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Borno Monarch Returned Back to Domain, After Sacred By Boko Haram




Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri 15/7/2019

Civil authority has finally restored back to Gwoza town the former caliphate and spritual headqtaters of Boko Haram insurgents, as the Emir of Geoza, Alhaji Muhammadu Shehu Idris Tumta permanently relocated back to the ancient town.

The town was on Sunday thrown into festive mood, as people in their thousands took to the roads and streets of Gwoza to give the Emir a rsuzy welcome after over five years in Msiduguri ss an Ineternally Displaced Emier in another domain.

The Emir who was accompanied by the Birno state Deputy Governments, Alhaji Umar Usman Kadafur the firmer Senate. leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume were treated with variety of cultural dances. Press songs among others tradition’s to adimoration of all guest.

It could be recalled that Gwoza town was sacked by members of Boko Haram insurgent on 14 August 2014, since then, the emir was Operating in Maiduguri until his relocation on Sunday, 14 July, 2019.

Addressing the people at the Emir’s Palace,in Geoza, the Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara said his administration has accord high respect and committed to traditional institution as symbol and pride of every society.

While felicitating with the Emir and people of Gwoza Emirate, the Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alhsji Umar Usman Kadafur said ” on behalf of the Governor I fecitate with the Emir and people of Gwiza over the official relocation and returned of our Emir back to his place after years in Maiduguri. Thus indicated that civil authority has fully return to the area”

” thus administration will not afford to toy with the people of Gwoza and the traditional institutions.I therefore i call on you to support the Emir and the security agencies to end insurgency and move the emirate forward”, Prof. umara said.

He said ” the government is not unaware of challenges related to the relocation of the Emir.. We are going accelerate the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Gwoza General Hospital, water sources and other public utility buildings amongst others.

Speaking Earlier, the returned Emir, Alh. Muhammadu Shehu Timta who excited with the number of people that reciieved him after many years in Maiduguri following the capture and declaration of his town as the spritusl headquarters of the insurgents.

” Today’s is my happiest day i n life, as u officially returned back to my domain after been displaced by insurgents. I therefore call all people Gwoza to come back home, so that we will rebuild back our communities”, the Monarch said.

The Royal Father further said ” thiugh we hae relicated but one cabit move out of Gwoza town two kilomteres becayse my subjects were killed anytime they had an encounter Boko Haram insurgents on their way to farms, therefore call on President Muhamnadu Buhari to do something, so that our people will have access to their farms.”

He also appealed to the Borno state givermet to construct more tent. So that their Internally Displaced Persons (IDOs) taking refuge in Abuja, Nassarawa, Gombe with return ac home, relocate the military from Some of the schools for their children to return back to school among other challenges.

Also speaking, the former Senate Leader, Seator Ali Ndume said ” we the people of Gwoza are as today our emir who is the symbol of culture and civil authority has gully returned back to our community’.

In his welcome address, the caretaker Chairman of Gwoza local government, Alhaji Abdullahi Danjatau ordered that all staff of the council should returned back to Gwiza or resign saying that ” with the relocation of the Emir and myself I ordered all workers to return or resign, as we have over a thousand of graduate who are ready to work in Gwoza

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A Courtesy Visit to Emir of potiskum



A Courtesy Visit to Emir of Potiskum

By Hassan Achinai

The Comptroller of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS), Yobe State Command, Ali Isa has today paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness the Emir Potiskum; Mai Umar Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya OON, at the council Palace, potiskum.

The visit of the comptroller of the Nigeria correctional service (NCS) Yobe command to the Emir of potiskum was to pay homage and create synergy between the service and potiskum emirate council and to present to newly amended bill to the emir and to formerly receive the royal blessing and support in exercising his national duty.

On arrival, the comptroller and his entourage were escorted to the place by palace guards, the familiarity they received from the Emir and the good people of potiskum was breathtaking and a long lasting assurance of collective responsibility in creating awareness and working hand in hand in moving the state forward with the displayed vision and mission of the Yobe state Governor.

The Emir thanked the Comptroller and prayed for divine intervention toward discharging his national duty. He also pledged to support him whenever and wherever the arises since it is a collective responsibility that all hands must be on deck to actualize the designed goal and objective Gov. Mai Mala Buni led administration.

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Borno State Journalists’ Expresses Dismay Over Governor Zulum’s Media Aide Attitude



Borno State Journalists’ expresses dismay over Governor Zulum’s media aide attitude

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed with dismay the way and manners the media aide of Governor Babagana Zulum, Baba sheikh Haruna attempt to undermine the working of the media.

The members of the correspondents’ statement by the Chairman of the Chapel, Alhaji Haruna Dauda-Biu, and his Secretary, Mr. Timothy Ola said the antics of the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media , Alh. Baba-Sheikh Haruna could no longer be tolerated as it is impugning on press freedom and making their job as journalists difficult.

The chapel said “this singular act negates the provision of section 22 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which empowers the press to function freely without any form of hindrance.

The statement said it is more disheartening the fact that the aide rode to the office as the Chairman of the Borno State Chapter of the NUJ and should be known better what press freedom is all about the importance of media correspondents in publicising the activities of his principal and acting as the watchdog.

“The Senior Special Assistant on Media, Baba-Sheikh Haruna who recently assumed the supervisory role of the Governor’s media affairs has continued to engage in an unprofessional conduct by refusing to invite or inform journalists of important public engagements or functions of the Governor in the state.

The statement added that: “The Correspondents’ Chapel wishes to remind the SSA Media that good governance and accountability, which his principal, His Excellency Governor Babagana Zulum stands for, can only be achieved when the media is allowed to cover and report the activities of government for effective checks and balance.

The statement alleged in that:” The Chapel has on several occasions tried to draw Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna’s attention to this unbecoming attitude but to no avail.”

The statement however warned that:” To this end, therefore, the Chapel will no longer condone any attempt by Mr Baba-Sheikh Haruna or those he delegates to undermine press freedom in Borno state

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Borno Governor Approves Scholarship For Orphans of Cjtf Killed in the Fight Against Insurgents, Rolls Out Welfare Programs For Over 9,000 Volunteer Youths



Borno Governor approves scholarship for orphans of Cjtf killed in the fight against insurgents rolls out welfare programs for over 9,000 volunteer youths

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved immediate scholarship to the orphans, of members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters a and Vigilantes killed while fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the state for last 7 years and welfare program for over 9,000 volunteer youths.

Governor Zulum disclosed this while flagging off a welfare package of N50,000 each to the widows of killed volunteers and the distribution of N180m and 27,000 bags and cartons of food variety to 9,000 volunteers at the State University, Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Addressing about 9,000 volunteer youths who have been fighting insurgency alongside the Nigerian armed forces, Governor Zulum said While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,the people of Birno state as a l have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He said “this scholarship will be awarded in phases, starting with the youngest and most vulnerable families of the earliest fallen volunteers, down to the most recently killed.The parents of these children died fighting for all of us, the people of Borno State, the very least we can do is work towards the future of their children.For widows left behind, we shall today release some social intervention packages to them, especially food.I assure you all that we recognize and value the priceless contributions made by those who have died and those of us gathered here, whom we pray that Allah should continue to protect at the battle field.”

In a similar venue, the governor announced that each of the 9,000 volunteers youths that at the gathering is to receive 20,000 Naira cash, a 50-kg bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti and a gallon of cooking oil, all of which were outside their regular monthly allowances.

“For me, the greatest miracle that has emanated from Borno State within the last ten years, is the emergence of the Civilian JTF back in 2013, and the coming of more volunteers from hunters and vigilantes, all of whom have devoted their lives to fearlessly and patriotically fight side by side with soldiers and other armed forces, in the battle for Borno’s liberation from Boko Haram.”, Governor Zulum added.

He said “Of all the components of persons who make up the Borno society today, for me, there is no group that is as important and as critical to us as the brave men and women gathered before us today, who have given up their basic and entitled needs for safety and comfort so that millions of fellow citizens can be safe and comfortable.”

“Our indomitable men and women of the civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes, the people of Borno State are mightily and gratefully proud of each of you. Nothing can compensate for the sacrifices you are making, only Allah can adequately compensate each of you. This is particularly so for many of our fellow compatriots who have died in the battle fields.”,he further stressed.

Governor Zulum further said “In the last seven years, we have recorded instances in which volunteers in the civilian JTF have intercepted suicide attackers and in the process lost their lives. We have recorded more instances of many killed in major battles after they also succeeded in our shared victories over Boko Haram at different encounters. I will not mention names, but there are records of warriors in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes from Southern, to Northern and Central Borno, who fought so hard and gave their lives fighting for Borno. “.

He further explained that “These volunteers fought and died with no death benefits, no pension, and no gratuities. As we should expect, orphaned children and widows left behind by these fallen Civilian JTF and hunters have been struggling whether to feed, to access medical services, or to access basic and secondary education.
As Governor of Borno State, I assure you, that insha’Allah, all of those who died in the Civilian JTF, groups of hunters and vigilantes did not die in vain. Bi’iznillah they have all died for the causes of saving humanity and we pray that Allah grants them His eternal mercy and admit them into aljanna firdaus. “.

While commending and praying for the youths, Governor Zulum said ,”the people of Borno state as I have an obligations to support the orphans and widows left behind by these fallen heroes of Borno.
It is my honour to hereby announce that Borno State Government will award education scholarship to the most vulnerable orphans of Civilian JTF who have been killed at battle fronts.

He also said the Borno State Government will be releasing social intervention to all of the volunteer youths , stressing that government
will be releasing packages of food items through sector leaders for Civilian JTF, and representatives of groups for hunters and continue to support them

He said “we must appreciate the Nigerian military, police, DSS, and the paramilitary for all their sacrifices, and I urge all citizens to continually accord them maximum cooperation and pray for their success”.

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