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Adamawa records fall in drug supply, abuse – NDLEA

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Mr Yakubu Kibo, Adamawa Commander of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Thursday that the rate of supply and abuse of drugs in the state had reduced significantly.

Kibo told the Nigeria News Agency in Yola that this development was as a result of the commitment of people in the fight against drug abuse.

He cited as an example, the seizure of  one ton of cannabis sativa and 1.3 tons of tramadol in two separate operations, which was made possible as a result of cooperation of the people.

Kibo said that the command, in a joint operation with other security agencies, arrested 52 youth at a hide-out known as ‘Semi-Sambisa’.

“Those we found with drugs have been charged to court, while the rest were given quick intervention counseling and handed over to their parents,” he said.

Kabo, however, listed inadequate fund, dearth of staff and logistic challenges as some of the major problems militating against their operations.

He explained that the command had only two operational vehicles serving the seven area offices, as such embarking on operations frequently was very difficult.

The Commander appealed to government for more financial assistance for the agency to rid the society of drug addicts and safeguard the future of the country.

Edited by Hawa Lawal

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FG to build 500 houses for IDPs in Zamfara, Borno, Katsina, Adamawa

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The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on Thursday said that the Federal Government would build 500 housing units for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Zamfara, Borno, Adamawa and Katsina States.

The Federal Commissioner in charge of the Commission, Sen. Basheer Mohammed, made this known in Gusau while distributing relief materials to IDPs in the state.

Mohammed said that the Federal Government was concerned about the plight of the 2.4 million IDPs and their reintegration and resettlement, so that they could live a normal live.

“We are here for the distribution of food and non-food items that will benefit indigenes of Anka, Gusau, Maradun, Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas of the state.

As a Federal Government agency, our priority is to safeguard and protect the lives of specific vulnerable groups under our purview within the 36 states and FCT.

“The commission has taken this as a priority to build 500 housing units for IDPs in Borno, Katsina and Adamawa including Zamfara State, as phase one of the projects and we have gone far in this regard.

“We have received commitments from Borno, Katsina and Adamawa States to grant us 50 hectares of land.

Resettlement of 500 households, totalling 3,000 people in each resettlement city and a transformation of lives and dignity restored,’’ he said.

He noted that the commission was at an advanced stage with public and private investors to deliver on this goal.

“Zamfara has been chosen to be part of this housing development project which will ultimately complement the laudable efforts your government has made with Ruga Project.

“As I mentioned earlier, our major priority is our people that are displaced and if Zamfara Government approved, we will build 500 households resettlement fully equipped with facilities.

“We will also provide livelihood support schemes linked to clean water and health infrastructure; as phase one is attached to hygiene maintenance, financial inclusion and the creation of jobs.

“I will like to use this medium to obtain your approval for the allocation of 50 hectares of land in a safe zone, as a follow up to earlier request.

“The approval and partnership with the commission will be of great encouragement to our investors,’’ Mohammed said.

Responding, the Zamfara Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, thanked the state government for the gesture.

Aliyu-Gusau said that state government had been giving relief materials to various disaster victims in the state.

“We consider this as a complement to our state government’s efforts under Gov. Bello Matawalle.

“I am giving the commission an assurance of the state government’s efforts to any Federal Government’s organisation for the development of the state,’’ the deputy governor said.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Police arrest officer over alleged killing of motorcycle operator in Adamawa

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Police in Adamawa on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of their officer, who allegedly shot and killed a commercial motorcycle operator in Maiha Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, the state Police Command Public Relation Officer, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.

Nguroje said the incident occurred on Monday at about 9 a.m in Maiha town of Maiha local government area.

“The officer is currently under arrest and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, has given directive for thorough investigation into the matter.

“As soon as the investigation is completed, the suspected officer will be charged to Court for appropriate action,” Nguroje said.

He warned that officers and men were given riffles to protect lives, not to take lives of innocent citizens and should always discharge their duty within the rule of law and to respect human rights.

Nguroje also appealed to the citizens of the state to desist from taking laws into their hands, as the Command was making efforts to protect  their lives and properties.

Alhaji Idi Amin, the Chairman of Maiha Local Government Council, expressed dismay over the incident and described it as “unacceptable”.

Amin assured the family of the deceased, Arabo Tambajam, 20, and the people of Maiha town that the local government council would follow the case until justice was done.

“I am in shock the way and manner this young man , Arabo Tambajam, 20, recklessly shot by the security officer who supposed to protect the lives of people in the area.

“I am assuring the people that the management of the Local Government Council would not rest until justice prevail,” Ameen said.

He however called the locals not to take laws into their hands as government was making efforts to ensure justice was done.

NAN gathered that the deceased was a commercial motorcyclist in Maiha town.

Tambajam was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer at a checkpoint after he allegedly refused to give the police N100.

Late Tambajam was said to have earlier given the officer N50 to allow him pass, but refused and demanded for N100.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Council demands in-depth probe of Adamawa communal clash

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The Adamawa Muslim Council has called on security agencies to conduct in-depth investigation without fear or favour into the recent communal clash in Tingno community of Lamurde Local Government Area of the state.

Malam Gambo Jika, the state Chairman of the council, made the appeal during a news conference on Tuesday in Yola.

It could be recalled that the Police in Adamawa on May 15, confirmed the communal clash at Tingno Wadugu and other surrounding villages of Lamurde local government.

Jika regretted that many lives were lost, several people injured as a result of gunshots and properties destroyed.

He therefore called for thorough investigation to establish those who incited the clash and unleashed the mayhem.

The chairman regretted that most of the suspects arrested and paraded by the police were relatives of the victims or those that were cheated.

According to him, there are 940 women and children at the Lafia Internally Displaced Camp as a result of the attack.

He however commended the effort of the state government and the committee for taking good care of the victims.

Jika said only justice, fairness and equity could end the recurrent crisis and not the apparent bias being demonstrated against the victims.

Alhaji Umaru Yero, the Chairman, Tingno Victims Emergency Response Committee, also said two out of the 60 victims admitted at Federal Medical Centre and State Specialist Hospital, Yola, had died.

He added that seven victims are currently receiving treatment, while the remaining were discharged.

Yero explained that all the victims sustained injuries from gunshots.

He also commended the state government for settling all the medical bills and feeding of the patients.


Edited By: Muhammad A. Auwal/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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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)

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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.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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