LGA Chairman Threatens publisher For Investigating 11 Months Blackout In LG Headquarters
By Dr. Marie Anne Jefferson
There has been 11 months blackout in the headquarters of Maiha local government of Adamawa state resulting from dysfunctional transformer that has been criminally vandalised.
The publisher of the Periscope online media Dr. Adamu Muhammad Dodo was in Maiha over the weekend. He was confronted by the people lamenting that it would be another tough two weeks lockdown without electricity during this hot season in the month of Ramadan.
The 5MVA 33/11KV Power Transformer that supplies electricity to the local government headaquarters is beyond repair, a staff with Yola Electricity Distribution Company YEDC revealed. Therefore, new transformer is required.
Dr. Dodo put a call to the local government chairman, Idi Amin Pakka, he did not pick but has responded to the text message seeking to know what the local government authority was doing about the transformer.
“To God be the glory.. And as for electricity in Maiha we are doing a lot since I came to make sure light is restored. But also I want to tell you our people are heartless and stupid for not protecting what we have.. This is the 4th time is happening and no effort from our people,” Amin said.
“Honourable, It will be dishonourable on your part to consider your people as heartless and stupid; judging them with the offence of unknown vandals. It’ll cost you fortune to defend by explaining what you mean by “our people are heartless…” The publisher tries to correct.
“Heartless are for stupid Maiha indigines that cannot protect what they have.. Mumu.. People like u too.. Who compound there problems… My record is clear in Nigeria. Maybe u are just coming towards me.. I have the records upon records I have been scrafying on my own Leven to people of Maiha and Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole…” The chairman flared
“It’s unfortunate. But our investigation reveals that the transformer is mounted at the unsecured rather outskirt of the town. No security staff on 24/7 shift duty attached. It is so unlike how GSM service providers secure their generators and masts throughout the country, not only LGA. Are you thinking of shifting the transformer cite close to town away from vandal who may not even be from your people?
“The electorates equally allege that the neglect is because neither the former chairman nor you live in Maiha headquarters; explaining the 11 months blackout; explaining also why the new transformer you recently procured is added to Pakka district; that’s why the transformer in Maiha is left to the vandals, when the local government authority should have provided adequate security there.
“Is it out of heartlessness of your people that reconstruction of Mayo-Nguli to Belel road; a N36m worth of contract is still at so slow phase and soon to be affected by a heavy downpour?
“You’re a chairman and a title holder in Adamawa Emirate, you have to apply diplomacy while addressing the challenges with your people,” the publisher advised.
The chairman then called the publisher on phone, threatened that if he dared publish the interview, it would be signing a death warrant.
The publisher explained to him that “a real journalist is a dead man, hence can’t be threatened with death to be subdued to silence.”
“I have gotten all information from the Sun and other vendors abt u.. The are just telling me u are a quack journalist and a local freelancer.
“U are local freelancer.. Keep off my fone.. Go back and land how to manage ur information.. Also wait u will here from my lawyers. warranted. Send me ur address now,” Idi sent another legal threat.
The publisher wondered why the threat in the first place? Why would the chairman request for the publisher’s address if he truly found out everything about the publisher?
“Our Nigeria office is based in Abuja…” The Publisher tried to respond.
“Abuja my footh. U demand for money from me.. And is not by force to give.. U are worst than Corona Virus.. Dodo family have become disgrace with the tape of person u are.. Shame on u.. U have entered one chance with me.. Try.. My guys will get u soon.. Pls don’t change ur number and ur address.. Hungry man.. Is it bcus I refuse to send u money u are threatening me..” Idi threatened.
“Subhanallah? Demand for money from you? When? For asking why there’s no electricity for 11 months in Maiha and for advising you to be diplomatic not to insult the people of Maiha as heartless? OK let’s go,” the publisher challenged.
“U interefair in maiha traditional council issues u failed but u want also interefair into my governance u will also fail Inshallahu.. Abdulganiu of ABC Yola and all others told me all abt u..” Idi said.
“There are two judgements confronting you; the first is the court of public opinion, whether or not I’ve ever asked for money from you. The second is the judgement day; the final account, when you have to testify before Allah SWT whether I’ve ever asked for money from you, not to talk of a lie in the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem!” The publisher tried to end the text message.
“Tank u my brother.. But pls be just and deplomatic and caustious pls.. We are in a trying times. Corona pus fasting plus other problems.. Is wrong time for ur journalism.. Give people a brake,” Idi pleaded
“But you don’t treat me as a brother truly. I want to help, you think I’m trying to cheat you. You keep insulting me even when I’m trying to advise that you consider Ramadan.
“I respect you as a chairman but you do not consider me worthy of my profession, my position as a media mediator.
“All I’m after is electricity supply in Maiha but not to bring you down from your God given chairmanship.
“The struggle to legitimise the monarchy in Maiha is never a failure, check it out. It’s however not the issue here but electricity in Maiha,” the publisher argued.
“Invistigative journalist.. Mind ur bussiness.. Or else I put u in ur right place u belong.. Plenty people are complaining how u only have tried to destroy maiha. Or trying to influence some issues that is above ur capacity.
“Right now I have finish all my Bobby traps to get u. Journalist my booth..The who journalist that matters in Nigeria are my bodi bodi.. We inter woven with them.. Not u just come from one local place in maiha trying to Rubbish rumbun adamawa and fombina..” Idi said
Did the chairman mean “booby trap” set for the publisher? Are insults, threats, libel and obnoxious falsification of conversation parts of the booby trap?
“So is today I know from u no money no God. News. Periscope media for sale.. What a shame for a normodic Fulani to be a freelancer.. Especially this one u came from a poor background.. Kame Kame family. My lawyers would get in touch..” Idi accused.
This is so weighty an insult. The Dodo is a highly respected family that has and is contributing to the progress and development of not only Maiha but Adamawa state. To consider the family as “poor” and “kame kame” is to say the least, insulting the entire Maiha Gari and Jalingo-Maiha districts.
None of the Dodo’s has less than a degree certificate and significant number of them are living in Diaspora and are well established. Can this family be described as “Kame Kame?”
Ramadan is considered as blessing and peace in the Dodo family. There could be a serious issue between Idi Amin and the Dodos to decide who stems out of the “kame kame,” family.
“Send me ur acct for the 200k u demand.. For real I would send it to u.. Pls iam ready to give u.. Two hundred thousand is even small.. U are a big boy oo..” Idi moved for libel.
Dr. Dodo to send his account number for N200,000? Is it part of the booby trap?
Dr. Dodo is an investigative, with developmental touching, not a beggarly journalist. The bribery by means of booby trap would not work on Dodo. Idi was asked to try another trap.
“Hahahaaa… Idi Amin dan gidan marigayi ndottijo Alh Umaru Jibrilla.
“Give the money to Bappare, Abdulganiyu and other SA to use it and acquire more knowledge to be able to defend you in future.
“As for now, they write poorly. They are impoverished of creativity. Honestly, they can’t even be my students in tertiary institution of learning. I have graduated better journalists in university and I have sponsored so many.
“Bappare couldn’t even defend his landlord Bindow the son of your late master, the son of my late parent’s friend. You think he’s good to promote you?
“I can add N200,000 for them each to go and gain refined knowledge to be able to write what can be read, convincingly too; to be able to edit your writings as well.
“As it is, you should by now know who is poor, based on kame kame writings and articulation.
“Ilimi ba dabanci bane, zagi da furutan batsa sai wurin da mara tarbiyya, wanda bai san darajan iyayen sa ba balle na wasu. Ga kuma jahilcin addini.” Dodo responded.
Interior Minister, police affairs counterpart visit Borno to review war against Boko Haram
Interior Minister police Affairs counterpart visit Borno to review war against Boko Haram
- we are against the scrap of FSARS – Borno Governor, NCSO, NLC, others
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola and his Police Affairs counterpart , Alhaji Mohammed Dangyadi were on Tuesday visited Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to discuss on how best to bring to an end Boko Haram insurgency and other internal securities challenges such as kidnapping, banditry and Armed Robbery.
Addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the minister of Police Affairs and other top security officers which held at the Government House, Maiduguri, the minister of Internal Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola said “we have met with critical stakeholders and had a robust discussion with Governor Zulum and others stakeholders. We agreed on resolutions. Our discussions is Frank and engaging. There is a renewed commitment to containing the insurgency”.
“As a matter of fact, We decided to coordinate these new engagements. Enough is enough, we are reviewing the entire process of engaging these criminals who are disturbing our people and spreading grief and misery. There is need for collaboration among all security agencies like military, police, paramilitary and other stakeholders who were involved in the fight against insurgency”, the minister added.
Alhaji Aregbesola said ” we agreed that from State government to the Federal government, we must improve funding of security agencies. We must improve their logistic supports and encourage the people to give adequate support to the state forces that are involved in this exercise. I believe that there will be difference in approach to the fight against insurgency containment and that in no distance future, we will liberate more territories and allow our people to have economic activities that will allow normalcy “.
” I must say I am impressed with the level of development and civility we have in the capital city, I was here few years ago, Maiduguri was not as it is today, Maiduguri can compete favourably or even better than many cities in terms of serenity, calmness and prosperity so I commend Governor Zulum and those working with him for wonderful job they have done to bring peace”, Aregbesola added.
On the issue of Governor Zulum call against the disbandment of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad ( FSARS), the minister for Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dangyadi said ” the governor has made it very clear to us that they are in support of FSARS. We will listen to people to make good use of what they say. The federal government has also take a decision to review the structure of SARS, as it is now We are going to involve stakeholders on the way forward”
He further said ” with the Police Trust Fund, we are going to have better funding, better training, intelligence, logistics and welfare”.
Earlier during a courtesy call at the Government House, Maiduguri, Governor Zulum urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu ( IGP) to deploy abled SARS men to Borno to fight Boko Haram insurgency
The governor said in Borno state the SARS had made a mark by using their energy and aggression against Boko Haram.
“We are not in support of brutality by any security outfit, but to be sincere, here in Borno State the efforts of SARS operatives in the counter insurgency operations need not to be overemphasized. They are doing a wonderful job in containing the security situation in Borno State. They have greatly supplemented the efforts of the Nigerian Military.”, Governor Zulum stressed.
Also lending their voice, the Network for Civil Society, labour and students unions, as well as artisans in Borno have staged a prittest against the scrap of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) by police authority.
The demonstrators who walked through a major highway in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to the Government House Tuesday morning to deliver a letter of their demands for the re-introduction of another FSARS, were seen with placards bearing “return SARS, We want FSARS, we need SARS, Reform FSARS,” among others.
Workers from organised labour unions, lawyers, market traders, students,women society groups, youth organizations and artisans were among the demonstrators.
State Chairman, Network of Civil Society Organisations (NCSO), Ahmed Shehu said the agitations for the scrap of FSARS in some parts of the country did not represent general position of all Nigerians, adding that on the contrary, FSARS was a blessing to the people of the state.
“FSARS may be bad to people in other regions of the country but to us in Borno, FSARS is good. We haveve seen how the squad has been tackling Boko Haram in complementary role with other security agencies. Their presence alone on our highways which are usually unsafe, give people courage to travel and not fear Boko Haram,”
Shehu said FSARS remains a formidable security outfit that put constant pressure on Boko Haram and even cleared the insurgents from blocking the highways in the state. He maintained Borno did not record the kind of abuses allegedly committed by the squad in other states.
He said the letter of demands brought to the state governor contained demand for the Federal Government to end Boko Haram and re-constitution of FSARS.
Also speaking, the Maiduguri Branch Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Bar Abba Ummate said the anti-FSARS agitators did not consider the peculiar security situation in each of the states in arriving at the calls for scrappibg FSARS. He described the ban on the squad as unfair to Borno people.
While receiving the letter on behalf of the Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum, the State Deputy Governor, Hon. Umar Kadafur urged people to be law abiding.
“We urge you to be law abiding and keep praying for the peace of the state and our governor to succeeds in all developmental
engagement,” he said.
Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks
Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks
By Daily Hint Abuja
As a result of marathon meeting held and agreement reached between the federal government and the organised representatives of labour unions, the organised labour has suspended the nationwide strike action and protests billed to start today.
The meeting, which started at about 8:30 pm on Sunday and spilled over till Monday morning had Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jeddy-Agba and Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
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A communiqué, read by the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the meeting, disclosed that government agreed to suspend electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC.
He, however, noted that total deregulation in the downstream sector remains, adding that palliatives would be offered to Nigerian workers to cushion the effects of burden.
Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram Killed 8 Policemen, 3 CJTF Members Killed, 13 Others Injured
Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram killed 8 policemen, 3 CJTF members killed, 13 others injured.
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Members of the Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP),/ Boko Haram terrorist have killed eight policemen, 3 soldiers 3,members of Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), while 13 others injured in an ambushed near Cross kauwa few kilometers away from the Famous Baga fish town.
The Borno state Police command while confirming the incident, in a statement issued by ithe commands Public Relations Officer (PPRO),, DSP Edet Okon said ‘On 25th September, 2020 at about 12PM, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa. The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.”
The statement said ” in the ensuing gun fight however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight (8) Policemen and three (3) members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price. Thirteen (13) other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Hospital for treatment.”
The statement however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.
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