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Operation Lafiya Dole reopens Maiduguri- Dikwa road, lifts Ban on fishing Activities along the routes



Operation Lafiya Dole reopens Maiduguri- Dikwa road, lifts ban on fishing activities along the routes

By Madu Mohammed,, Maiduguri

The Nigerian military under Operation Lafiya Dole in the Northeast Nigeria has reopened the Maiduguri-Dikwa riad and lifted the ban on the fishing, transportation and marketing of fish along Maiduguri- Gamboru axis of Borno state.

The Theater Commsnder Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi while having meeting with the Borno state government officials, top military commander’s in Borno, NURTW officials and fishiermen association In Mafa, the headquarters of Mafa local government area of Borno state yesterday warned the fishermen not to pay a single kobo to the Boko Haram insurgents, urged them to pay their taxes to the Borno state government.

“What brought us here is reopening  Maiduguri–Dikwa road and also lifting on the ban on fishing, transporting and marketing of fish along Gamboru axis. What stopped the fishing activities was the insurgency. If we found anybody giving money to Boko Haram in the name of tax or whatever , we will stop the fishing activities and and any driver that is found presenting any receipt at the checkpoint will be arrested”, he added.

General Adeniyi said ” the COAS and the Borno state Governor have agreed to reopen the road and fishing activities to continue.. I warn you not to cooperate, give information, sympathize and assist Boko Haram insurgency . Any time we found you engaging in these, we will stop the fishing activities”.

” if all of you will obey the arrangement of the Borno state state government we will all enjoy and the business and will continue.. You are not to pay a single Kobo to Boko Haram because if you pay them, you are giving them fund to fight you”, he added.

On the reopening of the road, General Adeniyi said ” I want to warned members of the NURTW that you should not collect a single Kobo from anybody. I have directed my soldiers that anybidy that shows any receipt in the name of clearance should be arrested.. Nobody should pay a single kobo to anybody on the road “.

Also speaking, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” we have device a mean to regulate the activities of fishing in the state everybody can engage in a retail fish business but only satisfied delears should allow to transport it”.

“this Nigerian road and any Nigerian is allow to do business freely and nobody should pay money to customs, hunters, CJTF, military or vigilantes because it prohibited , nobody should pay for a goods wihin Nigeria. Because you are Nigerians. Even importation there is no customs duty on food items.”., Governor Zulum.added.

” we are not here to portion blame on anybody but we should draw a line, nobody should collect a single kobo in the name of clearing or issuing receipt to anybody, I see no reason.why a pure water truck should pay N19,000 to transport it from Maiduguri to Gamboru or N30,00 to yransport tomatoes”, he further stressed.

Speaking in an interview, the chairman of the fish producers and marketing Association. Borno state, Alhaji Abatcha Mandama said ” today we are happy that the military and Borno state Governor have agrred to allow us to conitue with our fishing activities and business’s along Maiduguri- Gamboru axis. This will not only enable thousands of our members to return to business but also boast the economy of the state and the country at large..

The Governor while declaring opened the road and presenting six vehicles to the military to patrol the road to ensure free movement of people and goods said the Borno state government will continue to provide more vehicles to.the military and other security agencies, as it is only where there is security that there will be peace and where there is peace that people will return.

He said ” the vehicles will be allo to move freely without escort from Maiduguri to Dikwa. You have heard from.the military authorities, nobody should pay a kobo. I urge you to be law abiding.

Also speaking, the Theater commander, Major General Adeniyi assured the governor that the vehicles will be judiciously use for reason intended for and also warned the members of NURTW and commuters not pay single kobo to anybody.


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Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.



Gov. Zulum seeks forgiveness of Borno residents for his shortcomings, outbursts.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has asked for the forgiveness of his outburst while reactiing to some challenges facing the state, since he assumed office as Governor of the state.

It could be recalled that the governor have been reacting with outburst while trying to find solutions to problems such extortion at the checkpoints, hoarding of petroleum among other issues.

Gov. Zulum in a State broadcast at Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday said: “ I acknowledge with thanks those well spirited individuals
who spoke of my occasional outburst and other shortcomings in good faith.

While I hold no grudges against anyone, I sincerely seek your forgiveness for the shortcomings outburst action and inactions before during the global COVID-19 crisis.” the governor added.

He said “I have remained focused since my assumption of office on May 29, 2019 solemn pledge to ensure peace and security in the state. This is as well to reposition the state on the path of development.”

The task envisaged is herculean and enormous requiring sacrifices,
commitment and resilience.
“We’re making frantic efforts to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and provide mechanism for their independent means of livelihoods.” he further explained.

I ensured that all good advises heeded to e i wil try to accept . I hold no grudge against anyone, I sincerely seek
your forgiveness for the shortcomings to ensure good governance and better quality of life for our people.,” governor Zulun.said.

He said the state government is a principally people-oriented with

broad based participation.

“lHe said our doors a open for consultations and worthwhile advises to take our state to the next level,” he said, while thanking everybody for the
concern shown for his life personally.
According to him, we will do all it takes to ensure better quality of
life to the people and prosperity of state.


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Covid -19; Borno Electoral Commission Suspends LG Elections indefinitely



Corona Virus: Borno electoral commission suspends LG elections indefinitely

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission, (BOSIEC) has suspended the proposed Local Government Elections 2020 till further notice, as a result of the banned on public gathering inline with the federal government directives in its efforts to curb the spread of the Corona virus.

The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman while briefing journalists at the headquarters of the BOSIEC Maiduguri on Wednesday, said ” taking note of the advised of the Federal and state government committees on the control of the Corona Virus and the banned on gathering which involves more than 50 people, the commission has hereby indefinitely suspend the proposed local government election 2020″

He said ” the BOSIEC had on the 9th of Match 2020 issued a notice of Election into the 27 local government councils in Borno state. The notice of the election started on the 10th of March,2020 to 13th June, 2020  which is shefuled dates of the preparations and elections into the local councils of the state”.

“Taking into cognisance of the fact that the next activty in the tine table which is primaries elections of the political parties involves large gathering, whuch will go against the directive on the pendermic corona virus, the commission has decided to suspend all the remaining sctivitues n the time table indefinayrly inline with section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). The rescheduled time table will be released as soon as the situation is brought under control”, he added.

The chairman said ” so far the commission has roll out the election time table, met with the political parties, what remains is the primary elections of the political parties which is scheduled to take place between 8th April, 2020 to 15th Aptil 2020. But however, all activities relating to the election is hereby suspended till further notice”.

While regretting the inconvenience the postponement would cause all political parties in the state and the general public, Alhaji Usman said “the commission wishes to appreciate the cooperation and support of all stakeholders and good people of Borno state


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Covid -19 ; IBDFM suspends MCPD, Inductions, investitures



COVID-19: IBDFM Suspends MCPD, Inductions, Investitures

The Periscope reporter

The Governing Council of the Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management IBDFM Tuesday, announced the indefinite suspension of the Institute’s programmes.

In a press release issued by the Institute’s Registrar and Secretary of Council Mr. Sukana Danjuma Tusha, the suspension of the programmes was to mitigate the risk of Corona Virus Diseases; COVID-19 global pandemic.

“The 26th and 27th MCPD Programmes, Inductions and Investitures of Fellowship earlier scheduled for 28th March and 4th April 2020 at FCT- Abuja and Gombe state respectively, stand postponed.

“Meanwhile, the President and Chairman of Council of the Institute, Prof A.A. Aminu has advised all members of the Institute to adhere strictly to the health and safety tips laid down by medical and health professionals on social distancing, respiratory hygiene (when sneezing or coughing) and regular washing of hands with soap and clean water as well as applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

“Aminu further advised the members to report any suspected case of Coronavirus to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) whose mandate is to prevent, detect and respond to threats of infectious diseases across the country.

“Members can contact the NCDC through their connect centre as follows:

Toll Free Number: 08009000010
WhatsApp: +234 (0) 7087110839
SMS Number: +234 (0) 809555577
Call: +234 (0) 7036708970

“While regretting any inconvenience this decision might cause our esteemed members across the country, be assured that it was taken in the overall safety and well-being of the entire members of the Institute,” the registrar said.

The registrar has assured that the resumption of all the programmes of the Institute would be announced as soon as the Coronavirus would have been contained.


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