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Court Remands 3 United Methodist Pastors Over An Offence In Taraba

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A magistrate court in Jalingo Taraba State have remanded three clargies, one member of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria (UMCN) for spying on the premises of the Taraba state Police command and spreading the photos to foreign partners.

In a brief hearing, at the Justice Mahmud Mohammed National industrial/Magistrate court Jalingo, Magistrate Bartholome Vakkai Kaigama, Said the accused Rev. Ande I Emmanuel, Rev. Ignatius Jesse, Pastor Ahmed A Ahmed and Mr. Nicodemus Heman be remanded in the National Correctional Center, until Thursday 24th June 2021 to allow the court study the case to pass its judgement.

The Judge who refused bail on the accused stated that the court would like to study the content of case because of the sensitivity of the case and the security concerns involved.

The Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP David Misal in an interview said the Clargymen were charged to court for secretly taking photograph of the police property, the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) and other sensitive location in the Taraba State Police headquarters.

” On the 03-06-2021 the police Commissioner received a letter of complains from one Rev. Yayuba B Yoila and Rev. Yunusa Z Usman of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria, indicating that some clargymen were engaged in destabilizing the existing peace in the church, so on the strength of the above, the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) sent an invitation letter to the clargymen for interrogation which they came, but on getting to the station they secretly took photograph of the Police headquarters gate, Criminal Investigative Department (CID), State Intelligence Bureau Office (SIB) and other sensitive location in the police command and attached same with a written complain letter to the Council of Bishop’s of the United Methodist Church, that the police have been paid by Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna to harass and torture the invited clargymen”.

He said the actions of the clargymen contravenes the provision of the official Secret Act of the Nigerian Police as such the accused were taken to the court for prosecution.

Reacting on the decision of the court, Misal noted that the police have no control over the legal proceedings of the court and cannot revaese the decisions of the court.

” What they did was an offense, their act contravenes the Official Secret Act, which states that any person who for any purpose prejudicial to the security of Nigeria: and enters in the vicinity of a protected place or photographer a protected place commit an offense and is liable to punishment, that is why we took them to Court, so if the court feels they should be remanded in the National Correctional Center then that is the decision of the court and we have no control over the decision of the court”.

Also, reacting to the allegations that Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna had paid the Police to harass and torture the clargymen, DSP David Misal noted that Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna has not written any complain letter to the police command and as such cannot be linked to the case between the Taraba police command and the said clargymen.

“How can they accused the Bishop for being responsible for the court case with the clargymen? I have not seen any letter that was signed by Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna, the complains letter we received was brought by Rev. Yayuba B Yoila and Rev. Yunusa Z Usman, but if anybody still want to accuse the Bishop that is their own opinion, but the question i want to ask is it the same Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna that ask clargymen to take photograph of the police headquarters?

“Or is it the Bishop that asked them to sent the photos outside the country? I am not aware of any Bishop sponsoring us, what we are doing is that we are investigating people who are revealing the secret of the Nigerian Police Taraba State Command”. He said.

The clargymen have since been taken to the National Correctional Center in Jalingo in company of church members and will return to the court on Thursday 24 June, 2021 for ruling.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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