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Borno Governor’s Convoy, Hundreds of Vehicles Trapped, As Insurgents Attack Damaturu

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BORNO GOVERNOR’S CONVOY, HUNDREDS OF VEHICLES TRAPPED, AS INSURGENTS ATTACK DAMATURU

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Over one thousand vehicles including the Convoy of Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum were trapped at the main entrance of Damaturu , the Yobe state capital, as the Boko Haram insurgents were said to attacked, Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

Our correspondent who was at the city gate checkpoint near Mega filling station.Damaturu, reports that hundreds of passengers which consist of women, children and elderly persons were trapped at the checkpoint and were exposed to the cool hanattan blowing across .

Our correspondent gathered that all the four roads linking Damatutu, the Yibe state capital were closed and thousands of people were trapped at all the checkpoints

Some of the motorists who spoke to our correspondent said that the road was closed since at about 3:00pm on Sunday, following an attacked along Gashua road, Damaturu which forced the military to closed all the roads liking the city with other parts of the Northeast.

A motorist. Mallam Audu Ibrahim said ” we were trapped here since at around 3’00pm and nobody told us what is happening. We are here exposed to the cool harmattan and above all we are also exposed to risks of been attacked by the Boko Harsm “.

” We are appealing to the military authority whenever there is such incident. They should at least allow people to gain entrance into the city rather than exposing hundreds of people including women. Children and eldertly to the risk of attack, he added.

A commercial driver, Abubakar Adamu said ” it is unfortunate because in my vehicle I am carrying a woman and her five children including an infsnt. So also many vehicles are carrying women, children elderly people .and all those people are exposed to danger, God forbid in case of attack in the checkpoint it will be disastrous “.

He further said ” we have been plying this road and in.most cases this place weas opened around 6:00pm but today we have been trapped sinve around 3;00 pm the roads were closed. ”

As at the time of filing in this report, helicopter gunship was still hovering on the Damaturu, the Yobe state capital

Similarly,three humanitarian workers working with Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) were said to have killed, while two female workers were abducted when member of the Boko Harsm insurgents ambushed a convoy of the umanitarian workers along Monguno road about 140 kilometers way from, Maiduguri, the Borno state capital..

 

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Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks

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Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks

By Daily Hint Abuja


As a result of marathon meeting held and agreement reached between the federal government and the organised representatives of labour unions, the organised labour has suspended the nationwide strike action and protests billed to start today.
The meeting, which started at about 8:30 pm on Sunday and spilled over till Monday morning had Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jeddy-Agba and Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
READ ALSO: Governors, labour meet to avert mass action
A communiqué, read by the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the meeting, disclosed that government agreed to suspend electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC.
He, however, noted that total deregulation in the downstream sector remains, adding that palliatives would be offered to Nigerian workers to cushion the effects of burden.

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram Killed 8 Policemen, 3 CJTF Members Killed, 13 Others Injured

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram killed 8 policemen, 3 CJTF members killed, 13 others injured.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Members of the Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP),/ Boko Haram terrorist have killed eight policemen, 3 soldiers 3,members of Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), while 13 others injured in an ambushed near Cross kauwa few kilometers away from the Famous Baga fish town.

The Borno state Police command while confirming the incident, in a statement issued by ithe commands Public Relations Officer (PPRO),, DSP Edet Okon said ‘On 25th September, 2020 at about 12PM, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa. The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.”

The statement said ” in the ensuing gun fight however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight (8) Policemen and three (3) members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price. Thirteen (13) other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Hospital for treatment.”

The statement however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.

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Again, Boko haram ambushes Borno Government officials convoy near Baga

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Again, Boko Haram ambushes Borno government officials convoy near Baga

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Again members of the Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed the convoy of the Borno state government officials on their way to Baga along Monguno Baga road, in preparatory for today Saturday 26th September, 2020 resettlements

“Five policemen, 3 soldiers and 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task force (CJTF) were said to been killed, while
several others were injured in the ambushed”, a security source who does not want his name in print said.

The government officials were on their way to Baga for the official resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), who were scheduled to return to Baga today Saturday , 26th September, 2020 by the governor himself.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have ambushed the government official convoy including some returnees IDPs few kilometers way from Multi National Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) check point near Baga..

The insurgents were said to have fired several shots at the convoy, injuring the security operatives some of the IDPs and other travellers on the convoy. It was not clear whether if the insurgents killed or injured any of the returning IDPs.

It could be recalled that the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum had recently inaugurated a committee for the resetlement of IDPs from Maiduguri and Monguno back to Baga, a town business community about 158 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capitol

At the time of filing this report no official statement from the Borno state government or the military.

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