Yobe Assembly loses Deputy Speaker

Dr Ibrahim Kurmi, the Deputy Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly died on Monday night at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital Damaturu, at the age of 48. Alhaji Muhammad Wakil, Director Information of the state House of Assembly, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday. “We received with shock, the death of the deputy speaker last night (Monday), after a brief illness and the funeral rites will be conducted today (Tuesday) at 11.00a.m at his residence in Damaturu,” he said. Kurmi, a trained medical doctor, represented…

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Building resilience of women in Yobe, Borno

Maiduguri

  Women in Nigeria make 49% per cent of the population and undoubtedly represent an economically significant force, in addition to being viable consumers, producers and workers. The opportunities available for women’s empowerment are unevenly felt though, in light of Nigeria’s diverse social-economic, political and cultural landscape.   World leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, placing gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Achievement of these goals, including ending poverty, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic…

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Yobe plans verification for retirees

The Government of Yobe State is mapping out arrangement to verify workers, who retired from January 2018 till date to enable it pay the appropriate retirement benefits. Disclosing this in a statement, Director-General, Press Affairs to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, also revealed that the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, approved the payment of N670.73 million gratuities to 364 retirees and civil servants that died in the course of service. He said Gaidam approved N670.73 million as gratuity payments to a total of 364 civil servants who have retired from the services of…

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Free our daughter, parents of Christian student beg FG, Boko Haram

Parents of Leah Sharibu, one of the 110 abducted students of the Government Girls’ Technical and Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who was not released by her abductors for allegedly refusing to convert to Islam, have called on government to do all within its power to secure the freedom of the 15-year-old girl. They said only their daughter’s release could strengthen their belief that government was not biased in its negotiations with the abductors. The Sharibu accused the Federal Government of letting them down. Leah’s mother, Mrs. Rebecca Sharibu and…

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2,000 policemen deployed to 300 North-East schools

No fewer than 2,000 policemen have been deployed to 300 public primary and secondary schools across the troubled North-Eastern states. This is part of efforts to curb the menace of the rising violent attacks in the region by Boko Haram, especially following the recent abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. This is as the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) denied issuing a timeline when the Federal Government would ensure the return of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. The minister said…

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BREAKING: Buhari arrives Yobe, meet parents of Dapchi girls (PHOTOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, where he is currently holding a town hall meeting with community and traditional leaders in the state. He will also meet with parents of the Dapchi schoolgirls during the visit. The President was received by the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and other top government functionaries.    

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Clark to Buhari: Sack Yobe, Borno, Adamawa govs

Edwin Clark

…demands state of emergency in North-East Elder statesman and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. The demand came on the heels of the recent abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.     The incident saw the Yobe State Government and the military authorities trading blame as to whose responsibility it was to secure the schools and ward off any attack by the terrorists.…

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Boko Haram took our classmates away in trucks –Escapee

Some of the students of Government Girls’ Technical and Science College, Dapchi, Yobe State, have recounted their experiences when Boko Haram insurgents struck and kidnapped 110 of their schoolmates. Some of the girls that escaped revealed that their colleagues were taken away by terrorists in trucks. In a report by BBC, the grieving students and their parents narrated how gunwielding bearded men forcefully entered their school compound on the night of Monday, February 19, shooting sporadically into the air, ordering them to move into their waiting trucks. According to BBC’s…

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Boko Haram insurgents ‘kill eight soldiers’ in Yobe

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed eight soldiers in Sassawa village, Damaturu local government area of Yobe state. According to a report by  Daily Trust, the insurgents came to the village in five Hilux vans around 6:00pm on Tuesday. They were said to have immediately opened fire on the soldiers, killing eight of them and injuring others. A resident of the village was quoted as saying the insurgents broke into shops and took away food items. “The boys (Boko Haram) had a field day. After the attack, they forced many…

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