Fulani Herdsmen: 20 People Allegedly Killed In Adamawa

At least 20 people have been killed in a fresh attack men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in four communities in Demsa Local Government Area in Adamawa state.

According to the locals, the invaders attacked the communities at about 8am and set houses ablaze with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Residents called on the federal government to save them from constant attack by Fulani militias.

The four affected communities have been deserted while security is said to have been drafted there.

The incident took place few days after herdsmen and farmers, at a stakeholders’ meeting promised to cohabit.

Presently the residents of the four affected communities have relocated to Borrong the headquarters of the district.

 

PDP Loses 42,000 Members To APC In Adamawa

About 42,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Leading the decampees who cover from 21 Local Government Areas of the state, is the former Presidential Adviser on Legal Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Bar. Ali Gulak, other stakeholders of the PDP.

Bar. Gulak explained that the government has achieved success in the war against terrorism in the northeast, which alone is enough to decamp to the party.

He also added that the party (APC) gives opportunity for those eyeing certain positions in the party to get a chance.

They were received by the Vice Chairman of the APC, Northeast, Comrade Salihu Mahmud and other members of the party’s working committee.

In his remark, Comrade Mahmud, the northeast zonal vice chairman says this event is historic because of its magnitude

The highlight of the event was the lowering of the PDP flags and the hoisting of the APC flags at the secretariat.

In an interview with journalists after the event, the northeast zonal vice chairman of APC Comrade Mahmud says the party in the zone is endorsing President Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential elections.

According to the organisers of this event, it is only symbolic as a rally will be organised soon where all their 42,000 decampees will be formally received by the party in the state.

In a similar development, the state is expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to pay an official visit.

At Least Three Policemen Feared Dead After Clash With Herdsmen

At least three policemen are feared killed in Bolon in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

The incident occurred after a clash between suspected herdsmen and the security personnel sent to keep the peace in the area following recent clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had dispatched a team of policemen to the area after the initial violence.

The suspected herdsmen were said to be planning a reprisal on the communities in Numan LGA before Friday’s clash with the security operatives.

I Will Be In APC For Life – Adamawa Gov, Bindow

Adamawa State Governor, Jubrilla Bindow, on Tuesday said the recent resignation of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress would not have any negative effect on the party in the state.

He said the party was strong and would continue to be strong despite last Friday’s development.

Bindow said these in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“APC is strong. We have 25 members in the state House of Assembly.  24 out of 25 members are APC members. The three Senators from the state are all APC members. It is the same in the House of Representatives, including Adamu Kamale who recently moved to the APC. So we are strong and we will continue to be strong,” the governor told the reporters.

He said he would never leave the APC with Atiku, saying he worked hard with others to form the party.

The governor said the former Vice-President was matured enough to take any decision he likes.

He said, “The former Vice President is more than matured enough to decide whatever he wants for himself.

“As far as I am concerned, I am one of the founding fathers of APC. When I was in the Senate, we were the ones, alongside the current Senate President that worked very hard to ensure that all members of the National Assembly agreed to move to APC.

“So, I cannot see any reason why, today, I will leave that House I built. So, I am in APC for the rest of my life, period!

Terrorism: Nigerian Community Threatens To Leave For Cameroon

Following frequent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, some community leaders in Madagali, Adamawa state, have threatened that their people would relocate to neighbouring Cameroon.

Speaking during a presentation of relief materials by NEMA to those affected by recent attacks on Gulak town, the headquarters of the council on Thursday, the community leaders expressed disatisfation with the situation adding that distribution of food to the affected communities was not their ”top priority.”

Yusuf Muhammad, chairman of the council, said security of lives and property was their major concern.

”Our top priority in Madagali local Government Area is that we need security not food. Government, as matter of urgency should bring lasting solutions to stop excessive attacks and destruction on our people. If the deadly attacks continue, we have no other alternative rather than to relocate to Cameroon Republic,” Mr. Muhammed said.

He complained that the people of the area, ”were more affected by the insurgency and yet were neglected as if they were not Nigerians.”

The council boss said insurgents lived just three kilometres away from Madagali area and this was why they (sect) find it easy to attack the community.

He urged the government to deploy more soldiers to the area to protect the people.

Binta Garba, an APC Senator at the event, confirmed what the council chairman said as ”true.”

Mrs. Garba said both Madagali and Michika local government areas were neglected in terms of Federal government intervention.

”Are we really part of Nigeria,? If yes; Government should prove to us and treat us as Nigerians,” the senator said.

Responding, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Abdulazeez Nyako, thanked the council chairman for his frankness.

Mr. Nyako assured the people of the area that he would table the matter when he returned to the senate.

Mustafa Maihaja, Director General of NEMA, who was represented by an air commodore, Sunday Ohemu, said the relief materials were part of the government’s intervention meant to bring succour to the community.

Three trucks loaded with assorted food and non-food items were presented to the community.

NLFT Donates Sports Equipment To Schools In Adamawa

Adamawa Schools received sports equipment donated by National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) to 55 primary schools in Adamawa.

Alhaji Habu Gumel, said the gesture was to promote sports among youths, NLTF presenting the equipment to the heads of the benefiting primary schools on Saturday in Yola, the Executive Secretary of NLTF,

Gumel said the purchase of the equipment was funded from revenue generated by the NLTF.

According to him, the donation is also taking place in all the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT.

He said NLTF was ready to partner with states, local governments, and NGOs for funding of people-oriented projects.

He added that “the gesture demonstrates the present administration commitment in promoting grassroots sports.”

He urged the benefiting schools to ensure the safety of the equipment.

“We don’t want to see this equipment in the market. We will be checking the items from time to time to ensure that they are safeguarded,” Gumel warned.

Alhaji Abdurazak Namdas, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media, said the National Assembly would continue to make legislation that would enhance youth participation in sports.

Namdas, who represents Mayo Belwa, Jada, Ganye and Tuongo constituency in the House of Representatives encouraged youths to participate in sports.

He added that the sports industry had the capacity to create wealth and unity in diversity.

Mr. Daniel Richard, a philanthropist and one of the financers of the lottery in Nigeria, encouraged Nigerians to support sports funding.

According to Richard, the era of depending on government funding is over.

He urged citizens of to contribute to sports development “to enable the state to wake up from its slumber.”

He encouraged individuals to contribute to school sports in their communities or in their former schools.

Adamawa IDPs Receives 260 Truck Of Grain From Presidential Committee

The Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Distribution in North East is to deliver 260 trucks of assorted grains to the returnee IDPs in Adamawa.

Hajia Zainab Mohammed, Minister for State, Budget and National Planning, made this known on Monday at a courtesy visit to Gov. Mohammed Bindow in Yola.

Mohammed, who is the chairperson of the committee, said that 86 trucks had already been delivered to 3,000 people.

The minister explained that the committee had conducted a census of the households in the affected area and was to deliver food items to 17,000 households in the state.

She added that a total of 79,000 people were to benefit from the entire food distribution exercise in the state.

She said that the distribution would ensure respect to human dignity as the beneficiaries would get their food items at their door steps.

According to the minister, the era of queueing for food distribution is over.

Mohammed commended the governor for supporting the committee to carry out its mandate.

In his remark, Bindow commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that insurgency was fought to a standstill.

Bindow also assured the committee of security in the state and advised them to ensure transparency and fairness in the distribution of the items.

BREAKING: A’Court Frees Former Adamawa Gov, Ngilari, convicted of Fraud

Appeal court setting in Yola has acquitted Bala Ngilari, the former governor of Adamawa.

In March, the state high court convicted the former governor of fraud. The court held that he violated procurement law in the purchase of 25 units of vehicles. He was then sentenced to five years imprisonment, but with an option of choosing any prison he wanted to be kept.

He was subsequently granted bail on health grounds. But on Thursday, the appeal court set aside the judgment of the lower court convicting him.

Details later…………….