Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Audu Madaki, said no fewer than 37 rape suspects have been arrested by the command in the past five months.
Madaki made this known on Tuesday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Yola.
According to him, 33 of the suspects were undergoing prosecution, while the remaining four were under investigation.
He commended the public for opening up on issue of rape and assured that the command would continue to do it best in bringing suspects to justice.
Commenting on the development, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations Against Rape in Adamawa, lauded the police effort but decried the slow pace in trial in the state.
Convener of the coalition, Hajiya Asmau Joda, urged for the actualisation of the proposed Special Court for the trial of rape related case promised by the state government.
Joda said the court when established would help in addressing the issue of delay and encourage survivors of rape and other sexual assaults to sought redress.
Also speaking, a member of the coalition, Mr Yusuf Amos, advocated for the speedy setting up of the special court, adding that the lingering of many rape cases in various courts in the state without conviction was disturbing.
“The need for special court is expedient; we need special court with dedicated judge to dispense justice within a stipulated time,” Amos said.
Edited & Vetted By: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
Troops eliminate 16 terrorists, arrest 11 in N/E in 1 week – DHQ
The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, has eliminated 16 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist and arrested 11 in the North East in the last one week.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John John Enenche, disclosed this while giving weekly update on the operations of Armed Forces of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Enenche said the troops had recorded appreciable successes within the week, adding that some the terrorists arrested also included their family members with caches of arms and ammunition.
He explained that the troops had on Sept. 10 in conjunction with Civilian JTF engaged the terrorists at Kassa Kura in Maiduguri Town killng two terrorists during the encouter.
He added that troops also successfully repelled two different terrorists’ attacks at Ngala and Baga towns killing two terrorists and recovered various categories of arms and ammunition same day.
According to him, troops conducted ambush operations and eliminated three elements recovering of large cache of arms and ammunition at Ngurosoye village of Bama Local Government Area and Dalori Gari in Maiduguri.
The coordinator also disclosed that the troops had on Sept. 11, killed five terrorists due to superior firepower while others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
He further disclosed that troops in conjunction with local vigilantes had on Sept. 14, killed four fighters and arrested seven at Gashua Local Government Area of Yobe.
This, according to him is in addition to three others arrested on Sept. 13 at the College of Agriculture in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe.
“It is also worthy to mention that the wife and son of one of BHT’s high profile member, Abdulrahman Abdullahi had been earlier arrested by troops in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Sept 7.
“Gleaning from the records of these operations, there is no gaining saying that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security operatives are resolute in their determination to end the insurgency and achieve sustainable peace in the North East zone of the Country,” he said.
In the North Central, Enenche assured that the military would end the activities of DarulSalam terrorists, adding that the recent arrest of its members and release of hostages in Kogi and Nasarawa states was a major breakthrough.
He said that the various military operations in Babies, Taraba and Nasarawa states had continued to record successes, adding that some members of the late Gana militia groups were recently arrested from their camp.
According to him, troops of operation Safe Haven had between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15 raided hideouts of suspected criminals within Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“A total of 25 suspects were apprehended while one locally fabricated pistol loaded with one round of 9mm ammunition was recovered during the course of the operation,” he said.
In North West, Enenche said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Sahel Sanity had continued to dominate the zone leading to killing of several bandits and arrest of some and their collaborators in Katsina, Sokota and Zamfara states within the period.
He added that the air component had also launched several airstrikes on some identified bandits’ camps in forest killing many bandits and destroyed their hideouts.
“The Military High Command commends all the gallant troops of the Armed Forces and personnel of other security agencies involved in various operations across the country for their commitment, determination and dedication.
“They are equally encouraged to remain firm and decisive in curtailing the activities of all criminal elements in the country.
“Members of the general public are hereby assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria working with other security agencies will continue to tackle the security challenges and will ensure that normalcy is attained in all the geo-political zones of the Country.
“However their support is highly solicited in the area of providing credible information to assist our operations,” he said.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
APC Caretaker Committee has no plans for extension, says member
Prof. Tahir Mamman, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, has said that the committee is not working to extend its tenure.
He said this on Thursday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen at the party’s national secretariat.
Mammam who was at the secretariat with some Adamawa APC stakeholders, said that contrary to general belief, there was no division in the party’s Adamawa chapter.
He maintained that the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee was working within its mandate and time frame.
The committee has a mandate to resolve the infighting among party members in some of its chapters.
It is also expected to organise a fresh national convention within six months to elect a new National Working Committee (NWC), for the party.
Mamman, who represents North-East in the committee, said it does not hope for an extension.
“We are working within our mandate, we are not working for any extension of time, if those who gave us job should think of extension that would come from them,” he said.
He said the visit of the stakeholders to the party’s national secretariat was to show how united they were in Adamawa.
He added that the party’s senior stakeholders in the Adamawa were responsible for running its affairs in the state.
“As a member of the caretaker committee, l am telling you now that as far as l am concerned, we don’t have leadership issues; so far, there are no issues at all in the state chapter,” he said.
It would be recalled that Sen. Aisha Binila, representing Adamawa Central, had recently claimed that she is the leader of APC in Adamawa.
She had also led some Adamawa APC members to the party’s national secretariat to meet with its national secretary.
Also at the APC national secretariat were some of its Cross River stakeholders who visited.
The stakeholders expressed optimism that the party would win the forthcoming Senatorial by-election in the state billed for Oct. 31.
The state party Chairman, Sen. Matthew Mbu, who led the stakeholders on the visit to the APC caretaker committee national secretary said this while addressing newsmen after the meeting.
He maintained that in spite of the fact that Cross River was a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), state the APC would not only win the by-election but also wrestle the State Government House from the PDP in 2023.
“What has always been the problem of the APC winning elections in Cross River has been the lack of unity within the party fold.
“Now that we have reconciled, APC will not only win the senatorial by-election but will also occupy the Government House after winning the 2023 governorship election.
“Nothing is stopping us now,” he stressed.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu