Some supporters of Adamawa United FC on Monday, protested alleged sack of the club’s chairman, Emmanuel Zira, and the entire players,by the State Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The protesters,who marched to Government House, Yola, holding placards, called for the intervention of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri to save the team, which has now qualified to play this season in the Premier League.
Speaking to newsmen during the protest, Vice Chairman of the team’s Supporters Club, Musa Adeyinka, said that it was sad that the club qualified for the premier league but nothing was done to reward or encourage the team.
“Six players received national call but the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Hassan Bashir,frustrated them from going.
“He sacked the chairman of the club and now the players; is holding Adamawa sports to ransom and should be removed from the ministry,” he said.
Also speaking, the Captain of the club, Ibrahim Bulus, also accused the permanent secretary of the ministry of sacking all the players.
“We fought hard and got the premiership ticket, while teams from other states that qualified were rewarded, what we got from Adamawa was sack.
“As it stands now, the permanent secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports sent the Technical Adviser to address us (players) that there is no team on ground, that he has sacked everybody.
“We have outstanding salaries and bonuses with him that have not been paid,” Bulus said.
Reacting, the Permanent Secretary, Bashir, denied owing any player salary, adding that all outstanding salary and bonus had been paid in November.
Bashir said that nobody was sacked and that their contracts had expired.
“Their season and contract has ended. Camping and screening of new players for the club is on and we want all of them to come and participate, but they want automatic ticket; they need to know that its not everybody that will be retained.
“I want to follow due process and that’s why they are not comfortable with me; they want things to be done the old way and I say no,” Bashir said.
He said that no player was invited to the national team as being claimed, adding that the protesters were just acting the script of some people not comfortable with due process. (NAN)
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Police dislodge alleged car theft syndicate in Adamawa, arrest 1
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)
Eid-el-Fitr: CAN in Adamawa felicitates with Muslim faithful
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.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr Fitr: Police assure of adequate security in Adamawa
The Police in Adamawa on Friday assured residents of adequate security of lives and property as Muslims prepare for Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
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 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
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COVID-19: Adamawa govt. cuts 2020 budget by 24%
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.
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)
Police recover 11 stolen cows from serving Councillor in Adamawa
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.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Communal clash:Police arrest 30 suspects in Adamawa
The Police Command in Adamawa has confirmed the arrest of 30 suspects and recovery of dangerous weapons in connection with recent Tigno and Wadugu communal crises in Lamurde local government area.
Sulaiman Nguroje, Public Relations Officer of the command confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Yola.
“All those arrested will be diligently investigated and prosecuted according to the law,” Nguroje said.
He said the state Command, in collaboration with sister security agencies, would commence full enforcement of the curfew imposed by government in the affected villages.
Nguroje said the state Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju, had appealed to the people in the affected local government areas to adhere to the directives of government bordering on the curfew.
He said a taskforce that comprised of the police and other security operatives had been deployed to the areas to augment the efforts of the Area Commander at Numan and Divisional Police Officer at Lamurde.
Nguroje said while the command urged members of the public to adhere strictly to the curfew, it warned deployed officers and men to display high level of professionalism and operate within the confines of the law and human rights.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi (NAN)
NDLEA seizes 619.08kg of illicit drugs in Adamawa
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Adamawa, has announced the seizure of 619.08kg of psychotropics and other illicit drugs between January and May 2020.
He said that the command also arrested 166 drug suspects during the period under review, saying, “158 of them were male while eight were female”.
According to him, the NDLEA had been working in partnership with Operation Farauta, a Joint Security task Force in the state.
Idris also stated that the agency had renewed its vigour and strategies towards tackling drug challenges in all parts of the state.
“I told you earlier this year that we would employ a new strategy to tackle the drug challenges in the state; our searchlights have been on the various drug black spots,” he said.
The commander said that the agency had strategically tackled illegal drug activities in abattoirs and motor parks across the state.
“With our new strategies and cordial working relationship with other sister security operatives, a total of 619.08kg of illicit drugs and substances were seized between January and May,” he said.
He said the agency equally seized abandoned drugs in Jambutu Central Motor Park Jimeta, Fufore, Gombi and Mubi.
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COVID-19: NDE launches production of safety Face Masks in Adamawa
Dr. Nasir Argungu, Director General of the Directorate who flagged-off the production on Monday in Yola, said that the aim of the production was to support Federal and state governments to curtail the pandemic.
The D-G, who was represented by Ibrahim Audu, Adamawa state Coordinator of the Directorate, said the exercise was in collaboration with the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
” The Directorate, in collaboration with the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, under her pet Future Assured project, embarked on massive production of over 20,000 COVID-19 safety face masks in Adamawa.
” The idea is to support Federal and state governments to curtail the spread of COVID-19 among people of the state.
” The production process will engage over 20 NDE Tailoring graduated trainees and some master trainers,” Argungu said.
He said that after the production, the safety face masks would be distributed free-of-charge to people in the state.(NAN)
Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka (NAN)
Adamawa Govt imposes 24-hour curfew on Lamurde LGA
Adamawa State Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew on Lamurde Local Government Area (LGA) of the state following communal clashes in some communities in the area.
Mr Humwashi Wonosikou the Press Secretary to Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri said this in a statement on Sunday in Yola.
“Sequel to breach of peace in Tingno Dutse Tito, Sabon Layi and Bagashi communities, Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has imposed a 24 hour curfew with immediate effect.
“Government had directed residents to abide by the directive until further notice, so as to restore normalcy to the area,” Wonosikou said.
He said the governor was disturbed by the violence and described it as unacceptable.
He warned that security agencies have been directed to enforce the curfew, urging residents to shun rumour-mongering and provide useful information to security agencies to ensure a peaceful coexistence in the area.
” While guaranteeing the protection of lives and property of the people, Fintiri advised residents to exercise restraint and remain calm.
“This is as the government is doing everything possible to track down the perpetrators of violence and restore peace in the affected communities,” Wonosikou said. (NAN)
Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Adamawa discharges 8 more COVID-19 patients
Adamawa Government has discharged eight additional COVID-19 patients from its isolation centre after testing negative to the disease.
Prof. Abdullahi Isa , the state’s Commissioner for Health, said this while speaking with newsmen on Friday in Yola.
Isa said that the state was making progress in its efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
” It is true the state government has discharged eight more COVID-19 patients from the isolation centre after they all tested negative twice to the coronavirus.
” This is in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
” The government had earlier discharged five, a total of 13 patients discharged and what we now have at the isolation centre are eight patients, ” Isa said.
He urged residents of the state to adhere to the preventive measures that included, social distancing, constant hand washing and personal hygienic.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government discharged five patients on May 11.
The state has so far recorded 21 COVID-19 positive cases.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
COVID-19: Make wearing of facemasks mandatory for residents, NOA urges Adamawa govt.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Adamawa has appealed to the state government to make the wearing of facemasks in public mandatory for the people of the state.
The state acting Director of the agency, Mohammed Gabdo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Friday that any person caught not using facemasks should be punished.
Gabdo also urged the state government to provide free facemasks for the residents to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The NOA director said that this would help government to save the cost of treating those who might contract the virus as a result of not using facemasks.
“I am appealing to government to provide free facemasks for everyone entering public places, especially places of worship and markets.
“This will serve as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.
Gabdo commended the state government for lifting the ban placed on religious gatherings in the state, thus enabling worshippers hold their services.
He, however, enjoined religious leaders and their followers to abide by all the preventive measures issued by the government and health professionals, especially the use of facemasks and maintaining regular hand washing.
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Adamawa Police command warns officers against corrupt practice
Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, the Police Commissioner in Adamawa, has warmed officers in the state against corrupt practice.
Adeyanju gave the warning at a news conference in Yola on Thursday.
He said that under his watch, he would not tolerate any act of indiscipline.
“Under my watch, corruption in all its ramifications on the part of our officers and men will not be tolerated and will be fought with all seriousness.
“No infraction from any police officer will go unpunished, if it is brought to our attention,” he said.
He assured people of the state of the protection of lives and property and urged them to assist the command with useful information in the fight against crime.
Adeyanju also said that information given would be treated as confidential.
“The police cannot achieve much without the support of communities and through information sharing and adherence to law and order we will overcome insecurity situation,” he said
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Councillor accused of cattle rustling in Adamawa reports self to police
Mr Wakana Enan Ngari, the Councillor who was declared wanted over alleged cattle rustling and other criminal activities in Adamawa, has finally reported himself to the police in Numan Local Government Area of the state.
Nguroje said that the suspected councillor has been moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation.
“The Adamawa state Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Councillor representing Vulpi Ward in Numan Local Government Area has submitted himself to police.
“The Councillor was earlier declared wanted by the Adamawa State Government, following allegations of taking part in criminal activities.
“He submitted Himself to police in Numan and had since been moved to State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for discreet investigation,’’ Nguroje said.
The PPRO also quoted the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, as calling on the people of Numan to be calm and maintain peace.
He said that the police chief has assured that the suspect would be prosecuted, if found wanting, adding that the police will never relent until justice was done to everyone in the state.
Edited By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Adamawa Govt declares councillor wanted over cattle rustling
The Adamawa Government has declared Mr Makana Enan Ngari , councillor, representing Vulpi Ward, in Numan Local Government Area (LGA) of the state wanted over alleged cattle rustling.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri on Wednesday in Yola.
He said that the councillor was allegedly involved in illegal and criminal deals of cattle rustling which was contrary to his oath of office.
Wonosikou said that the criminal acts took place at a time government had succeeded in stabilising the area.
”The Adamawa Government has declared the councillor representing Vulpi Ward of Numan local government area, Mr Makana Enan Ngari wanted for cattle rustling.
”The councillor is suspected of involving in illegal deals and cattle rustling which is in violation of his Oath of office.
” The action is coming at a time government had succeeded at stabilising the area after the incessant attacks on villages along Adamawa and Taraba states boundaries.
”Government is strongly warning that it would deal with anyone found wanting no matter his position. In addition, government is appealing to both herders and farmers not to take laws into their hands but allow the law to take its course, ” Wonosikou said.
He said that no responsible government would sit back and watch criminals destroy the hard earned peace it had achieved through painstaking efforts.
Wonosikou, therefore, called on the people of the state to help the government towards building a peaceful and viable economy in the state.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
COVID-19: APC launches massive distribution of palliatives in Adamawa
The All Progressive Congress (APC), Adamawa chapter, has launched a massive distribution of palliatives across the state.
Bilal said that the intervention was meant to cushion the hardship, occasioned by COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
He explained that the palliatives were aimed at reaching out to more than 50,000 households in the state, irrespective of their political party affiliations.
“We are inaugurating this massive distribution of palliatives to cushion the hardship caused by COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
“The intervention is with the support of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.
“The palliative is designed to cover over 50’000 households in 226 wards across the state,” Bilal said.
He urged all APC chairmen in the 226 wards, to ensure the palliatives reached the most vulnerable in their wards, irrespective of party affiliation.
Responding on behalf of the people of Guyuk, Shelleng and Lamurde local government areas, Mr Samaila Tadawus, thanked the party for the kind gesture.
Tadawus, who is the state deputy chairman of the party, assured APC that the aid would reach those it was meant for.
He urged party faithful to exhibit maturity and evolve strategies on how to claim back the governorship seat come 2023.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
COVID-19: Adamawa index case, 4 others discharged
Adamawa Government says its COVID-19 index case was among the five patients discharged on Monday in Yola.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri told newsmen that with the discharge, the state now has 12 active cases in its isolation centre.
The governor said the five patients were discharged after tests by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed them negative.
“I have the privilege and honour to ask the frontline health workers to discharge the five gentlemen, including the first index case in the state.
“I congratulate all of you and wish that you integrate with your families and the society without any stigmatization,” Fintiri said.
He prayed that the remaining COVID-19 patients in the state would also be discharged after full recovery.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
COVID-19 : Adamawa Govt. discharges 5 patients from hospital
The Adamawa Government, has discharged five COVID-19 patients after they were confirmed negative by the National Centre for disease control.
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of the state, announced the discharge of the patients on Monday in Yola.
He said that those discharged included the first index case in the state.
“I have the privilege and honour to ask the frontline health workers to discharge the five gentlemen including the first index case in the state.
“I congratulate all of you and wish that we integrated all of them with their family and into the society without any stigmatisation,” Fintiri said.
He prayed that the remaining 12 COVID-19 patients in the state would soon be discharged if their test result was confirmed negative.
Sen. Wampana’s death, great loss to Adamawa, Nigeria, says Gov Fintiri
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has described the death of a second republic senator, Paul Wampana, as a great loss to Adamawa and Nigeria.
NAN reports that Wampana , who was also the Minister of State for Public Health under the Shehu Shagari administration in 1983, died on Sunday at his Abuja residence.
Reacting to his death, Fintiri in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou on Monday in Yola, condoled with the family of the late Wampana.
“The state is deeply saddened by the loss of a man with a strong political and moral voice who has played a great role in the development of the Peoples Democratic Party and the nation at large.”
‘I have lost a friend and a mentor. He was one of Adamawa’s finest and a hero.
” Compelled by his unshakeable faith and deep love of country, Late Wampana dedicated his life to defending both Adamawa and the Adamawa project, fighting tirelessly to ensure that the state remained a land of justice, freedom and hope,” Fintiri said.
Fintiri also commiserated with Vimtim community and the Mubi Emirate council over the loss.
He prayed God to grant the family and close associates the fortitude to bear the loss.(NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Radical Shilla boys: Police set up taskforce in Adamawa
The Adamawa Police Command has set up a Special Taskforce to curb the activities of a radical cult group, popularly known as “Shilla Boys”, in Yola, the state capital .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, mainly made up of young men of ages between 15 and 25, disguise as commercial tricycle operators in Jimeta, Yola and environs.
The miscreants use dangerous to dispossess innocent passengers of their (victims) valuables.
Nguroje said that the development followed the incessant attacks by the criminal group on innocent citizens in the state.
“The Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju, has formed a taskforce team to go after the radical and dangerous Shilla group into their hideouts.
“The Deputy Commissioner of police, Ajani Musibahu, is to head the team,” Nguroje said.
He said that the commissioner had urged the officers of the taskforce to be professional and operate within the context of the law while discharging their duties.
On the recent killing of three suspected Shilla boys by a mob, he urged residents to stop taking laws into their hands or risk facing the full wrath of the law.
He also appealed to members of the public to report any suspicious movement around them to the police and other security agencies for prompt action.
“As part of the quick response, the Command has ordered the release of emergency numbers for the public to call in case of emergencies.
“The numbers are: 0808 9671 313 and 0810 7364 974,” said the spokesman.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Police apprehend 23 kidnap suspects, recover arms, ammunition in Adamawa
The new Commissioner of Police deployed to Adamawa State, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, has warned criminal gangs terrorising people to either surrender or leave the state.
Adeyanju gave the warning while parading some suspects on Thursday in Yola.
“In less than one week in office after I took over, the Command has so far apprehended 23 male suspects in connection with kidnapping activities.
“During the arrest, three AK47 riffles, one fabricated SMG rifle, two single barrel assault rifles with 468 rounds of live ammunition and 25 cartridges were recovered.
“These achievements followed the continued support the Command is receiving from the government and the good people of Adamawa,’’ the Commissioner said.
He said the suspects were arrested in connection with kidnapping activities in some parts of the state, and collection of N4.5 million.
Adeyanju appreciated members of the public for their support and assured that the suspects would be diligently prosecuted on completion of investigation.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)