fallow at the UBEC for our basic education in the state,” Fintiri said.

He noted that government had for the first time in many years, paid examination fees for students, who would be sitting for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination by WAEC, NABTEB, NBAIS and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) by NECO.

Fintiri confirmed that since 2007 successive administrations in the state had stopped paying the SSCE fees.

He noted that his government had been able to present over 27,894 students for external examinations, with all the fees of such examinations paid by the government.

On security situation, he noted that with barely one year in office, his administration had revamped the Joint Security Taskforce, codenamed: “Operation Farauta”.

The governor also pointed out that the State Government had purchased and donated 60 Hilux vans to the taskforce, a move, which had yielded remarkable feats.

Speaking on agricultural development in the last one year,  Fintiri stated that the citizens would soon witness bumper harvest as the farmer/herder crisis has been drastically reduced.

“Farmers are returning back to their ancestral homes and many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state are being permanently closed down, after months of sojourn in unfamiliar terrains,” he assured.

The governor explained that within one year in office, his administration had recorded tremendous achievements in the provision of rural access roads, water supply, healthcare and security. (NAN)

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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CBN to empower 11,250 wet season farmers in Adamawa

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Nigeria’s Apex Bank, under its Anchor Borrowers Programme, says it is set to empower no fewer than 11,250 farmers for the 2020 wet season farming in Adamawa.

Alhaji Ilyasu Mu’azu, the Chairman, Adamawa branch of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), disclosed this during the flag off of the 2020 wet season Anchor Borrowers Programme on Thursday in Yola.

Mu’azu stated that the 2020 wet season Anchor Borrowers Programme in the state was in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), MAAN and the Unity Bank.

In the 2020 Wet Season farming, 11,250 farmers will be empowered in Adamawa by the Central Bank of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Programme in collaboration with Maize Association of Nigeria and Unity Bank.

In Adamawa state, in 2018 and 2019, the Anchor Borrowers Programme empowered 4,293 small scale farmers, through the provision of inputs, extension services and linkage with market outlets,” Mu’azu said.

He said that the farmers empowerment was a soft loan which would be repaid with farm produce.

The chairman observed that the rate of population growth, climate change, insurgency, farmers/herders conflict, flood effect and COVID-19 pandemic was alarming and threatening national food production in 2020.

Alhaji Adamu Yusuf, the CBN representative, said that the apex bank was committed to ensure effective national agricultural growths.

Yusuf called on the beneficiary farmers to utilise the inputs given to them judiciously, to improve their standard of living and national food production.

He noted that the inputs were given as soft loam to famers, urging them to repay the loan as at when due, to enable the programme capture additional farmers in the next farming season.

Speaking on behalf of the Adamawa Government, Mr Kabir Bello,  commended the Federal Government for the gesture.

Bello said the loan was convered by the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance to reduce negative and natural risks on the farmers.

According to him, the programme will go a long way in improving food production, adding that the state government will ensure farmers make effective use of the inputs.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Usman Michika, State Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), also lauded the federal government for initiating the Anchor Borrowers Programme.

Michika however urged the CBN to extend the programme to cover more farmers in the state.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Adamawa records 3 deaths, 11 new cases

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The Adamawa Government has so far recorded three COVID-19 deaths since the first index case was announced on April 21.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Abdullahi Isa, made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday in Yola.

Isa said the state had just recorded 11 new cases on May 27, making a total of 38 cases.

“So far, 11 new cases have been recorded in Adamawa State and sadly, we also recorded three deaths.

Also,  20 patients have been discharged  after they tested negative for the virus and now we have 18 active cases of COVID-19 in the state,” Isa said.(NAN)

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

 

 

 

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Police dislodge alleged car theft syndicate in Adamawa, arrest 1

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The police in Adamawa have dislodged a suspected  car theft syndicate, arrested a suspect and recovered one stolen vehicle.

The  state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, made the disclosure on Sunday in Yola.

Nguroje said that a Toyota Corolla  with registration number UGB408LQ and other stolen items were recovered from the suspect.

He said that the arrest was made by operatives attached to the Intelligence Bureau of the state police command on Thursday at 6.30p.m.

He said that the arrested suspect was a 38-year-old man.

The spokesman  said that the police  recovered a snatched Toyota Corolla, 2004 model with  44 sets of new t-shirts, shoes and trousers.

“The suspect was caught after robbing one Mr Adams M. S. from Abakaliki of the car and running to Adamawa to dispose  of it.

“Immediately the report got to police, investigation commenced, and that led to the arrest and recovery of the Toyota Corolla  and other valuables,’’ Nguroje said.

He said the state Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Olugnenga Adeyanju, had warned residents of the state to desist from buying cars and other valuables from roadside vendors.

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Eid-el-Fitr: CAN in Adamawa felicitates with Muslim faithful

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Most Rev. Stephen Mamza, Chairman, Adamawa chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has felicitated with Muslims in the state for the successful completion of 30 days Ramadan fast and Eid el-Fitr celebration.

Mamza, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the leadership of CAN in the state was extending special felicitations to all Muslim faithful in the state on the occasion of Sallah.

“I, Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Mamza, is aware that the month of Ramadan is so central in your religion and therefore dear to you at personal and communal levels.

“During this time you grow spiritually through the experience of God’s healing, sharing with the poor and the strengthening of family and friendship bonds.

“ We your Christian friends, wish to identify with you on this very special occasion of grace and friendship as typified in the greetings, meetings, and, where possible, by sharing in an Iftar (breaking of fast) with you.

“Our bonds of unity and togetherness on such special occasions, go a long way to foster fraternity between Christians and Muslims, which is critically needed in such a polarised world.

“Informed by this spirit of love and unity, Adamawa State Christians specially pray for you and congratulate you as you mark this feast,” Mamza said.

He said: “We pray for you our Muslim brothers and sisters, for your successful completion of the month of fasting and for a great celebration of the feast of Eid el-Fitr.

 “We pray that through this just concluded act of fasting, prayers and alms-giving, you may find grace and favour in Allah’s eyes; and may you have a happy and holy celebration.

“On behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa State Chapter, may I extend best wishes to you as you reap the rewards of your fast, religious acts of piety and enjoy the protection of Allah’s abiding presence” Mamza said.

He urged Muslims to join hands in prayers for the end of COVID-19, as well as for Allah’s gift of peace and sincere human solidarity, in love for the dignity and good of all in the world.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr Fitr: Police assure of adequate security in Adamawa

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The  Police in Adamawa on Friday assured residents of adequate security of lives and property as  Muslims prepare for  Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, gave the assurance in a statement issued by Sulaiman Nguroje, the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on Friday in Yola.

Adeyanju congratulated the Muslim Ummah for successfully concluding the Ramadan fast and urged the public to observe and comply with all COVID-19 preventive measures.

“The CP assured the state of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Fitr celebrations.

” The proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of Surveillance and Intelligence assets of the Force, are already in place to prevent any untoward incidents in the State ” Adeyanju said.

 He reminded residents of the COVID-19 prevention regulations, especially the inter-state movement restriction orders and national curfew.

He noted that the Police would not relent in enforcing all government  orders toward curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and urged residents to bear in mind the unusual time in view of the dangerous nature of the virus.

The Federal Government had declared May 25 and May 26 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

The government, however, advised

Muslims in the country  to celebrate at home and avoid public gatherings as directed by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19: Adamawa govt. cuts 2020 budget by 24%

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Adamawa State Executive Council has approved a downward review of the 2020 budget by 24 per cent, affecting only the capital expenditure and overhead costs.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr Umar Pella, disclosed this shortly after an Extraordinary meeting of the council presided over by Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri in Yola on Tuesday.

The decision was reached after the council considered and approved a review of the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper in line with the extant laws of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission 2018.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state House of Assembly in December 2019, approved the 2020 proposed budget estimate of N183.3 billion presented by the governor.

Pella explained that the measure was taken by the council after a holistic review of the situation and considered the crisis affecting the economy as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that government had deemed it necessary to review the budget to meet up with the physical realities.

He said that the budget review would soon be transmitted to the state assembly for consideration and approval.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ishaya Dabari, said the review did not affect personnel costs and was based on the benchmark used by the Federal Government.

Dabari was optimistic that the review of the budget would be realised.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Police recover 11 stolen cows from serving Councillor in Adamawa

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The Police Command in Adamawa said it had recovered 11 stolen cows from a serving councillor in an ongoing cattle rustling investigation.

DSP Suleiman Nguroje, the command Public Relations Officer, said while handing over of the cows to their owners on Tuesday in Yola, that

the suspect was cooperating with the police in its investigation.

“The arrest of  Makana Ngari, Councillor representing Vulpi Ward in Numan Local Government area and other suspects in connection with Cattle rustling is yielding  positive result.

“Eleven cows so far recovered from the councillor and his cattle rustling cohorts.

“The command, however, handed over the cows to the leadership of Pulaku Njonde Jam, Adamawa state Chapter, on bond on behalf of the original owners,” he said.

He said investigation was ongoing to recover more cows including those recently rustled at Mbemum village.

Speaking shortly after receiving the cows, Alhaji Ya’u Isa, State Chairman of Pulaku Njonde Jam, thanked the Police command and Adamawa government for their quick intervention and recovery of some of the stolen cows.

Isa said that  within one year, Fulani herders had lost no fewer than 450 cattle and 240 sheep to cattle rustlers in Numan and Lamurde LGAs.

“We discussed the issue with the state Deputy Governor, Seth Crowther, on how to bring lasting solution to the problem and restore peace in the affected areas.

“We are confident government is making efforts from its side to ensure peace reign in the state.

“However, government and the security operatives have to do more in dealing with the elements who are behind cattle rustling in the state,” Isa said.

Narrating his level  of involvement, the councillor said he sold the cows to one Adamu Numan,  a butcher and a cow dealer in Numan town, who is also in detention

Ngari confirmed that the police recovered five of the stolen cows he sold to Numan, claiming that the animals were given to him to sale by his brother.

On his part, Numan said he paid N50,000 as part payment for the five cows at about 11:30 pm on May 12.

“This is not the first time I have been buying cows from Makana Ngari,” Adamu told the police.

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Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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