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Insurgency: Bama Residents Celebrate Return of Peace



Insurgency: Bama residents celebrate return of peace

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

Residents of Bama in Borno State has organised special anniversary to celebrate the return of peace and normalcy to the war torn community.

Bama, hitherto, a commercial nerve centre of Borno was sacked by the Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

The insurgents’ attack caused massive destruction and displacement of thousands of the inhabitants of the town.

The town was liberated in 2016 by the military and most of the displaced persons resettled in 2020.

The Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Umar Kyari, who spoke at a cultural event on Saturday in Bama, said the anniversary was aimed at building resilience, peace restoration and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the people.

Kyari said the anniversary was organised in collaboration between the Bama Emirate Council and the Mercy Corps, an International Non Governmental Organisation (iNGO).

“This event was conceived by Bama Emirate Council to enhance greater understanding of our language and culture through which we promote peace and development.

“The ceremony is a signal to all and sundry that peace has return to Bama, and Bama is on the path of restoration of its lost glory.

“This event is significant and provides opportunity for us to celebrate our unique culture, tradition and diversity.

“This cultural day would not have been possible without the support, understanding and cooperation of the Borno State Government and Mercy Corps.

“It is my hope that this day will mark the beginning of a new era of peace, security and prosperity in Bama, and renewed interest in our history, culture and tradition,” he said.

Kyari lauded the contributions of the military, police and other security agencies as well as members of vigilante groups in consolidating the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity being enjoyed in the area.

The traditional ruler said the people would continue to cooperate with the security agencies to maintain peace in the area.

In his keynote address, the Country Director, Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu, who said the celebration is also inline with the World Day for Cultural Diversity designed by UN to deepened understanding of cultural diversity, lauded the Shehu of Bama his exemplary leadership

“Mercy Corps is here to celebrate cultural diversity with the people of Bama. Since 2012, Mercy Corps has been in Nigeria and particular in the North East to bring life-saving interventions to the most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places in Nigeria.

“Our sense of fulfillment is being able to record measureable impact from our interventions like we are seeing in Bama,” Anyanwu said.

Anyawu who spent some days in Bama, said driving through the now lively town since his arrival has made it difficult to reconcile the sad and gory sights on the news few years ago.

“The people of Bama are in recovery. The Bama people are on the rise.

“The interesting thing right now is that just like many years ago, Bama still borders Cameroon and Chad. Bama is still a very culturally diverse society. Bama is still one of the large towns in Borno state. Bama can still be one of the most commercially viable economic systems in Nigeria.

“But all these can only happen if we acknowledge that all cultural expressions are valid and diverse cultural groups are empowered to contribute through dialogue and inclusion,” the country director stressed.

Anyanwu also spoke on the organisation’s humanitarian interventions in Bama within the past two years.

“Over the past two years, we have closely collaborated with the state government, the local government, the Bama emirate, our donors – EU and USAID, and other development partners to support the return and recovery of good people of Bama emirate.

“We distributed food to 5000 Households in Bama for 6 months, made available multi-purpose Cash Assistance to 1200 Households, built 325 permanent Shelters equipped with solar for IDPs and returnees within Bama, repaired 300 shelters within Bama, trained over 1200 youth in different livelihood skills, amongst others.

“Currently in Bama, we are rehabilitating and equipping the multi-skills training centre, we are rehabilitating five (5) Boreholes and installing Transformers in 5 communities in Bama. We are drilling of three (3) Deep Solar Powered Boreholes in 3 communities in Bama, and distributing food items to 2000 households within Bama.

“The collaboration between Mercy Corps and the people of Bama will be ongoing. We are grateful to the generous people of Bama who have opened their hearts and homes to us without discrimination,” Anyawu noted.

Also speaking, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, the state Commissioner of Information, lauded the organisation over its intervention in Bama.

Abba-Jato said the gesture was in inline with the resettlement and empowerment programmes of the state government.

Abba-Jato who hailed from Bama recounted the gory experiences of the displaced persons in the hands of the insurgents, noting that several wealthy individuals were pauperised. 

The Theme of the celebration is “Convergence to Dialogue, Recover and Develop Communities within Bama LG”.

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A case of 23years Old Maryam Musa Suffering For More than A year




Umminrashida Care Foundation(URCF-NIG) has in its struggle to put a smile on the face of the needy and the less privileged has located a young lady MARYAM MUSA who’s suffering with a pain for more than a year now as at 23rd of July 2021.

The 23yrs old Maryam is suffering from what is described as fracture dislocation at the left hip which she got as a result of car-keke Napep Clash accident on the 11th of July 2020 around State Hotel of GRA, Maiduguri.

Maiduguri Based Maryam lives with her parents in a small house in GRA Community behind NIPOST Maiduguri, Whose Father is named MUSA BUBA BUMSA who is originally from BUMSA community of Gulani Local government of Yobe State.

Suffering Maryam alongside her family was on the 29th of June 2021 at the NATIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL DALA, KANO for a further diagnosis which now the hospital is demanding for a sum of One Million, Forty-Two Thousand, two hundred and eight Naira and Seventy-Five Kobo(1,042,308.75) as indicated in the invoice below to perform a major surgery described as TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT because the family can’t afford the amount they have no choice than to bring her back home. Maryam is now at home waiting for what the Almighty will do.

On the above note the Umminrashida Care Foundation(URCF-NIG) is calling on the general public to pls save the life of this young lady from the one year of pain and suffering, we are all together in this gesture, we can do it if we believe we can!

Today is Maryam, Tomorrow may be you, me or anyone.
Humanity pays the best.

For enquiries, Contact the number 0802 080 5968.

For your donation, find the account details below

Account Number: 1017268324
Account Name: Umminrashida Care Foundation
Bank: Zenith Bank.

May the Almighty bless us as we save life the highest act of humanity.

Baba Shehu Saidu

Aisha Adamu Abdullahi

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Gov. Zulum directs immediate identification, enrollment of orphans of deceased cjtf, hunters, vigilantes



Gov. Zulum directs immediate identification, enrolment of orphans of deceased, cjtf, hunters, vigilantes as he releases N55M food to the volunteers

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.

The Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, yesterday directed the immediate identification and enrolment of orphans of deceased members of the Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), hunters, vigilantes who lost their lives in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the state

Governor Zulum while addressing the leadership of CJTF, hunters and Vigilantes at the Government House, yesterday directed the enrollment to School the orphans of Fallen Volunteers, as part of ways to support volunteers, Governor

The governor also directed the released of N55 million, 5,000 bags of rice and 5000 gallons of cooking oil to the members of t(CJTF,), Hunters and vigilantes as part of support for the 2021 Eid El Kabir Sallah celebrations.

Each of tthe 5,000 CJTF, hunters and vigilantee operating in Maiduguri metropolitan council (MMC) and Jere Local Government Areas, Borno’s most populated locations will receive cash, a bag of rice and a gallon of oil.

*I invited you to register my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for your enormous sacrifices and support to the military in securing the lives and property of the people of Borno State”, the governor said.

The Governor pointed out that supporting the volunteers is critical to Borno’s complementing of the Nigerian military and other security agencies in the battle with Boko Haram insurgents.

Zulum while paying tributes to fighters and the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, whose ministry oversees the volunteers through a department of civil rights protection said I invited you to register my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for your enormous sacrifices and support to the military in securing the lives and property of the people of Borno State”, the governor said.

“I also extend my appreciation to the Attorney General who is leading this very important team, the permanent secretary security, the SSA security and Executive Secretary and members of Borno’s Security Trust Fund, for the combined efforts in repositioning our security responses in the state. May Allah in his infinite wisdom reward all of you abundantly. In addition to my gratitude to the hunters, vigilantes and CJTF also wish to provide a token of support to volunteers towards this Sallah Celebration”, further stated.

After announcing cash and food support to the volunteers, the governor said “no amount of money or support can match the critical sacrifices made by volunteers, I really wish we can do so much more, but insha Allah, whenever our financial condition improves, government will offer bigger support”

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Police in Borno Nabs 10 suspects for POS, Robbery, Trailing, Stealing Bank Customers, others



Police in Borno nabs 10 suspects for POS,robbery, trailing, stealing bank customers, others

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Police command has arrested 10 suspects for Point of Service (POS) robbery,, syndicates that specialize in trailing and stealing from bank customers, as well Indian hemp dealers in its efforts to curb crime and other criminality in the state, .

Briefing, journalists at a press conference at the Police headquarters, Maiduguri, on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), SP Edet Okon said the Command on 29/04/2021 at about 2100hrs, received a report through G.R.A Division that at about 20:45hrs, some hoodlums operating in a black Golf vehicle attacked and robbed a POS operator at Circular road, Polo Area of Maiduguri of the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2, 500,000) and on receipt of the report the police launched a manhunt that led to arrest of 2 suspects, while 1 still at large.

SP Okon said ” On the receipt of the report, the Command launched a man hunt for the criminals and consequently, one Akachukwu Emmanuel was arrested at Lamisula Police Division. His confession led to the arrest of one of his accomplices, a certain Isa Goni at Kano Municipality. Other accomplices who are at large are still being trailed by operatives of the Command.”.

Items recivered, from the suspects, according to the police, includes 1 Black Golf Saloon vehicle with registration No. ASU 230 MU2 POS Machines and other accessories .

Also, the police in a separate operation arrested syndicate that specialize in trailing banks customers and robbed them of their monies .

“Between 15/5/2021 and 28/5/2021, Operatives of the command, in an intelligence-driven operation, arrested the following persons 1.)Mallam Hamisu 2.)Alh. Umar Samalia alias Dan Babur 3.)Alhaji Habibu Garba alias Senator 4.) Alh. Ali Yahaya and 5.)Mari Paul; all suspects who specialize in trailing unsuspecting citizens – especially those just coming out from banks – break into their cars and steal monies kept therein.”, He stated.

The PPRO said the suspects were trailed and arrested by Crack Operatives in Maiduguri, Jos, Kano and Jalingo in Taraba States, adding that, while interrogating the suspects they confessed to have stole N23, million from a vehicle parked inside Musa Usman Secretariat and another, N2, 5 million from a vehicle belonging to one Aliyu Ali at a Mosque here in Maiduguri.

Okon further stated that the suspects equally confessed to have carried out same dastardly acts in Kano, Abuja, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Jos, Yola, Damaturu and Jalingo. and that 5 assorted motor vehicles, 6 fabricated duplicate car keys, Corrosive substances used in breaking vehicle glasses/windscreen , as well as ₦14, 5 million.

He also said ” on 23/06/2021 at about 2230hrs, following a tip-off, two suspects namely: Mallam Mati and Abba Ibrahim were arrested at Jajeri ward, Maiduguri while in possession of about One Thousand and five kilograms (1005kg) of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa with an estimated worth of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N3, 500, 000.00)”and .. 1005kg of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa were recovered

The command spokesman pointed out that all suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.

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