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Borno Governor accuses military of extorting motorists at checkpoints

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Borno governor accuses military of extorting motorists at Checkpoints

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum.of Borno state accused the military, police, immigration and other security operatives at the entrance checkpoint of Maiduguri of extorting motorists at the Njimtilo checkpoint along Maiduguri- Jos road.

The Governor who visited the Checkpoint where over 1000 vehicles were trapped at the entrance of Maiduguri said ” this is not acceptable the Federal Government has not created conducive environment for people to obtain National Identification Card.”

Prof Zulum said “We will not allow our people to be exploited. Why are you extorting people N500, N1000 in the name of National Identification Card. You know the Federal Government has not provide enabling environment for our people to get the National ID card,”

” Since morning this people have been here and it is to 3;00pm and you are busy collecting N500, N1000 from them.Allow them to go, why will you keep them at the gate exposing them to danger. You should allow them to go”, the governor added.

The governor ordered the trapped vehicles to pass while motorists were praising the Governor, Allah Ya Kiyaye Ka, meaning (May Allah Protect you).

Responding to the governor, the theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General, Olusegun Adeniyi said ” there was an attacked on the road that was why we stopped the vehicles for their safety, immediately after the operations and the road is safe. We will allow them to pass.

Speaking on the issue of the extortion, General Adeniyi said ” we are going to investigate and any soldier found wanting we are going to punish him”.

A motorist, Mallam Audu Garba said ” yes the military are extorting us . they have collecting N500 or N1,000 from those that have no national ID card. Even day before yesterday my brother had to pay N500 just because he has no ID card.

A bus driver, Ibrahim Idris said ” the Immigration in conjunction with the military officials have been collecting money from whoever don’t have National ID card. Even those with National ID they asked us to bring photocopy or pay N500.

 

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Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Zulum Over the attack on his convoy

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Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Governor Zulum over the attack on his convoy

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni was in Msiduguri to commensurate with the Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the government and people of the state over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy that resulted to the killing of over 12 gallant security operatives.

While commensurating with Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Buni said ” I am here on behalf of myself, the government and good people of Yobe state, I am here to commensurate with you over the recent unfortunate attack on your convoy where many gallant security operatives were killed.”

” We are with you in prayers. I want to assure you that you have the prayers and support of all Nigerians. This is a trail, as a leader one must face such challenges from time to time,. You should not be detected , your efforts in ensuring peace and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) will surely succeed”, he added.

He urged him not to relent , as Nigerians are with him in support and prayers and that surely the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.

Governor Buni said ” I believed one thing one cannot take away from you is your commitment to the service of your people. Borno was the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency at time Borno experienced bomb blast more than two to three times a day but thank God this is over. By the grace of God very soon all these will be thing of the past”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked the governor for the visit, saying that ” I want to use this opportunity to convey our deep appreciation to you, the Executive Governor, of Yobe state for coming to commensurate with us at this trying moment”..

” The relationship between Borno and Yobe state cannot be over emphasized. Any time there is an event or happening in this state you always identify with us. I want to assure you that the government and people of Borno state will always identify with you in what ever you are doing we will support you in whatever you are doing both at state and national levels”, Governor Zulum added.

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Gov. Zulum’s Convoy Attack, Borno National Assembly Members Visits Maiduguri to Condole Him

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Gov. Zulum’s convoy attack, Borno National Assembly members visits Maiduguri to condole him

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Borno National Assembly members were in Maiduguri on Monday on a condolence and solidarity visit to commiserate and sympathized with Governor Babagana Zulum over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy near Baga where 8 policemen and 3 members of Civilian Joint Taskforce CJTF were killed.

While speaking, at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday the leader of the delegation who is also a Former Borno state Governor, and Senator representing Borno central, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” we are in Maiduguri to show our solidarity and commiserate with the governor, government and people of the state.”

Senator Shettima said ” I urge the people of Borno state to continue to be resilience and endour these, by the grace of God endouring peace will sure come. I believed the people of Borno have the resilience and the courage to see that enduring peace is enthroned in our father land.”

“Much importantly we urged the people to give the maximum support and cooperation to government and the military establishment to see that peace is established in Borno,” he added..

The Former Governor said ” I have the confident and believe that Governor Zulum’s commitment to ensure enduring peace in the state.”

While responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked them for the visit and assured his administration commitment to rerun all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their homes safety and dignified manner.

” We have to do something to address the security challenge in the state before it further deteriorates. The situation in the state is very dicey, obnoxious and will not be allowed to remain like that otherwise the insurgents will take over Maiduguri,, the governor stressed

He further said that “there is need for us to stamped our resilience with a view to build peace and stability,” .

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

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Yobe shifts LG election to February next year

By Baba Saleh Damaturu

Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) says it shifted the Local government chairmanship and councillorship elections earlier slated for 5th December 2020.

The new date for the election was fixed for 27 February 2021 and new schedule of election activities is currently under reviewed and will be release soon.

The SIEC Executive Chairman Dr Mamman Mohammed stated this in a press conference in Damaturu.

Mohammed said on 4th of September, 2020 the commission released the schedule of activities for the Local Government council elections fixed for the 5th December, 2020 as the date of election.

“On that day, I stated our preparedness to conduct the elections in substantial compliance with the COVID -19 protocols and guidelines as prescribed by WHO

He added that “Regrettably, our State has recently recorded a slight resurgence of the COVID-19 with the two cases confirmed”

“According to him Yobe state government was on top of the situation and the State Ministry of Health has taken positive steps to identify and isolate persons who have been in contact with the incidence cases.

“We are confident that the resurgence of the virus will be contained as it was contained earlier by the committed administration of His Excellency. Hon Mai Mala Buni, and the executive Governor of Yobe State”

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