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Borno Government Demolished 11 Mosques, 4 Churches – MURIC Investigation

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BORNO GOVERNMENT DEMOLISHED 11 MOSQUES, 4 CHURCHES – MURIC’S INVESTIGATION

By Modu Chullu, Maiduguri

The Islamic human rights advocacy group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has revealed that the Borno State Government actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches. This is contrary to claims that only churches were demolished in the state.

MURIC made its findings known to journalists in a statement issued on Wednesday, 11th August, 2021.

The statement reads :

“Contrary to a coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno State Geographic Information Systems (BOGIS) created by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches, in the metropolis. The exercise began from 29th May, 2019 up till last week.

“A team of investigators working with MURIC visited each of the sites where the mosques were demolished, interviewed residents and gathered photographs and data that showed locations of each of the 11 mosques and dates of their demolition by officials of Borno State Government for violation of purpose approved in residential titles, which was in compliance with a 2010 Government White paper in response to the 2009 Boko Haram insurgency, which strictly prohibited the conversion of any residential house to a place of worship, in all parts of Borno State.

“Findings showed that two mosques were demolished by BOGIS on 11th March, 2020, around Fato Sandi, behind works department in Maiduguri, not far from the Shehu of Borno’s palace, who is next to the Sultan in the hierarchy of Nigeria’s leadership of the Muslim community. The Shehu is the Vice President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)

“Two mosques were again demolished by BOGIS on the same day (March 11, 2020), at old Musami complex along Jos road in Maiduguri. Again, a mosque was demolished on the same day opposite former NITEL. Another mosque was demolished on April 15, 2020 along Kano Road, adjoining Bulumkutu, Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC. Two mosques were again demolished, one near a hotel in Galadima and another near behind Timber shade, in Baga Road.

“Our investigators further discovered that five other mosques conspicuously located at the Customs round-about in the western part of Maiduguri-Bama road were also demolished by BOGIS on 23rd January, 2020, for what the government called ‘overriding public interest’.

“All the 11 mosques were demolished either for violating residential purposes in their allocation titles or for overriding public interest. Of the 11 mosques demolished, five were for overriding public interest and six for violations of residential titles whereas all the four churches demolished (including the EYN) were strictly demolished for converting residential houses to churches, the same way six mosques were demolished. The measures were in compliance with a 2010 white paper which is against illegal places of worship as measures of regulation.

“We are nonplussed by the immense false propaganda flying around on this issue and we invite anyone who is genuinely in search of the truth to also do his or her findings. We advise armchair critics to be more enterprising. A single phone call to a friend or acquaintance in Maiduguri will debunk all the noise.

“For the first time in ‘geography’, Nigerians are blessed with an uncommon governor making things work in an uncommon way. Governor Babagana Umara Zulum may not have come from Mars, but his handiwork appears alien. It is satanic to attempt to bring down this wonderful performer via religious blackmail. Leave Governor Zulum alone. Allow him to concentrate on his good work.”


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Monarchy in Maiha: District Palace Remains Vacant over 7 years After Death

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Monarchy In Maiha: District Head Palace Remains Vacant Over 7 Years After Death

By Adamu Mohammed Dodo, Yola

  • Emirate Council has selected and recommended, High Court has passed judgement free from stay of execution, there’s the determination of the appeal court but the state governor is yet to honour the courts order

Some, from among the members of the Emirate Council, the Jalingo-Maiha as a community, the league of Human Rights groups in the country as collectivized composite of concerned citizens, sought to know what went wrong? Why should it have to take so long the undue executive delay? What a miscalculated contemplation before doing the needful; approving the appointment of the Emirate Council selected and recommended, the courts declared district head of Jalingo-Maiha?

The sage has pointed out that the Emirate Council, the courts of law and the citizens have played their parts; the latest being committing the cries to the Creator by means of Qunut supplications for Divine intervention.

“In Sha Allah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful has answered our prayers. We’re only rather patiently waiting for when He will command the approval of appointment of our district head; overruled every unconscious bias, on the part of the executive, with His decree; ‘Be, and it is’.

“Coining an analogy, Prophet Moses AS has prayed for the downfall of the dictatorial Pharaoh, Allah SWT has though heard and acknowledged what could be considered as genuine prayer against fascism; the response to the Prophetic prayer had taken about forty years. The bottom line is that tyranny would be gone for good in Egypt,” the sage would articulate.

Taking a retrospective lane, His Highness the District Head of Jalingo-Maiha, the Ubandoma Mubi of blessed memory, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman transited to great beyond on Wednesday, March 19 2014; seven years and almost six months ago.

It was said that the then Governor Murtala Hammanyero Nyako, the Baba Maimangoro of remarkable leadership, waited for the name from the heirs or among the kingship – not any other decided rather by political others – to be recommended to him for approval of appointment as the new district head. This was not to see the light of day, with the undue Emirate Council’s delay.

Fast forward: Former Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow would not approve the appointment of the Emirate Council selected district head of Jalingo-Maiha, for sentiment he would be left to explain later in life.

However, peeved by the undue executive denial of the kingship and fundamental human right to the leadership of traditional authority, the aggrieved sought for the rule of law, should there be equality before the law; there indeed seems to be.

The pessimist conceived that it would be a waste of efforts, time and resources; that it would be impossible to defeat a sitting governor before the law. Isn’t the pessimist challenging equality before the law?

The sitting governor, to the pessimist’s surprise, was eventually defeated before the law in a judgement of the Adamawa State High Court, presided over by Hon. Justice – the incorruptible – Hafsat – the uncompromising – Abdulrahman, delivered on July 13, 2018.

The judgement has restrained the candidate wrongly appointment by Bindow – using the then office as a governor, to have been the governor – from parading himself as district head of Jalingo-Maiha.

The declarative judgement has also, without giving room to any stay of execution order, directed the state governor to approve the appointment of Barr Mahmud Abubakar, the heir to the late Ubandoma, as district head of Jalingo-Maiha, being earlier selected and recommended by the Emirate Council.

The then governor Bindow would not honour the July 13, 2018 court judgement. The electorates would also not guarantee his second term bid, he was humiliated at the poll.

Announcing the new Governor; Rt Hon Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri, having sensed the previous injustice, has, at the inaugural State Executive Council meeting, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, directed that since the Yola High Court has, in a declarative judgement, without any air about stay of execution pending appeal judgement, the court order must be honoured; where he directed for the approval of Barr. Mahmud Abubakar Suleiman as the legitimate District Head, earlier selected and recommended by the Emirate Council

In another rather uncalled-for twist of fate, it was gathered, Governor Fintiri was advised to suspend approving the district headship appointment pending the determination of the appeal court.

Almost a year ago, A Court of Appeal Yola Division, Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, in a judgement delivered by Hon. Justice James Shehu Abiriyi (JCA) on September 25, 2020, has affirmed the High Court judgement.

“It isn’t clear, there was and still is, no any explanation from the reliable authority to justify the undue executive delay in getting the appointment of our district head approved almost a year after the final judgement,” a sage would say.

Some of the pro defeated by the court judgements, insinuated that the courts declared, Emirate Council selected and recommended would not have the blessings of Governor Fintiri before splitting the district by means of creating a distinct district entity to the courts nullified, former governor’s appointed.

“Curving another district out of, not upgrading Jalingo-Maiha doesn’t sound brilliant a bait, we simply dismissed it as figment of infatuated imagination.

“Another version has it that the undue executive delay was with a view to pleasing the courts humiliated camp. At what fathomable homeless, hapless and hopeless point? We asked.

“Isn’t it better to only displease the defeated side than to humiliate the victorious who will eventually must have to enjoy his right of place and position?” The sage would ask.

Jalingo-Maiha district head palace is still vacant about one year after appeal court judgement, few days towards another LG election and 2023 is summarily fast approaching.

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Gov. Buni Condoles With Yobe Flood Victims, Express Optimism On Boko Haram Repentance

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Gov. Buni Condoles With Yobe Flood Victims, Express Optimism on Boko Haram Repentance

By Usman Bello, Damaturu

His Excellency Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, today visited the Emirs of Damaturu, Fika and Pataskum, to sympathise with the people over the recent floods recorded in some communities in the Emirates.

The Governor prayed for the repose of the souls lost in the floods and quick recovery of those who sustained injuries.

He said government would work towards providing permanent solutions to the floods in the communities.

The governor noted that some of the floods were preventable once structures erected on the water ways are evacuated.

“Government will consider building massive water ways, drainage and channels to divert the flow of the rain water from residential buildings” he said.

The governor charged the traditional rulers to enlighten their communities on the need to keep the waterways free from blockage.

Governor Buni assured that government will support victims of the floods to cushion their hardships.

The Emirs of Damaturu Alh Baba Shehu Hashimi Ibn El-kanemi; Alh. Muhammadu Abbali ibn Muhammadu Idrisa, Fika and Alh. Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, Pataskum, in their separate remarks, commended the state government for the quick response in supporting victims of flood in their respective Emirates.

They commended the State Emergency Management Agency for providing emergency relief materials to the victims in good time.

“SEMA acted on your directive promptly, reaching out to the flood victims” the Emir of Damaturu alerted the governor.

The Emir of Fika said “the relief package provided by the state government came with great succour to our people”.

Meanwhile, Governor Buni has called on the people of the state to continue praying for the state and country.

He said the massive repentance of Boko Haram members in recent times, should be seen as a positive development.

” We should be optimistic about this development and pray that this is the end of the insurgency” Governor Buni prayed.

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Umahi Fumes As Body of APC Youth leaders And others Pulled Out of Mining Pit

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Umahi fumes as body of APC Youth Leader others pulled out of mining pit

By Chibuzo Okonkwo, Ebonyi

The decomposing body of All Progressive Congress, (APC) Ebonyi State chapter Youth Leader, Ogochukwu Elem has been pulled from a mining pit in the state.

Also pulled from the mining pit were the bodies of two others with him when his car plunged into the pit on Saturday.

They were pulled from the pit by combined efforts of a crane supplied by the state ministry of infrastructure and local divers on Monday.

Elem and the other occupants were on their way to Ikwo for a function when the cat list control and plunged into the pit off the Abakaliki-Ikwo road.

The incident happened at Enyigba axis of the road in Abakaliki local government area.

Efforts to pull out the victims and the car failed on Saturday and Sunday.

However, the victims and the Volwagen Golf car which the victims were driving in was also pulled from the pit on Monday.

Governor David Umahi was on hand to direct the search and rescue operations.

He mourned the death of Mr Elem and the two others believed to be police escorts.

The visibly angry governor condemned the activities of miners who dig the mining pits indiscriminately thereby endangering the lives of the people and the destroying the environment.

He said his government will set up a committee to look into the issue warning tht from henceforth his administration will not tolerate such practice from miners in the state.

He said: “We learnt of the unfortunate incident of an accident here on this road that was on Saturday. The accident is still a mystery to all of us, that was the APC Youth Leader with some policemen that were going for a function and the accident happened”.

“We do not know the cause of the accident, we do not know what happened but it’s quite very mysterious how it happened that even the wages of the sand could not stop them and the small vehicle plunged into a pit that was dug over 20 years and not closed.

“It is very unfortunate and we have been fighting this issue of digging pits, harvesting lead, zinc and shippings without closing it back”.

“We have been fighting with miners in Ebonyi state over this issue. And so, the Chief of Staff is here who also doubles as the Commissioner for Solid Mineral”.

“We are going to identify all the pits in Ebonyi state whether it was dug for lead, for zinc, for shippings or any other mineral in Ebonyi state. we have to identify who did it and then the closing of these pits must commence latest by next week Monday”.

Mr Umahi also commiserated with the APC and the Nigerian Police over the loss.

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